Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [The Glamourai]

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Hey there you guys! Its the Thirteenth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday. This week's edition features Kelly of The Glamourai.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-Kelly's style is completely eclectic. I have never seen anyone with style like her. Her 'mixology' works so well on her. Even though no one would dare clash loud prints and gauzy shapes with clunky heels and bold vintage jewelry, this blogger does. She rocks this look that no one else could. Kelly is fearless when it comes to fashion and she inspires me to wear what I feel is beautiful and throw everyone else's opinions to the wind.
-She makes her own jewelry that she sells. Kelly's shop is filled with amazing creations that you couldn't find anywhere else. I enjoy looking through her store because you can really tell what she is currently inspired by in her inventory. I've been keeping an eye out for a necklace of clustered chains, jewels, and lapis stones like a piece I found in her shop, but nothing seems to match up.
-Her blog boasts the most stunning vintage finds. From the gorgeous flowy dresses to the quirky sunglasses to the chunky jewelry, I love seeing how she incorporates items that not many people and pull off into her outfits and inevitably look chic.

If you've never seen her blog, which I'm sure is highly unlikely, you should go check it out at the link I placed above where I named her blog.


I'll be honest, this post is actually being written on a Tuesday because I've been busy with starting school and ongoing family issues, but I still aim to keep up this weekly tradition. Sketching and posting these is mainly for myself, so I can be driven to sketch regularly and stay inspired.

Rach:]

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blair for a Day

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[Dress- Zac Posen for Target. Belt, Clutch- Forever21. Cloche Hat- gift. Heels- White House Black Market.]

I am having serious Gossip Girl withdrawals right about now. I'm always surprised how addicted I am to such an girly series, especially since I can't stand other female focused shows (The Hills, One Tree Hill, Secret Life, etc) But I guess the pleasure in it is getting to watch the lives of incredibly rich fabulous teens tromp around Manhattan stirring up unnecessary drama. The designer clothes they throw on, the over the top parties they throw, and the ridiculous issues of the wealthy are what make the show impossible to stop watching. Of course I miss leaving the reality of my college-age, sleep-deprived, broke-jobless-self for this lavish fantasy world an hour a week.

I like to imagine myself walking around looking just as chic and intimidating as Blair Waldorf. I know its just a personal illusion in my head, but somehow thinking of myself as Blair makes me walk a bit taller. And what is the harm in that?

I absolutely love the look Blair wore at the White Party in Season 3 of Gossip Girl (which you can see [here] ). Its hard to come across pictures of this outfit because most people were more taken with her white Marc Jacobs dress at the White Party in Season 2. Obviously that ensemble was gorgeous, but there just is something about the mint green floaty dress and pink straw cloche hat she wore this past season that I love so much more. So I decided to put my Blair foot forward and dress up as close as I could to that look today.


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My friend Marissa gave me this dress from Target's Zac Posen collection as an early birthday gift. I absolutely love the dress box and the little card she wrapped it with. I had tried on the dress before and fell in love with the layered fluttery sleeves, narrow waist, and bias ruffles in the skirt. The dress I received is actually a size bigger than what I needed (and now its sold out in stores) so I cinched the waist with a stretchy belt, added a simple clutch and topped it off with a black cloche hat that Dee gave me for Christmas. This post is pretty much a shout out and thanks to both of my friends for being awesome.

Rach:]

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Life in Travel]

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Hello there! Welcome to the Twelfth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! Each week I like to post a few doodles of bloggers that inspire me. This week's edition features Hanh of Life in Travel whose blog is located in Dallas, TX.

3 Reasons I love this blog:

-As her blog name would imply, Hanh's blog displays gorgeous photos from all over the world of sites I could only dream of seeing one day. Looking through her blog is my portal to the outside world beyond my modest college town horizons. I'm determined one day to visit at least a fourth of the places she has seen and documented on her blog.
-I could only wish to have style as fearless at Hanh when I grow up. Most people in society think that when you are a mother of two you can't dress very stylishly or bold, but Hanh breaks the mold. I think those types of rules are outdated, enforced only by other women who are jealous and just don't want others to shine. And Hanh, with her edgy black dresses, killer shoes, and fierce leggings, definitely shines.
-Speaking of her two daughters, they are absolutely adorable! I mean seriously, I'm not a huge fan of children (even though they seem to love me, probably because they think I'm one of them due to my height) but Hanh's two girls are just too cute. They definitely inherited their mother's unique, savvy sense of style.

