Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Thursday's Outfit

The boyfriend suggested about going to a gig, sadly the gig was sold out. That's the reason I chose to I  my underbust. Imay of  subconsciously been inspired by Sylvie, Little Corp Goth Girl wearing her corset.  Surprisingly, I found the corset comfortable to wear, I think, I wore it for seven hours and managed to walk four miles, not bad for someone whose doesn't often wear corsets. 

I walked to Gateshead from Newcastle or my counsellor appointment. Sadly, my counsellor has discharged  as she feels I'm no longer need it. It's a shame I really liked my counsellor as we had quite a lot in common; she was always very emphatic and professional. I guess that's the whole point. She has suggested about attending a few courses on how to deal with my issues for the future .  

The boyfriend messaged me about the gig, and we agreed to meet at Trillians for drinks. We ordered one of their delicious homemade meaty burgers, which wasn't the best idea since with wearing my corset,  I found it difficult to eat and had to stand up to make myself feel more comfort. On the plus side, I got so many compliments about my underbust and how unusual it, particularly  the metal clasp.  The boyfriend found a hidden pocket, great if you don't wanna take a bag.  Throughout the day, I felt like a pirate with the buckles and the strippy fabric;  all I was missing was cutlass and triangle hat. 

We stayed for an hour to listen to the live band, Saint Dom and the sinner,  a rockabilly band. I  have a bit soft spot for Southern American folk including, swampy blues, bluegrass and country, I'll probably shouldn't admit that, oh well. 

My outfit the underbust is the one  I got from Brighton,  worth the money. Underbust from Steampunk Bizarre.  mesh top, Hobbs, charity shop find, a skirt made by me. Boots Doc Martain.    I'm wearing my pendant from local designer Laser Panda Designs

Special thanks to the photographer aka the plagued boyfriend.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Re-vamping with Wilko's

I feel it's been a while since the last time I did a DIY post. As anyone who follows my blog knows, I'm crafter enthusiast to the point where I'm starting to taking over the boyfriends flat; the boyfriend ends up finding things randomly disputed in the oddest places. The boyfriend often rebukes me for my scatterbrained and chaotic organisation. I completely respect his point, but it's hard breaking habits.

So, I've been looking for a box to store my expanding sewing pattern collection. I found one  a storage box on sale for 50p from Wilko's

  • I painted a thin layer  inside of the box and applied a second coat. The paint dried  quickly.  I used a Wilkinson's emulsion plum, I love the vibrant colour for the interior of the box.  

  • I wanted to create a contrast between the interior and exterior; I opted to glue wallpaper (from Wilko's) to the lid, not surprisingly from Wilko's.  I  cut the wallpaper to size but  left some margin to neaten the edges, andI applied PVC glue over the box  and I slowly applied the wallpaper over the box . 

  • Once the glue dried to neaten the edges I used a retractable Stanley knife to cut the edges off, and black tape to neaten the edges on the inside of the box lid.

  • On the bottom of the box edge, I used black duct tape and pattern edging tape to neaten the edges.

A close up of the tape used 

  • I  used duct tape to neaten the edges of the lid where  the wallpaper edges were glued. My first attempt  failed, the  tape highlighted the unneatened edge of the paper.  I placed a pattern piece of tape to disguise messy edges.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Coffee, Cemeteries and Charity shops

 For last few Wednesdays' I've attended  St Andrew's church cafe for breakfast.

 St Andrew's is the oldest church in Newcastle and built in the 12th century. The church is surrounding by a quaint and picturesque cemetery with some burials dating back to the 14th Century.  Many of the tombstones intrigue detail has sadly eroded over time; the weather-beaten tombs look beautiful and full of colour with encroaching lichen.  It's ironic to think throughout someone's death and interment it then slowly starts supporting, nurturing life. 

The rare summer day presented the perfect opportunity to photograph. The cemetery felt full of life the verdant of the trees, grass, daisies and buttercups. I love the churchyard it has to be  one of my favourite parts of Newcastle, every time I walk through the grounds something new always seems to catch my eye. 

