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Thursday, December 29, 2011

December~

Hi everyone, sorry my blog layout looks like a mess… I recently started playing with it (we all know I can’t keep one layout for too long…) and I just got busy/lazy/tired all at once haha.

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas (if you don’t celebrate, I hope you had a nice day on December 25th!). I went to my parents’ chalet in Sutton and relaxed with my family. We all opened our gifts at midnight and as usual, it was a lot of fun! I received a 16gh white iPhone 4S that I have been using since to spam on instagram (I’m sorry if you follow me on Twitter… I’m just so excited about the 8 megapixel camera haha).

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Before Christmas vacation started, I had ordered a few things online and they have been favourites ever since!

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Spots Print Pink Jumper from Romwe

Garden of Roses Sweater Tunic in cream from Ruche

Both sweaters have been by favourite of the month and my friends and coworkers are probably already sick of seeing me wearing those… but they are so comfortable, warm and pretty!

I also refreshed my pink hair and added a few sparkle extensions that I got on ebay. They are extremely hard to capture on camera but they look amazing in real life! I got a lot of compliments at work, friends said I either look like a mermaid, a fairy or a little pony LOL.

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In the meantime, I’m waiting for the last days of 2011 to quickly pass and to finally start 2012! I don’t have definite plans for the 31st yet but I already know what I’m wearing hahahaha!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you all in 2012!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pink hair care and tips

Having pink tips for a while and pink hair for a bit now, I thought it might be nice to finally share how I take care for my hair and keep it healthy and shiny without having the colour fade, all DIY! I hope this will answer a lot of your questions!

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Pick the right dye

Most people I know with coloured hair go for manic panic but from experience, it’s not the best when it comes to long lasting results. I tried Amphygory Special Effects and it’s amazing! I have on several forums that in order to get the same long lasting results you can get with Special Effects, you have to leave in Manic Panic in your hair for hours or even overnight, as suggested by some users. I would, personally, never recommend anyone to leave hair dye for such a long time (omg… the damage). Follow the instructions and if you wish to dilute the dye with a conditioner with no colorant and do a test strand and see if you like the result before applying it.

Bleach or no bleach

It is a well known fact that funky colours take better to hair that has been freshly bleached however this will cause a LOT of damage to your hair. I decided not to bleach all my hair and to simply retouch my roots. I also decided to bleach 1 inches strand of my hair on my bottom layer so that I would get various shades of pink, as if I had “natural pink highlights”. Smart move imo: it really gave my hair a lot of dimension and it is a lot more interesting to look at!

Commit and put a ring on it (sort of…)

Pink hair is going to need A LOT of care. You will have to shampoo your hair less often and change your shampoo to one that is formulated for dyed hair. I also shampoo my hair once to twice a week: in between, I use dry shampoo or rinse my hair with cold water and condition it. I have replaced my regular conditioner with L’Oreal Total Repair hair mask mixed with pink dye that I leave on while I shower. I then use Biolage detangling solution before blow drying my hair (air drying is not an option in winter). I also use a leave in conditioner at night and avoid using hairspray as much as possible.

Embrace the damage

Your hair will be damaged and there is no way to revive it. Conditioner and hair masks can only do so much. Reduce how often you use heat tools and if you have too, make sure you use a good heat protectant. There is no way to repair split ends so I like to use small scissors and cut them while I watch Judge Judy on Youtube haha. For curly and wavy hair, there are many many ways to can achieve these styles without heat, just find good tutorials on Youtube.

Get ready for reactions

If you’ve been a wallflower your whole life, that time is over. You will get a lot of compliments from strangers and  friends alike but your hair will spark arguments as well. Make sure it’s ok for you to have bright coloured hair at work/school before you damage your hair for nothing. Some people will stare at your as if you were about to mug them while kids while come up to you and say they love your bubble gum hair. Be ready for positive and negative reaction

Adapt your style and make-up

This goes for every major hair colour change; your make up and clothes will have to change a bit. Outfits that looked great with blonde hair will not fit your new hair and you will have to adjust your make-up a bit as well. Don’t be scared to experiment and find what is right for you.

