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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Food and Beverage

I'm excited to participate in G.I.Y's August theme, Food and Beverage.

I decided to share my favorite Tiki beverage, the 1944 Trader Vic's Mai Tai recipe. You can read what Beachbum Berry writes about the Mai Tai, quite an interesting read. We love crafting different cocktails and experimenting with different recipes, yet the Mai Tai will always be my favorite!

Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
Orange Curacao
Orgeat (Almond syrup)
Sugar syrup (aka simple syrup)

Copied from the Beachbum Berry's website:

In your shaker pour 1 ounce each fresh lime juice, Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum, and Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum; 1/2 ounce orange Curacao; 1/2 ounce Latitude 29 Formula Orgeat (I just use Monin Almond Syrup or make our own); and 1/4 ounce sugar syrup. Add at least 2 cups of crushed ice, then shake well for around 10 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Sink your spent lime shell in the drink, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Derek approved!

Aloha and Mahalo to Bane from G.I.Y for inspiring this post!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Frolicking in the Shire: Renn Faire 2017

Up and at em' early on a Saturday (8/5) morning to travel to the Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival!

This year, the weather was perfect and we decided to rent a cabin close by, so we didn't have to drive 2.5 hours home after being exhausted from a long day. (And the guys drinking all the mead, lol!)

I didn't take a lot of photos as I was too busy with; archery, throwing axes, playing other games and watching the shows. We also did a bit of shopping and Derek got a new belt and we visited our favorite vendor for some handmade soaps and essential oils. We're gonna stink so good! Hahahaa!

We had a great time this year and you can check out past years in which we enjoyed the faire: 2016 and 2015.

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shapeless Black Things and a Bone Necklace

New to us couch was purchased from a thrift store last month 
side note: professional cleaning was more than the couch. Hahaha!

As Mutant Stomp Friends coined the fashion term 'shapeless black things', which is the perfect way to describe the dress I purchased from eBay. The brand is ZANZEA and it comes directly from China, something I was a little weary about when ordering in terms of sizing, quality, shipping, etc. I have been searching for flowy, oversized garments that were not made of purely stretch material and when I came across ZANZEA, I decided to take a chance.

I am very pleased with my purchase. I had searched in local boutiques as well as etsy and couldn't find what I was looking for, especially when material came into play. I don't know why flowy=stretch material, that I find unflattering in the Summer. I don't want my dress or tunic or top to cling to me when I'm hot or have to worry about my under garment lines showing, because of the clingy materials. Basically I want to be comfortable when complaining about the humidity. Hahaha!

Another eBay purchase was the Phosphorus Bone necklace by Restyle. This is my second Restyle item purchase and this time I am impressed and happy, as my first purchase was a dress that left me with terrible taste in my mouth (mentioned in this blog). The necklace is really nice, made of  pewter metal and the shape of the bones are well formed and securely put together. As a result of this purchase, I have my eye on a few other Restyle jewelry pieces .

Wearing; dress (ZANSEA, eBay), necklace (Restyle, eBay), bone hoops (Martha Rotten, etsy)

Have you made any recent purchases that have impressed you?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tryin' To Stay Cool

Hello friends! How are you doing? Me? Well, I'm warm.....to be exact, I'm sweaty. Oh so glamorous to admit, but it's the truth. The question is: why did I bother to put any makeup on?! Surprisingly my eyebrows haven't slide off my face. Hahahaha!

I've been wearing my hair up and off my face, as humid hot weather does not agree with big teased hair. (Boooo!) The hair got pulled up into a ponytail, misc. pieces are bobby pinned up and I tied a piece of tulle around my ponytail and made a bow, Voila!, new favorite hair accessory!

Wearing; dress (thrifted), lace up flats (eBay), earrings (thrifted), Unicursal Hexagram pendant (Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo, New Orleans), Trick or Treat Graveyard Purse (by Sweet Midnight via Cats Like Us), sunglasses (Cats Like Us)

Gosh, I really love this purse!!!

