Halloween At Unique Vintage

Can we just take a moment to say “ERMAHGAWD?!” over Unique Vintage’s Halloween Collection?

This belt, for one thing! ‚̧

And this blanket?! *SNUG!*

But it’s all just precious…though my credit card, under oath to me, shall remain in my wallet…lest I buy with utter abandon! ūüėȬ†

Because bats and spider webs are uh-mazing…

I LOVE THE HAUNTED MANSION!!! ‚̧ And how cute is the skirt?!

This outfit is adorable too… Stripes and Ghouls to stand out. ‚̧¬†

Pinterest and Personalities

I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon many, MANY moons ago – truly back in its infancy. In 2010 I was still in the Fashion Industry when making trend and mood boards was a key component of my work. (Yes…I LOVED it!) ūüôā I was a lucky lady, and couldn’t have been more in my element.

I was a devourer of all things visual… It didn’t necessarily matter if a photo in question was of an actual SHOE or not (ladies footwear being the branch in which I worked for well over a decade.) I could use everything from images with obvious connections (footwear, handbags, accessories etc) to things that were more abstract (makeup artistry, rain-drenched sidewalk bricks, a caramel apple…) It really didn’t matter, so long as the color, or vibe, or depth captured what I was intending to weave into a story… A story that would serve as the basis for the colors, materials, and styles we’d select for that season, essentially…

So for me, Pinterest was a GOLD mine. I wish it had been around sooner, but I was thrilled to work with it back then…in spite of bugs and growing pains. It was massively addictive for me as a Fashion Director, but also just a highly visual person. It proved (and still does) equally as addictive for hoards of the – primarily female, as you might surmise – population.¬†

I can’t say that I’m on the site¬†quite as much these days, but I still pull images with reasonable frequency. Each time I do so, I find myself smiling because Pinterest is so much more than what a large majority of people see it as being – as in, a board for to-dos or must-haves. For me it is more of a drool-fest – at least as far as my overarching usage goes. I pin images that I want to wrap myself in somehow…if not entirely and ravenously imbibe. They’re delicious, in a word (and to reduce it to one is a painful exercise!)

But there are boards I have created that do include things I would buy, or might should some event arise… For example, my Pinups and Fabulousness board… There are a plethora of sassy images – the just-for-fun-and-isnspiration kind. But then there are the pencil dresses or obscenely luscious heels that I desperately want a reason to buy – so says the tiny sliver of typical-female that I possess (because it really is a lot tinier than the grossly-generalized stereotype.)

Anyway, the real fun in Pinterest is that it is – I believe – a full-on snapshot of a person’s personality – it’s a lot more colorful than a Facebook, and I daresay farther reaching into the depth of one’s character than an Instagram (remember, these are images we can easily pull from every nook and cranny of the global Interweb ether!) It also happens to allow for the multiple facets of our being – I’m several things in one Geminian bundle myself. . .

For example…it would take under a second to see that I am obsessed with 50s glam – but not the frillier, cheesecake pinup fashion, so much as the badassery of Bettie Page. I’m all about fitted, curve-hugging, sensual shapes and lines… I have a gothic sensibility overall, which is glaringly obvious, paired with a little bit of “show” (performer much of my life, after all!) I love long heels and edgy details (like Paciotti’s infamous dagger going down the back of these killer heels…)

So if you are ever wondering about a person…check to see if they have any¬†Interest¬†boards out there. You’ll be amazed what you can learn . . .

I’ll share more of my boards later (unless you feel like looking now…) because it’s far too much to consume at once. In fact, a single board might prove daunting to the mundane mind! For me, though, it’s like a pool I dive into as much as I can (knowing that I must proceed with caution, lest I be pulled into the seductive undertow of image pinning!)

Halloween Newsletters…Hits The Nail On The Head

Every year, as E-Tailers drum up all things Halloween, I find myself relating a lot more to newsletter content. It’s literally without fail -whether decor, fashion, accessories, even beauty, I’ll find my every day go-tos featured as seasonal specialties.

I can’t say it bothers me so much, but I am left wondering whether I should indulge…or just leave my monster collection of skulls, black, studs and corset ties well enough alone. I’ll tell you, it’s awfully hard to restrain myself. ¬†

In the case of Rebel Circus, they’re always a little creepy (in a good way), but overall the October newsletters are so much more my scene than the rest of the year… ‚̧

Rebels Market…they get me too… ‚̧

 

And then there’s Iron Fist, equally as dark, dreary, and beautiful, who also seems to have my number…

Ahhhh… ‚̧ I feel so understood!¬†

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Halloween Fun – Wish Formula Bat Eye Essence Mask

Well, this is a first… I mean, I’ve seen sheet masks with character faces, but one in the shape of a bat…not until now.¬†The glam-goth girl in me thinks it’s absolutely precious (and I’m not sure I’d ever want to use any other eye mask again!)¬†¬†

If you’re feeling (or looking) a little fatigued, Wish Formula Bat Eye Essence Mask¬†will swoop in to the rescue. Combining soothing licorice, brightening vitamin C, hydrating fermented honey…and a kiss of mistletoe…these sassy little wings will perk you right up, leaving you with a wakeful look, and plump-ified peepers.

If you love Halloween as much as I do, the marketers might well have you snookered.

