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Violet’s Big Hair FAQ

Jan 27, 2014 by

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my hair FAQ so I thought it was high time to make it a bit more comprehensive!

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How To Do A Plaited Headband With A Pouf Hairstyle Tutorial

Feb 1, 2013 by

Hair tutorial time again :D I am pretty happy with how regularly I’ve been able to get these done, the new set up makes me so much more motivated. Now I just need to finalise my video set up with some new lighting and I’ll be set!

Today I’m showing a basic small pouf style with two plaited headbands.

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Start with clean brushed hair.

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Pull out a small piece of hair from the nape of your neck.

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Now plait down the whole length of the hair and tie off.

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Repeat with another piece of hair on the other side of your head.

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Put those to the side of the moment while we make the pouf.

Pull a large section of hair up from the top of your head.

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Pull it forward on an angle and then use your brush to lightly tease/back comb the back of the section.plaited-headband-instructions21

Now fold it backwards gently so the pouf is as high as you like and pin in place. I like to shape it with my hands so it’s nice and round. You can fluff it up with your fingers too. If you don’t like the shape just pull it up and start again.

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Now grab one of the little plaits and pull it up and over your head to the other side. It should sit at the part between fringe/bangs and pouf. You can pull the side bits of hair behind the plait for a smooth look or leave them in front for a soft look. Pin the plait on the other side of your head, mine reaches just behind my ear but as long as it goes over half way you should be fine.

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Now pull the other plait to the other side. it should cover the end of the first plait. Tuck the end of it under the first plait and pin in place.

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If the ends are really obvious then pin a little of your loose hair over the top. Give the whole thing a burst of hairspray.

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And that’s it! I like to curl the ends of the loose hair so it’s a very floaty soft look but I think it works really well straight too.

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I hope you enjoyed the tutorial :D

I’m going to continue doing these as regularly as possible so if you have any hairstyle requests please let me know!

 

 

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How To Do A Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Pouf Using a Rat Tutorial Video

Aug 8, 2011 by

After the excitement over my hair last week I was asked for a tutorial on it by some of my lovely newer readers. I’ve done tutorials on this style a couple of times which are listed below but I hadn’t done a video of myself doing it yet so I figure that would be the easiest way of answering any questions. When I did the style on Celeste a few months ago you guys asked how I could do it on myself, so… taadaa!

The main difference between this version and the one I did on Celeste is that we teased her hair completely. Because my hair is bleached I am more worried about damage these days so I choose to use a hair rat inside so I don’t have to tease my hair as much.

The other main question I get about this style is what can you use as a rat? I use a rolled up bandana covered in a crappy old hair extension but you could really use anything light which is in the shape you want. Foam, fabric, whatever. Just something to hold the shape.

This is the last time I’ll be doing something on this style but feel free to check out the other tutorials I’ve done on this style here:

So hopefully that helped and thanks so much for watching!  Over the next week I’ll be implementing a lot of the suggestions you guys made in the survey last week so keep an eye out for them :D

Medium Length Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Tutorial with Celeste Video

Jun 6, 2011 by

A while ago Celeste came to visit and we decided to have some fun and experiment with various fun hair styles and make up :D Celeste had never tried big hime style hair before so I thought I would use her as a life sized doll and play with her hair. We made a quick little video showing the steps. I thought I would post it because I often get questions about my hair. While I’ve done tutorials in the past this might be useful as you can see a bit of detail and how quick it is to create.

That and you can enjoy giggling at us as we go. The audio was no good but if you can imagine this conversation in the background you’re pretty much set…

Violet: *does hair*

Celeste: :O it’s huge!

Violet: Bigger the better :D

Celeste: *trying very hard to muffle juvenile laughter*

Violet: Ahahahahaha bigger the better, I get it!

Celeste: *Sends photos to room mate*

Roommate: ZOMG SQUID HEAD!!

Celeste: -_-’

Violet: *snicker snicker snicker*

And much laughter was had all around.

So hope that was a little useful ^_^ We did a couple of other styles which I will posts too. Next time we do something like this I’ll have a new lighting set up so everything will be nicer quality yay!

If you want to see Celeste’s post about her make up check over here.

 

How To Style a Hime Gyaru Wig

Mar 31, 2011 by

As carrying on from yesterdays post on Fashion Addict here is how I styled the blonde one into a hime gyaru wig :D

The technique I’m using is pretty much the exact same technique for standard hime style hair but because it’s a wig there’s no fear of damage so you can pretty much go nuts. Or if you are happy to brush out lots of tangles this is a perfectly fine way to style your actual hair.

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As per usual with these I point out that this is just the way I do it and there are lots of other techniques or methods that you could use. I’m certainly not an expert!

So this is the wig to start with, it’s just a plain old multi-tone blonde wig. The cut is layered and it has a light wave to it. As you can see it has very little volume.

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Melbourne Snapshots- Celeste’s Nuffnang Panasian Meet up/Graduation!

Jan 24, 2011 by

This is a special edition of Snapshots which is fairly Celeste-centric because she’s moving away ;_; Nuffnang threw her a going away party which was also the first meet up of the year!

The girl of the day:

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<3 <3 <3

DIY Cupcake Rack Out Of Coat Hangers

Nov 8, 2010 by

I’ve always wanted a cupcake rack… I figure having one will make me less lazy about making cupcakes XD Obviously not the case in reality but I still set about making myself one anyway!

So This is my final product, I didn’t have any cupcakes so James’ scones and a felt cupcake had to do for modeling XD

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Now it’s time to make the bits to hold the cupcake! Take each end of each tier and using the pliers create a spiral like this:

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You want the bottom of the spiral to be flat like a circle so the cupcake base has something to sit on. Then it curves up and around to hold the cake in place.

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Next cut the extra of the pole off the top, I also glued 2 hooks in place there so I could transport it easily. So you end up with something like this:

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Now let’s clean it up a bit. Using yarn I wrapped it around the center pole to disguise all of the glue ^_^

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Then I added some blue trim to make it match the rest!

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Lastly to disguise the joins I added some pretty bows ^_^ I also glued beads to ends of each of the tier to finish them off!

And there we go, finished!

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So there you have it! Very quick and easy to do, if you’re ever having a tea party and you’re in a bind for cupcake displays it’s time to bust out some coat hangers! XD

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What do you guys think?

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Melbourne Manifest 2010 Japanese Fashion Panel

Oct 1, 2010 by

This post has been quite a while coming >_<

Quite a while ago I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Fruits Panel at Manifest. Manifest is a pop culture and anime convention here in Melbourne and this was my first time attending :D

We went on the Friday which is the quietest day. We spent a lot of the day at the One Day in Paradise stall hanging out with Celeste and Marie. It was a great vantage point to see all of the fantastic cosplayers who were walking past! I didn’t get many photos of the cosplayers because I was shy but we got quite a few of the Fruits contestants.

Here are some of the best photos we got during the day…

I had a ball and met a whole bunch of lovely people, totally a fun way to spend a day!

How To Make Hime Gyaru Shoes Bodyline… Take 2!

Sep 23, 2010 by

Following on from yesterday’s tutorial, remember these Bodyline shoes?

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These were the originals:

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So what you need for this Bodyline modification:

  • Shoes (obviously)
  • Fabric to make bows with
  • Ribbon in pink and white
  • Lace
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Flowers

Really you only need all of those things if you’re going to try and make these *exact* shoes. I think that the idea of these tutorials is to show you all that modifying shoes like these is really easy so you can use your imagination on shoes you already have!

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First thing I did was remove the bow on the front.

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I played around for a while with different materials I had before finally deciding on a design.

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I cut a couple of rectangles of fabric to make large bows:

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After folding them:

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Using a small amount of glue I attached the bow to the strap of the shoe and sewed it in place. I also added a piece of white ribbon to this area and attached it to a pink ribbon strap to go around the ankle.

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I then covered the white ribbon with two rows of lace :D

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After taking apart the bows that came with the shoes I noticed that when you removed the bit that was tied around it they were kind of cute. So I added flowers :D You can never have enough flowers!

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After attaching it to cover the join in the ribbons they were all finished :D

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Taadaa!

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And there you have it! $12 shoes turning into something a bit cuter! You’re only ever going to have as good quality as your base is so these shoes are probably not going to last you forever but still not bad right?

I hope some of you feel inspired enough to go do something with your shoes!

Ugh this is reminding me that I need to clean out my shoe collection… it’s getting a little crazy! But there’s pretty much always room for more Bodyline Shoes.

Big Poufy Curly Up Do Hairstyle Tutorial

Aug 12, 2010 by

As promised here is a tutorial on how to do the big poufy curly style up-do thingy that I’ve been wearing a lot lately ^_^

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Btw I’m wearing my new blue lenses from E-Circlelens.netin these photos, the full review is coming soon but I’m excited because I haven’t used blue ones before :D

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So anyway! Curl the bottom 1/3rd of your hair. You don’t need to make the the curls perfectly even or very good because they are all going to get mushed up anyway.

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Like this is fine:

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Continue until you’ve done all of your hair like this…

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Add a little bit of hair spray:

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Get all of your bobby pins ready so you can easily access them.

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Lightly tease/back comb the front section of your hair at the roots. You don’t need to tease very much at all.

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Flip your head upside down! Gently brush the back section of your hair up and forward. Don’t brush the curly ends!

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Grab the hair loosely in one hand like you are making a pony tail.

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Twist it clockwise once.

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Using your other hand grab the ends of one side of the curls. Scrunch upwards to your head.

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As you bring it to your head continue to grab hair around it. Once you actually reach the base of the twisted big, grab hold of it.

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Turn your head up the right way again and you should have something like this…

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See how it’s long on one side and shorter on the side that I did the grabby thing on? Now it’s time for pins!

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Start by pinning around the twist. Don’t just slide pins in, slide them half way then twist and push them in the other direction, this is how you get them to stay in really well!

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Pin it enough to keep it in place by itself:

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Now tidy it up with more pins ^_^ You can create the bubbly waved effect by adding a pin every 5cm or so across the top of your head. This is basically using the curls you made earlier and forcing them into place.

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If you’ve curled it well, you shouldn’t have to do too much work, the curls naturally want to sit like this. The back looks like this:

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Now time for decoration… I added a big bow!

