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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

DIY : Pearl glasses

When Mister Spex offered me a pair of glasses to customise I couldn’t resist ! Challenge accepted ! I knew straight away what I would do with them : make them into an original pearly pair ! Here’s how I did it : Mister Spex offer a wide range of basic glasses at an affordable price so why not try a pair of your own and avoid spending hundreds on a pair of designer specs ? It’s easy, fun and stylish ! P.S. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for my new DO IT KITS ! I’m so pleased you like them ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Pearl glasses

DIY : Barbie statement necklace

Chucnky statement necklaces are the way to go this year, especially worn with a smart jacket or under a shirt collar. I think bright accessories are perfect for a business meeting, it gives a bit of femininity to a ‘working woman’s’ outfit without going over the top or looking too casual. This is more of an inspiration tutorial than an actual project – you can use the techniques used for this statement necklace to make your own original piece of jewelry without necessarily using the same shapes and colours as I have. I hope you like it ! Necklace : DIY above Tee-shirt : Mango Jacket : IKKS Jeans : IKKS Shoes : New Look Leather bag : DIY here WAIT ! Before you go, I have two last things to say… 1 / I found out last night that my blog is so far 8th in the French Golden Blog Awards – I can’t believe it ! Thanks so much to anyone who has voted for Clones ‘n’ Clowns once, twice or everyday. 2 / Votes close on 22nd and I need to stay in the top 10 to get through to the finals ! If you liked this tutorial, if you like my blog or if you just think I have a funny face, PLEASE VOTE for my blog by clicking on the blue button below. You can vote once a day until Monday. One vote = one click = one second. Thank you all a million times around the World ! ♥   xx – – – – – –

DIY : Barbie statement necklace

DIY : A leather carrier bag (Or grocery bag for you Yankies ;-)

I first saw these leather shopping bags a few years ago and loved the idea straight away. Not only is it quirky but it’s also ecological and classy – you never know who you might meet when topping up on fruit and veg ! I hope you like it ! I thought it was about time I showed you a sewing DIY again and seeing as my machine was out from me doing a tutorial for Marie Claire last week-end… suspense… more info soon ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : A leather carrier bag (Or grocery bag for you Yankies ;-)

DIY : Skull & chain necklace

I always look at All Saints and IKKS necklaces and sigh… I love each and everyone of them but can hardly ever afford a £50 gimmick necklace. I have a robot one from IKKS that I adooooore (he’s called Jean-Robot), I’ll have to show you him one day but he’s missing a leg so I don’t take him out of his box so much these days 🙁 Skull beads seem to be a favorite this season and definitely match the grungy feel of the brands above. I didn’t think braided chains would make it through the Autumn but here I go again using this almost over DIYed technique. I used leather thread this time, to rock up the look, and added in a bead every now and then so that the skulls hang off the necklace. I love the result and know I’ll be wearing this often – a gothico-cute look perfect for Halloween or even all Winter through ! You will need the following supplies as well as a clasp and a couple of jump rings to attach it to the chain : Here’s a quick look at how I braided the chain and added in the beads but for a more detailed tutorial on braiding chain click here. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Skull & chain necklace

DIY : Studded leather clutch

As soon as I saw this faux leather clutch at H&M, I felt there was something missing : STUDS. Yes, what’s a leather clutch with no studs this season ? Naked ! So I bought it and DEALT WITH IT. Boom. Waddya think ? I used a mix of silver and gold coloured studs for a very 2012 effect and criss-crossed them in a chesterfield manor – I love the way the faux leather creased in diamond shapes to match. The feel is very Alexander Mcqueen, in fact it would have looked great with a skull in the middle of the studs ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Studded leather clutch

Lookbook : A La Gare

I know this sounds very geeky-freaky, but I have a thing for trains. It’s my dark side. I love taking trains, I find it relaxing and love day dreaming whilst watching the landscapes fly by. I also love taking photos of train stations. Now that’s all out there, let me introduce you to La Gare. This fancy French restaurant used to be a train station. The entrance hall has now been turned into a luxurious bar and the platforms are covered in set tables. The food is delicious to say the least (my recommendation : truffle ravioli !), the service is impeccable and the general experience is simply special. Now is also a good time for me to introduce you to my new watch – a square faced design by Nick Munro, inspired by Japanese train stations and their impressive punctuality. Voici le moment geek : j’aime les trains. C’est mon côté obscur. J’adore prendre le train, ça me détend et j’aime rêver d’ailleurs pendant que je regarde les paysages filer à toute vitesse. J’aime aussi prendre des photos de gare – ce qui m’amène à vous présenter ce joli restaurant parisien : La Gare. Cette ancienne gare a donc vu son hall d’entrée transformer en bar luxueux et ses quais recouvrir de belles tables. Les plats sont fins (ma reco : les ravioles à la truffe !) et le service impeccable – une belle expérience. Je vous présente par la même occasion ma nouvelle montre, un design signé Nick Munro et inspiré des gares japonaises et leur ponctualité sans faille. Dress by Vila @ Monshowroom Shoes by Zara Watch by Nick Munro xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : A La Gare

