2014 m. sausio 30 d., ketvirtadienis

DIY: Polka Dot Shorts

Though it's winter outside, it's always vise to think a little bit further and prepare for upcoming seasons, like summer. I was fascinated by these Zara shorts (see picture above), but there were two reasons, why they didn't end up in my shopping bag: 1) they were too short (I know that my legs are far from the girl's who is wearing those shorts in the picture) and 2) it's price. So I decided, that it's time for another DIY! Sure, the process took longer that I thought, but in the end - I think it was worth it! 
   You'll need:

I got these jeans in the thrift shop, so the price of this project is about 15 Lt (~ 4 euros). 

First step: measure the lenght (I wanted a little bit longer than those scraps of fabric which I see in shops, because I want to be able ride my bike without people staring at my butt...)

... and then cut away all the unnecessary fabric.

Step two: pick the size of your polka dots. I made this stencil from plastic because my idea was make these dots by using a an old paintbrush which was dipped in bleach. Of course, this idea was doomed to fail,because the bleach spread out and the dots got a little bit bigger than I was planning, but, still, it wasn't a complete fiasco. 

Step three: start making dots! Each dot has to be moistened with bleach time after time (you have to repeat this dotting process for 3-4 times) in order to make it as white, as  possible. It's not the most enjoyable part of this DIY, besides, you have to be careful not to inhale too much of the bleach vapour - so better keep your windows open or turn on the ventilation system if you have one (if you doing this in winter. In summer I strongly recommend you to do this outside) - things tend to get pretty "fragrant" here...

Step four: leave your shorts in water mixed with bleach for ten minutes to bleach out the real color and bring out the whiteness of the dots. I had to soak my shorts twice, because it's color was so hard to bleach out.

Let it dry and... Taaaa - daaa! You have your very own awesome DIY polka dot shorts! I used pumice stone to rip up these shorts in few places, just to give them that "old" look. So that's all! Be creative! 

Stay warm!
Kisses and hugs!

2014 m. sausio 16 d., ketvirtadienis

Things That Brighten My Day

Cosmetics, huh? Well, it was never my thing, actually, and I have mentioned that before in my older posts. BUT! (there's always this one "but"!) I do care about my skin and so I thought, why not so share my experiences with some of these products?

1) My No.1 now clearly is this wonderful body butter "Maroccan Rose" from "The Body Shop". Recreating the scent of roses, in my opinion, is a very tricky thing - in most of cases, when I was trying some roses-scented products, it was a complete disaster. But this one is an exception - it really smells like those flowers! I like it's texture - on skin it fells light and is absorbed pretty quickly. This body butter is for normal/dry skin, so if you want to pamper your's - I highly recommend to try this one!

2) All of these lip balms are my favorites (though it's hard to believe even for myself!). When it comes to my lips, I'm a pretty choosy person. So the first one "Saldaus apelsino ir mandarino kvapo" ("Sweet Scent of Orange and Tangerine") is organic, ecologic lip balm, which I like for it's scent (well, that's obvious) and for it's moisturizing properties. The second one is from "The Body Shop" and is called Honeymania. I like it's honey-ish scent and soft texture. The third one is from Lithuanian company called Uoga uoga. I like this brand and it's products, so this lip balm is no exception. I came across this balm last year and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to buy it for the rest of my life!

3) "Miss Manga" from "L'Oreal". I wanted to try this mascara so badly not only for my personal warm feelings towards Japanese manga, but from my curiosity also, I think. "Can it really make your eyelashes look like from manga?" - I was asking myself. Yeah, it really can. BUT you must be pretty careful, because too much of this mascara on your eyelashes makes it look like it's not from "L'Oreal", but from some cheap 99 cents shop. 

4) "Maybelline Colorama" and "L'Oreal" nail polishes are my favorites now. The first one is from "Brocades" collection, the third one - from "Vintage Leather". Both create an unexpected look, I do like the first one though, because even if "Vintage leather" creates an interesting matte effect, still, if it's not carefully done, it might look like you've got some dirt on your nails. The nail polish from "L'Oreal" looks pretty good, I like it's color, but one thing for sure - it's hard to remove it (because of all that glitter). 

And now, the second part of my never-ending romance with "Gucci" - Christmas present from my husband and mother-in-law. I was so fascinated by this "Glorious Mandarin" scent, that the only option was to get it. And now I'm pretty much complete (Oh, the joy of getting good and beloved stuff...). 

And this thing I got just yesterday - it's a brooch (but also a pendant) from "Lord of the Rings" movies. And since I'm a hardcore fan of Tolkien and Jackson, I thought - why not? So you can find it here, on eBay (my old good friend, supplying me with all that bijouterie...).  

2014 m. sausio 10 d., penktadienis

Some Changes

Well, since it's already 2014, it's time for some changes, and I'll start with this blog. First thing that got me into the contemplation was the question, should I change the language that I'm writing in? I thought about pros and cons and finally decided to switch from Lithuanian to English. The main reason was really simple - just to share my experiences with a larger audience (But my other blog (Fancy Reader) will  stay Lithuanian to it's core, I promise!). That's it. So, I'm giving a shot.
   So, what are my goals this year? Well, I would like to take more photos, because I got kinda lazy and tend to ''forget'' my camera at home (well, yeah, it's an additional weight, right?). My smartphone is just for snapshots, but I want more quality.
   More photos means more posts, so this is my intention too - try not to forget this blog (even when I got piles of books and hours of work to do) and update much more frequently. I am going to concentrate not only on trips, or posts about my life, but also try to do more DIY stuff and make few pics of my outfits.
That's pretty much all. Now I hope for a proper winter with snow and reasonable temperature, because this weather drives me crazy (and I also got /bought so many nice knitted sweaters, socks, even two pairs of new shoes and there is no chance to try them!). 

Stay warm!