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Okay, I'm sorry, I'm sorry...

...But I'm freakin' busy. Now that I have my new shiny high-speed internets at home, I might post from there later. Until then, you gets da meme:

Fashion Meme, ganked from[info]sarahbellem:

A) What accessories do you wear everyday?
I really don't wear the same accessories all the time - I go through phases.  I take off my wedding and engagement ring for messy or awkward projects (they spin on my fingers when it's cold, and get in the way) and temporarily forget to put them back on, etc. At the moment, however, I'm in a jewelry phase - every day I've got the aforementioned rings, two small square gemstone and silver rings on my left index finger, and a cabochon emerald ring and a posy ring on my right fourth finger. I'm also wearing two necklaces - a pewter celtic cross on a cord, and a serpentine and moonstone necklace I made myself. Plus hoop earrings. Fairly big ones.

I am blinged. Especially when you factor in my sparkly manicure (the nails have glitter and glitter decals on them. I love it).

B) What is your beauty routine?
My morning beauty routine is brush my hair and go. I put on my makeup at work sometimes - eyeliner, mascara and powder - but only if I feel like it. In the evening I clean my face with a Biore wipe (to get the makeup off), then wipe my face with Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerine toner (it takes off more dirt than you'd believe possible), then put a couple of drops of insanely expensive* (but worth every penny) Lavere Lifting Serum, then moisturize either with pure Rosehip Oil, or Brigit True Magic Balm (which is amazing). I have rosacea, and I am extremely careful about what goes on my face - no facials for me.

The beauty routine I do really works - my face is very soft, and only pinkish, rather than red, covered with pimples, and burning hot.

*$98. I know, I know. But the stuff made an immediate difference to the way my face felt and looked. I will sell myself on the street to be able to afford a steady supply - especially since you can't get Arsoa Queen Soap in the US any more.

C) What was the last item of clothing (for yourself) that you purchased?
Something boring from Target, like a light sweater or something, I think. I am cheap when it comes to clothes - most of my stuff comes from Target. I haunt thrift stores for cool clothes (I once scored a gorgeous pair of Ettienne Aigner boots from the '80s), and I almost always buy discount. Expensive clothes are nice, but I prefer furnishing my house. If I was rich, I'd buy Betsey Johnson.

D) Do you use a dresser, closet, or both?
I have a six-drawer dresser and most of the walk-in closet. A friend walked into it once, and said "wow. I know you wear black all the time, but it never really hit me until I saw your closet. It's all black". Not entirely, but mostly. I have a thing for flowered skirts, and that brightens things up a bit.

E) What type of earrings are in your ears right now?
One small hoop in the left ear, two small hoops in the right ear, and big ole hoops in both. Silver. I like hoops. I have dozens of pairs of earrings, but I almost never wear them. Sometimes I switch out hoops for other hoops in slightly different widths and thicknesses.

F) What type of figure do you have (measurements)?
Hourglass, with a slightly short waist and long legs (for a 5'3" person). My figure somewhat matches Marylin Monroe's, and my husband once said my boobs looked just like hers. I'm one size larger, which makes me a 16 (in 1940 sizes). She'd be a six today, and I am an eight.

You don't get measurements, because I don't measure. I wear a 34B/C cup bra.

G) Do you wear glasses?
Only for fine embroidery. The opthamologist I went to said I didn't need glasses at all, but when I explained what I was doing (counting threads on my work), she designed a prescription for me. The glasses are perfect.

I have no doubt I will need glasses eventually. I've gone from better than 20/20 vision in my early twenties to slightly less than 20/20 now. Fortunately, Bob thinks I look ultra-cute in glasses.

H) What type of handbag do you carry?
Currently a cheap black one with white polka dots. I needed a small one that had a long strap, and those aren't really in fashion now (I hate hate hate clutches and little tiny straps I can't put over my shoulder). I got it from - *drumroll* - Target. I do like the polka dots, and it matches a very cute pair of ankle strap shoes I have.

They have little bows on them. They're to die for. I also have a black skirt with white polka dots, so I can be totally painful to look at.

No, I don't care. I love it.

I) What is your ideal style?
I really wish the late '40s/early '50s New Look would come back into fashion. It's the ideal look for me, and terribly glamourous.

