Sunday, 31 August 2014

Back to School Outfit Tips

So I know that people in America are already at school but here in England that's not the case. I'm going back to school this Wednesday! It'll be my last year at secondary school before I'm thrown into the big wide world that is university (if I can get into one).

This is mainly targetted at sixth formers since uniform is pretty much the norm around here. Some sixth forms still have uniform as well! I wouldn't be able to live with that.

During induction days for people in the year below us, a lot of the people - namely girls - wore clothes that were way to revealing and it did not make me comfortable to think that they're only 16 since half of them looked older than me. I'm not saying that this is exclusive to them but I just think that some form of guidance needs to be given about this.

1. School isn't a catwalk show. Don't wear all of your nice clothes straight away. Have your lazy days spread out so you're not showing up at school for a whole week in a hoody because you've run out of things to wear. If outfit repeats are a big deal for you then avoid memorable clothing like tops and bottoms with distinct patterns. Keep it plain and only wear those clothes when you really want to. Plain clothing can still be interesting (e.g. oversized plain jumper, black leggings and boots).
basic skinny jeans + lilac V neck tee + black pointed ballet flats - simple but so very lovely
2. If you're planning on shopping for new clothes, don't buy stuff that will only go with one or two things in your wardrobe. You won't get your money's worth out of it. This is especially targetted at shoes.
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 Those red shoes might look pretty but if you can only wear them with one outfit then you can't really show them off, can you?

3. Modesty is the best policy. Other people don't need to see your boobs, bellybutton or boxers. Ever. Put it away. I enjoy checking people out, yes, but not when I need to study. Don't distract other people.

4. Wear shoes you can walk in. Sixth form, high school, uni - it's a big step and you want to make a good impression. You're not going to do that stumbling into people during the day. If you really want to gain some height then wear wedges and keep it below 3 inches in height.

5. If you're wearing a push up bra, people will know.

6. Some schools let students wear more jewellery than others. If you're school is lenient, it doesn't mean you can go all out and wear all of your bangles and big necklaces. Firstly, everyone will be able to hear you as you come and go around the school. Secondly, things will snag and get caught. I know. It hurts. 

7. Dear boys, if you're going to wear a belt, wear it properly. I see so many guys around with a belt on but their trousers are still pretty loose and need to be held in place. It's not a good look.
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8. Don't let your outfit define you. If you want to wear a hoody and jeans one day, heels and a skirt the day after and then a kooky shirt and shorts the day after that, do it! 
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Quick note: I haven't done a Favourite Moments post for August. I forgot. It happens. Quite a lot in my case so don't expect that tomorrow.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Lot Of Portfolio Work

I've been doing nonstop portfolio work the last few weeks so, unfortunately, I couldn't blog as much as I wanted. However, I am taking a small break today since I just don't want to do anything anymore and I need some time to do other things. I haven't had a lot of social contact lately and it's having an impact on me. It's like I'm going insane.

Filling up sketchbooks and getting pieces done requires a lot of time and effort and I'm willing to give up time to do it. It makes me really paranoid when I read portfolio requirements for universities because they all want different things and it's going to be difficult to cater for all of them. What they all want, though, is 15-20 finished pieces that I've done and, at most, I think I have four pieces that are worthy enough to display.

Year 13 starts in a week and I'm pretty ready for it. I'm going in with ABC grades at AS so, if I keep that up, I'm in a pretty good place for all of the universities I want to apply to. There are more open days ahead for me - up until the end of October - so pretty much every weekend for the next two months are filled with something. I am really excited but a bit annoyed as well since I can't hang out with people I want to. On top of that, I have a job interview next month so, if I get that, I am going to be so busy. I need the money! The Clothes Show is literally around the corner; it's in December and I haven't bought tickets yet!


That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Day Out: Tate Modern And Most Of Central London

I went to London on Thursday with two good friends of mine. We went because I had to go to the Tate Modern for my extended project research at school. I just needed two people to drag along with me.

Anyway, I took some pretty nice pictures despite having a terrible camera so I thought I'd post them here. There has been a lack of posts over the last few days and I'm sorry! My life has been filled with a lot of portfolio work and school work that I kept putting off because I just didn't want to do it. The work is still going on so I doubt that there's going to be a Trendy Tuesday post for Tuesday. I still have three days to do something and the one for last week was late so... we'll never know until then.

We did a lot of walking for three people who had full access to the underground...

That's all for now. Sorry this isn't that interesting. I just felt obligated to fill the space with something. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Coloured Eyeliner

Eyeliner is worn more and more nowadays in comparison to eyeshadow. In fact, you only ever see eyeshadow on someone when they're at work or at a special occasion. The thing with eyeshadow is that it's difficult to apply in a short amount of time; you have to make sure it's even, you've picked the right colours and that it's all blended properly. Eyeliner is so much easier to apply and you can still do quite a bit with it.

