Saturday, December 8, 2012

christmas is in the air

Dita von Teese via tumblr.



Alexander McQueen Resort 2011; all photos style.com
OCC Lip Tar in Super NSFW.

Dress via Asos.

Pictures of a mixture of pure aesthetic joy and consumer greed that I'm compiling in a vain attempt to inspire a warm christmas spirit in my icy cold heart.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

online shopping is the pastime of gods

Some stuff I ordered from ASOS finally arrived today, and I love boxes/packages/deliveries, so here is an extremely detailed picture diary of the last hour. I was too lazy to do a full fledged outfit post, but I SWEAR ONE IS COMING SOON. The skirt looked weird by itself in the picture and I had to try it on anyway so here, have a totally accurate representation of how I would wear it out. *cough*
There were some more photos of me apart from the totally lame close up but blogger is being annoying and won't upload them, so you'll all have to live without seeing my beautiful face for one more day.

I heart boxes.
Anatomicals face wash and Barry M lipstick. 

The lipstick shade is called Champagne. I really don't know why I bought it, there's no way I can pull it off.

Studs detail on the skirt I bought.

Slightly awkward close up, but whatever.
Hearts and Bows skirt (link here)
Lipstick (link)
Anatomicals face wash (linky linky link)
Playful Promises bra (clickity, it's on sale)

Naomi

Sunday, October 21, 2012

gold on the ceiling

This is just a super fast post about some stuff I recently ordered online on taobao (the chinese version of ebay). They should be arriving soon! Sadly I'm broke now. YOLO.

I'm getting the black crosses.

SO EXCITED ABOUT THESE TIGHTS.

I never usually wear dangling earrings, so I don't even know why I got these.
DECAPITATED BARBIE NECKLACE. Which I got in blonde barbie. *evil smile*

The piece de resistance, clear creepers! The white ones were somewhat cooler but I can wear these to school.


OUTFIT POST SOON.

Naomi

PS: Here are the links to all of the above-mentioned stuff.



Sunday, September 30, 2012

we sure are cute for two ugly people

Greetings and salutations. As I now have a legitimate VPN, I really have no viable excuse not to be posting. This is NAOMI by the way, not the party pooper who wrote that lame hiatus below.
Anyway, these are some pictures that I took ages ago (like a month ago?) when the outfit I'm wearing was still...wearable for the weather. Now it's getting cold again
*retreats into dark cave to hibernate until April*.
None of the photos are very good/get the whole outfit into one shot because it was my first time using the tripod with the camera in the...yeah. I'm working on it.
Right now it's the mid autumn festival/october holidays so I should be posting more soon. Hopefully.
Me in my room.
As I have often lamented, MY HAIR USED TO BE GREEN UNTIL I DECIDED TO GO SWIMMING.

I can never find a pair of matching socks.

Close up on hair and top detail.

I was trying to show the boots better. I'm standing on a stack of Nylons (the magazine, not tights or whatever).

Yay, accessories. I almost never accessorize.

Details:
Top - Zara
Skirt - random boutique store in Beijing
Headband thing that I'm currently forgetting the actual name for - Zara
Boots - taobao.com (I bought them ages ago, don't have the link anymore, sorry)

UNTIL NEXT TIME.
Naomi

Thursday, August 23, 2012

the irrelevant life updates tag was created for posts like this

Hi~!

This is completely irrelevant (as the title suggests) but I'm super excited and basically want to shout it from the rooftops so LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY IGCSE EXAM RESULTS.



I already posted this on tumblr/instagram and danced around school shoving the results papers into everyone's faces and  shouting "SEE, I'M NOT DUMB." at random intervals, but I'm actually just really, really happy with my grades. I only sat two exams because I was taking them a year early- the top two maths classes do Maths early then Further Maths next year (kill me now) and my class all did Mandarin early too.

