Ninety-first day of work selfie

I got this dress at H&M.  I may or may not have bought it specifically for Canada Day because it’s red and white.  I wore it on the first day of the month, so why not wear it again on the last day of the month?  I got my black sweater from Suzy Shier.  My necklace is from Fan Expo and my earrings are from Claire’s.  My bracelet is from Sears and my ring is from UBC.  I tried touching up my nails with glitter polish but they’re still pretty chipped.  I restraightened my hair again, but it keeps unintentionally flipping out at the bottom.

I’m wearing makeup today because it’s my birthday.  Or at least I was.  Let me tell you how I failed today.  I bought this new fiber lash mascara on Car Free Day and decided to try it out this morning.  But I screwed that up and ended up having a huge amount of fibers just getting in my eyes.  All morning it was irritating me and then I looked in the mirror and noticed my eye was red.  It was early afternoon and I had no makeup remover with me, so I had to attempt to remove all my eye makeup with a paper towel and water.  And of course I was wearing a lot of it.  I’m pretty sure there are still some fibers stuck in my eyes and now there are darker circles under my eyes and it probably looks like I’ve been crying.  So my review of fiber lash mascara, is don’t do it, especially if you’re prone to  screwing things up.  At least with my eye being red, it matches my dress?

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Eighty-ninth day of work selfie 

I had some wardrobe malfunctions this morning right before I left the house.  It’s a good thing it didn’t happen after I’d already left.  But I didn’t have time to change my outfit.  Nor did I want to.  I got this dress from a vendor at the Caribbean Days Festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver on the weekend.  The guy actually had a small fitting room, so I didn’t have to try on dresses over my clothes like I normally do at street festivals.  This was one of the three dresses I bought, and I think the nicest of them.  I really like the blues and the greens and the different lengths at the bottom of the dress.

But this morning, the left strap broke completely off.  I have no idea how it tore in two places, but somehow it did.  All I had at my disposal was a large safety pin and a small bobby pin.  I somehow managed to reattach the strap and secure it in place with these two items.  I’m resourceful, like Macgyver.  I obviously did a bad job of it, because you can still see the bobby pin and the safety pin.  But I mean it’s just for now, so that I could wear the dress today.  Eventually I will have to attempt to sew the strap back on.  Or get someone else with better sewing skills to do it for me.

For now, you can’t tell anything is wrong because I’ve covered it with my green Jacob cardigan.  I got one of my bracelets at Sears and the other one at Suzy Shier.  My green ring is from Greek Day on Broadway and my blue ring is from the Blim Market Festival on Granville.  My necklace is from Payless and my earrings are from Greek Day.  My hair is definitely becoming less and less straight, but I’d like to think it still looks good.  I tried to touch up my nails again so that they can look good while matching my outfit.  I’m wearing makeup because it’s my birthday week and I can.

Fifty-ninth day of work selfie

I decided to wear this wonderfully colourful dress to work for the second time.  I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever purchased at Reitmans.  Although I did but a pair of tall person pants several years ago that lasted me quite a while.  But this dress is definitely the most fashionable item I’ve found there.   This time I paired it with another colourful sweater, a purchase from Sears before they closed.  While a vibrant, royal blue is my favourite type of blue, I still like this aqua type of blue a whole lot.  I also like the fact that I have the jewellery to match it, with my blue flower necklace and my ring, both from UBC, and my blue bracelet from Suzy Shier.  My blue flip flop earrings are from Claire’s.  I got them a while ago, but decided that I wouldn’t wear flip flop jewellery until the weather was nice enough to wear actual flip flops as well.  It just wouldn’t feel right wearing flip flop jewellery during the winter.  I am wearing a bit of makeup for a change, because I have a hot date tonight.  And by hot date, I mean I’m going out for dinner with my friend so she can redeem one of her free birthday meal coupons.  And if that’s not cause for celebration, then I don’t know what is.

