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Awesome stocking fillers

Etsy is a true online Christmas gift wonderland – and with some of these, you can even pretend you have ‘made it yourself’  ;o)

Bright Neon Green Merino Roving 4 oz

Man Gift Set Beard Conditioner Wash Cream Wild Man Gift Basket Box

Grey Frost Monster by Stuffed Silly, Plush Toy Collectible, Soft Art Doll Yeti

Fairytale Tea

Genuine Leather Short Gloves - Black - Sheepskin - Women - Winter Fall - Handmade - Free Shipping

wool embroidered Meowy Christmas Holiday Elf Hood for cat plus free catnip toy

Vintage Elgin AMerican Powder Compact Mirror Elgin American


Halloween is upon us

Halloween is the next big thing in social calendar – this is our chance to be silly, wicked and over-the-top before everything goes all White Christmas. If you like to dress up,  maybe you also like to decorate your home with everything and anything from spiderwebs and skulls to pumpkins and zombies. Some like it freaky, some like it funny and some just mix it all up. Etsy is the best place to find your inspiration and to buy one-off handmade bits to make your home special. What I found for you is so cool, you might just want to keep it hanging around for the rest of the year – and why not? Mwahahahahaha 8)

Halloween Flying Bats Vinyl Wall Decal, Flying Bats Halloween Decor for Wall or Window Decorations

Halloween Decorations Bunting Sugar Skull Garland

OWLS & BATS Halloween Original Painting 8X10 Spooky Tree Crazy Eyed Owl Eerie Orange Sky Birds Nest Demon Eyed Bat Animal Art by K Graham

Zombie Garden Fingers

Marilyn Monroe Zombie Doll Art Print by Carissa Rose 8x10

Huge Zombie Halloween Decoration Vinyl Wall Decal Photo Backdrop

Vintage Beistle Halloween Bunting, DIY Printable

Black Cat Ornaments - Halloween Decor - Black Cats in Witch Hats

Halloween Decor Raven Porcelain Plate - Crawford

DIY bleached denim shorts

Today I will show you how to transform a regular pair of denim cut-offs to a pair of shorts which will get you noticed!


You will need:

1. denim shorts

2. regular supermarket thin bleach

3. glass bowl/jar

4. large fabric scissors (if you want to make your shorts smaller=hotter)

5. sharp tweezers

6. studs (optional, but recommended for higher impact)

7. rubber gloves (highly recommended, especially if you have not worked with bleach before)

Its easy and quick, so let’s start.


1.Take a pair of denim shorts which fit you well – the darker the denim, the bigger the contrast will be. These are high waisted from the 80s and at the moment they look like they should be worn by Baby from Dirty Dancing 8))

bleach 1

2. Get your bleach and glass bowl ready in the bathroom and put on your rubber gloves

bleach 2

3. Put the glass bowl/jar inside the bathtub and fill it with bleach – the more you put in, the more denim will get bleached, so be careful with the amount.

bleach 3

4. Squeeze the shorts into the jar and leave them for about 45 minutes.

bleach 4

5. Check how pale is the denim – if not pale enough, leave for another 20-40 minutes. It depends on the thickness of the denim and the quality of the bleach.


6. When happy with the colour, carefully pull the shorts out and wash the bleach out with cold water (best using the shower). Then wash the shorts in the washing machine (on their own) on 60 degrees (unless your shorts are really worn and the fabric is very thin, then wash on 40).


7. When dry, cut the shorts as desired.


8. Pull out the threads with sharp scissors to get the frayed effect – this will take a little time so patience is required.


9. Decide where would the studs look best and attach them to the fabric.

shorts ready back

10. Tah-Dah your new shorts are ready!


Have loads of fun wearing them! And if you are not patient enough to make your own, but this exact pair here:


RedHairDay competition

Would you like to win these awesome RHD handmade earrings?Perfect for festivals and summer days.The crisp upcycled colar necklace is great to smarten up any outfit (just add to a simple Tshirt or a jumper and you are ready to walk into a meeting or an interview).
Please check out RedHairDay FB page- when we hit 100 likes, three friends will win these goodies.



Cover up//stay hip

My normal holiday wardrobe is usually made up from denim shorts, tank tops and little dresses. Therefore everytime I visit a predominantly muslim country,  I have to plan a little about what will I pack. In the more touristy places you can dress as normal (with exception of churches etc.) but it is nice to show respect. It wouldn’t feel right to cover up completely though, especially if you like the sunshine, but you can find relevant clothes which also look cool and hip. Maxi dresses, flowing skirts, pretty shawls and casual tops are just the thing.  If you are lucky enough to have a holiday planned, check out my selection below from Etsy for inspiration.

1970s Dashiki Maxi Dress Angel Sleeve Bell Sleeve 60s 70s Hippie Ethnic Boho Bohemian Cotton Tunic Caftan Red Vintage Medium Large M L XL

Amazing Peacock Maxi Skirt Hippie Long Skirt Art On Skirt Women Black Flowing Skirt XS S M L XL

Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, Eco dress, Custom color dress, Yellow Boho Hippy Dress,

Dont Worry be Hippy....Indian Print Harem Pants in BLUE

Feather headdress print slouchy Tee

anchor away navy marine sailor tee basic loose fit t shirt striped ediot stripes black

desert rose embroidered gypsy shawl, osfa

Marrakech prints

Just back from the city of Marrakech and still marvelling at the beauty. The craftsmanship put into their art and design is truly inspiring, every detail is perfect! Centuries old mosaics and wood carvings are such a joy to look at – everything is real and proper. Even the doorways are beautiful – some are embellished with gold door knockers, some have stunning images carved into them. This city is crazy and chaotic but visually very rich and has been a source of inspiration for many artists including Yves Saint Laurent.












Just Do It Yourself

I am sure that I am not the only one who is going crazy not being able to spend much time outside and is forced to stay indoors way more than I like. DIY projects are a nice way to keep yourself entertained and your creative juices flowing. There are some lovely DIY sites that can help you with inspiration or with the technical know-how.


projects will teach you anything from creating a photo frame from vintage belt through to making a lamp , sewing a laptop sleeve or crafting out a bunny hutch!





If you like labels, here you can find step-by-step tutorials on how to recreate some of their catwalk items. Pretty, cute and imaginative. You can also buy the DIY kits from here.



Lauren and Erica are two super cool Californian ladies who are blogging on art, fashion, DIY, travel and all sorts of interesting and creative stuff. Their Instagram photos on Twitter are also amazing. Amongst others, they will show you how to make:



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