For my first outfit post of the new year, I'm actually sort of repeating the last outfit of last year. I love it when other bloggers repeat outfits, so I'm going to do so unabashedly here! I wore the same dress, but changed up the accessories for a different look. This dress is my favourite at the moment. Ok technically it's not a dress, but rather a vintage nightgown. However, it works very well as a dress when it's styled!
(Tip: vintage slips/nightgowns are often much cheaper than vintage dresses. They can be a great purchase when you're trying to pinch pennies but still want to wear real vintage).
Instead of the girly-ballet look I did last time, I went for a more grown up look with my new What Katie Did corset, pearls, and some Victorian-style boots. My friends from highschool and I all met up to go glow-in-the-dark mini putting followed by fancy icecream/coffee. The embroidery on the neckline of the nightgown glowed very brightly under the black-lights, which was very fun!
I've been wearing my corset a lot on weekends and around the house. It really helps my neck/back pain! It's a little too sexy for tutoring in, but great for a weekend out with friends. I quite like the look of the corset and usually wear it over-top rather than underneath my outfit. I've always been partial to Victorian style and nothing screams Victorian quite like a corset (even if they did usually wear theirs underneath)!
This was a very quick photoshoot, as it was absolutely freezing outside!
I've been leisurely enjoying my Christmas gifts over the last couple weeks. I used a giftcard to purchase Dita Von Teese's new beauty book. It's fantastic! I normally only buy used books, but this book caught my eye while shopping with a friend. It was a bit of a splurge, but well worth it! It's not only beautiful, but also informative and very interesting.
I also bought myself a little Christmas gift: a compressed heather brooch. Yes, the "gemstone" is actually bits of dyed Scottish heather stems that have been compressed and polished. It's really stunning and was surprisingly inexpensive. I wore it a lot over the holiday season.
I've also managed to finish a few knitting projects now that the holiday rush is over. The first one is a shawl/scarf from this beautiful yarn I picked up from a local yarn shop. I made up the pattern as I went along, as I couldn't find anything quite right on Ravelry. Instructions can be found on my Ravelry page for the project.
I also finished another pair of socks. I hate knitting with dpns and find the magic loop method a little awkward, so I always knit my socks flat using this free pattern. Sewing them together at the end is a bit of a pain, but they work up quite quickly and I can knit both at the same time.
I'm hoping to continue this trend of productivity and finish some sewing projects in the upcoming weeks. My sewing room is a mess with half-finished projects at the moment, so it would be nice to get at least a couple done. I'm also hoping to get my hd webcam fixed soon so I can make more youtube videos. There are more videos coming, it just might take a while as I sort out the technically difficulties.
I hope everyone is having a great week!