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August Prints – Posh Stripes and Snowflakes

Now I love pinstripes as much as the next person but as you can see from the July Prints post onwards I decided to change things up a bit and be unique, I hadn’t seen spaced stripes with spaces and/or in between or overlapping details on clothing. I’ve lived in London most of my life and I’ve seen a lot but not those so I went for it en masse. The only similarities I’ve seen are really wide strips on period furniture which are great but people aren’t shaped like walls, lampshades or couches – though some leave indentations on them after long use!

Originals, though I changed them a little bit for use.

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Then of course I figured snowflakes are amazing works of nature where each is different, but easier to use one from my own imagination.

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August Prints – Hearts and Roses

Not Valentines? Ah, who cares! (Worked on these with Mum; I drew, she was the ideas woman and we both did placement.)

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Just some Prints I Designed Recently – July

I called these ones my DNA prints, my re-imagining of that structure. I was trying to figure out what to do with this one, and then went for a much more wearable alternative.

Original idea/inspiration:

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I had another but it was too Aztec looking so went with these:

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SockItToMe Sock Design Contest

Cheerful is as cheerful does right? Better to smile this early in the morning than frown and set my face for the day lol especially in this stormy weather! 3rd day now – I could totally do with a Johny 5 moment wake up call 😐

Anyway Mum and I entered this great competition a couple of weeks ago, a very simple and straightforward design contest that a lot of people had fun with πŸ™‚ I’d never designed anything for feet before but have always been an admirer of fun, soft, long socks especially in warm or fluffy material (and yes pom poms too ^^’ ).

Unfortunately out of only 4500 entries (yeah that’s not much when it comes to testing my luck πŸ˜› ) we didn’t make the 30 finalists for voting but like with any contest there were so many cool and quirky entries and out of the finalists there’s the usual mix of greats and… Good luck to ’em and congrats thus far πŸ™‚

So since my tea is finished *looks at the pile of used tea bags* and I’m still lethargic here’s our what our entries looked like for the hell of it. Don’t laugh!

Poket

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UnderSea

SocksandLadders

Note: Any length below the knee was eligible but the longer ones seem the most popular. Also these are just the rough presentation images, the smooth vectors & high res stuff is kept separately.

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‘Does My Bum Look Big in This?’ – Fashionista Award :-)

Fashionista Blog Award I was honoured enough to receive this award twice, first from Camila of TheGeekChickBlog and then from HuiMin from HuiMinxoxo; I don’t usually do more than one post on the occasion I receive an award more than once but since I’m a ‘slow poke’ I hadn’t got round to writing the reciprocation post to Camila when HuiMin awarded me too. Funnily enough I was going to nominate HuiMin for the award when I received it from Camila but she beat me to it! So in this instance I’m writing a post in thanks to both of the lovely ladies for their generous gestures πŸ™‚

Additionally I find this award to be quite unique in that the creator has a personal touch and likes to be informed as to whose been nominated and explains that this is a chain of recognition and thanks which I think is lovely. So I’ve duly left a comment on her post letting her know I was awarded and to my awardees, please feel free to do the same.

This is her link: http://thatchicfashionblog.wordpress.com/the-fashionista-award/ πŸ™‚

Rules:

Reference the blogger who nominated you

Answer 10 questions asked of you by the nominator

Link back to the award creator and nominate 10 others for the award

Inform the 10 nominees and ask them to comment on the creator’s page to enter to win the award

Give 10 questions for your nominees to answer

Questions to Me:

I’ve answered a mix from both of my nominator’s questions otherwise there’d be too many and some were duplicates πŸ™‚

1) What motivated you to start blogging?

Β I started this blog at first as a help guide for the rules, nuances and community know how for other members of Chicstar.com and as somewhere to keep and showcase my fashion designs for the ongoing design contest there where they ‘accept’ designs to make prototypes for auction and if successful/’wins’ the design is produced and sold in their store. There’s also a weekly customer photo competition and a myriad of other contests/initiatives that come and go. Six years later, a few hundred designs, 89 photos submitted I was the only old member who had never been accepted or won. So I decided to call it quits except a few comments now and then. I was a member for a long time before I started this blog so I just started posting my designs here from that point. No one can say I was a quitter, I kept trying to improve, be innovative and creative/versatile yet keep the target audiences in mind etc but when something is so deeply and/or publicly humiliating and frustrating it’s best to cut the ties.

