This is a long overdue home decor project that I have been dying to DIY. Since moving back to Australia, I have found vase after vase in the garage and around the house which are just going to waste. I started thinking about ways to upcycle these. What I came up with was fiddly at first but so useful, I have so much tissue paper and glue left from this project, I plan on doing quite a few more vases to give as gifts.

For this affordable DIY you will need: Tissue paper in 3 shades of the same colour (dark, medium and light), PVA glue or modge podge, white spray primer, brush, scissors and an old cardboard box.

Begin by spray priming the vases white in the cardboard box. They don’t have to be perfectly primed as they will be covered:

While the vases are drying, cut up the different shades of tissue paper into small squares:

Using some PVA glue at the base of the vase layer the darkest shade first:

Layer the next 2 shades:

Finish off by varnishing all over with thick coats of PVA glue and leave to dry overnight:

Happy DIYing!

It’s been ages since I have done a beauty DIY and this one is so simple you will be in disbelief. Sometimes the best DIYs are the ones that are simple and they also make great gifts.

Cleopatra was famed in ancient times for harnessing the moisturising qualities of fresh milk in her baths. A beauty treatment that still works today.

I was inspired by this and by a couple of spa books I have with traditional spa recipes to create a gift experience of this bath for a friend.

For this project, you will need milk powder, lavender scented tea light candles, artificial rose petals and a large jar (this is an old Maxwell coffee 1KG jar) and rose essential oil.

Fill the jar halfway with milk powder and then use a clean cloth to wipe away any fall out from the powder on the sides of the jar.

Put a few drops of rose essential oil on top of the powder.

Place a hand full of rose petals on top of the powder.

From here close the jar and add your “packaging” to give the milk bath as a gift:

Clever, quick and a lovely gift for a stressed out friend. I created a label with instructions explaining how to use the bath:

“Run a hot bath and place milk and rose petals into the water, surround bath perimeter with the tea light candles and most importantly…RELAX.”

In future, I’d probably also load a thumbdrive with relaxation music and place it in the jar as an entire spa experience in a jar.

 

I’ve said a few times on this blog that my life as a broadcaster often collides with my love of fashion and DIY and this was one of those occasions. I have interviewed big celebs for www. DIYnamicstyle.com before, the Kardashians (twice) for example but I have a particular respect for Patricia Field.

She has had a huge hand in introducing vintage clothing and mixing high and low style to the masses when Sex and the City was airing and this basically set the ground work for how I dress today.

Patricia, for the unacquainted is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer from the hit show Sex and the City and she recently made a trip all the way to Perth to launch the Autumn Winter ’14 fashions season at Enex 100 by bringing along with her 23 costumes from Sex and the City, including Carrie’s Vivienne Westwood wedding dress.

It goes without saying that interviewing Patricia and being involved in the whole experience was a fashion highlight. She is a true professional and like most celebrities at the top of their game that I’ve been lucky enough to meet, she’s very nice.

Enex 100 was packed and with good reason, Patricia was so great at sharing her career advice it blew us all away. Check out the video I made of the event and interview here:

 

 

Doesn’t the line “shopping in Spain” just evoke so many feelings. The idea of sun-bathed cafe strips and stunning Penelope Cruz-esque shop assistants. Well, maybe it’s just me! I’m pretty sure whatever Spanish shopping fantasy you have going on in your little head, El Corte Ingles Castellana does not disappoint.

Located in the heart of Madrid, El Corte Ingles Castellana is Spain’s leading department store dedicated to fashion, watches, jewellery and lifestyle. Brands like Cartier, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and more are all located in one convenient hub.

In the spirit of al things DIYnamic Style, tailors are also on hand for those bespoke suits. Perfect for the your busy spouse travelling back to desk jobs in Singapore or Dubai.

And like all amazing shopping centres there are delicious dining options and wellness treatments in house as well. And because no overseas shopping trip is complete without some culinary indulgence, The Gourmet Experience in Castellana – which combines tasting with the sale of gourmet products – allows you to enjoy different types of specialities from around the world such as Iberian cured products, seafood, smoked foods, grilled meat and fish, cheeses, nibbles and snacks, hamburgers, high quality Asian cuisine and freshly squeezed fruit juices.

As you can also see from the video, El Corte Ingles’ store located in Paseo de la Castellana has a variety of staff members from all over the world who speak various languages. If you’re reading in Singapore and prefer to speak Mandarin, then there are people there who can help you.

For those of you planning your Summer trips now and plan to leave Dubai this Summer and give the likes of Munich or Zurich a skip and give Spain and Madrid a chance!

It’s that time of year again, The Dubai World Cup, is happening this weekend and I was lucky enough to be judging the fashion on the field this time last year. In Perth, Ascot is hosting it’s special race day, Bubbles and Heels, tomorrow.

In the spirit of all things horses and hats, I thought I would create a high fashion headpiece that looks a bit more fashion-forward than your run-of-the mill feather and bird cage veil which seems to be everywhere at the moment.

This is inspired by the latest on Marni’s Spring runway:

For this project, you will need:

A cheap visor, needle, black thread, chunky beads in green, clear plastic beads cut like gem and chunky black beads.

It helps to begin by laying all the beads out in a shallow dish, this way you can see the different types and get a nice even spread in your pattern.

With the needle and thread, begin threading the beads onto the visor in a mix of colours and textures. I think it helps to work from the centre out because you will make sure you get the right mix of beads.

Continue building this up until you have covered the whole visor.

I wore mine with red lips, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings from Sophie’s Closet and a vintage green dress from Singapore.

There is no airbrush in these images, so you are going to see me warts and all!

Hope you liked this and please feel free to leave your comments!