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Goth Challenge Week Seven

Corsets or No?


Some people heavily favor a curvy silhouette and if that's what they're seeking or attracted to, more power to them. As for me, I'm of a more androgynous persuasion. I will likely never wear a corset. I have no real desire to define my waist or emphasize the fact that I actually have boobs. My preferred silhouette is a bit slender and boyish.

I do, however, think corsets (and similarly corset-styled tops) can look fabulous on some people. What's really amazing is how corset tops can work with a variety of styles:








Daily Outfit Snap

I have a new Photobucket account so I've been playing around with all these new editing features that never existed way back in the day. Kind of fun, I suppose.







Alternative "Lifestyles"

So what contitutes a lifestyle?

"Noun The way in which a person or group lives: "the benefits of a healthy lifestyle". Synonyms way of life"

And what is a subculture?


"Noun A cultural group within a larger culture, often having beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger culture."


I suppose my question then, now that we've defined our terms, is this: Can a subculture entail a lifestyle?

You see, I came across a lovely tumblr yesterday, Goth Confessions, and it has been explicitly stated that Goth is NOT a lifestyle. At all. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Which got me to wondering...why not?

Yes, I understand that watching nothing but horror films and old Elvira reruns is not necessarily Goth. Drinking tea from hand-painted skull mugs is not Goth. Decorating your house from front to back with black velvet drapes and wrought-iron furniture isn't Goth either. But that's only skimming the broadest definition of lifestyle.

A subculture, lik…

Goth Challenge Week Six

3 Things I Wish I Was Told As A Baby-bat:


1.) The Crow is NOT the be all and end all to makeup ideas.



2.) Marilyn Manson, while looking dark and spooky, does not make Goth music.



3.) It's okay to NOT wear all black all the time. Color isn't the devil, as it were. And pink isn't the antithesis of Goth. 


Will the real Goth please stand up?

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Occasionally I take a perusal through these silly teen girl/fashion community websites and on Gurl.com I came across this lovely little gem of a web comic. Rachel the Great has her own site where she uploads a lot of her quaint little comics, many of which are related to alternative subcultures in one way or another. 
This one, while submitted a LONG time ago, still seems to ring true today, considering the current proliferation in mainstream fashion of skulls, spikes, and studs. I suggest having a look at it and seeing if you get from it what I did.
That all alternative cultures are full of elitists, noobz, and poseurs, but also that everyone "wears" it their own way and that doesn't make one better than the other. Anyways, I thought it was cute and still relevant, so let me know what you think! 

Goth Challenge Week Five

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







On a typical day, I don't really get many reactions. Of course, on a typical day 

it's bloody winter, and so I'm all layered up with coats and hats and such. 

So, on a not so typical day when I've got all my finery on (and this ranges 

from fluffy dresses to fishnets with a mini skirt) I get a range of reactions.


If I'm on my college campus....there will definitely by the rude frat boy calling

 out to me "Hey, it's not Halloween!" or "Little Bo Peep!". Something to that

 effect, which I completely ignore. If I feel brave, I toss them my most

 scathing look ever. Wither where you stand, useless mortal scum.


Once in a while there are girls on campus who will compliment me on my 

tights or my hat or my boots (lots of people like me boots, actually!) and to 

this I respond with a smile and a sincere "thank you" which seems to be the 

most appropriate response to compliments. 


Som…

Liebster Award

So it seems I've been nominated for a Blog Award:



Normally, I don't often respond to this sort of thing because the questions involved seem too personal, there are too many, or I simply can't come up with anything that hasn't been said a MILLION times already. And coming up with random questions for others is difficult sometimes too.

But here goes:


The rules for accepting the award are:  -Post 11 random facts about yourself. -Answer the 11 questions that the nominating blogger asked you. -Ask 11 questions to the bloggers that you nominate. -Nominate 11 new bloggers and link their blogs in your post. -Make sure you tell the bloggers that they've won !

11 Facts About Me
1.) I'm a natural redhead. 2.) I'm a quarter of a century old. 3.) The crow is my spirit animal - they follow me everywhere. 4.) I'm a sucker for all things damask or lacy. 5.) I think the violin is the sexiest instrument ever. 6.) I don't play - yet! 7.) I very rarely go to live shows, it's just …

Goth Shopping Haul + Daily Outfit!

On Wednesday, I went shopping. I had some money hanging out on one of my debit cards, so I took that and went to the mall before my Japanese test. I got some cute stuff, which I will detail below:







I'm really happy with everything that I got. Claire's was having a jewelry sale, so I got the zipper bracelet and the ring for super cheap, and the cross bracelet was only $6. The book, The Black Arts, was priced at $9 and for a used/really good condition book that's a fair price. The leggings were the most expensive, but that's a given. They were on sale for $15 or so. Great quality, can't wait to wear them.






Also casually dressed up today. I'm pretty sick still, so I'm just lounging, hence the purple slippers. But I've got my handmade dress on, with a thrifted bolero, some jewelry (including the new stuff) and my beloved purple lipstick!


Goth Challenge Week Four

32. My Best Deal






I can comfortably say that all of my best deals have originated in one tiny little Adventist run thrift store in downtown Buffalo, Minnesota. All of them. I guess the older generation of ladies in my little Midwest town once had a penchant for ruffly blouses, faux fur, and lace dresses. Because the items in all of these images came from that little store. The two blouses above are definitely two of my favorite finds - I can wear them with nearly anything. The sheer blouse looks great under dresses or layered over tank tops. The shiny short sleeved blouse is also great for under dresses, and I love tossing it under some of my simpler JSKs, but it's also great as a standalone item to dress up a simple pair of pairs or a skirt.




The cropped 1920's cut jacket looks like it's made of a shag carpet, but the softest and highest quality shag carpet. It's a difficult texture to describe. The inside has a lovely satin lining and I feel just gorgeous wearing it! It&…

To Observe a Crow

. ~ . To observe a crow is to note the cruel shine on his midnight cloak. Take heed each tilt of his head and glint of his eyes, the crow sees all, you know.
To observe a crow is to listen keenly to his piercing call. He signals to some that death is near, and warns his brethren to keep alive.
To observe a crow is to watch him with envy in flight. A darm omen on swift wings he soars, the familiar of the old gods and messengers of war.
To observe a crow is to know his true role, a ferry for souls to the land of the dead, and a predator in the darkened treetops.
To observe a crow is to sit quietly in the wilderness, pen at the ready and ink to spare. He is beauty, and he knows it, he will preen.
To observe a crow is to watch him watching you. . ~ .