a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:58:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 DIY MARBLE GEM DECORATIONS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-marble-decorations.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-marble-decorations.html#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:55:42 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13763 In round two of ‘decorations you’ll never want to take down’, today we bring you the marble geometric decorations – so simple to make and in hipster approved diamond shapes. Read on to see how.

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You need: 

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How to:

1. Download your diamond template here. Print this onto card paper or simply stick the template printed on normal paper onto card. Next cut out a piece of marble paper the same size as your paper.

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2. Remove the adhesive layer of the marble paper and stick it onto the back of the card paper and make sure to smooth over any bumps.

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3. Cut out your template.

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4. Using a dart awl and the edge of a ruler, run the sharp point along the fold lines, this will make the lines more defined and easier to fold. If you don’t have a dart awl, you can also use a needle or pen. Once you have folded all the lines, apply glue to the tabs and begin to stick your shape together.

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5. Before gluing shut your shape. Take a needle and pull a long piece of thread through the top to act as a hanging string.

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Voila!

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Love marble? Read our tutorial for creating a marble photo background here.

Finished items photographed by Nicola Lemmon

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DIY NO SEW BLANKET CAPE http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-no-sew-blanket-cape.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-no-sew-blanket-cape.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:50:37 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13919 It’s getting to that time of year when getting out of bed is hard. I mean REALLY HARD. The snooze button starts to look pretty good every morning and all you want to do is wrap yourself in your blankets and never come out. Enter the blanket cape, the fashion set’s equivalent of the snuggie (although let’s be honest, the latter wins hands down always). This style was seen all over the AW15 runways, most noticeably at Burberry where they were precariously thrown over the shudders. Kinda like the jacket as cape trend, but hey an actual cape! The best thing about this piece of clothing is that it’s insanely do-able in an at home sense, and so here we show you how.

Make a cape out of a blanket

Wearing: DIY Cape, Grana Tee, Whistles jeans, Asos boots, Dylan Kain bag

No sew cape

You need:

  • 3 m (3.3 yards) of blanket fabric like a thick cotton or jersey.
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Pins

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How to:

1. At the edge of your fabric, cut a piece of fabric 5cm wide (2 inches), this will serve as your belt later on.

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2. Take your piece of fabric and fold it in half.

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3. Along the folded line, cut to approximately halfway.

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5.This is what the bottom half it will look like after you have unfolded the fabric. How to make a blanket cape www.apairandasparediy.com

6. Now we’re going to cut the belt holes in the front. To do this put the cape on and mark where your waist is, which is what you want the belt to wrap around. Then measure 30cm (12 inches) away from the central split on each side in line with where you marked your waist.  You can see the slits cut below.

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7. Now take your belt fabric and from pull it through the two slits you create. This is how it should look. When you put it on, the waist fastening will sit behind you so that you can tie it around your waist and create the right shape.

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Voila!

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Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

Ps like capes? See the other versions I’ve created here and here (this one’s great for the rain!).

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GIFT IDEA: THE PERFECT WARDROBE ESSENTIALS (UNDER $50!) http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/gift-idea-the-perfect-wardrobe-essentials-under-50.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/gift-idea-the-perfect-wardrobe-essentials-under-50.html#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:02:32 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13894 When it comes to gift giving, I’m all about tracking down the most useful presents, without blowing my (admittedly often tight) budget. Although some of you may think this makes me a bit scrooge like, I like to think of it as getting the proverbial bang for buck – and who doesn’t love that? Usually I go for DIY or  market bought presents, but sadly both of these require one element that I’m rather short on this year – time. Failing any sort of pre planning, I like to seek out companies that share my ethos for quality at an affordable price.

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One such company are my friends over at Grana (you may remember them from my traipse around Hong Kong’s markets), who have the perfect solution for those of you who like me a) like to give presents that people will actually use (and use and use annnnnd use) and/or b) are yet to have started your shopping at all. Their boxed up essentials (think tees, tanks and shirts) are the perfect addition to any wardrobe (trust me on this – I’ve been wearing the shizz out of my silk shirts!), and are great for those impossible to buy for people. Yes, you could get your brother another set of golf balls like last year, but chances are he’d love 5 new cotton tees. And did I mention it’s super affordable? Meaning you’ll probably have a few pennies left over to add to your own tee collection… ;)

The best part? You can buy with Grana up until the 21st of December (23rd if you’re in Hong Kong) for pre Christmas delivery, and they’re offering free shipping, just use code ‘SANTA’ at checkout. Even better for those of you who prefer to bypass present handling at all, they can also gift wrap your items and send them directly to your loved ones. Below are a few of my picks, it’s one of those choose your own adventure situations!

