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( Jan. 16th, 2017 03:06 pm)


In case you haven't noticed, I pretty much only buy the same three lipstick colors. (Well, four, if you include the assorted black lipsticks, too.)

[personal profile] solstice_lilac, the WnW color on here is the one I was talking about in the previous post.)
3 Custom Color will match discontinued lipstick. (This is not news to me, I've known about them for years.)

Do I want to sent them the last smidge of my long-hoarded Original Formula Chanel Vamp lipstick, so I can get it duplicated?

PRO: I'd finally have more Vamp! I could stop searching!

CON: $60 for two tubes, minimum two tube order.

Even more ridiculous, I am vaguely thinking of doing this with my discontinued One True WnW lipstick. (Instead of the Vamp, not in addition to. I'm not yet willing to spend $120 + shipping on 4 tubes of lipstick.)

This is going to lead to me swatching Vamp vs the WnW color, isn't it?
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( Jan. 13th, 2017 07:52 pm)
I turned off my work computer at 4:30 today!

Mind you, it was mostly because the rest of my team were offline (they're in Ottawa, so are 3 hours ahead of me), and I'd done all I could until someone sends me more feedback. Aaaaand I'm going to be working tomorrow, doing last minute documentation updates and publishing.

But still! It's almost 8pm, and I'm not still chained to the work computer!

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I feel like there's other stuff I want to talk about, or that I should be talking about. But I cannot brain right now, so whatever those things might be, they're not apparent. I'm looking forward to having the brain to do writing of my own again. I've given myself a deadline of end of next week to look at things for a Gothic Charm School post, and the start of February for getting back to work on fiction.
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( Jan. 9th, 2017 03:18 pm)
Hey, it's the Monday of the hell deadline week! You know what would be fun? If my body decided to have a massive flare-up of my chronic pain issues! And exhaustion! SO MUCH FUN.

grrrr.

And since it's Monday, the spa (my home-away-from-home) is closed, so I can't go soak for a few hours. Yes, I took a bath loaded with Epsom salts, but I have been spoiled with my spa membership, and soaking in the tub at home is nowhere near as comfortable anymore.

::sulks, takes more anti-inflammatories::

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In other news, my deadline stress is manifesting in an obsessive need to search for long black or burgundy velvet coats or jackets. "Jilli, you are always searching for those things", you mutter. Well, yes, but not every day without fail. Right now? That's my main sanity break activity while I wait for content to validate and compile.

I'm also looking at slightly dangerous jewelry. I am desperately coveting this necklace from The Small Beast:



So deceptively simple! So pointy and stabby! Yeah, I'd probably accidentally injure myself with it, but goodness, I want it.
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( Jan. 3rd, 2017 10:44 pm)
Miss Erzabet No Biting is helpful.

Halloween tarot: 10 of Bats (10 of Swords).



Vintage Wisdom Oracle: Guardian Angel.

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( Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:16 pm)
Last night I was woken up out of a soundly medicated sleep by one of the worst migraines I've ever had. My skull felt like it was trying to shift and expand, and I got to have that always fun debate of "What will be worse? The nausea, or actually throwing up?" A combination of meds, an ice pack at the base of my skull, and a heated buckwheat pillow on my face finally allowed me to get back to sleep.

I still have a migraine right now, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was last night. And this is where I thank all the spirits and powers that be that I have a job that (a) is work-from-home, and (b) doesn't care if I split my work time over different hours. Because in a few hours, I am heading to the spa, soaking, and then delivering myself into the merciful hands of my regular massage therapist.

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Thank you for the kind words about Ruthven. He will be missed. Vlad is already roaming the house, looking for him.
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( Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:59 pm)
He's gone.



(His glamorous photo from the adoption page, long ago.)

We told him we loved him, and that he'd be with his brother Tzepesh again.
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( Jan. 2nd, 2017 03:14 pm)
Today is Ruthven kitty's last day. He's been unwell for a long time, and has declined sharply this past month. We've made an appointment for tomorrow for an at-home euthanasia.

I'm spending the day telling him I love him, that he's a good boy, and that he'll be reunited with Tzepesh soon.
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( Jan. 2nd, 2017 12:33 am)
Cartomancy, the return of.

