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Screw You, American Bra Companies.

A while ago, I started doing research into bra sizing and how to find one that fit me better. I got my boobs done a few years ago and it really did not occur to me that bra fitting would be an issue, since I had only ever chosen bras to make me look like I had boobs, not because they fit. Well, it turns out Western bra sizing, much like all ready-to-wear, does not cater to different shapes. My current ribcage measurement is 28, and my bust measurement is 37. The closet size I measure for in Western sizing is a 32 DD, but the cups often don’t fit, the band is loose, and my back hurts frequently. But after bumming around the internet, I ran across this adorable girl Brittany’s blog, Thin and Curvy. She has this problem, albeit by natural means, and decided to write a wonderfully informative blog about it. She has a very different measurement system, one which makes much more sense to me. She also has a lot to say about the standardizing of bra sizes, which everyone is shuffled whether they actually fit into those sizes or not. But the best thing of all is, she reviews and provides links for European bra companies that make bras in a larger selection of sizes. Using her measuring guide and recommendations, I ordered a few bras by Freya off of Ebay, for some very nice prices. ( like 13 to 20 bucks prices!) I ordered size 28 FF – my first one arrived today and yep, it fits great. No gapping at the center, it lies flat against my ribcage. The underwire fits all the way around and the band is a perfect close fit. And, its PRETTY!! It is the Nancy model.  Here is what it looks like: (not me in this pic 😉

So yeah, I’m pretty happy. I’m never going to settle for American fit bras again, and I won’t have to spend a ton of money to do it either.


My Crazy, Japanese Inspired SteamPunk-Baroque Nail Set

Go ridiculous or go home.

So, this here blog is intended to be the fashion/beauty sister to my main blog, which is all about the various things I make. My first blog is more of a heavy duty tutorial blog that encompasses all of my artistic pursuits. However, I also have a deep and abiding interest in fashion, makeup, hair and beauty… and although I do “make” lots of things that relate to that, the content didn’t seem to fit in there. So, here we go… my first post will show you just what kind of blog this is. I give you insane, Japanese nail art. I have been totally enthralled with the (apparent) trend of having huge chunks of stuff and jewels glued all over fake nails. It’s so… over the top. Sometimes my clothing can ride the fine line between fashion and costume…. but although I love these, I can’t imagine wearing them all the time. The set I made is removable and reusable, for costumes and photo shoots. I love the fantasy-elegance of them… like elaborate jewelry for your fingertips. I will probably wear these with steam punk, gothic and other fantasy type ensembles. I intend to wear them out to a photo shoot next weekend, as a matter of fact… pics will ensue. I didn’t make a proper tutorial, since this sort of thing is sort of one of a kind, but I did take some pictures of the process.And, I made a Youtube video to show them in motion! It is my second ever video, the first one I edited all by myself. ^_^

See how messy I made my computer desk?

First, I painted all the nails grey. I amassed a large selection of gems, stickers, random doodads, little metal bits, feathers, ect. I made each nail one by one, and one hand at a time. I laid them side by side as I went along to make sure they meshed nicely together. I strung chains between the third and fourth finger on each hand, connecting those fingers. To do this, I heated up a pin and pierced the nail carefully, and then used jewelry connectors and fine chain. I used a mix of superglue and craft glue to attach everything. The nails can be worn temporarily by putting a teeny dot of nail glue in the center of each nail… this is enough to hold them to your natural nail, but they are then easy to peel off carefully. They are certainly not something to wear if you want to do anything…. I needed help to do everything. But I think they make a fantastic visual. They remind me of something that would be worn by a society in some sort of fantasy world.

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