Monday, September 26, 2016

New Vegan Friendly Gorgeous Classic Edition Books for Your Gothic Home Library

As a lifelong vegetarian, I also have chosen not to wear leather or use animal products if I can manage to avoid it. So over the years I've sadly drooled over, admired, but bypassed the lovely leatherbound Barnes & Noble classic editions of my favorite dark tales. I've wanted so badly to put them on my home library bookshelves.

So I am very delighted to find out that Barnes & Noble produced these flexibound books with the same gorgeous cover designs. Now myself and other vegetarians or vegans who choose not to use animal products can add these beautiful books to our gothic libraries.

Each book in the series has flexibound foam covers, high quality paper and some sort of fancy embellishment to the edges of the paper (gilt in silver, gold, or red for the Dracula edition). They're also less expensive than their leatherbound counterparts. Let's take a look at the current crop of dark offerings:

Dracula Flexibound Edition on Amazon and on eBay

Frankenstein Flexibound Edition on eBay and on Amazon

Flexibound Edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray, on Amazon and on eBay

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Flexibound Edition, on eBay and on Amazon

I can't wait to see what other Flexi-Format collectible editions they come out with next!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Intriguing New Non-Fiction Book: Bitten by Witch Fever

Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home comes out on October 11. Just in time to spend a few nice chilly autumn evenings in front of my fireplace, wine glass at my side, devouring the morbid content.

The author is Lucinda Hawksley, author of many non-fiction history books on Charles Dickens, the Pre-Raphaelites and their tragic models, and one on Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's rebellious daughter.

Here's the book's description from the publisher's website:

In Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green – known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green – which became an instant favorite amongst designers and manufacturers the world over, thanks to its versatility in creating enduring yellows, vivid greens, and brilliant blues. Most insidiously, the arsenic-laced pigment made its way into intricately patterned, brightly colored wallpapers and from there, as they became increasingly in vogue, into the Victorian home. As its use became widespread, commercial arsenic mines increased production to meet the near-insatiable demand. Not least of which was the UK’s largest mining plant, DGC, whose owner was William Morris, originator of the British Arts and Crafts movement and arguably the finest wallpaper designer of his generation. Bitten by Witch Fever (Morris’s own phrase to dismiss arsenic - and wall-paper-related public health concerns in 1885) tells this fatal story of Victorian home d├ęcor, building upon new research conducted especially for this book by the British National Archive, on their own samples. Spliced between the sections of text are stunning facsimiles of the wallpapers themselves.

I certainly hope the author of the book doesn't use so many long run-on sentences as the publishers did! Anyway, i'm intrigued to see the photos of the vintage wallpapers!

Publishers Weekly reviewed this book a couple of days ago, writing that "The book is lovely, with 275 stunning wallpapers spliced into an intriguing narrative about the lore of arsenic, often called the poison of kings."

Booktopia's review calls it "Beautiful to look at and compelling to read, Bitten by Witch Fever is a highly original and captivating volume that interleaves facsimile sections of alluring, arsenic-laden wallpapers with thought-provoking narrative."

Do you enjoy non-fiction books? Does this one intrigue you at all? Let me know in the comments section below.

Metamorph Quirky Couture's Exquisite Gothic Fantasy Headpieces

For your next big purchase, you may want to consider one of these exquisite gothic fantasy headpieces from MetamorphQC on Etsy. These are made by a very talented dark mom and pop shop. The headdresses are perfect for modeling, conventions, or nightclubs.

Who knows what actually happens when we fall from heaven? This fallen angel feather headpiece is elegant and slightly evil. Of course, the black feathers are a necessity. There is a lot you can do with this headdress to make it more corrupt.

I can see this off-white horn headdress used for cosplay. It would be horrifying to dress as a traditional Japanese ghost (yurei) and wear this to add some extra height and airiness. It's a beautifully disturbing headdress, in my opinion.

You could wear this chic black lace mask to distort your face. You would look alluring yet malevolent. Wear this to a funeral or just for sauntering through a graveyard. You can greet all the dead spirits as you pass.

