Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Alienist by Caleb Carr Review

My best friend recommended me the show a couple of years back, and I loved it. Wanted to check out the book too, and when it was picked in the Book Lovers Club on Discord, I finally got around to it!

This book is up all my alleys. It's dark, set in victorian times, a murder mystery and investigation.. I immediately loved it, and got Sherlock Holmes vibes from the writing style. It's like it could have been a victorian novel, but it is modernized just enough; you've got diverse characters, with more progressive views, but we are still shown how things usually were back then. The Isaacson brothers provided a nice comedic relief to all the brutalness.

I love how we get a historical architectural tour of New York, the detailed description of their investigation (which uses methods that were very modern at the time, that are completely normal today), how politics is blended in, and other historical details sprinkled in throughout.

I thought the chapters were pretty much perfectly set up, they all seemed to be timed well. I guess I noticed because I've read a bunch of books lately where the chapters are super short for no reason, or just to create cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I loved the writing, but I can see that it could be wordy for some people. The ending was good, I was worried it would feel a little rushed when I noticed how few pages were left, but it didn't feel that way to me. I do wonder how the ending sets up the next book. I've already seen season 2 of the show, but I of course want to read the second book. I think I'll wait a little until my memory of the show has faded. By the time I read this, I had forgotten most plot details from the first season. Think I'll give that a re-watch now! I also see that there's a third book coming up next year, so definitely wanna snap that one up too! Hopefully that'll give us a third season of the show as well.

Oh, and let me show you my outfit inspired by Sara Howard! She's such a badass, I love her. Fun fact; Both me and Dakota Fanning who plays her in the show were born the year this book came out!

Monday, May 24, 2021

All the big announcements!

Hello! I've got lots of exciting things to tell you, so let's get right into it!

I managed to get new hair just in time for World Goth Day! I debuted it during my set on the big WGD stream. I went to a goth friend who's a hairdresser apprentice, who also cut my hair last time, before my wedding! Since then it's grown A LOT, so it was possible to cut it into what I've been wanting. There's still some bits that need to grow, but we'll get there soon! She convinced me to get the ear tail, something I didn't think would suit me! I absolutely love the color placement she did. I did the actual purpleing at home. At first I used Lunar Tides Orchid Purple, but that somehow turned lavender?! So I mixed a lot of Lunar Tides Nightshade into it, which gave me the PERFECT shade, I am absolutely loving it. Super cool how I can bring the purple more into focus when teasing it, when it's down it's a little more hidden.

Glasses chain, nose chain, earrings and necklace all by my friend Ayame Designs! Her shop is closed right now because she had surgery, so follow her on Facebook and Instagram to be notified when she's back and peruse her wares! Would be awesome if you could welcome her back with an order.

In other exciting news; Our wedding was just featured in Offbeat Bride! As part of asian and pacific islander heritage month, and also highlighted my autism and how the pandemic actually made things easier for me. And of course, the whole goth thing, haha! They previously featured our proposal story. I love them so much, been following the site for years, and it was such a good resource during the planning.

May 27th last year I had my very first DJ stream on Twitch. So on Wednesday I will celebrate my first anniversary! Would love to have you there and party with me. Click here for the Facebook event and here to follow me on Twitch! Geisterwelt is also having their first Twitch anniversary on Saturday, which is also Marlen's 15th anniversary as a DJ!

And last, but not least, I am starting a new project together with FatherEldritch (Twitch, r/goth, Gothy Discord) and CadaverKelly (Youtube, website): Gothy Roundtable! It'll be a casual talkshow where we talk about goth stuff, to be streamed on FatherEldritch's Twitch channel, and then uploaded on CadaverKelly's Youtube channel. Our first episode will go live on Sunday, at 18:00 CET / noon EDT, so come join us! Click here to RSVP to the FB event.

