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Well, my dears, I am back once more. With some closet additions, reviews and tales from life. Lets do tales from life first, shall we?

My friend Nate was kind enough to swath me in plastic wrap and duct tape and somehow managed to magically transform the three hour venture into a fantastic reproduction of my torso, with accurate measurements, as a dress form. Best of all, it was supremely inexpensive. I shall be playing his part in the next episode of this story either tomorrow or next week. Timing is a bit unsure as of now.

I went rambling all over two malls and saw The Hunger Games for a second time with the lovely Cindy. We got rained on bunches. I, like the silly disbeliever of the weather person I am, left my umbrella at home. There was makeup purchased at Inglot ($5 per 2.3/2.5g pot!), no luck in lipstick searching, tea was sniffed, tasted, and bought at Teavana (mmm, pu-erh), and food was nommed. From there we went off in search of burgundy pants and a maroon paisley shirt for cosplay purposes, but it was fruitless. We consoled ourselves with gelato, and went back to my house to watch another movie. It was quite the big day!

Last week I went hunting for yet more fabric for Maleficent, as I had come to the conclusion that the plum fabric I bought was perfect for her under dress, but not for the lining of her robe. I also needed to get robin’s egg blue fabric for recreating the Alice dress that I intend to do absolutely accurately this time. $4.99 p/yard on sale for both, thank goodness, as I am over budget already thanks to Fluevog having a sale as well with perfect timing, if not perfect selection.

I am now the proud owner of a pair of Soprano Inge boots, size 10, Fluevogs notoriously run small, for over 50% off! They are black, not plum like Alice actually wears, but they’re still the right shoe! And weren’t $450! And I’m more likely to wear them outside cosplay in black! So, not at all bad. Also, the lining is baby pink leather. Very interesting. Also, very, very comfy. They may be my new everyday boots. Oops! This may mean goodbye to the T.U.K.s. Haven’t decided, yet.

I have patterns for Hatter’s shirt, one to alter for Alice’s dress for which I have and have cut the fabric for, and one for Maleficent’s robe. Still must figure out her cowl, probably going to be getting help from Nate for fiberglass molding it, her collar, and I shall be making a simple dress or skirt with undersleeves attached to the robe sleeves. Probably the latter, as Comic Con is in July. Calculating cosplays for heat is all important. Also, for how long you can stand in them. Hence Hatter and Alice, as they’re more practical, especially without the coats.

I bought a pair of shoes from Charlotte Russe. Platform patent pumps that are super tall to give me the regal height needed for Maleficent as I’m quite petite. I tried them out the other day, with heel and ball of foot inserts. They will likely not be everyday shoes, but they’re workable for the cosplay.

And last but not least, consumables. A while ago I got four bottles of essential oil perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy lab. They are Belladonna and Strangler Fig from the Rappaccini’s Garden collection, Zombi from the Ars Moriendi collection, and Philologus from the VILF or Vampires Don’t Sleep Alone collection. The latter two are absolutely my favorites. Zombie starts out with a heavy kick of fresh turned earth, and slowly mellows to a dried moss scent, and Philologus smells like a wonderfully old and dusty library just as it is described. Strangler Fig is very green and goes well with Zombie when I mix them on my skin, and Belladonna is also very green but fruity as well.

That’s it, really. I must wake up early to study for two Chinese quizzes tomorrow, so I shall leave you with an outfit picture from today when I tried out the Hatter pants and Alice boots.

I'm even wearing my Maleficent Disney pin, so all three planned cosplays are represented! *please do not use this picture without permission.

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Two movies I am completely fangirling over today.

One:

Two:

Now I’m off to flail about some more. Feel free to join me!

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It’s been a while since I last posted, and I’ve been meaning to take pictures for this but life gets in the way. Also, I procrastinate like nobody’s business. On to reviews.

