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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday – Funky Retro

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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 outfit:

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.

Makeup:

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.

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Funky Retro Quirky Black Silver Stripes Slouch Off Shoulder Sweater Jumper Trousers Pants Skirt Pink Gold Makeup Eyeshadow Cheeks Lipstick Kajal Kohl Eyeliner

Viva la Vendredi!

Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday

Vanessa at Nessbow

In the heat and humidity surrounding Vanessa she found a way to be practical yet look effortlessly and breezily smart casual, with the awesome hairstyle, floral print and accessories working together fulfilling the 'fancy' banner :-)

In the heat and humidity surrounding Vanessa she found a way to be practical yet look effortlessly and breezily smart casual, with the awesome hairstyle, floral print and accessories working together fulfilling the ‘fancy’ banner 🙂

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Wow, can you say sight for sore eyes? Hello Buttercup! I love this outfit. Maricel's been working on comparing outfits to libations this week and doing a damned apt job of it with fabulous colours and prints. What a great colour to finish off the week :-)

Wow, can you say sight for sore eyes? Hello Buttercup! I love this outfit. Maricel’s been working on comparing outfits to libations this week and doing a damned apt job of it with fabulous colours and prints. What a great colour to finish off the week 🙂

Nicole at High Latitude Style

Another smart casual Fancy Friday-er taking it up a notch

Another smart casual Fancy Friday-er today, taking camouflage print up a notch making it look smart in this fitted design and suit like with the polo/turtle neck and blazer. All combined with heels in the snow – that’s quite a talent!

Welcome to our newest Fancy Friday member! Shaaz at MizShaazStyle

This lady is working it today! Channeling the 80's and 90's but in a much cooler way than I did lol, she looks very seductive in faux leather

Channeling the 80’s and 90’s but in a much cooler way than I did lol, Shaaz looks very seductive in faux leather with pops of Gold. Checkout the design of the skirt, unique no? I like the asymmetrical overlap and the angular zips – details like that are always eye catching and interesting. I also love the top and necklace (and am a long time admirer of her hair style)!

Leah at MorningInk

Looking forward to lighter evenings Leah is wearing a very Spring like dress in a cute outfit but look at the print more closely. Interesting eh? I agree with her description of it looking like pixelated candy and she makes it look feminine and refreshing :-)

Looking forward to lighter evenings Leah is wearing a very Spring like, cute outfit but look at the print on the dress more closely. Interesting eh? I agree with her description of it looking like pixelated candy and she makes it look very feminine and refreshing 🙂

Thank you ladies for helping to make an uplifting Friday and sharing in the theme!

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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday Slinky Black and Sparkles

Strange how things come full circle – like with last week’s dress being worn 16 years after I bought it. Today’s outfit is one I wore in March/April 2004 to see Phantom of the Opera, so almost 10 years ago. Serendipity eh. How time flies, except when you’re going through it.

There were slight differences; it was actually a diamante belt with bigger stones, the pants were wide leg but different and the eyeshadow was Blue back then. The shoes were probably more comfortable, my hair was darker, I was less jaded. But it’s practically the same in design/style.

A decade ago

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The muscle… yeah not so photogenic and what’s with that facial expression? Lol none of those pictures came out right.

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Unfortunately I didn’t have any photos of me by myself in the outfit hence the extra hands.

After

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

Black Mesh Zip Top Diamante Belt Cuff Wide Pants Trousers Green Nude Makeup

You know, I’ve said this a few times but there has to be some kind of link between the bloggers I get to know/post with and our outfits. I wore my outfit, thought of my post title and roughly what I was going to say, then went to look at the other blogs and voila! Synchronicity! Most of us have gone for the Black/dark look (checkout the post title of Marta from MimosasandFashion) in a fitted way with noticable ornamentation/accessories. Something in the ethernet and internet waves 😉

Other bloggers celebrating fancy friday

I just want to paraphrase Vanessa at Nessbow for a moment, she has many wise words but these latest apply to Dress Up Fancy Fridays. She says that getting out your glad rags on a Friday is a real pickmeup to the end of the week both as an instant mood enhancer because you’re wearing an outfit you like and makes you feel good but also as a boost after a long week. I find those words really heartwarming.

Vanessa at Nessbow

Wow I can't tell you how delighted I was to see this outfit - so funky and sassy. All that attitude and awesome print - totally love it!

