DIY: Costume 1920s Cigarette Holder

I know, I know. A few good months has passed since my last post but really, I am trying my best to discipline myself to write! I do admire those who are so busy yet have some time jot a few things down.

A lot has been going on in my life, but just last Friday I was Called to the West Malaysian Bar thus completing my route to be a practicing lawyer (yay!). It was just one year ago that I was called to the Bar of England and Wales, then 9 months of pupillage in a Malaysian law firm…time sure passes by very quickly!

Anyway, I have been doing all sorts of DIY during my time off blogging and here is a super easy one I did for my firm’s annual trip to Bangkok, Thailand a few weeks ago. The theme was ‘Roaring 1920s’ and what immediately came into my mind was Audrey Hepburn with that cigarette holder:

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Basically 1920s style is more of this:

The Great Gatsby

A lot of sparkles, pearls and red lipstick. As I really did not want to buy/rent my 1920s costume, I decided to go cheap. Accessories does make the outfit so I decided to go ahead and make a costume cigarette holder (p.s: I’m not a smoker).

DIY: Costume 1920s Cigarette Holder

Ingredients:

  1. White A4 paper
  2. Thin wooden stick, an arms length is fine
  3. Black satin ribbon
  4. Scissors
  5. Strong glue
  6. Newspaper (it gets a little messy)
  7. Rubber bands

Instructions:

DIY: Costume 1920s Cigarette Holder

  1. Cut the stick into size (not too long but not too short)
  2. Time to start glueing! Dab the glue along the stick, and start wrapping the black ribbon around it. Do this slowly as the glue does not set that quickly. To avoid the ribbon from unfurling, tie a rubber band at the end before continuing wrapping the stick.
  3. Glue the black ribbon until the end of the stick. Cut the ribbon.
  4. Cut a strip from your A4 paper with a width of around 3 inches.
  5. Dab glue on one end of the stick, and start wrapping the white piece of paper on that glued end.
  6. Wrap, wrap, wrap! To avoid the paper undoing itself, tie a rubber band on that end too.
  7. Leave overnight for the glue to set.
  8. Undo the rubber bands and ta-da! You now have a costume cigarette holder!

DIY: Costume 1920s Cigarette Holder

Dress from Primark, Feather boa bought on the streets in Thailand, DIY studded pearl necklace (tutorial coming soon), DIY costume 1920s cigarette holder

DIY: Costume 1920s Cigarette Holder

Roaring 1920s in Bangkok, Thailand

A super easy DIY, I love how a prop instantly upgrades an outfit!

I hope to update here more often, otherwise you can follow me on instagram (@vorlotwen) where I update more frequently! xx

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Barrister-At-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, UK (finally!)

Finally…

I have been Called to the Bar and am now a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn! 😀 (Note that I don’t have rights of an audience as I am not fully qualified yet aka. not completed pupillage)

Short drinks reception after my Call ceremony (I had to tie my hair back – I have an issue with my wide forehead)

Dining in the hall means time to let my hair down!

I am so grateful and relieved I have finally closed one extremely difficult but fun chapter in my life! I couldn’t have done the Bar without God and the support of family and friends.

Also can you believe it, I didn’t learn how to make a single drink the whole year. Whaat?

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: The Blanks, Morgan & West, The Boy With Tape On His Face & Andrew Bird

Here’s another round up of the shows I have been watching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world! I reviewed a few shows in my previous post here. Visit the official Fringe Festival site here.

I don’t want to add stars/ratings to any of the shows because views are very subjective and if the comedian/act happens to drop by this blog I don’t want to be responsible for any sadness/unstoppable crying that may arise… Not that  I’m saying any of them are bad though! In fact I have been pleasantly surprised that all the shows that I’ve been to at this Fringe Festival have been fantastic! I think I have good taste 😉

My latest highlight so far is watching THE BLANKS!!

The Blanks’ Big Break

My signed CD!

