Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Denim Skirt DIY

Earlier this summer I had noticed that denim skirts had been reappearing online and in stores. I fondly remember a denim skirt I wore over and over as a teenager. Denim skirts are so versatile and most importantly very comfortable.

I had a look around in stores but I couldn't really find anything that matched up to the denim skirt memories I had from last time around.

One day I was browsing at a local St Vincent De Paul store and I came across some Cotton On denim shorts in a longer style "The Boyfriend Bermuda"(no longer available online but they do have similar styles). I saw the potential for a DIY and purchased them. I love picking up denim at second-hand stores, the fabric is so durable and easy to wash, making it perfect for reusing!

I had to make two alterations - taking in the side seams (the shorts were 2 sizes larger than my usual size) and unpicking the inseams and re-sewing the front pieces and back pieces to create the skirt panels.

On the front panel of the skirt I overlapped the pieces, keeping the folded original seam, however on the back I sewed the panels together using a traditional seam to create a more tailored appearance.

I cut the bottom of the skirt in a rounded shape, higher at the sides with the back being longer than the front. This creates room for the derriere and also makes the back longer to provide some modesty when moving around.

I'm really happy with how the final product has turned out and I've been getting a lot of wear out of it. We've been having really warm weather and the denim skirt is perfect on really hot days.

I'm already thinking about all the ways I can wear the skirt through summer and into autumn.

Denim Skirt Outfit

Enjoy Life!

Ella xx

Friday, July 1, 2016

Table Linen Clutch

Over the weekend I was really in the crafty mood and I got around to finally completely this little bag as well as my blanket.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fun and Easy Blanket Up-cycling Project

I have a huge bag of clothes waiting to be taken to Vinnies, but somehow I haven't been able to let go of them, maybe because I know there are so many great projects inside?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Sometimes you just crave something sweet and delicious... and sometimes that means it's time for some experimental baking!


3/4 cup instant oats
1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa
1/2 cup Natvia for Baking
1/4 cup flour
1/4 chocolate PB2
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
3/4 cup Jalna natural fat free yoghurt
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts (your choice!)

1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Line a brownie pan with baking paper
3. Place all dry ingredients into a food process and process until well combined and oats are broken down a bit.
4. Add all of the wet ingredients and pulse in processor until a smooth consistency.
5. Check that the mixture is a nice thick batter. Add more flour or PB2 if required. Stir in nuts.
6. Pour into brownie pan and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes.
8. Turn onto a board and slice into 16 pieces.

I served mine warm with some vanilla frosting. Very indulgent, very delicious!

Ella xx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Re-visiting Wholesale-dress.net Haul and Review

A while ago I wrote about my first shopping experience with wholesale-dress.net. I know these types of asian wholesale sites are becoming more popular but many people seem to be displeased with the level of service and  the quality of the products, so they are still controversial.

The issues that shoppers are concerned with are:

1. They don't update their "Out of Stock" message for products on the website quickly or accurately enough. So you can order things and then get an email saying that they are out of stock, then you have to choose a replacement or get store credit. Some shoppers find this concerning. I just make sure only to order items that are relatively new arrivals and still say that there are at "100" in stock. Whenever I break this self-imposed rule I run into trouble.

2. It takes a long time for them to prepare your order. My stuff took just under a month to arrive. The shipping was quick, through Fedex, but the company took ages to fill and pack my order. So, not for those after something for an occasion next week. This doesn't bother me as I wouldn't use these sites for any special occasion clothing.

3. The quality of the items is extremely hit and miss. Some of the items I have received are top level high street quality. Beautiful fabrics, well made. Other items have been really bizarrely bad. I am getting to know how to tell if something will be good or bad through my experiences, so I don't think this is so much of a problem for me.

4. Trouble with the fit of the clothing. The sizes are vague and small. The free size clothing is a small or extra-small. In jeans I have to go up 4 waist sizes to get the correct size. But in general, I don't have too much trouble with the sizing, I know what to expect from asian fits and they seem to suit me pretty well. Plus most of the stuff is stretch or full cut.


The clothes are extremely inexpensive. Jeans are $10 - $20, shoes are bags are in the same range. And there is still the chance that the stuff you order is of a pretty good quality.

So, having a small amount of credit on my account from my last order I was tempted to make another order.

For this order I was able to choose items a little more wisely and I think I ended up with some of their higher quality items.

A couple of pairs of jeans that originally ordered were out of stock, but this time instead of getting store credit I arranged to have some replacement garments sent.

The customer service was perfectly fine, emails went back and forth and were answered promptly, considering the time difference.

Onto the items

For each item I have included the picture from the site and a description of what I actually received.

These jeans are probably my favourite thing that I have ever brought from the site. They fit amazingly and look really fantastic. The denim is stretch but quite thick and the zippers and buttons are great quality.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ain't Nuttin'

Tonight I just had a huge craving for cookies. So as I was waiting for dinner to finish cooking I whipped up these cookies from what I had in the pantry. I was a bit worried that they wouldn't have a nice texture as I didn't use butter and the PB2 can be quite heavy, but they are great! They have a nice crunchy outer layer and a soft centre.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and a cup of tea

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bejewelled Ballerina Birthday Cake

Blue Velvet Cake with Double Chocolate Cake Pop Trufflesa

At my work we have a birthday cake buying schedule, and this week I was on task to bake for my beautiful dancing colleague. I decided to make a sparkly white and turquoise cake to represent a jewel and Tiffany blue colour theme.

The cake batter was dyed using Wilton gel colours, in a combination of blue and green colours. I didn't get the Tiffany colour perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

It was a really fun cake and I'm really happy that it brightened everyones day. Well, those that were lucky enough to get a slice!

Blue Velvet Cake with Double Chocolate Cake Pop Truffles