truelove: A woman in high heels on a chimney (fashion)
I have been experimenting with makeup, lately. It's been -- interesting, definitely. For a variety of reasons, I don't care for subtle. I want it to be *obvious* that I am wearing makeup, that I have chosen to paint my face. I'm not super keen on conforming to the standard forms of femininity, so my lipstick by preference so far has been black and green.

But I picked up a couple shades of red that are -- well, they're pretty damn bold. One's called This Corrosion, it pretty well IS the colour of rust. The other's Undead Red, which is a dark plum that's almost brown. But they are in the red palette so I can get away with them at work.

The thing that's interesting about that is, my work manual says makeup must be subtle. Subtle? Subtle this is not. And most of the women who work here who wear makeup don't wear particularly subtle makeup.

"Subtle" here actually means close to the established norms of femme makeup. How close? Who knows. I mean, black lipstick would be too far of course. But a painfully obviously unnatural shade of something-vaaaguely-red is A-OK, so basically what the fuck. Beauty standards are completely bizarre.

(The other thing that was disconcerting as fuck was being completely thrown by a compliment on my lipstick. I -- was really deeply uncomfortable with the implication of praise on buckling down and conforming to feminine beauty standards. I, uh. I have some dysphoria on that score, sometimes.)
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titanium eyelets
silver eyelets

I want the former so I can adapt my old 18-20g wire dangling earrings without changing their hardware. I'm not sure if the latter is going to have a large enough opening for that in 8g, and I don't plan to size up past 8g. But they're pretty and would be nice to wear in and of themselves, so I want them too...

Oh, to be rich enough to buy all the accessories I want. Earrings and shoes, I would have so many.
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Can anyone tell me what the name of this kind of earring hardware is?

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shinies

Jan. 10th, 2013 09:03 pm
truelove: A woman in high heels on a chimney (fashion)
silver eyelets
silver spiral and quartz leaf

waaaaaaaants.

cannot aford, but omg I wants.

maybe next paycheck for the eyelets. pretty sure I can adapt my old 18g and 20g hanging earrings with a nice pair of eyelets. ...the leaves will probably not be happening. it's a fair price, but i can't justify the money. >_>;

(oh look, my capitals have disappeared. fear not, they will return at some point!)
truelove: A woman in high heels on a chimney (fashion)
Oh, "boyfriend jeans," let me count the ways in which I have a problem with you:

They're normal jeans that have been cuffed. Why are they not just cuffed jeans? Going from there, we identify the assumption that particular styles of clothing are only bought/worn by men. Which... is demonstrably not true! But this therefore requires that she have borrowed the clothing from a man in her life!

So we then get the assumption that the male she borrowed it from is her significant other which, oh, itself brings the twin assumptions she has an SO in the first place and that that SO is male.

And pretty much none of these are founded assumptions. At all. But they are awfully sexist and heteronormative!

Also? Back to my first point: they're fucking cuffed jeans. They are not special or new or some innovation that requires a new terminology.

*twirls*

Oct. 28th, 2009 08:26 pm
truelove: A woman in high heels on a chimney (fashion)
New icon! It is cute and fashionable and witchy. LIKE ME. *grin*
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My mother gave me $200 to get new bras because, uh, most of mine were disintegrating. (Sadly that is not an exaggeration.)

So my order from bravissimo came today. One of my bras is back-ordered, they'll send it when more stock comes in, okay. The other two fit me! My new sports bra is cute and colourful and maybe not quite as immobilising as my old Goddess bras when they were new, but much, much more so than the beat-to-hell two-years-plus Goddess bras. It fits properly, and all. And the lace black underwire fits very nicely, too.

The strappy top that I ordered in the same size (34H, for those who are curious, and no I'm not actually quite that large as yet, apparently UK sizing is just that bizarre) as the two bras that fit me perfectly? It is at least two cup-sizes two large. I am not even exaggerating when I say that there was an inch of cup flattening down against my chest.

Seriously, just, what. Is it really so much to ask for some faint attempts at consistency? I'm not asking for everything to fit exactly the same. I'd just like not to have TWO CUP-SIZES worth of variation in the same size. This isn't a wacky UK sizing vs. US sizing thing, either, because these are all sized a 34H in UK sizing.

The truly depressing thing is, I'm counting 2 for 3 out of this order fitting to be a total success in ordering mail-order. Something fit, at all! Yaaaay!

Auuugh, can I have a clothing industry that isn't stacked against me at all turns, please.

(So unsurprisingly, yeah, I'm really terrified of having to shop for nursing bras when the time comes. Thank god that's not for at least another year or so.)
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More window-shopping records here.

This time, dresses from several sites: )

Some of these I'll find similar patterns for, buy fabric, and have [personal profile] elfling make for me. Some I'll buy when I have money and have her alter should they need it.

Fear not! This journal will not just be clothes and what have you. At some point I will actually talk about my Women and Film class. (Short story: I LOVE MY TEACHER. Shelley Rodrigo, you guys, and she teaches ENG102, too. I AM SO THERE, COME SPRING. Considering how hard I have failed, to date, to get through that class? And considering how awesome she is? YOU GUYS, SHE HAS A TWITTER. And apparently her office is a paean to the WOMEN OF SCIENCE FICTION. MY CAPSLOCK, LET ME SHOW YOU IT.)

Hm. Clearly I should upload an icon for clothes/fashion, though. Since while I love my dear, deceased Tiggy, he is not very fashiony and it would be good to have the visual marker. Will have to figure out to use for that, though. Maybe some high heels. *digs around the icon communities!*
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I'm poking around over at Sock Dreams. This is a list of stuff that caught my eye, for future reference.

Leggings: )

Thigh-highs: )

Over-the-knees: )

Knee-highs: )

Sigh! Window-shopping isn't nearly as much fun when you actually need stuff but have no money.
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While I'm not in a position to make any major expenditures at this point in time, I am currently looking at what it would take to overhaul my wardrobe to a pantsless state. This post is totally inspirational and, well. Pants and my figure really don't get along. I have wide hips, a high and very short waist, and no ass. Nobody cuts pants to fit me properly.

Plus, I really like wearing skirts. Part of this is that most of my pants have died terrible deaths and haven't been arsed to go replace them, but I find myself drawn to skirts by preference. I do plan to buy a pair or two of comfy jeans to have around; I'm sure there will be days I just want to slouch around in jeans. But I think explicitly going pantsless on the whole would make me like my wardrobe a lot better.

So, I am looking at skirts and leggings and dresses! Got any suggestions for your favourite places to find those? Online and off! Admittedly, phoenix metro would be good to stick to for offline suggestions. *g*

The looks I am kind of going for are going to be punk professional on the dressy end and geeky business casual with a punk edge for the casual end. Definitely planning to layer a lot, using tissue tees under fitted tees, so I can be warm in the winter. (Shut up, non-locals! Seriously. I do not want to hear it; I get cold during the winter here, and you can just shut up. )

I'm planning to hit up My Sister's Closet/Attic and other thrift stores, as well as shopping online for things. I really, really hate full-length tights, so I'm interested in thigh-high tights and knee-high socks both. Thicker leggings, too, definitely. And *dresses*.

Anyway! We'll see how this goes. I'm going to have to dig through my closet and weed things out; stuff I'm not wearing anyway needs to go. And it's something I can work on right now.

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