Reaching for the Stars in the New Year

Happy New Year!

Ahhh 2014, a new year, a new chance to start fresh and time to make plans and let your ambition soar! New years resolutions always make me think of “reaching for the stars” because they are like the wishlist tasks for the year that people aspire to fulfill. It made me think of the galaxy craze that has swept consumers for the past year. I haven’t braved a purchase yet, until recently.

I bought these cute constellation tights from Threadless.  Also, I got this awesome Dr. Who inspired tee since I have been recently catching up on seasons with Ten. I was curious what all the hub bub was about with this Doctor fellow, and I must say it’s pretty funny and entertaining despite it’s cheesy nature. 

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Figure 1a. Constellation tights from the Threadless website.

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Figure 1b.  An action shot! And you can see my teeshirt 

Threadless tights “Dot to Dot:” [Link]
Threadless tee “Of All Space & Time:” [Link]

Next, here is this sweeeet dress I found on Amazon that I am dying to order.

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Figure 2. Romwe “Mysterious Universe” dress.

Amazon dress: [Link]

Also, I would love to feature this somewhere in my apartment, but me thinks even my walls are getting to crowded. We shall see 🙂

There are tons of galaxy fashion tutorials online. If my list doesn’t inspire you, hopefully surfing Tumblr, Pinterest, and Etsy will do so!

Now what’s my resolutions for 2014? Here are a few:

  1. Get back to the gym grind and lose another 10lbs!
  2. Make plans to figure out how to obtain a Masters without being broke.
  3. Go through confidently with my dream to open an online shop without fear of rejection.
  4. Continue to find ways to improve and challenge myself 🙂

Hope you all have a great start to 2014!

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Thrifty Laundry Days

So back in the days when we didn’t have our complex’s laundry facilities key to access washing & dryer machines, the girls and I would go down to a public laundry mat to wash our clothes. Near by were some cool things like a cheeky cafe, a CVS (of course), a decent Korean-Japanese fusion resturant, ect. But most notably there was also 2 gigantic thrift shops.

Of course eventually I bought a few items.

Thing 1 is actually a kids dress that so happen to fit me since I lost a about 5-8lbs this summer (YAY kickboxing!). I hope I can fit into next term when I fatten up during classes XD It’s so cute and was$3.50!

Thing 2 used to be ridiculously gigantic. But the print was so beautiful, and it was only like $8 or less at the time. Oh the potential in the fabric I saw! I refitted it, and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

I have a lot of scrap fabrics, but have no idea what to use them for. Thinking an accessory for the hair like a headband. Any ideas?

Up-cycled Jeans & Sewing Scraps

Another flit of sewing inspiration has hit me. I’m a little stressed at work, so sewing always helps me cope. Made this in about 2 days flat.

Some details. The bodice part is made from a pair of my favorite army green Forever21 jeans that got the embarrassingly  yet hallmark worn-holes in the thigh disease. I couldn’t bear throw it out, so I fashioned a sweet heart neckline. I didn’t like how the zipper made the fabric all bunchy, so now I have to squeeze into this thing every time I wear it XD

The skirt part has a slip as the inner most layer, just a rectangle of stretchy about 1.5 times the size of my hips. I sewed on 4 layers of ruffles (size about 4.5 inches) using pieces of yellow fabric I had left over to make long strips. They were spaced out 2.5 inches apart. I used a tutorial as a basisl: http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/04/murpheys-layered-skirt.html

For finishing touches I lined the top of the bodice with more scrap yellow fabric. Then added a hand-sewn yoyo to cover the front of the bodice I couldn’t line because I ran out of long pieces of fabric. There’s a button in the back where the two straps meet.

Overall, pretty happy with the outcome 🙂

Green nails and the green-yellow motif inspired by Green Lantern (the power of will & fear)!

For a comic book movie, I didn’t think it was all too bad. It had it’s token cheesy moments, some pretty cool actions sequences, though the script was God-awful some times. I liked it most because of the digitally rendered parts & epic-ally narrated introduction 🙂

Super Summer Update

My goodness so much stuff has happened, I don’t even know where to start .___.

Well thing 1 you’ve probably seen if you are friends with me on Facebook is that the Drexel University College of Arts & Sciences Spring Gala “Party to Extinction” was held last Friday, June 3rd at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Coincidently, it is the same museum I volunteer at on Saturday mornings, and the Academy has recently accepted a donation and has become affiliated with our university.

The gala itself was cool, especially since it was the first time it was held. Dinosaur Hall is absolutely beautiful and interesting. The food was pretty good, and though I didn’t win raffle prizes or dance much, I had quite a bit of fun.

I was also fortunate enough to design and sew my own dress to match the dino theme! The original sketch actually had a bubble skirt, but as fate would have it, the poof didn’t look flattering so I opted to improvise with what I had left and made a double layer full circle skirt for the bottom half of the dress.

           

I was uberly happy that Naomi, Megan, and I were all able to attend. It was also awesome seeing Matt since I hadn’t seen him since our Physio II final (not to mention getting a ride home as well haha).

In other news, I’ve been tracking the NBA finals with Miami Heat & Dallas Mavericks. I’m hoping the Mavs take home the championship this year. Speaking of basketball, forgot to mention a belated birthday gift from Aniket I got back in late April.

It’s the comic teeshirt special that Marvel did. Spiderman is my absolute favorite! It’s my newest teeshirt that I am addicted to.

Aniket’s last weekend before leaving abroad for his coop just passed. We tagged team dinner & dessert. I made some simple yet classic recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I followed this link: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/Detail.aspx I’ve also finally started tracking the recipes I use from AllRecipes.Com since I frequent their site so much.

We were also able to finally watch a few movies in theatres with friends recently.

First of all, Kung-Fu Panda 2 was superb. I honestly had my doubts that the sequel would be a pale comparison to it’s predecessor, but I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was a good spin off and fairly suspenseful, excellent character development, and the animation in one of the climaxes of the movie was fantastic. My favorite character was the villainous peacock. But holy crap, baby Po is ADORABLE.

Second one up is X-men First Class. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not a huge fan of the X-men movies, but I really liked the cartoons and sometimes took a gander at the comics when I encountered the right alternate universes. My favorite character in the movie was Magneto. In all honesty though, I really liked most if not all the characters chosen for the mutants in this cast. I thought their training montage was a bit cheesy, but liked how the movie wrapped up at the end (makes you wanna see more of the X-men story!)

Kristina did a bit of a movie review of X-men First Class here: http://kristinamirasol.net/2011/06/03/x-men-first-class/#comments

A pretty brief review of the past few days that have passed, but I’m sure more things will pop up for me to write about 🙂 Oh and p.s. tried fixing up the blog’s layout & images. I’m not too crazy about it, but I got sick of staring at the old one and wanted a science-centric look. Let me know what you think 🙂