Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A Very Wicked Victorian Headmistress and Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge Day 2

Outfit Tuesday 31st July

I never let my students have cake!

This outfit was originally intended to have a severe hairstyle, but in the end it turned out cute instead because I didn't feel like it. 

Blouse and skirt second hand
Cameo brooch from sale store

Coat second hand

Cool find:

I found this jacket at a sale store today for $20! I love it, it totally reminds me of Jack Skellington!

Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge:

My hats and boots. I think I need more hats!

I added the sash and brooch to this felt top hat. I love the look but it's too big for me.

Mini top hat. It came painted like this. It has a kind of weird scaly/ bloody look which I love.

My beloved boots.

My clockwinder necklace. One of my favourite items ever! From redheart13 on Etsy.

Necklace and earrings by Zombeerazer Oddities on Etsy. They remind me of Ginger Snaps and my namesake, Morrigan, the goddess, who sometimes appears as a crow.

Cameo necklace. I also have a similar brooch I wore today. I wear a lot of cameo brooches, actually.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge Day 1

Outfit Monday 30th July

This outfit is kind of a combination of many of my influences. Victoriana, Rococo, evil Gothic circus...

Purple flowers in hair from dollar shop
Silver beady things from Xmas cracker
Birdclaw earrings from redheart13 on Etsy
Cameo necklace from costume jewellery store
Ruffly shirt, vest and skirts second hand
Socks from eBay
Worn with my usual ankle boots that I love and wear everywhere and my black velvet jacket with the Delerium pins that is probably my second most adored item.

Here are a couple of photos of the other two things which didn't appear in these photos.

Favourite items: My boots and jacket.

Favourite boots:

Favourite jacket:

Striped stockings and socks are also one of my favourite things.

The badges:

Saturday, 28 July 2012


I kind of skipped day 8 of the clothing challenge, because I only have a couple of expensive items, and I didn't feel like wearing them. Also I know I'm a bit behind on days, I told you I wouldn't be able to keep up. There were things like a day when we had to wait about 6 hrs for the electrician because most of the lights in the house had stopped working.

Yesterday (Saturday the 28th of July) I went to the Sydney Biennale with a friend and her friend, who is also totally cool. I won't post any pics of them because I don't know that they would want them on the blog. For those who don't know, the Sydney Biennale is a huge art exhibition at various places. This was on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. We went by Ferry and I only felt a bit seasick on the way back.

Outfit 28th July

Bird skull earrings by Zombeerazer Oddities on Etsy.
Cameo necklace from costume jewellery shop.
Studded and fishnet sleeve top a hand-me-down from boyfriend's sister I think.
Bodice from second hand shop.
Layered fairy mesh skirt from second hand shop.
I also wore black and white striped knee socks which you can't see in this picture.

I wore my shorter black velvet jacket with the Delerium badges with this.

The strap is my faithful little zebra stripe backpack that I've had for years.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

More Inspiration From Once Upon A Time

I think I want to stalk the costume designer for once upon a time. Ha ha.

Amazing crimson velvet riding coat. It goes all the way down to ankle length.

The Hatter. His costumes are awesome! I think that all men should dress in cravats and flocked satin shirts!

Bibian Blue

Some beautiful and inspiring designs! (Google translate should allow you to change it into English.)


Monday, 23 July 2012

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 7

This one was meant to be a cute outfit. I'm not really sure if that meant nice looking or cutesy, but I don't do cutesy. Anyway, I just decided to make it a nice outfit. I absolutely love everything about this outfit, because it's flattering and elegant, and very Victorian inspired.

The jacket is one that I got in England on our trip there in 2007. Some of my favourite items come from that trip. I don't remember if it was from Oxfam or one of the other charity stores we visited, but I got it pretty early in the trip.

Click on photos for larger image.

Jacket- English second hand shop
Cameo necklace- Costume jewellery shop
Shirt and skirt- second hand shop.

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 6

This one is also a little adapted. It was meant to be a pair of pants that weren't jeans, but like I mentioned in the previous post, I don't like pants. So instead I wore this dress, which is lovely, but I haven't worn since I got it. I had to keep pulling it up as it is strapless, so that is something that will have to be remedied.

I know I'm a little behind in the '30 days' thing, but I'm doing my best, I have so much to do before I go back to uni, and a lot of it involves things I have to get done at home. I know I should dress up around the house more, but I really don't.

Dress and jacket from a second hand shop.

I love the skirt! Tulle/ mesh is one of my favourite things in the world!

