Thursday, 19 June 2014

Recent summer gets~

Ay yo it's summer!

I've been spending a lot of time working from my back garden in the skimpiest clothes I have and it is all FAB!
Ok except today there's clouds and everything.

Lots of my friends have been saying that they miss me blogging and I kind of do to but I don't really know what to write about anymore haha.
Please bear with me while I find the lead to my SLR camera so I can actually upload pictures that don't look like shite.

Once again i've been spending money on things that I really shouldn't. Last week my latest haul from taobao arrived and I'm super happy with it aah~

Brb going to a farm to milk some cows. 
I feel like my wardrobe is finally starting to take shape into something I'm really happy with. It's starting to change into a bit of a capsule wardrobe so everything matches with everything, which makes for easy styling!
 I've had a massive clearout of clothes (and wow it's been a lot) so I will be sticking those in a link in the near future once I've taken photos of everything.

It's amazing how you can have so many clothes but still have nothing to wear!

Anyway here's my latest stuff
A+ photoshop skills 
If you wanted to know where any of the stuff comes from, ask away in the comments and I'll let you know. it'l take me quite a while to re-find the links!


This haul ended up being quite expensive because of the weight of the shoes made the cost of the shipping go up quite high, but it matters not because I now have 2 amazing pairs of shoes to add to my collection!

I bought all that stuff because I've fallen in love with the aesthetic of a Japanese brand called Swan Kiss, particularly with how the staff girls style themselves. It's just too cute!

Even though the look is really cutesy, the silhouettes are a bit more mature than a lot of other pastel coloured brands out there. I'm not a big fan of over-sized clothing or fluffy skirts that have been popular with a lot of shibuya brands because fluffy skirts make me feel like a 12 year old girl in her 'rebellious punk princess' phase (or just Avril Lavigne) and baggy clothes make me feel like a 12 year old boy.
So basically Swan Kiss combines everything I love in regards to silhouettes and cute motifs.

I also really love their hair and makeup~ While gal trends have toned themselves down and the makeup has become a lot more natural, this brand (not even sure if it's even considered gal) still had dramatic makeup and cute My Little Pony-esque hair.

I don't think I could commit to having coloured streaks dyed into my hair as I only had my hair re dyed the other week but after seeing my bb Yami with hair chalks in her hair, I might pick some up next time I go shopping!

Does anyone have any recommendations of brands of hair chalk to buy? I feel super late picking up on the trends, I know its been around for ages now.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

I'M ALIVE! and a much required life-update

I actually have some time to breathe for once! I have finally finished university! After 3 years! I am so happy! I'm starting to feel like my true self again!

Guess who's back with the terrible webcam photos!
I haven't written anything about my life since August, well the start of my final year at uni because life has been pretty manic. Everything happened at once. Final year of university was mental by default and on top of that I had my 6 hour per day commute, and then I also got an actual paying job and then Style Honey had our prelaunch site so there's not much time that I have to dedicate to me. While I'm on the internet a lot its for job purposes.

I'll give you some life updates.
I'm working part time at River Island now. I got a temp job at Christmas and they decided to keep me on. It feels amazing to be financially independent again~ I can actually do things now and buy clothes I like! So the last few months have been filled with lots of shopping and free work uniform huehuhue.
Some of my uniform/stuff I've bought in the last 6 months.
Money means that I can finally buy brands that I really want and now that I have more than £20 in my bank at any one time, I bought some MA*RS and My Melody stuff~ 

Well Ma*rs and fake My Melody and taobao accessories shh shh
I feel like I'm too much of a grumpy shit to wear it some of the time as my default face is that of someone who wants to murder everyone, but looking at princess-style clothes just makes me unbelievably happy. SO MUCH PINK. 

The stress of the last 6 months has caused me to fall back into my obsession with manga and anime. 

