Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate good times (with an outfit)

Here's a little fact about me: I've never been to any of my graduation ceremonies. (Well, I went to my high school graduation, but none for any of my tertiary education). I don't like the spectacle and the attention. But I did want to celebrate being completely done with my thesis so I asked some of my friends out to dinner.

I put a lot of thought into my outfit even though we weren't going anywhere particularly special. Of course, the weather has been atrocious, lately, so my outfit plans were changed somewhat to accommodate the cold. At the last minute I swapped out a shorter, thinner skirt for this suspender pencil skirt. And I really love this outfit!


Nearly everything is from ASOS or Target, except for my barely visible belt, which is vintage. How snazzy are these black and white loafers, by the way?

I had my fringe trimmed, last week. I can see clearly again. Huzzah! It had got to that annoying stage where it kept getting stuck in the creases of my eyelids (or does that only happen to me?)

And here's a poorly composed, fuzzy mirror photo to finish it off. I never realise how much I need to clean my mirror until I take a photo like this.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Watching, Reading, Listening (Two)

Here's a snapshot of what I've been watching/reading/listening to in the past month for my second media roundup post.

TV

I've just finished re-watching Pushing Daisies...again. How I wish this show had just had one more season. I think that could have capped it off perfectly. Too much and it may have gone the road of so many other shows that inevitably jump the shark, but being cut short at just two seasons was such a terrible shame. Sigh. Of course, now I just want to dress like Lonely Tourist Charlotte Charles every day.

 
With only two episodes left of this series of Penny Dreadful I'm getting pretty excited! I don't want it to end but I want to see how it's all going to wrap up. I believe it's been renewed for a second series which only increases my excitement. I'd watch anything with Eva Green in it but I am thoroughly enjoying this show. I think it does a very good job of bringing various characters of Victorian stories to life and weaving their stories together in a believable way.

Speaking of excited, Teen Wolf starts again next week - I'm not sure if I'm ready for it! Eep.

Movies

I've been letting my movie watching fall behind but I did finally get around to seeing Maleficent. I really loved it. It's nice to see different kinds of 'true love' are being showcased in fairy tale movies, and I really liked Maleficent's character development. It wasn't perfect but I liked it a whole lot. I enjoyed the bits of humour injected into the film, mainly with Maleficent's dislike of/awkwardness toward children and the interactions between Maleficent and Diaval (Sam Riley). And the costumes are quite gorgeous. This write-up summarises some of the reasons I liked it so much.

Books

OK, this isn't a book, as such, and I'm not actually reading it (again) but my thesis is all bound! And in the baby pink I've been dreaming of all year. It was actually really exciting to pick these up. When I went in to get it done, I looked through the colour options and settled on a light blue. Luckily, I mentioned I really wanted pink because the man working there said 'well, we do have pink we just don't advertise it!' Apparently most people want a hot pink but it was my perfect pink and I was so happy.

In case you can't read the spine, the title of my thesis was 'Enigma, Anxiety and Artifice: Interrogating Feminine Identity in Contemporary Photographic & Filmic Portraiture'. Unfortunately none of these copies are for me. I have to save my pennies until I can afford a copy of my own.


I've also finally started making my way through this. I can't seem to concentrate on novels lately, but I seem to be doing OK with this book. I figured I should read some of the non-fiction books that have been sitting on my shelves for years and, as I'd attempted this before, started with this one. It's a very smooth read, so far - it's not dry like some other film books I've read in the past.

I'm not sure if I'll follow up with the other book on film noir that I have, or maybe delve into one of the art history texts I never really got around to reading when I was actually studying. Oops.

Music



Well, I've been listening to this and that, lately, but today I'm favouring Beyoncé again. I've mainly been listening to B'Day on repeat - such a great album. Get Me Bodied is probably my favourite song on the album and it sure doesn't hurt that this amazing video is inspired by my favourite scene in Sweet Charity. The dancing in the music video is so impressive but, then, when is Beyoncé's dancing not impressive?


And, of course, it's always a delight to revisit this perfect video.

Oh, and my blog is now on Facebook! Let's hope I remember to use the page regularly.

