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Trend Alert: Waterfall Skirts

Not to be confused with the more popular high-low trend, waterfall skirts look more feminine and free-flowing. The delicate asymmetry turns heads, the “streams” of fabric dance as you make your entrance into a room, and onlookers will stare in awe of how ethereal your presence is. (Ok, I may be exaggerating. But they do remind me of fairies, sorceresses, angels, and other magical beings in fantasy.) This music video by k-pop girl group 4minute shows just how alluring these skirts can look in movement.

Like hi-lo skirts, waterfall skirts are typically made from chiffon or another sheer lightweight material. The difference is that its fabric is often pleated, the number of the folds varying from one designer to the next. Another thing that sets them apart are that waterfall skirts don’t necessarily have to start shorter in the front and longer in the back. In fact, the prettier ones I’ve seen start at arbitrary points and look tastefully chaotic. >:D

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I purchased this black waterfall skirt from Love Culture for dirt cheap a few months ago, and haven’t been able to wear it until it warmed up a bit last weekend. The elastic waistband wasn’t sewn in place, so it kept flipping and folding over inside the fabric throughout the day. It also kept riding up my waist so that my proportions looked all messed up. Or maybe I just need to lose a few more pounds? :(

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One thing is for certain, though – it’s definitely not a practical skirt to wear. There are so many hazards! Including, but not limited to: tripping over them in your heels, getting them stuck in an escalator, and being prone to wardrobe malfunctions when it’s windy. >.<; I wish you luck if you’re brave enough.

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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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Spring Dresses from H&M

Exactly seven months ago, I bought a cute dress at H&M.

Remembering how much I loved the fit, pattern, and relatively inexpensive price tag.. I sought out another one the other day. It’s the perfect time to buy a new Spring dress anyway, now that the weather is getting nicer. :)

While browsing the racks, I immediately fell in love with the romper shown on the left in the photo above. I would have purchased it right away if it weren’t for the fact that I had difficulty closing the zipper over my bust. Although a size 6 fits my waist and hips perfectly, I find that clothing at H&M is usually not accommodating to women who have a C-cup or larger. Which is a shame, since I felt that it was very flattering to my figure. :< On the other hand, I did find the black dress above to be the complete opposite – draping over my body to the point where I looked shapeless. ;_;

And between the other two dresses I tried on in the fitting room, one had sleeves and a collar that were a tad too conservative for me, and I was undecided as to whether the light blue shade of the other dress flattered my skin tone. After some reassurance from an employee, I ended up buying the latter.. which I wore to a casual lunch and karaoke get-together with some friends back home. :D I especially like the pattern of white hearts all over it. It’s a little too long for my short legs to be considered a “mini dress”, but I’m sure the hem will get hiked up a few inches after throwing it in the washer and dryer. ;)

While I was catching up with everyone over some drinks, my friend Kristiana introduced me to the world of instant cameras. I had seen her bring one to functions before, but I never asked much about it until now. Especially since I had recently stumbled upon a plethora of old-school film cameras at Urban Outfitters, I was more interested than ever to get my own!

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Film Camera pictured above is the one that I’m looking to purchase after I save up some money. It costs about $63, not including the film – which can easily be $15 for a pack of 20. I hear that it’s much cheaper to buy the film on eBay, though, which is what I’ll probably end up doing. Anything to save a few extra dollars. :P

To me, instant cameras are a fun variation of casual picture-taking. It’s always super exciting to see the prints develop right in front of you, too! They also provide you with a tangible souvenir of the experience, something that the age of digital photos has somewhat lost. I can’t wait to start up this new hobby! ^.^

Trend Alert: Liquid Leggings

With tomorrow being the first official day of Spring, I have much to look forward to – beautiful sunshine, more hours of daylight, and no more obligation to wear boring jeans! One trend that I want to be brave enough to pull off this season are liquid leggings. They’re a bold fashion statement that can go so wrong if matched incorrectly, but look so chic when done right. ;) And although they’ve already been around for a couple years, more mainstream stores are starting to popularize them even more as of late.