*Most of these photos are from Pinterest. This happens in every post but I feel that I should say this again. I don't own any of the high quality photos you see in this post. I wish I did but that involves having an expensive camera.

Color on black liquid and/or cream eyeliners

I am pro-eyeliner. You rarely ever see me wear eyeshadow. I don't think I've worn any since I was 14 and I always applied too much or not enough.

beautiful blue eyeshadow

Coloured eyeliner makes your eyes pop and I like that. It is important, though, to get the right colour that suits your complexion and your eye colour. I bought my first coloured eyeliner today. It's a double-ended pencil from Essence cosmetics. I wasn't completely sure if coloured eyeliner was something that was going to suit me but I was willing to give it a try. The eyeliner cost £1.50. It's really cheap. If, like me, you're not sure about coloured eyeliners, this is the best thing to do. Don't blow a lot of money on a brand like Rimmel London or Maybelline if you're not completely sure if it's something you're going to keep.

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The eyeliner I bought is purple (obviously) and silver. The photo doesn't do it much justice thanks to my awful camera phone but it is really nice and it's definitely something I'm going to keep. Unfortunately, Rimmel London doesn't sell a purple eyeliner (I haven't seen one) but they do have a really nice teal one. 

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Black eyeliner is still better in that it goes with everything but you need to be spontaneous every now and then, right?

Black + green eye liner

Moving on to something completely different now! I made these hairpin butterflies yesterday and I just wanted to share them with the Internet. I found a tutorial on Pinterest (where else would I be) since I have loads of scrap fabric and I was quite bored at the time.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Simplicity Skirt

About two weeks ago I bought a Simplicity pattern from the local fabric store because I wanted to make a skirt and to sew as well since I haven't done so in quite a while. Initially, I was going to make a long skirt with a shark bite hem but then I saw how much fabric was needed and there was no way that I could afford it.

The one thing I like about Simplicity patterns is that they are standardized so the sizes never change for you unlike the way it does in stores; in some stores I'm a 12 and in others I'm an 18. With Simplicity, no matter what I'm making, I'm always a 20. It might seem really big but these things are made for more proportionate people - according to the sizing guide, my bust measurement should be 8 inches longer. I have small boobs. I can live with it. That doesn't matter with a skirt anyway...

It took me a while to find the perfect fabric for the skirt since I wanted something that I liked and something a bit different. I looked at online shops like Abakhan and Etsy and it wasn't until a few days later that I found Ditto. The fabrics in this place are to die for! They're a little bit more expensive than other shops but that's because the fabrics are well patterned and of a high quality. Honestly, this place is one to remember and I'm definitely going to use it if I do Fashion Design at university.

I made my skirt using cotton poplin which is a stiff, slightly waterproof fabric. It is cotton but it feels like polyester and the pattern didn't wash off when I put it in the washing machine and tumble dryer. BIG tip, guys - always prewash fabric. I bought the thread to match the fabric too. I wanted to get this right.

Making the skirt took about an hour a day for three days; one of those hours was spent entirely on stitching the zipper because I really wanted to get it right.

The end result isn't perfect but it's one of the better things I've made so far. In terms of improvements from the last skirt I made, this is a big one! The zipper doesn't lie completely flat but I don't plan on wearring this skirt without something over the whole outfit like a cardigan or a jacket. That's going to cover it anyway. The skirt is also not pefectly flat, it's about 90% flat. There are little folds here and there but they're not obvious.

It is wearable and that's what's important. I might it wear it if I go to London next week! I'm going to be visiting the Tate Modern with some friends on either Wednesday or Thursday. We're not sure yet.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Selfie With A Pirate

I went to Alton Towers with the family yesterday! I won't go into much detail since it's a theme park and a lot of people know what a theme park is.

My brothers and I went off on our own for the whole day and we went on The Smiler (amazing!), Air (my favourite) and Thirteen (I think I died on that thing...). We did get there at about 2pm so we couldn't go on more rides. The queues were ridiculous, as usual, so we just went on the ones that we really wanted to go on.

The highlight of my day? There was a man dressed a pirate driving a car that looked like a pirate ship around the park. He was blasting "In The Navy" and shouting at people. It was so funny! Anyway, I managed to see him when he wasn't on his car-ship thing and he was more than happy to take a selfie with me. I didn't even try to look nice in this. I was just happy that he was okay with it.

I took a selfie with a pirate!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

My AS Results!

