We’re really getting into winter now! This is the outfit I wore to go to the Violet Town market last weekend. It was a frosty morning, so I knew that I was going to need plenty of cosy layers. We’d had a lot of rain in the days leading up to the market, so I needed to wear boots because the ground at the market tends to get quite muddy.
Rather than sticking to boring browns and greys for winter, I like to mix up my outfits with pops of colour and fun accessories. I’m a firm believer in using clothing to make cold weather more bearable!
- Pink Tank Girl hat from a random stall at Northland
- Skull scarf from Sportsgirl
- Queens hoodie from Cotton On Body
- Purple jeans from Jay Jays
- Biker boots from Big W
- Black and white armwarmers from Cotton On
- Lucite sunglasses from Jay Jays
I had a lot of fun at the market. I saw loads of gorgeous crafts, but I didn’t buy any. I’ve made a pact not to buy anything that I could make for myself, and now that I’m becoming a dab hand at crocheting, a lot of cute crafts are within my abilities. I did come home with a big bag of vegetables and a couple of blocks of cheese. Delicious.
What do you wear to put a spring in your step in winter?
Welcome to another installment of my Disney Villains makeup series. Each month, I choose a Disney Villain and create a look inspired by them. I’m sharing monthly pictures of the different looks I’ve created, as well as video tutorials to show you how to get the look for yourself. This month, I’m drawing my inspiration from Disney’s shadiest cat, Scar from The Lion King.
I’ve already mentioned that Aladdin is my favourite Disney movie. But The Lion King is a close second. When I was growing up, we only owned two Disney films on video: The Lion King and Pocahontas, so those are the two that I’ve seen the most. I love the musical numbers in The Lion King. The story is both heart-wrenching and hilariously funny. It’s got an all-star voice cast and awesome animation. Plus, Scar is a devious villain, which only adds to the film in my opinion.
I used a brown glossy lip pencil to define and fill in the lips. Not only does this colour mirror Scar’s own face, but it’s a little nod to the brown-lipped looks that were so popular in the 90′s when this film was released.
Of all the Disney Villains looks I’ve done so far, I think that this one is the most wearable. You could easily get away with wearing this look for a sultry night out, or to prowl the city during the daytime.
If you’ve enjoyed this video, you might like to check out the other looks in this series:
If you have a favourite Disney villain, and you’d like to see me create a look based on them, please feel free to get in touch with me!
I was thinking this morning about how I rarely wear jeans anymore. I suppose that ‘rarely’ is a bit of a stretch, but compared to seven years ago when I wore jeans practically every day it’s an apt description. I doubt I pull out my jeans once a week anymore, and I sometimes go months without wearing them at all.
I am wearing:
- Blue circle printed shirt (thrifted)
- Light wash denim jeans from Garfunkle
- Burgundy Scooter platform shoes (thrifted)
- Snake ring from Diva
- Amethyst ring
- Signet ring from my parents.
Both my shirt and my shoes are thrifted, so I’m not entirely sure of their origins. The shoes are by Scooter, which is a brand I recognise from my early teen years. They seem to be from the 1990′s-does-70′s era. The shirt might be from the 70′s or it might also be from this retro-throwback-90′s trend. I’m really not sure. Either way, this is one of my favourite shirts. It’s comfy, it’s a great colour and I was wearing it the night I met Ross (so I’m convinced that it’s lucky)
I’ve also got a new lipstick. This is one of the Rimmel Vinyl Jelly lip liners in Choccie. I bought four of these last week when I found them in my local Reject Shop at 2 for $3. I find that they perform more like a lipstick than a lip liner. They’re quite glossy, but they last a long while and give great definition to the lips. I haven’t tried them with a lipstick over the top because I think they’re pigmented enough to be worn on their own. I also worry that the glossy finish would interfere with the lipstick. I’m planning to use this one in a tutorial later in the week, so stay tuned!
Even though I used to wear jeans all the time, I don’t feel as comfortable in them as I once did. I’ve branched out a lot with the styles I’m willing to try and jeans no longer feel like my go-to outfit. But I still love their classic appeal and the ease with which you can build an outfit around them.
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Some of my favourites from Jared’s store:
-Ghostbusters Tribute Shirt (I actually got this for Ross last Christmas and he wears it all the time!)
-Monty Python and the Holy Grail Tribute Shirt (I got this one for my dad, and again, it was a hit!)
-This Dinosaur shirt never fails to crack me up.
