Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ModCloth Uniquely You Polyvore Challenge!

I was contacted last week by a lovely lady named Amy at Modcloth, about a weekly polyvore storyboard challenge. As I've been pretty lax in the blogging stakes as of late, I figured why not, plus I had forgotten how much I love playing with polyvore!

Each week a selection of bloggers is given a dress to style showing our individual style using the lovely accessories from ModCloth's site. The first dress given was the Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Noir, which I adore! Thankfully it is available in plus sizes too. Come on black and white with those cute shoulder details, this one is right up my street. Though I was initially thinking of going full goth I was caught by some of the gorgeous, whimisical Alice in Wonderland inspired pieces in ModCloth's range.



Alice in ModCloth





The dress could be read as very formal and I wanted to take it in a different direction, to make a whimsical, doll-like feel to the look. As soon as I saw these cute, bow false lashes I knew I had to pick out the red with something else and the backpack was too adorably Alice for me not to add it. I've always loved Alice in Wonderland, the books, films, cartoons and this was my inspiration for this board. I think I was a little literal, but hey, there is a place and time for subtlety, but it is not when you're playing dress up!

How would you style this dress?
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Saturday, June 07, 2014

OotD: SeaPunk



Velour High Neck Check Dress ~ SimplyBe via blog sale
Crochet Socks ~ ASOS
Spiked Headband ~ ASOS
Black & White Platform Mary Janes ~ Demonia
"I'd Rather Drown" Necklace ~ Earl Foolish
Lipstick ~ Hipster Ariel by Geek Chic Cosmetics





























It was hot on whatever day we took these, so that's my reasoning for my squinty, pinched expressions and general grumpy-looking-ness.



I bought this in a blog sale from the lovely Mhaira of Lilybobombs! I've been debating on this ever since it came out, so glad I got it for a great price, though its such a lovely dress I probably wouldn't be too mad paying full price. It was way too warm for the day I chose to wear it, but when its cooler, I can see myself wearing it a lot.


Last OotD I said I wanted to take some more unflattering shots, well here's some sideways action as well as some big fat arms and stomach.




I've been looking for some cute Mary Janes for so long. I bought a incredibly similar pair from TUK, but they were just too small. As a size 9, it is hard to find shoes for my aesthetic, I'd never checked Demonia before despite seeing them around in alternative fashion circles. Now I want all of them! These shoes are wonderfully comfortable, so much that these might be slightly too big for my fat feet. They are so adorable they might as well be dolly shoes.


I was feeling very cute, this was one of those outfits that kind of sprung out of my mind as soon as I saw the dress. I am really into shades of blue at the moment, probably because I spend so much time on tumblr and follow many mermaid obsessed people. Also, check out this necklace, perfection!



Thursday, May 29, 2014

OotD: Season of the Sea Witch

Its been awhile, friends!

I had my university results today for my last project of the year, so I am free and easy. Hopefully I'll be posting much more. Unfortunately the year has been full of illness (physical and mental) as well as a boat load of university work, so I've not been up for much dressing up.


Polka Dot Crop Top ~ Primark via ASOS
Layered Witchy Skirt ~ Samya via House of Fraser
Monochrome Cardigan ~ Fashion World (previously given to review)
Teeth Necklace ~ Earl Foolish

Lure Earring ~ Earl Foolish
White Crochet Socks ~ ASOS
Black Patent Flatforms ~ Dorothy Perkins
Lipgloss ~ 'Red Wedding' by Shiro Cosmetics



My new fashion obsession for this summer is becoming even more of a witch bitch. Floaty black layers, hitchy hems, sheer and of course, crop tops! This skirt is perfection to me, I adore the hem and it was only ten quid in the sale with a discount code, very nice.



I'm planning to start taking more pictures from "unusual" angles, like back pictures, from the side of sitting down. I find that often I only post pictures from "flattering" front on, but I want to experiment with showing my body from all angles, so say hi to my flat butt.