How do you try and stay cool when you are feeling hot and sweaty? *Asking this question while sipping a iced filled margarita* 

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ruched Dress and Confidence

Hello friends! This past Friday was our friend Bryan's dance night and that means it was time to get gussied up and stay out past our bedtimes. Good music, good friends and putting on our pointy dancing shoes is always worth it!

Don't understand what I was doing. Bat pose? Hahaha!

I don't wear a lot of fitted clothing or "bodycon" as a buzz word that the current fashion industry uses to describe clothing. I wanted to get over my current focus on the negative things I have been feeling and pull out something from the closet that has been ignored for quite a long time. After accessorizing the ruched style spaghetti strap dress with a little spider web shrug (it's from another dress), I quite enjoyed wearing this outfit!

Wearing; ruched dress (thrifted), spider web shrug (from a Lip Service dress, eBay), stockings (Lip Service, gifted), winklepickers (Demonia, eBay), collar (store in Toronto, ON), bat necklace (Alchemy Gothic), studded belt (thrifted), bat belt (eBay), spiked bracelet (eBay), bone cuff (Renn Faire, gift from Derek)

I'm not a makeup guru by any means, but I always searching for foundation that is a close match to my pale skin. I recently ordered a few things from ulta.com which included the Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics. This foundation comes in 24 shades and goes from extremely light to very deep, which I think is amazing! I ordered the shade Pale as I am usually the palest shade, but in this case I ordered the second palest shade. Oh my word, Pale is TOO pale for me! The foundation will now be club makeup as I prefer to look a little more "alive" in the daytime. Hahahaha! So, if you are extremely pale or want to pale out your skin, the Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics may be right for you. Notes: The foundation is a liquid foundation and can be a little messy, it took some finesse with the application.

Thank you for reading, until next time!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Cameo Shrug

Hello friends! How is everyone doing? This week's weather has been a little weird, rainy and breezy, but I took advantage of the weather and finally remembered to wear this lovely cameo shrug by Banned Apparel. I got this shrug when I was still working at Cats Like Us as we ordered a full size run of this garment, yet only received two. (Ugh!) I snatched one of them up and I'm glad I did as it's not only very pretty, it's very soft and easy to wear. (Shrug's other appearance)

The back pattern is so pretty, there are; cameos, crosses, filigree and bead patterns. I also like that it is trimmed in lace, has stretch and pretty much can be paired with a variety of dresses. tops, etc. Unfortunately I did some snooping and can't find this shrug  for sale anywhere (I think it's too old of a style), but I do love this one:

Wearing; cameo shrug (Banned Apparel), dress (Allentown Dress Shop, Buffalo NY), belt (old, Forever 21), necklace (thrifted), earrings (Blood Flowers Jewelry), winklepickers (thrifted by Julie Ann)

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thank you for reading, until next time!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

100 of My Favorite Things (Filmed in Dork-o-Vision!)

*I said 100 things about me tag, but it's 100 favorite things

Check out Thilda's Beinhaus' video of their favorite things <3 They are so lovely <3

What are you favorite things? 
Please feel free to link your answers, so I can give them a read or watch ;)

Thank you for watching, until next time!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I'm With Creepy

This outfit was from early June (and this post has been sitting my draft folder) featuring this "I'm With Creepy" tank top by Sourpuss Clothing. I got the top last Summer and just looked on their website and I appears that they are all sold out. I rediscovered the tank while I was switching over my Winter wardrobe to Summer, and was quite tickled as I forgot about this humorous shirt.

Wearing; tank top (Sourpuss Clothing), skirt (modified from a dress to a skirt), belt (old, Forever 21), cropped cardigan (MAK), spiked creepers (TUK), headband (ebay), spiked earrings (etsy), Sisters of Mercy tile necklace (etsy)

I've really been digging wearing headbands, like the spiked one I am wearing, but the metal bases tend to squeeze my head. I can only get about 2-4 hours of wear before I can't take the head pain any more.

Yet, an accessory that never seems to pain me, are dangle earrings. I bought a few pairs of earrings from Blood Flowers Jewelry on etsy. Kristin's designs are awesome and I'm sooooo happy I bought these coffin earrings (no longer available) and a few other pairs of beautiful dangle earrings. I have my eye on some other pieces in her shop, I think I may have developed an addiction. Hehehehe!

