Skirt: Tu, Sainsbury's
I bought this just now for a tenner down from £30, as apparently it's a damaged product. I compared it with the full-priced ones and I think what's happened is that someone bought this skirt, washed it at a really high temperature so the fabric's shininess has disappeared so the colours are slightly duller, and then returned it to the shop. It's got a lot of volume and sits right at my waist so I'm going to have a lot of fun flouncing around in this.
Dress: New Look
Sight-seeing in Italy involves a lot of churches, so I needed a long dress for my holiday there, which I'll be posting more pictures of very soon. I don't usually wear maxi skirts or dresses so this one makes me feel really dramatic, plus it's very light and comfortable because I don't wear a bra with it. If you're looking for this dress, it's in the teens' section.
When you buy clothes from airport shops you don't need to pay tax on it, so I got a slight reduction on this gorgeous white swimsuit. I want to wear it all the time even though I'm not at the beach, but no one cares if I wear weird stuff on my own at home, right?
Since it's summer and we all have time, I decided to start an art trade with my two ex-schoolmates, Ginge and Kate. I drew for Kate, Kate drew for Ginge and Ginge drew for me, and it was so fun, we want to go the other way round again! We used to take art class together and while Kate's the only one who's taken art on, Ginge and I still like to doodle.
Kate requested Skyward Sword Link in any pose, so that's what I did. This was one of my favourite scenes from Skyward Sword. Originally it was a couple of pencil sketches but when the others in the art trade came out with watercolouredmasterpieces I coloured mine to make myself feel less inadequate.
From Ginge I requested Jack Frost and Hiccup together as bezzies, because in my head they're like bros, and I absolutely love what she did with them. And I feel so special that someone drew something for me! Ginge has actually requested a really difficult one from me, which will end up looking rubbish because I have no reference pose and will take ages, but I'll finish it eventually.
It's been a long time since our Golden Sun days. After watching my sister play the whole thing, I only managed the first game myself and didn't continue because I passed too many points of no return and didn't collect all the djinn, which is not okay for me. I remember playing it in China, agonising over equipment and djinn combinations and getting stuck and having to skip places because I didn't have instant access to walkthroughs. And hours on a sleeper train, reloading and reloading to get these certain boots from a gambling fountain!
But I loved the puzzles and the battles and the character designs. Golden Sun is one of the few games in which female characters actually get to wear clothes. Last month I caught artist Bente's livestream and I mentioned that my sister spoke to Bente a couple of times back in the Golden Sun days, and Bente remembers this. Small world. So I drew some Golden Sun-style designs for Rise of the Guardians characters. I think Golden Sun's clothing designs are characterised by simple chunkiness, bright colours and patterns of geometric shapes. Jack would be a Mercury adept and Tooth would be Jupiter, I think. These were really fun to design.