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SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper ClutchAre you also always starting many new projects and have a ton of leftover pieces of fabric that are too small to turn into something wearable, but too pretty to throw away? Well, do I have a great solution for! Turn them into a patchwork clutch!

And no, by patchwork I don’t mean a granny style purse, but an on-trend geometric zipper clutch that is both practical and pretty.

I have made a bunch of these in a variety of fabrics and they always turn out wonderful. You might recognise the fabrics from my Mollie Makes projects or my latest collaboration with Spoonflower. The combinations are endless and you just simply can’t go wrong here.

DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

SUPPLIES

– 3 pieces of scrap fabric
– Lining fabric
– Zipper
– Piece of paper
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Scissors
– Pins
– Sewing Machine

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 1

– Take your piece of paper and place your zipper at the top. Cut the paper in the same width as the zipper.

– Decide the length of your clutch and add 1 cm at the top and 1 cm the bottom of that size.

– Cut the piece of paper.

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STEP 2

– Draw 2 lines within your clutch template to create the patchwork look.

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STEP 3

– Cut the patchwork pieces out of the paper. Mark the individual pieces to remember where each goes.

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STEP 4

– Place the patchwork template pieces on your pieces of scrap fabric and cut them out.

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STEP 5

– Sew two of the fabric pieces together. And fold the crease at the back open.

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STEP 6

– Attach the last piece of fabric to the rest and fold the back crease open.

– Repeat step 3 to 6 for the back of the clutch.

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STEP 7

– Place your patchwork piece on top of the lining and cut the shape out twice.

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STEP 8

– Place your zipper along the length of the patchwork piece of fabric. with right sides together.

– Position a piece of lining fabric on top of the zipper with the right side facing down and raw edges aligned.

– Pin and sew along the top of the zipper.

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STEP 9

– Fold your layers open so the patchwork fabric and zipper are right sides up, with the lining fabric layered underneath.

– Top stitch along the seam, close to the edge of the zipper.

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STEP 10

– Repeat step 8 and 9, with the remaining pieces of fabric.

– Open the zipper

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STEP 11

– Pin both the patchwork pieces and the lining pieces right sides together.

– Sew around all four edges leaving a small opening in the bottom of the lining.

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STEP 12

– Turn the clutch right sides out through the opening in the lining.

– Sew the opening in the lining shut with a straight stitch along the seam.

– Push the lining neatly inside the clutch.

 

* Styling tip: attach a ribbon to the zipper for a finished look

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Once you have made your template in steps 1 to 3, you can make as many clutches as you want in a variety of styles.

Mix and match different types of scrap fabric and make your own clutch collection! They make great gifts!


 

Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a pile of fabric scraps that are suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade clutch today!

DIY it, BUY it, it is up to you.

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SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

Today I am sharing my collaboration with the amazing Spoonflower with you! I designed my own fabrics and used them for this robe coat project. I documented every step of the way, to make sure that you can also do this project at home and design your own fabric and make your own coat!

Let’s start at the beginning: Spoonflower, which is an awesome digital printing company that prints custom fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap, opened a new location right around the corner from my house. I already was a big fan of their work, and grabbed the opportunity to stop by and take a look at what they do. And after seeing the entire process of how a design get’s printed onto their pretty fabrics and meeting the lovely people behind the scenes of such a creative company, I was thrilled to start my own project and share it with you!

The project

I have always wanted to make my own (winter) coat, since every year I struggle with finding the right colourful long coat for my figure (I am sure that I am not alone in this). Spoonflower has a very pretty faux suede fabric and it inspired me to use that for this coat project.

For the design, I went to my favourite inspirational source: the website of the Dutch Rijksmuseum. This museum offers a great archive of beautiful paintings and lets you download and use them for free (see also my temporary tattoo project).
I combined 4 paintings and redesigned them into a new print for the outside of the coat.
For the lining I used another part of a painting and turned it into a ‘falling leaves’ print.

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The timing for this print was perfect, because around the time that I was designing the print, Pantone released their new color of the year: Greenery. How on-trend am I?;)

For you

It wouldn’t be much fun to design and make all of this if I couldn’t share it with you. So this is a very detailed (30 steps to be exact) DIY project to make sure that you can also create this coat yourself!

