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

Friday, February 5, 2016

Casual Friday: Jeans

Jeans: for many, they are a beloved staple and the foundation of a wardrobe. They can be casual or dressy; they have somehow convinced us as a society that blue is a neutral. Many wear them each and every day. I am not really a huge fan of them myself as I prefer to wear skirts most of the time. I do not enjoy dressing in a casual manner and I find that skirts are more flattering to my body type and fit me better. However, sometimes a skirt is not convenient to wear and jeans can be worn with a lot of different things so I do get a fair bit of use out of mine. I prefer to style my jeans with a blazer/cropped jacket and a pair of boots or a nice top and cute shoes.

Several people that I know have a veritable collection of jeans in their closet. I have 3 pairs: a distressed black skinny jean with metal and leather details on the pockets, a black stretch denim skinny jean, and a stretch denim skinny jean that is camouflage print. I have a love/hate relationship with my distressed pair of jeans. They are a low-rise which does not work on my body type AT ALL (falling down all the time, "gaping" in the back when you bend over, sitting in the wrong spot) but they were so lovely and I never see jeans that I actually like so I got them anyway. The aforementioned issues are solved by wearing a long, loose, shirt over them but they are ANNOYING AS HELL so I don't wear them often as I don't enjoy having to continually pull them up.

OUTFIT PICTURES FROM A FEW YEARS AGO

I am not entirely sure why I have sunglasses on in the house or where my right arm is going.
Sunglasses: Le Chateau
Necklace: WM
Blazer: Pink Martini
Jeans: Buffalo David Bitton


Lipstick: Kat Von D Underage Red
Shirt: H&M
Jacket that Everyone Hates but Me: Bebe
Necklace and Cuff: Le Chateau
Watch: Nixon
Boots: Brown's Shoes

My other pair of jeans are just plain black and can be worn with just about anything so I keep them around. There is also some nice lace detailing on the back pockets which I like. These jeans are a medium rise which works much better for my body type and they actually stay in place while I am wearing them. I find they work well for "transitional" outfits for those times when the weather isn't hot or cold but in-between.


Earrings: Buffalo David Bitton
Shirt and Jeans: Guess
Watch: Nixon
Bag: Zara
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Do you like to wear jeans? How do you prefer to style them?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Clubwear Saturday: Green, Silver, and Black

Happy Saturday everyone! I am off work and my friends from my hometown have come to visit so it is shaping up to be a great weekend! This Saturday's outfit was worn to a local  themed event where there is a specified dress code. I decided to match my makeup to my dress which is marbled with green, silver, and black. I also decided to go with a light, glossy lip rather than my usual dark choices and I thought it looked rather nice...........until I saw some of the event photos! Apparently, this does not photograph well on me, I looked super washed out an like I hadn't slept for days or something! Duly noted. Just kidding.......zero f*cks given!! 

THE EQUIPMENT

Sugarpill Tiara, MAC Mineralize Blush in Miss Behave, MAC She Who Dares eyeshadow, Persephone Minerals Jupiter Oak Evolution, Sugarpill Midori, Jealousness lashes, Buxom Full-On Lip cream in White Russian, UD 24/7 Liners in Perversion, Graffiti, and Covet, Geisha Ink Eyeliner.
MAKEUP


My hair, despite trying to beat it into submission with a straightener, curling iron, deep conditioner, hair extensions and hairspray STILL did not co-operate with me as usual. I give myself an E for effort.

THE OUTFIT


Necklace: ArtwithLatex
Dress: Deadly Couture (Canadian!!)
Armwarmers: Nimue's Latex
Ankle Cuffs: Demonia
Shoes: Fynn by Gold Dot

SHOES


I did my nails with a kit my friend gave me as a present. I know I am SO LATE TO THE PARTY on this trend (and every other) but I get to things when I get to things. It is a foil manicure kit; you paint your nails and press foil onto them. It's so easy even I can do it!


NAIL STUFF

OPI Black Ink, Ciate Very Colourfoil Manicure Kit, Sally Hansen Chrome Nail Polish, and Hard Candy nail polish in Touch of Teal.
How is your weekend going?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Black Basics

Over the last little while, I have found a lot of great black basics to add to my wardrobe. Lately my go-to outfit for everyday non-work outings has consisted of a black top, black skirt, and some statement jewellery. This works really well for me as I enjoy mixing and matching things from my closet to maximize the potential number of different combinations that can be created as I get bored easily when it comes to clothing. It is also great if you are short on time as matching black tops to black bottoms is pretty much a no-brainer as is accessorizing because black goes with EVERYTHING!!

