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Of Black Cats, Spikes, and Siouxsie Sioux

June 26, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Last week a friend of mine asked how I first became interested in punk and goth subcultures. It’s hard to pinpoint something like that, but I told her it was the experience of my first punk show–sloppy guitar riffs and confrontational tri-hawk girls left me forever changed. But shortly after, I realized I think I was converted far before that. I was maybe ten years old when I first heard “Ornaments of Gold” by Siouxsie and the Banshees, and I suspect that might have been the moment I fell in love with the dark side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That being said, when I put together my latest look, I had Banshees’ lead singer, Siouxsie Sioux, in the forefront of my mind.

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Wizard World Philly: Cosplay, Cosplay, And More Cosplay

June 7, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

It had been about three years since the last time I went to the Wizard World Comic Con in Philly, and to tell you the truth I have no idea what I was doing all that time, thinking I could do without my annual nerd fix. I dearly missed making friends with indie artists, witnessing impromptu light saber battles, and primping in the ladies room next to various Naruto characters.

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My Mother–She’s More Punk Rock Than She Knows

May 15, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

I of course realize that Mother’s Day has passed, but really, is it ever too late to write a post about mom? I think not.

“Aww, you should have worn your cat ears today! They would have made a great conversation piece,” my mother said to me while we were getting ready to meet up with the rest of our family for a Mother’s Day party. I couldn’t help but smile at the unexpected remark–it shows how far my mother and I have come since the teen year arguments about torn fishnets, combat boots, and my excessively gloomy style.

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Tequila Star Couture

April 13, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

Any Sailor Moon fans out there? I’m always looking for ways to merge my love of cartoons and comics with my love of fashion, and this Moon Princess necklace by Tequila Star Couture was the perfect find–a simple yet stunning portrayal of the brave celestial anime queen.

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Time To Play With Dolls

April 3, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

Internet dress-up dolls–are they childish time-wasters or useful practice tools for aspiring stylists? Well, if you’re pushing aside your work in order to put makeup on Justin Bieber (yes, that is a game you can find online), then I’d definitely say it’s the former. However, with the far more sophisticated dress-up sites you can currently find online–such as Looklet and Roiworld–you might actually be able to convince yourself that, in some way, you benefited from that hour spent trying to find the perfect virtual heels to complement your model’s virtual miniskirt (but probably not…).

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How I Plan to Wig Out

March 28, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

If you refer to my last post, you’ll see that I was wearing a wig (man, I wish my real hair was that long). I used to wear wigs all the time in high school, and once again they’re slowly becoming something of an obsession of mine. So far I have two natural-looking human hair wigs but I’m also looking to pick up something more outlandish–especially considering the upcoming comic conventions I plan to attend and hopefully cosplay at. Let me show you some of the wigs that’ve caught my eye…

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I’m Back! Now It’s Time for Some Lime Crime

March 26, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

This weekend I was finally able to emerge from my cave and step back in front of the camera (yay!)–and it’s about time. I’d been hanging on to my Lime Crime Carousel lip glosses for quite a while, and I’d been dying to show them in action.

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UNIF, I Love You, Get A New Lookbook

March 12, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

A brand I’m currently obsessing over is UNIF–trashy, grungy, totally punk rock, but featuring an amazing variety that spans from torn up tees and bondage miniskirts to ethereal LBds and glam velvet robes. But the one gripe I have  is that, based on their lookbooks, you can barely decipher what they have to offer.

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Welcome to the Fashion World…Andrew W.K.?

March 7, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

Remember when it used to actually surprise us when a celebrity took on a side project or pursued a second career path? Like Madonna as an actress, Michael Jordan as a baseball player, or Eddie Murphy as a singer (that was something…).  But that time has since passed, and now that every entertainer has at least two or three different projects under their belt, it probably doesn’t come as that much of a shock to find out that the newest performer gone fashion designer is Andrew W.K. You can check out his designs, here.

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Top It Off With A Blingin’ Crystal Explosion

February 28, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

Alright, now let’s enter the realm of all things impractical (not like that’s anything new, eh?) and take a look at the super blingin, ultra luxe headgear by Deryck Todd. I actually found them opulently hideous at first glance, but after finding this beautiful Vogue Italia editorial, I began to see their charm (when placed atop pretty lady’s head, at least).

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