Style icons: Harley Quinn

I was pretty rapt with the Suicide Squad movie.  Even though the critics have kinda panned it, I really enjoyed the film. There can be no doubt that a huge part of my love for the film came from the presence of one of my favourite DC characters, Harley Quinn.  After seeing the film, I was so inspired by Harley’s awesome sense of style, and I wanted to dedicate a Style Icons post to the mad clown queen of Gotham City.




There can be little doubt that Harley is the queen of colour blocking.  She likes large panels of bold colour, usually in a half-and-half style.  Her favourite combos are red and black and blue and red with splashes of white thrown in for good measure.  Her two-tone look even extends to her hair, often worn in pigtails with dip-dyed tips for dramatic effect.

Harley’s outfits are usually form-fitting or scandalously brief.  She loves being the centre of attention so eye-grabbing pieces are a must.  But although you might want to touch, you’d better keep your mitts to yourself.  Harley’s relationship with The Joker is anything but open.  He keeps her on a tight reign, and while their relationship is pretty dysfunctional, there are also strong elements of dominance and submission present.  I really liked the way that bondage gear and winks to Harley’s BDsM relationship with Joker were woven into her costumes.  Her “Puddin” collar, ”Yes Sir” cuffs and “Property of Joker” bomber jacket all speak to her submission to Mr J.

It’s the tiny details that are key to Harley’s outfits.  She particularly partial to diamond shapes, which harken back to her harlequin-inspired costume in the original cartoon.  Jagged edges and circus-goth finishings are also perfect for a girl who is more at home on a tightrope or aerial silks than with her feet firmly planted on the ground.


Interestingly, a large number of items in Harley’s wardrobe are inspired by sporting apparel. From her triple stripe sneaker stilettos to her baseball tees, Harley likes to blend a bit of activewear in with her outfits.  This possibly has to do with the fact that her weapon of choice is a baseball bat (when she’s not wielding her comically-huge mallet).  Harley likes to match her baseball jacket with teeny tiny shorts and a liberal application of bling.
I’m head over heels in love with Harley’s look, and it’s so tempting to sprinkle a bit of madcap circus-gal fun into your own wardrobe.  You could quite easily add a few small touches, or go for the full-shebang in two-toned gear, a collar and booty shorts.  It’s up to you how far you take the look, but once you get going, it’s hard not to go a little bit nuts.
Are you a fan of Harley’s look?  Which parts would you like to incorporate into your own wardrobe?

Things I Love Thursday 21/8/2014

It’s Things I Love Thursday and I am so excited.  I have been having a bit of a down week and I really need a bit of positivity to perk up my mood.  So without further ado, here is my gratitude list for this week.

This Thursday, I love:

– Celebrating my grandfather’s birthday.  Even though he’s no longer with me, I really enjoy devoting a day to his memory and doing all the things that he adored.  Like eating lollies, watching monkey movies and listening to Johnny Cash.

– Guardians of the Galaxy.  I checked it out on Tuesday with my gentleman and it was pretty darn awesome.  I’m going out on a limb here and saying that it’s kind of like Marvel’s answer to Star Wars.  To me, there were a lot of parallels between Star Wars and Guardians.  The visual effects were stunning and the cast is awesome.  I’d definitely recommend it.

– The soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s nothing like some mid-to-late 70’s soul, soft rock and pop to get my feet tapping.  I’ve been spinning Cherry Bomb by The Runaways and Come and Get Your Love by Redbone ever since I watched the film.


-Stewart McKenny’s Ice Bucket Challenge video.  Stewart is one of my favourite artists and he’s an awesome guy too.  His video gave me a good giggle.


– Feeling like I’m beginning to get into my groove with work.  I finally feel as though I know what I’m doing most of the time.


DSCF9311-Jelly insisting on sleeping in tiny spaces.


– Cold and flu medicine.  It’s been getting me through the week.


– Ice-cold orange juice


– Hot oil hair treatments.


– Getting real, hand-written mail from friends.


– The promise of Spring that’s in the air.


– Looking forward to new Dr Who beginning this weekend.


– Knitting while watching back-to-back Disney films.  So relaxing.


What do you love this week?  Don’t be shy, add your joy to the comments!


Things I Love Thursday

Yeee-hah!  This week is just whipping on by, and it’s time once again to bang out my weekly love list.  Hooray!

This week I love:

– Getting word that my favourite comic book store, All Star Comics in Melbourne, has been voted Best Comic Book Store in the World at San Diego Comic Con.  How awesome is that?  There are few things that make me happier than seeing people follow their dreams, take a risk and be rewarded for it.  The store owners, Mitch and Troy have done an incredible job creating a stellar business and building a fabulous community.  I am so proud of them.

– Hogs Breath cafe.  My gentleman friend and I took a trip to Hogs Breath on Sunday and it was awesome.  I had a blackened steak and it was drool-worthy.

– Re-watching Tank Girl for the billionth time.

– Adding new items to my etsy store.

This slouchy Bad Hair Day beanie is perfect for hiding even the most hideous bed-hair.  It’s super comfortable and funky.  I’m also able to make this one in any other colour you might desire, so if you’d like to request a custom order, just shoot me an email!

I’ve also added this sweet Cupcake Beanie.  This one is an adult size, but I can also make these to fit children or even babies.  I can also customize the colours, so once again if you would like to request a custom order I’d be happy to help you out.

– Getting an email from one of my work clients telling me that I’m “too awesome”.  Naturally I sent it to my boss so that he’s have it when my performance review rolls around.

-Finishing my first pair of knitted socks.  I feel so proud of myself.  Socks have always been one of those “too hard” items that I’d always been too scared to try knitting.  But these turned out brilliantly.  They fit perfectly and they’re so warm and comfortable.  I’m planning on making myself a whole drawer-full now!  These will also be available in my etsy store soon, so if you’d like a pair get in touch with me.  I can make them in any colour, and they are made to your measurements so they will fit like a dream.

–  Good hair days.

– Waking up from hilarious dreams feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

– Taking it easy when I’m feeling under the weather.

– Feeding the ducks at the lake.

– Watching the days slowly draw out.

What do you love this week?

Armageddon 2012

On Saturday, I got up at the crack of dawn, shimmied into my (new and improved) Tank Girl costume and then drove with Ross down to Melbourne for the Armageddon convention.  Although I attend a lot of conventions, Armageddon will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was the very first convention that I ever went to.

This year, we opted out of going to any panels or lining up for signatures.  We had to drive two hours to Melbourne and two hours home again, so we didn’t feel like wasting our precious time waiting in line.  Instead, we just wandered about, looking at stalls and taking lots of photos.

Here’s a list of some of the things we did at Armageddon this year:

– I bought an amazing TARDIS cookie jar.

– We met Yaya Han, who is an amazing costume designer and model.

– We stocked up on delicious flavoured liquorice straps.

– I nearly sucker-punched a gross guy who tried to unhook my stockings while we were walking back from lunch.

– We had a lovely chat about Harry Potter with the always lovely Stewart McKenny.

– I ummed and ahhed about buying a Cheshire Cat kigurumi suit, but decided against it in the end.

– We talked for ages with Chris McQuinlan, a fab comic book artist who did a great Tank Girl commission piece for me a while back.  We also bought a copy of his new book, How to Make a Friend, which is super-adorable.

– I ate way too many Skittles and chattered like a monkey the whole way home.

We also saw loads of incredible cosplay costumes.  Here are some of my favourites:

Ghostbusters!  These guys looked totally rad.  Their proton packs lit up and everything.

Ross with Grimlock, the Transformer.

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline from Adventure Time.  I loved their Peppermint Butler

How good is this Lumpy Space Princess?!  She was adorable!

Ross with a very gorgeous lady Loki.

The Hitcher!

Me with Dr Horrible of Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

A very excellent 10th Doctor, who was kind enough to let me hold his psychic paper.  Also, note my giant bag of liquorice straps.

Ross with a Mandelorian Bounty Hunter.

Frank from Donny Darko.

Chewie is that you?  This guy was awesome.  He even made the Chewbacca noise and it was perfect.  I don’t know why he was wearing a hockey jersey though…

Tank Girl on Tank Girl action (and yes, I am honka-honkaing her bazookas)

And now, I’ve saved the best for last:

Rufio!  Hook is one of my favourite movies, so you can only imagine my delight when I saw this costume.  This Rufio was super sweet (and female).  Earlier in the day I saw her snogging her BF, who was dressed as Mr Tumnus from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I never thought I’d see those two characters make out, but there you go.  I spent the car trip home scoffing skittles and yelling “BANGARANG!”

So as you can see, we had an awesome day at Armageddon.  I can’t wait for next year!