After that the blog obviously took a different direction and has continued to do so opening up into various sections which I like because I post in more subjects. That doesn’t mean one topic doesn’t have enough scope to blog about as many of the theme focused blogs demonstrate very well but I’m a bit like a tree, I have roots and branches πŸ™‚ (maybe the odd woodpecker). It’s not a business blog either so I’m not looking for popularity, I like that I can keep a personal touch and post when I can/want instead of feel obligated or pressured.

I should have started blogging earlier really like a couple of people around me recommended, instead of nattering with them πŸ˜›

2) Favorite movies?

This is a handy question because I’ve already written my top five on my blog so I don’t have to think about it!

a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone (2001),

1 - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stoneb. 9 to 5 (1980),

nine to five 1980 jane fonda dolly parton lily tomlin judy violet dora lee franklin hartc. Short Circuit (1986),

Short Circuit Johnny 5 Stephanie Robot Friends Filmd. Without a Clue (1988), and

Without A Clue 1988 Detective Comedy Spoof Sherlock Holmes Dr Watson Ben Kingsley Michael Cainee) The Age of Innocence (1993).

The Age of Innocence Michelle Pheiffer Daniel Day Lewis Winona Ryder Edith Wharton Film Review Martin Scorsese 1993

Like many people I’ve seen a lot of films and so many are enthralling, moving, inspiring, visual treat/arty, intriguing, surreal etc but many of the ‘best’ or ‘most well made’ films are ones that I couldn’t/wouldn’t watch again or would have to feel ‘ready’ for usually because they’re overwhelming and/or harrowing; nowadays the ones that I like the best are heartfelt and if possible have a good laugh involved.

3) What is you’re dream career?

I really don’t have those kinds of aspirations anymore, I’d just like to retire!

4) How do you decide on your outfit every day?

I try to think about it the night before but it’s also a balance between my mood and how appropriate an outfit would be for whatever I’m doing, so I could end up in ‘rough’ pants (e.g. skater/hiking/combats) and a cute/smart top lol. How healthy/fit I feel also comes into it, don’t want a fitted top if I don’t feel I’ve digested properly for example. That said I think if you’ve got the right amount of flair for yourself the exact details of what you’re wearing don’t matter as much.

5) How much do you spend on shopping for fashion items each month?

Nothing, nil, nada – haven’t bought fashion items in I dunno two years now I think – oh wait I bought some socks a couple of months ago.

6) What kind of shoes do you prefer?

Comfortable, strong/durable, with at least an inch heel or all over sole as I can’t wear flats and with enough ‘give’/bounce to take the weight and not throw it back up through my bones as I’m walking. I’ve never been a stiletto person, though I can tolerate platforms and wedges but I really prefer curved soles on a good study shoe which is unlikely to buckle. I have four pairs of shoes, one pair of boots and one pair of slippers; all Black so versatile (not that I really care whether they clash a bit). Always been like that, had a pair of Gold wedges that I loved and wore to death but I find comfortable shoes in my size hard to find and I keep them well.

7) How would you revamp/spice up an outfit?

Accessories are the classic answer and rightly so but I tend to just change hairstyle and/or makeup which I guess are similar or extended versions of accessories, they fall into ‘adornment’ anyway :-). If I was feeling carefree… I’d give the item to Mum and it’d probably come back looking unrecognizable at first, She’s awesome at metamorphasizing/fixing things.

8) Describe you’re dream vacation?

Sailing as leisurely as possible down the Amazon on a small-ish/medium boat and hopefully don’t mess up and end ‘up the river without a paddle!’ That or cruise on a floating island. Then again there’s plenty of interesting places, the Hellhole in W.Virginia, the Great Blue Hole Belize, Bermuda triangle, the black forest… Ok I’ve got it – the natural hot spring baths that cover and overlap on the mountains in Turkey called Pamukkale

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9) What are the goals for you’re blog?

I dunno, it pretty much does what it wants and goes its way, like my hair.

10) If you had the opportunity to interview a celebrity, who would it be?

None, I have an aversion to celebrities in general though not necessarily specifically and of those specifics there’s a few I’d like to get some bloody answers out of though it wouldn’t be a stereotypical interview.

