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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!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kitsch Picks : Krampus Krampus Krampus by Dellmorte Co.

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Dellamorte Co. has so many amazing things like the Conjoined Twins Fetal Skull Display that I gifted to Derek a few Yule's ago, but this Kitsch Picks it's all about Krampus!!! Michael offers you so many Krampus' to choose from, it's amazing! Personally I would like to put the Krampus nightlight in our bathroom, but I think it would freak out our parents when they visit. Hahaha!!!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Up Until Now

Hello! I finally found the battery I needed for camera remote and I found it at a local grocery store. Of all places (???), but perhaps it's because it's near a college and students need batteries too!

Just a few outfits I've been wearing over the past week and a half to work or on my days off. I've been making even more of a valiant effort to wear the things in my closet as I've been trying to take advantage of the higher than normal temps we've been having.....then again it's supposed to snow on Sunday.

Side note: we took down a lot of our Halloween decor, but not the garland! 

I tried to take a back photo of the sweater, but my shirt/butt was eating the sweater, so it didn't make for a very nice picture. Hahahaha!!!!

I've been wearing a lot of hats lately since I've been so lazy about doing my hair. When it is freshly washed it just doesn't do anything and even though I LOVE my Overtone hair conditioner, but makes my hair too soft to tease. So, I have been waiting a few days as the hair product builds up and then tease-o-rama!

This is the only photo that wasn't dark, but I had to share my 90s-esque sweater (thrifted) that gave me a whole lot of nostalgia. I used to own a fuzzy sweater that was very similar and I wore it to pieces!!! Long black skirt, combat boots and fuzzy sweater=one of my "uniform's" in high school. Not toooooo much has changed *Wink*

As I mentioned above I use Overtone conditioner and have for quite some time. I usually mix the lavender and silver daily conditioner together, but I decided to try out the go deep conditioner treatment in silver and I love the results. My hair is darker and more gray, but it's not a flat even tone like how some gray hair dyes can make the hair look. The best part about Overtone is that it's a color depositing conditioner and not a dye, so you can use it over natural colored hair or bleached hair or to help keep your fantasy color hair looking bright and fresh! 

Well, Happy Wednesday everyone!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

(PS-this is not a sponsored post, I just love Overtone!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Velvet, Lace and Stripes

We went to our friend Lauren's salon/barbershop opening last night, so I opted to wear velvet and lace with my Killstar "So Goth I'm Dead" as an added touch of goth kitsch. So many people laughed when they saw the bag and said it was perfect for me.  I had to add that Derek gifted it to me as we think it's extremely humorous, since it has been a phrase we have both been using for years.

Wearing; lace dress (H&M), velvet dress coat (vintage, thrifted), cross belt (old, Forever 21), winklepickers (London Underground, thrifted), spider brooch I wore on my wedding dress

Not only is Derek's suit pretty amazing, his Fluevog shoes (that I encouraged him to buy) are amazing!!!! They are the Duckie shoes inspired by the amazing Duckie Dale character in Pretty in Pink. We encourage each other to be over-the-top with our fashion choices. Hehehe!

I snapped this photo earlier in the day before we headed out to run some errands and go to some thrift stores. I am so glad that we went out yesterday as I found a part for the gift I am making for Derek for Yule. I have to mention on cross bone necklaces are from Purgatory Plaything. When we both wear them, we have been asked, "Does that stand for something?". Answer: we REALLY like bones. *Wink*

Bad photo, good outfit.

Wearing; striped sweater (thrifted), 80s skirt (thrifted), boots (Dr. Martens via ebay), bat belt (gift from Derek via ebay), ankh earrings (ebay), bone necklace (Purgatory Plaything), blue sandstone crystal necklace (flea market).

I hope everyone is well! Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Work / Home

My camera is on the fritz right now until I figure out why my shutter remote is misbehaving. I think it's just as simple as replacing the (very small and weird) battery, but we shall see. So, I have just been using my phone to snap some, very grainy, but okay photos.

I always think it's funny when I come home to peel off all the work clothes to hop into some comfy clothing after all the effort it takes to get dressed in the morning. I often wonder if those who dress very elaborately like to bum around the house too. Hehehe!

