conservative fashion

uranus in the houses and how we rebel

uranus in the first- you long to be as unique and different as possible. no one can dictate who you are or what you will become
uranus in the second- you’re well aware that your material possessions don’t define your self-worth, anti-capitalism, anti-materialism
uranus in the third- you’ve got an inventive way of thinking, a curious spirit and an eccentric quality about the way your mind functions 
uranus in the fourth- you feel like you’re the black sheep in your family, you can’t relate to them or they seem like strangers to you
uranus in the fifth- you’re creative in new, progressive ways, & your hobbies and interests are often ‘strange’ as happiness comes from unusual sources
uranus in the sixth- you constantly question if things are being done in the most efficient way possible. you revolutionize work methods and rules
uranus in the seventh- you don’t attract and neither are attracted to ‘normal’ people, you want to be fascinated by the people whom you’re with
uranus in the eighth- anything underneath the surface fascinates you, esp if it’s related to the human mind, you’re on your way to uncover it all
uranus in the ninth- you’re against traditional or conservative values and old-fashioned worldviews, you’re on the ultimate quest for truth 
uranus in the tenth- you are or wish you were self-employed. following a traditional vocational path makes no sense to you
uranus in the eleventh- you have tons of “friends”, but only a few know the real you, you don’t trust easily. meeting people online feels more comfortable
uranus in the twelfth- you feel like you’re different through and through so you constantly try to ‘fix’ your lonely mind, but the true revolution consists in accepting yourself

by crystal melbourne | within the zodiac

Hogwarts School Uniform

The other day I read a series of posts on the Hogwarts uniform and how book!uniform differs from movie!uniform, which is more canonical and whether there’s been/there should be some retconning to unify the books, films and illustrations from different sources. Since wizarding fashion is one of my favourite subjects (particularly since the word “corsets” was mentioned in HBP), I thought I had to write a post about it. So here it goes.

On tradition and unmuggleness

As much as I like the movie uniforms, the way I see it, they’re irreconcilable with those described in the books, which, both because they’re from the book and because that’s how I see them in my head, I consider canonical. Most people point out as proof of this that in a couple of occasions we are told more or less directly that the basic (I’ll talk more about this later) uniform does not bear any house indicator (see the Penelope Clearwater and Crabbe-and-Goyle’d Ron-and-Harry Cases, both in CoS). This is true. However, what I see as a bigger issue is the fact that the movie!uniform is basically a muggle school uniform with robes instead of a blazer, which, considering how often we see wizards struggling with muggle clothing, doesn’t really add up. And given that school uniforms tend to be on the conservative side of fashion, it would make much more sense to have the Hogwarts uniform resemble traditional wizarding attire.

On openings and trouserslessness

The movie robes are completely open at the front save for one (PoA-onwards) or two (PS-CoS) little clasps, which would take next to no time to do up and undo, so the movie robes would be put on and off like a bathrobe or a coat. However, most (if not all) of the times we see Harry changing into his school robes he’s described as pulling them over his head. To me that implies that the front is not open all the way down, that maybe there’s just a small opening with a few buttons, like a polo shirt. Either that or the robes are open all the way down but fastening and unfastening them is so tedious that students simply never do them up or undo them all the way. In a pre-zipper world, a front opening like that would most probably mean a metric tonne of little buttons, at least (look up some old-timey portraits, particularly of women’s fashion. They took their buttons seriously). No one has time to fiddle with that many buttons, so it would be easier to undo a few of the top ones and pull the robes over your head.

Personally, I think the left-hand version fits the description of “plain black work robes” better. And yes, there’s no indication anywhere in the books that the sleeves are flared or gathered at the top, but they look more wizardy this way, so. 

For an even more undeniable piece of evidence that supports the idea of having a closed front, look no further than Snape’s worst memory in OotP. When he gets levicorpused by James, we see his underwear. He’s not wearing trousers. Wh. Why is he not wearing trousers??? Because there’s no risk of accidental exposure of one’s undergarments when there isn’t a massive opening on the front of one’s robes, that’s why. Also, if for some sinister reason he had not been wearing trousers under open-fronted robes, everybody would’ve been able to see his pants already and it wouldn’t have been “funny” when James revealed them.