– No sewing pattern needed, I made this coat project without a sewing pattern!
– You can design your own fabric for this project, or use the print that I designed.
– Don’t need a new coat? You can also simplify this project and use it to make a robe! Just skip the interfacing and lining parts and choose a pretty fabric that works for your new robe.

Are you ready to design and make your own coat? I suggest that you read the full step-by-step below before you start. There are 30 detailed steps to guide you through the process of making a no-pattern coat! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

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MATERIALS

– 4 meters of Faux Suede fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Satin lining fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Interfacing
– Snap Buttons x2
– Pins
– Scissors
– Sewing machine

– 1 Dress or coat for the basic shape of the coat
– 1 Coat to trace the sleeves

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STEP 1

– Place the fabric for the coat on a flat surface. Take a non-stretch dress or coat* in your size and place it flat and widespread onto the fabric. (it doesn’t need to have the length, that can be added later.

– Fold the arms of the dress/coat to the inside, to reveal the shoulder seam of the arm.

** The dress or coat should be a non-stretch a-line model with a high neckline at the back (the front neckline doesn’t matter), preferably slightly too large and definitely not too tight.

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STEP 2

– Decide the length of the coat and use pins to follow the side seam lines until you have reached your chosen length.

– Cut the fabric along the shape of the dress/coat, adding about 3cm around the sides and the top, and the added pinned line at the bottom. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut this shape again for the front.

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STEP 3

– Fold one of the pieces that you made in step 2 horizontally double.

– Cut the folded line open with your scissors to create the front opening of the coat.

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STEP 4

The back piece already has a neckline, but now we have to create the neckline of the 2 front pieces.

– To create a robe/like neckline, improvise by starting to cut a v-shape line from the shoulder seam downwards for about 30 cm. Making sure that the transition to the rest of the front is smooth(see the above photo)

– Repeat this for the other front piece.

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STEP 5

– Fold a piece of the faux suede fabric double.

– Place the piece of clothing that you choose for the sleeve pattern onto the folded fabric, with the longest seam (the line towards the shoulder) on the fold of the fabric.

– Trace the line of the sleeve adding 3 cm all around. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut the fabric with your scissors.

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STEP 6

– For the front folded seams, cut out 4 long pieces of faux suede fabric that can cover the entire vertical front of the ‘front seam’ and approximately 12 cm wide each.

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STEP 7

– Place the interfacing on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces and sleeves onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 8

– Place the lining fabric on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces, sleeves and 2 of the long strokes onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 9

– Place the interfacing of the sleeve fabric on a flat surface.

– Place one suede sleeve pattern piece, right side up, on top of the interfacing.

– Fold the outer sides inwards and pin and sew together.

– Repeat this for the other sleeve and the lining sleeves.

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STEP 10

– Place the interfacing back piece on a flat surface with the faux suede back piece on top (right side up).

– Place the two faux suede front pieces on top of that (right sides down). And place the accompanying interfacing on top of that.

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 11

– Place the lining back piece on a flat surface (right side up).

– Place the two lining front pieces on top of that (right sides down).

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 12

– Turn the 4 strips of faux suede into 2 longer strokes by sewing them together.

– Repeat this for the interfacing.

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STEP 13

– Place the interfacing on top of one of the long strips of faux suede.

– Attach them to the entire front opening of the coat, starting at the bottom and going all around, pinning the right sides together.

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STEP 14

– Once you have pinned the entire front of the coat to the strip of suede and interfacing, sew the pinned layers together.

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STEP 15

– Place the second long strip of faux suede fabric, face down, on top of the strip that you have just sewn to the front of the coat (both right sides should face each other).

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STEP 16

– Sew the pinned layers together and fold last added strip to towards the inside of the coat.

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STEP 17

– Pin and sew the folded part close to the egde to keep the fabric in place.

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STEP 18

Try the coat on and see how it fits. Right now it should fall loosely around your body, and the front opening should be able to fit across your stomach and hips.

– If you want the coat to have a more tailored look, you can use this step to make a few adjustments*, I decided to create a smaller waist and slightly tighter sleeves. Pin everything first, and try the coat on again to see how it fits and once you are happy with the look, sew the pinned lines and cut off any excess fabric.

** If the adjustments are minor, you can continue to the next step, if you decided to make the coat a lot smaller, make the same adjustments to your lining fabric before you continue.

