Sunday, 31 May 2015

Liebster Award


I am a terrible person, long ago I was nominated for a Liebster Award on Just Keep Brains and got really busy and forgot! I also got nominated by Retro-Electric! Here is a pile of questions and answers, hope you enjoy!

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

11 Questions from Just Keep Brains

– Do you believe in spirit animals or a connection to animals in any way?
I feel deeply connected to animals, more so than most people. I believe that the three dogs I have loved in the past are my doggy angels who watch over me. I have little figurines symbolising them on my altar. I always talk to animals as if they are people, I read the bird poetry, and he seems to appreciate it. I think people underestimate how much animals understand.

– What was your favourite city you’ve been travelling to so far?
 I have been to so few places outside of my country. I really enjoyed Paris and London.

– If you could live as any creature in any time and any place you’d like, what would it look like?
As dangerous as it is, I love the town of Fair Hollow in Katherine Harbour's Night and Nothing books. I suppose I might also be a Fata if I lived there...

– Why did you start blogging and are you still blogging about the same subject/s?
 I first started blogging about books and TV series on this blog, I started a separate fashion one sometime later, and eventually added the two together. I definitely post a lot more about my lifestyle and thoughts now.

– How did you come up with your blogs name?
 This blog was originally meant to be a book blog, vellum is and old kind of paper (made from calf skin) and I think it is a really beautiful word. Obviously I also love flowers. The name also has a bit of darkness to it which still suits me I think.

– Favorite Season?
 Autumn, I get too hot in Summer, but I can get too cold in winter, so Autumn is about right for me, followed by Spring. The changing leaves in Autumn are also breathtaking!

– Who is your favourite Villain?
 I guess I would have to say Loki, although I don't really think of him as a villain. I totally identify with all his family issues! I have a history of identifying with 'villains' all the way back to my childhood. They often have the best outfits and are completely misunderstood!

– What are you afraid of – any phobia?
 Oh, nearly everything I am afraid! I am superstitious, I believe in and fear ghosts and monsters at least at night, I have mild agoraphobia, mild claustrophobia, social phobia, fear of drowning...

– Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies?
 Always vampires, immortal and forever sexy!

– What would be your top wardrobe staple?
 A dress, I guess. I wear dresses almost all the time when I dress up, except when I wear a skirt and top.

– Would you prefer a night at the club / a bar or on the couch or in nature?
 I would like to sit outside and have a picnic.

11 Random Facts about me

1. I sometimes grind my teeth so hard at night that I wake up with little chips of tooth in my mouth.
2. I would love to run an artist's retreat one day
3. I would also love to rescue/foster dogs and or cats.
5. I love nature although I don't love getting muddy :P I have a connection to plants and animals.
6. I love to collect crystals.
5. I really want to be a vegetarian but meat tastes so good. Don't hate me. I plan to focus on supporting the sale of ethically treated meat, eggs and milk. I think that we are not going to stop everyone eating them, so we should just make sure all consumers support only farms where the animals are treated well.
6. My favourite thing about myself is my ability to write. It is the best feeling when the words are flowing just right.
7. I hate crowds and strangers but I love spending time with my friends. Other than that, I quite like being alone.
8. I love the smell of incense more than nearly anything else except a few floral scents.
9. The smell of evening blooming flowers is magical to me.
10. I enjoy going to the opera once a year with my partner, his family and their friends.
11. I have three tattoos: my floral sleeve, the goddess symbol on my wrist and the word light on my thigh (There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in, Leonard Cohen). I want more.

11 Questions from Retro Electric

1.  When and why did you start blogging?
  I first started blogging about books and TV series on this blog, I started a separate fashion one sometime later, and eventually added the two together. I definitely post a lot more about my lifestyle and thoughts now.

2.  With MP3s and internet streaming, do you still buy CDs or DVDs?
No, I don't even have a CD player anymore, that broke years ago. Most of my music is on my phone and I enjoy YouTube because I can discover more music I haven't heard before.
3.  How would you describe your style of dress?
It is probably pretty Creepy Cute/ Perky Goth these days. I am also addicted to lace.

