Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Week of Outfits

It's been a while since I did a proper outfit post, I've been so busy, but last week I decided to document what I was wearing and try to encourage myself to wear some cute stuff! I took pictures from Monday, April 7 to Sunday April 13, a fairly typical week for me involving work and classes, and here's what a week's worth of outfit posts looks like for me:

Monday - Red


Blouse: Torrid
Skirt: Macy's
Shrug: Thrifted
Cameo Brooch: Pendant from Otakon Showroom strung on a safety pin
Belt: DIY
Shoes: Payless

Tuesday - Rain


Dress: Forever21
Overshirt, belt: Torrid
Necklace: Gift
Socks: Sockdreams
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

Wednesday - Chill


Skirt: Retroscope fashions
T-shirt: Forever21
Shawl: Camden 

Thursday: Stripe


Shirt: Forever21
Skirt: Fanplusfriend
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Alchemy Gothic

Friday: Double Shift


Skirt: Thrifted
Top: Target
Shrug: Torrid
Shoes: Payless

Saturday - Mary Rose and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Paper



T-Shirt: Gift
Skinny Jeans: Forever21
Shoes: Nordstrom


Dress: eShatki
Cardigan: Thrifted
Shoes: Payless
Necklaces: Unsure


Thanks for reading! What is your favorite article of clothing that you've worn this week?

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

CorpGoth Decor: Minimalist Baroque?

Minimalist Baroque Decor: can it be done? I found myself musing on this as I curated a Pinterest board that has just now become publicly available. At first, the combination sounds so strange and contradictory that it seems impossible. Baroque, after all, is founded on excess on top of excess, and minimalism on just the bare essentials, but I gotta say, I'm kind of in love. Adding to it a bit of gothic flare I've found a decor style that I refer to as Corp Goth for the home.
Gothic Minimalist Decor


The Feel

Basically, what was going for when I began thinking of this aesthetic is something that looks sumptuous and elegant without becoming overwhelming. In my head it really started as Corp Goth...but for your house. Something both you and your boss could feel at home in. A lot of black elements tend to make a room feel small and dark, as we know, but a Minimalist Baroque room could still maintain elements of lightness because of the sparing approach to decor and a heavy dose of white...which brings me to the color palette.



The Palette

Personally, I love black and white palates. I think they're a great way to keep things that can become overwhelming (like Baroque decor) in check. It's also extremely popular in minimalist decor, so I thought it was a good way to blend the two together. Of course, there are practical reasons that white is a really difficult color to work with (Spilled tea, anyone?) so maybe it's best to relegate the white to materials that are A. out of the way or B. easy to clean. I.E. maybe it's better to have a couch that has a white frame but is upholstered in black, rather than a couch upholstered in white. My preferred accent metals are silver tones like pewter or antiqued silver, but I think gold could lend a really glamorous edge to this look.



Space

The ideal Minimalist Baroque space "flows." There are a lot of ways to create "flow" but, for me, it's all about lightness. Filling rooms with big windows that give off lots of light is one way to do it, but it also means letting big expanses of white wall "breathe" without tonnes of art on them, not over-crowding rooms with furniture, using a lot of metallic or mirrored pieces to keep the light moving, and keeping patterns to a minimum.



Pattern

Personally, I love patterns, but any pattern reproduced in black and white is going to be pretty dramatic.On her blog Goth it Yourself, Bane discussed how she feels like black on white damask is "shouting" at her, and I kind of agree (unfortunate, being as damask is the Baroque pattern.) To get around this, patterns can be rendered either in a softer gray to keep within the color palette, or they can be done in white-on-white or black-on-black with different textures/finishes. Personally I think a room painted in 4 inch white-on-white stripes would make an amazing backdrop for black furniture.



Use Excess Sparingly

My ideal Minimalist Baroque takes Baroque furnishing and leaves them to stand on their own without covering them in layers of "stuff." The frilly beauty of a black baroque fainting couch is emphasized when it stands against a white wall and isn't adorned with frilly pillows and blankets, and a carved baroque console table painted the same pale color of the wall pops more than you might think.


Minimalist Macabre

Of course, it wouldn't be a post on The Everyday Goth if I didn't talk about how this ties in to a Goth aesthetic. Indeed, the things that make Goth decor Goth can also be incorporated in this aesthetic as long as it is sparing. Personally I love the idea of just having a little black skull perched on a stack of books on a spindly table, but covering the place in doom and gloom isn't really in the aesthetic.



So, that's my interpretation of the Minimalist Baroque aesthetic. If you want to see more inspiration, feel free to follow the Pinterest board that started it all.

What do you think of Minimalist Baroque? Could you see yourself trying to live in that kind of home?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weird Corsetry (That I love)

It really isn't a secret that I love corsets, but corsets go beyond just Goth clothes and fetish wear. These corsets are amazing works of art that subvert the very idea of a corset and look damn good while doing it. 

Bottle Tab Corset



The first time I saw this corset I thought it was a kind of scale chain mail, but no! It's made of bottle tabs and, guess what? You can buy a PDF that will explain how to make your own on Etsy for $18. Not included: The 2,000 bottle tabs you'll need to construct it. 

Spine Corset


This Alexander McQueen corset from 1998 amazes me every time it shows up on my dash. Sure it doesn't cinch you in much, but it gives me some serious H.R. Giger-chic vibes. See pictures of it being worn on the runway here.

Leather Corset



Leather corsetry itself is not that unusual but this tooled leather number by Andrew Kanounov (here on Facebook) goes above and beyond just using leather as a fabric and uses it to turn the corset into an eleven armor piece worthy of Lord of the Rings. I couldn't find any photographs of it from the back, which is a shame, because I bet it is just as awesome.

