10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta

10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta for Women

As the year takes its toll, leisure lovers may be making their trip plans. Though the trips coincide significantly with the festive season, some areas are worth paying a visit anytime. For its richness, a visit to the Mekong this season could serve as a great pacification to the thirst for nature.

The beautiful scenery, the rich historical past and a good word from a friend are some of the key attractions to this area. These alone may not be enough, making some travel plans is advised.

10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta
10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta

10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta

Here, we seek to unravel some of the few tips that can contribute to making your trip in Vietnam and Mekong in particular interesting. Let’s sample some ten tips to go in Mekong delta that you need to have in mind.

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1. Learn little of the local language-Vietnamese

Because Vietnamese is the official language, learning a bit of it in advance will make your tour of this area rather enjoyable. The challenge you may find is communicating with the local friendly population who have only Vietnamese as a language.

Some of the phrases that may be necessary include thank you (Cảm on) hello (Xin chào), excuse me (Xin lỗi.)  And my bills please (Tinh time). Planning to attend a few language lessons may make your visit easy in these village areas of Vietnam.

2. Arrange to exchange your currency in advance

The Vietnamese currency is the only accepted currency in the delta. However cheap it may seem, getting vendors who may transfer the money in the delta could prove to be a tall order, you may have to exchange as you arrive.

Looking for a bureau at the airport may help save you from the agony of lacking money while in Vietnam. Bear in mind that the Vietnamese Dong against the dollar rate is low and there is a likelihood of ending up with millions of Dong in your custody.

The best place to exchange money at favorable rates is also at the various jewelry stores that dot the major towns and the exchange booths at entry in Hanoi.   There is no need for worry if you have a VISA branded card as most of the banks in Vietnam and Mekong Delta accept visa.

3. Consider the timing

Traveling to the Mekong if you are a long distance visitor needs to take into consideration many factors. For instance, you need to learn the seasonal variations, the geography of Mekong and understand when it is conducive.

Though many of the travel companies plan their tours in the late and early periods of the year, visiting the Mekong is anytime. Vietnam has a lot of rain and carrying an excellent package of cold weather clothing may help a lot.

While that may be so, there are specific times when the life in Vietnam may be bustling and halting.  Visiting during the Tet holidays may not give you the level of excitement with closed shops and quietness donning the streets.

You may love the excitement during the Reunification Day, or the Fall of Saigon festivities that cut across the country. But in most instances, April could prove to be the ideal timing of your visit as it has the liveliness you need in your stay in the island.

4. Prepare your visa in advance

Though Vietnam provides free Visa incentives to most visitors from Europe, Scandinavia and East Asia the others are subjected to visa rules. The process of securing a free 15-day Vietnamese Visa to the European and Asian is as simple as it is online, printed and only the $10 stamping fee paid to the relevant body.

The other visitors need to pay $45 for a 30- single day entry visa. It is advisable that if you are planning to visit on and off, you may need to apply for a three months visa to mitigate from being barred entry after the initial 30 days.

5. Take a little caution with your safety

Vietnamese are friendly, and the level of security visitors receive based on the high regard they have for tourists. Visiting the Mekong Delta and its environs may not pose a lot of security threat as only petty theft cases are common.

However, visitors must take precaution and keep their valuables safe. Learning the manner of crossing roads in Vietnam may also work best as the towns and villages are abuzz with traffic.

6. Pay for what you use

Vietnamese in essence love hard work, education and are friendly in every sense. You may need to just pay for what you use along the various points of visits. Unlike in other areas, you may be surprised that your stay to the Mekong Delta will not cost more than what you have used for yourself.

7. Plan your mode of transport

Though your initial plan to use airline may work, on arrival, you will have to make do with various choices depending on where you want to visit. For instance, different airline carriers on the various towns and cities will be useful.

However, in Mekong Delta, the most dominant transport method is the different traditional boats. A bike ride on the classic Xe Om motorbikes or a trip on a horse-drawn cart may also add some excitement.

8. Worry less about Wi-fi connection; it is pretty fast

Talking of one of the places in the world with fast Wi-fi connection, Vietnam tops the list. Your visit in the Mekong will be hassle fee regarding connecting with friends online. You can spend as little as $20 on the internet for the whole month.

