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DIY Gold Leaf Vase

Who doesn’t love having fresh flowers in their home? When I started getting interested in designing my own flower mandalas in my free time such as the one below (and accented with DIYKL Pastel Rhinestones), I started collecting more fresh flowers. CinnamonSpring DIY Flower Mandala

Then again, I loved having fresh flowers adorn the dinner table and my bedside table at home. I had all these recycled bottles with its sticker tags removed, and decided to upcycle the bottles using gold leafing. This DIY is more on the time consuming side but it turned out so beautifully. Read more below to know how to make your own easy Gold Leaf vases!

CinnamonSpring DIY Gold Leaf Vase-1

What you need:

  • Glass bottle (I recycled from an old sauce bottle)
  • Gold leaf which I bought here
  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden skewer sticks

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  1. What I did was break up the gold leaf paper using the two skewer sticks. Don’t use your fingers as the gold leaf will stick to your fingers! Note: The gold leaf is very thin and delicate.
  2. If you’re lazy like me and refuse to use too many tools while DIY-ing, I just dunked the other end of the skewer stick into the Mod Podge bottle and spread the glue onto the bottom of the bottle first.
  3. Before the glue starts to dry, use the pointy end of the skewer stick and gently pierce the broken up gold leaf pieces.
  4. Slowly stick the gold leaf onto the desired areas of the bottle. Don’t worry, the glue will dry clearly!
  5. Continue to spread glue to the other desired parts of the bottle, and continue gold leafing!
  6. Let the glue dry. If you wish to seal the gold leafing onto the bottle, you can always spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the gold leafing before letting it dry. I liked the textured look so I decided to leave my gold leafing as it was.

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(Top Clockwise) DIY Gold Leaf Vase, DIY Rose Soy Candles, DIY Howlite & Rhinestone necklace & Swatch Sistem51 Automatic

On the weekend, I visited the flower wholesale market in Petaling Street (i.e. Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown), and scored these beautiful orchids and monstera leaves for only RM10! Prop some fresh flowers into your newly-DIY-ed Gold Leaf Vase, and instantly add some greenery into your home.

Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas Collection

Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas

I absolutely love Havaianas flip flops. I’ve used Havaianas for 15 years now, which is such a staple to my wardrobe especially living in a hot & humid country like Malaysia. I especially love how durable Havaianas flip flops are; that it comes in such vibrant colours, styles and prints; and that it is fast-drying! Charlotte Olympia, on the other hand makes the most drool-worthy luxury footwear and accessories. So when the two forces decided to come together creatively, I could not help but…well, drool even more. See more of this capsule collection below with its cute captions by Charlotte Olympia:

Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas

Kitty Havaianas

“There is nothing so clever as the Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ to spruce up the most essential summer shoe.”


Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas

Charlotte’s Web Havaianas

“These irresistible web logo flip-flops put a new spin on seaside style with their gold metal spider accessories”

Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas

Bruce Havaianas

“Bruce, the Charlotte Olympia mascot, proudly stakes his claim on this bold sunny weather must-have”

Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas

My favourite has got to be the Kitty Havaianas! Not only do I love a Slim Havaianas (for my small feet), but the gold Kitty and gold straps pair very well with black. I hope these manage to find its way to Malaysian stores! Which is your favourite?

Click to shop the Charlotte Olympia <3 Havaianas collection!

DIY Food: Rice Krispies Treats

It’s Valentine’s Day today so I’ve decided to make a special treat! Well I’ve actually been wanting to do this recipe for many years now but have always been putting it off. Ever heard of Rice Krispies squares? Rice krispies cereal held together with sweet melted marshmallows. Growing up, I used to be quite addicted to these and would literally walk to the grocery shop near my home in Sarawak just to get a bunch of these and gobble them down. Each time, without fail, I would get extremely guilty for being such a glutton! Haha! However, I stopped buying the Rice Krispies squares after they became too expensive, but would find it a treat whenever I did eat them.

There are loads of Rice Krispies recipes out there, but here’s an easy one without using marshmallows! Make your own Rice Krispies treats with only THREE ingredients by reading more below:

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

What you need (makes 30):

  • Rice Krispies cereal (I used 65g out of the 130g)
  • MARS chocolate bars (I used 3 MARS bars for 65g rice krispies)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Small cupcake paper cups
  • Microwave
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Microwave-safe bowl

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Step #1: Cut the MARS bars into small pieces – this helps it melt faster!

