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STYLIST FOR A DAY

2014-08-20T07:59:58.572-07:00

[ :: Knot Back Dress :: Cheetah Fit & Flare Dress :: ]In today's edition of dreams coming true, while on set with ELOQUII, I got to play stylist for the day! With a real model! haha. Click through for more photos! :)I'm 95% sure that Sarah Conley (@StyleIt) is dancing just off to the side when this photo was snapped. <3 her!Sooo love this vest! I ordered it a couple days ago--can't wait for it to arrive! I want to wear it with everything![ :: ELOQUII long sleeveless vest :: ELOQUII statement beaded necklace :: ]Non stop crop tops. Obsessed![ :: ELOQUII lace bandeau crop top :: ]Styling the Studio African Violet Skirt 2 ways--love this playful look! Obsessed with the mix of florals and stripes![ :: ELOQUII violet skirt and striped crop top :: ][ :: ELOQUII woven back top and leather applique skirt :: ]Versatility is key with clothing! Love bringing out the purple in the skirt with this bright top. The look is polished enough for work without being boring![ :: ELOQUII skirt and cross back top :: ]I really hope you guys enjoyed the looks I styled for ELOQUII. It was such a blast working with such an amazing team and getting to play with such gorgeous clothes!FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



ESCAPE WITH ELOQUII

2014-08-20T07:59:58.633-07:00

Yayyyy, I can finally share what I was working on in NY with ELOQUII! You might have seen a couple sneak peeks on my instagram during my brief stint in NYC, but looks like the cat's out of the bag! I got to play stylist for the day and hang out with the incredible ELOQUII team, putting together my favorite looks from their latest collections!
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I can't get over this outfit. I want to wear it everywhere!
[ :: Rose & Stripes Crop Top :: Ponte Skater Skirt :: ]
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I really just need someone to appreciate the beaded/embellished glory of this skirt. Also, GIVE ME ALL THE PRINTS.
[ :: Studio Embellished Artisan Skirt :: Wrap Back Tank :: Beaded Bib Necklace :: ]

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So, I mean, that's Larry. And I love him.
[ :: Longline Vest :: Studded Ponte Pencil Skirt :: ]
[ :: Wrap Back Tank :: Beaded Statement Necklace :: ]

Head over to ELOQUII.com to see the rest of the photos, my favorite picks from the site, and to shop all the new arrivals! The best part? You can score 40% off your $100+ purchase with code "CHIC"!

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LONG OVERDUE

2014-08-20T07:59:58.642-07:00

I know, I know...*WAAAAVES* Hi guys! I know it's been a while since I last posted. I thiiiink most of you guys know, but I work full time (extra full time?) in a non-fashion position, and things have been CRAY. My job hasn't left all that much time for working on this old blog of mine, but I've resolved to kick things back into gear!So much has happened since my last post--I got to go to Nashville for CMA Fest (already making plans to go back next year!), the blogger lookbook I shot with Simply Be came out, I chopped off my hair, posted a bunch of looks for People Stylewatch, AND flew to New York to hang out with Eloquii on a super secret project--details of which I'm SO excited to share with you guys!! (But you can check out a sneak peek here!)In the meantime, I wanted to share a look I shot a few weeks back. Just looking at the photos makes me miss my hair! T_T lol[ :: Gap denim moto jacket (similar) :: Peter Som for Kohls dress :: ][ :: Eloquii clutch (past season--similar) :: Torrid heels (on sale!) :: ] [ :: Gap denim moto jacket (similar) :: Peter Som for Kohls dress :: ][ :: Eloquii clutch (past season--similar) :: Torrid heels (on sale!) :: ] I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend! Happy Independence Day! :) Murrrica!FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



COLOR SPLASH

2014-08-20T07:59:58.706-07:00

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Just in case you weren't sure what my favorite color is... :D

[ :: Forever 21+ dress (similar) :: Banana Republic trench (similar) :: Henri Bendel bag :: ]
[ :: necklace and bracelet c/o ShinyMix :: Cole Haan pumps (similar) :: ]

I typically opt for narrower stripes on my clothes, but the wider, bold stripe pattern on this dress just feels right! I love it as a contrast to the flowery floral bag and statement necklace in muted pastels. I'm bummed out that the dress is sold out online, but you may have some luck in-store! I just picked it up last weekend--such a steal at $16!

Speaking of good deals, you'll never guess where I found these perfect, lavender, snake-embossed pumps. Wait for it...TJ Maxx!!! Shopping at the Maxx takes a lot of patience but the payoff can be amazinggg. I've also scored some amazing home decor deals, and they even carry some plus size clothing options! Takes some digging but the find is usually worth it!

 The necklace and bracelet are from ShinyMix, a jewelry retailer specializing in all things sparkly and, of course, shiny! I'm in love with their necklace selection; from the bold, colorful statement necklaces to the delicate wisps of gold chain carrying tiny pendants, ShinyMix has just the thing you need to update your jewelry box. They were sweet enough to offer Curvy Girl Chic readers with a discount code for 15% off--just use code "CurvyGirl" at checkout. To add to the sweet deal, they always offer free shipping to US customers! :)

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Where are your favorite places to score a deal? Are any of the places I mentioned above among your favorites? :)

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LEATHER & STRIPES

2014-08-20T07:59:58.717-07:00

Because when you're putting together an outfit, why not wear all your favorites at once?Snapped this outfit a few weeks back, prior to this insane heat wave! You wouldn't catch me in anything like leather or faux leather in this 100 degree heat! Still, I can't wait for it to cool down so I can bust these pieces out again. Moto jackets, stripes, and sparkle just make life feel right.I'm a little bit in love with this bag too--it's convertible to a crossbody with a shiny gold chain! Also majorly obsessed with the croc embossing and vibrant orchid hue. So chic![ :: H&M+ tee (similar) :: moto jacket c/o Forever 21+ (similar) :: Forever 21+ skirt :: ][ ::  Monika Chiang necklace (similar) :: lexie clutch c/o Ora Delphine :: Calvin Klein cutout booties :: ][ :: H&M+ tee (similar) :: moto jacket c/o Forever 21+ (similar) :: Forever 21+ skirt :: ][ ::  Monika Chiang necklace (similar) :: lexie clutch c/o Ora Delphine :: Calvin Klein cutout booties :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Polymer clay soles with stiletto heels

2014-08-20T08:04:07.399-07:00

The latest video shows how to make soles using patterns with polymer clay. It is actually one of the easiest ways of making soles I have figured out so far, if you don't count the trouble of making the card stock supports. Then again, you can reuse those and make more than one pair of soles before using them for shoe soles as well.

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Here are the finished shoes, which are also shown at the end of the video.





LACE FOR DAYS

2014-08-20T07:59:58.773-07:00

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Perfect weather calls for pretty fabrics and girly accents! Nothing screams California-girl like a great pair of denim shorts, but I'm not always a huge fan of super distressed, chock-full-of-holes styles. They look great on some people, but they aren't really for me. These lace-trimmed shorts strike the perfect balance between casual and girly!

[ :: American Rag lace top (similar) :: lace trim shorts c/o Simply Be :: Jason Wu x Target bag (similar):: ]
[ :: vintage bracelet :: filigree ring via ideeli :: Vince Camuto heels :: ]
In other fun news, I'm off to London in less than a week! I'll be working on a fun project with Simply Be and hanging out for a few days after! It's my first time back in more than a decade, so if you have recommendations for what to do, where to go, and most importantly, where to shop, let me know!! :D

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[ :: American Rag lace top (similar) :: lace trim shorts c/o Simply Be :: Jason Wu x Target bag (similar):: ]
[ :: vintage bracelet :: filigree ring via ideeli :: Vince Camuto heels :: ]

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Foot lasts

2014-08-20T08:04:07.482-07:00

I have shown how to make foot lasts for dolls by casting their feet using latex molds, but this is the real deal. These are real-life foot lasts for making shoes. They are made of wood, which is the usual material for foot lasts. I assume these are very old and they were among the old items the previous owner left at the house my brother and his wife currently own.

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Plaster casting continued

2014-08-20T08:04:07.495-07:00

I used the molds for plaster casting and also experimented on using a latex mold to make polymer clay heels. I had never done that before, but thought it was worth trying.

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PRINT HAPPY

2014-08-20T07:59:58.784-07:00

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♥ HELLO WEEKEND. I love youuu. ♥

[ :: H&M jacket and shirt (jacket on sale here!) :: ASOS boyfriend jeans (similar) :: Banana Republic bracelet :: ]
[ :: Monika Chiang raja clutch  :: Report heels (similar) :: ]

Snapped these photos ages ago but didn't have the chance to go through them until now! I'm still a big fan of print mixing and I don't see that going anywhere. I'm a little obsessed with the print on the jacket--it reminds me of patterns I saw while traveling in Istanbul a couple years ago!

In other news, I'm now contributing weekly to People StyleWatch online! I hope you'll follow along--new posts will be going up every Monday. :) Check out the first post here!

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[ :: H&M jacket and shirt (jacket on sale here!) :: ASOS boyfriend jeans (similar) :: Banana Republic bracelet :: ]
[ :: Monika Chiang raja clutch  :: Report heels (similar) :: ]
♥ I hope you all have an incredible weekend! ♥

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SUN & SHADE

2014-08-20T07:59:58.841-07:00

90 degree weather calls for breaking out shorts and a breezy top for a super laid back look! [ :: Calvin Klein shirt c/o Zappos :: Vince Camuto shorts c/o Zappos :: Eloquii bag (similar) :: ][ :: Forever 21 bracelet :: Shop Dama midi ring (similar) :: Vince Camuto heels c/o Zappos :: cheapo mall sunglasses :: ]When Zappos reached out to me about styling a look with some of their offerings, I was so psyched! I've been an avid Zappos shopper for years--their free shipping and free returns have always been a huge draw for me since shoe shopping as a 10W/11 can be such a pain! Little did I know that they offer just as many non-shoe fashion options--we're talking pieces from cool-girl brands like Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Minkoff, and perrenial favorite Rachel Pally! They have a fair amount of plus size options, from favorites like Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, as well as some cool pieces from a new favorite of mine, Vince Camuto.I opted for graphic, animal print shorts in a comfy woven fabric and paired them with this Calvin Klein shirt, which I'm in LOVE with. It's breezy and casual, and the gold details are just the thing to keep it from being too simple. Since Zappos is first and foremost all about shoes, how could I not indulge in these strappy, gorgeous sandals? The detail on them is stunning. I plan on wearing these all summer![ :: Calvin Klein shirt c/o Zappos :: Vince Camuto shorts c/o Zappos :: Eloquii bag (similar) :: ][ :: Forever 21 bracelet :: Shop Dama midi ring (similar) :: Vince Camuto heels c/o Zappos :: cheapo mall sunglasses :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Plaster casting with latex molds

2014-08-20T08:04:07.508-07:00

The latest video is about making latex molds of heels for plaster casting.

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Flat soles using MoldMaker

2014-08-20T08:04:07.520-07:00

In one the old videos, I made flat soles for the Baha Cat using polymer clay with a mold. This new video is about making flat soles using mold making clay and polymer clay. The doll for which I'm making the soles is again Baha Cat, although near the end, I'm also showing a mold for male Monster High dolls and some soles I made using it.

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HEAT WAVE

2014-08-20T07:59:58.851-07:00

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiii guys! :D I hope you've been having a good week! These photos are a little late because I've been swamped at work (oh hai working until 10pm on a Friday night!) but a couple weeks ago it got up to the high 80's in California!

