Friday, 16 December 2011


The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

words from 'stopping by woods on a snowy evening' by robert frost
wearing: 'nobody's daughter' hole merchandise prom sash, cotton night dress, candy heart necklace

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


track list
flavour of the weak - american hi-fi  
papercut - linkin park  
dammit - blink-182  
fat lip - sum 41 
my own worst enemy - lit  
livin' it up - limp bizkit  
butterfly - crazy town  
sweater song - weezer  
wearing: 'all killer no filler' Sum 41 band tee, lace bodice, candy heart necklace, £££ store tiara, daisy hair barrettes & kawaii tape choker. 

Saturday, 3 December 2011


This wouldn't be another one of those obsessive Y2K posts without slamming some words down on the alien-babe capital of Maria Deluca from Roswell. In case you missed out on this prime slice of millennium high school drama then just imagine it like My So Called Life -  but with more aliens. Extra terrestrial's were totally the 'tormented vampires' of the early 2000's.

Maria Deluca was the 'quirky' side kick to the beige girl next door Liz Parker. Together they worked in the 'Crashdown Cafe' in possibly one of the best waitress get-ups of all time. Maria had a 'thing' where every episode her hair would be cut or styled differently. It didn't really give the character 'depth' but is an excellent advertisement for short hair styling tips. The outfits she wears throughout the first season have the inconsistency of any 'cool chick' camping out in New Mexico all year long.

In my original viewing of Roswell I was all over Liz and Max's relationship because all teenage girls love plots involving 'forbidden first love' in high school because it's much cuter than the reality of the actual kid you were into at whatever-teen. It's why you'll always prefer Angel to Spike at thirteen and vice versa when you indulge in Buffy re-runs again in your twenties.

Finally, the visuals in Roswell have far more substance than the various sub-plots of the show so it's real easy to reignite my love for Maria Deluca when it's paired with shots of bright orange desert with cloudless skies, dated alien paraphernalia and sexy computer programmes - side note: isn't the computer scene in Pretty in Pink just one of the most fantastically dated things ever? - Roswell is a total must see for this Y2K Bug I got's, yeah... I totally went there. 

Stills from screencap-paradise 
*This is the name of a song my band wrote when we were around thirteen - the lyrics went: "It's an alien invaaaasion, gonna wipe out this naaaation, so close your eyes and have paaaatience, 'coz it's an alien invaaaaaasion" - we were deep bro. 

Sunday, 27 November 2011

DISCO 2000

Don't hate me I'm just an alien with thirty seven tons of new millennium
Dum diddie dum. Where's it coming from?

wearing: £££ store granny panties & mary quant body. "found art" from 'Livin' it Up' by Limp Bizkit.

Monday, 21 November 2011


FORTUNE COOKIE THOUGHTS: A great flaw, would be to not see potential in every living thing. To meander into hopelessness and confusion. To doubt the intangible quality of talent; that isn't gifted by a god, but perfected through hours of dedication. It's never down to 'healthy competition' that stars shine, but through criticism and compliment 'talent' or ego is born. The 'King of Pop' did not become a star overnight and neither did the complex construction of Lady Gaga's brand. Image only appears to be everything, beauty is relative and you will find great love in your future. 

Monday, 14 November 2011


wearing; vintage nightdress, sea shell choker & platinum wig from annabelle's wigs.

Y2KBABE: The ephemeral millennium girl can usually be seen decorating her Nokia 3310, playing 'Bejeweled' on MSN and watching re-runs of 'Popular' on Channel 5. She keeps a LiveJournal account, listens to TLC and plans to start an indie pop band called 'The Slayerettes'. 

Thursday, 27 October 2011


wearing : thrifted diane von furstenberg polo, plastic heart beads from a friend

Pretending I'm a photographer because I'm loaded down with film essays and readings (blah). I've owned this polo for like 5 years but I don't wear it enough, but Tyra would be proud because I'm doing a collar pop - fashion!  

Thursday, 20 October 2011


The tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. 
Vladamir Nabokov, Lolita

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


This indian summer we're having has rekindled my love for tennis-wear and trainers. With the 90's still the popular 'vintage' of choice, I've picked a selection of items which nod to sportswear, kitsch and 90's/Millennium style. Consider this a 'Trend Alert' for the tumblr generation.   

