a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 DIY ROSE PETAL CUPCAKES http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-rose-petal-cupcakes.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-rose-petal-cupcakes.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:16 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11781 Ding ding ding! That’s the bell for morning tea time in the studio. In celebration of Easter and finally having a first full week in my office space (everyone else has been here but I’ve been travelling, so perhaps it’s a bit selfish of me but hey – who doesn’t like cupcakes!?) Gemma and I decided to have a little floral inspired morning tea today. Complete with english breakfast, catch ups about projects and rose petals. What could be better? Given that I *try* not to eat all that much sugar these days, it felt like big treat to decorate and then eat these yummy creations – if you can’t do it at Easter when can you do it?

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When it comes to eating flowers, it’s really important that you get them from a clean source, so this means an organic nursery, your own garden (or someone else’s… muhahahaha). Flowers you buy in the markets will probably have been sprayed with pesticides which means that they’re definitely not for eating. If you’re not sure, you can always decorate with petals and then remove them once you’re eating them, as long as you wash them properly before doing this it should be fine.

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When removing the petals from the flowers, make sure you don’t bring along any stem or stamen, they’re not so nice. I found the flowers that weren’t open yet had the nicest shaped petals once they were removed from the flower.

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I used about 5 flowers to create loads of petals. Make sure you wash them, this is very important to remove dust or any other nasties. To do this, dunk them in water a few times, and then soft rub with your finger tips in the water.

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Once the petals have dried, you’re all good to go!

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You can go for a random look by sprinkling them all over, or place a few in the centre like we did.

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Voila! *drool*

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You’ll probably have some flowers left over so put those in a vase (or jar) and add them to your table.

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Things got pretty messy behind the scenes but I have to say this is one of the more exciting meetings I’ve ever been to…

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The only difficulty was stopping ourselves having a second!

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I hope you all have an amazing easter (if you celebrate it) and/or long weekend (if you get it), and get to indulge a little too.

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DIY JEWELED WHITE SHIRT http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-jeweled-white-shirt.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-jeweled-white-shirt.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:42:22 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11745 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

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DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-gem-embellished-cuffs.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-gem-embellished-cuffs.html#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:20:29 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11729 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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TRAVEL: A QUICK TRIP TO BALI http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/travel-a-quick-trip-to-bali.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/travel-a-quick-trip-to-bali.html#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:39:19 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11693 You know those holidays that are so perfect* you struggle to put them into words? Well my recent trip to Bali was one of those. Friends and family keep asking me how it was and all I can muster is ‘ahhh, it was pretty good’ – while inside my brain struggles with appropriate collections of adjectives that won’t sound made up or utterly ludicrous. In a nutshell, I was lucky enough to experience the gorgeousness that is Bali with The Luxe Nomad, Vamastyle and my friend Jasmin. Although some people shy away from Bali as it has a reputation for being a playground for boozy tourists, what I found once again on this brief trip (after seeing it from top to bottom a few years ago with my mum) is that as soon as you step out of the touristy areas of  Kuta, you’re rewarded with gorgeous beaches, serene paddy fields and the sweetest people you will ever meet. Every vista in Bali is photo worthy, not to mention the gorgeous Villa we stayed in – I can’t understate how many photos get taken when two bloggers go on holidays together. Snap snap snap boom! (That’s the sound of my iPhone exploding). Here are a few pics of my trip as well as a few mustn’t miss tips!

*Perfect aside from being chased by a mean looking mob of dogs while out on a walk, but who doesn’t love a bit of adrenaline on an otherwise relaxing holiday?

Shoutout to Jasmine (once again) who created the gorgeous typography for this post.

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Frangipanis, a turquoise pool and bikinis that leave no strap marks – perfection!

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The Mr Zimmi store in Seminyak | lunchtime margaritas at Motel Mexicola

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The first round of our five course breakfasts at Villa Sungai – we were waddling by the last day!

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Our quiet little Villa Sungai

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Seminyak wanderings.

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Sunset drinks at Rock Bar

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Have you ever seen so many shades of blue?

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Happiness found.

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In love with the diverse landscapes of Bali.

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Rock Bar.

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It’s never too early for mango margaritas.

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Breakfast by the pool. Ummm pinch me someone!

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Beach daze.

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Vamastyle playsuit | Motel Mexicola

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Villa Sungai.

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Vamastyle one piece.

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Only the best night’s sleep in this bed.

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Had such a lovely time with Jasmin, we could have stayed forever!

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Rocky cliffs of Jimbaran | Getting close to nature.

