Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Travel Beyond the Crypt: M'era Luna 2018 + Hanover, Germany

Last month I was invited to attend M'era Luna in Hanover, Germany with some friends. M'era Luna is a large gothic and alternative music festival and though many of the bands weren't of much interest to me, I still wanted to go, enjoy the atmosphere and have a good time with friends.

I also really enjoyed the setting as M'era Luna is held at Flugplatz Hildesheim-Drispenstedt in Hildesheim, a former British Army airbase. It was so cool to walk down an airport runway and party in hangars!

goth girl make-up
Photo of my make-up I took whilst waiting for my dear friend Eloise.

Lips: Dior Addict High Impact Lipstick in Pinstripe Plum

Then later on when we set up camp and were ready to get the weekend long party started, Eloise took an outfit photo for me.

gothic festival outfitwww.instagram.com/theheianprincess
Dress: Topshop
Harness and garter belt: 8th Sin

Goth girls selfie
I jazzed up my make-up and Eloise and I were ready to party!

Ministry playing M'era Luna 2018
Ministry with their anti-Trump chickens!

Admittedly I didn't take many photos of the festival but I had an amazing time and the photos I did take pretty much summed up the entire weekend. It was a long weekend of drinking, eating, live bands, after parties and admiring everyone's fabulous outfits.

Gothic queen make-up

Eyes: NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadows, Anna Sui Eye Color Palette (black glittery shade), NYX Epic Ink Eyeliner, Collection Cosmetics Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner.

Lips: Sugarpill Pretty Poison Lipstick in Zero and Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood in the centre.

gothic queen outfit

Saturday's "Demented Queen" look. I knew a lot of people would go all out for their outfits so I didn't want to be underdressed!

Crown: Pendulous Threads
Dress: Punk Rave
Tights: Estrellas AliceHolic Tights
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Choker, bracelet, feather epaulettes (shoulder pads): 8th Sin

gothic girls at m'era luna 2018
Eloise and I also got our picture taken shortly after my outfit photo! Eloise looked incredible all through the festival!

gothic friends selfie
Eloise and I with our lovely friends Charlotte and Aro.

gothic girls
Our beautiful friend Nadia who made her entire outfit herself. Her talent and eye for fashion is so inspiring.

gothic girls at m'era luna 2018

London After Midnight at M'era Luna 2018
Some of the bands we saw including London After Midnight

Gothic queen

gothic make-up
Outfit detail photos taken whilst we were waiting for Ministry to start.

After party at M'era Luna 2018
The after party on Saturday night. The lasers kind of look like they're taking control of people haha!

gothic succubus girl
Sunday's lower key, still drunk/hungover Succubus look. Sunglasses are essential on Sundays of festivals.

Sunglasses: Anna Sui
Lipstick: Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood
Dress: Fernopaa (now defunct)

gothic girls at festival
Nadia and I drinking a litre of cocktail to kick things off on Sunday! Hair of the dog and all that.

On the Monday after M'era Luna, we had some time to kill before our flight back to England so Eloise and I explored Hanover a little.

  Marktkirche, Hanover, Germany

Admittedly, Hanover is not a city with a ton of tourist attractions but one interesting thing it does have is Marktkirche, a medieval German Gothic church with a pentacle on it! Although pentagram and pentacles have been used in Pagan, early Christian and other religions, it's funny that it's seen as an occult symbol and is on a church now.

Gargoyle in fountain, Hanover, Germany
In the market square they also had a fountain with these cute little gargoyles on them!

I had a great time at M'era Luna and although I wouldn't camp again, I'd definitely visit M'era Luna again for an incredible weekend with friends.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Photoshoot: run: reality.exe (2018)

Fact: Every alternative teenage girl has a go at modelling at least once.

I am not an exception to this rule. I did a bit of modelling from around 17-18 and stopped to pursue my business. I've done the occasional photoshoot since then if the opportunity arose (see my High Priestess photoshoot) but recently I've picked up more modelling work, which started with winning a photoshoot with Violet Studio in Sheffield. After this, I started taking on more modelling work and creating shoots as I found it a great creative outlet to concentrate on other than my business. Sometimes I get a little burnt out because I work so hard on my business, and even when I try to take "breaks", they still relate to work somehow, like answering emails or promoting on social media. However, coming up with concepts and putting together a story to shoot is a great way to focus creativity elsewhere when I need a break, since fashion and styling comes second nature to me.

