A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Here is a picture of our costumes from last year. My husband and I went as vikings.


We made most of the parts of our costumes ourselves using upholstery fabric we found on sale, faux leather craft lacing, and fake fur. 

This year I was involved in an 8-person Austin Powers group costume. 

Did you dress up this year?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Angels and Demons

It is almost Halloween! Hooray! I am supposed to be going to an early Halloween party tonight but I am currently experiencing a case of  general malaise/headache/nausea for some reason so I may not make it out :( BLARHG. Anyway, here is an outfit from an "angels and demons" themed party I attended at some point. I wore one of my club outfits with some wings from the Halloween store; my husband also wore a club outfit and added some little demon horns to his head with spirit gum.

THE EQUIPMENT

MAC Smoked Purple lipstick, Urban Decay moondust eyshadow in Solstice, Fyrinnae Blush in Seduce, MPZ Blush in LSD, Silk Naturals eyeshadow in Sugar Plum Fairy, Femme Fatale eyeshadows in Dispersion and The Nightmare, Sugarpill Lumi, Spellbound By Jinx Phantom Zone, Annabelle Glitterama liquid eyeliners, UD 24/7 Liners in Ransom and Psychedelic Sister, earrings made by my friend, necklace from local corset store.
HAIR STUFF

My friend made the two hair flowers on the top of this picture.

THE LEAST OUT OF FOCUS MAKEUP PICTURE THAT I MANAGED TO TAKE


THE OUTFIT


Dress: Polymorphe
Shoes: Flynn by Gold Dot

Are you excited for Halloween? I am! I suppose I should get my sh*t together and finish my costume one of these days......

Monday, October 17, 2016

Black Zippers

BLARGH it's Monday. I have the day off so I guess it's not so bad! Today's outfit features one of my favourite things: ZIPPERS. When I was in high school, I used to buy second hand plaid skirts and pants and sew zippers all over them. These days, I am forced to dress like an "adult" most of the time but I am still attracted to things with zippers. The outfit below consists of a top and a skirt; the top gets a lot of wear but I don't often wear the skirt. Due to the placement and curve of the zippers, it is kind of unflattering on the area of the hips and thighs. AH WELL. I wore this to go see a performance at the Fringe Festival earlier this year. I almost never go to things like that as I am not really into theatre but they had a group doing improvised Star Trek called The Red Shirt Diaries so I kind of had to see that. It was hilarious!

THE EQUIPMENT

Earrings: Le Chateau, Necklace: Made by me, Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick, Cuff: Le Chateau
THE OUTFIT


Top and Skirt: Zara
Tights: Local corset store
Boots: Guess

BOOTS

Guess Lehana
DANG, I love these boots! They have a heel but they are comfortable AF and I wear them all the time. 

Well, it is October 17th and I have not made my Halloween costume yet. I also need to do my half-assed workout and go grocery shopping.....I shall be making spaghetti squash and zucchini pasta with homemade sundried tomato and basil pesto for supper! There is also a pile of clothing and jewellery that need to be repaired.....I suppose I should quit sitting on my ass drinking coffee with my cats and get some sh*t done!

What are you up to on this fine Monday?

Friday, October 14, 2016

My Favourite Outfit

This outfit was my favourite thing to wear all summer. It is black, it is ventilated, and it is comfortable.  I didn't get a good picture of my skirt; it is a short skirt with a longer laser-cut overlay. The top is a crop top with long panels that hang down......to my great amusement I discovered these are called "car wash flaps." When I wear it I have to repress the urge to twirl maniacally along the side of parked cars......especially my husband's car......he would seriously kill me if I did that!
I think I will carry all of these clothing pieces over for fall outfits.....if I add a blazer, some tights, and some boots I should be good to go!

THE EQUIPMENT

Cuff: Guess, MAC Berry Black Friday, Necklace and Earrings: Made by me.

