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Alice: Madness Returns Fashion Inspiration!

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. It has been my favorite Disney classic movie since the first time I saw it. Better yet…every now and then a great re-imaging and version of the classic story comes mainstream. The characters are lovable, the story is cute and magical, and Alice is what I consider a Disney princess (even though she’s not a princess…). Alice in Wonderland is timeless. There’s so much one can do with it.

With my love for anything Tim Burton-esque, it was obvious that American McGee’s Alice (a video game for the PC) caught my attention. Its a twisted look on the classic Alice. In the game Alice has lost her marbles due to the death of her family and ends up in an asylum. Her mind is in ruins and so she resorts to going back to somewhere familiar- Wonderland. However, Wonderland is in more trouble than Alice. It’s also in ruins and so are the characters…but I won’t spoil it for you! Recently American McGee has released a sequel to Alice- American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns! I feel as though this one is more well known, since its for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and Windows 7/Mac.

What captures me about Alice is the girl herself. She has that dark and mysterious, yet beautiful and intriging, look about her. Here, look for yourself:

She’s a protagonist that wears blood stained clothing and wields a sinister kitchen knife, what could be better than that! (Although the knife is really the Vorpal Blade) Her eyes and hair are dark just like the game, and her stance tells us that we’re in for a good game πŸ˜€

So, I had an idea. Just like how I made and “Alex in Wonderland” inspired outfit for Halloween…I’m going to do an outfit inspired by Alice: Madness Returns. I hope you enjoy!

 

First things first, we’ll need blood splatter. The creative route would be to buy a white blazer and splatter red paint on it, however, I chose to go a more subtle and “Hot Topic” route if you know what I mean by that. Here I found a white t-shirt with a blood splatter graphic on it. (Found at http://oldglory.com/lp/Blood-Splatter-T-Shirt/p/044952TJTS for $14.95): I just love the bloody hand print by the way :DDDD

Next I wanted to find something that symbolized Alice’s stripped leggings, since our men’s look will not include leggings. I found a long-sleeved black and white striped shirt that would look great underneath the blood splatter tee. The picture here is from ASOS.com for $40…however, you can find a shirt like this just about anywhere for half the cost.

Next we need to layer the outfit with the use of a vest or blazer. I chose a vest over a blazer because I used a blazer for my Alex in Wonderland outfit. I wanted to change it up a bit πŸ˜€ Choosing a black or grey vest is the best way to go since it will create contrast with the black and white shirt and the white and red blood splatter tee. Here I have two choices for you.

Both of these vests are from Forever 21 and range from about $18 to $25…which is well within any budget. With the vests we aren’t going to wear them buttoned up because we want to show off the blood. Don’t add any fake blood to the vests, since it will make the outfit look too Halloween like. Also, the clean cut look of the vests will mimic the clean blue dress of Alice’s.

Like the Alex outfit, I’m choosing a nice dark blue skinny jean for the pants. The color is pretty similar to Alice’s dress, and the skinny look mimics Alice’s tight leggings. These pants are from ASOS.com for $65, but you can find these at a better price pretty much anywhere.For the footwear I chose a black leather boot with buckles on it. These boots are from an expensive designer, but the picture is mainly for show. You can find similar boots for anywhere from $50-$100…depending on how much you want to spend. Make sure the boots rise above the ankle, since Alice’s “goth” boots are almost knee length, but for us guys, stay about mid-shin.

For the accessory, if you know where to come across Alice’s signature horseshoe necklace, let me know. However, since I couldn’t find one, I found this witch symbol necklace by browsing Google. This is a pewter Celtic symbol from Amazon.com. I thought it looked neat and magical so I thought it would be a great necklace to go with the look. Also, it matches the silver in our boots.

And there’s our completed look. If you have any comments or suggestions. Feel free to let me know. I hope you all enjoy this amazing Alice: Madness Returns inspired outfit. Its Edwardian, trendy, and dark just like Alice πŸ˜€

Images by Google.

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Ouch, my ear!

For years I’ve wanted to get an industrial piercing…also known as a scaffold or bar. I’m pretty sure it was freshman year in high school when I saw someone with it, and since then I’ve been jealous. Of course I could have gotten one at any time, since my parents aren’t too concerned with how I present myself (especially since I don’t do anything crazy…so they trust me). However, I never went for it…until this weekend!

Thanks to my two great friends Erica and Siara, they decided to go along with my to The Tat Cave Tattoo & Body Piercing. This place is located at 3629 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 near the Dunning Neighborhood. If your coming from downtown Chicago like myself, take the Blue Line to Irving Park and then hop on the 80 bus. For the amazing price o $20, $25 for credit cards, you can get yourself any piercing. My industrial, which is technically 2 piercings, is included in this price, along with the jewelery too! My friends had gotten a belly button piercing and a cartridge piercing, both for $20. Apparently, this is a great price, since I’ve heard an industrial can be as costly as $50-70…that’s out of my price range. The Tat Cave is fast and relatively painless. Yes my ear is sore, but nothing a pain killer can’t get rid of.