Halloween tarot: 9 of Ghosts (9 of Cups).



Vintage Wisdom Oracle: Sanctuary.

In (slowly) getting ready to go out tonight, I grabbed one of my self-decanted rollerball bottles of perfume, because I wanted to layer something with my beloved Blood Popsicle.

I thought I had grabbed Coromandel. Actually, I just applied Chaos. Of COURSE I just applied Chaos to close out 2016. Thematically-appropriate perfume is appropriate.
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( Dec. 31st, 2016 07:01 pm)
I’m not going to talk at length about 2016. While there were some good things about it for me (professional stuff, getting to travel and see friends), on the whole, it was ... not the worst year I’ve been through (2011 still holds that title), but it was close.

Going forward, my wish for all of us in 2017 is to be fierce. Fiercely kind, fiercely creative, and fiercely ourselves.
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( Dec. 20th, 2016 11:02 am)
Someone left a plastic grocery bag full of small gothy purses on my front porch this morning.

No note or anything, just a bag full of cute purses and clutches.

I am mystified. Thank you, mystery holiday elf?
cupcake_goth: A lady always carries a handkerchief. (dainty cliche)
( Dec. 14th, 2016 08:29 pm)
Current makeup fondness: smokey, smudgy eye shadow. And NO liquid liner, which still feels a little shocking to me.

From Tuesday, when I was heading off to a hair dye appointment )

The Infamous BlueJay gave me that blackened burgundy pigment, which she found ... somewhere on the internet. I'd worry about running out, but the jar she gave me is HUGE.

Lipstick is "Blackmail" from Urban Decay.
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( Dec. 14th, 2016 07:47 pm)
Good: The 7am AND 8am meetings were canceled this morning!
Even better: The 7am meeting tomorrow morning has been canceled!
Oh well: I still have a 7am meeting on Monday.

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Holiday shopping with Dad was good. However, it did involve this scene:

Sales lady at department store, ringing up our purchases: "Your outfit is lovely! Oh, I know what this style is called, it's on the tip of my tongue ..."

Me, wearing a black wool frock coat, black ruffled blouse, black full skirts, oxblood lipstick, blackened maroon smokey eye makeup, and freshly-dyed burgundy hair: "It's mostly gothic. Gothic Victorian."

Sales lady: "Noooo. It's ... something punk?"

Me, resignedly: "Steampunk."

Dad, standing at the counter, tries not to crack up.

DEAR STEAMPUNK, WE VICTORIAN GOTHS WOULD LIKE OUR CLOTHES BACK. THANKS. ::sighs, shakes be-ringed tiny fists at the uncaring sky::
Wednesday is a 7am meeting day. And then there may be an 8am meeting immediately after it. And Thursday is also a 7am meeting day. Boo, I say. Boo.

(I can hear some of you thinking "If you have a 7am meeting, why haven't you gone to bed yet?!" The thing is, you see, that it doesn't matter how early I have to get up, I am almost entirely incapable of falling asleep before 12:30am-ish. I've learned this the hard way.)

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In frivolous-but-probably-actually-self-care news: I had a hair appointment today! I went to Adi (Locks of Fury) and had them do a roots to ends dye application of burgundy semi-permanent dye. AND they trimmed my ends, shaved my nape, and reshaped my bangs! Let me tell you, paying someone else to apply dye AND get it properly rinsed out in a shampoo bowl is worth it. I'm still going to bleach/tone/dye my own streaks, because I have that down to an exact process, and rinsing streaks at my temples doesn't require contorting myself over the sink or tub. But coloring the rest of my hair? I'm seriously considering going to Adi from now on.

(Vaguely relatedly, man, I should get some LJ icons that feature my current hair color.)

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Wednesday is also time for the most important holiday tradition in my world: present shopping with Dad! I may not be exactly full of holiday cheer right now (or time to bake gingerbread bats), but spending time with my Dad? Exactly what I need.
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( Dec. 5th, 2016 02:18 pm)
Last night included insomnia AND non-stop nightmares.

I had a 7am meeting this morning.

I went back to bed after the meeting was done, had trouble falling back asleep, and then had more nightmares when I finally did fall asleep.

