Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June Lifestyle Ideas


おきなわガールズ百景025 by chant0m0 on Flickr.
  • It's summer, and that means watermelon! Not only is it delicious and hydrating, it's great for your skin
  • Try unusual summer drink flavor combinations, like cantaloupe and basil, strawberry and rosemary or watermelon and grapefruit
  • Time to break our your sailor collars, I particularly love this TaoBao find (about $8 USD)
  • Send a letter to a friend or spruce up your usual correspondence with cute (and cheap) stationary
  • Sun is essential to healthy skin and overall health so try to spend 10-15 minutes outside everyday (remember your sun screen)
  • Sunflowers are my favorite summer flower - try adding sunflower seeds to a yummy summer salad
  • Stuck inside? Take time a browse these lovely photography tumblrs (here and here) Oh, and here is my summer-themed tumblr
  • Here's a simple and quick hair bow tutorial
  • Enjoy looking through Japanese street fashion snaps? Try RID SNAP
  • You can find many Japanese embroidery and craft mooks on Etsy

Friday, June 8, 2012

Infinity Fawn Scarf Review

As you may of seen on my last post, I recently got this lovely faux fawn fur infinity scarf! When my parents asked what I wanted as a graduation gift, I knew immediately ^o^ I'd had my eye on this scarf for quite a few months, but was unable to buy it (and not feel guilty for spending so much) because of the price tag of ¥6,800 (about $90). I guess graduation high school is a good enough excuse for my parents! Plus Cleveland is going to be chilly and blah blah blah I really wanted it :)

The scarf is made by Miho of the Etsy store Tokyo Forest Design. She was very kind and messaged me often to inform me of updates on my scarf. It took he about a week to make it and about two weeks to make it to my door.
The scarf is an "infinity scarf" meaning that it is one giant loop and can easily be wrapped around your head twice. It is also reversible, featuring a lovely grey-green plaid on the other side. Very Mori-girl! Actually I think it would look great on mori guys as well :)

The item(s) arrived all nicely packaged in a sturdy little box with tissue paper wrapped around the items.
 The construction of the item is beautiful and the materials are of high quality. Although I don't have a worn photo (yet) I tried it on and easily wrapped it around my neck with room to spare. Not too tight at all, I like the slightly "loose" and oversized feel of it.
Ms. Miho also included some extra goodies! A cute sweets pouch with an unusual closure (strips of snappy metal...hard to describe), her business card, a paper crane and test patches of the fabric (for washing I assume). She also included washing details about the item. and the paper bear bag she included everything is is just too cute!

Overall I am very satisfied with my purchases and can't wait to use my scarf this fall1 There are a few other items in her shop I have my eye on too ;)

Early Summer Updates

Hello everyone! I'm happy that with finals, AP tests and graduation over now I finally have the time to update. The monthly posts will be up shortly as well ♥ I'll start off with a quick recap of what has been going on in my life, mostly in photos.

Quick notes:
  • I graduated high school and enrolled in college! Whoo!
  • I got a job with two of my friends to paint a mural for a business this summer ($$$)
  • I took photos for our student charity fashion show 
  • I painted a commission for one of my teachers of Ronald Reagan. That was fun.
  • I designed a lot of the art for and was featured (a lot) in my school's literary/art magazine/book
  • After about a week of decent skin, i had a horrible breakout and I'm yet again on my crusade for decent/better skin (more in another post to come) 
  • I did a lot of online shopping (Ebay) hehe :)
  • My boyfriend is back from college and was accepted as a transfer student to the college he really wants to go to! ♥ I also get to spend a lot of time with him now ♥♥♥
  • I went to IKEA for the first time *A*
Now onto the pictures!

A letter from my friend in Japan ♥ (and my sunglasses)

A yummy swan I got with my boyfriend ♥

The mighty Ronald Reagan (my commission)

I made an accessory holder out of lace and an embroidery hoop

My new planner for school!

Cute lamp from IKEA

My tan gingham sheets for college :D (IKEA)

A book from my art teacher. I won my school's art dept. award ;A;

The latest issue of my favorite magazine, with Junko Mizuno!

The art I made for my school's literary magazine

All of the line art is mine (not the purple)

Graduation flowers! Sunflowers are my favorite :3

All done!!

Instax photos from Thread Fair (the fashion show)

Graduation goodies (the butterfly thing is a book-shaped box)

The scarf I've wanted for so long *A* happy graduation to me! (review later)

More goodies from the scarf lady ♥

Silly grad gifts

cute ♥ necklace and flower crown

A necklace from my Grandmother

Every grad gets a pen set

The good stuff :D saving this for school!
 That's it for now! I'll soon be posting reviews on my planner, scarf and skin care info. Thanks for reading!