Saturday, June 30, 2012

Orientation and New Piercing

Earlier this week, I went to my school for orientation. I'll be attending Georgia State at their Honors College. I'm pretty happy about being a student there. I think I'll enjoy it. The Orientation was an all day affair. I took a tour, talked to clubs, and signed up for classes. I was pestered by Greek life to join a sorority (I don't pay for friends and connections, thank you very much), and I even got a free zombie shirt from the school's television booth. 
This is the awesome night of The Living Dead Shirt. I'm wearing it right now.
At the end of the day, I trekked up to see financial aid to see how much tuition, books, and fees would be.  They told me I'll only have to pay a very very small amount (less than $100) for tuition per semester. Previously, the issue of money was worrying me. When I discovered that scholarships are paying for most everything, I practically jumped up and down with joy. My grandma, the one I mentioned in a past post, really wants to buy my laptop as well. That's another weight lifted off my shoulders. Everything seems to be working out for me. Relief is a lovely feeling that I haven't felt in a long time until now.

On Thursday, I decided to go back to Lucky Draw and get my cartilage pierced. 

I was going to get my center lip piercing, but The swelling, rigorous cleaning process, and temporary speech impairment deterred me for a time. I'm not sure when I'll be getting that done, or even if I will. Everyone around me seems to think that a lip piercing would be "too distracting" for my face, and it would "detract from my eyes." They're also worried that it would prevent me from getting a respectable job. I see where they're coming from, but I've been wanting one for a while. Now I'm starting to have doubts. Do you all think a center labret would look good on me?

Here's a picture of me for reference...

Also, here's a picture of a center labret If you don't know what that is...

Monday, June 25, 2012

DIY: Blood Spatter Manicure

I first saw this tutorial at Gothic Charm School over a year ago. Since then, I've been dying to try it myself. If you want to look like you just dipped your finger tips on blood, then this look is for you. It's surprisingly simple too!

First, I painted my nails white in order for the red to stand out more. This is not necessary. A clear or nude coat would word just as well. 

After you let the base coat dry, brush the red polish just on the tips in a half crescent shape. This does not have to look perfect.

Then, you will be needing a toothpick. Dip the toothpick in the red polish, and dab on the paint in your desired pattern. 

Now, you're finished! There's really nothing else to it. 

Liebster Award

I was nominated for this award by Katelynn at The Life of a Babybat. Thanks, Katelynn!
The Rules:

  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
  • Create 11 questions the tagger has set for you.
  • Choose 11 people and link back to them.
  • No tag backs.
11 Things About Me:
  1. I scored as an INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging) on the Jung & Briggs Myers personality test with 100% introverted. 
  2. I have many nick names for my cat, Abby. these include Sagabelly, Puff, Pumpkin, Muffin, Turkey, etc..
  3. I want to start youtubing. Right now, I only have up 3 videos.
  4. I started ghost hunting for a school project, and I enjoyed it enough to continue.
  5. My brother is moving to Seoul, South Korea for a year in August to teach english. I'm planning on visiting him over Christmas break.
  6. One day, I want to live in New Orleans.
  7. I like wearing white, and I plan on getting more white pieces in my wardrobe (and eventually white or silver hair).
  8. Writing is my true passion, and I know I have what it takes to make it in the business.
  9. I speak Spanish, not fluently, but enough to survive in a Spanish-speaking country.
  10. I love archaeology, ancient history, human Geography, and the like. 
  11. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy literature, but I don't think one can truly appreciate literature without being able to analyze it and understand how and why the literary devices were employed in the piece. (especially with poetry)
Questions I Was Asked: 
  1. Favorite movie? Bram Stoker's Dracula and V for Vendetta are the first ones that come to mind.
  2. Are you on Tumblr? No, I don't have a Tumblr. Sorry. 
  3. Cats or Dogs? I'm a cat person through and through.
  4. Do you find bats cute? Of course. What's not cute about flying mammals? I especially like flying foxes.
  5. Favorite cosmetics brand? I swear by my MAC eyeliner.
  6. A word you use way too often. Cat
  7. Favorite season? Definitely Fall. It's got such an ethereal atmosphere, and it's the perfect time for bonfires and hot drinks. 
  8. Favorite non Goth Band? Depeche Mode.
  9. Current celebrity crush? It was Gary Oldman for the longest time. Lately, I've been growing fond of Alexander Skarsgaard as Eric from TrueBlood.
  10. Biggest Fear? Having lived an unfulfilled life. 
  11. Favorite author? Anne Rice, but I also really like Flannery O'Connor.
People Tagged 
  1. Favorite Poet?
  2. Do you have any hidden talents?
  3. What is your number 1 material desire at the moment?
  4. Do you have or want body mods?
  5. Do you believe in ghosts?
  6. Favorite book?
  7. Favorite type of food?
  8. Favorite band or musician?
  9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  10. Favorite song at the moment?
  11. What's your favorite hair style?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Style Evolution: 2008-2012

