Friday, July 30, 2010

Cold Shoulder

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[Wolf Tee- gift. Jeans- Macy's. Heels- Charlotte Russe. Necklaces- thrifted. Wallet- DIY.]

As I said earlier this week, I'm posting a few shots with the wallet I drew on incorporated into an outfit. I've been pretty happy with the wallet so far, its smaller so I end up carrying less frequent buyer cards, receipts, and other junk. I like that the orchids read like black lace from far away. Unfortunately the sharpie marker is starting to wear off so I'll need to find something to seal the design onto the leather soon. Anyone have any ideas?

This is the same wolf tee shirt that I wore a few posts ago that Dee gave me. I decided to slice off the collar part of it so it would hang looser. Although I do feel its cutting it really close to looking too '80s, it feels better hanging off one shoulder. I'm thinking about cutting a low scooped back on another tee shirt. We shall see!

Rach:]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DIY [Orchids and Peacock Wallet]

I had some free time the other day after scouring for possible jobs at the mall and I found myself wandering aimlessly though Forever21. In one of their accessories bins I found [this] wallet and was immediately drawn to the colors and the peacock pattern on it. I've been wanting a new wallet for quite some time but I didn't want to spend the money to buy that one. When I came home I remembered this plain white wallet I had bought for my sister over a year ago that she decided she didn't want after all. Soon enough I broke out the sharpies and began brainstorming ideas on what designs I could draw on the wallet...

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Here is what the wallet originally looked like. Its made of plain white pleather and I think I got it from Claire's, that teeny-bopper jewelry store in the mall.

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I decided to stick with just black sharpie on the front side and began drawing an orchid design on it.

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The orchid design is actually from my bff Dee's blog background which you can see for yourself [here].

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I emphasized the outer lines more and kept the lines inside the petals very faint for a more dynamic effect.

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The finished front side came out to my liking. I planned to stop here, but I decided to continue with the back side after that.

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Inspired by the peacock design on the clutch at Forever21, I decided to draw a more graphic version of it on the back of my wallet. My design ended up being much more line heavy.

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Here are how the two sides I drew on look together when the wallet is opened laying flat.

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I think I am more a fan of the orchid design side, probably because they used to be one of my favorite flowers.

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Even though I was supposed to be doing schoolwork the night I drew on this wallet, I had fun doodling. My next post will be an outfit post with the wallet. Until then!

Rach:]

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Cupcakes and Cashmere]

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Hello there! Welcome to the Eighth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! At the beginning of every week I like to post a few fashion sketches of bloggers who inspire me. This week's edition features Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere whose blog is located in Los Angeles, CA.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-Emily's blog is the perfect combination of food and fashion. Many other blogs out there cover both topics, but not like this girl does. I absolutely LOVE her recipes and food photography. She posts entries on how to make delicious dishes such as Strawberry Shortcake, Home-style Onion Rings, Chicken Pot Pie, Lemon Bars and Watermelon-Lime Popsicles. Her photos record the cooking process and always look picture perfect. Good food photography is no easy feat, but her photos always bring out the beautiful textures and colors in the food she cooks.
-Her style is so relaxed and breezy while still retaining a little edge. She's like the gorgeous girl you knew in high school who always seemed so carefree and chill. Her outfits seem to revolve around flowy fabrics with small floral prints or lace and tougher extras such as leather belts and ankle boots. And every ensemble seems tangible, like it would translate well in real life.
-She has intriguing home decor ideas. Her blog doesn't boast about being an interior design connoisseur, but all of her Do-It-Yourself projects for her place are creative and chic. I loved the idea she had for using the pretty door-knob handles from Anthropologie as jewelry hangers in the bathroom and how she found a bunch of flea market gold frames and clustered them together for a special wall peice.

If you've never seen her blog, you should most definitely go check it out. Every time I see her blog I immediately want to go cook a meal, create something for my apartment, or break out my flowiest skirt. I've added the link to the blog where I named it above.

Thank you again to all the new followers I have received from this weekly tradition. Doing this is something I really enjoy and aim to continue with it. Hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful!

Rach:]

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back in Black

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[One-shouldered-top as dress- Forever21. Blazer, Quilted purse- thrifted. Heels- White House Black Market. Statement necklace- gift.]


Alright so I'm writing this post before I've taken the pictures for it because I feel like I'm about to burst if I don't get this written now. So in my last outfit post I discussed the fact that I was in a rut with my appearance. For a while I really thought that getting new clothes, cutting my hair, or getting compliments from a guy would help yank me out of it. Sounds superficial I know, but as girls, we all subconsciously think like that. We go to the mall to buy something that we are convinced will make us seem more attractive. We swear that our next haircut will make us look like supermodels. We subtly try to get guys to comment on our looks and sometimes go to crazy extents for it.

