Saturday, December 28, 2013

20 Blogging Resource Links for Goths

Really, it's no surprise that many Goths are also bloggers. If you don't live near other Goths, it can be difficult to try and connect with the community. More and more the idea of a net.Goth (or a Goth whose primary outlet for their spookiness is web-based) is shedding it's bad reputation. So, to celebrate that, here is a post of 20 Blogging Resource Links that I think Goth bloggers could use.

Web Design:

1. Goth blogs are usually a bit differently designed than other blogs, but if you want some pointers on how to pick fonts, designs, layouts, etc. then this post and this post by Aimee (a professional blog designer) on Fancy Little Things is right up your alley.
2. When building a blog design it can be pretty difficult to determine what you really need (and super easy to forget the important stuff when you're distracted by all the cool widgets out there.) So, to keep things simple here are 9 Things your Blog Site Should Contain. Then you can build from there.
3. Looking for fonts for your blog's design? 1001 Fonts has 142 Free Horror Fonts that you can download and use as you wish.
4. Do you know how to make custom clickable social media buttons that look professionally made? Something Swanky taught me how with great, easy-to-follow instructions here. Bonus!: she has many of the vector images you need in this post.
5. When I bought my domain name I felt like I'd reached Blog Adulthood. It might seem unnecessary (and you certainly don't have to, not everyone has $15 to spare every year) but if you need just the littlest bit of convincing, here's a great article on Why You Should Purchase Your Own Domain Name.

Post Ideas and Topics:

6. First and foremost, a bit of self promotion: My post of 50 Goth Blog Post Prompts from last autumn has a bunch of topics specifically targeted for Goth blogs.
7. Need to write a post quickly (or do you just work better under pressure)? No Passive Income wrote a post on How to Write a (Great) Blog Post In Under An Hour that is just perfect for you.
8. Having trouble beating "blogger's block"? Last time I had truly bad bloggers block I was able to use this article by Blogging With Amy which has 50 Ways to keep you interested in blogging and writing great posts every time.
9. I can't tell you the number of times I finished writing a post and hit the pretty, shiny orange "Publish" button right away. Bad blogger! To keep me (and you) in check, here are 8 Things to Do Before Hitting Publish On Your Next Blog Post
10. Find relevant post inspiration on the Goth and Horror history at Goth Almanac, which includes release dates, birthdays, and other events related to Goth.

Blog Photographs and Visuals:

11. Looking for a good online image editing software if you can't afford Photoshop? Pixlr and PicMonkey are excellent alternatives for basic or advanced image editing--for free!
12. Okay so Goth isn't all about fashion, but most of the Goth blogs I tend to read are fashion-focused to some degree. This Chick's Got Style has a post which lists 9 Fashion Blog Photography Tricks to get good photos every time.
13. Do you take a lot of pictures of small objects like jewelry or makeup? Then here are some instructions for DIY Photo Backdrops.
14. If you don't have a point and shoot or a big fancy camera, you can still get a lot of mileage out of your smartphone camera. If you're stuck, here are some great tips for iPhone photography which should also work for other smartphones.
15. Want to protect your post visuals and make sure that people know where they came from? Make a quick, free watermark for your photographs using Picmonkey by following this tutorial by A Typical English Home.
16. It's not paranoid or narcissistic to check if your photos are being used elsewhere on the web (with or without your permission.) Follow this tutorial which explains how to check who is using your images and where.

Upkeep and Growth:

17. Want to keep and engage your readers? Independent Fashion Bloggers has a fantastic post of 10 Ways to Build an Insanely Loyal Blog Following which has some pretty easy ways to get your readers to stick around.
18. Blogging is all about making connections, right? Well, supposedly, but it can be disheartening when you're not getting comments and you feel like you're just blathering into the ether. So, here are 5 Reasons You're Not Getting Comments, and what to do about it.
19. Can you tell I love Independent Fashion Bloggers? Because I do! Here's another one of their posts, 23 Ways to Promote Your Blog post once you've written it.
20. Now that you're all on top of your own blog, what about spreading the love to others? Homeschool Blogging wrote a quick 5 Reasons You Should Be Guest Posting, which I love (and really should get my butt in gear about. Anyone need a guest post? :P )

Do you have any helpful posts or links that discuss blogging, especially Goth related? Or do you try to stay away from running your own Goth blog?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I know not all Goths celebrate Christmas, but I still want to wish you guys happy holidays from me to you. Here's my favorite (campy, slightly silly) song to celebrate with.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Making Goth Christmas Ornaments

Today's post is brought to you by whichever mischievous sky gods have decided that Massachusetts should be covered under a nice dusting of snow. It's absolutely beautiful here, if absolutely freezing, and it's gotten me really in the mood to decorate for Christmas. I have a tiny black Christmas tree decorated in my dorm room, but I'm in the mood to decorate a bigger Christmas tree back home. So, without further ado, here are a few ideas for making Goth Christmas ornaments by yourself.

