Monday, November 30, 2015

Capeandcrown13~ Cape Review

I was going to wait a bit till I compiled more photos but I've gotten more inquiries about my cape so here is my review on my cape from the etsy shop capeandcrown13

So, to leave off from my previous blog entry, I was in the market for a cape for my Halloween costume of this year~ After a lot of searching and looking at the different option in regards to purchasing a cape I decided to look towards smaller business' for my purchase. 
The most convenient place for me to search is etsy. For those who may not know, etsy is basically like an online market for small business or crafters to sell their wares. It's a reputable site that not only makes finding items and browsing goods easy, but makes the purchasing process a breeze and provides a way of communicating with the seller that makes asking questions to the maker extremely convenient. 

By the time I found capeandcrown13's shop, I knew immediately that that was the place I wanted to order my cape from. 

To be sure I had enough time to order a custom cape, I reached out to The Cape Maker, who owns capeandcrown13, inquiring weather it was possible to create and ship the cape I had in mind within a month, and immediately I was given and answer and told that she was booked with orders and that if I wanted my cape by my date I needed it, I would need to go though with a RUSH fee, which was very affordable and I had no issue with.
The cape maker answered all my questions when ever I asked and had all her information for me to help assist her in what exactly I was looking for in a cape. She had swatches of every colour available for me to look though, examples of cape lengths on mannequins of different heights and the process was extremely easy and fun with her guiding me.

So, very quickly, by the following day she had a custom order on her page for me to purchase and get the transaction started. 

Roughly 3 weeks later, I received notification that my order was shipped! Which happily surprised me since it was actually a week earlier than I expected.

My cape came in a large box, so not to wrinkle the cape and it was nice and neatly packaged. [I'm quite annoyed at myself that I didn't think ahead and take a photo, so sorry I don't have that to share~]
So, onto the cape it's self~
The cape I ordered is a 27" powder blue satin cape with ivory satin lining inside and with a faux fur trim.
I am just under 5'4", and the cap sits perfectly past bum, and covers just to my fingertips. So, my top half of my body is nice and covered. The cape has a nice weight to it so it does a good job of keeping me warm in the oh so chilly California weather, which is at the low to mid 50's recently and dipping down to the 40's in the evening~ I'm measuring in Fahrenheit, so I believe it would equate to roughly 10 Celsius.

The cape's fit is nice and loose, I like to think it's universally flattering, especially since it has this beautiful flare to it, and moves so wonderfully around the wearer. It's also the first time I find a hood sits nicely on my head+hair~ it has a lot of room for movement in the hood so my hair isn't trapped and made to go flat, which I hate and why I don't wear hoodies..

The seams and ties are well attached and invisible, so the cape is very professionally crafted and for such a delicate look, is quite sturdy and strong.

I'm not to well equipped with satin fabric but I notice it is hard to wrinkle so the cape stays nice and crisp looking when I wear it or when I have it hanging in my closet.

Visually, the cape in STUNNING, it's just like I envisioned it, and exactly like The Cape Maker showcases in her shop. Like, even though I questioned if spending a bit more on a coat would be worth it, California weather and all, I was just so happy with the outcome that I have zero regrets in my decision.
Like, from the easy communication, to the product it's self, it was a joy.
I definitely would recommend capeandcrown13 if you're in the market for a cape for winter wear, or for a costume, even for wedding wear.
I rarely rave about one item, yet alone a piece of clothing enough for me to just post it's own blog post, but I'm just so happy with my purchase, that I had to share!

Also, it looks so nice in photos~ Like, I feel like a princess just putting it on.

Have a few candid shots, since the cape still makes the feel of the photos so magical, haha.

Also, I'm going to try getting back to normal blogging.
I'll probably start getting more personal on my blog again, so probably expect a few blips about my life, rants maybe? Then I'll post some misc selfie sets for the heck of it.
I feel really bad that I'm on? I've been? on hiatus for so long.

Mixed with studying for my exam, weight gain and life in general, I've felt so uninspired, so I'm trying to just get back into the swing of getting back on my laptop.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Second Start to the Right, and Straight on to Disneyland

So, once again, I'm starting with apologies, but I'm still neck deep into my studies. I'm currently studying for an entrance exam to the school I want to go to, so that's my main focus right now. So, I haven't abandoned my blog. Just a short hiatus of sorts while I focus on my schooling.

On to happier and much more fun topics!

Like, every year, Halloween is my favorite holiday and one I throw myself into with a gusto!
This year, my friends and I were too busy, collectively, to focus on a cohesive group costume. So, we all did our own thing. For myself, I chose to do my own version of Wendy Darling, from Peter Pan.

