Highwaisted, Pleated and Rolled

Images: Brook + Lyn/ Jak and Jil/ Garance/Burda/ Le Fashion/ Garance/The Satorialist

Guide to Ebay

The one where its all about ebay. Ebay is a treasure trove of cheap goodies. If you do it properly you can deck yourself out completely without spending too much. However, just like vintage sellers at Brick Lane and Camden Markets (where they know there’s a huge market) increasingly savvy sellers are driving up prices by selling in shops and styling their clothes well. This is where good ebay know-how comes in handy. Susie Lau from Style Bubble did a overview of how she uses ebay (sounding like a somewhat mad ebay guru) which I regularly go back to, has really helped me make the most of the bargain hunting potential. I particularly like the tips around searching for the particular details you are looking for, like ‘pleats’ or ‘studs’, searching both title and description (a must!) and searching using common spelling mistakes. Although you’d have to have a serious amount of time on your hands to do that last one…See susie’s guide here.

DIY – Miu Miu Swallow Tights

You can sometimes tell how successful a designer collection has been by the number of DIY’s that pop up in its honour. A good example is the Balmain Summer 2009 collection, which helped inspire a million different studded DIYs – bags, blazers, shorts, jeans etc. I am pretty sure that after the release of this collection shares in studs and studding tools went through the roof (as well as bandaids for sore, sometimes bloody, fingers). Looking around the web, you can see that the recent latest Miu Miu campaign has inspired a few interesting DIY’s. The below tights from Cocorosa, who is getting a bit of a reputation for her amazing tights diys, are a la Miu Miu but add a little something different. Furtherdown there are pictures of Fashion Zen‘s Miu Miu inspired skirt. Both DIY’s use printed pictures and iron on transfer paper. The swallows may date quickly, but the technique is an interesting one that could be used for a range of various DIYs.

Images: Cocorosa / Fashion Zen

DIY Lace Nails

Don’t spend a whole lot of time on my nails, but thought this DIY by Behind The Seam was very cute. Quite simple, just cut lace to fit nails and secure with topcoat (or glue if you are particularly skint). Could be cool for a party or festival?

Image: Behind the Seams