ACCESSORIES

Guess Necklace and Cuff, MAC Pet Me Please Lipstick
LOOKING HIGHLY UNIMPRESSED WITH LIFE FOR NO GOOD REASON OUTFIT PICTURE


Top & Skirt: Dex

The shirt and skirt above are great as I can style them with so many other pieces in my wardrobe and they are both very comfortable. The top is a sheer batwing style with mesh panel details down the arms which I love! I also wear these shoes a lot as they have a heel but are comfortable enough to walk around in all day. I love me a good getting-sh*t-done kind of shoe that is also stylish.

Getting sh*t done + looking like a functional adult yet still wearing all black + chain accents + comfy yet heeled and buckled shoes = AWWW YEAHHH.

SHOE PIC

Guess Lehana - Lug Soles FTW
What is your go-to no-brainer getting-sh*t done with a bit of style outfit?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Worksafe Monday: PLAID...........and some Work-Related Venting

Oh fabrics of plaid, how I adore thee! From my younger days of micro-mini plaid skirts adorned with band patches and safety pins to pencil skirts suitable for the working woman, I have loved and shall always love plaid fabric of every colour. Today's work outfits both feature a navy blue statement necklace, sparkle ball earrings, and Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. These three items show up in my work outfits quite frequently! As for my boots, I really don't care for them but they are comfortable enough for me to stand in all day so they will have to do for now!

ACCESSORIES

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Hillberg and Berk earrings, and Le Chateau necklace.
OUTFITS


LEFT:
Cropped Jacket: Le Chateau
Peplum Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Zara

RIGHT:
Top: DKNY
Skirt: Le Chateau

I have been feeling rather down regarding my job lately. When I started working for my current employer and at my particular location, I felt it was one of the better employers in my field to work for. However, over the past several years there have been quite a few changes made that I have no control over or say in that have affected me (and others) adversely. Every time something changes for the worse, I always wonder how much worse will I let it get before I make a change? 

At the start of this year, I decided it would be my New Year's resolution to try to start working towards a change in my employment situation and to try to approach my current situation with a positive attitude. I am upset and frustrated about a lot of things at work; also, I tend to be a bit of a Negative Nancy and these things do not help me to do the best job I can. I figured that if I am being positive about things at work despite various problems it will only benefit me as it will help me do a better job and help me to deal with my frustration in a more constructive manner. (And deal with it I must; unfortunately the job market in my field is quite poor so I don't have a lot of viable options at the moment.)

Unfortunately, I allowed my positive attitude to be derailed quite quickly when I found out about a couple of other sh*tty things that affected me. I have been letting the stress of my job get to me and I feel like I am an automaton at work all day........and for that I am very disappointed in myself!!! I need to make some changes and I cannot do that while feeling stressed and negative. This particular post by a fellow blogger sums it up well: "If you feel useless and depressed, I can assure you that it is impossible to get hired elsewhere."  I need to pull up my socks, adjust my attitude, and deal with my situation. I have dealt with stress and less than ideal situations before and I know that I can do it now! I also have a sense of humour which helps me deal with things and I need to use it in this situation in order to make the best of it! 
Below is something I found on the internet. I like to read it each day to remind myself that your situation is what you make of it:


Anyway, sorry for the rather personal rant, I just needed to vent a bit! Excuse me, I am off to go pull my head out of my ass, get my sh*t together, and start using my energy in a more constructive manner!

Have you ever had a job that drove you nuts? How did you handle the situation?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Orange, Black, and Faux Leather Accents

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a good year so far! Today's outfit consists of a few of my favourite things......orange, black, and faux leather accents. I really love this cropped sweater; it has faux leather patches on the shoulders and it is made from an orange and black fabric. I am a huge fan of any coloured fabric that has bits of black throughout it! The pencil skirt and earrings are both wardrobe workhorses that get a LOT of wear because they go with so many things.  
For my makeup, I attempted to do a colourful yet toned-down and wearable look featuring orange eyeshadow.

THE EQUIPMENT

Illamasqua Blush in Sophie, UD Naked Palette, MAC Eyeshadow in Orange, Sobe Botanicals Eyeshadow in Zen Fire, Tokyomilk Dark Get Lucy Lip Tint, and Lemantula Designs earrings.
 EYE  MAKEUP


I was happy with how my makeup turned out.....I am really bad at using bright colours without going overboard for daytime look! I am always inspired by Sparkling Luna for colourful yet wearable looks; she is an expert blender and does such great thing with colourful shadows without going over the top.
I have had a lot of trouble getting decent makeup pictures for quite some time; I have a hard time getting all of the colours to show up! I think this year I am going to try to actually read some things about photography as I know absolutely nothing about it despite using the camera for my blog all the time. 

