Fashion is everywhere

Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

Roberto Cavalli inspired nail art

When I saw this Cavalli top on net-a-porter.com, I knew I just had to do a DIY. Obviously at first I was thinking fashion DIY, but you know, some things you just have to leave to the designers ! I thought of ways to print and paint, but didn’t think the result would be as good as this beauty. It’s way too detailed. But I love this top so much ! Such an original spin on the regular striped tee… So, unable to let go of the inspiration, I figured out a new project : a nail art design inspired by the pretty print. If you remember my snowy nails from before Xmas, you might also remember me thinking my white nail obsession was temporary. Well, it wasn’t. And I love the contrast of a bright white with this royal blue. To do this design I used two regular Nail Art pens in white and blue (I only used the white with the paint brush so really you just need white nail polish and a blue nail art pen) and followed these simple steps : 1 : Paint all your nails white 2 : Draw a swirly design on your accent nail with the blue nail art pen 3 : Still using the blue nail art pen, draw two slightly curved lines down each other nail (joining them at the cuticle and spreading them apart at the top of the nail) and stripe from that line outwards leaving the centre of the design white. Yes, yes, yes – I’m loving it ! xx

Roberto Cavalli inspired nail art

Photoshoot with Alixe Côté

Whilst I was visiting Montreal, I got the chance to meet a few local creators. Alixe Coté graduated as a fashion designer in 2011 at LaSalle College. Extremely talented, Alixe says she gets most of her inspiration from vintage patterns and worldwide customs but also from her close ones who she feels very lucky to have. Alixe’s clothes were modeled by Cynthia, a beautiful Montrealer who is actually pretty creative herself. We shot the photos on the 9th floor of a building in the centre of Montreal, the view was fantastic ! Alixe worked on many pieces while she was at college and now continues to create for her own personal pleasure whilst waiting for the right time to launch her brand. Meanwhile, you can find a few items on Etsy under the name of Mutane. She also took part in putting together a collection of pretty clothes for Tu m’aimes-tu? (this is how French Canadians say “Do you love me?” – such a cute brand name !) by helping them out with patterns and samples. Alixe also has many other projects on the go, including a cookbook she is writing with a friend of hers – I will say no more, but I can tell you now it’s going to be a good one ! Watch that space… I think my favourite piece has to be the skirt on this last photo… Which is yours ? xx

Photoshoot with Alixe Côté

Tadaaaa ! New blog design !

Eeeeeeeeek ! My goodness I can’t believe the time has come : Welcome to my new blog design ! Team Genetvision and I have been brainstorming for months now and finally it’s all in place – and THIS is what I look like behind my computer right now ! As you can tell, I wanted something much more personal than I had been able to put together myself and I think they did the perfect job, don’t you ? A bubble-gum pink page for my English page and a zingy lemon page for the French version ! Pretty flowers in the background, crafty dots and zigzags… I feel like I have a new bedroom/office/craft room all in one go ! There are loads of new gadgets going on in the sidebar, as well as a cool new way to search through past projects by clicking on the menu above to see each category. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive exclusive info and occasional updates and check out my social media accounts for extra behind the scenes pics and interaction. Use the SEARCH bar to search the site with a keyword – the secret to this bit is that if you don’t find what you are looking for, at least I will know you were looking for it and I shall take that as a hint and sort something out pretty soon ! Coming soon – you will also be able to find out more about the project and myself by reading the about & contact page. Let me know what you think of the new design : do you like colourful blogs ? Which is your fav’ page, pink or yellow ? I can’t wait to hear your opinion ! xx Aimee PS – Have you seen Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower enabling you to click through from language to language ?! So cute ! PPS – Cool DIY coming up tomorrow…

Tadaaaa ! New blog design !

5 craft blogs you should be following !

