Saturday, July 28, 2012

Let's Go To Texas!

Dear Sprinkle Pops,

I am not dead! I disappeared because I have been really busy. I just got to Texas last week and I thought I would be done unpacking and settling in a LOT sooner than I was. I got here after a super long drive (It was longer than expected and we didn't get back until 3 am because of  road work and stuff.) I have really been enjoying it here and everyone I've met has been very friendly. I will update this in the morning because we are going to see Brave tomorrow and I have to be up early!

Sleepily Yours,

Skiteanna La~Sweet


Dear Sugar Coated Strawberries,

I  think I will finally be able to start doing blog entries again (>u< Yay~) I have been so busy with the move and stuff that I haven't been able to do a lot of the things I love, but I'm still having fun of course! So how about a personal update so you can know everything going on in my like (Stalkers ): ..just kidding~ :D)

~ I got a second guinea pig named Spice!(Sugar and Spice) She is the dominant one of the two I learned, even though we found out  she didn't have any front teeth! (They are growing back in nicely :D)

Spice is the dark brown one and Sugar is the light brown one. (That is the only pose I could get them in! They are hard to photograph haha.)

~ When I was unpacking my stuff I saw we were missing my main clothes bag so I pretty much only have the clothes I came here in and a few other things right now. For some reason I brought about 5 or 6 jackets to Texas (TEXAS, I must of been half asleep when I packed hehe). So, I really need to get to goodwill soon we've been trying to get there for a few weeks and it just keeps on not working out (Today we had this horrible storm that almost flipped the car and that's why we didn't go today) It is quite the nightmare for me to be without all my clothes I spent years collecting, but hopefully I can convince someone at my house in Indiana to ship over my clothes if I cover the shipping. It just makes me sad to not have clothes to play dress up in and it's hard to run a fashion blog with no clothes! (haha) Also, my fairy kei tutus and petticoats are missing since they were in one of the bags I left. (I was running on no sleep since I couldn't sleep at all that night, nerves!) Which is really disappointing, but I'll figure something creative out until then!

~ We missed seeing Brave because our going kept having to be put off until the day after the theater stopped showing it! We saw Ice Age 4, which was find because it was so cute and sweet. (Also, I'm pretty sure it had wild guinea pigs in it, just sayin')

~ I got addicted to neopets again! (The cuteness is quite hard to resist)

~ I also am again addicted to poupee girl~

~ I got like 8 new clip bows at Kroger (;D )

~ I have been getting back into writing and drawing (Yay~)

That is about it for now! I would love to have new blog posts and make up for my lack of them the last few weeks, please post suggestions for the kinds of blog posts you'd like to see in the comments~ I had a lot of ideas, but I want to get my clothes before I can do most of my blog ideas. Maybe I could post something once I go to goodwill and get a few things~ (Like a guide to shopping at goodwill and making the most of the cheap items or something similar) I hope to get back to you all very soon! Be safe and have a good rest of your night/day/morning/week!

Backily(just kidding, that isn't a word) Yours,

Skiteanna La~Sweet

Friday, July 13, 2012

Let's Be Creative! (Simple and Easy Tutorial For Decorating Your Cellphone!)

Dear Chocolate Coated Truffle Pigeons,

Do you have a boring cheap phone that you just don't like that much? Do you wish your dull grey phone would match your colorful personality? Do you like everything in your life to be cute, but think you just don't have the money or skill to do anything yourself to MAKE the things around you cute and pretty? Well then, stay tuned to find out how my phone went from cheap and boring to a pink sparkly gem among my possessions! I am don't have a lot of money or skill, but did have a lot of success!

Here again for another glorious Friday! Today I will be writing a mini tutorial on how I turned my simple cheap grey cellphone into a cute pink cellphone that I just love!

This method isn't for everyone and may not be good for your own cellphone. I would recommend something else for the newer cellphones that are expensive with a huge touch screen. This is more for older phones, usually flip phones, with a lot of area for color! Let's get started!~

(Pictured is the Samsung Gusto 1) This is what my cellphone looked like before~ (This is the picture from the internet since I didn't take a picture before I started since I got the idea to make a tutorial after I was finished, but it is this model.) Look at the cute kitty~ ovo

~Step 1~ Read the instructions of the tutorial before you begin so you know what your getting into. If you need to, ask permission from your parents first. (I am not responsible for you ignoring that instruction XD) After you do that and you are sure you can and want to do this let's begin!