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9. Get to learn the rich Vietnamese cuisine

The fact that the majority of the islands in the Mekong are traditionally oriented makes it a reality that you will have the local cuisine. Even the hotels serve the local dishes cooked with the skills from ages back.

There is good news, the traditional dishes taste amazing! The spicy flavor adds life to the palates of the consumers. However, the sugary coats on some of the foods may also call for caution if you are not a fan.

Go down the local restaurant and get your bowl of pho for breakfast.  Maybe at lunch time, order for the bún chả, which comprise pork with noodles as components. If you are looking for adventure, try Banh Mi, the most popular Vietnamese sandwich.

10. Spoil yourself with shopping; you’ve earned it

For shoppers, Vietnam and its cities are ideal spots for shopping. On the other hand, the various shops in countryside specialize in custom made clothes that visitors may utilize. In summary, the country has all you may need. It’s for you to sample what you want.

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Fawn Bits Gillian Franklin at MSFW Industry

Fawn Bits: Gillian Franklin at MSFW: Industry

Becoming the first female under 30 to achieve the role of General Manager with Revlon and now in the position of Managing Director at The Heat Group, Gillian Franklin is one of Australia’s most innovative marketers. She shared her insights at the MSFW: Industry session on Tuesday 3rd September as a part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

At just 24 years old Franklin was appointed General Manager of Revlon and says it was a great step up to start what she terms her “real career�?.“It was incredibly exciting, it was the 80′s, Revlon was the number one cosmetic company in the world and I had to go to New York and present our budget for Australia to the board.�?

Being the first female General Manager in the world under 30, Franklin stood out. But instead of shying away from the attention, she grabbed the opportunity and took advantage where she could. “I really made a point of being noticed because I was female,�? says Franklin, and she encourages other businesswomen to do the same. “Take advantage of opportunities where you can be noticed and impress people.�?

Starting The Heat Group from a coffee shop with just two other women, Franklin’s success comes from hard work and knowing the importance of planning ahead. “I look at my life in 10 year chunks…and Revlon was the start of that. I was offered two roles at Revlon and I could have gone with one that was three layers from the top or one two layers from the top, but I wasn’t looking at that job, I was looking at the next job.�?

Now directing The Heat Group, Franklin strives for excellence. She says a lot of businesses today underplay the importance of culture within the workplace. The Heat Group has four core values – creative, dynamic, passionate and smart – setting in place the company’s culture. “Culture really is about values and to me the difference between having a good business and a great business is only about the quality of your people. Your people need to live and breathe and embrace your culture and your values and we recognise that brands are brands, but it’s the people that make a difference.�?

As well as strong values the company’s motto, “Don’t say no, say how�?, keeps employers motivated and ready for any challenge. “There is no challenge that we cannot deal with… It’s always about: how do we get things done? How do we solve problems? How do we take advantage of opportunities? It’s a really important statement.�?

With Franklin’s passion and determination, it’s no surprise she’s successfully reached her career goals. Now, off to draft our 10-year plan…Share

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DIY Floral Crown

 

It’s an exciting day for the Fawn team as today marks the start of a new feature to the site, something that we’ve all been hanging out for and we know that you’re going to love…

We’d like to announce the inclusion of our very own DIY tutorial segment brought to you by none other than the lovely Nadia Draga over at The Dusty Foxx blog. You can check out Nadia’s brand new feature at the start of every month so stay tuned for more DIY greatness from this crafty creative.

DIY Floral Crown

Summer’s finally here which means sun, sand and countless music festivals! Why not dress up your Boho beach look or your carefree festival threads with this easy DIY floral crown.What you’ll need:

Headband (try to get one that matches your hair colour)

Artificial flowers

Scissors

Hot glue gun

Let’s get started:

Start by trimming the floral buds off the stems – I went with a combination of white, pink and lilac flowers – but you can be as bright and bold as you like!

Decide where you want your largest flowers to sit on the headband – that way they can work as a base for smaller flowers to cluster around.

Once you’re happy with the position of the largest flowers, secure them in place with your hot glue gun.

Continue playing with the position of the smaller flowers and glue them in place once you’re happy – there’s no science behind where these should go, just keep playing until the crown looks full and lush. Too easy!