Do you have a favorite item(s) you like to lounge around in?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kitsch Picks: Cherryloco Jewelry

Cherryloco Jewelry is "quirky acrylic jewellery with an alternative edge" and that perfectly describes these amazing accessories. I personally love the more ornate gothic designs, but I can't help but giggle with delight at the colorful kitschy pieces like the Skull Christmas Lights necklace and the Alfie Alpaca necklace. Take a look around the shop as you may see something you love!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Walking Around in a Daze

Yesterday was a terrible for all of America....and the world. I always knew the system was totally fucked, but it goes to show the true colors of my country and it disgusts me. I pretty much keep my mouth shut when it comes to expressing certain opinions online, but I can't help to express my overwhelming fear as a woman, supporter of the LGBTQ community and believer that all people of any race and religion should all be treated equally with dignity and respect. I have lost a lot of my hope, but I will continue to support my community and continue to fight. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Greetings

Hello friends! Phew, it's been a crazy few weeks and now with Halloween past (which in my mind it's NEVER over), I have to start thinking ahead to the holidays. I know, I know *groan*. I'm not talking about Yule, I'm talking about Thanksgiving and all the plans we have with friends and our family. I feel like November is going to be over in the blink of an eye and I'll be left dumbfounded like I am very year. 

The other thing that has been crazy busy is my etsy shop as well as I've been off on buying adventures with my husband and friend Jodee. Actually, Jodee snapped a photo of me while at an estate sale this weekend. I LOVE the room dividers that were in the basement as I love vintage kitsch and tacky decor, plus I love the colors. Cool part of my outfit (photo above) was that I am wearing the velvet beret and silver chain necklace from the previous week's second hand finds. I have been looking for a velvet beret and you can't beat 'fill a bag for $5', so the hat came home with some other friends. Hahaha!!!

I have to have a lot of self control when I'm estate sales, rummage sales, thrift shops, etc., as our house would look like an episode of Hoarders. So, I try and keep things to a minimum even when things are just a .25 cents or even free, but I couldn't resist gold lurex knit gloves for $1, because I can wear them with my velvet coats. Hehehe!!! Yes, I like gold in certain situations, especially when they are items from the Victorian Era, or 60s/70s. Oh lurex, I love you, but you itch like CRAZY!!!

I hope to get back into some sort of regular blogging routine, but as you all know life is not always predictable...which I'm also okay with!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

PS-I wanted to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my Halloween post, I haven't been able to respond, but they are much appreciated!! <3

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!

As you know we're a little 'batty' for Halloween! Hahaha! These were our costumes yesterday as we were ready to hand out candy to the trick or treats (we had to leave the bowl out, since no kids showed up) and then went to a party.

On Saturday we went to a Samhaim party and we were so wrapped up in our other costumes, we forgot to plan one for the party! I just sorta 'went with it' and did a goth look that turned out to be very Monica Richards-esque.

I am wearing a lace top that was from a clothing swap, Restyle dress that I bought last year which had to be chopped down into a skirt (their size chart was VERY wrong and I was VERY upset about it), sleeves are by Rose Mortem (Derek won them for me at an auction/benefit event), head piece is a necklace, rose crown by Bling Beauty Boutique, wig is something I've had for a few years.

Yeah, I was dressed as a goth, but felt very ethereal and it was nice to dress and have the outfit evolve....and use items I've never worn. Unfortunately I didn't get a better photo of the really nice lace neck ruffle I was wearing. Oh well.

Derek the Undertaker was my date <3

And then for something completely different! Presenting Pizza Princess and her husband King Candy Corn. These are the costumes we wore for a swing dance a few Sunday's ago. We dressed as some of our favorite foods and just created characters from some clothing we had, which served as our base to our imagination.

Derek painted his jacket (thrift store), sculpted the details on his crown, my crown, my necklace and earrings, along with my pizza scepter and his cane. I added felt pizza's (hat I made) to the thrifted dress, along with dingle balls and ribbon. I'm really, REALLY good at making little pizzas. Haha!

Sadly it's Novemver 1st and we're going to try and find some after Halloween deals, but I know it's going to all be Christmas and.......yeah, I'm not ready for that. TOO EARLY!!!

How was your Halloween? Did you get a chance to dress up?

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!