My partner is fashion/fujoshi-ism Siqi had been going on about this BL visual novel called Dramatical Murder (DMMD) and I finally got round to playing it in December.
It looks really pretty and it is but some of the plot-lines are really ...brutal. I wasn't prepared for some of the themes in it ;_;. Massive trigger warning before you get any ideas about playing it. 

I feel really guilty about enjoying it so much, the poor protagonist Aoba goes through a lot. Poor bb.

Adding to my weebishness, I've gotten back into reading manga as well. My favourite genres at the moment are psychological, BL and horror~ Here's some of my faves that I've read over the last 6 months. I really recommend all of them for beautiful art and fun plotlines~
From top left to bottom right, Endless World (Jaryuu Dokuro), Oyasumi Punpun (Inio Asano), Adekan (Nao Tsukiji), Hoozuki no Reitetsu ( Natsumi Eguchi), Honto Yajuu (Kotetsuko Yamamoto) and Saint Oniisan (Hikaru Nakamura)

What else.

I had long hair for like a month. I missed having long hair and naturally being the poor lil shit I was at the time I bought some rank micro loop extensions from ebay. Ebay extensions feel good for like 2 washes, then they feel like what you'd imagine Satan's pubes to be like.

Me n my heart monitor. My heart's all good now I was just stressed out.
Wirey and horse-like. They were straggly as fuck too. I have really thick hair so I need to put in a lot of extensions for them just to look natural but I literally could not fit on any my loops on my scalp. So yeah. Bad times.

I have absolutely no clue where I'm going with this post. I just wanted to post saying 'I'm not dead, I'm still here and I still like the dumb shit I did before so I ain't going nowhere'.  Wasn't much of a life update it was just me talking about gay animu.

And and and if you haven't already yall need to stalk my bby Stylehoney.com that I helped co-found and write for because we launched the pre-launch version a few months ago and we're working really hard to make it magical and providing the best fashion bits from across the web! We're still in test phases and whatnot so please bear with us~ and stalk us here>>>>Twitter and here >>>Facebook.

And if you guys have any fab fashion blogs, YT accounts, fashion brands, tumblrs, get in touch because I'm always on the hunt for new sites and things to feature~

 Hopefully I'll will get around to posting more frequently because I no longer have university HUZZAH! So you guys should hear more about my adventures~
I'll post again soon. Toooooodllddddldllessss z z z x x x x


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Reason why Fashionable People are Sad

I have a question for you; Have you ever seen a fashionable person smile?
The answer is no.

But why is this? What is making these magnificent creatures troubled?
There are many reasons why fashionable people don't smile, I'll break some down for you.

Picture this:

You're walking past doing shit and you see a boy decked top to toe in black. He's wearing about 5 layers of what looks like bed linen pinned to his lank figure and he's wearing an expression that looks like he's contemplating murder. Why is he so miserable? What could have possibly happened to him that made him look so sour?

1. He's poor as shit



This guy couldn't even smile if he tried, he just spent £400 of a pair of Raf Simmons shoes, he's not going to be able to eat or pay rent for a good few months. I know I'd be sad if that happened to me.
Your priorities are in the wrong place my dear
2.You're hurting his eyes
 
Having to look at clothes that aren't from brands that demand 3 figures for t-shirts is exhausting, irritating and painful on the eyes. If only he could be surrounded by 50 other people wearing an outfit that costs as much as a deposit on a flat maybe a smile would crack across his jaded face.


It's a lonely fashion life. 


3. He's not the only sad one

If you happened to come across somebody in the street with a massive smile across their face, you'd probably wonder who they just murdered. These fashion people have chronic bitch-face syndrome just like you, but because of their flashing dressing, you're more likely to pay attention to them and notice their stroppy faces. He's happy on the inside. 

4. He's bored

There are 4 staff bundled together talking about yesterdays party and you feel like walking into their shop is intruding on their conversation.

How dare you interrupt you pleb!!