I first spied this amazing Angel Ribbons fringed beauty during the Simply Be Spring Preview a couple months ago and I knew I had to have it! It's so airy and boho, and I couldn't imagine a better time to break it out than during our first post-winter heat wave!

[ :: Angel Ribbons fringed shawl c/o Simply Be USA :: H&M dress (similar) :: Mossimo wedges (similar) :: H&M clutch (similar) :: ]

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[ :: fringed shawl c/o Simply Be USA :: H&M dress (similar) :: Mossimo wedges (similar) :: H&M clutch (similar) :: ]

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Part 2 of mold making

2014-08-20T08:04:07.531-07:00

Here is the second part of my experiments with MoldMaker.

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Making a mold for heels using MoldMaker

2014-08-20T08:04:07.624-07:00

The following video shows my attempt on making heels using a mold made of mold making clay and also an experiment on making a two-part mold with the clay.

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By the way, the word "mould" or "mold" is really bugging me, because of the two ways of writing it. I have decided to stick with "mold" from now on as that is what I am using in the book and because the clay is called MoldMaker.



Painting resin soles

2014-08-20T08:04:07.635-07:00

The latest video is about painting resin soles. I'm painting a pair of Monster High soles with gold color and towards the end of the video I'm telling a bit about how the book project is going.

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SHADES OF BLUE

2014-08-20T07:59:58.908-07:00

Happy Spring! :D I know we Californians haven't had to deal with the polarvortexsnowpocalypse that the rest of the country has had to endure, but I'm so excited for spring! Daylight savings means that it's still light out when I get out of work (YESSS) and the occasional weekend heat wave allows for poolside hangouts and outdoor grilling!To me, nothing screams warm weather like a breezy, boho maxi dress. I love the pale blue of this high-low, billow-in-the-wind style from Rachel Pally, and can definitely see myself rocking it with strappy sandals for the summer (after I get the chance to take it to my tailor...haha).[ :: maxi dress c/o Rachel Pally :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: ][ :: Phillip Lim x Target bag (similar) :: Steve Madden open toe pumps (similar) :: ][ :: maxi dress c/o Rachel Pally :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: ][ :: Phillip Lim x Target bag (similar) :: Steve Madden open toe pumps (similar) :: ]Thanks for reading!! xoxo :)FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



MELISSA MASSE SPRING PREVIEW EVENT

2014-08-20T07:59:58.918-07:00

A couple weekends ago, I was lucky enough to head to LA for Melissa Masse's Spring Preview. As a big fan of her bold and playful prints, I was excited to see what she had in store for us. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed!
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So many cheery prints and patterns!
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How gorgeous and these women?! Loving the dress Melissa is wearing!
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Always a good time with these girls! :D :D :D
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Such a sweet garden party setup!
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Seriously, how amazing does Ivory look in that jumpsuit?
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Ivory, Reah, and Gabi! Love these girls. So sweet!
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Cutest. Girls. Ever.
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Monique and Jay! <3 <3 <3

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Loooooooooved this dress from the preview! Chevron print forever! ^__^

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Heels for Miss Piggy's boots

2014-08-20T08:04:07.646-07:00

I finished the boots I was making for Miss Piggy. They were only missing the heels and the video below shows how I made them. It's a long one, because I didn't do the usual cuts for when I made the same steps for the other shoe.

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WITH A KISS

2014-08-20T07:59:58.975-07:00

I've departed from my usual above-the-knee skirts recently in favor of midi lengths. There is something so classic and refined about a slightly longer length, and nothing is as classic as a pleated skirt! In black, it's a piece you know you'll wear for years. You can shop for this skirt and more of SWAK's plus size clothes here![ :: Gap jacket :: pretty cami and lulu plus size skirt c/o SWAK Designs :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: crossbody c/o RoviMoss :: ][ :: F21 bracelets :: Torrid necklace (similar) :: H&M spike ring :: ][ :: Gap jacket :: pretty cami and lulu plus size skirt c/o SWAK Designs :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: mini square crossbody c/o RoviMoss :: ][ :: F21 bracelets :: Torrid necklace (similar) :: H&M spike ring :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVINPost sponsored by SWAK Designs. All opinions are my own![...]



Fixing the problem in the metal shoes

2014-08-20T08:04:07.657-07:00

I have uploaded the second part about making the metal shoes. I figured out a way to fix things in a satisfactory manner, but although the video is really long, there is still more to do later.

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ON WEEKENDS

2014-08-20T07:59:58.985-07:00

Happy Monday! (Actually, WHAT IS SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS MONDAY, IT'S A MONDAY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.)This weekend wasn't nearly long enough, but it was pretty perfect. Homemade breakfasts, days at the Korean spa, and evenings shopping in deserted outdoor malls because rain is the SoCal equivalent of a blizzard--all punctuated with good food, great company, and some long overdue reading. Suffice it to say, I'm not ready for Monday. At all.[ :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: studded top c/o Umgee :: H&M skirt (similar) :: ][ :: Pietro Alessandro chloe bag c/o :: House of Harlow boots (similar) :: Banana Republic & F21 bracelets :: ]Leather always makes everything better, especially when in the form of a classic moto jacket and the softest leather bag in my closet. And let me tell you--when I say soft, this thing is like BUTTER. In an industry overrun with mass-produced everything, I was thrilled when they reached out with their story. Pietro Alessandro is a family owned and operated business and the bags are all made of genuine Italian leather in NYC. The founder and owner, Pierre Dabagh, still hand makes the bags himself! Check out this clip for a better look at the brand!I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and that you're slightly more prepared for this week than I am! :P[ :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: studded top c/o Umgee :: H&M skirt (similar) :: ][ :: Pietro Alessandro chloe bag c/o :: House of Harlow boots (similar) :: Banana Republic & F21 bracelets :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



When everything goes wrong

2014-08-20T08:04:07.670-07:00

The next video is now in YouTube and this time things didn't go as planned, because I was using new material. The first experiment with it was a tunic for a Monster High Create A Monster doll, but I wanted to try it also for shoes.

This video is a more realistic view on how the doll shoe projects often go. The tutorials before this one are about subjects I know really well, so things can look easy. Trying new things is always different.


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Here is a photo of the shoes as they are now. I have a plan for the ankle straps and will make a video about that soon.




Making boots using the pattern, part 2

2014-08-20T08:04:07.683-07:00

Gluing the uppers to the soles took longer than I expected, so the video got really long and I had to divide it into two parts. These videos show the process all the way to the point where only the heels are missing.

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Book update

2014-08-20T08:04:07.701-07:00

I just want to let you know that I am still writing the book. The current word count is about 12,500 and there are lots of photos already. I have been taking new photos to get better quality than in the ones I have used in the blog, but due to the uniqueness of some photos, I will be using some old ones as well.

The structure of the book is now set and shouldn't change much after this. Chapters 1–4 present some tools and materials, chapters 5–6 are about different casting methods and making foot lasts of your doll's feet, chapters 7–9 introduce different ways of making soles and heels for shoes, and chapters 10–13 describe making uppers for different kinds of shoes.

It is really great that I don't have to worry about the length of the book or the number of photos, because there won't be any printing involved. I'm including a lot of example photos of what can be done with different materials and photos that show a sequence of actions for certain processes.

Finally, here is one of the new photos I have taken. I don't remember, if I have ever shown these before. These shoes are made of copper sheet using super glue and they are among my earliest experiments in making doll shoes (around 1998, I think). The thin copper sheet I used bends really easily, so these are purely decorative and cannot be used on a doll.





Closet Cleanout and an Intro to Swapdom!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.041-07:00

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught on that I recently moved into a new place (YAY!). What's not so awesome, is that during the move, I tragically lost about half of my closet space (life is hard, lol), so a thorough closet cleanout was necessary in a major way. While I was flipping through my clothes, I realized just HOW MUCH of my wardrobe never actually gets worn! I'll fall in love with something, buy it, and one or two wears later, it's banished to the corners of my closet to die in favor of something new.
I'm terrible, I know.

Given my terrible shopping habits, I'll often end up with clothing that isn't worn more than a couple times but is still cute, current, and in perfect condition. In the past, these items have just sort of sat around (sometimes for years) until I decide to wear them again, or ended up at Goodwill during a move or closet purge. I hate feeling like I've wasted money buying clothes I rarely wear, so when Swapdom reached out to me about their swapping site, I was intrigued!
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All you have to do is sign up, make a public profile (check mine out here), and start listing items. When you come across something you want, just make a request, and Swapdom does the rest to arrange the perfect swap. All you have to pay for is shipping. Genius, right?!

I've got four pieces up right now, including this lace dress from Kiyonna (I love it but it's a little too long for me!) and this crocheted tunic. Hopefully someone can give these pieces a good home! :)

What do you guys think? Is Swapdom a service you can get behind?

*This post was sponsored by Swapdom but all opinions are my own! So yes, I do really love this concept and can't wait to start swapping!

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ELOQUII is BACK (and better than ever!)

2014-08-20T07:59:59.051-07:00

The plus size blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Eloquii has relaunched! If you're new to Eloquii, here's the short and sweet about the brand: Previously owned by The Limited, Eloquii, The Limited's plus size brand, was shut down due to corporate restructuring. Plus size shoppers everywhere were sad/angry/disappointed, and the original team behind Eloquii decided to take over and relaunch with cooler pieces than ever before! (I'm personally a fan of all the faux leather details!)The company is now employee-owned, which I think is awesome. The coolest part? They'll be releasing new products in limited quantities every few weeks, so there will always be something new and fresh to add to your wardrobe. Can't wait to see where the brand goes! :DClick through for a few of my favorite lookbook images below!I am DYING over that cheetah print skater skirt. Love it!!I thought I was over peplum, but the asymmetrical hem on the dress feels totally fresh!ALL STRIPED EVERYTHING. Need I say more?Both of these dresses are perfect! How perfect is the blush pink dress for all the spring and summer weddings that are coming up??Love both of these looks--perfect combination of edgy and sophisticated!How glorious is that abstract paneling? Love!!What are you guys loving the most??? Do you like the trendier route that Eloquii has taken? Check out the full collection and let me know what you think!FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Making boots using the pattern, part 1

2014-08-20T08:04:07.713-07:00

This is the first part of making boots using the pattern created in the previous video. The video was getting quite long and I didn't have the time to finish the boots, so I thought it was better to upload this in two parts. I will probably shoot the second part next weekend.

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STARS & STRIPES

2014-08-20T07:59:59.112-07:00

Happy President's Day! I promise it's just a coincidence that I'm wearing stars and stripes, lol.I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine's Day weekend! My boyfriend and I snuck away for a weekend in Vegas--fantastic food, amazing front row seats at O (Cirque du Soleil is my favorite!), and not having to make the bed were just what we needed to recoup from our crazy busy weeks at work! What did you guys do this weekend? :) Any fun V-day stories? :D[ :: Banana Republic trench (similar in sizes 2-18/similar in plus size here and here) :: H&M star print dress on sale for $7!:: ][ :: H&M clutch (similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels (similar/similar) :: ][ :: Banana Republic trench (similar in sizes 2-18/similar in plus size) :: H&M star print dress on sale for $7!:: ][ :: H&M clutch (similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels (similar/similar) :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Making a pattern for boots

2014-08-20T08:04:07.726-07:00

The latest video tutorial shows you how to make a pattern for boots with open toes and heels. The reason for the design is that these are the easiest boots to make. I'll try to shoot the video about making the boots this week.

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Covering card stock insoles with leather

2014-08-20T08:04:07.736-07:00

Nothing too complicated this time, just how to use leather in the insoles.

