Saturday, January 17, 2015

Advice for Non-Goths Youtube Playlists

I spend a lot of time on this blog directly talking to Goths, but based on some of the e-mails I get there aren't just spooky types watching my blog. Between spouses, friends, and family, it seems there are plenty of people confused as to how to interact with the Goth in their life. So, I thought I would set up a Youtube playlist of the best videos from Goths to non-Goths about what the subculture is and is not and how to accept the darkness (or just not be rude about it.)


What is your best piece of advice for non-Goths? Or, how do you usually explain Goth to someone who doesn't understand it?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mile High Goths

Ah yes, a new year, another trans-Atlantic eight hour flight back to the United Kingdom. Tonight I hop on a plane to spend the next six months in Scotland again after a short break back in the United States with my family. While I love traveling on a plane where I don't have to balance holding the map and my package of Goldfish crackers while loudly wondering if this is the turn the GPS is talking about or the next one, it has its own set of challenges. Namely: What do you wear?

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It might not feel like a high priority to look Goth, but if you are heading directly to meet up with someone and you want to not look travel gross, it might be a priority for you. The key issues of flying for Goths are balancing looking Goth, going through security, and being comfortable.

For the most part, TSA security do not really care about your unusual fashion. To be honest, they've probably seen stranger. As long as you aren't breaking in flight rules, which you can check on your airline's website, you'll probably be fine.

First let's consider going through security. Body piercings are usually designed with non-magnetic metals which will not set off metal detectors, but keep the amount of metal in the rest of your outfit to a minimum if you aren't sure. Garments decked out in badges, safety pins, spikes, and buckles all have the potential to set off metal detectors.

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Also keep in mind that TSA may ask you to remove accessories like jackets, belts, scarves, etc. so that they can pass you through security quicker. To make sure you aren't bogged down by having to take these on and off, keep your outfit simple. If you wear petticoats and don't want to pack them, be aware that TSA may either perform a pat-down or a search to ensure you aren't hiding anything in them. If you would be bothered by this, read up on your privacy rights and consider packing the petticoats instead.

To stay comfortable, don't wear clothing that is too tight or structured. If you wear skirts, this is a great time to bust one out for comfort's sake. If not, avoid anything too tight or uncomfortable. Breathable materials rather than polyester are a good idea. Lastly, although this sounds silly, make sure your shoes fit. Feet and hands tend to swell at high altitudes, and you don't want already tight shoes to become pinchy.


Mile High Goths


As far as makeup goes, you may choose to wear some on the plane but expect to need a touch-up if your flight is over three hours long. Personally I wouldn't wear anything elaborate for a plane journey just because the touch up would take so long, but I would recommend keeping a chapstick of some kind in your bag to counteract grossly drying airplane air. Just keep the liquid and cream makeups in a clear plastic bag for passing through security and you should be good to go.



Personally today I'm wearing a comfy black knee-length dress from Forever21, a borrowed hoodie, polka-dotted socks, and my black slip ons from Payless.

What do you wear to fly?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guest Post: Rethinking Accessories: Extreme Cuffs

Part of my New Years Resolutions this year was to accept more guest posts onto this blog. Luckily I was able to start out strong with this post by Ashley Williamson, a freelance blogger. Thanks so much for the submission!

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Cuffs are an often overlooked fashion accessory. They are also often mistaken for bracelets and bangles. Keep in mind that cuffs are neither of these. Cuffs are wider and encompass a greater portion of the wrist than a bracelet. It's also different from a bangle in the sense that cuffs often have an opening while bangles fully enclose around the arm.

For fashion divas and guys, there are plenty of cuff varieties fitting for just about any specific fashion sense. Consider the following cuffs and how they can complement your wardrobe.

Gothic Cuff

Gothic fashion often entails multiple jewelry and accessories for achieving an appearance that can be best described as dark, gloom, or even “vampirish.” Such cuffs are often made from soft fabric and are modeled after Victorian era fashion worn by the noble class.

These types of cuffs may also come with a piece of gem or trinket in the center that may be in the form of a bat, skull, dagger or something along the lines of that nature. It’s different than the typical butterfly or rose that you would expect to see from a more conventional accessory piece.


Leather Cuffs 

You can think of leather cuffs as a miniature belt that you wear around your wrist; some even come with a buckle. More elaborately designed cuffs may come with engraving on the leather or come with additional metal parts. There are even those that come with a small hand clock, thus doubling it as a watch.

