All the cute and the precious have been found. All the kitties and puppies have homes. The candy colored, the eco-friendly, the hipsters of the handmade are all duly covered elsewhere. Here I will find the slightly odd, the darkly beautiful, the elegant and steamy pieces of goodness. I am very particular in my tastes and though I promise you that I will share nothing but the most intriguing of my discoveries, you may not always like them. I must also confess that I have no real artistic nor fashion background to base my finds upon. These are simply discoveries dug up from the depths of etsy or perhaps elsewhere, brushed off and presented for your approval.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Decadent Designs

Don't know couture when I see it, but I do know darkly decadent, ruffles and drapes, black and grays and truly unique.1. We Are So Fragile... frayed ruffle cropped jacket - OneHundredYears
2. Crushed Velvet Draped Dress with Leather Straps Halter Neck - BlackMarketBaby
3. Rock out with your couture out x burnout dress - RockMetalCouture
4. Blueberry Romance Sweet Melancholy Mary - AttilaDesign

There were a few pieces at all these shops that caught my eye, but this jacket made me stop and stare at it's ruffly goodness. The drape of that halter dress looks both comfortable and stunning. While I'd look ridiculous wearing the burnout dress as pictured, add a great tank top underneath and rawr. The Blueberry romance is also just one of many pieces from that shop that will probably end up featured here, dark and decadent.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Gadgets and Gizmos

SteamPunk and Neo-Victorian pieces can be useful or not. These gadgets appear to be both, well if you use your imagination anyway.
1. Persephone's Bike - perrinspage
2. Steampunk style Time Machine - urbandon
3. Steampunk Dream Box - johndonaldcarlucci
4. Ninotchka - Small Victorian Lamp Shade - lamplighter

Really these are pieces of art from an era of alternate history. Pieces lost and discarded, beautifully assembled by makers and artisans. A bike that can no longer move is now a piece of art. An assemblage of parts imagined into a piece of technology to move through time or very very space of dream. Then to light it all a lampshade both beautiful and functional.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Gothic Princess

Not every princess wears pink. Sometimes they wear black and blood red tulle. Sometimes they are dark and decadent and dangerous.

3. Tryste Corset Belt Waist Cincher - Gloomth
4. Corset with short sleeves - OblivionClothing

I have always wanted a giant tutu and MTcoffinzUnderground has some amazing ones, now of course I've no reason to wear them anymore, but if I was buying a prom dress I might be tempted. I've seen a lot of corsets and I'm certain to feature many of them here, but the sleeves on this OblivionClothing number make it so unique.For almost everyday wear, I'd pick Gloomth's waist cincher, subtle and classy and that gorgeous lace collar by TatteredRouge would make anyones appearance ascend to royalty.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Steam Heat

For my very first discoveries, I have presented some steamy goodness. Dark rich colors and items that exotic tales to tell.

1. Miele Cuff - Choklit
2. Cameo Mecanique Tee - Binarywinter
3. Air Ship's Captain - Stilettoheights
4. Dark Brown& cream underbust corset - Damselinthisdress

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