New “Red Velvet” Photoshoot!

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We won’t have many warm days left for outdoor shoots til spring so I am trying to do as many shoots outside as I can before the winter properly sets in! This past weekend I created this lush shoot with Dolly Monroe!

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plus size gothic lolita dress by gloomth

Dolly Monroe wore our blood red velvet “Dracula’s Bride” dress against a drab wintery backdrop. She added some beautiful retro details with her gorgeous peach hair and sultry dark eyeshadow.

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plus size fashion toronto canada

With simple black wrist cuffs, black boots/tights, and a few red hair flowers the focus in this outfit is kept on the stunning red dress! An easy look for upcoming holiday festivities!

Much thanks to Dolly Monroe for modeling for me yet again! 🙂

Grab your Dracula’s Bride dress here!

Dolly Monroe’s instagram!

More photos in our flickr album!

-Taeden

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$20 off any order over $75 on Gloomth Site!

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GET $20 OFF ANY ORDER OVER $75 on the Gloomth website from today til November 26th, 2018!

Code: WINTER

Valid worldwide. No cash value. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Not applicable to shipping costs. Questions? Email us!

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New “Monster Girl” Photoshoot!

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One more spooky Halloween themed photoshoot to round out the season before we experiment with some holiday themes!

We are so excited to have Fine Lines back modeling for us and this shoot was such fun to create! I built a really quick set using some of the Halloween decorations I’d hung up for my birthday party, including two giant inflatable characters- a big skeleton and a cute vampire.

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kawaii goth fine lines model toronto gloomth

Fine Lines wore our “Bad Nurse” outfit and “Slime Nurse” outfits against a simple stripey backdrop! The teeth in her hair were commissioned from the amazing Angel’s Custom Dolls, she made casts of the originals I commissioned so you can grab your own pair too!

I love the idea of exploring monster themes in outfits/shoots, the pull between repulsion and attraction adding horrible elements- like teeth and extra eyeballs- creates. More on this theme for sure this winter!

 

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Huge thank you to Fine Lines for finishing up our Halloween 2018 shoots!

More on our flickr!

-Taeden

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January Photoshoot Party!

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We are so happy to announce our first Photoshoot Party featuring the new collection!

Join us January 13th 2019 for a fun afternoon of makeovers and photography!

$280 ticket includes: Choice of dress to keep, professional makeup and hair, loaned accessories, snacks/tea, goody bag, professional photoshoot in a private Victorian museum environment! You will get 15+ edited photos from the day!

We only have 6 spots available so grab yours today!

More Info Here!

-Taeden

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New “The Woods” Photoshoot!

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Deep in the forest is a lost maiden, drifting under the canopy of leaves she paces, mourning her broken heart…

Here’s a simple photoshoot we did on a gorgeous autumn day! The leaves had turned bright gold and yellow in the ravine near me and Pei and I set out for this lovely shoot on the nicest fall day.

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Pei is wearing our new “Ghost Queen” dress paired with an actual Victorian mourning cap in black velvet and black tights.

victorian mourning dress in grey and black by gloomth

You can see more of the photos on flickr!

Dress available here!

Visit Pei’s instagram!

-Taeden

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Holiday Order Deadline 2018

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If you’re planning to wear Gloomth to your holiday parties or on New Years Eve or to give someone something frilly and decadent our last day for “in time for Dec 25th” orders is DECEMBER 15th.

If you would like one of our made to order print designs please place your order by Dec. 1st.

After the 15th we can’t guarantee arrival with our regular shipping rate! We may be able to push within-Canada order til the 18th but shipping can be dodgy during the season so place your order as soon as you can to avoid missing out.

Gloomth will be closed (no orders will be shipped but we’ll still respond to emails as often as possible) from December 24th to January 1st.

Happy holidays!

-Tae

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On Turning 35

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(Me on Nov 6th, officially 35 for 2 whole days here, don’t tell 25 year old uber-gothic me how many vintage pastels I now wear…)

I turned 35 this past weekend! Which seems both very old and very not-old at once. It got me thinking about how much I’ve changed since starting this label and how different it feels to be 35 instead of 25. So here are some tips for those of you still under 35 from your friend cheerily coasting towards “weird auntie with cats”.

Surround Yourself with Inspiring and True People: Ever hang out with someone and come home afterwards full of excitement and fired up? That’s the ticket! Surround yourself with those who inspire you to be a better person, whether by challenging you to advance your creative efforts, to be kinder, or to laugh more etc. Those that reciprocate and ignite! Your inner circle should be made of these folks, and that likely will mean the people closest to you are few in number. I have tons of wonderful acquaintances I see at parties or events, they’re great fun but they probably wouldn’t have my back if things went terribly in my life- and that’s okay, because I have my inner circle of family-level besties.

Trust Your Gut: This has been an especially difficult lesson for me to learn and something I am still perfecting. Listen to your instincts!!! Pay close attention to how you feel in a place or in someone’s company- do you feel tense and aggravated, like you can’t let your guard down or goof off, or like you are being manipulated but can’t put your finger on it precisely? You aren’t crazy, your instincts pick up on subtle cues you may not consciously notice- that shit is crucial. I could have saved myself so much bullshit by simply trusting my gut reactions instead of waving them off as irrational. Cultivate this skill and you’ll be miles ahead!

Learn to Perform Emotional Labor: This goes for the lads reading this too (ya’ll are not socially conditioned to do this stuff generally). Emotional labor is the effort of maintaining relationships, the small acts done to sustain connection to community that are not asked for. Things like sending delivery food to your friend healing from surgery, making a “fuck that jerk” goody bag for your recently dumped pal, just making sure you check in on those in your closest circle often etc. These acts feed love and build a network of compassion and security that will absolutely be crucial as you age. At 35 I’ve had friends go through cancer, divorce, loss and I’ve gone through my own share of awfulness- the relationships you’ve fed with these acts are the ones that’ll help you survive the worst parts of life. This may not seem relevant if you’re 21 and just embarking on life as an adult but trust me, do the work – you will need a community someday, we all do.

Pursue Fun: I’m not talking about drinking your face off every weekend. Explore the world around you, even in your own neighborhood. Be curious! Experience new things as often as you can! Greedily sop up fun like a sponge. Life is not 100% work and toil and grimness, but if you make zero effort to find joy it’ll sure feel that way. Keep track of event blogs and venues you like for free events and low cost fun, it’s always great to have things to look forward to coming up, or simply pick a cool free thing to check out and start inviting people.

Be Creative: I’m a damn mess if I am not drawing, shooting, dressing myself up creatively, etc. It’s a form of play as an adult. Do the thing (and do it for YOU not to impress anyone or for social media etc), the world is pretty dark right now we need all the light and magic and strangeness we can get!

Be Kind: Lead with kindness, especially towards yourself. The world really does transform when we are a little more loving and a little more vulnerable with everyone we interact with.

 

So there you go, my weird life lessons that I’ve learned so far. Maybe I’ll write another at 40. 😉

-Taeden

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