Saturday, October 29, 2011

Your College Interview Outfit: Do and Do Not

Oh college applications. Packing up the SAT score, the letters of recommendation, the transcripts and the supplemental essays has basically defined my life for the past week and a half, and I apologize if I've talked about it and nothing else. Still, there's one part of the application process I have yet to complete: my interviews. Of course, as a devotee of an out-of-the-box style, I was nervous that my Goth wardrobe was going to land me a place on the "rejected" list, but after listening to my own parents, my guidance counselor, my teachers, my college-level friends and some admissions officers, I was reassured. Still, there are some things I still have to keep in mind, and I will list them below:

When planning:
DO consider the college that you're applying to - Is your school famous for artsy types or athletic ones? Is your school very Christian or is in non-religious? Keep these things in mind. If you want to go to this school, you might want to consider tailoring yourself to fit it more. However, if you have to drastically change yourself, maybe this is an indicator that the school isn't quite for you.
DO NOT be afraid to contact the admissions officer beforehand - It shows that you're taking initiative with your future. Ask if they have any suggestions for what to wear, or if it even matters. If you feel the need, explain that you're accustomed to a more flamboyant mode of dress and ask them if you need to tone it down. Most of the time they're happy to respond.

Zero

For the whole look:
DO make the outfit appropriate for an interview - This seems like the easiest obsctacle to overcome. If you've been in this subculture for any amount of time, you've probably seen some article about how you can show off your Gothy side while still looking corporate. Reference those to see how you can look "adult" while still being Goth.
DO NOT misrepresent yourself - This is the true beauty of the college interview as opposed to one for a job: you have to be yourself. A college admissions officer is looking to build a community of people, they want to see the real you. If you have to hide your Gothness in an interview to get into the college, then (sad to say) it's probably not the right college for you.

Division

For the accessories:
DO chose interesting pieces - Your favorite necklace, a ring with a story behind it, your "signature" hair band or anythingthat feels you. Chances are, your admissions officer is going to ask you some question about the way that you're dressed, so why not have a good story to tell? Your accessories can also hint at more than your Gothness, so use that to your advantage. If you're applying somewhere for writing, perhaps wearing a necklace with a dragon on it is a good hint that you're into more fantasy writing?
DO NOT fall victim to accessory overload - Have you all heard that Coco Chanel trope that, right before you leave your house, you should take off one accessory? I know that I'm one to fall for that accessory overload sometimes, but keeping the magpie tendencies to a minimum is probably a better idea.

Rae

For the hair and makeup:
DO spend a little time hiding any signs of stress - According to my dad, a Yale graduate, the admissions officers at Yale (and other Ivy Leagues) are trained to spend half of the interview calming the applicants and their parents and keeping them from stressing out. To counter act this at any school, and make yourself stand out, hide those little signs of stress: dark circles under the eyes, mussed hair (from stressfully tugging at it) and chewed up nails/nail beds. The idea here is to look collected and calm.
DO NOT use "standing out" as an excuse for Babybat makeup - I'm looking at you, lovers of eyeliner face-doodles. While you want to be true to yourself, you also want to look mature. Lets be honest, I'm closely acquainted with this scene and I still have trouble taking people with (usually smudged) eyeliner swirls down their cheeks seriously. How will someone who doesn't know Goth very well react?


Disconnect

For little touches:
DO clean yourself up a bit - Redo the chipped nail polish, swap the torn tights for fresh ones, give your bangs a trim, rub a little polish into your shoes. The last thing you want your admissions officer to think of you as are things like "messy," "dirty," or "unkempt." This is the time to be the most cautious with your appearance. You're making a first impression, make it the best one you can.
DO NOT forget a lint roller. Keep it in your purse and run it over your entire outfit if you can, right before the interview. This goes back to not wanting to seem messy, but honestly it just shows that you want to be taken seriously and that you aren't just a mad old cat lady. (Not that there is anything wrong with that...)

Foresight


And that's all I have for you all, based on my own perception and experience with the whole process. I apologize for the small amount of menswear above, but most of the sets that I made for that seemed very similar to the ones I had made in my Back to School post. If you need to, you can reference those and tweak them with the above information to make an awesome guy's interview outfit.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

25 Things a Goth Needs

Have you guys seen those "# Things a ____ Needs" posts that have been going around for a while now? I've seen them for Lolita, Hime Gyaru and Scene kids (this one is a bit satirical) so I thought I'd post mine for Goths. Obviously, you don't need these things, per say, but they are nice things to think about. It's a lighthearted list. I've tried to keep them relatively all-inclusive and not just for female Romantigoths like myself, so we'll see if I succeeded.

