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I just found the most amazing Steampunk Clothing store just now.
Oh man, I can't wait until I have A Real World Job and Have Money so that I can actually buy things like these when I find them on the internet.

I've cut it because I've included pictures.
SRSLY THOUGH, you should check it out if only to make fun of my tourment. :P

Do Want These Things! (Warning: Lots of things)

I have been looking for something like this for ages. Sigh.

I almost brought an... item with this style today. Oh man, I like these things.

I don't think I need to explain why I want this.

I think I've seen belts like this around. I should keep an eye out for them.

Ok I'm mainly linking this because it's named after my favourite IRL pirate. :) I already have something a lot like this (and I like it better). But still! ANNE BONNY!

A similar top to the one above, maybe a bit better!

I was just about to stop linking images, but then I looked at the shoe section:

I know those last two are the same, but I honestly don't know which colour is better.
A few of the clothes on this site (the cheaper ones) look like they were just happy finds in chain stores. I might go Steampunk Hunting in the Intersem Break. Anyone interested?

In other news, hopefully I haven't lost your attention yet: bold to catch your attention, people who have opinions on bookshops, and what a nice, cosy and small bookshop should have in it, Please comment!

I have to include a 40m2 (Mine is a colossal 42m2 instead) bookstore in my studio building and I want to make it nice.

I want to capture a vibe sort of like what Unisfa clubroom's Quiet Corner (you know the one - next to the GM cupboard)has. The bare materials of the walls will be polished concrete (you probably don't like polished concrete... I think you have to have it beaten into you by architecture school. TADAO ANDO1, that's all I have to say.).
I think the shelves and the floor will be a relatively unfinished natural material like jarrah, if I'm allowed. If I'm not allowed (poetics and all that crap) I'll be using an unfinished wood formwork for some feature panels. (A lot of UWA buildings use wooden formwork. Formwork is what the concrete is set in.) And built-in seats in between some of the shelves.

Any suggestions? I'll post some drawings. Any comments at all are helpful, like what you like in a bookshop, whether you would want to be able to read while in the shop, if that's weird, light quality... Anything!

(Oh my god LJ autosave I L U. I'm using IE because I'm using bootcamp and oh god I hit backspace and nearly died.)

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Date: 2010-04-25 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My idea of a cute bookstore...
A cosy bookshop should have little nooks made by shelves. The counter should be at the front on the side and there should be a loft area upstairs with couches. The floor downstairs should be covered in that slightly fragrant natural fibre straw matting stuff (I dunno what it's called. The stairs should be made of wood, and the upstairs floor will be wooden, with a rug near the couches/small table. If possible, there should also be some windows with multiple panels letting in natural light. If there's not enough room for 2 levels, at least have some variation in floor height with some baby stairs, like an upraised bit or a downraised section. There should be a lot of different sized compartments and divisions made by the shelves.

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Date: 2010-04-25 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks very much for that! I don't have space for a loft area, but I've included a little raised section with a couch for reading that I thought could be used for author signings or special events... :) I think I will give this platform a hardwood floor. And all the shelves will be jarrah. Mm.

Thanks again! Your cosy bookshop sounds delightful. :)

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Date: 2010-04-25 10:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I like polished concrete! The Imp in Vic Park have some as their serving bench and it's pretty love. (in fact have you been there? It's really nice - same vibe - jarrah tables, brown leather seats and polished concrete.)

Umm, I pretty much agree with Harmony about bookstores. I think natural light is super important to give it that library feeling. Also ladders on runners = love.

In terms of shopfronts, New Edition bookshop in Freo is really nice. But they did have their shopfront pre-provided, as they are in a heritage building!

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Date: 2010-04-25 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
whoops that was me... why didn't that work...

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Date: 2010-04-25 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hehe, I wondered who that was!
Yay for polished concrete love!
I haven't been there, sounds like I should check it out though. Jarrah + PC is way love.

Mm! I'm going to give the room natural lighting from strip windows where the wall meets the ceiling. I think they're called clerestory windows. I should really know by now. (Yes, clerestory windows. I love the word & the implied Churchiness!)
I don't think my bookstore is high enough for ladders on runners. Otherwise they would totally be there. One day I'm going to design myself a house with a library tower. And then there will be much clerestory windowing, much ladder-on-runnering, and much jarrah-ing. Yes. But until then!

Haha, that is kind of cheating. I should look them up though. Gogo Google Streetview. :)

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Date: 2010-04-26 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man, good site! I love those brown boots <3 I'm also super hopeless at finding steampunky stuff that isn't on etsy.

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Date: 2010-04-27 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah! I'm afraid to find out if they ship to Australia. Because if they do, I will probably spend lots of money, and if they don't, I can't have nice things!

The brown boots are amaaazing. I want them so bad but I don't think I'm cool enough for them, haha.

It is pretty hard to find them... this was the end product of a solid chunk of procrastination time. :)

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