Category: Fashion

Violet Box October 2014

Honestly, I am so sick that I wrote Violet Box September 2014 as the title AGAIN! October must’ve been a blur.

So this is the October 2014 Violet Box and this month seems like it’s all about them lips! Slightly less “chocablock” as the $5 Violet Box (Not sure if it’s sold out, but if you missed it, here is the blog post – Limited Spring Carnival $5 Violet Box)

Let’s see what’s inside!

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My Dear Bomb By Yohji Yamamoto

This story starts from back when I first started this website.

I was doing some research on some fashion designers to “follow” where they were up to because I felt so out of the whole fashion scene. I came across Yohji Yamamoto, one of my avant garde heroes in the fashion world. Even though he is doing well again now, he had gone into bankruptcy in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis.

Yohji Yamamoto with an Asian squat
Yohji Yamamoto in an Asian squat

From there I found, “My Dear Bomb“, an autobiography from the great man himself. Was I in awe or what! An autobiography of Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion journey, life and especially what happened during that time. I felt like I needed some inspiration. So I set out to the book stores in Canada to look for it.

It wasn’t there.  (more…)

Why I Feared Being a Leader

Hey guys!

It’s been a long wait since I’ve vlogged or blogged! The plan was to film this last week but I starting getting sick from a long busy week with lots of  late night driving in thick as fog…. I kid you not.. Last Wednesday I drove from Taylors Lakes to home (on the southeast side) and it was thick ass fog all the way!! So the WHOLE of Victoria or Melbourne was fogged!

Then on Thursday it was even worse… it was so bad I couldn’t see 1-2 metres in front of my car. It was so white and eerie, I was convinced the Ring Girl or the Grudge Chick would pop out to hitch a ride.

Anyways, aside from the fog, I have been deep in pondering mode. My favourites for the other week was a quote from Tony Robbins. I had a mental breakdown two weeks back. It finally happened and I had to consult my mentor – Tony Robbins. I watched a video and he said one thing that I thought, “Fuck. I totally forgot all about that one”. (more…)

Fashion is a Dirty Word

I have contemplated whether to do this VLOG style or B-LOG style..

And since I’m in the spirit of writing, I thought I’d try to type as fast as possible.

What the fuck is fashion these days?

I question that. I try to understand that. I try to make some sense out of it.

As some of you may know, recently I have been looking for a new job and I thought why not try to get back into the fashion world and apply for some entry level jobs. Umm.. so wrong. One, I didn’t even get looked at all and two, I did have an interview and that’s when the reality hit. It was not an entry level job but the pay was pretty much close to an entry level job for any other industries.

That’s when it hit me. Why are buyers and product developers paid less than let’s say an graduate accountant?

People might argue that an accountant has more control of the financials and MONEY side of the business. What I don’t get is, without someone getting the product for the business to sell, what the fuck money would you be monitoring. I don’t get it. It almost seems like all the small potatoes in the fashion industry get paid less than nothing and you will have one or two elite, experienced few who get paid heaps. Everyone else who does the dirty work get paid less than nothing. I don’t get it.

I flicked back at one employment contract that I received when I first graduated from Uni. The hourly rate was, get this, $15 an hour. What the fuck. I got paid more working in retail than as a production assistance. To make it worse, the next job I worked at the annual salary was $24k. WHAT THE FUCK.  (more…)

Project: The Tassie Wedding Dress

Yes, that’s right.

In the last few months and countless hours, I have completed crafting my friend’s wedding dress.

I haven’t picked up my trusty pattern making ruler, pens and measuring tape for a long while but I am very excited to be getting into it and creating something beautiful for my friend’s wedding in May. I am a little nervous because this will be the first wedding dress everrrrrr that I’ve made but I’m positive that it will turn out to be beautiful.

Great thing about this dress is that I get to play with beautiful lace and create a beautiful collage or intricate pattern on the back of this dress. I love the design and the bride has picked something that is so perfect for her. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous! Especially that she has such beautiful fair skin – this antique-like masterpiece is going to be stunning.

Here are some inspirational pics:

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This is a 1930s reference photo to set the mood.
We referred to this dress very regularly. There's something about the lace and the way everything sat in the back that is just so beautiful.
We referred to this dress very regularly. There’s something about the lace and the way everything sat in the back that is just so beautiful.
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Other lace on the back designs
This photo had the same lace we used.
This photo had the same lace we used.

What worried me initially was how was I going to get the lace to work. I could easily sew a seam at the front, sides and back, but the lace was beautiful and have visible seams was not going to do the dress any justice.

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Revlon Parfumerie Review

OMG Talk about yummmmm

If you are like me and follow many nail beauty gurus, then you would’ve heard of the Revlon Parfumerie.  I honestly follow way too many gurus that I’ve lost track on who was first to tell me about these amazing gems.

I remember the guru was reviewing the lavender bottle, commenting on how , much she loved the smell. The skeptic in me thought, really? When I was younger, I remember coming across nail polishes that claim to have smells… and they did not live to their word.

