Archive for July, 2015

July 31, 2015

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

July 30, 2015

The Girl in the Purple Scarf

Girl in the Purple ScarfGirl in the Purple ScarfGirl in the Purple Scarf

I’m channeling Becky Bloomwood a.k.a. Shopaholic today–figuratively of course (actually, literally as well, but don’t tell Husband, shh). Except my scarf isn’t from D&G, it’s from Express. Also, I don’t have a British accent, just a boring American one, and I wish my life was half as dramatic as hers, although not really because I’m really happy with the way it is so far. 🙂

Also the dress is made by me, and I doubt Becky Bloomwood would ever make anything that she can just buy.

Girl in the Purple Scarf

Click to learn how to make this dress!

Girl in the Purple Scarf

It was cold today! Which explains the scarf. Fine, by California standards it was cold. In the morning. And then it warmed up by lunch time. So I felt like a weirdo in this scarf and cardigan standing amidst a bright sunlit park. Still, it’s lovely and I feel lovely in it, so I’m not taking it off. (Well, maybe when it gets hot, though.)

Girl in the Purple Scarf

I love reading outside, and settling down in the sun is while the weather is just right is the perfect way to spend my lunch.

This post deviates from my usual budget for Outfits-on-a-Budget, BUT I’ve worn this scarf so many times that I no longer feel bad about it. It was $40 from Express, and I bought it back in the days when I thought it was okay to pop 40 bucks on one piece of fabric. But they say you should divide the dollar amount by how many times you’ll wear it, and then decide if the purchase was worth it. Well I’ve worn this about a thousand times, which means it would cost me 4 cents every time I wear it. So by that logic, I totally deserve more of these scarves.

Or maybe I’ll just make some. 🙂

:: Outfit Details ::

Elastic-Waist Curved Hem Print Dress (made by yours truly, tutorial here!)
White Hollister Knit Cardigan (Christmas gift from my sister-in-law)
Leggings (~$6 from Ross)
Cross-Over-Body Bag (~$30 from H&M)
Brown Flats ($13 from Ross)
Purple Scarf (~$40 from Express)

July 28, 2015

10 Dresses Week Three! Elastic Waistband Curved Hem Dress

Elastic Waist Curved Hem

Welcome back to week three! Remember to send me pictures of your dresses so I can re-post and give you props, yo! Because you deserve it.

Say hello to our guest star, Reggie. He’s a 3-pound, pure-white Maltese I’ve been watching, and he’s the perfect little co-host. Look how terrified he looks in this photo, though. I swear we were actually having a blast, he probably was just startled by the camera clicks.

Week three’s challenge is very similar to my leopard print, elastic-waistband dress that I made way back way when. But I love it a lot more because I finished the neckline, sleeves, and hem differently. I love that the hem is curved and so different from the straight lines I usually do. It gives it a nice flirty look.

Here’s the tutorial:

For this project, I used a very thin, flowy woven cotton. It’s almost silky, but was a charm to work with. The print is bright but (for once) not floral, which is a nice change from the other dresses in this series. I’ve had the fabric for years but never knew what to do with it. When I started this 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks project, I dug around in my stash and remembered how gorgeous this was.

Here I paired it with my favorite leggings and lace booties stilettos. I consider my usual style sweet and girly, but I love how this looks with my long-forgotten moto jacket. I haven’t worn this thing in so long but now I don’t know why because I love it! Once winter comes around, you’ll be seeing repeats of this more times than you can count. 🙂

You can also forget the leggings and jacket during hotter summer days, and wear it with some gladiator sandals. Top if off with a light denim jacket and you’re good to go. This dress is so comfy and flowy, it would also make the perfect swimsuit cover-up. Pair it with some sandals, and maybe throw on a light cardigan when it gets too breezy. Hmm, cardigans. I love cardigans. I need bright colorful ones to jazz up some dull dresses I have. Maybe that’s an idea for my next challenge. 🙂

Stop by on Thursday for my Outfit on a Budget post and I’ll show you how I styled this in the office.

Elastic Waist Curved Hem Dress

I’m trying to look serious for once.

