Category: "DIY"

Designer DIY

March 2nd, 2018 | no comments

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Fashion HoundFashionHound Some trends are exactly that…trends! Here today, gone tomorrow. So if you’re really feeling something you see in the style world why not try your hand at some DIY darling!?

Take the bum bag obsession right now, I mean I’ll be honest these things used to go close to giving me hives! They were so uncool and kinda reserved for daggy Dad’s with harry high pants or over zealous hero’s at the gym right!?

But somehow unbeknown to us mere mortals, fashion has somehow made them cool by emblazoning them with designer logos, bling and big price tags.

While I’d love a Gucci goodie I’d rather reserve my money for our upcoming honeymoon #ExcitedMuch and challenge myself to create my own.

It’s fair to say I spend a lot of time studying the collections, runway shows, fashion weeks and street style (Also see: too much time) honestly though it equips me with so much information and inspiration. I analyse the outfits, fabrics, colors, details and design then determine how I can recreate it in my own unique way.

For this bum bag I used a $2 patent leather Macy’s make up pouch, $5 stretchy belt and a cluster of brooches all found at the salvos. Trusty glue gun in hand, I attached the belt to the pouch to get the fanny pack effect and then pinned the brooches on in a similar cluster to the Gucci piece….et voila designer DIY!

Here’s my 5 Top Tips so you can get your crafter-noon on too 

  1. Think outside the box…just because an item has a generic or intended use doesn’t mean it can’t moonlight as something else. Brooches are one of the hardest working accessories in the business, yes you can pin them on a lapel but they also created incredible embellishment for me in this DIY. I looked at the bling on the Gucci bumbag and hunted for brooches that had a similar feel – four leaf clovers, beetles and bejewelled animals.
  2. Get yourself a glue gun – best thing ever, super quick and easy way to reinvent fashion finds…just be very careful of your fingers!
  3. Get to know your designer details – what are the logo’s or symbolism used in high end brands? Versace loves the lions head, Gucci has details like a horsebit and bugs (at present), Chanel is all about ribbon, pearls and that chain strap. When you are familiar with their aesthetic is easier for you to know how to get that feel.
  4. Thrift Shop – duhhh obvs, but seriously so many crafty opportunities in these havens and it’s a much more sustainable shopping option
  5. Study – street style and check out the catwalk shows – Vogue Runway is one of my favorite apps – endless inspiration!


Happy Fashion Hounding!

Photos by Bryan Marden

Make up by Shianna Ayoubi @makeupbyshiannaayoubi on Instagram

Let it SLOW…Let it SLOW…Let it SLOW

December 17th, 2017 | no comments

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Yasssssss (Mc) Queen it’s Christmas time and t’is also the time where the fashion pressure is on, but you know what I say

Hit the breaks and slow down this festive season.

My festive season began late November by way of my Hen’s night – I’m getting married next week!!! With all my special girls (and by girls I mean mostly my gay husbands!) gathering together to shower me with love and champagne I definitely wanted to look and feel cute. Ten years ago I would have just headed to the High Street and bought something new that I’d probably just wear once, now I always try to challenge myself to stop before I shop 

I looked at renting a dress and of course hunted around my local thrift havens for a frock, however none of them seemed special enough or close to my heart.

The runway shows and designer collections are always such a huge inspiration for me and I am low key in love (also see #Obsessed) with the current Alexander McQueen collection. So I asked my trusty dressmaker Jan if she could help me recreate the stunning black and red look you can see in the above collage and as you can also see we nailed it!!

The trousers and top I already had, the patches I found at my local craft supplier and the rest I thrifted from the Salvos. Jan told me to look out for fabric that had structure, so I found the perfect mid length skirt that she cut into a short asymmetrical piece to emulate the designer look. The sheer side panel was once a long line vest. We ironed on all the patches. I LOVE this outfit, it made me feel so special and expensive, yet the whole thing cost $80!

