A treat from Raspberry Mazohyst

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One of my favourite online accessory stores at the moment is that of Raspberry Mazohyst on storeevny.com

He makes and stocks a gorgeous range of chokers, necklaces, rings, and even one-of-a-kind garments. I adore the metal necklaces that he makes, the are at once primitive and perfectly balanced, both tribal and gothic, and very reminiscent of BDSM fetishism. I would honestly buy everything from his store if I had that money. To be fair, his designs are incredibly unique, unlike the tirade of quickly spouting online shops selling novelty chokers, so it is definitely worth spending that little bit more money on his designs.

The top I am wearing here I bought a while back from Camden Market. Considering how temperamental the British summer is being, I’m finding that mesh is perfect. It’s a jumper…but it has holes in it. I am ready for those sparse rays on sunshine struggling to claw their way through the mass of dismal grey cloud!

So you should really consider getting a mesh top. Plus, mesh is actually in style this season. I’m sure you can get much less gothy mesh tops in H&M and Topshop etc.

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Beta collar: Raspberry Mazohyst

Skull mesh jumper: Queen of Darkness

Purple stone ear plug: UK Custom Plugs

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Top UK Ghost Girl Hauntings

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You would have to have been living under a rock  for the last few months if you weren’t aware that the Ghostbusters blockbuster movie has made a triumphant return. This classic remake boasts a star-studded all-female team including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McCinnon. It’s been getting us all thinking a lot more about what the paranormal, especially paranormal women.

A recent study compiled by money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk ranked the spookiest destinations in the UK, haunted by female ghosts. This ‘spook scale’ indicates the scare factor levels based on previous encounters with the spirits. Results from the study show that the South East has the most traumatised souls in the country.

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“Most of us have grown up hearing ghost stories and tales, something which the UK, brimming with history, has an abundance of. Inspired by the release of Ghostbusters, we’ve discovered a lot of these tales star a female protagonist,” said Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager.

 The great thing for budding Ghostbusters is that all these places are easily accessible to visit. If you fancy yourself as a Ghostbuster, you can seek out these female spirits and tick off this extensive list, at your own risk.

 Spine-Chilling South East

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 Amongst the tranquil South East scenery lurks a number of terrifying tales. The Screaming Lady of Hampton Court Palace, more familiarly known as Catherine Howard, really brings history to life with her piercing screams regaled in the gallery. While no less than four female ghosts will keep you on your toes in Pluckley village in Kent, leaving no place to hide for those who scare easily.

 Visit Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, Surrey £21/£19.80 (on the gate/online purchase)

 Creepy Capital

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 Venturing towards the cackling capital will not leave budding ghostbusters disappointed. The Tower of London is a good place to start, where you may meet the headless spirit of Anne Boleyn, or the notorious Arabella Stuart in the Queen’s House. Plus you’ll get more than a Thames view when you get in the lift at The Savoy, London, which is manned by the spirit of a little girl.

 Visit the Tower of London £23.£21.30 (on the gate/online purchase)

A night in the Savoy costs between £381-£671

 Nightmarish North West

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 The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool seems to have the most mischievous resident spirits. One ghoul may be caught ruthlessly rooting through your belongings in the early hours, while another may spell-bindingly stroke your hair.

 A night in The Adelphi Hotel costs between £41 and £82

 Night Terror North East

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 Many of these legends will bring a tear to your eye, with several of these spirits meeting their end after being mistreated by loved ones. One of the saddest tales is that of Constance de Beverly, a nun at Whitby Abbey who, after falling in love, subsequently broke the sacred vows she made to her religious order. Bricked up alive in a dungeon as punishment, her ghost has been spotted in the stairwell cowering and begging for freedom.

 Visit Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, for £7.90

 Spooky South-West

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 If you’re visiting Devon this summer, Berry Pomeroy Castle is certainly not for the faint hearted. The castle is inhabited by at least two tormented souls. The more notorious is that of Margaret Pomeroy, known since her death as the White Lady, whose sister imprisoned and starved her to death over jealousy of her beauty. The second is the Blue Lady, believed to be the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped and impregnated by her father, and when she gave birth, strangled the baby. Her spirit lures visitors into different parts of the castle in order to get them lost from their group.