THE OUTFIT


Earrings: Lemantula Designs
Sweater + Tights: H&M
Skirt: Target
Boots: Le Chateau

 BOOTS


Do you have any blog photography tips? Do you know any good resources for beginner photographers? Please share!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Season's Greeting and Happy Holiday

Well it's that time of the year again! I have to say that I really don't enjoy the Xmas season as much as I used to. It is our busiest time of the year at work, the hours are sh*tty, people tend to be in a foul mood and things often devolve into a total gong show. I only have one day off out of 7 this week so unfortunately I cannot go to my hometown to see my family for Xmas. On a more positive note, I have recently gone to some Xmas movies (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - aka the best movie ever & Krampus) and watched some Christmas specials (Trailer Park Boys!!) with friends so that has been really nice.  Also, my sister and her husband visited last month and so did my parents.......we had turkey dinner in November which was fun!
Anyways, I have been feeling a bit deranged for some reason this holiday season. My outfit, which was worn to attend a screening of Christmas Vacation, reflects this. 

DERANGED XMAS OUTFIT


Hair accessory: A Christmas ornament that I stuck to my head with bobby pins.
Earrings and socks: WM
Sweater: Vintage
Skirt: Target
Tights: American Apparel
Boots: Guess

Since I was feeling truly deranged, I wore green eyeshadow on one eye and red on the other. VERY FESTIVE!! Unfortunately for my dignity, this outfit was seen in public other than at a Christmas movie.....something was wrong with my cat earlier in the day so I had to make an unexpected trip to the vet to get him checked out. (He's fine now!) Thankfully the people at the vet clinic are all true professionals so no one said anything.


FESTIVE TRIMMINGS

Really irritating and loud jingle ball earrings, Lise Watier Gloss Festive in Gold and Eye Glitter Liner in Golden Green, Christmas ornament that I stuck in my hair, and Sugarpill Chromalusts in Goldilux, Junebug, and Asylum. 
Adding a Santa hat to the large skull that resides in my living room was a very festive touch. This pairs well with our black Xmas tree.
Something that has been keeping me amused lately is the pluralizing problem I have noticed on various holiday cards, sweaters, and decorations. I keep seeing things that say "Happy Holiday" or "Season's Greeting" rather than "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings" as they are supposed to say. I don't know why I find this so funny but I am hysterical whenever I see this (see above re: deranged). Therefore, I shall end this post by saying SEASON'S GREETING and HAPPY HOLIDAY to you all! I hope you enjoy any celebrations you may take part in at this time of the year!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kraftwerk Concert

A few months ago, I went to see Kraftwerk in concert. I considered it quite a privilege as this was not a band I ever thought I would see live! I wore a long dress from Futurstate clothing (they're Canadian!!) I love wearing it as it is a nice example of classy cyber fashion (and it's comfortable, too!) It has a slit in the back of the skirt part so I wore my Demonia Cyber Crypto boots. 

The concert was just awesome, I was blown away! When we got there we were given 3-D glasses.....that's why the pictures below look funny, the graphics on the screen behind them are meant to be viewed with the glasses. Too bad it was a sit-down concert, I think it would be fun to dance to it. If you ever get a chance to see them I would highly recommend going!

THE EQUIPMENT

EYES: Sleek Sparkle Palette, Sugarpill Tiara, Urban Decay Uzi Eyeliner and Eyeshadow, Annabelle Eye Glitter Liner in Plutonium, Inglot Liquid Eyeliner 27, Sugarpill False Lashes in Paparazzi.
CHEEKS: A Hot Mess Cosmetics Blush in Last Day on Earth (made by me).
LIPS: NYX Lip Pencil in Deep Red, NARS Hardwired lipstick in Deadly Catch.



THE EYES



THE OUTFIT


Earrings: Le Chateau
Light up LED Necklace: My Little Ponytail
Top: 24RHRS
Dress: Futurstate Clothing
Corset: From Camden Market shop
Boots: Demonia Cyber Crypto

BOOTS


GRATUITOUS CONCERT PHOTOS






One of the parts of the concert that was pretty neat was when they showed a UFO/spaceship flying through space. Eventually it zoomed in on the earth until it got to our location and landed in front of the concert hall we were in!






Are you a Kraftwerk fan? Have you ever seen them in concert?