A PSA, A Rant, A Declaration, and An Email You Didn’t Expect in Your Inbox

by on Apr.23, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Instagram has rewired my brain.

It is the first thing I do when I wake up, it is the last thing I do when I go to sleep. I don’t actually enjoy it: my eyes hurt from the glowing screen, my hands cramp from holding my phone up constantly, and my psychological state has declined dramatically.

Moments are no longer experienced. Moments are viewed, captured, posted, promoted, shared, storied. There is a constant sense of anxiety and urgency, resulting in rewards of likes and comments or blows to the ego when a post bombs. Any sense of prediction has been diminished: connection with the audience is no longer determined by a personal preference but by an automated expectation of what you may potentially want to see. It creates fears of scarcity, of comparison, and it is all an illusion.

I am aware that it will have a negative impact on my well-being, and yet I do it anyway. I set time allowances on my phone so that I don’t have the app open for more an allotted amount of time daily, I plan posts in advance, I only scroll the first few images in my feed and do my best not to endlessly and mindlessly rabbit hole. None of it works, and it’s actively chipping away at the sense of pride and community that I’ve always felt on Haute Macabre.

With all of this in mind, I am shifting focus to a more personal forum. It absolutely does not mean that the HM IG page (or even my personal page) will no longer be active, it is still a necessary beast of burden to maintain them.

Some of you are subscribed to the Haute Macabre newsletter, and receive an email each time a post is made here on the blog. I have next to no control over that email, it is solely an automatically generated feed that shoots off whenever we publish. What I am currently working on is a more personalized newsletter: something that will summarize the blog postings, the shop updates, personal notes from myself and the Haute Macabre Team, events, and whatever else may pique our interest. This will not replace the blog at all, in fact, I’m hoping that it will enhance it, as I shift my intentions back towards the dedicated core here as opposed the micro posts that social media has whittled down & monopolized my attention span.

By tomorrow morning, I’ll be importing the current subscriber list from here on Haute Macabre onto that feed, and you will receive a notification in your inbox requesting a subscription confirmation.

Please feel free to stick with whichever option you prefer: if you would only like to receive emails when we post an article here on HM.com, you are in no way obliged to subscribe to the other feed, or vice versa. There is not yet have a schedule for these mailings, nor a specified format, so hopefully we can organically grow together to make it into something that will enrich our collective experiences here.

As always, thank you for creating this place with me, and for more than decade of support and encouragement.
Samantha


If you would like to jump ahead and join the new mailing list now, you may do so by clicking this link


 

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It Wasn’t Just a Phase + Occultation: Two New Fragrances in the Haute Macabre // Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Collection + Spring Pre-Orders Now Open

by on Apr.22, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Haute Macabre’s latest collaboration with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is now available for pre-orders in the Apothecary.

IT WASN’T JUST A PHASE
7-year aged patchouli and polished black cedar with midnight-black vegetal musk, fossilized amber, Spanish moss, and nagarmotha.

OCCULTATION
Black velvet oudh, indigo musk, smoked patchouli, golden myrrh, and tree moss.

Pre-orders will be open now through midnight on the night of Tuesday, April 30, with fulfilment in late May in the Haute Macabre Apothecary.


HAUTE MACABRE
Oak leaf, bourbon vanilla, almond husk, and black leather accord darkened by a 13-year aged black patchouli.

AS ABOVE
Leather drenched with white patchouli, oak bark, bourbon vanilla, bitter almond, and Moroccan jasmine

SO BELOW
Amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk.

ESBAT
The silent rays of the full moon piercing the shadows of an ancient grove: a ragged canopy of moonflower and morning glory, dew-touched mosses creeping over gnarled oak roots, and shimmering beams of mugwort, cuckoo flower, and rose mallow.

MUMMIES OF MEXICO CITY
Church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust. A sacred, secret scent, recalling residual whispers of incense settling into the ancient, forgotten dust.

LAUREL HILL
Mountain laurel petals limned in pale pink settling among boughs of hemlock, soft mosses, and dark lichens.