4.  What religion or philosophy do you ascribe to?
I identify as Wiccan, basically a mildy Pagan Witch who believes in magic 
5.  What are your favorite TV shows on the air right now? Lost Girl and Haven (seem to be still on hiatus), The Originals and The Vampire Diaries (just finished their seasons), Penny Dreadful.
6.  What other hobbies do you participate in, besides blogging?
I write, but that is life to me, not a hobby. Sewing I guess, although I haven't had an inspiration in a while. Discovering new TV series (I am very fussy with my tastes) and books.

7.  If you participate in the arts, which ones do you participate in?  Are you a hobbyist or a professional?
 Writing is a huge part of my identity. I have had short stories published and am currently working towards finishing a novel.

8.  If a movie was being made about your life, which actor/actress would play you?
I kind of want Noel Fielding.

9.  Choose one: Coffee or tea? 
Tea. Always tea. I can't do caffeine, I am caffeine sensitive, it makes my heart race.
10.  What colors have you dyed your hair?
Blonde, red, black and blonde, pink, purple, green, blue, black, coppery. I think that's it.

11.  Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?
I was introverted for a lot of my life but taught myself to act extroverted to cover my shyness. I would say I am still pretty much an introvert on the inside, although I am confident around close friends.

11 Questions from She Might be a Faerie 
  1. How do you express yourself creatively?
    Writing is an extremely important part of who I am. My characters are quite real to me and I wish I could bring my worlds into reality.
  2. If subcultural terms and labels didn't exist, how would you describe your personal style? I like dresses and dark colours, I am obsessed with lace.
  3. Has a song ever changed your life? What was the song? I don't think that music has changed my life but it is an important part of it, and I think music does take you to a special place. I think my life would be poorer without it.
  4. If you were on Death Row, what would your last meal be? A picnic with black forest cake.
  5. What do you regret buying? Too many things! I can get into a shopaholic mindset!
  6. Share your go-to recipe. Go to the shop. Buy hot chips. Bring home. Eat.
  7. Describe your dancing style. Swaying and waving my arms a bit. The arms are sort of bellydance inspired.
  8. What are the five items you couldn't be without? 1. All the books 2. Clothing 3. Food 4. Notebook and pen 5. Phone so I don't get kidnapped if I am home late, it is also good to type up story ideas on now I have a modern one.
  9. Recommend a book! I read it so long ago but Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis is still my go-to recommendation! It is that good!
  10. When do you feel at your best? When I am with friends or playing with animals.
  11. Where do you want to be in five years' time? Hopefully with my own home and lots of pets, hopefully a published author a couple of times over.
11 Questions from Mindless Indulgence
  1. Do you have someone you admire? For what? I admire my friend Melinda, she is an inspiration!
  2. Why do you blog? It is interesting to be able to look back at the outfits and events of the past, and also I have met so many wonderful people!
  3. Do you have any pets? I have an evil bird with my partner. I really want some fur babies.
  4. What fear have you overcome? I battle anxiety every day, but going out and getting anything done is a victory.
  5. What part of a garment is your favourite part of sewing? Being finished!
  6. Do you cook? I can do ok roast veggies and fry some things with differing success.
  7. What is your favourite meals? Chicken, chips, sometimes with gravy. Black forest cake. Most sweet desserts.
  8. Do you have a favourite aesthetic? Which one? Lace, lace lace lace lace
  9. What is your favourite band? Usually The Cure. The fact it is usually in my top two or three means it wins overall.
  10. Do you have a green thumb? I used to make my favourite tree grow as a child by just touching it. I love to touch plants and I can feel the life within them. I have a connection to nature. This does not necessarily mean I would be good at gardening though.
  11. What is your least favourite colour? Why? Black, black black black number oneeee. I actually do like black because it is a colour that allows you to keep your energy tuned into yourself, it makes you feel safe and strong. There is this whole explanation in the language of colours, but I can't remember it all. I know black white and red are all meant to be very spiritual colours.
Does anyone who follows me have less than 200 followers? Feel free to do this if you want! I think almost everyone I know has already been nominated and you are all inspiring!

    Saturday, 30 May 2015

    Raven Party Dress for Emily's Birthday

    This is what I wore to my friend Emily's birthday.

