Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

I wanted to do a little Christmas themed photoshoot this year, seeing as I mostly stick to simple outfit photos these days. I put my own little spin on it, and while I realise it's not the most festive outfit, I still like how these came out! The top is a Marilyn Monroe Intimate bodysuit, the skirt is thrifted, the heels are from Urban Behaviour, and the wig (which I loooove) is from abHair*. 

I hope you all have a very very very Merry Christmas!


Late Autumn

These are some photos I took a couple of weeks ago. 

The first is of some lovely treats mum made, and the rest are some outdoorsy ones from before it snowed.

Wild rose hips.
Rural Christmas tree.

Wrought iron.
Wild berries.
Birch leaves.
Side garden.
Mini daisies.
Blooming potato vine.
More mini daisies and dying flowers.

Dying daisy.

Christmas lights.
More birch leaves.

Shopping | Leopard and Lace

Recently, when I went through my wallet I realised that: 

1. It's in an even worse state than I'd realised and I've somehow managed to thoroughly wear out a leather wallet.

 2. Those gift cards from last Christmas are still in there, and it's almost Christmas again.

I also had (well, still have, partially) a credit from a neat little shop in town called Dots. And since I was downtown dropping off my bag to have the strap fixed, I thought I'd pop in. I picked up this new faux fur coat for $5.00. I had to do a double-take at the price tag, I couldn't believe how cheap it was as it's actually lovely! And I love faux fur and leopard print. They also had a stunning floor-length camel coat, but unfortunately not in my size.

Then, considering the gift card I've been hanging onto for nearly a year, I decided to drop by Sears, where it turned out there were having a massive pre-Christmas sale last week. I picked up a couple of pairs of lacy undies, a pair of Vanity Fair stockings, and a little Christmas gift -- all for $20!

And since The Bay and Sears are about 5 minutes apart in Victoria, I thought I'd pop in on my way home. I ended up picking up a couple of pairs of skin-tone hold-ups and a pair of back-seam tights on their pre-Christmas sale. I wish there were more options for sheer hosiery for super pale girls -- most 'Nude' shades are too tan for my skin and it looks ridiculous! I've had a pair of those exact back-seam tights once before... and snagged them the first time I wore them. Must be more careful this time. Hue tights are lovely lovely lovely, but usually a bit too pricey for me (unless I happen to have a gift card that I've forgotten about).

Priscilla Presley Hair and Makeup Tutorial

Priscilla Presley's hair and makeup, to me, epitomises 60s' glamour. I was recently asked to make a tutorial inspired by her and was a little indimidated by the task -- I don't usually experiment with my liner much and hers was incredible and perfectly done. 

So, here is my best attempt to recreate her iconic look!


Military Green and Glitter

Coat: Front Row Shop* | Dress: Vintage | Heels: Steve Madden
As soon as I received this coat in the post last week, I knew exactly how I wanted to style it. I took some inspiration from two outfits Marilyn Monroe wore during her trip to Korea. The first being the sequinned dress in which she performed and the second being the green military garb she wore during the tour -- I decided to try to combine the two looks and create my own outfit inspired by both.

I paired this lovely green trenchcoat from Front Row Shop with a vintage sequinned dress which I bought at a thrift shop years ago. I recently took in the dress so it would fit properly and I love how it turned out -- now I just need somewhere to wear it! I wore my favourite heels and decided to forgo accessories, as I didn't want to take any emphasis away from the glittering dresss.


Black and Gold II

Blouse: Winners | Sweater: Thrifted | Jeans: Suzy Shier | Heels: Urban Behaviour 

Continuing on in the "Christmastime is coming, get the sequins out!" spirit of the last outfit I posted, a sequel of sorts. I bought this neat little number from Winners last spring with the Christmas season in mind -- again, if you can't casually wear sequins at this time of the year, when can you? For the most part, it's gotten far too cold to wear something so lightweight without something layered over or under it. I opted for an old black and metallic gold thrifted sweater which I thought would go together nicely with the sequinned collar of the little blouse. Since the sweater is quite loose-fitting, and I don't liked to feel drowned in oversized clothes, I wore my high waisted jeans. Don't want to be too demure, do we?

I skipped wearing any accessories, and wore a new pair of heels that I recently bought for $10 at Urban Behaviour. I didn't even know we had an Urban Behaviour, though I think it's fairly new to Victoria. We also have an Urban Planet in the Bay Centre. What is it with 'urban' being in all these shop names?

