July 18, 2013

Beaded Necklace Tutorial



Here is a super easy and super brilliant way to make your own gorgeous, one of a kind beaded necklace!

What you will need:
  1. Fimo oven bake clay in your choice of colour
  2. A skewer
  3. An oven
  4. Thin chain necklace
  5. Glitter (If desired)
  6. A pair of crafty hands 

Step 1. Take 1cm square of clay, and roll it into a smooth circular ball. 
The clay will become softer the more you handle it.


Step 2. Using a skewer, make a hole through the middle of the clay. 
Be sure to do this straight after moulding, when the clay is soft. It could crack later, 
as hardens when not held.


Step 3. And there you have it, now your beads are ready for the oven! 
Bake for 30 minutes on 130°C. Once hardened, thread onto a thin chain and enjoy.

We experimented with different shapes and techniques - like adding glitter, and mixing two 
colours to create a marble effect, polkadots, and stripes. 


Tried it? Let me know how yours turned out!
 Send a photo of your beaded necklaces to 
www.izzieaustin@hotmail.com 
and be listed in my next post!

July 8, 2013

Craft


Last week my friend Tess and I embarked upon a two day long crafting mission, and with us being us, this meant visiting virtually every fabrics/craft store in Wellington to prepare. On our adventure we stumbled across an a little gem of an op shop, owned by a costume shop, where they on sell all of their unwanted costumes to new homes (at ridiculously affordable prices).

Lucky for us they had a Retro section.

Meet Tess - Fabrics Queen, fashion diva, fellow crafter and lovely company.

Tess picked up this outrageously adorable polkadot dress for a steal of $8. She reconstructed it by removing the sleeves and waist tie for more of a smock-dress look.



I found and altered this lovely bold floral print dress by shortening it to above the knee, and adding an elasticised waist for more shape. It's thick material is perfect for winter days!

We also visited a store filled with incredibly realistic artificial flowers, which I plan to use for creating some floral crowns (watch this space!).
P.S. I've been having fun experimenting with this multi-image filter effect - Isn't it magical?!


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May 21, 2013

What I Wore Today



Wearing: Thrifted coat | Glassons jersey | thrifted leather bag | crushed velvet pants | my mums filagree necklace | Thrifted Doc Marten boots


 Winter is beginning to creep it's way into the air (and into my wardrobe) the last few weeks, and what better way to embrace the chilly mornings then to wrap up in the warmest woolies you can find. Wearing this coat, complete with it's toasty faux fur lining, feels as though I haven't even left my bed. I always seem to be taking inspiration from nature, and the colder months bring with it a lovely neutral palette, with icey blues and greys, as well as lush greens. I'm also currently obsessed with this plum coloured lipstick, I find it's warm hue brings a nice pop of colour to neutral outfits.

Model Profile | Backstage at Wellington Fashion Week


I shot polaroid at Wellington Fashion Week 2013 for Print. Magazine NZ. It was so much fun running around snapping all the backstage action and seconds later watching the film develop front of our eyes. 

I popped backstage at the A/W Showcase to ask the models what their most important item was to bring to fashion week.






You can see more of my shots over at Print Magazine's website here

May 10, 2013

Meet | Jo from Lost In The Haze



During my time shooting for Print Magazine at Wellington Fashion Week last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Jo, a fellow NZ blogger, author of Lost In The Haze. Sharing a love of all things slightly quirky and vintage, we instantly clicked, and I insisted on doing a blog piece about her. This is the first of a new segment on the blog called 'Meet', and it basically involves introducing lovely and inspiring people (such as Jo) to my readers. Enjoy!


Top, Jo's Aunt | Shorts, Pepa Loves | Clogs, Lotta From Stockholm

What are you wearing and where is it from?
The top was recently given to me by my aunt (thanks, Brenda!) though I don't have a clue where she got it from. The print is of handbags and outfits and it even has a sweet little pan collar - just the type of thing I adore! The shorts are my favourite ever. They're from a Madrid label called Pepa Loves. Yellow is my favourite colour ever, and it has an oversized bow too - so of course this is my go-to pair of shorts! Lastly, the red clogs are from a brand called Lotta From Stockholm. 

How would you describe your personal style?
Quirky, silly, girly, and colourful. I like to incorporate retro vibes while mixing with modern quirky pieces. For example, yesterday I wore a vintage mini dress with enormous beehive hair, a cat tote bag and clog boots. Oh, and I try to dress as a sailor as often as possible! 

How long have you been blogging?
I started in February 2011, so almost two and a half years now!

