Friday, 31 August 2012

Necklace collection

I'll tell you a little secret - the way to tell if I'm putting effort into my appearance is to see if I'm wearing jewellery. If I'm wearing a dress, it doesn't mean I'm trying hard, because I wear dresses anyway.

For me, necklaces are the most convenient of all the types of jewellery. The longer ones dangle into things, but the short ones hardly get in the way at all.

So admire my artfully hung necklaces, though I forgot my One Ring in the first group picture, but I gave it a close-up with some other shorter necklaces in the next photo.

Top, left to right
Choker: Claire's
Treble clef: present from Isa
Gingerbread man: DIY
Bottom, left to right
Rosary: Claire's
Pocket watch: Clothes Show Live
Owl: present from Ginge
Hoop: Next
Cross: DIY

DIY necklaces, at a push
The cross was £1 from an indoor market, and I salvaged the silver beads from my school's art department. I knotted the cord in a way that makes it adjustable. I like to wear it really short like a choker, but I wear it long, too.

Knot tutorial
The knots I tied didn't have quite so many loops, but it's probably similar. I tug them tighter every now and again to make sure they don't undo themselves, as I cut the loose ends quite short.

'Don't you dare look out your window'
'Born and raised in a summer haze'
The gingerbread man I found on the ground on the way back from orchestra. It was so cute and shiny, I was overjoyed to find a similarly shiny metal chain which was a freebie from a W.i.t.c.h. magazine. W.i.t.c.h. is an Italian comic which I still think is really good, though I've never finished it, and haven't checked up about it for many years.

I think the One Ring needs very little explanation. Though forged in the fires of Mount Doom, I obtained mine via Argos. It came with a metal chain but I've put it on a cord so the soft gold plating will rub off slower, I hope.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

- The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Everything In Between: Dana Lee

Ever since I discovered Dana Lee's Lookbook, I've admired her devil-may-care confidence and effortless attitude she exudes in her photos. She also proves the immense versatility of 8-hole Doc Martens, which feature in almost all of her looks. Dana is from the Philippines, but you can see her photography from places she goes, as well as her photoshoots, on her Tumblr.

Photos by Dana

1. Hello, Dana! What are three things we should know about you?

I am actually somewhat retired from blogging, but I started running a photo blog around last year in October in hope of becoming a photographer. I also starting being a competitive cheerleader for my school this year so I've been extremely busy balancing cheer and school work.

'This is what makes us girls' on LB

2. How has your style developed into what it is now?

It's developed quite a lot actually. I used wear a lot of flats and boring shirts, then I started wearing shorts with Doc Martens since I really love the shoes and wanted to get an edgy feel. Nowadays I stick to Nikes, shorts and maybe a sweater since my legs tend to get sore from cheering and it's easier to carry rubber shoes. I still love Doc Martens, though.

'Deathly Crosses' on LB

3. Doc Martens seem to be a staple in your wardrobe. What do you love about them?

I really love the style and how you can wear it with absolutely anything. It also gives a somewhat rebellious vibe to the outfit.

I do suspect you are partly responsible for my own recent purchase of Docs. They really do seem to look great with everything.

4. Which of your looks is your personal favourite at the moment?

Probably this one, 'Lost at Sea', because it makes me remember that day at the beach in Barcelona.

'Lost at Sea' on LB
5. Who are your fashion icons?

Freja Beha Erichsen - it's simple, but amazing. In general, I like how the Scandinavians dress.

6. What do you think of the street fashion where you live?

It's mostly very bright, colourful and complex. You'll hardly ever find the fashionistas wearing black or anything of a dark shade. Personally, I find it a bit too try-hard especially with the numerous accessories and hordes of colours. It's just my preference though since I'm more of a hipster kid.

I find it's similar in China - the general consensus is that more is more, and there's an overall tacky feel to the street fashion. There's always exceptions though.

'Black Simplicity' on LB

7. Where do you like to shop?

Zara, when I can afford it. Most of the time, I wait until I go abroad so I can get my hands on Cotton On and H&M. I also love vintage shopping though it's more of the leather jackets, band shirts and plaid shirts kind.

8. As a fellow Potter fan, what would be your favourite subject at Hogwarts?

Potions, because it's similar to baking and I love to bake.