    This was my favourite Hell Bunny dress ever with a black velvet burnout overlay of ravens and skeleton trees over a purple dress. I regretted never buying it so I was so lucky to get it secondhand. It was a medium, and I am usually large to XL in their sizes, but it had lots of gathers at the back so stretched well.

    The necklace was from a costume jewellery shop.

    TUK shoes from Alternative clothing swap a few years ago. I love the flowers on the treads.

    Jawbreaker cardi

    Eyeshadow: lol eyeshadow (cheap palette from Kmart)
    Eyeliner: Rimmel London in Jet black
    Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay in Opulent Garnet

    Thursday, 28 May 2015

    What's Important in Life

    I post a lot about fashion. Fashion is important to me. Doing makeup or putting on a nice outfit can really make you have higher self esteem when you are having a bad day, and it can help you express your character visually. But that isn't all that matters to me.

    Here are a few other things I care about. 
    The Environment 
    Obviously if not for the environment sustaining us, we would not be alive. Unfortunately, environmental concerns often fall by the wayside of industry. Lets hope that more businesses and governments become involved before it's too late. Many European countries are already supporting Renewable Energy, but the Australian government is listening to Climate Change deniers. 

    Friends and Family
    Spending time with friends and family is super important to me. I don't always post pictures, or put the pictures up on their blog, so they can retain their privacy if they wish, but it is one of the things that makes me very happy. I don't see most of my friends as often as I like, I often wish for a great big country house where we could all live together.

    I love being surrounded by animals. They offer a special kind of companionship that is different to the relationship we have with other humans, and they are so smart. I am dying for my own dogs and cats, and I miss the ones who have passed on. I have little figurines symbolising them on my altar.

    Art/ Photography
    I occasionally draw things, although my main skill is writing. I am infinitely inspired by others' art and the worlds they create.

    Books and Writing
    Writing is my lifelong love and my intended future career. Reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes and I love escaping to other worlds through books.

     I do not go to enough picnics, I love them! Being outside among the trees and flowers (and sometimes old gravestones) when the weather is right is just perfect!

    Gardens, flowers and forests
     I love plants. I hope to have a garden and maybe even a mini "forest" one day!

    Cupcakes, fancy cakes and other sweet treats
    Ok, maybe they're not that important, but yum!


    Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Weeks In Review Friday 17th April- Sunday 17th May

    Friday 17th- 19th April

    What I did
    Hatters Cafe
    Emily's birthday party

    Monday 20th- Sunday 26th April

    What I did

    Monday 27th April- Sunday 3rd May

    What I did
    Played Gother Than Thou cardgame
    Saw Kat
    Had Turkish tea and sweet pide

    Monday 4th- Sunday 10th May

    What I did
    Saw Emily and Kat

    Monday 11th- Sunday 17th May

    What I did
    Goffee (Goth meet for coffee)
    Found a moss agate crystal skull and a piece of gypsum (looks like a rosebud... or a brain)
    Went for a walk and saw lorikeets eating blossoms in a tree

    The Vow
    The Best of Me
    The Originals
    Rewatched Midnight in Paris
    The Riot Club
    Penny Dreadful s2

    Sunday, 24 May 2015

    Vintage Goth 02

    Dress from eBay, 
    Giant ankh from Killstar
    Sunglasses from garage sale
    Shoes from Clothing Swap

    Tea with waffle and Nutella at Hatters Teahouse.

    Friday, 22 May 2015

    Happy World Goth Day

    World Goth Day (May 22nd) is a day to celebrate Gothic culture and promote visibility and acceptance of Goths among the general populace.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    30 Day Goth Challenge Days 10-12

    Day 10 – What do you hate and love about the subculture? 

    I love some of the amazing people who are creative and friendly. I love starting to talk to someone and being able to say, "me too!" about weird things you thought only you did and liked. I really like how Goths generally have a healthy attitude to death, can laugh at dark humour about it and take the fear out of it. I love the idea of the memento mori reminding us to live life to the fullest while we can. I also love how good I look in black :P

    I hate that there are still some people around who feel they have to be "Gother Than Thou", most Goths know how to not take themselves too seriously, but there are always those who want to make you feel inferior because you don't have the money for the fancy clothes, or you don't fit their stereotype of what a Goth should be. Generally most harassment I have seen seems to take place online, which is pretty common in any groups I have been in on facebook, who knows if some of these are even Goths or just on there to cause trouble and make others miserable.