The cafe is open every Wednesday morning for a couple of hours; I go to treat myself to coffee and a scone with jam. My only complaint is the limited menu but for the bargain price of a pound of beverage and a scone,  it still doesn't deter me. Everybody has been very cordial and always up for a chat permitting busyness of the cafe. 

 My first visit, one of the volunteers offered to show me around. The tour highlighted:

  •  The opening where the sick received communion, 

    •                                                                 The tomb of a Newcastle Lord

        •   A plaque dedicated to the first Protect to play the organ for the Pope. 

        I found learning about the local witches and wizard interred to the unconsecrated ground  In 1650, thirty people accused of witchcraft and dancing with the devil; intern fourteen witches and one wizard were hung. Also, I learned they're executed at the cities old gallows it isn't far from where I live. One of my personal interest is in the history of witches and witch trials, so I'm getting interested in learning more about local history. 

        The unconsecrated burial ground

        After I wandered off, one of the other volunteers had told me about their concern, since my disappearance. I apologised about my disappearance and explained I was being shown around the church.  I end chatting the two servers about life and so forth. Even on my second visit, donning my goth garb everybody seemed happy to see me, and I was greeted with a big hug. The volunteers keep encouraging me to go back, I promise to try  to attend the cafe. It's a nice to place attend and everybody is always so welcoming. 

        After going to the cafe, I venture into the charity shops for some retail therapy. I found some amazing goodies:

        •  a faux croc glass case £1.49, 
        • picture frame 50p, 
        • top with floaty  mesh sleeves £2 
        • a bangle £1.50

        Wednesday, 1 June 2016

        Bargain Beauty

        I enjoy being frugal in all aspects of my life  and beauty is no exception.  So, I've been searching the internet for DIY beauty  treatment the easiest  I came across was homemade facial scrubs. 

        One of my favourites was the gothically gorgeous Black Friday's skin lightening facial scrub. Also, this proves how out of touch I am with the  viral community, I had no idea who she was until watching her videos. I personally prefer Youtube as a source of entertainment and ah, that's how you do it.  Black Friday's vlog have provided me with many hours of excitement when cooking or the dreaded washing up.  

          After using  the scrub for  a couple of weeks, I'm more than happy to recommend it. I've noticed a general improvement in my complexion and sense of wellbeing knowing what I'm applying on my face.  

        It's hard to tell if my skin improvement is just down the scrub alone or whether it's combo of  my new skin regime and avoiding coke. Unfortunately, I have every combination of skin imaginable including  sensitive, oily and dry. Just to add insult to injury, I have suffered from  acne prone skin from the age of 11 and still prone to spots at the age of 27 finding anything to work has been a nightmare. 

        My new routine consists of using Boots' brand of Witch hazel and tree tea form (£3.50),  then I use Nivea's Daily Essential Daily Essentials Sensitive 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.69)  mixed with Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion(£3.50).  For moisturiser, I use a combination of Boot's baby castor oil & zinc and Nivea's soft posting cream.  The castor oil and zinc (£1.59) feels greasy when applying, it appears to soothe my skin, it doesn't really moisturise my skin in comparison to the Nivea soft that works. 

        All prices are based on Boots' prices, all except the moisturiser I get from Poundland.

        Now, I wanna chat about makeup, I'm one to talk. since I only small makeup bag worth. So, I've  started stocking up on my make-up. Below is my kitty make-up bag. 

        As stated in previous posts, my style is sombre,  unadventurous and pretty boring;  the same goes for my make-up. I prefer the ethereal goth look style, and I take inspiration from Patricia Morrison's style rather than Siouxsie Sioux. 

         I often purchase my eye shadows and pressed powders, the translucent powder suits my colour, from Poundland. I also came across a  Hello Kitty Halloween eye shadow and a Nightmare Before Christmas eye shadows. I've heard of cases where Poundland has sold out of date makeup but from my experiences I've never had problems. I rarely wear lipsticks because it never stays on longer than half hour, and I need to continually re-applying it. I picked up dark purple from Poundland, and Primark have started selling makeup, I purchased a gorgeous have a deep red known as crimson  midnight, I bought it, just for the name alone. 


        Life Update.

        Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...