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Some reviews

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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Halloween

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?

Black Milk

The past few months I’ve been hearing quite a few rave reviews and other great things about Black Milk. I’m waiting for the Beetlejuice leggings and swimsuit to come back into stock, because I’ve been lusting after them for a couple weeks. Not that I can purchase them right now, anyway. But I can look!

Again with the stripes!

 

Even more!!!!!1!!!one!

I also am a bit on the fence about the velvet dress, since I am in the market for a really great little black dress. I know, I know, a spooky type without a black dress? Impossible. Well, I have mentioned I favor skirts. I only have three dresses total. Two of which I might be getting rid of in favor of a better option.

I like the sleeves, but I'd like the hem to hit at/above the knee.

Thankfully Black Milk gives you the option of changing the hem length for only $20 more. Still unsure, which is fine for the time being. Maybe I can get it for Solstice? Or find another LBD that costs less than $136… Any suggestions in the comments would be welcome! I favor very simple dresses, but you might help someone else find an LBD perfect for them. Who knows? Comment away!

Stompy boots

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!

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!

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.

Lets see if this whole picture thing works out. Haven’t done this on wordpress before.

So, decor. Oh I could go on and on. I love clean lines, sharp contrast, anything in the myriad shades of white, gray, and black. Matte or glossy, nothing in between. I am partial to lovely greens, emerald, grass green, and leaf green. Almost any green you see occurring in Nature. I am picky about those olive tones, though. Nothing muddy. Has to be a jewel tone, saturated and rich. I do also love rusty reds, anything resembling the strata of the Grand Canyon. This is probably because I grew up in a very nicely decorated Western style house. And depending on the greens you pair rusty reds with they can go quite well together with white, gray, and black as neutrals. Unfortunately I have only one picture with a green I love, and none with the red I love. But the overall look and underlying structures are there. Plus my favored neutrals.

Source: Google image search

This is a nice depiction of standard Gothy colors in a minimalist style bedroom. I like the black closets/cabinets to the side, and the black floor. (Though it would probably be hard to clean well.) I myself have black sheets, and purple is often seen in spooky-type homes. I’d get a different lamp, personally. It’s about all I dislike in this picture.

Source: Google image search

This living room is a bit big for my taste, and the sofa is far too deep for petite moi. The simplicity is quite appealing, on the other hand. Again, lovely white for the sofa, beautiful black floors and wall, and best of all brightly lit. This I cannot stress enough to anyone darkly inclined. If you are using black, or dark gray for large spaces such as walls and floors you must have great lighting. Unless you’re going for that cave-like look and don’t mind losing earrings, pens, anything possible all the time.

Source: Google image search

This is a nice little office. I wish my office area were so clean and bright. I’m not a big fan of that specific style of chair, I’m fond of overstuffed or armless so I can sit crosslegged on the seat. The lamp is also a bit too modern for me, but the rest of the room and the whole setup itself is very nice. Very much in the vein of “If it isn’t useful or beautiful it shouldn’t be in your home.” Those ceramic vases are exactly the type of glossy black accent pieces I adore. And the lighting, again, is fantastic. No piles of paper on the desk. No wires strung out all over everywhere. One simple file cabinet under the far end of the desk to organize all office supplies and papers, and cabinets for anything else. I could see this as part of a larger space, like a living room.

Source: thesimplepoppy.typepad.com

And speaking of, a living room. Now, this may not look as Goth as the others I’ve shown today, but just change some of the colors, and voila! It could be. Again, I know some of you may not be comfortable sitting on the floor, but I grew up eating at and being entertained/entertaining at a coffee table. We all just sat on the floor. (It’s good for your hips and lower back, ask anyone who does yoga.) The rug is also one of those greens I think looks fantastic. I’d make all the floor pillows/poufs black, as well as the table, the floor white, and change the wall to a dove gray. Pretty much everything else could stay the same. Minimalist Goth haven!

So, dear readers, that is all I have for the moment. Any questions, comments, you know where they go. Next post I’m still as yet undecided upon. Possibly some personal decluttering stories.