a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:09:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 DIY SCALLOPED HEELS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-scalloped-heels.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-scalloped-heels.html#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:09:52 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12750 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.

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DIY FRESH FLOWER CROWN http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-fresh-flower-crown.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-fresh-flower-crown.html#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:13:39 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12738 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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NEW YORK NEW YORK http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/new-york-new-york.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/new-york-new-york.html#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:33:55 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12712 Last week’s trip to New York was pretty much a whirlwind of taxis, cold brew coffees, sweaty subway rides, lingering consultations with google maps and swapping shoes every hour. But I’m not complaining – New York is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world. Although, that’s true for so many people it’s become a cliche to even say it! What made this trip so much more special than previous ones is that my brother now lives there while he studies, and there was nothing better than hanging out in the East Village and seeing the city through the eyes of a local.

While I sort through the mountains of photos I took to go into a few posts (I now travel with not one but three cameras and my computer is about to self combust with all the files being uploaded) I thought I would share with you a few pictures taken while touring the city in the new Club Monaco collection, showing them my favourite spots and soaking up every minute of New York sunshine. To start with, the team showed me around their flagship store in the Flat Iron district, and although it’s not my usual MO to hang around in the one place for hours I honestly couldn’t help it, the store feels more like the lounge room you wish you had than a retail space, complete with Toby’s Estate coffee, a bookstore and florist, oh and full sized flowering trees, if you like that sorta thing. The perfect place to hang out if you find your New York broom closet apartment doesn’t quite tick all the boxes! Let’s just say the day started with a carrot cake donut (!) and only get better from there…

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Wearing: pieces from the new Club Monaco AW14 Collection

I was very sad to miss the opening of the new London Club Monaco store in Sloane Square (but apparently actual work needs to get done and I can’t just flit around from city to city…), it looked like such a gorgeous event. I’ll definitely be checking it out on my next visit, if it’s anything like the Flat Iron store I’m in for a treat! There better be carrot cake donuts… You can have a look at some photos of the store here.

In collaboration with Club Monaco.

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DIY HOME INSPO: INDOOR PLANTS IN NEW YORK http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-home-inspo-plants-of-new-york.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-home-inspo-plants-of-new-york.html#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:20:29 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12714 Forget about the gangs of New York, it’s the plants that are really taking over. Although back in Hong Kong now (and suffering the meanest, and yet most productive, jet lag – hello 5.30am wake ups!) I can’t help but dream about the plants absolutely everywhere in the big apple, they’ve clearly become a decor mainstay in homes, visual merchandising and cafes.  I was glad to see the whole city is echoing my thoughts about the need for greenery. Although, to be fair a lot of these photos were taken in Brooklyn, which is clearly the epicentre of the indoor plants revolution (second to pinterest of course).

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All photos taken by me in New York including at The Gorbals, Urban Outfitters, Space 98, Gant, Club Monaco and Sprout Home.

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BEFORE & AFTER: THE VINTAGE KIMONO http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/before-after-the-vintage-kimono.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/before-after-the-vintage-kimono.html#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:49:05 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12690 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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TRAVEL: THE WILLIAMSBURG FLEA http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/travel-the-williamsburg-flea.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/travel-the-williamsburg-flea.html#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:56:54 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12686 A big hi hi hi from the big apple! I landed in this crazy city a few days ago (although it feels like weeks because of the all the multitasking) and have being enjoying every moment – a few fashion week related jaunts as well as quality time spent with my brother and general ramblings around this amazing city. As you’ll know, markets are always number one on my hit list, and it wouldn’t be a trip to New York without hitting one of this Brooklyn Flea Markets. You’ll remember that last time I checked out the Fort Green one, and so this time decided to give the Williamsburg one a go. I wasn’t disappointed!

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When:

The markets are on every sunday, but make sure you check out the official website as there are often lots of other amazing offerings happening in the area such as Smorgasburg.

Get there:

The Williamsburg flea is located at 50 Kent Ave and is incredibly easy to get to – simply take a subway on the L line to Bedford Avenue, then walk a few blocks along North 11th towards the water and you’ll find it easily.

Best for:

I was super impressed by al the different wares you can find at the market – vintage clothes, rugs, gifts, pottery, antiques – all with that element if hipness that’s abundant in Williamsburg. There’s also a food section of the market with stalls selling a plethora of cuisines, perfect for a nosh post shopping.

I’ll let the pics speak for themselves!

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DIY HANGING ROPE SHELVES http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-hanging-rope-shelves.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-hanging-rope-shelves.html#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:16:50 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12599 Working on the new studio has enabled a few realisations for me – namely that there’s nothing more satisfying than the successful use of a drill. Just like my ladder wardrobe, these shelves cost almost nothing to make but utterly transformed the space – I’m a total convert to anything involving nails and wood! Read on to see how.

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You need:

  • Four pieces of plank around 5cm (2 in) thick and 1.5 m  (1.6 yards) long
  • A measuring tape
  • 20 m (21 yards) of thick raffia rope
  • 10 cable locks
  • A drill with a wood boring drill bit
  • Scissors
  • Hooks from the ceiling (we had our carpenter install these when they were building the office)
  • Wrench

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How to:

1. Start by drilling holes in all your wood planks – making sure to mark them correctly so that all the holes line up.

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2. Cut four pieces of rope  to match the height from the ceiling to the floor. Tie that rope onto the hooks in the ceiling so that the four pieces hang down.

