Rock and Roll Fashion Essentials and Ideas

 Awhile ago, I did a post on Pinup and Rockabilly Fashion Essentials so I thought it would be fun to do a punk rock and roll version. I also love Rock and Roll, and music in general and I don’t know that I would do without it. 

   I’m all about creating your own style and look and not feeling like you need to look like anyone else or copy cat someone else’s look to feel like you belong or that you have to look a certain way. As long as you feel comfortable about yourself and what you show off and wear, that’s all that matters.

   These are just ideas and suggestions if you are trying to develop and/or expand your own rocker style. These ideas are just to inspire you to create your own rocker look. All of the items I mention are pretty easy to find and can be found in many stores as well as online.  I also wanted to mention that these “essentials,” are what I would personally start off with in creating a rocker look. You may have other things that you would consider an “essential” that differs from mine, which is absolutely great. The main purpose of this post is to get your creative juices flowing to build your own style.

   Again these are just ideas and suggestions to be used as a general guide line to inspire your own creative juices. Take whatever you like, leave the ones you don’t like, and rock your bad ass self! 

xoxo Carlie 

1. Leather Jacket- This seems like a pretty obvious rock and roll item. Depending on the brand, leather jackets can be really affordable to more designer labels that can be overly expensive. There are also a huge amount of styles. It really depends on how much you want to spend and the type of jacket cut you are looking for.

**For people who are vegan and/or against wearing leather, you still have options. Now a days, it’s very common for brands to make vegan, non-leather jackets and other clothing items. They’re very easy to find and I think it’s great that most places sell fake leather so people can enjoy wearing the “Look of Leather,” without having to wear the actual thing.

I also consider a leather jacket an essential item because not only do they give any look a rock and roll edge, from a pair of jeans and a t-shirt to fancy party dress, but leather jackets pretty much forever. I’ve had my coat for a long time and I still love wearing it. It definitely has a little wear and tear on the sleeves but very little, and for me, it looks more punk rock. 

2.  Studs and Spikes- Anything with spikes or studs  are perfect for adding some extra flair. Whether it’s a pair of shoes, a belt, a handbag, metal adornments keep you looking edgy. The same as with leather jackets, accessories or clothing, prices can vary. Again it depends on how much money you want to spend. Pieces with real metal spikes tend to be a little more pricey than dupe spike and stud items. For example, I remember buying my spiked boots (the pair in my photo below) years ago and I remember that right after I purchased them, I saw a pair of copy cat boots at Target with spikes that looked real but when you looked closely at them, you could see that they were just plastic made to look the real deal which is why they were half the price of mine. I also feel that sometimes accessories with real seem to last a lot longer than cheaper items.  With that said, I do have a piece or two with plastic decor that actually look cool and were made well. My black and gold spike and skull bra that I wear for dance aren’t real metal but looks and feels good.

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3. Fishnets Galore- If you know me at all, you know I have a nice collection of lingerie and stockings. I can’t even tell you how many pair of fishnet stockings I have.  They all have a different look to them though so I always have plenty of variety. Also fishnet gloves and clothing I definitely consider a rocker staple. Whether it’s a brand new pair with no tears, or an older pair of that have rips up and down the sides, fishnets will always be in style to me. You can find fishnet accessories almost anywhere, department stores, online, halloween and costume shops, etc.

4. Rock and Roll T-shirts-  This is absolutely one of the “TOP STAPLES,” for creating your own rocker look. I love my collection of rock and roll shirts. Some of them I had gotten rid of a long time ago and I still wish I hadn’t.  If you haven’t already, make sure to check out an older blog post I did last year titled, “GETTING CREATIVE WTH CONCERT T-SHIRTS,” which was all about wearing rock shirts in different and unique ways. Definitely go check out that blog post if you want any new ideas on how to wear your favorite musical tops.

5. Hair and Makeup- This is where you can get really creative! There is so much you can do with your hair and makeup to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. 

For hair, they’re so many things you can do with it to make it look rocker chic. These of course are just a few out for MANY ideas for inspiration.  First, non-traditional hair color is always fun. Different and non-conventual colors, are actually more popular now than years ago where drugstores carry  alternative hair color in blue, pink, purple and a lot more. If you don’t want to  permanently commit , you can get semi-permanent hair dye. The first time I dyed my hair in high school, I used a semi-permanent color  from the famous brand, “Tish & Snooky’s MANIC PANIC,” in VAMPIRE RED, which turned out absolutely fantastic. Manic Panic is a great brand and I’m so glad it’s still around after all these years. Definitely check them out.