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STEP 19

– Place the coat, right side up on a flat surface.

– Place your lining fabric, right side down, on top of the open coat.

– Try to match all of the seams together as possible and pin the front opening of the lining to the suede strip that you folded inwards in step 16 (right sides together)

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STEP 20

– If you would like to have a loop to hang up your coat, this would be the step to add it.

– Cut a small piece of faux suede and fold it twice horizontally.

– Sew along the middle of the horizontal line.

– Pin the piece to the middle of the neckline between the lining and collar, having the loop stick out on the right sides of the fabric.

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STEP 21

– Once you have pinned the strip to the lining, try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining. If necessary make any adjustments and sew the pinned parts together.

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STEP 22

– Fold the coat right sides out.

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STEP 23

– Take the left sleeve and place it on a flat surface.

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and place it on top of your faux suede sleeve, with the shoulder and side seems aligned.

– Cut the end of the lining sleeve slightly shorter (between 1cm and 2 cm) than the faux suede sleeve.

– Repeat this for the other side.

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STEP 24

– Fold the coat inside out with both fabrics right sides in.

– Place the coat on a flat surface and have the lining fabric on the left and the faux suede fabric on the right, with the sides of the coat in the middle and the sleeves out wide.

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STEP 25

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and the left sleeve of the faux suede fabric and place the openings together.

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STEP 26

– Pin the openings of the arms together, creating a circle.

– Sew the pinned lines.

– Repeat this for the other sleeves.

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STEP 27

– Fold the coat with the lining on the outside to check if the inside of the sleeves are sewn together correctly.

– You can sew the end of the sleeve or leave it like this.

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STEP 28

– Fold the coat right side out.

– Open the front of the coat and use a seam ripper or scissors to open approx. 3 cm of the bottom front lining of the coat.

– Repeat this for the other bottom front opening.

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STEP 29

– Fold the lining and the faux suede bottom of the coat inwards and pin them together.

– Try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining of the fabric, or if the lining is too loose and is visible at the bottom of the coat. Make any changes if necessary and keep trying it on until it fits perfect.

– Sew the bottom of the coat with your sewing machine, or sew it by hand, to avoid a visible stitch on the outside of the coat.

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STEP 30

– Try the coat on and fold the front openings across the front of your body. Find the best fit and mark the points that would keep the openings in place like this with a pin or fabric marker.

– Attach 2 snap buttons to the marked parts with needle and thread.

And that is it! You are a star!

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I really love how the coat turned out and it is definitely warm enough for the Berlin winter!
And since this was a very special project I had the talented Matthias of  www.der-gottwald.de take the result photos!

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Credits

Fabrics by Spoonflower
Photography by www.der-gottwald.de

FEATURE | Paper Peonies & Concrete Vase

FEATURE | Paper Peonies & Concrete Vase

Not one, but two projects that I made for the creative Mollie Makes magazine can be found in this months magazine! This time they had the wonderful idea of combining two projects and let them show off each others features together.

Since concrete is still one of my current fav materials (see my concrete jewellery DIY), this project couldn’t have come at a better time! I made this cilinder shaped concrete vase DIY and combined it with a paper peonies tutorial. The paper peonies turned out exactly as I had hoped, thanks to a secret technique;)
I love how the delicate paper flowers go so well with the grey concrete vase.

Are you ready to start pouring concrete and find out about my secrete paper peony technique? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with this tutorial.

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RECIPE | Sweet Potato & Goat’s Cheese Tart

RECIPE | Sweet Potato & Goat's-Cheese Tart

What to do when you don’t like to cook, but still want to eat healthy and have it look tasty at the same time? Bake!

I have been searching for new recipes online and I could never find something that I really liked, probably because I am a pretty picky eater and vegetarian. Oh, and not to mention a lazy chef..
Which is why my solution to my aversion to cooking has been baking meals that are freezable and portion controlled. It is just perfect! I only have to cook/bake when my freezer feels empty and since it involves baking, most of the time goes into waiting for the oven anyway: perfect!

