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DIY DYLANLEX Inspired Statement Necklace

So I’m a huge fan of DYLANLEX‘s statement necklaces, and boy, does the artisan behind the necklaces know how to design, make and really rock her jewels! They’re all so cool, but my favourites are the FalkorFalkor III, Harper, RileyRyker, Kingsley & Tyson. Yes, too many! The only upsetting thing about the necklaces is that they’re a little too expensive for me to be able to purchase.

(P.S/*HINT*: DYLANLEX does gift cards from USD 150-1500 which would make the perfect (birthday) gift for someone (i.e. me) who loves DYLANLEX but you don’t know what she (i.e. me) wants)

The next best thing of course would be to DIY them, which is something I’ve always wanted to do for a while. There are quite a number of DIY DYLANLEX-inspired necklaces out there, and it’s interesting to see so many different variations!

Here’s my beta version, trying the statement necklace:

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

What you need:

  • A few chunky silver necklaces, with a good base that can hold the weight. The main part was actually from H&M, purchased during a sale (RM10 only!)
  • Chain
  • Charms (I used square and coin charms)
  • Jumprings in various sizes
  • Crimp beads
  • Silver tubes
  • Pliers (flat-nose and round-nose)
  • Plastic beading string (not shown)

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Detach the chains from the main bib.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Measure a silver curb chain on top of the base, this will help to hold the necklace.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Start attaching the two pieces using jumprings.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

This takes a while because you need to check every now and then to make sure the necklace isn’t overly stiff and not bending according to your neck! You don’t need to attach a jumpring at every opportunity, so do it for every 1-2 links.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Now attach the silver squares using the jumprings, to the bottom of the main part of the necklace.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Do make sure that the space in between each square charm is even.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Thread the plastic beading string through the silver tube.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Turn the string back inside to make a loop like the above, put a crimp bead through the loop. Use a flat-end plier and crimp it hard.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Attach a jumpring to the crimped end. Do the same for the other end of the silver tube.

DIY Dylanlex-inspired Statement Necklace

Attach the tube to the main chain, and the main body. This helps to give a more structured shape to the necklace.

DIY Dylanlex Inspired Statement Necklace

The statement necklace is done! It looks like this:

DIY DYLANLEX inspired Statement Necklace

I was quite happy with the necklace however after a few wears, I decided to add more charms to the necklace to make it bolder so here’s what I did:

DIY Dylanlex Inspired Statement Necklace

Attach the coin charms to the bottom of the silver squares and it makes a lot of difference!

DIY DYLANLEX Inspired Statement Necklace

What do you think about the necklace, and have you tried making your own statement necklace? Let me know!

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

If you haven’t heard, Marsala is Pantone’s colour of the year 2015:

Pantone Marsala 2015

Marsala – Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Growing up here in Malaysia, where Marsala is used more as a food spice rather than a fashion statement, it didn’t appeal to me much in the beginning. However, Pantone’s description of the colour has made me rethink the colour itself!

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

As I am currently trying out Ciate’s paint pots from its ‘Mini Mani Manor‘ Christmas collection set, I thought of using one of the hues (Ciate Silhouette) that is almost Marsala-like and then giving my nails a slightly more luxe look with half-pearls (Girl with a Pearl, available only in the ‘Mini Mani Manor‘ set).

Read on:

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

What you need:

Here are some nail polish hues closest to Marsala (hover over the images to know more):

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Make sure your nails are wiped clean, and let it soak for a minute or two in warm water (with added lemon). I don’t have the best looking hands but it’ll have to do for this tutorial!

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Apply one coat of the base coat. Let it dry for a minute or two.

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Now it’s time to get it on with the paint pots!

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Apply one coat of the nail polish. Let it dry for a few minutes. Then add a second coat of polish. This acts as an adhesive for your pearl onto your nails.

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Time for the pearls! As you can see, there are varying sizes. The smaller pearls should go on the smaller nails as this reduces the chances of the pearls slipping off, as nails are curved inwards and not flat/straight (as the pearls’ flat ends are).

