A few months ago, even before I moved back to Perth, an acquaintance of mine Buffi Jashanmal contacted me about the launch of her new book “Make It, Own It, Rock It.” Buffi is a woman after my own heart, with many passions and a love of TV. She was a contestant on Season 10 of “Project Runway” (crazy to think that show is a decade old)!

I was so happy when Buffi returned to Dubai and was promoting her love of DIY. I love that more and more people in the UAE community, promoting hand making amongst all that crazy consumerism.

I was recently back in Dubai for my Dove endorsement and stopped by Buffi’s book launch to chat and she kindly offered me a copy of this amazing book. It’s complete with patterns and directions for you to make, customise and style up your DIY dresses.

You can purchase a copy of Buffi’s book wherever in the world you are on Amazon here.

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C.Wonder launched in the Middle East. The Mall of Emirates store in Dubai is the very first C.Wonder store outside the United States. For my US readers, you’re probably quite familiar with the brand, but for those who aren’t it’s a wonderful fun brand. Think bright colours, bespoke monogram home accessories and layered jewellery.

I was asked to be a celebrity stylist at the event and it was my first time working one on one with VIP customers. I absolutely loved the interaction. The creator of C.Wonder, fashion billionaire, Chris Burch (yes, his famous sirname may be familiar to fashionistas) also flew over from New York for the launch and was a hugely charismatic character.

We had a wheel of wonder giving away prizes, lolly cart and styling sessions with me and fellow fashion blogger Teresa Karpinska. Check the fun below:

You can find out more about C.Wonder in Dubai by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Before you start reading this post, I want you to press play on this video. I basically had this in my head for the couple of hours it took me to make this project. It’s a viral track introduced to me by none other than Riz Khan!

Now that’s out of the way let’s take a look at this awesome bag by BCBG which I found while getting fitted for the Emirates Woman Awards 2013.

Here is my version:

 

All you need to create this is: A sewing machine (or you can hand sew this), an envelope clutch to use as a pattern, sewing scissors, black felt, tailors chalk, white embroidery thread, black thread and an embroidery needle.

Begin by using the envelope clutch to trace your pattern:

I traced twice the shape of the body of the clutch to reinforce the felt:

From here pin the rectangular flap over the longer piece of felt and sew together:

From here, fold the clutch in half and sew the side seams. The great thing about felt is that you don’t need to hem or secure raw edges.

Now the fun part! Making the ears:

Cut them:

Mark and back stitch them:

Trace the fox face and back stitch as above:

Hand stitch the fox ears on:

Thanks so much to the amazing Mica Nelson for these pictures in Northbridge.

Watch: Marc Jacobs, Shorts from Polkadot Vintage Market Perth and top from Good Sammies in Subiaco.

 

Part of being back in Oz part-time, is enjoying the quirkier things the city offers (that big cities like Dubai and Singapore do not). One of these cool things was the Polka Dot Vintage market which my intern Mica and I attended on a very windy Sunday a few weeks ago.

Vintage shorts, bags and even ice cream flowed as well as a healthy dose of handmade accessories and homewares. I also loved the Canadian girl selling fresh flowers in vintage glasses. Prices ranged from $10 racks of clothes, all the way to a pair of hot Miu Miu pre-loved sunnies for $200. You can get more details and dates here.

It was a super windy day but definitely worth the trip to Scarborough. I loved that the market has free entry and was by the beach…a must do for tourists to Perth. I got a pair of vintage shorts from the 70s which fit like a glove for just $25, wearing them in the pic below:

So as you can see there are some changes happening to Cheapnchic.net. We will soon be re-branding and launching as a business! How exciting! So I have started (now that I have the time and am not full time at the radio) really doing the blog the way I always wanted. Shooting my DIYs at lovely locations, styling the shoots and also watermarking and labelling all the images.

It took me hours today! HOURS! But the great news is, the DIY itself, only takes about 5 minutes. I devised this for the event I hosted with GAP. I think it looks amazing with vintage fabrics you may find in thrift stores. Try and re-fashion a vintage tie this way!

You will need: Glue gun, elastic, fabric scissors and cute patterned fabric.

Cut a rectangle of fabric 24cm x 12cm in width. Fold it in half and glue the ends together:

From here glue the ends in again to meet half way:

From here cut another strip of fabric 12cm x 6cm. Glue the ends of the strips facing towards eachother (as above) and then once more again to form a band that’s 2cm in width:

Pinch the wider rectangle through the centre and glue in between the pinches:

Flip the tie on it’s wrong side and thread a piece of elastic through and glue between the grooves:

Quickly glue over each edge of the thin band in the centre of the bow and cut off the edges neatly:

My fabulous new intern Mica Nelson and I went to the Fringe World festival in Perth and were able to get some amazing images at the circus-themed stage of me in the bow tie!

Jacket: H&M, Shorts: Kuala Lumpur, Lipstick: MAC Lady Danger.

I think the bow tie turned out splendidly and the shoot was fab. Thankyou Mica!

Please let me know what you think of my new-look images too!