Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Witch

Though I don't 'celebrate' it, I hope y'all have a fun Hallowe'en. I wish I was young enough to go trick-or-treating, but at my age I would just look like a yobbo and scare everyone, in a bad way. Besides, when you think about it, trick-or-treating is just about the worst idea ever. Groups of small children wandering around at night knocking at people's doors? Disaster on a plate. Garnished with spiderwebs.

Anyway, witchiness. I rounded up a pile of looks which I thought fit the brief.

|| Meg C. || June K. || Dana L. ||

 Though common, maxi skirts and black are not essential for this look. Elements other than the skirt can be floor-length, like a cardigan or a scarf, or your hair if you are that lucky.

Ingredients for witchiness I think are:

Drapery and Layering
The sweepier, the better. Nothing makes you feel more magical than a pile of fabric drifting behind you wherever you walk. Try long cardigans and maxi skirts, and pile on the scarves, wraps and necklaces.

Mystical Accessories
The bling I think is quite important - magical amulets and charms are essential for those extra magic buffs. The more gem slots, the better. (...Sorry. Too much Xenoblade.) Spooky animals like crows and spiders featuring in your jewellery would also be fantastic.

Hair and Hat
It could be a pointy witch hat - I actually own a delightful velvet one with wire inside so you can shape it - or a hood or a beanie. To be a witch requires a little drama, and big, dishevelled hair I think would be fitting.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

"I live for glitter, not you"

Oh hello, Chinese tights. I always wear this dress with a skirt or shorts under it now, because I just love layering too much. I also copied Amy Pond and wore grey socks between tights and Converse.
Cardi: New Look
Necklace: DIY
Vest: Esprit, China
Dress: New Look
Bracelet: indoor market, China
Tights: indoor market, China
Socks: mum's wardrobe
Trainers: Converse



Monday, 29 October 2012

Nutcracker

I have had the most phenomenal week. It's been hectic, stressful and absolutely exhausting, but for a course with what is probably going to be one of the highest-level orchestras I will ever be a part of, playing the entirety of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, I would do anything.


Every day, I have been glowing with fulfillment. I feel like this orchestra and this week has been the reason I play violin at all - blood, sweat and tears, for this. I've never liked solos, and I've outgrown the local music ensembles which have been deteriorating for years anyway.

It's not over yet - I've a week early next year with the delightful(??) Mahler symphony no. 5, who I hear will rip both my arms off and hit me over the head with them. And, tune? What tune? It will probably kill me.

I am somewhere in this picture.
Nevertheless, there is a side effect of being surrounded by extremely talented musicians - that familiar feeling of inadequacy. I genuinely have no idea how I will get into the orchestra next year, since one audition only gets you a spot for a year. How I got in this year is beyond me also, but I'm just so grateful I got a chance, so I'll make the most of it and relish every moment.


A recording of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Incitement

Hoobastank - Without a Fight



Good Charlotte - The Anthem



My Chemical Romance - Sing



Without a Fight and The Anthem were both in Elite Beat Agents, which is an amazing rhythm game for DS which you should play right now because it is fun.

Agent J from Elite Beat Agents, on Mirinee's DeviantART

I just cannot get enough of MCR's Sing at the moment. I'm get the impression MCR has a fiercely dedicated fanbase. I tried to listen to some of their other songs on Youtube but I didn't really like any of them. Though the phase of listening to this one song on repeat will pass, I think I'll still enjoy listening to its empowering melody and inspiring lyrics after I get over it.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Riki want fried fish

This was supposed to be just a little sketch, which is why the lines are so horrifically messy even after being neatened up slightly, but Mir was with me so it ended up in full colour.
Riki on DeviantART
This week I'm on an orchestral course and it is bloody amazing. Intense, exhausting, and bloody amazing. I am so, so, so happy to be on it. Tomorrow's my day off the course but I have to go to school. I won't be stopping for breath until next week, when I'll have to catch up with a bunch of schoolwork.

Maybe I'll actually do some private practice today or tomorrow, rather than flushing unique monsters for advanced arts books in Xenoblade Chronicles until bedtime every day since Saturday!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Long-sleeved dresses

I've got more than enough dresses already, but one more long-sleeved dress would be nice for winter.

