Ripped jeans are such a massive trend right now. I’m not about to spend £40 on something I can rip up in my dining room in under an hour. Particularly when this old Gap pair have been balled up in the corner for a year waiting for a DIY, can you tell?
I started out by pulling them on and marking where I wanted the cuts. I did this with chalk hence why it’s pretty much invisible in this photo, not massively helpful for you I know. Then just go at them with some sharp scissors, rocket science I know. My tip for distressing the cuts is rubbing the edges of the fabric with tweezers, it helps loosen the threads.
Getting those white frayed areas, which seem to be getting so big they are almost the whole leg on some ripped jeans I’ve seen, takes a little more work. Start the same way as above but make a series of cuts in the rough shape your looking for. You then need to pull the vertical threads out one buy one, yip I told you it takes a bit more work.
Then bang them in the washing machine, a quick wash helps add to the distressing. The biggest tip I have is to start small and keep trying the jeans on until you get the look your after. I went through three stages as you can see. I’m still not sure I’m satisfied and I’m thinking about ripping them up but more even though I already wore them here. What do you think?
I know my Music Monday’s have been severely lacking recently, in fact non exsistent. I had one all ready for this morning but then I saw Carly Rae Jepson’s new video and well I really really like it.
The song is just a standard catchy pop tune, the video though is amazing. I mean Tom Hanks! Simply awesome.
Sunday – not so much an easy morning as an easy day, the one day a week I do practically nothing. Sunday’s are resigned to long lies, catching up on my shows and dogs walks. The dog walk being the only reason I need to get out of my pj’s. This Sunday of course is extra special given the bank holiday tomorrow, may even call for a few cocktails this evening, well the sun is out be rude not to.
On lazy days like this the style has to be easy. My man’s favourite shirt, or is it my favourite? Oversized and striped, perfect right? Teamed with freshly ripped jeans. Yes the crafty bug continues with these beauties, DIY coming soon. Even Seb’s taking it easy and refusing to pose, dogs eh who’d have them?
Shirt – Next (Menswear)
Jeans – Gap (ripped by me)
Heels – Primark
Belt – Gift
Rings – Mango
Necklace – Etsy
Sunglasses – Chanel
Easy Like Sunday Morning – The Commodores
How do you guarantee no one else will be wearing your outfit at a wedding? Make it yourself of course. I’m really chuffed with how this skirt turned out exactly what I was aiming for. One tip though don’t wait till the week of the wedding to finish the outfit off like I did.
Que ordering almost every black crop top on ASOS and trekking round every shop in town which sells fascinators before stocking up on supplies from Remant Kings. Which reminds me, I’ve still to drop the rejected tops off at the post office. May just slip this months credit card bill directly into the shredder.
One thing I’m massively disappointed about is these photos. Of course I took my DSLR to my brothers wedding and of course I made sure to charge the battery the night before. What I didn’t do was check I turned it off before putting it in the camera bag at 10am. So yeah battery was dead by the time these photos were taken. Iphone to the rescue.
Top – ASOS
Skirt – DIY
Shoes – ASOS
Clutch – Collette (Australia)
Fascinator – DIY
Ring – Gift
I Write Sins not Tragedies – Panic! At the Disco
When you can’t find exactly what you want, make it yourself. My brother’s wedding turned into a DIY extravaganza, firstly with my skirt and at the last minute this little fascinator. After a nightmare trying to find the right top I gave up searching for the right fascinator and headed to Remenant Kings instead.
I picked up everything I needed for under £15.
1/4 metre stiff netting
1/2 metre of Russian lace
Guttermann fabric glue
Headband – from Claire’s Accessories
First up creating that birdcage. I used all of my Russian lace but it was a little long and a trimmed the edges when it was finished. Firstly cut the top edges off as below, this is crucial to creating the correct shape. Then sew through the square in the centre of each section, the small square not the lace design, all along that outside edge. You then pull gently at the end and the lace will begin to gather into the cage shape.
I kept the thread long till I had right shape. A quick little knot in the thread and trim the end and Ta Dah!
Next up to create that headpiece. I started by cutting out the pieces below. I folded over the lower sections and sewed them onto the top base piece in the same over as they are laid out. The sewing does not need to be neat, you don’t see it as long as you use black thread.
Once finished I realised it needed to be a bit bigger to balance the birdcage. I added two lines of thinner pieces in the same way behind these first ones. Now for really add some zing.
No need for extra expense on little decorative feathers. I made mine from the plain cheap ones above. Simply pull off the lower feathers and then trim the end. I fed the stem through the holes in the netting and folded over about a centimetre at the back and glued it in place.
The whole piece was then glued onto the underside of the headband. I picked this one specifically as it had this thicker sequinned section which was perfectly placed to hold my additions. Lastly I sewed the birdcage in place and as I said above trimmed the edges to suit.
What’s this space, full outfit post coming on Friday.
What this girl wants is dry sunny days to enjoy with my girl, before she goes home to Austrailia. Unfortunately we’re not all as lucky as Christina and what a girl wants is not what a girl gets. The majority of the past three weeks we have been swamped with rain and wind.
Thankfully Glasgow is prepared for its unpredictable weather with plenty indoor activities in hand. Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a personal favourite from my childhood. My girl was quite taken with the stuffed animals and expression heads and screaming with delight at the dinosaur exhibitions that on right now.
When the rain dried up and the sun started to peek through the clouds there was no keeping my girl indoors. Aunty Lauren may have wanted some photos in this stunning building but my girl wanted to head to the park, she won. I managed to get a couple before we left though.
Less than a week left with her, so excuse me if I’m a little quiet next week.
Blazer – H&M
Jeans – Gap
Vest – H&M
Belt – EBay
Scarf – Primark
Shoes – New Look
Sunglasses – Chanel
What A Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera
It’s been radio silence for over a week now, both here and on social media. I’m not sorry I’ve been far too busy enjoying myself with my niece to keep up with blogging. She is over from Australia for three weeks and stayed with me for the first two. She’s off to my brothers now so I really should catch up, I currently have over 500 unread posts on bloglovin.
One thing I did manage to tweet and Instagram about is my new hair. As much as I love my hair long it had been that way for years. It was far to easy to pull it back into a ponytail in the morning that I never did anything with it. Not wanting to do anything by halfs I chopped it all off.
I am in love with my new short style created by Marge at Twisted Sister. It’s super easy to maintain, seriously I can dry my hair in less than half the time and no straightening required is a miracle. These shots were taken after a long day in the office and it’s still looking pretty good. I expect it to stay short for quite sometime now.
Ride Wit Me – Nelly