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Customisation is right on trend

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:29pm

Customisation has been a huge trend recently and it really shows no sign of stopping. I’ve noticed lots of illustraters and artists have begun to paint onto leather, and also denim, as well as the high street being full of pieces adorned with all manner of patches and embroidery.

It’s a trend that you can easily emulate yourself at home and one that you can make as subtle or as in your face as you like.

Imagine my delight then on Thursday when I stopped into Kildare Village on my way to Dublin and saw that they have their newly opened 'Make It Yours' customisation lounge where you can personalise your items when you spend over €75 for the next five weeks. They’ve also got some amazing experts on hand to help you out like SMCustoms, Custom Vintage Dublin and Willa Gebbie who helped me to paint a leather jacket that I treated myself to in All Saints.

When it comes to customisation it’s all about the placement of your patch or painting so I went for some subtle gold and silver stars on the lapel. There are also lots of customisation kits out there at the moment if you can’t make it to Kildare Village and want to give it a go yourself. I particularly like the patches you can get in Stradivarious and they look really good on any pairs of jeans or denim jackets that you want to jazz up a bit.

My crafty week didn’t end there as I headed to Manchester on my hen on Friday and one of our activities was to make flower crowns. How very civilised! If anyone is planning a hen I would highly recommend Manchester.

The flight was short and it’s really quite reasonable price wise over there. There’s also some really cool bars and restaurants around where we stayed in the Northern Quarter and we even managed to fit a little bit of shopping in.

I was in heaven with all the vintage stores and picked myself up a dress with a super flattering 1960’s style silhouette in a quirky dinosaur print fabric.

Ok I’m aware this sounds horrendous written down but trust me it’s really nice on. On the Saturday a lady from Crafty Hen came to the apartment we had rented and showed us how to make flower crowns and we all got to make our own. It was lovely to see everyones different flower crown styles and you could see everyones different personalities coming through in the crowns. I feel like that could definitely be a Cosmo quiz 'What does your flowers crown style say about you?'

Needless to say it wasn’t all sophisticated craft making and we had one or two saucy straws thrown in for good measure, although I must say that as they go, they were very classy straws.

I was unsure what I was going to wear for the main night out and in the end I went with a printed suit that I bought in River Island a few years ago, a plain white t-shirt and my mothers gold heels that I nabbed along with some statement earrings. It was comfortable and stylish although after about five hours of dancing my feet still haven’t made a recovery. I don’t know how I’ll manage after the wedding when I’m not the centre of the universe so I’m already planning a hen reunion next year.

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