Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Picking Out Motifs in Lolita Dresses to Make the Focus Point of Coordinates

Today, in an effort to "fashion level-up", I went through all my Lolita dresses and noted down the individual motifs in each print in order to make or find perfectly coordinating and/or versatile accessories for them. It was really interesting to discover elements you have never noticed in the print before; for example, I would never say I have any cat themed prints but after going through my dresses, I have three dresses featuring black cats, meaning if I ever made or got any cat themed accessories, I could wear them with three dresses not including any dresses with no print or very generic designs/motifs. The same can be said for moon motifs - I love them but I wouldn't have said I have any Lolita dresses that feature moons. However, after going through them, I have two - Metamorphose's Dark Night Guardian and Alice & the Pirates' Rosy Night Masquerade.

Speaking of Rosy Night Masquerade, there are many different motifs in this dress, all of which I love,so I'm very excited to coordinate it in lots of different ways and highlight different elements.

Alice & the Pirates Rosy Night Masquerade JSK 2 in Grey
Alice & the Pirates Rosy Night Masquerade JSK Ver. 2 in grey, the one I own

Alice and the Pirates Rosy Night Masquerade print close-up ivory colourway
The print close up in the ivory colourway

Not even getting super specific, like picking out the quilted red chaise lounge element or old magical looking wine and potion bottles, the elements I can easily work with are roses and thorns, ravens/crowns, moons, chess pieces, bats, candles/candelabras, masquerade masks, plague doctor masks, cats, rabbits, ouija boards and planchettes (what you push around the ouija board). I can also take inspiration from the fans and fur shawls the fancy ladies are wearing, and channel that into outfits.

Tonight I started the crafting marathon and made some blue rose brooches and a hair corsage/canotier that will match my Pumpkin Cat Beauty & the Rose JSK and my Innocent World Gloria JSK perfectly. Both are navy blue (it's hard to tell with the Gloria JSK in the photo below), feature roses and the Pumpkin Cat JSK has silver details which I can easily wear with the Innocent World JSK. I think I'm going to pin the blue rose brooches along the neckline of the Gloria JSK, as I saw the idea on my SouffleSong Undead Ballet JSK and loved it.

Navy blue Gothic Lolita hair accessories
The accessories, plus a random purple rose I'll use with purple dresses (obviously).

Pumpkin Cat Beauty and the Rose JSKInnocent World Gloria JSK
Pumpkin Cat Beauty & the Rose JSK and Innocent World Gloria JSK

Souffle Song Spectre Ballet JSK
Souffle Song Undead Ballet JSK featuring the roses along the neckline

I thought I'd stick my findings in a blog post as it's a great way of finding new ways to coordinate your dresses, find new things to make the main motif in the outfit and ensure you have versatile accessories that can match multiple dresses. More of my dresses than expected have gold elements in them so I can now look at making or buying accessories that have gold elements and know I can wear them in more than one outfit (I normally stick to silver and bronze).

Have you ever picked out smaller details of fabric prints and made them the focus of an outfit? How about make perfectly matching accessories for your clothes?

Monday, 11 March 2019

Look of the Day: Archery and Axe-Throwing Maiden

The other weekend I did archery and axe-throwing at a place called Laser Days with my friend Sarah and our mutual friends for Sarah's birthday celebrations. Obviously I had to dress for the occasion, and right now I'm playing The Last of Us on PS3 so I was very much in the post-apocalyptic mindset and channelled that through the day.

Post-apocalyptic gothic make-up

Post-apocalyptic gothic outfit

Undershirt: Topshop
Vest top: Unbranded and customised by myself
Skirt: 8th Sin sample

My shoes weren't noteworthy, just plain Doc Martens for hiking around in mud to go to the activity location.

Goth girl with throwing knives

Bonus photos of me with throwing knives

Archery group at Laser Days

Me thinking about all the lives these dirty, dirty hands have taken.

The day was really fun, and afterwards we went for a walk, then for pizza at Suede Bar in Nottingham.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Look of the Day: Black & Purple Stars

Last weekend I went to a friend's birthday party in Manchester. I don't need an excuse to dress sparkly but there's extra cause for it when it's someone's birthday. Here's what I wore for the occasion.

Black and purple gothic make-up

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear in Shell with NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White
Eyes: Morphe 35P Palette, Kate Digital Memory Liquid Liner.

I hit golden hour when I took this selfie so it made my skin look oddly flawless and android-like. I also used a new beauty product I bought recently, called Givenchy L'Intemporel Blossom Compact Day Cream which is a bit of a strange product. It describes itself as a day cream, like a moisturiser, but it is very thick and creamy, has a dewy pink sheen to it and is best applied as a highlighter for your undereyes and cheekbones. I use it liberally under my eyes and then top with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl just around the top of my cheekbones. I usually have to retouch my dark circles a little bit but using this light-reflecting product from Givenchy meant I didn't need to do that at all in this photo above.

