Saturday, November 23, 2013

Winter Goth Wear

Winter is here now on the Canadian Prairies. It came on Sunday with 3 inches of snow, and yesterday I went out in a bone chilling -21 C (after wind chill). We went in the space of a week from fall to instant full on winter. While I could do without the excessive cold, I do like the snow. It just adds to the festive season.
For those of you who live in colder climates, like me, this is the time of year to dress in layers. But keeping from freezing does not mean you have to lose your style!



Wether it's a full jumper, a cardigan or a cozy hoody, sweaters can really help keep you warm on those cold days. There's such a variety too. You can go for a simple striped number, get one with skulls or bats on it, a plain classic black one, or a skeletal inspired one like this.




Socks and Tights


Sometimes it is so cold you have no choice but to wear something substantial like jeans. But if it's not sub-arctic temperatures you can opt for thicker tights or leggings or even layer them which can add demention to your outfit. Even when wearing jeans you can still add a gothic flare with your socks.



Coats
If there's one piece to invest in for the winter it's a good coat. Go for something that you love, as you'll be sporting it a lot. Make sure it's well lined and I'd suggest a good hood for windy or snowy days. Now days with online shopping it's even easier to find a great piece. Plus, this season many designers have gone for a more "gothy" look. Check out these great coats below.






You can even find whimsical ones.



Boots



The other must have winter item is a good pair of boots. In more temperate climates you may be able to get away with your Demonias or New Rocks, but where I live it won't cut it most winter days. You should opt for something with traction and a good lining. It can be challenging to find something that isn't too bulky. I did spy these online, and I think they look pretty good and with the furry lining quite cozy.


Hats
I'm not a huge fan of toques, but again practicality sometimes outweighs freezing your ears off. There's lots of variety in winter hats. I suggest shopping for them around Halloween as you can usually find spooky themes ones.



Scarves
Scarves are really trendy right now (and have been for a few years). I've been seeing those infinity scarves (I think that's what they are called) everywhere. I've seen black ones of course and ones with skull patters on them. You can also go for a traditional knitted scarf, or a lighter silky fabric for warmer climates.




Mitts and Gloves
This is another item I usually shop for around Halloween so I can get some spooky themed gloves like the ones below.



But when it gets down to -10 or so I have to pull out the mittens. I usually layer gloves inside mittens for those really cold days.



Another more elegant and dressy option is the old fashioned muff. It looks very cozy, but I'm not sure about it's practicality.




What do you wear to cope with winter in your area?

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Goth for the Holidays

With Halloween now passed, the holiday season will soon be fully upon us. For a lot of fellow goths Halloween is their favourite time of year, but for me it's the Christmas/Yuletide season. I love Halloween too, but for me there has always been something magical about this time of year. I love that it gets dark earlier, the Christmas lights, the decorations, rich food and getting together with family and friends.
So how can you add a little gothic flare to the holiday season?

The Christmas Tree


The centre piece of the holidays is often the tree. Why not go for a non traditional colour like purple, or black? White can also be quite striking when coupled with black ornaments.

Ornaments



You can also add gothic touches to your tree with ornaments like these sparkly crows. You can even go all like this Nightmare Before Christmas themed tree.




Colour Themes


Mixing black with purple, or red or even green, can keep things festive while still adding a dark charm to your decor.

Holiday Wear



At this time of year clothing retailers put out their holiday wear often featuring velvets and satins in black and jewel tone colours. You can find great simple velvet dresses like the one above and dress it up with gothy accessories. I often lament that at this time of year when I've spent my money on gifts, is when I see more clothes I like. I guess I'll have to wait until the Boxing Day and January sales.

Food



You can also add a spooky touch to your holiday baking like making these skeleton gingerbread men.
I think too that holiday treats like dark chocolate, red wine, and rich foods adds an elegant and romantic flare to the season.

How do you goth up the holiday season?

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nanowrimo

I apologize for not posting last week. I missed out on Miss Kitty's Sweater monthly theme, and on all the Halloween updates. Between work and the usual household stuff, I have been using my free time lately mostly for Nanowrimo.



So what is Nanowrimo you may ask. Well, it stands for national Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a first draft during the month of November of 50,000 words. That's right a whole 50k which works out to about 1,667 words a day. It's a tall order, but at the end you have about a 200 page novel. Or at least a good first draft to work with.
So what can your novel be about? Anything. You can write a mystery, fantasy, historical, even fan fiction counts. You can technically write the word "duck" 50,000 times over and over, but that would be madness.



For me it's been a challenge. I was aiming for 2,000 words a day (minus Fridays when my day is too full for it). So far I am at just over 7,000. I will try to catch up this weekend as it is a long weekend here (Monday is Remembrance Day), and try to get back on track. I figure even if I don't make the 50k I will at least make a good dent in a first draft.
I have also been fuelling myself on with various form of caffeine. Just check out this chocolate soda I purchased the other day. If you are in Canada I encourage you to go to Superstore and pick one up. It's strange and delicious.



Have any of you attempted Nanowrimo? What is your advice?


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