Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Work outfit

Top: Mango, 5 years old(!), Skirt: Banana Republic, Boots: from Norway, Watch: Fossil. 

So here is a work outfit I liked and took pictures of in the kitchen. Yes, that's right, we went with a hygienic olive green and mint colour scheme in there. I painted it all with my mother, then thought, shouldn't a kitchen be a dark, warm welcoming yellow? And then I thought, oh well, I'm NOT repainting that now, so that was that. We have such a big fridge now compared to our last one, and until recently there was hardly anything in it because a) we were used to shopping for a tiny fridge and b) in the old fridge, things like milk went off really fast. But now that my friend is living with us, it's actually looking like a normal human fridge in there, and all three of us have space for our stuff, so it's win-win really. 

Can you tell that my brain has melted, by the way? We had a friend come over that we haven't seen in a while, and she literally talked at us for three and a half hours straight. And while she's nice and it was great to see her again after nine months or so, now I feel like taking up a hermit lifestyle on a mountaintop or something. The only things I'd bring would be Victor and our fridge. And maybe this sweater top, which I've had for almost five years now, so I might as well keep it around (I do like it!). Oh, but this skirt - it's weird, because Banana Republic is usually not a store I'd find myself inside, but this season they have just been killing it! 

But wait - what's going on? The floor is shaking, the whole building is shaking! We are seven floors up, and suddenly I can feel myself sliding?! Ahhhhh!!* 

*Kidding. Duh. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A New Job!

Sweater & boots: Anthropologie, Skirt: J.Crew, all OLD. 

So I started a new job - one that I actually really love! I'm working as a teaching assistant, giving one-on-one support to a woman who is in a wheelchair and has some brain damage following a car-crash she was in. This lady is fantastic, and we get on like a house on fire, and she's already made so much progress that I feel like a proud tiger-mom. Last week, she even won a box of chocolates in a maths quiz! The class is an interesting mix - some people with assistants, and some regular teenagers, one of whom made my day the other day. This kid looks like a young Elvis, but is surprisingly kind - so when the kid with cerebral palsy held out his hand for a high-five, Young Elvis obliged, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. 

In other news, I am ploughing on with a comics submission to a Publisher Who Must Not Be Named (Nope, it's not Voldemort!) and hopefully I'll be able to put a couple of pages and sketches on the internets soon. I mean, I am dying to show this stuff off, and the girl I am working with - Kaz of the Kazpants! - is producing some of her best work ever. She was personally invited by one of the editors to submit a proposal to them, and that kind of chance doesn't come knocking on your door every day! So Circuit Breaker, my other comic, has been forced to take a bit of a back seat - I can, like, relax from working on the other proposal by cleaning Circuit Breaker pages - sounds good, no? 

In other news, one of my besties is living with us now! She's moved over from Norway to try and start all over in London, and Victor is totally cool with this. The three of us actually have a lot of fun co-habiting; tonight we cooked an enormous chicken dinner together and then collapsed in a groaning heap. My friend is going for flat-viewings, too, because nobody wants to live with Victor and me forever, right? (Except for our future children. Hopefully.) And so we are tagging along for extra safety, so Victor can pretend he knows kung fu and I can scare people with my bitch face, as shown below:  

I mean, whoa - do I look mean here or what? Also, last summer, when I bought this skirt, I was secretly wishing it was this skirt. Which I eventually scored on sale, and then didn't wear on the blog for whatever reason - until now. This was actually my work outfit today - they have a fairly relaxed dress code, we're just not allowed to wear jeans or sneakers, but I still try to fit in with the British Professional Colour Palette, because those unspoken rules are a terrifying thing to break. I mean I say that now, but at some point you know I'm gonna blow a gasket and show up there in my clocks dress - it's just a matter of when... 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Dog Ate My Homework!

Sweater: Madewell, Blouse: Lindex, Jeans: AG's, Boots: Anthro - all terribly OLD!!
So whoa, I haven't blogged in like, forever. Main reason? I started a really cool new job! But I'm not going to get into that right now, because Liz here kindly nominated me for the Liebster award about five hundred years ago. THANK YOU LIZ, I AM NOT WORTHY, because I am a slob who doesn't blog or answer comments. So, while I tackle her questions, I insist that you read my post while listening to this song, because just like the Boys, I'm Back. On the, uh, street. Or something.

1: Community. I'm so lucky to have met such wonderful people through blogging, and to have made such wonderful friends! 
2: From blogs, from American magazines like Lucky and Glamour (UK ones are so, so awful), Kinfolk and the West Elm catalogues, which are all stuck together now due to being drooled on so often. 
3: How would you describe your personal style?
Polkadots with other stuff thrown in. Or maybe "Dottentott"?  
4: What are some of your someday dream jobs?
Well, full-time comics writer would be pretty sweet. Contracts with several big publishers, and at least three ongoing series on the go.  
5: You know that movie Amelie? Yeah, exactly. Also, there is this author I'm really obsessed with right now - Jeff Vandermeer. He recently finished a series about an intelligent landscape that spreads and takes over EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in sight.  
6: If and why do you think fashion is important?
Because it is another kind of creativity, and it allows us all to be creative with what we wear, and how to express ourselves. Also, it's fun, and there is never enough fun to go around!

7: Where would you like to travel? 
I'd really like to travel more extensively around Japan - we've been there a couple of times already, and I really love travelling to the smaller towns and exploring their unusual tourist attractions - like the Sand Museum in Nima, or the Tezuka Museum outside Osaka. Victor wants to go to Fukuoka, I want to go to Tottori and walk across the sand dunes... 

8: What lessons have you learned from blogging?
What flatters me, and what doesn't - the camera doesn't lie! It's also taught me to have confidence in myself and my silly style - "You can get away with it," Victor tells me, and it's true! Accept your love of green pants and polkadots, and the world will do the same.

9: Instead of a last supper, imagine a last outfit: what would it be, 
where would you wear it, and why?
Bahaha! Okay, so a last outfit would involve some kind of fabulous dress - which I will still magically fit into at the age of 87 or whatever - maybe this one? And of course, my moto boots that I wear all the time, and my wedding rings. I'd wear this to the Tokyo Diner with Victor, for one last Chicken Katsu Curry (him) and Salmon Donbury (me), because we better clock out together, or else. Why? Because I love these items so, so much!

10: What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Don't take things so seriously - all that energy you spend stressing out, you could pour into creative projects and doing fun stuff. 

11: What do you want your legacy to be?
A mountain of graphic novels collecting my finished comics. (Graphic novels = way much more royalties than individual floppies, you know.) 

Congratulations! You have reached the end of the questionnaire, and may reward yourself with a brownie, or a carrot dipped in hummus or something. Thanks for bothering to come back and check my blog after so long! In the words of Little Nutbrown Hare, I love you THIIIIS MUCH!!

PS: Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm not getting pinched!