The second McQueen recreation was for the Daily Mail

I wanted to show their readers how super chic you can look in second hand and that designer looks don’t have to be out of reach. I adore the decadence of the embellishment on the Mc Queen looks and it sparked the thought that hmmm maybe I could get a similar feel with vintage brooches and boy did we what!! Isn’t it gorgeous. Picking a simple palate with a black pencil skirt, corset and a white tee for cool contrast the pins really pop and make a heck of a haute statement for less. Vintage brooches can always be found in thrift stores so start building your collection!

The moral of this style story, get your crafternoon on and give DIY a try.

Frost yourself with slow fashion this festive season





Of Corsets a sweater

March 28th, 2017 | no comments

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Of corsets a sweater and isn’t it sweet!

In all honesty a lot of fashion can be uncomfortable so I am relishing this whole athleisure/femme leisure vibe. Basically I can dress like a dude and still be cute. Branded sportswear like Fila, Champion, Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are big right now but the price tag can be too, so I always do my best to source it second hand.

Op shops and preloved portals are a great place to cast your peepers. I found this fantastic Calvin sweater for $25 on Etsy and to play into another big trend, I had my trusty dressmaker help me add a corset feature.

 Give this trend an edge and elevation by adding a feature boot, bonus points if they look like you should live on the moon.

Sports luxe with a lovely unique twist.

So in love with this customisation I’m thinking about creating more

get in touch if you’d like one


Images by Bryan Marden


March 19th, 2017 | no comments

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My version for $25



Is that Vetements? No, it’s actually Vete-nots! One of the biggest cult labels on the fashion circuit right now is, I have to admit seriously cool, but $1000 for a ripped champion brand sweat, c’mon. I’m on a wedding budget so I can’t be spending that and if I had it I’m not even sure I’d want to. Fashion can make us feel like we need to have all this stuff to be excepted but doesn’t it get exhausting trying to keep up with the Kardashians!?

So to combat that, I love devouring the latest street style and fashion trends and seeing how I can get the look for less.

Now the coveted Vetements X Champion collab is essentially an oversized red Champion sweater which has been distressed by snipping the hems and cuffs. So you know what I did!?

I headed to Etsy and searched for a second hand champion sweat and after two days I found the perfect vintage one for $25. Oversized, worn in and exactly like the coveted one!

Then I studied the picture of the authentic piece and replicated what I saw.

  1. I cut up the middle of the back sweater band and then across to leave two strands hanging down.
  2. Then I cut the wrist band to emulate the picture and took a snip from the back strand and stitched it on one of the wrists to make the front strand longer, like in the pic.
  3. This simple DIY took 10 minutes and all I needed was my trusty scissors and a needle and thread.

The only element my version doesn’t have is ‘Vetements’ embroided on the wrist, but I guess that’s what you pay $1000 for!? If I can find a local embroider I might even add Vete-nots, because well why not!?

There you have it, a super slice of a current trend for $25

More than happy to hold on to my remaining $975…totes (vete)-not up for parting with that


Sass and DIY’d

March 11th, 2017 | no comments

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A simple walk around my wonderful Paddington hood never fails to inspire me.

The Sass & Bide window will always stop me in my tracks and get my crafternoon cranium ticking.

The exposed bralette is a big trend this season and these girls reign supreme when it comes to divine details and stand out features.

While I would love to pop in and purchase everything I see, I am saving for a wedding and trying to be a sustainable little sister while I am at it.

The following day I headed to work, to check on one of our Salvos Street boutiques and to my surprise I saw a stunning little playsuit with a very similar Sass &Bide feel. Now I might add this playsuit was on the $2 rack due to a slight tear in the bottom half – bargain!! While a short playsuit isn’t my vibe, a cool bralette under a blazer totally is and I could see that said romper could become exactly that! Plus I truly believe in the fashion underdog and was excited to give this discarded item another chance to dance.

Enter my trusty dressmaker Jan (Who lives in my street, thank you fashion angels!) I told her my idea and she snipped it up in half an hour. Simply cutting it in half and adding a popper button and a new zip at the back to keep it in place.

Et voila Sass & DIY’d my version of one of my favorite designer looks for less.

