Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Goth Challenge Week 12

Predict the new Goth trend!

With all the rantings and ravings going on over Nu-Goth and Pastel Goth, I think it's safe to say that they've become trends in their own right. So....what's next on the list? Surely it must be something over the top and so utterly Goth that no one else would do it.....


How about wearing wings? No, think about it. I'm not talking sparkly fairy wings that you only bust out for the annual Ren Fest, I'm talking wings that accessorize your outfit!

And there are a TON of styles to choose from - you could wear crow wings, bat wings, angel wings, dark fairy wings, mechanical wings....you name it. And they don't necessarily have to be strapped onto your back either - what about wings on shoes or on headbands?





Let's keep in mind that this whole post is pretty tongue-in-cheek. I have no clue what people are going to want to wear in the future, but I have to admit...I do like the idea of wings. What do you think?


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Easy Iced Coffee


I am a coffee addict and I have no shame. I drink coffee in so many ways - from straight black to loaded up with milk and chocolate syrup. Here's my take on a simple iced coffee that's great for cooling off on hot summer days. I suppose this is all wishful thinking on my part, since it's STILL snowing here!

Easy Iced Coffee

 Brew 10 cups of coffee, your choice of roast

 Let cool

 Pour coffee into 2-qrt pitcher 

 Add 8-10 spoonfuls of sugar (to taste)

 Add 1/4 cup of favorite creamer *(optional)

 Stir in 1.5 to 2 cups of milk*

 Put in fridge and allow to cool. Serve with ice. 

(* Substitutes include non-dairy creamer; almond or soy milk)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sp00ky Fitness

Spring ( and shortly summer ) is just around the corner and like lots of other people, I find myself becoming more and more conscious of just how unfit I currently am. Oh, I'm thin enough, that's not the issue. I'm a frail little flower who can barely lift 50 lbs. This, is unacceptable.

So I've taken to some simple workout routines that can be done from my own bedroom and a new set of yoga poses. But....what do I wear!?

I don't own workout clothes. Not really. I mean, I have a pair of black sneakers but that's really just for show. So in my quest to find something cute and still really comfortable to wear in my fitness endeavors, I've found some things the rest of you might like too:

Leggings:


A godsend in the fitness world, there are plenty of options for us weirdos too. There are a ton of cute patterns and designs to choose from, just make sure they're made from a breathable fabric like cotton and have a lot of stretch to them.

Tank Tops:


Whether you construct your own from some old t-shirts or buy them pre-made, Gothically-inclined tank tops look great as workout gear. I particularly adore this Edgar Allen Poe tank!

Which brings me to my next point:

T-shirts:


T-shirts that are a size or two big on you are great for things like jogging, since they have a lot of breathing room and let in much needed air flow.

Sneakers:


I know your Converse look pretty badass, but they're not suitable running shoes. Not at all. Find something with support and cushion, there are plenty of styles that come in black and other wild colors. You can always trade out the laces for something more interesting too. 

Hair Support:


Nothing is nastier than coating your teased up mane with a slick layer of sweat. Make sure you tie that mess back and secure all fly-aways with a cute and spooky headband like the one pictured above.  

I shouldn't have to tell you to leave all jewelry at home. If you insist on wearing makeup, do make sure it's of the waterproof variety and keep it simple. Melting faces don't look good in any subculture. Except maybe on an alien planet....that could possibly be a thing there....heh.

Anyways, hope this helped. What do you wear when getting healthy?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April Showers


Rain is one of my favorite things about spring. The torrential downpours wash away all the grime and dirt and salt of a long winter. Rain brings greenery and life back into the grey and ugly world. The healing waters of life are the most powerful when falling from the sky.



Okay, enough poetics. There's a definite downside to rain as well. For some people it's flooding....for me, it's migraines. That's right, folks, I'm a human barometer and when it's gonna rain hard I know it because my temples pound and my eye throbs. It's lovely.

Still, isn't there something soothing about rain? It's the perfect weather for a cup of tea and a great classic novel. It's the perfect excuse to stay inside and watch movies or play video games. But it's also fun to run around outside like an idiot whilst jumping in puddles.



