Monday, 30 September 2013

Adios September, Hola October - Updates & more!

Can you believe it's October already? 

What happened in September

- Started my last year of high school which by the way, is incredibly stressful right now
- Reached a few milestones so thank you guys! (:
- My granduncle passed away yesterday. He was a huge part of our lives and a great inspiration. May he rest in peace and may God bless.
- Made new header links and categories links! Aren't they pretty?
- I started taking in free sponsors - as you will see by those lovely faces on my sidebar (: If you would like to advertise with me for FREE, click HERE - only 8 spots available!

What will happen in October

- University applications! D: D: I dread this... a lot.

A few of my favourite posts this month

(yepp, starting to name outfit posts by Harry Potter spells cause I'm cool like that)

How was your September ?

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

OOTD // Alohomora

Photos taken by sister

sheer blouse: aunt's (unbranded)
floral skirt: orange sorbet
red wedges: unbranded
gold chain necklace: won in giveaway
studded hairband: thrifted


"Used to open and/or unlock doors, but doors can be bewitched so that this spell has no effect."The word comes from the West African Sidiki dialect used in geomancy and has the literal meaning Friendly to thieves.

I found a blank white wall! Which means that if it's raining outside, I have somewhere to take pictures (: Yayyy! This would've been perfect if I had a floral headband :(
On a side note, my sisters are currently at a long-distance swim meet (by that I mean 200m - 1500m) so I wish them all the luck in the world!


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Benefits of Having a Tote Fashion Bag Around Your Shoulder

The word tote, which means “to carry”, goes as far back as the 17th century but it was not associated with the world of fashion bags until the turn of the 20th century. Tote’s impact within the fashion circles was nonetheless minimal for nearly half a century as women started to embrace it more as an emblem of fashion and grace in 1940s. The bags can today be seen hanging from arms and shoulders of globally renowned women such as Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker, a fact that can be attributed to various factors of design elegance and environmental preservation.

Spacious Designs

These fashion bags are distinguishable by their relatively large sizes, parallel handles and lack of fasteners such as locks and zips. The high-end market version of tote bags is mostly made of leather and highly refined cotton, making them durable and strong enough for use in various occasions. You can for instance use the bag to carry your beauty accessories in addition to your mini laptop and a bit of your shopping without projecting an awkward image. Some of these bags have slots that are demarcated for the safe keeping of gadgets such as cell phones and PDAs to help you maintain high standards of self-organization.


Tote designer bags makes it possible for you to project a personalized image through customization processes. This makes the bags suitable for gifts as you can have your name tagged and images either printed or riveted on the bags using silver, gold or bronze plates. Customized tote bags are as well appropriate if you fancy collectors’ items and you also like having various colors to choose from whenever you step out to shop for a designer bag. You can for instance order cotton or leather tote bags with special metal and color decorations and pass down your family’s generations, stepping up their value.

Environmental Sensibility

Join the fight against environmental degradation in style and ambiance. According to Fast Company, an international business magazine, adopting the tote bags fashion trend helps in the reduction of the over 300 billion plastic bags used as wraps globally. The magazine notes that 90 percent of these are grocery wraps which are detrimental to soil structure and agricultural activities because of their non-biodegradable nature. Plastic wraps also reduce air quality when burnt making a woman who invested in a tote fashion bag more environmentally savvy, a quality that is rarely associated with other fashion bags.

Precautionary Measures

It is significant to obtain your tote bags from reputable online and brick and mortar stores to avoid counterfeit designs. This is because tote fashion bags are designed to eliminate fashion flaws associated with substandard bags such as poor stitching, lackluster labels, and low grade materials such as synthetic leather which may become soft and give funny smells when subjected to sunlight for too long. Having a tote bag on your arm or around your shoulder therefore saves you fashion disappointments that can break your image and render your shot at beauty and elegance fruitless. 

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Pump Shoes and Platforms: What’s the Difference?

Although men have a variety of shoes to choose from, the range comes nowhere near close to what the women counterparts have. Any woman knows to invest in at least a dozen different pairs of shoes. Women tend to place more emphasis on the shoes, as they realize that these can make or break an outfit. There is therefore more pressure on women to pay special attention to their footwear. 

