For The Love Of Corsets

I’m an avid fan of corsets, as you can probably tell if you follow my Facebook model page or Instagram. Most people see corsets as a sexy piece of lingerie, but generally I consider corsets to be their own category of clothing, and more of a piece of classy outerwear than underwear.

In my experience, wearing a corset feels a bit like being hugged. A gentle squeeze, perfectly proportioned all around your torso. A good quality corset gives the best support you’ve ever felt (better than your best fitting bra) but with no weight on your shoulders and no elastic digging in anywhere. And, ladies, isn’t that what we all want? 😉

Although I love to wear corsets, I don’t wear them every day and I am not doing “(corset) waist training”. I mostly wear corsets during my visits to Renaissance fairs and during photo shootings. In everyday life, I also wear jeans and comfy sweaters.

A brief history of corsets
Corsets throughout history have been almost exclusively an undergarment for the majority of the time. During their heyday in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, corsets transformed from a purely functional piece of clothing to a beautiful piece of lingerie. With the introduction of luxurious silk fabrics and dainty lace trims, many corsets became elegant components of trousseaus or decadent boudoir accompaniments, a new incarnation for these previously staid garments. 

Yet in the latter half of the 20th century (in the 1960s), when a slim athletic figure came into style, exercising replaced shape-wear for attaining an ideal figure. And for a long while, corsets were a rare item for those not into historical reenactment or the fetish scene.

It wasn’t until around the 1980s that corsets saw a major resurgence (one that we can largely attribute to Jean Paul Gaultier’s corseted costumes for Madonna). Corsets stopped being solely hidden under clothing.

Many corsets are now being designed exclusively as outerwear pieces, whether these be as casual wear, evening wear, or bridal wear. These pieces still often give a nod to lingerie though.

My thoughts on corsetry
The area of corsetry that most interests me most is couture. I follow some amazing designers on social media and Etsy. It would be criminal to cover up their beautiful corsets with clothing. And besides, these corsets do not look as underwear at all. They are an unique piece of clothing on their own. But unfortunately, these unique creations are often way out of my budget.

I prefer to buy steel bone corsets. Why? Because they fit into my budget and, more important, a corset without steel bones is like a car without gas… it simply doesn’t work. Corsets that use cheaper plastic boning are simply for looks or fashion, but will literally burst at the seams if you try to tighten down.

I regularly purchase my corsets online. Here are my top three online stores for affordable and good quality corsets:

  1. draculaclothing.com – Where I buy most of my corsets. They sell good quality corsets and shipping is free. 
  2. burleska.co.uk – When I stumbled across this website; It was like finding gold! They sell such a wide variety of corsets.
  3. rebelmadness.pl – Just gotta love the beauties in this shop!

I sure hope this will be helpful in saving you time and money when it comes to shopping for a nice corset.

 

Picture by Imaginem Photography

A Day At The Beach

A few weeks ago, my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I went for a nice walk at the famous Noordwijk Beach in Holland. It did not disappoint.

We had a lovely afternoon. The sun was shining, the beach views were breathtaking and the beach itself wasn’t crowded. Apart from some kite-surfers, there were almost no people swimming. The ocean seemed unusually warm, based on the fact that we haven’t had the most summer-likely temperatures yet.

Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean and the great people watching, one of the best parts of being at the beach is the chance to relax and clear the mind. As they say, nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.

In case you were wondering what alternative girls like me wear to the beach. The answer is black, black, and more black! I had a black pentagram skater dress on, which I bought on Wish.com last summer, combined with my Demonia platform sandals. I added an awesome black cat eye sunglasses and topped it off with dark shade of lipstick, of course. 

And, because of it was such a beautiful day and the beach, with his awesome dunes, is the perfect decor for photo shootings, my sweet boyfriend and husband-to-be and I could resist taking some pictures in the dunes. All pictures are made on our smartphones, because of we left our camera at home. Nevertheless, I think they turned out very nice. 