Leaf Corset



This corset by Emma Naughton is made of REAL LEAVES. LEAVES. FROM TREES. While it isn't exactly a wearable piece, I still thought it turned the concept of corsetry on its head and I absolutely love it. 

Silver Knot Corset


This silver wire mesh corset/waist cincher is made using a Prolong Knot and tied up with some nice black ribbon. I love the way it looks like contrasting silver embroidery on the black dress. See more pictures (sadly none of it in-construction) here.

Butterfly Corset



Whatever you think of Dita von Teese (not a fan, myself, but even I have to admit she's got style) but this Mr Pearl corset designed by Jean Paul Gaultier is amazing in construction, beautifully whimsical, and kind of reminds me of what a fairy domme might wear. 

Needle Corset (TW: NEEDLES/SYRINGES)

I'm not going to post the image to this blog (for what I hope are obvious reasons) but follow the above link to see the amazing needle corset featured in promotional pictures for Saw VI and its associated blood drive. Really cool, not at all wearable. 

What weird corsets have you seen around on the web? Any hits or misses? 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Piercing Wishlist

Will I ever stop writing about piercings? It seems like as soon as I got back into the habit of poking holes through my person and hanging bits of metal though I just can't shut up about it. People who got on the piercing train years ago are probably laughing at me eagerness but whatever.

As I've mentioned before, I'm going to be entering a relatively corporate environment when I exit graduate school. While I've lucked out in working at a college museum where the dress codes are much more relaxed, I doubt that can last forever. So, for the time being, the piercings I want are all on my ears, where they are much easier to hide.


So, here are the piercings I want in no particular order
  1. Anti-tragus, left ear
  2. Triple forward helix, left ear
  3. Upper lobe, both ears
  4. Snug, left ear. 
  5. Single helix, left ear. 
  6. Double helix, right ear
  7. Daith, right ear
  8. Conch, right ear.
Just looking at that and trying to think about the amount it's going to cost makes me wince (especially that triple forward helix, ouch!), but I'm not in a rush to get them. As you can probably tell, I'm also not fussy about symmetry. While I would like my piercings to feel "even," I prefer to have this with a similar number of piercings rather than the exact same piercing on each ear. And alternating ears means I'll hopefully always have a side to sleep on.

What piercings are on your wish list?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Favorite Product for Healing My Piercings

Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to piercing care. The healing process will vary from person to person and from piercing to piercing. Always discuss aftercare with your piercer.


To date, I have five current piercings and two retired piercings. I got my lobes pierced when I was young, maybe ten years old, and though I got my second lobes pierced when I was thirteen or so, they never fully healed so I retired them. Then, last year I got my tragus pierced in October, and this year in February I got my nipples pierced. So, while I'm not the most pierced person in the world, I've definitely gotten enough done to figure out what healing methods work for me and, since so many Goths get pierced, I thought I'd share:

My favorite product for healing my piercings is called H2Ocean. When I got my tragus done, I went to a piercing shop (Haven, in North Hampton, MA, if you cared) who promoted H2Ocean as their cleanser of choice. I went with my roommate getting who was getting their second nostril piercing and the piercer seemed super enthusiastic about it, so we split the cost and gave it a shot.

What it is is purified salt water, and it is in a sterile spray can. You can put it on anything, including tissues and cotton balls, but also chamomile tea bags for compresses. For soaking my new piercings I add a squirt of H2Ocean to the warm water, so it's like a salt water bath. I used it for my tragus, which is still going strong and mostly (if not totally) healed.

When I got my nipples pierced, I went to a different shop (Lucky's in North Hampton) who offered me a little baggie of salt which I was supposed to add to warm water and soak my piercings in, but besides looking like a little baggy of cocaine sitting on my dresser, it really didn't feel sterile and, though I used it for a while, I much preferred H2Ocean. So I bought my roommate and I a second can, and they agreed with me that they really likes using it.

Can I think of a con to it? Well, the bottle is kind of small for $10, but I only really noticed because I was sharing it with another person, you really don't need much of the stuff to clean each time. If you were just keeping the bottle to yourself I'm sure it would last the full duration of your healing process, if not longer.

So, that's it! My favorite product for my piercings. Next week stay tuned for my wishlist of piercings.

What was your most recent piercing? What products did you use to heal it?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Raiding the Met for Victorian Goth Clothing

I have a love/hate relationship with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the one hand, I'm very picky about museum ethics and on the other hand they simply have the best stuff. Still, since you're all here for the fashion and not for my feelings about collecting practices (unless you are here for that, in which case I direct you to my art blog), today I thought I would show you all some of the great Victorian Goth-appropriate clothing to be found in the Met archives.

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If you'd like to look more at the Met, their website is here and you can search their collection online here. Here's a fun challenge: If you could get any article of clothing from the Met archives without worrying about sizing, deterioration, etc., which one would you want?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured Dark Artist: Emily Farquharson

Today I'm pleased to end my hiatus by bringing you the art of Emily Farquharson, an artist from West Yorkshire who creates beautiful silhouette-like drawings with a dark flavor. Many of them take inspiration from Poe, and the rest of them (seemingly) from my fantasy journal. Here are some of the pieces she sent in:

Eliza Burns
Being Young



Dance

You're one of them aren't you?



I'd like to thank Emily for sharing her art with me (and all of you, by extension.) It really is amazing work. I encourage you to look up more of Emily's art and you can find her online here. If you're a delightfully spooky artist and you would like to be featured on this blog, shoot me an e-mail at theeverydaygoth@yahoo.com