Daily outfit 3/3/2015

Some days call for comfy pants and crazy tee shirts.  That’s what I think anyway.  So when I have a day off that’s to be spent writing and chilling out, that tends to be the outfit formula that I follow.

I am wearing:

- Ghost World tee from Pulp Kitchen

- Cow pants (thrifted)

- Pink Converse All Stars high-top sneakers.

- Rainbow ring

- Donald Duck ring (gift from cousin from Disneyland ages ago)

-Amethyst ring

- Zipper earrings (gift from my mate Amanda)

I never get sick of these pants.  I know that they are totally ridiculous but I don’t even care.  They are so comfortable and I really like this offbeat print.  They were my go-to pants when I was at uni because I could pull them on with a quirky shirt, add sneakers and feel cute and comfortable.

Also, even though I’ve worn this shirt for so many years, I never get tired of it.  Ghost World is one of my all-time favourite films, not least of all because I love the costumes.  Each time I watch it I want to raid Enid’s wardrobe and Seymour’s record collection.  If you haven’t watched it before, I definitely recommend that you check it out.  It’s perfect for those nights when you want something offbeat to watch to make you feel less like a freak.

What do you wear on casual days?  Do you have a pair of go-to crazy pants that put you in the mood for chilling?

Vanessa reviews: Sleepless in Seattle.

Hey dudes!  I’ve been thinking that it might be high time that I started reviewing movies again.  It’s been years since I’ve penned a proper review of a film, and I’d really like to get back into it.  A few weeks ago I watched Sleepless in Seattle for the first time.  It’s one of those classic films that I just felt I should see, and so many people have raved to me about how romantic it is.

In the wake of 50 Shades of Grey, I thought it would be worth turning the spotlight on some other supposedly romantic movies that are actually creepy as hell.  And Sleepless in Seattle definitely fits the bill.  I found this film unrealistic, unsettling and downright creepy.  I wasn’t rooting for the two main characters to get together, I wanted Tom Hanks to get the hell away from that obsessive Baltimore chick as quickly as possible.  It’s ironic that he mentions how frightened he was by Fatal Attraction when he finds himself in the clutches of a creepy stalker who would prefer to pursue an imaginary relationship with a stranger than a real one with her fiancee.

Anyway, I’ve mad a little video with my full review.  I hope you enjoy it!

Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle? Did you find it romantic or creepy?

Also, are there any other movies you’d like me to review?  I’d be happy to take requests.

5 Fandom Friday: Characters with awesome names.

Hooo-boy, this week’s prompt was a rough one.  The prompt was originally “Characters I would name my kid after”.  However I haven’t ever given much thought to kids names because I don’t actually want kids of my own.  However, there are a few characters from my fandoms who have awesome names.  So for me this list will be more “Characters with names I really like” than “Characters I would name my kid after.

1. Ariana Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Although she features only briefly in the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore’s sister has one of the prettiest names I’ve ever heard.  It just rolls off the tongue and sounds so soft and delicate.  It mirror’s Ariana’s gentle and fragile nature and I think it’s just lovely.

2. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I’ve always loved the name Holly and the addition of the charming surname “Golightly” makes this moniker sound as flighty and whimsical as the character who carries it.

3. Marty McFly from Back to the Future

I’m a fan of alliteration, and Marty McFly is one cool dude.  This name sounds punchy and slick and would be the perfect name for any cool cat.

4. Morticia Addams from The Addams Family.

Whether you say it in full or shorten it to an affectionate “Tish”, this name has a mysterious and dark air to it.  Although fairly grim, the name Morticia just seems so sophisticated to me.

5. Daenarys Targaryan from Game of Thrones.

It’s a bugger to spell, but the Silver Dragon has the loveliest name.  It sounds gorgeous but there’s a hard power to the name Targaryan that adds a bit of toughness and grit.

What character names do you adore?  Would you ever name a child after a fictional character?

Thursday 26/2/2015

Do any of you guys know where February has gone to?  It feels like it just flashed by in a mere moment.  How is the year 1/6 of the way through already?

