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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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Doll Parts: Courtney Love X Nasty Gal’s Second Collection

Courtney Love of Hole

Courtney Love was one of my earliest style icons. I was a huge Hole fan, and very much part of the Grunge and Riot Grrrl scene during its heyday. A lover of costume and vintage clothing, it’s easy to see why Love’s aesthique really appealed and resonated with me back then.

I still remember the thrill of finding similar vintage baby doll dresses as worn in the “Live Through This” years when I was a 90’s teenager visiting the UK. Portabello Road, Camden and the sadly long gone Kensington Market in London were absolute treasure troves to dress my restless suburban self.

Such finds now can be harder (and more expensive) to come by, so it was an absolute treat when Courtney Love’s Collection with Nasty Gal launched last January. With its mix of baby dolls, satin slips and crystal tiara’s its no surprise it sold out so quickly.

So I’m super excited to see that Love is soon launching a second collection with Nasty Gal on November 3rd.

While there are still nods to the iconic baby doll dress, Vogue says it best when these describe this collection as a “transhistorical reimagining“. It’s still feels like 90’s Love, but there’s an evolution with its rich velvets, hand beading and “a kind of Jim Morrison pirate blouse,” as Courtney calls it.

From the collection previews I’ve seen so far, the vibe is total Rock N Roll Witchery which I’m loving.

GAH. Hi. Take my money!

You can sign up for exclusive access to Nasty Gal’s x Courtney Love’s latest collection now.

And here are a few of my favourite pieces (so far):

Courtney Love x Nasty Gal - Black Pirate TopCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Velvet Baby Doll DressCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Velvet Frock CoatCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Pirate TopCourtney Love x Nasty Gal - Leopard Print Coat

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Black Accessory Essentials

black accessories

I’ve been on a bit of a colour binge (well for me) as of late, but nothing beats perfect all black accessories. By this time of year I’m always in sore need of new shoes, a new handbag, and new sunglasses – mostly because I’ve lost or broken my existing ones.

Here are a few black accessory essentials I’m digging as of late –

perfect black accessoriesWild West Bootie in Onyx | Laso Harness Bootie | Canton Booties

Kitti Sunglasses in Noir Crazy Train Sunglasses | Wolves Sunnies

Crazy Hart Tote | Waxed Canvas Tote | The Muse Fringe Bag

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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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Review: Likely General, Toronto

Likely General haul

I’ve been dying to check out Likely General in Toronto for some time now.

That feeling of missing out on something always hits me when I move away from a somewhere. Like everything going on in the world I once inhabited suddenly takes on a glossier sheen than before. I somehow magically forget how much I hated commuting and being wedged under someones armpit on the street car or the sweltering humidity in the summer or any number of things that would grind me down daily.

The grass is always greener and all that yes, BUT, having moved to a small town, I’ve realized one is afforded a lot more opportunities to experience and do cool things if they live in an urban center. And I miss that element of city living a lot. An abundance of interesting new independent shops such as Likely General, really makes me feel torn as to where my heart should call home.

Likely General in Roncesvalles, TorontoAnyway! Enough on that, I want to talk about how awesome Likely General is. Situated in one of my favourite areas of Toronto – Roncesvalles in the west end of the city, Brooke Manning’s Likely General is a bright, large shop that also doubles as a space to showcase creative work by up-and-coming artists.

Likely General states that their “main objective is to promote contemporary makers and artists who create in small batches while keeping integrity in mind.”

And they do this beautifully in my opinion. I was delighted to find a wonderful selection of curated goods from some of my favourite independent businesses in stock when I visited.

Likely General TorontoIn addition for being a go-to for beautiful, handmade goods they also host a variety of events and workshops as well as an ongoing Feminist Film night. (Ok, can you see why I’m bemoaning not being remotely near the city anymore?)

I’m glad I was finally able to pop by the shop when last in Toronto. I picked up a few things while there, including Dark Wave by OLO Fragrance which smells absolutely incredible. Hell, any of the below goodies I’d highly recommend. My house smells amazing with the Campfire Incense or White Sage Mini’s burning, and I’ve found a new favourite for my face skincare routine with Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal soap (this stuff is so good and has seriously cleared my skin up). Below are descriptions of each.


Bespoke ScentsOLO FRAGRANCE Dark Wave – Cardamom – Indonesian Vetivert – Wood. Each fragrance continues to be hand blended and bottled to order. OLO Fragrance blends contain fractionated coconut oil, essential oils, key accords and absolutes.

JUNIPER RIDGE White Sage Mini Smudge Sticks. “Beautiful leaf clusters and enormous flowering stalks burst forth in the spring, painting streaks of white against the rusty green hillsides.”

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Bamboo Charcoal Soap – Tea Tree + Bergamot. 100% natural and vegan soap handcrafted in Seattle, Washington.

JUNIPER RIDGE Campfire Incense – Sweetgrass. Made only from wildcrafted plants, tree sap, wood and bark found hiking the backcountry. No hidden fragrances, charcoal or perfume.

Likely General TorontoSo if you find yourself in Toronto, besides checking out a lovely part of the city (Top Tip: there’s a great Polish Bar down the street from Likely General called the Inter Steer Tavern. I have a serious soft spot for it, and they make great pierogies!), it’s well worth the jaunt to the west end just to visit Likely General.

WHERE: 389 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2N1, Canada.

LIKELY GENERAL HOURS: Monday – Friday, 12-7 | Saturday 11-7 | Sunday 12-6

LIKELY GENERAL ONLINE: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr.

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post, all items purchased with my own money and review/opinion fully my own 🙂

Additional Store Image Credits: Likely General’s Instagram.


London Calling Part 3: Ab Fab Darling!

London Calling

You could easily spend a small fortune in London shopping (and I very well may have over the years). Whatever you’re looking for, London will have several of it. From expansive Flagship Stores to small independent shops and markets of all sorts the city is a shoppers dream.

If you know what you like be it vintage, books or some killer Vivienne Westwood – do your research before you go and make a list! Even better, go download the Yelp app if you have a smart phone. Yelp is an incredible community powered by user submitted reviews on pretty much anything in a given city.

The awarded star ratings are a good indicator of whether a place is yay or nay, and generally the reviews are pretty fair (and some simply hilarious!) Additionally, you can bookmark things you want to check out and still access your list and map of where stuff is even when if you have your data roaming or wifi turned off.

Camden Market London

Below is a list of a few of my favourite shops to hit whenever I’m back in London. It’s a bit of a mix, so check these places out or get inspired to make your own list. And if you have any tips for me as to great shopping finds in London I’d love to hear them!

Forbidden Planet

Stormtroopers outside Forbidden Planet in LondonForbidden Planet LondonPhotos: Danacea & theefer

Forbidden Planet is the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer and the largest UK stockist of the latest comics and graphic novels.” The London Megastore for this fantastic retailer is located on Shaftsbury Avenue near Tottenham Court Road. If you like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or anything even remotely geeky you’ll want to make a beeline for Forbidden Planet. With an excellent selection of books, comics, merch and more, they often have really cool events and in store signings too.

Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine LondonPhoto: kreestal

Oh my goodness do I love Tatty Devine! This often imitated store sells original laser cut jewellery in perspex and other sorts of materials. You can create your own as well or choose from their various lines. They often collaborate with other artists, designers or bands (such as Robots in Disguise) to create some really unique pieces. Bright, bold and fun. Tatty Devine’s jewellery are pop statement pieces to accessorize your look. With two locations in London (Brick Lane and Monmouth Street) for you to shop at.

Vivien of Holloway

Vivien of Holloway in LondonPhoto: imcountingufoz

If you love vintage but get frustrated when you find something you adore but it’s nowhere near your size or wish you could have several of the same beautifully cut frock, then you need to check out Vivien of Holloway, nearest tube store Holloway Road on the Piccadilly Line. Whether you consider yourself a Rockabilly or just love the era, Vivien of Holloway will sweep you off your feet with their fantastic collection of 40’s and 50’s style clothing, all new and made with period inspired fabrics and cuts “slightly adapted from genuine vintage styles”.

What Katie Did

What Katie Did LondonPhoto: What Katie Did

Following on in a similar vein, if you’re going to buy a stunning dress from Vivien of Holloway, you *need* to have equally fabulous underpinnings! Ladies, if you want some killer vintage inspired lingerie or stockings, What Katie Did will quickly sort you out. Their London Boutique is currently located on Portobello Road. I’ve been a long time fan of this store, and have some stunning pieces from here including a to die for 10 strap garter belt (hubba hubba!) The quality is superb and will make you feel like a starlet of old.

Ceri Cushen Hair

Hair & Styling by Ceri Cushen LondonPhoto: Ceri Cushen for A is For Arsenic, photography by Melissa Jenkins

Based in North London, and with over 11 years of experience, Ceri has done the best of them from rock stars to brides to ballet dancers (and even me!) I love this girl, and obviously am totally biased given she’s a good friend of mine. With that said I wouldn’t sing her praises if it didn’t warrant it. She’s an incredible award-winning hairdresser, specializing in extensions, wigs and vintage hair styling.

Angel Emma

Angel Emma Hair LondonPhoto: Angel Emma

Emma of Angel Emma has over 21 years of experience in hairdressing (though to look at her you’d wonder where she’s hidden the fountain of youth in her flat if that’s the case!) Amazing hair, for amazing people – she specializes in human hair extensions and is an approved Cinderella Hair extensions stylist. She also does a mean Brazilian Smoothing Treatment, making the most unruly, unhappy hair silky smooth and lush to the touch. She’s like a sister to me and a dear friend. I can attest to her skills as over the years I have been absolutely spoilt by her and Ceri doing my hair (that’s me with Emma in the photo above with the red wrapped dreads!) From extensions to smoothing treatments, colour and cuts these two North London ladies are the crème de la crème of hairdressing.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood London
Ok, I could never afford anything in here, but that doesn’t stop a girl from looking! And with the flagship in London on Conduit St this is simply a must if you love Westwood.

Sister Ray

Sister Ray LondonPhoto: oemebamo

Vinyl seeker? Oh man, you are in for a treat and a very, very heavy suitcase to lug back home after your trip. Berwick Street in Soho is home to several excellent record shops. I have to say Sister Ray is my favourite of the Soho bunch (c’mon, named after a Velvet Underground song for the win!)

Rough Trade

Rough Trade LondonPhoto: J.Paris

Brilliant record label and shops. Such a cool, cool place with in-store events and gigs happening all the time. I am truly saddened to be so far away from Rough Trade now (though I’m certainly not knocking the ace record shops of Toronto!). Rough Trade have two locations, their Flagship in Brick Lane and their original shop from back in the day near Portobello Road.

The Great Frog

The Great Frog LondonPhoto: The Great Frog London

Incredible Rock n’ Roll jewellery from the Great Frog in Carnaby Street. If you love silver, hand crafted jewellery with edge, The Great Frog is a must. Their client list includes Rock & Roll elite such as Motorhead, the Who, the Beatles and Iggy Pop just to name a few.


In addition these chains have massive Flagship stores on Oxford Street: Top Shop, River Island, Muji, H&M, Zara.

And for some excellent markets where you’ll be sure of some unusual finds, vintage, and more head to: Greenwich MarketPortobello Market and Camden Market