zondag 30 oktober 2011

Outfit.

Lately as I've been really busy most of my outfits came out a little boyish because that's all the more casual and easy on the hair and stuff.

The other day when I found some time to put a little effort the result was like this:
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curvy legs make me forever girly :D
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Sweater: NewYorker
Jeans: Bershka
Necklace: River Island
Belt: Alyssa Mode
Frames: My dad's old sunnies I popped the glass out of~

Halloween is coming so I'll put some more effort to look cute :)

dinsdag 25 oktober 2011

DIY clip-in bangs!!

Wow I did't expect to be posting again so soon but this I've just got to share with you.
In fact I've been planning this for about half a year but I was always too chicken to do it~ I've got side-swept clip-in bangs but those don't do the same thing..

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So this is DIY clip-in bangs. I couldn't find any straight bangs online in the right colour and at the right price-point for me. I did however have some old Prisila extensions that have become a little thin but still match my haircolour perfectly.
What do you need?

1. A piece of cloth that is completely not flexible.
2. 1 extension (usually consisting of 2 or more tracks sewn onto a material), an old/ratty one you've replaced will serve well.
3. 2 snappy clips, can be taken off an old clip-in extension or purchased online here or here.
4. scissors
5. needle and thread or a sewing machine.
6. a brush or comb for de-tangling the (old) extensions

So if you're using an old extension like I did, comb it out thoroughly and clear the clips of any tangled hair. Don't be afraid to cut out frizzy or very tangled bits in the top of the extensions. Don't care too much about the bottom.
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Cut off the clips if yours has any, you can use these for fastening the bangs later

Step 1: preparing the base.

Cut out a cirlce of cloth about 15 cm in diameter and fold it in half
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Sew the sides together and be sure to keep a little space open (about 3 cm) to twist it inside-out
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This is the result:
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Mine was about 7 cm high and 11 wide. I wouldn't recommend making it smaller but a little bigger won't hurt. If you have a clip-in fringe already, model the size after that.

Step 2: modelling the extension after the size of your base.

First take a good look at the hair to make sure you sew the most ratty side on the bottom of the base (under the rest of the hair). If it's all equally good/bad judge by the color of the extensions like I did.
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Mine were 3-tones of blonde and I didn't want the darkest part to show up on top.

Now make sure that you have a long enough track to make the sides overlap a little and sew them to the back of the base. If you don't have enough, like me, the priority is on the top rows so I cut the bottom one only just long enough to cover the whole base like so:
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Step 3: sewing the rows on the base.

If it's about the bottom row, you want to sew the bottom and the top to the base, on the other rows it was only the top.
Make sure you put some extra support on the parts marked red here:
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Now that the extension is in place, sew it on the blue lines:
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For the bottom end of you extension you want to use this lead, lifting the hair from the material it is attached to and sewing that to the bottom of the base:
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red is where you sew and blue is the shape of the base.

Just to be clear:
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the blue is the shape of the base, red is where you've sewn it.
Light blue is the approximate placement of the next rows.

Sew the second row and fold the ends of that one around the base, sew it securely on the end of the base like so:
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Now sew the last row on. Here it's essential that you part the top track of the extension and instead you sew the second (middle) track of the row close to the top of the base, the red here indicates where you sew, purple is where you've already sewn and blue is the shape of the base
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The top one you sew on the back of the base, to hide the base completely:
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Red is where you've sewn and blue is where the next one will come, this also somewhat illustrates where the second one has gone.

Fold the top track over the edge of the base, if your extensions are heat resistant you can use a straightner
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This is the result:
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Step 4: sew the clips on:
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This is self explanatory

Step 5: Cutting it.
You will have a bunch of hair. I would recommend you wear your hair in a ponytail or bun and clip this extension on your head, then have it cut by a family member, friend or hairdresser. You could also do it by yourself like I did.

First cut it about the length down to your chin. I wanted to keep some hair long on the sides to blend it with my own hair easily so I put this behind my ears. Then part it down half and cut it just past your eyes on the side that you can see.
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Then comb the other side away and cut the rest.
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Sorry if this is confusing I was a bit late realizing it might be helpfull to show.

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It's a bit long now, but gradually cut little strands to make it work. If your own hair isn't very thick and the amount of hair is too much, just thin it out a little starting with the lowest row.

With my natural hair:
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With big crocodile-clip twin-tails:
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I was very pleased with the result because the structure of this hair matches my natural hair more as they were previously curly and quite full!
If you don't have an extension with several tracks on it, you can do the same thing sewing separate tracks to the base, it takes about 9 or 10 I think. There's 9 tracks on mine.

zaterdag 22 oktober 2011

Recent gets and what's in shops~

Sorry I haven't taken the time to reply to your sweet comments on my previous entry D: I only barely found time to make this entry you're reading today :(
I do really appreciate your comments!! I'll remember!

