I recently caught up with a high school friend Petrolyn Vanessie upon my return to Perth. Petra had contacted me when I was in Dubai about her designs from her label Petra Vanessie. She was so sweet and I was delighted to see how much her work has matured since I last looked at her first collection. She gifted me this amazing blazer that you may have seen me in here:

I teamed the Petra Vanessie blazer with jeans from GAP and a t-shirt from COS.

This gorgeous blazer can be worn so many ways:

Shoes by Mango. Pants by Mersels (lovely gift from the team). Top by Portmans. Necklace by BYSI.

Pants by C.Wonder (lovely gift from them). Shoes Vintage. Blouse by Gisella Blu (another lovely gift).

Top by Forever 21. Shoes Vintage (my mother’s). Pants by Wardrobe.

Top by GAP. Necklace from C.Wonder. Shoes by Vince Camuto (a gift from them). Shorts from Mrs Brown Vintage.

Shoes by Seed. Top by Portmans. Jeans by French Connection but DIY’d here.

Here’s the best part, the designer of this amazingly versatile piece, Petra Vanessie, has offered me a $100 voucher to give away to her store.

To win all you have to do is:

1) Like the Petra Vanessie Facebook Page.

2) Follow me on Instagram.

Contest closes on June 14th. Contestants must reside in Perth, Western Australia.

Thankyou to the amazing Paula Fitzgerald for the photography.

You may have noticed that my blog looks a little different. We have finally migrated to the new brand DIYnamicstyle.com and we have new pages as well. To celebrate I am so excited to give my Perth readers a “reel” treat. Excuse the cheese. Check this out:

I had seen the concept to this sort of screening overseas but am so excited that the team at GProShaw Events have bought it to Perth. This is exactly what we need to envigorate the entertainment scene here. Imagine Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” come to life with a live cast, themed venue, concert production and live music plus champagne on entry.

Tracey Shaw, the wonderful woman behind the event, is also a lady after my own heart.  I met her while I was MCing Perth Runway for a Cause and she shared for me her love of costume design, she’s even sketched my outfits from #whatimwearinginthestudiotoday along with the costumes she’s creating for the screening of Moulin Rouge. How totally DIY!

So here’s the great part, I am inviting you and a friend to attend the Australian PREMIERE of Reel to Real’s Moulin Rouge as VIPs. These tickets are valued at $95 each and include a private function, canapĂ©s and champagne. You can also get dressed up in your favourite character from the film and rock it like the cast of dancers.

VIP guests arrive for a private function at 6.30pm to indulge in French canapés and champagne. General admission is 7pm with a complimentary glass of bubbly, live music, raffles and prizes for best costume!

Tickets on sale NOW! http://www.showticketing.com.au/events/event/reel-to-real-presents-moulin-rouge/

To WIN all you have to do is:
1) Like the GproShaw Events Facebook page so you can be in the loop on their events.
2) Share the link to this blog on 2 of your friend’s Facebook pages who live in Perth.
3) Follow this blog on Instagram.
When you’ve done all the steps above, simply write your name and email in the comments section below. The winner will be notified on Saturday June 7th and must live in Perth, Western Australia.

I have just returned from the most wonderful celebration of my 30th birthday in Thailand. I was so blessed to be invited to stay at Le MĂ©ridien in Chiang Mai and was spoilt rotten. Where do I begin? The amazing dinner I enjoyed at Favola with a bespoke menu by Chef Filippo for my birthday (more on that to come) or the afternoon lounging by the pool with a view of Doi Suthep and what felt like the entire mountain range of Thailand’s North or my skin brightening spa treatment or my amazing stay in the Diplomatic Suite for 6 blissful nights (a great video room tour of the suite is coming soon).

I have videos and blogs coming up on this amazing time in Thailand’s handicrafts capital (how perfect for this blog!) and will share more to come but here are some photos of my experiences in and around the hotel. The image at the amazing oriental painted door where I am holding mangoes was taken at the Sunday market on Walking Street just a stone’s throw from the Le MĂ©ridien, which is very centrally located and just 15 minutes from the airport.

As with all of my blogs recently, there is no retouching or airbrush in these shots. So the room looks as great as this and the light around the room at sunset is exactly as you see it in these pictures. Check out the Royal Suite below:

Special thanks to Paula Fitzgerald and Le MĂ©ridien Chaing Mai for the images.

You can check out more from my trip by following the Le MĂ©ridien Chiang Mai on Facebook and Instagram.

I am so excited to launch this competition as it’s a giveaway which spans both Australia and the UAE. For the unacquainted Herbline Essentials has just rebranded. The new look and feel highlights the organic nature of the brand, and the blend of the highest quality all-natural ingredients and Himalayan waters.

Herbline Essentials is also setting off on an exciting new journey across the Middle East region and beyond, bringing its organic message and wholesome products, based on the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, to discerning consumers in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, South Africa and several western and central European markets.

For amazing giveaway to celebrate Herbline’s rebranding, we have 2 hampers, each valued at AED 500 or AUD $145. You are eligble to win if you live in the UAE or Australia and the products will be shipped to you.

They include some of my fave products from the brand:

Apricot Scrub
SPF 40
Nourishing Cream
Under Eye Gel
Aloe Vera & Honey Moisturiser
All you have to do to win is:
1) Follow this blog on Instagram
2) Subscribe to this blog by putting your email into the subscription field on the far right hand side of the home page.
3) Follow Herbline Essentials on Twitter.

