This week has been a mixed bag! The bad: erratic sleep, which for this former insomniac is a bit of a trial, general stress and a sense that life is blurring quickly past. The good: a lovely Valentine’s Day and making great progress on my blog-to-book project. This week’s sparks and inspirations were therefore things that brought a little fun into the picture, tiny lightning strikes, fancies…a miscellany of mischief, in a way.
Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
It came upon me suddenly: I had a hankering for a ouija board t-shirt. It’s a bit Hot Topic-y, but I don’t really care, since I’m embracing my weird eccentric “bad taste” impulses in fashion — and I really like the idea of a spirit compelling me to transcribe messages while rubbing my shirt. If anyone asks what I’m doing, I can just say I’m itchy — but really I’m communing with the spirits of the other world!
When I was a kid, ouija boards freaked me out a little. They were a mainstay at all the slumber parties I was allowed to go to, and there was this one girl who was kind of perfect at it. She had the whole spooky “harnessing the spirits” act down. (She could also burp on command, which was also very impressive.) I love the idea of a t-shirt ouija board, if only because it’s playfully Goth, fitting into my whole “Goth everything” idea quite nicely. It’s all connected, no?
Direwolves on a Hoodie
We’ve been rewatching “Game of Thrones” Season 1 in preparation for the 2nd season coming out on DVD next week and then the new season later this spring, and oh my god, direwolves! I still want one! My only complaint is that there weren’t enough direwolf pup cuteness in the show — I guess the Northern Inuit breed they use on the show isn’t the easiest to train? (Apparently there aren’t a lot of horses on the show, either, because the show’s budgetary limitations.) But the dogs are cute anyway, which is why I’m a little in love with this hoodie. I suppose I’ll have to hit up Etsy to get one, or just figure out how to make one myself.
I’m also super-excited for Game of Thrones to come back on the air because I love seeing Emilia Clarke as Daenerys, if only for the semi-egomaniacal reason that she and I have the same body type, and I’m psyched she’s not the typical Hollywood lollipop silhouette. I also love the desert warrior queen transcription of the Snow Queen aesthetic, of course. I had no idea she was dating Seth Macfarlane, though…don’t you think that is the oddest thing?
My khaleesi! It is known!
Sci-Fi Romance in a Dress
I haven’t paid much attention to many designer collabos — even the Martin Margiela/H&M one failed to interest me much, and I lovelovelove Martin Margiela. I think perhaps people had OD’d on them, and honestly, the idea of waiting in line and fighting a horde of jackasses who will only end up selling the stuff on eBay at ridiculous prices was not appealing to me. It just represents everything that I think is disgusting about fashion and consumption, in the worst way possible.
But while buying vanilla almond milk at Target, I popped into the dressing room to try on the Prabal Gurung stuff they had out. I wasn’t into most of it, but I did fall in love with this dress:
It makes gestures towards the romantic with the floral print, but the paneling and fit are kind of athletic/sci-fi in their way, which I also like a lot. (One of my weird personal style epiphanies lately is that my workout clothes are actually some of the things I look best in, which is kind of shifting my world and I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate it.) I’m not an impulse shopper, but I snapped the dress up — it was the last one in my size, and it fit like a glove. The only bad thing is: there goes my resolution not to shop in February! Bad, bad Kat! But I know how rare it is for things to fit well — it’s like my fashion equivalent of a unicorn, or love at first sight. When things do fit, I just snap them up fast, and all the high-mindedness goes out the window.