Saturday, 29 July 2017

A Comfy & Casual Kpop-Inspired Outfit

Hi hi everyone! 

'Tis the weekend, and you know what that means.. more time for blogging! 
With every weekend that goes by, there's one less week of summer and another week edging closer to school. :( I'm excited for the upcoming year, but I just can't believe how quick time is dissolving. I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish this summer, and it's so hard to get things done, heh. I've recently bought myself a bullet journal to keep myself more productive and motivated in accomplishing these summer goals, and I'll let you guys know how it goes in the next few weeks! 

Today's outfit was kpop-inspired- it reminds me of those kpop girl group dances, you know? (Speaking of which, one of my favourite ones my friends and I have tried dancing was Mr. Chu by Apink.) :) It features a light cropped, baseball-tee styled tee shirt paired with these light blue denim shorts. Very comfy and suitable for dancing. I also wore a gold ring on my thumb and these hooped earrings I bought the other day from H&M since I can't seem to find pairs of my old earrings anymore (they were either rusted and/or the other partner was lost), which adds a touch of class to the rest of the cute, casual look. The sandals are great for the summer, but obviously it'd be near impossible to dance with them, hahah.

Please don't mind my excessive posing. ^^" My neighbours were outside barbecuing and I bet they were silently judging me (but that's fine, hehe, I don't mind being labelled as crazy and weird by others, haha.. I'm used to it. My siblings can testify to that.)  

This moment was captured half a second after dropping my sunnies.

I spy a stroller and a playground 8D 

Such a shame whenever the camera doesn't focus and it captures a decent but blurry pic :(
Cut me some slack though, because I'm using a self-timer !! ^^" 

One of my summer to-do's include a DIY project that I will be releasing later on! :) 
I will be spending loads of time with my bullet journal within the next few days and I can't wait because I have a good feeling it'll keep me motivated throughout the next school year ^^"
By the way, thank you all for your lovely comments! I'm so happy that people are reading my blog and I don't look like I'm just that bored with life that I'm taking selfies of my outfits to throw into the already messy and crowded online world out there. I'm also really excited to read my fellow blogger friends' blogs, which I know I haven't been getting around to yet, but soon!!! Just you wait ;) 

What are some of your summer to-do's, and how do you keep motivated in achieving them?
Have any of you tried bullet journaling? If so, how do you organize your to-do's, goals, etc.?

Let's all do our best and not let the heat bring us down!


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Kawaii & Colourful Pom Pom Shorts / / Back to Youthful Times

Ever since university, and especially entering business school, I noticed a drastic change in my style of clothing. More black, grey, dark-scale monotone clothing.. white blouses. Outfits were often a semi-casual blouse with jeans, or along the lines of something like that. University was a mix of trying to dress more maturely and business-like (especially for presentations and networking sessions) and comfy clothing (especially for those early 8am classes post late bar/club social nights and our 48-hour group reports). I felt especially un-stylish (if that is a word.. no it's not, but that's alright since this is my little world of blogging) and I don't want to remember what I've worn *insert laughing tears emoji face*

Honestly, it was definitely a memorable, crazy year packed with so much homework and class work with classmates (prepping for classes and trying to score a good class contribution mark 3 classes a day), summer job hunting, networking, Frog Thursdays (free entry into a bar every Thursday, but of course I attended only a handful throughout the entire year), and some occasional semi-formal nights of celebrations. It went by so quickly and I can't describe how, but I definitely feel transformed thus far, becoming more mature, open-minded, and a little crazy, hahah. 

Since coming back home for the summer, I've been meeting up with friends, working for an assisted living facility, and just returning to the blogging world. 

Summer '17 has got me back into the imaginary world (where I practically lived in before university)- full of kpop, asian dramas and TV shows, blogging and just enjoying my youth again. There's just been enough stress with full-time job recruiting and adulting from my business school that I think we should all take a deep breath and look at the big picture. We'll all be working for the rest of our lives, so why not also take the time to enjoy this moment? Same goes with dressing up maturely and all that. Therefore, I present to you this outfit, featuring these colourful pom pom chiffon shorts, bought by my sister, during our online shopping craze back in those years (aka, this is no longer hip, but hey, I've got a thing for those no-longer-trendy pieces ;))! I've matched them with this black bralette top from Yesstyle, and this knit cardi. 

This outfit reminds me of those instagram clothing celebrities who'd often post cute comfy outfits starring a cute tank top, cardigan, and some shorts (back in 2013, when I started blogging)! Of course I needed a twist to it and added this navy blue bow headband and rubber sandals. 