 

Art for the Jungle

 

Remember Greenpeace? It’ll now be in the forefront of your mind with this genius art exhibition raising funds for the environmental cause – The Art For Jungle Project – on Thursday 28th June at The Standard in Surry Hills. The fundraiser showcases an eclectic mix of art and jewellery on display, helping the fight against rainforest destruction and wildlife extinction in Borneo and throughout the world. For a measly $5, which will be donated to Greenpeace, you can view art and accessories from creatives across Australia as you sip on a beer – and get there early and you may just get it for free!

Works on show range in price and include photography, line drawings, canvas paintings and typography design, and if you don’t manage to find anything hanging on the wall that takes your fancy, check out the stalls selling jewelry, prints, purses and clothing or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes including wine and organic preserves, With a percentage of money from works sold going towards the fundraising for Greenpeace, and the rest to help the exhibiting young emerging artists, you won’t be the only one who benefits from foregoing the comfort of staying at home. Lend a hand and come on down Thursday night!

 

Make Your Own Pattern Tights

DIY Make Your Own Pattern Tights

DIY: Make Your Own Pattern Tights

 

Well, it’s officially autumn! Time to switch your wardrobe from summer brights to warm, earthy tones and embrace the changing weather. Although it’s bit of a bummer this gorgeous summer we’ve been having is wrapping up, the silver lining for me is the fashion. I LOVE autumn fashion! Especially tights!

Make Your Own Pattern Tights
Make Your Own Pattern Tights

Pattern tights are a fun way to add a splash of colour to a simple outfit and they’re really easy to customise and make at home! I definitely didn’t invent this DIY – but here’s my interpretation on how to try it out yourself.Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coloured tights
  • Contact paper
  • Fabric paint (white works best on most colours)
  • Craft punch
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Here’s how to do it yourself:

Start by trimming a long, thin piece of cardboard (a similar weight to a cereal box) to insert inside the tights. This does 2 things – firstly it keeps the tights flat which makes it easier to paint on the pattern, and secondly it prevents the paint from bleeding through to the back of the tights. Make sure you round the edges so you don’t poke a hole in the material.

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Use your craft punch on the contact paper and create lots of little templates of your pattern.

Stick the individual templates onto your tights in whatever pattern and spacing you like – there’s no rule around how to place them but in this example, I used around 25 hearts on the front of each leg and 25 on the back.

Give your heart templates a coat of fabric paint. Wait until they completely dry and then give them a second and third coat of paint.

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the contact paper templates to reveal your pattern and you’re done!Something I’ve learned along the way…

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I’ve found that you get better results with a nice clean shape for the pattern rather than something too intricate. Hearts, bows, and balloons – all wins. Tiny birds and umbrellas – not as successful.A handy tip before you start!

Tights obviously stretch when you pull them on which can cause a bit of a problem for the painted pattern. You don’t want your image to turn into a messy blob – not so cute. To reduce this stretched out effect, select a pair of tights in an extra large size – this will ensure they stretch as little as possible.Note that the inspiration for this DIY came from Lemon Jitters and DIY Immy – check out their lovely blogs!

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MBFWA Wrap 2013

MBFWA Wrap 2013

After all the pinning, rushing around, interviewing, criticising, strutting, beautifying, coffee-drinking and glory – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is over for another year. With everything done and dusted, the industry has proved itself with a statement and has noticeably challenged itself to step up from last year.

We couldn’t exactly report everything about everything (as much as we would have liked to!) so to save your attention spans a workout, at Fawn we’ve cropped the week in a way that feasts your senses, but also tells the stories of each designer, even if you weren’t an attendee. Happy reading!DAY 1

This year marks the 10th since the bro/sis duo launched in ’03. And what better way to kick off fashion week, than with the highly-dynamic force to be reckoned with that is camilla & marc. Inspired by the Russian Matryoshka doll which Camilla Freeman-Topper says symbolises “the layers of the label’s past.” And so it did – crisp whites fuses with metallic gold and stark blacks in textures of lace, leather and fine jacquard, culminating in a collection that is signature to the couple. The standouts were without a doubt, finely-tailored jackets, drop-crotch trousers and elegantly embellished sheer shirts. A white leather shift dress stole the show, as did belted safari jackets, mullet and asymmetrical pencil skirts and silk blouses (worn effortlessly by Ruby Jean Wilson in this instance), while super-drop crotch pants remained somewhat unflattering.

