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Showing posts with label style. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dress-savers: black and beige sports bras

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."  - Reflections on the Art of Living : a Joseph Campbell Companion

This black sports bra was purchased specifically for this dress which has X-shaped straps in the back. Forever 21 calls this a 'layering bra' and it has - no padding - which is fine for this dress since it is slightly thicker (98% cotton, 2% spandex) than what you would expect from a summer dress. The layering bra is made of a thin stretchy fabric with lace trim around the upper border and textured dots across the surface. As a reminder, here is what the actual bra looks like.

I love the classic trend of black and white for summer because it is visually cool and crisp and works as a transition piece into fall when paired with olive cardigans and the like. I am looking forward to trying it with a textured woolen cropped cardi by Jil Sander for Uniqlo, also in black.

These are the accessories I chose for the outfit - The neon pink nail polish is by Color Club and has no name but is bubblegum scented (!).  I'd actually prefer a neutral white nail polish - the neon is a little too jarring I think, paired with the black, but it went well with the cassette tape street art I found.

Here's what the beige sports bra looks like (identical to the pale turquoise in design) ---

I don't think I need to go into depth on the merits of the ever practical skin-toned undergarment. They disappear under sheer fabrics and are a good thing to have around. I prefer this simpler style over the lacy ones with the decorative components, especially since most of my dresses are frilly and flowery enough on their own. Unfortunately, a basic black one was no where to be found when I visited the store. Perhaps next time.  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sports Bras - a surprising summer accessory

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

The one that started it all - This pretty light turquoise one is the first purchased.  All due to the dress I am wearing in the photos below.  I found the dress at TJ Maxx, loved the color combinations (I've been very into mint green since last summer and increasingly this summer) and loved that it buttoned all the way up and down the front.  However, the chest area was a little loose, the straps were kind of weird, they curved inwards in a C shape and when I mildly complained about these factors to the friendly checkout person who complimented my dress choice, she suggested a sports bra underneath.  So I checked first at American Apparel - nothing! Somehow wound up at f21 and discovered this cheap goodness.  : D

The quality, fit, and comfort is just amazing for $4.80 and best of all, for practical purposes, it has these openings in the side where you can remove the pads!  This is honestly my favorite thing because I have never figured out a way to fit hand washing bras into my schedule, and as a result, after one or two machine washes, the pads inside start to get lumpy and misshapen ... which means that before long, I can only wear them underneath fall sweaters.  These pads are easy to remove and easy to put back in.

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

The sports bra shows a little bit at the neckline, which is nice - similar color scheme!  A contrasting color such as yellow or purple would also be nice (addicted).

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra
Aand in the back, you just see the 2 thin straps which I totally don't mind.  Some people have issues with any straps showing though, even if it's totally coordinating straps.  Can't be helped!  I tried a strapless bra once and it kept sliding south.  Most uncomfortable.

I love these sports bras over regular bras because they create a slimmer silhouette and feel more natural and comfortable, maybe due to the lack of wires and hooks.  I kind of want to just switch over to these completely, even for fall and winter.

Let me know if you have any particular underwear preferences (lol, wink wink) and next up, an outfit with the black one and an outfit with the tan one.

Friday, August 9, 2013


From: f21

My newest discovery this summer is the sports bra.  The Forever 21 sports bra in particular (sometimes called a layering bra on the website).  It is the perfect companion to dresses with atypical straps or dresses that are slightly ill-fitting on top due to lack of bust on purchaser.  The checkout person at TJ Maxx suggested it to me. I know. I'm very upset I didn't think of this simple but brilliant idea myself.  This black one is my third one now and I actually wouldn't mind one or two more in yellow &/or lavender.  Addicted!  I love being addicted to things that are really good and totally cheap.

They only cost $4.80 and I think they deserve their own post.

