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We FINALLY have some sunshine coming back to us, and all I can think is, “MAXI SKIRTS AND MAXI DRESSES!”

All I’ve been thinking about is a few essential maxi skirts and dresses I can wear this summer! My reasons?

  1. Maxi = better than pants!
  2. It’s less of a hassle and worry if it’s already full length vs. a medium-length skirt
  3. Maxi is a total new level of comfort that still lets you look put together
  4. It has a very feminine look while still being comfy
  5. A maxi dress is a piece that can be utilized in a million ways to make it look like a skirt, top or one piece

What are your thoughts on maxi pieces? (Short or tall, it’s worth a try!)

black

How gorgeous is black and sheer together?

There’s something both classic and timeless about the look of this combination because it can look dressed up or dressed down.

So far, I’ve got a brown maxi skirt (super comfy from sirens for ONLY $10!), a navy blue maxi dress (a more safe colour) with straps and a mint green (I figured colour would be good to try for the summer) from Forever 21.

xoxo Dana

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http://fictionalmachines.com/ thank you. It is because of you and your nomination for my very FIRST BLOG AWARD that you are making me make a post on the LAST DAY of 2012. There are no words to describe how happy I’m feeling!

THANK YOU!

I’ve found blogging to be considerably hard. Hard to keep up with. Hard to make the time for it. But it’s still always worth it.

And I cannot thank you enough.

May the new year of 2013 be nothing short of amazing to you!

If you haven’t been to fictional machine’s blog, PLEASE check it out! There’s a reason I follow that blog and I hope you can find a reason as well! =)

Onto the rules of the award~

The Rules:

1] Link back to the person who nominated you

2] Post the award image on your page

3] Tell seven random facts about yourself

4] Nominate fifteen other blogs

Random Facts

1. I’m currently on the hunt for my soul mate Polaroid or to actually buy the Instagram instant camera. It’s love I tell you.

2. I plan on taking roadtrips with whoever is down to do it. I love travelling. It’s a need in my life.

3. I’m not interested in a famous gloat-worthy job. I just want a steady job so that I can feel secure.

4. I’m always questioning myself as to why I take photos, and I find that the reason changes a bit more everytime I ask myself that.

5. I used to write a lot. I didn’t realize that everything I wrote about applied to myself in some ways and I hid it from the world because of that.

6. This year made me take chances and try new things. Now I plan to make 2013 ten times better. Who’s with me?

7. I can’t picture myself in a relationship with someone at all.

My 15 blogsIt’s not ranked in ANY SPECIFIC WAY, JUST 15 AMAZING BLOGS!

1. http://wispsofwriting.wordpress.com/

2. http://cestnaturel.wordpress.com/

3. http://lola455567.wordpress.com/

4. http://lazygal101.wordpress.com/

5. http://lezoemusings.wordpress.com/

6. http://closetstrategy.wordpress.com/ you might know her as: http://90daycloset.wordpress.com/

7. http://candycoatedturtles.wordpress.com/

8. http://intothestratosphere.wordpress.com/

9. http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

10. http://waitingforthekarmatruck.com/

11. http://twentysomethingconfessions.wordpress.com/ 

12. http://fictionalmachines.com/

13. http://playingwithfashion.wordpress.com/

14. http://thebedazzledlife.wordpress.com/

15. http://chrystalovevintage.wordpress.com/

xoxo Dana

Once you start, you cant stop. I’ve never done any crazy complicated DIYs before, I’ve mainly done quick little things that you could think of off the bat of your head. Actually, I don’t know if they can even be CONSIDERED as a DIY because it is either so basic or I just saw it as an easy alternative of how to fix something (most just clothes).

Before, I would NEVER even THINK twice about a pair of scissors in my hands going near ANY of my clothes. However, once you do it that ONE time JUSTTTTTTT to snip away some annoying threads or so, you begin to think.

Hey … I COULD cut off the sleeve since its bothering me so much. It will look like all those other shirts people are wearing now. That would be SO COOL! Ah, its JUST a sleeve, whats it gunna kill me… I’m sure I could just— oh, maybe if I justttttt do this — ohmygosh I HAVE to find that tutorial again on how to do this! Maybe if I look on YouTube and Pinterest … huh, I should do this more often!

Never be afraid to try.

You never know!