Wow I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see this outfit – so funky and sassy. All that attitude and awesome print – totally love it!

Marta at MimosasandFashion

Another rockin' it lady, whatever her mood she just has the 'vibe' - one cool cat.

Another struttin’ it lady, whatever her mood she just has the ‘vibe’ – one cool, unflappable cat.

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Ta-da! Look at that powerful pose and another lady who knows how to rock her outfit and look fabulous.

Ta-da! Look at that powerful pose and another lady who knows how to rock her outfit and look fabulous.

Nicole at HighLatitudeStyle

Nicole's wearing her favourite sheath dress, a classic shape, colour scheme and print that as she says ' can go from sophisticated to girlie to street style.'

Wearing her favourite sheath dress; a classic shape, colour scheme & print that as she says ‘ can go from sophisticated to girlie to street style.’

Sarah at PlusSizeProud

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She calls this outfit ‘Venus in Blue Jeans’ – don’t you just love that? She’s shown that jeans can be dressed up especially if you’re someone that rarely wears them (myself included). Love the scarf bow!

Camila at TheGeekChick

Smart and chic? Very in classic monochrome colour blocs yet with feminine details. Comfortable yet classy.

Smart yet comfy? Very in classic monochrome colour blocs yet with feminine details. Girl and cat match 😀

I love all the details on their clothes and how they smoothly fit into the style and flow of the outfits – and most importantly how they are worn, with flair!

Feeling a little more upbeat now – here’s an episode of the awesome Detentionaire, a revealing yet concealed cartoon – dark side of the moon anyone? 😉

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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday Here Come The Girls!

Viva!

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Maricel from MyClosetCatalogue

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Woohoo, Yay, Eureka? Definitely looks like one of those moments – speak it girl! Shout it loud and proud – she looks awesome in Pink even though it wasn’t one of her usual colours she successfully wore some every day this week and finished with this vibrant outfit! She was in love with the the Custo Barcelona tops I posted previously and so just had to get some for herself. She looks fabulous!

Marta from MimosasAndFashion

The true essence of boho chic, casual yet so very stylish and ethereal as the same time. Always a soft yet deep aura and beautiful scenery. Loving that skirt (those legs!) and her super fantabulous necklace! Hot!

The true essence of boho chic, casual yet so very stylish and ethereal as the same time. Always a soft yet deep aura and beautiful scenery. Loving that skirt (those legs!) and her super fantabulous necklace! She can wear pieces like that with casual/cool counters and make it look effortless!

Vanessa at Nessbow

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Always sweet yet strong, and it always shows in her outfits. Black and Pink – oh yeah always a go-to combination and those leggings take it up a notch to quirky fun and channeling those colourful, mix an match retro ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ days perfectly! She always wears her ensembles with a smile and a fun feeling.

Sarah at PlusSizeProud

She had a good old fashioned dress up today! It can be a lot of fun to try on a  bunch of outfits - definitely a Dress Up Friday!

She had a good old fashioned dress up today! It can be a lot of fun to try on a bunch of outfits – definitely a Dress Up Friday!Which one is your fave?

Then Me, The Sun and The Stars.

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OOTD: Space, Sun, Stars

I bought this dress when I was 15 and wore it once then Mum wore it a couple of times and kept it safe and now I wear it again 16 years later. The sun and other stars, we’re here together, with other planetary bodies around. You’re imprinted in my memories. Time, distance, the dream – nothing can keep us apart. Space is all around us but you’re imprinted in my minds eye. Smoke and mirrors can’t take away your image, even when I close my eyes. The sound of your voice, painted on my memories. You and me. I’m with You and You’re with Me.

The light kept changing when I was taking these pics so they have different hues but the sun knows what she’s doing.

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OOTD: T3 Challenge – Outfit based on a book quote

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

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My Closet Catalogue

T3 (Third Thursday of the month) is a literary fashion challenge thought up by Maricel at My Closet Cataloge and her friend at A Bibliophile Style – basically you choose an outfit based on a quote from a book you’re reading or have just read (check).