 Who loves my necklace and earring? I DO. I am a little obsessed with the bits that I picked up from Earl Foolish. Not only are they gorgeous, but each piece from the current Sinister Sirens collection has a gorgeous description and piece of fiction to go with them. If you love sirens, mermaids, creature of the deep and fantasy lore you have to give them a look.


It was hard even getting a decent picture of how beautiful this earring is, the iridescence is just gorgeous. I think I'll be doing a little review of the three pieces I bought and sitting on my hands so I don't buy even more.

 

Customary ugly picture because I am silly. Also, I am growing out my hair and its currently stuck at mad scientist levels of fluff.

How are you all, my lovely readers?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monochromatic Minimilism Vs Pastel Puke

ASOS Curve Shadow Floral Peg Leg Trousers ~ £22, SimplyBe Sleeveless Blazer ~ £45, Regal Rose Freya Raven Skull Necklace ~ £11, New Look Monochrome Cut Out Boots ~ £29.99, SimplyBe Waffle Cocoon Top ~ £28, Maria Francesca Pepe Silver Spike Hoop Earrings ~ £27, SimplyBe Organza Short Sleeve Shirt ~ £40.

Crisp, sharp, pulled together.

Not words I associate with myself, but I find the aesthetic rather beautiful.

ASOS Balloon Animal Cropped Shirt ~ £10.50 (On Sale!), Regal Rose Rose Quartz Unicorn Horn Necklace ~ £32, New Look Mint Raglan Jumper ~ £22.99, Regal Rose Amethyst Necklace ~ £16, ASOS Pom Pom Headband ~ £10, Modern Girl Blitz "Not Your Doll" Pin ~ $2, Modern Girl Blitz Ghost World "Everyone's Too Stupid" Pocket Mirror ~ $5, Shelly's London Mint Blue Lace Up Boots ~ £60, Black Heart Creatives Morrissey Cupcake Necklace ~ £13.50, New Look Inspire High Waisted Shorts ~ £19.99, Boohoo Plus Floral Bodycon Dress ~ £18, cryybaby Feminist Brooch ~ £3.

Bonkers, brash and b-b-bold!

In your face, but oh so sweet about it. I'm thinking of adding a little more pastel to my goth.

Which style board are you drawn too?

Do you prefer candy colours or more simple shades?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

OotD: This Is My Person Suit



Denim Dress ~ ASOS Curve
Sheer Black & Tartan Shirt ~ George at Asda

Black Leggings ~ Evans
Creepers ~ Underground UK


The title is a lie, I actually wore this last week and forgot I took pictures. Consummate professional me.

I wore this to go the Manchester Craft & Design Centre with a friend. We were walking past Affleck's Palace and I said to her "Oh its full of goth tat in there.... Which kind of desrcibes my style, though I feel pretty normal and incognito today." My friend looked at me and said "No."

So yes, this minus the lipstick which was pink during the day, is what I think a passing as not an example of gothic tat style. I hope someone gets my title reference, it is pretty perfect.


I have far too many denim dresses, but I couldn't resist this one, the buttons and shape are just lovely. I can imagine wearing this in the summer without leggings or top underneath, oh I am looking forward to that so very much!

Warning about this dress for those big chests, you will need to size up. The denim doesn't have a huge amount of stretch and isn't made for a top heavy person it seems.








As always a lovely outtake of me being silly below!


Hope you're all having a lovely time and having fun in the sun that is peeking through the clouds now again this almost Spring season.

What do you think of my toned down look? Do you ever try and blend in a little and does it ever work?

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Love Every Body #3: Chest Area


This Love Every Body's topic is the chest/boobs. Fortunately for you lot I am not getting my top off just yet, you perverts!
 
TW: Boobs (I guess?), menstruation mention, body talk, fat talk, body hate, fatphobia.

I am really not sure the age of most people who read my blog, I sort of assume from my age, 23 all the way up to some rather lovely ladies in their 40s and 50s. I've never considered the fact that younger people might be reading my rambling.

