last christmas, i gave you my heart

Merry Christmas/Chrimbus or Happy Holidays/Festivus y'all!

crappy iPhone picture of what I wore on Christmas Eve (pre-booze):



pastrami at the hat

phone
Acne Beryl cardigan (christmas present!), Acne top

Sup guys, I'm currently enjoying my time in LA until I have to go back up north to begin my job search. Thanks for all of the comments about my graduation! I posted an outfit shot from that day on my Tumblr in case anyone is interested in seeing what I wore. Still getting used to not feeling pressured to finish a paper or study for an exam, it feels so strange! Maybe that's why this trip home feels especially relaxing. Aside from obligatory trips to In-N-Out and pho with my dad, I almost always stop by The Hat for lunch. I've been eating the same thing there since I was a kid: a classic pastrami sandwich and fries (although sometimes, if we're feeling wild, we order chili fries lol). Anyone else from the San Gabriel Valley? No matter how many miles away I am, I'll always consider it home.

world famous pastrami
orange bang

snowflakes on my sweeeeater

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Not an outfit shot but whatever. I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL!! FOREVER! We're getting ready for a pretty big storm here and it looks like it's going to rain when my family is up for my graduation. Wow, I'm graduating guys! Feels nice. After that I'll be in LA for a week or so. Is the weather really that awesome over there? I hear people complaining that it's supposed to be winter and all but I'd rather have that over dealing with my frozen fingers as I type this. IT'S COLD! My parka + (aweeeesome) wool sweater barely kept me warm today.

Also, check out my Q&A with Teen Vogue. Thanks Naomi!

study break

12-12-10
Gap mens parka, A.P.C. plaid shirt (BF's), Citizens of Humanity jeggings, A.P.C. loafers

OH MY THESE FINALS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY. I already submitted a final 12 page paper a couple days ago but I still have a final paper and two more exams left. Come Wednesday at 11am I will be FREE FOREVER. This is what I wore to leave the apartment (and dismal Arsenal game, hmph) and walk around for some fresh air + coffee from Ritual. Man it's so nice to be able to walk anywhere.

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Leave it to me to choose the two most unflattering photos of the bunch rofl. I have no idea why I was bending over, maybe I dropped something? I look like I need to poo! Sorry for sounding so vulgar, I'm a little out of it right now. I can't wait for these finals to be over. Oooh, you can kind of see my new ring in the next photo. Brent bought me that Mociun ring that I'd been wanting for my birthday. He even remembered that I wanted it in silver and not gold, hah.

ritual
shoes

Oh and since the fall colors match with this post, I'll post this video that I made when I was procrastinating yesterday. It's not really eventful, just nice music (Shugo Tokumaru's Tracking Elevator, I highly recommend it) with little clips that I filmed when I was on a train from Portland to Seattle a couple months ago.

portland to seattle from Annabel Ly on Vimeo.

burger bar

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Went to Burger Bar last week. It was kind of overpriced but I still enjoyed it (plus I didn't have to pay, hah). Word of advice: don't get a milkshake AND burger for lunch. Actually, we all got booze in ours. Was it even noon yet? Jeez. I hope you guys don't think I'm trying to promote bad eating habits...

burger bar
burger bar
burger bar

And because he paid for me (and some of you seem to like him?), here's Mike. Thanks, Mike.

burger bar

Goth Girl of the Year 2010

The time has come for our annual review of Goth Girls of the Week.

Features were split quite evenly with 12 from North America, 3 from the British Isles, 6 from Europe and 3 from Oceania (Australia/New Zealand). This year we got our first entries from Canada and from the American Pacific Northwest. Out of our 24 entries, 2 were from Belgium and 6 from the American East Coast.

What is it with North Carolina? We have had more Goth Girls of the Week from that state than either New York or California or any other territory, not what you would expect.

Visits per month are down to 10,900 from a high of 12,300 last year, must be the economy. On the good side we have picked up over 220 subscribers, thank you Google.

Goth Girl CrossAs I posted this article originally on Dec 8th, I received word of the passing of one of our members from 2006. Cyanotica was the 5th Goth Girl of the Week and the first with dreads. There is a Guest Book on her obituary page, and a Facebook page.

Its time to take a look at the girls from this year and vote for the Goth Girl of the Year. I am going to try a new system to allow you, the public, to vote for your favorite. Let me make it clear now, the public vote will NOT! be the final determiner of Goth Girl of the Year. For details read here.

As in past years, the girls will vote, as will my assistants and I. The final result will be revealed as Goth Girl of the Year 2010 in January.

Below is a review of all 24 girls from this year. Take a look over them , click their links to read their interviews and use the Poll at the top left of the page to cast your ballot. Fell free to leave comments too.

If you want to have a chance at being Goth Girl of the Year 2011, send me your submission. I'll conduct an interview with you by e-mail and you too could be a Goth Girl of the Week.


