28th, October, 2016

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Looking for a cheap & cute last minute costume? (Duh, of course you are, it’s almost Halloween!) Well I managed to leave things right until the last minute, but with a little bit of thrifting and some simple makeup tweaks, I’ve made a Wizard of Oz costume that I’m actually a wee bit proud of. So if you don’t have a costume yet, you know what to do (thrift shops and ASOS, I’m looking at you!)

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The main aspects of Dorothy’s outfit are the pinafore and red shoes. I borrowed these heels, and the pinafore is one I picked up on a very, very lucky thrifting trip (but you can find a similar one here). Wear a plain white t-shirt or blouse underneath. In my case, I did a little ode to Toto by wearing my Pepa Loves tee which features little dogs on the sleeves.

For accessories, look for a picnic basket (this one was thrifted a few years back) and bring along your dog… if you have one… I wish I had one to take!

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For hair you obviously need to do the infamous two plaits. The trick to the perfect Dorothy locks is starting your braid up really high (almost like a boxer braid) and leaving a large section of hair loose at the bottom. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy does have blue ribbons – I just couldn’t resist red to match my lipstick. That and I didn’t have any blue ribbon ; )

This look is all about the lips. Whip out your brightest rouge (I opted for Ladybug by MAC) and finish up your eyes with a simple coat of mascara. Oh, and lashings of liquid liner too – if you’re addicted to it, like me.

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And that’s it! Happy Halloween, everyone!


22nd, October, 2016

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Hi friends! First up, this is NOT what we are going to be making (although omg, maybe that should be my next tutorial?)

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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.

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You will need:
– a beret (I used a very, very worn down one I thrifted several years ago)
– scissors
– embroidery thread in the colours of your choice (I used black, pink and white)
– a needle
– felt in the same colour as your beret

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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.

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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!

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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!

For more of my tutorials and DIYs (they’re all really easy, I promise!) just take a look!