Penny Dreadful, the end of a masterpiece? (Spoilers)

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There come times when you watch a series and rather than the meticulous plod of events and drama scattered just enough to keep you watching, you instead hang on to every episode, adore each character to the core, and allow it to permeate your every thought..
It is a rare occurrence in which this happens, but I have been fortunate to have just such a series to cling to these past years.
Anybody who knows me well enough, or would take the pains to know me, will be familiar with my singular tastes. Poetry, romanticism, morbidity, Gothic tales, Victorian sensibilities and anything coated in dust. Penny dreadful gave me everything I could have ever wanted in a series.
A dark tale set around a woman tortured by her inner self- something I can empathise with more than I might like to admit.
It touches on suffering, the pain in the world and the endless, ceaseless search for beauty, happiness, love, and the joys of the world. It tells us that to find these you, and all others need to search far and wide, and cling to them upon success because they are the only things worth keeping.
The struggle with normality, doubt, faithlessness, the feeling of being unworthy, what we are expected to be or to do, and the search for safety is lifelong for some of us, but this series reminds us that it is not without its rewards and love is always worth holding onto.
I won’t give too much away, as I would always urge anyone to watch it as soon as they get the chance, but the way that this season ended left me in distraught tears as I watched my beloved ‘friends’ at the end of their tale.
This is by no means a bad thing, I love series and films that elicit an emotional response- they are the result of good direction and poignant storytelling, they are kept so much closer to our hearts that way!
In the end of it all, Frankenstein’s monster, John Claire- was left alone, almost an opposite of Vanessa Ives, were it not for their similar suffering- but he, a survivor having seen the beauty in the world and let go of pain that he cleaved to in the past.

The poetry read in this last scene, is a selection from Wordsworth’s Ode on Intimations of Immortality (from Recollections of Early Childhood).

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more…

—But there’s a tree, of many, one,
A single field which I have look’d upon,
Both of them speak of something that is gone:
The pansy at my feet
Doth the same tale repeat:
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?

It was well chosen in where it leaves the characters, and us.
Ethan, in his grief will see no beauty in the world for some time to come, he has lost what he lived for and the love of his life, he served his purpose at great cost, but did his duty none the less. A sacrifice for love. Lord Malcolm has always ruminated over the implications of age and the loss of a legacy.. he had no family left where the series ended, and will think of himself as a man with no reason to live, the sum of his years coming to naught. Victor abandoned his notions of fame and his dreams of conquering death, changing his ideas on immortality, It is my belief that he saw the pains of the monsters he created and knew that some things are better left in peace, buried safely away. We all know that happens to Dr Jeckyll/ Mr Hyde. His work goes too far- he will more than likely become another ‘Victor’, until he learns a greater lesson. Lily realised that pain is part of life and makes us the person we are- your agonies are to be kept with you no matter how wizened and bent out of shape you become, they make you into who you need to be. Dorian admitted that a life without passion makes you nothing at all but a shadow of your former self, although in that state he chose to remain, believing that it was the lot of an immortal and life should be lived painlessly to avoid any unwanted feelings..
The monster proved Dorian’s rule, that loneliness and the loss of all that you hold dear will come from immortality. Loss is worth the love you have along the way, and to cherish it and feel all that you can is to truly live.
But such dreams I had….
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Now is the question, what will i do with myself? Penny dreadful ended as a good Victorian penny dreadful always did. In sadness or in some horror.
I had hoped that this series might run for a little longer.. I secretly longed for five seasons, but without Vanessa there is no ‘life’.
I will forever hold my memories of this series dear, as it taught me to, and cherish the re-appreciation of Victorian fashion, literature and aesthetics!
Stunning, truly stunning…

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I needed someone to hold me like this after watching the episode…

 

In the end, the prophecy did come true, it ended with a pile of bodies, death, and silence.

Did you watch the series and love it as much as I did? What did you think of the ending?

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Victorian skin..

When you think of Victorians , what probably springs to mind are fainting ladies, top hats, corsets, filthy streets, children in torn clothes with no shoes (always asking for more gruel), a huge gulf in the rich poor divide, steam trains, workhouses and bustle skirts- who wouldn’t? It is what the era is best known for.
Perhaps what is is not best known for however, is the fact that under those tight laced, rustling skirts and fitted, silver-buttoned waistcoats is the possibility of an array of ink and beautiful artwork.

