Monday, 10 August 2015

Wedding Prep Sneak Peek 結婚式・披露宴の準備!! ①

Last-last week we did a pre-wedding photo shoot at The Aisle Bridal, a studio near my place. Prior to that, I was approached by an online boutique Sherry London for a collaboration. I thought my pre-wedding shoot would be the perfect occasion to feature a piece of their fine collection. As we were all mad-busy on the shooting day, there weren't enough opportunities to do a proper "Making of".
A mini "Making of" will be featured in my next post. Meanwhile, fred not, there's still quite a lot to see! While the actual photos in my wedding gowns and the dress are being retouched and developed by the cameraman right this moment, I've created follow-up photos of my choice made at Sherry London's.

Sherry London is an online boutique based in London, UK. They specialise in bridesmaid dresses, and dresses for special occasions. Making a choice was a difficult one because it's the first time I ever ordered an elaborate dress online. Or rather, it's the first time I ever attempt wearing something this elegant. I'm just very afraid I don't look good in such dresses. Lucky for me, there are just too many beautiful items at the store, which means there's definitely something for me somewhere. It took me two hours to shortlist a few from their huge collection, then finally decide on one. I was like, OK IT HAS TO BE THIS↓↓↓(Link)

先々週、シンガポールのザ・アイル・ブライダル(The Aisle Bridal)で結婚式の前撮りしてきた。
前撮りの直前、イギリス・ロンドンのオンラインブティック「シェリー・ロンドン」からアプローチがあったので、スタジオにお願いし、ショートドレスも撮影してもらったよん!  残念ながら本当忙しかったのでこの1着のメイキングはなかった。でもでも、自宅で追加で撮影したよん!

オンラインブティックでパーティードレス頼むのは今回初めて。そもそも、パーティードレスを着たこともなかった。きっと似合わないと思ったから。シェリーの膨大なコレクションを2時間ぐらいじーーーーっくり見て、頼んだのはショートパーティードレス!これならいけそうじゃん!
頼んでからの2週間が経って・・・
HERE IT COMES HERE IT COMES!!! Waaaaaaaait a minute. Something's not right...THE CRYSTALS ARE IN A DIFFERENT COLOUR! But heck, it's gonna look a lot more impressive and more bridal-ish compared to the image's black crystals. Anyway I'm so happy!

来た!!!けど、あれ?!どこかに違和感があって・・・ビジューの色はイメージ写真とちょっと違うwww まあ、こっちのほうがインパクトがあってブライダルっぽくて好きかも♪ 本番撮影はこんな感じだったが、自宅用だけなのでロック風にアレンジしてみた。 ブライダルだけじゃなく、会社/学校/友達のウェディングパーティーなのでも着ていけるおすすめなコーデ!レースとビジューのディテールで十分インパクトあるから、ヘアスタイル、アクセ、靴はできるだけシンプルにキープ。
What you see above is my styling for the actual photo shoot. Because the dress already has lots of glamourous details, it's best to keep the the hairstyle, accessories and shoes to the simplest. Theme - "Don't kill off the pwetty crystals!" As for my follow-up photo shoot today, I did a rock look. This look should be suitable for most social occasions.

Perhaps the dress was made for a western audience in mind, the length was longer than what I expected and it covered my knees. To make up for that, I've put on a pair of stilts. Check out the back of the dress as well, saturated with crystals.
ちょっことのポニーテールも◎。
Side swept / pony tails are highly recommended.
たぶん、ドレスは欧米用だから、チュールの部分はイメージより長くて、ひざをカバーしてしまった。 ヒールの高い靴で足で足を長く見せた。 後ろもビジューギッシリ♪
このドレスは重そうに見えるが、見た目よりずっと軽かった!一人でもスイスイと着れちゃうよ。いい布が使われてるから熱くも寒くもならない。写真を見るだけじゃ分からない機能付だよ!→→なんと、ブラジャー内蔵www こいうのは以外と助かる!(念のためにヌーブラも準備したほうがいいと思うけどね)

The dress isn't as heavy as it looks. It's quite light-weight so I could put in on effortlessly. The material used was of good quality and I wasn't feeling too hot or cold in it. One extra thing about the dress which you are unable to see here is...it has a helpful built-in bra top! How nice would it be if all other brands' dresses have the same function too!

サイズは、小柄用からプラスサイズまでちゃんと対応してるし、カスタムサイズも可能なので、チャンスがあったら、是非シェリーでゲットしてみてね。私の場合は、S/Mの中間のUK10を注文した。注文してからすぐ作ってくれたよ。
For size, I'm wearing an in-between of S/M (UK10). The store caters from XS to Plus Sizes. Customisation is possible with a small fee. The store makes your dress after you place your order. Staff from the store are very pleasant and friendly too! The store ships to almost everywhere on Earth so please take a look if you're interested! (Link) Next up I'd be sharing my tiny "Making of" collection. Come back again soon!

