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Feature: I DIE, DIY! TOP FIVE BLOGGER D.I.Y. PROJECTS OF 2011

14 Dec

When I was a kid, I used to make Christmas presents for people ALLLLLLLL the time. Granted these ‘gifts’  usually consisted of popsticks, too much glitter glue and some play-doh hearts, but nevertheless they were received with a mixture of fear and confusion  great delight and anticipation. What could be behind the potato-stamped wrapper? A macrame vase? A sequinned ornament? Or – the magnum opus as far as my crafting career was concerned – a stapled-together cushion with a picture of my mum and and emu lovingly (and incredibly accurately) rendered on the front?

The truth of the matter is, people always love to receive a handmade gift. Or at least they feel more compelled to pretend how much they LOVE it than they would if you gave them socks or soap. And for me, watching people scramble to overcompensate for their underlying horror with a theatrically feigned expression of delight is the true Christmas miracle. But I digress. Point is, there are actually some amazing gifts that you CAN make, with nary a pipecleaner or popstick in sight, and thankfully for us (and my traumatized  family members) there are some wonderful bloggers who have taken the time to show us how. Here are five of my favourite blogger-DIY creations of 2011.

1. A PAIR AND A SPARE. Because anything glitter will sit in pole position, always – and because Geneva is an all-round AMAZING D.I.Y. Queen – her take on MIU MIU GLITTER BOOTS:

image via Harper's Bazaar Australia

2. HONESTLY, WTF? Ummm, obsessed with cobalt, did I mention?Honestly WTF’s take on COBALT COLOUR BLOCKING being a) no exception and b) genius comes in at number two.

image via Honestly WTF

3. STYLE HURRICANE. Pretty sure this one gets the award for most profesh-looking D.I.Y. project ever – Style Hurricane’s version of the JIL SANDER MARKET BAG is third on my list.

image via Style Hurricane

4. DREAM AND DRESS. Ok, so perhaps I’d prefer it if you could  knock me up a D.I.Y. 3.1 Phillip Lim handbag, but this ROPE NECKLACE is a pretty good consolation prize.

image via Dream & Dress

5. PARK & CUBE. Too crafty for words, this version of a KARLA SPETIC ‘CARDUOGAN’ is utterly lush and clever – this girl has serious skillz.

image via Park & Cube

image via Karla Spetic

Happy Christmas-Countdown Bunnies! x

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How to Wear: A TOUCH OF GOLD

13 Dec

I’ve blogged before about how I’m not a massive fan of little things, and usually that statement extends to jewellery also. I prefer knuckledusters, bibs, and cuffs to thin rings, chains, and tennis bracelets – the latter usually calling to mind images of  nasty things like Stepford Wives and ladies that like to match their bags to their shoes. HOWEVER (this is the bit where I contradict myself), there is something to be said for the allure of the fine gold necklace, as seen recently at Me & Ro, Van Rycke, and Aurelie Bidermann. With this in mind, during my recent stalks of street-style blogs, I have been keeping an eye out for the fine gold chain worn well. It seems the formula is relatively simple: plain tee + dishevelled hair + fine gold chain = pared-back perfection.

image via streetfsn

image via Jak & Jil blog

rose gold heart necklace by Van Rycke from My Chameleon

I think this look works particularly well if you are inclined to wear a statement piece (e.g. the culottes in the first picture), but are bored of the statement everything + arm-parties-galore + bib necklace + YSL-arty- ring-or-five thing, as currently seen on fash bloggers everywhere (apart from Hanneli. Hanneli is someone who I’m sure wears simple gold chains all the time).