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Could you ask for a better place for a tea break? (I think not).

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Mr Zimi Store.

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Coming and going from the Villa.

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The sunset from Potato Head

Travel Notes

Stay:
Working with The Luxe Nomad, Jasmin and I were lucky to stay at the gorgeous Villa Sungai, our own mini villa complete with the most enormous (and frankly most comfortable) beds I’ve ever slept in. Our villa was located amongst the jungle on the banks of a river, between Siminyak and Ubud – the perfect balance of relaxed and party atmosphere.

Eat & drink:
The food at the Villa was absolutely delicious, and I could have stayed there for the full three days and gorged on their delights, but as someone who likes to eat at least two dinners (per night) while on holidays I couldn’t help myself but try out a few recommendations that my friends has given. Faves were:

Play:

There is so much to do in Bali, and when my mum and I went a few years ago we did everything over the course of ten days including:

  • Exploring the gorgeous town (including so many pretty art galleries) and paddy fields of Ubud
  • Snorkelling in Pumuteran (up in the North coast)
  • Wandering the shops in in Seminyak
  • Hanging on the beach at Nusadua
  • Exploring the rock cliffs of Jimbaran
  • Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud

I’m definitely going to be visiting again shortly, feel free to let me know what I missed or anything I have to add to my list!

Typography by the ever talented Jasmine.

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CURRENTLY WEARING: LACE AND CHAIN http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/currently-wearing-lace-and-chain.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/currently-wearing-lace-and-chain.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:39:44 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11707 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!

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DIY INSPIRATION: BALMAIN SS14 http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-inspiration-balmain-ss14.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/diy-inspiration-balmain-ss14.html#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:35:54 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11624 I have to admit that in the last few years I’ve changed my approach to new collections. Instead of trawling every collection on Style.com and Vogue.com like a loony, patiently waiting for browsers to load and ads to play, I wait for the collections to come to me. I like to think of it kind of like fashion by osmosis, where I decide which collections I’ll be coveting and which details I’ll be making by what I see and feel in the months following fashion week. Every season there’s one or two things I see that make me want more more more, and I inevitably track down the collection and pin every image (remember my Balenciaga obsession last Summer? DIYs here and here). This season, Balmain was undoubtedly that collection for me, with pretty much every single design smacking me in the face with it’s DIY potential. Chain embellishments, fluted hems, oversized jewellery, it all seems so do-able!

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Baby pink and chain detail? You had me at hello!

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This denim fluted hem is to die for, definitely my kind of silhouette.

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Polkadots and checks? Ummm yes please!

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This collection was quite severe and 90s inspired but I know that parts of it would translate perfectly to a more minimalism wardrobe.

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 This outfit for example is kinda OTT but that’s definitely part of the appeal!

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Stay tuned for a few of my favourite DIYs inspired by this gorgeous collection!

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE: THE ONLY WAY IS UP http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/do-what-you-love-the-only-way-is-up.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/04/do-what-you-love-the-only-way-is-up.html#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:54:31 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11652 I have to say that I’m continually inspired by the people I meet online. I know it sounds kinda creepy and strangely impersonal, but running this blog has introduced me to so many interesting, successful and innovative characters. Thank you internets! One such person, who you’ll no doubt know from her gorgeous hand drawn quotes right here, is Jasmine Dowling. A typographer and graphic designer who has created an impressive following and name for herself in a relatively short period of time (once again… thank you internet!), I was interested to know more about her journey – how she’s spring boarded her career and evolved her skills into something that makes her happy every day. Enjoy!

A bit about Jas…

From leaving school going into a Multimedia Design degree, Jasmine knew she loved all facets of design. It wasn’t until 3rd year studying subjects like Software Engineering that she realised she wasn’t in the right degree. With a year to go she switched to studying a Bachelor of Design majoring in Visual Communication. In her words, ‘that one ballsy move to switch degrees near finishing changed everything’.

Interestingly to me, and perhaps indicative of the way the world has evolved in the last few years, Jasmine started out mainly using Instagram, and later on created her blog jas + mine as an extended creative outlet. It was a way to express not only her love for clothing but also her obsession with typography, flowers and coffee. For her, being a blogger gave her the opportunity to mix the two things she loved most – fashion and design.

Starting a blog later on in the game meant there was potentially more competition out there, but what I love most about Jasmine is that she used her skills and passion to help her define her niche clearly, and from that was able to build a genuine following and business. ‘I knew that I wanted my talent, passion and hard work to speak for itself’.