Worn here with my vintage Levis, Graziela Blazer and my beloved Valentino bag


Thrifty Cent

February 16th, 2017 | no comments

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Why pay thousands when you can get your THRIFTY CENT on!? Stemming from a time when op shopping was genuinely all I could afford I love finding ways to recreate the designer trends for less. Apart from the fact that you really don’t have to spend a fortune to look fabulous, now more than ever we have mother nature to think of, thanks to fast fashion she is falling.

It’s not that I don’t buy new or expensive brands – I’m wearing Chanel shades – it’s just that I can see so many ways we can reuse what we already have.

Embellishment is still an epic trend and at Givenchy this season, the brand has used pearls as their stand out piece. They’ve teamed this precious jewel with ruffles, another look on high rotation. Not to discount the couture craftsmanship of the french design house but I saw their black skirt with the pearls and I thought why don’t I try and replicate it.

I actually already had this thrifted ruffled blouse in my inventory and I have quite a few pearl necklaces I’ve picked up at op shops – they are great for creating a Chanel look in an instant. So with the help of my dressmaker we DIY’d it – basically just sewing the strand of pearls onto the ruffle, we had a little bit of the necklace left over so we left it hanging to give it a little bit more character. If you don’t have a sewing machine you could totally hand stitch it.

Either way it’s super simple and a wonderful way to give new life to what you already gotz!

I’m loving the all white Givenchy look with pearls too, might have to try that next.

Why not keep an eye on the collections and see what you can craft

Images – Bryan Marden 

DIY Designer Style

December 2nd, 2014 | no comments

Distressed Denim Small

$3000 for ripped designer denim, $1600 for a slashed up t-shirt.


Why would you spend that kind of money when it’s so easy to do it yourself! Click through and watch my video filled with tips and tricks for super easy DIY Designer Style.

Thrift your jeans and tees, then roll up your chic little sleeves and get into it kids #FashionHound.

PS my absolute favorite jeans – vintage mens levis cost me $4 from the Salvation Army, they were already slightly ripped so I did even more. I can’t tell you how many people comment on them and ask me where I got them from #JustSaying

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To Dye for Denim

July 24th, 2013 | no comments


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  Let’s get one thing straight – shredded denim makes me deliriously happy #justsaying. It has that ‘I don’t care cool‘ thats oh so sexy right!? So I’ve decided to take sartorial matters into my own hands and get serious about making some for me and most importantly for you. It all started here and now you can get it here. Using pieces I have personally sourced from #ThriftStores below is what I have whipped up and totally f**ked up of late! To Die For Denim bleached, Ripped, torn and terrorised for your sartorial pleasure and it’s all $50! x  Eco fashion


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It’s a neck party and you’re invited

June 20th, 2013 | 4 comments

and you're invited

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Eco stylist Faye De Lanty

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Lives in NYC

 Inspired by the Neck Party masters over at Me and Lex I set myself the challenge of making a piece inspired by their insane ability to make everything they wear look ineffably cool. So I hit the thrift stores and cheap jewellery spots and found 4 killer pieces that totally did it for me. Basically its about starting with a base necklace – in my case this choker and using that as a base to add the other necklaces to with jump rings and wire. I shot this DIY for Channel 9 Mornings so as soon as it airs I’ll add in the video so you can DIY too!  Speaking of parties how #amaze is my Dad’s eggplant leather jacket from the 70′s…a piece this cool deserves a festival! #Justsaying -Faye x

Clothes Swap Swag

April 29th, 2013 | 1 comment

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One womans trash is a fashion hounds treasure my friends.

I scored this despondent, discarded denim jacket at a recent clothes swapping event. She seemed sad, low on fashion faith, so I thought I’d give her a new lease on life. I set to work with a cheese grater, some scissors and bleach. While I’m not sure she would have enjoyed it per say, I know she would thank me – could she speak– for the sartorial nip, tuck and total slash.

Down and out on her luck, her life is now far more interesting for a start. Since cruising with me she’s teamed up with a vintagelace maxi, 70′s glomesh clutch and my customised kicksClothes Swap swag alright and a sartorial street kid done good.

Save the clothes and make them smile ;)

Tell me, what are your clothes re-invention tales….huh huh? Torn tees, shredded denim? Divulge…

I highly recommend slashing your own swag or I’ll do it for you sista

-Faye x