Monday, April 9, 2018

Witch Fashion

So this topic of Witch Fashion or the witchy aesthetic seems to be making the rounds yet again within the blogging and YT community. This time around it seems to be within the Pagan community more so than the Gothic community. Since I live in both worlds and they co-mingle for me, I find this topic interesting to say the least. I've been wearing what people are calling "witch fashion" basically my whole life. I even wrote another blog post about the style back in 2016 when it was called "Strega Fashion" Since then, the name has changed to "witch fashion". But, It's nothing new folks! It's Stevie Nicks style with a gothic slant to it. Granted the style has evolved over the years and become more of a genre of Goth recently, but it still retains the same basic style of a bohemian witchy vibe mixed with romantic gothic clothing.

Images from Pinterest













The only new twist I can see within the last few years is the rise in popularity of the fashion trend called "Nu Goth" due to TV shows like AHS Coven. Big name brands like Killstar, Rogue and Wolf, and Black Craft Cult keep churning out sweaters and Tees with occult symbols and sayings on them because they sell. This newer look is more what I would call "Nu Goth" than "Witch Fashion" but maybe I'm over thinking it? Other brands like Punk Rave are jumping on the witchy aesthetic bandwagon with their own lines. And it even seems to be spreading into Home Decor as Fashion and Home Decor play off each other in trends. Here are a few examples of the newer look making the rounds on Instagram...

























I have watched a few videos touching on the subject of Witch Fashion being not authentically Pagan or being too materialistic or costumey. There seem to be differing opinions but most people agree that you should be true to your own style and wear what is comfortable for you whether that be flowy dresses and shawls or just plain jeans and tees. The point is to be true to yourself and your own style. Here is some food for thought on this touchy topic... isn't every type of clothing a costume when you come right down to it? even if you dress in plain clothing every day that still says something about you. Its an image you present to the world. We like to pretend in Spiritual communities that material items like clothing aren't important but that's not really true is it? Not in this day and age. If it weren't important, than this whole discussion would be pointless. We ALL choose to clothe ourselves in costumes that portray a persona to the world. So you have to ask yourself what image do you wish to portray? A business person? a hipster? a goth? a stay at home mom? a metalhead? a hippie? a dark forest witch? Isn't that sounding a lot like labels again? Maybe you are a combination of several of those? The truth is YOU choose the persona you wish to present to the world by the clothing you wear.

Another point of contention among vloggers seems to be the use of the occult symbols on casual clothing. I address this topic in my previous article briefly but I don't think I mentioned that Gothic fashion has a long history using occult symbols. From Ankhs to Pentacles to triple moons, occult symbols have been used for shock value within the Goth or Heavy Metal communities since the 80s! Again, this is nothing new folks! In the 80s it was Ankhs (From the movie The Hunger with Peter Murphy and David Bowie), In the 90s it was inverted pentagrams (Marilyn Manson) and Rosaries with inverted crosses (The Craft and Madonna), and now we are wearing sweatshirts with all of the above! Ha! Even some good friends of mine wear custom leather jackets they made that say Satan's Seamstresses in big bold letters and a huge inverted pentagram on the back.

What I don't think everyone understands in all of this is that sometimes this is meant to be shocking and tongue in cheek at the same time. On purpose! How does that old saying go? "If you don't get the joke then you are the joke" That's Punk Rock! That's Fashion!  Do you think Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen cared about offending people with fashion? I suggest watching some McQueen runway videos for inspiration. Modern fashion needs a good shock in my opinion. I'm really loving this new collection from an up and coming designer named Dilara Findikoglu for spring and summer. And I even did a few pagan fashion pieces myself recently as well as authentic ritual robes.




So I think you understand my viewpoint slightly better about the topic of Occult or Pagan symbols in modern fashion. Do whatever you want to do! Wear whatever you want to wear!








Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hello Stitchwitches! A Brand New Blog!

Hello everyone! I know its been a while since you've heard from me on here! I have decided to start a new blog on my website just so its easier to keep everything neat and tidy and in one place! You can find me now at https://www.autumnmoonenchantment.com/blog

I will try to keep up to date on the new blog and you can find me on Instagram and youtube!
I have recently started doing some sewing and fashion videos! Its time for this Eldergoth to step outside of her comfort zone and post more OOTD vlogs. So if youre interested check me out over there too!



https://youtu.be/JW6duUaNUaE

See you all over on the new space! Cheers!


Edit- I will continue to post on both blogs for now i think! Unless I can figure out a way to incorporate blogger onto the new website. Because frankly, It's just too difficult to post on WIX.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Occulticon 2017

Oh what a glorious weekend we had! What better way to spend a weekend in the summer than at a magickal campsite!



This was the first year for a new Pagan Occult festival called Occulticon held at Mythwood Campgrounds in Ontario. It was a 3 day festival with classes on everything from Mediumship to Spiritual Alchemy. I was able to attend a few lectures but I was pretty busy the whole weekend! There was also Dragon Drummers and a bonfire Saturday night!




