Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 15

What is you favourite item in your wardrobe?

My favourite item of clothing would be my black, semi- Victorian style thigh length trench coat. Sadly it's missing a button or two at the moment, but I've had that dear jacket for nearly two years and it's served me well. It wasn't very expensive, high quality and isn't a great cut, but I love it none the less.

Me, my beautiful boyfriend pulling a face and my beautiful trench coat. New Years Eve 2010
 I don't wear the jacket in it's intended way, but that doesn't matter...

xxx Lilly

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 13 and 14

Sorry for my silence of late. I've ad trouble getting access to a laptop lately and am currently writing on a school one with six keys removed. Not exactly the most ideal circumstances to be writing in...

Day 13- What was your first band T shirt?

In all honesty, I bought my first band T shirt only a few weeks ago. It is a Christian Death T shirt in black, obviously, with their name and logo printed in silver on the front. I am a big fan of the band and in August last year the did a show in Melbourne wit Ikon and Voltaire as the supporting bands. As you could imagine, I was devestated that I missed the show because I was 17 at that time, but I did get to meet Voltaire in Peril (ironically, where I bought the T shirt) and got a hug and a signed CD so it wasn't al bad.

Day 14- What was your best and worst DIY experience?

I once had to hand sew a skirt that I wanted to wear to school tat day. It is one of my favourites and the one I'm wearing at the moment. Anyway, I went to the movies with my dad and my brother after school that day and a serparate part of the skirt was loose and trailing behind me the entire time!!! (Yesterday I simply hacked off the trail with a pair of scissors.  Not very professional...)

I had a delicious tiered lace skirt that tore around the tiers. Clearly the lace and material was too heavy for the upper layers to hold. Last year I reconstructed the skirt into a different skirt with a raised front section akin to something I saw on the Heavy Red website.

This was at a Rocky Horror party!!!

xxx Lilly

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 12

Day 12- What is your Gothic inspiration?

This is a difficult thing to answer because I'm constantly getting inspired by different people, places, things and sounds that I experience each day.

 Razor Candi's aesthetic is something that I would like to achieve in the future, but considering I'm a student and living with my family, I probably wouldn't get away with wearing a corset, ripped tights and a bra around the house. Her makeup is delicious, too.

Emilie Autumn, both musicially and stylistically, she really is one of the most inspirational people for me.
Generally I'm inspired bu individual pictures rather than people themselves so to show my inspiration in a blog post would be more than anyone could possibly do. My Tumblr, which is rarely updated these days, is probably where I pool most of the inspiring pictures I find, so if you're curious go and have a look.

xxx Lilly

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 10 and 11

Ok, so I'm a teeny pit pissed that Blogger deleted the entirity of an unpublished post... that I now have to rewrite from scratch...

Day 10 – What do you hate and love about the subculture?

Love- Gorgeous fashion, music and the overall aesthetic. It reflects a strong part of my taste and personality and has always resonated with me.

Hate- The 'elitist' attitude held by some Goths. It really annoys me to see them look down their noses on some people.

Day 11 – Is Goth a lifestyle for you?

Most indeed. I have dressed this way for the better part of the last ten years, used music that had a dark sound as a source of peace and relaxation and had a strong fondness for vampires, and Goth was a nice little name that I could put around this, and meet plenty of like minded people because of this. Even if the Goth subculture vanishes into nothingness, I will continue to do what I do proudly! =D

xxx Lilly

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 9

Day 9 – What genre of music do you dislike?

There are actually quite a few genres of music that I really really dislike.
Probably the genre that I like the least would be funk, followed by reggae. Soul would be in there too, as well as rap. urban, disco and pop- punk. I'm also not a fan of most Country music, particularly that found in Australia. (Random fact: Lee Kernaghan's cousin was my piano teacher for quite a few years!)
However, there are a few songs on Voltaire's country album that made me question my opinion on country music. Namely The Churchyard and When You're Dead.

I'm also not much of a fan of really bleepy synth pop, although there are some exceptions.
The most interesting one would be Jazz. For many years I wanted to be a professional jazz pianist. The only problem is that the only styles of jazz that I could really get into Dixieland/ New Orleans and Big Band. In other words, what those wanky jazz fans consider to be 'cliche'.
So now I really don't like jazz in general.

For a musician, I know that there are plenty of styles that I don't like at all, but rather than dwell on that and attempt to change it by listening to music that I don't want to, I simply prefer to listen and perform what I love, because I love it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 8

Day 8 – What's your worst and best experience with non-Goths?

This is a difficult question because I haven't had the best experience overall with non Goths.

I'll get the worst over first...

I remember being at a 20th earlier in the year and a guy who was an old family friend who I have known all my life was there. He was studying in Sydney and hadn't seen me in years and when we were chatting he was like "Jen, what is with the Goth?"
Now, this question is relitively commom amongst strangers and aquaitences... but I would have hoped that someone who had been a close friend and who came from an understanding, caring family would, well, 'get' it by now. This guy in question is in his mid twenties and very much into the whole 'indie' thing, complete with iPhone and skinny leg jeans. Surely, one person from an alternative culture would be able to understand why someone else would be part of a separate alternative culture with out much confusion?

Now the best...

I think I'll say the overall, positive reaction to my dress sense, makeup and general spookiness at school. The difference between this year and previous years is that I am able to essentially wear what I like, clothing, footwear, makeup and hair- wise. I've written about this before, I believe. I have my own deamons to confront in regards to what I feel comfortable about wearing at school, but overall people have embraced it well enough to inspire me to continue doing it each and every day.

xxx Lilly

Day 7

Day 7 – Ten of your favourite goth bands.

