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When In Rome… ūüáģūüáĻ

By February 20, 2016 DIY & Lifestyle

Unfortunately LFW fell at a bit of an odd time for me to do London Fashion Blog Week this season, which is why this post has absolutely no reason to the great fashion month that has already kicked off. This post is a little lifestyle-y but with a small outfit thrown in too. My family and I traveled to Rome for¬†a nights stay in an AirBnB (our first ever experience), so that my brother could go off and see Ronaldo do his thing against¬†A.S Roma¬†‚öŬ†and so I could go and take a look at some of those great Michelangelo paintings. So here are some pictures from the two days we were there…

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography


WHAT I WORE: Black Faux Fur Coat (Jumble Sale) // ASOS Dip Dye Jeans (DIY) // Blue Mono Pascal Boots (Dr Martens) // Floppy Hat (ASOS)


What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

I’ve actually been to Rome a few times before but I couldn’t really remember¬†that¬†much of it, so it was nice to really soak it all up. I especially loved the architecture, and how colourful it all was. Italians seem to love their painted houses and Rome was full of colourful buildings, especially in gorgeous muted pink tones… perfect for outfit snaps as you can see from above!

We were actually lucky enough to take a trip to the Vatican museum which takes you through the Vatican all the way into the Sistine Chapel. It was a really cool experience but definitely don’t go unprepared without a good pair of shoes… it’s a long walk! Some of the art work really is quite incredible and you’re lucky enough to be able to take photos which is quite rare (although not in the Chapel… they made that very clear).

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography


WHAT I WORE: Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket (ARK)* // Geometric Maxi Dress (ASOS) // Floppy Hat (ASOS)


The paintings really are quite incredible, mainly because they’re all in¬†such¬†good condition. The Last Judgement really is quite spectacular… it’s¬†huge¬†and you don’t really get enough time to take it all in due to the fact that you’re crammed into the chapel with hundreds of other people (they really need to only let in a certain amount of people at one time). I’d recommend it though! The whole tour was definitely worth it, even if you’re not necessarily that interested in ART… to be able to say you’ve been around the Vatican is quite a statement.

There was also a Matisse exhibition showing which was exciting for me as I’m a big fan of his work…. a picture in front was of course obligatory. Excuse the messy hair… long days with long hair = frizz and mess… a hat is an essential item! There was also a collection of lots of different artists including Salvador Dal√≠, but sadly most people were just walking on past. Stop and appreciate it, people!

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography


DR MARTENS: Blue Mono Pascal Boots (Dr Martens) // Black Virginia Leather 1B99 Boots (Mastershoe-MyShu)*


What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography

What To Wear in Rome - Lifestyle OOTD Photography


location

LOCATION:¬†Via dei Coronari, Rome, IT¬†ūüáģūüáĻ


So I’ll talk a little about my outfit… I accidentally wore a combination that gives the illusion of blue knee high boots. Oops. It didn’t look so bad in real life, but in photos you could most definitely mistake my trousers for boots!

Talking of boots… I officially have four pairs of Dr Martens thanks to winning the Facebook page give-away they run every week. Definitely worth the two minutes of filling it out because now I have another pair in my collection!


Have you been to Rome? Where did you visit? Let’s chat in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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What Do You Want to Know About Being Yourself & Self Expression?

By January 29, 2016 DIY & Lifestyle

Other than fashion, another thing that I am wholly passionate about is‚Ķ self-expression and just being yourself. I don’t really know where it came from, but it’s just always been there within me. The idea of everyone being themselves and embracing the fact that no one person is the same has just always been such an interesting and exciting concept to me‚Ķ

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A

~ (A LITTLE SNIPPET OF ME) ~

‚Ķand I want to share that. I know I’ve spoken a couple of times about the topic on here before (like with my “How To Soothe A Sore Thumb” or “Fat vs Thin” posts) but I really want to try and infuse it into Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion this year. It’s great too because being yourself ties into fashion really well. I mean, what’s the main way we all express ourselves? Through our clothes.