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And I used a bunch of flower pins too :D I just put them randomly all over the place, you can use them to add to the bubbliness on top too because when you add them close to the scalp you will squish the puffier bits down.

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It’s also a good time to touch up any of the major curls ^_^

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Un-clip your fringe and give it a quick go over to ^_^

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Extra hair spray!

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And you’re all finished :D

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This is a really versatile hair style, you can change it completely just by scrunching the hair up in a different position. In this next photo I had it all on one side rather than a couple of curls hanging down, it just depends on your technique. You probably won’t be able to get it to look exactly the same twice but having it slightly different every time is kind of fun XD

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Hope that was easy to follow and you enjoyed it, let me know if you have any questions!

Outfit Of The Day and Web Tinkering

Aug 3, 2010 by

Hello all!

Again due to a couple of unexpected problems I can’t show you the post I was planning to today :( But I promise to put it up as soon as I can and here’s an outfit in the meantime ^_^

A lot of you requested details of my outfit from the Koko Black Meet Upso here they are!

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So in the top links section you will now find that I’ve combined the “Violet Vision” and “Snapshots” pages into one to make it easier to find whatever media you want. I have also added a “Store” link which will take you to the nail art store! I am hoping to update the store this week with a lot of deco projects I’ve been working on so stay tuned there.

Probably most importantly I have re-arranged the “Tutorials” page. Before it was quite difficult to navigate and update but now everything is sorted into categories and in gallery form. This should make it a little easier for everyone and I’ll be able to keep it more current!

I’ve also updated the “About” page. A lot of people have been asking for my Facebook lately so all of that information is there now as well as other social networks you might want to add me on! A while ago I added “Like” buttons at the top of all of the posts too which is pretty fun!

*edit* Oh I completely forgot! I also added the feature so you guys can have avatars in the comments, if you want one you just need to register at Gravatars. Even cooler, I’m trialing CommentLuv. Basically it means that if you have a blog it will automatically link your latest post! Cool huh? I’ve heard that this might slow the site down a bit so just trialing and seeing how it goes. I want to give you guys some blog love though since you’re nice enough to come visit mine!! Let me know what you think! */edit*

Hope you’re all having a great day and let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions on how I could make the site easier for you to use!

Meeting Up At Koko Black Melbourne

Jul 29, 2010 by

Last weekend a whole lot of bloggers met up at Koko Black to eat a whole lot of chocolate. A whole lot of fun followed.

There are a huuuge number of photos from the day, around 30 or so bloggers turned up, each with their own cameras in hand. I’ve put my photos in a gallery here so you can have a look through easily and to avoid this post becoming just full of “…and this is me with ___” I’ve added some of my favorites below ^_^

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Click for larger photos or navigate through the pages at the bottom. To get out of gallery mode just click the photo again.

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This is Sylviaand I, we had been talking online for so long it was almost like meeting an old friend!

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Alice and Ness who I was so happy were able to come! Having a few friends at events like this makes it so much easier to break the ice ^_^

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Bunnywho is the sweetest person I think I’ve ever met!

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Of course Penny and I had to be slightly silly and take photos of each other taking photos because we have the same camera XD Though I deco’d mine this week so it looks slightly more pink and sparkly now XD

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Everyone wrote their blog addresses down so we could catch up with each other again soon, here is the list, please go have a look at their blogs ^_^

I think that’s everyone, if I missed you I’m sorry please let me know in the comments ^_^

I had such a wonderful time and I really hope we can have more events like this soon!

Violet’s Nail Art Store Grand Opening!!

Jul 15, 2010 by

So up until now I’ve been selling nail art on Etsy and privately when someone emails me… but now I’ve officially opened my own store attached to the blog :D

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The first wave of products has been uploaded and they are ready for sale! I’ve been working on this for quite some time so I really hope you enjoy it all. I’m still tweaking a couple of things and updating all of my links so please do let me know if you find any problems!

For now I will be selling just nail art but eventually I will be adding deco’d items and  prints of my art work! I will be taking commissions too so if there is something you would like me to make you please just let me know ^_^

Now let me introduce you to the nails I’ve been working on… These are just small snap shots to give you a taste, to see the full set just click the picture!

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Gigantic Nailart FAQ

Jul 14, 2010 by

Yay time for the Gigantic Nail Art FAQ!

Thanks everyone for sending in so many questions I hope this is helpful to you all ^_^

About Nails In General…

How long do acrylics last?

  • Depending on whether they are professionally done etc they tend to last maybe 3-4 weeks then you will need to get an in fill or a completely new set. This obviously doesn’t include chips or breakages.

How long do stick ons last?

  • If you use good glue they can last around 3 weeks. I think the average for my nails is around 2 weeks.

What are the options for attaching stick on nails?

  • Depending on how long you want them to stay on you can use standard nail glue, nail stickers or double sided nail tape.

Outfit Of The Day Post

Jun 30, 2010 by

Evening, time for a quick outfit post ^_^

As promised here are the outfit photos with the bow I showed you how to make yesterday…

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I love a good patterned pair of tights and these were on sale yay!

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And of course the bow! The fabric is tulle with tiny diamantes stick on. Very pretty ^_^

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And with my Angelic Pretty bag to top it all off!

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I also thought I would show you some close ups of my chocolate inspired nails!

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Delicious right?

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And a close up of the thumbs~

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Every time I look at them it makes me hungry!

Are you all having a good night? I’m working on something really exciting and nail art related right now, I can’t wait to show you all! Thanks for reading about my outfit!

Nuffnang’s Chocolate Tea at The Langham Hotel Melbourne

Jun 22, 2010 by

A few weeks ago I was invited by Nuffnang to attend a chocolate High Tea for fashion and food bloggers at the Aria Bar and Lounge at the Langham Hotel.

I’m not really a fashion or a food blogger but they couldn’t hold a High Tea without me so off James and I trundled across the river to be social!

The place was just spectacular! I felt slightly out of place in somewhere so fancy XD

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I couldn’t believe how many other bloggers turned up! Everyone was so lovely and it was great to put faces to a lot of blogs that I read. I hope we can stay in touch :D

We got to meet the head pastry chef Markus Bohm and let me tell you, he is awesome at his job!

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He even made us personal chocolate and passion fruit souffles!

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I did my nails especially for the occasion with little macaron stickers that Leanne at The Fashionate Traveler sent me! I also did an effect to make them look as if they were dipped in chocolate…

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Jamesgreatly enjoyed himself with his tiny sandwiches…

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This is how he entertained himself:

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It was almost too cute to eat but they were all too delicious not to!

I had such a lovely time meeting new bloggers who (as soon as we get the net switched on at home) I will definitely be catching up with again soon!

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Graceand I are always a model of composure in these situations…

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Yes always…

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Seriously though check out that strawberry thing in front, it’s actually called “Strawberry chocolate Vacherin with Elderberry cream” and it is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

It’s kind of cruel making me relive all these tastes over and over again to write this… I want to go back again Nuffnang!!

Grace, Sarah from 100Datesand I showing that we all process great restraint.

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So much fun! Let’s do something like this again soon, these are meet ups I can get on board with!! I <3 you Nuffnang!

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Have you girls ever done high tea? I can’t wait until we actually have real furniture in our house again so I can invite everyone to tea at my place! Until then, maybe we can go to the Langham Hotel for tea together :D

DIY Faux Fur Trim For Your Jacket

Jun 3, 2010 by

DIY faux fur trim is a bit of a challenge, hell faux fur anything more often than not just ends in a bit of a mess.

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Going from Brisbane to Melbourne is quite the climate change and I knew that moving here I would need a really good big winter coat. So you know those gigantic Jesus Diamante coats that have ridiculous huge faux fur trim and an even bigger price tag of around $2000? I figured I’d just make one myself ^_^

This is that jacket that I started with… nothing fancy just a plain one from Target. Just make sure it’s a nice cut.

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And I turned it into this:

First let’s talk about the right way and the wrong way to cut faux fur. Some people *cough like the lady at the store where I got the fur cough* just hack away at fur in the direction they’re cutting, this leaves an ugly shelf at the end. This also means you’ll be cleaning freaking fur out of everything you own for the next month.

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What you want to do is mark where you need to cut and brush the pile in opposite directions so you have a clean line in which to cut.

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Then you get a nice full pile over the whole backing AND you have to clean much less.

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So anyway what you need to do is cut a piece for each sleeve cuff and the collar. I just used rectangles that I estimated from the jacket’s measurements.

Now use your over locker/serger to seal the edges of all of the pieces. This will prevent fraying and lock the edges of the pile in.

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This is what you end up with…

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Sew the sleeve parts into tubes….

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My jacket was too thick to sew in my machines so everything from this point is hand stitched. First let’s do the sleeves. With the fur inside out shove the end into the sleeve and make sure it all lines up well.

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Use tacking stitches to hold it in place and then sew it.

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Now turn the fur the right way out and pull it up the sleeve. Turn the ends under and then sew that in place too.

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Make sure it’s all secure then repeat on the other side…

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Now time for the collar! My coat had a really nicely cut collar already so I basically just cut a rectangle of fur, folded it in half and then covered the collar. If your coat has a different collar you will need to modify this step Or just attach this kind of rectangular collar to whatever yours actually has ^_^

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To attach it I sewed one side of the fur to the back of the collar of the jacket, right along the seam that was already there. I then folded the fur around to the other side and sewed it along the seam there as well. This means the collar is fur on both sides.

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I added a small pin so I could close the collar even tighter like a scarf if I wanted to. And you end up with this!

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And being worn…

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I tell you what, this jacket has been a godsend here! It’s so warm and the fur makes it extra comfy and warm :D

I *LOVE* it

What do you guys think? Have any of you ever tried to DIY faux fur trim for yourselves?

Decoden Hairbrush!

Jun 1, 2010 by

Today I thought I would show you a few of my latest decoden pieces ^_^

We don’t have the internet at our place yet so I’m keeping everything as updated as I can between free wifi at McDonalds and 3G on my phone. Please don’t stop commenting, I promise every single comment email etc will be answered when I have ADSL again! <3

This was my hair brush which was quite boring but I love it to death.

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I started with the bigger pieces, and played with them until I had an order I liked. I wanted it to have a line down the center of feature pieces.