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

With steady hands, use a tweezer to pick up the pearl from its rounded edge. It’s fairly easy to do this because of the help of a tool. If you’re feeling lucky, try your fingers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Lightly plop the pearl’s flat side onto your nail (which has the second polish coating). Let it dry. Continue with the rest of your nails and do the same with the other hand. Patience is a virtue but I was surprised at how easy it was to apply the pearls onto the nails.

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Dip a cotton bud into nail polish remover and wipe off those stained edges, and you’re ready to go. I didn’t apply a top coat (yet) as I want to see how well the pearls stay on!

DIY Marsala Pearl Nails

Voila! You now have luxe Marsala pearl nails!

DIY Glitter French Manicure

Last Christmas, I received beautiful Ciate nail polish sets. I’ve never tried Ciate’s nail polishes so was pretty excited to review them on my nails. It has been a long, long time since I last did a DIY nail tutorial. The last I did them was back in Bar school in the UK!

Anyway, since I wanted something classic on my nails I decided to go for the popular French Manicure (light pinkish base with a white tip). However, I’m never great at doing white tips so I decided to have a glitter tip. Not an uncommon nail tutorial, but here’s how these Ciate nail polishes look like on my nails. I am impressed! Read on more:

DIY Glitter French Manicure

DIY double-pearl bangle and ring, kit can be bought online at DIY KL soon!

What you need:

Do hover your mouse over the images below for more details and click:

From L-R: Sally Hansen Base & Top Coat; Ciate in Sloaney, Sweetie & Ciate in Amazing Gracie

DIY Glitter French Manicure

Steps:

  1. Brush one layer onto nails as a base coat. Let it dry. Note: I am a serious fan of Sally Hansen’s double duty base and top coat because they not only dry so quickly but they really protect my nails and nail polish!
  2. Brush one layer of Ciate’s Amazing Gracie. I only used one layer and was impressed at the thickness of the polish. I liked how much the colour almost blends in with my skin. These didn’t take too long to dry, and it didn’t have a strong polish smell which was great.
  3. Once the Amazing Gracie polish has dried, brush a layer of Ciate’s Sloaney, Sweetie over the tip of the nails. Let it dry and voila, you’re done!
  4. You may wish to brush a top coat, but I was happy with the slight texture.

DIY Glitter French Manicure

Ciate nail polishes in Sand Dune; Amazing Gracie & Sloaney, Sweetie. Grecian headband designed for DIY KL, of which the DIY kit will be available soon!

The Glitter French Manicure is one of the easiest nail polish DIYs to do especially when you have quick drying nail polish! I definitely can’t wait to try the rest of my Ciate nail polishes!

DIY Lace Sneakers

Where I work right now, I get to wear sneakers. My dresscode is a vast difference than when I was in private legal practice. Yes, I left private legal practice 3 months ago! A lot has happened in 2014 but ‘CHANGE’ is definitely the most defining word for it. I am just thankful to God for everything.

Alright, I digress. Sneakers. The last time I wore sneakers was when I was studying in the UK during times when I didn’t want to wear flats or heels in the freezing cold! I wanted to start wearing sneakers to work, to give some variety to my work wardrobe so I took some inspiration from these lace sneakers (p.s: hover your mouse over each shoe to know more details):

Then of course, I decided to DIY my own! It’s really simple to do and gives a great update to your sneakers. Do read my easy DIY tutorial below:

DIY Lace Sneakers

What you need:

  • A pair of sneakers (I got mine from H&M)
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (I got mine from Spotlight)
  • Sponge applicator
  • A sheet of soft plastic

DIY Lace Sneakers

To avoid the insides getting wet when you apply the Mod Podge, slip in a sheet of plastic (I used a plastic bag) under.

DIY Lace Sneakers

Place the lace over the front of the sneakers and cut an approximate shape that you want.

DIY Lace Sneakers

Dip the sponge (I used a new kitchen sponge!) or sponge applicator into the Mod Podge and slowly spread it across the front of the sneaker.

DIY Lace Sneakers

Then slowly cover the Mod Podged area with lace. This will take a few minutes to dry. Once dry, trim the stray edges.

DIY Lace Sneakers

Then, it’s important to seal the lace onto the sneaker. So here, I applied another layer of Mod Podge on top of the lace. Let it dry for a day or two. Don’t worry about staining because the Mod Podge dries clearly! Observe:

DIY Lace Sneakers

Voila! My cool lace sneakers has garnered quite a number of compliments.