Captain Cook wandered over the South Pacific ocean in the late 1700’s, bringing back with him a tattooed tribe’s man and some recently inked sailors, many were travelling to areas with tribal activity and places where they could easily and inexpensively acquire skin art. It was a way of logging your travels (A turtle when you had been south of the equator, an anchor if you had crossed the atlantic..) because of this, being inked would long be associated with men of the sea, and even with mainland criminal activity.


One of Cook’s associates, Sir Joseph banks (his Science Officer), was an extremely wealthy and influential man, he paid to be able to accompany Cook on his expedition and also returned sporting ink and was soon showing it off to the royalty and well-to-do of the British upper classes.
Although tattoos were long associated with criminality, hooliganism and sailors (up to 90% of European sailors were tattooed), the latter association (men of the sea) also came to go hand in hand with wealth and the ability to travel. Tattoos became an outward and blatant way to display wealth and advantage. This idea triggered an explosion in the popularity of tattoos amongst the gentry in Britain, particularly in the latter years of the century when the quality of tattoo instruments improved exponentially.
The first electro-magnetic needle was invented in 1891, and replaced traditional tapping techniques.
The Prince of Wales followed suit, making a personal religious statement with a tattoo of a cross whist in Jerusalem on his grand tour. He was soon after mimicked by his two sons who soon also had copies of their own made, with personal touches, of course!

It is rumoured that Queen Victoria had a tattoo of a tiger fighting an eagle on her person!Women were not permitted to wear make-up during her reign, so perhaps this was why it became a desired beauty alternative!

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She probably didn’t have the tattoo as the miserable old bat we’re so used to seeing, rather when she was younger and notoriously high spirited…!

Maybe Winston Churchill got his sense of defiance and rebellion from his mother, the renowned beauty, Lady Jennie Churchill.?
It was said that she had a small and dainty tattoo of a snake eating its own tail, in memory of the coronation of king Edward VII on her wrist- his crowning was thought to usher the end of Victorian conservatism. Lady Churchill often covered her little tattoo with large jewels and bracelets when in certain society, she was known for her beauty and jewellery but oddly,  not for the tattoo…

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Lady Jeanette Randolph Churchill, with her tattoo hiding bracelets.

By the 1880’s was was reported that over 100,ooo people were tattooed, and there were over 20 tattoo artists in London alone.
They were apparently talented enough with their art to rival even the most skilled Asian practitioner, and by 1898 it was estimated by society writers that over 20% of the British Gentry had a tattoo!
With the refinement of the equipment used to make tattoos, the practice itself became more refined and widespread, getting a tattoo became cheaper- The lower classes, always seeking to elevate themselves to greatness and wealth also started getting the cheaper, more readily available and less painful tattoos.

 

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Beautiful butterflies! Even for the era!!

It turned the elitist and wealthy tattoo scene into something that almost anyone could take part in, and by the early 1900’s even young school boys were getting tattoos. It was a herald of the death of the once famous ”full body tattoo” men and women of the freak shows and circus’s- It was no longer something mysterious or arduous to go through, and in a way it meant that ”anyone” could do it.
Of course, as is always the way, when the working classes follow a trend of the high class, it will without a doubt change as quickly as it came. The upper classes refrained from having art on their skin, and with rising popularity of tattoos, ink was no more seen on the skin of the gentry of England thereafter, or much since..

The motifs from the Victorian age are in my opinion, just as beautiful as some of the tattoos I’ve seen in the modern days.
Sutherland MacDonald was the first man in London to open a tattoo studio, his being above a small Turkish bath house in the  St James’s’ area of Westminster in 1894.
He is widely regarded as one of the finest artists and tattoo artists of his day-
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I simply adore the fighting eagles on his chest, but what really sold the tattoo for me were the feathers floating around the design, giving it so much more movement.
There are hundreds of classic looking tattoos inspired by this intoxicating and highly influential era.
Apologies for the history lesson! It is as much for me as it is for you!!
What do you think of the modern ones, compared to the old ones?


Have a good night! xxx

Complicated tattoos.

Throughout my life as an artist, if I can be called one, I have always loved details, symbolism and things that look as though hard work and a lot of time is evident.
I put a lot into my drawings, so much detail and small parts, along with other bits and pieces but have already found in my newly commenced tattoo training that it needs to be cut down!
I do a lot of concentrating at work, and am currently spending my day watching the immense talent at work, and collecting as many tips as possible, and over the past few days I have garnered that a good tattoo is something simple, or at least with simple line work, so that when the ink spreads naturally under the skin over time it won’t look like an incomprehensible mess. Good designs have detailed shading and colour, but simple line work, well spaced and without too many lines.

I think the trick with the ones above is the fantastical shading- the line work was quite simple, but the shading, the shadows and the illusions of light all give the impressions of extra line work, and a more difficult design. Of course it takes immense talent to colour and shade so beautifully, but it is most likely that the stencil applied to the skin initially was one that gave hints towards the shading rather than the use of solid line work.
I was going to put my designs in frames, maybe with some wilting flowers or burnt wood but i’m quite glad that I didn’t-

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I don’t really like these framed tattoos- i think they look a bit ”doll like” (deepest apologies, i just prefer the ones above!!!)

Perhaps the designs that I drew were a little too ”typical”, but I wanted them to be as iconic and close to the film as possible- I also wanted them to be accurate and instantly recognisable on sight, or at least to other Hammer Horror enthusiasts so straight from the film it is!
I think perhaps I still used too many lines, but the designs are looking quite nice so far.. I think I need so much more practice with line work and to learn what makes a good tattoo design, but i’m sure that will come with more advice and a little time.
I added clouds, lightning, burning torches, smoke and may add a bit more in the background at some point, but my partner seems happy with them, and they are for him, so it’s what matters.
If he is happy, I am happy! ❤

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I had white streaks in my hair for a long time, so my other half sometimes jokes that i’m his ”bride”. I told him that he reminds me of Herman Munster/ Frankenstein in his creepers and with his slicked back hair.

I think he wants them on his upper arms, which would look so awesome with all of the T-shirts he’s been wearing recently… I chose the quote ”we belong dead” for Frankenstein’s monster because it was the most memorable line for me in the second film, (Frankenstein’s bride, 1935) and was also featured on a scene in Hellboy where he broods over the prospect of not quite being normal (a favourite film and comic book of both of us)- so quite apt, through and through!
I couldn’t find a quote that I liked for the Bride… I toyed with things like ”Death becomes her”, quickly abandoning it when I realised it was from the 1992 film starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn! I trawled through so many quotes from the book, and tried to grab some short ones that struck me as quite powerful along with some others that I thought that I might be able to shorten if need be…

1. “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

 

2. “The beginning is always today.”

3.“Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude.”

4. “There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.” 

5. “Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”

6. “Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.”

7. “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.”

(There’s many many more quotes here, if you want them!! https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11139.Mary_Shelley )

Of course, I could go for the obvious ”It’s ALIVE!”, but what fun would that be?
I want something that retains the horror of the book, as ground breaking and awe inspiring as it was when it first grasped the public mind! Maybe a little of this sentiment springs from the fact that since the film was released ”Adam” (Frankenstein’s monster) has been portrayed as green.
He most certainly was NOT green in the book! Not by a long shot -he was a yellowing flesh colour, but isn’t that truly sickening and too awful for a film poster?

”His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.”

If i’m honest this description of him is something that I find fascinating and take my hat off to the series Penny Dreadful for at least sticking to the jet black, flowing hair and perfect teeth! He sounds tragic and hideous all at once, something to be loved and feared equally!
But back to the quotes- There don’t seem to be too many short ones that are jumping out at me too much, maybe
“The beginning is always today.”
Not one that is particularly famous, but still from the book and quite sweetly inspiring all the same. I do love a couple of the ones I chose above and I may swap the quotes so that the bride’s plaque has the quote from her film (”We belong dead”), and the monster has one from Shelley’s book.
Which quote did you prefer? Are the designs entirely terrible for my first ever attempt?
I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Half the world away, almost. I moved to Norway

Much much much to say in this post- I’m so sorry I’ve been so busy, but all will be revealed!

I mentioned some time ago that I had been offered a job at a Tattoo shop in Norway?
On the 8th of this month I dragged a suitcase that weighed as much as me through the train station and airports of Manchester and Copenhagen to catch a connecting flight to Bergen.
I had a few days to settle in, and have so far had more beer here than I have in a lifetime. I’ve also gone out more in a week, than I have in months and months of being in my old town. It’s been rather hard to adjust to, as i was getting used to having much quiet time to myself to draw, craft and blog- so far I’ve neglected everything apart from drawing and being out and about-

The city has been very different to the green fields and sheep that I am so used to. I’m now surrounded by misty mountains, wooden buildings, cobbled streets, and record shops.

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Side view of the front of my beloved Museum, a few streets away from me, but still closed after so many years…

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Nights ahead where I can stare out over the Fjords!

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One of the many tiny cobbled streets, lined with bicycles, roses and aloof cats. 

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The oldest street in the city, full of wooden and so I’ve been told, highly flammable houses. They were extensively photographed for the making of the towns in the film ”The Golden Compass”. 

It’s hard to believe that I have been allowed to live in a city that is quite so beautiful, and being in a place that’s so full of people is a gargantuan change from the sheep and country towns folk I’ve been surrounded with for the past decade (And more!). Even here there are some cultural changes and mannerisms to get to grips with and maybe i’m a bit at odds, constantly apologising and trying not to get in the way!

I needed a work card to start my training at the shop, but decided that while I was sorting the paperwork out, I would start early and get some crucial learning and practice in before the intensity set in.
It has been a busy week, with so much to learn, and always feeling somewhat like i’m living in a life belonging to another, which i suppose can happen in a dream job. Everyone is so creative and always doing something. It’ll help that my hands are never idle either! I just ant to sit and draw and draw and draw and…..!
Despite how happy I am here, and the life I look forward to, It was a hard thing to leave my other half behind and I can sometimes feel it standing behind me like some dark earth-bound cloud. I miss my other half a lot but just have to wait for him to follow me over when we can both afford it. In the light of all this, it has been wonderful to finally occupy my mind with creative things, and be surrounded by the most lovely and inspiring people.
I can be anxious around strangers, so to be so welcome has been more helpful than I can say! Thank you all of you! You’re the sweetest! ❤

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Two sweeties I have the good fortune to work with.

Some of those I work with have had previous experience with tattoos and tattoo design, so It’s the tiniest bit terrifying in the face of all of that talent, and with me being so inexperienced! This past year I’ve worried about the lack of drawing I’ve been able to do- working in other jobs and other things, so I’ve been out of practice for a while. Lots more drawing is in order!
Shading, line work, layout, and position all have to be drilled in before I even touch a tattoo needle ( Thank god, because i want to be over prepared!).

To get back into the swing of drawing I decided to doodle something for my other half- a pair of tattoos that he’d mentioned wanting, and something I’d be all too happy to draw. We’re both huge fans of these films, after all.

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I had white streaks in my hair for a long time, so my other half sometimes jokes that i’m his ”bride”. I told him that he reminds me of Herman Munster/ Frankenstein in his creepers and with his slicked back hair.

I have a long way tot go before I reach the expertise of the people I work with, but I have my work card now, and I start properly tomorrow morning. The first step in my new life!
Wish me luck!

 

Ebay- Oh the things you’ll find!

Trawling the internet can show you some beautiful clothes- we all know the feeling of looking at a dress that takes our breath away. It has a high collar, lace, pumpkin shaped buttons… but then you see the price. Only £120!
Most of us don’t have that sort of pocket money! This is what I found when I saw the adorable Top Shop bat jumper, and Oh! I would have loved to own one! They’re notoriously hard to get hold of these days, and you’re lucky to find one for under $50.

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This is just the cutest thing! But not for £50!! I prefer the one on the hanger- is it just me or does the one that’s being worn by Alexa Chung looking a little.. chunky.. not so fine knit?

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m always happy to look for better things elsewhere- Sometimes it’s just not worth ”treating yourself”!
I scoured Ebay for a few hours typing in vague words with something to do with what I was looking for. After a vague search for gothic jumpers I found a little something-

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I started a tiny bidding war for it, but won it for under £3.00! I hadn’t read much of the description of what it was made of but when I popped the fuzzy delight from the bubble wrap envelope, it was like unwrapping a chinchilla!
It was the softest and loveliest sweater I’ve ever worn! It does shed a few hairs on other clothes, but it’s a sacrifice I’m happy to make.
It’s like wearing a hug! (Stretch!) and so much prettier than the others!!

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I had my eye on a couple of other wonderful online knitted things, being a complete old woman. One of them was cancelled halfway through the bidding. It was lovely so I really can’t blame them, but again, I won the other for only a few pounds.
It’s taken a few washes, because the previous owners didn’t know that fabric softener existed, and it was like wearing itchy cardboard, but it’s so much better now.
It was completely worth the trawling of Ebay!

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The green skulls match the book pretty well!

