🍁autumn 2019 lookbook🍁

Hello 🍂

While autumn isn’t yet in full swing, it’s definitely arrived- the leaves have noticeably began turning into fiery hues of crimson, gold and orange. Autumn is nature’s final stunning show before everything quietens down for the winter, though of course winter also has its fair share of breathtaking views. The drastic change of scenery combined with dropping temperatures calls for clothing that will keep one warm, but not overheat in the delicate golden rays of autumn sun. Dominating colours are ones that harmonise with the fiery hues- soft beige, rich bordeaux, chocolate brown, and luxurious gold.

In this post I will show you three outfits that I have prepared for the autumn season. Hopefully they appeal to you.

Outfit 1: Chai Tea

My staple Autumn outfit. The colours are harmonious and soft, simultaneously matching the vibrant landscape. The base consists of an elegant and soft white top with short sleeves and a pretty rose. I paired it with a lightweight white skirt with a pretty lace hem, creating the impression of an elegant and floaty dress. The autumn feeling is given by the beautiful beige cardigan with charming tassels. In case it gets warmer during the day, it can be easily removed. The autumnal feeling will be contained in the tights nonetheless- a matching natural soft beige. The shoes are my go-to white ones that match everything.

As for accessories- I went for an elegant pearl bracelet, a subtle gold bracelet with a dainty star, and gold star earrings. The necklace is a very subtle silver heart.

Overall the colours of this outfit remind me of chai tea- sweet, milky, enhanced with an array of spices- perfect for a chilly evening.

Outfit 2: Scarlet Maple

Autumn is also the perfect time for rich colours. This outfit combines the deep scarlet of autumn leaves with contrasting black. The skirt has a plaid pattern, which isn’t a coincidence- tartan is very autumnal. The moderately thick black tights, shoes and long sleeves protect from the chill of the cooler days. I added a pretty red heart-shaped necklace, dainty red stud earrings and a gorgeous silver bracelet with crystals that beautifully reflect the sunlight.

Outfit 3: Café Latte

This outfit’s main piece is an elegant soft beige dress with long sleeves. The design is simple but very cute. The allusion to autumn is further deepened by the fact that the pattern is leaf veins! I paired it with versatile natural tights, elegant pearl bracelets, a gold shorter necklace with a heart charm, and matching gold heart earrings, perfect for the early autumn when leaves begin to turn into bright shades of yellow, resembling sparkling gold. The shoes are my go-to white ones. The colour scheme makes me think of a sweet, milky latte with a dash of cinnamon, an autumn favourite.

I hope that you found this lookbook inspiring and aesthetically pleasing! Feel free to share your opinions and ideas for autumn outfits too.

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

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🇯🇵Nami airando- Japanese festival in Wrocław 🇯🇵

Hello!

This post is a little late, as the event in question took place on the 31st of August. Nonetheless, it definitely deserves a place on my blog.

First, a bit of background information. In my city, there is a Polish-Japanese friendship foundation called “Nami”, which means wave. Apart from organising many lovely events (that I can’t currently afford, but one day!), they also hold a matsuri-like Japanese festival at the end of the summer on one of the picturesque islands in the heart of the city.

It’s very rich in real Japanese culture, matching my interests and knowledge. I first attended last year, and decided to attend the future festivals also. This year’s event was special, because it is the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan. There were special guests like the consul of Japan in Poland and members of Japanese companies. I hope that the cooperation of our two countries continues for many years to come.

I arrived at around 4pm, an hour after the start of the festival. I had to carry my ensemble with me, and managed to get dressed in my yukata in a shopping centre toilet. It was 31°C, and I had to make it to the tram stop, and then those three stops in a rather crowded tram without AC. I was listening to angry Chinese rap loud enough to not hear any comments of doubtful intelligence. Then I had to walk a bit to the event. It was hot and sunny, and I wasn’t bothered to take out my parasol. It was also a bit windy, so the hems of my yukata got a bit unruly.

Candid photo of struggling with my kinchaku.

Nonetheless, it was worth it once I arrived. The event was split into areas. Of course there was a food area, where I didn’t get anything- I don’t like eating in places and situations like this, as it’s uncomfortable and messy. Though I definitely was tempted by the shaved ice, different noodles, onigiri and so forth. There were also matcha lattes, which I really wanted towards the end of the event, as I was extremely thirsty- but I had no money left. There were some tea stalls as well as ones with Japanese sweets- but I didn’t have much money and had to prioritise. I could buy those things in my city all year, so I decided not to buy anything, as much as I wanted to!