DIY Lace Sneakers

Why not try this easy DIY with your shoes or sneakers that you wish to update?

DIY Lace Sneakers

Metallic tattoos from Shiny Happy People

What do you think about my lace sneakers? Let me know in the comment box and a Happy New Year 2015!

Review: Metallic Tattoos by Shiny Happy People

Metallic tattoos are all the rage now for the past year, as they make the perfect no-fuss body jewellery! So, imagine my delight when I found that Shiny Happy People exclusively stocked them here in Malaysia! I discovered these awesome metallic temporary tattoos when Shiny Happy People were selling them at the Carousell’s Pop-Up Bazaar in Kuala Lumpur on 8-9 November 2014.

Shappytats

The above Shiny Happy People metallic tattoo sheets are sold for RM20 each. There’s a wide range of them being sold. I was extremely pleased with how long the tattoos could last on the skin, the longest was for 2.5 weeks on my arm! Of course, if you put the tattoos on high contact skin areas (eg. fingers), the tattoos wouldn’t last as long.

I met up with the founder, Michelle, of Shiny Happy People, and here’s a short interview I did with her:

Q: So, Michelle. Do tell us something interesting about yourself.

A: I am a business major undergraduate. I also do stand-up comedy! Do catch me at the Crack House, TTDI at 9pm on Sundays where I do open mic. It’s on the same row as Artisan in TTDI, on the 1st floor.

Q: That is pretty awesome. Alright, so when did you start Shiny Happy People?

A: One year ago. As I loved jewellery, I saw the practicality of metallics tattoos but these metallic tattoos were not sold in Malaysia. It was an idea I wanted to bring into Malaysia and so I looked for suppliers. In two weeks, Shiny Happy People was up and running!

Shappytats: Birds of a Feather

Shiny Happy People tattoos (Birds of a Feather)

Q: That’s amazing! Is this a one-woman show?

A: Yes, well and with my boyfriend who helped to set things up.

Q: What makes these Shiny Happy People tattoos so fun?

A: Well, it’s a combination of both nostalgia and old-school tattoos. It also doubles as jewellery at the same time. What a win! Plus, these are also waterproof!

Q: Who are these temporary tattoos targeted to?

A: Well, it would be catered mostly to younger people, creative people, etc. Yoga enthusiasts love to customise these tattoos with their outfits. I can see this all over Urbanscapes!

Q: Do you design the tattoos?

A: Not yet, as it is still work in progress. Hopefully soon! In the future I would love to work and collaborate with other local artists and designers.

Q: How’s business so far?

A: It’s been great! In the beginning, When I was forecasting predictions for the first few months of business, it was a very modest estimate but the response thus far has been amazing! The power of blogging, social media (like Facebook and Instagram), selling at the Carousell pop-up bazaar in November 2014…it was a combination of all of this that led to great sales.

Q: So how old exactly is this business?

A: 3 months!

Q: So, where can one buy these Shiny Happy People tattoos?

A: These are mainly sold online through Facebook. We will be expanding to a website soon! One sheet retails for RM20, and 2 sheets for RM30. For more enquiries on wholesale, or events please do contact us!

Thank you for the short interview and tattoos Michelle, absolutely loving them!

If you’re still unclear on how to use these tattoos, these tattoos are so easy to apply in just 4 easy steps:

  • Firstly, peel off the clear film.
  • Secondly, face the tattoo onto dry skin.
  • Thirdly, dab water onto the back of the tattoo. Wait for a few seconds for the tattoo to be fully transferred onto your skin.
  • Lastly, slowly peel off the paper and voila! You now have metallic tattoos!

I have so much fun with these tattoos so here are some ideas on where to place these tattoos:

Shappytats

DIY wrap beaded bracelets, Shiny Happy People tattoos (Geometric & Warrior)

Above, I cut the tattoos up to wrap them around my fingers.

Shappytats

DIY embellished flats with DIY KL & Shiny Happy People tattoos (Warrior)

I’ve also had these tattoos above my ankles, and love how they always look! We’re always pampering our upper bodies so why not the bottom part as well?

