Hi friends! First up, this is NOT what we are going to be making (although omg, maybe that should be my next tutorial?)
Nope, instead today I’m going to teach you how to upcycle a beret and give it a whole new lease of life – as a cat, obviously! And the best thing is that it’s SUPER EASY – as well as, you know, pretty much being the cutest accessory that your own two hands have ever constructed.
You will need:
– a beret (I used a very, very worn down one I thrifted several years ago)
– embroidery thread in the colours of your choice (I used black, pink and white)
– a needle
– felt in the same colour as your beret
Start by cutting four triangles from your felt. These are going to be your cat’s ears. Regularly hold them against your beret to ensure they’re the size you like. Sew two of the triangles together then sew them onto the top of the beret, leaving plenty of space for the face.
I did the face purely freehand – and you probably can too! Just use your various embroidery thread to create the cat face of your dreams. Other options for the eyes include sewing on buttons or even adding googly eyes. There are heaps of options!
And that’s it! Told ya it was a simple one ; ) although I suppose the final step is whipping out your favourite cat clothing (in my case, my matching Charlotte Olympia kitty flats and card holder) and feeling like ultimate cat lady. Meow!
Statement jackets are one of my favourite trends as of late. I’ve spent the last few weeks eyeing up various jackets online – when suddenly I remembered my Charlotte Olympia adhesive leather stickers, which were leftover from my ABC flats.
The trickiest bit was absolutely deciding what I wanted my jacket to say! I considered doing something along the lines of ‘GIRLS RULE’ – and another high contender was ‘YES PLS’, but I only had one of each letter (you’d better believe this quickly turned into some kind of intense word puzzle!) I finally opted to dedicate my jacket to my go-to US city; Las Vegas. And I filled up the rest of the space with some equally Vegas-worthy leather stickers – diamonds, the eiffel tower, dice, to name a few..
Overall, I am absolutely stoked with how this super simple jacket DIY turned out! I’ve worn it out a few times now – and the stickers are holding up brilliantly! The only thing I’ve noticed was that my hair sometimes gets caught in some of the letters (#longhairproblems) but after dabbing down the edges with an extra bit of superglue it’s all been going quite swimmingly!
Most of all though, I love how this DIY gave an otherwise plain jacket a whole new lease of life. Gosh, I totally recommend hitting up your local craft shop (or check out these Etsy ones?) in search of adhesives – as it’s such a simple way of expressing yourself and looking mighty cute at the same time!
With summer right around the corner (in the southern hemisphere at least) I knew it was definitely time to branch out in terms of ponytails. After all, the same old basic pony can get, well, pretty darn basic very, very quickly. So I decided to recreate this cute 60s inspired pony, which basically consists of about four very, very simple steps (so there really are no excuses!) Luckily I had my trusty ghd on hand, which made it all the easier – as it’s slightly unrealistic expecting a sleek ponytail when you’ve got a mane like mine!
For this tutorial you will need: a set of ghd hair straighteners, a teasing comb, a hair tie (preferably close to your hair colour) and one or two bobby pins.
Step one. Duh, straighten your hair! I haven’t used a ghd since I was about sixteen (when I would borrow it off my boarding school roommate) and couldn’t believe how effective it was. In the photo above it’s pretty obvious which side I’ve tackled and which I haven’t ; )
Step two. Separate a large section of hair on the crown of your head before going to town teasing it with your comb. The longer you spend on this part the better. This is where you’re going to get all of your volume from!
Step three. Pull your hair back into a low pony and secure it with a hair tie. Make sure you leave out a small section of hair underneath your ponytail as you will need it in the next step. Run your comb over your hair several times to ensure it’s looking really sleek. If your bouffant is dropping at all just use your comb to readjusted it by loosening the hair as it goes into the hair tie.
Step four. The final step! So you remember the section of hair from the last step? Split it in half and start wrapping each side around your ponytail. Use your bobby pins to secure it into place. Tip: insert the bobby pins underneath the ponytail; that way they can’t be seen from the outside.
And that’s it! I hope you have fun trying out your very own 1960s inspired ponytail! Thank you again ghd!
