Clothes: Secondhand chucks from eBay; thrifted necklace, braid ring; cuff from my lil sis; old, old off-brand tank (I tied it up at the bottom); stone ring and bag from Urban Outfitters clearance; pants from a little shop in Spain.
Makeup: Purple Covergirl Great Lash mascara on my lashes; Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick (025) on my lips and cheeks (with a bit of Covergirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm in shade 225, anemone, layered on top of the balm stain on my lips); all the usual concealer and moisturizer and boring junk.
Whenever I wear these pants, I feel like a walking affirmation. Yes, people with big butts CAN wear printed pants! Yes, you CAN wear genie pants around in normal, day-to-day situations! Why the hell not? I CAN DO ANYTHING! I AM INVINCIBLE! I WILL LIVE FOREVER!
The pants make me feel great, basically. Wish I could link you guys to some, but alas, I got them on a trip to Spain last summer with my family.
That being said, affordable variations of drop-crotch, palazzo, and all variety of breezy printed pants are popping up in stores all over for summer (not just in Spain), and please don’t be afraid of them! They’re delightful—just as breezy as wearing a maxiskirt, but without your thighs awkwardly rubbing against each other as you walk.
No need to style them with heels or any of that other nonsense you see in editorials. Just throw on some sneakers, simple flats, or sandals with a tank and a jean jacket and you’ll look mad fancy (even though you’ll feel like you’re cheating and wearing pajama pants around).
Addendum: Is anyone at all interested in hearing about some of my favorite drugstore makeup products? I know this isn’t technically a beauty blog, but I’m super cheap and I love makeup, so I have some recommendations for inexpensive BB creams, moisturizers, lipsticks, balms, mascaras, concealers, and other stuff, if anyone’s interested!
When searching for materials, don’t be afraid to go secondhand/OP shopping or simply to your local supermarket
* candles can always be found at secondhand stores and they’re usually priced at around 50 cents each! Though when I have a bought a bunch they bulk price it for even cheaper!
* same with candle holders, they’re so common and barely ever more than $5
* Secondhand stores will always have spare pieces of cloths and fabrics you can use during spells or even as your altar cloth! (Would recommend washing them first)
* They have so many bowls, all the time! You will always find something you can use to burn incense in or a smudge bowl. Again, these sell for like a dollar
* figurines are also really common in secondhand stores, they’re a great place to look for God and goddess figures for your altar as they always have antique and unique pieces for super cheap!
* most herbs and spices can easily be found in your local supermarket! These are just as good as something home grown, it’s all about intent after-all :)
* The Reject Shop (not sure if these exist in any place other than Australia? Hey may be called things like Dollar Stores???) always has candles for reasonable prices
* If you are needing to find a herb or spice that you can’t find in a supermarket, ETSY is an online store with lots of witchy supplies :) chances are it won’t be cheap but what can you do!
* 90% of my book collection has been bought secondhand from either Op shops, fairs or garage sales. I picked up 10 books on mythology, aromatherapy, dreams and such for like $7 at a school fair once! And secondhand stores charge from 0.50 cents to $5 for books so they’re always a great place to look!
*Heaps of towns have monthly/weekly markets and many i have been too have crystal stalls and they’re usually a lot cheaper than stores! I bought a bunch of crystals for about $20 in total! and they were raw, points and clusters :) Very cheap and good quality.
Hannibal’s drawing comes from the painting Achilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus (1855) by the Russian realist Nikolai Ge.
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (his French ancestors’ last name was de Gay) was a Russian realist painter famous for his works on historical and religious motifs. The fate of many of his works remains a mystery. At the end of his life Ge bequeathed all of his works to his Swissbenefactress Beatrice de Vattville in exchange for a small rent during his lifetime. She died in 1952 but none of Ge’s work were found in her castle. Among the lost works is Ge’s supposedly magnum opus painting The Crucifixion. Ge’s drawings were found by art collectors in Swiss secondhand stores as late as 1974. (Have somebody remembered Hannibal Rising as well? :))
The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus is a key element of the myths associated with the Trojan War. When the tide of war turned away from the Acheans, and the Trojans threatened their ships, Patroclus convinced Achilles to let him don Achilles’ armor and lead the Myrmidons into combat. In his lust for combat, Patroclus pursued the Trojans all the way back to the gates of Troy, defying Achilles’ order to break off combat once the ships were saved. Patroclus was stunned by Apollo, wounded by Euphorbos, then finished off by Hector. At the time of his death, Patroclus had killed 53 enemy soldiers.
