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Pen to Paper Interview with… Renata Morales

By January 7, 2016 Pen to Paper

‘Pen to Paper’ is a new feature on TDP, which involves an informal handwritten form of interview between myself and creatives –  from fashion designers, photographers, journalists, artists and musicians, to people who generally inspire me from day-to-day. 

Renata Morales Interview - Arcade Fire Costume Designer - Pen to Paper

Renata Morales is a textile and visual artist who has designed costumes and stage outfits for such artists and bands as Arcade Fire and Grimes. Her work is a mixture of texture and movement, and is a great place to start when looking at the deeper more abstract side of design and the inspirations behind certain concepts. Some of her more notable (costume) works can be seen in videos such as Sprawl II and Reflektor (by Arcade Fire), and even a Spike Jonze directed short-film (for Arcade Fire) called Scenes from The Suburbs.


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Renata Morales Interview - Arcade Fire Costume Designer - Pen to Paper

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DIY Embellished Sunglasses

By May 22, 2013 DIY & Lifestyle, Fashion, My Style

A massive trend which was first introduced by designers such as Chanel, is Embellished Sunglasses. Whether you want studs poking out of your brows, or want a few daisies bordering your eyes, there is something for everyone! Some of these sunglasses cost a BOMB, so I’ve decided to show you how I made some for less than £3.00!! Enjoy 🙂

DSC07413Wayfarer Sunglasses – 99p (eBay)//Floral Cabochons – £1.04 (eBay)

The Sunglasses in which I bought are just plain white. I went for this style as it suits me best, but I think any style would do for this DIY, as long as it has room to fit the flowers. You must get ‘Cabochons’ and NOT buttons, as they have flat backs which makes it super easy to stick on. I went for one colour as it was a bit cheaper. You could also use different things, like studs or perhaps little stars, or animals. Mix it up! It is best to use a Hot Glue Gun as it means you can take off any mistakes(?!) as the glue can come off quite easily, but still holds things down for a good amount of time.

DSC07415First of all you want to heat up the Hot Glue Gun and get it so it is dripping out the end on it’s own, because it will be easier to use. Whilst you wait, think about how you will put the Cabochons on. Put a book underneath so they don’t slip off. The best designs are either across the whole brow, or just in the corners, but you could also do the sides or ‘arms’ of the Sunglasses too.

Secondly, when the Glue has melted fully, add one small dot the place you want to stick the Cabochon onto. DO NOT put the Glue on the Cabochon itself as you could burn yourself, and it may spread out and make the Glue visible when pressing it down. When pulling the Hot Glue Gun away from the glasses, pull them away from the lenses to avoid any glue going onto them. You could put a sticky note over the lenses too to make sure this doesn’t happen. Repeat this process until you have finished the design, and leave them to cool.

DSC07428 DSC07430The complete design! Pretty cool, huh? 🙂 Make sure to be careful with them!

In total these cost me £2.03, as I already had the Glue, so at the most it will cost you £5.00! It’s super easy, and you can experiment with different designs. I think these will look great for summer, and will be a great statement to add to any outfit. This is a great thing to try out as some cost £15.00, and for £2.00, I think we all know which is the better deal! I hope you enjoyed this ‘DIY Embellished Sunglasses’ tutorial and do make sure to tweet me if you give it a whirl! Or Instagram a picture using #TDPSunnies

Will you be trying this DIY out or will you buy a more expensive pair? Have you already tried this DIY out? Make sure to leave a comment below!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Hello & Goodbye to The Nespresso Dress

By February 9, 2013 Fashion, My Style

This is a sad, sad day. I have decided to let go of something which I have taken care of, for 2 years. It was exciting to make it, and the outcome of it was also brilliant, but I decided to that it is time to say good bye. If you’ve read the title, then you’ll know it is not this blog (why would I do that?! Plus, I haven’t even been blogging for a year yet!), but it is The Nespresso Dress. I created this for an Art Scholarship and I got it (thankfully). It was a project which was very fun, and I enjoyed every second. It involved collecting rubbish for over 4 weeks and then sticking them all onto my mum’s tailors dummy. Sounds simple, right? Well, here’s the catch. I didn’t sew it together, I had to pin it together. It was a long and painful time, when making it, and when taking it apart. But, I did it! And, I hope you like it, because today you are going to say Hello (& Goodbye) to the Nespresso Dress… oh, if you don’t know, Nespresso is coffee.

picasion.com_1b99594c9b7411ad5196dc1eed035f6cphoto 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5WHAT I USED: Waitrose Bags, Nespresso Pots, Chocolate Holder, Rope, Mumbai Spice Idian Meal Box, Buttons, Cheese Netting, Accessorize Bags Hot Glue Gun, Staples & Pins.

I said Goodbye to it today, as it was getting in the way, and at some point I was going to do it anyway, so no better time like the present! I have kept some of the strips of Nespresso Pots to perhaps add to hair bands, or just keep as a souvenir for it. I would say if you like making things from scratch, this is the sort of thing you should try out. It’s simple, and you can go anywhere with it. I did make it myself, with a bit of guidance with the Hot Glue gun from mum. I was very happy when I received the scholarship, as I knew it played a part in getting me it. I was also a bit sad when I ripped it all off (carefully), but I really want to make more use of the tailor’s dummy this year, so it had to be done! I hope you like it!

I am really sorry that I haven’t been doing many fashion/trend/outfit posts, I have been really busy, and those are the posts which take time to do. I have a few posts scheduled, which will be coming soon, but I just can’t do everything! I’m not superwoman! (Well, I mean, you could say that I am…)

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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