Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Outfit Of The Day: 9-28-10 quick video!

I told you guys I was going to post a quick OOTD video to try out the style and see what you think! ^_^

The video is really short because I recorded it before I went off to work. The weather has really been cooling down lately so layers are definitely a necessity. I don't enjoy feeling cold but I must say, I adore Fall fashion and playing around with layers during this season more than any other because you can see all of the fun elements of an outfit without being burdened by heat or huge coats.

To kick things off, here is an outfit that my coworker Jason (who is very into comics) said looked like the colors of a thousand villains, bright violet and acid green. ;D Considering my big MAC Venomous Villains haul I ordered last night, it only seemed appropriate that I post this today!


 Crew Cuts cardigan size 10 (similar from J.Crew here and here)
Victoria's Secret PINK flannel shirt size XS (VS here and similar F21 here)
Amazonite necklace gifted by http://www.seejewelryonline.com
Gold pearl-drop earrings from my mom (similar here)
MIA kids' suede sandals size 2 (similar here)

Isn't this necklace so bomb? Catherine of See Jewelry Online was kind enough to send me a few of her pieces so hopefully you will be seeing more of her stuff popping up in my future OOTD posts. This one is my favorite of what she sent me and I swear to you, it matches everything from these bright colors to a plain t-shirt. Very me. Love, love love!


 I also wanted to show a close-up of the eye makeup. Not because it's anything fancy but the opposite, actually! Only 1 eyeshadow. That being said, this is one of the coolest eyeshadows I've ever used.
The color is Rock & Republic's Lawsuit which is a reddish-brown with a green flash. I love the complexity of the color. :D


Okay, let me know your thoughts of the OOTD format in the comments. Do you think the video adds anything? Is it easier to process fashion information when there's only 1 outfit? Is this eyeshadow color cool or what? ^_~

Peace!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Purple Gradient Nail Art Tutorial

There were sooo many people who had asked me to do a tutorial for the purple gradient nails from my BoA Game Inspired makeup tutorial so I wanted to show you guys how I did it here, as a follow-up to my Basic Nail Polish Application Tutorial post.


Products mentioned:

OPI - Who Needs A Prince?
The Face Shop - random purple glitter polish
Zoya - Roxy
Covergirl Boundless Color - Disco Dazzle
Seche Vite top coat

It looks a bit goopy in this close-up pic but it definitely looked smoother in person. My coworker said they looked like vampire nails so I suppose it's only appropriate with October almost being here. ;)


I like how my right hand turned out better than my left. Gloopy left is the photo above, but the much smoother right hand is below. Pretty bizarre considering I'm right-handed but I can be fairly ambidextrous when it comes to nail art! It must be all the practice. ^_~ The real key is making the first layer really translucent because it's easier to blend the dark parts than to blend in the light color.


Hope you guys enjoyed it and forgive me for the short entry. The weather here is cold, dreary, and rainy today and I'm still sick so I think I'm going to wrap myself up in a blanket and have some hot soup. Have a nice weekend!

Disclaimer: All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me. Some affiliate links are included in this post.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer Fashion: Part 2 Dressy-Casual Wear

Hey everyone! If you follow me on Twitter you'll know I've been battling coughs for the last few days so I've decided to visit to my backlog of images for today's post. I know I promised a while ago that I would post a "dressier" counterpart to my Summer Fashion Part 1 post so I better get this up before it starts freezing outside!

To start off, I'll ease you in with a transition-y outfit that worked well at my cold office. I'm always wearing cardigans since I can easily put it on or take it off depending on how freezing the air conditioning is that day, and this thick-knit grey one is very on-trend for fall. I added a gold bow pin to give it some extra detail. The girly touch plus the ruffles on the floral tank made me feel quite pretty.

Hollister drape-front cardigan size xs (similar here)
Forever 21 tank tops size s (similar here)
BCBGeneration bandage skirt size xs (similar here and here)
Nine West kids sandals size 2 (similar for adults here and here)

I was really excited when I found this black dress at Forever 21 for $9. It fit great and was comfy. I did spend the day yanking down the hem though, so probably best for casual weekends. Check out the awesome drape of this cardigan! Love it. <3 By the way, everyone knows red heels are neutrals, right?

