Amezaiku - Ancient Japanese Lolly Art

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Because I want to present all things cool on Fashion Blender PLUS my interest in Japanese culture - I an writing a quick post on these amazing sugar creations by Shinri Tezuka.

Amezaiku is the art of Japanese candy craft. An artist takes multi-colored sugar and, using their hands and other tools like tweezers and scissors, creates a tiny sugar sculpture. Amezaiku artists paint their sculpted sugar pieces with edible dyes to give the finished work more character. Animals and insects are common because Amezaiku appeals to younger children. Apparently the art of Amezaiku was imported from China and was probably first used in Japan for candy offerings made at temples in Kyoto.

Shiner Tezuka is one of only a handful of remaining Amezaiku practitioners in Japan. The photos below are of one of the sugar fish he created during Tokyo Design Week at Wanted Design, New York. 

Tezuka starts with starchy syrup recipe that he checks regularly to make sure it has the proper consistency and appearance. He kneads sugar and 'pulls' it by hand and then forms a ball, which is then reheated to make it pliable again. Whilst it is reheating Tezuka pinches and sculpts the sugar, then quickly rolls and mounts it on a stick. Finally he starts shaping the sugar into a form. Since the sugar cools rapidly Amezaiku must create their forms quickly. You can Tezuka painting his fish using edible dyes in photo 3 below.

Have you seen this marvellous candy art before? Have you ever tried eating one before? I would be a bit sad to eat mine I think! Comment at the end of the post!

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

Candy Craft by Shinri Tezuka

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Injecting Colour into Your Casual Winter Wardrobe

Do It Yourself! on a Budget

BRRRRRRR it's getting colder here in Sydney! Therefore I feel like I need to start showing ideas for creating chic warmer outfits on Fashion Blender. So, welcome to my next outfit post which features my Blue Classic Burberry coat that I bought while I was in Shanghai attending one of their events.

This Burberry coat is what you call a boyfriend coat. So with that in mind I decided to dress it down for weekend wear and show my lovely readers how chic they can look whilst being comfortable. There is nothing worse than running around busy on the weekend and having sore feet AND/OR being cold. I have paired my Burberry blue boyfriend coat with my white Bassike top which you can PURCHASE HERE and a great pair of VINCE Leather track pants. Now you may remember these track pants suggested in a previous post? VINCE leather pants are quite expensive - however since I am always looking for a bargain on quality classic pieces that will last me a life time... I got mine on eBay. CHECK THEM OUT HERE.

Quite a few people have commented on my white ACNE STUDIOS Sneakers too. You can get the look for a fraction of the cost by searching for white sneakers on SHOPSTYLE.

The main purpose of this outfit post was to show you that you can find some great colourful warm options for your casual winter wardrobe. Head to the end of this post for my QUALITY wool coat picks for keeping you warm. They are discounted heavily, which is one of the huge bonuses to living in Australia. We can buy coats when they are on sale. Every coat that I have picked is a great one - remember the Fashion Blender mantra of buying classic quality items that will last you season to season? That by no means means boring though! CHECK THEM OUT!

Which coat in the Do It Yourself! on a Budget section do you like? Have you heard of the brands Clemens En August or Preen by Thornton Bregazzi? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Burberry Classic Blue Coat

Burberry Classic Blue Coat

Burberry Classic Blue Coat

Burberry Classic Blue Coat

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm

VINCE Leather Track Pants, Bought on eBay at a discount

VINCE Leather Track Pants, Bought on eBay at a discount

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Sneakers, Fur Bag Charm

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Sneakers, Fur Bag Charm

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm, Chanel Bag

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm, Chanel Bag

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm, Chanel Bag, VINCE Leather Track Pants

DETAILS: Burberry Classic Blue Coat, Fur Bag Charm, Chanel Bag, VINCE Leather Track Pants

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

Burberry Classic Blue Coat, VINCE Leather Track Pants, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

Do It Yourself! On a Budget

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Dior Backstage Headset

So You Want to see Backstage?

I hope you are all well? Just a quick thank you to everyone who has filled in the Fashion Blender survey so far. Don't fret if you haven't - it is still open and I would love to hear your thoughts on buying habits, blog reading and what you think of Fashion Blender. Particularly if you would like me to improve anything. 

Let's move onto the main topic for the post today - Dior's Virtual Reality Headset, Dior Eyes. I have not used a virtual reality device much as I get too sick. The closest I have come to using something like this regularly is my 3D television and 3D glasses to watch 3D movies. I wonder if you can get used to a virtual reality experience?

