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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

Fighting heat with juice

If there’s one thing I KNOW right now, it’s that you’re thirsty. I would bet my bottom apple on it. Because we all are, because it’s too darn HOOOOOOT ! (Not complaining, promise). And your skin and brain and even your toes are probably thirsty too, because we just don’t hydrate enough… We discussed how to make sure you drink enough water a couple of months ago and today I’m offering an alternative. This “mid Summer’s juice” is called that because it is the ideal mixture for fighting that constant feel of thirst. It is perfectly quenching and endlessly tasty – I think it’s ideal as a desk-top-thirst-stopper as well as for an evening virgin cocktail. All you need to whip a glass of this together is ice, apple juice (freshly juiced if you can!), a few pieces of lemon, squeezed over your glass and then dunked in the juice and a good sprig of mint. Give it a whirl and you’ll soon be experiencing Summer happiness in a glass. To make my apple juice I used this here juicer – I cannot live without it, it is genuinely my BFF : xx see you tomorrow ! Aimee

Fighting heat with juice

Inspiration of the day 31-7-2013

It’s the last day in July and I’m about to make you cringe… After months (and months, and months) of waiting on the sun, my inspiration of the day is the last layer of a Wintery outfit… or is it ?Circle scarves can be worn in so many ways (a few ideas above) and I am currently experimenting with a few Summery versions of the Winter accessory… Dresses, skirts, light evening snoods… I’m having great fun experimenting and might show you a few pics soon – how about it ? Have a wonderful day, see you around here later on with a refreshing drink recipe you just HAVE to try. Like, ASAP. xx Aimee

Inspiration of the day 31-7-2013

DIY frilly tankini and flower flipflops

Bonjour from France ! Today is the first day of my DIY swimsuit series – I’ve been teasing you for weeks now ! This project came about after a swimsuit customising workshop I did in Paris with a brand called La Mercerie Chic. This online haberdashery has so many incredible supplies and so many bits for customising swimsuits ! I had never seen anything like it ! So of course I had to show you by the means of another challenge… Over the next couple of weeks I have 5 DIY swimsuit projects to show you, projects I am sure you can recreate at home ! The first swimsuit of the series is a customised tankini, but actually only the bottoms have been DIYed. I added a frilly skirt all around them and left the top as it was. The technique used in this project is very similar to the one in tee-shirt #1 of my 30 days 30 tee-shirts challenge – coincidence, I think not ! I also customised a pair of flipflops to go with the tankini, with shoe clips – a supply I love to use but have never used on Clones ‘n’ Clowns before. See below for details.To add a colourful frill to your bikini/tankini bottoms, YOU WILL NEED : – One pair of basic swimsuit bottoms – 3-4m of wide red ycra rib – 3-4m of orange lyrcra rib – A needle and elastic thread Step 1 : Place one strip of lycra over the other. Thread your needle with 1,5m of elastic thread and stitch the lycra in place.Step 2 : Continue to sew along the edge of the lycra, gathering the fabric as you go. Make sure your elastic thread isn’t stretched inside your frill. You want to be able to pull on your thread to pull on your bikini bottoms !Step 3 : Stop when your frill is long enough to go around the waist of your bottoms. Do a good couple of stitches to finish off and cut off any excess fabric.Step 4 : Using elastic, stitch the frill onto the bottoms. Again, make sure your elastic is loose enough for the bottoms to be stretched. Try to make the stitches as invisible as possible by only going through the first layer of the frill or by stitching tiny stitches.You can wear these bottoms with a basic tankini top or even customise a matching bikini top for extra fun ! To make flowery shoe clips, YOU WILL NEED : – Two lycra flowers – Two shoe clips – Strong glueTo assemble your clips, simply glue the back of the flowers to the clips and leave to dry !Shoe clips are great because you can make loads and easily customise your shoes to match your clothes or mood…What do you think ?! Cute, right ?! I hope you like it ! Stay tuned for the next 4 swimsuits – my favourite is yet to come… 😉 See you tomorrow for a refreshing something…! Lots of love from under the sun xx Aimee

DIY frilly tankini and flower flipflops

Would you #4 : Matching ?