I compiled a video of my pictures from 2008 to 2012 in order to show how my style has evolved. Somehow, I wasn't able to find any pictures from the year 2009.

2008- This was my 8th grade year. I was friends with a girl who called herself a Goth. I admired her make-up, clothing, and courage to wear what she wanted.  
     This was also the year that I started High School. This halloween, I went as Mrs. Lovett from Helena Bonham Carter. I loved my outfit and make-up there. I remember wanting to look like that everyday.
     After that, I started to wear my make-up a little darker. I also started to wear fingerless gloves and darker clothing. This was the year that I got my Pair of Dr. Martens combat boots.

2010-This was the year when I officially considered myself to be a Goth. "This Corrosion" by The Sisters of Mercy was the first gothic rock song I heard, and I fell in love. After that, I was searching new bands like crazy. I fell in love with Bauhaus, London After Midnight, and Fields of the Nephilim. 
     I got my hair cut into bangs. I started buying plain black clothing from more mainstream stores at first (in addition to my lovely Tripp corset top). I also tried out darker make-up. I had done dark make-up previously in 8th grade (with a lot less skill), but I was always told to wash it off. 
     This was also when I took my trip to Salem, Massachusetts with my father. I absolutely loved it. I also got the chance to stop off at Edgar Allan Poe's grave on The way back. 

2011- This was when I bought my first floor length black skirt. I started to wear much more black, bolder pieces, and darker eye make-up. I remember that this was when I discovered the joy of thrift shopping. I learned to layer my clothing more than previously. 
     I remember when I started school this year, people treated me differently. My attitude changed a little as well. I got bolder, and I wore whatever I pleased without letting people's comments affect me. I got a lot more confidence, and I gained more respect for it. 
     This year, I started to dye my hair regularly. I went back and forth between auburn and burgundy/plum. I let my bangs grow out and my hair grow long for the first time in a long time. 
     This was also the time when I started purchasing more interesting shoes. I got my TUK double-sole Creepers and Demonia platform boots.
     I even saw my first goth concert...Peter Murphy!
     Later in the year, I started to do loads more DIY projects since I learned to use my sewing machine.

2012- This was the first time I dyed my hair black. This year, I've been thrifting more, DIYing lots, and discovering many more bands. 
    After graduating a semester early, I went to prom with Siouxsie Sioux inspired make up and a huge teased pompador. In contrast to the previous year's prom, I made myself have fun this time.
     This year, I've been wearing shorter skirts with all kinds of hosiery. I've been layering jewelry more too. Some days, I go without make-up. Other days, I wear black make-up all over my eyes. I don't have standard make-up that I do everyday.
     After I graduated High School, I decided to get my nose pierced. I plan on going back for my center labret and some more on my ears.

     My style is still evolving. In the near future, I intend on incorporating more bohemian and romantic elements into my wardrobe along with some more punk inspired items. I'd like to do something different with my hair, but I'm not sure yet.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

DIY: Everyday Is Halloween Patch

Yesterday, while I was a bit bored, I decided to paint an "Everyday Is Halloween" patch. It'a a little sloppier than the last patch I made, but that's to be expected since the words are smaller on this one. 
What I used for fabric was the left over black jean material from when I converted my jeans into a skirt. I printed out the words in my desired font to use as a reference, and I then used white acrylic paint. I also went over the edges with clear nail polish in order to stop the fraying.

And now for your listening enjoyment, here's the inspiration for my patch: Everyday Is Halloween by Ministry

Or if you like the Astrovamps version...

