New Dolly: Be With You ~ Mango + Video!!

I received this girl a couple of days ago but I was only able to edit the video and get everything ready for today. So here she is! :) This time, it’s a box opening video, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

She borrowed Nova’s wig here because its the only one I own in this size that suits her. I have a thing for blonde wigs because now all my dolls are blonde…

Newest dolly: Be With You - Mango


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I still don’t know if I like her or not… I mean her face is so cute and all but I have no character for her, she was kind of an impulse buy xD I don’t know what wig she’ll wear, or what clothes, as I am expecting another girl her size very very soon too, and that one already has everything ready for her. Blegh, the struggles of a doll collector :S

Oh and Leekeworld is releasing a bunch of new wigs and in two new colours.. so help me, God. I swear, every time I order from them I promise myself it would be the last, but then here I am :-) Maybe you can help me decide? I may even get the lucky bag with 4 wigs just for fun and see what I will get *v*

Again, thanks for reading folks! Hope y’all are ready to go back to school now after the National Day break *vomit* New post maybe.. tomorrow?

Good luck :P

– Reem AlHashmi

How I paint my doll’s faces! {Walkthrough}

Much overdue. Such late. Wow.

Sorry for disappearing for quite some time, was finding it really hard to find motivation to type up something new, but hopefully this will not happen anymore. Working on multiple new projects and I’m very excited to document the process with you guys :)

I wanted to share the process of giving my dolls their faces, as my friends have also expressed some interest in it, so I shall deliver. This isn’t technically a “tutorial”, but more like a walkthrough of the steps that go towards painting a face on a blank doll head. Let’s start!

Step #1 – Preparing the workspace

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I also use Winsor and Newton Professional grade acrylic paint, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, my trusty airbrush (although it was broken when I worked on this head) and Liquitex Matte Varnish as a final sealant to set everything in place.

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I also bought this palate that comes with small empty cases to store my different mixes of pastel colors, as it is such a hassle to get the correct color (mixing powders is not the same as mixing paint) only to have it wasted once a head is finished. Now it looks like an eye-shadow palate, no? ;)

Step #2 –  The Foundation Step

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After priming the head (sealing x3) I get a natural skin color pastel that’s a little more saturated hue than the actual head’s color and lay the foundation base, to make the head more ‘alive’ and not one-toned and empty.  Under the eyes, temple, lower cheekbones, inside the ears, and sides of the nose. Some people use pink pastel… that is very very wrong.

Step #3 – Eyes

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a)    Details: Drawing in the eye crease. A crucial step, without it, the head will look off. Even Barbie has it lol.

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b)   Eyebrows: One of the hardest parts of a faceup. I start with a pastel base first to determine the shape, and then I start layering in the color and adding hair details with a watercolor pencil. If you start with pencil first, it is so much harder to erase any mistakes, and sometimes it doesn’t get removed all the way. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
Note: Her eyebrows are light because she is blonde ;)

Step #4 – Eyeliner and lashes

 

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My favorite part ^^ For the eyeliner, I start with painting the inner/upper waterline with black acrylic paint. Then after it dries, I draw in the actual eyeliner using a water-colour pencil, and then taper out the ends. It’s almost the same as drawing in your own real eyeliner except it is much easier because you hold this head in your hands xD Look how pretty this cat-eye is *-* <3

Then after that, I lightly draw in some bottom lashes, and in this case, I added some eyeliner on the bottom waterline to redefine the eye shape :-) I do not draw in upper lashes (that would be hell to draw) as I apply real eyelashes and glue them on! ;)

This time, I used super long ones as I was always hesitant about the length previously, and because of that they didn’t photograph or show very well, so now you can seen them from around the block haha! My mom calls them “Mkashat”, which basically means, fly swatters in English :P

At this point I had already painted her lips, blushed her face and contoured it with a bronze/brown colour to give it an edge and make it pop! The final stage is glossing the lips and bottom waterline to make her eyes look ‘teary’, because our eyes are not matte either ;P I also add a puff of pearl shimmer to the face because I love anything and everything that glitters <3 It’s very subtle though.

After the wig, eyes and clothing..