BURYING POINT
Damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots

ST. LOUIS #1
Drooping Spanish moss and crumbling marble, sweet olive blossom, 13-year aged black patchouli, and offerings of Bay Rum, Florida water, and tobacco

Vist the Haute Macabre Apothecary to place your pre-order


Our hair gloss collection combines Tahitian Moni, Camelina Oil, Argan Oil, and Karanja oil to give your mane a gleaming finishing shine without leaving it weighed-down or greasy. Camelina Oil provides a protective coating for the hair follicles, argan oil nourishes stressed hair, enhances elasticity, and repairs cellular damage to the hair strand itself, and a touch of monoi oil adds moisture and enhances softness.

To use: spray lightly onto wet or dry hair Your hair will be silkier, shinier, glossier, more vibrant, and frizz-free. Black Phoenix’s Hair Gloss is paraben and sulfate free, and contains no petro-chemicals, no GMOs, and no triclosan.

Haute Macabre’s Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection is 100% cruelty free.

Pre-orders will be open now through midnight on the night of Tuesday, April 30, with fulfilment in late May in the Haute Macabre Apothecary.


 

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Under the Pink: Rose Quartz in the Haute Macabre Shop

by on Apr.19, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Named for the wild ground phlox, or the “Moss Pink”,  one of the spring’s first blooms, April’s Full Moon is called The Pink Moon, and seemed the perfect time to release these Rose Quartz lovers into the wild.


Rose Quartz Sphere 1

A great and powerful healer of the heart, a mend for our broken hand hardened hearts, Rose Quartz dissolves the walls we have built around ourselves to allow love to enter. Allowing love is one of the most difficult acts to accomplish, shedding the fear and apprehension is more difficult than it should be. We engage in destructive behavior so easily, and yet find it so difficult to accept kindness, affection, love in all forms, something that is going to be the most rewarding act is met with the most aversion and apprehension.

Rose Quartz assists in lowering the gates and drawbridges of protection that have isolated us, without being abrasive or intrusive. It gently soothes the pain of the heart, a balm for grief and despair, a relief for trauma, and on a softer note, amplifies compassion, harmony, and soul connection. I personally have pieces of rose quartz throughout my bedroom, and will drop it in the tub with me when I am feeling particularly frayed and guarded to help me to come down from the tower I have locked myself within.

The Rose Quartz Collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Shop



Flame Point: 7″ tall, 4″ across as its widest point, and is 1.5″ thick, $167.


Free Form 1 measures (approximately) 5″ tall, 3″ across as its widest point, and has an 8″ circumference at its widest point, $58.


Free Form 2 measures 5.25″ tall, 3.5″ across as its widest point, and has a 8.5″ circumference at its widest point, $57


Free Form 3 measures 4.5″ tall, 3″ across as its widest point, and has an 8.5″ circumference at its widest point, $50


Free Form 4 measures 4.25″ tall, and has an 8″ circumference at its widest point, $46


Free Form 6 measures 4.25″ tall, 4″ across as its widest point, and has an 8″circumference at its widest point, $43


Free Form 7 measures 4″ tall, 2.5″ across as its widest point, and has a 7″circumference at its widest point, $34


Free Form 8 measures 4.5″ tall, 2.5″ across as its widest point, and has a 6.5″circumference at its widest point, $31


Free Form 9 measures 3.5″ tall, 2.5″ across as its widest point, and has a 7″circumference at its widest point, $30


Free Form 10 measures 4″ tall, 2.5″ across as its widest point, and has a 7″circumference at its widest point, $29.


Free Form 11 measures 4″ tall, 2.25″ across as its widest point, and has a 6.5″circumference at its widest point, $28.


Free Form 12 measures 4″ tall, 2/5″ across as its widest point, and has a 6.5″circumference at its widest point, $28



Sphere 1 measures in circumference 12 3/4″


Sphere 2 measures in 10 1/4″ in circumference and will be $76.


Sphere 3 measures 10 1/4″ in circumference and will be $77.


Sphere 4 measures 9″ in circumference and will be $49.


