Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy holidays!

I hope that all my readers have a good holiday and new years. I'll be spending Christmas with my dad and step-mum (although we're not a Christian family).

This is what I wore to my xmas breakfast at work:
We went to a buffet at the Crown Atrium at Burswood (Perth's casino). I ate so much!!
The dress is from Hell Bunny, size 4xl. I had to alter it because it is a halter dress and I don't like halter dresses. So, I converted the straps to a normal strappy dress. Hell Bunny also added elastic gussets in the side of the dress, which looked horrible so I sewed them down so it couldn't stretch out.

I made a shrunken head for my co-worker:

And I got a Bowie tattoo yesterday:

I have paid time off until January 2nd. I'm going to relax and play lots of video games!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

1920s Murder Mystery

My friend, Stephanie, invited me to a 1920s Murder Mystery that she was hosting. I said 'yes' straight away, but then freaked out because I can't act and I wouldn't know other people at the party. My worst nightmare!

Well, glad to say, the party went well. I got my costume from Memory Lane Clothing in Mount Lawley near my house.

I got some fake cigarettes :)

My character was Dina Diva, a singer who wanted a shot at Hollywood films. Me and another girl drew first place for best dressed, we shared the prize which was chocolate :)


Paris Day 2: Paris Catacombs

I was very excited to see the Paris catacombs. I took so many photos!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Paris Day 1: Versailles

I'm back from my Euro trip, safe and sound. Here is the first set of my photos. Hope you like them! The photos will be after the break, because there are so many of them.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

On The Road

I'm officially on my holiday. I spent today cleaning my house and finishing my packing. Now I'm waiting to go to the airport. How exciting! I hope that I can update while I'm in Europe.
I'm a bit scared about going by myself.
I'm very excited about seeing my best friend Merissa. I'm going to hug her to death!

I painted my suitcase so it's unique and easy to find.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Black Magic Review (One Hand Washes the Other)

Ever since reading a review from Bones and Lilies, I've wanted to try Black Magic from One Hand Washes the Other.
(Also, Karoliina from Bones and Lilies is really beautiful. Please check out her blog)

Black Magic is a face cleanser filled will all types of yummy stuff. It's natural, and supposed to be good for your skin. I really enjoy the scent, which to me is menthol/Tea Tree Oil/Peppermint oil.

Opening the package

Gold paper!!

I got stickers and free samples!!! I didn't really enjoy the scent of the solid perfume samples, but I really liked the stickers.

I bought a solid scent too.

I bought the cream jar, which comes with a little spatula. I first take off my make-up with Neutrogena make-up wipes (these are seriously the best). I then take a little scoop of the cream, and put it on my hand. Then I use my finger to spread it on my face and rub it in/wash it off.

I find that this cleanser does not dry my skin out, I haven't had any flaky icky skin for ages. It also seems to help with my pimples/blackheads. My natural skin type is really oily in case you're curious.

I highly recommend giving this cleanser a go. I will be buying this again!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Perth Tattoo Expo 2013

I visited the Perth Tattoo Expo on Sunday with Haze and her girlfriend Kylie.
My mood has not improved, in fact it has got worse :(

Shirt: Ebay
Skirt: Asos Curve
Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

Most of the tattoo parlors in Australia are owned by bikers, so the expo was full of bogans with mullets and sun damaged tattoos. I did see my tattoo artist, Josh, at his booth. I talked about wanting a David Bowie tattoo, my next appointment is near Christmas.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stalk me in Europe!

As you may already know, I'm taking a holiday to Europe and the UK in October.
If you live in any of the cities I'm visiting I would love to meet you!

October 4th-8th: I'm in Paris with my best friend Merissa
October 9th-12th: I'm in Rome, travelling by myself from now on.
October 13th-16th: Vienna
October 17th-19th: Berlin
October 20th-Nov 4th: Back in the UK, visiting family in Leicester. Then staying in Manchester with a friend, and going to Whitby for the Goth Weekend!
Nov 5th-11th: London! Staying with Merissa.