What have you been watching/reading/listening to lately?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What I've been wearing lately

This post is brought to you, yet again, from my phone! I just don't seem to leave myself time for outfit photos, these days - got to work on that. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen these outfits, already. Anyway, here is a roundup of some of my ensembles from roughly the last month.

I love this outfit (which is mostly from ASOS) a whole lot but it certainly wasn't comfortable. The lining of the dress is just horrible and the shoes cut into my ankles very badly. I'm hoping I can break them in because they're adorable.

 
See? Adorable!

 
I love this lip print shirt from ASOS. There are a lot of super cute blouses out, lately, which I'm trying to stock up on. This is one of those boxy blouses, which I don't really like, but tucked into jeans or a skirt it's OK.

 
When I first got this dress I deemed the above-the-knee length too short. So, down came the hem! Now I refuse to wear dresses that are below the knee because I feel uncomfortable in them, so up went the hem again. It's not the best winter dress (too thin!) but I wanted to wear it ASAP. I think it'll stay in the wardrobe until warmer days, now, but I'm glad it got an outing.

  
This cardigan is a bit too small and quite itchy but the beading is just so gorgeous, I don't care.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The wide eyed world of Blythe...again.

I've been pretty unwell the past few days (well, I've had a cold, and I am the biggest sook ever when I have a cold) but I thought I'd do a post, today, anyway. So, here is an update on my Blythe collection. You've already met some of my Blythe family in this last post (which was over a year ago!!!) so here are a few of my new girls...

Warhol. I think her namesake should be pretty obvious! I love her big fluffy pigtails and little blazer. I usually like to redress my Blythes immediately but this little outfit is really cute (she has white and brown oxfords on!) so I didn't need to with Warhol.

Lula Marin. I knew I wanted a nautical name for her and, when I think 'sailor', I think of Wild at Heart. Lula Sailor sounded a little off to me, so I looked for 'sailor' in another language and then her name was Lula Marin!

Tilly. I initially called this girl Blossom but it just didn't seem right to me. In her pinafore dress, a cute old-fashioned name seemed more appropriate. She's my only translucent girl - translucent refers to the type of plastic used for her face. She has a really lovely, creamy complexion.

L-R: Lula Marin, Tilly, Beau, Trillian, Spencer, Charlie, Dylan and Warhol. I want to get some more wintery outfits and maybe dress them all in cute little '60s mod dresses! Mod style seems to really suit Blythe.

And here a couple of nicer photos of the girls you already met

Charlie. I didn't have a nice photo of Charlie by herself, last time, so here's one now.

Dylan wearing a vintage Skipper dress. I think Dylan is my favourite. I just love taking photos of her.

You can see more photos here and the sets of each of my girls here. I haven't posted about any of my Barbie finds on this blog, lately, either. Or any finds at all, really. It's just so much easier to post it straight to Instagram! So, that's probably the best place to see what's going on with me, right now. (Or tumblr and sometimes twitter).

Also I've just noticed the compression on these photos is really bad so I apologise for that. I might upload them elsewhere and swap them out for nicer quality images.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jeans and blouses

I've been pretty slack at taking outfit photos, lately. I haven't touched a camera aside from my iPhone in what seems like months (but is probably less). But here are a couple of outfits that I've worn somewhat lately - this post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time, as I keep forgetting about it. 

Both outfits include the new(ish) pair of jeans I've been loving (from Target). Some days, wearing tights and a dress somehow seems like more effort than a blouse and pair of pants! So, I'm glad to have at least one pair I can put on, on those days.

Aside from the jeans everything else I'm wearing is secondhand or vintage.

How amazing is this blouse? I love it so much. The pintuck pleats, the bright floral pattern on the black background, that pointy collar! Ahhhh.

I really wish I had a cute leather(look) jacket to top this outfit off. With the creepers and nearly-all-black, I feel like I'm going back to the outfits I would have worn nearly 10 years ago. Ha.

I love my hair a lot, lately. I'm generally just letting it do it's natural thing. I miss being a redhead but I love being a brunette, again, and it's just so much easier to maintain.

What do you wear on those days you want to be a little dressed up but kind of can't be bothered?