Saturday, 24 February 2018

Look of the Day: Gold Card Suit Girl

Today I went to dinner with some friends I haven't seen in a long time.

Gothic Lolita make-up

Eyes: Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette and NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Sun Glow
Lips: Sugarpill Liquid Lip Colour in Trinket

Black and gold Gothic Lolita wearing Atelier Pierrot

JSK: Atelier Pierrot (super old school)
Everything else: Offbrand, some jewellery from Closet Child that you can't really see

One tip that has helped me create a cohesive wardrobe is that every time I put a look together, I look back on it and wonder if I could pick anything in the world, what I would change or add to it? I then decide if those items would go with other things in my wardrobe, and if so, find or make the items to improve the outfit next time. Looking back on this outfit, I would've worn something gold around the neck to break the colours up, and have more relevant card suit themed accessories, however I don't own many gold or card suit themed clothing items, so it wouldn't be worth me adding these to my collection.

I do need to get some new heels though; I had a pair I loved by Demonia, they went with so many things but I wore them so much the soles fell off and getting them repaired didn't last too long, so I had to throw them away. I haven't seen the same design since, I think they were an old style. Do you have any recommendations for me?


Friday, 23 February 2018

Look of the Day: Cybernetic Augmentation

Yesterday I went to dinner with a friend so here's the look I put together. I have huge love for Cyber fashion at the moment and am in the midst of writing an article about my take on it so, for now, here's what I guess you could call a first look at my Cyber fashion interpretation.

Cyber Goth Make-up

Shrug: Mistress Shrug from Cyberdog
Dress: Circuitry Dress from Cyberdog

Notable make-up includes NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Bling, Shiro Cosmetics pigments in The Truth and Gift of Mercy.

I need some jewellery and accessories to go with my Cyber wardrobe, do you have any recommendations? Feel free to follow me on Instagram for regularly updated looks at @theheianprincess.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Travel Beyond the Crypt: Brompton Cemetery, London

"Travel Beyond the Crypt" will be the name of my new Gothic Travel series on this blog, I hope you enjoy!

The other week I went to London for a few days before heading onto Paris for my birthday. It was totally unplanned but it turns out one of the cemeteries on my "to-visit" list, Brompton Cemetery, was literally a 5 minute walk from my hotel.

Brompton Cemetery, London

Brompton Cemetery can be found at Fulham Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9UG and is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries built in a ring around London in the 1830s (Brompton Cemetery was buitl in 1840) to ease the city's overcrowded cemeteries after burials in the city had been banned and provide park space in the capital.

Brompton Cemetery Statues

I absolutely love the red flowers set on the first grave on the left, it provided such a lovely contrast in colour and material to the statue.

Cherub statue at Brompton Cemetery 

Brompton Cemetery is home to over 35,000 graves, a chapel and catacombs. I've only just learned about the catacombs under Brompton Cemetery but apparently according to this website, there is a tour on the annual open day of Brompton Cemetery but the tour of the catacombs is not very long and you're unable to go around most of the corridors.

Entrance to Brompton Cemetery Catacombs

One of the entrances to the catacombs above. They hold walking tours of the above ground burials on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.

Brompton Cemetery Crypt

There are some lovely graves, mausoleums and statues in Brompton Cemetery, but a few places were under renovation and closed off, and a lot of the area was unkempt with long grass, burial places were overrun with ivy and long grass so I hope they're tidying the cemetery up whilst they're doing renovations.

Have you ever been to Brompton Cemetery? Since I started blogging again, I'd really appreciate any relevant support, like comments, sharing or following me! I'm looking to follow more Gothic blogs if anyone still even blogs any more haha - if you have a Gothic or alternative blog, leave it in the comment section below and I'd love to check it out!


Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Future of This Blog

Short update without going into too much: Much has happened in my life, I have evolved and grown as a person, and I decided to start blogging again, but not really about personal things or explicit details of my life. I have always wanted to be useful in whatever I do, so instead I'm focusing on the niches in my life that I feel others might find useful. I am very privileged and grateful that I get to travel a lot as part of my work, and for as long as I have been travelling in my adult life, I have always sought out gothic, strange and unusual attractions to see when I'm travelling. There's not really any Gothic Travel blogs out there haha, so I decided to show the places I've been so that you can use the information when planning your own trips.

I also decided to continue documenting my fashion and beauty in this blog, simply for inspiration and creative outlet. Whilst I haven't been blogging, I have still been taking in creative sources and inspiration in my life, like I always do, but I have found myself restless and I realised it's because I'm not putting any of this creativity out either. I read somewhere that in order to be a good Internet user, you must also put out content as well as absorb it. Whilst I probably won't be very good at doing full outfit photos like always, I like the idea of writing alternative fashion articles that will (hopefully) stand the test of time and that people can refer to for inspiration no matter the current trends.

I probably won't blog too much about Asian beauty any more though, since there are already lots of bloggers who dedicate their blog to it such as Fifty Shades of Snail and Snow White and the Asian Pear, and do a far better job than me of researching and reviewing products. However, I may still review the beauty products I have made permanent additions to my beauty routine, or review items that are not very well-known or have no reviews at all. Like I mention above, I want to be useful above all else, so what's the point in reviewing something 50 other bloggers have already reviewed, or something you can check reviews for on Make-up Alley? I still remember when you could only buy Asian beauty products from their respective country's websites, but now huge, readily available companies like ASOS, TK Maxx, Sephora and Cult Beauty now sell some Asian beauty brands.

I was recently fortunate to take a trip to Paris for my birthday, and I did lots of spooky and interesting things whilst I was there, so I've actually got content to post immediately. I just thought I'd better preface it by saying, well, I'm open to blogging again, and hope people who somehow find this blog to find it useful and use the information I have in their lives.

I will still continue my Japan posts as well, but will probably focus on specific experiences I had rather than documenting each day in detail. The exact details of each day are pretty blurry now, especially since I spent an additional month in Japan in December-January 2016-2017. It's pretty hard to remember exactly what I did each day for a total of 6 weeks in Japan.

If there's anyone left who used to read my blog, thank you for your patience and continued support. I am most active on Instagram, and I always post my beauty and fashion looks there, so if you like, feel free to follow me at @theheianprincess. I have been active on there since I stopped blogging so if anything, you'll always catch my updates there.

Please stay tuned for my experiences in Paris and France, including the Paris Catacombs, Sainte-Chapelle, Montparnasse Cemetery, a restaurant in the original house of alchemist Nicolas Flamel and more. I also visited London before heading to Paris, so I'll start with my London experiences.