DIY Embellished Gem Sunglasses

Embellished sunglasses have been taking the fashion world by storm for a while now, and I, for one, love a little quirk or funk on my sunglasses! Perfect for summertime, perfect for those living on the equator. This is my second tutorial on embellished sunglasses, you can read the first one here!

Read on my simple tutorial which you can do in less than 15 minutes. This is my own variation, feel free to try your own!

What you need:

– A pair of sunglasses (I bought my mirror sunglasses from Forever 21)
– Various shaped rhinestones (with settings)
– E6000 glue
– toothpick (optional)

Step #1:

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area as you want to avoid inhaling the E6000 fumes! Dab some glue on the back of the rhinestones.

Step #2:

I started with a teadrop rhinestone and stuck it in the middle of the sunglasses. This is to ensure symmetry.

Step #3:

I then dabbed glue on the backs of 2 oval shaped purple rhinestones, and placed it next to the teardrop rhinestone in the middle.

Step #4:

I then filled the gaps with smaller rhinestones.

Step #5:

Then place the small oval rhinestones along the top rim of the sunglasses.

Step #6:

Then to add some pizzaz, I placed two different coloured rhinestones at each end to frame it nicely. Let the glue set for 24 hours and you’re done!

Voila! Rock your embellished sunglasses out x

DIY Lace Trimmed Skirt (no-sew method)

Lace has always been heavily featured on the runways and on the high street. A week ago whilst browsing shops selling tailoring supplies, we came across a variety of lace which was quite exciting!

I bought some crochet lace as it would be sturdier, and I used a no-sew method to revamp/update my jean mini skirt!

It was very simple and easy to update the jean skirt using this really simple no-sew method. Another great thing is that the lace is easily detachable as well! Read on to know more:

What you need:

– Jean skirt
– 1 metre of crochet lace
– Studs with crimps
– scissors
– flat-nose pliers

Step #1:

Lay the lace along the bottom hemline of the skirt.

Step #2:

Here, I used pyramid studs which have crimpers. Pierce the sharp bits through the lace and skirt.

Step #3:

You will see the sharp crimpers on the other side of the skirt like the above!

Step #4:

Either use your fingers or pliers to press the crimpers down to lock it into place.

Step #5:

Continue studding the lace to the back of the skirt!

Step #6:

You have now studded your whole skirt! Check for symmetry, and if it isn’t (as pictured above), undo the studs and redo the lace. In the event that you do not wish to have the lace any more, all you need to do is remove the studs! Simple.

Voila! The lace has been readjusted 🙂

The view of the skirt from the back.

Loving my revamped lace trimmed skirt! Perfect for your Summer 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 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

Fashion Brand To Look Out For: Rita On Street

I didn’t grow up with sisters, only brothers. My brothers naturally did not want to play makeup and fashion with me while we were growing up so I just played by myself. Hence you could imagine the joy when my brother married his wife – I finally had a sister!

My sister-in-law is a true fashionista with her own sense of style. She’s got a great eye for fashion, and her style evolves all the time managing to look so well-put every single time. So when she decided to delve back into fashion (she used to design her own clothes and sell in fashion capital, Bangkok) I was thrilled! She constantly amazes me with each collection, and how wearable they are as well!

The most awesomest part besides seeing her fashion line grow? Surprising me with her designs every so often. Blessed! Thank you so much!

You can find her line on Facebook and Instagram for now. They ship worldwide!

Here are some of her designs that I absolutely love:

"This Devil" crop top by Rita On Street

“This Devil” crop top by Rita on Street

Black & White collection by Rita on Street

L-R: “Silent Night” dress, “This Devil” crop top, “My Message” peplum skirt, “Red Lady” print skirt. All by Rita on Street.

"Silent Night" dress by Rita on Street

Silent Night” dress by Rita on Street

T-Shirt by Rita On Street

Guessed it yet? The brand got its inspiration from singer Rita Ora! These quality shirts with a cheeky Rita were all sold out in size S (600 pieces!), so I settled for a size M – which suited me just fine!

"Just Another Day" dress by Rita On Street

Just Another Day” dress by Rita on Street

Gorgeous print dress from Rita on Street’s first collection! I work in a law firm and the moment I walked in some of my colleagues went “WOW”! It was such a bright burst of colour in a legal firm’s world of classic black and white!

"Emotion & Expectation" crop top and skirt by Rita on Street

Emotion & Expectation” crop top & peplum-hemmed high-waisted skirt by Rita on Street

IMG_7519 "Stay All Night" backless dress by Rita on Street

Stay All Night” backless dress by Rita on Street

A little cheeky peek-a-boo from a modest front! These dresses from the fashion line’s first collection come in a multitude of colours.

Custom made strawberry skirt

My amazing sister surprised me with this custom-made strawberry print flared skirt for my birthday during one of her Australian trips (she lived there a couple of years) – it even came with its own mesh underlining to give the skirt big, big volume. It was so much fun to wear this out!

"About my Baby" backless dress by Rita on Street

About My Baby” backless dress by Rita on Street

Not the best picture, but I haven’t found the occasion to wear this gorgeous dress out yet. It’s bodycon, with a strategic thigh-slit (ala Angelina Jolie), and a little cheeky backless trick!

"Moon River" skirt by Rita on Street

Moon River” maxi skirt by Rita on Street.

The picture doesn’t do it justice but it was beautiful swishy-swaying material!

"My Message" peplum skirt by Rita on Street

My Message” peplum skirt (with a back high slit) by Rita on Street

I wouldn’t be sharing my sister-in-law’s designs if they weren’t fabulous – I love how they fit on my body (petite with native thunder thighs, which I hide well!)!

Check them out either on Facebook and Instagram.

For more enquiries, you can also email them at: info@ritaonstreet.com 

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