Sunday, April 10, 2016

aftershow impromptu

Getting my hands on a new sewing project is always pleasingly soothing and relaxing.  Though I haven't got a whole lot of experience and knowledge that's another reason why I'm always itching to get a project done and to start a new one.  I learn so much from one project that it gets me excited and motivated to use the new techniques  I learned in my next project.

 My school's fashion show was in February and I spent a few days over the winter break to complete this.  It didn't take as long as I had anticipated.  For me, I like to sketch out and plan my ideas before I 'get my hands dirty', but then once start I just go with the flow.

I never got around to posting any pictures of my piece for my school's fashion show.  I guess I thought since they were taken from Photo Booth, they wouldn't be as nice.  I've started to embrace the fact that I don't have the luxury of a nice camera.  I suppose that's why Photoshop has been a huge contributor to my recent posts.  It's helped me feel as if I could still transpose my creativity and personality.  I sewed a jacket and a skirt, but you can't exactly see the skirt all too well.  I completed another project that I wore for my birthday, but since then I haven't gotten enough time to properly give a whole day up to begin another.  I've had some ideas in mind, I just need timeeeee.

Have you ever seen or looked into renaissance costumery?  When I first discovered a love for its embroidering and layering it was through a Youtuber by the name Angela Clayton.  She's also got a blog where she goes more into depth.  She sews her own cosplay and it was through watching her videos that I became more aware of the amount of detail I put into my pieces.  I don't like to admit this, but although I love it when my projects come out looking rather professional, I am a rusher.  ugh and it sucks that I am.  I try to consciously remind my self to slow down and be patient and to look at the big picture, but that tends to slip through.  

Same thing goes for math tests.  I've got this friend who takes her time when she does anything.  And I mean, she really takes her time.  So much time that she takes a ruler and neatly draws her lines in fractions during math.  It's sort of hard to explain this dilemma. (random but true)

thanks for reading <3

Sunday, April 3, 2016

these shorts are no longer shorts on me

HAND-ME DOWNS Yesterday, my sister, mom, and I made a quick detour in our exclusion to visit a small tucked away antique store that we'd never ventured in before.  Although I love antique stores, I never fail to feel extremely intimidated by the pricing and the owners.  The pricing can be too pricy for my likings.  The owners can be predators.  All I really want to do whenever I visit a store is to browse around and get ideas for myself, just to see what there is.  I'm like this when I go to the mall as well.  However, at the mall the sales associates are the predators.  I suppose I am quite fortunate that I am not a shopaholic and I really do value hard earned money and keep in mind practicality.

At the antique store my mom and I found a gorgeous circular metal plate thing that was dented and carved and painted into this beautiful Egyptian portrait.  It was stunning.  It was mesmerizing.  It was antique... It was sourced from a thrift store (price sticker half scratched off).  This was quite discouraging.  We would have been better off going to a local thrift store to find cool antiques.  Especially since he was selling it for 25$ - but so kindly reduced it to 10$ for us since he forgot to put a pricing on it.  Gee thanks.  We ended up walking away.

My jacket is a hand-me down from Jones New York.  My scarf was scavenged at a Brandy Melville warehouse sale.  The black blouse and scarf were thrifted.  The shorts are hand-me downs.  The socks  were from Target when Target existed in Canada fort hat one year.  The shoes are G.H. Bass & Co.

xx Sophia

Friday, April 1, 2016

in my little corner of the world

PHOTOSHOP-ING I've recently done a few changes here and there to my blog's template.  This tends to happen every so often.  I wanted to shared with you something I added to my blog.  It says, "I pledge to read the printed word".  I don't think I could stand to live in a world where physical copies no longer exist.  Sure my laptop is my little baby - and don't forget my phone - however I will always be a book person.  Never an e-book or audiobook or whatever electronic books devices they are coming out with person.  I definitely think you should add this to your blog if you feel the same way :)  And if you already added it :) :) :)  

My taste is continually evolving and I eventually enjoy a change of scenery.  Signing up for this 30 day free Photoshop trial was probably one of the best things that's happened for this blog.  I've been playing around with a lot of editing.  I really wish Photoshop was somehow a physical program where I could move things around with my hands but still manage to have to same liberty and precision.  It's tiresome looking at a computer screen after a long time.  I've been spending lots of time on the computer as of late; still trying to master this editing program.  Tutorials make it out to be so much easier then it looks.

It has been a long time since I have told myself that I truly love the pictures I'm posting.  I don't have a lot of fancy equipment - like perhaps a camera - so taking photos can be limiting at times.  I used to edit most of my pictures on VSCO cam.  Recently that's what I've been using to get quick and easy enhancements since I'm not an expert at Photoshop.

I have this scrapbook that is barely filled and I did a few collages in it a few months ago and then never got back into it. It wasn't until we got one of those free fashion magazines in the mail that I had the urge to do more collages.  I just sat down while watching Grey's Anatomy (S02E05) and started destroying the magazine. haha.  I went on to watch the latest Baby Daddy (S05E09).  I didn't think much of my collages until I was editing this outfit on my phone with VSCO cam that I literally put two and two together!  I whipped out my phone and took pictures of the collages.  No scanning required.  Then, thanks to photoshop I played around with the layouts.

The other backgrounds I used in my previous posts were mostly taken from a few Google Images searches. This feels more personal and satisfying this way.  I'm going to stick to making more collages for my edits.  

Ps. If you look at any of my outfit posts, or simply look at the side bar you'll notice I only tilt my body one way when I'm posing.  I'm thinking that needs to change tooooooo.

My jacket is from Forever 21.  My sunnies where from the Black Market.  My top was thrifted and I love it to pieces.  The shorts are H&M on sale.  For some odd reason, I always pair these shorts with more patterns.  I can't help it; the shorts make me do it.  I'm not too sure where my tights were from.   All I can say is those rips were not on purpose.  The shoes... ah yeah G.H. Bass & Co.  my ride or dies.

I'd really like to hear what you guys think about my edits.  I know it's really easy to be bias towards your own work.  Is the sizing weird?  The lighting weird?  Is there too much going on?  I would like to improve as much as possible.

See you next time,
Sophia <3