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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

Beauty : Remove your nail polish in seconds !

I can’t even remember where I heard about this technique but I know I forgot to use it until I saw it again on the Internet the other day when browsing through Pinterest. I tried it this morning and just had to share it with you straight away – it’s incredible ! I love having my nails polished, playing with colours and turning my finger tips into fashionable accessories, however I often find myself spending a few days with chipped polish because I can’t be bothered to remove it… NOT sexy ! It tends to take me ages to clean my nails the traditional way, especially since I usually paint on 3 coats of polish so that the colour is bold and long-lasting. But now… NOW… I’ll be changing colour every few days because it will only ever take me SECONDS to remove it ! And as a bonus, I’ll be saving money instead of using almost a whole pack of cotton wool each time… Here’s how !   Easy, right ?! So watch out for my ever-changing nails from now on ! Today I’m going for a crackled red on powder pink – Mister Monkey loves it 🙂 Think you’ll give it a try ?! xx – – – – – –

Beauty : Remove your nail polish in seconds !

DIY beauty : Natural pre-shampoo conditioner

Did you know that when your hair is wet it doesn’t absorb so much ? It’s already full of water ! So putting conditioner on your wet hair can be a little bit like pouring water on a wet sponge – it’s not going to take it in. This is why I usually use hair masks before shampooing. It may sound a little backwards but I really feel it makes a difference. This is a super simple recipe (can a recipe only have one ingredient?!!) to give your hair a mosterising boost and some extra volume – perfect for this time of year when our hair is starting to dry out and break because of the colder weather and wind. All you have to do is mix up two to four egg yolks (depending on the length of your hair) and spread the yolk over your hair like a normal hair mask. Only using the yolks means you really use the fatty part of the egg so it is much more conditioning. Leave the yolk on your hair for 15min after making sure it is fully covered in yellow goo. You can take it all the way up to your scalp if you like but the lengths are the main parts you need to rehydrate and nourish. When the time is up, wash your hair as usual. You can still use conditionner on the ends of your hair after shampooing if you need to but it’s not necessary. Use this mask once a week and you will truly notice your hair getting more bouncy, shiny, weather-resistant and generally more healthy – a natural beauty wonder ! And a cheap mask at under £5 a month 🙂 Pssst – You could use the left over egg white as a face mask or make a mousse for desert ! xx – – – – – –

DIY beauty : Natural pre-shampoo conditioner

Introducing……..

Finally the day has come and I can show you what I’ve been working on for weeeeeeeeeks on end ! So many of you have been enjoying my DIY tutorials, I decided to make it even easier for you to DIY at home. I know what it’s like when you want to do something crafty, you get that inspirational buzz but then either can’t be bothered to go out and get the gear, do go out but are unable to find what you need or go out, find it and end up having to buy enough to amuse a whole army ! Do It Kits are a new, easier way for you to shop for DIY supplies. Pick a project you like, buy it on the Do It Kits website and receive everything you need to make a unique item from scratch. The pleasure’s all yours ! Here are the three first kits I have created, three very different pieces so that there’s something for everyone ! I hope you like them as much as I do – I can’t stop wearing mine and kept having to take them off before shooting outfit photos so that you wouldn’t find out about the secret until today ! Please note that prices are in EUROS. You can use this online convertor to see how much each price is in your currency. Visit DoItKits.com for more information and to buy your first kit ! FLURO CUSTOM KIT – SEE THE KIT RED, PINK & PURPLE BELT – SEE THE KIT FAUX LEATHER STUDDED COLLAR – SEE THE KIT The kits are available in English and in French so make sure you click on the right product ! It should be quite clear 😉 And finally – how about a bit of a competition ?! Who want’s to win a Do It Kit ?! I’m giving away one of each Do It Kits to celebrate the launch – yippee ! All you have to do is click on the below link which will take you to my Facebook page, then like the page and leave me a message on my wall telling me about a kit you would like to see on sale soon. The winners will be picked out at midnight next Sunday and announced in a post next Monday. Good luck ! Oh, and you can give me a click on the big blue button in the sidebar too if you like, it won’t help you win a kit, but it might help me win the French Golden Blog Awards ! Thank you ! ♥ xx – – – – – –

Introducing……..

DIY : Starstruck boots

If you’re following me behind the scenes (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), you will already know I was in Primark a couple of hours ago. What you don’t know is that I went to buy something in particular (although I came out with much more, as you do)… The facts are these : Back in June, I bought a beautiful pair of studded shoes from Zara. I love them to bits but unfortunately they’re definitely Summer boots and if I wear them under the London rain they’ll simply drown. I’ve been looking for a Winter version to take their place for a while now, and you have to agree, this season we’re spoilt for choice as far as studded boots are concerned. But – I’m not very good at making choices… So I decided to make my own (surprise, surprise) using hotfix star studs. In literally 15 minutes my boring black Primark boots became my favorite starstruck beauties. And all I had to do was follow the instructions (i.e. place star, cover up with coton tee and place iron on for a few seconds until stuck). Bonus : All together these boots cost me £20. Yihaa. ** – – – – – –

