Dead Girl Decay: My Skeleton Cameo Wedding Look

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Living Dead Girl Nicole Cameo Gothic Burlesque BarretteLast night we attended a wedding for our friends Matt and Mari. When I had picked out the dress and necklace I wanted to wear for the big event (thank god for new with tag deals on Poshmark), I knew I wanted to make a special barrette to wear with it. My dress had lady skeleton cameo faces and an ornate gothic black design in velvet all along the edges. So I got an actual lady skeleton cameo piece to be the focal point of the barrette. My necklace was a black lace choker that was very vampy with beautiful red stones set in ornate gold metal (reminded me of the Dracula medallion necklaces you buy for Halloween costumes). So I re-painted the silver metal frame around the cameo to match the necklace. I was very happy how it all came together.

For a glimpse of some of the hair accessories that I have made for clients visit the Dead Girl Decay page of my portfolio website. If you have a big event coming up or need a unique hair piece for your Halloween costume, contact me about custom orders. And as always check out my Etsy and Amazon shops for pre-made ready to ship items!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Gift Guide For Unique Woman

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It just got easier to do your holiday gift shopping for the unique women in your life! I just finished making 3 new Dead Girl Decay Barrettes that would make for wonderful gifts. All available now and ready to ship!

Perfect for the Victorian Horror Vamp:

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This piece I had a hard time listing because plain and simple we all know what a big Bram Stoker’s Dracula fan I am. I was so tempted to keep it for myself ha ha. But I have decided to let someone else enjoy it. This was a vintage ivory cameo that I painted with enamel paints to look like Lucy Westenra. Complete with her flowing red hair,  seductive red dress and neck fang marks.

Perfect for the Pychobilly Halloween Queen:

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With it’s black, green and purple colors, this piece will match the wardrobe of any psychobilly girl who loves all things creepy cute. It features a metal spider in the center whose body is made up of  green sparkly beads and rhinestones. The metal legs are wrapped in silver wire giving it that Tim Burton stripped look.

Perfect for the Vintage Colorful Free Bird:

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If she is one with nature and likes things a little more bright and colorful, this piece is for her. The center features an antiqued brass butterfly accented in an array of sparkly colorful stones, ombre plum to olive green petals and blue feathers.

All of these are available in both my Etsy and Amazon shops. Want something custom made? Contact me ASAP to see if what you are requesting can be accomplished in time for the holidays. Everything is dependent on supplies and what is needed to make the item you want made.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Backbone: Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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Heads up Freaky Fanatics! With the 10 year anniversary of Sophie’s un-deserving death upon us, I have teamed up with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and will be making limited edition Dead Girl Decay Barrettes. For each one that sells I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the foundation. A foundation I have strongly believed in and supported for many years. Stay tuned! As soon as they are available I will announce it here!

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To learn about other causes I have supported, visit the Backbone page of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Dead Girl Decay: Barrettes for Lauren and Baby Mia

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This weekend was a busy but eventful one. Sunday was our cousin’s baby shower. When I found out they were having a girl I was super stoked to get crafting away on gifts for baby Mia. I was inspired by things that I knew Lauren really liked.

This included a set of my Mummy & Me (matching for Mother and Daughter) Sugar Skull barrettes. I knew they were doing the baby’s nursery in lavendar so I wanted to incorporate that special color in the set. Not only symbolic but when not in use she can hang them as decor in the room if she wants to. I also know how much Lauren loves Hello Kitty. So I couldn’t help but make a leopard print Hello Kitty barrette for baby Mia as well!

Lauren really loved them and told me she can’t wait until Mia is here to share them with her.

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Check out more of my Mummy and Me Sets as well as children barrettes I have made on the Dead Girl Decay and the Freaky Fanatic pages of my website! And don’t forget to contact me for custom orders!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Sugar Skulls and Pumpkins

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Just wanted to let my Freaky Fanatics know that I finally got around to posting 2 new Dead Girl Decay barrettes in my Etsy Shop. Both perfect for showing off your creepy cute side and both being inspired by the upcoming holidays (1 for Halloween and the 2nd for Día de Muertos/Day of The Dead). Speaking of the holidays. They are fast approaching. So make sure you act fast if you want them to ship and arrive on time!

