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My DIY

DIY JEWELED WHITE SHIRT

Having made the (somewhat enormous) leap from working at home to working in an office, my wardrobe has been forced to undergo a change. Although ours is a pretty relaxed office with a focus on creativity rather than sharp collars and pointless meetings (I used to be a town planner!), it still doesn’t mean dressing in head to toe grey sweats (koala-ing as my bf likes to call it) is going to cut it. For the first time in two years I’ve had to start contemplating things according to whether they can be worn to work. So strange! And for me, that’s where the white shirt comes in. If you’ve been following along for a while you’ll know that I’m all about versatility (read wardrobe rehab if you’re interested) when it comes to what I buy, and the white shirt is (with zero doubt) the most versatile piece you could ever buy – so perfect for work and play and everything in between.

For that reason, it’s an honour to be working with Witchery on their White Shirt campaign in aid of finding an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer. Not only is it an important cause, but the white shirt is something you’ll wear and wear and wear. The best bit? If you buy a white shirt form Witchery this month 100% of gross proceeds from the sale go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support research into finding an early detection test and curing Ovarian cancer. It’s the most guilt free purchase you’ll ever make.

Never one to shy away from reworking a classic, I recently used a bit of DIY to update my white shirt, applying jeweled clusters using a method that doesn’t take too long and can easily be worn and then removed for the ultimate in versatile style.

You can read the DIY post here.

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Outfit details here.

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Rather than applying directly to the shirt, I created the clusters on some felt and then sewed them onto the shirt, see the full details  here.

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Images by lovely Marion Tessier

DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS

Just in time for the madness that is Coachella weekend, to me these gem embellished brass cuffs reflect the very best things about the start of summer – sun, music and all my best friends (those who make together stay together right?). Even if for you this weekend is more couch surfing than crowd surfing (I’m going to raise my hand on that one), these cuffs will give you all the palm-tree-and-denim-cut-off inspired sparkle you need.  Trust me.

I have to say I myself am in need of some cheering up – my own holiday has come to an abrupt end and after one of those awful overnight flights I’m back in the office. Instead of feeling down I did what I love to do most – make something.  Namely 20 or so different designs for these cuff kit sets (pastel gem version & marble gem version) I’ve designed for Wander & Hunt. Admittedly I nodded off a few times, hey, three hours of sleep will do that to you, but it certainly helped me pass the day. For those of you who are interested, you get a small and a big brass cuff in each kit, and can mix and match the stones to your heart’s content!

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You need:

  • A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • A skewer for application

You can buy the kits over at Wander & Hunt and can choose from Pastel Gems or Marble Gems.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

How to

1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!

Gem Embellished Cuffs

4. Work your way all the way around, creating the design you feel reflects you – pared back or more is more – the choice is completely yours. Once you’re done leave to dry overnight.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

Voila!
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The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?

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Now for the big question, are you a marble gem person or a pastel gem person?

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, regardless of whether it’s Coachella or couch-ella.

CURRENTLY WEARING: LACE AND CHAIN

Greetings from sunny New Zealand! I feel so lucky to have spent the last few days enjoying every moment with friends and family on the gorgeous island of Waiheke – if you ever get the chance to visit this part of the world you must (must must!). I can’t even put into words how lovely it is here – every single bay and little cottage looks like it’s straight out of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom! One of my good friends got married a few days ago at Mudbrick Winery, and it was one of those long nights I’ll no doubt remember forever (luckily long after the morning-after-headache has subsided!). I thought I would share with you some of the details of this (picture perfect) wedding as well as what I threw on for the day – a hot pink lace dress and (never one to leave the house not wearing a new DIY) which I decided to toughen with a little DIY.

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Wearing: Whistles Lace Dress, Oroton Heels, Dylan Kain Bag, Daniel Wellington Watch, DIY belt.

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A big thank you to all you lovely people that took the time to impart your NZ related wisdom for m in this post! I can’t understate how useful all your tips have been (I re-read them all in a cafe in the Coromandels today to check what I shouldn’t miss) – it’s like having your very own local guide. I’m going to be here all week travelling around, can’t wait to share our trip with you!