Saturday, August 20, 2016

Her Universe / Doctor Who: My Collection

     Her Universe makes a lot of pop culture clothing for women.  I have purchased quite a bit.  I decided to put together a list of what I have and the quality as I see it.  I also thought I would list a few pieces I've not yet gotten my hands on but hope to someday.  So let's begin with what I have... Allonsy!
     Above are some of the cardigans Her Universe made for Doctor Who that I acquired.  Below are photos from this blog where I was wearing these particular cardigans.
     A: I got this one late last year just after the Autumn/Winter collection was released.  The knit is really soft, thick and comfortable.  The pattern is clear and includes Daleks, Weeping Angels and Cybermen, among other references.  I wore it constantly last Winter to keep me warm and it is still in great shape so the quality is absolutely worth the price you pay.
     B: The Doctor Who cardigan with a Union lag on the front and TARDIS design on the back is one of two that came out in the same set.  The other one is listed in my want/hope list at the bottom of this post.  The fabric is quite thin and almost a bit sheer.  However it is soft and comfortable.  I wear it pretty often and it is holding up well.  My only wish is that the fabric were thicker.  I would purchase this on sale or used to get the best dead for the quality.
     C: The fourth Doctor is tied in first place with ten for me.  I was really happy that they released a cardigan inspired by the fourth Doctor's scarf.  The colours are really great and the knit is not tight, but not so loose that it would be easy to snag.  It is a bit thinner/lighter than I was expecting from the official images.  Don't expect it to keep you warm in a Winter chill.  However, it is quite good for keeping you a bit warmer if the weather is just a tad cool.  It's probably the most comfortable cardigan I own that is not too thick to wear during Spring and Autumn.  The original list price seems just a tiny bit higher than I would like for the quality but if you could get even 5USD off I think it's well worth it.
     The above dress, caplet and coat are more bits from Her Universe that I have in my collection.  Sadly the dress being worn by the lady in the caplet has not been acquired yet.  Though I have tried to.  Below are photos of myself wearing these items.
     A:  I am wearing both the Regeneration Dress and the Caplet here.  The dress is made of a thick and durable yet very wearable fabric.  It is incredibly comfortable with one exception.  It is a halter dress so it ties behind the neck.  However, with the fabric being thick and a bit stiff (Which is great for the rest of the garment) it makes the tie behind the neck rather bulky and awkward.  It's uncomfortable and difficult to hide under a cardigan if you happen to wear one.  It creates a large bulge.  I wish they had chose to either not make this a halter or gone with a button closure rather than the tie.  The patterns on the fabric are amazing and I really love them.  If you walk in the wind the top layer billows behind you which feels quite fancy.  The caplet is made of a very nice fabric and has an interesting design as far as shape goes.  The inside lining is very fun as well, having little red bow ties printed on.  The only issue I have with this caplet, which I do feel is quite cute, is that the design of the cut makes it difficult to wear with anything other than the dress it was designed for or something similar to it.  The front opening sits quite low and the caplet isn't very thick so this will not by any means keep you warm.  It's really more for being fashionable and looking nice rather than any sort of practicality.  I wish I could have a whole suit made of the fabric though.  It's terribly attractive.  I have only worn it once.  I am hoping to get more use out of it later this year.  As I said, it's difficult to pair with outfits.
     B: The TARDIS coat... My prize gem of my collection!  I love this coat so much and worked so hard to get one.  After it was released it almost immediately sold out at every location and online.  However, due to this unexpected popularity (They should have asked me, I would have told them better) they have restocked and they are available for purchase currently.  The inside print is very vivid and attractive and comfortable.  The outer fabric is corduroy.  It reminds me of my childhood... I had a lot of corduroy.  It is warm and I wore it often last Winter.  Mine is actually one size too large for me due to it being difficult to locate one of any size during the time I purchased it.  It's a bit pricier than anything I would normally purchase but I assure you that it is well worth the price.  It has held up all Winter last year and I am more than sure it shall remain able to hold up to my daily wearing this Winter as well.  I only wish I would have been able to get it is my size.  Its my favourite coat, by far.
     The above 3 pieces are Her Universe Doctor Who items I would like to get some day.  The TARDIS dress, the companion TARDIS cardigan to the one I have and the 11th Doctor dress.  The two dresses are still available for purchase at Hot Topic, however the cardigan is a couple years old so I am not sure it can still be purchased at the official retailers anymore.  I suppose it's time to get started on building that time machine now!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Oh No! Now I Need a New Set of Graphics!

     Now that I have changed my hair cut and colour I am going to have to switch out the graphics on my blog!  The current excuse image and wallpaper both feature drawings of me with long blonde hair... drat!  With classes starting up next week I am not sure when I am going to have time to fix this but I will as soon as I am able.  So for now just pretend the blog drawing of me have short blue hair, alright?

Look of the Day

August 18 2016
     My first day out to show off my new hair!  I think the colour worked well with this outfit.  I wish I didn't have such huge bloody hips... I need to hit the gym more!
     When I went to the bookstore today one of my friends who works there gave me a gift!  She brought a headband for me that happened to match my hair and blazer perfectly.  What is this witchcraft?!  You can see the photos below.

Going Short & Blue: My Hair Experience at Salon 39

     Short and blue!  Like a Smurf...  Yes... I know, I am ridiculous.
     Let's start with some background information.  Since my experience with having my hair bleached, my hair has been massively damaged.  It seems to get worse every time I wash it or get my roots touched up.  I knew I needed to lose the damage which meant getting rid of most of my length.  However, since keeping up with such a light blonde when my hair is so dark is too much for my hair, so I wanted to allow my natural colour to grow back in.
     After looking around at different short hair styles I found one that I thought was really cute.  I also wanted to have a balayage so my natural colour would be able to grow out without that ugly banding.  This left the question of 'What colour should my natural colour feather into?'  I thought about my wardrobe.  I wear a lot of reds, blues, blacks and whites...  White would be a no go, and my natural colour is already dark so black would not work either.  They left me with the decision of either red or blue.  However, I wanted it to suit me so I decided of a soft dusty shade of the colours to represent the sort of colours I use when I draw.  After much thought I decided on blue.  The two photos to the right are the hair style and hair colour I decided on, and showed the stylist I saw.
     Now I knew exactly what I wanted.  I had to find a salon that would be able to perform such a look without doing any more damage.  I have had a lot of poor experiences with salons in the past so I am really weary.  It took a long time to whittle down the list of possible choices.  I called around to multiple salons and asked a series of questions, including whether or not they use Olaplex (After being obsessed with Guy Tang's YouTube videos, I had to try this stuff).  I eventually decided on a place called Studio 39.
     After the phone call to set up my appointment and free consultation I was quoted for what it would 'probably' cost, which seemed around 120USD or so.  My appointment for a consultation was later that week and my style appointment was for the next week.  The stylist I was assigned was Morgan.  I looked forward to the consultation.  They even send an email to remind clients of the dates.
     The day of the consultation arrived and I was excited to tell the stylist what I wanted but also worried that she would say my hair was so damaged that it would need to be shaved off (I had such nightmares!).  I really liked the interior of the salon.  It was decorated in a really interesting way.  It had a sort of mix between Asian and European styles (NOTE: The interior photos on their website do not appear to be up to date).  I was greeted by Morgan and we descended into the main area of the salon.  She looked at my hair and immediately started remarking on the damage.  I offered to show her photos of the cut I wanted but she didn't seem very interested.  Even when I showed her the photo reference of the colour I wanted she only glanced at it and remarked that it was a pretty photo.  She said that she would need to cut it very short; shorter than I would want.  It would need to be a pixie cut.  She also said she could not bring my colour down and needed to use a grey colour between my roots and the blue colour.  I felt a bit nervous but I agreed.  I felt like she hadn't really paid attention and as though there was a communication barrier but I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.  She was a professional and this is what she does.  She seemed to be in a hurry and even though 15 minutes had been scheduled for the consultation it lasted less than 7.
     I checked her out on the Salon's website and the bio sounded like she was exactly what I wanted.  I was torn.  She made me nervous but at the same time I was reassured that if someone was going to be able to make my hair look nice, she would be able to.  So I decided to go through with it.  I figured she was probably just having a rough day.
     During the week between visits I kept dreaming that my hair was going to turn out so poorly that I would cry and that it would have to be shaved off and I would have to pay so much money...  I kept telling myself that this was silly!  I always stress so much over things, it is ridiculous.