Now, this post is a pile of everything. To start off with some stuff I bought since september and I haven't shown you properly yet:
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Sweater: NewYorker
Shiny blouse: Zeeman
Leggings: V&D (Soho brand)
Belt: (worn in a previous post) Alyssa Mode
Necklace: (worn in a previous post I think) Starlight Bijou.

And some other cute things I'd noticed in NewYorker one and a half month ago but my phone somehow lost the pictures and I had to wait until I got back with a proper camera D:
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My sweater and other cute leopard sweaters

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Great for cold winter time and somehow reminded me of last year's Tralala and cute Ma*rs-ish roomwear.

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Dresses made of awesome! You could wear these in a cute vintage style or accessorize them to match a sugary LizLisa-ish style :)

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Great simple sexy skirt

Now something else that will probebly only be helpfull to people that live in Holland but this big cheap bit-of-everything chain-store called Xenos has apparently expanded their hobby department with cute beads and things that look like rose deco-parts:
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I've had a little shoppingspree and I got all this:
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for about 12 euros or something~
I have a really nice plan with these and I'm going to show you when I finnish it!! I hope that'll be in 1/2 weeks so please look forward to it!!

zondag 16 oktober 2011

Japantag in Düsseldorf!

Yes! I update again! I've seen many updates from you guys about this festival called Japantag and it's great fun to watch them :)
I've never seen a manifestation of Japanese culture abroad quite like this one.
Even though innitially there was a 3 day plan with Rox and Juu, I'm really really busy with university right now and I had to slim it down to one day, just the saturday itself.
Nonetheless I had a GREAT time, it was really fun, and wearing yukata seriously for the first time felt really good :)

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I can hardly recall the shops but:
Yukata: Japan somewhere
Undergarment thingy: van Hier tot Tokyo (Japanese antiques, Amsterdam)
False fur collar: second-hand (Amsterdam)
Obi: second-hand (Kyoto)
Obiage+makura: Hand assembled (a pair of indoor slippers in a stocking)
Obijime: from the sewing shop XD
Flower on obijime: Gift from brother; accessorize
Shoes: I have no geta :/ these shoes.. I really can't recall
Purse: Hema
Hair accesory: Kruidvat

I got ready early in the morning under the impression I had a train to catch. After I got all wrapped up in the yukata and ready to go, at the station, with sandwiches for on the way... my mom decided to bring me by car because she didn't want me to travel alone in such uneasy attire (for I'd have go back home alone late at night. We picked up the navigation and got on the way.)

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I did my makeup in the car. We were in 3 trafficjams and I think we were in the car for about 3/3.5 hours.

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When we got in Düsseldorf it took me about 1.5 hour if not more untill I was finally where I wanted to be: with Rox and Juu!

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Later Elize and Riyani found us too!

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I noticed it was hard to stand in one place without getting your picture taken, but it wasn't untill I reached Rox and Juu that I quite experienced this kind of..paparazzi mechanism. Once one person starts taking pictures you're stuck in a pose for at least 5 more minutes. Especially when you meet other groups that attract attention like cute kids or other girls in yukata.

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The sun went down and it was getting a little cold when we were actually interviewed for local tv :D I hope one of the others has mailed the tv station for a copy of the segment? it would be cool :)

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After fooling around a little more we split up a bit, I went for a warm restaurant with my mom, my boyfriend, Riyani and Yudi. In the meantime the rest found a nice spot to watch the fireworks!

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That's where Sasha found us! So at least we could meet even if it was only for half an hour :D (And this awesome picture was stolen from Elize btw)
The fireworks were really pretty and I was constantly amazed and felt really happy. I just wished the other people would be more excited so we could all be like OOH!!! AWWWW!!! together, and we could feel even more excitement! In that sense Germans are even more dry than the Dutch~

We had to leave after that, to drive home. We arrived home at about 3 in the night and we stayed up to watch a little surprise: Holland won some kind of baseball cup? it seems to be the world cup? noone here cares about baseball but apparently we won? I was confused~

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Anyway I had a wonderful day, I tried my best to make a cute, agejo-ish, yet recognizably traditional yukata appearance. Like ageha model Yurika does.
Instead I felt somewhat like an enka singer, especially next to Rox and Juu, they were so cute and so much more gal! Nonetheless I really enjoyed being wrapped like this and I hope I'll get more chances to wear yukata or kimono :). I guess it's also because it's a new challenge and a new kind of aesthetic for me, yukata and kimono have kept me very busy in the past 48 hours! I might make 1 or 2 posts related to the subject, for I've been digging the resources for yukata, kimono and accesories, even in my own city, and I've made some cool finds I'd love to share it with you!

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However, I'm sorry to tell you again U_U but I have seized making regular updates because college is more important for me right now. I've been having some messages about it and I really appreciate your attention and I'm sorry I can't repay your friendly viewings with regular posts but for at least another 6 weeks I just can't make any promisses. I, too, wish it was different. But don't worry, I'm not stopping gal and I'm not stopping the blog either! I'm just taking it slow for the moment and update when I can.