Polymer clay would be a good place to start. You can mold whatever you like (that is within the realm of your ability), stick an eye-pin in it, and then hang it by a ribbon. Personally, even with my limited artistic ability, I think I could make (very round) bats, spiders, bones, coffins, fleur dis lis, headstones, keys, icicles, and more.

If you're the type of person that has CDs of your favorite music hanging around, string those up on the tree with ribbon. Best of all, they reflect light from string lights so your tree will look twice as sparkly. Besides, since you don't have to punch a hole in the CD to hang it, you can take the CD down after you're done with the Christmas season and keep it year round.

To use up some of your ribbon/lace collection, start tying them in bows around the tree branches or onto smaller ribbons for hanging. Or, you can them around the tree as a garland if you have that much ribbon.

If you saved any small wooden shapes from craft stores around Halloween time, now would be the time to slap some paint (or marker or glitter or Mod Podged scrapbook paper) on them, punch a hole through them, and hang with a ribbon. If you want to you can give them some Christmas style or just stick to plain Gothic (although I think one of those bats painted with red and white stripes would look just darling.)

If you prefer the traditional round Christmas ornaments but hate the usual color schemes (and the exuberant prices of non-traditional color schemes) you can pick up some plain ornaments and have at them with paint. There are lots of ways you can do this, from spray-painting the interior of clear balls to swirling paint in circles and even to painting patterns on the outside. Once the paint is dry, feel free to decorate the exterior with sequins, beads, or glitter.

Lastly, if you're interested you could take clear Christmas ornaments and fill them with goth-y things. Stuck for ideas? Here are some of mine:
  • Black feathers
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Miniatures
  • Fake Pearls
  • Dried/fake flower petals
  • Small animal bones
  • Fake spider webs from Halloween
  • Shredded pages of Goth novels
  • Rolled paper
  • Pieces of fishnet
  • Rocks (insert GENTLY)
  • Halloween confetti
If you all are celebrating Christmas this year, how do you plan on decorating your trees?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

15 Things Goths can be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a contentious holiday at the best of times, it's history is a troubling one and the way it is directly followed by Black Friday (which you can probably guess how I feel about) means that it's not exactly everyone's favorite holiday. But, I like the idea of setting aside a day to feel Thankful for things, because whether we like it or not, life gets busy and sometimes we forget to be grateful. So, here are fifteen Goth-relate things I want to express my gratitude for today:

  1. Our local thrift stores, and the people that donate to them
  2. The Usual Suspects: Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Smith, Peter Murphy, and other Goth musicians that gave our subculture it's unique sound and flavor. 
  3. The professional tattooists and Piercers that give many Goths our distinctive body mods (tip generously, folks!)
  4. The caretakers of our local graveyards, especially ones that welcome the occasional picnic 
  5. Small businesses dedicated to bringing well-made crafts, art objects, clothes, and more to the Goth community
  6. Slack dress codes at work and school that allow for Goth-y clothing
  7. Hammer Horror movies
  8. Black liquid eyeliner that stays put
  9. Bats, and all they do for our ecosystems as well as our wardrobes
  10. Jillian Venters and other Goths that dispense advice to those in need
  11. Whatever committee of high-fashion mobsters that sit around and decide every couple of years that we need another Goth trend, allowing for the abundance of darker clothing on sales racks and in thrift-stores everywhere
  12. YA Novelists who write with freak-y kids in mind.
  13. Tim Burton. You can guess why.
  14. Shoes and boots that break in easily
  15. The online community of Goths all over the net that bring us together and let us express ourselves
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Giving Back to Bats

Bats need no introduction to the Goth subculture, they've been there from the beginning, and they're one of the subculture's favorite motifs and mascots. But, bats aren't in great standing ecologically, so I thought I'd write a little post listing some of the ways we, as a subculture, can give back to our favorite animals.

So, why do bats need help? Bat populations, particularly in the United States, have been in trouble for a while. White Nose syndrome, a fungal infection you can read more about here, and loss of habitat have driven bat population to dire levels (also, surprisingly, wind turbines that generate wind power have been damaging to bats). Bats, which contribute to flower pollination and insect population control, are a big player in our ecosystems, and without them, we'll definitely notice. So, they're not just cute faces! Bat conservation is extremely important.