To Kill A Mockingbird

I thought I’d re-visit this story after I saw it in the library whilst browsing the classics, I’m not one to re-read books (or re-watch visual media) but there are a few exceptions and classics aren’t classics for no reason hence after some years I find I can read them again. That might not sound like much in their favour but I personally dislike repeating things/myself and there are very few media that I can leisurely revist again and again let alone in a short period of time. I pay attention quite intensely the first time round and think about/argue the details so I remember them for longer and don’t particularly like to go through it again. That also means that it’s hard for me to pick a quote to use as the basis of an outfit because when I read/look at things a lot tends to stand out and I can’t choose one to interpret or express my opinion. So here’s some background to help show why I chose my outfit.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review CommentaryTo Kill A Mockingbird is a book about the nature of people’s bias and prejudices, with a focus on race and particularly Black/White race relations. The book was set in and inspired by events/characters in the 1920-30’s and so parts of it can seem outdated but there are many principles on human nature and nurture that are just as relevant now as they have been for such a long time. The setting is mainly in/about a courtroom case and the differences between law, ethics and the minds of people are highlighted.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review CommentaryThe main questions and expositions in the book being on: “how can we trust people to be fair?” So what if you put them in an orchestrated setting and tell them to behave, like in a courtroom (where Black and White are ironically used as the costume of the court) – it doesn’t mean they’ll suddenly turn into fair minded people who can see various points of view. If it did, would that mean they were acting, what about how they are like in everyday life? Many people view it like being on stage, where they don’t want to give their opinions and don’t want to take part due to possible repercussions or because it interferes with their lives. What about the hierarchy of people’s positions in groups? Just look at the mini societies-micro infrastructures in the practise ground of educational institutions where the social/political or personality based roles people take in groups are then often repeated in the workplace and other areas in life where there are face-to-face situations. The same happens in juries, not every member is equal and even if they shouldn’t be, look at some of the factors behind what determines how a group votes. When they are anonymous a number of ‘nasty’ things can turn up for organisers where people decided to show their ‘true colours’ instead of going with the group – or when it’s not anonymous, who has the pervading roles and what is harbouring? What about the idea of a jury of peers? Are they really peers, do they really understand or have any experience in the situation, do they really care, what are their opinions based on? Preferences and resentments from life, watching and experience transfers to the ability to judge and what are instincts based on? People often say ‘if so and so weren’t ruling, things would be better’ and vice versa or as is the case in many uprisings ‘well someone will chosen from the people, an upstanding citizen’… But what makes the ‘people’ really better than their so-called ‘leaders’? Do you really trust everyone around you to do the right thing? Do you really like everyone around you despite situations where you have to get along? What does that lead to – popularity votes from a selected few (and how are those few chosen, usually through having enough status and money to run in the first place and how did they get that) and one regime copying another.

People often start out or sound as if they have ideals, but when push comes to shove they’d rather not have it as bad as others and if others have to have it bad so that they don’t have to or so that they can at least be in a position they can manage that isn’t too repulsive to them – guess who gets sacrificed. Who is running and working in the court? Interesting question. Kinda like how is it countries can be at war with each other, have masses of propaganda and convenient social division and cohesion on issues/events at certain times yet their ‘nobility’ are going off on business trips together, sharing dinners and going to each other’s weddings? Protocol, work? Yeah like those excuses really help anybody, well anybody outside the inner pyramid.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

A secondary theme is family; that you can’t generally choose them and no matter what happens they are called ‘family’ in name at least. Many people are not happy with their families or particular family members but yet they are usually given priority over non-members. Then there are family members who are not wanted, replaced and passed on from place to place. The example is extended to various groupings people fall into – how people are members of a race/ethnicity, of social and financial classes and ultimately the irony of sub-group clashes when we are the same species/family. How much does family vs personal merit count?

Another theme is that of revenge and what happens when people are made accountable for something, they usually take it out further on the victim or others. Disproportionate emotions which led to the offence and factors into the reactions afterwards. The opposite to which is ‘blind justice’ – highlighting issues where ‘justice’ that is ignorant, distant, uneducated, disaffected and composed of groupings that have to mind their associations with each other. Retribution isn’t really touched upon but that might seem vigilante and would go against the courtroom setting as well as the notion of democracy.

