Wednesday, December 24, 2014

december insta faves

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here are some of my insta faves for the month of December. I normally edit the lighting of my photos on Photoshop by adjusting the levels and colour balance, followed by applying filters with Afterlight. My favourite filters to use are Russ and Fade. I hope you are following me on Instagram!


Friday, December 19, 2014

the christmas gift guide

Are you having trouble finding the right gifts to stuff your stockings or fill the tree this Christmas? Well, look no further. I've compiled a bunch of pretty neat gift ideas that you can consider and they come in a whole range of prices to suit your needs. So, keep on reading until you find the ideal gift! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for nifty discount codes to help you save on your purchase.
Give back this Christmas by helping out someone in need. Check out Sseko Designs for products that are handmade in Ethiopia. Your purchase contributes to empowering and educating the women in Uganda. Plus, supporting the company means that the women will continue to have a job! That's killing two birds with one stone! The women over in Uganda benefit from your support and you get a pretty neat item to keep or give to your loved ones. These golden loafers are made of genuine leather and have a crushed and crackled detail to it. They are super soft and comfy to wear as well. There is a tiny heel to add a bit of height and it is highly raved on the website so do check out the reviews. Overall, the quality of the products are really superior and you definitely should invest in one. 
More handmade goodness coming in the form of floral crowns or floral halos, according to Kayla, the owner of Mad For Halos. I kid you not when I say that I am in total love with her halos and the feel and look of them. They are so perfect and I do swear they are the best and prettiest floral crowns I have ever laid eyes on. They feel really delicate but they are very well made. No glue residues peeking out or no flowers falling apart. Plus, retail stores sell it for the same price. These come as a head tie so the width is totally adjustable and up to you. You can wear it as a flower crown, as a necklace, bracelet or belt! I am wearing the Poppy Halo one over here. There is free shipping on all US orders, as well as a 15% discount when you use the code "huiying".
Can't get enough handmade stuff? Check out Pretty Psycho's etsy shop for these gorgeous crochet tops. She is seriously talented and so skilled to make these pretty tops. They feel really sturdy and each one is tailored to your cup size so it is fitting and flattering. The back straps are totally adjustable and super pretty as well because it criss crosses all over. Get one now and stock up for spring/summer as they are currently half price!
Add a personal touch to your wardrobe by customising your very own shirts, tote bags, caps, shoes or undies! Qtee offers a wide variety of graphic designs for you to choose from and the fun part comes in when you get to choose the colours to fill the design with. Loads of fun and definitely a great Christmas gift. There are lots of new Christmas graphics up on the site now so do check out the cute prints and get one or give one. Use the code QTA15 for 15% off your purchase.
Everyone has one of these nowadays but time is priceless. These simple yet classic looking vintage watches are super versatile and pretty to look at. Each watch comes in a leather box of its own with a manual and pin used to change straps. Yes, straps are interchangeable to suit your mood and outfit. There are leather straps, nato straps or the newly released mixed leather-nato strap to choose from. If you don't have a DW yet, it is time to get one this Christmas or give one. This is a sure heart-winner. DW is offering free (and fast!) worldwide shipping. Plus, you can use the code "holidaychee" for a further 15% off your purchase. Also do check out DW's site for more Christmas promotions. Sometimes they have a buy one get one free strap. Pictured here is the leather strapped Classic Bristol (Male $229/Female $199).
Give the gift of good skin, nails and hair with Vida Glow's 100% marine collagen. Each sachet contains 3g of collagen goodness and works wonders for restoring health and strength to skin, nails and hair. Collagen is vital for firm and supple skin and is especially important as we grow older because our bodies stop producing collagen. Plus, Vida Glow's collagen is totally odourless, colourless and tasteless! So, it is a great supplement to add to your diet.
If you have a makeup junkie as a friend and would like to get her something pretty, good and worthy of experimenting, try out Cate McNabb. They just launched their holiday collection of makeup products such as lipsticks and holiday gift sets that have a value twice that of the price. I have here a lipstick from their holiday collection called All Pinned Up and it has a satin finish with a blue-based red. It seems like a really intense red so if you're a fan of red lips, try this out! The other holiday shade is Blood Orange but I'm actually pretty interested in their nude shades such as Naked Truth, LBD and First Kiss Pink. These lipsticks are paraben-free and cruelty-free, infused with nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, for bold and natural lips that always shine. Each colour has a different finish so do take note of that. The lipstick packaging is really cute as well. It is in the shape of a bullet and is quite small and compact. The lipsticks are priced at $16 and there is free shipping within the US on all orders, so you can just pick one or two up easily. Also, it is packed with lots of confetti as seen in the background so that would be great to stuff in stockings as well. 
First off, I'm going to say that this brand has a very clever name. Foot Cardigan. They are these funky and quirky printed socks. The way it works is, you can opt for a one-month subscription or an ongoing monthly subscription of $9 per month (+$2 shipping within US and to anywhere in the world) and you get a random pair of fun socks in the mail every month! It is totally a surprise because you do not get to choose the design but it is also like receiving a present in the mail every month and how fun is that? You could gift the subscription to a friend as well and cancel your subscriptions anytime. Also, they have socks for men, women and even children! Children get two socks but it's a bit more expensive ($11?). I think I like the kids' socks because I saw watermelon ones and cupcake and pizza prints. Totally obsessing over those. Anyway, I have two pairs here and I'm wearing them mismatched on purpose so that I can show both of them in a photo. They are super fun to wear at home to lounge around or to a friend's house (in Asian culture, we take off our shoes at home or in someone's house). They are a cute and fun conversation starter and just so comfy. No one's stopping you from letting them peek out your boots or sneakers as well.  Remember Spencer from iCarly? I always wanted to have rad socks like him, so this is totally the chance to get some! 
Finally, if you are just looking for good ol' fashion clothes and accessories, you can check out my favourite stores: Forever 21, Wet Seal, Deb Shops, Charlotte Russe, Styles For Less, Shop Priceless and some storenvy ones like ootdfash, lovejunkee and pepperknot. I got this donut shirt from f21 and it is actually a nightdress but I am totally going to wear it as a graphic tee or shirt dress because it is way too cute. I really do think some of f21's sleepwear is way too cute to be worn just for sleep. 

