Thursday, 27 February 2014

Liebster Award † Gothing around, about me, body mods and food

I've been tagged by Sary from The Walrus Room. I've been following her blog for a while and was happy to see she's passed this tag onto me.

Given questions

1. Who is your biggest character crush from any television show, film or book and why?

I've thought about this a few times, because I regularly hear people say 'OMG, isn't X so gorgeous' and I'm always like... '?' I have always found it difficult to look at an actor and think they are attractive because 1 - I am attracted to personality, not looks and 2 - they're acting a role, i.e. That's not their real personality. how can I find them attractive? 

However, if the question said 'game' I would immediately leap for Godot/Diego Armando from Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright. That guy has the smoothest jazz track as his theme song, he's very attractive and has a really cool (in the laid back and confident sense) personality. And he's a snappy dresser.
I mean, look at that face. Source.

However, since the question said nothing of a sort... I'm going to cop out and say Brandon Lee as The Crow. Eurasian guy with long hair, fishnet and eyeliner... \^0^\


2. Talk us through your everyday hair routine. Are you a curler, straightener or hairstyle kind of person.

I have very short hair. I regularly grab a pair of thinning shears and merrily chop at the back to keep it short and ragged. Usually my hair is a bit puffy at the front in the mornings, so I have a quick shower, scrub it with a towel and I'm off on adventures. So basically I do jack all to my hair.

3. If you were any subset of Goth style, what would you be and why?

I'm not entirely sure what this question is asking. Is it 'if I were the embodiment of a goth style'? Or 'if I could associate myself with any goth style'? I'll answer both.

For the first one, I would be Undercover Goth. No, I kid. I would be Street Goth. I see that as a style which aims to remain practical whilst aesthetically pleasing. A style you could go out to a pub with friends in, but still be able to kick the asshole in the face that is trying to hit on you even though you clearly came in with someone...

For the second, I would love to be trad goth. Big hair, fishnets, ripped clothing, band patches, the whole lot :D However, if such a thing exists, I would want to be punk goth (maybe in my research for my encyclopaedia I will find out!), because...

4. Continue the above question, within that style, what would be your holy grail outfit?

... This is my Holy Grail outfit.


Dame Westwood, I love your tartan.

5. Who is your top three favourite YouTubers?

My top three goth Youtubers would be Kazlovesbats, Kill Natalie and The Gothic Alice. I love their fashion sense and DIY projects.

Generally speaking though, Andrew Huang makes me laugh and stuns me with his ability to make music out of weird things and Princess Peachie is a cute Lolita who makes me smile.

6. If you were to try and sell your all-time favourite beauty product, in three sentences what would you say?

It smells like strawberries. It's useful. It's relatively cheap. (Those are the three things I look for in a product: does it smell like fruit, is it useful, is it cheap?)

7. Can you name something that you enjoy eating, a meal or anything, that is actually vegan?

I make a really good vegan cottage pie from a recipe I found in an eco-fashion magazine called Peppermint. No meat or dairy products, just legumes and vegetables. People tend not to notice it has no meat in it :)

8. Your job is to write the most Gothiest (I can't believe I just wrote that as a word) novel possible, what would you title it and what would the blurb say?

If this is intended to be an out-and-out parody of Gawfickness, I would call the story something like Blood and Shadows and the blurb would say: Ophelia drowned yesterday. And yet she still comes to school and nobody seems to think anything of it. Why is Cyril the only one that noticed? What strange destiny links these two young people together, two people who are both more than they seem?


9. Name one thing that you wanted all through your childhood that your parent(s)/guardian(s) would never have let you get, even if you don't want it now?

Hm, tough. I have a habit of immediately suppressing desires if it does not appear likely that they will be fulfilled (which is probably a bad thing, but we'll put that to one side for now). Let's see... 

Probably a game console. I do have a PS2, finally, but I only received it in my first year of university.

10. If you had to get one body modification of your choice (piercings, scarification, tongue splitting, implants, tattoos, etc) what would you get?

I have been dancing around the idea of getting a tattoo for a while. However, I don't really have the money for one, and I haven't worked out where I would like to put it. 

Specifically, I want a small hummingbird, front on, in upwards flight. I'd like it to look like it has been drawn with henna.

