Do I Get The Gold Chariot?

Date night! but in the daytime because it's sunny! We went to Wollaton Hall and saw a vast collection of taxidermied animals, and lots of herons in a tree...and someone who had decided to put a tent up in the car park.

It's spring, so that means it's time to bring out the pastels. I forgot how much I love Rose Toilette, once the straps are extended it's a good length for me and it's a lovely mature sweet print. I wish it came in a pink and lavender version, the pink is just too pink for me to handle!

It doesn't look like I love it in this picture, but I genuinely do! On top of what I mentioned before, it's machine washable and I enjoy not having to worry about prints. I was probably squinting because of the sun - I love the weather but it does make photographing pastel outfits hard...

 I feel like I was subconsciously channelling magnolia flowers when I put the outfit together. They're one of my favourite flowers when they're in bloom. I adore the way the trees are just covered in flowers with their delicate two-tone colours.

I'm really pleased to have bought the Lily of the Valley necklace at Omnia Vanitas. It's been sitting in my Etsy favourites for ages, so when I saw it in person I knew it had to come home with me. Tyler is a sweetheart and I enjoyed getting to meet her and to talk to her. I am grateful that there's big European events that let me get to know lolitas I'd otherwise never get a chance to meet.

Wollaton Hall is a Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion set in acres of parkland. It was the stunt double for the exterior of Wayne Mansion in The Dark Knight Rises so I can basically claim that Bruce Wayne is my neighbour, I think?

I'd been in a few times before, but mostly in and around the grounds so this was the first time I got to explore the house. It has been a natural history museum since 1925, but I enjoyed the rooms with period features and history of the family behind the house the most.

My favourite display was the story of Cassandra Willoughby, who came to Wollaton and oversaw the redecoration of the interior and planned the gardens. There were a series of models made from paper to show off parts of her story - my favourite was this one with the red apples added to the black and white paper.

I really enjoyed getting to go round Wollaton, even if my ankles are sore now from all the walking! I hope we can go back and spend more time exploring in the summer.

Find You Electric

This blog was originally intended to be mostly for sewing projects...whoops. It's a lot easier to put outfits together than clothes, and a lot easier to buy fabric than actually sit down to sew with it! I bought this cactus print fabric less than six months ago, and sewed it up over two days recently, so it's actually been a speedy project for me.

Why did I buy the cactus fabric? So that I'd have a dress to wear with my shiny silver cowboy boots, of course!

I used Simplicity 1609 because I knew I had the right size and it was a quick project. Because the cactus print is a knit, I eliminated the zipper and cut the back on the fold instead of in two pieces. I followed the making up instructions as given, and then when the dress was together had to take a wedge out from under each arm because it was gaping.

I was going to use binding around each armhole and the neck, but decided to go for the lazy method of double folding and stitching that down instead - I wasn't sure I'd have enough fabric to make binding for everything. I was worried that this would pucker and cause the neckline to not lie flat against my chest, but it came out better than my last attempt and I'm pleased with how it looks!

The print placement made it difficult to line the pattern up. I had just enough fabric to centre a cactus prominently on both the front and back panels.  I decided to align the print vertically on the cactuses rather than horizontally with the pink stripes - as it's a fairly loose fitting pattern, I wasn't using the stretch for fit and this way looked more pleasing to me.

It looks wrinkly here because I wore it immediately after finishing it and before taking photos.

I'd usually do a blind hem but this was the last thing to be done before finishing and as there was visible topstitching around the neck and shoulders I thought the dress would look more balanced if I put a visible hem in too.

I'm really pleased with how this came out - it was nice to take a break from sewing lolita and more complicated things and relax with something quick and easy. I love how it looks with my silver cowboy boots too!

A Rapturous Voice Escapes

These are photos from the second day of my whirlwind trip to Prague. 

Outfit photo in an actual airship? 10, 000 steampunk points.

The DOX gallery has just installed a "parasitic airship" on the roof. It was surprisingly hard to see from street level - we walked around the block before realising where we needed to go!

The plan is to use the space for events but seeing it without anything in emphasised how huge it is.

Statue outside the Rudolfinum next to the Manes Bridge (which features in AFI's Silver and Cold music video so I went on a little pop-punk pilgrimage to see where it was filmed).

ART. The pelvis moved and apparently you could text in a message to be spelled out in the water.

Fried carousel potato on a stick. Really, really good.

I feel like we barely scratched the surface of what Prague has to offer, but I had an amazing time. I'm really glad that I took the chance and booked the holiday - I was glad to get away for a few days and to go somewhere totally new.

In Somber Resplendence

I got a targeted advert on Facebook for a short break to Prague, flights included. The advert worked and I spent two days trying to see as much of Prague as I could.

Here I am trying to look cute but mostly succeeding in looking cold! This was at sunset in front of Charles Bridge and the palace.

The guidebooks/websites tell you that there is an easy to use ticket machine on just about every tram station...the guidebooks are lying. We ended up walking back to the hotel because there weren't any on the tram route we wanted - except for the very last station where we'd have been getting off anyway.

Kafka's head. It is supposed to spin but I think it was too cold and frozen when we were there. 

We had a tour of an alchemist's laboratory and cave - discovered in 2002 and untouched for at least three hundred years. They still make the various Elixirs from the original recipes, although they've had to remove the opium from the Elixir of Life! 

Underground in the alchemist's cave - I think most of this was original 16th Century equipment that was rediscovered when the cave was excavated in 2002.

This is fried pastry filled with nutella and whipped cream with chocolate sauce on top. It was fantastic, although I was imagining the pastry to be a cone shape rather than just a tube - lots of chocolate fell in the tub!

And it really a visit to Prague without stopping to see the Astronomical Clock?

Best Outfits of 2016

These are what 2016BestNine said were my most popular Instagram outfit photos of 2016. There isn't nine in this post, because one photo was a collection of dresses, and one was a throwback to a few years ago, but here are my most popular outfits of 2016!

Just Let Me Taste The Sky - July 
28% of my most popular posts had a Metamorphose main piece. 28% had an Angelic Pretty main piece, and the rest were a mix of handmade, indie and offbrand (Axes Femme). I feel like that's a good reflection of my wardrobe and how I've worn it in 2016 - I turned away from Innocent World and really got into AP.

The Seasons Escape You - August

Last Night's Clothes & Tomorrow's Dreams - August
28% of my top posts also featured Haenuli tights - they are my favourite, so I'm pleased to see other people like the way that I wear them too!

So Shut Up, Nightingale - August
57% of these photos have my hand in front of my face. Clearly, this is the key to Instagram success, and nothing to do with me having limited poses and never knowing what to do with my hands!

I Don't Need These City Streets - September
Chasing Ghost Trains - October
There's a good split of natural hair to wigs as well - all bar one photo uses my natural hair, but there's a mix of styles, including ones that use a hairpiece to let me do different things, and they all have very different types of accessories. I'm pleased that there's so much variation on accessories, as I feel like I have a tendency to wear the same thing repeatedly, but these photos show that I've experimented more this year and tried different things.

Keep You Like An Oath - December