J) What is your favorite brand of jeans?
I loathe jeans. Loathe them. People always claim they're the most comfortable thing they own, but I have never found a pair I like. My body is not built for jeans. I love knickerbocker soft pants - I have many pairs - to bum around the house in (and in a pinch, use as pyjamas).

No jeans. Gah. Even the pairs I have (I have a couple of black pairs and a green pair for hiking in the woods at the farm) pinch me in weird places and feel nasty.

K) Do you wear knee-hi stockings?
Oh, gah, no. I always associate them with the old ladies waiting for the bus in London, who wear the knee-highs with knee length skirts, so you see bare fleshy knees with bulges of skin and fat where the tops of the knee-highs cut in. I wear tights or thigh-highs even under my trousers.

Mmmm, thigh highs.  Black.  With lacy tops.

L) Do you *have* to wear matching lingerie?
I am happiest when I do. I spent years being too fat to buy pretty lingerie (they do not make cute bras in big sizes, nor panties), so now I have tons of it, and I prefer to match. Currently, I am in black, but I also have lavender and pale pink sets.

M) Do you wear makeup?
Some of the time. My makeup is very quick to put on, so I do it at work most days, and if I'm doing big Elizabethan at events, I do makeup to match. I have discovered that just mascara gives an instant lift to one's face, so sometimes I just do that if I'm in a hurry.

N) Do you wear nightgowns?
No, they twist up, and I turn a lot in my sleep. I sleep in pyjamas if I am sharing a room with someone or I have guests, but mostly I sleep with just me and my sheets. Mmmmm, comfy.

O) What outerwear do you put on when going out on a typical winter's day?
I have a gorgeous Victorian-style coat (it's this one, but mine has much prettier fabric on the collar - they changed it) that Bob got me to replace the ratty (but awesome) thrift store coat in a similar style that I wore for years. I wear that all winter (it's thick wool), with a scarf, a hat, and gloves. Scarf and gloves have to match - currently, I have a soft white scarf and gloves. I sometimes wear a velvet crush hat with a spray of violets on the crown. I look ridiculously Victorian, but I like it.

P) What is your favorite perfume?
Technically, my favourite is the Royall Bay Rum that Bob wears, but I like Caswell-Massey floral fragrances. It's a toss-up between Honeysuckle, Lavender, and Lily of the Valley. I like Lily of the Valley for winter - I always associate it with chilly days. I cannot wear musk-based perfumes; in addition to the instant migraine they induce, they "turn" on my skin, and smell horrible.

I also love the smell of chrysanthemums, but haven't found a perfume of that yet.

Q) Is your motto "quality over quantity" when it comes to clothing and accessories?
For some things. I always try to buy my quality at a discount, though.

R) Do you wear rain boots?
If I had a pair of these, I would. Mostly, I just wear dress boots with waterproofing.

S) Do you wear socks or slippers when your feet get cold?
Sometimes socks, sometimes slippers.  it depends on which I can unearth first.  I have a nice pair of slippers I wear at the farm, but I prefer to go barefoot.

T) Do you have a set of travel luggage?
Not matching, no.  I have a cute cherry print weekend bag and a black rolling case, and a bunch of huge mis-matched suitcases for trips to England.

U) What is your daily uniform?
Black, paired with another colour (sometimes).  Today I am in a black wool skirt (with a large slit up the front side, a black low-neck sweater, a dark grey camisole (which peeps out from the top of the sweater with lacy cuteness), and a black and grey striped cardigan.

Oh, and an awesome pair of ankle strap shoes.  I love ankle-straps, and I can wear them.

V) If you are married, did you wear a veil with your wedding dress? If not, how did you do your hair? 
For the first marriage, I did the whole works - veil, and expensive perm underneath (the perm was very cute.  Always pay big bucks for a perm, you'll get much better results).  For the second one, I had a bob cut (the result of a disastrous cheap perm - I repeat, don't get cheap perms), and wore a black and white sleeveless tea-length dress (very simple, but so was the wedding - we got married in the Annapolis Courthouse).

W) Do you wear a watch? 
Only when I'm going to be someplace where I can't track my time (for medication purposes).  The strap broke on my current watch, so I'm not wearing one right now.

