Friday, 25 March 2016

DIY: Urban Outfitters Inspired Hanging Vintage Poster!

For a while now I've intended to begin a DIY series on my blog, and what better to launch it with than an urban outfitters inspired vintage hanging school poster! I've had my eye on the version sold by urban outfitters for quite some time, however like many of the items in the shop, they're simply too expensive and I mostly resort to window shopping the majority of the things I'm enamoured with. Whilst I was in Manchester for my winter vacation from Uni I visited my favourite haunt, Waterstones book store, for those of you who don't live in England yet intend to visit I highly recommend popping in there for the infinite shelves of books especially the novelty editions, the coffee aroma from the upstairs coffee shop wafting around the store whilst you browse, and finally the novelty stationery section. The stationery section usually has a wall of unique Cavallini wrapping paper in the form of vintage posters, the material is quite thick unlike the wrapping paper I'm accustomed to so it's perfect for other uses besides wrapping. Each costing around the £2.50 mark I picked up a celestial map and a world map which are identical to those in urban outfitters. Once I brought them to my new flat in Istanbul, they remained in the corner of my room for ages because of my tendency to procrastinate with such projects. A couple of days ago I picked up the necessary materials to create a hanging poster and commenced to create a couple of DIY's to give my room a more eclectic/bohemian/ vintage vibe.

In order to create such a hanging poster you will need:
 A poster of your choice
2 wooden canes
PVA hobby glue
jute string
Knife or saw

1) Firstly have all your materials at the ready, then proceed to spreading the poster on a flat surface; if it was previously rolled, counter-roll it in order to even out the curled edges and secure to the flat surface with heavy objects in order to weigh down the poster.

2) Position each cane along the bottom and top of the poster, ensure you leave a centimetre overhang. Once you have marked how much of the cane you need, remove the excess with a saw or sharp knife (for younger readers, this part requires parental supervision or aid).

3) Slide a trail of glue along the desired area on which you want to secure the wooden cane. Make sure the glue trail is in a straight line and close to the end of the poster so as you don't cover any of the poster's details.

4) Position the cane on top of the glue trail and press it down to ensure maximum adherence. Thereafter place a couple of books or objects to anchor the canes to the poster until the glue sets.

5) Lastly tie a length of jute sting of your choice to each overhang of the cane at the top of the poster and secure with a double knot, once you're happy with the length, cut off any excess string.

And there you have it, your very own vintage school poster
I chose to hang mine above my desk..

And above my bed..

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Matryoshka Prints and Wardrobe Hacks

I remember purchasing this Matryoshka doll print top (or tucked in dress rather) during my first month of starting university, it was love at first sight, as I seem to possess no self-restraint when it comes down to quirky and fun prints, I bought it without evaluating the extent of its utility. As one does with most articles of clothing that one wears a little too frequently, I grew tired of it, the once vibrant and breath-taking top became much too mundane to be considered as my choice of clothing when I peered into my wardrobe. Thus I resorted to something I habitually do when my sartorial collection no longer inspires or enthrals me, I simply pack them away, out of sight out of mind, for a period of time that I think is necessary in order for me to either forget its existence or to feel its absence. Last week when I decided to unveil my long forgotten suitcase of stored clothes, I was able to appreciate each item as if it were a rediscovery with the same ardour and excitement I felt when I had initially bought it. I find this to be a wonderful way to once again become enamoured with an absolute gem that you simply don't favour any more, purely because your eyes have become used to seeing it every day. In the past, as many do, I would impulsively discard of my clothes or give them away, a decision I almost always regretted later on. Of course that doesn't mean that you have to hoard everything you've ever owned, if there's a ghastly looking top that you will never ever wear in a million years, then yes, chucking it in to the good-will pile is a must.
A second wardrobe hack that I love raving about to anyone who will listen, is that to buy the dress version of a top rather than the top itself. That way you instantly broaden the spectrum of what you can style-wise achieve with the item, essentially you’re getting your money's worth that way. You can tuck it in and wear it as an adorable top, the longer length of the dress being tucked in, I find, remains anchored down so you don't have to constantly tuck everything back into place as you would with a shorter blouse. Once tucked, always tucked. Since it is a dress, you have more than the possibility of sporting it as a top, it can be worn minus the additional bottom layer, paired with a funky pair of shoes and bag and voila you have yourself a second style option. Last but not least, if the dress itself is quite short it can be pulled off in the form of a tunic, paired with ankle grazing skinny jeans or shorts.

I myself decided to pair it with my current favourite red Romwe skirt and my greyish-blue, reliable blazer. 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Spring is in the air!

There's a lesson to be learnt from today's blog post; as simple as it sounds.. the best things that can happen to one, don't always occur immediately, rather they're gradual, they require patience and consistence. For a while now I felt as though I was stuck in a rut with my blog, I often stared blankly at the contents of my wardrobe, with complete apathy. I blamed it on the lack of clothing for a while, I was forcing myself to come up with outfit combinations, compulsively scrolling down my Pinterest feed, looking for inspiration, and the more I saw, the more I realized I didn't have, resulting in a growing insatiability and discontent for my clothing and ultimately a gulf between myself and my blog. Today's blog post was actually a salvation in some respects; the change of setting, not feeling the pressure of wearing something that had the wow factor and most of all, not venturing out with a blog schedule in mind, really helped restore my love for this hobby. It was almost as though today was meant to happen; very atypically of me I happened to have my camera with me, a decent outfit, happened to be strolling past this very patch of green with the first blossoms of spring out, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back.. it just felt right! It dawned on me that lately I've been demanding instant gratification with many things; an infinite supply of adorable outfits, the content of my blog to abruptly become more professional and appealing, to be graced with photography skills, even at Uni I was becoming increasing frustrated by the fact that my first cell cultures weren't going as planned. Looking back (even though this phase was only a couple of days a go), as most of you are probably thinking, I just realize how very trivial and frivolous those thought processes were. Sometimes one can lose track and forget that one doesn't have to attain self-actualization in a matter of days. 

On a less tedious and serious note, today's photo's were kindly taken my dear flatmate, Turkan, who as per usual was obliged to take a million pictures and endure my constant nitpicking scrutiny. The photo's feature a patch of green we discovered, awkwardly situated between two junctions, with passers by chuckling at our amateur attempts of a photography session. The weather was simply splendid, spring is definitely in the air, which if you ask me is long overdue since I'm so over winter! As much as I love the deep saturated autumn/winter colours, the prospect of my transforming my wardrobe into a vortex of colours beyond excites me, alas there is not one universe in which I am a minimalist! Wrapping this up,  happy spring everyone!

 My flatmate Turkan looking fab!

What I'm wearing: H&M blazer (old), thrifted pink and white contrast blouse, Koton turquoise skirt (old), Clarks brogues (ancient), Accessorize milk carton bag (sold out) and Pashmina hijab.