Shappytats

DIY lace shoes (tutorial up soon!) & Shiny Happy People tattoos (Dreamer 2)

So what are you waiting for? Get your metallic body jewellery tattoos here and happy holidays!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

If there’s anything from my list of DIY accessories that one of male best friends wouldn’t mind wearing, it would be a survival paracord bracelet. In addition to the the fact that it not only looks ‘manly’, it also serves another function during emergencies. From making an emergency dog collar to making a makeshift rifle sling while on active soldier duty, no wonder these paracord bracelets are so popular among the men!

There are many different cord patterns, but the most basic type of pattern is actually the macramé pattern which is in fact used a lot when making friendship bracelets. I did a different take with this DIY Paracord Bracelet, using gold hardware – fortunately my male best friend didn’t have a say in it!

Read on:

DIY Paracord Bracelet

What you need (hover your mouse over the items below to get the price & purchase if needed):

  • 550 Nylon Paracord
  • Lighter (to burn the ends)
  • Large jumprings
  • Large clasp
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #1:

The length of the cord is based on the full diameter of the person’s wrist including the hardware. Here, I cut 10 feet of paracord just to be sure. Better to have more than less! Burn the ends so that you secure the ends because if not, the white fibres will start peeking out and nobody wants that!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #2:

Attach the clasp to the jumpring. With the paracord bent in half, make a loop with your paracord.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #3: 

Thread the free ends through the loop as shown above.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Now the loop should like the above!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #4:

The free ends will go through the other jumpring. Make the loop as in the picture!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #5:

As for the right side, follow step #4 but in the opposite direction.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #6:

This is the part where you will need to measure the full length so that you can get a perfect fit. The whole length (including the hardware) should match the wrist size.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #7:

Start with your macramé pattern! (1) is over, under; (2) is over, under; and (3) is over.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #8:

Pull slowly in opposite sides! That’s your first knot. Now, continue step #7 using the opposite way, which is the right paracord (as you had used the left paracord earlier above).

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #9:

You’re nearly there…!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #10:

You’re almost done! Make a knot at the end, cut the remaining paracord and then light the ends. Do make sure it’s lit up close to the main body so that it melts into the main body.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Voila! Easy peasy paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Have fun making these DIY paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Paracord bracelets make great presents for your male friends. My best friend loves them, yay! :)

P.S: All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 with the help of my pop up photo studio, the Lightcase.

DIY Stella McCartney-inspired Lace Up Sandals

My feet practically lives in Havaianas when it isn’t in work footwear aka. heels or flats. The thing is, flip flops should have the option to also look a little dressed up! Stella McCartney did them on the runway for Spring 2015, so why not right?

Stella McCartney Spring 2015

Stella McCartney Spring 2015

So here’s my simple tutorial for a detachable laced up pair of sandals!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

What you need:

  • Slim Havaianas or other flip flops
  • Black cord
  • 4 big jumprings
  • 4 small jumprings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #1:

Take the black cord, tuck it under your feet with both sides. Try wrapping the cord around your leg so that you can determine how long you want it to be. Then, cut your desired length. You should have 4 separate black cords now!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #2:

Make a small loop at the end of the cord. Take the small jumpring, wrap it around the loop and tighten with the flat nosed pliers.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #3:

Take the big jumpring and put it through the loop.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #4:

Repeat for the next 3 cords!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #5:

Attach the jumprings to each Havaianas strap.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #6:

Wrap the string in a criss-cross ‘X’ way and voila!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

In the event that you want to remove the cords, it is easily detachable! Enjoy your DIY Lace Up Sandals! x

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

I’ve had this tutorial in my phone for a few months but it must’ve slipped my eyes to post this up! Here I wanted to make drop earrings using one of my current favourite items: rhinestones!

