Friday, January 31, 2014

In the Dust: Substyles that are Not for Me

Sary of The Walrus Room recently created a post about the Goth substyles that just didn't work out for her and I thought I would do something along a similar vein. (I love being inspired by other bloggers!)

Styles I Left In The Dust:


I'm still a huge fan of punk rock music and the associated styles. I totally dig mohawks (and I'm sort of rocking one these days...) and the assortment of cliche plaid and safety pin adornments. But I just don't have the stamina to throw myself wholeheartedly into the scene or style. I DO incorporate bits and pieces of it though - combat boots, faux leather, etc.

Cyber Goth

This one takes a lot of dedication and I did make an attempt at it several years ago when I owned a pair of colorful dreadfalls. But I was terrible at makeup back then and I just can't do the super thin drawn on eyebrows. They look horrible on me. Same with colors like green, blue, or purple....mostly.

Not to mention, it's expensive.

Deathrock/Trad Goth

I refuse to dye my hair black again (surprisingly dead is not a good look for me...) and I'm far too lazy for all the backcombing. I do enjoy black eye makeup, but I'm terrible at all the sharp angles created with liquid eyeliner.

That and I sort of despise fishnets unless they're on my legs.

Romantic Goth

The gorgeous flowing dresses with Renaissance era long hair is just something I could never pull off. The whole thing reminds me WAY TOO MUCH of larping gone wrong or the kind of people who frequent Ren Faires (which I can only take in small doses.) That and I'm not particularly fond of any era before that of Industrialization. Ancient Egypt excluded, of course.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Power of Introverts

I'm an introvert. I can admit this with no guilt or shame - I am who I am. I much prefer to spend time alone ( in my room or a library ) with books, the internet, music, and just my own company. Cats welcome, but humans usually not.

In today's society and throughout most of the world, being extroverted is prized as the more superior or desirable trait to have. Introverts like myself are seen as weird, social outcasts, loners, or at worst - problems to be fixed. Most of the self-help books you pick up today promote socializing and group work and being outgoing, something that often times doesn't work for those of us who prefer to curl up with a good book rather than go out for drinks on a Wednesday night.

But there's nothing wrong with being introverted. Not at all.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and suppose that most of us dark little cookies fall closer to the introvert side of the spectrum. I'm going to assume that most of us prefer to spend time with our close friends or family, doing our own thing. Maybe you're into reading, maybe it's music, or maybe it's heading out into the unknown with just your camera.

But in all that time alone you're allowing your mind to expand and grow, to become more as a person, an intellectual even. Possibly why those in the Goth community are considered higher up on the "smarts" scale. Some pretty innovative ideas and solutions have come from more introverted minds. Some of the greatest literature in the last century came from introverts. Most of our technology was born from the minds of introverts. There's power there in solitude.

So the next time someone tells you to get out more, to talk to people more, or be more outgoing, just keep in mind that YOU might be the next great inventor and YOUR mind might change the world.

Now, I'm gonna get back to my textbook on American dialects. Laterz! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Entertainment for the Gothlings

There are a lot of well-known Goth-friendly cartoons out there for a variety of age groups - Beetlejuice, Ruby Gloom, Invader Zim, etc but it was my mission to search a little outside the box and find some that are maybe not so well known.

In my search, I came across two that look fairly promising: Mona the Vampire and Edgar and Ellen.

Mona Parker is a young girl with a vivid imagination who fancies herself a vampire and saves her town often from supernatural phenomena with her friends. This series is French Canadian and didn't air originally in the United States but did show in Canada, France, and even Poland. Luckily, if you want to give series a go in English, it IS available on Netflix.

For those of you off the NA continent, I'm not sure where you'd find it. Sorry. >_<

Edgar and Ellen are 12 year old twins who live alone in a Mansion on the outskirts of a good-goody town called Nod's Limbs - where they spend all day creatively pranking each other and building gadgets from the nearby junkyard. 

This series has a very Addam's Family feel to it, albeit aimed at a younger crowd. This series is also available on Netflix and Nicktoons.

It originally started as a book series for kids and those are still widely available for purchase.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Alternative Makeup for the Harried College Kid

The last thing most of us have time for when we rouse our near dead bodies from the grave - I mean BED! - is impeccable and time consuming makeup. So in my own pursuit of some simple and relatively quick makeup ideas, I came across a few I'd like to share with you!

Emo/Scene Makeup (supposedly for teens)

I would personally skip the glitter bit on this look, but otherwise easy and nice looking.

Wearable Gothic Inspired Makeup

If you skip out on the face makeup (or do your own routine) her eyes and lips bit is awesome for an everyday look.