It’s been a fair while now that I last shared a tutorial, and seeing as how flamingoes (and candy!) are kind of the best thing ever, why not create a flamingo piñata. So I did. And I’m actually really pleased with how it came out! You can see yourself that it’s a pretty straightforward tutorial, so you can definitely use the same strategy to create any piñata you like! I’m thinking that a cactus or a pineapple will be my next venture!
For this tutorial you will need:
♥ Crepe paper (pink, black, and white)
♥ A pen
♥ A hot glue gun (or thick sticky tape)
♥ Candy! Lots and lots of candy!!
1. Start off by drawing your flamingo design onto card. (I’ve made a flamingo template here if you’re not too confident about drawing it freehand). Make sure you trace your design onto a second piece of card. After all, you want your piñata to have two sides to it, right?! How else would it hold all of that sweet, sweet candy.
2. After you’ve cut your flamingo pieces out, use your scissors to chop your next bit of card into long thick strips – around 5cm or so in thickness should do it.
3. Hot glue gun (or sticky tape!) the pieces into place, making sure that you leave a little gap on it’s head and on it’s back – you know, for the candy and all that.
4. Now you’ve got your basic flamingo shape sorted it’s time to bring in the colour! Cut your crepe paper into strips, starting with the pink first. Use your scissors to chop into the crepe paper, to give it a ‘fluffy’ look.
5. Cover the entire flamingo (minus the beak) in pink crepe paper. I used my hot glue gun to hold it down, but sticky tape works too! Start from the bottom up (I made a mistake first of all – which you can see – as I started from the top. It doesn’t look right, so take my advice – bottoms up!)
6. Now it’s time for the beak details. It’s basically the same, just changing the colours. This is how I did mine! Use a small circle of black crepe paper for the eyes. UNLESS you have googly eyes on hand. Then you must always use the googly eyes! #googlyeyesforever #whydon’tihaveanygooglyeyes?
7. Feed the piece of string into the gap in the head, before sealing it up completely. This is how you’re going to hang your piñata.
8. And finally, la piece de resistance – the candy!! Fill ’em up via the hole in the back, adding however much candy you like (so lots, obviously). Seal the hole with your hot glue gun or tape, and you’re sorted!
Now, let the flamingo festivities begin! Who has the blindfold?
This December I’ve teamed up with Instax to create a bunch of ideas that work perfectly for Christmas. Today I’m going to teach you how to make a visually stunning pop-up Instax card – after all, these would make pretty nifty Christmas cards don’t you think? I’m known to be a bit slack when it comes to Christmas cards, so I’m telling you right now that this is easy. And quick. Two things that make me very happy.
For this DIY you will need:
– A craft knife (& scissors if you like – I do, I’m pretty terrible with the ol’ craft knife!)
– Access to a printer
– Card in the colour(s) of your choice
– A pencil
– An Instax camera & fim (alternatively you can use your smartphone & Instax Share)
1. Start by taking a photo of your Instax camera, or finding a generic one online. I used one of my favourite photos ever, from this yellow blog post, which also doubles as my sidebar picture! Print out your photo & use your craft knife or scissors to cut out the camera photo.
2. Trace around your camera picture onto a piece of card. Then cut that out too.
3. You need to use your craft knife to make a slit near the top of the camera, where the film would come out. I measured against an old Instax photo I had lying around – but if you don’t, it’s around 54mm. I marked mine with a pencil first.
4. The best bit: time to add the Instax photo! I took a photo on my iPhone – complete with tinsel and silly reindeer ears – and printed it with my Instax Share, but of course it’s fine to use your Instax camera too.
5. Slide the Instax photo through the hole you made earlier and secure it at the back with sellotape.
6. Finally, cut two slits on your piece of card, as this will be your ‘pop-up’. Bend it in half, then tape the Instax picture onto it. And voila, there you go!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to style a hair bow. It is ridiculously easy, I promise. And such a fun change from a ponytail, don’t you think? I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with hair bows since Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ days (which feels like quite a long time ago now!) Finally I’ve learnt the tricks and have figured out how to do them myself. There is no going back now! ; )
P.s. Yes, you might have seen that I posted this a couple of months ago over on Here Comes the Sun. Sadly, HCTS has stopped blogging for the meantime (we miss you Amanda!) so I figured I’d share it over here too. Enjoy! xo
1. Begin by brushing all of the tangles from your hair, and tying it up into a ponytail on the very centre of your head.
2. Use your hair tie to to put your hair into a loose ponytail style bun. You’ll be left with a large amount of hair sticking out the front, which is fine. This will be the centre piece of your hair bow : )
3. Divide the bun area into two, trying to make them as even as possible. When they’re the size you’re after, use a bobby pin to secure them to the top of your head.