Besides, how can you say no to these faces? 

But what can we do?

Firstly, I don't know many Goths who would have a huge problem with finding a bat in their home, but there are good and bad ways to get them out. So, if you or someone you know finds yourself with a bat in your home, Bat Conservation International has a video on how to get it out without hurting yourself or the bat, and here is a quick written tutorial for outdoor and indoor bat extraction. There are slightly different procedures if you live in the UK, where bats are protected by law, so doing a quick search on your country's bat-related laws would be a good first step.

Secondly, for all your gardners out there, there are ways to make your garden more bat friendly. The Bat Conservation Trust has an essay outlining how to encourage bats, but it basically comes down to these tips: Build a bat box, build a pond, go light on the pesticides, let your garden get a little overgrown, and plant night-scented flowers (such as Four O'Clock and Night-Scented Stock.)

One of the biggest problems leading to bat endangerment is deforestation, which depletes the habitats and food sources of bats. Building a bat box is one way to give back to bats if you have enough space on your property, and it has the added bonus that you'll be able to see the bats swooping in and out during the evening and early morning hours. If you're interested in building one of your own, you can find plans and information about bat houses on the Bat World Sanctuary website, and another one here.

If you have $40 (plus shipping) you can sponsor a bat in Bat World sanctuary. Just follow the link to scroll through the pictures, read the bats' stories, and choose one to sponsor. Sponsors receive a packet with a big, glossy picture, more information about your bat, plus some other goodies.

Bonus: If you're a geek like me, you might appreciate this virtual tour of the bat world sanctuary.

How do you all think goths could help bats in our day-to-day lives? Or, do you have any cool bat stories?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Style Inspiration... The Wiggles?

Way back (in October) I posted a list of 25 Goth Posts I'd Read In a Heart Beat, which was a not-so-serious list of suggestions for blog posts. Well, I'd nearly forgotten about that post until a reader send me this link to a Polyvore collection based on #25 - Style Inspiration: The Wiggles.


"Goth Fashion Inspiration: The Wiggles" Purple

"Goth Fashion Inspiration: The Wiggles" Blue

"Goth Fashion Inspiration: The Wiggles" Red

"Goth Fashion Inspiration: The Wiggles" Yellow

Thank you for sending these to me! They certainly gave me a good chuckle. (And I'm not even a little bit ashamed to say that, with some tweaking, I might wear these.)

Now, tell me, what are the weirdest sorts of Goth style inspiration you can think of?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Body Jewellery Shop

 Ever since I got my tragus pierced I've been really into earrings. Maybe it's because the little black stud looks so lonely there all by himself, maybe because I now know what to look for in jewelry. Anyway, my interests in earrings has been re-kindled and I was happy to receive a few pieces from

 I placed my order for these pieces on October 23rd and received them on November 8th, not bad for an order from the UK. They came in a small padded envelope, nicely organized into little baggies to keep the jewelry from getting lost or separated. Each of the Alchemy Gothic pieces included a little pamphlet on how to care for Alchemy Gothic, which I found to be a nice inclusion.

First up were these lovely little Alchemy Gothic skull studs, and when I say little I mean little. I dropped one on the floor at my work and it took me ten minutes to find it! But I'm so glad I did, they're really nice and subtle and you can't really tell what they are unless you're really getting up close to my ear, which I love for a more casual or even corp-goth look. They are made of surgical steel, so even when I wear them for a days they don't itch or pull at all. These earrings are $8.90 for a pair, which I feel is an absolute steal for earrings that I'll be wearing for a long time. If you want to buy your own, they're available on the shop here. ((They also send me two earring backs with the earrings, which is brilliant. I'm forever in need of new earring backs.))

 Next I got this wonderful little skeleton hand tragus stud. Unfortunately, my tragus is still healing and I've been advised not to try to swap out the jewelry for another couple months, so I have to hold off on that. This piece doesn't have a straight metal barbell but rather a bioflex stem, which is great if you're allergic to metals. My only gripe with this is that the skeleton hand I received doesn't have the black jewel featured in the picture on the website, it has a little clear one. Not a deal breaker, but a little annoying that it's not exactly as advertised. If you want your own little skeleton hand, it's on the website here for $5.90. I'll be sure to update this page with a picture of it being worn as soon as I can change my jewelry out.

