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They don't have Girl Scout cookies here in the UK but we really want to bake these!
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Outfit details:

  • Sweater - thrifted
  • Skirt - thrifted & diy (see below)
  • Scarf & tights - Old Navy
  • Booties - Payless
  • Socks - Steve Madden
  • Earrings - c/o Sahara Jewelry, via etsy
  • Rings - Forever21
  • Nails - diy caviar manicure 

DIY Fishtail Skirt

Recreate the look with Kym's DIY Fishtail Skirt tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

This question is always a toughie because I don't define my style by any one category.  It's a rather eclectic mix that can be defined as relaxed, undone, and effortlessly chic, with a bit of whimsey thrown in for good measure.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Right now I'm mildly obsessed with my light denim chambray button up shirt.  It's so versatile that I can usually figure out a way to work it into just about any outfit.  Suffice it to say that I probably wear it more times between washings than is hygienically acceptable.  I might even give it an update soon by adding some metal studs & large rhinestones to the collar!

Who are your style icons?

I have a pretty major girl crush on Zooey Deschanel.  Her style is impeccable, from her clothing to her hair to her makeup; even right down to her beautiful singing voice.  I totally want to be her.

Do you have any favourite designers?

This is going to sound crazy coming from a style blogger, but I actually don't pay much attention to designers (#shameful).  I'm just not down with $8,000 dresses; it all seems a bit excessive to me.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Francesca's Collections and Anthropologie always seem to have shops filled with irresistible dresses, and I love to look for trendy pieces at Forever21. When I want to feel really cool, I shop at Urban Outfitters.  Also on the favorite list: Target, Old Navy, & Gap for affordable wardrobe staples, with the occasional fun piece thrown in - all at great prices.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I've tried my hand at sewing, but after a rocky 10 year relationship with my sewing machine, I have finally accepted that I'll have to leave the creation of clothing to the pros.  Instead, I customize my outfits by adding pieces that reflect my personality, be it a scarf I knitted myself, a pair of handmade earrings, or even on the laziest of days - a simple swipe of bright lipstick.

 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit? 

My best piece of advice is to incorporate a little something unexpected into your outfits.  Maybe your sweater has elbow patches; maybe you throw a cargo vest over a dainty lace dress to toughen it up a bit; maybe you mix flannel with sequins; or maybe you wear some patterned tights underneath your shorts...you get the idea.  Try to do something slightly outside of the norm.    To really personalize your outfit, add little bits of you into it.  Do you love vintage?  Add a cluster of vintage brooches to your jacket or sweater.  Do you love bright colors?  Throw on some purple tights or add a bold, yellow handbag to an otherwise neutral outfit.  Any little detail that would cause someone to go, "hmm, that's interesting," is basically the goal.  


Check out Kym's blog at bitty.and.bunny »

Recipe Finds »

Baking cakes in to egg shells is such a creative idea for Easter!

Check out the recipe from Homely Creatures »

Recipe Finds »

This pie looks like the perfect treat to get us in the mood for spring!
Check out the recipe from Scarborough FoodFair »

We're in love with the design of this elegant speckled egg cake.
Check out the how-to from Half Baked »

 Outfit details:

  • Tartan scarf - H&M
  • High-waist black jeans - H&M
  • White t-shirt - H&M
    Small bag 
    - H&M
  • Chain bracelet - H&M
  • Jacket - French Connection
  • Heels - New Look

DIY Statement Lip

Recreate the look with Seonaid's Statement Lip make-up tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

Ever changing. I like basic, classic pieces in navy, white and black, but I also like splashes of colour. I am also frequently enchanted by glitter, sequins and studs.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I have a couple of pieces I really love,mostly for sentimental reasons; my Issey Miyake Pleats Please coral minidress, that I wore to my mum's wedding; my white and blue sealife print Zara silk summer dress. I also love my practical, well-made basics - white t-shirts, skinny jeans, little black dresses. 

Who are your style icons?

Julia Sarr-Samois. She is so effortlessly cool, without looking to try hard. She really knows how to dress up the simplest seeming of outfits, and knows how to wear colour well.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Alexander Wang, Mary Katrantzou, Elie Saab. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

H&M for basics, Zara for classics, Whistles, Cos, sometimes Topshop.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Only in the sense that I will cut things up to see how they look - cutting tshirts shorter or changing the neckline, hemming skirts, cutting jeans into shorts. The occasional studding. I wish I had more time and better craft shops nearby, there are lots of things I want to try! 

