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The Crooked Feather: You only need wings to fly!

Or these might be among the most gorgeous angel wings I've seen lately. Oh how much I´d love to have one for performing in a concert or for a  music video.  Based in Texas,  The Crooked Feather has some of the models are HUUUUGE and gorgeous. The store feature a collection of wings in a variety of sizes and colours, and exquisitely crafted, indeed they look durable and comfortable and the result of an infinite patience. The dream of a professional photographer for a photoshoot, or to cosplay winged characters like Maleficent or anime.  From white "angelic" to raven black to Davinci or leather and gears Steampunk variations, if you wan to take flight, consider a look to this lovely store.

Above: Feather wings by the Crooked feather. Below my own illustration for the song "Facing the Dream", sigh you are having the same idea than I, righ? (sighs again)

All the wings, and accessories are hand made with love and attention to detail. Each piece is an individual work of art. The store also accept orders and commissions. Take into account that as the products are made to order they need some time to be prepared and they encourage contact so you can be

Below: Gorgeous Da Vinci styled wings with a Steampunk vibe
 

A. J. Machete & Sons: Fine Tailoring for Gentlemen

Dear Gentlemen, this is your final destination...

I´d wish to see my boyfriend in half of the frocks listed in this lovely store. I confess I'm addicted to Victorian and Regency  and period drama movies, oh those fine looking gentlemen, with their frocks, vests, and cravats (that you can order in custom fabrics)... OK, this is where I sigh and stop and I tell you men of the world, this is what you should be wearing!  And I mean it ! :)

Above: gorgeous Military tailcoat inspired in XVIII-XIX naval coats... Do you want your own  Ross Poldark or Captain Wentworth? Force you man to wear this... Do you want to impress us ladies? Wear this! :) Well, that said, I totally love the picture and my votes up to bring this back as daily wear. Bold, masculine and elegant, enough said!

With their studio based in Denver, these tailors and artisans have specialized in traditional  sewing using fabrics and material of high quality. A.J. and partner Lianna offer handmade pieces of high quality standard, durable and comfortable. They make bests in many different styles, also with patterns inspired in more recent periods like the 20´s. So it doesn't matter if you want to be Mr. Darcy, a film noir detective or The Great Gastby,  or even if you are into vests and coats because you sort of like lately in fashion Steampunk  or Diesel Punk trends, this store might have something for you.

It also feature cravats, jackets, cloaks and shirts, almost anything a fine Gentlemen should have in their wardrobe :)

In A.J. Machete & Sons you will find a collection of pieces that we have made in the past as inspiration for your own custom pieces and designs. Denver Bespoke (by A.J. Machete and Sons) was the recipient of the FGI Rising Star Award for Menswear. All pieces are handmade to order in their studio.

For more about how A.J. Machete and Lianna K. produce their amazing bespoke suits, vests, and shirts in Denver, Colorado, check out out their BLOG or network via facebook



Above: Custom-made brown leather duster with Steampunk/fantasy design.

They also keep a side shop for ladies too if you want to have a look http://www.vigilantelabs.etsy.com

 

 

Hedges8: Historical and fantasy garments... fancy an Austen-inspired tea party?

Ok, I confess it. I love "Love and Prejudice" and yes I have an obsession with men with cravats and sideburns, like almost every girl in the world... sigh! And I watch Regency and Period dramas inspired in Jane Austen´s novels, including some silly spin-offs like "Austenland" and "Lost in Austen".

To be true, I love the way men used to wear in the Regency Era. Even if I think that women clothing was not so up to the elegance of the gentlemen in this aspect,  I find the whole period very romantic, for obvious reasons. Oh I certainly would like to see my partner in these garments.

So making a little random search I found this really lovely and adorable store in etsy called HEDGES8. The prices are really affordable and if you plan to make a special  tea-party of if you want to represent a theatre play, this is a rather sweet and I repeat, affordable option to look at. And surprisingly the store is based not in the UK but in USA! :)

As items are hand-made obviously most of them are one of a kind but they also encourage commissions and custom orders.

There are plenty of Regency sewing patterns available in ebay for Regency costumes, but if you don't happen to be good at couture work, I found the store a good option.  They also have some lovely prince-charming/princess medieval/fantasy gowns that I bookmarked as well, though I will keep this entry highlighted for their Regency catalogue.

Fine ladies... and gentlemen. Below gowns, coat and poet blouse-shirt by HEDGES8 .


You could  then complete your look also adding a few regency complements like parasols, hats and even teapots from the UK-based store Austen´s gift shop.

