WEEKEND LINKS #3

Does anyone else feel like Christmas will be here before we know it? This part of the year tends to fly, it’s kind of like a snowball gathering speed until it culminates in all those office parties and sore heads. Instead of getting ahead of myself, I thought I would try to be a little more present and enjoy the change of seasons, before it gets super cold. Here are a few favourite reads of mine to keep you occupied this weekend. Hope it’s a lovely one you guys! x

Simple weekend outfit

Clearly The Line is worth a gander if you’re in LA, but I’m most inspired about those Mexican rug chairs… I feel a DIY coming on!

Santorini isn’t just white washed buildings and stone steps… I love these images and have put it on my destination list (on that same note, I found Ibiza completely different than I thought it would be when I ventured away from the main attractions, gorgeous and surprisingly serene actually).

The Cave of Crystals has utterly blown me away. Must go.

You may have seen this but my friend Tom always blows me away.

Is #blessed the new (not so) humble brag?

In case you need a reminder this weekend.

It’s Friday and I’m planning on getting J Crew Drunk. What about you?

Finished We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, so so bizarre but I loved it.

Fancy office attire above wearing a Whistles bag, Club Monaco skirt, Witchery top and Daniel Wellington watch.

STUDIO STYLE: THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

Ok so although I’m not rushing into double layered tight wearing weather, this first flush of freshness in the morning is pretty enjoyable here in Hong Kong. And can we talk about the less than 99% humidity? One of the first pieces I decided to add to my wardrobe this season (most of my staples were already in my closet) was this white boyfriend blazer. At first I was a little worried about the Night at the Roxbury effect when it comes to a piece like this, but then realised that maybe that’s just the look I’m going for! Ha. What I like about this piece is that much like my staples it can be worn in both Fall and Spring depending on what you wear it with. The trick now will be how to keep it white for long enough to get some enjoyment out of it… Brb I’m heading to the supermarket to stock up on oxy action washing powder.

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Wearing: Witchery Blazer (like this), DIY denim cut offs, Witchery silk top (like this), Daniel Wellington watch, Forever 21 sneakers, Whistles backpack.

Get your hands on a boyfriend blazer from ASOSEndless Rose, Mango, hereTopshop (black), Topshop (white), Elizabeth and James (if you’re feeling flush) or Soft Joie.

Ps do you like how we’re sans-dresscode in the studio? If there is one it’s comfort, aka laziness.

Photos by Alanna Emmerton

DIY FRINGED CLUTCH (FROM SCRATCH!)

There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?

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Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai

You need:

You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!

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How to:

1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half.  Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.

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2. This is what both sides will look like.

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2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.

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3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.

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4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.

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5. Do that all the way along.

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6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.

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7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!

clutch

Voila!

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This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier