Sunday, July 21, 2013

bloomers!


New bloomers from Delightfully Deviant!!



Apologies for the self-conscious posing ... in fact, I'd like to ask any readers out there - how do you pose without feeling like an idiot?  Do you take a zillion shots and hope one comes out, or do you practise practise practise?  I really need tips!  I'm thinking especially of Meagan and Franny, who always manage to look comfortable and natural in their pics ;)

Although many people think that I put a lot of effort into my appearance (well, I do spend a lot of time on my HAIR!), I'm actually pretty lazy with clothing - on weekends I only wear bloomers ... bloomers with band t-shirts, mostly, and then add a jacket (like this favourite Tripp one I'm wearing here), which tends to spruce up an outfit effortlessly ;)

Something else I've been thinking about is saving up for bespoke shoes.  I hate buying shoes ... my feet are small and wide, and I have to go to those 'special' (and expensive) shops to get shoes that fit me.  Most fashion shoes are too narrow - TUKs are fine, but they don't come in half sizes, so are usually a bit big.  When I look at my shoe collection, I really only wear a few pairs in rotation anyway.

By accident, I came across Eugenia Neave, a bespoke shoe maker in Glenelg (not far from where I live).  After looking at her shoes on Instagram, it got me thinking about how in the past people only had one or two pairs of good, expensive shoes that they had repaired quite a bit and kept for years.  So I'm making it my mission to save up for my first pair and see how they go.  When I contacted her, she gave me an estimate price, and suggested I start getting together a 'look book' of what I want so we can design a pair together.  Perfect!  I'll keep you posted ... but for the moment I'm thinking cute lolita-style mary janes with a slightly pointed toe.  I'd love to eventually have one pair of mary janes and a pair of pixie boots ;) 




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  1. Wow! did your hair get even more brilliant? You look awesome! I take lots of shots in front of a self timer and try different poses to see what work, different things work on different days, although for me simpler is better, too much movement makes me look all awkward and made of sticks joined together with crazy glue or something. I like your poses, the foot coming out the side in the second is cute and I actually like that you are a little self concious, you are both a little shy and a little coy.

    A great wardrobe helps with that well put together thing, walking into your wardrobe and finding pretty much only awesome clothing is probably why what you think is just thrown on looks so good! I am still working on that, getting rid of more and more casual clothes and trying to make more fancy awesome looking stuff!

    I have about average length feet but wide-ish. I think because I broke both my little toes in childhood they are a little bent. It also means they don't bend properly to fit into high heels comfortably, but it's not like I could balance in them anyway :P

    One pair of beautiful shoes of your dreams sounds pretty good! Bespoke are usually made to last too! I was in love with this leather boots I saw that looked exactly like they were made of leaves. Well out of my price range, of course! If you have any old shoes you are bored of you could try gluing old fabric to them and painting over the top with nailpolish or something to seal it. I haven't actually tried that though so not sure it would work, just something I was thinking about. Strips of material, like patchwork shoes.

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    1. You look very natural in your pics too Laura ... thank you, I think I will have to practise more! I'm still getting rid of things in my wardrobe too - for me, it's more about having more of what I wear, rather than having lots of clothing that is only for special occasions ;)

      OMG, I thought of Anita when you mentioned boots that looked as if they were made of leaves, haaa!! Brilliant! I was going to ask whether Eugenia could make a bow that looked like a bat ... we'll see!

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  2. If you skim through the photos in my blog you'll notice that I stick with a handful of poses that 1. make me look natural and not plastic/over posed, 2. make my clothing look it's best, and 3. I always smile because I look so sour when I don't smile. I also remember that blogging is for fun and for me to be creative, so I never really take myself too seriously. I'd rather have silly poses than be a "fashion plate" and I never try to mimic the poses in fashion magazines, ever. I'm a real person who's silly, awkward and loud ... I let my blog speak for me. Sometimes I have to take a bunch of photos to get the one I like, sometimes it's a one shot deal. I depends on my mood and how hard the outfit is to photo.

    Now let's get down to those bloomers! LOVE 'EM. I love them so much that I actually ran right to Joann's and bought a pattern and fabric (both on sale). Guess what my next project is? :)

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    1. Yeah, you're right - I just have to hit on the right 'formula', to encourage me to take photos more often!