スタッフはとてもやさしくて、最後まで丁寧に対応してくれた。世界のどこまでも発送するよ。まずシェリー・ロンドンのサイトをチェック!

僅かしか記録できなかったが、次の記事ははザ・アイル・ブライダルでの撮影風景だよ!またブログをチェックしに来てね!よろしく!!♪

ITEMS USED
- Sherry London Sweetheart Lace and Crystal Short Dress
- UNIF Dame choker
- YRU x Dolls Kill Ballet Bae heels
- Fig & Viper holographic slippers (本番のみ/actual shoot)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Makeup for my guts.

This fictitious commercial in Gumball.
 ...is beyond funny.

Because, for the past few days, people tried sooooooooo hard to avoid asking me:
1. "So, tell me, the secret to your snow-white face." or,
2. "Hey, how you managed to keep your face so fair while tanning the rest of your body?"

or in short,

3. "WHY DOES YOUR FACE LOOK LIKE CRAP!?"

Thanks a lot to the product on sale at the drug store which claimed to cover pores. Just take a look on the effect one of the ugliest part of my body - my elbow... there weren't much changes, except it looked fairer and ugly parts appeared a little uglier. 
  
This product had only two shades, and the one I chose was supposedly the darker one. After thinly applying some translucent loose powder to finish up my face, look what happened...
Original on the left, adjusted on the right
I ACTUALLY HAD TO ADJUST THE REST OF MY BODY'S COLOUR TO MATCH MY FACE'S WHITENESS. It's unusual to even virtually tweak my skin tones! (Usually I adjust only the brightness/contrast.) Just a single application and my face looked like the New York Cheesecake you get a Maccas'. Perhaps you could define this as a sub-branch of "horror-kawaii".
The product can be forgiven if it kept to its promise of "smooth cover", but nope, my moon craters actually looked worse (you don't want to see), worse than what you just saw on my unsightly elbow.  Even Pluto looks better without all the powder. Beauty bloggers are gonna be like "ohhh a poor carpenter blames his tools".
Thank goodness this was only a photo shoot which can be saved with modern technology.

So what's the awesome product you ask, or what's my secret.  Presenting a poorly made drug-store decision... *drumrooooooooooll*  

"HEROINE MAKE smooth cover powder mineral"
The powder came in a cute black mirror compact and a fluffy sponge. I don't know how has the powder made me a "Heroine". Maybe it made me a few girl-otakus' idol for having a reverse ganguro look, or maybe it made me a heroine for my guts.

After screwing up my own face for a few days, I went to look up on its reviews online. Most "beauty blogger" reviews were for a slightly different version of this thing, and comments were from mainly positive to neutral. For me at least, the fluffy sponge will stay. It may be able to cook me a few burgers.

Disclaimer: I'm not a beauty blogger. I admit I only know how to smear my face with the BB cream, loose powder, eyeliner and cheek powder from the usual brands I buy.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

That dress I wore while in the bathtub.

Did you see my previous post on hanging out at Westin? Glad you did! (Please check it out if you haven't, here). Today's post is a continuation, a.k.a the outfit part - what I actually wore to my little adventure, or if you recall, sitting in the bathtub.
 
Just in case anything goes wrong, I used black heavily and also items from the same brand "Glad News" in today's featured look. GladNews' the brand I always went to while still in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan as it's the coolest brand in the whole prefecture. Its main shop's in Shibuya 109. It's so popular, its kick-ass items are usually sold out as soon as they're released. I'm fortunate to be able to get one of these barb wire print dresses they featured on their instagram. The leather jacket's also from Glad News. (Got it for 90% off three years back! Muaha! Click for another look in the same jacket.)

If you look careful enough, the barb wires are all made of  bones. Horror-kawaii!

Added on a pentagram harness to toughen the look up further. I never thought I could win it from Tealecoco...YAYSSSSSSSSS!♥ Yes, I just want to tell people that I am tough and you don't tell a tough person to do unnecessary work! Nah.
Wrapping up the look with a pair of UNIF Bound Creepers - my first pair of DHL-ed shoes. It's my first time ever to buy kicks from the US! Weeeee! On this note, sorry for the lack-of-shoes styles that I posted a little earlier on. How's my IKEA rattan chair though? (It was cheaper than the delivery fees! Damn!)
Notice the lack of neck/arm accessories. Didn't put on any not because I forgot; there was no necessity.
But seriously, less is more!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Kid trying to be adult.

Tried to be an adult and checked into The Westin Singapore over one of the weekends in May. Got a 42F Harbour View Room!! The hotel is located in the Marina Bay/Downtown Financial District. Now, that's some adult place. Usually I only care about whether a mall has a video games arcade. And, no no no, this is not a mediocre review of a hotel and its services. I am not a self-proclaimed travel blogger.
  
Trying to be in every frame of the panorama shot and messing it up.
Here's the room with a slightly different configuration of what I had, as shown on Westin's page.
Besides a Westin original "Heavenly Bed" loaded with plenty of "Heavenly Pillows" by the sea, there was also a bathroom with a spectacular view! Totally not minding having to sleep in it, or reading a novel comic in there. The room's TV was also showing Cartoon Network, so it would have been really awesome if there was a small TV in front of the bathtub. Okay, suddenly I am asking for a lot.