How To Make Sushi Erasers with Susie

May 17, 2010 by

We had so much fun with our other “Cooking with Susie” sessions that we decided to give it one more episode: Sushi erasers with Susie :D

Because we’re moving, we’ve been trying to spend as much time with our friends up here before we have to say goodbye for a while.

What did we decide to cook? Sushi! Well not really sushi but erasers that are shaped like sushi in a a little kit thingy.

We bought the kit as a present for Susiewhile we were in Singapore so she brought it over to play with.

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Basically it’s a little box that comes with clay and molds and when you put them in the microwave it magically transforms them into erasers. You can read more about it here.

Bad Susie!

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Keep making them until you’ve made all of the pieces!

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This is the reaction you get when you tell two girls that you’re going to eat all their sushi…

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These are some of the parts that will eventually make the wholes: rice, egg and roe! Susie made these ones so they are all perfect.

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This is an example of the crappy ones I made… XD

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Eventually she wouldn’t let me touch the clay anymore because of my shoddy workmanship mwahahaha! This mismatch of skills tends to lead to some jealousy.

But you know all of that can be fixed with our awesome dancing!!

So enough messing around, making sushi is serious business!

Fill the paper container that came in the kit with water and add the sushi pieces.

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Wait patiently for them to come out of the microwave!

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Then dump the pieces into cold water.

Cut out all the bits of paper for the nori wrappers etc!

This is a good point to exchange presents too… Susiemade me this awesome gigantic leopard print bow!! She is so talented and awesome. On the other side of that because I’m an awesome friend I got her…. my love and admiration :P

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And here is our finished sushi!

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Yummy yummy yummy :D Congratulations you have successfully completed a craft project made for children! I will claim that the language barrier was the reason it took us several hours. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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But also even after it’s cooked you probably shouldn’t eat it.

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Thanks for watching Cooking With Susie… and Violet!

Come visit Melbourne soon Susie!!! Let’s start a petition to make her come live in my spare room and do stupid stuff like this all the time?

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Have you ever tried making this sushi erasers kit or any of these fun Japanese stye kits?

Outfit of the day Post- Nuffnang Meet up!

May 12, 2010 by

Ok clearly I haven’t been cam-whoring enough lately because you girls have actually been asking for outfit photos!

I suppose I have been doing a lot of crafts XD

I think it’s because I’m trying to use up a lot of my supplies before we move so I don’t have to bring them with me!

So a couple of weeks ago Nuffnang threw James and I a going-away party :D

This was my outfit for the night…

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I hope you weren’t too distracted from the outfit by the hideous carpet!

Heehee I made a new hair bow from the left overs of the Nuffnang shirt, it says “We <3 Bloggers”!

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Of course it was a fairly small turn out because for some reason Brisbane bloggers don’t like hanging out! We had a blast though! Below left to right is Wouter, me, Tash and James is taking the photo.

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I’ve been trying to take more effort with my make up lately too and try out looks I wouldn’t normally wear. The next day I tried out this purple/pink eyeshadow combination and I really like it!

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I’m loving anything with glitter in it at the moment ^_^

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I’m wearing my green lenses here. I love how much they contrast!

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And one without the flash to show the sparkles:

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The biggest news I have today is that in 10 days James and I are moving down to Melbourne! EXCITING!

What this means is that for the week leading up to leaving and the week we get there I am going to be crazy busy trying to find an apartment and setting everything up there. I’m still going to be posting as usual and I’ll schedule posts for when we’re driving down but it means I won’t be able to reply to comments and emails as quickly as I do now because we won’t have as stable internet.

Don’t worry I promise I will answer every single comment and email eventually, it will just take me a little while!

It’s a really big move for us and hopefully it will lead to lots and lots of really exciting things in the future so please bear with me for now! We are driving all the way down so I’ll bet there are going to be lots of silly road trip photos and videos for you soon :P

Have you guys ever moved city before? It’s a bit scary, I think I need a moving cities outfit ;) Love Violet

Super Cute T-shirt Surgery Tutorial

Apr 29, 2010 by

A few months ago a reader wrote in and asked me to write a t-shirt surgery tutorial.

If you haven’t head of t-shirt surgery it’s basically when you take a plain old t-shirt and you make it into something cooler and more fashionable. There is a community for it here where you can see some fantastic examples.

So anyway when I got the request I didn’t think it was something I would do because I don’t wear t-shirts often… but it stayed in my mind for ages and I kept thinking about it more and more until I had an idea :D When we were in Singapore for the Nuffnang Awards, Nuffnang Australia was lovely enough to give us all shirts. Mine had the slogan “I’m famous (in the blogosphere)” hahaha! I thought it was awesome but they only had large sizes so since then I’ve used it to sleep in… but no more!

Making this…

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From this….

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Into this….

Dolly Eye Make Up Tutorial – Violet Vision

Apr 23, 2010 by

This dolly eye make up tutorial took foreeeeever to upload!

Vimeo is down so the reason the quality is not great is Youtube’s stupid compression rubbish. The sound levels seem to have also been warped so beware, the theme song is super loud but for the rest you might need to turn it all the way up in Youtube and on your computer to hear what I’m saying *_*

I’m working on fixing things as fast as possible but until Vimeo is back online there’s not much I can do!

Aaaaanyway aside from all of the technical junk this video was made as a request on how to do the more involved make up style that I sometimes do. This style is possibly more of the traditional hime gyaru style than my every day make up. I prefer this look with a bolder outfit and definitely with dark circle lenses because my natural eye colour is too light for it to work.

The disclaimer is that I am not an expert in make up techniques, this is just the way I do it when I wear my make up in this style.

Products used:

  • Moisturser- Skin MD
  • Lenses- Candy Violet from e-circlelens.net
  • Foundation- Innoxa
  • Mascara- Bourjois
  • Lashes- some cheap brand
  • Lash glue- Lash Me Type 1
  • Black Shadow- Bourjois
  • White Shadow- Bourjois
  • Shimmer dust- The Face Shop
  • Lip Stain- Bourjois
  • Lip Gloss- Bourjois

If you want to know the product line or numbers used for the dolly eye make up tutorial just let me know :)

Purikura

Apr 21, 2010 by

I have crazy work/moving to Melbourne stuff going on at the moment but I didn’t want to leave you all hanging, so here’s some purikura that James, Susie and I did yesterday!

Susie is full of awesome and she makes the coolest hair bows ever!

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As soon as I have a moment to myself I’m going to take care of a bunch of reader requests and craft tutorials I’ve been planning. I have so much planned and no time >_< I promise lots of awesome things soon though so keep reading!

How a Fake Prada Wallet Stole Several Hours of My Life

Apr 14, 2010 by

This story is a long Prada Wallet related saga.

It’s about a wallet that took over my life for two whole days. It’s a story about greed, a story about recycling, an epic drama about craft… and one Prada wallet.

This silly little thing was the cause of many many hours of my life being wasted:

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So I decided to venture back… and if it was still unsold I would take that as a sign from fate that it was meant to be.

And it was. And I bought it.

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And thus started an obsession that lasted several hours.

I used Twitter to find out more about Prada and how to discern a fake. In the process I had a hilarious conversation with Cheesie and Audand was given lots of advice from others!

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I googled and googled, finding number after number of “Signs to tell it’s real” websites. I’m sure an aficionado of high end brands would have spotted in a moment what I was searching for but as someone who has never handled anything of a high end brand it was an adventure for me. Had I stumbled onto the holy grail of thrift store finds?

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  • Quality of the stitching…Check.
  • Quality of the lining…Check.
  • Leather stamp inside and out…Check

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  • Correct establishment date… Check
  • Correct curve of the “R”… Check

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  • Prada branded zip and closure… FAIL.

Ok so it failed the final test… I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. The day dreams of selling it to pay for a trip to Japan or a puppy suddenly plummeted just like the bank balance of someone who had just bought a real Prada wallet.

But then I thought for a little while… even if it wasn’t going to be buying me a pony it was still quite a nice wallet. I liked the leather even it was a bit dirty, I liked the colour, I liked the size and I liked the idea of having a new cute wallet.

So out came the leather cleaner, glue gun, ribbon and lace… and my new wallet was born!

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I scrubbed the leather clean with a combination of leather cleaner and a moisture sealant to make it nice and tough again.

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I hot glued lace all around the edges on both inside and out to strengthen and disguise the cracked edges.

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I found some matching pink polka dot ribbon in my stash and added accents to cover damage and add strength. I think it accents the card holder spots beautifully.

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And finished off with a bow.

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Even though it turned out to be a fake this pre-loved $5 wallet was worth every penny. It entertained me for two days, it gave me great conversations with my friends online and offline, it brought out my creativity and thriftiness, it sharpened my google-fu skills and it’s now holding all of my money, cards and old receipts. 1 month on, it’s in better condition than when I found it. Now it is the ultimate hime style wallet!

Very pleased!

And my idea is catching on, when I was in Melbourne, Super Kawaii Mamathought the idea was so cool, she re-vamped her old wallet too!

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The verdict= $5 for several days of entertainment and a fantastic wallet is a great deal ^_^

Real Prada wallet or not, I can’t say I really care!

Outfit of the day Post- Visitors!

Apr 2, 2010 by

This is an outfit from earlier in the week when James’ childhood friend came to visit us! Floral Outfit I baked macarons that day which were an unfortunate failure. I was too overambitious and I doubled the ingredients and ended up with… one gigantic tray shaped macaron. Epic fail.

Easy Macaron Recipe – The Adventure Continues…

Mar 24, 2010 by

Macarons… they’ve become a serious obsession now.

I blame Lolita brands for this obsession. If they didn’t keep including them in prints or in sweets deco maybe I could forget about how melt-in-your-mouth-delicious they are… maybe I could ignore the fact that they are incredibly pretty… and maybe I could stop thinking about how I desperately want one for breakfast today with a cup of tea…

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But no!

And so it goes on until one day I got so frustrated I decided to make them myself. I suppose that’s in keeping with the spirit of this blog ^_^

I searched and searched for a recipe. Many were too complicated with things like measuring the temperatures in the room and comparing the humidity to get the correct amounts for different parts of the world!? Macarons are apparently the most fickle of all deserts.

