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Monday, January 30, 2017

Old Goths Staying Up Past Their Bedtime

On Friday Derek and I attend our friend Bryan's club night and stayed up past our bedtime and got tacos after, just like the olden days. Hehe! I got to wear a vintage 1980s Frederick's of Hollywood black velvet drapey dress. I picked it up at an estate sale this past Autumn and I thought an old school punk/80s/goth night was the perfect time to wear it out. The dress is super easy and fun to dance in, I got a lot of compliments which made me smile.

Of course the dapper (and goofy) Derek was dressed to the nine's, even though he wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a proper photo. Hehehe!

I'm wearing; 80s velvet dress (vintage, estate sale find), spider web stocking (Be Wicked), boots (Demonia, used from eBay), cross belt (old, Forever 21), nose chain (made by me), ankh earrings (etsy), leather and chain collar (Spikes and Leather).

We had a great night and I can't wait until next month's event!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Feelin' Cute and Some New Boots

Back in the day my club looks were quite cute and I was wearing Gothic Lolita-esque pieces well before I even knew that the culture and style existed. I used to hate when people called me cute all the time, as it often felt condescending and made me feel like being 'frilly and ruffley' was looked at as being weak. Like someone was just patting me on the head. Yeah, I was just being an angst-ridden 20 something, who didn't quite realize how pro-woman I was and who needed to channel that energy elsewhere....and stop being so angry. Hahaha!

I'm okay with the word 'cute' and I often feel cute when I am wearing an outfit like I have on. I've excepted the fact that ruffles and frills and lace will be described by most people as cute, heck I use the word myself! Hehehe!

Even my new-to-me boots have a little ruffle on them, which are called kilties. I've been looking to get myself a pair of boots of vintage roper (or lacers, as I've seen them named) style boots for years. They were very popular in the 80s and 90s and are actually a Western style of boot, and a lot of times they are referred to as "Granny Boots".

Wearing; bat hair bow (gift from Danielle and Mike), ribbon tie (very old, eBay), white dress skirt (from Julie Ann), ruffle dress (H&R London, eBay), rib cage sweater (old, Too Fast), roper boots (vintage, etsy)

I've learned over the years that it's just clothes and there will be days when I feel 'cute', 'strong', 'goofy', etc. and dressing to reflect those moods are OKAY! Life is too short to restrain yourself or get upset over the mundane, especially when we need to save our strength for the changing world around us.

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kitsch Picks : Coffin Shelving by Life After Death Designs

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These coffin shelves have stolen my heart!! How amazing are these designs by Life After Death Designs?!?!?!? Such a great idea to display all your macabre knick knacks or create a wall alter. *Sigh* I just can't find the words to properly state how much I love these. Hehe!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday the 13th in Velvet

After I got home from work on Friday (the 13th!) I decided to slip into this lush velvet dress along with some pointy boots as Derek and I were going to go out for a nice meal. I went to the tattoo shop only to see that Derek and all the guys were slammed as they were having a 'first come, first serve' Friday the 13th themed tattoo special. So, I jumped in to lend a hand and by the time Derek was done it was 10:45pm and too late for eating out. Can't complain and it's always great when the shop is busy!

I had snapped a few camera pics with my phone as I really liked what I was wearing and finally realized I could layer this dress with a blouse underneath. Now I have more styling options and will be wearing the dress more often as winter is the perfect time to wear velvet!

Wearing; velvet dress (Hot Topic), sheer blouse (thrift), boots (eBay), bat necklace (Alchemy Gothic via Kate's Clothing), pewter bone hoops (Martha Rotten)

I love the hem line on this dress!!!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

80s does 40s: Animal Instincts

I had originally picked up this dress while thrifting to sell in my etsy shop, but out of sheer curiosity I tried it on when I got home and needless to say I decided to keep it. I loved the way the dress fits, it's a lovely 80s does 40s wiggle style dress that is made out of the softest knit I've ever worn.

And it's incredibly figure flattering. I love, love, looooove the slight ruching that is at the waist and sweeps to one side. Me-OW! I'm not quite sure what color the background is as sometimes it looks gray and sometimes it looks bluish, so I'm going to say it's a bluish gray with a black animal pattern all over. Which animal does it look like to you? I can't seem to figure that one out. Hahaha, oh 80s fashion!

