Body Shop Haul

It’s time for another haul! This time it will be a mini haul from The Body Shop and my stuff came through today (07/08/14) and I couldn’t wait to open it and share with you all. You can either (or both) watch the video below, which will be uploaded at the weekend, and/or continue reading this page. Personally, I think that I can only spend so much in Body Shop as it is rather expensive and I know if you’re a student reading this, it is a pain financially. My order came to £20 ish which allowed me to have 35% off as well as free delivery – heck, I had to spend just a little bit more to get all the deals I can! #studentlife

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Tea Tree Oil – £7

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BB Cream – £12

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Coconut Body Butter – £5

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Vitamin E Cream – £5

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Articles for The Untold Magazine

Issue 5:

If you haven’t known already, apart from writing on this blog and making videos on Youtube, I also write for other companies such as this one, The Untold Magazine. I also write for two more companies: one a fashion online magazine/blog and the other an events company which I will link my articles on another post.

If you have the time, please check out these articles and my articles will be on the contents pages. Hope you enjoy reading!

Issue 6: 

Fashion Tutorials: Ep 1

Upcycling a Dress

This is the first episode of Fashion Tutorials that are about to come very soon! I’m excited to this series of just videos of how-to’s and some hacks in the fashion world and I’m hoping to make this a main priority besides all the blogging and article writing for companies. I also plan to do covers and sing my own songs that I’ve written but that will be on another post.

Today I’m going to take you through one way of upcycling something you love that doesn’t fit anymore or is a little too big into something that you’d want to keep forever in your wardrobe. Today’s episode faces the problem of having a dress that is ill fitting and just rather tight on some areas and solving this problem but just cutting and sewing stuff in some places.

I’ll show you step-by-step how you can create something old and tight into something worth keeping. The video below is the actual tutorial so if you want to watch that, please do! But I’ll take you through each step with drawings so you can closely see how it’s done.

p.s. Pictures will be placed on the next day. Meanwhile, you can watch the video for visuals.

Step 1

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Get your dress and scissors at the ready cos it’s about time to cut away those unwanted fabrics! Analyse your garment and see what ways you can alter it and then make the move to cut off any bits that you don’t want. It doesn’t matter if your cutting skills aren’t amazing – it doesn’t need to be! It might leave you with rough edges that could look totally cool for all you know.

Step 2

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This is the bit where you think you want to finish it like that or if you think it needs just a little more tweeking here and there. If you want to finish it off, the edges for the sleeves can go down either way:

  1. Leave it like that for a rock look
  2. Neaten the seams but folding it in (or out and then in, basically up to you) pinning it and sewing around the edges

Step 3

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If you’re not finished yet, you can cut the sleeves all off so you have none left (or with an inch or two around the armholes of the dress). You can leave it like it is now or neaten the edges using the method in the previous step. Or…

Step 4

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You can add a few fabrics to it – the exciting bit! If you have loads of spare cut-offs that will be great for this step. I have a lot in my room so it’s not hard finding something to add to my upcycling project. You can try experimenting by pinning on different fabrics to see which one(s) appeals to you most and then pin that one down around the hole completely and sew. You want to pin the right sides of the dress and fabric together and sew on the wrong side as it will look weird if it was the other way around. And when it is pulled inside out, it will look how it’s supposed to look. And voila! Your new-ish dress!

If you’d like to alter your dress further, I’ve sketched out a few drawings of how you can do that! Different ways of doing it result in different looks. The possibilities are endless!

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Top 10 Playlists

Victoria’s Top 10 K-Pop Playlist:

1) Wolf – EXO

2) Just one day – BTS

3) Boys in Luv – BTS

4) Bar bar bar – Crayon Pop

5) Something – Girl’s day

6) Baby don’t cry – EXO

7) Come back home – 2ne1

8) Missing you – 2ne1

9) Hello – Nu’est

10) Can’t Stop – CNBlue

 

Robyn’s Top 10:

1) Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

2) Counting Stars – One Republic

3) Where is the Love – Black Eyed Peas

4) Hideaway – Kiesza

5) Ready for Your Love – Gorgon City feat. Mnek

6) Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell

7) Addicted to You – Avicii

8) We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

9) Say Something – A Great Big World

10) Waiting All Night – Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre

 

Damithra’s Top 10:

1) Unconditionally – Katy Perry

2) Let it Go – Demi Lovato

3) Heart Vacancy – The Wanted

4) TGIF – Katy Perry

5) Timber – Ke$ha feat. Pitbull

6) Dark Horse – Katy Perry

7) Wild Heart – The Vamps

8) Viva la Vida – Coldplay

9) Ready or Not – Bridgit Mendler

10) Disco Love – The Saturdays

My Top 10 K-Pop Playlist (part II)

1) What Is Love – EXO – I am in LOVE with this song! Firstly, the vocal abilities of Baekhyun and D.O are just to die for. They are amazing singers and secondly the arrangement is too good and I love the meaning behind the song. They all look so stylish and smart, liking the fashion side of the music video. I love this song so much that I listen to it multiple times everyday and now I can sing the chorus by heart and I want to be able to remember the rest of the lyrics too but that’s taking a while

2) XOXO – EXO – There is nothing wrong with having two songs by the same artist! This song is very catchy and lighthearted; it will brighten your day up anytime. I guess it’s a cutesy sort of song and easy to listen to

3) Ringa Linga – Taeyang – I have been a Taeyang fan for a year now and I loved his song Wedding Dress and I thought this time it would be another ballad by the sound of the introduction but he surpised me when he started spelling out his name. I don’t know about you but the music makes me want to dance so bad! I love the choreography and the scene seems to have a hip hop feel

