Monday, November 28, 2011

it's not the years in your life that counts, its the life in your years!

Merry Christmas and Happy new years!
I've been so MIA due to post-exam syndrome (drink, party & work).
Here are two of my final projects, one is a stylized lingerie outfit and the second is a dress (set style but we get to choose our own fabric). 

I am now in Waterloo aka middle of no where, and I'm going to get back on track with blogging!


my mom's wedding was the day after New years. It was a lot of fun, I made a dress for this day but on the day of I find out the zipper is busted......., open bar wooo! good food, great friends and lovely family. One great night!

My first time snowboarding at Blue Mountain, it was freezing cold -22Celcius apparently. Always delighted to reunite with maple taffy rolled up on ice and BEVER TAILS! Rented a cabin with 17 people, hot tub, beer pong, what more can a girl ask for? :)
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ciao4now

p.s. ever had a kiwi grape?

p.p.s. my NYE was spent at work, woo. We did pop champagne tho!
and note to self: don't leave texting an hour before midnight for meeting up. Signals were so bad that I couldn't connect with my friends til hour past :(it's the most depressing thing wandering the streets of downtown alone at midnight on NYE!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday



my bra is done! 
I'm surprised it's not a lot more work than it was. it took a bit over three hours but I did make a lot of mistakes and unstitched.
 (too bad I twisted the straps when I sewed it one... shh)

Christmas is coming! I'm literally counting down. 
I'm dreaming of christmas lights... 

so busy busy me. I really should sleep now, I have work at 7 am!
the last few days has been utterly crazy, no sleep for 40 hours, exam, sewing, coffees... and then relaxing at an Italian tappa, munching on delicious tuna tartar and escargots, and then Mary Popins musical! 

ciao4now

Monday, November 7, 2011

lingerie makes the woman

this is my favourite garment I had to make in lingerie class.
so far.
Next thing? tackling how to make a bra!
Would you rather read more posts that are brief and short or long ones with more depth?

ciao4now

p.s. I CAN. NOT. stop waltching this!! Hope this made you smile (or laughing like a crazy maniac like me)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Let there be INTERNET!


Finalement. 

I have internet at my new place (after 55 days)! On the night of Halloween, after my roomates and I watched a scary movie (Love Objects), we were grunting about how we gotta lug our sh*t to Starbucks (again) to use the wi-fi when all of a sudden, all four of our laptops got internet! (the rogers man actually came twice already to set it up. Guess he finally got it!)

First thing's first. catch up on my GOSSIP GIRL.
 dress my team and I made at the Creativ Festival 
 so how cute are these Frankenstein jellos! Super easy to make. oreo for hair, reese balls for the eyes and neck thing.. smear some melted chocolate on the candy and it'll stick like glue.
 Last night I slept for TWO hours because of a drafting assignment. How to draft and create a given stylized dress in Muslin, fully lined and zipper attached. It took me about ten hours! I never noticed how much work it is to draft and create a dress until now, I think it was always an enjoyment so I didn't notice the hours fly by!

I was running around between my drafting area, my cutting area, my domestic sewing machine (black thread), my antique industrial sewing machine (white thread), ironing board and mannequin. what a site for my roomies.
my friend brought me to the Mad Italian for a pizza in a cone. Quite interesting, not really worth $6 tho (Gelato is amazing), and it was my first time in the Little Italy of Toronto!

Ever wish you were like Chuck bass?

"you never had a childhood so you behave like a child in the worst ways. you pay for intimacy so you're always in control and no one can get close to you. your superficial connection and lack of authentic emotions leave you isolated and alone. not just tonight, but always."  

ciao4now


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011


I was super excited for Halloween, I've been planning it since I got the red wig from HongKong this summer.
can you tell I'm ariel?:)

I got the "best costume" award at Embassy night club aka $100 cash! 

and as always I sewed everything from scratch. the TAIL took a while, many layers of tulle and fabric!


I had the Creme Brule cupcake! YUM.
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I, now, will wear starfish in my hair.

ciao4now

p.s. some days i roll out of bed with the craziest hair. if you could feel it.. it feels like a cotton ball. and I can't even brush it out !

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Intense "project runway" experience

I was chosen with two other students (through a mini project runway challenge to make a skirt, in the post below) to represent George Brown in the annual Creativ Festival's Catwalk runway competition.

Challenge? Create an outfits for a guest, inspired by a 50s style icon, to the royal wedding. 

 I must say it was one of the most crazy, draining, rewarding experience. 
First of all, throwing three designers with completely different visions together, is.. frightening. 
Especially when we are so passionate about our views!
and then we were faced with major fitting problems (try three inch difference at the shoulder seam)& technical problems ( we don't know anything about hat making, why did we think we can make a wide brimmed hat!?)

Did I mention, we were at a convention centre, FULL of people browsing and shopping? So we had to fight through crowds as we haggle for cheaper fabrics. We were given a budget of $200 and everything used in our outfit has to be found at the convention centre. Everyone was super sweet, many people donated things to us: threads, elastics..
we spent $198 in total. 
unfortunately we didn't win, but we still got amazing prizes including a steamer, swarovski beads/ necklaces.. and $50 cash :) 

It was quite the experience. Midway, when a supervisor saw that I put cardboard in the hat, she asked if I bought it at the convention centre (I did not) and she said I'll get disqualified if I used it and I almost broke down! It's so exhausting because we've been at it for about 12 hours for three days!
I love the result though. 

yellow. bouffon skirt. what more can a girl ask for! 
onto other things..

ciao4now

Monday, October 3, 2011

SM;)E giveaway

My school had a tiny Project Runway.
It was so much fun! We were given three hours to make a stylized skirt from scratch.
We were given a table of fabrics (tiny pieces tho) which we obviously fought for.
onto other news..