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WEEKEND WEAR

2014-08-20T07:59:59.121-07:00

Opted for metal eyelet embellished sneakers and this super cute baseball jacket from Living Doll LA this past weekend! I don't consider myself sporty (at all), but I love adding athletics-inspired pieces to my weekend looks.  They make outfits feels easy, and there really is nothing as comfortable as sneakers! I'm usually a heels or flats kind of girl, but recently I've been craving cool sneaks for running errands without looking like I'm about to hit the gym..[ :: oversized baseball jacket c/o Living Doll LA :: Forever 21+ skirt :: not photoshopped tank :: ][ :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: braid and spike bracelets c/o Ettika :: ASOS sneakers :: ][ :: oversized baseball jacket c/o Living Doll LA :: Forever 21+ skirt :: not photoshopped tank :: ][ :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: braid and spike bracelets c/o Ettika :: ASOS sneakers :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



The many uses of sealer

2014-08-20T08:04:07.749-07:00

No proper blog post this time either. I'm just making video tutorials at the moment and here's the latest one:

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Making insoles covered with fabric

2014-08-20T08:04:07.760-07:00

The next video shows how to use the pattern made in the previous one. I usually use leather on both sides of the card stock construction, but this time I decided to cover it with fabric.

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LIVING DOLL LA

2014-08-20T07:59:59.178-07:00

I love finding out about Cali-based, plus size designers and retailers, so when Living Doll LA reached out to me about the addition of plus sizes to their shop, I was so psyched! This video of their totally adorable plus size senior designer Christi Raye talking about the line sealed the deal for me. How perfect is that floral bomber at 1:10??? Need it in my life!The line is definitely geared toward a younger (or young at heart!) crowd and is full of pretty prints, breezy chiffons, and sporty graphic tees. While perusing the site, I just about died for the print on this skirt, and it's just as amazing in person. I love that it can be dressed up like this for work, or paired with a cute crop top for a night out. Besides this skirt, a few of my current favorites available on their site are this lace top, this moto vest, and this crop top! Bonus points for the majority of what they carry being made in the USA![ :: Forever 21+ top (here) :: tye dye skirt c/o Living Doll LA, Alexander Wang bag (similar) :: ][ :: Forever 21 mary janes (similar) :: Forever 21 bracelets :: Torrid ring :: ][ :: Forever 21+ top (here) :: tye dye skirt c/o Living Doll LA, Alexander Wang bag (similar) :: ][ :: Forever 21 mary janes (similar) :: Forever 21 bracelets :: Torrid ring :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Making a pattern for doll shoe soles

2014-08-20T08:04:07.772-07:00

The next video tutorial shows how to make a pattern for soles. I have explained that before, but I thought a video might still be a good idea.


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New video tutorial

2014-08-20T08:04:07.782-07:00

This video shows you how to cast foot lasts using the latex moulds made in the previous video. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="253" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UGwOvUYEKxk" width="450"> And what happened to the rest of the resin? There was very little left, but fortunately, doll shoes can have really tiny soles. I picked two wedge sole moulds for the final castings.As I only have one mould per design, I had to mix the resin in two batches. That wasn't easy, considering that this was all the hardener left:And there wasn't much resin left in the bottle either. This photo shows the tiny air bubbles you may get in the mixed resin. Letting the mixture be for a minute after mixing helps getting rid of these. Here are the finished soles. The ones on the left are for Silkstone Barbies and the ones on the right for Pepper Parsons (a Pinkie Cooper doll). I was curious to see how good I had been at measuring the components. The resin and hardener came in 250 ml bottles. At the time the hardener ran out, there was some resin left. About 7 ml isn't much when you consider the total amount. [...]



First video tutorial

2014-08-20T08:04:07.793-07:00

I just filmed the first video tutorial of the new series. It's about making latex moulds of a doll's feet.

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Fashion Doll Shoes videos

2014-08-20T08:04:07.804-07:00

I have decided to try making proper video tutorials in addition to blog posts. You will be able to find them on my YouTube channel, but I will also be posting them here. The first video is just an intro to let you see my face. If I sound a bit unnatural, it's simply because I was reading most of the stuff from a paper. The future videos should be more natural, i.e. contain much more pauses, problems with selecting the right words, getting sentences all muddled up, and other fun stuff like that. Anyway, here is that first video:

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OFF WE GO

2014-08-20T07:59:59.188-07:00

As a California girl with a never-ending itch to travel, I just about DIED when I saw this Kate Spade clutch a year ago at Nordstrom. I couldn't justify shelling out almost $400 for a clutch (albeit an amazing one), so I held onto it for a few moments before placing it back on the display with a tear in my eye. I must have circled back at least 3 times to longingly gaze upon its perfection but in the end, I had to let it go.Needless to say, when it popped up during one of Kate Spade's surprise sales for more than 50% off, I had to buy it! I added it to my cart and checked out with such an insane sense of urgency that my heart was racing. Have any of you experienced the adrenaline rush when you score something you've been coveting for ages?? So worth the wait!If you're a Kate Spade fan like me, they're having another surprise sale now! I have my eye on the All Aboard Ship clutch and the Lemon Drop Lella (most adorable pineapple clasp ever!). Hurry though, because stock is super limited![ :: Gap wool moto jacket (navy and grey here!) :: H&M tee :: DIY BF jeans (similar) :: ][ :: Mossimo heels (similar) :: Kate Spade clutch :: DesignSix necklace (similar) :: ][ :: Gap wool moto jacket (navy and grey here!) :: H&M tee :: DIY BF jeans (similar) :: ][ :: Mossimo heels :: Kate Spade clutch :: DesignSix necklace (similar) :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



New foot lasts

2014-08-20T08:04:07.815-07:00

Going through the stuff inspired me to do something else as well. I decided to use the rest of the casting resin before it goes bad. The latex is also getting a bit thick, so it's better to use it as well. So, I'm making some more foot lasts.All this has been done before and posted in this blog, but here are some photos anyway. The first one shows Sybarite's feet with flower tape around the ankles and several layers of latex applied.The next one is Tonner's Jessica Rabbit (17" athletic body). First with flower tape covering the ankle joints... ...and then with latex applied. Here are the finished moulds for both.And here are the resin castings made with the moulds. You can see the flower tape clearly, but it is much neater than saran wrap. As you can see in this photo showing the earlier plaster castings of Sybarite's feet and the new resin castings.[...]



CED doll shoes available

2014-08-20T08:04:07.826-07:00

The second batch consists of shoes for CED dolls. The terms are the same as before and you can of course combine items from different postings:The shoes are €4/$5.50 per pair. Shipping is €9.40 for Europe and $18 elsewhere. That is for a maximum of 3-4 pairs (the price is for a registered oversized letter of 250 g at the maximum). Payment through Paypal. Contact me at ths@fennotrans.fi.Suomeen hinta 4 €/pari ja postikulut 7,60 € eli pakettimaksu, koska Suomen sisällä maksikirjettä ei ilmeisesti voi enää rekisteröidä (Postin hintalaskuri ei näytä tätä vaihtoehtoa). Toisaalta sitten pakettiin menee vaikka kaikki alla olevat. Maksu pankin kautta. Ota yhteyttä: ths@fennotrans.fiAll shoes listed below are available. A link to the relevant blog post in my Finnish blog has been included, where possible.The first ones are similar to the fabric shoes listed in the previous posting. CED #01 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/03/sarjoja.html)CED #02  CED #03 CED #04 CED #05 The rest are made of different kinds of fabric and/or other materials. CED #06 CED #07 CED #08 CED #09 CED #10 CED #11 CED #12 (variation of these: http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/02/pinkki.html)CED #13 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/04/paljetteja.html) CED #14 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/04/paljetteja.html)CED #15 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/04/sekalaisia-projekteja.html)The next batch will be Monster High shoes and then there will probably be some shoes for Tonner's American Model and a few individual pairs for different dolls.[...]



I HEART NY

2014-08-20T07:59:59.245-07:00

Hi guys! Happy Thursday! :DWearing my love for New York today... I'm still all about embellished and amped up sweatshirts for everyday wear (rather than being banished to the gym-only pile), and this graphic version from Wet Seal is one of my current favorites. I really do love New York (home to so many amazing restaurants, different cultures, incredible fashion, and some of the CUTEST. dogs. ever.). Hopefully, I can make it back soon since my last trip didn't go at ALL according to plan. In the meantime, I'll just have to wear my favorite city (okay one of my favorites) on my chest![ :: NYC sweatshirt c/o wet seal (on sale for $11!):: Forever 21+ sequin skirt :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: ][ :: Mossimo boots (on sale for $18!):: Forever 21 bracelet :: ][ :: NYC sweatshirt c/o wet seal (on sale for $11!):: Forever 21+ sequin skirt :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: ][ :: Mossimo boots :: Forever 21 bracelet :: ]FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Shoes available

2014-08-20T08:04:07.841-07:00

I've been going through some old boxes and sorting stuff, and I came across some doll shoes I thought I could sell, if anyone's interested. This first batch is all for Madame Alexander's modern Cissy (the doll for which these were made is Seventies Strut Cissy). Some shoes are a very tight fit and take some work to get into the doll's feet.The shoes are €4/$5.50 per pair. Shipping is €9.40 for Europe and $18 elsewhere. That is for a maximum of 3-4 pairs (the price is for a registered oversized letter of 250 g at the maximum). Payment through Paypal. Contact me at ths@fennotrans.fi.Suomeen hinta 4 €/pari ja postikulut 7,60 € eli pakettimaksu, koska Suomen sisällä maksikirjettä ei ilmeisesti voi enää rekisteröidä (Postin hintalaskuri ei näytä tätä vaihtoehtoa). Toisaalta sitten pakettiin menee vaikka kaikki alla olevat. Maksu pankin kautta. Ota yhteyttä: ths@fennotrans.fiAll shoes listed below are available. A link to the relevant blog post in my Finnish blog has been included, where possible.First, there are pumps made of fabric in several different colors:Pumps #1Pumps #2Pumps #3 Pumps #4 Pumps #5 Pumps #6 Pumps #7 Pumps #8 Pumps #9 Pumps #10 Pumps #11 Pumps #12 Pumps #13 (note that the color is very dark green, not black) Then some others made of different kinds of fabric and/or other materials:Pumps #14 Pumps #15 (black satin) Pumps #16 Pumps #17 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/04/keltaista.html)Pumps #18 (black lace) (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/02/pitsi.html)Pumps #19 (brown leather)Pumps #20 (fabric and plastic) (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/02/ja-viel-lis-pitsi.html)Pumps #21 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/03/hassutuksia.html)Pumps #22 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/03/koristehiekkaa.html)Pumps #23 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/02/lis-helmikoristelua.html)   Pumps #24 (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/03/hassutuksia.html)Finally, some other designs. Note that the wedge soles are plaster castings, so the shoes weigh considerably more than the other types.Wedges (ankle strap closure with velcro)Sandals (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/02/materiaalien-yhdistely.html)Cork soles (http://kenkafriikki.blogspot.fi/2006/01/toisenlaiset-korkkipohjat.html) That's all for this batch. More shoes for other dolls will come later. If there's a specific doll for which you'd like shoes made by me, you can leave a comment, but no promises as I don't even know myself yet, which shoes I'm going to sell.[...]



