Corinne’s Birthday Wishlist

My B-Day Wishlist

One of my least favorite days of the year is quickly approaching – yep, my birthday. I hate getting older, and being reminded my 20s are rapidly slipping away from me. The only thing that makes it a little less depressing are gifts. The concept of birthday gifts is funny to me – they’re both congratulatory and sympathetic – “Congrats on surviving life thus far, and our deepest sympathies for another year closer to irrelevance.”

Haha. Birthday pessimism aside, here’s some pretty rad things I’ve had my eye on lately.

1 // Golden Protective Hand Ring, Kaye Blegvad
I have a bit of a hand fetish. I draw hands, collect hand figurines, wear jewelry featuring hands. So this little hand ring needs to be in my possession.

2 // Botanical Crop Top, Hanmattan
My closet has accumulated quite a few graphic crop tops that I pair with high-waisted skirts. This one featuring a botanical illustration would make a nice addition.

3 // Starburst Studs, Mason Grace Jewelry
These starburst earrings are way outside anyone’s budget, but I’ve been searching high and low for a pair of 8-pointed star earrings, and these gold and black diamond studs could not be more perfect.

4 // Dog Portrait Oil Painting, Alpen Antiks
I have a small collection of dog ephemera. It’s super silly, but one of the next collections I’m hoping to start is a gallery wall of vintage dog portraits. I just finished a dark and moody 18th/19th-century style portrait of Scout to kickstart the collection. But I’ll be keeping an eye out on our estate sale hunts for more.

5 // Joslin Pillow, Joanna Gaines
Although my personal style is darker and odder, I – like the rest of America – have fallen completely in love with anything and everything Joanna Gaines touches. (Anyone who doesn’t like the Gaines doesn’t have a soul.) These pillows are no exception. I’m dying for some high quality, neutral yet textural throw pillows for our gold velvet couch.

6 // Arsenic No. 17 Parfum, TokyoMilk Dark
TokyoMilk’s Dark collection has some of my favorite scents. I have this fragrance as the hand creme – notes of absinthe, vanilla salt, cut greens, and crushed fennel – but need the spray perfume now.

7 // Case Study Planter, Modernica
More than anything, I just want more plants and large cacti for my birthday.

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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.

20 Lapel Pins for Spooky Babes

I’m mildly obsessed with lapel pins right now – as is everyone with a leather jacket on Instagram apparently. If cutesy flaire of emojis and 90’s Leo DiCaprio aren’t your style, try these on for size. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite darkly beautiful and creepy cute enamel pins for all you spooky babes out there.

1. Hand Rose Card by Alice Ferrow // 2. Moth by Caitlin Stout // 3. Scorpion by Kristina Micotti // 4. Dagger by Shrimp Sauce // 5. UFO by Bermuda Press // 6. Raven Claw by Lady Bones Press // 7. Skull Moth Poppies by Shrimp Sauce // 8. Skull hands by Alida Bevirt // 9. Crescent Moon by Explorer’s Press // 10. Crying Heart by Cousins Collective // 11. Black Heart by Segovia Amil // 12. Matchstick by Knot to Self // 13. Beetle by Kristina Micotti // 14. Burning Candle by Rambling Hands // 15. Black Teardrop by Inner Decay // 16. Never Sleep by Ahoy Kollektiv // 17. Watch Your Step Coffin by Graves // 18. Raven by Jess Hrycyk // 19. Black Lipstick by TATY // 20. Burning Hand by Beeteeth

Stocking Stuffers for Strange Girls

I’m aware it’s early and wholly unlike me, but I’ve officially become stricken with the holiday spirit. But as you know, my inner strange girl won’t ever let me fully abandon Halloween. So I’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers (most under $20) you can put on your Christmas wish list that’ll still satisfy your spooky affinities.

1 // This Burned at the Stake candle couldn’t be better suited for Christmas with the sweet smell of bonfire, pine, and subtle notes of clove and spice (they’ve aptly left out the scent of burning hair and flesh).

2 // Swooning hard over this vintage anatomy journal. There’s lots of other beautiful designs suited for the lover of antique science and biology on the Cognitive Surplus site.

3 // Beauty products make great stocking stuffers, and if you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, try any one of the handcremes from TokyoMilk’s Dark collection. I’m especially loving Arsenic right now, an intoxicating warm blend of vanilla salt, spices, and woods sharpened with cut greens and absinthe.

4 // All girls with a fondness for the Victorian love a good hand curio. This brass hand paper clip is both decorative and functional (dare I say “handy”?). The design was reproduced from a Victorian letter holder.

5 // This little embroidered bat patch is just way too cute not to have inside your Christmas stocking.

6 // Have all eyes on you with these quirky nail decals.

7 // You’ll be cute as a bug in these bettle socks from Anthropologie.

8 // These killer dagger cat eye “singlasses” are perfect for the badass babe on your Christmas list.

9 // I’m loving that lapel pins are back in style, so get ur flair on with these delightfully dark brass & copper pins featuring a coffin, planchette, and crystal.

10 // Can never have enough bewitching fragrances. The Parlor Apothecary has concocted an assortment of unique potions with intriguing names ranging from “Victorian Spirit” to “Antique Tonic” and “Alchemy Elixir”. Their set of 4 perfumes makes an ideal gift for the enchanting lady in your life.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Hope you aren’t too sad about Halloween being over, and got some fun ideas from this list for geting a head start on your Christmas shopping.