Saturday, September 14, 2013

Makeup: I'a Cthulhu!

I'm on a Lovecraft bend at the moment!

Bubbling nails
OPI's Tomorrow Never Dies, black bubble decals

Ombre nails
OPI's Yodel me on my Cell (and odd name for such a lovely mermaid teal), Pirouette my Whistle (silver glitter), and Wet n' Wild's Mystic Blue (shimmery navy)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Music: Hollow Hills

The lyrics remind me deeply of H. P. Lovecraft's tale, 'The Lurking Fear.'
And I love the atmospheric quality of the song.

Friday, August 23, 2013

A little note...

I'd planned to make a post on Tuesday, but instead I helped a friend move out of her apartment, working from 10:00 AM straight to 1:00 AM Wednesday morning! After a six hour catnap I went back for another five hours...
Needless to say I'm rather exhausted!

However, I did want to make a post, so I thought I'd show you a bit of a project I'm beginning: I'm sewing a few skirts.

I have a passion for fabric, all the myriad colors, textures, and patterns. Especially these pretties!
Clockwise from far left: grey cambric cotton, printed cotton, satin rose jacquard, lace, sheer shimmery spiderweb.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Style: Unseelie

I have some time to breathe for the first time in a few months; I'm happy to say I'll be returning to a regular posting schedule, so stay tuned!
Ever since I was seven or eight, I have been fascinated by Western mythology. I would read all I could gather about the Greek pantheon, making massive flow charts to untangle the lineage of the gods and demigods. Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tales of witches, elves, and faeries- via Shakespeare, Kipling, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen- were no less interesting to me. I loved to pretend I was an Unseelie warrior, powerful and beautiful and deadly; or dark Carabosse, from the ballet of Sleeping Beauty. Now that I'm older, I'm searching out the dark original tales, mixing them with a reading list including Neil Gaiman and Angela Carter.
All these creatures trooping through my imagination have certainly made an impact on my style, especially in my penchant for floral adornments and extravagantly textured fabrics!

Kenneth Cole Reaction chandelier-print tee, Talbot's skirt, H&M hair flowers, my own choker, Claire's gloves, Forever 21 beaded belt.

Oh, and the unshod state of my feet... well, why would a faerie need shoes anyway? (Really, I had just cleaned my shoes and they were drying, and this was also my only window for photo-taking today.)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I was tagged for a thing.

I was tagged by 1666x30 at Mutant Stomp Friends for a unnamed post project that's been floating around! Thanks, 1666x30!

Now, several 40-hr workweeks later, I've completed the post. :)


          ~ Link back to the person who tagged you. 
          ~ Tag 5 blogs with less than 200 followers. 
          ~ Get them to tag more bloggers and keep this thing going.

Five things you need everyday:

1. My phone, to listen to music on the buses to work
2. A huge book to read on the buses to work- I tear through books!
3. My sketchbook. My imagination exists in a state of overdrive and drawings are how I relieve it.
4. A salad. My diet is 75% raw veggies.
5. Silent, me time.

Five books you would recommend:

1. The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe. Around here that goes without saying! I own three copies: an unabridged, forty-year-old paperback, a leatherbound B&N to replace the now delicate and much loved paperback, and another B&N leatherbound containing twenty selected stories illustrated by Harry Clarke, which I bought primarily to introduce my brother to E.A.P., but also for the awesome illustrations!
2. Jane Eyre (my original pick) Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, is not as often recommended, but equally gloomy and good.
3. Frankenstein. Nothing like the famous monster of the, I sympathized with the creature; almost human, starting out innocent but turning to vengeance after being rejected based only on his terrifying appearance.
4. The Night Circus.
5. The Picture of Dorian Grey. Beside the excellent storytelling, it's absolutely fascinating from a moral and cultural standpoint.

I don't celebrate Christmas so I'm just going to sub it out here-
Five materialistic wishes for birthday presents:

1. A Bauhaus anthology. (It's my favorite. band. ever. I grew up listening to Peter Murphy.)
2. Bauhaus band shirt. The bat kind.
3. Bulgari Black Perfume
4. A marathon of Stanley Kubrick movies. I have the movies, now I need the time!
5. Or a Quentin Tarantino marathon. (This would actually involve buying a few movies- my collection is sadly lacking.)

Five places you want to visit (in no particular order):

1. Alaska
2. Athens
3. Baltimore
4. London
5. New Orleans
...but I just realized the order is alphabetical!

Five adjectives that describe you:

1. Intelligent
2. Confident
3. Eccentric
4. Graceful
5. Strong-willed

Five things you would say to people about life:

1. Face your fears. Do things that you find frightening at least once (But use common sense! No walking down darkened alleys, please!).
2. Make adventures out of every day!
3. Learn something new every day.
4. Wear what you love. 
5. If you've been together two years but you can't see yourself married to the person, it's time to move on.
That's it.

Five bloggers I've tagged:
1. A Candy Apple Romance
2. Alice Lost & The Monster Brigade
3. SpookyUniversity
4. Dreams of Black Lace
5. A darker kind of fashion

Monday, June 24, 2013

Music: (A Deviation)

Snow, Glass, Apples, authored and adapted by Neil Gaiman as an audio drama, starring Bebe Neuwirth.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Style: Bride of Beetlejuice

I bought a couple skirts at Salvation Army last Saturday; I was surprised at how good this one looks on, seeing how pencil skirts don't usually fit me!

Walmart blazer, Merona camisole and shoes, thrifted skirt, Talbot's tights. Claire's earrings, my own necklace.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Music: Toccata and Fugue

Bach- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Friday, June 7, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day Six

Ahh, the final day, bittersweet. I've enjoyed this week so much, reading all your participating blogs was so inspirational! That Theme-within-a-Theme was awesome and I hope you keep it, Miss Kitty. :D I'm already looking forward to next year...

We were at a family friend's house a few days ago, and they mentioned they had been playing with a name generator for their business team; Raging Butterfly was one that stuck out. It immediately caught my imagination, and since one of their company's products is makeup, I offered to do a look!

Thrifted velvet dress, Charming Charlie velvet burnout scarf, Payless shoes, my own pearl-and-silk necklace.

I went a little crazy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day Five

A Juxtaposition; of luxurious and industrial, dark and light, hard and soft lines.
Claire's leather and chain choker with cameo, Talbot's lace top, Susie Rose belt, thrifted skirt and shoes.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day Four

Last Saturday I attended the wedding reception of a family friend, held in our old church's Hall. They had a swing band and dancing outdoors, and the whole thing was just wonderful fun!

Coldwater Creek dress, thrifted belt, Merona wedges, Claire's chandelier earrings, my own bracelet.

And this is why my dress is totally awesome for swing dancing:


My makeup was more dramatic than the photo is showing, with deep burgundy shadow and black winged liner.
My bracelet, made of glass beads and plated nickel.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day Three

Everyone, everyone at work, called this the Matador, and it's all in the jacket! I found it in the sale rack at Forever 21; their sizes are cut to flatter a shorter woman than I, especially when it comes to sleeves and hemlines, so I didn't expect it to fit or flatter. Was I wrong!
It's black lace lined with scarlet, cropped and gently fitted, and it had hook-and-eye fastenings at the throat which I promptly removed. It's versatile and elegant, and folds up easily so I can take it to work in my purse during hot summer transits.

Altered Target blouse, Forever 21 jacket, thrifted Cato skirt, Talbots hose, Payless shoes.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day Two

Continuing on in Musical Mondays...
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Spellbound

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Red & Black Week: Day One

Welcome to Red & Black Week, an annual blogging event created and hosted by the wonderful Victorian Kitty at Sophistique Noir!

I've saved a few looks from last fall to use this week, as well as new ones; to start off, a simple and conservative look that would do well in a business-casual environment. The tweed skirt is something special- metallic red, with touches of pink and orange through it. A skirt on fire.

Thrifted Express blouse, thrifted belt, Coldwater Creek skirt, Talbot's tights, Merona shoes.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Style: The Girl in the White Dress

Hello, hello!
The Nikon was in for repairs- resulting in almost a month without a post- my goodness!

French Laundry tee, Walmart blazer and shoes, Talbot's skirt. Icing by Claire's black and white rose, my own necklace, Claire's pearl earrings and silvertone ring (right hand), vintage white gold ring (left hand).

It was difficult, due to the glare while shooting, to find photos in which I look passably pleasant...

...Or not.