    Day 11 – Is Goth a lifestyle for you? 

    It is definitely a part of my life, but I also don't think every aspect of my life has to be chosen because it's Goth, I also think I don't always need to dress Goth to be Goth. If Goth is a rebellion we must always remember not to just conform to a Gother Than Thou ideal, lose ourselves and become a joke. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves, and do dress as we like and do as we like. When I was younger I always worried about being accepted in the Goth community, as I got older I realised that people will either accept you for who you are, or they won't, and it is their problem if they don't like you!

    Day 12 – What’s your gothic inspiration?

    I was originally hooked by Gothic literature. I liked Poe in my pre-teens and I also love Ray Bradbury, who wrote Gothic stories as well as science fiction. I discovered Anne Rice when I was about 14 or 15. I also had a male friend who was extremely intelligent and had Goth leanings, so that did influence me. I was lucky enough to study the early Gothic genre in high school, at which time I was already interested in Goth culture. I branched out to learn about the culture, music, clothing etc from that point. I have only become decent at doing makeup this year, as I seem to have no hand eye coordination. 

    I also remember seeing Goth teens hanging around the town when I was younger. My local town had a bit of a Goth group going on and I remember loving their dramatic black clothing. I remember one beautiful boy in a cape and army boots, and girls in long black robes. I did not know what Goth was then but I knew I admired them, even if people like me mum were disapproving.

    Because I am from the net generation I also do find a lot of inspiration online, both learning about interesting bands and saving folders full of fashion inspiration. 

    My inspiration was originally more Romantigoth, although the clothes I owned were mostly just black clothes and lace I found in op shops. My current style could probably be described as creepy cute with a bit of Vintage thrown in.

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015

    Monday, 18 May 2015

    Creepy Cute

    Ankh from eBay
    Dress from Sourpuss

    Sunday, 17 May 2015

    Weeks in Review 23rd- March to 13th April

     23rd- 29th March

    What I Did

    SNUFF concert
    No Rest for the Wicked w Alexis
    Reading bird Lear, Carroll, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, Yeats.


    Meatcake by Dame Darcy
    Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees by Ernst and Johanna Lehrner

    The Vamp Diaries

    Listening To
    Woods of Ypres
    Jill Tracy
    Nick Cave
    Nox Arcana

    Apparently Poe follows me on Twitter from the grave:

    30th March- 5th April

    What I did
    Movies with Kat (Big Eyes)

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton  
    Silk by Caitlin R Kiernan
    Firebirds anthology
    Grim anthology, Christine Johnson (ed.)

    Midnight Bayou (Nora Roberts)
    Electrick Children 
    Big Eyes
    Rewatching The Hunger Games
    Rewatching Catching Fire
    Tattoos After Dark
    Tattoo Tales (Australian)

    Listening to
    Hannah Fury
    Theatre of Tragedy 
    Dead Can Dance 
    The Tea Party

    6th- 12th April

    What I did
    Blowing bubbles
    Writing editing and poem

    Grim anthology, Christine Johnson (ed.)
    Triggers: Incest (Thinner than Water), rape
    Firebirds anthology
    Silk by Caitlin R Kiernan
    Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres

    House of cards

     Listening to
    Inkubus Sukkbus
    Deine Lakaien
    Clan of Xymox

    13th-19th April

    House of cards
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
    Cinderella (new film)
    Into The Woods original
    The Originals
    Howl's Moving castle
    The Thompsons (sequel to The Hamiltons)

    Listening to
    Deine Lakaien
    Inkubus Sukkubus

    13th April onwards

    SLC punk

    Saturday, 16 May 2015

    More Outfits

    Top and skirt secondhand

    Sourpuss jumper bought off Facebook selling group. Octopus bag my boyfriend brought back from Japan.