A Look At AURate’s New Collection

Lately I’ve been trying to seek out brands with more responsible business models. It’s not always easy and they can be few and far between but when you do come across one it’s always worth it. I was recently introduced to AUrate New York and my interest was quickly piqued. Not only do they create quality fine jewellery but they also have a focus on sustainable and ethical production, transparent pricing, and tangible giving. AUrate’s newest collection is all about classic, understated style and I was instantly drawn to these minimalist hoop earrings. Despite not being an ‘earring person’ for most of my life I am all about the earrings lately. Luckily for me they also have a whole bunch of other types of earrings on their website as well as some gorgeous pearl jewellery (my birth stone – June baby here!) and geometric-inspired designs. What kind of jewellery are you loving lately?[Images supplied, edits by me]

 

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A Look At Obus’ Winter Collection

  
  
It could be argued that some parts of Australia never truly experience winter, so autumn/winter collections are superfluous. Personally, I look to autumn/winter collections as a lesson in layering and transeasonal dressing. And right now I’m really feeling Obus‘ new Forgotten Isles collection. Inspired by the Hebrides region in Scotland, the collection features an array of muted tones as well as the exclusive Obus prints that we’ve come to know and adore. There’s plenty of slouchy knitwear for layering as well as boots and accessories to complete your look. Whether you’re rugging up in Tasmania or dealing with a cool breeze in the tropical north, Obus has got you covered this winter.

You can shop and see more of the collection over on the Obus website.

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3 Colourful Ways To Update A Plain Straw Hat

The straw hat is a staple in any summer wardrobe. Not only is it sun smart, but it’s also pretty stylish to boot. Most incarnations of the straw hat involve the classic combination of natural straw and a black ribbon band, either in a fedora or boater style. While you can’t beat a classic, sometimes you’ve just got to inject a bit of colour into your life. Luckily, you can easily give your tired straw hat a complete makeover in just a few short steps. From switching out the ribbon band to the addition of a raffia trim, these are just three colourful ways to update a plain straw hat.

DIY Straw Hat
First things first, you need a straw hat. You can get these pretty much anywhere, from secondhand shops to boutiques and everything in between. If the hat comes with a ribbon band attached, remove it before undertaking any of these DIYs. If the ribbon is glued on, blast the band with a hairdryer for a few seconds to melt the glue and then peel it off.

DIY Velvet Ribbon Band

Straw Hat DIY

What you need:

– Straw hat
– Around 1m of velvet ribbon, in the colour of your choice
– Scissors
– Glue (a glue gun or regular craft glue is fine)

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Measure out and cut enough ribbon to surround the body of the hat. I just did this by wrapping the ribbon around the hat and leaving a little bit extra. Cut a smaller piece to form the bow – the size of which is up to you. Once again, I used my eye to measure rather than a ruler. Then cut a smaller piece of ribbon to wrap around the bow and band.
2. Create the bow by folding the ends of the middle length of ribbon behind themselves, securing at the centre back. Attach this to the longest length of ribbon, with the velvet sides facing up. Take the shortest ribbon band and fold it around the centre of the bow and the longest length of ribbon, securing it at the back with glue.
3. Once dry, wrap the ribbon around the hat, with the bow to the side. Cut off any excess ribbon.
4. Glue the ribbon directly onto the straw hat, with the ends meeting behind the bow for a clean finish. For something less permanent, you could glue the ribbon ends together and slip the ribbon on and off as you see fit.

DIY Pom Pom Band

Straw Hat DIY

What You Need:

– Straw hat
– Yarn, in colours of your choice. (Alternatively, you could also use other materials to create the pom poms like raffia, scraps of fabric, or plastic strips.)
– Scissors

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Make the pom poms (or you can use store-bought ones). Because I am a bit of a pom pom fanatic, I just happened to have some at the ready. I also have a pom pom maker which makes things much simpler. There are also plenty of online tutorials to help you through the process.
2. If you’re making your own pom poms, make sure you leave a long enough piece of yarn when tying off the pom pom so that you can use this to attach it to the band later.
3. Plait the yarn (or any other materials) to create a band long enough to wrap around the body of the hat.
4. Tie the pom poms to the band, in the arrangement of your choice, with the pom poms to one side of the hat. Then tie the ends of the plaited band together to secure it in place. Alternatively, you could use a wider band and glue the pom poms on.

DIY Raffia Trim

Straw Hat DIY

What You Need:

– Straw hat
– Coloured raffia
– Scissors
– Glue

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Unravel the raffia so that the band is at its widest (usually around the width of a ruler).
2. Cut three strips of raffia (or more, depending on how thick you want the trim) long enough to surround the edge of the brim of the hat. I once again used my eye, but you can use a measuring tape to be more accurate. Glue the top edges of the raffia together and let dry.
3. Using scissors, cut into the bottom edge of the raffia at 5mm intervals, leaving around 1cm at the top of the band.
4. Working in sections, glue the top of the raffia to the brim of the hat until the entire edge is covered. Trim off any excess and let dry.
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And there you have it. Three easy DIY projects that will update your old straw hat in no time at all. I was also looking into dyeing a straw hat as another option but the time and effort that would require kind of put me off. Do you have any other fun ideas for updating a straw hat?

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I Have This Thing With Glitter Earrings

At the beginning of the year I joked that my new year’s resolution was simply going to be “more glitter”. This was partially the result of the consecutive purchase of glitter earrings from Each to Own (the black teardrops and silver studs above) and Yippy Whippy (the pink squiggle ones) but I think it’s a pretty solid resolution/life motto nonetheless. Because I just can’t seem to shake off my attachment to glitter earrings, here are a few more I’d happily add to my collection.

Yippy Whippy Heart Earrings

Kate Spade New York Small Square Studs
Wolf & Moon Shard Studs

I Spy: Wide Leg Crop Pants

We’re one day into Autumn and, despite the fact that summer doesn’t seem to be leaving us anytime soon, I’m already trying to piece together my Autumn wardrobe. While I’ve pretty much got my capsule wardrobe sorted, one thing I am keen to acquire is a pair of wide leg crop pants (I’m loathe to call them culottes because to me culottes are pants that look like skirts). These style of pants have been around for a while but I’m only just coming around to them now, mainly thanks to the appeal of those Jesse Kamm pants. I currently own a pair of silky wide leg crops that I love sick so am keen to make the transition to a more structured style. While pants are probably best tried on in person, I haven’t been able to find a similar style around these parts so will probably have to risk it and order some online.

Images, clockwise from top left: ‘Legion Pant’ by Rachel Comey and ‘Stewart’ Pant by Caron Callahan via Lisa Says Gah; Sailor Pant by Jesse Kamm via MNZ Store; ‘Lucie’ Cotton Pants by Caves Collect.

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