Mystery Men Style

A few weeks ago, I revisited Mystery Men.  It was one of my favorite films from my teenage years, but it still reduces me to giggles today.  Mystery Men falls into the category of “Movies that are so terrible, they’re actually great”.  It’s about a group of pseudo-superheroes with negligible powers who try to save Champion City after the real super hero- Captain Amazing- goes AWOL.  There’s  The Shoveller, who wields his shovel with deadly accuracy.  Mr Furious, a ticking-time bomb of rage.  The Blue Rajah is a fork-flinging dandy with a faux British accent.  They are joined by The Bowler (who strikes fear into the hearts of her opponents), The Spleen (a master of flatulence) and Invisible Boy (who’s only invisible when nobody is watching).  Although the film’s premise is thin, it has a stellar cast (including Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush) and it’s hilariously funny.

As I watched Mystery Men last weekend, I was struck by how awesome it’s styling is.  The sets have a really gritty, comic-book feel to them.  Everything is exaggerated: the colours are brighter, proportions are warped and kitsch abounds.  The costumes are also fab, with a funky, electro-cum gothic look mixed with superhero elements.  There’s enough leather, platform boots and capes to outfit Harley Quinn for the rest of her villainous days.

Inspired by the fantastic costumes, I decided to put together a couple of outfits in the vein of some of my favorite Mystery Men characters.

The Shoveller

Mix industrial-inspired pieces with silver accents to capture the look of this working-class hero.  Choose distressed jeans and a bright yellow shirt, and team them with shiny work boots and high-visability outerwear.  Although it might be a bit OTT to wear a miner’s helmet in public, you can emulate the look by adding a cloche hat in shades of grey, black or brown.

The Blue Rajah

Copy the Rajah’s style by mixing and matching a hodge-podge of prints and colours.  Don’t worry too much if you don’t have a lot of blue in your outfit, the Blue Rajah isn’t too concerned about colour co-ordination.  Keep your clothes loose and billowy, and pop a cape over the top.  Layer on piles of bollywood-themed jewellery that will clink and clank as you move.  Finish off with a turban and an elaborate brooch.

Mr Furious

A veritable volcano of rage, Mr Furious chooses to wear his anger on his sleeve.  He pairs rough-and-tumble separates to create a look that screams “Don’t mess with me”.  Start with ripped jeans and an awesome printed tee in shades of black.  Make sure that you wear the toughest, spikiest biker-boots you can find (perfect for riding on your motorcycle, whether it’s a Harley or just Harley compatible).  Finish the look with a dangerous-looking leather coat.

The Bowler

The Bowler likes to trick herself out in funky, punky pieces.  Leather skirts and printed tights are part of her regular wardrobe.  Don’t forget to include a pair of flat-form bowling shoes and an awesome bag for schlepping around your enchanted bowling ball.  Don’t worry, she wasn’t the one to put her father’s skull into that ball- the guy at the pro-shop did it.

Casanova Frankenstein

You can’t have a super-hero movie without an awesome super-villain.  Casanova understands that while most men are born to be either a lover or a fighter, he just happens to be both.  A creature of comfort, he prefers to outfit himself in luxurious pieces in decadent fabrics like silk and velvet.  Rich, jewel tones are a prominent feature in his wardrobe.  Cap off your outfit with a pair of velvet smoking slippers and some deadly gold rings.
Have you seen Mystery Men?  Who is your favorite character?

Oz Comic-con Melbourne 2012

I’m totally exhausted after a massive weekend in Melbourne for Oz Comic-con.  Ross and I headed down to the city on Saturday for the much-anticipated event.  I was excited, not only because I adore conventions, but because Stan Lee was going to be there.  Seriously, who wouldn’t get excited about the opportunity to be in the same room as Stan “The Man” Lee?

I have to say from the start that I have never been to a crazier convention.  There were so many people there and the lines were astronomical.  Ross and I had pre-purchased our tickets, and we still had to wait for a good forty minutes to get into the venue.  Once we did get in, we could barely move.  There were so many bodies jam-packed into the convention centre that you couldn’t even walk, you just got swept along on a sea of people.  Within ten minutes of being there, I got elbowed in the face, pushed from side to side and had my backside grabbed multiple times.  Not only were there too many people there, but it seemed like so many of the convention-goers just weren’t behaving themselves.  People were getting really aggressive and pushy, and it was truly unpleasant.  The worst part was that you couldn’t even have a good look at any of the stalls.  There was no way to stop and browse because there wasn’t a spare inch of space in which to stand, and stopping would cause a domino-effect of people slamming into you from behind.

We also realised very early on that we had no chance of getting in to see Stan Lee.  The lines for photos and autographs were insane, and we didn’t even bother lining up.  We had intended to go to Stan’s panel interview, but when we saw the mob milling outside the stage area, we decided to give it a miss.  We didn’t even stay at the convention for two hours on Saturday.  That was long enough to leave us sweaty, hassled and in dire need of some personal space.