Within the food area was also a tea ceremony tent, where you could get a bowl of fresh matcha and a traditional sweet for a small price. I tried it last year and enjoyed the experience, it’s also good for people who have never tried matcha or traditional tea ceremony before.

Near the food area was the main stage where a lot was going on. There was a tea ceremony performance that I missed, but luckily I attended the exact same one last year. There were also lovely music performances of traditional instruments-

• Shamisen- a three-stringed guitar-like instrument resembling the banjo.

  • Koto- a bit like a harp, but horizontal.
  • Taiko- very large drums.

My favourite performance was certainly that of Chihoco Yanagi, a performer of traditional Japanese dance. I am also learning this art form, albeit from videos. I especially liked the “Gion Kouta” dance.

Her dancing was incredibly expressive. I also managed to chat with her after the performance- it was really pleasant! Chihoco Yanagi-san was very friendly, I managed to practise my Japanese too- although it was a bit embarrassing when I was talking rather fluently and suddenly forgot something as basic as numbers…

A completely candid photo of our conversation. I’m pleasantly surprised by how natural this is! I rarely see myself doing things without posing anything. We talked about different things- but mostly about Japanese culture and kimono. I also showed my maiko henshin, it was a big honour to me that Chihoco Yanagi-san complimented it.

Another performance on the main stage that caught my attention was the yosakoi dance. Very lively and different from what I’m used to, but very interesting nonetheless!

Now, let’s move on to the other areas of the event. There was one dedicated to Japanese traditions- needless to say my favourite. I spent quite a bit of time at the Inugami Kimono stall- please visit her Facebook page! She has many lovely kimono and not only. I enjoyed seeing and feeling some of them in person, and admiring the motifs on them. I was captivated by the origami crane earrings- they were so tiny! I really admire the skill that went into those. I also had a lovely time chatting with the owner- we talked about many things, Japan-related and not only 😛

Beautiful maneki-neko charm. For now I decided to separate the red string from the charm part and use it in a necklace. It has a bell inside, which is a cute addition- though it can get annoying if I have to move around too much. I can keep my love of traditional Japanese close to me by wearing this adorable cat on my neck.

Although I’m rather proud of my maiko hair ornament set that I made myself, I don’t have many that I can use in normal kimono ensembles. Although in today’s times almost anything goes, I also wanted something traditional. I was completely lacking in hairpins of this sort. This ornament is versatile, because the flowers aren’t a specific motif so I can wear it all year. The purple colour goes with pretty much anything also. I can also wear this in regular everyday outfits- it’s very easy to just slide this in the back of my bun and take my love of kimono with me.

There was also a more Harajuku stall. Although I do wear some Harajuku fashions, the things there were not really my type of Japanese fashion. Generally I don’t really like that type of shop.

Further along were more stalls related to traditional culture. There was apparently one with traditional instruments, where there was the opportunity to try playing them, but they were on the stage or preparing a lot of the time so I must have missed it. Well, perhaps next year- I’d love to try the shamisen or koto one day.

Another lovely stall featured calligraphy. Asian or Western, watching ink flowing off the brush and instantly creating beautifully refined works of art. For a very small price you could get your name, a chosen kanji or short philosophical saying.

The neighbouring stall was quite similar- it focused on etagami. Etagami is the elegant art of watercolour-like paintings with accompanying text. I will certainly write more about it in the future. It can be used to decorate post cards or small paper charms, for instance. They can be hung up in rooms for an interesting touch. The stall offered uchiwa fans (wide, round unfoldable fans of Chinese origin) that were decorated on the spot with gorgeous motifs. I saw cherry blossoms and goldfish, but I think there were a few others also. I really wanted to get one of those, but by the time I was almost at the end of the queue, the ladies were understandably exhausted and started packing up. So, I bought a plain fan and took matters into my own hands.

I was inspired by the goldfish design, so I took a goldfish yukata from the internet as a reference and added my own style. I made a palette with watercolour pencils on a sheet of paper and applied the colours with cotton tips gently dipped in water. I would’ve used brushes, but I didn’t have any on hand. Either way, I think it turned out well! Now I have another uchiwa fan to go with my yukata and to use in summertime traditional dances.

富美ひな, read Fumihina, means “abundantly beautiful doll”. I constructed it in the same way as geisha names are created. I made it initially so I’d have an original username/nickname to go by and use for various sites, and since I used it for my private Instagram it just stayed with me and I’ve gotten attached.

