lady in red

Posted by sarah
Below are before and after shots of a skirt I altered (sorry they are a bit blurry, I need to invest in a better camera soon). I purchased it from a thrift store's "buy the pound" section at $1/pound, so it only cost a buck or two. My friend Yoonsin picked it out for me, and I hesitated to buy it at first since it seemed a bit long, as it fell a little past my knees. But at a dollar per pound, I couldn't resist -- I am frequently looking for new sewing projects anyway.

It doesn't look like I altered it in the photo, but months after picking it up, I finally shortened the skirt a couple inches and used the extra material to make two front pockets. (If the pockets are hard to see, click the image to enlarge it for more detail.)


party time

Posted by jessica
Here are just a few exciting decorative ideas for your next party!

I absolutely love Confetti System. Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, the duo behind Confetti System, have an interesting artistic vision:

"CONFETTISYSTEM's creations occupy the space between the ephemeral and the permanent, evoking a sense of nostalgia and lighthearted fun."

Decorative pom poms from PomLove.

If you are feeling a bit crafty, then head over to Martha Stewart's site to get step-by-step instructions to make your very own pom poms.

Starry Bird Garland / Handsome Fox Puppet
Butterfly Tiny Tags / Birds of Paradise Mobile

Mobiles, hanging things and other fun party items from Royalbuffet.

all that glitters

Posted by jessica

I'm constantly experimenting with make-up products, and these are a few products that I have been using recently and have fallen in love with. I find that summer is a great season to try fun, colourful shades.

Please keep in mind that the true colours of these products might vary slighty from the photos, but they are very close to the hues of the actual products.

Flash Color in no. 000 (light turquoise)

This formula is highly pigmented and very creamy, which makes it ideal for blending. With this product, a little goes a long way. Flash colors are made for use on the face or body. I use this cream colour mainly as an eyeliner and occasionally as an eyeshadow. However, this product smudges and creases quite easily, so if you are using it as an eyeshadow colour, I would suggest using a primer before wearing this. Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance should do the trick.

Nail polish in Haute As Hello (coral) and Barbuda Banana (pale yellow)

Haute As Hello is the prettiest coral colour I ever did see! If you plan on purchasing this shade, make sure you wear a clear top coat to achieve the colour on the bottle, as it does dry slightly duller than most polishes.
Unfortunately, Essie has discontinued the shade Barbuda Banana. But, if you are looking for a colour like this, American Apparel makes a similar nail varnish called Butter.

Anna Sui:
Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation in B02

During the summer, I usually stick to tinted moisturizers or lightweight foundations like this one by Anna Sui. I adore all of Anna Sui products simply because of their gorgeous packaging. It comes in a cute rose bottle complete with a rose-shaped cap. And in true Anna Sui fashion, this foundation smells like roses, unlike the multitude of foundations that smell of chemicals.

For sun protection, I wear a moisturizer with SPF under this foundation.

NARS: Lipstick in Barbarella (sheer peach)

I love this colour by NARS. This formula gives you the right amount of colour and is the perfect blend of pink and orange. It's great for the daytime when I want a light pop of colour on my lips. Because of its sheer formula, it can be layered with other lipsticks or lip glosses.

As with many lipsticks, the colour payoff is quite different than it appears in the photo; the best way to test this colour is to see it in person.

Marc Jacobs: Daisy Eau de Toilette and Glitter Gel Rollerball

I've been building quite a frangrance collection recently, but Marc Jacobs' Daisy perfume is one of my favourites right now. I received this fragrance as a gift from a lovely friend. It has such a fresh, floral scent, and it's not too overpowering. The staying power is great, too. I like to carry my Daisy rollerball in my bag when I need to re-apply the scent.

dara ettinger

Posted by jessica
The beauty of natural stones never ceases to amaze me. Dara Ettinger, a jewelry designer based in Los Angeles, captures all of their organic loveliness in her accessories just perfectly.

Dara's work is currently available at Urban Outfitters and Max&Chloe.

day & night

Posted by jessica
I love these fun, colourful ensembles by Cynthia Rowley for the daytime.

By night, I'd dress it up with any look from ChloƩ's Fall '10 collection. I cannot get enough of the first look with the black-tipped collared blouse and the long pleated skirt!


eibatova karina

Posted by sarah

Love these illustrations by Eibatova Karina. The middle portraits are a bit eerie-looking, but they really show off Eibatova's pencil techniques in the hair.