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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

Lookbook : Yes, Daniel Cleaver

Let’s start off the week with a Bridget Jones reference : every time I wear something particularly short, I get an image of Hugh Grant asking me if my skirt is “off sick”. Well yes, Mister Cleaver, my skirt was off sick this week-end. But my waxed cotton mini shorts weren’t. I love playing around with proportions like wearing an oversized sweater with itty bitty shorts and these Acne Pistol boots polished it all off perfectly. As a bonus the sun came to take part in the photoshoot and him and I had lots of fun standing on the village bench in Hartington (Derbyshire, UK). Sweater : Topshop, similar here Shorts : Zara Bracelet : homemade (just braid 3 lengths of scruffy cotton !) Boots : Acne Pistol boots from www.my-wardrobe.com By the way, today is the last day you can vote for my blog in the Golden Blog Awards ! Click on the blue button in the sidebar to help me along my way in this French blogging competition – and wish me luck ! Thanks to all who have voted so far, your support is fantastic ! ♥ xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : Yes, Daniel Cleaver

Lookbook : Late for school again

I’m approximately 10 years late on the “back to school” post and yet this bag has been waiting to be used since the end of Summer sales (call me Miss Impulse-Purchase). When I saw it again this morning, sitting there quietly in a corner of my room, I gave in… and then realised that this post is actually representative of my many years at schoool : I was always late. Leather jacket : Stradivarius Lace top : Kookaï Trousers : No sé, they’re old ! Ballets : Les Tropéziennes Bag : Kling Necklace : Primark xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : Late for school again

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 ;-)

Lookbook : Dennis the menace

After having told you about my Do It Kits, I can finally introduce my favorite Do It Kit creation in an outfit ! That would be the studded leather collar – I love the rock and roll take on the peter pan collar, a mix of naughty and nice. As Dennis helped me dress this morning, I figured he should be in at least one photo, I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a good poser 😉 Don’t forget you can win a kit to make your own studded collar – more info here ! – Dress, bag & tights : H&M – Jacket : Hobs (vintage – one of my favorite items in my wardrobe ♥) – DIY Studded peter pan collar : Do It Kit, available HERE – Shoes & bracelet : New Look (similar bracelets here) Like the look ? That’s reason enough to vote for my blog in the French Golden Blog Awards ! I know I keep going on about it but I’m passionate, there’s nothing I can do about it ! It would mean a lot to me if you would give a vote here and there. Thank you ! xx – – – – – – –

Lookbook : Dennis the menace

Lookbook : Generation dot com

 You know how old people go on and on about how they used to “live without phones” and “find their way without satnavs” and “read books” and “write letters” (and send telegrams ?!) and “remember” and actually “turn up” instead of canceling by text ? Well sometimes I have to agree I do feel kinda stupid with my phone in my hand all day… Especially when I’m in the middle of a photo shoot and I forget because someone tweets me !   Jacket : H&M 2010 Sweater : Petit bateau Faux leather shorts : Zara Boots : Primark Bag : Bershka Twitter : https://twitter.com/aimeesblogs xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : Generation dot com

DIY : Globetrotter bag

Recently I was offered the chance to do a DIY exclusively for the French crafts site www.alittlemercerie.com. Studs are the craze this season, but the people on this site are very crafty so I needed to find them a challenge… Here is what I came up with : A trendy, studded, leather bag for the globetrotters out there ! Let me know what you think ! TUTORIAL THIS WAY (in French but with easy-to-follow images) P.S. Don’t forget to turn the BLUE button in the sidebar PURPLE by clicking on it (it won’t redirect you). This will boost my chances in the French Golden Blog Awards ! Thank youuuu ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Globetrotter bag