Black and Gold

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, I've taken to working in more glittery pieces into my outfits. (If you can't wear glitter at Christmastime, when can you?) I was going through my sock drawer (completely serious), and found a pair of socks with a metallic gold stripe around the ankle. So, I wondered, could an outfit be based around these?

I decided I'd match the gold stripe on the socks to an old thrifted sweater, except I'd forgotten how strange the sleeves and shoulders on this sweater are. Quick fix: Wear a blazer over it, then any strangeness is covered and it adds a tailored feel to the overall outfit. 

In hopes of eliminating the boxy feeling of the outfit, I chose to wear my high waisted black jeans from Suzy Shier. They've faded a bit by now and I had to replace the button, but they seeing as they were just $20 and I've gotten tonnes of wear out of them, I'm not too bothered. 

As for shoes, I didn't want too much of the socks showing, so I chose to wear an old pair of wedge boots from Aldo which left just my ankles exposed. And I popped on a pair of obnoxiously big heart-shaped hoop earrings -- I love classic, delicate jewellery, but I've always had a soft spot for those massive faux gold earrings. And since it's gotten far too cold to wear only a blazer, I wore my herringbone coat from Sirens.

So, I based an outfit around a pair of socks and, looking at it a few days later, I actually don't hate it. Swell.

A New Look + Two New Tutorials

Some of your might have noticed by now that I've changed around a few things on here. I've gotten a new URL, rearranged the layout, and changed the colour scheme a bit. I'd been so tired of the old look, I wanted desperately to make a few changes. I might fiddle with the layout a bit more, but I'm so far loving the changes. I hope you guys like them, as well!

I've also posted two new tutorials on my Youtube channel in the past week, the first is a Mr Brighside inspired makeup and the second is an Elizabeth Taylor makeup tutorial. 

Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday.

Knee Socks

Coat: Sirens | Bodysuit: American Apparel | Shorts: Thrifted | Tights: Secret | Socks: Ardene | Heels: Aldo

Last month, I mentioned on Tumblr how I've recently gotten into (read: gotten obsessed with) the Arctic Monkeys. I'm still a bit bitter that I'll be missing their Vancouver show in December, but that's another story. I was feeling a bit inspired by one of their new songs, Knee Socks and went searching in my storage bins for my old over-the-knee socks. I couldn't find them -- I'm pretty sure I sold them on eBay, as they had never been taken out of the pack. So, I snapped up a new pair at Ardene -- actually two new pairs and a little gift for a friend on one of their 3-for-$10 sales.

I layered them over a pair of sheer black tights (which was so cosy!), and wore high waist shorts, my beloved AA bodysuit, and my favourite winter coat from last year. Similar to the last look I posted, this one is a bit different from what I usually go for but I love how it all came together!


Black on Black

Cardigan: Suzy Shier | Blouse: Thrifted | Trousers: Thrifted | Heels: Steve Madden | Earrings: Icing

Here's a quick look from last week. I'd felt like experimenting a bit, so I put together an outfit that was slightly different from anything I'd recently worn. I paired a thrifted lacy blouse with an old pair of thrifted dotted trousers and my favourite black heels. I popped on a little black cardigan, in lieu of a black blazer. I've actually been searching for a nice black blazer for ages and hadn't yet found the right one, but recently I was in Suzy Shier and came across a perfect one similar to my red one --  and I'm sure I'll definitely be working it into an outfit sometime in the near future!


Amy, Amy, Amy

I filmed an Amy Winehouse tutorial last week, as per a request on Tumblr, and here it is!


Fashion Favourites | October 2013

 clockwise from upper left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Autumn (and winter!) have always been my favourite seasons for fashion. I love the coats, scarves, hats, cardigans, and nearly everything else these seasons allow in terms of fashion! I picked out a few of my favourite items from an online boutique called SheInside as examples of some of my favourite styles this autumn. I love this little houndstooth top, and though I've never worn a cape, this one with faux fur trim looks amazing!


Fall Florals

Cardigan: Chicnova* | Skirt: Thrifted | Coat: Sirens | Beret: Vintage | Heels: Aldo

I typically don't go for overly girly clothing, but I do makle exceptions. Such as this adorable little floral cardigan from Chicnova. I balanced out the look by pairing it with a thrifted fitted skirt and my favourite winter coat (which is on year #2 now and is truly beginning to show how much its been loved, wah!). I then popped on my old Aldo pumps and beret and voila! A girly, but not too much, autumn appropriate outfit.