Friday, September 30, 2011

Your Gothic Wedding - Ideas for Your Day from Your Ring through Your Dress



Your wedding should display your personality and if there are gothic elements to your personality you may want to consider a gothic wedding. Some people may feel that gothic traditions and weddings have nothing in common however, gothic traditions are deeply rooted in romance and ceremony. An increasingly large number of couples are choosing to incorporate gothic elements into their wedding.

Gothic weddings can range from full gothic events to weddings that choose to incorporate a few special elements within an otherwise traditional ceremony. Some couples choose to select gothic engagement rings, others use specifically choosen or designed dresses or decoration and some include other special and unique touches on the wedding cake or favors. By incorporating one or all of these elements into your wedding, you can create a gothic wedding that displays your personality.

For a couple with gothic tastes, selecting gothic rings may be an option. Gothic style is generally classified by dark colors and the use of symbols. These dark colors may be incorporated into wedding and engagement rings through the use of dark metals such as dark titanium or tungsten. Gemstones also commonly play a factor in gothic wedding rings. The use of various gemstones and symbols will allow the couple to create a lasting message of love and undying affection. These symbols will allow communication of a message of unique and lasting importance to the couple.

Gothic dress is another way that couples can incorporate gothic elements into their gothic wedding. Gothic wedding dresses allow the bride many options that are not afforded by more traditional styles. Gothic dresses can come in a variety of colors including white, purple, black, emerald green and blood red. Selecting a gothic dress allows the bride to showcase her individuality and feel comfortable in a dress that she loves. When selecting your wedding dress remember that it is important to select the dress that you love, regardless of the opinions of others. This is true of gothic and traditional wedding dresses.

Other gothic elements can be incorporated into your wedding. You may want to consider decorating with gothic colors or symbols. Gothic symbols and colors could easily be incorporated into your wedding cake. Wedding favors could also showcase your affection for gothic culture. You could incorporate a gothic symbol on a favor bag or favor. Nature and moonlight could be focused on as you create your decoration plan. There are many different options to consider as you plan your gothic wedding.

While gothic weddings may not be for every couple, they perfectly exemplify other couples personalities. If you have a love of gothic style, culture or ideals consider showcasing these feelings by having a gothic wedding.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poem: Death's Final Conquest

The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armor against fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings:
Scepter and Crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
Some men with swords may reap the field,
And plant fresh laurels where they kill:
But their strong nerves at last must yield;
They tame but one another still:
Early or late
They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath
When they, pale captives, creep to death.
The garlands wither on your brow;
Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
Upon Death's purple altar now
See where the victor-victim bleeds:
Your heads must come
To the cold tomb;
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet, and blossom in their dust.

-- James Shirley

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gothic Love - The Beauty in Darkness


Gothic Love

Gothic love is a subculture which touches on many things beyond music and fashion, though those are the most readily identifiable aspects of it. It's hard to put the finger on any set ethic or philosophy to the gothic scene, as gothic people are generally love many different things (some aren't even interested in the music or fashion at all). My own take on it is that one common aspect of the gothic scene is a desire to step outside the mundane everyday humdrum and find something a bit different and more exciting. This can be through fashion, music, artistic/poetic leanings, alternative religions/philosophies and various other interests and subjects generally associated with a somewhat bohemian image. None of these things is universal, or compulsory.

'Beauty in Darkness' is my favorite term for this gothic aesthetic, which can take the form of funereal fashion styles, haunting, weird or gloomy music, and tastes for anything from Romantic Poets to b-grade horror movies. It's an intellectual, bohemian subculture with a dark, morbid aesthetic that people can take or leave aspects of as they please.

Gothic is a lifestyle in the truest sense of the word. What I mean is that it is not just putting on a black dress, dying your hair, and applying black makeup and going out to the clubs for an evening of thrashing wildly to music. Rather, although this is an enjoyable by-product of such, it is much deeper than this.

The gothic lifestyle is the romance of the night as it calls to your very soul. Seeing in the darkness the beauty that is missed beneath the sunlight, when others retire to their beds. The way the moonlight plays along the trees, the deep gray of the fog, the keening of animals that sleep away the day. All of this plays a significant part of the lifestyle as a whole. It is seeing the beauty in what others shun. Oftentimes, people equate the night and darkness in general as 'evil', due to hundred-thousand year old stereotypes and stories. To me, it is ethereal and other-worldly, one-half of our very existence, and something to be embraced as just as significant to our understanding of the world and our place within it as the daylight hours.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Grandmother's Death: A Poem