Finally just as I was about to give up a friend sent me a link to Not Quite Nigella’s Recipe. It seemed easy enough but I wasn’t too keen on the idea of pistachio as I wanted James to actually eat them too. I kept searching until I found the Tasted By Two version. Seemed easy enough… and so the experimenting began! After maybe 10 batches I have modified the recipe for our kitchen/temperature/humidity/what ever other ridiculous things macarons are scared of. I am not a baking purist, I just did what worked! These techniques might not work for you but I assure you that my result was freaking awesome :D

So here is everything I’ve learned about macarons and my modified version of the Tasted By Two Recipe:

What you need:

Ingredients for chocolate macarons with chocolate filling-

For the outside bit:

  • 65 grams Almond Meal
  • 80 grams Icing Sugar
  • 40 grams  Caster Sugar
  • 1 table spoon Cocoa Powder
  • 50 grams Egg White at room temperature
  • Oil spray
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • Cooking chocolate
  • Butter
  • Thickened cream
  • Icing sugar

Utensils-

  • Scales
  • Sieve
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric beater
  • Baking trays
  • Spoon etc
  • Piping bag/Small plastic bag

Gather everything together :D

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James doesn’t like chocolate much either so he asked for some blueberry flavored ones.

I used tinned blueberries, crushed them and added to the mixture just before piping.

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This is easy enough, you just need to add slightly more of the dry ingredients to counter the wet of the blueberries. If you’ve made a couple of batches you should be able to roughly guess at what the correct consistency should be.

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My absolute FAVORITE flavor is green tea with pistachio filling. OMG this is seriously awesome. All you need to do is add 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder to the mixture instead of your chocolate powder. I’m using one from Tea2 but any will work.

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Green!

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They all look so pretty!

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When you come back to the macarons the icing should have formed a very slight shell, you should be able to touch the top without getting your finger wet. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. When the oven is ready you can put in the tray and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you should be able to see the little crinkly bottom feet, if not something has gone wrong! Cook for another 4 minutes and then allow them to cool on the bench.

This is a picture of the first time I tried to make them, they weren’t very pretty but you can see the little crinkly feet I’m talking about…

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Leave the macarons to cool while we make the filling.Basically all that is involved in that is melting chocolate in the microwave, adding a little cream, butter and a little icing sugar so it doesn’t go solid again. Very delicious. Be sure to taste it along the way ;)

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The pistachio variation on this is basically crushed pistachios with butter and icing sugar to make a delicious paste:

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Now it’s time to remove the macarons from the tray and turn them over… the bottoms should look like this:

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Below is a good example of failed bottoms. The reason this didn’t work is because they weren’t cooked long enough so the insides were liquidy. They stuck to the (stupid) baking paper and collapsed when being removed. Still tasted good though.

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Take a half and spread some filling on, pop another half on top and you’re done :D

Taadaa! Success!

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And here are the delicious green tea ones:

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So there you have it! No longer will I be a slave to sweets deco and brand prints! Next time I crave macarons I’ll bloody well make some! :D Mine may not be the prettiest ever made but they tasted damn good and nobody complained so I’m happy!

Hope you all enjoyed the adventure as much as I enjoyed eating all of the failed and successful batches of macarons!

Violet’s Top 10

Mar 22, 2010 by

The ever lovely Mitsu over at Universal Doll was wonderful enough to translate some of the Ageha model’s Top 10′s :D

She challenged us all to do it ourselves and after seeing how adorable her Top 10 was I couldn’t resist ^_^

Violet's Top 10

So what is your Top 10 at the moment?

Hime Gyaru FAQ

Mar 17, 2010 by

I’ve been saying I’m going to do this Hime Gyaru FAQ for such a long time now but I just kept putting it off and avoiding it. I find writing things like this very difficult because there is so much about fashion, especially those whose roots are in a different culture, that is subjective. Writing essays on the subject is not something I want to do, I would be much more at home making some hair bows!

Also please note that these are just the conclusions that I have come to from my own research and opinions. I am not the be-all end-all authority on the subject of Hime Gyaru. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, I am just writing in response to the huge number of questions I receive on the subject so I don’t keep having to repeating myself.

About The Hime Gyaru Style:

What is Hime Gyaru?

-Hime Gyaru is a street fashion which originated in Japan. The literal translation of Hime Gyaru (姫ギャル) is Princess Girl. It is a fashion subculture which centers around dressing  and (depending how seriously you take it) living life like a princess.

Big Fat Bodyline Japan Review!

Mar 13, 2010 by

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Quite a while ago I placed an order with Bodyline Japan for quite a few items as a belated Christmas present from James ^_^

A lot of you asked for a review of the items so here it is!

Here is the package that arrived:

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Inside I ordered the following (not the real names but I can’t find half of the things on the site anymore):

James’s mini review of the beannie and hat is “very soft and nice” XD

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Ok let’s do the individual reviews!

Spotty Bow

Price- US$3

Made from average quality ribbon, finished quite nicely.

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On the siteI thought it was a side bow but it’s actually right in the middle, now looking at it I think she’s just wearing it to the side. The plastic band it’s on is a little flimsy.

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Over all: happy with the quality for the price. I’ve worn it several times now.

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Short ruffle socks

Price: US$5

The lace is nylon but it’s still very very soft. The actual socks are incredibly soft. I’m really happy with these especially for the price, they are adorable!

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Music Note Dress

Price: I think it was around US$35-ish I can’t find it on the site now but it was very cheap.

This is the packaging. Something about Bodyline’s international packaging has always made me happy.

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The dress:

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I fell in love with this print. It’s not top notch quality, up close the print gets slightly pixeled and one thing that irritates me is that some of the treble clefs are backwards… but unless you’re staring at it from 2 inches away and are a music nut like me I don’t see it as a reason not to buy.

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The quality of this dress is fantastic for the price plain and simple. No it’s not the same quality as AP or BtSSB but it’s still better than the average dress you would pick up at Supre or even Target. All of the seams are finished well and though there is no lining every stitch is in it’s place. *edit* I also forgot to mention that this jsk comes with bow ties for the back and shirring with ribbon so the size is quite adjustable. The bow ties are not detachable unlike other brands.

The quality of the lace was as good as any brand piece I’ve seen, no nylon at all.

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It came with 2 detachable bows on the collar which I totally love. They are the perfect size to use on my beret or just in my hair. The only problem I had (and this is really nit-picky) was the clips were put on backwards compared with everything else I own so I put them o upside down a few times out of habit ^_^

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Eyelashes:

Price: US$1-3

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I was really happy with the lashes, here in Aus lashes are usually $8-10 which I think is quite unreasonable. These are a great price and decent quality. They also offer many many different styles.

This was my favorite pair:

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Diamantes!

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Shoes with bows

Price: US$37

I can’t express how happy I am with these shoes, they are exactly what I was hoping for! I bought them so I would have good walking shoes for Melbourne, the reason I chose these ones is because the front platform is almost as high as the heel so there isn’t as sever slope as appears. Apart from rolling my ankle once they did their job fantastically and I didn’t have any major dramas.

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I picked the non-shiny version. They are very sturdily made and surprisingly light. I went through two airports with them and didn’t set off security so I imagine they are made of hollow plastic.

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The heels are thick and the bows on the back are so cute!

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One feature I really liked was the fact that the top buckle is on a snap closure. This means when you have ridiculously long nails you won’t have problems with putting your shoes on :D

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The tread on the bottom was a nice touch too that a lot of these style shoes seem to miss out on.

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The only problem is that being white they do scuff quite easily. That’s not a design flaw, it’s just how white shoes are so if you’re going to get some you should get some shoe polish too.

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Stripe Candy Tote bag

Price: US$6

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I was a little disappointed with the colour of this one, on the site it looks like a very pastel blue but in reality it’s about half way between my photos and theirs.

The pattern is so cute!

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For some reason the straps are made from a shiny slightly stretchy almost cheap vinyl fabric. It’s a very strange choice because it feels so much more flimsy than the rest of the bag. That said I used it to carry my heavy laptop to and from Melbourne and all around the place and it still hasn’t broken. It hasn’t broken yet but I still think I want to replace the straps just to be safe.

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It’s lined with pink cotton. For $6 you can’t really go wrong though.

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So what does it all look like on? Well it looks like this…

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The skirt of the dress has lots of room for a good sized petti. Without the petti it is the perfect shape for hime style.

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And co-ordinated slightly differently. Also don’t worry I haven’t forgotten that you all want a tutorial on this hair style, I’m just a bit behind at the moment *_*

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Overall I’m happy with my purchases. I think it was great value for money and I was able to buy a lot more items than I was expecting.

Bodyline had such a stigma in the Lolita community because of quality issues many years ago, since then they’ve worked hard to change their image. Yes you will still find maid style items and no not everything there is good BUT if you are prepared to do your research and study the pictures carefully it can be a great place to pick up well priced lovely items.

I will definitely be ordering from them again :D

Yay Bodyline Japan!

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Circle Lens Tutorial and Review from E-CircleLens

Feb 25, 2010 by

So if you’ve been following my Twitter you’ll be aware that I’ve been testing out Circle Lenses!

So what are circle lenses? Basically they are coloured contact lenses which make your eyes appear bigger, they are very very popular in Asia especially with Hime Gyaru models. I’ve been interested in trying them for like 2 years but never got around to it until now when E-CircleLensoffered to send me some :D

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You can’t imagine how excited I was when I came home from Melbourne to a package from E-CircleLens!

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Inside the package were 3 different lenses, some pamphlets and instructions, 3 cases and a cute little doggie travel kit!

4 Outfit Of The Day Posts for the Price of 1!

Feb 20, 2010 by

That’s right you heard it, 4 outfit posts for the price of 1!

These are some of the outfits I wore while we were in Melbourne! Because were weren’t sure of the weather (which is famously unpredictable)  I focused a lot on layering. With each outfit I’ll give you some tips for dressing well while traveling ^_^

Before we get into the outfits though… I totally want to show you my nails!

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These nails are very much my favorites of all of the sets I’ve ever done!

