Top Obsessions of 2007

After reading the post The Item of the Year Award at Flying Saucer, I started to think about all my most favourite things from 2007. After a little bit of thought, I realised that there is no one item of clothing that I favoured above all others last year and so I decided instead to share my Top Obsessions of 2007!

Frequent motifs
These are the images and shapes that delighted me throughout the year. They were: stripes, crowns and hearts and there is no overall winner for this category, because all these motifs were combined most excellently in my Christmas present to myself, the necklace on the left. If you are charmed by this necklace, the creator has three similar designs available in her Etsy shop.

Best newcomers to my style
These are the things I tried out for the first time this year. First came skinny jeans. I am not entirely sure I'm satisfied with them. The pair I've got keep falling down my arse, which is not the look I really want to achieve. They also draw a lot of attention to my large feet, and I am not sure whether I like that. I love my feet but I'd rather have people look at my head. I do love them, but I think I might love them more on skinny indie boys than on me.

The colour red was another obsession. The roots of this took hold in 2006, when I performed in The Vagina Monologues for the first time and discovered the joys of red lipstick, and the fact that some shades of red do actually suit me. After I wrote the blog post My Rainbow: Red, I soon became obsessed with obtaining a red coat for the winter, inspired by Clare Devine, the red-coat-wearing femme fatale of cheesy soapdom. I stopped watching Hollyoaks shortly after she made her final exit, because the plotlines got too bad and there wasn't her incredibly cute style to admire as compensation. Seriously, evil has never looked so good.

After reading Gala Darling's article about cat's eye make-up, and Merriam at Miss Vintage's instructions for Audrey Hepburn-esque eyeliner, I decided to investigate the possibilities of liquid eyeliner for myself. I prefer it with quite a thin line, but a long tail that curls up long enough to end just below the end of my eyebrow and at an angle. I don't wear it quite that long everyday, and I am still experimenting. I usually press dark green or dark purple eyeshadow (I prefer Bourjois' Little Round Pots in ' Noir Emeraude 07' and 'Noir Précieux 04') over the top of the eyeliner to give it a softer, more interesting look.

I conclude that the colour red has been the most exciting and best addition to my style in 2007. It makes me feel grown-up and glamourous, and it actually looks surprisingly good with purple. I really need to take some pictures of my red coat to share with you!

Most adored make-up item...

This presents me with the above dilemma all over again. It is really between liquid eyeliner and red lipstick, although glitter has also been much used and loved last year. But I think red lipstick was more of an item of 2006, whilst the eyeliner was worn more regularly this year, so 2007's crown must go to liquid eyeliner! It has transformed my look no end!

What did you love the most in 2007? Did you manage to work skinny jeans or are you going to be glad to see the back of them when they go out of style? I'm not too bothered about them vanishing for myself, I wear skirts more often than jeans anyway, but I think it will be a shame when they are no longer sported by all the artboys in London!


Earrings For The Unpierced: Part One

I haven't got any piercings. I used to want my ears pierced when I was younger and I sometimes entertain fantasies of getting my right eyebrow (I can lift it very slightly on it's own thanks to a few months practice), the top of my left ear (so that the piercings are evenly distributed), and/or my nose pierced. I also have a tattoo design in mind for my right shoulderblade, but it is even less likely that I will get that done. I'm not too keen on needles. I remember that when I had my second-to-last vaccination, the nurse kept having a go at me because I was too tense and she couldn't find where to put the needle in.

Sometimes, people I've known for years have been looking at me one day when they exclaim, mid-conversation: "Your ears aren't pierced!". I usually respond: "Yeah, I know." It's almost as strange as being told that I am tall, or skinny, which happens even more frequently. I have eyes, a mirror, and self-awareness, funnily enough!

So to be unpierced is pretty unusual. At least jewellery designers think so, because there are very few earrings being produced today for unpierced ears. In fact, I would say that finding new earrings that don't require piercings is even harder than finding shoes for big feet!

Options for the Unpierced

Clip-on Earrings

Pro: They have been around for longer than any other kind of non-pierced earring, so you are likely to find the oldest vintage earrings if you are looking for clips.

Con: High ouch factor. They squeeze tightly, so they can't be worn for long periods of time unless you are good at resisting pain. I have tried some that have been padded with some sort of plastic foamy cushion, but it often isn't attached securely to the earring, falls off, and to be honest it doesn't make much of a difference to begin with.

Ear Cuffs

Pro: A different look to clip-ons and screw-ons.

Cons: Can have a ouch factor, as they pinch the ear. Also quite difficult to find, although you can make your own out of bendable plastic-coated wire.

Magnetic Earrings

Pros: Look like studs for pierced ears, take longer to cause pain than clips.

Cons: Can't hold any weight, fall off really easily (hair often causes the pieces to move), and I find that the pain from these lasts the longest.

Stick-on Earrings

Pros: Don't hurt, can look like studs

Cons: They have a cheap, novelty look, and you could be allergic to the adhesive, which also tends to be quite crap - try using eyelash glue to get them to stay on for longer.

Spring Hoop Earrings

Pro: Look almost the same as "real" hoop earrings.

Con: Oww...

Ear Hook/Hoop Earrings (hooks/hoops over the ear)

Pro: Not painful

Cons: Looks like you just hung something over your whole ear. Unimpressive unless you make a lot of effort to hang lots of pretty things from it. Some have an irritating habit of falling off when you tilt your head to the side and move.

Screw-on Earrings

Pros: Quite a lot of vintage earrings around. Can be worn for a long time because they can be adjusted to stay on the ear without pinching tightly.

Con: They loop under the ear and depending on the decoration, this can show and look too much like you're "showing the mechanism", distracting from the prettiness.

Do you have unpierced ears? Or have you worn earrings that don't require piercings before? Which is your favourite kind?

Freeze your debit/credit card, I've got a whole bunch of discoveries to share in Part Two.
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