I'll post the Violet Studio photoshoot photos at some point but one of my more recent shoots was a Cyberpunk shoot titled "run: reality.exe". I told you I'm on a Cyber kick at the moment! It's a realistic look on the not too distant future, inspired by the upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077, where the sun burns a little brighter due to global warming, and surroundings are bright and eye catching to distract from stressful city life. In this concept, I race around the city, thriving on city life and getting into mischief. I wish I had the props or Photoshop skills to show myself zipping about on a hoverbike! Maybe that could be another shoot following on from this one?

cyberpunk photoshoot
I really like how carefree and at ease I look in this photo.

cyberpunk girl

cyber goth
This photo was shared on Japanese fashion online magazine The Comm's Instagram for their Cyber issue.

cybergoth photoshoot
I totally found this pixelated effect by accident and I'm so happy I did!

Model, hair, make-up, wardrobe, styling and editing is all done by me, and photography was done by my friend (@ohhoneybe on Instagram).

Top is stocked by my brand 8th Sin and the skirt is from Aderlass.

If you'd like to work with me, get in touch on Purpleport where you can see my full portfolio and references: Laura Moriarty

What do you think to this shoot? Do you like Cyberpunk or Cybergoth style?


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Multitasking Beauty Products Whilst Travelling

As I do a lot of travelling for pleasure and work, I often have to make the most of the space in my suitcase and be conscious of weight, size or liquid volume limits. Of course, buying travel sized products or decanting products into travel containers is one way to help. Another way is by using one cosmetic for multiple purposes so here are some ways to multitask beauty products whilst travelling!

Compact foundation

A face cream with no SPF can be used for both night and day use.

Moisturising toner in a spray bottle can be used in place of products like MAC Fix+ and other refreshing mists, and can be used on your eyeshadow brush after you've put eyeshadow/pigment on it to increase the pigmentation.

Mix your regular coverage foundation with your moisturiser to create a dewier BB cream type product to wear on casual days. You can also put both products in a contact lens case, one side for the regular coverage foundation, one for your new BB concoction.

Use lipstick as a cream blusher, but be conscious of it containing shimmer or glitter depending on the look you want!

Pink Lipstick

If you do take blusher along, it can be used as eyeshadow and when combined with brown eyeshadow in the crease, can make for a lovely romantic look.

Use matte brown eyeshadow for contour, eyebrows and eyeshadow.

Use highlighter as your inner corner eyeshadow/highlight. You can also pat it onto the centre of your lips to make them look fuller.

Mascara wand

Mascara can be used as eyeliner if applied with an angled eyeliner brush, and can be used to tightline (darken the waterline of your upper eyelid) by pressing down gently at the roots of your lashes as you apply mascara.

Depending on your skin type, you may be able to skip face powder all together and just use setting spray or nothing at all. You can also use setting spray after putting eyeshadow/pigments on your eyeshadow brush to strengthen the colour (giving you multiple shade options), which you can't do with face powder!

Are there any more beauty products that can be used for more than one purpose? Let me know in the comments and I'll add them with your credit!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Travel Beyond the Crypt Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre Museum

On my last day in Paris, I originally wanted to visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Paris and the burial ground of Oscar Wilde as well as other icons such as Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison and Eugene Delacroix. However, it still didn't stop snowing from the previous day, so public transport including taxis were still messed up. I stuck to central Paris as I was travelling back to England later on that evening.

I decided to visit Sainte-Chapelle instead, which has free admission for any EU nationals under 26.

The outside of Sainte-Chapelle is pretty hard and not that impressive to photograph since it is surrounded by other buildings and in a crowded area, but the inside more than makes up for this.

The chapel was started in 1238 and finished in 1248, commissioned by King Louis IX to house his collection of religious relics.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

The inside is amazingly beautiful and one of my favourite sights during my trip. I received so much inspiration from seeing these beautiful purple-hued stained glass windows, for jewellery, clothing and more.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, or at least the parts open to the public, is not very big so it doesn't take too long to view it. After Sainte-Chapelle, I visited the Louvre Museum.

  Louvre Museum, Paris

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, is the world's largest museum (as well as the most visited) and contains over 38,000 pieces of art. The museum is indeed absolutely huge, and days would be required to view every single piece, so it's best to pick which pieces you'd like to see or make a very quick pass through the entire thing. Among the most famous pieces are the Venus de Milo and Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, Paris

Venus de Milo

The Three Graces sculpture in the Louvre Museum, Paris

Although Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa are by far the most famous pieces of art held in the Louvre, and I saw both, the sculpture above was my favourite and unknown to me before visiting the museum. It's The Three Graces, or a reproduction of the original statue, which was carved by an artist unknown and lost in the sands of time. It's quite hard to find information on this statue, since there's a more well-known statue of the Three Graces in existence.

What I love most about the statue is that the depiction of the Three Graces, Roman/Greek goddesses the very embodiment of grace, beauty and youth, was conceived and carved because they were considered the epitome of beauty and perfection. Whoever carved it considered their bodies to be perfectly beautiful, and look, they have what are considered "tummy bulges"! Too many people nowadays are obsessed, or get depressed over not having a perfect body with a perfectly flat stomach that stays like that all the time, but many people don't realise that perfect bodies don't exist; even people who dedicate their lives and careers to fitness admit that flat stomachs don't stay that way forever, and they consider it a good day if it stays past mid-morning. Naturally I have my own body insecurities but seeing this statue, and knowing that even thousands of years ago, this body was considered beautiful and perfect, with natural curves and bumps, is very comforting and I hope it comforts others too.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, Louvre Museum, Paris

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, carved around the 2nd century BC, around 190-200 BC.

Desserts in London and Paris

The last photo I will leave you for my trip is all the desserts I devoured during my London and Paris trip! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I had a list of highly rated patisseries I would've liked to visit, especially in Paris and I'm happy to say I managed to tick most of them off of my list. Some of the patisseries I visited were Des Gateaux et du Pain, Angelina's, Cafe Pouchkine and Un Dimanche a Paris. Each and every dessert was amazingly delicious; I'm an absolute fiend for desserts and these definitely satisfied. I'd recommend brushing up on and visiting lots of patisseries if you go to France!

There were many other places I would've liked to visit on my trip but simply not enough time to cover them all. Do you have anywhere spooky you'd recommend to visit in Paris, such as the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures, which is on my list?


Friday, 29 June 2018

My Take on Cyber Goth Fashion

Recently I have been getting inspired by futuristic Cyber Goth fashion, but not your regular take on it - I'm not personally into the neon colours, Cyberlox and glow sticks that are brought to mind when you normally think of Cyber Goth fashion, and prefer an all-black (or almost all black), sleek look that I feel is more of an authentic interpretation of futuristic fashion. I had the chance to get a few things from Cyberdog and other places, which prompted this little fashion muse, so I thought I'd share my items and interpretation of Cyber fashion.

One Cyber fashion inspiration from media that is hugely influential to my take on this fashion is Rachael from Blade Runner.

Rachael from Blade Runner - fur coat

I think she is so so cute and love the fashions she wears in Blade Runner. Just look at that fur coat!

Alice from Resident Evil Retribution outfit
Although the credibility of the Resident Evil films are dubious at best (except the first, which is pretty good), I'm a huge Milla Jovovich fan and her outfit in Resident Evil: Retribution is something I'd 100% wear the fuck out of, even though I never usually wear trousers!

Leeloo from Fifth Element

Leeloo from Fifth Element

Leeloo from Fifth Element bandage dress

This may require a little more imagination, but Leeloo Dallas from Fifth Element is another inspiration of mine; if Leeloo from Fifth Element only wore black, that'd be my kind of Cyber fashion! I don't think I'd wear her white bandage outfit but I love the simplistic style that is still very futuristic.

Air hostesses from Fifth Element
Even the air hostess' outfits in Fifth Element can be drawn from - they already look like pieces that could be sold by Cyberdog right now.

Trinity from The Matrix

Another inspiration is Trinity from The Matrix; although her take is a little more masculine than my personal taste (again with trousers), she still has a very chic look I can take inspiration from.

Grace Neutral
One real life inspiration you can look to for realistic futuristic style is Grace Neutral, whose look is inspired by aliens and other worlds. She has modified her body and look to reflect how she feels inside, including tattooing her eyes, undergoing ear pointing, tongue forking and scarification to name but a few procedures.

Out of the real life images and looks you get when you search for Cyber Goth fashion, these are some that I take the most inspiration from.

Cyber goth fashion

Kali Noir Diamond, cyber goth fashion

Cyber goth outfit

Here are the pieces I picked up from Cyberdog to put together my sleek black Cyber wardrobe.

