I got this term ‘core aesthetic’ stuck in my head and couldn’t remember why or where I’d gotten it from. Then I remembered it had something to do with letting Pinterest find your specific look. I typed ‘Chrissie core aesthetic’.
Here’s what it came up with for me…
Alternative and urban things like neon signs, a skull, tough but feminine style, a little bit of bling and even a bee – the symbol of Manchester.
Pinterest has well got me sussed!
I’d love to know what you get and if you agree?
I came across Crazy Crafty Chick Club on Etsy when this awesome badge (£10.64) leapt out at me. Everyone I showed it to laughed and said it was perfect for me – in a good way!
It arrived fairly quickly considering it came from Canada and was packaged in a funky bubble wrap envelope and a cute cardboard box.
I know it’s hard to tell in these photographs but it’s actually made from a dark silver metal and big enough to need two pins. It really makes a statement!
Crazy Crafty Chick Club also sell other pins, stickers, iron on patches, jewellery and totes with feminist, geek or alternative style sentiments.
I’d love to know, who else still adds pastel-goth influences to their style?
My feet are the softest, most un-resilient feet that you can imagine so I’ve always worn soft leather shoes….or Docs, not quite sure why those are so comfy!? But I’ve had enough of buying leather shoes and vegan Docs are really expensive!
This is when I came across Koi vegan shoes. They’ve a reasonably priced brand that always have loads of sales on. These are obviously vegan with the black PVC fabric being very matte and thick. They are a lot lighter than chunky soled shoes and boots I had in the 90’s. Think hip-hop and goth street-wear, not Spice Girls, ha!
I’ve bought footwear from New Look since I was a teen, as they are always so comfy and affordable. So much of their footwear is now vegan too, like the boots below. You’d never know that the New Look boots are vegan as they have a slightly shiny leather-look finish. These also feel lighter than you’d expect.
I bought the batwings from Koi as soon as I saw them and then got the black boots from New Look a few weeks later. I bought boots to go with my wings! Nah, I’m joking, I’d been wanting plain black ankle boots for years, after I wore my old one’s to destruction.
The wings I attached (from Koi) have exactly the same finish as the boots (hurray!) and are padded for a quality look. I’ve been able to bend them around the boot slightly so I can walk in them properly.
I know having pale grey laces with hiking-style-boots is a trend that’s trickled down from the catwalks but I hate it. I replaced the grey laces with black ones from a pair of the Bloke’s old army boots.
I squashed the lace hooks closed with some pliers so they wouldn’t catch on the laces of the other boot and send me flying. Much betta!
I was impressed with the Koi packaging as each shoe came in a protective bag and the box had a hole and lots of silica packets to keep the shoes dry and aerated. The New Look shoes just came in a plastic bag, which I thought were a bit shite really.
I love both of my boots and the wings so much!
Rating 5/5 for everything!
Here are all of my style related posts from 2019. I hope they serve as inspiration if you are a little stuck for ideas or where to buy something.
80’s Alternative Urban Hoops – Claire’s; jumper EMP; Skirt EMP; Boots – Clark’s
Chillin Love Your Bones Tee – EMP.co.uk; Bootcut jeans – charity shop (originally Topshop); Dusky pink trainers (not shown) Nike custom Air Force 1’s
Pirate Wench Earrings – EMP; Blouse – Hell Bunny; Skirt – EMP; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Ebay
Modern Vintage Blouse – Hell Bunny; Shrug – Joe Browns; Skirt – EMP; Boots – Joe BrownsSwing vests can create a more flattering shape than tucking in your tops, if you have narrow hips and/or a podge.
Urban Casual Vest – Boohoo; Utility pants – ASOS; Trainers – Zara
Tee Bloody Nora Pam
Autumn Smart Casual Shawl – Matalan; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Lands End
Winter Smart Casual Jumper – Matalan; Jeans – ASOS; Over knee ridding boots (not shown) Shuh.
Alternative-Casual Tee – The Mountain; Arm warmers (worn under stripy top) – Forage; Boot cut jeans – Charity shop (previously Topshop); Chunky PVC ankle boots (not shown) Shuh
Pins Old English Company; Jenni Fairy W on Etsy; Punky Pins
Penguin Pin Kate Elford on Etsy
Christmas Tree Earrings Marks and Spencer
Tote Bag Tikea on Amazon
Me and the bloke decided some Italian inspired food was well overdue and booked ourselves in with Pizza Express in Piccadilly to try their new Autumn menu.
I did a little fun poll on Twitter and Instagram (which got a whole 8 participants lol) to decide what to wear. Urban/Street 20% , Alternative 40%, Mix it up 40% Fancy-ish 20% so I went with a sailor tattoo inspired rockabilly blouse, a little black shrug, kickflare fitted jeans and feminine but chunky-soled boots. I would never have thought of putting all of them together but it worked!
Pizza Express’ new veggie dishes include a starter of Creamy Baked Garlic Mushroom with vegan mozzarella or goats cheese. Battered Halloumi bites are a new side. A main of Calzone Verdure with roasted peppers, aubergine and courgette with spinach and smoky tomato harissa. The Carbonara Romana Pizza with pancetta, mozzarella and garlic oil on a béchamel base, baked with a free-range egg. Risotto con Funghi creamy white wine risotto with Portobello mushrooms. Two chocolate deserts and an Orange & Cacao Gin Buck cocktail.
For starters I got Tomato, mozzarella and pesto (I asked for the vegan mozzarella as I love it but was told it wasn’t an option, even though it was an option with the blokes starter!?). He got the new Creamy Baked Garlic Mushroom which he thought was well balanced and tasty but not worth over £6.00! We got a huge Superfood Salad to share which is always delicious.
I ordered the new risotto which was delicious and very filling but not heavy. I didn’t get why it had so much rocket on it though. I had halloumi in the fridge at home so I ordered (my fave side) polenta sticks with honey and mustard dressing. The bloke got his usual understated and under rated pizza with olives, capers, sultanas and red onions. Sounds weird but it works!
Staff were helpful and friendly and service was speedy as usual. Our only complaint was that the temperature was way too hot, even though me and the bloke were only wearing thin tops and jeans.
What would you have eaten?
Rather than put together a specific look, I decided to find, what I thought were the most versatile items. This way after Halloween you can subtly incorporate them into an evening look, using as much or as little as you want. Creative and budget friendly!
Glow Up – Orly
Cosmic Cowboy Face Jewels – Barry M
Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in Iconic – Ciate
18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette – E.L.F.
I’ve left off any prices and links as it depends on which country you live in or what your fave beauty halls or websites are. My fave UK places (apart from the brands own websites) are Superdrug, TK Maxx (online), Debenhams and Cult Beauty (online).
Happy creating! V- -V
Hello my lovely fiends!
Dravulia Shoes – Hot Chocolate
Boo Cats Dress (also available in kids) – Retrolicious Brand
Cobweb Tights (also available in curve) – ASOS
Kawaii Ghost Shirt (unisex) – Em and Sprout
Chrissie V- -V
I know it takes some people a lot of confidence to really go-all-out for Hallowe’en but that doesn’t mean you can’t Vamp It Up a bit. Sorry, I couldn’t help it!
Deaths Head Moth Pin (print also available in dresses and tops) – Em and Sprout
Jezebel Tote Bag – Vivienne Of Holloway
Zombie Girl Pin – Worn To Death Apparel
Cobweb Tassel Earrings – Boohoo
Chrissie V- -V
How adorable is this tee! ‘Skeleton Lovers’ £24.99 I bought this in a Small but I’d say it’s equivalent to a 12. Nice length and curvy cut to it. The marbled finish is unusual well done too.
I must confess that I’m not a huge fan of the band Volbeat; yes, I do like some of their songs but I really love this rock n’ roll design ‘Denmark Skull’ £14.99
I bought this in a Medium (going off the EMP size guide which is usually bang on) but I should have bought a Small as it’s boyfriend fit and is more like a generous 14 on me – oops! I’ll cut off the bottom of this and wear it as a boxy oversized tee.
I need to stop buying T-shirts, it’s an obsession. I have an entire large draw stacked full. Right, no more for two years! Gulp.
This is one of my favourite day-to-night outfits. For daytime when it’s been hot, I’ve left off the cardigan and worn black caged-toe sandals with it instead (I prefer the evening look though, so here it is). The blouse is from Hell Bunny (I cut of the Peter Pan collar because I didn’t want such a specific vintage look) and the boots are from Joe Browns (last season but still in stock).