Now my questions HA HA HAAAAA!
1. Who would you love to see in concert? (Even if they are dead now, who would you go back in time for?).
2. Where is one place in the world you would love to see/travel to ?
3. What is your favourite colour (other than black)? :)
4. What are your obsessions? What gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you up until late at night?
5. What would be your ideal pet?
6. What tips do you have for newbie bloggers? Aka, what do you think makes your blog successful?
7. Favourite song?
8. Person/thing/being you always wished you could be. A mermaid? Siouxsie Sioux? Susan Sto-Helit?
9. Is goth a really big part of your lifestyle? Do you eat, sleep and breathe goth, or occasionally lounge around with fluffy bunny slippers? (Or both) ;)
10. The person you are most proud of :3

And I tag....
1. 1666 X 30 from The Mutant Stomp Friends
2. Lynoire from Milking the Rolling Cow
3. Underground for Tea Gothic
4. Twigs from Goth Proxy
5. Hexotica

As for instructions, as far as I can tell, you have to copy the questions I've given you, answer them, make ten of your own questions and tag five people. If you're busy (as I know many of you are) you don't have to answer immediately. Go forth! Link your answer to this post! :D

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Rokku gyaru

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.

So I haven't made a factsheet on any of the gyaru styles yet... here goes!

Also known as
ロック ル Literally means 'rock girl/gal'.


Country of origin

Gender balance
'Gyaru' in general is a female fashion style. There are male equivalents with varying names. So Rokku gyaru is a female only style.


Rokku gyaru is a subset of gyaru style, and so follows the common gyaru themes of big false lashes and often elaborate nail art and accessories. This tribe in particular goes for a punk-like or rocker chick look: torn clothing, skulls, fishnet, but always with a sophisticated yet tough air.


Hair is usually (but not always) long and softly waved, often bleached a dark blonde, and piled high. Lipstick is rarely worn, or in nude colours. Leopard print is popular, as are black clothing, chains and leather. Footwear of choice is generally in boot form. Many gyaru of all kinds wear circle lenses, a type of contact lense that makes the iris look bigger than it actually is. Finally, the eyebrow shape tends to be an arched shape, rather than straight like many ulzzang or natural kei girls.


Style icons
The model and Tutuha shopgirl Amihamu is a popular rokku gyaru icon. Her style tends to incorporate cute elements.

Another popular model is Sakurina/Rina Sakurai, who goes for a more sexy look.


And then there's Kana:
And I'll stop there otherwise I'll be at it forever.

Inspiration in popular culture
There's quite a few rokku gyaru style characters in Japanese popular culture. I've featured Ririko from Kechonpa on my blog before:

I would argue that Shion from the manga NANA is also a rokku gyaru, although her tastes in later life resemble ane gyaru a little more.

Them's Vivienne Westwood pearls. Source.

And Setsuka Heel of Skip Beat!, who, again, I have previously featured:


Further reading and resources

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Encylopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Perkygoth

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.

Also known as
Perky goth, candygoth, bubblegoth, cupcake goth, lalalalala... Also, and this is a little bit debatable, some feel that the style Babydoll Goth is similar enough to perkygoth that they’re really one style. I think there’s a slight difference, so we’ll let this one pass.

This girl is ray of sunshine. Check out her blog. Source.

Defining colours
  •  Black predominantly, but usually with...
  • is pretty common, although rainbow and other colour schemes can be seen

Gender balance
Female tends to stack the numbers.

Perkygoth is a style very much driven by the attitude and personality of the wearer. Perkygoths are cheerful, playful and almost child-like on occasion. There are some tendencies: wearing of pigtails and school-girl style outfits (hence the crossover with Babydoll Goth), but technically any goth with a bouncy attitude could be a perkygoth. 

Pink is a very popular colour with this subset.

Perkygoth is actually considered a TV trope. And this Perkygoth Manifesto might amuse you.

Style icons
Jillian Venters, Lady of the Manners at Gothic Charm School (I just ordered the book!), is a self described 'cupcake goth'. She has a decidedly Victorian slant on fashion, with a little pink slipped in here and there.


Adora Batbrat often takes on the perkygoth look:

Singer Kerli goes by the descriptor 'bubble goth'.

Inspiration in popular culture
Abby Sciuto, played by Pauley Perrette, is probably the first example people grab when discussing perkygoth. 


A smiley goth girl with her hair in pigtails and a more child-like, as opposed to mature, fashion sense. Abby tends to rock t-shirts and 'costume' jewellery (I don't really like that term, but how else to describe it...?) Sure, she wears mostly black, with only occasional red or white, but perkygoth is in the attitude.