If you’re a fan of tv sitcom ‘Scrubs’ you’d remember Ted and his Band! Ted, the sad-looking Attorney at Sacred Heart Hospital? Well, did you know his band is an ACTUAL band in real life? Well, more like an A Capella group churning out comedic hits.

I expected them to just be singing famous hits from the show, but the main theme of the show is about their ‘big break’ and it was well executed with a lot of comedy acts in between. Spoilers would spoil (duh!) the show so I highly recommend watcing this if you are in Edinburgh! Also, their shows are a daily sell-out so you will be missing out if you didn’t go!

The quartet are a hilarious bunch on AND off-stage. Did I mention off-stage? Well, one FANTASTIC part of The Blanks is that after their show they had a booth to take pictures with fans and to sign autographs (it doesn’t matter whether you buy a CD or not). Apparently they do it after every show and you gotta hand it to them – they love their fans!!

When Phillip (the one with a a grey beanie on) knew I came from Malaysia he immediately expressed his love for Malaysia and murtabak (an Indian Muslim dish served in Malaysia) 😀 Everyone was extremely happy to meet their fans one by one, and posing with them. I couldn’t stop blabbering to Ted saying how much I love his show to which he replied: “You’ve got good taste!” I mean, how can you NOT love them??

A definite MUST-GO show to see!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £9.50 or £12.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West at their Clockwork Miracle show (unfortunately I came late and sat right at the back but it was just fine)

Magicians and time travellers!

An absolute delight to watch these 2 magicians (dressed in vintage which I think men should wear ;)) perform their time travelling magic! The people I went with were so engrossed on HOW they managed to deceive the audience. I simply enjoyed it as great magic because I’m not cynical like that! Haha! Mentioning any of their magic here would spoil the show, so DO go and watch it!

They also have another show at midnight called Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels where you can have an intimate evening with the time-travelling magicians at the card table! My friends and I have booked tickets for next Friday (24th August 2012) already because seats are limited and sell out quickly.

Morgan & West are both in touch with their fans on Twitter so it was really nice to get replies from them regarding the show! Another way of roping in fans is by engaging with them through social media (just like Jeff Leach), so good job guys 😀

Details:

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 4.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.50 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 11.59pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £14.00 or £16.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets! (Limited seats each night so book early to avoid disappointment)

The Boy With Tape On His Face – More Tape

Imagine being a comedian WITHOUT speaking. This is what he is! That’s him with tape on his face while watching everyone get into the venue. Apparently he does this to see who he’d like to bring in his act. This show is a lot of fun if you are open to the possibility of participating on stage and doing all sorts of hilarious acts along with him.

It’s refreshing to watch this type of silent comedy with only background music, props and the audience to assist him. Again, mentioning any of the hilarious acts would spoil the show so DO watch him!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.40 pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £10.00 or £12.50
  • Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Andrew Bird’s Global Village Fete

Okay, so nobody really likes sitting on the first row at a stand-up comedian’s show because one is afraid of being picked on. Well, the thing about being the only Asians (I mean chinese by race kinda asians, as am not from China) in the crowd that day (and sitting front row), it didn’t stop Andrew Bird from making references to our heritage. It was hilarious because any remarks he mentioned that related in some way to chinese people were filtered through us: “They’re laughing it’s okay guys!!”

That aside, Andrew Bird’s main theme to his show is his mission to provide comedy to every village in the UK. A lot of hilarious stories, and that the mission was pretty much impossible.

This was a show that we didn’t plan to go but due to the lovely and informative flyer bearers outside the venues, we made the right decision to watch this show!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 6.50 pm daily until the 25th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.00 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

That’s it so far! If you are feeling rather skint to watch these shows or want a taster of what to expect, why not head to the Royal Mile and see what shows are on preview on the streets? Here’s what to expect (and it differs everyday!):

They wanted me to kick this guy on stage but I decided to give him a hug & pat on the head:

So have a walk along the Royal Mile and have a taste of the festival in Edinburgh happening at the moment until the end of the month! Also…don’t forget to check out the Missoni hotel along one of the roads branching out of the Royal Mile. Their staff wearing Missoni-print kilts? Niceeee.

