Friday, 26 September 2014

"Because I'm happy"

I wore this to school sometimes and it was totally cool because every student and teacher and cleaner in the place was 100% accustomed to how I dress. A bit of casual cosplay never hurt anyone.
Shirt: sister's wardrobe
Pinafore: Primark
Boots: Doc Martens

I'm at uni now and I'm going to get super busy, so this will probably be my last post in a while. I feel like this blog has been a major hobby of mine for the past two and a half years, but because I've always known I couldn't keep this up in uni so sort of eased this place into retirement, I feel okay about it. Maybe you can catch me on Tumblr? Haha, I don't even know. This whole dentistry thing I feel is going to get hard. Thanks for sticking around!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hair down

on deviantART
A few weeks ago it was announced that Shulk got into the new Super Smash Bros. I love Dunban a million times more but I'm still so happy for Shulk, because it means this incredible game is getting some recognition. And Dunban is in the final smash chain attack, yay! It's a shame he's wearing clothes though

Ummmm this is Melia. Her hair is usually tied up but I think she looks nice with it down.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Lyra Belacqua

I'm quite sure I was ten years old when I read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Consequently, my memory of it is very hazy, and I could do with rereading it, especially as it sits in my sister's bookshelf all ready for me, waiting.

Luckily I caught the film running on telly and noticed that Lyra, played by a Dakota Blue Richards, has enough costume changes for me to make a post about her. American renaming baffles me, so I can't quite account for why 'Northern Lights' was changed to 'The Golden Compass' except to be more consistent with the other titles in the trilogy.

Lyra's wardrobe changes with her circumstances, and if you've read or watched this before, you'll know her circumstances change a lot. Nevertheless, whether she's in a posh townhouse or in the middle of a glacier, she's always dressed practically but creatively, using colour and texture to fit in with her surroundings.

'The Golden Compass' film was released in 2007, but Lyra's pinafores fit right into the current trend. The tartan one is to die for, though I can't find any more images of it, unfortunately.

The embroidered detailing of Lyra's coat is just beautiful, and the gold trim and combination of burgundy and cream colours give it quite an imperial look. The leather satchel is of course to contain her precious Alethiometer.

I think my favourite ensemble, however, is her massive chunky knit cardigan with red tights. I'm a big fan of coloured opaque tights and wouldn't have thought of matching it to a big cardi like this, but I think it looks very cute. The different hues and fuzzy textures in the cardigan with her fur boots make her clothes really interesting to look at, which is what I aim for when dressing.

For me, the blue dress definitely conjures up Alice in Wonderland, which is very appropriate for her age, and how she is flung into the depths of a complicated and furtive adult world. Below is what Lyra wears while on the Gyptians' boats.

Image sources:
Silvertongue: Lyra Belaqua fanlisting
Entertainment Weekly
Library Noise
Vickie Howell

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Uni wishlist

tube skirt for noctornal excursions: New Look
raincoat for high-visibility precipitation evasion: Joules
dynamo torch for looking at things: Status
purse for carrying cards with no money on them: Mala
flask for hydration while power-studying: John Lewis

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Why I want really long hair

At present moment, my hair looks a lot like this wig, with a full fringe (symmetrical, straight across) and about waist-length. My last proper haircut was summer 2012 - I couldn't really understand the mumbly Chinese hairdresser's questions so didn't really know what I was agreeing to, but I walked out with thinned, armpit-length, slightly layered hair. I didn't intend it to be cut that short but he did a very good job of it. Around winter 2012 my mum trimmed it a bit, taking off probably a few centimetres, and since then I've done nothing but snip off individual split ends now and then. (Though I still have loads of split ends. Urgh.) As of this afternoon I have decided that I am also going to grow out my fringe. There, I've typed it, and I'm going to do it now. To motivate myself, here are the reasons I want long hair.

The porcelain doll, Emilka
As well as videoing several hairstyle tutorials, she also shares how she cares for her hair in one handy post.
Pam, pam, pam

The fierce* and fiery-haired Olivia
*She dresses fierce, but I've exchanged words with her a couple of times and I can vouch for the veracity of her sidebar.

The real-life mermaid, Megan
Her cherry red hair being her signature look, she's written a lot about it. Useful for anyone trying to grow their hair out, maintain a certain colour or just keep it healthy.
Festival fun

Monday, 1 September 2014

"You are lost, you can never go home"

dress: New Look
sandals: Clarks
Evenstar: birthday present from O
bracelets: Accessorize, Christmas present from K

This is my hair on a good day.

One of my most prized possessions is this Evenstar necklace O got me for my birthday. She really likes Lord of the Rings too, so it was difficult for her to part with it! I adore jewellery from one of my many obsessions because I feel awesome wearing it, and it's a great conversation starter. For example, on the taster days for my new school two years ago I quite deliberately wore the One Ring round my neck in the hope of finding fellow-minded people. It worked a treat and I'm going to try it when I go to uni too.

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