FML: Round frames incoming !

Remember when people used to laugh at ‘geeks’ wearing their ‘dorky’ glasses with the round frames, skulking in libraries? Yes, and you didn’t want any part in that stereotype.

WELL, scrap the nerd vibe; round Harry Potter-esque glasses are definitely the go to for this season !

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Wear them in the library, in your car, at the beach, lurking in the back alleys, wherever !

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What fun multipurpose frames.

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By now I’m sure you’re very impressed with my versatile sunglasses. What if I told you a demure LA based createur had gone the next step and created something so spectacularly amazing; dare I say like this

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or THIS

 

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or ERMGEHRD-I-CANT-EVEN-RAINBOWS-AND-LOLLIPOPS-SHUT-UP-AND-TAKE-MY-MONEY

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Such colour. Much beautiful. Wow. And from crazy prices like $44.30, why wouldn’t you invest in a pair? or two? or seven?!

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In fact, why not just get them all? That seems completely reasonable. Dying to know who, how and where?

LA based Etsy shop DaddyLongLeg offers a wide variety of customised embellished retro vintage eyewear and chains, hand made with faceted jewels, cabochons, floral embellishments and other beautiful add ons. Did I mention these frames were able to be custom made also ?

Still a fledgling business, DaddyLongLeg has most definitely caught onto something huge in the future in eyewear fashion. Avante Garde fashionistas; are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Let’s pave the way towards summer !

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Love Sora xo

MinkPink: Wild Child of Rock Winter Collection + Competition!!

“MINKPINK. Designed and loved for who we are. Be brave and free.”

We all know there’s a gigantic hole swooping the Australian fashion market for well designed, gorgeous, yet affordable clothing.  It’s something that has been close to our hearts here at The Hidden Thimble and it’s the thing we LOVE most about MINKPINK’s philosophy.  8 Years on, the Australian iconic brand have stayed true to themselves designing inspirational, original pieces that girls can afford to buy and LOVE to wear.  I for one know I’ve worn the death out my favorite floral MINKPINK skater skirt!

I am forever tired of the dreary colours that seem to come out in winter…I’m so sick of seeing dull grey and black tones being paired together. And when there is color, it’s always the same dark blues or purples.  I mean, who said winter had to be boring?

If you’re feeling me right now, do read on.  It’s time to get cheeky, sassy and edgy this winter because MINKPINK’s 2014 Wild Child of Rock winter collection is EPIC!

MINKPINK brings a fun, eclectic and old-school vibe to this winter – jam packed with a whole heap of grunge and sass – and we know how much us Aussies love street grunge and how much The Hidden Thimble loves sass!  Ladies am I right? Am I riiiigghhtt??

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Speaking of sass lovely ladies (and gents of course) who may be reading this, what better way to authentically carry out this collection than to team up with daughters Chelsea and Alexandra, of rock legends Aerosmith and Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards ohmagawd!

MINKPINK Winter collection 2014 pays homage to the age of rock stars so it’s time to get styled in your shaggy fur coats, bohemian bell sleeves and 70s vintage coats, studs and all else glam and rock!

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I’ve only got six words to display my love for the next series of outfits.  Fur, leather, metallic, gold, silver and lace.  The best combination to glam up this winter!

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I am in love with the print and metallic colour of that jumper.

Want some colour thrown in there?  Don’t worry MINKPINK are one step ahead!

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I’m really loving furry things this winter. The amount of comfort I feel from rugging up in something soft and nubbly in winter just brings a joy that is incomparable. And the colour of that baggy cardigan is just so minty fresh! Love!

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Finally, my favorite pieces of the whole collection! Here’s some winter colour that’s not your typical dull and muted hues.  I absolutely cant get enough of that matching blazer and shorts combo!

So I know the burning question on your mind right now….

Can I has?

OF COURSE!!!!  >> Enter the competition below!! <<

Competition Time!!

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How to Enter:

Post an Instagram of you and your BFF on a wild night out. Your spontaneous selfie could win you:
2x flights to Sydney thanks to Studentflights
A night at 1888 Hotel, Pyrmont, and
$500 worth of MINKPINK clothing!  THE HIDDEN THIMBLE BONUS:  Tag #thehiddenthimble in your Instagram post to DOUBLE your wardrobe prize to $1000 worth of MINKPINK clothing!

Don’t forget to tag #mpwildnightoutau and follow @official_minkpink!

Good Luck!

Talyssa

Siree’s July Favourites

Hey you! Siree here.

Wow, we are killing it with the recent posts lately! Snaps for us and rejoice because it might be that we can do posts like Favourites of the Month, and it might actually not be too late to be redundant.

So BAM! The satisfying things of July in digest form. Evaluated, than reevaluated. Begin!