That’s all for my reviews at the moment, I will update more on the next ones I go to! 😀

Making Moustaches For Charity In Slovenia!

Top: Warehouse; Shorts: DIY (read here)

I am thankful for having amazing friends and on Saturday one of them suggested a day trip to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. It’s only an hour’s drive away from Trieste, Italy and as it is part of the EU, one doesn’t need to show their passport at the border which makes for a quick drive.

It was blistering hot in Slovenia that day (35-40 degrees), and not much shade in the city. There was this fantastic art market in one of the squares and there was this booth making moustaches! It was for a charity to raise money for unprivileged children who cannot afford food at school, books, etc. You can visit the charity here, and see other fellow moustaches too!

Here are the photos that are up on its website:

My two Italian friends and I had so much fun – even if I didn’t really know what I was making! I used pink nail polish and silver diamantes to give the moustache a bit of glam. What do you think?

…and it seems that my ‘glam moustache’ was quite a hit with the others too 😀 :

I am currently back in the UK now, and will be blogging more. Good luck to the next WFBC’s Blog Of The Month! Also, thank you to the lovely bloggers who have nominated this blog for some lovely awards! I am very grateful 😀

I Made A Statistic In Trieste, Italy!

Well, for being the first Malaysian to go caving at the famous ‘Grotto Gigante’! :p

A good Italian friend from my undergraduate days in UK just completed her Masters in Trieste (far east of Italy, near the border of Croatia & Slovenia) and so I’m here to visit her 😀 Her friends work as guides in the massive cave, and so it was a pretty fun time!

Also, I know I take my Cambridge Satchel everywhere….even into caves! It just happens to be the perfect sized (11-inch silver metallic) satchel for my petite size. I can fit a water bottle, wallet, camera, phone, lipstick & lip balm in it if you’re wondering what can I actually fit in such a small spaced bag 😉

If you see my right arm, you’ll notice some dark dots – I am luckily recovering from my bedbug allergy which I picked up on the last leg of my previous eurotrip 😦

Anyway, I hope to update very, very soon! Have a great week 😀

♥ Much Love! ♥

I Am Selling On ASOS Marketplace!

Hello! I am finally back from my Eurotrip and had an AMAZING time! The only downside is that bedbugs found me and this resulted in me breaking out in hives on the spots where I was bitten… 😦 I am however, recovering so the itching is subsiding. Phew.

My friend and I decided to skip Slovakia, and so our trip was just: Budapest (Hungary) – Vienna (Austria) – Prague (Czech Republic).

I also traveled light:

Pantsuit: Primark (can you believe it?!), Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company, Flip Flops: Havaianas

This Primark playsuit was a lifesaver during the 35° C heatwave in Vienna last weekend due to its thin material, though it proved quite impractical whenever I had to use the loo…

On another note, I have started listing some of my DIY handmade jewellery on ASOS Marketplace! I will also be selling some new and pre-loved clothing soon, so do check the page out 😀 If you’d like anything, do email me at: write.to.cinnamonspring@gmail.com and I will get back to you asap!

I should be updating more often now 😉

♥ Much Love! ♥

My DIY Tree!

I made all of these, and I’m pretty darn happy! Do check out the Friendship Bracelets page soon – I will be selling some of my goodies 😉

I just came back from London  last night, and the most memorable part of it was meeting the Queen (more on that later) at the Royal Chapel!

I am embarking on a eurotrip tomorrow for 10 days to landlocked European countries, starting with Budapest (Hungary) then off to Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria) and lastly Prague (Czech Republic)!

I will continue to update when I get back, and visit some favourite blogs of mine 😀

Until then, have a great week!

♥ Much love! ♥