Basically they are alternating light blue and pink with silver glitter, then white stripes over the top. They have then been decorated with a mix of diamantes, stars, tiny gold/silver balls, and gigantic 3D pearls (look on the blue thumb, gigantic right?). You can’t see a lot of the details here but these babies were spectacular in the light! Doing them reminded me that bigger is definitely better and inspired me to do more insanely big nail art :D Funnily enough because everything was rounded they were one of the least annoying sets I’ve worn because they didn’t catch on anything!

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Outfit Number 1:

Skirt: Angelic Pretty Singlet: Some cheap store Cardigan: Ally Shoes: Bodyline Stockings: Myer Necklace: Little Waltz Hair Bow: Uncaring Kitty Other Jewelery: Random places

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This outfit was for a day that started with a chill in the air and ended being very very hot! This was the day that we flew back to Brisbane so I picked an outfit that was cute but still comfortable enough for the plane. While the skirt is big, it’s not so big that you can’t move easily through the plane’s aisles and the cardigan sits flat so if needed I can add a thin jacket over the top for extra warmth

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With outfits like this, its really all about the accessories! If you took the bows and jewelery away you would have something quite plain but adding the bling makes everything stand out more :D When I travel I will always scrimp on the actual clothes and take a lot more accessories. Something always gets lost or ruined on holiday so I would rather have enough accessories that if I have to re-wear an outfit I can make it look completely different with the accessories!

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Picking pieces that can coordinate with pretty much any outfit is good too, for example, this bow on my hair is a white/cream so I can wear it with any colour dress because it doesn’t have a strong colour.

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Outfit Number 2:

Dress: Target Cardigan: Present from my Mum Blue bow: Angelic Pretty Scarf: Some shop in Bugis in Singapore Beret: Portmans with a bow taken off a Bodyline dress Stockings: Myer Shoes: Bodyline

This outfit is a good example of one that can handle several different temperatures each day. The cardigan has an open weave patten so it breathes in the heat BUT it still provides warmth against a breeze. The scarf is so thin that when worn loose like this you can barely feel it but if it gets chilly you can wrap it several times and stay warm. The beret gives you a chance to rest your hair from all the spray/teasing and keeps you nice and warm, if you get too warm… take it off!

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Outfit Number 3:

Skirt: Vintage from Blue Velvet Vintage Shirt: I think it was from Temp or some store, its just a v-neck t-shirt with a small puff sleeve Cardigan: Myer (I think… it was a gift) Hair accessories: Bows are from a Bodyline dress and the roses were made by me! Blue Bow: Angelic Pretty Stockings: Myer Shoes: Bodyline

This outfit was another example when we didn’t know what the weather would be like, the shirt is pretty enough that if it got too warm I could just lose the cardigan. This was my Chinese New Years/Valentines Day outfit :D

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Outfit Number 4:

Dress: Bodyline Cardigan: Op shop Stockings: Swimmer Jewelery: Little Waltz and some randoms Bow: Uncaring Kitty

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Ok let’s talk about shoes… I took 3 pairs down for the week and the whole time I only ended up wearing these ones. The other two I took were both high heels, what’s the difference? This pair has a platform base on the front so if you actually measure the *real* height difference from your toes to your heals it’s only a few centimeters… this means that I can walk ALL day in them without getting horrible blisters but they still look awesome! I picked them in white because as well as lengthening the look of my legs (with the white stockings) they go with pretty much anything at all :D

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Taking several pairs of different stockings is another way to change your co-ordinates easily without taking up valuable suitcase space. Pattern stocks are awesome for any occasion as long as you pick the pattern carefully. I’m wearing cupcakes for out tea party :D

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So what’s there to take away from this? Small objects can make a big difference to an outfit!

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P.S This is on a completely different note but I am looking for a new hairdresser! If you can recommend anyone in Brisbane (or even Melbourne so I can add to the list of reasons to move) then please let me know. They need to be awesome with colour and possibly extensions because I’m interested in that too. If you’re a hair dresser in Brisbane/Melbourne either leave a comment or contact me at [email protected] <3 <3 <3

Hope you enjoyed the outfits!

Tea Party At Cristina Re!

Feb 19, 2010 by

Recently we held a tea party at the new Cristina Re store and it was so beautifully decorated I couldn’t wait to post the photos!

When we decided to take a trip to Melbourne, the one thing I *really* wanted to do was have a big meet up where I could catch up with all of my blogging friends and everyone else we knew in Melbourne ^_^

SuperKawaiiMama was completely awesome about the idea and organised a tea party for us at the new Cristina Re flagship store. I had only heard of Cristina Re in the sense that she makes the beautiful scrap-booking supplies and stationary and I had no idea that there was a beautiful little cafe attached!

The cafe was decorated with beautiful butterflies:

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We had a great turn out! From left to right below:

Thanks so much to everyone who came to have tea with us at the Cristina Re store! <3 <3 <3

Antiquing? Antiqing? How the hell do you spell that?

Feb 17, 2010 by

I am still spending much too much time having fun here in Melbourne so I’m going to photo spam your a little bit. I promise there are going to be a bunch of tutorials when I get back so you’ll all just have to put up with it :D You guys are totally going to love the photos from the tea party too!

A while ago James and I went antiquing at the Woolloongabba Antiques Center which was a heap of fun!

Basically it’s a gigantic warehouse that has a whole bunch of smaller shops inside it selling all manner of antiques and pretty things.

Here are a few photos from the day!

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I spent so much time looking around at everything, I swear I could lose days in antiques stores :D

Why I love Nuffnang…

Feb 13, 2010 by

This Valentines day Nuffnang is giving it’s bloggers a chance to win a $250 gift voucher, so we thought what better way to spend Valentines Day but together attempting to win enough chocolate to keep us happily blogging away for a whole year. And so…

Once upon a time there were two lonely bloggers… they both loved pink and they both loved sparkles, they both loved anything fancy but they lived 1000 miles away from each other :(

The distance seemed insurmountable. They would never meet on a train, they would never meet at a supermarket… would their sparkly paths ever cross?

And then along came a little blue man… a Nuffnang man! He left them a little trail of digital bread crumbs to lead them to each other…

The bloggers were ecstatic! They finally had someone else to share their pink sparkliness with!

They shared similar academic pursuits…

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And a love of exercise…

Decoden Bling iPhone Case and Latest Projects!

Feb 10, 2010 by

I’m writing this in between frantically packing things for Melbourne so do excuse me if I seem a little rushed but I couldn’t wait to show you my latest deco things!

There are a LOT of photos because I’m really proud of this one!

I bought a new leather phone case for my iphone Ruri and it’s taken me a while to settle on a design but here it is in all it’s glory :D

Le Deco Front:

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Close up of the front:

Last view of the back:

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One of the other projects I’ve done lately is my glasses! That’s right all the hours I spent in front of the screen writing tutorials means I need glasses >_<

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But how damn cute did they turn out?

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Lastly if you were following me on Twitter you would have heard that I lost my absolute favorite scarf ever on the weekend :( I keep it tied to my hand bag and it fell off somewhere in a shopping centre, I didn’t even realize until we got home :(

But the good part of that is that I got to go scarf shopping again :D

What I bought:

Cute red scarf to match my bag- $3 from Footprints Op shop

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Hand Painted silk scarf from the Salvos- $2

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Yay for new things! I also got a very interesting wallet at the same shop but that’s reserved for another post ^_^ I love op shops!

Hope you enjoyed my deco spam, I promise I’ll reply to all of your lovely comments as soon as I get a second to relax and ‘ll update again once we’re in Melbourne <3

Outfit Of The Day Post!

Jan 21, 2010 by

Morning everyone! I’m working on some really big projects at the moment so today’s post is an outfit post ^_^

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This was my outfit for James’ brother’s birthday. I love this dress because it’s so versatile!

Shoes- Modified by me

Cameo on necklace- Little Waltz

Cardigan- From an op-shop

Jacket (seen below)- Peter Alexander

Other jewelery/hair stuff- Random places/made by me

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I wish it was winter again so I could wear this more! It’s so nice and soft :D

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Balloons make such pretty photos, I want to get like 1000 of them one day and just take photos… or more realistically make James take photos :D

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And these were my nails for the day. I didn’t have time to finish them but not bad for a rush job none the less :D

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Right now back to work on some special projects for you guys! What are you all working on this week? What’s your favorite outfit at the moment?

How To Make Bunny Slippers Out of Old Socks

Jan 18, 2010 by

Today I’m going to show you how I went about making bunny slippers out of house hold items, trust me it’s not as hard as you think!

This post is for Eszwho is awesome and won the name my camera competition. She asked for a post about how I turn something ordinary into something awesomely cute. I thought what better than turning something old and useless into something cute?

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So today’s tutorial is going to be about how to turn some old socks and a pillow into…  cute bunny slippers!

UPDATE! Check out the free downloadable restyled version of this craft tutorial here in my gallery!

 

What you need for this version of making bunny slippers:

-3 old knee high socks -1 pair of old ankle socks -Cardboard -Old pillow -Pen -Scissors -Needle and thread DSC_0405_100118_6249 copy

First put your foot on the cardboard and trace around it with your pen.

What do you think?

Thanks again Esz, I hope you like it :D Let me know if any of you give making bunny slippers a try!

Grand Opening Of Violet’s Nailart Store

Jan 7, 2010 by

Well this week has been all about nail art hasn’t it?

Today I’m happy to announce the grand opening of my nail art for sale section ^_^

Scroll down to see some of the false nails I’ve got for sale or scroll to the bottom to see how to order!

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Set 1. Princess Pink Nail Art

Nuffnang Christmas Party 09

Dec 23, 2009 by

So while I was away the Nuffnang Christmas Party was held and my gosh did we party!

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The night started off with me being in a grumpy mood because I couldn’t get my hair or outfit to work :( I had planned to do this huge awesome gigantic ball of hair but it didn’t go so well so I desperately had to scrape it into hime style in like 2 minutes before we left ;_;

Part 1 of Setting Up Your Blogging Space- Inspiration – Day 6

Dec 12, 2009 by

I’ve had a lot of questions about the mechanics of blogging lately so I’ve decided to make a series of posts with tips on setting up your blogging space ^_^

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Christmas Decorating on a Budget – Day 5

Dec 11, 2009 by

Today’s post is all about Christmas decorating on a budget, it’s so much fun finding new ways to make things pretty without spending a fortune ^_^

It’s getting quite close to Christmas now and I still haven’t bought any gifts! I think all the uni and school students are on holidays and the shops are packed!

