Saturday, September 27, 2014

Playlist: Darkly Cinematic

I've been a sucker for a good movie score since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There's something about the atmospheric quality to the music that I really adore, and it's great for those music videos you direct in your head on long car rides (you know the ones.) On Youtube I made a playlist of my favorite movie scores and atmospheric-type music that I've been listening to lately: Enjoy!



What is your favorite movie score?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gothic Medieval Inspired Decor

Since classes are starting soon and I'm about to return to my darling academics (if you'd asked me how I felt about my classes a few months ago I would have laughed, and then probably cried. Finals, ya know?) I've been devoting more of my time to history readings. Medieval architecture has been one of my favorite types of expression and art for a long time now (as you can probably tell) so I was wondering how I could bring this into a sense of home decor.

Medieval Gothic Decor


The Feel

Before the days of indoor heating and nice fluffy insulation, the only thing between you and a chilly European winter were your wood or stone walls and as much fabric as you could put between you and the outside as possible: Tapestries, throws, carpets, and more. Even now, Medieval decor should bring a sense of warmth to the space, pretty much the opposite of my Corp Goth home inspiration. Layers of rich fabric should cover the spaces, making it plush and comfortable while lighting should be subdued, hopefully with candles (if used safely). Of course, you could also paint the walls to look like a stone castle, but I think that might be a bit excessive to me.

The Palette

Most Medieval-inspired decor that I can think of uses a very non-Goth palette. Natural woods, gold, jewel tones (think: sapphire, emerald, amethyst, garnet, etc.) While there's no reason you can't incorporate these, it's easier to pull off a Goth-y look if you limit the palette. Using dark ebony wood keeps the look natural but makes it darker, while swapping the gold tones for pewter or wrought iron and limiting the color palette to a few selected colors will go a long way to making it look more Goth.

The Motifs

Here you can really help blend Gothic and Medieval looks together. Using fleur-de-lis, gothic arches, celtic crosses, swords, armor, etc. Including things like old books with worn covers will give your room an antique feel (or those boxes that have book spines for fronts, which will give you great storage if you want to hide your modern amenities.) If you prefer a more fantasy oriented Medieval style, dragons and (less stylized) unicorns will do well with the look. Of course, how you incorporate these details will change whether your look is kistch or convincing. For example, a standing suit of armor is more ""realistic"" while a helmet trash can is more kitsch. I prefer the historical look but my tastes are not law, obviously. Pro tip: chess sets are a wonderful decoration for this kind of look and a fun game to play.

Do you like Medieval decor? How would you incorporate a medieval look into your home?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Glasgow Necropolis Visit

Hey everybody! Sorry for the patchy posting, I've been settling into my routine here at the University of Glasgow and trying to get re-acquainted with Scotland so I haven't had much time to post. You know what I have had time to do, though? Tour cemeteries. Ch'yeah.

Some of you might remember an old post I did on Glasgow Necropolis as a dream Goth meet up. Well, I didn't have a meet up but I did go there recently and it was absolutely stunning. I didn't wear anything special (the same skinny jeans that I wore in this post with a black v-neck) so there are no cool outfit pictures, but the cemetery shots are worth sharing on their own I think.







If you want to see the full 50 image set I took there, check out my study abroad blog here!

I can't wait to go back!

Have any of you been to cemeteries recently? Which ones?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Restyle Bag & Outfit Post

For this coming year I needed a new school bag (my trusty bat skeleton tote got a rather large hole in the bottom and I lost many pens tragically Moon-Door style) so I thought I'd buy myself a cool new one. I've had my eye on this Cathedral Satchel Bag from Restyle, a popular cheap online Goth retailer, for a while now and when it went on sale I decided to buy it. Here are my first thoughts!



I placed the order on August 26th, it shipped on September 3rd and came on September 10th. The shipping from Poland to the UK was quite quick, which I appreciated, and it came in a nice sturdy cardboard box and wrapped in plastic. It was on sale, so the original price of 34.24€ (or $44.95) came down to 24.39€ (or $32.01) plus shipping. Not bad!

Here's what the bag looks like.

 And a close-up of the embroidery (long time readers will already know about my obsession with Gothic architecture):

The handle and tag:




The inside of the bag has a zippered pouch on one side...


...and two pouches on the other. These pouches are a little wonky, but not too bad. You could keep small things that you want easily accessible in here, like a phone, package of gum, etc (the right pouch is pleated to expand, and it doesn't lay like that normally. I just pulled it out so that it'd show up in pictures better.)


