DIY Embellished Sandals With Havaianas

Before I begin, no…this post was not endorsed by Havaianas even though I have been a fan and avid user of Havaianas since 2000 (*hint hint*). In fact, I love wearing Havaianas most of the time that I just don’t buy any other sandals. There are a few factors that makes Havaianas so great to wear. Firstly, it is comfortable as it is made from 100% rubber. It also dries quickly which is especially useful when one lives in a tropical country like Malaysia. Also now that we live in a world full of choices, these Havaianas come in a wide range of colours, designs and styles. One of my favorites to wear at the moment are the Freedom sandals, which is a thong-styled slingback strap sandal which allows for a lot of flexibility and security.

So I started wearing these Freedom Havaianas sandals to church a lot as they were a lot more presentable than wearing my normal Slim Havaianas, which made me look like I was heading to the beach. As embellished sandals are quickly cropping up the ladder of DIYs to do, I decided to do the same to my Freedom Havaianas and be a little more presentable on Sundays.

Read on to see how:

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

What you need:

  • “Freedom” Havaianas sandals or any thong-styled slingback strapped sandals
  • 6 small oval rhinestones, 4 medium-sized oval rhinestones, 2 medium-sized teardrop rhinestones
  • E6000 glue or any industrial strength glue
  • 2 toothpicks

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Use toothpicks to prop the thong-base up as the rhinestones may droop while the glue is setting.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Dab some E6000 glue (or industrial strength glue) to the back setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Stick the small oval rhinestone in a vertical manner. Make sure you do not stick it too low as this would be in the way of your toes!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Continue to stick 2 more small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used a sky blue coloured rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the next medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used cobalt blue as I wanted to create an ombre effect!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach a small oval rhinestone horizontally.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Lastly, attach a medium-sized teardrop rhinestone at the top of the thong-styled strap!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Repeat the same for the other sandal. Now let the glue set for 24 hours, all the while keeping the toothpick in place so that the strap would not droop and result in sliding rhinestones!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Wear your easy DIY embellished sandals out! These definitely uplifted the look of my plain Freedom Havaianas, and it was so cheap to revamp as well. Enjoy! xx

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

So it has been a while since my last DIY beauty, but I bumped into my local florist and he was selling leftover petals! So I bought a bagful for RM5 (£1) and decided to whip up a rose petal body scrub. Note: Make sure to ask your florist whether the roses have been sprayed with chemicals – you don’t want to be scrubbing your body with it!

The scent of this body scrub is absolutely lovely and homey, try it!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

What you need:

  • Sugar (brown/coarse sugar/white)
  • Rose petals
  • Rose essential oil
  • Olive oil/Jojoba oil/Almond oil/Grapeseed oil
  • Small (mason) jar
  • Spoon

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #1:

Make sure your jar is clean! With a teaspoon, scoop the sugar into the jar.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #2:

Fill it until it’s half full!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #3:

Make sure the petals are lightly rinsed. Start adding the petals into the jar.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #4:

Fill the jar up now with the rose petals! Doesn’t it look so beautiful already?

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #5:

Now it’s time for the rose essential oil! Take the syringe out of the bottle. If there’s no liquid in the syringe, dip it back into the bottle and pinch the rubber top. It will slowly suck the liquid in!

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #6:

Pinch a few drops of the rose essential oil on top of the petals (to seep). Do not add too much as it would be harsh on the skin. Optional: Add 1-3 teaspoon of olive oil/jojoba oil/almond oil/grapefruit oil if you want to have a runnier consistency.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Step #7:

Close the lid, and let the petals seep the oil.

DIY Rose Petal Body Scrub

Voila! Your easy DIY rose petal body scrub. When you wish to use the scrub, use a spoon to mix the contents. Enjoy x

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

A few months ago, my beautiful cousin asked me if I could make some clutches for her to give as presents to her bridesmaids (me included!). I couldn’t turn down the offer because customizing anything is always so much fun for me even if working as a lawyer in the daytime (and sometimes nights) can prove a little difficult. However, I managed to finish my cousin’s request and it was a lot of fun in the making starting from sourcing, designing (5 different designs) and handcrafting.