'One night in Brooklyn' on LB

9. What do you see yourself doing, and where, in seven years' time?

I'll be twenty-three so that means I'd probably be getting a job in New York working in Wall Street doing business or doing something related to fashion and/or photography. I'm hoping it will be the latter over the former, though.

Thank you for your time, Dana - I'm loving your photography as well as your fashion, and it's been a pleasure having you here.

Monday, 27 August 2012

"Will you recognise me?"

This is as simple as it gets, for me. For some inconceivable reason I've always liked this top with the skirt, but have never had the footwear for it. You may think that I indeed still do not have the correct footwear for an otherwise very romantic look, but I've been dying to show you these boots, so here we are.
Top: Monsoon, mum's wardrobe
Skirt: Next
Bracelets: Accessorize, Christmas present
Boots: Doc Martens, eBay

I think these bracelets I received last Christmas go perfectly with the top.

I've been wearing the Docs to town and on day trips and things like that, and so far, none of those horror stories I hear about breaking Docs in have been realised. They're being kind to me, it seems, though I better be nice to them in case they change their mind. I went to Bath on Sunday, the only sunny day this long weekend, but I've left my camera at my sister's place so I'll have to wait a while to post the photos up!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Have you seen my bear slippers?

Well, have you?

Bear slippers: Debenhams
It goes like this: there's this battle arena-type online multiplayer game called League of Legends, free to play on the PC. There's a character called Annie and she's got a bear called Tibbers. Occasionally during gameplay, she says, "have you seen my bear, Tibbers?" And my sister misheard. That's the end of the story.

League of Legends: Reverse Annie
And then my sis bought some bear slippers for me off the internet and we're living happily ever after.

Anyway, I finished Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - sixty hours, full completion, every heart piece and that goddamn bloody invinsible shield and everything - and am starting on this epic JRPG called Xenoblade Chronicles, on Wii. My sis very recently finished it and is crazy about it, and I've enjoyed the five hours I've played so far too, so that's where the last of my summer holidays is going.

Friday, 24 August 2012

"Of all the things that never die"

I really love this combo of tights and knee-highs. I like this bead choker I got years ago too, but I don't wear it very often, and it's not as uncomfortable as I used to think it was, so perhaps I should break it out more.
Cardi: New Look
Choker: Claire's
Vest: Esprit, China
Dress: New Look
Skirt: Malvin, TK Maxx
Tights: New Look
Socks: Tesco
Heels: Hush Puppies

If this outfit is looking a little familiar, perhaps you'll recognise it from these sketches?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New tights

To finish off showing you all the stuff I bought from Chinaland, check out these tights. Their prices range from 9 to 25 RMB, all from the indoor market. In UK I've always my eyes open for cool tights, but China is absolutely stuffed with them.

Zoom in!
The patterns on the first and fourth tights are under the knee, meaning that they'll be concealed when wearing boots, but I suppose it will encourage me to give my other shoes a little more love! The 3rd pair has a faint chequered pattern as well as the hearts, so you'll have to zoom in to see the details.

Which one is your favourite?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Oh hello, Doc Martens

They arrived.

14-hole 1914 Doc Martens

£44 including P&P, used with box, off an eBay auction. I actually won the auction whilst in China, and then we realised China hates PayPal, but we got the payment through eventually. The soles look almost new and there are a few minor scuffs like the seller mentioned, but apart from that, they're in excellent condition. I'm wearing them right now, not that sitting at the computer is going to help break them in.

What do you think?

Sunday, 19 August 2012

"Don't wanna be just like you"

I know it's warm and it's summer when I start breaking out the halterneck dresses. I bought this one in the January sale, my only deviance from my resolution of shopping abstinence until my birthday. You can't see them but I wear my lace-trimmed cycling shorts underneath - I've just got so used to wearing them under everything, I feel naked and insecure without them!
Necklace: DIY
Dress: Red Herring, Debenhams
Jacket: Timberland, Mir's wardrobe
Bracelets: gifts from family and friends
Socks: present from Curly Wurly
Trainers: Converse, TK Maxx

 Left to right
Red: China, present from dad
Cherry: handmade by E's mum
Blue: present from H
Green: present from Wifey
Yellow: China, present from dad

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Denim jacket

I found it hanging on the door of the toilet, in my sister's house. We actually thought it belonged to a previous resident, as neither my mum nor I recognised the garment as belonging to our family. I had hardly mentioned it to my sister, when she, reading my mind, offered to lend it to me. I graciously accepted.
Jacket: Timberland, sister's wardrobe
That's the story of how I came across this denim jacket. I've never wanted one before, but I saw it hanging there and thought it would look nice with one of my dresses. And I can hardly resist the temptation of free new clothes - new to me, anyway. Unfortunately I don't know how else to wear the thing, so once again I turn to LB for ideas.

