Friday, March 30, 2012

Update: Layout & Life

If you've actually been reading my blog more than once, you'd realise that I'd finally changed my layout.

I thought the white background and minimalist header was getting boring so I made my new layout with the little spare time I had. It didn't quite worked out as planned but I think this will do. There's only so much you can do, sticking with the Blogger templates. This layout reminds me of the girly website I used to keep up in 5 and 6th grade (yes, I made a website with the basic knowledge I had of photoshop and html)

At the moment, I don't have much spare time. I've recently finished my assignments for the mid-semester but the examinations are coming up and I need to prepare for them. I would fix up this layout if I had the time to. Unfortunately, I may not be able to post for a while and I'm running out of inspiration too. Hopefully after this exam period, I'll be fresh again and start writing again.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Inspiration: Dream High 2

Following the success of the first Dream High, it appears that another season had been released with a new generation of stars-to-be. Probably by the time I publish this, the series has ended. I briefly mentioned the first Dream High in one of my trends posts way back but I thought I'd do one post on it for this second one since it has inspired me style-wise. I enjoyed watching the first season and when I found out that there was a second, I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the expectations I had for it. While I find it just as enjoyable, there are other fans who think otherwise. Anyway, if you were wondering, I'm not a huge k-drama viewer. I've probably only watched 5 k-dramas before

One of the characters with great style is 'Rian' (other translations go by Leeann, Lian, etc.) played by T-ara's Jiyeon. She's sassy, a bit of a princess or diva and kinda bitchy. What I loved most was the 'liberty' studded headbands (it looks like the Statue of Liberty). I think it's girly and channels a bit of the rocker chic. Perhaps it is Rian's signature accessory since she has been wearing them a lot. She did wear a caramel/beige one and a hot pink one.

The punk stud headbands are probably chosen to resemble a crown or tiara to fit her "princess" personality with a hint of rebelliousness (she was going off trying to do her own thing before she was found out). I could be reading too much into it though. She wears tiaras too.You can find her hot pink headband here but I'm not sure about the beige one.

Another trademark of hers (probably doesn't stand out as much) is fur coats. I'm not too fond of fur but it does fit that pampered and luxurious kind of life she lives, or to show her status (she is an idol after all).

Then there's Lee Seul, the president's daughter. I found it hilarious how she was able to pull apart an apple with her bare hands and how she used it as a method of intimidation. Of course, getting back to the style...

She's the rebel, I reckon. It's not really her style that got me. I just think she's pretty and I do like her boots. (I swear at one of the episodes, she was wearing lavender Doc Martens)

She's in the second from the left, without the bucket over her head
 I loved how she looked before their couple performances. The pink and black dress is really pretty on her but what I loved about this outfit was the choice of accessories.

Lastly, I would also have to mention the main character, Hye Sung (or Hae Sung). She's the preacher's daughter and has a terrible singing voice, so you can imagine her struggles to become an idol. She can be quirky at times. Especially in her angel costume...
I noticed that she has quite a feminine style sometimes, with a dainty headband and a tulle skirt. You can see her wearing a tulle skirt in the poster and a few times in the show. For the "Cinderella" outfit, I love the orange jacket and the yellow tulle skirt but I don't really know about the tights. As much as I like mustard, I can only see it appropriate for blazers or sweaters.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Purchase: Fawn Fur Collar

A few posts ago, I was going on about the fawn fur collar. I've got my hands on one now! This one was commissioned from Bathina who can also be found here if you wish to get one yourself. I ordered this while I was in the US and it took approximately two weeks to be made, then another two weeks to arrive at its destination (in my hands!).

The envelope itself was nothing special. Looked just like any other package except with patterned tape:

As soon as I opened it, I was happy. It was all wrapped in a clear plastic bag. The music sheet gave it a nice touch. The little tag had cleaning instructions on it and "Danke".

Unfortunately, the bag itself was sealed with a LOAD of sticky tape and it was difficult to unwrap it neatly. I accidently ripped a bit of the music sheet when I was interrupted. It was still in that plastic bag... so the packing could've been a little more durable. The bag it was wrapped it was more like plastic film.

After a while I managed to open it. I was pleased with the product itself. It was well sewn. The fur was okay. It's not too thick for the Australian weather and the hairs would come out if I were to pinch it out (just like any fake fur). I love the scalloped lace on it because it makes it extra girly.

There was also the brand and a deer picture print on the lining. It's a bit hard to see but oh well. I took these pictures around sunset so the lighting wasn't great. Also, it's hard to see pink against beige.
It's very wearable and in trend now for fall/winter (with the fur thing still going on), so I'll be wearing this a lot.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Trends: Spring 2012 colours

For spring 2012, pastels had appeared on the runways and down to the fashion chain stores. While it may not apply to Australians now, since we're heading into autumn, the chances are high for this trend coming down under. Be it shoes, cardigans, blazers, trousers or tops, you're bound to see them everywhere this spring. So be prepared this spring, it'll be overly sweet like the colours of macaron shells.

Diane von Furstenburg, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Louis Vuitton

There were many colours that were featured frequently in the runway shows. Be it pastel or neon, spring is all about colour and the runways have shown an array of colours that if I were to write down a list of all common hues, I'd be reporting on practically every colour of the rainbow. So here are my favourite colours:

 Tangerine: If you want to show off your confidence this spring, put on a nice tangerine dress, blazer or sweater as this bright colour surely would catch the eyes of others. However, if you're not into the brights, perhaps a pastel orange would work for you (which I'd definitely go for since I'm not brave enough to pull this off).

Christian Dior, Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs
If you're not too into orange, there is the option of mint. Go for a nice mint scarf or a drape mint dress (anything drape) to make it look more romantic. This trend gives me an excuse to wear the knitted mint bangle I made a while ago.

Rodarte, Elie Saab, Vera Wang
 Yellow: Be it neon or pastel, various shades of yellow had appeared on the runways. I feel that the pastel yellows are the ones to go for as it is easier to wear than the bolder citron yellows. If you do want to go for the citron yellow, I suggest that it be made of a sheer material just to tone it down a little.
   Nanette Lepore, Isabel Marant, Jason Wu

Monday, March 5, 2012

'Round the World #5: Fairy Kei

It's been a while since I've written one of these posts...

Fairy Kei is a pastel and neon 80s Revival street fashion with influences from Decora and Sweet Lolita. It is perhaps one of the more recent styles to pop up in Japanese street fashion and often features children's cartoons such as My Little Pony and Carebears. So bring out the legwarmers, the tulle petticoats or polka dot skirts, converses (or your docs... any 80s shoe) and go OTT with accessories such as fuzzy star clips with dangling charms, little bows, etc.


Fairy Kei allows you more freedom to dress as you could lean towards Sweet Lolita or Decora or even have some punk in their outfit. There is no large set of rules one must abide by. As long as it's mainly pastel and 80s inspired, it's Fairy Kei.

This style was one of the styles featured on Australia's Next Top Model, cycle 6.

Some Fairy Kei featured on Japanese magazines...

Have you fallen in love with Fairy Kei yet? It doesn't suit everyone's tastes but I personally like anything girly, quirky and cute. The very basics you can ever get to in Fairy Kei: just put on a printed tee of a children's cartoon and a tulle petticoat/skirt and some cute tights, some pastel converses or docs and you're pretty much done.

Some brands that cater for the Fairy Kei style include 6%dokidoki (which I adore ♥) and Spank!

If you're thinking that this is too childish, this is probably not for you. Keep in mind that 'cute' is the Japanese 'sexy' (what most women want to achieve when it comes to their appearance).