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Velvet Cave – Garden Of My Mind SS17

Velvet Cave Garden of my Mind

I’ve been obsessed with Velvet Cave for awhile now. Based in the UK, this independent shop is the perfect mix of stunning vintage finds and handmade designs inspired by the 60s & 70s. Primarily lush velvets, I can’t get enough of their aesthetic.

All handmade items are made to order with the ability to customize – perfect for short girls like me to be able to choose my desired inseam or dress length!

Shot by Alice Barnes, the ‘Garden Of My Mind SS17‘ lookbook a evokes dreamy vintage vibes wonderfully showcasing this badass collection. Below are a few of my favourite images, you can view the full ‘Garden Of My Mind SS17‘ lookbook and others here.

Gold Dust MiniVelvet Cave SS17Eden Floral Velvet Top & Shorts Co-ord SetAnd following are a few of my favourite handmade pieces from Velvet Cave:Velvet Cave favesIncense for the Damned Paisley Velvet Bell Bottoms | Gold Dust Velvet Gold Lace Bell Sleeve Mini Dress | Sirius Crushed Velvet Zip Bell Bottoms

Velvet Cave Sabbath Dress

Sabbath Lace Up Velvet Bell Sleeve Mini Dress available in Garnet, Emerald, or Onyx.

All Photos: Velvet Cave
Photographer: Alice Barnes
Models: Emily Wood & Gemma Edwards
Stylist: Imogen Shurey

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Alternative Black Friday Sales 2016

Alternative Black Friday Shopping

In keeping with last years round up of Alternative Black Friday Sales, might I present to you my list of Alternative Black Friday Sales for 2016.

Compiling these lists really shows to me how much option we have out there. Many small businesses are also taking part once again in the Wild Unknown’sGood Karma Movement‘, donating a portion of their sales to a charity of their choosing. I’d highly recommend also checking out that shop list in detail too and supporting those businesses!

Alternative Black Friday Sales

under the pyramids From Friday 11/25 to Monday 11/28 save 15% off all orders with code: BLACKPYRAMIDS15

Mathyld has also joined the GOOD KARMA SALE movement and will be giving 10% of this weekends sales to Lyme Sans Frontières and Peta France.

April Leino Save 20% on orders now through Sunday November 27 with discount code: NOVEMBER20

Elemental Child All ⚡️Curved Air⚡️and ⚡️Light of the Stars⚡️raw Quartz point crowns are marked down on the website until midnight tonight, EST.

Cat Coven now until Monday night 15% off with code: FEAST

As well Cat Coven will be donating 10% of sales during this time to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

LVNEA 20% off all orders until 11/28 with code: BLACKFOREST

PLUS LVNEA will be donating 10% of all orders placed during this time to Sacred Stone Camp.

Alison Scarpulla 40% off all prints now – Monday, using code: ThankYou

10% of all sales this weekend will go directly to Standing Rock as well.

nyxturna now through Monday 11/28 get 25% OFF on all purchases with code: DARKNESS

nyxturna will also be continuing to donate a portion of each purchase to the warriors protecting the land and protesting the DAPL at Standing Rock.

Morph Knitwear Everything is 25% off through December 1 with code: STANDING

An additional 25% of each order is being donated to Standing Rock.

Rock N Roll Bride are giving away back issues of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine for FREE! There’s no code, just click the link and order.

Ancient Hearts Now through Monday, Nov 28th you get 25% off all items with code: AncientFriday

Dajana Heremic Friday through Saturday, Nov 26th all items have a 10% Discount with code: WINTERISHERE

Gypsy Warrior Now through 11/29 get 30% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Spell and the Gypsy Collective 30% off selected styles now through Monday, Nov 28th Midnight AEDT with code: BLACKFRIDAY30

Burke and Hare Co now through Monday 30% off your purchase with code: BLVCK3

Babe Coven 30% off everything now through Monday with the code: BLACK30

Black Moon Cosmetics 30% off all shades Black Friday 12:01 PST through Cyber Monday 11:59 PST – no code necessary.

