DIY ANKLE CUFFS

Put your wrist cuffs on your ankles. Simple! You may remember I posted a while ago (here) about ankle cuffs and how much I wanted to make myself a pair. Wellll, although I didn’t get a chance to, I saw that a friend and fellow blogger Jess of Tuula Vintage had made her own by – get this – opening up her wrist cuffs and putting them on her ankles. Genius! These cuffs she got from asos.com for a steal, and I know H&M also has some thinner cuffs you could put on your ankles. I am SO going to do this!

Wrist cuffs worn on ankles via Tuula Vintage.

DIY DETAILS – MISSONI S/S12

I must admit that I only recently stumbled upon the Missoni S/S12 collection, even though it was shown a few months ago now. Fashion month is such a blur of collections and details that sometimes some of the best collections for DIY inspiration slip by me. Whilst doing a bit of webslacking last night I was completely blown away by the attention to detail in this collection – the iconic Missoni fabrics intermixed with fringed necklaces, tiered skirts, coloured flowers, tassels, painted seashell necklaces, bright gold chain, shoes with coloured clear heels (I die!) and bags with coloured fans attached. For me this collection brings to mind salsa dancers and mexico – and does it get any more fun than that? Some parts of the show were a little too much in my books but overall is scores a zillion points in the DIY inspiration stakes. You can look forward to seeing some projects inspired by this collection.

For all of you deep into winter, apologies for all the summer inspiration that I have been posting. But there’s no reason why accessories and projects like the ones above can’t be integrated in your winter wardrobe. In fact my favourite outfit at the moment is a soft grey marl sweatshirt, neon necklace, skinny khaki jeans and black ankle boots. The best of both worlds right?
Images: Vogue.com

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DIY CARVEN INSPIRED BOW EMBELLISHED PUMPS

Please forgive me for posting about two Carven inspired DIYs in the last couple of weeks – ok so I’ve clearly got the amazing French brand on the brain. But how fun are these bow embellished pumps?  The lovely (and did I mention super cute?) Ren of SEMI sent me this project a little while ago and I just knew you guys would simply love it. What better time for a little Guest DIY than on a Monday morning? The best news, it’s such an easy DIY, and that’s what this blog’s about right?

Ren said I loved the heels with bows in the Carven resort collection this season and thought they were too easy not to make. I used the straps from a hideous bunny-chewed pleather bag that needed to go. My old black pumps needed some love anyway.’ 

 

You Need:

  • a pair of pumps
  • scraps of leather or pleather
  • scissors
  • hot glue

How to: 
1. Cut the leather into rectangles for the bows of around 10 – 12 cm long and 4 cm wide,  and two smaller strips or around 5cm long and 1 cm wide
2. Using scissors, round the ends and then pinch them in the middle to create the bows.
3. Wrap the smaller strips around the pinched in sections and glue the back side to secure.
4. Glue the bows to the back of your heels. You could easily stitch a snap to the bow/your shoe if you didn’t want the bows to be permanent, or attach with and hook and eye to be able to put them on and take them off.

Ahhh, so cute!

For me this type of DIY project epitomises everything good about making things yourself. It’s a simple, well executed  idea that takes only a little time and uses inexpensive materials – but manages to update the whole look of an item. What more could you want? I hope you have a go!

Make sure to pop over toRen’s blog SEMI and snoop around.

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DIY GLITTER BOOTS

Ok so most of you know that I’ve been obsessing over glitter this season. The Miu Miu AW11 show clearly got to me! In this project I’ll show you how to make a pair of glitter finished boots, so that you too can get some glittery goodness in your life. This is an incredibly easy project with a hugely satisfying result.
You Need:
-A pair of boots. I used an inexpensive pair of camel ankle boots.
– Glitter – I used gold but you can use any colour, black or silver would also be great.
– Acrylic glue
– A paint brush
– Spray on lacquer (find it amongst the spray paints in your local hardware store)
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How to:
1. Firstly, clean the boots.
2. Mix the glue and glitter together in a container. Keep adding glitter to the mix until you have a thick consistency.
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3. Avoiding the heel of the shoes, paint the shoes with the glitter glue.
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4. Sprinkle the shoes with extra glitter to fully coat them so that no boot shows through.
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5.  Once you are happy with the glitter and it has dried, spray the shoes with a coat of lacquer, as this will stop the glitter from falling off. You don’t want to leave a trail when you walk!
6.Let the lacquer dry overnight.
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And voila, your glitter boots are now ready. I told you it was an easy project didn’t I? I’ll be pairing these glittery lovelies with a laid back outfit of ripped denim mini shorts, a slouchy sheer white singlet and black silk blazer.
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