Hello, lovelies! This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years. Woot! It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.
Here’s what I wore. I bought this sack dress from Amazon. While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.
Here’s my face. Again, I went with simple makeup. It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup. Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.
Here’s how my locs are progressing. They’re getting longer and more “springier”. My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.
So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes? I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago. If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.
Hello, lovelies! Fall is definitely here and the weather has cooled down significantly. I decided to show off a few of my long jackets, perfect for layering and looking very goth.
I wore many layers on Day One, complete with felt hat and long cardigan. The pentacle pikes complete this look. All of my clothing was purchased on Ebay and Amazon, with the exception of the winklepickers, which were purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.
Here’s my makeup for Day One. I decided to stick with heavy eyeliner and lipstick for the week. I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup, but I will definitely wear more makeup for the cooler weather. I think the heavy eyebrows make up for the minimal eye makeup.
Out of these three days, Day Two had the coolest weather so I decided to wear my new fall jacket. I have a winter coat, but I needed a light jacket for Fall and Spring. I also wanted a shorter jacket (my winter coat is long) to wear for when it’s raining outside. This jacket was purchased on Amazon.
Again on Day Two, my makeup was very minimal. I wore green contacts, which are very subtle. I decided to wear a head scarf instead of a hat.
More layers for Day Three. I wore my favorite jacket, which is long, black, and velvet – very goth and very pretty. This jacket is more on the dressy side, so I don’t wear it often. But I think it works for what I’m wearing.
Not much eye makeup on this day, but I’ve added false eyelashes and small bindis to give my face some “oomph”. The dreadlock beads and purple lipstick keep my face from looking boring.
That’s it for this week, lovelies. I was going to add an update on my dreadlocks, but I’m saving that for an upcoming post (coming soon). Stay tuned.
Hello, fellow darklings. This is another weekly outfit post providing proof that goths do wear white (sometimes). It’s interesting how I can dress the same way in white and the compliments that I receive are many. So, this week’s theme was black and white.
Day One was a hot and humid day, so the majority of my clothes were white, accented with black. I wore a black sun hat, a perfect way to keep cool in the heat.
Here’s my makeup. Day One is the day I wore the heaviest makeup, even though it was humid. I went with an ’80s vibe to go with the cross earrings and ’80s icon, RuPaul.
On Day Two my sweetie and I were invited to a cookout. I wanted to keep things light and breezy, so I went with white lace and a black, frilly skirt. I kept jewelry to a minimum.
Here’s my face on Day Two. Just a little metallic eye primer, eyeliner, and lipstick. I kept my face minimal and dressed up my dreadlocks with beads.
The weather was gorgeous on Day Three! I think Fall is slowly trying to set in. Okay maybe not yet, but the weather felt more like autumn weather than summer. No complaints from me! My outfit is almost the opposite of Day One: mostly black clothes accented with white.
Here’s my makeup – or lack of makeup. Just eyeliner since I wore my glasses. I was also being lazy. Luckily, my eyeglasses have a touch of bling so not too boring (I hope). You can say my lack of makeup is the opposite of Day One’s heavier makeup.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m thinking of doing outfits of the week posts instead of just one outfit per post. I like showing multiple outfits at once, at least for video. What do you think? Do you prefer viewing one outfit at a time or many? Share in the comments.
It was like an oven outside this week. On Monday, the temperature reached a scorching 100° F (38° C), with 61% humidity. That’s a heat index of 129° F (54° C). Yikes! Needless to say, I wore nothing special on Monday. The video will show Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s looks; Thursday’s look was for July’s birth flower, Larkspur. Switching from weekend to workweek mode, I almost never look my best on Mondays. Mondays tend to be my “day off” from fashion.
Temperature: 94° F (34° C)
Heat Index: 114° F (45° C)
Here is Tuesday’s outfit. Just a simple black dress with a large, black sunhat. I wore three lightweight necklaces and my tabi boots, which are made out of cotton (the soles are rubber). All of the items I wore were purchased on Amazon, Ebay, and other random, online stores.
Along with my lightweight jewelry, I wore minimal, cat-eye makeup and tinted lips:
Temperature: 94° F (34° C)
Heat Index: 103° F (39° C)
This is what I wore on Wednesday. Instead of the sunhat, I decided on keeping cool with a parasol. Again, I wore a simple dress (I call this one my “goddess” dress) and only one necklace. I consider the necklace a statement piece, so no other necklaces were needed.
Again, I kept my makeup simple but added fake lashes to give my eyes some “oomph”. Dark, purple lipstick and a head scarf completes the look.
That’s it lovelies. Whew! It’s the last day of July. One more month of summer and then it’s back to business for me (I took a break from some things this summer). Just FYI, the OOTD video only shows 2 of the 3 outfits that I wore this week; the outfit for Larkspur has its own video.