It’s one thing you can’t skip out one each day, so what you put on always channels some form of message. Seriously, you’re feeling a bit fed up and lazy? Putting on comfy clothes literally expresses that (we all do it –¬†even though being yourself certainly isn’t all¬†about fashion).

But the question is‚Ķ how? I’m all about writing lengthy posts about my own experiences but I think this is one of those topics where we have to talk to each other about it. Does anyone remember when I did “The Ultimate Guide To Being A Teenager“? Well, that was a great example of me taking your questions and queries and creating content from them and I’m hoping it helped.

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A

~ BEING¬†YOURSELF ISN’T ALL ABOUT FASHION ~

Although I loved that yearly series and I’d be happy to bring it back, I’d also love to move forward and do something more regularly, whether that’s in the form of videos (yes I know, I’ve kind of gone off YouTube again haven’t I?) or Q&As, I don’t know, so that’s why I’m writing this post.

Let’s have a bit of a chat! I’m leaving a little submission form below for those of you don’t necessarily want to leave a full comment. Just let me know what sorts of topics you’d be interested in me talking about to do with self-expression and being comfortable in your own skin. Leave a single question if you like! Here are some ideas (they don’t even have to be obviously questions about being you‚Ķ simple lifestyle type ones can be a good start)‚Ķ

“How do you choose what to wear in the morning?”
“Do you wear make-up?”


“Would you class yourself as confident?”
“How do you pick yourself up when you feel insecure?”


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Inspired by… Arcade Fire Reflektor Tapes

By October 16, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

So I decided for today I wanted to move away from my normal style of content and try something new. After watching Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor Tapes” film by Kahlil Joseph at the cinema, I came away quite inspired by the art that they produce. I’m no major fan, but after being introduced to the band by my brother, they have always intrigued me and the film definitely got me interested even more…¬†(Images via Tumblr – Scroll for sources)

Reflektor 1Reflektor 2

For me the part that inspires me the most is the whole aesthetic (of Reflektor). In an exclusive ‘after-credits interview’, Win Butler even stated that it was the first time that they really focused on the whole spectrum of a¬†tour in terms of how it looked and in my opinion it looked pretty darn awesome. There’s something so inspiring to me when art is so in sync and so purposefully put together, but it still somehow shows a story with it’s different elements.

As I said in this post’s intro, this is a different sort of topic for me but it can definitely merge into fashion in terms of costume and set design, and actually, even the music itself. It’s probably quite a personal thing as I am a bit reluctant to shiny things (I wore holographic shoes to the cinema), but I just¬†have¬†to express my thoughts down in… typing?

Reflektor 3

One of my favourite elements of Reflektor is Arcade Fire’s “Mirror Man”, who actually was created by Gustav Troger who works with glass and mirror as his main material and I definitely want to look more into his work. I genuinely want to cover my Dr Martens in broken shards of mirror and become my own version of the ‘living sculpture’. And if you go into detail of the actual Reflektor album, you’ll soon understand it’s importance.

Have you seen the “Reflektor Tapes”? Are you a fan of Arcade Fire? Did you like this style of post? Let me know!


Arcade Fire Reflektor Tapes


(Tumblr sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6)

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Andiamo! | A Road Trip to Italy…

By August 29, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

I don’t think my life has ever been so manic… okay, maybe it has been but seriously, I’m launching a collection of socks with Mooi en Lief next week (EEEP!) and now, I’m off on a road trip to Italy! Yup! More deets here if ya’ wanna’ know…

road trip to italy - andiamo - let's go!

~ ANDIAMO! ~

As you may know, I’m currently home schooled which allows me more time to do things like blogging and focus on things that I’m truly passionate about. It also means that I have time to travel, seeing as my “school” could move into a jungle if it really wanted (okay, maybe not), so as you can probably tell, I’m going off to Italy on a road trip!

