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Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 Trend Report

I’m not supposed to post anything fashion-related until next week since I feel it’s inappropriate given the current situation in central Philippines, but I saw this really beautiful hairstyle Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes shared on Instagram and I had this sudden urge to post it on my blog. I have a really faulty memory so consider this as an online reminder that I should do my own version of Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014 hair, which Jane dubbed ‘the wood nymph hair’.

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Isn’t it divine? I think it’s pretty easy to do since it doesn’t need much flowers; the only problem is I don’t know where to find faux Grecian coins. Here’s another version from D&G:

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Floral crowns were all the rage last year, and I’m glad that it’s making a comeback this coming S/S, with a twist.

While I was doing my research, I decided to check out D&G’s website for their Spring 2014 collection. I missed doing it. If you’ve been following my posts since 2010, you’d remember that I used to post sort of like a runway report. I kinda missed doing that so I took a screenshot of the collection from D&G’s website. I may have shopped less than I used to but it doesn’t mean I do not appreciate designer brands anymore. And who can’t appreciate these?

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I must say I’m surprised that many of the pieces are actually very wearable. The pieces have this Greco-Roman vibe going on and I love it, reminded me so much of my favorite mythologies.

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And the best part is D&G showcased different pieces for various occasions. Some of the floral dresses are perfect for weddings, some for work, the beach, dinner, and even a funeral—which is great, don’t you think? Women don’t have many options during funerals, not that it should be a fashion show.

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I see lots of gold and lace as well. Time to stock some “little gold dress”.

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And pointed black kitten heels. Here’s more:

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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 Faux Leather Racerback Crop Top

I was bored with my life again last night that I decided to make something for myself. It’s been more than a month since I last sewed something and I missed doing it. Been catching up on Project Runway episodes, too, and I got really inspired by the contestants’ designs.

I wanted to do something simple, not too ambitious, so I chose something from my Fashionary sketching notebook—a racerback crop top. I bought this faux leather at the Fabric Warehouse for 250php a yard. I bought 2 yards because I’m planning on doing lots of stuff with it. This is only the first.

Anyway, here are the things you’re going to need:

fabric (1/2 to 1 yard)

pattern paper

scissors

black thread

measuring tape

needle (if you plan on hand sewing)

sewing machine (if available)

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Next is to make a pattern that looks like this. The left photo is the left side of the front top. The length of the top depends on how long you want it. I wanted a 16-inch top and added 1 inch for the hem. My bust size is 32 so I estimated I needed 10 inches, 0.5 inch seam included. This measurement was actually quite big and I had to remove one inch on each side for it to fit perfectly. I measured 3 inches for the shoulder with 0.5 inch seam included on both sides and on top.

Please note that this is a pattern I made based on my measurements, you will have to add or deduct some inches to fit your body.

After making your pattern, fold your fabric lengthwise with the fold facing you, as shown, and cut.

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This is how they should look like after cutting.

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Next is to sew the shoulder. Flip the fabric, with right sides facing each other. You can also hand sew this if you don’t have a sewing machine.

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Then sew the waist.

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Afterwards, I would recommend fitting your top to check if the breast part is not too loose. In my case it was, so I had to make a seam to make it fit. To do this, measure 4 inches from the armpits and 7 inches from the highest point of the shoulder. Mark the point where they meet…

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And from that point, draw a small right triangle, then pin it. And sew that area, as shown below:

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Next, hemming. It is optional, but if you want a more polished output, then by all means hem away. 🙂

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This is how your crop top should look after. Trimmed the back a bit to make the cross look more pronounced. And yes, I will definitely wear this on my next OOTD post.

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What do you think of the outcome? If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if this is how professional dressmakers make things. Please note that this is MY process and therefore I cannot assure you that it works hundred percent of the time—so please follow at your own discretion. 😉

Afterparty

Say hello to the 25-year-old me! Many people today don’t like revealing their age after turning 21 or 24; I, even, used to be one of them. But I’ve come to terms with the fact that humans grow older every year. Why hide something that’s natural?

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So this is me–a year older and definitely a year wiser. I just celebrated my birthday on August 5 and it was, by far, the best birthday I’ve had. When I was a kid, I never had birthday parties. We couldn’t even afford a cake, so I was used to letting the day pass by. But of course, I’d always wish for a better birthday. I finally got it this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. 🙂

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TrinketsMNL necklace, Asianvogue heels

The celebration was a little unplanned, but I’m glad I and my family did it. I was not supposed to go home for my birthday, like the past three years, but my grandma was ill and was looking for me. Who am I to refuse such request? So I traveled to Naga City and stayed there for a week. And I’m glad I did.

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I prepared my special spaghetti carbonara, my sister and my best friend brought 2 cakes, and my mom and Chad (through Skype) bought me presents. I was with family, loved ones, and friends in our soon-to-be-finished home… it was the best birthday ever. Nothing beats celebrating with the people that really matter. We may have differing characters and opinions on things, which at times cause misunderstandings, but they, especially my family, have always been there for me. I’m a difficult, ambitious person, but my family never ran out of support in my endeavors. That’s why they’ve always been my number one priority; everything that I do is for them.

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So what’s next for Daphne? I don’t know yet, but knowing myself, I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing something bold again. Just last month I took sewing classes and this wine red skater skirt I’m wearing is just the first of my many sewing projects. You’ll be seeing more of my ‘creations’ in this blog and in my future OOTDs–that’s for sure.  This skirt is pretty easy to make and a perfect project for sewing beginners like me. You can view the tutorial I shared here.

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By the way I finally managed to take my own OOTD using my Canon AE-1 film camera’s timer setting. Needs a little getting used to though. How do you like the outcome? 🙂

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My birthday blowout is still ongoing! Giving away amazing goodies HERE! By the way, thanks to everyone who sent their birthday greetings and wishes! <3

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! 🙂

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