So if you are (and even if you're not) gather round, my loves, time for Auntie Sian to share her wisdom.

Things I Have Learned About Having Boobs:

  • Not all boobs are made equally.

    This includes on your own body. I remember being freaked out when one boob grew in a few sizes bigger than the other, this is completely normal. Your boobs are growing, unfortunately puberty makes things grow all askew, even your legs will be slightly different lengths. In fact your breasts keep growing into your twenties. Nearly all women have one breast larger than the other, sometimes this is barely noticeable and other times there will a few cup size difference. So know you are not weird, you are in fact, wonderfully beautiful just like everyone else.

    Equally not all breasts are shaped the same, we see so much through sexualised images of women in magazines and on tv, that we think there is a set mould of what boobs look like, but that is balderdash! Here (NSFW because boobs) is a great website which shows in non sexualised pictures how every pair of breasts is totally unique. Shape, size, colour, nipple size, nipple colour, its all different for everyone and they are all gorgeous!
  •  Spots can occur wherever you have skin.
Yep, even there and there and all over there! In fact chest acne is common enough that you can buy body washes with spot fighting elements. As someone with bad skin I will admit to having bad skin on my boobs and back too. Oh the glory of the human form, eh? Once again, totally normal! Everyday even. You can fight this off with acne body washes or using your cleanser on your body too. No need to be embarrassed at all!

  • Where there is skin there is hair!

    I know this will shock you, but human beings are mammals and mammals are hairy beasts! Modern humans are pretty backwards about body hair in my personal opinion. I wish I'd been given a proper talk about body hair as a young one as when I noticed hairs on my chin and boobs I thought I was turning into a werewolf! Blame too much watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and not enough concentration in Biology class, but I think this is far too taboo a subject. I have hair on my chest and so do you, I bet! I do believe thicker hair growth can be a symptom of PCOS. Whatever your hair condition, thick, black, blonde and pale, its natural. Do not worry a second more about what is by definition the natural state of your body.

    Hear this, people with boobs, if you take your top of in front of another person, if they go "eeeeeeeew boob hair!" they are far too immature to be seeing your without your top on. Pop it back on, tell them to bog off and find yourself someone who will appreciate you.
  • Boobs exist in a state of flux.

    Nearly everyone who has periods owns a pair of period pants, that's just a fact. But believe me, my dove, when I say you will need a period bra. Boobs change, they swell and shrink with your cycle, if you have one and becoming pregnant, having a child and breastfeeding can also change your boobs. Your breasts are amazing, there primary, biological reason for existing is to nourish children, they are magical! They will change and age just as you will, they will sag and wrinkle, accept the way your body gains experiences.
  •  Exposure or modesty?
Neither of these states mean anything. If you cover up your chest or you wear nothing at all on top, this does not affect who you are. You may take pride in either states, fluctuate or exist between the two, maybe you never even think about it. A common trope thrown at people with breasts is that we are slutty if we expose them or frigid if we don't, its a lose/lose situation. I implore any young people reading this to stop judging each other based on the area of skin you cover, but on who that person really is. Next time you feel a nasty comment bubble acidically up your throat question why you are about to say it, ask yourself if its to tear that person down or to lift yourself up. If you need lifting up, do not do it by hurting another person, move away from that situation, look after yourself, look after your sisters.

  • Monitor those puppies!

    God that is an awful subtitle, but it belies a serious message. Breast cancer is something that can be lethal, but the earlier it is caught the better the chances of survival. I know you're young and therefore invincble, but a check every now and again could save your life.

    Here is a great website about how to check your breasts, what changes to look for and a very informative video to boot.

My personal experience:

I have quite a weird relationship with my chest. I grew up thinking I'd be 6 foot 5 like my brothers and with huge, great boobs like my mum, but neither of these things happened. So I've always felt disappointingly short and lacking in the boob department. In fact I wore a 38C from 13 until 22 because I was so embarrassed to go get fitted. Recently I tried some online fitting and trying different bras on and I'm wearing a 42D/40DD depending what brand I get. This sounds big, but I still see myself as being part of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee because relative to my frame and stomach my boobs do look small.