If you don’t want to play with hair dye, different color extensions is a great option, as well as wigs, dread falls, etc. As I”m writing this , I’m rocking my dreads today.

For Makeup, again there are no limits to the looks you can create. Glitter, dark smoky eyes, dark and/or  more “alternative ” lipsticks are always a good starting off point. You can find tons of rocker makeup images on Pinterest,  youtube, and more for ideas and tutorials. I’ll probably do a fun rock tutorial soon.

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Oh if you need any help or more inspiration on hair and makeup, I definitely would go on youtube to watch vids specifically on Rock and Roll looks.

 

 

Things to Remember when Shopping

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I love shopping, as do most people, and wanted to put down some tips, ideas, questions, and things to consider when you’re out shopping so you don’t feel overwhelmed, which can happen from time to time. These are just a few things to think about.

1.  PLANNING AHEAD: If you’re planning to go shopping for something specific, write it down on a piece of paper or in your phone to take with you. This way if you go to a huge store, you will be more focused on finding that specific item without getting side-tracked. 

2. WHAT TO INVEST IN: Depending on your style, you might want to invest more money on one piece than spending the same amount on another, depending on how often you wear or use something. Using myself as an example, I may spend more money on a vintage dress but not pay as much on a pair of jeans because I don’t wear jeans as much as my dresses.

3. DON’T BUY JUST TO BUY: This seems pretty obvious but I’ve known many people in the past that felt the need to buy something in a shop, whether they really liked it or not. Or they’ll purchase something just because it’s on sale. Do yourself and your wallet a favor, save your money and don’t buy anything unless you truly love it whether it’s on sale or not.

4. QUESTIONS: When seeing something you’re interested in, ask yourself these questions. Will you wear or use it on a daily basis and/or a lot? If you you’ll use it a lot, purchase it.

5. LUXURIOUS PIECES- I love luxury, whether it’s a fashion staple or a high end beauty product but only if it’s in my budget. I feel it’s better to buy one luxurious piece then five cheaper pieces that can possibly fall apart or if it’s a makeup product, have a cheap formula that can possibly mess up your skin.

6. ONE IN EVERY COLOR- If you find a piece of clothing that you absolutely love and you’ll know you get a lot of use out of it, get it in every color. For example, the lace gray dress that I posted on my instagram and in a previous post here, I also bought in lime green and rose. That way I have something that can be a “go to item,” and can rotate for any occasion. 

7. ONE OF A KIND- If you see something that catches your eye and you know is a one of a kind item, definitely get it. If you don’t, someone else may grab it and then you’ll regret not getting it first. Also you’ll have a fabulous stylish piece that is unique and that no one else will have.

 

*I don’t own the above photo image.

Springtime Style on a Budget

I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her. 

This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well.  The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.

SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:

If you are yearning for some new spring style items to add to your wardrobe but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new clothes or accessories, here are some ways to celebrate springtime without hurting your bank account:
1. Affordable Shops – If you are wanting some new floral clothes or just a new item in spring colors, check out shops like Ross or TJMaxx. They get new cute tops, bottoms, and even shoes for each season plus have designer items with prices that are a steal. Sometimes you have to scour the clothing racks for the perfect thing but you are guaranteed to always find something that you’ll love.
2. Accessorize – You can celebrate and update your spring fashion with cute little accessories such as hair flowers, floral head bands, scarves, jewelry, and more. Stores like Claire’s or similar places carry an enormous array of cute seasonal accessories for great deals.
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3. Makeup – If you don’t want to go crazy with a new wardrobe just for spring, you can celebrate the season with your makeup. This time of the year, you can find pastel and springy colored makeup like eye shadows and lipsticks in pinks, greens, and pretty shimmery colors. You don’t need to go to department stores or even Sephora if you don’t want to or are on a budget. CVS and Walgreens drugstores always have a huge selection of great quality makeup in every color that you can imagine for amazing prices.
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4. Hair – If you’re interested in trying more of a punk or rocker look for spring, you can buy clip in extensions in an array of different colors almost anywhere, including online. Or you can get hair chalk, which is temporary and can be found in drugstores and beauty supply shops. You’ll definitely have your own original look for the spring, while utilizing the “it” colors like jewel floral tones and pastels.
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5. DIY- If you’re an artistic or creative person, then your spring style ideas are pretty much endless. You can use your talent to make your own items and accessories with affordable supplies from places like Jo-Ann’s or other craft and fabric shops. Some examples include chokers made with silk ribbons in floral colors with cute charms or your own flower hair pieces, brooches, and corsages.
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These are just a few ideas to help you create your own original look and style for the upcoming season. Let these ideas and tips inspire you. Have fun with them and have a most wonderful spring.
*all pictures shot by me except photo of hair extensions.

