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!
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!
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!
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..!
I always love a good yearly recap blog post! It is always such a wonderful feeling – seeing all of your accomplishments and exciting news compiled into one nifty little post. I’m feeling extra happy after looking at my year. 2012; you’ve been pretty darn lovely to me. Here is a recap of my year – I hope yours was great too!
Firstly, let’s start with something simple! This year I wore one of my favour ever outfits! You may or may not know, but I am obsessive with cartoons. I used to spend hours in front of the tv watching Cartoon Network when I was little – and even though I’m now in my 20s, I’ve still retained that cartoon love! (After all, Adventure Time is pretty much my favourite tv show!) I was so happy to be able to channel Madeline in this outfit. It will definitely remain as one of my all-time favourite outfits!
One of the most noticeable things I did to my appearance this year was chop off a bunch of my hair! I had worn the ombre look for quite a while – and because my hair is so thick I was getting headaches from how heavy it was.. Definitely time for a change, don’t you think?! I asked your opinion on Instagram, and fully agreed with the response – fringe time! I lopped off a massive amount of hair, fringe included, and went a shade blonder. Oh, and I looove it!
One of the most exciting parts of this year for me was my graduation! I’d never been too sure what I wanted to study, and had actually changed degrees three times. (Barnaby and myself often refer to me as the real life Van Wilder). So honestly, graduating was a huge relief! The entire experience was lovely – and I was so happy that my mum was able to fly over to attend! (But so sad that my dad couldn’t, boo!) The whole event gave me the most wonderful feeling, especially when my Nana called/yelled (!) out my name as I walked the stage. I gave a little wave in response – the only one (out of hundreds!) to break protocol. There has always gotta be someone, right? Whoops..!
This year has also had Lost in the Haze featured in a bunch different printed publications! I can honestly say that seeing my own face peering back from a glossy magazine page is one of the most surreal/exciting/weird/amazing feelings ever! The one above is from Creme Magazine, and it was published about a week ago now. It was a much much, much bigger feature than I was expecting – I got such a happy surprise when I spotted my page. Plus, the Apple A Day dress even made a cameo!
A major cause of excitement for me this year has been our Modcloth collaborations. Anyone who knows me will also know that I LOVE Modcloth. Back in February 2011, when Barnaby and I first started Lost in the Haze, I set aside a bunch of goals for the blog. I’m sure you will have guessed by now that one of them was working with Modcloth! In January we were lucky enough to be selected as the Modcloth Travel Bug blogger, and I starred in a video to show off the place I consider home, Brunei. I was endlessly happy about this collaboration, so I was practically bouncing off the walls when, in July I was crowned the Modcloth Blogger of the Moment! It has always been one of my biggest blog goals, so to see it finally come true, and so quickly into my blogging career, was truly a dream!
This year I was able to collaborate with two of my favourite designers. The shoots we did with beautiful dresses by Kelsey Genna and Caitlin Shearer was both so much fun. I’ve long-followed Caitlin and her amazing blog – she is one talented lady! As for Kelsey – I actually got to meet/go out for drinks with her! And she really is just as wonderful and lovely as you think she would be! She has even started her very own blog now too – and it is a beauty!
It’s not always a guarantee that it will happen in Christchurch – but this year there was snow..! I’m not really one for the cold, but snow is of course an exception! I was so excited about it! We ended up embarking on a massive walk – around two and a half hours I think. It was really lovely. The world really does look beautiful when you’re inside a snow globe!
We took a couple of lovely holidays this year. Firstly we visited the capital city, Wellington, then later in the year we said hello to Auckland. Both trips were endlessly fun! In Wellington, we spent plenty of time at one of my favourite places – right beside the water (yes – even in the midst of a storm!) In Auckland we reconnected with our fear of heights on the Sky Tower, and we spent time lounging in the viaduct. Ahh, I always love a good trip away!
I finally faced my fears this year, and shared my voice on Lost in the Haze. (At the same time I also realized how incredibly kiwi my accent is! I could barely believe it..!) We’ve been sharing the occasional video on our YouTube channel, with plenty more to come in the new year, yippee! Above is one of my favourites – how to style a collar 5 ways. You may know how much I love collars of all different shapes and sizes, so it was a delight to share some styling tips. I do hope that you enjoyed it too!
Now of course, there is my massively exciting news – I designed and created my first ever dress! It was an idea I’ve had for a long (long long long!) time, so it truly was amazing to see it finally in front of me. It is very surreal seeing something on paper suddenly materialize in real life – in the best possible way, of course. I can’t wait to produce more beautiful clothing in the new year for you to love and cherish!
I also spent this year creating a bunch of fun tutorial posts full of handy tips and tricks. I loved creating them, so I hope that you feel the same about seeing them! Some of my favourites (and most popular!) this year include:
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about wearing your collar, you need to watch our latest video. Collars are something I simply love! They are so much fun to play around with. Especially when you’re someone silly like me who loves novelty brooches and quirky necklaces. In this video I share five different ways that you can wear your collar, and hopefully you find a bit of inspiration! I shared some of my favourite collared dresses including my Nadinoo sailor dress, 8000 Nerves, and a few vintage pretties. I’m having so much fun making videos, remember that you can subscribe now to my Youtube channel.
This Monday I am dreaming of special collars. I didn’t want to leave it as simple as that though – I couldn’t help but imagine up how I’d style each of the different dresses. I’m all about headgear lately; so naturally hats and a flower crown were quick to make an appearance! From the collared cuties above, I’m particularly in love with the Simplicity is Sweet Dress – the pan collar and tent shape won me over instantly! I’m sure I’d end up pairing it with a patterned pair of tights (either dotted or equestrian style). Who knows, maybe one of these days it’ll make it’s way into my wardrobe. Do you think September is too early to start a Christmas wishlist..!
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!
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!
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!
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!