Yep, sometimes you just want to create a shrine to your favourite products, a place where application feels like a time out and Cleopatra-esque, as opposed to a last minute afterthought before you run out the door. Sadly the studio isn’t big enough for a powder room, so I decided to make my own little corner – by creating a shelf out of a spare skate deck we had in the office. A 10 minute job that takes your daily makeup routine up a notch, and is perfect for small spaces!

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

You need:

  • a skate deck
  • rope

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

How to:

1. Cut your rope to size, roughly double the size of the length of where you’re going to hang it. Using scissors or something pointy, push the end of the rope though from the top to underneath the deck.

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

2. Pass the end of the rope through the adjacent hole from underneath, and then pull the rope through so the middle sits halfway. Do that for both sides.

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

3. To hang the shelf, I attached it to a pipe that runs along the top of the wall, you can drew some hooks into the wall if you don’t have anything to hang it on.

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

Voila! To create the perfect nook, simply add a mirror above the shelf, that’s next on my list!

DIY Skateboard Make Up Shelf

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

By the way, these are some of my favourite products at the moment, I like to keep it minimal in the make up department. :)

Ps if you love shelves, check out some other DIYs here, here and here.


When it comes to DIY, bow heels are about as addictive as it gets. Mainly because they’re stupidly easy to make and yet, at the same time, so effective in turning something simple into something standout. In this version we opted for a clip on style, allowing you to add and remove as you please, and upping the wearability of your favourite pumps!

DIY Bow HeelsDIY Bow Heels

Wearing: J Crew Parka (like this or this ), Grana tank, DIY Jeans, Oroton pumps (like these and these) with DIY bow clips, Daniel Wellington Watch, Dylan Kain bag.

You need:

  • a pair of pumps (these or these would be great)
  • a piece of leather or suede to match the material of your shoes (grab one of our leather making kits here!)
  • this template on A4
  • 2 shoe clips or earring clips
  • e6000 glue
  • scissors

How to make bow pumps

How to:

1. Cut out your template and pin/tape it onto the leather. Cut out your leather bow.

How to make bow pumps

2. Create two like this.

How to make bow pumps

3. Place some glue into the centre of the bow.

How to make bow pumps

4. Pull the tab over and glue it down.

How to make bow pumps

5. Add some glue in the middle on the underside and press the clips on. Leave these to dry overnight.

How to make bow pumps


How to make bow pumps


DIY Bow HeelsDIY Bow Heels

Photos: Nicola Lemmon

Ps… if you’re loving ripped denim, make sure to check out our how to posts here and here.


There’s nothing worse than taking all your favourite items on a tropical holiday (finally you get to wear that dress!) only to find that most of them, while looking cool, feel anything but. Hot and humid climates can wreak havoc on your packing attempts, you know what it’s like, that maxi starts to feel like you’re wearing a blanket, and that light scarf starts to itch like crazy.

As many of you will know last week I spent a few days in Thailand, including a few nights in Bangkok, a city where dressing for the humidity is essential. Even in the leafy grounds of The Sukhothai where we stayed, complete with courtyards, ponds and weeping frangipanis, one couldn’t help but feel sweaty and flustered. Lucky I packed with humidity in mind! But after living in Hong Kong you can’t blame me can you?

Because humidity is often something we don’t think about when we’re packing, I thought I would share with you a few of my go to points about dressing/packing for humid climates. Applicable whether you’re visiting Vietnam, Florida, Cairns or Buenos Aires.

Packing for a hot humid climate


For me, this is the MOST important consideration when dressing or packing for humidity. The only fabrics you’ll want to wear will be natural ones, ones that allow breeze to flow and feel nice against your skin even when you’re sticky. These types of fabrics include cotton, silk, rayon and linen, because as you heat up you’ll want heat and sweat to escape from your body, which is what these fabrics allow. Man made fabrics like polyester on the other hand create a seal and pretty much press the heat and sweat against you. I’m itching just thinking about it!

Packing list: silk shirt, cotton lace shorts, silk playsuit, denim shirt, linen shirt.


Loose silhouettes are great for allowing the breeze to flow through your clothes and cool your down. I usually pack a mix of looser styles and more fitted items, however I steer clear of anything skin tight because you won’t get the airflow you’ll be desperate for.

Packing list: cotton blouse, maxi dress, lace playsuit, eyelet skirt.


Personally, I chose items that don’t have any lining as I feel this creates more of a bubble against your skin and causes you to heat up. More often than not linings are made from polyester (even if the outside of the garment is a natural fibre) which is the. worst. for humidity.

Packing list: silk camimaxi dress, denim shorts.


You’ll definitely feel more comfortable in lighter colours during the day, as they reflect heat rather than drawing it in. White can feel oh so fresh but gets dirty easily, so if in doubt go for lighter shades like colours and grey marl.

Packing list: printed kimono, linen shirt.


You won’t find me travelling without a hat (or indeed doing anything really), but stick with straw styles so your head can breath – felt and other materials heap oh so quickly!

Packing list: the straw hat.

Wearing: Zulu & Zephyr two piece, J Crew Sandals and bag, H&M Hat.

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Simple Bangkok Outfit

Thanks for having us The Sukhothai – the epic breakfast deserves a mention.


I’m going to be honest, up until a few years ago the thought of raw desserts made me depressed, I mean, why eat something that claims to be chocolate, but isn’t, when you could just eat actual chocolate instead!? However, the year before last I started focusing on what I was eating and limiting food items that cause inflammation (sugar, grains etc), and obviously chocolate was one of the first things that was put on the ‘special occasions’ list. Kinda sad because there’s this dark Lindt chocolate with candied hazelnuts in it that I could quite literally eat *all* day, but that’s life isn’t it?

I heard a lot about raw chocolate and was always a bit sceptical, but one day decided to make some chocolate balls myself – and was flabbergasted that they’re delicious and pretty close to actual chocolate, sans sugar and other nasties! Even Ben likes them which is shocking. I’m pretty sure you’ll know all about these types of protein/raw balls as they’ve become pretty common on the healthy eating circuit, but I just had to share my little salty take on them. Mainly because they’re a life saver for someone who has to have something sweet after dinner, and also cos they’re really easy to make but people tend to be quite impressed when you share them (winning!). Without further rambling, read on for episode two of ‘ridiculously easy recipes Geneva makes on a Sunday afternoon’ (see ep 1 here).

Chocolate and apricot ballsChocolate and apricot balls

Raw Salted Chocolate Balls

Make about 25 balls


  • 2 cups of medjool dates (about 16)
  • 1/2 a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • 1 cup of desiccated or shredded coconut
  • a big pinch of salt

How to:

1. Soak your dates for an hour and then remove the seeds.

2. Blend your almonds into gravel sized pieces, and then add your dates and blend again.

3. Add your coconut, salt and cocoa powder and blend one last time until a paste has been formed. If it’s too wet add more almonds. Make sure to have a taste and see if you wasn’t to adjust the flavour, more cocoa will make a more chocolate-y ball.

4. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls and then coat in coconut by rolling.

Store in the freezer and eat frozen with your afternoon cup of tea!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon