Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bath and Bodyworks Halloween scents

My favorite time of year is just about here - the time between Thanksgiving (second Monday in October here in Canada) and Christmas, which of course includes everyone's fave holiday, Halloween. One of the reasons I love it, is it's a great time of year to stock up on gothy items!
Yesterday I went into Bath and Bodyworks, as I noticed they have their Halloween collection out. I must say I love their products at any time of year, but was very happy to see they had so many spooky themed items.
I restrained myself yesterday and stuck with my budget and bought just a couple of items, but I will go back for more!
Here are two of the items I picked up yesterday.

Sour Drop anti-bacterial hand soap.
It smells like sour candy, which is yummy, but also makes me hungry.

Wicked Spiced Pumpkin lotion.
This stuff smells so good! I can't stop smelling it! I recommend this one the most.

Below are some more items that might appeal to those with similar dark aesthetics.

Vampire Blood hand sanitizer

Marshmallow Hand soap

Green Apple Light up Coffin hand soap

Pumpkin Patch air freshener

Are there any stores that you love to go to for Halloween items?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review - Art Show

A few weeks ago, I went with a couple of friends gallery hopping to several art show openings. It's this great event that's going on in various cities called First Friday, where galleries, studios etc. are open late on the first Friday of the month. It's a fun time out, it's free, and you get to feel cultured.
One opening we attended was at my old gallery that I was a member of - Outworks Gallery. The show was called Tachyon Redux, by artist Gilles DeCruyenaere. It definitely appealed to my steampunk sensibilities! Check out the website for it Here

Time Manipulation Device

I love that the artist has written a delightful fictional background story for his work. The various machines were supposedly found in a mysterious underground lab in a jungle of New Guinea by an orchid hunter.
Below are some of my favorite pieces. Check out his website for all the photos and to read the background story.

Crystalline X-ray Emitter

Self Powered Radio Wave Emitter

Time Manipulation Control Centre

What are your thoughts on Steampunk art?

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Show Review - Wicked

Last week I attended the touring production of Wicked, here in Winnipeg, with two of my bestest gal pals Rheina and Nicole. Nicole is a big fan of musicals, and it was her birthday recently, so we decided it would be something fun and different to do together.

Nicole is a fan of the show Glee and of musicals by Andrew Lloyd Weber, two things I personally find to be form of torture, but I was assured that even if I don't like musicals in general, I would enjoy this one.
First off, I love stories that take an alternative point of view, particularly from the point of the "villain" and was intrigued to see it. It also involves witches, so I'm sold there.
I was happily surprised by the various steampunk type elements in the set designs. The sets were beautiful with lots of cogs, gears, and clock elements to delight the eyes. The special effects, particularly the Wizard of Oz's mechanical talking head were also impressive.

The costumes were quite lovely, with Victorian inspiration combined with Classic Wizard of Oz looks. So I enjoyed that part to.

The story was very engaging. It follows the relationship between Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (Glinda the Good Witch of the North) from their time in college, through to the time of Dorothy in Oz. Elphaba, is the neglected daughter of a Oz politician who is charged with caring for her disabled sister. Having green skin, she is picked on and made fun of by others, but also possesses raw magical talent.
Galinda is a privileged and popular girl for whom getting what she wants has always come easily. The two are forced to room together at college, and originally are rivals, but then develop a friendship.

When Elphaba is called on by the Wizard of Oz himself, she discovers how corrupt he and the government is. Both Galinda and Elphaba are faced with choosing between standing up against this and being labelled an enemy, or becoming a puppet of the regime.
There is also a romantic element to the story, with them both being rivals for the same man.

I only have one complaint about the show. About five songs in, I looked over at Nicole who appeared to be thoroughly enjoying herself, then looked at Rheina who had a bemused expression on her face. She turned to me and said "too much singing". We both laughed, and I replied "yup". I guess that's what happens when you go to a musical.
Don't get me wrong, the performers are really talented and can belt out a tune like no one's business, but it's not my kind of music. I guess Rheina and I are just uncouth rock concert girls.

It did make me want to read the series of books this musical is based on, and it was a feast for the eyes, so I do consider this a good show. Plus Nicole was really into it. Just don't expect me to go see Phantom of the Opera anytime soon.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Monthly Fashion Theme - Boots

I'm a few days late, but I still wanted to participate in Victorian Kitty's monthly theme at her blog Sophistique Noir. This month the theme is boots!Check it out here.

I, just like almost every other goth girl I know has a love affair with boots. I get a new pair or two every year usually in the fall and/or spring. I have to say I'm excited that fall is coming and I can go back to wearing boots again when it starts to cool down.
My first gothy pair of boots were the lace up doc marten style way back in the late 90s. At the time I played in a goth metal band with some friends. I remember going to band practice all proud to show off my boots to the guys, I thought they were so bad-ass. When I showed them to my friends they said "look how tiny your feet are, those boots are so cute!" Not quite the response I was looking for.
Over the years, I've had boots with lace-ups, no lace ups, big stumpy platforms, buckles, and heels of various heights. They are always knee length and black, that's a constant.
My current pair are somewhat reminiscent of my first being lace ups again.

What are your favorite kind of boots?

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