 The next piece I ordered was a little steel clip-on cuff with two black balls. I've been considering getting my cartilage pierced for a while, so this was nice to be able to see what one of those piercings would look like without having to go through the piercing itself. I was worried about the clip being too tight or too loose, but it fits nicely on my ear and doesn't budge for the whole day. The website shows it being worn with the balls facing inward, but I've worn them facing both ways and they still look great. I don't think I'd recommend doing anything incredibly active with it on, or sleeping with it, but wearing it around all day for class was just fine. If you're aching for your own little clip, you can find it on the website here for $2.90.

 Next are these cute stainless steel spiderweb studs, which are slightly bigger than the skull earrings but still extremely pretty. The little gems inside them remind me of spiders themselves, but without the eight legs. Because they're a lot flatter and the light reflects across the whole surface of the spiderweb at once, they're not exactly subtle so I would recommend these for flashier looks. I've been thinking about wearing more spider themed outfits and these are definitely going to make it into those. They're listed online here for $4.40.

The last thing I got in this package was this Alchemy Gothic bat necklace, which to me was the total must-get of the order. It's a big bat, three-dimensional so that it projects off of the chest. It's definitely a showy piece, but it's my preferred length for necklaces's a bat. Can't have too many bats! If you want to get your hands on one, they're on the website here for $25.

These spider earrings, oddly enough, came to me in an entirely separate package by themselves a few days later. I can't think of why that might be, but I'm not really complaining. I wore them yesterday (along with several other spider-themed items of clothing... it was that kind of day) and got lots of compliments on them. So, I'm pretty psyched, even with their late arrival date. 

Have you all made any new purchases recently?

Disclaimer: The items in this review were sent to me specifically for review purposes. However, as per my review policy, all opinions were completely my own. I really am thrilled with these pieces. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Goths in the New York Times

On Halloween the New York Times featured two articles of spooky interest in their paper. Two articles, one called "Goth is Dead, Long Live Goth" (read online here) and called "Halloween or not, a Softer Shade of Goth" (read online here) graced my mailbox this week courtesy of my dear old Gran. And how do they fare? Let's dive right in.

Refreshingly, "Goth is Dead, Long Live Goth" dispenses with those stock three sentence histories of Goth subculture (usually referencing Siouxsie Sioux, Bela Lugosi's Dead, and that time in the nineties that we Do Not Talk About) and dives right into the heart of the matter. What is the heart? Well, apparently just a compilation of weird little tidbits on how to really dress Goth. But it also begins with talking about how Goth never dies because Southpark talks about it occasionally? This section of the article is advised by a "self-proclaimed Mall-Goth" and "Lauren M.E. Goodlad, a professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an expert on goth culture." Under a section entitled "Blood, Blogs, and Tears" the article kindly refers to the Goth spheres of Tumblr as places to cry where "Everything is incredible and everybody is sad."

Oddly, it's accompanied by blips under the header "Goth Goes Mainstream (Again)" about how Goth/Goth-y things are featured in mainstream media. Monster High Dolls are mentioned, as is "Bat's Day", and an album cover where Rihanna wears eyeliner and a black dress (2spoopy.) Apparently the thesis of this section, essentially, is that since Goth fashion has been used by the mainstream, Goth itself is dead. Apparently as soon as certain aspects of something become popular, the thing itself just disappears. Not like Goths have been dealing with mainstream fashion using black lipstick and fishnets and "Victorian" or "Punk" clothing for decades (and picking up nice clothing items on sales racks afterwards, of course.)

"Halloween or Not, A Softer Shade of Goth" tackles the very new and not talked about by everyone who
ever picked up a tube of black lipstick topic of how to balance a darker look without looking too spooky. It's a goldmine of terrible advice, including my absolute favorite from professional makeup artist Suzy Gerstein: "Don't even be afraid to mix in some black eye pencil with the [lip] color. The key is looking like you just ate a bird, or a rat."


The article also recommends that you embrace a "soft, feminine" version of the Goth look (represented, apparently, by Alice Cooper) as if Goths didn't already embrace a variety of makeup styles from Norwegian Black Metal Band to dark fairy princess. And Goth's don't own black nail polish. We've had this discussion already! Kim Kardashian's black nail polish isn't Goth, it's just black! Jeez.

Besides that, I'm troubled by both article's insistence on pale skin. Everywhere in the article: Pale, pale, pale, pale, pale. This is representative, at least in my eyes, of Goth's ever-present race issue. While Goth continues to struggle for representation of people of color, the mainstream media blunders around talking about how paleness is Goth's virtue (as long as you look "ethereal", not "chalky" or whatever.) And you know what? That's bullshit. Pale skin is about as relevant to Goth today as Nick Cave's weird porno mustache.

