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New homeowner in Black Rock, Buffalo NY. Bachelors in art ed, masters in social studies/ special ed, job where I use neither. Addiction to thrifting, tights/leggings, boots, VHS tapes and liquid eyeliner. Enjoy painting, drawing and occasionally some chalk on the sidewalk. Love de- and reconstructing clothes, knitting, making jewelry and experimenting with fun eye makeup and hair color changes. Love the outdoors, learning to garden, practicing composter. Obsessed with greening up my life but not a preachy, pretentious jerk about the subject (maybe a bit pushy on the recycling thing *cough*). Loads of interests, small circle of friends, always looking for more of both. My fashion is influenced by street style, movies, comics, and my imagination.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


 Orange blazer - Amvets (Cheektowaga) $7
(great tailoring, nice fabric, fully lined)
Asian 3/4 sleeve top - $3 Amvets (Buffalo)
dress $7 H & M; boots $4 Amvets
Necklace - ??? I've had this like 10 years
Tights - Urban Outfitters $5 (sale, usually $14)
ring - .99 (vintage store in Ithaca)
make up - Urban Decay

I just have to comment. I almost NEVER buy anything at UO.
They are way too pricey, even for sales, but I'm always eyeing up their cool tights.These are a great tomato soup orangey color with a cool weave. However, they are not that great of quality. Poor stretchiness and I purposely bought a bigger size so I was on the smaller end of the size
they claim they are for. Also, they had some small runs in them, right out of the package. *sigh* OK for the sale price.

Random photos - sweet coat, Mardi Gras, hair and pussy...cat. wk of 2-20-12

 Some random photos from last week.
Above: houndstooth vintage coat -$25
flea market (detail at right)

Left - random hair style I liked
Orange and maroon flower clips -
H & M (sold as pairs; $3.99 a pair)
Necklace - Claire's (gift?)
Make up - Urban Decay
Gems- scrapbook decals
Muscle tank - H & M $3 (gift card)
Tank with shoulder strings - $5 Wet Seal

Bracelet (bottom left) $1 flea market
Deer statues - vintage $.99-3 each
Somebody needs to clean their mirror!!
 Mardi Gras look  

I <3 pigtails.

The red lip stain is Revlon, a gift from a friend.
It really does stay on all night...into the next day.
You have to scrub it off with soap - hard!
silver vintage shirt - $2 Salvation Army
black dress - $4 Amvets
red unicorn tie - .99 Amvets
music pin - ???
"clackers" (hair ties with balls *snicker*) -
Eve's Beauty Shop. That's the weave store in my hood,
which has loads of adorable hair stuff super cheap.
$1.00 for a pack with 10 pair, all different jewel tones.
Make up - Toki Doki (Adios pallette), red mascara - Hot Topic
Gems - scrapbook stuff; earrings - Brighton (gift)
eyeliner - Urban Decay liquid in Perversion 

And this is my adorable (and very old) ragimuffin cat,
Marisol, who I loving refer to as Little Mama and Lady Kitty and never by her real name. (I got my vintage table with 4 chairs for $7.50 at a yard sale when I was 20.)

I got her from Jake's Place cat shelter in South Buffalo
in spring of '07. She was very badly abused and lived under my couch for a long time after I brought her home. It took her 5 months to lay on my lap. She is now a total sweetheart who loves cuddling. That's right, I plan to be a creepy cat lady.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Funday Funday Funday - new hair color!

My Sunday outfit, for fun with my best friend. My stylist got some great dye for FREE and was kind enough to use it on me, as I already had (less awesome) red and orange dye to use up from CosmoProf. It is definitely the most vibrant color I've had in so far (shown in bottom pictures, top pics are with my previous faded color).
The new hair pictures are NOT color altered.

 Okay, so I know black and hot pink (particularly hot pink plaid mini) are very cliche mall goth but I was feeling feisty today. It was a perfect trifecta - Chinese food at Chang Garden and Amvets in West Seneca (I got such a haul - new post soon?) then on to Cheektovegas to my stylist's house to get my hair colored and cut.

guitar t-dress - gift
black sweater top $2 Salvation Army
pink plaid skirt $5 Amvets thrift store
argyle leggings $5 CW Price
knee high socks - $3 Target
MIA combat boots - $4 Amvets
pink scarf - $.99 Amvets (this
reminds me of Jem & the Holograms)


Necklace - $2 Amvets


 Shadow -
grey - Urban Decay Vegan Pallette

white - Avon liquid (this stuff is crap, given to me as a gift, I only use it to highlight my brow- burns my eyes if I put it near them)
lilac - Claire's; pink Hot Topic; liner - Urban Decay

I did a little side-swept 'do.I'm trying to get an idea of whether I want an undercut. Thrown up quick, no product.