I'm really keen on eating schnitzel and bratwurst in Vienna/Berlin. So if any of my readers are in those places, I want to eat some awesome meat!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Emotional Problems

Oh wow. I've been feeling horrible for such a long time. Everything is crushing me and I don't think I can take it much longer. This weekend I really just wanted to hide away in my apartment, but I got invited to go to places.

I took the day off work Friday because I was feeling so down. I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed. Instead, I read a book and then cleaned my apartment. I also freshly shaved my head.
Haze and her girlfriend Kylie invited me out for dinner in the evening. I'm really poor at the moment, but I can still afford to go out with friends.

I look grumpy, because I am
New lace dress from City Chic (it was $100, but then down to $40 on sale)
Winklepickers: Underground Shoes
Glasses: Clearly Contacts

On Saturday, I went to visit my dad and step-mum for Fathers Day (although Fathers Day is on Sunday). I got him a gift card so he can buy himself some DVDs.

Me, Dad, my sisters Kirsty and Heather. Dad and Kirsty wearing Star Wars shirts was unintentional.

Also my Granny!

Saturday night I was invited to a warehouse party which I really was not in the mood for. My friend, Lisa, forced me to come. The party started at midnight, and I actually go to bed at 8:30pm (I'm a nanna) so I was really tired! But at least it was a chance to get dressed up and do my makeup. The night wasn't too bad, I got home around 3am.

New skirt: City Chic (on sale)
Skull shirt: New Look
Jacket: Ebay/DIY
Boots: Ebay
Belt: City Chic

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Wants

Pointed buckle creepers from TUK.
I can't seem to find these in Australia. They are available on the Hot Topic website in America, but Hot Topic/Torrid are HORRIBLE regarding ordering and shipping to Australia.
Meagan at Coffin Kitsch bought a pair. She always looks cute.

Lacy Audrey dress from City Chic: $179.95
Who the HELL is crazy enough to pay $179.95 for a dress?! Another reason why I wait for sales at City Chic.

Much more affordable Freddy Dress from Hell Bunny.
I want to get lots of summer dresses so I can be cute and cool this summer.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Swimming Like a Mermaid

Yesterday I went swimming with Kylie. I got this really cute swimsuit from Swimsuits For All. It fits perfectly and it looks really good! The only thing I didn't like was the removable straps, I actually sewed them down.

I wore a swimcap to protect my hair. I have a new shrunken head tote bag (from Dangerfield) and my Little Mermaid towel.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I finally got a new laptop and set up a broadband service. My old laptop is really, really crap. It's slow and overheats so I have to aim a fan at it (yes, even now in Winter).
My internet connect was really crap before, I had a wireless dongle which should have worked in my area by didn't. Now I have a naked modem connection. It will be great to have an internet connection that doesn't drop out every minute.

Does this mean I'll be updating more? I hope so! My new laptop/internet means that I'll be able to upload stuff at home (I used to do it at work, sneaky).

Cats @ The Regal Theatre

A little while ago I went to see the theatre production Cats at the Regal Theatre. I went by myself and got a great seat in the middle, six rows from the front.
It's always been a dream of mine to see Cats. I taped it off of TV when I was young, and watched it over and over. Sadly, I came from such a poor family that it was impossible for us to go to the theatre. Especially to see something as great as Cats.
Now, I'm a independent woman with my own money so I can spend it where I want!

Cats was everything I wanted it to be. The costumes were lovely, in a 1940s style. The music was wonderful! It was such a dream come true that I might of been fighting tears at the start ;)

The Regal Theatre is in Subiaco, the suburb where I grew up. It used to be a great place, filled with lots of art. It has really gone downhill in the last few years. When I was a kid, there were two great markets next to the railway station, and now there is only a fruit market :(
I hate when markets close!

Jacket: Lady Bryant (gifted from Franny)
Shirt: Ebay purchase
Skirt: Evans

Lovely brooch that I got from Leicester, UK while I was there in 2010. 

I'm still wearing my walking boot. It's actually falling apart because I walk too much. I hope that I'll get it off next week when I visit the hospital.

Monday, July 15, 2013

MoMA and Egypt Exhibit

This weekend was a busy one!

On Saturday, I took my dad to the art gallery to see the new MoMA exhibit. It was a treat for his birthday.