Anyway, have you made any dresses lately? Link me to anything you want to show off. 🙂

Next week we’re doing the fully-lined, lace, fit-and-flare, gathered waistline dress. Wow, what a description, huh? I used about one and a half yards of stretchy lace fabric, and another one and a half yard of jet set knit for the lining.

Lace Gathered Fit and Flared Dress Outfit 5

However, it is a bit longer than what I usually do for dresses, but I had planned to wear that to see the Dalai Lama and as my go-to for church. So if you don’t want to make it as long as the one I showed (a little bit past knee-length), then you might only want to get one yard. It all depends on you.

See you soon for next Tuesday’s tutorial! But don’t forget to stop by on Thursday for the next Outfit on a Budget, and how I styled this dress.

July 27, 2015

Lips as Red as Oranges

So this is what I really do during my lunch when I should be eating. Buying lipstick and then wearing it and taking pictures in my car while listening to K-ROQ and hoping a Vampire Weekend song will play before I have to go back to the office where I will immediately eat off said lipstick as a result of drinking too much tea in an attempt to not freeze to death.

Maybelline Sensation Royal Rush 735

Maybelline Color Sensational Royal Rush 735

I LOOOOOVE this Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Royal Rush (735). I’m not too big a fan of red lipstick, but when I saw this color, I knew I had to have it. It’s bright and–while you can’t really see it in the picture–has a bit of an orange tint. I really love how it brightens up my face in a subtle but also major way, if that makes sense. 🙂

Maybelline Sensation 735 Rose Rush

Maybelline Color Sensational 735 Rose Rush

The lipstick has a subtle perfume to it but it’s not overpowering like some other lipsticks I’ve worn. It’s actually quite pleasant in a surprising way. Like you’ll catch it when you smile or turn and a breeze picks up on it.

To be honest, most lipsticks and glosses don’t last long for me in general because I’m always snacking or sipping tea and coffee. But I wore this out on an impromptu walk with Husband, and more than an hour later it was still fresh and bright like I had just put it on. I have never been able to really test how long a lip product lasts on me, though, but I was happy when I got home and saw that this lipstick had stayed put.

Totally plan to wear this during an upcoming weekend to San Diego for Husband’s birthday. I can’t wait! Now…what to wear, what to wear…

July 24, 2015

DIY Friday: How to Make a Bumbling Panda!

How to Make a Bumbling Panda

bandit the bumbling panda and mommy

Meet Bandit, everyone! He’s been with me through thick and thin over the past few years since I’ve started my YouTube channel, stopped, and then re-started. I make so many things, including plushies and pillows and all sorts of snugglies and cuddlies. Then it hit me the other day that, of all the things I’ve made, my cute little panda has never been one of them. So I decided to get cracking down on it. And while I was at it, I also made a tutorial:

Bandit staring at an orchid

So in the video I mentioned that everyone keeps asking me why he’s so sad. Guys, he’s a BUMBLING panda. Has anyone ever looked happy while they’re bumbling?

Haha, joking aside though, I kind of love how “meh” and dejected he always seems. Like no matter how hard you try he’s never going to cheer up. Some people might say this says a lot about me, but I don’t know any of those people, so…meh. Besides. Pain builds character. So his painful smile gives him a lot of character, in my opinion. Right?

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Bandit Dejected at an Orchid

Right now, he’s available on-order at my Etsy Store. So if you’d like a Bandit for yourself but don’t feel like making one, feel free to message me on how you want him customized. I can make changes to his size, facial features, etc. (Like, maybe, if you don’t like him looking as sad and tortured as I do, I can give him a smile. If I must. *Sigh* Haha.) But if you want to order Bandit just the way he is, then feel free and I’ll make him as he’s shown here.Mommy stop embarrassing me

I know this doesn’t come close to the real thing, but I do feel like a mommy in these photos. Like, look at me embarrassing the stuffing out of my baby. I can pretty much hear him going, “Mommy. Staaaaahp.”