That is the gist of the book – players and the game/system, the players who make up the game and keep it going, how the game takes over society and the consequences. Players doing what they can in the game or only what is acceptable yet acknowledging the human mental conditioning and the motivations behind it. As aforementioned it was based in the 1920-30’s so minor things like half the population not being thought of as sound enough in mind to deal with big matters like dispensing legal ‘justice’, people thought of as crazies, demented, too young, criminal, bloody foreigners, people generally not liked at that particular time aren’t really given the same credence as the main character representations. For example the females in the book that are respected or shown as intelligent are rebuked (e.g. one being told by the school that she shouldn’t be allowed to read and write) or given second fiddles in the usual ‘not bad, for a woman’ ethos. But hey what do you want? Do you honestly expect with the big ‘ol brains humans have that they’d be able to care about and be ethical regarding everything/everyone other than the issues/factors that immediately affect them/those they personally care about or hit them in the pocket? Oy vey, that’s asking a lot, we only use a fraction of our brains in our lifetime don’tcha know 😉

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review CommentaryThe actual crime that the story revolves around is of one of the worst acts of violation that can be desired/planned/aided/committed but not much focus is given to it, it is instead used as leverage to heighten the injustice of the situation and everyone’s feelings of quiet rage, disgust and ultimately desensitization/acceptance to ‘the way of life’ or as we call in modern days; rape culture (http://psychologybenefits.org/2014/02/18/3-components-of-rape-culture-and-what-you-can-do-to-fight-back/). The only connotation of interest it is given is that it is a man who came up with the idea to use it as a false accusation and was backed up by others because of their prejudices. The girl involved isn’t really focused on in the story but goes along with it.

Those who help in the background, or quietly or in a inconspicuous way are often sidelined, maligned or thought of in hindsight whilst those who shout the loudest longest or follow orders or relish the idea of the spoils of victory tend to get branded as heroes. This book shows that people can’t trust what they consider to be their instincts much of the time especially since so many of them are fear based including impressions and opinions on physical appearance.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

Two famous films that remind me of this book are A Time To Kill (1996) and The Green Mile (1999).

So how does this relate to my outfit?

Book quote:

“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time.”

This quote is part of a discussion between two of the main characters in the book, two children named Scout and Jem who act as the ‘innocent voyeurs’ in the book, learning as they go along from the people around them and remarking/sometimes acting upon the situation. Boo Radley is a bit like the older neighbour in the film Home Alone (1990), a hidden helper in the neighbourhood though generally keeps to himself and is seen as mysterious/dark/quiet, someone to be uncertain of. Following the trial they remark upon how after having seen all they’ve seen they can understand somewhat why Boo is private. It is ‘Boo’ (i.e. the ghost/shadow) who ultimately kills the main antagonist in the book in self-defense protecting the children after society, the education system, the legal system and ultimately family has failed the victims. His act is covered up by the main characters in the story to ‘protect’ him from public acknowledgement/thanks as in their opinion it would be too much on his reclusive/behind the scenes persona. I think they missed the point and their hiding the truth would not help him or society in general.

I’ve always said people are people wherever they are, whatever they look like, however their cultures may be decorated – their behaviours and personalities don’t differ.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary1) Well the outfit obviously had to fit the Black/White theme (also classically fashionable) and deals with people as social animals within groupings. That reminded me of Animal Farm by George Orwell where non-human animals are used to portray human individualist and pack mentalities. My jumpsuit reminds me of Zebra print which is not only Black & White but represents an animal seen as prey, the hunted – both books have an animal in their title, both about victims (the direct ones in Animal Farm being a horse and donkey) and victimizers and where the defenders of the hunted are outnumbered, gossiped about and share in the backlash. Wearing a zebra print rather than say a dalmatian print pays tribute to the hunted/those treated unjustly and keeps the horse relation. The Black/White theme also shows that no matter how clear cut our ideals may be people find it very hard to live by them, mainly falling into shades of Grey where they believe positive and negative character traits and behaviours/actions can offset or redeem each other.

2) On the human groupings side – my skin colour allows me to fall into the minority category in ye olde Albion. I’m Brown skinned so in between Black and White which could have philosophical tangents but at the end of the day my first hand and inherited experience of racism is not more or less than anybody else’s in similar situations. Racism is worldwide, all races have been used as slaves and experienced genocide/ethnic cleansing as well as enslaved and tortured their own and others. Racism is an excuse for an outlet, a symptom of further internal desires to subjugate and control, hence it sits well with other prejudices.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

3) I’m female – another so-called minority and so contradicting the opinion/belief in this book that women are either incapable of thought and understanding, just as much or as little as men or if they are respected then they’re praised with the ‘not bad, for a woman’ ethos or female versions of their husbands i.e. Mrs ‘husband’s name’. The ‘prick us do we not bleed’ figure of speech applies to all.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

4) I have an appearance that is a bit like Marmite and can do a fair hermit portrayal – not in the same visual way as the character Boo Radley (interestingly the person he was based on in real life was locked up for 24 years by his father following some kind of incident) from the book but similar and an image which to some goes with certain stereotypes that are quite unsavoury. To others it contradicts what they consider normal and acceptable and to some it is actually something beautiful or aspiring to be anyway.

Wearing Black/White in this case shows that as a person of appearance which fits into various conflicts and is different than normal (except in a few places where people generally mistake the ‘extra glamorous’ look and position it can bring as empowerment and others seek to degrade/flaunt it further) I understand that the meta-narrative of the book is about appearances. Physical appearances and first/shallow impressions based on socio-political-economic-cultural relations, and how they are manifested by the need to divide and conquer.

Fashion Outfit Book Review Commentary Sin To Kill A Mockingbird

5) As examples of the above, the book features miscarriages of justice both in and outside of the legal setting, the loss of innocence and people doing what they think they have to to be a part of society, of family, of their group. Going along with one and going against another because the obligations are hard to juggle, big and small actions that effect everybody slowly making dents in the overall consciousness but nevertheless trying to move past things that can’t be undone. No matter the atrocities the living always try to move on continuously repeating things they’d rather not happen to them in the quest of making life more acceptable and bearable, but to do so they have to forget to an extent and have the ability to normalize atrocity. Black and White also symbolizes death and paying respect to it, traditionally Black in Western society and White in Eastern – I was born in one and ethnically of the other so wearing both fully fits the significance of this outfit.

6) Accessories – The headpiece features a Black centre and wings, the whole thing is Silver coloured and I’ve worn it on my head as per the expression “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” and wings representing freedom, it pays tribute to all those wronged. If I had to be justice I certainly wouldn’t be blind/folded in any way and neither was the original Lady Justice, the goddess going back through time a morph of The Maid/Daughter whose divinity i.e created from truth guaranteed her impartiality (ironically enough the original non-blinded personification has been maintained atop London’s Old Bailey). Also interesting to note, many goddesses throughout the world and eras carried a bird.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentar

Notable uses of symbolism in the book

The father playing the righteous lawyer, he is widowed and named after a number of classical philosophers. The name Atticus interestingly enough is also famous as the name for both the father-in-law and daughter that the general Agrippa married. I remember reading about his strategies. On the whole the name is a carry through from the classical Graeco-Roman empire representing ‘enlightenment’ for the chosen few e.g. what is still thought of as fairness and democracy. A double edged sword of a name given it’s prominence amongst those who were a part of a long line of peoples subjugating (or from their point of view, liberating and improving) much of Africa, reminds me of the way Cecil Rhodes is lauded here.

The use of the right and left metaphorically with hands. Remember what right and left hands have signified to people where the right hand/path is the better and the left hand/path is dirty or inferior. In some places this was taken even further so that the right hand is masculine and left hand is feminine. The use of the right hand in this book further shows the accused is innocent and he did not use his right hand to hurt the girl. The girl in question represents the left hand/path and her father who forces her to falsely testify is left handed. Note – Mayella (the girl) is notably shown in the book as having grown Red geraniums, Red being a colour twisted from its roots in its cultural use for female sexuality. In the book she is so downtrodden and cornered that she resorts to what has later likened her to a prostitute.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentar

The name Tom. Tom Robinson is the name of the Black man falsely accused, convicted and slaughtered; failed by society, his peers and the legal system. Remember what the name Tom means in US Black cultural history. The phrase ‘Uncle Tom’ has been used by many in later years as an insult akin to using ‘zebra’ as an insult to mixed race Black/White children and or the popular modern use of the wholly detestable ‘n- word’. But remember that part of the inspiration for Tom was Josiah Henson and that before the rewrites Tom was a character who helped many slaves, like Tom in this book helped Mayella at times because he felt sympathy for her. Tom and Mayella were different in age, colour and sex but both were prisoners. It’s a shame that their non-romantic relationship was changed and one used against the other. One abused by the father and the other defended by the father figure of the book who worked within the infrastructure of the system, in the courtroom – knowing and accepting that it wasn’t right and speaking all throughout the book on its faults and the faults of the people it was composed of/depended upon.

