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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Random Semi-Spring Outfits

The weather around here is fluctuating wildly by the day. One day it will be warm enough for sandals, the next it will be freezing out. Sometimes it even fluctuates wildly by the hour; the other day when I got up I needed a light winter coat, then there was a quick thunderstom in the afternoon, and after that it got rather warm out. It is hard to know what to wear in these transitional times of the year. Here are a couple of random spring-ish outfits from LAST spring that I found hanging around on my computer.

ACCESSORIES

Lemantula Designs earrings, Aldo Accessories necklace, and NARS Damned.
OUTFIT 1


Top and Tights: H & M
Skirt: Bebe
Boots: Le Chateau

OUTFIT 2


Necklace: Bunny Paige Jewelry
Top: Guess
Bracelets: Le Chateau
Skirt: Bebe
Tights: H & M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

The pictured skirt is quite nice for this time of the year; it looks nice with tights and when it gets a bit warmer out it is long enough to wear on its own. I'll need to pull it from the depths of my closet soon!

RANDOM CAT PICTURE


How is your week going so far?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Flying Squirrel Dress

The little black dress, or LBD, if you will, is a closet staple for many.  I love having minimalist, black pieces that can be dressed up or down and paired with a variety of shoes and accessories. One such dress that resides in my closet is loose and drapey; when one holds one's arms out it looks kind of like a big square. It reminds me of a flying squirrel or something.


Thankfully, I do not often have any reason to stand as such when I am out in public as looking like a flying squirrel is less than flattering on most people, myself included.  The dress has great movement when you walk around and it has a very nice drape. I wore this particular outfit to go out to a nice restaurant. I was anticipating a quiet evening; however, we were seated next to a large and very intoxicated group. It was somewhat amusing until they became so loud you couldn't even carry on a conversation. Note to self: do not go out for dinner during office Christmas party season. 

EQUIPMENT

Old bangles I found in my closet, Hillberg and Berk earrings, H&M necklace.
THE OUTFIT


Lip Gloss: OCC Stained Gloss in Little Black Dress
Dress: Workhall (Local)
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Jennifer Chou

SHOES


Do you have any LBD'S?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zig Zag Skirt

Hello everyone! Lately, I have been loving gold and brass toned jewellery. Usually, I am a silver kind of girl but I get bored of my clothing easily and adding different accessories is a great way to change up your outfits! I found a skirt with a fun zig zag print on sale awhile ago and I have been using it in a lot of different outfits with my non-silver accessories. Along with gold and brass tones, asymmetrical earring sets have been popping up everywhere lately which I absolutely love!

I found MAC Dubonnet lipstick in my stash and I actually quite like it now. The first few times I used it I didn't care for it for some reason. My friend gave me some Smashbox Insta-Matte as one of my X-mas presents this year; it is a really fun product! You put it on over your lipstick to make it a matte texture. I also found that it increases the staying power of my lipstick which is great. 

EQUIPMENT

Smashbox Insta-Matte, UD 24/7 Liner in Baked, Smaxhbox Electric quad, MAC Dubonnet, Le Chateau Cuff, A Hot Mess Cosmetics (made by me) blush in Career Woman, Zara earrings.
OUTFIT 1


Shirt: Dex
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

OUTFIT 2


Shirt and Tights: H&M
Jacket: Zara
Earrings: Karma Victoria (local)


What is your preferred metal for accessories?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Lip Service

A few days ago, The Mutant Stomp Friends posted about how Lip Service is very likely dead. If this is the case, it feels like the end of an era. If you were into alternative fashion, Lip Service has very likely touched your life and closet in one way or another. I still remember the first time I discovered their website......I was in high school in "computer class" (these days the young people learn to use a computer by the time they are 2 years old so I doubt things such as "computer class" exist anymore). I found their "punk and disorderly" ballgown and wanted to order it for my high school grad. It ended up not being available and I remember emailing their customer service to see if they just MAYBE had any left! I remember they were so nice to me when they emailed me back, it wasn't just some form email that a lot of companies would send you. 

Punk and Disorderly Ballgown
I also worked in an alternative clothing store for awhile when I was in University and I remember leafing through their beautiful catalogues and wanting to buy everything! Today I will share some very OLD pictures featuring Lip Service stuff.

2006

In my apartment that I lived in while attending University. My now-husband picked out this top for me.....I WONDER WHY HE LIKED IT SO MUCH. I also had a bunch of those "Teacher Hit Me With a Ruler" plaid skirts in different colours that were so short they were essentially belts. I had difficulty with wearing an appropriate amount of clothing back in the day.


Clubbing in Saskatoon.....WOW.....that is SOME MAKEUP. Thankfully my makeup skills have improved over the years (or have they?)


Posing in my parent's kitchen....so goth. I'm sure my mother was very proud of me. Why do I have no shoes on?