You may have seen that I say I am in “UK & France”, because it’s kinda’ true. I’m back and forth quite a bit, and I think for now, it will more be “UK & Italy”. I think it’s going to be really exciting… I suppose I haven’t really been excited for the journey yet, but now I write this, I kinda’ am!

road trip to italy - andiamo - let's go!


WHAT I WORE: Stripey Top (Johnnie B @ Boden)* // Leather Backpack (Dr Martens)*


I have been to Italy before (specifically Rome, Venice and Genoa) but that’s just a small percentage. It will be really interesting to see the difference between France and Italy, and even England! I think I’m most excited to try¬†real¬†pizza, I mean who wouldn’t be?!

It will also be my first experience of a campervan which I’m also ridiculously excited about! Even our furry little black cat friend, Paloma, will be joining us on our adventure. If you have any tips on travelling on long journeys with cats, do let us know! She’s been from the UK to France and didn’t make a single noise, so fingers crossed she’ll be fine!

This does also mean that all of my blog posts coming up are going to firstly be scheduled, but they’re also all going to be¬†Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh related. There will be give-away’s so you won’t be missing out on too much! I’ll also give you a break half way through with an ordinary post from yours truly!

Also, I’m really sorry for not doing the second instalment of Changing With The Seasons – Summer, but as you can tell, I just haven’t had the time! I’ll be back in October though…


Are you excited for the next few weeks to come? Leave a comment and we can chat when I get a spare moment. For now… andiamo!¬†


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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How To Soothe A Sore Thumb – Kinda’

By August 18, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

(For those of you who have actually come here to find out how to soothe a sore thumb, you may want to walk away because I’m not¬†actually¬†going to be telling you how. I’d head to WikiHow for that… but if¬†you’re here for self-confidence boosting material, definitely keep your tab open!)


How To Soothe A Sore Thumb~¬†ūüĎ欆= you¬†~

No matter how red and glowing your sore thumb might seem, there is no way to hide the redness. I’ve tried multiple theories, from staring directly back at people, joining in with their laughing and just casually dying inside, but do you know what? Nothing works. Nothing soothes my sore thumb because there is no¬†miracle cure. There is no spell or potion that can get rid of what ever is making your thumb look red, because it’s not you, your thumb, your hand, or body… it’s other people. It’s¬†them.

I’ve had whole families stop their conversations, turn around and watch me walk past them like I have a giant sign above my head saying, “LOOK AT ME, I’M A BIG FAT SORE THUMB!”. I’ve sat¬†opposite a table of young girls, who have laughed at me and pointed when I’ve obviously stared back. I’ve been walking down a road whilst a lady slows down, turns her head and stares… just an arm’s width distance from me. All because I’m not wearing what most people wear… or look a certain way compare to everyone else..!

It might feel like your thumb is throbbing and glowing bright red, but really, it’s just because they’re seeing something that they’ve never seen before, and in a weird way, that’s pretty cool! Don’t ever go changing who you are because other people see that sign above your head.

One way to help relieve the pressure is to flaunt the thumb you’ve got! You have to realise that it’s their problem that they think you’re “soooo funny” to laugh at.¬†They’re more funny for thinking that you’re an odd-one-out!¬†You have to realise that it’s their problem that they can’t handle seeing something unique, that it makes them stop and stare.¬†Deal with it!¬†In fact, embrace the attention because who doesn’t want people looking at them with intrigue?

The more you flaunt it, the more people will catch on to your awesomeness, which means in the end, more people will be flaunting their awesomeness, so nobody will have to feel like a sore thumb ever again.

How¬†to soothe a sore thumb?¬†Well, you can’t.

If you think you “stick out like a sore thumb” did this make any sense? Let me know in the comments and we can all get rid of the “sore thumb” label together!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Making 10 Year Old Tolly’s Ideas Come To Life…

By June 20, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

“Dear my little earthlings,” was how I used to introduce my posts on my old Tumblr blog when I was 10… yup, most of you won’t know but I was still blogging back then. I used to write super short and simple posts to an audience of around…. 0? So, when I was recently sorting through some of my old bits and bobs, I discovered an old Tumblr/blogging notebook which was pretty much half empty. What was in that notebook you ask?