I have been experimenting with veggie burgers, burritos and these pastry tarts. They are all great dishes, that go really well combined with a soup or salad.
For these tarts I picked my favourite winter food for the basis: sweet potato. It goes with everything, is filling and is such an easy vegetable to work with. I also added baked cherry tomatoes. I am not a big tomato fan, but when they are baked it changes everything! (and I guess I wouldn’t mind them on top of a pizza;)

I came up with this recipe after trying out a few different versions. But please feel free to change any ingredient that you don’t like, or add things that you do like. It is suitable for vegetarians, and it is definitely possible to use light versions of the cream and goat’s cheese.
For the vegans among us: you can substitute the egg for almond milk, the cream cheese for soy yoghurt and the goat’s cheese for vegan goat’s cheese (there is a great recipe here). Enjoy!

RECIPE:


– Follow the photo recipe here, or scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the complete recipe –

INGREDIENTS – for 4 big tarts

1 medium sized sweet potato (approx. 500g)

125g Cherry tomatoes

75g Cream cheese or Sour Cream

4 defrosted Puff Pastry Sheets

75g Goat’s Cheese

1 Onion

1 egg, for glazing

1 Clove Garlic

2tbsp Olive Oil

2tsp Salt

This recipe if suitable for vegetarians. 

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STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 225°C.
– Peel and cut the sweet potato in 3mm thick slices.
– Chop the onion and place it in an oven safe dish with the sweet potato slices.
– Add a tablespoon of olive oil and mix the onion and potato.
– Place the dish in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Stirring the ingredients after 10 minutes.

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STEP 2

– Take the onion and sweet potato slices out of the oven after 20-30minutes. reduce the oven to 180°C.
– Chop the clove of garlic and toss it into an oven safe dish with the cherry tomatoes.
– Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture.

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STEP 3

– Place the defrosted puff pastry sheets onto a lined baking tray.
– Cover the pastries with the cream cheese (or sour cream), leaving approx. 1 cm free all around.

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STEP 4

– Place the slices of sweet potato on top of the cream cheese.
– spread the onion over the sweet potato slices and top with the goat’s cheese.
– Beat the egg and brush it around the border of the pastry.

STEP 5

– Place the tray into the oven for 20-35 minutes.
– At the same time place the garlic and tomato mixture in the oven for the same duration. (they are baked separately to prevent the pastry from going ‘soggy’ in case the tomatoes burst in the oven)
– After 20-35 minutes take the tray and dish out of the oven and garnish the pastries with the garlic and tomatoes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.
They can be stored in the freezer and saved for later. (simply defrost them afterwards and heat them up in the oven on a low temperature)

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FULL RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 225°C.
– Peel and cut the sweet potato in 3mm thick slices.
– Chop the onion and place it in an oven safe dish with the sweet potato slices. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and mix the onion and potato.
– Place the dish in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Stirring the ingredients after 10 minutes.
– Take the onion and sweet potato slices out of the oven after 20-30minutes. reduce the oven to 180°C.
– Chop the clove of garlic and toss it into an oven safe dish with the cherry tomatoes. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture.
– Place the defrosted puff pastry sheets onto a lined baking tray.
– Cover the pastries with the cream cheese (or sour cream), leaving approx. 1 cm free all around. Place the slices of sweet potato on top of the cream cheese.
– spread the onion over the sweet potato slices and top with the goat’s cheese.
– Beat the egg and brush it around the border of the pastry.
– Place the tray into the oven for 20-35 minutes.
– At the same time place the garlic and tomato mixture in the oven for the same duration.
– After 20-35 minutes take the tray and dish out of the oven and garnish the pastries with the garlic and tomatoes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.
They can be stored in the freezer and saved for later. (simply defrost them afterwards and heat them up in the oven on a low temperature)

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The City

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The CitySo you are packing your suitcase for a fun city break, you pack your sunglasses, toiletries, favourite outfits, picture of your cat, etc. Until you have everything in order except the most challenging packing item of all: formal shoes.

Which brings me to todays very girly topic: How is anyone supposed to wear heels in the city?

