14 July 2014

DIY: Ombre Button Phone Case




Recently, I was asked if I would like to become a member of Fantastic Ribbons' review panal. This was an offer I couldn't refuse as I love trying out new products and making things.  This means I will be providing you with regular reviews on their wonderful products and also showing you easy tutorials on how you can get your craft on!

For my first review I was sent a mixed bag of buttons in different shades of pink. I've always had a fascination and love for these small fasteners since my childhood. This all stemmed from a large jar of buttons my mum used to keep on the mantelpiece. I would spend hours sorting, examining, counting and playing with them and that fascination has continued into my adulthood.

I've been wanting to decorate a phone case for sometime and been loving the decoden craze that has hit the craft world. Inspired by decoden and the different shades of buttons, I decided to make an ombre button phone case. Here's how I made it....



YOU WILL NEED
Phone case (must be hard plastic case)
Mod Podge or sealer
Buttons from Fantastic Ribbons
Paint brush

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1.   I wanted my phone case to have an ombre effect, so first of all you will need to seperate your buttons into colours. 

2.   Test out the layout of your buttons on the case and then take a photo for your own reference. 

3 - 5.   Using the E6000 glue, start sticking your buttons down on to the case. The E6000 glue is very strong and the one I bought came with a very handy nozzle. I started where the camera hole is (that area is a bit tricky and wanted to make sure it was perfect) and worked my way down.

6.  Once I had stuck all my buttons down, I noticed there were some gaps so I decided to add a couple of extra buttons to cover them up. This gave a textured effect, which I love! I also added some pearl beads around the camera hole as I didn't have any buttons small enough to fit round that area. Once your happy with your design, leave the case to dry for a  couple of hours.

7.   Once dry apply a layer of Mod Podge. The Mod Podge will act as a sealer and make sure all the buttons are secure. I used the 'hard coat' version as it dries quite hard and I thought it would help my case to endure every-day use for longer.  

8.   When applying the Mod Podge, make sure you cover any gaps.  Once coated, leave to dry for 2 hours

9.   Once your first layer is dry, apply a second layer. Allow this layer to dry for as long as possible. I left mine to harden overnight. Once dry, you will have a cool ombre phone case that no one else will have! 

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The bag of buttons from Fantastic Ribbons were such good value and were enough to make at least 3 button phone cases. They have different packs available and if you can't decide what colour you want you can take them up on their special offer of buying 4 packs for the price of 2... BARGAINO! 

If you were given a bag of buttons, what would you make? 

Be inspired and get crafty!














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8 July 2014

WHAT MR D WORE: Brogues Before (S)hoes



I like brogues. It's weird to think that, back in the early 20th Century when the term 'brogue' was coined, they were only considered appropriate for outdoor, country-wear. Traversing bogs and such.  Now, they are one of the most popular forms of footwear for both formal and casual occasions. The modern brogue started life in Scotland and Ireland as a really simple shoe for wearing O'er field and fell, mountain or, er... molehill. they were made from untanned hide and were perforated to all water to drain out when traversing those aforementioned bogs and other wet ground. Over the years, they've developed into something much more multifunctional. And just as well too. I mean, honestly. Imagine me, traversing a bog?

These are my new pair of classic tan Oxford full brogues and I love them. LOVE THEM. As with any new leather dress shoes, they'll need a bit of wearing-in when you first take them out of the box, but after a few days of pacing around, you'll find that you've got a pair of smart shoes that are as comfy as your favourite trainers. 


I bought my first pair of brogues a couple of years ago, on the cheap, from a 'High Street' Menswear establishment. But as much as I love them, they really were cheap and haven't aged well. A good pair of brogues should last a lifetime, so when Jones gifted me a brand spanking new pair, I knew I would be getting a decent quality shoe.

Jones Bootmakers (. . . since 1857, no less), are well known for making good quality, long lasting shoes at not-so-expensive-you-need-to-remortgage prices. They've got a great range of own brand and other designers on their website, but The Brogues I went for are Jones' own (many of the other brands, such as Fly, still insist on making stupid pointy-pointy shoes. I do not like stupid pointy-pointy shoes).

The best thing about brogues (as the pictures below attempt to demonstrate) is that they look perfect for formal events but actually, they're comfortable, hard wearing and durable enough to be worn for most occasions. Be it an important business meeting, date night or a stroll along the beach or country track, a good pair of brogues will do the job.