 

 

Artistic Rite: mermaid, fairies and elemental headpieces

"Ritual adornments through Transmutation and Alchemy of Spirit"

Crafter and designer Deborah Wright loves fantasy and beauty and it shows in each one of the hand-made pieces featured in Artistic Rite etsy shop.  I accidentally stumbled upon this mermaid headpiece and I fell in love right away. I had to see the store and I was delighted to find a luscious, tribal and sensual collection of crowns and headpieces. Some are art-noveau inspired, others are organic and nature-inspired, all of them taken right away from the pages of a fairytale. Featuring feathers, gems, lace and all kind of materials blended to create unique, eye-catching pieces. They also welcome custom orders but take into account that sadly they only ship within the United States.

Most of the items come with really beautiful professional pictures so you can judge how striking they can be if they go along with the right make up and style.  The store also feature a nice collection of small accessories too, like rings and necklaces, though the absolute highlight are the headdresses in my opinion.

 

Crafer also keeps this blog if you want to dive deeper in her world and creations

https://artisticrite.wordpress.com/


 

Wild plum Boutique: cute fairy wings and accessories

 

Above: Iridescent glow in the dark fairy wings by Wild Plum Boutique (gorgeus) and models in different colours, in orange, it looks like "fire".

 

Wild plum Boutique   is a store based in Texas (USA) that features a lovely collection of fairy-inspired accessories from fairy wings (including some gorgeous led-lit models) to antlers, horns, headpieces and even feather eyelashes.

The store feature a large collection of polymer clay sculpted horns, pixie, demon, stag and even unicorns. They come in all sizes and colours. For the ones oriented to fairies they also have antennae headpieces and even tribal feather art-noveau inspired head-dresses.

All pretty lovely and way beyond my words, simply enjoy surfing the store.! :)

Below: Tribal skirt available in different colours. I like the fact that all "tribal fairy wear" they do are in earth-nature colours and seem to blend really well to make even full outfit combinations. I particularly liked these skirts, also suitable for daily wear.  I've been a bit obsessed with green lately so below you can see some highlights in green :)

Above: gorgeous handpainted luna moth fairy wings

Below: They don't only sell fairy wings and accessories but also lovely tribal fairy/pixie wear, that could also fit sci-fi cosplay (Star Wars) or even a dystopic future one.

You can network by liking Wild Plum Boutique in their facebook page

 

Wig Fever: Affordable Lace Front and Cosplay wigs

Wig fever is a store specialized in cosplay wigs, wether you want to dress like your favourite manga/anime or cartoon (even Disney's Frozen good and affordable option), Wig Fever offer an extensive collection of wigs, in all colours, styles and lengths, some already styled to match your favourite character.  They are affordable and made of synthetic fiber but most of them have not that shiny cheap look, and look rather convincing in the photographies shown in the store, which they claim they are the actual and real photographies of the articles.  But if you are not a fan of pastel and japanese-styled wigs, you also have a nice selection of more natural colours and styles as well.

 

Below: Ana´s Wig from Frozen in a nice honeydew colour, with braids and the white streak of hair. In Wig Fever most of the cosplay-styled wigs come along with pictures of the original characters.

But you don't have to match it to any character. I found this long blonde straight below that I highlighted (even if it´s inspired in an anime character) because it makes me think of Kira from "The Dark Crystal" movie, just in case one day I want to dress like the "gelfling". All I would have to do is to make two tiny braids in the sides, don't you think?

This is another that I love and I feel inclined to get :( snif. I want so many!. I love the colour and the wavy style. It is very romantic and dolly like.

 

But more than that, I happen to have a good friend that has already bought several of these wigs and she made extremely beautiful pictures wearing them, so now I also have her own personal opinion assuring that these are decent quality wigs.

I want to highlight that they also have a rather large selection of lace-front wigs, these look like they are born from your scalp and are more realistic.
I would like to get one and try the real quality of these wigs  soon and get back to this article after trying the product in my hands. I feel inclined to these lace front reddish brown or grey models. They are made of synthetic fibers  but they can be styled with curling irons. In the pictures and the feedback I've got from friends the impression is very positive.

Below: one of the models that tempt me, reddish brown lace front :). The lace-front wigs are in trend because they are indeed more realistic.  If you fancy to change your style but you are not fond of dying or styling your hair this Wig Fever is a good option for a temporal change!

 

Astra Star: affordable LARP medieval gowns with pre-raphaelite vibe

Astra Star is an ebay store that features a lovely collection of larp/fantasy/tudor inspired lovely gowns. The overall design of all the garments is rather similar and it is more fantasy than historical, but some of the white-cream-gold version remind me to pre-raphaelite paintings like the very famous Accolade

 

Below: Gold and red dress with hood, laced in front and back to adjust to the waist. I love the combination of red and gold, This would make a lovely option for Christmas too.