And by city I mean every location that is a challenge to walk on in stilettos. This might sound like an extremely strange question, because the answer could simply be: just do not wear heels when you plan on going for a long walk or when you hit challenging sidewalks.
But.. did you ever see those photos on Pinterest of fashionable girls calling for a cab in New York City, looking flawless and wearing jaw dropping heels?
Well, I planned on being one of those girls when I first went to NYC. Until I realised that I can’t afford to take cabs everywhere, and that many buildings do not have elevators, etc. etc. There I was in my pretty Carrie Bradshaw dress and holding my pretty heels in my hand when changing into flats. While flats are my go-to shoe wear in the summer, I just could not except that the city pavement had beaten me. Making me challenge myself to find ‘heels’ that will work and make me happy when wearing them since my current home is also in a big-cobblestone-party-city (because that is the basic point to this hole story)

 


Here are the things that I have learned so far:

Wedges are your best cobblestone friends

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When working in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, I had to buy and return a lot of clothes at pricy stores, which made me want to look nice and I mainly wore high-heels. I had to cross the Dam square a lot every week and for those of you that haven’t been there: it is a big open space with the most annoying (very old and pretty, but annoying!) cobblestones that I have ever encountered. Within a week, the bottom of my soles were completely worn out and needed replacement. I went to a local shoe-repair store and asked if they had something that would make my soles last longer. They said no, and I asked if they had a suggestion on how to prevent it from happening, their answer? ” Walk around the Dam square”… Very funny guys those shoe-repair-men :)

Later, I came up with my own solution: wedged heels. They are perfect for it! I can walk on them for hours and they won’t get stuck between the cobblestones, hurray!
I even did a wedged heel restyle DIY project because I loved them so much!


Short boots with a chunky (block) heel.

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The City

The last time that I visited New York City, I had learned from my previous mistakes and brought the best thing that I could think off: Short boots with a chunky heel. I got these as a present from my sister and they had a very comfortable insole, which made them perfect for the trip!
I actually walked on them on most of the days for hours and they made me feel stylish and comfy at the same time.

And what to do during the summer when boots are too warm? Simple:

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Go for an open sandal with a chunky heel! I wrote more about these beauties in a previous post.


Platforms for when you want to add length

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The City

A chunky heel or wedges are perfectly fine and already an upgrade over sneakers under your stylish summer dress, but if you want to take it one step further and can’t avoid a thinner and higher heel, I suggest platforms.
They don’t have to be a ‘Spice Girl’ platform boot, but even a 2 cm platform sole will take 2 cm’s of the height of the heel for you. Making the shoes more comfortable, while adding length. (the shoes in the photo above have a ‘hidden’ raised platform sole)


For those special occasions where you can’t avoid going fancy

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The City

Your wedding in the city, a friends wedding, an anniversary party, an invitation to the fanciest gala in the world, sometimes you just can’t avoid wearing ‘traditional’ pumps if you are a girly girl like me. My advice for those occasions: try to cheat!
For the photo above I borrowed a wedding dress and these gorgeous vintage Gucci shoes from the costume department where I was working. To me, they are the perfect example of playing with the ‘traditional’ pump rules and will go with a variety of outfits. They have a chunky-but-not-too-chunky heel and a good sized platform sole. I realised here that the color and details really made them what they are: one of a kind fancy heels!


Car, Taxi, Bike, a friends shoulders…

STYLE | How To Wear Heels In The City 1And if everything is still going wrong, and you just have to wear those unique and oh-so pretty high-heeled shoes. Just do what I usually do: take a bike! (or drive a car)
I save getting a cab or biking somewhere for what I call my: birthday- and cinema-shoes. Because those activities only require me to sit down and look pretty:)


Now that I have shared my story, what are your high-heeled experiences? Did you discover the magic trick that will save all of us heel-wearing girly girls?
Let me know in the comment section or shoot me an email!

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

I am a big fan of green in my house. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my temporary home already felt more like a proper home after adding plants in my living room. But as usual I craved more and wanted to add plants in other rooms as well, like my kitchen and bedroom.

Finding affordable plants was pretty easy, but finding affordable planters that look nice was a completely different story. Not to mention that I didn’t want to be wasteful, since I am living in a temporary home and don’t want to hoard stuff that I have to throw out later.
My solution: using old materials to make something new and make an upcycling project!

Normally I would thrift planters for projects like this, but the local thrift store didn’t have any.. Luckily, Ikea has the cheapest flower pots that are perfect for this tutorial.

Add a few old tees or shirts and you have all of the main supplies for this very easy and quick DIY!

Are you ready to make your own braided planter?
Here’s how:


DIY:

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MATERIALS

– Old shirts
– Flowerpot (I used the cheapest Ikea planter I could find)
– Glue Gun
– Scissors

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STEP 1

– Place the tee on a flat surface and cut horizontal strips of fabric with your scissors.