Awardees:

This is a particularly difficult award to pass on because there are so many amazing, interesting and creative fashionists out there who put a lot of effort into their wardrobe and image. Though of course fashion blogs are also about personal style, tips as well as the presentation and weather/lighting permitting (and assuming we wake up with generally decent skin and hair functioning instead of looking like lightening struck us) good photography! I particularly appreciate fbloggers who keep, re-use, upcycle, recycle, donate and thrift clothing and those with an interest in ethical/fairtrade/eco fashion.

Taking fashion photography of oneself also takes an amount of confidence and self-acceptance which doesn’t come naturally to us all. I wasn’t originally into personal photography and absolutely shied away from the camera as well as disposed of pics I came across with me in them lol so the only ones I had were kiddy and annual school photos. Then I was forced into having to get used to taking pics due to a long distance relationship and learned a fair bit realizing I had to send the good with the bad, candid with posed, and different types from grainy webcam to clear daylight. This was before the days of selfies and it’s true to say I still only sent a bunch periodically rather than continuously but I do know how much work goes into taking photos especially ones that you want to keep. So without further ado here are the awarded fashionists for you:

Shaaz at MizShaazStyle – Super hawt and versatile, unusual style with great attention to detail.

Lovely lady at TheFashionHuntress – A nice, cool breath of air style wise – elegant/casual chic.

Mindy at TheGeekySeamstress – A creative and nimble fingered cosplayer, great costumes!

Leah at LeahPereyra – A lady who displays boho, wearable chic very well.

Lovely ladies at IWearMySariwithJeans – Their name says it all really; grand detail effortlessly mixed in, decadent photography.

Dapper dude at WellDressedGeek – He’s well dressed, dapper and puts mood into his photography.

Nadia at ListenGirlfriends – Hard hitting, on point with thought provoking fashion and ethical items in general.

Stephanie at SheisSoEco – Bringing attention to eco fashion and beauty brands and looks lovely doing it.

Katie at ThriftYourHeartOut – The lady loves thrifting, a pro showcasing and styling her finds for others.

Eliseba at DoodlesDoodads – A thrifter with dreams, interesting thoughts and of course style.

My questions for them

1) At what age did you know you were a fashionist, or knew you would be one day? (let alone blog about it!)

2) What’s the no:1 thing f-blogging has taught you about writing/presenting to an audience?

3) Do you machine wash items labeled ‘hand wash’ or ‘dry clean’ only? πŸ˜‰

4) Do you consider yourself a savvy or impulse buyer, or a bit of both?

5) What is your favourite trend; e.g. neon, colour blocking, monochrome, pattern mixing, leggings, big accessories, socks with sandals!?

6) What is your least liked or just most disliked trend?

7) What are your pet peeves or no:1 pet peeve about fashion, be it the industry or how it impacts society? E.g. ever changing sizing, fast fashion, keeping up with the catwalk etc

8) What’s your favourite thing about your style?

9) What you’re least liked thing about your style that you’d like to change/improve?

10) If you could have helped come up with one of the major fashion innovations/trends in the past, which would it have been?

Then just for a bit of fun

Some oldies but goodies.

Some of my worst styling:

Yeah that jacket never got worn again (and pvc is an environmental no-no)

Yeah that jacket never got worn again (and pvc is an environmental no-no)

Thou shalt not wear puffer jackets (unless ski-ing or it's really cold, again what's up with that fabric?)

Thou shalt not wear puffer jackets (unless skiing or it’s really cold and in the right size! Again what’s up with that fabric?)

This next outfit started out ok and then ETphonehome :-S see sometimes adding accessories and mixing patterns doesn’t work!

Not sure about:

I quite like the idea of wearing t-shirts under blazers but I’m not sure

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Best:

On the flipside, unfortunately I don’t have pics of what I consider my best outfits but here are some of my faves since starting this blog:

Navy Denim Stripe Jeans Turtle Polo Roll Neck Turtleneck Rollneck

Indian Sari Sequin Skirt Black Retro Halter Top

Ruffle Check Brown Blouse Black Fishtail Skirt

Fashionists and non-fashionists alike we all make faux pas and then at other times it all comes together πŸ™‚

Thanks for the award and for reading πŸ™‚

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If I were a guy what would I look like?

