Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Matsumekko

Dress: Marimekko, Bag: Etsy, Shoes: Doc Martens:
Watch: Anthro Necklace: Self-made

WARNING: This will be an extremely nerdy post. If you have a low tolerance for these things, maybe just look at the pretty pictures. Or read another blog. I try to limit my nerdiness to the absolute minimum, but today is May 24th and I cannot contain myself. Consider yourself forewarned. 


Now then - see these little guys on my bag? They are the Matsuno brothers, and if you look carefully, you'll see that there are six of them. The Matsunos are sextuplets, and the stars of the funniest show I have watched in my life - an anime created in 2015 to commemorate what would have been the 80th birthday of their original creator, Fujio Akatsuka, who passed away in 2008. He created the sextuplets in 1962(!) when they starred in the series Osomatsu-kun. In the original series, they were ten years old, but they were aged for the reboot and are now 20. 

I should add that I found this bag on Etsy, and that the seller is super lovely. It was a birthday treat to myself, and I use it all the time - well worth the £16 I spent on it! Plus, I love to support creative people and buy handmade stuff, so yeah. Win-win!


The six brothers are called - deep breath - Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu and Todomatsu. In the series, they parody everything from Sailor Moon to Saw - poor Jigsaw keeps kidnapping the wrong brother, until he eventually just gives up and kills the one he's caught. Everybody dies, all the time, and gets revived for the next skit - it's that kind of show. Also, they have a fairly... relaxed relationship with porn and bodily functions. I mean, what do you expect in a show about six brothers, right? So don't watch this if you're easily offended! Their family symbol is a stylized pine tree, and it was only after we got home from Finland that I realised it looks a whole lot like the little symbols on my new Marimekko dress:  


So there you have it - I subliminally picked out this dress because it reminds me of the Matsu leaf. I am so sad, so very, very sad, as Crash and the Boys sing in the Scott Pilgrim movie. 
Now, see the necklace I'm wearing here? I made this myself, from an Osomatsu-san gatchapon I randomly picked up in Japan. I'm sorry the picture isn't very clear, but this is the fourth brother, Ichimatsu, dressed up as a cat. In the show, each brother has picked a favourite colour - whether to help people tell them apart, or so they can't steal each others' stuff, or both... Ichimatsu's colour is purple. I don't have a lot of purple stuff, but he matches my tights pretty well, right?     


As for this dress, let me just stress (hah! rhyme!) that it came from the Marimekko outlet in Helsinki, where we went for my birthday, and that it was heavily reduced. There is no way Victor could afford to treat me to a full-priced Marimekko dress, nor would I want him to! We walked into the regular store in the town centre just to browse, and I was like, "Who do they think they are - Anthropologie?!" 

Also. Today is May 24th. Fujio Akatsuka set this as the sextuplets' birthday. So their star-sign is Gemini. I know, right!?

Thursday, 11 May 2017

I Scream, You Scream

Dress: Anthropologie: Shades & bag: Madewell, Sandals: Birkenstock - all old.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you! In the middle of April, we had one glorious day of heatwave goodness. It was like a vitamin D injection straight into your soul, I'm telling you! Like that scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta plunges that needle into Uma Thurman's heart, except you know, a lot less frantic. We arranged for a picnic in Regents' Park with a bunch of our friends, and had tuna-avocado-wraps and icecream. The day after, it got cold again, but who cares - we'd had that one slice of summer to tide us over for now. 


Also, this dress was all over the internet last summer, and I wanted one so badly... except there was no way I could justify the price tag, and the dress ran so small that I couldn't find my size in store when it did hit sale. Flash forward to right after I'd had my operation this January ("Fist-Sized Ovarian Cyst Has Got to Go"), and I was just casually looking on ebay. When I found it for super cheap. In my size. So now I can finally be in on the popsickle dress fun, which I am obviously rather stoked about. Can you see the tiny icecreams on this picture? If not, I can assure you they are very cute. THE END. ;)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hello from Helsinki

Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: French Connection, Necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: Paige Verdugo, Shoes: Superga

 Hello from Helsinki! We're on a little holiday - having spent Easter in Tallinn, we took a ferry across to Helsinki to celebrate my birthday. That was yesterday, and we had so much fun. Oh, and this was my birthday outfit! I kind of liked it. 


We started the day with a little expedition to Hertonniemi, where there is a Marimekko outlet. Now, my main goal with that was to find something for my mum, who is a big Marimekko fan - provided the patterns aren't too loud by her standards. I found one thing in a pattern I know she likes - success! Victor then suggested I try some stuff on, and insisted on buying me the cutest dress - as soon as I'm back in London, I'm gonna start wearing this thing, and I can't wait to style it. Here in Finland, it's just way too cold - it's actually hailing right now!


After Marimekko, we went to the Helsinki Art Museum - known as HAM, I kid you not! - to see the Tove Jansson gallery. She was such a talented artist, and the main attraction was a pair of huge frescoes she made for a dining hall. They are called Party in the Country and Party in the City, and they are just stunning. Also, if you look closely you can see a tiny moomin in each picture! We went on to have dinner at a viking-themed restaurant, and cocktails at a bar called Liberty or Death - where we had to order by process of elimination, as it were, and limit our choices to the drinks that didn't contain absinthe! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Ikat Bandit

Jacket (customized), sunnies, scarf & bag: Madewell, Jeans: Paige,
Shoes: Superga, Baseball cap: Top Shop (mens' department!) 