This week I love:

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-Relying on myself for that which I need most.  After a shitty day last week I came home in a massive funk.  I was feeling very sorry for myself when I thought, “This pity party isn’t helping me.  I have the power to comfort myself”.  I just sat quietly for a while and asked myself honestly what I thought would make me feel better.  I wrote in my journal for a bit, did some yoga and enjoyed a movie while working on some crafts.  And in a few hours I was back on an even keel.  I feel proud of myself for being able to look after my own sanity in that way.  I can’t always manage it, but when I can it’s awesome.

- That moment when you’re working on a craft project which hasn’t been meeting your expectations and suddenly it just falls into place and looks fantastic.

- Putting my feet up and having Ringo tickle my toes with his tail.  Hilarious.

- Chatting with my workmates about hilarious wedding stories.

- Enjoying conversations with someone who ‘gets’ me.  It’s a rare and special thing.

- Watching The Blues Brothers and then blasting some soul music while I prepare for work.

- Salted caramel Tim Tams.  Amazing!

- Hanging out at a cafe with a beer on a lazy Sunday arvo to watch my friend Wally play some awesome music.  He did some original songs, some Beatles covers, a bit of Fleetwood Mac and even Lily Allen.  But the highlight was when he closed with “I Want to Grow Old with You” from The Wedding Singer, which I firmly believe is the most romantic song ever written.

- Popping a massive pimple. I know it’s a beauty no-no, but it is just so satisfying.

- Huge thunderstorms.

- Peach iced tea drunk from a china cup at my desk.

-Finding this fantastic vintage housecoat at the op shop this week.  It’s so psychedelic and the fabric is soft and light on the skin.  I’ve been wearing this each morning and it’s so lovely.

And just check out that print.  Gorgeous, no?

- Treating myself to a lovely dinner of cheese and fruit on a summer’s eve.  Although I’m drinking from a martini glass, my beverage was actually just soda water.  I was just feeling fancy.

What do you love this week?

Daily outfit 24/2/2015

Finding outfits to wear to work can be a bit of a challenge when you work in an office without a strict dress code.  My office isn’t super corporate and as long as you’re neat and tidy you can pretty much wear what you want.  For the first few weeks I kept my outfit really conservative, with dress trousers and blouses, and a few prim dresses.  But now that I’m more settled I’ve relaxed my work clothes a little.

One of the women in my office is a fan of gorgeous flowing skirts and sandals, and she always looks amazing. So when I found this lovely black maxi skirt in the op-shop I was keen to take it for a spin to work.

This skirt is so comfortable and has an amazing drape to it. It’s quite fitted at the top but it flares out towards the hem, so it billows and sways with every step I take.  It’s so simple and I am looking forward to styling it with a variety of tops.

I am wearing:

- Black and white star blouse from My Pair of Wings on etsy

- Black maxi skirt (thrifted)

- Black gladiator sandals from Sportsgirl.

- Silver bangle bracelet (gift from my parents)

- Sapphire ring (gift from my parents)

I have such a crush on these sandals.  I had a similar pair years ago which I wore until they fell to pieces.  I spotted these ones on the Sportsgirl clearance page, marked down to $29 from $80.  They are extremely comfortable and look great with all kinds of outfits.  I’ll be sorry when the weather starts to cool off and I won’t be able to wear these lovely shoes any longer.

What do you wear to work?  Does your office have a strict dress code or is it more relaxed?  Would you be interested in seeing more of my work outfits?

Style inspiration: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Every now and then I watch a film with s brilliant sense of style that lights a fire in my belly.  I find myself gazing at the screen, dreaming of recreating every outfit and drooling over the costume choices.  This was definitely the case with Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Hedwig has such an incredible sense of style that I would love to copy.

 

Hedwig is the lead singer of a band, “The Angry Inch”.  Although her on-stage outfits are slightly showier than her day-to-day wardrobe, everything she puts on has a definite air of drama.  Her style is the perfect mish-mash of 70’s glam rock, Americana, punk and 90’s rave wear.  Every outfit is topped with a dramatic blonde wig, glittery blue eye shadow and the wettest red lips you’ve ever seen.

 

If, like me, you’re longing to steal a snipped of Hedwig’s sex-appeal for yourself, then you’re in luck. I’ve decided to devote an entire blog post to her look today to inspire you.

 

 

Wicked little town.

