Oh how I love chain! You can make almost anything look cool with chain. I hope chain jewellery stays in fashion for a while at least, the way studs did because I still have so many ideas!

For this project you will need:

2 types of chain, jump rings and clasp, braid or cord (mine is from my birthday trip to Le Méridien in Chiang Mai), pom pom trim (also from Thailand), scissors, needle, thread (to match pom pom trim) and pliars.

Measure the 2 strands of chain to be the circumference of your wrist.

Begin by tying a knot onto the chain.

Using the above method cover both outside edges of the chain.

Measure the pom pom trim to the length of the chain.

When both lengths of chain are adorned, they should look like this:

Connect the 2 lengths with the first jump ring:

No connect the clasp to the jump ring:

And there you have it!

You can even use them stacked with the DIY Bimba and Lola Inspired Tribal Bangle.

This project sold immediately after I posted it on instagram! 

You will notice that some of these I look really tired. It’s been tough balancing work, style and buying my first property to say the least but I’d like to think of myself as approachable, hence my warts and all approach to posts!

Monday:

If you’re in Perth, I have to tell you the BEST kept secret is the Saba discount outlet in Subiaco where the old Colonnade was. I got the white jeans I am wearing here for only $40. After posting it on my Instagram account, a friend of mine went to buy a pair. Saba jeans just fit me really well. This outfit was obviously inspired by Miranda Kerr (right). She just knows how to put together simple basics into fabulous outfits.

Every woman should own a black and white striped top, mine is from Uniqlo. Boots are from H&M and are part of their great new affordable leather collection. Necklace was a gift from Tiffanys when I lived in  Dubai. My jacket is from Topshop and glasses from What Women Want in Singapore. The lippy is Chanel: See this post for details.

Tuesday: Blouse from Reiss, pants from H&M, kimono from Topshop and necklace from MNG Accessories, boots were a gift from Clarks in Dubai. Super comfy!

Wednesday: Here is another bargain outfit! Top is from Topshop, pants were from Witchery on sale. I adore leopard print and the trans-seasonal wrinkle-free fabric will be worn well into Spring. The mules were $1 from the Good Sammy in Riverton. They are 100% alligator leather (if you’re an animal lover please ignore that I just wrote that). Oxblood lips by YSL.

Thursday: Woah a tired day! Pants by Steph Audino, Shoe boots are by Topshop, V-neck by Cosset in Singapore. The fringed cardigan was on sale in Singapore from m)phosis and the necklace is from Forever 21.

Friday: Often on Friday the flat shoes come out! This blazer is from BYSI in Singapore, jeans are by GAP. Shoes are Seed Australia, watch by Juicy Couture and basic V-neck in white from Portmans (also brilliantly wrinkle free).

Wishing you an inspired week at work!

 

 

Photograph by Paula Fitzgerald shot in Le Meridién Chiang Mai. This image is unretouched, so you can see my skin as it really is.

It’s funny being back in Australia where everyone wants to be tanned and blonde. I did too as a kid, I didn’t want to stand out! Now as a 30 year old, after years of messing around with make up and getting loads of looks wrong, I’ve realised it’s much lower maintenance for my busy lifestyle to go with my natural skin (which is fair), my natural eye colour (which is black instead of wearing coloured contacts back in the noughties) and my natural hair which is also very dark.

For the last 5 years, when a woman’s beauty regime begins to solidify and you really do finally find out what’s best on you, I have been rocking what I’d like to think of as my “Modern 1950s Pin Up Make Up Look.” It’s a little bit Audrey Hepburn in the eye and a little bit Dita Von Teese in the lip and cheeks and I wear it almost daily. I just don’t wear the fake lashes to work. I honestly think if Gwen Stefani can wear red lippy to pick the kids up from school, I can also make it my daily staple.

I have been using liquid eyeliner since I was 13, so I have it down to a tea but I do have my favourite brand and I do have a lot of products to create that flawless finish for your skin. Here is a run down:

How amazing are these pictures by my NEW blog photographer Courtney Holloway. Courtney will be collaborating with me on my new DIY posts. You can book her and check out her work here.

From left to right, top to bottom, here are the products I use to create the look:

1) Benefit Porefessional make up base.

2) Clinique BB Cream

3) Benefit 15 Hour Primer

4) Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Powder Foundation

5) Diorshow Iconic Overhaul Mascara

6) Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in shade O2

7) Benefit Perk Me Up Artist Concealer Kit

8) Silky Girl Precision Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black (I have to have this sent from Singapore, I am obsessed and it’s only around AUD $10).

9) Silky Girl Long Wearing Lip liner in Red (I have had this since 2008, I still use it).

10) Ardel Brush On Eyelash Glue (If you’re in Australia, this stuff is the best! Available at Priceline Pharmacy).

11. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black (If you are Asian, this will change your world).

12. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Vernau

13. CHANEL Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Powder

14. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Platinum

15. Chanel Rouge Allure No. 67 Excessive

16. A pair of false eyelashes

17. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initiale

18. Chanel les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No. 30

It’s been crazy busy! I am house hunting and viewing apartments has been taking up all my blogging time! I love blogging and DIYing so am missing that a little at the moment.

Nevertheless, here’s a round up of what I wore to the Mix 94.5FM office last week.

Monday: Top by Uniqlo, Pants by Iconic, Necklace by What Women Want in Singapore.

Tuesday: Blazer from G2000 in Chiang Mai, Shoes by Aurora Wild, Skirt and Top by Stephanie Audino and Necklace by H&M, Lipstick CHANEL.

Wednesday: Harem pants from Kmart, Bolero from a boutique in Singapore, V-neck from Cosset, Necklace from Forever 21.

Thursday: Radio DJ T-shirt DIY, Blazer from Topshop.

Friday: Best bargain ever were these Saba jeans from the outlet store in Subiaco. They were  just AUD $40. Shoes are by Seed Australia. Blazer from H&M, Necklace by Aldo, Shirt by Saba and Watch by Juicy Couture.

Catch me 12-4pm weekdays on Perth’s number 1 radio station Mix 94.5FM.

Wishing you an inspired work week!

For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something DIY-related and I have always loved Audrey Hepburn. Her big doe-eyes were my first time seeing a dark-haired and dark-eyed woman as beautiful, having grown up in Australia in the 90s, it had all been about the blondes.

On a side note, I am house hunting and I am going to furnish my apartment like this:

For more inspiration you can check out my Pinterest account.

Here is the mask tutorial I came up with for parties because the felt does not need to be hemmed and the glitter glue is almost instant. If I were making this not as a party DIY, I would definitely get the sewing machine out and do it with satin.

This is what you’ll need:

Gold braid, fabric glue, sewing scissors, aqua felt, fabric paint in gold in a thin-nozzled tube, permanent markers, standard sized spoon, clear nail polish and a cheap sleeping eye mask.

Start by tracing around the eye mask with the marker onto the felt. Cut it out and set it aside.

Using a spoon trace around the head to mimic the shape of the eyelids.  Cut around and set aside.

Draw the eye balls on in black fabric marker and then glue the eyelids on top.

Cover the cheap eye mask with glue and then place the felt one on top.

Glue the trim on around the border with the fabric glue.

Use clear nail polish on the raw end to stop fraying.

Use the fabric paint and put on your eyebrows and lashes and you’re done!

Happy DIY’ing and please comment below and let me know what you think!