This week the theme is "Dark". That's home territory for me! To say I have an affinity with the shadows is an understatement.. I've been a goth since my teens, and I have always seen the beauty in darkness. I have a distrust of people who shy away from the darker side of things, as I assume they also shy away from the truth. Without the darkness, none of us would ever see the stars - and that would be a great shame, would it not? People who focus on the lighter things and shun the dark always seem really shallow to me, and even a bit sinister - I tend to have more respect for people who acknowledge the darkness of life and choose to smile and laugh anyway.. that seems a far more honest approach to me.
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When I saw storm clouds brewing I knew I had to take my tradgoth ensemble down to the water. I love the sea in a way I can't really explain - I love it's many moods, and the way it can both calm and energise me at the same time.. I try to get down to the water as often as I can, just a few minutes of sitting watching the water can feel like a holiday to me.
I am lucky enough to live less than 2km from the bay where I am, and it is one of the great joys of my life to be able to get near the water regularly. .
Of course I had to go head to toe black for this.. and I got out all my lovely lace things as well.. I'm wearing a black top with a lace front panel, and a beaded lace jacket, both op shop finds. Over the top of that I am wearing my jewelled belt from City Chic. On the bottom half, a black tired skirt with lace trim.
I'm wearing my cameo, it has a picture of Artemis on it.. appropriate for the theme as she was the goddess of the moon and the night, along with being the goddess the Hunt and wild animals.. It's one of my favourite pieces.
For my makeup I have gone with the very traditional goth thing - pale skin, eyes with dramatic eye-liner smoky black and red shadows, and ombre lips - scarlet and a dark plum.
This is not normally a look I would put on for a stroll by the seaside, but I have to say it was a fun thing to do! We ended up staying to watch the sunset and then had a delicious dinner of fish & chips right there on the sand.
As the darkness grew around us, we gathered everyone up and headed home, tired and happy. As we got back to our house, night had fallen and gentle rain started pattering on the tin roof.. ... a magical evening, and one that seemed to sum up the theme nicely.
So, a suggestion for you.. take the time to enjoy the darkness as well as the light, life is a lot richer that way.