So one day I was at Priceline looking for some Essence nail polishes to buy (ended up with a sheer pink and white from essense and a blue glitter from sally hansen,  one that I’ve been eyeing for a while) when I came across a special,

“Spend $30 or more on Revlon nail polishes and get a free nail care kit free”

I spent the next 30 minutes looking at different colours… (more…)

Nail Art #1

If you have followed me on Instagram (@kluublog) then you would know that recently I have really been into nail art!

Yes, the girly girl in me has gotten back into doing my nails!

Well, not just because the girly girl in me, but also because I have really enjoyed using nail art as a way to express the inner artist in me. I have really enjoyed watching videos on how to use dotting tools and how to paint pictures using nail polish.

Here are some pictures of what I’ve been doing earlier on (I have been wanting to put all these ones out for a long time, so yes, there will be a few designs here, I’ll also link them to amazon if you wanted to get it, amazon is the best!):

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My first attempt at “Ombre” nails!

This design was the first one that I did when I was in Victoria BC, Canada. I guess I was really bored and was YouTube surfing as per usual when I came across a video that showed you how to do a “Gold and Silver Gradient Nail” design (or what is now known as Gradation or Ombre). I was really interested and intrigued on how to do this. So I went to a drugstore in Canada called “London Drugs”. Mate, it’s big! It’s like our Priceline plus Chemist Warehouse plus 7Eleven (?) mixed in one with a bit of JB Hifi on the side. I guess it’s not as big as a Kmart or Walmart but it’s not small either. I enjoyed going there. I don’t know why, I just liked having the little bits and pieces all in the one place. Every week, I would drop in and just look to see if there were any deals. Oh, this was one of the little places that sold “Tim Tams”, yes, Tim Tams in Canada. Yes Tim Tams outside of Australia!

Anyway, every week I’d come in and have a look at different things, especially the nail polish wall. Mate it ain’t cheap. OPI was selling at $10, Essie at $11-$13, Revlon at $10. The cheapest nail polish that seemed to be on sale a lot was Sally Hansen which was around $4 – $6 once in a while. So on this special day after watching the Gold and Silver gradient video, I bought an OPI base coat and the Nicole by O.P.I Modern Family, Luke Of The Draw. That’s when it started.

From there, every time I went to Target, Walmart or London Drugs, I would go to the beauty section and see if there were any sales on nail polishes. There really was only Sally Hansen and Sinful Colours on sale, the rest was still pretty pricey. Yes, still cheap compared to Australian prices, OPI $18 – $20, Sinful Colours $4, Sally Hansen from $12 – $8 and Essie nail polish $17 from Priceline.

Expensive. That’s why, now that I’m back home in Melbourne, I visit Priceline once a week and look for deals. I’m not too fussed if it’s not OPI, as long as it works, it’s affordable and it looks good.

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First attempt with flowers on nails – bit messy and couldn’t control the bobby pin. 🙁

 

My first attempt at creating flowers. Here I used a bobby pin. Glitter Polish is from Maybelline.

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Getting bettter at painting my nails – no more painting outside of the nail and on my skin (was what I used to do)

This is a new favourite of mine, from the Rimmel Kate Moss range – Classical Red 706 and my new favourite top coat the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat. So awesome! Dries quick and super glossy!

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I was giving the black and white glitter a go. I really had a thing for black and white glitter, but this one was the Etude House PBK803 CoCo Black on top of the same Kate Moss Rimmel Red nail polish and Black Out by Sally Hansen and White Out from Sally Hansen as well. I had this ombre look in mind but it didn’t turn out as well as I would’ve liked. Will need to try this one again.

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Gold, Bold and Colourful!

Gold, Bold and Colourful indeed. I had lots of comments from people on the street for sporting these nails. It was really bold. I used Sally Hansen Black Out and Golden-I for the main black and gold flowers, the Etude House PWH901 Fire Works multi-coloured glitter (absolutely love this one because there’s so much glitter) and I used the OPI I Snow You Love Me for the insides of the flowers – to give it a bit of glamour but also to try it out.

The next two were create because I really wanted to use the confetti polish from Etude House – #WH901 Fairy Floss. Yes, by now you would realise that I LOVE Glitter polish!

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Wanted to use the confetti polish for the trees, but it took a lot of layers to get the chunkiness I wanted.

This was a flower, spring look that I created. The pinks and blacks were from OPI and Sally Hansen but I need to mention that the light blue polish was actually from Daiso and it was great! $2.80 can’t go wrong right! Only down side is that it really smells… you know that strong chemical smell.. I don’t like it, but with a layer of Seche Vite, you can’t smell anything else but that. lol

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Inspired by this cute Parisian “Artist” pen given to me by my boyfriend’s mum.

Finally, I used the confetty polish from Etude House on just the tips… but because I was layering the polish, it ended up in the middle of my nails. lol How I envy girls with pretty long nails.

I don’t wanna bombard you with more – but I know you know that there are more if you follow me on instagram (@kluublog).

I will eventually pop up the rest of the designs and hopefully start to blog more about each design as I go instead of putting a whole bunch up at the same time.

Anyway, until next time.

Karen