You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.

Lady Elisa V. is now Villainette Prospect

I am so stoked and honored to announce that on June 8th 2019 I became a Villainette Prospect. This is a very exciting and huge step for me, because of becoming Prospect means my sisters saw something special in me. And I received my first official (digital) patch!

I truly know what sisterhood feels like now and it is an amazing experience. My sisters are are caring, loving, helpful, encouraging and uplifting. When women support each other, incredible things happen!

 

TЯUTH – HOИOЯ – ЯΣSPΣCT – FΛMILY – LOYΛLTY – CLΛSS

My Love For Vampires

Vampires have always (and probably will always) be my favorite supernatural creatures. Perhaps that’s the main reason I can’t ever get enough of “vampire photo shootings”. But why do I love vampires? What is it I like so much about those dark creatures?

I have been fascinated with vampires for as long as I can remember. I see vampires as incredibly sexy, powerful and passionate creatures that can also be dangerous or even deadly. They usually live in amazing castle-like homes, often hundreds of years old (like themselves), or luxury mansions. 

Vampires take you to a different world… a world of fantasy and mystery, a world of dreams. Vampires are like mirrors. They are the monsters we hide, and in the watching, in the reading, they exorcise us and show us something beautiful. Their lust for blood resonates with our lust for what’s forbidden. Vampires can live forever but they have their limitations. And not being responsible could cause their death.

Bloodlust
According to popular belief, vampires drink blood from the living and hunt them under the cover of darkness. The vampire sucks the blood from (the necks of) its victims using its fangs, leaving behind the telltale two puncture holes in the victim. 

In general, vampires hunt at night since sunlight weakens their powers.  Some may have the ability to morph into the form of an animal, usually a bat or a wolf, in order to sneak up on a victim.

Fangs
Their teeth, or fangs, they fascinate me. The idea that a “person” that looks perfectly normal can ultimately reveal their true nature and ravage you in a split second (not talking sexually here) is very interesting to me. They are like the ultimate wicked predator.

I even have my own custom made fangs made by Persephone Pearls. They look so realistic and neat. I would seriously recommend custom made fangs for anyone who is looking for some vampire fangs to complete their Halloween costumes… or for the Vampire Freaks like me who just want to rock a pair of fangs.


Great strength

Vampires are basically invincible due to their supernatural powers and abilities, which can vary greatly depending on their generation, age or blood type. Their powers can include the power of enhanced senses, mind control, shape-shifting and, of course, super-strength. What kind of abilities a vampire may have, I would rather not have them as my enemy.

Eternal life
One of their powers is that vampires are purported to live forever. Once you become a vampire you’ll be youthful and ageless. That sounds pretty cool in a way. After all, who wants to get old? 

Legend has it that a vampire can only be killed if it’s stabbed through the heart with a stake, shot through the heart with a silver bullet, burned, beheaded or exposed to sunlight, although vampires are also intolerant of garlic, holy water and crucifixes.

Vampire stories
There are so many books and movies, covering all kinds of mythologies surrounding this immortal creatures.
 And I have to confess I love them all. Every author, every book and every movie has its own ideas to the vampire character. All interest me and I don’t bash any particular idea of what a person may feel a vampire should be like.

I grew up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I loved the vampires and I wanted to see more of them. The television show might be just over 20 years old now, but I still think it’s one of the best television shows ever made.

My all-time favorite vampire movie is definitely Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). It’s a very interesting adaptation of Stoker’s book version of Dracula and probably the most successful Dracula movie in recent times. With an excellent performances by Gary Oldman as the titular Transylvanian menace. The movie feels a little too long at times, but its rich atmosphere, gorgeous set design, and sympathetic portrayal of its characters outweighs its run-time issues.

Talking about vampire stories, did you guys knew (my alter ego) Vampire Queen Lady V. has her own vampire story? You can read it on my page A Vampire’s Tale.