Too hot and warm outside? Trying to avoid a tan? Wrap this cardigan around your shoulders for another effortlessly cute look! P.S. Please excuse the grass... I'll get it cut soon. :P

/ / OUTFIT / / 
Black bralette top: Yesstyle
Cardigan: I'll double check soon! 
Colourful Pom Pom Shorts: eBay
Shoes: Little Burgundy Shoes

Of course, I'm still a lover of chic business-like outfits. I have a couple of nice outfits perfect for signing those business deals (haha, I wish), but I think it's important for us to relax and take the time to dress youthful because we still have the rest of our lives to dress grown-up for work! ;)

Do you have any of those "youthful" or "crazier" type of clothing pieces in your closet right now? What is it?? :P When do you pull those out? 
What types of clothing pieces do you usually wear for school or work? :) 


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

eZn ((Shaking)) Pudding Hair Color Korean Dye Product: Orange #6.4 Review

People would dye for my hair. punintended

For the longest time, I've been taught/raised that dyeing my hair wasn't the best idea and that it could cause cancer. Although my family weren't the traditional asian type of strict families, they would simply suggest us what to do and what to avoid (which actually makes it harder for me to rebel imo :P). For example, they'd suggest us not to date until after high school (my brother broke this rule and eh, what do you know, WWIII didn't break out ~). 

But growing up, being a fan of kpop, korean dramas, watching animes (where characters have crazy hair colours), and seeing friends and classmates changing hair colours simply kept me thinking and wondering how would dyed hair look on me? Have you dyed your hair before and what colour(s)? If you haven't, what colours would you dye it? 

I'm pretty sure you all know what this post will be focusing on by this point :P, so I digress and without furtherado, I've decided to write up a review on the "Shaking" Pudding Hair Color Dye in Coral Orange :") 
I've decided not to dye my roots as I don't want to go all crazy and out since I will be entering my fourth year of university/college in September and this will be the crucial full-time job recruitment time-frame. Not to say that workplaces are against freedom of expression through hair-dyeing, but I think I should keep it safe for now. :) Originally, I wanted to dye my hair purple (from the middle section, blending it to the ends), but I couldn't find any hair dye products for it at T&T Supermarket (an Asian supermarket within Canada). 

For those interested in this product or the hair-dyeing process, read on! If not, I'd still love to hear your thoughts on your previous hair dyeing experiences or your opinion on it! What colours are you thinking? :) 

Product Packaging

As you can see, they offer seven different colours, and this appears to be more of a nourishing type of hair-dye which is awesome because it's less harmful to the hair. It's made in Korea and is ammonia-free (less harmful!! Yes!). What I think is interesting about it is that it becomes a pudding, making this hair dyeing experience interesting and a little fun, teehee. :") 
The three major content within the Hair Color Product- the hair dye product, the Self Coloring Kit and instructions
#1: Instructions- provided in both Korean and English! 

#2: Content within the Self-Coloring Kit! Wear the gloves, plastic cape, and ear protection before beginning! 

#3: Content within the Hair Dye box: two different solutions within bottles

Pour the two solutions into the mixing bottle! 
Ensure you close the lid firmly (when you hear the CLICK sound, you're good to go and shake to mix the solutions)!
Mixing! Ensure you shake the bottle horizontally, left to right, instead of vertically. 

The instructions read not to shake too fast or vigilantly.. oops, hahah.

 After Mixing... HERE IS THE PUDDING! 
Voila! Notice the thickness of the solution, making it easy to apply to the hair..
 Take time to apply the pudding onto your hair, then allow time for the formula to settle within your hair. I basically applied the product all over my hair, except for areas near the roots since I wanted the colour to run mainly from the middle to the ends of the hair. 

Wait for...

  • 20 minutes if you want grey coverage
  • 30 minutes if you want the fancy/bleached colour

Of course, I wanted the fancy orange colour- so 30 minutes it was for me! 
Time to sit back, relax, enjoy the sun, listen to some kpop and head onto the blog~ 

I then followed the instructions to rinse my hair until the water running no longer has any color. Then, apply an appropriate amount (I had a medium-sized blob) of the Angel Ring Hair treatment to your hair and allow it to rest within your hair for 3 minutes before washing it off. The purpose of the Angel Ring Hair Treatment is to nourish your hair and also prevent further colour from washing off. You're supposed to apply it once a week. 

I did some research online and supposedly this hair dye is supposed to last for three weeks, so I'd say this packet of Angel Ring Hair Treatment definitely has enough formula to last the three weeks! 