TARTAN LOVE

2014-08-20T07:59:59.255-07:00

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a great holiday season and are amped to make this year even better than the last! I was iffy about sharing my resolutions with the internets because, let's face it, accountability. lol! But one week in, and finally getting the nerve up to share, here goes a basic rundown...Learn French.Already on this! Planning a family trip to France this year so my goal is to be able to carry on basic conversation. And you know, ask where the bathroom is, order cheese and a baguette, and make a purchase. I've clearly got my priorities in order. I'm using the Duolingo iPhone/iPad app and I can't recommend it enough!Spend more time outside.Working in an office all day then coming home to work on my blog or catch up on How I Met Your Mother makes it way too easy to stay inside all day. Three easy ways I plan to get some more sunshine and fresh air in my life are 1) eat meals outside--pack a picnic and find a grassy spot to dine al fresco during the lunch hour, 2) get out of the gym--instead, go for hikes, hit the pool, and venture into "sports," lol and 3) take in all that So Cal has to offer--gorgeous mountains, soft sandy beaches, and all the pretty parks a girl could ask for. Being outside makes me happy, and I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make myself happy this year!Wear sunscreen.A lifetime of sunbathing, beach bumming, and crappy sunscreen habits has left me with less than desirable skin, and I need to remedy this ASAP. Currently getting my Aveeno on daily--on top of being SPF50, my face smells like a Hawaiian vacation. Win.Be mindful of my food.It's easy to buy prepared, packaged food, like that triple-washed, already cut salad, but I want to do what I can to buy local, organic foods, support local businesses, and prepare meals at home. I've always enjoyed cooking (I wanted to own a restaurant when I was little!) but recently, it's fallen to the wayside. Gameplan: buy small quantities, buy often, and buy in season! Already signed up for a CSA share from Tanaka Farms. Super excited! To learn about CSA programs and find one near you, check out Local Harvest. :) Prioritize my happiness.It's too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of never-ending to-do lists and impending deadlines. Maybe it's a selfish resolution, but you can't take your career with you when you depart this earth, so you might as well take a step back from the chaos, smell the proverbial flowers, and relax. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway[ :: tartan moto jacket c/o Wet Seal+ :: City Chic top :: Torrid skinny jeans :: ][ :: Bella Vita boots :: Forever 21 bag :: ]What are some of your resolutions this year? :D Any of you have the same resolutions as me? Would love to keep track of progress with you guys! [...]



TWO-TONE

2014-08-20T07:59:59.311-07:00

Hey guys!! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are looking forward to counting down to 2014! I already blogged what I'll be wearing tonight but I wanted to finish off the year with one of my favorite looks to date![ :: Talbot's coat :: LOFT striped top :: ASOS boyfriend jeans (cute polka dot version!) :: ][ :: Fossil leopard crossbody :: Go Go Phillip earrings :: Mossimo heels (similar from Calvin Klein) :: ] I've been on the hunt for a great camel coat and this beauty from Talbot's fit the bill perfectly! The boxy cut and two-tone design strike the perfect balance between on-trend and classic. With a silky blouse, printed boyfriend jeans, and printed pumps, this outfit was perfect for a weekend brunch, just hanging out with friends and family and recovering from the Christmas madness.I hope you all have a fun (and safe!) New Year's Eve, and I'll see you in 2014! :DFACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



IN THE DETAILS

2014-08-20T07:59:59.322-07:00

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Are you guys sick of hearing/seeing this jacket yet? WELL TOO BAD! lol. :D I'll stop soon, I promise. Maybe. :P
[ :: MYNT1792 Allison zip-off trench :: H&M skirt :: Gap tee :: ]
[ :: Monika Chiang bag :: Ivanka Trump leather boots (similar) :: ]

I finally received the jacket I designed in conjunction with MYNT1792 for their Blogger Collection and I couldn't wait to style it with pieces in my closet! Love the way that the gold thread in the skirt picks up the gold hardware on the jacket, boots bag!

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With that, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season!! Christmas is just around the corner for those of you who celebrate--I hope it brings everything you're hoping for and more! :)

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Plus Size Holiday Outfit Idea - What to Wear to a New Years Eve Party

2014-08-20T07:59:59.406-07:00

The look you choose to count down in is always fun one to put together! I think it represents how people feel about the new year--you get a clean slate, and it feels like the possibilities are endless! [ :: Isabel Marant pour H&M pilot jacket :: zip detail skirt c/o Simply Be :: LOFT tee :: ][ :: Alexander Wang Ryan clutch (similar) :: Mossimo boots :: ]For obvious reasons, I love wearing something super sparkly and decided to go a little edgier with this asymmetric, zip-up faux-wrap skirt from Simply Be! How sweet is that zipper detail? I'm also seriously in love with the print! Since it's bound to be chilly, this shimmery lurex bomber from the Isabel Marant pour H&M collaboration fit the bill perfectly. I love that it's practical and festive. I can't wait to bust this look out on December 31st!FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



Plus Size Holiday Outfit Idea - What to Wear for Home Sweet Home

2014-08-20T07:59:59.415-07:00

Since I already shared what I wore to our company holiday party, I figured it would be fun to share with you guys what I plan on wearing the most this season, so over the next few days I'll be sharing my looks by occasion. A little different than what I usually do, but I hope you enjoy it! :)Whether it's opening presents on Christmas morning, playing board games with family (mah jong in my family's case!), or just hanging out after some serious shopping, time spent at home is my favorite part of the holidays. While I'm all for wearing pajamas all day, sometimes your loungewear calls for a little more polish![ :: Isabel Marant pour H&M men's sweater :: Forever21+ faux leather pants and tank :: Mossimo boots :: ]I'm wearing what my boyfriend kindly refers to as the ugliest sweater ever and I absolutely love it! I've always been a fan of grandpa sweaters, so this shaggy concoction was at the top of my list when the Isabel Marant pour H&M lookbook was leaked. While it's far from the only piece I purchased, it might just be my favorite! ;) I'll definitely be wearing this during "family time" during holidays at the Teng house, aka super intense and competitive mahjong marathon time. Woohoo!P.S. Like my living room? It's far from finished but it's been so much fun being able to decorate! I can't wait until the custom window coverings I ordered come in! :DFACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



MYNT1792 Blogger Collection Video Release!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.472-07:00

Woohoo! Just in time for the holidays, the MYNT1792 Blogger Collection jackets have shipped out to those of you who pre-ordered! If you haven't yet, you can pick one up at MYNT1792 here. :)

For a little extra fun, MYNT1792 shot a behind-the-scenes video about the collection. Check it out below for clips from the launch party, as well as interviews about our design inspiration! (Don't mind me and my awkward rambling, lol.)

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P.S. I may be seriously biased, but how amazing does MaggieB look in the Allison Zip Up Trench?! So insanely cool seeing someone else in my design. If you ordered the jacket, please snap a pic and tag me on twitter, facebook, or instagram so I can share with everyone! I would love to see it on you guys! :D

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Holiday Multitasking!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.482-07:00

There is nothing better than a dress that does double duty during the holidays. Head over to my guest post on Luke Reichle's Secrets of the Red Carpet to see how I transitioned this gorgeous Simply Be dress from a holiday work function to a night out! :)

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Left: Simply Be dress, Calvin Klein blazer (similar), Torrid tights, Mossimo boots, Express clutch (similar)
Right: Simply Be dress, Hearts clutch, H&M cuff, Prabal Gurung for Target heels
To make things even better, Simply Be currently has a 20% off promotion! Use code 5855 at checkout!
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COZY UP

2014-08-20T07:59:59.547-07:00

Wooooo, okay, worst blogger award goes to yours truly. Things have been pretty crazy here as we move into our new place, but we're finally getting settled in! Not easy since I now have less than HALF the closet space I used to (brb crying), but it was a good opportunity to assess the clothes hoarding situation I had gotten myself into. Finally purged some items I had held on to for far too long! I also discovered that I own an inordinate amount of scarves given the mild winter we have, but I love them too much to get rid of them. Maybe during the next move. lol!Anyway, I'm so excited for the holidays this year! With it comes family, fun, and cute outfits to share! I wore this outfit for a friend's wedding a couple weeks ago--the contrasting fur collar on the bright teal coat is so fabulous and festive![ :: ASOS Curve dress (similar) :: Talbots coat (available here) :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: ][ :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: Forever 21 and Macy's bracelets :: ]Oh. and just for kicks, I made an ask.fm account! I get lots of emails about what to wear for certain occasions, random product questions, size questions, etc. so I figured it would be helpful to have all the answers in the same place. Ask away! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE: WOMEN OF STYLE

2014-08-20T07:59:59.557-07:00

So you may have seen some instagram snaps of me and a few fab ladies on set with Plus Model Mag...
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Last month I had the honor of shooting with Plus Model Magazine for their Women of Style editorial! Maddie, Alissa, Ty, Fluvia, Ivory, and I got to play dress up in styles from Ulla Popken, and work it (or in my case, attempt to work it) in front of the camera. Head over to Plus Model Mag for the full editorial!

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What I'm Wearing: I had been on the hunt for a good plus size coat, and this classic coat was the perfect fit. Also wearing the colorblocked tunic, leggings, and Bella Vita Walker boots! All jewelry is from my own closet. :)




FROM THE ARCHIVES

2014-08-20T07:59:59.614-07:00

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Took these photos a few months ago (hello pre-ombre hair!) but never got around to posting them! The man and I have been preoccupied with moving and getting the new house set up, which is SO exciting, but remembering to take photos of my outfits has taken a back seat. Hopefully these photos will hold you over till my next post! Promise it won't be too long! :)

In other exciting news, the 2-in-1 trench coat I designed for MYNT1792 is now available for purchase! Head over here to check it out. :D Limited quantities available!

[ :: Banana Republic trench (similar):: Diane von Furstenberg dress (similar):: Michael Shannon heels (similar) :: ]
[ :: Coach satchel (similar):: H&M belt (similar) :: ]


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❤ Thanks for reading! ❤
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PATTERN PLAY

2014-08-20T07:59:59.624-07:00

Keeping things short today! Mixing prints with these boyfriend jeans and patterned jacket. Added some gold accents with this studded vegan leather clutch from Hearts which I absolutely adore, and this necklace from Designsix (currently on sale for $11!).[ :: H&M jacket :: Phillip Lim for Target top (similar) :: ASOS boyfriend jeans :: ][ :: spiked clutch c/o Hearts :: ASOS DesignSix necklace :: INC International Concepts heels :: ]As always, thanks for reading! :D Hope you all have a good rest of the week! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



TAKING SHAPE: BOOST YOUR CQ

2014-08-20T07:59:59.704-07:00

Whoop whoop! Finally out of the hospital and back home, and just in time for the Sonsi Boost Your CQ Twitter Event! :) If you haven't yet, I really hope you'll take 5 minutes to take the quiz and share your results with me! :)[ :: City Chic jacket c/o Sonsi :: Forever 21 tank :: Phillip Lim for Target skirt :: ][ :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels :: ]I'll go into more detail about my quiz results during the Twitter event, but I think a super cute aspect of the quiz is that Sonsi has special product picks for you based on your results! This City Chic jacket was one of the items that popped up after my quiz, and I absolutely adore it! The studded shoulder pads and sheer sleeves are perfection, and the floaty hem pretty much completes me!I hope you guys will tune in to Twitter tomorrow at 9PM EST (#BoostYourCQ should direct you to all our tweets) to hang out with me, Sonsi, CeCe, and Reah! We'll be talking all about embracing your curves, our favorite fashion trends, and everything in between! Sonsi will also be giving away over $300 worth of gift cards. Pretty awesome! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Making a master for a mould

2014-08-20T08:04:07.856-07:00

I'm still making resin castings as 500 ml of resin is a lot for casting such small pieces. Finding out that latex moulds can be used with resin was really great, because I can make moulds for casting just one pair. You can't really use a special design, like the one for Monster High Nefera in the picture below, for a lot of shoes.As you can see, the parts used for the master are really simple, just wooden and plastic beads, a round wooden stick (for keeping the heel parts together) and card stock. The main things are that the master lasts long enough to make the mould and that there are no openings between the parts for latex to get into (two coats of sealer will take care of that).In the next picture, the master is attached to a base with clear mounting tape and two coats of sealer have been applied. This is for making the latex mould, which has been described in previous posts.Here you can see the finished mould and the pair of castings. The part of the mould between the heel and sole needed to be cut a bit to remove the castings and turn the mould. Those parts of the sole were so close to each other that too much latex collected there when making the mould. I also made a couple of pairs of soles for Miss Piggy. The masters for both designs were made of card stock (sole) and wood (heel). The Barbie wedge sole is included to show the scale. With such a long and thin sole, it was necessary to have some extra support during the casting process. I removed the heel from the master and used the curved sole under the latex mould to ensure that the mould would keep the correct shape.[...]



