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DIY : the boho statement necklace

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Hello hello !

I’m still at my parents, in French Guiana, and I have crazy ideas involving photo shootings in the middle of coconut trees, Lara Croft ruins, or walks with mud until hips (it’s very good for your skin, you just have to be careful not to awake the anacondas). I’m sweet and I will spare you the critical pictures since the go pro was fogy, really, that’s a shame! I’m only posting dreamy pictures :D

Here is a statement necklace realized with chains, thread and red jade beads, bought at Katie’s, rue du Temple in Paris. It has a little Amerindian look, don’t you think? The tutorial is right below :)

Whether you are at the beach or at the office, I wish you a wonderful day!

xoxo Clemmo

DSC_0474Clemmo_statement_necklaceClemmo_Collier_ChaineClemmo_tuto_Collier_chaine1- Arrange the chains and beads on a flat surface to visualize what the necklace is gonna look like. You need approx. 3 chains 30 cm long.

2- With sewing thread (or cotton thread), tie the two extremities of the chains and tie them going up and down in each link.

3- Attach 12 beads with stems starting in the middle of the necklace and going up on each side.

4- If you want to add a chain with gems like I did, you can fix it on a leather thread crossing two threads between each gem. Then fold and glue the extremities of the leather on a little ring.

5- Attach the leather and gemstones chain on the other chains with a thread and needle.

6- Sew the three chain extremities to a bigger ring. I you wish, you can hide the ring with the thread.

7- Last step : sew two rings, two chains and a clasp, voilà!

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Tropical Pin up Bikini : DIY!

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Bonjour!

I am at my Parents in French Guiana, for a few weeks of holidays. I’m enjoying sea, sun and tropical wildife. I finally have time to show you some of the DIY I had in my mind for a while! Here is a “Tropical Pin Up Bikini”, made of a beautiful local fabric we call “Madras”. I was inspired by a swimsuit from the talented DIY French blogger Makemylemonade, and I slightly adapted the top shape. You can find the tutorial and the pattern below, and print it in A4 letter size.

Download the pattern and the tutorial

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Don’t hesitate if you have any question, this is the first time I share a sewing pattern, so please ask if you have any doubt on something. I also recommend to use a dark fabric, to make sure transparency issues won’t ruin your efforts :)

I hope you are enjoying your summer, and if you are not on holidays, I wish this DIY will make you feel as if you were! I’m going back to my hamac & coconut tree, I’ll see you soon for a second tropical DIY ;)

xoxo Clemmo

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A New-York Themed Kitchen

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Bonjour everyone!

If some of you are dreaming of refreshing the decoration of their kitchen with more style, you might like this post! My Parisian kitchen is extremely narrow — not a paradise for a food blogger! When I was proposed to give “Smart Tiles” a try, I though it could be a great opportunity to get some fun and put some color in this kitchen that used to look like a chemistry lab more than a convivial cooking place. The Smart Tiles are decorative adhesive tiles that are easy to install above existing tiles and simple to remove. Since I’m missing the US, I jumped in and had fun revamping this kitchen with a “New-York” theme, and here’s the result !

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The tiles are rather easy to install, provided you are patient and meticulous.

1- First, you’ll need to clean and dry cautiously the surface you want to apply the tiles on. These tiles are not made to resist heat and water, so you can’t use them as a tablemat or in a shower. Though, you can totally stick them on a tiled wall or any other decoration item.

2 – Then, it is better to mesure the quantity of tiles you will need to cover the surface, without forgeting corners, or irregularities on the original tiles wall, that is not always perfectly straight.

3- Next step is: cutting the tiles according to your mesures, preferably with a cutter and a steel ruler.

4- Last step is probably the trickiest because you’ll have to stick the tiles very precisely, respecting all the lines, and avoiding air bubbles. My advice is to start with a corner, and progressively stick the rest of the tiles while chasing the air bubbles with the hand.

And here is the result! I must confess I moaned a little during the sticking part, but  I’m rather happy about the result, because after all, I don’t have any special skill at this kind of manual work. And speaking overall, it was pretty easy to install. The red tiles were shinier than I expected, but at least the color splash is there, and this kitchen looks totally New-York!

IMG_20140531_182048If you wish to have a look at the different styles of smart tiles, you can visit their website or click on the image below :)

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Clemmo’s DIY Bath Salts

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Let’s have a relaxing weekend! I am lucky enough to have a bath tub at home (it’s a luxury if you live in Paris) so I want to present to you this cocooning DIY: homemade bath salts!

Homemade cosmetics are easily accessible to everyone now, thanks to brands like Aroma Zone, who sell kits to make your own cosmetics at home. These bath salts are simply exquisite. They are really enjoyable and affordable—and they make a good gift idea!

Sels de bain Clemmo2To make my bath salts, I bought three little flasks of lavender, grapefruit and lemongrass essential oils (2,50€ each), and I already had the rest of the ingredients: cooking salt, food coloring, and sweet almond oil.

The recipe is easy: you just have to mix all the ingredients together. I wouldn’t recommend using too much essential oil, only a few drops are enough to perfume the salt. The almond oil is here to soften the water and make sure the salts don’t dry out the skin.

Now it’s your turn to relax!

Thanks to Val & Swann for this girly shooting :)

xoxo Clemmo

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Leather Clutches DIY – No sewing! #2

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We are in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, and you are amazed by the beautiful creations of Karl, Jean-Paul, Hedi and Sonia. Well, here is a DIY to boost your creativity so one day, you can (maybe?) reach their level!

This is the second article of the series DIY leather clutches, without sewing. Last week I showed you how to craft the scale clutch above (the article is here) and today let’s have a look at this pink and gold wavy clutch. A big thank you to Val’ for the pics and to “Boudin” for the nice Hermes quality leather (note I could have titled this article “DIY Hermes Clutches” but I am too modest for that hehehe).

I wish you an awesome week-end and lots of blond waves!

xoxo Clemmo

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