Oh dear, oh dear, she’s back again. In my previous post I said I would post more from then on, but then stuff happened. Exams, big assignments, things like that. That’s university for you. Anyway, I’m back now and hopefully I can actually keep this up.
So, despite being gone for a while, I still did some thinking about this blog and, of course, I’ve done some shopping. And that’s what my first post of 2017 is going to be about.
The first thing I wanted to show you guys is this necklace I bought from the money I earned as a guest lecturer. When I said I’d do it, I didn’t know they would be paying me. But I’m not complaining. It was definitely a nice bonus.
So, I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s a dream catcher. The brand is also called Dreamcatcher. But the funny thing is, I can’t seem to find it anywhere but the website of the store I bought this necklace at. I don’t know if it’s a brand they own or if it’s just a very new brand, but I couldn’t find anything about it. Nonetheless, it’s a nice necklace of pretty high quality. It’s all made out of metal, so it’s pretty sturdy. Overall, I’m very happy with it.
I also bought two dresses during the Christmas break. Both are vintage-inspired, which is definitely one of my soft spots when it comes to fashion.
How these dresses were made is also a bit different from what you would usually find in stores. The dress with the houndstooth pattern is from Mademoiselle YéYé. This is a clothing brand that “is designing unique clothing with the fascinating chic of the sixties for retro loving girls”. What also stood out to me about this dress is that it’s 100% vegan. According to their website, their whole brand is built upon that concept. Another thing that I feel the need to mention is that this dress illustrates why you should try things on because it looks very much different on from what it looks on the hanger. I have to admit that I wasn’t too impressed by it when I saw it on the hanger in the store but I still decided to try it on. No regrets here, I can assure you guys that much.
The other dress is from Skunkfunk. Skunkfunk is built upon the concept of sustainability. This dress is made out of the recycled polyester from plastic bottles. They also support a lot of artists, so that’s also pretty cool. I think their own website explains it best. One funny thing I noticed is that the pattern appears to be a very dark shade of blue, especially up close.
I mean, it does look very blue. But it’s not. I found out that it’s actually black. The blue sheen comes from the kind of dye they used. I’ve been told that this kind of dye is supposedly soot-based dye. This, if true, also could be traced back to the idea that their brand is built around the concept of sustainability.
However, dresses like these come at a cost. Literally. Brands like these are often more expensive than their mass-produced counterparts. I definitely don’t mind that. For that price, I get clothes that are of amazing quality and I support things like the environment, local artists, and so on. And I consider that to be a win-win.
Another thing I bought were new shoes. I’ve wanted a pair of Doc Martens for as long as I can remember. And now I could finally buy them.
These are of the classic collection, which is undergoing a revival as we speak. At first, I wanted a pair with a nice design but the store we went to didn’t have anything like that in my size. Then, the same day but in another city, we came across this really nice store (where I also bought the dresses) that happened to sell Doc Martens. But only in black, red, and this colour. In the end, I think that not going for a design was the smartest move. These shoes will probably last longer than my love for a crazy design. But why do I wear my jeans like this?
Well, I’ve seen people tuck them in or wear them over the shoes and I have to say, I found that to just be really uncomfortable. And it didn’t feel very good for my shoes and/or clothes when I wore them like that. But the actual reason I wear them like that is because I, when trying them on, wanted to see them without my jeans getting in the way. So I just decided roll them up for a bit. And that ended up becoming a habit because I like the way it looks.
Lastly, I also bought two new lipsticks from Revlon. These are Gladiolus and Iris from the Ultra HD line. Me finding out about them had absolutely nothing to do with Final Fantasy XV or anything (but honestly, I really do like these two shades).
Now, the first thing I noticed was the container. It looks pretty neat actually, it has an aesthetic I can get behind. However, the combination of the clear lid and the lipstick not swiveling down completely is not a very good one. If you’re in a hurry, chances are that you will take of a chunk of lipstick with the not-so-clear-now lid. And that’s a shame.
The lipstick itself isn’t too bad. The shades look nice and it stays on pretty okay. It also feels really nice, almost moisturising (too bad it isn’t). However, I would recommend using lip liner and a primer. It’s a smart move in general, but especially if you want to wear one of these. The first thing I noticed when I used it for the first time, was that it has a rather strong, very sweet smell. Some people might like (or not mind) this, but if you are sensitive to that kind of thing I definitely wouldn’t recommend these. All things considered, it’s not a bad lipstick. But it’s not very good either. I have yet to decide if I would buy them again, but I’m kind of leaning towards not at the moment.
Anyway, that concludes the shopping done by me during the Christmas break. I hope you also had a nice holiday season and I wish you all a (belated) very happy new year! ❤
Until next time,