Monday, December 16, 2013

My Book Christmas Tree!

I did a thing today!

Yesterday, I was trying to rearrange my books on my bookshelf when I saw a post about "book trees". I loved the idea, so I decided to try it out for myself.

This is how I did it. In the middle, there is a big box to just anchor everything down and take up space. I used my bigger, heavier books on the bottom (my used textbooks that I had lying around) to make a hefty base.

Next, I kept building up. I put a boxed set of books in the middle on top of the box to take up more room. As you can see, I have a few thin scripts/magazines tucked into the small corners to fill up some room.

Then for the top, I just layered a bunch of my paperbacks on top of one another. As you can see, I love the occult, Bizenghast, and Vampires. ^^;

For the top of my tree, I needed something special. Something to tie in the whole book tree and speak about who I am as a person...

So I chose a small tea cup and saucer to be my star! Isn't it beautiful! It's yellow too!

Hahaha! I'm sooo proud of this thing! I wrapped some lights around it and a small bit of tinsel and voila! Done!

Now I don't have to worry about vacuuming pine needles after Christmas, AND I saved like $40 for a tree that I'm going to throw away in about two weeks.

So yes, I am an advocate for the book tree. Happy decorating! <3!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Good Luck Heels with a Purpose

Hello, my lovelies! 

Today was a very important day for me- I went shoe shopping!

For those of you who know me, you all know that shoes are not a huge thing for me, but this time is quite different. You see, my boyfriend of 10 months broke up with me... Over the phone... 2 hours before I had a solo performance... with an audience of 200+ people in attendance.

I was utterly heartbroken and crushed. I ruined my make-up because I cried so hard, but I knew I had a choice- I could let him break me, go crumble up in a corner somewhere and allow my heartache to break me, OR I could stand up for myself... And that's just what I did. I fixed my make-up, put on my dress, and performed 2 hours later for a room of 200 strangers who applauded and congratulated me, unknowing to the fact that my world had just came tumbling down. They had laid out confetti that got stuck in my shoe while I sat and waited. Inspiration struck, so I pilfered a good amount of it in my pocket.

That day was HUGE for me. I knew then and there what my strength was. I had to go through something so hurtful, deep, and painful, but I did so with grace and strength and had a room full of strangers smiling at me, applauding me, congratulating me on my beauty, my talent, and my grace. I knew right then- even if my lover renounced his love for me, my friends are busy, and my family is working, I still have MYSELF. I can always depend on myself, even when I have no one else. I have my own two feet to stand on. Which is why I needed a new pair of performance heels for my latest good luck spell and ritual.

I anointed my shoes with oil, then I taped my own special good luck charm to the feet- the confetti that got stuck in my shoe while I performed.

I put a good amount in each shoe, then taped it all down. These shoes are now my good luck charms and constant reminders of that day. Now, any time I have a performance, I can strap on my shoes, feel the small good luck spell under my feet, straighten my spine, smile, and kick some serious ass! 

I will always remember to believe in MYSELF. I will never give up on myself. I will never allow someone as disturbed and hurtful as the man I dated to break me. I will always remain smart, talented, beautiful, loving, and whole unto myself.

I am a Scorpio. I am a Phoenix. I have risen from my own ashes into a wild burst of creative flame. 
I create. <3! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Naughty Victorian Tutorial!

Hello, my lovelies! Here is a tutorial inspired by Naughty Victorian Cosmetics!

I am in LOVE with this new color, so I thought I'd make a "Naughty Victorian" tutorial for the madly inclined out there. <3!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Naughty Victorian Cosmetics Review

  Hello again, my Gothic lovelies! This blog is going to be a review of Naughty Victorian Cosmetics!

I was contacted by the maker to do a review of the product. I normally don't do this, I'm not getting paid or anything, but this product is great. It's vegan and cruelty free, which automatically made me want to give this product a try. This product is very affordable and delightfully wrapped. The maker also believes in sustainability and keeping extra plastic containers out of landfills, so if you keep the container and contact them when your product runs out, they will send you a prepaid envelope. Send them back the empty container and they will refill the container with the same formula for half off! Isn't that awesome?! 

They also have special codes that they send with their package, but I will go over the packaging a bit later. Let's get to this eye shadow first! This shadow is their Fairy Dust: Victorian Bubblegum, and I received the 0.5 gram container. 

The shadow comes loose like this with a black cap that screws off. I received the light pink, almost champagne colored shadow which is a GREAT color for many skin types. Ultra pale skin? Olive tone? Tanned beyond recognition? I've seen this color work great for many skin shades, and this product was no different.

I tapped some of the product into the lid so you can see how fine and spreadable this is, not to mention the shimmer in the color as well. It's ultra fine, so it's not a big glittery mess. There is just the right amount of shimmer involved in the product. 

I took a closer shot of this shadow, you can see how fine the shimmer and color are in this product. Soo lovely!

Taking a small brush, I put three straight lines on the back of my hand then spread a layer after the third thinner line to show its spread-ability. As you can see, it spreads VERY smoothly. I took multiple shots in different lighting to show you how it looks. Same hand, same applications, different lighting.