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You can find Jenny on her blog Magic Cat Jenny and her Youtube channel. She also has an adorably geeky shop. If you still want more Magic Cat Jenny, you can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Some of my favourites from Jenny’s blog:
- Jenny is a huge fan of CATS, which made me very pleased because I am too! (Fun fact: my cat Jellylorum is named after a character in CATS). Jenny does some amazing CAT makeup, but my favourite one is her Rumpleteazer.
-Jenny is also an avid crafter. She makes awesome things like Nerdy Monsters and Harry Potter badges. Here’s a look at her booth from the Whimsic Alley Craft Fair last year.
-So, we all know what a geek I am for Scott Pilgrim, right? Well, Jenny dressed up as Ramona Flowers for Halloween last year. Is this girl awesome or what?
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This outfit was worn on a very cold and gloomy day. On most cold and gloomy days, I will try to wear something bright and cheery to counteract the grey blah of the outside world. But on this day, I felt like wearing something a bit darker. So I let my inner goth take over.
- Black lace corset dress from 7 Angels
- Grey velvet blazer from Tree of Life
- Black lace-up boots (thrifted)
- Vintage mother of pearl earrings (thrifted)
- Yin-Yang mood ring (gift from my parents when I was 7)
- Owl knuckleduster ring (gift from my dad)
- Black leggings from K Mart
- Dark green bangle (thrifted)
So as not to bee too dark and gothic, I kept my makeup fairly polished and simple. I love wearing my hair like this, because it keeps it out of my way and this style looks way more complicated than it really is.
I’m sure you’ll hear it again before winter is out, but I love these boots. They are a perfect fit and they’re great for wearing with some of my floatier dresses to make them more winter-appropriate. For $7, you can’t go wrong!
This owl ring was a gift from my dad. It’s slightly too big for me, but I wear it anyway because it’s just so spectacular. I have a bit of a thing for owls, even though I’ve never seen one in real life.
So that’s what I wore to embrace the cold, rainy winter.
On the weekend, I turned 27. to celebrate, we had a literary themed party. We asked everyone to come dressed as one of their favourite characters from literature. I had a few ideas for characters to dress as, but in the end I settled on dressing as Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
Susan is Death’s granddaughter, and she features in several of the Discworld books. She’s a major character in Soul Music and Hogfather, which are two of my favourite Pratchett books. Susan has a very no-nonsense approach to life, and operates under the mantra, “Don’t get scared, get angry”. She has some supernatural powers and often steps in to take over the family business when Death takes a holiday.
A few years ago, a movie was made based on The Hogfather and it’s become one of my favourite Christmas movies. Here’s a little clip from it that shows Susan, just to give you an idea of what she looks like:
Ross came dressed as Death, so that our costumes would match somewhat
Other noteable costumes included Dr Jekyll:
Captain Haddock from Tin Tin
Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without plenty of party food. My ‘no sugar’ kick went out the window for the night. I made little placecards to go with each dish, and we tried to think of food that fit with the literary theme. We had Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Nanny Ogg’s Hedgehog slice, Minny Jackson’s chocolate pie (from The Help) and Velveteen Rabbit cupcakes.
I got loads of gorgeous presents for my birthday too. There were too many to photograph, so I just chose a couple of my favourites.
Ross bought me the newest installment in the Shanower/ Young comic adaptation of the Oz books. I can’t wait to read it.
Ross also got me these two limited edition Urban Decay palettes. These were released to coincide with the film Oz, The Great and Powerful and I wanted them from the moment they were announced. Sadly, Urban Decay don’t ship to Australia, and Ross had to go through all sorts of crap to get these to me. He’s been fighting with Urban Decay for about five months now. But they arrived just in time for my birthday, and I couldn’t be happier.
All in all, it was a really great birthday. Now all that’s left to do is clean up the mess!
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got something shiny and new in my wardrobe, I can’t just wear it once and be done with it. I like to wear it over, and over and over until the novelty wears off. And with this gorgeous vintage cossack hat, the novelty isn’t wearing off any time soon.
- Black vintage hat from Bess Georgette Vintage
- Black long-sleeved top from Cotton On
- Multi-coloured kaftan from Target
- Black harem pants from Target
- Black stilettos from Rubi Shoes
- Hematite necklace (vintage, from my Grandmother’s jewellery box)
- Gypsy bangle (gift from a friend)
So, you might have noticed that I’ve got new shoes too. I bought these online a few weeks ago and I’ve been wearing them quite a bit. Despite the height of the heel, they aren’t too difficult to walk in because they’ve got a little platform in the front. I just love the strappiness of them!
