Birthday/Vacation Haul

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I finally filmed some of the stuff I got for my birthday and on my vacation in Frankenmuth. Watch me murder the Spanish language, discuss bad behavior at rue21 and share my skull obsession!

Outfit of the Day: Cute Creeper

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I decided to film an OOTD (or Outfit of the Day) video this past weekend. I actually took the time to put a cool outfit together and I wanted to share. This post was supposed to go up over the weekend, but my seven year old laptop finally died. 😦 It’s completely understandable, since it was so old. That’s the only computer I’ve personally owned. Many memories with that thing. And my whole life was on it. Alas, fresh starts are always good. It’s difficult to edit videos when your computer moves at dinosaur speed and things keep crashing. Looking forward to getting a new laptop soon! Until then, I’ll just have to use my work laptop. I don’t actually have any work to do, but that’s a story for another day.

I hope you guys enjoy the video!

Shopping

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I both love and loathe shopping. I love hunting for clothes that fit my style perfectly: a little creepy, a little cute. There’s great satisfaction in finding awesome items. However, I despise the rigid gender norms present in almost all clothing stores.

Now, there was a time when I solely wore men’s clothing. I never even entertained the idea of wearing women’s clothing. And why would I? Crossdressing is still taboo in most parts of the world. Parents certainly aren’t going to encourage their kids to explore the world of gender-bending. What would society think, after all? I followed the norm like everyone else.

At a point, I found myself wanting to experiment with feminine clothing. Some obstacles came with this decision, though:

1.) Weird looks from other shoppers

~ Being the only guy in the women’s clothing department can be awkward. I get many strange looks, which aren’t fun. I can’t say I blame the shoppers for their reactions. However, it’s fucking rude. Gawking at anyone for whatever reason is beyond rude. The stares, in turn, make me very uncomfortable and ruin a bit of the shopping experience. I’m not some pervert touching all the sexy lingerie to get off. I just want to buy some pretty heels because they make me happy. I don’t think most people make that connection. They are too stuck on the shock of it all. Some crossdress as a sexual fetish, but plenty of others just partake in it to express how they feel on the inside. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with expressing your femininity through fashion. People’s opinions need to change, not those who crossdress themselves.

2.) Things don’t fit

~ With a shoe size of 10 and a height of 5’10”, women’s clothing isn’t really geared for me. Finding cute shoes isn’t easy. I’m not Paris Hilton (sadly), so I can’t afford to pay someone to make me custom heels. I suppose I could go shop in a drag store, but I don’t consider myself a queen. I’ve actually had to return clothes that were too small for me because I bought them without even checking if they were in women’s or men’s sizes first. (Thanks Hot Topic :P) If I see something pretty, then I buy it. Luckily, jewelry always fits, so I can purchase all the sparkly things I want. I actually have very feminine hands with long fingers, so I love wearing rings. My mom hates my fingers, but hey, that’s genetics. 😉

3.) The men’s clothing section bores me

~ It always seems like the men’s clothing section is smaller than the women’s section. This means that the available options are limited. I enjoy being unique. I have no desire to look like everyone else. I’m not trying to prove anything. I just dress how I feel in things I like. Three types of pants and variations of the same shirt in muted colors don’t entice me. I do find men’s clothes I love, but not enough of them to fill my wardrobe with. Fashion is limitless, so why limit my style? The men’s section has cute stuff, but The Little Mermaid leggings over yonder are screaming my name. And I’m not going to deny myself. Ariel is a legit fashion inspiration for me. When I get bored shopping in the men’s department, I can just hop over to the women’s section. Totally the best of both worlds. Mixing feminine and masculine clothing is really fun to do.

My remedy to these obstacles has been online shopping. I can find extended sizes in clothing and shoes. I also don’t have to deal with haters and their disapproving attitudes. Win win. 🙂

I think I’ll end this post with some pictures of stuff I bought on my last shopping spree.

Skulls and Diamonds

I harassed a cute store employee until he found this shirt for me. I wasn’t leaving without it. It’s so scene.

Spikes, Studs, and Frankenstein

Belt and bracelet found in the ladies department. All my studded belts are broken from wearing them too much, so I needed a new one. And 99 cents for Frankenstein…hells yeah!

Swimsuit

New swimsuit. Not that I swim. Or would be caught dead topless. I don’t know why people keep assuming I bought a Speedo when I tell them I got a new swimsuit. haha Do I seriously come off that slutty?

Tie Dye Skulls

Tie dye and skulls. For those grunge days.

Blood Photoshoot

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Themed photoshoots are one of my favorite ways to express creativity. I can become whoever or whatever I desire and escape reality for a bit. I really needed that escape this past weekend, so I got dolled up and started licking skulls. lol Let me give some background on the inspiration for this photoshoot.

