DIY FRESH FLOWER CROWN

Being the last minute throw-it-all-together person that I am, I usually create a Halloween costume out of whatever is lying on the floor. Last year was no exception – but this time with the help of some amazing fresh flowers I was about to create a pretty convincing Frida Kahlo outfit (just add floral dress, lots and lots of gold jewellery and monobrow!), with this oh-so-simple crown being the perfect centrepiece to an otherwise last minute ensemble. This year I’ve decided to to make sure I prepare better (clearly, given I’m already thinking about it!), but in the meantime I thought I would share with you the steps for creating your own fresh flower crown, a little accessory that’s as home at a Halloween party as it is at a baby shower, wedding or any other special occasion. Can’t go wrong with fresh flowers!

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You need:

  • Some fresh flowers. We used carnations as they hold their shape but any would do, a big peony as the centre piece would be gorgeous.
  • Bobby pins
  • Scissors

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How to:

1. Cut the flowers so they have a small amount of stalk left at the bottom.

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2. Do this for all your flowers.

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3. Attach them to the bobby pins by pushing them  between the prongs and down to the end.

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4. Now, part your hair roughly down the middle, and then do two plaits. Once you have done that, pin those plaits to the front of your head like braids. A fancier option is to do a wrapped braid but I found this method quick and easy. Don’t worry if they fail to meet in the middle, you’ll be covering them in flowers anyway.

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5. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pin the flower pins onto and along the plaits around your head. If you feel they are going to fall off, just add a few extra bobby pins at the end to steady them.

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Voila!

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NEW YORK NEW YORK

Last week’s trip to New York was pretty much a whirlwind of taxis, cold brew coffees, sweaty subway rides, lingering consultations with google maps and swapping shoes every hour. But I’m not complaining – New York is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world. Although, that’s true for so many people it’s become a cliche to even say it! What made this trip so much more special than previous ones is that my brother now lives there while he studies, and there was nothing better than hanging out in the East Village and seeing the city through the eyes of a local.

While I sort through the mountains of photos I took to go into a few posts (I now travel with not one but three cameras and my computer is about to self combust with all the files being uploaded) I thought I would share with you a few pictures taken while touring the city in the new Club Monaco collection, showing them my favourite spots and soaking up every minute of New York sunshine. To start with, the team showed me around their flagship store in the Flat Iron district, and although it’s not my usual MO to hang around in the one place for hours I honestly couldn’t help it, the store feels more like the lounge room you wish you had than a retail space, complete with Toby’s Estate coffee, a bookstore and florist, oh and full sized flowering trees, if you like that sorta thing. The perfect place to hang out if you find your New York broom closet apartment doesn’t quite tick all the boxes! Let’s just say the day started with a carrot cake donut (!) and only get better from there…

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Wearing: pieces from the new Club Monaco AW14 Collection

I was very sad to miss the opening of the new London Club Monaco store in Sloane Square (but apparently actual work needs to get done and I can’t just flit around from city to city…), it looked like such a gorgeous event. I’ll definitely be checking it out on my next visit, if it’s anything like the Flat Iron store I’m in for a treat! There better be carrot cake donuts… You can have a look at some photos of the store here.

In collaboration with Club Monaco.

DIY HOME INSPO: INDOOR PLANTS IN NEW YORK

Forget about the gangs of New York, it’s the plants that are really taking over. Although back in Hong Kong now (and suffering the meanest, and yet most productive, jet lag – hello 5.30am wake ups!) I can’t help but dream about the plants absolutely everywhere in the big apple, they’ve clearly become a decor mainstay in homes, visual merchandising and cafes.  I was glad to see the whole city is echoing my thoughts about the need for greenery. Although, to be fair a lot of these photos were taken in Brooklyn, which is clearly the epicentre of the indoor plants revolution (second to pinterest of course).

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All photos taken by me in New York including at The Gorbals, Urban Outfitters, Space 98, Gant, Club Monaco and Sprout Home.