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!

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.

Sangeeta Kumar D’souza

I am so sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Very uncharacteristic for me and mostly due to my sister’s wedding!

Here is a super simple project inspired by this clutch from Chanel’s latest Cruise collection:

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!

It’s been chaos at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, you will know that things are being cooked up at www.DIYnamicstyle.com headquarters. Thanks to the lovely Vanessa at All Things Indulgent for also letting me know my new-look logo went up! She’s a doll.

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):

Then I returned back to Perth and presented the Runway Model of the Year Award at the West Australian Fashion Awards:

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 will continue to balance my media work with my hand made passion. So stay tuned for more and bookmark www.DIYnamicstyle.com now!