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3. Then, starting from the topmost shelf, begin threading the planks through the wood – we actually used a ladder to prop them up while we were doing this. Make sure you measure between the planks so that the shelves are spaced evenly. Chances are you’ll need two people to help you do this so that you can get the planks level.

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4. Once you have added the first plank and propped it up (or got people to hold it for you), add the cable lock onto each piece of rope underneath the plank. Do this for the rest – we used a small table to prop up the bottom shelf.

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5. Once all the planks are added and you are happy with the levels of them all, use a wrench to tighten all the screws so you don’t get any movement and can place heavy items on the shelf.

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Voila!

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CURRENTLY WEARING: TRANS-SEASONAL ESSENTIALS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/currently-wearing-trans-seasonal-essentials.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/currently-wearing-trans-seasonal-essentials.html#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:00:15 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12677 The weather is very slowly beginning to turn here in Hong Kong, if you’ve ever been in August you’ll know that the heat of summer is oppressive and has you wishing (other than when you’re on a boat) that it would be over. In the spirit of the trans-season, the team at Jack Wills recently asked me to style a few of their new collection pieces and I couldn’t help but gravitate to old faithful essentials – the striped tee, shorts and khaki jacket. Perfect ‘it’s not quite cold yet but I wish it would be’ kinda outfit.

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Wearing: Jack Wills jacket, shorts and top, Asos boots, J Crew Bag

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To celebrate the new AW14 collection, we recently got together with Jack Wills for their event and created a range of super fun embellished cuffs inspired by their new designs. It was a fantastic afternoon of crafting, sipping and general merriment and we can’t wait to do it again! A big thanks to my partner in crime Alanna for helping me create this project and deliver the day.

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In other news, I’m surpised and elated that Bloglovin have nominated me for ‘best lifestyle blog’ of 2014 (head over here to vote and view the other nominees), and I couldn’t think of a better reason to head out New York for a few days tomorrow.  And so after a week spent in Kyoto with my mum (amazing city – can’t wait to share!), it’s back on a plane I go!

Photos: Alanna Emmerton

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DIY DISTRESSED KNEE JEANS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-distressed-knee-jeans.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/09/diy-distressed-knee-jeans.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:20:56 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12652 The longer I’m around (and sometimes that feels like forever) the more sure I am that certain trends absolutely never, ever die (remember the forever trends?). Call me old fashioned (or 90′s fashioned) but ripped jeans to me are up there with a black blazer and leopard print heels in terms of their longevity. And so, without further ado, I wanted to share with you how I created my latest DIY denim project – a very quick update to an old pair of jeans with ripped knees and frayed hems that gave them a new lease on life. On a side note, they’re so comfy I can’t help but wear them on every plane trip!

How to distress your denim jeans

Wearing: Daniel Wellington watch, DIY jeans, J Crew bag, Zara heels

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You need:

  • A pair of skinny jeans
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • A washing machine

How to:

1. First, cut the hems off your jeans, once washed this will create a frayed hem.

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2. Then, put your jeans on and mark them where your knees are. You want to put a few cuts both above and below your knees so mark where you want them to go.

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3. Using your scissors, fold the jeans in half so the seams are in the middle, and cut the jeans where your marks were left.

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4. The cuts should look like this, make sure you don’t nick the side seams!

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5. So that your jeans have a bit of style and don’t just look like you’ve hacked them with scissors, you want to create some distressed parts, which is where the white weft of the denim shows. To do this, cut a few parallel lines

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6. Loosen and remove the blue weft of thread, leaving the white threads behind.

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7. It should look like this.

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8. Once you’ve done that around the knees, give them a good wash in the washing machine, and you’ll have the perfect distressed knee jeans.

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If you’re feeling a little crafty, why not head over to Wander & Hunt and score some bargains – there’s 20% off until Thursday Sept 4th using the code ‘crafton’.

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HOW TO: PINEAPPLE VASE http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/how-to-pineapple-vase.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/how-to-pineapple-vase.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:11:04 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12595 A few of you have already commented on the pineapple vases we had at the opening of our studio workshops, so I thought it would be fun to show you how we made them. We were running around like crazy ten minutes before and I had kind of written off the idea of making them because we had so many other things to do but Alanna wasn’t going to let it go that easy – and I’m so glad we did, it took only a few minutes and ended up being the centre piece of the space! This is a pretty simple project but I thought I’d share the steps anyway.

Make a pineapple vase!

You need:

  • A pineapple
  • Flowers  - we went with a palette of burgundy, lilac and burnt orange to match the rug in our office.
  • A bit of leaf foliage to break up the flowers
  • A sharp knife
  • A chopping board
  • A spoon
  • hungry people to feed the pineapple to

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How to:

1. Start by cutting the top off the pineapple, but make sure not to do it too far down as you won’t have much vase in that case.

Make a quick pineapple vase

2. It should look like this.

Make a quick pineapple vase

3. With a knife, carefully cut around the inside of the pineapple, leaving about 2.5cm (1 in) of outer skin left. Then cut the inside section of pineapple into 4 quadrants to make it easier to take out.

Make a quick pineapple vase

4.  Scoop out the pineapple. We found it worked to use the knife to soften up the inside of the pineapple so it would act a little like florist’s oasis when you put the flowers in.

Make a quick pineapple vase

5. Then arrange your flowers! We just pretty much cut them all to the same length and pushed them into the pineapple base of the vase, the messier the better really!

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6. Once the flowers were in we added water so that they would last for a few days.

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Voila!

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