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Monday, 7 April 2014

Trends With Benefits Love Adorn!


Last week we were sent this delightful book and we couldn't wait to share it with you all. This is a perfect read for TWB and Kate and I have spend most evenings last week curled up on the sofa flipping through the inspiring pages trying to decide which DIY projects we wanted to try. Adorn is written by Kit Lee and Shini Park, both very talented fashion and DIY bloggers who have written a book filled with beautiful and elegant DIY fashion projects for all different abilities. 
I decided to give the chain strap cami a go! It took me about 15 minutes to complete and I think it looks really good. I've seen a lot of these of the high street, but I got a feeling of great achievement in making my own. I got my plain black cami from New Look (with student discount it turned out to be a very nice, low price!) and I got my gold chain and jump rings from Samuel Taylor's Haberdashery in Leeds. 
I am hoping to make the leather lunch bag soon, so I'll make sure to show you all a picture when I get round to creating that beauty!!
Hope April is treating you all well :)
Love, Kendall x 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Company Magazine Style Blogger Awards 2014 | Nominations Are Open!


Today marks the opening of the Company Magazine Style Blogger Awards 2014 nominations. We are big fans of Company and we have had the most amazing opportunities thanks to them and their ongoing support of bloggers. Last year we were lucky enough to be crowned the winners of the 'Best Craft Blog' award at the 2013 ceremony. We were so humbled and shocked by all the support and love we had received over the previous year and it really was the cherry on top of a perfect six months. Thanks to Company we now also write a monthly (previously weekly) craft and DIY column for their Weekly Edit App and have been lucky enough to write for Office Shoes. So basically, Company Magazine we love ya! 
This year we would love to go and do it again and we would be forever grateful for your help and nominations! This year we are going in for the 'Best Blogging Team' award. One of the greatest things about running TWB is the fact that the three of us do it together. Below are just some of the reasons why we think we are worthy winners of the 'Best Team Award'.
The three of us met in our first year at the University of Leeds and it was love at first sight! We have lived together for three years in a rickety, old student house and know each other inside out. We've carried each other home after late nights out, laughed so hard until we cried, and provided love and support for each other when things just got a little bit too much. Our skill sets are very varied, so sharing the blog between the three of us has enabled us to teach each other and learn new talents and techniques. Team TWB have also been on our fair share of adventures together, including going travelling around America together last summer. We witnessed one of the wonders of the world, rowed a boat in Central Park, swam in Lake Michigan, gambled in Vegas, drove down the Californian coast and ended up in Hawaii. Not too shabby! We have been incredibly lucky and can not thank you all enough for taking the time to read our blog and supporting us over the past two years.

So, if you think we deserve the 'Best Blogging Team' award then click HERE to head over to the Company website to cast your vote! Cuddles and cupcakes all round if we make the shortlist :)

Thank you again!
Love,
TWB
xox

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

DIY Dogtooth Scrunchie

Good morning all! 

Yay I'm back blogging! I haven't had the chance to get my craft on in SUCH a long time. This feels good. Uni deadlines have well and truly taken over my life. However, for now, things are a little calmer.

This weekend I found some time to get creative and make good use of this gorgeous dogtooth fabric I've had stashed away. I'm a big fan of dogtooth but am a bit scared to wear it. Its such a bold print so creating a srunchie seemed a good solution. Plus, I'm forever sticking my hair up in a top knot or high pony when I don't have the patience to do something nice with my hair, so srunchies are the ideal accessory for me. This is a dead simple little make. I mocked this one up whilst watching a couple of episodes of Modern Family! (Im totally addicted, HELP)


For this DIY you will need: fabric, scissors, pins, needle and thread, tape measure, and some elastic.

And here's how to make one yourself...
1. Cut out approximately 75 x 20 cm piece of fabric for a large over sized scunchie
2. Fold the fabric in half length ways and pin together. Make sure the pattern side is inside (for my fabric this doesn't matter as it was the same pattern both sides). 
3. Hand sew or using a sewing machine, stitch down the length.
4. Turn the material the right way round so you have a long tube.
5. Cut about 15cm of elastic and thread it through. Tie the ends together in a tight knot. 
6.  Pin the ends of the fabric tube together and hand stitch all the way round to complete your srunchie.

Voila! 

What do you think? I'm loving this 90's look! 

Also, here's one I made earlier…
Now Ked is back up north we thought why not take more of our photos together? After all we always have such a giggle, which makes for better pictures, don't you think? I made this yellow polka dot scrunchie using the same tutorial as above and how to make Kendall's daisy hair grips can be found HERE. Two perfect spring hair DIYs!

Lots of love,

Kate xxx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

DIY Daisy Hair Clips


Good morning you lovely lot!
We have something very seasonal for you today, despite the fact that we took these photos when it was just starting to rain (spring showers hey?). Kate and I are doing a couple of posts for you on spring hair accessories and I am kicking it off with these little daisy hair grips. I got my inspiration from seeing some very similar ones on ASOS and thought I could definitely make them for a least half the price! I bought my daisies from Wilkinsons (they cost me £1.50 for a huge bunch) and I just used some old grips that were lying around in my room. 

You Will Need:
Fake flowers, Grips, Glue Gun (super glue would also work, but it just wouldn't be as secure).

How To:
Step 1: Cut your flowers away from the stems, leaving a flat base.
Step 2: Heat up your glue gun and pop a blob of gun on the base of the flower. Stick it to your hair grip.
Step 3: Leave to dry overnight. 


And that's it! Easy! Team your pretty new grips with pastels for a cute addition to your spring outfit. 
Are you loving the floral trend this spring?

Love,
Kendall 
xox

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Mother's Day Giveaway!

 Morning!
This week I started planning for Mother's Day. As we know, every Mum loves and handmade gift so we plan to be giving you lots of inspiration and crafty ideas to make her day extra special. We were asked by H.Samuel to customise these tiny frames to house our favourite photos of special moments we have shared with our mums. This is the perfect little gift for your Mum, it's sentimental and you can personalise them which ever way you wish. We went for pastel polka dots and attached the three frames together using twine and ribbon. The best thing about this gift is that is so thoughtful, but it won't cost the earth. Brownie points from Mum all round we think! 

To make her day super special we are giving you the chance to win a £50 voucher for H.Samuel so you can buy her something sparkly to go with your homemade present (or you could just keep it for yourself! Don't worry, we won't tell her!) To enter, just fill out the form below!

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Good luck guys! Don't forget to leave a comment below and tell us how you are going to treat your Mum this Mother's Day!
Love,
TWB
xox