Oh and here’s a sneak peak at an upcoming DIY Friday. I thought Bandit seemed lonely, so I made him a little friend. Actually, she’s not quite so little since her head is way bigger than mine (and my swim cap size tells me I have a pretty large head–literally, not figuratively. Although I might also have a figuratively large head as well haha). I don’t know what her name is yet, so if you want to help me name her, leave a comment below! bumbling snugglies panda and pig

And who knows, this might be part of a new series of Bumbling Plushies I’m doing. 😉

One last thing, if you know me at all then you know how obsessed I am with pandas. So in honor of Bandit’s debut into the world Internet, here are some past panda arts and crafts I’ve done.

Have a great weekend everyone. Don’t forget to check back on Monday for my next makeup and beauty review, and on Tuesday for the next dress in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing Series!

July 23, 2015

My Summer Resolutions Accomplished–For Now, Anyway

close up sunglassespurse as clutch

Pink Polka Dot Dress with Pointy Black Heels from back

This summer, I resolve to do two things:

Wear more sunglasses to protect my eyes. And not carry half my weight with me when I leave the house.

I used to have this large collection of sunglasses, and I hung them on a string of yarn at my accessories station. Yes, our apartment was big enough in Albuquerque that I had an entire section of my bedroom dedicated to shoes, makeup, and generally to the Art of Getting Ready. BUT that was back in New Mexico where space isn’t as limited as it is here, and where I had the luxury of being able to set up such a somewhat scary but very thoroughly missed shrine. Pink Polka Dot Dress with Pointy Black Heels

pointy black heels from top

ANYWAY, I don’t know why–I guess it’s due to a number of lifestyle changes–but when I moved back to California, I ditched most of my accessories. Obviously the beanies and scarves had to go, but I’m not sure why the sunglasses disappeared. I think I just got sick of them. Plus I ran around a lot more often then, and to be honest most of the time they were to protect my eyes from the windy desert debris than from the sun.

Lately I’ve realized how very little protection I actually provide myself from the scorch, especially since I live by the beach and tend to hit the waters more often now that the weather is appropriate. While I’ve always been very diligent when it comes to sunscreen (thank you, Asian Mother), I’ve been neglecting my eyes. So my summer resolution is to wear sunglasses more often. For protection. Not to supplement my shopping addiction. Not that I really need a reason to do that. 🙂

2nd Resolution: Pack lightly when I leave the house.

As in, no more heavy purses that weigh more than my dog (18 pounds–yes, as a chihuahua, he is contributing to the country’s obesity rate). No more packing my life inside my bag. I now have license to leave my ten bottles of sports supplements at home–because despite carrying them with me I never remember to drink them in time. (I mean, I have to pop pills the size of my pinky, and then I have to wait 30 minutes to eat? I’m lucky if I can manage to speak coherently when I’m starving.)

To force myself into this new resolution, I’ve switched out my giant cross-over-body bag from H&M (which has been a staple, and lasted for several years–surprisingly, considering that it was very affordable at $30) for this hybrid clutch / cross-over-body purse. If you haven’t noticed from my outfits, I have a thing for cross-over-body bags because they’re so convenient. I like to have my hands free, especially when I shop– a pastime that takes up much more of my schedule than it should. Which makes this bag perfect because it doubles as cross-over-body, but I can tuck the straps into the pocket and immediately transform it into a clutch.

crossbody bag

Pink Polka Dot Dress with Pointy Black Heels and crossbody

This bag pretty much only allows me to bring along my essentials: phone (the case doubles as a small wallet for my cards), sunglasses (bonus points for summer resolution #1!), lip gloss(es–I mean, how can you really brave the outside world with just one?) and keys. I think it only weighs like 3 pounds. So yay. No more being burdened down by unnecessary weight. What are your summer resolutions? And can you believe half the year is already gone? I know it’s a cliche, but sheesh. It felt like the end of tax season was just last week.