My idea, was very simple~ I really wanted a Wendy inspired outfit in a similar styling as Secret Honey's Disney fashion items. With that in mind, I sketched out a rough idea of how I wanted my costume/coord to look.

From the above sketch, I knew I would need to reach out to alternate sources for items, so I went to etsy to look for small business owners that had or could create what I envisioned.

My dress was created by BbeautyDesigns

I purchased their Wendy Darling dress and requested for a shorter hemline to modernize the look, and to create a cuter silhouette like I envisioned.
They owner was extremely efficient and my dress came out perfect! It was surprisingly comfortable too.

My cape was created by Capeandcrown13
I ordered a custom cape, which is just gorgeous! I'll have a separate blog post on my cape because I ended up wearing it a few times and have some pretty photos I want to share.

My ears were made by CaleighsCrowns
I ordered the perfectly fitting Wendy Darling inspired Mouse Ears Flower Crown 
The ears are extremely sturdy, and withstood 3 coaster rides and a long day of wear and tear. It's full of adorable details which adds to it's charm.

My outfit came together just as I envisioned, which, I absolutely adore!

I topped off my outfit with pearl and star accessories that I bought for cheap off eBay~

Of course no Peter Pan related outfit would be complete without Pixie dust, and seriously, I was slathered in my MAC Reflects Pearl!

Relatively, my outfit was pretty simple and easy and I could have fun with it, which I was definitely glad for.

This was the first year all of us could just go with the flow, ride whatever ride we wanted, and not feel pressured to take a perfect group photo and worry over costume details, wigs or props. So, it was a nice break!

It was also a nice break from studying, and a good excuse to see my girls and forget about life for a few hours!

I don't know if  I'll do any Halloween night look, but I have plenty of past tutorials and looks.
So, if this ends up being the last Halloween post for me this year~
I want to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Circle Color Blue Lenses from Klenspop~ Review [Sponsored]

Klenspop is a Korea based Circle Lens seller that carries the most popular and comfortable Korean circle lens brands. They have a broad selection of circle lens colours, prescriptions and designs sure to fit almost everyone's taste from extremely minimal and natural to unique colours and styles. Not only are they an online based shop, they even have physical branches you can purchases lenses from if you are located in Korea~

The shipping for the lenses is pretty good, with an average of 1-2 weeks if you're in North America. They actually deliver to many places which is great! [They have a list of places they ship out to here]

Neatly packed within each circle lens package comes with a case and a soft plastic tweezer tool to help you take your lenses out from it's case. 
 Along with each lens, comes an extremely helpful guide to lens care and application, perfect for new lens wearers and as a reminder to hygienically take care of your lenses to those more versed in wearing circle lenses. The tips and instructions are well worded and have a helpful drawn example as part of it.
Stats about the Circle Color Blue Lenses:
Graphic DIA
Using Period
Water Contect
There are no -0.25, -0.75 -5.25 -5.75
1 PAIR (2 pcs) + BONUS CASE

The Circle Color Blue Lenses have s subtle design that are a blue gradient with the edges a nice and clean black frame. The blue section of the lenses are actually very neutral and sheer, so would enhance blue eyes, give a  sheer blue overlay to green eyes, and will cancel out the warm tones of brown eyes making brown eyes appear glassy and dolly, similar to way black circle lenses enhance brown eyes, but less stark in contrast.

Because of the size of the lenses, 14.0, they are a very natural size, just giving a tiny bit of enlargement and looks beautiful and natural even without makeup on. It's also a good size for beginners and those who want a more natural look.
Above is an up close of the Circle Color Blue Lenses, In natural lighting, the lenses looks glassy and very shiny, and very dolly I would say in most lighting, this is how the lenses appear. In warmer indoor lighting the cool blue tones shine though a bit, but the overall effect is still a natural appearance and what could almost look like a dark grey limbal ring around the eyes. When flash is shined on the eyes, the lenses give a peek of their blue colour and make the eyes shine a cool slate, that look quite mysterious.

When I was out with friends and took a flash photo with them, one of my friends noticed my lenses were blue, and actually put her phone on flashlight mode and had my group of friends staring at my eyes confirming my lenses were blue, it was kind of funny, but I would say the lenses do draw people in when they catch a glimpse of blue coming from them. [Admittedly, only if they're close enough to catch the subtle colouring]

The lenses do not give a halo effect, I think because the outer edges are very opaque, so they look like follow the eye perfectly, so it's a good choice for those who don't like the eye halos that some circle lenses can create around the natural iris. So, without the halo the lenses can pass as looking like they're barely there.
 The Circle Color Blue Lenses are very comfortable, and like the previous lenses I received from Klenspop, review here,  I can easily wear them for hours without realizing it~ I think I've worn them without issue for at least 6 hours without an aid of eyedrops to re-hydrate my eyes.

