Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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:








Friday, February 22, 2013

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.







Thursday, February 21, 2013

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, like Goth, can very much define the way a person lives. And Goth, which revolves around a particular music genre and the attitudes presented with it, can very much affect the way one lives their life. Each person's subsequent lifestyle is going to have some fluctuations, of course, but the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, the people you interact with and HOW you interact with them is all part of a lifestyle and for some of us, Goth is a rather big influence.

This is only one side of the coin, naturally, and there's plenty of speculation going the other way.

I want to draw on the example of the Lolita lifestyle. This "concept" is lauded quite proudly by many a Lolita who believe that their everday activities are an extension of the Lolita fashion. Many of them cite activities such as drinking tea, baking, sewing and embroidery, blogging, dressing up everyday, and basically indulging in all things cute, creepy-cute, historical, or whimsical.

However, you can enjoy sewing, baking, tea, and reblogging cupcake photos quite immensely and the only thing you wear are jeans and t-shirts. Does this mean you live a Lolita lifestyle though? Of course not! Lots of people enjoy these things and know absolutely nothing about the Lolita fashion.

And the same can likewise be said for Goth. You can enjoy many aspects of life that other Goths take great pleasure in without being a Goth, naturally. The key difference for me, is that these people who put forth the notion that they ARE living a subculturally related lifestyle, is that they relate their everyday activities to that subculture.

That's the only difference, but I do think it's a crucial one. If you feel that your subculture truly does affect every aspect of how you live your life, I will not tell you that don't have Lolita or Goth lifestyle. That's simply not my place.

And I'm not even going to get into the various different definitions of "lifestyle" - you've got sociological perspectives, anthropological perspectives, and so forth. So it's kind of futile to argue this too seriously.

To summarize my entire point: If you believe you are living a specific lifestyle, kudos to you. I won't deny you are or you aren't. That's your right!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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. 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

On the up and up....

As some of you may have known, I've been pretty sick this past week. I don't get sick, really sick, often but when I do it's bad and it kicks my ass. I'm still sniffling and blowing my nose constantly but it seems that the worst it is is passing by now. Still, I feel like I snorted my brain out into all those tissues....where on Earth does all the snot come from!?




So, fashion wise, my aim for this week was cute but comfy. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can only take so much of sitting around in sweats before I get bored and end up busting out the eyeliner and lipstick, so I figured I would dress up as well.

Outfit Rundown:
~Dress - Target~
~Top - Walmart~
~Leggings - Walmart~
~Slippers - Target?~
~Jewelry - varies~


Trying to take a photo of the back of one's head is rather difficult, no? Anyways, I think I managed to capture the cutesy ponytail thing I did well enough. It was really simple too!


As for today, I'm wearing my favorite pair of department store jeans and a velvet romantic Goth-style blouse. Very comfy but quite lovely.


Outfit Rundown:
~Blouse - thrifted~
~Jeans - JC Penny~
~Slippers - Target~
~Jewelry - varies~

No interesting hairstyle today.



Please ignore the strange need I have for bizarre and artsy self-portraits. I look horrible head-on anyhow. ^_^

Friday, February 15, 2013

Will the real Goth please stand up?



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! 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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. 


Sometimes people on the bus want to know where I bought a certain item or 

why I wear it. I'm always polite to these people, because often it's just 

curiosity driving them and if one of these so-called "freaks" has a pleasant 

conversation with them, their less inclined to think badly towards the rest of 

us. 


I love the reactions I get when I dress up in Lolita in my hometown though. 

Ironically, I'm more accepted there in a small farming community than I am 

here at school which is a big city that supposedly embraces diversity. I can go 

to Walmart or the grocery store in big poofy skirts, rocking horse shoes, and 

hair teased to high hell and I mostly get friendly comments and the occasional 

"secretly" snapped photo. Even young kids seem to think it's awesome.


Although, the girls who work at Biolife always really seem to enjoy when I 

come in to donate plasma with a dress on or my hair curled. 


On the whole, I'd say I get mostly good reactions to how I dress. And the bad 

stuff.....doesn't really phase me anymore.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Of long weekends and illness....



So I'm sick. This seems to be a trend lately and I think all the school stress has annihilated my immune system. This is really craptastic, though, because I have a sore throat, a possible fever, and a nasty pressurized nasal cavity - feels like a sinus infection, only worse. I might have the flu.

I had an interesting weekend though, I suppose. I was able to kick back and relax a fair amount seeing as I got snowed in at my hometown until Monday afternoon. The snowstorm itself was lovely though and that kind of weather always makes me want to curl up with a book and some hot cocoa.

