Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Future is Now

Hello, friends! Today's outfit gives me a little bit of a Stevie Nicks vibe (the best kind of vibe), so I provided some mood music to listen to while you view it.

Tunnel Vision vintage dress, thrifted slip, super old Forever 21 necklace, thrifted shoes, old target belt with hairbinders on it to keep the flappy end from flapping

I bought this dress from Tunnel Vision a while ago, but I haven't worn it until now. This is because I had a vision in my head of my green hair and the midnight blue of the dress going together perfectly in all their mermaid-y glory, but my hair had faded to an unpleasant tone similar to seaweed. Now with the help of a little Manic Panic it's back to its former vibrance, and my dream has finally come true!

Also, I'm really proud of this makeup. I've always loved the 1960's-esque look with a heavy cat eye and shadow in the crease, but I've never done it because I usually prefer to go with lighter makeup. I'm glad I tried it, though, because it's so glamorous and easier than I thought it would be! I piled on some gold shadow for extra glitter factor. Wheee! Makeup! Also note that I'm sporting a ballpoint tattoo of a heart that says 'MOM' in it. That was the product of a boring Spanish class.

It's great to finally do an outfit post again! I have so many ideas for other outfit posts, but I've been a busy bee visiting colleges. I'm going to decide where I'm going at the end of the month. It's weird that I'm going to be a legal adult this summer and move out soon after that. I mean, all I do now is eat carbs and go on the internet and sing songs to myself. What am I going to do when I have to do actual adult things? AHH MY FUTURE AAAAAHHHHHH

Anyway, I hope this post finds you well! I'll try to find time to post in the coming weeks. There's so much I want to show you guys!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beware of Young Girls

If you haven't seen Wren's video lookbook starring Tavi, I would suggest watching it because it is literally perfect. I'm obsessed with the eye makeup, the big hair, the prim clothes, and the cloudy, hazy atmosphere.  Spring inspiration extravaganza right there.

Monday, April 9, 2012

An Aesthetic Catalogue/Inspiration Dump Part II

5.  Celestial Vibes

I love me some moons and stars.

6. Frida Kahlo

I won't pretend to know a lot about visual art, but I do know that Frida is far and away my favorite artist. I think what draws me to her paintings is the fact that they're so colorful but so dark at the same time. She doesn't shy away from the ugly and gruesome, but her art ends up with a raw beauty ins spite of it. Not to mention that her personal style was totally bangin'. Looking at pictures of her makes me want to wear my hair in a flowery updo and grow a unibrow.

Los Dos Fridas

 Diego on my Mind
Self-Portrait with Monkey
What a badass babe.

7. Candles

Look at those creepy motherfuckers.


8. Creepy Pastels

All of these pictures share a faded, pastel-y, mystical feel to me. I dunno, I really like the vibe I get from these pictures. A little witchy without being going the typical all-black route.

I seriously need those thigh-highs.

It's kind of hard to sum up a solid connection between all of these pictures, but I guess their main uniting factor is a creepy, sort of dark theme. Funny that I'm getting into creepy witch stuff right at the beginning of spring. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cultivate a creepy aesthetic while still indulging in the fun things about spring dressing: expect lots of dusty fake flowers, lace and sheer fabrics, and short velvet skirts. So exciting!

Monday, April 2, 2012

An Aesthetic Catalogue/Inspiration Dump Part I

Hello, internet friends!

Generally, at any point in my life there are a bunch of seemingly random, unconnected things that are influencing my style. Right now there are a bunch of concepts, pieces, and things that make me really excited but they don't really go together into a cohesive post, so I'll just do what I do best: make a list. Seriously, I'm super good at making lists. It's like a form of therapy for me. My room and notebooks are littered with to-do lists with only a few things checked off, or lists I made one night and never looked at again. It's my way of making my thoughts make sense, I guess. Every once in a while I like to compile my inspiration, just to make my world a little more orderly. I'm especially excited about the stuff on this list, so I decided to share with you guys. It got a little long, so I'm doing it in two parts.

1. Butterflies and Moths

I've found myself really drawn to pictures of butterflies lately. I think it's because of their perfect symmetry. Or maybe because they're so delicate and fragile, kind of like living flowers. Either way, I want to buy a bunch of fake ones and glue them to everything.

Edun did some really cool things with butterflies in their ads recently. I love all of these pictures so much!

Moths share the delicate, alien beauty of butterflies, and they have the added bonus of being fuzzy and adorable. Their bodies and sometimes wings are covered in what looks like the softest, finest fur imaginable. And those antenna! Moths are the best, I tell you. Plus some of them can get really huge, which is at once awesome and terrifying.

Look at that face! I just want to cuddle it!

As a newly initiated member into the cult of Alexander McQueen, I wasn't aware until recently that there was a collection of his with a ton of butterfly stuff in it. Imagine my delight when I saw a dress in their spring 2011 collection made entirely out of fake butterflies! asdfghjkl I love it so much.

All hail McQueen, master of the fashion things!

2. Miss Havisham

Even though I've never read Great Expectations or even seen the movie in its entirety, I have a fascination with the tragic character Miss Havisham. I love the decaying lace and dusty tatters of things that were once beautiful. Something about gross old wedding stuff is really appealing to me, for whatever reason. Also, I can't wait to see the new Great Expectations movie with Gillian Anderson aka Scully as Miss Havisham! It's gonna be awesome.

Gillian Anderson

Helena Bonham Carter

Margaret Leighton

Once again, Alexander McQueen has made a dress that perfectly sums up my inspiration. This one is from his fall 2006 collection. The veil! The dusty lace! The pretty silhouette! Plus some antlers thrown in for good measure. Perfection.

I found this picture on tumblr and it fits in pretty well here. Cool tatters.

3. Animals

Don't ask me why, but for whatever reason I'm really digging adorable yet weird-looking animals right now. especially antelope-like things with crazy horns, mythical beasts, bunnies, goats, bats, and cats (obviously, because they're the best animals in the world). They're earthly but also otherworldly. At the moment I'm not sure how I plan to emulate these creatures in the way I dress, but I certainly wouldn't object to wearing horns or antlers. I may have to find a less literal interpretation for my more subdued days, however.

4. Gray Hair

If I weren't so lazy and inept when it come to hair, I would go gray asap. I like to think that I'd look all stunning and ethereal like these ladies, and not like an old woman. The opposite is probably true, but oh well. You could certainly do worse than to have old ladies as a style icon.

I also really like freckles, so I basically want to be the girl in the above picture.

All photos are from a google image search or tumblr. If you know any of the sources, let me know and I'll slap them on there.

Stay tuned for more photo dumping in part II!