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Christmas Wreath – Eclectic East Style

A christmas wreath is a tradition, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be traditional. Follow our easy DIY wreath and give your guests a colourful surprise to look at whilst they stand on your doorstep.

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  • 2 old wire coat hangers
  • Wire for securing everything in place
  • Wire cutters
  • A long strip of fake fern
  • A can of white spray paint
  • Colourful feathers
  • Newspaper to protect your home

Start with spray painting your fake fern. Do this outside and make sure that you fully cover the area with newspaper before you begin spraying.

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eclectic east wreath2eclectic east wreath3When you have fully covered the fake fern in spray paint, allow to dry.

Now make 2 circles with your coat hangers, one smaller than the other and secure them together with the extra wire. Try to get a round shape but it really doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, nobody will see it because it will be covered up with all your wonderful decorations.

eclectic east wreath4Now start to attach the fake fern. Starting with small sections, build up from the outside in. You will need to use the wire to secure the fern. We added 3 rows, one on the outer circle, one on the inner circle and one between the two. If you place them in alternate directions you will get a nice bushy effect.

eclectic east wreath5eclectic east wreath6Once you are happy that your fern is nicely placed and secured with the wire, you can start adding the feathers. Add them in small sections building up as you go. Keep checking that it looks balanced. eclectic east wreath7Keep going until you are happy with the overall effect, then secure all the feathers in place with the wire.

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Now proudly hang on your door and wait for your bell to ring! eclectic east wreath10

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Hong Kong Mini Malls – Eclectic Wardrobe Heaven

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Hidden in the concrete jungle of some of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts (and I really mean busy!) are what we call Honkies’ call mini malls. They are small, badly lit and sometimes hard to find, but here you will feast upon some of the newest trends and most exciting fashion and accessories. Bursting with independent retailers with product sourced from all over asia. Each boutique focuses on a different theme, some stock their own designs of apparel or handmade shoes, some bring in the hottest looks from Korea and others focus on more understated Japanese pieces. Whatever you fancy, there is always something to inspire you. Here are some images from my latest mini mall adventure.

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Handmade shoes from Korea.

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Not so handmade shoes from Korea!

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A local Hong Kong designer creates a collection using the same dress in multiple prints – one for everyday of the week, what’s not to love!

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For similar adventures visit Island Beverly, La Foret and Apple Mall in Causeway Bay. You could even get yourself a HK$60.00 Manicure while you are about it – neon nails anyone?!