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May 30, 2012

DIY : Jubilee Diamonds and BLING GALORE !

The time has come : the Jubilee is on its way ! Apart from the joy of a four day bank holiday week-end, I reckon this Jubilee thing is going to be excitingly dazzling, delicious and FUN ! It’s definitely the perfect opportunity for DIYing, dressing up and wearing horrendously over-the-top bling.

I, amongst thousands of other overexcited Englishmen, will be attending the Battersea festival on Sunday, hoping to eat me some fine Victoria Sponge whilst people watching. The organisers are encouraging attendees to dress up for the occasion and there will even be a catwalk for the best dressed. I’m not so sure I want to strut my stuff in front of the whole of England but I’ll definitely have my camera out taking shots of who I think has a look fit for a queen’s anniversary !

As for my own outfit, I’ve decided to go for what I call a “Diamond in the Rough” look. This means I’m taking the whole Diamond Jubilee event with a bit of attitude and will be bearing sparkling bling DIYed in this very post along with a rock ‘n’ roll tee you’ll discover in a couple of days – and maybe a few other bits and bobs you’ll just have to wait and find out about (…meaning I haven’t decided what yet but it’s sure to be blingilicious).

Here goes the Jubilee bling tutorial which basically shows you how to cover whatever you can find in glue and glitter ! I used Modpodge because it’s PERFECT for sticking anything to clothes and accessories as well as tiny silver sequins to give the glitz that extra chunk and rock-star look. If you’re either particularly careful or particularly clumsy, you may like to use masking tape to cover up any part of your jewelry or shoes you do not want covering in sequins. Rip it off when the glue is dry.

The result is fab :

No – you’re not going to get any photos of me wearing them until D Day ! I’ll be taking photos of all my fav’ peeps and outfits at Battersea Park and will upload them to my Facebook page in a beautifully patriotic album named “HB Liz”… And you’ll find out why very soon !

Finally, may I introduce you to my new Jubilee friend, Mister Corny the Corgi : )

– Temp’ tattoo by Lydia Leith

– Dress by Petit Bateau (2011)

See you tomorrow for some more Jubilee DIY tutorials !


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April 1, 2012

DIY Blackboard Tote

Tote bags : a friendly fashion. Easy to use, cool to carry and fun to DIY – what more could you ask for ? I bought a bunch of plain totes on The Clever Baggers recently (gotta love the name !) and spent yesterday morning DIYing one to bring along with me on my week-end wanders. Having recently bought blackboard paint for a practical kitchen board, I decided to have a go at making a customizable tote, one that would change its mood as much as I do ; )

To make your own Blackboard Tote, YOU WILL NEED :

– A plain tote, you can buy one on for about £2.00, Amercian Apparel do a good quality canvas bag too.

– A splash of Blackboard paint, easily bought in your local DIY or general shop

– A reasonably large paintbrush

– An A4 sized board (wood, cardboard, plastic…)

– A piece of chalk

– A funky phrase to scribble on the black board when the teacher’s not looking

– An hour’s sun

This is an easy DIY. All you have to do is place your board inside your tote, and fold the edges of the bag around the sides of the board. Now dip your paintbrush in that dangerously dark solution and paint away ! Just slap it on roughly : the messier the edges, the better the look, I think.

Leave the paint to dry in the sun for about an hour and repeat. When both coats are fully dry (a good few hours in the sun), remove the board from inside the tote. You will find the paint has sunk through the canvas. The board makes the fabric easier to paint but also protects the other side of the bag. The paint will have stuck the board to the bag but just tugg at it a little and it should peel off easily. Remove any remaining cardboard and voilà ! You can now use the chalk to draw or write on your tote bag. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, just wipe the chalk off the bag with a damp cloth and try again. You can change your statement as often as you like – just make sure you don’t let anybody get hold of it or you could end up walking around with “I’m with stupid” on the side of your bag !

– Sweatshirt : Bershka

– Silk tee : Pepe Jeans

– Shoes : Golddigga

– Jeans : Levi’s Curve ID

– Tote : Clones ‘n’ Clowns

– Sunnies : Monki Olive in light pink & silver

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