Sunday, January 29, 2012

Corsetry Fashion Show

This Friday I attended a fashion show with my friend Richel at a local art gallery Gurevich Fine Art . It was titled Sensibus, and featured corsetry by Callisto Couture . Besides the fashion show, there was also great wine and food, including chocolates by Constance Popp and cupcakes by my fave local cupcake place Cakeology. The chocolates were amazing! Raspberry and butter cream filled chocolates that were like little bursts of flavor. So good.
The show was very entertaining, and there were some pretty amazing corsets. These aren't the cheap kind. They are custom made to fit the wearer, and are very pretty. The models walked from one end of the gallery to the other, which contains about three rooms, and the audience sat along the walls. Here is a brief video of the show. You can hear Richel and I talking in the background at one point. Please excuse us.

YouTube Video

A couple of the photos I took from the back because they are underbust corsets and I wanted to keep the content of the blog PG.



Miss La Muse, a burlesque dancer also performed as part of the fashion show.



There was one model who's outfit was rather steampunk and cyber reminiscent.



All in all it was a great night. And just before the end the cops showed up as a guy got kicked out and complained. Lots of the ladies seemed excited by this. I myself have never gotten the whole "men in uniform" thing, but to each their own.
There was also goody bags when we left containing lip butter that tastes like amerretto, a coupon for a free cakeology cupcake, a free corset consultation, a notebook, and perfume samples.
Here's me leaving the party with a cop car in the background. Note my stupid expression and the puzzled look on the face of one of Winnipeg's finest.



Hope your weekend was a fabulous one!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Ms Chloe has a blog!

My dear friend Ms. Chloe has decided to jump into the blogging world with her new blog Cemetery Sandwiches . In it Ms Chloe documents her forays into the subculture that is goth. A self proclaimed beginner, she is documenting her journey as an adult "baby bat".
I interviewed her yesterday about her blog.

Q. So, Chloe what made you decide to start blogging?
A. Well I kinda explain that in my introduction, but I also admired other people blogging. When I started doing my research into goth, I started reading other people's blogs, especially Ultimate Goth Guide. I really loved that other people were providing such personal information, and I'm nosey and liked seeing into other people's lives and it made me feel better about my own life. So I thought, maybe I could do this to! Maybe I could start a blog and say things.

Q. So who inspires you?
A. Well, you (thanks Chloe!) and Amy from Ultimate Goth Guide, and Adora Batbrat I find very inspiring. I love how she just lives her life, and is not ashamed or embarrassed, and she's so much herself that she makes me want to be more myself, even if that's totally different.

Q. So what sort of styles are you interested in and curious about?
A. I'm really interested in the gothabilly look. I think it's really elegant and fun and celebrates the kitschy aspect of horror and goth, which I really enjoy because I like to have fun and I like kitschy things. I also really like Steampunk. I think it's really elegant, it's really classy, it makes me feel like a lady when I put on steampunk things. I'm mostly interested in those two, but I'm interested in looking at all the different styles.

Q. So what do you think are the best things about the gothic subculture? What do you like and admire about it?
A. I admire how it creates a sort of family network. I remember the first time I went to the goth club with you, I felt like I really want to be a part of this - the way they all know each other, the way they all like the same things. I really like all the connections people have with each other. Even though everyone is very different and individualized, there is a common thread that runs through it all. When you really get down to it, everyone can relate to one another.

Q. What do you think some of the drawbacks are?
A. Speaking as an outsider, it was very imposing. I was very nervous to go to my first goth night, because you guys have a presence. And for those of us that have no presence ( you do have presence Chloe!) it can be very scary. But at the same time I really admired it and thought it was very cool.
There also seems to be a large amount of drama in the community, but I don't think that's not about being goth, that's in any community. I think when you get a group of people together it doesn't matter who they are, how old they are, or what they're doing, there's going to be drama.

Q. So what are you listening to right now? What's in your iPod?
A. Well there's a lot of non goth things.
Q. Okay, that's awesome. Like what?
A. There's this local band I discovered called Oh My Darling. They do Appalachian mountain fiddling and stuff. I went to one of their concerts and I thought it was great, so I have that. I also have Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which I really enjoy. I just found out about this band and it really intrigues me, Sopor Aeturnus and the Ensemble of Shadows and the singers name is Anna Varney Cantodea. I found out about it through the Ultimate Goth Guide. Anna Varney is strange looking and very creepy but in a way that I can't look away from. I can't stop listening. It's very eerie music and I highly recommend it.

Q. What books are you reading right now?
A. I'm reading the Goth Bible to brush up on my goth skills. I also just finished reading a book about the bad behavior of the siblings of George III.

Q. Finally what are your three favorite words in the dictionary?
A. I like superfluous. I like transmogrify, and I also like schmuck, is that a word?

So as you can see, my friend Chloe is really awesome. I find her to be very inspiring and intelligent. She's super cool and talented, so I recommend following her blog. :)

In the spirit of Cemetery Sandwiches, here's some random pics.


Here is a cemetery on Sandwich street.