Sphere 5 measures 8.5″ n circumference and will be $43


Sphere 6 measures 8.25″ in circumference and will be $40


Sphere 7 measures 8″ in circumference and will be $33


Sphere 8 measures 7 1/2″ in circumference and will be $30


Sphere 9 measures 7 1/4″ in circumference and will be $26


Sphere 10 measures 7″ in circumference


Sphere 11 measures 6 1/2″ in circumference


Sphere 12 measures 5 3/4″ in circumference and will be $19.


Sphere 13 measures 5 1/2″ in circumference and will be $19.


The Rose Quartz Collection is now available in the
Haute Macabre Shop


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New Sponsor: Seeking the Witch: Traditional Tales and Everyday Magic

by on Apr.18, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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At The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, real magic – gritty, sink-your-teeth-into-it, beautiful magic – is in story, is in art, is in folklore. It’s in an ancient charm for protection against storms, and in the crafting of a poem that captures that power. It’s in the garden you keep, in the silver on your fingers, in the fairy tales and legends you still remember, and tell again and again, because you need to.

Witches know this, and they dance through your garden and through your tales, telling you with their footsteps and songs what you need to know. The new course Seeking the Witch: Traditional Tales and Everyday Magic (May 1st – June 5th) will open the gates to a community of like-minded, passionate dreamers and creators. The lectures and discussions will provide both inspiration and direction for the storytelling process, while the weekly quests will help you produce a collection of stories through poetry and photographs, spoken word and videos. And, of course, you’ll learn to talk about fairy tales, legends, and folklore like a pro!

At its heart, this course is about enchantment and connection. In a Carterhaugh course, enchantment exists at the crossroads of knowledge and wonder – it’s a deep dive into folklore, a place where you can find the imagination and courage to see it reflected and refracted onto your own life story.

The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic is an online center for classes on fairy tales, folklore, and fantastic literature created in 2016. Its founders, Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, both earned PhDs in English and Folklore from The Ohio State University. They are specialists in folk narrative, creative writers with numerous publications, and best friends who occasionally make horrible faces at each other, make fun of each other mercilessly, and laugh like drunken pixies.

Find The Carterhaugh School on Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Registration is open for Seeking the Witch until April 30th at midnight!
You may register by clicking here


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Mythical Characters In Gucci Gowns: Christopher Smith For Another Man Magazine

by on Apr.16, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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For the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Another Man, shape-shifting self-portrait artist, Christopher Smith, an Instagram artist with an eye shaped primarily by fashion photography and whose bio simply states “me in my bedroom,” embodies eight mythical characters who inhabit the fantastical regions and metaphorical terrain that love must navigate in 1654’s La Carte de Tendre. Conceived by French novelist Madeline de Scudéry, this fanciful, allegorical geography inspired Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

For their Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Another Man Magazine felt it was time to “…revisit and reimagine the ancient art of mapping matters of the heart,” and working with Smith, this tender vision is brought to life with a stunning gallery both lensed by and starring Smith…who, naturally, is garbed in glamorous Gucci for each stunning portrayal of the various denizens of these imaginary lands. See below for the rest of the breathtaking photo spread!

(via Another Man Magazine)


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Mythical Characters In Gucci Gowns: Christopher Smith For Another Man Magazine

by on Apr.16, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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For the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Another Man, shape-shifting self-portrait artist, Christopher Smith, an Instagram artist with an eye shaped primarily by fashion photography and whose bio simply states “me in my bedroom,” embodies eight mythical characters who inhabit the fantastical regions and metaphorical terrain that love must navigate in 1654’s La Carte de Tendre. Conceived by French novelist Madeline de Scudéry, this fanciful, allegorical geography inspired Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

For their Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Another Man Magazine felt it was time to “…revisit and reimagine the ancient art of mapping matters of the heart,” and working with Smith, this tender vision is brought to life with a stunning gallery both lensed by and starring Smith…who, naturally, is garbed in glamorous Gucci for each stunning portrayal of the various denizens of these imaginary lands. See below for the rest of the breathtaking photo spread!