Lots of photos after the page break

Junee and Monte Cristo

It's been a week since I went to Wagga Wagga to go to Charles Sturt University. My laptop computer and internet connection at home is THE WORST! I'm trying to fix my internet and get a new computer, because I'm getting really annoyed not being able to upload anything. I'm writing this at work (naughty, naughty).

Anyway, I visited Wagga Wagga to attend CSU resident school for my Bachelor of Information Studies course. This was basically a compulsory unit that introduces you to the university, and you get to meet fellow students. I'm doing this course part-time by distance education, that means all of my studies will be online.

I flew from Perth to Sydney, and then took a train from Sydney to Junee where Monte Cristo is located. I've always wanted to visit Monte Cristo, ever since I was young. It's reputed to be the most haunted house in Australia. I didn't see any ghosts, but it is a very beautiful house.

Lots of photos after the page break!

Perth Sunrise

Here is the pretty sunrise this morning, as I was walking to the train station. Click on the photo for a bigger picture!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bat-Cave Mailorder

Bat-cave Mailorder offers lots of obscure band t-shirts. I placed an order in March and I've only just received it!! The shop is from Poland, and I know that Poland mail is very slow (I have a pen-pal from Poland, and our correspondence usually takes a while).
One thing I don't like about this shop is the lack of communication. I've send three e-mails to the store, asking where my order was and I did not receive a reply!
I seriously don't care that my order took 3/4 months to arrive, but having no communication is really rude and unprofessional. I had no idea if my order had been sent, or if I had wasted $50.

I purchased shirts featuring Siglo XX, Xray Spex, and Danse Society. The quality of the screen print doesn't seem to be 100%, but I guess only time can tell. I'm a bit worried about the print peeling off.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed in this shop. The lack of communication was a deal breaker for me.

UPDATE 14/04/14: It's been a while since I got my shirts. I've washed them a few times, and they're holding up well. They're also still nice and soft. I'll take back my old review and say that the shirts a okay quality. It's the long shipping time that you have to watch out for, but I guess it's coming from Poland so it'll take a long time.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hobble Along

Oh man, my ankle is sore.
Last Saturday I went on my first long outing with my boot. I went with my lovely friend Dani. We went to Spotlight to pick up some craft materials.
I'm still really slow, and the boot restricts my ankle movement. I've been taking it off at night, because I want to be able to flex my ankle. It's so stiff, I can't even point my toes! :(

I'm wearing:
Cotton biker jacket: No Future (DIY by me)
Bikini Kill shirt: From their website
Skirt: Avella (Big W)
Tights: We Love Colors
Boots: Dr. Marten

I've also sewed some new new patches. This is the slater on my left arm. I love slaters, they're so cute! They're called pill bugs in America. I also call them roly polies :)
On my other arm I have the symbol for Pluto. Sailor Moon reference.

This is my first week back at work. I'm doing okay, and luckily there is not much that I've missed. I've been using the priority seating on public transport (gotta use it while I can!). Next week I'm going to Wagga Wagga for my university resident school.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


YAAAAY! I have my cast off and I'm up and walking!
I have been given a walking boot, and I tested it out today shopping with my sister. I don't know how I would manage without my sister to help me, she's been really great. She's taken days off work to help me get to the hospital. I don't know how to repay her.

I'm really tired right now, it's going to take a while for me to get strong again. I get to go back to work on Monday, so I'm very excited to see everyone again and be useful.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Two of my co-workers came to visit me with a care-package from everybody in my unit! This is my first ever care-package, I feel like I don't deserve this!
It includes lots of chocolate, a book (The Last Werewolf), a pair of gloves, some David Bowie photos, a cross-stitch pattern for the Stark family in Game of Thrones, and a bat bookmark from Threefold Designs. It's funny, because my coworkers didn't know that I'm online friends with Michelle, the girl who runs Threefold Designs.

It is so sweet and kind for my co-workers to think about me, and that I make such an impact on their life. I don't think I'm worth much, so it's really sweet to think that so many people like me.

Monthly Homework Assignment: Polkadots

I actually don't own anything with polkadots, apart from a pair of fancy knickers, but you're not seeing them ;)
I don't like polkadots, I don't know why but I've never been a fan. That's why I found this months homework assignment from Franny a bit hard.

