Hand of the King

“What the king dreams,

the Hand builds.”

The Inspiration

The Hand of the King is the king’s chief advisor and executor of his command in the Seven Kingdoms. Duties of the Hand include commanding the king’s armies, drafting laws, dispensing justice, and generally managing the day-to-day running of the kingdom. The Hand may act on the king’s behalf when he is indisposed, and sit on the Iron Throne while doing so. The Hand also sits on the small council and will run the council if the king is not present.

The office typically makes the Hand the second most powerful man in the kingdom next to the king, though some Hands had the reputation of ruling their kings. It is considered by some to be a difficult and unglamorous job of great responsibility. A popular saying goes, “What the king dreams, the Hand builds,” but the lowborn say, “The king eats, and the Hand takes the shit.”[1] Many able men have failed in the office throughout history.

The Hand resides in a tower of the Red Keep called the Tower of the Hand. His badge of office always includes a hand, though the each Hand can design his own. A necklace of hands linked into a chain is one possible badge. Servants of the Hand wear the emblem of a hand.

I wanted this look to be one of almost a uniform, very utilitarian and strict.  Clean and powerful and unexpectedly chic.

The Makeup

Since this look is crisp and very clean, I wanted the look to be somewhat unexpected.  I searched through my YouTube faves and found this one from Lisa Eldridge.  The look is classic pinup and I think it’s perfect.  It’s feminine and soft and exactly what this look needs to balance the strong, bold feeling.

I’m using my Lancome Artliner, some shadow, and amazing Eylure lashes.  On the lips this is the PERFECT excuse to add an accent of bright pink lipstick and my favorite creamy non-shimmery shade is Totally Tubular from Morgana Cryptoria.

On my nails I kept things easy and used a creamy pink polish in the same shade as the lipstick.  This is Fancy Delancy from Essie.

Fires at Midnight was sent to me from Dreaming Trees Soapworks after my plea for a Marshmallow Fireside indie perfume dupe.

Cool,dusky breezes near a bonfire burning bright, smoky sandalwood, mourning flowers, crackling leaves, sticky sweet marshmallow smoothed out with a dollop of voluptuous vanilla. Absolutely addictive. Unisex

It is absolutely addictive. While it’s close to MF, it’s not exact. It’s close enough to be amazingly ‘reminiscent’ it’s unique enough on it’s own.

The Accessories

What absolutely makes this look is the hood.  I found the hand charm at Micheal’s and pulled it apart a bit and refashioned it with a gem and a spike, to make my own version of the Hand’s seal (as seen above).  I attached it to the chest of the harness as it would be worn in Westeros.

I paired it with this simple cuff, worn on the black side.  It seems fitting for this look, sleek and easy.  The earrings are a simple pair of Swarovski crystal rivolis in sterling settings.  I saw a pair similar to these someplace and never could find them again, so I recreated what I could remember.

The Rest

Instead of worn out jeans, I paired with this a brand new pair of skinny black jeans.  I broke out my favorite motorcycle boots, since they match the hood amazingly.

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5 Responses to “Hand of the King”

  1. I’m so happy you liked the perfume oil!

    • LOVE it. LOOOOOOOOOVE it. Love it.

      Where you interested in participating in the Awesome Box, btw? Email me!

  2. I would love some info about the brand and style name of the boots, and/or where to go about searching for them 🙂

  3. Your hand of the king charm is awesome. AWESOME.

    Love love love Swarovski rivoli. The sparkle they have is incredible.

    I’m having a lot of lipstick envy on your blog these days. I could never wear a bright pink or grey but I love the way they look!