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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bad News, But Cute Outfit

We got a bit of bad news yesterday when I took our car in yesterday (which was already in the shop last Tuesday for brakes and an inspection) to figure out why we have a small oil leak. The results had me seeing red with dollar signs flying out of my eyeballs. We are getting a second opinion from the dealership next Monday. Ugh, at least I really liked my outfit as silly as that sounds.

In my life things happen in 3's. Sewer (now repaired), roof (starting tomorrow) and now the car. I'm trying not to lament too much, though it's overwhelming, but I know it can always be worse. Gotta look on the bright side-things are getting done.

Wearing; Off the shoulder top (H&M), belt (c/o Tobi), skirt (modified for a dress), necklace (flea market find), skeleton earrings (Alchemy Gothic), bow (piece of lace), flats (Target).

I'm looking forward to going out with friend's tonight and enjoying what's left of the summer months. I have some fun art projects I'm going to be working on and I've got all of you to help keep me positive and moving forward. *Wink*

Thank you for reading, until next time!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Monday, July 25, 2016

We Perspired in the Shire at the Renn Faire

I can't take credit the 'perspire in the shire' part of the blog title, that was Derek's funny comment as we were getting ready to head out to the renn faire. We made the 2.5 hour drive in 90 degree heat to frolick in Sterling, NY at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. 

I didn't take a ton of photos since I was too busy eating, drinking mead and enjoying the Highlander themed weekend. I did grab a photo of Derek getting his hair braided, which was cute seeing as there were many little girls getting their hair done and my Viking husband getting his top knot braided. I realized I do not know how to start a French braid at the top of the head, so Derek was in much better hands. Hahaha!!!

We went to the faire with our wonderful friend Mike who is wearing a kilt and sporran. Many, many sporran jokes were made....many. Hahaha! I also couldn't stop laughing at his giant drinking horn and when Derek had to help pull Mike's wallet out of his kilt. Heat+mead=lots of giggling and immaturity. It was great!

Showing off my tiny horn, which just blends into my dress. Hehe!

Unfortunately I didn't a detailed photo of my outfit, but I am wearing a beautiful chainmaille necklace from Purgatory Plaything. Chemise and overdress were purchased on eBay and though I loved the chemise, yet the overdress was much to be desired in terms of quality. Even though I bought from a store that was been selling Renaissance garb since the 90s, it was 'eh'. I made it work and since it's only a once a year event, I didn't want to make too much of a fuss. I do think I am going to sew an Irish overdress for next year after admiring other ladies outfits and browsing the vendors stalls.

And I managed to snap a photo of my practice hair from the night before, complete with little floral hair combs I made. I really liked my hair like this, it made me feel very ethereal and keep me nice and cool!

Renn Faire spoils! I got a beautiful hand stamped leather o-ring belt and some yummy smelling soaps. Not shown is all the; delicious food, nuts, laughter and memories we made. 

So romantic. LOL!!!

We survived the heat and had a great time!!! Huzzah! 

Thank you for reading, until next time!

XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gabbing About 1920s Fashion and Hanging with the Fabulous Jodee

These photos were from last month's swing dance and I realized that it's been a month, because the July's swing dance is tomorrow! Time is flying, argh!!! Derek and I will not be attending this month since we'll be at the Renn Faire, but I'm already planning out my outfit since it's a Great Gatsby theme. I really had to brainstorm an outfit since most 1920s silhouette's look ghastly on me and as much as I like fringe and the flapper look, there is much more to that era of dress. Much more....

Franny (The Curious Professor Z) will agree with me that watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is a wonderful source of 1920s inspiration and oh-so-drool worthy. I can't get enough of the costuming on the TV series and would love a dress like Phryne Fisher for the dance, but in reality I just can't justify spending a lot of money on one evening.


So I've opted to dig into my closet and (as Tim Gunn would say), "make it work!" Luckily some of my drapey and lacey pieces will do the trick and by adding some long layered necklaces, it will hint at the 20s. I truly believe when you're going to a themed event, you don't have to look like you are wearing a costume nor spend a lot of money. *Wink*

Some of my inspiration:

My dress is a similar silhouette to the gal's (all the way to left) dress. 