Morning beautiful ! Thank you all so much for your kind feedback on the Summer Giveaway ! You know, however I may come across on here, I’m actually quite shy and often feel very vulnerable having a blog. Although I enjoy it so much, I’m no longer counting the number of times I have thought “this is rubbish, I can do better” !!! I tend to beat myself up a little too much…! So anyway, having your feedback feels so good, it means I know what you’re enjoying. So far, you have suggested more DIYs, more food, more beauty, more outfits, more travel…. More of everything ?!!! I’ll see what I can do 😉 Meanwhile, here’s a new WOULD YOU. I like this category too. I have always seen fashion as a game and I like hearing what you think of new trends, too ! I also wish for this place to be a source of inspiration, so if I can tempt you into a new fashion adventure, count on me to do so !  Last year, I bought this skirt and these matching glasses during the H&M Fashion Against Aids collection. You may have noticed them somewhere on the blog before. This year, aztec prints are still all the rage and I recently had fun wearing both at the same time… I have noticed more and more matching bits and bobs in outfits, something that would probably have made me cringe not so long ago. Now, however, I’m enjoying the attention to detail, the subtle reminder and the extra elegance of a matching outfit. Especially when it involves fun prints. I have lots of DIY ideas for matching outfits, in fact I even showed you an old photo of a matching-me in my Scrunchie post last week… So here’s today’s trend question : would you wearing matching clothes and accessories ? Shout out your take on matching outfits, I can’t wait to hear if I’m the only one noticing more of it around !Top : COS / Skirt & Sunnies : H&M / Boots : Zalando / Bag : Primark Place : Clissold Park, Londres Lots of love from rainy but beautiful (and still crazily hot) France Aimee PS – The winner of last Friday’s Summer giveaway is Katy ! Please get in touch on clonesnclowns@gmail.com so I can send you your goodies ! Thanks again to everyone who left feedback, lots of love to you all !!

Would you #4 : Matching ?

Happy Summer Giveaway !

Bonjouuuuuuuuuuuuur ! Here I am in France and it’s 39° !!!!!!!!! Woohooo !! Real Summer !!! (The truth : I’m dying… haha). LONG LIVE ICE CREAM AND SWIMMING POOOOOOLS ! To celebrate France, Summer, Life and anything else you can think of, here’s a mini giveaway just for you ! I’m giving away : – 1 handmade Liberty London headband (seen here) – 1 handmade Liberty London scrunchie (seen here) – 4 handmade Swarovski anklets (seen here) I’ll pick a random winner on Monday, so if you’d like to take part simply leave a comment telling me what you like about the blog and what you’d like to see more of ! So, who should I send these to ?! Lots and lots and lots of love to all of you and thanks for following ! MWACH MWACH MWACH MWACH – 4 kisses in France, 2 on each cheek 😉 xx Aimee PS – I’m posting that article about travelling very soon, been too busy enjoying Paris hehe xx

Happy Summer Giveaway !

Inspiration of the day 25-7-2013

Good morning ! Whilst packing my suitcase this morning, I noticed a lot of blue and an equal amount of lace… I hadn’t even realised I had a thing for either of those ! I guess we can’t escape our own personal taste ! What trends tend to pop up in your life ? So my blue clothes, lace and I are all ready for our roadtrip around France ! Can’t wait ! Follow me on Instagram, where these pics came from, to see how I wear my blue and lace and share other bits and bobs from our hols ! Insta : @clonesnclownsblog xx for now, see you later with a post on travelling Aimee

Inspiration of the day 25-7-2013

Would you #3 : Noeud Me Quitte Pas ?

It’s love season. Or what-should-I-wear-on-my-head season. In other words : wedding season. Finding something to wear to a wedding can be a pain when you’re not the one in white : which dress ? which shoes ? hat ? no hat ? are you wearing a hat ? I don’t want to wear a hat ! But we’ve been told to wear hats ! And so it goes on. But then there are headbands and fascinators. The perfect compromise. Who knows why we feel more comfortable wearing something that shows the top of our head…?! It’s a bit like wearing half a hat ! Anyway, headbands are the ideal accessory if you don’t know what to wear on your head and I have discovered the most incredible company… A few months ago I was at a trendy party in Paris and there was a photo booth. Along with the photo booth were tables and tables of fun accessories, including extravagant headbands and hair accessories by a brand named Noeud Me Quitte Pas (an adequate translation would be something like Forget Me Knot or Leave Me Knot). Massive bows in neon net…. WOW ! I thought. And grabbed a few to play around with in the booth. But by the end of the evening, I couldn’t put my neon yellow headband back. I just had to show you ! So I asked if I could borrow the headband for a photo shoot and here’s the result !So my question of the day is : Would you or wouldn’t you wear a huge neon net bow on your head ?! I have tried wearing the bow at the front and at the back and both look cute and modern-chic. In these pics I paired the headband with a neon yellow dress c/o Chicwish. So if I wear this to that wedding I’m going to next Saturday I’ll definitely get called the “girl in yellow”. Oh weddings and their impersonal nicknames ! Thanks to Noeud Me Quitte Pas ! Check out their site ! So, would you ? See you tomorrow ! xx Aimee

Would you #3 : Noeud Me Quitte Pas ?

