Thursday, 19 October 2017

One Dress, Two Witches: The Love Witch

The Love Witch film poster with blogger Kimberley from Wardrobe Conversations as Elaine Blogger Kimberly from Wardrobe Conversations dressed in witch Halloween costume as The Love Witch with layered jewellery Blogger Wardrobe Conversations demonstrating easy costumes made with a black dress as The Love Witch Blogger Kimberley from Wardrobe Conversations dressed in witch Halloween costume with only a black dress, a wig and some jewellery Kimberley from Wardrobe Conversations show off easy Halloween makeup for her The Love Witch costume with 1960s eyeshadow and lipstick
It's the spookiest time of year and we are sharing our popular Halloween ideas! You can see our past looks here but this week we are sharing a great way to create two witch costumes out of one black dress! Don't we all have a LBD to dress up? Yes, witch is the basic bitch of all Halloween costumes, but we're giving it an individual spin. First Helen did Nancy from The Craft, and now you may call me The Love Witch.

The Love Witch is one of the weirdest films I've ever watched but aesthetically it is utter perfection. No plot spoilers here but I urge you to watch it for the kitschy interiors and fashion, as well as the feminist horror. I'm very surprised it isn't topping the costume charts for this Halloween (unless everyone looks as un-Love Witch-y as I do in this get up. She's a hard act to follow.)

Although it was only produced last year, everything about The Love Witch has a late 60s/early 70s vibe. Almost. The colours, the hairstyles, makeup and (most of) the cars are a pastiche of Hitchcock and B list horror films in their level of detail. There's a sumptuous victorian tea room in soft layers of pastel pink and her intricately adorned, jewel-coloured apartment is a treat for the eyes. Then, up pops random artifacts of modern living. Things that aren't even necessary to the plot. At first I couldn't work out if this was due to the budget of the film- that they couldn't control the whole set so they just didn't try to- or if it was to add to the tongue-in-cheek humour that underlies the entire thing. Definitely the latter. The film is incredibly self aware and served plenty of parody, which makes it a little stilted at times, but overall I think it's a very clever reflection on feminism and sexual transactions. These tiny reminders help bridge the gap for the viewer. This continues to happen to women now.

Wardrobe Conversations wears a Halloween costume you'll want to wear again, with a simple black dress and accessories Lots of rings and a DIY necklace inspired by The Love Witch film Blogger Kimberley from Wardrobe Conversations dressed in witch Halloween makeup as The Love Witch
I really need to watch it again because I did it in a rush for this brilliant and easy Halloween costume.

I have totally the wrong face shape and colouring for this look, I know, (actually I think Helen's would work well). I look more like Trish playing dress up in Elaine's apartment.
 but most of the work is in the hair and makeup. Elaine, the self-proclaimed Love Witch, wears really bold eyeshadows throughout teh film. My favourite is a turquoise that covers most of the lid, with a solid eyeliner all the way round. Bigger is better, and I felt a bit clownish at this level but now I wish I'd gone all out and had spidery false lashes too. Elaine always uses a pink blush on the apples of her cheeks and a pinky-gold lipstick. Actually, the combo of pinky lipstick and pillarbox red nails in the film irritated me, but each is great separately. It's a punchy, if jarring, combo.

This super cheap wig felt.... well, super cheap. I quite liked having long, dark hair for a fun change, though. In a way, a wig is quite fitting as Elaine herself wears a hair piece to bump up her already long black locks. (Again, this is how the film points directly to the theme of artifice in female guile.) Helen dressed the rest of me in her trench coat and lots and lots of jewels.

I didn't realise until the day that I'd misplaced my old jewellery box with all my big ol' moon stones (from that obligatory wiccan period in my life) so we just piled up what we had and Helen got all crafty and made a necklace out of my earring. If we had more time I'm sure we could whip up the dazzling rainbow jacket lining detail that Elaine claims she adds to all her clothes.
She's a stylist MacGyver.
We're a set design A Team.