Do What You Love: The Only Way Is Up

Below Jas shares a few thoughts on what helped her through.

The only way is up.

I think when everyone leaves school they sort of have an idea of things that they would like to achieve. Some people never do these things being afraid to come out of their comfort zone and some just think these things will eventually happen for them. For me I came to a realization earlier this year that nothing I wanted was going to happen unless I did something. And I think that is the scariest thing – starting. I never knew what was going to happen with what I put out there. The most comforting thing that I have come to learn this year is that when you are starting out you can only move forward. When you are starting from the bottom with an idea or career you can only go up with it. It was putting myself out there that was the hardest part and the rest just flew by.

(This is such an amazing observation, and comes back to people sometimes being immobilised by fear of failure. But when you look at it like the only way is up, the whole world is your oyster! – Geneva)


Fake it – Until you believe it

Anyone close to me knows that self-doubt/confidence is my biggest struggle. I am my own worst critic but you have to learn to channel it the right way. First piece of advice is try not compare yourself to anyone, as hard as it is no one is doing what you are doing. You have to remember what you are doing is unique to you; you have your own taste, passions and vision. Secondly I try to channel that self doubt and push myself to keep getting better and move past my comfort zones. Third tip is to fake it. Even if you don’t believe it try your hardest to exude confidence – it beats talking yourself down every single time.


Multi-Tasking as an artform

I have a love-hate relationship with multitasking. On one hand I love the adrenalin of being busy on the other hand it is super hard work. Being only 21 and currently tasking a Bachelor degree, Part-time Underwear Merchandising, Blogging, Freelance Designing and Typographer has definitely kept my plate full. I think we all have those tasks that are not-so-thrilling that always give way to the passion driven tasks. My tip for dealing with the more mundane tasks on the list is get them done first. Always start with the worst task if you can, it leaves your mind free to explore the passion tasks with less stress. Keep adding goals to the passion tasks. Lastly, I try to always keep the passion tasks growing; it keeps me motivated for the other tasks knowing what I get to work on later. Even if they are just personal projects, it helps keep the creative juices going.


Going with your gut.

This is one of my musts. I am not sure if I just have a weird stomach but if you don’t feel giddy about something right away – don’t do it. Certain opportunities will always come to you where you are put in a situation where you are unsure whether it is right for you or not. Normally those situations you have to really think about aren’t right for you. I used to think I had to take every opportunity that came my way, in fear of not receiving another one in its place. But there is always another opportunity so wait for the ones that make you feel giddy.

Collaborating as key.
This topic really leads on well from going with your gut. This is an essential part of dealing with collaborations. It is always ideal to make sure the person/company you are collaborating with can add something as well as you giving them something valuable in return. You are essentially aligning yourself with that brand so check them out and make sure their ideals, values and ethics are in line with yours. Secondly – make it genuine. Don’t do collaborations to get free stuff. If you wouldn’t wear their clothes on a daily basis – don’t accept the collaboration. I started my outfit posts because I adore clothing, but I am super picky when it comes to what I wear. So I make sure that anything I collaborate with brands with is 100% me. Like the typography I created for the first Do What You Love series post said is – get started. That is my number one piece of advice for anyone out there who is daring enough to do what they love.

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DIY SPRING FLORAL HEADPIECE http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/diy-spring-floral-headpiece.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/diy-spring-floral-headpiece.html#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:11:13 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11672 I have to admit to hair being my last priority when it comes to getting ready. One reason for this is no doubt the crazy humidity in Hong Kong which turns your hair into a Fran Drescher style bouffant within a minute of leaving the house, which leads me to generally adopt  the hair-in-a-bun-with-lethal-amounts-of-hairspray situation. Although 90% of the time this works for me (particularly when I’m just hanging in the studio), there are times when it’s nice to do something a little bit special, which is where this amazing floral headband Gemma and I created comes in. Surprisingly easy and not requiring all that many flowers, it’s the perfect accessory for a Spring picnic, or for when you’re hosting a party and have flowers on hand (or even better, for the day after when you need a little bit of sunshine in your life).

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You need:

  • A bunch of florals – Gemma suggests picking a few round full blooms like roses or ranunculus and and a few longer ones and then a few smaller finer flowers as filler. This will help you create lots of colour and texture in your piece.
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors (I love these bonsai ones)
  • Bobby pins

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How to:

1. Start by snipping your flowers down to about 5cm (2 inch) long stalks.

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2. Do that for all of your flowers.

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3. To begin, start by wiring together two flowers along the stalks.