No brand draped cardigan size xs (similar here)
Forever 21 bodycon dress size xs (similar here and here)
Linea Paolo red patent metallic wedges size 4 (similar here)

I was absolutely in love with this dress this summer! It also came in pink but it seemed a bit too youthful for me. The cut of this dress is perfection and gotta love the seersucker and pockets! It's awesome AE carries some 00 in stores now. :)

No brand cropped cardigan size xs (similar here and here)
American Eagle dress size 00 (similar xs available here and here)
Michael Kors wedges size 4 (similar here)

This outfit was for a bit of a fancier occasion. I think it was a wedding? The ruching on this dress gives me some much-needed hips. ^_~

No brand cardigan size xs (similar here and here)
CC 1827 dress size xxs (similar Betsey Johnson here)
Pretty Small Shoes heels size 32 (similar here)

I flipping adore these patent heels from Pretty Small Shoes. They have the perfect almond toe and aren't too high or low, plus I bought them during the summer sale they had. Still pricey for me, but for fitting my tiny feet it was worth it! They have been squeaking on me lately though. Anyone have good tips to fix that?


This dress you'll probably recognize if you follow Alterations Needed because she posted the same one in black recently (which was too small for her and subsequently bought by me :D). She actually bought the dress because I bought this one first, so it just goes to show you how late I've been posting things AND how tiny I actually am. Oops. Anyway, I am pretty much obsessed with this dress.

For some reason I feel really awesome when I find things that look better on me than the model. These girls look depressed!


No brand cardigan size xs (similar here and here)
Pins & Needles eyelet dress size 0 (surprisingly similar here)
Pretty Small Shoes Eleganza heels size 32 (similar here)
Ekilove bow heart necklace

And a closer view + the back to show extra detail. The eyelet lace over pink is adorable, plus it has layers of folded material at the waist band create a pretty belt. I even think the weird pooch at the back is cute, almost like a bustle. I'm probably just weird and it's probably just weird too but I like it. ^_^


I know I showed this before, but I adore my Ekilove necklace and I wear it all the time. :D Sometimes simple accessories speak loudly too.


The bow in my hair is actually a fringe holder velcro thing and I did not wear it all day. LOL. -_-;;;
I guess drapey cardigans are a running theme for this post! Love this Banana Republic cardi's heathered fabric and the color combo of the American Apparel dress is one of my favs as well.

Banana Republic open cardigan size XXSP (similar from BR here)
Pretty Small Shoes Eleganza heels size 32 (similar here and omgJimmyChoo here)
DSK mix-matched hearts necklace

I'm always drawn to rich jewel tones, especially when it gets closer to fall and I feel like the greenish-teal of this one makes my skin glow. I can't wait to wear this "versatile-straps" dress with some tights, boots, and a leather jacket during the cooler months! The necklace is a statement piece, of course, with no other jewelry to keep it simple. There's something to the combo of soft and hard textures that I love about it.

Ann Taylor LOFT bib necklace (similar here)
Michael Kors wedges size 4 (similar here)

Another transitional outfit! Mustard yellow is really big for Fall, and I really love how it looks on Asian skintones especially. I was so stoked when I got this eyelet skirt in and it fit so well. It's too bad white can't be worn as often in the Fall season because it's one of my favorite colors to wear. I'll miss it!

Mossimo cardigan from Target size XS (total dupe alert here)
Vintage white belt (similar here and expensive Prada version here)
BB Dakota eyelet skirt size 0
Ekilove bow heart necklace

Since I'm pretty much currently wrapped up in Fall fashion with full force, I'll try to post more fashion posts in the next month as well. I'm always behind on these so you'll have to give me your feedback on if you prefer these long mega-FASHION-posts or if you'd like a one-off and more current OOTD video (which I did attempt to take one yesterday and will be posting soon!) Let me know in the comments. ^_^

Disclaimer: CC 1827 dress was provided by the company. All other items were purchased myself because I have fabulous taste (LOL, I kid.) Some affiliate links are included in this post.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Petite Bra Sale!


I told you guys I'd be listing some 32A bras (and even 1 32AA) for sale. These are all brand new or nearly new. Sad for me and my 28B boobies, awesome for you 32A ladies! I only have a few up but if the sale goes well, I may add more.


If you aren't sure if you are a true 32A please check out my Bra Fitting 101 post before purchasing. Happy shopping! ;)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2NE1 "Clap Your Hands" 박수쳐 Sandara Inspired Tutorial

Hello everyone! Today's look was another highly requested Kpop-inspired video look, once again from 2NE1's Dara. I'm not sure why I get so many requests to do Park Sandara's makeup but I think it's because people can see a resemblance, or they can see that I can "pull off" a look if she can... 

What do you think?