This one is absolutely perfect! And you don't need any super expensive products either.

I'm only adding this one because it's super cute and this girl has a similar eye shape to me, so I'm definitely gonna give this on a go soon! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

University Uniform - create your own

When I say uniform, I don't mean an actual school uniform. What I'm referring to is your sort of go-to style or outfit base for everyday school situations. Some people constantly reach for jeans and a hoodie, most girls on my campus gravitate towards cheap leggings and UGGs, but my "uniform" is markedly different.

☞ Chances are, it's mostly black. I don't really feel comfortable in anything else.
☞ It probably includes boots of some type - the chunkier the better.
☞ Accessories are often minimal at best.

Here are some examples of the types of clothing I wear to classes and university functions:

College style #1

college style #2

college style #3

college style #4

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Music Discovery: Witchcore

Witchcore, as I've recently discovered, is a genre of music for edgy/geeky college girls, angsty but intellectual high school kids, and those of the darker persuasion looking for something that deviates a little from traditional goth rock.

Witchcore often consists of female-fronted (and sometimes ALL female) acts that are as influenced by Siouxsie and the Banshees as they are by Florence and the Machine. ChartAttack has this to say about it: "Think empowered women, slaying dragons and casting spells, with no cackling to be found whatsoever."

Austra, probably set to become the biggest name in the witchcore scene, are a trio from Toronto, with operatic vocals and creepy synths, lesbian-toned lyrics and a song called Spellwork. 

Blood Ceremony, also from Toronto, are a little more heavy metal but with plenty of macabre subject matter and badass vocals from Alia O'brien, this group conjures up images of hooded robes, rusted swords, and sacrifices to dragons. 

Next up we've got Shady Hawkins, much more Riot Grrrl! than the previous two examples but still appropriately witchy. Dead to Me is probably the perfect album for The Craft - if you're into saucy teen witches who flaunt it for shock value.

Other notable groups to check out:
Cat's Eyes - England
Creep - NYC
Esben and the Witch - England
Grimes - Montreal
Lykke Li - Sweden
Warpaint - L.A.
Chelsea Wolfe - L.A.

But of course I can't end this post without a shoutout to my favorite group displaying some witchcore tendencies. Bat For Lashes is one of my absolute favorite bands in the world. Here's why:


Monday, January 13, 2014

Alterations on the Soul

2013 was a really hard year for me. I pretty much flunked out in two semesters, dealt with a lot of personal crap, and had to come to grips with the idea that my only method of destroying mental illness was to close my eyes, count to ten, and tell myself it wasn't real.

I just wasn't happy with myself. I wasn't motivated to do much of anything - school work, personal hygiene, social obligations, you name it. I avoided it.

My school therapist dropped me, saying I wasn't a good fit, and that definitely set me even more adrift. 

There wasn't really any way to salvage any of 2013. So I cut it off. I'm essentially going to pretend it never happened and start fresh. Right before winter break, I hacked all my hair off and with it the remnaints of my old self.

Goals for 2014:

This year I need to really step up my game in terms of university. I can't let myself slip back into a routine of skipping class and avoiding homework. I can't just shut this stuff out and pretend it's not going to effect my GPA (which is currently garbage) or my future in Japan.

So I took a hard look at how I operate best as a student. In doing so, I realized a couple of things: I hate taking notes and I get bored with lectures REALLY quickly. Especially if I do the assigned reading and pretty much understand all of the day's material. So I bought myself a Chromebook. This is a nice and light portable web browsing monster that has a TON of great apps for students, so I can take notes and browse Pinterest at the same time. Cha-ching!

In terms of consistently attending classes, my biggest hurdle is kicking agoraphobia's ass and actually hauling ass to campus. But now, with my (read: portable) Chromebook - I can just kick it on campus all day long and simply be in the right place at the right time all the time. My biggest problem with hanging out in campus was the fact that I'd get bored VERY quickly while waiting for the next class and so I'd just head home. Why not? My computer was there, coffee was there, food was there, MY BED was there....

Of course, now I can just hole up in one of the university's many buildings and again, browse Pinterest or blog for you guys to pass the time. And if that doesn't satisfy, I can just go ahead and peruse my notes and do my homework.


School is the biggest challenge for me this year. But I do have other goals, particularly ones that pertain to making myself a better person and becoming healthier, but those aren't nearly as interesting. 

I can talk about my hair though!

It's still short - I did a mohawk for the holidays and that was super fun! And just tonight, I shaved up the sides a bit more to clean up the ear area and trimmed up the back. Yeah, I got my own clippers now so no more need to visit the salon. Woot!~