Milkweeds : Becka Palter

Conceptual Shoot

Feels good to be exercising my creative muscles more this year. Last year, I was all about the daily work hustle, I hardly spent any time diving into personal passion projects. And it was majorly depressing. This shoot felt like my creativity came out of hibernation.

I dumped a half gallon of about-to-expire milk into my bath and tangled a bunch of dead flowers I had around the house into Becka’s hair. Apparently that’s the recipe for magic, cuz I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out.

Model: Becka Palter // Styled + photographed by Corinne Alexandra








Outfit : Ace of Spades

After recently “minimalizing” my wardrobe, my closet is a sea of black with just a few pops of burgundy and olive. That’s about as colorful as I get. So when Coach wanted to send me a Dinky crossbody bag from their pre-spring 2017 collection, this bordeaux / oxblood red was the only color calling my name.

Now I’m not normally a designer bag type of girl (I typically wear my $20 off-brand purses until they’re literally falling apart and the pleather is disintegrating) but I’m really loving the classic, simple, and sleek look of this piece.

Honestly, I know nothing about classic fashion and even less about designer brands, so I won’t shit you about the “timeless”ness of this bag. But what I do know is: this purse totally takes my daily grungy band tee and ripped jeans look to a whole other level. I actually appear thoughtfully put together and fashion-conscious despite living in this same outfit for three consecutive weeks! And that, my friends, is reason enough to check one out for yourself.

Bag: Coach // Leather Jacket: Muubaa // Hat: Forever 21 // Boots: Steve Madden // Jeans: H&M






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Valentine’s Gifts for Your Dude

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

The holiday of candy hearts and drug-store teddy bears is upon us. If you’re like Dave and me, and can hardly stomach the plethora of pink around every corner, then this gift roundup is for you. Since you lady readers loved my past odd gift guides, I thought I’d do one for the equally strange dudes in our lives. Enjoy and pass it on!

1 // Dracula in the Streets, Wolfman in the Sheets shirt, Local Boogeyman
Brag on your Bela Lugosi bae and let the world know what a monster he is (in the best way possible).

2 // Death Before Decaf mug, P&Co.
For the coffee snob who likes it black and bitter, just like his soul.

3 // Brass Siren Pocket Knife, Vintage Crack
What’s sexier than sirens who seduce sailors to their watery graves? You might not be siren sexy, but at least your man will think of you every time he uses this mermaid knife.

4 // Leather Snake Back Patch, Shrimp Sauce
Charm your man with this super rad and super huge leather back patch featuring a 19th-century engraving inspired illustration of a snake.

5 // The Empire of Death, Paul Koudounaris
I don’t know about you, but as someone who spent her honeymoon pilgrimaging to incorruptible corpses in Italy, I find ossuaries and charnel houses incredibly romantic. This book is full of beautiful decorated skulls and religious structures adorned entirely with human bones.

6 // Partial Goat Skull, Mediterraneon
When in doubt, get him a skull. Who doesn’t need more skulls?

7 // Memento Mori Biker Ring, Rough Design Co.
This design was molded from a Victorian era Memento Mori ring, a time when death was much more romanticized. Remind your lover that while your bodies are mortal, your love is eternal.

8 // Aged Bourbon Beard Tonic, Madame Scodioli
This one is a gift for you as much as it is for him. He’ll have a soft kissable beard that smells like “richly aged wood and warm vanilla, earthy spice and the slightest hint of cherry and caramel.” Win win.

Hope you ladies & gents got some good ideas from this list. I know the descriptions are a little silly, but these are seriously rad pieces that all support small businesses and artisans. So whatever you buy your dude this v-day, be inspired to shop small!

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20 More Lapel Pins for Spooky Babes

Since you all loved the last roundup so much, here’s 20 more dark and witchy lapel pins for your black leather jacket sure to steal your black heart.

1. Till Death Do Us Part by Frolik Studio // 2. Blackberry by Ashco Studio // 3. Reach for the Stars Hands by The Handy Studio // 4. Snake Oil by Outrider // 5. Cockroach by Wayne Jacket // 6. Cemetery Angle by Creepy Co. // 7. Sad Goddess by Where Is Jasper // 8. Bat by Darwin Designs // 9. Busted by Maker & Mineral // 10. The Bones by Nothing Pins // 11. Four Eyes Cat by Cousins Collective // 12. Moon Phase Coffin by Neon Bison // 13. Black Widow by Rebel City Pins // 14. Black Lips by Little Whip // 15. Dust by Beeteeth // 16. Heart Lolli by Tuesday Bassen // 17. Misery Is All the Rage by Life Club // 18. Glitter Crystal by Omnia // 19. Time Travel by Shrimp Sauce // 20. Yucca Valley by Sidewinder Co.

Home Tour : Halloween Hearth

It’s been ages since I last shared a home tour. But now that I’ve finished up decorating around here for Halloween, I wanted to give a quick peek at our spooky living room.

Most of this stuff is up year-round, so I always find it difficult to do something different for Halloween. I spent the last couple weekends picking through estate sales, gathering up brass candle sticks and old books, brought out my bell jars, and incorporated various dried florals to give the hearth a witchy Victorian flair.






Styling Tips

✳︎ Search estate sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for brass candle sticks and old books (the more tattered, the better).
✳︎ If you can’t find beautiful antique books, upcycle any old books, tea/coffee stain, and display the pages facing out.
✳︎ Unique dried fruits and veggies (like these artichokes) make for a spooky arrangement.
✳︎ Skip the tacky Dollar Tree halloween decor and browse other aisles for creative accents (like these blood-red berries).
✳︎ Opt for ghostly green-grey pumpkins vs the standard orange ones for a more vintage look.

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Hope this gives you a bit of inspo for your own decorating. Happy haunting!