Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Polka Dot and Stripe Placement Cards

Every now and then I remember that I have some fairly decent illustration/graphic design skills. I really only seem to remember when someone (Anna) say things like, "I wish I could find some cute placement cards that matches this party I'm catering."

True story. She really said that.

And then I say, "Oh, that's pretty easy to make. I can do a couple for you if you tell me what you want."

And then she yells at me and says not to take more than 30 minutes making the cards and I give normally waive her off and say, "Sure, sure.. its super easy. No more than 30 minutes", when the reality of it is, that it probably took me close to an hour and half.

:X Oops.

I can't help it. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I'm sure I could've stopped around the hour mark, but I like things to look just right. And I wanted to create multiple colors! Why? Because I'm just an overachiver like that.

They came out pretty darn cute. I do need to work on (really, figure out) my pattern making skills. I can't quite seem to get the tile to come out evenly on all sides, so I'm forced to create the entire pattern across the board. Do you guys have any tips? I probably spent a good 15 minutes playing around with the pattern maker before I finally gave up.

I wanted to share in case any one needs aqua and purple placement cards. You can download the set here. They're not perfect, but they're pretty darn close! Nothing a pair of scissors can't fix anyways. ❤

Don't her cupcakes look amazing (as usual)? You can check out more photos of these cuties in action at My Feelings Taste Like Cupcakes blog.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This totally happened...

Yeah, that's right. I dyed my hair red, and its not just for Halloween. This is pretty permanent. Or so the box says. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while now, but there were some things I had to do before I could do it.

Like get my hair cut.

I was a bad panda. I haven't cut my hair in over a year. Seriously. I haven't cut my hair since August 2011 when I chopped it all off (and was still drawing and posting frequently, and refusing to use capitalization). This is definitely one of those, "Don't try this at home, kids" kind of moment. My hairstylist was beyond appalled and couldn't stop talking about how "thirsty" my hair was. Its a good thing my Bloom box this month included a hair mask for me to try out. :P

So he chopped off a good chunk of hair, put layers and shape back into place and cleaned up my poor excuse for bangs--but he didn't color it.

That was all me! Well, all BF. Same thing right?

Surprisingly it came out really well. Its the exact shade of red that I envisioned. My layers play into it just right, making it subtle and bold at the same time. I love how it peeks out from the front, almost unnoticeable until I turn around. I've gotten tons of compliments since the change, and the best part? The cost!

Talk about your money savers! I was a bit nervous and hesitant to do this on my own at home. My hair is pretty dark and I didn't want to do an at-home bleach job to get the color to pop. I remember the results of some of those back in college. My friends' hair always ended up dry and crispy, and worse, the color would fade and they would end up with pink (if dyed red) or green (if dyed blue) hair! Lucky for me, I have a friend who has already gone down this route and had a too affordable recommendation--Loreal HiColor HiLights!

You'll need to use a developer in conjunction with the color, but its pretty much a one step process. Now, with most DIY beauty treatments, it wasn't without some trial and error. But lucky for you guys, I'm here with tips so that you can do it perfectly the first time!

❤ If you have dark colored hair, especially if its virgin hair (meaning you haven't permed it or treated it with any color), you'll need to use the 40 volume developer. The instructions say to leave the color in for 30 minutes, but that won't be enough to penetrate. I recommend leaving it in for at least an hour.
❤ Do not mix brands. There are several salon quality dyes that can be used to color your hair, but if you pick one brand, you need to make sure to use the same brand developer. The two are formulated to go together, and mixing brands may off throw the chemistry and lead to disastrous results.
❤ Do your tips last! I learned this the hard way back in college. Heat will set the color faster. If you do your roots first the heat from your scalp will cause the color to developer faster than the rest of your head, leaving you with a halo around your scalp.
❤ Once you rinse your color, make sure to follow up with a color protecting conditioner. This will help close up the hair cuticles and seal the color in longer.