Black and purple gothic party outfit

Dress: Ghost of Harlem
Undershirt: eBay

Black and purple gothic make-up look

After I crashed at the party, I somehow consciously kept sleeping on my back in order to preserve my make-up. This was the morning after (the night before)...pretty good preservation, I'd say! Legitimate use of "I woke up like this" is available only in this situation.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Gothic Lip Balm Brands in the UK

Gothic Lip Balm Brands in the UK

This may be quite a niche topic but today I noticed I was running out of lip balm and decided that the next lip balms I would purchase would match my dark aesthetic. There are a few dark beauty brands that instantly jump to mind that I would purchase in a heartbeat, such as Tokyomilk and The Parlor Co but they are all in the US. It seems a bit silly to pay international shipping and maybe even customs fees for the sake of a lip balm so I figured there must be at least one store with a dark brand image in the UK that makes lip balms. I did some research and thought I’d share the brands I found. I will write an article about alternative/gothic beauty brands around the world in the near future so keep an eye out for that, which will also include these brands but for now, let's focus on the UK.

Personally, I like lip balm in tube form which made my personal search even harder but I will include all the brands I found.

Bath Book and Candle Cosmetics

A pagan and witchy inspired brand that sell jewellery, accessories and a small line of soaps and lip balms. Their lip balms are absolutely beautiful and have little flowers on the surface. Even though I don’t usually use lip balms in tins on account of having long nails, I am more than likely going to end up buying one just because they’re so beautiful. Long nail life hack: when I do apply things from tubs or tins, I either use a small spatula, cotton bud or if on the go, I use the front of my nail to scrape out a small amount, transfer it to the pad of my finger and apply. Bath Book and Candle lip balms are actually multi-use salves that can be used anywhere that needs a barrier to keep moisture in, like lips, cuticles, elbows, feet, etc. Bath Book and Candle also sell cute cat shaped soaps and bat shaped wax melts which are in keeping with the witchy image and they sell bundles with both the soap and lip balm in so you could try out both and save on postage.

Bath Book and Candle have also been very kind as to issue a 15% off coupon code for Geisha Baby readers only - simply enter the coupon code GEISHABABY15 for 15% off! The coupon code is valid for 6 months starting from 2nd March 2019.

Bath Book and Candle Midnight Embers Lip Balm

Ravenscourt Apothecary

Ravenscourt Apothecary is a vintage apothecary and literature themed store focused on natural, vegan and cruelty free cosmetics, soaps and perfumes. As you will see from the first two brands I mentioned, Tokyomilk and The Parlor Co, I love antique apothecary styled beauty and lifestyle brands so I think Ravenscourt Apothecary is going to become a firm favourite of mine. The apothecary look is just so mysterious, quaint and creepy. There’s something about lots of brown glass bottles with faded labels that could be filled with God knows what that makes me want my whole kitchen and bathroom to look like an apothecary. Ravenscourt Apothecary currently have 20% off their lip balms. They have an Etsy store but their items are cheaper on the website so I highly recommend you check out their website instead. Their lip balms also come in very appropriately gothic flavours like Cloves and Orange (to go with your clove cigarettes haha) and Cardamon and Star Anise. At the end of my search, I went with four lip balms from Ravenscourt Apothecary so I'm looking forward to trying them out and letting you know how they are. I went with Cardamon & Star Anise, Cloves & Orange, Agnes Grey (bergamot) and Nightingale's Rose flavours.

vegan lip balm set 'Winter Spices'
Winter Spices Themed Lip Balm Set £9 (£7.20 right now with their 20% off sale)

Literature themed vegan lip balms - bergamot, rose and spearmint
Literature Themed Lip Balm Set £9 (£7.20 right now with their 20% off sale)

Medusa Holistics

Medusa Holistics win hands down with the different variations of lip balms available. Some of their lip balms include a red tinted Vampire's Kiss, black Midnight Raven, purple tinted Medusa's Wrath, Spiced Rum flavour with a pirate aesthetic, horror film line and zodiac line. I very nearly purchased some lip balms from Medusa Holistics in my search, but Ravenscourt Apothecary won for the time being. There's always room for more lip balms though, so I have a feeling I'll be trying out Medusa Holistics soon.

Medusa Holistics Midnight Raven Lip Balm
Midnight Raven Lip Balm £2.50

Hexbomb Ltd
Hexbomb Ltd

Hexbomb are most known for their pitch black bath bomb that magically doesn't stain your bath. They have very recently branched out into lip balms with equally macabre aesthetics as the rest of their products. Clearly they saw the same gap in the market I did when I was researching dark lip balm brands in the UK!