FASHION FUN: BOOST YOUR CQ WITH SONSI!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.714-07:00

You may have seen some chatter over on Twitter about plus size e-tailer, Sonsi's#BoostYourCQ movement--if not, let me fill you in! It is all about learning to embrace your curves and boosting your "Curvy Quotient" as they like to call it. Curious what your CQ is? Check out the quiz here and find out your score and shop special picks for you now! :)

In other fun news, Sonsi will be hosting a Twitter party on Tuesday 10/15 at 9PM EST with yours truly (❤❤❤!), along with amazing stylist and fashion expert, Reah Norman and fabulous fashion and lifestyle blogger, my girl CeCe from The Big Girl Blog! :)

I hope you guys will log on and hang out with us for a bit to chat about the Boost Your CQ quiz results, fashion, curves, and everything in between! :) There will be some pretty sweet gift card prizes as well, so definitely tune in! ;) You can check out more and RSVP for the event on Sonsi's site by clicking the invite below! Hope to see you there! ;)

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SIMPLY LUXE

2014-08-20T07:59:59.771-07:00

Hey guys! First and foremost, thank you so much for the well wishes on Twitter and Instagram! ❤ You guys are too sweet. Getting some blogging done from the hospital because time waits for no one, sick or not! :P Granted, this is a teeny bit behind schedule this week, but hopefully it's coming better late than never! :)[ :: Luxe dress c/o Simply Be :: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag (thanks for the hookup, Jeniese!) :: ][ :: ASOS necklace :: Evans boots (similar) :: H&M belt :: ]Rounding out my looks from Simply Be USA with this adorable collared dress from their Luxe collection! The sparkly threading and the contrast collar are so very chic. Love this dress!I'm so excited for boot weather to be approaching, and this pair from Evans is the perfect basic black boot--heeled but comfortable, slouchy enough to tuck jeans into, and structured enough to stay up on their own. Very excited to wear these this season!Thank you guys again for all the well wishes! :) I seriously have the most awesome readers ever! ❤! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Replicas of MH Catty's boots

2014-08-20T08:04:07.867-07:00

I got Monster High Catty Noir and seeing her boots got me thinking that I might be able to copy them. The boots consist of two halves, which should make it possible to make tubular latex moulds for them.I attached the parts to small pieces of cardboard covered with packing tape. I used clear mounting tape to attach the pieces from the toe parts and them applied a few coats of latex. I had to make moulds for all four parts, because the two halves of one boot were different and the corresponding parts for the other boot were mirror images of those.Here are two of the finished moulds. I was a bit worried that the holes wouldn't be big enough to get the pieces out of the moulds, but latex stretches quite a lot, so the moulds were usable. Here you can see the size of the holes. The biggest problem with them came when pouring resin into the moulds as it would easily spill outside the mould. Making the castings wasn't as straight forward as I had thought, because hanging the moulds vertically caused the moulds to deform as resin collected to the bottom. I had to fill the moulds half full first and place them almost horizontally so they would keep their form. Then when the resin had hardered a bit, I could pour in the rest and keep the moulds upright to keep the resin from spilling out.Here you can see the original pair and the resin castings. The castings aren't quite successful as the seam in front won't close properly, but the result is still better than I expected. I'll just need to figure out a way to fix the front. [...]



PINCH ME: MYNT1792 HOLIDAY BLOGGER COLLECTION REVEAL!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.782-07:00

You guys. It's taken ALL of my willpower not to tell you about this sooner, but we've just gotten the green light to share! I'm so beyond honored to have been able to design my dream jacket for MYNT 1792 as part of their holiday collection with 4 other bloggers. MYNT 1792 has been known for their seriously cool outerwear since they showed up on the plus size shopping radar, so being able to bring some of my own design ideas to them was an incredible experience!Like a kid in a candy store, I incorporated all of my favorite things--an asymmetrical zip, leather sleeves with quilted detailing, bright gold exposed zippers, and a convertible design. I really hope you guys love it! ❤❤❤Look look look! The bottom zips off! I love that it can be worn partially zipped or completely off. This was the design aspect I was most excited about and I'm so psyched about how it came out!There will be a couple tweaks from the sample shot here, but all good changes, I promise! ;) So excited for you all to see it! :)Being able to bring an idea to life and getting to meet these other fabulous women was something out of a dream. Check out their blogs for shots of their designs!Nicolette | Kellie | Franceta | NadiaSo grateful for to MYNT 1792 for making this happen! For more photos from the shoot, check out this article on Refinery 29.The blogger collection will be available November 1st over at mynt1792.com! :)Photos by the amazing Lydia Hudgens! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



TRANSITION DRESSING

2014-08-20T07:59:59.842-07:00

Incorporating leather into my outfits in a way that won't leave me with a heat stroke has more or less become my mission in life. It may be 90 degrees but that won't keep me from wearing leather on a daily basis![ :: Luxe Bead Trim Blouse c/o Simply Be :: ASOS navy leather skirt (ASOS Curve version here) :: ][ :: Alexander Wang Rocco in Iodine (in black here) :: Forever 21 bracelets :: Michael Kors heels (similar) :: ]Paired with an embellished sleeveless blouse from Simply Be's Luxe collection, this skirt feels totally weather-appropriate. I can't wait until it cools down enough to pair these with a classic trench like this one or this sleek tuxedo blazer. This shirt would be way cute with skinny jeans and riding boots, too! :)❤❤ As always, thanks for reading! ❤❤ FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



More resin casting

2014-08-20T08:04:07.879-07:00

I have continued my experiments with latex moulds. I'm still having trouble with very small/thin parts, so when I decided to try Barbie-sized soles, I chose wedges. I had a cheap set of shoes for Steffi and picked a pair of those. In the photo, you can see an original shoe, one with straps removed, a resin casting, and the latex mould. Pouring resin into a mould this small is challenging, as is getting all air bubbles out, but it can be done.


Another part of my experiments is making foot lasts for all 1/6 scale dolls. In the photo below, the foot lasts from left to right belong to these dolls: Hollywood Royalty Lana Turner, Silkstone Barbie, Tiny Kitty Collier, Monster High Howleen, Bratzillaz, and Pinkie Cooper.





Using the high heel tubular mould

2014-08-20T08:04:07.892-07:00

I thought the latex mould should be entirely dry already, so I made the first soles using it. My first idea for removing air bubbles from the heels worked just fine. I pressed the heel closed, poured in some resin, released the heel, and checked it. There was a small air bubble inside it, so I tilted the mould a bit and  squeezed the air out of the heel.Then I released the heel again and this time it was full of resin, so I filled the rest of the mould. The shape of the mould required building a support for it, so no resin would spill out. And here is the finished casting. It is better to be able to make these with latex moulds as I only made two soles to get one pair of shoes. I don't make that many shoes for Rini, for whom these are intended, so it would be too expensive to use silicone for a mould for these.[...]



Shoes that fit Pinkie Cooper dolls

2014-08-20T08:04:07.905-07:00

I just got Pepper Parson of the Pinkie Cooper range and of course I had to check, if any of the existing shoes would fit her. Unfortunately, it looks like only boots will fit, because the doll's feet don't need to go all the way into them.Here is the doll wearing Barbie boots from 1970's. A closeup from the side shows that the boots aren't a perfect match, but they look like this on most other dolls as well. Another pair of boots that fit are these white cowboy boots I have originally bought for Blythe. However, the best fit comes from a Re-Ment set. These look very nice and just the right size. No other Barbie shoes than the brown boots fit the doll, but these Barbie leg warmers look quite nice on her. I might try making something of ballet shoe type to go with these.[...]



Fix for sticky silicone

2014-08-20T08:04:07.916-07:00

On my first try of making silicone moulds, I got some problems with the hardener and parts of the mould remained sticky. This time, I tried to mix the hardener to the silicone more thoroughly, but still got some sticky parts. However, I found a fix for the problem. It occurred to me that as the hardener mixed in the silicone hardens it, hardener applied with a brush to the sticky surface should do the same. I tried it and it worked.

The uneven parts in the picture were the ones that remained sticky. They have a slightly different color, because the hardener is blue (to make it easier to see if it has been mixed in the silicone well enough).


Update on the book:

I have written most of the chapters about mould making and casting, plus quite a lot about materials. I currently have about 9,000 words written, plus 70 photos. There will be quite a lot of photos in the book, because it is so much easier to show things in pictures. It should also be easier for people with less than perfect command of English. The current plan is to have the book available only in English, although a Finnish version is also possible later, if I feel like translating the book and have time to do it.

The main change to the original plan is that I won't include any example projects. The book will be long enough with the other material. I'm thinking about a possibility of making another book later about example projects. First I need to get this one finished and see how much interest there is.



FALL FORWARD

2014-08-20T07:59:59.853-07:00

You guys. This Sunday will be the first. day. of. fall. I can't wait to break out things with sleeves and knits and jeans and leather and jackets and cinnamon flavored/scented everything![ :: sequinned tunic (worn as dress :P) c/o Simply Be :: snakeskin heels (here) :: ][ :: Coach clutch (in solids here) :: Forever 21 bracelet (here) :: ]Ushering in a new season also means ushering in new clothes, and this dress is a new favorite from Simply Be's Luxe Collection. I love the densely packed sequins, and the fact that they're matte makes this perfect for so many occasions. Since the piece is such a statement maker, I kept the accessories simple with a leopard clutch and classic pumps. I have a thing about wearing tunics as dresses, but for those of you looking for a little more coverage, this would look fab paired with dark jeans and boots, or even some leather skinny pants and heels!As always, thanks for reading! ❤ FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Tubular mould for a high heel sole

2014-08-20T08:04:07.928-07:00

Latex is so much cheaper than silicone that I'm now trying to make all possible moulds using latex. Looking at a master for a high heel sole, I got an idea I just had to try. I thought that it would be possible to make a tubular mould using latex by placing the opening under the toe part and attaching the master to a support only from that place. The picture below explains this better than any words. I used a square piece of mounting tape to attach the master to the cardboard structure.Then I applied several layers of latex, letting it dry before applying the next layer. Here you can see the size of the opening. It is fairly large, because the entire master needs to fit through it. This is the trickiest part of removing the mould. You need to roll the mould over the highest part of the master, because too much stretching could tear the latex at this stage. Here is the mould turned right side out. I'm going to let it set for a few days before casting, because removing the castings will require a lot of stretching and I want to be sure the mould can take it. It'll be interesting to see how this will work. I got the master out of the mould, so removing the castings should not be a problem. Getting air bubbles out of the heel could be a challenge, but I already have a theory on how to do that. We'll see how it works once I get to use the mould.[...]