After retrieving his body, which had been protected on the field by Odysseus and Ajax , the enraged Achilles returned to battle and avenged his companion’s death by killing Hector. Achilles then desecrated Hector’s body by dragging it behind his chariot instead of allowing the Trojans to honorably dispose of it by burning it. Achilles’ grief was great and for some time, he refused to dispose of Patroclus’ body; but he was persuaded to do so by an apparition of Patroclus, who told Achilles he could not enter Hades without a proper cremation. Achilles sheared off his hair, and sacrificed horses, dogs, and twelve Trojan captives before placing Patroclus’ body on the funeral pyre.
All thrifted, except for the pink bralette (some off brand at TJ Maxx), purse (also some random brand on clearance at TJ Maxx), gold flats from the “day” outfit (hit a sale at Kohl’s a while back) and the scarf and watch (both gifts from my family).
To give some background, my friend Shira scored a pair of free tickets to Cirque de Soleil last night from a cute French acrobat she met on Tinder (I couldn’t make this up), so she brought me along! I obviously could not let a dear friend meet a strange circus man from the internet ALONE. I tagged along for her safety. I swear.
The outfit without the jacket is what I wore to the show and for cocktails after with my friend and the acrobat (a truly fascinating man). I felt like I had to be super colorful for the occasion!
I had an appointment this morning to be a beta tester for a local salon (yay unemployment gigs, yay getting paid to get my hair blow-dried) and I was too lazy to think of another outfit, so I just lost the fancy belt and threw on a jacket, scarf, and flats.
Full disclosure: the “night” version of this was recreated this afternoon while I was shooting the “day” version, just so y'all could see the ~versatility~ of a good satin minidress.
My roommate’s stupid, fluffy dog insisted on being in at least 50% of my photos today (we’re pals).
so i went through old sketches and ended up testing my ink brush on a bunch of castiels because - for some reason i have lots of nice(?) little sketches of him - it’s probably not because i’m creepily attached to him or anything - i love inking dark hair - also for the kind anon there! i’ve grown to… strongly dislike the dump in question a while ago already, but i’m happy if somebody still gets something good out of it :>
(btw the super cool fem!cas design from the last pic is by Yuri!)
Here are some exceedingly random ~looks~ from the past week, if anyone’s interested.
My parents were in town, so between work and outings with them afterwards,I had to sort of throw stuff together on the go–it felt like I was on vacation every night, even though I had to go back to work every morning, so I weirdly think of these as travel looks.
First row: ~whale watching looks~
Thrifted skirt, sneakers; crop top and scarf from Urban Outfitters clearance; sunglasses from a gift shop in Gloucester, MA.
Second row: ~unexpected last-minute high tea looks~
Thrifted dress, belt, bag; old sneakers (I came straight from work and thankfully wore a dress on my commute in. I would’ve preferred wedges, but all I had on me were the chucks from my commute. Could’ve been worse, though–at least I had bobby pins on me to sweep my hair up).
Third row, L to R: ~Red Sox game and family dinner looks~
Thrifted everything in all three looks, except for my trusty American apparel riding pants (far left) and some super old Vera wang for Kohls sandals (center).
[image description: a window storefront for a secondhand clothing store with neon signs reading WOMENS on one side, MENS on the other side, and BUY TRADE SELL in the middle. Buffalo Exchange in Portland, OR]
It warmed up (and by that I mean it got above 30) for a few days this week, so I decided to go crazy and forgo my heavy parka for the day. This gorgeous chiffon midi skirt was one of my favorite Salvation Army finds of the last few months—it’s an almost-perfect mockup of one I’ve been coveting from American Apparel.
I’m glad that the fuzzy sweater thing is coming back. This pink crop sweater tank top is hella cozy.