Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019

Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019 I feel like I should apologize in advance. I know we’re supposed to be all gawth and whatnot here at Haute Macabre, and looking it over, this following list is sort of …anything but? But hey–we are never just one thing, we contain multitudes, right? So, first on the list, […]

Please Welcome Our Sponsor: Solstice Scents

Please welcome our sponsor, Solstice Scents! Solstice Scents specializes in hyper-realistic evocative atmospheres and amber, incense and resin blends for men and women. A variety of woods/forest, tobacco, leather, floral and gourmand fragrances are also offered. Fragrances pictured here are Conjure Dark (amber, sandalwood, frankincense, spices, incense, wood smoke, cedar, oud, vanilla), Estate Lavender (Estate Vanilla, […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness Collection Now Available

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness crystal collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Shop. This collection is a grouping of stones that I have been using to assist me in a season of anxiety and distress, which I discussed in this post. Below you will find previews of today’s update, and I truly […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness

In regards to the recent eclipse, and the upcoming: I recently talked about the malefic effect of eclipses, despite their beauty and despite their rarity (although they do happen at minimum twice a year), they obscure the light. They physically darken the skies, cast a shadow over the earth, frightening our ancestors and were portents […]

Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

A Visit To Guo Pei’s Alternate Universe

I’d like to think that in the alternate universe referenced in Guo Pei’s mythical Fall Winter 2019 collection, one may step out for a coffee clad in a ballgown of marionette theatre manipulated by a coolly bespectacled simian puppet master, with barely a flickering glance from the barista as they take a name for your […]

New Sponsor: Occult Objects

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Occult Objects Occult Objects was founded in early 2018 by the German multidisciplinary artist, Diana Johanna. In her work, she focuses on the mystical, feminine and beautiful, which is often hidden in the subconscious of the individual. Her creations are especially influenced by dark nostalgia, occultism, history, fantasy and fashion […]

July Events Calendar

Dear friends, Here are some beautiful events hosted by beautiful people coming up throughout the summer. Please leave in the comments anything you may know of upcoming in your area! July Los Angeles Today, Sunday, June 30 from 4-6PM our beloved family at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be hosted at Dark Delicacies in Burbank […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]

Pam Grossman’s Waking The Witch: A Book Review And Solstice Giveaway!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (mmm…rose quartz!) then I probably do not need to inform you that Pam Grossman –writer, podcaster, practicing witch, and all-around mistress of magic, myth, and moxie–has conjured forth an incredible book to share with the world: Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power. I recently had the ideal […]

When Yorick Dreams…

Today we’re coveting this 19th century Japanese ivory carving of a human skull with a snake coiled around its crown and three toads and a tree frog climbing around on the skull and the snake. Measuring a mere 4.25″ (10.9 cm) high, this marvelously detailed carving is an okimono from the Meiji period, circa 1890. Okimono […]

Haunted by Cope-Arnold’s Vedas

I’ve been sitting here for far too long trying to find the words to describe Vedas, a captivating combination of photography and fashion created by Los Angeles-based studio Cope-Arnold. Vedas was inspired by the fabulous high-contrast B&W photos of fashion photography legend Irving Penn. More that simply write about them, I want to do things with these images, […]

They Wore the Universe Round Their Fingers…

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour…” –William Blake, from “Auguries of Innocence”   We’re spellbound by this 16th century gold ring that unfolds to reveal an ornate astronomical sphere. It’s part of […]

New Sponsor: Witching Hour Baby

Witching Hour Baby is an online boutique where you can find casual, affordable gear for black sheep and their little lambs. From unique clothing for the whole family to spooky housewares and toys, our expertly curated products are bound to satisfy the question: does this come in black? Find Witching Hour Baby : Shop // […]

It Wasn’t Just a Phase + Occultation: Two New Fragrances in the Haute Macabre // Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Collection + Spring Pre-Orders Now Open

Haute Macabre’s latest collaboration with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is now available for pre-orders in the Apothecary. IT WASN’T JUST A PHASE 7-year aged patchouli and polished black cedar with midnight-black vegetal musk, fossilized amber, Spanish moss, and nagarmotha. OCCULTATION Black velvet oudh, indigo musk, smoked patchouli, golden myrrh, and tree moss. Pre-orders will be […]

