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nail art: golden rose + sakura aqualip pen

This week, I recently uncovered a forgotten nail art treasure that I've actually had for a number of years. If you come across this gel ink pen called aqualip by Sakura, you have to get it in black at least! 



I'm not sure what it is made of but it functions like a true pen, and the ink flows out in liquid but will dry and harden and turn into plastic(?) So it is actually just like varnish in a pen. That makes it super useful in the world of nail art because, just imagine all the possibilities you can make with this bunch of pens! You can literally draw anything you'd like on your nails now and they make it so much easier to do! They do, however, come off a tad transparent except for the black and dark purple because I used to use them to draw on transparent folders for that stain glass effect. So white will come off as almost transparent. I am definitely going to restock my stash and use them to draw on phone covers as well. Yes, you can use them on any surface but I can…

diy: phone cover collection

Recently, I updated my phone cover collection with two newly painted ones - the ice cream and city skyline. If you've been following my nail art, my phone cover designs are pretty much the same as what I paint on my nails. So to paint them on phone covers would be the same, just a bigger canvas. They are not perfect because the nail polish doesn't spread very widely but they are fine for personal use, plus they are super unique. My city skyline one is almost perfect but I messed up part of the ombre and because I used metallic, it's even more obvious. Otherwise, it is super pretty because there is so much glitter and it is my current favourite phone cover. I can't wait to start using it! 

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diy: hair bows

From the cloth I bought recently at Daiso, and with the major diy mood I was in, I decided to make a bunch of hair bows to wear when school reopens. My tutorial has been inspired and sourced through many inspirations on pinterest.  Start off with a rectangular or square piece of fabric. Squares will result in bows like the blue floral one above while rectangles will be like this bow in the tutorial. Mine measured about 24cm by 12cm. For my blue floral one, i used a 15cm by 15 cm square. Fold your fabric in half, with the insides facing out and straight stitch as highlighted. Leave a gap at the edge because you will be inverting the fabric after you're done sewing. This gap should also be of reasonable size, not to small or you will have trouble inverting the cloth. Once you are done, invert the fabric and  straighten it out. You can sew up the gap at this point if it bothers you. Using a pin or a needle, make some pleats with the fabric and pin through to get the bow shape. Once yo…

diy: cut-out knotted dress

I did this simple diy last night and it only took around 30 minutes! So, if you have any old or big loose shirts to spare, you could try this out. I chose a school shirt that was a tad big and I figured I wouldn't be wearing it soon or often because I have many other school shirts to wear. Plus, I only wear them at home. Since I was feeling quite inspired by Pinterest and some of the super cool diys I found, I decided to start on this dress. I don't own any of such dresses so this was a super good diy to do. Oh, and it would be best if the shirt is long as well. Mine's a bit short, so I wore some shorts underneath, which is also a cute look. Looks like a playsuit. 



This is the shirt I first started out with. Very big. I decided to cut the neckline lower so I snipped off about 2-3 inches of neckline. Also, in that way, I can wear the dress reversibly. As for the logo, I haven't really done any touch-ups to it yet but I was thinking of either making a heart shaped cut out…

graphic tanks/tees

Latest obsession: graphic tanks and tees! So, ever since I posted the outfit featuring a graphic tank and chunky knit cardigan, I've kinda been obsessed with graphic shirts. They're versatile and they make great school outfits. Not too dressed up and not too dressed down. Over here, I'm wearing a diamond graphic tank from h&m. Below are more outfit co-ordinates that I've put together featuring graphic shirts. They all look great paired with some denim shorts and checkered shirt or cardigan. Throw on a few chunky bracelets to accessorise or go with none at all. For shoes, you can go with boots or sneakers. If you are going for a more casual look, match it with a casual bag or backpack as well. Otherwise, a satchel would never hurt the look. 






I'm thinking I could just wear these to school everyday. xoxo

nail art: cityscape

I haven't painted my nails for about two weeks, mainly because I was lazy but also to let my nails have a breather. They were sort of getting dry and chipping off. This week's nail art is inspired by gabbysnailart on instagram. It features a blue and purple/pink ombre sky with a cityscape skyline. It is relatively simple and quick to do as well.