Poison Apple Printshop this Friday and through Monday 20% off with code: FROST **Does not include The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire**

Souvenir Jewelry Save 20% off with code: BLACKOUT

Bill Crisafi now through Monday everything is 30% off with the code: 30black

ᗞEANDRI 20-50% off everything no codes required

Glitter and the Moon 40% off on all robes, bed jackets & french knickers now till midnight GMT 11/28 with code: blackfriday40

SOVRIN now through Monday 11/28 get 20% off with code: WINTERSNOW

Ovate Now until 29th November 20% OFF all clothing and accessories with code: 20off

Inner Decay now through 11/28 get 15% off with code: ALLDECAY

Crown & Glory 20% off everything for this weekend only till 11/28 with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Straight to Hell Apparel Get 20% off, ending Midnight Central standard time on 11/27 using code: BLACKFRI

Fiendies Now through 11/28 get 20% off all spirit boards and planchettes with code: YULETIDE20

Blackhorne Now through Monday take 20% off everything with code: ALLBLACK

Bloody Mary Metal 20% off everything with code: SPENDINGLIKEIMRICH

Maude Nibelungen 25% off storewide through Friday – use code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Pale Tree Arcana Save 20% off your order of $60 or more now through Monday November 28th at midnight Central time. Use code: FridayNoir

Burial Ground Until Saturday 11/26 get 25% off your jewelry order with the code: Grimoire

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Alternative Black Friday Sales

Alternative Black Friday Sales

[list updated 11/29]

If you’re shopping the Black Friday sales this year consider supporting smaller business and purchasing from independents and artisans such as those found in this Alternative Black Friday sales roundup.

I’ll be adding to this list as things pop up, but below are a few quite fantastic darkly inclined small businesses running sales over the course of the weekend.

And if you know of any I might have missed that would be fitting for this list, please comment as I’d love to know! 🙂

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Fade Into You – Desert Dreaming

hold the hand inside you

My mind has been in the West lately. Desert dreaming – romance & road trips, just hurtling across the highway watching the dry and dusty landscapes go by. When I was a teenager I was obsessed with Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’, both the song and the video (the version shot in the Mojave Desert & Joshua Tree). I was born in Western Canada but we left for the east coast when I was 3, so my memories of the desert and prairies are fleeting. I wonder if that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by those areas – like something inside of me is calling me back.

And though I’m no longer a 14 year old fantasizing of escape from suburban wastelands, ‘Fade Into You’ still evokes that feeling of dreamy wanderlust in me. It’s an absolutely hypnotic and beautiful song.

Twenty years after the release of So Tonight That I Might See (the album Fade Into You is on), the band reformed and put out Seasons of Your Day in 2013.

The first single? California. Hope Sandoval’s voice as ethereal and magic as ever, the first line “I think I’m going back to California…”, strikes such a chord in my heart. It’s so far away.

Stills from Mazzy Star's 'Fade Into You' music video.

I’ll be westward bound again soon, till then this album is on heavy rotation. Below are a few haus & fashion finds for fellow desert dreamers, whether you’re headed there yourself or like to have something reminiscent of those wild lands close by.

Fade Into You - Desert Dreaming Style InspireFADE INTO YOU: DESERT DREAMING STYLE & HAUS INSPIRE


1st COLUMN: 1. Marlowe Carryall 2. Handmade Wooden Sunglasses 3. Bronze Solstice Cage Ring 4. Handmade Boot Straps
2nd COLUMN: 1. Succulent Seeds 2. Ceramic Hands Planter 3. Plaid Flannel Shirt 4. Vegan Lipstick – SIREN
3rd COLUMN: 1. Vintage Floral Skirt 2. Desert Smoke Perfume Oil 3. Cactaceae Boyfriend Tee
4th COLUMN 1. Joshua Tree Print 2. Brass Chevron Necklace 3. Joshua Tree Pouch 4. Mojave Soy Candle

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Call On the Sky: Elemental Child

Sign of Fire Elemental Child

I’ve been rather obsessed with the beautiful crowns made by Gillian Chadwick of Elemental Child for awhile now, especially more so after since stumbling across a photo of Lewes Castle on her Instagram account.

That’s a bit left of field I know. But, I used to live in Lewes, East Sussex – behind that very castle for years. As glad as I am to be back in Canada and in a much better place in my life now, not a day goes by that I don’t miss that beautiful little town nestled in the heart of the Sussex Downs. So to see it randomly pop up (and on the account of one whose work I respect)  made me smile, in the knowledge that the beauty & magic of my old home was recognized by another.

