DIY (2) Long skirt short and asymmetrical

(This photo is from Free People Catalog)

I got this skirt from Free people on sale for $29.99 instead of the original price $79.99.

It’s sheer, flowy, and pretty; however, it is too LONG for a petite girl like me(I’m only 5’1).

So I decided to alter it to make it fit.

I lifted the front of the skirt, and pinned it as you can see. By lifting the skirt,

it give the skirt an asymmetrical look. Since the skirt is sheer, the lifted skirt

part was doubled (laying on top of each other), so it made the front of the skirt less sheer,

so front the front, they can no longer see the shorts you are wearing under. It also shows

some of your legs, and the skirt still flows nicely from the back.

After that, I sew the shirt by my singer sewing machine, and removed the pins.

Please see the final result below. So for $29.99, you get a unique look skirt, that you

can pair with a cropped top, or a oversized cropped tee.

The top I am wearing.

Photos are all taken by me except for the first one from free people catalog.

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DIY (1)

I have got these boots a while back from Urban Outfitters. They are super comfortable,

but I have never worn out once. There is something missing…

Maybe they are too plain, so I decided to embellish them and give them more personality.

I found these lace and cut them equally into four pieces.

(Lace was actually used to tie a group of panties I bought from Free people, that I didn’t throw away.)

So I used glue gun to glue the lace along the edge of shoe lace to give it a more girly look, not as boring.

The reason I used glue gun instead of super glue is, once I don’t like the lace anymore,

I can easily peel it off without hurting the boots.

I hope you like the way they turned out! I will def wear those out one day.

Hope I have inspired you to style your old pair of shoes, and rock them again!

This is green and saves us money. 🙂

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Lace up

I love lace. Lace is so mysterious, feminine and sexy! I love how you could see through a little, but cannot see it all, now That is sexy!

I have found this lovely Faithful Lace Dress in black color from Nasty Gal, an online boutique store. Nasty gal is found in 2006, they have a great collection of vintage clothes and new trendy desirable clothes. Their style is edgy, young, rebellious, sexy and urban.

Here is the dress from the front and the back. Photos taken by me.

You can have different color of slip under or only bra and panties to give it different looks. It’s very versatile. The slip I chose was from Free People Printed Chiffon Petal Slip for right now only $29.99. When I got the slip a week ago on sale it was still $49.99. If you want something fun and flirty, I would recommend you to act quickly and get this slip.

The black lace dress is $58 from Nasty gal. There is a similar looking  Gypsy Lace Dress from Free People for $128. As you can see the Gypsy lace dress is more refined, and a better fit to body which shows your curves, as oppose to, the Nasty gal black lace dress is much looser. However, $58 for the black lace dress is great price for it, and I may alter it to make it slimmer and fit me better.

The ultimate Lace dress I really want is Priscilla Open Back Lace Bodycon Dress from Free People for $268, however, it is out of my price range unfortunately. If you have the money, and love lace, I would recommend you to get it while it lasts. It’s just so gorgeous in so many ways. I love the fit of the dress, the loose sleeves and the gorgeous back of it. It absolutely shows your lovely curves, perfect for a girl with smaller breasts, so you could go braless and pull it off. 

Next NQ Style entry, I will talk about some color.


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NQ Style Statement

I think clothing is a way of me expressing myself.

I’m not a put-on-any-clothes-and get going type of girl. My appearance is a part of me. Lets be honest, you can call me vain, but before you start talking, people do judge you by your appearance, and a good first impression is in your hand to make. I’d like to represent myself as a young lady who is fresh, refined, creative and sometimes has a little spice.  My choice of clothing of the day tells my mood of the day.

In my opinion, fashion is a statement. You don’t have to follow the trend, but you can create your own sense of style, and try to make it unique and speak for you and your personality. I get complements on my outfit all the time, so I would love to share my sense of style with you all. I love nice clothes. Some are expensive, some are on sale. You decide what’s worth, and what is not. The most important thing is to be yourself, and dress whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful. It is your life, and it’s important how you feel about yourself.

Let your clothes and fashion sense leverage you, not drown yourself. I do alter my clothes to fit the way I want them to. However we need to separate Oversize from Baggy…

Fashion/Style/Song’s Style/NQ Style


Love, Nikki Qiao

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