If you’re wondering what’s on my knee, it’s RockTape (kinesiology) tape, which provides support and helps speed up recovery on sports injury. I’ve been swimming and running a lot, and I’ve always had a problem with my right knee but it seems to be flaring up a lot more lately. Anyway, I try not to wear it unless I’ve got some leggings or tights on, but I figured if I have to, I might as well rock it. So I got neon green. I know! Scandalous. I can’t help being a little bit rebellious now and then. 😛

pointy black heels

:: Outfit Details ::

Pink Chiffon Blouson Polka Dot Dress (~$15 from Ross)
Gray Knee-Length Cardigan (Also ~$15 from Ross–maybe I live there, don’t tell the managers)
Cross-Over-Body Clutch ($17 from Ross. Okay I definitely live there)
Black Pointed Toe Pumps ($25 from H&M. These make me so happy!)
Aviator Sunglasses ($6 $3 from Charlotte Russe — I can’t express how much I love these. They’re the first pair of Aviators that have not made my face look like it’s melting, yay!)

July 22, 2015

2 Trends I’ll Never Understand: Tassels and Shoes with Graphics

Tassels 

Tassel Cross Over Body Bag from H&M

Tassel Cross Over Body Bag from H&M

I know this is a personal vendetta against tassels that I have. And there’s nothing wrong with the look per se if you can pull it off. But the fact that they’re super POPULAR for most girls right now is just bizarre. What is the point of them? They just hang there and get in the way. I can just imagine them catching onto every door frame, nail, or pointy object I pass. Because I am the type of person to bump into everything I see. Even a doorframe that I know is there and have passed by many times.

And it’s not just purses! I’ve seen them on shirts and cardigans and sweaters and shoes and pretty much everything. They’re like ruffles to me. Pointless and unsightly.

Shoes with Graphics Printed on Them

Shoes with Seashell

Shoes with Seashell from H&M

And Shoes with Words Written on Them

Shoes with graphics from H&M

Shoes from H&M

Why?

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July 21, 2015

10 Dresses Week Two! Crocheted Swimsuit Coverup

How to Make a Swimsuit Cover Up or Sweater DressWelcome back to the second week in our summer dresses challenge! Who made the first dress? Please send me pictures if you did!

I’m not sure what to call this, really. A cover-up? A light sweater dress? Also, the fabric–is it lace, is it crocheted?

Swimsuit Coverup

Well whatever it is, I looooooove it.

You can wear it as a swimsuit coverup as I do here.

swimsuit coverup

Or you can wear it over a simple tank dress.

Swimsuit Sweater Dress

It was pretty easy to make this especially since I left the salvage as part of the hem for the bottom and the sleeves, which meant no hemming–yay! Right behind ripping up seams, hemming is probably my least favorite part about sewing. But that’s not the reason I left the neckline raw–I just liked the effect this fabric has when it’s unfinished.

The cuts are very simple. I used a tank dress for the bodice, and then added sleeves. Voila and done. Here’s the video tutorial:

I really love this dress because it’s so versatile. As a swimsuit cover-up, it’s definitely eye-catching, and the bright color goes perfect for summer and pool-side lounging.

I really love layering clothes, so I think it also looks great worn over another dress. Or maybe as a sweater over some leggings. I sometimes think I was born to live exclusively in winter months. But then again, I love bikinis and sunbathing and beaches and pools too much to really stand by that. Actually I just love clothes in general, so never mind.

The other day my best friend and I decided to take advantage of the neighborhood pool. We popped some tiny single-servings of Sutter Home Moscato wine, snacked on frozen grapes, and had a great girls’ day. It was so nice to see her and just enjoy the sunshine.

Next week we’re working on the elastic-waist, curved-hem dress. So if you’re getting ready to sew that project along with me, you’re going to need a yard of woven fabric and a length of elastic. I used the very thin kind, somewhere around 3/8″ wide. Looking forward to seeing how your projects are turning out!

July 20, 2015

Review: Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask

Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask with Orchid2Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask with Orchid

I guess I’ve just been into a lot of masks this month or something. Or maybe I’ve just been breaking out and desperate to keep it from getting worse. But anyway, I decided to give this Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask a try (and I did get it at a discount for my review).

Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask Cap Off2First off, it is a sulfur mask, so that’s something to keep in account when you realize how terrible it smells. It smells like…well, sulfur. Then again, it’s totally not as bad as how this Dead Sea Mud Mask smells, though that one was totally not expected which might have made it worse. The texture of this mask is similar to a hair clay that I use. It feels more like clay than anything. I washed my face, and then while it was still wet, I applied the mask to my face using a wet foundation brush. I coated it generously, then let it dry for about 15 minutes (even though the directions say 5-10 minutes, it took longer for the mask to dry since my face was wet). Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask Cap Off3

It was easy to wash and didn’t leave a sticky residue or anything like some masks do. No messy, no fuss. Just a straight-forward apply for 10 minutes, then wash off sort of thing.

Sublime Beauty Oil Control Sulfur Mask Cap Off

The next day, I did notice a reduction in the oiliness of my skin. I’m not sure if this is just my imagination, but it seems to speed up the healing process on some of my pimples. My acne is toning down a little, but I can’t tell if that’s because of the mask or maybe I’m just not as stressed out anymore since life has managed to ease into normalcy again. I’ll update you guys on whether this is worth it in the long haul, though from what I can see this is a great product and I would totally recommend it.

:: Overall Thoughts ::

5 out of 5
Weird sulfur smell to consider, though really not that bad
Easy to apply
Easy to wash off
Only 10 minutes
Would recommend

July 17, 2015

TMI Friday: Guys! I went to the mall and only spent $15!

Pink Pointy Heel Pumps and Sunglasses

And then I went to H&M the next day and spent much more. But that’s a whole other topic. For now, let’s focus on the fact that I only spent $15, which is a miracle considering that I walked the entire length of the Lakewood Shopping Center and visited all my favorite stores. This was right after an hour of swimming and no food, so I’m actually proud of myself for not caving into the temptation known as Auntie Annie’s.

(Then I went home and stuffed my face with a bowl of Ramen + egg whites + Pepper Jack cheese (it’s weird but try it!) + chicken dumplings + kale. Yeah! I know! It’s the weirdest unhealthiest + heathiest combination ever and I both enjoyed it thoroughly and regret it immensely!)

So I have been dying, DYING to get some pointy heel pumps. But I’m also very particular. I need them to be a certain height–not too low and not too high and I need the pointiness to be JUST pointy enough. When I stepped into Charlotte Russe, it was only to brave the jewelry section and see if, for once, I can find anything I like. (Nothing to do with their jewelry selection, more to do with my lack of interest in jewelry at all.) They’re having a buy one, get one for $10 sale on shoes, so I figured I’d check it out. But none of their selection really worked out, except when I stepped near the clearance section. And that’s when I spotted these GORGEOUS neon pink pointy toe pumps!

Pink Pointy Heel Pumps

I knew the moment we met that I had to have you.

I’m in love. And then I checked the price. Only $9.99. And in my size. And it’s like…this is the moment I’ve been waiting for……

Ahem.

Right now, they’re on the Charlotte Russe site for $28.99 (but as part of their buy one get one for $10 deal), so I definitely nabbed a steal there.

I’m so so happy right now. I had no place to wear them, being the lonely loser and hermit that I am currently–well it was Sunday and all I really wanted to do was stay home and read a book and maybe attempt to sew something–so I just wore them while I lounged around the house. I pretty much spent an entire afternoon drinking tea on my couch and staring at my new shoes. I know. I’m aware of how sad this sounds. I swear, I have friends. They were just busy.

Having such a round face, I can hardly find the right sunglasses. They have to be flat with rounded square lenses, and they have to be large enough to fit my strangely large head and to also make my face appear smaller. Because when I try to wear smaller frames, I look like the Hulk as he erupts with hunger, I mean anger.

I walked by these Aviators–which usually tend to make my face look like it’s droooooooping–and for some reason figured I should give them a try. And I actually love them!

Aviator Sunglasses from Charlotte Russe

They’re now my favorite sunglasses. The nose-piece elevates them slightly so that my huge cheeks don’t hit the frame when I smile. Plus, they were on sale for $3 (down from $6). Boom. You best believe I’m go’ng to buy dem shades. (That’s right, folks. You can take the lady out of Westminster, but you can’t take the Wet-min-tuh out of the AzN BbY GrL.)

Thus concludes my TMI Friday. I was so excited about my purchases, that I had to share with you guys. What are you shopping for this weekend?