DIY RECORD CLUTCH

Got a few scratched old records lying around and don’t want them to go to waste? Well this is the DIY for you. For my last project for Kookai to celebrate their new Make Your Own Sunshine collection I thought I would construct something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, a quick and simple clutch made from to workout records.

DIY Record Clutch

Wearing: Sweater from the Kookai Make Your Own Sunshine Collection

You need:

  • Two records
  • A round bag (I used two half moon make up bags)
  • Glue
  • Marble paper (optional)

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How to:

1. Lay your record down onto the table and add glue onto the surface.

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2. Press your bag onto the glue.

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3. Add some glue to the underside of the other record.

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4. And press that down onto the bags. Add some books overnight while it dries. I then also added some marble paper to cover the labels of the records.

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Voila!

DIY Record Clutch

This post is in collaborating with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.

Photos by Marion Tessier.

8 TIPS FOR MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY: DURING THE MOVE

I was so happy to read last week that so many of you have taken, or are planning to take, the leap of moving to a new country. AMAZING! However for those of you thinking about it I would be wrong to pretend that everything about moving is great, one of the annoying things about it is the actual moving part. MOVING SUCKS! However, it’s clearly a necessary evil in terms of actually relocating. Here I share a few thoughts on things to remember during your move.

moving to another country: during the move

Square Stuff Away

Whilst the thought of running off to another country and leaving all your worries behind may sound appealing, trust me when you eventually come back (even for a trip) it will all be there waiting for you. Probably costing you money the whole time! So remember to square away memberships, mail, university debt, credit cards, phone bills and anything that’s going to mount up while you’re away. If you have outgoings that will continue while you are away make sure you leave enough money in your account to cover at least the first few months.

Pack Up Your Things (and cull)
Moving is the perfect opportunity to become the minimalist you’ve always wanted to be, I promise you you’re not going to need everything from your whole house in your new country. I moved with just a suitcase (twice in fact) and I honestly don’t miss any of the clutter I got rid of.

Ship some favourites
If you need to, ship some of your favourite pieces that will make it feel like home to your destination, just make sure you pack in your suitcase that climate appropriate clothing as you often have to wait up to three months for boxes shipped by sea (i.e. the cheap way).

Plan where you’ll stay when you arrive

Getting off a bus with only a suitcase and nowhere to go is only romantic in the movies, and having somewhere solid to lay your head when you arrive is key to feeling good. Hopefully you know someone who will let you mooch off them for a week or two (or three!) otherwise a short-term rental is your best bet

Take a trip before settling
If there’s one thing I regret not doing both times I moved countries is taking an extended trip away before settling in. In my experience those between jobs phases (hopefully) are few and far between in your life/career and as you get older the chances of doing a three month journey around Canada or wherever diminish as your responsibilities pile up. If money is tight, why not do a little working holiday where you go and do some casual work, my friend did a few months running the desk of a backpackers in Croatia as she moved countries and still dreams of her days at the Gecko hostel.

Practice your new language
I probably should have mentioned this in my last post because honestly, language is key and has always influenced my decisions about where I would live. If you’re going somewhere where the dominant language is different to yours, now’s the time to cram that phrasebook, it might help to put it under your pillow too!

Don’t forget your family
Your friends are going to want to have like 5o leaving parties but in reality your family are probably going to be the people that you miss the most while you’re away, so make sure to pencil in time for some TLC with them. Chances are your mum/dad are concerned you’ll go away and never come back, and now’s the time to tell them that you definitely plan on coming back in a year or so and settling down just around the corner from them (revisions can be made later!).

Say bye to that guy you fell in love with last week
Ok so invariably if you’re single and planning on moving countries you fall head over heels in love with someone in the few weeks before you leave, allowing just enough time to have an crazy whirlwind romance that will leave you in pieces on the plane. Trust me this is textbook, and sods law, and proof of the ‘when you’re not looking you find it’ adage. Don’t let that stop you going – you’re an independent woman! Being apart will be the perfect test of your relationship, leading to him perhaps moving too or you perhaps moving back sooner than expected and either way lots of meeting in the middle. Just go with it!

DIY GOLD LEAF HEADBAND

Looking for a failsafe look for your next soiree (whether it be the races or halloween)? Why not try a subtle nod to the excesses of ancient Greece with a creme dress, embellished flats and handmade gold headband. For me it’s comfort and elegance rolled into one easy to wear package and a style I reach for when in doubt.  Bring on the toga party! Sans major hangovers and loudmouth college guys. And guess what else? You’re actually going to be able to walk in those flats all day/night, which is the biggest plus of them all.

Head over to the Witchery website here to read my latest guest DIY, this simple-as-pie to make gold headband.

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Dress and sandals by Witchery

Photos by Marion Tessier