inspiration: Chain

DIY SIMPLE CHAIN SUNGLASSES STRAP

Greetings from sunny (and alternately rainy) Phuket! For me, one of the biggest casualties when it comes to holidays is sunglasses, I honestly can’t help but lose at least one pair every time I travel. This trip I decided to get serious about holding onto them – partly because it’s an annoying waste of time looking for them in every part of my bag only to realise they’re long gone, but mainly because I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my new Le Specs beauties. This is a very easy simplification of another strap I made, using a more simple chain that will go with practically anything!

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

 

Wearing: Le Specs sunnies, Marysia bikini top, Zara shorts

You need:

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

How to:

1. Cut your delicate chain so you have around 1m (1.2 yards).

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

2. Add a jump ring to the end of the rubber fitting.

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

3. Attach the chain to the jump ring and press it closed. Do this for the other end of the chain.

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

Voila! Told you it was easy? No more losing sunglasses!

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CURRENTLY WEARING: ESSENTIAL SUMMER OVERALLS

Ok so prepare to see a lot of these DIYed denim overalls this coming summer – they’ve pretty much become a second skin. I could say it’s because they’re the perfect shade of denim, but in all honestly the whole ‘throw on and go’ thing is pretty much my number one motivation. They were so incredibly easy to make too – much like this project I found an oversized pair at my local thrift store (once again I can’t stop thinking about who owned them before me – one of the village people? a plumber?) and just cut them off at the thighs, making sure to give them a good wash to get that distressed edge effect. Naturally I’ve been pairing them (the least expensive item in my closet) with the most valuable – a new necklace care of DylanLex, her new collection is to die for! I take them out in the evening by way of a fitted bustier style crop top instead of a tee – I feel the slouchy style overrides the nearly nakedness (fingers crossed this is true).

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Outfit: DIY overalls (like these or these), DylanLex necklace, Oroton Camera Bag, Zara flats (like these), Daniel Wellington watch, Theirry Lasry sunglasses.

In case you’re wondering – yes that is a camera bag!  So happy to stumble upon this perfectly minimalist one in the Oroton men’s department in their new store in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, which comes complete with pockets for various lenses. It’s so good to finally find a camera bag that actually looks good with your outfit – without the usual ear punishing velcro or utility clips.

Photos by Marion Tessier

CURRENTLY WEARING: LACE AND CHAIN

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!