Beautiful Budget Bride

Beautiful Budget Bride

 

Short dress
53 AUD – choies.com

WearAll white shrug
17 AUD – wearall.com

Gioseppo leather shoes
66 AUD – yoox.com

Evening handbag
15 AUD – luxurydivas.com

Earrings
etsy.com

Cult Gaia flower crown
67 AUD – domino.com

Rimmel nude lipstick
12 AUD – thehut.com

Opi nail lacquer
27 AUD – thehut.com

Beauty product
mobile.chanel.com

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Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

TIBI peplum top
1 820 AUD – boutique1.com

MARC LE BIHAN long sleeve cowl neck top
880 AUD – farfetch.com

Louiza Babouryan black top
1 045 AUD – farfetch.com

Cynthia Rowley red ruffle top
320 AUD – cynthiarowley.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA short sleeve top
135 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Gold Hawk lace camisole tank
175 AUD – jades24.com

Pink shirt
alannahhill.com.au

Gold Case black top
125 AUD – yoox.com

Carla G sleeveless top
74 AUD – yoox.com

MANGO embellished blouse
57 AUD – mango.com

Emily van den Bergh black evening top
65 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Ted Baker black camisole
76 AUD – vanmildert.com

White tank
11 AUD – choies.com

Vero Moda peplum blouse
25 AUD – veromoda.com

ONLY velvet top
29 AUD – nelly.com

Alice You red camisole
27 AUD – dorothyperkins.com

Blue top
allydress.com

STELLA McCARTNEY navy blue velvet blazer
705 AUD – theoutnet.com

Topshop blazer
115 AUD – nordstrom.com

Red jacket
140 AUD – lux-fix.com

3 4 sleeve blazer
43 AUD – blackfive.com

ONLY black blazer
82 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Roland Mouret pull on skirt
3 010 AUD – boutique1.com

Vilshenko crop pants
1 890 AUD – farfetch.com

Roberto Cavalli pants
2 170 AUD – tessabit.com

Alexander McQueen circle skirt
1 270 AUD – alexandermcqueen.com

Helmut Lang leather skirt
935 AUD – shopmrsh.com

Emilio Pucci wide leg linen trousers
1 255 AUD – stylebop.com

Vilshenko cotton pants
835 AUD – net-a-porter.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA skinny pants
505 AUD – bcbg.com

Reiss floral skirt
310 AUD – reiss.com

Ted Baker black suit pants
285 AUD – tedbaker.com

Ted Baker black pencil skirt
195 AUD – johnlewis.com

Witchery lace camisole
witchery.com.au

River Island long gold sequin skirt
120 AUD – riverisland.com

Knee length skirt
22 AUD – sheinside.com

Sequin cami
28 AUD – lucluc.com

Valentino pointy toe flat
820 AUD – saksfifthavenue.com

Frye black knee high boots
545 AUD – zappos.com

Hobbs pumps
485 AUD – hobbs.com

Kurt Geiger pointed toe pumps
390 AUD – selfridges.com

Ted Baker patent leather shoes
235 AUD – tedbaker.com

Dr. Martens platform boots
160 AUD – nastygal.com

Hunter rain boots
190 AUD – hunterboots.com

Hush Puppies black mary jane
100 AUD – shoeme.ca

Golden Dreaming

Golden Dreaming

 


Rag bone short loose dress
$530 – theoutnet.com

Oneness mini dress
$50 – nelly.com

IHeart gold shirt
$74 – veryeickhoff.com

Topshop paisley top
topshop.com

Jane Norman brown shrug
$19 – janenorman.co.uk

H M drape front shirt
$13 – hm.com

Replay button jacket
$565 – nelly.com

Antonio Marras mid calf skirt
$500 – avenue32.com

Jovonna gold disco pants
$38 – vanmildert.com

Cutie sequin skirt
$27 – debenhams.com

Black and gold shorts
$23 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Giuseppe Zanotti slip on shoes
$635 – harveynichols.com

L.K.Bennett heels & pumps
$150 – lkbennett.com

Vince Camuto brown handbag
shoptheshoebox.com

Noor Fares 18k rose gold earrings
$14,080 – net-a-porter.com

Movado gold jewelry
nordstrom.com

Vince camuto jewelry
shoptheshoebox.com

Michael Kors rock earrings
couture.zappos.com

Michael kors earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Cuff bangle
windsorstore.com

Gold angel wing earrings
lorisshoes.com

Yellow gold earrings
$4.70 – newlook.com

Alexander Wang accessory
alexanderwang.com

A Golden Handbag Update

I’ve been really busy lately, and thankfully some of this busy-ness is over now so I can start to relax again. I thought I would be able to finish a small project this weekend and decided to spend an hour unwinding with glue.