Before I move on to the other areas, I’d like to cover the bonsai stall. Bonsai are also something I’ll write about in the future. Those carefully shaped trees show how Japanese culture values harmony with nature while also modifying it to fit a set of guidelines- to the point of it being borderline artificial. The geometric accuracy of the small plants is aesthetically pleasing and is proof of artistic skill and sensitivity.

The next area focused on martial arts. It’s not really my thing, so I haven’t got much to say. However, it still is something that I admire and appreciate. Nearby was the games area, where one could earn the festival currency- Nami Yen. It could be spent on things like the calligraphy stall or the yukata rental. I tried all of them- first was the kendama, a rather specific toy with a ball and string attached to it. You have to catch the ball on one of the four levels. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that one I got the hang of it, I rather easily completed three of the levels! The final one is for another day…Another game was transferring beads with chopsticks. Since I have quite some experience with eating using them, it was quite pleasant and relaxing. Totally something I’d do on a study break to unwind. Really, that’s not a bad idea.

There was also an origami area. I’ve only ever folded cranes before, so this was interesting. I tried folding a cat, but got lost early on and settled for an easier butterfly. Well, it was fun. I think that every now and then I could do some simple origami to relax.

Another games area was dedicated to board and card games. I enjoyed playing one of my favourites- hanafuda. It inspired me to create my own set so I could play whenever I wanted- that and more details about the game itself will be its own post, this one is long enough as is!

The final part I would like to cover is the Bon odori led by Chihoco Yanagi. I actually never tried this type of dance, but it was a lot of fun and I’ll be doing it again in the future! Sadly I have no photos, but here’s one of Chihoco-san and I.

Well, the event was a lot of fun and I enjoyed being immersed in the authentic Japanese culture that came with it- such an occasion only comes once a year. I am truly grateful to the organisers and guests who made it so special and I look forward to visiting next year! It really was a lovely end of the summer.

🐠summer 2019 haul🐠

In summer I happen to have more spending money than usual, so I can treat myself to a rather rare shopping spree. This year I managed to buy quite a bit- enough to make a post about. Indulging in yourself like this is okay and healthy- as long as you don’t overdo it!! Moderation is key.

This post doesn’t feature everything I bought this summer. I didn’t include new clothes, because they’re in my updated wardrobe post, and I’ll likely feature them in future posts too. I also left out one thing because I will do a separate post on it. Therefore we are left with small but adorable trinkets. I’ll cover them quite briefly, but some of them will have more detailed posts and reviews in the future.

A small shopping trip from late June.

Those star earrings are a real gem. They were on sale, so I didn’t hesitate. I always liked the dreamy feel of celestial themes, but I am lacking in them. I love their refined elegance, and the size makes them rather showy- they are a lovely touch to many outfits.

The necklace was also on sale. It was a bit of an impulse buy, but it complements my jewellery collection very well. The heart is a locket, but I don’t know whether I’ll put anything in there. It’s also got holographic silver glitter and an adorable tiny star charm, making it a good match for the earrings. This necklace is versatile and is good for making plainer outfits more interesting, for instance.

I love using face masks. I usually do a homemade rice mask, sometimes mixed with other ingredients, but I also enjoy using interesting ready-made masks. It’s easy to find an affordable one that will leave my skin feeling soft, nourish it, and make me feel amazing. Matcha is nothing strange to me- I practise Japanese tea ceremony. It’s extremely high in antioxidants. However, I’ve never used it on my face. That’s why I decided to try this mask, so I don’t have to waste matcha that I’d rather drink. I haven’t used it yet, but it surely looks promising. The cute packaging is a bonus too.

Scented candles are addictive. I use them sometimes when I’m relaxing in bed after a tiring day (like now- I’m lying and writing this post on my phone with an iced tea candle burning) and while studying, drawing, reading… the soothing flame creates a nice atmosphere and the gentle sweet scent is very relaxing and pleasant. I especially like candles in jars. This one is part of a series that I have three other candles from. Pretty packaging, affordable pricing and interesting scents are enough to lure me in. This candle, called “Almonds Nuts”, has an intense sweetly smell with a pronounced nutty addition. It really does remind me of almonds or marzipan.

I paint my nails rather often. I like choosing colour combinations and having pretty nails is rather motivating and improves my mood. A new polish to add something new is very refreshing- especially this gorgeous pearly lilac shade with periwinkle undertones. It looks gorgeous under the light in particular. This polish is from the brand Catrice.

