Tuesday, October 30, 2012

i don't know about you.

dress: asos | boots: winners | denim jacket: thrifted | tights and socks: joe fresh | grey beret: thrifted | rose pin: thrifted | nail colour: joe fresh "sunshine"

I wore these boots today thinking we'd get some rain from the outskirts of Hurricane Sandy but it was totally dry all day. OOPS. They're so cute though, I don't care.


my quick and dirty bjork costume

I've loved Bjork's music for years, but even before that I loved her infamous swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards. She topped the worst dressed lists that year but (IMO) that dress has stood the test of time and paved the way for Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj to wear weirdo crap on various red carpets

I've wanted to do this as a costume for years and finally decided to tackle it for this Halloween. Unfortunately I wasn't able to devote as much time to it as I would have liked, but I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out. Lots of people said I did a great job with it and some actually asked me where I BOUGHT IT (wtf!!) so I'm pleased.

The swan neck is a thrifted tube sock, stuffed with the other sock from the pair and a slip. I cut the beak from felt and hot-glued it to the sock (and burned myself in the process). The skirt section is a borrowed crinoline, and I tied strips of tulle in various lengths and widths to a piece of elastic to go over it. I used about 1 and a half white boas for the feather sections. All I did was pin it to the swan sock and tie it and loop it over itself a bunch of times, and I tucked the ends through the elastic of my skirt to cover up all the bare elastic and knots. I also safety-pinned like CRAZY all over the place to hold it together. Oh, and I sprayed glitter all over my hair and self at the party I went to! It was really subtle and nice. My only real regret is that my top isn't skin-coloured. I did buy a beige t-shirt but it looked too baggy and weird and casual as part of the dress.

anyway, tl;dr I was Bjork for Halloween which I'd wanted to do for years and it was fun.

* the nice high quality photos in this post are by aimee power. thank you!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

weird october

top: thrifted | lace vest: thrifted | jeans: asos | loafers: thrifted

This month has been hard/weird/different and I will be glad when it's over. I'm really sad that I've been falling out of the habit of blogging! I have been dressing pretty cute lately (if I do say so myself) but can somehow never find the time to take some photos. Here's to more blog posts in November!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

the velvet rose


cardigan: gap | skirt: modcloth | polka dot top: old navy | rose pin: etsy | tights: joe fresh | flats: old navy

sometimes I sit down on Etsy and just go through pages and pages of search terms like "velvet bow" and sometimes I end up buying something I totally love, that I wouldn't have gone looking for otherwise. This rose is actually a ponytail holder that I've pinned to my sweater with safety pins.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

the back deck

plaid shirt: thrifted | corduroy skirt: thrifted | cardigan: joe fresh
tights: joe fresh | boots: thrifted | pin: thrifted | belt: thrifted

I'm currently neighbourless and using this opportunity to take some photos on the deck I share with the apartment across the hall. Usually when I have neighbours the deck is full of garbage and I don't really like to be there at all. In fact it's still got all sorts of artifacts left over from the previous tenants, like that table made of cinder blocks and... bones? If you look closely you'll see I'm standing in front of BONES. Why would you ever put bones on a deck in the first place??

Towards the end of last winter I found myself getting really tired of plain black opaque tights and I'm still feeling that fatigue this fall. I still don't love pants enough to wear them all the time, and most coloured tights are too bright for me, so I think muted/muddled colours like these are the solution. I found these burgundy (not oxblood*) pair and a brown pair at Joe Fresh, and I think I might go back for a mossy green I saw.

* This whole oxblood thing is getting OUT OF HAND and I'm refusing to call any colour oxblood when maroon or burgundy or a simple RED will suffice. I don't know why this even bothers me so much!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

letters and sodas

dress: dahlia | cardigan: thrifted j.crew | tights: joe fresh | shoes: 70s vintage | necklace: thrifted

I'm back, with a whimper. I would have loved to make a big production out of taking photos of this outfit but it's very cold and rainy so I thought I'd document it on my lunchbreak before it got rained on even more.

When I wear this cardigan I have to make sure it works with the outfit both as a brown cardigan (as shown) AND an olive green one. Because... it looks olive green under fluorescent light. It's absolutely bizarre and I don't understand it at all.

Monday, October 1, 2012

and the sky is grey

sweater: old navy | skirt: thrifted & altered | loafers : thrifted | belt: thrifted | tassel necklace | thrifted

This skirt was several inches longer but I hacked at it with a dull pair of scissors to shorten it, with surprising success. I came up with a little trick to do so but it's hard to explain and I didn't take any "progress" photos so uh... if you want to do this yourself you're on your own.

These pictures are from way back on Saturday, when I rearranged my room a bit. That coffee table and suitcase used to be in my closet, and now my closet is a little reading nook. Perhaps there will be pictures of that later, when I feel up to blogging again.


Which might take a while, or might not. I'm not sure yet. My routine has been kind of shook up and I'm bummed out about a few different things and might need some time to find my footing. (On top of that the weather has been the DREARIEST lately which never helps my blogging, haha)
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