Well, 2012 (my first year of blogging) is almost over and WOW – it’s been crazy ! Captivating, inspiring, stressful at times (but never enough to discourage me), and all together full-on : I’ve loved it all the way and can’t wait for 2013 to roll on ! I have so many exciting things planned I just might pop if it doesn’t come soon ! Below are some of my highlights of the year – the posts you’ve enjoyed the most and the ones I’m most proud of. Click on the photos to reminisce ! I’d love to hear what you liked best in 2012 and what you hope for on this blog in 2013, so feel free to email me (email@example.com) or leave a comment (I read every single one and answer most.) Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve with your friends and family, be proud of everything you’ve been through in 2012 (the good and the bad, it’s what makes us who we are!) and look forward to an amazing year to come ! Around here, the next couple of weeks will be full of inspirational revamps and crafty resolutions 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Love, Aimee P.S. Thank you to those who have supported me throughout this year of adventure, you know who you are and I love you <3 My first DIY…! You loved this DIY knotted crop top… And so did I ! I still can’t get over the success of this one… Thousands of you discovered my blog from this DIY heart knot necklace <3 I just LOVE these lace shorts, and the video tutorial has been viewed over 4000 times ! My favorite DIY Summer shoes 🙂 And my favorite DIY Summer tee-shirt ! Featured in Elle 🙂 I’ve been wearing these DIY studded boots A LOT ! Such a useful tip – did you try it ?! Cute DIY heart tights 🙂 A London look you liked with a mini DIY inside ! A bit of a sew… The DIY party dress I’ll be sporting tonight !BEST OF 2012 : What a year !
New Year’s Eve approaches – that night when you have to be the prettiest in town – so I thought this beauty trick would come in handy. Ever since my teenage years, I’ve tried to make the most of make-up to enhance a natural look. I’m not into anything too heavy but love to see a smiley face with just a touch of make-up to brighten it up. Although I wouldn’t say this is the most natural looking lipstick my collection holds, I definitely think it does the job of enhancing a natural smile, and that’s because IT MAKES YOUR TEETH LOOK WHITE ! There’s nothing like a beautiful grin and for this a bright, shiny lippy is the perfect tool. Even though darker colours are often tempting, you’ll find they never quite give you that glowing expression. So for a Colgate worthy smile, pick out a smashing red or a lively pink ! You’ll have the cutest smile around and 2013 will be your best mate 🙂 As you can see above, your smile will be stunning with a bright red lip ! xxWhich lipstick to choose for white teeth :D
You won’t be surprised to find out I have a lot of creative people in my family ! Robin here kindly accepted to show us how to open a wine bottle with class, leaving the cork balanced on the side ! This is the perfect party trick to impress your friends this new year’s eve 🙂 Step 1 : Use the knife part of your bottle opener to cut all around the top rim of the bottle. Leave 5mm uncut. Step 2 : Now cut all around the top of the seal and remove a penny sized piece of foil enabling you to take out the cork. Step 3 : Use the screw to remove the cork from the bottle neck. Step 4 : Lift the left over foil so that it sticks out beside the neck. Now poke your cork back up through the foil ring (skinny side first!) and position it next to the bottle neck. Your bottle is now open and looking perfectly snazzy… Wait and see how many people comment on this little trick – a real conversation starter ! Pssst – Our crafter also suggests you leave your wine to breathe a couple of hours before serving it. Cheers Robin ! xxHow to open a wine bottle with class !
It’s still Xmas time and yet some people have had to go and sit back in the office… It’s a hard knock life ! So I thought I’d share this simple but delicious recipe for making a perfectly relaxing pot of ginger and lemon tea. The idea is you can whip yourself some together as soon as you get home and sink back into that relaxed state of cosiness again in no time ! It’s also – conveniently – a perfect detox drink so we’re slowing purifying our bods of all that food and getting ready to look amazing on New Year’s Eve ! The perfect combination of relaxation and cleanse. To make your own lemon and ginger green tea, YOU WILL NEED : – Fresh ginger and a grater (grate 1 tsp) – Half a lemon and a knife – Green tea leaves and an infuser And voila ! It’s easy and yet delicious. If you find the lemon too sour, just add a teaspoon of honey – sluuuuurp ! Mug from AnthropologieGinger and lemon tea : a relaxing recipe
God, it’s good to be home ! In this case, “home” is the place I grew up in France… A tiny (weeny !) village about 30″ east of Cognac where there are more chicken’s than inhabitants. I love coming back here, it’s so special, especially at this time of the year ! As soon as I stepped through the door I spotted the beautiful Xmas cake my Mom had iced with her traditional “snow icing” (I might give you the recipe…next year !) as well as all the cute decorations spotted not just all over the tree but throughout the house, on door knobs, chandeliers and shelves… I love it ! And last but not least, a shaggy Xmas donkey in the back garden ! It’s officially Christmas time 🙂 The winner of the facebook comp’ is announced at the bottom of this post. And the winner of our Xmas Facebook giveaway is Sana Cartier ! Thanks to everyone who took part, ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ – Love you all and wish you all a wonderful holiday <3 Sana, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. xxHome for Xmas !
