A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tied Off

Do you have a hard time finding tops that fit well? I sure do. Lately, I have been sticking with drape-y or oversized tops as I find it hard to get a good fit with more form-fitting shirts. The shirt in today's outfit always sat kind of weird on me but I figured I could find a way to wear it. I decided to tie it off in the front which hasn't been cool since the 80's or something......whatever. We had unseasonably cool weather this June which allowed me to wear things such as faux leather skirts without dying. Score!

THE EQUIPMENT

Ring: Made by me in silversmithing class, Pin: AFI merch, Estee Lauder Cyber Green eyeshadow, Nixon watch, Hypnovamp earrings.

THE OUTFIT


Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Guess

How's your summer going?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Houseboating

 I have been sorting through some pictures on my computer and I found some things that I never did get around to posting about. For instance, I came across these pictures of my houseboating trip from 2015.........even though they're not particularly recent I figure I'll share them anyway. 

I wasn't particularly keen on going houseboating as it doesn't seem all that safe to give a bunch of land-locked persons a boat to drive around for a week. I had also read too many news stories about people who have died on their houseboating trips (seriously, look it up) so I was quite reluctant to go on such a trip but I was overruled as usual.  Our destination was Shuswap Lake in British Columbia.

THE BOAT

Many of the boats had hilarious and/or clever names. Ours did not.
I was well-prepared safety-wise for our trip. I studied a boating safety course book and purchased a PFD and a whistle just in case. You were not required to wear a life jacket at all times on the houseboat but I figured wearing one most of the time was a good idea. I also made sure I brought my captain's hat so I could fully look like an idiot.




We went at the end of the busy summer season so the weather was not hot. I was fine with this, but other people on the boat wished that the weather was warmer. There was a hot tub on top of the boat which was pretty awesome. For some reason, there was a fire ban a the time we were there so we couldn't have campfires at night on shore as planned. 


I was quite amused to discover that there was a floating licensed restaurant and store that one could visit in the middle of the lake. The lake is quite large and you can travel around to various points of interest.

On one of the days, we went for a hike through the woods to see the Albas Falls. If I have ever said that a friend made something for me that I am wearing on this blog, the lady on the right in the picture below is that person.


The forest in British Columbia is certainly beautiful. The hike is uphill so you get to see all of the different levels of the falls.


ALBAS FALLS



The falls and trees are huge and beautiful but there are also lots of interesting tiny details in the forest if you look closely.






Have you ever been houseboating?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bell Sleeves

Another day, another dress that is kind of too short for me.......

Despite its questionable length, the bell-sleeved dress featured in today's clubbing outfit shall no doubt serve me well. It is an excellent basic foundation piece upon which to build a wide variety of outfits using different accessories and shoes. Sparkly accessories and blue lips were my accoutrements of choice for an evening at an alternative dance night.

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings and Choker: H&M, Eyeshadows: Sugarpill Magpie and Cold Chemistry palette, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Stain in Young Attitude.

THE OUTFIT


DRESS: Express
SHOES: Ratchet by Elly Clay


What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Casual Friday: Slubbin' It

Recently, I have noticed that linen fabric is quite trendy and I have been looking for pieces to add to my wardrobe. I found a really neat grey wool and linen slub skirt whilst online shopping; I am quite in love with it as the fabric is excellent quality and I have never owned anything made of such a material before. 
When I first laid eyes upon a piece that was made of linen slub fabric, I'll admit that I had to look up what in the f*** that meant. For someone who obsessively hunts down new and interesting things to add to my closet, I really should be more familiar with my textile terminology. 

THE EQUIPMENT

MAC Cremesheen Gloss in Dark Outsider, Martha Rotten earrings.
THE OUTFIT


Sweater: Cheap Monday
Skirt: Muku 
Boots: Le Chateau

Does anyone have any good book suggestions for learning about fabrics? YEAH I KNOW I could just fire up google but I am old school and like to have books to look at. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Black, Shapeless, Drape-y Things

Today's outfit was worn to a house party. I decided to wear something comfortable so I paired a black, drape-y top with my favourite alien botany leggings. Oh, how I love black, shapeless, drape-y things....they are comfortable, versatile, and they flow when you walk about. Since we're getting into spring/summer, I figure I'll start wearing some brighter colours here and there. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Cuff: Cryoflesh, Necklace: DeUno, Ring: stuff from the craft store glue gunned together, Earrings: Hypnovamp, UD Electric, MAC Violetta.
Nicole By OPI Gone Wishin', Nerdlacquer Cold & Calculating.

THE OUTFIT


Top: Workhall (local)
Leggings: Zoetica Ebb

While I don't look forward to warmer weather ruining my fashion choices, I DO look forward to gardening season! It has begun!

RANDOM GARDENING PHOTO

Grape Hyacinth, Canada 150 Tulip, Queen of the Night Tulips, some form of miniature cedar tree that is supposed to die in my particular climate but hasn't for some reason, weird concrete finger that I found on clearance at a garden centre.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Layering

It has happened to us all before; you see something you like online, you order it, you open the package and try it on........aaaaaaaaaaaand it sits weird on you. This happened to me recently with a long-sleeved tunic; it just wasn't doing anything for me. My solution to this common problem is to experiment with layering. I used this piece underneath a long tunic that I usually only wear in the summer to turn it into something I can wear in colder weather.  

THE EQUIPMENT

Necklace: Le Chateau, Earrings: Made by me in silversmithing class, MAC Studded Kiss lipstick.
THE OUTFIT


Longsleeve tunic: Noctex
Other tunic: Le Chateau
Boots: Guess

Do you shop online for clothing these days or do you prefer to try things on before you buy them?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

X-Mas Colours

The weather is sort of starting to warm up at this point so I guess it's time to get my winter outfits out of my blogging folder. 
Today's outfit features a dress that I wore quite a bit during the dreaded holiday season. I felt it was quite appropriate for this time of the year as it is red, gold, and green (red gold and GREEEE-EEEE-EEE-EEEN!).  *Sorry for that, I couldn't help myself.* I ordered it online and it turned out to be a bit shorter than I thought it was. Since I have been on a roll with wearing things that are too short for me lately, I threw on a pair of tights and went with it.

THE EQUIPMENT

NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Norma, UD Mildew eyeliner and Bender eyeshadow, Estee Lauder Cyber Green eyeshadow, Earrings from my mother.

THE OUTFIT


Dress: Zara
Shoes: Steve Madden

The weather here continues to be cold enough for me to continue to wear my fall wardrobe. While this is good for my fashion sense, it is NOT good for my poor garden! Things are looking a bit sh*tty in that department this year! ARGH!

Any other gardeners out there? How are your plants looking this year?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Casual Friday: The Pool Hall

Have you ever played pool before? Up until recently, my only experience with a pool table was back when I was a kid. One of my aunts bought a house and the previous owners left this old, beat up pool table with chipped balls in the basement. My cousins and I made up a game in which we would all stand with our fingers over the edge of the pool table and one person would go to the other side and roll the balls and try to hit someone's fingers......oh the things kids did before the world knew smartphones. 
In February, whilst on a family trip, my mother and I decided to have a game of pool. We both knew that we pretty much sucked so we were competing for the dubious title of LVP (least valuable player). Little did we know how few skills we truly had; the game took HOURS and the only ball we were sinking was the white one. I decided that this would not do, so my husband and I enlisted the help of our friends who are good at pool to teach us a few things. There is a pool hall near our house so we have been meeting there for games; it is a pretty casual atmosphere so I can't dress up too much.

THE EQUIPMENT 

Earrings: From a locals store, Urban Decay Mildew Eyeshadow, Black Up Cosmetics lipshine in Chestnut Brown.
THE OUTFIT


Sweater: Cheap Monday
Pants: Vero Moda
Shoes: Sorel

My favourite pair of casual boots are made by Sorel. I had been looking for a comfortable pair of boots that were weather resistant, comfortable for walking and running errands, yet also somewhat stylish. I stumbled upon Sorel's website and I was surprised to find out that most of their boots don't look like something you'd wear to shovel the driveway anymore.
They actually make some pretty decent looking casual footwear now! None of it is super fashionable or edgy or anything but if you need a reliable yet not super fugly pair of shoes they have a great selection. The boots I got are made with nice materials, warm in winter but not so warm that you can't wear them in spring and fall, have a nice heel height but are still comfortable enough to walk and drive in, and are not too bad looking either.  They still look like new after wearing them a lot, I think they will be a nice long-term addition to my shoe wardrobe.

