Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Sheer Socks

I finally got my hands on some sheer socks from Tutuanna through Mint Kismet Commodities! They're super cute and it'd be great for summer. I'm anticipating quite a hot summer this year because last year was relatively cool (from what I heard because I spent most of my time in the US... and it was winter there).

This was the contents of the bubble envelope. The packaging is so cute and they had attached their card onto it. Shipping wasn't anything special: just the usual international shipping but I loved the packaging. They had even stuck a Rilakkuma sticker on the envelope (picture not taken). The service itself was great. They were quick to communicate and had emailed when they had shipped my order. Overall: 5/5. I'd purchase from them again. They don't only sell socks but also Swimmer products, cute stationery and the like.

These were the socks I had purchased. I did have a chance to buy some Tutuanna socks when I went to SMASH! because Electric Alice were selling them but it had skipped my mind when I made my purchase (which I had posted a little while ago). When I realised that I planned to look at the socks, I just didn't bother to go back to take a decent look. It was winter at the time, so I would've had to wait to wear the socks anyway.

Here is the pastel dotted sock worn:

Here is the pastel trump sock worn:

Honestly, I'd be happy to get these socks for Christmas.

Just a little side note: I have my final examinations coming soon, so I don't plan to post for a while because I'll hopefully be studying hard. Five dreaded exams...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

'Round the World: Pastel Goth

Honestly, the first time I heard of Pastel Goth, all I could think was "Why is it Goth?!". It was never really a trend I felt like I could get into.

Despite having "Goth" in its name, Pastel Goth isn't really much Goth at all: just the crosses, skeletons and bats. It's predominantly a mixture of Japanese street fashion and scene with subtle punk, grunge and goth influences (at least it is in my eyes). It's pretty much just another branch off from Scene. Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd probably know it has been popularised through Tumblr.

Some of the Pastel Goth icons include Charlotte Free and Audrey Kitching (who was formerly a Scene Queen). I don't know if they would call themselves Pastel Goths but they do influence those who are.

Audrey Kitching

Charlotte Free
Here are some pictures of that depict pastel goth:

So if you're a Pastel goth, some of the things in your wardrobe might be:
Pastel Tie-dye Shorts (studs are a bonus)

Bat tights (it can be printed on any piece of clothing)

Eyeball bow clips (popularised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
Crosses... lots of them, either inverted or right way.
Spiked chokers work too
G-Dragon isn't Pastel Goth... but his skeleton hair clip counts.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Random: Melissa Shoes Mini-Exhibit

I was out on Friday for half a day, roaming around the shops because it was swelteringly hot for a spring day. It was in Chatswood that I found a little exhibit they had on Melissa shoes. I thought I'd like to share some of the snaps of the exhibit. I didn't take pictures of all the shoes and the lighting wasn't that great because it wasn't very bright inside the shopping centre.

I'm not a huge fan of jelly shoes but I do love some of these designs. Particularly Gareth Pugh's Ultragirl (the one with the star pattern... though I hate the peep toe with it) and Vivienne Westwood's Wing and Skyscraper Pearl.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Celeb Style: Clemence Poesy

Just before I start, I want to apologise for the infrequent posts lately since it is already the second half of the semester for me and I've got a mountain of work to do and prepare for my finals soon.

Most of the English speaking world encountered Clemence Poesy through her role as Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter movies (that's how I first heard of her) and if not, probably from Gossip Girl as Eva. In terms of fashion, she has a very relaxed and easygoing style much like all those Parisian women we idolise (generally speaking here). It's mostly classic pieces and I love how she can be feminine even when wearing androgynous clothing.

Here are some outfits that are more feminine:

... And more androgynous outfits:

If you love the feminine aspect of her style, I suggest:

  • A dressy blouse: sheer, ruffly, pleated and polka-dot - it's your choice but keep it classy.
  • Short skirt
  • A drop-waist dress
  • Boxy jackets
  • Black tights (for the winter)
  • Heels
Drop-waist suits her slender figure because she's not too curvy for it. Pairing the boxy chanel-esque jacket really does add class to her outfit and most of the colours she wears is quite neutral or muted. It also appears that her skirts are worn at the hip (so it has a similar drop-waist effect). 

