Thursday, September 21, 2017

New York Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear Highlights

NY fashion week for spring/summer 18 has come and gone. Here are a few notables that I'd like to discuss.

Ashish

 Ashish was really the only one who screamed "I'm goth" and, yes, it's likable and wearable. But it's basically the goth brands...except sequins.  You got the Wednesday Addams thing above and the nu-goth ironic sweater below. Yawn.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Corrective makeup: undereye bags

It was my birthday yesterday, and as my 30s continue to march on I'm starting to, um, look older. I'm still lucky to look great for my age, but it's kind of weird to be undergoing a second puberty (I'll spare you the details). But one thing I notice the most is the skin under my eyes getting darker and saggier. Regular foundation doesn't usually do the trick in hiding it:


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shop with me: Disturbia

Disturbia clothing is a UK-based brand that has been sort of riding the nu-goth tends but kind of with a 90s "punk" or 00s "j-rock" twist. Pretty much all the clothing here breaks every one of my shopping rules. This is not a sponsored post; in fact I hate pretty much everything here. Shop with me as I take a look at the newest styles!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Darkling Tag

Thanks to the always informative The Walrus Room, and to the authentically old-school queen of the night DeusEXMachina for tagging me. Original questions by Graveyard Kittens.

I tag my favorite artist, Lady Fair, and my favorite art critic, Daughter of a Jaded Era.
Simple Questions:
  • What is your favorite candle scent? Sandalwood or pipe tobacco. I love manly scents lol.
  • Do you have a favorite book? Currently I love the Expanse space opera series by James S. A. Corey. Nothing darker than deep space! The Dresden files is also awesome, if you like vampires and wizards and an urban setting.
  • Are you a tea or coffee person? Tea
  • What is your favorite brand and color of lipstick? I love my Burberry red lip liner in Union Red, which I pretty much use for everything. (review here)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trend: high-waisted fishnets



I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and on retailer's pages pull the waistlines of their fishnets over the waistbands of their pants. The wide band of the waistband gives it a strappy look that's been very popular the past few years, while the fishnets provide coverage and a pattern. So it's basically an evolution of the strappy nu-goth style into the more mall-goth looks of the 00s. It's a more post-apocalyptic/industrial look than the ultraclean lines of nu-goth, which didn't really use fishnets at all. (Sorry for the wordy paragraph.)

Btw what is that belt loop circle thing? It's kind of cool

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My shopping rules/how I minimize my wardrobe

Since I live in NYC in a teeny apartment with another person, I have to take space into consideration. As a style blogger, I already know I'm not going to take the extreme route with a minimalist capsule wardrobe of only about 30 pieces. It seems like such a seductive idea--30 articles of clothing that always look great on you and match, so you no longer have to focus on what to wear. I was this close to doing it, but decided to be real with myself--I like wearing different styles way too much. Minimalism is a bit too extreme for me, though if you want to go down that path, The Walrus Room wrote a good primer on that topic.

But experimenting with styles could make your wardrobe grow rapidly, so these are the rules I've set up for myself before I decide whether or not I should get something.

1. No words. I won't buy a shirt with words on it. I work in a corporate setting, and you can't wear clothing with words on it in a corporate setting. Also, the font used could make the shirt out-of-date quickly. Also, you may think a phrase is cool now, but in a few years you may not or be indifferent to it. So any shirt with words will be in the heap of "weekend clothing," which I'm trying to eliminate. This is the easiest rule to follow.
No more band t-shirts for me