The bird symbolism, various birds are given different connotations e.g. the Egyptian symbolism on US money, everything from Horus (later Zeus) the eagle giving rise to the image of a convenient counterpart, the bald eagle being normalized as a national symbol signifying all manner of things from truth and justice to strength and power and pointing out that it’s a damned able predator with super efficient ways of hunting, killing and very tough methods or rearing its young is not recommended. To kill a mockingbird was seen as a sin because:

“That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Killing a mockingbird was seen a senseless act of cruelty, as mockingbirds signified those who do not hurt us and give to us. (The same is thought of cows in India – they represent the giving without taking essence of motherhood – but I guess people figure cows are more useful, farmed and tasty than mockingbirds so it’s not deemed senseless.) The father also told the children in the book that they could try and kill as many bluejays as they wanted. His surname – after the interesting first name – is finch. Another type of songbird.

Book Fashion Stripes Zebra Sin to Kill a Mockingbird Animal Farm Review Commentary

Speaking of songbirds, I remembered the perfect song to end this post sung by a group of awesome vocalists.

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OOTD Fancy Friday Continued… Happy Valentines!

Sweet, I was surprised a couple of weeks ago when I first realized that V-Day would fall on Dress Up Fancy Friday but it’s wonderful because that way I get to celebrate with my co-bloggers who dress up today too, sorority style! Though more mature of course 😉

To start with (in order of when I saw the posts) the lovely Vanessa at Nessbow

Isn't her outfit refreshing and delightful? I love the dark and bright colour combination and the gorgeous print. She's experiencing some very hot weather where she is in Australia and so this is a great practical and pretty outfit, very uplifting! She also called this special occasion Galentine's Day on her blog as a tribute to friendship :-)

Isn’t her outfit refreshing and delightful? I love the dark and bright colour combination and the gorgeous print. She’s experiencing some very hot weather where she is in Australia and so this is a great practical and pretty outfit, very uplifting! She also called this special occasion Galentine’s Day on her blog as a tribute to friendship 🙂

Then a darling new young lady to Dress Up Fancy Fridays Camila from TheGeekChick

Channeling Diane Von Furstenbern with the iconic wrap dress, she wore it in Hot Pink for today and perfectly framed withing the darker ensemble as well as flattered with the shiny nature of the coat. Very stylish!

Channeling Diane Von Furstenberg with the iconic wrap dress, she wore it in Hot Pink for today and perfectly framed withing the darker ensemble as well as flattered with the shiny nature of the coat. Very stylish!

Then the raconteur of style Maricel of MyClosetCatalogue

She's doing a dotty theme this week and fit in the hearts perfectly as honourary dots, within a matching and complimentary outfit. Is there anything she can't do style wise!?

She’s doing a dotty theme this week and fit in the hearts perfectly as honourary dots, within a matching and complimentary outfit. Is there anything she can’t do style wise!?

Then the sassy, spunky Motown of ThisisMotown

Another fashionista framing a gorgeous bright colour and highlighting it with Black - super stylish, bold and fun!

Another fashionista framing a gorgeous bright colour and highlighting it with Black – super stylish, bold and fun!

A warm welcome to Jessi and Marlena who braved the cold with their delightful outfits at HerePrettyKitty !

These two are like poster ladies for Valentines! Don't they make you happy just looking at them!? I love the details and Happy Blogiversary to you both as well!

These two are like poster ladies for Valentines! Don’t they make you happy just looking at them!? I love the details and Happy Blogiversary to you both as well!

Another new salutation here to Sarah at PlusSizeProud who has taken on a lot of new fashion challenges and I’m glad to say that Dress Up Fancy Friday is one of them!

Sarah's a fascinator fan so I'm charmed to see her fusion of Fancy Friday into Fascinator Friday and it fits the idea plus Valentines perfectly! Also lovin' those lips - fab champagne and kisses theme!

Sarah’s a fascinator fan so I’m charmed to see her fusion of Fancy Friday into Fascinator Friday and it fits the idea plus Valentines perfectly! Also lovin’ those lips – fab champagne and kisses theme!

Then the lovely Leah of MorningInk – I want to give a special shoutout to Leah because she’s doing something very brave, she’s entered a competition by American Eagle for their Back to School campaign. She wants to bring realism to the usual commercial preferred looks and sizes. The competition is on facebook so if anyone has an account and is interested in supporting this young lady and indeed anyone in the contest doing their best and trying make things better for everyone in fashion, checkout her post HERE and show your support 🙂

Our third lady framing the bright colour between the darker ones - these women are seriously on point with their fashion. I love the overall look which is sweet and charming and that necklace!