 

Pictures by: Perfect-GS-Picture

My Role Model: Morticia Addams

There are many women I look to for matriarchal inspiration and one of my favorite women is Morticia Addams. She is the original Goth girl; she is eccentric and macabre, but also thoughtful and compassionate. She preaches self-confidence and is devoted to her family. She’s beautiful in a wonderfully unique way, completely detached from societal norms. There’s nothing typical about her and she embraces that. Morticia Addams helped shape my view on how to be a woman. 

Who is Morticia Addams?
For those who don’t know Morticia Addams, Morticia Addams is a character from The Addams Family comic strips, television shows and movies. 
The Addams Family is a fictional household created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, who based Morticia on his first wife, Barbara.

The Addams Family has traditionally included Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing, and Gomez’s Cousin Itt. The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal 20th-century American family: an odd wealthy aristocratic clan who delight in the macabre and are seemingly unaware, or do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening. 

Morticia is Gomez Addams’s wife and the mother of Pugsley Addams, Wednesday Addams, and later Pubert Addams. Morticia’s maiden name is “Frump” and she has an older sister named Ophelia.

Her creator Charles Addams describes Morticia as the real head of the family, being low-voiced, incisive and subtle, she rarely smiles, has ruined beauty, and is also contemptuous and has a fierce loyalty to her family. She has a garden full of deadly nightshade, hen bane and dwarfs hair.

If you have not yet watched The Addams Family, stop reading now and go watch it. It is worth your time.

Life lessons from Morticia Addams 
Morticia Addams may have been different, but there are many lessons to be learned from her zany character:

  1. Be only, completely yourself.
    Morticia Addams embraces her strange like no other. She is an utter outcast in the town where she lives; the normals don’t understand her witchy ways, dark aesthetic and brazen sexuality. She likes black and is fascinated by the occult, sex, death, chaos and ruin. She is shamelessly strange, openly unusual, happily macabre.
    Morticia never allowed herself to bow down to societal pressures. Instead, she continually believed in herself, loved herself and held her head high. This makes her such an inspiration for those of us who live on the wilder side of the tracks, who sometimes feel like we have to hide who we are to fit in with those around us. 
  2. Looks are not all that counts
    Sure, Morticia Addams is drop dead gorgeous, with her pale skin and long black hair. But, she proved that a that beauty, while it’s nice, is not everything. Beauty can be found in anything and everything, but it does not give something worth.
    Morticia is constantly working on new hobbies in her spooky mansion, always improving. Beauty and brains! 
  3. Sometimes life can be rough, but it doesn’t mean you should give up
    Sometimes life gives you lemons, or in Morticia’s case, stems with roses on top. But you just need to find the solution. If you don’t like the way life looks, make it your own. For example, snip the petals off the stem.
  4. Always look at life from your own perspective
    Where you see a rain storm, Morticia sees an opportunity. All issues in life could be looked at from this perspective. Don’t see a rain cloud as a be all, end all. Try to dance in the rain!
     
  5. It is important to be the best parent you can be
    Morticia raises Wednesday and Pugsley (and Pubert) to be unique, creative, honest individuals. She sugarcoats nothing and as a result they have are incredibly well-adjusted and unbiased.
    Morticia is understanding mother. She never lets her children play with any (large) weapons, has no problem going into Wednesday’s school to talk to her teacher about how wrong it is to read books about slaying beloved dragons, and even allows for the children to destroy their toys.
  6. True loves exists
    Morticia and Gomez have been married for years and are still desperately in love, lacking nothing in desire. They frequently spend quality time together, from the occasional waltz to extravagant dinners and romantic evening strolls through the family tombs.


Carolyn Jones
Talking about the actresses behind Morticia Addams, I prefer to the Carolyn Jones version rather than the Anjelica Huston. She is hands down the best Morticia Addams ever! Raven-haired, pouty-lipped, wasp-waisted, curvy-hipped Carolyn Jones… she just portrayed Morticia flawlessly.