Dark looms the ivy-mantled tower
Among the spreading trees,
While round its ever-crumbling base
Are tombstones, thick as bees.
Within a tiny sheltered nook,
Close to its towering walls,
Where early snowdrops rear their heads,
And soft the footstep falls.
Two graves are laid—one old, one new,
Removed from toil and care,
Upon the grassy, verdant sward,
Alloting each their share.
Above those graves, already green,
Lov'd hands have strewn the flowers,
That grow in beauty o'er their heads
Sweet freshened by the showers.
In silence laid from years gone by
Contented there they sleep;
No busy din disturbs their rest
Save they that lowly weep
In silence, o'er those loved forms,
From which they cannot part,
Whose bitter, scalding tears denote
The grieving, aching heart.
They're gone before —why should we weep,
Why shed those bitter tears?
'Tis only for a brief, brief space,
A few short speeding years
E'er we, ourselves, shall lowly lie
Beneath that self-same sod;
Our dust shall find its resting-place,
Our souls shall find their God.
So, gentle mother, do not weep,
But rather joyous be,
That loved face beams down from Heaven
And showers her smiles on thee.
Unseen, thou can'st not see her
Upon that radiant shore;
No longer aged, there she stands,
As seen in days of yore.
She's young again—age hath no power
To dim her beauties bright;
No toil, no care, no death to fear,
No darkness deep as night.
Enshrouding round her feeble form,
Or tottering footsteps, there,
Before her Lord, she's face to face,
His Heavenly glories share.
So, gentle mother, do not weep,
But rather joyous be
To think that when the summons came
She answered cheerfully.
She could not wait—she could not stay,
It was her lord's command;
That longed-for welcome sent from Heaven
Sent from the Better Land.
O! death, thy sting—thy cruel sting
May touch this earthly mold,
But never can thy palzying hand
The soul within enfold.
Thou dar'st not touch—thou can'st not touch,
Immortal is its flight,
Towards the shores of purest sand
And sparkling waters bright.
Escorted by the angels fair
Towards that home of rest;
Within the pearly gates of gold,
Within the Saviour's breast.

-- William Handling

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How To Create a Gothic Hairstyle and Variants of Gothic Hairstyles


Dr. Lee Mikal

Gothic hairstyles are not normal and are very hard to find in the community eye.

Goth hair represents an ideal that is not in the public normal and many people are not sure what it is.

To first have a Gothic hairstyles, you should absolutely know what is is. First of all, Goth hair is not the same as punk girl hair and its not hairstyle that Elvira has either.

Gothic hairstyles are not frequent type of style and very hard to search in the common society.

That is why many people don't know what Goth is. Gothic hairstyle is dissimilar from what Elvira has and not the same as a punk hairstyle.

Goth hairstyles have remain since the 1980's when they were big, literally and metaphorically speaking.

It was a means of self look which brought out a darker side of the personality and it became a more subculture with music and an overall lifestyle.

It can be considered as a grouping mix of both, punk and Elvira dark hair style.

Top Five Goth Essentials

1. Black Nail Polish - whether you're a boy or a girl a high-quality bottle of black nail polish is a must-have for the aspiring goth.

2. Black Boots - search out a pair of boots that you know you'll wear a lot. If you\'re a girl, make sure they look good with skirts and pants. adaptability is key.

3. Hair Dye - this can either be black hair dye or some exotic, bright color used to highlight your dark hair. Try amazing like Manic Panic.

4. Studs and/or Zippers - if you don't have anything with studs or zippers, add some onto an old bag or grab a cool, old leather jacket from a thrift store that you can alter.

5. Black Eyeliner - again, it doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, you gotta have the black eyeliner. Great for inside layer lips, eyes or sketch stuff on your face.

Gothic Hairstyles: Beyond the Mainstream

To get the ink black color popular in gothic hairstyles, you can use an over-the-counter single procedure dye in the darkest color available, which should cover up even natural brunette hair.

The goal with this color is to get rid of any shading from the hair. It can be high preservation because roots show through quickly, even with of course dark hair, which is why it gave birth to the two-tone look, in which the roots are deliberately left visible.

How to Create a Gothic Hairstyle

Obviously, the first thing you need to do is decide what works look for you and what feels right.

The big hair that emphasize the romantic and mysterious, usually incorporate crimped or curly hair, goes well with most of the costumes, especially if you prefer corsets. Big, romantic hair over a tight corset creates a nice contrast.

Variants of Gothic Hairstyles

Although the gaze can range from medieval, to Elizabethan, to Victorian and to pure punk, it\'s all still Goth.

It is commonly stark, and many Goths dye their hair black, or black with shades of funky colors like brilliant red or purple.

But blondes and redheads can be Goth as well. The hair can be worn down in a seventies style, but usually with a fall, or hair additional room.