Clubbing in Edmonton. This dress was awesome; it closed up in the back with little locks and straps. Good thing they were easy to pick if you lost the keys! I still have that purse and use it for going out.


2007

Clubbing in Toronto. My now-husband and I are both sporting tops from Lip Service.


Clubbing in Edmonton. Apparently I could never take outfit photos.....my feet didn't make the cut in this one.


More clubbing in Edmonton. This was and always shall be my favourite outfit of all time. My husband made the collar, I made the arm sleeves, and Lip Service made the rest of it.


I used to be young and full of angst before I knew what angst truly was.



At a VNV Nation concert. We are sporting co-ordinating Lip Service outfits.


In my old apartment. 


2008

Clubbing in Vancouver.


Also at a club in Vancouver. I still have this faux-leather jacket and do use it to go out the odd time. 


Holy crap, I used to look young and thin like a spring chicken, WTF happened? Time, thou art a cruel mistress! How sad it is that Lip Service is likely gone forever.

Did you ever wear Lip Service? Do you have any memories associated with the brand?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Worksafe Monday: Blending in and Standing Out

Recently, I have seen a few bloggers that I follow being kind of apologetic for looking "normal" in some of their outfit posts. Unfortunately, depending on your job and life circumstances, many of us are forced to look like "functional adults" on a regular basis due to the various constraints of society. Whether you like it or not, alternative fashion is just not acceptable in a lot of circumstances and many people have a lot of misconceptions about those who choose to dress differently. I would LOVE to start every day wearing fishnets and blue lipstick but doing so would destroy my job prospects so that is just not going to happen in the real world.  
When I attend club nights, events, concerts, and music festivals, I dress however I want and can freely express myself through my clothing. When I go to work, not so much. I have always loved clothing and the way I dress affects my mood so I have tried to find ways to keep my work outfits at least somewhat interesting. One way that I like to do this is take a perfectly generic outfit formula such as conservative sweater + pencil skirt + scarf + tights and then do something unexpected with it such as wearing 3 contrasting colours at once. What I am trying to say with this outfit is, "I am professional and employable BUT JUST A LITTLE BIT OFF. I am quite functional and conservative but I AM KIND OF NOT ALL THERE." Perhaps this is not quite the message that one should be trying to get across with their work attire.....

ACCESSORIES

Old scarf that I found in my closet, Silk Naturals Doll lip stain, Hillberg and Berk earrings.
I always have to roll my eyes at people who look at me funny when I am not dressed in a socially acceptable manner. IF THEY ONLY KNEW HOW BORING I TRULY AM! I am actually a fairly conservative person who is careful with my finances and takes my job very seriously. I am married with two cats. Some of my favourite hobbies are gardening and reading. *YAWN*

OUTFIT


Sweater: DKNY
Skirt: H & M
Tights: Target
Shoes: Le Chateau

Do people ever get the wrong idea about you because of how you dress?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Metal

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a good weekend! A few months ago, the local art gallery had another one of their late-night parties. They periodically have awesome theme parties with drinking, performance art, crafting activities, DJ's, dancing, and food.  Due to the fact that they encourage dressing up in the style of the theme, these parties often attract the goth/alternative people.....especially this particular one as the theme was METAL. One of the DJ's who does a lot of alternative events here was doing the music.....it was pretty cool to go to a mainstream event and hear  the kind of music I would usually listen to! People interpreted the theme in many different ways; some took their inspiration from metal band attire, some wore shiny, metallic things. 

ACCESSORIES

Hair comb: no idea where I got it, Sugarpill Tiara, Earrings: made by my friend, Purse: Vince Camuto, UD Naked Palette, KatVon D Metal Orchestra, MAC Cinderfella, OCC Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia.
MAKEUP



This shade of lip tar was procured for me by my husband - he actually has decent taste in makeup apparently ;)


THE OUTFIT


Collar: Forever 21
Necklace: Aldo Accessories
Top: Guess
Jacket: Le Chateau
Waist Belt: no idea, found in the depths of my closet
Wristband: Made by my husband when we were in high school 
Skirt: Express
Tights: Ebay
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

SHOE PIC


The weather is really nice today......time for a beer on the deck! 
Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Leather Jacket

I keep hearing everyone talking about spring trends and pastels and sandals but is is still fairly cold out where I live! Not that I am complaining; I can thankfully continue to wear tights, boots, and jackets before the dreaded heat comes to ruin my outfit-making potential. 
I have talked about my love of cropped faux-leather jackets at length on this blog; did I mention that I also love real leather cropped jackets? I recently found a nice one for a decent price....it even has SHOULDER PADS. Oh, shoulder pads, my broad shoulders and I just can't quit you. 

OUTFIT


Jacket: Zara
Skirt: Groceries Apparel
Boots: Guess

ACCESSORIES

Earrings: Buffalo David Bitton, MAC Faultlessly F/W lipstick.
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?