 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

Buy only what your feel comfortable in - if you're spending 10 minutes in the shop convincing yourself, it's not worth it. Pick colours, patterns, fabrics you like - just buy what you really want, rather than what you think other people do. Feeling confident and comfortable in your clothes looks ten times better and more individual than forcing yourself into trends you hate. 


You can check out Seonaid's blog at Beauty & Baggage »

Craft Finds »

We're in love with these super bejewelled shoes. Who's going to grab some gems and make their own?

Check out the how-to from Sewing in Stilettos »

These polka dot jeans are so awesome and so easy to make!

Check out the how-to from JennyBevlin.com »

Today's DIY Fashionista is Auna from La Vie En Rose, who's also been taking part in the Pick Your DIY collaboration, where seven bloggers used Pinterest to find Spring/Summer 2013 inspired looks to turn in to their own DIY projects. Auna was inspired by a discontinued cross back shirt from the Social Butterfly House and you can see how she made it below:


 

Outfit details:

Day:
  • Tomato Ankle Skinnies - American Rag for Macy's
  • Mustard Empire Top - Forever 21
  • Jacket - Max Studio
  • Heels - American Rag for Macy's
  • Necklace - Aldo
Night:
  • Tomato Tank - Mossimo for Target
  • Striped Skirt - Charlotte Russe
  • Jacket - Max Studio
  • Heels - American Rag
  • Necklace - Custom made on Etsy
Weekend:
  • Slouchy hat - Mossimo for Target
  • Tomato tank - Mossimo for Target
  • Jeans - Seven For All Mankind
  • Heels - American Rag for Macy's
  • Jacket - Max Studio
  • Bow Necklace - Juicy Couture


DIY Cross Back Shirt

Recreate the look with Auna's Cross Back Shirt tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

Hippie Hepburn! I love classic pieces that are timeless and elegant. They're brilliant for photography, especially since one doesn't have to worry about looking as dated in them as more trendy fashion choices. They're always chic. I also tend to add a little bit of hippie/boho in there- loose fitting dresses + tunics, messy buns and slightly tousled hair + curls, minimal makeup. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

That's like asking me to choose a favorite food! Probably my brown fold over boots or my leather jacket. I have about 15 pairs of boots; a pair of great boots can bring the most basic, boring outfit up several notches. I also *love* the black wedges in the photos- they can be dressed up or down and are very comfortable. I try not to wear heels because of ballet, so these are the only ones I'll wear.

Who are your style icons?

Audrey Hepburn, as mentioned above. The 50's + 60's were such a great time for fashion. People just always seemed put together, right down to the hats + white gloves. Also Coco Chanel- she revolutionized women's clothing for decades. For someone more current day- Rachel Zoe. Slightly predictable, but she has been dressing the rich and famous as boho-chic babes for years.

Do you have any favourite designers?

All of the French + Italian greats. I can't choose a favorite. They're all brilliant. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

The hippie side of me struggles with fair labor practices, so I prefer socially conscious companies like Fair Indigo- the ethos paris collection has cute dresses. Fair trade clothing tends to be very basic so that's a great option for classic staples. For more mainstream clothing I go to places like Macy's + Target (admit it, you love their designer collections!) because they require all clothing lines they carry to enforce and follow strict labor laws. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I very rarely make an entire piece from scratch, I'm much more likely to customize something through refashioning. It's a lot of fun to imagine old clothes in a totally new way, just by removing sleeves, making pants fitted or shirts loose, changing a neckline, raising a hemline or even sewing pants into pencil skirts!

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

I don't like to leave anything alone. Everything that comes home gets customized. You don't need to sew! Add studs or use fabric paint to change jeans- even just the pockets! Iron on patches for elbows or a use great applique. Easily put on new buttons to make a cardigan or jacket look more expensive. Use embroidery, or just contrasting fabric + a hot glue gun to add a monogram. That way you can be sure that you're the only person wearing your item- no matter where it came from. 


Keep up to dat with Auna at her blog, La Vie En Rose »

These adorable macaron hairclips make us want to get stitching and head to Paris!

Check out the how-to from zakka life »

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