Green and black were my favourite colours to work with when I still played Magic: The Gathering. Not to mention that they are two of my all-time favourite colours. Actually I wanted to show you the awesome swap gifts I got recently, too (they match in colour), but I save them for a post after I mailed my swap gift, too.
Oh, and as you can see I finally found a spot in our flat to take outfit pictures at! I’ve got to work on the lighting, though…
I had to take an extra picture of my shoes, if I’m taking the pictures on this spot at the door via self timer they are rather… let’s face it, they are cut off.
- kerchief: not trackable anymore
- T-shirt: Takko
- longsleeve: Pimkie
- skirt: H&M
- tights: Waschbär
- rain boots: H&M
- studs: Claire’s
- necklace: ???
This is one of my “typical” every day outfits, rather comfy but not without personal style. The key pieces in this case are the rain boots – I don’t wear them often, but I love the gaphical yet sweet look about them.
I never noticed how the colours of my Love Nadia skirt and the velvet bodice are the same hue in different intensities. The way how the somewhat wild and piraty bodice loosens the cute of the skirt is something that is very me, and I think there are more outfits to come that have this mood to them.
I actually missed wearing Lolita during the last summer, but I think it’s always getting better when the weather gets cooler. I also need a new petticoat, this one isn’t as poofy as it could be anymore. Oh, and I hate tights, I’m so definitely switching to stockings! Which is just another reason to sew some new bloomers. ^^
This picture is a little bit overexposed, sorry. For more "real" colours, please look at the picture at the end of the post.
- shirt: Promod
- bodice: probably some LARP shop
- skirt: Love Nadia by Bodyline
- tights: drugstore
- shoes: Danish Duckfeet
- felt flower hair pin: handmade by Teli
- earrings (rose/ bug): Claire’s/ H&M
- pocket watch: Promod
- fork bracelet: artisan’s fair
In case you were wondering: Yes, the title of this post is a somewhat lame pun with fairy tale.
Yesterday I told you about the Disney masterpiece The Great Mouse Detective, where Sherlock Holmes is replaced by Basil of Baker Street, a mouse (Well, kind of. Actually, Basil lives beneath Sherlock’s flat). And here we go with this week’s polyvore!
When you look at the two Disney collectibles in the lower right corner, you’ll notice that I tried to use Basils colour scheme for this coordinate, plus the red of Olivia’s and Dawson’s details.
Now, where to begin? The pieces of this style are as follows:
- A cape. One of the essentials of 19th century detective style! Best-looking and warming when they are double-breasted, a great protection against London fog and rain, especially when made of wool. Without a button line and only a ribbon to tie I guess it’s more children-like and girly.
- An umbrella. Well, the film does start on a rainy evening! Think of Dawson when he first encounters Olivia. Plus, it’s great to hide in a crowd (therefore you’ll need an unsuspicious colour like black) and cover your face to prevent to be detected by vile villains!
- The violin bag is to capture Basil’s as well as Sherlock’s hobby, playing this particular instrument. Sadly I couldn’t find any violin-shaped pieces of jewelery, but one could easily take a doll-house violin or viola to make one. Speaking of it, I think I’ve still got something like that back at my mother’s house…
- A pocket watch. Every good detective needs to know the time, and I thought a fancy time-piece would remind the watcher of the – after all – playful feeling of the movie. This tea-pot-shaped watch even came from the Sherlock Holmes museum and also hints the British tea tradition.
- The ribbon hair clips are mostly Olivia’s thing – in the movie she wears a bright red, head-eating bow. I just wanted to take this in a little less demonstrative direction but without drawing this part of the inspiration from the outfit. After all, a detective shouldn’t catch one’s eye at first sight.
- The blouse. I wanted something Victorian-looking, something that looked a little more earnest but not too stern.
- The skirt is double-breasted again and adds a military touch or even British school uniform. The pleating is a hint in Olivia’s direction – I couldn’t find a blue one.
- The shoes are granny boots, once again. The red is an addition to the hair clips to keep this in continuity. Dawson even finds Olivia in an old shoe of this kind!
- The gloves are made of leather which is obviously more resistant to wind and weather than delicate crochet or satin ones. I also wanted the look to be somewhat sensible and even masculine, so classical gloves were the right choice.
- The scarf combines all the colours or the coordinate and again is a more masculine choice but not without the possibility of the wearer looking lady-like.
- A detective hat. To sum it up, the second essential. I think about sewing one myself as they are quite hard to find, but a flat cap will do, too (ear flaps would be nice, though).
- The pipe is optional, I don’t smoke and don’t want to encourage anyone (but I think you’re all old enough to know that). A (modded) bubble pipe would be a great alternative if you really want the look!
