Saturday, December 29, 2012

Style: Funeral for 2012 what my mother said I looked like. Actually, I just really liked Dolce and Gabbana's lace overlay dresses and blouses from fall/winter 2012 and wanted to create a look inspired by that. The purple cami underneath is a nice little bit of color and adds depth to all the inkiness.

Man, I love black on black. Thrifted lace blouse, Target lace-trim camisole, vintage belt, thrifted midi skirt, Talbot's stockings, Merona flats.

Charming Charlie sunglasses, my own necklace worn in a double loop. Relvon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Black Cherry. I love Revlon's lipstick formula and colors- they're far and away my favorite drugstore brand.

In the last week and a half I worked six straight days with Sunday off, then this week only Christmas (my mother and I went to the movies to see Les Miserables, and it was amazing!) and Thursday off, which was full of housework and errands and working on a commissioned headdress. I've had some difficulty trying to get outfit photos for my blog with my schedule so crazy and me so exhausted. However with the new year I'll have a few less hours at work and more time for everything else. :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Style: Stripey Jacket Glamour

Charming Charlie sunglasses, vintage snood, striped Walmart jacket, Target lace-trim tank, thrifted lace skirt, Talbot's hose, Merona flats.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Style: Something New

Working the red lippy... my go-to on rushed mornings, I always feel so chic and retro. Funny thing, until I had braces a while and they brought my teeth forward, I disliked my mouth: it looked almost pinched and the lips were flat and small. Now my mouth is one of my favorite features!

H&M rose clips, Claire's chandelier earrings, Talbot's blouse, tights; thrifted George lace skirt (I love it!), Merona flats.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Style: Burgundy/Black

I really like this tank. It's soft and comfortable, with good bra strap coverage (very important) and a slightly fitted, not ultra-tight silhouette. Talbot's rolled out the black version early in autumn and have now added burgundy, dark royal blue, and ivory colors. I have black and burgundy and might get the navy, too; the ivory is a bit sheer, which is typical of their light colors.

Talbot's tank, tights; thrifted leather jacket, skirt and belt, Merona ballet flats.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Style: New-ish Ruffled Lace Top

I had to replace the buttons on this shirt when I brought it home from the thrift store. They used to be flat and shiny, utterly incongruous to the fabric. I bought new buttons to match the fabric, and I love the outcome!

Thrifted lace blouse, faux alligator belt, Talbot's pants, Merona flats.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sequined Jacket, 5 Ways

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Style: Goth'ed Up

So nice to get dark ("Too dark!" sayeth Mother) for grocery shopping on Thursdays. I know I'm off that day so I can dress to please me!

Thrifted lace top, DIY' Merona jeans + dark green tights, motorcycle boots, Claire's jewelry.

Sheer lace back: one of the reasons I like this blouse so much!
There's about ten minutes between my forward-facing shots and the back-facing shot. I can't believe how quickly the sky deepened to twilight!

I look so awfully grim in this shot; 'tis the face of a girl trying not to crack a smile whilst her mummy teases her from the doorway.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Style: Grey

But that's okay with me, because silver is my favorite color! My skin looks better against grey than any other neutral, and I've found all my favorite hats are grey; I just don't look good with black on top of my face. However, that does not mean I'll stop wearing all-black any time soon!

I'm been battling early morning/ late evening chill and mid-day heat all in the same days! Bother. It makes dressing for work- where I take the bus, then freeze in an aggressively air-conditioned mall- tough.

*New* leopard print fedora from Walmart, Claire's earrings, self-made pearl necklace, Sam's Club tee, vintage belt, thrifted wool skirt, Merona flats.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Style: Lace In Layers

Claire's chandelier earrings, self-made necklace, thrifted lace vest, Talbot's lace front tank and dress pants, vintage belt, Trotter's lace applique loafers. (The loafers are new. My mother bought them for me at Nordstrom's Rack!)

Hey, look, I'm standing in a wind machine! This was the best photo, mostly I'm squinting from the blasts of dry sharp air. It's skin-shriveling Santa Ana season... last year I got so dried out my nose bled eleven times in one day, constantly it seemed; very horror-movie-ish. Fingers crossed that incident never repeats itself!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Style: Steampunk Gentleman

Although, as I am said gentleman...

Thrifted button-down, thrifted vest, Talbot's pants, Merona wedges, ancient snood, Claire's earrings, self-made compass charm necklace.

I suppose I am dressed as if I was a Victorian woman who had had to masquerade as a man to gain access to the fantastical Time Traveling Machine. Now, she's come to the modern age, and she's amazed (but delighted) to see women wearing pants like nobody's business. (Which of course is true.) Exploring, she enters an overgrown, enclosed plaza she landed near. In the stores within she finds many curiosities of technology, such as portable music devises, flat metal sheets you can read entire books from, and cameras that show the image on a screen as soon as it is taken! She even finds a little jewelry shop that caters to all sorts of tastes, where she picks out a pair of ornate earrings that remind her of her own time.
Wandering by a quaint antique shop, she stops. No one else seems to notice her or it among the modernity; at least, all walk by without a sideways glance. As she steps in, ringing an old bell above the door, a white haired man unbends from the counter he is arranging a row of tiny glass bottles on...

