Monday, May 27, 2013

My Self-Imposed Style 'Rules'

I don't actually believe that there is such thing as clothing rules that must not be broken, if they are you're a fashion failure type of thing. That silly. Anyone can wear whatever they choose to wear.
However, with this in mind I've noticed over the last few years I've began to develop certain ideals about what I do and do not like to wear, or wear in combination. This is just personal aesthetics and my own taste and should have no impact with anyone else's taste in clothing. It could be that these self-imposed restrictions   are actually limiting my ability to express myself through my clothes.
But, here we go.

- Only one set of stripes. If I'm wearing striped socks or stockings, I feel a bit silly if I also wear striped gloves or a striped shirt. I actually don't know why I feel this way. I think that it just looks too same-y or something. Oddly enough I'm a huge fan of those striped dresses; I don't feel that these are Stripe-Overload at all.

-No bare legs with short skirts. This is due to my very destructive sense of self and body image. I am (finally) confidant enough to show my legs under a short skirt, but only if I have a pair of opaque or lace tights as well.

-No hoodies/casual jackets with maxi skirts. I adore maxi skirts, long skirts and circle skirts. I tend to live in them, however I feel that casual slouchy and comfy jackets look foolish with these. I think it's because it's the concept of fullness with fullness in regards to the volume of clothing doesn't do it for me, which makes sense due to my  hourglass-ish shape. Also, I tend to think that maxi skirts have a touch of elegance to them, at least mine does, and the casual teemed with elegance just doesn't work for me.

There we go. Please tell me if you have strange style 'things' or choices that affect your outfits, or if you agree/disagree these are restrictive or allow for more structure within a wardrobe.

xxx Lilly

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Illamasqua Paranormal Black Carpet Event

I recently went to the Illamasqua Paranormal Launch Black Carpet event in Bourke Street Myer. The event had an appropriate black carpet, professional photographer and lots of pink bubbles. XD
It was my first make up launch and it was invitation-only, so I actually felt quite special for being there! My boyfriend James bought the purple UV reactive nail colour to use for an Invader Zim jacket he is currently working on, and I purchased some Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist, which is not part of this collection.

The collection, in case you haven't seen it yet, can be found here. What I'm most impressed with is the eye shadow quad. At the event, I swatched some and said aloud 'Wow, so it's a cream shadow?' and the MUA sad 'Actually no. It's a powder shadow.' And that really is amazing. It has an ultra refined texture that feels as silky as cream yet it is actually a powder, which is what I prefer. I am actually frustrated that the colours of the quad are not sold individually as $50 is still a lot of money just for eye make up.From what I've seen in photos and on models, I have not seen anyone use the green colour, Possession, at all. This would be one of the colours that I would actually love to have individually.

And here is one of Illamasqua's tutorials using this eye quad. There is no green used in this tutorial, even though anyone recreating it exactly would have the quad at their disposal.

The UV reactive nail colours are really creative and interesting and would be perfect for a Cyber look at a club. Considering however than not everyone spends their whole day under black lights  makes me think that these are not really for everyday. If you're interested, Stargazer has a dupe of the UV colour in Geist, which is a clear top coat the glows with a blue hue. 

Here is the Behind the Scenes video from their promotional shoot. It really is so beautiful, and has a Haunted House feel which is so amazing. I actually adore the shoot, but notice that there is no green to be seen on the models...

Hopefully you're just as inspired by this new collection as I am. Please comment with your inspirations!

xxx Lilly