Finally, something that I always wanted, but couldn’t get around to buying- a portable spray bottle. I mentioned in my post on dealing with the heat that I like to fill it with water and spray myself before fanning the wet areas for an effect similar to air conditioning. In the unbearably hot weather, a refreshing water mist is a must. It really makes a difference for a very small price.

Now, things that I bought around the middle of August when I was visiting my family in my native city.

I will be going from left to right, top to bottom.

First is a lovely moisturiser by Ziaja. It’s a Polish brand that makes affordable and effective cosmetics. They also smell lovely. Not only can I support brands from my country, but I also get a lot in return. This moisturiser includes calendula extract, and it has a pleasant and subtle floral smell. It differs in texture from my other moisturisers- it’s semi-oily. It’s rather thick and very hydrating, and contains vitamin E. The cream will be especially useful in the winter, but not only.

Next we have two more masks. They were also very affordable, which is a very important factor. The one on the left is another Japanese theme- yuzu lime is something I’ve never tried. It’s a type of Asian citrus that moisturises, protects, regenerates and smoothens out the skin. It’s a hydrogel mask containing sesame proteins that improve skin elasticity. I really look forward to trying it. On the right is a pearl mask. Its effect is mostly lifting and brightening. Rosemary acid also protects the skin. There is also apple extract that helps collagen production.

Next is a beautiful mug that was very affordable, but does its job perfectly. The design is very pretty and fancy, making it perfect for a Monday morning coffee, for instance, as it pleases the eye, improving my mood.

Next is a beautiful eyeshadow palette that happened to be on sale. I mainly bought it for the red shade in the middle- I’ve been searching for a juicy scarlet for a while. The other shades are also stunning, making the whole palette worth it. I will certainly make a detailed review at some point, because the lovely colours deserve to be shown properly!

Until fairly recently I usually wore my hair down. It still is my go-to hairstyle, but when hot weather arrived, I usually had my hair away from my neck, and became more open to other hairstyles. A nice hair tie can make a simple braid or bun much more interesting. This elegant velvet hair band will be a nice addition to my hair, especially when I decide to skip other hair accessories.

Another nail polish. Since I’m lacking in blue shades, and I particularly liked this one, I bought it without hesitation, especially since it was also affordable. It’s a lovely sky-blue colour, with a bit toned-down and elegant feel.

Lipstick can be like war paint. When I don’t feel like doing make-up on the rest of my face, I just apply a nice shade on my lips. This one is a chocolatey mauve-ish shade.

I wear jewellery every day, it makes me feel good and makes outfits more interesting. This elegant and simple bracelet has a dainty star charm, making it a perfect match for the earrings.

I always quite liked mermaid makeup brushes, but I never got around to buying them as they were often rather expensive and I wasn’t that desperate. However, when I saw them in a Chinese shop for very affordable prices, I decided to try them. The only flaw was the glue application- the upper part was unstable. However, I quickly fixed it with superglue. Apart from the pretty design making my makeup routine more interesting, the brush has very soft bristles and the shape is different from my other brushes, so I can easily blend and cover larger areas.

Next are hair clips. I don’t have too many hair accessories, so those are a welcome addition. I especially like those on the left, as they’re nice and subtle. The ones on the right are cute and look like butterflies, they’re also bolder.

My lips are rather dry, so I must always have some lip balm. This one has a lovely peachy scent and is very moisturising too.

Another scented candle from the same collection as the almond one. This one has a summery coconut scent, a subtle sweetness.

I couldn’t resist those stickers- their small price and iridescence attracted me instantly. They can be used for many creative projects. The lavender-bluish colour reminds me of the sea, and the shapes are cute and versatile. Something as simple as stickers can make a plain notebook or box much more interesting.

Next- two bars of soap. I never used much bar soap, but the lovely scents of those attracted me, and I ended up liking using them. One is elegant rose, and the other- relaxing lavender. Both are ingredients I really like in cosmetics, and the defined smells make them very pleasant to wash myself with.

Next- another hair tie. This one matches my pompon earrings, and I will likely be using it a lot in the winter. The bunny ears are an adorable touch, making it a nice addition to springtime outfits also.

I was never an avid user of hand cream, but I decided to give it a try, as the price was small. It really made a difference- I started paying attention to when my hands are dry, and realised that using cream really does make me feel much better. It has silk proteins and vitamin B5. The smell is refined and subtle, it moisturises and soothes very well, makes my hands feel soft and smooth and absorbs very quickly, which is convenient.