Things that are simple can be really fun. It makes you think a bit more creatively. It makes something completely your own. It can also inspire others. So, WHY NOT?

xoxo Dana

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dealt with this.

“I have NOTHING to wear!” I too have said this phrase one too many times. HOW-EV-ER, I understand or at least my logic has been pieced together as to WHY I say this or maybe why others say it too.

I have nothing to wear” while looking at a closet full of clothes is the equivalent of saying “I’m bored of my clothes.”

Our typical clothes = Routine. The usual. Boring. Nothing new.

This is when we aren’t using our creative energy to make our wardrobe pop, to make those “to-die-for” outfits because nothing new hasn’t been added lately.

Typically a solution can be to just go and buy some new wardrobe pieces, correct? Yes, and no. Buying can still hurt people on budgets and make our wallets cry if we end up spending a BIT too much thanks to that half off sale we passed by.

Try these:

  • Keep some go-to outfits handy and ready in your closet
  • Try to mix up new things– try that daring colour combination
  • Wear something old in a totally new way
  • Perhaps borrow an accessory or article of clothing from mom/dad/bro/sis/whoever and rock it
  • IF shopping, try THRIFTING or shopping at an OUTLET or WAREHOUSE (saves a TON of money + no guilt)

How do YOU deal with this?

xoxo Dana

The hour is upon us! They (Kevin Kubota, aka the dude from framedshow) from the YouTube channel Framedshow basically said there’s certain times where we are at our peak, where we are most inspired.

Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v88joctpp5M&feature=plcp

Unfortunately for me, that happens to be night time … like, the middle of the night, 4am, middle of the night. It’s tiring, but when I’m going, NOTHING stops me. When do you think I wrote this post along with pretty much all of my other ones? That’s right, 3:30am! Because who needs sleep these days, right? PSH. Anyways, when I mean inspired, I mean, I’m trying on different outfits, creating new projects, editing videos and photos, thinking of blog posts and who knows what else! I’m most inspired at this time probably because no one’s awake to bother me and I can surf on the net and go through my books for loads of photos and inspirations with that warm cup of milk while being super comfy in bed~

I specifically remember so many nights I’ve woken up , or forced myself to wake up just to write down a line, a word, a statement or an idea because so many times I tell myself “I’ll remember, I’ll remember” .. of course to forget in the morning!

When are you most creative or active in the day? Remember, never do regular tasks in your golden hours!

xoxo Dana

Skirts seem to be constantly changing up their styles now. We’ve gone from a typical pencil skirt, to sheer maxi skirts, to high-low skirts.

Recently I came across this while surfing through the Forever21 site: the asymmetrical skirt (some call it “the waterfall skirt“)

Pretty right? Ironically, I was thinking “well, can’t you just twist a high-low skirt to the side and pretty much get the same effect?” I tried it out and I kinda like it! Plus, you can choose which side to have shorter or longer.

Might sound a bit weird, but you never know until you try~

xoxo Dana

Just like the infamous ”writer’s block”, I am experiencing “fashion’s block“. A little while back I purchased a polka dot cardigan that I’ve been eyeing. I love cardigan’s, so I figured instead of buying simple solid coloured ones, I would attempt buying a pattern.

This is your typical full sleeve button-up cardigan (Old Navy, $15)

I did NOT however, think it would be so hard to style! It’s because I don’t buy patterns that require layering, I find it a bit odd to wear.

Ideally, a cardigan can simply be worn with a tank top inside and that itself is a completed outfit. However, I want to kick it up a notch. The only question is how?

A challenge has presented itself to me! I have 90 days (that’s the return/exchange policy) to see if I can make outfits that I will love and if not, I’ll simply return it back to the store.

Just one set of layers is working with a cool colour palette. Now to push it further! Time for some fun, research and experimenting!

xoxo Dana

I haven’t been doing many DIY’s, fashion or photography posts lately due to lack creativity and laziness. However, I came across this fashion challenge that I thought would help me out a bit! I plan on starting it soon & I’ll have all the posts in it’s own tab on my blog. It seems like a fun challenge! Have a look!

Flying Saucer’s Selina’s Fashion Blogger Challenge. Have a look at her original post here.