Here’s my easy tutorial on how to embellish a plain evening clutch:

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What you need:

  • Plain structured clutch
  • Various sized and shaped rhinestones
  • E6000 glue

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the fumes and vapor are harmful when breathed in. Take a rhinestone and dab some glue on the back of the setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Begin at the middle of the clutch, as you want a symmetrical design. Here I started with a round rhinestone. Take your time, the glue won’t budge too much but be careful when applying the other rhinestones (as it may move one another).

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used teardrop shaped rhinestones to circle the middle rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used a dark blue oval rhinestone to fill the spaces.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Here’s the fun part. Start spreading out! I used oval rhinestones to spread from the “petals” of the “flower”.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Do the same spreading out with different coloured rhinestones. Let your creativity flow and spread out the rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Spread out…

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…spread it more!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I filled in the empty spaces in the middle with small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…and you’re done!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Voila! Enjoy your embellished clutch!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

There are so many designs you can come up with when embellishing! Always have a pattern in mind, and do not stick before you are satisfied with the pattern. I definitely had a lot of fun making these, and it was so humbling to see the bridesmaids wearing them, and people complimenting on them. Thanks again to my cousin for the opportunity to create something for your beautiful day! xx

DIY Pearl & Stud Necklace

So I actually made this necklace last November for an event in Bangkok, but never got round to making a tutorial from it. Pearl necklaces have been around for ages now, and made bigger (literally) by Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection. However, to rock or glam up these safe pearl necklaces, studs and even safety pins (like Tom Binns) have been added to give the pearls an edgier look.

I decided to create my easy DIY tutorial , which took only 10 minutes to make! Read on:

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

What you need:

  • 34 pearls
  • 18 spiked cone beads
  • Clear beading string (non-stretchable)
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • 2 end clasps
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 small crimp beads
  • flat-nosed pliers
  • scissors

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #1:

Don’t cut the string yet! Just start threading the beads. I started with 1 spiked cone stud followed by 2 pearls. Repeat until you have threaded it all.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #2:

Once all the beads have been threaded through the beading string, cut the string. Leave a little bit of string at both ends in case of slight mistakes.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #3:

Slide a small crimp bead onto one end of the string. I didn’t have any smaller crimp beads so made do with the one shown.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #4:

Use the pliers to crimp the crimp bead! This is to ensure to stop the end of the string. Do the same for the other end.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #5:

Take the end clasp and put it next to the crimped end. Use the pliers to fold the end clasp inwards on top of the string! Cut the leftover string.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #6:

Attach a jumpring to the end clasp.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #7:

On the other end of the string, do the same by attaching a jumpring as well. Then attach the lobster clasp to it. You’re done!

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Voila! Rock out in your pearl & stud necklace! x

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

I read quite a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) blogs (my favorites are A Pair & A Spare, I Spy Diy, PS: I Made This, HonestlyWTF, Henry Happened to name a few), and I am always inspired to see what they come up with to DIY! Normally when I want to embark on a DIY project, most of the time I am hampered by items that I am not easy to locate in the Malaysian market. Most of the DIY blogs are American/European based and so are their products. Unfortunately Malaysia does not stock such items. Even if Malaysia does, the items are typically difficult to find and are expensive!

One of the ‘rare‘  items is “Mod Podge”. It acts as a glue, sealer and finisher. The reason why I find it cool is the sealing bit, in that whatever you wish to glue will ultimately look like it was part of the item! So I was pretty pleased when I found some Mod Podge whilst I was in Singapore on a weekend trip. I found it in the Spotlight store (the store is also found in Australia) which stocks a lot of DIY items.

I’ve been wanting to try Mod Podge to revamp a small sling bag made out of Vietnamese Pepsi tin cans which my cousin bought on one of her travels, to experiment fabric on an aluminium base, and I was quite pleased with the result! Read my tutorial on how to use fabric on an aluminium base using Mod Podge:

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

What you need:

  • A bag with a solid base
  • 1 meter of print fabric to your liking
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk/pencil/pen
  • Ruler
  • Sponge applicator
  • Mod podge (I used matte)

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #1:

Line the fabric along the front and back of the bag.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #2:

Turn the fabric inside out, and mark (using a ruler) where you would like to cut. Leave extra room, in case of errors.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #3:

Cut the fabric! As the bag I used had a magnetic closure, I cut a small hole to accommodate this.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #4:

Trim the edges, make sure the fabric fits nicely.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Now with your sponge applicator, dip it into the Mod Podge. Line the Mod Podge along the print bag where you want the fabric to be.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Once you’ve Mod Podged where the surface area, start smoothing the fabric over it slowly. Smooth it another time, to make sure there are no creases.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #6:

Let the bag dry! I just slung it over a chair as both the front and back has Mod Podge applied to it. After 30 minutes to an hour, apply a layer of Mod Podge on TOP of the fabric. This is to seal the fabric onto the bag. The colour of the fabric may darken slightly with this top coating. However, it helps with making sure the fabric is properly sealed in.