Friday, 20 July 2012

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 5

This outfit was meant to be my favourite pair of jeans. Shock! Horror! I do not own any jeans whatsoever! I actually had a pair until recently that I had had for years but they were too loose (either I lost weight or they stretched. I would like to think it was because I lost weight). I haven't bothered to get a new pair because I don't really like pants. They are tight and uncomfortable and you can't swoosh around in them like you can in a skirt! I would consider wearing stripy Steampunk bloomers, though. I'm still on the fence with that one. I do own one pair of pants which are kind of Old West looking, although I haven't worn them. The last time I wore pants you can see on one of my old outfit posts when I found some old knee-length pants that reminded me a bit of bloomers, but the the low waist made them nearly impossible to wear with anything, and they didn't look Victorian enough.

So instead I decided to make it another challenge for myself and wear a dress I haven't worn before. Since the weather was quite warm, I managed to pull off wearing this dress, which I really didn't think I would get a chance to wear until summer. It's a lot simpler than most of the things I am currently wearing, but I really loved the look.

Outfit 20th July

Necklace from costume jewellery shop
Dress and jacket secondhand

Thursday, 19 July 2012

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 4: A Shirt You Haven't Worn Yet

Thursday 19th July

Please click on the image for a better view, it doesn't look good this small.

I've had this top for years I think, but never worn it somehow. The other day, while I was going through my things, I found it and decided to pin one of my cameo brooches to it. I ended up loving the look, and wore it today!

Necklace: Present from my boyfriend. See last post.
Cameo brooch: Costume jewellery store.
Shirt/ top: Secondhand
Skirt: Secondhand. See last post.

Yes, it's still winter, I wore my purple velvet jacket with this but I forgot to photograph it, and velvet doesn't come out well on my camera anyway.

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 3: A Piece of Clothing or Jewellery That Was a Gift

Wednesday 18th July

This necklace was a present from my boyfriend years ago when we first started dating. It still looks great with everything, especially as it's one of my favourite colours.

I decided to try out some hairstyles with the cheap hair extension piece I got for the 'hair rat' for doing bouffant styles. It looked pretty good in my opinion. My real hair is done up in a bun under the hat. I have some more ideas for things I want to do with hair extensions, so I've ordered a few more pieces off eBay. 

Mini Steampunk hat: Secondhand shop
Hair extension piece: Discount store, but you can get them even cheaper on eBay
Black beaded necklace: Costume jewellery store
Top and skirt: Secondhand

I love the lace detail on the skirt. It didn't come out half as well in the photo as it does in real life. There'all these layers of bluey-grey lace with ruffled ribbon and tiny hidden sequins, and then a layer of black dotted lace at the bottom. I love it!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Save Poe's House!!!

The Baltimore council is cutting funding to the Poe house and museum, which means it may no longer be able to run. Please sign this petition and share it with others on facebook, twitter, blogs, whatever.


30 Day Clothing Challenge: Day 2: Your Favourite Shirt

Favourite shirt:

I have about four favourite shirts, and I've worn all of them recently except this one, so I chose it because I'm trying to wear more different things from my wardrobe.

This is one of the first kind of Victorian inspired tops I managed to find in the secondhand store after I started really getting into Steampunk last year. I've always loved all things Victorian, but I've never really had that many Victorian looking things. It's hard on an opshop budget, but I've done really well this year!

You can see my other favourite shirts in this post, this post and this post!

Shirt, cameo brooch and skirt second hand
Tights new from secondhand shop
Belt from eBay

I wore my purply velvet jacket with this, but the photos didn't come out and I'm sure there are loads of photos of it in the past, anyway.

Bo's Jacket

I adore this jacket that Bo wears in Lost Girl. I think she had this indigo one in season 1, I think she only wore it in one episode though. In season 2, right near the end, she has an identical one in cherry/burgundy trim. Maybe they made over the same one. I would love to have this jacket!

Click on the image for a bigger view!

Outfit Inspiration:Wicked Witches in Once Upon A Time

In Once Upon A Time (the TV series) the evil queen gets all the best outfits. In the past, at least, I don't like suits. The other two second best costumes have also been worn by witches, Maleficent and the gingerbread house witch. I am so jealous, I want them for myself! I especially loved Regina's purple flocked frock coat/dress in the Hansel and Gretel episode (which is as far into the series as I have got so far).

I took photos of my TV screen while I was watching, because it seems hard to find full length photographs of Regina's outfits on the internet.

Gorgeous flocked/ brocade coat split over leather pants. The colour is beautiful!

The gingerbread witch's outfit is not as unique, but I love her crimped bouffant hair with weird spiky black bits in it and her crazy spiky collar.

It's like the costume designers are making all my dream outfits. They're all my favourite colours, too!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Victorian Madgirl

Saturday 14th July

This outfit is from before the outfit challenge.

I went out to lunch with my friend in the city, and we went to the second hand shop and found a couple of cool things.

Hair: I spend about half an hour trying to redo the updo from a few days ago. It failed spectacularly, so I took out the pins and hair rat and pinned it into a sort of messy updo. It kind of looks like an escaped madwoman's hair. I also put my dark brown/black and gold roses in it, but it's hard to tell, because the colours blend in with my hair in the photos.

Ribbons tied around neck
Jacket, dress and skirt under dress secondhand.
Belt and socks from Ebay.
Ankle boots and hair flowers second hand.

This is the jacket I found in the secondhand shop. I love that it looks kind of circusy. Sorry for the photo quality, my beloved camera really has a lot of problems these days and I need a new one.

The Bookman

A Steampunk novel by Lavie Tidhar

In this novel, historical whimsy, science fiction and a love of literature walk hand in hand down the dreamlike corridors of the authors mind. There is no doubt that the world Lavie Tidhar has created is a masterpiece. In an alternate England filled with the luminaries of science, literature, politics, and ruled by lizards from space, a boy called Orphan must find his place in the world, facing the mysterious Bookman and his exploding books and the dangers of London and beyond. I loved the rewritten history, and the details that really helped create this world. I adored all the references to writers and literary characters, and unusual little elements, like the whales that sang in the harbour.

I enjoyed the unusual metaphors the author used, which I assume he created himself. It really made the novel feel rather original, and I loved the evocative imagery of them.

The story itself definitely surprised me more than once with unexpected plot twists, but I think they were valid decisions to make, and I think it's nice when a book surprises you (as long as it doesn't blow up!)

Mary's Ghost by Thomas Hood

This delightfully macabre little poem appeared as a chapter header in The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar. I liked it so much I had to share it. His poems such as this one and "The Bridge of Sighs" reflect the Victorian fascination with death.

"Mary's Ghost" by Thomas Hood

Thanks to Frank T. Zumbach of Munich, Germany, who supplied this etext to The Literary Gothic

'Twas in the middle of the night,
 To sleep young William tried,
When Mary´s ghost came stealing in,
 And stood at his bed-side.

O William dear! O William dear! 5
 My rest eternal ceases;
Alas! my everlasting peace
 Is broken into pieces.

I thought the last of all my cares
 Would end with my last minute; 10
But tho´ I went to my long home
 I didn´t stay long in it.

The body-snatchers they have come,
 And made a snatch at me;
It´s very hard them kind of men  15
 Won´t let a body be!

You thought that I was buried deep
 Quite decent like and chary,
But from her grave in Mary-bone
 They´ve come and boned your Mary.  20

The arm that used to take your arm
 Is took to Dr. Vyse;
And both my legs are gone to walk
 The hospital at Guy´s.

I vow´d that you should have my hand, 25
 But fate gives us denial;
You´ll find it there, at Dr. Bell´s
 In spirits and a phial.

As for my feet, the little feet
 You used to call so pretty,  30
There´s one, I know, in Bedford Row,
 The t´other´s in the city.

I can´t tell where my head is gone,
 But Doctor Carpue can:
As for my trunk, it´s all pack´d up 35
 To go by Pickford´s van.

I wished you´d go to Mr. P.
 And save me such a ride;
I don´t half like the outside place,
 They´ve took for my inside. 40

The cock it crows - I must begone!
 My William we must part!
But I´ll be yours in death, altho´
 Sir Astley has my heart.

Don´t go to weep upon my grave, 45
 And think that there I be;
They haven´t left an atom there
 Of my anatomie.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Necropolis: London and Its Dead

Non-fiction book by Catharine Arnold

This was an amazing book. It was written in an interesting way, not dry like some other historical books. It was filled with wry humour at the strange ways of humanity, but also sympathy and pathos. It was fascinating to see how burial customs and the beliefs that surrounded them changed over time. The book reaches from Pagan era to the modern day, although a large portion revolves around the Victorian era 'the people who invented death.'

