inspiration: Tassels

HOW TO: NO HEAT HOLIDAY CURLS

When travelling who can honestly be bothered with the straightener and curler when you’ve got so many other fun things to do? In ode to us just landing in the beautiful area of Krabi in Thailand, I thought I would share with you my go-to holiday hair routine, seriously easy – and perfect for super humid destinations like Thailand where a messy curl goes a looooong way to disguising crazy frizzy lampshade hair. The best thing about this little morning routine is that you don’t need loads of creams or potions – just your conditioner and some bobby pins – I used the handy bottle from this travel set which worked perfectly!

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 You need – conditioner, hair pins, a comb, a towel

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How to:

1. Wash and towel dry your hair.

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2. Put a small pea sized amount of conditioner on your fingertips.

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3. Add it to the ends and mid lengths of your hair.

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4. Pin your hair in some small buns at the back of your head and let your hair dry naturally. I usually do this little routine before breakfast and take out the pins before my hair is completely dry so they curls aren’t too tight. You can add some spray to hold he curls but I don’t bother unless I remembered to throw it in my suitcase – and let’s face it I usually didn’t.

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Let your hair out and have fun!

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Psst, there’s 25% off over at  Grown Alchemist this weekend including the travel kit that’s been my trusty Thailand companion.

DIY SUMMER TASSEL NECKLACE

Summertime is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than a piece of tequila sunrise inspired neck candy that you can make yourself? This nifty little number is another kit we’ve created over at Wander & Hunt (have you checked out the new look site?), and I have to say it’s one of my favourite projects of all time – easy enough to do but reminiscent of something you’d pay a packet for. Yay!

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You need:

  • 3 shades of large tassels
  • 3 shades of embroidery thread
  • Black woven rope
  • Closed jump rings
  • 1 sewing needle
  • 2 large end caps
  • Open jump rings
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • E6000 glue
  • Skewer

Or buy the kit here.

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How to:

1. Cut 3 pieces of rope approximately 65cm long. Wrap tape around the ends to stop them from fraying.

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2. Insert 6 closed jump rings over the 3 strands of rope positioned in the middle of the rope.

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3. Insert the first tassel over the rope and move down next to the jump rings and start adding 6 more jump rings on the other side.

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4. Loop the tassel around the rope 3 times until the tassel is secure. Repeat with the other two tassels.

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This is what it should look like.

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5. Measure 2.5cm (1 inch) away from the tassels and then add two closed rings. Then, measure 125cm (50in) of embroidery thread and thread this through the embroidery needle. To secure the thread, sew the needle through the middle of the rope.

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6. Start wrapping until it is approximately 1cm (a half inch) wide and then hide the knot in the middle of the ropes.

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7. Repeat wit the other colours and then measure another 2.5cm (1 inch) and do another set.

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8. Add the neck clasps to the end by gluing the rope into the end caps and letting dry overnight, and then add the lobster clasps and jump rings.

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Voila!

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Ready for summer!

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Wearing: J Crew bag, tank and sandals, DIY shorts, Daniel Wellington Watch, Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

DIY INSPIRATION: FASHION WEEK STREETSTYLE

Today marks the last day of the marathon that is fashion month, and to commiserate (or celebrate – whatever your jam) I’ve done a roundup of my favourite DIYable street styles. I’ve clicked next, next, next (next next neeeeeeext) until my carpal tunnels ached to pick out the styles I think you could recreate at home, and then strut down the street like you’re in the Tuileries (without the flight + outfit pricetag). You can thank me later!

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Feathers and fringe, can one photo have any more DIY inspiration than this? Adding a little of either to your heels/skirt is super simple.

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Sometimes it’s the least obvious styles that catch my eye the most. The shirt wrapped into a one shoulder style has the makings of a fantastic DIY (I’m assuming it came that way but can’t be sure?). Who doesn’t love making something amazing out of a simple black shirt?

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Studded clutch (totally doable!) and wrapped curb chain. Done and done.

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This inspires a cut and sew, dropping the hemline of a skirt and creating a cage with ribbon.

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This look was one of the most photographed of the season, and I love just how easy it would be to  achieve this look (aka sesame street alphabet song has thrown up on you) if you so chose!

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As a lover of all things transparent and plastic, I love this skirt, not only does it look cool, it’s the perfect wet weather skirt. I imagine making it using this construction.

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If you have an old denim jacket lying around, you’d be mad if you don’t add some oversized varsity letters to the back.

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I kinda wish I had front view of this top, but in my own world I imagine it’s a cashmere sweater tied into a bustier at the front. Not so great if you’ve got any breasts to speak of, but definitely something I would have passed off as a top when I was 15. Oh to be that age again with no concept of gravity!

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This cage briefcase! Kinda looks like something you could make with chicken wire but I think it might be a little more complicated than that.

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Skirt: same same but different right?

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Cut outs are no longer clean and hemmed, now they’re slashed and torn. Makes it easy for the lazy DIYer!

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Handcuff bracelet? Yes yes! You could spraypaint a plastic set but I’m not sure it would have the same visual effect. Perhaps some things are better left unDIYed?

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I noticed a lot of jewelry box-like clutches on the streets this season, and I have to say I dig it. Even more when I can simply liberate mine from the nightstand and take it out for the evening.

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For those of you worried about going whole hog into the plaid trend for fear of looking like a lumberjack, why not whack a few patches on your jeans instead? Although on second thoughts you may end up looking like a lumberjack who used old shirts to cover holes in your jeans… But, fashun!

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Possibly the easiest DIY going around, add your favourite quote to the back of a khaki parka. For extra points, choose a quote from Shit Girls Say – ‘sorry I’m not sorry’ or something of the like.

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The trench skirt has serious appeal this season, and those added polka dots? A bit of acrylic paint and bob’s your uncle.

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 One of my all-time multifunctional wardrobe pieces, the maxi skirt turns into a dress in the blink of an eye. I would add a belt to mine because, well, breasts.

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A bit of white leather fringe goes a long way to modernise a simple white shirt. Totally going on my list!

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Backless and bowed, does it get any better than this? Add an oversized bow once you get scissor (and thread) happy on a simple dress.

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Adore this cut out sweater that for some reason reminds me of a roman cathedral. Looks pretty fiddly  but can’t wait to make something like this soon!

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How about replacing the back arm panels of your denim jacket with some crochet and tassels?

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Crushing on anything tulle at the moment, and this layered skirt is right up my DIY alley.

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A bit more inspiration for the wrapped mans shirt, totally going to have a play around in front of the mirror next chance I get.

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Patches were the most DIYable trend on the streets this fashion week, the sillier the better. All you have to do is make sure you don’t burn yourself when you’re ironing them on (so pretty much anyone can make this).

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 Too much? Or just the right amount?

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Patches: exhibit b.

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This grommet mesh skirt is screaming out to me. But how would I make it? Thoughts please!

Images: Style.com, Vogue, W Magazine, The Cut, Nasty Gal