I also got to sit in on an xbox session with my brother and some of his buddies, one of which was quite drunk. I ended up on a mic as well, so I could chit-chat. Monumentally amusing, to say the least. I haven't laughed quite like that in a while now. And there's something quite zen about sitting there watching people shoot each other on Call of Duty.

I picked some new stuff up at Walmart and the dollar store as well, because I was running low on some essential toiletries. I needed new shampoo, body wash, shower puffs, and I found myself craving some form of bubble bath solution.


The trip to Walmart was a bit more interesting. They had some cute shirts on clearance and seeing as I don't really own t-shirts at all, I invested a bit.




I cut the sleeves off the bow crop top because the only size left was S and the sleeves were too tight. So a little improv on something that was only $5.



I needed a new notebook for my creative writing pursuits. This composition notebook with stripes was 97 cents, and the poster sitting next to it is a Joker image from Arkham Asylum:


In less pleasant news, I recently discovered that I owe my university $742 in unpaid tuition costs. I guess my courses were a little pricier this semester. Rawr. So now I'm in the process of trying to snag a job and I applied tonight (after haphazardly tossing my resume back together) at a local thrift/consignment shop. If I don't get a call from them this week then I'll start applying with random jobs on campus. I need to pay this shit off so I can register for next year at some point.

I suppose it couldn't hurt to have a job nowadays anyhow. The money will be nice, that's for sure.

Hey! Maybe I should put a donate button up - if any of you lovely folks have extra funds sitting in your bank account I could certainly use them. ^_^

Saturday, February 9, 2013

An outfit for chillaxing

So on Friday, after my super easy Astronomy test, I hung out with my friend Katie. We checked out this thrift/consignment shop really close to campus and then she bought me lunch at Pacific Wok. Woot!

Anyways, I'm really impressed by the selection at Threads (the shop, obviously) and seeing as they're hiring I might put in an application. If I'm going to work somewhere, I want to work somewhere fun and easy. The shop is small but very cozy and if I got a discount I would happily wear a lot of their clothing to work!

Then we hung around in Pacific Wok and ate teriyaki goodness afterwards, whilst talking about all sorts of things - like how silly hardcore gamers are and how irrational parents can be.


Ghost!


Leggings - DEB
Shorts - WetSeal
Sweater - JC Penny
Slippers - Walmart
Necklace - Ebay




Friday, February 8, 2013

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 not my thing.
8.) ちょっと日本語をはなします。
9.) I'm a "city" witch.
10.) Beetlejuice is my favorite fandom.
11.) I find the number eleven to be really random here.....lol.

Questions from Aina Noire:

1. Who is your favorite fashion idol?
~ I don't have a specific one, I draw inspiration from lots of people.~

2. What is your least favorite part of your morning routine?
~Brushing my teeth, ugh.~

3. What is your favorite item of clothing to wear?
~ My new lace up granny boots.~

4. Where is your favorite place to sit and have "quiet time"?
~ I honestly don't have a place like that right now. I don't get the luxury of quiet time often.~

5. Is there anything that you wish you were better at?
~ Of course. Mostly just better at writing. I can always improve.~

6. Do you have any hobbies?
~ I enjoy sewing, baking, reading, and writing. Will soon add violin to that.~

7. If you had to choose only three foods to eat for the rest of your life, what would they be?
~ Sushi, Salad, Soup.~

8. What would you like to be doing right now?
~ Honestly, what I'd like to do all the time. Sleep.~

9. What is your dream dress/skirt/etc.?
~ Don't have one. I don't really follow brands much. But just a simple black JSK that I can wear with everything. That's preferable.~

10. Do you like wearing makeup? Why?
~ Sometimes. Most of the time I can't be arsed to bother with it. But I enjoy how it looks when I have the time to make it look good.~

11. If you could live with anybody, who would it be?
~ My boyfriend, of course!~


11 Questions for You!

1.) How many languages do you speak and what are they?
2.) Name you favorite film from the 80's.
3.) Do you use a smartphone. Why or why not?
4.) If you could visit any city in the world, what would it be?
5.) Do you prefer tea or coffee?
6.) If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
7.) Concerning literature, what's your guilty pleasure?
8.) Do you like any music that's WAY outside your subculture?
9.) If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would you choose?
10.) You have to choose a class: History or Biology - what do you pick and why?
11.) How do you feel about the number eleven?

And so I nominate:

http://bubblegothinspired.blogspot.com/

http://bats-and-bunnies.blogspot.com/

http://crimson-lily.blogspot.com/

http://bookish-beauty.blogspot.com/

http://thedarkvictorian.blogspot.com/

http://whitescissors.blogspot.com/

http://frillsoldman.blogspot.com/

http://hollyshorrorland.blogspot.com/

http://www.justinechantelleblog.net/

http://catieholker.blogspot.com/

http://chouzuru.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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!