Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Last Two Days to Use Fleet Discount!

Hey guys! I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to use that 15% off Fleet Collection discount! Just enter in PANDIPPO15OFF at check out.

It's also the last day to vote for me in the Found by Fleet concert. *hint, hint* ;) Remember, all you need to do to vote is to "like" my photo!

Have a happy Labor day weekend everyone! Hope its filled with lots and lots of sunshine!


Lord & Taylor + Project Runway: Capsule Collection

Project Runway has, by far, been one of my favorite reality shows. And this year, will be its 10th year on the air. 10 years of making people's dreams come true. Its all kinds of awesome.

To celebrate their 10th year, Project Runway has teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a capsule collection. One designer from each season has designed a garment to add to this collection and the 10th spot is currently being battled out on TV - my money is on Christopher Palu, and not just because I have a gay crush on him. And if you weren't getting your fill of beautiful garments, cat fights, and "you're out", then you'll need to check out the 9 designs below.

The collection will launch on August 31, after the winner of season 10 has been announced.

Bert's and Korto's are probably my favorite, with Nick's an easy second. Overall I find the entire collection to be a bit too straight forward. Where are the prints? The interesting designs? Chris March and Monda Guerra are the only two who really even get close to have a print. Its all too uniformed for my taste. Where is that famous, beautiful draping that Uli did again and again on the show? I almost wonder if Lord and Taylor had a bit too much say over some of these designs. I'm also a bit sad that Chole Dao and Christian Siriano aren't a part of this capsule. Despite Christian's "fierce" cattiness, I really couldn't help but fall in love with his pieces.

What are your thoughts? Is this a collection a must have for you? Or a must pass?

Only a few more days until the finale!! I can't wait to see who the winner is and what the 10th piece will look like.

Photos from Hollywood Life

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

instagram hawaii style

I got a new computer and am in the process of installing all of life's needs (read: photoshop and illustrator) onto it. That also means I'm down for the count in terms of outfit photos.

But never fear! Instagram is here! I haven't had a chance to go through all my photos from when I went to Hawaii, so I thought I'd share the adventure Instagram style for now.

Things you should note:

❤ Snorkeling over coral without water boots is not recommend ❤
❤ Fried rice loco mocos are the best things ever created... ❤
❤ ...Second to shaved ice with ice cream that is. ❤
❤ When driving a Jeep over sand, make sure the car is in 4WD or bad things happen ❤
❤ Sunsets make life beautiful ❤

Happy Tuesday all. Hope your week is going well.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DIY: Rainbow Tie Dye Shorts

About 9 weeks ago, I saw these amazing shorts on Ashley Madekwe's blog, Ring My Bell (btw, if you haven't checked out her blog, its a must). It was love at first sight. And like most loves, it left my heart completely shattered in disappointment. Ugh, the price. I was not about to spend that much money on a pair of shorts! Especially when they can be made so easily at home.

And for a fraction of the cost.

The last time I posted a DIY I had created, I received some requests for a how to on the process. I still plan on doing one for the ombre effect, but given that these shorts were weigh heavily (read: obsessively) on my mind, I thought I would start with these first.

What you will need:

❤ A pair of white shorts ❤
❤ Three shades of fabric dye in a spray bottle ❤

I picked mine up from Michael's using a bunch of 40% off coupons, but you can also find a wide variety on Amazon if there are no stores near you. Regarding the shorts, the style is totally up to you. I prefer low waisted to high because of my short torso, and picked up a pair at Plato's Closet for just $6.00.

Make sure you work on top of some sort of plastic cover in case there is any wayward spraying. The dye is permanent and will stain anything it touches. Trying not to be too wasteful, I used one of our plastic trash bags. The dye won't eat through the plastic, so when BF takes out the trash next week, we'll look like a bunch of awesome hippies with cool multi colored bags!

Also, you'll want to place a magazine or cardboard on the inside of your shorts to prevent any bleed through.

Next, get ready to work out that index finger!

Spray! Spray! Spray! Spray!

Depending on the type of spray bottle you get, you'll want to hold the dye four to six inches away from your shorts. This prevents any one area from getting soaked too heavily. I started with the yellow and worked my way down.

Phew! That gets messy! I ended up using 3/4 to a full bottle of each color for these shorts, but I wanted to make sure that I really got an even coat going.

