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dress up your macbook: a list of great decals!

I’m really deeply in love with my Macbook Pro, and ever since I bought it a month ago I’ve been playing with it and tweaking its look. ;) So I bought this really awesome decal online (a Snow White one) and am now eagerly awaiting its arrival!

I’ve also been adjusting the icons on my laptop with some awesome icon sets; apparently it’s simply a matter of cutting-and-pasting to replace folder icons. I’ve got this rather cool armchair with Apple pillow as my Macintosh HD icon. I’m still not too sure how to adjust dock icons manually, but I’ll hopefully figure it out soon. I also love that the size of the icons in Snow Leopard can be adjusted up to 512px! Seriously!! Though I do rather doubt I would ever go that extreme on the size; I keep it at 128×128.

Plus I’ve been downloading loads of freeware (like widgets / NeoOffice / VLC Player / Adium); do check out this site for a great listing of open source software - I do wonder how good the Photoshop alternative Gimp is? Might try it out soon. And of course, there is this old but still relevant post with an interesting list of cool things you can do on your Mac (that you might not know about). Do also visit this great site - it’s one of my favorites to download wallpapers.

Some interesting sites to check out up there (I might have gotten a bit carried away), but before I get even more technical/geeky, I’ll stop and get back to my point: the really awesome macbook decals I never knew were available out there. Check them out!

I <3 Apple Pie decal @ moviemagicman

Batman Gotham City Decal ($12.99) @ lildecalshoppe

Your own little Apple trash cleaner; Wall-E holding Apple decal ($12.99) @ lildecalshoppe

One of my favorite games as a child reinvented as a decal - the Whack an Apple decal ($12.99) @ lildecalshoppe

The wicked witch holding the archetypal poisonous Apple decal ($12.99) @ lildecalshoppe

Snow White’s Revenge decal ($12.99) @ lildecalshoppe (MINE! Can’t wait ’til it arrives <3)

Apple trash talk! Your PC Sucks decal ($5) @ moviemagicman (this one made me LOL)

Awesome tetris decal ($10) @ moviemagicman

The Wizard of Oz Decal ($10) @ thatstickerguy

Another version of the lovely Snow White decal ($15) @ coolandkawaii. This store also does personalizations from ANY IMAGE; really tempted to stick my own pic on my laptop ;)

Have your apple & eat it too with this great decal ($24) @ coolandkawaii

Penguins, a melting apple and global warming. Make a statement with this cool decal ($15) @ coolandkawaii

This isn’t strictly a Macbook decal, but it’s oh-so-cute, don’t you think? Love is Vinyl decal ($17.99) @ coolandkawaii

That’s it for my list. I’m sure there’s tons more out there as well that I’ve not mentioned, but these are some of my personal favorites, though I went with that Snow White one in the end! Did you know that President Obama also has a decal on his Macbook Pro? Yes, he really does — a Pacman one! You can buy it here and see his laptop here!

link love: food + fashion = a delicious mix

Phew — things have been crazily busy for a while. I’ve had absolutely no time to do a blog entry! So, here is my back-up entry style (which all of you should know well by now) — a round up of some of my favorite links that I’ve bookmarked in the past ten days or so! :D This entry is a fantastic and delicious concoction of two yummy life staples: fashion and food.

First up we’ve got this list of weird ice cream flavors. Personally, the strangest ice cream flavor I’ve ever tried is garlic — at the Garlic Restaurant at the Esplanade. I actually rather liked it though I don’t think it would ever be my first flavor of choice. I’d be interested to try some in this listing as well, like the mash cone and the pizza flavored ice cream, as well as the wasabi flavored ice cream I’ve seen around (but have yet to try).

Or maybe I should just buy an ice cream maker and start making my own novel flavors. I can think of some pretty weird ones like salmon teriyaki or caesar salad, though I don’t know how they would turn out. ;)   Or I could go even weirder and incorporate flavors like booger and ear wax a la Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (in Harry Potter).

Second, in the spirit of my new ice cream making ambition, I would love to attend Gelato University. Gelato is one of the most delicious types of ice cream in existence (in my opinion). I’d surely love to be able to create it myself!

Third, a Japanese chef recently came up with an Obama sushi platter! Ken Kawasumi’s Obama rolls bear an amazing likeness to the President himself. Wow! I really wonder how he so carefully created the rolls.

