Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Store Spotlight - Dellamorte & Co.

Well, if there's a shop I've been pining over for literally years, it's this one. Dellamorte & Co. makes some of the most awesome shit for the home I've ever seen. A number of their items have been on my wish-list for a long time, the only thing that holds me back is the cost of shipping weighty items internationally, but I reckon they're worth saving for.

Amor Aeternus Wall Plaque
Dellamorte & Co. makes statues, vases, magnets, barware, wall plaques, lights, and more; everything the macabre household could do with to improve upon its macabreness. Each piece of quality dark art for the home is handmade to order. Much of the inspiration comes from the wish to create functional art, and it is precisely that; many of the things you can find there are not just for display, but to use.

You can find anatomically correct heart-shaped vases, realistic skull planters, tombstone magnets, tentacle winestoppers, and much more. Also can be found exquisitely morbid items purely for decoration, such as wall plaques that look like they've been taken from centuries old sepulchres. At Christmas time, you can decorate with cheerful Krampus decor, or hang the Headless Horseman from your tree.

Anatomical Heart Vase in black

The only piece I own is a conjoined twin fetal skull, which was gifted to me a few years ago. It takes pride of place in the centre of my living room's display cabinet. It's always been one of my favourite decorations, and I have, like I said, pined to own more ever since. Dellamorte & Co. has managed to find the balance between spooky and classy. A lot of home decorations can look cheap and Halloweeny, whereas these pieces are pleasingly morbid as well as elegant and smart.

Fruit Bat Wine Accessory Set
If you are someone who decorates for Halloween all year round, and likes to do it with style, then you should definitely visit Dellamorte & Co's online store. Their pieces also make excellent gifts for fans of the dark and macabre, as I said, my piece was a gift, and one of the coolest I ever remember receiving. Thank you for visiting, hope I've given you something new to admire!
Until next week x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Store Spotlight - Umay Designs

I decided a while ago that I wanted to make regular posts highlighting cool and interesting shops online, so I thought it was about time I did so. There are so many amazing, talented artists and crafters out there, I love discovering them, and so I want to share that excitement with you. I thought I'd begin with a small business I mentioned in a video recently, Umay Designs.

I've been following Umay on Instagram for a long time, and was finally lucky enough to own a piece for myself. Based in Turkey, Umay Designs brings you unique, handmade, "wearable forms of nature and art". They also make decorative items for display, but my personal favourite pieces are the large, outstanding crystal pendants, that do look like something plucked from nature.

Some pieces are like a little slice of enchanted forest, with tiny mushrooms, flowers, or encased spores, while others feature skulls or blood and are more macabre. Those are, naturally, my favourites. Each piece is tremendously detailed, and most certainly made with love and care, and to last.

The piece I have is now one of my most prized jewellery pieces. It's so different from anything else I have, a proper treasure. I wish I could own a whole collection of their fascinating pendants. The pricing is fair given the amount of work that goes into each unique piece, and I expect you'd be very unlikely to run into someone who is wearing the same thing. I recommend following Umay Designs on Instagram, so you can keep up with all the cool new things they keep creating. I'm so impressed by their stuff, I thought you might be too :) Their stuff is perfect for anyone who wants to weave a witchy or magical vibe into their style, for crystal collectors, or they would make an amazing and special gift for someone. Visit their store on Etsy.

Thanks very much for reading, you can share this article on Facebook or Twitter. I hope I've introduced you to something new to fawn over, and from now on I'll be bringing you regular, awesome finds from all over the web. Cheery-bye!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2017 VLOGS

Here are my vlogs from this year's Wave-Gotik-Treffen, the world's biggest goth festival! Apart from the decidedly moist weather, it was the same intense whirlwind of partying and friend-making and black everywhere as every year. Enormous thanks to Queen of Darkness for making it possible for me to go this year, and for arranging the wonderful meet & greet! Enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Friday, 16 June 2017

Metallic Black Bath Bomb

Hi! Hex Bomb recently brought out some of the prettiest bath bombs of all time, a range of magical, swirling, intensely coloured metallic bombs. And I was lucky enough to try them out! They're more expensive than their normal bombs, so are really quite a special treat. This time I'm testing out 'Nether', an inky, metallic black, that has a handmade runestone pendant buried inside. Enjoy :)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Huge Gothic Shoe & Boot Collection!

Hi! I've done clothes and bags, now we're onto the shoe section of my wardrobe tour. Do I have too much stuff? Probably. Anyway, here's the video, and below I've listed where you can find every pair of shoes online, should you wish to add to your own collection. There's a number in the bottom-left corner of the screen for each pair. I linked to the exact page where I bought my own, except for the very old ones.

Did you have a favourite, or a pair that you thought were particularly stupid? Anyway, enjoy the video!

Shoes I showed you in order...
13. (similar)
14. (similar, different brand)
22. can't find them!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

M'era Luna 2017 Ticket Giveaway

M'era Luna is one of the world's biggest and most enjoyable goth and alternative music festivals. I've been twice, I'll be there this year, and I want you to be there too! Fill out the form below to enter to win two free tickets to this year's festival! One for you, one for whoever you want to bring along.

The festival takes place on August 12 - 13 in Hildesheim, Germany. This giveaway is open internationally, however, I would suggest that only those residing in Europe, Scandinavia, and thereabout enter as you will have to provide your own travel to and from the festival.

This year's lineup is as impressive as always, but even so, the atmosphere of M'era Luna is something magical and memorable. Visit to learn more about it and see the full lineup.

Things to note:
  • You must be 18 years or older to enter
  • You should be subscribed to my YouTube channel
  • You are responsible for your own travel to and from the festival
  • You will be responsible for your own accommodation. Most people camp at the enormous camping site, pack a tent!
  • The winner will be selected totally at random
  • The winner will be contacted by email
  • The winner may not sell the tickets
  • Serious entries only please
  • Good luck!
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Here are the videos I filmed at M'era Luna in 2016:

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Book Suggestions Volume VI

Greetings literature fans, I figured it was time for another book blog, so here are a few reads recommended either by you guys, or by the world at large screaming in excited hysterics. If you would like to recommend some good books for future book blogs, please write to me here and select 'other'. Enjoy!

Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel 

Series of six best-selling fantasy novels. He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time. 

The Blackthorn Key

Follow the clues. Crack the code. Stay alive. Potions, puzzles and the occasional explosion are all in a day's work for young apothecary Christopher Rowe. Murder is another matter. It's a dangerous time to be the apprentice of Benedict Blackthorn. A wave of mysterious murders has sent shockwaves through London, and soon Christopher finds himself on the run. His only allies are his best friend, Tom, courageous Molly, and a loyal feathered friend, Bridget. His only clues are a coded message about his master's most dangerous project, and a cryptic warning - 'Tell no one!' The race is on for Christopher: crack the code and uncover its secret, or become the next victim...A brilliant, fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Percy Jackson. 

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk's latest--and late-- client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record "Hot Potato"? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon-both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle -are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist...

The Name of The Wind

'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

Have you read any of these titles before, if so what did you think of them? I can personally attest to the awesomeness of anything by Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman. Once again, if you have any books you'd like to recommend, please go ahead and do so! Reading is good for the mind, soul, and imagination. Have a wonderful week, thanks for visiting, see you again! ^^;  ;^^