And here is a pic of some cemetery treats.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Outfit Post

Just a quick post of my outfit for the local goth night last evening. I also thought I'd show off my new items the beautiful BF purchased for me this Christmas.
Here is the total outfit.



I apologize for the poor cell phone pic and low light. Here is a close up where you can see the new harness I got.



I also thought I'd show off the new parasol (though I did not take this to the bar). I can't wait to use it this summer!



Tank - random mall store
Harness - Gift from BF
Skirt - Le Chateau
Petticoat - Hell Bunny
Boots - Shoe Net
Gloves - random mall store
Bracelets - Forever 21

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Victorian Chocolate Pots

With the January deep freeze starting to set in here in Winnipeg, and with Le Professor Gothique's monthly homework assignment of a post inspired by ice and snow, my thoughts have turned to hot beverages. I am particularly interested in that most comforting of winter beverages - hot chocolate.

The Mayans first started drinking the beverage over 2000 years ago, though it was quite different than the one we now know. They drank theirs mixed with chillies and sometimes cornmeal. It was a kind of bitter and spicy beverage.
The Spanish brought the drink back to the old world in the 1500s where it was readily adopted by the court of Charles V . From there it spread to the other courts in Europe, and was at first a beverage drank only by the aristocracy due to it's high cost. They drank this version of chocolate with vanilla and spices mixed in hot water.



In the 1600s with the introduction of sugar from the new world, it began to be added to hot chocolate which increased the drink's popularity, though it still remained a pricey item. In the latter part of the century, Hans Sloane, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, visited Jamaica where he tried hot chocolate and found it tasted better with milk. He took the recipe back to England where it was well received by the public.
The next step in the development of this winter mainstay was in 1828, when a Dutchman, Coenraad Johannes Van Houten, made cocoa by pressing the cocoa butter into a powder.
The instant cocoa made the beverage easy to package and sell to households.



The Victorians then came up with the chocolate pot, a variation of the tea pot, for making instant hot chocolate. The pots often had a wooden handle (though some were ceramic) and came with a whisk for frothing together the milk, cocoa and sugar. You could also get pots with a set of cups, some with elaborate designs.
Here are some pictures I found of lovely Victorian chocolate pots and cups.










I also found a site Victorian Trading Co that sells Victorian replica items, including this chocolate pot below. Check the site out.



Are you a hot chocolate fan? What do you like to drink when it gets chilly out?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Miscellaneous

Things are getting back to normal now that the holidays are over with. I thought I'd just do a quick post about a few random things that have amused and entertained me on the interwebs and otherwise.



1. Rad.io
This is a pretty amazing app. I heard about it from Ms. Chloe (she always hears about the coolest things). It's a free app of radio stations around the world. All different types and genres including gothic and industrial. There's so many it's hard to know where to start! Most of the gothic stations are out of Germany, which is also where I think this app itself originated. The stations I'm enjoying currently are Vampirefreaks out of the US, Radio Dunklemacht from Germany and Tormented radio out of Turkey. These stations play everything from the Cure, to VNV Nation, and Velvet Acid Christ to Combichrist. I've been enjoying learning new songs and discovering artists I haven't heard of before. I suggest checking it out if you have an iPhone or Droid phone. And it's free! I have been using it as part of Le Professor Gothique's Batfit 2012 challenge to dance for 20 minutes.

2.Goths Up Trees
If you haven't checked this tumbler site out yet, you should.
Check it out Here . Excellent cheesy goodness. It makes me want to go sit in a tree and have my photo taken. :)



3. I can't remember which blogger started it, but there is a Vampire book reading challenge out there, which got me wondering about maybe reading books of another gothic type theme. I recently got the book "Book of Spells" by Katie Brian. I haven't read it yet as I'm currently on a couple of others, but I was thinking of doing a witchcraft themed reading list for myself and reviewing them. I would love to hear any suggestions for books with this subject matter!



4. Finally here is a pic of me and my older brother's new puppy Winston. Isn't he the cutest! I tried to steal him away but was unsuccesful. I guess it's for the best as I don't think my pet rabbit would be happy sharing a house with a doggy.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish all my readers a happy new year and all the best in 2012! Thank you so much for following my little blog. I hope you all had an excellent holiday season, whatever festivities you celebrate. I apologize for my absence for the past couple of weeks. With the getting ready for the holidays and all the running about and visiting, I had less blogging time than usual.



My holiday baking.




My Christmas tree

I hope you were all spoiled this past Christmas, I know I was. I received various bath goodies, wine, and chocolate. From my bestie Rheina, I was treated to a couple of gifts from Good Goth.
She got me these cool socks.


Source: Good Goth

And this awesome Alice themed necklace. I must say I love Alice in Wonderland, it was one of my favorites growing up.



Source: Good Goth

My lovely BF also spoiled me with steampunk themed gifts. I got an assortment of skeleton key pendants, an underbust harness, a copy of the Steampunk Bible, and a beautiful black parasol! I will definitely model these in a future post.






One of my pendants.

They were all wrapped in this very cool wrapping paper. So awesome!



How were your holidays?

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