Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lala's Style of the Day

  • Mutilated T-shirt: bought at thrift store, mutilated by me.
  • Shorts
  • Shoes

A rather plain style of the day but plainess is appropriate for a day spent packing. The last style of the day in America this year. Fascinating.

90% done packing. Must continue on. See you later on the other side of the world!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Scrapalicious Scalp.

Being born on Earth Day gives me a certain obligation to follow the eco-friendly trend. I like to imagine myself as Princess of Nature since that title sounds so lovely, don't it? Ever since I learned those three magic words in elementary school, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse I've been adhering those codes to my royal life. Sure I love thrifting and dumpster diving, but I love re-making things from junk even more.

If you have been reading this blog, you must know by now that I am one hardcore DIYer. I am also a hoarder. I can't seem to let go of many things whether it be the stained girl scout shirt still in more drawer or the hubcap I randomly found on my adventure filled night to the Getty. (The hubcap was sadly thrown away during move out day because my dad decided to bring the sedan for all my things. all my things. I have a lot of things). Because of these two tendencies I have two large trash bags filled with fabric scraps that were left over from summers of random DIYing and my recent fashion show collection. I just can't let go. Not even of a little piece of fabric.

Thankfully, I listened to my instinct and saved the scraps because I found a new way to reuse these scraps in my everyday wear. Nothing earth-shattering here, just really simple and easy to do scrap projects for what else - your head. I have a self-professed love for all head deco so this was such a wonderful way to satisfy my craving while saving the last few dollars for Europe.

Some of these require no sewing at all! Perfect for all you DIY hungry fashionistas lacking a sewing machine or steady hands to thread the needle through the eye.

Like what you see? If you picked yes then good for you keep on reading. If you picked no is it because it's too much, too tacky for your taste, too weird for your chic? Then don't give up just yet because you can make anything to suit your own personal taste. That's what I love about DIY. It's your fashion.

So if you like what you see or you want to try to like what you see, I'll teach you how to make these. They're super easy and I bet most you could even do without a tutorial. But I'm feeling generous today. I'm in my mother teresa mode and nothing can stop me now.

First thing, these pieces (except Braidy Bunch) were attached to my head by a black ribbon. If you like, you can put these scrappy treasures on hair clips, headbands, scrunchies, pins or anything you like! Once again it's your fashion.

In my now attempt to be all professional sounding with official instructions here are the materials you need:
  • Scraps in all sizes, colors, shape. Don't discriminate!
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Safety pins.
  • Sewing Machine or thread & needle
  • Yarn
  • Any other bits and bobbins you want to add.
  • Hands
  • Mind
  • Heart.

I'll start with the Twisted Cloud and Leprechaun Petals since they were the easiest.

  1. First take a piece of scrap, preferrably a piece that is more squarish or roundish in size anything that's not super long and thin is what I'm trying to say.
  2. Fold in the edges toward the center. Just fold. Fold it like you mean it. Twist it like you want it. Shape it as you like it.
  3. Most of the edges should fall somewhere into the center.
  4. Pin down and sew an 'X'.
  5. Done.
  6. Now just add a safety pin on the back size and loop it through a ribbon.

Braidy Bunch and Exploding Veins

  1. Take fabric and cut into long strips. If strips aren't long enough you can always connect more pieces.
  2. Braid it like a normal braid.
  3. Tie the ends together with a little extra at the end so its like a bulbous rash on the top of your head. That's the braidy bunch for you.
  4. For exploding veins, you braided fabric should be a little on the stiff side. Tie it in all random shapes and 3-D if you like.
  5. Glue down to keep shape.
  6. Slip ribbon through.
  7. Done again. Wow that was fast!

Periwinkle Barnacles

  1. For this one, take little rectangular pieces and just tie knots. Knot it like you know it.
  2. The knots should form a circular shape. Cut loose ends.
  3. Make many of these.
  4. Clump together and use yarn to connect together. It will be a puzzle. Just try to make all the pieces attached.
  5. Attach ribbon on left and right side of mass
  6. Done. Now you can have a barnacle on your head.

As you can see, my instructions are rather lame. But that's the point. The point is to just get out your scraps and your trash and just do whatever. Play around with easy techniques like braiding and knotting and weaving and who knows what concoction you can come up with. Just remember there's no such thing as wrong. "Ew" maybe. But never wrong. I thought Periwinkle was super wrong at first but I've come to love it and it's wrongness is so right in my eyes.

Now go play with your scraps, create something "ew-abulous" and show me. I swear I won't laugh. Maybe just a little. But I laugh because I love it.

Off to packing again.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lala's Style of the Day & Scooter Adventures

  • Dress: It was originally skirt I bought from TYM but I got bored of it so I decided to do a little recon. At first I was going to be a little more DIY-lazy and just attach the straps for a loose, flowy dress but I got bored of that too and decided to go a bit more pleat-y fun. I get bored easily.
  • Shoes: $5 thrift. These are my new babies that I plan to wear to Italy. Super comfy.
  • Hair Tumor: Made by me. A post on these coming soon!
  • Red Guy Laroche coat: So I didn't actually wear this out. I would have, but I value my life over fashion and a heat stroke is so not fashionable. I haven't worn it out yet but I've rediscovered my love for it's 80's shape and the hood collar. $2.50 st. vinnies.