Luckily, inspiration came in the form of Robert Smith

I first painted my nailed Double Decker Red by Rimmel.

I cut some toothpicks in half, and used them to dot black polish over the red.

I'm right handed, but I found it easier to use my left hand for dotting (strange)
Wait for this all to dry, and then put a clear coat of polish on top.

I now match Robert Smith!

Please excuse the messy sides of my nail, I didn't have a chance to clean them up.

Monday, June 10, 2013

My favourite book website

I buy all of my books online. I actually do most of my shopping online. There are always people in the news saying that online shopping is taking away from physical retailers. But until they offer the same prices in stores, I'll keep buying online.

I know that many overseas people use Amazon, which I think is great, but sadly it sometimes costs lots to ship to Australia.

My FAVOURITE website for buying books is
This website shows price of the book INCLUDING shipping to your country!! It searches lots of different book sites like Amazon, AbeBooks and Book Depository, etc.

My little trick is to look at Amazon to read the reviews and summary of the book. If you're not 100% sure about buying the book, I suggest you order it from you Library. If you're a member of the library, you can request books from other libraries. This is called an inter-library loan, and I use it all the time! Just ask your local library!
Western Australia has a great system, where you can request a book from any public library in Western Australia. Gosh, I love libraries.

(I just bought another book online for only $10 including shipping, so I'm pretty happy right now. Yay books!)

University Resident School

I'm not sure if I told you guys, but I applied for university and got in! I'm doing a distance education course and I'm studying Bachelor of Information Studies. This will qualify me as a Librarian (right now I'm a Library Technician, which is one step lower). I'm doing the course part-time so I can work full time at my current job. This means it's going to take me 6 years to get my degree, better late then never right?
The university I'm using is Charles Sturt, and although they offer distance education there is a compulsory unit where distance students have to visit the university. They call this resident school, and it only goes for three days.
My resident school is at the Charles Sturt campus in Wagga Wagga, which is on the other side of Australia.
Pink arrow connecting Perth to Wagga Wagga.

The resident school is an introduction to the university and the course I will be taking. I'm dreading having to 'network'. I'm not they type of person who joins in with team building/icebreakers. I'd rather just sit in a corner and not be noticed. Usually, someone comes to talk to me and then I feel like a really horrible person for not being as enthusiastic as everyone else in the room. I'm really not interested in networking at all, I'm too anti-social for my own good. It's also really hard to go unnoticed with green hair!!
Actually, my co-workers always make fun of me because I don't understand why people remember me. They say "oh, Natalie, we have NO IDEA" looking right at my hair. Hahaha, luckily I like my co-workers and I tease them back.

I am excited about a little holiday. I've been home bound with my broken ankle for nearly two months. I like exploring places by myself. Wagga Wagga is near Sydney, so after my resident school I'm going to stay the weekend in Sydney.

Best of all, I get to visit two places I've always wanted to!

Monte Cristo, Australia's 'most haunted' house! I've wanted to visit this ever since I was a kid. It's only 30mins north of Wagga Wagga, so it's a great opportunity for me to check it out. I doubt I'll be in the area again.

The front of Monte Cristo Homestead

I do not believe in ghosts or the supernatural. I'm an atheist and a skeptic, so I think there is a rational explanation for all things and that there is no life after death. BUT I love ghost stories. I've always enjoyed 'real haunting' books when I was a kid. I used to get the same ones from the library and re-read them. I love spooky stories, and stories that are suppose to be 'real'. I have a large occult book collection, including some great skeptic books like A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini (he spent his life debunking spiritualists, such an amazing man) and Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer.
Australia is lacking any haunted places, I think because this is a young nation. All of the spooky places are over east, there doesn't seem to be anything in Perth.

The second place I'm going to visit is the Quarantine Station in Sydney. When Australia was first being colonised, this was the place to put people who had contagious diseases. It seems like a really spooky place, and I've always wanted to visit it!

