Times Square Claremont Blogger Gathering

Yesterday, I went to my first ever blogger gathering.

What is a blogger gathering? I asked myself that same question when I was trying to decide what to wear. It’s a fairly informal event where bloggers just come together, sit around, get to know each other and have a massive social media frenzy. I attended one that Times Square Claremont (TSC) organised. Here’s what happened during the day:

The only gathering where being on your phone is not rude but rather, highly encouraged.

cookie dough nibbles blogger gathering catchup

Thank You Cookie Dough Biscuits for our yummy nibbles!

We met up at Cookie Dough Biscuits where we talked and got to know one another as well as nibbled on yummy nibbles.

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Of course, bloggers being bloggers, we all had to take pictures of EVERYTHING. Food being a high priority for most of us.

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Here’s a few girls I met – Vanessa from Nezuki, Dar from Call Me Dazzle, Meg from Darling, We’re the Young Ones and Joy from The Perthian. I also got to meet fellow Indonesian blogger Angeline from Love Thread! You might have seen her last year at the Perth Fashion Festival for Restyle!

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Here’s a red sign that everybody loves. Am I right?

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We then went to the stores around Times Square Claremont and took photos. We went to shops such as Lost Souls, BreathlessJomay Cao, Sana Boutique, Poppy Lissiman Addition, Betty Tran, Tarvydas, and even L’Amour Kids.

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Some amazing Jewellery at Betty Tran (and I love the display!)

Claremont Times Square Blogger Gathering Jomay Chao

Jomay Chao’s Shop Display

Claremont Times Square Blogger Gathering Jomay Chao

The back of the infinity dress on Jomay Cao’s display window

Claremont Times Square Blogger Gathering Jomay Cao

Some amazing Jewellery by Alicia Sarra at Jomay Cao

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Tiny Shoes at L’amour Kids

Who can resist looking at cute little tiny things? everything is so pretty and cute and tiny and I just wish that I could still wear them sometimes.

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Lastly, another first for me – my outfit of the day. Basic plain white tee, elastic skirt (Indonesia), lace-up-detailed flat shoes (Indonesia), brown messenger bag (Indonesia) and of course, my Camera!

More photos from the event on Instagram (#tscbloggercatchup)

I met with so many wonderful people – fellow bloggers, fellow Indonesian, fellow photographers. Thank you to Nikola from Times Square Claremont and Cookie Dough Biscuit for the event yesterday and Cindy from Rose Gold Whimsy for the invite!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

I Love Coconuts!

It’s no secret to my family that I LOVE COCONUT. I always have since I was very very young. And I’m talking about 5 years old young. It was all well and good when I was living in Indonesia. Coconuts are everywhere there! When I moved to Australia, I couldn’t enjoy coconuts whenever I want anymore, and when I can, the price is steep!

So over the years I’ve come across several different types of coconuts here.

Bottled Coconut Drink

Bottled Coconut Drink

Cap of Bottled Coconut Drink

Cap of Bottled Coconut Drink

I had heard from a few people that this bottle of coconut drink is really good. The packaging is certainly attractive and I especially love how the cap says “Happiness in a bottle”. However I have to say that this is one of the worst coconut drink I’ve tasted. It’s sweet and does not taste like young coconut. There is “meat” (pulp) in it but it’s hard and very small…

Frozen Coconut from Asian Grocery Store

Frozen Coconut from Asian Grocery Store

This is my favourite on-the-go coconut drink. You get these things from some asian grocery store. We found some at Lucky in North Bridge the other day. You keep these cups in the freezer and there’s instructions on the cup on how to prepare it. What I usually do is put the opened cup in the microwave for about a minute.

There’s also frozen coconut drink that comes in little baggies. I feel like this kind irritates my throat so I stopped buying that.

Real fresh coconut

Real fresh coconut

Nothing beats the actual thing of course so here’s a real fresh coconut. It’s a Thai coconut that you can find in markets and I believe some supermarkets or Asian grocers. They’re still different from the green coconut back home but hey, this is all I got for now!

This particular one was my coconut drink at a restaurant here in Perth, so they opened it for me but it was very pricey. However you can easily buy these coconuts for a lot cheaper ($3 for 2 coconuts rather than the $4.90 coconut in the picture above) at grocery stores and markets and  open it yourself! I admit I tried to open it without instructions and oh dear it didn’t go well at all. However after watching a youtube video, it turned out to be pretty easy 🙂

How to open a coconut? Watch this video:

 

Who else loves coconuts?

Lots of smiles,

-Sita

A Photo Lover’s “Headboard”

Lets start this blog post with a confession: I haven’t been a huge fan of headboards – I don’t see the purpose of having one and it takes up space in my small bedroom. So, I’ve never gotten one of my own.

I have this wall space above the head of my bed (where a headboard would sit if I had one) where I used to put up photographs, papers with things I’m supposed to memorise, things I made at school (mostly from math class – I was more mathsy than artsy) and just things I found along the years. So I guess you could say it was my “thinking board”.

I took everything off of my wall down when I moved to Melbourne for university. I came back earlier this year and thought of doing something with that bare wall. So, this is what I decided to do:

My Photo Wall

My Photo Wall

Since I’ve been doing a lot of photography in the past few years or so, I put together a few photographs that I am proud of or that held special memories and thought of just sticking them on the wall like what I did in my college room. But then I thought, you know what, I’m going to try something different.

I’d seen people do this all over the internet so this is hardly my own idea. I promise you it’s super simple, but this is how I did it:

Mini Pegs

Mini Pegs

 

 

MATERIALS:

  1. Photographs of roughly the same size (doesn’t have to be the same size but I wanted mine to look somewhat uniform)
  2. Tiny Pegs (I got the mini pegs from Riot on a 50% discount)
  3. Twine
  4. Small Wall Safe Hooks (I used ones intended for fairylights from officeworks)

 

 

 

Slip knot on the hook

Slip knot on the hook

METHOD:

  1. Measure the width of the space on the wall and decide how wide you want each line of photographs to be
  2. Measure the height that you’ve got to work with and decide on approximately how tall you want your photo wall to be as well as the intervals (the spaces in between the lines)
    Hint: make it a nice number for you to divide! For example, I wanted 3 lines and I had just over 1m to work with so I decided with 30cm intervals which gives me about a 1m tall photo wall
  3. Put the hooks on each end (or wherever needed) according to the packaging (mine said to clean the wall with alcohol, apply the hook and leave it for about 12 hours before use)
  4. Cut the twine
    I cut three 1m pieces for each line – so nine 1m pieces in total
  5. Knot each ends – I used a slip knot (self tightening knot)
    How to knot: http://paracordcentral.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/self-tightening-knot.jpg
  6. Decide on the arrangement of the photographs
  7. When your hooks are ready, put the string up, then use the pegs to hold the photographs on the string.
Plain Photo Wall

Plain Photo Wall

You’re Done! Easy right? Show me if you did this or something similar to your wall! 🙂

Oh and if you want to see something pretty, check out my photography blog Precious.S2 Photography in about 11.5 hours!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita Carolina

My Crazy Week and a Half!

So, I kind of almost died… Well, not literally. I just had a really crazy week and half! So glad to finally be able to sit in my bed with my blanket and write this blog post and my mid-semester break is just around the corner.

Anyway, I wanted to write about the crazy week since it’s been A LONG WHILE since my last crazy week. This may be boring to you so I give you permission to stop reading right here. Though check back soon as I have a few posts coming!

It started off with my volunteering shifts for the Perth Fashion Festival (PFF)on one Monday morning where our task was to make 800+ gift bags for some of the shows. Although, I could only stay for a couple of hours. I met with some very nice people that day. For me, meeting new people is my favourite bit about volunteering.

Tuesday I was doing some of my homework/assessment preparation for my Fashion unit at uni.

Wednesday I was at uni from 10am until about 5pm going to classes, workshops and consultations.

