DIY / 06.02.2013
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Happy Wednesday you beauties!

I have a real treat in store for you today; something I know will make some of you very happy! I told you on Saturday about the famous Etsy competition from last Christmas and, after this article and more particularly after this image on my inspiration board, I literally received hundreds of frantic mails, hysterically asking about the cat clutch. Nobody could live without knowing where it was from! And so, after hours of research I finally found the source of this oh-so-popular bag (sorryyy, I don’t have the link any more…change over of computers and all that…mea culpa!)  But it was from a Japanese site and came in pale pink as well…aaaand it’s been sold out for a few months.  Ah but don’t worry your pretty little selves! I’m going to show you how to make one yourself in this DIY…better still this is a thank you DIY, because yes, as is the tradition for every 1000 new likes on the Facebook page, I have a little contest for you guys just to say “thank you!”.

So, there we go my little cats, as a small thank you I am giving you the opportunity to win a little kitten clutch in black or a floral tapestry – just comment me, letting me know which one you’d prefer, and then ask me any question at all…something that’s been bugging you or you’ve been meaning to ask me for a while – I’m going to make a small ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) section to put on the site! Big hugs to you all, and thank you yet again! I’ll pick the winner out of a hat at midnight on Friday and will publish the winner’s name at the end of this article. 

 

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So, to do this DIY you need:

  • -To download the pattern  HERE
  • -The parts of the bag cut out from a thick canvas
  • -A bag clasp, like the ones you find on purses, which can be bought from Moline haberdashery at St Pierre market
  • -A curved needle and a normal one, as well as a thread of chord
  • -Pins
  • -A pair of scissors.

  

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To start off, pin the 3 front parts to form the muzzle of your kitten! fig.2 Then sew with the machine, fig. 3. Clip each of the curved seams, fig 4. With the help of an iron, open up all the seams, fig. 5 Then pin the back and the muzzle/front together, and sew fig.6 Clip the corners of the sides, fig.7 and then open the seams with the iron. Now take the bottom of the clutch for the next part.

 

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Pin the bottom of the clutch to the front/muzzle and the back, fig. 1&2. Sew the bottom of the clutch using the machine, then clip along the whole of the seam at about 1.5 cm intervals, fig.3 Open the seams with the iron…beginning to get the picture? And then turn the purse the right way round, fig.4 Attach the clasp to the material, fig.5 the metal has to sandwich the material and then with the help of the curved needle and thread, start to sew the clasp to the clutch, fig.6

 

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And now for the final stages…you see it’s not so hard to make your own little kitten purse! For the ears, pin together the front sides of the front and the back of the ears, fig.1 then sew them together, and clear up the points of the ears, fig.2 Turn the ears the right way round, fig.3 and with the help of a pin turn up the frayed edges of the bottom of the ears and fix the front and the back together with your trusty pin! fig.4 Place the ears on the back of the clutch and to sew the ears on, I’d advise you to open the clutch, fig.5 & 6. With the help of the normal needle and the thread, fix the ears to the back of your clutch, fig.7 and TA-DA, fig.8! A little extra which makes all the difference! To make a little lining for the purse, just follow all the steps again, except the ears. And if you want your purse to become a bag, there is nothing to stop you from sewing two rings behind the ears to attach a chain strap. And a last little tip…I recommend choosing quite a thick material, so that your clutch stays strong, or alternatively strengthen your material by ironing on a stick-on thicker material inside!

Get to your scissors, and start sewing!

  

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The winner of the competition is: Lullaby – she has already been emailed, and it won’t be long ‘til she receives the tapestry clutch! Lots of kisses, and I will respond to all your questions very soon! Lots of love! 

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Cook / 05.02.2013
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I am craving for a break in balanced meal and other sporty-friendly-veggies… I’m craving for sugar actually ! The other day I was working at home alone and just like that, I wanted sugar, it happens sometimes. But my fridge was absent and my cupboards were abstaining… They were worthy of the before-the-fashion-week training. But the truth is I love eating so without a second thought I decided to make a mountain of crepes suzette (okay, not related to today’s post but it’s coming…). So then, only because working at home can also have its perks – like having one’s kitchen around – I decided that from time to time I was allowed to a maxi snack… I show you today my craving-for-sugar #2, a NYC inspired snack from a cute book my mom offered my for Christmas: Marc Grossman’s «New York Cult Recipes». 

