Monday, 30 May 2016

Five Movie Characters That Secretly Inspire My Style

This was a surprisingly hard post to write! I like characters who have a realistically wearable, practical wardrobe, but with an eccentric touch. Many of the characters that I love don't necessarily have wardrobes that I would emulate - for example, I really like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and it goes without saying that Ramona Flowers is awesome, but I could not pull off that wardrobe. I am 99% certain that at one point she is wearing a fleece. Who manages to make a fleece look cool? Not me, that's for sure.

(Also, I am always up for further film fashspiration - ugh, did I really just say that? Sorry! - so as ever, recommendations are appreciated. Or better yet - hit me with your own top-fives? I always have room in my life for more fandoms.)

Sarah in Labyrinth
All hail Labyrinth. I abso-bloody-lutely love this film. I like a girl who looks comfortable in jeans, but I also really appreciate the puffy sleeves and waistcoat thing she has going on. Artist-poet-drama student vibes.

Enid in Ghost World
Yeah, I know, me and every other alt girl ever. But what's not to love about Enid? I particularly love her impressive collection of patterned vintage bathrobes. And that green bob. Be still, my heart.

Tank Girl
Okay, so this movie might actually have been the weirdest thing I've seen lately, and I kind of love/hate the character of Tank Girl (she kicks butt, and I always like that in a girl, but on the other hand, she is a bit of an annoying loudmouth. Although Lori Petty's voice equals serious heart-eyes), but there's something about shaven heads and ripped-up clothing that will forever appeal to me. To be fair, though, the main thing I want to take from this character and apply to my own wardrobe is the complete lack of fucks given.

Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter
My personal dress sense is not as, um, out there as Luna's, but I have great appreciation for her crazy earrings and those cute purple overall/dungaree things (as seen in the basement of Malfoy Manor, Deathly Hallows). I am ever on the search for the perfect pair of dungarees, but I have yet to find some that don't make me look like Andy Pandy gone seriously wrong.

Bliss in Whip It!
To be fair, I could have listed almost any Ellen Page character on here, but I think Bliss is my fave.

Honourable Mentions:
  • Ginger (Ginger Snaps)
  • Celia (St Trinians)
  • Annabel (Mama)
  • Rogue (X-Men)

Monday, 23 May 2016

Fifteen Reasons to Smile

A post that (hopefully) does exactly what it says on the tin. I've been collecting links and ideas of snippets of things that I have found funny or adorable or heartwarming, and I thought, hey, why not share them here? This is probably fairly nerdy of me, but I do like a bit of fluff from time to time and I have to assume that I'm not the only one! So without further ado:

  1. The Land of the Strays, otherwise known as Paradise. This is an island off the coast of Costa Rica that has become a shelter for hundreds of stray mongrel dogs! The dogs are also given their own unique 'breed' based on their characteristics, such as 'Fire-Tailed Border Cocker'. And yes, you can visit. <3
  2. This absolutely hilarious Tumblr post about medieval monks inventing bestiaries. 
  3. Lying on the grass at night and looking for satellites.
  4. Passionfruit incense.
  5. "And the elephant goes toot." (Sorry. I find this hilarious.)
  6. Evanna Lynch. She's such a dork and I love her.
  7. The green lady.
  8. Bubble tea.
  9. Jobs listed on London's first census, including 'Knight of the Thimble', 'fifty-two years an imbecile' and 'turnip shepherd'.
  10. This amazing band playing in a subway. I love the saxophonist's dance. The lungs on this guy!
  11. Narrowboats.
  12. Operation Beautiful. I know I'm soppy, but I can't actually visit this site without getting all teary.
  13. The Goat Simulator game on XBox. My boyfriend downloaded this game because he thought I'd enjoy it, and he was right. Not sure what that says about me, but never mind. This game is incredibly pointless, absolutely hilarious, and looks fantastically funny when it glitches.
  14. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Haven't watched MLP in years, but I went to visit my best friend and her baby daughter Eira the other day and ended up enjoying what was on the telly more than Eira was (to be fair, though, she is four months old and really only interested in the pretty colours).
  15. Sorry to fangirl (actually not sorry) but this picture and story of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (the stars of Supernatural, for those of you who live normal lives) was really lovely. The Supernatural cast seem like such nice, decent guys, it makes me love the show even more.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Unlearning 'Cool'

I've been clearing out the attic of my childhood home lately, in preparation for my backpacking trip and the massive level of downsizing that our post-trip plan of living in a camper van is obviously going to entail. So I've been spending a lot of time sorting through old photos, and I happened to noticed that in my early teens I can almost watch self-consciousness beginning to creep in.

Not to blow my own trumpet, but I was kind of an awesome kid, in a dorky kind of way. I miss that childlike state of uninhibited-ness before I learned that there was supposedly a 'wrong' way to dress - when clothes were for a) covering nakedness and b) turning into a knight, rock star, princess, woodland spirit, pirate or werewolf (depending on what library books I was borrowing at the time). Comfort, practicality and fun were my watchwords, before puberty hit and all of a sudden I was trying to meet boys (aargh!), look trendy (double aargh!) and impress other people.

