I am really proud of this project, basically because it uses a piece of an old necklace of mine that broke when  I was in Singapore recently. I loved that necklace and was annoyed it broke but found a way to repurpose it into another feature necklace:

For this project you will need:

You can see the piece of the broken necklace front and centre. I then used some rhinestones courtesy of Wander and Hunt and pom pom trim from my trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand. You’ll also need jump rings, pliars, clasps, curb chain and embroidery thread.

Knot 4-6 strands of embroidery thread (3 times the length of your chain) to the end of the curb chain. Weave the thread to the chain as shown here.

Weave the embroidery thread as shown in this tutorial until the whole chain is covered.

Lay out all of the stones to have an idea of the design you want to have.

Attach the front piece with jump rings.

Hand stitch on the pom pom trim:

Now hand stitch on the stones:

That’s it. This is how I styled it up!

Happy DIY’ing

 

 

 

It’s been another 4 day week for me at Mix 94.5 as I was ill with the office lurgy for a day on Monday. Here’s a happy hampster picture of me outside work to make up for it:

It has been furrr-eeezing in Perth of late. Seriously, it’s 2.9 degrees some mornings! Which is ridonkulous for the antipodes if you ask this little “Desert Princess.” My body is yet to acclimatise to being back in Australia. Give me high humidity and temperature and I am still a Dubaian…don’t break a sweat.

Tuesday: Looking still a bit ill and with bags under the eyes here! Skirt is from Singapore’s m)phosois. Shirt is a wardrobe staple from Topshop. Ring from COS. Lipstick is from Chanel.

Wednesday: A DIY necklace which will be coming this week to this blog! Top by Portmans, wet-look pants by H&M, cardigan by m)phosis and the red lips from Chanel.

Thursday: This has got to be my fave of the whole week. I adore these distressed skinnies from GAP in Dubai. Shoes are from Seed as is the fur scarf. My jacket is by Topshop and undershirt Cosett. Wearing my trusty Michael Kors watch too.

I felt like a Sopranos’ wife here! The pants are by Witchery, shoes by Topshop, jacket is by Perth designer Stephanie Audino and my undershirt is from Portmans.

Wishing you a wonderful work week ahead. If you want to see these outfit posts instantly, follow me on Instagram.

I know these are a few seasons back but I love the colours of these creations by Bimba and Lola. They inspired me to use my colourful embroidery thread remnants and some fab new supplies from Thailand in an interesting way!

When I was in Chiang Mai celebrating my 30th birthday, I went on a DIY mission with my cousin. She’s the uber-talented cake maker behind Charles and Violet and a great hobby photographer for this blog. Paula and I both love making things, it’s in our blood and lucky for us Chiang Mai is Thailand’s handicrafts capital. Just a stone’s throw from where we were staying at Le Méridien in Chiang Mai we discovered a whole host of craft and fabric stores where the locals go to buy supplies to make everything from table centrepieces to beautiful Buddhist offerings.

The cord I used for this bangle was found while I was mesmerised by two monks in bright orange walking around the store. I was so intrigued by them and of course, not allowed to take a photo of them (hence no photo here). The lengths of this cord (shown below) is dyed into several different colours and every time I look at the rainbow of colour I am reminded of those monks.

For this project you will need: Coloured rhinestones, (mine are from Wander and Hunt), a cheap/old bangle, colourful embroidery thread, E6000 glue and some interesting thicker cord (like the stuff I got from Chiang Mai).

Begin by wrapping small sections of the bangle with embroidery thread, use the E6000 glue to bond it neatly to the bangle.

Now glue on the cord in addition:

Finally glue the rhinestones where you’d like them to sit:

So easy! I think the bangle looks great stacked with other DIY arm candy…but more on that other braclet to come soon!

Simone and DIYnamic Style were in Thailand courtesy of Le Méridien Chiang Mai.

 

So last week was a long weekend here in Perth which means only a 4 day week (Gosh, I love Australia). I flew out to Singapore on Friday evening and back by Monday night to be on air at Mix 94.5 in Perth on Tuesday. Boom. For all the yummy photos of my Singapore whirlwind weekend you can check out my Instagram account.

Just to buffer that missing photo I thought I would serve this video clip up as inspiration to rock to while donnig a little red lipstick or a wedge heel instead of flats when you get ready to go to the office this week. P.S. This is the sort of music I now get to play on my show!

 

Roxette “Dressed for Success,” because you should dress for the life you want, not the one you have. Plus a little glamour always lifts the spirits.

Now for those trusty outfit pics:

Tuesday:  Jumper from Haji Lane in Singapore. Wet-look synthetic skinnies from H&M.

Wednesday: Tutu from Topshop. “Baddies” sweatwer from What Women Want in Singapore (which turns out is owned by my old modelling buddy Ana!Bumped into her on this trip). Necklace by Forever 21.

Thursday: Skirt a gift from Femmex, Top by Cossett at What Women Want Singapore. Infinity fur scarf by M)phosis Singapore.

Friday: (Always more comfy on Fridays) Boyfriend jeans are DIY from here. Vest is vintage and top is from Uniqlo.

 

I recently caught up with a high school friend Petrolyn Vanessie upon my return to Perth. Petra had contacted me when I was in Dubai about her designs from her label Petra Vanessie. She was so sweet and I was delighted to see how much her work has matured since I last looked at her first collection. She gifted me this amazing blazer that you may have seen me in here:

I teamed the Petra Vanessie blazer with jeans from GAP and a t-shirt from COS.

This gorgeous blazer can be worn so many ways:

Shoes by Mango. Pants by Mersels (lovely gift from the team). Top by Portmans. Necklace by BYSI.

Pants by C.Wonder (lovely gift from them). Shoes Vintage. Blouse by Gisella Blu (another lovely gift).

Top by Forever 21. Shoes Vintage (my mother’s). Pants by Wardrobe.

Top by GAP. Necklace from C.Wonder. Shoes by Vince Camuto (a gift from them). Shorts from Mrs Brown Vintage.

Shoes by Seed. Top by Portmans. Jeans by French Connection but DIY’d here.

Here’s the best part, the designer of this amazingly versatile piece, Petra Vanessie, has offered me a $100 voucher to give away to her store.

To win all you have to do is:

1) Like the Petra Vanessie Facebook Page.

2) Follow me on Instagram.

Contest closes on June 14th. Contestants must reside in Perth, Western Australia.

Thankyou to the amazing Paula Fitzgerald for the photography.