Introducing our new design… The Simple Sandal!

It’s a BIG day guys! We can finally release The Simple Sandal – something we’ve been working on for a while. If you’ve noticed anything at all about me it’s that I absolutely love sandals (I pretty much live in them), but try as I might I’ve been unable to find a pair that look great, are comfortable and wear well over time. Not the sort of thing you would necessarily DIY, I decided it was high time for us to get down and design our own pair. At first they were mainly for my own use, but so many of you guys asked about them we realised it was only right for us to share them with you. My second foray into the world of shoe design, this time we’ve done it all on our own and I’ve had such a blast learning the process inside out.

Our focus was on simplicity and quality, which is why went spent a lot of time testing and tweaking tiny details – it’s amazing how much thought goes into a minimalist style.  The end result is a limited edition style called The Simple Sandal… Made from the best quality leather we could find and designed with minimalism in mind, they’ve already been around the world with me twice over (or more). Talk about road tested! We created them in four colourways – black, tan, nude and pony skin leopard printso you’ll never have any trouble matching them with your outfit.

You can shop them here.

We’ve done a limited run on them so be quick. We ship for free worldwide in case you’re wondering. 🙂

The Simple Sandal
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You might have also noticed the new logo on the site! It’s part of some really fun updates we’re working on to enable us to get even more creative with content and engage better with you guys. Ready to take what we’re doing to the next level and hoping you’ll enjoy the journey. xxx

Photos by Bryant Lee

DIY Zip Back Knit

The shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn are my favourite times of the year, where you’re free to mix warm weather and cool weather pieces in your outfits and are neither freezing or dripping with sweat. Although, to be honest, I live in denim shorts most of the year, but it’s nice to be able to throw a knit over them now and again…. And if that knit has a DIY detail like a zip up the back? Even better!

DIY Zip Back Knit
DIY Zip Back Knit

You need:

  • Knit sweater
  • Open end zipper
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread

Before and After: Open Back Knit

How to:

  1. Cut open the centre back

Before and After: Open Back Knit

2. Fold and pin over about 1cm of the raw edge and sew.

Before and After: Open Back Knit

3. Working with one side of the open end zipper at a time, pin the zipper to the sewn edge.

Before and After: Open Back Knit

4. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper to the sweater. Repeat Steps 3-4 for the other side of the zipper.

Before and After: Open Back Knit

Voila! If you’re as in to business at the front and party at the back as I am, make sure to check out this post too.

DIY Zip Back Knit

Zip it! Zip it good!

DIY Zip Back Knit
DIY Zip Back Knit

Photos by Bryant Lee

How To Deal With Jet Lag (The Do’s and Don’ts)

Jet lag. It really has to be the worst – like a hangover that lasts for a week or more. I talk about learning a lot from trial and error, and really that couldn’t be more true when it comes to this subject. I’ve had some really great transitions into new timezones, and I’ve had some that take weeks or don’t even really happen until I get back home – and that’s usually been down to the little things that I’ve done to adjust (or, not). But like most of us, I’m all good intentions for dealing with it until I get there, where naps, fries and oversized coffees get the better of me. So today, in collaboration with CLUSE watches and their ability to help us get on the right time (in style), we wanted to highlight some do’s and don’t for your next trip. Follow the do’s and you’ll be right as rain, stumble with the don’ts and you’ll extend your jet lag. It’s up to you! 🙂

How to cure jet lag: 4 ways

One: Watch It

Do Change. That. Watch. Changing my watch to the time zone of my destination the moment I get on the plane is a game changer (literally) – and my new marble watch from Cluse definitely helps me to get on the right time. One really important factor here is getting sleep on your flight when you should be sleeping in your destination. That kick starts the whole change up. Travelling East to West is the worst so get yourself ready for it. And then when you get to your destination just completely forget about what time it is in the timezone you’ve come from. Don’t even think about it!

Don’t Ok so for those of you who just can’t let go of what’s happening in your usual time zone, I would definitely suggest keeping all clocks – that is your watch, your phone and your lap top – on the time zone from which you originated. I mean, if it’s three in the morning and your boyfriend’s going to be asleep you deserve to know about it right? It helps as a reminder of how terribly tired you should be feeling right now….

Two: Plate Up

Do Focus on eating yummy, healthy whole foods when you touch down – you’ll have been eating plane food for long enough! But you’re probably going to want to treat yourself, so there’s no need to break any records when it comes to food – yogurt, some guacamole and corn chips is the type of treat I love to eat when I’m jet lagged, and something spicy to get the metabolism going.

Don’t Eat all the fried stuff. I mean, you’re definitely going to want to, and it might feel good for the first five minutes. But then that’s just going to be another factor that will make you feel sick. That said, it’s about finding a balance between healthy yummy food that makes feel satisfied whilst not being junk. You can do it!

