Saturday, 24 September 2016

My Journey of Alternative Fashion and Blogging.

The wonderful ladies from the Alternative Fashion Bloggers Facebook page; including Steffi, from Anti-Muse  and Lady Nancy, from Glam Retro Style  (to check out their tales click on the links). have contributed in a blogging parade.  I've been promising my post for weeks, I've had other things going on meaning the blog taken back seat. Like typical me it's completed but late. I can only apologise.

Personally, I consider myself a Goth, even now so at the age of 28 years old. I have to confess I don’t always look gothed up but I still have my black heart and soul always lurking around.  I don’t wear make-up all the time either. I tend to wear t-shirts with leggings and my DM’S for mundane days.  For me, both alternative style, cultural and music all interconnected.

 The evolution  of Goth from its day of the post-punk era has developed in so many varieties  of branches of subcultures and ascetics it. I would describe myself drawn to the DIY mantra of trad goth and the simplicity of ethereal goth. I also have taken some elements from romantic, fetish goth and even some influences of nu-goth in my outfits. I try to keep an open mind and take inspiration from everywhere.

Some of my favourite inspirations include
Patricia Morrison (Bassist in Sisters of Mercy and singer)  

  Tarja Turunen (Singer used to be in Nightwish)

 Lady Amaranth (iconic goth model), 

Princess Julia (an English DJ, model, style icon) 

and I absolutely adore fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen.

Now, most my clothing is from stuff I've had for aeons, thrifted, from Primark or sewn by me, I rarely purchase alternative clothing due to my budget constrictions and space.  I find a lot of the alternative garments to be overpriced and of poor quality. Considering, I can use a  sewing machine it's made me look more carefully at the construction of garments.

My favourite outfits .

My first contact with the alternative scene and fashion was when I became a goth in the early noughties.  I became obsessed with the dark ascetic, donning black  and wearing deathly white face. In my early beginnings, I knew nothing about the scene or history for me it the allure of the freedom of self-expression and non-conforming of beauty. For me,  this meant being curvier and extremely pale acceptable.  I found friendship and acceptance a completely different energy than I experienced at school or home. When I was 14, I starting getting more into the music and learning about the goth subculture.

My styles and tastes have changed where in my teens and early twenties I mainly wore ill-fitting clothing that didn't compliment my body shape, and horrendous makeup and awful DIY efforts. Since entering my mid-twenties, I've no longer  care what I look like. I've also found my confidence to wear more fitted clothing, shorter skirts including PVC miniskirts, despite being the heaviest I ever weighed.   I always remained safe with my look and now, I've been more experimental with makeup and outfits. Also,  I’ve always been rubbish at make-up, I still need further practice.

 I feel I'm becoming more cynical and sceptical with age, I've noticed the mainstream has an ever-present  influence on the alternative scene as it finally has been accepted. The benefits of less harassment and more accessible gothy or interesting items in normal shops is nice. Intern, the mainstream influences seem to bring  the issues of superficiality and elitism seems to be more prevalent. Yeah ok, it's probably always existed, I guess in all societies  you always get the elitists. As more people have access to the internet which permits elitists to dictate their dogma.

Another issue is the alternative scene seems to of diminished and lacking creativity, originality and genuine eccentrics, It's a shame for me everything now feels and looks all the same. Everybody seems to be in competition to outdo each other. There seems to be no cultural or substance to the alternative scene anymore where it based on the brands and looking a certain way rather than a mentality and love for the music.

How did I start the blogging

I came across blogging via searching the internet, I focused more on quietly reading blogs to feel more connected to the Goth scene, find inspiration for outfits and sometimes plain old insomnia . The first blogs I came across were The Ultimate Goth Guide, I loved reading this and enjoy reading about her thrift finds.  Sophistique Noir, she used more normal fashion shops, focusing on quality. She always created stunning yet a simple look . I miss her blog. My favourite blogger has to be Goth It Yourself , Bane's blog is so versatile. She covers everything from lifestyle, crafting, sewing and thrifting finds. My favourite part has been following her journey transforming her house into a sophistic gothic manor. What's even more amazing is her range of DIY skills inspiring me have a go.

Three years ago, I went travelling to a variety of places around the world I had considered starting my blog at that time but  I didn't have the confidence in my writing skills. Part of the reason, I started blogging was to practice my writing skills.  I'm dyslexic and for most of my life, I never realised or  required to write much until I went to Uni. After failing my first year of uni, I started to enjoy the process of writing and wished to continue. The blog has allowed me to practice and hone my writing skills.

Also,  I wanted to share my ideas and experience. Surprisingly, I even found people who were interested in reading my posts, which really shocked me. So, I have kept it going and now, I'm in my second year of blogging.

The journey has not been an easy one, I've experienced doubt, anxiousness and frustration. In my early stages, I was so ridiculously nervous as I had a very small following, and I watched other bloggers whose followers were rapidly expanding, while my remained a small following I doubted whether the work was worth continuing. I'm still here, now, I'm more relaxed and go with the flow of the blog. I used to think, I needed to blog about everything going on in my life and sometimes, I found I would be somewhere more interested in preparing a blogging post than taking interest in the experience. Again, I've learnt to slow down and enjoy my experiences blog if  I want, if not I simply don't post it. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

My Weekend

So this weekend has been kinda busy but by choice. Last week on Gum Tree, I saw two gorgeous candle sticks that looked perfect for the living room fireplace and for the price of a fiver. I couldn't resist them it meant I had to collect them from Sunderland.  After getting the candlesticks I felt slightly disappointed as It thought they were made from glass rather than, ceramics but either way, they'll suit they'll fit into my scheme.