Hexbalm Moisturising Lip Balm
Hexbalm Moisturising Lip Balm £4.99

Hexbalm Scrub and Moisturising Lip Balm Duo
Hexbalm Scrub and Moisturising Lip Balm Duo £9.99

Crystal Belle Shop

Crystal Belle Shop is general new-age/witchcraft shop with a small line of blended oils and essential oil infused lip balms. Their lip balm packaging is simple but has a suitable “medieval witch” style to it with script writing and decorative swirls. They have been very kind as to send me a lip balm to try so I will feature and review their store when it arrives.

Crystal Belle Shop Essential Oil Infused Lip Balm

Isle of Skye Seaweed Co

Skye Seaweed Co sell exactly one thing at the moment, and that is a wild seaweed and peppermint lip balm with a rather piratey aesthetic. I don’t have to look at the “About” section of the store to assume they use seaweed from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and may branch out with more products featuring their wild seaweed in the future.

Skye Seaweed Co Wild Seaweed and Peppermint Lip Balm

Chains of Being

Chains of Being is another general new-age/witchy shop selling crystals, jewellery, nail decals etc. However, they also make a tarot themed line of lip balms which would definitely work nicely for a witchy goth aesthetic.

Chains of Being Tarot Themed Lip Balm Set of 8
Set of 8 Tarot Themed Lip Balms £18

Chains of Being The Empress Tarot Lip Balm
The Empress Cherry Flavour Lip Balm £3.80

Each lip balm is available to purchase separately at £3.80 as well.

Honorary mentions - these brands aren't super gothy but hey, sometimes all you need is for the packaging to be black to fit into your #allblackeverything lifestyle.

Mary Lily Cosmetics

Mary Lily has a minimalistic, black and white brand image and aren’t super gothy but their lip balms are in black tunes with clean, simply white and black labels.

Mary Lily Cosmetics Coffee Lip Balm

Luna Rose Boutique

Luna Rose Boutique sells lots of different flavoured lip balms and although their brand aesthetic is not really dark or gothic, they do use black labels on their packaging so I thought I’d throw it on the list. Their lip balms are a bit more aesthetically pleasing to goths than say, a pearly pink Nivea lip balm.

Luna Rose Boutique Cherry Lip Balm

Vonny Bee

Vonny Bee is a new beauty brand that uses bee products like honey, pollen and propolis in their items. Their Bee Butter lip balm comes in a black tube with yellow detailing that could definitely appeal to some witchy or hippy goths.

Vonny Bee Bee Butter Lip Balm
Bee Butter Lip Balm £3.50

I hope you found this article useful and follow me in the journey of making my whole life aesthetically pleasing! Which lip balm matches your aesthetic the best?

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Cemetery Birthday Cake & Vampire Soiree Themed Birthday Party

The other week I held a slightly belated birthday party at my place. The theme was "Vampire Soiree", with a decadent, high class feel as opposed to a tacky teenage vampire themed birthday party.

When I went to visit my family for my birthday just before my party, they surprised me with an incredible cemetery birthday cake! A woman in my hometown made it, and when my grandmother wasn't sure what kind of design to have, she said "I'm not really sure...she's a goth...and I guess she likes graveyards?" and the woman said  "Leave it to me" and this masterpiece below is what she came up with!

cemetery birthday cake

graveyard birthday cake

cherub tombstone

The woman is by no means alternative so she really knocked it out of the park and is a great artist. Anyone else would've covered a cake with grey fondant, made some basic grey fondant tombstones and called it a day. This looks like a little slice of Highgate Cemetery. I just realised I made a pun and I am not sorry. The tombstones and cherub statues are edible, and the cake is red velvet with milk chocolate ganache. It was absolutely delicious and so moist.

I was going to cut the cake with my family but then they suggested I save it as the centrepiece at my party, which was a lovely idea - the only catch was that I had to save my family some of the cake!

cemetery birthday cake
Bonus photo of it being lit at my party.

Here is my look for the Vampire Soiree party.

vampire princess make-up
Lips: It's Skin Colour Play Platinum Lipstick in PWN01 Deep Wine (discontinued)
Hair accessory and earrings: Handmade

vampire princess outfit
Ignore the shoes; those marabou mules are, in fact, my slippers.

I've started trying to take more outfit photos again so you never know, I may update this blog with them for some actual fashiony content.

Here's some of the vampire themed party food I served:

coffin finger sandwiches - vampire themed party food
Coffin shaped finger sandwiches. The fillings were roasted Mediterranean vegetables with red pepper hummus, egg mayonnaise with white truffle oil and cream cheese with cucumber.

salami crucifixes - vampire themed party food
Salami Crucifixes

The rest of the food was pretty standard fare: chips and dip, a cheese and meat platter, etc.

blood bath - vampire themed party ideas
I also had a "blood bath", in which I filled my bath with water coloured a dark red. The original plan was to blow up balloons and put them along the surface as sort of a whimsical kind of blood bath vampires would have at a party but I didn't have enough time.

I do love themed parties and putting in effort to make themed food, outfit, decor etc. What are some of your favourite party themes? I need ideas for the future!