Friday, 30 August 2013

Wear It Purple and show your support † QILTBAG rights

"Wear it Purple Day is about showing rainbow (sexuality and gender diverse – SGD) young people that they are supported, celebrated and respected exactly as they are. It’s about raising awareness in your school, workplace, uni, or general community that rainbow young people face challenges that they shouldn’t, and it won’t be tolerated." [Source]

So today, I went hunting for purple clothing in my closet.

Hey look, I'm outside!
 I felt like taking pictures outside today because it's a lovely sunny day (29 degrees celsius. What happened to spring?)

As you can see... I don't really have much purple clothing. So I opted for as much purple I had, plus rainbow accents.
no-name hat | Crossroads corset top | Vertical Club skirt | Dub & Drino stockings | New Look boots

Wear It Purple Day was an idea created by two Aussie teenagers. It gives me a feeling of pride for Australian youth. At the moment, Australia's international reputation is very bad, given the way the government treats asylum seekers and indigenous people, wants to rip up the Great Barrier Reef, and is dithering about approving same-sex marriage.

This day isn't just an Australian thing; it's international.

"Wear it Purple Day has grown into a world-wide celebration of diversity and pride. The message has travelled around the globe and people have joined us in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands."

Simply wear purple, and inform your school friends/colleagues/family what its all about. Better yet, get on social media and spread the word.

PS: speaking of social media, I've just sorted out my Google+ account. Please follow me if you have Google+!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Ice goth outfit

This is part of a project on dark style subcategories. For the full list, click here.

I need another corset. I keep using this one too much.

Okay, ice goth. So as far as I understand it, ice goth is about being goth but with a focus on white, rather than black. Some ice goths go all white, some use black/other colours as accents. I chose to go black on white. If I had a red corset, I would do red on white in a heartbeat.

Usually there is also a tendency towards 'ice-like' or silvery accessories.

Some further information for you:

My turn!
Tightrope dress | no-name corset | don't even bothering asking where the accessories came from...
Outfit cost: AUS$50 (most of which was the corset)

I'm wearing a long white dress, which I got from a local charity/thrift/second-hand/whatever-you-want-to-call-it store.

Over that, I have a black corset. I bought this in Sydney fairly cheaply. It's a bit big for me :/ But it serves the purpose here.

For accessories, I'm wearing a silvery necklace with a flaming snake pendant (????), a black metal necklace with white skull beads, tailed butterfly earrings in my first piercings, cuffs in my second piercings and a silver stud. I'm also wearing a skull bracelet and a metal and pearl bracelet on my left wrist, and two pearl bracelets on my right.

And I have a black headband with diamantes on my head :3 and black lipstick, of course :)

I'd forgotten how much I liked this dress :) I should wear it more often.

Has anyone else tried ice goth?

Monday, 26 August 2013

Blog changes and a little personal reflection

To my seven wonderful followers, I apologise. My blog has been undergoing a number of changes, so I expect every time you've come here to check on a new post, things look very different. To anyone passing by, you've been spared all that.

As always with a new blog, I'm trying to find my feet: and that means lots of scouring other people's blogs to get inspiration for blog layouts and posting styles.

The snowy fox background has gone, as has the very short lived header at the top of this post, and I'm still not entirely happy with the size of the current header, as it is too deep and not long enough -_-

Still, I'm much happier with the way it looks.

I've also changed my profile picture. That's a snap from the dance pit at a bar in Rio, the most amazing place ever. In the full photo there is a live jazz band behind me.

Unfortunately, the picture wasn't very clear. I was very pleased with the little bat I painted under my eye. ^w^

You may also notice that I have added a little tagline in my banner "Dark alternative fashion | lifestyle | on a budget". Well, believe me, I'm a poor student, so indeed, most of the things you see me wearing were bought on a budget. I'll be sure to make this clearer in future posts.

Thank you for reading/following my blog. I'm am almost at 1000 pageviews *yay* so maybe I should do something to mark the occasion. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Dark mori girl outfits

This is part of a project on dark style subcategories. For the full list, click here.