Thursday I had a class in the morning until 1pm and then I did some more stuff for my fashion unit as well as a little bit for my publication unit.

Friday was when the free shows for PFF started at one of their venues called “Fashion Central” in the CBD (Forrest Chase). So I wanted to come by and attend a few shows (oh an raid some free gift bags!). I also know someone who was one of the designers for one of the catwalks too! While I was waiting for the first show, I actually conversed with someone next to me and got to know a little bit about her. If you know me, this will be surprising to you! But hey, I’m trying to get myself out there more and be less shy.

 

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The atmosphere inside Fashion Central during the Banshu Runway!

Saturday was my first shift at PFF’s Fashion Central. Not knowing what to expect, I turned up semi-made-up (y’know, I figured since it’s fashion week and I was one of the front of house people). It turns out that we had to clean the floor too. Clearly, skirt and tights wasn’t such a great idea. I had fun nonetheless and I joined my parents for lunch and a bit of a stroll around town.

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Samantha Jade (2012 XFactor) Being Interviewed

Sunday was hectic. I had a models and photographers event in the morning followed by another shift at PFF in the afternoon which was supposed to end at 9pm. Luckily the shift ended 3 hours early – this made my train ride home WAY less scary than it would’ve been at 9pm. On top of that, I saw so many famous people including a radio presenter, TV-Show hosts, news reporters, Samantha Jade (2012 X-Factor) as well as Samantha Harris (Australian Model).

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The Famous People!!!

Monday I had my last shift for PFF but this time, it was at Frasers Restaurant. A few misunderstandings happened in the morning which resulted in me running and rushing. I don’t think it was anyone’s fault – everyone was just simply overwhelmed by this stage. I then continued on to campus for my usual classes which ended at 8.30pm. It was a 12 hour day and boy, I feel old.

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Samantha Jade Singing

Tuesday I worked in the darkroom for half of the day and then I went home and finished my preparation for my fashion unit assessment the next day. After that’s done, I did some more of my publication assessment project which was due the day after the fashion assessment was due. Slowly but surely, things were happening.

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Samantha Harris!

Wednesday morning I frantically tried to do as much of my publication assessment project as possible – panic mode on as I still had a long way to go. I went and saw my photography lecturer to talk about the photography assessment (due on Friday) and went home early after my fashion assessment to finish this off too.

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Winner of 2013 Chic Model Search

Thursday I had the publication class in the morning. As I was pretty much done with my photography assessment (only had to do minor editing which I predicted that I need about 30 minutes maximum to complete), I joined my parents for some lunch and a stroll at the mall. I was glad for this for they have bubble tea at the mall and bubble tea always makes my day.

By Friday I was wrecked. Luckily photography class ended a lot earlier than it supposed to. I went home and then continued to go to the city with my parents (I go out with my parents a lot huh…). I procrastinated and did recreational things for the rest of the day!

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Cirque Du Soleil Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour at Perth Arena!

Saturday was Cirque Du Soleil day! Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour was amazing! Though I’m not sure how much of it was actually circus or Michael Jackson. Anyway, I might do a separate review of this soon. I also went to the markets with my parents and bought 6 bunches of Kale (among other things) to make Kale Chips!

Sunday I had a billion things on my task list – I ended up drying apples, making kale chips, doing a bit of my tutorial work, packed stuff, thrown stuff, just a bunch of housekeeping, necessary stuff. Oh and then it stormed at night…

Because of the storm, I woke up today (Monday) without internet and a chunk of my roof hanging off the side. Scary. But I had to also finish off my tutorial notes. I juggled sorting out the internet, using the internet from my phone to do my tutorial work, a few house chores and to top off the madness, I had classes for 3.5 hours.

That brings me to right now. Sitting in my bed with my laptop and a movie waiting for me to watch and absolutely no classes tomorrow. A very much awaited “me” time. *deep breaths*

Anyway keep an eye out for my Photography blog tomorrow as I am hoping to post something there in the morning!

 

I hope you had an awesome week and an even better one ahead!

