Thursday, 30 August 2012

LOFTY WORDS

I went to Lofty Words last night, which is run by the writer's society at my university. It was fun, people red poems, stories, monologues. I read a short story. The night was fun and inspiring. There were so many people there I hadn't met before, and other people who turn up to meetings more hadn't met either. I don't know where they all came from. Maybe they were imaginary friends? Ha ha. I'm always joking about imaginary friends, so if you don't get what I am going on about, don't worry.

I have been quite inspired with writing recently, I've got a few short stories done and been working on some longer pieces. it's been good. Probably because I have assignments, I always seem most inspired when I have assignments and don't have time to write. Murphy's Law is a killer.

Also, because I am always making up Gothic/ Victorian/ Steampunk outfits, which I occasionally post on my other blog, I decided to try and take some good images, and put them up as a stock account on Deviantart in the hope that someone will make something awesome with them. Mostly because I'm not a good enough artist. This is the account if anyone is interested.

http://morriganstock.deviantart.com/

And you can just check it out if you like my outfits, too. :)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Tree Shepherd's Daughter


YA novel by Gillian Summers

I did enjoy reading this book, but I was torn between enjoyment and often being utterly annoyed by the continous whinging of the main character. 

The premise is fun, Keelie grew up in California with her mother, but after her mother's death, she is sent to live with her father, a woodworker at a Renaissance Fair. I loved the faire setting, which seemed really fun, I would love to visit a place like that. I also liked the idea of Keelie's 'allergy'. The part about the elves and the relationship with the trees were not new to me, but still felt fun and orginal. 

For me, the issues was, as I said before, the amount of snarky comments and whining Keelie did. The girl was really hard to like at times. It was frustrating how one moment she would be discovering something wonderful about her identity, and the next she would be yelling at her dad about how she hated him and didn't belong there. 

Also there were moments when things felt a little overexplained. I really didn't need to know that Keelie had to take a shower, change her clothes and dry her hair every time she got wet, which seemed to happen a lot. Then at the very climax there was some important imformation which really wasn't explained <spoiler> what was that book, how did it appear, etc </spoiler>  although maybe that will be explained in a later book.

In the end, I think I would give it about 3.5 stars. It was a fun premise, but I really kept wishing the main character would get over herself and have some fun!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Cobweb Queen

Spellbound: Fairytale Themed Cobweb Club 
Friday 17th August



Snow Queen inspired outfit

Cage headpiece with bird by me. 

Earrings and necklace by Zombeerazer Odds and Ends. There's a 50% off sale at the Etsy store at the moment.

Ruff by me from underskirt tulle.

The club was so fun, I got to dance to my old school Goth music and talk to cool people, and I won a prize for my hair! Can't wait 'til the next one!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Recent Outfits

Friday 10th/ Saturday 11th August
Circus


Monday 13th August?
Morticia Addams and Egyptomania


Yin Yang and Scarab rings



Ankh earrings and necklace.


Date unknown
Purple, silver, ruffles.


Saturday 25th August?
Glamorkin pendant



Pendant from The Fable Tribe


Support them, they are not just talented craftswomen but also inspiring authors!!!

Tuesday 21st August
Warrior Queen


I've had this ankh for years, but I've never really worn it until fairly recently. It's pretty heavy, but I love how it looks. I love Egyptian symbols and their meanings.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

August

This is shaping up to be the craziest semester so far, which makes sense as it is my last. So far I've had time for a bit of reading, a bit of writing, and making one cool outfit, which I will hopefully have time to post on my outfit blog soon. In the meantime, I noticed some of the old wooden reels of thread I have have really wonderful names:



Dark Lovebird, Gobelin, Ashes of Roses. Beautiful!

Hope to have time to do a proper post again soon! If you follow me on Goodreads, I've rated a couple of books I haven't had time to review yet.

Hope you are all well, and thanks to everyone who reads this blog.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

God Save The Queen


Graphic novel by Mike Carey and John Bolton

Beautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may recognise a few minor unnamed characters such as Nuala, Lucien, and, I am pretty sure, Daniel, but knowledge of the Sandman comics in not essential as this is about an unrelated character. 

God Save the Queen is about Linda. Her father left recently and her mother is drinking. She is going to clubs and finding more dangerous ways to forget. When she meets a group of people who invite her to shoot up her blood mixed with heroin, which they call 'red horse', she discovers the ultimate high. Little does she know what it may cost her, or that these people are not from our world.

A fresh and enjoyable urban fantsy graphic novel that combines modern issues like drug use and strained familial relationships with legends of faerie. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and the art of graphic novels.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Portrait with a crow skull and Alice bow



I took a few photos on the afternoon of Thursday the 9th August, while relaxing with a cup of tea. 