Too much fun with Nova


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She currently has some silver nail polish on [yes, I can paint her hands too ;) ], and I’m not liking it. I’m going to give her a French Manicure later on, because it never goes out of style! Keep in mind that her nail is like 3 millimetres… so if you thought doing your own manicure was hard.. x_x

Thanks for reading everybody! Hope your enjoyed this post :) Again, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! Next post will be about my newest doll, and it may be a video, so stay tuned! :D

Love,

~ Reem AlHashmi

Devouring The Big Apple: pt 2 ~ ‘Central Park & FAO Schwarz’

So many pictures in this post! Excited for you guys to see them :) After visiting the Statue of Liberty, we woke up the next morning and decided to have breakfast at Sarabeth’s, a little cute restaurant beside Central Park.

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It was a nice little change from hotel restaurants, the environment was lively. They had old vintage-looking photographs of Audrey Hepburn (Of course!) and who I think is Marilyn Monroe and other old black and white pictures.

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We ordered some french toast, different types of omelettes and a smoked salmon with eggs dish. Also, the orange juice in the US tastes SO much better than the one back home. It’s nice and sweet and sour, minus the bitter aftertaste ours has :’) Florida Naturals is awesome <3 After eating, we didn’t have much time to wander aimlessly in Central Park lol, so we took a horse-carriage ride as a quick tour. It was lots of fun, who doesn’t love horse rides, right? But it was a little stinky, haha, as with everything that has to do with horses! xD

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Oh! What’s this building here? ;)

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It’s the Plaza Hotel!

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The one from Home Alone 2 if you didn’t know, haha! Remember this entrance? :P Sadly there are no more pictures of the place because when we got inside, the lobby and actual hotel were not open to the public, I’m thinking because of it’s popularity and a lot of people coming to visit? Perhaps it disturbs the hotel’s residents? I dunno, it was a bummer but what can you do. So after that we visited the largest toy store in the US, FAO Schwartz! This is the same toy store the smurfs visited in their first movie, how cute right? Everything was so colorful and cheerful I was wandering the aisles speechless and amazed. I love toy stores <3

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I want one ^ :’)

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They even have a section exclusively for candy and sweets! :D This is what the inside of a rainbow looks like lol!

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Large cereal-box sized nerds? YES PLEASE.

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Alphabet gummies *-* That’s a first.

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Any fans of the Simpsons? :P

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The best part: They sell the Bean Boozled and Harry Potter jelly beans, the ones YouTubers use for the jelly bean challenges! We got some to film our own take on it >:) Don’t know whether I’m excited or scared lol.

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Peeps are the cutest marshmallows in my opinion! I have to taste some before we go back home! Now on to the real toys~

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A little creepy, but still awesome to look at xD

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LOVE these portraits! Would look so great as a decoration to your study or work office <3 Sadly, I came to the doll section hoping to find clothing that would fit on my MNF, but what I found was either too big or too small. Looks like its back to the sewing machine again~

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CALICO CRITTERS!!

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And my ultimate favourite…

The Miniature Section!! <3

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These are sheets of wallpapers and parquet that you can use to line the interior of the house like the picture of the empty house above! So cute :’)

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This tiny little cigarette is my favourite lol!

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Want a new family? They’re got you covered xD

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Personally I just want the brother. I don’t have a brother.

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Or perhaps you want a dollhouse FOR your dollhouse? Inception~~~

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They even have a Build-a-Bear inside of their store! That’s how big it is!

Now these bears below have a special place in my heart. These were the exact same bears that were featured in a book that belonged to my cousin. Can’t remember it’s name right now, but it was a huge book with delightful pictures of toy bears doing all kinds of activities. It had no particular storyline, but everything was styled and set up perfectly as if it was showing you a whole different “World of Teddy Bears”, how they live, how they dress and even where they go when they’re sick, i.e. torn up to shreds lol. We used to read it all the time when we were kids and inspired us with so many ideas, and I never knew the brand until now. Thank you, Steiff bear. I will own one someday! :)

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This little bunny is a cutie! The salesman was like “Make sure you get his ‘good side'” xD I thought that was pretty cute, haha!