Two of the most common shoes for women are pump shoes and platform. At first glance, the difference between the two may be unclear, but the differences are there. The first step to discovering the difference between pump shoes and platform shoes is to first look at them individually before exploring the real 

Pumps Shoes 

Pump shoes are essentially high heeled shoes that are worn by slipping the feet inside the shoes, and have a low cut at the front of the shoe. The feet are meant to slip into the shoes, which mean that the shoe doesn’t need fastening. The pump (also known as Court shoe) can have different meanings depending on the location in the world. In the UK for example, women shoes with a low or flat heel also fall under the pumps category. In the US on the other hand, pumps only refer to women’s shoes with a high heel. 
Strictly speaking, pumps have a low cut at the front and are closed at the back. For the most part, pumps are considered to be formal wear, and are commonly seen at the office or at formal occasions. They are high in the back while low at the front where the toes are; which is one of the defining characteristic of this kind of women shoes. It is however not entirely impossible to find pumps with straps and buckles which can be a kind of grey area. Read this article to know more about pump shoes.

Platform Shoes 

Just like pumps, platforms have are high heeled women shoes. This is however where the similarities end. The major defining characteristic of platform shoes is that they are also high at the front where the toes are. Platform shoes have been around for a much longer time, going way back to ancient Greece where they were used to give the illusion of height for small statured women. 
Simply put, platform shoes have a thick sole starting from the front, and high heeled at the back. When wearing a platform, the angle of the foot is much less acute as when compared to wearing pumps, meaning that they are more comfortable in this way.

More Differences of Pump and Platform Shoes

The major difference between pumps shoes and platform shoes is the thickness of the base. The base of a platform is thick all the way round, while pumps are lower at the front. 

Another major difference (with only a few exceptions) is that pumps don’t have buckles and are strapless. Platforms are however considered to be more comfortable. 

The final difference is at the front of the shoe. Platforms are raised by at least an inch where the toes are, while the toes are grounded on a pump. 

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Friday, 27 September 2013

4 Tips in Selecting a Proper Fitting Bandage Dress

Since the invention of bandage dresses by designer Hervé Léger in 1985, they have been very popular with celebrities for many years. Such figure hugging dresses are excellent for figure shaping, as well as accentuating a well-endowed body. Basically, the name bandage dress comes from the fact that it is made up of layers of elastic fabric, specially woven around similar to a bandage. The true value in these dresses is in their ability to hold in unsightly bulges, hence giving you a well-toned and streamlined appearance. Moreover, it lifts up the bust, while straightening your back: the perfect recipe for that sleek elegant look. However, due to its tight-fitting aspect, you must be extra careful in selecting the right fit. This means that your chosen dress should neither be too tight nor too lose.

Go Down a Size

Bandage dresses are designed to mold into your body shape. Therefore, the right choice is a size smaller – not two sizes smaller or a size bigger. If you select too small a size, the dress might be too uncomfortable to walk or sit in. A bigger size will definitely not work.

When putting on the dress, you should expect it to be a bit tight. However, a good fitting dress will soon feel comfortable as it adjusts to your body. If there is persistent discomfort, you should probably look for a bigger size.

The Right Shape

Bandage dresses come in various shapes and styles. Therefore, you should choose the shape that works for your body. This is especially so since the dress will fit in along every contour of your body. If the shape of your dress is different from your body, you are likely to experience discomfort. For instance, ladies who are bottom-heavy should choose a dress that gives ample allowance around the hip and pelvic region.

Try it Out

You can hardly judge bandage dresses just simply by looking. You must first try it on to see whether it fits or not. Try out various sizes to see how well you fit in them. While at it, check whether you feel any discomfort in any body part that the dress covers. Even if it fits you well while standing, it might not be so comfortable in a sitting position or while walking. Most importantly, you need to check whether there is any difficulty breathing with the dress on.

No Bulging Fat

You can hardly pull of that dazzling look with fat bulging out along the edges of a bandage dress. If there is any fat bulging out, you simply have to go for a bigger size. The most crucial areas to check are the bra straps and the underarms.
After selecting the perfect-fitting bandage dresses, the next logical step is accessorizing them. For your feet, you can put on gladiator sandals that have a similar bandage style aspect. A loose blazer will also give a contrasting compliment to the figure-hugging dress. Take note to avoid stockings, but instead opt for a good tan on your bare legs.

Sasithon Bella is the cool in The Kewl Shop, a place to find things you really want. She knows a good thing when she sees it and is proud to let you know too!

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