(Maybe the title of this post is a touch misleading. Despite best efforts, I don't know that 'cool' was something I ever successfully achieved. Once a My Little Pony-obsessed, happy little dork, always a My Little Pony-obsessed, happy little dork - or something like that.)

Fear not, I don't intend to revive my previous wardrobe of socks with sandals, dodgy leggings and paper armour (painstakingly made by my mother. I think she drew a pterodactyl on the shield). Well, maybe the socks and sandals combo - bite me, it was comfortable! But I'm trying to focus more and more on dressing for myself, and currently hearkening back to a time before it even occurred to me that other people might have even a sniff of an opinion on what I was wearing:

  • Accepting my geekiness. It is time to stop worrying about being liked. No, somehow I don't think I would have survived better in secondary school if I had joined the art club, the reading group and the Lord of the Rings gaming team, but I might have stood more of a chance of enjoying myself doing my own thing, rather than aiming for a level of social acceptability determined by 'popular' kids.
  • I'm trying to channel how I shopped as a kid, changing back from 'does this go with my overarching style concept? Does it express every nuance of my soul? Will it be flattering?' to a far more basic, 'I like this colour/picture/style/fabric,' with a side order of 'hey, I can actually move in this'. Not that I don't think about what looks good(ish), just not making other people's potential opinions my first priority.
  • Get curious; play more. And stop being afraid of looking odd! Well, more odd. Since I have begun trying to embrace my inner child (I'd love to find a less cringey way of expressing that sentiment), I've watched an artist painting in the grounds of a cathedral, found a street art display, bought a carved wooden charm from a homeless man, spent a day writing in the woods and played table football in a Jack Wills shop. It takes some time to stop worrying about whether or not people are watching when you lie on the ground for the perfect photo, but it's been worth it so far. (I have found that having blue hair actually helps with this. People seem to assume you are a quirky artist type and smile at you sort-of-fondly when you do something a bit strange.)
Appropriately dorky picture from Christmastime
  • Embrace nostalgia. I grew up in the 90s so I'm having a big 90s trip right now - watching Buffy, putting stickers on things, digging out old magazines and lists of birthday presents from friends, from primary school when gifts included glitter hair clips and hand-drawn pictures of dogs. 
  • Resisting selfie culture. Don't get me wrong, selfies are great and they do have their place, but for me, I find it less than helpful to live every experience through social media; trying to fit each outfit and event into a tidy frame. This may be the cheesiest thing I've ever typed, but at the moment I'm trying to live #nofilter.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Favourites Masterpost: 2016 Reboot

Not the most exciting of updates - just a tweaking of my 2015 masterpost of favourite things to better reflect my current interests. 

Game of Thrones has lost its spot on my TV hotlist. I have had enough, now, of gore and gratuitous boobage. I'd quite like to stop watching but apparently the storyline is going to deviate from the book series and I'm too curious, I have to know what's going to happen! 

Supernatural makes an appearance - not because it's great TV necessarily but because I have been watching it in weekly binges with my best friend, which seems to have caused me to become weirdly emotionally attached to the characters. 

The Big Bang Theory
True Blood (the first couple seasons, I feel it went downhill a lil bit after that)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Xena: Warrior Princess
The X Files

Some new, feelgood additions to the films list. I have usually gone for darker fare when seeking out DVDs, so I was surprised by how much I like a cheerfully quirky comedy or romance. I'm currently working on expanding my DVD collection so please feel free to throw any recommendations my way.

Pan's Labyrinth
Pitch Black
The Chronicles of Riddick
Repo: The Genetic Opera
Edward Scissorhands
Pirates of the Caribbean
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Ten Inch Hero
Whip It!

Music (Songs and Artists)
Grit Girl by Alice Moving Under Skies
Butterfly by Crazy Town
Papillon by Editors
Wytches by Inkubus Sukkubus
Living Dead and Undecided by Pretentious, Moi?
All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
Destroy Me by Unter Null
Of the Night by Bastille
Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais
La La La by Naughty Boy
Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Teddy by RazorBladeKisses
Pet Sematary by the Ramones (and I also love the cover version from the Muncie Girls)
Johnny Hollow
Emilie Autumn
The Birthday Massacre
The Cruxshadows
The Cure
Kate Bush
Hannah Fury

Brian Froud
Anne Sudworth
Mab Graves

I recently discovered and have begun tracking down the multi-author Borderlands series of books, which led me to purchase War of the Oaks by Emma Bull. Absolutely loved it and put it straight on the special shelf I reserve for favourite books.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
Kraken by China Mieville
Valiant by Holly Black
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
The Crow by James O'Barr
61 Nails by Mike Shevdon
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Bizenghast by M.Alice LeGrow
The Hobbit by J. R. R, Tolkien
Fated by Benedict Jacka
War of the Oaks by Emma Bull

Other Stuff
Looking into people's windows when I'm on the train.
Coffee and vanilla perfumes.
The smell of passionfruit.
Photos of city roofscapes.
Street art.
Salted caramel.
Puppies and kittens.
The colour grey.
Scandinavian folklore.
The smell of sunshine.
Cable knit.
The Danish concept of hygge.
Bubble tea.
The colour indigo.
Blue hair.
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