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International Bat Night

I love bats. I think they're adorable and since they "nom" up so many of those pesky night insects (I'm looking at YOU, mosquitoes) they're also terribly useful to have around. So when I discovered it was International Bat Night - I was ecstatic!

Meet Lil' Drac. He was abandoned by his mother due to unfortunate circumstances and was hand raised at a  sanctuary for bats. Now, that sounds like a place I'd like to volunteer at!

To commemorate Bat Night, I'm also going to post more bat-related things. Some of them I'll even provide links so you can find them and perhaps buy them yourself!
Lockshop Accessories
For more information about bats and what they do for our world, visit

One Week Down...

Well...I survived my first week living in the dorm apartment. All my roommates have moved in finally, the kitchen looks quite a bit more used, and I'm finally comfortable with sleeping in my giant new bed.

I hung out with my friend Katie on Monday. We bummed around the city for a bit and hit up some craft and thrifty type stores. It was a fun outing, but I would have liked money for that venture. I found a LOT of cute Halloween decor at JoAnn Fabrics. Ohhhh! *Squee!*

I donated my plasma on both Tuesday and Thursday and used that money to pay for much needed items. Items like auctions I'd won on Ebay and couldn't pay right away and textbooks for classes. I'm all the way back down to $15 but it's still better than what I originally started off with. Which was....$0.

Today I bought a few more textbooks. I used my financial aid to pick up what I couldn't find cheap on Amazon, so now I'm pretty much set. Classes start next Monday and I'm ready for things to …

Anxiety Issues

This whole anxiety thing hasn't reared it's ugly head for a while now. But I think it's insistent on keeping me company tonight. . .

After spending a fretful night at the boy's place, we packed up the rest of my stuff (i.e. foodz) and got the kitty all situated and then drove back up the St. Cloud. We dropped kitty off first and she was kind of freaked out so I felt pretty "ehhh" about leaving her there, but  I needed to get back to my apt and put my food away.

Everything was going okay for a while. I updated webby stuff, made some ramen, took a bath. It wasn't until I was laying down to sleep that I had a panic attack and couldn't stop crying. The first night is always the hardest, especially when you have to do it alone.

So here I sit, it's almost 10 pm (early for me, but I was bored) and I've given up on sleeping. My head hurts, I have no idea what to do, and I'm flip-flopping on whether or not I'd like to make tea. I'll probabl…

Moving Day Shenanigans!

The most ridiculous thing happened. I took zero photos today. Plenty of video, which Youtube is currently whining and moaning about processing, but no photographs. 

I moved my stuff up into my new campus apartment today. Turns out I had a lot less stuff than I had anticipated. We managed to pack it all into the SUV the night before and were able to unload, take it upstairs, and deposit it in only a few trips. Impressive really.

The first thing I had to do was check-in with the residents on staff today. I filled out some forms, got my quality check papers (that I have to go over and say, yes this was scuffed, no that wasn't broken, etc) and then they gave me my keys. I have a "fob" which is a kind of electronic device that opens that door. It's all magnetic or something....very high tech. They're surprisingly easy to use.....

After I go into my bedroom and had a look around, I decided that the current layout was simply NOT maximizing space. So I moved the desk and be…

Boots: Outfit #5

Outfit Rundown: Dress - Handmade Hoodie - unknown Boots - thrifted Glasses - borrowed from bf's mom! Necklace - vintage

Boots: Outfit #4

Outfit Rundown: Dress - Vintage Boots - thrifted Jewelry - Vintage

I was planning on wear a faux fur stole with this, but I didn't think it would be cold enough. Boy, was I wrong!

☠ Pastel Goth or Gothic Pastel? ♥

I'm not a Goth. Not entirely. Sure, Peter Murphy is one of my celebrity crushes, I adore anything Addam's Family related, and I aww and ooh over crushed velvet and black lace. 

But you know what? I really like pastel colors too. I like Halloween themed jewelry, whether spooky or adorable. I have a mild obsession with creepers and it's my dream to own several pairs one day. 

I often wear neutral colors and what is generally accepted as "mainstream" fashion. See previous posts, especially related to my boots challenge. I adore Gothic Lolita and half my closet is stuffed full of Bodyline, secondhand, and handmade Lolita items. 

I am clearly a very multifaceted human being. 

So I suppose that's what has been drawing me to this Pastel Goth movement as of late. I read a lot of articles, looked at lots of photos, and giggled about all the butt-hurt going on regarding this style, in and out of the Goth subculture.

I've always been very inspired by Harajuku and Japanes…

Back-2-School: Dorm Decorating for "Alts"

Decorating a dorm room can be tricky, but even more so if you're of the alternative persuasion. It's not as simple as buying a couple of colorful throw pillows and some gauzy curtains. The dorm style tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere are pretty much useless to a Goth or Punk entertaining the idea of living in a dormitory room.

So I've put together a quick guide to help you with some more alternative decorating:

1. Bedding is important!

This is your ultimate statement piece, what you'll be spending the most time on/around, and the focal point of the room. Buy a bed set that you can either coordinate with a variety of styles or can easily base a theme around. Examples would be stripes, damask, skulls, or other prints. You can also stick with basic black.

2. Frame your windows.

Some dorms allow you to put curtains up in your room. Even you're lucky enough to have this option, buy some curtains that go well with your bed set. If you're not allowed to put new curtains u…

Boots: Outfit #3

You know, I found myself wanting to watch The Labyrinth this morning. I still haven't gotten around to it yet, perhaps that'll be something to indulge in with the boy later but I digress...

Today's ensemble was inspired by the Goblin King himself:

I probably should have done something more interesting with my hair. I was thinking of crimping it and twisting it up or something....but I have 0% energy today so meh.

Outfit Rundown: Blouse - Le Chateau Belt - Target Shorts - Wet Seal Leggings - Walmart Jewelry - Bodyline, vintage Boots - thrifted

Boots: Outfit #2

I swear, one day I'll have money for a tripod and then I'll take photos in a less "blah" area of my home. 

Today's ensemble based around the aforementioned boots is styled in a pirate-lolita kind of way. The only thing I'm really missing is a super cool tricorn and sword! 

Outfit Rundown: Dress - Bodyline Hair pieces - Bodyline, thrifted Blouse - thrifted Socks - Kmart Boots - thrifted

Either way, I really think this is one of my new favorite outfits. Next up....a mori girl goes to tea look. Another lolita/steampunk coordinate, and who knows from there.....