Monday Amusements 20: Halloween Special!

Bat necklace from Callooh and Callay. I wear this almost continuously throughout October and November.

I'm only going to one Halloween party this year and will otherwise be having a bit of a quiet one - reading lots of spooky books and maybe watching an episode or two of Buffy! I still haven't decided whether I'm going to wear a costume or just lots of black, but I've loved looking at all the fantastic make-up tutorials that have been made recently!

My family went to a fancy dress party together once when I was a kid. I can't remember what I or my sister wore, but my dad dressed as a character from Space Precinct (Anyone remember that show? *tumbleweeds*) complete with felt police badge, and my mum was an incredibly convincing Morticia Addams. As her natural hair colour was almost black anyway, all she had to do was put a long black wig on her head and wear a long black dress, but I thought she looked awesome. I didn't only love the Morticia tutorial on xoVain because of that memory - Alle is my favourite xoVain writer. Hmm. I wonder if that wig is still around or if I trashed it trying it on all those times as a teenage demi-goth.

Alternatively, I could pull on my stripy tights as Robyn suggests and copy her awesome Last-Minute Works-With-Everything Halloween Look, as part of a witch costume. Or take inspiration from Makeup Savvy's Halloween Mix & Match Nail Art Ideas.

If I had more time, I would love to follow Angelina L. B.'s stunning Skeleton tutorial:

If you are going out in London, and want to seriously dress up, check out this list of the best costume shops by Time Out.

Finally, 20 Cats Who Deeply Resent Their Halloween Costumes.

Are you celebrating Halloween? What are you going to wear?


Monday Amusements 19

Though I love autumnal nail polish, I don't really do autumnal lipsticks. I've been trying to use up these two for about ten years.
Recently I've been going through the Oxfam fashion blog archives. My favourite posts so far are the DIY posts. I love this customised blazer - using a patch from a shoe - and the idea of using buttons to embellish knitwear.

Game of Thrones fashion ideas! I have been longing for a dragon ear cuff for months now and this article has made me want one even more. Just imagine, wearing a totally ordinary non-alternative outfit...with a dragon ear cuff. It would be awesome.

It's far too early to be thinking about this, but maybe I'll forgo the chocolate this year in favour of the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar.

If you live in London and are aged between 16 and 24, check out the V&A fashion festival, it's free!

A GEEK Against Gok is a really interesting post about what really happened when its author, Zoe Burgess, went on Gok’s Style Secrets. Although it's not that surprising to find out how her story was manipulated for television, it's a shame that the producers felt that the truth wasn't exciting enough and tried to portray her interests and hobbies as freakish and unattractive. (via @thefworduk)

I enjoyed reading the comments on Have you ever been in trouble at work because of your makeup?, a recent weekly feature/open thread at Temptalia, though I've never been in trouble for wearing makeup at work. As much as I love bold, sparkly eyeshadow and bright lipstick, I'm not going to wear them when it's not appropriate!

On that note, I'd never wear this glitter dandruff look for work, but I would definitely try it for a big night out, though I'm not it would be as cute in my dark brown hair. Maybe it's for pastelheads only. I also loved this article about matching your makeup to your clothes, which is something I am obsessed with. I feel so much better when my colours are co-ordinated and my outfit has a theme.


The Best of Both Seasons?

My style calendar goes like this: I embrace dressing like a witch in October and November. In December I wear a bit of gold and red and green but mostly I put on as much glitter as possible. In January and Febuary I go back to the jewel tones and berry shades for a while but by March I'm desperate for some sun and start trying to pile layers on under summer dresses and wearing as many bright colours as I can.

I never really want summer to be over. I love summer. I love not being cold. I love barbeques. I love not having to wear a vest and more than one pair of tights. I love long days. I love bright colours. At the moment I'm clinging to summer, even as the days get shorter and darker. Autumn doesn't really exist, in my opinion - where I live, all the deciduous trees seem to drop their leaves at once, over the space of one day. And it will be raining at the same time, so that there is no crunchiness, only a soggy mush. The 'slight chill' will last a week, and then it will be properly, horribly, cold. Until June. I don't drink coffee, but I put cinnamon in my hot drinks in winter too. And apple pie? Okay, I'll give you that one, but otherwise the only thing that I really like about autumn is the biennual fashion-discovers-goth phase, which happened last year, so this year the main trend is something else. Chunky knits? Baroque? Stereotypical Russian style? Oh, I don't know, and I don't care. The important thing is that it's not goth, so hopefully people will be taking all their lovely Autumn/Winter 2012 clothes to the charity shops for me to buy, as soon as my mind is done with its current tug of war.

I want to resist the cold with the aid of bright pink and purple and turquoise, but I also love the more autumn-appropriate berry shades - dark purples and reds and blues and greens. I've decided to deal with this dilemma by getting out all of my most autumnal nail polishes. I will keep wearing my summery pink cardigans but paint my fingernails dark purple. My bright violet skirts and dresses will go perfectly with dark raspberry nails. Most of my hats and scarves are dark berry colours, or grey, so I can co-ordinate with those.

 And by the time I'm bored of this combo, it will probably be Christmas time, and I can bring on the glitter!

How do you feel about the coming of winter? Or are you one of those lucky people in the southern hemisphere, who still have summer to look forward to this year?
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