Friday, 22 June 2012

OOTD ~ My First

This'll be my first OOTD. I just thought I did a good job with the pinks :) This was for school, by the way. Everything's from H&M except for the shoes which is from Spring or CallItSpring, however you wanna call it. And the ring's from a store in P-Mall. Reminded me of the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones.

Holika Holika

Yo! I found this new place that just opened up in P-Mall and I'm totally in love with it. It's a Korean made cosmetics company called Holika Holika. This is what I got.

Heartful Moister Lipstick in RD808 Kissing Red

I got more, obviously, but I was too lazy to take pics of 'em. Google 'em if you'd like. My sister brought to my attention a site where you can get these for cheaper but this site doesn't have all the items, like this lipstick.


OOTD: Heatwave!

Heya guys, Raghda here and boy has it been hot in Toronto! To deal with the heat, keeping your hair up and away from your face is a must, so I went with a qt sockbun. (though I can never do away with my bangs!!) Some comfy DIY shorts are a major plus, I used a tutorial from andrea's choice rainbow shorts video.
Now one thing I couldn't decide on was if I should go with the much more practical vest

or tucked in lightweight flannel

 never tuck my shirts into pants or shorts, so I was surprised by how cute it looked and decided on the shirt. If I get heat stroke, at least I'll look cute! haha

Do you ever sacrifice comfort for fashion?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Nails ~ Floral Nail Stickers

I've been meaning to try this new trend of sticking lacquer strips on your nails instead of painting them. I've seen some friends and gurus try this out and their nails were to die for.

The ones I used were TrendTips Real Lacquer Strips Sephora By OPI in SE637 Floral.

Turns out my nail shape/size is wonky 'cuz none of the strips fit my nails perfectly - they were either too big or too small. I merely skimmed through the instructions and went straight to the sticking. Whatever was on my skin I tried to get off by scratching at it or filing it (which wasn't good for the skin). Stupid little me didn't realize that nail polish remover would've worked better :P I top coated it with Seche Vite and finito!!

This was really fun to do and it looks amazing so Imma do this again with other patterns and I'll also try other (and cheaper) brands to see the quality difference.


Edit: These were b**** to take off. The package said use ordinary nail polish remover but there was so much residue left over the sticky part of the stickers. I never used a base coat and only a top coat so let's try it with a base coat and no top coat :D

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Nails of the day

A bit messy, but F21's Love & Beauty in Mint with Essie's Navigate Her on the pinky.

Colourful nails and colourful jammies, happy Sunday!

Friday, 15 June 2012

DIY: Summer Dress

Hey guys, Raghda again with another DIY! This one is a bit more complicated then the last one, and it requires either a body form/ seamstress mannequin, or constant fittings since you'll be making your own custom pattern. I recommend trying this out if you know your way around a sewing machine or if you're just feeling particularly brave. 

You will need:
Muslin (cheap fabric, about 3 yards)
about 3 yards of fabric of choice
elastic thread
loads of pins
measuring tape
body form (optional, recommended)

So I decided that I wanted to make my sister a dress with a sweetheart neckline and circle skirt for her vacation. Easy peasy, no zips or buttons, but stretchy back panel to get in and out. 

The first step would be getting measurements. With this, all I needed were bust (measure all around from largest point), waist (smallest part of body), area just above bust (where top of dress would hit), and measurement of right under arm to waist (length of bodice).
At this point, cut long rectangular panels and begin pinning and cutting and cinching and folding and pinning and pinning your muslin to your body form. when you have the rough shape you're looking for, go back to your original measurements and be sure that the length of the bodice is similar. 
*Always leave at least an inch of extra fabric at ends of fabric so that you can pin and sew pieces together.
*Try your best to keep your pieces symmetrical. the back panel should fold in half perfectly, the front panels should be mirror images.

This is my take on a circle skirt. Take the waist measurement and divide it by 4, take fabric and fold it in half and in half again. Take your new measurement and measure a quarter circle from the folded corner and that will be the waist. While the fabric is still folded, round off and cut off the ends and the new waist. This waist will look too big, this is where elastic thread will come in.

Wind elastic thread around bobbin by hand and sew half inch lines across entire back panel of the bodice. Sew with elastic thread across waist of skirt. With regular thread, sew together bodice and do a fitting while the skirt and bodice are still separated with bodice and skirt inside out. Pin bodice to skirt, evenly spacing out fabric that elastic waistband has brought together. Sew top to skirt, hem and trim everything that needs to be hemmed and trimmed and do another fitting for skirt length, remove as much as you'd like.

Throw on a belt and enjoy!
What's your favourite thing to DIY? Let us know below!