Winter Hair Styling Options: Vivi Magazine

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Winter is creeping up on us again – and I’m always at a loss as to how to style my hair during these months of mandatory headwear.  Japanese fashion magazines usually supply a plethora of cute styling options that are totally doable for a variety of hair lengths.  Master the art of the turband, the side bow, the messy pony, and the double-wrapped bun, courtesy of Vivi Magazine.

Are you inspired to try anything outside your usual Winter hairstyle?  I love the textural velvet and mohair bows!



*scans from Vivi Magazine Dec 2010 (I think)

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DIY: Flowered Hair Clip

I have such a thing for accessories, and Japanese magazines such as Vivi never fail to supply an endless source of ideas and inspiration.  Always torn between whimsically feminine and punky/edgy, I constantly vascillate back and forth in my own outfits…but when it comes to frilly, flowery, and girly pieces Japanese mags always beat the rest.  This flowered hair clip (similar to one featured in Vivi May 2010) is super-easy to make, but lends a pretty and feminine vibe to anything you’re wearing.

You Need:

 *silk flowers (mine were cornflowers, daisies, and forsythia…and a white plum or something but I’m not sure)
*tiny white seed beads
*stiff black felt
*hair clip


*hot glue gun + glue stick
*hand-sewing needle
*black thread
*craft glue


1. Separate the silk flowers from their stems.

If the flowers have jutting base stems, cut those off.

2. Cut a small piece of the felt in a oval shape.  Mine was about 4″ long by 3″ wide.

3. Spread a tiny amount of craft glue around the center of the main daisy.  Use a toothpick to position the seed beads in a ring around the center.  (You could also potentially do this after you’ve glued the daisy to the felt base, but I found it easier to do it first.)  Allow to dry.

4. Use a needle and thread to anchor the hair clip to the felt oval.  (Remove the center prong first and then loop the thread around the clip base.)

5. Spread some hot glue on the underside of a flower and press onto the felt.  Add more flowers, clustering them close together. If the petals begin to separate, add more hot glue in-between the layers of petals.

Use the toothpick to prevent the petals from tangling on one another. 

6. Trim the edges of the felt base so it can’t be seen from the front.

And that’s it!  Soft, slightly curled hair works best with this piece – or you could try this in front of a ponytail (again, going for the soft look).

If you want more security, you could also make this attached to a thin headband, or add a pin-back to use it as a corsage pin on a jacket or a bag.

I’d love to see your combination of flowers and colors on this little piece!
Happy DIY’ing!


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DIY: Men’s Shirt to Bow Tunic Dress

Once I saw this bow tunic dress in Vivi Magazine, it was all over.  I’m such a sucker for bows and anything really girly – especially when it’s multifunctional!  This sweet little piece you can wear with the bows running down your back or down your front depending on your mood.  Fashioned from an oversized man’s long-sleeved shirt, with a couple fixes it becomes a cute A-line batwing tunic dress – paired with pretty tights if you like your dresses super-short, or perfect over a miniskirt or leggings.

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Where to Get Vivi Magazine: Question


I Love your blog and your creativity! I love it when you post scans of VIVI MAGAZINE! How can I get my hands on some more of these!?

Thanks so much!

I love Vivi too – perhaps a little too much;-) Unfortunately I can’t find any site that posts the contents of the entire magazine (like in a reader or something), but you can always check out your local Asian bookstore. Kinokuniya has a number of stores in the United States (the U.S. website is here: if you want to check locations), but I also can’t seem to locate any periodicals being sold on their site online. You can buy copies of Vivi on Ebay if you have no Japanese bookstores near you – but whatever you do, DON’T buy through – the shipping takes 6 weeks and is ridiculously expensive since they fulfill through 3rd-party sellers. There also might be some other sites (like online bookstores) that might sell it, though you’d have to check with them.

I always check out Vivi’s homepage at every month, so I can see if it’s worth going down to my local Kinokuniya and buying the issue. Sometimes the homepage gives me enough of a fix that I don’t feel like ponying up the $12 to buy the next issue! The annoying thing is, Vivi comes out 5-6 weeks ahead in Japan (so the Sept. issue came out July 26!!), and the Kinokuniya bookstores only stock the issues around the 15th of the month prior, so you have to wait a lot longer in the States to get your issue and get a jump on the trends.

I’ll try to post some more scans in the future since you seem so interested!
Thanks for your question!


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Summer Hair Styling Tips

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Add a brooch to a folded wide scarf for a headband-look.  (Fold scarf into about 3″ wide to replicate this.)

I know you guys are probably completely sick of my going on and on about my favorite magazine Vivi, but I thought this particular editorial on styling with hair accessories was really useful.  With summer here I’m suffering from bad hair day after bad hair day (what with the hot, dry Oregon summer and me growing my hair out n all) – so hair accessories for me a MUST to induce a little bit of chic-ness into my outfit when everything on my head has fallen flat.

So here you go – I made these extra big so you can click on them and enlarge to see the how-to.  Hope this is helpful and gives you some styling ideas!

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Bohemian-style hair: using an elasticized headband and a flower headband.

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Using scarves: 1) Regular Bow (uses 30″ square scarf) and Big Bow (uses 69″ long scarf) , 2) Petite Ponytail Scarf (uses 19″ square scarf), 3) Turban (uses 63″ long scarf)

from Vivi Magazine August issue


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