Jokingly, my friend had brought up that having an industrial on your right ear is a way to show that one is gay, but honestly, I don’t mind advertising lol and also, I just got the side pierced in which I’m “handed.” I think it looks great though. If your thinking of getting an industrial, I’d make sure you’re okay with the time it takes to heal, which is about 6 weeks! Pick up a bottle of saline cleaning solution at your Walgreens ($8) and clean it 3 times a day! Also, the guy at the tat cave suggested not changing the jewelery for abut 4 weeks.

Picture is my own (and the hand is my cousin’s :DDDD)


Retail Update: Is it odd to love your job?

So I’ve told you that I’m now a sales associate for the amazing retail chain H&M! And I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be happier.

Honestly, I thought that I wasn’t going to get the job when I applied, since I feel H&M has more of a professional name to it than say, American Eagle or Forever21 (then again, my resume is pretty nifty). But, I was wrong. Thank you H&M for taking me on.

I’ve been there about a month now and so I know just about everything that I need to know in order to do my day to day activities while clocked in. Of course I still need help every once in a while when someone wants to pay with a travelers check, when someone needs help finding a specific item, or when a coworker asks me to call another store to see if they have an item in stock or in a different size (which is actually really annoying to do, and I try to avoid making phone calls). Generally speaking, I can really see myself growing there and staying there for years. What make me the happiest, in the one month that I’ve worked there, my style has started to change. My new philosophy is to just enjoy fashion, not worry about what looks good or whats in and out. Fashion is supposed to be fun!

Anyways, I’m also so happy that my coworkers are friendly. Sure there are a few who haven’t really said anything to me or introduced themselves, but the majority has :DDDD I can really see myself making a few friends, and I think I’ve already made a few. You see, I can’t work somewhere where there’s no interaction between coworkers (like the McDonald’s down the street where the workers yell and scream at each other and even their bosses).

Also, the hours you get are fantastic. Normally at Subway (where I’ve worked for 4 years) you tend to only get like 12 to 15 hours…20 if your really lucky. However at H&M, I’m racking up 27 to 32 hours a week! Can you say “Payday!” It is sort of tireding to work 8-9 hour shifts like 4 days a week, but I’m getting used to it. And like I said “Payday!” I can fin ally make enough on a check to pay my payments, save for an apartment, and shop till I drop. I’ve already bought like $200 worth of clothes there (gotta take advantage of that 25% employee discount).

All I can say is that I’m loving my job. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but it’s only going to get better from here. I can’t wait to share with you guys my hauls and also info about the H&M The Very Best of Versace collection (even though its over). Talk to you soon!

Image from Google

Newly employed

I believe that I’ve mentioned that I recently was going to/had a job interview at the amazing clothing store H&M. To my surprise, H&M has decided to bring me on as a new sales associate in training!

I’ll be honest, I’m nervous as all hell. The interview process was scary, since job interviews are one of my fears, however, since I got the job I’m assuming to them I did just well πŸ˜€ Thank goodness…because during my first interview I thought I could have done loads better; there were a few times that I wasn’t prepared for the question and I had to think of a choppy-sounding explanation off the top of my head. The best feeling was leaving the interviewing office. Don’t get me wrong, the two creative directors (one being in training herself for a hiring position) were very nice. The worst thing with getting a job is having an intimidating interviewer.

There’s so many nicely dressed, well put-together, and stylish workers at H&M, which is what inspired me to both shop and apply for a job there. So, during the interview process, I was hoping that the outfit I wore really showed off that I’m what H&M was looking for. I wore a nice grey shawl sweater that I had bought from the store the day before the interview, a pair of solid dark blue skinny jeans also from the store, and a pair of brown leather boots from Forever 21 that put the outfit together. I had hoped that it was enough to show I have fashionable potential. Regardless of what I was wearing, my insecurities were having me think that no matter what, there was probably some amazing hipster dressed 20 year old who had retail experience that was also applying for the position. I’m happy to say that I lucked out. I really need to get past thinking everyone is better than me…oh well, I’ll get to that somewhere down the line.

I was called back and asked to come in later in the week to talk with the store manager. I didn’t know whether this meant that I had the job or not, but my friends reassured me that usually a second interview is almost always positive. I wore the only other H&M shirt I had along with the same pair of pants and boots (Hey, it’s a recession…). The store manager was a little more intimidating than the two creative directors that I had been interview by, but I kept my cool. The meeting focused on making sure I’m the right match for the position. We talked about my job experience, my school schedule, and whether or not it would interfere with work. Luckily, when he had said that I’m being hired, he told me the hours I was working and introduced me to the associate who was going to train me during the two week training period. I was excited that my schedule was a few 8-9 hour shifts (I never had that many hours at my previous jobs ><).