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

Shopping : Autumn wishlist #2

When the new collections began to poke their heads through the shop windows, I soon had a whole list of things that I would be looking to buy over the next season. Believe it or not, the list goes on. As more and more clothes, shoes, bags and accessories make their way into the stores, my Autumn wishlist seems to grow. I have been very good so far and have bought nothing but a turquoise Louche sweatshirt. However, I am preparing for a serious shopping sesh very soon to get myself over the end of holiday blues. Until then, here are some special bits and pieces I have placed in a wishful corner of my mind : Quand les nouvelles collections ont commencé à se montrer, je vous avais rapidement fait part de mes premiers coups de coeur. La liste s’allonge avec l’arrivée de nouvelles pièces… Pour le moment j’ai été assez sage, je n’ai acheté qu’un pull turquoise de la marque Louche. Ceci dit, je sens bien arriver une grosse session shopping très bientôt. Voici une nouvelle sélection de produits qui font boom boom dans ma cage thoracique :   1 :Heart Stud Pump Alexander McQueen / 2:Studded Tassle Bag by Mulberry / 3 : Quilted trench by Moncler / 4 : Tee-shirt by Ralph Lauren / 5 : Brown leather boots by Stuart Weitzman / 6 : Silk scarf by Salvatore Ferragamo / 7 :Lingerie by  Jenny Packham / 8 : Eye Colour Quad by Tom Ford (love the glittery grey !) / 9 : Python blouse by MICHAEL Michael Kors / 10 : Orb Shoulder Bag by Vivienne Westwood As you can see, my selections are getting more and more wintery – must be the rain that has suddenly decided to pour all over the South of France. Bring on boots, cozy sweaters and snuggly scarves ! Comme vous pouvez le voir, mes envies sont de plus en plus hivernales – cela doit être dû à cette merveilleuse pluie qui a décidé d’arroser tout le sud de la France en plein mois d’août.  xx Sponsored post – although this selection is 100% authentic ! – – – – – –

Shopping : Autumn wishlist #2

Trendspotting : 10 ways to bring back the 90’s !

You may or may not have heard that yesterday the Spice Girls got back together for one night only to celebrate the launch of the musical Viva Forever. Whether this news gives you goosebumps or shivers down your spine, it still means one thing : THE 90’S ARE BACK. And by the looks of it, the fashion industry agrees ! If you’re my kind of age (born “in the 80’s, the 80’s”  ♪♫), then you’ll probably feel weird about pulling on a pair of flares and wearing a different coloured nailpolish on each finger, but as always, for better for worse, I guess we’ll get used to it ! Here are 10 tips to help you get it bang on : Vous aurez peut-être entendu parler de la réunion des Spice Girls hier soir à l’occasion de la sortie de Viva Forever, une comédie musicale inspirée des cinq starlettes à plateformes géantes… Que cette nouvelle vous donne des frissons ou des sueurs froides, une chose est indéniable : LES ANNEES 1990 SONT DE RETOUR. Et on dirait bien que l’industrie de la mode approuve ! Si vous avez à peu près mon âge, cela vous fera peut-être bizarre de remettre un pantalon méga évasé ou de peindre vos ongles d’une couleur différente sur chaque doigt… Mais comme d’hab – pour le meilleur comme pour le pire – on va s’y habituer ! Voici 10 points essentiels pour vous guider : 1. Flares / Le pate d’eph Definitely the number one item on your 90’s list. We’ve been wearing slim trousers for years now and have gotten used to the way they make our thighs look bigger and our legs look shorter… Wait until you pull back on a pair of bell-bottoms – you’re love the way you look ! Expect waists to get lower again too – I remember having a pair of Replay jeans when I was 17 that were dangerously low ! Pair your flares with bright colours and prints as well as with a high pair of heels – go, go dancing queen ! LA pièce qu’il vous faut pour faire renaître les années ’90. Vous apprécierez sans doute la silouhette que ces pantalons créent – contrairement aux slims. Après être montée au dessus le nombril à la pin-up, la taille va sans doute redescendre sur les hanches aussi… à suivre ! 2. Close-fit tight dresses / Robes ceintrées serrées As the title suggests, this trend is a little unforgivable…. Hold your tummies in ladies and strut your stuff ! Une mode un peu impardonnable comme l’indique ce titre… On rentre le ventre et on se la joue bombasse ! 3. Peace and Love Although this is really a 70’s trend, by the end of the 90’s I was sick of that circle with a bird’s foot print inside it… The peace sign ! But I’m over my teenage grump and quite looking forward to this being back all over tee-shirts and jewelry. Heart and love messages will also spring up in the months to come, you wait ! Again, this trend is just too easy to DIY – I will undoubtedly be offering some cool tutorials. Bien que cette tendance date en fait des années 1970, on en dessinait partout sur les bancs de l’école dans les 90’s et ce sera désormais la même sur les tables du bureau – les cercles croisés d’une patte d’oiseau, les coeurs et les inscriptions pacifiques sont de retour ! Encore une fois, cette tendance est facile à suivre si vous aimez la mode faîte maison – tutos à venir ! 4. Ear cuffs / Bagues d’oreille This is one I’m going to have to get used to… Not my style, but – you never know ! Topshop already have quite a selection, even ones with chains hanging down to an attached earring. Hmm. Une tendance avec laquelle j’ai encore un peu de mal, mais bien présente déjà par exemple chez Topshop qui vend même des “bagues” d’oreille avec de petites chaînes attachées à une boucle. Sceptique… 5. Platforms and chunky heels / Talons et plateformes hautes ! We’ve been preparing for this extreme for a while now as heels have been getting higher, chunkier and soles simply bigger and bigger. Basically, we’re moving on from wedges to shoes which have high fronts as well as heels, basically raising our body hight by 5-10cm – sounds alright to me ! There are some great creations out there already, in fact Urban Outfitters already have a few pairs in their sale. Depuis un moment les talons se lancent des défis nous faisant grimper de plus en plus haut pour se chausser le matin. Désormais l’avant de la chaussure fait concurrence à l’arrière et on se trouve tout simplement sur une plateforme surélevée de 5 à 10cm. Une tendance déjà en pleine action – voir la sélection soldée d’Urban Outfitters. 6. Braids / Tresses In your hair but also around your waist, neck, wrist, ankle or even on your bag or shoes. Another hippy trend we’re bound to be seeing a lot of. Luckily this time round we have Youtube and consequently hundreds of tutorials showing us how to do amazing different braided hairstyles. Dans les cheveux, mais aussi autour de la taille, du cou, des poignets et des chevilles ou même accrochées à votre sac ou à vos bottines, les tresses sont à utiliser sans modération […]

