1st, July, 2013

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Okay, confession time..! I’ve never been to a festival. What?! Yep, you heard me – never ever. Well, between Brunei and New Zealand, there aren’t really any music festival opportuntiies. In the case of Brunei, none whatsoever! My concert experiences range from Ronan Keating (!!) to Lady Gaga, and oh – that’s about it really. Festival style though? That’s one thing I love – and best of all, it can be done anywhere, regardless of whether there are actually festivals taking place or not!

Naturally, I was pretty darn excited to be part of the #BoohooDIY campaign. After receiving a crafty kit and tee, courtesy of the retailer themselves, I opted to create a couple of hearts across my chest – a dedication to the famous Topshop dress, I suppose. It was a wonderfully easy task and I love how it turned out. All I needed to finish off the look was a good ol’ flower crown and some denim shorts. Festival look: check!

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20th, February, 2013

Isn’t it annoying how things in your wardrobe suddenly become boring? Trust me, I know the feeling. If you were to read below you’ll see that I’ve devised a super simple way of dealing with it.. Fabric stamps! (I also used one recently to create this heart print dress). Today I’m making a DIY anchor stamp to brighten up an otherwise plain white tote bag. The repeating pattern looks so pretty, and every single print is unique – how cool is that?! Want to know how to do it yourself? Read ahead:

1. Cut the shape of your choice out of a piece of cardboard. I chose an anchor! 2. Completely cover the stamp with paint (I used acrylic). Try not to put on too much paint, as this will make it bleed. 3. Put the stamp to the fabric and press down hard. 3. Gently remove the stamp. Push it down again if it hasn’t printed as much as you’d like. 4. Repeat the process to create your print. 5. Wait for it to dry, and enjoy your restyle project!

Tip: Use a paintbrush to fill in any especially patchy areas of the print!


11th, February, 2013

Want to wear your heart on your sleeve? Or even better, want to wear your heart ALL over? Yep, me too! This weekend I decided to do a complete restyle on a boring ol’ white bodycon by stamping it all over with Valentines-appropriate heart print. It makes me feel all kinds of sugary sweet, especially when I go for walks with my boyfriend, and match my dress to scarlet accessories (clogs c/o Lotta from Stockholm). To create the repeating print I made a custom stamp and used some vibrant paint. I love the rough appearance of the hearts, and knowing that each one is the slightest bit different. Would you happen to fancy a tutorial at all? (By the way, this is probably now my most favourite thing in my entire wardrobe..!)

Ooh, and you might have noticed a teeny tiny change with my hair.. I dyed it pink! Just a little bit. It’s very pastel, and generally still looks quite blonde. It’s a bit like having cotton candy growing out my head, which I actually rather like!


4th, February, 2013

Meow! So, I have some exciiiiting news to share! Well, firstly shall I tell you about my fancy footwear? You see the pretty little kitty cats? I made them myself! Well, not entirely – my lovely, kind, patient (x100000!) boyfriend/photographer, Barnaby did a whole bunch of the work. So I definitely can’t claim all the credit! Keep reading to find out how we made our very own shoe stencils, but first the BIG news! Last month, Barnaby and I started working for a New Zealand-based footwear company, Commando-M. We are running the social media channels, so if you could please like us on Facebook – I will honestly think you are the bees knees (♥ ♥ ♥). Commando-M has started by collaborating with fashion bloggers to DIY a pair of Originals. What fun eh? And Lost in the Haze was lucky enough to be the first! As a fashion blogger, I love cats – after all, it’s pretty much a requirement! These shoes were particularly inspired by the (dress) love of my life, the infamous Leah Goren x Anthropologie cat dress.

We made them by cutting a cat shape out of card and tracing it onto a pack of sticky labels. We layered the areas of the shoe that we didn’t want coloured – like the sole and the middle panel – with copious amounts of masking tape. Then I folded a tissue in half, covered it in paint (we used acrylic paint in rose red) and applied it to the shoe with a dabbing motion. After they had dried, we peeled the tape and labels off, and voila! That’s it! I wore my feline footwear with cat-print tights and a heart-print dress (c/o Boohoo). What can I say, Valentines Day is close enough to start breaking out the heart print. Yippee!


31st, January, 2013

Have you done something silly today? Dancing down the street, drawing a moustache on your finger, just.. Well.. Because! Go on, you know the sort. Silly things are fun. For no reason in particular. And I love ‘em. So much that I even started the day by wearing these crocodile socks. Yep, you know it’s going to be a good day when you’ve got those guys gnawing off your feet!

For a silly little project I decided to make a pair of chalkboard glasses (which you may have already seen in action on my Vine account – my username is Lost in the Haze!) I really wanted something cute to put up in the kitchen – and it just so happened that they made a good prop too! I even used them to display today’s lunch special – soup and bread, nom nom nom!

It’s quite a straight forward project really. Use a paintbrush and chalkboard paint. Apply 2-3 layers on a pair of old frames. When it has dried, roll a piece of chalk across the paint to make it grip better. Finish off by drawing on whatever you like with a piece of chalk. My favourite was drawing on the silly eyes. They reminded me of what I always wanted to do at school – have fake eyes so I could sleep my way through the lessons! Teehee, don’t mind if I do! Zzz..!


16th, September, 2012

In The Ultimate Movie Dress!  

