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Not a typical ‘fancy’ outfit but fancy includes frills and those extras can dress up any outfit, add that to whether you feel dressed up, do it on a Friday and voila ‘Fancy Friday’ 🙂 Unfortunately none of the photos came out well today, it was such a mission and annoying trying to pretend there was enough natural light but the camera was having none of it and demoted my outfit from quirky to frumpy and me from bright and cute to blah. Nevertheless I still feel dolled up (ahem) and expressing my own um ‘unique’ style so even though the individual pieces are casual I think altogether they qualify as fancy 🙂
I needed to liven myself up a bit today and I wasn’t feeling the bright/bold clothing angle so when I looked at my face I thought ‘why the hell not?’ And went wild with it, metallic fantastic. Not quite Ziggy Stardust or Gary Numan, the glam & shock scenes never appealed to me much so my makeup ended up more like something from the 90’s when people had reined in their craziness but were still nostalgically hanging on to random themes like colour blocking and florescent accessories, puffer/quilted fabrics and oversized items. So in an ode to weird thrown together fashions as illustrated in shows like Clarissa Explains It All, I enhanced my already retro getup with makeup I would not normally wear in such a clashing bright and angular combination. I’m pretty happy with it, it’s worked in uplifting my mood and made me feel abit more alive. (Thankfully I’m used to strangers mocking me 😉 )
I’ve been wanting to try those lip stickers with awesome prints on them, you know the ones that come in a one size fits all mouth sticker and you cut them to your own lip shapes? I don’t have any but there’s a few I’ve had my eye on, talk about funky – and imagine if I was in to nail art. I cut them recently but they’re long most of the time since they grow quickly and somehow mostly withstand whatever I’m doing. I don’t think I’d have the patience for nail art and like my nails the way they are but there’s a lot of exquisite work out there. Perhaps with my advancing age I’d benefit from decorating my nails… Actually, no. I make almost all my meals from scratch I don’t want the art supplies going into the food :-S (my lipstick never needs re-applying after eating/drinking despite not wearing lipstay products so I’m ok on that point).
The pants/trousers and the skirt together, why? They’re one item 🙂 attached and yes I bought them that way 😛 When I was in secondary school (middle school) all the girls were wearing three types of trousers; 1) denim stretch skinnies in bright single colours, 2) satin straight leg trousers with a slight stretch or 3) leggings or trousers with with short skirts attached as overlay (combats/cargo and sweat pants came later). I wore school uniform but there were occasions when I wore my own clothes, mostly hand me downs but sometimes I bought new ones myself since teens have to be allowed to do a little shopping together right? So I bought these probably when I was about 13-14 (remember a lot of young people buy everything oversized as a continuance of their parents buying them clothes to grow into as well as out of insecurity). That said I was curvier and more muscular until approx 25 years old. Anyway, by the time I went to college the fashion had died out but the style was kept up by many Asian girls since trousers like these were more modest i.e. had more coverage (when it comes to modesty, coverage is more important than flamboyance in many places). They’re also similar to some traditional Asian pants – though those utilize both long and short skirts/draping – so perhaps that was an added comfort factor on top of hiding lumps and bumps.
I bought the jumper 5-6 years ago from a thrift store for a couple of quid and though it hasn’t photographed well it’s actually quite flattering. The off shoulder, slouch style is held in a complimentary shape by a fitted waist and cuffs. I layered it over a small mesh top that I purloined from Mother dearest, so it may be older than I am yet its lasted wash after wash without shrinking or stretching beyond its rebound point and I wear it frequently.
Mum compared the outfit to something weird though I can’t remember what it was, but she liked the makeup 😀 Maybe next time I’ll go for a more Sweet Valley High look or the juxtaposition that was Clueless.
The translucent loose powder foundation which can be found in many mineral sets, kajal (no lead sulphide), two lipsticks blended from Beauty Without Cruelty, Pink and Gold dazzle dust from Barry M.
Viva la Vendredi!
Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday
Vanessa at Nessbow
Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue
Nicole at High Latitude Style
Welcome to our newest Fancy Friday member! Shaaz at MizShaazStyle
Leah at MorningInk
Thank you ladies for helping to make an uplifting Friday and sharing in the theme!