Carolyn Jones was born on April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. She will always be best known for her role as Morticia Addams, but this only represents a couple of years out of a career than spanned three decades. Before captivating America as Morticia in the 1960s hit television series The Addams Family, actress Carolyn Jones appeared in 30 movies (including starring roles with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra) and had a decade-long marriage to producer Aaron Spelling. After The Addams Family went off the air, she mostly continued to work in television (with roles in Batman, Wonder Woman and Roots), with only a couple of film roles. Carolyn Jones died of cancer on August 3, 1983, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed watching (the reruns of) The Addams Family television series (TV: 1964-1966). And recently I purchased all seasons of the television series on DVD. I enjoy each episode as much as when I was a little girl, and my love for the long haired beauty remains unbroken. Morticia Addams will forever be my feminist Queen. Perhaps I will work out a Morticia Addams inspired photo shooting one day.

What Are The Villainettes To Me?

If you were to tell me a year ago that I would belong to a sisterhood, I would have thought you were lying. Growing up I never really understood what it meant to belong to a sorority or a sisterhood, and I never had the desire to find out. My perspective completely changed when my sweet bearded boyfriend Count vlAD became a Bearded Villain Supporter. Learning more and more about the ideas and values of this famous brotherhood of bearded men – such as charity work, support and respect – I knew I had to try out to be in a sisterhood. But I wanted to join a sisterhood dedicated to  similar wonderful values as the the Bearded Villains. wanted to make a difference! And then I found The Villainettes.

Who are the Villainettes?
The Villainettes a worldwide sisterhood. It was founded on 5th May 2015. The Villainettes is a stand alone group of badazz and classy women of all ages and walks of life who are all united in the belief we can do our part in the betterment of our community and the betterment of this world by leading by example.

We are mothers daughters, sisters, wives but, just as importantly, we are friends. ❤ We are fierce, fearless, keen and strong. We are sharp, and we are explosive. We embody family values with a feminine touch.

The essences of character that define The Villainettes: truth, honor, respect, family, loyalty, class. ?

My journey
It is an honor to be part of this worldwide family, the sisterhood The Villainettes. I started my journey on 5th September 2018 as a Villainette Supporter, which is a phase in which women are given the opportunity to show interest and dedication.

On October 4th 2018 I ranked up from Supporter to Prospect Hopeful. The Prospect Hopeful phase can been seen as some kind as “trial period”, to feel or you can give yourself 100% to the sisterhood. A phase in which I will be learning more about The Villainettes, their values and their organisation. And, of course, my sisters will get to know more about me and what I stand for.

Of course I hope that I can become a member some day. I would be over the moon to be a part of this wonderful group of strong, unique, beautiful and inspiring women. It will be a long but joyful destination to become a Villainette member, and it’s more than worth the effort.

What this sisterhood means to me?
This question is harder to answer than you may think. Sisterhood means something different to everyone. To me, The Villainettes sisterhood is more than just a group of girls. They are my friends, my family, my support system, and my life. Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to tell what being part of this wonderful sisterhood has taught me.

  1. Supportive and caring
    Whether you are having just a bad day, are feeling down or just want to complain about the weather, your sisters will always be there for you, to listen to your story and comfort you. They believe in you when I don’t even believe in yourself. ❤
  2. Good advice
    If you are wondering about what clothes to wear, how to manage your time, or just need a little inspiration about what to eat for dinner, your sisters are there to help you out and answer your questions.
  3. Friendship
    Joining a sisterhood means meeting new people and getting to know each other during the journey. Your sisters become friends, and some will even become “family”.
  4. Making a difference
    One woman can make a difference but together we can rock the world. True! We are stronger together, as a sisterhood, than we will ever be apart; we can raise awareness or start up a charity campaign to support a series of international causes.

I am so glad that I decided to tryout to be a part of The Villainettes sisterhood.