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Step #2: I placed the chopped MARS bars and butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Depending on your microwave and heat, you should take caution when you begin to melt your ingredients. I microwaved the ingredients for 40 seconds on High. Use a spoon to stir the contents like in the picture.

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Step #3: Add in the Rice Krispies cereal puffs and start mixing the contents! You want an even distribution between the chocolate and rice krispies.

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Step #4: Roll the rice krispies into balls and place each one into the cupcake holders. Let it chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving. If it stays out of the cold for too long, the chocolate will begin to melt and nobody likes that!

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Take a bite…mmm

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

How simple and easy was that?

CinnamonSpring DIY Rice Krispies

Serve these at your next tea party, or give as treats to a loved one! Yummy.

DIY Chinese New Year Jewellery

CinnamonSpring Chinese New Year banner

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! I celebrate Chinese New Year because of my mother’s side, and it’s all about family. Chinese New Year falls on the 8th of February 2016. Tonight (7th February 2016) will be the Chinese New Year family reunion dinner, where the extended family comes together to have dinner.

On the first day of Chinese New Year in the morning I go to my grandparent’s home. Tea is brewed, and served from the oldest to the youngest. I wish them a healthy and prosperous new year, and they in return will give red packets called ‘Ang Pao’ filled with money. Perks of not being married yet haha!

Of course, the colour red is synonymous with Chinese New Year. It represents prosperity. So I decided to make some Chinese New Year jewellery to accessorise. All you need really, is one big stalk of red flowers. There are 3 types of DIYs here, so do read on!

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

What you need:

  • A stalk of faux Chinese New Year flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Hair clips
  • Ring blanks
  • Earring cone studs
  • Earring stopper

Chinese New Year Earrings

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 1: Cut the flowers from the main stem.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 2: Snip off as close as you can get to the flower.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 3: Turn on your hot glue gun. Wait until hot glue starts to dribble out of the nozzle. Slowly fill the inner cone of the earring blank stud with hot glue.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 4: Push the middle of the flower into the earring blank.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 5: The hot glue will dry into an opaque colour in a few minutes. Use an earring stopper to keep the earring in place for your ears.

Chinese New Year Hair Clips

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 1: Apply hot glue 2/3 on the top of the hair clip. Do not apply hot glue towards the end, as you will be constantly pressing on this point when opening the hair clip.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 2: Press the bottom middle of the flower first into the hot glue, and then press down the petals.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 3: Let the hot glue dry! I was on a roll here…I made quite a number of hair clips for my cousins!

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Wear the clip high or low. I have short hair now, so these clips are really handy.

Chinese New Year Rings

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 1: Apply hot glue on top of the ring blank.

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

Step 2: Press the bottom middle of the flower onto the hot glue. Let it dry!

CinnamonSpring DIY CNY Jewelry

These rings make the best accessories during Chinese New year!

CinnamonSpring Chinese New Year DIY Jewelry


Accessorizing during Chinese New Year is normally kept to a minimal especially since typical Chinese New Year clothing can be quite elaborate so these easy DIYs are for those who want to dress up without forgoing the jewellery! Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

DIY Embellished Top Inspired By Pantone 2016

If you didn’t already know, PANTONE is the “world-renowned authority on color” and every year they set a PANTONE Colour of the Year. Well, for the first time ever, PANTONE Colour of the Year 2016 is a blend of TWO shades: Rose Quartz and Serenity as pictured in the banner below.


As I am trying to discipline myself this year to embark on more DIY (personal) projects, I decided to immerse myself in some inspiration, starting with colour. As DIYKL is stocking pastel rhinestones (soon to be up on the website, do email hello@diykl.com for inquiries), I was inspired to use one-half of PANTONE 2016 which is Rose Quartz.

Rose Quartz is a soft and warm rose tone, and so I decided to embellish my oversized white knit crop top (sorry that’s a mouthful!) to give it a little luxe look without compromising the relaxed element of the top.

CinnamonSpring DIY Embellished Top in Pantone 2016 - 1

What you need:

  • Rhinestones (Note: The rhinestones I used are not exact colours to Rose Quartz)
  • Top or dress you wish to embellish
  • Needle (small enough to fit the holes at the side of the rhinestones)
  • Needle threader
  • Thread in the colour closest to the clothing you are going to embellish
  • Scissors

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Step 1: As the eye of the needle is small, threading the thread through it can be tricky and frustrating. Fret not, there’s always help in a needle threader! To use this, insert the needle threader through the eye of the needle FIRST. Once it is through, slip the thread through the other end of the needle threader like in the picture above.