Fourth, find out which colors suit your skin type. This amazingly detailed post at College Fashion helps you to understand your own coloring better and from this starting point how to dress best to flatter it. Really helpful for those who are unsure of what colors suit them best.

Fifth, I just came across some of these images from Hong Kong Fashion Week, which was on earlier this year. The Spring/Summer 2010 Collection had some novel and interesting fashion creations in alien-like and futuristic styles. Definitely not wearable, but certainly avante garde.

Sixth, for those of you who love Michelle Obama’s style, do check out Mrs O: The Face of Fashion Democracy (by Mary Tomer). The book follows the First Lady’s fashion and style from her wedding through her journey to the White House. There are exclusive interviews with some of her favorite designers and lots of hidden gems in the form of rarely-seen photographs. A must read for those who love her fashion! Btw, do also look out for a blog post soon about Mrs. Obama’s inspirational fashion sense.

That’s all for today. Things seem to be quietening down so with luck I’ll have a more substantial entry to share soon! :D

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sue on November 4th 2009 in link love, random musings, food

link love ~ for the geek in all of us

A round up of some fantastic geek-y stuff from ’round the web! It’s a selection of the weird and wonderful for you to peruse and enjoy.

First up, we have some lovely Star Wars-esque trivia and pictures in the form of a photographic essay entitled What Stormtroopers Do On Their Day Off. Stormtroopers are the army of the Galactic Empire, for the Star Wars uninitiated. This photo essay is really rather cute (seems wrong to call Stormtroopers cute somehow), but honestly I find the pictures rather adorable in a somewhat nerdy way ;) . Though a few are sadistically creepy as well — like the giant syringe being injected into Piglet.  You can also brush up your rusty knowledge of this epic classic at the Wookieepedia (the Star Wars wiki)!

Second, we have this personalized foosball table. Make your friends and family the players on this unique table! All you have to do is provide the company with pictures of the people you would like featured and they will digitally create 3-D sculptures of them. I would absolutely love to get one of these for my birthday — I kind of fear the cost though which is available only on request.

Third, have a song stuck in your head that you just can’t remember the name of? Then midomi is the site for you; simply sing or hum at least 10 seconds of a song and the engine will help you to match it up to the real song. I’ve yet to try it out to see how well it works but it’s certainly a novel concept.

Fourth, impress your geeky friend by gifting him or her with a personalized novel! Choose from out-of-copyright novels like Pride & Prejudice or Frankenstein and replace the main character’s name with your own or a friend’s. A really personal and unusual gift to receive.

Fifth, get the latest Star Trek film on a limited edition 4GB Starfleet insignia flash drive. I’m a big fan of the Star Trek series and movies and would just love this flash drive to “boldly store what no woman has stored before”. I love it! Owning it would totally make me feel like I was part of the crew; all I’d be missing would be the jumpsuit ;) .

Sixth, return back to those games we used to play in school, together with Neil Gaiman who wrote a “twinteractive” story together with his fans. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this audio-book once it is compiled. Certainly a novel use of social media by Gaiman, who I just love btw, especially Stardust! You can read the unedited version of the “story” under the tag #bbcawdio @twitter.

Seventh, Google Wave! That is almost enough said right there because naturally the web has been all abuzz about this all-new synchronous email client. Waves are constantly changing and everything is real-time; it almost seems like a Wave merges IM and email together into one entity. As we take more and more steps forward to even greater collaboration and integration, I wonder if we will someday create a larger consciousness for all of us to share our minds together — a collective mind, if you will. Like the Borg in Star Trek: “We are the Borg. We will assimilate you!” ;) A scary thought right there, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to try out Google Wave; I’ve signed up for an invite and hopefully will be receiving one soon — of course if anyone wants to share I’ll be up for it as well!

Eighth, in a lovely merger of beauty and technology, Dell laptops will soon come in OPI nail colors like “Kyoto Pearl” and “Strawberry Margarita”. A beautiful sight indeed, almost makes me want to switchover from my Mac — just imagine having your nails done in a color to match your laptop. Awesome!

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sue on October 14th 2009 in link love, random musings, technology

some link love~

Hello! Apologies for the lack of updates. Things have been busy busy busy. :) And this is going to be a link based update — my ultimate lazy backup entry style.

First up So[phis]tiX has been reviewed at Street Inspiration — a lovely German based blog. I’m loving the photos of our items on the site! Looking really great.

Secondly, is it okay to steal from hotels? This article takes a closer look at some of the items that people have stolen and what’s okay to take and what isn’t. An interesting read.

Third, believe it or not — Jimmy Choos are to be sold at H&M! It looks like they would be priced around $50 or under — which is around a tenth of what they currently retail at. Wow. Now everyone can own a pair of Jimmy Choos, but will this just totally ruin the exclusivity of a high-end brand?

Fourth, a look at how the psychology of food has influenced us to eat. In The End of Overeating, Dr David Kessler examines how food-makers have been able to convince us to eat. It is a delicate balance of flavors and feelings that has been perfected over many years to create a self-fulfilling feedback loop. Seems like a fascinating book — I might just read it!

Fifth, an Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton! Oooh looks really nice. Johnny Depp will be the Mad Hatter and he is just plain awesome. Can’t wait to watch this one — scheduled to release on March 5 2010.

Sixth, 500 absolutely useless facts. Did you know that 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321? No? Well, neither did I! But now I do, along with another whole host of useless info, not that I actually managed to read the whole list!

Seventh, the s’moreo! It’s a s’more reinvented with an oreo exterior. Absolutely unbelievable. Needs to be tried out ASAP.

That’s all for now! :)

saturday link-y love~

Your weekly round up of randomness around the web!

First up, we have So[phis]tiX reviewed @ wottoncool blog. Check out the entry here, and also the feature on Fash-Eccentric here.

Second, do check out the Atlas Obscura for random and unusual places to visit around the globe! Don’t miss places like The Cockroach Hall of Fame (in Plano, Texas), with live hissing cockroaches and cockroach celebrities like David Letteroach — seems a bit like Joe’s Apartment but more, well, real.

Third, photographer Dina Goldstein, imagines what it would be like if fairy tales were given a more real context in The Fallen Princesses series. A great series to reimagine that slightly unreal world of the fairy tale. A modern day twist on the Grimm Brothers’ original (not-so-happily-ever-after) tales.

Fourth, fancy a ride through shoes river? Check out this fascinating blog post at Life in Travel, entitled Traveling Through Shoes River. Be warned this post can (and probably will) cause major shoe lust to all young women of a certain age. :)

Fifth, rubber-like protection that every girl needs to keep with her at all times. Sure you know what I’m going to say next? Probably not. It’s the Shuella — an umbrella for your shoes. Protect your favorite shoes against the vagaries of weather. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, leave home without it!

Sixth, check out some great Japanese street fashion at FASHION JAPAN. I just love Japanese fashion and culture and food and the language too (I learnt it in high school!) Rather inspirational style-wise.

Finally, last but not least, check out Dear Grandpa, Here’s a Printout of My Facebook Updates, an article at time.com:

…companies like Sunnygram, Presto and Celery are turning e-mails into faxs, phone messages or stamped letters — media senior citizens already understand — so that users can keep in touch on their own terms….

Would you allow these services so much leeway into your private accounts to send Twitter & Facebook updates to your loved ones? Or photos of your latest vacation to be printed out on the fax machine at your grandma’s house? A novel idea, I  must say. But somehow it just seems to make our lives all the more impersonal — removing any kind of human touch from our communications with our family. Though I suppose it is better then not keeping in touch at all!

That’s all for today. :)

19 signs that you are a Photoshop (or design) addict

Taken from here and there. Some are original as well. :) Enjoy the list!!

  1. You have a specific workspace (or spaces) that you have developed and labeled in Photoshop. For ease of use you know.
  2. You recognize the difference between Tahoma and Arial with a glance.
  3. You download brushes, plugins and filters in your free time.
  4. You look for Photoshop tutorials when you can’t find any good brushes, plugins or filters.
  5. You see the world in its True Colors: just like Cyndi Lauper, but with a twist — RGB or CMYK depending on if you are in a digital or print mood.
  6. You know off the top of your head that A4 is 2480 x 3408 pixels.
  7. Magic wand? Pssh. You know how to use the pen tool to far better effect than that old beginner’s tool!
  8. You get annoyed when using Photoshop on computers other than your own because you just can’t remember how you configured yours to such optimum usage. Totally cramps your style.
  9. You just have to open up each of your 1000s of photos in Photoshop in order to adjust that tiniest bit of brightness/contrast.
  10. When you take a photo on your digicam, you immediately scan it to see what might need to be removed or added.
  11. You constantly look in the mirror and wish you could use your mouse to remove that pesky pimple on your forehead. A bit of work to widen your eyes as well. And maybe remove that double chin. Add some gloss and highlights to your hair since you’re at it already, and slim down the abs. Perfect.
  12. You look in the mirror sometimes and wonder how you became so ugly when you look so hot in your Facebook profile picture.
  13. You have been accused of partaking in Photoshop plastic surgery when you met your online boyfriend for the first time.
  14. You wish you could just delete that one layer out of your life. It would make things just perfect.
  15. You recognize (and name) the fonts you see in magazines and newspapers.
  16. You wish you could use the Blur tool to fuzz out the edges of some memories.
  17. You feel irritated when you see badly aligned poster and flyer design.
  18. You constantly wish for ctrl+z when you screw up at work or school.
  19. You try to match hex code colors when you see a pretty color. It would look really great in your next design after all.

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sue on June 11th 2009 in random musings, design, lists, jokes

icelandic fashion

I’ve always had this fascination with Iceland. It seems to me that it would be an absolutely amazing place to visit someday and thus it remains near the top of my ever-growing places to visit list. This island-nation is only populated in a small amount of its land area on the coasts. A lot of the land is ever-changing and growing with numerous geothermal hot-spots and volcanoes. It seems to me to be a really lovely country — a kind of fantasy on earth. It kind of resembles what I would think Middle Earth would look like (more than New Zealand!)

While researching online today I came across some really lovely Icelandic fashions from the label Spaksmannspjarir - meaning Wise Men’s Clothing. The beauty of the surroundings together with the romantically inspired outfits really made me want to visit the country more than ever!





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sue on June 10th 2009 in random musings, world fashion, travel

link-y love~

A round-up of some interesting posts and ideas from around the web.

First up, we have So[phis]tiX reviewed @ Fashion Cupcake blog. Check out the entry here. By the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, do take a look at Around The Blogosphere to see the many reviews of So[phis]tiX around the ‘net.

Second up, the current internet fad that seems to be on everyone’s lips and browsers: twitter! Do come follow So[phis]tiX on twitter to keep up to date on the latest happenings on the site (psst, you might even get a heads up on some secret sales!). And yes, come follow this blog with bloglovin’ as well!

Third, twitter yet again. Came across this interesting post today about what famous historical figures would’ve tweeted at here. My favorite? James Joyce’s. I can never forget having to read his A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in high school English. What a book!

James Joyce: 140 characters? A sentence of such fractured length would have barely begun to scratch at the surface of man’s vain, insignificant —
James Joyce: Damn.

He would have been totally too verbose for twitter!

Fourth, a fascinating list of some of the world’s strangest theme parks. I absolutely completely totally have to visit that Harry Potter themed one! So unique and I’m a pretty huge HP fan.

Fifth, don’t miss this lovely Barbie foosball table. Now if only this had been available for sale when I was a child. I would’ve loved it. No, wait, I still love it now @ (almost) 24 (birthday next week btw!).. ;) I mean a pink foosball table? What’s not to love in that?

Sixth, who said food and fashion don’t mix? Check out Kate Perry’s totally awesome sushi outfit. Yummy!

Seventh, coffee filters as material for a prom dress? Talk about true caffeine love — mine is nothing by comparison. Human creativity knows no bounds; check it out at here.

Eighth, this topic is absolutely all over the web, but as a dedicated Apple fan, I must also mention it as it is the hot news of the day. One phone to rule them all - the new iphone! Hail, O Great One (I like this title). It has some awesome new features. Think it is time I finally bought myself one as I’ve been planning for ages; five years is far too long to be using the same phone (yes, seriously!). Had this convo with P about it the other day while out at the mall.

P: Oooh, pretty background. Want me to take a pic of you??
Moi: Sure! (runs to strike a pose within 5 seconds flat)
P: Umm, I don’t have my phone. Pass me yours? Or do you have your camera?
Moi: (pose drops, face falls) Never mind then.
P: WHAT? Your phone can’t take photos?!

Just for the record, my phone does have the capability to take photos. They are just really bad photos because it is an early camera-enabled model. Plus it has no bluetooth (only infra-red connection) so I have no way of getting the pics onto my bluetooth-only enabled laptop. What a dilemma!

And last, but not least, I came across this rather fascinating blog the other day. Love the style. Very inspiring.