Hair ribbons are the ones I wore around my neck in the previous outfit post. 
Necklace by Zombeerazer Odds and Ends on Etsy.
See through knitted jumper second hand.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Cotton Candy Circus Dreams

Outfit Thursday 9th August

I want to be a faerie/ circus person...



Hair flowers- brand new from secondhand shop
Jacket- second hand shop
Neck ribbons- cut off a top
Top- second hand
Cardi- $10 at surplus store. If you look closely, it has pictures of circus acrobats on it! Yesss!
Skirt- second hand

I am addicted to skirts like this and need a lot more in different colours and lengths!!!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge Day 7

Outfit Monday 6th August
It's simple but I just love this dress. Lace collars forever!





Day 7 ~

This is the end of the week!
What was your favourite day and to finish off this week?
Who inspires you most of all (fashion-wise)?


I think my favourite day was probably yesterday. I must have really liked the challenge since I put so much effort and time into it. But it was all good! :P Thanks Dani!

I think I got a bit ahead of myself yesterday and already posted some of the people who I admire. I must be psychic :P

I will just post some random other inspirations.

The Tribe. NZ TV show. Apparently very popular in Germany at the time. There was a time when I had all the outfit pictures saved on my computer. Unfortunately, I think a lot of them aren't online anymore. The plots could be a bit immature sometimes as it was for kids. I want to see the later seasons.

There was a great mix of tribal, punk, goth, and in later seasons, cyberpunk outfits. I would marry the outfit designer, I really would!

You can still find the basic outfit rundowns on the website: http://www.tribeworld.com/category/articles/tribestyle/series-1-style/
and in the season photos, although I can't find as many of the outfit photos as there used to be.

Also I love weird circus inspired style. I don't really feel good about going to see them because of the performing animals, but I like the idea of them. Mostly weird, freaky, evil circuses. :P


This picture is from the movie Big Fish.

If you like circuses too watch the TV series Carnivale and read The Night Circus. They are my images of the perfect circuses, one dark, one beautiful!

Thanks again for the challenge! I will try and go back to the 30 day fashion challenge after this :P


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Fyeah Fashion Challenge Day 6

Outfit Sunday 5th August 


Bird skull earrings: Zombeerazer Oddities on Etsy.
Puffy sleeved jacket second hand
Scarf on wrist second hand (can't see it in picture)
Spiked cuff from boyfriend in our early days (can't see it in picture)
Belts Ebay
Skirt with lace trim: ??? Some shop with an xmas voucher
Cobweb tights: Costume section of dollar shop.



I painted my fingernails with monster eyes back like I did in 2011. The tutorial is here if you're interested. http://frustratedwriterstyle.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/diy-eye-fingernails.html 
My toenails are black with glitter.

Fyeah Fashion Challenge: 

What do you consider to be classy clothing? Do you own said clothing?
Also, what fashion 'rules' do you dislike - such as clashing colours: (insert colour here) doesn't go with (insert colour here) or  Goth fashion and invisible rules (do -this- and -this- and you're a Mallgoth, etc)?


Rules: I hate rules! I try not to follow them :P I did the whole clashing clothes "unicorn vomit thing" so I don't think the clashing thing bothers me all that much :P I say do your own thing, be yourself, be unique! :)

I think you all probably have guessed by now what fashions I find elegant. I love Victorian inspired style and try to emulate it. This picture from Dani DeathBiscuit's page really just sums it up:


But I also love people like the following who have their own quirky, wonderful, totally individual style (although it has of course been copied by others later in many cases! :P ) To save space I will only post one picture of each, but you will find loads all over the internet!

Amanda Palmer. I keep wanting to shave off my eyebrows and paint them on like her. Then I remember I have no hand-eye co-ordination and can't even do even eyeliner. :P I was lucky enough to see her in a free concert. She is amazing!

Adora BatBrat. I think her look is wild and wonderful! She is also inspiring me in regards to hairstyles, which I think I definitely need more inspiration in! She is also a wonderful mother to three kids. Who says alternative people can't be great parents!


Annie Lennox is a real chameleon. I don't think she has a look I don't love. This is a bad screencap from No More Goodbyes, I took it last night. I want to do that hair somehow!


Anna Varney Cantodea. I love her music as Sopor Aeterus. It is beautiful and melancholy, and the sound is often kind of medieval? or something. I don't know anything about music, but I think it's amazing. She is scary looking, doesn't try to fit normal ideas of beauty, etc. I respect that!