I took the opportunity to look around the Sunderland charity shops and found nothing. I also took the opportunity to look in TK Maxx. I spotted an amazing Halloween bunting decorated with black cat and witch's hats I fell instantly fell in love with it. After seeing the price, sobriety kicked in, I consider making one myself.

I wanted to head down to South Shields fabric market since John Lewis and Fenwicks haven't have stocked up on their winter fabrics. I've been really disappointed by the selections as there has been limited choice as they typically get in some stunning jacquard and brocades.So as you can imagine I was ecstatic to see the store market seller, who had an amazing selection so I stocked up on my fabric.   I'm preparing to go on along and thought detox from money once were moved in.

 We had uneventful Saturday night and retired to bed at ten. 

On Sunday afternoon we out to Tynemouth market, this is a rarity as nothing gets the boyfriend out on a Sunday, especially when the formula one and the motoGP  racing is on. I was really disappointed by the market, as it's becoming more upmarket intern it lacks the diversity when it was a flea market and it seems to everyone selling the same things.  One thing   I did find was a beautiful cabinet but they wouldn't deliver , man  I love these as they would of look amazing in the bedroom. I defiantly take inspiration for them.  I was a bit gutted as it's been difficult for me to find anything I like. 

Afterwards. we went for a couple of drinks at a local pub, displayed an unusual curiosity of taxidermist border collier of Willie the stuffed dog. The story of Wille got separated from his master while driving sheep. Willie once found his way to the quayside his master was ago The dog was grief stricken, he wouldn't permit anyone near him and lived off scraps. Later the dog was taken from a ferry and thrown overboard to end his misery.   Willie survived  swam to shore and went back to the shoreside and waiting for his owner. Sadly,  his master returned but the dog missed him by mere minutes. There was a play written about Willie named the "Dog of the Tyne". 

My Outfit. 
This is my outfit for Sunday, it's the first time I've donned make-up for a couple of weeks and dressed up. It feels nice to be gothed up, The George, Asda, the top is a recent car boot find, the skirt is by Coast charity shop find, and belt a Charity shop find. Doc Martins, and I'm wearing an obsidian necklace.  

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My new chalk board.

I've finally jumped on the band wagon and used chalk paint. I've wanted a chalkboard for the kitchen but to no avail found nothing.  

On my last thrifting haul, I came across a load of amazing goodies.  All I can hear it the jingle of the black spray paint.  

I also found that this metal board for a pound, I loved the shape and swirly parts of the board.

I bought a tin of  black of chalkboard  spray paint, so I've really wanted to use it but never knew what to do it with it.   I purchased Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint for a fiver from Boyes. 

It was my first time using the paint, so I felt apprehensive, but I'm delighted to say it's very easy to use.  I wiped the board clean  with a baby wipe to remove any dust or dirt. No sanding or primer required.  I waited for it  to dry, and I lightly sprayed the painted the board moving from side to side.   It took about an hour to dry. I sprayed both sides with one coat using the paint. Below the first coat and dried the matt.  

I followed the recommendations and waited 24 hours before for applying a second coat. 

I'm over the moon about the transformation and look forward to hanging in my kitchen when it's finally done. Surprised, how easy the chalk spray paint was to use.  

Saturday, 3 September 2016

House Update part three.

I was planning to write a life update but then again it would have been all about the development of the house. I've been meaning to finish my post on Whitby but I've been busy  will return next week. I felt like writing about the progression of Geordie Goth Manor. I remember someone commenting about the house sounding like a manor and since I referred myself as a geordie goth so the name to seemed pretty obvious choice. 

We're still not moved in as the work is still commencing and things are slowly coming together. The amount of money I've spent in the last month has been insane to the point where I've had my bank's fraud team contacting me regarding the spending. I'm ready for an extreme non-spending detox and cleanse. My finances have been contributions from my saving s I haven't spent on travelling and mainly from the bank of Dad who gave me my inheritance early.

I've been wondering where all my money has gone since everything started arriving at least  One the biggest unexpected expenditures was replacing the knacked old boiler that was reasonable but still cost quite a bit. It's been a good investment in the long run. Hopefully, we can recoup the money through lower heating bills. When I consider, we now have a three bedrooms, two reception rooms, a stupidly oversized bathroom, a huge kitchen with Victorian proportions. 

I've finally got a date for my kitchen and bathroom which starts next week. I walked in this afternoon finding everything neatly stacked in the corner of the sitting room ready to be installed. I'm going to avoid the place like the plague with all the work going on.

The kitchen plan 
My Kitchen 
After returning from the Whitby last Thursday  I went straight into work I've been busy recdorating the living room for Tuesday . I've opted for an intense purple called Wizard from Wilko's so it's transformed the sitting room making it feel like home. Yesterday, my talented Mam finally did my actually took the two of us since the wallpaper was so heavy. I think between the two us, well mainly her she's done a fantastic job better than most professional decorates. The money was worth it for the wallpaper as it creates adds an extra something to the room. 

Mam's hard work.

 I love love love it.Want find a stunning mirror to go with it. I'm thinking of getting a black chandelier to finish the room off. 

I either fancy the Wilko's chandelier which is quite Louis the 14th style 

Or the Tesco's chandelier

Thursday my wardrobes got delivered and Friday my plum carpet finally got fitted. But I'm unsure if I've made the right choice as it feels way too purple and bit childish now. I'm hoping the black furniture will compensate and tone the room do.  

Subconsciously, I've taken inspiration from Beauty and the Beast through the colours and objects I've chosen. However, my intention was more of a Versailles, french boudoir style bedroom but in Black and purple.

 My wardrobes 

Some charity shop finds painted black.  

Life Update.

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