Not Saving for a Rainy Day

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I’m not one of those people who only save their “good stuff” for special occasions only. If you do that you won’t get to fully enjoy them. The only time I do that is if I have a piece of very expensive jewelry and don’t want the risk of losing it. Besides that, I wear whatever I want at any occasion. This post kind of goes with a past post I wrote saying to mix and match fancy things with casual items to create a new look. Here are a few things that I recommend splurging on what not to splurge on. 

1. Clothing- Most people love sale and clearance items, as do I sometimes, but when I shop at them I double check the item on how it’s made and if the material feels and looks cheap. Also make sure if there is any tears, snags, and holes.  I don’t go out seeking for bargains on clothes. If I see something I really like, I’ll definitely get it but I’m not one of the those people who like to shop just to shop.

I also believe quality vs. quantity. I’d rather spend more money on something like a new handbag or a dress that I’ll know that will last me a long time, than buying a dozen cheap items that will far apart in a month  if I not sooner.

2. Jewelry, High heels, and Handbags- I feel the same way about my accessories as I do my clothing. Like I said before, if you only save certain items just for special occasions, you’ll never feel comfortable and/or that “special occasion” may never happen. So enjoy what you have now. For example, if you are wearing just a sweater and jeans, throw on some sparkly six inch heels, some diamond earrings, and a good quality handbag, and instantly your casual look will look more polished and you’ll feel a lot more confident.

After reading this post, I hope it gave you some ideas and inspired you on how to put together new looks and to enjoy everything you have.

welcome

 

Make your Mark with Dita Von Teese

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   Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely love Dita Von Teese. She was, and still  is such a big influence  and inspiration in my life, especially when I first started burlesque dancing and performing.  I love everything about her, from her look and style, to the way she performs, to her glamorous personality. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago at “Strip Strip Hooray,” in Hollywood and she is so sweet. Her insides absolutely match her outside beauty.

I have all of Dita’s books and just finished reading her latest one, ” Your Beauty Mark, the Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour,” and it’s an absolutely fabulous book. 

There are so many things I love about this book, but I think the thing I love the most about this read, is that it is not just a style/beauty guide book or a “how to” book. Dita covers every aspect of her life and mixes her wonderful tutorials and information with wonderful anecdotes such as her life growing up and how she first discovered the ladies of Old Hollywood and how much they inspired her to develop her own spectacular lifestyle.  The book also contains stories of all the wonderful people she has met and worked with in her career and life which was really fun to read.

The tutorials in “Your Beauty Mark,” are very descriptive and are very detailed and easy to follow which is not always the case in beauty guides. She covers everything from how to do her makeup looks from foundation to finish,  to creating her different hair styles, and fabulous fashion tips.

Completely separate  from the beauty tutorials, Dita also provides stretches and exercise to help you stay fit and tips on having a healthy lifestyle, all of which are very helpful.

I really could go on and on about “Your Beauty Mark” and how much I enjoyed it but it would take too long. If you are looking for the perfect guide on how to be your best glamorous self, or just want to read about Dita Von Teese, or even just to go through and see a beautiful  variety of photos of her, this is the book for you. Whatever reason you have , “Your Beauty Mark,” is a definite MUST HAVE and I highly recommend it.

Bring your Style to Work Day

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A lot of us have or had jobs in the past where you have a certain dress code or uniform that you need to wear such as Staples, Starbucks, some restaurants, etc. which doesn’t leave a lot of room to show off your personality. Here are some simple but creative ideas to help merge your work look with your beautiful personal look. It shows that with just a little few touches and tweaks, you can project your unique beauty.

