DIY Crochet Halter Top

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hello!! I made this yonks ago but never got around to showing you. Better late than never, amirite? This DIY was created when I was in the city one day and saw all these crochet halter tops everywhere for ridiculous prices, and I set myself the goal of making one myself for free with some blue and silver yarn my Grandma gave me a while ago. It's pretty perfect for lazy beach days or festivals. A word of warning- I've written this DIY assuming a base level of crochet knowledge, otherwise if I'd explained every stitch it would have gotten very very long! For complete beginners, have a look at this helpful website for a better explanation of each stitch and that should get you well on your way. This top is also totally customisable- once you've learnt the basic stitches, you can add whatever details you like. I chose to make eyelets and a contrasting middle yolk but you could just as easily leave that out and do something completely different! You could even make a back panel if the halter top isn't your thing!

5mm crochet hook
Yarn of your choice (Preferably medium to heavy weight)

1// Make a slip knot and then create a loose foundation chain. Continue the chain until it is long enough to wrap around your ribs (or however wide you would like the top to be).

2// Begin to build on the chain you have created with a row of single crochet stitches. Continue adding rows of single crochet until the piece measures about 12cm, depending on how cropped you'd like it to be. The more rows you add in this step, the longer the top will go down your torso.

3// Begin a new single crochet row as usual, but stop in the middle of the row. Instead of continuing on along the row, turn your work around and crochet back the way you came. When you get the end of that row, don't crochet into the final stitch.

4// Continue single crocheting this one side. Continue to miss the last stitch at the end of each row; this is what will make a triangle shape. Continue doing this until you reach the 'point' of the triangle.

5// When you finish crocheting your triangle, slip stitch around the entire outer edge of the triangle.

 6// Repeat steps 3 to 5 on the other side of your work, to create another triangle.

7// To make the textured yolk, treble crochet across the space between the two triangles, starting from the bottom point at the base of the triangles and working your way up.
8// This is totally optional but I decided to add eyelets into the pattern to give it a bit more texture. To create the eyelets,  I simply left the end of every second row without crocheting it into the slip stitches of the triangles, to create a little hole. 

9// Continue steps 7 and 8 until you reach the points of the triangles. Cast off! 
10// How you want the back to look is completely up to you. I made two short chains, which I then attached to the top points of the triangles and tied together to go around my neck. I then made two longer chains, which I attached to the bottom corners to make a halter tie.

And there you have it! Let me know if you try this!  Have a great week x


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Dress- Dotti // Belt- thrifted // Boots- Rubi // Necklace- ASOS

I finished my second year of uni yesterday and BOY does it feel great to be free!! I've spent the first day of the summer holidays working on blog posts, playing around with camera settings and picking up some old craft projects. As for my summer plans, I have about a month of lazing around the house and hanging out with friends and then I'm going to Vietnam for four weeks, which is very exciting! I've never travelled there before, so if you have any recommendations of places to visit do let me know in the comments, I'd love to read them!

I picked up this dress a while ago but only just got around to wearing it. I love the whole off-the-shoulder thing that's been going around for ages, which is so perfect for summer. The mustard colour is probably my favourite colour to dress in at the moment. I'm not sure if it's because warm yellows, reds and browns remind me of Autumn (my favourite month), or whether they just suit me better than cooler tones, but I'm always so drawn to wearing those colours. I left the rest of the outfit quite simple, with some black boots and a bolo necklace.

Hope you're all doing well, and good luck to those of you who are still in the middle of exams! x

current makeup favourites

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Hello pals! It's been a while!

I've been getting a bit more into makeup lately. Up until now I've known how to do only one 'look' that I use every time I go out, but recently I've been branching out and trying some new products which I've really been enjoying. 

I picked up this matte eyeshadow palette from ChiChi, and have been really loving it! I thought I'd go a little out of my comfort zone (usually I just stick to brown tones), and try some different shades. They are all really pigmented and don't crease at all.

