DIY Leather Cat Ears Headband

One of the most popular costumes during Halloween is the cat costume. There are varieties of cat costumes being sold in stores, but for the thrifty the best thing to do is to make their own. I will not be sharing how to make the head-to-toe attire, but I’ll be showing how to make your own subtle cat ears headband. It’s pretty easy, and it took me around 30 minutes to make this.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

leather/leatherette fabric

sewing machine, if available

scissors

thread

pins

tape measure

studs, if desired

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The first step is to measure your head’s circumference by simply wrapping the tape measure around your head. Mine is 28 inches, and I added an inch on both ends for the buttons (28 in + 2 in = 30 in). Lay the cloth flat and measure 30 in (length) and 4 in (width). Then cut, like so.

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Next, flip the fabric so that the left/inner side is facing you, fold in two, then stitch the edges together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always sew by hand. Your fabric will look slightly cylindrical afterwards, so to flatten it, turn it over and stitch the opposite edge, like the photo above.

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When your headband’s all flat, find the middle. Depends on how narrow or wide your cat ears would want to look, find point A by measuring 2 to 3 inches from the middle section. Subsequently, find point B and C by measuring 5 to 6 inches from A. By this time you should have a perfect triangle. The next thing to do is to place C’s tail below B’s, then pull gently to create a knot.

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Your knot should like a triangle knot (#5), if not try readjusting it. After that, proceed to making the opposite ear by doing the same steps earlier. After doing so, you’ll see that your headband is starting to look like a kitten’s ears.

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If you want to include some accessories, that’s okay. Actually I’d recommend it so your headband will look more interesting. In my case, I placed gold studs on the ears for some contrast. Lastly, fasten your headband with a snap button by handsewing it at the end.

1392036_10202091118508521_1323802300_nAaaand that’s how it’s done. Here’s how it should look like when worn. One good thing about this is you can also wear it in school or any ordinary day. I teased about the tutorial weeks ago on Instagram. My IG followers always get the first dibs so follow if you like! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 😀

DIY Circle Skirt (Skater Skirt)

I haven’t told you this yet, but it has always been my dream to make clothes. I used to watch my mom make our school uniforms and I remember being so amazed every time. I never got it out of my system. So, a month ago I gave in and decided to take basic sewing classes. I learned how to make patterns and sew a blouse, dress, and skirt.

My first project was actually a sweetheart top but it looked terrible so I switched to a much simpler one–a skater skirt.

Skater skirts, also known as circle skirts, have been quite a hit in the country, although they’ve been around for a long time. Fashion trends, after all, just repeat themselves. They’re called circle skirts because you’ll only need a big circular cloth to make a full skirt. You’ll see an example below.

First, to make the skirt, you’ll need:

a sewing machine

1 1/2 yard of cloth

thread

measuring tape

chalk/colored pencil

pair of scissors

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Next, measure your waist in inches. Divide it by 2(pi) or 6.28 (2 x 3.14) to get the radius. My waistline is 28 in, divided by 6.28 yields 4.45 in.

Fold your cloth in fours so you don’t have to draw a full circle. Then, draw the inner edge (waistline) of your quarter circle on the cloth using your radius measurement.

Quick tip: To draw the waist radius, pin your measuring tape on the corner of the cloth, and move the tape around the cloth with a chalk/pencil at the other end to mark the waist radius.

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Decide on your skirt’s length, then add the radius plus 1/2 inch for the hemline for easier measurement later. I wanted a skirt with a 16 in length, so from the corner of the folded cloth I measured 21 in (16 in + 4.5 + .5).

Next, mark out the skirt length using the measurement.

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Afterwards,  measure the waistband. The waistband length (WL) and width (WW) depends on you. Usually the WL is just the waistline + seam allowance on right and left ends, and the WW is 1 or 2 in + 0.5 in seam allowance on top and bottom of the waistband.

In my case, my WL is 32 in [28 in + 2 (2) in] and WW is 2 in [1 in + 0.5 (2)in]. You can do the waistband before or after you’ve cut your circle skirt, whichever is more convenient for you. To save time and fabric though I decided to mark out the waistband while the fabric is still folded.

