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Beauty bits: nail polish of the weekend

There’s a wedding I’m supposed to attend this Saturday so I had to paint my nails yesterday. I’m wearing a black lacy dress with a deep burgundy velvet shrug, so I thought it might be a good idea to stick with the reds. As I wanted it to have a little bit of funk, I chose Risqué’s Affair. The colour is a purplish red with some sparkling particles that can only be seen in the sun.

Here you can see how the colour is during day, indoors. Disregard the uncleaness; I got lazy and decided to clean it up later.

In this one, the scintillating bits are more visible. Gorgeous, ain’t it?

Oh, my toes were painted dark grey, but I just did not take a picture. Not too fond of showing my feet to the world, ugh!

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The Mad Hatter experience

madhatterThe costume party I talked about a few posts back was last Friday, but I only downloaded the pictures today. L-a-z-y, I know, specially if I tell you I only took about ten or twelve shots for a number of reasons that include me not being totally sober and the existence of tons of other people photographing every single detail of the whole affair. Anyway, I really went as female and more modern version of the Mad Hatter. I just loved my costume, but what really pissed me off was that most people did not know who this character is. I mean, please, you do not need to be well-read to know Alice’s Adventures  in Wonderland an even Through the Looking-Glass. And I don’t even mean looking at me and recognizing it right away, no! I mean, if I tell you I’m dressed as the Mad Hatter, you kind of need to know what I’m talking about. So, this was a bit disappointing.

Now, the costume… I realize now I did not take a picture of the vest I made, but I have a couple things to show. Below, the top hat. It has a blueish fabric wrapped all around it, paying homage to Tim Burton’s idea. It does have the 10/6 little plaque, as well as a pepper embellishment. This one was entirely because of the sixth chapter in the first Alice book, Pig and Pepper.

Next, we have two necklaces I used. The first one was made with a teapot illustration that came in dress my father gave me. It was pretty stiff cardboard, so it worked just fine. The other one was a surprise for me. I looked for a vintage looking pocket watch, but could not find any. Luckily, my stepmom found one and bought it for me! It does not look vintage, but it is soooo wonderful! And it is new, so it works. She gave it to me a couple hours before the party so I had to improvise a crochet chain and it really did the trick.

Below, you can see a tiny little bit of the vest and also my eye makeup. I did two of my friends’ makeup, so I had no time to take a picture of the complete outfit, but I intend to dress up again some time this week and take a few shots. But for now, I leave you with this!

Orange, dark pink and black shadows combined to create a fun look!

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On wearing socks with sandals

Okay, it does sound weird and it may even remind you of your little old grandfather, but the truth is I’ve been wanting to coordinate sandals and socks for quite some time already. Problem is I was never sure how to pull it off and look decent, even a little bit stylish, instead of resembling something else entirely (I do love this expression, you can see that, right?).

Images from here and here

So it was great finding this article with some tips on how to do put together these two pieces. Worth reading if you’re into this sort of thing. I’m still not sure if I’ll be wearing it, but now it is more to do with the fact that I don’t really think it will be age appropriate. It looks so post-teenager or something like it, at least. But I do think the outfit can turn out quite cute both with long or short socks.

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Meeting strangers in Paris

I was going to post about something else entirely, but as I was checking my unread feeds, I came accross the news that one of Design Sponge’s editors, Anne Ditmeyer, was just about to go study in Paris. They linked her personal blog in there, so I clicked it and started to reading a few of her texts. One of them goes on about what she looks forward to doing while there and there laid what caught my attention. She talks abou tthis american guy, Jim Haynes, who’s been hosting Sunday dinners for strangers to meet each other for over 30 years. She found out all about him through an article over at National Public Radio and liked the idea very much. And what’s there not to like, really? According to Jim himself, he’s a firm believer in introducing people and thinks we all should know each other, as our lives are all connected.

It kind of warms my heart and soul just to know that there are people like that out there. It also makes me want to be like that real bad. It is just a good inspiration. If you liked the idea, please, do go over to his site, read more about him and his activities and, why not, email him about getting a place at one of his Sunday dinners!

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Just a bad seamstress

The costume party I talked about the other day is this Friday and as I am such a procrastinator, I only started doing mys vest today.

I finished the construction part and noticed a bit of excess fabric below my armpits. When I went to show it to my mother, she almost fell off the chair with laughter. Apparently, I changed the front right and the front left by mistake, and ended up sewing the part that’s supposed to have buttons and buttonholes to the back part of the thing. =p

There are also other things to show how bad a seamstress I am. I just cannot make the pattern match when I put all parts of the piece together and the insides look terrible because I had a problem with the lining. Anyways, now that I corrected the biggest mistake, it looks quite cute. I’ll show it ready as soon as I hem the whole thing.

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Bookcases, dresses and Miley Cyrus

My family is looking for a new house – we want something bigger – and I’ve been busy with helping in the search for a suitable place these last couple days. Not much time for blogging, you can imagine, but I managed to bump into two lovely item I desperately need.

Lovely revolving bookcase. This would be great to hold all those special books and little things you want to proudly display. I really need one of those in my future new room. (via ohdeedoh)

Cute little dress by Nativa that looks like an ensemble of shirt and skirt. Love the puff sleeves and the high waist. (via oh, hello friend)

And that’s it for today. \o/

ps: tiressly listening to the climb, by miley cyrus. i wish i wasn’t, but for some reason i like it a lot. =p

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Cute Tuesday Finds: chicadecanela

I’ve been wanting to come up with specific sections for this blog for some time. I mean, there’s always one day when you are not inspired (in my case, when I’m as lazy as possible) and having some kind of category specifically for that day of the week helps a lot getting the job of coming up with a nice post done. So we’ll start today with Cute Tuesday Finds, where you’ll be able to find cuteness overload, hence the name.

This store is a perfect example of ‘cute’. Chicadecanela (cinnamon girl) features items in neutral colours, lots of bows, lace and little bears… all essentials for girls in need of an extra dose of cuteness. Spanish, the store does sell online. You can visit their website for even more eye-candy. I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite items. Check ‘ em out!

via Tokyo Bunnie.