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Trend Alert: Denim Vests

Now that the weather has been hitting the low to mid-60s, it’s time to toss aside our jackets and start thinking about more Spring-friendly outerwear. Reminiscent of the 80s, the fashion industry has been reviving the denim vest.

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Since a lot of my friends are metalheads, it’s not unusual for me to see them rocking theirs with all sorts of band patches and button pins. And that’s the beauty of this trend – you can be as creative as you want, and tailor it towards your own individual style. If you’re the arts and crafts type, or just plain adventurous, you can make it a DIY project. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet for refashioning denim: acid washing, cropping, lace paneling, and installing studs/spikes, just to name a few.

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DIY: Studded Lace Denim Vest [photo credit]

Since I prefer a little feminine touch to everything, I decided to purchase a embellished denim vest from Hong Kong on eBay. With its silver sequins, chains, rhinestones, and deconstruction, it was practically screaming my name. And for less than $15 with free shipping, I wasn’t going to pass it up. :P

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Personally, I have a rule when it comes to denim: Only one piece at a time. I’m not about that blue collar look, if you know what I mean. With that said, this trend makes a simple outfit look edgier. I can see it working well with black leggings and a casual t-shirt or tanktop, but wearing it over a colorful patterned dress or skirt this Spring is just as chic.

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Since the weather was gorgeous this past weekend, le boyfriend and I took a walk by the local marina before going out on a sushi date. Predictably, I brought my camera in hopes of finding an opportunity to snap some photos. I wore my new vest over a black maxi dress that I’ve had since high school.

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Instead of buying new denim shorts..

..I made some out of old clothing that I never wear. : ) For the past two years or so, I’ve had two particular pairs of jeans – one that I bought at Charlotte Russe, and the other at PacSun. Ever since I’ve lost some weight, the thigh area has been way too loose on me, despite the waistbands still being comfortable. Especially with the introduction of denim leggings into my life, I haven’t touched these two pairs since. :P So last night, I decided to turn them into cuffed denim shorts! The process is quite easy.

You will need.. a pair of sharp scissors, black thread, and a sewing needle.

1) Fold your denim jeans in half, the long way. No less than two inches from the crotch, cut the pant legs off in a straight line.
2) Take the hem of one side, and roll upwards twice into a neat cuff. Sew the inseam and outseam in place with a few stitches.
3) Repeat with the other side. If the fabric isn’t sturdy enough to keep itself from unfolding, carefully sew one or two “invisible” stitches to keep them in place.

See? I told you it was easy. :D If you want me to be more specific, feel free to ask in the comments! I get the feeling that my instructions aren’t very clear. :P

In other news, remember the free pair of EOS Adult Pink circle lenses that I received from MyCandyEyes? I wrote a review on them a while back. Since I never wore them, I gave them to my good friend Jessica. They flatter her fair skin and features much more than mine! :D

She also gave me the idea for the two of us to cosplay as KOS-MOS and T-elos from Xenosaga III one day! It really doesn’t sound like such a bad idea – I just need to lose the weight in order to show that much skin. Regardless, when we do decide to do it, we’d look pretty badass with all that armor on. ; )


Origami! :3

Since my boyfriend is a beast at origami, I decided to begin learning how to make some! Which is great timing, too, since my floor’s new door decorations are due this weekend. ; ) At first, I really wanted to make every suite an adorable Japanese yukata-wearing paper doll like this:

That was the plan, until I realized that they would definitely be too time-consuming and detailed. I might make a simpler version next month, though! I ultimately decided on making sailboats after finding this tutorial floating around the internet, mostly because it looked cute and easy to make! (click to enlarge)

So I headed over to Michael’s (the craft store, not the boyfriend) yesterday to buy some origami paper! Unfortunately, I completely forgot about the 40% off coupon I had. :'( The paper was pretty cheap, though. I bought a pack of 100 solid colored sheets for only $4.99! In Flushing, they run for about $4 for a pack of 24. Of course, those papers are higher quality, but I was going more for quantity since I had to make one for all 39 of my residents.

Here is what the finished product should look like:

After two hours, I made enough to fill up an entire Converse shoe box! : )

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Needlepoint! :3

For those of you who don’t know what needlepoint is, here’s an article. As I was growing up, my mother really got me into arts & crafts. I absolutely loved making things with my hands, and I did a lot of it at an early age – knitting, sewing, needlepoint, painting, pottery, stained glass, etc. I guess it stuck with me throughout the years, as I like to still think of myself as a creative individual.

After I picked up a small needlepoint set last week, I started almost immediately. I wanted to be able to send it to California for my grandmother, grandfather, and aunt as soon as possible. The design is an oriental fan – the stitches I used include the basic Continental Stitch, the really pretty Milanese Stitch for the background, the Back Stitch, and a little bit of Satin Stitch. I spent over 13 hours on this project. Here are snapshots of my progress:

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Some late dorm shopping. >.<;

Hey guys, notice anything different? That’s right, I have a new header! My super-talented boyfriend Michael taught me the wonders of using gradients in Photoshop in order to fade images into each other. : ) I’m really pleased with how it came out! I found all of the photos on Flickr.

Also, the reason I bought a few things today wasn’t because I under-packed. I needed a pair of sneakers and shorts since I’ve been going to the gym lately to lose some of my summer weight. XD Thankfully, I found a pair of cute white/pink sneakers on clearance in the children’s section of Target. They fit me perfectly, surprisingly. o_o And for only $12, I can’t complain. Navy blue gym shorts for $5 isn’t bad, either. :P

While we were at Target, I also remembered that I needed to replace my broken alarm clock. This petite alarm clock has multi-colored LED lights for the time display, and I thought it was really cool compared to all the generic (aka boring) alarm clocks in the same isle.

I also bought a new compact mirror, since I seem to have misplaced my favorite Hello Kitty one that I bought at Chinatown in San Francisco two summers ago. :X As you may have guessed, the first thing I did with it was decorate it! I used some more of the stickers that Denise sent me. Silver swirls and butterflies, ftw! Here’s the before and after:

We also stopped by JoAnn Fabrics to buy a small craft that I can do, then send to my grandparents in California. I decided to get a small, intricate needlepoint project. It’ll probably take two weeks to finish, though. >.<; I’ll show you guys when I finish it!

That’s all for today. I’ll be spending the rest of this long weekend reading and studying for a few classes. Then I have a five-day weekend for Rosh Hashanah, starting Wednesday evening! :D Bye now. : )