4) Baddest Female – CL – I got introduced this song when Lucy, Chang Chan, another friend of ours and I went to do a bit of karaoke. I must admit I fell in love with this song! CL’s alter ego really fits in with this song and everything is so hardcore. Gold, silver – there are a lot of accessories won in the music video and again, I am liking the fashion style. Her dressing as a man with a Dali-like moustache rather suits her I think

5) Ma Boy – Sistar 19 – This is a song I discovered myself when I was on Youtube just scrolling through the related videos of music videos. Again, another catchy tune and I’m loving the very simple outfits in the video and the dance is also easy to follow

6) Growl – EXO – Are three songs allowed? EXO has grown on me when I thought in the past that it wouldn’t, how funny. I wasn’t into K-Pop until I heard proper songs that are very much like Western music, especially when it comes to Big Bang and 2NE1

7) Crooked/ One of a Kind – G-Dragon – I cannot decide between these two songs and since I have three more songs to choose cannot sacrifice another a place for another song. G-Dragon is a rapper that I have so much respect for. The video for Crooked took place in Brick Lane, London and I wouldn’t have known unless someone told me, I thought it was in America for some reason. nevertheless, I love the music video and the many outfit changes throughout  and you can tell that his fashion isn’t constant and is always changing

8) Heaven/I Will Show – Ailee – There is no doubt that Ailee has an amazing voice and an amazing presence. I love her singing and again i cannot decide between the two songs . Heaven has a personal sound and it’s a love song which I can guess can be sad or happy. I Will Show is a song I’ve been wanting to look for since ages! It took me a year to look it up again since I didn’t remember or note down the singer’s name or the title of the song. So I guess I’ve fallen in love with her last year. I Will Show is a song I’ve been wanting to look for since ages! It took me a year to look it up again since I didn’t remember or note down the singer’s name or the title of the song. So I guess I’ve fallen in love with her last year and it’s such a catchy song, fun to dance to. A.D.T.O.Y stands for All Day Thinking of You and is a love song, I really like the tune

9) Hands Up/A.D.T.O.Y – 2PM – Hands Up is partying and it’s such a catchy song, fun to dance to. A.D.T.O.Y stands for All Day Thinking of You and is a love song, I really like the tune

10) Don’t Go Home – G-Dragon & T.O.P – I love this song! It’s nearly three years old but the beat is just so funky and it’s got that feel like from the 80’s or 90’s. G-Dragon is an absolute cutie in the music video, the days before he goes all tattoos and more masculine. There’s a cute collaboration between the two as they work together to get the girl that G-D really likes in the music video. I am also liking T.O.P’s Doom Dad his voice is something to be liked by all the girls

My Top 10 K-Pop Playlist

So this is my playlist of my top 10 K-pop songs! For those of you who aren’t in the know just yet, let me enlighten you about some of my favourite songs and music videos from the colourful and wonderful world of Korean pop music! Please be aware that this is my personal playlist and not an official ranking of any site!

1) Growl – EXO – topping my list is the 2013 hit from K-pop sensation EXO with its contemporary R&B rhythm and smooth lyrics, not to mention the 360º choreography and one-take music video featuring all 12 members this song matches their growling spirit to protect their woman! The song has captured the hearts not only of Chinese and Korean fans but the international fans to become a worldwide hit

2) One Shot – B.A.P. – their biggest hit to date features powerful lyrics and an even more powerful music video about the brotherhood between the members in an edgy and crime-filled underbelly of a nameless city. The song itself is explosive and powerful with plenty of bass and an orchestral sound woven into a solid beat that will get you listening again and again!

3) Wo lf – EXO – Ah saranghaeyo! The dubstep and hip-hop fusion collide in a passionate story about a playboy ‘wolf’ falling hard for his ‘beauty’. The beat sticks to your chest while the melody rings in your ears as you hear EXO sing!

4) Come Back Home – 2NE1 – a grungy deep single you can really grind to that also has a mix of ballad? You’ll b e
hard pushed to find one that does it so well as “Come Back Home”. The futuristic and psychedelic music video is strangely addictive and the song’s spirit of calling someone back echoes long after the speakers have stopped moving

5) I Got a Boy – Girls Generation -€ clocking up over 90 million views and the winner of the YouTube Music Awards Video of the Year‚ (2013) this song and music video are a solid favourite in my music library; the choreography is hip-hop inspired and the song is an intense rush of sounds and styles with the tempo folding from verse to verse to create a song sensation like no other!

6) Boy in Luv – Bangtan Boys – why are you shaking my heart?! These rookies are new to the K-pop scene but are coming out fighting! Powerful hip-hop style vocals and deep rap make these bad boys an instant favourite with many fans and the classic school style setting is revved up into a fierce rap battle for a girl’s heart

7) Nillili Mambo – Block B – another unique hip-hop song from the even more unique Block B! Their rich vocal styles combine with the brass style instruments and bass for a modern and funky song and the music video has earnedhe title “chicken mv” among my friends, for reasons you may want to find out yourself

8) Crooked – G-Dragon — this song is a real favourite amongst the youth of Korea, as well as myself! The lyrics talk about being crooked not broken, spitting at the world, being scared and scaring alike and with the modern melody it’s one of my favourite takes on the modern world in K-Pop

9) Everybody – SHINee – coming at you from the dubstep genre here’s the toy-like boys of SHINee! Dancing like wind up soldiers and singing like no songbirds I’ve ever heard the boys show just how well they’ve matured through their career in this intense and fast-paced song

10) Doom Dada – T.O.P – this song is more famous for its MV than anything else but the lyrics strike deep into the modern lifestyle of its listeners and the rich and wonderfully deep voice of T.O.P keeps your ears waiting for every well executed (albeit surre. al) verse

Lucy Wright