Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall, in Leather

    Some time ago I was struck by a sudden infatuation with pale-coloured leather jackets, and so a somewhat lengthy search for the jacket ensued. Eventually I turned to Taobao after finding most leather jackets on US/UK sites too roomy and therefore probably unflattering on my hobbit frame. I finally found one here that I felt would be small enough after perusing countless reviews of countless leather jackets from countless seller of an indefinite price range. It's faux leather, to be honest, and super cheap, but then I don't really count on it to last for years and years (or for that matter, I don't really count on my infatuation to last that long either ; ) ) and right now considering the price point I'm just plain pleased with it, quality- and cut-wise.  


    I bought this in pale beige, which is a rather safe and practical shade. A little reminder though, the size S is a true S, the seller did give an approximate weight range recommendation for each size on the site, and I find that quite accurate and useful. This jacket fits me rather snugly when zipped up and the length is just right at the waist, so I would say it's a good fit for hobbits ; )  (I used to own leather jackets from other brands and despite the S size, the waist would usually fall at an awkward length halfway down my hips, taking away some of the suave sophistication that comes with a leather jacket). The details are just right too, for me at least, nothing too fancy or complicated, pockets are real but the zips on the sleeves and the straps on the waist are purely ornamental. 

    我買的是杏色,實品就是一個安全好搭的米黃色。不過要提醒一下,這件的S真的滿小件的,賣場有大略建議各個size適合的體重範圍,我覺得算是滿準的。這件拉鍊拉上對我來說算合身,衣長也剛好在腰的位置,算是非常適合哈比人的短皮衣(我買過Lowrys Farm跟歐美牌的別色皮衣,雖然是S號但是衣長都太長,腰身落在我臀部的位置穿起來少了皮衣的俐落感)。細節部分我覺得不錯,沒有過於繁複的綴飾,然後口袋是真的口袋,不過袖子的拉鍊和腰間以及袖口的鈕扣帶子就是裝飾用的。

    My initial infatuation with pale-coloured leather jackets was rooted mainly in its versatility as a whole. However, when some of my colleagues joined me in buying this leather jacket, most shunned the beige one in preference for the practicality of a classic black. Which is why I came up with the colour idea for this Style Guide -- to assert the versatility of a beige leather jacket by pairing it with an entire palette of fall colours.

    當初突然想要一件淺色皮衣就是因為覺得它很好搭。可是我揪醫院的同事一起買的時候大家都覺得黑色比較好搭所以多數選了黑色 T__T  所以這次寫穿搭style guide想到用這件搭各種秋冬色系來凸顯淺色皮衣的百搭功能 XD  

 When it's a white on white combo, accessorizing with coloured items would give the whole look a little weight, a little variation.

 白 x 白的搭配時,可以運用一些深色或飽和色的配件為整體造型帶來重點與亮點。

 That oldish print, do you still remember? LOL  It certainly gives the outfit a fall-ish air. 

* 還記得這件阿嬤襯衫嗎?XDD  不過這個花色倒為整個穿搭添了幾許秋意。

* If this outfit had been paired with a black leather jacket, the outcome would have been a more masculine and dark look. A beige jacket softens the look while still adding masculinity.

* 如果這套是搭了黑色皮衣,大概會看起來更帥氣但也更暗一些。淺色皮衣在增加帥氣的同時也帶來了些許柔和。

* I love to pair leather jackets with florals, it's the easiest way to achieve the perfect mix of masculine chic and feminine daintiness.

* 我非常喜歡碎花搭皮衣,因為那是最容易達成完美甘x辛比例的方法 : P

* Of course there has to be denim. And you can layer a blazer over the leather jacket for a two-toned, trimming-like effect.

* 當然要來點丹寧 : P  另外可以在淺色皮衣外套另一件外套製造撞色感。

* A more office-appropriate look. Pairing a pencil skirt with a leather jacket makes the outfit a little more stylish and casual, I think.

* 這是比較適合上班的穿搭吧!窄裙如果搭皮衣可以增加整體穿搭的時尚感與隨性感。

 * As usual, I'm accessorizing with dark-coloured items when the overall palette is a little on the light side.

* 一樣,當整體穿搭的色調偏淺時就用深色配件調整平衡。

* Leopard print is so in vogue this fall. If you're a bit tentative about a full-blown leopard look, try it out in a smaller helping such as on a top or bag.