Matalan

Yumi
 This fox dress is so cute, I'm dying. I really love a lot of Yumi's designs, and most of their stuff is very expensive, but the quality of their products is not always very high, I'm afraid.


Joe Browns
This purple dress is actually cotton, and the embroidery is so cute!


Lazy Oaf
I love the daisies and full skirt of this dress. I bet it would look awesome with a floofy petticoat underneath it.


Alexander McQueen
I think this last one, at over £1500, is a just little over my budget. It's pretty, though.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Chequers

Moving on from the pattern of polka-dots is the eternally classic chequers, also known as or similar to plaid and tartan. Who doesn't have a chequered something-or-other somewhere in their wardrobe? Chequered scarves, shirts and coats are all over the place on the streets and on the internet, but here's a pick of my personal favourites.


Fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with a chequered shirt and jeans. It is comfortable, practical and is easy to look good in, but from a fashion point of view, quite uninspired. Nevertheless, there are far more interesting ways to wear chequers - whether it be a skirt, shirt or dress - which, I think, is at the cost of not much more effort. Just a well-placed scarf, jacket or belt can do wonders.

I personally like to wear chequered shirts as outerwear in the summer, rather than as a top. It makes the layering a little more interesting, and I love layering. And of course, there's nothing like stealing your mother's man shirt (so I call it) when she's not wearing it.




Click for LB

Ginge's LB

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

That petticoat

How on earth did this crappy photo get picked to feature in Chictopia's style gallery, and get over 200 votes and almost 40 favourites? I wouldn't say I've defected to Chictopia yet - I'm just trying the waters. Obviously I've no fanbase on that site, and my headless photos is an evident disadvantage in terms of exposure since it means my looks can't ever get into the style gallery, but the forum is a flillion times better than Lookbook's, which is a stagnant, diseased hole full of attention whores, and is just not a place worth going any longer.

My Chictopia account, which has nothing new on it, except this crappy photo.
Can you spot me?
I've gotten into the habit of, well, forgetting to do my hair every morning. There's not much to 'do', to be honest. I used to brush it through with my fingers but I don't even bother with that any more. So, sorry about my awful messy crazy hair in that photo, which looks genuinely better when I'm not sitting in the middle of it!


Yes, so, this is my petticoat. Up yours, American Apparel.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Asda

If you've got £70 to dish out on a petticoat at American Apparel or anywhere else, then go ahead. But, being cheapo, I'm quite happy with a £6 petticoat from the children's section at Matalan. It's a little shorter than I'd have liked (probably at least as long as the AA one though) and it's in a shocking pinky red colour, but it was half price and I'll wear it under dresses and skirts anyway, so I'm willing to compromise.

Also, a new Asda Living opened recently near me. Here are a few cosy-looking things I spotted in there.

Left to right:
|| poncho || hoody || jumper ||

Saturday, 6 October 2012

"Not in my castle on a cloud"

This wool coat, in a deliciously soft pale blue, is an unusual one. It's undeniably a winter coat, but it has short sleeves. Oh, the contradiction! It's impractical and not of fantastic quality, but it's an interesting piece. I really have no idea how to style it because of its sleeves - perhaps long gloves would be a good idea, but I unfortunately don't possess any.
Coat: sister's wardrobe, China
Blouse: China
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind, TK Maxx
Boots: Tesco
Bag: Esprit, Finland




This blouse is also weird. I like the frilliness and the little tie, but the actual blouse is just so long! The buttons aren't very nice either, but I'm just too lazy to change them at the moment. On the positive side, the fabric is slightly elastic and the shoulders are wide enough for me, which is unusual for blouses because I have such man-shoulders. Perhaps I will be layering it under dresses as well.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bag collection

I'm not really a handbag person, but I own a few all the same. My favourite kind of bag is the across-the-shoulder style, because it leaves both my hands free, and I can keep one hand over the bag at all times so keep it secure. It's also easier to get stuff out of because you don't have to remove it from your body to rummage around in it for those elusive keys or money or other really important object.

Birds: TK Maxx
Brown: 'Made in Italy', mum's cupboard
Printed: Nica, TK Maxx
Purple: Finland
Grey: Esprit, Finland

I've also three backpacks, including my school bag, which will feature in a future post, and probably in the far future because school and orchestras and crap are making me busy!
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