I’m not huge on Christmas, to be honest if I didn’t have family obligations I probably wouldn’t celebrate it… but it is fun to decorate things and I don’t exactly say no to the presents XD

But the problem this year is that with saving for our own house I am on a super strict budget and decorating isn’t really a part of that.

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All of my decorations are packed up, the only thing I could find was my tree…

Get some fabric scraps…

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And cover that ugly plastic base!

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Much better :D

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Hmm…

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Where can I find supplies? I know! The bathroom! It’s time to raid my jewelery supplies and hair accessories :D

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Perfect for decorating: bracelets, necklaces, hair roses and more pearls!

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And a gigantic Angelic Pretty hair bow!

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Add the bow to the base…

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Take some of your pearls and start clipping them from branch to branch.

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Add more and more necklaces and then bracelets to the other branches.

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Keep adding until you run out of jewelery!

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If you have hair roses, clip them to the ends of the branches so they sit on the ends like they are growing out of the tree ^_^

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Almost finished but…

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The finishing touch… it needs a star!

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Add a hair bow and you’re done!

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Didn’t cost a cent and all of the pretty jewelery you’ve been collecting for years is displayed beautifully for the holidays.

Now if you want it to be even more pretty and you have some shiny beads (or a couple of dollars to buy these ones from Borders) then you can add even more…

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I love these jewels, I think once Christmas is over I’ll make a bracelet with them!

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I also found some pink baubles at a discount store for $2.

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After lots of decorating it all comes together in the end…

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Voila!

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Of course it will look different depending on what kind of jewelery you have but the possibilities are endless :)

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And it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if you can do it with someone you love like a very handsome photographer!

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Do you all have special holiday traditions?

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How To Repair Old Slippers -Day 3

Dec 9, 2009 by

I’m super tired tonight so I’ve just got a mini tutorial on repairing old slippers for you all :)

I’ve been a little obsessed with slippers lately so I’ve got 2 tutorials planed that revolve around slippers. It’s probably because I spend so much time at home but I think a good pair of slippers are a very important part of a girl’s wardrobe ^_^

It takes me a long time to choose slippers (more on that in my next slippers post!) and when I finally find a pair that I like I have a hard time giving them up, I’m the kind of person that will wear them until they literally fall apart! I’m also quite thrifty so at times when money is tight I am all for repairing and reusing anything I can possibly fix.

So I have this cute pair of slippers but…

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The soles are all gross and worn out. There is even a small hole!

So what you need for this version of repairing old slippers:

Enjoy!

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Bonus outfit post:

Jsk- Angelic Pretty Stockings- Myer Slippers- Bras n things Hair things: some junk store

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See you all tomorrow when I’m not half asleep! Let me know if you ever give repairing old slippers this way a try!

How to Apply Individual Eyelashes – Day 2

Dec 8, 2009 by

Quite a while ago I was sent a bunch of 1000 hour individual eyelashes to test out:

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To be honest I wasn’t really thrilled about the idea of individual lashes, it sounded like an awful lot of unnecessary effort to me. I mean who really wants to apply full eyelid’s worth lash by lash? Who has time for that either? It wasn’t until I did a bit of a rethink and took some inspiration from the lovely SuperKawaiiMama that I got some inspiration.

How To Store Headbands Cutely – Day 1

Dec 7, 2009 by

Why aren’t there more options for headband storage?

If you are anything like me you have a billion alice bands/head bands/what ever you call a bow on a rigid frame that goes on your head… and as adorable as they look they are really annoying to store!

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They get tangled and if you just throw them in a drawer it’s hard to see which is which! So here is my solution, I’m going to make a gigantic roll shaped like a cute piece of candy to hold them all :D

ACEO Friday!

Nov 20, 2009 by

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Ok so this technically isn’t an ACEO but I just finished it so too bad you can all look at it XD

This one started as a joke between the hilarious Nixxy (if you love nail polish you should totally check out her blog!) and I. At the time I had just been told I might have Lupus so I decided that if someone asked me what Lupus was I would just tell them I was a werewolf :D This led to a discussion about a Hime style werewolf terrorizing the town in search of brand and diamantes!

I probably should have spent a bit more time on this, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. I think it needs a lot more details and fine tuning. It really was quite a quick sketch… I’ve just been to lazy/busy to finish it!

So if you wake in the dead of night and the moon is full, listen closely you might hear the lone hime wolf’s cry of… “Jesuuuuuuuus Diiiimaaaaaaaaaaanteeeeeeeeeee! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Real ACEOs next time… maybe ;)

Nuffnang Awards Outfit Of The Day

Nov 9, 2009 by

Well as promised here is my outfit for the Nuffnang awards in all of it’s minute details!

I put so much time and effort into this outfit that I think it deserves it’s own post if only for my records heeheee!

The dress:

I was so torn on what dress design to go with. I wanted something Hime Gyaru obviously but I wanted it to also feel like I was wearing a million dollars rather than something I’d made. Originally I wanted to buy a dress but I couldn’t find anything I liked so I improvised.

This is how it all started out:

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I cut one of my basic patterns out of a stretch cream satin for lining.

Anyway these were $40 marked down from around $170. Before decoration…

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After decoration… Notice the pleated ribbon again ;)

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Detail shot: Yep I’m so detailed obsessed that I glued diamantes to the buckles ^_^

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The real shoes

Now this is how the shoes I actually wore started out… On sale for $30 originally like $150ish.

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After the Violet treatment…

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They are so pretty but holy bajeebus are they painful! Seriously I think I hobbled around for half the night but it was totally worth it XD

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Detail shot:

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Interestingly enough these shoes tested by deco abilities. I couldn’t use plain old epoxy glue because it was too brittle, every time I put on the shoes a bunch of jewels cracked off. So I came up with the solution of glueing with epoxy first and then doing 3 top coats of plain old craft tacky glue. This gave it the flexibility to move with my feet :D Totally interesting right?

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The nails

I didn’t get too many detail shots of my nails because I completely forgot about them ^_^ The are a pink base with a touch of glitter, white lace with ceramic flowers in pink and white on the very tips. The white lace even has little roses on it!

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Funny story- I ran out of nail glue so I had to rush and get some for the flowers. They didn’t have my usual brand so I just grabbed one marked “Professional”. Turns out what they meant by “proffessional” was actually “rubbish and doesn’t stick to anything”. This lead to all kind of shenanigans with little roses flying off and having to dig around under heavy cabinets to get them back before the night. Lesson: Once you find a good nail glue stick with it!

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Thought I’d show you my other nails for the trip while I’m here :) These are blue and blue glitter stripes with silver tips and blue/silver diamantes.

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Some of the small diamantes are heart shaped.

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The jewelery

My choker, brooch and one of my bracelets were all custom made by the beautiful Celeste from Little Waltz. I commissioned Celestewith a jumble of ideas even before I had a dress and she made the most beautiful pieces for me!

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This was the package that arrived from Little Waltz. Everything was packed super well.

The choker is pink pearls with a silver crown backing and a large flower over the top. There is a little chain with more pearls hanging down. The brooch has Swarofsky crystals dangling down in a vintage metal base and a beautiful pink cameo. She also included 2 absolutely beautiful bracelets with diamantes and little bells which jingle whenever I move. When I wear them I feel like a fairy!

I would absolutely recommend Little Waltzfor anyone needing custom or off the shelf jewelery, the designs are wonderful and the craftsmanship is just beautiful. Celeste handled all my panicky emails wonderfully and couldn’t have been easier to work with! The craftsmanship on the jewelery is immaculate and the prices were really reasonable, I’d give it all a 10/10!

The face

I decided to keep my make up fairly simple for the night with some false lashes and a hint of pink eye shadow. Lip gloss was of course a must too! 1000 Hoursent me some lashes to test out so I decided it was the perfect night to take one of the sets for a test run.

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This was the set I was wearing, “Wild Damsel” you can buy them at Priceline for RRP $8.95. I used a different glue because of my allergy.

Of course here are some shots of them in action…

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I found the application of these to be very easy, they held their shape quite well so it wasn’t a pain to reuse them next time. They were very easy to clean with warm water and with the help of my heated curler they were the perfect shape. I think if you wanted them more or less curled it would be quite easy to achieve. 1000 Hour sent me a couple of other products so I’ll be reviewing them soon for you all too!

Shot to see the length…

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Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’ll be back to blogging as normal now that most of the move is out of the way :D

Hope to see you all at the next Nuffnang Awards next year!

SUPER GIRLY PRINCESS VIDEO TIME

Nov 2, 2009 by

It’s princess video time ^_^

So remember when I said that I’d have a surprise when I reached 100 followers? Well today I reached 109! How exciting! My surprise is I’m going to start video blogging :D

Because I’m still working on some real videos I thought I’d share with you a video of the fun Candice aka Super Kawaii Mama had while we were over in Singapore. This is why I was holding back the photos of us over the weekend. It’s so funny when you meet someone for the first time and feel like you’ve known them for years, I couldn’t have asked for better traveling buddies ^_^

So enjoy and let me know what you want to see in my future videos ;)

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed the silly princess video!

The Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards

Oct 29, 2009 by

Hey everyone, I’ve recovered a little bit now so I wanted to show you what I got up to on the night of the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards!

I’m going to do another post tomorrow with all of the other days, this is just about the awards night it’s self. I had the time of my life and it was so wonderful meeting everyone in person!

So on to what you’ve all been waiting for…

That night we gave ourselves 2 hours to get ready. I didn’t want to rush at all I just wanted to chill out and enjoy myself.

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Everything went really smoothly. My theme for the night was flowers and the jewelery that Celeste from Little Waltz made for me suited everything beautifully! I’m going to do a blow by blow of the whole outfit in another post because other than the jewelery I made everything myself!

Outfit Of The Day Post

Sep 28, 2009 by

This was my outfit for dinner the other night.

I hadn’t tried doing the bow hair style for a while but it works muuuch better now my hair has grown a bit. My bow is giant!