4. Finish the look by wrapping the loose hair over the middle of the bow. Tuck it into the elastic band as much as you can, and fix any messy bits with a good ol’ bobby pin.
And there you have it! As easy as pie, don’t you think? My hair is relatively good at keeping it’s shape, but don’t hesitate to add a little hair spray if you need it. Oh.. and of course – good luck! xo
Thanks to a certain recent blockbuster set in the 1920s, I’ve been going through a love affair with all things flapper. Yep, sparkles, glitter, glamour; gimmie gimmie gimmie. While I can daydream about decadent pool parties filled with of giant Moet bottles and dancing, I am honestly completely satisfied in gettin’ my makeup spruced up – 1920s style. Together with Maybelline New York, I’ve put together a little guide on how to Go Gatsby – I definitely recommend giving it a try! xo.
1. Start off by applying liquid foundation. It’s up to you whether you use a brush or your fingers – personally, I went with the latter, as I find it easier to blend. I used Fit Me Foundation (NZ$22.99)
2. To create a matte look, powder your face all over with Maybelline New York Fit Me Pressed Powder (NZ$19.99). After I had used the powder puff, I swept a makeup brush gently over my face. Just to make it look less ‘powder-y’ and more blended – you know.
3. Now for some blush! Smile really hard to make the apples of your cheeks extra prominent and apply blush in a circular motion. I used Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Pink (NZ$19.99). Oh, and remember to blend, blend, blend!
Eyes + Brows.
1. Start off by giving your brows a bit of a groomin’ session. To do this, brush them upwards, then shape the ends. Use the fine point of your pencil to draw them in, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. For a more 1920s look, extend your brows slightly so they look longer than usual. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde.
2. Now it’s time to make those eyes pop – 1920s style! I started by applying a base silvery colour, from the Quads Eyeshadow in Charcoal Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Next I added the darkest shade around the tops of my lids and blended upwards. To achieve a real flapper style, I added a bunch of smoky eyeshadow underneath my eyes.
3. Time for my favourite part: a touch of liquid liner! In this case, I used Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I went over both lids and added a subtle cats eye flick (of course!) at the edge of my eyes.
4. To finish off the eyes, I added a swipe of Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cats Eye Mascara (NZ$23.99). The curved brush is brilliant for creating thick and full lashes, regardless of whether you use an eyelash curler or not (I don’t, FYI). Add plenty of mascara to your lower lashes too, for that good ol’ babydoll look.
1. A 1920s makeup look is all about defining the cupids bow of your lips. Use your lip liner to exhaggerate the lines of your upper lip. Oh, and watch out for excessive laughter! I always feel completely ridiculous when applying lip liner – it is hilarious – until you fill it in with lipstick of course! I used Color Sensational Lip Liner in Red (NZ$18.99).
Just if you feel like it, add a beauty mark on your face. I used a dab of liquid liner – though accidentally made it too big. So the key is: use a little self restraint (unlike yours truly – who clearly got ever-so-slightly carried away!)
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!
Have you ever wondered exactly how to do 1960s makeup? I’ll admit – I have! Something about that sweep of dark eye makeup set against a seemingly bare backdrop does it for me. I’ve already mentioned my love of Brigette Bardot, not to mention my massive girl crush on the equally stylish Edie Sedgwick and Anna Karina. Sure, I adore their style, their hair, and their all-round 60s general wonderful-ness, but that makeup. Oh yes!
The best thing about 1960s makeup is that it isn’t tricky at all. No, really. I am definitely no makeup expert, let alone makeup mediocre-ist (it’s a word, right?!) It is a super simple process, made daunting by just how fantastic and awe-inspiring the end result is. So I was beyond excited when Maybelline New York asked to team up to create a step-by-step guide on how to do 1960s makeup Enjoy…!
