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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Have Yourself a Merry Little Kitschmas

On Saturday Derek had an art show at his tattoo shop entitled, "A Very Scary Christmas". Unfortunately I was too busy and didn't get any photos of the show, but it was a lovely time as always. I couldn't help, but be festive with a holiday themed sweater that I grabbed a Target. This is the way I cope with working retail, having a birthday in December and pretty much not really liking Christmas in general.....though Derek makes me to love kitschmas!

We started to decorate on Thanksgiving and it's been full blown kitschmas around This Old Goth Haus. It's technically our 3rd December at the house, but since we closed on the house on December 23rd in 2014, it is our 2nd official kitschmas and (soon-to-be) two year homeownership!

Candy canes and snowmen and wreaths, oh my!

I love my home so much, and I love filling it with warmth and memories with my amazing partner-in-crime. Derek always makes the holidays special and has turned my 'bah humbug' attitude into realizing holidays and celebrations don't have to be what is expected, rather it has become our own traditions and fun.

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thrifty Finds : Emily Strange Coat

I apologize in advance for trying to photograph a black coat, had to do some major lightening up of the photos. Hahaha! Well, I was excited to find this coat while on a recent trip to the thrift store. I was skimming through the coats and the embroidered detailing on the collar caught my eye.

I pulled out the coat only to be shocked that it had an Emily Strange tag on the inside and it was incredibly adorable! The coat has slight flared sleeves, a tulip flare at the bottom and large pockets on the front with bow details. And I can't forget to mention that the embroidered designs are little cats and filagree. Too cute!

(right side lightened for more detail)

I was on the hunt for a shorter style coat, but I couldn't pass this rare find! It looks like it had never been worn and was in (what looks like) brand new condition. Sold for $30! Oh yes, it's also warm with it being 63% wool. I like being warm. *Big smile*

Teehee. Can't forget to show the cute Halloween cat sweater underneath! 

I hope you all have a great Saturday, until next time!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Sweater Solution

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been well. I apologize for being a little quiet as life got busy and well, you know how it all goes.

Tis the time of the year for layering and I've been trying to figure out how to wear this boxy waterfall cardigan that I found annoying and frustrating to wear. It would fall off my shoulders, though it is the right size, and I didn't care for how unflattering it was to wear (even though I enjoy most boxy oversized items) over most things.

So, I turned to one of my favorite accessories for help. BELTS! I first tried thicker belts and more decorative belts, but the thin vinyl black belt (that I wear with everything) did the trick. Now with the sweater belted, I love the cascading effect! Though a bit bulky, after arranged it looks quiet lovely and is most importantly.....comfortable.

I have to quick mention this dress that I totally forgot I had bought over the summer. It blended into the wardrobe vortex, but rediscovered to be more appropriate for Autumn/Winter due to the thicker material.

Wearing; dress (Forever 21), sweater (H&M), belt (old, Target), chain necklace (thrifted by friends), bone cross necklace (made by Derek), cross earrings (old, Hot Topic)

Have you ever had an 'a-ha!' styling moment with clothing?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"I Can't Get Excited About Any of These Things"

"I can't get excited about anything of these things", said my Mother, "this style is from my generation". It had to be some time in the mid-90s, I was a teenager and I was shopping with my Mom at the mall. I was thrilled by all the velvet, bell sleeves, lace and other 'boho' (we didn't use that term back then) type styles. I loved the romance, the drapey fabric and how this style 'spoke' to me. Now I'm the one thinking, "I've already worn these things!", but I can now added them to my wardrobe as not just nostalgic pieces, but as a style I've never stopped loving. I love late 1960s/early 1970s style fashions. I always have and I always will!

Sooooo much of 90s fashion was inspired by 60s fashion, let's take a look at a few comparisons for fun!

Dionne and Cher (movie: Clueless) wearing their matching jacket/skirts sets (left) and Coco Chanel iconic two piece suits that celebrities like Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor often wore in the 1960s. Though an updated version of Coco Chanel's famous two-piece suit, there is no denying the fashion influence was very popular during the 90s.

Courtney Love wearing a vintage babydoll Peter Pan collar dress (left) and Mia Farrow looking very modesque, which was extremely popular style during the 1960s. Geeee, I don't know anyone that likes this look *cough me cough*. Though Miss Love has been crowned the Queen of Kinderwhore, she most likely took her inspiration (and what she could find) from thrift store clothing. Hence, the term "grunge", we all basically just shopped at second hand shops and usually didn't wash it. Hahaha! The weirder old clothing the better.

Emilio Pucci's design (left) really caught the essence of the later part of the psychedelic 60s and Lady Miss Kier of Deee-lite (right) really embodies how some of the 90s club kids dressed. (Deee-lite is a favorite of mine). Crazy club kid fashions that had consisted of PVC material, bell bottoms, platforms and alien-like styles, are a nod to 1960s space age fashions.

Though most of these styles aren't ones that I personally would wear, but I love this decade with all its expressionism and artistic creativity. It's amazing how much certain styles influenced 90s goth fashion and is still influencing fashion today! The witchy gothy looks that are extremely popular right now have the crazy late 1960s/early 70s to thank. *Wink*

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Matchy Matchy With a Pop of Color

Yep, I've already worn this sweater here and here, but hey who cares, I love this cozy sweater! I discovered that I have a hair bow that is black and white with stars and moons all over and it's very, very close to matching the sweater. I have to admit I get excited when I find new ways to style items that I have already worn a few times. I am also pretty proud of myself for trying to keep my hair items organized. Hahaha!

And I added a 'pop' of color with my red TUK creepers.

I also have been trying to wear my coffin locket necklace by Kreepsville with different things, but the fact that it is sooooo heavy deters me from picking it. I did find that wearing it with a collared shirt was cushion enough to have it on all day long. Problem solved! I really think the necklace is excellent and with it being a coffin shaped piece, I love it even more. Now that I think about it, I don't own any other coffin necklaces....interesting. 

I hope everyone has an excellent week. Thank you for reading, until next time!