Our third lady framing the bright colour between the darker ones – these women are seriously on point with their fashion. I love the overall look which is sweet and charming and that necklace!

and what about moi? (Yeah I love Miss Piggy)

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

All Red and to quote Camila from TheGeekChick ‘go big or go home!’ and Motown from ThisisMotown who said ‘Strut it like you mean it: no filter!’

All of you ladies are an inspiration, thanks for participating in Dress Up Fancy Friday!

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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday – Valentine’s Edition!

I’ve been put a crappy mood this morning after having been put over a barrel and the weather is miserable but that won’t affect what I say in regards to this post. I’ll start by just saying that I look at V-Day as a day to make people feel extra sentimental about their relationships with each other, not a day to make up for the rest of the year. It’s an anniversary and there are many types of love and care.

So how do I usually celebrate it? I’m a massive gift giver, all year round whenever I see or make something I think someone else would like I want to give to it to them, which is actually not a good thing in reality because when you give people an inch they invariably take a whole marathon, learn to expect it and try to take/trick it out of you when you’re not offering or wouldn’t give anyway had they not deceived you. However – nothing can extinguish my spirit haha! Therefore I’ve taken to spreading cheer and sweet food treats to those around me and if possible spending time with the people closest to me, they generally tend to be female but there’s been a few male best friends/family (my parrots for example) too. I never push the sentiment on people who are decidedly against the day though – that would just make them worse unless they’re open to surprises.

Like many I could get upset over V-Day but why bother? I’m anti-mass consumerism, pointless gift giving (I believe gifts should have thoughts of merit behind them and sincerity) and making people feel like they have behave differently for one day. As originally stated I think V-Day should be a seen as an anniversary, extra on top of the norm not an exception. I see it this way if you’ve chosen someone to have a special role in your life that makes them special to you and you should be treating them better than others anyway. That goes on top of treating everyone/thing else the way you would like to be treated, unless quite frankly they don’t deserve it. Sometimes we can’t help who we love or like a lot but unless there are extenuating circumstances we have some choice as to whether we spend time with them and if they are in our lives because we want them to be then they are worth celebrating. The same is conversely true for people you haven’t chosen but nevertheless take up important roles in your life such as family. There are some who you’ll like and some who you won’t and V-Day is one of those days when you can say or do something extra nice for the ones you like – you can extend that to the others it’s up to you, you’ll have to second guess their reactions and thoughts about your motivations. What I’m trying to say is that if you’re not totally anti V-Day then it can be part of the icing on the cake – not the cherry on top, but still special and you don’t have to partake/support the elements you disagree with.

When I was in college (high school to US folk) there was a group of students who upheld or created a tradition of selling single Yellow roses – that way people could buy them and give them to those they liked. Roses were given to anyone you liked, not just romantically though there were always be a couple of girls who’d have their arms laden lol and needed helpers. Yellow roses in modern culture signify friendship, though interestingly enough originally in the language of flowers it meant/means ‘I don’t like/trust you’. Later in life I learned about V-Day and White Day in Japan and that reminded me of those Yellow rose tokens of affection given in college. On V-day in Japan the girls give two types of candy/gifts to guys; a) the one they have romantic feelings for and b) ‘obligation’ gifts to the males in their lives that are good friends/family and/or have helped them in some way. Then one month later on White Day the males who received obligation gifts give return gifts and if the guy you gave a romantically intended gift to returns a gift it means he reciprocates the feelings, if he understood that he didn’t get an obligation gift in the first place. Many of the food gifts (sweets, chocolate, cookies etc) tend to be homemade and to make obligation and romantic gifts distinct romantic ones tend to be more lavish. Note – The days being gender based are changing with the increasing social acknowledgement and hard won inclusion of LGBT communities and supporters.