DIY : Starstruck boots

DIY : Grunge destroyed jeans

Sorry Levi’s but your straight black demi-curve just weren’t interesting enough for me this morning. After a good break in the middle of nowhere (a.k.a. Scotland), I’ve come back to London with a million DIY ideas. To kick off, here’s a video showing you how to destroy your jeans – in a good way ! Grungy gear is at the height of fashion this season so I decided to really go for it and distressed my jeans in subtle cross shapes. A big one on the knee and a smaller one on the thigh – what’s the dealeo ? To make your own grunge destroyed jeans, YOU WILL NEED : – A pair of denim jeans (containing as little elastic as possible) – Chalk – Scissors – Tweezers (or long nails and a lot of patience) Here’s how to : The result : Jean by Levis customised by CNC Bag by Manoush Top by Sugarhill Boutique And the attitude : xx – – – – – –

DIY : Grunge destroyed jeans

DIY : Stripy poncho

If you’re following me on Facebook, you will have already had a sneaky peak at this Autumny DIY. Whilst packing my backpack for Scotland, I had a vision : an oversized twirly top with bright colours contrasting on a wintery jersey cotton. I nipped to the fabric shop and here we are : a DIY poncho conjured up in no time. To make your own DIY stripy poncho with ribbon, YOU WILL NEED : –       A large piece of cotton or viscose jersey (mine was approx 1mx1m10) –       Enough ribbon to go around the piece of the fabric, in chosen size and colours –       The same length of fusible web / hemming web –       Scissors –       An iron 1 : Fold your piece of fabric into quarters and cut out the neckline as shown above (cut into the fully FOLDED corner) Tip : If you rather, only fold in half and then use a tee-shirt to guide you Tip2: Start small as you can always make it bigger ! 2 : Lay your webbing around the poncho, where you want the ribbon to go Tip3 : Start off in the middle of the back of the poncho. Don’t start on a corner ! 3 : Iron on your ribbon making sure your iron is hot enough to melt the glue but not too hot for the fabric (especially if using synthetic) Tip4 : Start with a warm iron and build up the heat until you find the correct temperature for the webbing. This will avoid you damaging the fabric. 4 : At corners, simply fold the webbing over into the new direction and do the same with the ribbon as you iron it down. 5 : When you’ve ironed all the way around and get back to your starting point, cut the ribbon so that it overlaps by approx 5cm. Iron the ribbon on until it meets the starting point. Fold the tip of the ribbon in and iron it down with an extra tab of webbing. And the result : As you can see its raining quite badly here so I have to admit I pulled my raincoat off just for you…! More poncho projects coming up over the season. Final Tip : If you’re not a poncho peep, use this technique on another piece of clothing ! Be creative ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Stripy poncho

DIY : Cut out diamond shape top // Top découpé dos losange

This is a DIY I’ve been meaning to do for a while after so many of you liked the idea on Pinterest. I can imagine a lot of you whipping out your scissors to do this one – it’s way too hot around the world to wear a whole tee-shirt ! Voilà un DIY que je comptais faire depuis un moment après que certaines d’entre vous ayez remarqué l’image sur Pinterest. J’imagine que vous serez beaucoup à reproduire ce tuto, il fait bien trop chaud en ce moment pour porter un tee-shirt sans trou ! To make your own Cut out diamond shape top, YOU WILL NEED : Pour créer votre propre top au dos en losange, IL VOUS FAUDRA : – A tee-shirt / Un tee-shirt – Sharpe scissors / Des Ciseaux bien aiguisées – Paper / Une feuille de papier – Pins / Des épingles Do it yourself : / Toi-même tu sais faire : 1 : Fold your piece of paper into 4 and snip off diagonally opposite the folds to create a diamond (you could also use another shape !). Pin to the middle of the back. / Plier la feuille en 4 et couper en diagonale à l’opposé des plis pour créer un losange (vous pouvez aussi faire une autre forme !). Accrocher au milieu du dos avec des épingles. 2 : Cut the neck down to the top of the diamond to create a low back. / Couper depuis les épaules jusqu’à la pointe du losange pour créer un dos dénudé. 3 : Shred the back of the tee shirt, working your way from the outside in and all around the diamond. Remember the shreds need to be wider at the outside than on the inside because the diamond shape is much smaller than the perimeter of the tee ! / Découper le tee-shirt en lanières tout autour du losange, partant depuis l’extérieur puis vous arrêtant au bord du papier. Rappelez-vous que le périmètre du tee-shirt est bien supérieur à celui du losange alors il faudra que les lanières soient plus grosses à l’extérieur qu’à l’intérieur ! 4 : Unpin the diamond and perfect the shape if needed. / Détacher le losange et parfaire la forme au besoin. Tip : When wearing bare backs like this, replace your bra by a low back one piece swimming costume ! Astuce : Pour remplacer le soutif quand on porte ce genre de top, porter un maillot une pièce dos nu ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Cut out diamond shape top // Top découpé dos losange