THE OUTFIT


Top: Le Chateau
Fishnet Socks: From my mom
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

As I look out the window this morning, all I see is SNOW. We had one of those crappy years where it pretty much went from being boiling hot to SNOW. There haven't been many good cool fall days for outfits......now I am pretty much stuck hiding all my clothes under my winter coat! LAME.
Is it snowing yet where you are?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Garden Tour + Gratuitous Garden Photos

Well, it is pretty much the end of the gardening season. Lots of my plants are still alive as we can have some fairly mild weather around here in October but it is getting colder and colder out each day. There is no more yardwork to be done; it is time to figure out what died/went wrong this year and plan for next year. Earlier this summer, since I am apparently as exciting as an 80-year old, I went on my city's annual garden tour. Basically, they give you a map and you drive around to see the fancy gardens that were selected for the tour. WOW, some people put some MAJOR work into their gardens! It was really neat to see other people's ideas and creativity when it comes to plants. When I am retired, my goal is to have a garden fancy enough for the garden tour!

EQUIPMENT

Earrings and Necklace: DeUno
OUTFIT FOR CREEPING IN OTHER PEOPLE'S YARDS


TOP and SKIRT: Express
CROCHET SHAWL THINGER: Simon's

PICTURE OF A NEAT BUTTERFLY 
FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S GARDEN


SOME PICTURES FROM THE GARDEN THIS YEAR

(Please pardon the lack of cropping, especially since my husband can't seem to get out of the freakin' way when I am taking plant pictures. My phone would not let me transfer photos to my computer so I could fix them up properly.)





I finally got a gargoyle for my garden (see above). Also, I grew a prickly pear cactus! I was quite excited about this until a few weeks ago when I found it to be DEAD!! It appeared to have rotted due to excess moisture....I was quite ticked off as I even used special draining cactus soil and DID NOT put a drop of water on the thing all summer. My husband determined the cause of death.....apparently my neighbour's downspout drains right down the side of his lawn and pools RIGHT behind my little cactus bed. I did not realize this. DAMN. (Note that this person did not mean to do this, it just happens to be how his yard drains and it was particularly rainy at the end of this summer).


Another gardening fail: I killed almost everything in the purple and silver-themed pot below. That's what you get when you put full shade begonias in the sun. I will have to redesign this container for next year.



We had a vegetable garden this year for the first time. It went pretty well but I will make some changes so things will be more efficient next year. My husband made the raised garden beds out of the pieces of our old fence (some impaired idiot had a car accident and the front end of his vehicle blew through our fence a few years ago). We had kale, lettuce, and swiss chard for salads all summer as well as carrots, radishes, strawberries, chives, basil, green peppers, peas, jalapeno peppers, and habanero peppers. 


We got a lot of tomatoes so I made big batches of salsa to freeze. I also used jalapeno and habanero peppers from the garden for this.


Because we had so many green tomatoes at the end of the season, I decided to pickle them. My grandma used to make them when I was a kid and I LOVED them. I haven't had them for YEARS, we shall see if these turned out. I used fresh dill heads and habaneros from the garden to make these.


We also got a pumpkin to grow! It is being stubborn and will not turn orange but I am going to carve it anyway, what the hell.


Did you do any gardening this year? Have you ever tried pickled green tomatoes?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hamsa

This year, I have been seeing a lot of hamsa/evil eye jewellery. I started noticing it as my mom said she liked it..........turns out I do to! The pieces that I found below were inexpensive and they go well with many different outfits.

THE EQUIPMENT

MAC Berry Black Friday, Bracelet and Earrings: Curiology Jewellery, Necklace: Simon's, Rosary Necklace: H&M.
THE OUTFIT


Sunglasses: Guess
Top and Skirt: H & M
Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell
Boots: Guess

***RANDOM THOUGHTS***

On the first outfit picture, it appears that there was a fuzz on the camera lens or something......OR MAYBE IT IS SPIRIT ENERGY. This picture reminded me of back in the day when my sister and I were kids and used to watch TV together after school. One of the shows we watched was called The Unexplained and I remember an episode about ghostly images and weird things showing up in photographs. There were people who truly believed that ghosts and spiritual energies were being captured in their photos when really they just accidentally double exposed their film or the flash reflected off of something in a strange way. I just googled "paranormal photographs" and there are a lot of  people who still think they can photograph ghosts. I personally don't believe in this sort of thing but I remember I was pretty freaked out by the show at the time.

Do you believe that paranormal apparitions can be caught on film?
Are you old enough to have had a film camera and if so did you ever accidentally double expose your film?