DIY Strappy Flats


I love strappy flats. I’m never 100% confident bashing around in heels every day and I’m annoyingly somewhere between a size 7 and 8 (clown feet alert!) so most shoes are annoyingly either too tight, or they slip off. I picked up these pink suedette flats from H&M for £8.99 (in a size 7 and a half – score!) and decided to jazz ’em up with some ankle strappage. I was originally going to use some pink ribbon but then I stumbled across this Pom Pom strip instead and thought, why not? I used a tough shoe needle to stitch the middle of each strip to the inner heel, and then stitched a tiny bit of ribbon onto either end of the strip to make the straps easy to tie. Easy! 🙂

I definitely noticed a few foot glances when I wore them the other day, including a few from my dog. He already thinks my ankles are a tasty chew toy and these probably aren’t going to help. Oh well!

Smart Closet

I love fashion, but you know what? I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve got a cupboard full to bursting of clothes (and that doesn’t seem to stop me from adding to it when I see something I like!) and yet I always seem to wear the same two or three outfits. I’m lazy and unadventurous when it comes to dressing myself so a capsule wardrobe would probably make a lot of sense, but I get bored easily and I hate to think of all those lovely clothes that are already hanging in my wardrobe and never get to see the light of day.

About a month ago I downloaded an app called Smart Closet on a whim, hoping that it would help me regain a bit of control over my togs, and I have to say, so far I’m loving it! It essentially works as a database – a personal closet catalogue – allowing you to see what you’ve got (and haven’t got!), categorise it, create and plan outfits, and understand which items you get the most use out of. It takes a little bit of time to set everything up, but for me it’s been a game changer 🙂

✦ Create Your Closet. The most time consuming part of creating your own smart closet is inputting all the data, which basically involves chucking all your clothes onto the floor and taking a picture of each and every item you own – clothes, shoes, accessories, the lot. You can choose to categorise them by style, colour, brand (which makes searching for items in the app much easier), and you can even add a price to each item which – once you’ve added everything – will give you a total price tag for your wardrobe. Eek!


✦ Create and Plan Outfits. Once you’ve created your database you can start having some fun with the app. All those photographs you took can now be mixed and matched to create outfits for your Lookbook. Outfits can be categorised by occasions and seasons and added to a calendar which allows you to keep track of what you’re wearing. Another handy feature is that the app will alert you every morning suggesting a possible outfit for the day. Helpful when you’re in a rush, eh? 🙂

Packing Lists. A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini break to the New Forest and used the packing feature to help me streamline my suitcase. You can add outfits to your packing list and the app will list all the items you need to pack.

Statistics. Here’s the interesting bit. The statistics page in the app gives you a run down of your wardrobe in numbers. How many tops, how many dresses? How many outfits? How much does your entire wardrobe cost? And depending on how much information you put into the app, it can also tell you about your favourite brands, favourite colours, most used item and best value item. All handy info for when you’re planning a clear out or feeling spendy 🙂

Have you ever tried a closet app? What did you think of it?

What’s in my Bag?

I bought a new bag the other day.  One of my favourite shops in Cardiff is closing down (Rossiters – please don’t leave!) and they had loads of bags on sale, so I got stuck in and snapped up this lovely powder blue one for £15 (below).  I’m not up on the current bag lady lingo – so bear with me – but I think you’d call it a cross-body, messenger bag (?).  I’ve never been comfortable with a huge bag swinging from the crook of my elbow – I like to have my hands free – so cross-body bags are my fave.  Anyway, I was moving everything over from my old bag (so many balled up receipts… gah!) and thought I’d take the opportunity to do a little ‘What’s in my Bag’ post.  🙂

My Purse.  Can you tell that I like blue?  This little Micheal Kors clutch was a gift from my parents last summer.  Inside it’s got plenty of room for cards and receipts, and keeps everything organised and easy to find.

Tissue Pack.  Can’t go out without plenty of tissues loaded up my sleeve, but when I’m feeling a bit more refined (or I’m sleeveless!) then you can’t go wrong with one of these packs from Tiger.

Hair Tie.  For hair emergencies (i.e. two hours after leaving the house).

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Berry Smoothie’.  I think I’ve got every shade of the Revlon Lip Butters; the formula’s just so good.  The shades are all quite natural and they never seem to dry out my lips.  Their staying power isn’t as good as others (although they don’t leave that horrible lipstick line around the lips like some brands do), so I always have to cart my shade of choice around with me.

Pen with Stylus.  I always carry around a pen and this one’s extra handy because it’s got a stylus attached to the end.  I’ve been getting into using Instagram Stories more, and so it’s handy to have something that allows me to add my handwriting 🙂

Sunglasses.  Wishful thinking, right?  Still, a girl can dream!  Now that we’re creeping towards summer I always keep a pair of sunglasses in my bag on the off chance that the sun makes an appearance.  These ones are from Primark and I think they were only a pound.  Can’t go wrong!

What’s in your bag right now?

Pancake Party

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow (or Shrove Tuesday if you’re old school), but I’m sure I didn’t need to tell you that!  I know some people take it really seriously and use it as a day to binge on whatever they’re giving up for lent, but Sunny and I just use it as an excuse for great big Pancake Par-tay.  But come on, as if we needed an excuse!  Sometimes it just needs to be a Saturday morning.  🙂

We usually make the fluffy American/Scotch pancakes (nice and easy to flip in the pan!) and then plonk a load of different toppings and sauces on the table.

Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 150ml milk
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a bit of butter to grease the pan
  1. Put all the ingredients in a jug and whisk until nice and smooth.
  2. Heat up a frying pan (medium heat) and grease with butter.
  3. Pour a little batter into the pan and let it settle.  When the top of the pancake starts to bubble – flip it! 
  4. What you serve them with is down to you.  Throw some blueberries into the batter, a lump of peanut butter, sugar strands, walnuts… the possibilities are endless!

How do you like your pancakes?

DIY Embroidered Tee

I love lazy-gal fashion.  If I could get away with wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt everywhere, every day, then I probably would.  I really like the whole grungy, embroidered t shirts that seem to be everywhere at the moment, but when I saw one in Top Shop last week and turned over the price tag I had a mini heart attack (I can’t be alone in thinking Top Shop has completely lost the plot on pricing in recent years…).  I’m sorry Toppers, but since when is it realistic to charge £22 for a plain white T Shirt with one embroidered word on it?  Nuh uh.  Forget it.  I’ll DIY it, I decided – and it turns out, it’s not that difficult to do at all.

All you’ll need is a plain white T Shirt (pick one up in good old Primani for a couple of quid), a sharp pencil, some scissors, a needle, some embroidery thread and an embroidery hoop (you could probably cope without one, but it does help to keep the fabric taut and enable you to stitch in a straight line!).
Put the T Shirt on and work out exactly where you want the embroidery to be, then apply the hoop.  Once you know what word you’re going for lightly pencil it onto the fabric.
Stitching in the letters is the trickiest part (but not that hard if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread), use back stitch and keep the stitches on the small side so you’ve got a bit more control.  It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect or neat, just as long as it’s legible!