What I wore: a birthday in Wonderland

For as long as I can remember, I’ve adored Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.  As a child the story opened up a world of impossible creatures and grand adventures.  The older I get, the more I appreciate the surreal elements of the story and the riddles hidden within. Alice in Wonderland has also had an influence on my personal style and I’ve done a number of Alice themed outfits over the years.

When ACMI in Melbourne revealed that they were holding an entire exhibition devoted to Wonderland, I was keen to check it out.  And what better day to head along to this event than my birthday?  My lovely boyfriend David and his mum and stepdad came along with me to celebrate my 32nd birthday.

When I was choosing what to wear, naturally I knew that it had to be Wonderland themed.  I had two dresses in mind, one that reminded me of Alice and another that was more Queen of Hearts in style.  Ultimately I decided that on my birthday, I really wanted to dress in a manner inspired by the accidental heroine of Lewis Carroll’s tale, Alice.

I am wearing:

  • Vintage blue and white checked dress
  • Black bodysuit from Missguided
  • Razzamatazz polka dot tights
  • Black and silver flats (thrifted)
  • Vintage playing card bracelet
  • Teacup earrings from Disney Couture
  • Teacup ring from One Day in Paradise
  • Teapot ring from Equip
  • Crinoline petticoat from Vicious Venus
  • Kitty ear fascinator from Louvisa

I blended numerous Wonderland elements into this outfit.  I wanted to look like a pinup, rockabilly version of Alice.  I wore my hair up in a pomp and added my kitty ears as a nod to the Cheshire Cat.  I kept my shoes low and comfortable but added a pop of colour with bright blue polka dot tights.  My crinoline petticoat gave my skirt a full look, mirroring the way that Alice’s skirt poofs out when she’s drifting through space down the rabbit hole.

 

Fun cup and saucer earrings from Disney Couture to call back to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

This playing card brooch was a gift from one of my friends last Christmas and I just adore it.  It’s so unique and it was the perfect adornment for a trip to Wonderland.  So much of the style of Alice in Wonderland is inspired by playing card motifs, from the Queen of Heart’s court to the guards that protect her castle.

I went with a 1960’s inspired makeup look, with a pop of blue eyeshadow, cats-eye eyeliner and nude lips.

David and I snapped a few selfies while we were waiting to go into the gallery. At this point I was so excited and I was rearing to get inside and see what the exhibit had to offer.

This was the first time I’ve ever been to an exhibition at ACMI where you have been allowed to take photographs inside.  I took quite a lot of photos but I don’t want to share them all because it would spoil the exhibit for any Melbourne-based readers who are yet to check it out.  There was so much to see and do, and the whole experience was very exciting and interactive.  There was a large section dedicated to Lewis Carroll himself, with original notebooks and letters in his hand.  The exhibit showcases costumes, props and artwork from many of the early Alice in Wonderland films as well as animation cells and concept art from the Disney version.  There are a lot of exhibits that show how certain visual effects were achieved and lots of props for you to take your picture with so that you look smaller or larger than usual.  My favourite part was a room filled with costumes and props from the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland, including Alice’s suit of armour which is just stunning.  The exhibit ends with a tribute to all the ways that Alice has permeated pop culture, from Gwen Stefani’s music videos to The Matrix.

I had so much fun at ACMI and it was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.  If you’re an Alice fan and you’re in Melbourne between now and the 7th October, I definitely recommend that you check it out.

 

What would you wear if you went to the Alice in Wonderland exhibition?  Would you take inspiration from Alice or a different Wonderland character?

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The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland makeup tutorial

I think this might be my favourite makeup tutorial I’ve done this year.  Today, I’m going to show you how to re-create the look of The White Queen as played by Anne Hathaway in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

For this makeup look, you will need:

– Pale foundation

– Pale face powder

– Charcoal grey matte eye shadow

– Black matte eye shadow

– Black gel or liquid eye liner

– Soft black eye liner pencil

– Cream-coloured shimmery eye shadow

– Dark brown eye shadow (which has a slightly reddish tint)  I used ‘Blushed wines” palette from Revlon.

– Black mascara

– Cherry black lipstick

I hope this is a helpful video.  I had so much fun filming this tutorial.

