July 25, 2014
Dawn Poh

I’ve been getting a few questions as to how I edit my photographs, so I thought it was about time I post my typical photoshop workflow. Obviously the amount of editing that needs to be done varies from picture to picture, and a single picture can take anything between 10 minutes to a couple of hours. A close-up picture of the face typically takes the longest for me as I focus on removing blemishes and evening out the skintone.

The first thing to do is to identify the areas you want to rectify – in this picture, I need to correct the slightly underexposed lighting, amp up the contrast, and potentially do a little bit of sharpening. Personally I use Photoshop CS6, but these sort of correction can also be done in Lightroom, GIMP, or any other image editing softwares.

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Fortunately the combination of the lighting and the equipment has given me rather good skin, so nothing much needs to be corrected here. If you have blemishes or scars you want to remove, skip to the next step.

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I’m using a scar on my knee as an example of how I’d remove blemishes on my skin. I usually do not bother with this scar, but this is just for the purpose of this tutorial! Patch tool is my favourite for this occasion. Simply marquee the problem area and drag the selection into a blemish-free area.

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As you can tell, it is far from perfect. If you are fussed, you can go over this area with a clone stamp tool to make the texture more convincing. This can be a pretty time-consuming process if you are dealing with large areas of unevenness (i.e. my eyebags).

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If you feel that your picture could benefit from a bit of sharpening, I find that following this tutorial produces pretty good results.

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 Now all that is left is for you to adjust the colour and brightness. I usually do everything through Curves – go into the individual colour channels to change the colour tone of the picture. Last thing left to do is to adjust the brightness/contrast, and you are done!

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There are many things that goes behind the making of a fashion blog that I am sure you are curious about, so please feel free to ask us! x

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May 13, 2014
Arissa Ha

Some people have asked us how we usually do our make-up and since Audi Fashion Festival is tomorrow, we thought you might need some help tying your look together with a classic winged eyeliner and strong lips.

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March 17, 2014
Arissa Ha

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I’ve been lusting after Henrietta’s marble-print MacBook Pro ever since I saw it on her Instagram. Of course, white marble is not really our style so I decided to make a black version of her now-famous MacBook Pro.
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Here’s what you need:
● Marble-print wallpaper stickers. I got mine here. (If you are unsure of how to purchase from Taobao, please read our tutorial here!)
● A MacBook Pro (or any other laptop really)
● Lint-free cloth
● Sharp craft knife (or as Lego movie puts it “blade of exact zero”)
● Hair dryer [not pictured]

Before you begin, it’s important to give the surface that you are working on a good clean to prevent dust from creating bumps. Use wet wipes to clean off any dirt and oil and dry it with the lint free cloth before starting on this project.

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Start by peeling off the wallpaper sticker from its back and adhering it to a corner of your MacBook Pro. Use the lint-free cloth to work your way out. Your goal is to stick the wallpaper sticker and prevent any air bubbles. The wallpaper sticker is pretty strong so you can always peel it off and work on that area again. However, doing this repeatedly may introduce dust and dirt and they are much harder to remove. Slow and steady wins the race.

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After you are done with covering the entire top of the MacBook Pro, use a hairdryer to heat up the corners while slowly pulling it downwards so that you are able to cover the curved edge without creating folds. The heat from the hairdryer will melt and warp the wallpaper stickers so that they fit snugly around the edges. Do the same for all four corners.

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Use the craft knife to cut along the edge of the screen. Go around the entire laptop carefully. Remember that this is not a race and quality work takes time!

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After you are done slicing through the edges, the laptop should open nicely. Open it slightly to allow the Apple logo to light up so that you can use the craft knife to cut away the wallpaper sticker that is covering the logo.

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Et voila! Your very own marble-print Macbook Pro is now ready!

Please feel free to share this tutorial but remember to credit us! We would love to hear suggestions from you as well so do leave us a comment below!

July 27, 2012
Arissa Ha

Dawn has been incredibly obsessed with tassel earrings lately and we decided to make some. This is a surprisingly easy DIY and we ended up making two pairs in less than 20 minutes.

Here are what you will need for this DIY:

  • Tassels
  • Tassel caps (actually I have no clue what the proper term is for this)
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Craft knife
  • Super glue
  • Eye pins
  • Pliers (not pictured)

If anyone is wondering, we got all of these supplies at Brighton Accessories House in People’s Park Complex in Chinatown.

Brighton Accessories House
Blk 32,
New Market Road
#02-1160 (Park Crescent)
Singapore 050032

As you can see from the pic above, the cord holding the tassel together is an eyesore when the tassel cap is on. We’re going to remove it.

Carefully cut it away.

You will end up with something like this.

Stick the eye pin through the bottom of the tassel.

Pull it through and make sure the eye pin stays put and doesn’t go through the whole tassel.

Wind the loops around the tassel, you don’t even need to make sure that it is secured cause the glue will hold it together. Coat the inside of the tassel cap with glue and thread the pin through the hole in the tassel cap. Just make sure everything goes underneath the tassel cap neatly.

It should now look like this.

Do the same with the other side.

Shorten the rest of the eye pin by cutting it and making a small loop on the top of the tassel cap. Protip: stick the end of the eye pin back into the tassel cap again.

Using a pair of pliers, link the tassel and earring hook together with a jump ring.

Your tassel earrings are now ready for wear!

I really hate to sound like a broken record, we’ve had issues with people copying and pasting our entire DIY blog post on their own blog (with full instructions and sometimes even hot linking our photos).

While they link back to ours, it is foolish to assume they will still visit our blog when the full instructions are already posted on theirs. I’d hate to post a disclaimer every time I post a DIY post but this problem comes up every few DIY posts or so. We do appreciate people liking our DIY posts and we feel the best thing they can do for us is to post one or two photos and link back to us from there.

Does anyone have a proper method to solve this? We’d be grateful for any kind of suggestion.

July 16, 2012
Arissa Ha

We interrupt this string of travel posts to bring you something that might actually be of interest. A long time ago, Dawn wrote a post about book clutches and I fancied the idea of making one myself. Fast forward to the time I visited Francfranc in Tokyo, I came across boxes that are made to resemble books and the idea of making a book clutch out of it hit me.

Sourcing for the right materials itself took me a lot of time. I wanted a book clutch that resembles some of those fancy old bibles with book corners, a leather strap and clasp. Searching for the right clasp proved difficult and I had bought clasps from Singapore, Tokyo and finally found the right one in New York.

Enough babble, here is what you will need for your DIY.

Materials you will need:

  • Book Box from FrancFranc (Or any old book you’re willing to sacrifice by hollowing them out)
  • 4 Book corners from Botani trim (NYC)
  • Clasp from Botani trim (NYC)
  • Leather strap or old belt with the same width as the clasp
  • Tools like hammer, pliers, screws and screwdriver
  • Leather punch (not pictured)
  • Craft knife (not pictured)

As you can see, the book box is convenient cause it’s already hollowed out, if I weren’t picky, I could use this on its own. There is a tiny magnet that gives some sort of resistance when you try to open or close it. I wouldn’t count on it to stay closed when I carry it around with my stuff rattling around in it though.

Using a pair of pliers, carefully fix the book corners to each corner. This will protect the edges against wear and tear when you bring the book clutch out.

Next, press the end of the clasp that is supposed to go on the leather strap to make a marking.

You should end up with markings for holes like these.

Choose the appropriate size for the leather punch then make the holes as marked by the clasp.

Screw the clasp in place.

Punch holes in the other end of the strap and make the markings on the book with a pencil. The strap should sit around the center of the book on the back.

Make holes in the book so that the leather strap can be secured onto it.

Attach the leather strap onto the book with appropriate screws. Ideally, I would use flat top screws but I couldn’t find them so I had to make do with these.

The other end of the clasp does not sit flat on the front of the book so I had to make a recess for it. Mark the part that is protruding and cut out a recess using a craft knife. This part took a long time as the cover was made of compressed cardboard, I guess that also makes the book clutch durable.

 

Fix the clasp onto the recess and make sure it sits flat.

Secure it with screws (the clasp came with all these parts).

 

 

The book clutch is now done! It is actually decently sized so it can contain all the necessities like wallet, cellphone and keys.

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