DIY SCARF PRINTS

Scarf prints are trending pretty heavily right now – a la vintage Versace, more recently in the Celine S/S11 show and now they seem to be pretty much everywhere. I think they look so good on, and what’s even better is that your local thrift store most likely has a mountain of vintage printed scarves for you to make a masterpiece out of. Scroll down for a few ideas.

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I’m loving this DIY by Bleach Black showing how to make a scarf print blouse. So simple! Check out her post here.

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Images: Sandro at Net-a-porter (#1), Alberta Ferretti Resort 12 (#2), Balmain Resort 12 (#3), Celine S/S11 (#4) , Maurie & Eve (#6 & #9), Twelth Street Via Because I’m Addicted (#7),  Harper’s BAZAAR Korea Jan 2012 via Because I’m Addicted (#8), Bleach Black (#10, #11, #12).

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR & TORY BURCH BLOG

The lovely team over at Tory Burch recently asked me to describe a typical day in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year – always a mix of traditional and modern festivities. You can check out my post at the Tory Burch blog here. In the image below I’m wearing the neon lace embellished jeans I made for J Brand, the tutorial for which you can find here.
I want to wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year – I hope the year of the Dragon will be a  prosperous and successful one for all of you. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

DIY INSPIRATION – SASS & BIDE S/S12 ACCESSORIES

The Sass & Bide S/S12 collection has completely stolen my heart.  As  you probably know, it inspired my neon necklaces (here and here) and I was so happy to receive so many pics of your recreations as part of my reader DIY request (more on that shortly!).

This diamond clutch bag in neon patent leather with a chain wrist strap has been haunting me since I peeked at the accessories guide in store when I was in Brisbane. Lets just say it’s in the works. I also have a few other S&B inspired pieces waiting to be finished – and don’t worry, for those of you who are sick of neon I’m branching out, I promise! You can see the collection entitled ‘Seekerstate’ here.

Images: Harper’s BAZAAR Aus

TREND: NEOPRENE

There’s no time like the present to start wearing wetsuit inspired dresses, tops, leggings and a host of other neoprene pieces. Although I can’t help but think this whole ‘surf luxe’ trend is one of the more ridiculous S/S12 looks, the super tight fabric makes for perfect body contouring. If you live somewhere moderately warm this is best kept for those trans-seasonal nights – but not so good for high summer.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trend worth a second look unless there were possible DIYs.  I’ll be hunting in my local thrift store to find some secondhand wetsuits – and then cutting and embellishing them to look like some of the pieces below. You could also check out your local Target or Walmart and pick up a rash vest to cut out and embellish. Given that the plastic wetsuit style zip is a key component to this look – how about sewing an oversized neon pink or yellow plastic zip onto the back of a black tube skirt or singlet?

If you’re feeling like this is all too much for you – dip your toe into the trend (so to speak) by picking up some wetsuit style leggings and wearing with super high heels and a slouchy tee.

Josh Goot Top, Michael Kors dress, Topshop Leggings, Jimmy Choo Shoes, Josh Goot skirt, Camilla and Marc Jacket, Jason Wu swimsuit.
Images: Harper’s BAZAAR Australia, Style.com

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