Miss Deadly Red
Miss Deadly Red
England
Keep it Sleazy Honey
Keep it Sleazy Honey
Germany
Nephertity
Nephertity
Belgium
Ky_phosis
Ky_phosis
USA East coast
Renee Rockwood
Renee Rockwood
USA West Coast
Katayna
Katayna
USA West
Miranda Adria
Miranda Adria
USA East Coast
T foxxx
T foxxx
USA East/Canada
Drusilla Killswitch
Drusilla Killswitch
USA South
Kat Kalashnikov
Kat Kalashnikov
USA East Coast
Ophelia Darkly
Ophelia Darkly
USA Mid-West
Mechanic Geisha
Mechanic Geisha
Ireland
SinDelle Morte
SinDelle Morte
USA East Coast
Below Dark Water
Below Dark Water
Australia
Zenith de Sade
Zenith de Sade
Romania
Sindrel Psykhe
Sindrel Psykhe
New Zealand
Ambellina
Ambellina
England
Sara Scarlet
Sara Scarlet
Belgium
Eileen
Eileen
USA East Coast
Izta
Izta
The Netherlands

Stiletto 13
Stiletto 13
Canada
Rifká
Rifká
Spain
Iniquity
Iniquity
USA East Coast

my 10 wardrobe essentials


01. White high-top sneakers. Always a classic. I've had my Chuck Taylors since high school and somehow they've lasted all through college. I prefer mine as used up and battered as possible but when they get too dirty it's easy to pop them in the washing machine.
02. Red nail polish. My shade of choice has always been Chanel's Dazzling from the 2007 Holiday collection. I love painting my nails pink, black, and blue but I always go back to red when I'm bored with everything else. There's an Essie shade I've been wanting to try as well (and for a fraction of the price!) called Silken Cord but I've been putting it off.
03. Breton shirt. Okay, okay. So I may have gone a little overboard with this striped obsession but I will continue to swear by Saint James tops when it comes to satisfying it. I've never tried the thicker Meridien knit but I think I may prefer the lighter Minquiers top more. I know $65 may seem like a lot for a top but when I finally caved I ended up wearing mine almost every week (and am currently wearing a white and black one right now!). It's cozy, slightly oversized since its unisex, and easy to pull off. BF also bought me the Naval top recently which is a different, more fitted cut with fabric similar to the Meridien top but I still find myself wearing it the same way I would any other breton top.
04. Oversized black sunglasses. I've had my vintage pair of sunglasses for years after finding them at a flea market for $3 but I'm seriously tempted to upgrade to a similar pair of these Karen Walker frames. For now I'm satisfied with my trusty sunnies since they've never failed me all this time. Actually, I really doubt I'll ever replace them. I'd rather save my money!
05. Red lipstick. This one is a little tricky. I don't usually wear lipstick (something my mom constantly criticizes me for) but when I want that extra kick I alternate between Opium Red from YSL (which is longer available unfortunately) and MAC's Russian Red. I save the YSL lipstick for special occasions since it's so bright but Russian Red is great for every day wear since it's matte and lasts all day.
06. Wool cardigan with pockets. Emphasis on the WITH POCKETS bit there. I wont be too specific about color with this one (although a gray cardigan is pictured) but I still prefer this slightly oversized shape and style to most. I found the perfect black wool cardigan by Acne at Barneys the other day for 50% off which I may go back and buy if the small is still around. My favorite thing about cardigans is that you never have to think twice about putting one on if the weather's not too bad. I'm a hands-in-pocket type of walker and it always feels strange to wear any sort of outerwear without pockets...
07. Dark blue skinny jeans. I seriously live in my pair from the Gap. If you feel self conscious about looking "exposed" when you wear jeggings try wearing longer tops or cardigans over them. I felt weird for a while but got used to it since they're really not as obscene as I thought they would be. They're more like jeans than leggings in my honest opinion but ho-ly crap they're comfy. Like, dangerously comfy. So comfy you think you can get away with eating Burger King and Taco Bell in the same day...
08. Fjallraven backpack. Maybe one day when I can afford to save up I'll actually get a nice purse (like a Mulberry Bayswater or Celine tote ugh) but for now these backpacks really hit the spot. Right now I have two (Classic Green and Black for those of you who were wondering) but I really want to get another in navy, warm yellow, or rust... ps, did you guys see Camille's ice blue one? So tempting!
09. Black ballet flats. Alright, I'm totally cheating by posting these Repetto flats since I've been telling myself for years that I'd buy them but I just keep putting it off, mostly because it's hard to find a 40.5 and when I do, I'm saving my money for something else and I feel guilty about not . But uhh, if anyone out there wants to buy them for me I'm totally down (*COUGH*MOM&DADIKNOWYOUREADTHIS*COUGH*). Right now I have a pair from Zara that I bought a year ago but they're not real leather and are falling apart :(
10. Comme des Garçons wallet. After years of using random wallets (ranging from Hello Kitty to a dinky little coin purse) I finally treated myself to this cute little Comme des Garçons wallet in red after working this summer. The best part about it is that I'll probably end up using it for years so saving up was totally worth it. Feels good man.

birthday outfit

11-29-10
A.P.C. trench, top, & skirt, American Apparel opaque tights, vintage oxfords

SO excited!!!!1! This is what I wore on my birthday to not really do much other than sit around and watch that disastrous Real Madrid game. I don't really want to talk about it. Zuni the night before was fun, it was my first time going there for dinner instead of lunch. This trench has already seen a lot of wear since it came in the mail.

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In other news, B tried to make me a Rilakkuma pancake for breakfast on my birthday but it turned out completely janky. I wouldn't have it any other way though. Oh yeah, and I made a Facebook page.

derp
birthday pancake

oh, blerg!

11-27-2010
A.P.C. trench coat, Steven Alan dress, A.P.C. shirt, vintage oxfords

Just spent a nice relaxing weekend with family (thanks for taking my pictures, mom!) and now I'm back in Berkeley where the high in is in the 50s. Super excited about tomorrow, it's finally time for El Clásico!! Oh, and my birthday. Too bad I have a paper and presentation due right after. I'm keeping this short because all of my creative juices are running dry after writing 5 pages about baroque Spanish poetry...

11-27-2010
new trench
derp

I'm off to Zuni now for dinner. CHICKEN FOR TWO! Sounds like a good birthday.