Take in notice the pictures from the store are taken with a hopped underskirt which is not included in the sale. Prices are really affordable, though there are a couple of more detailed and expensive garments, obviously meant for bridal gowns.

Above: Do you feel light or dark?

 

The choice of colours is diverse and not cheesy, showing mostly black and whites, white with silver or gold, or black and dark blue for more wicca-looking style.
Overall, a small but rather lovely collection, that despite sharing similar pattern offer a neat collection of different "moods" and matching colours.

Above: Red and gold dress by Astra Star

 

Grim sweetness: Vintage bottles and upcycled fairy/steampunk clothing

Grim Sweetness is a store that specializes in vintage-looking bottles. A lovely collection of props and aged bottles with cork and embellished with wax and beads that all together look a witch´s collection of magic potions or seller with fake miraculous remedies.

If you are a fine Victorian lady wanting to enhance your beauty you might also wand to add some of these to your dresser too.  As an enthusiastic for fantasy photography and the re-enactment of sceneries, I really find important to find the right "details" to bring a scene to life, and this is where you may find yourself surfing and finding little "treasures" like these.

Among the bottles also some curiosities you would find in an enchanted bazaar like this enchanted lamp (probably genie is included too).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The overall store has that vintage (almost dusty) feeling. With some cobweb they would certainly have also that "eerie" "ghostly" factor too. But Grim Sweetness also features clothing and the love for a variety of fantasy genres is shown in the pieces the store features. Mostly made from recycled vintage clothing you can find fairy-steampunk belts, and even full garments like some of the examples below.



Above: Black and brown fairy/steampunk upcycled skirt embellished with antique brass eyelet and brass leaf charms.  I like its organic shape mixed with the more edgy steampunk-undertones.

I found myself in the store though surfing in the upcycled clothing. I have a fascination myself of turning old clothing into fantasy wear, and some of the rendered results are gorgeous and inspiring (and let´s say, quite affordable too). So overall a really lovely CURIOUS of store full of CURIOSITIES.

 

Above: alternative red riding hood made out from a vintage prom gown

The store also offers discounts if you make multiple purchases.
 

 

 

Blacksnake Workshop: Magic worlds creations from Steampunk to Goth!

Above: Blacksnake wearing her hand-made hat and creations. I love her top hats, they're perfect for alternative Mad Hatters :)
 
Blacksnake Phoenyx is a living chameleon.  When I lived in Barcelona I stumbled upon this lady quite a lot of times, and I always had to take two seconds to recognize her, she changes so much from one event to another in such an awesome way! I've always felt impressed and she certainly has mastered the art of cosplaying. Always original and ever-changing, It didn't surprise me to find out that many of her outfits and accessories were made by herself, and she seemed to burst with eye-catchy ideas. It was obvious that she likes to renew clothes. But the new is that she has opened a little workshop and now sell some of her creations in fantasy/horror/cosplay events :) so you have now the chance to purchase some of her creations or to customize your old non-original dull accessories into a one of a kind piece.
Above: Magic Worlds hat, with a distinct steampunk/lovecraftian flair! :)
 
From Steampunk to victorian decadence and even goth or macabre tones... the originality is undeniable! Headpieces, hats, masks... have a look yourself!

Above: Headpiece with horns inspired in Maleficent. Deliciously gothic. Hmm I'm inclined to a set like this in white :)

Below: Model Chelly Kira wearing  "Seven Seas" headpiece

So far, and until she opens an online store youc an have a look to examples of her work in her facebook page, where she encourages contact if you want to purchase or commission one of her creations.

Don't you love this lovely top hats? So Burton-like, they remind me to "A nightmare before Xmas somehow"

Blacksnake Workshop in facebook

 

Sugar Skull Makeup ideas and tutorials: El Día de Los Muertos

El Dia de Los Muertos ( read Day of the Dead in wikipedia) is a Mexican holiday  that takes place 2nd of November a couple of days after Halloween in which the families visit the graves of their beloved ones and make offerings to the dead including sweets in the shape of a skull with multicoloured icing and ornaments and placing them in altars for the deceased. Often there is a procession to the graveyard often wearing this traditions sugar skull make up. It's become also iconic in tribal bellydancers these time of the year, and somehoe a rather popular easy option as Halloween characterization.

All you need is some examples, make up (mostly black, white, red and blue) and rhinestones. And a great deal of patience to be creative (and symmetric LOL)

Below a video by my friend Klaire Delys that teach you how to make an easy "Catrina" Easy sugarskull make up.

You can complete your attire adding a floral garland or headpiece, with roses and other colourful flowers, wether faux or natural.

Below you have a link to instructables where you can see how to paint yourself step by step

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sugar-Skull-Makeup-Tutorial-1/