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DIY jewelled Alicebands

One thing I love about being a grown up is being able to be my own teacher. At school I remember the parents and staff always whinging about how "spoon-fed" we were; that we didn't take the initiative to delve deeper into our subjects in our own time. I think we (and when I say we, I mean me... most of my peers were... read more ›

Elisalex's June mix

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I don't reckon there's much in life that can't be solved by a good playlist. As a kid I was forever making tapes; sitting by the radio, finger poised over the record button ready to hit it as soon as my favourite song finally came on, recording my very own radio station (complete with 'sound effect of the day' and ... read more ›

By Hand style: Saturday pub visit with my girls

I have to begin by saying that I am going to get a proper camera and tripod soon - picture quality will be improving! At the moment it's just me, my mac and my window sill. So, with it being June now and this being England - it's a bit cold. Not that I minded too much, because it's given me the excuse to get out a ... read more ›

DIY cropped flannel shirt

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Here at By Hand HQ our love of all tops cropped doesn't seem to be showing any signs of waning. Worn with a waist cinching circle skirt or a pair of high waisted jeans, that little flash of midriff is just so sexy. It may look daring, but in fact, those couple of inches below your bust and above your belly button a... read more ›

Is it safe to say it's Summer...?

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Just as the batch of roasted veg I made on Wednesday kept on getting more delicious as the week went by; so did the weather here in London town.  A typically grey start to the week blossomed into full on Summer by the weekend.  The girls in Hampstead Heath were literally frolicking around in their lacy smalls.  Not ... read more ›

DIY Fringed Belt

These days I can't seem to get enough of fringe... Fluo fringe, no less. I've already made a denim pencil skirt covered in fluorescent orange fringing that cascades in layers, so to avoid losing the plot and fringing up my entire wardrobe, I've managed to rein myself in and instead make a fringed belt; something tha... read more ›