Does it get humid where you live? How do you survive? Please share in the comments.
It was bleeping COLD yesterday! The high temperature here in good ol’ Maryland was a whopping 27° F (-2.7° C); the low temp in the morning was 17° F (-8.3° C). AND it was windy, so there was a wind chill. Brrrr! Now that the temperatures are getting lower, prepare yourself for my annual, winter whining.
I finally wore the black, velvet dress that I bought last year. One of the great things about creating my capsule wardrobe is that I can take the clothes that I haven’t worn on a “test run”. The black, velvet dress is definitely a keeper. It’s warm and it’s short, so that means I can wear this dress in the rain and (maybe) in the snow.
Here’s yesterday’s outfit. Of course, wearing short dresses in the winter means wearing thermal leggings and legwarmers underneath. The leggings and legwarmers are considered underwear and socks, so they’re not included with the “66“.
Here’s my “lazy face”. It’s so hard for me to wake up and get out of bed when it’s freezing cold, so that means “barely there” makeup:
That’s all for today. I want to say, “Thank you” to all of you who expressed concern, love, and sympathy for my dark mood recently. It makes such a difference knowing there are people who care. ((BIG HUGS))
Hello, fellow darklings. One of my goals for this year is to simplify my wardrobe. Some of us gothic people tend to not only have an extensive wardrobe, but we actually wear many items from that wardrobe. But many doesn’t mean all.
I got rid of a lot of clothing and jewelry 2 years ago (over 175 pieces), but I had since bought many items to replace my old clothing. The amount of new stuff that I had bought didn’t go back to the same amount that I had gotten rid of, but it was still stuff that was not needed. So, I’m essentially back to square one. But this time, I’m ready to get rid of more things and NOT buy more (unnecessary) stuff.
As I was researching tips on how to simplify my wardrobe (and my life), I came across a wonderful website, Be More With Less by Courtney Carver. It’s here that Courtney introduces us to Project 333. I strongly encourage you to take a look at her blog. It includes tips, how-to articles, and stories of regular people who took on this project. I think it’s doable and absolutely brilliant.
How does Project 333 work? Courtney explains this in detail over at her blog. The wardrobe that you create using Project 333 is called your “capsule wardrobe” in which you wear the same 33 items in a season (about 3 months). For the next 3 months, you can switch your items to another 33 pieces. By sticking to 33 items, you will end up getting rid of things, which is the goal. And this is 33 items per season, so for me it’s doable and not so restrictive.
Here is a brief list of The Rules. This project can be started at any time:
1. Choose 33 items to wear for 3 months. This includes shoes, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and outer wear. This does not include undergarments, workout wear, sleepwear, or sentimental jewelry that you always wear (such as a wedding ring).
2. The items that are not part of the 33, you can box it up and store it until the next season.
3. The 33 items are items that you currently wear. Give away or get rid of any clothing that does not fit or is in poor condition.
Okay, here is where I’ve made a couple of tweaks to this project:
1. While I have trimmed down my accessories, there is NO WAY I’m including accessories. I’m a gothic lady and accessories are important for my wardrobe. And I wear my jewelry all the time. Every. Single. Piece. But, I have put away pieces that would work better during the warmer months. For example, I’ve put away jewelry that are lightweight and/or would snag my sweaters, therefore saving them for the warmer seasons.
2. I’ve combined the 33 items for 2 seasons, giving me a total of 66 items to create my capsule wardrobe. I did this because I tend to wear the same items for 6 months instead of 3. Where I live in Maryland, the weather doesn’t really start to get cold until late October/early November and doesn’t warm up until April. That means I’ll have 2 capsule wardrobes (instead of 4) with 66 items each: one for cool weather (November – April) and one for warm weather (May – October).
3. Since I’ll be working with 66 items in rotation instead of 33, the name I’ve given for this (goth) version of the project is Project 666. (*evil smile*)
4. My dance costumes, jewelry, props and anything else related to dance are not included in the 66 items.
Here’s what I wore. Just a t-shirt and pants for the day. I’ll start listing the staples that I’m wearing in future OOTD posts. This will also help keep track of what I really wear and what I don’t wear. The pieces that don’t get worn in one year will be given away.
Here’s my makeup. I’ve been practicing making my eyes appear larger with white eyeliner. False eyelashes would complete my gothic eyes, but since I wore glasses there’s no use in dealing with the falsies.
And here’s how my babies have progressed so far:
My locs are still losing length, but they’re getting thicker. Either way, I’m loving the journey so far. My hair is just as crazy as the woman underneath that hair. Stay tuned for more OOTD posts, which will be tagged: Project 666.