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And finally, CUTTING! Cut the fabric carefully by following the markings. Here’s what a quarter circle looks like:

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And here’s how it looks when unfolded–perfect circle!

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For beginners like me, this is where the tedious work begins. Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt (waist/inner circle) with right sides facing each other, then sew with a 0.5 in seam allowance as shown below. Do not forget to hem the top part of the waistband also. You may insert an elastic before doing so.

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Finally, finish your skirt by hemming the bottom of your skirt. I used a very stretchy material for this project so I didn’t have to use a zipper. If you want to know how to sew a zipper, go here for a more detailed tutorial.

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This is the final product! Looks great for a beginner, no?

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Will wear this skirt for my OOTD post so watch out for it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Comment away if you have any questions! 😀

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Travel Post: Vigan

Two months ago, Chad and I traveled to north of the Philippines to check out Vigan. Chad had been to the place but I haven’t before. I only knew about Vigan in textbooks in school and as my family could not afford to travel anywhere, except my parents’ hometowns which are just an hour away from Naga, I promised myself that I will visit Vigan when I’m capable of traveling.

I have a certain fascination for ancient things, and Vigan suits that interest of mine. Although I was a bit disappointed that only one street, Calle Crisologo, preserved the Spanish colonial houses and architecture, the whole experience was still amazing. I am after all with the love of my life, everywhere with him is paradise. CHOS! [On an unrelated note, I think I should shift to love + personal blogging because I keep talking about my boyfriend. I hope it doesn’t annoy you (heh). I can’t help it, so please bear with me. 😛 ]

After a 9-hour ride to Vigan via Viron Transit, we checked in RF Aniceto Mansion.

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Aside from offering the best accommodation package (1500php per night = breakfast + airconditioned room + private hot/cold bath + cable tv + clean and comfortable room), the place has a gorgeous interior. And if you’re a vintage junkie like me, you’d absolutely love Aniceto.

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 Chad photobombing. He always does that when I take photos. 🙂

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Our room. Nice right?

Aside from checking out Calle Crisologo and the restaurants along it (pictures of which can be found here), we also went to Baluarte, a large park owned by Ilocos Sur’s incumbent governor, Chavit Singson.

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The place has a lot of animals–from donkeys, parrots, deers, to tigers. I don’t really know what to feel when we got there. I don’t like it when animals are used for humans’ amusement. I feel so sorry for the donkey that carried us quite honestly, I kept on talking to the poor thing after he gave us a tour of the field. 🙁

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Had some photos taken with this gorgeous parrot, too. The owners won’t ask for payment but they will certainly ask for a small donation after they’ve let the bird rest on your shoulders.

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Chad decided to climb this big rock while on our way to see the famous pets of the governor.

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I saw about six of these cuties. I kept calling them kitty in this video because they look so cuddly and cute, like domestic cats. They must be extremely bored and sad; these animals should be in the wild with their own kind, not in cages.

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We also went to see Playa de Oro beach, which is only 10 minutes away from the city. Our travels are incomplete without the beach, you see. The place is very underdeveloped, which is good in my opinion. I saw some trash lying around near the shore though. 🙁 And I think promoting it for tourism will only hurt it.

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Tropapips. Little kids watching the waves, taken by Chad

Chad in Playa de Oro beach photo by me

Chad left for the States a couple of days ago. I’m sad to be honest with you, which kind of explains why I’ve not been posting anything for the past weeks. I’ve been with him almost everyday during his 8-month stay in the country, but I guess every good thing has an end. It’s just temporary in our case, though. We’ll see each other in a year or two. We’ve done this long-distance relationship thing before. We survived it, and I see no reason for it not to work this time.

Photos taken by me using a Canon AE-1 film camera and Solid Gold ISO 200

DIY Floral Crown

A couple of days ago, Chad and I decided to shoot a Mowgli-themed set of pictures. You know, that half-naked child in The Jungle Book? Here’s a teaser:

But no, I wasn’t half-naked in the pictures, silly. Lol. Anyway, see that floral crown that I’m wearing? I made that myself and I will show you how to make your own in the following photos. 🙂

First, you’re going to need five things—a thin, bendable wire; a pair of scissors; pliers, a green tape; and a set of silk or satin flowers. You can also use real flowers; however, they wilt really fast so it’s much more practical to use fake ones. Do not use plastic ones though because they’re stiff. Here I’m using satin flowers—they look like the real deal from afar. 🙂 Also, to make things easier for you, select flowers that have wires attached in them. I bought these at a Japanese store called Daiso at Php 33 a color (80 cents).

