Posts Tagged: ‘skeleton’

Photo Set: Creepy Kids and Cereal Killers

October 31, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

Happy Halloweeeeen, friends! ^_^

Monster Cereal hits the stores but once a year and what better way to celebrate the arrival of this seasonal spooky goodness then with a photo set? To tell you the truth I only tried three of the cereals (I recommend Yummy Mummy). I’m actually not supposed to eat cereal, nevermind sugar, but I like the idea of Monster Cereal so…

Here’s some costumed fun for the holiday with a bit of behind-the-scenes anecdotes throughout:

Killer Gothic Lolita: The entire time those pictures were being taken, my grandmother was standing off to the side  (odd timing for a visit) repeatedly asking “What are you doing? It’s not Halloween, I don’t understand, why are you doing this?” Sometimes the best response is to pause then just say “the Internet.”

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Photographer: Carlos Phillips Images //Model: Riss

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4 Simple Steps To Create A Faux Undercut

May 28, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

My two greatest loves these days, style-wise, are skeletal accessories and rockin a faux undercut. Well, the skeleton accessories–nothing new there, but it wasn’t until just recently that I realized how damn easy it is to fake the dramatic hairstyle. There are four basic steps: Part, Tuck, Spray, Pin. Continue on for more details…

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Fashion Vandals Wishes You A Happy World Goth Day!!

May 21, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

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I Heart You

February 5, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

Valentine’s Day is a huge bore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the love-inspired pieces that hit stores around this time of year. Here’s a round up of some of my faves (is it any surprise that the hearts I prefer are black?):

I have a love/hate relationship with the Hottopic offshoot, Blackheart Lingerie, but they’re at their best when they lay off the gaudy accents. No rhinestones, no glitter, no foil–just a simple print and touch of sheer–perfect.

Sheer Heart Halter Top by Blackheart

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Hearts Leather Mask Tom Banwell

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Lydia Deetz Goes to London…With Some Weirdo Dogs

January 15, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

For the first time in a long time, I don’t know how I feel about a collection. Amy Currie’s new Lydia Deetz-inspired line is the epitome of creepy cute, so I should love it, right? But something about it holds me back from swooning–I think I like the idea far more than the application.

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Riss’s Christmas Gift Guide

December 4, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

It’s that time of year again–time for my hand-picked gift guide, which I hope will help you as you rack your brain figuring out what to buy for all your friends with wicked style (yes, this is just catered to people with wicked style–for help buying gifts for everyone else, go look at someone else’s gift guide). And okay, I couldn’t cover every base. If I had more time I’d find giftspiration for burlesque chicks, visual kei kids, otakus, etc…but c’mon, it’s already December 5th, and you/me/we don’t have all damn day! So just check out what I’ve got for ya…

For the Accessories Whore: Tough Love Clutch by Nasty Gal

For the Sexy Nerdo: Star Wars Bralette and Knicker Set by Licorice and Cream

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Time To Give Unto Others (And Maybe Get A Little Somethin’ For Yourself)

December 2, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Happy December, friends. I’m knee deep in Christmas gifting/shopping, but not in that reluctant, obligatory way that it can often morph into. I’m making a lot of gifts this year–someone asked for a handmade doll, I’m making someone else a customized pair of gloves, and I recently lured one of my friends into the addictive world of Monster High dolls, and I’m making tiny necklaces  for all six of her dolls (ah, lovely ridiculousness).

Speaking of making things, you may have noticed that there’s now an “Online Shop” page on the blog. If you hadn’t already seen the posts on my Twitter and Facebook, well you now know that my shop is up and running! From now until Christmas, I’ll be adding new items every Monday. Here’s a look at some of the items up for grabs:

The necklace is finally for sale, though not the boy (sorry). (more…)

Interview with Bink from Pearls & Swine

November 1, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I recently interviewed Bink, the designer and visionary behind Pearls & Swine—a brand that specializes in hats, fascinators, masks, eyepatches, and hair accessories that seems to have been plucked straight out of a surreal dream, and often appear to defy gravity. Bink also developed a sister brand, Temptress of Waikiki,  where she produces custom burlesque accessories. Bink works nonstop (she currently has over 150 items in her shop!), and her selection caters to tastes across the board—glam rock, steampunk, pop culture kawaii, rockabilly, and delicate bridalwear. In our interview, Bink explains the “mistake” that spawned her business, her inspiration, and offers a bit of advice and insight to artists and creatives who struggle with self-doubt and the pressure to lead a “conventional” career path.

Q: On your website you say that you “always intended to be sensible” but could never really settle on a conventional career path. When you decided to devote your life to your artwork, were there people in your life that discouraged you or lead you to question your decision? If so, how did you deal with those negative outside forces?

A: I was the only real block that stopped myself from being allowed to be creative. I did have some friends who questioned whether or not anyone would really be interested in unconventional headwear, but on the whole I have been extremely fortunate in mostly having support in my business. My partner Trafford Parsons is an artist and has been there for me every step of the way, even when my doubts crept back (and they do, even after years of being in business).

Q: What advice would you give to young creatives who are pressured to take a more “conventional” path in life, or who are surrounded by people who may not “get” their work?

A: Looking back I realize that, had I allowed me to be myself, a creative, instead of fighting it till I was 30, my life would be very different now. However, I do believe that everything we endure is for a reason…perhaps I had to take the journey I did to get to where I am now.

My advice to anyone is always to know you are going to make it if you want something enough. Many creatives aren’t very driven or confident in their art. The secret of confidence is pretend–one day it will come but you have to have determination and a disregard for wealth…. just go for it!

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Daywalkers Don’t Model for Lipservice

October 17, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

How the heck have I gone this long without bringing vampires onto the blog? I have no idea. Recently I’ve been having a lot more fun dressing up dudes than chicks, so I vamped one up to model some of my necklaces.

Me and my model, DJ Laury, headed to a sketchy abandoned building in a cemetery for these pics—though I wasn’t trying to be ultra-creepy, I just like the building. And as far as I know he’s not wearing any Lip Service, but a couple of times he reminded me that he didn’t want to end up looking like one of the awkward male Lip Service models. I love Lip Service, but seriously, check out their male models–super awkward.

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Sexy Monopoly, Godzilla Bras, and Sophisticated Vamps–My Halloween Costume Faves

October 16, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Have you picked your Halloween costume yet? I don’t really have one big costume planned–I’ll probably be Lydia Deetz on Halloween, a dead Victorian a few days before, and since I just picked up a set of custom-fitted fangs, I assume I’ll  be transforming into a vampire throughout October and beyond…

Dia De Los Muertos costumes… I guess that’s getting to be kind of overdone by now, but that doesn’t make this wig by Candy Crypt any less awesome.

Even though I’m already settled on my plans, I realize not everyone makes their Halloween plans as far in advance as I do. I collected a few of my favorite looks, and for those of you who’ve been putting things off to the last minute, hopefully these will offer you a bit of inspiration.

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