It's a hard life working in "Dat Boutique Wot Noone Has Herd Ov" (you know the place right? no of course you don't). His 5 day weeks with long hours on his feet and few customers make days slow and dull and his only solace are his co-workers. Yes they look like scary pack animals whose clothes cost more than 6 months worth of rent but the truth is they're just bloody bored of standing there. 

5. Not everyone appreciates his sense of style.

Some people just can't keep their opinions to themselves. Our poor little noodle-haired hero has a hard time from some of the shitty guys in his neighbourhood. 

It's hard being fabulous so give him a break. He can take solace in the fact that in 3 years time, those dumb shits will be wearing the exact same clothes as he is now and he can laugh at how sheep-minded and out of date they are. 

So there we have it, the mystery that is the scary fashion boy hopefully debunked for you.

I swear I only blogged like last week but I turn around and it's actually been like 6 months, I can't believe it!
I'm in a busy period of my life at the moment, it's my final year at university, I now have a job and the website I'm working for Stylehoney is about to be released so I don't have much time to sit down and blog for long periods of time so forgive me I am STILL ALIVE!

I am more active on other social media-y things particularly twitter and tumblr so please follow me there~

What are your experiences with "Fashion people"?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Why I hate "Streetwear"

This is going to be a ranty post about my least favourite trend of the last 2 years.

I wanted to like it. I tried so effing hard to like it but I just can't. I welcomed it with open arms but when it arrived I ran for the fucking hills. And I can't escape it. Nobody can escape it. What is it?

It's

That bandwagon that EVERY high street brand in every country has been jumping on.

So what is street wear exactly?

Street wear originally was a type of "urban uniform" worn by skaters and b-boys which was both fashionable and practical enough for both dossing around the streets and being physically active.

Recently [unfortunately] we have once again dragged another trend from the depths of the 90s and reworked it to our suit 21st century taste, while completely forgetting the origins and meaning on streetwear to begin with.




Want to look like a 14 year old English girl, well here we are! Let me talk you through possible outfit combinations
The left is a standard option, the right if for all you daring lot

Head: A beanie or snapback. Extra cool-points if the beanie is from a brand nobody has ever heard of. Snapback must be from Supreme.

Top: A tshirt varying from cropped to long. Can be worn in or out. Must be HUGE. Bonus points if the print is from your friends new streetwear brand on ASOS marketplace

Bottoms: Shorts cut like knickers. Don't like exposing your ass? Fuck you here have some leggings instead. Black leggings as pants are, like, so boring, hows about something in a hideous print from your childhood?

Legs: bare or socks of varying lengths

Shoes: BIG AND CLUNKY. The more they look like your school shoes when you were 5 the better.

Accessories: LOTS OF GOLD. Nothing says 'street' like a chain you bought from Primark. Want to feel authentic? Try one of those plastic neon tattoo necklaces and bracelets you had 50 of when you were 8. Feeling daring? Hows about some culturally appropriated bindis? Disrespecting other peoples culture for the sake of fashion is cute as hell

So why don't I like it? Let me tell you!

1. We spent the whole of the 2000s reflecting back on past fashion, why are we still doing it.

Philosopher George Santayana said this famous quite which I believes sums up my view on streetwear.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Did you see the key point it was trying to make? DOOMED. George is basically saying that the past is there for a reason and the reason we aren't still contunieing with those aspects from the past are because they are HORRIBLE MISTAKES.

All that sunflower print and tiki beads from your childhood are mistakes, and if you try wearing them again, you will die.


2.  I thought we left garish text print tops in 2007

Remember that Nu-rave trend that was nothing to do with rave at all where everyone wore t-shirts with dumb slogans on them? I certainly do. I only just got over how awful they were. 

Henry Holland was my least favorite person back then
This time round, text on clothes comes in the form of brand names splashed across everything. I know the y-generation aren't the brightest crayons in the box but come on, I think we can remember the names of the brands of our clothing.


Streetwear; insulting your intelligence. Also fuck you, I don't want to be a walking advert..


