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Category: DIY

Crazy for collars

I love a collar, there’s no funner accessory at the moment, and that’s no word of a lie. Traditionally belonging to the masculine wardrobe, Marc Jacobs reclaimed it in his Louis Vuitton S/S12 show and made the collar ultra-feminine through his use of pastel colours and broderie anglaise. It is ‘dolly girl androgyny’ at its finest.

Collar from Louis Vuitton S/S12

Collars are the new game changers. They add instant style and personality to an outfit. Their versatility is a key reason for their popularity: sequined peter pan collars serve to smarten up a plain tee, whilst a studded angular one will toughen up a summer knit. Recently I caught sight of the most beautiful feathered collar over at The Sartorialist, and have been itching to create my own.

One H and M gold necklace, one glue gun and one string of feathers later and I have the most fabulously opulent addition to my collection of collars.

Who doesn’t enjoy sartorial maths?


After some hard-ish graft, and more than a few needle related injuries, I have finally finished my Equipment-a-like crystal embellished shirt – and I am in love. Usually I don’t play favourites with my clothes, but I may have to make an exception with this shirt! It is SO beautiful (even if I do say so myself!!) I’m thinking of pairing it with black during the day to channel monochrome cool; and with a statement trouser for on trend evening wear. Hope you like it as much as I do!

love sophie xxx

All for the bargain price of £35 rather than £305

My shiny new shirt

The inspirational Equipment shirt

hello new shoes

I know I’m not the only girl in this world who would love a new pair of designer shoes, yet who has the budget of a student! Being presented with this predicament, I decided that I was not going to let my lack of cash hinder me in my quest for a pair of glittering, gleaming and gorgeous heels.

So taking inspiration from all that is wonderful about Thakoon’s mirrored mary-jane’s and Giuseppe Zanotti’s incredible sandals; and leaving the painful £700 price tag behind – I made my own pair.

Inspiration from Giuseppe Zanotti and Thakoon


Simply take:

– One pair of wedges, heels, or pumps of your choosing

– One Glue gun or some strong adhesive

– One pair of scissors

– About 5 to 10 old cd’s, I used my forgotten 90’s singles which had an ink design on them as if they’re foiled (like all rewritable CDs) the foil will go everywhere when you cut them up as I discovered on my first attempt!

and that’s it… just cut up your CDs into triangles, squares, polygons whatever you desire; and then arrange them on your shoes like a mosaic. After you have your desired look, glue your pieces of CD on to your shoes…





love sophie xxx

i spy a diy…

Oh how I lust over Equipment shirts. Strolling around London one fine winters’ day, I happened upon this beauty. Behold the wonder of this shirt

Equipment embellished Daddy shirt

Needless to say, all the shirts from Serge Azaria’s recently relaunched French brand make me weak in the knees, with their insouciance which says ‘yeah I look effortlessly cool in what is essentially just a silk shirt…’

Surely even I can do this

But this one in particular had my heart beating faster than usual, with its decadent jewelled collar – making it The Perfect Transitional Piece to take you from day to night. Alas, who actually has £305 to spend on a white silk shirt; one which will, inevitably, have red wine spilt down it?

And so emulating the stunning crystal embellishment on this collar will be my new project for the dark January nights that lie ahead! I have a white shirt, I have some crystals and soon I shall have a brand new bejeweled, and achingly chic shirt. I for one am VERY excited! Wish me luck

love sophie xx