Above: With co-owner (Asian hottie) Sophia Jalla.

Earlier this week I was off work and a bit down. Adapting to a new country is tough and making new friends hard when you work a lot. Hosting the launch of PERLU allowed me to get the lay of the land (as far as the Perth fashion and socialite set goes) and make some new friends. The definition of PERLU means “need, necessary” in Sophia’s home language of Malay.

The concept space has been developed in the last 6 months by Sophia Jalla from Rosie & Broken and Benjamin Luker from Silver Bullet Creative who wanted to create a full rounded boutique in product, service and care.
PERLU is a creative retail space for local and select international designers in clothing, home/giftware and furniture – Encompassing ‘back to basics’ in true high end customer service and styling sessions at an affordable price. Complimentary tea and coffee (or bubbles) is served daily while you shop from their innovative collections.

Above: Owners of PERLU, Sophia and Ben.

Thanks so much to Ben and Sophia for having me as the MC, I got some lovely pieces as gifts from them and will wear them at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival soon.

You can find PERLU at 1/62 Bayview Tce, Claremont.

I have been thinking a lot about this blog lately and where I want it to go. I see so many of you on Instagram, adding me daily from Australia and I desperately want to bring the same joy and hype about DIY to this city as I did to Dubai.

After being featured in theAAA section of the West Australian, I was approached by the PR Team of Studio Bomba to present a workshop at one of my favourite spaces, Many 6160.

In addition, participants in this workshop get to be the first in the WORLD to work with my new DIY kit (more on that soon, I don’t want to spoil the surprise). The course will take place on Sunday September 28th at 1:30pm at Many 6160.

I would  LOVE to see as many loyal DIY-ers there as possible and new ones too. You can register now at the Studio Bomba website. For the course fee, you get a kit with enough materials to make not only this super cool neutral-coloured tassel and rhinestone necklace I designed but also a bracelet, using the techniques I will demonstrate in class.

I can’t wait to see you there. The class needs a minimum of 6 to go ahead so sign up now!

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:
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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!

I’ve said a few times on this blog that my life as a broadcaster often collides with my love of fashion and DIY and this was one of those occasions. I have interviewed big celebs for www. DIYnamicstyle.com before, the Kardashians (twice) for example but I have a particular respect for Patricia Field.

She has had a huge hand in introducing vintage clothing and mixing high and low style to the masses when Sex and the City was airing and this basically set the ground work for how I dress today.

Patricia, for the unacquainted is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer from the hit show Sex and the City and she recently made a trip all the way to Perth to launch the Autumn Winter ’14 fashions season at Enex 100 by bringing along with her 23 costumes from Sex and the City, including Carrie’s Vivienne Westwood wedding dress.

It goes without saying that interviewing Patricia and being involved in the whole experience was a fashion highlight. She is a true professional and like most celebrities at the top of their game that I’ve been lucky enough to meet, she’s very nice.

Enex 100 was packed and with good reason, Patricia was so great at sharing her career advice it blew us all away. Check out the video I made of the event and interview here:

 

 

It’s been chaos at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, you will know that things are being cooked up at www.DIYnamicstyle.com headquarters. Thanks to the lovely Vanessa at All Things Indulgent for also letting me know my new-look logo went up! She’s a doll.

We (my lovely Aussie intern Mica and myself) are about to launch videos onto a mobile app provider in the Middle East and something wonderful is in the pipeline with Wander and Hunt. The same great DIY tutorials will still be here.

I was in Singapore shooting a South East Asia-wide campaign for Sephora.

I then flew direct to Dubai (exhausting) working in my role as Dove hair ambassador and styling at the C.Wonder store launch (that’s me below with fash-billionaire Chris Burch, creator of C.Wonder and Tory’s ex-hubby):

Then I returned back to Perth and presented the Runway Model of the Year Award at the West Australian Fashion Awards:

Now, while all this was happening, I was laying the plans to re-launch this site as www.DIYnamicstyle.com and my little side business.

Why the re-branding? Well, turns out, unlike Dubai, doing DIY in Australia isn’t really “cheap.” The name “Cheapnchic.net” didn’t seem to apply any longer plus I decided to launch a range of products from the blog and I didn’t want them to be labelled as “cheap.” Makes sense, no?

I love the new logo and packaging. Thanks to Paper Couture Dubai (full blog on them soon) for the great tags and cards.

DIYnamic Style will be hosting Thriftspirational Op Shop Events. I’ll be producing bespoke party decorations and favours in the Perth area (check my DIY Body Scrub and Oat Mask below):

I’ll be doing crafting stations at event launches and baby showers (just like I did in Dubai). More photos of these to come at the end of April, plus my workshops with readers will stay. Stay tuned if you’re reading in Perth.

And now the part of www.DIYnamicstyle.com that has been keeping me very very busy: Handmade fashion, beauty products and gifts.

My hand painted bags are now on sale at Neon Pony in Northbridge. The Toucan bag has already sold. If you are anywhere in the world and would like to have a bespoke bag painted for your requirements, simply email me through the site on the contact fields on the right.

I will continue to balance my media work with my hand made passion. So stay tuned for more and bookmark www.DIYnamicstyle.com now!

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