Here we are with Part 2 of the Halloween festivities. Both my sweetheart and I lost our mothers to cancer in 2012 and after a few years of not being in a social mood, we decided that we were ready to have a party. Halloween was on a Saturday this year – a perfect night for a party.
My sweetheart was Tina Turner, and I was His Purple Highness, Prince. I wanted to practice doing drag makeup on my sweetie but unfortunately, we ran out of time (and he ran out of patience). So I did the best that I could. Despite my lack of drag makeup skills, Ms. Turner was the hit of the party!
Here’s our Halloween costumes. My pieces were purchased on Amazon and Ebay. I also could’ve went darker with the “facial hair”, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make it look like dirt.
For my sweetie’s costume, I went to online stores that sold clothing and shoes for crossdressers, since he’s a pretty big guy:
It was a great party! Fun and low-key, having a great time with great people. Everyone loved seeing a large, 6′ 2″ (6′ 7″ in heels) Tina Turner with a deep voice! There was even a jam session since my sweetie and his friends are musicians.
Here are more Halloween pictures:
This was one of the best Halloweens I’ve had in a long time. It was nice to be together with friends and family after 3 years of not entertaining. I compiled a short video that includes my sweetheart walking in heels and a live jam session.
This post is from Friday, in which I was naturally in a good mood. It was also a warm day, so I decided to rock my Demonia shoes. I don’t wear these shoes too often. They’re a tad big, but I forgot how much fun they are to wear. I also got to be 3″ taller.
Here’s what I wore:
Here’s my face. I’m starting to wear white eyeliner more and so far, I’m liking the results. I bought the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner and I am very pleased with it. It goes on smoothly and it’s waterproof, great for the waterline. I used the Ben Nye® cake liner (with eyeliner sealer) on my bottom lids, right below the waterline.
I like having big eyes. They probably would have looked even bigger with fake eyelashes, but I wasn’t in the mood to fuss with them. I’ll leave you with my second OOTD clip (woo hoo!), below my signature.
The weekend’s here once again and once again, that makes me happy. The weather’s been terrific, but it started raining yesterday and it’s supposed to rain all weekend. Oh, well.
Sometimes I dress like a belly dancer when I’m not on stage, and yesterday was one of those days. What is belly dance fashion? For me, it’s a 25-yard skirt (or harem pants), a t-shirt (usually), and jewelry that I could wear to dance in. It’s a more casual version of my tribal belly dance costumes. The belt that I wore completes the casual, belly dance look. It’s a jingly, silver belt that I purchased on Ebay for $12 – a nice touch for my belly dance-inspired outfit. I love that it makes noise when I walk. Dogs seem to love this belt, too!
I also decided to wear the t-shirt that I bought from a dance workshop I attended, taught by the lovely Mardi Love. She designed a wonderful shirt! It’s very soft and it can be worn on the front or the back. There’s a bit of stretch to it, as well. Since I’m pretty round, I love stretchy clothes that are not tight.
Here’s yesterday’s outfit:
Here’s my very basic makeup. Just eyeliner, lipstick, and eyebrow pencil. I didn’t feel like applying heavy makeup, so I opted for a casual Friday look:
Tonight, my ATS® dance sisters and I will be attending a housewarming/yarn party, where we’ll be making our tassel belts for December’s performance. Unfortunately, I’m not very crafty, but I’ll try my best. I prefer to buy my things from more talented, crafty people. I may do a post on it, but we’ll see how good or bad my belt looks.
Hello, lovelies! The weekend’s finally here and I plan on starting up on my drawing again. It’s been a long time since I’ve drawn consistently. I would sketch here and there, but nothing substantial. I used to draw pages upon pages of sketches, but now I hardly draw at all. I’m NOT happy about this and I’m working to change that.
Here’s what I wore, yesterday. It’s been 3 years since I wore tights or pantyhose – not leggings, but pantyhose. I find that leggings fit me better and they last longer. I seem to always have an issue with pantyhose (don’t we all?) – either the waist stops right under my boobs, or the crotch creeps halfway down my thighs, which is the WORST. I bought these black & white tights on Ebay last year and I’m just now wearing them. Shockingly, they fit! No riding up or creeping down. They’re also OSFA (One Size Fits All), which is even more unbelievable:
Yesterday’s makeup. It was chilly and rainy this week, so I took advantage of the cool weather and wore heavier eye makeup. I didn’t do full color on my lips; just a hint of burgundy lipstick:
My hair is starting to look more frizzy and crazy, but I don’t mind. That’s one of the many things I love about goth: you can be as “messy” or put-together as you want to be. And the stripes? I love stripes, but I rarely wear them. I’m not sure why, ’cause I think they look striking – and very gothic. I may have to “live on the edge” and start trying out clothes with patterns.