If I Lived in Yharnam OOTD

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d share a little OOTD post, something I want to try doing more regularly as they are easier to photograph and write than some of my other posts. My schedule is going to be very tight for the next few months but I really want to try and put out more content.

Today’s outfit was inspired by my Bloodborne shirt and what I would probably wear on a very casual day in Yharnam.

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I’ve had this plaid set for years, I think I made it in 2012 and it’s still going strong. Both the skirt and cape are full circles so they were very easy to cut and sew.

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I do like the fullness of a circle cape, fitted ones I find can be a bit restrictive. I really like that the skirt on it’s own can be comfy and casual but having something to match really makes it that little bit more stylish. Also you couldn’t be seen in Yharnam without a cape!

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The shirt is from Insert Coin Clothing, a brand I discovered when shopping for my SO’s Christmas present. They were having a sale at the time so this is one of the things I picked up for myself!

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The shirt isn’t extremely fitted so it can be a big baggy in the waist, but that doesn’t bother me as I usually wear it tucked in. It makes for a nice casual shirt to wear with circle skirts.

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The reversible hairbow is from Two Lippy Ladies and I received it in a goody bag from a local high tea last year.

I’m also wearing this Karolina Laskowska choker, I bought this as I couldn’t buy the full set of the Natasza set but loved the lace. I honestly didn’t expect to fall in love with this as much as I did and I really want to buy more of her accessory pieces!

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I am wearing Besame Cosmetic‘s American Beauty lipsticks, one of my favourites as it can look anywhere from hot pink to a deeper red depending on your skintone and clothing.

And we’ll finish off with a dorky photo because why not?

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I hope you enjoyed this little OOTD post, let me know if you enjoyed it or would want to see more on the future!

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Christmas Day OOTD

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s post detailing my Christmas Day OOTD. Every year for the past 5 years I’ve made myself a special outfit to wear at Christmas and of course this year was no exception. First I’m going to detail my inspiration behind the dress and then there are PLENTY of pictures of me wearing it! All pictures were also taken by myself at my parent’s house.

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted. I was actually planning on using a bright poinsettia print fabric as I adore poinsettia, but then I noticed a gorgeous green brocade in my fabric stash. I originally bought loads of it so I could make myself a big sleeved winter dress. I also wanted to do something a bit different, I usually use typical cottons from Spotlight and this fabric really inspired me. It’s also actually a curtain fabric!

Most of my inspiration came from random google searches along the lines of ’50’s christmas dress’, ‘vintage day dress’, ‘green vintage dress’ so on and so forth. I also have many, many vintage fashion books and plenty of older sketches I have done through the years. I just kind of pieced it together from a few sources, I would link pictures but I could not find any.

I was also looking for a slightly more historical look. I have been looking at a lot of my fashion history books recently and have also been super inspired by Angela Clayton recently. I wanted to go with a bit of a Romantic style which is where the extra full skirt, fabric and headdress came from. I also left my hair quite fluffy and not too formed.

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The necklace was a vintage piece my great-aunt gave me as a gift a few years ago. It is one of my go-to pieces for an extra glam look.

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Pockets!

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This skirt is more than a full circle, and I really wanted the full look. I would love to have worn a petticoat with it but I still don’t own one. I wished I had steamed or ironed this dress first, but unfortunately I don’t own an iron at the moment and this was at the end of a long day.

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The halo is made from 3 mini wreaths I found at Crabtree & Evelyn actually, my mother was kind enough to snag them for me so I spent Christmas Eve cutting them up and hot gluing them together. I wanted to make a big extravagant one but I really like the subtlety of this.

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I wore these wonderful What Katie Did stockings with a green contrast seam. Also my beloved Clarks shoes.

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Here is just a small selection of what I can fit into one of my pockets. I actually originally wanted them to stand up but the fabric wasn’t quite right so I stitched them down at the top of the peak. I actually like how this contributes to the drapey look.

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And of course I have to mention my lipstick is ICON by Hourglass from the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick line. I adore it to bits and it is my current favourite.

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and if you didn’t be sure to take some time for yourself soon.

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Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 17-25!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday whatever your celebrations are. Here are my final Christmas outfits! I will also be making a blog post covering my Christmas Day dress

Day 17

I love this harlequin fabric, it’s a few years old now and it was very interesting to see Pinup Girl Clothing make a very similar print this year!

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 18

Top: Wilson Trollope

Brooch: Lovisa

Pants: Toxic Vision

Socks: Bakdrop – Smoothie the Cat

Day 19

I just had to cave in and buy another Winter Wonderland dress by Bernie Dexter! This is the Lauren dresss.