Kate Bush. I did a massive montage of her outfits on this blog ages ago. Kate's style was quirky and always changing. And Stevie Nicks the 'unlikely Godmother of Goth'. :P (If you don't get that quote, you need to see Gypsy 83. I implore you to find a copy!)

Lene Lovich is also worth checking out. 


And last but not least there is Siouxsie Sioux. There is those iconic eyeliner and hair, but there's also all the other crazy outfits she wore. You should definitely look some of them up on google images. 

I could probably find so many others but this post is already so long! 

Friday, 3 August 2012

Wonderful Custom Corsets by Wilde Hunt Corsetry


Sorry for the link, I couldn't get the embed function to find the right video no matter how I tried.

Look at this wonderfully beautiful custom corsets by Wilde Hunt Corsetry. I can only hope I one day have the money for one of my own!

Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge Day 5

http://danideathbiscuit.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/fyeah-finery-fashion-challenge-day-5.html

I identify as Neo-Victorian/ Steampunk/ Steamgoth. I am inspired by elegant victorian fashions and love Victorian gothic novels. The first gothic stories I read were actually by Mr Poe, who is an American, then The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.

What I love about Steampunk is it draws on the aspects of the Victorian Era that I love- the clothes, the beautiful buildings and elegant carriages, the dark melodramatic novels, but it changes the aspects I am not so keen on, namely, giving women a much more adventurous and wild role than that which they mostly played in society.

I have loved gothic stories and Period drama miniseries on TV from a young age, but I only recently discovered the term Neo-Victorian and realised how much it related to me.

I have also been a bit of a metalhead, been through stages where I wore all black, all bright colours, and a kind of grungy almost kinderwhore-grown-up style stage back in 2011 before I really discovered the Steampunk genre and launched myself headfirst back into it. My style has always been based more on clothing and books than on music. I like music but don't really know all that much about it except what I do and don't like.

I don't think I have many photos of myself as a teenager, as to say my parents did not like my style was an understatement. Parents are like that. You can wear Supre miniskirts and they don't care, but when you start wearing black...

I rarely ever wore much makeup, and I almost never wear any now thanks in part to terrible hand-eye coordination skills and also thanks to insanely sensitive and allergic skin. Last time I tried Inglot cosmetics they were still ok for me (although removing it made my eyes hurt) but the last time I tried Napoleon Perdis my eyes started stinging so badly. I was in a shopping centre at the time and everything was closing for the night, and luckily I managed to find one of those stalls that sells skin products and this sweet european girl called Starv cleaned it off and moisturised my sore eyes for me. I still remember her name because I am so grateful. It would have been a long and painful trip home.

My current inspirations are Victorian, Steampunk, Steamgoth, Romantic, Edwardian (which is usually included in Neo-Victorian), Rococo, Pre-Raphelite, fairy, circus. The list goes on. I try not to ever just be one thing, to give myself entire freedom about who and what I am.

I mostly shop at second hand shops. I love the thrill when you find something awesome for about $10 or less. Sometimes $20. There are also lots of really beautiful things I would like to buy online one day, when I have the money, as I would like to have a few more really Victorian looking things in my wardrobe.

My recent favourite outfits:





Thursday, 2 August 2012

Fyeah Finery Fashion Challenge Day 4


Sorry for the image quality, camera problems. Getting a new one soon. As you can see one is overexposed, one underlit, one really underlit.

Take a picture of you in your most expensive item of clothing/shoes/accessory (old or new photo.)
What brand is it? (or did you make it yourself?) What is this piece used for? (photo shoots, special occasions?)
Include a number of pieces to complete an outfit with this piece if you so wish :)
A lot of expensive items that I used to have that are no longer mine, like my old platform boots. Probably the most expensive things I still have are this gorgeous brocade coat I got for $80 (I wish I had got it in black, too, even though it was expensive!) and this gorgeous vintage leather skirt I got for $70 recently. I also have an old lip service top I have never worn that I got on holiday in England in 2007. I got it from a goth shop in Bath. It's one that has been worn by both Christina Scabbia (although hers had white stripes) and Kenzi in Lost Girl which pleases me. Maybe I will wear it someday. I don't want to remember how much it cost, probably too much.


The skirt has a black lace cut out bit and scalloped raw-cut leather at the bottom.


Outfit Thursday 2nd July:
This has been a tiring week, so I barely had the energy to throw together an outfit and drag myself to university. I decided on just a plain dress that I liked and a long sleeved top (because it's really cold right now where I live). I also wore my black crosses necklace, although it's probably hard to see in the picture and I tried to take photos of just the necklace and they didn't really come out well. 

Anyway I was glad I went to uni because the class is actually really interesting!


Dress, top and necklace all second hand.