1. A playlist or CD full of older Goth rock for those times when you need to disappear into your own personal Batcave. Suggestions for bands include Christian Death, Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cure, Type O Negative, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Sisters of Mercy.

2. At least one copy of some of the classic Gothic novels. Think Jane Eyre, The Monk, Dracula, Mysteries of Udolpho, The Castle of Otranto, Wuthering Weights and Frankenstein. If you're going to read, which you should, you might as well read some of the novels that have influenced the movement we know and love.

3. A pair of shoes that work with your style of Gothy dancing. Things to consider include height, thickness of the heel, and strength (or presence) of the tread so that you can stay safe while you rock out.

4. Something that you've DIYed yourself. An item as simple as a choker or as complicated as an entire outfit will do here. The point is to have an item that is a call-back to Goth's DIY roots and to have a moment of pride when you put that item on. FYeahLolita has a list of tutorials that, while aimed at Lolitas, can be used by a lot of Goths as well.

5. A journal. Whether you use it as a sketchbook, a diary, a place to draft blog posts or wishlists or as a place to keep an ever-evolving writing portfolio, I would definitely recommend a journal. You can customize it with stickers (during Halloween there are usually a lot of places selling Halloween scrap-book supplies, including stickers), make it yourself or buy a premade one.


6. A Lint Roller. For pet owners, sewing enthusiasts, long-tressed Goths and dust collectors, a lint roller is absolutely necessary. If you can, buy several and stash them in various places (your car, your room, your locker, your desk, your purse, etc.) so you'll have one no matter where you are. They come in different sizes, too, luckily enough.

7. A preferred brand of black clothing dye. Black clothes fade, whether we like it or not, and a bottle of black dye will help keep your blacks looking nice for years. Make sure that the garment you are planning to dye will not be damaged, or that it does not have pale details in it that will be distorted by the dye. Follow the directions carefully for the best results!

8. A favorite thrift store. Thrift stores, while they appear to be full of tacky 70's prints and shoulder pads a mile wide, can be great places to find things, especially after mainstream fashion has moved on from one of their flirtations with alternative fashion. Keep an open mind, especially if you have some decent sewing skills, there are a lot of items with potential. Can those bedsheets be turned into a skirt? Could that jacket be more flattering without the shoulder pads? And don't forget to keep an eye out for antique-looking decor, too!

9. A blog. Whether you want a Blogspot blog, a Livejournal account, a Tumblr blog or any other kind, a blog that allows you to keep track of your personal progress as a Goth and helps you to connect to the Goth community is a fantastic idea.

10. A small collection of simple DIY supplies. Whatever fits your style, really. Ribbons, safety pins, cone spikes, pins, lace, stickers, fabric flowers, patches, etc. are all great to have around just in case you get a spark of inspiration. Most of these items can be applied without too much difficulty, maybe 10 minutes tops, and can make your item more personalized and cool.


11. A place to be spooky. A club, a cemetery, an abandoned building, anywhere that makes you feel at peace and brings out your gothy side. Being able to take pictures there is a big plus, too, and you should be able to bring friends there if need be, though going alone should be just as enjoyable.

12. Something to wear when your usual clothes are "too much." Something for a job interview or a non-accepting family get-together, I mean. Of course, it should still feel "you," there's not much point to this otherwise. Who wants a pair of khakis and a striped oxford hanging around their closet when they usually wear bustle skirts and blouses? If you're lucky enough that this isn't necessary, I'm quite jealous. If you're lost, Corp Goth is a great place to start.

13. A basic knowledge of the history of Goth. There have been books on the subject, there are numerous online articles, there's even the damn Wikipedia page. Any way you chose to find out is fine by me, but everyone involved needs to know the basic history of our subculture.

14. A sunscreen for everyday use. Whether you want to stay pale or keep skin cancer at bay, a bottle with SPF30 or higher is a good bet. Usually, you're going to have to invest in a separate one for face and body, but either way you're going to want a sunscreen. Make sure to reapply if you're going to be out in the sun for long periods of time.