In the end, I didn’t buy much, just a Jenga because I’ve always wanted to play it and never had one. We went back home and watched some friends while we play it. I lost incase you want to know :’P

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Thanks again for reading guys! Have a lovely vacation yourselves and be safe!

- Reem AlHashmi

Devouring The Big Apple: pt 1 ~ ‘Statue of Liberty’

Woohoo! You guessed it! I’m on vacation with the family and I have lots and lots of content to go through and talk about! Finally!! After a whole month of nothing interesting to share… I miss writing :’)

So just as an overview, our trip consists of a week in New York city and then another week in Washington D.C.
I will be going over the attractions we went to, and also little reviews of things only found in the US, because I’m a tourist like that. Let’s get started!

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So just as the title reads, we finally had the chance to visit Lady Liberty! :D Yay!
Our last trip to NYC was a little after Hurricane Sandy, and as a result, we were unable to visit because of maintenance and such, so that was a bummer, but we got a second chance!

We booked our tickets early through the official website and I was so glad we did because upon arrival there was a huge line waiting to get tickets that same day. We just sped through and got on the ferry to the little island where the statue was. The next pictures basically do all the talking :P

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SQUIRREL!!!!!

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I love this picture because we were at a similar place in Washington D.C. last year in spring, when the cherry blossoms were in bloom, and now this is a different season with a twist! <3 This is the picture incase you missed it:

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We could see it off in the distance by then!

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It’s getting closer!!!
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And here she is! In all her greatness and glory :P
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She’s always ready for a close-up ;)

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I’m really glad my camera didn’t act up (much) and the pictures turned out lovely! They look like they came straight out of a postcard :)

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And as if the Home Alone soundtrack wasn’t blaring into my head enough, this also reminded me of the movie! xD

And now for some random pictures of the place..

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I’m not entirely sure if it’s this one or the one next to it, but supposedly it’s the bridge from the Two Broke Girls opening video, and I love that show so I decided to snap a picture as a ‘souvenir’ :P

Anyway, that will be all for now! Again, like I said there are many photos to go through and it’ll take me a while to sort through them, filter and edit until I can post something again, but stay tuned!

Next stop: Central Park and America’s largest toy store!

Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did!

Love always,

– Reem AlHashmi

Eye Mechanism Mod for Dollsbe (Be With You)

So as you all know I posted a few days ago about my newest dolly addition, a Be With You – Carrot (which is still nameless btw >_<) and I haven’t clearly shown the inside of the eye mechanism I mentioned. It is my favourite feature of this doll, and it’s taking doll photography to the next level. In the “past”, you basically insert eyes by taking the wig off first, then the head cap, and then inserting the eyes with a piece of blu-tac or sticky tack (eye putty) and position them accordingly. Now you basically push the lever around to move the eyes and that’s it :)

Now the thing is, this mechanism can only be used with stemmed eyes. And not all companies supply that. In this post I’ll be modding some Oscardoll eyes (that have a flat back) that I bought about a month ago from the Doll Peddlar, so I am able to use it from now on! You can follow this tutorial for any type of flat back eyes if you have any of the Dollsbe dolls from YG.

Let’s start!

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The standard Dollsbe eyes can in fact be taken a part from the visible line between the pupil and the stem. Rotate, and pull out. After separating the pupil, I placed it on a flat surface along with my Oscardoll eyes to see if they are the same “height”, which luckily, they are. I’ll tell you what to do if they aren’t the same in a bit!

Now what I’m trying to do is create a stem for my stemless eyes. Easy! I got out my trusty polymer clay and formed a sphere, then pressed it on the surface to flatten one side and moulded it into a good shape until it looked like the other half of the “eyeball” like this…

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Next is the stem. I rolled out a thin piece of clay, and poked a hole through it from one end to the other, because that’s where the spring will be inserted. Picture of the whole thing will be below! Plopped it on the dome I created and fixed it with my favourite, Scupley bake-able glue! If you’re a polymer clay enthusiast, I definitely recommend this. It is a life saver!! If you don’t have some, just make sure it is stuck properly or it will fall/break off!

Also make sure your stem length is equivalent to that of the standard eye stem.