I like tiny, tiny watches - the smaller, the better.  I have very narrow wrists, and big watches just get in the way. 

X) What item of clothing always makes you feel beautiful?
A big swirly skirt with a form-fitting top that isn't too tight.

Y) What is your favorite type of yarn?
hand-dyed silk/wool blend.  I love working with that stuff.  But I love most of the wools I work with.  Alpaca is super soft, but somewhat sheddy.

Z) Do you prefer zippers or buttons?
It depends on the garment.  If it's tight, I prefer a zipper, since it won't gap.  I like zippers on boots.  Okay, I guess zippers.  But I love putting vintage buttons on my clothes. 

If you read this far...

For the Camelot meme, which freaking everyone did (yeah, I know, meme, duh), I got King Arthur. Great. I get cheated on, seduced by my half-sister, forced to attempt to execute my wife, and have to battle my bastard evil son, who kills me.   Poor Arthur.


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Nov. 14th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
lingerie and stockings...
I feel better when I match all the way down to my skin as well...
When I left my first husband, I had three bras and six pair of underwear to my name. (Not matching) With my first paycheck I got the next week, I wanted to treat myself to something. I couldn't afford a whole outfit, but I _could_ afford underwear. :-) And glittery nail polish to match. Plus, at that point, it was, like, a necessity. :-) It became my "Lipstick index".
I felt so good after that that it became a once every two week purchase... until last year, when my loving husband decided that I needed to get organized, so he went through and paired it all up. We discovered that at that point, I had enough matching sets that I could go for 43 days without ever having to wash clothes. (He was pretty impressed.)
And thigh highs... sigh. I feel the same way about panty hose and tights that you feel about blue jeans... Plus, it gives me an excuse to buy matching garters.... And oh gee, today is payday... :-)
Nov. 14th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: lingerie and stockings...
Ok, you need to put a rating on your comments.... I'm at work and reading this while half-way through the first cup of coffee. I am now wiiiide awake and raring to go, and not for work :)!!!!! Evil Evil woman!

So, let's see, you can make it through Lilies without needing to do a load of undies, right? :) :) :).
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: lingerie and stockings...
Yep! :-)
Lilies is NOOOO problem. :-)
Nov. 14th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
What are you doing at work on a Friday?!?!?! Go home, girl!!!
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I took Monday off to get the long weekend since Veteran's day was on a Tuesday (we're on a Federal installation, so we get all the federal holidays. It adds up to an extra week of paid vacation a year; I'm not complaining. :)
Nov. 14th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
You can get the queen soap in the US. :)


And I love that coat. I have told my husband several times already that I want it. Let's see if he gets the hint. lol
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaah! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

The coat is awesome. I get compliments on it all the time.
Nov. 14th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I have the same skin troubles, I use Lily Organics almond milk soap (utterly unscented) and kukui oil on my skin, which has the amazing ability to be dry enough to flake and burn and oily enough to shine at the same time (moisturizing helps both)! My friends look at me and say "You know, my [drugstore acne cleanser] would clear that splotchy redness right up, you just need to take better care of your skin!" and I cringe. Winter time means Dr Hauschka rose day cream as well, it's the heaviest cream I've found. I wish I could find a decent sunscreen that doesn't make me blister, but I'm stuck with staying indoors.
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I like Villainess' line of soap; while I don't have rosacea, I do have allergy-induced eczema that comes and goes and is particularly bad in winter when my skin gets drier. I can't use 99% of commercial soaps because the scents are either an instant migraine trigger, or my face falls off with sneezing and histaminic shenanigans.

It's wonderful stuff! I particularly like "Embargo," which looks like an Elizabethan scent (and conveniently lacks musk). She has a soap with no scent whatsoever, too-- "Ennui." "Ginger Snapped" is particularly yummy.


Nov. 17th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I find the counter argument to the cheap acne cleanser is to list all the harmful ingredients in it and explain on a microscopic level, exactly what it does to skin.

Stupid people really should not be offering unsolicited advice. Grrrr.

I mostly get people who blurt out "wow! You sure have red skin!". As if I hadn't noticed.
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