Blogger Wardrobe Conversations shows a beautiful make up look inspired by Elaine from The Love Witch film
My tips for making this work are quite simple- more is more on the bold makeup and pile on the jewellery. That's all you need!

Monday, 16 October 2017

One Dress, Two Witches: The Craft

Halloween outfit inspired by Nancy from The Craft featuring Lindsay Lowe Ouija Sunglasses
Halloween costume inspiration using a simple black dress
We Are The Weirdos, Mister The Craft inspired pin by Punky Pins
Creepy goth Halloween costume inspired by Nancy Downs from The Craft

We're over half way through October and my excitement for Halloween is growing and growing. I put up some spooky decorations at the weekend and I've been watching so many horror films - it really is my favourite time of year! So it's about time we stepped up the creepy factor on the blog!

I love that the blog provides me with even more opportunities to dress up and this year we decided to challenge ourselves to style up one dress in two witchy ways. A little black dress is a great wardrobe staple and also a great starting point for so many Halloween costumes. Cat, bat, Wednesday get the idea. It's also a great base for any withy get-up. We decided to be a bit more specific and channel a couple of our favourite on screen witches using a simple H&M dress.

My witch of choice is Nancy Downs from 90s classic The Craft. I've bee a fan of actress Fairuza Balk since she starred as Dorothy in Return to Oz and her expressive face is perfect from the character of Nancy. That manic grin is just perfection so good! I was a little behind my peers in actually watching The Craft, only seeing it for the first time in my late teens, but it's been a favourite ever since. It's a great film to enjoy with friends at this time of year, accompanied by plenty of Halloween themed snacks of course!

Glow in the dark Head Ghoul pin from Lucky Dip ClubThe Craft enamel pin and ouija board sunglasses - accessories for a Nancy Downs inspired Halloween costume

Glasses | c/o Lindsay Lowe
Jacket | H&M
Dress | H&M
Tights | New Look
Boots | c/o Ted & Muffy
Choker | New Look
Craft pin  | Punky Pins
Head Ghoul pin | Lucky Dip Club
Crown ring | Bloody Mary Metal
Other rings | Made by me

Instead of going for a straight copy of what Nancy wears in the film I thought I'd just try to capture her style. There's a whole lot of black going on to reflect her gothic look. I added some fishnet tights, a faux leather choker and sunglasses, because fishnets, chokers and sunglasses equal bad, right?! These sunglasses are pretty damn perfect for this time of year (if you ignore the fact we're in Scotland and there's no sun). I featured them in last year's September wishlist and love them even more IRL. I'd also been after Punky Pins 'We are the weirdos, mister' pin for a while now so this post was a great excuse to finally make it mine. Rest assured that I will be wearing it throughout the year. It's a pin for life, not just for Halloween. I finished off the look with some creepy makeup and slicked back hair, inspired by one of Nancy's many great hair looks from the film. I'm not sure I quite managed the Nancy grin but I tried my best!

Scottish blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations dresses up as Nancy from 90s film The Craft for Halloween
EasyNancy inspired Halloween costume worn by Scottish Blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations

There you have it, a super easy witchy outfit that consists of lots of stuff I already own and a few additions that I will definitely be wearing again. Keep your eyes peeled for Kimberley's witch themed look later this week. Do share who your favourite on screen witch is and, more importantly, what (or who) you'll be dressing as this Halloween? 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Blogger Crushes 32

Kimberley's crushin' on... Cattitude & Co.

Photography by Fordtography

This crush is actually a sort of ode to Cattitude & Co. This feminist blog has been lined up to be a blog crush for a while but Tara has recently decided not to continue with the blog and re-focus on her social media services. Which is a crying shame, by the way, because as well as being very cool, flame-haired Tara offers well being advice, a real account of periods and a reasoned response to the many issues that arise in blogging. Her Contraception Chronicles series was promising and her menstrual cup tutorial gave me the push to try them after a decade of consideration.

You can still catch her over on Twitter.

