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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday Sundries Nov 2013

It's been a bit of a frantic deadline pile-uppy week in my unbeautiful life, followed by an extremely lazy self-indulgent weekend, hence the lack of drivel. I'll be ready to embark next week on a series of posts going back to basics (on skincare, base, brows and lashes) and showcasing some simple looks with the early Christmas presents and packages which have been coming my way :)

But for now, here's some random picspam of said self-indulgence :D

My prescription for stress and homesickness: fat yarns and books of varying girth, both in care packages from the UK:
Books top to bottom: three school-set volumes of Antonia Forest's shamefully out-of-print Marlow chronicles (I'm now only missing the last, which was always my least favourite anyway); more lightness in Right Ho, Jeeves, Seven Men and Two Others, The Brontës Went to Woolworths and The Topsy Omnibus (quirky farces from the 1900s-30s = my brain's happy place); Judith Flanders' The Victorian City, faultlessly researched and engagingly chatty history of London -- nonfictional escapism at its best; Hyperbole and A Half; and a new edition of an old comfort read...about maths. Hey, I bet engineers snuggle up with some Žižek essays on their days off....
Yarns left to right: Rowan Big Wool (chunky cuddly merino) in Smoky (beanie-to-be) and Concrete (coatigan-in-progress) and Creative Focus in Cobalt (vintagey turban, methinks).

I should have the coatigan ready to show off by next weekend -- such is the fun of fat yarn -- but my last sweater took somewhat longer, and I worked on it across three continents. That said, since I've finished sewing in all five billionty thread ends, I haven't brought myself to take this off.... *sniffs self dubiously*
pics taken pre-button-sewing, oops :P Skirt is my T by Alexander Wang buy from last year
Pattern: Kim Hargreaves, Meredith  |  My detailed project notes/mods here.


Er... let me waft some more fragrant things your way. Rose oolong tea and sharp-sweet pineapple short pastries, from Taiwan:

More random food pics because I haz no instagram:
Korean noms, favouring the spicy and fried varieties...
Sichuan noms -- again with the fried+spicy.... Sichuanese has got to be my favourite cuisine evar.
lighter and snackier Taiwanese fare -- perfect for refuelling before/after a wander 'round a night market (for more noms)
Sweeeeeeets. Or divination. Hey if it works with coffee grounds why not with ice-cold beans?

Suspect you've gained some chub just looking at those pics? No fear, Face Pérm's here:
Apart from the ENTIRE CONCEPT ZOMG, I love that for the 'before' side they basically just took two seconds to smear mud&ashes onto that cute model's cheek. And that accent acute inspires trust, no? 

Er... not that I'm safe from nefarious European influences either. This week, Enkida challenged the denizens of makeupalley to take off this look from Glamour Germany, June 2013:


Witness the dangers of presenting a sleep-deprived driveller with A New Project:
cheek: Diego Dalla Palma 60 Glow Baby Pink, Illamasqua Crush, Face Stockholm New York
lip: Media Lip Liner WN-1, By Terry Hot Cranberry
brows: Kiko white kajal pencil, Shu Uemura M White 907, Chanel Convoitise Id'O, Suqqu Ginbudou gold
eyes: THREE 08 Spirit Light white gold; peach, pink and purple from KATE Deep Trap Eyes PK-1, CLIO Friday Glow 2 Sheer Beige, Kiko Shiny Fuchsia, Clinique Intense Amethyst quickliner, L'Oreal Telescopic False Lash WP.


bathroom light.... it being 1 a.m. by this point *hides*

....Yeah. No-one still wondering how I hit pan on stuff, I assume? ;)

Back to basics series next week, promise! :)

57 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous winter vamp. :D I can't pull off such pinky reds myself (on the eyes) as they make my unwhite-eyewhites look even more sore and rabbity.

    That, and you have such a lovely nose. (how creepy does that sound? :P)

    www.thislipsticklife.com

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    1. Y'know, I improvised the eyeshadow shape (because I can't really see what's going on on the model's lids -- Y NO CLOSED EYE SHOTS, magazines?) deliberately to leave the pinky colours blocked off from my lids for the most part :)

      And OMG ILY. Haz complex about nose. TY!

