The Fashion of Steampunk – Day No. 26

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Felicia Day in Steampunked Gear

So yesterday was all about steampunk in the general sense, but today is the real reason I love steampunk. The clothing. Can a get a group choir angelic ‘Ahhhhhh’?  Okay, never mind, y’all might not get the fascination with this like I do.

So you have Victorian fashion already. Bustles, corsets, high boots, buttons, lace, lace, more lace…… Gloves! Hats! Did I mention corsets?  I have this thing about corsets. I love them. Don’t have one, but seriously want one…

Then you add in the eclectic tastes of steampunk; brass buttons, goggles, wire-wrapped anything, top hats, lenses, clocks, gears, funky looking guns, knives, fans, and you have another whole dimension. Not to mention leather and lace and wire and metal in odd but surprisingly flattering places.  The fashion of steampunk, with the corsets, bustles and lace, flatter a woman’s body to no tomorrow and they look so utterly feminine and sexy wrapped up into one package.  The combinations are endless, and if you watched the video of Felicia Day yesterday, then you know kind of what I am talking about.  It’s unique and cool all in one place.

The jewelry consists of lots of copper, brass, springs, wire-wrapped stones, jewels that are big, bright and luminescent….

You can’t tell me that this stuff isn’t cool. Even flattering. Okay, yeah, some of it is strange, but not all of it is that bizarre. It’s just different. It’s taking on a whole genre of scifi fantasy. It’s a world unto it’s own.

One of these days I’ll steampunk it up for Halloween.  And if not that, I just might base a story in that time period. It’s rather cool.

Kate

Girls Are Barracudas – Day No. 23

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Scuba diver inside a group of sawtooth barracudas in Koh Tao, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, first, stop laughing. I know you are laughing because Mr. B. burst out laughing the minute I said this at lunch today.  We were talking about how carpenter bees go to purple flowers. I said it’s because they are girls. Which they are. All black carpenter bees are female. Then Mr. B. said that they should go to things that are shiny because girls love shiny things. In which case, I replied, “All girls are Barracudas.” They immediately go to something shiny and bright and sparkly.  I should know. I have been a big shiny picker upper for years. When I was younger, no bolt, screw, washer, nut, or melted solder was safe from my grubby little hands. I picked up anything shiny. When we would go to the mountains, empty shell casings were extremely popular due to the brass. And don’t even get me started on the steel or aluminum ones.

star glitterAs time goes by, yep, I still like shiny. I’m more sophisticated, liking such things as rings, glittery necklaces, and well, more expensive things. I have this love of more expensive things. Go figure. I believe I inherited it from my great-grandmother who saw a cute little car years ago and wanted it, but my great grandfather said no…. because it was a Mercedes.  (I seem to have this knack of  seeing something wonderful, and it’s always really expensive.  And shiny)

Most girls I know gravitate towards shiny things. I think that’s why glitter is so popular on the back pockets of jeans (lord no!)  and there is glitter and sequins on everything. Bedazzlers weren’t made for men. And we lap it up and keep going for shiny.  Heck, just like barracudas, we will fight for our shine.  After holiday sales? Watch out.

There must be something hardwired into our brains about shiny is better. Why are glitter nail polishes so much more exciting than plain? I wonder this all the time as I spend way too much time trying to remove the glitter polish. That much work to remove something shouldn’t be better.  But it is. It sparkles.

We love anything shiny and I don’t know why. We are Chick Barracudas…..

And I still pick up shiny things.  I just don’t keep the washers, bolts, and screws, those go to Mr. B. …..

We are rounding out the third week of this 31 Days thing of mine. You still have time to enter the DaySpring Giveaway.  To enter to win a $500 DaySpring shopping spree, just click on this link & follow the giveaway widget instructions. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany & Co. – Day No. 14

Since I was in my early teens, I have flitted between shades of teal through more bluish greens as a favorite color. There was even a brief flirtation with emerald green as it was my birth stone color. Gads, I don’t know what I was thinking there, but emerald green is not my color anymore. Thank goodness. But then a good few years ago I happened upon a Tiffany and Co. ad in a magazine and I knew. I knew right then and there that I had found my color.  Tiffany blue.  This is so my color that everyone who knows me remembers it and finds me things in that shade. The woman who owns the second-hand shop here saves pieces of pottery or other unique things in that shade. Mims and her mother gave me this gorgeous silk scarf with shades of the sea… and Tiffany’s blue within it. I have several things with that color. Still haven’t found a fountain pen ink that is quite right, and waterproof, but when I do, hoo boy, watch out! I’ll be scribbling everything with that ink.  As it is now, the Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts ink I just got is semi close when it’s watered down. Sort of. Still much more dark, but close.

The reason all my blogs and Twitter are covered in that teal blue color is because it’s close to Tiffany blue. I adore this color.  Look up Pinterest and Tiffany themed weddings and an explosion of blue comes out. I love it.

And because of this, I love Tiffany jewelry… Oh the rings and things.  All those gorgeous splashy stones.  I want a piece of Tiffany jewelry. Even if it’s something small. I just would love a necklace or bracelet stamped with their seal of approval.

