Saturday, April 28, 2012

04/28/12 OOTD: Kharis

Another OOTD, two days in a row. Let's do this.

Sunglasses: Zip it sunglasses from Domino Dollhouse
Sweater: Shadow stripe dolman sleeve sweater from Deb
Top: Longline v-neck cami from Forever 21+
Leggings: I want my mummy leggings from Mrs. Spookshow's Designs
Shoes: Military boot by Ros Hommerson

Interesting note, out of 42 OOTDs this is only my second one without a skirt or dress. Ha! Anyhow, I really love this outfit. Ever since I figured out how to wear my other leggings in this OOTD, I've really been wanting another pair of leggings to rock. I need to give a shout out, as I feel this outfit was definitely inspired by Chubble Bubble's OOTD post about her casual, comfy outfit for going to Disneyland. Trying to find the line between stylish & practical is something I can definitely struggle with, so when I was trying to decide what to pair with these leggings today I had her outfit in mind. Thanks for the inspiration, Tracy! 

I didn't take any alternate pose shots *sigh* but I did take two different leg shots. Go figure! 

These leggings are pretty much to die for and they just fit right in perfectly with my wardrobe. I had actually found this fabric ages ago when we went out shopping, and had originally thought to have a skirt made from it. However, I never found a good lining material for it, and it got forgotten. On a recent fabric shopping trip, Mrs. Spookshow returned with some more of this fabric, and said she was going to make leggings from it. When I saw the leggings she made from the fabric, I promptly asked her to make a pair for me from my piece of the fabric, and here we are. The first pair of leggings are available for purchase at Mrs. Spookshow's Designs!

So, this is my take on casual, comfy wear for when a skirt & heels may not be appropriate. Of course, these leggings could rock in those situations as well, and I'm looking forward to dressing these babies up in the near future. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

04/27/12 OOTD: Scroll

Time for another OOTD. Let's do this!

Top: Regal print tunic from Forever 21+
Undershirt: Longline v-neck cami from Forever 21+
Skirt: Custom made from Mrs. Spookshow's Designs
Tights: Charnos opaque 60 denier thick tights in black
Shoes: Mia flamenco wedge pump from DSW

I think this outfit is pretty cool. The tunic immediately caught my eye when I saw it on the Forever 21+ website, and although I was unsure if it would work for me when I purchased it, I think it definitely does. The tunic came with a belt out of the same black fabric, but I didn't feel it added anything for me, so I didn't wear it. Mrs. Spookshow made this skirt for me, based on an altered pattern and my choice of fabrics / zippers. I really dig it! My favorite thing about the skirt is that the zippers are fully functional, so I can either show off a bit of leg like here if I'm feel sassy or ...

I can zip it down for a more straight skirt style. It's very fun.

Here's a closer shot of the skirt, so you can see the details. I chose a distressed grey style for most of the skirt, with the red and black scroll fabric for the front panel. 

These zippers are dangerous, as I really enjoy showing off some leg. What can I say?

Here is a side shot to show off the shoes. I really love these shoes, the 5 inch wedge is just killer, and I'm a real sucker for straps!

Just another shoe shot for fun. 

I'm really happy with how this outfit came together. I think the black, red, and gold combination is very stylish. I know I feature red and black here a lot, especially lately, but it's just my taste. Let me know what you think about this outfit below.

Friday, April 20, 2012

04/20/12 OOTD: Airwaves

Another OOTD as I get all caught up on the blog. Here we go!

Top: Asymmetrical batwing top from Mrs. Spookshow's Designs
Skirt: Pleat tier skirt from Roaman's
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in marine
Shoes: Belted bootie by Barefoot Tess

All of the items here are remixed, with exception to the top, which is another showcase from Mrs. Spookshow's Designs. I came across this fabric while we were out shopping, and like the skirt fabric in this OOTD, it's another April Johnston fabric! Despite it being quite spendy, I had to have it! We found this pattern recently, right after having seen this top on one of the designers on Fashion Star, and I just knew I had to put the two together.

I've always loved asymmetry, and messing around with porportions. It was one of my favorite things to do in art class, and it remains something I enjoy exploring through fashion. The asymmetrical sleeve on this top is just too cool! 

I love the way the sleeve hangs here. Also, I've got a great imperious look / pose going on here, which is sometimes necessary as a man in a skirt, ha.

This outfit is a lot of fun for me, combining all sorts of garments from my closet that I love. The top, skirt, and shoes are all among my favorites, so it's great to throw them together and see what happens!

This style of top is available at Mrs. Spookshow's Designs, but in a different fabric. Despite that, it's still an awesome fabric on the shop, and it's rockin' with an awesome top pattern. I believe Mrs. Spookshow was able to pick up more of the April Johnston fabric I'm wearing here, and those will be available in the shop soon, so keep an eye out.

