Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Babelcute: nature inspired jewellery

Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence

Mori girls rejoice; nature is back. Rather than the stereotypical candy-coloured babies of spring, think graceful. Cut-out metal necklaces, light bangles, tree-inspired earrings. Muted gold or silver..and nothing too brash or fancy. Think 'lovingly used'.
Dainty, elegant, natural.

How I do it: my favourite necklace is a cut out sparrow (Claire's, 5$, 2007). I've worn it so much that the corners appear to be rusting, but I argue that this adds to the charm. I also had a snake bangle (Topshop, 20$, same-day-in-2007), but I wore it too much, and the spring broke..sob, sob, die inside, sob.

A better way of doing it:






These leaf inspired earrings from Shop Suey Boutique have a worn in look that I really like.











This looks familiar...do an Emily Jane with this sparrow from Fred Flare






Upside-down tree is the way to go. Very foresty from Sarah Hood







Let your inner forest girl go wild...

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Les Gourgounes D'or

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart

There is an award ceremony at my school here in Québec every year. The students in the fifth (last!) year vote for the funniest, the most charming etc in their class.

It meant absolutely the world to me that, despite having only been here for seven months, I was nominated for and won the prize for the most original girl. I was so chuffed I nearly cried...seriously. Words cannot describe how pleased I was, am, will always be.

Donc, merci beaucoup mes amies. Je vous aimez beaucoup (:

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Trial and error: headscarves

Milk was a bad choice.

Yesterday I managed to achieve a fringe so perfectly rolled, Betty Paige would have been proud. I decided to team this with a headscarf, tied in a fabulously floppy bow that perched unashamedly on the side of my head. Wearing retro disco pants (my mother's, circa 1978) and a bell sleeved top, this would be my first time at school with such head gear; I was ready.

Yesterday I learnt two important lessons:
  1. The Polyvalente des Baies of Baie Comeau is not ready for fabulously floppy bows
  2. Headscarves do not work whilst playing l'intercross
After spending the morning with people staring, pointing, laughing and, most annoyingly, poking (thanks Jérome) the fabulous floppy bow, part of me wanted to abandon ship when I went home for lunch. But I did not! Abuse and rejection of excellent headwear would not stop me; I would not bow to the demands of society!

At last period I had l'intercross. This sport is relatively new to me, and I'm not particularly good. No matter! I dove in enthusiastically, the wind blowing through my fabulously floppy bow, glasses askew, one yellow Reebok abandoned somewhere near our defense. Miraculously, I has just intercepted and caught the ball in my net-on-a-stick, and was sprinting towards the opposition's goal in a blaze of glory. I had five seconds after catching the ball to pass or to score, or the ball would be given to the other time. At second four, my fabulously floppy bow fabulously flopped over my eyes.
Time slowed; I decided to throw the ball in my interpretive direction and hope for the best. The five-second whistle blew just after the ball left my net-on-a-stick, and I pushed the fabulously floppy bow out of my eyes just in time to appreciate my quick tactical decision.

Unfortunately, I have found that life isn't quite an American teen movie. So the ball didn't soar gracefully in slo mo into the goal. The crowd didn't roar. I wasn't lifted onto the shoulders of my team mates. There was no parade through the school corridors. I have not started a fashion for fabulously floppy bows. My name hasn't gone down in history books as the coolest exchange student of all time.

I managed to catch the nano-second where my inexperted-ly flung ball struck the upper thigh of my unsuspecting team mate, was consequently taken by a member of the opposition, who then, sprinting down the pitch in a genuine blaze of glory, scored a goal and won the game.

Bummer.

However, I will not be shied by this experience. Coincidentally, Super Kawaii Mama posted a 3 Easy Ways to Tie a Headscarf - Retro Style video yesterday that I will be experimenting with.

There are no fabulously floppy bows, but maybe that's for the best...

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Mori Girl Checklist

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

On the journey that started strictly with Classic Lolita, I've discovered so many subcultures and sidelines that I've lost count. My head is spinning; all I know is that I've fallen in love with Japanese fashions. From the deco of the Hime Gyaru, between the sugary Sweet and the victoriana Gothic Lolitas, through to the pop colours of Fairy Kei....I love it all.

Recently I've really been captured by Mori Girl and Dolly Style. I love the textures, the layers, the soft curls and the super vintage accessories. After reading Lolita Charm's Lolita Checklist, I hungrily fell upon the Mori Girl checklist and scored a respectable 65% straight off the bat!

I wasn't sure what to think of the last point...' A friend told you that you look like you belong in a forest'...I feel like this would in reality be followed by 'So get back to your cave, bear face'...

Babelcute: Skinny belts

Illusions are the mirages of Hope

So cheap. So instant. So flattering. So cute!

I really love this. Just adding a skinny belt over the top of your cardie instantly updates your look. This pulls the attention into your fabulous waist, whilst the thiness of the belt keeps it dainty.

How I do it: I have an adorable skinny gingham belt with a buckle-bow that I got for 2$ at Primark, but I left it in England (seriously..what is my problem?!). Luckily I have a fairly-slim belt with a pink, sparkly, Levis buckle that works nicely.

A better way of doing it:


J Crew has many skinny belts, but my favourite is this flowered sash for 35$.



This girl (photo from Tokyo Fashion) has pulled her dress in with a skinny belt. I love that her tights match her hair :P




These belts from Chadwicks are just 19.99$. I personally love the blue one (:










Choosing a belt with a centre detail draws the attention right to the centre of your waist, creating the illusion of a teeny waist.

I love my big cardies because they easily fit over my puffy sleeves, and they are so freaking comfortable :D...but I was finding they were hiding my waist.

Not any more...

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lolifish: Dior Lace Poudrier Dentelle (and a long and rambling realisation)

This. Is. Gorgeous.


I love a light pink cheekbone, but so far I've been using pink eyeshadows, as regular blush brands haven't been light enough. This blush by Dior, however, is another story. Not that I have it myself, but I am informed that this adds a light pink hue to your high cheeks. On top of that, the delicate lace is so alluring...

At 40$, it's not cheap, but it's hardly going to break the bank. I can imagine feeling a heady rush of delight every time I would use it.


****

Make-up, unfortunately, is not high on my list of priorities. After buying all the things I genuinely need, my list of things to spend serious amounts of money on goes: shoes, clothes, books/dvds/stationery, fun stuff I don't need, bags, then make-up. So I very rarely spend more than 15$ on one item. My 'nice brand' make-up bits were things I stole from my mother gifts. I did buy a MAC Studio Finish Powder once which I loved, but it made me look even paler that I am (which is fairly ghostly). I blame this entirely on the dead-behind-the-eyes colour match man who sold it to me.

If I'm honest, I can bump shoes off of my list (SOB). I don't need any more; I have 20 pairs with me in Québec, not to mention the fairly sizeable collection I left in England.
I also have more than enough clothes. However, as I start dipping my toes into the lagoon of Lolita (and Hime Gyaru, Mori Gal and Dolly Style), I wouldn't begrudge myself a dress or two (or several).
I have a mountain of yet to read books clogging up my bookshelves at this very moment. I have waaaaay too much stationery to suit my needs. I could spend weeks watching dvds that I already own.
Fun stuff I don't need...it's all in the name.
Bags. I have plenty of cheap bags. I have some lovely clutches, a gorgeous Liz Claiborne bag (why, oh why did I leave that in England?!) and a whole bunch of 3$-or-less canvas totes, which I spent a good hour or so today fixing. I would LOVE this Vivienne Westwood bag, but I think my dad's head would explode.

Then there's make-up. The products I buy myself do an alright job. I almost get the effect I want, but what I lack is anything with staying power. The items that work best are the slightly more expensive ones that I didn't buy myself (Yves Saint Laurent, MAC Viva Glam, Urban Decay).

So I figure I'll start investing in good quality make-up.

Who knows? Maybe I'll even buy a certain Dior Lace blush.

Please excuse me whilst I powder my....cheekbones...

Monday, 22 March 2010

My Top Ten!

Following the hype around writing 'Top Tens', courtesy of Universal-Doll, I've decided to jump on this band wagon and do my own!
My first, non-inclusive one is blurry photos. Apparently I don't know how to take pictures in focus, so most of the following images are not particularly sharp. I find this gives them a mystical appeal. My mother finds this annoying.

Alice Bands

This is how happy they make me.
Pretty happy huh?

High Heels

Both pairs are from Kurt Geiger. Both pairs are presents from my mother.

Patriotism

Britain for the win!

Pearls

They're not real of course, but that comes under my 'That's Completely Irrelevant' list.

Big Glasses

Practical and totally cool in every way. Also cheap. Winny win winski (:

Ukulele

Me and the original Ukulele (thanks Grandad!). If you don't already play it, obviously there is something wrong with you.

Natural Yoghurt

And as if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared makes an orange into a dessert.

