Saturday, October 22, 2016

OOTD: Turtle Life

This outfit is what I would wear if I were the sleek Saturday morning cartoon villain who lived in a secret base in the Alps with a butler named Mr. Timsworth and a cat named Sparkles.

For some reason, I used to think that I could never pull off a turtleneck. This one is one of my favorites. It's a very thin knit, very clingy, and I think looks pretty great.

Outfit Details:
Turtleneck - Forever21
Skirt - Macys
Shoes, earrings, necklace - Thrifted

Practicing my stern, no-the-sun-is-not-my-eyes-why-do-you-ask, face. As a cartoon villain I'd probably wear sunglasses more often.

Do you ever put on an outfit and have one of those alternative identity epiphanies? What would you be like as a cartoon villain? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Bloody Halloween Cocktails

Being as it's my second Halloween as a 21+ year old person in the US (despite the fact that I was in the UK for two Halloweens when I was 18 and 20 so I have boozed up... but anyway) I've had Halloween cocktails on my mind. To celebrate my bold Halloween tradition of pretty much always going as a vampire, I've also been experimenting with blood cocktails. So, here are five blood-themed adult treats I've been trying and loving for the Halloween season.

Note: If you're under the legal drinking age of your country, virgin Halloween punches and mocktails are pretty easy to come across. When in doubt, add food coloring and a fancy garnish.

This Bloody Orange cocktail is all about the presentation. Homemade raspberry syrup is placed into a plastic syringe for the guests to squirt into a fruity orange mix, creating a bloody blob in their drink. 

This white coconut martini is made bloody by the lovely red rim garnish. Theoretically you could add this bloody rim to any drink, alcoholic or not, but I think it just looks delightfully spooky with the white martini. 

This bloody shot is created by our own Goth darling It's Black Friday on Youtube as a sequel to her black death alcoholic punch and is a mixture of cherry brandy and Grenadine. Watch her mix it up on her Youtube video here.

Milkshakes are well-loved around here and this bloody twist is absolutely perfect for a Halloween celebration. This recipe actually has no alcohol, but I've made it with various boozy add-ins like Rumchata and Brandy and all are super good. 

This is a standard martini recipe that has a bit of a twist: a bloody heart in the middle! The secret to this bleeding-heart martini is a baby beat which serves to redden the water and looks like a creepy little bloody heart. I like beets and this idea is really cute.

Do you drink on Halloween? What are your favorite spooky type cocktails?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Five Cemeteries I Would Love to Visit

Since my job requires a lot of travel, I've been expanding my horizons and making tons of lists of places I want to go and things I want to do while I'm there. Since my hotel and plane costs are covered by my company, this seems like the time to get out and do things (when I'm not busy. And I usually am, haha.)

Of course, my interests as a tourist are a little bit different than most people's, so for now, here is my list of five cemeteries I would love to visit.

1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery - California

Okay, to be frank here, I mostly want to go for one of their movie nights. I have a lot of interest in watching people reclaim a positive nature with death, and what could be better than watching movies in a cemetery with a group of friends? I'll just need to get to the West Coast sometime.

2. St. Roch Cemetery #1 - New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Roch is known for another modern burial practice that I find interesting--leaving seemingly ordinary objects on tombs. New Orleans cemeteries are truly incredible for the mixture of cultures that gave them birth, so the history in them tends to be truly rich and incredible. I'd love to walk around as many of them as I can.

3. Père Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France

My only European pick on this list is Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris's largest cemetery. Burials began in the early nineteenth century, so picking your way through the cemetery you can find a lot of information about the evolution of burial practices throughout the decades and centuries. One day I'm going to make a trip out of seeing all the death sites in Paris, what a delightfully gruesome city.

4. Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah Georgia 

As a lover of Southern Gothic literature and aesthetics, I feel like it's time to make a pilgrimage to one of the most incredibly beautiful cemeteries in the South. Bonaventure was featured on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and the delightful Caitlin Doughty of Ask a Mortician has a video up talking a bit about her time in the cemetery.

5. General Cemetery of Guayaquil - Guayaquil, Ecuador 

Lastly, the cemetery that Historic Houston has called the most beautiful cemetery in South America, General Cemetery of Guayaquil. Also known as the White City, this cemetery is filled with incredible white marble architecture and monuments. It looks truly incredible in the photographs, and I would love to see for myself.

What cemeteries would you all love to visit? What are your favorites?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Black and Gold Halloween Decor Inspiration

My work situation does mean that I can't exactly decorate tons, but that hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about Halloween decor. Specifically this year I am thinking about is a black and gold Halloween decor scheme. Gold can add an awesome vintage occult vibe, so I'm completely a fan of it for year round decor, but Halloween is the perfect time to bust out all the glimmering gold for people who are less certain.