Date nights are the best! We decided on a popcorn adventure at the park, before settling in at home to watch a movie. I crafted up these boxes – just so there was something extra pretty to look at while we ate. They are covered with all sorts of silly girly illustrations; just the thing to peek at when eating a yummy treat like popcorn! I couldn’t possibly keep it all to myself, so here is the popcorn box template if you’d like! It was a wonderful ending to the day; sitting in a cluster of daisies, with the sun setting overhead. On my feet I wore galaxy shoes that were hand made made a while back. My highly appropriate (!) Good Enough to Premiere dress was courtesy of Modcloth – it is practically made for date nights, just the dress to buy if you’re a movie buff like me!


9th, June, 2012

A Strawberry & Yoghurt DIY! 

Here is another of my favourite all-natural beauty recipes! This facial treatment is solely strawberry based, which is wonderful for dealing with spots and blemishes. Strawberries are actually a completely natural source of salicylic acid, which is one of the main ingredients in most face washes (I always feel so good after hearing things like that!)

All you will need for this face mask is a quarter of a cup of strawberries and a quarter of a cup of non sweetened/plain yoghurt. I also add a sprinkle of brown sugar, as I find it makes my skin feel lovely and smooth. Start off by dicing the strawberries – putting them into a heart shape is completely optional! Mix up all of the ingredients in a bowl, making sure that the strawberries become quite soft. Apply it to your face and leave it on for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, wash it off and enjoy spot-free skin! You’re bound to have the sweetest smelling face around!

 

My absolute favourite thing about this face mask? You can eat the leftovers! I set some aside at the beginning and added some apple slices. It made the perfect breakfast!


19th, May, 2012

Honey, Sugar, & Beetroot?! 

Here in New Zealand, the temperature is definitely dropping! Whenever the cold seasons are approaching, I always ‘up’ my beauty routine to keep my skin looking fresh. I love preparing beauty formulas myself; as it is super reassuring to know what exactly is in them! Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share of my favourite (and instant!) beauty tricks for giving your skin a refresh from winter.

Scrubs are one of the best kept secrets for freshening up your lips. And because they’re sugar-based, your lips will taste sweet all day long! This honey and beetroot (!) scrubs is one of my favourites! All you will need is..

Three teaspoons of oil

I used olive oil for this lip scrub – but it is completely fine to use vegetable oil too! Put the oil into a small bowl, and save your spoon – as you will need it for mixing!

Two teaspoons of honey

Nom nom nom! I have a definite ‘Pooh Bear’ syndrome, and honey doesn’t last terribly long in my household! I usually have to make my honey scrub rather quickly, before my taste buds get too tempted!

Two teaspoons of sugar

It doesn’t matter what type of sugar you use. I generally prefer to opt for brown – but only had white available. The sugar is the actual ‘scrub’ and is the key ingredient to making your skin feel so good!

Stir it up!

Use your teaspoon and mix it all up into a gritty paste! I also add the tiniest amount of beetroot juice – it will stain your lips pink; the perfect all natural lipstick!

And finally..

Apply a generous amount of the sugar scrub on your lips and leave it there for two minutes. It is quite a lovely waiting experience; some of the sugar ineviatably leaks into your mouth! Delicious!


20th, March, 2012

Make Your Own! 

It’s no secret that I love cute shoes – and recently I’ve found myself particularly addicted to my latest DIY. I call them ‘galaxy shoes’. Why? Simple fact really; they are sparkly! I already have brogues sorted – so today I felt it was time to add a pair of Mary-Janes to my collection. The latest Orla Kiely collection has had me oogling over bar shoes, and I am still not over the Miu Miu glitter boots; so these shoes truly are the perfect hybrid! It is such an easy tutorial; do try it yourself – the results are so very worth it!

Supplies!

This is what I used for this easy-peasy DIY! A large brush, glitter (I used a multicoloured mix), newspaper (to protect the surroundings!), Mod Podge paste, a jar/mixing container, and a pair of shoes. For the galaxy effect, I like to use black footwear – they create much more of an outer space effect.

Fairy Dust!

Ohh, I love this part! Put a sizeable amount of Mod Podge into your jar. Sprinkle lots (and lots!) of glitter on top of it. Make sure you have newspaper laid out – this is the part which always seems to go messily! Stir the glitter into the mix so it is nice and even.

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Paint your shoes! Don’t worry if the shoe looks dangerously white – it’s meant to look that way, I promise! When I did my latest pair; I was distinctly nervous when I saw how visible the Mod Podge was! Not to worry; when dry, it becomes completely transparent – with a glossy sheen too. If you are glittering brogues, or shoes with details, be sure to use masking tape to protect the areas you want to leave glitter-free. When you’ve finished painting your shoes, leave them to dry. After they have dried, you can decide whether you’d like to keep them looking transparent, or whether you want to add another layer – so they’re extra sparkly! Good luck!


7th, December, 2011

Courtesy of Lost in the Haze!

I often find myself unable to find pretty Christmas cards. I look through them every Christmas, but I am never left satisfied! I decided to make a change this year, which resulting in making my own printable cards. Of course, I’m sharing them with you too! To print your own, just click the card you like, and you will see the corresponding pattern. All that you need to do is print the image to A4, then fold the card on the dotted lines. Enjoy, and of course, Meow-y Christmas!