~Step 2~ Make a plan and find a nail polish!

I suggest picking a nail polish color that would match your wardrobe, I used a pink because most things that I own are pink, that is my favorite color!~ If you are a person who likes nail polish, it will be a lot easier to find a color, though if you really wanted to you could stop by the store, a garage sale, or a friends house and buy or borrow some nail polish(Which would usually be rather cheap) I recommend picking a nail polish that does well on your nails before you go putting it on your phone! A good quality nail polish will make it easier, but I wouldn't stress terribly about it. Also, make sure the color is one that will look good on the phone! I would suggest not using too many colors or getting TOO crazy, sometimes being simpler can really help the final product. Get a piece of paper and draw your cellphone, find crayons or colored pencils, or even markers that are close to the nail polish colors you want to use and color it in! Once your satisfied with the design you can move on to the next step.

~Step 3~ Now that you have your phone, your nail polish, and your plan it's time to start painting! Make sure you only paint in one direction and are VERY careful around areas you do not want to paint. I would have cue tips and nail polish remover handy just in case. Also, you can use tape and tape off areas that have screen showing. When I did my phone I cut off tape to place over the front screen, but I found you must be VERY careful or when you take it off it could tear holes in your paint job. I think it may be best to cut the tape smaller than the screen so there are still gaps between the tape and the paint job so that most of your screen is protected, but you won't ruin the paint job. Still, be VERY careful around the screens. This is the most difficult part. Apply an even coat and at this point you may be panicking because it looks like a complete mess! Do not panic little ones <3~ This project requires a lot of time and many many coats of nail polish. I spent at least 2 or 3 hours with my phone open painting it. Let each coat dry and apply a new one evenly until it looks good! At the end I had about 6 color layers. I painted my phone in the open position and painted right onto the dark grey surface and none of the color still shows through. Just make sure you have a good amount of nail polish, but when I did it I had already used a good amount of the tiny bottle of nail polish to do my previous phone that looked almost exactly the same, but was stolen! (It was very sad, but I think it says something about the paint job! Who would steal a 10 dollar minutes phone if it were plain? BUT a pretty one I guess is worth stealing to some people :') ) I had barely any left in the bottle when I started the project this time and though it didn't look as good, it was still very effective. Now that you have your phone painted and you are pleased with the result, lets move on! (Let it dry overnight at some point before you add things)

~Step 4~ At this point you should have a dry phone painted the color of your choosing looking FABULOUS! If you had some slightly uneven coats you may see bumps or imperfections in the coat when you look closely. Do not fear! This next step will make these things unnoticeable! I strongly recommend selecting a clear nail polish with sparkles in it and applying it generously all over the phone's coat of nail polish.
Something like this would be good, actually if you could find a nail deco kit that could come in handy too!

Let the coat of sparkle dry and you'll see that it really helped the overall look! Once you are finished with that and everything is completely dry, I suggest a top coat! Something that will really seal in the color.  

Pictures of my phone took on my less than amazing camera at this stage in the process~ See how the sparkles really help even things out? 

~Step 5~ (This is the most optional step and if you are already completely happy with the product, skip it) Time to decorate!! If you are the kind to collect stickers or things like that, they would be great to add at this point! Think again about where you would like things before you place them. Again, make sure the phone is COMPLETELY dry! Place down stickers and bits and bobs and decide where you would like to put things!  You could glue just about anything on with some craft glue, just place it on and see where everything looks good before you glue it. My phone isn't finished with this step, but when it is I will add some pictures of that stage in the process! Instead, please settle for some creatively customized phones for a bit of inspiration. 