Next is a gorgeous glass box that I bought for the purpose of keeping my homemade powder foundation in. It’s very luxurious and princessy, and also has a mirror inside. Both beautiful and practical.

Even more scented candles in pretty packaging, with a gorgeous rose scent.

Next is a hair band that is simple and elegant, and very versatile. Although it’s rather modest, it makes a difference. I like the small and subtle bow.

Finally, a cute bracelet. It’s easy to wear as it’s on elastic. I like the tassel- it matches my tassel earrings perfectly.

Now, some unexpected gifts I got from my mum. Apart from my favourite white chocolate, I also received a lovely perfume with a balanced sweet scent, and a new purse. It’s small and practical, fitting everything I need. It’s also rather elegant.

I also received this lovely bracelet. Under the sunlight it beautifully shimmers in the colours of the rainbow. It also goes with everything.

Finally, I received some socks. Although they’re mostly not very visible, cute socks are a welcome addition, lifting my mood. The blue ones have adorable ears too!

Those earrings caught my eye a while ago. I finally got around to buying them, and I’m glad I did. They are soft and quite bold, so they’re an interesting addition.

I also went on a small shopping trip once I returned home.

I always liked marine themes, and I wanted a seashell theme necklace to match one of my bracelets as well as some marine-themed outfits. I found those lovely necklaces on clearance sale- they are exactly what I’ve been looking for. They will be used in many summertime outfits.

Next is a hair mask. I don’t do anything special to my hair- it’s only dyed. So I decided to give this mask a try. I think that I’ll be making my own once this runs out, however. I like the smoothie packaging- it perfectly matches the ingredients; moringa, maca and kale are all “superfoods” containing high levels of antioxidants. I’ve only used this once so far- the pack is for three uses. It left my hair feeling very soft, and I noticed that it looks a bit better also.

Well, it’s difficult for me to resist a face mask. First is an olive mask, with hyaluronic acid and green olive leaf essence. Its effect is regenerating, hydrating, smoothing, vitalising and brightening, as well as soothing.

The other mask is a manuka honey nourishing and moisturising one. It’s regenerating, strengthening and smoothing. It is also supposed to brighten the skin and even it out. I like the bee theme, and I look forward to trying it out.

Next is something I haven’t bought for a long time- ramune. The unique bottles and flavours have drawn me in, and I started to collect them. I decided to expand my collection with an orange flavour- the drink itself was delicious and the bottle is a nice souvenir.

Finally- a gorgeous pair of slippers. When I was in my native village, I befriended a pig, and fell in love with those animals. To remember my pink friend, I bought this soft pair of slippers. I’m quite lacking in them, so they are a welcome addition.

Well, that will be all! I hope that you enjoyed looking at my finds (as we all do!).

Have a lovely day!

roseteamacaron

📚back to school 2019📚

Hello!

Around the middle of August, the sun begins to set noticeably earlier- a reminder that two months without waking up at 6am, barely passed maths tests and not very enjoyable PE lessons are slowly coming to an end. Although school has its unpleasant parts, as I have gotten older, I saw more good sides of it- perhaps the fact that I now mostly have subjects that match my interests has influenced my mindset. I study more for myself and feel an inner desire to gain knowledge. Grades aren’t my main goal anymore. Before the start of the new school year, I can look past less enjoyable parts and actually look forward to gaining new knowledge.

Another thing that makes me want to return to school is the need to buy new supplies. Choosing pens and notebooks gives me an opportunity to express myself and motivation. New supplies also help me to get through the less pleasant parts of school and gain knowledge as comfortably as possible. So, as the autumn breeze begins to subtly creep in, it’s time for the traditional post showcasing my supplies for the upcoming 10 month long battle. Hopefully it’s enjoyable and perhaps an inspiration too, since I like to be a bit creative.

Remember- school is more than showing as many people as possible your new hairstyle or how organised your locker may be. While putting effort into things like your appearance and fancy supplies can help you feel good about yourself and subsequently give you better conditions to learn, you’re there to develop as a person and gain important knowledge. I’ll write a more detailed post at some point, but keep that in mind as you prepare for the new academic year!

Without any further ado, let’s get to the point.