Here's the backside of the bag, and a preview of my main gripe with the bag:


But, the bag isn't perfect. The online page says that "Made of solid black faux leather. It's very firm! It will keeps the shape perfectly" which, uh, no. It has the same problem that a lot of soft-leather bags do in that the sides are quite sturdy but the bottoms and sides are loose and hang down below the front and back (as you can see above). I'll try to show you more what I mean:


And here you can see the bottom hanging again in this upside-down shot:




I still like it, but I'm a little disheartened that it does that (especially since the bottom seems perfectly fine in the product photos.) Maybe some sort of insert to straighten out the bottom would help, and I could always DIY one out of cardboard and black fabric... I guess it's a case of good design, but cheap production. For the price I can't complain too much, but it's something I'll keep in mind before ordering from Restyle again.

Anyway, this is the outfit I was wearing when it came in the mail, which I think goes quite nicely with it:


Sweater: Unsure (Safety pins DIY)
Skinny jeans: Forever21
Necklace: Otakon Showroom
Shoes (can't see): Payless.

Have you guys gotten anything new in the mail recently?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Goth Makeup Tutorial Playlist

Since I've finally escaped Maryland humidity and it's finally nice enough weather to be wearing heavy makeup, I thought I'd celebrate by making a playlist of Goth-appropriate makeup tutorials. Enjoy!


What is your favorite tip for perfect Goth makeup?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to Scotland!

This evening I'll be hopping on a plane to return to Scotland for a ten month study-abroad adventure, so goodbye colonial barns and dairy farms and hello medieval castles and woolly cows. Long time readers of this blog will note that I did something similar in 2012 for my first semester of college, but now I'm heading back for my junior year at the University of Glasgow. I expect this to be a pretty fun adventure, but it means that I'll be pretty absent around these parts. I do have posts queued every now and again, so it won't be totally desolate. Still, if you can't get enough of my charming personality and you really, really want to see pictures of Scotland you can follow me on my study abroad blog here.

I'll see you all around!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Goth School Supplies

Is it starting to look like autumn where you guys are? Unfortunately here it's still bright and sunny, but that doesn't mean I don't have everything fall-related on the brain. Pumpkin flavored treats, nice warm jackets and, lest we forget the younger Goths, school. Now I'm in college now but because I fully embraced my Gothness at school I have fond memories of spooky school supplies, so I thought I'd make a post about how to make your school supplies fit your spooky lifestyle.

The inside cover of my planner


First things first, you're going to need the school supplies you want to Goth up. Now, everyone has a different budget and different needs for that kind of thing. Personally my necessities are: an accordion folder (really good for organizing older papers that you want to reference later), a planner, and one-subject college-ruled notebooks. 

Other things you might need: regular folders, calculator, binder, tape dispenser, stapler, pencil pouch, USB drive, etc. Look for Gothier colors and patterns. Blacks are very common (if your local store genders school supplies for some strange reason like my local target does, I find more dark colors in the boy's section) and damasks are pretty much always popular. 

Tip: If you want a pencil pouch but find the varieties lacking, look for makeup carrying cases which come in a lot more variety. You're sure to find something you like, especially in the autumn when dark motifs are most popular.

Then you'll get to actually Gothing them up. Now, luckily, the other thing that's happening around this time of year are craft stores stocking up huge quantities of Halloween supplies. So, get thee to a craft store (JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and go find some supplies. I usually find cool Halloween stickers and stamps in the scrap-booking section, and this year my planner has a cool The Raven themed stamp on the inside cover- cute!

Tip: If you have a planner that uses a ribbon bookmark you can usually detach it pretty easily and replace it with a more Goth-appropriate ribbon. I know that Michaels stocks wonderful skull ribbons which I showed in my Halloween haul two years ago but other places must surely stock them.

Also, if you can find Halloween decor you can use this for school supplies. Goblets, cups, or mugs that are Halloween themed make great ways to organizing pencils, pens, and other desk supplies. In addition you can use place setting holders to hold reminders on your desk.

Of course, you can also use sharpies or paints to decorate your school supplies if you're particularly artistic, but I'm not so I'll leave that to you all.

If you're a Corp Goth and you're in need of stationary take a look on websites like Zazzle which have lots of cool Goth-y paper supplies. Or you can visit my friends over at Evil Supply Co, of course. Their mailing supplies would make great ways to decorate your desk or notebooks. 

How do you decorate your school or office supplies to make them look spooky, or do you at all?