Lots of exciting things happening right now, as you can see! I don't really update much here anymore, especially about personal stuff. Other than Twitch streaming (which I don't feel like posting about here every time, follow me on Facebook to know when I stream) there's not really much happening. I read a lot, that's pretty much it! I can't wait until we can have events again. I've been sad about not being in Leipzig for WGT right now, but the WGD stream was a nice consolation. My social life right now pretty much only consist of Twitch and Discord, which is fine, but even my autistic ass wants to get back out there again! I don't know how I'll cope another year without events. How about you, how have you been holding up? Tell me in the comments what you've been up to, no matter how big or small! Hopefully I'll see you around on the interwebz soon, if not here! You know where to find me.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Salad Daze by Wayne Hussey Review

 

Wayne Hussey fangirl for life here! Finally read this book at the start of the year (but forgot to publish this), and I absolutely loved it. I was extremely delighted to find out when I started it that Hussey had made playlists for every chapter! Listening to music is essential when reading a book about music. I was about to put on some The Mission of course, but didn't mind at all that my background music already had been picked out for me. The playlists consist of popular or relevant songs at the time the chapter takes place, or just music he mentions. It really adds to the reading and transforms it into a whole experience. For a fast reader like me the playlists ended up being too long, so I usually took breaks from reading to finish the playlist before moving on.

The book follows Wayne Hussey even before he was born as Jerry Wayne Lovelock in Bristol in 1958. His childhood and early years are described very in detail, which I didn't mind at all, but I imagine some would want to cut to the chase and get to the exciting stuff. Eventually we get to when Wayne is a young adult, a music lover, fledgling guitarist and wants to be a rockstar. He joins a number of bands and tells us about the scene back in the day. It isn't until closer to the end he joins The Sisters Of Mercy and we get to read how that was - many of us fans have heard a lot about how Eldritch behaves, but I have been waiting for a first-hand review like this (I really want Patricia Morrison to write a book!). The book ends just as Hussey and Craig Adams leave the band and want to start their own band. I can't wait for the next book about The Mission!

There are many great parts in this book. Random short sidenotes about crazy stuff that happened which I found hilarious. To me those are the best things about musician's biographies. Like apparently he has had sex on a trampoline in Gary Numan's garden?! Oh yes, he has written a foreword, as has Iggy Pop. There are also the typical glossy inserts of photographs, which I loved (several photos of Hussey without shades!) - especially that they didn't cut off the last page mid-sentence.

This is definitely a must-read if you're a fan. If you're only looking to read about Sisters, it's up to you if it's worth it, that part is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the book. While the book ends just as The Mission is about to begin, if you're a fan of them, it's still worth the read. He does mention things here and there that would happen later. Besides, then you have something to do while waiting for the next book!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Anniversary trip to Voss

We've just had out 5th anniversary as a couple, and thought it was worth celebrating. I've also been really starved for travel lately, so we decided to spend a night at a hotel. I found a romantic package deal at Fleischer's Hotel at Voss, a two hour drive away. So we went for it! Here is what waited for us when we arrived.

Can't believe they did this, what is this, Disney?! LOL



We were actually put in the best room they had, the king suite - where the king has actually stayed! Past royalty has also stayed here. It's a beautiful hotel built in the 1800s, so I instantly fell in love with it. Just look at the exterior, it's amazing!


Voss(evangen) is a small village that is very popular for skiing and other sports. It's about an hour by train from Bergen, and the train station is actually behind the hotel! There is even a part of the hotel that is connected to the station, which is newer. The hotel also has a motel that are more apartment style on the other side.

Across the road from the hotel

Voss church, or Vangskyrkja, from the 1200s

Some of you might be familiar with Voss water.
It's actually not from there! But the water there still tastes good, haha.


Pumpkin soup and the best focaccia I've ever had

Tenderloin with potatoes au gratin and pepper sauce

Chocolate fondant, ice cream and strawberries

The three-course meal shown above was included in our package, and we got to sit in the beautiful dining room all alone - only one more couple came later. There were very few guests, and that evening there was only one staff member that we could see, doing the reception, serving and bartending. He provided amazing service, and even put on rock music for us! Never thought I'd hear Metallica among other things in a fancy dining room like that, haha.