So, today was results day! I caught up with some of my friends today as well and we shared our results. I'm pretty proud of mine. They're not the highest set of grades a person can get, obviously, but A levels are really hard.

  1. Fine Art - C
  2. Mathematics - B
  3. Product Design - A
  4. English Language and Literature - C
I was so relieved when I saw that I passed Maths with a B. It gives me a pretty good foundation for next year. The A in Product Design was what I really needed, though, and I'm so glad that I got it.

Fine Art is now no longer on my schedule; I dropped it. The class was too intense and time consuming for me. Spending time after school for a C grade is just not worth it anymore but I am going to continue the work I started in my own time so that I have a portfolio for university interviews. I don't know how I'm going to be able to make it more like a Design portfolio rather than an Art book yet but I'll figure something out.

I am so ready for Year 13 now. 

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Summer Hairstyles #2

As homage to my sort-of-not-really-new-anymore hair, I have decided to dedicate this post entirely to summer hairstyles! Again! I have already made a post on summer hair dos but that was focused mainly on long hair. Therefore, this one will be for short hair! YAY!

I like having summer hair; I cut it short for the summer every year. One problem with it, though, is that you can't just switch it up once the season ends since it depends entirely on how fast your hair grows. My hair takes a ridiculously long time to grow so I'm usually stuck with the same, or similar, hairstyle until January. However, I tend to wear a beanie once the weather gets colder so my hair isn't something I worry about during those times.

Sick of styles for short hair, try this short Hair & Braid look, I used it for a while and very effective for some change.

If I ever get the wild idea to cut my hair agian, this will be asymmetrical cut

Having your hair specially cut or dyed for the summer is ideal since you feel more fresh and your hair is reasonably lighter on your head as well.

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I really like my asymmetric bob. I feel a little bit like a gypsy. I don't know why. I just do.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

My Bedside Table Essentials

There are some things that I definitely need whenever I go on holiday and it's usually just enough to cover a bedside table. The table would have more space on it if I actually laid all of my stuff out correctly but, you know, I'm not neat.

Do you see what I mean?

Anyway, here are my bedside table essentials. These are just things that I want ready to take/use/wear on a moments notice. It's a holiday! I never really plan what I'm going to do during the day.

  1. Hair straighteners and heat protection for my hair both in spray and cream form. The main reason I take both of them is because they both dry on my hair at different times. The cream is also for hair that's just been washed. So is the spray but it does work just as well on dry hair. I love the L'Oreal Hot Straight cream. It is my favourite purely because it does the job well and it smells nice.
  2. Hairbrush and Deodorant. I don't need to explain this, do I?
  3. Basic make-up equipment. I never wear a full face of make-up when we go on holiday since the things we do usually involve sweating or getting dirty like going to the beach. There's no point in putting that much effort into my face if it's just going to get ruined by the end of the say.
  4. Nail Polish/Remover/Cotton pads. Bringing two or three bottles is a good idea because nail polish can chip and you might want to change the colours every now and then, especially on longer breaks. You never know.
  5. Headphones and an mp3 Player. It's better to chill out with music. A book is a good idea too but, personally, I'd rather do nothing.
  6. Small jewellery that isn't expensive. Loom bands, anklets and non-metallic chains are ideal because they're light and people are generally more okay with breaking them, losing them or getting dirty. They're easier to replace. Losing things like rings and charms amongst the sand in beaches or if you're climbing and hiking is extremely heartbreaking. I know.
  7. Moisturizer and facial cleansers. There's nothing worse than dry or spotty skin when you're on holiday. You feel more insecure around people and it's not a nice feeling. Especially when you're somewhere with a reputation for having pretty people.
  8. Hair pins and hairbands. A must. Even if you think you won't ever use them, bring one or two anyway.
These are my essentials! I hope you find this helpful. 

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Week At The Lake District 2014 Part 3

It rained from Thursday night onwards but we still tried to go somewhere on Friday. Once the rain stopped, we decided to go to a different place in Ambleside since the town is really pretty.

Before going to Ambleside, we went up some mountain roads and did some walking and picture taking. My brother decided to go even higher and climbed on his own. My dad joined him briefly.

We were about 1,500-2,000 feet above sea level and I started to feel really sick at that point. Obviously, we weren't the only people there, hence the tops of the cars at the bottom of the picture below. There wasn't a lot of people there, though.

 After that, we drove back to Ambleside and found another pub to eat in. That pub, oh my goodness, had nothing but really nice, slightly muscley, tall and tattooed men working there. I was left to man the table at one point since my brothers and my dad went to play pool and my mum and sisters had to go to the toilet and that was the exact moment when they all came to bring us our food. I ended up mouthing words at some point instead of saying them. It got to a moment where I could do nothing but point to the places where the food should go. Well done, Pauline...