Outfit details: Skirt- Hand made Top- $2 pink tank top from an opshop Cardigan- Free from my mum Jewelery- Random stuff from Diva/Annie K Stocking- Myer Shoes- Modified from Payless or somewhere

It’s Krrunch Time ;)

Sep 24, 2009 by

Evening everyone! Nuffnang is having another competition to win tickets to the Regional Blog Awards.

For those who haven’t heard of the competition it’s basically to show how fun Pringles are and you have to use the word “Krrunch” in place of the word “fun”.

Anyway this is my entry, I hope you enjoy it!

Today has been a very boring day :(

There is absolutely nothing to do. It’s my day off so there’s not even any work to keep me occupied.

Hime Gyaru Hairstyle Tutorial and Rollers Tutorial

Sep 21, 2009 by

Morning everyone, I’m sure a lot of you remember I did a tutorial on how to create a hime hair style

Well after doing it every day for the last year or so I’ve developed some short cuts and easier ways of doing things. So I decided to made a revised tutorial and include the information about hot rollers in the bottom. The best part about this version is that there is very little teasing involved so very little damage :D

We are going to end up with this: Now the secret to being able to do this style of hair with minimum teasing/damage is having something to stick in the middle to hold everything up. I borrowed this idea from Super Kawaii Mama’s video on 1960′s beehives. You need something to hold the center shape and a ratty old hair extension.

Hime Gyaru Craft on a Budget

Sep 14, 2009 by

If you’re interested in them, you probably know how expensive Hime Gyaru styles can be.

Dresses at Jesus Diamante go on average for $700 and then there are shoes, accessories, hair pieces, make up supplies and all the rest that goes into such a detailed look. A lot of being a Princess is in the details and details can be expensive!

But I am a firm believer that people should be in control of their own budgets and if you want something bad enough you’ll make it happen. I know that it can be tempting but I am not the kind of girl who will spend her rent budget on a pretty dress! That’s why when I want something before I’ll buy it, I will toss up whether it’s worth making it. I’m not saying I don’t love brand to death but I love my $2 store as well ;)

So the other week James and I took a trip to Lincraft, our local craft supplies/fabric store for supplies to make some new accessories. James found some 3D glasses that some kid had left behind… stylish no?

He looks like such a ladies man holding all of my craft supplies XD

Outfit of the Day and Preview of Hair Tutorial

Sep 2, 2009 by

So outfit post! This outfit was from last week before I ruined my hair.

How are you all doing? I’m very excited today, I can’t tell you why yet but it’s exciting! As soon as I sort out the details I’ll let you all know :D

 

Skirt- Angelic Pretty Everything else- Random off brand junk. I do looove those shoes.

Hime Gyaru Tutorial – Sewing A Shopping Bag

Aug 31, 2009 by

Today I’ve got a quick and easy tutorial for you, a hime gyaru shopping bag.

Well even with the best laid intentions I didn’t have a particularly awesome weekend. In fact I would go so far as to say it sucked. I’m not going to get in to everything here but the one thing I will mention is my horrible hair dye mishap. I had been planning to give you all 2 hair tutorials this week but after the hair incident (which left me a strange ashy blonde with completely different coloured roots) you’ll have to wait for my hair to rest for a few days so I can dye it again hopefully back to normal.

So anyway instead of a hair tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a pretty shopping bag. I believe that as many aspects of my life as possible should be filled with beautiful things. It follows fairly easily that I don’t like plain old grey shopping bags. After reading THIStutorial on Craftster I was inspired to make my own portable, reusable, beautiful bag ^_^ Mine is quite different than the original because I wasn’t reading the pattern as I was going so it folds differently.

Let’s get started then! Here is what you will need for the shopping bag:

-Fabric for the bag (and lining fabric if you decide to use it, I didn’t and it’s perfectly sturdy) -Plastic bag for pattern -Lace, pearls or other decorations

Cut the seams off the plastic bag at the top and bottom.

New Nail Art Leopard Print

Aug 26, 2009 by

Hello again, I thought you might like to see my new nail art ^_^

Firstly I want to say thank you for the overwhelming response to my last post! You are all very sweet and your lovely comments really made my week! You guys all rock!

But down to business… I bet you were all wondering what kind of design I had on my nails in those pictures…

Well here they are in all their glory!

How to Turn $10 into about $700 Hime Gyaru Dress Style… Nuffnang Comp Entry!

Aug 24, 2009 by

This is the story of how I made a Hime Gyaru style dress for $10.

Ok ok ok ok ok ok so you were all waiting on the edge of your seats for this post right? I’ve received a surprising number of messages from you all desperate to know what I did… well here it is!

In my previous post I mentioned this competition at my advertising company Nuffnang (who rock). The general jist of the competition is that they sent us all a $10 Coles Myer Gift voucher and the blogger who spends it in the most creative or frugal way wins a voucher for $100.

Here is the story of what I did…

One night I was busy dreaming about how much I love clothes that make me feel like a princess. I love Hime Gyaru fashion and most of all I love Jesus Diamante clothing… but it’s notoriously expensive ;_; Dresses can cost as much as $1000 which a poor little graphic designer like me just can’t afford…

Blonde and at Greazefest

Aug 7, 2009 by

Evening all! Excuse if this post is a little all over the place, my brain is fried from looking at code for the last 3 days. Yes I know today is supposed to be ACEO Friday but I’m so behind on posting I thought I’d scrap it this week and show you some photos from last weekend.

James and I went to Greazefest!

What’s Greazefest? Well it’s a Kustom Kulture expo, basically full of classic cars, Rockabilly/Psychobilly music and 50-60′s culture! We go every year and it’s fantastic. These are the type of cars that you can expect to see at a Kustom Kulture expo:

I spent a lot of the day posing for photos with the “normal” people, very funny as I was wearing Hime Gyaru fashion not Rockabilly ^_^ Ah they are a bit similar so everyone assumes.

Don’t worry I’m still blogging, I haven’t forgotten about you!

Aug 4, 2009 by

Yes this is one of those annoying times when real life gets in the way of internet life. So what’s getting in the way? Well work mostly. We’re at a crazy point right now with a lot of projects finishing and starting at the same time so I’ve been working for like 15 hours a day, not very fun even when you have an awesome job. At the same time I’m learning to code iPhone applications (which hopefully you all will eventually benefit from!) which is hard work but fun. And on top of that for a limited time only I’m taking very cheap art commissions for some extra play money (interested? Email [email protected])

Mochi Strawberry Daifuku Recipe Tutorial of Awesome

Jul 27, 2009 by

I hope you’re all ready for a no fuss mochi recipe!

Ok first off let me say that there are a bajillion photos ahead so if you’re on dial up this may not be the post for you… Now without further ado let me present….

Cooking with Violet and Susie!

Today on the Cooking with Violet and Susie show we will be preparing Mochi which will then be made into Strawberry Daifuku (also known as the yummiest thing on earth).

Outfit of the Day, dinner and Pink Gundams

Jul 20, 2009 by

Ok so you all kind of saw this outfit last week but oh well, I thought I’d post these anyway!

James bought himself some new lights for his photography and wanted to test them out, who better to pose ;)

My Hime Gyaru Inspirations…

Jul 15, 2009 by

Well I’ve had quite a few questions about what inspires me to do the things I do and clothes I wear. I’ve been asked what blogs I read too so I thought I’d use today’s post to give a bit of a shout out to people I admire and my favorite things! This is going to be a pretty long post because I have a lot of wonderful people to talk about, at the end there are random facts about me you didn’t know so keep reading!

BLONDE Hair and new nails :D

Jul 13, 2009 by

Yes that’s right I’m blonde now… I finally took the plunge!

All I’ve got at the moment are crappy cell phone pics because I was sick all weekend *again*

I was aiming for Ageha caramel blonde. It looks a lot lighter than this in the light…

Unfortunately after bleaching for an hour and a half the black tips were so strong that they are still dark brown, it looks like cool gradation though… so hmm… I totally cant decide whether
I like it or if I want to just dye it back to red again. So I’ve created a poll for you to vote on in my left side bar :D

Nail Art and Hair

Jun 29, 2009 by

Hello lovely readers time for more nail art!

Today I’m getting back to my roots and showing you the nail art I was talking about last post. Very Hime-style and very over the top :D Exactly my style.

It’s been ages since I’ve done something this 3-d but I just couldn’t resist using these pretty flowers that I ordered a while ago.

Decoden Mask- How to look stylish while being terribly ill…

Jun 24, 2009 by

So as I’m sure you all know by now I’ve been sick with the icky flu for the last week or so… Well I’m not one to sit around and do nothing while I’m feeling gross. When I’m feeling my worst I cheer myself up by trying to look my best!

Now as you’ve probably seen everyone is freaking out about the H1N1 Swine Flu. Personally I think that people are over reacting, I mean last year the normal flu killed 3,000 people in Australia, so far Swine Flu has only killed 2 and they were both very sick with other things beforehand.

Either way I don’t think it demands that people wear flu masks everywhere and cancel large events but people are panicking so in the event of being forced to wear these I decided to make mine pretty!

Well I’ve had my fun I have to get back to work. I give lots of virtual tea and chicken soup to everyone reading this who has the flu, get some rest and rug up nice and tight!

Feel better :D

Back! Outfit of the day, the world of Violet’s Shoes (Mini Tutorial)

Jun 22, 2009 by

Outfit time!

Firstly thank you all for your well wishes while I’ve been ill! It made me feel much better every morning to wake up to everyone’s lovely comments :) I’m all rested up now and should be fine to blog 3 times a week again!

Now a couple of people have asked me how I did this. It really couldn’t be simpler.

Step 1. Buy cute simple shoes on sale. Step 2. Buy matching flowers. Step 3. Get some thread and a needle and sew the flowers on to the shoes. Note, don’t sew through the leather just in case you ever change your mind! Step 4. Enjoy your new awesomely cute Hime-Style shoes :D

See easy…

Lastly are any of you guys who use Nuffnang having problems when you log in? I can log in but I my stats won’t seem to show up… Just wanted to know if I’m the only one before I go and bug tech support!

Anyway it’s good to be back! Hope you enjoyed the outfit post ^_^

Outfit of the day, now with 50% more cake!

Jun 9, 2009 by

Currently this is my faaavorite outfit!