Elvira is a great instance of this, although others will argue that she is not Goth at all. That's the beauty of Goth, it can be diverse things to unlike people.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Poem: All The World's a Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd Pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.
-- William Shakespeare

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quack Remedies: Oil to Cure Wounds in 24 Hours

Oyl to Cure Wounds in 24 Hours, and for a Rupture

Take common oyl six pound, oyl of firr tree one pound, choice myrrh six ounces, washt aloes, frankincense, of each six ounces, mummy two ounces, common glew six ounces, cochineal four ounces, ship pitch six ounces, gum of the sycomore tree two ounces, lees of oil two pound, of marsh mallows seven ounces; put all these into a strong glass retort, and boyl them twelve hours in a balneo: then strayn them, and add to the strained liquor dragons four handfulls, flowers of wild pomegranates, four handfulls; great comfrey with the flowers, herb and root, four handfulls; ripe dates twenty-five; St. John's wort, thorow wax, small century, shepherds purse, of each four handfulls; boyl them again in balneo eighteen hours, then set them in the sun a whole summer in a glass very well stopt. After this take all out, strain it, pressing it very hard, and to the oyl add at last beaten saffron three ounces, and boyl all together three hours, and keep this oyl for your use. If you would use this oil for a rupture, you must first shave off the hayre, then for fifteen days yuo must anoint the rupture twice every day: then bind it over with a hogs bladder and firm ligature: and you must be carefull that the patient keep his bed for fifteen days.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

This "Twilight" crap has got to stop...

“I’m a vampire, I am going to eat you,” Smith announced before allegedly attacking Milton Ellis, according to an arrest affidavit.
When cops arrived, they located Smith--covered in blood and half naked--near the Hooters, according to a police spokesman. During questioning, she was unable to tell officers what had transpired outside the shuttered restaurant. Nor could she explain what had happened to her pants or why her panties were at her ankles.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

"Get Your Blow in First" : St. Trinian's

Anyone who's seen the original Addams Family cartoons knows the brand of humor: single panels, drawn in a crude but lively hand, portraying terrible deeds carried out gleefully by characters whose malice is perfectly logical in their world. Welcome to St. Trinian's Girls' Boarding School, where anarchy rules.

The first St. Trinian's cartoon appeared in 1942. Soon afterward the author, Ronald Searle, spent a bit of time in WW2 and by the time he got out of it had learned even more about mayhem and viciousness -- enough to turn the belles of St. Trinian's into real monsters and thereby, into classics. Cartoons often showed dead bodies of girls who had been murdered with pitchforks or succumbed to violent team sports, sometimes with vultures circling; girls drank, gambled and smoked. The older girls used their sexual wiles to get their way. The teachers at the school were often no better; whenever they scolded a student for misbehavior, it was usually for some minor infraction all while in plain sight of a vicious crime being perpetrated.

The original school Coat of Arms was a skull and crossbones. The lyrics to the school song were:

The cartoons were very well known in England, but never quite made a complete leap across the pond (perhaps because formal boarding schools were rarer in the US, making the joke of the contrast between prim and proper young schoolchildren and of the rowdy pupils of St. Trinian's less apparent.) Several films were made based on the comics, including one that stars Rupert Everett in drag as the headmistress. However, if you want to go oldschool, here's the way to go about it:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Poem: What is our Life?

What is our life? The play of passion;
Our mirth? The music of division:
Our mothers' wombs the tiring-houses be
Where we are dressed for life's short comedy.
The earth the stage: Heaven the spectator is,
Who sits and views whoe'er doth act amiss.
The graves which hide us from the scorching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus playing, post we to our latest rest,
And then we die in earnest, not in jest.
-- Sir Walter Raleigh

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Goth Clothes - Recent Trend in the World of Fashion


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The gothic clothing successfully represents the fashion statement of the gothic era. The gothic era represents the musical era specifying the dark gloomy sound. The effect of this musical era was so strong that it positively influenced many day to day aspects of life. The gothic clothing, eye makeup, music are some of the areas that have seen strong influence of this era.

Gothic Clothing- What to Expect?

The gothic clothing strictly follows the styles and trends of the gothic era. Black colour or dark colours are the specialty of the era. One can extensively use black colour, red, green or purple colour for making these clothes. The prominent feature of the gothic clothing is the extensive use of frills. The frills are experimentally used in the gothic clothing. The frills can be used for both skirts and pants. The skirts can be of knee length, long or mini. The frills can be made up of net and can be experimentally placed in the skirt. The gothic pants also use frills. The pants can be of full length, knee length and shorts. As in skirts, the frills are placed experimentally in the skirts also. The skirts and pants are made up of silk, satin and cotton. The fabrics are never a restriction of the gothic clothings.

Online Buying Of Gothic Clothing

The gothic clothing is immensely popular nowadays. Hence it is easily available through online cloth stores. The online cloth stores manufacture the clothes in the state-of-the-art manufacturing unit. They hire trained hands to make the alluring gothic era costumes. Some of the manufacturers allow the customers to completely customize the designs. You can customize the fabric, colour and design. The online clothes store customizes and delivers the readymade clothes in time. The stitches are strong and the cuts are simply perfect for the fitting of the customers. Buying from online clothes store allows saving heavy discounts on each buy. This discount is due to the stiff competition in the e commerce market. For more information on the matter kindly search the net.

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