Click for LB

Friday, 17 August 2012

China haul

The next best thing after seeing relatives in China is the awesome though elusive gear to be found - a lot of the following were bought in my last couple of days there. The indoor market is much more interesting than the shiny department stores - in reward for braving the masses of people, the pickpockets and the bartering, I ended up buying quite a lot of little thingies from the market.

Pocky: supermarket
Olympics badge: gift
Angry Birds badges: anime merchandise shop
Jewellery: indoor market
Phonecharms: indoor market
A few items will be going to friends as holiday presents, but I'm greedy so most of it will be staying with me. The Pocky's for sharing with mates, though.

The earrings I think will make very nice collar tips, but I don't know where the wire cutters are, as I need to snip off the pins on the backs of the earrings. More on those some other day when I locate them. And I wonder if sandpaper works on metal?

Angry Birds is all the rage in China - everyone and their cousin has an Angry Bird on their t-shirt or shoe or bag. Apparently it's the same in Finland, where Angry Birds is the national treasure. Cel jokes(?) their whole economy is dependent on the game.

I also bought a bucketload of really awesome tights, but I haven't got round to photographing them yet. They'll probably get their own little post to themselves.

I absolutely adore this fish bracelet. Chinese people like fish, 鱼, because its homophone is 余, which means abundance. I'm not so sure about peanuts or apples though... The little turtle on the ring has moving head, limbs and tail.

Totoro: anime merchandise shop
State Alchemist pocket watch: anime merchandise shop (a different one!)
I am so, so happy with the anime merchandise I found! Though Japan's just across a little water, anime and manga are still extremely obscure in China. Even in UK, since about a decade ago, the bookshops have cottoned on to manga, which would be great if I didn't already have twenty-two volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist in Chinese.

The Totoro, from Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro, unsurprisingly, is smashable and extremely spikey for the fur effect, so it had to be transported in a coat of bubble wrap to get here in one piece.  It's actually a money box but I won't be putting anything in it because the plastic plug on the bottom is wedged in very tightly, and I daren't manhandle such a fragile object.

The State Alchemist pocket watch was actually the display watch, but it's a different model to all the ones in the boxes, and looked slightly better quality. Consequently I bought it without any packaging, for very slightly cheaper than the boxed ones.

I've been wanting a high-collared blouse for some time, and now I've got two. The one on the right I bought first, and it's over three times more expensive than the one on the left, which I found in some sidestreet store. Oh well - when I get plenty of wear out of both of them maybe I'll stop feeling so bad.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Oriental Adventures

It's so, so good to be back home - back to clean tap water, breathable air, soft beds, sandwiches and unfiltered internet. My post-China blogging activities begins with a photo bomb, and will be followed by some really neat stuff I bought, so stick around these couple of days!

Graveyard cat with heterochromia
Visiting late grandparents at the graveyard, I stalked a dirty white cat, one of the half-wild animals wandering about the place. This cat also had a couple of baby cats, neither of which I could approach very closely.


Old bank
These were taken at what used to be a bank. Now it's a tourist attraction in the middle of a park. Park culture is interesting in China. You do get people milling around in daytime; at noon it's very hot; but nighttime is when the park comes alive. There are huge throngs of people, young and old, dancing or power-walking or singing after the sun goes down and it's cooler.

In the park
In the bank-turned-museum, some pro stuck the exit sign upside down.

Upside-down sign

In an aquarium

No idea what I did to the camera settings here...

In China, even the sandcastles have squinty eyes. I wish I could say I made it, but I didn't.

In another park, we saw a really pro kite flier on the bridge.

Kite flier

During my stay in China, I may have won an eBay auction for some boots I've had my eye on for the longest time. Can you guess what they are? I'm dying for them to arrive, so more news on those when they turn up.
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