The sound of rain can lull one to sleep too. It's a real shame that whenever you're having a restless night you can't just send up a request to the sky gods....or can you?

www.rainymood.com

This is my absolute favorite website in the whole world. It's just a constant looping track with pouring rain and the occasional strike of thunder. The dripping window-pane screen definitely doesn't hurt for the effect either. I suggest checking it out, not only is it great for sleeping or writing, but it also sounds amazing behind a lot of music!



But lets not forget the most important accessory for rain - umbrellas! My favorite one (pictured here) is a simple vinyl umbrella with a Monet inspired landscape print. I think it's the perfect spring umbrella and much cheerier than the usual solid colors we find.






See, it's totally the same, right? Do you have any cute umbrellas or rain gear? I've been thinking about finding myself a cute pair of Wellies to match my umbrella but so far they remain elusive. Oh well....I'll keep looking!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Goth Challenge Week 11

Parasols: Vital or Frivolous?


There is no one definitive answer as to whether a parasol is an important accessory or simply there for aesthetic value. It depends highly on the individual and their perceived need or use of one. 

If you're of the pale-skinned variety (like me) and you live in a sunny climate where you tend to burn easily and overheat often (again, like me) then a parasol can be a life saving device. Not only does it shield you from direct sunlight, thus keeping your complexion ghostly white, but it also serves as a small spot of cooling shade wherever you are. 

In some fashions, like Lolita or Victorian, a parasol seems to be a handy accessory. Sometimes it completes the outfit and sometimes it can also serve for the functions above. Walking through a sunny summer garden under a parasol can transport you back in time, to an era where elegance and grace reigned supreme. And even if they didn't, you can still pretend. 


Parasols are still widely used in Japan. You can see many traditional paper parasols being used by Geisha in Kyoto and at festivals where women are clad in kimono. The modern Japanese use parasols as well, Japan is a very hot country and carrying your own shade around is almost mandatory!


Most of these parasols are made of vinyl or plastic so they can double as an umbrella - Japan also rains a lot.  

Parasols come in varying colors, sizes, and materials. Some are lacy vintage concoctions beloved by period actors and historical fashion enthusiasts alike. Some are paper thin and delicately adorned with scrawling calligraphy, an excellent Asian souvenir. And some are purely practical, like this Gothic Lolita parasol that looks adorable but it also quite functional:


Do you own a parasol? Do you find it necessary in your daily life or more of a hindrance? Let me know in the comment section below!

Monday, April 8, 2013

† Today it gets personal †

Today is not a good day.

It seems like everything's converging into a major breaking point and I'm not sure where to go from here. Today I got an email from my Creative Writing professor saying I had missed too many class periods and had failed his class. There's really nothing I can do - I can't even use depression or anxiety as leverage anymore. 

I'm having a tough time completing an "incomplete" from last semester, so if I can't get that resolved by the end of the month that'll make two classes I officially failed. Financial Aid is gonna love me, aren't they? They might even drop me and I'll have NO HELP paying for school.

I just....don't know what to do now.

I want to curl up into a ball and die for a couple of years. Maybe when I reemerge I'll be able to deal with the world again....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Goth Challenge Week 10

Why I Don't Wear Goth All The Time:



Certainly, I'm not the first one to postulate this, but Goth fashion isn't always practical. Would I love to wear Victorian bustle skirts and frilly blouses on a daily basis? Sure! But that just doesn't work for me in my day-to-day routines. And sometimes....I just don't want to wear black.

I actually like color. I don't mind keeping up with the occasional fashion trends. And sometimes I just want to wear a swishy pink dress. 

Goth IS a big part of my existence. I wouldn't feel whole without it. But I am more than just Goth - I am so many things. I'm a romantic girl who likes flowy dresses and rain showers. I'm that chic thing with heeled boots and skinny jeans. I'm that casual summer bum in cut-off shorts and a peasant blouse. 

It seems though, that no matter what I'm wearing there is always something kind of dark or eerie about it. Why outfit could be all white but there'd probably some tattered lace and skull design somewhere. I could be in neutrals, but I guarantee my jewelry would be of a grotesque or macabre nature. None of this would be Goth, necessarily....but I still think those tendencies shine through no matter what.

So I don't need to dress like a Goth all the time to know that it's still an important part of who I am. And I don't need others to see my Goth-ness to validate it, either.