For your sister / mother / bestie

Under $50

– 3 x Peruvian cotton tees

– A sleeveless silk top + a tee

– A tank + a tee

Under $100

–  3 x silk tanks

– 2 x silk tanks + 2 x tees

– a silk shirt and a tank

– 5 tees

For your boyfriend  / father / hipster cousin

Under $50

– 3 x tees

Under $100

–  5 x tees

– 2 tees + a pair of jeans

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This post is in collaboration with Grana, a brand I love and wear regularly.

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5 CRAFT PROJECTS TO TRY THESE HOLIDAYS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/5-craft-projects-to-try-these-holidays.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/5-craft-projects-to-try-these-holidays.html#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:00:00 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13846 The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to engage in a little making. You a) probably have a bit more time on your hands than usual, b) might be in need of a distraction from family mayhem (at least I know I am) and c) perhaps have a penchant for handmade gifts – even if it’s a ‘one for me and one for you’ kinda situation. I’ve already started sourcing and planning for the projects I’ll do when I’m back in Aus for a month (helloooo summer!) – and yes it’s all starting to get a bit ambitious, macramé tent or beach teepee anyone?

If you’re in the market for some holiday craftiness, the A Pair & A Spare shop has you sorted – check out our holiday edit here and read on for a few of our fave projects to try this holiday season.

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1. The DIY Pearl Earrings (Original and Deluxe) – My love of the Dior inspired Double Pearl earrings isn’t going away any time soon, so it’s a great time to stock up on this kit which includes materials to make two pairs of earrings and a mountain of other pearl embellishments – for only $29 it’s a steal. We’ve also added a new deluxe kit with materials to make earrings and a double pearl necklace, because when it comes to pearl more is more!

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2. A Rope Camera Strap - ane of my favourite projects to date, the rope camera strap kit is perfect for the traveller – and it comes in a set of two so you can share one with your bestie!

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3. The Test Tube Vases – For the minimalist, you’ll be excited to hear that we’ve just added grey and black versions of these test tube vases.

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4. A DIY with leather using our Leather Kit – There’s nothing better than working with leather, with such a luxurious material it always feels really simple to create something lasting, that will only get better with age. This kit comes in blush, black and tan. Like this key ring I made a while ago. These letter stamps will take your projects to the next level, and stay tuned next week for how to make the leather heart tags. :)

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5. A project in your favourite shade - A new addition to the store, the colour kits combine some of our favourite craft materials into hue inspired kits, and are perfect for a lover of colour and making. Find the kit in Blue, Pink, Green and Lilac.

Shop the rest of our favourite projects here. And remember, if you’re looking to get your supplies before christmas, make sure to select express shipping at checkout!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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DIY TULLE SKIRT http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-tulle-skirt.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-tulle-skirt.html#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:11:51 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13316 If there’s one time of year it’s acceptable, nay, required, to wear a tulle skirt, it’s the holiday season. And yes, although my daily uniform isn’t usually as girly as this, there’s nothing better than dressing a little special sometimes – the best accompaniment to lunchtime drinking and awkward secret santas! For this project I used a similar method to the classic circle skirt created many moons ago here, just made it a bit longer. Super easy, trust me.

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Wearing: DIY skirt, Cos T-shirt, Boda Skins Jacket, Tony Bianco Heels

You need:

  • 5 meters (5.5 yards) of tulle fabric
  • 3 (3.3 yards) meters of lining fabric
  • thick elastic
  • scissors
  • pins
  • measuring tape
  • sewing machine

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How to:

1. First you will need to do some maths to work out your waist radius.

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Take your hip measurement in inches and divide by 6.28. This will give you your waist radius. You also want to decide on the length of your skirt. We wanted to use the full length of the fabric so ours was 33″ (84cm)  long.

2. Fold your tulle in half and pin along the tom and bottom edge so that the two layers stay n place.

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3. On the folded edge of your fabric, mark your waist radius measurement from the top point of the fabric.

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4. Pivot from the corner, marking the point as you spin towards the top edge of the fabric. Continue until you have created half a circle.

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5. Repeat the same pivot technique to mark the the length of the skirt. Once you have finished marking the shape, it should look something like this.

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6. Make sure the two layers of tulle lay flat and then simply cut along the marked points to create a smooth curve.

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7. Cut around the skirt hem line aswell.

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8. You will be left with the shape of the skirt. Repeat this process for another layer of tulle and one layer of lining.When you open up your fabric, you will have a circle in the centre of your fabric where your waistband will go.

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9. Pin both your layers of tulle and lining together.

