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!

2014 beauty routine

2014 beauty routine

Ask the Art Professor: What should you include in an art portfolio for art school or college?

Thank Jesus I found this, lest my SCAD portfolio be awful….

Clara Lieu

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Preparing a portfolio for college admission is not a casual undertaking, it’s very common for high school students to underestimate how much time and labor is involved.  For most students it takes several months, even up to a year to create a body of work that is rigorous enough for the competitive art school and college admissions process.   If you can maintain a prodigious level of production, the quality of your work will progress tremendously and you’ll have many more pieces to choose from. Even of the portfolio requirements state that you only need 15 pieces, this means you should aim to create between 20-30 pieces. Not only will your work improve from more experience, but you’ll be able to weed out the weaker pieces and emphasize only your best work.

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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.

 

products you cannot go wrong with, literally.

products you cannot go wrong with, literally.

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