Tricky Two

Remember my neon-love post few weeks back? Well, I’ve made my first steps in fluoroscopic living: reviving plain vanilla Oxford flats into two-toned neon extravaganza — with matching hot pink laces.

Two-toned Oxford flats #DIY

It only takes a mere 5ml Depend’s #161 nail polish, available at your local pharmacy, and some plain Oxford looking flats. I got mine for a bargain on sale at Top Shop earlier this summer.

I masked the contours of the shoe with clear tape (with minimum adhesive so it wouldn’t tear up the fake suede when I’d finally take it off). Then I filled in the blank with my mini nail-brush. The ‘hard labor’ only took a few minutes, however some extra time was needed for the nail polish to set, in order to get more out of the bottle.

Tip: If you’re running seriously low on nail polish, with very little left to paint — you can eke out more out of your nail polish by adding a small drop of nail polish remover; that releases the polish from the sides of bottle. There will be a slight color disfiguration, however in small amounts it’s barely noticeable.


Collar me Kubrick

Necks to know

I’ve been slightly obsessed with distinct collars lately. Mostly stand-alone.

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Bird Gerhl

I just love birds. When I was a little girl I kept a couple of parakeets. Boy, oh boy, the mess they made. Hence, in the future, pragmatic Helga is going to do what her grandmother and auntie do, keep a fully stocked bird seeder — or god-willing an adorable bird house(s) — in her garden (or for the time being, her mother’s garden).

Here are some over-the-top extravagant bird sanctuaries I’ve come across on my new-favorite website pinterest.

Like birds of feather, all colours flock together

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On A Neck, On A Spit

I do love big statement necklaces. However, I’m a cheapskate and I’m a sucker for DIY crafts; which has lead to several Holy-creations these past few years.

Last summer I started a replica of Hring-eftir-hring necklace in FIMO. I’ve made about 3-4 flowers, I’ve still got very long to go if it’s going to resemble anything to the necklace depicted above (FYI: suggested retail price is 36.900ISK — not struggling-student friendly). Learning from my mistakes, I’m therefore thinking about taking on a slightly easier knock-off project.

Here are some examples of what I could do in a course of an evening… lets make that two… Read More…

Neon Indian

Neon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
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Stillness in the move

My summer is very non-fixed, however I’ve started planning my autumn to the t. Sometime near the end of the year I intend to graduate (*knock-on-wood*). My stipend finishes in September, hopefully not long after will I be ready to defend my little baby. It’s slowly taking proper from, but all in all I should be able to meet my absolute final deadline; December seventh (this year!).

Moreover, Iceland Airwaves announced that Dirty Projectors, one of my top played artists, are headlining this year. Hence there was no need postponing it, I’ve acquired my tickets for a mere 14,500 ISK (with my saga-club coupon). I’m a bit frustrated for having missed the early-bird special, if my googling is correct it expired only 7 days prior my procurement. Ah well, at least I got some money off for being so excessively early.

Most notably about my upcoming fall is that I’m going to attend Warsha’s (a fellow PhD student/sufferer) a three day Indian wedding in Fiji (her native country) the first weekend in October*. My mom is most definitely accompanying me. She’s ever so excited, and already bragging off to her friends even though the exact dates and particulars have not yet been finalized. Most of the wedding party will be going Iceland via Denver (overnight) via Los Angeles via Fiji (read: a really long layovers) for ca. 230K ISK. Árni Heimir however suggested that I should rather take a round-the-world flight for ca. 225K ISK (+flights to the UK). Very, very tempting.

The route I’m thinking about taking is the following:

UK → Fiji → New Zealand → Australia (and get flights within Australia from £40) → Jo’burg → UK.

Our brief trip around the world would most probably take 3-4 weeks. A time which I intend to have my PhD manuscript under review.

Round the World in 3-4 weeks

Round the World in 3-4 weeks

*FYI Iceland Airwaves was pushed back to October 31st-November 4th.

Update July 18th: Jo’burg is out (apparently it is a very dangerous city) and Hong Kong is in! Ah, LA also is in prior to the Fiji wedding. For a total of four weeks of globetrotting — mostly in Oceania.


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