So I’ve talked a lot about sex change and gender bending in ancient to modern history, usually the female/feminine being masculanized (from gods to deities e.g. God to planets) and in classic culture females were (and still are in some places) portrayed by males from theatre to armour/ceremonial garb which would not be considered masculine in the Western world today. The masculanization of the feminine is usually derogatory and done to hide/change/move away from beliefs from the past.

In culture rather than history though feminization is common and seen as both fringe/deviant to fun/desirable. For example young male characters like Peter Pan are often played by females in the general dramatic arts pysche that prepubescent boys are of a similar ranking to women until their voices break. Popular carryovers from the past finding their way through the circular nature of fashion are the ganymede (feminine looking males) trends and androgyne/hermaphrodite trends e.g. if you’re a manga/anime fan sometimes the sex and/or gender is not obvious or mixed going beyond the lesser ‘weak guy‘/’tomboy‘ stereotypes of usual accepted gender bending.

Then a mix of religion and history there are the eunuch priests in certain religious sub-sects though they are overshadowed and outnumbered massively by the dominance of males with their genetalia in religious positions and lack of female priests/ranked positions (particularly of high rank) in general.

The sexualization and sexism of linguistics makes it difficult/confusing as well from certain words having a sex attributed to them to describing creatures of a sex such as a group of boys with one or fewer girls in it being described by the masculine terms and the opposite a group of girls with one or fewer boys still being described as masculine. Then generic terms for people/population in general being labeled under masculine terms like ‘he‘ and ‘fraternity‘ or the masculine for profession/job titles or even sexuality where all non-heterosexuals are called ‘gay‘.

When looking for a picture of my darling Death of Discworld who is a skeleton in a dress robe written as a male character (the Grim Reaper based on female Goddesses and ultimately the Divine Mother) on Saturday (Saturn Day – Saturn typically portrayed as a male but based on Kali the Black/Time, Crone/Dark Mother) I saw this:

Death’s gender

The initial books did not pronounce themselves about the gender of Death, although Ysabell called him ‘Daddy’, using the pronoun “it”. In Reaper Man, Death is unambiguously identified as a male, and in Soul Music and Hogfather Susan calls him her grandfather or “Granddad”. When asked to describe Death, in the second Discworld computer game, the protagonist Rincewind hazards a guess, “Well, I suppose he’s a man. You have to look at the pelvis, don’t you?” In the comic strip adaptation of Mort, Death is seen in mirrors as a black-bearded human wearing a black cloak, and also seen as this when he needs to be seen by the living.

Many languages must provide a grammatical gender to each object, and death is often a feminine noun. As such, translations of early novels sometimes refer to Death as a woman. This is generally changed, by the time of Reaper Man. Also, the personification of Death varies from country to country leading to further confusion, for example the Russian personification is that of an old woman, the Czech version uses a (normally non-existent) male variant of the usually female word for death for his name. Explanations are given in footnotes, often with a pun.[7]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_(Discworld)#Death.27s_gender

Interestingly enough for those who’ve read and/or seen Hogfather which describes a little the ‘Father Christmas‘ (Father Time which is actually Mother Time aka Kali pre-dating patriarchy) title to Santa Claus as in claws going back to ancient people and was seen as a boar with relation to the sun/creation of the world. Who is the boar with that relation? Varahi (later known as Buddhist goddesss Vajravarahi and Marichi) captain/leader of the Divine Mother Lalita”s army. She was later demoted viaΒ  history to consort of a form of the usurper Vishnu that also took her name and kept it feminine calling himself/being called Varaha. Vishnu, one of the main current male triad ruling Hinduism and corner angle for the many other male triads in the ruling religions, is typically shown as bi-sexual and mating with his brother/the top of the triangle Shiva (feminine name) whose seen as the alpha of alpha males and in other incarnated Vishnu forms such as Krishna he’s depicted as a ganymede and narcissus.

Some artwork came to my attention which made me wonder if I’d be good looking as a guy… I’ve sometimes wondered what guys in my life would look like as women, probably because there’s so many great/convincing looking transsexuals and crossdressers in the media usually focused on males looking like/becoming females. What the media doesn’t often show though are the many and increasing amount of children taking hormonal drugs and being used as prostitutes/sex victims.

I’m not exactly a fan of Disney but of course they do provide a plethora of well known characters for an artist to work with.