That's pretty much it! Easy right? The dyeing process can be done on your own, but it'll go a lot faster (and be more accurate) if you can have (force) someone to help you. This is a super affordable way to change up your hair style. The Loreal HiColor dye was only $5.00 and the Oreor Developer was $7.00 (8oz size). The developer is good for about four treatments. I really can't wait to see how the red incorporates itself into my braids. There will definitely be more hair posts after this ;) Just stay tuned!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

I'll get you my pretty.. and your little dog too!

My style has been undoubtedly changing lately. I'm having difficulty telling if its maturity finally kicking in, or if its simply a seasonal thing. After all, fall is all about layers, and nothing layers better than a nice crisp dress shirt and fitted sweater.

I still love my prints. I don't think that'll ever change, as evident by these cropped pants. They're actually a perfect harmony between everything I want and desire right now (including an amazing price). They let me display a clean silhouette, but still keep the playfulness in my clothes that I love. I do need to be carefully, and not get too carried away with the fitted sweaters. I mean, there's only so many ways one can wear a sweater and shirt combo--right?

Another thing that's changed, and completely blown my mind, is a new found love for pointed heels. Yes, that's right pointed heels. Its seriously gone so far that I now own 5 or 6 pairs! Who knew? Of course it helps that pointed heels have been making a major comeback this year, and I feel like the type of heels that are now available aren't as severe and a lot more attractive for your feet. Heels that are overly pointy make me feel like I'm the Wicked Witch of the West!

Now pointed heels aren't the most comfortable thing to wear, especially if you have wide feet. There are a few tips and tricks that you can do to make your time in them more comfortable:

❤ Size up! Go up half a size and make use of footbed paddings, such as Dr. Scholl's Ball of Foot Cushions. These things are life savers. Not only are they great if your shoes are just a tad bit too big for you, but they really help add an extra level of comfort to your heels.
❤ Be wary of your height of your heels. A 4" heel is almost standard for me, but as most pointed pumps don't have a platform to help with the angle of your feet, a 4" pointed heel can be down right painful. Go with what is feels comfortable for you.
❤ Pay attention to materials. Your poor little toes are going to be squished together, even if you go up half a size. You want to make sure that the inside of the heel isn't going to rub and cause blisters. You think walking in raw strap hurts? Try walking around when the tip of your toe is blistered and constantly getting slammed against something! (Really, it all hurts either way. I still haven't figured out why we do this to ourselves.)
❤ And.. as always. Practice, practice, practice! Wear them around the house for a copule of hours, if you can. A thinner heel, especially if its not well made, can be difficult to balance in. Make sure your ankles are supported well enough that if you happen to be out and not entirely sober, your ankles aren't going to roll on you.

I hope these are helpful! Heels can be our best friend and our worst enemy all at the same time. Its important to find something that works for you and your comfort, and not just your wardrobe.

Happy Thursday!

Express Dress Shirt
Gap Sweater (similar here)
Kohl's SO Cropped Pants
Steve Madden Carli Heels
NY&CO Color Block Bib


Thursday, October 18, 2012

I heard there was a secret chord...

There is something spectacularly awesome about not showering for three days, going on trail hikes and taking ice cold dips in waterfall pools, and having absolutely no access to the Facebook.

As long as its only for three days and nothing more.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Neiman Marcus x Target Look Book

Robert Rodriguez for Target x Neiman Marcus Lace Dress - $99.99

Well. Its here. It feels like it was just weeks ago that Target announced its future collaboration with Neiman Marcus and it's rather impressive list of top designers. But here we are! A little over a month 'til launch date and the Target x Neiman Marcus lookbook is now in our grubby little hands (computer screen?).

The lookbook launched as of yesterday 2:00 PM PST (5:00 PM EST) and immediately sent the world a buzzing. Overall I felt a little underwhelmed by the collection. Sure the items look impeccable; The attention to detail looks fairly spot on, as is expected from such high end designers, but as we all know, photoshop can be a deceiving little minx. The prices for the collection are surprisingly high. They're not completely unaffordable, but they definitely make you think twice about your purchase.

