Thursday, 26 November 2015

November 2015


General Life Stuff

This month has been rather uneventful, other than of course spending the whole thing working or packing. And sometimes packing at work...I hate being in the packaging department. I didn't slave myself to death trying to perfect cookie decorating, only to be cast into the annoyingly demanding and boring realm of box making and cookie packaging. I've only worked a few shifts in this department, mostly due to being backed up. The way the factory works is that the bakery needs to make cookies to be decorated and the packagers need the cookies to be decorated within a certain time frame. If this process is thrown off in the slightest, utter chaos ensues and decorators are plucked from their department and shoved wherever they're needed. This could be the bakery or the packaging department. I'm not surprised by this, as I know the graphic designer does more icing mixing and packaging preparation than graphic design. It seems our job description is: "whatever the hell we need right now."

Personally, I would never accept Christmas orders at a factory beyond the first week of November. It takes time for the cookies to harden up, the icing to set, and to package and ship all that shit. But apparently my boss was totally okay with it, and some 10,000 cookies were baked, frosted and put into packaging within a week. This was much too early as the cookies were breaking because they didn't have time to set. Imagine my frustration trying to learn a bunch of new packing techniques with cookies that weren't even ready for packaging! It was awful. My fingers were sore and blistered within the first half of a shift. All I could think during this time was, "what kind of lazy asshole puts in an order for Christmas cookies in the middle of November?" The answer? Local assholes. Which I suppose is why these cookies were given priority, but considering it threw off the timeline of our other orders I didn't think it was the greatest decision to accept the order. Plus I think the local grocery chain that ordered them is grotesquely overrated. But hey, it's not up to me.

From a more positive perspective, all of this Christmas cookie madness has lead to having an extension on my work contract. At first I was told it would be the first week of November. Then the second. Then mid December, and finally I was told that they just didn't know when we'd be finished. We have been working on Valentine's Day and Easter cookies. I imagine it won't be long before we're finished, though. I'm happy my job is a contract. Although the money has been a tremendous help this job has been nothing but a physical and emotional drain on me. Things have been so bad that I no longer have time to do dishes or laundry. I literally get home, eat and pass out (and that's after the one hour to one and a half hour commute). My body is in a weakened state as I can't eat lunch at work because of my braces. So I push through an eight and a half hour shift going off of nothing but breakfast. I told my fiance that this isn't how I envision my future. I don't want a job that drains me physically to the point I have no energy to partake in life's pleasures. I still want to make art, I want to sew and draw, and spend time with my fiance. I don't want to sleep the weekend away because I'm too weak to get out of bed.


Health & Wellness

I have been sick far too often. I've taken a number of sick days from work, which I find embarrassing. I appear to be battling the flu, on top of that I had an allergic reaction to NyQuil (I guess I have an allergy to cough suppressants). I need to figure out why my immune system is so bad. We didn't get anywhere in regards to my body aches and hair falling out. My doc said he'd recommend me to a specialist but I have never heard anything about it. There have been no dates booked at all. I'm going to be contacting them today to see why I haven't been booked with a dermatologist yet. My ENT, a very attractive fellow who seems to know what he's talking about, said that my hair falling out was likely a result of my surgery. I have lost almost 60% of my hair. It falls limply and you can see about 2" into it my hairline when there's light directly above me. I'm thinking of getting it cut short in layers and dyed blonde, in an attempt to try and conceal the hair loss. It's devastating. I'm getting married next year and I'm afraid I'm going to have to wear a wig, and all the wigs I've seen look really ass-y and cost an arm and a leg.