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STEP 2

– Pull on the strands of fabric, this will make them curl up.

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STEP 3

– Take 3 strands of fabric and place something heavy at the top. Start braiding a regular three strand braid.

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STEP 4

– Once you reach the end of the strands, add a new piece of fabric to the end by using a simple knot. And continue braiding.
– Repeat this until you have enough to cover the entire planter.*
– Add a drop of glue with your glue to the end of the braid to secure the braid and stop it from unfolding.

* You can wrap the braid around the planter every once in a while to see if you have enough.

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STEP 5

– Once you have finished braiding the strands of fabric it is time to attach it to the planter.
– Add dots of glue to the top of the planter with your glue gun and press the braid against it.

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STEP 6

– Repeat step 5 for the entire planter, glueing small parts* and attaching the braid until you have covered the entire pot.

* Since the glue from a glue gun cools off pretty fast, it is best to do this process with small steps.

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And that is it! You now have a very inexpensive fabulous looking planter!!

Tip: If you have an old tee in a different color, you can spray paint the planter in a similar color before attaching the braid to get an even and finished look.

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FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

Velvet has been my ultimate favourite material last year and I really don’t plan on stopping my girly craze for 2017. Luckily the amazing Mollie Makes magazine shares my passion for this soft and lush style and we collaborated on this embroidered Velvet Pouch.

This blush pink velvet was a treat to work with, my sewing machine just flew through the fabric and turning it into this pouch-like bag was so much fun to do! Complete with a tassel and a hand embroidered detail, it felt like I could go back to the roaring twenties sporting this cutie :)
And even though it has that vintage feel to it, it somehow goes with anything! (see me wearing jeans in the photo).

Are you ready to sew your own velvet embroidered bag? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with this tutorial.

 

FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

If you would have told me last year that I would be writing a blogpost about a form of working out, let alone include pictures of me wearing a tight yoga outfit I really would have called you crazy.


This post is a pretty personal one, because it comes down to how I feel about my body and the embarrassment of never really having exercised in my life. Reading about other people with similar stories online has really helped me, and to give a little bit back and maybe/hopefully help and encourage others I am sharing my story with you. 


A short bio of my non-workout past (which all of you ‘Baby Spices’ might identify with)

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Yes, this is me in a pink dress, barbie heels and jewelry

The title already reveals it, I have always been the ‘baby spice’ of the group. (yes this is a Spice Girl reference, because they are the best and I was a big fan when I was young: girl power!) I wore pig tails, pink skirts and never did any form of sport (except one year of horseback riding, which obviously didn’t help me get rid of my girly reputation..)

It is an understatement to say that I don’t like exercising, I never have and trust me I tried. Reading about this subject online in preparation for this blogpost I felt a huge relief, because it turns out that I am not alone in this! I have read forums where I spotted similar stories and it felt great to be part of a big misunderstood group of people.

I am and always have been very aware of the necessity of moving around, because it keeps you healthy. So I bike everywhere I go, take long walks, etc. Not to mention that if I didn’t do this and keep eating my favourite food cravings and the occasional glass of wine I wouldn’t fit into my clothes anymore;)

But, a part of me still wanted to fit in, literally and figuratively. I have always been insecure about my body, which I think many of you might recognise. When I turned 15 my, ahum, ‘rear end’ decided to grow two dress sizes, while the rest of my body stayed the same.. (which is why I rarely wear trousers) Only an extreme diet or very regular exercise might be a solution to get my body more balanced out, but I am just not prepared to go that far. (also, I would lie if I said that there isn’t the occasional voice in my head that wants me to be slimmer. But the realist in me is already really happy to get more strength and tone my body)
It did however encourage me to keep searching for a form of workout that I did not hate. So after trying: jogging, going to the gym, swimming, biking and group workout classes, I noticed that besides the form of workout I also didn’t like to schedule my workouts on a set date and time. My work schedule and daily mood is not regular, so why should my exercise be?

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

Yoga

I decided to approach it in a way that I approach most of my projects: google. I searched for things that I could do at home and that didn’t require any special items, machines, etc. That is when I found my favourite youtube channel: Yogawithadriene. She has become pretty popular so you might have heard of her. Besides a ton of awesome (free!) yoga videos she also has a playlist called ’30 days of yoga’. Those 30 days introduced me to Yoga and it was the first time in my life that I actually managed to do things that I was never able to do before. (touch my toes while bending forward for instance;)

I realised that I love to get more strength, instead of being able to run fast and it is so much harder (in a good way) than I thought.