Happy Glitter Jack can be purchased HERE and the Sugar Skull one HERE!

As always don’t forget I make custom pieces as well! I have a few more sugar skulls and jack o lantern pieces left if you want something similar to these but customized! Contact me for more info on getting a one of a kind piece made!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Raven: My Hairs New Best Friend

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Let me introduce you to my hairs new best friend…….
Organix Curling Perfection – Defining Cream made of moraccan argan oil!

They advertise it as “revives and defines your curls to silky, frizz-free perfection-with an extra bounce” and they could not be more spot on. I have used a lot of oils, creams, serums etc over the years to keep my natural wavey curls from being a rats nest of frizz and this stuff has impressed me so far. I decided to try something new the last time I was in Walgreens and came across this product. I have been using it for a bout a week now and I am digging it.

My routine consists of washing my hair in the shower and then towel drying it. Then I put this in my hands and rub them together. Then I rub my hands through my hair concentrating a lot on my ends. This stuff has a heat protectant already in it so I am able to go straight into blow drying my bangs out (I am in the process of growing out my Zooey Deschanel bangs and it’s a bitch) and then let the rest of my hair air dry. Once it’s all dry I use my flat iron through my bangs to calm them down and then my curling iron through any parts of my wavey curls that look like they are out of whack. This gives a more uniformed look to the curls that are behaving themselves. The end result is soft frizz free shiney curls!

During the week when I work and take my showers at night I do everything but the curling iron part. I still flat iron my bangs as they are insane right now (growing out your bangs is so fun… said no one ever) but I let my curls air dry and leave it be until the morning to style. In the morning if I have a case of bed head (and the Mondays) I usually spray a leave in conditioner/heat protectant spray in my hair like Heavenly Angel from Got 2 Be to revive my curls before I style them. I did just recently purchase Uniq One spray from Amazon but have yet to try it. If it blows my mind I will let my Freaky Fanatics know all about it!

Stay Spooky!
LDG NIcole

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Raven!

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So I have decided to start a new category of sorts for my blog posts. As you all know from following my posts that the subject lines of my posts usually start with a category that coincides with my website. For instance if I post a new portrait I will start the subject with “Spitting Image”. If I post about using my art to give back I will start with “Back Bone”. Well there is a new category to the coffin and it does not quite coincide with my website categories so I wanted to introduce and explain it to everyone.

I was inspired by 2 things.

1.) Everyone always coming to me asking me where I get things, how I do this to my hair, how do I do this to my makeup, etc.
2.) I am a review-aholic. Meaning 2 things. I read a lot of reviews before I buy. I give back online by contributing reviews. This mainly is on Amazon for the time being and I just recently started a Makeup Alley account. I also enjoy blog and vlog reviews.

So I got to thinking why not help my Freaky Fanatics out. First off I am all about supporting ways to express yourself, saving money and finding good products that work! With people constantly coming to me asking me where I get things I thought maybe this might be a good fit for me to add to my blog here. Sort of something similar to the Artist Shout Out posts I already do from time to time.

So from now on if you see a post that starts with Raven then it will be a post from me about a product I fell in love with! Raven because it fits into my fun dark categories with a second meaning like the rest of them. Raven as in the black bird associated with lost souls and raving about how much I love something. So that also means no negative reviews will be posted on my page. I want to keep my site positive and inspiring like it has always been.I will keep my negative feedback to Amazon ha ha.

Some may ask me how does this have to do with art? Well it actually has a lot to do with it. One as you all know from my Skinned posts that I love makeup and find it to be a tool that can be used to create and express oneself. For me this also goes for other things like clothes, hair dye, jewelry and tattoos. I enjoy being different and whatever tools that I find that make me happy to be who I am are good tools in my book!

So stay tuned Freaky Fanatics! I will be posting my first Raven post soon about my skin care routine that is super affordable!

If anyone has a product that they would like me to try and possibly be featured on my blog please contact me via my website for more information. If the product is good and up my alley it will get featured. If I am not happy with the product I will contact you directly with my issues about the product instead.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole