[Lifestyle] My Nametag Bag(s)

I always like to support local businesses in Thailand for a long time but disappointed with some of them. (For example, 42-size-high-heels i bought from the internet that hurt my feet like hell, so the little mermaid i understand you now or sneakers that made me look like Pinocchio!) I decided not to buy shoes or anything else from local shop anymore! But after i discovered a personalised bag shop called, “Nametag”. I changed my mind. I ordered a brown Gym Bag (Dimension: W50 cm.) with my name “Pannita” on it. The bag arrived after about 20 days. Although it’s a bit pricey, i found that the quality is great. I immediately used it for my 4 days trip to Taiwan. I found that it’s made to withstand abuse and quite durable. On the first day, i slept at the airport using this bag as a pillow. For me, it’s perfect for 3-4 days trip and of course, a trip to the gym (which i do not take, LOL)! Anyway, I love it so much that i decided to order another one, Everyday Bag (Dimension: W38 x D15 x H23 cm.) with my nickname “Kor” embroidered in white.

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https://www.instagram.com/nametag.bkk/

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[Lifestyle] City Backpacker Vol. 2

After got my hands on the famous and popular Kanken backpack, i’m now addicted to backpacks and bought more! I was torn between two brands, Hershel Supply Co. from Canada and Carrot Company’s anello EST. 2005 from Japan. But after I saw my friend using an anello backpack on our 4-days trip to Taipei, i decided to get one. I couldn’t find the right colour from any shop in Thailand, so i ordered it directly from Japan. It’s a bit more expensive, plus shipping and custom, but i’m super happy with the one i got! 😀

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I bought the regular size one, Light Grey x Black colours. It looks small but comes with high capacity! The bag is very light and waterproof. There are 2 compartment, a main large one and a small one on the front where i put my small items like train cards, office access card and etc. There is also a zipper at the back so that i can access my stuff without having to open from the top. Very convenience, indeed! 😉

There is a mini size as well but it’s too small for me (and my stuff). LOL Btw, if you are interested in one, i recommended “Onimaru Shop”, “Choose ME” or “Nukoy Shop” , as there are so many fake ones in the market right now. Please, beware!

http://www.onimaru-shop.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Choose.ME.again/

https://www.facebook.com/nukoyfb/

Anyway, check out my 1st City Backpack, Fjallraven Kanken No.2 (Deep Red) here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/city-backpacker/

[Lifestyle] Purse? Wallet?

After 3 years of using Fossil wallet, i decided to get a new one! So, i decided to get a Houndstooth Small Zip Purse from Fred Perry. The reason why i went with smaller wallet is because i don’t need to carry too many membership cards. Nowadays, we can use phone number to collect points instead. 

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Although i have to fold the banknotes, I like it a lot because of how small it is. Another downside is that it’s not a real leather but a polyurethane. I guess we will see after a year of use how durable it is.

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I’ve been using so many design of wallets and purses but still prefer this kind (over a long one women like to use). In conclusion, i like it a lot but the coin compartment is a little too small. However, i always remove big coins and put them in my piggybank everyday! 🙂

[Lifestyle] City Backpacker

It’s been a while since i last bought a backpack. It was in 2010 (5 years ago). I got a DaKnie laptop backpack when i was studying in Germany. I used it for trips and day out with my old 15″ laptop. The backpack comes with least 5 compartments for laptop, sunglasses and all. It also has hidden compartment on the back where i can put my important stuff like passport and wallet. I love how big but not too bulky it is! Although i switched to a desktop computer, i’m still using it for a trip that longer than 3 days or abroad.

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However, this guy is no longer suitable for everyday use (without a laptop). So, it’s time to buy a smaller and lighter backpack and i decided to get a new one from Fjallraven Kanken. After took it on a short trip, this Kanken No.2 (Deep Red) backpack is great and durable. I like the colour and the waterproof fabric but the only disadvantage is it comes with only 2 compartments which is too few for me. I also got the Kanken Pocket (Black) which is a great compliment to the backpack. It’s perfect for mobile phone, wallet and some small things. Anyway, i love them and plan to get more Kanken products like the mini backpack or wallet in the near future. 🙂

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If you live in Thailand and interested in getting one like this, plz contact “Everyday Shiawase” shop at:

https://instagram.com/everydayshiawase/

[Lifestyle] My favourite necklaces & pendants

I’m not a huge fan of “bling-bling” like diamonds and crystals but I like silver jewellery. My wedding ring is just a simple band, made of gold and coated with rhodium. Anyway, i would like to show you my most favourite necklaces and pendants.

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(Left) This one is actually an earring but i don’t ear piercings. So, it’s perfect pendant!

(Right) The Seahorse King is the one i wear the most lately. I like the design a lot.

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(Left, Right) These two are from AllSaints and i like them both.

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(Left) I got the scissors from ASOS and the necklace is broken.

(Right) The clock is a gift from my mom.

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(Left) My nickname “KOR” is made to order.

(Right) The I (heart) Berlin one bought from Etsy.com.

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(Left) The left one is pretty expensive bought from Spoonful Cafe.

(Right) The barbed wire necklace is my J-rock prop when i was in high school… still like it but never have a chance to wear it recently. LOL

I hope you find them interesting and plz show me yours! 🙂

[Lifestyle] The Chronicles of Fashion: The Brands, the Clothes and the Wardrobe

I have to be upfront with you about my fashion and sense of style. I’m very far from what you called, “Fashionista”! I buy what i like and see fit. I’m not following any specific trends or anything. Colours i prefer for my clothes and shoes are mainly black, grey, navy, brown, beige and white. As for the brands i’m very fond of, here are the lists of top 5 favourite brands for Clothes & Accessories and Shoes!

Clothes  & Accessories

1. All Saints

I absolutely love this brand! I fell in love with it… since i saw the shop in London for the first time! I like the designs in general. I’ve got lots of jewellery and accessories, a couple of cardigans, a winter coat, and a pair of boots. I’m interested in a wallet and would like to get it as soon as it’s on discount. LOL 🙂

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Photo: All Saints shop on Friedrichstraße, Berlin, Germany

http://www.allsaints.com/

2. Uniqlo

I learnt about this Japanese brand when i traveled to Japan with my family. The designs are so simple and easy to wear that why i love them. I got t-shirts, sweaters, room pants, tights, socks and house shoes, bought from Uniqlo stores in both Thailand and the US. The heattach series is always great for winter!

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Photo: Scarf designed by mt Japan, bought from Uniqlo Mega Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand

http://www.uniqlo.com/

3. Fossil

This american brand is best known for the watches but i have to say that bags and accessories are not bad at all. I really love its vintage designs. I currently use a brown/canvas wallet, bought from Frankfurt Airport in 2012. I also have two handbags, a medium canvas one and a large black leather one. Love them!

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Photo: Fossil Canvas Marlow Satchel, bought last year from Amazon.com

http://www.fossil.com/

4. Zara

In my opinion, this spanish brand is good for work clothes! I got 2 coats and a handbag, bought from Zara stores in Bangkok and Berlin. I used to wear Zara’s cardigans but i left all of them at my parents’ place in Thailand. Btw, i found that some designs are too big for me even i tried on their smallest size or XS! 😦

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Photo: Me in Zara coat, trying to look like Sherlock Holmes for BBC’s Sherlock series! LOL

http://www.zara.com/

5. H&M

H&M is not the best quality brand around but the prices are quite reasonable. So, i occasionally found good pieces from its discount line. The jeans and printed t-shirts are not bad at all and i have several of them. I mainly shop for clothes at H&M here because it is the only store located downtown i can access on foot!

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Photo: The first H&M shop in Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand

http://www.hm.com/

Shoes

1. Onitsuka Tiger

Onitsuka Tiger is my favourite brand of sneakers. I got my 1st pair of Navy blue striped Mexico 66, bought from Berlin flagship store in 2009 and my 2nd pair of  purple/grey Mexico 66, got as a Christmas gift in 2012. My current and 3rd pair of Crystal Blue/White Mexico 66 is just arrived. I wear them almost everyday!

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Photo: Onitsuka Tiger Flagship store on Steinstraße, Berlin, Germany

http://www.onitsukatiger.com/

2. ALDO

Aldo shoes are very good for work and it has my size! That’s important for me because i have an unusual shoes size for asian women. My size is EU42 or US10 which is 1 size bigger than my dad’s! Anyway, the shoes are comfortable and good looking. I love the Oxford shoes and used them for work instead of high heels!

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Photo: Me, wearing ALDO Oxford Shoes on a business trip to Berlin, Germany in 2012

http://www.aldoshoes.com/

3. UGG Australia

I have to admit that i’m not a huge fan of UGG classic elephant-feet style boots. I never own a pair of them but i’m absolutely certain that they will make my big feet look even bigger! As i’ve heard that those boots are very warm and perfect for winter, i decided to go for it but got a different style and they look pretty good!

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Photo: UGG Australia Adirondack II, bought to fight the last winter in Denver!

http://www.uggaustralia.com/

4. Fit Flop

In Thailand, FitFlop is an expensive brand and well-known for its sandals. I finally got my hands on a pair of brown sandals and discovered that they are very soft and compy. Although the design is a bit bulky, they are light and support my feet very well. This brand is recommended, if you know where to buy them cheap!

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Photo: FitFlop Tan Sling Thong Sandals, bought from Amazon.com in 2012

http://www.fitflop.com/

5. Born

I’ve never heard about this american brand before i found it at DSW or Designer Shoe Warehouse. I was looking for flat shoes for work and I decided to get a pair of Born shoes based on reviews on DSW’s website. The reviews are right! The B&W Oxford shoes are comfy and go well with my black handbag. Like them! 😀

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Photo: Born Kika B&W Oxford Shoes, recently bought from DSW

http://www.bornshoes.com/

[Book] My Art Reference Books

I’m not good at drawing but i’m trying my best! My manga illustration teacher once told me that there is no such thing as an “overnight success”. Every artists need to pass a long period of hard working. I’m now on the same page with other unknown artists and i would like to share some of reference books that will help me to reach my goal.

Human Drawing

1. Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis

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My manga illustration teacher introduced me to this book for basic human figure drawing and i’ve been using it ever since. Although this book is very old (first published in 1943), it is still a great reference book for figure drawing in my opinion.

2. Drawing the Head & Hands by Andrew Loomis

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After learnt about the previous book, i did some digging and came across other book written by Andrew Loomis. I really like this one because it is all about drawing the head and hands from adults, old people to babies. Another great reference book!

3. Drawing the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm

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I also searched for alternative figure drawing book and found this book by Jack Hamm. I bought a physical copy from Amazon.com for 10 USD and it worths every penny! It offers simple techniques and tips as well as step-by-step procedures.

Fashion Drawing

4. Fashion Design Techniques by Zeshu Takamura

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Apart from manga illustration course, i took a class on fashion drawing once. At Bunka Fashion Academy in Thailand, my instructor used this book as main reference. I found that it is a very good book and it includes both male and female figures.

5. Fashion Illustration Techniques: A super Reference Book for Beginners by Zeshu Takamura

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This book is the expand version of the previous one. It offers 4 weeks course, an intensive road to master fashion figure drawing. I really like this one but it focuses on female figure only. It would be perfect, if it includes how to draw a male figure.

6. Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques by Naoki Watanabe

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When i’m lazy and don’t want to go with the whole course work, i often use this book instead of books by Zeshu Takamura. In my opinion, this one is good for quick read and review. If i have to pick only one book, it will definitely be this one!

7. Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style by DK Publishing

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This one is the best of its kind that available in the market so far. It is very well printed history of fashion book with lots of pictures. DK Publishing has never let me down. I really love it and would like to recommended it for those who love fashion.

8. How to Draw Manga Volume 33: Costume Encyclopedia Vol. 1, Everyday Fashion by Kimiko Morimoto

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This book is specialized in costume drawing in manga style. As part of How to Draw Manga series, it has a lot to do with school uniforms, kimonos, etc. I found it helpful when i’m trying my best to draw cute girls! 🙂

Animals Drawing

9. How to Draw Animals by Jack Hamm

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When i want to draw an animal, i usually use real photos from the internet but this 10 USD book by Jack Hamm is somewhat useful. It offers many techniques but sometime it’s quite hard to follow and it doesn’t includes marine life animals.

10. How to Draw Manga Volume 36: Animals by Hikaru Hayashi

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The good thing about this book is the variety of animals which ranges from house pets to wild and marine life animals. Unlike a realistic style in the previous book mentioned here, this one offers simple manga style which is much easier!

Super-Deformed (SD) Drawing

11. How to Draw Manga Volume 18: Super-Deformed Characters Volume 1: Humans by Gen Sato

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I think this book is good for learning the basic of how to draw SD characters. It also teaches me how to turn a normal size character into an SD form as well as how to give character to everyday objects like pot and pan!

12. How to Draw Manga Volume 19: Super-Defromed Characters Volume 2: Animals by Gen Sato

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As one of my favourite reference books, i always refer to this book first when it comes to animals drawing. The book offers how to draw all kind of cute animals as well as myth creatures like dragon and unicorn.

Colouring: Copic Markers and Watercolours

13. Shojo Wonder Manga Art School by Supittha Bunyapen (Annie)

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Ecthelian (on deviantART) or Kumawind is one of the best copic marker artist. Her book offers easy-to-follow instruction on how to draw characters as well as copic markers colouring techniques. A useful reference book indeed!

14. Watercolor Painting: Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks by George James

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As i’m not good at watercolour painting, this book is perfect! It provides step-by-step photos that explain techniques and effects for beginner like me. I like it personally but i’m not recommended this book for any advance watercolour painters.

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15. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto

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If you love doodling, you will love the Illustration School series. This one is my favourite. With a few simple strokes, i can create a cute animal. I first found out about those books when i was travelling to Japan and now i collect them all!

16. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Plants and Small Creatures by Sachiko Umoto

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Plants and flowers are always the hardest part for me. I’ve to admit that i don’t like drawing them so much but this book helps me a lot. I found that starting with simple drawing of an unfamiliar object is much easier and I can add more details later on.

17. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto

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To me, this style of human drawing is in between stickman and full figure drawing. It’s actually harder than it looks! I often use this book to help with my thumbnail sketch, so i get the sense of how the actual work will turn out.

18. Illustration School: Magical Color Selection by Sachiko Umoto

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This book is a combination of 3 books previously listed but it includes simple colouring methods. I think it’s good for teaching absolute beginners or kids how to draw and pick the right colours. It’s not really for me but i still like it anyway!

Calligraphy and Typography

19. Calligraphy: Expert Answers to the Questions Every Calligrapher Asks by Maryanne Grebenstein

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I like Calligraphy since i was in Junior high school. While attended the tutoring class, i saw some girls from another school learning how to write those artistic letters. This book is all i need and it is also good for my stamps carving.

20. Type Matters! by Jim Williams

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I found that most of the typography books are a bit too complicated but not for this one. The book is very easy to read and printed with clear black and red ink. I feel that i learn a lot from it. Highly recommended for basic typographers!

Sources: Book covers are from goodreads.com and amazon.com

I’ve got 20 books in my reference book collection but no matter how many books i’ve read, practicing is still required to be better at anything, not only drawing. I feel that i’m getting better every time i draw, so “Practice makes Perfect” i guess. Here is my latest artwork using Copic Markers which inspired by “The Great Gatsby”. I believe that it is somewhat better than my previous works!

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