Sunday was infinitely better.  We got there much earlier, and although we had to wait to get in, the lines seemed much better managed.  Once inside, it wasn’t as crowded and people were a lot more polite and considerate.  We got to do a lot of shopping and browsing around.  I didn’t really buy very much, but Ross came home with some serious swag, including a tonne of artwork, some lovely new comics and a bag of collectables.

I also had the opportunity to take plenty of photos on Sunday.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:

I was spellbound by this Beast cosplay.  Later in the day, I saw this guy walking around barefoot, with the leg of his pants rolled up.  He had gotten Stan Lee to sign his foot, and was planning to get it tattooed later in the day.  He was such a sweetheart.

This guy was Sim Tin-Tin!  Such a clever idea.  It really set him apart from all the other Tin-Tin cosplayers.

Angel.  This guy had put so much effort into his costume.  His wings actually unfolded, and it was very impressive.

A fab goth Mad Hatter.

The Thing!  This guy was one of the nicest cosplayers I met all day.  He was happy to ham it up while I took his photo.

Ross with Loki.  This guy looked like he’s stepped right off the movie screen.  He even had a staff that lit up.  I was very impressed.

Me with Michaelangelo, my favorite turtle.

I’m not such a fan of NCIS, but when I saw this costume I squealed with delight.  She had it down pat!

This is my favorite photo from the day.  This man is the most incredible cosplayer I’ve ever seen.  He looks so much like Jack Sparrow that I do a triple-take every time I see him.  He even moves like the jolly captain.  My heart was palpitating while I was talking to him, and it was all I could do to resist licking him.  The detail in his costume is amazing as well.

All in all, we had a pretty sweet time at Comic Con.  It wasn’t perfect, but by Sunday I think the organizers had ironed out a lot of the kinks, which was great to see.

Did you go to Oz Comic-Con?  How did you find it?

Things I Love Thursday 21/6/2012

Thank frick it’s Thursday! For two reasons: firstly, because Thursday is only a hop-skip-and-jump away from the weekend, and secondly, because it’a great opportunity to list all the things that have made me happy this week.  I also have an outfit to share with you:

I am wearing:

– Swarovski crystal stud earrings (gift from my parents)

– Maroon jumper (thrifted)

– Blue tartan pinafore (thrifted)

– Black fishnet tights from Leona Edminson

– Black and white oxfords from Rubi

– Scarab beetle ring (gift from my parents)

– Assorted silver rings

-Glasses from Clearly Contacts

I bought this school pinafore to use as a costume.  I was planning on dressing as Moaning Myrtle for my Harry Potter birthday party.  However, when I tried it on, it was rather snug around the waist, which I reasoned would limit my ability to enjoy all the scrummy party food.  So I ditched that idea.  I decided to give the pinafore a second chance, by pairing it with a prim jumper, preppy shoes and unusual tights.  Needless to say, I thought I looked pretty darn cute!

This Thursday, I love:

-Coming home to find my two cats sharing the bean bag.  They don’t normally get along too well, so it was nice to see them sleeping together.

– Watching Disney movies from my childhood.  I checked out The Little Mermaid on the weekend and last night Ross and I watched The Lion King.  I have developed a minor obsession with Ursula, the sea witch, and I realised that I really hate Ariel.  When Ross put on The Lion King, our orange cat, Ringo, plonked himself in front of the telly and actually watched the entire film.  It was so sweet.  I’ve been humming Disney songs all week as a result of all this movie-watching.

-This random little guy I found in a junk store.  It’s a babushka with a moustache!  And if that wasn’t strange enough…

It’s full of lipgloss.  Very pretty lipgloss at that.

– Home-cooked pumpkin soup on a cold night.  Perfection.

-The fact that Ross now owns all three Star Wars films on laser disc.  We do not own a laser disc player, nor do we have access to one.  He just saw these on Ebay and knew he needed to own them.

The NY Lean 25 workout.  It’s a 25 minute workout that’s super-intense for time-poor people.  I downloaded the free workout vid from Youtube this weekend to take it for a test run. I found it extremely challenging.  By the end of the workout, my legs were shaking like a five-year-old’s handwriting.  If you don’t have a lot of time to exercise, or you don’t want to leave the house to work out, this is perfect for you.

Kinds of Blue, a fantastic compilation of free online comics about depression. I read it this past weekend, and it moved me to tears.  The comics are so honest and bang-on-the-money.  I highly recommend you check it out.


What do you love this week?  Please feel free to leave your Things I Love Thursday list in the comments.