I am just astonished at how many great creatives are roaming around Dubai, Singapore and Perth. I met Sangeeta from Paper Couture online when she started following me on Twitter. Later, at one of my DIY workshops, she introduced herself and gave me a whole bunch of free printables which she had designed. I was so impressed that I am still using some of these today.
Sangeeta is a graphic designer/art director by profession, and a self claimed writer! She’s also a busy wife and mother who loves creative print design, interior design, DIY, contemporary dance, fashion, and Dubai.
After having her little girl she realised there was a niche in the market for classy, stylish and fun designs for wedding invites, birthday parties and more.
Like many talented DIY-ers, Sangeeta had been designing all of the above for friends for the past 12 years, so she finally decided to go ahead and offer her services to a wider audience? And voila! Paper Couture was born.
Her work was so gorgeous that when I needed to get tags and stickers for DIYnamicstyle.com, I knew exactly where to go. I finally met Sangeeta on my last trip to Dubai and there she was, heavily pregnant and still dishing out her beloved printables. I love when I see that passion in people.
You can see her tag on my latest bag which is on sale at Neon Pony.
If you want some amazing work for your next party or wedding you can contact Sangeeta below. Even if you are not in Dubai, she can do the design work for you from overseas.
I was thrifting and came across this authentic snakeskin clutch for just $4.25 AUD. I didn’t know what I would use it for but I kept it aside. I stumbled across the Chanel clutch online and got so excited about creating something similar really easily.
You will need: gold chain, glue gun, cream ribbon, PVA glue, paint brush, craft scissors, magic tape, paper plate and vintage clutch.
You’ll need to start by creating the patent finish by covering the clutch with PVA glue. This will take 24 hours to dry and will create that shiny finish.
Using the magic tape cover the end of the ribbon to make it easier to thread through the chain.
Prepare the chain by pressing all the links flat.
Thread the ribbon in and out as above. You will need ribbon the length of 1.5 times the length of chain.
End off the lengths of ribbon while tying a knot as shown above. Cut the remainder of ribbon off.
Tape the corners of the chain to the clutch with magic tape to mark where to glue.
Glue the lengths of chain down with the glue gun and there you have it!
We (my lovely Aussie intern Mica and myself) are about to launch videos onto a mobile app provider in the Middle East and something wonderful is in the pipeline with Wander and Hunt. The same great DIY tutorials will still be here.
I was in Singapore shooting a South East Asia-wide campaign for Sephora.
I then flew direct to Dubai (exhausting) working in my role as Dove hair ambassador and styling at the C.Wonder store launch (that’s me below with fash-billionaire Chris Burch, creator of C.Wonder and Tory’s ex-hubby):
Now, while all this was happening, I was laying the plans to re-launch this site as www.DIYnamicstyle.com and my little side business.
Why the re-branding? Well, turns out, unlike Dubai, doing DIY in Australia isn’t really “cheap.” The name “Cheapnchic.net” didn’t seem to apply any longer plus I decided to launch a range of products from the blog and I didn’t want them to be labelled as “cheap.” Makes sense, no?
I love the new logo and packaging. Thanks to Paper Couture Dubai (full blog on them soon) for the great tags and cards.
DIYnamic Style will be hosting Thriftspirational Op Shop Events. I’ll be producing bespoke party decorations and favours in the Perth area (check my DIY Body Scrub and Oat Mask below):
I’ll be doing crafting stations at event launches and baby showers (just like I did in Dubai). More photos of these to come at the end of April, plus my workshops with readers will stay. Stay tuned if you’re reading in Perth.
And now the part of www.DIYnamicstyle.com that has been keeping me very very busy: Handmade fashion, beauty products and gifts.
My hand painted bags are now on sale at Neon Pony in Northbridge. The Toucan bag has already sold. If you are anywhere in the world and would like to have a bespoke bag painted for your requirements, simply email me through the site on the contact fields on the right.
I always wanted to volunteer more when I was living in Dubai, I was so busy with work. When I left Dubai, I gave all of my art and craft supplies to START and got to know the charity quite well.
START hosts workshops for children with special needs including Autism and Down Syndrome. START’s programme aims to help children augment their critical thinking, problem solving and cognitive development. The workshops are taught by practicing artists who volunteer their time to create lesson plans and directly engage with the children. I love to paint, so volunteering seemed perfect to me.
