What Katie Did Detachable Garters Review

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My What Katie Did order came in today! Which, was super fast considering I had placed the order on Thursday during lunch. As soon as I placed my order, I received my invoice number, then a few hours later, my USPS tracking number. It was meant to be 2-day shipping, but it was hailing on Saturday, then it was a holiday on Monday, which probably caused the delay…

As you can see, the package arrived in a flat USPS envelope, which is in pretty good condition considering it came in all the way from sunny LA☀️

But, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?

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Fabric Gets at Joann’s

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Fabric buys today at Joann’s

So after getting my sewing machine, I finally went on a trip to my local(-ish) fabric store today. It was a chain place, catering more to quilters than the sort of thing that I was looking for, alas >.<  But despite that, I did manage to get some really good fabrics as well as some really great swatches for my F.I.T portfolio. I also picked up a pattern to make stuff out of this, but I won’t reveal it JUST yet *3* I’m really excited to work with this lovely brocade, but it’s SOOOOO hard to photograph, which might be an issue when it comes to taking photos of the finished product.

So what do you think of this fabric? What do you think I’ll make out of it?

Happy New Year + Shopping Haul

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My Haul from the mall on Saturday. Clockwise from top left: Tote Bag, The Body Shop. Orange tote bag, Urban Outfitters. Gray Ribbon shirt, J. Crew. Bralettes, Hot Topic. Socks, Gold heeled shoes, Acetate Heel boots, Urban Outfitters.

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you so much for following me, I really hope that y’all had a great 2013! Here’s to an even better 2014!

A couple of days after Christmas, I went out with my mom and ended up getting a ton of stuff. I was really excited about what I got, so I thought that I’d share it with all of you! One of the first stops we hit was Urban Outfitters, one of my favorite places to shop, especially during sale season 😉 I got over-the-knee socks, which I’m super excited about, because socks are literally one of my favorite things >3< as well as some shoes, which were super lucky finds on the sale rack. They fit surprisingly well, considering I have small, wide feet. I was uber psyched about the acetate heel boots in particular, since they really reminded me of a pair of these Chanel boots I was pretty obsessed with…

Chanel boots. Image via tumblr.

You can expect to see my boots in a few looks soon!

Apart from Urban Outfitters, I also got a super adorable top from J. Crew, which I’ll probably be wearing soon, and some bralettes from hot topic, which were buy one get one free. At $5, I couldn’t say no!

Did you guys hit the shops after Christmas? Do tell!

Christmas Eve OOTD + Christmas Day Presents

Christmas Eve OOTD

Top, skirt, accessories: Forever 21
Shoes: Marshall’s

Clockwise from top left: Stella by Stella McCartney Perfume, Brother Sewing Machine, Leather Jacket, Sweater

First off, a very merry Christmas to all of my followers!

I had actually meant to post my OOTD yesterday, when I wore it, but I got back home really late and I still had to finish my prescribed title draft x_x. I had a lot of fun coordinating this outfit because that cat crop top is literally my favorite crop top and the shoes are actually the cutest things in the world. *squee* The accessories are actually a secret Santa gift from one of my really close friends (◡‿◡✿).  Those of you who follow me on instagram (if you don’t, by the way, you probably should ;))  are probably aware of my little Sephora shopping spree where I bought Marc Jacobs blush and NARS foundation, which I’ve been using just about everyday since I got it. I’m even using it in that picture! My lips are a combo of Milani Lipstick in Black Cherry (11) and Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel (60). My eyes are basically Tarte eyeshadow, Marc Jacobs eyeliner, and Clinique high impact mascara.

Onto Christmas Day!

Oh man, this year was pretty hard on my family this year, so I wasn’t really expecting much for Christmas considering my college tuition is going to be about 50k/year, my mom went to the Philippines this year, and she got married. I was really surprised that I actually got anything this year, actually. I really loved all of the gifts, but my favorite one by far is my brand-new Brother SC9500 Computerized Sewing machine *________* I had really needed a sewing machine to do the portfolio portion of my FIT application, so this was literally the best thing ever for me. Other things I got were an OCC Lip Tar set including Anime, NSFW, Black Dahlia, and Memento, Stella by Stella McCartney perfume (one of my faves!), as well as a leather jacket and a sweater.

Anyways, I hope that you guys are having a great Christmas (if you do celebrate Christmas)~ Did you get any good presents? Give any great ones? What was your favorite?

Fashion Design Piece – Yay or Nay?

Fashion Design Piece – Yay or Nay?

This is a rough sketch of one of the ideas I’m playing with for the mix and match portion of my FIT portfolio. The look consists of a layered lace cape with hood and fleece lining, a bishop sleeve shirt … Continue reading

Living the Corset Life

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Photo of my friend and I in corsets during our school’s spirit week

My interest in corsets definitely started at a young age, like really young. I was really interested in vintage fashion, Dior’s New Look silhouettes, as well as princesses. Growing up never really changed that either. During a trip to Old Sturbridge Village, my M.O. was to buy a corset, which didn’t happen because they didn’t sell those. Then, I discovered Lolita fashion, which definitely fed into my vintage fashion and princess vibes. Kamikaze girls was my ‘bible’ of choice at the time.

Fast forward to this year, and a trip to the Renaissance Faire  with my mom ended with me coming home with that gorgeous blue damask underbust. I had done some pretty extensive research on corsets prior to that point, and I knew that ‘real’ ones were steel boned, and are supposed to be pretty comfy.

I’ve been wearing mine on and off for about a couple of months now and it is pretty damn comfy. It helps with posture and makes me look great~ I generally wear mine under clothes, with a tank top underneath, but I’ve also worn it over clothes.

Something that I’ve learned in wearing corsets? Unstiffened modesty panels will not straighten out unless you REALLY try, and busks not on straight are super uncomfortable.

I would definitely loooove to buy another corset, maybe a custom one, or even make one.

 

Review Time~ Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er liquid eyeliner, photo by me

So I mentioned in my last blog post that I had purchased the Marc Jacobs Beauty liquid eyeliner during the VIB pre-sale last week and would be reviewing it for you guys today~

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Marc’ing the Moment

One of the great perks of being a Sephora VIB, Very Important Beauty insider for those of you not in the know, is that you get first look of their new lines.  This time around, a pre-sale for Marc Jacobs‘ Beauty was in my email.

Needless to say, I was pretty stoked.

These are all the products currently available for Sephora VIBs to buy today to 11:59PM tomorrow. It’s not the whole collection, which officially debuts August 9th, but hey, it’s a start. Continue reading

Diploma Candidate Problems

Recently, with my (somewhat?) irrational fear of the IB Extended Essay, I have been seriously contemplating dropping out of the IB Programme. But my more optimistic side says, “You can do it! I believe in you!” Well, it would be a shame to let all the stress get to me now….

Anyway, Fish House, an indie alt-rock band recently released their new single “Diploma Candidate,” a song about excessive studying and questioning what the purpose of it all is. It has a kind of upbeat background that’s really easy to jam out to, and easily to relate to lyrics for those of us out there working towards any kind of diploma.

Do have a listen, download it, and tell me what you think of it!

One Year Later…..

Wow, it’s already been a year since I first put up this blog. Crazy, eh? I know I don’t update super regularly, it’s just that I’ve been in a sort of blogging rut for a while. Combine that with moving houses, school, and extra-curricular activities, well, it just turns into a big jumbled up mess. Especially if you’re like me, a procrastination queen and only relatively organized. Continue reading