Sunday, August 5, 2012

Skeleton Closet: Phoenix Rises

I always seem to have this issue of not feeling like I look goth during the summer months despite wearing black all over. So as often as I want to, I'll be posting up my outfits for the public to decide whether it's just black clothes or gothic summer time flair.

Last night I came back from my weekend in Phoenix. On today's hot weather goth I have for you all the highlight outfit I wore; which as I progressed further into the valley many of the key points were lost because at a staggeringly hot 110 degrees Fahrenheit (approx. 45 Celsius) I just had no choice.

It started off with what you see above, and slowly I took off the shrug, the heels, the hair piece and finally the choker (which you might recognize! hehe).

It was one of a few times which I really could get my hair to straighten out a little, but with the heat it just began to frazzle up. You can get an idea of the true length of my hair from the right photo above.

The top is one I made back in Jr. High, and my best made article of clothing from that time because it was made using a pattern from an assignment in Home Economics class. I altered it in later years to include all the ruffles and the lace up details.

The skirt I bought at my previous job, as it was mandatory that we wore some article of clothing bought from the store-- I was glad that it was the fall/winter season because many places have lots of jewel tones, blacks, and laces around that time so it wasn't hard for me to shop and find something I loved. And on sale + my employee discount, the skirt cost me $4!

The shrug was purchased for me from my lovely younger brother at a shop called Sirens (which I love to shop at during fall/winter seasons because they have the gothiest of goth outfits for cheap!).

The shoes are 725 Originals from Wal-mart and are surprisingly comfortable (but then, I do have Dr. Scholls heel insoles)

They are very inexpensive and very beautiful. If you care for your shoes, as I do, then even low quality shoes will last you a long time; a previous pair of 725 Original boots were 10 years old before they finally off the sole. These heels are only 2-3 years old. Unfortunately because I was sweating more profusely than I ever had, it was awkward walking in them when the sweat made them slippery... luckily I had the foresight to bring my Dr. Scholl walking sandals which don't have this issue because of the fabric insole.

The hair piece, and necklace, of course, are all self made. The hair piece sits on top of a thin black headband and rests comfortably at the side of the head.

This piece also happens to be the first real attempt at making fascinators, and funny enough it is my most favored even against the newer ones I've produced.

It still needs work, but I was satisfied at the time
The skull is hand sculpted by yours truly, and is one of my most successful attempts at sculpting altogether. It's not one of those things I'm entirely into, but love the idea of creating most aspects of the things I produce.

Sadly, I left it inside the car, and the glue I had used melted and off the entire thing came from the headband-- luckily it is all still intact and fine-- but now I realize that I am glad I added reinforcement sewing onto the bands in later ones so that tragedies like this won't happen again.

If any of you are curious, the necklace is for sale; It will be gently cleaned before being sent out, of course. My home is kitty and incense friendly; please feel free to PM or comment below if you're interested.


  1. Wow *_* I love everything in this outfit. Lots of black lace <3! The shoes are amazing, but I don't know how you managed to walk in those heels :D
    Btw, you have beautiful hair; they look healthy despite their length... you could do so many things with such a long hair *_*

    1. Black lace is a staple in my wardrobe! I need it somewhere in my ensembles lol

      There are days when my feet ache-- but I love heels so much that I keep at it, regardless of how much it may hurt to break them in.

      Haha, thank you, and you'd think it at first; but it's another one of those things I am terrible with. I just never know what to do with it. Sometimes it's too long for the styles I really love.

  2. Your hair is so gorgeous! I'm swooning over long, dark hair, since mine is see-through blonde and not as long as I'd want it to be. A really nice outfit alltogether, and the shoes are like a cherry on top!

    1. I feel the very same way when looking at your hair! Purple is my favorite color other than black-- I've been dying to do it violet again but I've just been too chicken to attempt anything with it.

  3. Your HAIR! Ohmigosh *hyperventilates*

    1. Heheh, I get that reaction a lot when I have it down and flattened

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