Unfortunately, its difficult to tell whether or not the collection will be worth its weight in gold until the line launches. Material content won't even be available online until launch date, and then at that point you know no one is thinking rationally. I think I'll stay up for the midnight launch, but I don't think I'll be lining up at the butt crack of dawn for the in-store items (that and we have a Turducken Thanksgiving that day, and I'm pretty sure BF will kill me). Nothing has totally wowed me from the line so far (in person may change my mind I'm sure). I do love the Lela Rose lace top, but at $70, I really feel like I need to see it in person to make an accurate decision. The Lela Rose lace top is the only must have on my list at this time. With a guipure lace and silk-cotton blend shell, I think it'll be well worth the wait!

What I found most disappointing, however, was the severe lack of women's clothing! Jason Wu, whose previous Target line did amazingly well, only designed two girl dresses and a set of fairly overpriced ornaments. Where are our Wu feminine cuts? And why will Kaylee look about ten times more fashionable than I will in her Oscar de la Renta leather collar and leash? Where's the dress? A top even? Diane von Furstenberg has a yoga mat (though admittedly, its a fairly awesome looking yoga mat)--I'd have better luck hunting eBay for the DVF x Gap Kid's line. We can only hope that they have some surprises in store for us on launch day!

In any case, I'll let you be your own judge and jury. You can check out all 50 items at the link above. I've listed the few the popped out at me, but again, none are really craze worthy. Though I'm pretty sure that won't stop me from picking up a piece or two. ;)

Lela Rose for Target x Neiman Marcus Top - $69.99

rag & bone for Target x Neiman Marcus Boy's Cardigan - $49.99

Marchesa for Target x Neiman Marcus Girl's Dress - $79.99

Philip Crangi for Target x Neiman Marcus Trinket Box - $69.99 (I seriously hope that was a typo)

Jason Wu for Target x Neiman Marcus Ornaments - $49.99

Oscar de la Renta for Target x Neiman Marcus Tote - $59.99

Oscar de la Renta for Target x Neiman Marcus Dog Collar & Leash - $39.99

Diane Von Furstenberg for Target x Neiman Marcus Yoga Mat - $79.99


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Let's put a pin in that.

True story. I have been trying to figure out for months how to wear my F21 x Alex & Chole necklace on my back without the backside of the necklace showing up around my neck. In a stroke of genius, hours before the Safetysuit concert I realized...

Put a pin on it.

Safety pins are a girl's best friend. Next to shoes anyways.

ModCloth "I Dot Carried Away" dress
F21 x Alex & Chole Spike Necklace


Thursday, October 11, 2012

50 Shades of.. Purple?

Its no secret that purple has been trending harder than it usually does this time of year. And my complete and utter obsession of it is more than enough evidence. I've always thought of purple as more of a winter color, or at least that tends to be the time of year where I really, really start coveting it, but it seems as if the violet from spring has wormed its way into our hearts and fall wardrobes. In any case, while I am quite aware of my obsession, it was completely accidental that I ended up with this much purple on! But I think it works out rather well no?

I'm sure at this point you're wondering "Uh, when is she going to mention this seemingly rather random car on the blog?" Is it mine? Did I get some random, completely inappropriate sponsorship with Subaru (like Rumi Neely did with Nike--sorry I love you Rumi, but I do not believe you've done any type of real running in your life)? Or.. did BF get totally excited about his new car and wanted to incorporate it into an outfit photo?

*Ding! Ding! Ding*

And that would be the correct response. TOo bad this same car has currently been in the shop for about 20 days now. Which is fantastic since that is about the same amount of time BF has had the car to begin with! *Drips of sarcasm* I won't get into all the drama of how much Subaru screwed up with the BRZ, that's what Google's for! But I will say that I think it makes a nice accessory to my outfit. Heehee. Although, I'm really not sure what I'm loving more. The BRZ, or the Hello Kitties on my skirt.

Say what? Yes. Hello Kitty is all over my skirt. Hello appropriate adult wear that embraces my 12 year old self.

See! Kitties galore! Best skirt ever.