Thirteenth day of work selfie 

I got this purple sweater dress from Bryan’s.  I remember one time I wore it with a belt, and then I took the bus, and then when I got off the bus, I realized I was no longer wearing the belt.  Sadly, the clasp had come undone, unbeknownst to me.  And I couldn’t find a replacement belt the day I wore it here, so I used safety pins to secure the front.  Because I’m resourceful like that.  Like MacGyver. I don’t know where I got the navy cardigan from.  Possible also from Bryan’s.  I used to buy a lot of stuff there, at the Lansdowne Centre location.  I remember my friend saying she wonders how they’re still in business.  Probably because of people like me.  This navy blue scarf with the flowers came in a three pack from Avon.  Which I’m still selling, if anyone cares.  I’m assuming no one does.  I don’t even care.  There’s only so much makeup and random stuff you can order for yourself before you realize you’re not really benefiting from this.  My silver heart necklace is from Payless.  Yes, I buy jewellery at a shoe store.  Because they have a decent selection of nickel free jewellery.  And it was shiny.  I bought this pair of wing earrings from a booth at Fan Expo Vancouver this year.  It was listed under Supernatural jewellery.  Because they’re supposed to represent Castiel.  I also bought a matching necklace, which I’ll be sure to wear another time.  Of all the fandoms, Supernatural is my favourite.  They have their own convention in August, which I kind of want to go to, although I heard from a friend that the people there tend to be crazier than the ones at Fan Expo.  And it’s kind of pricey.  So we shall see.

I’m glad it’s spring and it’s sunny and the weather’s nice, but a small part of me wishes I could go back to the cooler months and wear more of my sweater dresses.

Why do I wear makeup?

I never wore makeup in high school.  We technically weren’t supposed to because it was a private school.  But that rule was never really followed.  It wasn’t as important as the rules against nail polish or big earrings.  Which was unfortunate because I enjoyed wearing both those things.  I thought that wearing makeup in high school would have been pointless anyway.  It was an all girls school.  Who would I be trying to impress?

I never understood it when I would see girls applying their makeup in excess, when I had never even used foundation before and the thought of an eyelash curler kind of scared me.  There was just no need.  But if I suppose if I had the money and the know how at that point in time, I would have used it too.  It wasn’t about trying to impress anyone.  It was about making yourself feel good.  And also impressing the people you would be seeing after school.

It wasn’t until nearing the end of high school that I actually started wearing makeup.  In Grade 12 I figured I should try and make some sort of an effort for grad.  Up until that point it was mainly lip gloss and eye shadow and that was pretty much it.  Eye shadow was fairly easy and I liked trying certain colours.  The first time I actually bought eye shadow was long before that, at the end of Grade 7.  I remember my mom told me not to get it because I didn’t need it and then she got upset when I bought it anyway.

Today, I usually wear makeup whenever I leave the house.  You can’t always tell, since you would rarely see me without and not know the difference.  It’s one of those things, once you start, you need it from then on.  I envy those girls who never have to wear foundation because their skin is flawless and they look better without it.  I soon learned that I was not one of those girls.  I think I developed a bit of a superstition as well, and I feel like bad things happen when I don’t wear makeup.  There have been certain days when I’ve decided to go without it, and they were not good days at all.  It must be a sign.

My mom has always told me that I didn’t need makeup.  She still does.  She tells me that I should just “let my natural beauty shine through”.  This sounds like good advice and a sweet thing to say, but it’s not something that I’m willing to do.  Although I do a pretty crappy job of putting it on anyway, so it’s not like it actually improves upon my “natural beauty” that much anyway.  My mom doesn’t wear makeup, so I was always pretty clueless about it.  And I never really learned how to properly put it on.

I also hate how expensive it is.  My mom made me think of how much money I would save if I were to just go without it.  The other day I spent $31 at the makeup counter.  Which isn’t a lot, since there was a deal.  But my mom thought it was a lot because she felt it was unnecessary.  But it was nothing compared to the lady in front of me who was buying some expensive products that I wasn’t willing or able to splurge on.  I mean I don’t buy the completely crappy stuff, not anymore anyway.  But considering I’m somewhat incompetent at applying it, there seems to be no point in me springing for the best quality stuff.  And since I do such a crappy application job, maybe my “natural beauty” can peak through it just a little.