I figure most these items would look super together, my brain is going wild over all the different combinations. Imagine the glitter trainers with the silvers shirt and python print skort? That'd be real cute. The key to perfecting this eclectic 2000's revival are prints, metallic's and visible brand emblems. Fusing urban street style, vintage tennis dresses and bubblegum girl power pieces like buffalo boots and a-line skirts. Cute without being too twee, but nobody will mind if you tune into Hazel's sweet playlist's and go grab a cheeseburger.
Listen here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 

Sheer 90's Tee D4NED33P, Samurai crop top from D4NED33P, Denim Sunflower Sneakers from jjaann, Pastel pink tennis shoe from nickandnessies, Floral Keds from foolproofed, Gold lace up sneakers from centerstagevintage, Nike Diablo lilac tennis shoe from nickandnessies, Reebok hiking boots from drowsy swords, Metallic silver shirt, Adidas tennis dress from thelittlebluecottage, Snakeskin skort from NakedVintage, Fred Perry tennis skirt from ladykitschener, 1960's tennis dress from AgeOldThreads, Buffalo glitter trainers from soulvamist, Drop waist mini dress from TransformedVintage, Adidas bag from PortugueseVintage

Friday, 30 September 2011

punk rock princess

Taking on the persona of a suburbanite teenager in America rebelling against white picket fences and lunch room hierarchy. Don't be surprised if you see me sitting under the bleachers with Daniel Desario, grabbing a slushie with Jason Dean or hanging out in Jordan Catalano's red car. It's full on 'Enema of State' 1999 and I'm eating a cheeseburger while these greasy skater boys try and grind the railings. In the evening I head out to some party in the warehouse district, it's some Millennium pop send-up but there's a keg so we try and drown out the music with the sound of our boots on the concrete floor, don't wait up ma'. 

wearing: leather jacket from Cheapskate Chic, quartz necklace from teen years, tennis skirt from Traffic People outlet, wing-tip Doc Martens from Etsy & customized 'Cult of The Dead' tee from Blood is The New Black. fyi: they are currently offering 30% off everything, follow them on twitter bro. 

Thursday, 29 September 2011


Goosebumps, along with Point Horror and Stephen King dominated my library card loans aged 10. I had an adoration of the 'Horror' genre from a young age, I'd watch films like 'The Lost Boys' (1987) and 'Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984) or black comedies like 'Serial Mom' (1994) and 'The Burbs' (1989). I would stay up with my friend watching them whilst eating sugar cubes until morning. These elements inspired my outfit yesterday. The acidic colours of Goosebumps covers remind me of Halloween candy and make me wish I had a sticky slime necklace or Goosebumps slap bracelet.

I like the stories of R. L Stine, not because they are executed amazingly or are challenging to read at twenty-two, but because they merge elements of horror with the cartoon, it's the slapstick of children's horror fiction. I've been re-reading a few of my favourites and have enjoyed the adjective-heavy prose and deep sentences which flow on like existential poetry. The covers reminded me of the skeleton print fabric I'd had sitting on my floor unused. Felt it necessary to make a bewb cover with it. The fabric also ties in with the video games 'Maniac Mansion'and 'Grim Fandango' by Lucas Arts graphic art.

The leather jacket is an iconic piece was chosen as reference to the film 'The Lost Boys'. A leather jacket traditionally signifies a tough character but the metalwork and corset back 'femme up' the piece which makes it tie in with the rest of the outfit.

The bloomers and diaper safety pin bring a fetish element, or a childish one. I imagine Carrie covered in pigs blood in her prom dress or the Lisbon Sister's handmade dresses for their first and only date. It is this element of innocence combined with sinister that I wanted to play up. I know these aren't full body shots, but I took these with a Macro lens.

I won't bore you with a long essay on the significance of purity and virginity within Horror films today, but I warn you it could be written very soon. Thinking about all this horror is getting me pumped for Halloween - maybe I'll cast some spells or whip out the ouija board. Also, please let me know what your thinking so far of Side Quest!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Two years ago I wrote my first introduction post; it was uncertain, unfocused and overly cute. This obsession with 'cuteness' dominated my entire concept for both my fashion blog and my personal style. I wanted to understand fashion from a perspective other than my own, I was inspired by others and became oh so quaint and whimsical. I felt by attaching myself to this sweetness it would purge my rough edges and shake my past life/style as an alt-teen. Aged by three years since Silence Sweetheart's creation, I feel like we've worn each other out. While the sweet streak is now an intrinsic part of my style, I am embracing all those gritty bits with a smile; the kinks don't need to work themselves out, just onward. 

I knew little about fashion and style when I began writing, I learned more as my pastime became a passion but always felt unworthy of critically discussing something I was not well versed on. I don't feel 'worthy' now, the difference is - I don't care. While retaining some secrecy, the same two years I have spent on Silence Sweetheart have also been the most difficult, challenging and worst years of my life. I can appreciate the work I put into every post, yet they are also tainted. For this reason and more, Side Quest will be a new beginning.

Side Quest, borrowed from my love of video games, refers to the deviation from the main plot to pursue a goal which isn't essential to the completion of the game, but can be rewarding. I am confident you will see the connection I am making here. Furthermore, I am excited to expand my topics beyond fashion & style! I plan on unabashedly providing commentary on things like the significance of costume within Takeshi Kitano's 'Dolls' (2002) or critically analyzing the existential moments within Goosebumps novels, examining the links between each Meadham Kirchhoff collection, delving deep into essence of teenage girlhood, recommending music to daydream to and various things like that...

If this sounds like something you could get into, follow away, but with the positive vibes I'm feeling about this new adventure, I'm content on indulging myself, I really am.

Sarah Deetz xo