OOTD Car Boot Fair

Yay! The sun is out, spring is here and that means the boot fairs are starting again! I love car boot fairs. You can grab some amazing bargains.

 

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I didn’t find much at the boot fair, but I did find this cute velvety bag for only 30p!

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Blouse: £4 H&M

Jumper: £4 H&M

Skirt: £35 Spindoctor

This look was influenced by the ‘style me’ challenges I have been doing every week. The hair is from my Nu-Goth look. The skirt is very old and is starting to show its age, it was resigned to the ‘old clothes that I love but cant face chucking away’ draw. However, since doing my steampunk style me challenge I fell in love with high waisted layered skirts again. So this Spindoctor skirt has come out from hiding. It has been given a bit of love; deep washed, de-bobbled and ribbon tatty ends trimmed, it still looks aged but is much more wearable.

I really want more of these type of skirts so if anyone knows of any brands, cheap shops, ebay auctions etc then please let me know.

 

Mad Magpie  x

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Style me….Country Lolita (Easter Special)

It is time for the Style me Thursday challenge and today I am looking at Country Lolita. I thought this would be perfect for Easter and Spring.

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How to dress for an Interview? For Alternative Fashioned People

So you need to get a job but what are you going to wear for interview? Should I wear my hair in a teased back comb mess? Should I wear alternative clothes or buy a disgusting suit from Primark? These are questions that I was recently faced with whilst I was job hunting. I am sure these are also questions that you too have faced.

It is a hard choice you don’t want to hide your personality, but you cant sit around brooding in your amazing clothes forever either. Unless you get an ‘alternative’ job or one that is open to different styles, then your going to have to bite the bullet and style yourself down.

What did I decide to do?

 

I do believe that you should dress smarter and more ‘normal’ when going for an interview. But wait! Don’t grab that hideous suit just yet. I think you should just tone down your style, so there is still a bit of your personality shining through.

Blouse: £10 Dorthy Perkins

Skirt:  £7 Cult

Black Patient Shoes: £10 Primark

I already owned these clothes. I didn’t have to go and buy any ugly items I would never wear again.  When these items are paired together they look very smart as well as showing some of my own style with the frilly collar and bow.  So it is worth looking through the wardrobe you might have a blouse, skirt or trousers that would work well.

My hair was the hardest part. I love having my big backcombed hair, but first impression are important and it does look a bit of a mess. Instead I had my hair down with a bit of volume in and a cute bow to the side.

And…..I got the job! I should soon be starting my new job as a museum assistant. Working in a museum is something I have always been interested in and love all the behind the scene collections.  We also have a large collection of bones/fossils and a few taxidermy items…..AWESOME!

 

Mad Magpie x

Style Me…Guro!

This Thursday’s ‘Style Me’ challenge focuses on the Japanese fashion Guro. This post does feature a little fake blood and syringes so if you are of a VERY weak disposition probably best to look away.

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March Favourite Things

This blog post I am going to share with you movies, TV programmes, music and other things I have enjoyed over the month of March. Hopefully it will inspire you to also look into them and maybe you will fall in love with them too. I will try not to reveal any major spoilers, so I don’t ruin any thing for anyone.

 

Movie: Your Name (Kimi No Na)

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If you are interested in Anime then you have probably heard of this film. It is massive in Japan and the highest grossing anime film world wide.  It is absolutely beautifully made, it has incredible detail and at points you forget this isn’t a live action film.

The story revolves around two characters who swap bodies when they sleep.  It starts with being quite comedic with scenes like the girl (Mitsuha) in a male body (Taki), worried about going to the toilet.  However as it progressed the story line becomes more complex with twist and turns. Ending with your heart strings being well and truly tugged.

An excellent movie and it’s no wonder that it has seen great success world wide.  I would definitely recommend this film even if you are not interested in anime.

 

TV Programme: SKAM

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I came across this show by chance. I just saw a random couple of people talking about it in a UK TV forum. They mentioned it was like ‘Skins’, a show I used to enjoy when I was teenager. So I thought I would give it ago. I love the slice of life type of programmes, this was right up my street and I found it much more realistic and enjoyable than ‘Skins’.

The Norwegian show follows the daily lives of a group of young adults, following mainly their love lives. However it features a lot of complex subjects such as religion, mental health, and sexuality. It handles theses subjects very well. It doesn’t shy away from these issues and play them out in a very realistic way. It plays in real time and you can also follow the characters text messages and Instagram photos. The show has a massive following in a variety of countries so everything is available translated.

 

Music: Chvrches

I am surprised I haven’t come across Chvrches sooner, as the synthpop genre is something I have always enjoyed. I have been listening to many of their songs recently and I think ‘Lies’ has got to be my favourite of theirs.

Anime: Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

 

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I do enjoy a good anime every now again and ‘Your Lie in April’ is one that has really stood out above the rest. It not only has beautiful animation, but the music as well. The story revolves around Kōsei a former pianist prodigy and getting back into music after meeting a violist. I wont say anymore of the story as I don’t want to risk ruining the anime. I totally recommend this anime, but beware you will need a box of tissues!

 

I do hope that this blog post has inspired you to check these things out. If it isn’t normally your cup of tea give the first episode/first 10 minutes a go, you never know you might get hooked like I was.

Mad Magpie x

March Best Buys

I am going to share with you my fashion purchases for March.  I think I was quite a thrifty buyer this month getting some good deals in the sales.

I got the jumpers from H&M sale. The two pastel jumpers are like my blue one I got in January and I like it so much that when I saw them for £4 each I had to snap up that bargain. I also needed a plain black cardigan for when I start my new job, so when I saw this baggy cardigan down to £7 from £15 it was perfect.

Whilst doing the 30 days of fashion challenge one of days’ challenges was to choose my favourite t-shirt. I realised I didn’t have many t-shirts to choose from at all. So when I saw these  in Primark for only £2 I brought two as the weather is starting to warm up and I need some more cooler clothing.

 

I got this cute jumper from a charity shop for only £1.50. Its a strange fit with elasticated bottom and arms which are very tight and the rest of it is really baggy. Hopefully I can find a  to make this work as I love the pattern.

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Lastly, I brought this comb. It is a life(hair) changer! I backcomb my hair to get it into a huge ball of mess which I love. Bigger the better. This comb allows me to get it bigger than I thought previously possible and it maintains it for longer with no droop!

 

The Mad Magpie x

Style Me…Steampunk

It is time for the  Thursday’s style me challenge. Where I look at an alternative style and try to recreate it. This week I am looking at the fun fashion that is Steampunk.

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My Jewellery Collection

Today as promised in previous blog posts we shall be looking at my jewellery collection. Some of these pieces are well worn however some of them are over years old and I’ve kept onto them because I have liked them so much.

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Flower Crowns/ Headbands for SALE

I have been busy making flower headbands and I thought you would all like to have a look at what I have been making.

They are delicate and  Intricate and mainly made of paper.  They are more for  for special occasions rather than every day use. So they are perfect for  weddings, proms and  photo shoots

They are decorated with; hand painted details, shells, gems and beaded stamens.

Mermaid Headband  and fins 

Flower Headbands pastel and Cream 

Large Red and Purple Clips

 

If you would like to have a look at the rest of items in the store then please head over to my arty website. www.rebeccalusherillustration.co.uk 

 

Mad Magpie x

Style Me…Decora

It is Style Me Thursdays, where I look at an alternative style and try to recreate it and today I am looking at the Japanese fashion, Decora. From the dark colours of Nu-Goth last week I thought I would bring some brightness by looking at the crazy fun that is Decora.

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