Kent (previously Kynt) and Vyxsin are also well known perkygoths. Their weapon of choice is terrifyingly radioactive pink.


Further reading and resources

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Goth fitness ideas 2 † Running Scared

Well kits, you may remember a few months I posted up some of my ideas for keeping fit the goth way. It has since come to my attention that the most amazing thing has hit the east coast of Australia (but there's stuff for all you out-of-towners in this post too, so read on).

Running Scared is a 8km obstacle course in the dark of the Blue Mountains (in Sydney. There will also be a night in Melbourne too). As the website says:

"Running Scared is an 8km obstacle and theatrical experience that will test not only your physical ability but your bravery as you come face to face with creatures that lurk in the dark. You will take on horror/thriller themed FEAR invoking obstacles in this exciting and fun night obstacle race. That’s right – we start when the sun goes down. We have left the mud, electrocution and body dragging challenges to the others (actually there might just be some body dragging!). Our aim is to scare the sh*t out of you!"

It sounds amazing. I've put down my interest to be a volunteer, so maybe I'll have a chance to dress up as a zombie and scare hell out of people :D

Interestingly, the organisers have helpfully provided a training guide to get you fit enough for the event. So even if you can't get there, you can still download the program to get yourself up to the equivalent fitness level. This looks like incredible fun!

Would you take part in something like this? What would it take to get you pushing up your fitness levels?

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Making Things Part 2 † Other stuff!

So I kind of got carried away explaining the Chinese zodiac thingy in the last 'Making things' post. Let's just move onto the other stuff, shall we...?

So. A bag of runestones! Now I just have to learn how to read them... :S I created these by following a video tutorial using glass stones and nail polish. I hope to make another set by actually etching the runes out, but these will do for now.

Decoden! This is just a random box I covered with random stuff. Those large round objects are again glass stones decorated with nail polish, except for the lotus one, which is a piece of paper sealed on.

Bottle cap cupcake! :D Bottle caps are really great to make stuff into. I have so many...

And rings. I made a heck tonne of rings using that glass stone tutorial. What the hell am I supposed to do with them all?

Any suggestions, kittens? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Making things Part 1 † Chinese zodiac wheel, a lesson in divination


Over the past few weeks, I've been creating lots of things to make myself feel better (all it's done is make me worry about all the stuff I've created - where do I put it? What do I do with it?). I love to create stuff, but actually making it more than a hobby is not something I'm prepared for.

Anyhow, I thought I'd share some of my work with you. The photos may not be the best quality, I'm afraid, since they've either been taken with an old point-and-click or my iPad. 

This took forever.
So the thing above is a Chinese zodiac wheel. I've always wanted to make one of these as the Chinese year and elemental cycles are really fascinating. To explain:

The inner circle contains the five guardians of the directions - the Black Turtle of the north, the Azure (or Green) Dragon of the east, the Red Bird of the south, the White Tiger of the west, and the Gold Dragon of the centre. Each represents a particular element, namely water, wood, fire, metal and earth (air is not one of the elements in many Asian cultures). Usually, the five are set out in a circle. Like a game of scissors, paper, rock, water beats fire, fire beats metal, metal beats wood, wood beats earth, earth beats water. Lines drawn to depict this progression produce a nice little pentacle.

Unfortunately, I couldn't show that off, because I wanted to align each creature with its direction (and hence, season) so poor Gold Dragon got stuck in the middle :(

Moving on, the next ring contains the name of each season in English and Chinese, along with a symbolic colour and flower. Winter (north) is light blue with a flowering plum overlay. Spring (east) is light green with an orchid. Yellow summer is bamboo, and orange autumn is a chrysanthemum. These flowers are commonly depicted together in Chinese paintings to represent the changing of the seasons (together, they are known as The Four Gentlemen). 

The Four Gentlemen. Source.

The next ring contains the zodiac animals. Each animal has a direction, element and colour attached to it, as well as a gender. They also rule over not only a year, but a month (fourth ring), day (fifth ring) and hour (sixth ring). I went kind of wild when I drew all the animals. They've been anthropomorphised, clearly, and I tried to diversify their appearances as much as possible. Each has their Chinese character somewhere in its image. I think my favourite is probably the Cow, in the 1 - 3 am position.