Leather cuffs are quite versatile and are suitable for both conventional and alternative fashion. If for the latter, they complement punk and grunge clothing quite well. The cuffs heighten your appearance even if you’re donning conventional clothing. In fact, they are quite trendy and have been seen being worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift and Johnny Depp.


Metal Cuffs 

This category also includes cuffs constructed from bronze, silver, and gold. The metallic and shiny surface gives it an appearance of a gauntlet, which conjures images of Spartan warriors going into battle. These cuffs also fit quite well with alternative fashion wear. Some of the more gnarly variations are made in the shape of mythical creatures, such as serpents and dragons.

Some also come with dangling chains, buckles or spikes, which especially tends to complement nicely with men’s grunge fashion. They go great with an outfit combo like black boots, ripped jeans, and a frayed jacket.



Beaded Cuffs 

Beaded cuffs offer a lot of color variety, which makes them great for hippy fashion. They fit perfectly with an equally colorful hippy shirt and beanie hat. If you can find one with beads that form a peace symbol, then you got the perfect accessory to go with your attire.

If you happen to have an affinity for Gothic culture but love the style of a beaded cuff, then go for a variety like a beaded skull cuff or beads that form the figure of a bat or coffin.



Cuffs are just as much a fashion accessory as a necklace or handbag. With the right piece, you reinforce the type of appearance you are shooting for.

Ashley Williamson is a freelance blogger and journalist. She likes blogging about alternative fashion trends, and soak up inspiration for her writing through her travels in South East Asia. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyWilliamson. 

If you would like to write a guest post for The Everyday Goth, including links back to your blogs or profile for more exposure, please shoot me an e-mail at theeverydaygoth@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Resolutions

Hello readers and welcome to 2015! 2014 was a good year for me all around, I can't lie, so I am looking forward to making 2015 even better. Here are my resolutions:


Blogging:

  • Try again for a two post a week model, Wednesday and Saturday
  • Incorporate more posts based on the Goth Almanac and current events
  • Write an FAQ
  • Revamp at least three old posts with good content but not great execution
  • Try out Instagram (I'm theeverydaygoth on there as well if you would like to give me a follow)
  • Post five guest posts (e-mail me at theeverydaygoth@yahoo.com if you would like to contribute)

Fashion:

  • Continue growing my bangs out
  • Practice doing multi-colored eye makeup with my CC palette
  • Buy more dresses, including one in red and one in purple
  • Buy more waist belts
  • Buy a structured blazer-type jacket
  • Get a new zipper on my Restyle purse (not happy about this, it broke after a few weeks of light use)


Personal:

  • Learn to knit (my mother got me knitting needles for Christmas, so that's a start)
  • Read a novel in French and continue practicing
  • Listen to a new song every day
  • Get more piercings: daith, forward helix, and maybe a nose piercing.
  • Find an artist I like and get my tattoo!
  • Read 52 books. Add me on Goodreads if you'd like to see what I'm reading and chat about books!

What are your New Years resolutions?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Angels of Islington by Sarah Channing Wright

Merry (almost) Hexmas, followers! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. Personally I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everyone presents and working on getting my flight sorted to visit home in early January, but luckily I've had a bit of a distraction. The lovely Sarah Channing Wright sent me a copy of her book The Angels of Islington to review which I'd like to discuss for you now.


Lets get the stage set, shall we? Our story follows a group of vampires (among them Onyx, Demon, Spider, and Storm) who have integrated themselves into the 1990's Goth scene in London. They hang out at clubs, visit pubs, drink from unsuspecting spooky types, and have their own interpersonal dramas. But! All is not well in Camden town, and the sinister vampire Count who threatens their very way of life.

The setting is probably what is going to be the big draw to a lot of us. Being born in 1994 I wasn't exactly sentient enough to appreciate the 90's Goth scene and Wright explores is really well. Each chapter is filled to the brim with details about music, social interactions, and fashion which really makes the environment come alive. You'll recognize a few songs that are mentioned, no doubt, and probably appreciate the outsider's perspective on the weirdness that is Goth dancing. Fashion is one of Wright's favorite bits, I think, because every character (even tiny, unimportant ones) is introduced with a lengthy outfit descrption. That being said, I hope you like the word "matted" because Wright certainly does! I'm pretty sure it's the most used adjective in the whole book, with everyone having some variety of matted black hair.