I'll make sure to take lots of photos and write about my adventures over east.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gothy Two Shoes List of Plus Size Online Clothing Stores

Plus-size Gothic clothing is very hard to find. Usually, I buy clothes from second hand stores and alter them to fit my style. Being a large girl, I like good quality black clothes that aren't too expensive. But even that is a lot to ask for! I buy clothes online because plus-size Goth clothing is hard to find in Australia (not to mention, it's usually more expensive than getting a few items from overseas)
Below is a list of clothing stores I have found online. I have included a little blurb about the stores I enjoy buying from.
Please leave a comment if you can suggest more online stores.

ASOS Curve: AUSTRALIA (although it does have sites for other countries). This website offers very trendy plus size clothes. Goth and black offerings are few and far between, but there is sometimes a good bargain. You really need to think about how the garment will look on you, because the models they use are pretty thin. The clothing is well made, and I haven't had any trouble with them. They also have a great selection of accessories. Pricing is good, and shipping is FREE!! There are usually coupons for 20% off. They also sell great accessories, I've bought some awesome bags and jewelry.
Quality: Good
Price: Overall it's average. $50 for a dress, $30 for a skirt. Sometimes good bargains in sales.
Rating: A

City Chic: AUSTRALIA. One word: Expensive. The only time I buy clothes from City Chic are in their 70% sales. $150 for ONE DRESS, seriously? I can buy a bunch of clothes from overseas for the same amount WITH shipping. That being said, some of their clothes are very Goth. But I'd seriously wait until sales. $70 for one shirt! Really?! City Chic is one of the only places for girls to buy Plus Size in Australia (if they don't order things overseas). They're clothes are up to date, and not frumpy. They have a good collection of party clothes and cute dresses.
I sometimes have a problem with their sizing, which goes XS, S, M, L, XL. It's sometimes confusing, as their sizing runs larger. I highly suggest going into a store and trying on the clothes. Many of the dresses hang strange and don't look good on the body or they're made out of strange material. Having a friend with you helps. Physical City Chic stores are nice, as they usually hire plus size girls.
Quality: Good
Price: SO EXPENSIVE! :( Wait until sales if you don't want expensive clothes.
Rating: C

Domino Dollhouse: USA. I love this small brand for the fact that they try to make trendy awesome clothes that girls love. They also use plus sized models, including the beautiful Tess Munsters. Clothes here are individual, so it sometimes takes a while for a good Goth item to come along. Sometimes I think "Wow, I love that top. I wish I came in plain black!". They also offer some good petticoats. I'm always excited when a new line comes out and I make a little wish list of what I would buy if I had a bajillion dollars. That being said, prices aren't too bad if you save because you'll be getting a unique piece of clothing that skinnier people won't be able to have. I love seeing customer photos of girls who are the same size as me rocking out in Domino Dollhouse gear. They always look so lovely! This store always high on my list and I recommend it to every plus sized girl.
Quality: Great
Price: A bit on the high side. $70 and less. Postage to Australia can expensive, but cheap if you combine a few items.
Rating: A

New Look: UK. New Look offer the 'Inspire' range of clothing. They're great on a budget, and shipping is also pretty good. It's sometimes a hit and miss in regards to the range of black clothing. They offer clothing that is trendy in the mainstream, and sometimes with bad fabric choices. I've purchased a few items from them, all have been unique that no one else in my town has.
Quality: Great
Price: Prices vary, but there are great bargains at sale time.
Rating: B

Torrid: USA. One thing that's always pissed me off about the Torrid website is that I can't sort by colour. This means I have to click through pages of stuff to find black items. I never really like anything available from Torrid, I guess that's why I've bought only one item from them. The clothing seems very plain for the price they're asking, I always look at the clothes and think "That's really ugly/boring, I don't know who'd buy that". They don't seem to have different collections, so I can come back in a few months and the same clothes would be there. I don't recommend buying unless you find something you like. They make it very difficult to buy things, shipping to Australia costs $41 and they don't take overseas PayPal.
Quality: I only have one item from them, a skull cardigan. The quality is okay.
Price: A bit much for such plain clothes. $30 and upwards.
Rating: D

