Friday, August 30, 2013

a rant about mid-calf boots

In fashion, trends come and go as they please. Some are fun for a while, some tried, but missed the mark, and some are outright ridiculous. The thing about trends is that not every trend is right for everybody...or every body...err body! ...that escalated quickly.
ANYWAY, what I'm trying to say is that above all fashions, all trends, even classics, the number one rule-- dress for your body type. By wearing clothes that work with your body instead of against it, you will look better and feel more confident.
There are tons of trends that I think are adorable, but wouldn't try myself. Or if I do (since I love to break my own rules), I know that I will have to be very, er, "strategic" with the styling. Like Jeffrey Campbell "Lita's"-- totally cute, but they cut you off at the ankle, which is not flattering on my already short legs. The same goes for mid-calf boots. Don't get me wrong, I'm ALL about the combat boot trend, but both of the pairs taking up space in my closet end just below the knee, not at the widest part of my calf, drawing the eye across instead of up.

A horizontal break at the widest part of the leg....AND a Pirate Hook fold over. WHY!?
How do these trends take off when they look bad on 85% of women? I will never know.
No, no, no. Please, no.
Lady Gaga can't even pull it off...why would anyone else think they should even attempt it?

If you are talllll and thinnnn, then go for it. Tuck your skinny jeans into them. Wear them with a pretty dress. Wear them to bed for all I care. But if you think you might be guilty of giving in to a trend just for trends sake,  then pull those suckers out and put them on. Stand in front of the mirror and be honest with yourself. Look at pictures. Do they make you say "I look goooood!" and do a happy dance? If not, quit fooling yourself and say goodbye to this awful misogynistic trend.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Refresh. Renew. Refocus.

This feeling of transition I've had for so long is weighing me down no more! Although I loved the look of the blog before, it was definitely time for a change. I've been de-cluttering my life and my mind, so in that same spirit, I have "de-cluttered" my blog as well.
I am lucky to have so many talented graphic designer friends who wanted to help a sista out with her new look. Thanks to Jamie Wall and Brick Basinger for these lovely graphics:

But in the end, I had to go with the classic Polly Pocket style logo that originally inspired the name for the blog. There have been MANY changes during the three and a half years I've been writing this blog, but this cleaner look should make the site easier to navigate and provide less distractions to the bazillions of photos I cram into each post :)
What do you think? Should I have left things as they were and just injected some bloggy botox? Or is the complete facelift working out? Leave a comment and let me know how you like the new look!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lolitas and Llamas

So lately I've been perusing through a lot of Japanese fashion blogs, specifically about the Lolita style. I don't think it's a look I would ever go for myself, but I do love elements of it and all the pretty pastels and lace and things make me want to stop everything and have a tea party. My favorite trend within this style is the ALPACA craze. These girls have alpaca/llama accessories, prints, and even carry around giant pastel llama plushies. 
It seems so random, but then, at the same time, it makes perfect sense.
Do you have a giant llama to accent any of your outfits? Where can I get one!? And is there a reason behind it or is it just magical tea party fun? If you can answer any of these questions, leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, August 12, 2013

[wishlist] end of summer

Although the days here in San Diego are still warm and sunny, the prevalence of back-to-school sales and completed vacation photo albums being posted to Facebook mark the beginning of the end of summer. I am no longer a student, so a "summer break" doesn't really exist for me any more, but I still got to have lots of "summer" experiences this year, including cheering on horses at the Del Mar racetrack, petting goats at the county fair, singing along to Kaskade's set with a hundred thousand other people in the desert at EDC, and chasing crabs on the beach at night in Panama City. Even though this magical summer is almost over, it's only going to get hotter here in San Diego. Here is what I'm currently craving for the time left before the weather cools down:

1 & 2 Viceroy Palm Springs (photo photo) I've already been on my vacation this summer, but if I could squeeze in one more weekend getaway, this would be it. I love imagining myself relaxing by the pool with its striped cabanas by day and toasting the summer with sweet drinks and a special someone in the bar by night.

3 Beach Riot Palm Print One-Piece from Revolve Clothing HERE Speaking of relaxing by the pool, I've been crazy about palm print ANYTHING all summer. Although the strapless super deep V front wouldn't suit my particularly busty frame, the large simple print and clean lines are to die for.

Rainy Day (photo) As much as I appreciate how fortunate we are to have beautiful sunny weather year round in southern California, its nice to have a rainy day every now and then. I love laying in bed with an actual paper book, turning real pages, and sipping on a cup of green tea while the rain comes down outside.

5 & 6 Macarons and Paris (photo photo) While my Palm Springs daydreams might actually be attainable, my out-there, runaway imagination, reach daydream has always been France. Close your eyes and think of a hot Parisian summer in light floaty dresses, waiting for a breeze on a terrance while you look out at the twinkling lights of the city after the sun goes down. I've got to find a bakery in San Diego that sells macarons!

Lorde- The Love Club EP (photo) I don't often listen to the radio, but last time I flipped through the stations, I was pleasantly surprised by a deep but sweet and mellow voice. I had already come across Lorde's instagram account, not knowing who she was, but was happy to finally match a voice to the curly haired beauty. After having "Royals" stuck in my head for three straight days, I downloaded the entire album and love her tranquil sound and relatable lyrics.