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

There are so many things you can do with beads that sometimes you don’t even have to think of them as beads. Here is a cute bracelet you can make with long thin beads by simply gluing them to a piece of ribbon. Use jewelry glue to make sure you keep the flexibility of the ribbon. Line the beads up straight for a smart bangle or make them messy like mine for a more conceptual look. Il y a tellement de choses à faire avec les perles et parfois il n’y a même pas besoin de les enfiler. Voici un bracelet tout mignon tout simple : vous collez simplement vos perles sur un ruban à attacher autour du poignet. Utilisez de la colle à bijou pour garder la souplesse du ruban. Vous pouvez aligner vos perles pour un bracelet chic ou bien les mettre en vrac comme moi pour un look plus décalé. Leave 15cm of ribbon and glue beads for approx 10cm. Leave to dry. Cut ribbon so that there is enough space on both ends to tie a cute bow. Melt ends of ribbon with match or lighter to avoid fraying. Tie to wrist and brag that you made it ! Laisser 15cm de ruban puis coller des perles le long des 10 prochains cm. Laisser sécher. Couper le ruban de manière à laisser assez de longueur des deux côtés pour faire un joli noeud derrière le poignet. Fondre les bouts du ruban avec une alumette ou un briquet. Attacher au poignet et se la péter ! And the result : / Et le résultat : xx – – – – – –

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

Shopping : Michael Kors Messenger bag

You know when somebody asks you who your favorite designer is ? It’s a bit like “What’s your favorite music”… You always end up saying “Erm… I like loads of things…”. Well next time I’m asked, Michael Kors is my answer. I am IN LOVE with this turquoise Messenger Bag as well as many others of his designs. The colour is fabulous, the chains are so now and the satchel style is the perfect back to school look ! Quand on me demande quel est mon designer préféré, je ne sais jamais quoi répondre. Un peu comme quand on me demande le nom de mon groupe préféré… “Euh… J’écoute un peu de tout…”. Eh bien, la prochaine fois qu’on me demande, ma réponse sera Michael Kors ! Je suis tombée en amouuuur avec ce magnifique sac “messager”. La couleur, les chaînes so 2012 et le style cartable – un accessoire de rentrée par-fait. On sale here / En vente ici xx – – – – – –

Shopping : Michael Kors Messenger bag

DIY : Jennifer Suhr’s winning sparkly headband // Le bandeau brillant de Jennifer Suhr

Watching the Olympics last night, it struck me how the muscly pole vaulters still had very feminin details from head to toe. Their nails were immaculate, their legs super tanned, their belly-buttons often pierced, their eyes made-up and their hair often tied in a fashionable style. Gold medalist Jennifer Suhr (USA) looked stunning in her wonder woman style outfit and sparkly headband and after just a few minutes I felt a DIY coming on… ! En mattant les JO hier soir j’ai été étonnée de voir à quel point les championnes du saut à la perche restaient tout de même quelque peu féminins. Leurs ongles étaient parfaitement vernis, leurs jambes bronzées, leurs nombrils percés, leurs yeux maquillés et leur cheveux plus ou moins coiffés. J’ai surtout adoré le serre-tête brillant de la médaillée d’or Jennifer Suhr (USA) – je n’ai évidemment pas pu m’empêcher de le reproduire ! To make your own sparkly headband, YOU WILL NEED : Pour créer votre propre bandeau brillant, IL VOUS FAUDRA : – An elastic headband, or make your own here / Un bandeau en élastique, ou faîtes le vous-même en suivant ce guide – Sparkly beads / Des perles brillantes – Bead thread / Du fil à perles – Jewelry glue / De la colle à bijoux – Scissors & tape / Des ciseaux & du scotch Here is how to do it yourself / Toi-même tu sais faire : 1 : Cut three long pieces of thread and knot them together at the top. / Couper trois longueurs de fil et les nouer en haut. 2 : Braid the thread, adding in a bead on each fold. / Tresser les fils, ajoutant une perle à chaque pas. 3 : Make a beaded braid the length of half your headband (no more so you keep the stretch) and knot on other end. Cut left over thread. / Tresser une longueur équivalente à la moitié du bandeau (pas plus sinon l’élastique n’aura plus effet) et nouer. Couper l’excès. 4 : Glue the beaded braid to the head band and leave to set. / Coller les perles sur le bandeau et laisser sécher. 5 : Win ! / Gagner ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Jennifer Suhr’s winning sparkly headband // Le bandeau brillant de Jennifer Suhr

Shopping : Going for Gold

Team GB are not only hosting the Olympics this Summer, they’re nailing them ! Make the most of the Olympic craze by sporting gold nail polish, accessories or even clothes with a hint of victory ! Here’s a celebration selection of sparkly and glittery clothes and accessories you can find in stores now : 1 : Gingerbread men earrings by Topshop / 2 : Ri2K bag via Asos / 3 : Michael Kors watch via Asos /4 : Sequin Peter Pan necklace by Topshop / 5 : Gold Shatter nail polish by OPI / 6 : Glitter eye shadow by Make-Up Forever / 7 : Shorts by American Retro (-50%) / 8 : Cardigan by Rochas / 9 : Coin necklace (gold medal style !) by River Island / 10 : Sequin dress (pinky gold) by Topshop And last but not least, I have ordered these Hunter boots (kids – but they go up to a size 5 !) : xx – – – – – –

Shopping : Going for Gold