I hope you have a clearer idea of what stocking stuffers you're going to get for your loved ones this year. Merry Christmas and happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

nail art: festive christmas baubles nail art

It is my favourite time of the year because Christmas is around the corner! I love all the sparkly decorations, christmas lights, festive tunes, hot chocolate and gingerbread. So to celebrate the season with some festive cheer, I created some baubles nail art (inspired by nailstorming). I love how sparkly this design is and it definitely makes me happy because it looks just like christmas wrapping paper. I used nail polish from Etude House's Holiday Trio pack. I'm not sure if they still sell it because it was a christmas gift from my aunt last year. Anyhow, it's a relatively simple nail art and you only need four colours - deep red/maroon, metallic glittery gold, green and red glitter, and white.

  1. Paint two-three coats of dark red/maroon as a base colour.
  2. Next, paint on some green, red and gold glitter. Mine came together in a bottle but if you don't have that, you could paint separate coats of glitter. I tried not to pile on too much glitter so I only went with one coat of glitter and made sure they were evenly distributed on my nail. 
  3. Using the metallic glittery gold, dot on the shapes of the baubles. I literally did this in blobs with my brush, slowly dabbing out a circle to the best of my ability. 
  4. Finally, draw on your bauble designs using a nail brush or nail pen and white nail polish. 
Simple as that! Make sure to tag #megoostafashion if you try this out so that I can check our your creation and give it a like + comment! Happy holidays!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

lookbookstore december picks

It's been awhile since my last post. I've been really busy finishing up projects and studying for finals because it is that time of the year, when the term is ending and christmas and new year is coming soon! So, to help you in your shopping, I've got a few items from Lookbook Store to share with you. You should definitely take chance of the christmas sales going on right now. I saw a whole bunch of good stuff marked down at great prices. You can refer to some of my previous lookbookstore hauls here and pick out some items for yourself as well. There are super cool summer highwaisted denim shorts at just $9.90 and free shipping worldwide on all orders!! So you could really just get like one pair of denim shorts for $10 and get it delivered to you for free. 

