Monday, 28 January 2013

New Being Human

Have you heard the news?!

Looks like something's going on between Hal and Alex, which was to be expected, and in the promo picture below, it appears that Tom has stolen at least part of Dunban's wardrobe.

From Digital Spy
All this, in just a week's time - faster than I hoped. But I've one problem - 10pm on a Sunday night. It's going to be pretty unlikely that I'll get to watch it as soon as it airs.

I don't think I ever told you about that Being Human fanfic I wrote over the summer holidays? Well, I wrote most of it then, and finished it hurriedly more recently because I couldn't be bothered any more and couldn't remember where it was going any more. It's a little oneshot exploring Alex's new role, set after the end of the fourth series so obviously contains plot spoilers.

From Radio Times

Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Clothes Horse: Rebecca

You know when you find someone whose demurely creative outfit photos you could look at forever? For me, Rebecca from USA is definitely one of them. Her blog, The Clothes Horse, is constantly updating with fashion, art and photography, which are consistent in their ability to always inspire. As well as amazing photos, which as you'll read she takes herself, she also makes collages which you can find at Dead Paper.

The Clothes Horse

1. Hello, Rebecca! What are three things we should know about you?

Hmmm, that I'm an introvert, I'm from all over - having never lived anywhere for more than three years, so I lack a sense of roots - and sometimes I think I like books more than people...

2. How has your style developed into what it is now?

It's mostly been a slow evolution - I started to become very thoughtful about my clothes when I started my blog in 2007. Suddenly with nearly daily documentation of my outfits I started to really get a picture (pardon the pun) of what I felt best and liked the way I looked in. I've liked clothes since I was little; my mother used to make me dresses from fabric I'd choose and taught me to sew when I young so I could even attempt my own skirts and purses and things. I junior high I started to follow Harajuku street fashion, but I never read an American fashion magazine until I was a senior in high school (Elle Girl was excellent) and from there things kept snowballing. I feel like in college I started to put all these influences together - not necessarily mimicking every style I admired on others but figuring out intentional dressing, instead of just putting clothes on to avoid being naked.

'Fixed to a Star' on The Clothes Horse

3. Which of your looks is your personal favourite at the moment?

Probably this outfit. I love that space dress and my wellies make me feel invincible.

4. You've lived in many different places, but what's your favourite thing about the place where you live right now?

I've got a couple of really good friends in this area (I live with a couple too!) and really the people you surround yourself with is what makes any place special, despite my hermit tendencies.

Perhaps, rather than physical location, you seek familiarity in the people around you, a social environment rather than a geological one.

'Count Your Sheep' on The Clothes Horse

5. Where do you like to shop?

Online mostly! It's just so convenient to not have to drive somewhere or deal with crowded stores, etc. If I do shop in person I like thrift stores and vintage shops; places where it's just about wandering around and admiring all the curiosities as much as it is about purchasing things.

6. Who are your fashion icons?

I don't really have fashion icons, because it feels limiting to look towards a person. When I do admire people it tends to be fictional characters instead of real people - so Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde or Audrey Hepburn in How To Steal A Million (that is my dream wardrobe!)

I also tend to admire characters - their presence, personality and style - as an overall entity. It's often that I'm infatuated with some character from a film or TV series, but am absolutely uninterested in the actor.

'Mon Petit Chou' on The Clothes Horse

7. What's the most unglamorous thing about being a professional blogger?

Everything about being a professional blogger seems pretty unglamorous from my perspective! Honestly taking pictures with a self-timer in dead of winter is about as unglamorous as it gets - you're freezing cold, running back in forth between a tripod and some random (hopefully isolated) spot in nature. You look quite ridiculous if a hiker stumbles across you.

As a user of the self-timer myself, I can empathise - the photo-taking process is immensely tedious. Though your photography is consistently stunning, always bringing out the best out of an already fantastic outfit; and your variety of backdrops is interesting too.

'Beyond Basics' on The Clothes Horse

8. What inspires your intriguing collages on Dead Paper?

It was a project my friend Jon encouraged. I showed him a lot of vintage magazines I was collecting and collages I admired and he told me to make my own. He really liked my first ones and said we should start a blog together to motivate each other to keep being creative - it worked really well in the beginning! I made a collage every day for months, but we've both sort of dropped the ball recently. It's really hard to do a lot of creative work every day, to find that inspiration, you know?

Regardless, those months of collage-making were productive - I love your use of perspective, size, and unexpected juxtapositions.

Collage on Dead Paper

9. What do you see yourself doing, and where, in seven years' time?

I really don't know where I'll be next year let alone in seven years. It's something I'm trying to do though, to just relax and let things happen as they will. I'd love to be doing creative work and travelling; it'd be nice to just live out of a suitcase and maybe write about travelling or styles around the world.

Thanks so much for your time, Rebecca - it's been a pleasure getting to know you. I wish all the best for your future, whatever it may hold, and I'm sure your blog will continue to inspire me and others.

'As a tower firmly set' on The Clothes Horse

Friday, 25 January 2013

"Our version of events"

This look's a little more chucked together than usual. For once, I restrained myself from excessive sock-matching; I'm not sure if I can handle it if I tried to do it again. I quite like the socks and boots combo though.
Coat: Next
Dress: New Look
Skirt: Malvin, TK Maxx
Tights: China
Socks: Pringle, TK Maxx
Boots: Clarks

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Links à la Mode: 24th January '13

I'm super happy that my post about bees got picked for the weekly round-up at IFB, because a lot of research went into it, and I really enjoyed writing it too. Would you be interested in more sciencey posts like it? Let me know.


Edited by Taylor Davies

One of the most rewarding parts of working at IFB is seeing the fruits of our labour manifest itself in the brilliant and creative members of our community. As I browsed through this week’s submissions, I saw so many posts that applied many of the tips and suggestions we’ve offered in our past posts. While of course I can’t say for sure that we were the direct inspiration for all of this really great content, a blogger can dream right? No matter why it’s happening – it’s just wonderful to see! On that note, many of the selections this week delve into thoughtful discussions on style – from Galliano’s return and tired trends of 2012 to better blogging tips and a tongue-in-cheek look at successful fashion bloggers.


If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE where you see “Links a la mode  next week’s date (official)”. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode widget on the right side of the blog, and will be published later today. ~ Jennine

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Riki's been powdered by a dusting of a new layer of snow. School closed yesterday - I was so happy when I found out, I fell up the stairs. (Then I went to bed.)

Also this weekend, my mum and I picked up these leather boots from Clarks. £12. We literally couldn't not buy them, because, well, £12. I also did some outfit posts in the snow yesterday, so those'll be coming soon. Just a preview for now.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Snow Nopon

When I woke up at nine in the morning today, I knew what I had to do.

One and a half well-spent hours of my life
Say hello again to Riki - you've met him before - with one of his Littlepon. (He has eleven in total, I believe.) This Littlepon has inherited Riki's punky hair, upon which he's sitting.

I've seen Nopon near the entrance of Frontier Village sit like this, with their wings behind them on the ground supporting their body.

I took the photos above right after finishing them, and then I went upstairs to upload, crop and resize them. Then, on being called down to breakfast, I saw something terrible outside the window.

I was not prepared for such tragedy, and so soon. The Heropon has since been taken into custody on suspicion of fratricide, on account of his sinister expression, and the gruesome corpse at his feet.

The body
Though, I must admit, the anatomy of a snowball Littlepon is fascinating - look at those layers.

 There's nothing for it. We'll have to rope it off as a crime scene, and Get Sherlock.

Saturday, 19 January 2013


Ring: Delfina Delettrez, Matches
Necklace: Bill Skinner, Asos

The bumblebee: Bombus terrestris. Do you like bees? Being more passive than their wasp relatives, I get the impression that generally, bees are popular insects, and valuable pollinators. I personally find their furriness and black and yellow stripes rather endearing.

Since I was very young, I've enjoyed the wildlife documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, whose comfortingly familiar voice is the authority on fauna and flora on television. Social insects are my absolute favourite to watch (from the safety of my living room) because of their complex hierarchy and teamwork.

Little did I know that attached to bees is a world of symbolism and mythology. So if you're wearing something with bees on it, don't forget all the positive connotations they bring with them!

Bracelet: And Mary, Asos
Earrings: Avalaya


In ancient Greece, bees were seen as the organisers between earth and sky, a sacred insect that bridged the gap between this world and the afterlife. Bees are also associated with eloquence and speech, from anointing the lips with their honey. The name Melissa means 'honey bee'.

Egyptian mythology features bees, too - sun god Ra's tears turned into bees when the landed on the sand of the desert. Like wasps, ants and termites, bees are eusocial insects, showing an advanced level of social organisation. Consequently, governed by an omnipotent queen, bees represent royalty, their hive was seen as a model of absolute monarchy.

Manchester City Council's crest
The Latin means 'wisdom and effort'

Closer to home, Manchester City Council's crest features a bee - these well-loved insects are used throughout heraldry to represent diligence and industriousness.


Have you ever heard that, according to aerodynamic calculation, bumblebees should not be able to fly? The calculations were made in the twentieth century upon the assumption of fixed-wing flight, but bumblebees actually fly using different mechanics, like how helicopters fly. So, bumblebees in fact do not 'violate aerodynamic theory'!

Top: Oasis, Asos
Shirt: Warehouse
Dress: Oasis, Asos
Bee mythology sources: Wikipedia, Lune de Miel

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Corpse Bride

Back in summer, Ginge and I had a typical sleepover weekend. We watched Corpse Bride, one of my favourite Tim Burton films, and Hot Fuzz, my favourite comedy film. It is hilarious and comfortingly British in its humour and setting.

Corpse Bride on DeviantART
After Corpse Bride, we sat in the garden and drew. Below's what we wore that weekend. Obviously, Ginge is the one with the derpy face. Maybe you'd recognise my outfit.

Sketches on DeviantART
She wore:
Blue tie-dye denim jacket: Levi's, car boot sale
Blue jumper: Asda
Dark grey skinny jeans
Brown boots: Triumph Doc Martens

I wore, well, this.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

"Trees like torches blazed with light"

The pines were roaring on the heights,
The wind was moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread,
The trees like torches blazed with light.
from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Did any of you watch The Hobbit this winter? Even if you're not into fantasy, Martin Freeman (or, John Watson as he is to me) is worth it anyway. Everthing from his body language, jumpiness, and frequent brow-furrowing makes him the perfect Bilbo Baggins.

The dwarves, however, agree less to my expectations. The defining feature of a dwarf's appearance is his beard, and to put it simply, a lot of the dwarves' beards just aren't beardy enough. (Kili, sweetheart, just because you're Mitchell, doesn't mean you can't get a proper beard.) Don't even get me started on Thorin - far, far, far too shiny and young and Hollywood. (Nice voice though.)

But I'm being harsh now. Verdict: fun romp.  Best of it are John Watson, and the music. Plot pacing veeeeeery slow, thanks to someone's retarded idea to drag a book I reread over Christmas in two days flat over nine hours of three films.

Oh, yes, the outfit. My excuse for the Hobbit preamble is that thing hanging round my neck. Can you see it?

One Ring: Mordor, of course
Shirt: mum's wardrobe
Cardi: TK Maxx
Jeans: Topshop
Bracelet: TK Maxx
Boots: Rockport, TK Maxx

I like skirts and dresses, and I like cardigans, but I'm really terrible at tops. I had to rummage through my mum's wardrobe again to find this green thing which I think goes alright with the jeans. I've got masses of t-shirts but not a lot of these button-up blouses, and I find I kind of like it.

Because I'm fussy and weird and enjoy the jingly noise it makes when I walk around, I tied a bracelet to the jeans. I really like this bracelet but it's quite heavy and loose and gets in the way, so I don't wear it on my wrist very much. In fact I hardly wear jewellery at all.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Links à la Mode: 10th January '13

That post on the baroque trend got picked for LALM, yay! Though frustratingly, Blogger is determined to break every link in this post, so if you open a broken link, look at the URL and remove the rubbish at the beginning and end. I hate Blogger sometimes. Find links which actually work on IFB.



Edited By Taylor Davies

This week’s link submissions were still heavily focused on the year ahead. This tells me that perhaps more than ever, bloggers in the IFB community are motivated, driven and determined to make 2013 the best year fashion blogging has ever seen. By all accounts, it seems like you might be right. From digital clean-outs to bold beauty trends and embracing the colour of the year – there’s a lot to be excited about – and blog along the way.


If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE where you see “Links a la mode next week’s date (official)”. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode widget on the right side of the blog, and will be published later today. ~ Jennine

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Dolly Kei

When researching the Mori Girl style, I came across dolly kei, a style inspired by European fairytales and the Middle Ages. Like Mori Girl, characteristics include heavy layering and an eclectic mix of patterns and textures, but Dolly Kei has a distinct gypsy flavour to it, and occasionally utilises religious symbols and images.

I love this style's muted vibrancy, with its rich jewel colours, and the heaviness of all the layers and elements of fabric. Tapestry, fur, embroidery and tassels feature heavily - it reminds me of a very, very stylish curtain... in the best way possible.

From Electric Alice

From Electric Alice

From Lilac Tree

From Dolly-Kei
As a British-born Chinese girl, I would love to see oriental-style garments become in fashion around here, like how Japan has taken European fashion and updated it into styles like lolita and dolly kei.

This summer I went to see my cousin in China, who is only two years older than me. I showed her Lookbook and noticed that, contrary to my expectations, she was least drawn to people like Mayo W. and Jasmine L., who must dress in a style more common in the Far East, and was generally more into the styles of the Scandinavian and British.

Do you know what I mean, when you see a photo of someone's style and you can just tell they are from your country? We are all influenced by what the people around us are wearing, whether it be converging towards their styles, or, like negative feedback, diverging from them, either deliberately or subconsciously.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Dihydrogen monoxide containment unit

WARNING: May cause diaphoresis, micturition, and acute tissue hydration.

Aperture Laboratories Dihydrogen monoxide containment unit
Because she is just awesome like that, Ginge got me this 1.24738 kg (44 oz, okay. I hate imperial.) containment unit for Christmas. Just as well too, for it made me aware of the horrors of that evil compound, dihydrogen monoxide. Oh, the humanity!

Also known as hydric acid, dihydrogen monoxide has been found in excised tumours of terminal cancer patients, may cause severe burns, and is fatal if inhaled. Yes, FATAL. As well as diaphoresis and micturition, it can also cause electrolyte imbalance, nausea and vomiting.

For more information, visit the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division's website.

Aperture Science: A Trusted Friend in Science.
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