King Haakon VII and Queen Maud

Found a chair in my size!

Our room had a jacuzzi! So of course we had to test it out.

Lovely big windows in the breakfast dining room. Sadly there was fog!
I was surprised that hot dishes were cooked to order! But it makes sense.
The photo on the wall is of Magdalene Fleischer, wife of the founder.
She is said to haunt the hotel, specifically room 407.

Can I just say that I love the women's outfits in that photo?

Found a big graveyard!

Some beautiful artisanal chocolates I had to try at a local café!

It was really nice for both of us to get away, even just for a day two hours away. We got to spend quality one-on-one time together, and it brought us closer together. It's so easy to fall into that.. everyday domestic life, you just do what you do, and not so much special. Even though we've spent a year inside all the time, we haven't really had special date night evenings, at least not like this! We're just used to being comfortable with each other, and not having to spend every moment together at home (we're both introverts, after all). I still think it's important to date each other when you're in a longtime relationship, so I wanna try to continue to do it! I also definitely want to go back to Fleischer's sometime.

Oh, I almost forgot. I got my friend who does goth caricatures under Gotikatur to draw one of my favorite wedding photos as a surprise for Simen! Look how cool!


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Alkemia Haul & Review The Third

Yup, another one. It hasn't even been a year since my first order, and about 6 months since my second. You can totally say I'm addicted. I've loved doing reviews on these, so I learn more about scents and also have a written record of my thoughts of each one. I have so many samples now! I got a full size of Caveau Des Innocents since that was my favorite out of the last sample pack I got, and also an ultime version of Silken Tent, a sample they gave me last time based on my first favorite Come To Me. I can try to do a comparison of the regular extrait and ultime versions. Then I put together a sample pack, and as usual got two free samples. Since I ordered for more than $50, I also got a free full size of their February Love & Luck Alchemy. Now let's get smelling!


In 1891, after a wintery Paris evening discussing the legend of Salome, Oscar Wilde locked himself in his room with a blank notebook and began writing his legendary play Salomé. A few hours later, with much of the text already written, he went out to a nearby café and, needing inspiration, asked the leader of the orchestra to play some music which might evoke "a woman dancing in her bare feet in the blood of a man she has craved for and slain."

If the notes of this lost melody were perfume... A seductively inspiring arrangement to pique the lustful imagination. An overture of not so innocent magnolia underscored with a sly caress of Queen of the Night, a fulsomeness of nubile black grapes and plums, skin musk bathed in spilled cognac, and ruthless twist of bitter orange, blended with an ancient Arabian love philtre of crushed vanilla and tonka bean, mysore sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, and red oud.

Contains a proprietary elixir of botanical pheromones designed to enhance female sex appeal.

Art: Dance of the Seven Veils by Gaston Bussière, 1925

Before I even open the bottle I get a hint of the exotic East - when I open it, it just explodes with scent! It's very clean and citrusy, I definitely get the magnolia and orange right away, maybe some of the mysore sandalwood and vetiver.
Once I put it on me it mellows down. It's still got that very clean smell, like you've just laid down on fresh sheets after a shower on a hot summer's day (and the window is open, so you can smell the foliage). I am wondering if there's a laundry detergent in The Philippines that smells kind of like this, cause I feel like I'm taken there when I smell this. I should get my mother and sister to smell this!
After about 10 minutes it gets smokier (like incense) and more citrusy. After that it dances around, giving off different waves of scents. I keep obsessively smelling my wrists! It lasts for hours too. Unfortunately I don't think it suits me. Like Arcanum I love the smell, just not on my body. I would rather smell this around me, if that makes sense.


An elusive, smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. We find this one to be elementally simple, but unusually mercurial and highly responsive to different skin chemistries… the vanilla and the smoke dance with each other almost continuously… sometimes the foreground is smoky, then sweet, then returns with sweetly smoky, then smoky.