Anyway, it's super hard to see in this terrible webcam photo but those are my results papers and I got A* in Mandarin overall and for each of the tests, 99%! I think that's the highest percentage I've ever achieved in an exam. Except for English. Mandarin is legendarily easy though, so I wasn't that nervous about it, although there was a brief moment of panic when I convinced myself I'd probably gotten an A. FUN FACT: Naomi and I got the exact same scores for the exam!

BUT MY MATHS RESULT IS THE ONE I'M SO RELIEVED ABOUT. I'm pretty much bottom of my maths class because I'm just generally not good at that kind of thing and hate working hard, so I was convinced I'd fail and get a B or maybe an A. Also I made the dumbest mistake on the last question involving the quadratic equation. AND YET I GOT A*. WHICH IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. IT WAS UNPRECEDENTED. Plus I got the satisfaction of beating people in the year above who'd studied the material for two whole years and still achieved lower grades.

So yes, that concludes this unnecessary post!

Hannah

Monday, August 6, 2012

la da da da da

I'm going to bury you in the ground


Hi! I'm in Shanghai right now with my family, visiting my dad. My parents aren't divorced, my dad just lives in Shanghai because of his work. I refuse to move to Shanghai because I'd have to do IB instead of A-levels.

Anyway, it's ridiculously hot and sunny right now, which might be good for people who tan/enjoy the summer/enjoy SWEAT WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE but I actually hate it. I miss English summers, where it rains constantly. I mean, the heat really limits what you can wear- I've gone from what my brother dubbed the 'nun on a holiday' look (I was actually flattered by that) to wearing a see-through shirt and a miniskirt. It's all good though, I actually love the see-through shirt, I just hate the circumstances that forced me to wear it. SUMMER IS EVIL.

I apologise for my ugly bra, all the other ones were in the wash. Also isn't this skirt the coolest? It was super cheap at this awesome secondhand shop in Sunderland and it doesn't fly everywhere in the wind, which is always a plus.

H&M shirt, Reiss skirt, shoes from shoes0.taobao.com

wearing urban decay 24/7 liquid liner in perversion, a tiny bit of occ lip tar in a mix of belladonna and stalker 
I look all sweaty and disheveled in these pictures, so they're pretty accurate portrayals of me during the summer. I mostly hide in air-conditioned flats watching Adventure Time and playing with makeup/admiring my slowly fading hair.

BUBBELINE FOREVER,

Hannah

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Holiday haul.

Some of the stuff I bought in Sicily. Outfit post coming soon! Probably.

Naomi

Monday, July 30, 2012

emotional brilliance

This post is completely unrelated to the new LUSH makeup line, I just like the name! It goes perfectly with the whole self confidence thing I have going on right now. It's actually really awesome to not be so insecure anymore, and I'm thinking about starting a project to do with that..which sounds kind of arrogant, I guess, but I mostly just think it sucks that we're all bombarded with messages to hate ourselves. So I want to create media that doesn't do that.

Anyway, today I woke up at like, 7am, which is practically unheard of for me (go jetlag!) and decided I didn't feel like going to look at new bathtubs with my mum so I stayed home and watched Adventure Time and took photos in the rain. Run-on sentences ftw. But yeah, disregarding my slowly slipping command of the English language, here's an outfit post! It's raining and relatively cold for a Beijing summer, so I finally got to wear more than one layer and not drown in my own sweat.



nerdy goth vibes

old cat t-shirt with cut off sleeves, vintage burberry skirt, zara coat, rocket dog shoes, old scarf
urban decay 24/7 liquid eyeliner in sabbath, occ lip tar in belladonna, my giant face
I've been getting into makeup lately, actually. I feel like it makes how I look into a whole image rather than just clothes, which relates to my last post. For today, I basically just felt like dressing in all black and not looking fun and...flippy. It's all kind of long and dark and heavy, which I like right now. I don't feel like being approachable and pretty.

Hannah

(more photos after the break)


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DEEP THOUGHTS

THIS IS UNEDITED AND ALSO IT'S QUARTER TO 3 IN THE MORNING RIGHT NOW AS I'M HALFWAY THROUGH THE WRITING OF IT (2:45 FOR YOU AMERICANS) SO BEAR WITH ME.