Apart from the 80% christmas sales going on, I've got a few discount links for you to check out to save even more money!

from: Lookbook Store
Cozy up by the fireplace this Christmas with these super cute aztec floral leggings, filled with festive vibes. Made of stretch knit, these are great for lounging around or for spreading the Christmas cheer. They go well with all sorts of booties and boots, paired with sweaters. It is on sale now for $9.90!!
from: Lookbook Store
The T-Shirt dress trend is still in! Kick start your collection with this thin knitted sweater t-shirt dress that also comes with a braided belt. I paired it with a flannel tied at the waist to cinch it instead of using the belt. Throw on an infinity scarf, socks and boots to complete the cute fall/winter transition look. It is on sale right now for $19.90!
from: Lookbook Store
Maroon is always a favourite colour for fall so this sweater is perfect for the season. It goes great over blouses and plaid shirts or can be worn on it's own. It is long and oversized enough to be worn as a sweater dress (with shorts underneath) and thigh high socks. Alternatively, it can be paired with this chiffon skirt that looks pretty similar to the brandy melville ones, but at a fraction of the cost. For more layering options, add an anorak over and an infinity scarf. 
from: Lookbook Store
I got the white version of this sweater in my previous haul and it was so cute to wear as a sweater dress so I got the lavender one too. I'd wear it with white floral skirts but they are definitely cute with denim shorts and thigh high socks. Also, the V-back design adds to the flirtatiousness of the look. On sale now for $29!
from: Lookbook Store
I also got the maroon version of the chiffon skirt because it was just so cute and I've been wanting the brandy melville one for a long time. The skirt is a tad long but it's fine. I can just wear it a little more highwaisted. It goes great with loose cropped tops covering the waist band. Definitely a cute addition to your closet and can be worn all year round!
from: Lookbook Store
This chunky marled cardigan is so popular that it sold out previously! The dark blue version (shown in the picture before this) is a huge hit and people keep asking me where they can find the cardigan but it's so unfortunate that lookbookstore hasn't restocked it so I can't help them. The red one is very unique and probably less versatile but it is still cute if you can work it. If you wear lots of basics, this is a good piece to layer on to add more details to your outfit. It is also really thick, chunky and oversized so it is perfect for colder weathers. 
from: Lookbook Store
I don't usually get sweaters in this colour but I thought it was kinda unique and the colour reminded me of thanksgiving and pumpkins. So, since it was so fall appropriate, why not? It isn't a very thick sweater so it's nice to just throw on on windy days with some jeans and booties. It has three button details at the sides of the sweater so that is really cute. It's a great fall piece to layer under navy utility jackets as well. 

Happy christmas shopping loves and remember to use the links above to save on some cash!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

november insta favorites

Wrapping up the month with a post dedicated to some of my favourite photos on Instagram. I used Afterlight to filter all these photos and I am definitely in love with all the different looks that I have achieved with this app. Definitely recommending it, especially since it's only a dollar!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

