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SUMMER RECAP: Clip-in Hair Extensions

Just like last year, I took a break from blogging for a few months – I mean, summer IS the prime season for social events and outdoor activities. But apart from that, it gave me the opportunity to dabble in a side job, reprioritize my life, set aside some much-needed time for myself, and improve some aspects of my lifestyle that I wasn’t satisfied with. But since I can’t recap my entire summer in a single post, I’ve decided to do a series of entries to get all my followers caught up. Enjoy! :)

A few months ago, in her heavy Korean accent, my hairdresser told me that my locks underwent “chemical melting” from all the harsh bleaching I had put it through. Which explained why my ends were so thin and uneven. So she chopped it all off. But because having my hair at shoulder length made me feel less feminine, my confidence dipped significantly. :( Thankfully, a friend recommended clip-in extensions as a temporary solution while it grows back. At first, I was skeptical. I had so many questions! Would they look natural? What is the color doesn’t match perfectly? Could I heat style them? How much would they cost? How long would they last? Would they fall out if I wasn’t careful?


So I took to researching all the different options for my hair type. At the end of the day, I decided that a 7-piece set of wefts in varying widths would give me that layered look I wanted. Nervously, I ordered a set of 18” dark brown human hair extensions from the eBay seller “ldszyz” for about $31 with free shipping. When they arrived at my doorstep a week later, it occurred to me that I had no idea how to put them in. >.<; But, naturally, I was an expert three YouTube videos later. :P


I was pleasantly surprised that the color blends beautifully – you can hardly tell they’re extensions! They aren’t heavy at all, it they stay put really well. Typically, it’s recommended that my extensions should last 3-4 months before replacing them – but that’s with everyday wear, heat styling, and regular washing. Since I only wear mine on the weekends, I estimate that they should last me about a year. And by then, my hair should already be six inches longer! :D My only issue with them is that they sometimes give you too much volume in humidity, especially if your hair isn’t naturally straight. But this is something that can easily be fixed by wearing it in a sleek, long ponytail. What do you guys think, would you ever consider wearing clip-in hair extensions?



SUMMER RECAP: Cosplayholic

Just like last year, I took a break from blogging for a few months – I mean, summer IS the prime season for social events and outdoor activities. But apart from that, it gave me the opportunity to dabble in a side job, reprioritize my life, set aside some much-needed time for myself, and improve some aspects of my lifestyle that I wasn’t satisfied with. But since I can’t recap my entire summer in a single post, I’ve decided to do a series of entries to get all my followers caught up. Enjoy! :)

Cosplayholic is an eBay shop (with an impressive positive feedback score) that I had been eyeing for months. Since I know many of my readers are comparison shoppers like myself, I wanted to share an honest and detailed narrative of my purchasing experience with this seller.


My boyfriend and I decided to order the custom-tailored Tidus and Songstress Yuna outfits, since we had two events coming up – my annual trip to New Jersey for AnimeNext and a Final Fantasy themed rave in Brooklyn called Vinyl Fantasy IV. We sent Cosplayholic our measurements and paid the outrageous shipping costs, thinking it would be worth it. Unfortunately, my bank thought the order was fraudulent and activated a chargeback – which would take several weeks to process, even after I cancelled it.


Since the convention was approaching soon, I made an agreement with the seller to pay the $220+ total again via PayPal while the chargeback was processing, and in the event that the money would get taken out of my bank account a second time, they would return it to me. Yes, I know that the terms of agreement on eBay specifically state that they are not held responsible for arrangements done independently of their site. So I took the risk, thinking the seller was trustworthy.


When the costumes arrived in the mail several weeks later, we were pleased to find that both fit perfectly and looked just like the photos in the listing. (They even included a note in the package that asked us to leave them positive feedback, since they’re feeding their families in China with the money they make from their cosplay shop, and any store below a certain score is banned from making any more transactions.) It was a personal decision for me to wear a different skirt, since I thought the one included was too long. Nonetheless, we received many compliments at both events – so I’m not taking a jab at the quality of their products at all.


Now fast forward a little over a month later, where the cancelled chargeback was finished processing and I am charged a second time for my order. Despite our agreement, Cosplayholic denies receiving the second payment. After many phone calls and messages between me, my bank, and PayPal – the consensus was that the seller did receive the money. After threatening to file a dispute with them through my bank, and giving them both PayPal transaction numbers as proof of my payments, they CONVENIENTLY only responded back to me once a week – promising they would return my money but never actually doing it until months later. Ultimately, it took them from April until September to return $220+ to me even though I was messaging them every week. I do not recommend them, the customer service is a nightmare.

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.


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.

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


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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Like my style? Hype it on Lookbook! ~ Fight Like a Girl

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.