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After baking, it should look like this! Starting to come together :) This is where the spring is shown. The lever you move around is actually moving the springs, which in turn moves the eyeballs.

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To attach to the eyes, I used eye putty and firmly pressed the pieces together, they stick really well!

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Now this is the testing stage. You will need to experiment on the size you have now. This is why I mentioned the stem must be closest to the original one, because when I inserted the spring on the eyes I have, the springs were longer than the “hole” we poked on the stem, and couldn’t be inserted unless they were compressed, which won’t move the eyes that way. I tried making it as close as the original, but I still needing to fix things here and there.

DO NOT CUT THE SPRINGS. I say this because that would be a reckless thing to do :’) The spring stays, the stem goes. Well, is modified.

Using my pointy tool, you can use anything available, even a toothpick I suppose, I gently dug through the stem to make it deeper, providing more space for the springs to go in further. In the end, I ended up drilling a hole right through, but that might not be the case with you. I didn’t measure everything to the tiniest detail, but you can do so. Try looking at where the stems of the original eyes sit on the springs, and compare it with your eyes, and drill accordingly.

Another issue I encountered was the stems were a little too long, and touched the edges that hold the springs, and again, prevented movement. Simply “shave” or cut down your stem accordingly if you face the same thing, but do NOT go overboard. If your stem is short, then the springs will not be able to move the eyes. It would be too heavy. I even trimmed the front part, where the eyes would stick, and that helped too. Trimming this is much better than the stem, but you be the judge.

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After many many trimmings and modifications, I finally got it to work!! This is what it looks like inside:
You can see here the right eye’s stem is perfect, not touching the mechanism, whereas the one of the left is slightly longer, and with movement, it would rub against it. Trim here and there~

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A huge part of this hobby is trial and error, which sometimes even I hate to admit. I like things to work from the first try (who doesn’t?) and first try only, but that wouldn’t get me anywhere. I’m proud of myself that I persevered and didn’t quit. xD

Here’s a video testing it just because: (I apologise for the loud banging noises and the camera focusing sound, I did not know it did that :( I am angry at the salesperson now.)

Man I love these eyes. I do not see myself ordering any eyes other than Oscardoll’s anytime soon. They’re so gorgeous! I wasn’t really liking them at first because I thought it was weird having eyes that had all sorts of stuff in them, but what was I thinking lol. I knew nothing. They’re better that way <3 There’s a whole variety of eyes that have flowers, gems, and one with a fish! Not a live one though, haha. If you’ve not heard of them, check them out here! They sell like hot cakes, so grab ‘em while you can.

In the meantime…

Vogue, baby. Vogue.

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Thanks for reading guys! Hope this helps people who want to make the most of their eye mechs ;)

– Reem AlHashmi

New Dolly: Be With You ~ Carrot

Hey everybody!

Can’t believe it’s been MONTHS since my last post, but I am back from the dead. As you can already tell, I haven’t spent my time lazing around, I was actually getting some work done, aka- revamping my website! I don’t think I was ever truly happy with what it looked like before, it was a quick transition from the first one, but alas, my layout is as perfect as I want it to be <3 A quick thank you to the awesome Amanda Carlisle who helped me out with installing my logo, and the Studiopress team who made designing websites so much easier with the Genesis Framework. The artist within just wouldn’t allow me to pay another artist to do the designing job, and I must say I am proud for not giving in. All of this is my sweat and blood, baby!

Now off to the main event, after stalking these babies (literally, babies) since February, the amazing BJD sculptor “YG”, the creator of the doll company “Be With You” or “Dollsbe”, opened another resale of his baby doll line last May. These include Paprika, Carrot, Grape and Strawberry, all of which are extremely adorable but my wallet only affords one of them so I chose Carrot :)

I have never done a box opening before so I’m quite excited to show you my own process! I’ll be giving out random info as I go along for those of you who might be interested. Also, if you guys have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask, I love to help. Now off to the pikchures!!!1!

