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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sonia Rykiel Spring Summer 2015



Last fashion post for this season and I feature Sonia Rykiel. I love the strappy tops that are all over her Spring Summer 2015 collection. That and there were a few supermodels that walked this runway (Miranda Kerr, Kendall Jenner).


Sonia Rykiel Resort 2015 is a vintage throwback but still retains that rich little girl vibe.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

O'Sew Handheld Sewing Machine



Midway through sewing all these clothes, my Brother mechanical sewing machine broke down. Not surprising as it's 15 years old, I was not even going to bother about bringing it to the repair shop. Luckily, I had purchased this o'sew handheld sewing machine from Spotlight, just to play with and review. Finally, I can put it to good use.


This sewing machine comes with all the usual parts of a regular sewing machine (no problem getting replacement parts) however the similarities end there. It's shape & size is like a stapler, the power source comes from batteries (wireless), instead of a presser foot you have a switch, The speed and direction is pre-set and can't be changed. Lastly, you load either a bobbin or thread spool, not both.


The trouble with this is that my hands got tired from operating this thing after a while, you can place this on the table and leave it to sew but you lose control of the fabric. Lifting the foot takes effort as the machine is constructed to hold the fabric down. Also, you can't just sew 1 row of stitches and expect it to hold, you are expected to lift the foot without tugging the fabric and turn it around to sew a 2nd row of stitches in order for it to stay.


What's great about this is that it does work quite well. It allows the user more flexibility in their sewing, it's small and lightweight so you can slip it into your tote instead of lugging a 10kg machine around, it's convenient to setup and operate. It's also affordable @ $24.99, I bought mine @ $12.49 (half price).


Overall, I was reminded of old-fashioned sewing machines that our grandmothers had. It didn't have all the bells and whistles like auto-threading. This is meant to be another tool for your sewing and not a replacement for the sewing machine. I think fashion design students and anyone else in the rag trade will find this tool helpful. Because of the price, its a great way to start young kids on sewing.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PHYTO Hair Care



Phyto is a premium French botanical haircare brand that boasts all natural extracts from pure sources. It carries literally everything you need for your hair (edible vitamins, hair loss ampoules, styling products, shampoos & conditioners).


The latest product is Phytokeratine to repair damaged hair. The shampoo has a sappy texture and a lovely scent, its gentle too, having tried Phyto's other shampoos that leave the hair squeaky.


Use together with Phytobaume and Repairing Serum (not shown). The baume is a cream that disappears into the hair so I tend to put on more than recommended as I think its not enough. The results are really visible, my hair is soft, smooth and even frizz free. However, my split ends are still there. Overall, if not for the price I would buy it again, $40 per 200ml shampoo/125ml conditioner.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Frozen Satay



The essential supper food. So much so Frozen Satays are heaven sent to my family. We can toast what we need for supper without that midnight run out to the hawker centre.



Friday, July 24, 2015

Tulle Skirt - Round



To create a flatter look for everyday, you can cut the tulle the same way as the lining, in a perfect circle.


Add on as many or as few layers of tulle as you want (I made 3 layers for mine) and sew it flat against the lining.


I managed to use my new rolled hem machine footer and added an elastic band waist.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Prabal Gurung Spring Summer 2015



I was still thinking about those curvy lines when I saw Prabal Gurung's Spring Summer 2015 collection. Isn't he the designer that dresses Michelle Obama, he is another designer well known for his celebrity clientele of A List women like Oprah.


This season the clothes are still inspired by the Himalayas but his interpretation is soo elegant, modern and well-constructed that we all have to take another look.


Prabal Gurung Resort 2015.


January Jones of Mad Men fame @ The Emmys this year in red Prabal Gurung. The red carpet was filled with red dresses this year, or so I hear.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Deco Roll Cakes by Junko



Japanese food blogger Junko translates her recipes into English and I finally managed to get a copy from the Popular Book Fair. You have no idea how difficult her english recipe books are to get a hold of. The words are a little small, but the author makes up for it with lots of pictures and simple step-by-step explanations of how she does each cake roll. Junko has another deco roll book named "Deco Roll Party" and a new book "Deco Mushi Cakes".