Sunday, March 20, 2016

It's a nice day for a Goth wedding

Today I was invited to the wedding of two of my friends. The weather was sunny, which was a relief as it has been threatening thunderstorms and rain all week. The ceremony was held in Queens Gardens in Perth, and the reception was at a pub. The whole day was very lovely, and it's so good to see such a happy couple. I also got to see some acquaintances that I regularly see out clubbing, it's so strange to see them in the day time ;-)

I wore a new dress I purchased from City Chic especially for the occasion. It's titled Fleetwood Maxi Dress, and you can see from how flowy it is that it's Stevie Nicks inspired. I would really like to dance in this dress in the future, I'll probably wear it to my next club event.

I tied the dress together with:
Belt: Torrid
Tights: We Love Colors
Winklepickers: Pennangalan

In my hair I wore a combination of flower clips I found. The bat necklace is from ebay.
I'm a bit annoyed because I wanted to wear a different lipstick but I couldn't find it! I had to make do with an old one.

I finally also got to wear these fantastic earrings that I was saving for a special occasion. They have different colours shimmering through, mainly green.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


To honor the passing of David Bowie, the American Library Association has re-released the famous Bowie 'Read' poster which was created in 1987 [link]
As soon as I heard about this I knew I needed to purchase one asap. I've been wanting one of these posters for years, but I could never find one.
I was devastated to find that the ALA does not ship overseas :(
Luckily, my New York friend, Mo, came to the rescue and she kindly acted as my go between in order to purchase and ship to Australia. (Thanks again, Mo, for being wonderful!!)

I'm very happy with my poster, and I'm looking at getting it framed or block mounted in order to preserve it better. This is a really lovely poster, and I can't wait to put it near my book case.
Frankly, I still haven't been able to process the passing of David Bowie. I won't be posting anything about his death, because I don't think I can put into words how much he meant to me.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Work Experience

This week I've been completing work experience at the West Australia Museum Library, at their warehouse location. I'm doing this as part of my Librarian bachelor degree, and I'm there for three weeks.
There is a lot of interesting things in the museum storage warehouse, although sadly I'm not allowed to take photos of anything (security risk). But I've seen the famous blue whale skeleton (it's huge!), a wall full of animal skulls with horns, and a new specimen of a sunfish (aka, Mola Mola). It's very exciting to see different things!

Luckily, I am able to take photos within the library. We have some cool bat lithograph prints by Gould.

This is my favourite one, I love the little fat bat hanging from the tree!

The taxidermy bird who overlooks the library.

The library is very small, it only has two employees, and it's not open to the public. I'm enjoying my time there, as I haven't had experience in a special library before.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Some Recently Purchased Vinyl

A guy I know was recently selling some of his vinyl. I managed to purchase some Goth records.

The Idiot by Iggy Pop, Lady D'Arbanville by And Also The Trees, and Away by The Bolshoi.
I actually purchased the Iggy Pop album online.

Three Robert Smith related albums.
Pornography by The Cure, Blue Sunshine by The Glove, and Faith by The Cure.
I'm most excited about 'Pornography' by The Cure, as I've been wanting this album for years!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dr Marten 1460 Nappa Boots Review

My Justin Roper cowboy boots finally kicked the bucket, you can see my finger poking through. Many tears were shed for these comfy boots. I needed new shoes in a hurry, so I decided to try Dr Martens again.
I had previously worn Dr Martens throughout my late high school and college years, and I remember them being comfy although lacking in the support category.

I decided on Dr Marten 1460 Nappa leather boots. Nappa leather is softer, and more pliable straight from the box. I chose these over normal Dr Marten boots because I didn't want the painful breaking in period, that can sometimes take months. I'm getting old, and I can't be bothered with uncomfortable boots any more.

I purchased these from Wellington St Army Surplus, in Perth, for around $190 AUD. I dislike Wellington St Army Surplus, the employees are ALWAYS rude. Every single time I go in there.
The only reason I purchased at that store is that I didn't know my boot size, and I wanted to try them on. In the end, the in-store boots were about the same price as what I'd be paying on Ebay.

I found out that I'm a EU 43. I have big man feet, and I can rarely buy pretty girl shoes.

I love the Dr Marten tissue paper inside.

Straight out of the box, you can see how flexible the Nappa leather is.

Before a polish.

Here they are polished up. I'd say that Nappa leather doesn't seem to have a mirror shine, unlike other Dr Marten boots I have had. Perhaps with regular polishing the shine will appear.

Another reason to dislike Wellington St Army Surplus, I asked the employee if I should polish Nappa leather like normal, and he replied "I guess?" in a really bored tone.

I made the mistake of thinking I'd be able to wear these straight away without blisters, I WAS WRONG! I got some painful blisters on the heels of my feet.
There was a bit of breaking in that I needed to do, the boots were a bit tight in areas.
I purchased these around December, and they didn't take as long as normal boots to break in.

Overall, I really like the Nappa leather version of Dr Martens. I'll be wearing these regularly until I can purchase another pair of Justin Roper boots.

UPDATE 12/06/16: This week I found a spilt in my sole. This is really disappointing, as the shoes are still new. I haven't been doing anything strenuous in these, just the normal walking around. Dr Marten has really made me disappointed in their shoe quality.
I asked my Dad to glue them back together, so I'll see how that goes.