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DIY: Trench hack

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Yes, my puppy ate the arm strap of my trench, but I’m glad he did because the fix made it better than before and it shows that sometimes bad things happen for better things to emerge. I’m so pleased with the result that I had to share it with you, I just think it instantly smartened the trench and thought this would work just as well for other’s trenches or coats too. Not sure if either DIY or hack is the right word, but who cares? The result is lovely! Inspired by Burberry, I decided to replace the fabric straps with leather straps, and ordered two gorgeous hand made leather dog collars on eBay for less than £10 for both.

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I found these on eBay from this seller. I ordered size small which fits perfectly. Prompt shipping and really good hand made quality – recommend!

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The trench is by Iris & Ink, The Outnet’s own brand, but unfortunately not available anymore. This would make a good candidate for a hack though, and so would this camel trench. It can also be done on wool coats which I feel extremely tempted to do with an oldie in my closet.

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For even more of a unique style, you can replace the belt with a leather belt, either a slim one for casual daytime or a wide one for a more dramatic evening effect.

Hope you are all having a great weekend! x

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DIY: How to fix a shrunken wool garment

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hrunk your boyfriends jumper? Or your own favourite? Don’t worry, I’ve found a solution.

Remember this new beautiful top I got from Missoni? Worn for the first time in Monaco the other day…

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YES, I did….

This morning I was running late to an appointment and without thinking I just shoved all the dirty laundry in the machine and slithered out the door feeling like a true domestic Goddess. When I got back I was aghast to see my new favourite turtleneck amongst the clothes, now barely 1/3 of its original size (shared a photo on Instagram straight away of course).

Not much of a domestic Goddess after all.

Yes, crop tops are trending but.. they’re just not for me, so I was pretty devastated to say the least. If anything, I could maybe sew a pillow out of it but I was just not ready to give up on it yet so I threw myself at the computer and frantically googled tips on how to save a shrunken wool garment.

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Fortunately I found several tips on how to save it and came up with my own little version based on what I had in my cupboards. To be honest I had very little faith in it working so I didn’t take any photos during the rescue but it’s pretty straight forward anyway. Here goes:

  1. Soak the garment in tepid water and mix in some fabric softener or hair conditioner – anything that may soften the fibers will do. I used a Phillip Kingsley conditioner.
  2. Leave the garment in the water for at least 30 minutes, start stretching it gently to expand the fibres and leave it to soak for another 30 minutes while occasionally stretching it gently.
  3. Squeeze out the excess water and really step up the stretching, go as hard as you can.
  4. Roll some towels together to create the same size and shape as it originally had and stuff the jumper. The towels should absorb water as well.
  5. Bang it around and let the weight of the towels help stretch the fabric. I probably banged it around for a good 15 minutes, swapping sides now and then of course. You should start to see the fabric look more like it was by now.
  6. Pop a hanger inside and hang it to dry, still with the towels inside. Et voilà, that is how you save a shrunken wool garment :D Fool proof!

You want to do this sooner rather than later so get going now, no time to lose!!

Have you ever shrunk anything?

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How to save a cracked powder product/ Press a mineral product

We have all experienced the agony of dropping a powder product onto the floor and seeing it break into a million pieces. We keep the broken product because we love it way too much to throw it away, but everytime we use it the powder goes all over the place. If only there was a solution…

1. Put your item on top of a big piece of paper or a towel to protect the work surface, and start to mash up the rest of the product in the case until it becomes a completely lose powder. I just used a small tweezer to do it.

2. Pour in a little bit of alcohol solution, I bought my 70% alcohol solution in the supermarket, found by bandaids and cotton.

3. Mix the alcohol into the powder until it becomes a paste-like texture. There is no real answer to how much to pour in, just do a little bit at a time to get the right texture and it should be fine.


4. Try to get the paste as compact as possible and flatten out the surface.

5. Sanitize your hands. If your hands are not fully sanitized you may end up with a crisp layer on top of the powder. Get a piece of kitchen paper or an old but very clean towel and put it on top of the powder to make it absorb the excess alcohol. Continue doing this until your powder is starting to get drier. You probably need to do this at least 20 times. When the powder is getting drier, you need to put more pressure on it to really squeeze out the last bit of alcohol.

6.  When you feel you can’t squeeze out anymore liquid, you leave it to dry. Depending on how good your squeezing job was it can take 2-5 hours until it’s dry, I left mine over night just to be sure.

And just like that the blush is just as new. If you were wondering, the cheap but very amazing contour product I performed this to is a Nyx blush named Taupe. It’s hands down my absolute favorite contour product!!

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