Saturday, August 25, 2012

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!

For more information about bats and what they do for our world, visit 

Friday, August 24, 2012

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 just get rolling. I honestly think if I wasn't on my medication I would have gone bat-shit crazy this week.

I'm...kind of lonely. I don't feel quite like I fit in here. I had the same feeling last year. I feel totally at home back in that small town my family lives in, even though I'm not really a small-town kind of girl. Still....this city just has a vibe that clashes with mine. St Cloud and I may never get along.

Luckily, I'm only here for school and then I'm NEVER GOING BACK!~

I mean it.

Chris is coming up tomorrow to spend the weekend with me. I'm really happy, since I haven't spoken with him much all week and I really miss snuggling and hanging out. And it's easier for him to stay here instead of my other dorm seeing as I have my own room and a much larger bed. <3

I put a video up of my first week here in the dorm. I took a little bit of video everyday to explain what I was up and how things were going. Find it on my channel if you're interested!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

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 probably make tea, just because.

Maybe I'll watch Beetlejuice from the comfort of my new bed as well. Why not....?

Oh yeah, if you don't read my other blogs, here are some photos of my dorm room:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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 bed. They're pretty much opposite what they originally were and I'm quite pleased with it. Even more so pleased with the amount of natural light my room gets. ^_^

Then we began moving stuff in. Once all the boxes and containers were haphazardly tossed into my bedroom, I began to put things away. I made my bed. I put all my bathroom stuff and toiletries in the bathroom. I hung up everything already attached to a hanger. I set up my lamp and alarm clock. 

So far, so good. It's looking fairly homey now. 

Then I meandered out to the kitchen and took stock of the pantry areas and cupboard space. I commandeered a small cupboard near the fridge, and the drawer right next to it for my cooking stuff. I shoved all my bake-ware into the cubby underneath the stove/oven. I also placed my rice cooker just above the sink. There's still PLENTY of space left for other people's items, so I'd better not get any complaints. :)

After I put everything away, we went to eat at Five Guys, which is the best burger joint in the world. Chris got some new shoes for work at Payless Shoes, and then we stopped at Savers (Largest Thrift Store Ever!) and I found a fry pan and a sauce pan with a lid for under $5. Score! 

Anyways...I didn't get any photos, but this link here SHOULD work once the video is done being processed. If not, I'll have to reupload. *sigh*

Cheerio then! 

p.s. The correct link is up now!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Boots: Outfit #5

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

☠ 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 Japanese street fashion. I see a LOT of that influencing Pastel Goth, which is nice. I'm also seeing more traditionally Goth elements sneaking their way into this Pastel thing. Crosses, pentacles, Ankhs, even. Cats, skeleton tights, colorful bat and eyeball accessories.... etc.  

However....I've come to the conclusion that this style shouldn't be called Pastel Goth, because normally those wearing it have little to no connection to the original Goth subculture. Rather, I think it should be called Gothic Pastel. Because, frankly, it's pastel colors being worn in a dark, alternative, or even Gothic way. But it's not Goth, in and of itself. 

Similar to Gothic Lolita. It's Lolita, with Gothic elements. It's not called Lolita Goth for a reason, yes? 

Would I wear this style? 

No doubt. Because it combines my love of cute things, my appreciation for Harajuku street style, and my naturally spooky and morbid personality. 

However, this isn't the end-all-be-all of fashion for me. I'm NEVER giving up Lolita. I will never fully give up traditional Goth fashion either. This is just another addition to the many quirky looks I find complement who I am. 

And if anyone asks what I'm wearing on one of those particular days.... I'm calling it "Gothic Pastel".

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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 up OR your roommate objects to heavy black drapes that block out all possible daylight, try hanging the curtains on the wall above your bed. You can create a sort of faux headboard/canopy and it can look very elegant and macabre.

3. Protect your feet!

In most dorm halls, the floors don't have carpeting. Whether you're dealing with bland tile or hardwood floors, they're bound to get cold during the winter months. Invest in a cute rug. You can find lots of neat ones on the internet - that's where I found these two cute skull rugs! You can also find damask, Hello Kitty, or Halloween themed rugs.

4. Deck the walls.

Posters are often the go-to choice for decorating dorm walls, since most halls will forbid you from putting holes in the walls. That means tacks and nails are out, but posters stick to the wall nicely with tape or putty. You can find cute posters like the hello Kitty one above, band posters, or you can choose to be a little bit more artsy and nab some wall decals. Chandeliers, birds, trees, and graveyards are popular.

5. Misc. Props

Don't forget the little things that count! Swap out your boring desk chair for something like the one above or create your own slipcover. Goth up your textbooks with spooky book covers made of wrapping paper or fabric. Add a choice candelabra to your nightstand or perhaps a sparkly skull to sit next to your alarm clock.

Other Tips:
~ Consult your roommate first and give them a head's up about your style choices.
~Be considerate. If your roommate is terrified of spiders, don't throw fake cobwebs all over the desk area.
~Don't damage the walls, floor, furniture, or closets. Be prepared to pay a damage fee if you do.
~Go crazy. This is your home-away-from-home, so make it comfortable for you!

Monday, August 13, 2012

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

Friday, August 10, 2012

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.....