Sunday, 16 March 2014

Rub-a-Dub-Dub + DIY Loofah Costume Tutorial

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Aside from the completion of requirements and its associated fees, the coming of March also meant one thing - Graduation Pictorials! Since I wasn’t able to push through with my supposed to be Halloween 2013 costume, I decided to use the idea for my creative shot instead! It’s not the most original costume in the world, but I had so much fun making it! If you ask me now why I opted to go as a loofah, I don’t really have an answer. All I know is that I wanted my creative shot to be out of the box and something that would make a lasting impression. Mukhang achieve naman! Haha!

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In case you wanted to make a loofah costume too, here’s a DIY tutorial for you! It looks intimidating, but it’s actually incredibly easy! Are you ready? :)

Materials you would be needing:

16 yards of Tulle (you could also use Nylon netting)

A tube top/dress that matches the color of your fabric

Garter/Elastic

String

Scissors

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1. Prepare all your materials. The hardest thing to source, in my opinion, would be the tulle. I would have gotten it myself if I wasn’t too pre-occupied with school, so I had someone else get it for me from Divisoria. The elastic and string I got from my favorite seamstress. All in all I spent P1000. 

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2. In most cases, your fabric would have already been pre-folded. If not, fan fold it yourself, measuring out two yards per fold. Cut along the edges to separate the folds. Don’t worry if you get uneven edges. They don’t have to be perfect!

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3. You’ll end up with eight pieces. Now it’s time for the tricky part! Take one piece, long side facing you, and fold it into thirds. 

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Right side towards the center.

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Then the left. 

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4. Measure out a piece of string. Place it under your folded fabric, bunch it up towards the middle and secure it with the string. Do not cut the extra string. You will use this to attach the bundles to the elastic later. Do the same for the other seven pieces.

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5. Get your garter/elastic and measure around your bust and waist. Add an extra inch or two so you’d have extra to tie the elastic together. You will end up with two elastic bands.

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6. Get one bundle and attach it to the elastic using tight knots, tying four bundles on each elastic band, spacing them out at even intervals. Do the same for the other elastic band.

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7. Now it’s time to fluff away! I found pulling the tulle outwards while grasping the edges will produce the fluffiest results. I had my siblings help me with this process too! Lastly, measure the string around your neck and attach it to one of the bunches (halter style) Wear the two bunches over a tube dress (or with a nuetral colored top and stockings if you’re not a hubadera like me haha) and you’re good to go!

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Here are some of the photos after my shoot! The tulle will sag at some point, so be sure you’re ready to re-fluff! I’ll update this post once I get the final photos, but for the mean time, these would do!

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P.S. If you’re interested in buying mine (I won’t have any use for it anymore anyway) feel free to send an e-mail to ajosecharlene@gmail.com. I’m selling it for the same price I got the materials (P1000) 

That’s it pansit! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Extra P.S. Tag me if ever you make this project also! I’d love to see yours! @ajosecharlene (Twitter and Instagram)

Photos, hair and make up by Khendie Ajose

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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Tutorial - How to apply Water Nail Art Decals

Hello there! Before I get to the tutorial, I have a little announcement to make. I will soon be changing into a theme that supports high resolution photos! However, since I do not have the time to edit the whole of my blog yet, I’m starting bit by bit with my images! So, if you’re viewing this on the dashboard and all you see are texts and little grey boxes, all you have to do is click on those to view the photos. Please bear with me as my blog will be under construction for an indefinite time. :D

Now on to my post! Everything’s Mine sent me an aztec nail decal set along with the other aztec printed articles (which I used in this post) some weeks ago. I was supposed to use all of them on the same day, but unfortunately I had to cut my nails super short that time because I had my clinical duty. I am currently enjoying my long weekend (no classes since yesterday! Wooh!) and I took that time to make this post. So before I bore you with all my talking (or typing, whatever haha!) here’s how you apply water nail art decals.

Things you will need:

1. Water nail art decal set (courtesy of Everything’s Mine)

2. Water

3. Clear nail polish

4. A pair of scissors

5. Tweezers

6. Tissue

7. Nail file

8. Nail cutter

9. Trash bin (Clean as you go!)

Step 1 - Start with clean nails. Cut away broken ends with a nail cutter if you have to. I added white polish (because the background of my nail decal set is white) on mine so that in case I mess up, my mistake won’t be that noticeable. You don’t really have to do this, though. Please forgive my being obsessive compulsive. Haha!

Step 2 - Lay the decals against your nails and determine which decal goes with which nail. They are usually already arranged by size though, so this won’t be too hard. :)

Step 3 - Cut away the part you’re going to use. Make sure to cut carefully so as not to ruin the design. Then soak the decal in water for about 10-15 seconds.

Step 4 - Carefully lift out the decal from the water, place it on top of tissues (to absorb the excess water) and slowly peel the design off from the paper backing using your tweezers. If you’re not comfortable with the tweezers you can also use your fingers.

Step 5 - Place the decal on top of your nail and pad it gently with tissue (again to absorb the excess water and to secure it in place) Then, get your scissors and carefully cut away the excess as near to the end of your nails as possible. My nails aren’t really that long so the excess I gave for my cousin to use (she did the decals on my right hand. Haha!) As I always say, never throw away anything you can still use! ;)

Step 6 - Get your clear polish and place a layer of it on top of the decal. Make sure to move fast because the excess decal will ‘dissolve’ within five seconds (it will curl into itself!) Take away the dissolved part using the end of your tweezers (You can also use a stick, or anything that has a pointed end) Lastly, use a nail file for a polished look.

Here is what you should end up with! Do steps one to six on all your fingers. Make sure to let the polish dry thoroughly.

After about 20 minutes or so, you will end up with something like this! Yay! Don’t forget to clean up your area afterwards, okay?

Tell me how you did and send me photos! I would love to see them! (chrlnajose@yahoo.com , Twitter - @charleneajose)

Thanks again to Everything’s Mine for these. Me and my little sister got hooked. We would definitely be purchasing more of these in the future! <3

That’s it. Thank you so much for reading and have a good night! :D

Photos by: Me and Chelsea Ajose

Comments are highly appreciated. Thank you! :)

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