 

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To make this snack, you will need, for the dough:

  • –  150 g flour
  • –  30 g powdered sugar
  • –  4 teaspoon cornflour
  • –  A pinch of salt
  • –  125 g softened pieces of butter

 For the lemon custard:

  • –  20 cl lemon juice + lemon zest
  • –  250 g superfine sugar
  • –  6 eggs
  • –  5 tablespoons flour

 

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Preheat your oven at 180°C.

With a fork or your hands, crumble all the ingredients for the dough until you roughly have breadcrumbs. Spread the breadcrumbs in you pie tin and make sure it is well compacted – I advise that you use the bottom of a glass to flatten and level your dough in the tin. Cooking can be just like building sometimes… Then bake in you oven for 20 minutes, until the dough gets lightly golden.

For the lemon custard, beat the ingredients altogether (I sieve the flour to avoid lumps) and pour the mix on the cooked dough. Lower the oven temperature to 150°C and cook for 40 minutes. Once your pie is cooked, take it out of the oven, leave it to cool for 15 minutes and dust it with powdered sugar. You are now free to choose your presentation: classical triangle shaped slices or squared slices or like I did, circles slices… CERCLE DE PATISSERIE works fine! Enjoy !

 

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Beauty / 03.02.2013
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Happy sunday my cats, 

Beauty today, cause I know you all are beauty addicts… I have to admit I’m becoming one myself… I really don’t care about eye shadows and smoky eyes (except for Klein blue, I melt for it…) but I’m crazy about lipstick. I have lots of them and I love it! And yet a few years back I didn’t wear any, I only dreamed about it because I thought my lips weren’t the lipstick type… How crazy I was ! Truth is I didn’t know how to apply it and I always ended up with some on my teeth, so GLAMOUR. I will spare you the date story with lipstick on my front teeth… Once I got home I saw my face in the mirror and I knew he wouldn’t call me back… Imagine the bright smile with the big crimson stain on the teeth, like Zézette the ultimate chic. And one day, my aunt whose job it is (no, she doesn’t make lipstick she is a professional make-up artist) took charge of it and show me the ultimate tip: «the finger in the mouth tip». When you say it like that it can be completely obscene but it is not, not at all. Once your lipstick applied put your finger into you mouth and close your mouth around it. The extra lipstick potentially on your teeth will then be on your finger, and it works every time ! I will leave you to re-watch Mai’s video where she shows you this professional move… Once I knew this tip, I can tell you I had a field day! Lipstick every day of the week ! Here is my short list of my favorites… I never get tired of them! In the morning, I get dressed and I choose a color as if I was choosing a dress for my lips, a color for a mood… Basic you’d say ! 

  

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  1. Red russian, MAC. I don’t have to introduce it to you it’s Madonna’s lipstick (80’s Madonna). I wear it when I want to be Femme Fatale hehe, yes sometimes I’m like that !
  2. Bourjois. It was the love at first sight with this one, but for it packaging first… Then the color, with this transparency, but a little bit shiny as well.. Either I powder it, or I leave it sparkling it depends… And it’s super moisturizing as well !
  3. A real grandma lipstick: Rouge baiser what a cute name (red kiss)… The shade is #415 LUPIN, a nice coral, very dense color. Little downside: it’s not so moisturizing do I hydrate my lips with lip balm before and I powder it afterwards so it lasts more than 2 hours. I wear it less often because of its color – not easy to wear – but when I’ve decided it’s the one, it means I am in a sophisticated mood (if such a mood ever existed!).
  4. A super super orange one, INFRARED by Topshop, super moisturizing. I draw the lines of my lips with a pencil because the color has a tendency to run… I wear when I want to have a good laugh…
  5. Lady danger, MAC. Truth is, it’s my favorite. The color is almost fluo and mate, but like its brother the Red russian, it’s not very moisturizing… I wear it when I feel down, it’s my comforter, when I don’t wear anything exceptional it does the trick… MAGICAL!
  6. It is the first lipstick I got, offered by my aunt when she was teaching me her tip… A fluo pink FUSHIA 84 like a Barbie, a good old Gemey that smells like a grandma, I love it! I wear it with vivid colors, a red/orange sweater or a green one, and it makes all the difference in no time, a kind of color block portrait, the final touch of a look !
  7. The red KISS OF LOVE 11 from Rimmel, it looks a lot like the Red russian but with more light. It is the real red, the one to mark the neck of your lover. Actually, it is the red that the woman in the Email Diamant ad is wearing. A red that makes everyone agree on. An indispensable…

 And you, what is your favorite shade ?

 

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