Dress: Bernie Dexter

Stockings: Levante

Boots: Atticus

Day 20

Top and Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 24

No outfit post for today. I woke up late and spent a whirlwind 5 hours cleaning my flat so didn’t have much time or motivation to wear proper clothes.

Day 23

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: What Kate Did

Day 23

Cardigan: Wheels and Dollbaby – Dita Von Teese Cardigan

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 24

Christmas Eve, it HAD to be more Bernie Dexter. I have just been so impressed with these dresses, a review is sure to come in the New Year!

 

Dress: Bernie Dexter

Stockings: Levante

Brooches: Lovisa and Heidi and Gretel

Day 25

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Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Crown: Handmade

Necklace: Vintage

 

Thank you for staying tuned to this little outfit series! I know I missed a couple of days but dressing up nicely every day during such a frantic time is tough! As I mentioned there will soon be a post up dedicated to my Christmas Day outfit. I enjoyed seeing so much festive fashion on Instagram and follow me there for (mostly) daily outfit posts!

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Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 9-16

Hi everyone,

Sorry I’m a bit late with this one! It’s almost Christmas now! I’ve just been super busy cleaning and getting Christmas things ready that it’s hard to keep track of the days!

Day 9

Top: Insert Coin Clothing

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Levante

Day 10

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Levante

Shoes: Atticus

Day 11

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Bodysuit (Top): Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Harness: Hopeless Lingerie Maja Harness

Brooch: Heidi and Gretel

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Columbine

Day 12

I was kind of cheating for this one as it’s an outfit from an evening out a few days prior.

Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing Courtesan dress

Stockings: Levante

Shoes: Clarks

Day 13

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Top: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny skirt altered into a wrap skirt

Stockings: Levante

Day 14

Outfit 1

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Sorry about the colour temperature in this one, I had been taking some blog post photos the day before and it needed an adjustment I forgot to change back!

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Columbine

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I was helping to host an event for my course so I dressed up nicely in the evening.

Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing

Necklace: Jubly-Umph

Shoes: Atticus

Day 15

Cardigan: Wheels and Dollbaby – Dita Von Teese Cardigan in National Velvet

Brooch: Lovisa

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Levante

Day 16

Bodysuit (Top): Heidi Klum Intimates Dolco Como bodysuit

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Levante

 

The third and final week shall be coming up shortly! It might take me a couple of days after Christmas to post it though. I hope you are enjoying this, it’s interesting to look at my style as I don’t tend to do outfit roundup posts. I make a lot of my own clothes so I don’t feel too useful or interesting posting them.

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Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 1-8

Hi everyone,

So this year I have been taking part in the lovely Miss Rouge NZ’s Pinup Christmas Countdown which is a wonderful event attempting to wear Christmas themed outfits from the 1st to the 25th of December! I’ve previously done the 12 Days of Pinup Christmas but thought this would be more of a fun challenge.

If you want to follow along I am posting my daily updates on Instagram and I will also be making posts every 8 days, so on the 8th, 16th and 24th. I will also be doing a big OOTD post for Christmas Day but that may come a few days later.

Day 1

Dress: Bernie Dexter – Osterley Dress in Winter Wonderland print

Brooch: Heidi and Gretel

Stockings: Simon de Winter (tights converted into stockings)

Shoes: Josef Seibel

Day 2:

Top and Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: Levante

Shoes: Atticus

Day 3:

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Brooch: Vintage

Stockings: Pretty Polly

Shoes: Clarks

Day 4:

Sweater: NumSkull

Pants: Toxic Vision Clothing

Shoes: Atticus

Day 5:

Cardigan: Wheels and Dollbaby – Dita Von Teese Cardigan in Emerald Green

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: What Kate Did

Shoes: Atticus

Day 6:

Dress: Bernie Dexter – Osterley Dress in Winter Wonderland print

Brooch: Vintage

Stockings: Levante

Shoes: Clarks

Day 7:

Pants: Black Milk Clothing – Bleeding Mummy Leggings

Shoes: Atticus

Day 8:

Top: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing – Jenny Skirt (re-made into wrap skirt)

Stockings: Columbine

Shoes: Atticus

 

That’s it for my first week and a bit, stay tuned for more!

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A New Skirt OOTD

Hi all,

Sorry I’ve missed a couple of posts, I haven’t been feeling too well recently and have had a few days off work. Anyway last week I managed to rustle up myself a new skirt out of some gorgeous fabric I found so I thought I would show it off in an OOTD post!

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The fabric is a gorgeous wool blend with a diamondish pattern in pinks, blues and purples! It really reminds me of a wet city in the evening too, as if you were looking into a puddle seeing the reflection of the buildings and cars and people all around.

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I did my eye makeup to match and I used both my Urban Decay and Smashbox palettes, both of which I’ve previously reviewed on here.

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I’m also wearing my new lipstick which is Blue Velvet by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I had the shade Redrum and I adored the shade and formula, it’s now completely empty now. I felt like something different so I went with this beautiful bright blue. I think it’s a really wearable shade, particularly on me, it’s not too bright and I already wear a lot of blue.

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I took my photos at work today as there isn’t any sunlight left by the time I get home anymore. I’ve also reviewed the sweater I am wearing here, this is still an all time favourite and I hope to get at least one more colour of it for winter this year.

I actually made this skirt so that I could wear the pattern two ways. The above pictures show the colours going vertically, and below horizontally.

It isn’t a hug difference but I really liked how both ways looked so I wanted the option! Also I still get a pocket whichever way I wear it which is handy.

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I was rushing out of the house and I decided I wanted a bit of jewellery so I chose this amazing Jubly-Umph necklace. I bought it last year I think and it is ‘The Teardrop Lighthouse’ a limited edition necklace which I am so glad I bought. I really love lighthouses and this is such a sturdy but delicate looking piece.

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I love putting large circular pockets on my skirts! I find patch pockets much more convenient and it adds a point of difference.

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I’m wearing my recently reviewed Columbine stockings in the shade Misty. Also apologies for the thread on my leg, had I known I would have removed it! Also I love heeled boots with some fur cuffs as the weather gets colder, I’ve gone through this is my 2nd or 3rd pair and it’s just a style I am obsessed with. This pair is getting a little tattered though so I need to start looking for some more.

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Sorry it wasn’t too exciting today. I’ll try to get something up for Thursday otherwise it might just end up being next Monday. I really like this skirt and this outfit, it was perfect for a snug day as it was quite chilly finally! As an added bonus I’ll leave you with a picture of my foundations! It is May the Month of Lingerie so follow my on Instagram for daily lingerie pictures for this month. I’ll try to do a big compilation post at the end of the month too!

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Neko Atsume Cape Review

This year for Christmas I received a Neko Atsume cape! I am a huge fan of this mobile game as it’s so cute and non-stressful. My significant other also bought me a plushie of the Tubbs character. Although it’s summer there have been a couple of days where I’ve needed a little warmth so I decided to try out my new cape!

This is not ethically made clothing, I am reviewing this because it’s something people might be interested in. It was purchased for me last year as a gift.

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With the cape I am wearing a Rock Steady t-shirt, skirt made by me and some What Katie Did Red/Champagne Seamed Stockings. I am a huge fan of short skirts and opaque stockings in winter.

Also excuse the lighting, for some reason it got super bright when I went to take photos.

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The main fabric is a black medium-weight felt like fleece and the lining and contrast is a basic flannel shirting in black/red gingham. The garment is 100% polyester. It’s still pretty soft just not super cuddly. It has a decent amount of thickness so you don’t get the wind coming through the fabric.

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This cape is available in both a black and white design, this one is based on the cat Pepper from Neko Atsume and the white is based on Mack.

I really like the hood detail with the face and cute little ears! Both the face and cat pocket are embroidered on so there’s no worry about it fading in the wash. The hood is also a nice large size, it doesn’t pull on your hair and gives a nice shape.

As well as the three front buttons it features one on each side of them hem to make it more like sleeves. I love the look this gives and it’s really handy so it doesn’t just billow around. This cape doesn’t give a full range of movement as it isn’t a full circle cut but this with the buttons makes it great for windier places.

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The back of the cape also features an appliqued tail in the lining fabric, It’s nice as it gives the cape some interest from the back if you have the hood up. Also the length of the cape means the tail is perfectly placed.

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I really like that this cape has so many wear-ability options. You can bundle yourself up with all buttons done up, or have it open with only the top button (this is great as it gives you all the movement) and also just have the front buttons done up.

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The front pocket is functional and I think it would be a great size and placement for an i-Pod. I walk a lot in town as I live in a central suburb and don’t own a car so I find myself walking for long stretches just listening to music. This would be super handy as I find it really annoying having to find and open up my bag just to change songs especially as I have a rubbery i-Pod case so it sticks to everything.

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This cape is super easy to find on Ebay if you just search ‘Neko Atsume Cape’. I’m not sure exactly which seller mine is from but the label is ‘Manchy’ and they are probably all made by the same factory anyway.

I like this and I think I’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of it in the cooler months.It’s not an expensive item and isn’t made ethically thus it has a few loose threads and the fabric isn’t amazing quality. This can definitely work with a lot of styles too, I can definitely see it with a Lolita or Goth look but with a tartan skirt this would be a perfect way to ‘cutesy’ up a vintagey outfit.

Thanks for reading!