Elemental Child in LewesStarting today – Monday, June 15th at Noon EST and ending Wednesday, June 17th at 11pm EST, Elemental Child will be holding their first ever sale. Most of the larger crowns won’t be included in their Homeward Bound Sale, but many other favourites will be, so it’s the perfect time to pick one up if you’ve been longing to.

elemental-childCrowns by Elemental ChildChadwick states she’s forever influenced by science fiction, fantasy, magic, and 70’s rock and roll. Think Led Zeppelin writing songs about Tolkien and you’re on the right page. I absolutely love this description, and you can certainly see these influences in her work – both in the incredible headpieces she creates, and in her music Ex Reverie.
Elemental Child LookbookAs well, my music geek self loves that Elemental Child takes it name from a Tyrannosaurus Rex song. Hell yeah, so much awesome. I’ll definitely be picking up one of these bewitching crystal crowns during the sale – the perfect adornment for an alternative bride or for those looking to channel a little magic into their everyday look!

Image Credits: Elemental Child & Courtney Brooke.

Beauty & Style

Morph Knitwear – Infinite Abyss – SS15 Collection

Infinite Abyss Morph Knitwear

Morph Knitwear have just launched their new collection for SS15 – Infinite Abyss, and it’s stunning! Each piece is hand made to order in Portland, OR, USA. And if you knit yourself, Morph Knitwear also sells patterns for their popular Nix Vest and Rib Knit Half Gloves. I’m still slowly, slowly working away at knitting my own Nix Vest!

About Infinite Abyss from Morph Knitwear:

Many of the designs in this collection are un-gendered, exploring the use of texture and silhouette to create garments that are versatile and flattering on bodies of all types.

Morph Knitwear Khaos Sweater DressInfinite Abyss Net SkirtInfinite Abyss Net TankMorph Knitwear Infinite Abyss Silk Wool VestView the full collection at Morph Knitwear.

IMAGE CREDIT: Morph Knitwear

Art & Culture

Giveaway! One of a Kind Show Tickets

Etsy OOAKS15 Giveaway

Happy Spring! I’m excited to host my first wee giveaway on the Blog for a pair of tickets to the Spring One of a Kind Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I featured the other week some pretty stellar artisans that will be at the show in the Etsy section and you can check out the full Etsy lineup here.

One of a Kind Show Details

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25th – Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
WHERE: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, M6K 3C3 Toronto, Canada.

Enter now for a chance to win a pair of tickets, and save your dosh for picking up some handmade loveliness! Contest ends Monday, March 23rd @ 11:59PM PST.

One of a Kind Show Ticket Giveaway

Oh! You Pretty Things

The One of a Kind Show

Toronto One of a Kind Show Spring

We may have just been hit by another 10 inches of snow, but I’m stubbornly believing Spring is right around the corner. If it isn’t, I’m seriously going to go all White Witch style on Northern Ontario, complete with a sweet ice crown a-la-Tilda Swinton.

The One of a Kind Show in Toronto though is a beckoning light through March’s snowy stubbornness and is always a delight to attend each Spring.

Where as during the Christmas OOAKS my purchases are strictly gift-giving, (I picked up a gorgeous print of Big Sur for Jeff one year from Matt Kowalski Photography), Spring is the perfect time for self renewal and a chance to add a bit of a refresh to your wardrobe or home.

Etsy plays host again this year at the One of a Kind Show to a vibrant group of Etsy Sellers, showcasing their work and the community in a dedicated Etsy section at the show.

And with ticket purchases you can donate to the most excellent Girls Rock Camp Toronto, the One of a Kind Show’s dedicated charity for Spring 2015. I attended a Girls Rock Camp recital a few years back and it was pretty awesome to say the least, they’re a wonderful charity empowering young women through music.

So if you’re in Toronto or headed that way soon here are some of the event details at a glance:

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25th – Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
WHERE: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, M6K 3C3 Toronto, Canada.
TICKET COST: $7.00 – $12.00 CAD

Here are a few of my picks from the Etsy One of a Kind Show Section at this years show:

Etsy OOAKS15

Etsy @ The One Of A Kind Show

First Row

1. Damask Pattern Diamond Point Bow Tie and Pocket Square set $45.35 CAD – from VIVID Clothing Toronto.
2. Anatomical Laser-cut Heart $48.00 USD – from lightpaper.
3. Matryoshka Nesting Dolls $78.00 CAD – from Ivy Taylor Goods.

Second Row

4. Screw Head Stud Earrings $40.00 CAD – from Esther Chabot Bijoux.
5. Frida Kahlo Leggings $70.00 CAD – from Caracarmina.
6. Sienna Vintage Brass Italian Chain + Glass Crystal Bracelet $39.00 CAD – from Standing O Accessories.

Third Row

7. Black & White Polka Dot Heart Pillow $36.00 USD – from Dayna Lee Collection.
8. Arcana Tee $20.00 USD – from Prints and Needles.
9. The Edge of the World Photograph $30.00 USD – from The Lonely Pixel.