Smoke & Mirrors makes a fabulous layering scent that adds intriguing and mysterious elements to other perfumes... works particularly well for toning down any perfumes that are too sweet, deepening and gloriously complicating resin and incense based scents, and softening chypres and any 'sharp' woody scents.

Art: Fumée d’Ambre Gris by John Singer Sargent, 1880

Okay, it starts off smoky before I open the bottle - when I do, vanilla jumps out at me! Once applied on my skin it goes smoky again - I can definitely smell the burning wood at once (and that's not because I'm sitting in front of a fireplace!). It really does kinda alternate between the smells. THIS IS SORCERY. It does fade, but still lasts for hours. Don't think the smoky woody smell is for me, but Simen liked it! But he wasn't a fan of the ''candy'' smell, haha.


Skin-glow. A 'your skin but better' enchantment to create a sensual olfactory radiance. Softly alluring as candlelight. Luminae works in unique alchemy with feminine skin chemistry to create a fragrance that glows with creamy luminescence.

"It is not so much light that falls over the world.... as brightness, pouring itself out of you, as if you were burning inside. Under your skin the moon is alive." - Pablo Neruda

Art: Spirit by George Roux, 1885

Very mysterious. It's warm, I want to say buttery, there is some sweetness lurking behind it too (amber? vanilla?). It's really difficult to pick up anything specific! I think it blends with my skin very well. This is a good one if you don't want a strong smelling perfume, that blends more with your natural scent. The strength is like when you've worn a perfume for hours already, so it's faint, but still noticeable when you put your nose into it. Shame I'm alone right now as I'm testing it, I'm curious if it's more noticeable by others, since they can smell your natural scent.


An energetic brightness of mandarin orange, tangelo citrus, tart key limes, calamondin, pommello, bergamot, and fig tea infused in sparking lemongrass musk.

"You have breathed new life into me I have become your sunshine and also your shadow." -- Rumi

Art: After the Deluge (The Forty-First Day) by George Frederick Watts, c.1885–92

Oh my god, citrus explosion! It really smells like your typical cleaning product, hand soap or whatever that has a strong citrus scent. Which isn't a bad thing, I love citrus. But I can definitely see that this could be too strong for someone else. So if you love the smell after you've cleaned the floor or whatever, this is for you! I think this would be a good smell for being outdoors in summer or warm spring.


A libidinous yet delicate vintage style musk blend for all genders. Suggestively alluring with a flirtatious wink of naughty.

"Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk
One paints the beginning of a certain end.
The other, the end of a sure beginning."
- Charles Baudelaire

Art: Anticipation by Hans Zatzka, c. early 20th century

I was really intrigued by this, so had to try it out! It doesn't smell that much when I open the bottle. On me it smells very clean, kinda soapy or powdery. It actually smells kinda vintage? Like a scent your grandparents might have worn (but not in a bad way!), whether it's a perfume, powder, soap.. I put it on Simen, and on him it smells.. darker? Does that even make sense? But still very similar, and he agrees that it smells vintage. I don't think it's ''NSFW'' or sexy or anything. Maybe on Simen, but I'm kinda biased there, haha! It smells nice and isn't very strong, so there's no reason to be afraid of wearing it. Also, this lasted at least 12 hours on me, so it's very long lasting! Not even Sadzi came close to lasting that long.


Roadtrip around the U.S. in a bottle. A botanical peregrination of Saw Palmetto Palm leaves and Southern cypress from the Southeast bayous; New mown hay, Lemon basil, Wild bergamot tea from the Great Plains; Linden blossom and Acadian pine from the Northeast; Night flowering desert flowers from the Southwest; and Spicebush and Incense cedar from the West and Northwest coast.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” - Anaïs Nin

Art: Gas by Edward Hopper, 1940

This is one of the free samples I got. When I open the bottle I smell ALL THE GREENS, but it's not the greens I'm used to here in Norway. I think I can smell cypress and bergamot first. On myself, it smells very warm, but the plants give it a freshness. Since I'm not so familiar with these plants, it's hard to pick out the different ones. But it smells really natural! The concept of this perfume is really cool, and it really fits - I can totally picture being somewhere more remote in the US.