Then the other day I came in to start my job orientation. This was basically another person who had just been hired and myself sitting in a room with a manager as she talked about the history, motto, and day to day job expectations of H&M. Also, we got to go on a tour of the store (which is 3 stories) and finished with filling out paperwork.

Now, today is the big day, as I am going in for a 3-11pm shift of pure training. I’m unsure of if it’s going to be hands-on or if I’m just going to be instructed on how to do everything. Apparently, some of the training is me learning on my own, but honestly, I’d rather be babied into learning the ins and outs. I’m terrified >< I think I’m the only person in the world who gets nervous over this stuff. I mean really, I got the job, so why am I still nervous?

Anyways, that’s all I had to say. I feel like typing it out makes me less nervous. Wish me luck on my job! If you have any questions or comments, please post them πŸ˜€


Halloween: Alex in Wonderland

Halloween is right around the corner, yet I have no costume to show for it >< Of course this bothers me beyond belief, since All Hallow’s Eve is my favorite holiday. Halloween is the most magical time of year. Halloween is no longer restricted by the choices of going as a witch, skeleton, mummy, ghoul, ghost, or devil (these typical Halloween costumes are shown in on of my favorite classic movies The Halloween Tree). Personally, I value the simple and typical costumes as opposed to the annoyingΒ  creations produced in today’s generation: examples like Gothic fairies, Candy corn witches, ketchup and mustard bottles, high school cliches of jocks or nerds, the list is endless. The idea of Halloween is to scare off evil spirits by dressing up as scary representations of creatures in common folk lore- this is where vampires, werewolves, and witches come from. Where the hell does a Candy corn fairy show up in history; it doesn’t!

I hate to admit that I’m a bit of a hypocrite. I have wanted to stray away from the iconic Halloween costumes and try creating my own interpretation of an iconic character. Alice in Wonderland is in my top three Disney movies list, along side Beauty and the Beast and The Hutchback on Notre Dame. Obviously, I wouldn’t want to throw on Alice’s dress and wear a long blonde wing and carry around a pink flamingo…so I thought I’d brainstorm a modern male interpretation of Alice. So, I want to go as Alex of Wonderland. I have the whole blonde hair and blue eyes already, so I’ll use the colors of Alice’s typical dress to create an outfit for Alex.

I first had to think of what a man would have worn in the time period set in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I wasn’t about to go out and purchase an Edwardian suit by any means, so an inexpensive casual blazer will have to do. Besides, the items I would purchase for the costume can all be worn outside of Halloween. A blazer is a must for any wardrobe. This blazer happens to be a $79 Havanera Co. Herringbone Blazer from JC Pennys. I personally wouldn’t buy it for that price, but H&M or Forever21 might have cheaper alternatives. The blazer is white so that it reflects Alice’s apron tied around her blue dress. If you have grey, go with that, but any other colors or black won’t due for this look.

Next we’ll need a pair a skinny/slim jeans. Why skinny? Simple, Alice’s look is sleek (ignoring the fact that her dress is puffy at times) so we want a sleek and slim look with the pants. Also, slim jeans fit better with the boots we are going to use for footwear. You can find a good pair a navy blue/dark blue jeans at H&M for $19.99. Stay away from blue jeans since the look will be too casual and normal looking. We want a solid blue color. Stay away from white pants unless you’re going to wear a blue blazer.

Choosing a V-neck for our undershirt is a great choice since we are modernizing the Alice outfit. A neutral color will look classy with the white blazer. I chose a light grey V-neck that was relatively inexpensive on Google shopping. You can substitute a neutral colored v neck sweater in as well if you’re worried about the chilly weather.

Boots are very popular this time of year, and in Chicago its increasingly popular to have your pant legs tucked inside of them to give off a stylish look. Here I chose a pair of boots from Forever 21 (21 Men) that cost $34. Not too bad for a pair of boots. And I actually bought these a week ago. The leather brown boots were inspired by a picture I saw of Edwardian men’s fashion (I do hope I have the right era down). Either way, you end up having a great pair of boots at the end of Halloween.

Your outfit is all done. Optionally, but highly recommended, I would purchase a few items that will give off a more “Hey, I’m from Wonderland” vibe so that friends know what you’re going for. To the right is a Drink Me bottle key chain that can be purchased on Amazon for around $10. Clipping it to your pants’ belt loop and letting it hang around will give you more of a Alice feel to the outfit. I’d also suggest maybe pinning a couple playing cards here and there to reflect the scene where Alice is being chased by the card soldiers. Also, you can take some face paint and paint a heart, spade, club, or diamond on one of your cheeks.