What is the last thing you bought?
Honestly? A couple of hours ago I was in serious need of a nail file, but opted to buy one called a 'male file' which has a photo of a topless man on it. I thought it was quite hilarious! (Obviously I'm a very mature individual!)


Do you have any favourite clothing shops/websites?
I'm very much an online shopper. My favourite online store is probably Modcloth. They have such dreamy and silly clothing - my favourite thing! Lately, I've been especially coveting a skeleton print 
dress that glows in the dark. I'm anxiously waiting for it to come back into stock! 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
A few years ago I was out thrifting with my mum. I was in a dilemma over whether to buy a sailor style vintage top or not. Mum said "Jo, if you think you'll regret it, then just buy it!" Best advice ever. I can't count the times where I wish I'd bought something and didn't. Then there's the awful feeling of going back and it being gone. Best of all, mum bought the sailor top for me. Thanks, mum! 

Do you have any fashion/style icons? If so, who are they?
Being a vintage girl at heart, I'm rather influenced by past fashion icons. I really love 1960s style especially! My current favourite is Brigitte Bardot, though I also love Edie Sedgwick and Anna Karina. I'm also very influenced by other fashion bloggers, including Carrie (wishwishwish), Bonnie (flashes of style) and Kerry (yours truly, x).

What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
Gosh, it would be so difficult to choose any one thing! Right now I really love my 1950s nurses cape. I'd been looking for one for years, and finally spotted one with my mum last year. Best of all, it only cost $11! The thrifting gods were definitely on my side that day! 

What does 'fashion' mean to you?
A chance to be creative and express yourself. I'm very, very into personal style, so I love to view fashion as a way to show your personality. 

You've recently moved to Wellington. Fashion Week must be an exciting introduction to the city! What are some things you enjoy most about living here?
Firstly, I loooove Wellington. My boyfriend and I lived here for our first year of university. My favourite thing to do is wander around oriental bay in the early hours of the morning. The sun creates the most heavenly light on the hills. It is more dreamy than I could possibly describe! Exploring the museum, Te Papa is another of my favourite things too. I'm not the best at history, but I do love reading about it! 

What brings you to Wellington Fashion Week 2013?
Myself and my partner, Barnaby moved up to Wellington literally a week before Fashion Week. We had no idea it was going to coincide - so it was such a treat! I was approached by a PR company to attend the World show to photograph the footwear for Number One Shoes, then by Boohoo, to snap a bunch of street style photos (which was how I met you! Yippee!)


What was your favourite WFW show/designer, why?
Well, I only actually ended up going to World, and I thought it was pretty great. From the photos I've seen though, I really really loved the Philippa and Alice show. Cute blouses? Two piece suits? Err, yes please..!  

What is your number one thing to have at WFW to survive the week?
A mobile phone. Oh my gosh, I would have been ruined without it. I get lost fairly and uneasy fairly easily, so it helped me navigate the way around fashion week, meet up with bloggers, and get into the shows themselves. Oh, and of course it meant that I was able to Instagram everything! 


quick questions...

One thing you can't live without?
My other half, Barnaby. He's the best!

Tea or coffee?
Err, neither! I'm a hot chocolate girl! Ooh, or sometimes green tea.

Morning or night?
Morning!

Vintage or new?
Vintage. I love finding things that I won't see other people wearing. Or at least I hope I won't! 

Sum up your experience at Wellington Fashion Week in 3 words.
Lots of fun! 

Where can readers find out more about you?
Over on my blog - Lost in the Haze. See you there! 

April 7, 2013

What I Wore Today - Wellington Fashion Week








Wearing: Twenty Seven Names Lola Dress  |  Glassons Jersey  |  Thrifted Doc Marten boots

Images by Zayyar
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April 6, 2013

Wellington Fashion Week 2013 - WORLD

So it begins, the week where the coolest little capital, Wellington, gets transformed by the energy and excitement that is Fashion Week. I'm going to be covering shows and events throughout the week, posting the inside scoop here for my wonderful readers, as well as snapping away shots for Print Magazine NZ.

Wellington Fashion Week opened with all the glamour of WORLD, one of New Zealand's most renowned labels, now celebrating 22 years in the industry. Their A/W '13 collection played with patterns and textures, with luxurious fabrics such as velvet, satin, and sequins. To complement the look, make up and hair resembled The Great Gatsby, with finger waves and gold painted up-dos. WORLD's attention to detail saw models sporting intricately embellished lips, with swarovski crystals applied in striking red, purple and pink hues.