When most people think of liquid leggings, they usually think black and shiny. But our options shouldn’t be limited to just these two characteristics. Brands like American Apparel have a great stock of colorful liquid leggings in different textures – like snakeskin or glitter, for example. The photo above features three of their super fun metallic shades. :)

I understand why many people wouldn’t be receptive to this trend, though. Criticism for liquid leggings begin with its ability to only be generally flattering on those with long legs and smaller thighs, though I encourage women (and men) of all shapes and sizes to wear what they please.

I’ve also heard that they’re intimidating to wear because of how inflexible they can be with the rest of your wardrobe. Personally, I would suggest wearing a basic solid-colored top and a pair of statement footwear. Accessories should be kept to a minimum, because you don’t want to distract from the main attraction. :P But that’s just my opinion. What do you guys think?

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Hello Kitty Addiction

Hey, guys! How are you all doing? :) I’ve been in a pretty good mood lately. Last weekend, I hung out with some friends that I haven’t seen in over eight years. :o Mother Nature has been good to New York, too, providing us with some much-needed sunshine. One of my favorite places to hang out on campus when it’s warm are the Staller Steps – a large expanse of grass where students gather to eat, drink, talk, study, smoke, tan, and play frisbee. :P As I was walking by it earlier today, I could help but snap a photo of how peaceful it looked.

Anyway, as I was browsing the Sanrio website the other day, I couldn’t help but drool over some of their Hello Kitty merchandise. >.<; I admit that I have somewhat of a problem – from jewelry to alarm clocks, I own my fair share of items branded with her cute face. XD

With graduation approaching in two months and a travel agenda for the summer already being planned, I started thinking about my lack of travel luggage. The quilted overnight bag featured above is the perfect size to carry enough to last me a long weekend vacation or camping trip! :) Do want.

Another alternative to travel luggage is this adorable pink rolling suitcase. <3 After a flight to another state (or country!), I wouldn’t have to strain myself to find it among the many other suitcases in the baggage claim because it would stand out so much. ;)

Additionally, who doesn’t love yoga pants?! They’re so comfortable to lounge around and work out in. Especially since I’ve joined an intramural volleyball team this semester (more about that in another post), I’ve been dying to own more active wear. x_x

This HK x Tokidoki laptop case is the most darling thing, too. I find myself carrying my computer to class in a tote bag without any sort of protection. I know that I should invest in a case soon, before something as unfortunate as water damage happens. o_o I like my small little accessories to be stylish, though, no matter how trivial it may be to others. :P

And while we’re on the topic of Tokidoki, I found this shopper bag on the Karma Loop website. I REALLY WANT IT. It comes in black, too, with a stamp design that says “Paris” instead of “Tokyo” – but the material for that one looked too cheap and shiny. This one is just my cup of tea, though. The deal breaker is that is costs $118 at full price, which is definitely outside of my budget. I’ve bookmarked it, though, and hopefully it’ll go on sale soon. :)

On a final note, I’ve changed my blog photo once again! You can click on it for the full-sized view. Nothing special, I just felt particularly photogenic the other day. :P My hair is getting so long, too! I’m thinking about cutting it, but I yearn for waist-length locks. <3 Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for more posts this week, and don’t forgot to subscribe. :) Until next time! ^.^

Anticipating Spring! :D

For the past week, the weather has just been fantastic on Long Island. I can’t wait until I don’t have to wear a jacket anymore, and showcase all my Spring dresses and skirts. ;) But the other night, while I was browsing the American Apparel website during their flash sale, it occurred to me that I don’t own enough sleeved clothing – mostly because I hate wearing sleeves. Layering over tanktops is much more comfortable and convenient, in my opinion.

So I ended up ordering a cardigan and a shirt. :P Look at how much I saved! :o
Unisex Fine Jersey Double-Breasted Cardigan (S), $41.00 $16.00
Unisex Helvetica Alphabet T-Shirt (XS), $24.00 $6.00

First of all, let’s me get this out of my system.. AMERICAN APPAREL COTTON IS SO EFFING SOFT. I’m wearing this shirt right now as I type this, and I still can’t believe how comfortable the material is. Don’t even get me started on the fit! An XS is the perfect length, and despite being somewhat loose, doesn’t make me look like a shapeless bag. I was afraid of the sleeves being too long and the collar being too high, but neither of those were a problem for me. This purchase has definitely convinced me to buy more casual t-shirts from AA. <3


Excuse the dirty mirror. I really need to invest in a tripod. >.<;

