The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

DIY Project: Chart Your Travels

Here’s an affordable way to log your travels. All you need is a corkboard (but I used a styrofoam that cost PHP50/$2), a world map, glue and a bunch of pins. A colored push pin will do but I’ve decided to use flag lapel pins that I purchased from their respective countries (except for England, but that’s where I bought my vintage map!) to give that authentic look. :)

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • How To: Re-Design Your Space
Living alone made me realise how tough it is to maintain a clean, spacious and personalised room. But lucky for me, I learned a few tricks from the best (aka my mother).
In an effort to be prepared for future surprise visits -(I definitely don’t want my mom to see the mess I’ve made!) – and to make the room a little more inviting – I decided to do some re-designing. A quick look at a few of my style influencers, lead me to my latest bookmark that is LuxDeco.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the Net-a-Porter for home design’, the website is intuitive and the pieces are sophisticated. In all, I found the site section really helpful in creating the look I wanted, but also the LuxDeco magazine which can teach even the most astute home furnisher a thing or two about style.
Here are a few tips for anyone wanting to create a bedroom you’ll want to sleep in too:[[MORE]]
Pick a Theme
Contrasting patterns and rich colours create a moody atmosphere; imported accessories and bright hues can create an exotic ambiance for your guests. Decide how you would like your guests to feel and start there, but beware of making it too masculine or too feminine – neutrality is best. 

Get to Bed
You want to be able to promote a good night’s sleep, and a comfortable bed is inherently cosy. A statement headboard can be very chic and bring your theme to life. Sumptuous silk, luxury bedding, and plenty of throw pillows will make your guests feel like royalty. Provide an abundance of these items to allow for a bespoke sleeping arrangement. 

Remember: it’s all in the details
Feel pampered in your own home. Leave soft cotton towels and cushy robe; a nice throw, artwork and fresh flowers keep the room from feeling impersonal.

Go Above and Beyond
Be functional but stylish! Buy products that exceeds the expectation. Like get tri-time clock or a luxurious lap tray.

There you have it, a few tips and tricks on how to make your space neat, functional and stylish. And don’t forget to check out LuxDeco Magazine for more inspiration for other home spaces. 

How To: Re-Design Your Space

Living alone made me realise how tough it is to maintain a clean, spacious and personalised room. But lucky for me, I learned a few tricks from the best (aka my mother).

In an effort to be prepared for future surprise visits -(I definitely don’t want my mom to see the mess I’ve made!) – and to make the room a little more inviting – I decided to do some re-designing. A quick look at a few of my style influencers, lead me to my latest bookmark that is LuxDeco.

Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the Net-a-Porter for home design’, the website is intuitive and the pieces are sophisticated. In all, I found the site section really helpful in creating the look I wanted, but also the LuxDeco magazine which can teach even the most astute home furnisher a thing or two about style.

Here are a few tips for anyone wanting to create a bedroom you’ll want to sleep in too:

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • {DIY Thursday} 10 Quick Beauty Fixes
For some people, their beauty regime can be seen as a bit of a chore and often very time consuming, but there are plenty of tips and tricks to help make you spend your time beautifying yourself much more efficiently. Whether it’s a bad hair day, you’ve woken up late, or nightmare skin issues, a quick fix is almost always needed! Here are 10 useful tips and tricks to help save you time.
[[MORE]]1. The fastest way to dry nail polish
After each coat of nail varnish, let your nails dry for two minutes in the open air and then plunge them into a bowl of ice water for three minutes. The thermal shock helps harden the varnish much faster. Another option is to use cold air from your hair dryer.
2. The fastest way to remove redness on the face
Start by placing a wet towel on the back of your neck to lower your body temperature. This process helps to constrict blood vessels and numb the nerve endings. If you do not have a towel, simply splash your face and neck with cold water or spray.
3. The fastest way to relieve tired eyes
Wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a thin towel and place it over your eyes for 10 minutes. The cold effect stimulates circulation under the eyes, which helps to reduce fluid retention. If you think this might be a little too cold for your skin, use a flannel soaked in cool chamomile tea which has anti-inflammatory properties. To prevent congestion of the eyes after a late night or very salty meal, make sure you drink lots of water before you go to bed!
4. The best way to reduce your shaving time
Laser hair removal is incredibly popular at the moment and with permanent results guaranteed, you’ll have to invest a little time now with the hair removal sessions, but will save so much time and money in the future. Just think how much you spend on razors and waxing now. Tria Beauty have their own laser you can use in your own home and works in just three months!
5. The best way to fix a broken nail
It’s not uncommon to accidentally break a nail or two but when it happens, it can be extremely frustrating. But you can easily repair it with the material of a tea bag, sort of like Papier-mâché. Simply cut a piece of tea bag (it should be large enough to cover the entire tear), and apply a little glue nail and to support the break. Complete by adding two layers of nail polish, and a top coat to finish. Take a look at this video to see it in action -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0y-R_1qq7M
6. The best way to fix an unfortunate fake tan mishap
Soak a cotton wool ball with lemon juice and brush the streaky tanned area to help unify your colour: citric acid lightens the skin by acting as a natural exfoliate. If you don’t have a lemon handy, moisten the area and massage it with baking soda. Like lemon, it will remove the top layer of dead skin cells and any colour soaked into the skin. To help get a more natural all over tan colour, mix your fake tan with your body moisturiser and apply the mixture as usual.
7. The best way to hide a bad hair cut
It’s hard to cover up something that has gone terribly wrong but you can start by washing your hair immediately after leaving the hairdresser and style your hair yourself. This might help. Slightly! For the next few weeks, you might have to rely on the use of accessories such as headbands, clips and hair grips to hide the style disaster! In this situation, do not hesitate to complain immediately to the head of the salon and ask if you can have another hairstylist try and fix your style for free.
8. The fastest way to dry hair
After rubbing your hair and giving it a good towel dry, apply a styler such as the Lee Stafford “Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Wonder Spray”. These prevent your hair from absorbing any more water. Then flip your head and start to blow-dry the lower layers of your hair first. Once this is done, use a brush to help dry and smooth the top layers. This technique is said to reduce drying time by one third saving valuable time and energy in the mornings, which means more time in bed!
9. The best way to cover gray hair
Finding that first grey hair can be a daunting experience but if you’ve only got a few greys coming through and you’ve got dark hair, keep waterproof mascara handy for instant cover up. Flat hair is also a way to highlight grey hairs on lighter hair colours so always keep a volumising spray to hand and give your hair a lift.
10. The best way to erase the traces of the pillow face
Waking up late is always a nightmare and it easy to hide the dark eyes and throw on a bit of makeup but having pillow lines across your face is a bit harder to hide. The trick is to wash your face with warm water to thin the blood and then use a moisturiser to smooth the skin. If this is a common problem, try using a satin pillowcase rather than cotton one. 

{DIY Thursday} 10 Quick Beauty Fixes

For some people, their beauty regime can be seen as a bit of a chore and often very time consuming, but there are plenty of tips and tricks to help make you spend your time beautifying yourself much more efficiently. Whether it’s a bad hair day, you’ve woken up late, or nightmare skin issues, a quick fix is almost always needed! Here are 10 useful tips and tricks to help save you time.

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • #DIYThursday: Mermaid iPhone Case
This is not a DIY project made from scratch. We saw this mermaid 4/4S iPhone case in Hong Kong and because the seller didn’t have the same design for iPhone 5, my mother convinced me to get the case and just transfer it to a clear/transparent case. And lucky for me, I was able to snag a free transparent case. So, all in all, I only paid for the original case which was worth PHP300+ only. 
It’s pretty easy to design your own iPhone case. All you need is a plain, preferably a transparent case (You can order online at CFYG, just mention my name when ordering), a glue gun and your design/materials. For a more visual approach, check out this tutorial. Enjoy! 

#DIYThursday: Mermaid iPhone Case

This is not a DIY project made from scratch. We saw this mermaid 4/4S iPhone case in Hong Kong and because the seller didn’t have the same design for iPhone 5, my mother convinced me to get the case and just transfer it to a clear/transparent case. And lucky for me, I was able to snag a free transparent case. So, all in all, I only paid for the original case which was worth PHP300+ only. 

It’s pretty easy to design your own iPhone case. All you need is a plain, preferably a transparent case (You can order online at CFYG, just mention my name when ordering), a glue gun and your design/materials. For a more visual approach, check out this tutorial. Enjoy!