It was wonderful to learn about the changing attitudes to cremation, the creation of cemeteries as beautiful gardens, and luminaries like Isabella Holmes who turned neglected funeral plots in space-starved London into playgrounds for poor children. The book was macabre, humourous, and sad, and I enjoyed reading it very much. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of London, or the ways we mourn and the history behind them.

'6 stars out of 5'. (A book that goes beyond mere enjoyment.)


Can the internet help this person?

A friend shared this on Facebook. It's from Patrick Rothfuss. He wants help tracking down a fan who wanted to meet for coffee but then lost her phone. he can't remember her name. It was at Comiccon in San Diego.

I'm eager to see if people sharing this around can help find her, it would be nice to think the internet could be used to perform helpful acts of kindness. Surely if enough people share this, the whole 6 degrees of separation thing will happen and someone will know her?

so if you can, share this on your blog, facebook, twitter, whatever. :)

Patrick Rothfuss:

Okay. Everybody, I need your help. 

I'm at ComicCon. I met a lovely Swedish fan who said that she'd flown out to the con mostly to see me. 

I said, Wow. Really? 

She said, Yes Really. 

So I got her phone number, and told her that when I had a spare couple hours I'd call her so we could grab coffee or something. My thought is, you come from Sweden to see me, I can spare time for coffee. 

But when I called her an our ago, someone else answered the phone. She'd left her phone on a bus, and a stranger had found it. 

So I tracked that person down and got the phone. 

So here's the deal. Swedish fan. I have your phone. I was an idiot, and I didn't write down your name, so I can't find you on facebook. 

You should call your phone, and we'll arrange to get it back to you. Plus maybe grab coffee.

Or you should message me here on facebook, and we'll get in contact that way. 

Everyone else, could you Like this and share this around so she has a decent chance of seeing it? 

Or, if you know who this is, can you send her a message to let her know what's up? 

Thanks everyone, 


Saturday, 14 July 2012

30 Day Clothing Challenge Day 1: Wardrobe

These are some photos of the wardrobe. It looks OK at the moment because I actually weeded out some clothes to pack away for the moment last night before I decided to do the challenge.

Coats, dresses skirts

Shirts, corset tops, skirts in the shorter hanging section

The part of my boyfriend's side of the cupboard that I co-opted for my own jackets.

30 Day Clothing Challenge

I'm thinking of doing the 30 day clothing challenge. I doubt I'll get it done in 30 days, because I might be volunteering to get experience for my degree and so on (keep your fingers crossed for me) which will require a more toned down style most likely and not the crazy outfits I am hoping to come up with for this challenge. Also there are some I probably won't be able to think of something for. I am going to try and do them all with current items of clothing, not old pictures.

I don't know if there's any point me doing this as I'm trying to wear all different items at the moment, but it will be a fun challenge anyway. I think. 

The challenge consists of:
  1. Your closet.
  2. Your favourite shirt.
  3. A piece of clothing or jewelry that was a gift
  4. A shirt that you haven’t worn yet.
  5. Your favourite pair of jeans.
  6. A pair of pants that aren’t jeans.
  7. A cute outfit of yours.
  8. Your most expensive article of clothing.
  9. A cute dress/ skirt.
  10. An outfit you wore on a special day.
  11. A piece of jewelry that a Grandparent gave you.
  12. A piece of jewelry that everyone complements you on.
  13. An outfit you wish you had.
  14. Cute socks.
  15. Your newest purchase.
  16. You and someone wearing matching clothes.
  17. An article of clothing that you made or altered.
  18. A piece of jewelry that you made.
  19. All your earrings, rings, necklaces and/or bracelets. 
  20. Your jewelry box.
  21. Something that you only wear around the house.
  22. Something you only wear in the summer.
  23. An article of clothing/ accessory that you consider lucky.
  24. Your favourite pair of shoes.
  25. Shoes you love but hardly wear.
  26. A mismatched outfit that you’d never wear (go wild: earrings, belts, crazy skirts etc).
  27. A hat.
  28. An outfit you are ashamed to say you wore.
  29. Something that is your favourite brand.
  30. Something from your favourite store

The Rapier in Renaissance Europe: Jewels to die for

This article from the economist talks about a new exhibition I would really like to see. It is called "The Noble Art of The Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe". It is about the history of swords and duelling. I would love to see the decorated swords that apparently helped display the wearers social class.

Flavorwire:The 20 Most Beautiful Children's Books of All Time

I know I haven't posted many reviews lately, I'm reading too many books at once and I need to finish them. Here's some beautiful picture books you have to see!