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DIY FRESH FLOWER BRACELET

In yet another example of my inability to look past Summer and into the next season (reading Elle magazine on the plane recently was devastating – what’s with all the overcoats!? I just wanna see bikinis!), a little while ago I got together with my girl Gemma to create a super simple fresh flower bracelet. This is one of those things that would be perfect for a picnic or any sort of outdoor soiree – as long as you’re not allergic to bees! I which case this would definitely better in a silk flower version.

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You need:

  • Sturdy fresh flowers (we used roses but anything that won’t fall apart too easily would work).
  • Florist wire
  • scissors
  • lobster clasps and jump rings

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How to:

1. Cut your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inches) of stalk, then cut a piece of florists wire. Start wrapping the flowers with wire.

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2. Once the first flower is wrapped on, add more flowers along the wire and connect by wrapping.

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3. Keep going, measuring as you go along to make sure it is going to fit your wrist.

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4. Once it’s the right length, add the lobster clasp and the jump rings.

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Voila!

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I can so see this made in some gorgeous burgundy roses – the perfect living accessory.

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Thanks Gemma for such a cute idea!

DIY POM POM BIKINI

Even though I’ve already started seeing autumn fashions all over the place I’m unwilling to even contemplate the fact that summer is part way over – I’m hoping to stretch it out for another good few months at least. One way to do that is to keep on crafting pieces that are fit for sweltering days, and this bikini is no exception. When in doubt put a pom pom on it!

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You need:

  • A simple bikini (this, this or this one would work)
  • Pom pom trim with stretch
  • A needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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How to:

1. Lay out your bikini on a flat surface and run your pom pom trim along the edges. I chose to just put mine on the top edge of the bottoms and the bottom edge of the top. Trim to size, but make sure you add 5cm (2 inches) to the end to account for the stretch in the fabric.

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2. Pin your trim where you want to secure it.

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3. Make sure to fold the raw edge under in preparation for sewing so you don’t have any fraying.

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4.Using your needle and thread, stitch the trim down. To make the stitches less obvious I did a very short stitch on top, and a longer stitch underneath.

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5. Once sewn in place, use your hands to stretch out the fabric which will create some slack in the stitching which in turn will make it more comfortable to wear, and less likely to break.

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6. Do the same for the top and voila!

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Definitely feeling nice in summery in this Kini!

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HOW TO: PACK A HAT IN YOUR SUITCASE

Recently I’ve started collecting hats the way that other people collect shoes, to me they’re the ultimate accessory, particularly when travelling – nothing dresses up a simple outfit like a panama or straw hat. I took not one but three to Thailand recently and have to say they became my constant companion.

One of the biggest issues when travelling with a hat is how you actually transport the thing without it a) ending up looking like a flat crushed pancake if you just throw it in your suitcase or b) annoying you constantly if you take it as carry on or c) getting left behind at airport security. After a fair bit of trial and error I’ve come up with one way to get around the whole ‘do they still sell hat boxes’ conundrum. Read on to see how I go about it.

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Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch

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How to:

1. First, get together all the clothes you want to pack. Then, pack all your heavy items at the bottom of your bag including shoes, bags and heavier fabrics like denims. Make sure when you lay out the heavier clothes on top of your accessories that you do so to create a nice flat surface.

2. Next, take a nice heavy piece of clothing like a denim shirt and fold then roll it up.

3. Taking your hat, push the shirt down carefully into the crown (the part where your head goes), making sure it fills completely. If there’s still space, add another item of clothing so the crown part is completely stuffed.

4. Next, lay your hat upright onto the flat surface of clothing. Then start adding your remaining items of clothing around the hat. For me that meant adding pieces of my holiday wardrobe like this skirt (perfect holiday wear), this romper and this bikini (like this).

5. Pack all your items around the hat, making sure you pack it all nice a tight so the hat can’t flop around. Once you’ve done that add some more clothes on top so it’s nice a flat. Now just zip up your bag and away you go!

One tip from my return journey from Thailand – this technique works best if you don’t stuff your suitcase full, because if you do it’s pretty hard to prevent your precious hat being squashed. In those situations (the ones where you’ve bought so much and have to sit on your suitcase to get it closed) the only real option is to wear your hat on the plane.

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Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch

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You’ll notice I kept my wardrobe fairly co-ordinated in a colour palette sense when I was packing for Thailand, in an effort to stick with the principles of this (very old) post. Always helps to keep things simple!