Friday, December 16, 2011

Goth Basics- Insta Goth Made Easy

 I know a lot of people will flinch at the phrase "insta goth". But I certainly don't. Why should you "ease into a style" if you have already made up your mind to wear it? Goth is one of those styles where people sometimes complain that they didn't "look the part" (holy mother of quotes, I seem to be going a little overboard with these) as quickly as they would have liked. But the truth is that with only a few easy items you can already have a decent started wardrobe, a sort of dark blank slate that you can tweak and add to once you discover your personal goth style of choice.

Black tights, whether solid or lace or fishnet, are pretty much a universal item. From the scariest Deathrockers to the cutest Lolitas, tights are a handy thing to have. Throw them under skirts, shorts or dresses to add a little more black or just stay warm. Lace or fishnet can also take a plain top and bottom combo and make it a lot more special. Tights are also great because they're cheap. You can get a pair of tights for every day of the week and not break the bank, and if you like a little color with your goth then layering a few pairs can be an easy and cheap way to do that.
Where to go- We Love Colors, Target/Kohls

Black Tank Top/Camisole-
These are another basic need for almost every style. Layer it under frilly blouses, sheer pieces or even other tank tops. Put a ripped shirt on top for a messy yet stylish look or put it under a cool jacket. Tank tops are usually pretty cheap, and they are also easy to customize if you like DIY goth. Studs, patches, pins and lace are all easy to add on to a plain tank.
Where to go-Wetseal/Forever 21, Target

Hoody Alternative-
I like hoodies. I have a few myself, and like most people I went through a phase in highschool where I lived in the things. But I learned something from that rather dark sartorial period. Hoodies are a dime a dozen, and almost any other form of outerwear will make more of an impact. People are kind of desensitized from hoodies, even the wilder ones. They are EVERYWHERE. So if you want an awesome distinctive look, grab another kind of jacket. jackets are also great because while they might cost a bit more then a shirt or dress, they can be worn pretty much non stop, and they add a lot of style. A basic tank top and shorts with fishnets might seem kind of goth, but add a leather jacket and suddenly you have a rather authentic deathrock outfit. A high collar ruffly affair can make a simple skirt and blouse perfectly Victorian, and a classic black trench is good for any corp goth. The key is to pick a decent quality piece that fits well. if you want versatility look for classic shapes, and don't be afraid to personalize! Studs, paint, extra fabric, patches and pins are a cornerstone of goth outerwear and a fun way of make an everyday mall find something special.
Where to go- Topshop, HM, Forever 21

Crazy Shoes-
Now, don't be fooled, boots are not the be all end all of Gothic footwear. true boots are really common, often comfy and really cool, but any kind of shoe can work. The trick is to get a shoe that's interesting. Platform mary janes, granny boots, winkle pickers, stiletto heels, they all work. Find a pair you can wear with everything and don't kill your feet. Platforms aren't necessary but some height can take an outfit from regular to rockstar in about three seconds. Clunky shoes might be a no no in other style, but you should feel free to embrace them. Big shoes are awesome, and they make your legs look super awesome and skinny.
Where to go- Hottopic, Charlotte Rousse


Makeup can make an outfit or break it. Crazy colored eye-shadow is essential for death-rock or cyber looks, while fake lashes and great foundation are good for Lolita or Victorian looks. Try and stay away from costume make-up, white face is best left to the pros. Have a good selection of eye shadows, lipsticks and nail-polishes, fake lashes are great if you want a more glam look every day. Make up is also a good place to add some drama and color to an outfit. Eyeliner doodles or feather lashes are perfect for taking a look from day to evening to the club or a concert. Experiment with different types of makeup, even glitter has ts place in a goth look!
Where to go- Walgreens, CVS, MAC, Sephora

Fine Tooth Comb-
You need one. For combing out long, silky locks, dividing up sections for gorgeous pin-curls or back combing the shit out of a mohawk. A fine tooth comb is your best friend when you start doing goth hairstyles. Get the kind with a long thin hand so you can trace a nice straight part a la Morticia Addams or sectioning up dreads. A comb is great, keep one in your purse so you can fluff up your hair as needed. Big hair makes everything better.
Where to go- Target, Walmart, CVS

What were your starter goth items?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Batfit 2012 - Part1