DIY 90’s scrunchie

 Hey ladies ! I’m back with our third hair accessory DIY and as you might have guessed t’s a scrunchie ! So along with the Liberty braided headband and yesterday’s maxi bow hair clip that makes 3 cool new DIYs for you to try out. Admittedly, this is something a lot of you will already know how to do – although you may never have tried making a scrunchie with a ready-made hair band before. I find the result is sturdier than when you tie or sew your elastic together yourself. Scrunchies are one of the very first things my Mom ever taught me to sew. I remember when I was young, I used to have one matching every single dress in my wardrobe – lucky me ! My mom would make the dresses and then use leftover fabric to make matching scrunchies. I’m sure you have bits of fabric lying around too so with the return of the scrunchie you’re bound to use them up ! To make a 90’s style scrunchie, YOU WILL NEED : – A hair elastic / hairband – A pretty piece of fabric 90cm x 10cm – A needle and thread Step 1 : Fold the fabric right sides together. Hold both corners inside the elastic so that the hairband is inside the tube.Step 2 : Stitch the two corners together.Step 3 : Carry on stitching, creating a tube with your fabric with the elastic band inside.Step 4 : Continue until you reach the end of your fabric.Step 5 : You should end up with an open scrunchie with the material the wrong way out. Step 6 : Scrunch the fabric tube over your thumb.Step 7 : And pull one side through the tube in order to get the fabric the right side out.Step 8 : You should have an unfinished scrunchie again but this time with the fabric the right way out.Step 9 : Now fold one end of the fabric tube inwards by about 1cm. Push the other side in too, joining the scrunchie neatly.Step 10 : All you need to do now is sew along that line and you’re done ! Don’t worry about the hairband in there, you can either push the needle through it or skip it.And you’re done ! A homemade scrunchie in no time 🙂 Cute and fashionable, worn in all different ways ! You can make scrunchies like this one out of all sorts of fabric – I’m thinking denim, silk, leather… Go wild ! You can also change the widge and fullness of the scrunchie by changing the dimensions of the fabric. Have fun ! And as a bonus, I dug out an old photo of me with a matching dress and scrunchie my mom made – thanks mom 🙂 xx from London Aimee

DIY 90’s scrunchie

DIY maxi bow hair clip

Hello ?! Is anyone here ?! Oh you are still here !!!! Thanks so much for stopping by when I have been out and about doing other stuff, I have been as busy as the bees on my DIY espadrills and haven’t had time to blog. All good though, lot’s of fun things going on ! And now I’m BACK ! Talking of which, I hope you’re up for a few swimsuit DIYs from next week on ?! I have 5 planned for the next couple of weeks and have started working on them already, they look fab ! Can’t wait to share. Meanwhile, let’s get back to our DIY hair accessories. I promised three, so after last week’s Liberty headbands (glad you liked them, watch out for a giveaway !), here’s a giant bow American Apparel style clip. I always dribble when I see them there behind the counter but there is no way I will pay that price when I know I can do it myself… So I finally got round to it… And hope you do too ! To make your own American Apparel style Maxi Bow Clip, YOU WILL NEED : – A piece of pretty fabric 40 x 15cm – A second piece of fabric 8cm x 10cm – A needle and thread – A hair clip (I simply bought mine from Claire’s) – A hot iron Step 1 : Fold your large piece of fabric in half, right sides together. Iron. Step 2 : Run a stitch all the way around the piece of fabric (all three open sides) LEAVING A 3CM HOLE !Step 3 : Turn the fabric the right way round, feeding it through the 3cm hole. Use your needle to pick at the corners so you have nice rectangular shape. Step 4 : Fold the edges of the 3cm hole in and sew together with a tiny stitch. Iron all seams. Step 5 : Fold the edges of the smaller piece of fabric in. Iron flat.Step 6 : Pinch your large rectangle to form a bow shape.Step 7 : Roll the small piece of fabric around the pinched bow.Step 8 : Sew in place, but avoid you needle going through the whole bow. You don’t want any stitching to be visible from the front. Remove excess fabric on the small piece.Step 9 : Remove the centre piece of your hair clip.Step 10 : Slip your clip through the back of the bow and put the centre piece back on to keep the bow in place. If you like, you can also add a dot of glue to the clip to make sure the bow doesn’t slide around. I recommend hot glue / jewellery glue / superglue for this. And you’re done !   You can make these bows in any size and with any bits of fabric you have lyring around – although I do recommend a Winter cotton or thicker fabric so that the bow stays nice and puffed ! By the way, if you have ever seen this year’s Nike X Liberty collaboration, you might recognize this pixel style fabric… It’s used on one of their gorgeous pairs of shoes… I was so pleased I found a piece in the Liberty scrap section ! And if you were wondering what I used as a backdrop in photo number 1, check this out… See you tomorrow (for sure !) for our final DIY hair accessory… It’s all to do with a 90’s come-back, any ideas ?! Easy 😉 Lots of love from London, Aimee

DIY maxi bow hair clip

Inspiration of the day 14-7-2013

It’s hot outside and I feel like painting in the park… But I don’t paint on canvas – I’m no good at all. I do paint fabric though, and I feel like printing some big black dots to make a similar throw to this one from Anthropologie. I just love that shop, I go in there and die on a regular basis. Back in January I was lucky enough to visit the store in New York which is even cooler than the one I usually go to on Regent Street in London. Because, well, it’s in New York. Duh. Watch that space. xx Have a wonderful, hot day. Aimee

Inspiration of the day 14-7-2013