New Sponsor: Seeking the Witch: Traditional Tales and Everyday Magic

At The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, real magic – gritty, sink-your-teeth-into-it, beautiful magic – is in story, is in art, is in folklore. It’s in an ancient charm for protection against storms, and in the crafting of a poem that captures that power. It’s in the garden you keep, in the silver […]

Mythical Characters In Gucci Gowns: Christopher Smith For Another Man Magazine

For the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Another Man, shape-shifting self-portrait artist, Christopher Smith, an Instagram artist with an eye shaped primarily by fashion photography and whose bio simply states “me in my bedroom,” embodies eight mythical characters who inhabit the fantastical regions and metaphorical terrain that love must navigate in 1654’s La Carte de Tendre. Conceived by […]

How To Wear Your Longing For Senpai To Notice You

It’s a powerful thing, to be noticed, isn’t it? To have the gaze of a Fascinating Creature fall upon you, even just for a moment. Maybe that moment is a fleeting one-off, and  never happens again. Or maybe they never become aware of your existence at all. (Maybe you move on. Maybe you hold a […]

New Sponsor: Open Sea Design Co

Originally inspired by the salty, crystal clear blue shores of the Mexican Caribbean, Open Sea is a Brooklyn-based creative studio that specializes in fine stationery and paper goods, and graphic design. The company was established in 2015 by Melissa Constandse. Our paper goods line is inspired by the occult, the Victorian era, esoteric traditions, 18th […]

BloodMilk Spring Sale

We are in the last days of the springtime BloodMilk sale: use code “Vernal20” at checkout to receive a 20% discount on jewels found in the “Spring Sale” section of BloodMilkJewels.com. The code will be valid through April 11 at midnight, EST. I am always eager and excited to hear what treasures people add to […]

A Mini Review: Lupercalia Hair Glosses From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s most heartfelt collection of the year is also one of their smuttiest, and there is none, they say, more tacky or hedonistic! As a bit of a tacky smutmeister myself, I was was ecstatic to receive a few offerings from this collection, in the form of their hair glosses, atmosphere sprays, […]

Post Mortem: March 2019

Haute Macabre’s offerings from the month of March, 2019: A Small Offering: New Books, Tarot, and Garnet Palm Stones in the Haute Macabre Shop Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There Absolved from the Light: Black Moonstone Stacked: February 2019 Strange Optimism: Nuit Winter 2019 Capsule Collection BloodMilk Illuminated Alphabet Paramour and Psychic Armor: Black […]

Enchanted Ephemera From Moth & Myth {Giveaway!}

Life: a solitary butterfly swaying unsteadily on a slender stalk of grass, nothing more. But ah! so exquisite! – Nishiyama Soin On the one-ton temple bell a moon-moth, folded into sleep, sits still. -Yosa Buson Will we meet again? Here at your flowering grave: two white butterflies – Matsuo Basho Life, death, stolen naps, spring blossoms, and […]

Twinkle, twinkle, little bats…

There’s something especially delightful about beauty found on extraordinarily small scales. Today we’re coveting this exquisite Ivory Bat Seal from the research collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Hand-carved by a Chinese artisan in the early 20th century, it measures barely 2.5 inches tall and just over 1 inch wide. The twinkling black eyes of those two wee bats, […]

BloodMilk Illuminated Alphabet

The beautifully intricate analogue hand lettering of Aaron Horkey has been brought to life by BloodMilk Jewels with the now available Illuminated Alphabet series. Available in two sizes, each pendant comes on the BloodMilk signature bar link chain in the length of your choosing. Both pendant and chain are sterling silver, hand oxidized to achieve […]

Strange Optimism: Nuit Winter 2019 Capsule Collection

Nuit has recently releases their Winter 2019 Capsule Collection, entitled “Strange Optimism”. Inspired by the persistent and inexplicable notion that we must retain hope, even in the darkest of moments, Nuit has perfected the shadow silhouette. Available now, in limited quantities, at NuitClothingAtelier.com

Cocorrina: Designs For Your Magical Life

Winking and gleaming with magic and stardust, Cocorinna’s art prints, journals, and calendars are among some of the most stunning objects of their type that I have ever seen– and no wonder! For graphic design priestess Corina Nika at Cocorrina imbues these artifacts with potent symbolism and luminous energies, and aims to create magical, meaningful objects […]