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I’m not completely sure, but I think YG either is the only one who runs his company or with a few others as his team, but he has this custom where he sends treats to his customers with every purchase. I’ve seen many other box openings with people getting some type of Korean bread/cake? Its a little funny because you don’t expect it, but it’s a really sweet gesture, so cute xD I really want to taste it, but I guess this is beef flavoured, and I don’t think it’s Halal :P Enough of the Ramen though, haha…

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Cute little postcards of all the Dollsbe BJDs :)

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Certificate of authenticity!

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Putting the cards and CoA in my nice little drawer of all my keepsakes :)

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I wanted my girl to have “dirty blonde” hair, and looking at Strawberry’s pictures it looked like a really nice colour, but didn’t like to short cut. I asked YG if there are any wigs in that colour and in a bob cut, and he contacted the company and delivered :D How awesome is that! The wig is so so soft (Mohair), although the colour turned out to be lighter than I had planned, but it’ll do for now. If it bothers me too much there’s always Leekeworld :P

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And here’s the mummy!!!!

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All wrapped up nice and cozy!

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One thing I love about this line of dolls is that they come with a variety of hands! Now that’s what I call customer satisfaction! ;) These are all I need and will ever need, no more ordering separate hands! They aren’t magnetic though, which is a bummer but hey, I’m not complaining~

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She’s my first Yo-SD size and I knew I would expect her to be bigger. I’m not at all disappointed or anything but she’s soooo tiny xD My hand for scale lol.

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She shows her face…

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Brilliant delicate face-up for such a tiny face <3 She has some glitter applied but is not seen unless you look closely! Very subtle and natural!

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Dainty little hands! I didn’t notice this before but she has clear nail polish on! Just goes to show you how much love and detail went into this doll :)

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She comes with a default slip on dress, but ya’ll already know I got a whole wardrobe for her even before she arrived ;)

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Small velcro tape on the front and back of the head to secure wigs!

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This is the thing I love the most. Eye mechanism.  I own a Pullip and at one point, thought how easy it would’ve been if BJDs had an eye mechanism to make it easier to move their eyes for photoshoots and such, and YG did just that. No more sticky eye putty, no more weird eye positions!! This mechanism moves the eyes up, down, left and right! The eyes that she came in are pretty, but they don’t photograph well, so I ordered Oscradoll eyes about a month ago to really make them ‘shine’, however, to insert them to the eye mechanism they will need stems, and Oscardoll eyes are stemless, so I’ll figure out a way to make some stems and share in a later post!

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Eeeeeep with her wig on! <3 Truly a unique face! Nothing like it!

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Let’s play dress-up!! :B  I’m too old for this…
These are all the super adorable things I snagged from Taobao. Taobao really becomes your friend when you get into the BJD hobby and you wanna save money. Most of the stores who are well-known probably buy from these Taobao stores and re-sell them, I have researched and found the exact same items being sold at different prices.

That panda tho. I’ll embroider him a nose xD

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Overalls on kids. One of my favourite things as you can probably tell I got two lol. They’re so adorable :'( My mom used to dress me up in overalls for kindergarten, and I loved it! It was so comfy and even had a small bear like this one, except the bear wasn’t as cute :P

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Customary hello is customary.

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Off to post a box opening on DoA in a while! Thanks for reading and viewing!

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Oh and I forgot to mention, I finished my first year of college a couple of weeks ago and it was great, Elhamdillah! InshAllah next year I will be starting my art courses. Hope I don’t get to draw apples all semester. So stoked! Summer is filled with plans *-*

Have a great week everyone, and Ramadan Kareem <3

– Reem AlHashmi

Monthly Finds: January 2014

Hello readers! I know this one is pretty late, but for the few months that passed, there wasn’t anything particularly interesting that I found, so I accumulated the little things I got to put in one post.

Books:

I haven’t been reading much lately, and I don’t feel motivated enough to do that nowadays. These phases come and go, but I did get some of what I like to call “Pleasure Reads”, short and quirky things I would read for the fun of it, not a serious novel or anything.

If you’re not aware of the blog Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh, then you’ve been living under a rock. Best blog to read when you’re feeling down because it’s just so funny and entertaining. At one point, I read almost all the posts that I ran out of things to read….so I ordered the book.

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Haven’t read it yet, just skimmed through the pages and some of them were familiar which kinda bummed me out because I was hoping for new content, but I did find unfamiliar comics here and there so I won’t complain.