Casting resin: Feet with ankle joints

2014-08-20T08:04:07.939-07:00

When I was ordering resin, I didn't realize that the bottles I got for my first try were 100 ml and the ones I ordered now were 250 ml. That's 0.5 liters of resin and it's a lot when making as small castings as doll shoe soles. So, I decided to make several castings of doll feet now that I found out I can use latex moulds. I've only got 500 g of silicone and that doesn't make many moulds, because you need so much of it around the master. 300 ml of latex, on the other hand, is enough for a bunch of moulds.I wanted to find a better way of making castings of feet with ankle joints. The first time I tried it, I used saran wrap to protect the ankles and the resulting castings weren't very pretty, even though they were perfectly usable.This time I was wondering if flower tape would do the job. It's stretchy and slightly adhesive, but not so much that it would leave glue stains to the doll's feet. Monster High Deuce got to be the guinea pig for this experiment. I wrapped flower tape tightly around his ankles and then applied a few layers of latex.The moulds weren't too hard to remove, even though flower tape has matte surface. You just need to make sure there are no open seams for the latex to go into and everything should work fine. Below are the finished moulds with some supports and ready for casting. This is what the castings look like. Much neater than when using saran wrap. These are for making shoes with low heels, so that's the reason for the angle of the ankle.[...]



Comparison: Howleen and Tiny Kitty

2014-08-20T08:04:07.956-07:00

As I was making resin castings of Monster High Howleen's feet, I started to think that they looked remarkably like Tiny Kitty's feet. So of course I had to check. The first photo shows Howleen on the left and Tiny Kitty on the right. The arches of their feet seemed very similar.


Here are the feet shown with a sole I have made for Tiny Kitty. As you can see, the arch fits Howleen very well and even the length of the feet is the same.


The problem arises when you look at the toes. Howleen's foot is much wider, so shoes made for Tiny Kitty won't fit her. However, I am wondering whether it would be a good idea to make shoes using Howleen's feet, so they would fit both dolls. Some shoes could be too loose for Tiny Kitty, but some models might work. I guess I'll just have to try and see.





UNEXPECTED HUES: 9 Awesome Leather Pieces I'm Coveting for Fall

2014-08-20T07:59:59.922-07:00

Hey guys! I'm back from a whirlwind trip in NYC, and while the runways are being walked by models in S/S 2014 gear, I'm itching to share some of my favorite pieces for fall! This summer feels like it has lasted a lifetime. I'm so ready for it to cool down so I can bust out my coats, jeans, sweaters and boots!

Every fall, I find myself obsessing over all things leather, and this year is no different! While black and brown pieces are always classic, this year, I'm gravitating toward more unexpected colors--burgundy, various shades of blue, and dark, smoky greens. Click through the slideshow below for a few of my favorite leather pieces in unconventional shades!

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I can't get enough! The leather t-shirt and navy skater skirt are my absolute must haves. What about you? Is colored leather striking your fancy for fall? :)
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Resin casting with latex moulds

2014-08-20T08:04:07.969-07:00

As I was reading the instructions of the casting materials I bought, it started to look like latex moulds could be used for resin casting. Of course I had to try it. For the experiment, I chose making castings of the Hollywood Royalty Lana Turner's feet. Plaster castings of that size are not very durable, so I thought it would be great to have them made of resin.The earlier blog post about making foot lasts can be found here. This time I was using latex meant for making tubular moulds, so it worked a lot better.When I made the latex moulds, I made small tabs on the back, so it would be easy to hang the moulds from the clips in my magnifying glass. Hanging them helps to keep the correct form while the resin hardens.I treated the insides of the moulds with form releasing wax to protect the latex and to help remove the castings. I'm happy to say that the casting was successful and I now have resin foot lasts for Lana. There was an air bubble in her left big toe, so that's a small flaw, but it does not affect the usability of the lasts.I also made some resin shoe soles using latex moulds. Unfortunately, the latex seems to deteriorate very quickly when used for resin casting. It can be used, but I didn't manage to make very many castings with one mould before holes started to appear. That could be due to not having just the right kind of form releasing agent. There are so many different varieties that it is hard to know, which one should be used. I used what I happened to have and it was the wax I bought for making and using silicone moulds.I'm currently writing the chapters about mould making, casting, and doll feet, so this was part of the experiments I'm doing to figure out what needs to be included in the instructions. Doing it all as I'm writing also helps to remember things that have gone wrong and to find out new things that can go wrong, so I can include tips for avoiding those.[...]



Sandals for Tiny Kitty

2014-08-20T08:04:07.981-07:00

Going through the resin soles I made on my first attempt at casting resin, I noticed some for Tiny Kitty and decided to make shoes using them. I started by making the insoles using card stock and leather. That way, I could continue with the uppers while waiting for the paint to dry.I attached the resin soles to a support using double-sided mounting tape, so I could paint all sides except the top at once. I was using enamel paints and with them, the result is better, if you can paint all at once. I use mounting tape, because it is so thick that the sole does not touch the support.Here are the soles after first coat of paint.I wanted to use leather for the straps, but it is too thick to turn under the insoles when making shoes as small as these. So I cut the straps without any extra and made notches on the sides of the insoles for the ends of the straps.Then I glued small strips of fabric at the ends of the straps.And glued the straps into the notches, turning the fabric strips under the insoles. You could do this without the fabric, but the glued surface would be very small and I wouldn't trust it to hold. So the fabric is just for extra security.I don't have pictures of the rest of the steps, but they are very simple. Just attach the straps for the toe parts the same way, glue the insoles in place and close the straps by attaching a bead to one side and making a hole to the other. You can see it below in the photos of the finished shoes.I was planning to use some decorations on the straps, but I thought these looked so good like this that I discarded that plan. I can make another pair for that experiment.[...]



DESERT PATH

2014-08-20T07:59:59.932-07:00

Getting (slightly) off the beaten path for the last sweltering hot days of Summer!Also, I promise I'm wearing shorts.[ :: Umgee tunic c/o :: DIY dip dye cutoff shorts (similar) :: Duro Olowu x JCP bag (similar) :: ][ :: Franco Sarto boots (similar) :: necklaces from Taiwan and various street vendors :: ]It's been a pretty steady 85 or 90 degrees here every day, so cool, breezy clothes are weekend essentials! My DIY bleached/dipdye cutoffs have been a wardrobe staple all summer, and this top from Umgee was just the thing I needed to transition them towards fall. (Umgee doesn't have an e-commerce site but you can check out their FB page here to keep up to date!) I'm all heart-eyed-emoji over the crocheted detailing at the hem and sleeves. So dreamy and boho-chic!These boots are a recent budget-friendly find from Marshalls. They're so comfy and I love the wide shape and stacked heel. I'm so tempted to find it in other colors! Total hoarder tendencies.[ :: Umgee tunic c/o :: DIY dip dye cutoff shorts (similar) :: Duro Olowu x JCP bag (similar) :: ][ :: Franco Sarto boots (similar) :: necklaces from Taiwan and various street vendors :: ]I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! :) I'll be rushing around getting ready for my trip to NYC. So excited to be back! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



[[summer classics]] wet seal event and $100 giveaway!

2014-08-20T07:59:59.996-07:00

Happy Monday! I'm super excited to share that Wet Seal is now carrying their plus size selection in certain stores (check out the store list here!). I love trying clothes on before I buy, so this is great news! In celebration of their in-store launch, Wet Seal is hosting an event in Brea, CA this Friday afternoon. I'll be there, so come hang out, get pampered, and shop with me! :) All the event details are at the bottom of this post. Hope to see you there! :DWet Seal was also awesome enough to hook one reader up with a $100 giftcard to shop Wet Seal online or in-store!There are a couple ways to enter:Comment on this post with your name and a way to contact you (can be email or twitter!) Easy, right? :)Follow @CurvyGirlChic and @WetSeal on Twitter and comment below with your twitter handle! (One Entry)Follow @CurvyGirlChic and @WetSealFashion on Instagram and comment again with your instagram name! (One Entry)*Giveaway ends 8/30/13. Sponsored by Wet Seal!Outfit details:[ :: polka dot dress and denim jacket c/o Wet Seal :: topshop necklace :: ][ :: Michael Kors heels :: Target sunglasses :: Evans ring :: H&M clutch :: ]Hope to see you guys at Brea on Friday! Let me know if you'll be able to make it. Would love to meet you all! :D FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



LEATHER AND LACE AND ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

2014-08-20T08:00:00.007-07:00

Wearing one of my favorite combinations--leather and lace! :)[ :: Kiyonna dress c/o Kate & Cecilia (get 50% off with code CURVYGIRL50) :: Gap moto jacket (similar) :: ][ :: INC pumps (on sale here) :: H&M clutch (here) :: ]As cool weather approaches, I'm happily working my leather jacket back into heavy rotation. Paired with a saturated lace dress, this look worked perfectly for date night! It's hard to go wrong with leather and lace; the combination strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy.I love lace in rich colors, so this dress was a no-brainer for me. As an added bonus, the lace panel at the upper chest is actually lined in nude fabric so it's super bra-friendly! Right now, you can score this dress (and any other full price item) from Kate & Cecilia for 50% off with code CURVYGIRL50.Kate & Cecilia was also sweet enough to offer THREE $30 gift cards for you guys!There are a couple ways to score one of these sweet prizes:Like Kate & Cecilia on Facebook and leave a comment with your Facebook name below! (One entry)Sign up to Kate & Cecilia emails by commenting again with your email addy and first name below. (One entry)Giveaway ends 8/25! :) Prize provided by Kate & Cecilia.[ :: Kiyonna dress c/o Kate & Cecilia (get 50% off with code CURVYGIRL50) :: Gap moto jacket (similar) :: ][ :: INC pumps (on sale here) :: H&M clutch (here) :: ]August is really turning out to be a month of giveaways, huh?? There's still one more, so stay tuned next week for that and details on an event that'll be going down in the OC! I hope you'll have a chance to come hang out and shop with me! ;) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Book about doll shoe making techniques

2014-08-20T08:04:07.995-07:00

I have been planning on collecting together and organizing information on tools, materials and techniques for making doll shoes. Much of the information is already in this blog, but it is here and there and may not be easy to find. That is why I'm planning on writing a book about the subject.

To keep the costs down, I am planning on making it an ebook, specifically a Kindle book available through Amazon. This way, I do not need to limit the number of pages and can be as elaborate as I think is necessary.

Considering my track record of unfinished projects, I cannot make any promises about if and when the book will be ready, but I have started planning the structure of the book and what information to include. This is where you, the readers of my blog, enter the picture. If there is a specific subject you would like to see included or any other requests, leave a comment to this blog post or tweet it to @kenkafriikki.

The preliminary plan for the structure is to have four main parts: Tools, Materials, Techniques for different parts of shoes, and example projects showing how to make shoes from start to finish (also different scales and different skill levels from very easy to ones using advanced techniques). This may change once I start writing the book and see how the structure works.

Update: I checked the sales of my previous book and as it seems not to be selling anymore, I lowered the price. You can find it here. It is not exactly cheap even at the new price, but an even lower price would mean all profits going to Blurb. Actually, the printing cost is the main reason of choosing the ebook format for the next book.