 

Lots of smiles,

-Sita

 

Current Loves: Cheerios and Soy Milk?

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

As you probably all know, I am Asian. Just like a lot of Asians, my food has to have taste. A lot of taste. During my 10 years of being in this western country of Australia, I have slightly adapted to the much more muted tastes of the food here – though I still prefer my tasty Asian food.

I had the hardest time trying to find a good cereal and milk that I like (other than those really sweet unhealthy cereals like coco pops, fruit loops, etc). I hated milk back home (since it’s very hard for us to get fresh milk and we are stuck with long life, sweetened milk or powdered milk) and I am definitely a very picky milk consumer even today. Australia’s fresh milk is a lot better than the milk we get in Indonesia – by far. But I still don’t “reach” for milk when I open the fridge.

The Milk

Recently, people hyping different types of milk. Soy milk and almond milk just to name a few. Some prefers these types of milk compared to the normal dairy milk because of the health benefits but I drink it literally because I like them better. I only managed to take pictures of the long life soy milks but I have since switched to the ones they sell at the chilled section next to all the dairy milks (I think these are more fresh and less preservatives?).

I also ventured to try the regular soy milk vs 99.9% fat free. As many would have guessed, the regular taste a lot better. The fat free version to me tasted like water when I tried it with cereal. But hey, I finished the carton nonetheless. But I think I will stick to the regular version better.

And then I compared regular soy milk to their almond milk and that just tasted like sugar water but not in a sickening way, if that makes sense. Plus, the almond milk is not available in what I perceive to be a more fresh version (the chilled version) so I am sticking to the soy milk.

I also recently finished another kind of soy milk which my mum found at the chilled section – the Vitasoy Calci Plus. Strangely, this one tastes like cereal – like oats – similar in taste to the regular soy milk mixed with cereal.

The Cereal

Cheerios. Hm… This thing is seriously UNDERRATED and definitely something is missing from their marketing. The packaging and the colour of the cereal itself doesn’t look very “fun” nor is it appealing to its main target audience, whom from what I gather from their advertisements on TV, are little kids. To me the packaging appeals more to people in their 20s or 30s. My perceptions when I saw these at the supermarket were that I thought they were going to taste really plain – like cornflakes or plain rice bubbles. And then the ads got me thinking, if these are marketed for young kids, they SHOULD taste good… So the next time they were on discount, I tried one.

It was the BEST cereal I’d ever had! It’s slightly sweet – but not overly sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s healthier than those cereals I previously eat – at least this one’s got a large wholegrain percentage. And combined with soy milk – heavenly.

I also tried the honey version and that just has less wholegrain percentage and tastes all just the same.

So, what will I continue to buy?

I am definitely sticking to the regular Cheerios for cereal since they are healthier and the taste is no different to the honey version. As for milk, I will buy whatever is cheapest out of the soy milks (not the fat free one) at the chilled section. I love them all! And when they do get almond milk in the chilled section, I will put them into consideration too (I will still buy whatever is the cheapest)!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated, sponsored or compensated in any way from any of the brands mentioned, showed, or linked.

6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion update + Galaxy Pot!

Hello everyone!

I am back here today with an update on the 6 garlics and Mr. Ronion that I planted about a month ago (view first post here). They’ve all grown really well!

6 Garlics

6 Garlics

I just water them every couple/few days now and I also put in a sprinkle of Epsom Salt. Just cause, I feel like it. Now I am not a plant expert in ANY way. In fact these are probably my first real pots. If anyone have any tips related to any of this please do let me know!

Mr. Ronion

Mr. Ronion

Just about a week ago, my mum decided she wanted me to plant more stuff. I planted more garlics (2 different kinds) and another red onion. We decided to put it all in one pot this time though and I got my little sister to name the whole pot. She named it Galaxy Pot.

Galaxy Pot's plastic knife sign

Galaxy Pot’s plastic knife sign

Internet, meet Galaxy Pot:

Galaxy Pot

Galaxy Pot

Grow plants grow~! That’s all I’m hoping. Maybe we’ll be able to eat these at the end of the year!