There were several amazing speakers that really know their craft including Ian Corrigan, Tiffany Laszic, and Tamarra James. Various types of pagan faiths were represented such as Wicca, Druidry, Thelema, Celtic, and Heathenry. A little something for everyone!



I was lucky enough to be one of the vendors this year. I took a large assortment of sweaters, capes, and other clothing items with me. It was a fun weekend of camping and exploring the Mythwood campgrounds!



















I was so blessed to be a part of this special event! I can't wait until next year!




Friday, September 1, 2017

The Darkling Tag!

I thought I would join in the fun going around this week by doing a Tag! Its been ages since I did a blog tag! Thank you for Tagging me Mari!



Curious Professor Z, Sylvie and Ms. Misantropia have both done The Darkling Tag recently so definitely check those out and I tag Mari Mortem, Roses and Velum, Tales From A Geordie Goth and Wild Intuitive!


THE DARKLING TAG!
What is your favourite candle scent? Every Halloween season I stock up on the autumn candles. However, I do not have a proper sense of smell so I shop for them purely by colour!
Do you have a favourite book? Interview With The Vampire, Ive read it a few times now. Anne Rice is one of my favourite authors along with Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft,... You get the idea.
Are you a tea or coffee person? More of a coffee person, but I do enjoy a nice tea in the evening.
What is your favourite perfume/cologne? I really dont wear perfume.
Do you have a celebrity crush? Not really. At the moment, Tom Hiddleston is a favourite.
If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be? I think my current name, Mary Mourning, is pretty stereotypical 90s goth.Actually so is my business name, Autumn Moon!
What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad? I avoid the sun like the plague. I literally carry a parasol everywhere. Those Victorian ladies were pretty smart! Not only do parasols prevent you from sunburn but you feel a lot cooler under them.
What song always makes you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band?) I have whole albums that make me happy actually. Like The Cure Disintegration, Stevie Nicks Belladonna, and Sisters of Mercy Floodland.
Are you active in the arts (eg. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)? I sew and I sketch...
What is your number one non-gothy hobby? Well, I used to say Mountainbiking but I haven't been out much lately. So now I will say Jeeping! My hubby and I take the Jeep offroad a lot in the summer.

Thought Provokers:

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why? A Vampire obviously! Excellent wardrobe,
What horror monster-bases super power would you have? Vampires have pretty great superpowers! Mind control, turning into a bat, levitating, super strength, control animals...
Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not? Yes. I enjoy talking to other Goths both in person and online.
Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture? More individuality and less people trying to squeeze themselves into tiny stereotypical boxes.
Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkliness”? Hmmm... being mistaken for Mary Poppins?
How are you at DIY? Awesome. I DIY a lot!.

Confessional (aka True or False):

I love watching cheesy romance films. False! I hate them. I'd rather watch Horror or Sci-Fi. Ofcourse there are romantic Horror films! Bram Stoker's Dracula or Return of the Living Dead 3 anyone?
I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night. False. Most days, not all.
I sleep with plushies? Does my chubby Beagle Bella count? She is soft, squishy, and snuggly.
I wear non-black pyjamas most nights. False. They are all black.
I think Andrew Eldrich is overrated. False! I love Sisters of Mercy.
I don’t like vampires. Really?! False!
I don’t like clubs. True. I would rather go to a show, a concert, or an event these days.
I don’t enjoy graveyards. False. I love graveyards and most of all picnics in graveyards!
Blood makes me queasy. The real thing does. But not movies!
I’d sooner faint than pet a spider. True! I have a bonafide phobia.
I don’t like haunted houses. False! I love haunted houses. Even the real ones.
I’ve never read Dracula. LOL! You're funny!.
I think “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a long and boring song. False! One of my favourite songs actually. And that scene in The Hunger is classic! Undead. Undead.

A new website!

Hello everyone!

I have some exciting news in my little corner of the world! I have launched my own website for my handmade clothing line! The new website has a shopping cart so I am no longer tied to Etsy for sales. I will still be selling through Etsy for the time being because Etsy has been very good to me! Here are a few new dresses I've added to the new website and Etsy.




I am keeping this blog separate from the new website because it is strictly for the clothing and accessories that are for sale. I still enjoy posting my own personal outfits here on this blog. So if you have a chance please go and check out the new website and give me some honest feedback on it. I really appreciate it!

https://www.autumnmoonenchantment.com/

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy Lughnasadh!

Happy Lughnasadh everyone!

Lughnasadh or Lammas is the Gaelic festival or sabbat marking the beginning of the harvest season. Named after the Celtic Pagan god Lugh it celebrates the beginning of harvest and marks the tradition of the Scottish Games.




We had a really lovely outdoor ritual this year right by the water. We danced, we chanted, we drummed, and we enjoyed every bit of it! I thought you might enjoy some of the photos from our ritual this summer. It was a beautiful warm night perfect for a bonfire. Here are a few pictures of our celebration!








P.S. I am posting this late! We are almost half way to Mabon now!