Now, before I go all crazy and start to sound like a spokesperson for yoga, I wouldn’t say that it changed my life but it simply showed me that moving, besides going from a to b, can be sort of nice. I am not a very spiritual person and while searching for yoga videos I found a lot of channels that were a bit too wishy washy for my taste. But I just like to keep it technical and focused on strengthening my body.

Goals

After finishing the 30 days challenge I realised that I should make a plan before I would fall into my old habits. So I started to repeat the 30 days, but this time every other day. I got a yoga mat as a present and the wonderful Onzie sponsored my outfit so that I could practice in style. They actually have pieces that go so well with my body shape: high waisted yoga pants! Hurray!

And here we are now: 1 year later and I am still practicing on a daily basis. Depending on my mood, I pick a video that matches my moods level and place my laptop next to my mat and start the practice. Because I am not doing it to loose weight, which is why I used to start new workouts before, it feels less stressful and less of an obligation.

But just because I don’t have a weight goal, it doesn’t mean that I can’t make it more of a challenge. There are 3 things that I have always wanted to be able to do: A headstand, the splits and an impressive amount of push-ups. Because whenever I see people do these things, they look so cool and I am always genuinely impressed!

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga
On the left: the last time I remember doing a headstand. On the right: 4 days ago!

And I am proud to say that I (finally!) managed to do the headstand on my own with the help of a wall for the first time since I was 10 years old. I apparently have a great fear of falling, so managing to do this on my own was a really nice moment.


RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

I never had any new years resolutions, but I do like to think of what kinds of things I would like to achieve. Luckily Yoga With Adriene (she is not sponsoring me, I am just a fan;), who I mentioned before is starting a new free 31 day program TODAY called Yoga Revolution! She is posting a new yoga video on youtube every day for the next 31 days and I am very excited to learn new moves and skills this month.

It would be so much fun if you could join me and let me know how it goes! Click here to go the youtube playlist. And let me know if you are also starting the challenge today in the comment section or shoot me an email.

And to finish this blogpost: Photos of a selection of the moves that I learned this last year.
(All taken by me, which I think deserves some kind of medal because I had to press a button on the remote, hide the remote and wanted to look cool and non-sweaty.. I am still sore right now:))

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CREDITS
Top and legging by the wonderful Onzie
Yogamat by Superyoga


 

 

2016 | A Year in Pictures

2016 | A Year in Pictures

What a better way to spend the last week of the year by browsing through a year in pictures. Having a blog really has it’s perks, because when I feel nostalgic or when I can’t remember for the life of me what I was doing last February I just scroll through my own blog and/or Instagram page.

It’s like when they announce the oscar nominations and you think, ‘wow has that movie really only been out for a year’? That feeling perfectly describes my memory storage ability, because my mind can be pretty forgetful sometimes. For instance, I completely forgot that it was this year when I had my television debut. It feels like a lifetime ago!

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I am not really someone that looks back on a past year to reflect and turn past faults into new resolutions. (not that there is anything wrong with that!) But I do like to think of past experiences and travels and memories, just because it’s fun!
So while thinking of the last 12 months in preparation for writting this post I came to the conclusion that it has been a strange year, definitely not my easiest one. There have been a lot of changes in my personal life and I am definitely in one of those so-called ‘transition periods’ right now. Which makes me extremely curious of what is ahead, and the inpatient part of me constantly wishes to skip a few months to see what everything will look like in June. However I choose to keep this blog semi-personal so I won’t entertain you with the strangeness of my 2016 (although I will of course answer any questions you might have, no secrets here!), but instead jump to a much more fun subject:

DIY projects! Yeah!

For the last 2 years I have been spending more time on each project, resulting in less tutorials, but more detailed and longer blogposts. I love this and I am still very happy that I made this decision. When I look back on the DIY’s that I made this year I get a smile on my face, because when I was working on those projects I felt great and so inspired:)
I hope that the fun that I have when making my projects reflects on the blog and hopefully inspires you to start making your own projects!