First up, the T.U.K. boots I bought. The most immediate order of business after getting them out of the box? Taking a Sharpie to the white thread. I really don’t like black shoes with white thread. (I also don’t much like when the rubber on the bottom is a different color than the boot itself. Hence why I went for these instead of Docs.)

Broke them in within a week of getting them, had to wear some bandaids over my ankles since they were the most rubby of all the uncomfortable bits. I also have one arch that is slightly higher than the other, so that hurt for a while. Two pairs of socks over the bandaids, one slippery underneath, one regular over that. Now I think they’re finally done, but the leather is still VERY stiff. Should loosen up in the next couple months, but that’s probably my biggest warning. These are tough cookie boots, with stubborn leather that doesn’t want to move for your feet. Just so you know.

They also weigh about 3lbs each, but that’s really not as bad as some spooky type boots I’ve tried, let alone some I’ve seen.

Second, the burgundy Opaque Thigh Highs from Sock Dreams. These are fantastic, as expected, since I have the black version already. I think I might get a few other colors as well. You do need a garter belt! Or sock glue, but I have never tried that, I can’t say how well it works. These stockings will not even try to stay up on their own, and if you have thicker thighs, like me, they tend to roll a bit at the top even with garters keeping them in place. It’s probably the only fault with them. They are super soft, with a nice dense weave so the color is truly opaque, and they don’t sag after a day of walking. No fiddling with the ankles and knees every few minutes like with some hosiery! (They are also the perfect color compared to the N40s in burgundy I also got, but have not worn yet, for my Halloween costume. Bonus!)

I still need to alter the blue Alice dress, but I did paint the boots as soon as they got here and they turned out great. I do want to post pictures for the reviews, but as I am an awkward person who can’t seem to take a good picture of myself, it might only be of the items themselves. Haven’t made up my mind yet.

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It is fast approaching. After waffling for a while on what costume I wanted to get/buy/make and wear I’ve landed on Alice from the Syfy miniseries, since I just watched it the other day and fell quite in love. (With Hatter, that is!) The outfit is relatively simple, and as it turned out, pretty easy for me to find the pieces for. I actually only started looking a couple hours ago, when I made up my mind on at least having one costume in the bag. A bit of reviewing Sock Dreams, and some Googlefu, an Amazon safari, and Etsy browsing I purchased these:

So close it only took a second to check the measurements and hit "add to cart!"

I’ll have to add ricrac trim by hand, but that won’t be too difficult. $33 with shipping.

I don’t know why that one is showing up funny… $6 on Sock Dreams.

As close I could find in my budget

The jacket is supposed to be the same length as Alice’s dress, and have cuffs, but this was the closest I could find that wasn’t a ridiculous amount of money. $32 with shipping.

These will have to be dyed, or painted knowing my lazy butt.

$21 including shipping.

You know I ship it

I’m still trying to decide if I might want to do Lydia Deetz from the movie, since I’m not sure I want to hand sew the cartoon costume. Admittedly, it would just be a poncho I’d have to sew, but I’d still have to purchase flats. The movie version might be easier, especially if my little sister gets my birthday sunhat to me quickly! (And maybe send that film SLR she has that I want anyway…)

What fun will you be having on Samhain night, readers?

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are on the way!

Here they be!

Aren’t they wonderfully growly looking? I will soon be splashing through puddles and kicking the air with glee, all the while probably attracting stares from my fellow students on campus while I flail about.

Mmm… Steel toe, leather goodness. All mine.

PS: They were $83 with no shipping cost as they qualified for super saver shipping on Amazon. Bonus!

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Fall shopping plan

Since I just went through my closet and counted up how many shirts I have (30!) I’m planning yet another closet cull before I get any new items this fall. I barely wear my tank tops or long sleeve cotton shirts anymore. My v-neck and scoop neck tees are far more versatile, and once I get another more casual sweater than my gray cashmere one to stave off the chill I can layer them as well.

I have been wearing my 3/4 sleeve black buttons ups quite often instead this past season, and now need to dye them with a few other pieces since they have faded with use and sun exposure. So I will be looking for one or two more to round out the week.