debshops november picks

Hi all! I'm back today with yet another fall haul, featuring items from debshops! This is a rather massive haul and I also have some pairs of shoes that I got two months back but only shipped in recently. I do urge you to check out debshops right now because they are having massive sales like 50% off tops and bottoms, which is a super great time to get knits and jackets because they are usually the more expensive items. 
So this is pretty much all the new shoes that I got from debs. Which pair are you loving the most? I got the studded combat boots and floral sneakers for like $5/8 each when they were on sale. I also got another pair of sandals for $8 but I didn't include it in the picture because sandals are out of season right now. They are super comfy but the floral sneakers seem kind of cheap. They do not have any back heel support as you can see. But for $5, it was a steal. The studded combat boots do not have fantastic material quality but it was a good price for it too. These are out of stock so there are no links for them. I am obsessed with the buckle combat boots and I probably should have waited for a sale to get them but oh well. I love the shiny golden buckles and there is a zip on the other side so that it is super easy to put on. The shoes are comfy but the shaft is rather high. I got it in size 7 but I might have been able to go for a 6. I'm not sure because I didn't try them on with socks but it's still fine. And in my recent order, I got the oxfords and wine booties. The oxfords are on sale at $8 now so do check that out! They look super pretty from the top but I'm quite unhappy about how flat the soles of the shoe are. I'd have preferred it to have some heel and sole height, but I was looking to replace my old oxford shoes that have come apart. Also, I do recommend sizing up. I got it in 6.5 and it was too small for me. I can't wear socks with it. I'm a size 6 but I think 7 would have been good. The wine booties are gorgeous and look higher than 3 inches that is stated on the website. The colour is so pretty and perfect for fall. Moreover, wine coloured shoes are so unique and is a great change from the usual black and brown. Also, the texture of the shoes are so good to touch. I got it in size 6.5 and it was just right. The front platform is definitely thicker than it looks. 
I picked up this rose print dress from the clearance section. It was $10 and I was so happy to see that my size was still available. Also, it's an off shoulder dress and there are actually transparent straps to help hold the dress up. I think dark florals are great for fall and florals are actually an all year round print so this is something you can go with if you are missing florals. I paired it with a leather varsity jacket which is half off right now!! Omg. Unfortunately, the fringe bag is out of stock. 
Another fall floral outfit you can try is this. I think this outfit looks really boho and if it's cold, use jeans instead of shorts. The bell sleeve floral top has cute ruffle sleeves and hem and it is light and breezy to wear. I paired it with a fringe bag and a floppy hat. Also, you can get the cutout booties which are very popular among bloggers. Seems like everyone has them. 
I hadn't realised I had gotten so many florals but this is another floral top for fall. It's actually kinda like a baseball tee style so the sleeves are floral printed and made of rayon while the body is made of cable knit. My mum liked this piece a lot because it's very zara-style, or so she says. 
Over here, we have a baseball tee with the words killin' it all day everyday. How badass. I've been into varsity inspired clothing so I picked this out. It's great for school and casual days so I like it. I'd match it with a baseball jacket and some jeans. Also, I got this caged back bralette which you can just wear underneath or not. The padding isn't that great because it's quite flat, but the back part is really cute.
The ripped jeans are really popular among bloggers as well so I picked that up. It's a nice light wash with cuffed legs and they are by almostfamous clothing. I got them from the clearance and it seems like they are all out of stock, but I do like how it is not too ripped. 
Another killin' it top that is a short sleeved sweater actually. It's got a 74 floral print on it and lace details on the sleeves. I got another varsity jacket and I really like this one because it gives a layered look with the zipper underneath the snap buttons and the contrast of the colours. It's also a great fall jacket because the sleeves are fuzzy inside and the jacket is kinda bulky in general, so get ready to cozy up with this jacket! 
I picked up these tribal striped leggings as well and they are relatively thin but the prints are so cute. I don't have much aztec prints so this looked like a great addition. Plus tribal prints are so suitable this season cos they remind me of christmas! 
Stripes are so in this season so you have to pick up some striped tops from debshops. This one is only $5 right now because of the sales. It is super flattering because it is fitted and the neckline is high so that is cute. Goes great with anything, really.
The last bunch of items I got are two basic tops and two pairs of jogger pants. I need to rant about how good the basic tops are and how incredibly soft and flowy they are! I wanted to do a diy with them but I just can't bring myself to right now because they are in a state of perfection. They look so good on and they are so comfy and soft to wear. The white one is a bit sheer but I don't mind at all. I love how loosely fitted they are and how the scoop neckline is just right. Plus, they were only $5. The jogger pants are cute if you are jogger pants kinda person. I am going to use them for pjs instead because they do not look flattering on me, but I can assure you that they are super comfortable to wear. I love wearing them to lounge around at home. The floral ones come in two designs and is made of french terry knit. The aztec ones feel like cotton and are not as baggy as the floral ones so I think I prefer this one. 

That's about it. Do check out debshops because this is a great time to take advantage of the sales and good deals. You do not want to miss out on all these good stuff!