From the very first time I spotted the Proenza Schouler rope bracelet I couldn’t get it out of my head… a bit of Proenza that I could actually afford. But, a bit of Proenza...Read More →
From the very first time I spotted the Proenza Schouler rope bracelet I couldn’t get it out of my head… a bit of Proenza that I could actually afford. But, a bit of Proenza that was rope… and for 130 pounds?! Sadly, as much as I wish my pockets were lined with 50 pound notes they aren’t and I just couldn’t justify it. So when I walked into a hardware store a few weeks ago and saw the rows of brightly coloured rope staring back at me… I just knew they were dying to be morphed into a Proenza Schouler rope bracelet wannabe and, with a little help from the notorious Dr Crusader, they were.
Behold, my first official DIY that made it out the front door and onto my body in a public place! I use the term my very lightly because, you see, while I might have been the creative voice behind the project, the execution took place in the Dr’s lab with all sorts of scientific material. Personally I think it gives the original a run for its money…
Chances are you’ve seen lots of various Proenza Schouler bracelet diy posts popping up across the blogosphere. Style Scrapbook and even Nylon Magazinedabbled in a bit of homemade bracelet mania. So what do you think, as good as the original?
Is anybody else a bit of a DIY clutz?
I can’t cut straight or sew a hem. Notoriously crap at doing things myself, when I try to make a pair of levis into shorts it usually takes about three attempts and even then they are still lopsided. I don’t buy vintage and revamp it into magical pieces that perfectly suit me or alter last seasons items to make them perfectly now. I’d rather fork out 50 quid for a plain leather clutch then attempt to make it myself because I just know it will end in disaster. It always does. Last weekend I attempted to poke some studs through a plaid shirt which only resulted in my favourite checked shirt looking like some sort of punk rock toddler attacked it.
Personally I blame the DIY blogger gods for this. People like Geneva and Shini who whip up Jil Sander-esque pink full skirts by the bucket load and cut cardigans in half to make them two-toned. They trick me into thinking I too can pull off a DIY with the ease that they can. The truth is I think I’m just a wee bit too impatient. Anyway, I attempted two little DIYs recently which I don’t think are too offensively grotesque… but I’ll let you be the judge of that. More photos to follow soon.
Yo little monkeys…
I normally don’t do this sort of thing (featuring items that people have e-mailed me about) but this, I think, is a good exception to the rule. You see, these shoes are super sweet and totally in keeping with my recent kick to indulge in all things reminiscent of my childhood. The brand they’re made by, Study Footwear, is based in LA and for each pair sold the company donates creative supplies to an inner city school. Being from southern California originally this strikes a special chord within my little heart. Not only is that great but the nice folks over at Steady Guy have offered to share some love by offering a 20% discount on everything in their online shop until the 30th of June. I thought that was pretty darn lovely and that you might just like to know about it. Personally, fancy myself a Baggu bag, white O clock watch, and tie dyed Study Drop shoes with removable bow. Yummy.
Enter crusader20 at checkout to receive 20% off at Steady Guy.
Getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend is always rough… hopefully this might help to soften the blow. These little heart shaped pins wont be on sale until August but you can snatch one up here beforehand. I fastened a black one onto my striped canvas bag at the weekend and now have no plans of taking it off. Perfectly sweet an entirely in keeping with the Elizabeth Lau aesthetic. As soon as I snatch up a Guvnor jumper in the fall I’ll have to fasten one onto it too…
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The Swiss know how to do some things right. Like coffee and pretzels… but also Sundays. Just about everything is closed which can be frustrating if you’re on the search for milk or sugar but it’s actually pretty darn sweet. Most people can be found either sitting on their balconies, outside cafes, or playing chess in a little park that overlooks the Alps. As I spent most the weekend scrubbing the bathroom, mopping floors, and packing bags in preparation for moving flats… a Sunday afternoon spent drinking iced coffees and roaming the nearly empty streets of Zurich provided a much welcomed break.
For some unknown reason I’m craving all sorts of things that remind me of being a kid… like pony tails and little girly sandals with straps that go around the ankle. I’ve taken on a newly formed liking to pink and hearts plus each time I get an ice-cream cone it seems to melt so quickly that it drips down the sides and onto my fingers (surely the sort of thing you only see happening to zoned out little children en route to becoming seriously sticky). Maybe it’s all this fresh air or the lack of a full time job… whatever it is, it’s good and I’m liking it.
Wearing: pink satin sandals and leather miniskirt from Zara, white burnout t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, striped bag from Ikea with black Elizabeth Lau heart attached, Super sunglasses and YSL arty ring.