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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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. 🙂 ) 

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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!)

My Kind of “Handbag”

I have never been a “handbag” or “purse-carrying” kind of girl. I don’t even LIKE the word “purse!” I have a gorgeous black leather bag with leopard lining, absolutely…because some occasions call for it.  But let me be really honest…

If I’m not carrying a GYM bag, a taekwondo bag, a dance or skating bag…then it’s probably the bag I got from Hot Topic in my 20’s with a giant skull and a red sequin heart on it.  Yes, that is how I roll.

That said…when I travel, I am a little “particular” with how I eat (some of my other posts speak to my nutrition-while-traveling.)  I saw Six Pack Bags a while back, and haven’t purchased one as yet… But they are DEFINITELY on my radar because FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE.

A lot of people will ask – kindly, and out of curiosity – what I “eat.”  Others will scoff and say silly things like “you don’t eat ‘real food’ anyway.”  Really?  Fish, eggs, poultry, vegetables, fruit…?  That’s not “real food”..?  Huh.  Could have fooled me!

I wish I had know about these back in my Fashion days because you better believe I’d have toted mine into our showroom and sat it down, rather happily, next to the Vuittons, Hermes and Birkins!  I brought my own food anyway, or would go out to snag something healthy when the pizza arrived…so this would have made Life a touch easier…than the Hot Topic skull bag, naturally.  It fits your meals neatly, so you can maintain what you work hard for when you lift when you are on the go. 😀

The fun thing about these is that they are incredibly chic!  Some have the look of “fitness” bags, but others are really more feminine and could pass as a casual, nice-looking handbag.  I *would* love a skull, or five, but then I’m sure I could find a patch.  Or a badass keychain. 😉

That’s right, boys and girls…the Fashion Director loves skulls and gym bags.  But trust me, she will steer you true, nevermind her eccentricities!

Philipp Plein’s Badassery

I was walking to the Upper East Side in New York the other day and I literally stopped dead in front of Philipp Plein.  Why?  BADASSERY!  

I’m not sure if I saw the spike-studded men’s kicks first, or the studded leather jacket (I *think* the latter, but then the shoes were bright red) with the UBER-glam skull shirt (um, WANT IT!) but it was a have-to-take-a-snapshot moment.  I love spiked studs, and I love when they are en masse – it’s so London Punk, and you just don’t see it that much in mainstream anymore.  (Did we ever?!)  I believe the jacket on the left is the same as the Runway bomber, which appears to be more blacked-out.  It could be the light reflecting off the metal lapel plaque and studs…  But if not, sprayed tonal, or dark gunmetal would rock just as much (if not more!)

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Philipp Plein NYC

The kicks are pretty rad, and lean kind of hip-hop-ish.  No?  I can see a music artist sporting these with Dolce slacks or something at an event.  (Or maybe Plein pants.  Probably more kosher to say!)  They have a throw-back-to-80s feel to them a bit, and I can’t help but think of Michael Jackson (far as I’m concerned, that’s a compliment.  Please, don’t shoot me down. I’m a DANCER! 😉 ) 

But what REALLY stopped me in my tracks was the GINORMOUS black crystal skull in the front of the store.  The maintenance man literally stepped aside, opening the door (this was early morning before hours!) because he could SEE that the thing lit me up!  *LOL* 😀 I want that for my apartment, dang it! 

Philipp Plein NYC

Philipp Plein NYC

Plein puts skulls on all sorts of pieces, and appears to have a penchant for placing them prominently on the back.  I don’t think the “glitz” diminishes the coolness factor at all, either.  I personally think it adds extra sass and edginess – not for wall flowers for sure.

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Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein

Iiiii LIKE IT, Philipp, if I dooo say sooo myself! ❤

Candida, and the Lost City by Yakuza

I love Candida Maria‘s moxie, and knew the first time I spotted the brand that the HQ HAD to be in Brazil.  I have had the fortune to work with many Brazilians in my Fashion career, and never met a single one who…

A.) Wasn’t AWESOME and sweet, simultaneously…

B.) Didn’t love prints, colors, and sassiness.  

(I’m not making a gross generalization, mind you, but I’ve yet to meet one who isn’t flat-out fun, friendly and fabulous. 😀 )

Candida Maria leggings are the epitome of lively and lighthearted – the prints are usually quite busy, and incredibly colorful.  I LOVE the “Bengal Leggings” – it’s probably not a surprise at this point that I love felines, especially the large ones, but it is also fair to say I’m an animal print snob.  TRUTH.  I am vastly more picky about animal prints than the average person, and often refer to Cavalli or Dolce for fine examples (that being said, I’m not a label snob at ALL…but those two houses making some gorgeous animal prints.  Consistently!)  I happen to think Candida does a really great job with theirs also so…YAY, Bengal Leggings!

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The “Delicate Wings print is really beautiful, and honestly, the busier prints can actually be more flattering (given the whole stripe debacle, that may seem like news to some!)  Sometimes we ladies fuss over our “trouble spots” (which, NO, no one else can see, by the way!)  To make US feel a little better, keep in mind that a busy print is somewhat distracting, which might (in our own minds) diffuse whatever we think is too obvious in solid or lighter colors.  Never underestimate the power of a woman feeling sexy in what she wears!  The blues, greens, pinks and yellow make this a rather joyful, Springy print. 

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The “Dragon Leggings,” well…as a student of Martial Arts, and a lover of action films (including old school fight type films – thank you, big brother!), I think these are the cat’s meow.  If these were in a black or red, I’d be snagging my own pair forthwith!

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Candida’s “Street Leggings” are totally rad, sporting a mishmash of graffiti in a range of blues and greys, with a splash of hot pink for pop.  

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The “Lost City” Leggings, separately, are ones I came across on Inked Shop… I LOVE skulls. ❤ I’ve always leaned a bit rocker and goth, but I’ve always been true to that, even as a wee thing.  So for me, skull-sided leggings seem like a perfect partner for leg day at the gym.

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