Among the incredibly common fatphobic things said to fat women "At least you have big boobs." has to be in a top ten and I realise that most women who hear this will hate it with a passion, but as a young girl this is all I wanted! I was a fat child and a fatter teen, so when this fat person didn't even have the one body part society finds redeeming about fat women, well.... I was rather miffed. I wasn't the fat girl with the pretty face or the fat girl with the big boobs. I was just fat girl.

I had a very good friend as a teen who was a dancer, so she was very fit and active. She once said "As long as my boobs are bigger than my stomach then I feel ok." We were both very young, so hadn't finished developing and she was tiny compared me, so being the over sensitive lump that I reacted rather badly. I didn't say a word to her, but I realised my boobs were only slightly bigger than my stomach and I felt dreadful. Nowadays my stomach beats my boobs unless they're corralled into a truly pushy, push up bra and I don't give a fig.

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I hope anyone who has got this far found this interesting and may have even learned something. I would love some comments adding to my "Things I Have Learned About Boobs" list, I'm sure we've all learned a lot by now!

(I also tried to keep the language in this section as gender neutral as possible because lbgtqia! If any problematic language remains please tell me.)




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OotD: Print Mixing Dressolutions


I'm Not Dead.

Though January does not agree with me. I have been quite depressed, had about 5 different viruses and my course load has been heavy, so blogging took a back seat.

This means this post has been pushed way into February. Sorry, Marisota

For that is who has sent me these lovely clothes for the Marisota Dressolution Challenge.



Fluffy Geometric Cardigan ~  c/o Marisota*
Glasses Print Top ~ c/o Marisota*
Polka Dot Prom Skirt ~ c/o Marisota*
Black Petticoat ~ Domino Dollhouse
Velvet Creepers ~ Dr. Martens
Personalised Necklace ~ Black Heart Creatives

Marisota sent out a rather intriguing email at the start of the year asking what our "Dressolutions" are for this new year. A dressolution is a style resolution to give your style a fresh start, to try something different and push yourself in a new way.


I chose to try print mixing as its something I so admire in other bloggers, but tend to avoid for myself. I decided to chose only items with a print so I couldn't hide behind blocks of colour! I was so worried after confirming these items as I thought they would not work together at all, but I am digging this look. Staying in a monochrome means all the prints mix really well, so still a little safe, but I think its still a step out of my comfort zone and in the right direction.


I have to say I am a little obsessed with these items, especially the cardigan. It is the softest, warmest, lovely hug of a cardigan! Its definitely the piece I have worn most, its such an easy piece to throw over an outfit when I'm running out of the door in the cold morning to university.

I think the three quarter sleeves also make it a little more fashion forward, plus makes its a transitional item for spring and lets be honest English summer.


In all the pictures so far I've had a Domino Dollhouse petticoat under the skirt. You can see that the skirt has a mesh layer, two satiny layers and a tulle layer. For the price this is a freaking dream piece.

Let's talk about this skirt! I sort of expected it not to live up to my expectations because it looked so wonderfully poofy online, but rest assured as you can see it is a proper cupcake of a skirt. I know a lot of people will wonder where on earth they will wear a mesh and tulle prom skirt? My simple answer is that I have another dressolution this year, that is to wear whatever the fuck I want, wherever the fuck I like!

I wore this outfit walking my dogs (because fashion, darling) and got some odd looks, probably due to the blue hair and prom skirt. I recommend you disregard any onlookers stares, for if you wear a kick ass cupcake skirt, you are the fiercest of the fierce and they are only stares of envy and pure awe.


Look at that poof.... Skirt isn't bad either.

 

Its been so long, that you've missed my hair being pink! I hated it, so blue was the way forward. Pravana in blue, with a few lighter coloured dispersed for depth. Perfection.


Obligatory silly face.

How have you been, my doves? Do you have any Dressolutions for this year?