Honestly, I'm not that upset at these articles, just a little baffled by their existence. There is absolutely nothing in them that hasn't been said elsewhere (by Goths and "WE'RE NOT GOTHS WE JUST LIKE BLACK LIPSTICK OKAY" types alike) and they're just lazy pieces of journalism. What do you all think?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dream Goth Meet-Up: Glasgow Necropolis

In planning for studying abroad again, I've been thinking a lot about what places and things I really want to see for Scotland round two. Glasgow Necropolis, a Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, Scotland, has made the list again and again. Why? Well, because I can't stop fantasizing about holding a Goth meet up there, of course!

According to the website, Glasgow Necropolis is a multi-denominational cemetery founded in the 1830's and has extensive records of the deceased "including profession, ages, sex, and cause of death" and of visitors to the cemetery. There are also monuments "here designed by major architects and sculptors of the time, including Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, in every architectural style." And for those of you that are still squeamish about hanging around cemeteries, it is a public park and trail, so you are allowed to be there without "disrespecting the dead" or what-have-you.

 (If you're a geek like me and get excited by this kind of thing, their children's page has a bunch of cool facts about the Necropolis.)

 Ideally I would take a few other Goths, maybe no more than eight, who also like history and cemeteries, and wander around Glasgow Necropolis in the afternoon sometime in early autumn. Dress code would be casual, whatever you can trek around in. Maybe we could hook in a photographer to go with us. There are walking tours available, but I probably wouldn't opt for one unless other people insisted.

Of course, I'll have to delay hosting an actual event until I actually get to Scotland, but it's fun to daydream. Here are more pictures to tide me over:




What are your dream meet ups? Is anything coming up?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everybody!

I hope Gothdom's favorite holiday is treating you well. Today I had class and a history department meeting, but tonight promises to be a bit spookier. Thanks for hanging in with me while things have been a bit rocky this semester, and I promise I have some great things coming up soon! But until then just enjoy your holiday. What are you going to do?


Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice...2?

Many dark and spooky corners of the internet are buzzing about this, but I couldn't resist posting about it here. Yes, it seems that the beloved cult film Beetlejuice might be getting a sequel directed by Tim Burton himself. Of course, everyone is reacting to this news differently, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in.

Now, I'll be frank, Beetlejuice is not my favorite movie, and I've never seen the old cartoon (minus ten goth points...) so my opinion is certainly a bit different than die-hard Beetlejuice fans. I liked the atmosphere of the movie, but I can't get behind the weird ham-handed way Lydia's suicidal impulses were handled and how no one talks about how Beetlejuice himself sexually harasses more than one character and is overall just gross.

So, I didn't like the original. Ah well. Maybe the sequel will make up for it.

Though details about the movie are hazy, according to the New York Daily News it appears that the script will be handled by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter script-writer Seth Grahame-Smith, which is a movie I never saw but have heard constantly described as "an experience." Original Beeltejuice actor Michael Keaton is also expected to reprise the role, according to Rolling Stone, but I can't find a concrete source for that.

But, I'm intrigued. What can the sequel possibly do to further the plot? And why is the sequel being done now rather than, I don't know, in the eighties? Will Tim Burton redeem himself in light of the recent disappointments of Alice in Wonderland and other recent films?

My hope for the movie is that it takes the figure of Beetlejuice, someone with style so iconic that he's more associated with wide black-and-white stripes than anything else, and makes use of him in other situations. He could be funny in the twenty-first century, right? Really, though, my main concern is the over-reliance on green screen technology that dwarfed any attempts at plot and character development in Alice in Wonderland... but who knows?

Now, to diffuse the mood before I start grumbling on the over-reliance of sequels and reboots in mainstream Hollywood, my favorite scene from the original Beetlejuice:

What do you all think about Beetlejuice 2?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Make Up Tutorials I love

Halloween is on the way (whether I'm prepared or not) and everywhere I look are signs of my favorite holiday. Here in Western Massachusetts pumpkins are sold on every street corner and there are already fliers around campus for Halloween parties and events. Still, I've yet to really figure out what I'm going to wear the day of, so I've been turning to Halloween makeup tutorials on Youtube for inspiration. Here are some Halloween makeup tutorials from wonderful Youtube vloggers that make for great last minute costumes.