MR D'S CASUAL LOOK; BRETON TOP > H&M | JEANS > H&M | BACKPACK > H&M |  HAT > BEYOND RETRO | SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO | BROGUES > JONES BOOTMAKERS

MR D'S SMART LOOK JEANS > H&M | JACKET & WAISTCOAT > BEST THRIFT STORE FIND EVER | SHIRT > H&M | SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO | SATCHEL > BEYOND RETRO | TIE > H&M | BROGUES > JONES BOOTMAKERS

Now, your brogues will need a little TLC in order for them to have a full and lasting life. Avoid using too many chemicals. I wash mine with a cloth and some warm water with a bit of lemon juice, and then polish using good old fashioned wax polish, a decent set of brushes and some elbow grease. Do this often and well, and your brogues should last as long as you do.

My feet are happy. I am happy.

Brogues for life. Brogues before (s)hoes.


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2 July 2014

WHAT I WORE: Birthday pastels




WHAT I WORE

BRETON TOP > H&M
CLUTCH > TOAST 
SOCKS > TOPSHOP 
SKIRT > BRAG VINTAGE
WOODEN NECKLACE > VINTAGE
WHITE CHUNKY SANDALS > NEW LOOK
SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO
WHITE VINTAGE SLIP > BEYOND RETRO






Howdi peeps! 

Here's a little style post of my birthday outfit last week. As you can see I'm embracing the pastel trend with a little Hawaiian twist. A friend of mine (thank you Gabby!) lent me this gorgeous wooden necklace and I'm just in LOVE with it! It was the perfect accessory for our family dinner date at our favorite Mexican in Brighton, La Choza.


I've been wanting a pair of chunky white sandals for some time and unfortunately can't afford Vagabonds at the moment :( Fortunately for me though, New Look, have brought out their own range! So with birthday money in hand, I went and treated myself to a pair :) I think they will be getting a lot of wear this Summer as they go with EVERYTHING! So I'm sure you will be seeing them popping up in future outfit posts ;)

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27 June 2014

In Brogue Magazine







Recently, Molly and I, were asked to model in the latest issue of Brogue Magazine. There were several models featured in the 'Love' issue, including colleagues from Beyond Retro: Davey Coles, Joe McCarty and Izzy Bee Philips. It was such an amazing opportunity to be part of a big project with many talented people; including cinematographer, Mark Stubbs, and creative director, Spirit de la Mare. Mark has worked on features and commercials in the past and is now dipping his toes into fashion photography. These are the results...




 This is Brogue's third issue. It is an alternative, underground and arts journal made-up of almost entirely of public submissions. You can view the magazine in it's entirety here or there is a beautiful limited edition hardback version available to buy here.  Hurry if you want a hardback copy as there's only a limited supply and they are going very quickly!   




All the clothes featured are from Beyond Retro and was shot on the roof tops and streets of Brighton. The shoot was inspired by black and white street photography seen in Europe over the 50s and 60s. The focus being on the many kinds of love, from parental to camaraderie. The results? Beautiful!


Go and check out this fabulous magazine!


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26 June 2014

Lost and forgotten ear piercings




When I was a teenager I went through a stage of getting everything pierced. I had my nose, tongue, nipple and several different areas of my ear pierced. Then I started to work as a trolley dolly for Excel Airlines. Due to uniform rules, I had to take most of my piercings out as they weren't allowed. This was about 10 years ago and I just purely forgot about them. 

I've been working for myself for about 4-5 years now and it's only now I've decided to check if my ear piercings have completely covered up.... and they haven't! Whoop whoop! Makes me feel like a teenager again ;)




I was in Primark this morning (yeah, I know :( but accessories are SO cheap) and noticed they had earring sets for £1.50. I decided to buy a packet to see if I wanted to start wearing jewellery in my lost and forgotten ear piercings. The price was ideal for doing a trial run. When I got home, I realised the studs were a bit too long for my penna piercing so had to adjust them with a pair of pliers. This was really quick and easy to do (see pics below). You can also use this same technique if you have your nose pierced.




Did you go through a piercing stage when you were younger? It's nice to know that my piercings are still there for when my rebel side wants to come out. I have to admit my love for piercings has now turned into a love affair with tattoos. I have 5 now and my newest creations on my feet are still in the process of healing.  Will provide photos as soon as they're ready :)


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