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  2. Haha I recognized the tea immediately! I drink stuff like Earl Grey and rooibos, but I got some from that brand for the fiance a couple of years back. All your noms look amazing! Love the sweater you made, too! Wish I would EVER get that good!

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    1. Hehe, Asia is turning me into quite the tea snob! lol I still chug about 5 mugs of Yorkshire daily, but for moments of contemplation only exquisite blends from Taiwanese misty mountains will do! *hair toss* ;D

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  3. One of my favourite winter weekend activities used to be curling up with either a Wodehouse book or the BBC series of Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. And Hyperbole and a Half is wonderful.

    I love your take on the vamp look, too! I'm trying to resist the urge to go buy By Terry lipsticks, because Guerlain is an expensive enough addiction thank you very much. But then I see photos like this on your blog and I think... "they're soooooo pretty". I need help, clearly.

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    1. We could definitely share a weekend couch! Sometimes I try a new Wodehouse and get a bit burned by surprise snarkiness -- safest to stick with Bertie&Jeeves when in need of unadulterated comfort I find.

      If it helps at all, I do find Guerlains much more comfortable than ByT's! (That said, I've clearly made quite a dent in mine...)

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  4. That sweater is AMAZING. Good job!!!

    And I know that nothing lasts on my waterline, but I still see looks like that and think, "Oooooh, I must try." That purple looks beautiful on you. I think you made an editorial look a bit more toned down, something that could actually be worn outside the house for certain occasions.

    Adele

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    1. <3 LONG job. Many strikes.
      I really ought to test the Clinique properly on my waterline over a day but so far the best for lasting power has been that BLOOO By Terry khol I'm afraid :(
      This challenge also made me realise I'm lacking a really dark but not warm lip now that Violet Edition's almost gone (Addiction Vamp pulled brown-black in my bathroom light).

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  5. Kate, can you knit me a sweater? I can swap for any crocheted rectangle - I can even sew the ends together for an infinity scarf/headband, that's the farthest my skillz can stretch right now. Oh - I know how to make snowflakes too! *hopeful eyes* ;P Oh, and the 20's look is beautiful, of course.

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    1. Welllll I can crochet a knot! :D lol my mama is so proud. (Because she's even worse.)

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  6. Lotus root...I miss it so much since I left China! My mother-in-law prepares delicious lotus root <3<3<3.

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    1. I adore it too! Last time I tried making something myself they came out MUSHY :( I had no idea that was even possible -- I've have lotus roots in Japanese stews that still retained some bite despite stewing for hours!

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  7. This Sunday Sundries has all sorts of amazing things! I can't believe how amazing that sweater looks. It looks like it's made just for you. <.<
    Enkida's challenging was off the charts hard. Those were the gold brows of death. You & she both did amazing. I think taking up those challenges must be the only way to use things up, so I must ponder this some more.
    I LOVE Hyperbole & a Half. That reminds me to buy this book. Happy Sunday. Or is it Monday there already?

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    1. <3 No making me laff, please. All the frieds things want to burst out of sweater as it is >.>
      I take Allie's book to bed with me, in lieu of kidnapping of Allie... >.>

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  8. Oh gosh, salivating lots over the food and the jumper!! I love Kim Hargreaves pattern but sadly I knit on a snail pace to even complete one baby sweater (I did her pattern once, a raglan, v-neck stockinette from Rowan mags of olden days, now safely given to my sister). Love the sleep-deprived production of the look as well!

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    1. I miss cooking, ironically! :( I live vicariously through your cooking posts <3
      And gosh Kim is so timeless and tasteful, her patterns let you take your time :D

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  9. Why haz you no Instagram??
    Love the look you did and envious of the fact that you can knit so well >_<

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    1. Just imagine the spam, Lily, the internet could not take it! :D

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  10. All that food *dies*! I am drooling at the thought of the xiao long bao... Also, just seeing a picture of a Wodehouse book makes me feel more relaxed :D.

