Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Seafaring Stripes

Sweater: Esprit, Skirt: Lindex, Boots: Anthro, all old. Bag: Madewell (new & shiny).

A burial at sea may be in order, because my laptop appears to have committed suicide. And by burial at sea I mean I want to throw it in the Thames.Victor and I have spent the whole afternoon and evening trying to save my work, but who knows...

The real kicker is that I can't afford to replace it. So hopefully Victor can manage a factory reset, but not before I save everything that means anything to me from that hard drive. Mmmmhm, can you smell how upset I am across the internet?

I'm currently blogging from my tablet, which has a kind of toddler version of Photoshop on it -"My First Photoshop", anyone? - but if I disappear for a while, you know why. I'll be busy singing 'I believe that Satan has a hold on you!"* to my piece of crap Toshiba and crying tears of blood. That is all.

*shameless Book of Mormon reference.

Friday, 22 May 2015

All the Stripes You Can Eat!

Blazer: H&M, Top: Banana Republic, Jeans: Old AG's, Shoes: Old Marks & Spencer.

So, I've been a terrible blogger. And I thought, in an attempt to make myself blog more than once a week, how about if I do something that'll force me to blog every day for a week. Like, say, try to wear a different stripe-based outfit every day. And I did. And I photographed it, too. And here I am, on Friday, blogging Monday's outfit anyway. 

Somewhere between grabbing my camera and plugging it into my laptop, my energy just fizzled out. But on the plus side, the reasons I am exhausted are actually nice ones. Like having a meaningful job and being busy with comics. Like having a good gym routine and doing lots of cooking - and baking! - at home and taking a weekend to visit my mother. 

Um, and as for this blazer? I normally don't gravitate towards H&M anymore, for various reasons... but months ago, my friend wanted to go in, and I tagged along - and there it was. The perfect brown blazer that I never knew anyone would go and make. I actually got several compliments on it when I wore this to work - one included the word "shiny". I suppose polyester is rather shiny, eh?  But maybe that's not always a bad thing.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Iron Man or Spider Man?

Dress & boots: Anthro, Cardigan: Vero Moda, Tights: American Apparel
Whoa - my legs match my wall! I've been thinking about what to do with this black wall-space, and I have this idea. We spotted these art-deco style superhero posters in a shop, and since Spiderman was Victor's favourite, I may frame it and put it up here to surprise him! My favourite was Iron Man, and I'm also considering putting both of them up, sort of facing each other... or would that be too much geek chic? Each poster is 80x60 cm, so they'd make an impact, to put it mildly. I'd welcome any feedback! Tell me if I'm about to make a terrible mistake!!

Oh and speaking of Iron Man, we went and watched the new Avengers movie (and I didn't wear this outfit), and I dunno... I have mixed feelings about it. My most minor gripe is that the supposedly Eastern European twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver speak badly accented English even when they are speaking to each other.  

Victor just keeps saying, "But it wasn't Iron Man who built Ultron! It was ANT MAN!!" I never read the comics, so this doesn't bother me in the slightest, but... Maybe I just missed Loki. Maybe I need to watch it again to fully appreciate the sheer OTT gloriousness of it. 

Anyway, this is a date-night outfit from last Friday - it's kind of 2009, isn't it? But still, I kind of like it - mustard, mint and tomato! Also, I'd spent my day off baking in this dress, so all I had to do was take off the apron and put on tights, and I was good to go! 

Friday, 1 May 2015

La Touriste

 Sacre Coeur in the sunshine... is there anything more lovely? This church is right on the edge of Monmartre which, thanks to the movie Amelie, will always be my favourite part of Paris. Sadly, you're not allowed to take photos inside, but we did manage to snap some outfit pictures on the front steps instead!

Dress: Anthro, Blazer: UniQlo, Scarf: Madewell, Shoes: WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THEM. 

This winter, I spent a lot of time sale-stalking this dress... it's exactly the right shape for my body, and it's my fourth "criss-cross" dress, actually. I also have a red one, a cloudrose one, and a referee-striped one. Hey, if it works, it works - right?  And yes, the shoes - they are like Fight Club. We don't talk about them. 

Anyway, this was my view while Victor was snapping my picture:

It was the first warm spring day I'd experienced this year, and the air was literally shimmering with the heat. It was so bright that I had no idea if the pictures would even come out or not, I just kind of had to aim my phone at things and snap, hoping for the best. But there it is, Paris, spread out majestically before us like some kind of cultural smorgasbord. 

Did I mention this church has gargoyles? Ever since that old Disney movie about the bell-ringer of Notre Dame, I've had a soft spot for gargoyles. Wasn't one of the gargoyles voiced by George from Seinfeld? Anyway, there they are, warding off evil like little champs, snapping their teeth against the blue sky. 

Anyway, it seemed fitting to bring along my Madewell "Paris" scarf that I'd recently scored on Ebay - spread it out like a napkin, and you can see that it's got all the districts of Paris written on it. I wore this scarf every day during our trip - and of course, I wore my old wardrobe hero, ye olde black blazer! Anywhere I go on holiday, I try to bring this blazer along; on this trip it also doubled as a cardigan and outside jacket when it got too hot for my leopard coat. Blazers Save Lives, people. Word.

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