Besides, so much of this can be DIYed with a can of gold spray paint!

So, here are some things that are inspiring me:

Halloween Mantel Ideas

Moon Phase Sheets

DIY Gilded Insect Taxidermy

Palmistry Jewelry Hand Display

Gold Branches (I think some of these in a tall vase of bare black branches would be very elegant.)

Black Gold Leaf Deer Skull

Gold Spider Black and White Decor

For more inspiration, check out my Halloweentown Ideas and Gothic Gold Pinterest boards!

How are you all planning on decorating for Halloween this year?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Things for Goths to Buy in October

It's October, so if ever shops were going to stock things appropriate for Goths, now is the time. This list may not apply as much if you live in a country that doesn't celebrate Halloween, but hopefully online is also an option. Personally I have a list of things to get now that black and purple colorschemes, stripes, vampire motifs, and more have come into fashion for the month.

So, here's my list:

  • Candles! Look for colors and shapes you can't get year-round. Black and white stripes have been very popular lately, for example.
  • Washi tape! I'm sure you all know about my love of Washi tape, right? Well, now is the time!
  • Baking supplies! Cupcake wrappers, spooky sprinkles, cookie molds/cutters, etc. are now coming out in all sorts of spooky shapes. For more inspiration, check out my Goth Kitchen Accesso
  • ries Pinterest board!
  • Small accessories! Obviously these are probably not going to be of the highest quality, but even the drug stores near me seem to have earrings and hair clips with bats or whatever on them. Something cute if not worn daily!
  • Stationary! Greeting cards and envelopes are the best thing to look for around Halloween time, imho. Stock up so you'll have something spooky to send out the rest of the year!
  • Stockings! Fishnets and stripey stockings come out during the Halloween season with a vengeance. If you're anything like me and tend to rip stockings all the time anyway, it's better to stock up when they're less expensive! 
  • Stickers and stamps! Obviously if you're a planner person like me, now is the time to go to your local craft outlets and look for what they have available. 
  • Throw pillows! Throw pillows are a relatively inexpensive (usually. I have seem ones go for 60$, which is frankly ridiculous.) addition to your home decor and all of the ones I have I've found in the Halloween season. 
  • Nail art supplies! Check your favorite beauty supplier for nail stickers and stamps with a gothic flair, or unusual polish colors to add to your day-to-day look.
  • Books! Mainstream book stores tend to have specials on classic gothic and horror literature around this time of year, and if you prefer indie second-hand book stores they usually have fun Halloween events as well!
  • Bath products! Bath &Body Works and Lush, my two favorite places to get bath bombs, hand sanitizer, and soap sell seasonal Halloween items, and there are tons more Indie shops who do as well (just check Etsy!) Personally the silly thing I'm looking forward to the most is the Pocket Bacs (hand-sanitizers) from Bath & Bodyworks in scents like "vampire blood." 
  • Mugs! I can't be the only one who loves mugs, right? And now they're coming out in so many cute shapes and patterns. Keep an eye on my Pinterest board dedicated to Gothy Mugs if you want to see the ones I've found this season.
  • Office supplies! My grocery store is selling post-it notes and etc. in Halloween shapes, so I grabbed a few just to be sure I had them!

Is October a big shopping month for you? What are you planning on stocking up on this Halloween season?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Etsy Spotlight: MetalLiquor

This is not a sponsored post.

Today's spotlight is falling on MetalLiquor, a gothic jewelry shop on Etsy who I've absolutely fallen in love with. Some of their stuff is more on the rock and roll side, some of it is elegant gothic, and all of it is extremely beautiful. Here are some of my favorites at time of writing:

To see more from MetalLiquor, please check them out on Etsy here!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

OOTD: Casual Office Vibes

The thing about being a goth who works in a business formal environment is that wearing all black is standard operating procedure, so the gothness of it all is lost on my equally black-clad coworkers. I'd have an easier time looking rebellious by wearing salmon pink or putting flowers in my braid. Still, my favorite, basic outfit for corporate life is this one. Simple and classic for work, but when I get off I can add any number of black skully accessories to make up my lost Goth points.

Outfit details:

Top (actually a mini dress which I wear as a top): Forever 21
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes, camisole: Thrifted

I promise I'm not trying to scowl in these pictures, but it was so, so sunny. 

What is your go-to outfit? I'm talking the kind of thing you would be drawn in if you were one of those cartoon characters who only wear one outfit.