Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dark Side of the Home: Goth Candles

This D.L.&Co. skull with lizard candle is sold at Barneys. This would look awesome perched on a shelf in a darkened musty book-filled home library.

Throw away the hideous yellow packaging, then set out, light and enjoy the black waxed dark rum candle, also sold at Barneys.

Cast candles from Et Al Designs are psychotically expensive, but so darkly elegant. Each candle in the line is shaped like an antique candleholder. Given that they burn just 12, 17 or 20 hours at the most, would you burn yours, or leave it on the table as an exquisite goth design statement? I like that this doesn't look like cheapo Halloween decor.

Speaking of extremely cool, expensive candles: check out the Black Spike candle on Vivre. This custom made soy candle can be fragranced with your choice of amber, fig, tuberose, beach, cedarwood, gardenia, jasmine, orchid, vetiver, or sage. (It's also made in a chocolate spike candle and in an ice spike candle).

From the Paddywax Library Collection, their Edgar Allan Poe candle is scented with Cardamom, Absinthe and Sandalwood.

I'm not a fan of the color green, so while the box this Hemlock candle is packaged in is extraordinarily spooky and beautiful, I wouldn't want to burn this candle in sight. Still, it's scented with hemlock, oak moss and black pine, a badass combination.

I'd use this Day of the Dead skull votive holder year-round, but I also think it would be really kickass on Valentine's Day.

Funny Zombie Bowling Games

Just released this week, here's a great gag gift or cubicle boredom buster: Zombie bowling mini-kit. The kit includes ten "decapitated zombie pins," a zombie head bowling ball, and instructions on how to play.

It's also available on eBay.

This small zombie bowling game is great for desktop battles or Family Night with the kids.

Also available on Amazon.

Goth Umbrellas for a Bleak Rainy Springtime

Living in Seattle as I do, rainfall is an almost daily occurrence this time of year. So one keeps an umbrella in the coat closet, the car and even one's purse. However, I'm guilty of just throwing whatever random umbrella I have into my bag and running out of the house. I'd like to have prettier, more stylish umbrellas for my brave ventures out of the house on days with downpours.

Later in the year we can use lovely satin and ruffly parasols to keep the sun off of us, but this time of year we need nylon to protect us from rain. Be sure any umbrella or parasol you buy is made of the right material for the season you need it for.

This black ruffly umbrella works in rain or for protection from sunshine as well.

Here's a chic way to embrace your inner goth's love of stripes, but with a modern update. This black-and-white striped umbrella is from Marimekko.

Here's an elegant dark floral old-fashioned design for a romantigoth.

If you don't mind passersby re-enacting "Talk Like a Pirate Day" constantly on the street, you might enjoy traipsing about underneath your own Jolly Roger umbrella. Sadly, your shoulder parrot won't likely be very comfy underneath it.

I prefer this subtler skull and crossbones umbrella with a small repeating pattern.

I love the shape of this black-and-white Parisian pagoda umbrella. It works as a rain umbrella as well as a sun shade, but I am a little worried about how it would stand up in a bad gust of wind.

I'm afraid this black and blue skulls umbrella is a bit too wild and crazy for me. It's outside my comfort zone, but I can picture the right stompy-booted perkigoth really enjoying adding this to their wardrobe.

Too bad this Skelanimals umbrella is sized for little girls. Love it!

This understated dark grey striped umbrella would be great for corpgoths and male goths.

This similar skull umbrella, made by famed Italian house Pasotti Ombrelli, features a skull-shaped handle.

This lace Pasotti umbrella might be useful in steampunk or Victoriana cosplay.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What Kind of Cookies Would You Put in a Beetlejuice Cookie Jar?

I've never seen a Beetlejuice cookie jar before. It makes me smile. There are currently four of them available on eBay.

What kind of cookies would you put in here? Black-and-white Oreos aren't close enough to the theme, and I'm not talented enough to create a Lydia Deets face cookie. Maybe a Beetlejuice gingerbread man?