Beauty Crush: Perfect Curls with the Babyliss MiraCurl Curling Iron

January 24, 2015

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My first hair product review! Now this isn’t a full on tutorial, it will be a brief summary and my personal thoughts on the product! If you haven’t heard of the MiraCurl Curling Iron it is the first fully automated curling iron which makes it perfect for creating consistent curls easily. All you do is take a piece of your hair and put it in between the curling iron and close the handles and then your hair will automatically be sucked into the machine! (picture below)

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What’s even more convenient is that it comes with a little beeping timer and settings which you can choose from 8, 10, and 12 seconds along with manual mode (no timer). The timer goes off to let you know when to let go of your hair. There are also various heat settings and option for choosing left, right or alternating curls. In addition, if you take a section of hair that is too big, the curling iron will automatically beep and release so that your hair won’t get jammed.

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Here are close ups of what these curls look like individually. The picture on top is a piece of longer hair and (because I have layers) the picture right above is a piece of my shorter hair. You can see that both curls are perfectly formed and identical.

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I think this curling iron does a perfect job of what its suppose to do which is create perfect long lasting curls! It only takes about 10 minutes for me to do my hair, which is amazing knowing that I have pretty thick hair. But, to answer the question of whether its worth buying or not definitely depends on the person. Personally, I could go without it, as I am used to curling hair and I can create good curls using a regular curling iron, but this is great for people may not be used to curling their hair on a daily basis. It’s really easy to learn and all you have to do is hold the handles! But, the price is really expensive, about $100-200! Good new is that there are more and more alternatives, such as the connair version, which is much cheaper.

So overall  I would say the only downside is the price so the rest is up to you guys! I hope you enjoyed my review and there will be more coming up! If there are any suggestions for what to review next leave them in the comment below.


A Little Bit MOD

January 10, 2015

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Happy 2015! My first post of the year! I’m super excited for this year and I’m keeping positive thoughts. Now going into this post, I’ve always been interested in Mod fashion and we all know that it’s been popular and coming back with a modern twist, and so here in my attempt at a little bit of a mod look.

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The main focus of this outfit is this dress. This simple shift dress gives off sleek lines and a minimal silhouette which is what gives it that mod look! I also love the silver zip pocket detailing. It adds just enough to the dress. What I also found interesting about this dress is that it is bonded fabric, meaning that the fabric is woven together but bonded from long fibers. This is what keeps the dress sleek and holds its shape. It makes it much harder for it to bend or crease/wrinkle.

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I wasn’t trying to go for an all mod look and so I paired the dress with red platform pumps and instead of a tailored coat, a carmel colored cocoon coat. This coat has been one of my favorites this winter, the neutral color makes it easy to pair with many color palettes and the oversized feel makes the coat comfy and roomy.

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I’m excited for the trends coming up in 2015! Leave comments below, what are your expectations for this year?


Winter Monochrome

December 26, 2014

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I hope everyone had a great christmas and now basically going exactly opposite of the holiday colors is this monochrome outfit. The only thing not monochrome about it is my dark burgundy bag. I couldn’t completely go monochrome. I know I usually wear lots of colors, prints, basically the opposite of minimalistic, but here I’m a bit more simple (in my own way).

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I styled this outfit around this black and white striped knit skirt. I fell in love with this skirt the moment I saw it, actually last year, and I never had the chance to wear it until now.  The design of the skirt has great shape and movement while still keeping a simplicity. Another interesting part of the skirt is that its a extremely high waisted skirt. It goes over my entire stomach! Because of my top you can’t tell but if I styled it differently with a more cropped shirt or tucked in top it would create an entirely new look and feel.

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I also noticed how my hair complements this outfit as well since it’s red brown. It not only matches my bag (which I didn’t really realize until after) but if I had black hair this outfit would’ve turned out really dark. I like how there’s still a balance maintained.

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I also love the small details of these pumps. From the front it just looks like another pair but turn to the side and you can see the heels have a chunky shape and it’s white, so it really went well with the skirt and the rest of the outfit.

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That’s it for this post and the next time I post will be..well..next year !