Tolly Dolly Posh Digital Club Card Mock-up Photoshop

In my super duper, pretty much empty notebook I found a few odd (and pretty darn awful) sketchy drawings of ideas for my future as “TDP”. Back then (LOL, I’m talking about it as if it’s been twenty years) I had more of a vision of being this sort of cool, hip, high street store so the ideas I had were really based around that kinda’ thing. I drew¬†a scribble of a cash register (with even descriptions of what some of the buttons meant) and some ideas for the price tags for both men’s and women’s clothes.

So, I was like… It’s been over five years since I created them, so why not make my “10 year old TDP” ideas come to life? So I did! I fiddled around on Photoshop, tweaked the Bevel & Emboss settings and added all the right components for a… Tolly Dolly Posh Club card! Yeah that’s right, a points card…¬†💳

Tolly Dolly Posh Digital Club Card Mock-up Photoshop

After fiddling around for a while, I came up with the design above. It looks a lot different from the original drawing (below), but what I do like is the fact that I was using purple back then… and purple is one of my main branding colours now. Anyway, what do you think? I’m actually really chuffed with how it came out. I did try to make the price tags but the original design was so bad that it just didn’t look right at all. But, I think 10 year old Tolly would be impressed… if I do say so myself…!

Tolly Dolly Posh Digital Club Card Mock-up Photoshop

So, don’t¬†go throwing away those silly little notebooks full (or well, half empty) of scribbles and future ideas. Keep them not only to reflect on how your skills have developed, but to remind you of where you’ve come from for when things start changing or moving in the future. I’m glad that I looked back on these funny ideas I had and made them come to life. Maybe one day they’ll be a real thing?! Who knows? I guess that’s the cool thing about blogging… it’s a place where all your memories and thoughts can be stored forever, in the form of a creative hobby.


💳¬†What do you think of my Tolly Dolly Posh Club card mock-up? Have you ever taken something from the past and made it come to life again? Let me know in the comments! 💳¬†


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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15 People Who Inspire Me To Be Myself

By May 21, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

If you didn’t see on my social media, then you won’t know that this week I’m going to do a few posts which are lists of 15, to of course, celebrate my birthday! Woop! So,¬†I thought I would write up a list of people who inspire me. I know the title suggests that they inspire me to be me, but alongside that, some of these awesome people inspire me to be creative too. I seemed to get asked the question of who inspires me a lot, so here’s a full list! In no particular order…

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

1. Helena Lester-Card – Blogger & Vintage Seller – Sassy World

Helena is a fashion blogger who just rocks. her. stuff! As well as running an absolutely killer vintage fashion shop (Sassy World), she also has her own personal style blog which is the most colourful thing I have ever seen. She inspires me to be myself whatever the weather!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

2. Everyone in The Confetti Crowd РBloggers

I’m sort of cheating here but Helena is also in “The Confetti Crowd” which is a group of 5 kick-ass fashion bloggers with the most crazy and eclectic styles. I’m obsessed with their stuff and they have an awesome message to spread!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

 3. Paul Smith РFashion Designer

Okay, so quite a big one¬†here, but Paul Smith has always intrigued me. I find how he puts so much detail and intricacy into everything he does very inspiring. I think he shows us all that even when success hits, you don’t have to lose yourself in it all!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

4.¬†Laura Whalebone –¬†Blogger – That’s So Yesterday

Laura is another fashion blogger (and mum) who’s style has yet to fade, and I’d hope it never does!¬†Every outfit she posts inspires me to never stop being myself, which is rather simple but it’s also really awesome.¬†Laura breaks all the “rules” and I¬†love¬†that!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

5. Everyone on Humans of New York – Facebook Page

This kinda’ sounds weird, but when I check in on Facebook and there’s an inspiring story or some uber cool person posing on my screen, I instantly feel inspired to just carry on being me and do what I love. If there is one Facebook page you should follow, please make it HONY!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

6. Katie Oldham – Blogger – Scarphelia

Another blogger but I don’t care! Katie is one of those people who just always has something amazing about to come out of her… fingertips? She’s another person who can just post anything and make me feel inspired. She also follows me on Twitter and her support is unreal.