Last is a Jumper that to my delight, I’ve since seen my favourite blogger wearing (Only hers is in Black!) but one that we both agree to be a favourite.
The weather is beautiful at the moment, so I can’t wear it, much to my disappointment, but the country I live in now is known for its cod winters, so roll on October!
It’s one that I believe… Jessie J. wears something similar to, or that at least started a trend with. It’s not thank to her that I bought it, though I admit that it does look awesome.
It, like my ”Too Fast” cardigan, is knitted in two layers so it makes it extra cosy, and a bit more robust!
This wasn’t one that I managed to bid on, but one that was a ”Buy now” option. Still, you can’t say no to £8 of knitted goodness, can you?

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I had some other little gems, but my friend said that the photos looked like ones that were neglected from Vogue. I laughed a lot, and contrived not to post them.

In my recent discussions with people, I’ve found that many people are too nervous to use pay pal, or even to scour the treasure troves of Ebay! Stop this! You don’t know what you’re missing!
It’s like the world’s biggest thrift shop, and all you have to do is wait for it to be posted to you. There are ways of protecting yourself, and Ebay are wonderful at sorting out any online issues that you have.
What are you waiting for?
Start Trawling!

Goth on a budget- Thrift shop finds!

Charity shops/ thrift stores can be a gold mine for forgotten things, the adorable unloved, neglected needs and inexpensive wardrobe extras- as they say
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
and I’m becoming a most experienced huntress.
I spend many a day wandering these shops in search of affordable fabrics and anything at all that I can add to my Smaug’s cave of junk, and I’m here to share my findings with you!

Those few of you who’ve been to my house you’ll know it’s full of all things begged, borrowed and found ( …And stolen…?!) 😉

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My Great Great grandmother’s cabinet filled with dozens of charity shop tea cups, and inherited ornaments. The shelf of books, a mix of mine and my partners who both took creative courses at University, and the Mantelpiece covered in wind-up clocks and skull ornaments.

Our house is filled with spare blankets, cushions, mugs, teapots, books, films, and most importantly- Clothes.
Many many items of clothing and hardly room to fit them all into the places we provide, but the thing is- almost all of my wardrobe, and the wardrobe of my partner is foraged goodies from Charity Shops!
Anything that you’re truly looking for might be hard to find in a charity shop, and they’re not really places to go to get something specific, but dig a little and you can come up with some real treasures.
I won’t go into any of the objects that I found, teacups and teapots can wait their turn, but I will focus more on the fashion or clothes you can sometime garner from these underrated places- There’s STILL a stigma, although thankfully a diminishing one, when it comes to buying clothes second hand- people don’t seem to like the idea of wearing clothes that someone else has worn before them, BUT…
Didn’t you have hand-me-downs from other kids/ siblings/ cousins when you were young? If you tried on clothes in a store, it’s probable that someone else has done the same. We’re all people and only a bit too grown up for cooties- there’s nothing wrong with second hand clothes!
If it really bothers you (It’s alright if it does!) then wash them before you wear them, but the money you save from places such as these is worth the extra spent on washing powder 🙂

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This pure wool pencil skirt was around £4.00- It fits perfectly, doesn’t ride up when I walk like so many other pencil skirts do, and it’s lovely and warm in winter! The colour is beautiful and doesn’t run or fade, and its simple style ensures that it matches so many things in my wardrobe already. The scarf was also a charity shop find, and the Iron Fist killer heels were half price (Not from a charity shop though)!

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This is one of my favourite pieces of head-wear, and used to belong to the grandmother of an acquaintance. It was donated to a small antique/ collectables store near me where it was saved for me by the owner and I was able to snap it up for £5! Not too shabby for an antique red velvet fascinator!

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I don’t get the chance to wear the hat shown above too often, which is a shame because it’s so very ”Audrey Hepburn”! Again, this is velvet (the best material!) but with a contrasting white silk interior. You can’t really see the black flowers that decorate the top of the hat, but it’s perfect for summer. Not clammy or stifling like the shaped felt hats seen so often, and not so floppy that it stops you from seeing the gorgeous picnic you went to! It was a grand total of £5 from Hope house, we all know the beautiful and difficult work they do, so even more worth it!! The belt I’m wearing here was home made, and the pencil skirt was £1.90 from the Salvation Army!

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Excuse the faraway look on this photograph! I have seen so many Blog posts suggesting what to wear as a ‘Corporate Goth’, and this is my contribution! I found this awesome fitted jacket with emerald green piped trip in Bernardo’s for around £4. It’s silhouette hugging (Eeek! ❤ ) but not restrictive like other fitted clothes, and goes wonderfully with other green gothy accessories. The New Rock shoes here were ones that I bought when I was 18. I fell in love when I saw them, and paid half price to own them (But still not cheap!!).