CinnamonSpring DIY Embellished Top in Pantone 2016 - 3

Step 2: Once the thread has been threaded through, slowly pull the needle threader out. Voila! Your thread is now threaded through the eye of the needle. Pull as much thread is needed (not too long, otherwise the thread will get tangled!), before making a double knot.

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Step 3: Before you start sewing, get creative by choosing a design with your rhinestones. Once you are satisfied with the design, take a photo of it.

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Step 4: Begin sewing! Sew using the needle from under the material, into the first hole and exiting through the hole opposite it. Sew under the material. Repeat this step once or twice more to make the bonding stronger.

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Voila! My Pantone 2016 inspired embellished top.

DIY Marble Minaudière Clutch

Imagine my delight when I was able to find marble contact paper (i.e. read the Marble Flatlay DIY) for cheap at only RM5.30! I had an itch to revamp my previous DIY acrylic box clutch from 2014 (a DIY post which I only posted on the blog in 2015…my procrastination is epic).

So after taking inspiration from luxury brands Balenciaga, Rebecca MinkoffMecque and the more affordable Country Road, DIY-ing my own Marble Minaudière Clutch seemed like the almost obvious next marble DIY! I mean, why would I spend RM5470 on a marble clutch when I can make it for less than RM100? Yep, that’s a total saving of more than RM5300! Excited? Read on below:

What you need:

  • 1 Acrylic clutch. DIYKL stocked clear acrylic clutches (in a DIY kit) over Christmas last year so email hello@diykl.com if you would like one!
  • Marble contact paper which you can find online on eBay, Amazon or Komonoya if you live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ruler
  • Sharp knifeblade
  • Pencil or pen (optional)
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • E6000 glue (optional)

CinnamonSpring DIY Marble Minaudiere Clutch


  1. You will need to stick on both sides of the clear clutch.
  2. Measure the contact paper from the top side of the clutch, across the middle, and right to the bottom of the clutch. It doesn’t need to be perfectly measured (i.e. the lazy me talking), before you use a scissors to cut the desired shape.
  3. Alternative step to Step 2: Otherwise, you can take pen or pencil measurements of each side of the clutch which will consist of 4 parts, draw it onto the back of the contact paper, and then cut the precise shapes.
  4. If you are lazy like me and using Step 2, peel off the contact paper from its backing. Start sticking the contact paper from the top side of the clutch and not the bottom. Slowly use your ruler and smooth down the contact paper right until you reach the bottom of the clutch. Try to smooth out the bubbles that may occur under the contact paper.
  5. Now, you will need to stick the sides of the clutch. What I did was cut a straight line off each corner so that you can fold the contact paper inwards on all sides.
  6. Stick the sides down! You will notice excess contact paper, but don’t worry. Use your knifeblade and slowly cut the excess paper off. Peel it off.
  7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the other side of the clutch.
  8. (Optional) Design your own pattern onto the clutch. Here I used DIYKL pastel rhinestones (soon to be on the shop!) in Pantone 2016 colours and stuck them on using glue. Let dry for at least 24 hours.

CinnamonSpring DIY Marble Minaudiere Clutch

Voila! This Marble Minaudière Clutch is beginning to be one of my favourite and easiest DIYs! I can’t wait to take this beautiful clutch out. Why not try this out?

Marble Flatlay DIY

One of my 2016 New Year Resolutions is to be able to do more DIY projects and document them here on my blog. I used to be restricted to writing posts to only when I have step-by-step tutorial photos. However, I decided that sometimes this was not feasible due to my busy schedule – or sometimes I just wanted to whip up something quickly without having to wait to take photos of each step. This means, I will try to write more comprehensive tutorial steps so that it is easier to follow!

Today’s DIY is something which I’ve always wanted to do: Marble! Marble is a natural occurrence due to the extreme heat and pressure applied to limestone. Besides looking quite classic, they’re really heavy and marble slabs are expensive. As I wanted a chic background to photograph my DIYs, I decided that why not cover pieces of wood or plastic in marble contact paper? Marble contact paper comes in different variations but they can be quite costly. Imagine my delight when I found cheap marble contact paper in a Japanese store in this new mall Da:men, USJ in Selangor, Malaysia! Due to the easy nature of this DIY, I was able to take step-by-step photos yay!