Trendspotting : 10 ways to bring back the 90’s !

DIY : Leather tassels // Glands en cuir

Remember that leather belt I found in my local RSPCA shop ? And remember I decided to cut into it when I made my rainbow necklace ? Well its come in useful once again ! Vous vous souvenez ma ceinture en cuir trouvée dans une boutique d’occasion ? Celle que j’avais découpée pour créer mon collier arc-en-ciel ?! Encore une fois, elle se rend utile ! Oversized tassels are a massive bag accessory lately and would you believe they’re the ea-si-est thing to DIY in the world ? I know, I always say that ! But somethings we take for granted without ever even taking into consideration how they were made. I was waiting at a bus stop not long ago, people watching, as you do. The lady sitting next to me had two massive tassels hanging off her leather bag and the bus took so long I had time to think up this tutorial… Every dark cloud has a silver lining ! Les glands surdimensionés (ahem… comment dire…) sont un accessoire à sac très populaire dernièrement et, encore une fois, les faire soi-même c’est plus que facile. Je me suis retrouvée à côté d’une dame au joli sac en cuir en attendant le bus l’autre jour et ce bus rouge a mis si longtemps que j’ai eu le temps d’admirer ses glands immenses (je vous jure, j’ai cherché un autre mot…) et vous préparer ce tuto. To make your own oversized leather tassles, YOU WILL NEED : Pour créer tes propres glands surdimensionnés, IL TE FAUDRA : – A long strip of leather – I urge you to take a look at belts in your local charity shop, so much cheaper ! / Un long morceau de cuir – Allez voir les ceintures dans un magasin d’occaz près de chez vous, c’est beaucoup moins cher ! – Sharp scissors / Des ciseaux qui coupent (expression débile – vous voyez c’que j’veux dire !) – Modpodge or other glue good for sticking leather + paintbrush if necessary / De la colle à cuir ou colle à tout coller + pinceau si besoin – About 10 min max + drying time / Pas plus de 10 min + temps de séchage Here’s how to Do It Yourself : / Toi-même tu sais faire : 1 : Cut a long thin strip of leather (the length you want your tassels to dangle on) as well as two long thick strips. Mine were approx 25cm x 7cm. / Couper une lanière fine pour porter les glands plus deux morceaux de cuir plus grands, par exemple 25cm x 7cm.  2 : Fringe the thick strips of leather, leaving approx. 2cm unfringed at the top. / Couper les gros morceaux en franges, laissant à peu près 2cm non coupés en haut. 3 : Spread glue along the top of the fringed leather and glue the thin strip of leather to one end. / Etaler la colle tout au long du haut des franges et coller la lanière à l’une des deux extrêmités. 4 : Roll up the leather fringe until you have a nice chunky tassel. / Rouler la frange autour de la lanière puis jusqu’au bout pour former le gland. 5 : Repeat on other end, leave to dry then attach to your bag, boots, keys… / Refaire pareil de l’autre côté, laisser sécher puis nouer à ton sac préféré, à tes bottines, à tes clefs… – Nailpolish / vernis by O.P.I. (Meep-meep-meep) – Bag / sac by Bershka – Boots by Ted Baker xx – – – – – –

DIY : Leather tassels // Glands en cuir