Do you wear headbands? If so, any tips or tricks for me in preventing head pain? Hehehe!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Feelin' Crafty

Hello friends! How has everyone been doing? I've been feeling very crafty these past few months. I've been doing everything from my re-foaming settee project to cutting up t-shirts (like the one I'm wearing above) and crafting with bones.

Wearing; Cure t-shirt (given to me by Melanie), skirt (thrifted), shoes (Aerosole), necklace (made by Derek), bracelets (various places)

This piece was made from items we've had around the house. I painted the sacred heart (plastic) plaque in order to make it 'pop' and placed the bones to mimic the rays. I'm really happy with this piece and its already been hung on the wall.

Another piece that I put together, but this one wasn't something that I had planned in my mind. I just sorta 'went with it' and I'm pretty happy with the results. I had a lot of black lace, I had the base hanging around and lots of skulls around, so Voila! *Side note-I hung a broken rosary off the skull and love it even more* Now I'm looking around the house wondering what else I can get my hands on to DIY. Hahahaha!!!

Have a great night, thank you for reading!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Back to Black....and Blonde

Back to the dark side....on my head. Hehehee! My friend and hair wizard, Bryan, worked his hair magic and Voila! I'm not quite back to the mohawk, but the other side of my hair is shaved and bleached to match my already shaved side, and he left a large portion in the middle of my hair blonde.

So, it's nice that I can wear my hair off to the side or tease it up and back to get the two-tone look in the front. I needed a change and this was the ticket! It was quite funny as a lot of my friend's said, "Are you sure?!", when I mentioned black hair. I like extremes and I am very well aware of the time it takes to back to super light.....like 3-4 years. Ha! When you want healthy hair (that grows,) you need to take the time and care for your hair. No regrets!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Tiki Tuesday!

Derek and I have been trying to make a point of enjoying our "Hut" (aka our garage) this summer as with all of last year's home repairs, it left little time to relax and enjoy our little oasis. On Sunday's we have been dressing in our Polynesian-inspired garb, grabbing a drink and grilling some tasty food and just enjoying the day/evening. 

I recently got this amazing matching necklace and earring set from Summer Blue Jewelry :)

We will be going to one of our favorite restaurants, Cantina Loco, tonight for their Tiki Tuesday. We haven't been in a while, so we are very much looking forward to some tasty tropical libations and some yummy food. I am also looking forward to choosing a muumuu to wear. Hehehe! In the meantime, here are a few other photos of our tropical grab.....

Celebrating National Mai Tai day, still my favorite cocktail!

Gothic Mrs. Roper chic. LOL!

Muumuu for the last Tiki Tuesday we attended, which was over a month ago and it's time to get our fix!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tattoos and Axe Throwing

Well, not at the same time (referring to the title, hahaha!). On Monday Derek finished up my Halloween Dead Mary on the back of my left calf. This tattoo has taken years, due to my stubbornness and lack of desire to finish such an ouchie spot, but I'm soooo glad it's now finished!

I must have been insane as I asked Derek, "Want to do another one?!". We had been talking about adding another tattoo to Derek's 'PUNKin patch' (a few people have punk pumpkins of Derek's designs), but I wanted mine to be more deathrock-esque and thus my PUNKin was added to the side on my left knee (holy crap, I have knee issues and this was no cake walk) and I love her!!!!!

We love goofy tattoo's. We are both covered in them and have a blast coming up with ideas and making them a reality. *Wink*


And for the other part of the title, on Sunday we went over to our friend's house for axe throwing. The guys had done this once before, but I had other plans, so I was excited to be able to participate. We threw other things, but the long handed axe was my favorite and who knew that I'm actually pretty good at throwing!

There was also throwing stars and other knives. I got a bulls eye with Derek's cross shaped throwing knives, which were everyone's favorite to throw as they have multiple pointed sides.....plus they look neat!

Derek is ready!


Having a great Summer so far and have so much more to look forward to!

Thank you for reading, until next time