* 今年豹紋很火啊~如果覺得猶豫,不妨從小面積嘗試,比如上衣或包包。

* I think I haven't worn this burgundy Pazzo dress in ages, good thing I wrote this post because I finally remembered I have such a dress, LOL.

* 媽阿我都忘了我還有這件Pazzo酒紅洋裝,因為寫這篇才想起來的 XD

* Pair a leather jacket with Doc Martens and I might fall for this boy-version of myself next thing I know  ; )

* 搭個馬丁靴瞬間變男孩風 XDD 唉唷我都要愛上自己了(喂)

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    That's all this time I guess! I'm honestly running out of words so don't mind my babbling. And due to lack of accessories detailed shots I'm ending this post with the customary medley of recent Instagrams! 

    這次先這樣啦!抱歉其實我都寫到快辭窮了,下面的短評有點語無倫次請隨便看看就好XDD  以及因為後來下雨光線暗了,來不及拍配件細節,只好隨便拿最近的IG拼圖草草結束 : P


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Of Gold Dust and Spices

I dreamt I was in Morocco, 
Strange odors in the air.
And I was in love with a princess,
With black curly hair.

-- Orange Blue "Morocco"

    Actually I had this Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Palette for quite some time already, but it's so gorgeous I'm contented just looking at it and fawning over the glittering golds and the jewel tones. The previous palette that Fenty Beauty launched didn't really arouse much of my interest (mainly because it was all shimmer and glitter), but this had me seriously craving one with all its practical and not-so-practical shade selections and that stunning holographic coloured smoke on the lid.

    Fenty Beauty夏季彩妝主打的這盤Moroccan Spice Palette時其實我買一陣子了,但是整個太美了一直處於一種純觀賞的狀態 XDD  上一次Fenty出的限量彩妝盤幾乎都是珠光或亮片色所以我沒什麼太大興趣,但是這次一看到配色跟包裝完全升起熊熊大火啊啊啊~ 

    The shade selection of this palette encompasses the practical shades and also shades for special occasions. In other words, it's a palette that you can complete a variety of eye looks with alone. I'm pretty impressed with the shimmer shades, they are buttery smooth and pigmented and the glow is definitely high impact, especially the top row rightmost gold shade -- you can impersonate the golden Oscar statue with this shade, it's that blinding! The mattes were, well, a bit mediocre, some are a bit dry and the colour payoff less satisfactory, but they are buildable so I can accept that. This palette supposedly performs a lot better with Fenty's new eyeshadow primer, I didn't buy that so I wouldn't know, but I would say I'm quite satisfied with the outcome on the lids even without priming. By the way, I did a little swatch video of this palette, I'll put it on my Instagram shortly so you can better see how the eyeshadows fare individually application- and pigmentation-wise (Instagran account @bonjourjasmineblog)

    這盤配色有很多實用色也有很多特殊色。簡單來說是一盤可以單獨完成多種眼妝的眼影盤。這盤的珠光色表現都非常棒,粉質綿密滑順,顯色度高光澤漂亮。最驚豔的是最上排最右的金色,真的超誇張金的,如果想要cos十八銅人全臉上這色就可以了 XD  霧面色就比較普通一點,有些粉質會比較乾比較不顯色,但是可以用疊擦達到不錯的飽和度。據說這盤搭他們家的眼影打底會好很多,我沒買所以也無從得知,但我自己使用起來覺得就算不打底在眼皮上的顯色度其實還是不錯的。另外我有錄了一小段試色影片,一會會放在IG上(帳號 bonjourjasmineblog),可以更好的觀察每一色的顯色度﹑偏光跟光澤。

(A very bare-bones tutorial for this Morocco-inspired eye look)

Apply A as a transition colour all over the upper eyelid (area indicated by the orange line). Apply B in the area within the crease. Increase the colour intensity by layering C over the outer 1/3 of the eyelid. Dab on a little concealer over the area within the cream white line and apply D over it. Using an eyeliner brush, apply E over the inner 2/3 of the lower lid. Complete the look by doing a thick and very black winged liner and you're good to go!



    I did have some qualms doing this Morocco-inspired look, on the fence about using red or teal as the main colour. In the end I decided on the red because it is rare that I find a red eyeshadow that actually looks red on me (the reds in my Zoeva Cocoa and Opulence palettes inexplicably turn reddish brown on my lids, sigh)! But it's a pity some many beautiful shades are hardly used in this look, especially the teal and that gorgeous duochrome pink second from left on the second row. Well, there's always another time, for now this look is all I have. Of course if you've any questions don't hesitate to ask ; )

    這次嘗試摩洛哥為靈感的眼妝其實猶豫了一下要以紅色為主還是以藍綠色為主,最後決定紅色是因為難得遇上在我眼皮上真的是正紅的眼影 XD(像之前Zoeva可可盤跟Opulence,它們的紅色在我眼皮不知為何都會變紅棕色 囧>) 不過藍綠色跟第二排左二的那個偏光粉紅(好像被小紅書稱為人魚色)真的爆炸美,這次不太用到真的很可惜,下次再來好好用這兩色啦~^^P  這次先這樣啦,大家有問題都可以問我啦!

Bises! ♥ 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Tragic Tale of My Un-Lucky Bag

    I don't often buy "Lucky Bags" (a sale tactic quite popular in Asian countries by which sellers put a number of random items into a bag and invite consumers to try their luck -- the bag could be worth well over its sale price, or it could be really seriously underwhelming) , partly because I was never quick enough to snag one, and also because my luck at such things are, at best, grossly mediocre. Yet here I was, challenging fate by grabbing at first chance one of Daxi Apparel's Summer Lucky Bags (who, by the way, does not have a good record in regards to such bags in the past). Boy, I really shouldn't have, and as photos about what others got in their bags started to trickle in in the review section of the seller site, my eager anticipation turned to utmost dread (though I could console myself at least it's cheap at RMB169 lol). 

    我其實很少買福袋,一半是因為手慢通常搶不到,一半則是因為其實我福袋運一直普普甚至不太好。但是這次大喜自製推出了三件RMB169(因為有跟到一波折扣所以實際上付的是RMB157)的夏季福袋,想著反正便宜,大喜的風格又是我的菜,雖然她去年的冬季福袋好像評價不太好,我還是準時待機下標了,畢竟我想惹眾怒後應該這次會改進了吧!嗚嗚我錯了。我簡直不應該挑戰命運,更不應該無視前車之鑑 (T_T)   總之一邊等著集運集完其他訂單一起出貨的同時,福袋賣場評價欄裡默默出現了其他人福袋內容物的照片。然後我心就涼了XDD

    Although the site described their Lucky Bag as a random selection of in-house items, from what I gather through the reviews basically there were only two variations. One is what I got, and the other consisted of a romper in a loud orange floral print, a long-sleeved shirt with vertical stripes and a deep fuchsia skirt. To be honest I consider my bag the less tragic of the two, because that orange floral romper is really something that would make you go "WTF??" haha (I know this is a bit akin to the pot calling the kettle black, but hey we all need to make lemonade sometimes ; ) )  Anyway, the contents of both variations look nothing like what Daxi Apparel is selling now or has sold in the last 3 years at least : (   Let's take a look at what I had in my bag of, erm, disasters ↓↓↓

    說是內容物隨機,其實大家拿的福袋基本上都只分為兩款。一款是我這袋,另一款是橘紅大花短版連身褲+紅色直條紋長袖襯衫+桃紅(?)短裙。說真的我覺得兩款當中我這款相對來說已經算比較不雷的了,橘紅大花那一袋真的是超一言難盡的啊哈哈哈哈(對,五十步笑百步說的就是我 () 但無論哪一袋都根本不像是大喜家這兩三年賣過的款式好嗎?來看看拿到什麼吧 ↓↓↓

    Each bag has 3 items, and basically both variations contain a one-piece (dress or romper), a top (blouse or shirt) and a skirt of some sort.


Item 1 -- Off-shoulder Crop Top in Blue Floral Chiffon

    This piece has a high-low hemline and a layered design on the shorter side, technically it's a pretty wearable top. But why oh why did they choose to go with this indescribably cheap-looking print?  On the brighter side, at least this top is a true S size and fits well on a hobbit like me, despite my many misgivings re: unbecoming print.

Item 1 -- 藍花一字領雪紡上衣 

    這件的設計是前短後長,前面有做雙層設計,理論上來說是蠻實穿的一件,但是啊為何這花色有種難以言諭的廉價感(T__T) 唯一可以安慰自己的是大喜家的S size版型是真的小,撇開花色問題這件一字領哈比人如我穿起來剛剛好(最近市面很多短版一字領上衣我穿起來都長度尷尬 囧>) 

Item 2 -- Taupe Pencil Skirt

    When I first saw this greyish pile of mess I thought that was the most oldish-looking thing I've come across in quite some time. It looked the most disappointing among the three, but much to my surprise it's quite a versatile item that at least adheres to Daxi's own outfit style (as opposed to the other two, I really don't know where they came from -- bargain basements, most probably : (  )

Item 2 -- 灰褐色窄版短裙


Item 3 -- Graffiti Print Long-sleeved Dress

Just look at that print, I'm totally at a loss for words LOL. And it's suffering from a case of conflicting seasonal identities too, what with the thin chiffon, the floral print and the long sleeves. This dress has a round collar in front and a V-neck with strings at the back, so I suppose you can wear it both ways. Too bad the V-neck looks weird on me for some reason, so I'm solely using the round neck version. There are also strings on the waist which you can adjust to suit your figure.  

Item 3 -- 塗鴉風印花雪紡洋裝


    If truth be told, I wouldn't have looked at any of these items even if they were on sale in bargain basements. Well, luck (and Daxi and co.) has handed me lemons and it's up to me to squeeze out the pulps and salvage what I could to make the fashion equivalent of leftover lemonade I guess LOL.

    真心說一句,這三件放在大賣場特價我可能連看都不會看一眼XDD   但是誰叫我命途多舛(什麼鬼)既然賭輸了,大局已定只好看看能不能用穿搭救援一下

    As mentioned before, this top has a high-low hemline, and this look here features the shorter side. As it is short enough, when you pair it with short culottes it gives you instant longer legs ; )  Perfect for hobbits like me haha!

    之前有提到這件上衣是前段後長,這是用短的那面,因為夠短,再搭上短版褲裙可以把腿的比例拉長不少,適合哈比人騙人使用 XD

    Look 2, on the other hand, uses the longer side, and the longer length means it can be tucked into skirts or pants.

    Look 2則是用長的一面,因為比較長所以適合紮進裙子裡,當作普通長度的上衣使用

    I paired this with the chiffon top I got from Daxi Apparel not long ago, throw in a felt hat and suddenly it's much closer to the style propounded on Daxi's site, non

    直接搭了大喜的綁帶雪紡上衣,再搭個帽子就莫名的有點大喜風了有沒有?(都自己說 XD

    This taupe shade looked really old on the rack, but it's actually a most versatile colour. I love to pair it with browns especially, it gives understated chic to an outfit.


    It's a mammoth task to make lemonade out of this weird graffiti/floral print. I paired this dress with the sartorial panacea of a denim shirt, and attempted to lighten up the outfit by wearing a straw hat and sandals so that the print would fit the overall light-hearted mood of the outfit instead of looking childish and out of place.

    想要拯救這一言難盡的花色著實不易啊 XDD  只好搬出萬用救星 -- 牛仔襯衫,加上草帽、涼鞋跟隨性風的包包製造輕鬆隨性的氛圍,使得塗鴉花色不那麼突兀反而有點俏皮。

    Alternatively, the wild print is ripe for a western-flavoured theme, so I retrieved my suede vest and Western bootees from the deepest trenches of my closet. And my recently acquired rattan bag also comes in handy : )

    這個花色狂野(?)的畫風其實也蠻適合西部風穿搭的,於是我從衣櫥深處挖出了麂皮背心跟西部短靴 XDD  另外最近入手的藤編包也剛好派上了用場 : P

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    Well, I guess with a little bit of styling this "Un-Lucky Bag" turns out a little less unlucky LOL  But let's face it, I'm never buying another Daxi Apparel Lucky Bag again no matter how tempting the price or the copywriting might seem (cross heart, amen). And thus ends the sad tale of my Daxi bag of disasters, please excuse me while I go and sob a little ; ( 

    實際穿搭後覺得雷度稍微減一點點 (^_^;)  但是!我以輝發那拉氏的名義起誓(你誰)今後不管多麼誘人的價錢多麼動人的文宣我都不會再買大喜家的福袋了啦!!!(拉下去斬了!!你夠囉  總之,我悲傷的大喜雷袋的故事就到此為止,揮灑著淚水下台一鞠躬啦 ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・


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