I haven’t been updating enough lately, I know. I’m gearing up for a move so I’ve been spending the last few weeks doing fun things like sorting through all my crap, finding good homes for my unwanted stuff (I needed to make sure my tutus and spiked bras found homes with fabulous people), and trying to consolidate my large costume and prop collection so it can be moved with little to no hassle.
Those boring details aside, I have been up to other stuff. One of the things I’ve been doing, besides not updating the blog, is practicing with the band Astorian Stigmata, since I signed on as their live show keyboardist a couple of months back. You’ve seen the dudes before–they pop up in a lot of posts and photoshoots, so you might already be familiar with the fact that their general aesthetic is sort of like…dark Neo-Victorian gone mad…or maybe romantic goth meets visual kei. Either way, when they asked me to be part of a lyric video for their song “Twilight Lullaby” I rolled with those general ideas. I had just a day to put an outfit together so I blasted some Emilie Autumn, gathered every bit of black, red, and tattered fabric I could find, and got to work.
These are casual outfit shots we took prior to filming, as opposed to a preplanned thematic photo set, but I think there is a cool, kind of chaotic quality to them [Photos by Dennis Condusta]. The outfit somewhat resembles what I wore for this previous shoot, but way more amped up and crazed.
The hat comes from FanplusFriend Garden, the corset Heavy Red, and the boots Dr. Martens. The wig comes from my go-to shop, Gothic Lolita Wigs, the gloves are from Hot Topic, and the lipstick is Lime Crime.
I bring it up because I’m guilty of it myself, but more importantly, because I care. Last year I was stubborn. I didn’t care to conform to the changing weather–I decided that the sun should somehow conform to me. I worn tight black bustiers in the sweltering heat, black tights under shorts with knee-high boots, and I refused to stop layering. But my friends, you deserve more than constant discomfort. You don’t deserve sweat pooling down your back or forced smiles to prevent those around you from saying “I told you so”. Instead of fighting summertime, embrace it and learn to work with, not against it.
Dress: h. Naoto / Hat: Payless / Sandals: Offbrand
As I say all of this, realize that I have a primarily black wardrobe, and have no intentions of changing that. What you need to rethink in the summertime is not necessarily colors, but fabrics and fits. Think breathability, movement, and if you’re going to wear something fitted take advantage of light fabrics, cutouts, and short hems. And c’mon, if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees, take some time to seriously reconsider anything involving boning, pvc, lace sleeves, latex, or shoes that lace up beyond the knee…
We ditched the usual guyliner and undead, drug-addled vampire look, if only just this once. It was time. Even though my fashion interests span across the board, people usually refer to this as a goth blog (and I’ve made peace with it), so that’s a clear indication that I haven’t been giving other styles enough love. It was about time to get some punk/greaser style up in here.
My model, Mike Kwolek, brought a sleek wardrobe to the table, with a couple pieces I admitted I wanted to steal for myself (the creepers, definitely the creepers).
I hope all of ya’ll had a wonderful Christmas/holiday/time-off-from-work-without-celebrating-anything/etc. Sorry I kind of vanished from social-networking and blogging land for a while–I was busy doing crucial holiday stuff like hangin’ with my family, sleeping for an eternity, and eating profuse amounts of low fat, sugar free, flour free pumpkin pie (no doubt the most appetizing thing you’ve ever heard of, I know).
Christmas is the big holiday for my family, and everyone was too busy running around to take pictures of the action. No pictures my grandmother dancing to Gangnam Style two times, my reenactment of the knife fight from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” or pictures of my cousin’s epic outfit that reminded me of Rihanna gone goth. (more…)