I'll be giving away this one of a kind top that I sewed together, size S/M (stretch fabric, exposed back and lace sleeves!).

So to enter this giveaway...

Take a moment please and vote for my essay at CROSS LITES. It's for a scholarship I'm in desperate need of to go study abroad in a fashion design program as an international student!























Here is the essay:

 They say the best thing in life is free and a smile is priceless. At a retail store that I worked at, their motto is always smile. After working there, I couldn't help keeping their motto for my daily life use; another tool in my life kit box, right next to motivation, patience and perseverance. The first person to notice the difference in me was a senior coworker, she knew me since I was a baby and we both worked at my aunt's bakery. She complimented me on how my "whole aura changed", was she exaggerating? I'll never know. I look up to her as she is one of the most warm and loving woman I know, not to mention how she can spread smiles onto every customer as easily as spreading butter on toast. 


    Working side by side with her started to opened up my eyes to the gift we can so easily give to strangers. I also started to grasp the value smiles hold. I believe in this modern society where no one seems to have enough time and everyone's face seems to be stuck to a phone, it is nice to slow down and have a chance to actually look around and say "hello" with a smile to the guy beside you. We don't expect for that to happen anymore and when it does it becomes a ripple effect; a movement to pass on joy to the next person. We would look forward to the subway rides more when every stranger is actually a friend in disguise, the only foreshadowing clue is a smile. 


    One of my best friends use to tell me that when she's emotionally down, she would take a lot pictures of herself so that she is forced to smile. They say smiling no matter what the situation is will send an automatic message to your brain that you're happy. Maybe that was why smiling became addictive, it not only makes others smile but it makes you feel good too. I can have the most horrific day, and when I'm gifted with a smile, the world freezes for just a small moment and everything bad just slides off my shoulders. Everyone can use a smile because life is tough and happiness is our only anecdote. Smiling to the concierge, barista, transit operator, professor, tourist, janitor, librarian, guy with a goatee... will make the world a rounder place.


Sneak Peek of Baby's collection @ Gladstone, amazing eco-friendly dresses.
So privileged to intern for her!




So busy busy days blurring into one. Friend and I hopped on greyhound at midnight to arrive at montreal at 6:30 am and we cafe hopped until the Jean Paul Gautier's exhibit opened. Here's one of my favourite editorial. Will share more with you! Too bad we could only stay in the romantic city for a day, jumped  back on the bus at midnight and arrived in Toronto for my 8am class.




Remember to leave your name and e-mail address when or after you voted :)!

ciao4now

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the drug dealers ring



Mendocino over siszed knit sweater
Bedo studed leggings
Dynamite black floral tube top
Jacob Boutique hat
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and the cape/poncho(what's the proper term if there's no arm hole or sleeve?) jacket from Winners that I am loving to death.
It's suede shell and super soft wooly material inside, which keeps me SO WARM.
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Since I'm no drug dealer, what should I put in this little bird?























Jacob Nail Polish.

Bought some super exciting fabric, can't wait to show you my creations :)!
ciao4now

Saturday, September 17, 2011

sipping Ginger tea without tea.

ahh stupid blogspot! I lost all my writing!

               So I have always been a tea person because, well, everyone knows how good it is for you, right? WELL I just learned recently that it stains your teeth terribly! -worst than coffee (reform coffee-holic here) So now I might drink tea or coffee maybe once a week, I tend to make lemon ginger drinks. I feel like I don't need caffeine because it doesn't have much of an effect on me, but the aroma is what gets me. How's your caffeine intake routine and what do you think?


 






















Another outfit to work: Jacob polka dot top, roomate's belt, cypress flats, blazer from HK


since I moved out, all I have been making to eat is salad/ cereal/ toast.
decided to change it up with a grilled cheese sandwich filled with mushroom cucumber and tomato:)


Last night, as my friend and I were about to head out to menchies, we decided to check out this fondue place in Yorkville called "MoRoCo Chocolat", I've been hearing about it for a while now but it exceeded all expectations. The place is absolutely stunning! From the victorian chairs placed so orderly outside (like out of Alice in Wonderland) to the velvety atmosphere inside (straight out of a hip hollywood movie), to the glimmering Macaroons in shiny glass cases, I just fell into heaven! I was ripped between the Malteaser dessert and the fondue.

 I ended up sharing the fondue, but there wasn't a candle to keep the chocolate warm so in half an hour we were kind of dipping our fruits in cold chocolate... but I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu! Oh did I mention stars from Degrassi, Vampires diaries, Channing Tatum, Amanada Seyfried have all been spotted there/ autographed the wall with chocolate handprints?

ciao4now
p.s. next post I'm going to share some assignments I've been sewing in school (back to the sweat shop environment haha) and I bought the cutest poncho jacket, can't wait to share with you!