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DIY ROPE CAMERA STRAP

In the second (and chances are not final) iteration of ‘let’s turn that camera into a fully fledged accessory’, I recently decided to craft a new camera strap for my ever growing set of cameras, and can’t wait to take it on my next adventure. For now, sadly, I’ll just have to make do with prancing around the office with it hanging from my shoulder – if I close my eyes I can almost hear palm trees swaying…. The best thing is you can buy all the supplies you need to make this project from over at Wander & Hunt – there’s enough supplies in each kit for two straps, so your bestie won’t be left wanting. Yay!

I thought I would also share a few looks below that I created for the new Cotton On Hello World campaign – celebrating Australians who live all over the world. If you live in Australia make sure to pop into the store to check out the window displays and the other looks I put together.

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Wearing: Cotton On Shorts , Jacket and top, Zara leopard print heels 

You need:

  • 1 metre (40 inches) of woven rope
  • Glue
  • A needle and thread
  • Two clasps
  • Black twine

Or buy the kit here (with supplies to make two separate straps).

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How to:

1. Put come glue onto the end of the rope and thread the clasp on.

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2. Fold the end over the clasp and then press the glue down. Then use the needle and thread to securely sew down the rope.

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3. Take the twine and tie it securely around the rope.

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4. Start wrapping the twine around the fold and join, using glue to secure it down as you go.

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5. Once you have wrapped the join with twine, secure it down with a tight knot and hide the ends underneath the wrapping.

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6. Do the same for the other side.

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Voila!

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Photos by Marion Tessier

While you’re over there, why not take a gander at all the gorgeous new rhinestones at Wander & Hunt, an addiction that’s very much been made worse by my recent discovery of the TV series Nashville. I know it’s bad but I totally love it - totally ready for sparkly clothes, white teeth and big big BIGGG hair.

TRAVEL: A QUICK GUIDE TO SARDINIA

As you probably know from a sneak peek of the photos I posted here, I was utterly blown away by my recent trip to Sardinia, I had never been to anywhere so simple and yet gob smacking. Rather than this being a definitive guide to the island – it’s actually HUGE fyi – I thought I would give you an overview of the road trip we did while we were there. Sadly time didn’t allow us to see the whole island, but if you’re looking for an itinerary I highly suggest this one, as from what I can see you get the best of both sides of the coast whilst not spending too much time in the busy, touristy areas.

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Make sure to check out my quick google map of the trip here to get you bearings.

Day 1

We flew into Olbia airport from Gatwick and hired a car straight away for the whole week. One thing we wanted to avoid was any area that was overly developed or touristy, so instead of going North to the (from what I’ve read) glitzy Costa Esmerelda we headed south to the Golfo Di Orosei and stayed here. The village of Santa Maria Navaresse that we randomly chose to stay was so gorgeous and simple – virtually no tourists and the sweetest little beach with a tree covered bar overlooking the water, where we would go for drinks in the early evening and watch the sun set.

Day 2

We hired a simple rhib boat in the Marina (from these guys if you’re interested) and took it up the coast for a whole day, which was the most memorable part of the trip – it’s a MUST. Surprisingly the cost of hiring a private boat was almost the same as the combined cost of the two of us going on a tour (around 120 euros for the day), without the hassle of dealing with other people and the feeling of being fully scheduled. Luckily Ben has experience driving a boat, but even if you don’t it seemed like coast isn’t that busy (oh and you don’t need a license – love Italy!). If hiring a boat is too daunting for you, try to get on a tour with the least number of people possible. We took lots of yummy italian deli food along with us like salami, artichokes, and a delicious (virtually free) bottle of red wine and had the most magical day – for two pragmatic and generally unromantic people I have to say we were quite smitten with the beauty and being there together… And that water colour - no words! Our favourite beach was Cala Luna with its white shores and caves and we stopped there for a few hours in the afternoon.

Day 3

We drove the winding road between Santa Maria Navaresse and Dorgali, which gives an amazing view of the hinterland valleys and mountains, you can stop in Baunei or Nuoro to get an feel for the sweet local villages (where there are lots of leather shops!).On our way back, just by chance, we then stumbled upon heaven. Because the  Golfo di Orosei has a national park running along the coast, it’s quite difficult to access all the amazing beaches unless you do a long hike or go by boat. However, just by chance we took a side road and wound down the cliffs until we got to deserted Pedra Longa, finding ourselves in one of the few places you can reach the water in a car. There was a little cliff side trattoria and a track that went down to the most amazing rocky bay, perfect for swimming and general lounging. We finished up with dinner here which was kinda of a modernised agrotourismo (which is traditionally kind of like a farm stay with great food), I loved the courtyard.