But I've had tea and coffee, I'm about to have lunch, the Stroppy One keeps checking on me to make sure I'm doing okay, and an anon on Tumblr sent me a super sweet and kind message. (Which made me tear up, because I am fragile right now.)

I hope all of you are doing okay. We'll all get through this.
I really, REALLY want the Edwardian Velvet Coat from J.Peterman's winter catalog.

However, I am not willing to spend $498 + shipping on it.

But damn. That is pretty much my platonic ideal of a velvet coat. Seriously, I've been looking off and on for years for a coat like that, in silk/rayon velvet. (Not cotton velvet or velveteen!)

I would tell myself that I could just sell a bunch of other clothes and boots and get it, but I suspect that with the world being what it is right now, I wouldn't actually manage a lot of sales. People are saving their money or donating it, and I completely support those things.

But I still ogle the catalog listing on a daily basis.
I did indeed spend yesterday reading Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. It was entertaining, in a mostly WTF Anne you've lost your marbles sort of way. It was NOT as fun as Prince Lestat was, because there was less focus on the vampires, and more philosophical monologues from space aliens. Excuse me, Replimoids.

If you've read a lot of Anne Rice books, you are aware of how every few books or so, she goes on a philosophical binge, and wants her characters to expound on Good and Evil, the Value of Suffering, and so on. Usually in the guise of some ancient being (spirit, creature, millennia-old newly-wakened vampire) telling Their Life Story. I will be honest, this is not what I read Anne Rice books for. I read them for morally-ambiguous vampires struggling with their nature, and for bombastic and lurid descriptions of shimmering preternatural flesh swathed in velvet and lace. Because one thing Anne Rice excels at is luscious purple prose, and I wish she'd stick to it. Or at least have more of it and maybe cut down on rhapsodizing about what a utopia Atlantaya was. More gothic excess, less philosophy and New Age space aliens, that's what I want.

Things I did like. Spoilerriffic, obvs. )

I don't think I'll be rereading PLatRoA anytime soon, whereas I do reread Prince Lestat. And neither of these books come anywhere NEAR supplanting Interview with the Vampire or The Vampire Lestat in my heart.

If you want to read my liveblogging descent into madness from yesterday, it's all over on my Tumblr, tagged with THREAT LEVEL: PRINCE LESTAT
I did indeed spend yesterday reading Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. It was entertaining, in a mostly WTF Anne you've lost your marbles sort of way. It was NOT as fun as Prince Lestat was, because there was less focus on the vampires, and more philosophical monologues from space aliens. Excuse me, Replimoids.

If you've read a lot of Anne Rice books, you are aware of how every few books or so, she goes on a philosophical binge, and wants her characters to expound on Good and Evil, the Value of Suffering, and so on. Usually in the guise of some ancient being (spirit, creature, millennia-old newly-wakened vampire) telling Their Life Story. I will be honest, this is not what I read Anne Rice books for. I read them for morally-ambiguous vampires struggling with their nature, and for bombastic and lurid descriptions of shimmering preternatural flesh swathed in velvet and lace. Because one thing Anne Rice excels at is luscious purple prose, and I wish she'd stick to it. Or at least have more of it and maybe cut down on rhapsodizing about what a utopia Atlantaya was. More gothic excess, less philosophy and New Age space aliens, that's what I want.

Things I did like. Spoilerriffic, obvs. )

I don't think I'll be rereading PLatRoA anytime soon, whereas I do reread Prince Lestat. And neither of these books come anywhere NEAR supplanting Interview with the Vampire or The Vampire Lestat in my heart.

If you want to read my liveblogging descent into madness from yesterday, it's all over on my Tumblr, tagged with THREAT LEVEL: PRINCE LESTAT
tl;dr background: work is INSANE right now, my stress levels are through the roof.

But you know what? Tomorrow, the new Anne Rice book comes out. Yes, a new ridiculous, cracktastic chunk of vampire fiction.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. Which, according to back-cover copy, includes aliens.

I HAVE TAKEN THE DAY OFF OF WORK AS A MENTAL HEALTH DAY. I AM GOING TO SPEND THE WHOLE DAY READING THIS NONSENSE. And liveblogging it over on Tumblr, because it will amuse me.
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