Moreover, it seems that trousers, even though they are worn in the wizarding world, are neither required nor part of traditional wizarding attire. See the old man at the Quidditch World Cup. Trousers have been adopted to some extent, but they are not considered wizarding clothing per se, but rather a garment borrowed from muggles. So if we go back to the idea that uniforms tend to be conservative, the Hogwarts uniform would have probably been designed to be worn with no clothes underneath other than underwear.

On hats gone with the wind and cloaks

Hats. “One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear.” Day wear. In the films (PS, basically), hats seem to only be worn on special occasions. And I can understand that; On set they’re probably a huge inconvenience as they like to fall off and have to be touched up constantly and may cover something/someone important. Still, canonically, a pointed black hat for day wear is part of the Hogwarts uniform.

Now, do not quote me on this, but I am positive that in one of the books there is a description of a windy day where students grab the brims of their hats so that they don’t get blown off. That’s the one and only time in the whole series (that I can remember) where the uniform hats are said to be brimmed. It makes sense, though, as traditional witch hats do have a brim. Modest brims seem adequate for uniforms. (I do think it is strange to make students wear hats indoors, but oh well.)

(Edit:  ‘ “Maybe I’ll skive off Divination,” he said glumly as they stood again in the courtyard after lunch, the wind whipping at the hems of robes and brims of hats.’ - OotP, chapter 17)

Then there’s the winter cloaks. Again, plain and black, this time with silver clasps. No crest, no house colours. And there’s also the protective dragonskin gloves, which seem to be used both as protective gloves for Potions/Care of Magical Creatures/Herbology and as regular winter gloves.

On house pride (or the lack thereof)

So far we have established that the uniform consists basically of plain black garments: a set of black robes (closed front), a black cloak, a black hat. Hence, by default, there is no way to tell what house a student belongs to just by their attire. Or is there? Here’s where the “basic uniform” I mentioned  before comes into play.

It is true that the robes, hats and cloaks are plain black when bought. And yet, there are many points in the story when Harry seems to simply know what house some students belong to, even when he clearly doesn’t know them. We get constant references to “a gorup of first year Ravenclaws” or “a Hufflepuff girl”, and since the story is told from Harry’s point of view rather than an omniscient narrator’s, there must be a way for Harry to tell apart people from different houses without knowing them personally. So how can we reconcile the ideas that some people’s house is recognisable at first sight while other people’s isn’t? It’s quite simple: CUSTOMISATION.

Bagdes, scarves, appliques, ribbons, hat ornaments, buttons, socks, belts, and a long etc, to show your house pride. Just as we can get jumpers and hoodies and caps and whatnot with the name and colours of our uni or specific college, kids in the wizarding world are probably able to buy (and make) house merchandise. These items would be available at Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and parents would send them to their children once they’ve been sorted or the kids themselves would be able to get them via owl order.

Some students may only wear a small badge on their chest. Others a scarf+turtleneck undershirt+bandana+animal-shaped hat bauble combo. I love to imagine some kids wearing ridiculously tacky things, like red-and-gold neck ruffles or bee-striped boots. And those kids who are not as inclined to show off their house? They can just wear their basic black uniform.  

Signs as Idioms
  • Aries: ❝Eager Beaver❞ — a person who is keen, hardworking and enthusiastic with an overwhelming amount of energy, sometimes considered overzealous.
  • Taurus: ❝Old Fogey❞ — a person who is excessively conservative or old-fashioned person, unadventurous and who resists change.
  • Gemini: ❝Alter Ego❞ — a person's very close friend who is very like himself; person's 'other self'; secondary or alternative personality.
  • Cancer: ❝Wallflower❞ — a person who is a type of an introvert that can be very shy, chooses or feels the need to blend in and remain silent.
  • Leo: ❝Dark Horse❞ — a person (in an competition or ranking) that looks nothing out of ordinary or weak but who unexpectedly wins or succeeds.
  • Virgo: ❝Tough Cookie❞ — a person who is a tough cookie is one who is strong willed and will do what is necessary to achieve what they want.
  • Libra: ❝Social Butterfly❞ — person who is friendly with everyone, flitting from person to person; an extroverted person who loves to socialize.
  • Scorpio: ❝Rough Diamond❞ —a person who is generally kinder and more pleasant than they seem to be from their appearance and manner.
  • Sagittarius: ❝Rolling Stone❞ — a person who is always moving, with no roots in one place or another, avoid responsibilities and cares.
  • Capricorn: ❝Devil's Advocate❞ — a person who expresses a contentious opinion in order to provoke debate or test the strength of the opposing arguments.
  • Aquarius: ❝Wild Card❞ — a person or thing whose unpredictable or whose qualities and effects to certain matters are uncertain.
  • Pisces: ❝Daydreamer❞ — a person who is stuck or decides to stay in their own mental fantasies and spends their day ignoring everything around them.