Have fun! Love your hair and play with it! Pink hair is so fab to just let it sit like that on your shoulders. I find myself playing a lot with my hair these days and I enjoy dressing up a lot more since coordinating my hair with my clothes is not something I have ever done before but it’s so much fun!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It’s all about confidence

I was really second guessing myself yesterday. Something about that personality that doesn’t really cross over the Internet or on my blog is that I’m a perfectionist and when things don’t exactly go the way I wanted it to, I sometimes freak out a little bit. I went to sleep, not sure if I liked my hair or not since my original idea was for a much lighter colour (hence why I diluted the dye with so much conditioner!).

I woke up this morning and read all of your nice comments and I feel much better. I curled my hair and now, I think I like and that I can work this colour! I will let it fade and see if it’s nice, then maybe had extensions as well! Anyway, I’m excited now so I want to thank you all for your nice feedback!

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oh BTW this picture was edited with the 楽画cute app! Probably the best “purikura” editing app out there imo! The lighting in the library is weird so my hair looks orange but it’s not O.o

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Sachie’s recent post inspired me to blog about my Christmas wish list. When I was a kid, I was always too shy to tell my parents that I wanted for Christmas… it always felt wrong for me but with time, I have come to understand that making a wishlist is not asking for people to get you these things but rather give them ideas of what could make you happy!

 

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So basically, anything pretty and cute right? haha I added the shoes because I love shoes, but I would probably be too scared to wear them since they are so pretty hahaha.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

You don’t know until you try

Humm that goes for a lot of things but tonight, I’m feeling really uncertain about my hair. Recently, I had dyed my ends in pink and LOVE it! I have always wanted to have pink hair and that turned out not to be enough so tonight, I dyed ALL of my hair pink.

I’m second guessing myself: I have always (or most of my life) been blonde and maybe I’m feeling this way because it’s such a big change?

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Arg I’m torn right now. Honest opinions please ;_____; and if I keep it, should my brows be pink too? I naturally have one black and one blonde eyebrow so either way, I have to maintain them… mhmm

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fall gets

I’ve been doing a little bit of shopping here and there lately and I thought it might be fun to share my latest gets! I've been a good girl, Black Friday is becoming more and more popular in Canada so I will drop by a few shops tomorrow after work, see if I can snatch any good deals!

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FAKE cropped top: Forever 21
Grey Top: Forever 21
Lilac asymetric top: Olivia

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Leopard top: Forever 21
Tan SCHILK bag: Spring
Black WYLLIE bag: Spring

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Black Chiffon dress: somewhere in Seoul
White sweater: Forever 21
Hello Kitty cropped top: Forever 21

Damn… I really have a lot of stuff from F21… there’s a 4 stories F21 right next to my workplace so it doesn’t really help haha! I usually never go to Dynamite but, today, between work and school, I stopped by because a leopard jacket caught my eye. The jacket turned out to be really expensive for the quality of the material BUT I found 2 beautiful hats that were originally priced at 25$ each for 10$!

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Mmhhmmm my hair has been looking pretty awesome lately and I think I’m going to blog about how I take care of my pink ends. I’m also thinking of dying all of my head light pink :) I’m still young and I can have any hair colour I want for work so… why not right?

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Oh and one last camwhoring picture, it’s been a while hahaha

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When enough is enough + November Fashion

I had a really bad start this week: long time readers will probably remember the girl who kept sending messages to tell me she disliked me. She had left me alone for a while but recently, I’ve been receiving anonymous comments on formspring insulting me; I had no proof it was her until she left one under her username and later tried to hide it by changing her name.

Last time, I had told her if she kept this up, I would bring everything she had sent me to the police so I finally did yesterday. I was extremely nervous: I have never been in a police station before but the two female officers I met where very kind and helpful: from now on, any contact she has with me can and will be held against her in a formal complaint.

To be honest, when I left the police station, I felt extremely relieved. I thought they wouldn’t take me seriously: that after all, being a blogger, I have to expect people to hate me at times but it wasn’t the case. They looked carefully at the messages she sent me, even the anonymous ones that couldn’t be tracked to her and decided to take action. I’m very thankful for the SPVM.

If you are facing a similar situation, don’t hesitate to go to your local police: just because you are a blogger and this is happening online doesn’t not make the rules any different for you.