Here’s a bunch of Disney ladies who’ve been drawn as guys:

http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/gallery/

Hmm they are drawn exceptionally well but I still prefer being/looking feminine methinks it suits me plus I like dressing dapper:

http://godohelp.deviantart.com/gallery/45764264/costume-swap

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Versatile Blogger Award – Can You Pat Your Head & Rub Your Tummy?

Versatile Blogger AwardHmm it was quite some time ago that I was able to lean on my stomach and stretch my feet over my head to sit on my shoulders (a tad more than ‘Whole Wheel Pose’ in yoga) but I have been kindly awarded with The Versatile Blogger Award for still being somewhat supple as a blogger πŸ™‚

I’m grateful to Lauren at LuceLuxeLifestyle for the honor and humbly apologize for taking so bloomin’ long in responding. She awarded me near the start of my recent illness which took a long time to dissipate and I just didn’t get round to it nor felt upbeat enough to participate. Plus I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say in the personal facts section of the award and have been so tired I haven’t been keeping up with blog reading so as to pass this on. However the good Goddess that is my Mother has been pestering me, I mean gently pushing, to simply get on with it. Again thank you very much Lauren for the award and I enjoyed reading your own acceptance post which can be read HERE It’s always interesting to learn more about bloggers and spread a little joy in the blogosphere πŸ™‚

The Rules

β€œThe Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you by your blogger peers, for writing quality posts that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life.”

If you wish to accept, the rules for the Versatile Blogger award are as follows.

– Display the award certificate.

– Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.

– Present max. 13 deserving bloggers with the award.

– Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

– Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

For my part

Seven facts eh, seven… Seven, seven! Seven dwarves? Seven days of the week, we’re in July the seventh month, seven colours in the rainbow? There’s a lot of interesting things about the number Seven that’s for sure and I just read an interesting article at the Daily Mail Online about the popularity of the number.

I’ll start and finish with the most interesting/fun stuff πŸ™‚

1) I’ve been thinking about the cultural popularity of bears lately and the ones that stood out the most for me as depicted below. The Care Bears (and friends) are probably some of the most favourite though icons like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear still enjoy cultural grace and even The Wombles have made a comeback! (Which is great since they’re socially responsible, though we’re not entirely sure they’re bears, but bear-like anyway.)

There are also the well loved Gummi Bears, Ewoks and who could leave out the ever charming Sooty, Sweep and Soo?

My preference tends to be for those that aren’t as remembered anymore including Rupert the Bear, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and something I remember finding funny but without any detailed recollection: Rainbow.

My favourite has to be these furry friends though, I just love the Paw Paws! (Listen to the theme tune at least πŸ˜‰ )

2) I asked mum for a fact and she said I Am the Fact (yes she speaks in Bold Italics, Underlined). Also I’m always looking worldwide for answers and have never found any other fact.

3) I was freegan for a year. I was already frugal and was brought up to only really spend on food and bills whereas everything else could be found and/or fixed, school meals were the bulk meals, and Mum would not accept gifts and would even get angry/upset if anything as spent on/for Her because it was a ‘waste’. I got lax in my mid-20’s when I got into buying second hand/vintage clothing from autions, fairs, charity shops etc but went back to losing more than gaining and have learned to be even more savvy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone or think such experience is ever necessary/essential or should happen in this world let alone the situation we have with countless born into it. I’m not one to be thankful for making the best of things and thinking of them as a valuable learning experience, I’d rather address the issues/beings/causes and support those affected rather than be grateful for the ‘generosity’/’favour’ of unethical and unfair living aka survival. Just because some of us learn from experience doesn’t mean we should have had to or such a situation should exist in the first place.

4) I was pretty robust as a child, had all kinds of falls, tumbles, broken/burnt/bruised bits and just got up, walked away or tried again or sometimes had the wounds treated if necessary. Never cried as a baby either apparently.