Anyway, wishing you a very good week and I’ll post again soon!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Haul: Nail polishes + Swatches

Nail Polish Haul

Nail Polish Haul

So, I went a on a little white nail-polish hunt yesterday. I’ve actually been looking for a good white nail polish for a while and as you might know from my last post that included a white Sally Hansen, I was pretty disappointed due to its streaky-ness. I typically think that nail polish is a low-involvement product that is relatively cheap (the ones I buy anyway) so I never really research on what brand has the best stuff. However, I decided a few days ago that I would do my research before I went in stores. I found that most of the recommendations were to get OPI’s Alpine Snow and some suggest other brands like China Glaze, Sinful Colours as well as other brands that are not even easily accessible in Australia. Actually, from all the brands above, the only really accessible brand is OPI. But I refuse to pay more than $10 for a colour nail polish so OPI was definitely out of the question (unless there’s a crazy discount on them) as it retails for AU$19.95 here in Australia. The only accessible drugstore brand here in Australia that I saw people had suggested was Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal & White On, Models Prefer Make A Million.
Photograph taken under white LED light.

I don’t typically buy Sally Hansen’s colour nail polishes as the cheapest retails for between AU$6-7. However, Priceline had a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free! So I took a leap of faith and bought the white nail polish and got myself a gunmetal colour as my 2nd item. So that’s 2 nail polishes for $6.95 (or about $3.50 each).

I previously owned a Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Polish in Flirt (#38) which I used to use quite often (it’s not with me at the moment hence I can’t wear it right now) so the consistency didn’t really surprise me. It’s a little thicker than my Revlon polishes and the Models Prefer nail polish but I think it works quite well.

Sally Hansen “White On” is exactly what it is. A white creme polish. I don’t know what else to say about this other than it is white, shiny and I love it. I think the shine takes the “I-have-white-out-on-my-finger-nails” look away and I am actually considering painting all of my 10 fingers in white.

I applied a base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat. Photograph taken under yellow light indoor

Base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat.
Photograph taken under yellow light.

Gunmetal” I picked up because it is almost winter here in Australia and I love me some good dark coloured nail polishes. It seems like winter is the more-appropriate season to wear dark polishes (but hey, I wear whatever colour I feel like whenever I feel like it). It’s got a slightly purple undertone and a slight shimer. The name fits the colour – it looks like a gunmetal colour.

As I was walking around Priceline after I’d picked out the two nail polishes, I saw that Models Prefer had a promotion going on too. It was a free blender sponge every time you purchase at least 1 product. I’ve never tried a beauty blender and I am a sucker for nail polish and VOILA! I got sucked into buying this really pretty light bronze/gold colour even though it costs $5.99 ($1 over my limit). However ended up being my favourite nail colour I’ve ever had so far. And the bonus blender sponge is probably worth more than $1.

To me this colour screams out luxury and expensiveness. It’s subtle enough to wear everyday but I’d imagine it would look fabulous with a champagne-coloured, shimery but elegant dress or to dress up a little black dress.

Models Prefer Make a Million + Bonus Blender Sponge

Models Prefer Make a Million + Blender Sponge

The formula is wonderful! It’s got a thin but opaque consistency and it’s got a really really big brush which I actually kind of like. It applied really well and it has a smooth finish.

I also bought a few other things which I might mention in another post but this was all the nail polishes! All in all I was really happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to wear these polishes again and again!

Let me know what you think of the colours and if you have any of them, do let me know what you think of them!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Gloss [Perth] Haul: April 2013

If you didn’t know already, I’m a little bit of a nail polish addict. When there’s colour on my nails, I look at it and I feel happy. I especially feel so happy when I put nail art on them myself.

The Haul

Recently, it has come to my attention that there’s discount nail polish in the city (Perth city to be exact). This is thanks to Cindy from Rose Gold Whimsy. So we decided after our little trip to Harbour Town, we would continue our “outing” to the city for some lunch and to check out the discounted nail polishes Cindy mentioned – Gloss Accessories.