So, I usually don't talk about this kind of thing on here, but I recently saw this cute little sticker floating around and I couldn't resist. The truth is, I have been changing my diet and exercise habit for a few months now. I lost ten pounds rather quick, and now am working on just getting in shape. I don't consider myself a shallow person, but I do care about aesthetics, and that's a big part of my goth identity. I like shorts skirts and short shorts and tight shirts. So I decided I should care just as much about the body I'm dressing up!
My first change was to cut out soda at home, as well as whole fat anything. Skim milk, low fat cheese and salad dressings and tea were all easy changes. I've also started eating healthy foods and snacks (I am now a kale chip junkie) and working out when I can.
Soon I will be posting fun recipes and workouts, as well as progress reports as I get fit for 2012.
Here were my beginning stats-
height- 4ft 11
bust- 42 in
waist- 32 in
hips- 42 in
Are you guys gonna participate?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Look Hot and Stay Warm- Edgy Winter Looks

Looking good and staying warm can be hard needs to balance as the thermometer keeps creeping down, slipping into Winter territory. It can be hard to put away the miniskirts and shorts for long layers and frumpy sweaters. But who says you have to? Skin tight, strategically placed layers can still get the job done without sacrificing sex appeal. Adding a few layers and a great fitting jacket can be all you need. A tank top and an extra pair of tights might be all the layers you want, and it will certainly do the trick if all you need to do is dash from heated car to heated house to heated offices or classrooms.

Dip Dyed Dark

Red White and Black

Death Fuzz

So tell me, how sensibly do you lovies dress when the cold winds kick up? I must admit leggings and microknit tights are as close as I ever get to weather appropriate.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Goth Things I Don't Like

Shamelessly hijacking an idea from The Ultimate Goth Guide and Dreams of Black Lace. I think any member of a subculture, especially one as long standing and diverse as the Gothic scene, has a few things they just can't make themselves like, no matter how popular they may be. I don't want to offend, just share some things  I'm not a fan of, and wouldn't wear/watch/listen to myself. But hey, that just means more for the rest of you!

1. A LOT of the music-
      I know it sounds awful but it simply isn't my deal. I grew up on a steady diet of 90's alt rock, punk rock, grunge and metal. So a lot of the music popular in the scene has just never caught my interest at all. I don't listen to pop or rap or hip hop, but I still just can't make myself fall for most of the old school goth classics.

2. Old Horror Movies-
      I love horror movies. I do. I love gore and zombies and ghosts and demons. I just don't love super old, often times black and white, b grade horror movies that are older then my parents. I like nice shiny new effects, and usually a little more gore then is seen in the old school stuff.

3. Green/Blue Lipstick As Everyday Makeup-
      I have never seen this look good outside of a photoshoot. Never. it might be possible but I haven't seen any proof. The thing is, the colors often play tricks on the eye, making the lips appear the wrong size, or making the skin look sallow or jaundiced. They can also be very unflattering against teeth.

4.  Medieval Fashion-
      Again, can look great in shoots, but never seen it done well in real life. The issue here is that the shape of the clothing is rather limited. Long shapeless gown and puffy shirts with tight pants aren't universally flattering, and really will only hang nicely on tall slender people. It is also one of those styles that never fails to look costumey to me.

5. Anything Flame Print-

      Flame print makes me have Vietnam War style flashbacks to jr. high when almost every guy in class would wear short sleeve button up shirts in the most eye melting colors and patterns over top of white ts. They were usually covered with tribal dragons, flames and hot rods, and never seemed to come in a size smaller then XXL. They usually make people look like matchbox cars. I'm looking at you flame covered New Rocks.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pain - Masochism and Tyler Durden

      Pain is a funny thing. Most people will spend their entire life trying to avoid and minimize pain and discomfort. It's a spectrum of physical sensation that has a Hell of a bad rap. For most people, voluntary pain is simply a price to paid for something else, a shot or a tattoo or a piercing. People grimace or flinch or cry and then rush to try and find a way to make the pain stop. Bruises and scrapes and scars make people uncomfortable, it makes them want to look away. Every time I get a cut or burn or bruise, there is someone going on "How did that happen?" "Doesn't it hurt??" "Oh my goodness, how awful!".
      I am not most people. I like pain on a few different levels, and I appreciate it as being equal to pleasure or anything else I might experience. I also value it as a part of my personal philosophy. because not all pain is the same, and different types of pain are valuable in different ways.
      You see, the human body is not made of glass. Small cuts and bruises and scrapes WILL NOT KILL YOU. You might not like it, but this is a valuable thing to know. Your body is an amazing machine, it is capable of amazing strength and able to endure extreme temperatures, to function with little food or water for days on end, to withstand a variety of diseases and traumas. People are stronger then they give themselves credit. Tyler Durden is my hero in part because of his desire to test his own physical limits, and his desire to see others do the same. When you are broken or bleeding or doubled over in pain, you are alive and in the moment in the purest sense of the word.
      Pain is also important as a counterpoint to pleasure. For some people pain feels good, for others, it's a nice little jolt to remind of how good the good things feel in contrast to something a little nastier. What may be a horrible feeling for some is enjoyable to others.
      The point is, there are a range of physical experiences your body is capable of. Some people enjoy certain sensations more then others, and you should not fear or judge those who choose to do that.

