DIY Chic Lace Up Sandals

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Okay, time for the DIY tutorial!

My feet practically lives in Havaianas when it isn’t in work footwear aka. heels or flats. The thing is, flip flops should have the option to also look a little dressed up! So here’s my simple tutorial for a detachable laced up pair of sandals!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

What you need:

  • Slim Havaianas or other flip flops
  • Black cord
  • 4 big jumprings
  • 4 small jumprings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #1:

Take the black cord, tuck it under your feet with both sides. Try wrapping the cord around your leg so that you can determine how long you want it to be. Then, cut your desired length. You should have 4 separate black cords now!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #2:

Make a small loop at the end of the cord. Take the small jumpring, wrap it around the loop and tighten with the flat nosed pliers.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #3:

Take the big jumpring and put it through the loop.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #4:

Repeat for the next 3 cords!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #5:

Attach the jumprings to each Havaianas strap.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #6:

Wrap the string in a criss-cross ‘X’ way and voila!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

In the event that you want to remove the cords, it is easily detachable! Enjoy your DIY Lace Up Sandals! x

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3 Ways To Style A Sweater Cape

A beautiful sweater cape can be styled in so many ways, while making the wearer look elegant. The best part? It helps to hide the extra tummy when you need to stuff yourself with food during the cold weather!

Malaysia doesn’t experience winter, but I’d imagine my wardrobe to be the following if I wanted to save on style and comfort. In the UK I used to wear a parka! Here’s my take on styling a sweater cape (which is worn last on your outfit):

LOOK #1

DIY Style

From L-R: Nasty Gal Sweater Cape; Tory Burch Turtleneck & Imitation Suede Pants

For the above look, with a loose cape sweater one would need to accentuate the bottom part by wearing something closer to the skin. A turtleneck sweater is probably one of those winter goods that you’d stay far away from because trust me, it doesn’t suit all sizes! However, this dual-toned turtleneck sweater from Tory Burch looks especially chic with its extended contrast cuffs would look really good under the sweater cape. Luckily, turtleneck sweaters generally look great with a cape sweater. Plus, you’ll feel extra snuggly and warm around the neck and fingers!

LOOK #2

DIY Style

From L-R: V-neck sweater; Nasty Gal Sweater Cape; Leather Skirt & Kiera Tall Boots

My only excuse for the above look? Leather skirt. Ohhh yes.

LOOK #3

DIY Style

From L-R: Flower Cut Out Midi Dress; Nasty Gal Sweater Cape & Two-Toned Pumps

The cut out flowers on the dress would look super cute under the sweater cape, besides….wearing an all-white ensemble is everything amazing!

As for bags, shoulder bags won’t fit well with a sweater cape due to the constraints. A sling bag or a clutch works best while wearing a sweater cape, and I’ve 4 perfect ones for it:

DIY Style

Clockwise from top left: Cross Body Bag; Satin Clutch; Leather Clutch & Mackage Cross Body Bag

So what do you think about the sweater cape? Yay or Nay?