Tuesday, 14 July 2015

FANCY DRESS! Easy Star Wars Costumes!

Hey guys!

I decided to start a new series of posts, all about Fancy Dress (which here in England means dressing up in costumes and not formal wear just to avoid confusing our American friends) and Cosplay which is the Japanese version of the same thing, although with a lot more effort put into it. My first post is going to be all about Star Wars as we went to Secret Cinema's The Empire Strikes Back production this week with my colleagues for our team night out and had to dress up for it.

Costume 1: Sexy Jedi

For a Jedi costume all you really need is some brown clothes and a robe. The robe was actually part of this men's Jedi costume from Angels Fancy Dress. I wanted to do a sexy version so I went for a short dress with boots, but leggings and a tank top or any other brown items that make you feel comfortable will also do. For guys, again just find some brown trousers and a brown top and throw a robe on. Accessories like fabric or leather belts will also add to the costume and make it more realistic.

Dress - local shop
Boots - Avenue
Jedi robe, belt and light saber - Angel's Fancy Dress (£29)
Hairband - Primark

Costume 2: Han Solo

Zack decided to put an outfit together from things he already had in his wardrobe and be Han Solo. Every man should own a white shirt or a white top, then just put on a pair of dark trousers and get a waistcoat. His was a cheap find from a charity shop. Literally a bargain!

Shirt- Zara
Waistcoat - Charity Shop in East Finchley (for £2)
Jeans - Uniqlo
Shoes - Aldo

I should have expected Zack to have put a cool outfit together, as he recently launched Stylio, a new fashion app that lets you find and hire a personal shopper to go shopping with you and help you pick out new outfits. Cool, right?

Costume 3: Governor of the Alliance

Sanchita's inspiration for her costume was part Princess Leia and part leader of the Alliance. While not being a specific character from the movies, she definitely nailed the look. I mean I could easily imagine her going in and taking control of the situation. She could also probably have her own Storm Trooper army. Yes I know they are the bad guys but she would love that... To get her look all you need is white trousers, a white tunic style top and a leather belt. It could not get any easier!

Costume 4: The Jawa

If you want to just order something and be done with it, a Jawa costume will be one of the less common ones. Julian ordered this one online, and it was pretty cool, especially in the dark when the eyes were on. My only recommendations would be to buy the pouch belts separately as the ones that came with this outfit were foam that you velcroed on, did not go all the way round and were not actual pouches. Bit of a shame to be honest, but he still looked great! 

So here we are all together, our awesome citysocializer team, ready to take on the Empire! Well, at least ready to go eat, drink and have fun in a Star Wars themed world. For more information on that and a full review of our Secret Cinema experience make sure to read this post

See you guys soon, with more makeup, outfits and fun stuff.


Thursday, 9 July 2015

On Family Heirlooms: Golden Wheat

Hey guys,

I have to say I love costume jewellery and  most of the time I wear items costing less that £5, mainly from Primark. However, I know that these items will not last for too long and eventually they will break and be thrown away. That is why I find it quite important to have a couple of pieces that I know will last for years and hopefully I can pass on to my daughters and granddaughters. One such example is this brooch, that I got from my grandmother myself, so it has already started on its way down the generations.

I normally would not have thought to post this item on the blog, as it's not something you will be able to find, but when the lovely people from Invaluable, an online auction marketplace where you can find anything from jewellery to antiques, asked me to share a special story about a piece of jewellery I knew this would have to be it.The brooch itself is gold with clear stones not diamonds or anything expensive (this is relevant to the story) and it's shaped as a bunch of freshly harvested wheat. The feel is quite Greek, reminiscent of the goddess Demeter, goddess of the harvest and agriculture. I really like it because it's unusual and to me quite unique.

Now on to the story... Back when my grandma was young, women would only wear real jewellery. Her mom had a diamond wedding ring that apparently my great grandfather went out of his way to have made and a pair of earrings to match. So when my grandma got engaged she expected the same from my grandfather. He did indeed buy her jewellery and she was quite pleased with them. It was several years later, when she had to get a clasp fixed, that she found out that everything my grandfather had bought her was only gold plated and none of the stones were real. She was quite shocked that my grandad had lied and embarrassed that she had been going round wearing fakes all this time.

I think this may be the reason she did not mind parting with some of that jewellery. My mom got most of it early on, and by the time I grew up there were only few pieces left for me. One of them was this brooch, that I remember my grandma having ever since I was little. As an adult, wearing this makes me feel stronger and more confident, because it feels like I have a piece of my grandma with me, like  at my BA graduation, which was also the first time I wore it. In the photo below I'm there with my grandmother, who was very proud of me getting my degree. If I have an important meeting or special occasion, I'll make sure to wear it for good luck.

So you see, it's not important if a piece of jewellery is pure gold or gold plated, if the story behind it is a story of love or a lie that led to an awkward situation. In the end it's the person who gave it to you and the memories you have made with it. That's what you pass down to your loved ones, when the item has finally become a symbol. Making sure you have good quality pieces that will last the test time is important because you do need the physical item to be able to last for years, reminding you of the most special events in your life, and be something of yourself that your children will always treasure. So start finding some pieces you love and make some amazing memories. You will be glad you did.

Lots of love,