Wedges for Sybarite

2014-08-20T08:04:08.007-07:00

I realized I haven't used many of the cast resin soles I made for Sybarite a few years ago. I found interesting plastic material I wanted to use, so I decided to use a pair of cast resin wedge soles with that. I started by painting the soles black using enamel paint (solvent-based). The extra sole in front is there to show how the soles look straight out of the mould.The plastic for the uppers looks like this. It was rectangular originally, but I had already cut the required pieces out at this point. These were available in various colors at 2 € per 10 x 12 cm piece. I got this and another piece in silver.Here are the pieces for the shoes before trimming the edges.And a closeup showing the structure of the material better.Plus another closeup showing the back.The insole is just one layer of card stock and a piece of leather. There was no reason to use more layers of card stock as the arch in the soles is exactly the same as in Sybarite's foot, so the foot provided the desired form during assembly. After trimming the edges of the plastic pieces, I attached them using sewing thread.Here are the straps with sewing thread attached.And here they are in place. As you can see, they stay straight at this stage because of the way the sewing threads are attached, but gluing the ends to the sides of the soles will correct that. The ankle part is closed with a strap made of leather.I attached a small piece of bent wire at the end of the strap and that goes through a hole on the opposite side as shown in the photo. It is the same method I used for Monster High shoes with cork soles and it works surprisingly well despite being so simple. You just need to apply a lot of glue on the inside of the strap where the end of the wire is to make sure the wire will stay in place and won't scratch the doll's foot.All that is missing now are the wedge soles. The strap looked a bit out of place as it was, so I decided to glue some leftover pieces to it.Then[...]



Tiny Kitty's shoes

2014-08-20T08:04:08.023-07:00

These shoes had been at this stage for a long time. In fact, so long that I didn't manage to find any of the earlier photos, even though I must have taken some. It doesn't really matter, because the stages up to this point are described in earlier posts about other shoes. I used a pair of wedge soles made by casting plaster in latex moulds. I glued some silver-colored fabric on the sides of the soles, glued pieces of leather as outer soles, and made the insoles using cardstock and the same fabric I used for the sides.Next I glued the insoles in place as the straps were so thick that they had to be glued to the sides, not under the insoles (that works in bigger shoes, but not in 1/6 scale). The straps are made of card-woven bands left over from some earlier project. I glued one side first and let it dry.Then I glued the other side and the pieces behind the heel that will hold the ankle straps. The way of closing the ankle straps is a bit different from the ones I've tried before. I attached a small bead and button on the vertical piece and used glue to secure the ends of the thread. The bead is there to make some room between the band and the button, so closing the strap will be easier.Then I glued the ankle straps in place. Making working buckles in this size isn't easy, so I used thin rubber bands. They will deteriorate in time, so I'm not too happy about using them, but they work very well in the short run.Here are the finished shoes from different angles. Dark ankle straps probably would look better, but I only had rubber bands in gold, silver, bronze and multi-color, so silver will have to do for now. Also the vertical pieces look clumsy. This is really why I rarely make shoes in this scale (only slightly bigger than Barbie shoes). It is so hard to make them look right.[...]



GILDED

2014-08-20T08:00:00.078-07:00

Happy Friday guys! :D Embracing the remnants of long days and warm weather with bright colors and summery cuts![ :: LOFT dress (similar) :: ASOS belt (here) :: Michael Kors grayson bag (similar) :: ][ :: Luichiny heels c/o Dr Jays (here) :: Torrid and ONecklace necklaces :: Forever 21 bangles :: ]When given the choice between gold and silver, I almost always reach for gold. There's something about the element that elevates any outfit. Whether it's the addition of a sparkly necklace, or the embellishment on a bright pair of shoes (how fun is the gold toe detail on these pumps?!), gold is always my favorite finishing touch.I recently snagged this dress on final sale from LOFT but dumped it in my to-tailor pile since it was a few inches too long. Naturally I started rummaging through said pile when I ran out of clean laundry (and time!), so I grabbed the dress, brought the length up a bit with a gold belt, and headed out![ :: LOFT dress (similar) :: ASOS belt (here) :: Michael Kors grayson bag (similar) :: ][ :: Luichiny heels c/o Dr Jays (here) :: Torrid and ONecklace necklaces :: Forever 21 bangles :: ]If you haven't yet, go enter the Thread & Butter giveaway! $250 to spend on anything, including shipping. I love that on top of clothes, they have Yosi Samra flats (perfect for travel!) as well as RGB nail polishes. So cute! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



NEW TEXTURES

2014-08-20T08:00:00.088-07:00

Still not over the crop top/high waisted skirt combo![ :: Forever21+ jacket (similar) :: skirt c/o Dr Jays (similar) :: F21 crop top (similar; would be an easy DIY too!) :: ][ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: cuff c/o Hearts.com :: Jason Wu x Target clutch (similar) :: ]I don't know if I'm mentally preparing for fall or it's just my usual gravitation toward all things leather, but I can't get enough of wearing leather and leather-like pieces (even in this heat!). I love this shiny sort-of-faux-leather skirt, and played up its rocker vibe with a studded crop top (previously worn here)! Accessorized with a wide cuff from Hearts.com that I absolutely adore (how gorgeous is that chain and stone detail??), and some chunky booties with mesh insets.[ :: Forever21+ jacket (similar) :: skirt c/o Dr Jays (similar) :: F21 crop top (similar; would be an easy DIY too!) :: ][ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: cuff c/o Hearts.com :: Jason Wu x Target clutch (similar) :: ]Are you guys feeling the pull towards Fall? I can't wait for layers and coats and scarves again! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



$250 Thread & Butter Giveaway!

2014-08-20T08:00:00.171-07:00

Lulu Top (available mid-august) My love for Thread & Butter is pretty well-documented (rocked their tie dye pieces in Hawaii here and here!), and while most of us are familiar with their bright, summery tanks and super wearable basics, they just released some new pieces for fall and they are cuuuuute.Left: Cameron Dress (available mid-august) || Right: Rhett TopI love that they managed to translate tie dye into something that works for Fall. The Cameron dress is absolutely on my to-buy list! The Rhett Top is gorgeous and also comes in a plum colorway. If you're impatient for the Fall items to land on their site, the Spring 2013 Collection is currently on major sale. I have my eye on the Ricky Top! :DThread & Butter was sweet enough to offer Curvy Girl Chic readers a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop their site! Trust me--this is a giveaway prize I wish I could keep for myself! :P3 Ways to Enter!Leave a comment with your favorite item from Thread & Butter and your email or twitter so I can contact you if you win! Simple!Follow @CurvyGirlChic and @TandBplus on Twitter, and comment again with your twitter handle/name!Like Curvy Girl Chic and Thread & Butter on Facebook, then comment again with your FB name!❤ Pretty simple, right? Good luck! ❤*1 entry per method per person. Leave a separate comment per entry method. Giveaway closes August 16! :) Open to readers with a US address. Prize courtesy of Thread & Butter. FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



CURRENTLY COVETING: Tadashi Shoji Holiday Collection

2014-08-20T08:00:00.179-07:00

You guys, I can't help it. I have dreams of lounging around on a blush, tufted settee in a villa having champagne and macaron parties in these gowns. Tadashi Shoji's collections are always complete works of art, and Fall/Holiday is no exception!I'm pretty much obsessed with the second gown. It's made of neoprene, which I can't get enough of right now! Classic and fabulous, these dresses will never go out of style!So often, plus size women are relegated to drab dresses. The rich, saturated colors, and metallic lace on these pieces make sure you won't blend into the background at an event! The teal, off-the-shoulder tulle gown is pretty much the dress of my dreams. My birthday IS in two weeks, so what better excuse! :P Clearly I need to plan something fancy. Adult prom is a thing, right?You can check out the whole collection online here, and just in case you're in the market for one of these gorgeous dresses, using code FALL20CGC will score you 20% off your purchase. Happy shopping! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



IN PRINT

2014-08-20T08:00:00.236-07:00

Maxi dresses forever.[ :: tribal maxi c/o Wet Seal :: LOFT necklace (similar) :: Torrid spike bracelet (similar) :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: Claudia Firenze bag (similar) :: ]Adding to my collection of so-comfortable-you-could-sleep-in-them maxi dresses with this tribal number from Wet Seal! I love the almost sketched on print and the billowy structure. I got an email a couple days ago asking what I would recommend for a busy woman on the go who needs to be able to move around but doesn't want to wear jeans. The answer that immediately popped into my head was a maxi dress. So comfortable and versatile![ :: tribal maxi c/o Wet Seal :: LOFT necklace (similar) :: Torrid spike bracelet (similar) :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: Claudia Firenze bag (similar) :: ] FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Shoes for Sybarite

2014-08-20T08:04:08.035-07:00

I found some tiny stickers and wanted to use them for doll shoes. As I hadn't made anything for the Sybarite in a long time, I decided to use the resin soles I made some time ago.First step was painting them. I used two tiny plastic cups and attached the soles to them with double-sided mounting tape to be able to paint all sides at once (except the insoles). I used Revell Enamel Paint number 04 for these.Here is the sheet of stickers. You can't really see the scale, but the photos further below will make that clear.For the uppers, I decided to use clear plastic. Below you can see the type of plastic I'm using for the doll shoes. It is soft and doesn't show any creases even after doing this: The insoles have two layers of cardboard and one layer of leather, and I painted the edges. The following photos show the order of attaching the stickers. I even decided to put some on the insoles where they would remain visible. After attaching all stickers, it was time to apply sealer. Again I attached the soles to the plastic cups to get even layer of sealer on all sides. The uppers are very simple as there is no point doing anything very elaborate when using clear plastic alone (without any stickers). I cut the pieces from the plastic and used the lines in the pattern to attach pieces of double-sided adhesive tape to the parts that go under the insole. After making holes to the flaps, I attached the uppers. For more information on why I made the holes, see an earlier blog post. Then I just needed to glue the insoles in place. Here are the finished shoes from several angles. [...]



Summer Love: $75 ASOS Giveaway!

2014-08-20T08:00:00.245-07:00

Heyyy guys! Happy Friday! :)ASOS is easily a leader in online retail for shoppers everywhere, and their Curve range consistently carries some of the most on-trend items available to plus size shoppers. When their team reached out about having a giveaway, I figured I haven't done one in ages, so why not! I have a wishlist about 30 items long, and I figured you guys probably do too!Onto the good stuff. You guys have a chance to win a $75 voucher, which you can use for anything on the site. Whether you need a new bag, a back to school outfit, or some new fall booties, chances are, ASOS has something that will fit the bill perfectly. 3 Ways to Enter (don't worry, they're really simple):Comment below with your name and either email or twitter so I can contact you if you win!Follow Curvy Girl Chic on Bloglovin' and comment below w/ your contact to let me know you did!Follow ASOS on Google+ here and comment again! :) (See, told you it was simple!)*1 entry per method per person. Leave a separate comment per entry method. Giveaway closes August 2! :) Prize courtesy of ASOS.**If leaving your email address, type it as "namename(at)gmail(dot)com" so the bots don't get you! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



OFF THE BEATEN PATH

2014-08-20T08:00:00.302-07:00

Took a weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle and reacquaint myself with parts of California I haven't gotten to visit since I was little! So much fun to get away from the crowds for a day.[ :: striped dress c/o Dr Jays (available here for $29.99!) :: Charles David heels (similar) :: ][ :: Gap denim moto jacket (20% off here) :: ][ :: statement necklace c/o Max & Chloe (available here) :: ASOS bow bag (similar) :: ]I was recently introduced to Dr Jays, a budget-friendly e-tailer of fashion for men, women, and kids. This site has something for everyone. The plus size section checks in at 818 items! Crazy. This bold, striped dress was just too fun and summery to pass up, and believe it or not, it's the first article of orange clothing in my closet! I love the skater fit and the draped, jersey construction. Decided to keep things bright with some bright yellow accessories (completely smitten with this statement necklace!) and my all-time favorite denim jacket.[ :: striped dress c/o Dr Jays (available here) :: Gap denim moto jacket (available here) :: Charles David heels (similar) :: ][ :: statement necklace c/o Max & Chloe fashion jewelry (available here) :: ASOS bow bag (similar) :: ] FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