What are your outfit plans for Halloween? Any cool makeup you'll be including?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

25 Goth Posts I'd Read in a Heart Beat

Sometimes, all it takes to know that I don't want to read a blog post is the title. Some of them seem dull, and I can tell by others that reading them would take up way too much of my time. There's a whole science to making people read your blog posts just by the titles, but I know nothing about this science except that it exists. Still, I know the kinds of posts I'd love to read, so here are 25 Goth posts I'd read in a heart beat.

  1. My Goth Grandma
  2. All Victorian Photos Are Post-Mortem: An eBay Buyer's Guide
  3. How Nick Cave's mustache changed my life 
  4. Dave Vanian and Other Proof That Vampires Really Exist
  5. Paleo-Goth Yuppies: The Plague of 2014?
  6. Einsturzende Neubaum and other unpronouncable Goth bands
  7. 5 Goth "Gangnam Style" Remixes You Must Hear
  8. I Googled Gothic And they Gave Me Baroque, and Other Goth Problems
  9. 10 Must-See Pictures of Peter Murphy looking Surly
  10. Con Ettiquette for Goths that Hate Anime But Showed Up Anyway
  11. Bela Lugosi's Threads and 99 Other Horrible Goth Puns
  12. Are Box Jelly Fish the new Bat?
  13. 25 Alternatives to Siouxsie Brows
  14. How Can You Tell It's a Phase If You're Still In It, you Little Shit? and other retorts to your Goth spawn's whinging. 
  15. How to Pull off The Crow Make Up
  16. Goth Crush: Gordon Ramsay
  17. 10 Ways to Use Excessive X's In your Next Username
  18. Why Porn Belongs in the Goth Tag
  19. Goth Confession: Halloween Makes me Barf
  20. How to Stop Romanticizing Death and Tragedy, You Sick Freaks: A Goth's Guide
  21. Top 5 Goth/Symphonic Accordion Fusion Songs
  22. World-Wide Eyeliner Shortage Leads to Goth Exodus to Jupiter
  23. How to Pose for Pictures Without Scowling Or Throwing the Horns
  24. Goth DIY: Home-Made Mattress For Your Coffin
  25. Goth Fashion Inspiration: The Wiggles
I hope you'll forgive the gentle teasing here, you all. School is being a drag and it was far too tempting to resist. What kinds of silly Goth posts would you like to read?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shallow Wants: Tragus Jewelry

This past Tuesday I took the plunge and got pierced for the first time in over seven years. My last piercing experience (secondary lobes) was a terrible time and I don't even have the piercings to go with them now, as I had to let them close up. Suffice to say, I was a bit nervous, but I actually had a great time and came out with a nifty black stud in my tragus.

Now, I'm looking forward to another three to four months of healing before I can swap out my jewelry, but that doesn't mean I haven't started looking. Here are my favorite pieces that I've found so far:


What were your last piercings? How long ago did you get them?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tiny Post: Tumblr Giveaway!

I wasn't lying when I said this was a micro post, I just wanted to point out that I'm running a Giveaway for my Tumblr followers, so if you haven't checked it out I recommend you do. The prize is this awesome t-shirt from Evil Supply Co. that I featured on this blog last week.

If you're not a Tumblr-ite or don't want the shirt, I hope you're having a great week! Aren't you glad it's October?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: ESC T-Shirt

As I've mentioned in previous posts about my wardrobe, I'm a big fan of comfortable black t-shirts with great graphics or images on them. They're casual enough to be thrown on for early morning classes and yet I don't get bored by just wearing black t-shirts every single day (what? I like a little bit of variety. Maybe. Sometimes.) Luckily for me, I was able to pick up one recently that I absolutely adore.

Do you like my awkward work selfies? ;) 

The shirt came from Evil Supply Co., which I've burbled about on this blog before. I now own several ESC products, including some supremely excellent stationary, a beautiful print of one of my own more prolific blog posts, and a cute Mr. Ghost pin. This t-shirt went on pre-order earlier this month or last month (my memory is wanting here) and it just got to me on Monday. It was actually a bit of a pleasant surprise because I'd forgotten I had pre-ordered it. Score!

The t-shirt is super comfortable and soft, and the graphic (which is super cute) is printed nicely. I can't be the only one who has found t-shirts that look cute but then the print starts to peel or fade...eugh. Well, not this t-shirt. Hopefully. Trust villains, I suppose.