I hope you all enjoyed my idea for an Alice (Alex) in Wonderland inspired Halloween outfit. Although, you could wear this any time you like. This outfit is by far cheaper than $100, and you can find all these items to total about $60 if you look around for the best prices.

If you have any questions or comments please post them. Also, all photos shown in this post are from Google Images. Until next time πŸ˜€


I’m a poor and broke unfortunate soul

Its Thursday morning. I didn’t sleep last night. Instead, I slept right after my Wednesday classes until about 11pm. I got up, and then laid back down and watched random television programs like Hoarders and Long Island Medium until I decided to print off a few shipping labels in my dorm’s computer lab (The shipping labels are for my textbooks that I’m having sent in to make some $$$).

Today I’m pretty nervous. I have a second job interview at H&M later on this afternoon. I went in last week and made what I thought was a good first impression to the two creative directors. Cross your fingers! I’m not sure what a second interview means; the woman who called me asked if I could come in today and talk to another manager. Is that good? Who the hell knows…but getting a call back has to mean I stuck some interest in them :DDDD My life is depending on this job. Not only would it be major brownie points to have a job at a clothing store, especially at the amazing H&M, but it’s definitely a confidence boost for me. I’ll share a little secret: there’s a guy I’m crushing on that I know loves H&M…if I get a job here this would be a major shared interest! With crushes aside, I have been wanting to gain retail experience; really when you think about it, a clothing store job is definitely a teenagers dream. I’m just sick and tired of being broke, and working at a fast food restaurant during the summers.

H&M would be a match made in heaven for me: I love their clothes, the ambience, the energy, the workers, did I mention I love the clothes. Their apperal seems to be the best price out there. Being in Chicago, good deals are hard to come by. Also, H&M’s quality is amazing; a button-up shirt I purchased last year has just recently started to fade…and I’ve worn it quite a lot. Since I’m so self-conscious of what I’m wearing, getting that employee discount will be a big help in getting a new wardrobe. Have you seen the workers at H&M…they’re so fashionable. Still, it can be intimidating to have an interview there. I had bought a sweater the day before the interview and a pair of boots from Forever 21 so that I was on my game. My friends’ reassured me I looked the part (and I had a fresh haircut at Sassoon Academy hours before my interview). Worker along side my stylish coworkers will hopefully help me to become a fashionista (even though I’ve mentioned that I hate that word).

I hope all goes well. If I don’t get this job I’ll have no money for my laptop payments, my loan payments, or groceries to feed myself. >< And even if I do get the job, I’m going to need a good $100+ so I can pick up a few things to put outfits together. I can’t work at H&M while wearing Old Navy hoodies…it seems like Old Navy is a fungus growing in my closet. (Sorry Old Navy, I love you, but we going to have to break up).

Enough of me babbling, right? I have to get back my The Sims Social on Facebook peoples. Until next time πŸ˜€ Stay sharp (how’s that for a catch phrase?)


It’s a beautiful night, and there’s nothing dumb to do ><

Hi there πŸ˜€

My first blog post. Well, I’ve blogged before but then dropped it since I wasn’t liking it much. With that set aside, I’ve had time to contemplate on what I want my blog to be: a place where my interests in fashion, people, products, food, and zombie apocalypses can make a difference in your life. My blog may not cure awkward situations or the flu, but entertaining you with my life may be an alternative route to your normal Saturday night spent eating Ben & Jerry’s and watching Desperate Housewives re-runs (…that may just be my typical Saturday…).

I plan to post twice a week. Writing down my ideas, thoughts, and reflections that pop up in my mind like an epiphany helps me to get my creative juices flowing. Besides, fame is obtained solely through the internet these days…who needs talent? Just kidding, fame isn’t important to me at all. I’d settle for just having Google pay me to have ads strategically placed on my blog site πŸ˜€ *Hint hint* My blog is a spring board for your opinions as well. Have a comment? Leave a comment. Share a comment. That’s my motto!

I feel as though I should share a few things about myself. I was born in Joliet, Illinios (represent!) and lived there all my life. However, I currently live in the heart of Chicago for university. I’m majoring in Advertising, no current minor, but feel that I’m going down the wrong path. Hell, I want to be a chemist, biologist, journalist, model, hair stylist, fashion designer, anthropologist, medic, musician, entrepreneur…with a minor in french, sign language, and snotty rich kid who gets what he wants. I can do all that, right? But in all seriousness, I dropped the journalism career because of high school drama that ruined that path for me; also, I would hate to have to interview random ass people. I’m not bitter…

Every post I’ll feed you a little more of my personal life πŸ˜€ As for now, I’m getting tired of typing. This is where I place a nice catchy goodbye phrase ______________!