Thursday, 28 July 2011

Blade Runner

As Blade Runner is meant to be a sci-fi classic, when it came up free on BBC iplayer recently I knew I had to check it out!

For an age before CGI I thought the special effects were very, well, effective, with more darkly towering skyscrapers and flying cars than you can shake a stick at! (And none of them looked like they'd been made out of lego and duct tape). Great set designs aside, the COSTUMES were amazing.

I really liked how they contrasted the disheveled, distressed look of punk-ish Pris, played by the gorgeous Daryl Hannah ...

... with the exaggerated old Hollywood silhouette and classic make-up of Rachael, played by Sean Young (isn't it weird how both actresses happen to have men's names?):

I can really see how much the goth subculture took from this movie - from the white make-up/black eyes combo to dog collars and cyberpunk.

I got a bit fidgety towards the middle as the whole film seems to play out in near darkness so I spent a lot of time staring at a reflection of myself in my laptop screen. I'm glad I stuck around until the ending though, which is played out in a mysterious victorian looking building stuffed with eerie mannequins and vintage toys, which is both strangely beautiful and very tense.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Au Revoir Summer / Un-make that damn bed!

Yeah so to all you guys basking in sunshine and heat who might be wondering WHY am I not frolicking around in hotpants with a sunhat, that's England for ya.

Shirt - Uniqlo, Shorts - Deisel, Purple tights - from a friend, Shoes - Topshop

I wore this outfit to go for coffee with some friends (yes I do actually venture out into that weird place known as the outside world on occasion) and got caught in a rain shower on the way back. Trust me, these shoes collect more water than they keep out.

I've been thinking a lot recently about the nature of the phrase "you've made your bed, so you've got to lie in it". For a long time I thought that seeing things through to the end was the most important thing about life - and whether I hated it wasn't really part of the equation. I'm not saying it's good to head for the hills every time things start to get a bit rough, but I also think that when you're forcing yourself to do something for the wrong reasons - because you're scared of what others may think if you don't, because your parents expect it, because "quitting is for failures"- will harm you more than you realise sometimes.

Fine, if you make your bed, and you wanted to make it, maybe you should lie in it. But if someone else made you make it, or you never even wanted to make it in the first place, un-make that mofo!

It's no use living someone elses dream guyz.

Don't know if any of that makes sense - perhaps I'll ellaborate more some other time.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Flowerz and Blog Award!

Skirt- Zara Top-Primark Socks - Topshop Puma shoes - vintage

This necklace was made for wayyy back when by a friend - I like ethnic vibes
I love wearing long socks with skirts/shorts, they mean I can pretend I live in the 90s with the bonus that they keep my feet warm! I apologise for my criminally pasty legs, what with living in England and all, blazing hot temperatures are pretty rare and my natural colouring seems to fall somewhere between milk and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

In other news thank you so much to the lovely and very stylish ladies at Short Sister Style ( for awarding me a One Lovely Blog Award!

Part of the award is to list 7 facts about yourself so hear goes:

1. I am a hoarder. My room is full of trinkets and junk that I've been given/bought and can't bring myself to throw away.
2. I have spoken Greek since age 2, but when I write it my spelling is awful!
3. I love Alphonse Mucha and anything in the Art Nouveau style
4. My worst fear is swimming in the sea and seeing a shark coming at me from the deep
5. I melt chocolate in the microwave before I eat it (melted Reeces Cups = heaven)
6. I really want to have either a Ragdoll or a Main Coon Cat one day
7. I love 80s music

Here are the 15 blogs that I award:

(I don't know why half of them have linked but half of them haven't - technology hates me - but click on them/paste them into your task-bar, they're all awesome!)

Friday, 8 July 2011

Like a cat on a hot tin roof

Cat jumper- Topshop Skirt-Primark 
I haven't grown out of prints with animals on at all - if it has an animal on it, chances are I'll really want it! I find that if you're going to wear something cutesy if you already look stupidly young for your age like me it's good to try and balance it out with something less child-like - in this case I chose dark colours for the rest of my outfit. Ah who am I kidding, I still look about 12 but who cares CAT JUMPER! 

I bought this jumper a year ago - I really like how the eyes have that pop of colour and it's really slouchy and comfortable. 

On a side note, I know that it's possible to get broody for children but I think I may be broody for a cat. Specifically this cat: 

I think my aaw-o-meter just exploded. 

Friday, 1 July 2011

A girl called Gabrielle

Yay 20 followers! Let's face it, fashion inspired blogs are hardly thin on the ground and when I first started mine I was worried about whether my voice was loud enough to be heard in such a crowded and talented sphere of Internet-land. I could pretend that I'm some crazy fashion rain man who could tell you exactly what collections Yves Saint Laurent has done from 1970 and that I read Vogue like it's the Bible but the truth is I'm just a pretty average girl who likes fashion and vintage and random inspiration. So thanks for taking the time to check out my ramblings!

I thought I'd share one of the icons who first got me into fashion in the first place. Maybe a bit of a cliché but:

Not only did this woman have an amazing life, rising from being abandoned in an orphanage to the most powerful woman in fashion, she totally changed the fashion landscape for women forever.

Just chillin'
I love the simple elegance of her clothes and I'm glad that Karl Lagerfeld has kept a lot of her original aesthetic in his collections:
RTW 2011 (I want this coat! Such a beautiful wine red.)
Resort 2012

SS11 (Love the cut-out necklace)

Pre-fall 2010

"Fashion fades, only style remains the same" - Coco Chanel