Helen's crushin' on.... Midnight & Lace

It's October, so of course I wanted to pick a blogger crush with a spooky vibe. Robyn of Midnight & Lace is a self-confessed lover of all things horror and Halloween and I love how she incorporates that into her blog. From her glorious goth outfits and Halloween lookbooks to tips to get you in a creepy mood, she has plenty in her Halloween back catalogue. She's takin part in Blogoween again this year and I'm excited to follow her posts throughout October. She's already kicked things off fantastically with the first of her Burton Babe: Coraline.

You can also find Robyn over on Twitter and Instagram.

We're also loving:
  • Getting a peek at the Scottish Opera costume department with the lovely Claire from Bee Waits.
  • We may be a bit old for picture books but this one tells the story of artist Yayoi Kusama and we want it so bad!
  • Leopard Print Elephant's post about Dating a Tory is a great read - honest, insightful and funny.
  • Jillian Elizabeth's Instagram feed is giving us all kinds of Halloween make up inspiration.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

September Round Up

Blogger round up of September 2017 featuring Mother!, Northern Ireland, a Beth Lamont brooch and a yellow Hilary Grant scarf Watching: One of the films I talked about most last month was been Mother! It seems to have well and truly divided people but I have to say I definitely fall into the 'for' category. While I thought the first half was a little on the slow side, it more than made up for it in the second half. Some people have been surprised when I say I enjoyed it but I just really loved how nuts it got.
Another film I enjoyed was It. Though not super scary, I thought there were plenty of fun creepy elements. I also enjoyed how funny it was and how great the young cast were. Looking forward to the second instalment already!

Doing: I feel like I've managed to fit rather a lot into September, and that's with a couple of lazy weekends under my belt! At the start of the month I ventured across to Northern Ireland to visit my friend Ashley. I didn't get much sight seeing done but I did eat a lot of great food, drink a lot of gin and just have a generally wonderful time. After I returned I took part in a bunting making Craft Sunday at DCA with East End Press. I screen printed my own neon bright donut bunting and had a rather fabulous time doing so. There was also Kirsten Manzi's new collection launch, visiting the Louise Bourgeois exhibition in Perth, Abandon Ship's shop launch and a make a mug session with Steph Liddle. Phew!

Buying: I may have treated myself a few times last month. It all started just after I got paid and I bought myself one of Syrah Jay's new necklaces from DCA Shop. Working in DCA has definitely put me in dangerous proximity to lots of lovely craft items, as demonstrated when I then treated myself to a Hilary Grant scarf a couple of weeks later. Being away from work didn't help either as I also ventured to Tayberry Gallery in Perth  (which is lovely) and a Beth Lamont brooch came home with me. I really am too good to myself!

Clicking: Speaking of Hilary Grant, I was very excited to see her new collection popping up online. It is full of some beautiful knitwear! While I only just treated myself to one of her past season scarfs, that doesn't stop me dreaming of this gorgeous yellow one from the new collection.
I've also been spending a lot of time online searching for Halloween inspiration. I'm doing #31daysofhorror again (that's one horror film each day for the month of October) so I did a bit of research to put my list of films together. This list has been super helpful. I've also started a Halloween board over on Pinterest so be prepared to see that fill up as we head towards All Hallows Eve.

Watching: I've been trying out the new Star Trek Discovery series, which has just started on Netflix. I grew up with Star Trek (and a dorky Star Trek nickname of 'Captain' at uni due to my surname) but quite honestly I haven't watched it in the last decade unless visiting my dad. The series is only 3 episodes in and has a very slick, modern feel with plenty of special effects. I'm not sure how Star Trek-y it is though (or maybe I mean how 90s soap opera in space).

Doing: I had a snoop around historical buildings during Edinburgh Open Days, run by The Cockburn Association. I've lived in Edinburgh for a decade (good grief, I'm old) but there's always a wee hidden corner you've not heard about. This year I joined a tour of the New Calton Burial Grounds, which are undergoing a bit of a revival. I also ended up at a poetry recital at the Burns Monument by accident. When pulling looks for our Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend outfits, I also caught the AW fashion event at House of Fraser, which gave me some good style inspiration (and a huge wishlist!).