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for an exhibition scheduled to open in the fall. As a preliminary step, textile conservator Midori Sato and N-YHS Conservation Assistant Janet Lee examine the garment and decide what kind of treatment and stabilization it will need. 

Officer’s coat.  1785-1795.  Wool, linen, metal. New-York Historical Society.

VIRGO - Dating


A Virgo woman is earthly and she may seem cold and detached, but underneath the timid, reserved surface lies the real woman, a strong, passionate woman with a great capacity for strong devoted love. She will play hard to get, she is hard to get for she is worried about exposing her emotional vulnerabilities and getting hurt. She requires patience and you will have to court her and work hard to impress her. Once she is in love, it is for the long term. She will be devoted, loyal and make you very happy and even put a little order in your life. Virgo woman is conservative and old-fashioned, a typical woman who is perfect for the man who loves a challenge and likes to take a relationship slowly.


The Virgo man has a cool exterior with a sensitive interior. He has tremendous respect for a woman and will treat her like and equal. He likes women who stir his emotions because he is reluctant to express his own emotions, which he tries and this often causes conflict not just inside himself, but it spills out into the relationship. This man takes patience and understanding. He will not get extremely close so do not try to enter his psyche and become closely entangled, this will make him feel threatened. He needs a classy woman who is not impulsive or unconventional. He leads a predictable life and a predictable woman will make him feel safe. He is perfect for the down to earth, conventional woman. He won’t be romantic and sweep you off your feet, but he will be by your side and be very loyal. This man’s sensuality comes out with time. For the woman who wants a stable, solid relationship with a visible, smooth sailing future is perfect for the Virgo man.

Symbols for the Degrees: Leo

The Sabian Symbols were symbols or “images” designated to each degree of each sign in the zodiac by clairvoyant Elsie Wheeler in 1925. They can be used to paint a specific picture of each of your placements based on its degree.

Originally posted by shoopeanut

0th-1st degree: Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition

1st-2nd degree: An epidemic of mumps

2nd-3rd degree: A middle-aged woman, her long hair flowing over her shoulders and in a braless youthful garment

3rd-4th degree: A formally dressed elderly man stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition

4th-5th degree: Rock formations tower over a deep canyon

5th-6th degree: A conservative, old-fashioned lady is confronted by a “hippie” girl

6th-7th degree: The constellations of stars shine brilliantly in the night sky

7th-8th degree: A communist activist spreading his revolutionary ideals

8th-9th degree: Glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing

9th-10th degree: Early morning dew sparkles as sunlight floods the field

10th-11th degree: Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree

11th-12th degree: An evening party of adults on a lawn illumined by fancy lanterns

12th-13th degree: An old sea captain rocking himself on the porch of his cottage

13th-14th degree: A human soul seeking opportunities for outward manifestation

14th-15th degree: A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people

15th-16th degree: The storm ended, all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine

16th-17th degree: A volunteer church choir singing religious hymns

17th-18th degree: A chemist conducts an experiement for his students

18th-19th degree: A houseboat party

19th-20th degree: Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the sun

20th-21st degree: Intoxicated chickens dizzily flap their wings trying to fly

21st-22nd degree: A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission

22nd-23rd degree: In a circus, the bareback rider displays her dangerous skill

23rd-24th degree: Totally concentrated upon inner spiritual attainment, a man is sitting in a state of complete neglect of bodily appearance and cleanliness

24th-25th degree: A large camel is seen crossing a vast and forbidding desert

25th-26th degree: After the heavy storm, a rainbow

26th-27th degree: The luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky

27th-28th degree: Many little birds on a limb of a big tree

28th-29th degree: A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form

29th-30th degree: An unsealed letter

Can’t Take The Sky (1/3)

She knows how to find people. He’s got a fast ship. They need each other - and neither of them is happy about it.

