I have often talked about my apartment and if you look at the DIY Archive there are loads of Decor DIYs. I cannot thank Ahlan! enough for this lovely feature, really sharing my DIY approach to fashion. It’s in the issue on stands now.

In the feature are these DIY projects:

DIY Meadham Kirchoff Inspired “Yes” Tshirt

DIY PVC Envelope Clutch 

DIY Vintage Photo Frame Wall

DIY Faux Book Shelf Storage

It’s been ages between posts it feels! I have so many great DIY ideas that are still to come but now I wanted to celebrate some success for the site:

Last week Cheapnchic.net came out in the Style section of www.Huffingtonpost.com which is one of the most frequented sites in the world.

You can read the full story here.

And then today in local news here in the UAE, the site got some love in a feature on home made beauty products in the 7 Days UAE. You can read the article here.

For all my DIY beauty fixes you can check out the DIY Archive.



This is one of the fastest dream to reality moments I have had. When I launched this blog in July 2012, I thought how great it would be to combine my broadcasting career with my crafting one! Within months I had spoken to the producers of MyDubaiMyCity.com and it came to fruition.

The show teaser is up now for you to watch but the full episodes begin on September 2nd 7:00am GST time.

“DIY with Simone Heng” is finally here! 12 episodes of completely original projects not yet seen on this blog! Enjoy!

Since this blog started 1 year ago, visits have gone up 491%. We’ve given away huge prizes, built a DIY directory of all the stores in Satwa, run workshops and been featured on the cover of magazines. It’s been just amazing.

I’d like to thank my interns Poroma and George for helping me. Many thanks also to all the professional photographers who have partnered with me on the site’s shoots. Most all I am proud of the growth of the DIY Archive. I really hope that each DIY gets better and more accessible.

Looking forward Cheapnchic.net is going to be involved in its own online TV series with MyDubaiMyCity.com, this will launch August 26th. The videos will also continue on another platform soon to be announced. Contributions with Fustany.com and Brideclubme.com will also continue.

Here’s the interview I did last week on Dubai Eye 104.8 radio about the influence of Cheapnchic.net on the world’s most luxurious city:

It’s a loom knitting machine which will allow you to make some of the cool projects I’ve created on the site. You’ll also get a Simone Heng curated Glambox.

To win all you have to do is:

1) Share the link to this competition on your Twitter and Facebook walls.

2) Follow Cheapnchic.net on Facebook

3) Follow Cheapnchic.net on Twitter

Once you’ve done all those steps, simply place your email in the comment section below. Competition closes on July 27th 2013. You must live in the UAE to be eligble to win.

MyDubaiMyCity.com was very sweet and came to my house to raid my closet. It was very fun to shoot and show my DIY clothes from Cheapnchic.net. Check the video, I think you’ll love it!