I've been using this Model's Prefer mineral powder as both a highlight and a blush for the past few weeks, and I've got to say that's it's probably my favourite product at the moment! I'm so pale so I've been having real difficulty finding a highlighter that doesn't look either muddy or like a ghost, and this is just perfect.

Much love to you all- let me know if you've tried either of these! 

Zoë x

ps. THANK YOU for your beautiful comments on my last post. Your kind words truly made my day, and made me feel much better about taking a little break. x


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Hello friends! It feels like a really long time since my last post- not even a month, but it just feels like the longest time. I wanted to write a quick post about my frequent blogging hiatuses, and feelings of creativity and everything that goes along with that.

Anyone who's been following this blog for any length of time will have noticed that my posting is spasmodic at best. It's not that I don't love blogging, or that I find it a chore in any way. I genuinely adore it and the whole blogging process gives me so much joy, being able to do everything I love wrapped up in one fabulous hobby. I blog because I want to share my thoughts with other people, and create things, and take photos and write about fashion and post the odd photo of my cat. But I think that for quite a while now I forgot these basic reasons why I started blogging in the first place.

You'll have noticed if you've been reading B&L for a while that each year I've set myself the goal of posting once a week. Each time, I'll stick to it for a couple of weeks or a month at the most, but then I'll lose inspiration and get caught up in uni and just won't have the time to post. I feel this is a bit of an endless cycle for me; the more time that goes without posting, the more pressured I feel to produce content and so blogging ends up hanging over my head a bit. This has happened so many times and is just such a creativity killer for me.

I really care about this little space and I think I've gotten too caught up in writing for other people. I don't want to post something unless it's really high quality and my very best work. This is great in theory, but in reality it has meant that I get demoralised when an idea doesn't turn out how I originally envisaged it and I don't end up posting anything at all. I also get quite conflicted with the sort of content I want to be producing. I have grown to love fashion so much more since leaving school and really want to shift my blog to focus more on that aspect. But, on the flip side, will I come off as narcissistic? I also am yet to get over my embarrassment/reluctance around having people take photos of my outfits in public, which is obvi a major roadblock in the way for someone who wants to make fashion-related content.

I've been thinking a lot about this, and have decided it's time to bring it back to why I started blogging in the first place. From now on, I'm going to focus on what I want to write about and remind myself that this is all about expressing my own creativity. I don't want to set any big posting expectations on myself, either- I'll post when I want to and when I feel the creative urge. I'm not going to kick myself over not posting, or worry that I'm posting too much and oversaturating my readers. Some weeks I might post a lot and other times I won't, and that's okay.

I'm not entirely sure what changes (if any) there will be to the actual content of my blog, but you can expect:

 more fashion posts
 more little DIYs
 more bits and bobs about my life
 more videos
 more writing

While I do want to create content that I want to create, I also want to make sure it's things that you will enjoy. So please leave me a comment with any thoughts you might have- I am open to anything and would truly love to hear your thoughts on all this!

In conclusion, thank you so much to all of you who have stuck around and read my ramblings- I truly appreciate you all and am so incredibly thankful for your support! I'm so excited to embrace this change and start creating freely once again. Much love x


Monday, 4 July 2016

Hello! It is me! I am alive! My expression in the above photo pretty aptly describes all da feelz I'm having about this post. ASOS has been one of my go-to websites for online shopping for ages, and it is such a pleasure to be collaborating with them on this post for their Layer Up Australia campaign. I'll stop rabbiting on- behold my 3 top tips on how I'm layering knitwear this winter!

1. Start with good basics

Australia usually has very mild winters but sometimes it can get downright chilly. I like to wear a basic skivvy when layering up- something that's light enough and thin enough to be worn under other jumpers, but is still warm in its own right.

Top c/o ASOS, Cotton On jeans. 

