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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Black and Neon

Happy Monday! I am right in the thick of a 9 day in a row stretch at work and pardon me for being dramatic but I am DYING UP IN HERE. I will soon have some holidays and live music to see so I just need to keep my eyes on the prize and power through! 
Here is another of my attempts to survive a hot day in all black. I have added some neons to signify that I was, in fact, trying to participate in this thing they call "summer." 

EQUIPMENT

MAC Lady Danger lipstick, Earrings: H & M, Necklace: gift from my mom.
WEIRD BLURRY OUTFIT PHOTOS


Note the awkward pose to show the different panels of the skirt.

Sunglasses: Guess
Top and Cuff: Le Chateau
Skirt: Workhall (local)
Shoes: Shelleys London

How's your Monday going?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Long, Black, Gunmetal

Well, it is the middle of summer and it is only 18 degrees C (64 F) outside!! I am not dying and melting and sweating to death, hooray! Everyone but me is complaining about the weather. 
Today's outfit was worn for an evening of eating tacos on a patio. It features one of my new favourite clothing pieces. It is a long, cotton maxi skirt which works well for both cool and hot weather. I acquired it in the winter and it gets a LOT of wear, a solid purchase indeed! I paired it with a faux suede crop top....this particular piece has convinced me that faux suede is the enemy. I have problems with staticky hair and clothing and this top has the WORST static cling of any garment I have ever worn. This summer has been rather humid so this mitigates the static a bit. As I have said before, I love to have my metals matching for my jewellery; gunmetal was the theme for this outfit. 

THE EQUIPMENT

Cuff: Le Chateau; Kat Von D Lightning Sheer Lipgloss in Gunshine, Earrings: my mom gave them to me; Necklace: Alexis Bittar; Long Necklace: Workhall (local).
Lately, I have been experimenting with layering necklaces to get more use out of my jewellery. It is a great way to use what you have more often and get different looks out of things!

OUTFIT


Top: BB Dakota
Skirt: Groceries Apparel

Have you tried layering your necklaces? What do you think of faux suede?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Attempting to Dress in a Summer-y Fashion

 IS IT FALL YET?? NO??!? Crap. Well then. 
Here is one of my attempts at trying to dress myself in the summer. I wore some colours and sh*t. 

THE EQUIPMENT

MAC Kissable Lipcolour in Strut Your Stuff, UD 24/7 Liner in Electric, H&M earrings, Toenail polish: China Glaze Celtic Sun, Avon nail polish that just says "FLAMMABLE" on the bottom, and L'Oreal Magic Top Coat in The True Gold. Necklace:from an independent clothing store in my hometown that I bought YEARS ago. I broke it quite some time ago and recently added a new chain to it so I could wear it again. 

MEHHHHHHHHHH


Top: Guess
Skirt: Topshop
Sandals: Shellys London

For those of you out there who are summer people, do share what you have been wearing! I enjoy looking at outfit posts of people who look breezy and effortlessly stylish in the summer.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Space Shirt

How is everyone's summer going? I, for one, am having a great time dressing essentially like it is still fall as we have not had too many hot days here. I have been going out a fair bit and had company staying at my house recently so I've been busy and not on the computer as much. My gardening is going well although my vegetables are coming along slowly due to the lack of heat. Work is a freakin' trainwreck but that is nothing new.......I have some holidays coming up soon so I just need to HANG IN THERE as I could really use a break at the moment. 
Anyway, today's outfit features another closet resurrection. I bought a space print shirt from Zara YEARS ago and I really liked the print but the fit was awkward and unflattering (good thing I bought it! *rolls eyes at myself*) It didn't ever get much wear but I couldn't get rid of it as I LOVE space print. I was always trying to wear it with pants but it just didn't look right; I have found that pairing it with a skirt and a cropped jacket or blazer disguises the fit issues. Since I have several black skirts and various blazers and cropped jackets, this shirt has now been worn in various combinations many times! For my makeup, I used some neon coral eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick for a "summer-y" touch.

THE EQUIPMENT

Cuff: Le Chateau. Necklace: Alexis Bittar. Urban Decay 24/7  Liner in Freak. MAC Pigment in Neo Orange. MAC Lipstick in Red Full Stop.  Tarte Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow.
THE OUTFIT


Jacket: Le Chateau
Top: Zara
Skirt: Dex
Shoes: Guess

What are your plans for the summer?

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?