tahariel: (Fashion)
Soooooo... would anybody be interested in going to the sales in London with me on Boxing Day? I know it's not the best day since lots of people do things with their families but I'm basically all booked up the whole rest of Christmas week so it's when I'm going. By myself. All alooooooone.

You know you want to come with me and try on ridiculous things we will never buy and laugh at people with bad taste and find something amazing that turns out not to be on sale but you've already fallen in love with it so you cover your eyes at the till and hand over your card, right? Right?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
tahariel: (Do what I say!)
Every time I go to the hairdressers down south I tell them the same thing - that the biggest problem with my hair is volume. I have super-fine hair, and it has no body to it really - I have to use two different products to give it any bounce, which I happily do myself. So I say that I want them to blow-dry it as big as it will go (since most of that will fall out anyway) instead of flat to my head, and not to worry about it being sleek.

And EVERY DAMN TIME, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DO ANYWAY. It's not like I'm not clear about what I want! WHY IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND.

In Liverpool they always do my hair right but I don't live there any more TT-TT Only two hairdressers down here have actually done what I've asked them to. The cuts are always fine but I always, ALWAYS end up going home, re-wetting it and drying it again myself. NOT REALLY THE POINT.
tahariel: (Fashion)
It's fair to say I get pretty attached to some of my clothes.

My favourite pair of shoes of all time were these clunky, chunky heels with a rounded toe and were just so preppy and comfortable that I wore straight through the inside of the shoe to the hard base of the sole. They had been glued back together so many times that the rubber was peeling away, and yet I kept wearing them until one of them started splitting in half, because I loved those shoes SO DAMN MUCH. And there was no chance of getting another pair the same, because I'd had them for years.

My most comfortable, versatile pair of jeans is wearing out.

I mean, do H&M even make these particular jeans any more? Because I need ones which are EXACTLY THE SAME, OKAY? EX. ACT. LY. I have two pairs and I'm sure the other one must be going to go the same way soon quite apart from the ragged bottom edge where the other pair is slightly too long and got stepped on too much, and oh my God what if I can't find any other grey jeans that actually fit me and look good without digging in or needing to be dressed up?

IT'S LIKE TRYING TO FIND A NEW BOYFRIEND BUT EVERY BOY YOU MEET IS ANNOYING AND NOT AS GOOD AS YOUR OLD BOYFRIEND.

Argh OCD I hate you sometimes. THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T JUST BUY NEW JEANS.
tahariel: (Fashion)
So today I went to Camden with [livejournal.com profile] zoeiona, [livejournal.com profile] krazykipper and [livejournal.com profile] audrey1nd, ostensibly to buy corsets but also for a general wandering around and sploshing ineffectually through puddles.

It was the first time I've been to Camden and we went to several weird and wonderful shops selling all sorts of beautiful things. I'll definitely have to go back there for an even longer ramble sometime (though preferably when it's not raining!)

Anyway, we went to this lovely little shop called Burleska in the Stables Market, where I, [livejournal.com profile] zoeiona and [livejournal.com profile] audrey1nd all bought some lovely corsets.

My favourite corset-related comment came from [livejournal.com profile] zoeiona, who told me "I know you're pale, but with all that pale skin, you look sort of vampiric." It is true, I am very pale. I am a pale English Rose! With thorns for fangs

Mine is a very simple black underbust corset that looks awesome with my long white shirt and a black chiffon skirt I inherited from my mother. And what kind of fashion-geek would I be without photographs?






(I would like it done tighter, but it is hard to lace up your own corset, yo.)


One of these days I will work out how to set up a proper camera to take outfit pictures with instead of using my mirror. That day is not today.
tahariel: (Fashion)

(Matalan, mine were £10)

My lovely clogs! I'm really liking the unbleached linen material and rough edges on them, makes them perfect for a natural-fabrics summer look. They're relatively high even for me, but the platform makes the heel quite stable, and they're nice and grippy on the soles. There are a lot of clogs coming out this year, especially with the big 60s-retro look that's coming on strong for s/s, and it makes me wish I still had this lovely linen shift dress I owned when I was about 14 to wear with them. I'll just have to make do with a big floppy hat and, if I can persuade myself to cough up for the prescription lenses, a big lazy-looking pair of sunglasses.



(ASOS, £5.50)

And I ordered the crap out of this awesome bangle thingy. (I ordered one. One is a crapload. OF AWESOME.) I'm totally loving the patina-effect on the shiny silver and gold, and the way they're linked together means a) I won't find a bangle in my armpit later when undressing and b) they're really interesting and a cool statement piece for bare-armed luxe on hot July evenings. I find it really hard to wear chunky bracelets because they tend to make my arm and hand merge into the wrist-equivalent of a cankle (I have really solid wrists. Good for... wearing watches? I guess?) but this bangle, though long, is kind-of-but-not-quite chunky. Gotta love accessories.



(Matalan, £16, wrong colour but similar idea)

I might, maybe, have bought another pair of wide-leg trousers. With a huge floral pattern in a floaty silky chiffon fabric. However, since their picture does not apparently exist in the right colour on the Matalan website, CLEARLY the trousers also do not exist, and therefore my wide-leg crazy does not exist. So there. Any immensely cool and floaty pink-rosed trousers you may see me swanning around in, arching my knee so as to give the full effect of the humoungous sweep of fabric, are just a figment of your imagination.



(ASOS, £15)

Also, I found an honest-to-God real-live chest harness such as my MC wears as part of her uniform in my novel project. Those of you who do not believe I have already acquired this item and may or may not be wearing it around the house clearly do not know me very well.




Aaaaaaand I saw this double rainbow from my window last weekend while watching Eurovision. SO INTENSE!


What do you like to wear at the moment, darlings? And would it fit me?
tahariel: (Fashion)
Totally called the wide-leg floaty trouser look. Every so often this happens to me - I suddenly decide I love something and want it, and then everyone else does, too. And it's usually when I'm NOT obsessively following trends, so I'm not absorbing it that way.

(ALSO, ALSO, I FOUND MY LONG-LOST FAVOURITE BELT TODAY. IT WAS IN MY LONG-ABANDONED GYM BAG. BUT BACK TO THE TROUSERS.)

My trousers (also from ASOS, btw):

ETA: I just opened this month's copy of Company and my trousers are in there. Small pic, but there. NOOOOOOOOO now other people will buy them! RATS and also BUMMER.

ETA 2: I keep editing this post, but apparently the proper term for this kind of trouser is 'palazzo pants'. The more you know!




At the time I bought these (about a month ago? maybe three weeks?) only three pairs of trousers came up if you typed in 'wide leg.' Now there are 87. Admittedly, not all are as awesomely extreme as I like 'em.




Then again, some are.

Does anybody else like clothes and stuff enough that you'd be interested in me posting about cool fashion stuff from time to time? Or are you not those kind of ladies? Because I gotta tell you, I really love me some foxy prints.



(Yes, it's boyclothes. But the print kinda fit with my joke since Primark don't put pictures online of the awesome prints they have in atm, for serious - their stuff is pretty good this season.)
tahariel: (Shoe and cake)
Oh. OH. I want these. I don't care that they cost a million bazillion shiny pennies. I WANT THEM.

In other news, Daddy fixed my wobbly coffee table, so now I don't need to tell visitors not to put any weight on it! Hurrah!
tahariel: (Shoe and cake)
I really shouldn't be allowed anywhere near The Sartorialist. Right now I just want to drive out to the shopping centre and buy something beautiful to wear. (It's a little after midnight, which may scupper this plan.)

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