Acid Bats- I've only recently gotten into this band, but I'm enjoying them so far

I love the vocals. My my my, Donna Lynch can SING!!!

The Sisters are my favourite Trad Goth band. I could easilly add many more songs here...

This song has been a true favourite of mine for years.

Hot as hell, and they're originally from Sydney!!!

This is my favourite CXS song, but I love so many of theres, and this video is so awesome!

Really cannot express my love for this band

I love all of Rufus Rex/ Creature Feature 's music. They should ALL be here!!!

Again, only a few song's of her's that I don't like. The synths are so haunting...

How could there be a favourite's list of mine without mentioning this guy? So much love!!! This is my favourite song ever.

xxx Lilly

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 6

Day 6 – Hand write your favourite lyric and take a picture.

Hmm... this is difficult because I have so many favourite lyrics.

It's a teeny bit blurry, but my camera wouldn't focus...
xxx Lilly

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 5

Day 5 – Is there a local Goth band or group in your area?

That depends. In my suburb there's not much of a Goth scene but in the city there's a pretty strong culture so there's bound to be many bands. The only thing that springs to my mind at this late hour is the legendary Nick Cave himself.

Most of the Goth music I listen to isn't as popular as it was 30 years ago, so that's probably why I can't think of any. There are plenty of DJs and that sort of thing.

xxx Lilly

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 4

Day 4 – Name a stereotype or cliche you can relate to.Ah, there are so many. For starters, I love Halloween. So Much. It isn't celebrated all that much here in Australia, but I am a strong believer in Every Day is Halloween.
I also love my cliched motifs. Spikes, stripes, skulls, bats, spiders, coffins. I love them all.
The Addams Family, and Tim Burton. I love my Gothy TV and movies.
Anne Rice.
Bram Stoker.
Swirly eyeliner.

I tick so many Gothy cliches, as well as Classical musician ones. XD

xxx Lilly

Day 3

Day 3 – When did you come out the Goth closet?

I've always felt that I identified with the Goth culture long before I actually considered myself Goth. I felt that I had 'crossed over' so to speak at around fifteen, but it could have been earlier than that. It wasn't until I was nearly seventeen that I actually said, 'yes I consider myself a Goth' when people enquired. Partly because I didn't have the self confidence to admit that I associated with a subculture that, for the most part, was view as dark, evil and dangerous by the mainstream, but as I got older I discovered the confidence to no longer let that bother me, and I hope that people around me don't associate Goth with all those bad, untrue things.

(P.S this post has been written in between playing Legacy of Kain- Defiance. I like the game, but due to poor game mechanics resulting in all sorts of faults, it is SO FRUSTRATING at times. Grrrrr

2010 taken by me

2010 Taken by me
xxx Lilly

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 2

Day 2 – Share photos and experiences from your Baby Bat days.

Ok, so I had to sign into MySpace and Facebook to get some of these. I'll do my best with the correct years... There won't be any super recent ones, unfortunately...



2009. Edited by me.

2008. Makeup free!

The same photo with a makeover.
Wow, don't I look SPOOKY with yellow lighting? 2009
2011. About as 'natural' as it gets for me
2011. Edited with my phone
Wow that was scary...!!!

xxx Lilly

Day One

Day 1 – How did you come across the subculture?

Firstly, thanks to Amy from Juliet's Lace for creating this cool thing. So many people are doing it. Please check out her blog.

I've touched on this in a few other posts, but essentially I've been aware of Goth my whole life. My parents were exposed to other Goths when they were at university and they regularly made references to my 'gothic tendencies' in the past. It wasn't until I was about 14 that I really 'discovered Goth' for my self in a book called Paint It Black by Voltaire. I've been wearing all black for about eight years ago so it's been a pretty smooth, natural progression for me.

Me when I was about 16. Editing my me.
xxx Lilly

Monday, August 1, 2011

Outfit and Makeup Inspiration

I'm always looking at pictures for inspiration with my clothes and makeup. It's my dream that one day I'll be wealthy enough to be able to buy whatever I wanted, but nowadays, with my limited funds and everything, money to burn is scarce so I just have to make do with what I've got and customise it to suit. With makeup, many of the looks created can be recreated easilly but the problem lies in really nice technique, colour and fine aesthetic details. Sometimes my eyeshadows are just not pigmented enough, damn it!

Here are some pictures that I am inspired by at the moment.

Since when does one NOT love stripes?

 I love the beautiful silken false lashes. Soft, light and dreamy makeup can be Goth, really it can! It works well here contrasted with deep red, glossy lips.

No matter what, to me Angelica Huston will ALWAYS be THE Morticia Addams. I love her 'classic glamour' look combined with the delicious morbidity of Morticia. Blood red lips and dark, contouring eye makeup, my dears. She will always be an inspiration to me. This, in case you're wondering, is from The Addams Family Values, which is my favourite. I still enjoy the first one, but I saw this one when I was about six or seven and it's such a big part of my childhood. The TV show is good too, but I haven't watched it as much.

 Razor Candi looking amazing. I must admit that I've been getting more into Deathrock, Post punk and 'Trad Goth' music of late, and my clothing choices have reflected that. I love her strong lip and cheek makeup the most. I wish I had her bone structure to pull it off as well as she does... *sigh*

There are hundreds of fantastic photo on the internet. Inspiration is at your fingertips. Please share with me any photos or people who inspire your current outfits.

xxx Lilly