The Geeky Rabbit: June 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

DIY- Red and White 3D nail art

I rarely ever do 3D nail art due to my active lifestyle, but decided to give it a shot today. I was attending an event that had a red and white dress code, so I figured I would do a slightly Minnie Mouse-inspired manicure. I used OPI's Cajun Shrimp and Alpine Snow polishes for this manicure. I topped it off with a white 3D ribbon on my fourth finger. It took me a while to decide which finger to add the ribbon on, but I eventually decided on the ring finger so that it would not be too obstructive.

It was a pretty quick and simple manicure which took me 30 minutes to complete. My nails are not too long these days for I prefer to keep them short. I wear gloves very often, so having long nails can get extremely uncomfortable and even dangerous. I never want to risk ripping my nails out by accident when it gets caught in the glove or other equipment that I handle!

It's been some time since I've done fancy manicures, but I look forward to try more designs soon. 

Till done, it shall be Minnie Mouse nails for the next week! 

Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact- finally mine!

I recently got the Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact thanks to my dear friend who managed to pick one up for me when traveling. I have heard so much about the brand and seen the products on many reviews. I'm so thrilled to own one, and the packaging is really as pretty as it looks from the photos! 

The only downside is that it's actually extremely expensive. It cost even more than my regular Chanel blush compact. It was a bit of a pinch for my wallet to get this, but since it's something that isn't available locally for me, I figured it'll be worthwhile. I usually take a year to two to go through a blush compact, so this will probably last me a decently long time given its size.

Can't wait to use it, and shall do a review on it when I've started on it!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY: Colorful Arm Candy

These days, the term "arm candy" or "arm sway" has been trending, and I've also caught on to this fever. I love stacking my many many bracelets with my watch, and it's even more fun to mix and match different textures and metals.

Personally, I'm not someone who'll wear all gold or all silver accessories. I like to mix and match different pieces from my wardrobe. For this combination, I'm wearing my Tory Burch wrap bracelet and trusty Timex watch with three DIY bracelets. I made the rainbow knotted bracelet over a lazy weekend, and spend a few days doing up the pink fish-tail braid chain bracelet. Even the infinity bangle was a DIY. I really love the infinity bangle as it reminds me of one of my favorite TV series (Revenge). It's made out of 14k gold-filled wires, so it's extremely sturdy and tarnish resistant. 

I love making bracelets out of the blue. Sometimes, when I am busy working on my projects, I'll get strange ideas and be inspired to create a new bracelet. It's a nice way for me to take my mind off work, and even more so to create something pretty and practical makes me happy!

Looking forward to more arm candy creations and combinations!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

DIY bag base and shaper

I use my trusty pink Longchamp Le Pilage briefcase on a regular basis. I usually bring it with me on days that I'm not out with my Macbook Pro. It can hold quite a bit of files plus some little knick knacks like a water bottle or brolly for the rainy day. It's good to keep the briefcase in my larger totes when I'm out and about, since the briefcase is foldable.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

more Chanel camellia DIY ideas- black and white brooch

Previous DIY idea for Chanel camellias found here

In view of the excess camellias I have, I decided to try out another DIY idea. I used my oil-based permanent marker to color the rims of each petal of the Chanel camellia. It gives a totally different feel as compared to the plain camellia! I like how elegant and simple it looks, yet giving a totally classy vibe.

I carefully shaded the rim of each petal. In order to prevent any color transfer, I slotted some scrap paper underneath the petal that I was coloring. The petals are stuck together individually, so they can be easily lifted and shifted around. The whole process took less than 15 minutes. Using the remaining brooch backings that I have, I stuck one on the back of this re-created camellia. 

Voila! Another DIY accomplished!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY- protecting sunglasses from damage

Most people, including myself, would keep the sunglasses in hard cases. However, one of the details that we might neglect is protecting the actual sunglass frame. As with my dear shades, you can see that there's a bunch of lacquered white camellias on the temple. When the sunglasses are folded, the facing sides might actually press on each other and get scratched by the camellias.

Home alteration: turning a thrifted dress into a skirt

Sometimes, I chance upon great finds that are hard to resist, but the item may not be of the right size or fit. This is where my sewing skills come in handy. Many thrift and discount outlets have a no exchange, no refund and no trying policies. I'm fairly tall, so for this particular dress I found, it was way too short. The fit was perfect as a bodycon, but the hem rides up all the way to my mid-thighs. Not practical, and not something I would readily wear!

Monday, June 11, 2012

DIY H&M inspired leopard print metal hair cuff

I was at H&M the other day and spotted a new hair cuff. This time, it's in rose gold and has leopard prints too! The hair cuff cost S$7.90. Not very expensive as with the H&M accessories in general, but it's a bit more pricey than the plain hair cuff.

