Plaid and Velvet

Friday, January 29, 2016 Sam 2 Comments

I'm in love with this outfit. At first I worried that it didn't match well enough. Then I realized I don't have to match because who the hell cares. I thought I'd get a lot of weird looks because of the leggings but I didn't. It's getting easier to leave the house without concern for what others might think. Lastly, I need a pair of velvet leggings in every single color. Be warned though. These particular leggings from Target aren't the best fit. I was struggling all day with keeping them up. It also seems like the back is shorter than the front which makes bending down interesting. I'm not sure if all velvet leggings are like this or just these.

Shopping List

Plaid Sweater, Forever 21 (exact)

Love in a Battlefield Shirt, ModCloth (exact available at Junk Food Clothing)

Velvet Leggings, Target (exact)

Black Combat Boots, DSW (exact)

Floral Bookbag, Ross (similar)


Stripes and Daisies in the Snow

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Sam 0 Comments

I was in Durham for work training when I took these. My coworkers and I had been snowed in (I know that's hilarious but literally everything in NC shuts down in the snow) for three days. We were going stir crazy so I decided to trade my sweatpants in for this daisy printed skirt and striped sweater and take pictures outside of our hotel. I'm really happy to have had such a wonderful time with my girls. A couple days later I decided to part ways with my job after some long consideration. I'm not sure what I'm going to do now. It's very scary but I can look back on these photos and know there were happy times amidst all the bad.

On a happier note, you might recognize that I'm wearing the necklace from my January Lust List. I'm so happy I purchased it! I've been wearing it ever since I received it. It's beautiful and fantastic quality. Wearing it around has also helped me decide to invest in more accessories because they can add so much to an outfit. And I'll definitely be purchasing more of these great pendants!

Shopping List

Black and white striped sweater, Target (similar)

Daisy print skirt, Hot Topic (similar)

Black sweater tights, old (similar)

Crystal quartz necklace, The Hippie Hut on Etsy (exact)

Black ankle boots, Rampage (similar)


Comfy Grunge - Chunky Scarf, Flannel, Converse

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Sam 0 Comments

Today was the coldest day we've had this winter here in NC. I kept warm with the help of a chunky grey scarf, red and black plaid flannel shirt, and a trusty pair of sweater tights. Swiping on some crimson lipstick helped me feel more put together. Also, I'm excited my hair is finally long enough to put up in a pony tail. Growing out a pixie cut is the worst

I'm headed out of town tomorrow for work training. I'll be gone for a week. Hopefully I'll find time to post at some point.

Shopping List:

Black Hoodie, American Eagle (similar

Red and Black Plaid Flannel Shirt, Forever 21 (exact)

Chunky Grey Scarf, Target (similar)

Sweater Tights, old (similar)

Black and White Converse, old (similar)

Lips, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Scarlet Red (exact)


Alt Style Icon: Vanessa Ives

Saturday, January 16, 2016 Sam 0 Comments

                                                                                              Photo credit
I'm a late comer to the masterpiece that is Penny Dreadful and to the most beautiful, wonderful, perfect person that is Vanessa Ives. But that doesn't matter because Penny Dreadful and Vanessa Ives is always relevant, If you disagree, you can fight me.

When I started my love affair with Penny Dreadful, I decided that I should pretty much just become Vanessa Ives. It's a completely rational conclusion that you certainly understand if you watch the series. I scoured the interwebs for fashion inspiration and what I came up with didn't resonate with me. They were either over-the-top Victorian ensembles (which are lovely but not what I was looking for) or too obvious a la Hot Topic's Scorpion dress (again, cute, but just not quite right).

When I think of Vanessa's character, I'm struck by the duality of her personality, station, and situation. We've seen her dressed to impress in Victorian finery and in plain, chunky knits to keep warm in the Highlands.
                      Photo Credit: Showtime official Penny Dreadful facebook page
We've seen Vanessa interact with the Catholic faith as well as study pagan ritual. We've seen her sexuality come to life only to haunt her and leave her once again refraining from intimacy. She's such a multi faceted character and for that reason, I created an outfit that's full of interesting duality: 

Inspired by Vanessa Ives

This outfit makes sense on the surface - it's the details that add some interest. A tight lace skirt and cage bralet nod to Vanessa's sexuality, adding a billowy white shirt conceals and balances out the slit in the skirt. Adding a chunky crimson cardigan to an outfit like this is so wrong it's right. It nods to Vanessa's past living a simple life in the Highlands. The silver onyx choker is elegant, feminine and perfectly witchy. Layering a scorpion necklace is a bit obvious. The symbol is important but displaying it through jewelry helps keep it subtle. The cross ring balances the black onyx and scorpion by nodding to Vanessa's ongoing relationship with the Catholic faith. High heeled Victorian style booties add just a touch of the era into the overall look. Finish with crimson nails and a classic red lip and voila, you've captured the essence of Vanessa Ives.

What do you think? Does this capture the beautifully elegant and mysterious Vanessa Ives? What types of things would be in your own Vanessa inspired wardrobe? 


Graphic Tee, Knit Sweater, Red Boots

Sunday, January 10, 2016 Sam 0 Comments

This shirt is waaaay shorter than I usually prefer. It's almost crop top length! Pairing it with a body con skirt in the same color made it a little less extreme. Also my torso is oddly short. I'd love to sport an actual crop top but I have yet to find any high-waisted bottoms that fit me correctly. That's the only way I can see myself actually wearing one, at least for now.

Also it was windy as hell. My hair is doing all kinds of shit in these photos.

Shopping List

Burgundy Sweater, Lucky Brand (similar)

Velvet Sleeve Graphic Tee, Denim and Supply (couldn't find anything similar, but this graphic tee also from Denim and Supply would look great!)

Black Body Con Skirt, Forever 21 (similar)

Black Opaque Legging Tights, Sock Dreams (exact)

Dark Red Ankle Boots, DSW (exact)

Lipstick, Buxom in Tokyo (exact)