24th March 2012
I recently made a pair of multi-colored pom pom anklets and paired them with these amazing Tony Bianco
electric blue suede wedges – talk about festive footwear! The anklets are removable and can be worn with any shoes you like, and can lend a harajuku/mexican fiesta air to an otherwise classic outfit. Although for these pics I decided to pair them with my cobalt J Brand
skinny jeans – because sometimes more is more, right?
- A pair of wedges (these are Tony Bianco ‘Kandi’)
- Velvet ribbon (I used blue to match the shoes)
- Multi coloured pom poms
- Glue gun and glue
1. Cut two equal lengths of velvet ribbon.
2. Choose the pom poms to go on the anklets, I mixed up the colours.
3. Glue the pom poms in a line in the middle of the velvet ribbon.
4. Tie around a jar and let dry so they dry with a rounded shape.
Voila! Once dry, thread the ribbon through the eye of the original anklet and tie the ribbon in a bow at the back of the foot. A little bit fun, and a little bit crazy. But to me that’s exactly what fashion’s supposed to be about. The best part is, you can also wear these anklets as bracelets, they work perfectly!
19th March 2012
I noticed a little while ago that a subtle new skirt shape was popping up amongst many of my favourite brands – the asymmetric hem. Rather than a big cut out, this asymmetric shape has just a small triangle of fabric peeking over the edge of the hem – but it’s this tiny detail that gets me. Today I’m going to share with you another before & after project – turning a (frankly tent-like) thrifted skirt into my own version of the asymmetric mini.
You may not be able to see it clearly in this photo but the original skirt had a waistline that was a little less than double my own, and that was a key element which allowed me to make the split hem.
A number of different asymmetric hem skirts inspired this project – including these two below – the Ellery ‘Wei Wei’
wrap skirt and a Kahlo
navy leather number. I was also lightly channeling the amazing skirt shapes in the Proenzer Schouler AW12 show (recap here
- An oversized skirt with a zip in the back (rather than the side). Look for one at least 1.5 times the size of your waist. I was super happy to find this Stella-esque printed number in my local thrift store for less than a dollar.
- A needle and thread (and sewing machine if you want to change the length of the hem like I did)
1. First I cut the skirt to mini length and hemmed it.
2. I put the skirt on (I have done it on the hanger here so you can see clearly) and wrapped it like a kilt or the way you would a towel, doubling the excess fabric over at the front.
3. I then pinned the folded edge to the front of the skirt, but first put it on a diagonal angle so that the hem dropped down to create the asymmetric shape.
4. Finally, I ironed and then stitched the top edge of the folded section to the front of the skirt, leaving the side edge free to allow for movement. I made sure to create a clean line along the waistband.
Wearing: DIY mini, Country Road Singlet, ‘Karissa
‘ Tony Bianco heels
12th March 2012
Neon cap toe heels have been on my mind for a while, ever since I posted this
. I decided to have a go at making a pair as the second project in my ongoing collaboration with Tony Bianco
A pair of rounded or pointed pumps (these are Tony Bianco ‘Karr’
, which are a great everyday heel)
White and neon yellow acrylic paints
1. Tape off a cap toe at the front of the heels with masking tape.
2. Make sure to press hard on the edges of masking tape.
3. First do a coat of white paint. Let dry for a few hours.
4. Then do a couple of coats of yellow paint.
To remove the brush strokes which were quite pronounced on my suede heels, wait until the paint is semi dry, and then wet your fingers with water and smooth any lines. I found this made a huge different to the look of the cap toe.
5. To reduce the chances of the paint cracking when you take off the masking tape (this can happen when doing multiple layers of paint) and giving you a shaky line (nothing worse), rather than waiting until the paint is completely dry, I removed the tape when the paint was still a little moist and then put aside to dry overnight.
Et Voila! Such a simple update and bang on (neon) trend. Outfit pics to come – the weather has been horrendous in HK but as soon as the sun is shining I’ll be getting a few pics in these babies.
Thanks Geri + Sophie
for inspiring me to have a crack at the cap toe! Simple as can be.
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