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Day With Grandma

My Grandma on my mother's side took a bad fall months ago, and she's been recovering every since. Just recently, she had a knee surgery. Since she needs physical therapy and nurse's help, she's temporarily staying in a very nice rehab facility until she can go back home. Today, I went to visit her for a few hours and stayed for lunch, so I'd like to share some pictures.
I love my Grandma. :)

 I have a funny story about their lunch room. People sit in their own little cliques, just like highschool. When my grandma was new to the place, she had no idea about the seating arrangements. She decided to sit by one lady who was alone. Instead of sitting down, the lady told her she couldn't sit there. Everyday, that lady sits by herself. I guess High School never ends. After lunch, we went over to the lake.

This place is so beautiful. It has a lake filled with koi fish. I got to feed them bread, and I have a video of that below. Also, the geese there are not sociable at all! I went up to a group of them, and they hissed at me. Yes, geese hiss like cats.
Here's some photos of the grounds.
 After my visit, I went home and helped my brother cook my dad a belated Father's Day dinner.  That was my day. Maybe soon, I'll have some actual substance posts. In the meantime, I'll be working on those.

Friday, June 15, 2012

My Nose Piercing

Yesterday, I went by Lucky Draw Tattoos to get my nose pierced. My best friend, Justean, took video of the entire process. I trimmed the video down by a few minutes, because there was a lot of excess. When the video starts, my nose is being marked for the third and final time.

My favorite part of the video is when Ashley (Piercer) says,"Here's a napkin just in case you bleed out." It's not often you get to hear that lovely phrase.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I Got A Job Finally!

Today has been one of the best days I've had in a while. I just got my first job as a ghostly tour guide at Ghosts of Marietta. This means I get paid to go galavanting around town in Victorian garb while telling ghost stories! I'm incredibly excited. I start when I get my script memorized...unfortunately that means I'll be starting late July. It's a very big script. Still, I have a dream job that also gives me enough time in the day to hold down another part time job. :)
A couple of hours from now, I'll be going to get my nose pierced. My best friend's going to be filming the experience. If everything works out as planned, I'll have the video and pictures of the piercing up by tomorrow. I also plan on getting a center labret piercing sometime soon, but I don't know when that will be.  Anyhow, wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ripped Tights Are Controversial

Sure, ripped jeans are fine among most people (as long as you don't buy them pre-ripped), but Tights? Oh no, ripped tights are not acceptable among many.  Either you like ripped tights or you hate them, and there seems to be no middle. 

I live in a conservative area where women are supposed to throw their tights away as soon as it gets a run or a tear. Slashed and ripped tights is a somewhat recent trend, and many people have a lot to say. People will point out the run in your tights and frown as if you did something wrong. On the days when I choose to wear my ripped tights or slashed leggings, I get a lot more negative looks from people. Why is this? Well, there are many reasons:
  • People think it looks dirty and unkempt.
  • It is associated with a lack of money, which is obviously frowned upon in a capitalist society.
  • It is seen as blatant defiance of a social norm.
  • Many think it is trashy.
Here's a link to a Chictopia forum in which many women share their opinion on the trend. 

Also, here's another link to a rather funny article called, "You aren't Taylor Momsen, Take Off The Ripped Tights."

I think it's such a waste of money to throw away a pair of tights after they get one rip. Besides, ripped tights can add texture and character to an otherwise plain outfit. I never meant to insult anyone or rebel against the man with my torn hosiery. I could think of plenty of better ways to do that besides wearing something 'edgy'. Don't get upset about something as trivial as a rip in a lady's tights, people. There are plenty of other legitimate crises in the world (like the potential EU economical collapse) to sweat over. 

Keep worrying about the sorry state of my tights. I'll keep letting them rip.

I said my piece. Feel free as always to post a comment. In the meantime, I'll be finishing up Tale Of The Body Thief by Anne Rice. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Week

If you haven't noticed (and you probably haven't), I've been missing on blogger for a week. My computer had a nasty virus that took a week to fix. Over a week, a lot has happened surprisingly. I saw a man who was humped awake by a large dog. My mother wanted to go to Hot Topic, and I saw a Bauhaus shirt there which I had to purchase (more about that later). I might have a job, which is the perfect job for me (more about that if I get it). I had my first trip to Five Below, where I purchased a few things:
Awesome zombie stickers for my car! ($2)

A paisley skull lanyard ($1)

A Voodoo Friends doll. His name is "misfit." I love the nose ring and purple mohawk! ($3)
I visited an old friend of mine who I haven't seen in four years. I also saw the premier for the movie, Prometheus, last night. If you like Alien from Ridley Scott, this movie ties in. So now I have my computer back, I can keep up to date on some things. That includes blogging.