 Visit the Berry Pomeroy Castle in South Devon for £6.20

See more essential haunted locations below:

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Flappers & Gentlemen

Aside from Leicester’s official cultural quarter, I would say that St Martin’s Square is the place to be for students, hipsters, musicians, foodies, and anyone else who knows what’s up. Boasting vintage clothing shops, independent luxury ethnic restaurants, a gig venue, and popular tattoo parlour Black Market Tattoos, the square is also home to one of the most fascinating barbers I have ever seen, Flappers  & Gentlemen.

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As the name suggests, this hairdressers imitates the vibe and aesthetics of a roaring 1920s establishment, complete with the ‘speakeasy’ element (an array of cocktails and whiskies are on offer while waiting for your session).

Decoration and furniture are picked out individually by Director Blake Edwards; pieces on display include vintage button tufted chairs, regal looking portraits of chivalrous dandies with animal heads, a collection of small deer skulls mounted on wooden plaques, and an antique camera obscura.

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Prices are reasonable and are ranked depending on stylist, with a full cut and finish starting from £25. The money is completely wort it, not only for the fantastic service but for the overall experience of getting a haircut in this unique establishment. It really does feel like stepping into a plush, exclusive club, like something straight from the pages of The Great Gatsby.

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They offer both a Corporate Discount of 20% off as well as a Student Discount of 15% off from Tuesdays to Fridays. There is even an adorable salon pooch to pet while you get a sweet hairdo. To be honest, I don’t know what else I can say to temp you.

8 Silver Walk, Leicester LE1 |  Tel 0116 2629840 | Tuesday to Saturday 10am-8pm

Fairy Kei at Hyper Japan

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This weekend I attended my first Hyper Japan festival. Hyper Japan is a biannual event held in London, which celebrates Japanese culture, food, music, and clothing. I have always been a fan of flamboyant Japanese fashion, from avant-guard Visual Kei to classic lolita and harajuku street styles. Rarely do I get to wear these kinds of styles in day to day life, so I went all out this weekend with two flamboyant looks.

This fairy kei outfit was what I wore on Saturday afternoon.  Fairy-kei (meaning fairy-style), also called pop-kei, is one of the most popular current Japanese street fashions.The style is based around muted pastels, bright flourescents, and 80s revivalist cartoons and motif,s such as My Little Pony, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, vintage 80s Barbie, etc.

This outfit is a mixture of brand and cheap items from ebay. The tights are £3 from ebay, the wig was a shapeless thing from ebay which I had to style within an inch of its life. The rest of it is comprised of accessories from lolita brands.

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Harlequin tights: ebay

Love Pop Tee: Listen Flavor

Big Star-Filled Bow 2-Way Clip: Chocomint

Metallic Star Dangly 2-Way Clip: Chocomint

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Purple lolita pumps with wedge heels: Dreamy Bows

Vintage rococo handbag: Latimer Design, Rothley

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Bloomers: My Lolita Dress

While I was at the festival I took the time to invest in some more accessories from two of my favourite Japanese fashion inspired stores, Dreamy Bows and Roxy Sweetheart. These shops regularly host stalls at both Hyper Japan and MCM comic con, and as you can see I have become quite the avid collector of their merchandise.

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Fade to Grey: A Working Look

I had to take this opportunity to share with you all the amazing job that Leicester hairdressers Flappers & Gentlemen did with my hair. They transformed it from lifeless flop into stylish fop! You can see their Facebook and Instagram pages here and I will be doing a full review of the salon later on.

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I also wanted to share with you a look that I find myself wearing to work most days; almost completely grey, it works very well as a ‘smart-casual-i’m-at-work-but-want-to-look-cool’ outfit.

