Tag Archives: Gothic

Travel Blog- Grand Days out in Glasgow

Glasgow is fast becoming one of my favourite cities to visit. It’s compactly cosmopolitan and has a rich heritage in the arts and sciences which makes for inspiring places to visit. This year I explored the nooks and crannies of the Hunterian Collections at Glasgow University and strolled through the glass-houses of the 200-year-old Botanic Gardens. I love Victorian […]

Red Hair 90s style buns

Happy Hair Colour Accidents: New Year- New Hair 2016

It’s becoming a tradition that  I change my hair for the holidays.  Xmas and New Year can be a bit emotional and I often feel low. But it helps to remember these feelings are temporary. Now I’m aware of my mid-winter ‘wobble’ I anticipate it. Now I change my hair on purpose, not in the emotional knee-jerk/radically irreversible way I used to. This […]

Gothic Make-up looks from Pixiwoo MUAs

Five Dark Alternative Looks from Pixiwoo’s MUAs

I’m addicted to make-up tutorial videos on You-tube, like these from The Pixiwoo channel (Aka Sam and Nic Chapman, the two sisters behind the ‘Real- Techniques’ make-up brushes). They may be mainstream popular these days, but there are a surprising number of alternative looks in the Pixiwoo archives. A little bit goth, a little bit grunge and […]

creepy-cool locations to visit

10 Creepy Cool Locations- Old Haunts Life List

Carrying on my ‘life list’ exercises, this one is about appreciating where I’ve been. Today I’m sharing some creepy cool and locations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, many of which weren’t readily accessible to the public while others boast a secret double life on film. How many have you seen? The Cambridge University Museum of Zoology –  I once had the pleasure […]

Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

I get super excited about Halloween pumpkins, because I didn’t have them as a kid. I loved dressing up and trick or treating, going to the parade and fireworks, eating Halloween snacks while nodding off in front of the TV watching schlockly old Horror films and B-Movies. But…Halloween without a pumpkin is like Christmas without a tree. We didn’t have […]

Bald Rose McGowan- video

Rose McGowan Pop Video or Performance art?

Rose McGowan was a late 90’s bombshell. You might remember her as Shannen Doherty’s replacement on Charmed. Lately she’s become a singer with a video to rival Lady Gaga that opens with her quoting Rutger Hauer’s famous speech from Bladerunner…. Say What now??? Click here to see the video for Rose’s debut song ‘RM486’ Who is this again? Maybe you remember Rose Mc Gowan as […]

Top 5 Florence and the Machine videos

My Top Five Florence and the Machine Videos

I adore music videos, but its a rare artist these days that makes one I can get excited about. The imagery employed by Florence and the Machine of magic, spiritualism and melancholy always sets my heart a flutter.  Links below to see the videos of my Top 5 Florence & The Machine Videos : Rabbit Heart (Raise it up) This track […]

Crystals and Gems photo collection

Life Lately…Crystal Gazing

Lately according to Instagram I’ve been going crazy for crystals. It started with my getting  back into jewellery, now I like having them around me all the time: Clockwise from Top left: I’m wearing my handmade ‘downward spiral’ fossil necklace, hematite wand, and rainbow-moonstone cross/ Miniature specimen jars catch the sunlight on my window sill/ Detail close-up […]

Sleepy Barn owl - photo by Bridgeen Gillespie

“The Owls are not what they seem” at World Of Owls- Antrim

Enigmatic and symbolic Owls are embedded in our popular consciousness, whether your first exposure was through Harry Potter or Greek myth, Twin Peaks (where the owls are not what they seem!) or The Labyrinth, I’m sure you’ll agree they are fantastic creatures.  Actually, real owls are awesome so World of Owls was a definite must see… I’ve […]

Indulging your inner goth

Indulging your inner goth – 5 Great Gothic Lifestyle Links

Whether you just had a ‘goth phase’ or you’re goth for life I assure you the Gothic Subculture is undying! Lately I’ve been indulging my inner goth and I’ve uncovered countless Gothic lifestyle bloggers, youtubers and IG accounts proving the subculture is alive and thriving on the internet. Growing up I was something of a weekend goth. The sensibility was there, even […]