 

As always, if there’s a look that you’d like to learn how to do, please feel free to get in touch with me.  I’d be happy to help out!

Daily outfit: Cupcake day!

On Saturday, Ross and I hosted an afternoon tea for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA.  It’s been a couple of years since I last hosted a Cupcake Day party, and this year I was ready to get back into it.  Ross and I spent hours baking and decorating cakes.  On the day, we didn’t have quite as many guests as we would have liked.  However, we did raise plenty of money, and munched on loads of delicious cakes.

I had decided to have an Alice in Wonderland-style mad tea party.  All of the food was Wonderland themed and we decorated the table with playing cards.

There were three flavours of cupcakes.  We made Through the Looking Glass cakes , which were chocolate.

These were the White Rabbit’s carrot cakes.  This was a new recipe, and I have to say that I’ve never eaten a more moist carrot cake.  It was perfection.

These were Upulkuchen, named after the cake that makes Alice shrink (if only real cupcakes worked that way).  These were a vanilla cake, with a twist. We dyed the mixture so that when you bit into them, you were assaulted with a rainbow of colours.  Lots of fun (and also the most popular,  I don’t have any of these left).

These March Hare mocha drop cookies are enough to send any chocolate-lover mad with desire.  They pack a punch with a double-whammy flavour hit of coffee and chocolate.

The plain-looking cakes are Pupcakes.  I found an RSPCA-approved recipe for cakes that are safe for animals to eat.  I sent the guests home with a supply of these for their furry friends.  Jelly and Ringo wholeheartedly approved of this dish.

And now for some outfit photos.  I had wanted to theme my outfit, so I decided to do my own twist on Alice’s costume:

I am wearing:

– Blue and white checkered 70’s vintage sundress from The Dookie Emporium

– Black bodysuit from Supre

– Black and white striped tights from a random stocking kiosk in Melbourne

– White crinoline petticoat from Vicious Venus

– Black jolly roger ballet flats from Shoe Bizarre

– Playing card necklace from Diva

– Teapot ring from Equip

– Teacup ring from One Day in Paradise

– Black leather corset belt (gift from Ross)

This outfit was soo much fun to wear.  When my family arrived for tea, my Dad said, “Who are you dressed as?” to which my Nana replied, “She’s dressed as Ness, and she looks lovely”.

It was a fun day filled with good friends and yummy food, and as an added bonus, we raised loads of cash for a very important cause.

If you’d like to donate to the RSPCA, you can do so through my fundraising page.  All donations over $2 are tax deductible!

Daily outfit: Alice in Zombieland

I officially have the best boyfriend in the world.  I know that many of you would respectfully disagree, but it’s a fact.  Ross came to visit me last night and brought with him pizza, Arrested Development on DVD and this t-shirt for me:

It’s called Alice in Zombieland, and I love it.

 

This is what I wore it with today to go op-shopping:

I am wearing:

– Alice in Zombieland tee from Threadless

– Black beret from Target

– Black shorts from Valley Girl

– Black and purple tights from Ambra

– Black and white striped socks

-Black Jolly roger ballet flats from Shoe Bizarre

– Playing card necklace

– Teacup ring from One Day in Paradise

– Onyx ring

– Amethyst ring

– Silver band ring

– Playing card and vortex buttons

 

I’m in love with this shirt.  It features a demonic Cheshire Cat in the background, a beheaded White Rabbit, a zombie arm with an “eat me” tag, and zombiefied versions of the red queen and the mad hatter.  I adore it.

 

We had a very productive shopping trip today.  I got a bag filled with goodies including a vintage dressing gown.  Ross bought a bag of Monsters in my Pocket, which are these gruesome plastic monsters that we both remember from when we were little.

 

I hope you guys are having a good Friday night.

Daily outfit: Off with their heads!

After doing my Alice in Wonderland style post, I was feeling rather inspired. I thought that I would put together an outfit from my own wardrobe for each character.  The outfits will be coming in dribs and drabs over the next few days.  It was a lot of fun, and I basically wanted to demonstrate how you can translate fantasy fashion into an everyday context.

Last night, my friend Sam and I went to see Alice for the second time (or first time, in Sam’s case).  As I wore an Alice-inspired outfit last time, I thought that a night-time viewing called for something a little more wicked.