The peplum seemed overdone this year, and out of the vernacular of c&m, yet it was an overriding theme of their anniversary. Nevertheless, they delivered a wonderfully memorable collection and proved once again just why they are at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry.

A shining designer to watch – Christopher Esber made a prodigious, minimalist statement with a decidedly crisp, tidy feel. At just 26 years of age, Esber favours clean lines and monochrome. He is a sort of wunderkind. Showcasing his fifth show on Monday, he shined at New York Fashion Week last September alongside the ever-vivacious Kym Ellery (see below) who unsurprisingly made rave reviews out of sheer genius.

This year, deceptively simple tailoring makes the most impressive statement, but with some thoughtful surprises thrown in for good measure. It’s no surprise he works closely with textile-weaving specialists when his love for all things technical manifests as experimental shapes, raw edges and dresses that are unexpectedly slit in the back. He effortlessly created futuristic fabric mash-ups and mixed bonded tweed and reversible knits and silk, with velvet Devore to thrilling effect. Tres beautifique.

On the completely different end of the fashion spectrum, Roopa Pemmaraju has a knack for creating a strikingly harmonious collaboration of fashion and art, and also encompasses her reach to feature renowned Australian women indigenous artists from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Tribal vibes are a backdrop for striking patterns with a quintessential Australian feel.

Standouts were a wide-legged jumpsuit, belted at the waist with a wide halter neck. A sleeveless A-line shirt dress, buttoned at the collar and, again, fastened at the waist. With the print applied only to the sheer silk overlay, the layer below a plain white, this piece had a great sense of movement as it trailed along the runway.

Pemmaraju naturally gravitates to ancient ways of life represented on today’s runway. The vibrant nature of our landscape is on show: green plant life, red sand, spring wildflowers, wild bush berries and fruits, deep blues and reds of rock formations and the effervescent desert sky. Metres of fabric – these clothes are not for wallflowers – are set up with reproductions of the artist’s work, providing them a new life beyond the canvas from which they’re drawn.DAY 2

As day two rolled around we saw the debut of Talulah Swim and their SS13/14 collection. The Brisbane-based designer has had a dazzling run, and Talulah is now being stocked by the likes of Neiman Marcus and Shopbop – a testament to Kelli Wharton’s dazzling creations. Swim was a delectable flurry of psychedelic prints, forming the basis of flattering two and one-piece suits designed for a multitude of body types. To that we say bravo.

SS13/14 delivered triply florals in the way of bodycon dresses and shirt/short combinations whilst vivid splashes of fuschia played off entirely white looks. In three words: cool, sexy, fun. A retro 60s take on sporty luxe – and prints, prints, prints!

It was an intriguingly oriental-inspired SS13/14 collection on Tuesday. Minimalism met a meticulous eye for detail in Kym Ellery‘s latest runway offering, with gorgeous floral prints bringing to life flared pants and structured dresses. Splashes of white lace and fur emphasised exaggerated shapes, forecasting dramatic lines and oversized outerwear as key spring/summer trends.

Statement shoulders and floor-length Eastern-style gowns with metallic floral patterns were standouts on the runway as were neutral shades of spearmint, beige, white and black.

On a similar note, Ginger & Smart opened their fashion week runway with oodles of midriffs and pencil skirts to please. Memorable favourites consisted of cut-out bras, graphic grids of criss-crossed squares teamed with overblown peonies, bonded organzas in off-whites and pops of print to give it that all needed sophisticated and confident punch.Geometrics reigned, as G&S stayed true to their visual aesthetic, vivacious patterns and graphical block colours were a key trend. Among the other beauties delivered were high-waisted cropped cigarette pants and wonderfully exposed midriffs.

Cobalt blue, pale salmon, emerald greens and black and white combinations formed the essential colour spectrum, while sleek three-piece suits captured the eye of front-row fashionistas.DAY 3Alice McCall‘s Cruise 13/14 collection this year took inspiration equally from both the earth and the sea. Listed amongst her influences in creating this ethereal take on the architecture of nature is German botanist illustrator Ernst Haekel, French artist Rene Jules Lalique‘s Art Nouveau jewels and, of course, fittingly for a cruise collection, ‘l’ocean’.

