My favourite jewellery

Hi everyone!

 

My apologies for not posting in a while. I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues and have also been really busy with my jewellery business.

 

This post is part of the ESG: Show us your jewelry! swap on Swap-Bot. I’ve decided to just show my absolute favourite jewellery items, as I have a lot of jewellery!

 

Firstly, let me show you how I store my jewellery. Most of my jewellery is on this hanging display, but then I also have some in separate trinket boxes. My rings and brooches are kept in the purple trinket box shown.

I don’t have one favourite item of jewellery that I love the most, but these are some of my favourites. I am a firm believer in supporting small businesses so many of these items were made for me by local crafters.

 

First up, this beautiful anatomical heart cameo necklace made by La’ila Designs:

Next, a custom raven necklace made by Puff’s Handiwork:

An Alchemy Gothic bat necklace that I got secondhand:

One of my own creations that I kept because I loved it so much:

This awesome 3D printed raven skull necklace by SIN BIN: Graphic and Fashion Design:

A violin themed choker that I made for myself:

And finally, a dragon ring, imported by Big Dog Steel

All of these pieces are items that I wear as everyday pieces. I like to dress up every day and nothing completes an outfit quite like some extravagant jewellery!

 

 

J

xx

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Thrift Fair(s) Haul

Hello everyone!

 

I love thrifting because it’s an opportunity to get new additions to your wardrobe at an affordable price. I often find very nice items that become staples in my Gothic wardrobe.

Unfortunately in South Africa there aren’t many thrift stores and the ones we do have don’t have a large variety of clothing. This weekend I was so excited that there were TWO thrift fairs happening, organised by different people. I went with my friend from Clarens, who is visiting Pretoria for a while!

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I got some really awesome things from both of them, so here are the things I got! Sorry for the poor quality photos. It’s very dark in my apartment and raining outside, so this is the best I could do.

 

The Harvest Thrift Fair at +27 Cafe – Saturday 23rd July

This thrift fair had free entry and was made up of different thrifty sellers selling their goods. I only bought items from two sellers – Backyard Vintage and Wear It Again. Here’s what I got!

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Black top with ruffles and sheer sleeves. From Wear It Again.

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Black velvet crop jacket. From Wear It Again.

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Green sheer top with ruffles, buttons and bows! From Backyard Vintage.

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Long-sleeved velvet top. From Backyard Vintage.

And my favourite find for the day…

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El Dante’s platform boots! They have to be glued in a few places and will be dyed and painted black. From Backyard Vintage.

 

The Thrift Fair at Fort Schanskop, Voortrekker Monument – Sunday 24th July

This one did not feature different sellers. Instead, they had all the items together in a hall on railings, tables and other displays. I found that the prices here were much more reasonable in general. Here’s what I got!

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Black lace top with ruffle and button detail.

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Zip up top. This kind of reminds me of a military look and it is going to be customised with zippers and spikes.

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Black cowboy boots! I have no idea what I’m going to wear these with yet but I think they will look cool.

I also got this dress that I will be using for a shoot! As you can see, I have started removing the golden flower pattern so that the dress is more to my liking (I’m not a fan of gold). I haven’t decided exactly what I am going to shoot with this yet, but it will be something awesome 😉

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I’m also currently selling some of my clothes here, if you are interested!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

J

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Gothic influences in commercial fashion

Back in the day, goths were looked down on and “normal” people were very unaccepting of their fashion choices. Today, Gothic influences are creeping into commercial fashion almost everywhere. From Alexander McQueen to Saint Laurent to Diesel. Leather and lace have even become leading winter trends which cannot be missed. I love that nowadays you can find a few Gothic garments in any store, even the “cheap” retailers stock some Gothic items. Every Fashion Week I find a few designers whose collections I absolutely adore because of the obvious Gothic influences. I am passionate about bringing Gothic influence into commercial fashion because I believe the two can work together; they don’t need to be opposing ideas as they were in the past.

Here are some of my favourite Gothic inspired looks from AW 14/15:

Vivienne Westwood Red Label – Romantic Goth

Saint Laurent A/W 14 – Wednesday Addams

Chic Freak – PVC dress & stockings

Alice + Olivia – Romantic

Diesel – Lots of leather

And here are my favourites from last year (AW 13/14):

Valentino – Wednesday Addams

H&M – Cut-out lace skirt

Dolce & Gabbana – Lace

Saint Laurent – Belt buckle dress

Katie Gallagher – Distressed hooded dress

There were many more but these were the ones that stood out for me the most. I hope to see the Gothic and dark romantic influence grow to create more beautiful garments like these.

 

J

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