It’s happening more and more lately, my work in entertainment is mixing with my love of DIY! I was asked to be the face of Royal China in DIFC for their 1st Birthday last week.
Then on the evening I was in a huge bind. I looked everywhere to find a garment in the “old shanghai” theme but I was so busy. I found a blue dress on sale at Debenhams in my size for AED 100 and then starting wracking my brain on how to make something oriental in blue. As the host of the evening, I couldn’t very well greet guests without being dressed in theme.
Then it hit me! The old Chinese crockery I used to smash of my Mum’s. I remember glueing it back with super glue after I did a cartwheel in the house and smashed a vase. So I decided to create a hat to match the dress which used Chinese crockery.
Here’s what I started with: china plates from Daiso at Lamcy Plaza, some baubles in blue (also from Daiso) and an old pillbox hat from the Dubai World Cup I’ve had sitting around since 2009:
I put the plates into 2 plastic bags so that they were double lined for safety and then hit the bag with a hammer until I got this:
I combined the pieces from the 2 different plates and glued them on with a glue gun then added a vintage blue brooch to the front. This is the finished hat:
Don’t you think it looks a little like Chanel’s 2012 blue period hats? This was a total accident.
So here is the Old Shanghai theme:
Here are the images at the birthday bash and how it all came together. I teamed my DIY hat with that AED 100 dress from Warehouse at Debenhams and a cheap fan from Daiso in silver to match the belt. My ring is from Aldo accessories:
It was such a wonderful evening and the hat was quite the centre of attention, in fact I think it upstaged me!
I want to thank Royal China for choosing me as their face, if you havent been there you need to get on over to DIFC Gate Village 4 and order some Peking Duck. I also must extend sincerest thanks to Kelly at www.thehouseofphotography.com for the fabulous event photos, Toh PR for being so great to work with and also to my best friends for attending and supporting me at the event.
For pictures from my latest Ok! magazine shoot for Royal China you can click here.
Happy Birthday Royal China Dubai!