Well earlier today in my Billards class that I am taking at the local community college, I had an epiphany. Yep. In that dark, dirty, gritty pool hall that reeks of cigarette smoke, I got pulled out of my rut. How, do you ask? Did I obliterate my opponent in a game of pool to feel so confident? Did some guy in my class hit on me to make me feel better about myself? NOPE. Not at all.

Quite the opposite actually. I was in the middle of epically loosing a game of 8-ball when this uber-trashy, huge-ass-pickup-truck-driving, still-hung-over-from-last-night guy comes stumbling over from the next table and starts not so subtly hitting on my pool table partner. Now in my younger high school days, I would have probably been really offended by this move. I'd berate myself over and over in my head, 'Why doesn't he think I'm attractive too?' 'What makes her better looking than I am?' And so on and so on. Well not today. As this random guy went on making moves on my pool partner, the voice of self-confidence in my head (which had been dead silent for months now) finally snapped and I thought 'What the hell does this guy know? I'm HOT!'

I know this sounds arrogant to be sure, but we as girls need to all think this way. It really is never about comparing ourselves to other girls around us. It is not a competition with each other that we are in. Its a battle against ourselves that we are constantly fighting. You and you alone are the only person whose appearance should matter to you. Never rate yourself next to someone else. How can we, as girls, truly grow up to be confident and secure women, if we constantly compare ourselves? The only way to grow up to be yourself is to only think about yourself and no one else. It doesn't matter what the next girl looks like or what some guy thinks at all. You should believe that you are amazing. And your opinion is the only one that matters.

So yeah, be completely self centered when it comes to your thinking. In your life, you are the only person whose achievements, well-being, and looks you should compare yourself to. As much as you adore your best friend or your boyfriend, each girl must learn to be her own best friend and boyfriend. Compliment yourself in the mirror the way your best friend would if she were looking at you. Take care of yourself the way you would expect a boyfriend to. I, like every girl, am on a twisted path of trying to become self-sufficient and strong. So no, I don't know what the photos I'm about to take for this post look like yet, but I don't really care.

Rach:]

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thirty-One until Twenty-One

Amazingly enough, my birthday is exactly a month away already. Its crazy to think I posted a birthday wishlist on this blog a year ago. My high school art teacher used to always remark about how greatly your life changes in the course of a year. And he was definitely onto something. Everything alters so fast. You never expected to be where you are now a year ago and you'll never be able to predict where you will be a year from now. But now in the present, I think I'll ignore the frightening bigger picture and indulge a bit in a few things I'd like for my 21st birthday.

Rach:]

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1. Any necklace from the online shop, BeadsCorner on eBay [here] would be amazing to have. I'm simply in love with the bold colors of these seed bead creations.


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2. My favorite magazine right now, Harper's Bazaar found [here]. I really love their editorials and the collages of trends they have in every issue.
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3. So I keep buying thrifted purses and with the way I handle them, they keep falling apart. Guess its time to suck it up a get a brand new purse that can handle the strain. Although I love the Phillip Lim studded Edie Bow bag, as seen on Rachel Bilson [here] , I'd feel ridiculous asking for it. I'd be set with ModCloth's much cheaper imitation sold [here].


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4. I rarely like necklaces that are attached to shirts, but I fell in love with this one sold at Forever21 [here]. The beading detail seems very JCrew inspired to me. And I love JCrew.

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5. I really told myself I'd learn to sew over the summer, but I'm a little nervous about it. I don't have the time to take a class, so this how-to book sold at ModCloth [here] would be a great alternative.

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6. Of course another thing keeping me from learning to sew would be a lack of a sewing machine. I would be really excited to have on of my own. I can't promise couture yet, but everyone needs a starting point.
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7. I have an undying affection for black wedges. I already own a strappy formal pair and a gladiator sandal version. But I'm in love with these studded Mary-jane heels at Aldo [here].


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8. I have a Nikon D70 but unfortunately it got dirt in the digital sensor that is kinda expensive to get cleaned. I'm debating just getting a new camera all together. This Canon 50D would be a dream to own.


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9. I'm starting to paint again (Yay!!!) and even though I have plenty of paints left from high school, I seem to be out of canvases. Michael's [here] and all other art supply stores are so expensive. What's a starving artist to do?