Buying: I have been looking for a smart backpack for work that is sturdy but won't break the bank. A friend swears by Fiorelli, which I'd overlooked in the past, but after seeing hers I couldn't stop thinking about it. It has a padded insert for your ipad, as well as a pocket on the underside(back?) near the strap so you can keep your phone or keys safe and retrieve them without taking it off. The only catch was that my favourite design was past season. I finally found it for a steal on Depop! Yes!

Clicking: If you follow me on Twitter, all I moan about lately is my gluten free diet. Since my coeliac diagnosis, my google searches have largely been "is X gluten free?" My dietitian recommended the Coeliac UK subscription and it comes with an app. The app has info and a food/venue check list to  help you tell which foods you can and can't eat. It's alright but there are a lot of gaps. I have found that I just have to phone restaurants in advance to see if they can cater for me. One that was brilliant lately was The Sun Inn. I've been a couple of times before but they've expanded recently. I was concerned that this has affected the quality of the food but it was actually extremely delicious and they worked around my needs. Yum!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

September Wishlist

Blogger wishlist featuring Sassy Rock on Ruby socks, pink and blue Tallulahs Threads boring jumper, pink River Island trousers, dalmation print Bianco slip on shoes and pink Hello Harriet phone case

1.) Sassy Socks | Rock on Ruby
It's not often I fall for socks but these are, well, sassy! These socks have a surprisingly elegant script and I like the contrast against the super girly frills.

2.) Boring Ruffle Jumper | Tallulah's Threads
I'm on the look out for bright coloured knitwear for winter and this is such a different, cute take on ruffles. A bit of a departure for someone who likes a cinched waist, it's one for fitting a Sunday lunch into.

3.) Pink Side Frill Trousers  | River Island
Logically, I know that these are ridiculous. Ridiculously good, that is! The punchy Barbie pink and not so subtly side frill is the antidote to any dark night.

4.) Mule Lace Up Shoes | Bianco
Shout out to my Norwegian colleague for bringing these beauties into my eye line. She already owns a pair and describes them as her 'throw on' shoes, like they're a cheap pair of slippers, but these backless pony hair brogues in dalmation print tick all the boxes for me. They're on sale but are no longer available in my size. Not fair!

5.) 'Not The Best' Phonecase | Hello Harriet
I really like this tongue-in-cheek phone case that works as a reminder that it's okay to not be perfect. Although, of course, we know that I am the best. Just sayin'.

Blogger wishlist featurin Benjamin Craven black and white wiggle bag, satsuma pin by Katie Abey, geometric Ceremony Jewellery necklace, Thunder Egg faux fur jacket and Rogue Matilda shoes

1.) Wiggle Bag | Benjamin Craven
This bag looks like it would fit so much in it. Perfect for all the crap I like to carry around! The black and white wiggle design is super fun and I love that there's a choice of long straps or short handles, especially when they provide a flash of orange.

2.) Satsuma of Self Care Pin | Katie Abey Design
I think everyone needs a satsuma of self care, just look at that happy little face! This colourful little pin is the perfect reminder to take some time out and focus on the good things in life - like the colour orange.

3.) Andaman Necklace | Ceremony Jewellery
I wanted this necklace so bad after spotting it on Instagram and then I looked at the Ceremony website. Now I want ALL of the necklaces AND earrings AND brooches. The colour combinations are spot on and the designs make such a statement.

4.) Star Faux Fur Coat | Thunder Egg
Winter is coming and I feel like I need this fax fur coat to keep me warm and also to cheer up the dark nights. Ok, basically I just want to sit and stroke it all winter long - it looks so soft!

5.) Bullseye | Rogue Matilda
Hello there dream shoes! I adore the combination of spot print with bright orange laces, plus those toes at so shiny.