And I wouldn’t mind a man getting down on one knee with a little blue box…. Ah yes, any girl who knows jewelry knows what comes in a little blue box. Trust me, I see a blue box on Tv or in a film and  I know where it’s coming from.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (film)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And because of all of this, I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The name, the fact that Audrey Hepburn is in it, they go to Tiffany’s…… George Pepard….. Okay, George is just gorgeous, but he doesn’t fit with the whole scheme I’m talking about. Moving on.

I now collect Tiffany ads from magazines to make little origami wishing stars. I’m going to fill a jar one day with Tiffany blue stars and little silver stars and it will be all mind. Mine I say! I would love to have their Blue book, but I have yet to figure out where to get a copy of that. If anyone knows where to research that, let me know.

But Tiffany and Co. is my color, and my dream, and, and, and…..

Kate

Blogging U – A Woman’s Gift Acrostic – Poetry

Keeping with the theme of women…. And acrostic poem

With a flick of a wrist, the paper is ripped off

Open up the silver box made of paper

Murmur a surprise at what’s inside

Every bit of delight at the stone the size of a hazelnut

Now that’s what a woman does with a ring that big.

Linger on the sparkle of candy

Ignore the indulgent smile of your man

Keep holding the ring in the light to shine

Enjoy the weight on your finger, so heavy

Grin like a silly idiot

Immensely happy thoughts dangle in your brain

Finger  the stone so bright and green

Trinkets of glitter are so pleasing to have

See? women like gifts.

 

Wasn’t sure where I was going other than when I thought of gifts and women, for some reason I went to Christmas and a ring under the tree.  Glittery things.  I’m not sure I carried on with the simile very well, but the acrostic went okay. I’m not a huge fan of an acrostic unless it’s in rhyme.  But this fits more with how I thought it could be. I feel like it’s an action poem. Like it’s happening right now.  So, kind of cool.

Kate

Ebay Chic – Day No. 6

Frost Yourself

I love glittery things. Rings, earrings and things that glitter. As Matthew McConaughey says in How To Lose  A Guy In Ten Days…. “Frost yourself.”

I so want to frost myself with jewels. Cheap or expensive ones. I have no issues with faux stones. Fake pearls? Love ’em.  Lab diamonds? Totally.  Cubic zirconium? I love it!  Real stuff? Oh don’t get me started. It’s gorgeous.  Tiffanys? Oh lord let me pass out now. I would so love Tiffany’s Blue Book. I can’t seem to find a way to get a copy or download it or whatever. I so want to visit Tiffanys.  Ever since Breakfast at Tiffany’s…. Don’t get me started on jewelry stores.

There is this pawn shop down in LA that has high quality vintage jewelry, and things worn by celebrities, at supposedly decent prices. I’d so love to visit that! Moving on.

Recently Mr. B has indulged us girls with new rings. Glamourous, glittery rings. My first one was this huge, square-cut pink thing that reminds me of a piece of candy. In Emilie Lorning’s book ‘My Dearest Love’, the girl, when asked what kind of rings she likes, replies, “Big, splashy things.” I totally know what she means. I really like big, splashy rings, and now I have a nice selection. Okay, actually me, my sister, and Mrs. B all have a nice selection because we share the rings. Below you can see my sister graciously modeling all the rings for me. Which was rather funny since half the rings are huge on her fingers and spin around maniacally. She got very frustrated.

All because of Ebay Chic.  Ebay Chic, you ask? Mr. B and I coined the phrase after some of these rings came because they are classy looking rings made of sliver and cubic zirconium. OR Stainless steel and CZ. These are very pretty things, for very little cost. As in a dollar fifty. Yep, that splashy pink thing is only a buck fifty. But cheap sounds so , well, cheap.  So  it is better to say chic.  The rings are so chic that Mrs. B has a new wedding band and ring set. After she stopped wearing her original wedding ring due to a bad repair on the prongs, she has wanted something she could wear that wouldn’t get damaged in the water and dirt of farming life. Well, after debating through about 10 different ones, we found a set that looks stunning on her finger, for under $20.  Sure, it’s not her original diamond, but the ring is gorgeous.

If you hunt around Ebay, you can find some really gorgeous, inexpensive things.  Now, some of the rings we thought were solid sterling silver, have turned out to be silver plate, but at a buck fifty, it doesn’t really matter to me. The big splashy ring is loosing some of it’s silver and copper color is coming out, but it’s still so pretty. I don’t care too much.

Want a good place for the stainless and CZ rings?  NationalOnlineDiscounts.  All those rings above are from there. Whew! I think it might be ring overload! They have marvelous stuff.  And really, while diamonds and precious gems are nice, I don’t care if a ring is expensive. In fact, if I were to meet a man and  we were going to get married, I wouldn’t mind a lab diamond. Or even a CZ if the cost was an issue. I actually have a ring that is in one of these sets I want as a wedding ring….  I love the design so much and the stone looks gorgeous on my hand. But I figure while I can drop hints with a guy, I should probably let him have some of the say…

But anyways, don’t diss on my Ebay Chic!

Kate