Here are my favourite blog moments from 2016:

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(temporarily) Moving to Berlin and sharing my adventures with you on this blog has definitely been my favourite activity! I am still in awe of this city and it really has been a major improvement (location wise) in my life. You can find my blogposts on Berlin in the Personal section. And if you are planning to visit, go to the special Berlin page for my Berlin tips!

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESIt is sometimes a bit awkward to take pictures of myself and show my new outfit to you guys, but every now and then it works out really well! I think that this was my favourite one last year. It was such a pretty sunny day and this dress just really makes me happy and excited for spring and summer. To see more photos go the Bold & Bright Outfitpost.
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Sharing my new tattoo with you was exciting, nerve-wracking and scary all at the same time! These two doves are the result of covering up an old tribal tattoo that I had since I was 15. Since I can’t really cover it up again, it was a very hard decision and step to make. It took me 5 years to get the courage to finally take the step and choose my final cover-up design!
Tattoos are so personal and it is one of those subjects that really comes down to taste. Showing you mine was really one of my highlights this year! Tell me, did you get any tattoos this year?

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESI love to collaborate through my blog and whenever you read that one of my posts is ‘sponsored’ it means that I got to work with a company that either I choose to work with (which means that I send them an email, you can find more about this in this detailed blogpost ) or that contacted me and I had a real connection with.

But my all-time favourite collaborations are with the wonderful Mollie Makes Magazine team! They always come up with fun new project ideas and I it is just so magical to see your work in print:)

Above you can see our Party Balloon collaboration project.

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

Another wonderful collaboration that I did last year was with The Joy Of Plants They have a great ongoing themed project called ‘plant of the month’. In 2016 I got to work with two different plants and came up with 2 DIY projects to display the plants in your home.
The first one I did was a wall design DIY that can be incorporated in anyones home.
The second DIY project (see photo above) is a concrete planter that is incredibly easy to make. I actually made the mold out of cardboard and tape! View the full concrete planter project here.

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

My own Etsy shop!

Only 3 weeks ago did I decide to finally get ready and sell some of my projects. I have been making so many items over the last few years, and I always had a thought in the back of my mind to sell the finished DIY products that I didn’t use. But it always seemed a bit strange to sell a single item, since I only made one for the tutorial.

I decided not to do that, but instead open up shop and give people the opportunity to buy products that I made, but would need a certain skill, material or timeframe that not everybody has. I still wrote posts on how to make them yourself in case you are feeling crafty, but it felt good to give options.

You can view all of my Etsy products here.

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I cannot believe that I didn’t try crocheting before! The sweater that you see in the above photo is my first ever crochet project and I just cannot believe how fun it was to make!

The last year has been a bit more stressful than usual for me, and I have found that crocheting completely calms me down. It is such a great way to escape, clear my mind and work on a long-term project. (tip: I listened to audio books while crocheting, which truly is the best!)

After this sweater DIY I just could not stop crocheting and I have been making up fun things to crochet ever since! I might do more crochet projects in the future, so stay tuned!

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESI really couldn’t do a roundup of the last year without including an origami project. I have been origami crazy this year! I am still not tired of it and I am just in love with the technique! Not only have I been using origami for my DIY projects, I also googled the history of origami, watched documentaries (yes, seriously,  that means more than one!) and I have watched slightly too many satisfying origami gifs

But luckily it resulted in a few of my favourite projects this year:

Origami Mobile DIY (suitable for any home)
Copper Leafing Origami Artwork
Origami Embroidered Notebook DIY
Copper Origami Brooch DIY
Origami Inspired Concrete Planter DIY


And to end this years last blogpost a short video roundup of the LRS 2016:


 

How has your year been? And what are your plans for 2017? Or did you decide like me, just not to have any plans?

I hope that you have a lovely end the of the year celebration, and get ready because I already scheduled a new blogpost for the first day of 2017!!

xx Lana

Merry Christmas!

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A Merry Christmas everyone!! 

I hope that you will all enjoy this glittery time of the year! I will be spending it eating lots of chocolate and cuddling with the cats here in Berlin. What are your plans? Something nice and non-stressful I hope :)

And since it is a special day, I wanted to give an extra thanks to all of you that are reading my blog and leaving me the sweetest comments and emails: You are the best!!
The online world is such a strange and magical place and it has brought me to you, and you to me and that, to me is the best Christmas gift I could ever wish for!

Thank you! Love, Lana