(via Another Man Magazine)


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How To Wear Your Longing For Senpai To Notice You

by on Apr.15, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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It’s a powerful thing, to be noticed, isn’t it? To have the gaze of a Fascinating Creature fall upon you, even just for a moment. Maybe that moment is a fleeting one-off, and  never happens again. Or maybe they never become aware of your existence at all. (Maybe you move on. Maybe you hold a grudge. Not gonna say which camp I fall into!) Or maybe…just maybe…both your orbit and that of the object of your fixation sync up, and in sharing common space and common interests and a few friendly words, a bond is formed, a relationship develops. Your idol is maybe, possibly, now a friend? You’d probably die if they ever found out how you obsessed over them initially, and anyway, now that you’re not so far away as to be blinded by their amazing, shining excellence, you’re close up enough to bask in the glow of their friendship and their humanity– and you see that they’re actually just a normal person, just like you. Or an abnormal person, just like you!

I’ve been involved in all of those scenarios. Sometimes I find it’s better not to be noticed; I mean, in some instances you’re like, “what now?” “Now they know I’m alive because I said something interesting or funny that got their attention, and they commented with an LOL and a laughing emoji, and OH MY GOD I CAN’T KEEP THIS LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT UP I’M JUST A DUMB POTATO THIS IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE. Sometimes it’s just better to worship these folks from afar, I think. Maybe just buy that scarf they artfully blogged about that one time, and every time you wear that scarf and someone compliments it, you smile a little, and feel a small closeness to them, like “thanks for the rad recommendation, my sorta-but-not-really-probably-actually-never friend!”

Well, I suppose now you’re like, what the hell Sarah. You’re a massive cringe-y dork and you’re also maybe a low-key stalker and why do you always have to make things weird? I don’t know? I guess it’s my super power? So in the spirit of me never not being a dork, and forever making things weird, here are three looks for getting senpai to notice me. I know the title said “…notice you”, but you’ll just have to put yourself in my shoes for this one. Also in the interest of not making things too weird…I’m not using the names* of my idols (wouldn’t you feel weird about seeing your name in print, with a link back to some stranger saying HEY LOOK AT ME) but what I will do is link to an item that each of these amazing folks has created and is selling online.

Cheese Slut tee shirt // Balmain pencil skirt // Alexander McQueen skull scarf // Ann Demulemeester cropped jacket // Myla Strand bra, thong, & suspenders // Fly London zip up ankle boots // Philipp Plein Skull clutch // Fiat Lux FU ring // Arcana Obscura Skeleton Key necklace // Transparenze striped hold ups // Zana Bayne Pierced Heart Choker & Bracelet // Valley Eye Wear Brigada sunglasses // Etat Libre d’Orange Secretions Magnifiques // Rituel de Fille inner glow pigment & enchanted lip sheer

Genesis V Neck Dress // Calypso St. Barth Reversible Cocoon Open Front Cardigan  // Stella McCartney Flat Star Sandals // Lonely Label Bobby Bra & Brief // Anine Bing Cat Eye Sunglasses // Tiro Tiro Rayos Ring // Pyrrha Fortes Fortuna Iuvat (Fortune Favors the Brave) Ring // kisforblack Joan of Arc Tote Bag ** // Sword & Shield Hair Stick  // Goldengrove diamond coffin ring // Raquel Davidowicz Gruta necklace // Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick // OLO Valens perfume

Trash Witch Coven tank top // Comme Des Garçons Skirt // Gloria Coelho cardigan // Chantal Thomass Prodigieuse Bra & Bikini // KMRii KB Shoulder bag // Fly London Lace up boots // Valley Eye Wear Raydar glasses // Scarfshop saffron cotton scarf // Blood Milk Eternal Weaver  Ring // mrd74 Raven Claw Talon Wrap Ring // Macabre Gadgets black raven skull ring // Hagerskans Jewellery clean branch bracelet // Burial Ground mini broomstick necklace // Rituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot // Medusa’s Makeup Witch Lash mascara //  sixteen92 Baba Yaga perfume oil // Transparenze lace tights

 

*Except I will mention Cheese Sex Death because she’s a bit of a success story in that I am pretty sure she knows I am alive and she does say hello to me occasionally and and and she’s super nice and I want to eat all of her cheeses pairings and can you imagine being a cheese curator of funky fromage fantasies for a living? I LOVE YOU ERIKA. But not in the “I want to wear your face way”…it’s OK, you don’t have to worry, I’m harmless!