The characteristics are as follows:
Rat - Male (yin), black, water, December, Thursday, 23:00-1:00
Cow/ox - Female (yang), gold, earth, January, Saturday, 1:00-3:00
Tiger - Male (yin), green, wood, February, Saturday, 3:00-5:00
Rabbit - Female (yang), green, wood, March, Friday, 5:00-7:00
Dragon - Male (yin), gold, earth, April, Tuesday, 7:00-9:00
Snake - Female (yang), red, fire, May, Friday, 9:00-11:00
Horse - Male (yin), red, fire, June, Wednesday, 11:00-13:00
Sheep/goat - Female (yang), gold, earth, July, Monday, 13:00-15:00
Monkey - Male (yin), white, metal, August, Sunday, 15:00-17:00
Rooster - Female (yang), white, metal, September, Saturday, 17:00-19:00
Dog - Male (yin), gold, earth, October, Friday, 19:00-21:00
Pig - Female (yang), black, water, November, Thursday, 21:00-23:00

As you may notice, there are two animals for each of the elements, except for gold earth, which has four. You'll see from the image above that each has been assigned a different season, essentially sneaking them in under another compass direction. Each of the months are written in both English and Chinese (in the colour of the western birthstone), and have the (western) flowers associated with each month adorning them). I really just wanted to super-complicate matters by adding some western symbolism in there...

Overall, if you know exactly when you were born, you can use this wheel to determine almost all the elements you possess and are deficient in. I say almost because at the same time that the 12-animal cycle is running, the 5 elements is also running a cycle. To illustrate, I was born in the year of the Metal Horse (1990), but 2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. However, the element associated with the Horse is fire.

So let's put this all together. I was born in 1990 (Year of the Metal Horse), in November, on Saturday, at 23:00ish. 

1990: Metal Horse - the elements of metal (colour: white) but also fire (colour: red), the Horse's general element. This is summer, so the 'flower' is the bamboo, the direction is south, and is ruled over by the Red Bird. A male symbol, hence yin.

November: Pig - the element of water (colour: black), season: winter, ruled over by the Black Turtle of the North. A female symbol, hence yang.

Saturday: (lucky me has three animals for Saturday) the cow/ox with the element of earth (colour: gold) ruled by the Black Water Turtle of the Winter North (female - yang), the Tiger with the element of wood (colour: green) ruled by the Azure Wood Dragon of the Spring East (male - yin) and the White Metal Rooster ruled by the White Metal Tiger of Autumn West.

23:00: Black Water Rat. Male (yin). Winter North. Ruled by the Black Turtle.


Essentially what this means is that I have an abundance of water, followed by metal. Apparently: 

"Water-type people are smart, wise, frank, and resourceful. They have good memories and think before they leap.

There are two types of Water: Floating Water and Still Water. Floating Water makes people active and restless and feel like traveling. Still Water makes people clam and peaceful.

People lacking Water are unstable, cowardly, narrow-minded, and have no stamina. They lack intellect, good sense, understanding, and foresight. They also tend to keep changing their mind.

People with excess Water are smart, sly, tricky and plot dark schemes. They like to move or travel around and have a sensual life. They are likely to dream too much, and keep changing their mind as well. They also are only interested in what concerns them and have no interest in outside world affairs.
" Source.

It also appears I have more male (yin) than female (yang) and not enough wood or earth.

If my mother had been more traditional about things, this would have probably led to me being named after those two elements. The Chinese seek balance regarding life, so in order to balance out the excesses, I would have been named with the consideration that I have little wood and earth, and too much yin.

Since I wasn't, this may explain why the Chinese side of the family long considered me 'un-ladylike' :P

Okay, now I want everyone to have a go :D Post in the comments below what you've worked out, or if you can't make any sense of it, let me know and I'll have a go for you :)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

My ideal day † also, updates

Hey kittens, sorry for the lull in activity here. I'm having issues with Blogger on my laptop for some reason :/

EDIT: Aha! So this appears to be a problem with my version of Chrome... Posting will be on schedule once more!