15. A brand of eyeliner that works for you. While there are many, many different types of Goth makeup, most of them will require some kind of eyeliner, usually black. Choose a formula (liquid, pencil, gel, etc.) and color that works best for you.


16. A trusted place for mods. Unless you do these things yourself, it's best to have someone you trust to go to for hair dyeing, hair cuts, tattoos, piercings, etc. If this is your first time going to that person, look for reviews online first, and see if they have a portfolio (this is for heavier mods like scarification and tattoos, usually.)

17. Teeth whitening system. This can be anything, from the strips to a whitening toothpaste to some special kinds of mouthwash, but it should have "whitening formula" somewhere on the package. Thing is, many of the Goth's favorite lipstick colors, black, purple, blue, red, etc. make even the slightest yellowing of the teeth more pronounced. To counter this, keep your pearly whites as white as you can. And, on the less vain side, there are health benefits to clean teeth, too.

18. Spooky Pajamas. Why drop the Gothic glamour when you're sleeping? Halloween time is usually a good time to get some pajamas, since they'll come with ooky-spooky motifs, but other options include concert shirts (great for those of us whose everyday wardrobes don't include the merchandise of the bands we love) and black nightgowns.

19. A Goth friend or Goth-friendly friend. Sometimes, gushing into the computer screen doesn't feel the same as gushing to someone in the physical world, so everyone should have a friend near them that has some common interests of the Goth kind. Even if they only "Goth interest" you have in common is a love of Tim Burton or David Bowie, making that friend could prove useful.

20. A ready-made response to Goth-hate. Depending on you, this might be a witty comment or a polite one. For me, personally, it depends on the day and the nature of the comment. A simple "it's not Halloween YET" might merit a smile and a nod, but some of the more, erm, bombastic cat calls might deserve a bit more snark. Think of some that work for you so you won't be deer-in-the-headlights at the next ignorant person you meet.



21. A way to connect to your inner child. This doesn't just go out to Goths, I just think that all people should make sure that they do not forget that wonder, curiosity or innocence that characterizes childhood. Ways to connect to your inner child while keeping a Goth attitude about it include coloring books, cartoons, and stuffed animals.

22. Undergarments. Obviously, underwear can make sure that you don't suffer a bit of embarrassment if the wind blows your skirt up or your jeans rip down the back, but that's not all. Undergarments like corsets (for men and women), shapers, bras, and petticoats can really make an outfit look its best. Buy or make whatever works for you.

23. A way to keep cool in the summer. Well, this is coming from a girl who suffers from hot and humid Maryland summers, but in general velvets and leathers aren't the kindest on hot days. Unless you're lobbying for a spot on Goths In Hot Weather, you might want to find some lighter weight fabrics, a fan, a parasol or some ice packs for putting in your pockets on hotter days.

24. A hobby that has nothing to do with Goth. This one might be a bit more difficult for some because Goth might permeate all facets of their personality and all of their hobbies, but it's not impossible. It can be a great way to meet new people, too. Besides, you can Goth it up without making the activity itself Goth. Unless you start renaming your Yoga positions things like "Mina's Cradle" or "Hanging Bat," I doubt that your black yoga mat is going to make Yoga, in itself, Goth. Besides, it helps dispell the stereotype that Goths only participate in activities on the Approved Gothy Activities list.

25. Confidence. Yeah, I nicked this one from the Gyaru version of this list, but I think that Goths need this in abundance. Keep your head high and remember how wonderful you are and it'll shine through. Slumping and trying to hide yourself isn't going to help anyone.

So, there's my list (that isn't meant to be taken as the gospel), what are your necessities for a spooky life?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shallow Wants: Rain Boots and Umbrellas

Have I mentioned that Maryland autumns, not springs, are the times of year when it rains the most? It's absolutely true. It's been off and on raining, never more than 24 hours with sun, for a while. Obviously, I love it, I'll be sad to see it go when I go off to college. Fortunately, most of my colleges are in pretty cold and wet places, like Massachusetts or Maine or Washington. Still, my wardrobe isn't as water proof as I wish it were, so I've been thinking about cute rainboots and umbrellas. Here, have my collection of shallow wants:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Maryland Renaissance Fair


I love the Renaissance fair, even though I haven't been there in quite a few years. It's hard to get around when you can't drive, so I decided to make a show out of it. I went with my father, younger sister (6), younger brother (8) and my cousin and her boyfriend. Mostly it was just my cousin and her boyfriend and I wandering around together, but for a while I sat around watching a group of bagpipe players and popping in and out of shops.


