Monday, 12 September 2016

Exquisite Demon OOTD

I took some photos for Dark in Closet, an online gothic fashion store that I instantly died when I saw. There I found a dress I had seen around and wanted for ages, even though it was something unlike I had worn before. It's from my favourite brand Punk Rave, so I knew it would be beautiful, and even prettier in real life than photos. I thought the whole outfit for my little photo session was so cool, that I wanted to make an OOTD video of it. Here's the video, list of everything I'm wearing below!

Watch me:


I'm Wearing:

Here are the photos I took for Dark in Closet...



Thanks for visiting, see you again soon! x




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Goth Dictionary

I wanted to gather a list of terminology used within the global Goth scene, because why not.  Please leave a comment here (or on YouTube) if you have anything to add! Here is the video first of all. In this video I'm wearing a bat necklace from Dystunctional Doll's eBay store, inverted pentagram earrings by Curiology, red contact lenses from Pinky Paradise, and my bolero and belt both came from Queen of Darkness

Watch me:


Moontan
The opposite of a suntan. The paleness achieved by never going into the sun.

Gothip
Gossip specifically spread within and about the black scene. 

The Scene or The Black Scene
The global social scene or people actively involved in our splendid and outré subculture.

Darque
An action or statement that is nihilistic and causes a reaction of, “Oooo”.

Drac
Something markedly cool and pleasingly creepy. ie: “Oooo, drac”.

Eldergoth
Someone over the age of around 35 or who has been in the scene since the 80s. 
Usually given great respect.

Babybat
Someone new to the scene who is still finding their way around. Also "Kindergoth" or "noob".

Necro
Something deathly and dark yet undeniably cool. ie: “we cooked a necro-dinner, 
everything on the plate was black”.

Normal
Noun. Regular people that do not fall into any alternative subculture. ie: “he was 
hanging with a bunch of Normals.”

Mallgoths
Usually a cluster of teenagers looking spooky in a mall or other public place to 
attract attention. 

Bat
Another name for a Goth in general.

Über
Also called “fancy”, someone with striking, over-the-top, gothic style with no detail forgotten.

Bleak
Used to describe music, meaning good, because that’s how we like it. ie: “Hollow Hills is nice and bleak”.

Depression or Mope
Cumulative noun, a large group of Goths. ie: “there’s a heavy depression coming in” or “a whole mope entered the bar at once".

Trad
Goths who have a taste for traditional style and artists, typical markings include teased hair, angular eyeliner, 80s inspired fashion, and pike shoes. 

Deathrocker
Too punk for Goth, too Goth for punk. Fans of Deathrock music, typical markings include deathhawks, studded jackets, and torn stockings worn as any garment.

Waver
Fans of dark wave, cold wave, and other wave music, much crossover with Trads as far as taste and style goes.

Poseur
Someone who dresses up for attention and often talks about how dark and mysterious they are, doesn’t actually know anything about the subculture.

Tourist
Someone who dresses up in a “goth-costume” and hangs out in the scene, but isn’t actually a goth themselves.

Weekender
Someone who only dresses Goth on the weekends for parties on events, but has a normal lifestyle throughout the week. This is often forced upon people who work in a corporate environment or similar.

Mansonite
Someone categorised as a hardcore Marilyn Manson fan or imitator.

Colourful
Grey.

Phaser
Someone going through an obvious rebellious or fashion phase who will some day grow out of it.

Cybergoth or Graver
Fans of electronic “doof doof” music, often sporting UV reactive tube hair, fluffy leg warmers, and stylised gas masks.

Goth Moth
A normal person who hangs out with groups of Goths. Like a moth flying around and around a flame.

Bubblegoth
Also called “Perky Goth”, one who is generally cheerful, energetic, and may wear accents of pink or other colours. Probably has pink hair.

Goose
When someone tries dressing up to look very dark and fancy, but crosses the line into looking comical.

Doomcookie
Someone obviously trying way too hard to appear gothic, often marked by melodramatic poetry or behaviour. The doomcookie does not know that he or she is one. Also called a “TryHard”.

Batcave
A club in London considered a birthplace of the scene, where many classic, cornerstone bands peformed. Also the term used to categorise the sort of music played there. ie: “tonight’s gig is 80s, Dark Wave, Batcave, and Electro.”

Batcaver
Fans of Batcave bands who conform to the traditional style. 

Gothic Two-Step
The classic dancemove involving staring at the ground looking forelorn and stepping from side to side.

Part-Timer
Someone who only takes part in the scene some of the time, and otherwise appears normal. 

Elitist
An asshole who thinks they’re better than everyone else for no reason. Judges others openly, and often quizzes others on their knowledge of classic bands or obscurities. Elitists usually are not part of the scene for long. 
Which bring us to…

Gother Than Thou
The patronising attitude of looking down on others as not being “goth-enough”.

Goth Card
A fictional club-membership card used as a joke. ie: “you’re listening to Taylor Swift? That’s it, hand in your Goth Card, you’re out”.

TRVE
An unattainably high level of gothness. One must eat only black food in measures of 666 grams, bleed black, piss black, and probably be dead.

Goth Points
Something that doesn’t exist, used humourously ie: Carl McCoy asked for a photo with me, goth points off the charts right now!”

Post-Goth
Someone who has figuratively “handed in their goth card” and has taken on a normal lifestyle and fashion sense. 