     Finally the day came!  The day that I would get my hair done.  The moment of truth.  I decided to put my full trust into the stylist and went to my appointment.  I waited in the antiroom for a while.  Apparently the receptionist had not realised the stylist had arrived so she had not been informed that I was already waiting.  However, it was only a few minutes past my scheduled time when Morgan came to greet me and the receptionist had given me a cup of water while I waited.
     Morgan seemed upbeat and after I sat down she asked for a refresher on what I wanted and even asked to see the style and colour photo references I had brought.  It was as though she was a completely different person from when I had seen her during the consultation.  After a few moments of discussing what I wanted I felt more at ease.  She seemed interested and said that she could give me the style I wanted, but that it would just be a bit shorter.  She also understood that I wanted my natural colour feathered down into the blue now and said she could do that.  I felt a lot more confident that I was going to be happy with this experience.
     First my hair got washed then partially dried and trimmed while it was still damp.  It was the longest anyone has ever spent cutting my hair.  The hair cut alone took so long.  I am not sure how long, because I didn't check the time.  I felt like she was really paying attention to the details which was a good thing.  I also felt like she was cutting off so much which made me worry every time she went back for another round of snips.  Especially when I was turned away from the mirror.  At the end though I thought the cut looked kind of cute.  Not really like the photo, but my hair was still damp and not styled.
     She gave me a fresh price quote and it sounded like the total was going to be about 200USD now.  I figured it would be worth it as long as I liked the outcome.  Plus unlike the other salon this stylist was completely focusing on me.  She never left to take care of another client.  I really enjoyed that and it made me feel less stressed about the whole process.
     Next she started mixing the dark colour to match my roots for feathering it down.  Of course she didn't have the exact colour but she said she used the lightest black and darkest brown.  My natural colour is a dark brown.  The roots come out dark but I get sun bleached pretty easily so the ends never match the roots.  The colour really just looked black when she applied it (after toning an area between my roots and the blonde that had an orange tint).  I figured it wouldn't be that dark when it was washed out but while I sat there with the center of my hair black and the light blonde ends spiky out (spiked because of the dye on the roots) I felt really self conscious.  People that were passing by looked at me as though they were concerned or confused.  I kept staring into the mirror and thinking I looked like a weird version of Cruella Deville.
     After about 35 minutes it was time to wash the dark colour out and add the blue.  When I saw the blue I knew right away that it was a good match to the colour in the photo.  I was really happy about that.  I sat with the dye in my hair for around 40 minutes, I think.  Then it got washed out.
     After washing the colour out I got an Olaplex colour treatment and sat with that in my hair for 15 minutes.  Morgan made sure to keep me comfortable during this time by adding extra towels under my neck while I had my head over the basin.
     After washing and conditioning my hair it was back to the chair and Morgan dried my hair while using a round brush to create volume. She also used a lotion and a powder to create texture.  At the end I really liked the colour and feathering (Though the dark colour really does just look like black and not dark brown.  Hopefully my roots will blend into it alright though).  The style didn't really look like the photo and was shorter than I wanted BUT I knew it would be shorter and I think it looked different mostly just because it hadn't been styled the same.  I think once my hair grows out a couple inches I should be able to create a style that is similar to the reference photo.  Knowing this I am alright with the style of the haircut.  Plus I can always experiment with my hair at this length and see what works for it.  You can see the before photo, a photo of the cut only, a photo of the dark dye in my hair and an after photo to the left.
     One thing I noticed was that she never showed me the back of my hair.  To be fair I never asked to see it, but it seemed odd that she didn't show it to me.  It probably just slipped her mind.
     At the end I went to the reception desk and paid my bill which came to 234USD (Including a small bottle of Olaplex to take home).  This was more money than I have ever spent on my hair but I felt like it was a fair price for the service I got.  They could not include gratuity via credit cards but their emails expressly mentioned gratuity so I figured I should leave some.  I left some cash with the receptionist to give to Morgan and went on my way.
     I had a positive experience at this salon and Morgan gave me some advice on products to use to keep my hair looking healthy.  Now I have a completely new look to start off my Autumn semester of school and my hair will be easier to manage without all the damaged length to deal with.