Hobbies & Leisure 

Packing shit has afforded me a lot of time to watch movies and stuff. I've been watching Ash VS Evil Dead. I wasn't sure what to expect with this series. I've been very critical of most television shows because I find the writing to be in poor taste, or just poorly done overall. I need good, fresh, engaging dialogue. My favorite show of all time was the X-Files and I think it was because it was witty and intelligent. Even if the science and mythology in that show had it's fair share of plotholes and inconsistencies, it still managed to suspend my disbelief. Very few shows manage to do that for me, and it is a combination of bad script writing and piss poor acting (can anybody act anymore?). So Ash VS Evil Dead is only okay. : / The CGI is pretty awful. They do alright with the deadites, but a lot of the effects are overdone and not seamlessly integrated. Like the person doing the animations doesn't have a good understanding of lighting or texture, and how a superimposed object fits into a scene. They did really well on this one demon, but it felt more like they were trying to copy Silent Hill, it didn't fit with the Evil Dead aesthetic and looked really out of place in comparison to the other creatures and effects.

The dialogue is nothing special either. The characters feel one-note and the jokes barely make me laugh. I think they poured all their heart and soul into making Ash funny and as a result every other character becomes underwhelming and predictable. I also think that it was a poor choice to make the series a half hour long. It almost feels like each episode blips by and that hardly anything takes place. It should be an hour long to fully explore the characters and their conflicts, or better yet, it should have been refined down into a two hour long film and left at that. It's worth a watch when you're eating or folding laundry, but if I miss an episode I'm not exactly phased by it. Which is a rather disappointing thing to say considering I'm a pretty big fan of the Evil Dead trilogy. : /

I've done no sewing, as expected. This whole month has been nothing but being sick, working and packing. I did order up another wig from Lockshop. Shame on me, I said I wasn't sure if I would. Considering my last Mermaid wig was better than my Sylph wig, I thought it would be decent, especially since she finally marked them down to a better price! Originally these wigs were roughly €35, she then reduced them to €32, which I felt was ridiculous and not a huge difference, certainly not enough to accommodate for the defects in the wigs. And, if you know Lockshop, €32 is closer to what the majority of the wigs cost normally. I recently found out that these wigs have been reduced to €26, which I think is a much more reasonable price for a defective wig. I liked the Wisteria Mermaid wig, it's a soft subtle looking purple. I was torn between buying the Wisteria and Cornflower when I bought my first wig, now I can have both! : ) And who knows, maybe I'll end up wearing it for my wedding next year.

I hope to sew more once I've settled into my new house, but honestly, it might not be until late December when I get my two week holiday. I may post a few more mood boards and such on the weekends in December, but that's probably the best I can do. My contract will end at some point, probably in January. I'm very eager to start sewing up some new Goth clothing for the new year. I hoarded up a bunch of lace, damask prints, and knitwear, so I certainly have enough to build a new wardrobe! Also, I've got some new decor items for Christmas that I'd like to share with you. And my birthday is approaching, I hope to do something cool for it as well.

I hope you had a happy November!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Plus Size Holiday Finds


Holiday Finds from Torrid

It's almost that time of year again, cold winter nights, warm cups of cocoa, and adorable sweaters. I have to admit, I'm disappointed with most of my go-to sites this year. I haven't seen much in the way of new stuff for Christmas. A lot of what's out is regurgitated from last year's collections. Torrid is about the only e-store where I've seen something not available in all the other shops. This is good news for my plus sized friends!

Now, if you're hoping for hoards of amazing finds, I'm sorry to say that there's not a whole lot going down this year. What I could find was largely skull themed, which is getting a little dated, but considering the alternative is sweaters with "Santa's Little Bitch" or "Fuck Christmas" on them, I figure it's best to keep it tasteful and PG. Most of us come from families, and lots of those families have kids. Sweaters with swears are fine for wearing to tattoo parlors or concerts, but maybe not for family gatherings...


Torrid Holiday Collection 2015

Skull Knit Sweater - Available in sizes L-6X
Plaid Full Length Leggings - Available in sizes 12-28
Rubber Faux Fur Cold Weather Boots (Wide Width) - Available in sizes 7-13


Sweater Weather ♥

I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore throwing on a warm sweater and lounging around the house. There's just something about the sweater that's comforting and dependable, like a much loved childhood blanket. I've seen a lot of sweaters this year, and I'm pleased that Torrid has kept their collection very tasteful. While you may be sick of skulls, at least these sweaters are bit toned down and more subtle. I adore the sweater on the left, mostly because this year I'm going gold and gray in a lot of my decor. It's a very feminine colour combination, and I think it's neutral enough to suit many skin tones. The skullflake sweater in the middle is really cute. I like that it takes a moment for it to register that there are skulls there. This would be an excellent piece for the Corp Goth who wants to keep things toned down. Finally, the always admired fair isle print, featuring skulls and hearts. This is a classic wardrobe staple. I remember wearing fair isle sweaters all through my childhood, I'm definitely planning on getting another one some day.