There's the option of having a cream lace mask instead. You could get away with wearing this to a masquerade. Either way, I would wear both the black and white masks, because they are not as extravagant as the other headpieces.

I'm so excited to wander in the moonlight during fall this year. I can imagine myself wearing this black flower crown in my gothic garden. It is so tempting, as it would go well with all of my dresses.

This black art wig is supposed to represent a more sinister version of the God Pan. It's more feminine, but you can see the resemblance. The lace on this headdress forms a devil horn shape. I love how the hair falls from the lace.

Speaking of Pan, the white ram horn headdress is also relatable to the notorious god. It's definitely scary, but in a more otherworldly kind of way. There are a variety of ways to use this headpiece to create an unsettling creature.

This luxurious beaded fringe black headdress takes us back to the 1920's. This is definitely something flappers would have worn. I would enjoy wearing this headdress with a black beady flapper dress - stunning!

If you're looking for something clearly diabolical, the black horned headdress with lace and tassels kind of freaks me out. I can see Persephone, the Goddess of the Underworld, wearing a headpiece this ornate. An evil succubus would wear something like this as well. It's obvious, something from hell needs to wear this.

Don't you think these are amazing? The gothic fantasy headpieces from MetamorphQC on Etsy are perfect for many elaborate events. They're also really beautiful to look at and quite inspirational. I know I have some book ideas after looking at this store! Make sure to comment below and tell me what you think of these headdresses.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dark and Slightly Spooky Cardigans for Chilly Autumn Workdays

Now that it's autumn, it's time to think about chillier weather! These dark cardigans are great for autumn work and school days. They're from Banned Clothing, and they look very comfy and warm - check it out!

This is like the macabre version of a yin and yang. The "Lovers Skulls" lace trim cardigan is cute and a little sinister. I really enjoy the lace on the front. I feel like it gives this sweater more character!

Do you see the little hearts on the sleeve of this sugar skull long sleeve cardigan? It's so cute! This isn't as dark as I want it to be (due to the happy grins on the skulls' faces), but it's still a great sweater. It looks very warm!

I think I am in love with this "The Lock of Love" long sleeve cardigan. The ribbons, colors, and bows are so whimsical. Of course, the skeleton lock with the keys on each shoulder are fantastic.

Here's a classic horror-themed Frankenstein's Monster and His Bride cardigan.

It's nice to be able to find somewhat spooky cardigans for this time of year, don't you think? What is your opinion about these dark cardigans? Comment below!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gothic Jewelry and Accessories from Arthlin

Does your neck feel a little empty? Yes, I realize how strange this question is. These accessories will fill that empty void nicely. Most of these are lovely and lacy - my favorite! Add a bit of elegance to your dreary garb with gothic jewelry and accessories from Arthlin on Etsy.

This black lace choker necklace is such a classic. It's looks so whimsical and haunting with the black beads hanging below. I do love how the flowers are simple in design.

You could wear a spooky dress with this black bib lace necklace with jet Swarovski rhinestones. It is a very alluring piece which will enhance any of your outfits.

Originally I thought these were beads woven together. The wide black lace choker necklace is dramatic and perfect for funerals or other somber events. If you're looking for a show stopper, this is it!

I'm in love with this romantic black lace flowers choker. You could wear this during a midnight stroll with your partner under a full moon this fall.

If you are a part of a burlesque act, this woman bow tie choker necklace adds a little darker element. I would wear this with a red or dark purple corset and a simple black skirt.

The red satin choker necklace with long glass beads is fit for a vampire. The tiny gothic cross is a great touch for such a simple and chic piece of jewelry. Even though it isn't black, it represents a very dark side.

Do you think this woman looks very ghostly? The black cameo with cream woman figure pendant is beautifully haunting. She actually looks like she is alive within the jewel.

You could wear this violet satin choker with black stone and look like the villainous Queen in Snow White. The stone even looks like the magic mirror on the wall. It also looks like a scrying mirror.