Trim any stray threads!

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Voila! A revamped bag – pretty sure noone will have the same Pepsi can bag as mine ;)

DIY Chanel-Inspired Pearl Ring

So during Chanel’s Spring 2014 show, ginormous pearls as accessories strutted down the runway.

The pearls were so huge that it was difficult not to notice!

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Karl Lagerfield had to say this about the pearls: “My favourite thing is the new necklace like an earphone, it’s two huge pearls, but in fact it’s very flattering because the huge pearls give a beautiful light on the girl’s face.”

What you need:

  • - 2 pearls
  • - 1 flat end headpins
  • - superglue

Add superglue to the end of the headpin which will hold the pearl.

Slip the pearl right to the end of the flat end bit of the headpin. Let the glue set for a minute.

Then add glue to the other end of the headpin.

Slip the pearl onto the glued end. Let it sit for a minute for the glue to set.

Now the easy bit is to just wrap the ring around the finger!

And voila! Chanel-inspired pearl rings!

DIY Summer Tassel Necklace

Recently I was inspired by some bohemian tassel long necklaces, perfect to match with a casual outfit or when on a seaside vacation (I really want one!).

Plus one of the great things about long necklaces is that you just have to slip it over your head and voila! All ready to go.
Here is a basic tutorial on how to make a summer beaded tassel necklace:What you need:
- Beads, it can all be varying sizes. Choose a palette of colours, then mix and match!
- Tassels
- Gold/silver beads
- Rhinestones
- Jewellery/beading string (non-stretchable)
- Crimp beads
- Flat-nose pliers

STEPS:
1. Pick your beads! Sort out a pattern. For example, 10 white beads, 1 gold bead, 3 blue beads, 3 yellow beads, 3 blue beads, 5 white beads, 1 gold bead, 1 tassel, 1 gold bead, etc.

2. Once you have decided on your pattern, start beading through the jewellery string. Add the tassels when needed. Constantly check your work in the mirror – the length should be fitting to your torso size. A great length is when the necklace just stops below your bust :)

3. Use the same pattern on the other side of the necklace, and at the end of the necklace snip off the jewellery string and knot it.

4. Take a crimp bead and bead it through the end bit of the knot. Use your plier to crimp it into place so that your knot will be secured! You’re done!Voila! You’ve got your summer beaded tassel necklace! Experiment with styles and enjoy! x

DIY Leather Fringe & Rhinestone Necklace

The thing about inspiration is that you won’t know when it will happen. It could be something you see, hear or touch.

Lately I have been wanting to work with leather accessories again. Big pieces of (good) leather that I can work with is however difficult to find in Kuala Lumpur.

Since I still have some leather, I decided to make a fringe pendant with a rhinestone pattern. Here’s the how to:What you need:
- A piece of leather
- Stanley knife
- Various rhinestones
- Hole-puncher
- Grommet tool
- Jumprings & pliers
- Chain
- Glue

Step #1:

Cut a box shape, and then make one end into a “V” shape.

Step #2:

Start cutting lines on the “V” shape, to make a fringe.Step #3:

Use the hole-puncher and punch holes on the other end of the leather pendant. Add the grommets according to instructions and punch using the grommet tool to keep it in place.Step #4:

Glue the rhinestones in whatever design you would like, above the fringing. Let it set for a few hours.Step #5:

Use pliers to add jumprings to both grommet holes. Then, attach the chain to both ends. Length of chain is based on your own liking. Voila! A leather fringe & rhinestone necklace. Have fun! x

DIY Personalised Tea Light Holders

Who doesn’t love little tea lights? Better when it’s perfumed but best when the tea light is in a beautiful holder!

Hence, I decided to revamp my tea light holders using some printed cloth I purchased during one of my travels to Australia some time back.