I’ve been trying to think of new outfits to wear this hat with. Last time, it was a kind of modern hippie outfit. This time, I thought that I’d go for something bright and fun. I found a bunch of pictures in my scrapbook that featured eccentric old women in kaftans and billowy pants lounging about, dripping with jewellery and furs. Instead of donning a tracksuit after work, I thought I’d take a leaf out of their book and slip into something more stylish.
I’m still not tired of this hat. Not one bit! I’ve got to think of a different look to team it with next time. I’m thinking something a bit more polished and sexy, perhaps a wiggle skirt and a tight jumper and pearls. We’ll just have to see…
Being a grown-up sucks sometimes. Bills to pay, dishes to clean, a job to go to. It can all get a bit much after a while.
So what’s the solution to all this adult-world stress? I find that a little trip back to my childhood often does the trick. Here are 15 ways you can get in touch with your inner child when you’re sick of being a grown-up.
2. Drink chocolate milk from a huge glass with a straw. Blow bubbles and slurp loudly if you want to.
3. Build yourself a blanket fort and snuggle up inside with your favourite book or your laptop.
5. Dig up some of your old jewellery from when you were a kid. If you’ve gotten rid of all of it, search for kiddie-jewellery in junk stores and op-shops. Now work them into an otherwise grown-up outfit for a touch of whimsy.
6. Go to the park and play on the swings and slides. Take a friend with you and have a competition to see who can swing the highest.
7. Buy a massive bag of lollies from the corner store. Eat them while sitting on your back step.
8. Treat yourself to a bottle of fruity bubble bath. Choose a bottle that smells like strawberries, grape or bubble gum. Run yourself a bath, dump in a dollop and then play with the bubbles. Make yourself a bubble beard for bonus points.
10. Buy a tub of play-doh. The smell of play-doh is so nostalgic, and there’s a certain joy that comes from squishing it between your fingers that never gets old.
11. Go rollerblading or ice skating. Whiz around the rink and pretend you’re flying, or giggle at yourself as you struggle to your feet after falling over (yet again!)
12. Look up some of your favourite childhood toys on ebay. Marvel at how much some of them are worth and remember how much you enjoyed playing with yours.
13. Play dress-ups. Put on some music and start trying on random combinations from your wardrobe. The best case scenario: you find an incredible new outfit you’ve never thought of. The worst case scenario? You have loads of fun.
14. Call up a friend and talk on the phone. No, not on skype, on the actual telephone. Bonus points if you use your landline phone (if you’ve got one, that is).
15. Go to an arcade and play pinball. There’s nothing quite like working out your frustrations by banging those flippers, or the joy you feel when you hear those magic words, “Multi-ball!!!”
How do you revisit your childhood pleasures?
It’s Thursday again! That means it’s time for me to make a list of all the things I’m loving this week.
This week, I love:
- Re-watching Boogie Nights. I’d completely forgotten that John C Reilly is in it, so that was a great surprise for me.
- Watching the film Mary and Max. Several friends have recommended this to me over the years, and I finally got around to watching it. It’s such a beautiful film, but it is heartbreaking as well. It’s about an eight-year-old Aussie girl named Mary who begins writing to a reclusive man from New York named Max. Max has Asperger’s and this film gives an interesting insight to life through his eyes.
-New shoes! I got these super-high stilettos from Rubi shoes on sale last week and I just adore them. I think that all the RuPaul I’d been watching was giving me a hankering for some gorgeous new heels.
- New Arrested Development. I’ve watched a couple of episodes so far and I’m really enjoying it. I was particularly excited by a cameo by one of my favourite comediennes.
- Finally finishing the bed jacket that I’ve been crocheting for my Nana. It only took me five months! the pattern was a lot more complicated than anything I’d tried before, so I’d kinda been procrastinating on working on it. But it’s all done now, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
- Counting down to my birthday. Less than a week to go!
- Listening to Jungle Boogie by Kool and the Gang on my ipod while I walk to work, and putting a swagger into my step.
- Ross. Today, tomorrow and always. I hate to get all mushy on you, but he’s my prince charming. I am so proud of him and I’m in awe of his kindness, his cleverness and his drive to always do the right thing. It help’s that he’s mighty handsome too!
- Working on the next video in my Disney Villains Makeup series. I’m really excited about this one!
- Flannelette sheets and electric blankets.
- Eating McDonalds for tea on Friday night with my Nana. It’s quickly becoming our ‘thing’.
- Making my own bread. I gave this a shot on the weekend and it was jolly good fun. I made a colossal mess though! But it was worth it for a loaf of crusty bread and a house that smells incredible.
What are you loving this week? Leave your Things I Love Thursday list in the comments or send me a link to your own TIlT post.