Structurally this collection was particularly exciting; pleated silks floated wide and airy on tiny models, emphasising the weightlessness of an oscillating manta ray suspended in water, while gravity-defying ruffle detailing curved delicately around bodies mimicking the architecture of a coral bed. The palette was a quiet statement of pale pinks, periwinkle blue and soft watercolour-inspired prints.

The only boldness came with a strong navy and white story which took cues from the stark architectural contrast between twisted, sun-bleached coral and the quietly convalescing deep blue ocean.Serpent & the Swan presented a beautifully mesmerising installation of their latest collection: soft, luxe leathers featured both as separate pieces and as heavy embellishments for soft sheer and lace pieces. Sisters Hayley and Lauri Smith unveiled their much anticipated Spring/Summer 13/14 collection inspired by a shared childhood love of the animal kingdom and a somewhat dark and morbid fascination with the anatomy of creatures and their mystical incarnations. Following this theme, the collection dubbed “Insecta Botanica” explores the idea of growth and the inherent relationship between plant and human life cycles.

Leather harnesses over soft dresses, relaxed t-shirts and shirts with sheer wide trousers and leather bra/brief ensembles aimed to imitate the juxtaposition of hard and soft aspects found in nature, alongside embroidered organza, loose mesh knits, raw linen and fluid silk dresses. Insecta Botanica is a collection of uniquely beautiful and androgynous garments that stay true to the brooding image of the label, adorned with the handcrafted gold and brass trimmings which have become a hallmark for Serpent & the Swan.

Although, a surprise entrant of this year’s fashion week was five year old Vanishing Elephant, whose wares were never really designed for a runway. They are one of Australia’s fastest-growing labels, with a wholesale presence which is strong throughout the country, and bells-and-whistles free, well-made, affordable clothing. The show’s setting was a spectacularly old railway museum at the Australian Technology Park. The label represents a rather one-off hybrid of buttoned-up classicism and indie spirit. More than the average twee florals and motifs of this season, V.E. prints excelled in moving beyond these. An oversized polka dot rendered a denim-on-denim womenswear look excitingly new, while a horizontally-striped linen suit that appeared as though dip-dyed created a strong presence about the designer’s creative progression.

This label probably doesn’t need to show for another five years: their customer isn’t one who cares much for all that flashy hype, and the label’s progression is more sustained than others, which is partly what makes it so popular with its largely male audience.DAY 4

Breaking records in a global fashion week first, though, was Sydney label Bless’ed Are The Meek who have partnered with Tourism NT on their Summer ’13 collection. Projected footage recorded at various locations across the Northern Territory onto the runway in 3D before, during and after their show on Thursday, made quite the impression.Maria Maung, designer for the label, said previously that she wanted the audience to “get a glimpse of the place I had pictured in my mind while I was designing.” “The initial inspiration for the wanderlust collection came from the idea of being in open spaces, places that transcend time. I had seen the work of Australian artist Murray Fredericks who captures landscapes that look so surreal, and so it was a natural progression to explore the NT’s Red Centre, a place that is the source of intrigue for many Australians – so surreal and mysterious” she said.

Back in 2011, Shakuhachi gave us the runway show that never ended – ticking off every imaginable trend box in the process. This year we got a more concise edit, but still with the same need-it-now appeal. You could imagine fashion It Girls and blogger-types jumping all over the on-trend PVC separates, garishly good jungle and tapestry florals and candy-coloured metallic party pieces. But for the less adventurous amongst us there were strikingly simple silhouettes in black and white to fall back on – a particularly good graphic bustier cocktail dress featured, while pretty pastel prints and clean-cut separates in sheer white would look effortless yet modern on a warm Summer’s day.

There was a distinctively sci-fi element to Shakuhachi’s S/S vision, catering to the fully-fledged space cadet as well as earth-bound types. Whichever way you choose to wear it, the future is looking mighty fierce.