You'll need to wait 4 hours for the dye to set and dry before you can flip the shorts over and do the other side. And then, if you weren't already impatient enough, you'll need to wait another 72 hours before you can even wash them! Don't forget to wash them inside out! My dyes didn't specify what water temperature I should wash them in, so I washed them in warm water. The reason why I did warm vs cold is because most fabric dyes tend to run off in warm water and wanted to makes sure I got rid of any excess, least I accidentally turn one of BF's dress shirts into something more colorful later on.

The colors will look pretty saturated until they dry (as seen in the photo above), but after the dye sets and the fabric has been washed, you get this great wash of candy colors left.

The end result:


I really love how they came out. It cost me $11 dollars total and about 30 minutes of my time (to spray). I'd say these were well worth it!

Let me know if you guys give this a try. Send photos! I want to see the finished results! I think I'm obsessed with dyes and dye removal now. The creative juices are definitely flowing, and I already have some great ideas I cannot wait to share!

P.S. Don't forget to vote for me in the Found by Fleet contest! All you need to do is "like" my photo. ❤ ❤ ❤ There's only a week left! Thank you guys!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Holy Crap.. Has it already been a year?

Snapshot of August 2011

According to my calendar it has!! Its been exactly one year since I've opened up just.pandippo.

Wow. Its amazing how fast a year can go by. Its even more amazing that I've been able to keep this up for a year. Now, obviously, if you glance at my archives below, this particular blog has been open for more than a year. Since 2009, to be exact. But it was more of an idea back then. Nothing I took seriously, or had the means/want to take seriously. August 18, 2011 is the day I consider as the real opening date of this blog. Its when I changed the name from "Artsy Fartsy am I" (I know, so creative huh?) to just.pandippo and decided that I genuinely wanted to take a crack at this.

When I look back on everything I've done this past year, I think I've done pretty darn well! I've accomplished a lot of what I wanted to do, including picking up a sponsor or two, and even doing some collaborations with boutiques. Its been a fun and frustrating process, and I can only hope it continues to grow.

And with the one year anniversary, I decided that it was time for another change.

A domain name!

Yep! That's right.. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased a domain name for myself. That sort of makes this all sorts of official huh? Now will take you straight to the blog! No more accidentally putting in "blogger" instead of "blogspot" (I can't tell you how many times I've done that).

Thank you guys for becoming my readers and going through some of these ups and downs with me. I look forward to what the next year will bring!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Getting Older, Getting Wiser - Shopping for Trends

Believe it or not, despite the massive amount of clothing that I have, I can be rather picky about what I like. I always have an idea of what I want or what it is that I'm looking for, and I can go through tons of similar styles before I find the one. When I was younger, and even now I have a slip every now and then, I would "settle" for something that was close. That met most of my criteria, but not all of it. And the inevitable would happen, I would wear it once and I wouldn't really love it, or I wouldn't be totally satisfied with it so I would just keep buying more of the same item. In the end I would end up with twenty million almosts, and absolutely no must haves.

Now a days I try to be better at it. Especially when it comes to a "trend" item. Something that I know isn't going to last more than a season or two. Its a lot of effort, but I try not to settle any more. If its not right, then its just not right.

So what things are going through my mind when I'm buying something? When it all comes down to it, I'm really looking at four different factors and how they weigh out against one another--Cost, Quality, Style, Desire--with Cost being at the top of my list.

Is the quality of the item worth the cost?
If it isn't, am I willing to pay more to have this specific item, or can there be substitutes that I can be happy with?
Can I wait for it to go on sale and be OK if it sells out before then?

A great example of this, would be most of my outfit in today's post. ModCloth's Stunner in the City dress. I can't tell you how many weeks I agonized over this dress. I put it in my cart; I took it out of my cart; I put it back in. The brand and quality were well known and could be trusted. The style was really spot on and all I wanted to do was take it home, throw on a skinny red belt and call it a day.

So what stopped me? Cost. I love scenic prints. I think they're fabulous, and Motel Rocks definitely excels in this area, but at a whopping $80 I could not justify the price. In a year or two from now, that dress would sit at the back of my closet waiting to be sold or donated to Goodwill, and replaced by another must have of the moment piece. So I waited, and waited, and waited for it to go on sale. And it ever never did. In fact it sold out, and I cried and obsessed and stalked eBay for a month.

