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.
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?


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

My 5 Everyday Makeup Essentials

When it comes to makeup I’m always trying out different brands in search of ~the best~ products. As such, I haven’t always had a set beauty routine or holy grail products that I’d happily rave about. Until now. I love having a sticky beak into other people’s beauty kits and makeup routines so I thought it was only right that I offer up the same opportunity. I don’t like my makeup to feel too heavy so some of the main criteria products have to pass is that they’re lightweight and easy to use. A few of these products I’ve only started using in the past couple of months but I’ve already decided that they’re here to stay. These are the products that I find myself using on the daily.

It’s a one-size-hopefully-fits-most situation with this tinted moisturiser as it only comes in one shade. Luckily for me this tint just happens to work well with my skin tone. It might not be the case for everyone. Luck of the draw and all that. The coverage is very sheer but I still find that it seems to even out my skin tone. A little bit goes a long way and this product is perfect for an everyday look where you still want to look made up/alive but don’t want to be wearing heavy foundation.
I previously said that I like my makeup to be lightweight but this is quite a creamy, full coverage concealer. But if I’m going to want any product to have a thick consistency it has got to be a concealer. I use it to cover up imperfections rather than as an under eye concealer or highlighter. I find that it has very good staying power and doesn’t ‘slide’ like I’ve experienced with other concealers. The tube is quite small but you don’t need to use much product to get good coverage.
I am all aboard the brow train. If I was to only do one thing to my face every day it would be to make sure my brows are done. I had been previously using Too Faced’s Brow Envy kit but didn’t like how I’d use up some products quicker than others and subsequently waste the rest. The loveliest MECCA sales assistant suggested I try this brow pencil and, paired with a quick tutorial, I doubt I’m going to have a bad brow day ever again.
I’d been meaning to switch to a cream blush for some time now but hadn’t had much luck finding one with a consistency I liked. That is, until the same sales assistant I mentioned above introduced me to this lip and cheek cream. Seriously, I think she was my makeup fairy godmother or something. The Petunia colour is a pinky coral that gives my skin a sheer flush. I’ve tried it out on my lips too and it adds a touch of colour, however, it’s probably best to exfoliate your lips beforehand because the product can build up and catch on cracked skin.
When it comes to mascara I’ve rarely bought the same one twice. As far as beauty products go, for me, mascaras are pretty much interchangeable. The only time I’ve really noticed a difference with my lashes is when I curl them or get extensions. That said, I’m really liking this Too Faced mascara. I bought a gift-sized version at the end of last year which suits me just fine as mascara isn’t something I go through quickly. I only found out the other day there’s a waterproof version so that might be my next purchase after this tube runs out.
And there we have it. These are the five beauty products that help me face the day. The tinted moisturiser, concealer, and blush can be applied with fingers if I’m lazy or brushes if I’m feeling fancy. I hardly ever wear eyeshadow during the day and eyeliner is pretty much limited to Saturday nights. I still have no clue about contouring. 

What are your favourite everyday beauty products?

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.


Books About Plants

As far as interior decorating trends go, indoor plants are back in a big way. While I love the look of lush indoor greenery, I’m not the biggest green thumb so I’ve found myself looking at plant books for guidance and inspiration. My most current acquisitions include Indoor Green: Living With Plants by Bree Claffey and an old beat-up copy of The Complete Book of Houseplants & Indoor Gardening. Luckily there’s no shortage of books about plants out at the moment and these are a few others that I have my eye on.

House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray; Loose Leaf by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler; Urban Jungle by Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaf; Wonder Plants by Irene Schampaert.

Do you have any plant books that you’d recommend for the aspiring indoor gardener?