Hello ! Have you ever seen the film Yes Man ? If so, you’ll understand what I mean by positive attitude and saying YES ! This is one of the things I’ve noticed here in Quebec, people seem so open… I’ll be taking home strong memories of beautiful landscapes and city history, but I’ll also remember how people are so warm and welcoming. Positive energy seems to flow around here and the locals are passionate about their projects and encouraging about other people’s. Some of us Europeans should take note ! Since I began blogging, this is one of the things I have often wondered about. Although it appears to be such an open minded community, people can sometimes be so negative and closed off ! And the word “competition” is often overused… Behind the sidebar blogrolls (often just a link exchange…) and the smiley faces, a lot of bickering goes on and I think it’s such a shame ! I would rather see bloggers with common interests working together and sharing their passion. I get so much out of blogging for Clones ‘n’ Clowns, it’s been giving me butterflies in my tummy daily for nearly a year now ! However, I still read other bloggers just for fun and enjoy and respect their content and ideas. Hopefully, what goes around comes around and those people might read me and find my projects inspiring too ! A positive attitude is always beneficial, of that I am convinced. Which is why I thought I would like to share a few links with you today, of blogs I enjoy on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis. I’m not around to blog so much at the moment as I am making the most of my trip to Canada (hell yeah !), so why not introduce you to some other crafty people who are well worth the read ?! These are bloggers who inspire me not only at work but in life. They are full of creativity and love of life – if you don’t know them already, it should definitely be love at first sight ! I’m not the first blogger to share a list of bloggers I love but I would go so far as to say not many do – a lot of writers would be afraid of losing you to someone else ! But I’ve always been taught that hearts are extendable and I believe the more crafty people there are in the world, a prettier place it shall become ! And anyway, the Canadians around here have convinced me that life is so much better with an open mind and a smile on your face 🙂   Abeautifulmess.com (photo source : www.abeautifulmess.com)   There a big chance you already know this one… but it had to be my number one, just in case ! I have had a couple of twitter exchanges with Elsie already and she is as OPEN as they come ! Elsie and Emma have beautiful taste (in blog names, as a start !) and are now so used to blogging that their site is perfectly professional. You wouldn’t want to reproduce all their projects or you’d end up with a garage full of recycled furniture, but you’ll definitely want to read them all !   Torie Jayne   (photo source : https://www.facebook.com/TorieJayneBlog?fref=ts)   Some how I managed to go a long time without discovering Torie Jayne’s blog… I don’t know how that’s possible given this blogger is an extremely crafty Brit ! My favourite thing about this blog is when you get to see a corner of Torie Jayne’s craft room – it’s DREAMY ! All the projects on this blog are brought to you in soft pastel colours – a choice I would never be able to stick to but that definitely gives the blog a bit of extra style !   Glitter ‘n’ Glue (photo source : www.glitternglue.com)   I’ve been following this blogger for a while now – her fashion DIYs are rad ! Glitter, studs, jeans, heels… A real Do It Yourself blog with tons of tutorials to help you upgrade your wardrobe without breaking bank !   Oh Happy Day (photo source : www.ohhappyday.com)   By far one of my favourite blogs… Again, this may be a blog you already know. It is super pro (can you hear the perfectionist in me ?!) and Jordan’s simple projects will get you thinking “why didn’t I think of that” ? Well, because even if they’re easy ones, it takes a trained crafter to come up with so many cute tutorials ! Jordan lived in Paris for a while too, which obviously makes me love her even more !   Boat People (photo source : blog.boatpeopleboutique.com)   I only discovered this Canadian blog last week but I felt it should definitely figure here as again its DIY fashion projects are to die for (to DIY for ?!). Trendy and more advanced, these projects will guide you to an affordable designer style in no time !   Enjoy ! I’ll be back tomorrow with some more crafty news from Montreal ! xx

5 craft blogs you should be following !

A recipe from Quebec : maple syrup camembert !

You’ll have to agree that one of the most important part of traveling is getting to try amazing new food ! I always try to discover as many local recipe’s as I can when I’m abroad and pluck up my courage to taste even the weirdest concoctions. This one however, is nothing to be afraid of. This maple syrup camembert is pure deliciousness, anyone from anywhere could probably guess that with just one look at it ! I bought a local camembert which was extremely creamy (the cheeses here are incredibly good) and a small pot of high quality maple syrup. Add to the list a few walnuts, a couple of shiny apples and a good baguette of bread and you’re in for a feast 🙂 All you have to do is chop up your apples into tiny pieces, crush your walnuts a little and cut your camembert in half. Place the camembert halves side by side on a tray and sprinkle with all the other ingredients. The camembert will melt into a deliciously creamy goo and the other ingredients with soften with the maple syrup. Use a spoon or knife and simply dig in, spreading the mix over a chunk of crusty bread and washing it all down with a glass of cider. I urge you to try this recipe even if you never forgive yourself for the undeniable calorific intake. It is delicious and comforting – treat yourself ! Lots of love from Montreal – next stop : the city of Quebec xx

A recipe from Quebec : maple syrup camembert !