Trend Alert: Leopard Print Fur Coats

Hey, guys! Remember my post about different winter outerwear options? Well, since this season is coming to a close soon, I finally gave in and purchased a leopard print faux fur coat. :3 There’s just something so glamorous about them when paired with a simple outfit underneath. It’s definitely a piece that needs to be worn with confidence, though.

leopard8photo credit: ShopDistraction

Personally, I’m a firm believer that leopard print should only be worn with black and muted shades. And denim is entirely a hit or miss, depending on the wash. Mixing it with other prints and bolder colors can be be distracting, but all the power to you if you can rock it with the palette of your wardrobe. :P


I’m the kind of girl who won’t spend a fortune on something trendy, since I’d rather invest in items that I know I’ll be wearing more often. Therefore, I placed my very first bid on eBay the other week with my new iPhone app and won this lovely cropped jacket for only $10. :)

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When it arrived in the mail, I was a bit surprised by how short it was. I know the description in the listing had mentioned it was a cropped coat, but the photo made it look deceivingly longer. The seller said it’s a size S in junior’s, but to be honest I think it’s an XS – so it was a bit too snug around the bust, and the sleeves could be a little longer. Otherwise, I’m quite pleased. Mostly because the color has a gradient to it, unlike other coats that have a consistent shade and pattern all over. In my opinion, this just makes it look more natural and toned down.

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Like my style? Hype it on Lookbook! ~ Heads Will Roll

In other news, I’ve been thinking about filling out applications to larger fashion websites who are looking for a part-time blogger. (The extra income would be incredibly useful in paying off my student loans quicker.) Thankfully, my friends at Loka provide a service that transforms any boring resume into a head-turning piece of graphic design, definitely useful for more artistically-inclined professions. So be sure to check out their website to find more information. Until next time! ^.^

I really want a Hello Kitty watch.

The other night, my friend Mia reminded me of my old silver GUESS watch that I misplaced a couple years ago. Determined to find it, I searched my house – and in the process, also found a super adorable gold Winnie the Pooh watch by Disney. Although the first is still perfectly functional, the latter is beyond repair. :'( Which is a shame because I liked it better!

I’ve been meaning to start wearing a watch again, mostly for two reasons..

1) So I can actually know when to take my break or clock out when I’m at work. It’s kind of annoying to keep asking your coworkers for the time. >.<; I’m not allowed to have my cellphone on me during my shift – but even if I was, constantly checking the time can drain my precious battery life. :P Even outside of work, knowing the time is always useful.

2)  Now that I’m going into my senior year of college, I figured I should start dressing more professionally – one accessory at a time. : ) I do believe that I dress my age, but aiming to look a little older wouldn’t hurt. Especially since I get mistaken for a high schooler more often than you would think! ._.

I know that it’s counterintuitive to want a Hello Kitty watch, and expect to be seen as more mature, but I’ve found ways around this. For example, I think the watch straps pictured above are incredibly cute. In fact, I can absolutely see myself wearing all of them. But if there’s anything I want to avoid, it’s exactly this: juvenile-looking designs. What this means? I’m looking for a watch with either a stainless steel strap, or at least a solid-colored one.Although this one is more acceptable, I still take issue with the fact that the strap wraps around your wrist twice. The modest analog clock on this one is perfect, though. Do want! :D But right now, I’m torn between ordering this one..

..and this one:

I found both on eBay, and are thus incredibly cheap – both in price and quality. I don’t think I mind, though. I just want a cute watch that will last me until I decide to buy a nicer one. What do you guys think – should I risk ordering one of these online, or spend the extra $20-$40 on something else?

It’s rainstorming like crazy! D:<

It’s been pouring all day –  the streets and sidewalks are almost flooding, the wind almost blew me away, and I came back to my building half-drenched! While I was waiting at the bus stop, I took a candid photo of a girl who didn’t have an umbrella. She was completely soaked, from her hair to her boots. It made for an awesome shot, though.

I’ve been playing around my Instagram app all week. I might just make posting sets of cool “vintage” photos like these a regular thing here! : ) These next two are my newly set-up Christmas tree at home, and Michael’s dashboard on our way driving back to school. Feel free to click on either to enlarge!

Now that it’s the beginning of a new month, I checked out my blog stats and was surprised to see that my hits are still steadily increasing! :o I thought my average would have plateaued at this point. I’m glad that this style/beauty/food/etc. blog has been as successful as it has been. : ) Thanks, guys! <3

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eBay Lashes

Have you ever felt that your eyelashes were never long, thick, or curled enough? I’ve been a little self-conscious of mine for a while now – I have naturally short, thin, and stick-straight Asian lashes. It was only last week that I decided to try out something new. I happened to stumble upon this YouTube video, and was instantly inspired to experiment with false eyelashes!

There are plenty of sellers on eBay that sell false lashes for VERY CHEAP. This is because they come straight from Hong Kong in bulk. I ordered 4 sets of 10 pairs (40 total) of synthetic Taiwanese eyelashes for only $1. Along with a shipping cost of under $5, it only cost me $6 to buy them. This is considered extremely inexpensive, since drugstore lashes run for about $4 for one pair. That said, these lashes only cost me $0.15 per pair. I love saving money! : )

Because they just arrived at my campus mail room today, I was so excited to open the package. They come in 4 boxes, one for each style. They arrived rather quickly, especially since it was shipped internationally – only about 7 business days. The boxes were a little beat up, and some pairs were kind of crumpled, but you can always straighten them out.

The first two boxes contain the more natural lashes, while the other two have the more dramatic ones. Until I get the hang of applying them quickly and precisely, I won’t dare wear them regularly so soon. XD But they’re very soft, great quality, and one pair can last me several wears. Here’s me trying out style #001, the first box. They make my eyes pop and look so much bigger! I’m very pleased. :D

Here’s me wearing #001 again, but cut in half and only applied to my outer lashes. They look much more natural this way.

Here are close-ups of the different styles:

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