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Friday, September 7, 2012

Things We Love: Of Corset!


Despite being despised by women throughout the centuries for the uncomfortableness (which, apparently, is a word), I, personally am obsessed with corsets! I purchased my first one (bottom, middle) because I loved Tim Burton's version of Sweeney Todd when it came out, and when I saw this, it seemed so positively Mrs Lovett-esque! I would always wear it as a top with nothing else, and I remember my dad once saying "Isn't that supposed to go...under your clothes?"

My second corset purchase (top, left) was for a Halloween costume back in 2010, when I was Olive Penderghast (with my dear friend Shannon, below) from the film Easy A, starring one of my favourite ladies, Emma Stone. 

Ever since then, I've been collecting them and wearing them as often as I can! I simply adore the beautiful feminine silhouette it provides and (of course) the vintage look. But hey, if you consider yourself a bit more modest than I am, corsets also make great underwear and allow for perfect posture! Another option as a replacement would be a bralet, which is actually made to be worn as a top, for those of you who aren't strange like me!

Now, you might be asking yourself, "Where do I even get a corset?" I've found mine all over, whether they were passed down from my mother, vintage racks, or other retailers. But to make it a bit easier for you, I've provided a range of cute options below that  are in a reasonable price range, so click on the one you like to shop online!

Corsets have been around since the dawn of time (literally, the earliest known corset being from 2,000 BC!) and are still fashionable today! I suspect they will also continue to be in the future (and even if not, I will always wear them!). But please, dear readers, keep in mind the risk of injury from a corset that's too tight! You want to be beautiful, but also comfortable!

Have fun!


Corset Purchased from... (left to right)
1: Hot Topic
2: Hot Topic
3: Ross
4: Vintage
5: Ross
6: Hand-me-down

How do you feel about the corset trend? If you don't already dig it, would you consider trying it? Have any other cute corsets that are up for purchase online you'd like to share? Leave a comment below!

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's all fun. and gay...

Hello, lovely readers! I've arrived in my true home--San Francisco for university this past week and have been adjusting to dorm life (and city life!) for the first time on my own! I'm so excited to be able to dress warmer for the year-round cool weather over here by the bay!

hat: h&m | t-shit: fun. online store | cardigan: wet seal | shorts: american apparel | tights: forever 21 | boots: dr. martens | bag: h&

Living away from Hawaii for the first time in eleven years is definitely something I'll need to get used to, but I couldn't be more excited! I love the vibes I get from this city. So many varieties of people everywhere you turn and the architecture is absolutely breathtaking! 

I paired my trusty purple Docs with my ensemble today. I love my new polka dot tights from Forever 21! I shouldn't be allowed to shop alone in this city, I spent waaaay too much money!

Fun fact: My brother bought me this hat for my Halloween costume (I'm an early preparer)! I've decided to tackle trying to be a female Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange, and how could I without the signature bowler hat!

Another favourite part of San Francisco is how accepting the population is. I wore my favourite LGBT/fun. t-shit and received plenty of stares (whether they were in adoration or not I have yet to know)! So I ask of you, dear readers, to be much like my fellow San Francisco residents, and never be afraid to be yourself and show the world what you're made of!