Today there will be no second part to the feature, but I hereby promise to make a work in progress-post/ tutorial of the cape I’m planning to sew as soon as possible!
And here I leave you (it’s incredibly late again), but not without some music.
I consider Ero Lolita one of the most interesting styles in Lolita as it’s not really meant to be worn in public most of the time. With the following coordinate I tried to arrange an outfit that I personally would wear in public.
The “every day friendly” coordinate for this week has some points that draws it from the boudoir to the street:
- The colours. Sadly I wasn’t able to find pieces in exactly the green from the absinthe ad above, but if I had, I’d loved it to be a bodice or shoes. Green isn’t a colour generally associated with dessous, especially erotic ones, just as well as the old yellow from ad, parasol and bloomers. Black in contrary is a common colour for Ero Lolita and, of course, for lingerie.
- The stockings used for this outfit are woolen, opaque ones. While I’m a big fan of those, many people will rather think of a tomboyish little girl or a hippie, but that’s exactly what makes them everyday proof!
- The blouse is made of sheer fabric but with a high collar and pintucks that make it more present.
- The tops. I chose three of them, just for fun. We’ve got a short one on the top that would be great for a night out – actually, I’ve got one that’s pretty similar in my closet. For every day, one would need a tank top underneath the blouse here, at least I’d be more comfortable with one. The bodice in the middle is my favourite, I definitely need one like that. It’s very feminine but without any lace or too much cleavage and the look is almost baroque- or rococo-like. The last one is the most common choice for Ero, a corset. I took the plainest I found, but I’d prefer one made of matte linen. This is a case of “tank top or party” as well, but I’m not too much a friend of corsets for every day, anyway.
- The boots. While higher heels are pretty obvious for this style and rocking horse shoes at least have lacing ribbons that make them a very lady-like and even in the right outfit appealing choice, platform-only (whithout heels) combat boost are rather unusual. I love that chunky look!
- Accessoires. I don’t know why, but for me, Ero Lolita is always connected to parasols. Here it’s a asian-style one from Clockwork Couture and not only had it a colour similar to the light stripes of the bloomers but also was it not to delicate and lacy but added a fragile air to the look I wanted to achieve. The necklace was chosen randomly, I just like bird skulls, and if you just think of how lightweight and brittle they are, it’s a turn in the same direction as the parasol. Plus, I love the Victorian look of the pendant!
I won’t write about the bloomers, for me they are such essentials of Ero that they don’t need an explanation. The ginger beer and bonbons were only added for fun, by the way.
The second coordinate today – yes, there are two this time – is a more refined version:
The several elements are pretty much the same (the bloomers are even just another colour way!) but the outfit is significantly different.
- The colours. Again, we’ve got black as one of the three basic lingerie colours (the others being white and red), but this time together with a rose colour, something between a fresh baby pink and old rose with an apricot hint. Those colours are common for dessous, too, but rather for the innocent look, and they kind of remind one of bare skin, too, or of rose petals opening, if you like metaphors.
- The stockings. Here they are sheer, way more charged with certain associations. Silk stockings with a seam are best, if you ask me, but maybe the seam’s too much…
- The blouse. This is the opaque piece here. The ruffles make it more delicate and add a lavish feel without revealing any skin.
- The corset. Yes, the top piece needed no further thinking here. It’s not the typical corset as it lacks a front plate and has buttons instead which add a cute and very young feeling, and the seams are piped in a darker colour which makes it an even better combination piece with black.
- The shoes. I’ve been drooling over these since I first saw them some years ago on MakoChan’s blog. They are so delicate, so velvety, so innocent yet appealing… Ahem. You know what I mean. They are perfect. The small heel makes them very, very feminine but more in a pastoral way (think of shepherdesses in rococo paintings) than in a way that makes you think of a fetish model.
- Accessoires. Again, there’s an umbrella, this time the Lisbeth Dahl model I’ve got, too. I don’t have to explain the difference to the other parasol, right? For jewelery I chose cameos and a very simply painted porcelain ring for a classical look and a heart pendant as a choker over a blouse like the chosen would have been ridiculous. Plus, a tight necklace would have been more cliché. :) The last thing to mention is the rose Alice band to take on the innocent and pink again.
And now it’s my turn again, today with a fashion design:
I drew this back in school when we got the assignment the design either jewelry or lingerie and I chose the latter. The (very) small collection consists of a brassiere (what a great word, so much better that the abbreviation!) with lace that is meant to look like an old iron fence, french knickers with embroidery and a corset. Fabrics are linen, velvet and raw silk, which is really, really unlikely, but I’d have been satisfied with other high-class matter, too. You can see that I even planned other colour ways, but I missed to scan the second page with the exact brassiere and knickers design (the other colours were light steam blue, pastel park lake reed green and old mansion ochre with darkened stripes for the straps and pocket).