✒️Supplies✒️

PENS. I’m in a humanistic class, and this year I will have two more subjects taught on higher level on top of Polish- History and Civics. I’m also doing History of Art. Considering the volume of my notes on those subjects from the past academic year, the amount of pens I bought for the coming year is reasonable. Since I use pens all the time, I bought some fancier cute ones. However those are not very cheap in larger quantities, especially since they run out quite quickly, so I have a proper supply of plain pens. They’re comfortable to use and very affordable. Aesthetically, they’re okay also.

To brighten it up a bit, I chose some interesting pens that match my aesthetic preferences more. The cat pen is subtle, but enough to convey my love for cats and remind me of those lovely animals when my brain is exhausted. The cherry blossom pen is absolutely beautiful and very fancy. I have a soft spot for pens with dangly parts and this one will be very pleasant to use.

This pen was bought locally, and it took quite a while to find in the shop. But it was worth it- the elegant and cute design perfectly matches my style. It’s also very comfortable to hold.

A set of beautiful floral pens. I have a weakness for flowers, so I bought those pens without a second thought really. The gentle sweet scent of the elegant flowers can almost be felt just by looking at them.

A pretty pink pen that I didn’t get around to using last year.

Notes without colour are difficult to use. So, I got a set of colourful pens to make it easier and more enjoyable to study. There is a nice range of bright colours for headings, sections and the most important points.

Last year, I learnt that I would be using pencils a lot more than I expected. I mostly use them for maths, since I’m bound to make mistakes and solving problems in pen guarantees a mess. I also use them for some Polish tasks- like adding annotations and initial thoughts to poems and text fragments. They’re also perfect for rough drafts. Not to mention the fact that I also use them for my history exercises in case of mistakes. This year I’m equipped with three mechanical pencils. Two fancier ones bought online- an adorable Miffy one with my beloved dangling charm and an elegant diamond one- quite fun to write with. There is also one that I bought locally- although it’s not particularly fancy, it’s in my favourite colour and I have a nice supply of leads. Mechanical pencils are very convenient for use at school because I don’t have to bother with sharpeners and pencil shavings.

However, I just couldn’t resist this adorable and affordable bunny sharpener. Since it’s inconvenient to carry in my bag, I decided to keep it on my desk, since I can comfortably use traditional pencils at home. Not to mention the fact that I use a lot of pencils for art, too. Regardless of what I’m doing, this cute bunny will brighten it up.

A good supply of rubbers. I bought a few as they’re quite small. Affordable and convenient, what more could I want?

I used to skip highlighters, but last year I started using them and it made my studying much easier and more pleasant. Bright colours bring out important facts and make them easier to remember. They also make notes look more interesting.

Where would I be without a ruler? Since I look at it so many times daily when I’m underlining headings and dates, I decided to add some cherry blossom stickers to remind me of the fleeting nature of life- I mean, to make it prettier. Although I don’t like making tables, sometimes I just have to and I can’t do that without a ruler. Besides, geometry comes up every year in maths, and I won’t get too far without straight lines.

Speaking of geometry- I also have supplies from previous years that can come in useful. I keep them in my room for now, and I’ll carry them in a separate pencil case when I need them.

Since we are on the topic of maths- my beloved pink calculator with Rilakkuma stickers to make maths more bearable. Although I’ll only be able to bring a simple calculator to my final exam, I can still use a cute one during lessons in the two years leading up to it.

I can expect to receive some loose papers this year- mostly in Polish. That’s why I need supplies to transfer them to my notebooks. The scissors and glue will be at home, whereas I will carry the paper clips in my bag to temporarily clip the papers in place until I get home and stick them in for good.

Of course, I need somewhere to keep all those supplies. I got myself a dainty, practical and elegant rose pencil case. Fits everything that I need to use on a daily basis.

A folder decorated with various pressed flowers. This is where I keep mostly spare paper- plain and lined. I also have pink gridded paper for tests and quizzes.

Last year I realised just how much I’ll be needing bookmarks. I use them for marking fragments of books, and keeping track of textbook and set book progress. The white ones are decorated with stickers and pressed flowers that I have been collecting from March to July. The paper doll one is for marking set book progress.

📔notebooks📔

Most of my notebooks are cheap plain pastel ones decorated with hand-drawn designs to make them more interesting and to allow me to distinguish them.

I bought A5 books for less important subjects I won’t have much of. On the left is my planner. In the middle I went for a cherry blossom theme, and on the right is a book with a cute cover and sweet smell.

Nautical theme, some lace and a summery fruit theme.