3. Cultural appropriation is gross.

Wearing bindis, Native American headdresses, hindu god prints, thawbs (traditional arabian clothing) etc because it makes you look "cute" or "edgy" is not cute or edgy. It's gross. It's rude and disrespectful to dilute someone elses' culture for the sake of your fashion choices. Don't promote it. Don't do it. I've seen so many street wear kids using those items and it makes me want to vom.

I know peace signs are appropriated, but still lol

4. It's become the new tracksuit

The chavs from late 90s to early 2000s were distinct for their pulled back hair and trackuits. The streetwear crowd is doing exactly the same thing except with tousled hair and mini-shorts that ride so high up your butt that you have booty-cleavage. It's become a uniform.


Don't let you ass 'do a Miley'. Poor booty.

5. YOU CAN'T ESCAPE IT

Every high street shop is doing their own variation of the look and unless you want to pay premium for clothes, you can expect to end up looking like a street wear clone for years to come.

Trends are born out of a change in the socio-cultural climate so there is a reason why streetwear has stuck around for so long. Whatever that socio-cultural change is, I want it to go away 5ever and present us with something new and magical.

The past 15 years of fashion have been a period of nostalgia for fashion from previous decades. When will we look to the future of fashion? When will we start to create a look which is signature to the current decade we're in? 

Let it end soon otherwise I will be opting to wear a bin bag for the rest of eternity.  




-back flips off cliff-

Monday, 26 August 2013

Pictures and shit from summer

Hi guyssss!

I say this all the time but I wish I would take more photographs when I'm out and about with friends. I never remember to take out my camera when the moment calls for it because I'm too busy enjoying the moment but when I look back on it I wish I took pictures!

I barely have any pictures as usual so here's just some random pictures of things I've been doing with words.

A few months ago me and my friends were invited to Alex Mattsson's S/S14 collaboration with Brooke Candy who I talked about in my last post.

Stole this from Joel. My friends are so precious <3 br="">
The flash on my camera broke while I was there so I didn't get any decent pictures of Alex's collection or Brooke's performance.

I have been looking boring recently. I know a lot of the people who follow me are Gals but I don't think I can call myself gal anymore because I look boring as hellllll. I'll get better!!


You'd be worried if my bedroom was tidy right?

I'm currently having a massive wardrobe overhaul because I released how bored I am of everything, so I'll be putting a sales page on here in the next few weeks. I want a lovely shiny new wardrobe so i can become a happy sparkly gal once more.

My friend Joel managed to get me and my friends invited to Katy Eary's s/s14 fashion show and after event a little while ago, which was AMAZING! A bonus was that we got to stand behind Mademoiselle Yulia who is even more gorgeous in person <3 p="">
Weeaboo
This is what I wore on the day.
I'm obsessed with this UNIF skirt the boning in the front it looks like you have a massive wang if you're sitting down
I have bought a few bought a few new things recently, including these amazing ebay sunglasses that had a glorious but short life
RIP glasses
I got dis bomber jacket for £1 recently
£1 bomber jacket WOOP WOOOOO
Recently I went to a Gal meeting which me and my bebe Marie hosted. I really want to get back into the gal scene because the times when I were hanging out with lots of gals were some of most treasured memories. There are so many new faces in the UK gal scene; a lot more than there used to be. Every was so so friendly and I've made some really amazing new friends so we hope to have lots more meets in the future. I just need to up my game with my style.

On to me being emo.
  I've been having some issues with my heart recently and I'm not too sure what brought it on. Over the last few months my heart has been beating abnormally fast when I'm active. I've been to the doctors and had tests and I've been told that yes it is fast but it's nothing to worry about. Sometimes it beats so quickly when I walk I'm surprised I'm still standing! I feel nothing though. It doesn't hurt. Well it doesn't occasionally on and off but I don't know if its my heart or my chest or my muscles aching because I sit like an idiot.
I don't know if its all in my head or anxiety but whatever it is, I want to get to the bottom of it before I start university again. It's funny how you get sick as soon as you have nothing to do. CRY. I'll be fine. I'll be FIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!