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10. On your sewing machine, sew a baste stitch 1cm from the edge in a wider stitch length.

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11. DO NOT back stitch and remember to leave an inch between your starting and ending point.

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12. Pull the bobbin thread (the underneath one) and watch the skirt begin to gathers. Gather the skirt evenly to meet your original hip measurement.

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13. Take your thick elastic and stretch it around your waist. Then sew the elastic together with a 1cm seam allowance to form a loop.

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14. Turn your skirt inside out so that the lining is facing outwards. Pin the elastic waistband on the inside against the tulle just beneath your baste stitch. Pin the elastic on sparsely at equal distances so that you can stretch it as you sew to create the fitted waistband.

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Remember to stretch the elastic as you sew just under the baste stitch line. After you have finished, turn the skirt back around and the elastic should be hidden.

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Voila!

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This is how happy you’ll feel!

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Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

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DIY PRINTABLE HOLIDAY CARDS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-printable-holiday-cards.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-printable-holiday-cards.html#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:07:30 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13217 In round two of dishing up *free* holiday cheer, Jasmine and I have created some very very pretty printables for you to give to your loved ones – or yourself! In other words EVERYONNNNNESSSSSS GETTTINNNG CAAAAARRRDDS! (said in Oprah voice). These are a particular favourite because, as I’m sure you’re aware (from this post), I’m alll about the card. The cards we’ve created can be used for a range of festive events – let’s just say for me poppin’ bottles is something that should apply every weekend!

Download the cards here (there’s one sneaky surprise card included which we know you’re going to LOVE!). And check out the free gift tags here. When you’re making them, one thing we would recommend is that you use a light cardboard, which can usual be loaded into your printer – this will give them that luxe feel! Also make sure to snip off the edge lines that we’ve added to show you where the card starts and ends.

Ps. We’ve been absolutely loving seeing you all using the printables on your gifts, make sure to tag Jas and I (@jasminedowling and @apairandaspare) on instagram so we can check out your wrapping and card skills!

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If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Jasmine’s store. I have my eye on one of her luxe calenders!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon.

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DIY HIMMELI GEOMETRIC BRASS ORNAMENTS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-himmeli-geometric-brass-ornaments.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-himmeli-geometric-brass-ornaments.html#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:59:48 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13773 Let’s be honest, Christmas decorations and I haven’t always gotten along. Even though I’m not a minimalist per say, I can’t help but squirm when I am exposed to the riot of clashing colour and excess that seems to be the decoration approach of choice of most shopping malls. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas, but sometimes wish there was a more subtle colour palette and elegance when it comes to decorations. Enter the Himmeli. A traditional decoration from Finland, this is something I came across a few years ago and loved for their simplicity, clean lines and somehow non-denomination feel (at least to me). Trust the scandos to totally nail the Christmas deco! The thing I love about these ornaments is that thankfully they’re not something you’ll want to hide as soon as the holiday season is over, chances are they’ll suit everything about your home all through the year. Finally, ornaments you can keep up whether it’s Christmas or Diwali!

If you love these as much as we do, why not pop over to the shop and pick up your own, you can choose to make them yourself or we’ll make them for you!

Oh and for those of you who don’t receive my emails, we’re going to be sending out another Himmeli design this week in the newsletter, so click here and sign up to make sure you’re in the know.

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You need:

  • 12 brass tubes
  • Leather cord or twine

Or buy the kit or the finished product my by us in the studio here.

How to:

1. Cut a piece of cord roughly 1 metre long (40 inches) . Start by threading three brass tunes onto your leather cord.

2. Tie the first three together into a triangle.

3. Add two more tubes to create a diamond shape.

4. Add one more piece of tube coming out to one side. Create one more of these shapes.

5. Place the tubes on top of each other and tie the points together.

6. Finish the shape by tying the loose tubes to the opposite corner.

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DIY HARDWARE CLUTCH http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-hardware-clutch.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/diy-hardware-clutch.html#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:09:36 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12898 There’s nothing better at this time of year than a statement bag at your side while you paint the town red (and gold!). We’ve noticed everywhere a trend towards statement accessories that have a certain off duty feel, and when we found these embellishments we knew it was time to create something of our own. It was seriously easy!

DIY embellished clutch

You need:

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How to:

1. Using pliers open a large jump ring.

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2. Attach the jump ring to one end of your chain.

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3. Attach the jump ring and chain onto the middle section of the piece of hardware.

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4. Attach the other piece of hardware and jump ring on the other end of the chain. This is going to be your feature piece.

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5. Apply some glue to the back of one of the pieces of hardware.