I based the photos on the song and music video Blood by the metal band In This Moment. It’s been my favorite song for over a month and I knew I had to do something once I saw the video for it.

The lead singer of the band, Maria Brink, has quickly become one of my fashion icons. She’s like a Barbie who went to the darkside. I knew I needed to incorporate the color scheme of red, black, and white from the video and album art. My band T-shirt was also quite fitting. Thanks Hot Topic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t decide whether the lolli or the skull tasted better. 😉 I have to talk about the boots I used. I just got my Demonia Clash 430 boots in the mail the day before the shoot. The 3 and a half inch platforms (which are nothing for me :P) had been on my wishlist for a long time. I got them from this site called Sinister Soles, which has tons of other amazing gothic boots and shoes. And my skeleton necklace is too adorable not to highlight here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, that’s what I was up to this past weekend. I know I’ve been a bit of a mess as far as updating this blog. But, please know that I highly appreciate anyone who takes the time to be a part of this crazy reality I dwell in. I haven’t forgotten about any of my readers and I promise to start connecting with you all again. You guys allow me to be myself, free from judgment, and that seriously means everything to me. Lots of LOVE. ❤

~AA

Hot Topic Haul

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I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that Hot Topic is one of my favorite stores to shop at. But, obviously that didn’t stop me from recently buying $400 worth of stuff there. Let me show you my haul!

Unboxing goodies is so exciting! I love getting packages in the mail.

                  Makeup

~WARPAINT Frost Bite Eye Kohl Pen: $1.99

~WARPAINT Bubblegum Lip Syrup: $1.99

~WARPAINT Party Pink Shimmer Eye Shadow: $1.99

~WARPAINT Grimace Lip Gloss: $1.99

~Manic Panic Immortal (Black) Nail Polish: $5.00

                   Hair

~Color Fiend Hot Pink Temporary Comb In Color: $1.99

~Color Fiend Electric Blue Temporary Comb In Color: $1.99

~Pink Bling Bow Hair Clips: $5.25

~Bling Skull Chain Headband: $4.75

          Necklaces

~The Nightmare Before Christmas Bat Bling Necklace: $3.99

~Large Silver Link Heart Necklace: $18.50

~Too Fast Corset Cameo Scissor Necklace: $29.50

                    Rings

~Too Fast Spider Web Ring: $3.25

          Other Accessories

~Black/Red Corset Wrist Cuff: $12.50

~Lip Service Black Vinyl Cone Stud Zip Wallet: $16.98

~Sailor Moon Brooch: $12.50

      ~Skull Chain Belt: $19.50

       ~Neon Hotpink Fishnet Tights: $8.00

JET Blue Distressed Large Pyramid Stud Cut-Off Short Shorts: $24.50

Skull Zipper Bandeau Bra: $9.50

Rainbow Tulle Petticoat: $19.50 (It doesn’t fit! Why must I have large thighs? Should I get super ghetto and cut the elastic to make it fit? Or return it? It’s just so pretty!)

Ke$ha Electric Tiger T-Shirt: $8.97 (I’ll get sleazy for a super cheap shirt)

Lip Service Blacklist Ruffle Shrug: $39.50

Lip Service Black Safety Pin Cold-Shoulder Top: $34.50

Teenage Runaway Royal Blue Pyramid Stud Top: $26.50

I also bought my sister a DVD for her birthday. I justified buying tons of crap for myself by getting her something. Who doesn’t love Adventure Time though?

BubbleGoth Ring Tutorial

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I love to make my own jewelry because I can create one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else will have. And you can’t really find the creepy stuff I like to wear at a super cheap price. Plus crafting is my idea of a good time.

Today I’ll show you how to make some BubbleGoth rings!

Materials:

~ Heart Stickers (Target)

~ E6000 Craft Glue (Jo-Ann Fabrics)

~ Adjustable Ring Bases

~ Monster High Erasers (Walgreens)

~ Assorted Gems (Jo-Ann Fabrics)

Step 1: Glue a heart sticker on your ring base using the E6000 glue. A little bit of glue goes a long way here. I have to say this glue stole my heart. It is just the best. It will glue anything to anything. Special thanks to Kerli for introducing me to this stuff. ❤

Step 2:  Glue some gems onto your eraser. I used pink hearts and glued them on my bat’s wings.

Step 3: Glue your eraser onto the ring base. Allow 24 hours to dry. You don’t want your BubbleGoth ring to fall apart!

Aw, I love my batty ring! I also made a skull ring using another eraser and some more gems.

I think I’ll wear my BubbleGoth rings to the next cemetery picnic. They are frighteningly adorable.