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This was a serious topic… now time for something a little bit less serious and on to my fashion pics for November! LOTS of knits! I can’t satisfy my knit envy lately so I have taken up knitting again, I want to be able to make my own knits from now on!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Glimpse of a social life

I have to admit, lately I haven’t been seeing my friends a lot. Being busy with work and school, I didn’t have much time… plus I do enough socializing at work to count it as social life…sort of XD

Friday night, Dominique and I had fun night and watched H.O.T. and Shinhwa DVDs! We couldn’t finish them but it was so much fun to sing along and make silly comments while watching those :D On Saturday night, Ray and I dropped by our friend Yuji’s place for his birthday!

Finally, Ariane was visiting Montreal so we met on Sunday at Imadake, a restaurant that I have been really curious about that’s right next to my school.

If there is one thing that we are good at is drinking and playing drinking games loudly. We sure made a lot of noise, especially on a Sunday night when most people are usually more quiet since they have to work the next day.

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At one point, we made Young Jin go up to a guy, flirt and ask for his phone number. Ariane had to sing a Japanese song really loudly, Keum Yeo had to flirt with one of the cooks and Ray had to go up to owner, apologize for our group being so loud and offer him a shot (which he accepted!). We were later offered Sake Bombs on the house:

On top of the staff being totally awesome, the food and atmosphere were very nice, the best on the menu were wasabi octopus, okonomiyaki, beef tongue, mayo shrimp. The chicken karaage was decent but filled with oil. Definitely check out Keum Yeo’s review has she is spot on when it comes to reviewing restaurants XD

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

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I was going to dress up as Baby Doll from Sucker Punch and party this week-end but I ended up working nearly 30 hours so partying was out of the way. Hope you guys had fun on Halloween! I just wore this cape and make-up at home; I was too lazy this morning to dress up haha (I really need to touch up my pink ends…)

Oh and make sure to check out Bonjour Glow Halloween’s post!

Monday, October 24, 2011

October Fashion

Lately, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to what I wear: it’s getting colder everyday and I’m so busy with both school and work that I always end up with black skinnies, a shirt and my leather jacket… which needs to be spiced up a bit!

Here are a few outfits inpiration that I picked from October magazines! Hopefully, I can get back to a good fashion sense and shop for nicer outfits!

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HAPPIE NUTS

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rilakkuma iPhone backgrounds

Hi everyone! Midterms are finally over, yay! More time to few and finish my Halloween costume :)

My mom is helping me make my Babydoll from Sucker Punch costume so in the mean time, here are adorable Rilakkuma backgrounds for iPhones! The format is 640 x 960 so there my be good for other phones as well!

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You can download the whole set here! Password is the name of this blog, no caps!Enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

HongDae themed cafés: Minto

On August 11th, my brother and I met with my friend Justin in Hongdae, Seoul. I hadn’t been to Hongdae and I was really eager to walk around since it a well know area for entertainment, clubbing and shopping!

Another thing Hongdae is famous for is themed coffee shops! You’ve got the Coffee Prince cafe, the Hello Kitty cafe, Cat Cafés… there is basically a coffee shop for every theme you can think of!

My friend Justin knew how much I liked the drama Secret Garden so after giving us a short tour of Hongdae, we sat down for a drink at a cafe called Minto based on Secret Garden!

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Adorable decor ( I spend an horrible amount of time editing that pic of me >> horrible face + hair day but wtv…)

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The cafe is very cozy and adorable! Any girl will find her happiness as both the decor and staff is cute: waiters and waitress not only look good but are extremely polite and nice. Girls looking for a healthy dose of flower boys can also find it at this café since waiters were beyond cute!

Aside from a general sitting area, you also have private rooms which are great for study groups :)

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Now this café wasn’t exactly my brother’s thing of place… but who cares, go there with a bunch of girls and enjoy! Although I can’t remember a thing about how much it cost, it was fairly cheap with free refills for our drinks and a nice variety of food at a good price.

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Address information:

369-10, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 서교동 369-10)
Metro: Green Line, Hongik University (Hongdae) exit 5.
Phone:
02-333-6986

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If you’re in the Hongdae area, definitely stop by! It’s a nice place to take a break from Seoul’s fast paced life!