And then your done!! You have a phone that is almost as cute as you are!  I would love to see pictures of your phones when your finished, please send me some <3 


* You must be aware of any camera, screen, and flap thing (Like those things that go over your charger slot to protect it and stuff) Be VERY careful in those areas, it can make side buttons harder to push if you don't take a toothpick and slide it along the sides of the buttons where there is now nail polish right away! Just be careful and aware of those things and look over your cellphone well. 
* I'd imagine you could use acrylic paint if you are an artist and had more of that than nail polish and I'd think it would work pretty much the same way, but I don't know a lot about acrylic paint so you may want to do some light research. 
* It can be slightly messy so make sure you paint somewhere you will not make a huge mess. Make sure you   do it over a styrofoam plate or something (that's what I used) and have some paper towels handy. Don't paint in clothes you love love love and would be sad to get messy just in case. 
* I didn't paint the inside of my flip phone and I would NOT suggest it! It seems like a disaster to paint anywhere with all those necessary buttons, plus you need to be able to read them. 
* You could use this method on things that aren't a phone too. I just used my phone as an example. It could work on small things like an MP3 player and stuff like that. I wouldn't suggest trying to paint something like your laptop with fingernail polish! (>v<) 
* If you were concerned about ruining your phone, I would suggest buying some kind of plain cellphone covering and doing it on that and it works just the same and you could have different "clothes" for your phone to wear with your different outfits if you wanted to make more than one. 

(My phone has been done this way a long time and hasn't faded or chipped at all, I don't think that is going to be an issue and will update this post as soon as I have any problems with my phone. So far it is as pink as the day I painted it! )

That is about it for today! I hope you all have a lot of fun with this and will show me the results~ 

Also! I was thinking I might start updating twice a week. Tuesday or Wednesday with something more personal like poetry, short stories, or some of my thoughts and things and then again on Friday with tutorials and reviews like I have been providing. Tell me what you think and vote in the comments what day I should so my other posting and what you would like to see in it. (Also, go ahead and tell me what you would like to see next Friday, open suggestions!) 

Thank you for reading~!!! I was very pleased with my phone after this and I hope you will be too. Also, happy Friday the 13th!~ >V<

Sweetly Yours, 

Skiteanna La~Sweet

Friday, July 6, 2012

Let's Review Bodyline! Episode 1

Dear Sugar-Nuggets,

I'm back for another Friday! The winning topic for today's blog is a Bodyline review! I bought things from Bodyline around my birthday in January and soon after actually made a video review, but I have a funny sounding voice and was really embarrassed so I made it private. This is just going to say similar things to that review plus a few new things I learned after having them and wearing them for a while. Enough about me~ Let's Review Bodyline~!

First item: Squirrels eating cake and drinking tea (Squirrel party?) dress in pink (purchase price 55$ current price 47$)
The picture of this dress on the website. (I have those socks, one of my favorite pairs!)

Though the dress looks very pink in the picture it has more of a lavenderish undertone in real life, but I actually like it like that and it gives my closet more of a variation with shades of pink so this color difference wasn't any points off.
Picture from my original review video of me holding up the dress. 

The dress itself has one of the cutest motifs of any dress on bodyline. It is very angelic pretty inspired and I just love the super cute print! Though, in some places the color on the print seems smeared and is out of the lines. I don't know if that an intended part of the dress, but it just looks like a stain to me. The lace is of average quality for bodyline, but after wearing the dress for long periods of time I find the lace is rather scratchy and it makes me sad to have scratchy lace against my skin for so long ):. Also, the bows and ribbon are of rather poor quality and look cheap. 

This is a close up of the bow quality, I don't know if you can see. (My favorite nail polish!)

The bigger bow it came with to go on the middle is just adorable though. I love the little fake pearls on it, it is a very cute part of the dress and really adds an extra little accent to it! (it is a detachable bow too incase you were curious about whether I ripped it off the dress to get this picture or not :D) 

This is the bigger bow, hard to see because I couldn't get a good screen cap of it!

Overall, the cuteness of the dress is so powerful that it defeats any negative things about the dress easily! This is my favorite dress I own and I even wore it to prom and got a lot of compliments~ 

Verdict- If you are into cute prints and sweet lolita I say ORDER IT! It is reasonably priced and really really cute!! (I also think the dress is cheaper than the JSK, but which ever kind you like more you can buy since they have an OP version and a JSK version.)

Next item: Tea party shoes number 256 in pink (purchase price 40$ current price 40$) 
The picture of these shoes on the website. 

