The Secret Swap

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Ice Cream Sundaes and Surprises

I’ll tell you now, my Blogging best friends and I are very lucky ladies. Very lucky ladies indeed. Last weekend, my little group of internet dwelling, perfect-pose striking friends and I (we somewhat piss-takingly call ourselves ‘Five’) were were most kindly invited for afternoon treats with an equally charming little lady named Clarice Price-Thomas who creates beautiful jewellery with her own fair hands. The invitation read: Secret gifting and Sundaes. We were all in.

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So what exactly did we get up to? Well, Clarice came up with an idea whereby each of us were given one of the friends to choose a ring to secretly gift to. I was delighted to be given Kristabel to choose for as I knew right away which of Clarice’s creations I could see her making a beeline towards. You’ll have to keep an eye on her blog to see what I chose! I was lucky enough to have Carrie as my ring-barer and she couldn’t have picked better than the Umbra ring in silver. It’s quite a luxury to have a ring to add to my collection that doesn’t need throwing out after a couple of weeks of wear!

Inspired by clock components created by her Father, a horologist and using his original machines and techniques to craft tiny charms, Clarice creates unique, quality pieces with a bit of a story to tell! I think they look like a modern nod to the art deco era, which is fitting considering the retro-inspired surroundings of the Fortnum and Mason ice cream parlour which, if you hadn’t already been motivated to book yourself in to, is well worth a visit!

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Thank you so much Clarice Price-Thomas for such gorgeous gifts (and that raspberry sorbet coup went down rather well too!)

See Olivia and Dunya’s beautiful blogs to see what rings they were gifted!

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DIY Cropped Varsity Top

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Crop it like it’s hot

Got that plain oversized T-shirt hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Lets get making something with it!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Mesh fabric, silver fabric (any soft fun fabrics really), fabric scissors, ruler, measuring tape, pins, waistband elastic, paper and pencil, sewing machine, needle and thread, mini safety pins, a big flat table surface.

HOW YOU DO IT:

1 – Pop the T-shirt on and tuck it up to your desired crop length. Safety pin it there and then mark the boundaries of where you want your varsity letters to sit with more safety pins. Take it off and lay your t-shirt flat.

2 – Using a ruler, mark where you want the length of your top to be. Add an extra inch and a half which you’ll use to fold your top over and thread elastic inside and cut along the ruler edge. If you have big boobs, you might like to add a little more length at the front of your top!

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3 – Roll the end of the top over by a centimetre and then again by an inch and pin. Using your machine, stitch around the edge to make a tube at the bottom of your top. Make sure to leave a couple of centimetres unstitched by the side of your top so that you can thread in your elastic! You can hand stitch this back up at the end!

4 – Pop the top back on and mark where you want to cut the elastic. stitch the ends firmly with a sewing machine and then stitch the hem up again.

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5 – Find yourself some numbers! Draw your numbers on to paper and then cut them out. Use the paper as a template on the fabric you wan to use. Pin the layers together and then cut them out. For a double later effect, just take the top layer fabric, pin it to the bottom layer fabric and cut out. Either machine or hand stitch the fabric layers together (depending on the type of fabric and whether your machine likes to chomp through it!)

6 – Place your fabric numbers to your top within the pinned boundaries you set  and pin securely. Don’t forget to try the top on again one last time! Stitch the numbers to the front of your top using your machine and then hold up your top with pride.

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Ta Da!

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Top – DIY from a Boohoo T-shirt / Jeans – Just Female / Watch – Limit / Cap – Similar from Missguided / Trainers – Nike / Necklace – Topshop

If you like this DIY, bookmark my last DIY for the festive season!

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Camden Lock Live

Aah summer, you make evenings so good. All that sunlight, warmth, excuse for beers and positive spirit you shine down on everyone makes for a good post-work party! Just like last year, the annual Camden Lock Live shindig by the canal was a right jolly knees-up.

My friends and I sipped cocktails by the barges and after a little exploring of the street food stalls, had a little skank-along to reggae beats in the DJ tent. There was a whole program of events including a jaw-droppingly intense belly-street-fusion troupe that rocked the Dance Stage which inspired us to recreate our own moves by the Live Stage to Youth Club - our fave band of the night! (The cute lead singer might have something to do with that.)

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It’s not too late to soak up the vibe of the Lock Live event – there’s a whole month of free late night events coming up with the Summer Night Market on every Thursday evening of August! With ping pong, outside cinema screenings and a fab line up of DJs, it’ll be a sure shiny way to spend your mid-week evening. See you there!

Check out what I wore to last years’ Camden Lock Live!

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3 Summer Prints

I’m definitely a print-loving gal and with summer festivals still coming up in my diary, I’m pretty excited to be rocking some bright, bold pieces with my fave patterns on. I’ve already told you about my love for palm prints, but here are 3 other jazzy prints and motifs that I’ve been getting inspired by (and that’s more than just wearing them). Don’t just rock them on your clothes, get DIYing, baking and sticking them in your home too! What prints are you loving at the moment?

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Tutti Fruity

Kiwi dress - Carven / Fruit co-ord editorial – babylon-lab / Ice lollies – Sally’s Baking Addiction / Sunglasses – Pinterest / Fruit nails – Pshiiit / Fruit pattern – Pinterest

 

dinosaur

Dino-score

Dinosaur pattern – Precious liquid / Dinosaur trainers - Au Jour le Jour / Dinosaur jacket - Au Jour le Jour / Dinosaur terrarium - Yellow Brick Home / Dinosaur prints – Folksy / Dinosaur T-shirt look – Harpers Bazaar / Dinosaur necklace DIY – Tatty Devine

marble

Marble Marvel

Marble print top – Philip Lim / Backpack – Home-work / Marble art - Lene Norgaard / Palm image – Silver Blonde / Marble Kitchen – Emmas Design Blog / Marble outfit – Me / DIY trainers – Fall for DIY

Most of the images I used for these collages came from Pinterest – Come follow me!

Thanks Avenue32 for inspiring me to create this post.

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Pompoms and Palm Prints

Don’t you love a palm print? Ok maybe for some they’ve hit saturation point this summer but I still can’t get enough! Monochrome, tropical flowers, palm tree prints, gimme gimme. That extents to jewellery too, obvs! This sweet wooden and acrylic necklace by indie brand Sugar and Vice is just the right kitsch addition.

This dress from Missguided even features a cute little pom pom frill and a loose swing fit which in this heat is all I want to throw on in the morning. I’m not sure an outfit can get more ideal! I think it’s time to stock up on those printed cami dresses!

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Dress – Missguided / Belt – Glamorous / Sandals – ASOS / Necklace – Sugar & Vice / Silver ring – Clarice Price Thomas / Sunglasses – ASOS / Lace bralet – New Look (similar here)

Palm Print Love

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