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ClaustroClothic #36: Pretty in Pink – Alternative Fashion

The weather’s finally breaking but just before it does, let me give you one more winter look! I remember when I first starting getting into alternative fashion and I only had one pink item in my whole closet. Two years ago, I bought my first pair of pink shoes and did my first ClaustroClothic with a pink dark look.  Looking back, I’ve matured a lot from then to now. I mean, for one I wear a lot more leather. Like a lot more. So, bringing back the spirit of putting together pink and punk, here’s ClaustroClothic #36… Pretty in Pink, the alternative fashion version.

ClaustroClothic #36: Pretty in Pink // Alternative Fashion

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Kinky Girly x Jasemine Denise Photography

I‘ve done a couple different photoshoots commemorating the amazing handmade designs of Ohio native Justina. Her company, Kinky Girly which was established back in 2013 quickly caught my attention through Etsy and before I knew it, half of the entire 2016 collection was in my closet. So what happens when you take two companies ran by two boss babes and put them in one desolate town with three models… Let’s find out.

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Desolate in Detroit

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The ride to Detroit to meet up with Justina was one to remember. Four rad babes bunked up in the backseat singing along to music and fangirling over each other. It was the type of road trip I’d always dreamt of. I was still trying to wrap my brain around it. Just weeks before, I was shooting the idea of meeting up for a shoot with the owner of this rad company Kinky Girly and now here we were. Approaching Detroit, we didn’t have much of a plan. I knew of a place but I was nervous. After we met up with Justina and took a mini adventure around the city, we found ourselves at the Heidelberg Projects of Detroit.. or as I like to call it.. The land of the desolate. Meet the dangerous girls inside…

Meet Erin aka the “Lily”

Have you ever watched CryBaby? For whatever reason, ever since my first photoshoot with Erin.. I’ve always pictured her growing up to be Ramona Rickettes. She got spunk, she’s got guts and she’s got attitude! Clad in mesh, leather and pasties.. Erin wore the Lily chest harness, Lily thigh garter belt, and Leather O Ring Belt. 

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Erin comes with a handy dandy sidekick too…

Saint Mortis aka Selene

You’ve seen Saint Mortis, aka the Rock N Roll Queen do everything on this website. She helped fight the apocalypse, she did her first couple boudoir, and she was actually the first one of all of us to model Shop Kinky Girly gear. Now she’s back and darker than ever. She’s wearing the Selene Chest Harness and Selene Body Cage Garter Belt. Both items are made of leather.

Kali aka the “Purple Goddess”

You can recognize Kali from all the darkest cosplays, from Cat Woman to Dark link. I guess you can see that she summons the darkness with her. That’s why she’s rocking the purple pentagram harness.  It’s even said that the jewel choker around her neck can help summon the darkness.

Jasemine-Denise aka Leona?!?!

Yeah, that’s right! Your favorite photographer boss babe may have tried to do the ultimate photo bomb and actually landed herself into the shoot! Hahaha, just kidding. I definitely asked! I’m rocking the Leona Harness, and Leona Garter Belt which I loved so much I had to save up to purchase shortly after the shoot. Believe it or not, every piece of Shop Kinky Girly gear is adjustable so it was able to fit even my tiny waist. (There’s a Leona collar too that is gorgeous, but I have an obsession with mine and wouldn’t take it off)

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Detroit was so much fun. Justina and I have most definitely taken a liking to each other’s art. I mean just look at our matching hair and chokers. 😀 That being said, you’re going to see a lot more photoshoots featuring Shop Kinky Girly gear because it seems like the brand took off SO fast. I blinked and all my friends were rocking it and I LOVE THAT! So stay tuned, because there might be something buzzing around Christmas coming soon!

Don’t forget to follow Shop Kinky Girly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Models: Saint Mortis >> Instagram | Facebook
Erin Englerth >> Instagram
Kali Neko >> Instagram | Facebook | Patreon

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ClaustroClothic #37: Black Sheep – Alternative Fashion

America may or may not have made an ass out of themselves this month. I’m not one to get political almost ever, but electing Donald Trump as president really felt like a dead era. To make matters a bit worse, one of my closest friends and models Saint Mortis moved to Vegas. Anyone who knew us knew that we were close. That was my daughter. So these past few weeks have been a bit of mourning for me. I wasn’t ready to jump head first into creative newer alternative fashion looks. I mean, it really felt like a dark time…

ClaustroClothic #37 embraces that darkness.

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The last thing I was thinking about the morning after Trump won president was alternative fashion. Still, I had to get dressed. I needed to tell myself that this was reality. This is what I needed to remember this day… To move on… To continue to fight and to refuse to let him win. This is what I wore November 9th, 2016.

What inspired this outfit:

I was in a dark place when I created this outfit. It was morning, I had learned that Donald Trump had won the presidential debate and I still had to get up and do normal things. Go to breakfast, go to work, live life… My friends and family, particularly the ones in the LGBT+, POC, and women’s community were in mourning. My friend had to tell her students what had happened… Alternative fashion or anything of the sort was the last thing on my mind. Still, I had to get up… and wear my sadness on my sleeve.

What was the best part of this outfit?

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The first thing that I saw when getting out of bed to put together this outfit was the purse my dear friend gave me on my final visit to see her before she started her journey. I have countless bags, but this one… This one was special.

What Part of the Outfit was the Most Challenging?

Bringing light into this outfit was the hardest. It was hard not to dress like a funeral. Our nation had just witnessed a tragedy and I couldn’t be more sad. Yet I knew that if I didn’t throw a little color into my outfit, a little light… I’d probably continue to feel that darkness all day.

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What did I learn from this?

Hearing that Trump will be our next president was the like the death of me. November 9th 2016 is the day that I rose up. I didn’t rise up with fear not for the state of my safety as a POC but for all the lives I’m about to wreck making sure our voices are heard. Our struggles and oppression will not be silenced. It isn’t a game just because Trump won. We did not lose. This will only make us stronger and our voices louder. This cannot get to us. This should only make us stronger. This election means that a lot of people are going to try and break us, but they’re gonna fail. Miserably. I wear this darkness not as a mourning but as a warning that in dark times, we only get greater. The gold (that small bit of light) is royalty.

This queen reclaimed her throne…

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ClaustroDIY #38.5: DIY Guns N Roses BodySuit

You know the feels are real when you don’t just wear a band tee but you make yourself a Guns N Roses bodysuit. Welcome to the JUNGLE BABY, you’re gonna DIY!  Okay that was a little corny but I can promise you that this photoshoot featuring a DIY Guns N Roses bodysuit I made myself is not. In celebration of the AXL/DC phenomenon, I couldn’t resist showing off my fan girl in style! If  you have no idea what AXL/DC is and you’re a GNR fan, check this Youtube link out and get with it! (and yes that is the full version. You’re welcome.)

Alright, you guys ready?

ClaustroDIY is a special edition of ClaustroClothic featuring an item I may have created myself. Keep in mind, I’m no professional. My DIYs are hand sewn and this one’s no exception.

ClaustroDiy: Guns N Roses Bodysuit

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How did I make it?

I bought the Guns and Roses from Target for about $14. I didn’t really shop around for bad ass GNR shirt because I didn’t want any pressure my first time. I wanted it to perfectly, and to be honest… It wasn’t easy. The leather trim is devised from an old pair of pants and I bought the studs from Michael’s. I had no set plan in stone for this. I just knew. Shirt. Bodysuit. Let’s do it. I remember like getting some paper from a sticky note and just started drawing it out, ideas, measurements, etc.

That’s something I’ve never really had to do in the past with making vests so this was a trial and error for me. Nonetheless, I drove like a bat out of hell to Target and picked up the first GNR shirt I could find promising myself that if it went well.. I would be back.

What was the hardest part?

The bottom of it. The only thing I regret is not trying to measure the most important part of the bodysuit. It’s a tussle with trying to make sure that the snaps are all aligned in a way that you can click it in comfortably. It also is note-worthy that if you’re body shy like me, it’s a real struggle to try to figure out how much butt is too much butt. I watched a lot of tutorials before just deciding to wing it, so I know that next time I do yet another Guns N’ Roses Bodysuit, I’m gonna eye my measurements.

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Where / How would I wear this?

Uh.. where wouldn’t you?! Okay, let’s not not get too cheeky. A bodysuit can attract the wrong types of crowds although I’d wear it to a concert of a festival. The summer’s coming up and it’s getting to a point where it is perfectly okay to wear something comfortable. Unfortunately, not all spots allow such delicacies so it can be paired with a dope pair of shorts and a leather jacket. (Jacket is optional but the shorts make this look)

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AND, if you’re a fly girl… Get your nails did. Mine were done up all fancy that way by Saint Mortis, who is now working on very creative nails here in Chicago. So if you live here and you ask her nicely enough, she might hook you up!

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Which is my favorite Guns member?

I’m a sucker for the original band. Like the original before Steven wasn’t the drummer anymore. Admittedly, Duff is swoon worthy but Slash is what I really came into the band-dom (Like fandom but more fancier) for. I stayed for Axl. I know everyone has their differences with him but I just can’t get over the way he can make his voice sound like the missing link you’ve been searching your whole life for.

Where can I get one of these?

I swear that eventually I’m going to open a store of original designs but right now.. I can tell you that you are going to need two sew on snaps,  your own band tee, at least 50 studs (I used about 50 nailhead studs) and whatever else you want to make it fancy. If you specifically want a Guns N Roses bodysuit, feel free to click the ish below and GET YOU SOME!