I recently rediscovered some gold foil I had bought during my Uni days. I’ve also been rather unimpressed with my handbag lately and have started looking in shops for a replacement. But then I thought, why not just make the uninspired inspiring again?! The three ideas met while standing in a queue one day and they have been awaiting their moment ever since.

I even have a before shot, complete with pre-cleaning handbag contents:

Handbag Contents Organised Neatly

Boring, beige, lumpy handbag.  And then…

Golden Goodness Handbag!

Good goldeness!!

See the shiny

Stylin' around

Oh yeah handbag

Inspiring again!

I didn’t take any progress photos, but essentially the process was:

  1. Wipe bag down with acetone.
  2. Spray with spray adhesive.
  3. Apply gold foil sheets with a slightly damp brush in a dabbing motion.
  4. Cover with PVA glue.
  5. Let dry overnight.
  6. Peel off PVA glue because you realised it was the wrong glue and it has stopped the gold foil being shiny.
  7. Brush off any excess and smooth it all over with a nail brush.
  8. Place gold glue peelings in a jar. They gotta be handy for something.
  9. Take pictures of pretty goldy handbag goodness!

Stay creative
🙂

Dancin’

Dancin'

Red dress
etsy.com

Izabel London open front cardigan
$34 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Chantal thomass
$210 – stylebop.com

Thigh high hosiery
modcloth.com

Funtasma black pumps
overstock.com

Flower earrings
modcloth.com

How to wear CRAZY PANTS!

How to wear CRAZY PANTS!

TIBI pink cami
tibi.com

Amanda Wakeley long sleeve v neck sweater
$490 – amandawakeley.com

Orla Kiely collared shirt
$410 – orlakiely.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors collared shirt
$305 – zalando.co.uk

L K Bennett white top
$91 – lkbennett.com

VILA knit top
$30 – vila.com

Gianvito Rossi suede pumps
$695 – brownsfashion.com

ASOS sandals
asos.com

Call it SPRING orange heels shoes
$46 – debenhams.com

Leather shoes
modcloth.com

Mango handbag
$83 – mango.com

Nars cosmetic
$30 – liberty.co.uk

MAC Cosmetics lips makeup
bloomingdales.com

Butter London nail polish
butterlondon.com

Relax

Relax

Pink blouse
$21 – 3suisses.fr

Topshop blazer
topshop.com

Short skirt
$49 – marksandspencer.com

Kinky Knickers lace panty
$25 – liberty.co.uk

Giuseppe Zanotti pumps
giuseppezanottidesign.com

Gold stud earrings
bodycentral.com

Lips makeup
$40 – johnlewis.com

Face makeup
eyeslipsface.com

It’s Friday Inspiration Time – With PANTS!

Fridays, like any other day of the week, are great days for being Inspired!

But hold on, I hear you say, how can one be Inspired with Pants? Aren’t the best days those where pants are not in close proximity?

Well yes, I’d agree with you. But here we’re not necessarily wearing pants; we are sewing pants.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, which means a new Theme as per the feedback we gave ourselves. I haven’t sewn in nearly two months, so it’s time to get back to it. I’ve got a few Pants already cut, and have dreams about more.

Today, let’s look at those dreams:

Pants of Power

Ok ok you got me… technically that’s a dream come true. But really, I LIVE in these pants. I love them so much. I’m making another pair for my mum so we can have the same pants.

But these Awesome Pants are the Inspiration for this week. Wide legged elastic waist pyjama style pants are just my thing, and in such a lovely fabric they make me comfy and happy at home, in the office, in the grocery store… wherever.

So more! More Inspiration of Wonderful Comfy Wide Legged Pants!







Clearly I’m also big on florals. I predict I’ll be wearing a lot of them this year, even if the rest of the world wore them ages ago… 😀

Stay Inspired!
xx

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #09: Perfect Sitting

One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.

The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.

The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.

Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Fabric Detail

This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #08: Nick Swing

Here’s one of my favourites! However I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it…

This one gets its name from the swingin sixties design of the fabric combined with the putrid smell of cigarette smoke (NICotine!!!) and old man that terrorised my nostrils when steam pressing it.

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back

Other than that, this skirt is awesome. After I finished making it an before its final press, I tried the following:

  • washed it normally.
  • washed it with eucalyptus.
  • soaked it.
  • dried it.
  • soaked it in vinegar.
  • hung it out in the sun.
  • forgot about it.
  • left it in the rain for three days.

I’ve yet to steam pressed it again to see if my efforts worked, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the illusion of having a larger wardrobe.