And then there's these shoes. These shoes, which look so clean and innocent from the front and then makes your heart skip a beat from the back. They're the perfect shoes to wear out at night. Do you think I could convince James Franco to star my shoes in the Walking After Midnight Stuart Weitzman videos? They definitely have that classy, boys will stop in their tracks like Weitzman shoes (Oh, one day, one day I will own a pair). Or even better.. can I get James Franco to star in the video with me instead? ❤

I will admit that once I realized I was wearing an inappropriate amount of purple, I added on even more inappropriateness with my violet circle lenses from AngelContacts.

What do you think readers? Was this too over the top? Or just enough?

Hope everyone is having a great week! Only one more day until the weekend! Yay!!

TJMaxx Top
Target Hello Kitty Faux Leather Skirt
Sam Edelman Roza Heels
Target Necklace
Cotton On Bracelet Geo Nudy Violet Circle Lenses


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Color Pop Make Up

Just a quick little post today. I entered in Bloom and POP Beauty's POP of Color contest and wanted to share with you the look that I entered! I'm quite proud of it. Its oddly outside of what I normally do (meaning there's no winged tip or cat eye liner going on). Its just pure, pure blue, and it was rather amazing. And of course part of the reason it looks so amazing is thanks to my Bryant and his awesome photography skills.

There are still a few days left in the contest if you want to enter! The grand prize winner gets a $100 worth of products on I think the second runner up gets $50 - not bad right? Every girl could use some free make up. ;)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
POP Beauty Cat Eye Kohl Liner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in White
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Curacao
Stila Backstage Palette (Pacific)
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Blackout)
Velour Lashes "You Complete Me"

MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20
Vincent Longo Lip Pencil in Rosewood
MAC Lustre Lipstick in California Dreamin' (discontinued)
Aura Science Laquer Glaze (discontinued)

Christopher Drummond Discover Kit Foundation (c/o Bloom)
POP Beauty Blush Beam (c/o Bloom)


Monday, October 1, 2012

But I have a dream inside.. a perfect life...

At the moment my hearing is a bit fuzzy and my throat is rather sore. I'm tired and just want nothing more than to crawl into bed.


Nope. These, folks, are the symptoms of an amazing weekend full of amazing concerts. As luck would have it, Jason Mraz and Christina Perri were playing on Friday and the loves of my live, Safetysuit, was playing on Saturday. There was just no way I couldn't not go to both! I've been wanting to see Jason Mraz for a very, very long time now, and I've been waiting even longer for Safetysuit to come back to the Bay Area.

It was at the Safetysuit concert where I reverted back to my teenage self, jumping and screaming at the top of my lungs, and lunging at the chance to hug a very sweaty lead singer (oh but it was so worth it). If you don't know who they are, you need to see them live. I know, you're thinking, why on earth would I want to see them live before I've even heard a single song? Because they are THAT good my dears. That good. Two years ago, I found myself falling in love with the opening act to Parachute. I didn't know a single wod. I didn't recognize a single song. But the energy, the voices, the music -- it was more than enough to make me a fan for life.

In any case, I suppose I should stop proclaiming my undying love for Doug Bro.. er I mean Safetysuit and actually talk about my outfit huh? This was not, btw, what I wore to either concerts, but I really couldn't wait to share the experience (that and most of my outfit photos are on a mobile phone :P).

I'd been thinking about this outfit for quite a while. I really love a good print. Even if that print happens to come on a pair of kid's shorts. It was really one of those big no-no's you always hear about when shopping. Don't build an outfit around one item if you don't already have the items in your closet. First came the shorts (which, to be honest, can be worn with many, many other things). Then came the vision (and purchase) of the kelly green sweater. And last but not least, these amazing tribal-esque shoes from L.A.M.B.

Oh. And then the necklace from Pacsun. Haha, so this is really a combination of purchases made throughout the entire month of September. Wow-wee. No wonder my closet is always exploding! In my defense, each of these pieces can be worn with other things in my closet, so its not a total no-no (plus they were all on sale or discounted very heavily). Either way, I would not use me as a good example on how to buy things rationale. But at least I know how to make a darn cute outfit?

Happy Monday loves! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Express Sweater
Harajuku Mini by Target Shorts
L.A.M.B IOWA Wedges
Pacsun Snakeskin Necklace
Tilly's Ring
Tobi Darla Sunglasses