"My dear Ana," he smiles, looking surprised in spite of himself. "How have you been? Why, over one hundred years passed since you fell off our map."

I love, love this vest- I'm a sucker for a pretty vest- though since it's a man's, it's a little bulky in the waist. (When you're trying to look gentlemanly, that can certainly come in handy.)

Made this! I love the compasses, though I rarely get to use one. I have a fairly good sense of direction that serves me well in getting back to camp if I'm separated. I always carry one in the wilderness, though, just in case!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monthly Theme: Hosiery...

...And How To Wear Crazy Legwear At Work!

I really love this pair of hose- it's sheer black with black diamonds connected with dots, and very subtle.
Merona hat, self-made jet bead necklace, thrifted velvet top, thrifted skirt, Talbot's hose, Merona shoes.

These are new and very, very bright red! It's nice to have a splash of color in an unexpected place.
Talbot's scarf (it has tiny high heels printed all over it, I love it), Land's End shirt, thrifted skirt, Merona tights and shoes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Life: Book Auction in my Neighborhood

A bit of awesomeness happened to me over the weekend! My local library held a silent auction, and I won The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll- I can't wait to pick it up today (too busy yesterday) and dig in!

I had also made a bid for The Spiderwick Chronicles Field Guide, although I didn't get that one. I wonder who got it... for a long time I was only one who wanted it.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jewelry, Or Why I've Not Been Posting

A Turkish-American co-worker asked me to make these pieces for her, to wear to a wedding she's attending today. I had to create a design, find the materials, and put it together in two weeks!

It's a choker and jhoomer (a headdress that hangs perpendicular from the hairline to over the ear) made of salt- and freshwater-pearls (fifty, between the the pieces!), red Swarovski crystal, and 18-carat gold-plated sterling silver, plus a bunch of glass seed beads.

I sold it for $250!

(Also: I've been getting more hours at work (and I'm about to head there right now), so while I've been taking outfit photos I just haven't found time to post! It's a funny reverse of when I first started my blog, when I had LOTS of time and struggled to make new outfits every few days. XD)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Style: A Lengthy Look

Today my family and coworkers kept commenting how tall I looked. I think it 's the black slim-pants-and-boots combo: it stretches the visual.

I like my hair today. It's smoothed and tame. :P

Talbot's top and pants, Merona suede wedge booties, my own cameo necklace

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Style: Baroque Print Tee

We're watching the Presidential Debate right now! Verrrry interesting.

(New!) thrifted tee, Claire's apple necklace, thrifted Lee Riders shorts, Talbot's tights, Merona motorcycle boots

Monday, October 15, 2012

Style: For Errands

It was cold and raining around here last Thursday, when I took this outfit shot. Since then it's heated right back to nearly 90*F! (Sorry, can't make that little circle. Too tired to figure out how.) I had to run a bunch of errands- Thursday is shopping day- and needed to be comfortable.

No makeup, since I was worried it would get smeared or smudged, and my skin was clear anyhow.

Merona tee, Claire's fingerless mesh gloves, thrifted skirt, grey Merona tights underneath for warmth, Merona boots.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Style: Shish Kebabing Shoes and Pretty Velvet Skirt

I meant to make a post yesterday, but I got food poisoning instead. No fun!

Today I'm wearing a new thrifted skirt, a Susie Rose button-down, Claire's earrings and choker, my own bead ring, and thrifted stilettos. Stilettos with very pointed toes.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Style: Very Stripey

Work look again! I like to push the boundaries between "conservative" and "extra from a Tim Burton movie."
My only beef with my new pants is the very, very low waist. I prefer higher. But! Pinstripes!
Thrifted H&M vest, Walmart tee, unknown belt, thrifted Limited pinstriped pants, thrifted Gucci purse, Merona watch, Claire's rose cuff, Merona wedge booties.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Style: Tuxedo Inspired

Only time for a freakishly short what-I-wore-to-work-yesterday post, as I am busy altering new thrift store finds! (Also... it is difficult to type with sticky computer keys. C, D, H, K, R, and W are suffering, as is the spacebar. I blame a certain family member for insisting on eating while computing. :/ You know who you are. Cut it out. :P)

My own choker, altered Target blouse, thrifted H&M vest, Claire's cuff, Merona watch and shoes, thrifted belt, Talbot's pants.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Makeup: Love and Wine

The post title is inspired by a half-fragment of a song in a Louisa May Alcott story, A Whisper in the Dark. It just rather caught my imagination!

