A few Vietnam snaps

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A collection of photos from my recent trip to Vietnam. We travelled all around the country, but the majority of these photos were taken in Sapa, Halong Bay and Hué. Such a beautiful, beautiful country that is well worth a visit! Enjoy! x






 


DIY Fringed Hem Jeans

Monday, 27 February 2017


Up until very recently, you could never find me in anything other than skinny jeans during the winter. It's only been in the last few months that I've grown to love wide leg, flared and printed jeans that I would have had no idea how to style a year ago! 

These jeans were actually a hand-me-down from a family friend. When I got them, they were bootlegs that were much to long for me. They've been sitting in my wardrobe for a good 6 months until yesterday, when I decided to cut them up and DIY the heck out of them. This is the result! They turned out much better than expected and I'm absolutely in love with the look of the fringed hem- these will definitely be my go-to jeans this winter. 

What you need
Literally all you need for this DIY is an old pair of jeans and a seam ripper or unpicker.




Method

1// Cut the jeans to your desired length. I chose to cut mine so that they were slightly cropped.
2// Use your seam ripper to unpick about 3 cm of stitches on the vertical seams on both sides of the legs. Remove all the threads from the seams.
3// Now to start fringing! You should see that there are a few threads starting to come loose from where you cut your jeans. Pull these out to start the fringing process.
4// Use your seam ripper to unpick the threads running horizontally. It's easiest if you turn your jeans inside out so you can see the threads more easily.

5// Continue pulling out all of the horizontal threads until the fringe is length that you would like.
6// Wash and dry your jeans as usual. And voila! You're done!

 Hope you enjoyed this little DIY! Much love x




thrifting tips

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Thrifting has been a huge hobby of mine for quite a while now. If I'm honest I only started opshopping because I'm a broke bitch who loves clothes (see my conundrum?) but the more I've been transitioning to buying second hand in replace of fast fashion, the more benefits I see to it. Firstly, it's obviously a great way to save money, but it's also great because it doesn't contribute to a fashion industry that relies on heavily under-paid and disenfranchised workers. I also love it because I feel like it's another way of giving to charity; most of the places I thrift at (Salvos, Good Sammy's, Vinnies etc) use the profits directly in their community outreach work, so it's a win-win situation!

It can definitely be confusing and a bit overwhelming walking into a huge opshop for the first time and having no idea where to start. This definitely put me off getting into thrifting for a long time, and I would have really liked some pointers on how to best tackle thrifting! I've outlined some little tips and tricks for you below to hopefully make the thrifting process a little less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable.

1// Embrace the mess!
The sorry site of rows and rows of overstuffed, disorganised clothes racks can definitely be overwhelming. I say- embrace it! Unlike normal shopping, I like to think of an afternoon spent at the opshop as an event of sorts; the whole process of searching through the mess is part of the experience, and makes it that much sweeter when you do find a gem.

2// Look at every item
Everyone says it, but it really does pay to look through every single item on the rack. The treasures are hidden in amongst a whole lot of pretty ugly clothes, so simply skimming over everything will likely have you leaving the store empty-handed. Alternatively, if the store is simply enormous or you don't have a lot of time, you could always head straight for the colour palettes that you most like to wear and only look through those. Quite a lot of opshops colour-code their clothes, so that makes it even easier!

3// Try everything on
Pretty self-explanatory! Trying things on will also mean that you'll be able to see any stains or holes in the clothes before you buy them.

4// Don't rush
I never like to go opshopping unless I know I have no time constraints. Whenever I've ducked in to an opshop on my way somewhere else, or if I've had limited time, it's never worked out well. I think it really comes down to the fact that thrifting is a pretty time-consuming thing, so it's best to not rush and just take your time!

5// Research warehouse sales beforehand
This is probably more for actual vintage or curated stores rather than your average thrift store. Vintage stores will often post on facebook before they have a big warehouse sale, so it's always worth following your local ones on their social media to make sure you don't miss out on sales.

6// Look in different sections
I always make sure to look in different sections when thrifting. The men's section always has the best tshirts, and the sleepwear section is great for finding silk slips to layer over shirts.

And there we have it, phew! Hopefully some of those tips are helpful for you. Much love! x