CinnamonSpring Marble DIY - Picture 1

So here’s what you need:

  • Marble contact paper (I bought mine for only RM5.30 from this japanese store called Komonoya, newly opened in Da:Men, USJ!)
  • Scissors
  • Block of wood or plastic block/tray
  • Long ruler


CinnamonSpring Marble DIY - Picture 2

Step 1: Measure the marble contact paper. Make sure it covers the sides as well.

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Step 2: Cut the contact paper

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Step 3: Slowly peel off the contact paper.

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Step 4: Slowly paste the sticky part of the contact paper onto the piece of wood. Use a long ruler to slowly smooth the paper down.

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Step 5: Bend the corners inwards, and continue to stick the contact paper. You can also always make a diagonal cut at the corners so that the contact paper bends better.

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Step 6: Smooth the sides down!

CinnamonSpring Marble DIY - Picture 8 There you have you, your marble flatlay is now ready! It literally took only 5 minutes. You can prop it against a wall as a background, or used for flatlays.

CinnamonSpring Marble DIY - Picture 9

DIY necklace, Wunderbath moisturizer, Mmerci Encore perfume & Swatch Sistem51 Automatic

I love how everything in this flatlay above is handmade / DIY (except the Swatch watch!). Click on the links to know about some of my favorite items. Enjoy this DIY x

DIY Gold Leaf & Scented Rose Soy Candles

A Happy New Year 2016 everyone! The end of 2015 passed by too quickly for me as it was so busy. 2015 has been one great and amazing year, especially for DIYKL (Do-It-Yourself Kuala Lumpur), and I am truly thankful and grateful. 2016 is another year and I hope I will be able to do more amazing things! To you guys who have actually stuck with me on this blog, despite my M.I.As, thank YOU! To you guys who have also supported DIYKL from the start, thank YOU so much!

Alright, let’s talk about candles. Do you like candles? Probably when you were young, you were given candles as presents. Cheap ones from the thrift store that smelt really bad. No? Well, if you’re like me and had these experiences…you wouldn’t have been able to appreciate candles much. However, as I grow older my taste buds changed and so did my perception on candles. Some smell so wonderfully delicious, and so comforting. In the UK when it was cold and wintry at night, I used to light tea-light candles in my university dorm room while I snuggled under my warm duvet. The cold and dull weather in England emotionally and physically affected me at some points (i.e. SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder), but there was something quite comforting about lighted candles. The flickering light providing some warmth, and a waft of good smell in your room. It made my surroundings feel…alright again.

I’ve always wanted to try making some of my own candles, and even though I had the ingredients since last year I never got down to making them. So I decided to use up some of my dried rose tea flowers and make a Rose Petal Scented Candle! To make my candle look prettier, I decided to add some gold leaf to it as well. So here you go, 2 DIYs in one tutorial!

What you need:

  • Soy Wax. Soy wax is a vegetable wax from soybeans. It is eco-friendly and sustainable. Furthermore, it also burns slowly and cleanly! I bought mine from Spotlight. It comes in a rectangle block which you can then break into pieces.
  • Candle Wicks
  • Small glass jar or tins to pour the melted soy wax in. I bought mine from Daiso a while ago (it comes in a pair!)
  • 100% Essential Oils. Only a few drops are needed! I used Rose Essential Oils. If you live in Singapore, you can pick up some essential oils from Mmerci Encore.
  • Dried Rose Flowers from your teashop. These are roses that has been dried to be used in teas.
  • A double boiler or 2 pots over a fire
  • 3 wooden skewer sticks (2 will be used to keep the wick in place in the jar)
  • A sheet of thin gold leaf / foil
  • Mod Podge

CinnamonSpring Gold Leaf-Scented Rose Petal Candle

This is how my candle turned out!


1. Place the candle wick in the middle of the glass jar or tin. To keep its position in place, place 2 wooden skewers beside it to rest on top of the glass jar.

Double-Boiler Illustration by Emma Kelly

Illustration by Emma Kelly

2. Now you will need to melt the wax! Apparently you need a double boiler to do this, however I got a little creative and just placed a smaller pot into a bigger pot. The bigger pot should contain a little bit of water – this helps to reduce the heat that directly hits the wax so that it does not burn. The illustration above is another method of the double boiler in which the top bowl/pot does not even touch the bottom pot. The method I used was fine, as long as you keep an eye on the wax when it starts melting!

3. Let the water boil in the bigger pot, before breaking the soy wax and placing it into the smaller pot. It will slowly melt in a few minutes into a clear liquid.

4. Add a few drops of essential oil. I added 7-8 drops of rose essential oil. The more drops, the more intense the scent.