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Vintage Halloween Fun

Unique Vintage’s Halloween Collection is absolutely adorable on every level…and totally my speed, as 50s fabulousness is concerned. ‚̧¬†

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The bat and web sweaters might be my favorite but when Hallows is involved, it’s awfully hard to choose…

 

 

Poshmark – High Heels and Whatever Else

I don’t know…eBay is nice and all but Poshmark is pretty great.¬† Once upon a time I was in Product Development in Ladies Footwear – talk about a wild ride!¬† Fashion at it’s finest…and craziest…and literally in the thick of it.¬† We used to say “we see everything from the birth, to the death, of a shoe.”¬† And we did…

Poshmark is great because it offers more than just what you can find on eBay (but, in the same vein, both new and loved items you may not be able to get elsewhere РFashion obsolescence!)  

If you want to list something on Poshmark, while there are fees involved in selling, there aren’t any up front for listing…so even if you get dinged with a small fee at point of sale, you aren’t getting nailed monthly with hefty fees (those on eBay can really add up.)¬† So basically it’s long-term exposure without a major price tag, provided your items need it.

It’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t as yet… You can do so here.

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Sharing The Honey Love!

Honey is¬†a¬†free service that enables consumers shopping online to save cash as they go – yes, it really works. ¬†I’ve used Ebates and actually saved a bit with it…without really having to do a thing!¬†

Honey also provides a browser extension, but instead of sending you money later, it automatically tracks down coupon codes and applies them at checkout for instant savings – sweet!

If you shop online A LOT you will love it. ¬†Even if you aren’t a heavy hitter online shopper, you will still benefit and save a few bucks (so really, why not!?)

Check it out and join HERE

 

HalloweeBay

Way back when we had to actually go to the store to shop for Halloween decorations, costumes, and other holiday¬†paraphernalia – in many ways, that’s part of the fun, though, right? ¬†

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Still, when I AM there in person, I generally want to buy (um…hoard) everything they have. ¬†I suppose online that threat is potentially as dangerous – when all I have to do is click one, two, three, I still have to make sure I haven’t stocked up beyond what I need. ¬†(Let’s be honest, chances are, with Halloween decor, I’ve already tipped the scale towards DON’T need. ¬†But whatever! ¬†For me, it isn’t about the party I’m having…I want this stuff for all year round!)

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These days life is more hectic – everyone is “on” 24/7, and actually getting to the store might be tricky. ¬†Even if you do, you may forget something while you’re there (that little part about “being on 24/7” has as much bearing on the brain – and memory! – as your physicality. ¬†And your car’s.)

Yay for eBay for embracing the 31st so fully – I love that it isn’t only about “Christmas Shop”s anymore, but that the ghouls of the bunch (myself very much included) have equal opportunity. *insert pumpkin grinning here* ¬†Thanks, online stores! I know it is more about making money for you but, oh, the convenience factor…and larger selection…for the rest of us! ‚̧ ¬†(I found myself giggling that I already own that full moon night light. ūüôā )¬†

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It’s only about three weeks away, Samhain, so if you haven’t gotten your act – costumes, preparations, cat toys! – together, you can reach out to the all might internet to get cracking quickly!

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Long Live (Mc)Queen

I miss Alexander McQueen – I was so distressed when I learned of his passing some years ago. ¬†McQueen was one of fashion the envelope pushers…who got away with it. ¬†He took shapes and ideas to the next level, stirring the¬†creative possibilities unabashedly. ¬†

His models wore headdresses of birds in flight – so real looking that you’d half expect to have one on your shoulder at any moment, vying for a snack…or lock of hair. ¬†

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Towering, extraterrestrial heels (a word I used prior to seeing this post, but who wouldn’t go there?! I did back then too)¬†– not only bizarre, but downright menacing –¬†strut alongside re-vivified chopine, rounded, snake-snouted booties (a favorite of Ms. Gaga), and biker badassery.

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No, he never was¬†for the faint of heart, but I liked that. ¬†He still managed relevancy, amidst the spectacle too, albeit “wearable” for the bold more so than the masses.

A friend recently showed me a clutch covered in skulls and rhinestones…and it reminded me of McQueen right away. ¬†(And anyway – it’s almost Halloween – a perfect time for fearless revelry…and accessories!)

I recalled the bejeweled, bedecked (skull-decked, I should say) knuckle ring clutches he made back when. They are still – not surprisingly – going strong among the quirky, and affluent.

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They are essentially wearable art – you couldn’t possibly go unnoticed bearing one of these in your hand. ¬†But then you wouldn’t buy it if you didn’t favor an adventurous path, undaunted by the merrily mundane (casting curious looks ‘ere you go!)

Bunnicula Pendant

PopEtiquette doesn’t appear to be selling this pendant¬†anymore but it cropped up in Pinterest and – once again in anticipation of #thebestdayever / #halloween – I had to share… ¬†

I’ve lived with the “Bunny” nickname for as long as I can remember – but only my mother gets to use it! ¬†My father has some derivation thereof, but also makes full use of “Witchlet,” which says rather a lot. ¬†

My affinity for all things Hallows, vampy, and otherworldly have earned me some fun designations in my family,and among friends. ¬†During one Thanksgiving I recall my family and another, dear friends of ours, all playing Taboo – it was a HUGE group, jovial and in the throes of heated competition! ¬†My brother drew a card and for a moment paused and seemed flustered…

He then blurted loudly “MY SISTER IS THIS! ¬†To my surprise – which perhaps was entirely out of place – “VAMPIRE” was yelled in rapid reply. ¬†My brother’s ebullient reaction let me know the nail was hit right on the head (not into the coffin, though¬†you may think!)

We had a solid laugh about that and Рin a strange, vampy way РI felt distinguished.  I appreciate that everyone indulges me in my quirkiness РI was, 1,000%, born that way.