Oh yes the Infinity Pool on the 30-ish floor. It's almost the same view as my room's because why not?
Now I can finally say, IN YOUR FACE MARINA BAY SAND-ERS, or SANDS-IANS or whatever!

Growing up as a kid who was never allowed to order hotel room food , I took the opportunity to order a burger. It turned out that the patty was too salty/huge/cheesy for my liking to be a perfect chomps-worthy burger!! Oh the crispy lettuce, the cheese-covered juicy patty and some real chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Room Service Realm is probably food-bloggers-free at the moment, because one would need to check into their own room first. Again I might be wrong, but, hey, you DSLR-auto-mode-shooting-foodophiles you stay away from my burger!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Autumn-Winter 2013 looks' long overdue post.

Heyyyaaaa all. The weekend is coming to an end. Again. Hope you had a great one like me!!
So at the end of this beautiful week, I would love to share a beautiful video that has been loooooonnnnnnng overdue, like, at least one Autumn/Winter season overdue and I am deeply sorry about this. This video was made by my friend Keit from Bulgaria, who has been the nicest and sweetest co-worker I ever had at my previous fashion company. She was one of the reasons who kept me going in a dreadful workplace. No life? CHECKED - which was why I had no opportunity to share the video until today. I think, one of those days I was slaving away with my mate Coba-chan at company when we received this super happy video from Keit! Couldn't say how excited we were!

Now to the superest awesomest video someone has ever made for me and my ex-team!! Keit's happy styles never go outdated, so the styles she kindly created for us a while ago still very much applies NOW! ♥ Thank you so so so much, Keit! Blagodaria!♥ (← Hope I didn't get it wrong!)


Life, however is not all miserable at the ex-company, because we had each other - the best team ever. Here's a peek of the fun we had in AW2013!

In other news, I finally had a chance to update my online store! You may click "SHOP MY CLOSET" on top or here to see what I have that you can buy! Trades are welcome as well, if not, very much desired. Shipping/Trading overseas!
Am already preparing for the next post right now, so keep coming back yo!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sarpok Local Artists!

Received couple of hello mails and a collab invite in the last two weeks and almost cried. Like my leader at work always says "whoever talk to us are our ally". Therefore, thank you my dear allies♥  Please please please feel free to approach me for any writing/graphic design/fashion styling stuff.

(I'm no longer an employee of some Tokyo online store so I can't and don't, sponsor clothes for bloggers anymore, nor send me your styling photos for 2012/2013 collections. To make it a little more explicit,  "Now*Idon't*Style".) 

To the topic - SAPOK LOCAL ARTISTS! "Sapok" is the Singlish (colloquial English) equivalent of "Support". Today's piece was done up by my one of my kohai-s (junior) from my part-time-times, now talented local (Singaporean) independent designer/artist Sarah Thursday! Her designs are all so pretty I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to get! Click on her name above for FB or here to visit her at her online store. Ships Worldwide!

The piece I eventually chose from the sea of awesomeness was "Mortality", a collaboration with her local designer friend Ultra Violets. I like how the goldfish is swimming through the astronaut dude. All her stuff on sale are also printed in Singapore, so you don't have to worry about the quality. The tee is so comfortable and I've been wearing it, with a pencil skirt, to my office even on Mondays!

"HEYYY I thought you no longer work in fashion?!"

Anyway, this coordinate is good for your, what you call that, Coachella, Rochella  or Coachformelah or whatever upcoming Notformelah music festivals, which I don't care lah. It's good because you'd be able to hike through the mountains without tripping on long skirts. The only thing bad is you probably gonna end up donating to blood mosquitoes. Whatevs, charity! (Click here for another music festival coordinate from my Now*Ican*Style era.)
Ribbon from Joelle Gagnard and garter belt from Fig&Viper.

Sorry for not taking a proper photos with shoes, but I recommend this coordinate with a trusty pair of UNIFs (or other red/black/white/violet creepers). Don't attempt to hike in them, though.
Come back and visit me again soon!

Monday, 11 May 2015

LB'ded

You know who else's on LB's Instagram?


Nah. Look closer...
*tears flowing* and with like 8400-ish Likes currently. Too good for an idiot like me. Thank you LB!!
There were a couple of people commenting either on my photo at LB's insta, or under my nose at my insta, saying that someone else they know look like me. Nope, just nope. All "lookalike" claims have been scrutinised independently by MY MOM (and pops). Please talk to her if you're not convinced. In fact I don't even look like my mom. If you're going to insist I look like somebody please say it's Mika Nakashima.
Will not except others. Well...maybe only Eva Mendes at most, said my Filipino friend.

Please visit my lame LB page here http://lookbook.nu/tsucchi 
and DEFINITELY follow my awesome insta here http://instagram.com/inazuuma/
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