This tutorial is based of their new music video, "Clap Your Hands" which I've been fairly well obsessed with lately. The song is catchy and the looks in the video are so fun to watch. ^_^

Here is the original video if you haven't seen it yet:


And here is my take on the look. Talking this time, and no music so you international peeps can see it too:


Products used:

Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin, Buck)
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black
Pretty & Cute Korean High Fiber Lashes #38
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara
Stila Bronzing Powder 01
NYX Lip Pencil in Plush Red
NYX Round Lipstick in Snow White
Lioele Auto Artist Brow (Just used the spoolie end)

Screencaps I took of Dara in 2ne1's "Clap Your Hands"


And my take on the look in photos:


My reference pics. I always print a few to help guide my look while recording. ^_^


Close-up of the look. It actually really reminds me of pin-up style makeup except the eyeliner is more edgy, and actually my eyeliner is less intense than Dara's! Also, NYX Snow White is my favorite red lipstick. The deep, saturated red really fit the look this time too. The key point is having a perfectly precise edge by using lip liner first + a lip brush.


Trying (and failing) at doing Sandara-like poses. XD


I know this is totally not like the video, but I find this makeup rather sexy! This is my attempt (fail again) at a "sexy face". LOL!


Ok, this is more like me. Pouts and smiles. Hehe.


Anyway, I hope you really enjoyed this look! I had a blast doing it and it's actually one of my very favorite inspired looks so far. I do the cray cray looks for fun, but somehow I am more pleased when I still look like myself in the end. I think my Sandara looks somehow bring me that satisfaction, even while they are intense. ^_^

Let me know what you think in the comments, and should you get the hankering to try it out (or any other look) I would LOVE it if you posted the photos to my Facebook Fan Page. I reached the limit for adding friends to my Facebook profile page :( so if you were waiting for friend request approval, "like" the fan page instead and I'll try to be much more communicative on there than I was before. <3

P.S. Check out my girl Jackie Chu's version of Park Bom's makeup from Clap Your Hands! Eeek, she is so hot! Love, love love. <3

Kisses, blessings, and love~

Disclaimer: The Skin79 BB cream was sent for use from pinkyparadise.com. The lashes, Lioele products, and Majolica Majorca mascara were gifted from prettyandcute.com. Makeup Show Brushes provided by http://mus.7bella.com/ and I was NOT paid to use these products. All other items were purchased myself. :)


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Basic Nail Polish Application Tutorial

Ahhh, it's such a beautiful Saturday! Sometimes I wish the weather would always stay this for the Fall: 74 with a high of 80, sunshine, blue skies, and mild enough for lightweight cardigans and flip flops. It really seems like it went from BLAZING HOT summer to Fall in a matter of one week where I live! But hey, that's midwest weather for you. ;)

I'm not complaining, but I do want to soak it up while it lasts. As soon as October hits, I'll be grasping my legwarmers and wool jackets for dear life! I much prefer the heat to the cold because I'm a weenster like that.

So getting back on topic, I've had an interesting time with my nails lately. This last 2 months I've gone polish-less (GASP!) for more than I have in the last whole year. Really bizarre, but I just haven't always found the time on my weekends to reapply something fun. Hopefully that will change as the weather cools since I'll want to be inside and warm up all day. ^.^

For those of you who are used to having naked nails and wanted a tutorial for a good polish application technique -- base, polish, and topcoat included -- here is how I apply nail polish.


Products mentioned in this video:

* Seche Natural - this is a nail treatment but it works well as a basecoat. I also have and love Seche Clear. (similar here and here)
* OPI Who Needs A Prince? - sheer-ish cute, red-flash pearly pale pink. needs 3 or 4 coats to be opaque, but is SO PRETTY when opaque. (other pale pinks I love here and here)
Seche Vite - my HG top coat. Basically, this is the magic product that keeps polish on way longer, dries faster, and makes it super shiny. LOVE!

Here is a pic of the final look I did right after the basic polish application. The tutorial for this purple gradient nail art will be coming up very shortly.


Hope you are all having a wonderful, relaxing weekend in these short weeks before the weather changes once again (unless you live in Cali or FL, or a mild-weather country in which case, I shake my fist at you!)