      Haaha, I wish I could sew! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with ;) I'm currently convincing Anita to get back into her sewing, heh heh!

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  3. That sounds fantastic, shoes that keeps forever. Infact my vintage shoes are the ones that have the best quality, with leather sole and sewn together.
    Oh I fell the same, like an idiot in front of the camera. But you look adorable. The bloomers are awesome, so cool!

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    1. Yeah, you *should* do more pics of yourself, ha!! The ones you do take are gorgeous!

      It's true that vintage shoes are such a higher quality - we are such a throwaway society these days - it's a shame.

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  4. I love love LOVE you in bloomers and in these photos. I was looking at Delightfully Deviant's etsy page and pondered if a pair of bloomers would do my figure good. I used to wear them to the club and loved them, but never thought of wearing them for 'everyday' until I saw you styling them so flawlessly. :) Love your style my dear!

    I take a lot of pictures, I feel sorta comfortable in front of the camera, but my outtakes are usually goofy and I have derp face. Ha! I just try different poses and hope for the best ;)
    I think it's helped that I've worked on a lot of photo shoots as the stylist, but I ain't no model! Just dorky ol' me =D

    Custom shoes *swoon swoon* keep us posted on that adventure!

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    1. I must confess I was hesitant to order my very first pair, since I wasn't sure if they'd suit me ... but I figured that it was a low cost risk - and I'm glad I did! I also LOVE the long skirts she makes too - but I'm far too short to get away with them, darn it!! ;P

      You look amazing in your blog - and yeah, I guess being a stylist you get to watch other models and the way they work. I'll continue snapping and hopefully I'll get better ... I *always* feel dorky when I'm posing too - ah well, that's not a bad thing!

      Yes, I'll definitely do updates on the custom shoes when I start the ball rolling - it won't be too long before I can get started, as I've been saving for a while - it's amazing how little money one spends when one doesn't work near the city centre, LOL!!

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  5. I don't think you look awkward at all! And obviously I have no tips on how to take a natural picture of yourself ... two pictures in over a year-and-a-half hardly makes ME an expert! :P

    I love how you have a green bat barrette to match those bloomers! And I think it's a brilliant idea to just have one or two pairs of well-made shoes that you keep very good care of and have for a long time. My mother always used to say, “Use it up, wear it out. Make it do or do without.” Obviously, that particular lesson never really sunk in with the insomniac! :D

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    1. I LOVE your mother's saying - that is brilliant!! I sort of do that - I wear some things to death and have difficult parting with them (like my first pair of black bloomers, which was literally busting at the seams, and had faded to a greyish black) ... as soon as these arrived, I threw them out - I was so sad, which Anita thought was hilarious :P But then sometimes I buy things with the intention of wearing them out, but I don't go out often enough to get the wear out of them. Concentrating now on the former rather than the latter ;) (I'm thinking of my hot pink high heeled TUK shoes with skulls on them - totally impractical!!)

      Oh, and that bat barrette I've had for years ... I just need more hair to hold it in, as it's rather heavy!

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  6. Maybe I should think about getting myself some custom shoes... my feet are extremely narrow and small. My husband likes to joke that I have barbie feet, because even kids' shoes are too wide but fit in length >.<
    Oh bloomers, I used to think they made me look more stumpy, but I can't stop making them for casual wear either =P

    I take many many photos and decide on which one looks less forced; I'm a nervous type of person, and I can never seem to look relaxed even when I really am, hehe.
    I think you look very natural in those pictures-- flirty and fun!
    And now I think I'll follow Franny's lead and head on down to Joann's for those fabrics! Egads they look great!

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    1. Haa, isn't it funny that your feet are too narrow and mine are too wide! The practical person in me knows that my feet will thank me for custom shoes down the track - I don't want to be one of those older people with bunions or corns - EEEP!

      I think you look great in your photos - you look very natural to me! It's funny, I'm not a nervous person at all, but as soon as a camera comes out I freak out!! Gotta get over that ;)

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  7. CUTE! I like the ones with the neon green bats! I feel like an idiot in all my pictures personally, or I just cut my head out of the picture if I'm making a really stupid face, ha!

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    1. I think you look very natural in your pics!! Then again, we are all more critical of ourselves than anyone else ;)

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