So today I was procrastinating by catching up on web comics, one of my favourite things to do. Having a list of things that you really like is great when you're a bit stressed or overwhelmed. I'm going to take that a bit further and run through an ideal day :D

1. Wake up slowly. Whatever the time, whether 7 or 10 ( I don't like sleeping past 10).
2. Check Tumblr for pretty pretty outfits and Doctor Who jokes.
3. A quick shower to wake up properly.
4. I have difficulty with breakfast. I can never work out what I want to eat, or muster up the interest sometimes. Tea is a must. I usually start with fruit..
5. ...and keep wandering around Tumblr, although by this time, I might have moved onto web comics. My favourites include Go Get a Roomie and Toilet Genie (the art in this one is gorgeous, despite the weird name).

Toilet Genie art. Source.
6. At some point, I'll make myself a simple bowl of noodles.
7. From the afternoon, I start making stuff - painting, drawing, clay moulding, jewellery designing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, whatever. iTunes will probably be playing Sigur Ros, broove or Oliva Lufkin, although Nick Cave's Cannibal's Hymn or Mermaids causes me to overwork the repeat button.
8. I'll wander out of my workroom, pat the cat, look for something to eat, wander back in again.
9. Repeat.
10. Around night time I'll start watching stuff. Any of David Attenborough's documentaries gets the immediate tick of approval from me. Catface is a fun internet series to watch, and occasionally I can find some free view Adventure Time around.
11. Early bed. I sleep A LOT. Like a cat. Maybe I'll listen to a little Welcome to Nightvale beforehand. (An amazing podcast I recommend).

So that's an ideal day. I'll probably pick up a book or a comic at some point as well. If only life could always be so simple...

Who's got an ideal day? And have you ever actually been able to carry it out?

Monday, 3 February 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Kittygoth

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.



Country of origin

EVERYWHERE! Well, Hello Kitty is Japanese, but I suspect Kittygoths appeared in America first.



Kittygoth is a bit of a joke term for a goth that wears lots of Hello Kitty items, although it has sometimes been used to refer to goths who wear general cat-themed items. The gothic style adopted can be any kind - there are Hello Kitty cybergoth accessories, very pastel goth style items, J-Goth, electro-goth, etc.


Style icons

La Carmina is probably the closest thing to a kittygoth. She regularly features Hello Kitty and Hello Kitty X items on her blog, although she does seem to have a preference for the other Sanrio characters My Melody and Badtz Maru.



Further reading and resources
Since this is not a recognised subculture, there's not really anywhere I want to link you to. :3

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Since I'm lazy, I'm going to do The Goth-y Blog Challenge in a single post too.

Yeah alright, I'll take a break from Encyclopaedia entries and do something else. Here are my answers to The Goth-y Blog Challenge by Cody Darkstalker.

1. 5 pieces that every Goth wardrobe should have, regardless of style
Hmm. Boots, black jacket of some sort, gloves, scarf, waistcoat/vest.

2. 5 movies for Goths
1- Mirrormask. The outfits of the Dark Queen, Dark Princess and dark Helena are pretty cool. Plus the movie itself has beautiful graphics and a great storyline. Look out for the Herring Joke. :P

2 - The Crow. Yeah I know it's cliched but - There's reasons, okay?
3 - Dark City. 
4 - Donnie Darko. I'm eternally grateful to my year 11 English teacher introducing it to me.
5 - Nightmare Before Christmas :D

3. What my own Goth lifestyle is like 
I tend to be a pretty casual goth. I do like to dress up, but often I feel overdressed. For example, I have four beautiful choker cascade necklaces which I would love to wear FOREVER AND ALWAAAAAYYYSSSS~ but when I put them on I feel like an Empress or something.. whilst everyone else is in jeans and a t-shirt or whatever. :( 

4. Favorite thing to put on my head

A black beanie I knitted for myself. It's a square shape, so when I put it on, it looks like I have cat ears. :3

Similar to this. Source.

5. My wardrobe turnover
I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.

6. My favorite Goth brand

Don't have one. I buy second-hand most of the time, without looking for a specific brand.

7. Why I wear Goth fashion?

Cos it makes me look scary but sexy at the same time ;D

8. Why don't I wear Goth all the time?

I don't wear Goth all the time because sometimes it's not practical (eg, I dance a lot, mainly in hip-hop style, and it's been really hot here recently) and sometimes because it's a family member's birthday/special gathering and my mother disapproves of me wearing black.

9. 5 keywords that describe my personal Goth style

Fierce, capable, sexy, confident, BAMF (although occasionally I like to look demure...)

10. How I first found out about Goth fashion

Answered in my previous set of answers.