I wore my prom dress with a knee length underskirt, a corset and a pair of kitten wedges. Those tiny looped braids are extremely irritating and I could barely get them out afterwards, but it looked like I had crimped my hair afterwards which was cool. I don't know what I'm going to wear if I go again this weekend with some school friends. Maybe the same overdress with another corset and a longer underskirt, or just my normal clothes. One day I have to get an elaborate costume for events like these, since I plan on attending in the future, and I want to have my costume the best it could be.



Of course, I have never seen such poorly fitted corsets, but I really just take that in stride at this point. With cheap and cheaply made corsets like these, it really is too much to hope for that the corsets would be the right size or tightened correctly. Oh well. Some of the elaborate costumes were well worth it. My favorite part was trying on hats in the hat stall (which didn't allow pictures, boo!) because they were pretty persuasive. I was only distracted from buying a silver and black hat with a spider on it by my cousin who called me out to go watch the joust.


The joust was amazing, I thought it looked extremely painful and now that I've gotten horseback riding experience I can appreciate just how difficult putting the lance through a 2 inch copper ring while at a canter must be. I was routing for a man on a black horse with a green/gold saddle, but I couldn't hear his name or really see well because I was seated next to an extremely obnoxious group of small children. My patience for little kids is so small.

So, have you guys done anything fun? This deadline for the school paper is killing me, so my content posts might be a bit delayed until next week. Maybe I'll be able to get something fun up on Saturday... we'll see!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Goth Challenge 1-5

I started doing the Goth Challenge on my Tumblr a while ago but because Tumblr isn't great for, ya know, content posts, I stopped doing it after a while. I did want to do it on this blog, but since I post only twice a week I thought it might be uninteresting to do one every single day after a while. So, I decided to do the challenge once in a while on here, answering 5 questions each time. I'll be done in six of these types of posts and, since they'll be spread out among other posts, hopefully they won't be overwhelming and I can do them when I need a quick and easy post. So, here we go.

1. How did you discover Goth?


Source: EvilKid Comix

My mother was a Metal head who dabbled in Goth waaay back in the day, and though she no longer dresses the part (now she’s got a sort of showered hippie/earthy/steampunk thing going on) she still often listens to the music, so I’d been exposed to the music early on in my life. However I only recognized the Bauhaus/etc I’d been hearing as part of the Goth subculture when I was a preteen, and only started dressing Goth myself and becoming active in the subculture around the age of twelve. Now five years down the line and I’m happily entrenched in this lovely subculture that I call home.

2. Share Photos and Experiences from your Babybat days

Besides my failed attempts to repair a pair of cheap Demonia boots that involved a hammer/nails and industrial glue, nothing really remarkable happened in my Babybat days. They passed just like everyone elses preteen years, I suppose, just with added Sisters of Mercy and Siouxsie Sioux to the usual HIM and Nine Inch Nails (and I refuse to be ashamed, I still like both of those bands.) My two biggest wardrobe experiences that I regret as a babybat aren’t even babybat clothes, they were two sweatshirts (one rainbow tyedye that said “Barharbor” across the chest and one a dark forest green zip up) that I insisted on wearing with EVERYTHING, no matter if it matched or not. And of course I used to wear jeans. Ick.

I experimented with “casual goth” style for a long time because that’s all my budget had room for, but then I slid comfortably into Romantigoth and then to where I am now: Victorian Goth and Gothic Lolita. I don’t really have many photos since I hated getting my photo taken back in those days and I want to save the ones I do have for day 26 (a picture for each year you’ve been into goth.)

Wow I am boring, but I guess I still have a year to go before I’m out of what some people consider the Babybat age range (anything younger than 18.)

3. When did you come out of the Goth closet?


Source: Tumblr

There was no real “Goth closet” for me. As soon as I found that the style that I loved, the music that I listened to and the tropes that I enjoyed had a subculture attached, I got into it and my parents have been wholly accepting. As for my friends, I was already in the “freak crowd” at school (we had a whole table at lunch that was mostly kids in black/gray/red, we looked a sight!) so what did they care? I never really referred to myself as Goth until the later part of my freshman year of highschool, I simply was and had been since around the age of 12.