Hey! So last week I was sick as a dog. See, I went to see my mother after her eye surgery - which went well, but you know, when your one living parent opens the door for you and they've got one eyeball that's covered in blood, you do a little double take, eh? Now, my mum had this surgery shortly after returning from the Easter Islands - check my Insta for a picture of her posing with the Moai statues like a boss - and on the flight back, she caught this virus. Obviously she didn't see the point in cancelling her surgery even though she was ill - that would just be silly, right? Sigh. 


So when I was booking the tickets to come visit her, she did say she was down with a cold, so maybe I shouldn't come. As I started to realise that I had, in fact, caught her insane death virus and was feeling worse by the minute, so did she. "You're not getting ill, are you?" My mother asked, with a dangerous note in her voice. "Of course not!" I answered, smiling and trying to cough more quietly. It was guilt, you see - who wants to give their kid the death flu, right? By the third day, when I crawled out of bed dripping mucus and gurgling, unable to even pretend I was feeling A-okay, she finally conceded that I was ill and maybe we should go get me some nasal spray. But - since she'd warned me beforehand, it was my own fault I'd got sick - okay?!  


Anyway, I'm all better now and my mother no longer feels quite so guilty, so all is well. And you know, when I said earlier that I feel my style has changed? This Ikat Bandit outfit is a pretty good example of  what I was talking about. I mean, I kind of feel like my style has gotten uglier - but in a good way? Also, this jacket has even more patches now - some of the latest additions are a "Ghost Paste" (as opposed to toothpaste) patch, a crystal patch and a Stranger Things patch. Oh, and on my other arm there's one that says "Hulk For Class President, 1983" - how could I resist, right? I just plan on adding to this thing until... Until I run out of space, I guess...

Friday, 31 March 2017

Optimal Coat Conditions

Coat & dress: Anthro, old. Bag & necklace: Madewell. Boots: Doc Martens. 

Do you have one of those coats that is amazing, but doesn't get worn that often, because it kind of requires specific weather conditions? This is one of those coats... I mean, I've worn it in the snow before, but because of the short sleeves, and because I now own a really enormous winter parka, it's just been easier to reach for the parka. Know what I mean? But this particular Sunday it was cold, but not too cold, and we were going to an exhibition, so I wanted to look a little bit fancy. 


Funny story about the sleeves - can you tell I had them lengthened? No? Well, this is what happens when you have orangutan arms, I guess. Every little helps, though, up here on the frozen British tundras! But I digress...


The exhibition was on Japanese architecture after WWII. There was so much cool stuff, including a full-scale reproduction of the home of this man called Maruyama-san, who had his old house torn down and replaced with what his architect called "a village inside a forest". Lots of tiny little building units, surrounded by slim trees, in the middle of a suburb. So you know, the bedroom is in one tiny unit, and then the kitchen would be in another, and the bathroom in a third... he brushes his teeth in front of a mirror that's propped up between the branches of a tree. 


Funny story - at the coat check, they only gave me the one tag. I assumed it was for my coat and my bag, but when I went to pick them up, the girl only gave me my bag. I had to describe the coat, and then she almost wouldn't give it to me! I was asked to describe what was in the pockets, only I knew for a fact they were empty... All I could think of was, "The label says Lauren Moffat!" Then, she finally gave it to me. Seriously... was she hoping to keep this coat for herself? Haha!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

He Didn't Get the Memo

Sweater, scarf , hat & bag: Madewell, all old. Jeans: AG Stevie via Anthro, old.
Bookbag: Cath Kidston, old. I SENSE A THEME HERE.   

We went to Notting Hill this Saturday, where all the pretty pastel houses live. I jumped in front of this most perfect lilac specimen, yelling, "Victor! Take my picture!" He didn't seem to have ever gotten the memo that when you take blog photos of your wife, you make sure to get their feet in the picture, Or that I wanted more of that lilac house in the frame - not that the green door isn't pretty, I guess!


Otherwise, our day was pretty perfect - because, see that book bag I'm holding with my jacket and sunnies? That bookbag contains a very satisfying comics haul from the second-hand bookstore just off the main road. And let me tell you, I walked out of there with a gem I hadn't even hoped to find - book one of my favourite Deadpool writer's return to writing Deadpool. This time, 'Pool has teamed up with Spiderman (who hates him), and it was so funny, I had to stop reading it on the train back - people would've thought I was el nutso... 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Bundle Up

Hat: Topshop, Jacket: Hand-me-down, from Norway, Sweater: Urban Outfitters,
Jeans, bag & scarf: Madewell, Sneaks: Superga

It's been quite a week. I have to admit I feel weird about sitting here writing my blog post just days after there was another terrorist attack here in the city I've come to call home. I'm all right, and so is everyone I know, but wow... What a swine, eh? I promised myself a long time ago I wouldn't swear on the internets in case some future employer comes across this blog. So "swine" will have to do - though anyone who deliberately mows their car through school children is more than a swine.  


Anyway. It's cold again over here, so I've been bundling up in this enormous sweater I found at Urban Outfitters a while ago. (When I say enormous, I mean it - I am wearing a size small, here.) And I realised that it would be an almost perfect match with my suede baseball cap and brand new rosegold sneakers - which I bought because they'd match the rose-gold zipper of my bomber jacket perfectly. (Yes, I am insane.) I'm not even sure if this outfit is flattering, but at the time I was super into it, so here you go! Hopefully it will be warm enough soon to wear the shoes with the bomber jacket, so I can fully revel in this shiny combo.