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DIY SCALLOPED HEELS

I’m a firm believer that we make our own sunshine, whether it be in the form of a Monday that doesn’t kill you, a job that you love or that ripped denim skirt that’s been on your wish list for ages. For that reason, I’m excited to be working with Kookai this month sharing a handful of DIYs, based on their new ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ inspired AW14 collection. Drawing from the world of pop art and soul music, the collection is all about creating your own happiness (or sunshine), and what better way than with a bit of DIY, right?

Ok, ok, so I know shoes aren’t the answer to lifelong happiness, but they’re certainly not a bad place start (after getting a good 8 hours of sleep a night!). So today I’ll be showing you how to make a very very simple pair of scalloped heels – the perfect centrepiece for an outfit designed to dance the night away to soul, hip hop, funk – whatever your jam! Although, to be fair you’ll probably find me shoes in hand by the end of the night… :)  And you guys, in case you weren’t sold on this project, the scalloping is totally removable so you can get happy with these shoes over and over!

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Wearing: Skirt and jacket from Kookai‘s AW14 collection

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You need:

  • A pair of strappy heels (these are simple Tony Bianco ones I’ve had for years)
  • A piece of scrap leather or suede (faux would also work too)
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • This Scallop Printable printed on A4
  • A few pieces of leather twine

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How to:

1. Start by carefully cutting out the template.

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2. Using the tape, stick that to the underside of the leather/fabric.

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3.  Next, using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the leather along the template, so you end up with scalloped trim as seen below.

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4. The end result should look like this. You’ll have to cut around 4 pieces or more for your heels.

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5. To attach to your heels, you’re going to use two methods. For the ankle straps, simple cut two slits into the leather and weave the strap onto it.

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6. For the front strap, make two holes at the edge of the fabric, and thread the twine through, tying it to he underside of the strap.

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Voila!

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Stay tuned for more projects that inspire you to make your own sunshine!

Photos by Marion Tessier

In collaboration with Kookai.

DIY FRESH FLOWER CROWN

Being the last minute throw-it-all-together person that I am, I usually create a Halloween costume out of whatever is lying on the floor. Last year was no exception – but this time with the help of some amazing fresh flowers I was about to create a pretty convincing Frida Kahlo outfit (just add floral dress, lots and lots of gold jewellery and monobrow!), with this oh-so-simple crown being the perfect centrepiece to an otherwise last minute ensemble. This year I’ve decided to to make sure I prepare better (clearly, given I’m already thinking about it!), but in the meantime I thought I would share with you the steps for creating your own fresh flower crown, a little accessory that’s as home at a Halloween party as it is at a baby shower, wedding or any other special occasion. Can’t go wrong with fresh flowers!

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You need:

  • Some fresh flowers. We used carnations as they hold their shape but any would do, a big peony as the centre piece would be gorgeous.
  • Bobby pins
  • Scissors

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How to:

1. Cut the flowers so they have a small amount of stalk left at the bottom.

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2. Do this for all your flowers.

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3. Attach them to the bobby pins by pushing them  between the prongs and down to the end.

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4. Now, part your hair roughly down the middle, and then do two plaits. Once you have done that, pin those plaits to the front of your head like braids. A fancier option is to do a wrapped braid but I found this method quick and easy. Don’t worry if they fail to meet in the middle, you’ll be covering them in flowers anyway.

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5. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pin the flower pins onto and along the plaits around your head. If you feel they are going to fall off, just add a few extra bobby pins at the end to steady them.

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Voila!

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BEFORE & AFTER: THE VINTAGE KIMONO

My recent trip to Kyoto yielded many great and gorgeous finds – the perfect mochi balls, washi paper by the kilo and naturally a few (dozen) kimonos. However, as some of you may have experienced in the past, sometimes items of clothing you pick up on your holidays seem perfect at the time but once home aren’t translatable into your everyday wardrobe. That lace butterfly top that looked the shiz on you in Bali suddenly seems out of place when you get home to Adelaide (or Connecticut, or Luton). That’s not to say I didn’t love my kimonos when I got home, but they started to seem more like artwork than something I would actually wear. In the spirit of wearability once I got home I altered this kimono that I bought for $10 at the Kyoto Flea Market (more on that soon!) slightly so that it could integrate into my wardrobe and be worn with other things that I own. And yes, some of you might feel it’s sacrilege (my mum thought so) to cut up a vintage kimono like this, however I can’t help but feel that it would much prefer to be out and about at New York Fashion Week (stomping the streets of Soho!) with me than languishing at the bottom of my cupboard. Thoughts?

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Wearing: Kimono from Kyoto, One teaspoon denim shorts (like these, these and these), Club Monaco Silk cami (like this and this), Dylan Kain Bag, Oroton mid heel pumps, Daniel Wellington watch.

Making the changes to this vintage kimono was super easy and took under ten minutes. I did two things, I changed them hemline so it went from floor dragging to thigh skimming – which made it perfect for integrating with more modern pieces like denim shorts and pumps. I also altered the arms of the kimono, taking out the excess fabric which is part of a normal kimono design as this tended to bulk and bunch up when I was wearing it. The update made for a much more streamlined silhouette making it wayyy more wearable. I’m also super excited because there’s a huge piece of fabric left over from this that will make the perfect….. something. Stay tuned!

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Love the kimono look? Make your own here!