5. In the glass jar with the wick, I sprinkled some dried rose petals into the bottom.

6. Slowly pour the melted soy wax into the waiting glass jar. You can add more petals if you want to!

7. Let it dry for a few hours to harden, and you will slowly have a candle appearing before your eyes!

8. Now to beautify your candle jar! I used a skewer stick, dipped it into some Mod Podge (used as a glue and a sealer), and made some random sticky marks around the candle jar. Now, with the other end of the skewer, I break apart the gold leaf so that it looks scattered.

9. Slowly pick up the gold leaf with your skewer (this works!) with its pointy tip and stick it onto the mod podged areas. Don’t worry if you get mod podge over the gold leaf. The glue dries clear.

10. Let it dry! If you like a rough texture, leave it be. However, if you wish to seal the gold leaf onto the glass jar – you can add one coat of Mod Podge over the gold leaf. Let it dry completely.

Light these up and enjoy! x

DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Hello! I have not been updating here as of late but that is because aside from my day job in the humanitarian protection field, I have been quite busy with DIYKL (Do-It-Yourself Kuala Lumpur)! DIYKL has allowed me to be able to broaden my passion for DIY fashion by designing and curating special DIY fashion kits, and guess what? They ship worldwide! Yay!

Even though I have been DIY-ing a lot, I have not been able to post my DIY tutorials because sometimes I do not have the time to take tutorial photographs but today I did! DIY-ing a leather catchall has been on my DIY To-Do List for a while now and I finally had the time today to make a few. This particular one was made for my aunt who is an amazing cook and baker. I am always blessed by her open arms, warm hospitality and delicious food that I personalised this leather catchall for her to decorate her home.

Read on below to make your own DIY Personalised Leather Catchall:

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

What you need:

  • Leather (I used 2mm thick raw cow leather sourced from Thailand. Email hello@diykl.com if you would like to purchase some leather)
  • Sharp knifeblade (I use Stanley knives)
  • Screw-on studs
  • Hole-punch tool
  • Letter embossing kit
  • Rubber mallet

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #1:

Cut the leather. Mine measured 20cm x 20cm to make a box shape. You can try other shapes as well such as a rectangular or triangular shape.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #2:

Pinch the side of the leather catchall.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #3:

Take the hole-puncher tool and determine where you would like to punch a hole. The more inwards you go, the deeper the depth of the leather catchall.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #4:

Take the rubber mallet and knock the top of the hole-puncher tool a few times until it has pierced through the leather.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

The holes will look like in the picture above! Repeat Step #4 for the remaining 3 parts.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #5:

Take the screw end, and pierce it through the hole.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #6:

Take the other part of the stud, and screw it on. Do this for the remaining 3 sides.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #7:

Prepare your letters to be embossed onto the leather! I wanted to spell “BLESSED” as I am blessed by my amazing aunt.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #8:

If you have an embossing tool like mine, all you need is to click in the particular letters onto the tool.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Step #9:

Before you start embossing, you can remove the studs if you wish to emboss the leather. Otherwise if you feel more confident, you can always just emboss it directly onto your leather catchall.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Voila! The embossing is complete.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

Your DIY Personalised Leather Catchall is finished – this would make a great present.

CinnamonSpring DIY Personalised Leather Catchall

DIY Druzy Agate Leather Cuffs & DIYKL ‘SERAPHINA’ Rhinestone Leather Cuffs (click to buy the DIY kit)

You can use your DIY Personalised Leather Catchall to keep your small trinkets, keys, receipts, etc. I hope you found this DIY simple and easy to make! x

Off Shoulder

Off shoulders. The perfect match between chic and laid back, I am currently mega crushing on this style. I rarely get obsessed with a particular style but when I do, I normally try to get my hands on a few. Psst…it also helps to hide those slightly bigger upper arms that just refuse to tone up!

Off Shoulder Off Shoulder Man Repeller

Off Shoulder

Alexa Chung Off Shoulder

Off Shoulder

Off Shoulder

(via: Grazia Daily, Man Repeller, Alexa Chung, Brides Magazines UKPop Sugar)

Be it sophisticated, bohemian, romantic or cute…off shoulders definitely suits for every occasion and I am definitely a fan:


Miss OCD Off Shoulder top, Ellui sunglasses, thrifted earrings from Bangkok & DIYKL chain bracelet

What do you think about off shoulders? Yay or Nay? Check out more off shoulder styles below (click on photo):

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