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DIY Neon sign for parties & weddings

I’ve made my first ever neon sign. It’s going to take pride of place in my office in a few months time but I couldn’t wait for all the decorating to be done before showing you the project. It took just a couple of hours, a can of bright pink spray paint and a length of EL wire to create this unique sign. So simple, but really effective. The full step-by-step guide to making the neon sign can be found in my blog post for Make It Yours. It may look complicated, but it’s actually a really simple process that involves some easy drilling and a spot of hot-gluing. I got my EL wire from Ebay, but it’s also available on Amazon and in craft stores. It came with a battery pack and the glowing neon is powered by a couple of AA batteries. The wire has three settings – flash, quick flash and steady on. And if you’re not a fan of pink don’t worry, it also comes in blue, purple, green, red and yellow, so your sign could be any – or all – of the above colours.In fact, I think it’s such a simple enough process that I could happily knock up a sign like this for any occasion. How about a ‘just married’ sign for weddings, a ‘Ho Ho Ho’ for Christmas, a huge glowing ‘2018’ for New Year’s Eve or a ‘#girlboss’ sign for your office? If you can think up a phrase, you can make it in neon! The sign I made works great as a candy station for a wedding, anniversary party, hen do, birthday party or even for the upcoming Valentine’s day. Give it a try – I bet you’ll impress yourself with your neon-sign-making skills!

I’m kind of addicted to this technique now – I want to make all kinds of signs in neon and I can already imagine my Halloween decor! But this isn’t the only DIY guide I’ve shared on the Make It Yours website – check out my profile and have a look at my other projects including snowy window decorations, a festive chair, how to distress furniture and a vintage bike makeover. There’s plenty more coming over the next few months so keep an eye on the website for more easy, thrifty and colourful projects during the Spring.


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Three hot summer sunglasses trends

In summer, we all take out our best attire from the back of the closet: those tiny swimsuits, those stellar heels, the raffia clutches and, of course, the craziest sunglasses. We’re entitled to: it’s festival season, it’s vacation season and it’s, ultimately, the hottest season. There’s no better excuse to wear the coolest stuff, those things that make us feel free and happy. And speaking of sunglasses, here are three of the hottest trends to wear this summer:

1. Blue mirror lenses

vogue paris sunglasses photo from glasses on web

Image ℅ Vogue Paris

Mirror lenses are a hit lately! We don’t just like them on sports sunglasses, for their high protection, but also on our everyday, urban shades. While yellow and green may still be around, it seems that blue mirror lenses are the most popular this season. Great news, if you’ve always wanted blue eyes! Plus, they don’t just look good with matchy-matchy looks like this one, but with almost every other summer trend, including neons and tropical style.

2. Neon pops

the glamourai glasses on web sunglasses trends

Image ℅ The Glamourai

One of the perks of summer is being able to wear bold colors. Neons are, of course, our favorites. Neon sunglasses look amazing, but it’s even better when they’re not entirely colored: the interior or just the arms can make them pop, while keeping a formal front. Kind of like the old saying: “business in the front, party in the back”. Get the exact same look of Kelly Framel (pictured) with the Ray Ban Clubmasters in top brown on yellow.

3. Embellished frames

dolce and gabanna glasses on web

Image ℅ Dolce&Gabbana

You’ve seen these around, you might have even DIY-ed a pair: embellished sunglasses. Anna Dello Russo made them wild in her H&M collection, putting animals at the corners of the frames, while other designers kept it light, with delicate flowers. Other possibilities include baroque embellishments, rock’n’roll studs and spikes, pretty pearls or glitter.


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Neon brights – Nail polish to brighten up the last of summer

This über-bright nail polish caught my eye when I was browsing in Superdrug and as it was pocket-money price at only 2 quid, I snapped it up to perk up my nails for the last of the Summer – 2True Colour Quick nail polish in Shade 3 – a bright neon coral.

I was surprised with the coverage of this polish – the flat brush made it easy to apply and it dried quickly. And with two coats, this nail varnish lasted ageees – and that’s with me doing a full spring-clean and tons of washing up, so I’m impressed overall, and would definitely buy more from the same range in the future.


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Famous Tutus – Katy Perry’s wacky wardrobe

As her music videos and red-carpet outfit choices often show, Katy Perry is a fan of all things weird and wonderful. She seems to live her life in a Willy Wonka world of sweeties and fluffy things and this sickly concoction of lilac and neon blue is no exception! I love the A-line shape of this tutu dress and the wacky colours only add to it – there was no way that Katy was ever going to wear a ‘safe’ pale pink prom dress was she?!

Here’s a Cassiefairy version of the Katy Perry tutu dress, made from violet tulle and neon turquoise with lots of sparkle!

On stage her love of tutus is clearly seen as she uses them add fluff and frills underneath dresses and use mini tutus to show off her fabulous pins! This silver outfit is as crazy as anything Lady Gaga would wear, but on Katy it looks kind of right and noone would question her for this choice in the way that Gaga is so often criticised for her costumes.

With vintage-beauty looks and retro printed fingernails Katy Perry is certainly a style icon who, although she rarely is spotted on the ‘best-dressed’ pages of the glossies, never gets it wrong – its always just so her. We can see why Russell snapped her up anyway!

 

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