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inspiration: Jewellery

DIY FRESH FLOWER BRACELET

In yet another example of my inability to look past Summer and into the next season (reading Elle magazine on the plane recently was devastating – what’s with all the overcoats!? I just wanna see bikinis!), a little while ago I got together with my girl Gemma to create a super simple fresh flower bracelet. This is one of those things that would be perfect for a picnic or any sort of outdoor soiree – as long as you’re not allergic to bees! I which case this would definitely better in a silk flower version.

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You need:

  • Sturdy fresh flowers (we used roses but anything that won’t fall apart too easily would work).
  • Florist wire
  • scissors
  • lobster clasps and jump rings

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How to:

1. Cut your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inches) of stalk, then cut a piece of florists wire. Start wrapping the flowers with wire.

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2. Once the first flower is wrapped on, add more flowers along the wire and connect by wrapping.

Simple fresh flower bracelets - perfect for summer. www.apairandasparediy.com

3. Keep going, measuring as you go along to make sure it is going to fit your wrist.

Simple fresh flower bracelets - perfect for summer. www.apairandasparediy.com

4. Once it’s the right length, add the lobster clasp and the jump rings.

Simple fresh flower bracelets - perfect for summer. www.apairandasparediy.com

Voila!

Simple fresh flower bracelets - perfect for summer. www.apairandasparediy.com

I can so see this made in some gorgeous burgundy roses – the perfect living accessory.

Simple fresh flower bracelets - perfect for summer. www.apairandasparediy.com

Thanks Gemma for such a cute idea!

OUTFIT: MY WEEK WITH FERRAGAMO

You may remember that the week before last started with a long lunch and cocktail making, and I’m happy to say that it progressed in much the same manner, with off the shoulder top making (a dress version is in the works!),  loads of new denim DIYs,  hangs at my favourite cafe (the internet stopped working in the studio) and a few lunches that were fancy enough to warrant wearing heels (possibly lured by the promise of free food!). Clearly a great week to spend styling the new Ferragamo Buckle collection!

That’s not to say the week didn’t have its challenges. There was the afternoon my taxi driver (whose aircon was broken) took me to Deep Water Bay instead of Clear Water Bay, hello hour long diversion –  that will teach me to play candy crush! Or when the elevator broke down and I was stuck in it for 45 minutes… But that’s life right? All in all it was its usual roller coaster-y self, but I guess that’s what makes the good bits great! Read on for a few pics of the week – crafting, tapping a keyboard and trying to stay out of the rain. And yes, for your viewing pleasure I’ve glossed over the 1 zillion emails ;)

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Wearing: Ferragamo Buckle Collection

Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I was crafting in the studio (there’s both fringe and floral involved!).

Photos by Marion Tessier

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