I am delighted to say that my newly begun off-time from school has resulted in a slew of sketches being finished.  I am very reluctant to photograph them though because I always feel like they are not quite finished and could use a little more shading/outlining/detail ... Well the plan is to post those, write a little more about sports bras, and do an outfit post incorporating the above accessories.

side note: frequently using Instagram has caused me to square-crop my photos even when it's not necessary. I read an article about this; the square frame is harmonious and balanced and helps with focus. All things I need.  

also, I am trying to toughen up my 'look' starting (and probably ending) at the accessories level.  Namely, bracelets.  Helloo studs, leather, and chains. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Marimekko Flatiron NY
Marimekko, Flatiron NY

Bluebottle Coffee Chocolate Bars
Bluebottle Coffee, Midtown NY

I pass this new-ish Marimekko boutique several times a week on my walk to and from work.  Each time I feel the pull.  My appreciation is more of the gestalt type - once I stop to examine individual pieces, I have less desire to actually purchase anything.  (It would help if they made at least some dresses in the fitted/flared style rather than the baggy-bag style.)  Still though – every time – I just want to step in, walk around, and soak up the happy vibes.  Who knows, maybe one of these days I'll try on one of their dresses.  Maybe it'll look smashing on me!  The patterns and colors are gorgeous.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mani hands: Pink with Silver Border, Instagram Edition!

NOTD pink with silver border

Good morning!  I thought I would share some of what I have been up to through pictures selected from my Instagram feed.

I tried a few simple variations on the standard manicure - First is what I like to think of as the borderline style.  I saw it online and thought for a good while about how to achieve it on my own.  I first painted a thin layer using a Sally Hansen silver (Celeb city).  I find metallic nail polishes easiest to control.  For me, the creamy, milky pastel polishes are the most challenging to work with!  Metallics glide on smoothly and are very forgiving.  I tried to bring the silver color as close to the cuticle as possible.

Sally Hansen Celeb City

Next came the Essie pink (Muchi muchi).  As expected, it was easier than if I had painted the whole nail as there is less surface area to cover.  Working with my non-dominant hand was a bit trickier and the silver border came out thicker on the right hand.  However, overall, they looked great!  I can't wait to try this with other colors.  I'm hoping to get a gold and shimmery white polish sometime in the near future.

The trick to designs like this is to keep the hand muscles loose and relaxed while knowing exactly where you want the brush to go.  So, having a plan and being precise - but not getting tense.  Also, as with all diy manicures, cuticle prep is crucial!

Here is another shot of this manicure, taken with an actual camera:

Feel free to add me on Instagram - emyaugustus is my user name. Those of you who follow me know these pictures are from a while ago. I never have time to blog when school is in session, so re-capping from Instagram might be the only way!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

drunk and cute


& this,

with your change purse,

in here.

I knew I liked red in small doses!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Some bright morning images

one word : eyejewels

Crown.  Silver hearts on cheeks.

All screen shots are from this video :


Monday, August 23, 2010

Room decor

a new addition to the mantle - paper mache heads!  Haha 

wall in sister's room

When I remember a dream long after I've had it, I feel the need to write it down because it probably has some symbolic purpose in my life.  Right?  ;)

I was getting ready to dive into a pool. I've never tried diving before. The pool was filled with murky greenish water with floating objects, colorful plastic blocks, and filled with people. I kept hesitating about diving in because I was worried about hurting myself on one of the big blocks or crashing into someone. I waited too long and everyone else dived in and nobody was helping me. *scene shifts* I'm outside at night by a car and the funny, sarcastic, Asian swim teacher named James from camp was there. We were parting ways or something and we hugged, and I told him how soft his shirt felt. *scene shifts again* I am in the library reading a book, when my mom comes rushing excitedly over. She's just been reading Emily Bronte and tells me she's discovered there exists a secret room hidden in the middle of a old house and in this room you can do anything you want. I try to find it. The old house turns into a mansion which turns into a museum. Soon my sister is with me too, helping. At the end of the dream, we get in an elevator which turns into a subway clattering over trestles and the trestles go over the rooftops of Forest Hills, and I know that at the end of the ride I'll reach the secret room, and then I wake up.

I wish I took this photo:
Annie Ling for the New York Times
cool pic stupid article.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CRASH Emma Watson oops punctuation needed oh wells

Alternate post title : For Emma (bon iver reference haha)

I've seen a few bloggers post up fashion shoots starring Hermione Emma Watson. The pics on Giggleness' blog was one, but I don't remember the other one ... (it was a while ago).