Travelling alone

There’s something ever so special about doing something just with yourself sometimes. We’re all so connected to each other these days that we seem to neglect this and usually prioritise time spent with others. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish time with my loved ones so much. But for the first time, over here in Canada, I’m getting to know myself in new ways : how I look at things when I’m not sharing the view with someone else, how I react to things instinctively, the places that attract me when I’m not taking into account anyone else’s opinion, needs or desires. Yesterday, I was aimlessly wandering when I found myself up high with the most wonderful view of the city ! I sat down for an hour and wrote my travel diary… So peaceful ! I’d love to hear your opinions on this : Are you used to travelling alone ? Is it something you are afraid of or something you feel comfortable with ? Moreover, is it something you feel the need to do ? I think I might try and do it more often – it’s such an emotional experience ! Lots of love from Montreal P.S. – Remember my studded map bag in the photo above ? I thought it was the perfect accessory for globetrotting ! Catch up on the post about it here. xx

Travelling alone

Crafty Canada Part One : Creative shop displays

Finally arrived in Canada ! This place is wonderful 🙂 I only had time for a few hours of walking yesterday before I surrendered and went to bed jetlagged but it was time enough to walk all the way up Rue Ste Catherine where the shops have some of the craftiest displays ever ! In a few days I will also show you some cool street art and other crafty designs I’ve seen around – it’s all so inspiring !   Lots of love from Montreal ! xx P.S. – Bonus photo ! :

Crafty Canada Part One : Creative shop displays

New York skyline masking tape wall design

It seems I have New York on my mind… Not surprising since I’ll be visiting the city for the first time in a couple of weeks ! But my first stop is to Canada and I take my flight to Montreal from Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris) in a couple of hours. Whilst waiting for my flat, I’m hung out at my brother’s flat in Le Marais. Randomly looking for something to do, I walked into his bedroom and suddenly knew why I popped that masking tape in my suitcase at the last minute ! A beautiful white wall was begging me to tape it up… and not long after, a New York skyline is what it became ! To do this New York skyline masking tape wall design, all I did was put up a picture of a NYC skyline silhouette on Google Images and reproduced it, building by building, onto the wall with tape and scissors… There’s not much more to it ! I didn’t feel the need to prepare the wall before hand but if you’re a little nervous you could always dot some chalk here and there to create a guideline. I started off in the middle of the design, then worked towards the left and then towards the right. This meant I didn’t end up doing half the design and finding myself with no space left. It helped me get things into proportion. For each building, I cut out short lengths of matte silver masking tape and created the shapes by sticking each layer over the last, creating right angles, slants and crescendo shapes where needed to reflect the true look of Manhattan’s buildings. Basically the corners or each skyscraper are just two ends of tape layered over the top of each other, creating a nice sharp edge. Sometimes I overlapped them extra long and then cut out the layered tape, to make an upside down V on the top of the Chrysler building for instance. The whole design took up just one regular size roll of tape – exactly that in fact, the very last piece of tape was the Empire State building’s antenna ! Phew ! Skylines are definitely a good design to start off with if you would like to decorate a wall with masking tape. Try it out in your flat if you are renting a place to live – the masking tape shouldn’t take away the paint when you decide to take down your design so its a perfect compromise for a personalised temporary home ! You could also leave a trace next time you go to a friends house – I think my lil bro’ will be pretty pleased with his new wall when he gets home <3   Masking tape available @ Paper Chase See you tomorrow from Canada ! xx

New York skyline masking tape wall design

DIY Tea for two teabags

I think this is one of the cutest projects I have put together since the beginning of Clones ‘n’ Clowns ! As you may have guessed if you’re following me on Facebook or Twitter, in a couple of days I’m flying all the way across the Atlantic to Canada to spend a couple of weeks with a friend – I’m super excited and this event is definitely a girly time alert ! We’ll be spending a lot of time out and about (in the freezing cold – eek !) as I have never been to Canada before but we also have tons of catching up to do – which means pints of tea to drink ! I thought up these pretty tea for two teabags to take as a gift – boil the kettle, Clemence ! Before I go, if any of you have any tips on crafty, quirky and/or fun places to visit in Montreal, Quebec and NYC – leave a comment or let me know on Facebook or by email (clonesnclowns@gmail.com) ! I’d love to visit places you hang out ! xx

DIY Tea for two teabags

DIY Style : Double yellow

How is it possible to have a camera that takes 7 photos a second, be outside for 20 minutes and STILL not manage to take the photo I wanted ? I’m having a bad blogging day, people – HELP ! I started a DIY fashion post but it turns out it’s taking much longer than I thought (it’s well worth it though … suspense !) and now my outfit photos didn’t turn out as expected. Oh well, I guess there are worse things happening in the world than my first world blogging issues ! Here’s a quick look at what my DIY star jumper looks like anyway, simple photos but I hope you like it ! I think it’s super original and as a true believer in the power of colour on our moods, its neon stars have definitely brightened up my day 🙂 The sun will shine tomorrow – see you then ! DIY sweater – catch up with the how to here Trousers by IKKS Shoes by Eram, Paris Pouch by Estee Lauder – always keep Sephora freebees ! xx

DIY Style : Double yellow