17th November 2015
Yeah yeah it’s getting to that time of year again, when holiday style starts popping onto your radar (read: is everywhere and you can’t escape it) and naturally you’ll be wanting to invest in a few special pieces that’ll inspire some amazing, life changing parties this season. Also: hangovers. Chances are you’ll be stocking up on one or two fun dresses, and would probably love to add a pair of party heels to that cart too right? If finances don’t quite stretch to all of the above, never fear, you can party-fy your heels with a few simple steps. Read on for how to create a simple pair of bow heels, similar to the DIY scalloped heels from last year, these are great because you can take the embellishments on and off as you please.
I created this project for Who What Wear Australia, and thought I would share it with you too!
- Strappy heels
- Two bow ties (we bought ours from a two dollar store)
- A skewer or plyers
1. Cut the straps off the bow ties and open up the straps of your heels. Open up the back of the cross strap of the bow tie with your fingers.
2. Slide the ankle strap of the heels through the back of the cross strap.
3. Close the straps on your heels and position the bows where you want them to sit – front, side or back all work well.
Voila! When wearing something super girly like these heels, I like to go for a more laid back and casual look for the rest of my outfit (don’t wanna look like minnie mouse..), like leather and denim. These would also look great with a pair of distressed jeans and a sequin blazer.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
16th November 2015
There’s nothing better than receiving a hand made, unique gift during the holidays. Right? But, let’s be honest here, even a DIY addict like me won’t have time to make all the presents I’ll be giving. Which is why I’m excited to be partnering with Etsy over the next few weeks, to bring you a curated selection of hand made gifts from my favourite makers and small businesses. Not only will you have amazing, one of a kind pressies to knock people’s (christmas) socks off with, you’ll be supporting small businesses and creative entrepreneurs. And did we mention they’re also pretty affordable? Only one or two are over the $50 mark, with lots of them also coming in at under $20. Win win (win!).
First up, my picks of what to buy the minimalist in your life. You know her right? That person who’s house is perfectly styled with not a drop of colour (heaven forbid you bring your bright floral dress into her house!), and their Pinterest boards ooze Scando style. You know – black, white and grey. We’ve taken the hard work out of searching by pulling together our favourite minimalist inspired gifts. Read on for details. Who knows! You might even find something for yourself.
Marble Dish, Rose Gold Stackable Rings, Mandala Tumbler, Copper Ceramic Bangle, ‘Paris’ Print, Daydream Believer Notebook, Clay Facial Mask, Grid Cushion, White Necessities Pencil Set, Marble Coasters, Handstamped Initial Necklace, Silver Dipped Quartz Earrings (rug my own).
Loving using facial clay at the moment, it gives such a lovely finish to your skin. This one is divine!
Ceramics are my guilty pleasure, and they’re just as nice to give as they are to get. If you haven’t yet checked out the other wares at Liquorice Moon Studios do so asap. How cute is that black and white tumbler?
Who wouldn’t love some pretty pencils to pep you up on a big day.
You know how much I love notebooks. A perfect way to start the new year. Who doesn’t love a pretty and functional gift?
Even the most staunch minimalist will usually allow some metallic accents into their home or wardrobe, we think the copper bangle, rose cold stackable rings, or hand stamped necklace (how cute is the ‘G’!?) are the perfect choices.
It’s only fitting that the marble dish that I love oh so much (take note boyfriend!) is made by the Etsy store ‘All Marble Everything’…. Pretty much my life really :). Oh and sign me up for the marble coasters too. Naturally. They work just as well for displaying jewellery as they do for your lounge room table!
Oh and in case you’re wondering, we’ll be sharing lots of DIY gifts over the next few weeks too, for those of you with a little time to spare.
For those of you who are wondering if it is unfeeling to decorate with a Paris print after the events of the weekend, personally I feel that now more than ever we should be showing solidarity with the places around the world who’ve experienced such atrocities, rather than avoiding the place or the issue. Not just through what we buy obviously, but through words of support, donations and visits to these cities to show we’re not fearful. This includes Paris, and also places like Beirut, Bangkok, Kenya and any other place that has been subject to such senseless violence. Although unplanned, for me this print is a timely reminder to try to focus this holiday season (and the future in general) on hope, understanding, peace and standing together as one.
12th November 2015
I don’t think I could be more excited about the holiday season if I tried. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to be wrapping myself in tinsel (at least, not yet). A touch of sequins or crystals goes a looooong way in my books, and I prefer to mix it up with more raw pieces (like denim or knitwear) for a high/low holiday look. That doesn’t mean I’ll shy away from a great set of crystal earrings, they’re the first thing you notice (and admire) when you talk to someone. So, without further ado, read on for a really (and I mean really!) easy way to craft your own jeweled earrings.
- Greaseproof paper
- super glue
- Stud earring backs
- A skewer
For this project you’re going to create a glue based setting for your earrings, so it’s clear and hardly noticeable. You’ll be a jeweller in no time! Kinda.
1. Spread some glue on the paper and use the skewer to smooth it out into the shape of the earrings you want to make.
2. Add the jewels on top. You can get creative with the design here! And did I mention bigger is better?
3. Let them dry overnight.
4. Once dry, remove the jeweled section from the paper and then trim the excess glue off.
5. This is how they should look.
6. Finally, add the stud earring backs and let them dry overnight.
Voila! I like pairing this over the top style with boyfriend jeans, a khaki silk shirt and a pair of pointed pumps. Just a touch of bling for me these holidays!
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
10th November 2015
In virtually all parts of my life I’m about efficiency, particularly when it comes to make up – I’m all about products that do double duty, and ones that help you look great in limited time. In the last few years, as life has become more busy and I feel like I’m always rushing off somewhere (ahem, always running slightly late), I’ve built a pretty foolproof 5 minute beauty routine. Ok, yes there are those days when I have more time to work on my look, but often 5 minutes is all I have. Clinique recently asked me to share with you my five minute face routine, scroll down or head over to Elle to see more.
After moisturizing, I use Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation & Concealer in Honey. I use the pointed end of the applicator to spot apply concealer under my eyes and to any blemishes.
I then use the flat side of the applicator to apply a light coverage of foundation to the rest of my face.
Next, I like to frame my face by strengthening my brows. I use MAC Eye Brows in Lingering to add some weight to my brows. I first use a spoolie brush to brush my brows upwards and then fill them in lightly with the pencil. All about brows! But I try not to make them too sharp in the middle.
I then add a light brush of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in rose to my cheeks using a bronzer brush.
I add a light line of liquid eyeliner at the base of my top lashes, and then give them a brush of Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in black, building the weight at the base rather than the ends for a more natural look.
Finally, to top if all off I use a Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Fuller Fig to my lips for a boost to my natural lip colour.
Give your hair a swish and you’re good to go!
Do you like my little office beauty station?
This post is in collaboration with Elle & Clinique.