Voila! There were Revlon nail polishes, 3 for $12 and Sally Hansen nail polishes at 3 for $10.

I’ve been using Sally Hansen’s top coat and base coats for a while now (maybe 2 years?) and I love all the ones that I’ve tried. Sally Hansen’s colour polishes on the other hand, I haven’t really tried with the exception of one from their Xtreme Wear line in “Flirt”. With Revlon nail polishes, I bought some (more like a lot) a few months ago for just over $2 from an online discount store. So I decided to go for Sally Hansen.

Sally Hansen / Gloss Haul

I shared this deal with Cindy – I bought 2 and she bought 1. I got a Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Colour in number 30 “Lilac Chantilly” and a No Chip 10 day nail colour in white tip.

I also got this Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops which I have yet to try for about $6 which I think is a STEAL as they are normally around $10-$15 at drugstores.

I still don’t know how to use white nail polish properly – either that, or white polish is always streaky, or this one I got is really bad. But I love the Lilac Chantilly colour – which is a light purple colour, as suggested by the name and the picture.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops

The Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops was interesting for me to open. It came with a lid and then the pipette is in a separate sealed plastic. I am excited to try this. In fact, I will try this right now. It does say in the bottle to “Apply base coat, nail colour and top coat. Wait for 60 seconds after applying top coat. Apply 1 or 2 drops to each nail.” I may be back with a review of this.

So that was all I got at Gloss. I’m not that into make-up so I didn’t even really look at the make-up there.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 

Have you used the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops before?

 

Lots of Smiles

-Sita

A Precious.S2 Photography and Rose Gold Whimsy Collaboration

As some of you may know, I also post my photography on another blog called Precious.S2 Photography. Recently, my highschool friend Cindy and I decided to do a collaboration since we both own a blog. I take the photos, she becomes my model.

It was a fine sunny afternoon and I have to thank her and lil sis for making this shoot happen.

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If you’re wondering why I posted this here and seem like it has nothing to do with this blog, well it has everything to do with this blog. I value friendship and photography and both of this are present in this collaboration. I said that this blog was going to publish things that makes me happy. So here it is! Photography and Friendship!

Don’t hesitate to go over to Precious.S2 Photography to find out more about the collaboration!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

Carousel Haul [27.03]

Capture

Carousel is a Westfield shopping centre here in Perth, Australia. I went there last week with my parents and saw that Portmans were on sale. I got those loafer shoes for $19.99 a pair! I love these shoes but I find that the width is a little too small for me. I do have extremely wide feet and it is difficult to find shoes. They’re not totally uncomfortable either so I hope once I break into the shoes a little bit more they will be as comfy as a pair of house slippers. I would love to do the MichellePhan shoe trick but I lack the freezer space and I am freaked out about stinking/dirtying/poisoning the freezer contents. I would much rather a blister on my foot than food poisoning the whole house.

We then went to the $2 shop and thought that I should try this sausage bun shaper (haha, I don’t actually know what to call those). Even though it was a $2 shop, this thing costed $3 – don’t know why. I’ve never owned those hair doughnut things and I should probably have tried those first. I do have slippery, fine, layered hair and I clearly did not think this purchase through. When I got home, I put my hair up in a pony tail and tried to make the sock-bun look just like the millions of tutorials I’ve seen on YouTube. Guess what, I failed miserably  To be able to compare these with a sock bun, I found a pair of unused socks I brought home from the aeroplane years ago. I cut the stitching at the toes off of one sock and rolled it up into the doughnut shape. I tried making a sock-bun – it did not work either.

So I am still wondering how to actually make a sock bun on my slippery, fine, layered hair. Maybe I need to put in some products first. I am not too sure. When I figure out how to do this, I will surely post another blog post. Meanwhile, if anyone out there know how to fix this problem of mine, do let me know!

Thanks for reading this blog and don’t forget to follow my blog so you won’t miss my posts!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina