Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blessed Yule to All that Celebrate!

I want to send warmest, heart filled blessings to all those that celebrate Yule / Winter Solstice.  May you and your family enjoy this wonderful time of the year.  Since I come from mostly Roman Catholic family, we celebrate Christmas every year as a family tradition, but I myself also celebrate Yule.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Tree

Past weekend my family and I went out to get our holiday tree.  Every year we go to the local tree farm and walk around until we find the right one.  Well, actually to be honest, we walk until I find the tree that speaks to me, lol.  My kids and husband usually make fun of me and know that the trip might be a long one and that they will probably find ten other trees they like before I pick the one that connects with me. This year was no different.

We set out in the early afternoon hours last Saturday.  It was the coldest day of the week so we had to layer up. I chose to wear my super warm and comfortable winter boots which are in no way gothy but kept my feet warm and I had no problems climbing over fallen trees, up small hills etc.  My husband bought these boots for me few years back as part of my snowmobiling outfit.  They are designed to keep feet warm even at -40 Celsius.  I've been thinking lately to look for something to decorate these boots and disguise their rather sporty look.  Some black furry boot covers of sorts maybe?

The tree looks very short and fat but it's an illusion because this is a big truck.  By the time the tree was in its stand with the star on the top it was almost at the ceiling.  We actually had to cut the bottom a bit.

I refused to participate in the usual holiday decor shopping mania this year and instead decided we needed more  hand made, natural decorations.  Earlier this fall my little girl and I went out and gathered some nice pine cones in thought of painting them and hanging them on the tree.

We also hanged some apples, cinnamon sticks, candy canes and with some plain bulbs and craft supplies we made some funny creatures for the tree.


Cinnamon sticks tied with festive ribbon

My daughter's pine cone hanging on the tree

I don't know what he is but he is adorable! :D

The family tree in it's full glory.  My little girl already put some presents under. :)
While we were out looking for a family tree, my little girl picked up a little wee tree to put up in her room.  It's still in the ground and in the spring we plan to plant it in our garden.

My little girl's tree.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Pretty Things and a New Found Love for Pink

As I was holiday shopping today, few pretty things happened to fall into my hands.  I'm usually good at avoiding unplanned purchases but today I had to cave in.  It all started with a pink lip liner.

I decided to try on a pink lip liner at Sephora and was surprised that it looked good.  I don't remember pink being flattering on me before, but that's probably because the last time I tried it on my hair was blonde.  With the dark hair, it looks rather interesting. 

The culprit that started it all: Sephora's Funky Fuchsia Lip Liner.  After that I had to see if I can find lipstick to match.

You guess it.  I found it.  Sephora Lip Attitude - Glamour, Poetic Pink.  Now if I could only find a perfect shade of pink for my nails.

 Bingo!  Arm Candy by O.P.I. for Sephora.  That will go great with my lips.

And just for fun and because I actually lost my last compact mirror, I pick out this one since it was on sale.  It's a pretty cool mirror, heavy, with this big purple jewel on the top and it opens like a pocket watch.  

Couple of extra purchases at Sephora which I don't have pictures of included a new blush and concealer.

Not far from Sephora I stumbled upon Forever 21 store where I found this interesting garment.  It's a lace, see through skirt, which can be worn over another skirt for added lace effect.  I had to have it. 

At Claire's I found these adorable skull earrings with white, pink or black bow depending on what your heart desire for the day.  This was another must have and fortunately for my wallet it was the last one of the day. 

And how did my holiday shopping went you might ask?  Very well actually.  Despite getting side tracked on make up, clothes and jewellery I managed to complete all that I planned for the day. :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Purchase: First Real Corset

Yes, I am a real corset virgin, never owned one, never tried one on before yesterday.  I've looked at them online many times but I never actually took a  plunge and ordered one.  I bought a corset like top from Hot Topic before Halloween if you remember but that was not the real deal as no lacing was involved and the corset was zipped up in the back.  As I was preparing my outfits for holidays this year I thought it would be awesome to be able to include a real corset.  I wanted a plain black for starters to go with everything in my warderobe.  I found one in my local goth vintage shop yesterday.

 This first pic is me having fun with the laces last night.  I've wanted to do that for so long!! :D I honestly thing every woman should try on a corset even if only once.... It's such an experience!

The second and third pics are what I'm wearing today:
Black and white lace top from Suzy Sheers
Black bolero from my local vintage shop
Black skirt with rose print from my local local vintage shop
My new Demonia Trump shoes from Sinister Soles
Living Dead Souls corset from my local goth vintage shop.

As you can see there is still a wide gap in the back.   With time and considering I still have 5-10 lbs to lose, this gap is going to get smaller but with a nice top underneath it looks rather beautiful.

Now that I have a corset for my holiday outfit, I can start searching for more.  Different styles and colors, under bust and over bust. I definitely need under bust corset next.  I'm interested in hearing your opinions of online corset stores.  Which one would you recommend?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Polka Dot Nails

I've wanted to have polka dot nails for a while now but didn't know exactly how could I pull it off.  I've tried using several different tiny brushes that I own but the results were never what I wanted.  Couple of weeks ago I noticed a Sally Hansen product in Walmart and I almost jumped for joy.  The nail art pen! It comes in several different colors and you can paint whatever your heart's desire on your nails.

 I decided to give it a try and so far I love it!  I bought two different colors: black and red.  For my first time I decided to do red polka dots on black OPI nail polish.  The look is quite dramatic as you can see.  

I really love the look of lime green with black and sadly I don't have any green in my wardrobe or cosmetics to do that.  I decided to start with nail polish and go on a hunt for that perfect shade of green that I envisioned.  To my surprise it wasn't that easy.  I guess Halloween is over and not all the stores carry bright lime green nail polish.  Walmart and Sally Hansen came to my rescue yet again although I'm not particularly thrilled with this green nail polish because the brush is unnecessarily big.  Somehow I managed to put it on rather neatly and with black polka dots the nails look fun and exactly what I wanted. 

When my daughter saw what I was doing with my nails she asked I do the same for her.  What's better than mother and daughter with matching nails?

There you go.. Funky polka dot nails for the nail art lover in you. :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

My first Demonia shoes: Meet the Trumps

They finally arrived.  I ordered these shoes a while ago and last week they finally arrived.  There was a little hiccup in the order which resulted in my shipment being delayed but I'm glad they're here now.  Since I'm due for another outfit post I decided combine and show off my outfit and the shoes all in one. :)

First I have to say that the box they arrived in is absolutely gorgeous!  I could not ask for a better looking box.  My daughter right away asked if I would give it to her so she can store her various treasures in it. :D How could I have said no ?  If she didn't keep it I probably would.. he he.

Now that we have the box out of the way it's time for the shoes. These are Demonia Trump 101.  They are 2.5 inch heel on 1 inch platform.  I got them from Sinister Soles.  Let me tell you.  These are serious shoes.  They are NOT super high heel like many Demonia shoes feature, just because I'm 6 feet tall and don't like to wear anything over 3.5 inches.  They are serious shoes however.  They are big, chunky, hard and heavy and when I put them on I feel like I'm wearing hoofs.  No kidding, I love them, they are everything I love in a shoe.  The only negative thing I have to say is that initially they were very uncomfortable to wear without insoles.  Once I got the insoles, they are wonderful and after a week of use they are totally worn in.

The toe portion of the shoe is not round or square or pointy like most shoes.  It has a slight triangular shape which you can see in the pictures.  It looks unique and funky.  The buckles are a little pain to do every time you put the shoe on but it's totally worth it considering how good they look.

Gosh.. my face looks rough here.. but it's been a rough couple of weeks. :o  What I'm wearing here is my black La Chateau mini skirt, black sleeveless top from Zellers and a black lacy shrug I picked up at our local vintage store last week.  It has a button in the front but I like to keep it open, it feels more comfortable this way. On my legs I have black opaque tights from The Shoe Company and then of course the Trumps. :)