Lately I've been dressing myself differently and trying to actively think about clothes and makeup and just generally how appearances make me feel/make other people feel. In relation to me, of course, because I'm a self-absorbed teenager.

I kind of went through a phase of dressing for other people- I would try to make myself look appealing, 'normal'-whatever that means- and as bland as possible. It actually didn't work that well because I seem to have a different view of what normal teenage dressing is compared to other people. Like, some of my friends wouldn't wear dresses to go out because it wasn't a special occasion? I treat my whole life as a special occasion.

Anyway, I'm over that because during that phase I was just really vulnerable and insecure and whatnot as a result of some personal problems. I have since moved on! Awesomeness! I'm starting to wear whatever the fuck I want again!

I think that now that I'm wearing what I actually want to wear, it's making me feel better about myself. I suppose to some people this might seem shallow (it's totally not, because clothes and makeup are valid forms of self-expression, mother.) but when I look exactly how I want to look, I feel untouchable. I feel great.
It's about control, I guess- my dad recently asked me if I minded people looking at me (I had purple hair, blue eyeliner and a bright green cardigan on, so I was fairly colourful and bright) and I realised I didn't.
See, people are going to look at you anyway. More so in China, because OMG WAI GUO REN, but even in England- people look at people. It's just a thing that happens. I told my dad, "They're going to look anyway, I may as well give them something to look at." but that was just a flippant response and it's kind of more than that. I mean, it's cool to be able to make somebody look at you twice because you're brightly coloured or whatever, but that's not everything.

I can control how I present myself to the world and that feels really amazing after not having control over so many things for such a long time (the personal problems). If I want to wear a low cut top and little girl bunches, I can and I know that how I look that day is a deliberate choice on my part. It's nice to be able to exercise power over your own body. It kind of transforms clothes and makeup into more than themselves, it turns them into what feels like armour. It's like a statement- I've chosen to look like this and I want to look like this and you have no bearing on that. I guess you could say choosing how you look is a way of expressing that you have bodily autonomy and you have CHOICE, and that's pretty powerful in this society where catcallers and the media and legislation and just PEOPLE try to take that away .

I will probably edit/extend/delete this tomorrow,

Hannah

P.S. fun fact: purple/black lipstick tends to intimidate/scare people. probably green and blue too. will have to buy more makeup.

P.P.S. I've never been catcalled myself ( thank god, because I'm terrible at reacting to things like that. I usually react to open leering/comments on my body or appearance from people at school with physical violence, apparently comical anger or vaguely passive-aggressive replies). I don't think it's as  common in China, but I'm not sure.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

she was a day tripper

Sunday driver, yeah.

Phew. This is my first proper outfit post in god knows how long, in fact here's the last one on the off chance that anyone wants to see it and mock both my past and present ways at once. I'm pretty sure it's that one, forgive me if I'm wrong.
Thanks to my dear friend Liz for taking the pictures. The venue is...well, the bathroom. In Italy! But you know, a bathroom.
On to the pictures! My hair is grossly in a ponytail with bits sticking out. I have no skills when it comes to hair anything, tbh. Also my legs are littered with tons of mosquito bites. Ah, countryside.

High low skirt! Which kind of looks weird without heels because I'm not modelesque or whatever, but it was
either these shoes or flip flops so...

Go-to photo pose. A result of spending way too long in China. Also, if you haven't already
guessed from the photo, I suck at putting on makeup and am now in fact looking up tutorials
on YOUTUBE (which works here WOO) in the vain hope of improving.

Um. My back? Yay sheerness.

Ignore my face. Also as you can see, the remnants of my green dip dyed hair.

Happy happy! I'm not that short, Liz was standing on a chair while taking the pics for reasons best known to herself.

Outfit details:
Floral bustier - Pull & Bear
Skirt - Yashow
White "Converse" - Yashow 
Necklace - Gift from my mother (she bought it in Delhi. In India.)