Xmas is nowhere near over on this blog yet and today I’m giving away this set of customised scarf and gloves ! You loved the tutorial back here when I added beautiful rhinestones to the wintery gear and so I thought I’d spoil one of you by sending it out to you, wherever you are ! All you have to do is “like” my Facebook page and comment the competition photo which is pinned to the top of the Facebook page. Simples ! On Sunday, I will randomly pick one winner to send the set to. TO TAKE PART, CLICK HERE TO “LIKE” CLONES ‘n’ CLOWNS ON FACEBOOK AND COMMENT THE COMPETITION PHOTO Good luck and Merry Xmas <3CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY : WIN THIS RHINESTONE EMBELLISHED SET
I warned you yesterday with my black and white inspiration board, this New Year is going to be classy ! I have been working on my DIY party dress for New Year’s Eve for a few days, thinking about what could be the perfect update for my old Forever 21 net dress… Well, this is it ! A two step project including a “how to add sleeves to a dress” tutorial as well as a “How to make a scalloped leather belt” tutorial ! It must be Xmas 😉 Enjoy ! And the final result…. Tadaaa ! Do you like it ?! I’ll post you an outfit post on the 31st to show you what it looks like on ! xxDIY party dress for New Year’s Eve !
After going for white nail polish yesterday, it looks like today I’m looking for neutral inspiration for my NYE dress too ! What is wrong with me ?! I’m usually such a colourful person… But there’s just something so glamourous about white gowns with a touch of black. There’s no doubt “black and white” is a trend on the rise and I feel like catching it as it flies ! Consequently, I have thought up the perfect DIY for my New Year’s Eve dress and I hope you’ll like it too. It’s coming up tomorrow, so watch that space ! Meanwhile, here’s a little black and white inspiration that helped me design the project… All dresses available on net-a-porter.com xxBlack and white : DIY inspiration
I don’t know if it’s because everything seems so colourful at Christmas time, but I’m craving crisp white nails this week… I would never usually go for white, I love colour and also have a thing about white polish looking like Tipex… But then again, maybe a pearly white ? With a little glitter to give those tips a snowy finish ? Why not ! If you can’t go for elegant at Xmas then what’s it all about ?! I also thought it was the perfect time to show you the inspiration book I’m using at the moment, my peacock book as I call it, because I noticed it matching my new nails so beautifully… This is where I jot down all my ideas ! I go through my inspiration books at a crazy speed, but I keep them all in a box. I think this one might be allowed to stay out a little longer though, it would look pretty on a shelf ! I also think these Liberty notebooks would make the perfect gift for someone crafty… For this simple nail art design I used MAVALA number 22 and a glitter polish from Champneys. Notebook available at Liberty London. Ring from Primark. I think we should have a go at DIYing a fabric covered notebook, what do you think ? Meanwhile I’m working on an exciting New Year’s Eve party dress DIY… Coming soon ! xWinter white nails for Christmas
If you haven’t had time to sit and plan your Xmas meals yet, this is one for you. Chocolate bowls are such an easy and yet impressive way to serve dessert ! This tutorial shows you how to make chocolate bowls that you can then fill with whatever you like. I chose vanilla ice cream and pomegranate – the ideal fruit for a touch of red at this time of the year ! To make chocolate bowls, you will need : – Melted chocolate (to find out how to melt your chocolate, click here) – A small bowl of water – Greaseproof paper – A freezer bag 1 : Pop your bowl of water in the freezer to make a bowl of ice. When frozen, remove and leave to defrost slightly until the ice comes out of the bowl easily. Place the ice upside down on the baking paper so that you have a “hill” of ice to mould your choc. 2 : Pour the chocolate into the corner of the freezer bag, keeping one spoonful per bowl in the pan. Once you chop off the corner of the freezer bag, this will be your piping bag. 3 : Criss cross the warm chocolate over your “hill” of ice. Make sure you cover all parts of the ice to make a strong shape. Leave to set. 4 : When the ice has melted slightly, the bowl will come off it easily. Remove your chocolate bowl with care. If you like, you can use a knife prior to this, to cut off the excess choccy and keep the bowl nice and circular. 5 : Spoon a dollap of warm chocolate on a new piece of baking paper and place your bowl on top. Leave to set (at this point you can put the bowl in the fridge or freezer). 6 : Carefully remove your chocolate bowl from the baking paper and serve on a plate with scrumy content ! Doesn’t it look pretty ? I will definitely be doing these for my friends over the holidays ! You could even use orange chocolate, or sprinkle the warm choc with edible glitter to make your bowl even more special ! xxHow to make chocolate bowls