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?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Goth Dorm 3.0

Yep, two years of college, two schools, three dorm rooms. I moved back to school on Saturday and classes actually start today (!!!) so I thought I'd give a glimpse at my dorm room. This year it's bigger than last year and I'm sharing it with a good friend, so I think I'm set up to have a good year dorm wise:

Starting at my half of the door, which still needs some work. The bunny was actually our name tag given by our floor CAs, which I gothed up with piercings, eyeliner, fangs, and fishnets. Because I would.

Moving over to my corner:

On my desk, where I spend a lot of time (willingly and begrudgingly.) Note my freaking awesome print by Evil Supply Co, available for purchase here.

I brought a few books to read over the course of the semester, so look for them on my Goodreads in the next few months. 

Okay this is silly but I'm in love with my jar of writing utensils. It has a lot of calligraphy pens as well as normal pens, dry erase markers, pencils, and a sharpie or two. 

Here's what I have on the walls so far. 

Unfortunately, most of my photographs that I bought are languishing sadly in my drawer because I ran out of poster putty and Target was out (because that's what happens when you go to the Target right smack dab in the middle of five colleges) so I'll have to wait to get all of it hung up. Oh well. 

What's the weather like for you all? Because here it is hot. And I mean hot. I'm sleeping under a top sheet, hence why my cool comforter (which you can see in my dorm last semester) is hiding in this picture. 

My roommate is super awesome and brought a mini fridge which I promptly covered in magnet poetry, but these aren't ordinary magnet poems. These are VAMPIRE THEMED.

I'm a little bit committed to these magnets. They're great. 

We also have a food shelf which isn't remarkable except for my cool plates from Party City. Not microwavable, but cool nonetheless. Skulls!

My half of the dresser has been pretty much decorated to my satisfaction. The little coffin box from my Michael's haul was colored with sharpie markers to make it red and black striped, and I think it makes a good companion for the first coffin box I ever decorated. 

Thanks for touring my room, guys! Bonus: my convocation outfit!

My class color is blue, so I'm wearing my blue thrifted blouse, my blue book necklace, and a saltire (given to me by my Scottish classmates from first semester) worn as a cape. 

Thanks for reading!