A4 books for more important subjects. Each subject has 2-3 of those, so I’m supplied for the whole year.

Kimono and Japanese art motifs for every month of the year.

The book on the right is for History of Art notes.

💼 bag 💼

This is my bag for this year. It’s large, cute, comfortable and waterproof, making it very convenient.

I added this beautiful keychain to make it more personal.

The contents of the bag are pretty much the same as in my bag post from March, so I won’t repeat myself.

Well, that will be all! I hope that you found my supplies interesting. Are you prepared for school? How are you feeling about the new school year?

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

☀️ 5 ways to deal with hot weather ☀️

With summer being in full swing, the sun is mercilessly shining and making it unbearable to enjoy what the season has to offer. When it’s over 30°C outside, the only logical option is to stay at home until the evening. However, sometimes staying at home isn’t an option. Or perhaps you don’t want the weather to stop you from making plans. Luckily there are many ways to make the heat more bearable. As a chronically ill person, finding ways to survive in the summer was a priority. Now I can share with you my favourite ways for keeping cool.

Portable breeze

Variations of fans have been in use since ancient times. Over 2000 years later, in the age of air conditioning and ventilators, they are still a must-have tool for the summer. The best option is a folding fan. They are easy to carry and convenient, providing a refreshing breeze, especially if you’re stuck in a bus without air conditioning. They can be found cheaply and easily and come in many different colours and styles. On top of that, delicately fanning yourself looks extremely elegant. Like from a Boucher or Watteau painting.

Water? Ice.

Water isn’t enough. Fill up a bottle of water (care for the planet, reuse them!) and put it in the freezer overnight. In the morning you’ll have a nice block of ice in your bottle. It will start to melt, especially once you leave the house, and will gradually keep doing so, giving you a supply of very cold water all day long. In the case of regular water, it will quickly warm up, and that’s not very pleasant on such a hot day. The ice can also be pressed on your neck and wrists to refreshingly cool your entire body. Make sure to drink a lot- you will have to refill the bottle at least once in a day, but with no freezing, of course.

Hair.

It may seem trivial, but it makes a huge difference. Keep your hair off your neck by tying it up in a bun or nice updo. Then it’s up to you to use pretty ties and clips for a more interesting style.

It’s not raining, though!

Cities are full of miniature deserts resembling frying pans. Areas full of concrete, with not a single tree in sight, so that the sun is mercilessly shining down. It’s difficult to last longer than a minute like this. When there’s no shade to run to, you can bring your own: an umbrella. Although it doesn’t give complete shade, it does give a large amount. It blocks the sun, making a big difference and improving comfort as well as safety. Since it’s a barrier between you and the sun, it also lowers the temperature a bit.

Spray

Plastic spray bottles can be easily found in drugstores (I got mine for 2zł, so around 0.5$) and are extremely refreshing. They can be refilled over and over again, and you can also infuse the water with mint or rose petals, for example, to make it more interesting. Spraying the mist on your face will instantly cool you down, giving the effect of walking through a water curtain. If you spray your face and then fan yourself, it will feel almost like air conditioning.

Well, that’s it! Everything listed above has made a massive difference and helps me to survive very high temperatures. Although such hot days will still be bothersome, doing everything I listed will make them much more bearable. Do you have any other ways for dealing with hot weather? Share them in the comments!

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

🍑I Heart Revolution Chocolate and Peaches Palette Review 🍑

Chocolate is delicious and makes you happy. Peaches are sweet and adorable. When you combine the two, you get the Chocolate and Peaches palette by I Heart Revolution!

I bought this palette when I realised that I’m missing some peachy eyeshadows. At only £8, I decided that it was certainly a good price for 16 different shades. Besides, I loved the brand since its early days. I was visiting friends in London at the time, and discovered Makeup Revolution, which wasn’t available in Poland yet, when I visited a drugstore there. Was it worth it? Let’s see.

The IHR chocolate palettes started as dupes of the popular Too Faced ones. This particular palette is a dupe of the famous Too Faced Sweet Peach one. As the IHR versions became very popular, completely original ones started being made. Now, there are so many different variants, I really can’t keep up with them all. There are also other products based on the iconic packaging, like highlighters.

The packaging of the palette is simple and adorable- it’s no wonder that the half-melted chocolate bar design became so popular. The only downside is that it might cause chocolate cravings. The colour also gets my seal of approval- it’s soft, peachy and very summery.