Day four saw Emma Mulholland make her MBFWA debut, so popular that a number of people were turned away at the door. The eclectic collection was a loud, bold and exuberant debut from the designer. With a distinct 80s and 90s feel, it harks back to her Mambo-inspired collection in 2011. Her threads have been worn by the likes of Kanye West, the Sydney designer assisted at Romance Was Born and Ksubi before striking out on her own. Mulholland has attracted a cult following for the colours, prints and all-round coolness that she embodies. The admittedly winter themes for summer are combined with a more tropical water skiing style to bring it back to summer.DAY 5

The final day of Australian Fashion Week rolled around, with New Generation 2013, an exhibition of Australia’s emerging names in fashion, with a diverse line-up including Desert Designs, Faddoul, N&S, Tristan Melle, Jamie Ashkar, The Letter Q, Zhivago and Betty Tran.Desert Designs kicked it into gear with a bold, vibrant punch of coral, turquoise and vermouth in tribal prints. Geometric black and white patterns interchanged with the brand’s trademark textiles, adding the modern touch that has given D.D. its edge.Zhivago was another brand that stayed in touch with its budding identity without being afraid to branch out. Translating to ‘daring’ in Russian, their surprisingly restrained colour palette and simple structures lender to a mysterious, almost foreboding allure without sacrificing wearability.Betty Tran, one of the biggest names among the line-up, finished off the show with a very explicit goal: defining the ‘Betty Tran Woman’ – one who is poised, professional and polished. Luxurious brocade fabrics breathed life into simple dresses and basic ensembles.It’s clear why Tran has had so much commercial success – boxy tops, A-line frocks and tiered skirts are very wearable – though the accessibility of the collection felt like it came at the expense of innovation.

Pulling of a full house on day five of fashion week is no easy task, but the eager masses crowded into the darkened theatre to see Staple The Label‘s runway debut. Michelle Jank presided over the styling and creative direction, setting up a perpex divide and creating an air of expectation with dramatic spotlight choreography.

The clothes didn’t escape her tricked-up touch either, with clever layering and distinctive combinations put together from the minimal but modernist S/S line. Liquid silvers and shimmering sheer organza shells added futuristic glamour to the streamlined separates and unfussy, sports-inspired jackets and dresses. It was cool, it was wearable, it was everything your wardrobe wants and doesn’t yet know it needs. Key looks were a grey marle sports piece spliced with white perforated (p)leather and modern organza shell tops and slips worn over simple shapes in white, black and hot pink.

A satisfyingly surprising smorgasbord of garments to make any fashion-lover swoon, 2013 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia went out with a bang.Words by Gaia Gardiner.Share

 

DIY Decoupage Clutch Makeover

DIY: Decoupage Clutch Makeover

Découpage Clutch Makeover! Do you découpage? It might not be a term or technique you’re currently familiar with but I promise if you give it a go – you’ll be hooked! Basically, it’s the art of decorating objects by gluing paper or material onto them. Traditionally this has been a popular technique for creating daggy keepsake boxes and furniture, but don’t be discouraged – you can totally harness the power of découpage for good and not for evil. Namely – decorating clutches and bags to either repair damage or breath new life into a boring design!What you’ll need:

The first thing you’ll need to do is select a clutch and some pretty material. Other tools you’ll need for this DIY include a pair of scissors, a flat head paintbrush, a butter knife and some Mod Podge.Try it yourself:

Decide what area of the clutch you want to decorate with your patterned material by working with the existing seams in the bag or clutch. In my case, there was a nice big space in the centre of the clutch with surrounding seams that was perfect.

Cut the material to the approximate size of the area you want to cover (allowing for a bit of ‘hang over’ length). Cut a circle to mirror the position of the clasp, this will allow the material to lay flat over the clutch. You should now have a piece of material roughly the size of the seam allowances lying flat on your clutch.

Hold your material steady and use your butter knife to push the material into the groves of the seams. You can push fairly hard, the butter knife is blunt so it shouldn’t damage the material, What you’re hoping to achieve by indenting the lines of the seams into your material is a template of your allocated space so you can cut the material for a cosy fit. Using the indent lines as a guide, cut your material to the required size.

Cover the clutch in a moderate layer of Mod Podge followed by the material. The Mod Podge only takes about 20-30 minutes to dry but you’ll want to keep an eye on it as the corners can be tricky and might need some extra Mod Podge to glue securely in place.

Wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry and then voilà! Your découpage clutch is ready for its big debut!

For more fashion, beauty and DIY ideas – check out thedustyfoxx.tumblr.com.Words by Nadia Draga.

 

Fashion Weekend Sydney Giveaway

Fashion Weekend Sydney Giveaway

Do you, like, really want to go to Sydney’s most exclusive designer shopping and catwalk event this year? Fashion Weekend Sydney combines incredible discounts from amazing designers, sensational catwalk shows, luxury pampering, on trend style advice and bubby on tap. What more could a girl want? Free tickets, that’s what!  Luckily at Fawn, we take care of our girls and that’s why we’re giving away a bunch of double passes. Can we hear a “whoop whoop!”

We’re offering all of our lovely Fawn subscribers the chance to win one of five double passes to this must-not-miss event. All you need to do is go to the SUBSCRIBE & WIN tab on our Facebook page, enter your details and voila! You’re in the draw. So, if you aren’t already subscribed, join all the cool kids and sign up to Fawn Magazine and you and a pal could be shopping till you drop.

If you do happen to miss out on this sweet giveaway, don’t fret. The generous dames at Fashion Weekend Sydney are offering a 20 per cent discount on tickets (excluding VIPs) to all Fawn readers. To snap up this offer simply go http://www.ticketek.com.au/fashionweekend and enter the code FWS04 when prompted.

Fashion Weekend Sydney will open on Thursday May 16 at 5pm until Sunday May 19 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.

Shop from over 100 fabulous brands offering up to 70% off including PeepToe, Bec & Bridge, Nicola Finetti, Rodeo Show, Christensen Copenhagen and Natasha and plenty more. Catch a sneak peek of the latest trends on the inspirational Fashion Weekend Catwalk and indulge in some pampering at the Beauty Hub as the team at Napoleon Perdis perform mini make-overs, the crew at TONI&GUY beautify your locks and  the Sally Hansen nail experts add a touch of colour to your fingertips. Hop on over to The Photo Studio for a professional model shoot, you sexy thing, and relax with a glass of bubbly at the [yellow tail] bar.

Sponsored by SHOP Til You Drop, [yellow tail], TONI&GUY, NP Set, Sally Hansen and more, Fashion Weekend Sydney is a must for any fashion/beauty obsessed gal this season.

For more information about the event visit www.fashionweekend.com.au The small print: Giveaway only open to confirmed subscribers of the Fawn Magazine newsletter. Entries will be randomly drawn at 5pm on Friday May 10. Winners will be notified by email. If you have already subscribed, just submit your details again to enter the draw.Share

 

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By Fawn | 10 May 2013

It’s a sad truth that I really, really hate tea but adore all tea related paraphernalia – clearly the cutest of all the hot beverages. So in celebration of tea (the concept rather than the actual consumption) here’s a charming teabag cookie recipe to enjoy with any hot bevy of choice. Coffee drinkers welcome.To make the cookies you’ll need:

2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup icing sugar mixture (sifted)

200g butter (chopped)

2 tablespoons cold waterTo decorate you’ll need:

Some decorative paper (I used patterned stationary)

Drinking straw

Bakers Twine

Scissors

Sticky tape

GlueTry it yourself:

Preheat the oven to 180° or 160° fan-forced.

Combine the flour, icing sugar and chopped butter in a food processor – process in short bursts until the texture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the cold water and continue to process until the mixture combines into moist clumps. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead the dough into a ball.

Roll out the cookie dough to around 1cm thick and cut out your shapes. If you happen to have a teabag cookie cutter handy – bonus! Failing that, just trace around an actual teabag with a sharp knife. Use a straw to create the hole that you’ll tie your teabag string to later.

Place the cookies on a baking tray (lined with baking paper) and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for an additional 10 minutes.

Create the teabag label from a rectangle of coloured paper – I used some patterned Post-It notes I had on hand. Tie the baking twine through the cookie hole and attach the other end to the coloured paper with sticky tape. Fold the paper in half and glue in place.For some extra sweetness, dip your cookies in melted chocolate to create the illusion of the actual tea within the teabag. Allow to dry fully on a cooling rack before decorating.