DIY No-Sew Fedora Band Makeover

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The weekends are the best time to rest, unwind and create an impromptu craft. This weekend I put together a simple hat makeover after stumbling upon a ribbon shop in Chinatown.

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What you will need:
Hat
Ribbon (1 yard approx)
Scissors
Glue

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1. Remove the current band from the existing hat.

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2. Wrap the new ribbon around the hat to gauge how much ribbon is required and cut.

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3. Glue the edge of one side of ribbon and fold in to create a hem. This will be used as the starting point.

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4. Starting from the back of the hat, apply glue onto the top and bottom of the ribbon.

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5. Lead and stick the ribbon along the bottom of the crown.

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6. After covering the circumference of the crown, hem the loose end of the ribbon before glueing into onto the hat.

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7. An optional step would be to add on an embellishment. My monogram was created with my Cricut Explore.

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Craft complete!



Fitness Buys From Cotton On

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Now that my fitness regime is concrete and a few months in, it’s time for the best part - shopping!

I just bought a couple of things from ebay but have been on the lookout for affordable workout clothes. After yoga on Tuesday, I stumbled upon a Cotton On sale just opposite the Sistic counter. The recent batch of fitness clothing and sleepwear have been slashed by 40-50%. I had to grab!

I left with a couple of sports bras, tops and a bottom… All in my favorite hues! My loot pretty much consisted of pieces priced at S$10 and S$15.

Can’t wait to wear them!



OOTD: Fedora, Shades And Black By Default

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H&M Wide Brim Fedora | Sunglasses from Rod Fai Market | Earrings from Platinum Mall | Bracelets from Enfashion Jewelry and Fitbit | H&M Blazer | Supre T-shirt | H&M Leggings | Jeffrey Cambell Lita Boots

I don’t usually do OOTDs on my blog or even Instagram because I’m usually more comfortable behind the camera as I am in front of it (confessions of an introvert). But with the muted tones that I’m so comfortable with against my contrastingly rather new blonde locks, it was at interesting combo. Plus, I don’t have any real proper photos as a blonde so what better than to do one of those rare OOTD post. Who knows it may become a new trend on this blog… but I really doubt it.

A slight drizzle didn’t stop Wes and I to head out for an impromptu snap yesterday afternoon outside of our home. This outfit is probably what reflects my style the most - black, comfortable and basic yet versatile pieces put together. I don’t wear hats often but I just loved the hats available at H&M recently. I bought two during my last visit. My wide brim fedora came in pretty handy shading my hair from the drizzle and my Jeffrey Campbell Lita boot really elongates my body which is a major plus on my average (slightly wide) frame.

Images Taken By Wesley Kow, Narcissisthephotographer



Film Cam Keeps

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Sitting above a wardrobe unit, a slightly dusty and aged aluminium briefcase has not moved from its spot in give or take four years. It has been probably longer since it was last opened. Knowing its contents, the tinge of curiosity to revisit the briefcase was not strong enough to climb up onto a chair to bring it down from its towering pedestal… well, not until now….

This rather dated film Youna camera set (which was probably a little more high-tech back in the day due to its FMD System Motor Drive) came with a rather unfortunate travel story. I was about 11 years old and our first family trip to London. Cutting to the chase, it was one of the purchases made at an unknowing scam auction. Looking back… maybe it wasn’t a total loss.

This is one of the 3 film cameras that still sits around my room with hardly any purpose. While they are functioning…. at least I think so. I have never taken them out for a test drive. Back to when I was 11, I vividly remember owning a plastic film camera and a Minolta which totally felt like a huge deal. It was pretty amazing how I’d pay $20-$30 to develop my shots… Where did I get the money from? Current location of photos unknown.

So after opening up that dusty briefcase, I thought it’d be cool to blog about it and unlike those vanished photos, this would be a cool archive to look back years from now.

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While we had the camera set since London in 1997, I only got it from my folks who had no use for it during the move. The set comes with a battery operated camera complete with 2 viewfinders, strap, external flash and tripod. Bulky as it is with the flash attached… It still looks interesting.

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Like the “con” cam which became mine after my folks didn’t want it, the story behind the Kodak Instamatic 56-x was another hoarder move when my grandmother wanted to get rid of it while packing her room up for the move. It came with its original packing which I still have around. The cam’s hardware has since rusted a little. The unique part about this camera is the way it winds which works more so as a lever.

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The last and most recent was acquired because I love to DIY. The Recesky TLR film camera looks a lot like a Blackbird with the joy (well sorta) of constructing it. A camera kit complete with instructions, I painstakingly built it with the aid of the not-so-clear instructions. And since I didn’t particularly fancy its flat blue exterior, I bought a couple of acrylic paints and airbrush to customize it.

While I’m all about technology, there is still something about old stuff that I’m drawn to acquire but not neccessarily use. Yea I am a little bit of a hoarder but at that time who knew it’d be back in trend.



DIY Layered Statement Necklace

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A while ago I posted a similar statement necklace tutorial which I recently revisited with an alternative method… and more bling! I bought these jems from my recent trip to Bangkok with the very purpose of creating another layered statement necklace. Here’s how I made it…

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What You Need:

3 bling necklaces [that you are willing to dissect]

Scissors

Transparent thread

Needle (Optional)

Pliers/Cutters (Optional)

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1. Arrange the necklaces the way the final design should look.

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2. Take the transparent thread and knot the necklaces together. Using a needle may sometimes be easier to lead the thread from one necklace to the other.

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3. At least a double knot will secure. More knots the better. Once the threads are secure, cut the ends.

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4. If need be, use the pliers or cutters to remove the loose ends from the other necklaces.

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And voila, its complete!