Wearing; sweater, dress, boots, beret (all vintage), rhinestone spider brooch (I wore on my wedding dress), earrings (The Pumpking Coven)

I'm going to try my darnest to wear my 80s dresses this winter. I have a few lovely pieces that need to get worn and I hope to feature them here. I have a lot of fun wearing vintage and adding my own personal spins and touches. *Wink*

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Crosses and Bats and Coffins....Oh Ouch!

Hello friends,  I hope all is well with all of you! Though I'm usually in the mood to wear bats (is there such thing as 'too many' bats?!), I have some exciting permanent bats that were added to my tattoo collection....and crosses and coffins.

Derek tattooed my knuckles on Sunday and I loooooove them so very much! The only bummer is that I can't wear my wedding or anniversary rings, but I did slip them on today just to see how the rings would look with my tattoos. They are healing nicely and surprisingly did not hurt as much as I feared they would.

Side note-if you'd like to follow my husband's awesome work on instagram @drdtattoo

Wearing; white bat collar blouse (Hell Bunny), bat sweater (Sourpuss Clothing), velvety skater skirt (ebay), belt & hat (old, H&M), bead earrings (thrifted).

Thank you for reading, until next time!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Outfits I've Been Rockin'

Hello friends! Just a few outfits I've been wearing over the last week and a half. I've been cold, so layering has been the number one theme in my mind. We've been having a weird weather with up's and down's in the temperature and I'm convinced that's why everyone around has been ill. I've had the sniffles for a month. UGH!

Anywho, I'm wearing some favorite basics like a button up collared shirt, drapey cardigan and my favorite 80s skirt. I love silver accessories as they really 'pop' against black, as well as boots with buckles. I can't get enough of the Western style double buckle belt, I have to tell myself that I doesn't need to be worn with every outfit. *Wink*

Hard to see, but I'm wearing gray tights. Ohhhh, so daring. (sarcasm) I know, I know. Once again silver accessories against black and this time I little gray thrown into the mix. I love shirt dresses, because I can wear a few layers underneath without creating bulk.  I also have to give my oversized 80s sweater a big shout out, as it's massive sleeves help to hide any lumps on my arms (the dress has buttons on the 3/4 length sleeves) that would be obvious with a more fitted sweater. One of the best thrift finds EVER!

My hair was acting so stupid on Wednesday and it was crazy windy out, so I threw it back into a messy ponytail and hairsprayed and teased until I felt I looked like a crazed 80s secretary. I also decided to wear some light blue eyeshadow to fit in with the look. Side note- I always have mixed emotions about wearing blue eyeshadow as it reminds me of my dancer days when my Mom would pile on the blue shadow for dance recitals...and the cream blush. AHHHH!!!

Everything is vintage/second hand except the gray & black draped open front sweater, belt and boots. There was so much static going on. So much. Maybe that's why my hair stayed up all day, the static electricity helped. Hahaha!!!

Thank you for reading, until next time!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed your New Year's Eve how ever you celebrated. Derek and I got gussed up for the sake of feelin' fancy and went to a totally gluten free bakery that also has a small bistro. It was DELICIOUS and the family who owns the bakery were so welcoming and friendly. I can't wait to go back! Though we were a little overdressed, who cares, we enjoyed each others company and had a relaxing lunch.

Derek and I stayed in as this year was so crazy that I felt we needed a break. I love my friend's oh-so-much and it was odd not being with them, but the wonderful thing is that we all often get together and we celebrate soon! Yay!

As for what I wore for the day, I was inspired by all the historical dramas I've been watching. I started to re-watch Game of Thrones, have been watching the new episodes of Vikings (and started re-watching the early episodes) and I just finished watching Versailles on Netflix instant watch. I am going to start watching Medici: Masters of Florence as it looks pretty good. 

I picked up velvet overdress from ebay for a song and wore it over a stretch lace dress that I thrifted eons ago. I am also wearing some pointy boots that I would shy away from wearing as I had an issue with the buckles, but with the aid of some pliers I had fixed the issue. I don't know why I didn't think of bending the buckle tines before, so they wouldn't catch on my clothing. The boots were an ebay find a few years ago and they are sorta ugly/cool. They have a Renaissance feel to them and I find that they work well under longer garments. 

I also would like to point out the lovely bone necklace (longer one) by Purgatory Plaything that Derek gifted me for Yule. He also gave me two other necklaces by them which brings my collection up to five pieces. Very thankful for the wonderful additions to my bone jewelry collection as I like to accessorize....a lot. Hehe!

Cheers dear friends, to your health and happiness in the coming year!