How to display the McDonald Hello Kitty

Over the past month, I've been following the Hello Kitty for McDonald collection closely. I've managed to collect all 4 of the Hello Kitty toys. Thanks to a tip from my friend, I realized that the Hong Kong version that was released some time back actually have a box! It's a bit sad that the version that I got only had a plastic packaging.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY Hermès- Making the Jigé Clutch

I decided to make the Hermès Jigé over the weekend. The project took about slightly less than an hour to complete, and it was pretty fun! I'll be sharing about my DIY as well as the links for the templates.

Friday, June 8, 2012

arm candy- crystals, studs and braids

Today, I decided to mix up three different types of leather in the form on my watch and bracelets. I wore my chunky huge Phosphor crystal watch- the iconic timepiece which is the best conversation starter at parties, or even at boutiques when I am shopping!- with my Bottega Veneta braided leather bracelet and Tory Burch wrapped bracelet. I mixed gold, silver and black hardware (the BV has black metal tags at the back). Even the texture of the leather varies from the braided weave to the smooth calfskin of the black watch strap and the brown textured leather of the wrap bracelet.

Mixing up different bracelets and watches is termed as arm candy, and it's extremely trendy these days. I tend to gravitate towards more chunky, rough-looking styles that is perhaps influenced by my biking lifestyle. I like how the crystal watch gives a girly, dainty and polished touch to the edgy arm candy look. I've even got a spiking bracelet that looks great with layering, but can be a bit uncomfortable to wear at times so I tend not to wear it as often. I've been wearing the Tory Burch wrap bracelet almost every day for the past week, and mixed it with different bracelets and watches.

Absolutely versatile!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Leather belt storage ideas using felt

I actually got this idea from a particular brand of belts, whereby the belts are placed in a box that has a spiral cutout to hold the belt strap in place. With such a compartment, the belt strap will not be touching other parts of the leather. It's actually pretty useful to isolate the leather strap to ensure that it has more room to breath. Moreover, the wax will not get stuck together when the strap isn't wound up together.

Ronald McDonald x Hello Kitty

Today marks the release of the last of the Hello Kitty for MacDonald's plushie. I managed to get my own Ronald/Hello Kitty after queuing for an awfully long time! I think this should be the most popular of the four Hello Kitty, for the queue was even worse than the previous week's. Or perhaps by now, since it's the 21st day since the first Hello Kitty was released, more people are aware of the Kitties!

I love how bright and cheerful the Ronald HK looks. The red felt bow is so adorable! Ronald's usually a very masculine character, and like a jovial caring figure too. It's a refreshing touch to see it being 'cosplayed' by Hello Kitty as something so adorable and squee-able.

Hence, as you can tell, this Ronald Kitty is actually my favorite among the four. I have managed to collect all 4. They come in their plastic bags, and I've not opened any of them. However, it's a bit inconvenient to display as these Kitty cannot stand on their own. They are actually pretty flat for plushies. I'm planning to make a nice display box for them so that they can have a nice place to 'stay' in, and not collect dust on my dresser.

Sigh, I can never get enough of Hello Kitty!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shu Uemura Gold Eyelash Curler is out now!

If you are a huge fan of the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, this is something to note! The limited edition 24k gold version is out now! I picked up mine last weekend, and am absolutely thrilled. I have been waiting for this to come out for some time, and snapped it up immediately once I knew it was out. It's available at the Shu counters or at the Shu boutique. It's a lot more expensive than the normal silver one, but I think it should last for a long time!

unboxing the laura mercier flawless face kit

I got the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit a few weeks back. I had read so many reviews and raves about it in magazines such as Allure and Instyle (and I believe the face products actually won a few of the beauty awards!). The brand was recently launched in the local Sephora, so I decided to get the kit to try out the different products.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Like a Dog Chasing Cars

Have you ever had that sort of epic, awestruck feeling when you listen to a tune, and you feel inspired to work hard(er) and do something great? Or be a better person?

For me, the most inspiring tune that conjures such a feeling in me is Like a Dog Chasing Cars by Hans Zimmer. The tune is actually from the soundtrack of The Dark Knight. Epic movie with epic music.

When I'm down or feeling unmotivated or, on some occasions, just plain uninspired, I'll blast the tune and feel much better. It's amazing how music can soothe the soul and does wonders to the mood without any lyrics. That's what I call epic!

Find a soundtrack or song to motivate yourself, and play it when you need that extra boost. May seem like something small, but a little tune goes a long way!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

accessory drawer and wardrobe saver

Humidity is always the bane in my closet. I'm quite a neat freak of sorts, so I get very anal about the cleanliness and condition of my clothes and accessories. One of my main  concern is ensuring that my items do not get moldy. I had all sorts of things growing mold- paper, cloth, leather. It's very disheartening especially when irreversible, permanent discoloration happens.