Like I said, they aren't the most fashionable things ever but if you live in a place where it snows 8 months of the year, they are definitely nicer than these:

F*CK NO
I have been eyeballing a pair of their summer sandals that are made of rubber, leather, and neoprene.

Do you have any pool skills?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Metallic Skirt

This winter, metallic pleated skirts were EVERYWHERE. I bought one that is a lovely dark blackened gold colour and it has been well used since I got it. It is the perfect piece to wear with my gold and bronze-toned accessories. For the winter season, I have been wearing it with tights and boots.  I tried wearing it with over the knee boots on a particularly cold day but I think the skirt looks better with ankle boots. It is light enough that I may be able to wear it for the spring and summer with some sandals or open-toed shoes. One thing that drives me nuts about the skirt is that it's TERRIBLE for static cling! It is supposed to be a flowing skirt with MOVEMENT but half the time it is stuck to my tights with a vengeance. It gets REALLY FREAKIN' DRY here in the wintertime. 
Speaking of wintertime, the weather here has been really sh*tty despite the fact that it is "spring". Therefore I am just going to keep dressing in my fall/winter styles and ignoring the fact that we are entering my least favourite fashion seasons. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings: Catherinette Rings, Watch: Nixon, Necklace: Buffalo, Tokyomilk Dark Get Lucky Lip Tint.

MAC Firm Form Lipstick....it is quite wearable for daytime if you sheer it out.
THE OUTFIT


TOP: Dex
SKIRT: 
BOOTS: Aldo

THE EQUIPMENT

Black Up Cosmetics Lipshine in Chesnut Brown, Jewellery from an alternative craft fair.

THE OUTFIT AND JAMES


I decided not to crop James out of the picture since he was in the mood for posing. He is wearing his collar with glow in the dark skulls on it.

TOP & TIGHTS: H&M
BOOTS: Le Chateau
CAT: James

Are you enjoying the spring fashion season?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Plum Skirt Strikes Again

One of my favourite clothing purchases that I have made in the last couple of years has been a lovely plum wrap skirt that I got from a local designer's store. When I shop for clothes and there is a choice to be made between a black item and a coloured item, I sometimes regret going for something coloured as it is usually harder to style than something black. This is definitely not the case with this skirt; the colour is awesome and it adds some interest to my often all black outfits. The shape is unique yet simple so it is easy to style with various items in my wardrobe, I have been able to wear it in every season of the year. It has been worn many times since I got it in many different ways and to me, this is what makes an awesome wardrobe addition.
For this outfit, I used a blazer as a jacket which I like to do in the spring when it warms up a bit. 

EQUIPMENT

Earrings: Hillberg and Berk, Necklace: Alexis Bittar, MAC Superglass in Fab Frenzy
OUTFIT


Blazer: Vero Moda
Top: Le Chateau
Skirt: Workhall (local)
Boots: Guess

It seems that many of the blogs that I have been following are no longer active :( I have been looking for some new blogs to follow so feel free to post a link to your blog in the comments so I can check it out!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Questionable Attire: The Shorts Jumpsuit and Thigh High Boots

Lately, I have developed an odd penchant for selecting clothes that are not really all that great for my body type. I have been eyeballing (and purchasing) things such as thigh-high and over the knee boots, short dresses, and oversized/menswear tops. For someone who is larger in the chest and thighs, these are not necessarily the most flattering choices. I often fluctuate between thinking that one should stick with what looks good on their body type and saying f*** it, I'll wear what I want. On the one hand, I like to look nice in my clothing; on the other hand, it is not my job to be visually appealing to others and I enjoy experimenting with outfits and makeup. I suppose it depends on how I feel, sometimes I feel a bit more toned down; other times, I feel like saying what the hell and wearing something that will get me the side-eye all day. 
One nice thing about where I live is that there are a variety of alternative dance nights to go to. These are great because I can wear anything I like and I don't have to worry about running into someone from work whilst wearing green lipstick or something. For this particular evening, I wore a shorts jumpsuit...... I NEVER wear shorts OR jumpsuits but I could not resist this one; it was on the clearance rack and it has the most amazing flowing sleeves ever! I paired it with another questionable wardrobe choice: thigh high boots. I am not sure that they are the most flattering but I LOVE THEM.....they are made of beautiful olive green suede. I wonder if I should have got them in black instead but I couldn't resist the olive green. (I also couldn't resist wearing metallic olive green lipstick with them!)