If you've never seen her blog, you must go check it out. I've posted the link to it where I named her blog above.

I considered not having a Blogger Sketch Sunday this week due to all of the recent events that have been happening in my life and due to the fact that today, August 22 I turn 21. Yep. Its my BIRTHDAY today! I'd be really excited about my age if I hadn't been mistaken for a 12 year old last week.

Usually I am over focused on material things this time of year, but my lack of money and current situations has led me to a kind of apathetic feeling towards buying things now. This year all I'm wishing for is a day with my family and friends and a fast recovery for someone very much loved.

Rach:]

Thursday, August 19, 2010

DIY [Studded Leather Jacket]

This really isn't an ingenious Do It Yourself project. Anyone can do this with a few studs and an Xacto-knife. I was inspired after I saw [this] ad for Madonna's Material Girl clothing line at Macy's featuring Taylor Momsen. Of course I immediately wanted the studded leather jacket Taylor was wearing but didn't want to pay the $60 at department stores for it. So I broke out this cheap faux-leather motorcycle jacket I bought on clearance at Target a few months ago for about $5 and some loose studs from Hobby Lobby and got to work.

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As you can see the jacket was a gunmetal shade and little plain in the beginning. I liked that it already had a little grommet detailing down the sides.

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I found these studs at Hobby Lobby near their leather work section. At less than $2 for a bag of 30 studs I had to grab a few. I believe I used about a bag and a half for this jacket.

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The Material Girl leather jacket that Taylor was wearing had a few different embellishments mixed in with the studs on the lapel. So I dug out this old necklace I had from high school that I bought at Walmart. I took it apart for the gems and the pearls, but don't worry I saved the rest of it for another DIY.

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Being the perfectionist as I am, I used some painters tape to line the lapels and measure out 1 inch increments on each side.

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For every increment I put a stud in each square 1 inch space. Thankfully this jacket is made of really cheap faux-leather so it was super easy to stab slits for the studs to go in.

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I kept the stud's prongs open until I finished a row. At the end of a row, I flipped over the lapel and used pliers to close the studs. This allowed me to keep the studs adjustable if they weren't in a straight line.

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I left spaces empty here and there between the studs and went back and put the gems/pearls from my old necklace in them. A thin dot of super glue got them to stick pretty well. There is this super glue that comes in a nail polish like bottle I use and its a life saver.

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Ta-da! My finished product! I only put one stud in the corner of the top lapels. I restrained myself from adding anymore to the jacket. Its easy to get carried away with a DIY and go all out, but I wanted to keep this jacket wearable. Too much look for one garment gets a little tacky. Tune in to my next post when I wear the jacket to get a better look at the results of this DIY.

Rach:]

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Style Porn]

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Hey there. Welcome to the Eleventh edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday. Each week I like to post a few sketches of bloggers who inspire me. This week's edition features Joanna of Style Porn whose blog is located in San Francisco, CA.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-This blogger has the most incredible collection of vintage accessories. Be it classic broaches, bold necklaces, or timeless purses, her finishing touches have gotten me in a thrifting flurry. I love bloggers like Joanna who show how stylish and modern vintage finds can be.
-She's been rocking some awesome menswear inspired outfits lately. I remember when most of her posts were of floral printed retro fitted dresses, now I'm dying over the sharp blazers and trouser cut jeans shes been working. To me its very reminiscent of Annie Hall.
-Joanna is above all the most personable blogger I've ever come across. Not to say other bloggers are just terrible, but she was one the first followers of my humble blog and she still manages to comment me back very frequently. From her comments she seems like a real person. Like an old friend you know. Sometimes I get tired of all the self promoting comments that all fashion bloggers receive. I never feel that way when I see a comment from Style Porn.

So if you've never come across her blog, you really should go check it out. I have no idea how she came to find my obscure blog but I'm sure glad she did.

I'm actually writing this very early Monday morning, but I'm going to post it as late Sunday night. There has been quite a few pivotal events happening in my life the last few days. Perhaps I will explain it a later post. Perhaps I won't. It depends on how I feel. I am going to try to keep up with Blogger Sketch Sunday, but it may become challenging with whats soon to come. Have some patience with me if I'm a little off of the schedule.

Rach:]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Dee!

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Wishing my best friend Dee a happy 22nd birthday! Its more like your birthweek this week, but I hope you have a great day today. This picture is over 4 years old now, incredible right? Good thing I didn't know how to work a simple nikon point and shoot at the park that summer because this picture is just great.