Cape Coats and the Holidays

December 21, 2014

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Happy Holidays! I’ve always loved winter and its definitely my favorite season, but every year I forgot how cold it can get. It’s a pretty drastic change flying in from Hawaii to Tokyo! Anyway I’ve been obsessed with cape coats recently. I’ve wanted one actually since last winter and I finally got one!

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Here’s me being all excited…I also love that its plaid. The bright red makes it really great for the holiday season and so I tried to make my outfit a bit holiday themed.

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Even without my cape coat I wore a bright red sweater and a bow headband (like a present!) to keep it christmas-y? I kept the rest of the outfit simple with a black bag, black oxfords, and simple white blouse so that the focus is kept on the bright red and it makes the outfit kind of preppy.

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Here’s a close up of the bow. It was pretty fun wearing bright red knowing its almost christmas. I just really love the holidays (I know some people aren’t big fans) but either way I hope everyone has a fun time!


Hair Crush!: Wine Red for Winter

December 14, 2014

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Its finally December and the holidays are just around the corner, well basically they’re already here. I feel like everything is all christmas themed everywhere I look and it just makes me more and more excited ! Today I’m doing a different kind of post, I’ll be blogging about my new hair color. As you can tell from the title, I dyed it a wine red-brown color. I was really inspired by Hyoseong from Secret (kpop grroup). She has amazing red brown hair in their recent music videos and I was so ready to change my hair color! What’s great about this hair is that under the sun light , like in the picture above it looks red but under regular lighting its barely noticeable. Pretty sneaky, it only “reveals” its color under really bright light!

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My hair started out looking like this, I never even dyed my hair this light brown but the color really faded being under the sun a lot (obviously, easy to happen in Hawaii). My hair grew really long and it was also quite messy, I really needed this hair change.

 

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See how different it looks under inside lightning versus outside? It almost looks black here, or a really really dark brown. But that’s why I like it, it’s subtle and I didn’t want my hair full on red of course.

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I think this color is really rich and dark without being black, that it goes well for winter. New look for this season!

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Anyone else changing their look for the winter season? Or are there any special hair colors that you are into recently? I know that violet is also a color people are turning to these days! (Not sure If I’d ever try it though)

 

 

 

Trending Flash Tattoos: A New Beach Accessory

November 24, 2014

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I’m not sure if any of you have heard of flash tattoos but they are something I’ve been seeing everywhere, well at least where I live. I’ve tried it out for myself (in the above picture!). It’s been a couple months since I’ve seen this trending but I still decided its not too late to blog about it and just introduce it to those who haven’t seen these around. Flash tattoos are basically just tattoos. Remember those fake easy to apply tattoos that I’m sure all of us as kids would put on? It’s exactly that. You apply it by sticking them onto your skin by dabbing water and they last for about a week (well depending on how hard you scrub at it or scratch it etc).

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The main attraction of these “tattoos” are the metallic, gold and silver aspect of it that make them reflect in the sunlight. This is because the tattoos are jewelry inspired and thus, makes for a great accessory for pretty much anyone. What makes it extremely trendy here in Hawaii is the fact that everyone who goes to the beach can flaunt these flash tattoos in their bikinis and basically take cool instagram pictures (at least for people my age) But, you’ve got to admit looking at the above picture the contrast looks gorgeous and the designs are detailed and intricate that it does look pretty cool right?

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There’s also many designs ranging from simple, modern, clean styles, geometric or tribal, bohemian, to even some designs like the one in the picture above. These designs, paired with the reflective, shiny look make it a great fashion statement accessory and I would say it’s worth trying. I could see flash tattoos fitting many different occasions, from the beach or pool to concerts and parties (I could imagine seeing these everywhere at music festivals like Coachella!) It’s a little hard to imagine these for occasions high class dinner parties but other than that there’s many ways to mix and match the designs to fit the occasion.

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You can mostly get these at http://www.flashtat.com/ !

Are these popular in your area too?

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Cozy & Chic

For those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! While we’re all laying around the house waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven, or rooting for their favorite dog to win the National Dog Show, or rooting for their favorite football team, or playing Just Dance on the Wii, just because we’re getting cozy today doesn’t mean we’re not chic. Cozy up to this week’s roundup and have a wonderful day!

