Life in Hong Kong

Monday, 5 March 2018

Hello hello!!! How are things!

Life has certainly turned topsy-turvy since my last post. Those of you who follow my instagram will know that at the beginning of the year, I packed up my life into two suitcases and moved to Hong Kong! I'm here on a government scholarship, and will be in Hong Kong for around 6 months. After that I'm going to be spending the rest of the year in Nepal. Needless to say, it has definitely been a huge shake up but I have enjoyed every second of it and am so excited to see what the next year brings.

I'm currently studying full-time at a Hong Kong university, which has been really wonderful. I'm living on campus and have been lucky enough to meet so many people from all over the world. My classes are quite full-on, but they are all super interesting and I'm quite enjoying the feeling of full-on study after 2 years of taking a smaller course load to fit in with my outside work.

I'm planning to continue updating B&L throughout the year to share my travel, and of course lots of photography! I've also started posting a lot more regularly on my youtube, which is very exciting and something that I've been loving doing. I really enjoy editing videos and plan to make it a semi-regular thing this year. Below are two of my latest videos! One is a little compilation video of the first 24 hours I spent in Hong Kong. The other is my first vlog, documenting a typical week in my life in Hong Kong as I tried to decorate my room.

Another little update- I decided to change the name of my youtube channel to 'Zoë Fau' instead of Bramble and Lace. What do you guys think? I've been enjoying the change, as I was beginning to feel as though good old B&L was not super representative of the content I wanted to be making. I'm going to keep my blog name the same for now, but I would be really interested to hear what you think about my old vs new content name.

Much love!

Bohemian Denim Jacket DIY

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hello hello lovely people!! I am SO EXCITED about today's post. I finished this denim jacket DIY a little while ago, but never had time to collate all the photos together into a post. It's finally here!

This jacket is by far my favourite thing I've ever made. I've been seeing bohemian denim jackets a lot over the past couple of years, but the price tags kept putting me off. So I made one myself! I used a combination of fabric I found at opshops, hand stitched detailing, and embellishments to decorate the jacket. Everything I used was either second hand or already in my craft basket. I'm so so pleased with how it turned out!

Below is a sort-of tutorial going over my process for making this bohemian jacket. It isn't a super detailed DIY, because a lot of my process evolved as I was making the jacket and it all depends on the fabric you use. But I hope this guide will be helpful nevertheless! If you plan on making a similar jacket, be warned that this is not something that can be done in a night! All up, this jacket took me a good few weeks to finish, working on and off. But I think the end result is definitely worth it!

Materials I Used
Denim jacket
Fabric scraps and embellishments of your choice
Needle and thread
Fabric glue
Tracing paper
Craft scissors
The first thing I did was lay out my jacket and start brainstorming about how to lay out my various fabric scraps and embellishments. I toyed with a few different designs before settling on this one.

Next, I used baking paper to trace the shape of the jacket panel I wanted to cover. I then used this as a template when I cut out my different fabric pieces.

Once I cut out all the fabric and decided on the final design, I glued everything down using strong-hold fabric glue. You could alternatively skip this and go straight to sewing, but I found glueing everything down before sewing made life 1000 times easier by keeping everything in place.

After glueing down the main embellishments and fabric pieces, I added coin trim and other smaller embellishments to make the jacket design more detailed. At this point I also added some hand stitched details to the design.

Then, I hand-sewed everything down! I chose to hand-sew rather than use a machine because I was sewing through multiple layers of fabric as well as delicate embellishments, so hand-sewing gave me much more control. 

And voila! That's how I made this jacket. I love it so much and am already starting work on a second one- I can't stop! Really hope you enjoyed! Much love x


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Shirt- Good Sammy's / Skirt- Paper Scissors / Boots- Doc Martens / Necklace- ASOS

Hello hello! Back at it with another fashion post. I got this very loud, very colourful Hawaiian shirt from the op shop a while ago, and it's become a staple in my wardrobe ever since. I can totally imagine a grandma wearing it in the 80s! Anyone who knows me in real life will probably have noticed I wear a lot of very colourful clothes, so this is right up my alley.

In other news, a few weeks ago I started back at uni for the year. I'm in my third year now, which is a weird and kind of crazy realisation. I'm taking some really interesting classes this semester so I'm actually pretty happy to be back in the swing of things uni-wise after such a long summer break.

How's your semester going? Much love! x