it’s ac-tulle-y an angsty princess dress

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m really careless when I sew clothes. I’m so obsessed with getting it done (so that I can wear it) that I don’t finish edges properly, or forget to check the alignment of details. These are all major crimes! Compare it to not adding salt and pepper to your eggs…

spinach and pesto ravioli with kale

As a beginner cook, it’s really difficult for me to handle many ingredients all at once. What should be a 10-15 minute preparation (chopping vegetables, or cooking the spaghetti before adding sauce). So this recipe is pretty simple and is comprised entirely of pre-bought/washed ingredients, save for one ingredient essential in almost every cuisine: garlic. …

joggers and collars

Fun fact: sweatpants have actually been around for almost 100 years!!  Émile Camuset, the owner of French sportswear store “Le Coq Sportif” invented this very comfortable legwear back in the 1920s. However, the sweatpants of yesteryear didn’t look particularly attractive – they were intended only as exercise gear for astronauts. It was revolutionary; Camuset’s use of…

recipe: greek yoghurt parfait with chocolate, cacao and cereal

Yesterday’s university fair got me thinking – I shouldn’t just look for universities. In fact, I should practice my horrifying cooking skills! So last night I made penne with Greek yoghurt, cheese and kale. There was some yoghurt left in the fridge afterschool, and after a brief experiment this is the result.  This is for…

GCSE Textiles Dress

Bearing in mind that this was the first time that I’ve ever formally created lined a garment from scratch (or done anything that requires such intensive sewing, invisible-zipping and bias-binding), I was really happy with the result…

butterflies

Uniqlo just started selling some really cool off-white polyester satin necktie blouses! The sleeve cuffs hang at an angle (this mostly happens with well-designed shirts so that the fabric doesn’t billow as much and it drapes more flatteringly), and the satin finish is exactly like silk! Also, these butterfly clips are so cute. Shirt: Uniqlo…

6-ingredient carrot and ginger soup

Being the lazy couch potato that I am, my improvised recipe for carrot and ginger soup (not counting seasonings such as oil, salt, and pepper) contains only 6 ingredients,  is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and a quick way to use up spare ingredients.  You will need: 3 medium-sized carrots, roughly chopped into small pieces A piece of…

Game of Thrones inspired shirt

I don’t really watch Game of Thrones that much, but after my friend showed me a bunch of things from the show, I was struck by the sheer detail and embroidery on the costumes. With the intention to make an inspired shirt that I could actually wear in real life, here’s my efforts so far. …

Orange is the new Black?

I bought four yards of stretchy cord at Hong Kong’s Sham Shui all district (a hub for creative supplies) to customise my favourite all-black Converse low tops, and this is the result. The cord was a bit long but I looped it around my ankles; a bit like the gladiator sandals that are trendy right…

Healthy Ice

After I heard about nice-cream – ice cream that’s both healthy and vegan-friendly – I decided to try make some.  The first time I tried making some, I mushed up two bananas with a spoon, dunked in a handful of chopped kiwi, left it in the fridge and the next day…QUELLE HORREUR!!   The banana had…

DIY beaded leather bracelet

   I got this bracelet idea from Pinterest a month ago, and decided to make one myself. I used beads from an old, broken glass necklace which really catch the light.  What you’ll need: Leather cord Needle and thread (same colour as the cord) 10-12 beads Lobster clasp What to do: Measure the diameter of…