Sunday, 30 October 2016

COSPLAY | HARLEY QUINN (SUICIDE SQUAD)

Happy Halloween Puddins! So excited to share these photos with you all because I think this may be my favourite cosplay to date! I'd been planning this for a while but once I finally got everything together, there was no foreseeable convention on the horizon but it's Halloween. I know everyone jokes that Harley Quinn will be everyone's Halloween costume this year but I don't mind the coincidence, I love cosplaying my favourite characters and since Harley is very dear to me, I knew I wanted to try her out this year. There are a number of reasons why this turned out to be my favourite cosplay. Number one: it's so much fun to actually smile for photos! I never usually do but chanelling Harley's carefree and mischievous side was a welcome change. Who knows, I may just smile more often now. Number two: I never thought I'd ever wear hot pants, let alone feel confident enough to go out in public in them but I smashed through my fear. And in the end, I felt like I looked pretty good! Last but not least, Suicide Squad Extended Cut DVD is coming out next month and as if I wasn't excited enough before, dressing up as Margot Robbie's Harley has got it bubbling up to a fever pitch. 

Okay, so now let's break down this cosplay: the bomber jacket and shorts I've actually had for a while, when Black Milk released their Suicide Squad collection, I did that thing where I panic bought almost everything because of how limited Black Milk pieces usually are and how quickly they sell out. I didn't even manage to get my correct size in the jacket but luckily it still fits alright. I'd been keeping an eye on Ebay for her accessories (belt, cuffs, bat etc.) but unfortunately wasn't too sold on the product images and the fact that most of them were shipping from China. I ended up getting the accessories off this site as recommended by the most amazing cosplayer Laura Gilbert (Infamous Harley Quinn) and was super impressed by the quality of all their items. The bat and Daddy's Lil Monster top I sourced off Etsy, and for shoes I went with this old pair from Topshop that aren't the most accurate but honestly my calves would kill me if I attempted to squeeze them into a replica from the film's Jeremy Scott pair. Oh and of course, gotta talk about this wig! A good quality wig can be quite pricey sometimes but I think it's really key to a successful cosplay. I got this one from Etsy seller PungoPungo, from whom I previously got my red wig for Jean Grey. Most of their wigs have a lace front which makes them the most realistic along the hairline. Unfortunately a small detail I missed was Harley's blue and red hair cones as I tied this wig's pigtails by myself and couldn't find a pair in time. For the makeup, I basically did the exact same thing as detailed in this blog post.

What will you be for Halloween? Feel free to also link me to a photo down in the comments below because I'd love to see your sassy looks. My next cosplay will be for Hyper Japan in November so do keep an eye out for that, I'm so looking forward to it!

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

OUTFIT | LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN WITH NEW LOOK

New Look dress*/ New Look choker*/ New Look headband*/ ASOS boots / Regal Rose ring

I love the spirit of Halloween and all things creepy and spooky but often cringe at planning a look for a party because I know I'm probably going to choose something I'd never end up wearing again. So it was totally perfect when New Look challenged me to create a Halloween party look with pieces that can then be re-styled for day-to-day wear or other occasions. The first item I chose was this green velvet wrap dress. There's always something so 'Morticia Addams' about dark velvet and though my closet features plenty of the black and burgundy variety, this deep bottle green shade I've not worn much since I had teal hair so now's definitely the time. It's a great dress for winter nights out, the velvet material will keep you warmer, the lower neckline perfect for showcasing some statement necklaces, but on the other hand I think it would look cute with a polo-neck underneath it too, for a super 90s day-time look. I've been looking for a lace-up choker like this ever since I saw Bella Hadid sporting one and was so pleased to find New Look make them with both gold or silver hardware (silver all the way for me). It's perfect for sassing up any Halloween outfit but I also can't wait to rock this with a simple tee or bardot top a la Bella. Last but not least, I finished off the look with these lace bunny ears. I've always been drawn to the darker side of rabbits (think Donnie Darko and not Playboy) so I think this headband fulfils that fascination of mine pretty well. I do have to say, New Look have got such a fab Halloween shop this year, I literally keep browsing it everyday because I want so many of their pieces. My inner goth-girl is ready to come out and play and perhaps she'll decide to stay so I have an excuse to pick up a couple more things for her. 

What are you planning on wearing for Halloween? If you're still stumped, why not check out this video for some more easy Halloween ideas oooooh.


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Sunday, 23 October 2016

OUTFIT | DARK WINGS DARK WORDS


TeeFury tee / Zara trousers (similar) / & Other Stories hat / ASOS boots / ASOS choker / Givenchy bag

Today's outfit is brought to you by my many sales purchases and this makes me very happy indeed. I actually walked past a girl wearing these exact same Zara trousers the other day and we both seemed to acknowledge our savvy shopping with a smile. Do you guys know of TeeFury? It's a really awesome site that sells tees (amongst some other things) with pop culture designs on them by a bunch of independent artists. Catch is, they're super limited as each design is only available to purchase for 24 hours. So each day, a new and different design is featured on the site. It's such a great way for talented artists to get their work out there and it also means each tee is quite unique. Anyway long story short, I saw this Sansa tee pop up in my daily TeeFury email one day and there was absolutely no question that it was going to be mine.


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

OUTFIT | CLOCKWORK


Topshop dress (old but similar) / ASOS bowler hat / ASOS boots

Just a quick outfit of the day from when I went to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibition in London. I found this old Topshop dress hanging out at the back of my closet during my last clear out and decided it was one lace dress I was not ready to get rid of yet (even though I have an irrational amount of lace dresses). I paired it with some 'witchy' lace up boots that have been my absolute favourite to pair with daintier dresses recently. And of course I just couldn't resist topping off the look with a bowler hat.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

YOUTUBE | HOW I CURL MY HAIR

I have gotten a few questions about the loose curls I usually wear my hair in and how I achieve them so here's a long overdue video tutorial detailing just that. I say tutorial in the loosest sense because I'm not a hairdresser and I really don't think I have any groundbreaking tricks to teach you but this is the way I curl my hair almost every time I style it so I hope you find it interesting.


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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

OUTFIT | SOY FISHY

Black Milk dress / Zara jacket (similar) / Vintage hat / Zara boots

Autumn? Is that really you? Hope you'll stay around for good this time because you've always been my favourite season to dress for. Give me all the jackets, cardigans and knits to layer over my dresses. I got this tan leather jacket in the Zara sale last year (it was down to £30 from over £100 yaaassss) and my first thought was: will I look as cool as a Survey Corps member in this? I still don't know the answer for sure but one thing I'm certain of is that I've gotten a heck of a lot of wear out of it, the tan colour is such a nice change from black but still neutral enough to go with most things in my wardrobe. Like this Black Milk dress for instance. Y'all know I'm a sucker for cute and quirky prints but this one just takes the cake. Little soy fish bottles. And if you look closely there's a finished, empty one with it's lid unscrewed. I die. 

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

OUTFIT | BOB THE BUILDER

Monki dungarees / Lazy Oaf top / Zara jacket (similar) / Doc Martens (limited edition Bosch collection)

I've just realised I wore these same dungarees only a couple of posts ago but gahh I hope you guys don't mind, at least it's a true testament to how much I love them and also a look at a different way to style them. For some reason this outfit reminded me of Bob the Builder at the time (must be the dungarees + yellow combo) so there's an unlikely style icon if I've ever seen one.

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