I'd say this perfume leans more towards the masculine, or just to whoever likes to smell like greens. I don't, and usually Simen does, but even though he said it was nice in the bottle and on me, he wouldn't wear it. He prefers more of a forest smell, he thought this smelled floral. So I guess it really depends on what your smell perception is like!

A hedonistic adventure of late night coffee liqueur, white rum, and a splash of creme de bergamot; Black Forest raspberries dipped in salted caramel; and Arabian rosewater infused with vetiver root tumbling wantonly together into a seductive bed of vanilla musk and golden amber.

"Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love, if you are too careful, LOVE will not find you." - Rumi

This was the other free sample I got, and I've been really excited to try it, cause it sounds wonderful! I definitely am attracted to ''darker'' scents. The closed bottle smells like caramel and coffee - I guess kinda like a sweet coffee cocktail. The coffee is much stronger when I open it, and I get more vanilla and caramel. On my skin I get a mellower coffee scent, and it smells warmer. The coffee scent stays, and I don't really get the other scents that I smelled earlier - there's barely a sweetness to it. I wanna say it reminds me of As Dark Things Are Meant To Be Loved a little bit, though that one is more.. smoky, this is sweeter. I am also reminded of Caveau Des Innocents, but that one is MUCH sweeter than this, which is why I love it. If the sweeter notes of this showed up on me, I would have loved this, but alas! Pretty disappointed in that. Damn you, skin!

February Love & Luck Alchemy

February Love and Luck Alchemy: An auspicious Lunar New Year alchemy of candied lotus root, sweet ginger, dried apricots, jackfruit, Madagascar vanilla beans, sugarcane, jasmine tea, and fortune cookies. 

Once I open this, I kind of recoil a little, hahah. It's very strong, and I think it's the ginger and maybe the jackfruit that is very sharp, kinda ''ripping / tearing through the nose'' as we say in Norwegian. I can smell all the sweeter scents too. It reminds me of Asia.
On the skin it's luckily weaker despite the too generous application because of no dropper. Simen could still smell it across our long living room though! We're both not quite sure what we think, but we're leaning towards not liking it. I guess it's like walking through a market in Asia, and the different smells kinda overwhelm you. It does get sweeter though, after a while I think I'm getting apricot, vanilla and jasmine. So I like it better once those top notes go away, but I still don't love it. It fades surprisingly quickly too, after a few hours, it was pretty much gone. Revisiting this hours later again, and there is something faint still there, could that be the fortune cookies? Cause I don't think they smell that much, and this is so faint, but still different than my skin, so maybe? I need to see what my mom and sister thinks of this, and hope they like it!


So, a quick note on the Silken Tent Extrait VS Ultime. I didn't think there would be much of a difference, when I opened the Ultime bottle it smelled like I remembered the Extrait sample did, but when I had a friend over and opened both, we smelled the Ultime first and then the Extrait, the difference was actually quite striking! The Ultime is obviously more intense, but it also smelled better overall. I love it so much! I don't remember how long the Extrait lasts, but this lasted maybe around 8 hours until I could barely smell it anymore. I should have done a side by side skin test, but I gave the sample to my friend, to see if she still ends up liking it. She did! Recommending her to get the Ultime if she wants a full size - and we can order together anyway. I realized after I got this order that I forgot to buy dropper tops! They make it SO much easier to apply, since you only need a teensy amount.


