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?

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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 ūüėČ 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¬†(‚ó°‚ÄŅ‚ó°‚úŅ). ¬†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.

 

mod school girl

mod school girl

Lanvin
$1,145¬†–¬†harveynichols.com

River island
$105¬†–¬†riverisland.com

Kenzo high heel sandal
thecorner.com

Fendi tote
$2,605¬†–¬†brownsfashion.com

Kate Spade kates spade
nordstrom.com

Pearl optical
zerouv.myshopify.com

Paul joe makeup
beautybay.com

I’m kind of having a trendy moment right now, first with clear accents, then green. I am absolutely in love with this look because it’s a fusion of my all-time favorite schoolgirl style and the recently revived 60’s mod look ‚̧

Clear into Spring

Clear into Spring

Lace up booties
boohoo.com

Deux lux
nordstrom.com

Ca4la
$280¬†–¬†farfetch.com

Etude house cosmetic
bbcreamboutique.com
This is basically my interpretation of some of the nifty spring trends and products out now. Clear is trending for this season, which I’m suuuper excited about ‚̧ + I totes adore this MILK dress. Combine those elements with some cool animal ears and the Shu Uemura x ob collaboration, and we’ve got a winner!!

Of Ravens and Writing Desks at Tokyo Fashion Week

When I found out that style.com was photographing the runway shows ¬†at Tokyo Fashion Week, I was simply elated. I became even happier when I checked my email today and found out that Alice Auaa’s show was photographed.

For those of you unfamiliar with this brand, Alice Auaa is, an avant-garde gothic and Lolita fashion brand started in 1995 by Yasutaka Funakoshi. (http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/en/brands/views/alice%20auaa)

From what I can tell, their theme this year is Alice in Wonderland. I mean, having an Alice dress as the opening piece did drop a hint.

Opening look at Alice Auaa S/S 2013, via style.com

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” via style.com

 

Another prominent theme of Alice Auaa’s clothes is deconstruction, although I don’t feel it is as prominent this season as it has been in the past. I also noticed that there was good use of hoop skirts in this show.

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

More hoop skirts at Alice Auaa, via style.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a side note, check them out here and buy their clothes here (shopping service required).

I hope you enjoyed this post!!

Trendspotting: Artsy

Libertine S/S 2013 , via style.com

Libertine S/S 2013, via style.com

Marc By Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 via style.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 via style.com

Now that New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, I think it’s high time to discuss some of the trends I saw at fashion week (from the comfort of my own home).

Other than the standard fanfare of floral, I did notice that there were a lot of artsy vibes going on at both Marc by Marc Jacobs and Libertine, which I really enjoyed. It shows that print isn’t dead yet¬†with all the bright, vibrant colors juxtaposing the palate-cleansing blacks and whites of several other brands.

Since all of this isn’t coming out until this coming spring, here’s how to get the look now:

  • Add some color to your hair

This can be achieved by dying your hair in interesting ways, like bleaching your bangs à la Libertine, wearing turbans like Marc by Marc Jacobs, or even by just donning quirky hair accessories like Anna Dello Russo.

  • Keep a generally loose silhouette

If you’re going to be pulling this look off, you do not, I repeat, do not go walking around in itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny things. You’re going for artsy here, not homeless crackhead. Pick a part of the body to define, but leave all else loose. Artists are supposed to look relaxed (even when they’re not).

  • Color and prints are you’re new bffs

Color is fun. Do not be afraid of it. I would suggest keeping a generally muted palette and adding bits of color here and there for those who aren’t ready to dive headfirst into a sea of Pantone. Prints, like color are fun. Here, going crazy is completely acceptable, so long as you are following a color palette of some sort. You do not want to look like you just robbed spoonflower.

  • layers, layers, layers

That loose silhouette does not build itself. You need to layer it up to achieve that look. Take inspiration from Mori and Dolly kei girls, as they are the masters of layering.

Now let’s try to put it all together!!

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What do you think of this (possible) trend? Do tell!!

Green is A Thing: Spring/Summer 2013


So, guys, what’s the probability some kind of green is going to be this year’s color of the year?

Really high, apparently, as Pantone’s Color Report (above video) seems to imply. Various shades of green have also appeared on the runway (see image compilation by fashionista.com below).

image via fashionista.com

I mean, there’s¬†three¬†different shades of green happening in the color report.

  • Emerald: It’s, kinda sparkly ( √† la Sephora + Pantone Universe’s nail polish in evergreen?)
  • Grayed Jade: It’s jade, but gray. Apparently its secretly neutral.
  • Tender Shoots: It’s Fall’s bright Chartreuse in disguise, imho.

If it’s not green for 2013 color of the year, it’s blue.

  • Dusk Blue: It’s that sky blue that’s been all over the place since Chanel’s Nouvelle Vague nail polish came out. Also secretly neutral.
  • Monaco Blue: It makes me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Sephora + Pantone Universe’s nail polish in Reflecting Pond. Possibly a contender for Color of the Year?

Other colors:

  • Linen: Some kind of nude. It’s a lighter, less pinky edition of Fall/Winter 2012’s Rose smoke.
  • Nectarine: It’s like Tangerine Tango after 2012? It’s okay, but I already have my fair share of orange for maybe five years.
  • African Violet: Similar to Rhapsody, but happier. Because its spring, and you’re like, obliged to be happy.
  • Poppy Red: I like red, and poppies. Poppies are happy, right?
  • Lemon Zest: My least favorite in the crowd. I just really dislike yellow. It’s¬†too¬†happy.

Word of the Day: Diaphanous – very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent. (Dictionary.com)