My sister recently go married and I want to dedicate this blog to her. She took so much leave after my mother had her stroke that she didn’t have much annual time off for her own honeymoon. It’s been postponed to this week when there are public holidays on (she’ll be missing my 30th birthday which makes me sad).

Things were hectic up until the wedding, I was a bridesmaid, so I just wanted to put together a little box of goodies so that her honeymoon was postponed but not forgotten. I will get her something bigger than this when she returns.

I started with a nice box and some tissue paper:

I placed some faux rose petals on top (you can buy these from Dusk here in Australia):

I laid another layer of tissue paper on top of this and then placed the bride and groom’s initials which I had spray painted. You can buy these letters pre-done if you don’t have time to do them from scratch.

On top of this, lay some more tissue paper down and place a scented candle:

And then because I wanted to keep “Love on Top” like Beyonce I placed the gilded “love” sign I crafted on the top of the pile before I sealed off the box:

At the end of my sister’s wedding, I went up to change out of my bridesmaid’s dress in her room. I opened the box and set the initials onto the bed along with the rose petals and placed the scented candle on the bed side. I hoped it would make Tamara and her groom feel their honeymoon wasn’t forgotten.

Thanks to my sister for being a wonderful daughter to my mother and making those big sacrifices. Hope you also love this DIY for something heartfelt if you’re on a budget.


The Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB is run by one of my good girlfriends in Dubai Theresa Tsui. This is us together in Ok! Middle East a couple of years ago:

Theresa is Singaporean by heritage like me, she studied fashion design and then embarked on a journey of craft discovery with her business partner Paula Horsfall, when she opened Dubai-based sewing parlour at reMADE DXB. She and I (while I was still in Dubai) were champions of DIY in the city of luxury.

ReMade DXB is a sewing parlour come purveyor of handmade treasures with a vintage vibe. Tucked away in Al Quoz, it’s one of the city’s greatest new secrets. It offers Dubai ladies a taste of calm amongst the hyperactive glamour and a place to connect with like-minded creatives.

On my last trip to Dubai, I visited the parlour and sat down for a cup of tea with Theresa. Look how amazing the space is she has created:

Theresa has very generously given me 1 of reMADE’s super popular Sewing Machine Driving License workshops (valued at AED 175) to give away to a lucky blog fan in the UAE.

All you have to do to win is:

1) Like reMADE DXB on Facebook.

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3) When you’re done, leave your name and email address in the “comments” section below.

You must be based in the UAE to compete in this contest. Winner will be drawn at 8pm (Australian Western Standard Time) on April 28th.

Good Luck!

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. 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: