Sunday, 31 August 2014

crazy for you baby

The summer holidays are drawing to a close but I am feeling more tired than ever. My laptop is broken at the moment so I apologise for the gap between this post and the last one. I could have put money towards a new laptop, but then I went on the American Apparel website. At least I can be well dressed, even if I have no internet/am cut off from the rest of the world.
I have not had a chance to take any more outfit photos because we're having our decking removed (RIP in peace decking) so the men working on that are in the garden where I usually take photos. Here are some photos that I have taken in the past few weeks to sum up summer and its ending.

My window from the front of the house which my mum's friends keep commenting on and the window frame painters probably had a good look at the other morning.
I decorated my sociology folder with feminist slogans, the riot grrrl manifesto, SlutWalk photos, a photo of Callie, Avalon and I at JAWs in January, Agyness Deyn, Freja and her gf, Taylor Swift, Courtney Love, Tavi and Lorde's sleepover, Kathleen Hanna, Laverne Cox and Rookie Yearbook 1. 
I took this photo right after my friend and I were followed by a field by a naked man masturbating who then stopped to talk to us, and just before the police arrived to look for him with us. It was really horrible and I haven't written about it on here yet. They still haven't found the man.
I decorated the centre of my wall with minimalist and pastel images because that is how I want to start dressing. I really like that sort of clean aesthetic.
On Friday I saw The Smyths (AND BOOKED MORRISSEY TICKETS ASYAVDWSHFUEFH) and now my Smiths obsession is back at full pelt. To celebrate I dedicated my shrine entirely to my favourite band once more.
Speaking of obsessions...Kate Bush. Has taken over my life. I went to a boot fair this morning and bought her biography.
Some records I've bought/received/acquired over the summer.
Dreamcatcher and lyrics to "Moving."
We went on a hellish coastal walk in Dorset, but there were some pretty sheep and the cows looked like massive dogs from a distance.

Monday, 25 August 2014

doll parts

I really feel like summer is coming to a close. However, it is still warm enough to wear my tennis skirt without tights underneath so all is not lost. How has everyone's summers been? Have you been on holiday? Has the weather been nice? How many TV series have you managed to make your way through? (Mine is a pathetically minuscule 1 because my laptop is on it's way to the grave and is aggravatingly slow.) Has anyone got a tan? Tell me all about it in the comments. Today I decided to wear every long necklace that I own which meant that everyone could hear when I was approaching which made me feel like a fictional character or something. I was aiming to look like a 7 year old; an aim that my mum unknowingly noted that I had achieved. I always want to dress like a little girl when I wear my Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon sweatshirt because of the cute little girls (style icons in their own right, I assure you) printed on it. I am also wearing a DIY'd flower headband and American Apparel tennis skirt. Yes. I gave in to the generic-ness of the AA tennis skirt, but it was my birthday and I think that it is very flattering, well-made and versatile, so its popularity among teen girls of t'internet is entirely justified.

I stole some flowers from the vase in the kitchen to take photos with, but ended up waving them around the room to The Smiths' "Cemetery Gates." Whenever I'm holding flowers I suddenly decide I'm Morrissey. It's uncontrollable, I swear. *shifts nervously*

The above pose was inspired by Jarvis Cocker. I watched Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets last week. Has anyone else watched it? It was different to how I expected it to be but wonderful nonetheless. There's this really cool guy who is interviewed wearing a leopard print coat and lipstick. He tells a story of how he went to London and got mugged and when he returned to Sheffield (his hometown) he really wasn't himself, so a friend took him to the pub and told the landlord that his friend had just got back from London and he wasn't feeling himself, so the landlord put on a Pulp CD and the leopard print coat man sat in the pub all afternoon listening to Pulp and then he felt better. It's full of cute lil anecdotes like that one and I have really admitted how much indie band frontmen influence me in this post.
On the night before I went to Dorset for a week, Antonio came round to help me finish Issue 5 of Pretty Zine. He stayed until gone midnight because my scanner decided to stop working. However, we managed to get it done and it was kind of fun working into the night and we felt a bit like Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe or something. Anyway, it is now available on Etsy. I'm really proud of this issue. It explores a wide range of topics surrounding the themes of beauty, obsession and (obviously) drama. I've put mine on the windowsill in my room that represents "newness."
It would be really great if you could order a copy of Pretty. I guarantee that it will improve your life greatly. Or maybe just a little. Well, it should be fun to read at times. AND THERE'S A QUIZ. You should be sold by now. Click the links below ~~~
Two of my friends are getting more piercings on Tuesday and when I met Flower from Bobbly Rainbow Socks when I was in Dorset last week we talked about piercings and tattoos. I'm not particularly enthusiastic about getting any more piercings (I only have one in each earlobe), but I would like to get a tattoo when I turn 18 next year. I have wanted a sunflower tattoo for sometime because of Allen Ginsberg's "Sunflower Sutra" poem (if you haven't read it then I thoroughly recommend that you do: it's in its entirety here.) I was bored today so I drew a sunflower in my hand (I couldn't find a black pen.)
Journals. Antonio and I were talking about what we've achieved/experienced this year so I looked through some old journals to remind myself that sometimes (just sometimes) I do move. I also looked through them all to scan the embarrassing number of pages I have dedicated to The Smiths so that I could submit them all to Shoplifters Mag.

 Bedroom bits and bobs.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

sssummertime sadnesssssss

I still can't wait for Autumn so I can wear oversized coats and lots of layers, but in Autumn you can't hang out by the pool or in sun drenched parks. In Autumn you can't wear the gorgeous clothes and beachwear in the editorials below without covering them up with an aforementioned oversized coat.

My parents got me August 1997 issue of British Vogue for my birthday this year because I was born in August 1997. The "She's Electric" shoot is my favourite because it is fun and young and reminds me of Petra Collins' photography.

This photograph in particular reminds me of Petra's work; specifically the photograph also featuring a lilo below.

By Petra Collins for i-D.

I adore this shoot. I had forgotten about it until I flicked through the issue just now, but it seemed so familiar to me once I rediscovered it so I must have studied it a lot when I first bought the magazine.

This photograph reminds me of Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend. If you see me dressed similarly and sitting in a field, do not approach me because I am busy hanging out with my imaginary boyfriend

Fortunately, I do not need to mourn summer just yet, even though the weather has suddenly got a lot more autumnal. I am going to Portugal for 10 days in October so I can buy some clothes and bikinis in the summer sales to take with me.

images from either British Vogue or i-D

Saturday, 23 August 2014

i could be a genius if i just put my mind to it

This is one of my favourite outfits that I have worn in a long time. I'm wearing nearly every item of monochrome I own, which includes a total of 3 skirts. I've wanted a fishtail skirt since Prada's Sping/Summer 2011 collection of fishtail skirts. This morning I realised that I could make my own by manipulating the miracle that is LAYERING.

This is the most creative outfit I've worn in a while. I'm starting to come up with new outfit ideas for school next year because I plan to go full out 12 year old me weirdness in order to piss everyone off because it's my last year so, why not? sunglasses, Forever 21 top, DIY'd ribbon belt, New Look rose print skirt, River Island geometric print skirt, thrifted pleated skirt, gifted socks and boots.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

you said you felt more like a boy

Bleeding Knees Club's "Virginity" EP has sort of become the soundtrack to my summer. The band capture the essence of teen so well in all of their songs in a cheesy-pop-music-let's-have-fun-we're-young kind of way. The music video for "Teenage Girls" is great in the way that each scene is shown for just a couple of seconds then we're shown another teenage girl doing things that teenage girls do, like writing in journals and painting nails. The video has a kind of Petra Collins/Rookie/Palo Alto vibe that generally comes down to a sort of caricature of adolescence; seen in the scenes of bubblegum and smoking. I think that Bleeding Knees Club would be a really fun band to hang out with in the living room, getting drunk and playing music hmu guys.

"Have Fun" has more of an Urban Outfitters/On The Road kind of vibe. I imagine that this is exactly how summer is every year when you die and go to heaven. Everything about it is so dreamily perfect. I also love the maxi skirt and top combo.