There are 16 shades. Although the palette is very similar to its inspiration, it’s not an exact dupe- two shades are missing and the remaining ones are a bit different. There is a myriad of colours from soft cream through peaches to browns. Perfect for cute and soft make-up looks, more on the natural side, but not only- there is a big contrast between the darkest and lightest shades. The packaging comes with a mirror, making it very convenient. There is also a double-ended sponge applicator. I personally don’t mind them, but I know that some believe they belong in the 00s. Either way, nothing is stopping you from applying the eyeshadow however you want. Sponge applicators have other uses, too.

A downside is the fact that the shade names are written on a plastic sheet. It’s quite annoying, so I threw it away at the start. I took a photo and labelled each shade for the needs of this review, and the use of anyone with this palette. The shade names are really cute and match the colours well.

Now, time to see how well the shadows actually work. All swatches were made with my finger, with one sweep.

From left to right: Delicious, Fruit, Soft, Choc, Delight

Delicious is a matte white shade, with a touch of a peach tone. Although in the pan it’s more cream-coloured, on the skin it’s almost pure white. It’s perfect as a base shade.

Fruit is a shimmery gold shade with a bit of pink, making it a subtle rose gold.

Soft is a shimmery, slightly peachy bright pink.

Choc is a shimmery golden-brown with a bit of olive tones.

Delight is a subtly shimmery dark brown.

From left to right: Sweet, Candy, Rich, Peach, Taste, Nice

Sweet is a pearly shade quite similar to Delicious. Although in the pan it’s rather yellow, on the skin it’s more white with a subtle yellow tone.

Candy is quite similar to Fruit, but it’s darker and has more pink, making it a more defined rose gold.

Rich is a shimmery, chocolate-like medium brown. It has a very subtle peachy tone.

Peach is a matte, intense peachy pink, achieved thanks to the orange undertones.

Taste is a shimmery dark brown with lovely purple-red tones.

Nice is a slightly shimmery dark blue with a bit of purple and brown. Although I think this shade is the odd one out, it’s still quite interesting.

From left to right: Lush, Fine, Luscious, Keen, Satisfy

Lush is a matte light brown, with a bit of pink.

Fine is a matte, pure medium brown. Just like milk chocolate.

Luscious is a matte medium brown, with red hints giving it a warm tone.

Keen is also a matte medium/dark brown, but cooler than the previous two.

Satisfy is another base shade- a matte cream colour. It’s darker and more peachy/yellow than Delicious.

As you can see, the shades are very nicely pigmented.

Now, let’s see how they do when put to use. Here is a make-up look using only the palette.

Upper: shortly after applying

Lower: just before removing, after a few hours

As you can see, they hold up rather well! I’d put down the shade names I used, but I forgot to write them down…

Well, that will be all! I hope that you enjoyed reading this review and perhaps that it’ll help you.

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~

👘How to tie a hanhaba obi for yukata- chōchō musubi👘

Now that I have made a post about putting on yukata, a post about tying the obi is essential. Today I will cover the most popular obi knot for yukata- the bow-shaped butterfly knot. It’s very simple to do!

Step one

Fold the obi in half, so that it is half as wide. Put it over your shoulder (I’m left-handed and I put it over my right shoulder, I don’t know if right-handers do it differently), so that around 15cm are hanging off the back.

Step two

At your waist, unfold the obi, so that the part going from the waist to the shoulder is folded. Wrap the unfolded part around your waist twice. Pull tight!

Step three

Drop the folded part to the front. Make a knot- short end over long end, this is very important!

Step four

Take the long end and measure out a length that is around the width of your shoulders. Now, using this length, fold the long end three times. Basically, you’re folding it in on itself.

Step five

This step is like making a bow out of fabric. Take the folded long end and make two mountain folds in the middle.

Step six

Take the short end and wrap it around the narrowest part of the bow part, going above the bow, and then pull it through between the two layers of the obi wrapped around your waist.

Step seven

Left-over fabric will be behind the bow. Pull it tight, then tuck the excess behind the obi. If the part is long enough, you can wrap it around the bow again before tucking it in. If its length is somewhere in between, you can fold it in half before tucking.

Step eight

Grab the bow with your right hand, and the rest of the obi (the waist part) with your left hand. Carefully twist it to be back, FOLLOWING THE DIRECTION OF THE COLLAR, so clockwise (to the right).

Now you’re done!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Hopefully it’ll help you to tie a hanhaba obi and introduce you to more complex obi knots.

Have a lovely day!

~roseteamacaron~