… in which Emma Swan and Killian Jones team up to apprehend an armed and dangerous military deserter, who just so happens to be Killian’s brother. Shenanigans ensure - in space. Sci-fi AU inspired by all the things I love, for day 4 of @seastarved‘s Fantasy Pretzel Week.

Huge thank you to the ladies at the CS Writers’ Hub for the cheerleading and the feedback and everything! You’re all wonderful.

Blaster fire lit up the alleyway around Emma, flashing as it hit the grimy walls, the high-pitched whirr of the guns drowning out noise of the speeders from the street beyond. She flung herself into the meagre cover of a waste disposal unit, breathing hard. Her back was still hitting the wall when her companion joined her, whirling around to fire at their attackers as he backed into her.

And kept backing up.

“Hook,” she pressed out as his shoulders obscured her view, the scent of leather and soap almost overpowering the smell of the alley. “You’re crushing me.”

“My apologies, but I’ve no desire to get shot,” he gritted out. “Where did all these fellows come from?”

“You’re the one who poked the gundark den,” she reminded him sharply. “Why’d you break cover? You were supposed to wait for my signal.”

She’d known going in that this mission was a huge risk. It had gone well at first; they’d landed on Dathmun without any of the trouble that Killian had predicted, and he’d even managed to talk the dock officials out of the usual trumped-up customs charges. Up until give minutes ago, Emma would have said that the place was perfect—easy in, just busy enough to provide cover and distractions, and no weapons bans.

She might still be saying it now, if her words weren’t going to be drowned out by the blaster fire.

“Did you see how he was looking at you?” Killian demanded, edging carefully forward to snap off two quick shots at their attackers.

“How—“ Emma felt her eyes widen, something fast and hot and angry rising inside her. “You got jealous?”

“No,” he shot back, a little too quickly. “You were about to be made.”

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anonymous asked:

I saw someone post an image on facebook which said "not gay as in the supreme court gave me my right to get married but queer as in trans women throwing bricks at cops gave me my right to get married" (gay in rainbow colours, queer in pink and black) and it really rubbed me the wrong way, but I don't think I have the knowledge to fully analyse it - I was wondering what you'd have to say about it? thanks so much <3 (and no worries if you don't feel like answering, of course)

yeah I’ve seen this point of view that gay = liberal and queer = radical a lot and it’s so.. gross…. as if people who don’t feel comfortable reclaiming a literal slur to refer to themselves are somehow less well-informed or less devoted to liberatory politics (you sometimes see the same thing with women being pressured to be super comfortable calling themselves and each other b*tches –or even being pressured to be flattered when men call them b*tches–or else they’re insufficiently radical & they’re “holding the movement back”)

& it’s especially nasty if you consider the fact that “queer” as an identity label is increasingly being used to mean (or at least imply) “attracted to multiple genders,” so there’s the corresponding (and also common) implication that being gay (as in, “homosexual”) is old-fashioned / conservative / insufficiently radical, as compared to being ~queer~, which is groundbreaking / open-minded / ~enlightened~…… basically “why don’t lesbians want to date men” but couched in leftist rhetoric

it’s also kind of funny that they’re claiming to be more-radical-than-thou or whatever and yet they’re still taking “the right to get married” as the ultimate sign of progress, or something

✨💎 Tarot Card Meanings: Coins 💎✨

💰Ace of Coins: manifestation, new financial opportunity, prosperity, growth, wealth, new beginnings, fresh energy, inspiration, major positivity

💰Two of Coins: priorities, balance, change, “time is money”, pressure with balancing your home life and career, flexibility, change, shift in your order

💰Three of Coins: teamwork, initial fulfillment, collaboration, learning, listening carefully, being on the same page

💰 Four of Coins: miser, poverty, possessiveness, frugality, trying to gain stability, conserving, investments, being suffocated by greed

💰Five of Coins: loss, destruction, poverty, failure, turmoil, financial hardship, debt

💰Six of Coins: generosity, contentness, charity, financial gains, stability with money, not being controlled by money

💰Seven of Coins: assessment, choice, risk, reward, balancing priorities, the need to grow and strive, hard work, picking yourself back up

💰Eight of Coins: workman, stamina, duty, “practice makes perfect”, skill, hard work, diligence, long hours and sacrifice

