Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fraise au Loup's Gorgeous Gothic Fantasy Costumes

Ever since I have been on Etsy I've had this obsession with looking at headpieces. There are so many creative people out there - magnificent!

When I found Fraiseau Loup Costumes on Etsy I was floored. These costumes and headdresses are styled mostly in tribute to great greek Goddesses, but there are others that have a different symbolism. Make sure to take a look at the models too, because their costumes chosen to go along with the headdresses are perfect. They are absolutely stunning!

Let's start off with the most eerie, the Asteria Headpiece. Asteria is known as the goddess of the stars. She seems to be one of the only beings who could escape Zeus's sexual appetite, accomplished by turning herself into a quail and fleeing to the ocean. Supposedly she turned into the island Delos. There are theories that she is the goddess of oracles and dreams with prophecies. Her daughter Hecate is more famously known to be associated with necromancy, but she had to have gotten it from somewhere, right? This headpiece really embodies Asteria's mystery and darkness.

This Persephone Headdress is based on my favorite myth. I think most of us know that Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, goddess of agriculture, and Zeus. Hades wanted Persephone to be his wife, Zeus said "whatever", Demeter freaked out, Hades tricked Persephone to eat a berry from a pomegranate which caused Persephone to have to stay in the Underworld for quite some time, but she comes up to see her mom during spring and summer, goes back in winter (sometimes fall, depending on who you talk to). That's the basic story. Persephone as the Goddess of the Underworld was terrifying compared to her childhood counterpart. This headdress is very unique as it almost looks like a crown. It also looks like it is engulfing the subject, just like Persephone was immersed into the Underworld.

I'll take a break from mythology real quick to show you this Dark Angel Costume. The wings are marvelous. The best part is that they look tattered and ruined, but also full at the same time. I feel like these are more realistic as far as body to wing proportions go. The wing span is ginormous, so I would avoid wearing them to busy conventions, but you would be hard to miss! It might not be so bad. The ornaments hanging from the bottom are beautiful, giving this costume some more eerie attributes.

This Asymmetrical Mask may look simple compared to the others, but I must disagree. The beadwork on the mask itself must have taken hours to complete. I love the more sinister qualities this mask has compared to others out there. The chains across half of the face give this mask quite the edge.

The myth behind this Bolina Headdress isn't too elaborate. I just thought this was incredibly gorgeous. Bolina was a mortal human who was trying to escape the love of Apollo and jumped into the Ocean (why are these ladies doing that by the way?) He turned her into an immortal nymph after that. The headdress has nymph-like qualities, with a large spiral as the shape.

I really enjoy the myth behind the Ananke Headdress. Ananke was one of the first goddesses who was the partner of Chronos (the Father of Time.) She was the Goddess of Fate for everything, including for the gods. Some say she is also the goddess of bonds, good or bad. I can appreciate this headdress because it portrays certain aspects of Ananke in most historical art. Ananke has wings in a lot of old paintings. Too bad the headdress doesn't include a snake, a very important aspect to Ananke's mythology. The color blue is very prominent in Greek culture.

Now we're getting into Roman Mythology with this Bellone Headpiece. Bellona is the Goddess of War. Some would even associate her with a berserker. There were also priests of Bellona that practiced crazy blood filled rituals to appeal to Bellona's fury. This headpiece really portrays an ancient warrior feeling, with the leather tassels hanging high. The piece around the face suggests the person is wearing a helmet.

Last one since I need to stop myself! I love Greek mythology so I could literally go on forever. This Artemis Headpiece really invokes her mythology. Another famous story - Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt and is also associated with the moon. I can actually picture a version of Artemis wearing this kind of headpiece: It is adorned with many feathers and with wires bent in a way I can see her masterful arrows being shot.

Seriously, you guys need to check out Fraiseau Loup Costumes on Etsy. I didn't even cover half of their items available. They are all absolutely jaw dropping and the symbolism is great for all of them! Take a look and tell me about it! I would love to hear your opinion on them.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Delightful Winged Key Art Nouveau Steampunk Necklaces from Haut Totes

The skeleton key, also known as the pass key or a master key, is a key that has been filed or cut to create a master. It is supposed to be used to open any lock including in the spiritual realm in some cases! It is thought that skeleton keys are used to open to places of very sacred or secret information. Keys are also a symbol of opening or closing powers or gates. Keys are found in almost every culture! Fans of Alice in Wonderland would know that there are quite a bit of keys throughout both books! Basically what I am trying to say is I love keys and their symbolism! Haut Totes on Etsy has created all sorts of Steampunk "skeleton keys" that I think you would appreciate. They're so cool!

