Having lived in Dubai for 5 years I am very familiar with the Arabic motif of the “evil eye” which is believed to ward off bad luck and intentions. The iconic symbol has now made its way onto rings, bags and shoes in mainstream fashion. These shoes are inspired by superblogger-turned designer Chiara Ferragni’s glittered winking eye ballet flats which cost Singapore $325. The eye motif we are making can be used on bags, cards, shirts, stationary and more, you just need to change up the gluing process. You can either freehand the project like I did or print an image of the shoes off the net to an A4 size and trace around.
What you will need:
Pleather fabric in blue, black and white (I got mine from Spotlight) $30
Glitter ballet flats (by Charles and Keith) $45
Permanent black marker
Optional: Double sided tape
Trace around the tip of the shoes to give you an idea of what size you’ll be working with.
Use your marker to free hand the shape of an eye on the white pleather fabric. This will be something like a semi-circle/almond shape. Leave some excess above the eye shape, this is where the eyelash will attach.
Use a cotton bud in nail polish remover to erase any stubborn fabric pencil marks
On the wrong side of the black pleather fabric face the white eye you have created right side down (this means the right side of the white eye will be the side touching the wrong side of the black pleather). Trace around the top of the eye to get the length of your lashes. Cut around it.
On the blue pleather trace a circle for the centre of the eye and cut around the eye ball. Using the black permanent marker colour the pupil black onto the eye ball
Using the black permanent marker colour the pupil black onto the eye ball.
You can either use the glue gun to permanently adhere your eyes to your shoes or if you just want to use the new design for a night out adhere them with double sided tape like I did and you can remove them easily later.
This is a DIY tutorial I created for my Youtube series for Class 95 TV and I have so say, it is one of my favourites. It was so lovely to receive an orchid recently and it didn’t come with a base so I bought a pot from the local florist and some gold leaf. It was so easy that I wanted to cover half of my room with gold leaf!
I am super sorry for the tardiness between my posts, it’s been busier than ever at work. I am super excited to reveal I am doing a DIY series for Singapore’s most-popular online expat-living guide The Honeycombers. I’ve come up with 3 easy and original Christmas ideas for the home.
The first of them is a gilded branch Christmas tree inspired by Scandinavian style. The branch was literally found on the side of the road!
So it’s been a few weeks between posts and settling into life here in Singapore. I have launched my lifestyle Youtube channel and will be posting all manner of videos there but will still be posting the DIY ones up here.
If there is one thing I have been noticing in my last 2 months of cleansing, being more mindful and sorting out my life, is that a lot of my time is wasted on doing menial tasks around the house. Seriously, my to-do list is huge and the amount of time I could be using to mediate or go for a run is being spent on cleaning the house. This is particularly frustrating when I have a great blog idea or inspiration for a video to produce and get bogged down in house work instead.
But, alas I have found a solution! There is a new way to get rid of this problem and not only is it going to give you more time to do what you love it’s also going to half your stress (which normally comes from booking unreliable cleaners) and we all know how unbelievably harmful stress is for your body.
Helpling is a cleaning services easily accessible to all homes in Dubai. Helpling has a standard hourly rate of 35 AED to ensure complete transparency for both the cleaner and client. Much the same way comparative flight sites like match you with the best airfares. Helpling’s online platform simply pairs a cleaning provider with you when you want your place cleaned.
All you have to do is go to Helpling.ae and enter your location, select your preferred date and time, enter your voucher code if you have one, and enter your payment details.
From there, the team at Helpling coordinate your booking and – once the job is done – send you an invoice. You will not be charged until the job is completed. This way, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a squeaky-clean home. They even perform background checks before partnering to ensure all cleaners are experienced, trustful and legally engaged in the business. I know when I was based in Dubai this was always a huge concern for me and having to be at the house to ensure the cleaning was done right.