One thing that I should've probably done was bleach my hair before using this product. Since my hair is black, the colour obviously didn't penetrate that well and it's actually pretty hard to tell I dyed it unless under the sun. Here are some pics of the after results!! :) 

It's somewhat noticeable with the sun behind me! 

Rating Time 
Price: 3.5/5
This is fairly inexpensive ($18 Canadian, bought from TNT, an Asian supermarket) compared to other Asian brands like Palty (ranging from $30-$40, depending on where you shop), but compared to other brands like L'Oreal where you could find at Shoppers Drug Mart/a local drug store, it's quite a hefty price.

Packaging: 5/5
I found the packaging to be very appealing and super cute. :") The idea of a pudding was also quite cute, and I guess I did have fun shaking the bottle, hehe. I also liked how they provided all the products (i.e., plastic cape, gloves, etc.) and organized them very well. 

Instructions: 5/5
Very easy-to-follow, and although this was from Korea, they provided both Korean and English instructions! There were pictures to follow along and a very simple, clear, step-by-step process outlined. They provided a pretty accurate length of time for the dyeing process, and had tips illustrated throughout the instructions. 

Results: 3/5
Obviously, this didn't turn out very orange or noticeable. I guess this is partly due on my fault for not bleaching my hair, knowing it'd be difficult to penetrate through black hair. I wanted to avoid the bleaching so it wouldn't be extremely acidic and harmful to my hair... but I suppose bleaching is inevitable. The dye should last around three weeks *pout* but I'd say it's decent for the price. They also provide the Angel Ring Treatment that nourishes your hair and prevents accelerated fading of hair colour from washing. If I'd bleached it, I'd probably give it a 3.5 to 4, considering it should last a little before a month. As for the smell, I personally didn't think it smelled very toxic- rather, a little like nail polish remover. My Mom, on the other hand, kept complaining about how bad it smelled. Make sure you turn the vent on (in the washroom) and open the windows! I believe the odour only lingered for a couple of hours. 

Overall, I would definitely give it another go with another colour (interested in pink or the blonde) but only if I bleached my hair first!

What do you think about the process of this hair-dyeing experience? Was it any similar to your previous ones if you've dyed your hair before?
If you haven't dyed your hair before, why not, and what colour would you dye it if given the chance? :") 


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Comfy Over-sized Top/Dresses

You ever get the feeling that one piece of clothing looks so cute and good on you when you looked in the mirror in the fitting room? Then, you head home and realize that it just doesn't look as good as it did in the fitting room?
*Sigh* This exact scenario unfolded just recently. This over-sized white tee from H&M caught my attention, and it was around $15 only! Sometimes I wonder if the mirrors were designed in a sort of way just so you look good in the outfit, so you'd make the purchase?! 

It's too late to refund though, since I already ripped off the tags, but hey, I guess I can still tie and wear it as a cute top? :") 

Those socks might've been a bad idea with the outfit but it's okay 'cos clothing is all about trying something new!

/ / Outfit Details / /
Dress/Oversized top: H&M
Bag: Michael Kors
Shoes: Stan Smith
Sunnies: Mary Kay
(Mary Kay, yup- the brand that sells beauty and cosmetics.. I was surprised they had accessories for sale as well!)

What was one of your most regretful purchases if you had any? :P 
Did a similar shopping situation ever occur to you? What are some of your shopping habits?
How would you style this oversized top? 
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sun's Out, Boho's Out

Since coming home from college, I've been amazed at my second sister's collection of clothing... she pretty much buys all the hipster and trendy clothing that I boycott (okay, maybe boycott is a little too strong of a word because damn, of course I'd spend the money if I had it... but you get the idea ;)) buying because of the jacked up prices. Sheesh. But hurrah for I have a larger range of clothing to try on, hehe. 

Take this boho top, for example. I believe it was from last year or the year before?

She's also all about that "just buy it" mentality. Because of that, I spent a little more this summer than expected... *guilty laugh* I'm resisting the urge to buy this summer as I'm excited for Japan shopping next month!! Woohoo! 

Trends come and go, but I still like wearing past-trendy pieces. They'll likely make comebacks (but in a slightly different form), but it's all about how you style it as well ;) 

Do you have any friends or family members who is able to convince you to buy anything? 
What are you guys up to this summer? Any shopping plans or travelling plans?
Has anyone been to Japan before and could provide some tips with shopping? ^^ I'll be in Tokyo mid-August!


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