Look of the Day

August 06 2016: Suicide Squad
     The hubby and I went to see Suicide Squad at the cinema today.  I put together a Harley Quinn ensemble, complete with dyed ponytails.  I coloured one side in blue, then coated over it in black, the other side pink, coated over in red.  This brought together both the black/red from the comic and the pink/blue from the film.  My eye makeup is difficult to make out in the photo, and looks a bit washed out by the lighting.  One side has smudgy black eye shadow, the other has red.  I also used an ink pen to draw a heart on one cheek and the words 'I (Heart) Mr. J' on my chest, just above the ruffle trim on my top.
     The stockings and top are officially licensed DC clothing.  The Cardigan is from the Harleen line sold at Hot Topic.  The shoes are just two pairs of the same style shoes in two colours.  I own this pair of shoes in 3 colours because I love them so much.  I was just lucky to have them in both red and black which was perfect for mismatching for this outfit.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Look of the Day

July 19 2016
     Today I wore the dress that I mentioned purchasing in my last post.  I got it for under 10USD at Forever 21.  It was a good deal!  It does make it fairly clear that I need to lose some weight on my thighs though.  I need to hit the gym more often!
     These glasses were purchased on the same shopping trip.  They are so fun to wear.  I got them for 10USD at Hot Topic.

Look of the Day

July 16 2016
     I went down to the shopping district today for a meetup and a lull about the area while we caught Pokemon (Pokemon Go).  This is what I chose to wear.  I wore a wig because my hair was being difficult.
     While I was out I purchased a dress, a pair of shoes. a pair of cat socks and a pair of 3D glasses.

New Doctor Who Clothes at Hot Topic

     I love the Doctor Who fashion clothing that has been recently offered by the Hot Topic store.  I purchased a great deal of it that can be seen sprinkled through out my blog here.  Recently they have added a few new pieces in their women's fashion section.
     The three pieces (Pictured below) that I found the most exciting are a chiffon top that is longer in the back with a swallow tailed split, patterned with TARDIS boxes and flowers; An exploding TARDIS fringed 'kimono' (As it is called by the site); and a pair of comfortable looking adjustable waist TARDIS yoga bottoms.
     I would love to own the top and the trousers at the very least.  After all, I already have a coat with an exploding TARDIS pattern on it (TARDIS coat from Hot Topic).
     You can check out all of the Doctor Who merchandise available by clicking the graphic above or going to HotTopic.com and looking for Doctor Who in their Pop Culture collection list.

Look of the Day

July 12 2016
     The dress is the regeneration dress from Her Universe and Hot Topic.  The name comes from the fact that the patterns on the dress are from both Doctors (Doctor Who) 10 and 11.  The screwdrivers on the brown are 11's, the print under the skirt is from 10's suit.
     The caplet is also from Her Universe and Hot Topic.  It is inspired by the 11th Doctor (Doctor Who).  The outer pattern is after his blazer and the inner pattern is a tribute to his red bow tie.
     I also paired my Wibbly Wobbly Doctor Who bracelet and my TARDIS ring with this outfit.

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July 06 2016
     Just another outfit I wore to classes.  Matching shoes and belt.  The pattern on the blouse is made up of pretty red and brown birds.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Black Milk: Doctor Who Clothes

     I recently came across a clothing site called Black Milk.  They appear to specialise in geek culture clothing (Which is great).  Some of the clothes are really great, others seem more like cheap clubwear.  I haven't purchased any though so I can't judge the clothing quality or durability as far as wearability goes.  But there is something about tight mini dresses that puts me off.  That being said, they have a whole section for Doctor Who!

     They have a fairly decent size selection of Doctor Who inspired tops, leggings, swimwear and dresses.  Fr me, I was excited to see they used some of the less popular (less mainstream for today's whovians) Doctor Who elements such as the Sixth Doctor's outfit inspiring one of their dresses.  They even have Gallifreyan leggings.  I'm not a fan of leggings in general, but I have to admit that the Gallifreyan legging design looks really interesting.
     As much as many of the designs make me smile and as much as I may want to buy a couple pieces, I do warn you that the prices are a bit higher than I would want.  To give an example, and some perspective: above you can see the Sixth Doctor inspired dress (Far right) which costs 95AUD (Not including shipping).  In case you want the current conversion rate: 95AUD is 73USD or 56GBP.  This ends up being less than twice the pricing for similar clothes at a shoppe such as Hot Topic (Which also sells Doctor Who dresses).
     I do like the unique designs.  If you do purchase something from here you are sure to never have to worry about running into someone with the same outfit.  You will probably also get a great deal of praise from fellow Whovians and questions from nonwhovians. Let me know if you've purchased something from here!  I would love to know how the quality lives up to the price.