Links à la Mode: November 27th

  1. Anami Blog: How To Wear a Camel Coat
  2. Burgundy Whispers: Beauty Bit, Beauty Sleep
  3. Chic & Defined: Cozy & Chic Winter Accessories
  4. Chromobeauty: Guys, We Don’t Wear Makeup For You
  5. Couture Crush: Trending Flash Tattoos: A New Beach Accessory
  6. Fashion Trends & More: 7 Winter Layering Essentials
  7. Fleur d’Elyse: Gifts Under $25
  8. Les Assorties: A Lesson in Fashion History
  9. Miss YoLEE: On Living Abroad
  10. Ms. Fabulous: Dance & Fashion at the Museum at FIT
  11. Musings of a Fashion Designer: Mabeline New York Millennial Fashion Debuts
  12. Myself Expressed: Audi Fashion Houston Five
  13. Pretty Passions: Winter Fashions
  14. Sheela Writes: Imagination is the Blueprint
  15. Stained Couture: Products to Minimize Pores
  16. Storybook Apothecary: The Best Holiday Gift Shops Around the Web
  17. Style Diary Byosy: Wedding Guest: African Style
  18. TLV Birdie: Blogging Tips: Your Questions, My Story
  19. We Are Ready Made: Socialist Youth
  20. Wild Beauty World: On Being Happy & Beautiful at 100

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Floral on Floral

November 16, 2014

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It’s already November and no this isn’t exactly a fall/winter outfit…It’s a little late for me to be posting a outfit from late summer but hey fashion is always one season ahead right?  and florals are always good, even in the winter in my opinion. Here I’m wearing a floral skort (its not actually a skirt) that’s silk material with abstract flowers for a print I guess you could say. What definitely drew me to this skirt was the solid back used, it’s not too bright or floral-y and provides a nice contrast and balance.

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What made me most excited about this skirt was that I realized it literally matched my Jeffrey Campbell heels so perfectly! They’re literally matching with the black and red scheme and florals. Also one of the trends I was dying to try was the floral on floral that I was seeing around often. Matching my floral skirt and floral shoes (which I thought was pretty unique) was a great way to try it out. Thus, I opted for a plain black top. No way I was going floral on floral on floral (x3!).

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You can see my floral heels really well in the above picture too. I really like the way the shoes and skirt flow together and I was able to still incorporate more colors with the mustard yellow cardigan and gray blue handbag. It’s interesting though because the yellow isn’t something I usually wear and I feel like not many people have a pleasant impression of the “mustard yellow” but it definitely pop well here don’t you think?

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*Turns around .. What? … is basically what is happening in this picture but I thought showing the outfit from the back angle would be good so I included it.

I’ll be back with more season appropriate outfits soon, I’m really excited because I love winter fashion! There’s so much layering you can do. It’s even getting colder here in Hawaii, but dressing up in winter outfits in Japan is where the fun will begin for me (:


CoutureCrush: Red Valentino Once Upon a Time 2014 Autumn Collection

November 9, 2014

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Hey guys! I’m back to blogging on a weekly basis now for the most part and I am back with a new idea that I may start dong on a regular basis. I, of course love to do my usual outfit posts but I want to bring in more elements in to blog. I was thinking of doing posts called “couture crush” which fits in perfectly, as its the name of my blog. Once in a while I thought of reviewing new, unique collections that I am “crushing” on from different brands. My first one is Red Valentino’s Fall/Autumn collection this year.

I’m absolutely loving the clutch in the above picture! Not to mention that little smirk on the model’s face. It really works well don’t you think?

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Now if it isn’t obvious already, it is a snow white fairytale theme. The use of apples, red and yellow, the fun background, not to mention the bow headband on the model which is consistent throughout the look book. Everything comes together really well and does a great job with sticking solidly to the theme. It’s such a fun collection and I love the pop-art backgrounds which really bring out the character-like, fantasy theme.  It reminds me of  a Marvel comic book! It also has bright primary colors of blue, red, yellow, even for being a fall collection.