For the more androgynous style,

  • Skinny jeans
  • Oversized dress shirt/ plain shirt
  • Boots (looks like pretty much at all times when she's wearing pants). Go for a chunky heel?
  • Tailored pants (for dressier occasions)
  • Blazer
  • Fedora or bowler hat
Her androgynous style is quite simple: add something boyish and something feminine together. For example, she dresses up with tailored pants and wears a more feminine blouse with it. She'll wear a blazer or oversized dress shirt and pair it with skinny jeans and boots (which have a feminine design. You're not looking for chunky combat boots). When she accessorises with a fedora or bowler hat, she'll either have her hair out or with a ponytail swept to the side. It's all about balance here.

Her makeup is quite natural, even for dressier occasions. Her hair is often let down, which adds to that effortless chic look. Otherwise it's swept into a ponytail or up in what I assume is a bun.

I honestly would wear what she wears (minus the drop-waist). If I'm not trying something wacky, I'm more classic than mainstream trendy (I am... at least 5 days a week because of uni). What about you?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tutorial: Ice Cream Scoop Ring

Sorry for a very delayed post. Things didn't go according to plan. Now that I've completed my exams (really didn't go that well...) and I'm feeling a bit down, I thought I'd take my time to type up a post.

I wasn't planning to write up a tutorial for this so I don't a picture for every step and had to go back and make another scoop to depict a few steps. Since it has been a while since I've written a tutorial, I thought "Why not?". So for all those sweet-tooths out there, I'm making an ice cream scoop ring. These rings work out for Fairy Kei and Sweet Lolita.

Ice Cream Scoop Ring

  • Air dry clay (It's possible for you to make this with polymer clay but I find air dry clay easier to use for this. I chose to use Hearty clay, a lightweight paper clay)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Measuring spoons or anything with a spherical shape (to be used as a mould)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Toothpick (any pointed and thin object will do. Toothpicks are ideal because they're disposable. I used a needle because I couldn't find any toothpicks)
  • Sealer/Varnish (I used Padico Matte Sealer because I wanted to keep the ice cream scoop matte)
  • Paintbrush (for sealer)
  • Ring blank
  • Glue (as in super glue or any kind of glue that can be used on metal)
  • Optional: Rhinestones, silicone whipped cream, deco cream sauce (basically anything to decorate your ice cream scoop with. You may choose to add sprinkles or sparkles.)
  • Optional: gloves (if you don't want your hands getting dirty)

Ice cream scoop:

1. Pull out the amount of air dry clay you want to use. You will need to split these up for the amount of colours you plan to use for your ice cream.

2. Add a little dab of acrylic paint to colour the clay. The less paint you use, the more pale the colour will appear. It's advised that you don't put a lot of paint because the clay could start falling apart if it is too moist. If you want dark colours, it's best to purchase some black air dry clay to mix in. 
Some acrylic paint. 

3. Squish the clay until the acrylic paint is mixed in thoroughly. Repeat this method of colouring for other colours you wish to add.

This is half mixed. Unless you want that effect, keep squishing it until it is even
4. Take a little bit of each colour that you have prepared and roll it into a ball.

5. Using the measuring spoon, press the spoon into the ball so you get a semi-spherical shape. It doesn't matter if you have a little clay sticking out from the spoon but if there is a lot, you may need to remove some of it. If there is not enough clay to fill the spoon, take out all the clay and add more clay before you repeat step 4.

Pressing measuring spoon into clay

6. Remove the clay from the spoon carefully without destroying the shape you've just moulded.
What it should look like if you've done this step 5 and 6 properly. 

7. Start poking the edges of the scoop with a toothpick to create a rough surface.

8. Using the long side of the toothpick, make a dent on the scoop. (This is optional if you want to create texture to your ice cream scoop)

See those dents/ lines?
9. Scrunch up a little bit of aluminium foil and start dabbing it on the ice cream scoop for texture. You can also use it on the side of the edges to make the edges not as noticeable.

