Category: Ladies Fashion

Shredded tops: DIY

In my last post I ranted a bit about how expensive Bitching and Junkfoods shredded tops were etc etc, so I wanted to show you how easy it is to DIY.  Sorry for the crappy picture quality :).

  1. Take an oversized top which you’re bored of, one pair of fabric scissors and an eyeliner.
  2. Put on the top and mark with eyeliner/something that will wash off, where you want the fringing to go up to:
I took my old playboy top which I got aggeees ago from Topman.  I’ve already customised it by cutting the armholes out but I was getting a bit bored of it.  My fringing is going to go to just above my belly button, but to be honest you can do it right up to under your boobs if you want.
3.  Lay the top on the ground or a table. *This is important – don’t try to cut it while you’re wearing it, you could poke yourself and it will look crap.*
Cut a straight line from the hem up to the line you’ve drawn.  Keep your cutting hand rested on the ground/table to steady it and use the other hand to hold the fabric taut.  See below.
4.  Make the next cut to make your first fringe, I did mine about 1.5cm wide as it’s easy to judge by eye.
5. Repeat step 4!:  *important*  when you get to the seams at the side cut around them not through them so they stay intact.  Otherwise it might unravel which is no fun at all.
This is my top with the front section completed.
and all finished!:
Afterwards I just cut of the little bits of hem at the bottom as I think it looks nicer.
One last IMPORTANT thing.  Your top is now delicate – don’t just bung it into the wash basket willynilly.  Put it into a pillowcase before you put it in, this will protect it from snagging on zips/buttons etc.
I hope you liked this + maybe it’s inspired you to do some shredding?  let me know if you do!
Nuala xo
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PRINT – ways to wear it.

In my last post I looked at Diane Von Furtsenburg, Givenchy and L.A.M.B’s printed creations for Spring/Summer 2011, and although they are beautiful most of us can’t afford designer :P.  So in this post I’m looking at affordable ways to wear this seasons print-trend.

OUTFIT #1

Printed t-shirt, £15, black and white Aztec print leggings (Oh-so Givenchy! Check out my previous post) £26 both from URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk.

Snake print headband, £6.99 RIVER ISLAND.  Festival bag, £20 from ASOS.com.  Elephant print TOMS from SCHUH.co.uk (soooo cute! I love elephants.)

Teaming printed leggings and accessories with a fun, laid back t-shirt is a perfect look for daytime.  You could also dress up the leggings with a pair of wedges and some tribal jewellery.

OUTFIT #2


Aztec print top, £16 and printed skirt £34.99 both from TOPSHOP.  Black wedge sandals £90 from FLY London at SCHUH.co.uk.  Woven navajo backpack £46 from URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk.  Printed headband, £3.99 from NEW LOOK.

I really like this as an outfit,  I would wear it for daytime but you could dress it up by wearing a black lace top like this one from ASOS.com:

Hope this post was helpful and inspiring etc!  Went on a stylespot today and found some lovely lookin’ peeps so watch out for the ‘you’ve been BELFASHED #3’ post tomorrow.

Nuala xo

PRINT pick ‘n’ mix.

Prints are still going strong but after the animal print take-over last year, we’re ready for a change.

 Diane Von Furtsenburg, New York Spring fashion week 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com.

Diane Von Furtsenburg mixed up stylised spot prints on a sexy silhouette – this is a very wearable outfit as the print doesn’t swamp the model’s body.  The balance between flesh and print is just right and the belted waist pulls the whole look together.

Givenchy Spring 2011.  Image from ELLE.com

Givenchy’s look harder to pull off but the black and white graphic-y tribal print would look great in a different shape.

L.A.M.B.  Spring 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com

Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. featured bright, crisscrossing primary colours against tartan and white.  I love the way the primary colours are slightly off – the red is more of a burgundy, the yellow is a  mustard shade and the blue is a bright cobalt.  Stefani looks great! Love her hair and red lippy.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter! Although I still haven’t been able to celebrate it yet 😛 (read previous post.)  Watch out tomorrow for some prints on the high street.  Any ideas or suggestions? let me know!

Nuala xo

Must-have stripes!

Okay so I’ve given you the designer stripes for this season – now I’m going to look at the things we can actually afford!

ASOS.com

 2 trends in 1! – Colour blocking & Stripes.  £12.00

This pencil skirt is soo cute and can be dressed up or down.  Love the colours – £25.00.  The yellow stripy top is a bargain at just £6.00.

TOPSHOP.com


Lovely jubbly, stripy dress is £29.00 – also comes in Petite.  Vertical Stripe t-shirt £22.50.

URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk

  

T-shirt £28.00, Skirt £25.00 and tights £10.00.

and heres one for the boys

nautical stripe t-shirt £30.00 also from Urban Outfitters.

Hope you like these stripy delights! If you think I’m missing anything or you have any ideas/ requests for posts give me a shout on facebook :).  Nuala xo

STRIPES – The Inspiration.

Stripes were all over the catwalk this season – but not just your plain old breton stripe.  This spring the classic pattern has got a re-vamp, and I love it!

Inspiration #1 PRADA

Inspiration #2 JIL SANDER

Inspiration #3  MOSCHINO

Inspiration # 4 SONIA RYKIEL

OHHH I’m drooling.  Look out tomorrow for my favourite stripes on the highstreet this season!  Hope you like my inspiration (:!

Nuala xo

Images sourced from http://www.elle.com

You’ve been Belfashed #1 – Picks of the Day!

Brid McKenna, 19, Psychology Student at Queens University.

 Spotted at the bottom of the Lisburn Road.  Love the way Brid has toughened up her outfit with a classic leather biker jacket.  Cute polka-dot tights too!

Sean Campbell, 21, Irish and Celtic Studies student at Queens University.  Rachel Graham, 20, Social anthropology student at Queens University.

Spotted outside the main building of queens.  I really like Rachel’s dress – leopard print can sometimes look tacky but this outfit looks laid back and sophisticated.    Sean’s outfit is interesting – a mix of charity shop finds (his jacket) and high street (trousers from Next) but all the elements look great together as an outfit.

Big thanks to Saoirse McKenna for helping me today and to all the lovely people who let me pester them and take their photograph :).  I should be doing another stylespot this weekend if all goes well.  Hopefully in Victoria Square this time – watch out people!

Nuala xo

Colour Blocking Trend

Thanks to designers such as Gucci and Jil Sander’s S/S 2011 collections you can throw on as many bright colours as you like this Summer.

Jil Sanders carried this trend through to menswear fashion as well so get your colours on boys!

 

For the colour-shy you can add a little flash with some bright accessories –

These orange beauties are £22 from TOPSHOP.com (link below):

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=2363692&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208543&parent_categoryId=208492&pageSize=20

Happy colour-blocking! Nuala xo

 

Images Sourced from google images, topshop.com, glamitycalamity.com and ivogue.com.