I had been wanting tea party shoes for a long time and finally ordered some off bodyline! I really liked these shoes, the main issue was the sizing. I found they were a little snug around the toes so if you were to order these you might want to order a size or half size bigger just in case. I don't know if it is a very complicated science or if I'm just a little slow, but it took me a while to figure out how to correctly wear the ankle strap. (You can twist it around and hide the button.) Let's not beat around the bush here, these shoes are CUUTTTEEEE! 
SHOES IN REAL LIFE!!!...ovo they look the same~ :D

They are good quality, they look great on, and they were a really good price! The ankle strap can get kind of annoying and if you have thick ankles I'd imagine it would be very uncomfortable, it can get uncomfortable overtime anyways. I also just checked and I don't think the ankle strap is detachable. They also scuff up very easily, extremely scuffable! I suggest carrying some kind of wet wipes in your bag with you when you wear them, because otherwise you'll have black and grey streaks all over your shoes the whole night! The scuff marks are easily cleaned with a wet cloth of some kind so, if you were somewhere with a bathroom you could wet down paper towel in there whenever you needed to clean your shoes, but that seems a little impractical. Other than that I was very happy with my purchase of these shoes! They are the cutest shoes I own and I would gladly buy shoes from bodyline again! Not only did I have a good personal experience, but I hear a lot of good things about their shoes. 

Plus, it came in a box! Imagine my surprise X3 <3

Next item: Bow Tutu (pan016) in purple (price 17$ I can't remember if that's what I bought it for or not.)

This tutu/petticoat/pannier is my favorite one on bodyline, okay I liked, the pastel colors version of this tutu/petticoat/pannier is my favorite on bodyline. The reason I bought the purple one was because the pastel ones were not in stock when I ordered. I liked purple best out of all of these darker colors. The style of tutu/pannier..thing is my favorite for a lot of different reasons. I had a more expensive, white, dull bodyline petticoat and it died almost right away and now provides no lift at all! I got a pink version of this style pannier from the pastel collection almost right after I got the more expensive white one and to this day the pink one still provides lift.
Purple one IN REAL LIFE next to my pink one which is on me (I happened to wear it that day 8D)

Also, these pretty colorful bow panniers can be used very well as fairy kei tutus, so for those of us who where both lolita and fairy kei that is a win win. With lolita I find it works best for me to wear both my tutus like this at the same time for the right amount of poof. I generally always recommend this type of pannier (usually in the pastel color way) to anyone who asks and with good reason! They are the most effective for the price and they are easily the cutest! I don't really have any negatives for this particular item except sometimes they have a random black dot from a marker on them, which is strange. When wearing these with a lolita dress just take the sides of the dress and shake a bit if your dress is loosing it's poofy shape and it should be perfectly fluffy again! :D (I recommend doing this in a bathroom if your in a public place)

That is what the dress I bought looks like with the pink and purple tutu underneath it! it kinda looks very clearly like my arms are cut off 0-0..... BUT I have arms I was just jumping on the bed :D I couldn't get a very clear screenshot. 

FUN FACT- The pictures of the items were screenshots from the review video I did with my cheap hello kitty video camera. It isn't that good and I only bought it cause I'm bad with money and it was so cute sitting there all lonely in toys R us o;A;o...SO I BOUGHT IT :D It was only 40 dollars and you have to think of it mathematically 30 dollars of that is for the cuteness, so that makes it a 10 dollar camera as far as quality, but I love it X'D <3


One Spring day~ (wearing the dress, panniers, and shoes)

                     EMPTYY SPACEEEEE


Then I was passing out, well time to go to bed see you next time! Just kidding 8D 


Prom!! (these pictures are really dark and not just because I took them with the camera on my cell phone, but it was REALLY dark in there) 

WHEEEE~ Rocking chair outside the prom room

My friend in Gothic Lolita and her date
I FOUND A KITTY! My dad made us wait 40 minutes after prom was over before he came to get us and it was dark and scary~ (But on the bright side I found a cute friendly little kitty to play with)

WANNA SEE MY NEW HAIRCUT I GOT LAST NIGHT :D It looks better in real life~ 

This was fun huh?! :D Well, now I'm all done! See you next time! We can do some more fun stuff together~ 

For the next entry I could do the easy cell phone prettifying tutorial or if you have anything else I own you would like for me to review just tell me and I will~ Though if I review things I've had for a while the benefit is I know how well the items do long-term. Vote below and tell me what you would like me to do next! (Also, if you have anymore questions about what I reviewed in this post please feel free to ask and I will get right back to you! :D) Welp~ I hear Sugar squeaking so she must want me to pay her some attention! Bye bye till Next Friday! 

Hyperly Yours, 

Skiteanna La~Sweet