💰Nine of Coins: abundance, satisfaction, accomplishment, success, efforts coming to fruition, stability, excitement, enriching, freedom, being yourself, enjoying what you have, taking the time to live

💰Ten of Coins: wealth, generosity, legacy, excess, rich, wealth beyond usefulness, stability, security, freedom, helping the next generations, giving back, starting cycles over again

💰Page of Coins: pragmatic, responsibility, aspirations, wide-eyed optimism, concerns with material goods, dreamy and hopeful, solid plans, willing to learn, conservative and traditional framework, looking for opportunities

💰Knight of Coins: dutiful, methodical, cautious, hard work, responsible, skills, focus, working steadily without flinching, traditional, conservative, stubbornness, being old-fashioned, duty, workmanship

💰 Queen of Coins: Practical, homely, motherly, security, material success

💰 King of Coins: business, competent, stability, wealth, business, no need for boasting, absolute fulfillment, getting results, diligence, risk, firmness, conservative, traditional, choosing you ideas - not anyone else’s, management, levelheadedness, slow to anger, productiveness, carefully crafted success

I’m sorry but I refuse to believe the Cullen vampires didn’t wear makeup because they “don’t need too” and that their skin’s too impermeable. It just doesn’t make 100% sense to me because makeup is an easy way of adding “human” colours to themselves.

At most, I think they would probably only use powders because creams wouldn’t set or sink into the skin. And you bet your arse Rosalie wears at least mascara, eyeshadow, and lipstick, Alice mascara and lip gloss, Esme favours apricot blush and a touch of mascara. 

Walter E. Hoffman U.S. Courthouse, Norfolk, Virginia
Photo by Caleb Racicot

Grand Art Deco courthouse in Norfolk.

Some background, from Wikipedia:

The Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse, formerly known as the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is a courthouse of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia. Built in 1932, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It reflects Art Deco architecture. It served historically as a courthouse and as a post office…

…Although this outstanding Art Deco building is one of only a few Art Deco federal buildings in the Tidewater area, the building reflects a national trend in Federal building design of the 1930s that became the Art Moderne style of the 1930s and 1940s. These new federal buildings were monumental in scale, a tribute to the democratic ideals of the 1930s, with reference to the strength of the government. A Virginian-Pilot article from September 22, 1934 noted that the building was “fashioned in conservative modernistic design and giving the impression of unlimited stability and bulk.” Compared to the earlier Beaux Arts style, the designs were restrained in ornament, expressing a new attitude that was fresh, clean-lined and modern in the simplicity of the forms and materials. The building illustrates the strong rectilinear qualities associated with the Art Deco style, and later Art Moderne style, and incorporates classical features popular in earlier governmental buildings.

P.S. I haven’t posted to this blog in quite a while, since I changed the format to posting mainly only when I had my own pictures or a friend’s to share. However, I have a bunch, so look for some incoming! -Wendy 

Shore Leave: Blind Sided

Summary: Jim x Reader x Leonard:  It all started when the crew of the Enterprise took some much needed shore leave on Yorktown. On the first night, you decide to go out with Scotty, Jim and Bones to the local bar. It’s when Scotty calls it quits for the night that things took a turn for If “best” meant being in between the most handsome men on the U.S.S Enterprise. Nothing like a good ole romp in the sack with the Captain & Doctor, at least for one night. One night, right? Or will this be the best shore leave you ever had?

Part One - Midnight Whiskey   Part Two-  Suprise

Part Three- Beautiful   Part Four- Screwed

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i spent today taking census in an oak grove restoration project and then my boss took me and another intern out to lunch and it was rlly nice and i rlly like my internship at the parkway 🌳🌱🌳

What kind of unobtrusive LGBT jewellery do y’all recommend?

I dress really conservatively most of the time, and have recently in fact been told that I was surprisingly less-conservative than someone had assumed.

I don’t really like wearing flagrantly aggressive rainbow stuff, so what’s the like next step down y’all might recommend?

As for specifics I’m like. GOD I have no idea. I’m queer and non-binary but have gotten so very SICK of the discourse it’s hard to wear any of the iconography without feeling like I’m taking sides on one argument or another.

I less want to signal something specific than I just want to signal that I’m not… y’know. Super conservative, possibly-Apostolic?