I had fish and chips! I'm sorry the picture isn't well focused. I was really hungry and just wanted to eat it already.

On Saturday, we went to Keswick town and had dinner at another pub! I had fish and chips again.

We went home on Sunday.

That's my whole week done! Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

My Week At The Lake District 2014 Part 2

So the first thing we did when we got to Ambleside was to find somewhere to have dinner. Our family never really woke up early at all last week so we would always arrive at the places we plan to go to at around 5-6pm... Yeah...

Anyway, we found this pub and had dinner there. We had dinner at a pub quite a few times since pub food is really nice and the servings are really big. Restaurants love us because we're a huge family (of 8) so my parents spend quite a lot, especially when we ask for dessert.

I had lasagne with salad.

I finished it.

The view from the pier was really nice and I took so many pictures from there as well as a load of pictures on the motorboat going back to Windermere.

I had to take paronamas of the lake since it was just really beautiful and serene. I felt really relaxed just staring out at the mountains and the water for about 30 minutes, maybe an hour. I don't really know how long we were on it for.

We did a lot just on Wednesday... I think the next post might be just enough to cover the rest of the week. We did the same thing just at different lakes.

That's all for this part. Stay beautiful x

*Just a quick note/message/request:
Does anyone know a good place to get fabric online? The fabric shops around here are big but they don't have the correct fabrics with the designs that I want. I've been looking at Abakhan and there's some nice stuff on there but I just want to make sure that I haven't missed out on anything good. As usual, emails are a good way to go as well as commenting. Thanks!

Monday, 4 August 2014

My Week At The Lake District 2014 Part 1

Hey! I was away in a caravan at the Lake District over the whole of last week so I apologise for the lack of blog posts. There was an extreme lack of WiFi; the only places I could get it was in the bar, at the owners' club and in the area where all of the caravan owners lived. I would park myself in one of those places for about 10-20 minutes just to catch up with whatever I've missed and any messages I have on Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat as well as checking all of my email accounts.

At the caravan site in Lakeland, there were so many Filipinos there that we managed to form a small community for the week. I made friends with a few of them that were about my age and we just spent the week together joking around. They had plastic bow and arrows so we would patrol the caravan site for any "dangers" (trees, signs and lamposts). We would also go down to the lake and skip stones - I am terrible at it - and dip our feet in the water. When I first saw the lake I was really disappointed. Why? Because the size of it was only about a third of what the map suggested. I felt like I got played a little bit.

Anyway, I don't really want to bore you more words so I did take loads of pictures during the week. I don't want to overload this post with images though so I've split the post up into parts.

 Before we got to the caravan site, we stopped at a Welcome Break by the motorway. I went to Starbucks (of course), ordered a frappe, waited and then laughed my butt off when I got the frappe... My name isn't "Pully", okay? I don't know why the guy at the till didn't just ask me to repeat it instead of making a guess. I don't know if he found it acceptable to do this because I'm Asian and it sounded "right" to them.

 The lake was really pretty but I just wished that it was as big as the map suggested. the map also showed two little beaches either side of it. Again, those were smalller in real life.

This is where I parked myself when I was using the WiFi. Loads of people did it.

Windermere Lake! We went there on Wednesday after doing nothing on the Tuesday. We rode motor boatds going across the lake.

 I had to take a selfie on the boat.

Other boats that we passed. We went from Windermere to Ambleside and had dinner there. The boat ride there wasn't really that interesting because I couldn't take any decent pictures. The ride back on one of the big motor boats was 10 times better.

That's all for part 1. Stay beautiful x

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Favourite Moments of July 2014

Sorry I haven't been posting but I have been on holiday for a week and I only got back 3 hours ago.

Anyway, oh my goodness, it's officially August. It always overwhelms me when I realise that it's already a new month. The year has gone by ridiculously quick and I actually find it hard to keep up. Now that we're properly into the summer holidays, I'm going to spending a lot of time relaxing (hopefully) but I'll still do the work I've been set from school (oh, sixth form. How I hate thee).

Here are my favourite moments of July!

  • Making a paper rose for the first time and succeeding. I was so proud of that. It was beautiful.
  • Going to the V&A Design Museum and seeing the Fashion exhibit.
  • I cut my hair myself and I didn't screw it up.
  • Going to a friend's barbecue and not injuring myself (as much) on the trampoline like I did last time.
  • Seeing the sites around the Lake District!
I hope you had a good start to your summer too, guys! Have an awesome August and watch out for more posts from me since I have been gone for a week...