PS- is there anything in particular you'd like to see me post about?

I'm out have a song.




Thursday, 11 July 2013

Your new S/S13 style icons according to me.

Happy days! We finally have good weather in the UK so I churned out this post in fitting with this rare occasion.
My style inspiration posts have been some of my most popular evur, but since I hadn't made one this year, here we go! Your brand brand new s/s13 style icons... according to me! HAH.

Congratulations Ms Brooke on winning at Tumblr, the rest of you can all leave in an orderly line.
What's so amazing about Brooke Candy? Other than the visual fabulousity that you are currently experiencing, Brooke Candy is amazing rapper and is totally pro-lady, which is quite lovely in today's trend of slagging off girls left and right. Brooke is all about loving your sisters, sexual freedom and her lyrics are refreshingly tongue in cheek!

Why Brooke Candy is your new S/S13 style icon
  • Tis the season to show booty [fa la lalala etc you know the rest] and Brooke Candy is all about the booty, but bum cheeks gets boring with just mini shorts and skirts so try and amp it up with some metal knickers or simply just a thong for casually going down the highstreet
  •  The chav look has been dead just long enough to bring it back ironically or just wear it with pride anyway because from an aesthetic point of view, the chav look was kind of awesome
  • You know you miss those braids you used to get on holiday when you were like 5 well here's your excuse to get them done again!
NEXT UP!

Amo is a model/ singer/ designer/ style icon/ everything and it takes a special kind of person to have a style named after them, in this case it being 'Amo Style'. Amo's look is 'kawaii' but creepy, but not in the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu sense of rainbow everything and ugly-cute (or kimo-kawa), but in a slightly nostalgic, melacholy sense. I love the juxtapositin of contrasting moods and its slightly more adult than Kyary's look, which I personally feel more comfortable wearing.

Why AMO is your new S/S13 style icon

  • It's summer: it's hot. It's only natural you want to be a mermaid; she's already half way there
  • There needs to be a new place on your face for blusher. Cheeks are so passe. Rosey glow is so 'meh'. It's all about having blush under your eyes, like sunburn. It's cute! (No really look at her.)
  • You can rewear your pastels. Remember that tiny trend we had last year for pastel colours that popped up out of nowhere and then vanished after two weeks? In your excitement of a refreshing change of colour pallet amongst browns, that gross mustard colour and worst of all burgandy you bought everything in Topshop and have yet to wear it all again. Well now is your chance! Don't worry about looking like a cupcake, just go all out.


Did I hear an 'Is that Lady Gaga?' No? GOOD. So this is Natalia Kills who I feel like is going to be the next big thing in music. As well of churning out some amazing pop tracks, she's definitely one of the more original dressers we have in the world of Western celebrity. So much black and gold mmmm.

Why Natalia Kills is your new S/S13 style icon
  • Everything she wears is black, like your wardrobe Black doesn't have to be for autumnal months. Express your distain for British weather and societies expectations of your S/S12 wardrobe by donning an all black ensemble right in the middle of summer "Is it Halloween, love" that builder down your road chimes. " YES, yes it is. In my soul" you reply
  • Those sunglasses though. Have you ever seen a person look so majestic in a pair of Jeremy Scott glasses before? No you have not. Exactly. If you want to wear his glasses successfully, you'll need to 'pull a Natalia'.
  • The new eyebrows. Cara Delevigne's full brow trend gave us eyebrowier girls a chance to give our poor eyestaches a little break from over-plucking but Natalia's straight brows are a nice alternative. I hear straight brows are quite popular with that Ulzzang lot too.