2. Add denim

Another  ~insider tip~  is to layer jumpers with a trusty old denim jacket. This is my all-day-every-day-go-to winter outfit and if you see me between June-August you probably think I never wash my clothes because I wear this so often. I layered the jumper and jacket on over the striped skivvy for extra warmth.

Jumper c/o ASOS, thrifted jacket, Cotton On jeans.

3. Release all ur boho vibes

I never thought that there would be such a thing as a boho cardigan but THERE IS and it is pretty much the best thing of time. I love to keep the boho vibes going all winter long with this coin-trimmed cardigan that makes chiming sounds when you walk. I'm wearing it over a knitted top, and layered jewellery over the top to compliment the coin trim and break up the layers of knitwear. Take that, gloomy winter weather! You will never be able to stop me from dressing like I'm still in Byron!

Coin trim cardigan c/o ASOS, Chicabooti knitted top, Topshop necklace, Cotton On jeans.

And there we have it! Really hope you enjoyed, and a huge thank you again to ASOS for making this post possible! Have a look at the interactive map below to see what other bloggers from around Australia came up with for the Layer Up campaign. Catchya later internet pals x


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hey friends! Ya girl is back with another youtube video- I am a massive fan of thrifting/op shopping so thought I'd share some of the recent thrifted items that I've picked up! I am so bad at Youtube lel so sorry in advance for the sound/quality/general awkwardness, but I really hope you enjoy nevertheless! 

I had a great time filming this for you and would really appreciate any video suggestions that you'd like to see. Also, I'd love to connect with you so leave me a comment if you have a youtube channel and I will definitely check it out! Much love x


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hey internet pals! I'M BACK after a way-too-long hiatus. Within a couple of days back at uni I realised I'd seriously overstretched myself time-wise and unfortunately blogging was once again put on the back burner. I hate it when I feel like I don't have time to blog- photography and writing are things that make me so incredibly happy, and it's so wonderful to be able to share it all in this little space. I'm working on getting back into it, slowly but surely, so keep an eye out for some new content! I've just finished filming another youtube video too, which will be up in the next few days!

I got an email a little while ago from the lovely people behind Stay lean tea, a tea detox that is all-natural and laxative-free. Not going to lie, I have always been pretty skeptical of these tea detox programs, but since Stay lean tea was all natural I thought I would give it a go! They were kind enough to send me their 14 day detox programme to review. 

I followed the detox programme for two weeks, drinking a cup of the Burner tea every morning and a cup of Cleanse tea every second afternoon. I didn't alter other food or drink at all, just ate what I normally would on a day-today basis.

Lean Burner tea (morning): Longing green leaf, Pu'erh tea leaf, oolong leaf, lotus leaf, lemon grass, dandelion leaf, goji berry
Lean Cleanse tea (afternoon): chamomile, rose flower, lavender, roselle, lemon grass, longjing green leaf.

- I was expecting the tea to not taste the greatest, but I was really pleasantly surprised by how tasty it    actually was!

- Since the tea came in teabags instead of loose leaf, it was super easy to use

- After the first week I did definitely notice an improvement in my energy levels. I felt alert in class and had less trouble waking up and getting out of bed in the morning

- I really liked how natural the tea was; using natural ingredients rather than harmful laxatives or other substances

- Staylean Tea claims to burn fat and reduce bloating, however I didn't notice any weight loss at all. 


Overall, while I didn't experience any weight loss, I did feel a lot healthier and more energised and so I would definitely recommend this product! Have any of you tried a tea detox? If so, let me know how it went in the comments! x

Thrift Haul (Video)

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Hi there internet friends! So I decided to hop back on the youtube bandwagon! Longtime readers may remember some extremely dubious vids that came your way early last year- the only way was up from there, so I hope that the new ones I've put up recently have been at least a bit less dubious!

Behold, another thrift haul. This will surprise none of you seeing as 90% of my time is either spent thrifting or patting cats. I've been having a really good run at the opshops lately, and managed to find some really lovely vintage pieces which I have included in this haul. Exciting times!