11. 3 trends I wish would come back

1 - Tattoo necklaces. I remember when they were readily available. Now I have a bit of money, can't find them in shops anywhere. Will have to buy them online :|
2 - Gypsy skirts. I've been combing second-hand shops looking for a black, floor length gypsy skirt (the type that had eyelet detailing and evoked images of running around barefoot)
3 - Fishtail skirts. I'm sure they were a thing for a while.

12. Combining other fashions with Goth

Sure, why not? I have clothing which is not Goth, and I like to try to Gothify it, or may a sort of pastiche of a style.

13. Goths I have met in real life

I think I probably only know one goth, and he's a medieval goth. As in, he's a member of the dark ages society and you can regularly find him on campus swinging a sword at someone.

14. Goths I would love to meet

Well... I guess La Carmina is pretty cool. 

15. 3 things I wish I was told when I was a Baby Bat

1 - Wearing t-shirts all the time might be practical on the surface, but they really don't look that great on you.
2 - Do something with your hair other than tie it in a ponytail.
3 - There's nothing wrong with wearing skirts or makeup.

16. 10 facts about my Goth wardrobe

1 - I have a lot of black and/or red clothing.
2 - The sea of black takes up half of the space.
3 - I have lots of cat-themed items
4 - I don't really like spots.
5 - I have a lot of clothes and accessories. Too much.
6 - But that may be because I wear things into the ground and they need to be replaced.
7 - Seriously, I have two cupboards.
8 - Most of it is second hand.
9 - I have a lot of silly hats - cat faces, panda heads, a black chicken hat my boyfriend brought back from Nepal...
10 - I can't think of anything else to say.

17. My first concert/festival

Uh, wow, that was... either The All-American Rejects, with Hoobastank supporting, or All Time Low, supported by Spinning O'Neall and Heroes For Hire.

18. Trends I thought I would never get into, but I now love
I was a bit leery of the shorts and tights thing, and I couldn't quite get it for a while, but now I really love it, especially on days that are not quite hot but not really cold either... 

19. Trends I thought I loved, but now I'm not too keen on

Cat ears headbands. They're cute, but I feel like a two-bit cosplayer wearing them in public :/

20. How satisfied I am with my current wardrobe

Not bad... I haven't really had a chance to dress up, what with the heat, but the items I have are pretty good.

21. Plan for a trip! A week's worth of Goth outfits I can fit in a small suitcase
Depends where you're going. A one piece swimming costume with an interesting design can double as a tank top when paired with shorts. Tights, both whole (to pair with shorts if it gets cold) and with the crotch cut out to make a shirt thing.

You know what, this is too hard without a destination in mind. I need to know where I'm going to account for weather, occasions and activities.

22. How I accessorize
I like to colour co-ordinate, mostly. If there's an accent colour in my clothing, I will look for jewellery/accessories in that colour. I tend not to have too many colours all at once, unless I'm going for a black-and-rainbow look.

23. What influences my Goth style
Tumblr. :P Also, Japanese street fashion and whatever is going around blogs at the time. Still, I have a core style that I don't compromise on.

24. What's in my makeup bag?
The one I carry around with me has lip balm, black mascara, black liquid eyeliner, black pencil eyeliner and a small palette of eyeshadow in white, grey and black.

25. Best places to wear Goth fashions
University. Place is crawling with alternative types.

26. How I get out of a wardrobe slump

I turn my wardrobe inside out, looking at everything I have. I also scour fashion Tumblrs to get inspiration.

27. Purses that I love

I don't really like the purse I have at the moment. It's a fairly cheaply designed one given to me by my boyfriend's mother for Christmas (it has come apart actually, but unfortunately it's fixable).
I love Deva Australia's designs. Despite my love of wearing black, I still love looking at bright or pastel colours, so the bright wallets that Deva makes are really great eyecandy to me.

28. Corsets or no?

YES. I would like to have another corset. Or two.

29. Goth-ing things in my everyday life

I've just finished putting bat decals on my wardrobe doors and CD rack. My old school lunch box is covered with sparkly skull stickers. I stitched an Emily the Strange patch on a old jacket of my boyfriend's that he didn't fit into... (list goes on and on...)

30. How long it took me to build a complete wardrobe

A few years. I needed money and enough backbone to tell my mother that it was no longer her business to dress me.

