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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
While recovering from time a zone adjustment, I have been spending my time creating flower crowns! Here are the three I have made – before running out of flowers. I love wearing flower crowns; they are the perfect touch to a summer outfit (and to making you feel like a genuine forest elf!) I think I’ve found a new hobby!
It’s official; Spring is here! I am definitely not one for winter, probably due to growing up in South-East Asia. Instead of enjoying the emerging sunshine, I have still been feeling full of flu. When I’m sick, I’m generally a bit of a mope and spend most of my time feeling sorry for myself. This time however, I’m taking advantage of my spare time and have been dreaming up my Spring wishlist! I’m obsessing over cute prints (cats, anyone?) and accessories – floral headpieces especially!
Weeks ago I attempted sewing some quite heavy fabrics. The end result was, you guessed it; a broken needle! Yesterday I finally made it to a local craft store in search of a replacement. While scouting the needle section, I stumbled upon something even better; a selection of bows! Rather than just purchasing one bow, I decided to go with the whole bag. My entire afternoon has been filled with me sewing bows onto clothing! I have truly discovered that everything looks better with a bow. I have no limits; I want to sew them onto shorts, shoes, and button back blouses. They are just so darling! I am hoping that the store has more colours in stock – I can’t wait to return!
Trixie Delicious is one very talented lady. She decorates porcelain with her witty words and charming drawings. I actually own several pieces by Trixie. And I gifted some of her ‘poison teacups’ to my mother-in-law for her birthday. Trixie is another New Zealander, which is why I was so excited to interview her! Be sure to check out her Etsy Shop to take a look at some of her beautiful pieces!
To begin with, tell us about yourself and what you do!
I trained as an artist in the late 80s and have a BFA in sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts Auckland University. I exhibited for years then moved into visual design and multimedia for a while. I have a family – my son is 20 my daughter 16. Trixie Delicious is a full time job now after 5 years or so.
When did you begin your porcelain decorating empire and what was it that inspired you?
I’m not sure it’s an Empire but I have had a lot of great press over the last few years which has elevated my profile online. I first developed the porcelain painting on vintage china about 5 years ago but as a sculptor in my early days I had dabbled in various ceramic applications. I’ve always been into recycling with my early work and like to use a mix of materials.
Do you work alone or have a team helping you?
I work alone but hubby does most of the china buying at auctions as it is the most time consuming aspect. I wait patiently to see what comes in every week.
How do you go about decorating your porcelain?
I can’t give too many of my design secrets away but essentially I hand paint the text and drawings on – they bond for more than 12 hours and then they are baked in a moderate oven. Often the china suggests the word or image I use.
Do you have a favourite piece that you have made?
I have had many favourites. My Seven Deadly Sins sets are a totally original and unique idea so I would go with them.
You have such beautiful font types for your dishes, do you design them yourself?
They are traditional fonts really as that is what suits the china so I haven’t really branched out into creating my own fonts as yet. Not enough hours in the day….
How does it feel knowing that you have celebrity fans, such as Lady Gaga or Christina Aguilera?
Gaga was given a teacup of mine so I don’t know that she is a fan but Christina bought a couple of my erotic plates in Los Angeles so I guess she likes them!
I’ve noticed that you’ve branched out to do more pieces focusing on the human form rather than just text. What inspired you to do this?
I actually started with hairdo and skull drawings back in 2007 and would like to do more but the word items have stolen the show as they are more provocative.