Ridiculously baggy clothes

The teeny part of me that is still a slob will always enjoy boyfriend jeans and oversized hoodies. I make no apologies.


No Pants Party

Not that kind of no pants party...I love the fact that I spend 99% of my time flouncing around in skirts and dresses. School, parties, cinema, cross country skiing - my ability to not wear pants trousers knows no boundaries.

Camera Whoring!

Vintage camera whoring circa Feb 2004. I do love to take a photo or two (or fifty) of myself - the weirder the better.

Ninth and Tenth Fans!

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.

Happy Cup Day has been around for just over a month and a half, and between school and my social life and choir and violin lessons and Wal Mart and sleeping and learning French, we have arrived at the 40th post, and we have a grand total of ten followers!

You'd be surprised by how happy I am about this. Seriously.

So I'd just like to say a massive THANK YOU for everyone who has signed up, for everyone who just reads casually, for everyone who has just arrived. I have a warm, fuzzy feeling somewhere near my belly when I think about how I'm not actually just blogging at myself. I couldn't do this without my Spoons (:

My ninth fan is a mysterious person called Tyler! I know absolutely nothing about this Tyler, but once I do, I'll let you know the details.
A warm Happy Cup Day welcome to Tyler!

My tenth fan is my wonderful, beautiful cousin Rachel! We are the two youngest lady cousins of the mighty Watkins family - may no man underestimate the Power of the Aunties (they're not to be messed with). She's one of the lovliest people you could hope to meet, and a fantastic dancer as well (not that I'm jealous...ok maybe a bit).
A warm Happy Cup Day welcome to Rachel!

2008 family wedding in the Czech republic. I'm going to get a super cool vintage photo and upload that too :P

Saturday, 20 March 2010

For my Spoons

Father, bless me for I have sinned, I did an original sin… I poked a badger with a spoon.

My beloved Spoons,

I have updated and fiddled and altered and rejiggered Happy Cup Day to make it more user friendly. I would like to thank Mr Earl Grey and Miss Shortbread for their help during this process, without whom I surely would have collapsed in a tired little heap.

You can now find me on a whole number of confusing social networking sites:

Happy Cup Day's Present.ly (I get the feeling I'm not meant to be here, but never mind...)

And of course you can always get in touch at happycupday@gmail.com

Read, comment, follow (:

Friday, 19 March 2010

Makeoverpalooza


We're undergoing some changes right now - apologies for the inconvenience!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Ramble Ramble Little One

In general those who nothing have to say contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.

I felt like having a bit of a ramble; what use is having a blog if you can't spontaneously decide to waffle on about nothing in particular?

The thing is, now I'm here I can't really think of anything I want to ramble about.

Recently I've been eating really conscientiously, and doing more exercise. I've noticed a change to my Canada-Bulk that has come about really quickly. Huzzah! I guess we can search endlessly for quick-fix remedies - only eating maple syrup, or just eating carbs on a Wednesday - but eating less and exercising more actually works. I eat lots of fibrous foods, many fruits and vegetables, and drink gallons of water (mostly in the form of tea!). I'm determined to keep it up. It's not about getting thin (I love love LOVE my curvaceousness), but I'd got to the point where my curves were blurry and undefined. I also couldn't walk up a couple of flights of stairs without my heart starting to thump.

So yeah!
I'm going to bed now.
I don't have school tomorrow - there's an activity day at the local ski centre but I'm not going. The conditions there are really not nice at all due to all the warm weather we've been having. It was 13C the other day - I was basking in the sheer glory of it.

I apologise for the waffling my loves...more actual posts coming tomorrow!

Monday, 15 March 2010

Eighth Fan!

I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery.

It has happened; Kezzle my Nezzle has signed up. With much thanks to our older brothers, Kerrie and I have been friends for almost seven years now. It will never cease to frustrate and amaze me that everyone thinks we're sisters. I miss eating a fair quantity of her lunch in the canteen whilst speaking 'German'. I miss putting her in a head-lock for no reason. I miss sticking Pink Lady stickers on her back. I don't miss the noises she makes whilst sleeping.

So a warm Happy Cup Day welcome to Kerrie!

I'm on the left...

Sunday, 14 March 2010

For the love of Prom

When, oh when, will I find a suitable prom dress?

Babelcute: Trench Coats


Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you've found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.

I have always loved trench coats. I wore one as uniform in my primary school and I adored it. For years now I've lusted after one of the gorgeous, iconic, nude Burberry trench coats.
Back with Spring (as always), trench coats are lightweight, and practical for the interchangeable weather. This year features trenches in adorable pastels; pinks, blues, even mints.

How I do it: Woe is me; I don't. There are so many beautiful trench coats out there, cheaper, cuter, probably more flattering, but I still yearn after the classic. One day I will stride into Burberry London, buy a trench coat, and flounce out with my head held high. I may not be able to afford food for several weeks afterwards, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

A better An actual way of doing it:






Gorgeous, Innocent Worldy goodness, in a practical setting.
Perfection!










Mary Magdalene comes up trumps with this subtle-sailor trench. The colour is dark for spring, but it makes a lovely evening coat.




This is very much THE step from winter to summer. It's light and airy; stay away from heavy knits and long skirts. I love this look with off-white gloves, delicate ankle boots and a light scarf for colder days, and over the knee socks, bare collarbone (oooh...naughty) and a statement hair piece for when the sun is smiling down upon you.

Just try not to screw it in a ball and throw it in your bag when it gets too hot...

Lolifish: Little Bo's Lucite Bangle

Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

Lucite bracelets and bangles are 'absolutely the newest thing you can own'. Most are edgy; rimmed with studs, or containing a heavy chain. However, this adorable one from Little Bo's Boutique will freshen up any outfit. And at only 10GBP, it's a steaaaal.


Mix in with charm bracelets and wear with a 3/4 sleeve cardie...you fashionista you...

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Babelcute: glitter polish

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy girl.

Not quite in the league of deco nails (but fun anyway), glitter polish is a big thing right now (yay!). For nail polish advice, check out my Easy Nails post! Nails stickers are big also; mini kids stickers work almost as well as nail stickers, but you get more variety. Layer them on and seal with a glitter top coat. To keep super on trend, go with a dark, matte purple or a hot neon as a base. Think texture.

How I do it: For my first attempt, I decided to go sweet and went for a light pinkish base (Sally Hansen, Lilac Creme), white flower stickers (Flirt, Wal Mart) and a glitter top coat (Sally Hansen). The pink was really, really thick. After waiting several years for my nails to dry, I applied the stickers. They were a bit fiddly, but really not too difficult at all. However, when I pushed the stickers down (lightly), the polish oozed out around the edges, forming a ridge. The glitter polish was amazing though. In it's defence, World's Thickest Polish didn't ever seem to chip, but after a week I was annoyed with the colour.

For my second attempt I used a dark blue, almost black polish (Kabaret - Nails Inc), yellow flowers and the same glitter coat. The stickers didn't form a ridge with the Nails Inc polish.
I am SO CHUFFED with the results.


A better way of doing it:


Feautured on the Grimoire blog, simple and sparkly!










You can get an effect similar to Katy Perry's super cute nails using stickers




For unadulterated deco nails, fellow blogger Violet LeBeaux sells false nail sets that she makes herself. Visit her Etsy Shop to get a set. And while you're at it, check out her blog, Tales of an Ingénue. It's is full of crafty advice, all writen in her unique, sugar-coated-yet-savy voice.


Add some sparkles to your hands!

Friday, 12 March 2010

No 'Poo? No thanks

Don't do as I do, do as I tell you.

I really should listen to my own advice. Despite having written an article about how to care for red hair (which you can find HERE), I continued to wash my hair with normal shampoo, everyday, with fairly hot water. Of course, the red disappeared really rather quickly.

In my defence, I had bulk bought normal shampoo and conditioner sometime in November, and I still had 1/4 left which I didn't want to waste.
Furthermore, my hair gets greasy really quickly. I've tried just not washing it everyday and it makes no difference. I've changed products, methods, styles and nothing has helped. The only time during my teenage years when I haven't had to wash it everyday was the glorious six months that I was on Roaccutane.
And hot showers? I guess I just like hot showers...

I stumbled across an article explaining how replacing shampoo with baking soda is not only cheap, but also protects colour and prevents needing to wash hair everyday. Perfect!
I decided to give it a one week trial. Shampoo is apparently full of detergents, chemicals and all sorts of other nasty things. I felt rather eco-chic abandoning it.

On the first day, I washed my hair with baking soda using no conditioner (or conditioner replacements!). My hair was dull, difficult to comb and really dry. By the same time the next day it needed washing again. I had read that if you need to, using a small amount of olive oil works well as a conditioner replacement. So I combed some through the very tips and washed it out. This turned out to be a BIG MISTAKE. After I had dried it, it looked as though I had recently dipped my head in a chip vat. Luckily that evening I was only going to Alexe's house (to do nails - post coming next!)

"I'm sorry about the state of my hair Alexe."
"It's ok, mine's wet too,"
"....mine's not wet."
She looked at me with a face that said 'you're a fool; your hair is wet.'. Then it dawned on her with an expression that flicked from confusion, to disgust, and back to confusion. I explained, which she found rather funny.

It took raaaather a lot of real shampoo the next morning to resolve this mess.

After this fiasco I decided to scrap the No 'Poo Plan. I probably did something very wrong; missed out a vital step or ingredient. There are many people who love this. Victoria Suzanne of Lolita Charm raves about it (check out the bottom of On My Vanity where she talks about it). I would recommend that you give it a go, seeing as there's not much no harm trying. When I have gotten over the trauma of my experience, maybe I'll give it another whack.

In the meantime, I'll be sticking to my detergent filled, chemical ridden, colour protect shampoo which keeps my hair, you know, clean...

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Babelcute: braids


It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.

Not needing much of a translation, as we already appreciated the power of the braid, but the fashion world appears to have caught up recently. Glamour March 2010 (USA edition) featured four different ways to braid - check out their article here for how to braid on trend.
"March is all about milkmaid braids and princess plaits."

How I do it: I experimented with a low, loose, side braid. I lightly teased the bottom mass of my hair to give my braid a teeny bit of volume. To keep it loose, I just used a hairband at the bottom and let the top relax. This caused some of the layers from the other side of my head to fall out, which looked pretty cute. I concealed the hairband with two bow hairclips. To prevent all of my hair from falling out at the back, I "discreetly" used some bobby pins. Not enough, apparently; by the end of the night a fair chunk of my hair had fallen out. But that's my failure.







A better way of doing it: Ok. These are all the Spring 2010 braids from Miu Miu and Alexandra Wang. Need I say more?

My hair skills are generally poor. I took the simplest route with the look and was happy with the results. It took no time at all, looked pretty and went down well with all my friends.

Win, win, win!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Babelcute: Dancer chic #1 - Leotards


If ballet were easy, they'd call it football.

Instead of a cutesew, why not go for a body suit? It has a cute, off-duty ballerina feel to it; I also think it would be ADORABLE with bloomers and a thick-knit cardie for hanging around the house. This body suit (right!) is from the Spring 2010 Dolce and Gabbana Ready to Wear collection. I really love this; the centre panel has a floral feel that reminds me of the kitch faux-Victoriana motifs that can be found in my house in England, whilst the outside panels have a Rockabilly feel. This example is not particularly Lolita, but beautiful none-the-less.

How I do it: As much as I love the D&G body suit, the $1385 price tag leaves me reeling. I have a plain black lycra leotard, that cost me less than $20 and that I genuinely used to wear to ballet class. Usually I wear this with my Lipsy black lace and pink net skirt (thanks Joe), the black cardie I changed the buttons on with my hair in a loose, low bun. Then I flounce about for the day speaking French and feeling very cultured. Take that society!

A better way of doing it:



For some neon bright, Fairy Kei-on-speed direction leotards, definitely check out Leotard World...I particularly enjoy the hilarity factor of this one :P










The criss-cross back prevents this black leotard from being too dull, and hits right on trend with cut out details.







Long sleeved, lacy bodysuits look really cute under dresses, and make a nice change from blouses. This one (right) from American Apparel is perfect, and only 45$.






Jump on the one shouldered trend with this one shouldered body suit from Miss Selfridge for around 30$ (left). The cotton material rather than lycra prevents it from being an 80s reject item.






We Love Colors has some excellent leotards in their dancewear section. This leotard has a ballet madame feel to it with a roll neck and long sleeves. If you don't like green don't worry; it comes in 51 colours!





If your bodysuit is plain, think about sewing some small beads in a star burst on one side. Sewing sequins along each edge, however, is too faux Busby Burkley for this exercise.

There really are some gorgeous, floral leotards out there if you look hard enough, but I got distracted by the metalic, glittery, neon affairs :P

So go dancer chic!

Leave the legwarmers out of it though; this is unfortunately not a Fame revival.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Seventh Fan!

Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.

Seriously, I could not be happier with the way things are going. I'm doing more welcome posts than regular posts!
And with that, hello to our newest follower Natacha! Natacha is a good friend of mine here in Québec, a no-nonsense, don't mess with me friend. She's fiesty.

So without further ado, a warm Happy Cup Day welcome to Natacha!


Fierce ladies :D

Sixth fan!

The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.

Six lovely people. How lucky we are!
Number six is my old friend Bridget. We go waaaay too far back, on a journey that took us past Indian men looking for ice cream, through GCSEs and all her annoyingly good grades that came with our dramas, to a mutual appreciation of quoting and passing time with French people.

So a warm Happy Cup Day welcome to Bridget! (Ultimate vintage photo...!)

Bridget is starting a Postsecret inspired project at our school (which I finished in 2008, and she will finish in 2010). Despite perhaps not actually ever having gone to Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, you can support this excellent endeavour by joining their group on Facebook AND the related blog, Life is calling - how far will you go?

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Babelcute: Alice in Wonderland



Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Having appreciated 'Alice in Wonderland' for a fair amount of time, the Lolita world was already way ahead when the impending release of Tim Burton's Alice sparked a torrent of wonderland inspired fashions. Not including the general forray into frilly dresses - which seems to come about every Spring - Alice appears to have been generally limited to accessories, which doesn't include her infamous headband.

What I am particularly enjoying is the non-limitation to just Alice; many of the characters are getting a look in.

How I do it: However much ignored by the fashion community, I still love Alice bands; they generally form a part of my everyday wear anyway. In hommage to the Red Queen, I'm wearing red rose studs in my ears.

A better way of doing it: Alice - she wears her hair in loose curls. Embrace your own natural
curls by drying your hair to 80%, then winding it into a bun at the base of your head.
Red Queen - heart shaped paraphernalia! This pair of heart sunglasses are from fredflare.com
White Queen - standing out from her whiteness, her big eyebrows are making a big statement. Organise an indian eyebrow threading appointment and you're good to go.
Mad Hatter - hats, hats, more hats. Visit stephenjonesmillinery.com and be amazed.
White Rabbit - stopwatch! This Audrey Hepburn stopwatch from fredflare.com may be a little off topic, but it is loveerllyy.






Spend or splurge! Some of my favourite frilly ensembles are from Stella McCartney (dress - left) and Miu Miu (skirt - right).







However, If your budget doesn't stretch thaaat far, this dress (left) for only 110$, and this skirt (right) for only 80$, both from Topshop, do the trick!





I saw the new film this evening with Quentin, Mathilde and Jean Pierre (my host brother, sister 3 and father). I really enjoyed it. I liked that it built on the Alice in Wonderland we already know. I didn't like the fact that it was soooo CGI. Of course it had to be, to work with the style, but I was so aware of it that I found it difficult to really believe what I was watching...which kind of ruins the point.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Babelcute: Jumpsuits

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

The fashion world has been walking the love and hate line of jumpsuits for a while now. They've gone from parachute inspired, through to Catwoman-esque, changing their minds about what is or is not 'acceptable'. Since Joy Bryant (right) and Demi Lovato (I think it's her...left!) made it from the 'not' list to the 'hot' list in their overalls, the jumpsuit idea has got my attention.
Some Lolitas may be shaking their heads and searching for the exit button right now, but bear with me on this one.





For serious casual wear, I love this. Think girls with bunchies. Think playsuit. Think patches, textures, colours.

Overalls appeal to me on a practical level. Spring is a time for playing games in the park; do you really want grass stains all over your new AP JSK? (No, I didn't think so). We see certain celebrities bumming out in their tracksuits from time to time; they're quick, easy and comfortable for popping to the shops. Overalls are just as quick, easy and comfortable, and goodness me they are super cute!


How I do it: I have a denim pair that I picked up from a vintage store on Brick Lane. They were designed for someone a lot shorter than me (and I'm hardly amazonian at 5'4"); perhaps the original clinetelle was a rather wide ten year old. Due to this, the flap doesn't go up without me hunching over like Gollum. So when I do wear them, flap down, I look a bit like a gangster style, 90s reject. I'd like to personalise them too, but haven't got a good idea of where to start. Any ideas to resolve these problems are more than welcome.


A better way of doing it:




Lily Allen proves that overalls are just as throw-them-on-easy as tracksuits. And there's no velour in sight.









The bow tie is adorable, and smartens up these overalls in a muddled yet super cute way. Has an Ōji feeling to it (Tokyo Fashion).









Angelic Pretty has a set. Really...need I give you any more reasons?







Work in a cutesew, pigtails and super cute, April showers appropriate wellies and you're set.

Surely the dog needs walking again? This outfit is too cute to just be showcased once...