Today I woke up to the sun and the rooster call. I put on my clothes, did a mini photoshoot and off to another adventure with KC, Funk Master T, Busababe, Bboi, and their friend J. There was scooter riding, McDonalds Iced Coffee drinking, chinese islamic food eating, karaoking, and random story telling-ing. I was going to post a video of my scooter riding olympic skills but it takes forever to load it up here. I'm too impatient to wait. New Years Eve is such a torture to me. Busababe has got to be the best singer of Under Pressure ever. Second only to David Bowie and Queen of course. I'm awed by her art of music.

I had a big alzheimer moment again when I left my keys in the trunk. Thankfully, there was one of those holes in the backseat and T man used his clean feet to grab them out. I also sold my old clothes to Buffalo Exchange for the first time. They didn't want most of my stuff. I felt rejected both inside and out. But at least I got $42 in store credit. I guess this sort of defeats my goal of buying less. Why am I forever cursed with failure?!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm a Model You Know What I Mean

If you haven't noticed, my octupus modeling face hasn't been around the fashion world lately. The last you've probably seen of me was from the 08/09 Fall fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris. All you fashion hungry folks must be all "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?" except fill in Carmen San Diego with LalaLiu.

Well, if you must know, my modeling status has jumped from runway to print and editorials. Better yet, I've become my own brand. For reals you ask? Fo real.

Here's a sneak peak at what I've been up to. The shoots have a lets go traveling theme since I'm leaving in 5 days for studying abroad. Although I'm a world famous octopus-faced-muse-to-designers-and-supermodel extraordinarie, I still attend school because what's beauty without brains.

Let me bath in my on vanity once again.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bandwidth exceeded. WTF.

GRRRR. All my pretty pictures are gone! I can't log in and admire myself anymore.

Sorry. It should take me a while to fix and transfer my images to my domain host.

Another thing to do on my list of things to do.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Terror that is Packing.

In approximately 7 days and 5 hours and 20 minutes I will be saying sayonara to California as I head off for Milan.

Excited? Yes. Nervous? Perhaps. But it's not traveling I'm nervous about. It's the realization that I will be only bringing one suitcase for four months abroad. What is a clothes-whore to do?

I am so lazy when it comes to preparing for travel. I still have a million things on my "list of things to do before I leave". The first one, "write a list of things I need to buy and bring" is still incomplete. I attempted at my cleaning the room first so that I could have a clean desk to write that list of things to bring. The room is still not clean. In fact it got a little messier as I tried to clean my closet. I have way too much clothes.

So now, I need the help of fashion bloggers. What should I bring? I only have one large suitcase and a traveling backpack. I am thinking of keeping it simple and a little more Italian? I want to blend in as much as possible. My mom told me it was impossible unless I get massive facial plastic surgery. What can I say, I just don't have an Italian face.

It's getting closer and closer and somehow I am trying to lie to myself in thinking that I still have a lot of time. Maybe going to Italy will somehow force me to be a little more chic and a little less ridiculous. If that happens, my mom should be really happy that I'm going abroad.

What am I doing blogging! I need to clean. I need to finish an illustration.

Actually, I need to blow dry my hair. It's making my shirt and back wet. Like. So. Ew.

Lala's Style of the Day & Adventures in LA

  • Psychedelic-JesusChristSuperstar-Ultra-Flared-Kaleidoscope Pants of Awesomeness: $2 thrift. Words cannot describe how awesome these pants are.
  • White tank: Guess? outlet
  • Yellow belt: $2 tjmaxx
  • Watch necklace
  • New Lolita glasses: $4 TYM.

I realize I am a bit ridiculous in this outfit. But I love it. so. so. much. I went to LA today to visit my favorite ghetto superstar along with Busababe and KC. We journeyed public transportation style. Yeah baby, going green. I decided I had to wear these pants that I bought a while ago and posted somewhere in the archives of this wee blog. I thought I would never get the chance to show it out in public, but today, I did not hold back. I said I was going for it. This adventure today was as much about my super socially awkward friends as it was the pants. I should seriously make a book about it except I might get sued for copyright infringement since there is another book out there about pants. But these pants beat those pants any day.

When I woke up in the morning and showed my mom what I was going to wear, she gave me a pained expression and said, "Do you have to?". I said, "Yes. I have to."

She gave up. I think she gave up the day I turned weird. Which is like, my birth date.

I carpooled with mom to the train station and she asked me, "How do you pee with those pants?". I made a wtf face. "Umm, they're just like regular pants." I replied.

"Oh, I thought you had to take it all off to pee."

"Um. No. They're just pants. But cooler."