If any of y'all aren't familiar with this gal, or this rather ghostly look, this is artist and designer, Minori and her look is called Shiro-nuri (shiro meaning white, hence the white face), which is one of the newer style tribes in Tokyo ((as a subculture nut, I am INCREDIBLY excited for this new tribe.)) Traditionally Shiro-nuri makeup was used by people such as Geishas and Kabuki artists. Minori's nature inspired look isn't typical of the shiro-nuri tribe as members of the community can wear anything from gothic to lolita to grotesque, it's a really variable look!

Why Minori is your new S/S13 style icon
  • White face = flattering photos by default. If you are a Japanese blogger, a 14 year old girl on the internet or are me, the 'brightness' option on photo editor is your best friend. Who cares if your nose is missing, look how fabulously flawless your skin is, right? Painting your face white completely cuts out the middle man, so you are photo ready 100% of the time!
  • You can wear pajamas in public and not get thrown out of Tescos. Let me elaborate a little more. By pajamas I actually mean glamorous vintage night dresses, bed jackets and peignoirs which can pass as fancy little dresses. Layer them up, and you're ready to go! And you'll feel like a fairy, which is like totally always in fashion right?
  • Loving what you love despite society's social norms is always fabulous. Have a watch of her recent interview with Tokyo Fashion, she lives and breathes her style and wears it everywhere. She doesn't care about how others see her, she does what she loves
Also this video is crazy beautiful

and lastly!

When I say Vintage, I mean the era between the 80s and late 90s where anime girls had normal voices and had more value than purely fanservice.

The 'magical girl' is a common tv trope in anime, that being a regular girl that transforms into a super hero with magical, adorable powers with the help of a magical object, being a tiara, a wand, a compact mirror. They're pretty, powerful and I think every girl wishes we was part magical girl.

Why Magical Girls are your new S/S13 style icons

  • They are super quick at getting ready. This point isn't style inspiration, it's life inspiration. If if they can have a full face of makeup, perfect hair and are dressed in 30 seconds then why can't you? Go time yourself to see how fast you can get ready.
  • They know how to keep their coloured hair vibrant and healthy. As a bleached girl, my hair when not taken proper care of feels and often looks like a dead badger. These girls have none of that. What's their secret? Who knows, they're magical they probably don't know how it works either, but DIY hair masks for bleached hair work just as well!
  • They're practical and stylish. While kicking ass or going about important life things, it's important to be dressed appropriately. You can't be tripping over your heels or laces and you need to be comfortable but those traits aren't always that cute, but these girls are doing it right.
There we have it folks, your five brand new style inspirations for the lovely seasons of Spring and Summer. I hope you feel inspired~

Who or what are your inspirations this season?

P.S I got new hair!


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Spring style inspiration- Otsuka Etsuna

After being in a 'dark' fashion phase for so long (e.g. black everything, or neons, spikes, heavy structures, brash everything) I've found myself craving to look the polar opposite.

Recently I have been craving frills, lace and anything pastel coloured but at the same time those are things that I have never really been comfortable wearing because I've always been worried I'd come across looking too 'cutesy'.

Still I was determined to get my fix of frills, pastels and lace clothes that aren't too cute and thankfully I came across an adorable designer and brand called Etsuna Otsuka.

Marvel at the LACEY REALNESS.
Don't those clothes make you want to just frolic in a field? I know I do.
Willing to sell my soul for these dresses. Yes I am!
Her latest collection channels brides, princesses, mermaids, ballerinas; basically everything you wanted to be as a little girl but it's done in a way that's not overly cute or typically childish

Eating might be a bad idea while wearing these because anything you drop of them will show up
Despite all the happy inspirations, I feel like there is an undertone of creepy happening with this brand, which I love. 

Also the designer is a babe and I love it when designers wear their own clothes.
ooooh

Aaaaah

It's times like now I wish my sewing skills weren't so rusty! I'd love to be able to make stuff like this. But seeing as I can't for the meantime, I will be invading as many vintage stores as possible for vintage lingerie and babydolls.