It was a lot of fun using Mod Podge as a medium for the first time! It basically works as a glue, but also as a sealer as well so whatever you decide to mod podge onto the object looks like it was sealed onto it.What you need:
- Mod Podge (I used matte)
- Any fabric that you like
- Clear tea light holders
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Pen
- Brush or sponge applicator
- Newspaper so your floor doesn’t get messy!Step #1:

Measure the width and length of the tea lightholder by placing it sideways onto the back of the fabric.Step #2:

At the end of the tea light holder, mark where it ends. Do add a few cm of space for perfect adjustments later! Step 3:

Cut the fabric as you want the strips of cloth to be ready when you are applying the mod podge onto the sides of the tea light holder. Mod podge dries fairly quickly!

Step 4:

Using a brush or sponge, slowly dip into the mod podge. Run the sponge along the sides of the tea light holder. Make sure you have an even amount on it!

Step 5:

Slowly place the strip of cloth onto the sides of the tea light holder. Make sure to smoothen the cloth so that there are no creases.

Step 6:

Wait for it to dry for around 15-20 minutes. Then add a layer of mod podge onto the fabric to seal it in and give it a nice matte finish! Leave it to dry for another 15-20 minutes.Voila! Now you have personalised tea light holders!Light your (perfumed) tea lights and enjoy your personalised tea light holders! x

HOW TO: DIY Statement Necklace

One thing about living in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, is that there is always something going on every week! Be it a new cafe, a comedy show or weekend markets one doesn’t run out of things to do. I normally check out happenings in KL from Time Out KL which is a great guide.

Last week was the Markets at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya which had a vast range of goodies sold there such as homebaked cakes, clothes (even a clothes swap!) to kitschy cool gadgets. I picked up some temporary tattoos (reliving my childhood!), and some jewellery pieces which I wanted to revamp.

Some weeks ago I was at another market in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar and there was this stall selling handmade scarves made by Cambodian women. They were also selling these beautiful ‘handmade’ braided necklaces (strips of cloth from the scarves) with embellishments. Prices? Around RM450 (£90) and going as high as RM650 (£130) which was  fine (although a little steep), noting how unique the necklaces were and that they were handmade.

However upon further inspection, I noticed that the embellishments/pendants attached to the braided necklaces were in fact, bits and pieces from cheap (mass produced) necklaces that are sold on eBay and some I have seen in Platinum Mall (wholesale mall) Bangkok last year. Fully handmade?! I was appalled. The prices of the pieces immediately turned me off. When I asked the lady manning the counter about the necklaces in general noting its uniqueness, she answered, “Oh, we give our in-house designer full freedom on what to design!” Maybe someone ought to tell the designer that ripping off other necklaces, attaching it on a braid made from strips of cloth and then branding it as “handmade” does not justify its ridiculous pricing!

To prove my point that it does not in actual fact cost a lot to “revamp” a necklace to become a statement necklace, I found the exact turquoise necklace (shown below) which was ripped off and put onto the braided necklace (which was then sold for RM450). The market at Jaya One was selling it for RM29. I even saw the same necklace in Platinum Mall (a wholesale mall) in Bangkok last November which was cheaper. Want to know the full cost of revamping this statement necklace below? Less than RM40! And this is with a chunky chain, not braiding from strips of cloth – which in my opinion is not at all that expensive if you choose cheaper cloth.

This DIY tutorial in making a statement necklace is easy and easily done with other necklaces as well:

DIY Statement Necklace What you need:

  • Necklace with a statement pendant (just visit your local markets!) – apparently they sell these exact necklaces in H&M (RM49.90). Try Ebay, for cheaper!
  • Chain
  • Pliers
  • Jump rings

DIY Statement Necklace

Step #1: Use your pliers to detach the statement pendant from its chain.
DIY Statement Necklace

Step #2: Attach the statement pendant to your desired chain using jumprings. Make sure you hold the necklace up each time to check that both parts flow properly. TIP: Attach the necklaces in a curved manner and not in a straight line!
DIY Statement Necklace

And voila! You’ve got yourself a statement necklace! Remember, don’t say “fully handmade” when it really wasn’t. Just say “revamp”.
DIY Statement NecklaceGo on, go and enjoy your revamped DIY statement necklace! x

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