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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:

CINNAMONSPRING Off Shoulder

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):

DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

So I’ve had this DIY tutorial buried deep in the recesses of my phone from more than a year ago (woah!), and it was only when somebody recently commented on my Instagram photo if the DIY tutorial was up yet  – that I realized I had forgotten to post it up. Oops. DIY clear clutches were all the rage for the last two years but the great thing about the clear clutch is that they suit almost every outfit perfectly. I actually wanted a personalized clutch with my initials on it (‘SMT’) so the clear clutch was the best DIY option for me. I’ve had this bag for more than a year now, and it still looks amazing!

Read on more below on how to make your own DIY embellished clear clutch:

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

What you need:

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

As I wanted black lettering, and couldn’t find any in the hardware shop – I decided to spray paint my own!

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Work outdoors due to the fumes, make sure spraying is done on surfaces which you can throw away (i.e. old newspapers). Shake the spray can, spray from a distance (according to the can’s instructions), and spray from above.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Let the first coat dry before adding another coat. Let completely dry for a few minutes. Do the same for all the letters.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Dab some E6000 glue onto the back of the letters. Make sure you’ve covered all edges and sides!

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Stick the middle letter FIRST, in the middle of the clutch to avoid non-symmetrical lines. Then add on the other letters.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Dab some glue onto the rhinestone backs, and start from the corners. I stuck one Round Navy Rhinestone at each corner.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

From there, I branched out 2 Navy Marquise Rhinestones. Lastly, I added a Clear Marquise Rhinestone between the 2 Navy ones.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

I wanted to add a little pizzaz to my lettering, so I added 5 Turquoise Marquise Rhinestones as a headdress for my ‘S’.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

Voila! I now have a personalized initialed clutch!

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

I had so many raving comments on this, that some friends had asked me to make some for them too.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Embellished Clear Clutch

DIY clutch, DIY neon studded cuff & DIY embellished Havaianas

Afraid of too much transparency? Just slip in a coin pouch inside, and you’re ready to go! Have fun DIY-ing your own clear clutch!

DIY Wedding Shoes

Noting how anything related to weddings seem to be on the pricier side these days, many are resorting to DIY their wedding. This is great because you have control over what you want, especially in making your wedding that extra special and intimate!

Earlier in the year, I was given the honors to DIY a pair of wedding shoes for a friend. Being the practical one as she is, she decided on a pair of comfortable peep-toe kitten heels that she would also be able to wear for work. She showed me some designs that she had in mind, and wanted to embellish the front and back of the shoe. So below are photos of the shoes, and some steps on how to DIY them. Read on more:

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Wedding Shoes

What you need:

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Wedding Shoes

Always try out designs onto the shoes before gluing them on. Here, I decided on a leaf motive. I started in a ‘V’ shape, and glued the rhinestones further up. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the E6000 glue is strong smelling. For each rhinestone that is stuck on, press on it lightly for a minute before moving on to the next rhinestone.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Wedding Shoes

For the back of the heels, follow the structure of the pair of heels so that the rhinestones are fully adhered onto the surface of the heels. As usual, try out a few designs first before gluing the rhinestones onto the heels. Here, I started from bottom-up. Let the glue dry completely for at least 24 hours for best lasting results.

CINNAMONSPRING DIY Wedding Shoes

Voila! Transform a pair of normal heels into wedding shoes, and personalize to your own taste and preference.

 

Last photo by Sih Han Lim photography

I was so happy to see my friend looking absolutely gorgeous in her wedding heels. It complemented her wedding dress, and overall style. The back of the heels definitely added an edge and I am so glad that she loved it! They are a beautiful couple, and I wish them all the love and happiness in their marriage together.

NEW COLLECTION: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery

I am excited to unveil Cinnamon Spring’s NEW jewellery limited collection! Rope has always been one of my favourite materials to work with, but druzy agate stones have been sparking my interest as of late. I love the raw jagged cuts of a stone, especially when it has a coat of fine crystals that bounces light beautifully.

This jewellery collection was named “MAYAMIKO”, which means “gratitude” for there are many things to be grateful about. In this MAYAMIKO collection, I have designed 5 designs. These stone rope necklaces make the perfect addition to your outfit to take you from day to night!

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

Customisation is available for the colour and length only. The length is best as a short necklace. The colour of the stones is customisable to the following 4 hues of colours: Charcoal/Midnight, Lavender/Pink, Cobalt/Sky and Yellow/Mustard. Be quick to choose your colours as some are selling out! Picture below is an illustration of some of the available stones.

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

To order, please email: write.to.cinnamonspring@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. All prices do not include shipping (worldwide shipping available).

If you wanted to know the meaning behind the names chosen for each piece, read on! DAYO means “Joy Awaits“, AMARA is “Eternal“, RUFARO means “Happiness” and ZURI is “Beautiful“. Scroll on down to see the MAYAMIKO collection:

Design #1: The ‘DAYO’ necklace

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

RM 45 / USD 13

Material: Rope (width is 1″), single druzy agate stone, gold studs, gold bars. Length: 21″ (extenders available)

Design #2: The ‘AMARA’ necklace

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery CollectionRM 40 / USD 12

Material: Rope (width is 1″), single druzy agate stone (colour customisable), gold studs. Length: 20″ (extenders available)

Design #3: The ‘ZURI’ necklace

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery CollectionRM 50 / USD 15

Material: Rope (width is 1″), double druzy agate stones (colour customisable), gold studs. Length: 20″ (extenders available)

Design #4: The ‘RUFARO’ necklace

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery CollectionRM 60 / USD 17

Material: Rope (width is 1″), triple druzy agate stone (colour customisable), gold studs. Length: 21″ (extenders available)

Design #5: The ‘AMARA’ bracelet

Cinnamon Spring: MAYAMIKO Rope Jewellery Collection

RM 30 / USD 9 (per bracelet)

Material: Rope (width is 1″), single druzy agate stone (colour customisable), gold studs. Length: Fit to size (please indicate wrist size)

I hope you love this collection as much as I do, and I just want to thank you all for the support shown to me on my DIY adventures. So much love! x

DIY Rhinestone Sandals

So I’ve been seeing a lot of asymmetrical designs of rhinestones/gems/stones on dresses, tops and shoes. Normally I’m all about symmetry but the free design of the asymmetrical placing of stones do appeal to me. Hence, the asymmetrical rhinestone sandals DIY! So easy, so quick and so luxurious too. Read on more below:

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

What you need:

  • Plain sandals. Mine are plain burgundy sandals from Charles & Keith.
  • Rectangle emerald rhinestones from DIYKL
  • Marquise green rhinestones from DIYKL
  • E6000 glue or any superglue which dries clear

The How-To:

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

Dab some glue on the backing of the bigger rhinestone, which are the rectangle ones.

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

Stick the rhinestones in various directions, because asymmetry is the key!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

Now dab glue on the backings of the marquise rhinestones and fill the gaps between the rectangle ones!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

Repeat the same steps with the other pair. Let it dry for at least a few hours to one day before wearing out!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

The asymmetrical design is so easy to achieve, simply because you’re not bothered by proper lines!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Rhinestone Sandals

What a luxurious update to any plain pair of sandals. Now, please excuse me while I go and enjoy my asymmetrical rhinestone sandals!

DIY DYLANLEX Inspired 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!

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