Anyone else whom I have referred to here today, however obliquely: I know you don’t owe me anything, even and especially your attention! This is not some kind of passive aggressive guilt trip. I just wanted to devote/dedicate some time and energy and wardrobe wishful thinking to you, because I admire you quite a bit!

**The featured image for this post was originally Now I Know How Joan Of Arc Felt by kisforblack/Anna Dorfman. I created this post, alonge with the outfits and selected the original feature image over a month and a half ago; the post was scheduled over the weekend and went live early this morning with that image (which I love quite a bit) prominently at the top. Later this day, however, saw the horrific news that Notre Dame was on fire; obviously I had no idea this was a tragic thing that was going to occur today. And because of everyone’s association of Joan of Arc with that beautiful, historic cathedral, my pairing this image with this post on this very day is a very unfortunate coincidence. I have absolutely no wish to upset anyone, so I’ve since removed it. My apologies to anyone who thought it insensitive or in poor taste. It was just very sad timing.


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Needful Things: Sam’s 2018 Post Mortem

by on Apr.12, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I am not a positive, shiney, optimistic person, despite my best efforts. Despite lighting candles and casting intentions and reading tarot and believing wholeheartedly in the energetic properties of crystals and in magick, I am cynical and pessimistic and deeply pragmatic. I am both sides of the athame, textbook Gemini, and forever apprehensive of sharing anything personal in a public arena such as this. I am also hard working and easily distracted, all reasons – and excuses – why my personal 2018 Post Mortem is only now coming into the light, already nearly a quarter of the way past its time frame.

Over the last few months, I’ve been actively working on focusing on the positive aspects of my life over the negative. It’s an effort in rewiring my thought patterns, ie: focusing on having the ability to remedy problems rather than on the problem itself. This is not an easy practice, and waves of despair and the void are always threatening to rise their tides and wash me away.

My first effort at this for this year was creating a list of my accomplishments of 2018. Some were major, some were minor, but it was a list of Completed Tasks, and many were not expected or set goals. They were not resolutions or habits I had tried to break and immediately reverted back to, and reviewing the list has helped me to acknowledge that the standardized set of goals that are typically put into place at the start of the year are not an effective methodology. Reviewing the achievements I had made throughout the year replaced the sternness of New Year’s Goals: I had already accomplished something, and it instilled in me a feeling of hope. If I had done these things, I can do more things, I can continue to manifest and create and sculpt my life and existence into what I want, rather than what is expected of me, and in turn, renegotiate the things that would normally feel like they could defeat me.

Mind, this is not 100% effective, and I still have plenty of days in which I would much prefer to avoid the world, so here are a few things that Have Also Helped.

We Came From Outer Space and Then We Were Ruled by Our Reptilian Overlords

I’m not a huge reader of fiction, nor do I watch a lot of television or movies, so in its place I devour UFOlogy and conspiracy theory on the subject like candy. In fear of losing the majority of our readers, I typically remain silent on the subject (I am aware some slips out from time to time), but I cannot get enough. Ancient Aliens, Last Podcast on the Left, Dr. Steven Greer, and the people that listen to me rant and haven’t left me yet, thank you, thank you, thank you. (image is from my visit to Avebury last summer, as most of my travel destinations are based off of tales of hauntings, alien visitation, and being overall old and/or spooky).

Moving Out of the City and Into The Swamp

Last year my fella and I decided that we wanted to buy a house, and we very quickly discovered that anything within New Orleans was well out of our price range. Instead, we were able to find a piece of property about 35 miles outside of the city. I’ve lived in cities my entire life: I grew up in Brooklyn, bounced back and forth from NYC to LA for years before winding up in New Orleans, so I was admittedly apprehensive about leaving it for The Country. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and the tranquility and energy of the land is almost transcendental. My yard has regular visits from alligators, vultures, armadillos, just to name a few, and the commute allows for my indulgence into conspiracy theory podcasts.