31. Impulse buys that were totally worth it

Just before Christmas there was a $2 sale at a little stall selling jewellery. I was walking past and decided to have a quick look, and ended up with three cute little fox rings and some beautiful earrings. I generally never go out with the intention to buy something, so I guess I always impulse buy? :P

32. My best deal

See above.

33. Something that I made

I make lots of things. Jewellery especially - I'm in the process of making heaps of rings using a tutorial I found on youtube. 

34. Wardrobe blunders! Things I bought that I ended up regretting!

Too many things to list or remember. Moving along...

35. What I thought when I got my first real Goth fashion item

"I'm so GAWFICK right?" I can't actually remember, but that was probably it.

36. Nails to match my favorite looks

Blogger won't let me embed these for some reason:

37. Something that's not my style, but I love anyways

All the styles! Seriously, I have massive respect for anyone engaging in subcultures, especially those in a subculture that is particularly vilified. I think Scene Kids have awesome hair, Pastel Goths show a great use of studs and fairy kei kids just look amazing.

38. Favorite hair style

Well, regarding myself, I think I look best with short hair. Specifically with a side parting, longer fringe, visible ears and a ragged sort of back. I especially like to backcomb the back section of my hair and wear a headband or something.

Generally, I think the best hairstyle is an elegantly executed messy bun. Something with lots of tendrils and pretty hair accessories.

Like this sort of thing. Source.

39. Most versatile Goth item I own
Pair of black boots from New Look. I can wear them with almost everything. Except I've broken them. I almost couldn't work out to wear when that happened, since I use them so much D:

40. 5 inspirational fictional characters

I kind of started this but never finished. So, here goes:
1 - Ririko from Kechonpa: rokku gyaru style with tartan, fingerless gloves, leather, studs
2 - Setsuka Heel from Skip Beat: a sort of casual visual kei style. Again, leather, fingerless gloves, studs, chains,
3 - Nana Oosaki from NANA (these are all manga characters, hmm...): tartan, leather (seeing a trend here?), fishnet, ripped fabric,
4 - Marceline the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time: she's a rock chick. QED.
5 - Alyzon Whitestarr (from the book of the same name): I like the description of her once her friend gives her a makeover.


41. Fondest concert/festival
Probably the All-American Rejects one. Why? The Reason, of course. As in Hoobastank's "The Reason". It was clear that a lot of people where there for Hoobastank, not AAR, because when "The Reason" came on, everyone was singing at the top of their lungs to the point where the frontman would stop and just listen to them in amazement. The feels~

42. The ways in which I fit the cliche

I like cats and skulls and black. I like to wear black eyeliner. I think a cemetery would be a great place for a picnic.

My velvet gentleman looking philosophical.

43. The ways in which I do not fit the cliche
I don't really like horror movies that much,especially slasher ones. They're kind of boring. I need something cerebral (although Pan's Labyrinth made me feel queasy).

44. How strangers react to my clothes, and how I react to their reactions

Usually guys checking me out. I'm not that over-the-top, so I don't get the 'do you worship satan' approach. Instead it's 'hey there lady in the sexy black outfit'. 

45. Something that was a gift

Lots of things. Occasionally my friends and I do a clothing swap, basically showing each other what we're planning to donate, and if they like it, they take it instead. I just got a tonne of clothes off one of my best friends, which is nice.

46. Parasols: Vital or frivolous?

Only if they're also actually umbrellas. I find that they're not very useful if they aren't.

47. The item in my wardrobe that was the hardest to get

Probably the corset. I don't like putting up with my mum complaining about me buying clothes so I try not to buy online, otherwise when it get delivered she'll immediately want to know what it is. I had to go into the city to the Markets (which were, at the time, open only on certain days).

48. My "signature" outfit

Pleather jacket, tight-fit plain black shirt, black corduroy skinnies, studded belt, black boots. Rawk.

49. My favorite Goth book and movie

I need to think about this...

Book... does The Sandman count? I know it's a comic, so if not, American Gods. Movie... Probably Mirrormask (yup, love Neil Gaiman).

50. What's in my closet, but I haven't worn yet!

Some awesome door-kicking knee high boots. Why haven't I worn them yet? It's too hot! They're falling apart! I don't dare to touch them! Hurray! TTOTT

51. Predict the next Goth trend!


52. How Goth has changed me

I'm a lot more confident. Also, I think it played some small part in bringing me and my boyfriend together in the first place (he's a keen punk and post punk enthusiast, although he doesn't dress that way)
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