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    1. If you go to Taipei you MUST try the oolong xiaolongbao at Jin Din Xiao Guan! Their regular ones are also just as good as Din Tai Fung's, minus the queues, and waitresses are super friendly and have scads of local knowledge :D
      It's weird feeling homesick around this time, since I know London is in consumerist pre-Christmas feeding frenzy with shite weather.... and yet...

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    2. I have been contemplating a trip to Taipei for food research purposes :D. Would you recommend visiting generally?

      I know how you mean about homesickness. I think for me it's the sense that everyone is gathering back home without me! Tbh Tokyo is in weird Santa-mas mode at the moment -- but without the actual 'Christmas spirit' / sentiment behind the whole present-fest that I think still lurks in London. I find it a bit unsettling!

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    3. Oh hayell, YES! Taipei is food and tea heaven :D It is a great way to taste almost all the regional Chinese cuinsines, in authentic form, within the one city.And there are lots of companies/restaurants with 100+ year histories and craft, not to mention snacky night market weirdness :) Nice weather in winter esp compare to Tokyo, too.
      Food tourism is a really common reason to visit Taipei, lol, so you'll find lots of info readily available :) A weird thing about visiting Taipei from Hong Kong is that I really revel in / appreciate the fresh, reasonably-priced seasonal produce :O I think you'll feel similarly if you go from Japan -- fruit'n'veg (even organic stuff!) that's not treated as luxuries.

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  11. All those dumplings are making me hungry and I've just had lunch! Love your challenge look as well. <3

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    1. they're only teeny! *inhales 10 casually*

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  12. Your challenge turned out gorgeous!!! I wanted to try, but I spent most weekend in bed with the flu and with any interest of touching my makeup. Seems something always happens when I want to do Friday challenges :(

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    1. do it midweek, be the REBEL you already are :D

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    2. I'll try... hope it comes out well ;)

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  13. MOAR golden eyebrows!!!!!!

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    1. MOAR spoolie massacre! *waggles werebrows*

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  14. MY GOD. *in drivel heaven* :DDD

    Sweater - so impressed I have no words!

    Food - get thyself on Instagram, stat!

    Upcoming posts - can hardly wait! Can we also talk about your lashes? You curl them so beautifully and my short Asiany Asian ones are so hopeless that even Shu Uemura shop girls have given up on them. :(

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    1. Join meeee! :D I'm running out of folks whose stomachs can keep up!

      O dear :/ If it helps I was blessed with impressive moustache-growing abilities along with fairly long lashes?

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  15. Love all this - in a world of samey samey blogs yours is a breath of fresh air! Love your make up better than the model's - its way more tonal.

    Also much check out the books - do you like Sarah Waters?

    LOVE teas - favourite (after black) is liquorice and peppermint.

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    1. <3 I think the tonality is just an accidental case of "I buys similar crap" :D
      I love SW! Already anticipating The Paying Guests!

      Peppermint tea is a staple of mine to ;) Aids digestion and whatnot. *burps*

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  16. Wow - this look is absolutely stunning............ it almost reminds me of something David Bowie would have done as Ziggy Stardust, with the cool reds, golds, blues and your pale skin.

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    1. STELLAR comment (see what I did there?). Seriously, thank you SO much :D

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  17. This is like the most gorgeous look you've produced! I love the lips, if only my workplace allowed such extravagant looks! Then again you can probably guess that my looks are already very much extravagant as it is. I swear you give me the urge to buy everything from this look and do exactly the same thing.

    On another note, that tea looks great! Is it a produce we can get from taiwan online? I'm crazy about tea and just received my Matcha order from Ippodo (kyoto teashop) but I can't get enough tea for my life. My pantry is literally filled with tea tins and boxes, not food. The pot itself is already adorable, I bet the tea is great as hell...any rose tea IMO is great as hell. Pleeeeease let me know about the tea, if I can get some I'd probably die of happiness :D

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    1. :O Thank you! I did have a lot of fun and went to town on the brows :D

      I'm afraid I don't think Wang de Chuan sells online :( It's a very established brand in Taiwan, however, so if you know anyone travelling there or even flying through Taipei airport, they should be able to score you some *smooch* Or make a trip specially :D Taiwan is tea heaven! Nothing beats sitting in a tea shop and trying ALL the things over hours, chatting with the knowledgeable brewists(?)