Tangible Things That I Have Enjoyed

(I’m allowing myself the addition of items from the start of 2019, as we are already a third of the way through!):

Personalized Potions, Candles, and Oils from Ritual Cravt : I highly recommend the magical products made by the kind and knowledgeable people at Ritual Cravt. I continuously have burning their house dressed candles, use their floor washes to cleanse my home, and have had incredible luck and effectiveness with the potions made by The Death Witch. I am hoping to finally visit their shop in person later this year!

CBD tincture for my rough, jagged edges. I slip a few drops into my dinner smoothie sometimes for nights at work that make me feel as if I’ll absolutely explode with stress, and it smooths over my surfaces into a calm shimmering glass. I personally take the Full Spectrum Hemp Oil from Honey Rose Botanicals.

Flying Ointments from Bane Folk for headaches and stress management. I’ve long suffered from headaches and migraines, and have been experiencing stiffened joints and aching bones, and these ointments have helped me to drastically alleviate these physical (and emotional) ailments. I will note that shipping times can be a bit lengthy on these, but they are well worth the wait.

Collecting Dirt from Places I Have Visited – I received many a strange look whilst digging up earth or collecting stones into ziplock bags from other tourists, but it has yet to stop me. I also like silly magnets.

Bullet Lipstick : I’ve been leaning more towards these than long wear liquids the last few months, as the newer formulas that have come out don’t have that waxy feel of their predecessors. The KVD Studded Kiss & Necromancy Cosmetica are my favorites!

The BloodMilk Planchette Moths : it fills my heart so immensely to see this collection that was birthed on a Thanksgiving night in my old living room when Jess & I asked my now partner if he would give us matching tattoos that weekend, and Aaron drew up the design overnight. Each time I see one of these moths in the wild, I hope that the love I feel for these people is cast out a little further into the world. I keep mine hanging when I am not wearing itin a place that my eyes fall on frequently throughout my day.

Savage Fenty: for the first time, I’m excited about lingerie. It’s super affordable, well made, and fits like a dream. I signed up for the VIB membership, which was slightly confusing at first, but has worked out well – short of it is you bank about $50 in purchased store credit at the start of the month, and then have access to exclusive sales and releases, with the option each month to opt out of the payment. The sales are 100% worth it, I’ve completely replenished and refreshed my knickers drawer for a fraction of what I used to pay for underthings.

Drunk Elephant Skin Care: I don’t want to like these products as much as I do, because the full sized are so expensive, but I started using them earlier this month and the difference in my skin is incredible. It’s super soft soft, my pores are shrunk down, and even the redness around my nose that I’ve had for ever has evened out. I’ve been using the sample size sets of “Rise + Glow” and “Night Bright”, and am counting down the days to the Sephora VIB spring sale to purchase the full sizes.

 

Shorter, but honorable mentions:

Splendid Spoon nursing me back to health after a horrifying bout of terrible illness. No more street fruit in Mexico City for me ever again.  // Trader Joe’s Truffle Oil Potato Chips // discovering that I can order my beloved Lord of Misrule shower gel from Lush UK (and worth every cent of the shipping costs) // countless hours in countless museums with the people I love most // Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (this is a forever favorite) // acai bowls // crystals and crystals and more crystals // giving myself the time to actually finish a book // learning how to not beat myself up for not always being able to Do It All Immediately (learning) // The mini Smith Wait deck : tiny cards for my tiny hands // Matt & Nat handbags: Vegan purses and backpacks that don’t look like they’re made of burlap. Sold. // eBates – I fully thought this was a scam until I tried it, and now I get frequent cash back payments for online shopping (I opt for Sephora gift cards as payment!) // painting my entire house in reds, oranges, and purples and decorating it any way we damn well please // working with St. Expedite on a weekly basis // very actively reminding myself to not take social media at face value: You can be anything you want on the internet, including confident, magical and successful. // Static Nails because I just can’t commit anymore.