4. Name a stereotype or cliche you can relate to.


Source: Tumblr

Well, there are a lot, really. That's why I am a Goth. I love Halloween, The Crow, black hair dye, stripy tights, damask, bats, crows, skulls on everything, wearing crosses and ankhs together, having a morbid sense of humor and black roses adorn my room in a bunch of places. I'm also a poet and short fiction writer in my fourth year of intensive writing programs whose chosen genres are horror, mystery and traditional British-gothic (sometimes Southern Gothic, but I just can't write like Joyce Carol Oates can, no matter what.)Those are just a few.

5. Is there a local band or group in your area?

Source: Radisson.com

I’m not really in touch with the Baltimore goth scene, due to the fact that most of its participants are over the age of 18. I mean, I know it exists, but I don’t know much about it. So, probably there are a few local bands, but I’ve never heard their music.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Justifying the Cost with Five Questions

If you're a Goth who prefers the fancier sides of things, then you are probably no stranger to the sticker shock of some clothes and items. Specialty garments, especially ones aimed at subcultures, can come with rather impressive price tags. But at what point should you just bite the bullet and buy whatever super shiny thing has caught your eye? Here are of five questions that I ask myself when I come across something I want to buy with a price tag that I'd rather avoid:




1. Do I like it?

This might sound obvious to some people, but it's not always as simple as it may seem at first. Do I like the idea of, say, a new 160GB iPod, more than I like the actual product? Reading the fine print, customer reviews or looking at the stock photos can usually answer this question more than looking at the description and first picture. Taking the example of the iPod again, which uses a mini hard drive and has a longer response time than the iPod nano. Is the extra space worth that split-second delay? With a more gothy appropriate example, do I like the idea of the corset covered in skulls and roses more than I like the execution of one in particular? (There is one fabric that some corset sellers insist on using that has a very western, tattoo-ish feel to it, though it does contain skulls and roses, and boy do I dislike that fabric.)

2. How often would I wear/use it?

My general rule of thumb is to take the price of the item and divide it by the number of times that I will wear it. So, if the item is a $200 winter coat which I will use for sixty days a year for, say, four years (hopefully more, but it's best to be conservative) then I would be wearing it for a total of 240 days. Now, divide the $200 winter coat by 240 wears and it comes out that the coat costs about 84 cents per use, that feels a lot more justifiable. Especially since the longer you keep it (and the better condition you keep it in) the more justifiable it becomes. Take that in comparison to a candy bar which costs you 1 per use and you only use it once.

3. Could I DIY this myself?

I know quite a few people who swear by the idea that "if I can't DIY it, I don't really need it." This is actually true to a small extent and it makes for an excellent check point for whether or not you plan to buy an item. If, for example, a pair of plain black pillow cases is $20, but I know that I can buy the same amount of fabric and make them myself for less, why bother to buy the pillow cases? While there are some items that are clearly beyond my ability to make, like a pair of Doc Martens or an umbrella, there are a surprising amount of tutorials online for making other items. Typing in keywords like "renaissance fair costume pattern" or "perfume recipe" into your search engine will help you to realize that maybe you don't need to spend so much money on certain things, but may also help you to decide that "no, I can't do this myself, I do need to buy it somewhere."

4. Who am I supporting with this purchase?

I'm not a political activist who hates "the man" and never wants to support the establishment, trust me, but sometimes it does help to put into perspective how much you are spending on certain items and who it goes to. If I want a chair, and I have the option of paying less at a polluting chain retailer who donates to causes that I do not support or more at a small business who is environmentally friendly and politically sound, I'm more likely to want to spend my money with the small business. Of course, this is a give and take, since you might not be getting the quality you expect from certain garments (for better or for worse) so make sure that these smaller businesses are reputable. This isn't an option for everyone, I realize, since money is tight in these economic times, but it is something to consider.

5. How likely is a sale on this item?

Of course, the final question deals with getting around some of the higher prices. It's pretty simple: if you can pay $100 for a dress year round or $80 at a sale during a certain time of the year, why not wait until that time of the year and save the $20? You will lose time, but if you don't need the garment or object for a special occasion, why not? This also applies to sales that aren't really sales. A lot of retailers will charge more for seasonal items (promoting them as a "summer sale" or something similar) and then discount them in the off season. If you can, for example, buy your winter coat during the off season, you will probably be less. This really applies as Halloween creeps up on us, because while tableware with skulls are expensive now (as the retailer tries to cash in on the current seasonal mood,) they'll be dirt cheap as the retailers push toward the next event and want to get rid of their leftover stock.