I hated how she was sexified up in those editorials! It took away all the quirky uniqueness shown by her frizzy haired, bookish character and replaces it with some hot model Type who could easily be substituted by any other model to the less discerning viewer (ie, someone who hasn't read all the books and seen all the movies and who doesn't want to get into wizard rock and have polygamous unions with all the male (and female) characters).

These are much better.

Emma Watson @ Emy Augustus

Emma Watson @ Emy Augustus

Emma Watson @ Emy Augustus

Images here

Much more personality. A sense of mystery and power that isn't based so completely on sexual appeal (though it's also there), wayyyy more unique. Reading the comments on the original site annoyed the crap outta me. Pretty much everyone was like, 'I don't like these; what's with the white eyebrows ... scary', or my favorite - 'it's too artsy for me'.

The website also had some nice links and quotes. These were my favs. (and hopefully are really from her mouth!)
* She says she's never really studied politics or philosophy but that she'd like to. She wants to go to university to learn, make new friends and be anonymous. She wants to "feel normal for a while".

* She says that she loves dressing up, that it's a creative way of expressing yourself, which is why she enjoys it the same way she enjoys Art.

* She says she genuinely thinks Karl Lagerfeld is a genius and that the photoshoot was one of the nicest she ever did.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A tangled mess is [near] my heart

Unicorn barf.
Inspired by this.

I'm wearing a 'brooch' made spur of the moment to add some color to my outfit. I just grabbed a little clot of stuff from my messy desk and clipped it all together with one of those butterfly hair clips that girls used to wear in middle school. Except I need to find a better way of affixing it to my shirt cuz a paper clip just don't cut it (It kept falling off every time I bent over, put on my jacket, etc). Then just for funnies I pinned a parrot finger puppet next to it to signify that I can be bird-brained.

In 8th grade I had a summer school math teacher named Pierre, and one day I asked him what kind of animal I reminded him of. The dear man said parrot. I was kinda disappointed. I had hoped he would've said puppy (cute) or dolphin (graceful), so I asked him why. He said because I'm smart and talkative, and have a colorful personality. And that was the best compliment I have ever gotten.

Pierre, where ever you are right now, I miss you.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Red Cardigan

My dad's been nagging me about applying to grad school again. I don't blame him. It's been ... almost 9 months since I graduated and there's *ahem* no academic progression to be seen. When the topic of grad school comes up, I feel like I'm playing a game of tug o' war with myself. A vague far-away me is pulling, while the me of right now digs her heels in and resists with all her might. I know it needs to get done. Tonight I'll work on the personal statement.

my mom cleaned out her closet and gave me three of her old cardigans. Hooray! She's two sizes bigger than me, so I had to take it in using my trusty sewing machine. I got the black and white rose pin from Etsy, necklace from Mandees. I foresee the inner white shirt getting 'remixed' A LOT in future outfits -it was $5 from TJ Maxx. I wish I had a scrap of black tulle. How cool would that look pinned behind the brooch?! Come to think of it, a whole skirt of black tulle would be freaking awesome.

The other two cardigans are olive green and muted purple. I already sewed the green one, so I'll tailor the purple one some time next week.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Take a number...

Okay now let's play a game. Nothing like a game and four cute boys to cure a grumpy mood eh?

Which one's your favorite?

1) 2)
3) 4)

(These pics were collected from The Sartorialist and Facehunter)

Now the red head is just - he reminds me of foamy things.

Number 2 let's call Dodger, as in the Artful dodger from Oliver Twist. The prototypical charming yet mischevious scoundrel.

The third one ... people who commented about this pic on the Sartorialist mostly all said he reminds them of a young Andy Warhol. I agree. His slick hair makes him ageless, like some mythological creature. And those lips! Well, they all have nice lips, but his are so shapely.

And the last one, I just love the little flip of wavyness he has going on.

Sunday, January 4, 2009



with all your lies,
you're still very lovable.
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