1st. Your wardrobe
2nd. You have the most…
3rd. Something you’re wearing for the first time
4th. Your favourite print
5th. Your best bargain
6th. Something out of your comfort zone but you love it
7th. A special occassion outfit
8th. Something you forget you have but love
9th. The item at the top of your wishlist
10th. Cute tights
11th. Your spring essential
12th. The outfit you’ve had the best times in
13th. Your lazy day at home with style (in front of your housemates/bf/visitor) outfit
14th. The item that was hardest to hunt down/buy
15th. Nail art/your favourite polish and your nail varnish collection
16th. A customised item
17th. Something you wear when it’s sunny
18th. Your brightest lipstick
19th. An article of clothing/jewellery that instantly makes you feel great
20th. Shoes you love but hardly wear
21st. Something that is your favourite brand
22nd. A piece of clothing or jewelry that was a gift
23rd. Something from your favourite store
24th. The item that brings all the boys to the yard
25th. A totally YOU outfit
26th. What’s in your bag
27th. Inspired by your style icon
28th. Something everyone has now
29th. Face of the day
30th. Pretty hair
31st. The thing you’re obsessed with at the moment!

Anyone else up to it? if you are, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see your posts on it!

xoxo Dana

I think of a “DIY” as a very simple thing, nothing crazy hard to do, or even as a simple tip! There are times my closet CANNOT BREATHE from all of the things I have jam packed in it! On top of that, my mom has a habit of saying “you need to make room BEFORE buying something else“. So what did I do? I decided to find some loopholes in that statement of hers! It’s all about a bit of free time and creativity!

See all of the empty hangers on the right? Who says you can’t get that much space without getting a bigger closet? It’s all the nifty little tricks! Have a look below.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that we don’t always remember what we have and don’t have! Unconsciously, I end up buying clothes of the same colour that I already own too much of! By placing your clothes in bunches by colour, this can give you a visual aid of what you should think about buying so you don’t end up with ANOTHER set of 5 black tops when you already have 20!

(Left to right) Black, purple, green, blue, grey, brown, white (in my defense, my stripes and oranges are in the wash!)

Note: Try NOT to hang tanks in your closet because since they are really thin and light, it’s easy to miss them when you are looking for it! It blends in really easily and the last thing you need is that extra 10 minutes gone trying to find it! Try having them all folded in a drawer or if you need to hang it, place ALL of your tank tops in the very front of your closet so it’s easier to find!

This is my special trick for using less hangers and ending up with LOTS of space left over! Basically create an outfit and layer it onto ONE hanger! By doing this, not ONLY are you maximizing your closet space, but you are also CREATING AN OUTFIT! How awesome is THAT? You’ve just saved yourself even more time by already having something to wear without looking! It’s a great way to also experiment to see what clothes can go together if you are too lazy like me to try it on!

How cute is this? I’m the type of person to throw my scarf god knows where after the day and later on forget where I put it, resulting in a tornado hitting my room trying to find it! This makes it easier for me personally, no wasted space to hang all of them! (one hanger can hang more than 4 scarfs easily!) Below is a photo just showing how to tie them on =)

Simple right? =)

xoxo Dana

“Inspiration or Desperation?”

As soon as I read this, it’s been stuck in my head. It’s always constantly reminding me whenever I’m doing anything art/photo-related.

It’s not supposed to be easy. But, sometimes I think that’s what some people think; “Gee, if you love it, why would it be hard for you?” That’s where you want to ask them to do what you do and see what they think.

It happens with anything that you’re truly passionate about. It’s like a trial and a phase. It’s both a blessing and a curse. You sometime’s NEED to hit that wall, that writers block, in order to rediscover WHY you fell in love in the first place. Understand where you came from; what your starting point was, and how to go about it.

This is what I’ve decided to do. Start from the beginning before moving forward recklessly.

-Why did I fall in love with photos? Why did I take photo’s the way that I took them? What was it that made me want to pursue it?

Sometimes you do have to ask yourself, are you getting inspired because you WANT to, or because you NEED to?

 

 

When we aren’t careful, if desperation is knocking at our door and we answer it, then what are we left with? We’re left with a routine. A lifeless, empty routine.

 

 

That should be your goal! To NOT let it get to you. To avoid it. To destroy it.

I want to start over with my photo’s. I need to remember that I do like taking them because it’s something that I enjoy, not because I feel like I HAVE to. It’s hard to be inspired to take photo’s and NOT be desperate about the style or it’s level of originality of it. It’s easy to take a pretty picture, but it’s harder to make it your own. And no, I don’t mean just sticking a watermark or logo on it.

 

xoxo Dana

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