Colours needed: White, black, blue, pink/purple, glitter I used a metallic purple for that extra sheen.
Start off with a white baseUsing a sponge, paint on the blue and purple and sponge it onto your nail to create the ombre effect. Do this about two times to make the colour more intense and try to blend the colours. I dabbed some purple over the blue to blend the colours more. A coat of clear nail polish will also help to blend it.Paint your city skyline and building outlines with blackUse white or yellow and a dotting tool to paint the windows Add some glitter to the skyI really love doing ombre nails and combining it with extra designs…

valentine's ootd ideas

I know it is still about a month till Valentine's day, but better to start planning earlier right! Time to start choosing and making reservations for your restaurants or places of interest to spend your day or night with your loved ones. Valentine's day falls on a friday this year, so even if you don't get a chance to celebrate on the day itself, you still have the whole weekend to go out and chill together. 

Apart from food and presents, I'm sure us girls would love to dress up specially for the night. I've compiled some looks to give you some inspiration and ideas on what to wear for the day! 

First outfit is the hear cut-out blouse at the top. I've paired it with a maroon lace skirt (although the lace details now look like velvet). Now, I personally wouldn't just wear it out like that because the blouse is super sheer. I most probably would wear a caged bralet inside or a pink camisole, and maybe wear the blouse as a tie crop. Alternatively, I could wear a…

skinny girl alterations

If you do not already know, I am quite skinny and I face this problem where lots of cute clothes will not fit me and my frame because they can look oversized or too shapeless on me. Another problem is that some clothes are still too big for me even though they are supposed to be an S or XS size. Well, if these pieces are relatively cheap and I can think of a way to do a simple alteration on my own, I still get them anyway. In this post, I'll be introducing some simple sewing tricks I have used to tighten my skirt waistband. They can be modified to be used on other types of garments as well. Disclaimer: I am no sewing expert. 

The denim circle skirt you see up here is in S size but it was initially a tad too big for me. It would sit below my belly button so it didn't really look nice in my opinion. If you go onto lookbook or just google denim circle skirts, you'd see that everyone wears it high waisted and that's how it should be. So, I had to think of a way to make it m…

chunky knit cardigan v2

Black rose tank & bralet - H&M | Denim high waist shorts - Forever 21 | Cardigan - thrifted

Just got the opportunity to photograph these outfits. I actually bought the H&M items just before I left for my trip. They were on christmas sale so I picked up a few items. The tank was going for just $7 and it is so pretty with all the lace details and a black rose print! The bralet was not on sale but it was only $7.90 with lace details as well so I just grabbed it. I also got a pair of black corduroy pants for $15 and teal green jeggings from the kids section for $15. Quite a bunch of good buys, I must say. 


Bunny top - Zara kids | Plaid skirt - Forever 21 | Cardigan - thrifted

Got the bunny shirt here from Zara in Taiwan for 390NT only. It is really super soft and the rabbit has a ball for its tail! How cute is that! Thrifted the cardigan from a local reseller for $16 and I love it to bits. Love the knitted details and ripped portions and how super soft it is. I'm just worried…

taiwan loots

I just arrived home from my trip to Taiwan yesterday afternoon. Unless anyone is interested in the details of my travel, I think I'll just be posting on the stuff I bought there because that was the only highlight of my trip for me. I visited other places like memorial halls and waterfalls and night markets but they weren't as fun. Plus, Taiwan is not my ideal holiday destination. I'd rather go to the States or Europe. 
So, firstly, I bought 4 new pairs of shoes. These are only two which I bought when my shoes got soaked and my dad decided to get all of us new shoes. They are from a shop called "MIKI" which sells both clothes and shoes at really cheap prices. The shoes are made in Taiwan and are very comfortable to walk in. I already owned a few pairs from my previous trip. The left one was not from MIKI but still good. Both were 490 NT which is about 20ish bucks. 

Bought this bunch of stuff at ximending. Nail polishes were 89NT each at buy 4 get 1 free. I chose mo…

nail art: chevron

I did these awhile ago and because I was having such a hard time with them, I didn't do up a tutorial for these. These are the hardest nails I've ever done because I don't have a thin brush to help me. 

So, the easiest way to go about with this would be to start off by placing tiny dots to serve as a grid for the chevron stripes. I did this with a toothpick. Next, you connect the dots up in a zig zag fashion and fill it in. Needless to say, I messed up the process many times and a single hand took me 2hours to finish. I went around with one hand painted for a day before I embarked on the process for my right hand. 

Otherwise, there are actually so many cute chevron nail designs out there that I wish I could try. 

xoxo