Mori girl 森ガール is a Japanese style which suggests a lifestyle of living in a forest. Natural colours and objects are used in outfits. Dark or black mori girl 黒森ガール is, as the name suggests, a darker approach to the mori girl aesthetic.

The aim is to be girly, innocent and natural, as opposed to the more flamboyant, Victorianesque and occasionally maturer looks of dolly kei.

My turn!
The basic outfit

Vertical Club dress | no-name tights | New Look boots

I'm wearing flat black boots. Flat, therefore good for walking/hiking through the forest. I'm also wearing black tights with flower patterns. Mori girl styles should ideally have woollen tights, but I felt the designs on the pairs I have were not suitable. I also briefly considered my bat stockings, but those are too 'spooky'. Mori girl is about plants mostly, flowers and leaves, and dark mori girl is just the same thing in darker tones.

Finally, I'm wearing a dress which could easily be casual gothic Lolita (and indeed, Lolita and mori girl share some similarities). It is a black babydoll with flower lace detailing.

There is no makeup/nail polish/etc. Mori girl styles are all about being natural.

The first adaptation

Paper ♥ Heart cape | no-name gloves | Harper's Bazaar infinity scarf

This look incorporates the mori girl love of fur. I'm wearing a brown cape with faux fur trim, and beige gloves also with faux fur trim. I'd like to note here that mori girl styles tend to favour colder weather.

I'm also wearing a black wool infinity scarf.

Additionally, I'm wearing a gold coloured cuff detailed with flowers and bees. However, jewellery is rare in mori styles.

The second adaptation

one after another NICE CLAUP overshirt | Harper's Bazaar infinity scarf | no-name belt
This is more of a 'casual' look. I'm wearing a long black shirt type thing over my dress, which also has flower details. I'm wearing a belt with a butterfly on it (a little shiny for mori kei, but oh well...) and several bracelets. As I mentioned previously, jewellery is mostly absent from mori styles, and if present, tend to be on the wrists.

Again, I'm wearing the scarf, as well as (hard to see) a black and silver headband with little diamanté flowers. There's a furry thing in my scarf which is kind of popular in some parts of Asia right now. You could buy them practically anywhere in Beijing. I guess you could call it a fur dangle.

The third adaptation

Pipal Tree jacket | Sportsgirl belt

This look is a lot closer to the western interpretations of dark mori girl. I'm wearing a big Nepalese jacket and fishnet gloves. You can also probably see I am wearing black lipstick - western adaptations of dark mori girl will often involve dramatic use of dark makeup.

My necklace is a brown jade monkey, and I have a belt with a fox's face on it (*w*)

Edit: here, have another picture :)

What do you think of the style? I think this is a style I would use only occasionally, since I'm more of a ripped jeans, black eyeliner sort of girl. This style is supposed to be a bit vulnerable, which isn't really me at all. I feel too much like a little girl dressed like this.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Outfit post † black and pink, skulls and jeans

So as a sort of response to Sylwia's request for jeans stories, here's an outfit with jeans. Yay!

The first thing I have to say, before you even see the outfit, is that for most of my life, I hated pink. I used to run away from pink things. Literally.

And now this:

Holy hell that's a lot of pink.

Yes, kittens, those are HOT PINK JEANS, right there.

There are also pink skulls on the hoodie (which I just scored from my university's swap party). And my black boots are also second hand, although you can't see them too well here.

The shirt I'm wearing underneath also has pink details.

It's covered in cute monsters with pink tongues. The monsters are yelling out scary things like 'Boo!', and they glow in the dark, but when I tried to take a picture it just came out as a black rectangle...

Are you an all black person? Do you occasionally throw in crazy colours?

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Fashion inspirations: Setsuka Heel † punk, rokku gyaru

It's another manga character!

Okay, so I really really like Setsuka Heel's outfits.

Setsuka Heel is the name of a character played by the protagonist of Skip Beat! 最上 キョーコ Mogami Kyoko, an aspiring actress. She is a fairly tough character, always rocking leather and piercings.

She also makes for great cosplay


Although... part of her outfit is wintery (jacket) and another part is summery (short skirts, crop tops...)... So when the hell can you wear something like this???
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