Nuit Clothing Atelier’s FW16 Les Fleurs du Mal collection explores the world of Baudelaire: Romanticism, decadence, and the hidden magic of Fin de Siècle Paris. Comprised of linens, lace, and velvets, its perfection lies in its simplicity with casually draped angles and layered silhouettes.
The Occult Activity Book Volume Two picks up where its eerie predecessor ends and continues the reader’s extraordinary journey through mysteries of the unknown. Once again, find your happy place on the dark side while indulging your inner child with esoteric creative exercises: whether you’re soothing your demons with mindful coloring of fiendishly-rendered illustrations or summoning them from the depths of hell with a mad libs-inspired wordgame, our Occult Activity book aims to disturb and amuse in equal amounts and is a fun way to explore your favorite esoteric themes in the relative safety of your own home with little to no consequence.*
*Please note: we still cannot be held accountable for consequences.
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I created an autumn inspired eye look for this video featuring all Lime Crime products! I personally love Lime Crime, and they were generous enough to send me their Living on a Prairie Velvetines and the amazing Super Foil collections. If you haven’t tried the Super Foils out yet, go get them right this very instant! I cannot wait to get my hands on the new colors that were just released this week.
This was supposed to be nothing but a makeup tutorial, but I had two visitors while filming: one needy little cat that loves to make appearances in my videos, and an unexpected shadow figure that I didn’t notice until I was editing this. I’ve had many experiences with shadow figures throughout my life, and I didn’t realize it was there while it was happening, but it sufficiently spooked me while I was home editing. New Orleans is full of ghosts, and I’ll be sleeping with piles of obsidian next to my bed tonight.
What do you think of the look? And, what do you think of my shadow visitor??
All jewels by BloodMilk, always. Wearing the Bat Bones Pentacle, Lorraine Cross earrings, Rings are the Large Planchette, Easeful Death Large Coffin in Onyx, Hecate in Onyx, Endless Night part I, and Belonging to the Darkness in Moonstone.
Music by Belong, used with permission of artists.
Song is “The Door Opens the Other Way” off of the “October Language” album
This is not a paid post, all opinions my own! Super Foils, Venus Palette, and Velvetine Liquid Lip Stick were provided by Lime Crime. Some of the links above are affiliate links, and Haute Macabre will receive a small commission from them. We truly appreciate your support but understand if you prefer to seek these items out via another method.
We are currently all a-swoon over the complex and beautifully structured creations from the studio of Manuel Díaz, an enigmatic, avant-garde fashion designer from Mexico City. Draped in chain mail, harnesses, and braids, and embellished with glittering crystals and menacing spikes and piercings, these objects both appear as ornate cages for dreamy demons, and suggest the threat of dangerous, intricate weaponry. We don’t know whether to restrain ourselves in, or arm ourselves with these incredible pieces–and it’s a conjuring a rather delicious confusion.
We are very happy to introduce J.L. Schnabel of BloodMilk Jewels to our team of staff writers. Please welcome her here on Haute Macabre, in an especially communal post, as it features our own Sonya Vatomsky’s collection of poetry, Salt is for Curing, for the BloodMilk Book Club and two special giveaways.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. Throughout high school and college I wanted to be a poet. This changed to wanting to be a short fiction writer and an MFA followed and then, I abandoned it all like a decaying house to write for art magazines & to work on my jewels. I’ve always stayed committed to being a reader however, and it was at AWP when it set up its circus in Minneapolis in 2015 when I found my way back to poetry in a big way. I spent much of my time there along the rows of mostly independent book press booths and picked up quite a bit of books I would have never come across otherwise. One of these books was ‘At Night’ by Lisa Ciccarello via Black Ocean, & as fortune had it, Lisa was at the table when I picked up her book. She signed my copy, ‘I hope this makes you the right kind of miserable’ & afterwards I carried the book around between my journal pages like a talisman and before bed, I would take small sips of its magic for months.
Reading poetry seems to more for niche readers; it can be difficult to discern and emotionally over wrought. Despite all this, poetry is one of my first literary loves. I discovered Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath when I attended a Christian boarding school, where any kind of ‘otherness’ was as unacceptable as wearing something against the dress code. The poems of these women, these tragic, self-obsessed, women saved me. I discovered what had felt like at the time, a fish hook piercing me and reeling me into my future.
Sonya Vatomsky’s book ‘Salt is for Curing’ feels like the sister to ‘At Night’ (the inscription to me read ‘I hope these poems bring you just the right kind of magic’ ) and seems to come from the linage of the ‘sister’ confessional poets, hell bent on confessing their transformations and their twin obsessions with death. Written in a feverish binge in the aftermath of a traumatic attack, Sonya has described the book as a ‘Grimoire.’ Featuring ‘recipes’ ( which feels reminiscent of another favorite book ‘Cure All’ by Kim Parko ), these confessional poems appear rooted in the rituals of witchcraft and the disassembly of the body. There is tender violence; the body, in some cases, becomes ingredients to be cooked and consumed. In form, the book reads as a personal, dark purging and a kind of macabre cookbook, an intimate slip of a book that is also the next BloodMilk bookclub pick. The BMBC will run from today until Nov 1st when I’ll randomly select a winner. To enter to win a jewel of your choice from my shop, pick up a copy of Sonya’s book here, & devour it whole or in sections ( I suggest a nightly ritual of small sips ). Afterwards, post an image of the book, open to your favorite poem, to your IG feed. In the caption, share why you were drawn to your chosen poem. The length of this response is up to you. Hashtag #bloodmilkbookclub. Optional but recommended: Find other readers and engage with them via the hashtag & explore previous BloodMilk bookclub picks.
Thank you for meeting me here.
In addition to the BloodMilk giveaway, Sonya is also offering a copy of Salt Is For Curing to one Haute Macabre reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment here on this post. You may of course enter both, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries.
Photo via our very own S.Elizabeth.
You’ve asked, we’ve listened. Vlad the Impaler pins are available in the the Haute Macabre Shop for pre-order.
This is a Pre-Sale open until the end of September, and will ship early to mid November, depending on how long production takes (typically about 4 weeks).
Any other items ordered along with the Vlad pin will ship together in one parcel in November.
Yes, we are working on a restock of our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection (with some new additions!) for later this fall! No, we don’t know an exact date yet, which is why we’re opening Vlad sales now!
Photographer Crystal Lee Lucas recently released a series of images, “Through the Dark”.
“Through the Dark” is a series inspired by moths that fly by night and through the dark towards the light. Ultimately, the moonlight is their compass and navigator but this path can easily become confusing, exhausting and deceiving.
Crystal’s works all have a hazy fairy tale veil over them, with subjects just far enough removed from this reality to seem slightly ominous and otherworldly. View more of her work at CrystalLeeLucas.com and on her Instagram.