Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Fashion inspirations: Nymphadora Tonks † pink hair, punk

After Red and Black Week wore off, I began thinking about what sorts of posts I usually love reading on other people's blogs. So I have to admit, I'm a fashion tragic, and I collect pictures on my iPad of outfits I really like. Every morning before I roll out of bed, I consult my trusty gallery and ask 'What shall I wear today?'

So let's start with the first picture I have:

Nymphadora Tonks

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I wouldn't mind having pink hair. However, my boyfriend, who is usually very tolerant, put his foot down at me dying my hair as I 'have Asian hair so it'll eventually turn orange, no matter what colour you dye it'. When I suggested I just dye it orange he gave me this look... (¬_¬)


I find Tonks is such a bright, fierce character that people do some amazing fanart of her. As such, I have several of her pictures in my inspiration gallery.

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And this

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Buckles, rips, chokers, short hair and lots of piercings? Sounds good to me.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Red and Black Week Day 5: Who's that!?



And so, for today's post...

TADA!

Um, not really. I kind of wanted to show off my rings, but my camera battery is flat and all I could use was my iPad...

So, what am I wearing?

Well, on my smallest finger, I have a tiny silver(coloured) ring I found half buried in the grass on campus. It has a pair of misshapen hearts.

On my next finger is a beaded red and bronze ring I bought from a night market on Copacabana Beach in Rio. They sell many good things in Rio night markets.

The silver (actual silver this time) ring on my middle finger has a traditional 'meander' pattern. I bought this somewhere in Greece, although I can't remember exactly where...

The darker ring is a bunny face which reminds me of Frank from Donnie Darko, or the Black Rabbit of Inlé from Watership Down. I got it from Diva (click for a better picture) for about 2 bucks :3

My next finger has a silver ring from Tree of Life, featuring a two ended dragon. This is the first ring I ever bought *nostalgia*

On my thumb is another ring from Diva: a wrap around ring with a moon and a star on either end.

Oh, and I'm wearing a giant oversized red and black striped jumper, and a ring covered in runes on a chain ^_^

PS: The Sophistique Noir Red & Black Week runs every year. Join in at any point during the week!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Red and Black Week Day 4: Cuddly friends



For today's photo, I gathered some of the red and black cuddlies around my room and gathered them on my red and black and white bedspread:


The character on the right is some sort of exasperated demon. He used to have a string with a suction cup attached to it, to hang him from a window, but in my experience, those things are useless so I cut it off.

The red beanie baby was something I picked up second hand (but that is my star sign). At some point, I gutted her, turned her into a bag and sewed that bow with a tiny orange jack-o-lantern to her ear. I had actually forgotten she was a bag until I took this photo - looking inside, I found my sour peach lip balm and my black lipstick, two of my favourite things, which I had given up as lost forever
ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

The remaining two are very interesting things known as GIANTmicrobes. The premise of these is great - make microbes into cute cuddly things and stick a tag on them filled with information, so people learn all about them!

I have about seven of these. The ones here are Mad Cow disease (the spotty long one) which each apparently have a unique pattern, and HIV (black with a red ribbon). I also have the common cold, a red blood cell and a white blood cell, influenza, and herpes.

(Another thing I love about them is that they can change an ordinary statement about toys into something a bit awkward... - "I've got chlamydia!" "Do you now....")

PS: The Sophistique Noir Red & Black Week runs every year. Join in at any point during the week!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Red and Black Week (or Looking Back) Day 3: Red, Black and White Dream



Today I've decided to put up a picture I drew 3 years ago. Unfortunately, the scan ate it.

It's a picture of Dream aka Morpheus aka The Sandman aka all the other names he's been called. He's the creation of Neil Gaiman, my most favouritist author in all the universe (◕0◕)

And I can't draw feet. Pretend he's wearing socks.

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Red and Black Week (or Looking Back) Day 2: Stripey Armwarmers


So here is the photo for Day 2:



Hm.

I vaguely remember that this night involved pizza. We were just running around in the dark like the just-freed-from-high-school delinquents we were.

I'm wearing a magic comb embellished with shiny red beads. At this stage, I had been so traumatised by the short haircut I had received a year earlier that I was growing it out again in the mistaken belief that I looked better with long hair. Now I have a wonderful short haircut which I trim myself.

The grey shirt, if I remember right, was bought in Hong Kong 香港 and had a velvet poodle stuck to it, embellished with those shiny diamante things which fall off with every wash. I always wished it was a velvet cat...

I'm also wearing that red tartan skirt from the Day 1 photo - you can see it much more clearly here. My black, red and white stripey armwarmers were once knee-high socks, but I recognised early on that I look better in thigh highs than knee highs.

My boots, unfortunately, are brown, and although I loved the design, I would have much preferred black. My mother, in her wisdom, and holding the purse strings, refused to buy me boots unless they were NOT BLACK so I had to give in. (It's okay, I now have a pair of black boots. Several.)

The bag was from Kipling, and featured their ubiquitous monkey/gorilla keyring in bright red. Of course, one day my mother decided backpack-type bags were too childish and encouraged me to get rid of it somehow (I donated it). Regretted that move - it was a good bag.

PS: The Sophistique Noir Red & Black Week runs every year. Join in at any point during the week!

Red and Black Week (or Looking Back) Day 1: Nana Cosplay



This week is Sophistique Noir's Red and Black Week.

I have chosen to look back on some old photos, and explain a little about myself.

Here is today's photo:


Excuse me for chopping my own head off. This was not a very flattering photo.

So this photo was taken as a 'muck up' photo, during the photo session of my final year in high school. My high school allowed us to dress up for a short period of time and allow us to take silly pictures (and in fact, for the school photographer to take a picture of all of us dressed up).

In this photo, I am cosplaying コスプレ as Nana ナナ a manga/anime 漫画/アニメ character created by Ai Yazawa 矢沢あい. I have always had a great love for Nana (both anime and character). Part of that appeal is her punkish fashion - ripped clothing, fishnets, dark eyeliner, collars, etc.

In this photo, I am wearing a black dog collar, and a black string necklace with a wyvern on it, which I secretly bought one day in Kuranda. For a very long time, I have loved the darker side of life, which my mother still disapproves of, so I had to hide (and still do) some of my items.

I'm also wearing a tank top, made of an underlayer and some gathered see-through fabric as an overlayer. I loved it, but looking back, it was not at all flattering to my figure, even wearing a belt (the one in this picture, I borrowed from my best friend. It is slightly velvety and has lots of eyelets).

I don't recognise the bracelet, so I'll move on to the skirt. It's hard to see in the photo, but that is a red tartan skirt. Again, one of those things that I really loved, but was not flattering. It was made of some sort of stiff but fleecy material, pressed into the shape of a netball skirt. As a 17 year old me, I just thought 'Yes, so alternative! This will piss my mum off!' but it was really awful. 

If this was a more gothic outfit, I could probably point to it as an example of my babybat years, but I'm honestly still learning about the alternative scene. Many of my colleagues remark that I look younger than I am - in high school, it was the complete opposite. I feel I am stepping out from under my mother's shadow and living my younger years as I should have.

PS: The Sophistique Noir Red & Black Week runs every year. Join in at any point during the week!
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