My score for these lenses are~
5/5 for comfort
3/5 or design, but I'm a bit biased because I'm not big on super natural looks, and the lenses look so seamless in person that I look like I have no lenses on. But, I do love the shiny look it gives my eyes.

Thank you Kpoplens for the lenses, I am a happy customer, and I hope you check out their great site.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hot Heads Extensions, Review

 Well, I finally went and took that step to have long hair 24/7. Above is my before and after using Hot Heads extensions!
^^ My Dirty Looks extensions in 26" inches.
To those who may not know, I've been wearing clip on Dirty Looks extensions for over two years. The one thing, is that since I've been on a fitness kick, and all my hair washing, the whole upkeep and staying matched to my extensions, clipping them on and off and styling has been pretty annoying. Now with summer weather being so hot and all too, I can't even bring myself to clip on the blanket of hair. 

Now that I have a stylist I trust with my hair, I asked her about a more permanent solution, and she told me about Hot Heads. 

Now, I've had a history trying out different types of extensions. 
I've tried tape extensions like 8 years ago, and I hated them, especially because they were so thick and long and the grow out was horrible, and we had to use tape and heat to bond it, and I honestly wouldn't do it again. I've also tried keratin bonded extensions where you basically glue individual hairs  to the root of your hair to add thickness and length, and that shed like crazy for me, and you can't reuse the hair you buy. So, def not doing that again. And obviously the one extension type that I loved and stuck with were clip ins.

So, when my stylist told me that Hot Heads were a type of tape in extension, I was REALLY antsy, but she was like, no, the tape is really thin, no heat is required, and the wefts are like 1" inch and a half so grow out won't be annoying and you will barely feel them! So, after I did my $200 USD down payment, I waited a week for the hair to ship in and we were good to go.

Okay, so let's break down the pricing at my salon and what it goes to~

So, the $200 down payment was to order the hair, which is 20 inches in length [6" inches shorter than my regular extensions, great for this hot weather] and I used two packs, so $100 a pack I'm assuming?  The hair is real human hair with cuticles in tact and going in the same direction, so it lays flat and can be reused. Each pack has twenty 1 1/2 inch tapes that have the hair attached.
Which means that one pack will make 10 complete wefts, since the tape sandwiches one piece of hair, like the picture on the right. 

Since my hair is on the thin side and relatively long, I only needed two packs, or 20 complete wefts to fill out my hair for length and retrain a good blend into my natural hair.

The remaining $450 I paid the day of application, with that price comes application, dye job, trim, and styling. Application, like my stylist said, used no heat~ She just parted my hair where needed, worked in small sections and sandwiched those pieces on the separated sections of hair. She worked meticulously to keep my hair looking balanced and blended. The application process only took 45 minutes.

So, that day we stopped there. Since, my hair is a very custom colour, Hot Heads didn't have a matching hair shade. Which,by the way, they have an AMAZING selection of colours and hair textures, from blondes to blacks, dark roots to ombres, vivid purples, blues and reds to even a new selection of pastels, they even had my old pastel pink hair colour as an available hair shade!

But, back on track, pun intended, since we needed to colour the extensions to blend, we scheduled for me to come in in 3 days, so the tapes could bond, since you're not supposed to wet the tapes for at least 48 hours to make sure they're securely bonded together. So, after that, I went in to touch up my hair colour and get the extensions dyed along with it. She also helped to teach me how I should wash my hair and to also use products that are sulfate free, because sulfates can break down the bond of the tapes. By the way, the extensions blended even better, didn't know that was possible, and felt more natural after being washed. I then had my fringe trimmed since I didn't want to layer the hair or take of any length, and then styles by my stylist, which was wen the top photo was taken.
This is how the weft looks, it's actually barely visible and blends really well with my hair. I can also style my hair however I please, even throw it into a high pony tail for the gym or even french braid my hair without any issue~ I can also run my hand over my hair and though my hair and not feel the wefts, which is pretty nice. It's also very light, with minimal sheddding. 

I didn't think there'd be such a different feeling between my clip in hair and this hair but there definitely is! While my clip ins felt like this sticky blanket when I was sweaty or it was hot/humid, this hair didn't feel like that at all, it just felt like normal hair and didn't feel as uncomfortable. I wasn't expecting that kind of relief or that that 'blanket' feeling would go away, but I was ecstatic that this hair differed from my clip ins in that way... Which also made me kind of question the quality of my past extensions, though I loved them, cause this is really how real human hair should feel.

The Hot Heads extensions don't need to be moved up for 2-3 months depending how fast your hair grows and can be reused 2-4 times, so they have a year life span, which is great! It kind of helped to make my decision because The Dirty Looks Extensions are just over $200 USD and I have to replace them every 6 months, on the dot~ So, even though the Hot Heads were a bit of an investment, in the long run it's just a bit more than what I've already been spending on my hair...