Now with all this prattling on about the sweetness/sentiment of the date you may be under the misconception that I can say these things because they’ve been plentiful occasions for me. Nope. I’ve received two valentine’s gifts in this life and from the same guy I was with at the time. They were very nice and considered but there was some feeling of pressure to give presents to each other because of social/cultural tradition. As aforementioned I give gifts for the sake of it any old time, so for my part I felt V-Day to be like a duty but one I didn’t mind especially as I liked to give him things I considered care packages, on his side I think there was a bit more angst and because even with knowing each other well he still found it hard to figure out what I’d like. On top of that it was long distance, the time difference and other obligations meant that we didn’t get to connect much online on those dates. So with not the best V-Day experiences and never having received tokens of acknowledgement from secret or not so secret admirers I could fit into the camp of people who don’t like the day so much or refuse to acknowledge it. But nah, there’s too much fun to be had and I’ve enjoyed V-Day more single! Sure I’ve felt a bit upset on some of those days but heck there are a lot of other things to get me down or p** me off than that! Pshaw! If there isn’t one friend, family member or association, be they human, feathery, furry, scaly etc to genuinely smile at/about and think a happy thought with/for, and if V-Day means something to you or you want it to – there’s yourself! You can be kind to yourself, and if you feel you don’t deserve it then today is probably not going to make that big a difference but like any other day we can focus on the how we can be people that we’d find it easier to live with.

Valentine’s Day as a concept by itself is a luxury, an extra, and I see that for what it is, I don’t pretend it’s more than that and I don’t try to dismiss it. Many of those able to even give/receive on such a day are fortunate in some way and there’s usually someone/thing that cares about them, even if it’s far away or even if they don’t know it, or we’re at least adept at pretending things are ok or better than they are. For many beings they really do only have themselves to rely on and there are many who are lonely in the biggest of groups so all they have is the double edged feeling of hope hence I don’t begrudge those who like the concept of V-Day and celebrate it in a way that tries not to hurt others.

Note – if contemplating giving flowers as a gift, why not think about giving potted ones or even fruit/veg plants, there’s lot’s of miniature ones available for those short on space. For those short on light/heat there are more robust varieties. 🙂 If going to buy food presents, why not try one of the many allergy free or reduced recipes available for treats especially for those who aren’t sure what their recipient can/can’t eat. You can always customize recipes 🙂 For couples, friends and family members it can be nice to make them together too 🙂 or as in my case I mostly make ‘em, and my better self (mother) supervises 😉 though assists when both my hands are mucky or I’m doing something wrong.

Whether you celebrate it or not, think about it or not – have a GOOD day!

On to the outfit, sheesh about time eh?

V-Day wouldn’t be V-Day if I wasn’t wearing Red, Pink or some bright/cheerful colour/print or accessory now would it. So how to make today’s outfit a bit more than usual in comparison to my own personal style? Instead of one Red piece I blew caution to the wind (thank you wind) and went for the whole outfit in a bold, vibrant shade of Red and since I just did my roots making my hair look more luminous than usual I thought: what combination with Red and light Blonde (almost White) really works well together? Black of course. So the Black ribbon, lipstick and eyeliner design complete the look. It’s not a very gentle look but hey it suits my personality – strong and unyielding tough love (firm but fair), tries to help in a tangible way, dependable and gets things done.

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Then just mucking around, thought I’d do something different for the camera :-S

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Red Valentines Day Goth Lace Up Angel Sleeve Palazzo Culottes Pants Trousers

Credit for the heart brushes goes to Obsidian Dawn (I did the rose myself) checkout their site for awesome Photoshop and Gimp resources, free for non-commercial use, otherwise read their T&C.

Past V-Day outfits

I once wore this outfit for the V-Day, after I wore it for Xmas:

Red Valentines Day Goth Victorian Jacquard Brocade Lace Up Jacket Black Polo Turtle Neck Pants Trousers

And there was this one:

Red Valentines Day Goth Victorian Brocade Embroidered Kameez Asian Indian Trouser Pant Suit Kundan Costume Jewellery Jewlry

And there was a dress I had akin to the Pink one from Ms Monroe’s ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ though mine was Red with White underlay, and in which I took some cute pics for said long distance beau. Unfortunately he only noted how the dress looked too big on me, oh the humanity – but I liked it! I wish I had those pics so I could post one for you to see how beautiful the dress was but you’ll just have to take my word for it. It was made by a US women’s union of seamstresses around the second world war who took a stand for their rights regardless of race, background and citizen status (as many were newly immigrated and hence treated even more complacently) and were able to become an official formal union so that they would no longer be underpaid and overworked. I was very honoured and proud to have it in my care, even for a short while. Viva la vintage eh and for today, viva la Vendredi and viva la Valentines!

In the next post I make later I’ll be showcasing fashion bloggers who’ve also dressed up for fancy Friday :- )