New Year 2013 asos outfit

Well, I’ve certainly had  time off from the interwebz over Chrissy and New Year – but here are my photos from New Year’s Eve!

I went to a fave club Black Cherry, forgoing my usual fireworks watching. It was HOT, so I wore a sleeveless River Island black bodycon dress with an exotic tribal design in gold foil front and back, from asos. (It’s still available in some sizes, at only $42.50!)

To this I added a black cowhide peplum belt – admittedly, I yoinked the idea from asos Fashion Finder, but I can’t find the blogger who posted the look. I did a quickie DIY leopard print to the shaved part of my head – not entirely successful, the print being too big and too dark, but it was eye-catching! Jewellery was minimal, being some spooky gothic earrings from Japan (a skeleton hand and zipper), skull rings also from Tokyo, and some gold Indian bangles from my trip last April. Net stockings and black platform shoes from Berjaya Times Square in KL  completed the look.

But onto the pics:

[Read more...]

Newtown Festival 2012 with Ninja minpin Fritz

Saturday saw me trooping off to the annual Newtown Festival..this time with my little doggie Fritz! He was very relaxed whilst I was getting changed…

Miniature pinscher or Minpin

…but this changed when we got him up to Camperdown Park and into his Ninja costume. Oh dear, sad Ninja Fritz :(

minpin in Ninja costume

minpin ninja

My friends and I, however, had a much better time.

with friends at Newtown festival

friends at Newtown festival

And some crowd shots for those who wanna see what it’s like:

 

Neon Days

How about this neon yellow colour trend, eh? It just won’t go away – and I’m very happy about that! I’m obviously still very much in love with neon colour, even if I’m not exactly a cybergoth or raver these days.

I ventured out to Newtown to Just Feathers this week, and found some gorgeous goodies in that neon yellow/chartreuse colour that’s still so of-the-moment.  And everything I bought was between $25 and $39.95!

 

Firstly these leggings jumped out at me, with their tron/blade-runner/futurist bent and Prada-like 70′s honeycomb print. The yellow piping really pops against the black & white monochrome print. Thinking of my impending holidays, I kept my make-up neutral (no eyeliner!) and threw on a visor and loose skull-studded long tee from Glad News (Japan). Chartreuse platforms from my Korea trip last year, and neon yellow spiked cuff (from Just Feathers) completed the look.

(Minpin accessory not included ;) But how many times can you spot him?)

 

Another great buy was this chartreuse top with flared peplum. Initially I thought it should be worn with a gently flared skirt (from Dotti last year) and a shirt underneath for modesty.

 

But this baby doesn’t HAVE to be ladylike…it can also be glam & clubby.  I decided to put it together with the leggings, a black corset belt from Cue and a studded skirt, sans undershirt (!) but with more dramatic make-up:

 

Yes, the hair also got a nice midnight-blue dye job – well spotted, those who picked it! The bright eyeshadows are by LimeCrime, the lipstick by Manic Panic.

To complete the cyber-y look, my white boots with cut-out platform from Esperanza in Japan (see this post) seemed an appropriate choice.

In the various shots here, you can see little vignettes of my living room (dark charcoal wall & metallic teal wallpaper opposite), the sunroom (zebra chair, palms & Indian carved wooden screen), and dressing room (dark wooden shoe shelves and wardrobe doors, plush zebra striped rug & black mock-croc chair).

I WILL be doing some interiors posts before long – just have to finalise some pieces before I unveil them to the world!

To cyber it up even more, I threw on this Spank neon yellow jacket with clear PVC panels, a black spiked collar, and a neon yellow see-through corset belt from LB-03 in Japan (see this post) – perfect for this ensemble! I love how clothing from my travels and my various past incarnations, can still come together in an outfit :)

 

 

Finally, I had to grab this comfy soft jumper (above) in a pastel yellow-green hue…and pair it with a metallic neckpiece that is made  out of lots of gold bobby pins (kirby grips for my o/s readers).  A very Mary Katrantzou-like dress was another purchase of mine, as seen right, but I will leave that for another outfit post (and yep, little dawg Fritz just had to get in these pics AGAIN!)

So if you happen to be near a Just Feathers store, or an outlet for the labels Smoke & Mirrors (leggings), Imprint (jumper) or Paper Heart (chartreuse top)  you might just wanna grab yourself a bargain.

So have you jumped on board the neon trend? Dipped your toes in with a bright satchel or footwear? Do tell!

Gallery Serpentine, BioMech and Urbandon

Yesterday I checked out the bespoke sample sale which yielded me a black turban and a magenta sequinned cardi (to be seen in outfit posts later). Then I spent several hours trawling the length of King St, Newtown visiting the vintage shops – the one where I actually bought a few things being the Sarah Jane clearance store.

But the place that I enjoyed most was Gallery Serpentine with its BioMech event, which had alt model Ratchet (Susy Natal) being bodypainted by Jessica Watson Miller with Illamasqua products – in the window, no less!

 

They still had a few hours to go with the painting so it wasn’t completed here. Here are a few more photos (Cat Sweeny’s, from the facebook page), to help you see more of the delightful detail:

 

 

Cat Sweeny’s Steampunk photos were also displayed on the walls (click to see larger size):

 

I have to say I was blown away by Urbandon‘s steampunk jewellery too.  Urbandon is Don Pezzano, a self-taught assemblage artist and jeweller living in Sydney’s Inner West (and a lovely guy). Using found objects and recycled materials his creations have a Steampunk twist and a masculine sensibility. Drawing on Victorian cult and futuristic ideals allows him to create otherwordly, apocalyptic jewellery and gadgets.

He uses things such as doll’s arms and eyes which I really like, in addition to the usual brass cogs and watch parts.  I told him about Dolly Kei in Japan, which likes using antique doll’s faces on necklaces. Who knows? Maybe he’ll come up with a few DK pieces!

His pieces really are unique, definitely collectibles, and here are some items from the Urbandon Etsy store:

   

Anyway, check the etsy store and facebook page for more, and also go have a read of his very amusing and witty blog.

Then there was the store itself with its exquisite clothing. Everywhere you look there are beautiful corsets, gowns, sumptuous jackets, amazing patform shoes and boots, jewellery, accessories and more.

 

 

The steampunk elements even extended to shoes and boots!

 

I had to try a few things on, including the fantastic antique gold striped jacket, which clashed brilliantly with my zigzagged pants:

 

Aussie alternatives, I urge you to pay a visit to Gallery Serpentine sometime, and everyone can check out online the art of the people mentioned in this post. Now, to drool over some of those pieces again…

Outfits for UTBM Festival Night

Just a few piccies to show what I wore on Saturday night for the Under the Blue Moon gig, as well as my husband’s spiffy attire!

No costumes needed for goths at clubs; we just dress up – but I did go more trad goth than I normally do.  I wore a blue-sequinned Takuya Angel embellishment on my upper cheek/lower lash for a bit of pizzazz, and Angelic Blue lenses from Clearly Contacts.

Fishtail skirt: Ozz Croce (japan)
Corset: Gallery Serpentine
Feather-trimmed gloves: ebay
Boots: Yosuke USA (Japan)
Black Cross Necklace: Black Peace Now (Japan)
Skull fascinator: Forever 21, adapted by me (I sewed the skull on)

Dom wore the skeleton mask I’d bought for him at Tokyu Hands earlier in the year, along with skelly gloves, and pants from Gallery Serpentine (not seen here).

This coming weekend sees a ska night on friday night, and a deathrock/goth night on Saturday…so more dressing up awaits. With a special guest visitor from Melbourne, SuperkawaiiMama!