Tuesday, May 29, 2012

89; Does anyone love the way they are?












Dress: c/o SheInside.com • Flannel: Don't even remember • Vest: DIY • Beanie: convenience store • Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Stevie • Necklaces: Ganesha (borrowed) and crescent moon (new age shop)





Kathryn harassed me that I should put the last two photos on here. Fine. There. Happy now, Kathryn?

My choice of necklaces was symbolic, reflecting one of the few stories in Hinduism explaining why Ganesha only has one tusk. (Source) It's a story of how he overindulged himself on food given to him by devotees, and on his ride home his steed (the rat he is typically drawn being with) stumbles over a snake, and when Ganesha falls, his belly splits open and all of the sweets fall out. Watching this, the Moon (who according to legend always shone every night) laughs at him, and he takes his tusk and throws it at her, and curses her to never shine again. She disappears from the sky and the balance is disrupted, leaving the sun to always shine. The gods come to Ganesha to have him resolve the issue, and he brings the Moon back, but on the condition that she wax and wane, and can not shine during certain points each month. (New moon.) I just love the silliness of it, and the incorporation of trying to explain why the moon waxes, wanes, becomes full, and disappears from the sky.

I am really ridiculous.

I got this dress courtesy of She Inside. I'm a little late to hopping on the 'maxi dress bandwagon' but whatever. It's fun to use as a canvas for grunging up. I haven't worn one in like, almost a year? They're sort of a challenge for me, in terms of styling them. I can do A LOT when I can mix up the top and bottom to an outfit, but if it's all one entity, I have to get a little more creative -- and if you guys know me (and you probably do) then you'll know how lazy I am.

Still, black's a great colour in terms of clothing, and this just jumped out at me! I immediately knew I had to wear this with a denim vest and beanie, and either flannel or a hoodie. Since I'm lacking in hoodies that aren't incredibly oversized on me (comically so), I went for flannel.

I consulted Formspring as to whether or not to wear Stevies or Creepers with this. The general concensus was Creepers, but I was just loving how the Stevies looked, and I just felt that it was almost too predictable to wear Creepers with this outfit. I like the idea that the 'character' of this outfit is a total babe who loves grunge, but she only has girlyass clothes in her arsenal like dresses and platform heels.

Salia Ren put it beautifully in response to my Formspring question:

"Even though I'm not usually a fan of the Stevie/Lita shape, I'd still go with the Stevies! :-) Gives a different, pretty rad vibe to the outfit. With the creepers, the outfit kind of slurs, "Hey man. 'ts up man. Rock on." *rock hand formation* in a way that I would probably expect. With the Stevies, the outfit turns into some ensemble for a grunge rock diva, and instead of slurring, it might say (in a slightly high-pitched but raspy voice), "'ts up man?! ROCK ON BABY!" *rock hand formation showcasing totally posh long nails but with black chipped nail polish on them* Irresistible."

YOU UNDERSTAND ME.


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18 comments:

  1. AHHH YOU ROCK AND I WISH YOU POSTED MORE OFTEN. ok. Anyway, I really like the story of your necklace! Also, I have major hair envy at the moment...I wish mine would do that swoopy thing that yours does. I LOVE YOU! Hope you are doing well!!!! xxxxx

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    1. Aww man, I have been so overworked and end up having stupidly busy days off from work. (Or I just revisit the movie theater in my free time to re-watch the Avengers. Ughhh I need to stoppppp.) I'm trying to come up with more outfit posts though!

      That's really just me scrunching my hair while applying horrifying amounts of hairspray to it. Kathryn asked me when I'd had time to curl it when these were taken, and I told her I hadn't! My hair's sentient, I think.

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    2. Hndsfmnasdjk why are you so cool? I love your necklace, and the story behind it is actually really fun :) You look awesome x

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  2. Yay! I'm glad you posted this love this outfit! I think the Stevie's were a great choice! You styled the maxi perfectly!

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  3. Loooooove loove love love LOVE this post. Your hair is so wonderful Kat, and it's never too late to hop onto the maxi bandwagon! Haha, that second to last photo is now my life. Thanks Kathryn!

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  4. Katttt, I LOVE this outfit so much!! The flannel and denim vest are just perfect. And I totally agree about the Stevies instead of the creepers. I tend to do this a lot.. Look super grunged up but then add heels to the mix.

    xo
    Maddie

    http://littlestylebird.blogspot.com/

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  5. Those necklaces are fantastic! I have been looking for one like the moon one ever since I watched an episode of Sailor Moon a while ago and she had one! XD

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  6. love this outfit. love it with the stevies. in total agreement. you rock and those last two photos are great... very unpredictable :) xo

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  7. You are so fucking good look! Why can't I be you? :)

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  8. for someone who finds styling maxis challenging, you did a great job! really, love the outfit. and yay for the cranberries song. stoked that you posted it.
    xo
    k

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  9. Loving the way you styled the flannel around your waist with a maxi dress. genius!

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  10. You actually styled this so well! It's so.. perfectly accessorised, I don't think I'm ever going to jump on the maxi bandwagon, I just, feel way too short to get into it. I agree btw, I think these shoes would definitely be better with this outfit than creepers.

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    1. Believe it or not, I'm 5'0" tall, and this dress from She Inside suits me perfectly! You could also buy any maxi that fits you and get it hemmed if it's too long, I hear it's pretty cheap to have done at a place like a dry cleaner's that offers such a service. (I just hem my own stuff, since I'm too lazy to go downtown!)

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  11. this is brilliant; i love the unexpected shoe choice. And the story behind the necklaces...you are marvelous.

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  12. Really great outfit, really love your style!

    Looking forward to your next post, now following! :)

    xoxoxo

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  13. you look soooo cool *_*
    love that necklaces :D

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  14. I'm a new great fan of Jeffrey C boots !

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