Juice Cleanse (photo) This summer, I've been working on being a little more healthy-- eating cleaner, exercising more, and working on a more consistent sleep schedule. I know that water is the best way to flush toxins out of your body, but I love the idea of a cleanse to nourish and re-energize your body.

Crystals (photo and more info HERE) Along with a healthier body, I've also been working towards a healthier mind. Lately, I've been intrigued by healing crystals and the idea that different crystals can affect your well being. Even if they only work as a placebo effect, they will, at worst, turn out to be beautiful jewelry.

What are your lingering cravings for the rest of the summer? Have you ever been the the Viceroy? Or Paris? What's your favorite way to relax on a rainy day? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, August 9, 2013

insta love

DIY Embellished Sunnies--Tutorial HERE
My outfit for a day at the Del Mar Racetrack
My new sewing machine can do embroidery! I can't wait to monogram everything I own.
How to turn toys into wearable art, on the blog HERE
My pretty new watch, from eBay.
My pineapple obsession led to the purchase of this adorable shoulder bag.
Pretty summery colors that are making me happy right now :)
Used three different apps to filter my face into oblivion
Follow me on instagram at @holeh

Thursday, August 8, 2013

[DIY] Sequin Sweatshirt

Hi, my name is Holeh, and I'm addicted to sequins.
There. I said it. I love sequins. They are bright, colorful, and an inexpensive material to DIY with.
This Markus Lupfer Sequin Lips Sweater has been EVERYWHERE lately. The bright graphic is eye catching, but not overboard for a basic sweater. When I found this simple Minnie Mouse sweatshirt at Walmart, I knew I could take it up a notch by adding sequins, a la the Lips Sweater in question.
You will need:
A sweater with a simple graphic -- choose a pre-printed sweatshirt like I did, or create your own graphic on a plain top
Sequin ribbon in the colors of your design
Fabric glue or E-6000
Spread glue on the area of your design that you want to cover, working in small sections. Start with the outline of your image, and work towards the middle, filling in the outline row by row.
Fill in any spots you missed with single sequins and make sure to pull off any extra threads or glue strings!
Cover your entire design, or just one section that you want to emphasize.
How much do you love sequins? Should I finish covering the entire design, or leave my Minnie Mouse as is? Leave a comment and let me know if you try this DIY yourself!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

[How To] Get Motivated

We all have times in our lives when we just aren't feeling it. Energy is low, procrastination is up, and it seems like things are just standing still. Personally, I've been in a sort of transition stage, and there are plenty of days where I feel locked in limbo. Nothing is happening.
The problem with this is that it's not true. The outside world is still turning while I camp out in my bedroom blanket fort watching Gossip Girl from start to finish on Netflix. It's not like there was any reason or event or moment that suddenly sapped my energy and drove me to sleep in instead of step it up. I've just been lacking motivation.
Decide exactly what your goals are. Write them down, giving yourself a plan and a timeline. It doesn't have to be a minute-by-minute breakdown, but think about a month, six months, or a year from now. Sometimes its hard. Start with one small goal and build from there. Get excited. Immerse yourself in whatever your goal is. Read about it. Google it. Practice it. Talk to people about it. You don't have to start right away-- mark it on the calendar. Get excited and let the energy build until you can't keep yourself from beginning any longer.

Doing things alone can be really difficult. Find a friend or family member with a similar goal. Reach out to someone who has already accomplished what you want to do and ask them for advice. Some post online on social media to hold themselves accountable. Join an online support group. Find a confidante who will listen and give positive feedback or constructive criticism.
Think about it every day. Set a photo of your goal as your computer desktop. Put alarms and reminders on your phone. I like to write mantras on sticky notes and put them on my mirror where I get ready every day. Commit to doing one small thing every day that will help you reach your goal, and build on those habits. Remind yourself how excited you were when you started. If you lose motivation, it will come back-- return to inspiration. Don't give yourself five more minutes. Don't wait until tomorrow. And don't give up.
Remember and accept that you will fail many times before you succeed. There's an ebb and flow of good and bad on any journey. Don't let negative thinking replace your positive power. Squash the bad thoughts and move along. If you've learned from your setbacks, you are still moving forward. Don't let the tiny bumps in the road grow into roadblocks. Ride it out, keep pushing forward, and you will always be able to accomplish anything you desire.

Monday, August 5, 2013

[DIY] Tuxedo Jeans

Tuxedo pants have been a huge part of the menswear-for-women trend for the past couple of seasons. Although my style is more feminine, I have always loved the sleek look of tuxedo pants, even back when they were just for men. 
These days, tuxedo pants are a trend both genders are reaching for, and its super easy to turn any pair of simple pants up a notch.
You will need:
Pants to change up (I used a pair of black jeans)
1 1/2" to 2"wide black satin ribbon
Iron on adhesive tape (like Stitch Witchery or something similar)
Fold your pants flat so that the side seam is facing up. Lay out your iron-on tape on the hem. (I had to double mine up because my ribbon was wider than the tape.)
Fold the top of your ribbon under to keep it from fraying, and iron your ribbon down the length of your pants, following the directions for your iron-on tape.
When you get to the hem of your pants, fold your ribbon over and use another small piece of the iron-on tape to hold it down to the inside of your hem.
Repeat on the other side of your pants, and now you have a pair of tux jeans that can dress up any casual outfit, or tone down the romanticism of an overly feminine outfit.
What do you think about the menswear-for-women trend? Would you rock a pair of tux pants? Let me know in the comments!