SUMMER ESSENTIAL

2014-08-20T08:00:00.312-07:00

Been pretty much lingering in air-conditioned locales since being outside in the heat turns me into a belligerent train wreck, but for those moments that I know I'll be outside, I've been arming myself with super breezy clothes and a giant hat for sun protection.[ :: shirtdress c/o Melissa Masse (55% off here!) :: Kate Spade hello sunshine tote (similar) :: Cynthia Rowley hat (similar) :: ][ :: jewelry via ideeli :: target wedges (30% off here!) :: ]This Melissa Masse dress is a new favorite and I'm pretty much in love with the stripey, bunting-ish flag print. The silk blend is paper-thin in the best way possible. Kept things summery with a holds-everything-and-more tote that always makes me smile, and an oversized floppy hat to hide from both the sun and people I don't want to talk to. I'm all about pieces that multitask.[ :: shirtdress c/o Melissa Masse (55% off here!) :: Kate Spade hello sunshine tote (similar) :: Cynthia Rowley hat (similar) :: ][ :: jewelry via ideeli :: target wedges (30% off here!) :: ]What are your essentials and tricks for beating the heat? Share your secrets with me! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



IN THE KISSER

2014-08-20T08:00:00.369-07:00

It's been rough reacclimating to the daily grind, but I'm back in California, trying to catch up with life. Things have been absolutely crazy--lots of unexpected changes at work, we're moving to a new place soon (!!!), and there are several fun fashion surprises in the works! Can't wait to share with you all in a couple weeks. ^__^[ :: ASOS oversized tee (available here) :: H&M shorts (similar here) :: Grafea backpack (available here) :: ][ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: Target sunnies (here) :: ]The second I laid eyes on this shirt I knew I had to have it! I took a chance and ordered it even though it's not from the ASOS Curve line. For what it's worth, this is a US14/UK18 and would easily fit up to a US20/UK24. Score! Paired it with these super budget friendly sunglasses from Target which totally don't fit my face shape but I love them anyway. They're velvety and remind me of Minnie Mouse. Always a good thing! :D[ :: ASOS oversized tee (available here) :: H&M shorts (similar here) :: Grafea backpack (available here) :: ][ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: Target sunnies (here) :: ] FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



Fashion Doll Shoes in ipernity

2014-08-20T08:04:08.048-07:00

I created a new group in ipernity. Obviously, it's called Fashion Doll Shoes. It is an open group for all photos of high heel fashion doll shoes, so if you're in ipernity and take photos of your dolls' shoes, you're welcome to add them to the group. The only limitations at the moment are that the shoes need to have high heels and the photos must be of the shoes, not entire dolls. Hopefully, there will be no need of any additional limitations.

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Miscellaneous stuff

2014-08-20T08:04:08.061-07:00

I haven't done anything new for a while, but there are some things from last year that I haven't posted yet. First pair is Monster High wedges made of Cernit/Fimo and some lace. The method of making the soles is the one explained in this blog post. These are very simple shoes with just the wedge soles, insoles made of cardboard and leather, and some lace.I made these shoes specifically for the Grayscale Frankie and you can see her wearing them in the story The Not So Grim Reaper. The next two are variations of the Leopard print shoes for Monster High dolls.The last Monster High pair is made of what was left of the card-woven band I used for Nefera's shoes.Finally, there's the first pair I've ever made for a Novi Stars doll, in this case, Una Verse. I made these to go together with a dress I crocheted for the doll using the same sewing threads as in the card-woven bands. Otherwise, they're just leather, cardboard, and pieces of wood for heels.[...]



An old pair from 2007

2014-08-20T08:04:08.073-07:00

I made these shoes for Madame Alexander's Cissy in 2007. These are among the first experiments I made with plaster casting soles.I covered the soles with fabric.Then I glued on some plastic decorations. The fabric had to be used partly to keep the plaster from chipping, partly because parts of the soles will always show between the decorations, no matter how carefully you place them.Finally, I glued on the insoles and straps and covered the sides with sealer.The shoes have been stored in a box with other pairs for several years now and the other day, when I took them out, I noticed this:The sealer looks really bad. This is the only pair where this has happened. All the other ones, even the oldest, look fine, so I have no idea why it happened with these shoes. Could be a reaction between PVA glue and sealer.The original Finnish blog post is here.[...]



SHORT STORY

2014-08-20T08:00:00.379-07:00

Hello from Amsterdam!!! :) Just checking in to share a summery look with you guys! :) Absolutely in love with these shorts and I wanted to make sure I shared them while they're still in stock. At only $12.50(!!!), I don't think they'll be around for long![ :: Forever21+ blazer (similar) :: Old Navy palm print shorts (available here) :: Old Navy tee (here) :: ][ :: Report heels (available here!) :: Coach bag :: Carrie Allison necklace c/o ONecklace (here) :: ][ :: Torrid spike necklace (similar) :: rings via The Love Knot Shop (on etsy here) :: ]Don't mind me as I finally have a Carrie moment with this personalized name necklace! I've always wanted one but was NOT allowed to when I was younger. I think my parents were afraid I would let myself be kidnapped by someone whom I thought knew my name. lol!Now that I (hopefully) know better than to go running off with a stranger, I decided to indulge in my SATC dreams and have an "Allison" necklace made! This one from ONecklace is perfectly light and delicate, plated in 24K gold, and I love that you can customize the chain length. (For reference, I'm wearing the 18-inch version!) The necklace is perfect for layering with other necklaces for more impact or being worn on its own for a more delicate look.[ :: Forever21+ blazer (similar) :: Old Navy palm print shorts (available here) :: Old Navy tee (here) :: ][ :: Report heels (available here!) :: Coach bag :: Carrie Allison necklace c/o ONecklace (here) :: ][ :: Torrid spike necklace (similar) :: rings via The Love Knot Shop [...]



CALIFORNIA DREAMIN

2014-08-20T08:00:00.436-07:00

Happy Independence Day! :) As much as I'm loving this trip through Europe, I'm missing home quite a bit, especially as I would normally be barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hanging out by the pool today. Ah well, I'll settle for exploring castles and pretty towns in Germany! ;)[ :: embellished dress c/o Scarlett & Jo (available here!) :: Majid straw tote via ideeli (similar here) :: ][ :: Merona sandals (available here) :: filigree cuff via street vendor :: ]Cover anything with sparkles and I will love it. This dress is no exception! I love the bright cobalt blue, but the real statement maker is the super embellished neckline! It instantly dresses up an otherwise simply cut dress, and I've gotten to wear this for a variety of occasions, from picnicking outside to a concert in Vienna. The best part? It also comes in my favorite color--purple!!What are those of you celebrating up to today? Hopefully something that involves lots of sunshine, friends, family, and good food! :) xoxo! FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN[...]



ANCHORED

2014-08-20T08:00:00.445-07:00

Hey guys! :D Checking in from Germany to share another look from MYNT! Of the three MYNT pieces I've worn, this one is my favorite! I love the contrasting body/sleeve combo, and there are so many chic details; I adore the contrast exposed zippers, buckles at the waist, and I love the leather epaulettes![ :: MYNT1792 Harlem moto c/o :: H&M dress (similar) :: Alexander Wang Rocco (several color options here!) :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung x Target heels (similar) :: F21 bangles :: ]One of my favorite ways to wear feminine, wispy pieces is pairing them with tough, moto-inspired items to keep them from being overly saccharine. I absolutely love the way the jacket anchors this silky dress to make it wearable for day--without it, it looks a bit like a nightgown! :P[ :: MYNT1792 Harlom moto c/o :: H&M dress (similar) :: Alexander Wang Rocco (several color options here!) :: ][ :: Prabal Gurung x Target heels (similar) :: F21 bangles :: ]Thanks for reading!! :D xoxo FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



NEW OBSESSIONS

2014-08-20T08:00:00.527-07:00

Happy Monday! :) So excited to share these photos with you![ :: MYNT1792 Chelsea jacket c/o :: H&M+ pants (similar) :: Forever 21 crop top (similar) :: ][ :: Report heels :: Monika Chiang Raja clutch :: ]Currently in Vienna (Austria...home of Arnold Schwarzenegger! teehee), but wanted to share these looks since I'll be one of MYNT 1792's Insiders! You can check out my profile on their page here! :) They're quickly becoming one of my favorite plus size brands for outerwear--the construction, fit, and quality are always on point!I love how this tailored jacket pulls together these slouchy pants, which up until now, I hadn't worn out due to their pajama-y-ness. Love the way these pieces work together though! Wore a crop top because why not, and layered on bracelets to dress things up a bit. Also, currently obsessed with these white heels. Be prepared to see these on my blog a lot! :Pxoxo!! I hope you a lovely week! :D Follow me on Instagram for photo updates from Europe! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



DEEP BLUE SEA

2014-08-20T08:00:00.537-07:00

Happy Friday everyone!Currently in Budapest, so I thought I'd share some photos I snapped a couple weeks ago! ;)[ :: Monif C. Malibu Swimsuit c/o :: ]Monif C. is consistently making my swimsuit dreams into a reality. I can't gush enough about how much I love this suit. It just brings me SO. MUCH. HAPPINESS. The vibrant blue print, the fact that it's designed to look like a wetsuit (!!!), and the perfect fit basically have me obsessed.I took this suit for a spin at the beach a couple weekends ago, hoping that the industrial strength zipper would stay put, and that the extra coverage would help me stay warm (and unburned!) while boogie boarding in the chilly Pacific waters! Needless to say, mission accomplished! No wardrobe malfunctions, and I managed to maintain feeling in all my extremities while in the water. Perfect.This photo says it all! This suit makes me happyyyyyy. ^___^Industrial strength zipper!xoxo! To keep up with what I'm doing in Europe, follow me on Instagram here! :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



PIER AVENUE

2014-08-20T08:00:00.593-07:00

Last outfit post from Hawaii! Wearing more tie dye from Thread & Butter. :)[ :: Thread & Butter Noah tank c/o :: Asos skirt :: Marni for H&M necklace :: Target sandals :: Grafea backpack :: ]Tie dye on tie dye! I love the swingy shape that happened from pairing these two pieces. This top has quickly become a weekend staple since I came back home--it's super soft and the bright color is so right for these hot days we've been having!I never got a lei while we were in Hawaii, so I improvised with this oversized flower necklace from the Marni for H&M collab several seasons ago. I love the clunkiness of it! Finished off the look with these sandals which have pretty much been worn to death since I bought them--I plan on getting them in several more colors! At $15 each, they're the perfect beach/pool sandal![ :: Thread & Butter Noah tank c/o :: Asos skirt :: Marni for H&M necklace :: Target sandals :: Grafea backpack :: ]Jetting from one trip to another--leaving for Europe tomorrow! I can't believe I'll be gone for three weeks. I haven't even started packing yet!!! Halp. O_o FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]



KEEP IT SIMPLE

2014-08-20T08:00:00.602-07:00

Some days, particularly ones where all you plan on doing is picnicking on the beach, less is definitely more. All I needed was a comfy summer dress, flats to walk to the Japanese takeout shop in, and a bag big enough to hold a beach towel and the essentials.[ :: Torrid cami dress :: NaRaYa bag from Thailand (similar/similar) :: Torrid aztec print flats :: ]One of my favorite purchases from Thailand--I use this bag every time I travel. It's perfect as a carry-on! :)[ :: Torrid cami dress :: bangkok bag from Thailand (similar/similar) :: Torrid aztec print flats :: ]Totally didn't notice until now that everything I'm wearing has diamond shapes on it. Aztec print on the flats, studding on the dress, and quilting on the bag! Completely unintentional. lol!Happy Thursday! xoxo :) FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN [...]