On my latest trip to Dubai for Dove, I blocked off an afternoon to volunteering and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To combine my love of creativity with a great cause was amazing. The workshop was run out of the Jam Jar in Al Quoz.
If you’d like to volunteer or to get more information, you can go to www.STARTworld.org. Thank you so much to the team at START for having me that day.
So many of you may also know me as a TV and Radio presenter across Arabia, Asia and Australia. I am basically just one side of the brain. Whether it be the performing arts or the visual arts! Just don’t ask me to do math off the top of my head.
Here’s my work:
And a little about my broadcasting career:
Simone Heng is a Singapore-born Australian TV and radio presenter based between Perth, Dubai and Singapore. She can currently be heard on Mix 94.5 in Western Australia, part of the Southern Cross Austereo Network. At just 29, Simone has worked as a broadcaster in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. She has a loyal following in both Singapore and Dubai, the latter of which she is a household name in, having single-handedly parlayed a radio gig with the city’s number one station into a successful lifestyle brand extending over TV, radio, print and online mediums. A brand endorser for Dove in the Gulf and formerly Ponds Arabia, Simone was not only the only Australian product endorser in the Arab market but also the only East Asian female.
In 2008, Simone was discovered by Virgin Radio International and offered a package to move to Dubai and join their cosmopolitan line up. For over half a decade she produced, edited and hosted The Lowdown, the highest-rating English radio show in the lunchtime time belt on Dubai’s leading English radio station, 104.4 Virgin Radio. A seasoned TV presenter, working across Asia and Australia since 2005, within 8 weeks of moving to the UAE Simone successfully became the host of “Dubai 101″ on Dubai One TV, which she fronted for 2 seasons until the end of 2010 to audiences from Saudi Arabia to Morocco. By 2013, Simone was showing global audiences her favourite places in Dubai, handpicked by CNN to host on CNN International’s “CNN Go.”
She has interviewed personalities from the world of film, fashion, music and sport, across TV, radio and print, including: Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, Leona Lewis, Donna Karan, Gerard Butler, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Lewis Hamilton, Mikka Hakkinen, Omar Sharif, Amitabh Bachchan, the Stereophonics, Dannii Minogue, John Rocha, Christopher Lambert, Nicole Scherzinger, Empire of the Sun, Catherine Malandrino, Christian Siriano, Westlife, INXS and many more.
Simone was nominated for the Personality of the Year award four years in a row in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Best in Dubai Awards. In 2010 she was named the 18th hottest woman in radio according to a global poll on www.popcrunch.com. In 2012, 2011 and 2010 she was featured in the city’s list of the most influential professionals as part of the Ahlan! Hot 100. She was one of 6 best-dressed women chosen from the country by Chanel HQ in Paris to represent them as part of the global Chanel Numeros Prives and their Little Black Jacket exhibition, which toured the globe. In 2013, she was chosen as a judge of the Jaguar Style Stakes (fashions on the field) for the world’s most expensive horse race, The Dubai World Cup.
She was also the MC of choice for the launch of the world’s tallest hotel, The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, where her flawless MC skills were displayed for a global audience, garnering her credits in international publications like The Hollywood Reporter and TheDailyMail.co.uk. She now flies between Singapore, Dubai and Australia to host various events for global brands.
Prior to her work in the Middle East, Simone was based between South East Asia and Western Australia for four years. She was made the first face of the Home Box Office network at just 22. From 2006 to 2008 Simone fronted HBO Asia’s movie show HBO Central with daily exposure to 300 million cable subscribers across the continent. In 2007 she became the first Asian face on Channel 9 Perth’s decade-long travel series “Postcards WA.”
Simone has a Communications and Cultural Studies degree from Curtin University in Australia (where she graduated in the course’s top 10%). A year-long scholarship at 17 to Switzerland means that in addition to understanding Mandarin, Simone can also speak German and Swiss.
More than just a pretty face, Simone is a fully rounded content creator for print, online, radio and TV, Simone can shoot with a Sony F3, Canon 7D and edit on Adobe Premiere. For radio she is trained on Dalet, Maestro and Master Controller software and can edit on Vox Pro and Cool Edit.