Happy first of March, everyone! To celebrate, I’m kicking off a new and hopefully regular section where I collect and curate 10 terrific things from all over that I find lovely, amazing, and inspiring. These could range from new hobbies I’d like to try; to clothes I want for myself; to things that caught my eye and to silly stuff I’d just like to share. Everything under the sun that makes me happy, really.
I’m normally your sandals and ballet-flats type of girl, but these sneakers are just too cool to refuse! It’s the perfect combination of punchy and girly (your reliable Kate Spade aesthetic)—wonderful in giving a casual twist to any dress. That little gold spade detail at the back makes me giddy.
Nox and I both looove cheesecakes. We also both love eating.
Baking… not so much. I can’t wait to try this recipe out one day!
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann make up the team that is Zim & Zou, specialising in jaw-dropping, mind-boggling paper sculptures that simply look out of this world! I implore you to go check out their website and their Behance page and see all of their amazing works. Now. Click. That. Link. You won’t regret it.
Oh, the things you could do with paper!
4. Mrs Pomeranz
Mrs. Pomeranz is an Etsy shop based in Russia that carries these gorgeous dresses with the 1950-1960’s silhouette you see above. I love how prim and elegant the dresses all look and I really, really, really wish I could find something close to that in our local stores. The sleeves look on pointe, the length of the skirts look just right for me. <3 Point me in the right direction, and I’ll be there first thing in the morning.
5. Megan Lara
I’ve been following Megan Lara for some time now, both on Tumblr and on her Facebook page. Actually, I first stumbled upon her when someone posted online about this girl who looks hauntingly like the British celebrity (and Doctor Who companion), Billie Piper. At first I was blown-away by how similar they looked. Then I was knocked off my feet by her amazing illustrations! Not only does she illustrate (and cosplay) Doctor Who, she even has art on a huge assortment of fandoms! Go check her out!
Seche Vite Top Coat is simply heaven sent. I couldn’t stop raving about the practicality and usefulness of this powerful little solution as it dries your nails less than 5 minutes! It’s being sold here for around 300 to 450 pesos (depending on where you buy) and every cent was worth it. Complicated nail art takes minutes to finish as every layer dries ten times as fast. Last-minute manicures become just a breeze as your nails have already dried before you even step out of the house. I also couldn’t wait to try quick dry lacquer paints!
I bought my latest bottle from Beauty Kingdom.
(It was 300php each for 3 bottles plus 60 delivery fee at the time I ordered it.)
My sister recently hosted Belle du Jour’s Start Smart with BDJ Rendezvous and was gifted with her very own BDJ Box—one of the items in it was Revlon’s Moon Candy in Meteor. I love her to bits for handing me this marvellous nail polish with no hesitation! She might have remembered that one time I was ogling at Emma Stone’s Revlon Moon Candy video at the mall. (haha!) I love how the solid base color isn’t streaky at all—although with multiple use, the sparkle side tends to turn viscous. (But nothing a drop of solvent couldn’t fix!)
8. Etsy Jewellery
I have been obsessing over dainty jewellery—specially rings, for more than a year now and I still haven’t found the perfect one locally that’s within my budget. These are the kind of rings I’d love to get myself someday. It’s a pity they’re all from abroad… If only the customs in this country isn’t so shifty, I’d have bought one (or five) a long time ago.
I’ve started reading Shelock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow it. I’ve already finished A Study in Scarlet and right now am in the middle of The Sign of Four. If you love detective stories, you really couldn’t go wrong with some Sherlock.
Oh, calligraphy. This is my latest obsession, really (both pointed pen and brush calligraphy). The photos above are from Fozzy Book’s nifty little guide for lettering with brushes. It was after reading her entry when I marched myself to Deovir Arts and bought myself a Pentel Brush Pen, a rounded brush (#7) and a new set of watercolor tubes. I’ve been practicing both my calligraphy and watercolors since!