Saturday, 30 May 2015

21






21 Goals for 21 Years

1) Become a harder worker that is less distracted.
2) Work harder on maintaining eye contact when speaking to others and making the other person feel important.
3) Become faster at simple math! Just addition...
4) Try to learn a new word every day and find a way to use it.
5) Assert self in adulthood: don't be threatened by rude kids on the train, you're bigger than them!
6) Keep my room tidy constantly! 
7) Get more sleep (hah...)
8) Here's a big one... maybe... get my drivers license?? (eek!)
9) Talk to others more about important issues, do more to help as well.
10) Don't hoard, and give away/sell unwanted items to reduce clutter.
11) Do more creative things. Make a song, whatever! Take cool photos spontaneously like I used to!
12) Develop a skin regimen that truly works for me. Try new products.
13) Be as organised at home as I am at work...
14) Do favours for people at home as I do at work!
15) Gossip less.
16) Make new friends with similar interests.
17) Go to drag shows!
18) Reach for a fruit instead of an unhealthy snack.
19) Drink as much green tea at home as I do at work...
20) Get ready faster in the mornings.
21) Live a life so great and exciting that there isn't a chance to be tired.


Friday, 29 May 2015

Fashunz, lately

Hair accessories: Daiso, Coat: Forever New, Dress: Liz Lisa, Belt: Alannah Hill, Bag: Liz Lisa x My Melody, Stockings: Forever New, Socks: Alannah Hill, Shoes: eBay

 Earrings: Wanting Collection, Cardigan: Penderie, Dress: Ank Rouge, Skirt: Revival, Bag: Syrup, Stockings: Forever New, Socks: Wanting Collection, Shoes: Tokyo Bopper


I'm definitely balls deep in a floral phase right now. Thanks, Liz Lisa. Aside from giving noveau grandma looks though, lately I've tried to make colour themed looks; such as these purple and red concepts I posted on instagram. (I did wear the purple one, but I'm too scared of red at the moment for the other.) I've also tried to be friendlier with blue. I do really love the whole Dorothy Gale vibe of wearing blue and red together, but I fear it's too much with the pink hair as well. I also think it appears strikingly obvious how hard I'm trying to not wear pink in this coord. I did really love the casual Oz redux though. I purchased the Ank Rouge dress via multipal on eBay, a really sweet merchant who tracks down rare gyaru brand items and resells them to overseas customers. You can get the dress yourself here. You can also follow multipal on instagram so you never miss an auction.

As for the Tokyo Bopper Ballerinas... Yes, I splurged a little there. But I was over my replica pairs falling apart and decided there was no better option than the real thing. I'm yet to regret that purchase.

If you've been reading this blog for some time you'll probably be as surprised as I am that I'm able to name drop brand names for all the items I'm wearing in these two coords. I don't think my thrifting days are over, it's just that my second job means the op shops are shut by the time I get home, and also that I have a little extra to spend on myself. I think I'll calm down on the shopping once the initial thrill of extra money has passed... I guess we have to hope that that's soon.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

27/05 Hair Dye


I try a new hair dye almost every time I retouch my pink. Last time I had my first go with Manic Panic, picking the shade Fuschia Shock. The colour was pretty sweet, but the transferring, oh the transferring! Even 3 months after dying I was still staining everything. My phone cases, my cardigans, my headphones, even the landline handset on my desk at work was stained pink. So I went back to a tried and true: Crazy Colour in shade Burgundy. I had tried this dye late October last year and had loved the deep berry pink shade it faded to from the initial purple- and loved the complete lack of colour transfer even more. Plus knowing my hair will be slick and root free come my 21st birthday in two weeks time is a proverbial weight off my shoulders.

Aside from redying my hair, there's not really much news aside from the fact that I will be in Melbourne for a week late June (birthday present to myself) and may be getting a tattoo while I'm there. (Well, not a may. It's booked. I've paid the deposit. It's happening.) I'm hoping to visit diners, Lady Petrova, the aquarium, and a cat cafe. I hope I can squeeze everything in while still seeing all my Melbourne people without burning out!

I'll be back soon to talk less about myself and more about clothes or whatever. I hope 2015 has been as awesome so far for you as it has been for me. Let's strive to keep learning and bettering ourselves every day.






Sunday, 3 May 2015

Graduation


I find that I'm hyper aware of myself when I'm going through a change. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that my changes are quite drastic.


A lot will change at once and it will reflect in everything from my speech to my taste in music to my hair colour. Of course I am still the same person- but a very different brand of myself.

Sometimes I try completely new things, sometimes I revert to things I loved in the past. I'm currently doing both.

I'm knee deep in my 70s punk phase all over again. I remember my first punk phase (it was more punk pop like Green Day and Good Charlotte though), my second (Sid and Nancy was my favourite film for a very long time) and now I'm in my third. The Clash, Buzzcocks, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Adicts, Ramones, Gen X, The Jam... dreamy sigh. Which sadly means I've been paying much less attention to korean music lately (but still keeping a distant watch on Block B as always).

As I get older I find I go less through 'phases' but more evolutions, not always completely dropping what I was doing in the previous form. I've had pink hair for over a year and a half now, I've been collecting character merch like Sanrio San-x My Little Pony etc. for a decade, I haven't worn jeans in 4 years. That's part of growing up- you figure out what you like and keep doing that. I could possibly be finding my niche. But watch me say that and move on to the next thing...

A big part of my current shift is that my lifestyle went 180 in December last year when I got my second job. I went from a casual store employee with a 5am bedtime to being an office employee who starts at 7am. This is the first time since I left school in 2011 that I've been up and out 5 days a week. 

Working in an office meant I had to do a bit less of fun stuff like sticking rhinestones to my face and more high buns, dress shoes. Less denim jackets and sneakers, more day planners and phone manner. I've started wearing heels a lot and getting more into himekaji/gyaru, namely picking up a lot of LizLisa, DreamV and Penderie items. I put together a spank! coord and find myself yearning for florals and My Melody. I've been doing a lot of clothes shopping. I need to start selling some of my old things.

I keep finding I want to appear 'opulent' rather than casual and cute.. I used to be quite happy with a cotton dress and reeboks but now I reject plastic rings for my Tarina Tarantino one, choose Milk heels over comfier rocking horse shoes, wear my LizMelo handbag whenever possible. This relates back to the growing up thing I guess. I just don't want to be one of those people that thinks they can't be into 'cute' any more because they're getting older. I'm trying to find mature and sophisticated ways to incorporate my pink and Sanrio into my look.

I'm rambling, and I have been rambling about this for the past few months on my twitter, but so much has come together for me in such a short time it feels like graduation. I never graduated high school, I was stuck in limbo for over three years not knowing what to do or what I even wanted to do. Things came together so well that I am now able to save up for a place, plan my wedding, and I'm also more confident about doing menial things like buying lunch because I'm being social every day and not in an anxious slump anymore.

So, happy graduation.

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