 

I am wearing:

– Red free fusion dress

– black and red rag skirt from Dotti

– Black fishnet tights from Diva

– Red and white checked shoes from Shoo Biz

– Red rose earrings

– Amethyst ring

– Ace of Hearts Necklace from Diva

– Black studded belt

– Red leopard print ring from Equip.

I was thrilled with this outfit, especially my makeup.  It was a lot of fun, and was a little bit “Marie Antoinette meets the Red Queen”.  The movie was great the second time around, and I found that I actually picked up more of the detail of the film this time, because I wasn’t so overwhelmed by the whole experience.  I had an excellent time cataching up with Sam too, who wore a gorgeous outfit BTW.  I wish I had taken photos so I could show you the amazing shoes she rocked up in, but oh well.

Today, I felt as though I needed to temper my power-hungry Red Queen outfit with something a little more mellow.  So I went for an etheral White Queen look.

A big thanks to Steve, my mini-Cheshire Cat.

Today I am wearing:

– Sass and Bide rose t shirt

– Now white peasant skirt

– Silver sandals from Betts

– Diamante earrings from Diva

– Diamente ring from Diva

– Pearl necklace from Nana

– Silver filigree bracelet

I was a bit worried about trying out the White Queen’s makeup, but I think it turned out OK.  I was a lot of fun to try and I am really enjoying wearing this frothy, floaty outfit today.

I’m off now, to whip up some potions and make fluttering gestures with my hands!

Have a great day!

Alice in Wonderland Style

 

It’s no secret that Alice in Wonderland is going to have a huge impact on fashion this year. We are set to see an influx of Wonderland- inspired trends hitting the shops. Alice is such a fun fashion inspiration, because it has such a rich aesthetic which lends itself to sartorial experimentation.

 

If you are looking to dress in Wonderland style, there are so many different directions that you could go in. You could pick up on a single piece, such as a full tulle skirt, mary jane heels, amazing hats and prim waistcoats, or you could try to run some of these trends together. I prefer to choose a character and create an outfit around their personality, appearance and the key features that set them apart.

 

Are you feeling a little lost?

If so, you could take your inspiration from Alice. Choose a feminine dress with a full skirt, and accessorize with Mary Janes and striped stockings. Finish off the look with soft makeup and fluttering lashes.

 

Are you feeling philosophical?

Embrace your inner intellectual by emulating the caterpillar. Mix velvets and bohemian-inspired pieces with heavy jewellery and dark eye makeup. Hide your red-rimmed eyes behind a huge pair of sunglasses, and spend the day huffing on a hookah from the comfort of a squashy lounge chair.

Are you feeling floaty and feminine?

You need to dabble in the froths and frills of the White Queen’s wardrobe. Choose garments that are ultra-feminine and that all build around a cool palette. Add dazzling jewellery and a parasol to ensure that your milky-white complexion isn’t damaged. Let your dark side shine through in your makeup, with dark lips and nails.

 

Are you feeling playful?

Dress down in stripes and sneakers in a style that is reminiscent of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Add a cute cap and some whimsical jewellery and you are set for a day of mischief.

 

Are you feeling a little mad?

Do you long to dress in a way that makes people wonder whether you have magnificent fashion sense, or are just a snap, crackle and pop away from the nuthouse? You need to channel the Mad Hatter. Wear rich, bright colours, crazy legwear and towering shoes and top it all off with a magnificent hat.

 

Are you feeling time pressured?

Perhaps you should step into the shoes of the harried White Rabbit. Don a waistcoat and pocket watch and add a pair of brogues (all the better to run to your next engagement) for a little Lapin inspiration.

 

Are you feeling deliriously happy?

If you are smiling so hard that your cheeks ache, you might want to try on this Cheshire Cat outfit. Purple stripes form the basis of this ensemble, capped off with slinky leggings and ballet flats… excellent for climbing trees and lazing in the sunshine.

Are you feeling cranky?

Take your inspiration from the screaming, tyrannical Red Queen, by donning a punk-rock combo. Dress in reds and blacks, with fishnet stockings and devilishly high heels on days when you find you’ve laced your cranky pants a little too tight.