All my makeup is drugstore bought ^^

BTW, Yashow is a bargain market in Beijing. It has lots of fakes. Including my shoes. Shh.

I feel like I'm not writing enough. I can't think of any charming/cool/hilarious anecdotes to accompany this. I'm out of practice at the whole fashion blogging thing, sorry...Here have a photo of my suitcase.


Messiness.
Until next time!

Naomi

Saturday, July 21, 2012

To bald or not to bald?

Recently ive been extremely tempted to shave my head, and in fact a hundred kuai rests on me chickening out and not doing it...a bet with Hannah predictably.

So i have compiled some pictures of cool ass girls with shaved heads for inspo, and encouragement, because i have some reservations which i am not proud of >people wont find me attractive and i will be forever alone and regret it and cry forever in my self imposed bald misery< and stuff like that. Total gross stuff. Anyway, here are the pics! None are mine, i dont know the sources sorry just got it off the internet...no one sue me...

Natalie Portman as whatever her name was in V for Vendetta. Kick ass movie.

A cool looking girl on tumblr? I'll try to be better with sources next time, soz.


Backpack power! Eyebrow power! Asian power! Basically everything in this photo is my goal.


Willow Smith. I have decided she is pretty cool.


Definitely tagging this #totalfillerpostimsorry but i swear an outift post is coming soon! I have taken pics and everything, just gotta upload them and add some semblance of coherent text to accompany them. A daunting task.

Naomi

Friday, July 20, 2012

raspberry jam doughnuts

So, my hair went from this:
randomly bleached blonde

to this:


dyed purple~! ish. also wearing Barry M liquid liner in electric blue. it's super easy to apply but you can't touch it or it smudges and dies.

I used this random bleach thing from a drugstore and Special Effects dye in (and I feel ridiculous even just typing this) Pimpin Purple. Why no apostrophe, Special Effects?

In any case, this was meant to be a dip-dye (because I told my parents the school would be okay with that. I feel like they were just humouring me though.) but it ended up being more like a..most-of-head-dye? Which I'm totally fine with. I just wish I could've done the rest of my head, considering the majority of it is purple right now.

me and my mother. she's very short.


accurate representations of my face #2



I'm also currently addicted to Lush; I just attended the launch party for Emotional Brilliance. The liquid eyeliner was kind of.. thick and I didn't particularly like it. The liquid lipsticks were nice, super moisturising and fairly pigmented. I might've bought one if not for money troubles. Cries into empty wallet.

But LUSH. Like, I've become one of those people who just stares longingly at websites because everything smells so good/is really pretty. The Yuzu & Cocoa bubbleroon is possibly the best thing I've ever smelled? Also all the honey-toffee scented things are amazing. Maybe I should start a Lush tumblr.

Hannah

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

the jean chronicles, part II


I convinced my brother to take photos again! He got bored eventually and started turning it into a game where he leaped about madly and took 'action shots' to catch me unawares.
I am writing this when I really should be writing one of the many application essays for Simon's Rock. You can tell when I really care about something because it never gets finished/I procrastinate until it's almost too late. OBVIOUSLY I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE.

But I digress, this is not about my unhealthy perfectionism and hopeless dreams of attending a liberal arts university in the US- this is about photos of me taking a trip to the seaside with my family. Narcissism ftw!

I mean, 'trip to the seaside' is probably a bit misleading, seeing as my nana's house is five minutes walk from the beach, but the general idea still stands. Although, does nobody else call their grandmother 'nana'? People always laugh when I say it in front of them.

secondhand cardigan, uniqlo jeans, adidas t-shirt, taobao shoes, nikon bag

My family calls this the 'Monster's Inc.' cardigan. I love it but it sheds like crazy; I was walking around Marks & Spencers and I kept leaving clumps of green-blue mohair everywhere. The bag is actually the (super cute) camera bag off my new camera! It ran out of film after I took one picture of the sea. 


accurate representation of my face

my nana in the background there
I made a promise to myself to change into something other than jeans my first day back in Beijing.

Hannah

P.S. half-purple hair tomorrow!