Don't forget to join the giveaway for a free TLBC bra & panty set and I'll talk to you guys soon. ^_^

Disclaimer: All items mention in this video were purchased by me and were not sponsored in any way. Some affiliate links are included in this post.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Giveaway Time: The Little Bra Company Bra & Panties

It seems like it's been a bajillion years since I've done a giveaway! Well, aside from the fact that The Little Bra Company is throwing this fab giveaway for me, I want to celebrate a few monumental moments that have come about recently. Just within these last couple of weeks, my blog has acquired over 3,000 followers, my youtube channel exceeded 30,000 subscribers, and my total hits on frmheadtotoe.com has passed the 3 million mark. I don't say this in a boastful way (hecks no, have you SEEN the crazy number of subbies others get?? ;) but more to say that I am truly astounded at the love and support I've received in the last few months. 3 must be my lucky number since I also have over 3,000 twitter followers, and the number actually means a lot to me spiritually as well. I just feel blessed beyond words that through all the good times and bad, you have stuck with me as a surrogate friend and family. <3 I do have to say, one of the best parts about having this kind of support is the ability to give back. If you saw my Ask Ms: Bra Fitting 101 video, you will know how life-changing finding the right bra was for me. Now, hopefully one of you fellow petites will get the same opportunity. ^.^


To enter the giveaway, there are 3 rules:

1. You must subscribe to frmheadtotoe on http://youtube.com/frmheadtotoe
2. You must officially follow my blog
3. Visit http://www.thelittlebracompany.com and leave a comment on this youtube video of the bra + panty you'd love to have (click in the video to take you to the comments page)


Make sure you respond to your youtube account if you are chosen as the winner! Comments on this blog entry are loved and appreciated, but they will NOT count as an entry.

Giveaway is open to US and Canada only. Must be at least 18 to enter, or have parents' permission. Giveaway closes September 21st, 2010 at midnight CST.

Good luck, and thank you to The Little Bra Company for sponsoring this giveaway! :)


Friday, September 3, 2010

Urban Outfitters Haul & Recent Fashion Purchases (including Chanel!!)

Haha! If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I was teasing about posting my new haul from Urban Outfitters yesterday. Well, obviously I am totally awesome at teasing because I made you wait a whole extra day. It was totally on purpose. You waited, right? YES. Even if you didn't know you were waiting for this very moment, here you are.

*claps* Good excuse, Jen.

Anyway, I've done a bit of shopping in the last couple of weeks and I wanted to share my hauls with you. I think I've gotten pretty lucky in terms of what I bought so maybe you'll still have a chance to buy them. Onward!

Alright starting off, here is a Banana Republic navy blazer in 00p that I found a couple weeks ago at the outlet mall I went to at the lake. It was on clearance for just $34 and ran slimmer than the other BR blazers! Fits me like a perfect boyfriend blazer. And look, cleavage courtesy of my new properly fitting bras.

Banana Republic Blazer size 00p (similar on sale here)
Abercrombie lace tank XS (similar here)
Abercrombie kids grey skinny jeans size 10 (similar here)
Pretty Small Shoes snakeprint peeptoes size 32 - 9cm w/ 1cm platform (similar here)

Next is this nude-colored tunic/dress from Urban Outfitters that has a gorgeous lace top. It's supa'-skintight on me so I don't even know how it would fit busty girls!

cardigan TJ Maxx size S (similar on sale here)
lace-top tunic size XS (similar here)
brown Target leggings size XS (similar here and in pointelle here)
Michael Michael Kors leather wedge size 4 (similar on sale here)

The beautiful necklace I bought from Ekilove. Isn't it gorgeous and sparkly?


Just wanted to post a quick FOTD with this look. This is about what I've been doing everyday lately. Just eye makeup, blush, and nothing else on the face. The past month has been too hot for foundations, concealer, or lipstick. My skin has been better to me since I've been wearing less, but you can still see some pigmentation spots, acne, and pores. Anyone else do the half-bare face in the summer?


Speaking of lace, have you noticed I've been wearing a ton of it? I'm pretty much obsessed with lace and always have been. :) Here's another couple lace items, this blush-colored sheer top from Marshall's and a white eyelet-lace skirt from Karmaloop.com. 

Marshall's Lace collar top size S (similar here)
Forever 21 grey boyfriend cardigan size S (similar here)

A petite coworker had ordered some J.Crew Petite Minnie Stretch Twill crop pants online in 00p and they were too small for her so she kindly passed them on to me. They were too large at first so I shrunk them in the wash. A bit of warning to those interested, they stretch over time so they fit at first and were baggier as the day went along. Still undecided on if I'm keeping them or passing them along to another petite. 

I was also hesitant about crop pants since I am petite, but they are all over the place this fall! Channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn, I pulled this outfit together. I personally prefer cuffing the bottoms for a casual look. The bow belt was also a gift from the gorgeous ExtraPetite since it was too small for her. Lucky me! What do you think?