I love the turban, layered necklaces and the floral details on the shoulder. If I don't wear my kimono over the dress, I may make a floral shoulder piece to wear.

The gal on the left's dress is amazing and the silhouette works for me, the other two are darling, but the shape is wrong for me.

Siouxsie Sioux's amazing long beaded overdress is a perfect pairing of 1980s goth and 1920s glamour. You see Siouxsie wearing a lot of beautiful vintage pieces throughout her career.

Before I get too excited for the dance, I will stop here. Thank you for letting me brainstorm!

Do you take fashion inspiration for the 1920s?

Thank you for reading, until next time!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kitsch Picks: Circlets by Dawn Hill Designs

(Please click on bold text to link you to the product)

I am beyond kicking myself that I didn't discover Dawn Hill Designs any sooner! Derek, our friend Mike and myself are going to the Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival this Sunday and any of these beautiful pieces would have been amazing to wear. Argh!!! I will stop lamenting as any of these would be amazing for a wedding, for ritual work or for festivals. Shout out to Dawn Hill Designs for offering custom options in an array of colors!

Thank you for reading, until next time!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trying to Beat the Summer Heat with Tobi

When I was contacted by Jennifer from Tobi, I was glad because I really dig their selection of summery black clothing. I was drawn to the All Eyes on Me Maxi Dress, because of the neckline and how it tied in the back. 

I was a little worried about how to wear a bra, so I paired the dress with a criss-cross back bralette and really liked the way the straps played into the design of the dress. I know I expressed how I didn't understand how to wear certain dresses with all the cut-out's or low backs in a previous blog post, so I got myself a few pretty bralette's (love the Wrapped in Lace Bralette), which has been an amazing summer wardrobe solution. It's been hot and sticky, so. very. sticky.

I also would like to point out that I would normally wear a necklace, but this neckline doesn't necessarily need more which I find very nice on hot days when wearing jewelry can be uncomfortable. This particular day I did a lot of walking and was so happy to not have anything rubbing on me and just enjoyed the breeze gently blowing my hair and flowy dress around. Ahhhhhh.....

And then there are days I over accessorize (like there's such a thing?!) and pair the Cross Walk Maxi Skirt and Look Divine Double Buckle Belt together with a basic tank top, chain necklace, big hoops and a big hat. Oh yeah, and my favorite pointy booties.

Remember when there were crosses on everything? Well, it's not just a trend in this goth's wardrobe, so the Cross Walk Maxi Skirt with its long sheer over skirt and solid mini skirt underneath, paired with the side slits make this a very breezy piece to wear. I have to admit that the mini skirt is a little too mini for my derriere, so next time I will be styling the skirt with something long over the top to create a layered look. 

Oh yes, can't forget about my new favorite belt. The Look Divine Double Buckle Belt with it's metal tips, ornate buckles and Western-ish vibes make me a very happy gal. I love belts and really think they can add so much to a basic black dress or break up a pattern. 

This is what happens when you want to go out for a drink with your husband, but you want to wear a new dress you just got. I may have been a little over dressed, but once I started styling the Meadow Cut Out Skater Dress, I couldn't stop! The lovely rose pattern on the dress is divine, so pairing my rose crown was a no-brainer and it also looked nice with my pin curled hair! Side note: pin curls are keeping the terrible humid-induced frizz away. I can't wait to go back to our regular teasing routine.

The dress fits beautifully, but the bust was slightly too big, so added a little coffin pin to create a sweetheart neckline. I added an oldie, but goodie necklace, bracelets and some lace flats for comfort. I felt lovely for the evening and had a nice relaxing evening with my awesome husband.

The Meadow Cut Out Skater Dress is divine and I'm looking forward to styling in numerous ways thanks to the versatility of the style and it's so comfortable! 

Here are some categories that I think you will dig shopping: black dresses, black crop tops, accessories, jackets, and wedges. Can't forget to mention they have FREE SHIPPING and free returns to the United States. No minimums?! Totally rad. 

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Thank you to Jennifer from Tobi for this collaboration as this has been a sponsored post, yet all pieces are Coffin Kitsch approved!!! 

Thank you for reading, until next time!

XOXO-Meagan Kyla