Next ones are all kitty-related. Two of them are by Yasmine Surovec which is the mastermind behind the cute Cat vs. Human comics. I bought her second “Cat vs. Human” collection of comics and “I See Kitty”, a children’s book for my 2 year-old cousin who is infatuated with cats, in hopes of fuelling her love of felines. The story is so adorable I cannot wait to read it to her!

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The third one is the all popular “How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” by The Oatmeal. I’ve read many of The Oatmeal’s comics over the internetz, and decided I’d buy this one it’s related to cats-duh! It’s quite fun to read, and I finished it in one sitting with a bowl of Rice Krispies when I had a hard time falling asleep :P Plus, it has a summary poster of “the evil cat plotting to kill you” inside woot woot! Must hang it somewhere strategically and freak the heck out of visitors. Maybe in the bathroom, and then I’ll let Tiny stick out his paws from under the door while they do their business lol!

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Shoes & Accessories:

Other than books, I got some pretty things while on my trip to Dubai last week or so. These dainty little lace pumps from New Look -absolutely love their shoes, and some rings I found here and there in Forever 21 -which is 100 times much better than the ones here in AD imo ._. They are pretty simple, but I wanted to collect small rings to stack them up on my fingerrrsss :D

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Makeup:
Not very unique or special, but I needed a new bronzer and blush and I got some great ones! Bronzer is Hoola from Benefit which is perfect, and the blusher is a nice pink peach from Sephora. Also got a brush for my loose setting powder.
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For Kitty:

Since I let Tiny roam around outside everyday, I got worried he might catch some fleas or ticks. He is fully vaccinated from the cold and rabies and such, but those pests sound like a huge hassle to get rid of and I do not want them in our house. I looked around for preventive products and found two, the Bio Spot Flea/Tick Control for 6 months, and Dr. Mercola Natural Flea and Tick Defense, an organic daily spray that is supposed to “confuse” fleas and ticks when they smell it, thus preventing them from recognising a potential host and going into the pet’s skin. Yes, I got two, and I’m so glad I did. The first one kills AND prevents, but can only be used once every month. The second organic one is only preventive, and I don’t know whether it could kill them IF they already exist, and can be used daily if needed.

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The Bio Spot formula was great, easy to use and apply and the instructions were clear. However, it is OILY, and it left the patch of hair that was exposed to it weird and oily and not dry from the product on Tiny’s fur for three days until I decided to wash it with shampoo and water (water alone did not work). Let’s just say I’m not anticipating next month’s dose xD Luckily, Tiny didn’t have any fleas or ticks, but I hope it does its work and keeps them away too!

The Dr. Mercola one smelled nasty, which was very disappointing because they mentioned it smelled good :( And seeing Cinnamon in the contents got me excited (I love Cinnamon) but it smelled like cloves… which I do not like at all and was NOT in the contents…
I am one to cuddle the crap out of my cat, so his smell is very important to me tyvm lol! However, if you prefer natural and organic remedies and don’t mind the smell of cloves, then you should try it! I can’t recommend it as I’ve only used it once, but look into other people’s reviews.

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading and get ready to head back to school/college because it starts tomorrow. Eep.

– Reem AlHashmi

Cheesecake Factory-Style Caesar Salad

Hello friends!

A while ago on Instagram I mentioned something was brewing in the kitchen, and it was the famous Cheesecake Factory Caesar Salad!! This isn’t my own recipe, I found it on a cooking blog called Mom’s Dish! I decided to write this one up to spread the word, and a second opinion doesn’t harm anyone :)

Check out the recipe here, it’s by Natalya Drozhzhin, who has a variety of delicious recipes for the tummy!

She did not lie when she said it tastes like Cheesecake Factory’s salad, because it actually DOES! I asked my sisters, parents and my uncle who all agreed as well, so you don’t get a biased opinion haha! Definitely recommend this one to all lovers of caesar salads and the famous restaurant. This is my take:

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Really easy and simple to make, and it makes quite the amount so it could last for one to two days depending on how small or large your portions are. When I knew we were having guests over, I doubled the recipe, but ended up having more dressing than salad. oops.