 Left - thumb ring ?? Savannah, beach botique
large ring - $7 H &M (gift card)

Below- Indian "glass" bracelets Avtar's World Bazaar .20 cents each
Rubber bracelets - Hot Topic $1
Rings - gifts

 Union Bay coat - purchased at World's Largest Yard Sale on the Hamburg Fair Grounds, $5.

Bag - $2.99 Amvets

Sunglasses $1 Amvets

Mittens $5 H & M (gift card)

New hair below!!!! I can't believe how vibrant this is.


Outfits under $30 - 2/15 and 2/16

I went a little old school for this one and as you can see from the angle my bf is quite tall.

Blue sweater top: $4 Amvets thrift store; tank top $3 H & M (gift card), silver glitter skirt $12 vintage shop in Pittsburgh (2005), cyber strappy boots $4 Amvets, flocked leopard tights $5 Target; necklace - gift (all 3 strands are one piece); scarf .99 cents Amvets

 Shadows - Tokidoki Robbery Pallette (Gunmetal, Adios, Ninja Dog)

 black liquid & pencil liners - Urban Decay, Perversion

 gloss Hard Candy     blue ring (below) - gift

Barrette - from childhood

Outfit total, minus make up and gifts: $29



ss $7 H & M, grey sweater - $4 Amvets thrift store, red tights $1 Claire's,
leg warmers $1 Amvets,
                          maroon faux patent Mary Jane's $3 Amvets;
necklace - gift          Natural skin and brows.                                              
Make up - Gunmetal, Adios by Tokidoki from Adios Pallette (from Robbery Pallette)
Liquid liner (in black): Perversion by Urban Deay; red liquid liner Hot Topic; glitter liner - Hard Candy (gift)

A word on Hot Topic & Hard Candy make up - it's not bad at all for cheap stuff. As I've gotten older I've become more concerned with buying things from fair-wage countries, as well as with general quality and animal testing concerns. Obviously, you are going to spend a pretty penny buying something that meets those requirements. I occasionally give in to my inner cheap skate (and inner 12 year old) and pick something up at Hot Topic or *gasp* Wal-Mart (my best friend works there...I walk in to say hi and BAM I'm in front of the Hard Candy display; it's the only thing I can't resist from there and to my knowledge they are the only store to carry it offline). The VERY cheap items supplement my growing collection of Tokidoki and Urban Decay. I haven't really been disappointed by anything I've sampled from either brand, considering my low expectations. The Hot Topic matte shadows are quite pigmented (although they migrate more than something pricier) and their colored liners aren't watery. I have a great red mascara from them as well I picked up for $1.99.  Hard Candy makes great liquid shadows, glitter liner and super slick lipgloss - all with staying power and non-offensive to the senses. No skimping on glitter either!  It's obviously not the quality of something they would carry at Sephora but it's equal to many dep't store brands but with a more alternative edge than they may offer. Definitely much better than dollar store/generic/ELF product.


 Barrette - from childhood

Outfit total, minus make up and gifts - $19

Valentine's Date outfit 2-14-12


So, I'm not big on the Hallmark Holiday, but my bf is a pretty awesome guy. This is coming from someone who has dated enough non-awesome guys to know. So I thought it would be fun to hit up local spot Mother's after work for V-Day. I got in my closet intending to go with something pretty and romantic. This was what I ended up with.
Metallic leopard skirt - $12 Forever 21
Orange tights - $5 Target
Herring bone tights - ??? (too long to remember)
Combat boots by MIA - $4 Amvets
Black tank - H & M $3 (on gift card)
Black sweater top - $2 Salvation Army

Bottom: Peacock ring $6 Charlotte Russe
Vintage silver w blue stone ring - gift
Spiked bracelet - $2 Amvets
orange bracelet - gift

Top: Faux blue stone necklace - $8 Vintage shop
blue retro plastic necklace - $2 Amvets thrift store 
metallic blue scarf:$3 Salvation Army

 Right: finger armor $5 H & M
Orange faux suede jacket - $6 Amvets Thrift Store



I did a little side-swept 'do, but it was hard to get good pictures (above, left).
Shadow:Tokidoki in silver,orange & black from Robbery Pallette.
Black and blue liquid liners by Uran Decay.
Blue gems, more scrapbook stuff.
Outfit total, minus make-up, polish and gifts - $ 56