As for the cardigan, I was a little disappointed that the photo on the website was misleading. I thought the buttons were going to be black, but they came in beige/brown instead. Because this is a unisex style, the fit is somewhat awkward on me when buttoned up all the way. But I prefer leaving it completely open, or only buttoning it up halfway or less. :) The material is also really soft, and thin enough to wear in the Spring on a windy day without feeling hot. And for what little I paid (compared to its original price tag), I still think it was a great buy. :P

In other news, I’m so excited to be attending I-CON this year! :) I haven’t been to a convention in forever, and how awesome is it that my university’s campus hosts one every year? :D Although this convention is mostly centered around science fiction (which I admit strays somewhat from my interests), I’m sure I’ll still find tons of fun things to do.

As for the costume that I will be wearing that Friday, the photo above inspired me to put together a “sexy pikachu” outfit. I was so excited to make a dress from scratch, but after looking at my academic schedule, I’ve realized that I have no time. ;_; Although I still plan to make the headband by myself, I ordered this dress from Charlotte Russe the other week. (I feel like such a cheater!)

I figured that a clubbing-style dress could be worn on more occasions than just a convention. The daffodil yellow color is perfect for spring, too! :P Admittedly, the openings on the side are a bit risque – but maybe that’s just because I’m modest. And although I don’t think the cut of the dress flatters my figure very well, I’m learning to cast aside my insecurities and wear what makes me happy. My only issue with the piece is that I can’t wear a bra under it – any suggestions for what to do? I hear that special band-aids or pasties will do the trick of hiding your nipples through thin fabric, but I have no experience with this. >.<;

On a final note, I want to let you guys know that I’m dealing with stress a whole lot better this semester. Even though I don’t think I did very well on my most recent exam, I know that I worked hard and did my best. All I can do now is hope that the curve boosts my grade, and enjoy the company of good friends every Thursday night before  graduate. :) Until next time! ^.^



Trend Alert: Colored Denim Shorts & Bodysuits

Perhaps I’m getting a little too ahead of myself by proposing that we start thinking about Spring/Summer fashion trends.. but I’m already impatient for warmer weather! Especially since the forecast says that Mother Nature is going to be teasing us in New York with a beautiful 60°F this Thursday. :<

Anyway, one trend that I can’t wait to jump on this next season are colored denim shorts. Although I’m the girl that swears by getting everything in black, it’s nice to get into the spirit of Spring and add that pop of color into your wardrobe. Especially with these super-affordable shorts from Forever 21, you won’t be breaking the bank by giving it a shot.

They’re so easy to coordinate with just about anything, too! Because you want the attention to be focused on your brightly-colored denim, matching them with accessories/top/shoes in neutral shades would work best. :) Personally, I’m quite fond of the pastel hues being sold at most popular stores right now. But I wouldn’t mind snatching myself a pair of firetruck red shorts, either. ;D

The second spring trend that caught my eye were bodysuits. While I was browsing the American Apparel website, there was a whole category dedicated to them! The photos above and below showcase their Cotton Spandex Jersey Bandeau Bodysuit, and all the different ways to wear it. I’m not sure if I was attracted to the piece because of the gorgeous model, or because I’ve wanted to be daring lately. I definitely don’t have the body to wear it alone, and I don’t even know where to start in terms of putting together an outfit with one.

All I know is that I love American Apparel for producing clothes in an endless plethora of colors that can be worn in several different ways. They have an amazing collection of photographs, too, which is great for their marketing campaigns. My only issues with the company is that they charge way too much for a single item, and the majority of their clothing are either skin-tight or drapey – both of which don’t flatter certain body shapes. >.<;

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. I’d love to hear what trends for this upcoming season YOU are most excited about. :) In the meantime, are any of you interested in a new skin lightening treatment? If so, my friends at Luminaze know just what you need! Their Skin Tone Illuminator repairs blotchy skin appearances harmlessly and naturally by using a catalytic, all-natural ingredient to give your whole face a uniform look without excessive skin lightening or splotchyness. Their patented natural enzyme is clinically proven to work better and faster than the leading prescription ingredient: hydroquinone. Additionally, Luminaze is gentle enough to use every day – be sure to check them out. :) Until next time! ^.^