Thrift Haul (Video)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


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!

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

tropicana

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

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

homeward bound

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hello you lot!!

Has it been a hot minute since my last post or what! I hope you all had a wonderful festive period and enjoyed Christmas, Hanukkah or anything else you celebrate. As you probably already know from my excessive insta-spamming, I've just returned from a month-long adventure in Vietnam. I won't bore you with the details just yet (that will have to wait for an upcoming post all about the trip!), but in short it was bloody incredible and a must-see travel destination for anyone planning to visit South East Asia. This is just a lil post letting you know I'm back and super pumped to get back into things blog-wise over the summer.

Here's to a wonderful 2017! x