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

7. Zoe Hellewell – Blogger – Zoe London

Oh dear, another blogger… but I’m a blogger myself so I have to mention¬†some¬†right? You’ve probably all heard of Zoe and her bright blue hair! She’s down right awesome. She’s a blogger who works her socks off and deserves all the success she has. She inspires not only me but all of her readers to be themselves because nobody else is better….¬†well, in a nice way!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

8. Maria Grazia Chiuriand and Pier Paolo Piccioli РCreative Directors РValentino

Fairly recently, Valentino¬†as a fashion house has really intrigued me so I’m going to put down Maria & Pier for similar reasons to Paul Smith. Valentino is such an interesting brand and all of their recent collections have been so beautiful.

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

9. Susanna Lau РFashion Blogger РStyle Bubble

Everytime I go to my wardrobe, I genuinely ask myself “What would Susie wear?”… I know I love wearing what I want, and I promote that through and through but Susie has the most awesome wardrobe and I will always be inspired. PLUS, she is an incredible writer. Truly brilliant.

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

10. Cara Delevingne РModel & Actress

You might be surprised by this one! The only real ‘celebrity’ on the list and she’s actually a model. I don’t need to explain who she is but I just find that her out-going and care free way of doing things is pretty darn cool. Can I be her?

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

11. ASOS – Fashion Brand

Not technically a ‘person’ but ASOS do inspire me! They seem to have everything put together in just the right way. They’re the most awesome fashion brand there is right now. They cater for all budgets, styles etc. Can I be… ASOS too?

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

12.¬†Fr√©d√©rique Tietcheu –¬†Fashion Blogger & Confidence Coach –¬†SHE Unleashed

Freddie isn’t just another blogger, she’s also a confidence coach and I can see why. Freddie just expresses being yourself through out everything she does. Plus her style is uber cool too… and that hair? WOW.

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

13. Ashish Gupta – Fashion Designer – ASHISH

A fashion designer who¬†has just done it all in such an awesome way. The “King of Sequins” who has¬†the most epic runway shows ever. I love what ASHISH has to say as a brand, especially more recently with their choice of models… we need more of this!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

14. My Family

Soppy soppy, get those tissues out, yeah? Haha! I had to mention them though. Ever since I started my blog they have supported me all the way and they just let me be me. I couldn’t ask for anything more.¬†That’s my sister and nephew on the left, and my mum, sister and I all wearing stripes on the right!

15 People Who Inspire Me - Paul Smith Valentino ASHISH(via Instagram)

15. YOU РFollowers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, BlogLovin and YouTube

Don’t put away those tissues just yet because I need to put you in here too! Yes, YOU! Anyone who reads my blog inspires me because they¬†support¬†me. You guys never (really) have anything bad to say and you just embrace what I do and I love that! Thank you, like seriously… thank you!¬†Those two pictures were taken by a school in Texas… yes, that is me on the big screen!

(Featured image from TDP’s homepage via Confetti Crowd’s Instagram)

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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15 Birthday Wishes From Me To You

By May 19, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

Today is my 15th birthday! 🎉¬†Yes little me is half way to thirty, crazy right? I was thinking quite hard for what to write for today, and then an idea came to me. Because you guys follow this blog and give it so much love, I want my birthday wishes to be for you. So here are my 15th birthday wishes, which I need you to make come true!

15th Birthday Wishes - 15 Year Old Fashion Blogger(I haven’t dyed my hair… just in case you couldn’t tell, this is a bit of funky editing because I couldn’t find any other pictures!)

1. I wish that you realised you are beautiful just the way you are¬†😍

One of my biggest dreams is for people to realise that being themselves is the most perfect thing in the world. If I can inspire just one person to do that thing for them, or dress the way they want to dress, that would be the biggest wish come true.

