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

LA Splash Wickedly Divine Lipstick

This will be my very first product review post. As most of you probably know, I usually write about my recent photo shootings, vinyl or book collection and everyday adventures (like festival visits). Normally I don’t see my blog posts as reviews. I would describe them more as some kind of journal (diary-like post), in which I write about my actions, thoughts and feelings. But, I wanted to give product reviewing a try. So, here we go, hope you guys like it!

Lipsticks are a bit of a thing of mine, I’ve come to realise. I recently posted some pictures of my favorite shades on my Instagram. Plus, as a Villainette Prospect, I am living a “lipstick” lifestyle. And right now I am beyond obsessed with the Wickedly Divine Liquid Lipsticks by LA Splash Cosmetics. And there’s no better day to publish a review of these wonderful “lippies” than on National Lipstick Day.

I discovered the liquid lipsticks by LA Splash Cosmetics through a friend’s recommendation. Because of she was so enthusiastic about this brand, I decided I needed to try this lipstick myself.

While searching on the world wide web, I stumbled upon this amazing lipstick collection called ‘Angels and Sinners Story Book Collection’, which has been released on March 15th 2017. They claim the formula to deliver a long-lasting super comfortable wear. Something I needed to check out for myself. 

The full ‘Angels and Sinners Story Book Collection’ features no less then 16 lip products total. It consists of the Sinfully Angelic Lip Glosses in eight lovely shades (Afriel, Angelique, Erela, Seraphina, Gleam, Divinity, Ambriel and Haziel) and the Wickedly Divine Matte Liquid Lipsticks, which also come in eight dark mysterious shades (Kiss of Death, Fallen Angel, Moriferous, Brides Revenge, Evil Darling, Vampire’s Fang, Dragon’s Blood and Black of Night).

Each product (lip gloss or liquid lipstick) retails for approximately € 16,00 each, so if you are only interested in a few colors, you don’t have to get the whole bundle. And, because I did’t wanted a lip gloss, I decided to buy myself four lovely dark shades of liquid lipsticks only. I just love a dark “vampy” look! So, I treated myself to Kiss of Death (901), Mortiferous (903), Brides Revenge (904) and Vampire’s Fang (906). The names of the shades alone made me want to buy them!

I have to confess I just can’t get enough of the packaging. I really love love love it! It’s a really unique, and almost a bit Gothic, design. You can see the color through the bottom part and the crystal on top of the wand, which looks a bit like a crown, is such a cute detail. This packaging is just made for us dark princesses!

And, most important, LA Splash Cosmetics kept their promise! The formula of these lipsticks is really silky and comfortable. It goes on on super smooth, has a great pigmentation and doesn’t feel dry at all. Each color stayed on for a long time and I could barely feel that I had put lipstick on. Really amazing!

Furthermore, the (new) teardrop shaped wand gives you a more precise application. And because of the wand has a little pocket in the center which holds the product, you don’t need to dip the product multiple times to fill your lips. 

 To conclude: this lipstick makes me very happy. Plus, this LA Splash lipsticks are vegan-friendly as well as cruelty- free, which makes me even happier. It’s good to know that the ingredients used are good for me and the earth.

Great Times At Graspop Metal Meeting 2019

After a month since to our visit to Graspop Metal Meeting 2019 it’s about time for a little throwback. We had three great days of screaming guitars and wrist-fracturing drumbeats… felt like heaven on earth!

Just to make things clear. I don’t see my event blog posts as reviews. I would describe them more as some kind of journal (diary-like post), in which I write about my actions, thoughts and feelings. Now you might picture me as a teen girl, laying on her bed with her feet waving lazily through the air and writing about her crush in her diary. But, what the hell… that’s fine by me.

Enough small talk! Let’s go back to our visit to one of the best metal festivals of Europe. For those who don’t know, Graspop Metal Meeting (often shortened to ‘Graspop’ or ‘GMM’) is a Belgian (three-days) heavy metal festival held in Dessel each year since 1996. It’s known the world over for putting on a very very very nice display of iconic metal acts, attracting thousands of international fans.