Doctor Who Dress List on Fashion Blog Site

     As you may or may not be able to tell I have an interest in Doctor Who inspired fashion.  I have quite a few official Doctor Who clothing and accessories (among other things) as well as several pieces that just remind me of the show (WWTDW What would the Doctor Wear?).  As I was browsing around the internet in search of any newly released items I stumbled upon this post on another blog (From December of 2015).




CHIPCHICK: Regenerate Your Closet With These 18 Doctor Who Dresses

     Though I have seen most of the dresses listed, there are a few that I had not come across.  Many of the dresses are from Etsy.  I have to say that most of the dresses, though creative are not ones I would wear.  I prefer a more subtle reference.  Something that makes a great outfit that is wearable even if no one knows the reference.  I like designs that stand alone without the connection to Doctor Who.  I do have one of the dresses on the list though.  There are also a couple others I would love to buy one day.
     If you're a Doctor Who fan (and wear dresses) you should check out the list.  I think I might start posting Doctor Who fashion reviews for the items I purchase and 'heads up' posts when I discover new Doctor Who fashion.  I just wish I had more time and motivation to make regular posts here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Look of the Day

June 29 2016
     I wore a rather Disney inspired piece today.  Mickey Mouse stockings and a Tinkerbell bracelet.  The yellow shoes carry the colour of the blazer down.  I incorporated the dots from my bow brooch into the rest of the outfit by pairing my sheer black blouse with a black and white dot camisole.

Look of the Day

June 24 & June 27 2016
     This post covers two outfits.  They looked so similar I actually had not noticed while putting these photos together that I mixed them up in the details graphic!  So I am just posting them together rather than redoing the graphic.  Yes, I am lazy...
     The outfit with the plain blue cardigan and blue stockings, Minnie Mouse Disney Couture shirt, red berret and cat sunglasses is from the 24th.  The one with the Doctor Who TARDIS cardigan, nerd shirt, plain round shades and black stockings is from the 27th.

Look of the Day

June 16 2016
     Sporting my aristocats blouse.  I also have a pair of cat socks on, though no one was aware of it but myself.  The blouse colour is a sort of pale pinkish tone.  I realise this did not come across particularly well in the photos.  The shirt is also apparently in need of some ironing.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Look of the Day

June 14 2016
     Another red white and blue ensemble.  This is my favourite colour scheme.  My shoes could use a good polish, I think.

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June 13 2016
     More hidden cat socks.  This pair is from Claire's.  The blue faux bow tie is also from Claire's.

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June 09 2016
     Another outfit I wore to class.  I got the brooch from my mother in law.
     The gold chain on my waist coat is actually for blouse collars but I like how it looks on the waist coat instead.
     Hidden cat socks.  I like hiding cats in my outfits.

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June 08 2016
     Kittens and Butterflies for today's outfit.

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June 07 2016
     Another outfit I walked to classes in.  It was cool in the morning but warm in the afternoon.  I had to carry my TARDIS coat on the walk home.  
     I have been seeing a lot of animals on my walks to class.  I even saw a turtle.  Turtles are so adorable.  You can see the photo I took of him below.

Look of the Day

June 06 2015
     I wore this on my walk to and from classes today.  I may have been a bit overdressed though.  The weather was a bit warm.  I had to roll my sleeves up and remove my tie (And unbutton a few blouse buttons) for the walk home.  I must have looked really warm because someone even offered me a ride.  That rarely happens!  I didn't accept the ride though.  I needed the exercise.  I have been gaining too much weight.

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June 02 2016
     I probably should have taken a lint brush to this blazer before taking photos.  You can see detail shots of my TARDIS prince albert charm and my Wibbly Wobbly bracelet.  You can also see my TARDIS iPhone case... But it's getting pretty old.  I should likely replace it soon.