 FOR THE NEST

Nutribullet

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My first real home ware purchase for myself has been the much hyped Nutribullet which has been on market for a while in the States I believe but has been making the rounds here in Australia on infomercials recently. If you like juicing but feel guilty about the fiber goodness that gets left behind, what the Nutribullet does that’s different from blenders is it liquifies the fibers so you get a smoother juice without large chucks that makes drinking the added pulp unappetizing.

At first, it was a bit hard to figure out how to use it. I found out from some research that you have to fit the notches in a certain way for it to blend and you also have to get the right mix of liquid and food so it doesn’t overflow. But after you master the basics of mass-to-liquid ratio you definitely have fun making your our juice, soup, dips etc the list goes on!

Humidifier 

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I don’t know many people who own a humidifier but it’s definitely became a winter staple of mine like the heater for the colder months. This one even lights up and tones down to simulate “breathing” to make you stay super relaxed! I’m still figuring out what black magic is used for the steam to come out with no heat. Hmm…

EAMON-Z by ZU

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The height. The shape. The chunkiness.

GADGET PLAY

 Fujifilm X-T1

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To quote from the Steve Jobs slogan guide to language, this has to be the funnest camera I have ever used!

It’s not big like a DSLR but handles just like one and the retro look is gorgeous but also isn’t just for show. The dials for the shutter speed and ISO will make you read up on your basic photography 101 because holy cow, I thought I was alright with figuring out this shiz but I was wrong OTZ.

ON THE WATCH LIST

Attack on Titan

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I love watching anime though curse my life, I haven’t watched anything for a while.

If you haven’t heard of the anime/manga phenomenon Attack On Titan, you should give it a try. SERIOUSLY. WATCH. IT. Think Occupy movement meets the fickle benevolence of humanity mixed with stream punk aestheticism.

Oh, and there’s plenty of disembodiment by eating happening. Hand and legs are begin chomped off like they’re chips! Is it weird that I secretly appreciate that they uncensored this? I feel so sheltered since my gore tolerance in live action is non-existent but watching it animated, I feel a different appreciation for violence as “art”. I don’t see it as dehumanizing the issue, but it allows me to endure the action’s meaning while giving me the shock value, mildly.

It’s become so popular, they’re also making a live action film and looking at the makeup SFX used in the Subaru Ad, I am convinced that the live action drama will be upgraded to…titan AWESOME! Especially now that I am happily Kiko Mizuhara obsessed courtesy of M. Curse you good lookin’!

GHETTO GOLD

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An assortment of gold jewelry I’ve been wearing a lot lately. A statement piece for each hand or finger.

THE BREAKFAST BOARD SYNDROME  

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I’ve made it become a “thing” to eat all possible breakfast items in board form as a bide to emulate Kei Yamazaki’s breakfast charm from her Instagram. Needless to say, I need more practice to recreate the perfect breakfast anatomy.

My mission for perfect deconstructed open sandwiches and antipasto platters is borderline diet failure as the idea of sneaking a waffle to replace the bread has become my pledge to being health conscious… because it’s healthy for my soul…

 JAM SESSION

I’ve been rediscovering the scrapbook sampling sounds of some great Aussie beat masters and Ta-Ku’s D.U.S.T.Y Volume 1 tape has been left me blissfully cruising my workload for the last month in a haze dance trance.

It’s seriously a great collection of good beats and vibes that run in each track – I find myself hooked to each sound! 

Until next time,
Siree
Xoxo

FML: Sunday Morning + Giveaway

Advertorial

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// Chiffon Dress c/o Sammy Dress //

I’m not sure my brain has this thing called “judgement” over my state of being sometimes and that goes to say, it affects my state of dress.

 

Lately to be honest, I’m getting so damn lazy that my urge to dress myself in daily wear is to cover in at least one layer of heat tech wear (thank god you arrived to Sydney Uniqlo!) and some decent pant attire in my very limited long pant leg collection - but my mind won’t have that kind of rubbish talk!

 

So like the jumper dress, the playsuit, and the…. onesie (?) you need that go-to item on the run that’s simple and decent enough for your brain to follow and agree that you now have the “OK” to go outside and walk around on your lazy day without being a complete slob.

 

So logic made me pick this cute versatile dress from Sammy Dress because, I love cheating on my clothes choices:

 

- An eye-catching pattern print that makes it look interesting – check.
- Cuff lining that made it look like you put some extra thought into your style choice today – pfft it sure does!
- The kind of dress that will go well with a pair of heels or some chucks – I’d say so.

 

This dress actually isn’t pricey at all. From $16.87 to now $10.86, it’s a bargain!

 

And looking at Sammy Dress‘s selection, there was a a lot of variety to choose from but this one caught my eye when I saw it.

 

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And now the jump from dream to reality with this comparison shot…

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My how I love how skinny my waist looks in this dress *snicker.* Seriously guys, no PS here.

