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When you’re in the middle of some DIY, the last thing you want to do is stop and buy a tool for the job you’re doing. You could potentially spend hours looking in hardware stores for the tool or tools that you need. This is why it makes sense to have a DIY kit that contains everything you need.
Below, you will find details of all the things you need so you can start and continue with your DIY project.
A Tool Bag
A tool bag is the first thing that you need to purchase. The good news is that you don’t need to have a heavy, metallic tool bag or box. There are many really strong fabric tool bags out there that work well. Try to find one with a lot of pockets and enough space for all of your tools. Ideally, your new tool bag should be a little bigger than you think you need.
It’s not always easy to know what type of screwdriver you should buy. There are a lot of different screwdrivers out there, however, you should ideally buy a 6-in-1 screwdriver, for example. A screwdriver that comes with many different heads should suffice.
A Tape Measure
There’s no point even attempting a DIY project if you don’t have a tape measure. Buy 2 so if one breaks or gets lost you have one to spare. You don’t need to buy the most expensive tape measures, just 1 or 2 that are quite robust.
Every DIY project needs even the smallest amount of glue. There are some great products and helpful hints out there that show you what type of glue/adhesive you need for each job. Make sure you have as many as you think you’ll need.
A Utility Knife
A utility knife is essential in any toolbox. Just make sure you purchase one that has a lot of replaceable blades. Chances are, you’ll use a utility knife more often than you think.
An Adjustable Wrench
Adjustable wrenches typically take the place of 6-8 regular wrenches. Have one in your tool kit and you’ll be able to undertake a wide variety of tasks.
Everyone knows that you need at least one hammer in your tool kit. You should, ideally, have at least one claw hammer. Hammers such as these will help you to undertake a lot of different tasks. The claw part of the hammer will allow you to pull out nails, making it an even more useful tool than you think. Opt for a claw hammer that weighs about 16 to 20 ounces.
Hex Keys are ideal if you need to quickly torque something. You can usually find a range of hex keys in different sets. Try to buy a set that comes with many different sizes. You may want to consider buying at least 2 sets so you have the right size hex keys when you need them. A lot of your furniture is likely to come with hex bolts, so it makes sense to have hex keys in stock.
Pliers are likely to be some of the most useful tools to have in stock. Opt for cutting pliers, tongue-and-groove pliers, and the slip joint and needle nose pliers. If that wasn’t enough, you should also consider purchasing cutting pliers as they will allow you to cut through almost anything.
Having the essentials in your tool kit will enable you to get on with your DIY project. It’s likely that you will need to add more tools over time, but for now, the above tools should suffice.
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For FW22, Kim Jones Made Dior’s “New Look” New Again
Free of the bells and whistles that have tended to clutter Jones’s past work for Dior, his new range was a straightforward reinterpretation of house codes including the bar jacket and “cannage” quilting.
The former, a Dior signature tailored to accentuate the waist and hips, was fitted to create the illusion of an hourglass figure on the rather straight, curve-less silhouette of the male body.
Skimming the waist and flaring out at the hips, Jones’s take on the bar jacket smacked as a contemporary reinterpretation of Dior’s cinched New Look.
Offsetting the body-conscious fit of Jones’s outwear, relaxed sweats and slouchy, ultra-luxe takes on the carpenter pant offered more casual options.
As for Dior’s cannage, a quilting technique applied to the Lady bag and other popular accessories, Jones whipped up patent leather jackets and coats topstitched with the criss-cross pattern.
There were other plenty of other references to Monsieur Dior’s influence — a nod to the founder’s love of gardening, button-downs were worn under sheer sheaths delicately embroidered with bloom-shaped sequins and beads. There was also Jones’s much-buzzed-about Birkenstock collaboration, which included a flower-embroidered take on the footwear giant’s Tokio clog.
Another green-thumbed touch, one model clutched a leather bag molded to perfectly fit a bouquet of roses.