I'd love to know what you think of this and whether videos is something you'd like me to do every so often. Also, please let me know if any of you have a youtube channel as I'd love to have a look.

Much love!


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy Thursday, fabulous people! Here I am again, writing a post at 1 in the morning... I think I'm incapable of a normal sleep schedule. But no ragretz because I felt a sudden burst of creativity and decided to make good use of it by writing up some new blog content. Yay for productive 1am wake ups!

I'm not usually one for making New Years Resolutions (bc let's be honest, who actually keeps them?) but this year I've set myself a few goals that I hope to accomplish throughout the year. Read on!


Take time out for you. In 2015 I was definitely guilty of over-scheduling and not taking time each week to do something for myself. 2016 is set to be an equally, if not busier year, but I'm determined to make a set day each week to relax and rewind without the stress of other commitments.

Learn a new language. 2015 marked the end of my formal French studies, which was both a relief and also a pretty sad occasion. Luckily for me, my mum speaks French to me at home so I will hopefully be able to keep it up to a good standard! In 2016 I want to make it a priority to start taking my Swahili studies seriously. I also picked up a Hindi language course while I was in India that I want to start as well.

Go meat-free at least twice a week. This one shouldn't be too hard as my family don't eat meat every day anyway, but I do want to make a conscious effort to cut down.

Be confident in your own ability. This year I'm starting my second year of uni, as well as taking on a volunteering position that involves managing and coordinating a number of volunteers. While I'm super excited for both of these things, its very easy to start doubting your own ability when you're faced with new challenges. In 2016, I want to make sure I trust in myself to be able to manage whatever challenge is thrown at me!


Post at least once a week. This is on my New Years Resolutions list every year, but so far I've never been able to stick to it. I have a tendency to procrastinate on blog posts, but in 2016 I am determined to properly plan out my posts a month in advance so I can ensure quality, consistent content all year round.

More OOTD posts. I started posting fashion-related posts more and more towards the end of 2015, and I realised that I absolutely loved fashion blogging and you guys seemed to really enjoy the posts too! In 2016 I'm hoping to definitely do more of these types of posts- the only challenge is finding someone to take my photos on a regular basis!

Start a Youtube channel. Say wat? Yes, it's true! You guys have been asking me for ages whether or not I'm going to be starting up a Youtube channel to go along with my blog, but I never got around to it. But after looking through the responses to my recent reader survey I realised that video content is something you would really love to see on B&L! I hope to make regular Youtube videos during 2016.

This last point leads me onto my other big announcement... I made my first Youtube video! The video is just a little introduction to say howdy to the YT community. Sorry for my awkwardness- I am totally not used to talking to a camera but I'm sure I'll improve over time! I have a few video ideas, mainly revolving around fashion and DIYs, but I would love to know what sort of videos you guys would like to see! Please let me know in the comments so I can get started creating some more vids for you guys! I'm hardly following anyone at the moment, so let me know if you guys have youtube channels and I'll be sure to check them out.

It's now 2am so I should probably (definitely) get some much-needed shut eye. Until next time, internet friends! x


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Tree of Life top // Ally skirt // Nimbin necklace

Happy New Year frands!! While I was in Byron I thought I’d take advantage of the beautiful scenery across the road and shoot this little post for you all. This was my first time taking blog photos with REAL PEOPLE WALKING PAST and not gonna lie, it was preeetty awkward… every single surfer and runner in Byron Bay seemed to have decided to go out at the exact same time as us, which ended with quite a few questioning stares from people. The things I do for blogging! But HEY it’s all good because the photos turned out really nice and it felt a lot more professional than my backyard! 

My reader survey is still open- thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill it out so far, I’ve been really blown away by the amount of people who’ve done it and your comments have been so helpful and lovely! If you haven’t done so already, you can fill it out here.  Happy Monday! x