Friday, July 4, 2014

The Goblin Ball


Recently I attended an event called The Goblin Ball, a night of masks, mystery and fantastical roleplay. It was a last minute invitation for a friend's birthday - luckily I can't resist buying a pretty dress even if I have nothing to wear it to, so I have a few evening outfits stashed away at all times! I borrowed a mask off my little sister, and off we went for a magical adventure!


The story of the evening, presented as an interactive play of sorts, was that a ball was being held in the Fire Kingdom. The prodigal daughter of the Fire Gods, who had been raised in a kingdom of ice and previously attempted to murder her father, returned home to repent and be judged by the crowd. Guests were invited to participate in quests to determine her fate - reuinte the princess with her parents, or condemn her for her crimes. Or would you help other mysterious factions acheive their goals?

The night was full of stunning costumes, roving magicians, and a goblin market where you could shop for treasures.




Professional photographers were in attendance to capture the evening, hence the images in this post are a step up from my regular iPhone nonsense. There were a few candids of my partner and myself that turned out amazingly.


Of course I have to show you my whole outfit!







I  scored this vintage silver fur from the opshop the day before so it was meant to be - it's way too big on me but I love it.


There were a few kinks in the evening (like no food) but overall I had a great time at the event. I absolutely want to go again, but preferably with a little more preparation so I can dress up even more outlandishly! I hear the next one is going to be Voodoo themed - that gives me a whole year to get ready!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Update Shmupdate

Hi all, sorry again for the lack of posts. I alternate between spending all my time in a room full of PhD students and going to the gym in a desperate attempt to revive my ageing metabolism, so there isn't much motivation to dress up. I'm a lot more active on http://instagram.com/angelaslamsbury I'm very new to it all so forgive me if I'm a little excessive with the filters. I swear I can quit whenever I want.

Here are a few of the 'best of the rest' outfits for events I actually managed to get dressed up for!





First off: I'll never say no to a Gatsby party. Thank god for that movie, I have had more chances to dress up 1920s style than ever before!






My partner and I also attended his friend's wedding - I wore a fabulous pink dress from Modcloth, and a necklace I bought for $3 from a burlesque dancer at a bar's garage sale. Oh the things it must have seen!








Speaking of weddings and such things... I moved in with my partner, plus I caught the bouquet at my cousin's wedding so we'll see where that takes us...!


Bye for now!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Belated Valentines!


Whoops, I forgot to post these photos from Valentine's Day! These shoes were super on theme but a poor choice - the rubber material + a muggy day = blister town.


Outfit Details:

Dress - Review
Shoes - Melissa X Vivienne Westwood
Clutch - Hello Parry
Bag - Peter Alexander






We had a very student budget date - I won tickets to the Bond exhibition at the Melb Museum, and we had fondue at home with a cute $3 kit from Typo. I'm no longer working so I will have to keep getting creative with such dates; Groupon is my best friend at the moment!


The Bond expo was good (for a free one). I was a little sad to learn that many of the props there were reproductions, it took away the feeling that I was seeing something special and unique. I loved the casino costume room, of course! So many sexy Bond Girl dresses.


Yummy yummy totally healthy fondue (chocolate covered fruit is healthy, right?)

I'm finding it harder to keep up with posting, particularly as I haven't been going out many nice places lately (working on a PhD will do that to you). How do people feel about more casual mirror selfies, just to show a glimpse into my daily outfits?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Oops.

Miss Emmi, Miss Emmi, where have you been? It's been months and there's nary a post to be seen!

Erm... oops! Life kinda snowed me under, and when the weather cleared I just got lazy trying to catch up on free time. Here's a quick summary:

  • Finished and submitted my thesis, got a H1!
 
My baby!
  •  Applied for 12 postgraduate courses. I never want to write a personal statement again!
  • Received a bunch of rejections and had a sulk.
  • Got an interview... and got accepted, with a scholarship to boot!
  • Officially starting a PhD in March, however I'm already swamped in pre-reading. D: Don't let me complain too much however, I'm now only 4 years away from qualifying for my dream career!
  • At some point in this crazy schedule I'll be trying to move out of home and get my drivers licence (at the grand old age of 25).
  • Spent way too much money on a Wheels and Dollbaby sale, but who can blame me when it looks this cute?

 



 
  • Worked on more costumes, and started a facebook page to keep people updated of my progress here, including stuff like this gal from Adventure Time:
 
  • Went through a horrible few months trying to grow out my pixie cut where I did NOT want to be photographed. I'm still not sure if I will keep growing it or just chop it all off again!
  • Tried the whole 'fake tan' thing with mixed results. I'm starting it realise it's quite subtle but it was a shock at first!

  •  Shaved an alpaca.



No context needed or given. 

Thanks to all those who stuck around while I was AWOL. Hopefully will be posting more regularly this year!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Butterflies in the hair and stomach

Today my honey and me went out for a 'hello spring! remember what life is like outside your study?' date. And as you can see, spring has fully sprung!


First stop was to see a movie, A Letter to Momo. I'd recommend it if you were a fan of Spirited Away - it has that same sense of charm and whimsy, an adorable and strong heroine, and curious insight into Japanese lore and tradition.





Next stop was the QV Glass House, a temporary garden cafe celebrating the arrival of spring. A special enclosure was set up to benefit the Butterfly Foundation, a group that works with people struggling with eating disorders. Inside, you were able to handle live butterflies, or in my case coax them down with a crown of fake flowers.




If that didn't work, a stick full of sugar might do the trick! Om nom nom. Really amazing to be able to see these gorgeous creatures up close. 


The boyfriend decided to sport one as a bowtie. Quite dashing, don't you think?

From here it is a two week dash to submit my thesis, so I've soaked up all the sunshine and happy feelings to power me through! I'm certainly feeling the butterflies on the inside now. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Masters of Sex

I've just watched an, ahem, 'exciting' new pilot. Called 'Masters of Sex', it chronicles the research of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who studied human sexuality at a time when buttoned up, puritanical attitudes were the norm. And guess what? Americans can watch the first episode for free here.



I've always found research into sex quite interesting, purely from a standpoint of how it can even be conducted. A great book on this topic is "Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex" by Mary Roach, who even manages to convince her husband to go under the microscope with her, so to speak. I'm not certain that the recruitment of subjects would have been as easy as this first episode made it out to be, but hopefully down the track they will deal with some of the complications that could arise from being in such a situation.

Less well known than Kinsey, Masters and Johnson conducted a more scientific investigation of sex, with studies of physiological reactions rather than interviews. One of their chief discoveries was the four stages of sexual response: excitement (hence my lame pun), plateu, orgasm and resolution. While they had a reasonably sex-positive view, espousing sex as a healthy source of intimacy with pleasurable benefits for both parties, there are certainly aspects of their later work that I find distasteful. In particular, Masters later ran a homosexual conversion therapy program, and I wonder how this series plans to address that topic.

 







 


I'd really recommend anybody who isn't that sqeamish to give this series a shot. Yes it has pretty clothes and some GORGE ranch houses, but more importantly it gives a little insight into a rarely discussed side of 1950s life. It's hard to resolve our view of the uptight 50s housewife with their private indentities as sexual beings, and this show is so far doing a really interesting job of exploring what that conflict must have been like for women. Additionally, it's a prudent reminder of how far we have come to obtain these sexual liberties, and how close we come to losing them every day *coughs* Texas *coughs*

If you watch the pilot, let me know what you think!