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings: Killstar Clothing, UD Moondust eyeshadow in Zodiac, Estee Lauder Cyber Eyes eyeshadow in Cyber Green, Portland Black Lipstick in Metallurgy.

THE "I LOOK LIKE I HAVEN'T SLEPT FOR DAYS" OUTFIT PICTURE
(sad that this was the best one of the bunch)


Ridiculous Shorts Jumpsuit: Express
Tights: H&M
Ridiculous Thigh High Boots: Aldo

So what say you? Would you rather experiment with your look or just stick with what looks good on you?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Casual Friday: The Statement Scarf

Spring has arrived, which means it's time for all of the trendy blogs to feature people frolicking outside in their fashionable outfits. Where I live, we just got a whole whack of snow and there is probably more to come. Since it is cold out 8 months of the year, I have been trying to make my outerwear ensembles more interesting.....even if I am just going to the grocery store. Today's outfit consists of a casual jacket with a pair of jeans. To make things a bit more interesting, I added some suede over the knee boots and a super cool scarf that my friend knitted for me. The scarf is one of my favourite outerwear pieces as it's nice and warm and really makes a statement! I also wore some earrings that I got recently......they are ears wearing earrings that I wear in my ears.......I am not all there so I find this to be highly amusing.

THE EQUIPMENT

Scarf knitted by my friend, Black Up Cosmetics Lipshine in Chestnut Brown, Earrings: Martha Rotten.
THE OUTFIT


Jacket: Zara
Sunglasses and Jeans: Guess
Boots: Aldo

If there is nothing interesting for me to do on my days off, I usually try to cook something decent for supper. I used to hate cooking but these days I find it's a good stress reliever; it keeps your hands and mind occupied. 

VERMICELLI SALAD WITH TOFU AND LIME CURRY SAUCE


How do you style your outerwear?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scuba Knit

For a long time, I have been looking for something made of scuba knit or neoprene fabric to add to my wardrobe. This winter, I finally came across an excellent piece at a consignment store; it is an oversized, menswear sweater with overlong sleeves. The texture is super cool and it is an interesting, versatile, and comfortable addition to my casual wardrobe. For my first outfit I used my tried-and-true combination of all black + weird jewellery + interesting shoes. I wore some green earrings and makeup to add a touch of colour. The sweater works great for all black outfits; I think I will try it to style it with some coloured skirts for spring.

THE EQUIPMENT

NARS Rated R, Urban Decay Bender, , Hypnovamp earrings, Givenchy Celestial Black lipgloss.
MAKEUP


THE OUTFIT


BOOTS: Shi by Journeys

EQUIPMENT

Earrigs: CatherinetteRings, MAC Set to Stun Lipglass, Silver ring made by me, UD Uzi.

OUTFIT


Boots: Guess

Do you have any neoprene in your wardrobe?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cat Dress

A few months ago when I was shopping with my mother, we found a dress that we both ended up buying on a clearance rack. I believe my sister ended up buying one as well. It has CAT PRINT on it so we couldn't resist. It is from a store that I NEVER shop at but I am really happy with the dress; you can dress it up or down, it is comfortable, and it is black and white so you can easily change up your shoes and accessories to make different outfits.

THE EQUIPMENT

Necklaces: Pilgrim Jewellery, MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint in Blushing Berry, Bracelet: Le Chateau, Earrings: Hillberg and Berk.

THE OUTFIT


Dress: RW & Co
Shoes: United Nude


CLOSE UP OF CAT PRINT, COMPLETE WITH CAT HAIRS


JAMES POSING FOR THE CAMERA


FLOKI NOT WANTING ME TO TAKE PICTURES OF HIM


Would you wear a cat print dress?