Jewelry:    Jewelry, especially unique or handmade pieces can change a whole outfit and look. If you have to dress a certain way to work or stuck in a uniform, accent it with some hot pieces, a cool ring, earrings, bangle bracelets, a unique brooch, necklace that makes a fabulous statement, or whatever turns you on to make you feel good.

Hair Accessories:    My next blog will be more on hair accessories but wanted to introduce it here. I love wearing accessories in my hair such as flowers, scarves, hair combs, and more. When getting ready for work, add a cute item to your polished hair. Don’t feel that you have to clutter your hair with accessories, especially depending on how strict your dress code is. One simple accessory is a perfect balance between our work and personal style.

Modifying your Uniform:     If you can, push your dress code a little over the line. For example, if you have a job that requires you to always black pants, get some black capris or cuff the bottom of your pant legs to channel your inner rockabilly or pinup girl. Or if you wear a white button down shirt, forget buttoning the last few buttons and tie at the waist. Or if you need to wear sneakers because you’re on your feet all day and you can’t wear your hot heels, get a pair of sneaks with a cool design like Ed Hardy’s or a designer pair of sneakers like Coach. Or if you can wear your high heels, wear a pair that POPS, like bright red or animal print. What ever inspires you, and you can get away with at your job.

Makeup:     Makeup definitely completes any look or outfit. Trace your eyes with eye liner to give you sexy cat eyes, wear your bold lipstick, or sport some whimsical glitter shadow. Again whatever inspires you and makes you happy.

These are just a few ideas to act as guidelines in showing off your own world with your professional world. The most important thing is that your feel good, comfortable, and confident in your own skin when you go out into the world for work.

 

 

Getting Creative with Concert T-shirts

I love wearing concert shirts and usually buy one after a great show but sometimes it gets annoying when you can’t find your size, or the shirts  are supposedly for men and you find yourself swimming in them. Especially if you find an older shirt in a vintage store that you must own but it’s two or three sizes too big.

Same thing with a lot of horror t-shirts. I’ll find a shirt that I love or know I can’t get anywhere else and I’ll buy it but can’t wear all the time because of the size.

I like showing off my figure and making my shirts flattering. Over the years, I’ve come up with some fun ideas on how to accomplish this with just a few basic items and a creative eye. Here are some ways to rock your band and spooky shirts in a new way.

1. Take your shirt and simply belt it. This is great if you want to show off your curves and it’s a very sexy look. Also roll up your sleeves at least twice to show off your arms. If the sleeves don’t stay up on their own, safety pin or bobby pin them rolled up.By belting your shirt at the waist, you create a very flattering top or if it’s really long, you can even wear it as a mini dress. 

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2. Twist one side of your shirt and secure with either a rubber band  or hair tie. Once you do this you can leave the  knotted end hanging out or tuck it in. Then if desired, roll up the bottom of your shirt once or twice to show off your midriff.      FullSizeRender (7) FullSizeRender (5) FullSizeRender (6) 

3. This look is similar to the second one but instead of using the side of your shirt, twist and knot the back of your shirt as tight as you want and secure with a rubber band or hair tie. Tuck under your shirt.

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4. Get a pair of sharp scissors and get to slashing. Take your scissors to your shirt, unless it’s a rare one that you don’t want to change it, and make cuts wherever you want. You can cut the collar or sleeves off, cut from one shoulder to the other diagonally so it falls slightly off one shoulder, or make incisions to the back. Ripping is always good too. This is very fun to do and makes your shirt a definite “One of a Kind.”

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5. This last idea is extremely creative! Take your oversized shirt and make it into an actual dress. I love the film, “Lords of Salem,” and wanted to have a shirt of the movie but the only one I could find was a men’s double extra large. I decided I wanted to turn it into a dress. I’m not the best seamstress so I collaborated with one of my friends on etsy and she sewed the garment together for me. I picked out the out the material, designed it, and mailed her the shirt and she came up with an exclusive “One of a Kind,” dress that I absolutely love wearing. The front of the dress is the front of the shirt of course but I love that I was able to use the back of the shirt as well to make my outfit complete. I decided on what I wanted with the ribbons, color scheme and the other fabric and my friend sewed together this masterpiece. This is definitely a bit time consuming but absolutely worth it.

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Hope these ideas help you and have fun getting your creative juices flowing and go have fun with your T-shirts!