The Dior Eyes headset is said to be a virtual reality experience which includes integrated headphones, giving the user complete uncut access to Dior’s backstage fashion week shows. The actual headset is not very different to Samsung, Sony and Oculus virtual reality offerings however gaining access to the backstage activities linked to a couture show is. Viewers will be able to see everything, from the hectic work of make-up artists, to the frequent wardrobe changes the models go through in order to create magic on the runway.

Firstly, I am not sure about whether we can call this backstage experience true virtual reality. Virtual Reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated life, replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagined worlds. Virtual reality can recreate sensory experiences, which include virtual taste, sight, smell, sound, and touch. If you check out the video below of Dior Eyes in action, the viewer can move their view of the backstage area while they wear the Dior headpiece with their head. Like a regular virtual reality experience really, however I wonder how far Dior will go to make it an immersive backstage tour. Will it simulate a physical presence in the Dior backstage area that will be enough to really make you think you are there? Will it include smell, sound and touch?

I also wonder what the turn over time from the actual runway show backstage experience to having a virtual backstage experience created of that Spring Summer 2015 show will be? Given that the magazines, blogs and people that attend are on their phones broadcasting Instagram photos, videos and then reviewing shows so quickly will the virtual reality backstage experience for a particular show be old news?

I would really like to try this technology out. I love the coverage that Burberry creates before, during and after their show. I have even found myself in their coverage. Having not been invited to a Dior show in Paris... yet... I would love to review Dior Eyes!

Have you tried a virtual reality headset out? What did you think of it? Did it make you sick? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, Backstage View

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, Backstage View

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, Sketch

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, Sketch

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, CAD Rendering

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, CAD Rendering

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, The Internal Workings

Dior Eyes, Virtual Headset, The Internal Workings

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Recreating that Chanel Paint Splatter Look

So it seems I am having a moment with big fun colourful patterns - you'll see in a few upcoming outfit posts by the way! This post totally relates to this fact, but also to the fact that some of my readers would like some cheaper shopping options on Fashion Blender. I just recently asked my readers what they thought of my blog in a survey. If you haven't answered it please answer it HERE. Thanks so much everyone!!

While I was hunting around for something to challenge myself with for my readers sake I found that the latest Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Splatter Print items had hit stores. If you remember, I wrote a Favourite Moments of Paris Fashion Week Post in which the Chanel Revolution Show featured? There was lots of press surrounding this show, but I am sure you all heard about that...

First off I have to say that I am in love with the Proenza Schouler black and white large pattern below. This coupled with the fact that the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Splatter Pattern items would be pretty easy to replicate got me thinking about creating my own paint splatter item. AND this would also mean I could create something that looked as good as those coveted Chanel pieces on a budget.

Lets look at the Chanel runway show below first. You can see in photo two and three below that Karl has included lots of clashing prints along with bright colours. This makes both these outfits quite bold - you can wear everything together to be daring OR like I will probably do - choose one item to feature. I want to take a bit of a break here to point out that in photo three, the model is dragging her expensive jacket on the ground! Its cuffs are all dirty. Oh the horror.

Fast forward to trying to find pictures of Chanel Paint Splatter items so I could recreate my own... There are like over 400 pages on purseforum dedicated to Chanel Espadrills!! I also found the prices for the Chanel Splatter bag and the Chanel Splatter shoes and decided that I would definitely make my own!

So. How am I going to do that? Painting leather shoes is pretty easy. First you need to prep leather by removing existing polish and coatings with acetone (NOT nail polish remover). Next you'll need to paint (OR SPLATTER) your leather shoes with acrylic paint specially designed for leather. Finally you'll need to seal your outstanding DIY job with an acrylic finisher for a gloss or matte finish.

- Buy your acetone at a hardware store.
- Angelus Leather Paint (link at bottom of post)
- Your chosen shoes
- Angelus Acrylic Finisher or Angelus Duller
- Protective clothing, newspapers to cover your surface, paintbrushes, cotton buds AND
- Your creative mind!

Next question I had was how to make my paint spatter? I suggest experimenting on paper first. You'll need to water down your paint and since every brand of paint is different no one paint to water formula will work. Another variable in the equation is you - you'll throw the paint around differently to your neighbour... (More on this when I actually create my DIY project). Generally, a coarse bristle brush or even a fan brush gives some nice results. I was even thinking of trying a drinking straw!

Keep your eyes on the blog to see my DIY project come to life in the following weeks.

Don't want to make your own? Check out the cool KENZO espadrilles I have handpicked for you below!

What do you think of DIY projects? Have you created something yourself? Do you like the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Paint Splatter look? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Proenza Schouler Pre Fall 2015 Monochrome Large Pattern

Proenza Schouler Pre Fall 2015 Monochrome Large Pattern

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Coloured Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Coloured Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag & Espadrilles In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag & Espadrilles In Boutiques Now

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