Thank you to Natalya Drozhzhin and give her blog a visit!

Hope you guys try it out and if you like it, give her some feedback :) New Monthly Finds post coming up soon so stay tuned!

Stay healthy,

Reem AlHashmi

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Effective and pretty organisers!

I’m not sure whether this is a “life hack” but it’s more of a “organise your stuff better so it looks more decent” kinda thing. Not many of you can relate to these problems but I thought I’d share what I’ve done to give a little inspiration to those who want to organise certain things but don’t know how.

I recently purchased two matching floral vases for my room to hold my 1) yarn, and 2) Tiny’s rod\stick toys.

When I started knitting, I didn’t know I’d actually end up purchasing a lot of yarn. I kept them in a Magrudy’s paper bag (where I bought them from) and hid them in a corner. Not attractive. And Tiny’s favourite toys are the fishing rod ones where you dangle them in the air and he jumps to catch them, so those accumulated as well and they were thrown randomly in his tunnel. This is how I solved this:

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Both were an impulse-buy from Home Centre. The pot’s job is to hold my knitting yarn and needles and it looks so adorable doing just that <3 Originally wanted a wicker basket as it gave a more “vintage/grandmother” look but I decided matching vases was best.

The tall vase holds flowers…AND Tiny’s stick toys. Adding the plastic flowers I got from Ace helped hide the rod toys so that they aren’t visible, and my room doesn’t have to look like a kid’s playroom anymore. I know this is a little exaggerated but I really love the end result, even though one of the feather toys shows I can stuff it deeper in the vase (which I lined the with plastic wrapping paper) or just leave it like that. I honestly don’t mind.

So here’s the idea, even if you don’t have things that irk you because they have nowhere to go, you can still alter the things you already own. If you have a nice things around your room, flaunt them by displaying it in your room in a vase, shelf or pot, instead of hiding it in drawers or cupboards.

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  2. Do you sew? Get a nice small wooden table and place your sewing machine in a corner to give your room a vintage look where you’re a seamstress!
  3. Got an album of cute baby pictures? Throw them in a nice basket or bowl and place them in a visible spot in your room where your visitors and friends can have a look at them. Everyone loves baby pictures ;)
  4. Many furniture stores sell boxes in the shape of books and novels, so you can put some chocolates (or even truffles) in them and place them on a table (inform your guests ahead of time of-course).

Anything can be effective and still look good, you just gotta work your magic and imagine the different ways. These are some suggestions, but you can always comment below and ask if you need help with anything in particular, I’m more than happy to assist.

Thanks for reading as always, folks! Let me know if this helped you! Share it with your buddies if you think they’ll benefit from it too!

Much love,

Reem AlHashmi

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Dubai Getaway

Hello reader! On Monday, my mom decided to take me and my sister on a special trip to Dubai just for the three of us. I was feeling a little down in the dumps the day before so it was the perfect way to say hakuna matata and unwind. For this post, I’m gonna let the pictures speak for themselves. We stayed at the Address Hotel that was connected to The Dubai Mall (mega-yay!) and enjoyed great food from The Cheesecake Factory and Aprons & Hammers :D I also may have shopped till I dropped. A boat ride in The Dubai Dancing Fountain was also included, and the weather was amazing ;) Even though our hotel room’s view wasn’t the best, we had breakfast at iHop next to Burj Khalifa to make up for it! On the second day we went to Social House and I got to drink this super yummy Berry Yoghurt smoothie that I am craving right now <3
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 This close-up view beats standing up on the bridge or edge anytime!!

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Crispy calamari and ceasar salad <3

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Literal “hammers” were used to crack open these crabs :P Fun-tasty experience

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I ordered fish in curry sauce and rice~

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I will try to make my own berry smoothie at home :’) If it’s any good, I’ll share the recipe!

Definitely recommend The Address Hotel or any hotel joined to malls in Dubai (-Kempinski) because they’re seriously the best! Breakfast, lunch and dinner guaranteed at the best restaurants! Thanks for reading guys and I’ll post a new Monthly Finds update soon!

– Reem AlHashmi

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