Smile! for [Firefly Whispers] 20130325 Wonderland

Wonderland

I’ve never really been all too confident with writing because it’s very, very personal for me. I was encouraged to post them up by a few friends of mine and to be very honest with you, the feedback for it has blown me away. I have horrible self esteem and I honestly can’t believe how many people actually like what I write. Just taking the effort to like a post is something that really touches my heart.

On the other hand, I really wanted to try something new, because I realize that for some people intimacy is something that can be extremely personal and in the words of a friend, “Some people think that things like that should be behind closed doors” because of their respective beliefs. I, however, am a very strong advocate of wanting to experience and feel things because I know what it was like to not care about anything for the longest time and that made me extremely miserable. The point of what I want to do (create art, write) isn’t that I want fantastic feedback. In all honesty, I just want people to feel things because in this kind of society, I think people need to feel for things and have a passion and want to excel in it. Have an emotional response, even if it’s a strong dislike because that means that you personally had experience with it and you came to the conclusion that you didn’t like it. Just a difference of opinion and that’s what communication is all about. It’s something I want to really put out there and this prose piece that I wrote is the checking-the-temperature-of-the-water for that. And even though, in all of my pieces, I won’t necessarily have a personal connection to it, I feel for it and I create because of it. I just wanted to put what I’m thinking out there. (:

To those of you who have followed my blog, thank you. You have no idea how much it really means to me. Smile today! (:

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Smile! for [COD #41] Disneybound March Challenge Day 27

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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It’s pretty much spring break! Time for a break and time to get kind of….Goofy! P: (What a dorky intro…Heh. Heh.) So, anyway, I’m Disneybounding as Goofy today! To be honest, I’m not very connected with the character itself, but I thought that the Disneybound concept of Dapper Day was amazingly adorable! So I wanted to try a more vintage-y look for Goofy, and this is what I came up with.

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So, Thomas told me to hold out my hair to make Goofy ears and at first I made hand pigtails, but instead he came over and took out a small chunk and told me to hold it up like so. I actually think that it really does look like Goofy ears! What do you think? P: Haha!

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Thanks for reading! (: Smile today! (:

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= What I Have On =
Dress = H&M orange dress
Outerwear = hand me down green cardigan
Bottom = Styles for Less blue skinny jeans
Shoes = Styles for Less brown ankle boots
Accessories = hand me down black vest
Pictures taken by Thomas Liu

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Smile! for [COD #40] Disneybound March Challenge Day 26

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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I’ve been really into the whole grungy trend lately, so I really wanted to try it out. After watching a YouTuber‘s grungy outfits video, I got really inspired to pull things out from my own wardrobe to piece together some outfits. Maybe I’ll make my own video about what I come up with someday. (: Hope it’s an all right attempt at it while Disneybounding! (:

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I realize that I’ve done Ariel before, but to be very honest, she’s just my absolute favorite Disney Princess! (: Can you guess what my skirt actually is? Haha, it’s the return of the rearranging wardrobe again! It’s actually my turquoise strapless dress that I’ve folded into itself and made it into a fitted skirt! P:

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Thanks for reading! (: Smile today! (:

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= What I Have On =
Top = Styles for Less purple tank top
Bottom = Fashion Q turquoise strapless dress (skirt)
Shoes = hand me down black flat boots
Accessories = Forever21 gold belt
Pictures taken by Joe Cheng

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Smile! for [COD #39] Disneybound March Challenge Day 25

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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I’ve always wanted to try pictures that had to do with water and how water pulls and absorbs fabric and here is me and  my photographer dabbling in that. It was just so much fun being able to actually execute this idea. On another note though, the pool was so cold! >.< Goodness! Right after the pictures, I curled up in a big fluffy blanket and some nice, hot tea.

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Hopefully, eventually, I’ll be able to try out an underwater shoot. I’ve always been really mesmerized with the properties of water and how it acts on certain things. Well, I’ll post up pictures for that when it happens! (:

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Thanks for reading! (: Smile today! (:

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Here’s a picture of me trying to convince myself to get further into the freezing pool. Thank goodness, it’s not winter.

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= What I Have On =
Dress = Iron Puppy silver dress
Outerwear = Forever21 red cardigan
Shoes = Charles David beige wedges
Pictures taken by Olivia Fang

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Smile! for [COD #38] Disneybound March Challenge Day 24

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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Argh matey! Today, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack Sparrow is wonderfully amusing and his character is fantastically whimsical with his “mad” means of escape and strategies. I had such wonderful fun wearing an outfit inspired from his.

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This is my last second eyepatch I literally threw onto my face when Thomas asked for a more interesting pose. I’m serious….threw…I made the pose for a split second, he took the shot and I stumbled backwards and almost landed on my butt cheeks on the quite jaggedly stones. XD Point one hilarious moment.

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To be honest, I’ve never really worn a headband before and this time it felt quite grungy and boho to do so. Really kept the hair out of my face. Really doing something new every time I do something like this. Haha. Another confession is that the “headband” is actually a cardigan that I have used many times previously. (:

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Thanks for reading! (: Smile today! (:

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= What I Have On =
Top = Forever21 white sheer button down top
Outerwear = Styles for Less sleeveless brown cardigan
Bottoms = Styles for Less black skinny jeans
Accessories = Forever21 red cardigan (headband)
Shoes = Styles for Less brown boots
Pictures taken by Thomas Liu

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Smile! for [COD #37] Disneybound March Challenge Day 23

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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Today, I’m Disneybounding as Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. To be very honest, this outfit was very difficult to pull together because of the pieces that I had manipulated to make it all come together that echoed something that was Esmeralda-like.

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My white button down top is actually turned backwards with the top two to three buttons unbuttoned, so that I could make it more of an off-the-shoulder look. I think that it surprisingly works though! What do you think? Moving down the outfit, the turquoise belt/band around my waist is actually a strapless dress that I’ve folded in itself to make smaller, so that it cinches my waist. And……the purple part of my skirt is actually a cardigan! I slipped a gold skinny belt through the sleeves and wrapped it around my waist so that it would drape down and serve as a second layer to my maroon colored skirt.

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Rearranging pieces from your closet is actually a very fun experience. Even if it feels awkward in the moment, you certainly can arrange it so that you’re comfortable and if not? It’s always good to ease into things and start with maybe wrapping a cardigan into something else, or folding in a strapless versatile basic dress into a skirt or a thick belt. Giving closet pieces another role certainly opens up a lot of other opportunities for creative outlets as well as other outfits! (:

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= What I Have On =
Top = Forever21 white sheer button down top
Bottoms = Forever21 maroon long skirt
Accessories = Forever21 gold belt, Express purple cardigan, Fashion Q turquoise strapless dress
Shoes = CottonOn gold flats
Pictures taken by Thomas Liu

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Smile! for [COD #36] Disneybound March Challenge Day 22

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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Today I’m trying to channel wisdom to organize what I need to get done in my life right now. By doing some spring cleaning and getting a to-do list started, I feel that by wearing an outfit inspired by Yoda from beloved Star Wars, it’s certainly made me in a cheery mood today. (: Most of fashion in Star Wars is mainly about draping and comfort, so layering was a choice that I turned to for this outfit. (:

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= What I Have On =
Dress = Causeway Mall green dress
Top = Generation V shoulder cutout green top, Fashion Q tan cardigan
Accessories = Forever21 gold belt
Shoes =  H&M light brown high top sneakers
Pictures taken by Joe Cheng

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Smile! for [COD #35] Disneybound March Challenge Day 21

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Disneybound is a blog run by Leslie, a fantastically visioned individual, who posts inspirational (to say the least) outfit ideas that are inspired from Disney characters. Due to a follower who challenged herself last year to Disneybound (v. the action of dressing up in a way that is inspired from something related to Disney) every day in March, this challenge was started and I’m taking it on! (:

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Hi smileys! (: I’m Merida today! Can you tell?

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Do you know what building we actually took these shots in? It’s a very old building in downtown LA called the Bradbury building and it is by far, the most gorgeous building that I have ever been in. It’s definitely one of LA’s many hidden treasures. (:

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= What I Have On =
Dress = Fashion Q strapless turquoise dress
Outerwear = hand-me-down green plaid button down (as cardigan)
Shoes =  CottonOn gold flats
Pictures taken by Thomas Liu

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