Rach:]

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever


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I seem to be on a fruit streak with my food posts here on the Visual Basic, so I thought I'd bake a recipe with my favorite fruit in it; Strawberries. When I saw this amazing recipe for Strawberry Crumble on the Technicolor Kitchen blog found [here], Brandon and I decided to give it a try. And as always, when I say 'we' made these foods, I really mean that 'he' did all the cooking while I took photos.

Oh! And on a side note, I've added a Baking Bucket List to the sidebar underneath a photo of the cherry pie we made from a previous post. These are links to recipes that I want to make before I die. Hopefully Brandon and I will continue to add and check recipes off of it for many food posts to come.

Rach:]


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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [A Cup of Style]

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Hey there! Its Sunday so normally I post a few rough sketches of a blogger. This week however, I'm taking a break to show you a recent header illustration I did for Lucy and her adorable blog, A Cup of Style, which is located in Prague.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-All the photos from Lucy's travels make me envious. All the great places in Europe she sees has got me desperately wanting to escape Texas. That and the god awful heat here. The closest I've ever been to the Czech Republic is probably the little Czech bakery in Waco that I always stop at on the way home. Kinda sad.
-Any blog with a little DIY is a winner in my book. I really hope Lucy continues to add to the shredded t-shirt and studded vest posts she currently has.
-If you saw her previous layout, you would have seen that I shamelessly ripped off the idea of using topic buttons on the left column for my own blog. When I first saw it I knew it would be a great tool to help organize my posts and make my blog easier to navigate. Hope she doesn't mind the layout imitation, its just such a good set up.

I get really happy seeing the header I made at the top of her blog. The header is an illustration of Lucy in a tea cup surrounded by shoes and purses to go with the title of her blog, A Cup of Style. For the design she sent me an idea of how she wanted it to look and I just added a few touches such as the sugar spoon and the title's font. The illustration I drew for this is what my normal cleaned up and inked work looks like. I sketched it out with pencil before hand and then inked it in with a micron pen. The normal blogger sketches seen before here are done with a ballpoint pen alone.

It was really fun to create a blogger header like this, so I've decided to start taking commissions. If you've got an idea for a header you'd like for your blog, feel free to email me and request one. I can create a sketchy look like my normal blogger sketches, a more polished look like Lucy's header here, or a computer illustration like the header I made for myself is. My header is a tablet drawn version from a real photo of myself. If you are itching for a new header email me at rachel_nhan@yahoo.com
Thanks for reading!
Rach:]

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Calvert

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[Blazer- thrifted. Jeans- Macy's. T shirt- Target. Silver Necklace, Black Wedges- Forever21.]

I've been thinking about how amazing it would be to take a fashion illustration class at FIDM in Los Angeles. As I keep doing these blogger sketches I start to think that it would be really amazing to take this somewhere. As in maybe a career. But for that I would need some formal training in fashion illustration as I am inexperienced. Seeing the amazing work of people like Danny Roberts and Garance Dore, I can't help but feel jealous that they get to combine their love of fashion and art into a living. But FIDM is expensive and I'd only want to take that specific class. Who knows what the future holds.

Rach:]

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Blogger Sketch Sunday [Song of Style]

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Hey there bloggers! Welcome to the Ninth edition of Blogger Sketch Sunday! Once every week I like to share a few of my ballpoint pen doodles of a bloggers that inspire me. This week's edition features Aimee of Song of Style whose blog is located in San Francisco, CA.

3 Reasons I love this blog:
-I've been a reader of Aimee's blog since the beginning of 2009, before I even had a blogger account. Back then, I was drawn her vast collection of leather jackets. Since then she's ventured into high-waisted shorts, crochet dresses, and chunky wedges. Its been amazing to watch the growth and evolution of her style and her blog.
-Throughout her style's transformation however, she's stayed loyal to great fitting basics. Streamlined skinny jeans, sharp blazers, basic tees, and soft cardigans remain constant on her blog and prove that simple quality pieces are the backbone of every great wardrobe.
-Many fashion bloggers out there are focused on having careers in fashion. While I would love to have a future in fashion myself, I find that having other interests makes a person more multi-dimensional. Aimee studies interior architecture which I think is amazing because it gives her another creative outlet other than the clothes on her back.

If you haven't come across her blog, you should most definitely check it out. I've posted the link to it where I named it above. Thank you all for showing interest in my weekly tradition!

Rach:]