Anyhow, that's another OOTD & another look into my style. As always, I hope you are able to find inspiration for your own style here. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!

04/20/12 OOTD: Denim

Another OOTD! I've been waiting to show this one off. Here we go!

Top: Fringe top by Anna Schulz
Belt: Oval stretch belt from Torrid
Skirt: Stretch denim straight skirt from Mrs. Spookshow's Designs
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in marine
Shoes: Trista studded bootie by Avenue

All of the items here are remixed from various OOTDs on the blog, except for the skirt, which is new. This skirt was made by my wife, Mrs. Spookshow, and is available for purchase at her Etsy shop. I love this skirt, and have been wearing it a lot since I got it. My infatuation started with the fabric ... let me explain. I hate denim. Like, no joke, I have a pretty serious hate for denim. I hate wearing jeans, and really dislike how heavy denim usually is, especially here in Florida. Lots of people I know wear jeans nearly exclusively, so I think I'm in a minority with the hate, but whatever. 

Anyhow, back to the skirt. Mrs. Spookshow found this fabric while we were out shopping and I was shocked to find that I actually liked it too. Truthfully, I never knew that denim could be both this soft, stretchy, and light. It's got everything I love about other fabrics, but still has the denim look & texture, which I've actually always liked. Needless to say, we bought the fabric. Mrs. Spookshow made herself a pair of capris, and I got this skirt. It's totally one of my favorites.

Since this skirt is available in my wife's shop, you might think I'm just talking it up for sales, but I'm not (although I do think you need to buy this skirt!). I wouldn't wear or post anything here that I'm not 100% behind. The reason I love this skirt (besides the aforementioned ones) is that it seems to work with everything. I never really knew what fashion bloggers meant when they talk about wardrobe essentials until Mrs. Spookshow made this skirt for me. It's an easy, comfortable skirt that I seem to be able to dress up, down, around, or whatever I feel like, and that's why I love it so much.

Anyhow, be sure to give Mrs. Spookshow's Designs a look for some pretty awesome clothes from Mrs. Spookshow. We'll be adding new clothing all the time, so check back often. 

04/20/12 OOTD: Distressed

So, first I need to apologize for my lack of activity on the blog this month. I wish I could say I've been super busy with important things, but the truth is I've just been too caught up in my other interests (Warhammer, in case you wondered), and the time has just flown by. I'm sorry for neglecting this blog, and want everyone who reads it to know that I appreciate you!

With that out of the way, I've got some cool new clothes to show you guys, so this is the first of a few outfit posts that will go up today. Let's get to it ...

Top: Shadow stripe shirt from ASOS Curve
Camisole: V-neck cami from Forever 21+
Skirt: Distressed abstract skirt from Forever 21+
Tights: Kunert satin look 20 in marine
Shoes: Funtasma bloody pump by Pleaser

This outfit just sorta happened. I've got to take some outfit photos of clothing from Mrs. Spookshow's etsy shop, and as I was going through my clothes I saw this skirt and had an idea. I haven't really worn this skirt since I bought it a month ago, so I figured it was time to show it off. I had also been wanting to try out the cami under this shirt, as I've had a lot of trouble finding tops to go under it that look right. I threw on these heels (which I haven't worn since my birthday back in the Febraury OOTD) and nearly fell over when I saw the outfit in the mirror. The skirt + heels... Hot. Hot. Hot.

I've been a bit uncertain about the cami, honestly, but I wanted to try one. Sometimes when I'm wearing certain off the shoulder tops, I'll find myself thinking that it would look better with a cami under it, so that the straps break up the space a bit. I'm not sure if that's just because when women wear tops off the shoulder you often see bra strap, so my mind is a bit conditioned to expect it, or what. Back to the cami and me, however .. yeah, I find myself worrying that maybe it's a bit too feminine to work, but really what does that even mean? The whole point of this blog is breaking those gender stereotypes on clothing, so I feel I shouldn't be hindered by them. I always try to look at things objectively, without any of those preconceived notions, and ask myself, "Does this work on my body shape?" I suppose since I'm posting this outfit (and indeed do feel quite good about it) that my answer is yes, but I'm curious to know your thoughts on this topic. Let me know below!

It occurred to me that I've never posted a serious face shot of myself here. I mean, sure you see my face in all my outfit photos, but I've never taken a photo of pretty much just my face, close up. Well, now I have ... behold!

I feel my lips look quite pink in this photo, but no I'm not wearing lipstick. My lips are often quite vibrant in color, to the point that people often ask me if I'm wearing lipstick. I've tried it (I am a makeup artist, after all), but honestly I've always felt it clashes with the beard a bit much. I kind of view facial hair as a man's version of makeup, of sorts, and tend to just leave it at that. 

Time to wrap this up, but not before I share one last picture from this set!