Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dancin' with Myself: candystripe legs

This past weekend, I summoned up some brass ovaries to go out dancing alone for our bi-monthly goth night, Nocturna.


Since I live over an hour away and the event runs from midnight-5am, I decided to go ahead and treat myself by booking a room at the Knickerbocker hotel, which has great 1920s décor and yummy themed cocktails. Drinks and a light dinner helped me relax and fall asleep but unfortunately, I overslept and woke up around 11pm. Ideally, the goal was to get there early because there's typically a long line for entry and drinks. Considering hair, makeup and dressing only took 30 minutes, I thought my overall look was pretty decent.


To be honest, I felt very nervous about going out alone. I haven't been out to goth events in a few years and none of my friends really go to clubs anymore. In some ways, a part of me was just feeling too old for late nights anymore. NONSENSE!! I had an amazing night, and stayed on the dance floor the majority of the time. I didn't leave early, and I  actually talked to strangers, which is HUGE progress for me.



I am not good at taking selfies and obviously bad lighting in hotel rooms doesn't help either. My iphone is ancient. Hoping to get a new one after this year since I spent too much money on Depeche Mode tickets <3








Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Darkling Tag

Another goth tag going around the blogosphere, feel free to join in! There seems to be 2 different versions, some have more questions that others. 
 I'm still new, and although I wasn't tagged by anyone, I figured I'd be a great way for us to get to know each other :)


  • What is your favourite candle scent? Yankee Candle’s Spiced Pumpkin. If it came as body oil, I'd be all over it.
  • Do you have a favourite book? Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
  • Are you a tea or coffee person? BOTH!!
  • What is your favourite brand and color of lipstick? Maybelline Divine Wine. bury me in this!
  • What is your favourite perfume/cologne? Tabu, vintage only. Mme. Moriarty, Misfourtune Teller by BPL is my 2nd favorite.
  • IF you had to give up wearing black, what color would you choose? Royal purple 
  • If you had a teacup or coffee mug inscribed for you, what would it say? Enjoy the Silence
  • Do you have a celebrity crush? Dave Gahan got super sexy after getting clean in the late 90s. He's really got a bit of vampire vibe going on the past few years  <3 
  • If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be? Ivy, of course :)
  • What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad? Ditch the goth boots, lots of sunscreen and avoid the sun from 12-4 pm if at all possible (usually when the rays are the strongest).
  • What song always makes you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band?) Madonna, Like a Prayer
  • Are you active in the arts (eg. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)? Yes.
  • What is your number one non-gothy hobby? Umm...sometimes I like to veg out and watch cheesy Lifetime or Hallmark movies.
Thought Provokers:
  • If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why? A Vampire. I guess I like the idea of experiencing different time periods and places around the world.
  • What horror monster-bases super power would you have? Glamour magic, to change the way I look at any time. Easier to lure my next victims mwhahaha
  • Which is more important to a look: great hair or great makeup? Definitely hair. When I don't like my hair or didn't have time to style it, I feel very self-conscious. Makeup is fun but I am 100% comfortable going without.
  • Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not? Sure. The older I get, the less I care if I get rejected or whatever. Life is too short; have fun and take risks. It's better than sitting alone, assuming that everyone will reject you (basically what I did for too many years).
  • Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture? Not that I can think of... 
  • Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkliness”? It was at Convergence one year (Tampa, possibly) and I was dancing with a long trail of toilet paper flowing from my skirt.   
  • How are you at DIY? Good, once I quit agonizing over my concept and having the right materials.
  • Quickly describe your dream wedding: Either a 1920s art deco theme complete with a jazz band in New Orleans or a forest wedding in Autumn.
Confessional (aka True or False):
  • I love watching cheese romance films. Sometimes? I'll say true.
  • I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night. True! can't stand going to sleep without doing my night routine.
  • I sleep with plushies. False
  • I wear non-black pyjamas most nights. True
  • I think Andrew Eldrich is overrated. True. I am a fan of course, but his negative attitude and the way he treated people really makes me think he's delusional and full of himself. Wayne Hussey is a better songwriter.
  • I don’t like vampires. Definitely false!!!
  • I don’t like clubs. False. 
  • I don’t enjoy graveyards. False.
  • Blood makes me queasy. False.
  • I’d sooner faint than pet a spider. False.
  • I don’t like haunted houses. False.
  • I'm dating a goth/darkly-inclined person False. I'm single.
  • I’ve never read Dracula. False.
  • I still browse the clearance racks at Hot Topic True. HT does often have my favorite babydoll/ Wednesday Addams type of dresses at really decent prices online. They aren't going to last forever or be the best quality, but for under $30, I'm not complaining.
  • I think “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a long and boring song. .....*gulps* half and half. True, it is too long and gets played too often, I usually exit the dance floor when it comes on. False because it's not boring, and I do enjoy listening to it.