4) Follow Herbline Essentials on Instagram.
5) “Like” Herbline Essentials on Facebook.
6) When you have completed all the steps, just pop your email and country of residence (UAE or Australia) in the comment fields below.
Competition closes on Sunday May 25th.

 

The Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB is run by one of my good girlfriends in Dubai Theresa Tsui. This is us together in Ok! Middle East a couple of years ago:

Theresa is Singaporean by heritage like me, she studied fashion design and then embarked on a journey of craft discovery with her business partner Paula Horsfall, when she opened Dubai-based sewing parlour at reMADE DXB. She and I (while I was still in Dubai) were champions of DIY in the city of luxury.

ReMade DXB is a sewing parlour come purveyor of handmade treasures with a vintage vibe. Tucked away in Al Quoz, it’s one of the city’s greatest new secrets. It offers Dubai ladies a taste of calm amongst the hyperactive glamour and a place to connect with like-minded creatives.

On my last trip to Dubai, I visited the parlour and sat down for a cup of tea with Theresa. Look how amazing the space is she has created:

Theresa has very generously given me 1 of reMADE’s super popular Sewing Machine Driving License workshops (valued at AED 175) to give away to a lucky blog fan in the UAE.

All you have to do to win is:

1) Like reMADE DXB on Facebook.

2) Follow this blog, www.DIYnamicstyle.com Instagram:
Instagram

3) When you’re done, leave your name and email address in the “comments” section below.

You must be based in the UAE to compete in this contest. Winner will be drawn at 8pm (Australian Western Standard Time) on April 28th.

Good Luck!

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.

Lucky readers in the UAE can win a signed copy by completing the following steps:

1) Follow this blog on Pinterest.

2) Follow this blog on Instagram.

3) Follow this blog on Twitter.

4) Follow this blog on Facebook.

When you’ve done that, simply write your name and email in the comments section below. Competition closes on the 16th of March 2014.

We’ve teamed up here at Cheapnchic.net headquarters with the lovely people from Tejuri.com. Tejuri.com is the biggest online mall in the Gulf region and is the only e-commerce platform endorsed by the Department of Economic Development – Dubai (DED). To celebrate Valentine’s Day they have given me AED 500 to spend at their online curated gift section to give away to YOU.  Just in time for the holiday of love! More on how you can win in a second.

The DIY today is inspired by the amazing Charlotte Olympia pumps that came out in Fall 2012. The DIY sector responded vigorously to these “kissable” designs with lots of copycat posts. I wanted to put an original spin on things and thought they could make amazing slippers. Slippers you can wear on Valentine’s Day when you cosy up with the one you love.

Here are Charlotte’s designer version:

And here is my slippers version:

Here’s what you’ll need:

Fabric glue, sewing scissors, felt (in cream and red), pins, tailors chalk, cheap slippers, red embroidery thread and needle.

Begin my cutting the bows off the slippers or any other embellishments your slippers may come with:

Now grab your felt and fold it in half and draw the shape of half a pair of lips with your tailors chalk, pinning the felt together.

When you pull the felt open you should have a pair of lips like this:

Cut a tiny split in the lips and then you’ll have the gap for the “teeth”. Now pin the lips you’ve made to another pair of lips and trace and cut around for the second shoe.

Cutting a small piece of cream felt, glue this with fabric glue to the back of the lips:

Now glue these lips, back sides down onto the front of the slippers:

Talking the embroidery thread, stitch around the edges of the lips in blanket stitch.

And there you have it!

Now they’re ready to keep your toes kissable!

To win AED 500 to spend on more great gifts from Tejuri.com’s curated gift section, you just need

1) Be a UAE or Gulf resident.

2) Like Tejuri.com on Facebook

3) Share this blog post on your Facebook account with the statement: “OMG check this DIY out, it’s so cool.”

4) Like Cheapnchic.net on Facebook

5) Like Cheapnchic.net on Instagram

When you’ve done all of this, simple write your name and email in the below comments section. The contest closes on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

 

It’s been a while since we’ve done a give away and now that I am in Perth, I thought why not celebrate my return to the country with an Australian DIY that can also be made by anyone overseas.

Now some people would glue the flowers to the headband but because it’s Australia and Australian Oz Day festivities get quite boozy, I suggest stitching the flowers on and reinforcing them with glue later. That way, minimising the opportunity for them to be hit off and embarrassingly being thrown around by some crazy guy with a beer gut.

This floral headband is very easy to make. You will need:

Thread in blue, white, green and red, needles, red thin ribbon, plastic headband with holes or lattice work, fake flowers in red, blue and white (I was really lucky to find plastic banksias which are an Australian native flower) and small wire pieces with beads and glue gun and sticks.

Start by removing some foliage from the flowers to cover the base of the headband nicely. I used the needle and thread to fasten these to the headband.

From here thread in the corresponding coloured thread for your first flower. Thread the needle through the plastic base of the flower and wind into the holes in the headband:

From here you continue with your main flowers. Use the wire with beads to rap completely around the headband to reinforce what you’ve attached so far:

Now grab the glue gun and fill with smaller flowers and reinforce the existing sewn on flowers:

That’s all! You’ll have something like this:

If you live in Perth and would like to win this for Australia Day. All you have to do it place the link to this post on the wall of 5 of your Facebook friends with the caption:

“Check out this amazing website with cool DIY projects and free tutorials”

Once you have done that, simply write your email below in the comments section.

Most of all HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY FOR JANUARY 26TH.

Competition closes 24th of January.

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