That's it for this time! I didn't find a scent I loved so much that I wanted a full size, but that's okay. I've expanded my horizons and learned more! It's gentler on my wallet too, haha. I am still considering getting a full size of Madam X though, which I got in my first order, cause I keep going back to it. By the way, since last they've added reviews to their website, so I've copied all my previous ones onto each corresponding product page on their site, and will be doing the same for these, so you'll find my reviews on there too. Hope you've enjoyed my ramblings, maybe you've found a perfume to try? 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I'm in a music video!

If you follow me on social media, you might have seen this already, but I wanted to throw a quick post here too. Clan Of Xymox has done a remix of Ash Code's new single Fear, and I was one of the people asked to be in the music video for it! I'm super honored and excited.


Buy the Fear EP here (don't forget Bandcamp Friday)

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Caitlin Doughty Double Book Review

“A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves.”

I have followed Caitlin since she started YouTube, but haven't read this book until now! I'm glad that most of the contents in this book aren't on her YouTube channel, so it quenched my thirst for more rather than being a repeat.

The book mostly revolves around her early years in the death business, working in a crematory and going to mortuary school. She flawlessly takes us back and forth between her experiences all the way from her childhood in a way that feels natural and well paced.

Of course, this book spares no detail. Descriptions of what corpses REALLY look like, even how they smell and what happens to them. In true Caitlin style, she keeps it lighthearted and humoristic, but is serious and emotional when need be.

Definitely a must-read for all Ask A Mortician fans!

“Our great-grandparents were told that babies were found under gooseberry bushes or cabbages; our children are likely to be told that those who have passed on... are changed into flowers, or lie at rest in lovely gardens.”

“My next drone folk album will be called "The Cremation Reforms of Octavius B. Frothingham".”

In Caitlin Doughty's second book, she takes us to several different countries and gives us a glimpse into their death culture.

From funeral pyres in Colorado, keeping corpses around for years in Indonesia, Días de los Muertos in Mexico (beautiful chapter which is also about dealing with losing a child, I got tears in my eyes), corpse composting in North Carolina, viewings behind glass in Spain, the high tech "cemeteries" of Japan, mysterious and powerful ñatita skulls in Bolivia, and back to Caitlin's home of California.

Caitlin has done a great job of exploring, observing, respecting and understanding the death customs of all these different places. She writes very well, it doesn't feel dry at all, she's just being herself and does it all with feeling and personality.

The book is also peppered with black and white illustrations, actual photos probably would have been a little shocking.

I really enjoyed this, I want more! Definitely recommended if you're a fan of Ask A Mortician. It'll open your eyes to whole new worlds of death you probably couldn't imagine (if you're used to "the Western standard", that is).

“I forgot to mention that Paul in person looks just as outlandish as his house—a claim I lay with the utmost aesthetic respect. He has thick dreadlocks, a beaded wizard’s beard, and tattoos. He traveled in a purple velvet frock coat and a top hat with an ermine skull attached to the brim. No one knows his age. He was once described by a mutual friend of ours as “an eighteenth-century highwayman reimagined by Tim Burton.” Paul refers to himself as “a cross between Prince and Vlad the Impaler.”


A year ago I also reviewed her latest book, you can click here for that review.

Click here for Caitlin's website with links to where you can buy her books, her YouTube and more!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Our Gothic Wedding Photoshoot

 I'm so excited to finally share our wedding photos with you! Local wedding photographer Kristine Ristesund (IG, FB) I knew instantly would be perfect for the job. She's not like everyone else, so she was definitely a good fit for our aesthetic. Worked out well cause I already knew her too! The photos are taken in my favorite cemetery (Assistentkirkegården) and in the area around Fantoft stave church.























His outfit:
Coat - Dracula Clothing
Vest - Shrine
Necklace - The Crypt Of Curiosities
Engagement and wedding rings - Ever After Jeweler
Shoes - New Rock

My outfit:
I do not want to recommend the dressmaker anymore, I later found out they've been selling my custom design since before our wedding, and never told me they would. This is apparently their standard!
Jewelry (custom) - Ayame Designs
Wedding Ring - Coffin Gems
Shoes - Oak Tree Farms

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...