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4. Keep wiring them together, alternating the different flower types so that you have lots of texture, differing colours and no gaps.

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5. Rather than creating a simple string of flowers, we started with one strand and then thickened the headpiece out by adding more flowers in width to create a more dramatic headpiece shape. Having said that, you can create whatever shape you want for this style.

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6. To check whether the length is right as you start adding more, hold it up o your head to decide how many flowers to add – we decided to do mine on the one side of my head but you can all the way around if you like – it’s really up to you!

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7. I then created a very simple up do using pins (kinda similar to this) and then pinned the headpiece in. So easy!

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What I’ve learnt from Gemma is that floral wire can be used for soooo many fun projects, this is clearly just the beginning.

Stay tuned for more floral collaborations with Gemma and I (I love having her in the office because she always leaves so many nice florals!)

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TRAVEL: NEW ZEALAND TIPS? http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/travel-new-zealand-tips.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/travel-new-zealand-tips.html#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:52:55 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11661 I’ve been wanting to explore New Zealand for years, and so when our friends decided to get married there we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a bit more time to travel around and relax.  With the trip quickly approaching (we leave next week) and no planning done as yet, I thought I would reach out to you, dear friends, for ideas.

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We’ve always been a fan of a road trip, designated driver issues aside, in certain countries it’s the best (and only) way to really get to know all the nooks and crannies. The problem with these sort of holidays, somewhere like New Zealand, is that there is just soooo much to see and do that you want to go absolutely everywhere – which can mean you spend more time driving than anything else.

We’ve got 7 days, flying in and out of Auckland, and I’m hoping to do the best bits, without doing tooooo much and spending the whole time with car seat induced numb-bum.  We’re keen to see the most beautiful parts of country – although with only a few days I think it’s most likely we’ll stick to the Northern Island (but happy to hear about any South suggestions you have!) – from the beaches to the forests, do some hiking, eat some yummy local food and find the best spots in the cities.  We’re on the lookout for sweet little boutique hotels and eateries (I’ve instantly fallen for this cool joint in Waiheke), places with character and any thoughts you have on the best route for our trip.

We’re currently looking  a few options:

  • Auckland for a few days and then Waiheki, head north to Bay of Island, 90 Mile beach and then around to the Coromandel area, then back to Auckland.
  • From Auckland travel to Rotorua, Lake Taupo and then heading on to Wellington (although this would be much more driving)
  • Seeing the area around Napier and the East Coast

Even though google can help you plan your trip it’s just so amazing to have first hand travel tips from you guys – so I thought I would reach out.  If you have any ideas, I would be ever so grateful! :)

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DIY JEWELED CLUTCH http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/diy-jeweled-clutch.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/03/diy-jeweled-clutch.html#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:58:18 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=11654 Greetings from Brisbane! In case you haven’t caught up on instagram lately, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have spent the last few days exploring Bali, beach hopping, paddy field wandering and stray dog running (away from that is). An idyllic trip came to an abrupt end last night with the chaos and queues of Denpasar Airport – a seething humanity that served as great reminder that life isn’t all fresh pineapple juice and afternoon naps. Back to reality!

On that summery, beach loving note, I’m excited to share with you what may be one of my favourite projects of all time (I know, I know, I say this allll the time but seriously, this one is pretty special) – and a new kit you can pick up from Wander & Hunt – the Jeweled Clutch. So simple to make and the pastel stones are the perfect accompaniment to a long cool drink in the summer. Oh and for those of you who are a clumsy as me, the bag  comes with a detachable chain strap so you don’t drop it *cue fist pump*.

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You need:

  • Some rhinestones
  • Glue
  • a Box clutch
  • a skewer

You can buy the kit here (available in a pastel pink on black version too!).

This is a fairly simple project, and for me the fun lies in laying out your jewels and experimenting with patterns. There are so many great options – I made sure to include a bunch of different stones so you can play around with the design and make it! A good idea is to place your design out without any glue on it, this allows you to see what the design will be like before committing.

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How to:

1. Put some glue on a piece of paper and then use your skewer to put a layer of glue onto the back of the big central rhinestone.

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2.  The big metallic stone is a great one to base the design on. In the blue version I put it vertical and in the pink version I put it horizontal – it’s up to you!

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3. Add your stones in patterns all the way around, making sure to press them down securely so that they don’t fall off when you’re using it. You can make your design as intricate to pared back as you chose, personally I liked it to have lots of stones so went with a more intricate design, but each to their own!

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Voila!

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Buy the kit here.

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