1. The Base.
The first step for creating a 1960s look is to create the base. You’re aiming for a very matte look, which I achieved by using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Nude (NZ$29.99). I have quite troublesome skin – super sensitive, partially dry in some places (no matter how much moisturiser I use!), oily in others, so I often struggle with finding a good ol’ foundation. Luckily, I found that this foundation gave an incredibly smooth and even texture – something you learn to appreciate when your skin is having one of those days. I’ve already mentioned that I am no makeup pro, but I loved the finish this left on my skin. I applied it all over my face and partially onto my neck through gently dabbing with my fingertips.
2. The Eyes: Part One.
Oh, the eyes! This is the most important part of recreating a 60s look. Start by applying a small amount of white eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyelids. I used Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in ‘Too Cool’ (NZ$13.99). It might seem quite a bizarre spot to apply makeup to (in Barnaby’s own words – “Jo, I think you forgot to do the rest of your eye!”) but trust me on this one. Adding a pale colour to your inner eye will make your eyes look SO much bigger! I hate to use the ol’ cliche – but it really will make your eyes pop.
3. The Eyes: Part Two.
Next, you’ll need your liquid eyeliner. Now, let me start on this. I love liquid liner. I used to struggle immensely with it. It would take about half an hour to do only one eye – and even then I’d be struggling between using three different liner pencils. It was getting to the point where I was convinced that my eyes were funny shaped and just not meant for the world of liquid eyeliner..! Boy, was I wrong. It turned out I simply hadn’t discovered the applicator that was for me. Cue Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I have never had such prevision in my LIFE! I’ve whittled down my application time to two minutes – oh, and that includes both eyes too! Now I have a free twenty-eight minutes to do whatever I please, how about that?!
Use your liquid liner and apply it all over your top lid. At the edges be sure to add that infamous cat-eye flick. I find it’s easiest to do it in one quick motion, then thicken it up by going over it a couple of times. Oh, and always double check that your eyes are looking even!
4. The Eyes: Part Three.
Now, I’ll add my mascara. I’m using my go-to mascara; the Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cat Eyes Mascara (NZ$23.99). The extra special thing about this magic wand, is the bend. If you’re not a fan of curling your lashes (I’m not!) then this will be your best friend. Wiggle it quickly from side to side as you apply as this will stop it from clumping.
5. The Eyes: Part Four.
The very last step of creating 1960s eyes is with eyeshadow. I used a tiny dab of black eyeshadow from my Amethyst Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Apply a small amount under the outside corners of each eye to make them look even more smokey and seductive.
6. The brows.
This is probably my favourite part of doing my makeup. Sure, this may be largely due to my troublesome brows (I highly recommend not falling off bikes onto your face when you’re a kid – those scars can be nasty!) so I adore tidying up my eyebrows. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde. Start by combing your eyebrows upwards using the grooming brush. Use your pencil to apply small, quick strokes all over your brows, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. Use your brush again to blend the colour in slightly.
7. The Blush.
Are you ready to learn all you need to know about blush? Okay, ready, here goes… Smile! No, seriously, this is your biggest tip! Smiling will allow the apply of your cheeks to really shine through. I used blush in Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude (NZ$19.99) and applied it directly to my cheeks – smiling all the while, of course! Apply the blush slightly over your cheekbones and use your fingers to blend it in slightly.
8. The Lipstick.
This is the final part of creating a 1960s makeup look..! Remember, it’s all about the eyes, so you want to keep the rest of your face as non-distracting as possible. I used a pale colour called Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Sand (NZ$20.99). I usually find it slightly daunting to branch away from my favourite scarlet lippy – but I think I’ve found a new go-to! Pink Sand has an extra sparkly effect – which meant that Barnaby nicknamed me ‘disco lips’ for the afternoon. Fine by me! Oh, and the other fantastic thing about it? It smells (and slightly tastes) of vanilla. I won’t lie, I spent mot of the day licking my lips to get a hint of the taste. Yummy!
So there you have it! Take a peek below to see my full 1060s makeup look. I finished it off by teasing my hair into a slight beehive – well, just because..! I hope you have fun following along, and be sure to email me any photos of you recreating the look. I’d simply love to see them!
Today you can find me guest blogging over at Here Comes the Sun. I’m sharing how to do a Heidi twist – which is a fun (and simple!) alternative to the classic Heidi Braids. There aren’t terribly many New Zealand bloggers out there, so it is super wonderful to be a contributor to one of the few kiwis – Amanda. Go on, take a look! x