2. I wish that nobody was labelled for being like¬†this¬†or¬†that¬†👐

This wish and the next are quite connected. I just wish people weren’t judged for what they are. 99.9% of people are who they are because that’s just how life works. No-body is perfect and if we all accept that, then¬†everyone¬†will be perfect.

3. I wish that people understood that skinny shaming is also a “thing”¬†‚ėĚ

I don’t care how many people say that “skinny people are lucky”, I will always say that skinny shaming is just as big as an issue as saying to someone their fat. I’ve written about my own experiences with this before, and Zoe (Zoe London) recently commented on it too. Please read both pieces.

4. I wish that people would¬†think before they type¬†💻

Some people online still don’t realise that even if you don’t show your face,¬†nasty words and comments, still hurt. I don’t deal with this personally but I know so many people do. In real life too…¬†words. hurt.¬†

5. I wish that everyone realised that comparison is the thief of joy¬†👭

In my 14th birthday blog post I put down this phrase as one of the 14 things I’ve learnt in 14 years, and it’s still in my mind. I’ve learnt since then that comparing people is just ridiculous because everyone has a completely different life and story, in every shape or form.

15th Birthday Wishes - 15 Year Old Fashion Blogger(Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!)

6. I wish my favourite quote would be everyone else’s favourite quote too¬†🐱

Because even if The Cat In A Hat made it up (*cough* Dr Seuss *cough*), it’s something very special!

7. I wish that you would all go and support Fashion Revolution¬†👗

It’s a simple task; go support the campaign.

8. I wish that people would share the love more often¬†😘

I think this is truly important; not only because it’s just a kind thing to do, but because I believe what¬†goes around, comes around.

9. I wish that the small things would seem beautiful to everyone¬†🌺

Life isn’t about great big, materialistic things. It’s about all the little details that are magical in their own unique way.

10. I wish hopes and dreams didn’t get crushed by one person saying “You can’t.”¬†🌞

Because YOU CAN.

15th Birthday Wishes - 15 Year Old Fashion Blogger

11. I wish that you will do one thing today that is out of your comfort zone¬†👍

Whether you wear something you never thought you’d wear, or you tell someone something you’d never usually say. Do something to make yourself feel proud!

12. I wish that everyone would be creative¬†🎨

It sounds weird, but we all have the capability. If you create something, then you’re creative. Give it a go, go and make something magical!

13. I wish that you could tell me how my blog helps you¬†‚ĚĒ

It might not, but it’s worth a try? Leave me a comment and tell me why (ooh, that ryhmes)!

14. I wish that in 15 years you’re wearing a piece of my clothing¬†🎽

A wish for me and for you. I hope that you’re wearing something that I’ve created and that you feel good in it. Make a mental note for 2030, yeah?

15. I wish that you make at least one of these things come true¬†💃

Simple.


📷¬†SEE ORIGINAL¬†(not so pink) OUTFIT PICTURES HERE¬†📷


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Customised DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket with Jennie Maizels*

By May 10, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

A new DIY! Ooooh yeah! I know my DIYs have been fairly simple so far, but because my bank balance is that of a teen, it means that you may just have to deal with simple but super customisable DIYs for now. But, like I said, they’re¬†super¬†customisable. I discovered the awesomeness which is Jennie Maizels recently, so I wanted to share with you a little DIY on how to create an awesome jacket with her adorable iron-on patches. Let’s GO!

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


WHAT YOU NEED: Iron-on Patches (Jennie Maizels)* // Jacket (Jumble Sale) // Tea Towel // Iron // Ironing Board


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

STEP 1:

Take your super adorable iron-on patches and decide what you want to do with them. I decided I wanted my name on the back, and a few extras on the front. I used a white jacket that I dip-dyed (more on that later) and I think it was a perfect canvas for the patches. The backs of jackets are a great place to start especially for names!