I was surprised that the cut was more fitted than advertised but I guess I do have a more “curvier” body than the model… (✌゚∀゚)

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For some reason the cut at the bottom is slightly higher on one side and looks like it wasn’t cut straight when made. But when worn it wasn’t obvious. I wonder if you can see it?

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Another point that made me disappointed was the cuffs on the sleeves. I mean… look at them!!!
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Look at that contrast! It’s what makes the look interesting and more believable as faux cuffs.
Now look at my photo:
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As you can see, the cut of the cuff is visible through the chiffon (which was suppose to be a different material if I’m not mistaken) if you look hard enough in the right place which “cheapens” the quality. Overlocking is a standard sewing technique people! It doesn’t cost an extra arm and a leg to overlock a seam…

 

And since it’s just an extension of the original fabric and not a separate part sewn on, you can’t roll up your sleeve in hopes of hiding the first layer.

 

Final Thoughts?

 

Hmm this dress from Sammy Dress was alright. It’s a good dress to wear underneath a jacket and maybe casual Fridays at work but certainly the thing that disappointment me was the expectation. Buying from a warehouse type of online store is definitely cheap but the problem was the advertised photo not matching the product in quality for me.

 

So would I buy from Sammy Dress in the future, for clothes I want to wear out – no. But if I needed an outfit for a fancy dress party – yes.

 

 

Finally – it’s giveaway time!

 

We’re giving away this dress for free-the-bees free. So either comment in the blog comment box below or like and comment “win” on our Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win. Good Luck!

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Until next time!
Siree
xx
July 26, 2014 - 12:36 pm

thehiddenthimble - Good Luck Jessica!

Xx
Siree

July 25, 2014 - 4:45 am

jessica eapen - WIN

FML: SammyDress Advertorial

Hi everyone!  Talyssa here for a slightly different FML.  This clothing in this FML was provided by Sammydress and will also feature a review on the product and service.  So let’s get into it!

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Jacket: Dongdaemun Markets Korea | Dress: Sammydress | Shoes and Socks: Topshop

First, let’s start with the positive…

Clothing Range and Shopping Experience:

When I saw this dress on Sammydress, I immediately fell in love.  It’s gorgeous, elegant and ever so Audrey Hepburn!  I must admit that the range of clothing on Sammydress is really nice, it’s unique and feminine and there’s a lot of variety.   You also get a kind of a thrill looking at such beautiful products selling for so cheap!  Less than $10?  Heck yes!  I’ll take five!

Using the site is simple and each product has a wide variety of images, including images posted by customers wearing the items they have bought.

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Unfortunately….that’s where the positives end for me.  When I opened my package from Sammydress, I was incredibly disappointed.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful or mean, but what I received in the mail was not, in my personal opinion, worth paying for.

No. 01:  The dress was nothing like the picture

This was the most disappointing aspect of the whole thing.  I was expecting an elegant and sophisticated looking dress as in the picture above, but instead I received a cheap looking copy.  I just felt lied to and cheated.  It’s one thing to say you’re copying the style of X celebrity and you’re posting images of how they wore it along with images of your actual imitation product – as I have seen many sites do – but it’s another thing completely to imply and ONLY provide images of a product your product is similar to, but isn’t actually what you are giving to your customers in return for their money.  Your customer is buying the product they are seeing on your website.  That’s what they expect to receive.  Nothing less.

I found the whole thing completely unfair and I’m pretty sure it violates some sort of consumer laws, at least it would in Australia anyway.  If Sammydress doesn’t consider their actual product good enough to post pictures of on their website then that just shows that they are aware that their products wouldn’t sell if they put up actual pictures.

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The back of the dress was the part I was looking forward to the most and was what originally made me choose this dress.  As you can see, what I received was significantly different to the image presented on the website (refer to 2nd image of post).  There is no low V-cut back and the bow is located significantly higher than the small of my back.  Not only that, the bow looks cheap and tacky – with the ribbon parts not even cut to the same length and it being sewn very cheaply and hastily onto the back of the dress.

No. 02: Quality

The quality of the dress was (unfortunately) cheap.  The material is see through, with no kind of material inlay provided to prevent this.  The hems all around the dress are hastily sewn, extremely messy and not hemmed straight.   Long pieces of thread are frequently left uncut and knotted on the dress.

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No. 03: Fit and Cut

The cut on my dress was so so so bad!  It had absolutely no shape and made me look flat, straight,frumpy and pre-pubescent.  The lack of darts used on the back of the dress meant that it didn’t come in on the waist, making it extremely unflattering on my stomach and waist.  You can see all the extra material there in the photo above!

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Another extremely annoying part of this dress were the sleeves. Whilst they look okay in the photos, they didn’t stay that way for very long and would often popup and sit vertically to my shoulder.  Quite frankly it looked ridiculous and I was extremely embarrassed walking around in this dress because of that reason.

