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. ;)