a melancholy winter. a bit of etsy inspiration for a gothic day

It's December! The month of tinsel and staying in and getting fat on holiday food!

As winter approaches, I can't help but dream of snow - but not in the I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas sense. I've been into the idea of a stark, monochromatic world to take pictures in - dark, bare trees against a cloudy white sky with white on the ground is my idea of a good place for a photo shoot in the wintertime.

I think I got onto this kick because of P's pretty pictures from a Melancholia Exhibition she recently attended, as well as images from the Tim Burton exhibit going on at MoMA. These darkly beautiful images have made me want to translate them into an outfit or a shoot of mine of some sort, preferably with a desolate or tragic feel and some form of a masculine touch (I've been so obsessed with wearing Neil's bow ties lately, I'm trying to find a way to put one into every outfit). If I could steal Rhi's jet black hair and style it into some form of a tousled-yet-elegant Victorian up do, I would in a heartbeat.

And if we had snow, this is what I would wear, care of Etsy.

Vintage Fox in the Snow Coat by Persephone Vintage (Isn't this coat ridiculously fantastic? I love its full fur skirt.. so unique.)

Vintage Sheer Lace Blouse by The Aurora Vintage

Vintage Bow Pumps by The Pudding Store

Black and Creme Collared Playsuit by I'm Your Present

Vintage Black Boiled Wool Cape by IKAHN

Speaking of Victorian.. Black Eyed Suzie's shop is filled with images perfect for an gothic inspired day. Her dolls are handmade and have the prettiest, most intricate details, all with a bit of a dark feel. (Thanks to Jess for introducing me to her shop!)

That's all for today! I'm headed out in a short while to see Neil's band play at the Arcade, and I'm wearing a floral dress I bought at Goodwill recently! While it's not very gothic, it is black with ruffles at the skirt and cool bows at the sleeves. Can't wait to show you all.