This years edition was completely sold out! But, the festival field “Stenehei” in Dessel, Belgium, offers Graspop’s approximately 200.000 visitors plenty of room to enjoy and dance on your favorite music in the sun. Or, like we did, to just sit, relax and enjoy the music.

Graspop offers plenty refreshments to take care of the inner metalhead. You can buy cold beer, soft drinks and a variety of snacks (read: junk food) at the stalls around the festival area. For those who are not eating animal meat, human or alien meat, there are also many vegetarian options. My personal favorites are churros and pancakes. But, don’t expect high food quality!

Why I love Graspop so much? Well, definitely not because of the food. It’s because of the unique atmosphere. For three days, thousands of metal fans communed in an atmosphere of friendship, understanding, tolerance and an unwavering love of heavy music. Numerous of visitors from different countries are partying together in peace. 

Again, it was one hell of a festival, with multiple highlights and, of course, some disappointments as well. It was also a weekend of goodbyes. A number of bands will bid farewell to the stage with the end of the 2019 (festival) season and performed at Graspop Metal Meeting as a part of their ‘final tour’.

With five stages (Main Stage 1 & 2, Marquee, Metal Dome, Jupiler Stage and Classic Rock CafĂ©) and so many bands performing, it’s almost impossible to see every single show, but here’s a short summary of what we did see:

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Friday, Main Stage 1, 19:15)
Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is in the midst of what they’re calling the Last of the ‘Street Survivors Farewell Tour’. It is intended to be the final tour cond
ucted by the band. It was my first time, and also last time, seeing this band perform live, and I have to say it was quite a good show.

Slayer (Friday, Main Stage 1, 23:30)
After the slightly disappointing show by the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation, it was time for Slayer, which was definitely the main headliner of this festival Friday. Like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the American thrash metal heroes are calling it a day in 2019. They played their final Benelux show, which is part of their ‘Final World Tour’, at Graspop.
And what a great show it was!

Amon Amarth (Friday, Main Stage 2, 20:40)
One of the bands that I really wanted to see. Amon Amarth is probably one of, if not the most famous viking themed band in the metal genre… and for good reason. And, they are definitely part of my top 10 favorite bands. Their show was really spectacular,
 filled with fireworks, viking battles and implacable guitar violence. Vocalist Johan Hegg definitely knows how to control a crowd and make them part of the show.

By the way, I recently bought tickets to the Amon Amarth concert next december in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’m so excited!! 

HammerFall (Saturday, Main Stage 2, 13:50)
Another one of those pleasant Graspop surprises. This was my first acquaintance the Swedish band and I have to say I liked what I heard. Perhaps because some of the band members are also involved in other projects I like (Niklas Sundin & Mikael Stanne, both Dark Tranquillity). HammerFall is definitely a name to remember for the near future.

KISS (Sunday, Main Stage 1, 23:00)
Another band which is about ready to “throw the towel”. After a stellar career spanning four and a half decades, Detroit rockers KISS are calling it quits, but not before treating thei
r millions of loyal fans to one last scintillating tour aptly called ‘End of the Road’.  To be honest, KISS is not one of my all-time-favorite bands and the music hasn’t changed much over the years, but this was one of the last opportunities to see this the legendary hard rock band perform. And I must confess, it’s impressive to see these guys perform at their age.

In addition to the above, we also saw great shows of a.o. Halestorm, Trivium, Disturbed, Godsmack, Slipknot, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, Def Leppard and Sabaton.

After three days partying in sunny Dessel I was quite exhausted but satisfied. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and so, and so it was time to pack up and go home with nothing but great memories… and a mild sunburn. Note to self: never wear fishnet stockings on a hot summer day!

Final thoughts:
⊗ Was it worth the visit? Hell yeah!
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Did we get to hear some great music? Hell yeah!
⊗ Do we want to visit next year’s edition? Once more, hell yeah!

 

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.