"Plumwine" lipliner by undecipherable company, Revlon Twilight lipstain, Hard Candy felt tip eyeliner, for the cheekhearts. Same lipliner and stain on lippies. Hard Candy eyeliner and shimmery burgundy shadow on eyes.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two Weeks' Notices

My goodness! I can't believe I've hardly touched the computer a full fortnight- let alone posted! But the adventures I've had, let me tell you...
Thursday is when it all began. Thursday, September 14th, a day I returned a few books to the Library. Browsing among the shelves there I met a curious man- Randolph Carter- youthful despite his one-hundred and thirty-six years. We fell into pleasant conversation and I invited him to take tea with me, as it was waxing late in the afternoon.
He told me of many adventures through the realms of dream and waking, of Dylath-Leen and his whirlwind journey to Unknown Kadath. Of course hearing of these wonders, and others, made me realize I had much magic to catch up on, and I departed immediately to befriend Pickman and the ghouls myself. And such stories they had to tell! I know I was there for an inordinate period, for their meeping, and the glibber of the ghasts, is not to be learnt at once.
I eventually returned to Earth on Friday Sept. 21, by way of Griffith Park Observatory to watch the Endeavor on its last flight across Southern California! After a brief respite at home, I embarked on a world tour with the Night Circus, and in a flame of inspiration I designed several outfits, joyfully within my power to stitch together at a later date, and wore several others.

In parting- for I have new friends to make in Geneva via the Artic (guess! guess!)- I leave you with this:
Taken from

Friday, September 14, 2012

Style: Stripes and Spiderwebs

It was too dark to take photos outside so this is my room. DIY'ed bat decals on the walls, with a sewing machine desk on the right and my bookshelf on the left... see my POE?

IT'S SO HOT OUTSIDE. GAAAAAH. Makes black-and-covered-up... difficult. But I wore my brand-new tights, with a pattern reminiscent of large webs, anyway.

Claire's choker, Wal-Mart tee, Saver's shorts, Merona tights and ankle booties.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Style: Lace, Armor, and Sw/T (again)

I hung out at the park today... no work, so I could be just as dark as I pleased!

No, I'm not in pain right there... caught off guard. But I think it's a pretty photo anyway.
Claire's gloves, earrings, my own choker, Sam's Club scoopneck, Salvation army vest, Saver's Lee Riders shorts, Talbot's hose, Merona ballet flats.

This shirt with the vest kind of looks like armor to me. Delicate, swirly armor.

I'm cleaning up my blog tags... since I'm strongly Goth now a 'goth' tag seems redundant. So instead... I'll make a 'before' tag. Also, instead of separate shorts, tights, and skirts tags, 'shorts w/ tights' and 'skirts w/ tights.'

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Jewelry: Cage the Moon

This has been a Really Good Week. Wednesday my mother and I tried on clothes at work. And bought some. For me, the most elegant, beautiful, cape-sleeve, drape-back, above-knee, lavender dress I have ever seen. Thursday I went to the library. Friday I went on a bunch of errands including Roger's Gardens and found wonderfully done lenticular photographs and a Tim Burton-ish not-real-pumpkin squashed albino jack-o-lantern, and then a REAL, small, pumpkin utterly abandoned in the parking lot that I adopted. I actually hopped out of the car to rescue the poor thing. Saturday, my dad's birthday (homemade cake!), birthday shopping for my mother's birthday in three weeks, and I finally worked up the courage to ask a co-worker if she is Goth (she is!).

Also, I redid an old necklace I had never gotten to look quite the way I imagined, like I had trapped drops of moonlight or water in a delicate beaded cage. Now, I have, by switching in white pearls and using a four color gradient in the seed bead strands.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Style: Ragamuffin

It's September, so I can wear scarves and boots and caps now, right? RIGHT?!?!
Never, decreeth the gods of California. Thou shalt swelter till the New Year.
Darn it! sayeth I.

I had to deconstruct my outfit mid-morning because I was roasting... but I got some good shots!
Beh, the shadows are awkward. Sorry.

Borrowed hat; scarf, v-neck T, shredded jeans, boots, all Target slash Merona. DKNY leather bag my brother found in the garbage a year or so ago. (I'm not even kidding. I took it in and gave it a good cleaning, and it's in great condition. Seriously, I want to know which of my neighbors was crazy enough to throw away a perfectly good high-quality leather purse.)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Monthly Theme Post: Someone Special + DIY

Woot! The Monthly Theme icon linky works! Yay!
So this will be me and my brother 'Gloombat,' who is one of my best friends. We're very, very close. We usually complete each others' sentences, and if one of us trips up on words the other can finish!
We are both wearing striped shirts layered under black add-ons and black jeans. He has sneakers, I have Merona heels, an H&M rose in my hair, and Claire's rose earrings.

Sorry, both outfit shots are blurry. We were using the timer function!

 The makeup was inspired by this drawing I made, which was in turn inspired by my braces:

The face shots turned out great- probably because we could switch to taking each others' photo!

I did both of our faces in matching lipstitches; he has an extra stitch over one eye, I have pink and purple shadow and caked on mascara to achieve a Dead Doll look.

Here's the DIY:
I have one pair of black jeans and I love them, but they were boring me... and since I can't wear jeans to work, I didn't have to leave them 'nice,' so into the workshop they went!
I sliced horizontally in one-inch increments, all the way from the hem to mid thigh.
Then I ran water over them and threw them into the dryer, which is how you fray destroyed jeans, and which resulted in the texture shown in the photos above.

Half done!
Otherwise they would stay all smooth like this.

And not look awesome like this.

The inspiration:

Maison Martin Margiela jeans
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