Bolstering Jones’s back-to-basics approach to references this season, he enlisted Stephen Jones — milliner to Dior since 1996 — to craft sleek, pincushion-like berets.
adidas & Pharrell’s Premium Basics Are Winter Essentials
Pharrell is one of those people that can just do it all. From music to skincare, there’s nothing with the Pharrell name on it that doesn’t hit the spot. That goes for the artist’s adidas range, too. Pharrell has been working closely with the Three Stripes for several years now, covering all sides of the sportswear equation but moving past the mountains of grail-status shoes, his latest work with the brand forgoes hype for complete simplicity.
adidas x Pharrell Premium Basics show that sometimes details are overrated. Looking to his signature bold, primary color palette, Pharrell’s Premium Basics strip things back to the essentials. The gender-neutral collection puts high-quality jersey builds on a pedestal with its lack of complication.
Better yet, the whole collection is constructed from cotton overseen by the Better Cotton Initiative — a non-profit that promotes a more sustainable and ethical approach to cotton farming. It comes as part of adidas’ 2022 goal of becoming more sustainable, a move embodied in the introduction of the Choose to Give Back program. As part of Give Back, adidas customers can send used product from any brand back to us via the adidas Creator’s Club app to be reused or resold in return for 200 Creators Club points and up to $40 of adidas vouchers.
Shop our top adidas x Pharrell Premium Basics below.
In any basics range, we head straight for the crewnecks and hoodies. Simply put, the modern wardrobe can never have too many. Thanks to the color palette of adidas x Pharrell Premium Basics range, these sweats become central players in your layered outfits, anchoring them with a bold color. And when summer rolls around, they become the star of the show all alone.
Much like sweats, high-quality T-shirts are always in demand. These pure cotton pieces are cut from BCI-certified cotton which is part of adidas’ 2022 move towards a more sustainable collection. We’re particularly loving the bold orange and dusty purple hues.
Whether you’re a shorts or pants person, adidas x Pharrell Premium Basics has you covered. Pure cotton French terry forms the classic foundation for the block-color pieces. While the jersey shorts may be reserved for at-home use for now, they will really come into their own during spring and summer.
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Givenchy Heir Drops $14.5 Million on Fashionable Malibu Beach House
Olivier & Zoë de Givenchy
Point Dume, Malibu, Calif.
6,353 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
West Coast-based financier Olivier de Givenchy already owns a stylish Hal Levitt-designed mansion in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills, where the heir to the Givenchy fashion empire and his wife Zoë regularly entertain high-profile guests, such as Greece’s Princess Marie-Chantal and English singer Robbie Williams. Records reveal the power couple have plumped up their Los Angeles real estate portfolio with a seaside vacation getaway, picking up a Hamptons-style spread in Malibu’s exclusive Point Dume enclave.
Records show the Givenchys doled out nearly $14.5 million for their new Malibu digs, which were custom-built in 2001. That’s a slight discount off the original $15.5 million ask, but it’s still well over the $11 million tech entrepreneur and investor Asher Delug paid for the property back in 2016.
Nestled amid a gated 1.4-acre parcel — on one of the area’s most sought-after streets — the deed to the two-story house comes with card-coded Riviera 1 access to an exclusive beach. The cedar-shingled and white-trimmed structure features a columned portico entry, which opens to seven bedrooms and six baths spread across more than 6,300 square feet of most white living space. There are antique walnut floors, wood-plank walls and clerestory windows throughout, plus endless walls of glass that provide seamless indoor-outdoor environs while bathing the home in natural light.
Main-level highlights include a formal living room resting beneath a majestic coffered ceiling, and displaying a fireplace flanked by built-in display cases and French doors that spill out to a patio. A fireside dining room has a duo of built-in china cabinets, while the gourmet kitchen is outfitted with high-end stainless appliances, stone countertops and a spacious eat-in island. An adjacent prep area connects to a breakfast nook, and elsewhere in the house are a cozy den, workout room and an office.
Upstairs, a luxe master retreat boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling, sitting area and walk-in closet, plus a sky-lit bath equipped with an oversized soaking tub. Outdoors, the picturesque resort-like grounds hold a covered al fresco dining and lounging patio sporting a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, and a pool and spa surrounded by a grassy lawn and pool house. Hemming it all up: a full-size tennis/basketball court and three-car garage topped by a guesthouse.
Olivier de Givenchy is a nephew of iconic French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, who founded House of Givenchy in 1952 and reportedly sported a $200 million net worth upon his 2018 death. Today, Olivier serves as head of the U.S. West Region for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, overseeing offices in California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado; wife Zoë produces a collection of linens, flatware and dinnerware.
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