Next, create the base of your crown, which should be the size of your head, using the wire and the pliers. Be careful when doing this, better if you let someone else do this for you.

Then cover the wire with the green tape to make it look like a stem. 🙂

Wrap the wires of the blooms tightly to the base of the crown. You may use pliers too when doing this. I selected the flowers with the lightest color and combined them with the darker ones afterwards. Please note, however, that you may use whichever flower color, type, and size you desire.

Repeat the process…

until you’ve covered the whole base. And you’re done. You can also re-tape the crown to make sure the wires won’t hurt your head (sometimes the wires tend to stick out a bit).

It’s that easy~ and cheap too! This only cost me around Php 200 ($5) and took me 30 to 40 minutes to make. Enjoy! Please visit my blog again soon, I’m excited to show you the photos Chad and I shot. Toodles! 🙂

Developing Photographs

By now I think you’ve already guessed that my boyfriend is a complete photography junkie. Chad is adept in using both film and digital cameras, but he enjoys using the former more especially when he gets to develop his own photographs. And it so happens that I’ve been wanting to do that for a really long time.

I’ve been curious about darkrooms since I saw Alicia Silverstone’s 1993 debut movie The Crush. If you’ve seen it, you can recall that Adrienne (Alicia Silverstone) had this BIIIG crush on Nick (Cary Elwes), who happened to have a photographer girlfriend named Amy. Being a complete psycho, Adrienne tried to kill Amy by locking wasps in her darkroom. Okay, I just realized that’s quite disturbing. Haha. *crickets*

Anyhoo… Last week, Chad taught me how to develop photographs and I will be sharing the stuff I learned.

Since we could not find an extra space for the equipment, we used my kitchen as a makeshift darkroom. We had to cover the windows with towels so light can’t come in and avoid exposing the film and photo paper.

Above are trays where the magic happens. The developer is the chemical that makes the image from the film visible.  The next tray contains the fixer, a chemical which stabilizes the image and makes it insensitive to light, hence the term ‘fix’. And last is the stop bath, which ends the development process and permanently preserves the photograph.

Of course, you cannot begin without your filmstrips…

negative holder…

and enlarger. The enlarger projects the image from the film to the photo paper. The photo paper is highly sensitive to light, except red light, so make sure to keep it in its folder when you’re not using it. Last week I had to cut paper in my pitch-black bathroom. I am not kidding. But I was able to do it! 😀

We wasted three photo papers before successfully printing a photo. It usually takes a few seconds to a few minutes to expose a photograph under the enlarger but our equipment’s light was a bit dim, so we had to expose the photo paper for 10 to 12 minutes.

Afterwards, we soaked the paper in the developer (1 minute); transferred it into the fixer (30 seconds); and dipped it in the stop bath (10 seconds).

Chad holding out our first product. This one was exposed for only 10 minutes, which probably explains why the background is not clear (?).

We decided to leave the next paper under the enlarger for 12 minutes, and we were so happy with the results. Here we are looking so proud. 🙂

The third one was okay but it had fingerprints on it so we decided to throw it away. Sad.

But hey, at least I got to use one as cover design for my fashionary sketchbook. 🙂

Come back soon for more wonderful photos! Finally got to print some from my Bell & Howell film camera and I’m really excited to show you. 🙂

DIY Pouty Lippies

Let’s face it, people with naturally pouty lips look effortlessly sultry. Angelina Jolie and Liv Tyler are best examples. But if you are a girl like me who doesn’t possess the same luscious lips as Angie and Liv and who doesn’t know how to do a pout, this post might help you.

Below is a technique I’ve learned (from experimenting) to achieve a natural looking pout, without the duckface.

First thing to do is exfoliate lips. You don’t have to do this,  however, if your lips aren’t chappy. To exfoliate, dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in lukewarm water, and then gently brush your lips. And then wipe with a clean cloth.