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6. Decide where you want the piece of hardware to go and stick it onto the front of the clutch.

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7. Leave enough space for the chain to hang down nicely and glue the other piece of hardware onto the other side.

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Et voila!

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Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

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WARDROBE REHAB: HOLIDAY SEASON UPDATES http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/wardrobe-rehab-holiday-season-updates.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/wardrobe-rehab-holiday-season-updates.html#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:27:01 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13722 The best time of year is officially upon us! And no, I don’t mean the season of giving and spending time with family (sorry mum and dad). What I’m referring to is the party season – overflowing with opportunities to drink to excess, make out with co-workers and generally un-do all the good we’ve done attempting to appear professional and put together al year. Whether your plan is to be naughty or nice this party season, naturally you want to look good right? Right. Enter the ultimate holiday wardrobe, part off duty, part disco ball. It all comes down to how you mix the two together – my rule is to focus on one feature pieces (a sequin skirt, tulle skirt etc) and add other simple elements to your outfit.

Over the years I feel like I’ve accrued a number of pieces that always come out around this time of year, but it wouldn’t be a party season without adding a few new piece  – read on to see what (I feel like) you need in your closet holiday season.

Love the rack? Make yours with my tutorial here.

Wardrobe Rehab Holiday Updates

J Crew silk tank, DIY tulle skirt, Witchery Knit, DIY Sequin Skirt, Topshop lace dress, Kookai Trench, Thrifted silk dress, Dylan Kain bag, Whistles Mules, Mode Collective heels.

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The lace dress

A nice fitting lace dress never (ever) gets old, and will no doubt become a second skin for you during the silly season. The best thing about a lace dress is that it’s one of those things you can throw on last minute and know it looks good! I picked mine up from a second hand store and did and little before & after (remember?), so that’s always an option (as is this skirt and this one). But if you feel like you’re running out of time see below for some of my favourites.

I really like this one or  this one or this one or this one or  this one.

The something sparkly

What other time of year can you dress like a christmas ornament and not be laughing stock (or at least a cause for raised eyebrows?). If dressing wearing something sparkly makes you feel a little nervous, one option is to pair your shiny item with simple separates and accessories – the addition of a textured knit will soften a sequin maxi skirt (like the one I made here!). Pick up something sparkly below:

This skirt from Topshop is lovely as is this one  or this one or this one or this one.

The tulle skirt

I recently created a tulle skirt (tutorial coming soon) and since I did I can’t believe I never owned one before. There’s nothing better than feeling just a little special this time of year, although I tend to pair mine with boots and a leather jacket most of the time to play down the princess diaries vibes.

I really like this one, this one and this one

The chunky knit

At this time of year I love pairing a leather skirt with a chunky textured knit and a oversized necklace, and the bonus with a knit is that it is perfect for those nights you decide to stay home (or maybe you’re so hungover from last night that you can’t leave the couch?).

Check out this one,  this onethis onethis one or this one.

Holiday heels

A little pair of heels that say ‘yes I’a ready to party’ are, some might say, an essential during the holiday season. If a new pair are out of the question, why no add a touch of sparkle a la DIY? See how to here (an old but favourite post!). Or maybe treat yourself:

Thesethesethese or  these are cute.

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STUDIO HOURS: TRENCHES AND TASSELS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/studio-hours-trenches-totes-and-tassels.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/12/studio-hours-trenches-totes-and-tassels.html#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:05:18 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13726 Contrary to popular belief, the jacket as cape trend didn’t start with a French magazine editor. Although that might be the general consensus, I’ve recently worked out that in all likelihood the caped jacket trend actually originated right here in Hong Kong, or at least in some other humid city that struggles to make up its mind about the turn of season, thus requiring you to ‘sort of’ wear your warm clothes lest it be cold, and also sort of wear nothing to allow for when the sun comes out and you’re sweaty almost instantaneously. On that not quite here, not quite there score, it appears the jacket over the shoulder situation oes the trick!

But as you probably know, jacket caping does tend to make it difficult to carry your bag. A clutch is always a good idea in this situation but not that functional for your average Tuesday afternoon, so instead I opt for the carry your bag under the jacket situation, and it turns out this Ril Creed tote is perfect for this.

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Wearing: Kookai Trench (like this), J Crew Jeans, Witchery Knit (like this), Ril Creed Bag, Whistles Mules

In other news, last week I had a really fun time hosting a launch event for new bag brand Ril Creed - we used offcuts of leather from their factory to create leather tassels charms for their bags. It was so much fun, although hectic to the point where we ran out for more scissors halfway through. Thanks to everyone who came! :)

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