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DIY sweatshirt: Here is a moderately successful sweatshirt that I made in gray and fluorescent yellow. I don’t wear that often, but the fit and construction aren’t half bad. Sleeves are still beyond me.

DIY sweatshirt: Here is a moderately successful sweatshirt that I made in gray and fluorescent yellow. I don’t wear that often, but the fit and construction aren’t half bad. Sleeves are still beyond me.

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Statement sweatshirts - yes they’re still a ‘thing’

If there was any concern that I might be losing my susceptibility to fashion trends because of all this interest in making my own clothes, my last trip to Zara reestablished it with a vengeance.

With the party season in full swing, I have discovered that I have assembled a very complete wardrobe of skirts, I lack sufficiently shiny and dressy tops to wear with them (still have the sweatshirt & skirt bug). In theory, I was going shopping for a dressier top to pair with my skirts to make an appropriate party / dinner outfit (and I did find one, but a post on that later).

But then I found this sweatshirt at Zara:

No doubt inspired by this Givenchy top, I fell for it immediately. Wearing it I feel somewhere between super cool and fashion victim. It looks great with my denim skirt (which only cost 1 EUR - more on that later too!).

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I was super happy to get to visit Paris this week. While there I had the chance to see the whimsical window displays at Galleries Lafayette. I so wish they’d made a book or toys to go along with it!

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I love handbags. For my birthday this year I received a gift card from my local Dian Von Furstenberg shop. I visited the shop and this small snake-skin type mini-bag jumped out at me, It is just a bit too small to fit everything I like to have with me, but definitely forces me to edit, and (can’t you tell?) it’s gorgeous!!

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Can’t go wrong with an OMSK-Belgium top. Got this limited edition collaboration sweatshirt at the Mad Brussels stock sales.

Can’t go wrong with an OMSK-Belgium top. Got this limited edition collaboration sweatshirt at the Mad Brussels stock sales.

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Earmuffs!!!
I’m very susceptible to my surroundings and over Christmas I went to Disneyland Paris. And of course I couldn’t resist these Mickey Mouse earmuffs. I’ve never been a fan before now, but I love wearing these even now that I’m home.

Earmuffs!!!
I’m very susceptible to my surroundings and over Christmas I went to Disneyland Paris. And of course I couldn’t resist these Mickey Mouse earmuffs. I’ve never been a fan before now, but I love wearing these even now that I’m home.

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Just in time for Christmas I thought I’d share my homemade Christmas decorations.

This year’s Christmas craft: felt stockings for the kids (in colours chosen by them). And for me, big inspiration, a Christmas tree! All made possible by my sewing machine

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Satchel time

I’ve been dying to buy a satchel / postman bag. The one that I really wanted (by Clio Goldbrenner) was beyond my budget.

So … I made my own.

The b/f had an old leather jacket that he was willing to part with for materials (although I think he may have been under the impression that I was going to make a leather mini skirt out of it - well anyway - I got started).

I had already made a satchel so I used a similar pattern. But then I did something totally new: I added a lining, with the leftover material from my pink skirt - its amazing what having a sewing machine makes possible.

The end result is slightly larger than most of the bags I carry normally so it feels super roomy.

The shoulder strap is a bit too long, I may have to adjust it…

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The front flap is slightly asymmetrical and the hardware is gold. (I’m still really feeling gold jewelry - I need to take a photo of my earrings right now - all gold)

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Here is the lining that I’m very proud of:

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Getting chilly. I am notorious at losing gloves so This year I’ve bought tech-friendly grey/fluorescent gloves - fun!

Getting chilly. I am notorious at losing gloves so This year I’ve bought tech-friendly grey/fluorescent gloves - fun!

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Pink skirt

When I watched a lot of the street style photos during fashion month, I kept seeing pink everywhere. As I am pretty susceptible to suggestion, I instantly wanted something pink of my own. What to do? Make my own!

I found this great bright pink fabric, made a pattern out of one of my favourite skirts. The original plan was to make it close with buttons, but that didn’t work out (button holes blew my mind). So it’s a slip-on in the end, and the waist, though not perfect, is easily covered by a longer top. Best of all, I’ve gotten great compliments on it: DIY success!

This season pink feels great with nude/taupe/navy and gray. Somehow black + pink = no!

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# diy# pink
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