I did this step before step 7 on this scoop. You don't have to do the texturing steps in order. Just keep repeating this steps until you've got your desired shape and texture.
10. Leave it to dry for about 24 hours or until it is hard.

11. After the scoop dries, seal the scoop with a sealer/varnish using a paintbrush.
Setting scoop to the ring

1. Invert the ice cream scoop so the back is facing up.

2. Put an adequate amount of glue on the ring blank.

3. Wait until dry.

Note: Hot glue guns can be used but it won't last as long.

Like so... 
  • You can choose to decorate the scoop any way you wish. You may glue on rhinestones, use deco whipping cream or cream sauce, add sprinkles, microbeads, etc.
  • I suggest that you decorate last because I had troubles with gluing the ring blank onto the scoop after putting whipped cream on the scoop.
With silicone whipped cream and rhinestones. 

Decorated with deco cream sauce (not edible!)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Update: Social Networking

I apologise that I won't be writing a post this week and maybe the next. I'm preparing for a bigger post, which will take a while for me to finish (or at least, I believe it would be much bigger) and there's a mountain of school work waiting for me (well... there will be one if I don't start. It's already two weeks in.)

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about using twitter and other forms of social networking to promote this blog and get a little more personal with my readers. I'm a little late because I'm not the type to constantly post things up on any social networking medium. I've put up a link of my twitter elsewhere, as well as a tumblr which has nothing to do with fashion.

Here's my twitter:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

'Round the World: Cult Party Kei

While I was attending the Harajuku fashion panel at SMASH!, they were discussing a style that I wasn't aware of: Cult Party Kei (as well as something called Magical Girl, but that's not what I'm talking about at the moment). I came in a little late so I didn't hear the whole talk.

Some describe Cult Party Kei as a style very similar to Dolly Kei but less of the Eastern European patterns and more solid and sheer fabrics. In both Dolly Kei and Cult Party Kei, there's lots of vintage clothing and layering. Personally, I think the difference is that Dolly Kei looks more like a matryoshka doll and Cult Party Kei looks like a rag doll.

Dolly Kei

Cult Party Kei

The style originally came from a store called 'Cult Party' but now 'The Virgin Mary' has taken over. 'Grimoire' also sells garments that could be incorporated into Cult Party kei. With Japanese fashion, it's a lot of mix and match and you can experiment. Excluding Lolita, most styles don't have a particular structure, require layering and are a little frumpy.

One person to look to for inspiration would be Manapyon. She's one of the more famous Cult Party Kei style icons.

So with Cult Party Kei, some of the aspects of the style you'll need to keep note of are: (ones in bold are very important)

  • Layering (very important!)
  • Vintage clothing
  • Muted and light colours
  • Chiffon (layers without a lot of bulk, so it's perfect for warmer weather)
  • Gingham
  • Red cross (it's not a necessity but it's one of the trends in cult party kei where clothes or totes have a red cross appliqué)
  • Robes 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: One Day in Paradise + Classical Puppets

So I made my first purchase from One Day in Paradise, which is an Australian Lolita supplier. I purchased a Classical Puppets petticoat from them because I needed one fast. I couldn't wait for the manufacturer to make me a petticoat and wait two months or more for it to arrive.

The packaging that it arrived it was nothing special. The petticoat was folded into a plastic sleeve.
It came along with their business card.

So overall, the shipping was 5/5. I received it on time when they shipped it on the 3rd and I received it on the 5th (of the same month), which was when they expected the package to arrive at my front door. The actual service, I'll give it a 4.5/5. I did feel like there was a lack of communication during my wait for the package to be shipped.

As for the petticoat itself, it's definitely poofy. I'm pleased with the petticoat and I don't really have anything bad to say about it except the fact that it's a little small (but that is because this was made not to my size exactly. I'm between the set sizes that One Day in Paradise offers).

I'd definitely purchase another Classical Puppets petticoat but probably order straight from the manufacturer if I can wait.