5) Some people seem to think I’m well groomed and some kind of ‘it/snooty/popular girl’ that they dislike on pre-first impressions, I say pre-first to basically mean ‘on sight’ a quick glance/read. *Tch* I’ve been in a salon twice in my life, both times as a awkward looking, skinny kid waiting for my mum to get her roots done – the one thing She allowed for Herself as well as makeup (which she bought cheap in bulk and kept way longer than recommended) but then many can attest that looking the way you feel you need to is a massive driving force, helps to fill holes in the soul and a creative outlet. However in accordance with the waste not, want not style She never went back and instead realized we could do it ourselves cheaper, quicker and using gentler/less ingredients. I’m glad, it took ages sitting there waiting. Needless to say I was helping and then doing Her hair and later She started doing mine. I can be ‘sleek’ and ‘elegant’ but it’s not me nor do I want it to be so even though I may look like whatever negative image stereotype that springs to people’s minds sometimes – I put more effort into health and value and any looks I have are hard kept/won. There’s way better looking folk, more symmetrical, less flawed, generally in better condition peeps out there as well as the greater number of people who put the effort into faking it til they make it or obsessing over it – some with more time, resources, intent, entourage of stylists/yes-people or fashion mags/media. In regards to the ‘it/snooty’ or uppity bit – I’m serious, dead serious whilst appreciative of lighter things but I’m not mean and as for popularity – I really couldn’t be bothered trying to wrangle and successfully manage that fickle monster.

6) Mum, kitty, feathery folk and myself have our own language – ok mostly I just mm-hmm my way through conversations with Mum though I get my fair share or wry comments in there. We can wake up and get through whole mornings using various grunts, huffs and sounds understanding each other without needing English/obvious meows and squawks.

Other times it’s silly like this morning when Mum was too tired to get up and her and Kitty were doing their usual ‘I’ve got my eyes on you’ silent, staring/adoring, competition/conversing. Mum kept dropping hints at me to cook and said she was too tired to even go to the bathroom and if Kitty could go for her. “You can’t do that kind of thing by proxy!”, Why not, it’s only fair, you would wouldn’t you Kitty?, *Kitty looks at me*, *I scowl and go cook*.

7) I’ve often thought about going to a fancy dress party and even had costumes ready but never got round to it! Recently I read an awesome post from Vanessa about visiting a comic con HERE and got round to thinking again about what/who I’d dress up as.

My favourites have always been:

She-Ra

She-Ra Princess of Power Strongest Woman in the Universe

But I could never wear that outfit.

Rogue

Rogue X-men Xmen X-Woman Xwoman

Again the outfit probably wouldn’t suit me.

Storm

Storm X-men Xmen X-Woman Xwoman

This one though really speaks to me. Sidenote – I don’t think Halle Berry had anywhere near the gravitas or stern yet kind/sincere aura to play Storm.

Wolverine

Wolverine X-Man X-men Xmen Xman

Probably wouldn’t need to do anything to it to feminize it, would have to think about what to substitute the blades with to wear them practically.

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite Starlite Twink

The dress is too short for me but could easily be lengthened.

But I’ve really wanted to go as:

Death Discworld

I figured it’d basically be the Black ensemble/cloak, scythe, mask and LED eyes. *Sigh* my darling Death of Discworld, he’s such a hottie ❀

So I guess I’d be more like this:

Lady Death

Note – I prefer this outfit and the earlier ones she has in training to the usual string bikini thing she ended up wearing.

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Passing the award on

As aforementioned I haven’t recently been keeping up to date the with the great many blogs out there let alone the ones on my reader so I can’t fill all 13 spaces for this particular award (though there’s another one in the works – the Fashionista Award for which I can add different bloggers to). That said there are many possible contenders with great blogs whether big, medium or small in size/following with a lot of interesting content and many who tend not to or do not wish to participate in blog awards as is their choice. πŸ™‚

1) Allison at Long and Luxe – she has a thought provoking, inspirational blog.

2) Lady Kate at Into The Stratosphere – lovely boho style and interests/reviews.

3) Stephanie at Budget Friendly Too – a wonderfully informative eco-health blog.

4) Camila at The Geek Chick Blog – a fun lifestyle blog with pearls of wisdom.

5) John at Story Time with John – Stories from his life as a teacher and traveler in a laugh out loud or stomach churning way, not satire yet tongue in cheek but heck truth is stranger than fiction.

6) Vanessa at Ness Bow – beautiful and insightful lifestyle blog.

7) Healthy Life Pursuits – what this blogger can do with a few, simple, wholesome ingredients is so creative, love the recipes.

Thanks again Lauren, to my readers and to bloggers/blogs that help inform and inspire me! ⭐