Do read below for the DIY tutorial:

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

What you need:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat noise pliers
  • Pliers that can cut wire / scissors
  • 8 oval rhinestones
  • 4 headpins
  • 4 small round beads
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 earring hooks

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #1:

Thread one headpin through one end of the rhinestone.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #2:

Thread a second headpin through the other hole on the rhinestone backing.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #3:

Thread the remaining 3 other rhinestones through the 2 headpins.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #4:

Use the flat nosed pliers and make a 90 degree twist inwards.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #5:

Use your round nosed pliers to make a loop at the ends. If the headpin is too long, snip the extra bits off!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #6:

The rhinestones should like the above now.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #7:

Attach a jumpring through the loops you’ve made. Here I’ve added beads to fill up the spaces in between as well!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #8:

Slip the earring hook through the jumpring before closing the jumpring.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Voila! Try making gemstone drop earrings in other various colourways! Enjoy! x

Weekend Sale: J.Crew, Kate Spade, Madewell & More!

A lot of my readers come from the United States, and so I thought that the following sales would make you super excited! These are weekend sales so better start clicking. Brands such as J. Crew, Madewell, Kate Spade and others are having a limited weekend sale so isn’t it a perfect time to stock up for the upcoming Autumn/Winter?

Here are some of my favourite picks from the brands, with the accompanying discount codes:

J. CREW

J. Crew sales

From L-R: Wool Melton Topcoat; Lambswool Tipped Sweater-Tunic; Merino Wool Asymmetrical Zip Sweater in Colorblock & Shiny Puffer Vest.

The best part is that these sweaters and outerwear come in various colours too! I always love a good variety. Go on, here are the discount codes:

30% DISCOUNT CODE: SHOPFALL

PROMOTION ENDS: 19 October 2014

MADEWELL

Madewell sales

From L-R: Tweedweave shiftdress; Slim slouch jeans; Chunky sweater & Scuba Skirt.

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Clockwise from top left: Ava Heel; Ames Boot; Sylvain Heel &  Keaton Oxford.

30% DISCOUNT CODE: PICKMEUP

PROMOTION ENDS: 20 October 2014

ANN TAYLOR

Ann Taylor

From L-R: Faux Leather Cape; Marled Infinity Scarf & Leather Boots

Ann Taylor

 Clockwise from top left: Seaside sunglasses; Leather Wrap Bracelet; Linear Cuff & Sculpted Cuff

Ann Taylor

Clockwise from top left: Kiera Leather Booties; Strappy Leather Heels; Suede Cap Toe Kitten Heels & Leather Ankle Strap Heels

50% (yes!) DISCOUNT CODE: STYLE50

PROMOTION ENDS: 20 October 2014

LAND’S END

Land's End

From L-R: Striped Shirt; Calf Hair Venetian Flats & Indigo Scarf

EXTRA 30% DISCOUNT CODE: LEAF

PROMOTION ENDS: 20 OCTOBER 2014

*All photos are from its respective websites.

There are further discounts on other brands, check out with the following discount codes:

  • Shop at Kate Spade with the following 25% discount code: F14FFUS
  • Shop at Forever21 with the  following extra 30% discount code: TAKE30
  • Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue with the following 25% discount code: FRNFAM

Enjoy the discount codes and have fun shopping!

DIY Marni-Inspired Embellished Sandals

So these Marni embellished sandals have been on my DIY list for the longest time ever but I didn’t want to have to buy an uncomfortable pair just to embellish. However last week while I was in Bangkok, Thailand, I found these faux leather strap sandals which were not only cheap but comfortable! Win!

I am now super happy to be able to DIY my own pair! There are so many Marni-inspired embellished sandals tutorials around, with varying designs but here’s mine so do take a read below:

Here’s what you need:

– strapped sandals
– rhinestones in various sizes
– E6000 glue
– skewer stick (for easier applying)

Step #1:

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the vapours are really strong! Dab some glue on the sides of the back of the rhinestone.

Step #2:

Stick the square rhinestone in the middle of the first strap.

Step #3:

Attach the round rhinestones next to the square.

Step #4:

Attach the oval rhinestones next!

Step #5:

Lastly, attach the teardrop rhinestone at the sides of the oval rhinestones. As this is towards the end of the strap, the rhinestones may slide. Do press it down slowly so that it can set for the first few minutes and not move.

Step #6:

Once you are done with one pair, continue with the other pair!

Voila! You have embellished sandals!

Enjoy your Marni-inspired embellished sandals, I know I am!

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