A-is for Amos- Daria Hlazatova

Book Review: A is for Amos, An Illustrated musical A to Z by Daria Hlazatova

I recently discovered  Daria Hlazatova‘s work when Billy Corgan tweeted this glorious image of her’s entitled Daphne Descends inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins song. It’s no secret that I’m a Pumpkins fan, so I had to find out more about this artist whose style sums up Adore era SP, evoking Aubrey Beardsley, gothic Surrealism and the art-deco stylings of Erté. It transpires that Hlazatova […]

Penny Dreadful inspired Jewellery

Penny Dreadful inspired Jewellery Wishlist

So Penny Dreadful, who’s been watching? If you haven’t seen it I’ll sum up by saying its basically a gothic take on Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where a whole host of literary characters like Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein co-mingle with gothic archetypes such as werewolves, witches and vampires, and the action revolves around original character Miss Vanessa […]


Life Lately…Mysterious Monochrome

My Instagram feed recently featured some mysterious monochrome photographs, some of which are truly vintage while others simply pretend for effect. Meanwhile some shadows don’t need any editing at all! I love the soft tones of aging photographs, and it’s always a joy for me to play at recreating them digitally. Clockwise left to right: My father in […]

5 beauty fails product review

It’s not me it’s you!- 5 beauty product fails

After recently recommending my best budget beauty buys, I figured why not share some of my most disappointing purchases too? These make up products just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Consider these my top five beauty fails: 1- Precious Metals Highlighting Palette by Sleek Makeup £9.99 – I got this as part of the Party […]


How not to dye your hair purple

Let this serve as a lesson to me about the difference between can and should. After a period of feeling disappointed with blonde hair I took the plunge and died my hair red. It’s been a light orangey copper shade, (not a pillar box red which I’ve had before) and I’ve been really enjoying it. I have […]

Gem stone crystal rings

Lately…according to my Instagram- Gemstone Jewellery

My Instagram feed in recent weeks has been filled with jewellery! I can’t get enough of the witchy/indie/ boho vibe: I adored crystal pendants, mood rings and anything with a crescent moon on it back in the 90’s. Now charms on chokers and gemstones on leather cords are all the rage again and it makes my […]

Grunge Jewellery for Witches and Goths

Gemstone Jewellery for Witches and Goths

I have recently discovered some gorgeously original gothic gemstone jewellery on Instagram . Witches and Wicca are back in vogue like it’s 1995, and these indie shops with their hand-made and custom designs have more than a little magic and mysticism about them. Introduced in order of affordability from impulse (buy now), to splurge (pay-day) and savor (save up for!) […]

Five Festive Films

Five Alternative Festive Films

Indulge in some festive movie watching with these off the wall holiday season film recommendations.

Blood spattered Sporan illustration by b.gillespie

Happy Halloween

Here’s a suitably spooky sporran illustration from my collection of short stories that I’ve decided to call- ‘Flash Fiction’! I created only a couple of illustrations in the end opting to stick to photo ‘illustrations’ for the stories over all to keep the ‘Flash’ in the flash fiction. But I enjoyed the excuse to get my dip pens […]

Billy Corgan- Adore- embroidery portrait

Adore- Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan Hand embroidered portrait

I finally completed my embroidered portrait of Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan. Here it is framed, clocking it at around 25-30 hours worth of stitching. Initially I considered a white frame, but the oval inlay in this black one won as nod to Billy’s  ‘Zero’ motif. A personal work I named ‘Adore’, for the album and for the notions of gothic romance that Billy […]


Gothic Glasgow

Cemeteries are strange places, they have their own kind of architecture. Odd little houses and beds for the dead that are quite archaic . On a recent visit to Scotland I visited two very character full graveyards indeed, Blackfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh and the Necropolis in Glasgow. Here’s a little of what I saw: I love Victorian cemeteries best, they are […]