Before beginning, make sure you have two lip colors available–one very light  (nude or pale pink is perfect) and a dark red (brick red or royal red is good)–and a lip liner.

Next, create the shape you like by lining your lips with your lip liner. I wanted mine to look as natural as possible so I used Ianti‘s nude lip liner and just traced the natural contours of my lips.

Afterwards, I chose a pale pink lip color from ELF as base. Nude is too light for my lips. Apply your preferred color to both your upper and lower lip.

Third, create a line using a red on the inner part of the lips as shown. The goal here is to create a contrast and a shadow to give the illusion of pouty lips. Make sure not to stretch the line too much, keep the color in the middle.

It is best to start with the lower lip first, and then proceed to the upper lip.

When done,  carefully blend the parts where the dark and light color meet. You should get a result similar to this:

My camera is quite sucky at the moment but I’m telling you this method works, most especially if you’re using a nude color. Hope this somehow helps! 🙂

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You might have noticed that I changed my blog name from Zeros and Fives to Metamorphosis. I will explain why on my next blog post so make sure to come back soon! <3

How to Make a Fishtail Braid (Video)

I know this video tutorial is late, and I apologize. But here it is guys! I hope you’ll like it. Making a fishtail braid is a bit tedious the first time you do it, but you’ll find it quite easy once you get the hang of the process.

My face looks squashed. I filmed this in portrait mode so I had to rotate it. Unfortunately the video editor that I was using only had two ratio options. I guess I’m gonna have  to look for more video editing software then. In the meantime, please bear with me and my amateur editing skills. At least you get a better view of the braid. 😛

If you have questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll definitely answer them when I get the chance. If you want a full text of the steps of making a fishtail braid plus pictures, I blogged about it last year here. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel! Hihi. Thank you! :3

My Everyday Make-up (Video Tutorial)

Most men dislike girls who wear make-up.  That’s a fact. Last year though, I was able to “perfect” a barely-there make-up that can be worn everyday. Chad would always tell me how much he loves my make-up because, according to him, I still have that natural glow after application. Well, he’s right. The problem with wearing make-up is that even though it enhances beauty and hides imperfections, everybody knows it’s not your “real face” they’re seeing. Hence, they exclaim: Uy, ‘di kita nakilala ah. Ang ganda mo ‘te! Haha. I dunno if I’d be happy with that one.

Also, there are women who, unfortunately, have very sensitive skin. Some could not handle too many cake and powder on their skin, causing them to get allergies and irritations. So with all these in mind, I thought, hey, maybe I could share to everyone my everyday make-up–foundation-free! I may not have sensitive skin, but I don’t like layers on my face and feel eeky sticky at the end of the day. I’ve been wearing this look for a year now and I must say it has worked wonders for me.

Below is a video tutorial I made yesterday. I have also indicated below the instructions, in case you don’t get to read the subtitles. I hope you find this helpful! 🙂

STEP ONE: Cleanse and tone. Never put on make up without washing your face first. I use Nivea Acne Oil Control Facial Wash and Nivea Refreshing Toner.

STEP TWO: Moisturize. Any moisturizer will do. I use POND’S Flawless White Blemish Prevention UV Cream.

STEP THREE: Conceal. Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to hide imperfections. I use BasicBeauty concealer stick in Light.

STEP FOUR: Apply blush. Blush powders are easier to work with than cheek tints. I would recommend Ever Bilena’s Rose blush powder. Smile! Then, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.

STEP FIVE: Line lippies. Others would tell you to use a lip liner darker than your lipstick. I don’t follow that though. I use Ianti’s lip liner in Nude. It matches all lip colors.

STEP SIX: Apply nude lipstick. I am obsessed with Nudes. Here, I’m going to use Ianti’s Nude lipstick. I use it as my lipstick base, if there is such a thing. 😛

STEP SEVEN: Choose a shade that resembles your lip color. As you can see, I overuse Elf’s peach lip color. Hehe. It looks natural but, at the same time, refreshing. 🙂

STEP EIGHT: Define eyebrows. I’m partial to brown eyebrow pencils. The color makes people look younger (I think).