As for music, I’d reccommend Emilie Autumn today as her outfits remind me very much of Ero, most of the time.
Come to think of it, I could use an outfit like the first one for M’era Luna festival in August… Hm…
Some weeks ago a parcel arrived here in Marburg, containing a swap gift for me from sweet Rogue D’ Arcanto. I once made a hat for her (she was named Cuore.Lacrimante then) and now she was the one who made my top for the Natron & Soda Community shirt swap. She kindly took care for my love of crows and old rose colour and made the loveliest back I’ve ever seen on a T-shirt.
Please excuse the quality, but I couldn't just get it right.
I love how many shades these sequins can have
Oh, and Rogue sent me a Jack Skellington brooch, too!
I myself made a shirt for freudenkind who once sent me an adorable pair of gaiters and a skirt from the Discworld swap. She told me in her notice that she liked military styles, bats and cats, so I let my imagination fly and made this one:
I’m happy to be able to say that she was quite delighted with the shirt.
Only English words today, I don’t know why… anyway:
- Haberdashery – Isn’t that word and his content great?
- Twirl – It sounds so warm and green with a little orange to me… and a little off-white.
- Pig – I like pigs and I like the word. What more to say?
- Cradle – An old-fashioned one, of course. Maybe with a sheepskin in it, maybe made of woven willow, with a baldachin or wheels.
- Enchanted – I originally wanted to pick disenchanted but I found it to dark and sad for a list like the above. ^^
The sugar peas on the window sill are doing quite good as you may see from the title.
I’ll plant them into earth this week as I’m going to visit my family during the Easter holidays and therefore am not able to water the cotton. Putting them into the tub with wet newspaper wouldn’t work either as we don’t have windows in the bathroom and the boys aren’t here, either.
Some minutes ago Bambi dispatched the order for some DVDs and I went along and ordered my beloved Anne of Green Gables and its first sequel. :)
I’m not too chatty at the moment, as you may have noticed, due to my academic assingment that is growing quite pleasantly, by now I’ve got about a quarter of the demanded continuous text.
Along the way I am pondering about a new LARP character. No, not Steampunk this time but purest fantasy as it will be an elf. The biggest obstacle to a good character development is her name, at the moment, but I think I’ll ask IRis for help there… ;)
Well, I’ve got to increase my word count to 2000 minimum now, so
Today will be full of work, but that’s okay. I’m not only sewing my first apron today but also making some steampunky combs and going through the copies for my assignment. Oh, and there’s a drawer (Irish tarraiceán) in the castle’s kitchen that has to be finally repaired (who says that a princess can’t be practical?).
Bambi and the Satyr are both abroad today and so it is a little bit quiet around here. Maybe I’ll bake some muffins later, to fill the emptiness… ;)
Surprisingly, baking has always been something to earth me. When I’m flying off the handle, baking helps. I thought about a new category for the blog, Teaparty, to write more about the castle kitchen and its production.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit,
Bonnie (today in green)
Well, Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t too big in Germany as… you know… he’s Irish after all. But as I’m at Celtic Studies and as we really want to fulfill the cliché, we celebrate it, kind of, anyway.
Kitschy and stereotype. Who cares? The photo's still great.
Declaredly, I think that pouring paint into a river and dyeing beer is not that… hell no! I’d rather go for these:
- Wear green. Kind of a must. And if it is only a t-shirt or earrings, but really, you should take a green marker with you to help those who don’t wear something green – make-up can count, too. *g*
- Bake something green. Besides, you can eat green which would be healthy, too. Mookychick recommended shamrock-shaped biscuits with green frosting, but food colouring can be added to almost everything except chocolate cake (white chocolate doesn’t count).
- Another thing for lunch could be coloured pasta in orange and green, together with normal one, to represent the Irish flag. Well, yes, I know that it is not orange but heraldic gold, but it looks like orange, go live with it, Leprechaun.
- Go to your local Irish pub. Most larger cities have one, Marburg not excluded (not as I could be found there tomorrow, it’s way too small and crowded and there’s a band playing, too. I’d really like to hear my own thoughts, thank you very much). It was obvious, right?
- Surprise, surprise!: Listen to Irish folk songs all day long. Yep, also newer compositions. Yep, also stuff from other countries than Ireland. You know, as long as there’s a fiddle in it… (goth, please don’t take me to serious!)
- Watch weird to silly videos on Youtube related to Ireland. My favourites are this one from Family Guy, Final Fantasy XI (I admit that I like Riverdance, kind of) and most of all this one (4:57, last sketch) from Smack the Pony.
- Look Irish. Well, there’s something in for nearly everyone if you go through this article from 1995.