Steampunk Skeleton Key "Antique Silver" Finish

Art Nouveau Key Necklace - Valentine

Steampunk Art Nouveau Key in Gold

Gothic Steampunk Winged Skeleton Key Pendant

Victorian Steampunk Skeleton Key Necklace Purple

If you like this style of key, take a look at Haut Totes on Etsy. There are many more colors and shades of the same color that you might prefer than the ones I showed! What do you think? I imagine this skeleton key to unlock a very mysterious and possibly dark world. Tell me about it in the comments below.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Goth Shop of the Week: Elegant Curiosities

I am so excited to show you all this amazing Etsy store. The only thing I'm having an issue with is choosing the things to show you! Elegant Curiosities has a variety of jewelry, neckwear, head pieces, clothes, etc that are absolutely perfect for dark and sinister souls like us! Come take a look and please take a look at the store itself too. There is no way I could grab everything! They are all really great pieces.

When I saw this Black Lace Vintage Choker I just had to get it. This would enhance any of my outfits. It is also incredibly elegant. I could wear it anywhere! It's stylish and very sexy as it delicately lines the base of your neck. Who wouldn't love this?

I love the design of this Harness with Bronze Flowers, Chains and Swarovski. Harnesses are always a great way of making something plain have lots of character. The flower embellishments are absolutely stunning. Again, this is something I could wear everyday.

I know I'm not alone when I say that crescent moons are one of my favorite things. This Crescent Moon Head Chain would make me a very happy lady! The best thing about this piece of jewelry is the intricate design inside the crescent moon shape. Instead of the typical Celtic knots, this has an Arabic design. This can also be worn as a necklace!

This is a very unique and gorgeous piece. The Beetle Wing and Swarovski Bead Belt is made with actual beetle wings. This is definitely an eye catching piece. The gold scarab in the center makes this belt even better. The tiny beads that border the belt itself have quite an elaborate design.

The Top with Butterflies would have the be worn on very special occasions. The butterflies that hang along the inside of the top are actually real. I imagine you would have to be very gentle while wearing this to make sure the butterflies do not rip or break. Aside from it's fragility, this would be a really stunning top to have.

This very pretty Bracelet 'Rose’ has an actual rose pedal embedded in glass. You can see the texture of the pedal in the center. I love the bronze medal used instead of the typical silver! I could wear this all the time, couldn't you?

Finally, I couldn't pass up a chance to show this headpiece modeled by Lady Amaranth. This Peacock Feather and Beetlewings Head Piece is very unique and gorgeous. This too is made with real beetle wings.

Take a look at more unique oddities from Elegant Curiosities on Etsy! There are many many more things that I did not show, but I wanted a variety! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Splendidly Dark Easter Dresses for Goth Girls

What do you do if your sensibilities run to the darker side, and you can't stand to see your offspring dressed in frothy pink, white or yellow dresses for Easter? You might have to spend time with judgmental relatives sure to criticize you if you show up with your baby clad in head-to-toe black like you'd prefer. Here are a few options you might compromise with this Easter:

This striped black and silver dress is by Susanne Lively. You could always remove the pink bow, but your daughter or niece probably wouldn't let you!

I believe this Laura Ashley London floral dress is a dark blue, not black, but it's still a nice darker option for you.

Here's a shantung dress with a bolder, darker floral pattern. It's also by Laura Ashley London.

If you have snooty in-laws, this Laura Ashley London schoolgirl knit dress might assuage them. Perhaps your baby would wear it traveling to see them or to pick them up at the airport, but not on Easter proper (it's not very girly).

Here's another formal dress to make the relatives swoon.

Ok, this plaid taffeta dress for toddlers and little girls doesn't scream "Easter" to me. It's so ruffly and punk rock, I couldn't resist including it here as an option.

The tulle overlay softens this black satin dress so it doesn't scream "My baby is a Satanist!" quite so much.

This is my personal favorite: a black and white damask baby dress by Mud Pie. Love the polka dots on the bow!

The yellow bow on this Bonnie Baby dress gives a nod to Easter. Notice how the ribbon trim on the dress is plaid!

This is supposedly a pageant dress for babies, but I think it would be nice for a formal family Easter gathering.

For those of you in warmer locales, here's a damask tunic set that's quite cute. It's casual though, so no wearing it to church!

Who can resist stripes?

Happy Easter everyone!