And then Tobi... got this shirt in. And everything was right again in the world. Obviously this isn't a dress, but in terms of everything else - cost, quality, style, desire - it worked out perfectly. In fact the I prefer the sheer element over the other style now. Plus the back is killer (and of course I forgot to take a photo of it).

The other item in this post... well is not so much an item, but a trend. Neon. Oh you know it. You're probably bleeding it at this point. Its been everywhere really, but on this blog. Why? Because I was waiting for that right piece (or pieces I should say). Lucky for me summer lasts until October in California so I should get a couple of more wears out of my shoes before I grow tired of them. Besides, I love making little old asian ladies gasp at the sight of my shoes.

The shorts are a slightly different story. The neon is a lot more subtle and will carry into fall easier. I can bring out the neon with brighter colors, or I can dull it down, so its been a really nice addition to my closet. Plus it was part of Forever 21's buy one get one free sale! Quality ended up being more than worth the price in this case.

In the end it was worth the wait. The total cost of this outfit is about equal to what the Stunner in the City dress would've set me back, but instead, I have three great, separate pieces that I love and can mix and match into my wardrobe and get a lot more than just a single wear.

Tobi Big City Top
Forever 21 Laser Cut Shorts
TIL Darling Breakfast at Tiffany's Necklace
NY&Co Charm Bracelet
WetSeal Bangles
ShoeMint Kaylen Heel


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fleet Clothing Discount & Contest

Happy Thursday everyone! Just one more day and then it'll be "cheers to the freaking weekend". What does your weekend look like? Mine will be filled with friends, oysters, and really, really big rocks. As well as some R&R (or so I hope.. I'm still reading Shadow of Night, and it's driving me crazy that I haven't finished it yet!)

In any case, I know its been a while since you've gotten a twice in a week post from me. I'm hoping to pick things back up soon as the hell month is finally over with and I feel like I can breathe again! And what better way to start things off again than with a discount codes for you lovely, patient readers!

I've teamed up with Fleet Collection this month (you can visit their Facebook page here) to join in on their August style challenge. There's a total of four bloggers that can participate, and lucky me, I get to be one of them this month! It may also be one of the easiest contests to vote for in history. All you need to do to vote is click this little link and "like" my photo. And you do like "like" me don't you?

I knew it!

As an added bonus, Fleet Collection is giving all of my readers 15% off their entire purchase! Just enter in PANDIPPO15OFF at check out. And trust me, you are going to want to check out their items. Not only do the carry some of the adorable items that you've seen at Tobi or Threadsence, but they also have a collection of Fleet exclusives--the Etiquette Dress in mustard being one of my favorites.

Have a happy weekend guys! And thanks in advance for voting! <3 Means a lot.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Makeup Monday: Stila Palette - In the Know

Happy Monday everyone! I come back to you from the land of sun and carbs a few shades tanner, and a whole lot squisher! You know when your attention starts drifting towards burgundy skirts, leopard prints, and jeweled colored sweaters, the fall season is not too far behind. Unfortunately, I think I left half of my brain in Hawaii, and the other half is drooling over all of the new fall items popping up in stores. There isn't too much left for work, but just enough left to start storming up some ideas for fall make up looks using Stila's In the Know palette.

The amazing photos are courtesy of my friend Bryant, as usual, who found some time in his very busy schedule to squeeze in some head shots. When I got my In the Know palette in the mail, I just knew I had to create a look using the "Fire" shade. Its this amazing burnt orange shade that just shows up perfectly against the skin without looking too harsh. The entire palette, itself, is really the best thing to get your fall mood up and running. In the Know is full of neutral shades of brown and creams, mixed in with a fantastic matte black and greys to stormy up your natural look.

I added on a pair of Velour Lashes for a bit of drama, and wah-la. Instant fall.

Stila "In the Know" Palette

Base - Wind
Outer Lid - Fire
Under Brow - Air blended into Fire
Eyeliner - MAC Chromatic Liner in Black Black
Lashes - Velour Lashes "You Complete Me"

These products in this post were provided to me by for review. All opinions are of my own and have not been influenced by or Stila in any matter.