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All of these photos seem to involve tea in one way or another! This image shows a dress that I bought not even a week ago, again from Bernardo’s, and for around £4.99. It makes a wonderfully loose fitting summer dress and adds a splash of colour to all of the blacks I like to wear! For extra warmth it still looks sweet with cardigans!

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I had to include this image because of the skirt I’m wearing in it. I usually have quite the strong aversion to short clothes, not particularly for any other reason that I don’t really like showing skin in public- This however really caught my eye, and after trying it on, I honestly couldn’t care less about the length. It seems to be an official Gothic item of clothing but there’s no label in it anywhere to suggest a brand or maker- a little disappointing, but still, this skirt! It has buckles on the front, it has POCKETS unlike usual women’s clothing, and red and pinstripe braces that attach from the front to the back. If anyone recognises it, or knows of the make of this skirt, I’d be so happy to hear! It was a criminal £1.99 from my favourite place, The Salvation Army! God bless them and their bargains!

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Pyjamas now! Yes, I usually wear this jumper to bed in the winter months, It’s just so cosy! I think it’s from a brand called ‘pop culture’ but when I unpack it in Norway I’ll let you know, but it was £3.00 from Age UK- I think I’ll start wearing it with slim fitting jeans and boots!

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Lastly! Apologies for the kooky picture! Picnics indoors are a pass time of me and my friends! First of all the stockings are Halloween tights that I trimmed and now wear all year round. Who doesn’t love Halloween things? It’s the time of year when they sell clothes that I’d wear all year through! I think they were meant for children, but then so were the cartoons I still watch… I know that sometimes you can still find these tights in charity shops in the middle of the year, having been bought in October and never worn! The shoes are ones that I was quite lucky with- they’re Clarke’s, a notoriously expensive brand, but I nabbed these purple ones on Ebay for £25! (I’ll do a post on Ebay thrifting soon!). The purple dress itself was a learning curve. When I bought it, it was a horrible insipid pale purple colour- I took it home and  popped it in the washing machine with a bag of purple Dylon, and this beautiful deep purple dress was what I was left with! I will always warn to be cautious with Dylon dyes, and I’ve ruined countless unworn clothes trying to dye them black so I love them more- to no avail! Dylon does not always work and I’ve had more failures than successes, but this gamble turned out fantastically! 

There you have it! So many outfits for under £20, and not loved any less by me for being pre-loved. I’m by no means assuming that you don’t love thrifting as much as I do, but if you’re still hovering at the doorstep of your local stores, please just go in and wander about! You might be amazed!

What is your favourite Charity shop find? I’d love to know!
(My brother found a pair of vintage Dr Martin Boots once!)

Too fast, Gothic skeleton cardigan review!

Just a short post this time!
As a die hard thrift shopper, it is a very rare occasion that I treat myself to anything new, let alone anything new and expensive!
I’d been seeing a cardigan by ”Too fast”all over the internet- people I watch on Youtube, and whilst I was looking about to.. invest in something that I expected to wear a lot.
It was the dress version that I saw at first, but I love skeletons and it was just perfect… the price unfortunately wasn’t!

Being used to spending £4-£5 on a cardigan at most made this a hard stone to swallow, and it took a lot of deliberation to spend the £39.24 that I ended up spending on it. I cringe even now, thinking about all of that money! (In a twist of fate, it’s on offer on the Too Fast website!)

http://www.grindstore.com/products/too-fast-cardigan-dancing-skeletons-487336.html

Despite spending a small fortune on one item of clothing, when it arrived it was so very worth it.
It was lovely to hold something so new, and perhaps that was part of the mystique, but I know from bitter experience that many Gothic brand clothes are made from the cheapest materials, not very well made and can even look nothing like the picture used to advertise the item.
Too fast are nothing like this- the cardigan was beautiful- soft and extremely fine knit- black on the outside and white on the inside, two layers of material making it extremely cosy and warm, but not heavy or overbearing- It’s not cotton admittedly, but I think that only serves to make it softer! It’s a blend of viscose and nylon so the beautiful skeletons don’t turn grey with time.

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Comfy as hell! I’m secretly wearing pyjama bottoms too!

Since I bought this cardigan a month ago I’ve hardly taken it off- It’s extremely comfortable, stylish, well fitted, and matches just about every other item of clothing that I have! I’d like to thank the Too fast Brand, and next time I get paid, I’ll more than likely buy more from them!
There’s a dress I already have my eye on…

too fast moon dress