I know I personally gave Miley Cyrus' 2009 Oscar dress a thumbs down for being over the top. However, the replica of this dress is out and it's not too bad! I think my biggest issue with the original was the sheer volume of the scallops on Miley's dress that gave me the heebs. It reminded me of algae and coral and other underwater plants and creatures and that's why I didn't like it.
However, they toned down Miley's Oscar dress in order to sell it in the real world and I must say, a little bit of this scallop detail makes this short dress unique. This is a cute, flirty and fun dress to wear out for the evening or for a homecoming dance. A guess a design inspiration really does come from places where you least expect!
A refreshing sight to see, Asian American actress Brenda Song is best known for being a part of the Disney family. She's cute, bubbly sophisticated and actually works for her part in the young Hollywood crowd. Brenda Song started show business at an early age and I think she will become the next Asian American super starlet. She is full of style and has caught my eye on many red carpet occasions. It only made sense I replicate her look. Brenda's style is fun, young, colorful and full of pattern. Her look can be pulled off by anyone between the ages of 16-25 years old. So let me break it down for you:
Brenda's Evening Look:
Brenda is in a red one shoulder dress with black lace detail. This dress is great for homecoming dances, a night out to dinner, a benefit event or any other event where you would need to dress in subtle sexy sophistication. I love this dress because a bold red dress needs to be a part of everyone's wardrobe. Red is a powerful and sexy color, but the way that this dress is cut, it isn't slutty or overly sexy. It's age appropriate, but you'd still draw attention and turn heads in this number. I found an exact replica and also an alternative if you would like to just be inspired by this look.
Brenda's Young and Girly Look:
This is a very young and fresh look. Brenda's dress has variations of pink with a corseted top and pinch draped skirt. To not draw attention away from the colors and the style, a simple gold pump was paired with this dress. I took this inspiration and found some corseted dresses that had a poofed skirt. Also, since booties are in and I love them so much, I found metallic gold booties that would rock up the look without being too hard. I see this dress in a early evening party setting. I found some dresses that are similar in color and style that would be great to homecoming dances in the springtime or an afternoon brunch with girlfriends. However you choose to interpret the look, make it your own and wear it with confidence!
Brenda's "Great for the Office" Look:
Love this ensemble that Brenda is wearing! It's great for work, it's comfortable, sophisticated, but still fun. The chiffon pattern blouse is the center of attention. Find chiffon blouses that have you favorite pattern, pop it with some color and have fun with it. Go all out with the top because you're going to be pairing it with a black structured skirt and a solid black belt. If you're wearing this to work, you can keep it simple with simple black pumps. But for extra flair, try a more conservative bootie with stockings. Fabulous!
Brenda's Daytime Fun Look:
Hot pink shorts with a black blouse, it doesn't get any easier and it doesn't get any cuter! This is probably gonna easily replicated by going to any teeny bopper mom and pop fashion store or Forever 21. Make sure that the shorts are structured and the top is a little more flowy. Any black blouse will work as long as we have the contrast of structure vs. loose fitting. This look is great for running errands, going out during the day. It's comfortable and simple, but unique in style. Pair is with black pumps of studded shoes for that extra detail.
Can I just take a second out and admire this hot item! I don't know if you've seen the "invisible shoes" designed by Andreia Chaves. It's a shoe made of a wedge of mirrors that are made to look like your feet has disappeared. They are as comfortable as they look and will probably only show up in a museum or in a Lady Gaga video.
However! I found a great replica from this inspiration and it is something that you can actually purchase and be able to walk in. I give to you, the Thakoon Mirror Mosaic Ankle Boots! It was $1195, now on sale for $597. Still a hefty price tag, but you can see that there was effort in designing these shoes and I totally appreciate that! These shoes are Yummalicious!
Just the tip that all Asians (or at least this Asian) has been waiting for! How to grow out your eyelashes! I don't know about you, but fake eyelashes are itchy and scratchy and I'm too impatient and lazy to wear them everyday. If only I could grow out my own natural lashes, life would be so lovely wouldn't it? So I sat down and did some research on how to grow out your eyelashes and it was like, why didn't I think of this before? Ultimately eyelashes are just hairs that extend out from your eyelids. Same kind of hair that grows on your head. So why not condition it and treat it the same as you would your hair, and they'll become stronger, thicker and fuller.
Vaseline / Olive Oil
Oh yea, you heard me right. Olive oil. Olive oil strengthens the hair making it stronger and least likely to break off. So you can salvage the very few hairs you have on your eyelids and stimulate the roots to grow even more hair. All you got to do is lightly coat your eyelashes with some olive oil before you go to bed at night and stick to it for awhile. You may see a difference in your eyelashes. (Please also note that olive oil does wonders for strengthening and whitening your fingernails as well. But I'll save that for a later post.) If you do not have olive oil around, Vaseline will do the same as far as conditioning and moisturizing your lashes. Throw this into your nightly ritual and it could be the answer to your eyelash problems.
If combing your hair stimulates your hair follicles and the result is hair growth, then it must be the same for your eyelashes. You know those eyelash comb that come in your make up brush kit you never knew quite to do with? Well, it's time to find that brush and use it to gently comb your eyelashes about 3 times a week and you may notice results in about a month. How sweet is that?
If you are not a complete believer in these homeopathic ideas on how to naturally grow out your lashes, there are many products out there that can assist in your eyelash hair growth process. Latisse (an eyelash conditioner proven to stimulate hair growth) is probably the best product with the most positive reviews. I tried Latisse when it first came out and it definitely made my eyelashes thicker. However, I didn't stick to it, as it caused some eye irritation and redness. The product has worked very well for some of my other friends however. Guess I have super sensitive eyes. Still, it couldn't hurt to try Latisse for yourself. It's a little on the pricey side and you may need to get it from a doctor's office.
Before I leave you, I want to make sure you DO NOT do the following things if you want your eyelashes to grow:
- Pull them
- Yank on them
- Pull them with mascara on
Do you pull out the hair on your head in order to make it grow out? No. Do you spray hairspray on your hair and pull it out? Definitely not. So why would you do that to your lashes? This will only thin them out or make them fall out. Refrain from the abuse, care for them and they will grow.