Whatever! :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Music: Cuts You Up

 Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
(This was a really difficult post by virtue of me not being able to decide which Bauhaus or Peter Murphy song I love most. Torture! Like deciding between beloved, undead, incorporeal children...)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Style: Fifties Gothic

I'm having so much fun dressing for work this spring! I can be just as achromatic as I please; all the collections coming out have lots of black and white.

Altered Target blouse, (unknown origin) scarf, thrifted Talbot's skirt, Merona knee-highs and shoes.

Claire's headband and magnetic earring worn as helix, vintage sterling thorny-rose earrings.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Style: A Porcelain Doll

Several people at work- customers and coworkers alike- have described me so, which pleases me immensely. I deliberately attempt to look so- when someone gets it, it's wonderful! Angel-choirs-harmonizing-in-my-head wonderful.

Walmart blazer, Talbot's lace tank, skirt, and necklace, Claire's studded cuffs and Merona shoes.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Music: Evelyn Evelyn

Evelyn Evelyn by the band Evelyn Evelyn (Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monthly Theme: Vintage

I found this vintage silk blouse in an antique shop last fall... I wore it several times over the winter, but never put any photos of it my blog- so April's Monthly Theme is perfect!
I found it half-hidden, hung in the back of a little cubbyhole. What first attracted me was the sleeves; dramatic, draped affairs that moved like wings when I walked and immediately reminded me of bats. The high neckline has a wide embroidered insert over sheer fabric, and the blouse buttons to the left side, with an additional zipper up the back.
The tag on the inside had been almost completely removed, but due to the embroidery style for the size (6) and shoulder pads, I believe it's from the 80's.
Needless to say I think it's just fabulous, and it was only $20!

Vintage blouse worn with thrifted skirt, shoes, Talbot's stockings.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Music: Season of the Witch

Presenting more Music, now a part of your regularly scheduled programing! I prefer the organic feel of posting a song every week, to having a page of songs... which I took down!

Karen Elson - Season of the Witch

Friday, March 15, 2013

Stye: Little Red Riding Hood

I didn't realize until I arrived home that tying my cardigan over my shoulders made me look like I was wearing a capelet- and much like that storybook character. All I'm missing now is a wolf as my Pet!

Talbot's cardigan and skirt, Target camisole, Merona shoes, self-made necklaces.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Style: Black, Grey, White

Hilariously, half my coworkers and managers have been wearing black and white, and 1940s styles this week. Could I be subconsciously influencing them?

Target camisole, sweater, and necklace (long), thrifted belt and skirt, Talbots tights, Merona shoes. Claire's studded cuffs, vintage key on a chain.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Music: The Train Song

Ren Harvieu & Karen Elson - The Train Song

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Style: Hide-and-Seek

Took me an hour on each hand! But well, well worth it.

Coldwater Creek dress, thrifted vest, Merona shoes, self made floral headband.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Please Excuse The Mess

I'm trying to change the blog format, and though I've cleared all my customizations, backgrounds, etc., the blog appears the same to me as always. I don't know if that's true for the rest of you. If it isn't, Style And Graphite must have some strange colors going on; I'm trying to figure it out and fix it as quickly as possible. Please bear with me! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Music: Stumpside

Rasputina - Stumpside

Thursday, February 14, 2013

DIY: Vampire Valentines

Fighting... the... banner placement...

*clears throat*
This is the first time I've participated in The Vampire's Day Soiree, and I must say I am utterly charmed by the idea! Since I found Holly's blog through Little Gothic Horrors during a nocturnal interweb rampage on the 12th, I was very occupied in drawing together my post on the 13th. I hadn't previously considered posting my (homemade) valentines, but this is an awesome way to showcase them! I actually had to make another set of valentines since I had already given the originals away, but I had some leftover materials so it wasn't too hard.

"Bite Me" is cheesy, I will admit, but cheesiness is an important facet of Valentine's Day and vampire culture. :P
Then I had loads of fun inventing twisted valentine sayings for the cards; they are written in my signature lipstick, a bloody brick red by Revlon.  There was also a "Will You Bleed Mine?" but it was in tiny writing and didn't come out well photographically.
Okay, so that last one is not vampiric, but I'm trying to be honest here! I'm fascinated by the beauty of sugar skulls, and I had a few skull valentines in the mix. There was also an identical one to the skull, but with my black lipstick kiss in the middle.

Goodnight and enjoy your Valentine's!
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