That certainly helped me justify the new iPod that I bought. However, I didn't get a 160GB, I got a 30GB from eBay. I plan to buy a case and do a gothy deco on it, with cameos and black crystals, but we'll see what happens.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Closet Costume: Hex Girls

Strapped for cash for your Halloween costume this year? Or have you been too busy to make up something really elaborate? Luckily for Goths, some of our everyday clothing can be the basis for a lot of costumes, for characters or otherwise. So, here, have the first costumes that came to mind: The Hex Girls!


Source: Youtube

Do you guys remember these ladies? The spooky Wiccan all-girl goth band from Scooby Doo? This was the first costume I thought of, and it would be great to do with friends. I'm using their first appearance, in "Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost" to make their costumes, though they have wardrobe changes depending on the episode.


Thorn, the leading lady in red, might require some alteration to a red velvet tank dress to make her signature drop sleeves and sash, but cutting up a cheap red scarf should do the trick. Her gloves are easy enough to find, and ankle strap black shoes shouldn't be a problem. To get her hair, find a black wig with red sheen or red highlights, then top her makeup off with fangs and her black/red lipstick!

Source: FanPop

Luna, the red headed keyboard player, can be done with a little bit of ingenuity. While she appears to have the most tame outfit, a purple skirt suit shouldn't be that hard to find, the trick is in making her look cohesive with the rest of the ladies. Short purple gloves, knee high black boots, hoop earrings and her necklace should do the trick of portraying her character. Oh, and don't forget her purple/black lipstick and fangs!


Source: WeHeartIt

For Dusk, the drummer and lovely lady in green, obtain a blond wig and tie it up in pig tails, then apply green and black lipstick with fangs. Her collar necklace should be easy enough to find (in your closet or otherwise) and her other necklace is easily made if you cannot find it. A green velvet dress with long sleeves will work, and green triangle earrings shouldn't be hard to make or find. Carry around drumsticks to make yourself easier to identify, but don't go smacking people with them!
Source: WeHeartIt

PS: Bonus points if you memorize the songs!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Ah, the smell of Autumn. It wafts through your window, filling your senses and reminding you of red and orange leaves and of the approaching Fall festivities. What is this smell? Well, if you live anywhere near a Starbucks or Panera, it might be the smell of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You might even be tempted to go buy one. But, what? Four or five dollars for one drink? No thank you! If you're turned off by the high prices of most store-bought beverages, then you can follow this recipe for making a Pumpkin Spice Latte of your very own.



You will need:

Coffee grounds (can be substituted for espresso shots)
Hot water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 generous pinch nutmeg
1 teaspoon sugar
1 small pinch cloves
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin (here is my moment of superiority when I noticed that the Starbucks and Panera Lattes only used pumpkin syrup. Bah, I reject your silly syrups!
1 saucepan
1 Whisk or 1 Blender
Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

1. Make a cup of very strong coffee or make 2 shots of espresso. Keep hot.
2. Put your saucepan on the stove and turn to medium heat
3. Add milk, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla. Stir until the pumpkin is mostly dissolved.
4. When the mixture starts to steam, add in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir those until dissolved as well. The cinnamon, by it's nature, probably won't dissolve or mix in evenly. That's fine.
5. Take the mixture off of the heat and either whisk it or blend it until frothy. During this step, it will cool down a lot, so make sure that your coffee is hot. This is not a drink that tastes very good cold.
6. When frothy, pour the mixture over your coffee and stir until evenly mixed. Now add your whipped cream if you so chose and enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Latte!

This drink goes very well with, as you can imagine, pumpkin flavored treats, but also is awesome with apples, dark chocolate or gingerbread cookies.It's my current favorite treat after walking 2.5 miles home in the chill and it makes my house smell delicious. I have not tried to make it with non-dairy milks, though I imagine that soymilk would not affect the taste too strongly, though I would not recommend coconut, which does not mesh very well with pumpkin flavors in my experience.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

What's in my magical bag of holding?