Unfortunately, the fashion descriptions are about as in-depth into character development as Wright goes. I'm made fully aware of which characters have (matted) black hair or which ones wear the same frock coats that they wore in the 18th century (as a museum and conservation enthusiast, what?) but their characters are pretty interchangeable. I think this might be because Wright introduces so many different characters in such a short space of time, but their personalities are pretty anemic and even when they are assigned a (single) personality trait they usually don't act in any way that would support it. She's still introducing and trying to characterize them in the Epilogue, by which time I had given up on my list of who I have to care about and what they were doing. Nor do the characters really experience growth over the span of the book, they just restore a certain status quo and off we go. I think cutting down the main cast of characters might have solved this issue.



I also take issue with the Count who causes all of this trouble. All of the vampires act terrified of him (although not terrified enough to not go to the club and dance when they're supposed to be finding a way to destroy him), but he himself isn't really that scary. He prances around, speaks in rhymes, and doesn't do very much besides murder a couple of people. He certainly isn't as scary as Magenta, whose hypnotic powers I found very suspect. And, without meaning to spoil, he is defeated in a very anti-climactic Deus ex Machina way that left me very unsatisfied. That being said, he has some really good moments in the book. When the Count is storming around in a fury he reacts to a group of barking dogs by shouting "Listen to them! Mangy dogs. What a bloody racket they make!" in wonderful reference to the famous children of the night passage from Dracula.

I feel like I've made a lot of complaints but I can't say I came out of the book disliking it. It was camp fun. There's something about being asked to take characters with names like Onyx, Wraith, Demon, and Spider seriously, especially when they are placed alongside characters with sensible names like Jim, that feels very silly and fun. So if you don't go into it expecting any high literature, you'll probably have fun with it. It's certainly enjoyable if you want to read about the 90's Goth scene (and maybe laugh because some of it seems quite familiar, as I did) and can forgive a slightly flimsy plot.



If you would like to pick up your own copy of The Angels of Islington by Sarah Channing Wright and experience the camp joy of reading it, you can purchase it on Amazon here.

So, what books have you all been reading recently?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reader Question: Neutral Goth Eyes

Hello Mary Rose, I hope you don't mind my asking but do you know of any goth makeup looks I could do with neutral brown eyeshadow palettes? My mother works for a makeup company and she is able to get a lot of make up for me, but I have sooooo many brown and taupe shades that I don't have a use for. I don't want to throw them out. Ideas?
Alex

Hi Alex! Neutral colors aren't the most exciting for your Goth look, but they can be useful in and of themselves. Lighter colors like cream and ivory can be used to high light under your brows or along your tear duct in a more natural way than just using stark white, and many people use eyeshadow to fill in their brows. Matte browns can be used with a fluffy brush to contour your face, and lighter colors with or without shimmer make good high-lighters.

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Another option is to use neutral colors alongside other colors in one look. For example, a light brown eyeshadow over the lid that then blends into a deep purple will make the purple pop. A cream eyeshadow on the lid with red eyeshadow lined along the lash line and blending out into black in the crease would also create a spooky look. So, don't feel pressured that just because you have a quad of colors you need to use only those. Mixing it up and playing with combinations will help you create wonderful looks. And, hey, neutrals match everything, right?

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As for full-fledged Goth looks with all brown-ish colors, you definitely have some options. As I've said before on this blog, the more Goth aspects you remove from a look the more the other aspects of your look have to hold up the Goth aesthetic. So, amp up other aspects of your look to balance the un-Goth colors out.

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In this look, the eyes are done in neutral colors but the exaggerated shapes of the eyebrows and corners of the eyes keep the look Gothic. Of course, it helps if you have other Goth-associated elements like piercings, exagerated V-bangs, and an awesome black outfit.

Or you could also add tons of black and make a dramatic smoky eye look.

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While most Goths that I've seen don't necessarily obey this rule, some people hold that you should emphasize either your eyes or your lips in a look (so you wouldn't do a dramatic smokey eye and a bright red lip.) While I'm not one for "beauty rules" in particular, I do think using a neutral eye look would be a great excuse to wear  a red, purple, or black lip. Personally I think purples and browns look good together.

If you want to use the neutral colors as a basis, adding winged eyeliner or interesting lipstick will work to add Goth elements to the look.

So, readers, how do you use neutral colors in your makeup?


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday Trees

Christmas trees are a kind of bizarre tradition, don't you think? Nothing says festive like a piece of dead foliage sprinkling pine needles all over your carpet! Especially if you're going to decorate it nicely with lights and shiny baubles. So, combine this slightly bizarre tradition with my favorite Tim Burton film, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and you get one wicked tree. Here's some inspiration from people who had the same idea:

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If you want more Goth Christmas inspiration, look no further than my Pinterest board! Lots of decor ideas for your spooky, festive home.

If you celebrate Christmas, how do you decorate your trees?