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Needful Things: Sam’s 2018 Post Mortem

by on Apr.12, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I am not a positive, shiney, optimistic person, despite my best efforts. Despite lighting candles and casting intentions and reading tarot and believing wholeheartedly in the energetic properties of crystals and in magick, I am cynical and pessimistic and deeply pragmatic. I am both sides of the athame, textbook Gemini, and forever apprehensive of sharing anything personal in a public arena such as this. I am also hard working and easily distracted, all reasons – and excuses – why my personal 2018 Post Mortem is only now coming into the light, already nearly a quarter of the way past its time frame.

Over the last few months, I’ve been actively working on focusing on the positive aspects of my life over the negative. It’s an effort in rewiring my thought patterns, ie: focusing on having the ability to remedy problems rather than on the problem itself. This is not an easy practice, and waves of despair and the void are always threatening to rise their tides and wash me away.

My first effort at this for this year was creating a list of my accomplishments of 2018. Some were major, some were minor, but it was a list of Completed Tasks, and many were not expected or set goals. They were not resolutions or habits I had tried to break and immediately reverted back to, and reviewing the list has helped me to acknowledge that the standardized set of goals that are typically put into place at the start of the year are not an effective methodology. Reviewing the achievements I had made throughout the year replaced the sternness of New Year’s Goals: I had already accomplished something, and it instilled in me a feeling of hope. If I had done these things, I can do more things, I can continue to manifest and create and sculpt my life and existence into what I want, rather than what is expected of me, and in turn, renegotiate the things that would normally feel like they could defeat me.

Mind, this is not 100% effective, and I still have plenty of days in which I would much prefer to avoid the world, so here are a few things that Have Also Helped.

We Came From Outer Space and Then We Were Ruled by Our Reptilian Overlords

I’m not a huge reader of fiction, nor do I watch a lot of television or movies, so in its place I devour UFOlogy and conspiracy theory on the subject like candy. In fear of losing the majority of our readers, I typically remain silent on the subject (I am aware some slips out from time to time), but I cannot get enough. Ancient Aliens, Last Podcast on the Left, Dr. Steven Greer, and the people that listen to me rant and haven’t left me yet, thank you, thank you, thank you. (image is from my visit to Avebury last summer, as most of my travel destinations are based off of tales of hauntings, alien visitation, and being overall old and/or spooky).

Moving Out of the City and Into The Swamp

Last year my fella and I decided that we wanted to buy a house, and we very quickly discovered that anything within New Orleans was well out of our price range. Instead, we were able to find a piece of property about 35 miles outside of the city. I’ve lived in cities my entire life: I grew up in Brooklyn, bounced back and forth from NYC to LA for years before winding up in New Orleans, so I was admittedly apprehensive about leaving it for The Country. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and the tranquility and energy of the land is almost transcendental. My yard has regular visits from alligators, vultures, armadillos, just to name a few, and the commute allows for my indulgence into conspiracy theory podcasts.

Tangible Things That I Have Enjoyed

(I’m allowing myself the addition of items from the start of 2019, as we are already a third of the way through!):

Personalized Potions, Candles, and Oils from Ritual Cravt : I highly recommend the magical products made by the kind and knowledgeable people at Ritual Cravt. I continuously have burning their house dressed candles, use their floor washes to cleanse my home, and have had incredible luck and effectiveness with the potions made by The Death Witch. I am hoping to finally visit their shop in person later this year!

CBD tincture for my rough, jagged edges. I slip a few drops into my dinner smoothie sometimes for nights at work that make me feel as if I’ll absolutely explode with stress, and it smooths over my surfaces into a calm shimmering glass. I personally take the Full Spectrum Hemp Oil from Honey Rose Botanicals.

Flying Ointments from Bane Folk for headaches and stress management. I’ve long suffered from headaches and migraines, and have been experiencing stiffened joints and aching bones, and these ointments have helped me to drastically alleviate these physical (and emotional) ailments. I will note that shipping times can be a bit lengthy on these, but they are well worth the wait.

Collecting Dirt from Places I Have Visited – I received many a strange look whilst digging up earth or collecting stones into ziplock bags from other tourists, but it has yet to stop me. I also like silly magnets.