Of course, I'm a big fan of the graphic itself because Atticus' aesthetics are pretty closely aligned with mine and the sentiment is definitely up my alley. I plan on wearing it the day after Halloween (and many days after that.) I got a fair number of compliments on it when I wore it on Tuesday, which is always nice. We'll see how long those compliments last as I keep wearing it into the spring and summer months.
If you want an awesome Evil Supply Co. t-shirt of your own, it can be purchased on their website here. There is also a cute gray one that says "Ghost in Training" on it, which makes me wish that my wardrobe contained more gray. I think next I'll beg recommend that Atticus make a t-shirt just with the infamous Mr. Ghost on it, because he's just such a cute little mascot (seriously, who doesn't love a ghost with a monocle?)

Have you all purchased from Evil Supply Co.? If not, what are your most recent fashion purchases?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oxblood Lips for Autumn

Yes, readers, it's that time of year again. For the autumn trends fashion designers and writers tend to gravitate to darker shades, richer colors, and using the terms "goth" and "gothic" in a variety of (sometimes very perplexing) ways. Of course, this can be annoying but it also means that items appropriate for goth closets are available in more stores (and, after the season is over, they migrate to the sales racks for ridiculously awesome prices.) This season, the "goth" item I have my eye on is oxblood lipstick.

I talked about oxblood as a possible color for autumn wardrobes here, but I didn't realize it was going to be  a big trend this year outside of Gothdom. Of course, many of the makeup tutorials and suggestions tend to focus on avoiding the "gothic teenager" look. This Yahoo! article says that we should "Forgo the deliberately pale goth face or any overly done look, for that matter, for a prettier take on the trend. [...] The goth look was very chalky, and that's something you'll want to avoid." Mmmmhm.

Oxblood lips are great for Goths who want to look a bit bolder with their makeup while avoiding the stereotypical (yet still lovely) black. The trend says that we should balance the look with lighter eyes, but don't feel pressured by that. The only thing I'll say is a suggestion that anyone searching for this look should go invest a few bucks a lip liner, unless you're going for an Alexander McQueen look (not recommended.)

While there are a lot of cosmetics companies with appropriate shades, my favorite is MAC Cosmetic's "Fixed on Drama." If you're looking for something a little bit more sheer, Theme Fragrance has a burgundy lip tint that's equally lovely.

If you don't want to go out and spend new money on a darker red lipstick, you can achieve an Oxblood lip by layering lip colors. Using a dark brown or wine lip pencil under a red lipstick, or by mixing the red lipstick with a little black and/or dusky purple, will achieve a similar affect. By mixing lipsticks you'll not only spend less money, but also be able to mix a shade that flatters your skin tone.

Do you guys like Oxblood lipstick as a makeup look? How would you wear it?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

If I could Knit...

Maybe it's because I attend a women's college, but everyone around here seems to knit (and wear very cute knitted things.) Always during lectures there is someone, or multiple someones, quietly knitting in their seat. In the student center? Yup, knitting. Anyway, my roommate was showing me a knitting magazine she has which is inspired by the Harry Potter series, and I realized that I might like to learn to knit. Uh oh. As if I didn't have enough things to be doing. Anyway, here are a few patterns I've seen online (free and not) which I would love to make, if I could knit.

Dragon's Rest Shawl on Ravelry - $5

There are also a few books I've head are worth checking out, namely: DomiKNITrix: Whip your Knitting into Shape by Jennifer Stafford and Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller (the "bloody" scarf on the cover is soooo my speed.)

Do any of you knit? If so, what are your favorite patterns?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

50 Goth Blog Post Prompts

Bloggers Block. It's a problem, and it's especially a problem when most of the lists of post ideas out there online aren't helpful to those of us with spookier blogs. So, I've been accumulating a list of 50 Goth Blog Post Prompts to be used by anyone who wants them. (This list isn't meant as one of those post memes, so don't feel pressured to do all of them, although that's not to say that you couldn't do all of these if you wanted to.)