We Love Colors: USA. Tights and pantyhose. I always buy the "Plus Size Nylon/Lycra Tights" in black. They have a wide range with over 51 colours. They also offer tie-dye, stripe tights and fishnets. The sizes are brilliant, they suit tall girls and are very stretchy but don't lose their shape. The waist sits above my tummy, which I love because it means they wont fall down while I walk. I've had tights that last for 6 months, which I think is great value! The price is about the same you'd pay for a good brand in the store, around $15 for plain tights. Shipping to Australia is $15 flat rate, but they do offer free shipping deals so make sure to grab a bunch when that happens (I just bought 10 pairs with free shipping, they'll last me ages)
I would LOVE to see some different designs printed on the tights. I love the current trend for 'spooky' designs on tights, but they never have plus size options. I'd love a pair of black tights with white or grey bats printed up the leg *hint hint*
Quality: Great, can last for ages!
Price: Tights price is average at $15. Try to wait for free shipping deals to get a good bargain.
Rating: A

Other 'normal clothing' sites:


List of online Goth stores that offer Plus-size:

Friday, May 31, 2013

Update on my broken ankle

Here is my x-ray, showing fractures in two places.
It's been three weeks since I broke my ankle on the bus.
Here is my bandage from the hospital to wait until the swelling goes down.
Yesterday I was given a proper hard cast on my ankle :)
I chose black, of course :)
I don't need surgery, although I might need it in the future if my bone fragment doesn't stick. I've been told to rest for another three weeks (lame!) and then I'll get a walking boot (yay!)
I'm really bummed, because I'm missing out on a house party, two clubs, and Killing Joke!
Killing Joke are having a concert next week, playing their singles. I'm really sad that I won't be able to see them. It would be really hard for me to get there and hobble around on crutches.
I feel bad that I'm missing out on so much work. I'm lucky that I have enough sick leave. I want to get back as soon as possible. I feel so guilty for having so much time off.
I haven't run out of things to watch, and I luckily have a lot of items to read on my Samsung tablet. I'm currently watching a lot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 :)
I'm a bit lonely, but I'm always lonely so what's new? I'm annoyed that I can't do anything productive, like craft stuff, because all of my craft items are in boxes which requires me to walk around lots! :(
Maybe next week I'll try to get some sewing done. I'm doing a little bit of crochet at the moment, I'm going to make a blanket. I need more wool, but I obviously can't go and buy any.
It's finally cold here in Perth, and I'm really sad that I'm missing it! I love walking outside in the morning when I can see my breath. Stupid broken ankle.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

200 Followers Giveaway!

Wow! I nearly have 200 followers!
This is such a surprise, I never thought a girl like me would get so many readers. I wish I could meet each of you to thank you in person!
I only need to get around 10 more readers to reach 200!

I will be having another giveaway once I reach 200. I'm thinking I'll have three sets of prizes this time, but I need to think what to give away! :)
The lame side effect of breaking a bone is that you have way too much time to waste. I've found these two websites which seem really interesting.

Morbid Anatomy has a bunch of online exhibitions, and links to other obscure websites.

The Midnight Archive features a videos about different topics on the strange and unusual. Very interesting!

I especially love the newest video featuring this guys awesome apartment.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Picturing New York @ AGWA

Last Sunday I went to the Picturing New York exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia with a friend. It was the last day of the exhibition, and it's part of the partnership between MoMA and AGWA.
The photographs were interesting, I enjoyed the architecture photos. I don't think I enjoyed this exhibition as much as the last one.
I'm very excited about the next one, because it will feature Dali artwork.
The museum currently has a Egypt exhibit on now, so I'm looking forward to seeing that!

After going to the art gallery, I fell on the stairs on the bus and fractured my ankle :(
At least I looked cute?

I'm not to sure about this red lipstick. It feels a bit orange?
The sweater clip is actually a skull collar chain from Asos.
Cardigan: Banned (I'm not happy about the quality, especially because it cost $50)
Shirt: City Chic
Skirt: It's either Asos or Evans (I can't get up to check because of broken ankle)
I always said that City Chic were too expensive, but they're really bringing out some cute stuff. It can't resist it!
After walking through the exhibition, there was a photo opportunity at the end with a landscape of New York. Here is me and my friend. I worked with him at Fringe World, and I didn't realise we had so much in common.