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Even though the collection is more cute and playful it still does a good job of mixing in edgier, grunge time elements in some of the looks, like that leather jacket paired with oxfords or the oversized wool coat! I love that a lot of the pieces are wearable and practical even it being fairy tale like. I can definitely incorporate it into my wardrobe and everyday pieces, like that yellow pleated skirt or the green and red sweater below. Of course the pricing of Red Valentino isn’t the most affordable, it still serves as a fun inspiration to play around with! Not to mention since I am watching the show Once Upon a Time I am in a fantasy mood myself.

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If you want to see the full collection go to style.com and check it out!

What do you guys think? Would you like these kind of posts too? Level comments below and let me know please (:


30 Facts About Me + Giveaway! $50 Gift Card

November 2, 2014

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It’s been nearly two months since my last post ! I’ve been really busy with exams and applying to college that I took a blogging break! I’m still really busy so I won’t be able to consistently blog weekly until December but I will try my best ! Thanks for being patient! So finally I am doing a post in collaboration with Megan from the blog Because of Jackie! As you can see from the title I am going to be listing 30 facts about me so that my readers can get to know me a little better in addition to a giveaway for a $50 gift card to target ! (: Okay now for those 30 facts!

1. The most basic fact to start out.. I’m full Japanese

2. I was raised in Hawaii since I was 6 years old and I still am currently living here

3. I am bilingual (Japanese and English)

4. I am obsessed with Gossip Girl and Blair Waldorf (so sad it ended!)

5. I am also obsessed with all things Korean, including Korean Fashion, K-pop and Korean Dramas!

6. I’m a senior in high school (college, college, college, on my mind)

7. I have a roommate from China from 3 years, and she’s basically my best friend

8. I’ve been to more than 5 countries (Japan, Korea, China, Australia, England, France, Italy)

9. I am currently hooked on the TV Show Once Upon a Time ! (anyone else?!)

10. I am really short, about 153 cm (5ft) and I wish I was taller

11. Going with number 10, I wear heels all the time when not in school

12. I don’t get stressed out easily even under stressful situations, weird?

13. My Uncle is from England, so I have half Japanese half English cousins (I always thought it was cool, they have british accents which I always try to copy whenever I’m around them)

14. I love the city

15. I actually don’t go to the beach often, almost never! (even though I live in Hawaii)

16. I’m learning Chinese right now

17. I want to learn French

18. I’ve never had short hair and I don’t plan to cut it short anytime in the future or ever (maybe I will change my mind, who konws?)

19. I don’t procrastinate, I always finish everything on the first day if I can

20. I am a dedicated android user! (sorry iphones..)

21. I love the night, I’m definitely not a morning person

22. I have 2 dogs here, and 1 dog in Japan (aka I love dogs)

23. I don’t have a birthmark, which I always thought was weird since almost everyone has one

24. I’m a perfectionist for everything I do, except keeping my room clean (its usually kind of messy)

25. I love crepes, I just had to put that on here

26. I love macarons (especially from Laduree)

27. I’m pretty self conscious (like I tend to repeat what I’m going to say in my mind before saying it out loud)

28. I’m a really positive person, I really don’t get depressed easily!

29. I get excited about Vegan/Gluten Free food because it makes me feel healthy even though I still eat junk

30. Last Fact! .. Although I want to work in the fashion industry it’s always been a little side dream of mine to become an actress (:                 (I never mentioned it often though because it feels a bit embarrassing for some reason)

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First Giveaway Post ! Cruciani Bracelets

September 6, 2014

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Its been over a year since I started this blog so I thought it was time to start a giveaway! But, my blogging reach or audience is still quite small and so in an effort to expand my blog and let more people participate in this giveaway I have decided to do it on the Penniless Socialite blog! Click here to enter the giveaway ! (:

So just a little bit more about the bracelets I am giving away. It is a really pretty mint or teal color from Cruciani which is an italian brand that got really popular the last few years. Everyone, including me, was wearing their bracelets and this particular set I have never worn at all and its brand new. The lock and heart set is great for sharing with someone to match with, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, or just keep both for yourself!  I really hope you guys enter and enjoy !


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