STEP 2 & 3:

The next thing you need to do is layout exactly where you want iron each patch. I re-did this after every patch I ironed down, so I knew exactly where things were going. After you’ve put down your first patch, cover it with a cloth (a tea towel works great) and follow these instructions…


Constantly wiggle your iron on top of the tea towel and patch for 20-30 seconds; then repeat on the reverse side too! You can also remove the tea towel and apply direct heat if it needs a little bit of help.


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

STEP 4:

Repeat the same process anywhere else on the jacket. I chose to go with a “LOVE” patch above a faux-pocket and 2 kitsch flamingos on the collars (I¬†love¬†them).

VOILA!

Your super cute and customisable jacket is finished! I love the outcome and the patches were super easy to use. I really do think Jennie Maizel’s patches are the best in terms of design. I can’t find any letters like hers… SO COOL! Now let’s style it up…

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


WHAT I WORE: Dip Dye & Patch Jacket (DIY) // A-Line Denim Skirt (Jumble Sale) // Pom Pom Headband (ASOS)


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

I absolutely love the outcome! I never really used to wear this jacket, but now not only have I discovered it works great as a fitted “jacket top”, I am also in love with my customised tweaks. It’s totally¬†me¬†and could be styled in so many ways. I love how it looks with my new denim skirt (¬£1 from a jumble sale,¬†uh thank you very much!) too. Ahh I love it! Do you love it too? Let me know in the comments!

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


DIP-DYE: Dylon Flamingo Pink*
See how I created this dip-dye effect over on a previous DIY! It’s a very similar process…


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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DIY Snap On Bracelets | Florals & Pom Poms

By April 15, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

WOW. Today has been one of those days! I was a right wally and decided to make a video for YouTube (for this DIY post) using files on another computer (via the ‘Network’) and I think the WiFi disconnected so I lost all of what I had done. I feel terrible. For some reason me and YouTube just don’t seem to work. I might try and put it together again, so make sure you subscribe just in case but I didn’t have time tonight so it’s just the blog post for you! So sorry, but I hope you enjoy seeing the end result anyway, it was a super fun DIY to make! ūüėõ

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker rossThis idea originally came from when I was younger and used to catch the bus home from school in the dark… okay, that sounds weird, but my mum used to make me wear these reflective snap on bracelets around my wrists so I was clearly visible, so I was thinking…¬†why don’t I make some funky ones?¬†I scoured the internet for the perfect bracelets and landed upon these pre-covered slap on bracelets from Baker Ross and started work immediately!

It still sounds weird, right? Well they’re actually kinda’ cool. You slap them on which makes them 10x more fun to wear, but they’re super comfortable as well. They fit to most wrist sizes and you can make them into whatever you like. It’s simple, but if you wanted to take it a step further you could cover it with your own fabric, embroidery… whatever you fancy!

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross

snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross


WHAT I WORE: Super Crop Top (ASOS) // Jeans (ASOS) // DIY Snap On Bracelets


snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross
snap on bracelets how to tutorial baker ross


WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Snap On Bracelets (Baker Ross) // Felt Floral Stickers (Baker Ross) // Glitter Pom Poms (Baker Ross) // Hot Glue Gun (Amazon) // Hi Tack Glue (Hobby Craft)


So instead of my YouTube video, I guess I’ll give you a step by step on here! I say step by step, but it’s fairly simple. All you need to do is glue down whatever you’re using to decorate your bracelets, making sure that you’re gluing it to the visible side (otherwise it won’t slap down properly). I used my trusty hot glue gun to secure everything into place afterwards.

For things like pom poms, slap your bracelet on your wrist and make a small mark at the point before your bracelet starts to wrap onto itself. You mustn’t glue anything past this mark otherwise it won’t lay flat. Does that make sense?!


I am honestly so sorry that there was no video with this! I feel so bad about it. I hope you got the jist of it anyway! I will promise to do more DIYs soon, it’s actually surprisingly difficult to document what you do as you go along, so I’ll try my best! I hope you have a lovely rest of your evening and don’t forget to let me know if you give this a try!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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