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Blue/Violet Hair

I got super bored with my hair last week. The black dye was fading and my sides were growing in and the whole thing looked like a mess. So I got some bleach and ultra violet dye and cut it with some left over dark red/pruple I had left over and did this! I also gave myself a nice leave in treatment and trimmed the ends since the bleach was hell on my hair. 

Bonus shot of me being silly. I like chewing on my tongue ring.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Commenting Now Enabled!

                    I don't know what the problem was before, but you can now comment on any post!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Make Up - Geometric Brown

So I decided to go ahead and finally post one of my makeup routines. This one is pretty quick and basic, and fun for school days. I usually find brown shadows boring so this is my answer to that, fun shapes!

First step is foundation, I use covergirl clean. Super cheap and nice coverage.

                               Next is covergirl clean face powder in a matching shade. Also, stare in awe at my mushy face lol.

                                      I am a nerd and keep m brushes in an old Pokemon pencil case.

                                 NYC cheek glow. I use this in the cooler months because I get pale in a bad way.

                   Hard Candy lip plumping gloss. I'm not sure if this makes my lips bigger but I like the color.

Now things get weird.  use some plain old scotch tape to mark where I want my eyeshadow to have a clean line. 

                             I pick out my eyeshadow, and then color my whole top lid, extending it out over the tape.

Peel off the tape and we're left with a nice clean line. 

Then I draw on my eyebrows. I use a plain black eyebrow pencil most days and just touch up my lines with a wet q-tip after.

Then I layer on a few coats of lash blast mascara. This stuff is really nice, no flake and very little clumping for the price.

I usually put a thin coat of nude lipstick on as well. I like Maybelline lipsticks, they come in a million colors and are pretty cheap.

And then we're done! What do you think should I post more make up walk throughs?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rock Gyaru- Another Glamorous Goth?

      Lately I have been spending more and more time looking at Japanese fashion blogs and live-journal communities. I can't seem to help myself. I just love the variety you find in Japanese fashion, the amazing hair and make up and nails. I've also been noticing how different and varied the Goth style is over there. J Goth is very different from Western Goth, and just as we have more then one alt style, so do they.
      The one that got my attention the most recently? Rokku Gyaru, sometimes called Goth Gal. Gyaru is a very feminine style that is popular in Japan, and gaining more of a foothold in the West. It usually incorporates big hair, elaborate make up and nails, and heels/platform shoes/boots. Sounds great for a goth who craves some glamour right?
      Rokku style is also great for those goths that still like more trendy, mainstream stores and clothes. A little bit of dark floral, or a leather jacket can go a long way in this look. If you're trying it out and have a largely goth wardrobe, try wearing boots with heels rather than platforms, adding floral accents and using a few trendy accessories.
      Popular motifs include skulls, floral, studs, stripes and bright colors/neon accented with black or leather. Frills, lace and studs are good accents, and great easy ways to turn a typical girly outfit into something a little more "rokku".
      Hair and make up run towards smokey eyes, fake lashes and curls. Floral hair clips, headbands and glitter are all great addons. Colored hair streaks and bedhead styles locks are also common, although in this style natural colored hair is actually the nor rather then the exception.

     This is the perfect look for girly girls who want more of an edge to their look, Gals who want to show their love of Goth, Rock or Punk, and teens whose parents might be hesitant to buy them the gothy wardrobe of their dreams.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm a Bad blogger!

I know I've kind of been off the radar, but midterms are done so I should be back on track this week. Help me know what you guys want to read by looking over in the poll i added in the sidebar! If you want to see something else leave a comment, thanks loves!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Demon Girl

I decided to dress like a little demon girl for class, I actually had two costumes this year!

I actually like having my mohawk up and back like this, may try it for an everyday look sometime soon. What did you guys dress up as?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goth Challenge Day 14, What was Your best and Worst DIY?

My worst DIY experiments aren't things I have pics of sadly, they were mostly just failed t-shirt surgeries. I cut them too short or too low or somehow ruined them, and then tossed them out.
Most of my DIYing is simply me sticking studs on things or cutting the necks out of band shirts. I made a lovely fairy-kei/Lolita skirt last year, but I got rid of it when I quit sweet Lolita so I don't have a pic! I do have a pic of some shoes I altered, covering them in leopard print. I want to put spikes on them as well and I also have ideas for a spike covered leather jacket as soon as I can get supplies. I did just recently paint some crosses and put some small studs in an old blazer I had. I am also looking forward to wearing some bright pink heels left over from some fairy-kei outfit that I decorated with leopard spots.