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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Military Elements

How is everyone doing on this fine Monday? I am off today after a 7-day clusterf**k at work so I am doing great! I had a whole bunch of boring domestic tasks to do today but for some reason I slept in until almost noon! ARGH! WTF? I find that the older I get I can't sleep in anymore which is a good thing as I have sh*t to do so that was kind of weird! 
It is June but the weather here has been cool enough to dress as though it is fall so I am happy (my garden seedlings are a bit crabby but they will hopefully recover!) Today I am posting one of my favourite outfits that I wear when it is in my best interests to look like a functional adult. I love military-themed style elements; my blazer has some milirary-style buttons and my jeans are camouflage print. I have also added some alternative yet subtle jewellery and these things allow me to enjoy my outfit even though I look pretty toned-down.

THE EQUIPMENT

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer, Catrice Yellow Submagreen quad, Estee Lauder Cyber Eyes shadow in Cyber Green, UD 24/7 Liners in Stash and Mildew, Tokyomilk Dark Get Lucky Lip Tint.
MAKEUP


I often do this kind of look for work with taupe and olive green eyeshadows.




AWKWARD POSE/SOMETHING WEIRD GOING ON WITH MY HAIR/THE USUAL


Jewellery: From an alternative craft fair
Blazer: Le Chateau
Jeans: Buffalo 
Boots: Le Chateau

Now that I have slept in it is time to get down to business! I am going to cook up a nice bolognese sauce to freeze for when I have company next week. Maybe I will get in some cleaning as well!

What are you up to today?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Grey Plaid

There has been a grey, plaid, pleated mini skirt hiding in the depths of my closet for quite some time. I can't even remember when I got it. I DO remember why I got it; it seemed like a more grown-up version of the skirts I used to love as a teenager. I had quite a collection of immodest mini skirts in all different colours of plaid that I would wear with ripped tights and I still love plaid skirts to this day. The grey skirt is too short to wear to work and it didn't really go with anything I had at the time However, I still liked it so it has survived numerous closet cleanouts. During my latest closet re-organization, I saw the skirt and decided that I would either make an outfit out of it or it was GOING. I am quite happy with the comfortable fall casual look I came up with.....the skirt shall live on in my closet! Oh how I love to resurrect clothes that have been languishing unworn in my wardrobe!

OUTFIT


Jacket and Skirt: Le Chateau
Shirt and Boots: Guess
Tights: H & M

ACCESSORIES

Necklace: Aldo Accessories. Earrings: Buffalo David Bitton
The weather has been fairly cool after a false hot start to the spring here. Therefore I am continuing to dress like it is fall which suits me just fine. Are you ready for spring and summer cothing or are you stubbornly clinging to boots and jackets like I am?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Star Trek Symphony

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a symphony concert called Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage. (NERD ALERT!!!) I tried to make myself look fancy and made my husband put on one of his new suits. He picked out his charcoal grey suit but didn't know what shirt to wear with it; I chose a white dress shirt for him and he whined and grumbled about it because he doesn't like white. Once he put on the shirt and suit together, he was pretty pleased with himself saying, "I am looking good, I look like James Bond!"  Whilst profusely rolling my eyes I thought to myself, "THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO ME ARGHGHGHGHGHGHGH." Anyway, I wore an open-backed black dress and a faux fur stole for extra fanciness. I had been looking for some nice Star Trek jewellery prior to the event but couldn't find anything I liked. I came across some earrings that reminded me of the Star Trek symbol so I opted for those instead. I really enjoyed the concert; it took me back to my days as a rather marginal flautist in the high school band. (Why does the word "flautist" make me laugh every time I type or say it??)

EQUIPMENT

Purse: Vince Camuto, false lashes: Smoke and Mirrors Beauty, Lips: MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil and Night Violet Mattene Lipstick, earrings: Le Chateau, MAC Mineralize blush in Two Virtues, Bourjois eyeshadow 13.
THE OUTFIT


Dress and Stole: Le Chateau
Tights: H & M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Thank goodness for Le Chateau. Often, it is difficult for me to find a well-fitting dress for my body type. It has been especially difficult lately due to the particular cuts that are in style at the moment.  Le Chateau always stocks a wide variety of cuts in their dresses so I can always find something flattering. This dress I am wearing here has room in the chest and butt areas, it is not too tight against my stomach area, and it is cut to be smaller in the natural waist area which is perfect for my figure. Also, the dress has an open back with a nice drape of fabric and a BAND across the back so I can actually wear a bra! I always love open-backed dresses because I have a back tattoo but so many of them are unwearable for me as a bra cannot be worn with them.


Have you ever been to the symphony?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bejewelled

Here is a goth look on a Tuesday. I should have posted it on World Goth Day but there was too much working and not enough gothing going on.  

MAKEUP

Lips: MAC Nightmoth lip pencil with Studded Kiss lipstick over top.
OUTFIT


Hair flower: Random gift shop
Necklace: Made by me
Shrug: Local corset shop
Corset: It is terrible and flat-steel boned and I can't remember where it came from
Skirt: Aeternis (Diabolik in Montreal)
Tights: Ebay
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

NECKLACE


Do you like to goth about? Do you like DIY accoutrements but lack the visual-spacial and/or fine motor skills to complete complex creative tasks? If you answered "yes" to any of the previous questions, then I have the perfect craft for you. Try making your own lace necklace. All that you must do is find a large piece of venice lace and gather a bunch of random beads, gems, and other embellishments. Proceed to hand sew (anyone can do it if I can) the aforementioned decorations to the lace. Then, sew a ribbon to either end so you can fasten it to yourself and VOILA! You have your very own large, eye-catching (hopefully) accessory. It's the kind of DIY project that is nearly impossible to F.U.B.A.R. and this is why I like it. 

Have you been doing any crafting lately?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spiked Blazer

The weather here continues to violently fluctuate between summer heat and fall cold. What a weird spring! When it gets really hot out I can't stand it because I can't wear anything decent but it has made my garden look great! When it is cold out I can wear full on tights and boots and blazers which is nice. One of my favourite pieces in my closet is my spike-shouldered blazer. I wore it to go see the documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World which was playing at an independent theater where I live. I paired the blazer with a really neat skirt I got from a local store. It is kind of like a pencil skirt with two long panels in the front and back. One can tie/tuck in the panels in many different ways to change up the skirt which is pretty cool.  

ACCESSORIES

Kat Von D Lipstick in Rosary, earrings from Shades of Grey Boutique (local).
WOW COULD MY POSES BE ANY MORE AWKWARD


Blazer: Zara
Top: Le Chateau
Skirt: Workhall (local)
Tights: H & M
Boots: Guess

BLACK TULIPS IN THE GARDEN


This morning I have some perennials to plant before I go to the complete and utter shit show work. It looks like it is going to be a good year for gardening! 

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?