Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Currently Loving: Letterboxd

People I meet always seem shocked by the number of movies I've managed to not see. Many film classics have just slipped me by because 1) I don't have the patience to sit through many movies and 2) I can't seem to keep track of my list of films to watch.

Some of you may know that I've been a long time lover of Goodreads, the website that lets you track your reading. You can set a goal for a certain number of books to read in a year, join groups to discuss books, create shelves to organize what you're reading, keep a track record of all the books you've been meaning ton get into, and get recommendations based on the books you really love. It's one of my favorite websites, even if I sometimes fall behind and don't read as much as I would like. For a while I've searching for a website that does something similar for movies and television, and recently I stumble on Letterboxd.

Letterboxd doesn't have everything that Goodreads has. There's no effective recommendation algorithm, so you're basically on your own finding movies that appeal to you, but that's where user-made movie lists can come in handy. Just searching for a key term, say, "horror film" will come up with people making lists of horror films, or even more specific ones, such as Japanese Horror Films, Slasher Horror Films, etc.

You can review movies, giving them 0-5 stars (with half stars) and adding your commentary. Since the site attracts film buffs, some people's reviews are pretty good reads, too. What I also liked is that, no matter what review you give the movie, you can also indicate separately that you enjoyed it. So, a dumb movie that was terrible in pretty much every way but which you nonetheless enjoyed? Just like it.

If you want you can follow my movie list on Letterboxd here! Do any of you use Letterboxd? How do you keep track of the movies you've been meaning to see? What was the last good movie you watched?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Reader Mail: Becoming a Goth

Hi,I'AM A 17 yr old African American girl and I'am interested in being a
goth. I listen to goth music: Bauhaus, switchblade symphony,the
cure.etc,wear black clothes,read Gothic literature, look at dark art, and
watch old horror movies. but my mom thinks i only like goth for the
fashion,i'm not really a goth inside,and my room isn't very goth.What should
i do?

I personally am of the belief that if you like Goth things, which you do, and you want to be a Goth, which you seem to, then you are a Goth. It's not unusual to feel like you have to do something "more" (I get similar e-mails all the time) but that's really it.

As for your mother, what she's saying is plainly not true. You do like things about Goth that aren't fashion related, so just don't worry about it. She might be slightly confused about what Goth is, so if you really feel the need you can explain it to her, but personally I don't think you need to prove your gothness to her or to anyone else.

As for your room, it's pretty easy to redecorate your room in a goth way if that's what you're interested in.

A few years ago I posted a list of 100 DIYs for Goth dorms which would probably also work for your room. If you can't paint your room, I also have a post about disguising a non-goth wall color in your room.

 You might also want to check out Pinterest for some more inspiration: I have a bunch of boards dedicated to Gothic decor and you can have a poke around to see what you like and what you might want to do to your room.

Long-time readers will know that I take a more relaxed approach to being a Goth. Being a Goth shouldn't be difficult or something you have to try really hard to do, it should just be who you are. What do you all think about the process of "becoming a Goth"?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Etsy Spotlight: Paragon of Design by Skrocki

*This post is not sponsored*

Recently, I've been in contact with leather and metalworkers Skrocki about their amazing Etsy store Paragon of Design, and I had to share with you all. They create masks, guitar straps, accessories, and jewelry that I've fallen in love with. Their designs take inspiration from Celtic patterns, Egyptian motifs, and tons of other sources and many of them compliment a Goth aesthetic perfectly. Here are a few of my favorite designs currently on their website:

Please go check out Skrocki for some of their amazingly gorgeous leatherworked and metalworked goods! You can also find them on their website, Facebook, and Instagram!

What are your current favorite Etsy stores?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Accessories to Murder Vial Earring Review

When I bought my green dress that I showed a few posts ago, I began looking for accessories which would match (my first instinct was something snakelike, as I still haven't shaken my Slytherin pride yet.) So when the lovely Leila of Accessories to Murder approached and asked if I wanted to review something from the store, I poked around. These green vial earrings seemed exactly right for my dress, so I requested them.

Accessories to Murder is based in Dublin, Ireland, so when I got the confirmation of shipment on June 2nd I didn't think I would be getting them for a while at least, but they came remarkably quickly on June 7th. The earrings were very secure, first wrapped in tissue paper, then in the thin box, and then in a larger package, so they came completely safe.

The beads are a gorgeous peridot green color and are hollow inside. The earrings come with an option to have them filled with either perfume or glitter, but I love how they are empty.

The metal at the top of the bead and the lever back are silver toned, but the loop in the center is green metal. I love this touch, it's unexpected and adds a very alternative touch to the earrings, something edgier than just another silver link.

When in the ear the earrings have a fair bit of dangle, which means that they'll be seen even with my long hair in a way that shorter earrings or studs wouldn't. I'm normally slightly dubious of this type of earring clasp because I have slightly pudgy earlobes and was worried they would be uncomfortable, but they fit perfectly. They also aren't too heavy, which makes them very comfortable.

So, I can't think of a downside for these earrings. They're absolutely gorgeous and work perfectly to go with my dress, and any other outfits that need a little touch of green. Please check out Accessories to Murder here to see the rest of their amazing line and the green vial earrings here. 

