This day a year ago – DIY Leopard Print Hair

On December 8 last year I posted this DIY, and since it’s party season again, I present to you – How to get leopard print hair!

Here’s my DIY video where I show how I did the leopard print on my hair, by demonstrating on a wig.

It’s great for parties, clubs and gigs, whether punk, rockabilly, psychobilly or goth. Give it a go! It’s easy…

Did you try this in the past year?  Why not try it now?

What to look for in luggage; new metallic leopard luggage

One very important factor when travelling a lot as I do, is the right luggage. My backpack is fine when I’m doing the south east asia thing, jumping on and off boats, buses, trains etc, trekking and so on.

But when it comes to hitting an urban centre where you just know that you’re gonna be:
a) bringing a lot of stuff with you and
b) buying a lot of stuff there, then it’s the big guns to which you turn.

Hard luggage. Spinner trolley cases.

I recently had to purchase luggage for my next Tokyo/Seoul trip, and here is a list of traits I looked for, that you should too.

Size

  • It’s got to be BIG! When I hit Japan, I hit the shops, and boy, there’d better be room for all of it.
  • I also tend to take a lot of clothes, shoes and accessories to Tokyo, UK etc, as I know I’ll be doing a lot of socialising and clubbing.
  • Hence I look for the biggest I can find – and the one I ended up with is 71cm x 51 x 34 – with 151 litre capacity.
  • You may not take as much stuff as me, so only get one that suits your average trip’s needs.

Expandability

  • Not only has it got to be big to begin with; it has to be able to get bigger .
  • You WILL be carrying more back than you brought when you arrived, so it’s a basic principle really. My last case and this new one,  had zippers that expanded the size – this one by 7.6cm – which gives me 25% more capacity!

Lightness

  • This is a tough one, as it’s a trade off with size. Some luggage is the size you want but ends up being too heavy.
  • Remember, many airlines only let you carry 20kg (though most will let you go a little over).
  • Mine is 5kg, which is probably the maximum I’d go for.

Durability

  • I like hard-shelled luggage because it’s TOUGH! It can take the knocks, and your stuff inside is safer too.
  • It does depend what you’re going to pack, but I often take hats, for example, that are a bit delicate, and if I stuff them with soft clothing and place them in the centre of the bag, then the hard shell generally protects them from being dented and squashed. This saves me from carrying them on in my hand luggage.
  • Oh, and check the warranty – mine is 10 years.

Flexibility

  • The case needs to be able to swing in all directions – and that means 4 wheels, that rotate fully 360 degrees. Aka a “spinner“.
  • If the wheels only move forward, there’ll be times when you’ll get stuck and have to lift it. There are times when you need to swerve (like in Shinjuku or Shibuya crowds) and the 360 movement is invaluable here if you don’t want to get stuck mid-crossing.
  • The case should be able to move sideways, ie not just on the narrow side but roll easily on the wide side as well.
  • It should roll easily whether just on 2 wheels or 4 wheels.
  • It should have a strong handle for those times when you DO need to lift it, such as getting onto the train to/from the aiport 

Call me shallow about this next one but…

Good looks!

  • You want luggage you can be proud of, and that expresses you, right?
  • You also want luggage that is distinctive..so you can spot it at 20 paces when it looms into view on the carousel.
  • I’ve got a thing for leopard, so when I spotted my new one in the store, it was love at first sight. Only, it was a bit more than I wanted to pay, which leads me to…

Price/Value

  • I do think it’s worth paying for good luggage, if you travel a lot. Like any staple item of clothing or shoes, if you work out how many wears you’ll get out of it, the price can become a lot more reasonable.
  • That said, when you spot your prey, bide your time, as it may just go on sale and then you can POUNCE!!
  • In my case, it was $349 to start with, but after several months it went down to $245, which is when I nabbed it.

So which model did I choose?

