14th March 2012
Spring is officially here – and although in some parts of the world it may feel like it’s been around for a while, and in others it seems as though it might never come at all, the change of season is a great opportunity to overhaul your closet. To reorganise, ditch the rubbish and generally renew your racks so you’re ready for the new season and summer (!).
Spring is a great opportunity to embark on a a full on wardrobe edit, and hopefully you’re acquainted with my Six Step ‘Wardrobe Rehab’
process. If you haven’t fully reviewed your wardrobe in a while no doubt you will be in need of some serious organisation – so head over and get amongst my six steps – I promise you it will help.
Bearing in mind the change of season, in addition to the wardrobe rehab posts, here are a few extra tips to help welcome spring into your wardrobe.
Pack It Away – Make room in your closet for your spring clothes by packing away all your winter clothes – that includes coats, 400 knotted pairs of tights, warm boots and whatever you won’t wear. This might go without saying but sometimes I forget to do this and find myself wading through winter bit and pieces for months.
Try Summer/Spring Clothes on
– Make sure you try on all your summer gear to make sure it fits and looks great, this is great time to do a mini cull
if you’re not going to do the full on wardrobe rehab.
Review Colours – Need to stock up on a few coloured pieces for the coming summer? Now is the time to check if your wardrobe needs a few pops of colour.
Clean spring/summer accessories
– Pull out items like your gladiator flats, hats and other things you probably haven’t worn for 6 months and give them a good polish/spruce up so they’re ready to go when you’re running out the door. Check Basics
– Do you have all the singlets and tees you’re going to need for summer? Stock up on simple basics which will probably be the basis for your wardrobe in summer.Organise
– Fold, hang, completely rejig – now’s the time! Ideas on how to do it here
Make a Summer List – Look carefully at your wardrobe once it’s nice and organised and see if there is anything you need to create better spring/summer simple outfits. Shorts? Mini skirts? Summer dresses? This is a great opportunity to create a list that will focus your shopping for the coming months. You will likely be able to find some of the things you need in thrift stores (where you’ll find me most weekends) so make sure you check out there first.
Looking for inspiration for your Spring/Summer wardrobe? To help you I’ve picked a few favourite blogger and streetstyle outfits that felt very much appropriate. Pastels, florals, white and pops of colour – these will come as no surprise to you! Must remember to get myself a fedora in every colour asap!
Would love to know if you have any other spring wardrobe edit tips!
13th March 2012
Accessory storage can be an absolute pain – do you stack handbags? Put belts in drawers? Fold scarves? The options are numerous but I’ve never felt completely happy with the way I have done it at my place, somehow I always seem to find handbags and whatnot hidden at the bottom of my closet… It goes without saying that the Coveteur is a constant source of accessory storage inspiration, but sadly my boyfriend isn’t too keen on me balancing my pointed pumps in the fruit bowl – believe me I’ve tried!
Recently my friend got me onto accessory ladders, and let me just say – such a good idea. You can drape scarves, bags, big necklaces, hats and just about all your other accessories over the ladder in your bedroom. This makes it so simple to see what your options are every morning, and to display your accessories like art. I’ll be showing you how to make your own simple version soon so stay tuned. For now here’s some inspiration found via pinterest.
Images via: Sunshine Girl, House Vaganza, Diggers List, Karen Haller, Home Made Simple, Dying of Cute, Design Tabloid, 79 Ideas, The Coveteur, French Larkspur, Wallpaper
12th March 2012
Neon cap toe heels have been on my mind for a while, ever since I posted this
. I decided to have a go at making a pair as the second project in my ongoing collaboration with Tony Bianco
- A pair of rounded or pointed pumps (these are Tony Bianco ‘Karr’, which are a great everyday heel)
- Masking tape
- A paintbrush
- White and neon yellow acrylic paints
1. Tape off a cap toe at the front of the heels with masking tape.
2. Make sure to press hard on the edges of masking tape.
3. First do a coat of white paint. Let dry for a few hours.
4. Then do a couple of coats of yellow paint.
To remove the brush strokes which were quite pronounced on my suede heels, wait until the paint is semi dry, and then wet your fingers with water and smooth any lines. I found this made a huge different to the look of the cap toe.
5. To reduce the chances of the paint cracking when you take off the masking tape (this can happen when doing multiple layers of paint) and giving you a shaky line (nothing worse), rather than waiting until the paint is completely dry, I removed the tape when the paint was still a little moist and then put aside to dry overnight.
Et Voila! Such a simple update and bang on (neon) trend. Outfit pics to come – the weather has been horrendous in HK but as soon as the sun is shining I’ll be getting a few pics in these babies.
Thanks Geri + Sophie
for inspiring me to have a crack at the cap toe! Simple as can be.
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11th March 2012
Sometimes the best DIYs are also the most simple ones, and this project you can do in a matter of minutes. I was recently rummaging around in my bits and bobs drawer and came across these cute buttons I had taken off a vintage dress a few months ago. I love that they’ve kept their sparkle for years and years, and decided they would be perfect for this (simple as 1,2,3) DIY project.
1. Use the beading plyers to remove the backs of the earrings, if the backs are made from plastic you can use scissors instead.
2. Put some glue on the back of the buttons.
3. Wait for the glue to dry a little and go tacky.
4. Press the earrings back into the glue.
5. Leave the earrings to dry overnight
And you’re done, the perfect little DIY project in less than 5 minutes. What more could you want?