It's been almost 2 weeks since I had them installed, and I absolutely love my extensions, and am so glad I took that step and got them done.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Soufeel~ Charming charm bracelet review [sponsored]

I was recently reached out to by a beautiful charm bracelet shop called Soufeel, they specialize in custom charm bracelets for 'any memorable day'. After research into their brand, the work, detail and care into their products and the vast amount of people who absolutely love their products, I was pretty excited to get my first order.

Soufeel actually caters to multiple countries and works to operate in different languages to make ordering easier and more convenient. They even have set times where you can talk directly to customer service to help you out, if need be. I really appreciate good customer care and Soufeel really goes that extra mile.

Soufeel's ethics even extend to their goods, their bracelet's and charms. Their charms are made from 925 sterling silver, which as a consumer means their silver is on the higher end of silver content, 92.5%. Being 925 silver is actually a good thing, it's just enough of copper/ other metal mixed in to make the silver last longer and not tarnish or turn brown as fast and to actually reinforce the silver it's self [since pure silver is on the softer side] so it makes it stronger. Their other charms and pieces are made with 14 carat gold or with real  Swarovski elements. Their charms will even fit Pandora brand bracelets with the reasonable price, so you don't need to worry if you want a charm from their shop.
On to shipping, my package came in just under a week after placing my order. Everything was packed neatly, my bracelet base came in the beautiful white box, and my charms separately in their own individual packaging on the side. Soufeel even offers free shipping worldwide on purchases over $50 and a 365 day return and exchange policy.
They even included a bag, which is perfect if you plan on giving your Soufeel item or items as a gift to someone.
I do have to say, the packaging is really pretty, and are of good quality. Like even the bag you can tell is that nice, heavy duty card stock stuff.
This is the charm bracelet I put together. My base is the 19cm Silver Skin and Brown colour leather charm bracelet. I picked it because it looks nice and casual and would fit my style easily.
I picked out 5 charms to create  my charm bracelet which mean something to me, in some way.
The clasp on the bracelet is VERY secure, They have this locking clasp that you need to open and close with a bit of force. The prongs of the bracelet also are locked into place and are knobbed to keep them securely tucked into the lock. Even at the gym and in the pool, the bracelet wouldn't budge and stayed securely on my wrist all day. So, I comfortably wear my bracelet without any worry of it falling off.
My first charm I picked out is the Ocean Blue Magic Murano glass bead. Not only did I pick it because I love the ocean and water, but back when I toured Italy for singing, I visited the Murano glass factory in Venice, so it brought back memories of that time in my life. It also helped me set the tone and feel I wanted for my bracelet, which focused around travel/water.
Each charm is stamped with 925, which shows it's made using 925 Sterling Silver.
My second pick was the Cute Mullet Pendant charm, which, honestly I picked because the little octopus [squid? he has 6 arms] was too cute to pass up. The little guy is this unexpected purple colour in the sunlight and really puts a smile to my face. Unexpectedly, the pearl, though fake, reminded me of my trip to Hong Kong and to the silk and pearl factory, which I toured with my family and friends a few years back. So, if anyone asks me if I got it for a reason, I can reply with that memory... But, only you guys know I picked it for something superficial.
The third charm is from Soufeel's best seller list, the Red Travel Suitcase charm. I love to travel and I've been around the world and to almost every continent, and still love going on trips when I can, so the suitcase is a very fitting charm for me. The charm is very detailed and well made, no weird messy paint and very clean looking.
My other charm I picked out because it just reminded me of something a mermaid would have. I'm sure you all know about my mermaid obsession, so it's a very fitting charm called the Seashell charm.
Also, something cute about it is that it opens up and there's a little pearl inside it! How cute is that!
Suffice to say, I can't think of any memory to tie to it though. But, it was too cute to pass over, haha.
My last charm is the Soufeel November Birthstone Champagne Swarovski Crystal charm. It doesn't feel right not completing a charm bracelet without a birthstone piece. The topaz crystals are just coloured enough, but not too orange or overpowering which I appreciate. I'm one of those people who's not big on the whole Citrine colour for her birth month kind of thing.. But, I will say I like the shade and tone of these stones. It's very pastel and very flattering! Also, it's really sparkly, which I absolutely adore.

Right now, Soufeel is launching lots of new summer arrivals on their website!
Their bracelets and charms are perfect gifts for any holiday or occasion for anybody. They have vast array of charms, bracelets and even customizable pieces to best fit the person you might have in mind.
Soufeel was kind enough to offer a coupon code to my readers for a 5% discount off any order off their website 
The discount code is: Carisse5