Most of that has to do with the fact that it includes my awesome shoes! They were on sale, so I bought them and added flowers to make them Hime style. Much cuter!

Keitai

May 27, 2009 by


Lately everyone on Ricoche has been posting Keitai photos.

These are photos which are taken by your cell phone in a mirror (or as extrapolated by the forum by a normal camera as long as your cell phone is somewhere in shot as Keitai is just Japanese for phone).

So here is my Keitai pose haha, what do you think? Check out the other girls over at Ricoche here: http://www.ricoche.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=183

By the way everyone… TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY! Everyone be nice to me and buy me lots of presents!

:P

Now show me your Keitai!

Hime Gyaru Inspiration

May 18, 2009 by

*edit* Image removed as I couldn’t find the original owner.

I want her hair and her dress. I still really want to get curled hair extensions! I don’t think I could ever have my hair naturally this long again, I had it like this for about 4 years and it was so hot and heavy that I really want the ability to take it off when I feel like it. Also I totally want a nice wrap… and a strawberry crepe. Yummy.

Ah the things I would buy if I were back in Japan! Who wants to buy my ticket? ;)

Outfit of the day Post!

May 13, 2009 by

Just a casual outfit post today.

This is basically what I wear when we meet clients or if I have to tone things down for any reason.

Basically it’s just my plain shoes, a dress and a cardigan to make it more conservative. I really like my hair like this though.

It’s good on a hot day!

I tend to monochrome a lot lately, what do you wear for your casual outfit?

Strapya World Review (and feature news)

May 6, 2009 by

Japanese export site Strapya World Review.

Hello everyone and welcome to my first shop review! Be warned this is a big post with LOTS of pictures. I thought long and hard about which shop to review first but all the online spending that my K-Rudd Stimulus Money let me do gave me an idea! Everyone is always asking where I get my deco supplies from so here is a review on…

Strapya World!

Now a little background info:

Shop- Strapya-World Url- https://www.strapya-world.com/index.html Location- Japan

Products- Decoden supplies, little fake foods, cell phone straps, Disney and Hello Kitty accessories, random Japanese kitschy junk.

Prices- Well it’s a bit hard to compare as it depends on the exchange rate. Prices are in Japanese Yen. You’re paying more than you’d actually pay in Japan but most of the prices are still quite reasonable as long as your exchange rate doesn’t suck as hard as the Australian Dollar.

Seaside trip.

May 4, 2009 by

The best seaside trips are close to home.

On the weekend James and I went on a seaside trip… like 2 blocks away from our house at the foreshore. Lots of photos ensue!

RAWR! I AM BEACH GIRL WHO LIVES ON MUD FLATS! RAWR!

Outfit of the day post!

Apr 13, 2009 by

An outfit of purple flowers and black accents.

Hmm blur-tastic. This was taken before the good camera but I’m lazy, too lazy to crop new photos right now.

I had a great Easter/Chocolate day yesterday, we went to James’ parents house for lunch.

It’s been a loooong week, I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot though. Blue Crane Design is chugging along nicely.

I’ve been having a lot of fun finding little accessories which can be hime-ified in normal shops. With the terrible exchange rate at the moment I haven’t been able to order anything from Japan. There are a surprising amount of things which can be used in the main stream shops though.

Shops like Diva and Equip and Cosmetics Plus (the most awesome shop ever) have all kinds of things in at the moment like fake flowers and pearls.

The recession has a positive side for scrupulous shoppers like me! With all of these places going into receivership and closing down there are lots of bargains to be had :D

Btw have any of the Australians reading this gotten their Rudd Money yet? Will you be being safe or getting new outfits?

EPIC cupcake…

Apr 7, 2009 by

I do love cupcakes, I like epic cupcakes even more.

Last week on Ricoche (a gal forum) Brenli and I were discussing my lack of skills cooking. Specifically this photo:
Now I am a terrible cook, just ask James he has to eat my terrible food and try to smile why he’s doing it! Anyway the story goes my cupcakes fail but Brenli had seem similar fail turned into cute little Octopus cakes. My cupcakes decided to become a sea!

I present epic cupcake sea madness!

Hime Gyaru Shoes, now with 20% more bows.

Apr 2, 2009 by

So you guys remember how much I LOVED these hime shoes from Jesus Diamante?

Ah well I can’t afford the $120904 they cost but I was inspired enough to transform some shoes I already had into something vaguely similar…

Ok it’s not exactly the ultimate hime shoe replica but still cute :D I freaking love them! They are the most comfortable heels ever.

Hime Gyaru Inspiration

Apr 1, 2009 by

Time for a little bit more Hime Gyaru inspiration.

*drool* I want these shoes so badly! The only thing I would change about these babies is the lack of straps. For some reason I can’t seem to keep shoes without straps on. It’s weird, maybe I have odd feet!

I would love to have more high heels like this, though at the moment what I really need is a nice pink pair that I can customize into Hime style.

Hmm I wish all the beautiful Hime stores shipped overseas, I think I might have a look at BtSSB for some easily accessible eye candy!

What is your inspiration this week?

Meet Ruri the decoden iphone 3g case…

Mar 25, 2009 by

Yay for deco iphone  3g case!

Heehee I finally got an iPhone! Yay lots of fun, the most fun part is deco-ing it!

What do you think? I ran out of jewels :( I’ll order more soon to finish her. Her name is Ruri btw :D Props if you get the reference!

 

Do you have a deco iphone?

Super Glue- Ok but tends to warp the surface of whatever you’re adding your jewels to. Again good for a quick fix but I wouldn’t bother if you want them to stay on permanently.

Self Stick jewels/sticking sheets- These tend to be ok but you should expect them to come off eventually when the jewel gets bumped around and wriggles off the sticky paper. This is the best option if you would like to change your jewels often.

Epoxy Glue- THE BEST GLUE EVER. Ok there seems to be some kind of confusion over exactly what epoxy glue is… basically it comes in two seperate tubes and you add equal parts of it together and then it hardens at varying speeds depending on what type you buy. This guy is awesome. It doesn’t damage your items, it dries clear, there are varieties with different drying times depending on how confident you are with your deco skills and I have NEVER lost a jewel after I’ve glued it. It is available from hardware stores but I get mine at the $2 store near my house.

So the winner is- Epoxy glue! Hurrah!

*Update* Readers have suggested that E600 glue might be even better than epoxy, I don’t have any but when I test it out I’ll let you all know! */Update*

Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial

Mar 20, 2009 by

Welcome to my Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS  HIME GYARU HAIR TUTORIAL HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE. The version below is achieved by teasing your hair, if you don’t want to tease it click here for the other version. This is also only one way to do this style. I have done several others so please check the tutorial section for videos etc.

Please note that there are a LOT of photos so dial-up users beware!

Uninformative Hime Gyaru Style Acrylic Nail Tutorial…

Mar 16, 2009 by

This is a very uninformative acrylic nail tutorial.

I apologize in advance for my crappy camera work on this, it’s hard to hold a cell phone camera in one hand while doing acrylic nails with the other *_*

I am really not very good at writing tutorials but people are always asking about how I do my nails so I thought I’d give it another go. Please note that this really is just a rough guide, it’s not comprehensive, it’s just what I do!

Onwards to the acrylic nail tutorial.

Firstly you should get all of your materials together. I get all of my things together on a tray table so I can do it on the couch and be nice and comfy.

Hair Extensions

Mar 11, 2009 by

I found hair extensions that actually match my hair :D:D:D

That’s right! Now I can have massive Hime Gyaru curls too!

What do you guys think? Worth the $5 I spent on them?

Tartan Hime Gyaru Inspirations

Mar 9, 2009 by

Today it’s time for Hime Gyaru inspiration.

God I love Jesus Diamante! I just can’t wait until I can get into that store for real and spend it up! Then again I think most of my money is going to be blown in AP or yummy food shops.

Mmm I can’t wait for those yummy pieces of meat on a stick and the deep fried dough balls.

I’m really into tartan at the moment, it’s nice to see Hime Gyaru without a pink overload! I think I’m going to make some little bows like this tonight. Man I need more cardigans to decorate!

What are your favorite inspirations from this week?

About Decoden…

Mar 2, 2009 by

A little about decoden

I freaking love deco! It’s one of my favorite pass times right now. Here are some of my creations and tips, at the bottom are some decoden designs that I love, want or want to make myself!

Latest nail art style!

Feb 23, 2009 by

Here’s this month’s nail art style. It’s quite girly and blingy.


I love these nails, they’re my favorites so far! They have a pink base with black tips. The large jewels were put on first then the multi-coloured jewels and little balls to fill in the gaps. The last stage was the gold argyle pattern on the pink bits. Very sparkly and very attention grabbing!

I love this kind of nail art, super bling for the win!

The Ultimate Decadence- Oil Painting

Feb 5, 2009 by

I haven’t been painting as much as I’d like but this is an older one of mine. Yay for oil painting.

Oil on Canvas.

I just love Rococo fashions, they really were the height of crazy decadence. I love the idea of swanning around my mansion in a fluffy dress with 20 people just to dress me and another 20 to make my hot chocolate. What girl wouldn’t? Though I think it would make me very uncomfortable if all those people were just waiting around for me XD

I can understand why there is such an influence in Hime Gyaru and Lolita fashion though! I should do some more oil painting.

Decoden Pill Box

Jan 29, 2009 by

As part of James’ Christmas present to me he placed an order to Strapya World for decoden supplies.

It arrived the day before Christmas Eve and I was ecstatic! The biggest part of the order was the 2008 Pink Girly Lucky Pack and sweet bajebus was it full of awesome!

So after spending a while just enjoying opening and sorting all the tiny packets of decoden jewels (the best part I think!) I decided to put my new toys to use!

This originally was my boring old pill box, now it’s much prettier!

Hime Gyaru Simple Lace Flower Tutorial

Jan 1, 2009 by

Awesome over the top shoes with lace flowers are a staple of Hime Gyaru fashion. Now I’m not saying that you should ditch those Jesus Diamante pumps in favor of my cheap lacy flowers but here is a slightly less expensive option.

For Christmas this year I was given some cute wedge shoes that I wanted to doll up a bit, with no money left over after the holiday season here is what I came up with.

Simple Lace Flowers Tutorial

Materials needed for lace flowers: