I can make that! – Blouse with ruffled sleeves and a gathered back.

One of the things I really love to do is sew. So much so, that I even own a shop where I sew accessories for dogs and cats :) I knew the basics, but I wanted to learn more to the point where I could actually make my own clothes. I just always thought that was so cool. Since last year, I have been taking sewing classes and I feel I’ve reached a comfortable enough stage to grab a pattern from the shelves and give it a go. The class has not only made me appreciate sewing way, way more, but it has also made me a more savvy shopper. You start to pay attention to seams, fabrics, and the construction of the garment. You begin to analyze it: is it well-made or not worth my money? I’ve even gotten to the point where I look at clothes in the store, online, or being worn on Instagram and I think, “I can make that :D!” It’s a good feeling.

Don’t get me wrong, sewing is tough! It takes so much patience and knowledge. But if you’re like me, paying $50 for a basic, thin tee is a no-no. If I can, I’m going to try it to make it. Also, it’s fun, so why not! I want to make this a series here on my blog. A sort of like, I-attempt-to-make-today’s-fast-fashion-trends, and maybe save money and improve my sewing skills. If you’re new at this too, then join me and let’s learn together!

I’ve seen that shirts with ruffled sleeves are very popular at the moment. They’re very cute so I wanted to make one myself. I found the Simplicity 8335 pattern in my local store and got to work! It’s a Learn to Sew edition, which was perfect for me since I still consider myself a beginner. For me some parts were tricky, I’m not gonna lie. I acknowledge the mistakes I made and like I said, I am still learning, so in my mind, it’s ok to mess up as long as I learn from it, which I did.

I’ve linked some similar styles below in case you need inspiration. The orange romper is my favorite! Might just contradict all I’ve been saying and buy it…(kidding, but it is cute)

Anyway, here is the end result: (I didn’t iron it, don’t judge)

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I should’ve ironed it! I love how it looks though. Sadly, no one will be able to wear it :( I made a huge rookie mistake when sewing this: I didn’t measure my sister (it was for her) to see if the size I cut out would fit her. I also didn’t make her wear it along the way to see if I needed any alterations. My fault for sewing this at midnight when she was asleep.

I was reading other’s reviews on it and they said theirs fit them small as well, so take it from me and them and size up. It says an XS (which I made) will fit a woman’s 6-8 but that’s so untrue. I also read another blog where a girl combined size S for the body but M for the sleeves – it’s a smart idea you can try as well. Do what I didn’t do and measure!

Also, I felt I rushed my process out of excitement that I did sloppy work. Very sloppy work. As a whole, I’m proud that I accomplished this, but when I come close and focus on the little details on the blouse, it kills me. I should’ve been more careful. At least I learned many things– so that’s the bright side. Take a chance and give a sewing project a try! Even if, like me, you first don’t do so good.

What did you think of my top? Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I make it a series? Let me know in the comments! :)

– diana

Here are some pieces I found online containing ruffled sleeves. Aren’t they cute? Which is your favorite?

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my hair is blue-emerald-green!

I wanted my hair blue for a while, but whenever I told someone I wanted that color they would give me the “you’re crazy” look, so it unmotivated me. Then I found an emerald green on pinterest, fell in love, got my parent’s approval, showed it to my hair stylist, and he worked his magic.

moments after // a week after // yesterday

I need to retouch it soon. But I am so happy!

I have blue, green-blue, and purple in my hair. Yay! My guy left my natural root since it was growing, so there’s also my brown hair in the mix. I was scared the green wouldn’t show, but nope, it’s there!

Continue reading “my hair is blue-emerald-green!”

mi primer tatuaje

(my first tattoo)

A lot of people don’t like tattoos. My parents are included among those people. They don’t have anything against people who have them; they don’t look at them differently; they just don’t like tattoos. And that’s fine. I, on the other hand, went to school with people who were fond of them. Thus, I grew an appreciation toward them, regardless of all the negative things circulating the world of tattoos. I’m not gonna explain what tattoos mean to me. Everyone has their own definition and it is theirs to keep. Same thing with the meaning behind tattoos. Some people don’t even have meanings for their tattoos; just reasons. I am not advocating or pushing for anyone to get them either. It is your body. What I am gonna say is: if you are thinking about getting one, please do be cautious and think about it long and hard. Don’t be impulsive. Research.

MFT1

I got two:

I usually don’t put watermarks in my pictures, but people tend to steal tattoo photos quite often, so.

It hurt a little. Not much. I am so happy with the results.

 

Happy Wednesday friends!

–diana

Makeup: You’re doing it wrong! – An introduction

No one likes being told they’re doing their makeup wrong. Are you kidding me, I would flip if someone came up to me and told me I was applying my eyeliner wrong! I would be so embarrassed. I take pride on my looks just like any other person whether they admit it or not.

However, I can’t help but noticing when other girls apply their makeup erroneously – because, let’s be honest, there is a right and a wrong way to do anything – and it makes me sad that expensive makeup is not used to its full potential and that pretty faces don’t get the most out of their features. I know somedays we are just really busy and don’t have time to correct mistakes we’ve made or to even put on makeup– happens to me all the time! But I’m not talking about those days. I am talking about people that constantly wear their makeup or use products incorrectly.

So, I decided to start this little segment in my blog called “Makeup: You’re doing it wrong!” I know the name for it might a sound a little, for lack of a better word, bitchy and know-it-all, but that is not the case. I just feel it’s catchy and to the point.

I want to make it a place where I share tips that I’ve learned through several sources and by my experience with makeup, skin care, hair products, etc. All things beauty. And, since we all have our little tricks here and there, you can send yours my way and I’ll include them (and your blog) in future posts! :) (More info on that below). I believe that by doing so we can help each other improve our skills, and it will be a way to connect with more beauty lovers.

I know there are different types of skin and different ways of applying makeup, so do not to worry, I have you covered ;) The tips I’ll share here will be either general or tailored to your specific needs. You should still do and use whatever method and products work best for you! No one knows your skin better than you do. These will just be tips that you can use or not.

If you disagree or have a better way of doing something, then awesome! Let me know. We are all learning here everyday. We should not be stubborn and say that we know everything, because we don’t. There are things that I do wrong so I look for ways to better those things. I look for tips and different methods– and that is just what this section will be about.

I really hope you enjoy this little segment that is about to come because I am excited to make it:)

If you already have some tips up your sleeve about anything beauty, send me an email below, with the chance of it getting featured in future blog posts. Please don’t be shy, we’re all friends here :)

If you are having trouble submitting a tip though reader, go directly to my blog post here. If the problem still persists, let me know.

I will edit submissions sent in to fit my blog’s format. 

I cannot wait to hear from you guys! I have a few in mind already, so I’ll be posting those soon.

Please understand that: this segment is all my opinion, and my opinion might be different from yours // people are beautiful with or without makeup /I am not obligated to share every tip I get – I need to test them first too // for love and napo is my personal lifestyle blog.

Thanks so much!

I hope you have a great Thursday! :)

diana