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Behind the Seams]

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Hello there bloggers! Welcome to the Seventh edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! Each week I like to share a few of my ballpoint pen sketches here on the Visual Basic. This week's edition features Trang of Behind the Seams whose incredible blog is located in Florida.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-Her style takes high fashion trends and makes them wearable in real life. Many fashion blogs feature clothes that seem so couture, they would look ridiculous in reality. But Trang's ensembles look stylish and reasonable. I could actually see her going about her normal day (looking incredibly chic of course) without a problem.
-I love her name and her blog's name. She has the same name as my own mother and I've never actually encountered anyone else other than my mom whose name is Trang. And her blog's name 'Behind the Scenes' is an ingenious pun off of the phrase 'behind the scenes' as well as an excellent description of her blog.
-Her DIYs are amazing and inspiring. From sweater-arm leg-warmers to black lace nails to a ribbon statement necklace, you name it and she has probably made it. I love people who have creativity and imagination. Trang's ability to create any high fashion trend with her own two hands is evidence of both.

If you haven't come across her blog, you should definitely visit it. The link to her blog is located where I've named it above.

Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!
Rach:]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cherry Bomb

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When cherries went on sale at my local grocery store back home, I just had to buy a couple pounds to make into a Cherry Pie. I found the recipe online [here] and immediately began making it when I got the chance. Instead of Brandon always doing all of the cooking, this time I am proud to say that I did most of the baking for this post. Yep, I set the camera down for once to cut and pit the cherries and to form the crust of the pie. Weaving the pastry strips for the wicker-like top was my favorite part! Perhaps my bad-dessert-making curse has been lifted.

I do realize that these food entries are a little random and seem out of place in this blog, but this is a visual blog about food as well as fashion, art, and animation. I get inspired to do posts like this by other food and fashion blogs such as Luxirare, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Maison des Reveries. Here is hoping that maybe one day my food photography and outfit posts will be up to par with all them. A blogger can dream, right?

Rach:]

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Fashion Chalet]

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Hey again! Welcome to the Sixth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! Each week I post of few ballpoint pen drawings from my sketchbook of bloggers who inspire me. This week's featured blogger is Erika of Fashion Chalet whose blog hails from Raleigh, NC.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-This girl is the most gracious blogger out there. I know that you can't tell what people are really like without meeting them in person and I'm not saying other bloggers are just downright rude, but this blogger always manages to reply to all the comments she gets on her page and really seems to love all her readers.
-Have you seen this girl's hair? Its so unbelievably long and gorgeous. I have serious hair envy. Not of course, to be outdone by her endless legs. Its absolutely crazy how long this girl's gams are.
-She style seems really down to earth. She has fun and experiments with her clothes in a way that many readers can relate to. And although all her clothes aren't from *insert-ridiculously-expensive-luxury-brand-here* she always manages to look stylish and stunning.

So if you haven't found her blog yet, you really need to check it out for yourself. I've posted the link to it where I named her blog above.

And thanks to all the new followers and comments that I have received, I am really grateful for each and every one of them. I've got many more Blogger Sketch Sundays lined up so I hope you all won't be disappointed!

Rach:]

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Leopard Stripes


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[Leather jacket, Black T-shirt-Target. Denim cutoffs- thrifted. Black pumps- Alfani. Gold chain necklace- Forever21. Leopard stripe bowler hat- borrowed.]

Do you ever get in one of those ruts? I mean like ruts in your appearance? You know, when you hate your hair, you're bored with all your clothes, and you're just dying to try something new? Well that is the feeling that I've been having for quite sometime now, hence the lack of outfit posts. With school taking up most of my time and family matters weighing in on my mind frequently, I haven't been putting much thought into my looks as of late. Not to say, that I have let myself go in anyway at all. I'm just feeling a little out of sorts.

I have a theory that we all go through life transitioning through different stages and situations. Sometimes we reach a period when we feel completely comfortable in our own skin and nothing seems to get us down. But then slowly we slide away from it and get into a rut. A boring, frustrating, tiring rut.

So I am going to dig myself out of it. Honestly I don't think that getting a haircut or buying new clothes will help me any. I am pretty sure that this is all a mental thing. To all of you out there who know what I'm talking about, we've all got to get up and move on. Change the way our minds think, look on the positive side of life, and keep our chins held high. I'm pretty sure I just spewed like 20 cliches, but you know what I mean. So here's to getting out of this rut. Starting today.

These are the last outfit photos that I got Dee to take for me. I know its been a dry spell for outfit posts here on Visual Basic, but hopefully after this rut has been kicked there will be more. So be patient with me fashion blog readers, the fashion element of this blog will be fully revived soon.

Rach:]