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Goth Challenge Week Three

20. How Satisfied I Am With My Current Wardrobe

I think there's a problem when you take a glance into your closet and all you can come up with is a "What am I going to wear now...?" Right now, my wardrobe is a hodge-podge of stuff and styles that, frankly, just don't match. I have a solid chunk of poofy Lolita things taking up one half and the rest is all a jumble of sheer black blouses, tank tops, jeans, maxi dresses, skirts, and socks that don't seem to go with any particular outfit. Nevermind that I seem to acquire new shoes regularly that I can't seem to make work with any one style or another. 

Finding an outfit for the day is a battle of wits, it seems. Okay, I can wear this top with this cardigan and oh dear, is it too cold for a skirt? Where are my jeans? Maybe leggings, but I don't have any in that color....No, but I really want to wear those boots too and this simply doesn't match and....

Do you see where I'm going? I used to love saying th…

Fashion Bands!

I got the idea for this post from Sary, over at The Walrus Room, because she was talking about bands or musicians that inspire her fashion-wise on one of our FB communities. So this got me thinking....are there any bands I like more for their style than their actual music and this is a resounding: YES.


Exist Trace is a visual kei band from Japan featuring an all girl line up. The girl on the left, Miko, is the most feminine in the group, often donning full on aristocrat or Gothic lolita outfits. The rest of the girls are strikingly androgynous and very gorgeous. 

I only like a few of their songs; the vocalist often indulges in using the same sort of vocal screeching common in the more modern visual kei bands, but she does occasionally sing like a woman. Her voice is quite deep though, so it suits the genre nicely. 


Moi Dix Mois is a group I have a love/hate relationship with. They look frakking awesome, but Mana is such a douche that it makes it really hard for me to have any respec…

Goth Challenge Week Two

4. Favorite Thing to Put on My Head

Why, hats of course! And all manner of hats are fair game. From top hats to tea hats to sun hats to even the occasional slouchy beanie.

Some Things Never Change

I brought a good chunk of my finery back up here with me after winter break. Guess where it's sitting? If you guessed my closet, you'd be 100% correct. It's not that I don't want to wear it. It's not that I'm afraid of people reacting strangely. It's not that I just want to fit in and be invisible.....

St. Cloud makes me a really lazy person. I'll admit it. When it comes down to it, when I get up at 7:00 am the last thing I want to do is make sure my petticoat is fluffy enough and that my eyeliner is even. Mostly I just want to throw on some clothing, grab coffee, and survive the day. Mostly. 

It doesn't help that it's been COLD AS FUCK pretty much all week. We're well below freezing here and bordering on "frostbite in seconds" territory. It kind of blows, but right now my entire focus has been on layering up to stay really really warm and not much else. 

And then there's the added perk of coming down with something like a really …

Goth Challenge Week One

10. How I first found out about Goth fashion

I'm inclined to say I've always been into Goth fashion, but perhaps I didn't always know to call it Goth or what-have-you. From an early age I was very inspired by the characters in Tim Burton movies and as a child Edward Scissorhands was a fascinating display of pale skin, wild hair, and a black body suit. 

From the very beginning Beetlejuice was a hit for me. I loved Lydia's gelled to death spiky bangs and her large black sunhats. And black and white stripes will always have a place in my art. 

I suppose, even as a child I was drawn to more "gothy" things - a friend in elementary school had a pair of black witchy boots that I used to beg her to let me borrow. I wore my black swimsuit with all my skirts and dresses too, just to know I had something black underneath even though my mom insisted on dressing me in pink and purple as a child. She really didn't like those witch boots. 

It was't really until high sch…

"takko raisu" and the start of the semester!

So marks the beginning of spring semester 2013. Can you believe it's really 2013 now? We survived the apocalypse!

I only had one class today, which was very strange because the first day of the semester is usually the busiest, no? But just one class and that was Japanese (which I've had before) at 5 pm so I was free to do pretty much whatever I wanted most of the day.

Because I'm low on funds, I chose to head over to Biolife to pimp out some of my inner fluids and make some quick cash. So that was the earlier portion of my day.

Once back on campus for real, I decided to get some food but there was no more premade sushi in the marketplace! Whhaaa! And there was no one at the sushi bar either, so I couldn't order any. That was tragic. Instead I headed over to 6th Street Grill because I chat up the manager lady who's always there and she explained to me that everything was now made to order. Very different system but I was able to navigate it. Not sure h…

Cooking Experiments! Azuki Paste

Azuki paste, commonly known simply as sweet red bean paste, is a staple in many Asian sweets, especially the Japanese daifuku, ice cream, and anpan. Since azuki paste is nigh impossible to find around here (and I have to travel into the cities to find an Asian grocer who stocks it) I decided to make my own. You can easily buy small red beans here in bags, so that's what I did. 
The recipe I followed (mostly) is this one: click me!

First you need to soak the beans. Dry beans are super hard and take FOREVER and a day to cook up, so I recommend three hours at least and one full night at best. Since I was a little pressed for time, I only soaked mine for three hours. 

I wrote the recipe down so I wouldn't forget what to do! Now I can take this with me to campus and have it on hand if I want to make more at some time! 

Heat the sucker up!

Get those beans boiling. I let that go for about five-ten minutes before lowering the heat.

Then cover and simmer for about an hour and a half. If you …

A Late Holiday Haul

This is quite late in coming, I realize but I haven't really had the time nor motivation to blog about much of anything. That, and after the holidays things got a little hazy. I'm not actually sure what I did this past week, except for a lot of sleeping. And I'm still not quite out of my funk. But without further ado:

A necklace/earring set from the boy's brother's wife, Becky.
A headband/bracelet set from the boy's Mom.
An artsy mug with English Breakfast Tea and goodies.
Hello Kitty pj pants, too short. Will need alteration!
Converse knee-high socks. Also came in black.
A damask print apron. One of my favorite gifts.
And last, but not least!
An original set of Beetlejuice, the animated series, collector cards. All 100 cards plus 20 glow in the dark stickers.
This one made me so happy~! Thanks Mom!

Two outfits for around New Years. No pettis and I'm not calling it Lolita, either. ^_~