Bullet Lipstick : I’ve been leaning more towards these than long wear liquids the last few months, as the newer formulas that have come out don’t have that waxy feel of their predecessors. The KVD Studded Kiss & Necromancy Cosmetica are my favorites!

The BloodMilk Planchette Moths : it fills my heart so immensely to see this collection that was birthed on a Thanksgiving night in my old living room when Jess & I asked my now partner if he would give us matching tattoos that weekend, and Aaron drew up the design overnight. Each time I see one of these moths in the wild, I hope that the love I feel for these people is cast out a little further into the world. I keep mine hanging when I am not wearing itin a place that my eyes fall on frequently throughout my day.

Savage Fenty: for the first time, I’m excited about lingerie. It’s super affordable, well made, and fits like a dream. I signed up for the VIB membership, which was slightly confusing at first, but has worked out well – short of it is you bank about $50 in purchased store credit at the start of the month, and then have access to exclusive sales and releases, with the option each month to opt out of the payment. The sales are 100% worth it, I’ve completely replenished and refreshed my knickers drawer for a fraction of what I used to pay for underthings.

Drunk Elephant Skin Care: I don’t want to like these products as much as I do, because the full sized are so expensive, but I started using them earlier this month and the difference in my skin is incredible. It’s super soft soft, my pores are shrunk down, and even the redness around my nose that I’ve had for ever has evened out. I’ve been using the sample size sets of “Rise + Glow” and “Night Bright”, and am counting down the days to the Sephora VIB spring sale to purchase the full sizes.

 

Shorter, but honorable mentions:

Splendid Spoon nursing me back to health after a horrifying bout of terrible illness. No more street fruit in Mexico City for me ever again.  // Trader Joe’s Truffle Oil Potato Chips // discovering that I can order my beloved Lord of Misrule shower gel from Lush UK (and worth every cent of the shipping costs) // countless hours in countless museums with the people I love most // Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (this is a forever favorite) // acai bowls // crystals and crystals and more crystals // giving myself the time to actually finish a book // learning how to not beat myself up for not always being able to Do It All Immediately (learning) // The mini Smith Wait deck : tiny cards for my tiny hands // Matt & Nat handbags: Vegan purses and backpacks that don’t look like they’re made of burlap. Sold. // eBates – I fully thought this was a scam until I tried it, and now I get frequent cash back payments for online shopping (I opt for Sephora gift cards as payment!) // painting my entire house in reds, oranges, and purples and decorating it any way we damn well please // working with St. Expedite on a weekly basis // very actively reminding myself to not take social media at face value: You can be anything you want on the internet, including confident, magical and successful. // Static Nails because I just can’t commit anymore.


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The Magician’s Stone: Labradorite in the Haute Macabre Shop

by on Apr.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Labradorite is considered “the Magician’s stone”, and brings one’s deep magical powers to the surface. A stone of protection, both physically and psychically. The dark sister of the moonstone, the crone face of the triple goddess, awakening mystical innate energy and powers within. The ancients believed that the labradorescence flashes were the aurora borealis entombed in the earth, creating this stone.

A small selection of these flashy creatures, and a restock of Garnet palm stones, has been added to the Haute Macabre shop, and they are available now in the “Crystal” section.

Labradorite Slab 1 is just about 5″ across, 2″ thick and stands approximately 4″ at its tallest point. She flashes in a rainbow of peach, green, and blue with a bit of purplish-pink.


Labradorite Slab 3 has all the Reptilian vibes: she’s a scaly looking green and peach long flat slab, perfect for placing your Tarot cards or small treasures on to charge and cleanse, measuring 6″ long and 4.5″ at the widest point.


Labradorite Freeform 1 is a polished freestanding piece, 4″ tall and 2″ wide with a brilliant green flash in one direction and a vivid blue from the other.


Labradorite Freeform 3 is another polished free standing piece, standing 3″ tall and 2″ at its widest point, and flashes in a fire of peaches, blues, and green.


Also included in this update are small charging slabs. I keep a piece like one of these on top of my personal Tarot deck to cleanse it between uses. The deck pictured here is The Starchild Tarot by Starseed Designs.


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