Friday, June 23, 2017

Wallets

I've had exactly one wallet I liked... The one I used for the last 10 years (I know). Before that I just had my cards and money loose in my bag/pocket. (I know)

My sister thought I was crazy at the time for spending $80 on this tiny piece of leather, but this was the first time I saw a super slim wallet that could actually fit in those dumb tiny women's pants pockets:
It is now hilariously out-of-date

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trend: Cold Shoulder Tops

http://lookbook.nu/look/8325279-Asos-Off-The-Shoulder-Cami-Top-Stradivarius
I know what we'll all be thinking 5-10 years from now: Remember when we all wore those cold-shoulder (or off-the-shoulder) tops that one summer in the mid-to-late 2010s? The Lookbooker above has nailed down the look with every trend that's hot now: choker, tattoo jewelry, and a still-going-strong wide-brimmed hat.

The trend is kind of growing on me, esp since there aren't a whole lot of dark summer looks, and this trend checks many boxes. It's mysterious, flowy, seductive. Many goth brands are also doing their take on this look:

off-the-shoulder

bwa-haha yes i made the models hold hands


There are times I'm wrong about trends and this is one of those. I never, in a million years, thought this would take off the way it did. Literally everyone in NYC is walking around in these. How do people with boobs wear them? Judging from the cups that are jumping out through the fabric, strapless bras. Also some are not wearing bras at all. I have two tops I'm waiting for my hair to grow out to hide the bra straps. Or maybe I'll just wear a bra with straps in my skin tone. I refuse to wear strapless bras---they do nothing. Half the reason why I hate this trend is that it looks so damn fussy. fabric that's draping off, limiting your movement. Raise your arms? Not an off-the shoulder top anymore. It's a cowl neck top in one second. The shirts that are basically tank tops with attached arm-warmer sleeves like the ones above seem a lot more wearable. One of the above hits another trend too! The choker top.

If you're looking at this trend and are thinking, WTF I can DIY this, you are right. There are a few involved tutorials on YouTube that require sewing and adding elastics, but Carah Amelie below has simple cut-out instructions (cold shoulder top is the first segment, but there are other great t-shirt tutorials that are worth watching)

I wore one one of these today and, yeah, it kept riding up into a cowl neck. Hate these tops tbh.
Look what's behind me!!
What do you think of this trend?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mirror Nails


Woah... Where have I been?! Can't believe it's been a month. The weather's been nice!

But I'd like to alert you to the Holy Grail of nail wierdos like me...mirror nails, or chrome nails. Metallic nail polish won't get you a true mirror finish. In the past, there were chrome stickers, but those seem super fussy and I don't like the idea of stickers on my nails.

There are a few YouTube videos on using chrome powder. Many recommend using UV gel, but that's a line I won't cross. Luckily you can do this with just the powder and a water-based top coat. The below video explains:


After reading a few Amazon reviews and watching other videos, I settled on the below brands. Chrome powder: what's up nails, water-based top coat: Little Ondine.

The powder is a very fine Mica-based powder like that found in makeup. Mica is a naturally occurring mineral that's stable and found in many rocks, so I think it's environmentally neutral, opposed to glitter. Glitter is terrible for the environment.. If someone knows more about Mica please comment.

First, paint your nails with black polish. Then apply a top coat--i used the water-based top coat, but I think I might try a regular one next time. When it's mostly dry, massage the powder. I tried a q-tip, but that didn't work well. Honestly my fingers worked best. Watch the video above--it magically becomes mirrorlike.


A free places online said that the manicure only lasts a few days, but mine lasted about 2 weeks, showing the same amount of chipping as any other manicure (see above)

Hope you all are having a great summer!