Left - "Skull Lurex Raglan" Sweater by Torrid - Available in sizes L-6X
Center - Snowflake Skull Knit Sweater by Torrid - Available in sizes L-6X
Right - Fair Isle Skull Sweater by Torrid - Available in sizes L-6X



Gothic Glam for the Holidaze

For those of you who enjoy getting dolled up for the annual Christmas party, there are plenty of glitzy and fun garments to choose from. For this mood board I selected three of my Torrid favorites, which I'm sure you'll enjoy. First and foremost is this insanely cool Alice and Wonderland dress from Disney. It's not very Disney in appearance, which I think is why I find it so appealing. It reminds me of the printed Restyle skirts. I especially love that the printed skirt is soft and flowy, and the bodice is in satin with a keyhole, corseted back. Second is this lovely red and black lace dress. I like the cut of this dress, it looks very flattering. I normally say no to short sleeves, but these are just long enough and dark enough that they could help diminish the appearance of fullness, if that's something you struggle with. Finally, the last gown on the right is both fun and sophisticated. It looks very well constructed and tasteful. The way the skirt drapes is very flattering, especially if you carry weight in your hip and thigh area.

Left - Alice in Wonderland Collection Corset Swing Dress from Torrid - Available in sizes L-6X
Center - Lace Contrast Skater Dress by Torrid  - Available in sizes L-6X
Right - Sequin Ponte Party Dress by Torrid - Available in sizes L-6X ***Selling fast!***


All I want for Christmas

...and for the other 364 days of the year, are accessories! Lord, I can't have too many. I felt these accessories would be well paired with any of the dresses from the previous mood board. Isn't blood red such a holly jolly fucking colour?! I'm dying for this vintage inspired bracelet and earring set. You rarely get to wear such bold statement pieces unless it's for a special occasion, and these look perfect for the holiday season. I love this little red wine pump with slate gray studs. I think it goes well paired with this fabulous patent leather skull wallet (yes, it's long enough to be a clutch, and I might need to buy it). 

Shoes - Stud Toe Platform Pumps (Wide Width) by Torrid - Available in sizes 7-13
Bracelets - Bangle and Stretch Bracelet Set by Torrid
Earrings - Statement Chandelier Earrings by Torrid
Wallet - Embossed Skull Wallet by Torrid


Conclusion

I'm satisfied that Torrid has yet again delivered on some cute plus sized finds. I've looked at Forever21, H&M and Urban Outfitters and I'm completely disappointed at the selection this year. I think it's safe to say Torrid is a much more reliable source for good looking plus size threads. What are you wearing this winter?

Best,

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My Gothabilly Spider Dress


DIY Goth dress using McCall's 6838

One of the very first posts I made for this blog was a product review about Sourpuss dresses. As I mentioned in that article, I like many of the products Sourpuss has to offer but I take issue with the quality and cost of their dresses. After owning a few of them, I've become painfully aware that these dresses have a tendency to wrinkle, fit awkwardly and fall apart over time. The only real positive thing I can say about them is that they're cute and unusual. If you like the aesthetics of printed dresses from Sourpuss or Hell Bunny but you dislike the quality and price tag, you could make your own. It's a lot easier than it sounds.

New Cat ♥


Our boy, Nori

I forgot to include this in the October update, but I felt it was getting to be a long post anyways. At the very end of September we applied to adopt a cat from our local humane society. Our LHS doesn't exactly have a great reputation, I prefer to get my cats from rescue organizations, but you can't help with whom you fall in love.
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