Goth in a Box
Someone who has undergone an overnight transformation by buying all their clothes and accessories from a mainstream alternative store like Hot Topic. Instant fashion from a box, without any originally or personality woven in.

Not-a-Goth
Someone who is obviously a Goth but furiously denies it, ie: “I may be driving a hearse in a black frockcoat while smoking a clove and worshipping Peter Murphy’s cheekbones, but I’m not a Goth.”

Goffik
No one likes dropping the G-Bomb all the time, a less embarrassing way of saying "gothic". 
Also "goffix" or "goffs".

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Chinese Dinner Date + OOTD

Now that I've decided to make more regular vlogs, here's what I got up to last weekend. In my little Outfit of the Day segment, I was wearing...


Here's our dinner date video...

The music you can hear at the start and end is My Guest by Paralysed Age, one of my favourite bands! Thanks for joining me, see you again soon! x

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Goth Ice Cream

Those of us who don black, outré outfits every day, will already understand the struggles of surviving Summer. However, Nick Morgenstern of Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream shop has made it possible to get more enjoyment out of Summer while still committing to a spooky lifestyle.

One can now enjoy solid black ice-cream, the trendy treat that's overtaking rainbow bagels and lattes on the coolness scale everywhere. The ice-cream contains no food dyes, nor is it coloured with squid ink or sesame as many other black foods are.

A photo posted by Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream (@morgensternsnyc) on



The unusual ingredient is coconut ash. Morgenstern told Mic that "it's simply the charred and processed remains of a coconut shell", and combined with coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut flakes, the result is a rich coconut flavoured ice-cream with a jet-black colour.

One ought to be warned however, the ice-cream will temporarily stain one's lips and mouth black. Which is fine (and even convenient) for those of us who prefer a dark lip. Coconut ash is a form of activated charcoal, and while it is widely believed to hold detoxifying properties, others have doubts over its effect on the body. So perhaps this inky treat is best enjoyed in moderation.

Morgenstern's shop also sells other unconventional flavours such as Banana Curry, Cardamom, and Egg. The store is located in New York, but the popularity of the black ice-cream is seeing similar products pop up elsewhere in the world.

What do you think, would you try it? Share this article on Facebook or tweet about it!


Saturday, 28 May 2016

OOTD - Gloomy Housewife

Just a quick Outfit of the Day before I went into the city. I had to buy kitty litter, terribly exciting. I can't help but feel like I'm channelling the ghost of some 50s housewife with this dress on. It's made of corduroy so is actually fairly warm. It's easy to dress up, just a few accessories and that's it.

It ended up being a delightful afternoon. I was waiting for the bus, when a car full of young blokes shouted "Hallo!" at me. Minutes later they turned their car around, and pulled over to get a photo with me. They asked another chap standing at the bus stop to take the picture, was all a bit funny and somewhat embarrassing. When the bus came, the other chap got me onto the bus for free with his card, how kind! Ended up chatting to him the whole way, it's often interesting talking to strangers. Everyone has a story.

I picked up my cat-related requirements then obliterated my diet with a Banana Caramel S'mores Frap from Starbucks. Damn, worth it. On the way home I had the same bus driver, who just let me on for free again. Woo! It's the little things or whatever :p Anyway, here's my outfit video, followed by where you can find everything online :)

Watch me:

I'm Wearing...
The music you can hear is Patricia in Pain by Paralysed Age, such an awesome band ugh.

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon! x

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Your Book Suggestions Volume V

I've decided to do the occasional book picks post instead of every month as before, (unless anyone should insist otherwise?) but I had a nice time looking through all your suggestions for great books to recommend your fellow Belfry Bats. Some of these look extremely promising!

So here is a collection of books, suggested by you, with where to find them on Book Depository. I chose Book Depository since it's my favourite place to get books, and ships free all over the world :)

 The horror stories collected in Teatro Grottesco feature tormented individuals who play out their doom in various odd little towns, as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives introduce readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that ultimately engulf their lives.

 The award-winning author of bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of the imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense . . .Victoria "Vic" McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability.Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

H.P. Lovecraft's reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.' H.P. Lovecraft's tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s. These astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published. This handsome leatherbound tome collects together the very best of Lovecraft's tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published.

Presents four volumes in which Vlad, an orphan who is half-vampire, attends Bathory High as he deals with other vampires who want to steal his powers, vampire slayers who want to kill him, and conflicts with his best friend Henry.

This is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond. 

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who killed her mother and keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most.

This magnificent novel portrays two lovers separated by deadly secrets and trapped in the fateful hourglass of time.Beautiful young Andrea travels from Los Angeles to her ancestral home in England to meet her relatives and confront her mysterious heritage. But from the first moment she steps foot in her grandmother's cold Victorian house in Warrington, she senses an awesome, unsettling presence. She knows that a rendezvous awaits her: a terrifying journey into the past, and a shattering encounter that will mark and change her forever. Andrea soon learns how terribly right her instincts have been.

In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realised planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969. This special 25th anniversary edition of The Left Hand of Darkness contains not only the complete, unaltered text of the landmark original but also a thought-provoking new afterword and four new appendixes by Ms. Le Guin. 


Thanks for your suggestions! If you'd like to suggest a book for next month's book picks, write to me here on the Contact page and select Other. Happy reading! x