STEP NINE: Apply mascara and define lashline. I’ve been using Nichido ColorEyes mascara duo stick for years. It’s very affordable but always delivers. I don’t use eyelash curlers by the way; I just apply mascara in upward direction, but you’re free to use one if you want. 🙂 I always use the liquid one when defining my upper lashline. To create the perfect line, stretch the skin a bit then apply liner as shown. Remember, the goal is to look natural, so do not apply too much. Just follow the contours of your lashline.

STEP TEN: Set make-up by applying powder. These actually do the trick–Yep, a brush and loose powder. It does not rob the skin of ITS natural glow, unlike when we use foundation and/or pressed powder. Do not forget to apply powder on your neck. 🙂

OPTIONAL: Highlight nose bridge. While others would use brown make-up to highlight the contours of their nose, I use my concealer. ‘Learned it from a few make-up artists. 😛 Apply, then blend. 🙂

 

Sound off in the comments section if you have questions. Thanks for dropping by!

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How to Wear Crop Tops With Style

The Philippines is quite a conservative country. Any outfit that shows more skin than the usual would elicit lots of stares from people–from admiration to disgust–depending on their fashion awareness. The summer season, however, is the time of the year that it’s almost excusable to wear anything short and revealing, except in schools, churches, offices, and even malls.

Karlie Kloss for Vogue

Swimsuits are like the beach uniform, but if you’re a little more conservative, crop tops are the best summer outfit option:

PHOTO CREDIT: Julia Monson at http://lookbook.nu/look/703891-CROP
PHOTO CREDIT: Lindsey Lugrin at http://lookbook.nu/look/1345225-Its-been-a-warm-winter

SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO WEAR THEM

1. Crops tops can be worn with shorts (denim, preferably) or fitted jeans.

Kryz Uy of http://thirstythought.wordpress.com

2. Accessorize them with belts and necklaces to add some attitude.

Tricia Gosingtian of http://triciawillgoplaces.tumblr.com

3. Or pair them with harem pants and classy or statement heels.

4. But if you’re not into showing your tummy, you can wear a tank top, a bandeau, or any garment under it.

I tried wearing one today. I was slightly worried and scared that I might not pull off the look:


If you got Lookbook and Chictopia, you can hype the look here and here respectively.

My crop top is sheer so I wore a lace top under it. I accessorized by layering a couple of necklaces and putting on a handwoven belt for a more relaxed feel.

I also tried to add some cutesiness by wearing the accessories above. 🙂

For more ideas on how to wear crop tops, go here.

How to Make a Customized Widget

I am not an expert on computer programming and all those HTML voodoo. But one thing I like about myself is my love for explorations and experiments. And they have become easier through the help of the world wide web.

Yesterday, I was able to make my own Bloglovin’ widget using my own picture. Huzzah!

I already got bored of having the same widgets as everyone else’s. Aside from that, widgets provided by varied social networking sites are very inflexible, makes it difficult for users (who do not know anything about HTML) to edit and tweak the codes to suit their preferences.

Today, I tried to make another widget for my Plurk account using only link html (or whatever it is called). I was a little skeptical at first if it will work, but I tried it anyhow. Below are the steps:

  1. Of course, you have to have first the photo you’d like to make as widget:
  2. Have the image hosted. Flickr and Photobucket are the widely used ones. But for convenience, your WordPress can also serve as the host. Just make a new post (/wp-admin/post-new.php) and upload your photo. Then copy the link (do not forget to hit “insert to post” and “save draft”):
  3. In another tab or window, open Widgets (/wp-admin/widgets.php). I mentioned that I used the link html, and inserted the image source html as well: <a href=”website“><img alt=”I dunno what to put here but I placed plurk” border=”0″ src=”image link“></a>. Choose a TEXT widget, place it on the sidebar and copy and paste the link html you see above. Insert your website link and the image source link (what you copied on step no. 2):
  4. And you’re done. To even out the margins, you can have your customized widget centered by just typing <CENTER> before and after the code:
  5. Now, you have your custom-made widget! Yay! Try experimenting them with other sites, too. One advice I have to give you though is  to always keep a back-up copy of the original codes just in case the new ones won’t work.

Enjoy! 🙂