The “Landor & Hawa“  Dallas 1141 Limited Edition Metallic Gold Leopard hard shelled spinner. Yes, the big daddy in the range you see below.

This is not an advertorial, but for those who are interested, here are the various sizes and their RRP.
Like me, you may well be able to nab one on sale if you’re lucky :)

Size(s):  71 + 61 + 48cm + 35cm (Vanity)
Capacity:  151, 98, 52Lt  + 17 Litres
Weight(s): 5.05, 4.25, 3.1 + 1.35Kg
RRP  71cm – $349, 61cm – $319, 49cm – $219, Vanity $109 
Warranty 10 years.

If you want to know more, or see the other designs they offer, head to the Landor & Hawa website. They also come in zebra, grey leopard, large spots, polkadots & cherries, geometric and plain colours (not shiny). There are also soft luggage options, and backpacks/duffels with trolley feature.

*NB I’ve seen it on Luggagefactory.com and amazon reduced from $395 to $168.30, if you’re in the US.

Here’s the beauty itself in my lounge room, showing the curved indent in the front. (Yes, I have zebra light switch covers – doesn’t everyone?)

 

Now to see how it expands:

 

And here’s a peek of the inside:

I’m pleased as punch with it, and you can be SURE I’ll be road testing it next week, when I hit Seoul for the first time, and return to Tokyo for my 7th trip!

Nasty Gal December haul video

I bought my first ever clothing frm Nasty Gal recently, and I’m really pleased with what I received. Thank the PTB that everything fit! I got the Funktional “Heavy Metal” dress, the BB Dakota “Winsor Silk” dress, the Leopard Cross top, the Zoe boot (bought years ago actually), and the Space Woman Shades in both black and gold (very Lady Gaga).

Here’s my first ever haul video, and as much as I’m uncomfortable with the concept of haul videos (ie people who can afford hauls being insensitive to those who can’t), I really hope it helps people who may want to buy Nastygal stuff, see how it fits on a little wee gal like myself. We are not all 5’10″ glamazons!! We are not all 20 years old, and we are do not all have legs that go on forever. (And some of us MAY have tummies).  And yet…we can look decent and stylish in our way.. so apropos of that..

(At least it’s shorter than my DIY videos…snicker)

DIY Leopard Print Hair – the tutorial

Here’s my DIY video where I show how I did the leopard print on my hair, by demonstrating on a wig.

It’s great for parties, clubs and gigs, whether punk, rockabilly, psychobilly or goth. Give it a go! It’s easy…

Leopard Outfit post number twelvty! Icon-tokyo. Awesome leopard hair

Can a girl ever have too many leopard dresses and outfits? Hellz no! So here’s another – that I wore on Saturday night to Black Cherry.

You may perhaps notice the leopard hair I created to go with my outfit. Did I do it myself? Hellz yes!  Do you want to know how? Then stay tuned, as I’ll be doing a tutorial on it pronto. For now, here’s the outfit.

leopard hair

Leopard Dress – Icon, Tokyo
Leopard Corset – Gallery Serpentine
Fake fur stole – Sportsgirl
Teal platform shoes – RMK shoes
Necklace – Forever 21
Lipstick – “Captive” by Mac
Circle lenses – G&G BT, Pinky Paradise

      

I’d like to mention icon-tokyo, as they are a very cool brand that hardly ever gets mentioned. It has edgy gear like the outfit below:

I met the ‘icon’ bods at H.P. France ’s   Merry Go Land fashion event in Shinjuku, back in September (see my post here, and one by Alice et Peter Punk here). They were there in good company with Cannabis, Grimoire, Tarock, Wut and more. I saw and bought the blue leopard dress in the daytime, and when I went back for the night fashion show, I wore it!

Check out the icon-tokyo online shop , the icon-tokyo site, icon-tokyo twitter, or the blog (where, yes, I’m in a few early September entries).

And watch this space for the tutorial on how to do your own awesome leopard hair!