But! Lets get on with the lusting. Here are a few choice items on the wish list.

Stripey!

Sock Dreams has an amazing selection of socks and tights, many of which I want. But something vertically striped has been missing from my closet for a long time, and socks are the easiest solution. And only $9!

Gallery Serpentine Cincher

Gallery Serpentine has quite a few pieces on my list, but none so sorely needed as my first corset. (Too long have I waited!) This cincher will probably work better for me considering it has an 11″ busk instead of their Victorian Underbust at 13″, as I am petite and don’t have a very long frame. To be purchased in black suiting, of course ;). Costs $190AUS (Approximately the same in US.)

Bella Pagoda Umbrella

Now, this one is for sheer drooly wonderment. Admittedly, I do not have a proper umbrella for the rainy season soon upon us, only two lace parasols, one of which I may be culling, especially if I get this lovely thing from Bella Umbrella. It does, however, cost a bit more than I’d like at $129. Just a bit.

Victoria's Secret Flounce Back Skirt

Now, I have a serious love of skirts. I only own two pairs of jeans, one black and one soon to be replaced with another black pair, and two pairs of slacks, both black. I have… 9 skirts. Only two of which are not black. Hence, I will likely get it in black because I know I’ll wear it. It being $50, I might as well lower the cost per wear value as much as possible!

Mina jacket by Lauragalic on Etsy

I honestly have no idea why I prefer having the “interest” of an outfit in the back or on the bottom half of the body. I know it breaks the “rule” that you’re supposed to bring the attention up near your face, but whatever! I like what I like. This jacket is definitely near the top of the want list. $170 including shipping from EU, but made just for you? I say it’s a great deal, especially since I know even here in Southern California no one else is going to have the same jacket as me!

Funeral Director's top hat by Dracinabox

I have been searching for a hat like this for a few years now. I don’t own any hats at all, and only one other type is on my want list, a wide brimmed black hat like Lydia Deetz wears in Beetlejuice. This one, though, is the long sought after Victorian Lady’s riding hat. At £40 ($62) It’s not bad at all! ETA: After having read some reviews about the service, or lack thereof, and the quality of any goods actually received I must once again go back to searching for a hat like this. I’m not willing to risk paying more than $62+ for a hat I may well never get shipped to me. 😦

The only other thing on the immediate needs list, to cover any gaps in my wardrobe, are a good pair of stompy boots. My Victorian-esque boots from Target, having gone through a year of hard use, are starting to look a bit tatty. I have a good pair of leather, spoon heeled Victorian boots, a pair of patent Oxford heels, and Converse lowtops, all in all black, so it’s the only type that needs replacing soon. Any suggestions? I prefer the fairly plain, lace up, ankle high extra stompy kinds. Have looked at new Rocks and Docs, too. So any other ideas would be quite helpful!

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Hello again! Sorry for the lack of posting. I don’t have any excuse really for the past week, or the first one, in the rut of non-writing, but as far as the liminal times I had a relationship debacle that was thankfully fixed quickly, then I jetted off to Texas to visit family, and then as soon as I was back home I was swept up in Comic Con here in San Diego. Whew!

But! On to the explanation of the title. Kitty, over at Bloggery of a Goth Cat has decided to make 2012 the year of Victorian, sartorially speaking. I am going to give my best attempt at going along with her on this adventure. “Best attempt” meaning not 24/7 every day will I be wearing Victorian/esque clothing, but more like 12/5. I have several pieces I wear on a regular basis that fall within Victorian Goth, at the least, though my favorite skirt may be too short to really be admissible. Thankfully, I have two pairs of great boots, but I do need to get my little paws on a good corset (or two!) for this venture.

Everything else I may need/want should be covered by Etsy and FanPlusFriend. And boy does the latter have a bunch of items I adore, as well as are perfect for period inspired dress!

That’s is all for now, dearies. I’ll try to be better at posting on a regular.

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