 

“Wild” is the best way to describe Hedwig’s wardrobe.   Everything is overtly sexual and there is always plenty of skin showing.  Hedwig likes to experiment with interesting necklines and there are loads of halter-necks, off-the-shoulder blouses and cowls in her collection.  Fur is also an absolute must, whether it’s a cape, a coat or a whole dress made of sewn-together wigs.
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Bold prints are a cornerstone in Hedwig’s wardrobe.  Animal prints of all kinds make an appearance, as do tartans and pretty heart prints.  Don’t just stick to traditional tones, but break the mould with hot pink, gold and coral.  Try animal prints in an array of electric colours.  Hedwig is partial to a bit of heavy metal, and gold seems to be her favourite.  These gold high-heeled boots would be ideal for stomping around a Bilgewater Diner during a performance.
Sugar Daddy

 

Texture and movement are key to creating an interesting on-stage look.  You have to imagine how you’re going to be seen by the audience when those bright lights hit you.  Hedwig chooses items with fringe, tassels and sequins for maximum effect when she gets shimmying on stage.  Although she usually wears heels and boots, her punk-rock sneakers also make an appearance.  I adore the “Sugar Daddy” scene where Hedwig prances around wearing a black fringed mini skirt, fishnets and a pair of black Converse hi-tops.  Textured tights are ideal for highlighting your gorgeous legs and adding a bit of punk-rock flair to your outfits.
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When building your Hedwig-inspired look, don’t forget to add some denim.  Whether it’s a pair of hip-hugging flares, some cheek-skimming hotpants or a fitted jumpsuit, denim is at the core of Hedwig’s wardrobe.  Denim is hard-wearing and great for rock tours, as well as being sexy as hell.
Have you seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch?  Were you as obsessed as I was about Hedwig’s wardrobe?

Things I’ve bought but haven’t watched or read yet.

Oh man, I facepalmed when I saw this week’s Five Fandom Friday prompt.  My to-watch and to-read piles are slightly out of control.  I don’t even know where to begin choosing five items from those piles to share with you. I went on a huge book-shopping spree on Boxing day and many of those books remain unread.  In addition to that, our local video rental shop closed down a few weeks ago, and were selling all of their old stock for a couple of dollars each.  So naturally I bought my body weight in DVDs.  Anyway, today I’m going to choose five items from these piles that I’m most looking forward to watching and reading.

1. Arrested Development, season 4.

I watched season 4 of Arrested Development when it was first released.  However, I was watching it with my brother and my ex-boyfriend.  I kept dozing off and the boys didn’t bother to wake me or to pause the show so I missed huge chunks of it.  And I’ve forgotten most of what happened anyways.  So I’m really looking forward to revisiting it again and watching at my own pace.

 

2. Ruby Sparks

I adore movies about the fictional world and the real world colliding, like Stranger than Fiction and Being John Malkovich.  So when I heard about this film where a young writer creates his ideal woman on paper and then meets her in real life I knew that i had to check it out. I snapped this up for just $3 at the Video Ezy closing sale and I’m really excited to watch it.

3. Rushmore

I’m on a Wes Anderson streak at the moment.  For ages I just wasn’t that fussed with his movies and then BAM!  I became obsessed.  Rushmore is one of the few that I am yet to watch and I’m waiting for the right mood to strike me before I sit down to check out this film.

 

 

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I have heard only good things about this tome by Amy Poehler, and that’s part of the reason that I’m yet to rip into it.  Do you ever look forward to reading something so much that you don’t want to start it because then you won’t be able to look forward to it anymore?  No?  Just me?  Ok, well that’s why I haven’t started this awesome looking book yet.  The other reason is that I’m pretty sure that once I start reading I won’t be able to stop, so I’m waiting until I’ve got a solid chunk of time to devote to devouring Amy’s book.

 

 

5. The King’s Curse by Philipa Gregory

This book was released a few weeks before Christmas and I instantly added it to my Santa list.  It’s a historical fiction novel about Henry VIII, who I’m obsessed with.  My Mum hinted very heavily that she had bought this for me, but on Christmas morning it wasn’t one of the books I unwrapped.  So I snapped it up on Boxing Day.  Although I’ve enjoyed a lot of Philipa Gregory’s books in the past, they can be pretty heavy to read and I just haven’t been in the mood for a serious historical book yet this year.  It might be a winter read, when I can curl up with a big blanket in front of the heater and pretend that I’m in medieval England.

 

What’s sitting on your to-read and to-watch pile that you haven’t quite gotten to yet?