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Grey men’s herringbone coat: Primark

Grey ribbed turtleneck jumper: British Red Cross Charity Shop

Suit trousers: H&M women’s wear

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Pink faux leather and black patent winklepickers: Aldo

Edgar Alan Poe socks: Out of Print Clothing 

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Magnifying glass necklace: Beyond Retro, Brighton

The Last Tuesday Society/The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

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On the outside it looks like a gimmicky goth bar, small enough to house maybe a couple of people before getting uncomfortable. Step inside however and you will find yourself in a world of nightmarish fantasy and macabre magic unlike anything you have seen before.

The Last Tuesday Society, which originated in 1873’s Harward University as a means of preserving rare specimens, was brought to London in 2006 by Viktor Wynd. Wynd and his associates remain the benefactors for this small but exquisite Wunderkabinett, the first to open in London since the Horniman in 1901.

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Full of bizarre artefacts, dead things, and gruesome erotica, this museum is not for the faint hearted. What stops it from becoming horrific is the tongue-in-cheek nature of the exhibits; they are obviously intended as a bit of fun and not to offend. Among them you can find remnants of David Bowie’s stolen mullet in a glass bottle, a sex manual for Irish farmers, a ‘mermonkey’, and the glittering Savile Row suit that once belonged to ‘Bright Young Thing’ Stephen Tennant.

There are some truly beautiful things in this museum, like an impressive array of stunning pinned butterflies and insects from around the world. The presence of such rare beauties elevates all of the junk to the same level of mysticism, so that every pickled spider, two-headed teddy bear, and vintage Happy Meal toy bears the same air of magic and wonder.

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Particularly of interest to me was the exhibit showcasing Tennant’s photographs, suit, and books, as Tennant was a childhood idol of mine. Like many hella gay writers before me, he has been a model for a lot of my fictional characters. There was also an exhibit showcasing multiple portraits by occultist Austin Osman Sprare, again a figure who intrigued me in my teenaged years (we all go through that Thelema phase at 17, right?).

If all of this seems too morbid, there is one aspect of the museum that is guaranteed to warm your heart. You can pet a bunch of friendly reptiles, co-erced and comforted by two lovely professional animal handlers. Among these scaly sweeties are a chameleon, a small bearded dragon, a young and playful snake, and a wonderful african toad named Bob. They are all completely docile and will let you pick them up and stroke them for hours on end.

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If you’re still exhausted and want to forget everything you have seen, fret not, as the bar serves some delicious classic and original cocktails, which you can enjoy by candle light and the incandescent glow from the large in-house aquarium. I recommend ‘Bloody Bitters’, a decedent mixture of absinthe, raspberry chambord, and other red ingredients which have since slipped my mind.

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11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP | Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 10:30pm | Entry £5

July haul from Joe Browns

Joe Brown is a little on the pricey side, but I was lucky enough to catch them in a sale and subsequently bought a little more than I had intended. But boy oh boy, was it worth it. Joe Browns do some gorgeous mens tailoring, the kind of flamboyant jackets and waistcoats that I adore.

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Being the current size and build that I am, I find it really difficult to find men’s waistcoats and jackets that actually fit correctly. Both of these were too large in certain areas and I will have to tailor them. But I absolutely love the lining of the garments as well as the patterns; I cannot wait to wear them with a full outfit.

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Thankfully, I have absolutely no fitting problems when it comes to hats.

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This amazing hat was an impulse buy, probably driven by my current anger at current British politics. It is extremely comfy and I will probably wear it all through summer as well as winter because of how cool it is.

Aside from these items, I also purchased three floral themed summer shirts. Joe Browns shirts are fantastic for having intricate little design details that just make them completely unique and so interesting to look at.

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I will be matching these items with full outfits soon, but here are some looks I have fashioned so far.

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Shirt: Full of Life floral shirt, Joe Browns

Necklace: Topshop

Makeup: Burning Heart palette, Sugarpill Cosmetics

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Shirt: Oriental bird shirt, Joe Browns

Necklace: resin cast bat skull necklace, HysteriaMachine 

Makeup: Naked 1 palette, Urban Decay