Hollister sheer collared shirt size XS (similar here)
Forever 21 grey boyfriend cardigan (similar here)
Me Too pewter flats size 4 (similar here)
H&M Bow belt size XS/S gifted to me by ExtraPetite <3

Another amazing purchase that I talked about on Twitter is this ridiculously beautiful Chanel purse that I managed to snag on Hautelook. It's actually sort of like a giant clutch since the chain handle zips across, but it does have a little gold chain with the iconic double C's near the zipper. Lovely ruffles in lovely soft lambskin leather. My first Chanel anything! No words, my friends. No words. ^_______________^


Here's the original pic of it. Loves!!!

So, this Kimchi Blue Knit Jacket is another thing that had tons of buzz among the petite blogging community. First spotted on Chloe Conspiracy, then on Alterations Needed, I abruptly decided I needed it myself since I am fairly well obsessed with blazers. Ironically, Extra Petite, Petite Little GirlPetite XXS, and Stylepintall decided the same thing. It's so bad how we all enable each other, isn't it? ^.~ 

The fit is a little loose in the waist on me, but I'm hoping that will shrink a little in the wash. I wanted extra oomph at the neckline, so I took the satin belt on this top and used it as a loose bow-tie. By the way, isn't the back of this jacket just the cutest?

Forever 21 Satin blouse size S (similar here)
7 For All Mankind kids skinny jeans size 10 (similar here)
Pretty Small Shoes snakeprint peeptoes size 32 - 9cm w/ 1cm platform (similar here)
Gucci crocodile handbag (similar here)

The Gucci is another lucky snag from Hautelook. I think refreshing the screen a billion times has gotten me lucky because I'd never be able to afford this at full price with a clear conscience. It's so luxurious, it is real crocodile on the outside, and lined in leather on the interior. Pretty much tiny and Jen-sized (don't let the proportions fool you). Eee, my biggest designer purchases ever!


Along with my Urban Outfitters order I also bought this Thistlepearl dress that I had again seen on Chloe here. She said the top was huge but the reviews said the hips ran small so I took a gamble and sure enough, it works for me. A bit loose at the waist, but the hips are nice and small on me, and the shoulder straps were long but are an easy hand-sewing fix. I love the dreamy, floaty fabric. It'll look great with a cardigan and boots for the Fall.


I also bought this ruffle-front bodysuit to wear under skirts based on reviews saying the torso was super short. My own torso isn't actually short, but the bodysuit fit like it was made for me. The linen skirt is also new, from the BCBGeneration store. Love the little buttons and pockets on it, plus it ran small.

Pins and Needles Ruffle Front Bodysuit size XS (more cute bodysuits here and here)
BCBG Linen Skirt size 0 (similar here and here)
Pretty Small Shoes snakeprint peeptoes size 32 - 9cm w/ 1cm platform (similar here)

A polka-dot dress that is adorable but far too large on me. Should I alter the sides to fit or return it?



Pins and Needles Polka Dot Dress in XS (cuter similar here)
Pretty Small Shoes snakeprint peeptoes size 32 - 9cm w/ 1cm platform (similar here)

Another dress. What can I say, I love dresses! Belted, and with its original elastic waist. Thank you Jean for sending me this belt too! I like how the tan belt makes the ruffles look cuter somehow. Also, you can see the black elastic is rather loose on me in the side photo. Hubby likes the dress though, so I'll keep it anyhow.

Kimchi Blue Strapless Knit Dress in XS (similar here and here)
H&M belt in XS (similar here)
Pretty Small Shoes snakeprint peeptoes size 32 - 9cm w/ 1cm platform (similar here)

And to pull things around full circle, (this was not planned either) the outfit I wore yesterday. The slightly more shrunken-from-the-wash Banana Republic navy blazer, and a bit of this adorable White Rabbit print. I also bought these sandals for $7 at the Marshall's by the lake! I love their stock of nicer kids' shoes since they are narrower and fit more like womens'.

Banana Republic navy blazer size 00p (similar on sale here)
Urban Outfitters White Rabbit v-neck tee in XS (similar here)
kids' black woven sandals size 2 (similar here)

I also bought a couple adorable jewlery stands to organize my bling in a cuter fashion. I love the bird one but I'm on the fence about the color of the turquoise basket one. It looked mintier online and mint green is one of my favorite colors. Turquoise I'm afraid will clash too much, so maybe I'll exchange it for the pink one in-stores.


Ok, this blog entry took way longer than intended so it's pretty much bedtime. This wasn't even my fashion part 2 from before. Oh well, gotta get haul posts out before they are all SOLD out, right? :]

Let me know what you think in the comments! Bra sale and giveaway very, very soon!

xoxo

Disclaimer: Snakeskin peeptoes were sponsored by Pretty Small Shoes. All other products mentioned were purchased by me. Some affiliate links are included in this post.


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