Three: Snooze fest

Do Aim to get through that first day and hit the hay early. If you wake up during the night, try not to get frustrated, instead pick up a book and read for a little bit which should help tire out your eyes. Avoid getting on your phone and doing a good ol’ scroll – your brain is going to think it’s midday. I also take Melatonin (the pill form of a sleep chemical in the brain), and it helps to regulate your sleep cycles.

Don’t Nap. Really I know it’s hard but napping often ends up turning into a longer sleep and before you know it you’ve slept half the day. The aim is to get through the day and be super tired come night. And if you wake up in the middle of the night? Don’t whatever you do resort to taking sleeping tablets, which force you to sleep without your body being naturally tired. I did a good job of extending my jet lag to a whole week doing this a little while ago!

Four: Hydrate

Do Drink as much water as you can handle…. before during and after your flight because dehydration makes jet lag symptoms much much worse (refer to hangover). You’re also going to need some coffee to get you through those dire hours where you feel like your eyeballs are on stalks, fust don’t overdo the caffeine because you’ll end up keeping yourself up too late which is not what you want at all.

Don’t Drink too much wine/beer/margaritas in the hope of forgetting all your timezone problems. I’ve done this a few times and not only has it been the type of hangover one remembers for years to come, it has definitely made my jet lag last much longer. Oh and think drinking will help you get to sleep? Wrong. It works for the first hour or so then you’ll be sure to wake up in the middle of the night feeling worse than ever.

Five: Work it out

Do Get outside and get some exercise, even if it’s just a light walk. You want to get your blood pumping and help to tire you out. A swim in the ocean or a pool is absolutely ideal. Trust me.

Don’t You’ll probably be too tired to get exercise or even bother going outside, so the best idea is to stay in the hotel and watch CSI reruns until you eventually fall asleep at 2 in the afternoon. Ok?

Six: Sun’s out

Do Lastly, and actually most importantly, get some sunshine! It’s the surest way to get your internal body clock onto the right time. An hour laying/sitting out in the sun will do more for you than anything else. No sun? Even just getting outside on the fresh air will help.

Don’t Stay under the covers at home hoping that you’ll magically feel better. Sadly it doesn’t work like that and you’ll find what could have been a bad day of jet lag turns into a bad week.

How to cure jet lag

Key to jetlag survival: Hydration, yummy foods and getting on the right time (not too hard with the Cluse marble watch).

How to cure jet lag

Coconut yogurt, cherries, blueberries and almonds… followed up with a few squares of dark chocolate because why not?

How to cure jet lag

Guys I’m not usually one for crazy stage beauty products but I’ve fallen for those Verso eye masks, kinda pricey so I just use them on the plane and when I’m jet lagged… They keep your eye area sooo cool, I’m addicted.

How to cure jet lag

Photos by Bryant Lee & Illustrations by Annie Huang. This post is in collaboration with Cluse Watches.

DIY Convertible Bodysuit

Guysssss! I want to say a big thank you to those of you who voted for me in the Bloglovin awards. I’m elated and in awe to have been awarded Best DIY Blog category for 2016! DIY is in my blood/bones/genes and I couldn’t be happier to have turned it into a career, and most of all have such an incredible community to share it with… We’ve got a whole bunch of amazing projects coming your way so stay tuned for more inspiration!

On to today’s DIY. I’m totally into anything convertible – dresses, tops and bodysuits… oh, except cars. I feel like I’m always the one sitting in the back seat with my knees around my chin…. Anyway, back to convertible of the clothing kind… Who doesn’t love the idea of clothing that can be worn 479024 ways, making it totally work for you. I wanted to share with you something I made a little while ago, and am getting loadssss of wear out of. Introducing, the convertible bodysuit.

DIY Convertible BodysuitWatch the video below to see three different ways to tie it!

You need:

  • Jersey fabric (1.5m or 2yds)
  • Pair of high waisted underwear
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

How to:

  1. Measure the width of the underwear when stretched and dividing this measurement in half, measure two strips of jersey the same width (mine were 23cm wide)

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

2. Cut out the two strips of jersey, trimming the ends to straighten if necessary.

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

3. Stretch the underwear over the width of jersey and pin at the sides and half way. Repeat this for the other side.

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

4. Sew the end of the jersey strip onto the top of the underwear, stretching the jersey as you sew.

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

5. By stretching the fabric in the sewing machine you should end up with nice gathers when the fabric is relaxed.

DIY Convertible Swimsuit

All done! The only tricky part about the style is there aren’t any crotch snaps, so you have to take it off when you go to the bathroom… But not such a bad thing considering how easy it is to make!

DIY Convertible Bodysuit

These are just some of the millions of ways you can tie this bodysuit, head up to the video above to see how I did these.

DIY Convertible BodysuitDIY Convertible Bodysuit
If you use high waisted swim bottoms you can even wear this bodysuit as a one piece swimsuit….. Or wear with jeans in the colder months, so so versatile this piece!

DIY Convertible Bodysuit

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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