Alas, my blog post today is brought to you on the wings of some unhappy news. This morning, I was forced, forced no less! to undertake the slaying of a great personal demon: the SATs. Yes, yes, it was a great struggle. But we'll see its great hulking carcass when the scores are released in the future. For now, I bring you a popular meme: what's in my purse? The idea to fill out this meme was brought about when I was emptying my purse this morning so that I did not take anything "illegal" into the testing site. Mechanical pencils, oh the shame of them! Natalie over at Gothy Two Shoes also made a "what's in my bag" post on her blog, so that also might have had something to do with it.

This is my usual purse for school, by h.Naoto which I got for 30USD from a fellow Lolita at Otakon. It can hold a lot, though it looks rather small, and has a few zippered pouches so that I can have certain items in easy reach. The inside of it is covered with cryptic nonsense phrases and countdowns, which is fun. It's my go-to purse, but sometimes I swap out for the cliche every-goth-girl-has-one coffin purse from Demonia (I have the one with the cross on it,) and then when I need to travel light I might take the small bat-wing shaped purse, which I purchased here.




Cellphone, iPod, earbuds, Lanyard with Flashdrive, keys and HT+1 Card

My dinky little cellphone is an LG Rumor that I've had for two years, but it serves pretty well. The camera is shot but I never used it much anyway. My ringtone is crows cawwing, which makes me very happy. This iPod is actually broken, I'm getting a black 30g iPod classic in the mail soon. It has been through the ringer, to be fair: I got it the summer I went to China five years ago and it's been through the washing machine twice. Now it wont move past the title screen so the only thing I can do is hit shuffle and click through to find a song, but then it loses battery like nobody's business. I can't wait for my new iPod, I think I'm going to find a case to deco for it. (And I have really nice over-ear headphones that I can use then instead of these earbuds.) The lanyard was from Goodgoth and the flashdrive I painted with black sparkly nail polish because a girl in my writing class had the same one and I didn't want them ton get mixed up.

Planner, 6 pencils, 4 pens (black, blue and red), eraser, binder clips


I already posted about the planner which I have since decorated with lenticular portrait stickers from Michaels. It used to be covered in bat shaped confetti (also from Michaels,) but those kept falling off. I think I'll do them again and put clear contact paper over the cover so that I can tote it around in my bag without damage. And, yes, I do need every single one of those pens and pencils. I used to carry around a caligraphy pen too, but I lost mine, so I need to find a replacement.

Bobby pins, hair tie, 2 lipsticks, comb, mirror, nail file

I am a devotee of carrying unnecessary amounts of makeup in my purse. But, it's not all from vanity. It's because I have a horrendous memory and keep forgetting to take old lipsticks out of it when I toss them in for school. The colors that I am carrying at the moment are Bois de Rose by Estee Lauder and Exotic Orchid by Lancome. I hardly ever use the bobby pins that I carry, but it sucks when I need them and don't have them. The mirror is from Hot Topic and I just couldn't resist it. The inside is cracked though, so I might have to get a replacement soon, sadly. Maybe I'll deco a new one with the leftover supplies from the iPod deco. The comb is just a plain one that I want to replace with this one from Pushin Daisies. Also, isn't that nail file adorable? It's also from Hot Topic, those fiends with their clever marketing tactics. The only thing that sucks was that it was sold in a pack of two and the other one was white with pink hearts on it. Bah! I say, Bah!

Safety pins, Sunglasses, Wallet, ID case, tissues

The ID case is from Pocket full of Posies on Etsy, a shop that I highly recommend. Now most of my friends can determine that it's my ID I left behind (AGAIN) without even having to open it. The wallet is from Demonia but I bought it here, and I adore it. It is rather large though, so if you were to try and put it in your tight jeans pocket I doubt that would work. The sunglasses were a gift from my mother and they are all sorts of cheesy fun. Not only are they "cat eye" shaped, they're red and the sides are shaped like ankhs with roses printed on them in white ink. So cliche. So awesome. The tissues are Halloween ones from last year, which I will be stocking up on this season for the coming year. I think that safety pins are also really important, because even if I didn't rip my clothes one of my friends probably did, so it's best that SOMEONE carry them. And since I already have the magical bag of holding, why not me?

Obviously, this is a lot of stuff to carry. When I need to run out quickly and travel light, I'll usually just grab my ID case, a few dollars and my keys and tuck them into my waistband or bra (no pockets for the skirt wearing goth, alas.) That's enough to get me by, usually. So yeah. Here is your fluff piece of the day. Next week I think I'll have a recipe for you all, since I've been making some yummy fall-flavored things to welcome October.