I cannot tell you how excited I am to share my first collaboration with Western Australian photographers on this blog. I have been blessed to collaborate with photographers from all over the world but it’s so wonderful to enjoy the lovely Perth light on a weekend of fast shooting on the delectable George Street in Fremantle.

To get you salivating over this next project, I thought I would begin with the wonderful pictures by Courtney Holloway:

So it’s winter here in the Anitpodes but that really translates into Autumnal weather for those of you in the USA and Europe. Not too cold and the sun shines most of the time, you only really need your winter coat at night and early morning so I thought the styling for the above shoot would give you a good idea of what to expect.

I’m wearing a blouse by WA designer Steph Audino, necklace by Witchery and skirt from Good Sammy in Riverton for just $1. My shoes were a gift from Vince Camuto in Dubai.

Here’s how to make this simple clutch:

You will need: Faux fur (I got mine from Spotlight and chose the most expensive-looking fur I could find). Black felt (also from Spotlight). A cheap envelope-style clutch (this is from a thrift shop), hot glue gun, white tailors chalk and sticks, sewing scissors and needle and thread (in matching colours to the fur).

Measure the clutch against the fur, making sure the grain of the fur is not going across the the body of the clutch.The fibres of hair should be vertical to the direction the clutch opens and closes.

Cut around the clutch leaving around 8cm of excess.

The excess should look like this.

Mark squares in the fur above each corner of the clutch.

Cut out each corner that has been drawn, repeat on each corner.

Your final pattern should look like this.

Glue down the sides.

If you have a magnetic clasp this is how I cut around it.

I hand stitched the edges to give a beautiful finish.

This will depend on the type of clutch you have but cut a square of fur to finish that raw space nicely.

From here cut some black felt to finish the exposed space and you’re done!

Things are really heating up at DIYnamicstyle HQ. This is slowly unveiling my vision for the quality of content I always wanted the blog to have but couldn’t produce because of my hectic Dubai schedule.

I can safely say, the blog keeps me creatively alive and although I don’t hear much from you guys in terms of comments, I know you’re reading because since moving back to Australia, my share of Australian readers has changed from 9.57% in January to 17.45% as of yesterday. UAE readers are at 18% so it’s now shoulder to shoulder! This is so cool because I can’t wait to start workshops and community projects here, in a country with a strong tradition of DIY.

To my UAE viewers, I have not forgotten you. There will be more giveaways for both countries and also, I am so proud to show you more of where I grew up and my beautiful country.

Please do “like” the page of my amazing photographer if you get a chance. You can find her Facebook here. She does fabulous weddings and events here in Perth.

 

 

Another week whizzing by. We are full into the swing of Telethon fun at the moment and trying to raise important funds for ill children here in Perth. Here’s a look however, at what I wore to the office last week:

Monday: Jeans by Saba, shoes from What Women Want, sweater from Country Road and vest from Seed Australia.

Tuesday: Blazer by Petra Vanessie, top by H&M and jeans by French Connection.

Wednesday: Dress by Chickpeas vintage in Dubai, watch by Marc Jacobs, necklace by J.Crew.

Thursday: Shoes by Seed Australia, sweater by French Connection, watch by Marc Jacobs and Jeans from Northshore surf.

Friday: Shoes by Seed Australia, jeans by Sportsgirl, top from Sheinside.com and scarf from Singapore.

Wishing you a wonderful work week and see you soon with some amazing new DIY shoots this weekend from a local Aussie photographer. So excited!

 

 

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