And, just for fun, what Hogwarts house are you all in?

Saturday, June 4, 2016

DIY Goth Planner Pagemarkers

Who's ready for an easy, cheap planner DIY that works no matter what planner you use?

I recently switched into a Filofax binder planner and have been loving the many ways I can customize it to suit my needs. While browsing Etsy, where I get most of my planner supplies, I started finding lots of beautiful decorative bookmarks for planners. These bookmarks are great because you can add different ones to change the decor scheme of your planner. My original decor scheme has been black and white, but I'm starting to add touches of lime green and purple which I can remove whenever I get bored and want to try something new. The combinations are endless, just depending on what embellishments you use.

They didn't look to hard to make (and most people don't make Goth-appropriate bookmarks outside of October) so I figured I would try my hand at making my own.

These felt bookmarks on the left are from Created by Danielle on Etsy and I love them, great quality and super cute. I also bought the bat in orange and green for when I want to switch up the look of my planner.

For this project you will need:

Paperclips (jumbo works best, and I used silver, but paperclips come in all kinds of colors nowadays.)
Embellishments (mine are from Michaels Arts & Crafts Store in the scrapbooking section. You could also use gothy flat backs, bottle caps, coins, cameos, or whatever else you like! )
Stickers (mine are from Evil Supply Co.)
Glue (Keep in mind that you will be grabbing your paperclips by the embellishment on the end, so use a strong glue.
Cardstock, thin foam, or felt for backing (optional)

When using a Scrapbooking embellishment, you start the project with your embellishment of choice and simply glue it to the paperclip so that the doubled-over end of the paperclip is pointing down. Then cover the back glue with paper, foam, or felt.

When using a sticker, it's much the same except that you sandwich the paperclip between the sticker and cardstock (If you have two of the same sticker, you can also sandwich it between two stickers so that it is double sided, but I find that the added stiffness of the cardstock helps keep the sticker's shape.)

Once you find out how ridiculously simple it is, you can make an army of them in different colors and patterns. 

Here's what some of them look like marking different pages in my planner.

When I'm not using them to mark pages I also keep a few of them in the front pocket of my planner along with some sticky notes as decoration.

Do any of you use planners? If so, do you decorate them? Or are they purely functional?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OOTD: Bottle Green

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was building up a corporate wardrobe for work. Part of my list of things to get were a few cocktail dresses which I could use for evening events which we host. I'm already looking into a black one, but when I stumbled on this bottle green velvet beauty from Modcloth, I fell in love at once.

Here I'm wearing it with a black shawl (vintage), black heeled Mary Janes (thrifted), gold jewelry (assorted), and a black camisole underneath. For work I will probably go for a higher camisole so the entire ensemble is less cleavage-heavy and a thick cuff bracelet to cover my wrist tattoo, but for a test run I thought this suited perfectly.

From behind, a few of the shawl (and my uneven hair.)

Close up of the draping at the neckline.
Stay tuned for more corporate OOTDs as I begin assembling my wardrobe.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Black Velvet Cincher Review - True Corset

I own a fair few corsets by now, which is really fortunate for me as I've come to love them as inner wear as well as outer-wear. Nothing smoothes the line under a pretty slinky dress quite like a corset. I own several patterns and colors, black, silver, blue, striped, damask, but what I really have been wanting for quite some time was a black velvet corset. When True Corset approached me to ask if I would like to review one of their corsets, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to add to my collection and try out a new corset retailer.

The model I chose was this Steel Boned Black Velvet Cincher Corset. The package came from True Corset quite quickly and bundled up nicely. Of course, it's now approaching the humid, hot Maryland summer, so I wanted to wear it often sooner rather than later.

Unlike many corsets, this cincher does not have a peak under the bust and is largely flat all the way around. For me, this means that it's actually very comfortable to wear--where on a normal corset that peak interferes with my braline, this one doesn't at all. It also makes it an extremely versatile piece to be worn on top of any kind of outfit. The steel bones are very nicely supportive as well.

The laces on this corset are nice and sturdy and don't seem to be fraying at all around the grommets, which is good. On the inside, the corset is lined with a cottony fabric which keeps it from being hot and sticky against the skin. I couldn't find a stitch out of place on any of it.

Are there any downsides? Well, like any velvet fabric, the corset attracts lint and pet hair like a magnet. Still, Goths are pretty used to this by now, and if you don't mind giving yourself a nice lint rolling after cuddling Fluffy, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

All in all, though, I think this corset looks pretty great! It matches so many things in my closet and is going to be making a lot of appearances, especially when we reenter autumn and winter. I plan on keeping this corset as an outer piece, rather than a foundation garment, just because it's so pretty.

If you are in the market for a new corset, or if you just want to stock up your wishlist for when you are, check out True Corset! The link to this velvet cincher is right here, but there are tons of other options. Their Gothic corsets collection is pretty gorgeous and fits a range of sizes while not breaking the bank.

What is your favorite corset, if you have one? If not, would you wear velvet in the summer?