In order for these sleeves to sit as desired on a persons shoulders, the back of the dress needed to have an open cut V (as with the original design).  This would have helped to open up the dress, allowing the sleeves to lay almost off the shoulder. Having a rounded mid-length back did not give the sleeves enough leeway to sit off the shoulder, causing them to pop up very frequently with any small movement.

No. 05: Value For Money

Clothing on Sammydress is extremely cheap.  Almost everything is less than $10, making the quality of the product understandable.

Shipping on the other had is pricey – almost costing $20!!  It’s such a purchase turn off when your shipping is more than the actual product!

Service:

Service is very fast.  My package was promptly sent and staff were very friendly and quick to answer any questions.

Would I shop here again?

Truthfully, probably not.  It’s unfortunate because I think the range is quite good, if only the products I received looked like the ones they promoted on the site!  In saying that, if you’re looking for something cheap to only wear once or as  a costume etc, you might want to give Sammydress a try.  I would actually prefer if Sammydress increased the cost of their products, if it meant getting a product as in the pictures on their site.  I would definitely shop there countless times if that were the case.

Review:You who came from the Stars, and YSL lipstick 52

Hey guys !

Sorry to follow Talyssa’s fab beauty post with ANOTHER beauty post- but this one you might find interesting too in a different sense !

For all you korean drama lovers out there, you’ve probably heard of the drama ‘별에서 온 그대’, or ‘You who came from the stars’, starring Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun.

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Just a comment on the drama: It is the highlight of this year so far, and I am not ashamed to say I have marathon’ed this entire drama twice over with my girlfriends, throttling giraffe plushies and screaming over Kim Soo Hyun.

The drama is about a whirlwind romance spanning centuries, with one devilishly handsome alien and corporate giant heirs vying for the attentions of a somewhat simple yet sincere and straightforward actress. This is pretty much all I can tell you about the drama, because trying to explain further would involve giving away plot twists so NO, you have to watch it yourself !!

If you have never watched korean drama, it’s a great idea to start now. I can guarantee that this (and many other) drama(s) will have you laughing, crying, screaming and absolutely riveted to your screen for the entire 20 hours.

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And I will say this proudly: the korean film industry sure know how to make an alien look incredibly unbelievably attractive, unlike a vampire flop I can name from some book.

(Sorry if you’re a Cullen fan. Personally I can’t handle the sparkling, or the bad acting.)

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SO, this accidentally became a drama review as well so, while I’m here let’s give it a couple ratings..

 

Drama plot line ★★★★★ (5/5)

 Although slightly cliche, the plot twists and clever scenarios kill it. Seriously.

 

Cast/Acting ★★★★★ (5/5)

Every single actor in this drama plays their part to perfection. They will make a rock will bleed with emotion.

 

Overall personal rating ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♡♡! (7/5)

I have this habit of over-loving dramas, but this one takes the crown ♕ . Although I am korean, I never really fangirl over bands or actors, HOWEVER, since ‘You who came from the stars’ I never have and never will love someone (Kim Soo Hyun) this much.

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As will 90% of the female population in Korea, and probably Asia in general.

 

GETTING BACK TO THE LIPSTICK REVIEW this lipstick, shade #52 Rosy Coral in the Rouge pur Couture range, was wiped out completely WORLD WIDE following this drama, with an international scramble of alien besotted females suddenly feeling the need to purchase Cheon Song Yi’s signature lipstick look.

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(Also apparently in bulk. One lady in particular at duty free Melbourne tried to buy 52 in one go, as rumours say… I wonder why. Superstitious?)

 

So naturally, I became curious, and purchased it with the next available shipment. ( I fortuitously work right next to the YSL counter at a department store, so had first access to it. )

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1. The Packaging

 

The Rouge Pur Couture range come in a neat gold rectangular tube with the YSL logo engraved in a lovely contrasting red on the front. When you open it up, the YSL logo is also engraved into the lipstick itself. It’s simple, and shiny. I am one of those simple minded people who are unreasonably attracted to all things shiny. Therefore this is a winner.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

2. The Formula

The colour of the lipstick is a beautiful coral pink, with a definite neon tone to it that really shines in the light. It practically glows.

Here’s a swatch next to my favourite lip stain, also YSL. 

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photo taken under fluorescent lighting, indoors.

The formula is smooth, wears well without smudging, and fades to a less neon, but still bright pink hue at the end of the day. That is one thing I noticed before and really like about YSL lip products- they go a long way.

 

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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photo taken in natural light, indoors. My lips are naturally quite red, so this lipstick really stands out coral, and brightens up my look.

I love love love this colour.

 

So, having said all that, it’s happy snaps time !

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Yours truly,

Sora xo

 

Credits:

You who came from the stars poster image+ screenshots

Keep calm and Do Min Joon poster 

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