  1. Post some pictures of a style you might wear if you didn't dress in Goth fashion, and talk about what attracts you to this style. 
  2. Do "a day in the life" of you. Take lots of pictures.
  3. What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome on being a Goth? Talk about who or what have made being a Goth difficult for you. 
  4. Post a link to something you're saving up for. Threaten people so that they don't go buying it before you can.
  5. Write some goals for the coming year, blog or wardrobe or life related. Or, if you've done that, write about how they're coming along.
  6. Post some music you've been listening to lately, or make a playlist.
  7. Plan a meet up. You don't actually have to host it, but write about what you'd like to do if you could. Where would you go? How many people? What would you do?
  8. Plan a photo shoot. Who would model (you?) and what would the theme be? The clothes?
  9. How do you blog? Write a post on how post on your blog posts come about. What tools do you use, where do you find your visuals, how do you come up with your ideas?
  10. Ask for help with inspiration or problem-solving your in-progress DIY projects.
  11. How do you store your clothes, jewelry, and accessories? Does it work for you? Are you looking to make a change?
  12. Write about why you blog, and what it has done for you so far.
  13. Feature some other bloggers. What posts are you loving? Who is especially fabulous this week
  14. Confess: what stereotypically Goth things do you not like?
  15. Make some themed Polyvore sets, or sets based on life events. (What would you wear to go on vacation in Maui? What do you want to wear to your wedding? What would you wear to a job interview?)
  16. Give Babybats some advice you wish you'd had.
  17. "This Day in Goth History."
  18. Post about the little things in your life that you've "Gothed up."
  19. Make a Goth Bucket List. What Goth-related things do you want to do or see with your life?
  20. Write about the interests that seem to "clash" with being a Goth, and how they do or don't.
  21. What's in your DIY "to-do" pile? Or, what DIY materials have you still not found a purpose for?
  22. Name the stupidest piece of advice anyone has given to you about being a Goth. Counter it with some good ones.
  23. Post about your Goth-related collections. What are some things you want to add to it? Which are your favorites?
  24. List some of your Goth Idols. Who are they and why do they inspire you?
  25. Post your everyday make up routine, with product names.
  26. Do a "Lately" post of what you've been posting on other websites, like Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, or Tumblr.
  27. Dedicate an entire post to your favorite Goth song. Post a link to it, transcribe the lyrics, or talk about why you like it so much.
  28. Share plans for Halloween or another holiday.
  29. Take a stance: what makes someone a Goth? 
  30. Write about an article of clothing you've been wearing a lot lately. Post pictures.
  31. Review an old DIY you did. Is it still holding out? What, if anything, would you change if you were to do it again?
  32. If you're feeling creative, write some haikus (5-7-5 optional) about Goth things and share them. Bonus points for funny ones.
  33. Post some pictures of you (or your room, or your hobbies, etc.) at your least-Gothy. 
  34. Make a list of some things that, while they aren't Goth, you associate with the Goth subculture.
  35. Write a review of a particularly good book you've read recently, album you've bought, or movie you've seen. Or tear apart a bad one. 
  36. Take fashion inspiration from something you love (it can be as big as a historical period or small as a photograph you found on deviantArt.) Post about it. Include pictures and links.
  37. Talk about a political issue, make a case for why Goths should care.
  38. What are some of the things you consider essential for Goths to own?
  39. Post some recent reader mail or comments that have made you smile, and say thank you.
  40. List some blog topics you'd like other bloggers to post about. What issues do you want their opinions on?
  41. Talk about what kind of Goth-related Business you'd own if you could. Fashion, music, wedding planning? What would you do?
  42. Post a haul of things you've bought lately, or if you've made a haul lately show the items in action. 
  43. Write a bunch of funny responses to common Goth cat-calls. 
  44. Confess: What trends in Goth do you not like?
  45. List several silly Goth-related pet names, bonus if they're the actual names of your pets. 
  46. Write an open letter to someone, or groups of someones. It can be funny or serious, sweet or scathing.
  47. What traits in other Goths do you admire?
  48. Do you remember the first Goth song or band that you listened to? Did you like it? (Confession: I hated Siouxsie and the Banshees when I first heard them...oops...)
  49. Post items of historical clothing or jewelry that you wish you owned.
  50. Describe a Goth-related website or blog that you wish existed. What is it, what features would it have. Is there anything out there that is close, and if so why isn't it right?

Hope you enjoy! Do you guys have anything else to add to the list? What do you guys like to read?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Accessory Appreciation: Goth Keychains

Keychains are a cute way to Goth up something you use daily without advertising your Gothness to the world. Think about it: how many people have really looked closely at your keys? Unless you already have a really neat keychain, the chances are it isn't high. So, if you're a student with a strict dress code or a Corp Goth keeping all your spooky under wraps, keychains are a good way to inject some cute spookiness into your life (bonus: they're usually super cheap.)

My keychain isn't really very Goth, it's more a dedication to Scotland. The charms are a lion, a thistle, a saltire, a plate that says "Scotland" and a can of Irn Bru.

Anyway, here are some of my favorites that you can buy right now:

Do you guys have any special spooky keychains? What's on them?