Many moons ago (like 8 years) I used to be a commercial model, thankfully now I am a fully-fledged broadcaster I don’t have to drag myself to castings anymore. However, I do like doing the odd shoot here and there, especially when someone else is styling and doing the leg work.
United Colours of Benetton approached me last year to be part of their United Bloggers campaign but due to my crazy schedule at Virgin I couldn’t take part in the full project. So UCB asked me to do a shoot in their clothes. I agreed as long as I could team the clothes with my DIY accessories.
The brand itself is a perfect fit for me as it’s always been rooted in representing people of all different colours and as a global citizen who has lived in Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, has parents who are Chinese and Portuguese and speaks German, this meant a lot to me.
You’ll see in the images my DIY Pom Pom and rhinestone detachable collars. They work really nicely with the “kawaii” feel of the shoot. Thankyou to Chez Sushi by Sho Cho also who let us shoot in their restaurant for that “Japanese Diner” feel.
These are not all the images. There are a couple shot with DIY accessories not yet blogged about on Cheapnchic.net which I will publish with the full step-by-step instructions.
Styling: Ushi Sato
Clothes: Benetton UAE
Location: Chez Sushi by Sho Cho
Photography: Bella Foronda
Make-up, detachable collars and model: Simone Heng
I love supporting fledgling deisgners. Cheapnchic.net is all about creativity and supporting the handmade. The cARTel is an avant-garde independent boutique that houses unique pieces from international designers and artists in a permanent exhibit alongside Desert Fish Studio.
I couldn’t attend the opening event as I was hosting the launch of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai so instead I went to visit in my own time. I adore the “marketplace” feel of the space, with nooks for each designer to showcase
The best part is, you can purchase anything you like in the showroom!
I agree with the creators of the space that Dubai needed something between high street and high end, to cater to the avant-garde individualists.The stock is unconventional and it’s not for the faint-hearted but the space is very inspirational and worth a look at.
Just seeing the hand made finishes of the epaulettes and hats on sale or the seams of one-off pieces made me want to get my DIY on!
For more information you can head to www.thecartel.me.
I love our friends at Casio. Not only did they give me a camera to gift to you here, they’ve given us another camera. This time it’s a Casio Exilim EX-N10 which is quilted to look like a classic Chanel bag.
The classic Chanel 2.55 bag is one of the only designer buys I own, a gift from my beloved Uncle in Singapore. Here’s me on the Dustbunny Vintage newsletter with my bag:
So needless to say, anyone who models a phone like a Chanel bag gets my thumbs up. I’ve got one for you to win in pink:
All you have to do to win is:
1) “Like” Casio Exilim UAE on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CASIOEXILIMUAE
2) “Like” Cheapnchic.net on Facebook
3) Follow Cheapnchic.net on Twitter
4) When you’ve done all of that just simply add you email below the blog post so I can get into contact with you.
Competition closes on Saturday March 23rd. You must be a resident of the UAE to enter.
A while ago I bought polka dotted trews from H&M and matched them with a white top gifted to me from Aussie brand Talulah. I just felt however the outfit needed something to tie it all together. After much searching for a necklace to do just that, I promptly gave up and turned to my trusty DIY skills.
Here’s the finished look:
What you’ll need: red cord, red needle and thread, base necklace (I got this from Splash), glue gun, red chain, red felt. These can all be found by clicking on our Cheapnchic.net Do-It-Yourself Directory.
1) Begin by cutting the red felt to the size of the base necklace.
2) Glue the red felt to the base.
3) Using the glue gun, run glue over the first portion of the collar.
4) In a snaking pattern glue the red cord up and down in the shape of the crescent base. Small at the sides and peaking in width at the centre.
5) Cut the excess cord at the end to finish.
6) Using the needle and thread, sew the chain up and down the necklace randomly at various points.
This is a really fast but effective necklace. Here it is on the cover of the Metro Life.
Thanks to the amazing Kelly Brbich at www.thehouseofphotography.com for the images.
Last night I was so thrilled to be invited to check out J.W. Anderson’s second collection for Topshop. Being a high-street honey, it excites me to get my hands on some very cool J.W. gear without the designer price tag! How Cheap’n'chic.
From 6pm last night at The Dubai Mall, Dubai’s fashionistas dined on yummy PQ canapes, got manicures, shopped the new collection and chatted away.
So what did I think of the collection? Well, these are my fave pieces. I am forever in sweaters in the Virgin studio because it’s so cold. These would add an edgy touch to my work wardrobe:
The collection is an evolution of the first, with key pieces such as the kilt and motif jumpers returning, but reworked in unexpected futuristic fabrics, with a more modern, paired back approach. The kilt reappears in a heavy indigo denim, the classic beige trench is updated in black and beige patent and loafers are given three inch platforms.
You can grab your Tophshop and J.W. Anderson goodies now at the Topshop store in The Dubai Mall.