Day 4 

On the fourth day we swapped sides of the coast, driving through the middle of the island and visiting a few villages on the way – Orogosolo (famous for streets covered in murals and graffiti) and Gavoi (pretty town known for it’s literary festival with this place to eat delicious homemade pasta). We then landed in the picture perfect town of Bosa at our hotel - although the rooms were basic we were lucky to stay in the part of the hotel overlooking the riverfront which was such a lovely way to wake up. In the afternoon we toured the beaches to the north of Bosa, finding some gorgeous hidden coves.

Day 5

We did a day trip from Bosa to the town of Alghero which seemed to be where most people stay when they come so was a bit busier and a little more touristy than Bosa (they have very pretty streets though). We had lunch on the ramparts of the town’s fortified wall overlooking the ocean and wandered the streets, topping it all off with some gelato. We headed back in time for dinner in Bosa.

Day 6

On our last day we travelled back across the island to La Cinta beach near San Teodoro for one last lay in the sun before our flight back to London. The beach was beautiful but so incredibly busy, it was literally heaving, which was a great reminder that we had chosen the right approach by staying out of the busier and more accessible areas.

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We loved everything about our little village of Santa Maria Navaresse, including this beach.

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We took turns driving… Wearing: Club Monaco top (similar to this dress).

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And spent a few hours here at Cala Genone bobbing around.

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Didn’t really want to leave.

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Loved everything about Cala Goloritze, one of the nicest beaches along the coastline. Apparently you can hike here along the coast, which is a good option if a boat isn’t for you.

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Believe me I didn’t want to leave.

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We found this secret cove just north of Santa Maria Navaresse, could have spent all day here!

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The freedom of having our own small boat was priceless.

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That fabric sail is just crying out to be DIYed.

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We had an admittedly average meal of paninis here, but the view helped!

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We hiked the hills (tried to visit So Gorrupu canyons but the weather turned wet so we had to go back halfway).

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This was our ‘secret’ spot at Pedra Longa. Seriously there is no filter involved here, the sea is really just that colour.

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Climbers camoflaging amongst the rocks.

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Discovering inland Sardinia – such interesting and diverse landscapes.

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We stopped for a spot of shopping in Nuoro

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The men of Nuoro

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Had dinner at Su Gologone

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Wandered the hot midday streets of Orgosolo. Wearing: Club Monaco top and shorts, J Crew bag, sandals and Panama

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Saw so many interesting murals and graffiti in Orgosolo. I was surprised by the number of  which  were very globally focused, given the village is in such an isolated hilltop spot (totes no wifi there).

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Enjoyed the quiet lanes in hilltop villages.

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Orgosolo

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Had handmade pasta for lunch at Santa Rough in Gavoi

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And over on the west coast, we wandered through beautiful fields…

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To discover this beach.

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Strolled the streets at twilight in Bosa

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Admired the pretty tannery sheds in Bosa.

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Loved every pink on the walls.

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Travelled along the coast road to Alghero and had lunch along the ramparts.

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Wearing: Club Monaco Dress, J Crew bag and sandals

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The perfect seas in San Teodoro (but the crowds were horrendous!)

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DIY FRESH FLOWER BRACELET

In yet another example of my inability to look past Summer and into the next season (reading Elle magazine on the plane recently was devastating – what’s with all the overcoats!? I just wanna see bikinis!), a little while ago I got together with my girl Gemma to create a super simple fresh flower bracelet. This is one of those things that would be perfect for a picnic or any sort of outdoor soiree – as long as you’re not allergic to bees! I which case this would definitely better in a silk flower version.

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You need:

  • Sturdy fresh flowers (we used roses but anything that won’t fall apart too easily would work).
  • Florist wire
  • scissors
  • lobster clasps and jump rings

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How to:

1. Cut your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inches) of stalk, then cut a piece of florists wire. Start wrapping the flowers with wire.

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2. Once the first flower is wrapped on, add more flowers along the wire and connect by wrapping.

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3. Keep going, measuring as you go along to make sure it is going to fit your wrist.

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4. Once it’s the right length, add the lobster clasp and the jump rings.

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Voila!

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I can so see this made in some gorgeous burgundy roses – the perfect living accessory.

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Thanks Gemma for such a cute idea!