Sunday, January 11, 2015

OOTD: Blue Wig & The Blending Trend

First things first, I'd like to wish all of you a Happy New Year! Jordan and I were both exhausted from moving into our new apartment on New Year's Eve, but we managed to make it all the way to the midnight champagne toast at our friends' house party, so I'm pretty proud of us even if we were in bed by 12:15.  It's probably the first year I didn't make a huge deal about getting a new year's dress, and I've gotta say, it was kind of nice not feeling obligated to get all sparkly.  I've already made a list of (feasible) resolutions, because I'm ready to make this the year that all of the cool shit happens in my life.  Earlier this week, I was presented with a pretty neat opportunity by a friend that will help me get some exposure, so I'll definitely elaborate once I learn a little more about it.  I have a good feeling about 2015!

For today's outfit, I wanted to try a take on the blending trend; I decided to pair this light pink H&M billow-sleeved blouse with the pastel pink accordion pleat skirt I got from Urban Outfitters a few years back. The ensemble balances nicely with the blue hair since the colors are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and everything is tied together with my favorite 1960s winter coat.

Anime is  a huge part of my daily life.  As soon as I get home from work, I make myself dinner, throw on lazy clothes and pull up either my Hulu or Netflix queue to resume the latest anime series I've likely become addicted to.  Most recently, I've been really into Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl.  The protagonist has the cutest blue hair (complete with antennae), and I got the itch to dye; after talking with my stylist, we decided that my curls have been damaged enough from bleaching and not to proceed...for now.  I've wanted to try out wigs for years, but as much as I appreciate cosplay, I had difficulty finding something that was more suited for everyday wear.  I found out about U.K. company Geisha Wigs via Instagram, and this blue gem has become a wardrobe lifesaver on days when my real hair is too crazy to style, not to mention it's great for making new friends (aka getting free drinks) at the bar.

As much as I appreciate the awesomeness this wig has to offer, I wish that companies were more culturally sensitive when branding their products.  Like, what does geisha culture have to do with this wig? Absolutely nothing.  Geisha presents itself as nothing but a buzzword, which I find unsettling.  (I'm using this particular company as an example.  Please don't take this as an instance of me devaluing the shop or the wigmaker herself, as the wig is a high-quality item and I appreciate being able to purchase from a small business. I wish the owner nothing but continued success, but I also want to be honest & bring the issue as well as my feelings to light.)

Overall, we live in a world where we're taught that symbols of status or religion are okay to "borrow" from other cultures, especially when it comes to fashion shows (cough: Victoria's Secret) or music festivals, because white people are apparently devoid of any sort of heritage to lay claim to.  I just want people and especially businesses to be more conscientious about what constitutes cultural appropriation, I don't think that's too much to ask as a consumer.  What are your thoughts on this subject? Am I in the wrong for financially supporting a company that so blatantly advertises under the guise of "geisha"?

Outfit Details:
Light Brown Fur Collar Coat - Vintage (JLinSnider)
Pale Pink Floral Chiffon Blouse - H&M
White Cropped Lace Cami - Forever 21
Pale Pink Pleated Maxi Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Scoundrel Bootie - Seychelles
Starburst Necklace - Vintage (Zola Jewelry)
Blue Wig - Geisha Wigs
Leather Backpack - Thrifted
Octagon Sunnies - ModCloth

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter Wishlist 2014

The first thought that probably comes to your mind is "This wishlist is NOT indicative of real winter weather." Yeah, yeah, I in the south, I'm lucky enough to experience relatively mild winters.  The not-so-great aspect is that the weather can be unpredictable (as a matter of fact, this weekend I'll probably be able to go outside in bare legs, ha!), so I always make an effort to dress in layers during the colder months.

This season, I'm really vibing on more muted color palettes which is a little odd for me since I'm a pastel queen at heart.  Getting more textural outerwear in my wardrobe is slowly becoming a necessity for those days when I'm feeling too lazy to get dressed up; I can easily imagine myself grabbing a chai latte on the walk to work in the mornings draped in this kawaii animal-inspired coat from ASOS.

What are you most looking forward to for the winter season?

1. Fair and Bear Sweater (ModCloth)
2. Cool Eye Palette (Bobbi Brown)
3. Kitten Candle (Catbird)
4. Gilted Pleasure Flat (ModCloth)
5. Faux Fur Hooded Coat With Animal Ears (ASOS)
6. Efflorescent Elegance Dress (ModCloth)
7. Belmont Leather Clog (Free People)
8. Nautical Stripe Crew (Hansel from Basel)
9. Tabitha Bag (Orla Kiely)
10. Harlow Blue Checked Cocoon Coat (Dahlia)

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go blow my paycheck.  'Til next time, kittens!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OOTD: Vintage Fur & KiKi's Return

I'm sure you've noticed (it's been impossible to ignore, really) that it's been well over a year since I did a blog post.  Now, I could sit here and feed you a wealth of excuses about my post-graduate existential crisis, how bizarre it's been to adjust to a life working a full-time job, how I've wasted countless hours focusing on the aspects of my life I can't change and letting that feeling fester into a despondence that inhibits my ability to finish any project...but why should I? 

I started this endeavor as a way to express my sense of style, but somehow I turned it into this insurmountable obstacle for myself, letting myself believe that I wasn't interesting or financially stable or creative enough to blog, and yet I was still prattling on to friends and strangers about the things I wanted to accomplish but not taking any steps to actualize those ideas.  Isn't that really, really stupid?

I was talking with one of my best friends recently who is about to make a major life change, and we were discussing our respective plans for the future.  She said something to me that really resonated: she told me that for a long time she didn't really understand the Nike slogan ("Just Do It") or why people thought it was so compelling or why they needed some phrase to get them off their asses to get something done, especially something like exercise.  But once she was presented with this opportunity to pursue her dream, she had the revelation that she did just need to "do it," to stop holding herself back and take the steps to enhance her life.

Sometimes I do think we subconsciously hold ourselves back due to fear or judgement or even because we feel that we're supposed to, but these sometimes scary or life-altering opportunities often reap the greatest reward, even if there is a risk of failure.  

This blog might seem like a small step in that direction,  but at least it's a jumping-off point.  I'm reclaiming Cats in My Closet as my space where I can openly express my style and share my latest projects; I'm not claiming to be an expert or that my blog will change your life, I can't even guarantee that I'll post as regularly as I want to, but I will be taking steps to just "do" the things that interest me as a means of becoming the best version of myself possible.

Outfit Details:

Rabbit Fur Coat - Vintage
Floral Blouse - Forever 21
Bell Bottom High-Waisted Jeans - Nasty Gal
Clogs - Swedish Hasbeens