We arrived and I met up with Busababe (she was dressed super cute by the way!!) and off to LA we went. On the way we flipped through Nylon. And we started talking fashion. I started asking her what she liked. She told me. And then I started questioning what my personal style was. I looked down. Definitely, not normal.

KC greeted us with her monkey face. We bused it to ghettosuperstar. It felt like I was being a tourist at my own school. I danced with the bear. Actually, I was trying to smack it's butt. No. I ain't kinky.

We visited the apartment then off to Westwood for a little TYMing. I finally found heart shaped sunglasses! I've been wanting them ever since they became cool but haven't found them anywhere for cheap. Now that they're a little passe, it's the perfect time for me to wear them out. I'm always behind on trends. I tend to pick things up after all hipsters and trendistas have gone through them. I blame it on my genetic procrastination skills.

Afterwards, with my new sunglasses on face, we went to Santa Monica. Walked around and touched sand. It was bliss.

In order to catch the train, we had to leave a little early than I would have liked. We jumped on a random bus that took forever. On the way we discussed many important topics in life. Such as fetishes, afros, and priests. We finally were fed up with the slow-mo bus that we jumped off when we saw a metroline.

The highlight of my day occurred on the metro.

We were standing in the middle, holding a pole. Outside the window I see a face painted man coming in. I thought he was coming back from some baseball game or something. But nope, he was actually a clown. I didn't give much thought, but just kept looking into space. He looked a little creepy and Busababe looked at him and then looked at me and told me that he was looking at us.

I looked over. He saw me look over. And then he asked in a serious manner, "Are you a clown?"

Internally, I exploded with laughter. Externally, I exploded with laughter.

"Oh. No. Sorry."

Dude. I do not have clown pants man. I don't even look like a clown! Okay, don't answer that. I think he was jealous that he didn't have any awesome pants. When I later told my mom, she said, "He must of thought you were stealing his customers."

Highlight of my day. Enough said. I couldn't look back at him for the longest time. I was finally glad that we made it to the station because this clown looked mighty creepy.

We ran to the train, but it left without us even though we were standing right there. Oh well I thought. That gives more time for the three stooges, aka us, to be lame.

I made it home. And so did my pants. That sounds a little dirty or maybe I'm just thinking dirty since busbabe enlightened me with all her human sexuality knowledge.

I really must sleep. Super tired from waking up at 6:30

P.S Remember this. Only two days left.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Lala's Style of the Day

  • Blue peacock dress: $5 from china. It was suppose to be this nightgown sleepwear sort of thing but the graphic and the colors just called to me and was like "wear me in the day time where the sun shines and the world can see my beauty". I listened. I hemmed it a bit so it's not au natural but at least it's happy with itself.
  • Belt: mom's closet that I rescued. or maybe stole. they all seem the same these days.
  • heart watch necklace
  • headband: DIY recycled scraps of fabric. Seriously, so easy to do and a great way to use those old scraps of fabric instead of tossing them!
  • Roadrunner bag: 0.50 local thrift
  • via spiga heels: $25 nordstrom rack. I didn't actually wear these shoes out. I opted for a more feet friendly flip flop but they are awesome and make me taller and make me that much closer to having legs of a supermodel. I'm only 0.05% closer, but still.

I went to OCMA today with J and saw some really weird art, some Warhols, some video with a naked man, and some x-rated winnie the pooh. It was fun. My dad says I get pimples because I don't get enough sleep. I'm going to test that theory. Peace out. Heading to LA tomorrow and waking up at 6:30. Woah. That sounds foreign to me.

And remember to bid!!! Only three days left. Three days left to make your wardrobe complete.

I finally figured out how the tripod works. It was like an angel from heaven came and whispered in my ear. Now I'm afraid I'm becoming even more cam-whorish. Oh well. As KC says, "We are all hoes". True that.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lala's Style of the Day

  • Ballons &gun tshirt: LalaLiu Designs
  • Poofy ridunkulous pink skirt: the bottom part of that one dress from $1 jet rag sale. I added that grey zipper for some strange reason to make it a little less like I'm a 5 year old going to a princess tea party. Did it work? Probably not, but I don't mind being stared at.
  • Belt: 0.50 thrift
  • heart watch necklace: $5 thrift
  • Gold shoes: $15 nordstrom rack
  • Panda bag

I hung out with KC today and as usual we were being weird. In the last picture she was saving me from jumping into the freezing waters of the Atlantic. We were recreating Titanic in a cooler light. Look at her pained expression. Look at my goofy grin of ecstasy ready to jump into concrete. Priceless.

So from my little hair experiment below, I might keep my mermaid hair at the moment. Hopefully I don't become like one of those guests on the Maury show that have extremely long hair like to their feet that get a makeover. I need to start mentally preparing for leaving but somehow even though it's only a few days away it hasn't quite set in. For me, procrastination works everywhere and for everything.

My butt's itchy. Must sleep to de-itchify my butt.

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