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    2. Awn man I was looking forward to get some taiwanese rose oolong! That sucks :( do you have some special ppl who'd like to help get some of that tea? I have a person in HK who gets me bunches of JS and Anna Sui but I don't think she'd like to do tea business with me, since the profit margin is probably tiny. Small coffee/tea shops are my favorite because the ppl know more about their stuff, so they're more interesting to talk to. I don't like the super popular ones because they're all too crowded for my taste. I often read about teashops in Taiwan and Japan and they're very different from the ones in North America! :( Sometimes I wish I had a job that allowed me to travel to Asia, like yours. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't know what your job is! Care to let us know?

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  18. Oh that food porn. :)~~ And that sweater! I can't believe you made that; it is tres gorgeous! Hoping my mom can get in to sweater making soon...not that I have ulterior motives.

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    1. Knitting: wearable fidgeting! :) You ever thought of taking it up? Although yarn stashing is at least as fun as lipstick stashing so... :/

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    2. I tried to learn how to knit AND how to crochet, and I was terrible at both. :( I just don't have the hand-eye coordination that's needed. I did consider taking up sewing when I have the time, though.

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  19. Long time lurker, venturing out from my lair (because... food...) to ask whether you've ever tried Hunan food? Instead of the spicy + numbing you get with Sichuan food, Hunan food is spicier + very smoky. From what I've sampled so far, there are a lot of very spicy cured meats & some chili peppers processed in ways unique to the region.

    I love that eyeshadow placement on you. You are stunning! :D

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    1. :D best of reasons! Welcome!
      I've tried some Hunan food (though not in the actual province so dunno about authenticity) and it is indeed to my taste :D I like the way they include beans in various fermented and fried forms as sauce bases too.

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    2. :D Sorry for the late reply, but I just took a second look at those food pics, &... are those GREEN sheng jian bao? Are Taiwanese sheng jian bao less full of soup than Shanghainese ones?

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    3. xiao long bao, my dear, and YES!! Both the dough and the soup are infused with oolong tea -- so rich and moorish <3
      I'm not savvy enough to tell much of a difference between Shanghainese and Taiwanese ones, or maybe it's just because I hoover them up too quickly to taste much :D

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    4. Ermmmm yes, let's pretend I didn't respond to you during a bout of insomnia and said xiao long bao, shall we? :D

      That sounds AMAZING! And now I am starving. Oolong tea is my favourite.

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  20. omg i love spicy thai food and thing u posted looks delicious !
    u need a intagram so that u can spam my feed !! kate kate kate kate kate kate lol
    I SERIOUS !

    FYI its 3 am ... im sleepy but Im sitting infront of fire and my d&g blushes * hold me ?*
    -_-

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    1. LOOOOOL *belated holdings*
      But no, srsly, you+me+instagram = BROKEN INTERNETS!

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  21. Ahhh, did you go to TPE again?? JELLY CRELLY!! What or who do I have to sacrifice to get you on Twitter or Instagram? D:

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    1. Maaaaybe :D I got to walk around without melting this time!

      no times :( Sacrifice precious minutes!

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  22. Ahhh, Kate. You always give me that warm and fuzzy feeling on your Sunday Sundries series...Down here in Texas it actually got cold enough to need knitwear (last year I was wearing sleeveless during Christmas holiday) and I got on my ass and hauled some yarn, needles and pattern (I am cheap so I only bought one off Ravelry...so far) and now I just found out that, I suck at reading/following written pattern.

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    1. Aww, I love posting sundry spam!
      I'm so excited you're starting to knit. Have you tried a pattern with a chart? Many people prefer those. Japanese patterns in particular involve almost 0 words but a language of symbols so you get an overview of where you are and where you're headed at all times.

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  23. I just don't understand how your life can be unbeautiful! *squishes tightly*

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    1. I get very sulky when torn from my frivolous bonbon-strewn couch.

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