Cyberdog Fang Skirt
Fang Skirt (discontinued)

Cyberdog Mistress Shrug
Mistress Shrug

Cyberdog XXX Torture Dress
XXX Torture Dress

Cyberdog XXX Safety Bra
XXX Safety Bra, mostly to layer under other items

Cyberdog Circuitry Dress
Circuitry Dress (discontinued)

Cyberdog Circuitry Bustier
Circuitry Bustier (discontinued)

Cyberdog Bat Peek Jacket
Bat Peek Jacket (discontinued, not sure if this is the proper name for it as it's hard to find any info)

I also got a dress from Disturbia that has been on my wishlist for a while, so it came about at a good time.

Disturbia Barbarella Dress
Barbarella Dress

Here are a few items still on my wishlist that would fit in with my Cyber wardrobe now.

Lip Service Erotomechanics Halter Dress
Lip Service Erotomechanics Halter Dress

Lip Service Hyper Intelligence High Neck Dress
Lip Service Hyper Intelligence High Neck Dress

Cyberdog Subsonic Dress
Cyberdog Supersonic Dress

Cyberdog Strapper Longsleeve Top
Cyberdog Strapper Long Sleeve Shirt - the Fang Skirt in red would go amazingly with this top as well

Cyberdog Andromeda Mesh Dress
Cyberdog Andromeda Mesh Dress

And here are some pieces I already owned in my wardrobe that go with the style as well. An important tip when expanding your wardrobe without going overboard is shop your stash, use what you already have!

Ghost of Harlem top
Ghost of Harlem top purchased in Japan

Glavil top
Glavil top purchased in Japan

Black pleated leather skirt
Pleather pleated skirt found in Mode Off Ueno

Pennangalan Transmuter Boots
Pennangalan Transmuter Boots

I could do with some more accessories to fit the style. I like simplistic jewellery when it comes to Cyber Goth, with lots of silver or gunmetal black metal.

Black O Ring Choker
My Black O Ring Choker from my store is simple but so versatile. I end up wearing it a lot with Cyber outfits.

Metal O Ring Bangle

I love these O ring bangles in black and silver (available here) - to me they look futuristic but I am also aware some people wear them or may think they're for BDSM purposes. It's a hard balance for me, wearing O ring jewellery without people thinking I'm wearing BDSM items. Can you believe that I first made my Heart Ring and O Ring Chokers purely for fashion purposes? They were (and still are) very popular, and I was happy they were successful, but a friend turned to me and said "...Yeah...you do realise they appeal to the BDSM market, right? That's why they're popular" and I was like "...Oh. Hooray?"

Metal O Ring

They also do a ring version of the bangles above (available at the same link). I would love a choker version as well, but again, that would be very close to those infinity slave collars. The other reason I haven't bought these is that they're made of mixed metal/zinc alloy; I'm allergic to cheap metals like nickel, copper and zinc, and as I've gotten older (the ripe old age of 24 as of writing this haha), I much prefer paying a slightly higher price for better quality items (not just jewellery) that are made of higher quality materials that will last longer. I know that if I wear these items, they're going to give me a rash, and after a few wears, the plating will wear off, exposing the copper colour underneath.

I would love to make some stainless steel versions, since I can't find anyone else who does them, but at the moment finding jewellery manufacturers with small MOQ is quite hard. Hey, hit me up if you have any sources, or happen to know for sure 500 of these bangles, rings and chokers would sell haha!

The closest I've found to stainless steel versions of the above is this Etsy store, Terginum, based in Germany, but again, they're very BDSM orientated. Their items are reasonably priced and look high quality though so check them out! I may even contact them to see if they'd do a custom order of the aforementioned items.

Here are a few looks I put together encapsulating my take on Cyber Goth fashion.

Cyber Goth Make-up

This one gives me such Blade Runner vibes, I think it's because of the slight graininess of the picture.

Cyber Goth cut crease make-up

Cyber Goth girl


Well, there's my take on Cyber Goth fashion. This kind of turned into an essay of all black, simplistic futuristic fashion, didn't it? I find putting together these kind of essay/moodboard mash-ups really focus my style so I enjoy writing them. It arranges what I already have in my wardrobe that works with the fashion, and what staples are next on my shopping list. What do you think to this take on Cyber Goth? What's your personal version of it?