I applied this eye shadow to my own eyes see how it would work with my skin. I applied it to the whole of my eyelid as well as under my eyebrow arches. You can see where I added this shadow just above my eyeliner and spread it up into the other eye shadow (my own) in my crease. I did this to test its lining abilities, its smudge factor, AND its blending ability with my other make-up products. As you can see, this shadow is a great all around.  

Back to my original lighting, here are more shots. You can see more shimmer about my eyelids. Getting closer, you can see that the light, champagne color really compliments my face as well as complimenting my other shadow. This proves that this product works well and knows how to play nice with other products.

Eyes opened, the light pink calls attention to my brown eyes. This color brings a wonderful animation, illumination, AND dimension to my eye. 

Needless to say, this product is awesome and I'm in LOVE with it. Its very name "Victorian Bubblegum" is a great description of the eye shadow, which is reminiscent of the sweet, sugary pink color of bubblegum. Now, onto the packaging! In the envelope, I received several bits of paper with it which looked like this. I crossed out the codes myself for obvious reasons. 

If these examples of stripey loveliness wasn't enough for you, just look at this box! The light pink tissue paper and the placement of the sticker were just beautiful to open. 

I'm a sucker for packaging, so I wanted to show just how much love goes into each individual box. Not to mention, you could order this for a friend or someone's birthday and it's already set!  

These lovely eye shadows are wrapped up like bits of candy in this wonderfully shiny hot pink cellophane paper, then tied off with silver twist ties. It's so delightful, something girls and women would instantly be called to. 

Unwrapping this delightful little treat, I was greeted by the Naughty Victorian emblem- a Victorian girl chewing gum and blowing a sugar pink bubble. This product is wonderful! Just the wrappings and logo alone make me think of Marie Antoinette if she were alive and a teenager today, all frills, lace, and bubblegum! 

Needless to say, this is a great product to have. The eye shadow is luminous and spreadable, as well as having a fine shimmer to make your skin noticeably lovely. No matter your background or appearance, this product is for those creative of ones' age. This truly brings out the timeless beauty inside of us all and goes to show that it's always fashionable to be unique.

This was a wonderful product to have and review. I hope it brings to you all the pleasure that I had, I hope you enjoyed it! <3!  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Gothic Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hello lovelies! Happy Wayward Wednesday!

Last night, I made a Gothic smokey eye tutorial for you lovelies. It has lots of dark, black elements, with some glitter thrown in for fun.

I hope you like it! <3!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY T-Shirt Alterations [IMG heavy]

I spent a GREAT deal of today altering some plain T-shirts I had lying around for a while. I can't wear regular T's- the restrictive neckline gives me claustrophobia, and their overall blandness makes me sad. So! Today, I got a little scissor happy! Less talk, more photos! 

This one is very basic. I cut out the neckline, the seams on the sleeves, and the bottom seam as well. 

Then, I cut up the back and tied it into knots according to my own shape. Yes, I'm in my underwear. It was very hot and we don't have AC. ><!

This one is my favorite shirt. I cut slits where my bra straps go as well as slits that I messily tied on the sleeves. To top it off...

The back! Omg, this one took FOREVER. Mind you, I wear my shirts AS I tie up the back to ensure a great fit. Then, I cut off the knot remnants and tied the spare fabric on the knots to create this messy "mummy" effect. I REALLY like this, particularly on white shirts, even though my arms were dying in the end.

This one, I kept pretty basic. I cut out the neckline, I cut off the sleeves, and I cut off the bottom seam on the shirt. I'm thinking of adding blue bows on the sleeves, but we'll see.

I made these ties bigger than the "mummy" shirt I previously tied. I tied this one pretty far up, almost up to my neck. I think I'm going to cut off the first 2-3 ties, this shirt look a bit restrictive for my taste.

I LOVE this one! I cut the neckline, cut off the sleeves, cut off the bottom seam, AND added these little black ribbons which I tied into bows on the sleeves. CUUUTE!!!

And because this shirt is an off-white, cream color, it got the "mummy" treatment. My arms are gonna be sore tomorrow! ><!

Next, my Dead Girl coffin top. I like it because it's basic black, but with some touches of green. I'm really frightened of colors, so I think this'll help incorporate some color into my wardrobe without overdoing it. Really basic here, I left on the sleeves but cut off the bottom seam of the sleeves, the bottom seam of the shirt, and the neckline.

Since there is a coffin on the front, I thought a "mummy" tying technique would look best. Also, I gave my shirt a "> <" shape so it looks corseted. I really like this look, though it IS time consuming.

Ahh, I love this shirt! I gave the neckline more of a boat-scoop and cut some slits onto the sleeves. I really love this print, it's a favorite of mine.

I decided on bigger ties for the back to match the slits on the sleeves. It looks good like this.

Then came this shirt. It says "Slipknot" on the front with their 9-pointed star and some dark green filigree, along with their logo "S" in the back. I made some slits on the front about my collar bones, then...

I corseted the sides. I kept the front of the ties pretty straight so as to not alter the logo printed on the front, but I tapered the slits off on the backside.

The back of my shirt with the Slipknot "S" wickedly printed. It looks a bit plain still though, we'll see about this one.

Needless to say, my arms are spent. All that cutting and tying really did a number on my hands, but I'm really proud of the results. What do you guys think?

I hope this has inspired you to go out and alter your own clothes- all it takes is a good pair of scissors, and Hulk arms that won't quit. :P

Happy modifying! <3!