If you're like me, sometimes I need variety in color, so sometimes I prefer white jewelry. This very authentic Victorian white lace choker is a great addition to your collection.

I think this looks very modern. You can make this large red rose black satin choker incredibly sinister depending on the rest of your attire! If the gem hanging below was any other color, it wouldn't be dark enough for me.

All I can say is that this gothic pewter cross pendant on a black velvet choker necklace is perfection. I want to see more jewelry with gothic crosses, because that's what I grew up with.

Speaking of having other colored accessories, this mauve flower cameo pendant with purple satin necklace is a necessity. The antiqued look is very stunning. The only issue I may have about this pendant is that it looks like there's glitter on it.

I know lots of these are very lacy, but lace is my favorite fabric! What is your take on these pieces? These gothic jewelry and accessories from Arthlin are so wonderful and ominous. Make sure to comment below and let me know which one you like the most!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lovely New Gothic Gloves from Restyle Clothing

I can already feel my hands starting to tense up because of the cold weather sweeping in. I'm so excited to pull out my fall and winter gloves for this year! You know what that means: I have to at least think about getting a new pair. These stunning gothic gloves from Restyle Clothing are perfect for fall everyday wear or for elegant occasions.

I am floored by the beautiful lace work on these Guipure gothic gloves. I would wear these during both funerals and weddings, they are so beautiful.

These look cozy! I could stroll through a graveyard wearing these gothic rose lace gloves. I already imagine myself gently kicking through the fall leaves on a dark and dreary day with these gloves on to keep me warm.

These henna goth gloves are very unique. They emit an alluring and mysterious feel. The unsettling floral designs on the fingers are so magical.

What do you think of these gothic gloves from Restyle Clothing? Each one is different, but all are quite tempting! Make sure to comment below and tell me what you think.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Goth Shop of the Week: Aeternum Nocturne

I feel like I have found the perfect store for goth jewelry and accessories. Like I've said before and I'll say it again, it isn't like I need anymore accessories. I don't need anything as extravagant as these, but my temptation is getting the better of me! Aeternum Nocturne has lots of gorgeous and lifeless black options. Not only that, there are also many somber colors to choose from. Take a look at the diverse selection and let me know what you think!

What I like most about this vampire gothic necklace is that both men and women can wear it. The jewels look like solidified blood kept to survive all time.

This Halloween black spider gothic bracelet is amazing. You would look so enigmatic wearing this lacy beauty with a veil and black dress.

I think the spider bracelet and red and black fascinator would go well together. I love the bright red hues used.

Don't you think that this gothic Victorian haircomb is enchanting? The soft and alluring gems are a great compliment to the butterflies.

I imagine royalty passing this cream rose ring down generation to generation. It's so delicate and haunting. It looks like it was made from bones.

This is a classic vampire weapon and tool. This vampire gothic ring is ornate and may not the best weapon as there is a jewel at the very tip.

The deep dark purple hues of the roses are calling to me. This purple roses lace gothic choker might be too gaudy for me. I wish we lived in Victorian times so I could get away with showing it off.

These Victorian fantasy gothic earrings are ghostly and remarkable. I need more baroque styled pendants in my life.

Green isn't typically a color I enjoy, but in this case I do. This emerald gothic fascinator is simple in design and could be worn every day. The jade jewel embedded in the black bow reminds me of a beetle.

There is something more disturbing about this black rose gothic bracelet compared to the white rose. Perhaps it's because black roses remind me of death and sorrow. They're something I imagine growing in a cemetery.

I would wear this black swan princess gothic lace choker out to a party or a masquerade. I would need to keep this out of the way of my cats!

If a vampire queen had to have one piece of jewelry, it would have to be this vampire gothic necklace. Those bat wings are absolutely amazing!

Seriously, you must look at this store Aeternum Nocturne on Etsy. There are many jewelry options and accessories that come in a whole array of colors and styles. Check it out and comment below!