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ClaustroClothic #33: Michaela Pratt – Alternative Fashion

I love doing alternative fashion looks that are inspired renditions of people I’ve looked up to the in the fictional universe. Aside from doing warrior looks and outfits based off 80s hair metal bands, I love getting inspired by fictional characters. One of my favorite characters of the now is Michael Pratt from the show How to Get Away With Murder. Michael is played by the gorgeous Aja Naomi King and god does that character have fire! So today. I pulled together a look based off that character with a little help from an amazing look one of our newest models Laura pulled off.

ClaustroClothic #33: Michael Pratt

Besides Michaela, What Inspired this Outfit?

When I became a business owner, my biggest fear was compromising who I was. I wanted to keep my crazy style and colorful hair so a lot of times, I was finding different ways to stay myself but not to overshadow my business attire. My goal is always to come off edgy yet approachable.

How did this outfit get pieced together?

Like most outfits I pull together, I started with a color palette, of course it was red and black. I really wanted an excuse to wear my Poison Ivy wig outside of my cosplay so I started with that. From there, I added the parasol, dress, shoes and eventually the corset. As a kid, I always wanted a parasol. I felt like you weren’t cool unless you had one. (Laura, our newest model is extremely cool)

The hardest part was making the Michaela look more alternative. Sure, you could pull on a dress and some wingtip heels and say, “I made the look edgy,” but what really gave it the click? The corset has these bows on the side that become like “coat tails” when you stretch them out. I suddenly felt like I had a little more a burlesque feel to this look.

What’s the best part of this outfit?

Definitely the versatility of bringing that parasol in. I don’t typically utilize a lot of accessories. Maybe a purse here, and a some jewelry there but this felt new to me. I felt confident carrying it.

What do you think?

Did I pull off a decent Michaela look?

Do you think I could get away with murder?

Hell, do you own a Parasol? Comment and let me know! Also, follow me on Instagram for more looks! 

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Lookbook: V – SKG Designs

There are 1,0001 ways to wear SKG Designs, and let’s be honest… You’re tired of me being the only one styled out with some looks! Luckily for us, the ladies of Jasemine Denise Photography have started acquiring different ways to wear the gear as well, so if you were ever nervous about how good you’re going to look in SKG Designs gear, you can come check out the lookbooks any time, because there are a bunch coming. Today, you’re about to see V, one of our very own rock it like no other.

Remember: If you use the code ‘JasemineDenise’ over at SKG Designs to get your hands on a harness, you can also win a mini session with Jasemine Denise Photography.

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V is actually rocking a Dollskill dress underneath a fully adjustable Tempest Harness from SKG Designs. Around her neck is a Leona collar  thus completing a sort of pastel goth look that almost contrasts the colorful babydoll dress she’s rocking. Sometimes it’s not just about the dress but the accessories framing the overall aesthetic.

To top it all off, V brought a little extra edge to the look by putting her glasses on. She’s got some unique frames and it really brought a different vibe to the look.

Are you into Fashion?

Do you have some fashion looks you’re just itching to release? Are you releasing a fashion blog soon? Know that you can book a fashion shoot with Jasemine Denise Photography any time just by filling out a booking form. You can also follow V on Instagram to see more of her photoshoots, fashion, and more work she’s done modeling for JDP!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and check out SKG Designs so you can make your own cute looks!
Later days!

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WARRIOR GRRL | SKG Designs

I know, I know. I just posted about SKG Designs this week, with my Punk Storm shoot but the new collection just dropped and I’m excited! This doubles as a ClaustroClothic, let’s call it 33.5 because I’ve got another look coming that will be the other .5 of that 33, but that’s not what we’re here for! We’re here to celebrate that this Isabel skirt I’m rocking in this shoot made the WARRIOR collection SKG Designs dropped today!

Fun fact: This photoshoot is a part of the warrior series. Read about the group warrior origin, and the special CC outtake.

Warrior Grrrl | SKG Designs 
Photos by: Ray Collins

The corridor is dark as my shoes step lightly, and my skirt swishes in the wind. I never dreamt that long after the apocalypse, long after our group has divided, reproduced and keep in touch in the new world order that we found that I would be once again ready and preparing for any sort of war. Many of my friends have asked, “Why did you fight? Why are you always prepared for battle?” My answer was simple.

There’s always a war to be fought.
I don’t stand for myself.
I stand for those who cannot fight.

There’s a rustle. In the midst of my self reflection, I forgot about the dangers lurking around me. Luckily, I’m always ready for war…

Even when I’m not fighting, I’m resting and waiting…

You  never know when darkness is about to strike…

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The new Warrior Line from SKG just dropped about an hour ago and you can use the code ‘JasemineDenise’ to get yourself a discount. Just in case you have no clue what to get, I’ll give you the play by play of what I’m wearing in this photoshoot. Especially since, it’s technically a ClaustroClothic.

The Isabel Skirt .

Honestly, I have a totally separate blog coming because it’s so easy to make looks with this skirt. The material of it seriously just flows and I vibe with it so much!

Last but not Least, What Inspired this Outfit:

Harley Quinn Suicide Squad heels

I was like a year late to the Suicide Squad and I skipped straight to the extended edition. Aside from jumping on the band wagon of being probably one of 7 people in the country who didn’t fully hate Jared Leto’s performance, I could not get my eye of Harley’s shoes! So much so that I bought them from Amazon and that’s what prompted me to put this look together. I wanted something unique from my last Warrior outfit which was much more Tank Girl inspired. 

That’s it!

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ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang

Girl gang, girl gang! It’s not secret that I want to start a girl gang with myself and all of the powerful women of the world. It’s even less secret, wearing it as a statement! ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang. There’s a video teaser that goes along with this because Ray has been getting deeply invested in his original passion of video again.

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What inspired this look?

I don’t wear t-shirts too often. I feel like it’s always limited the perspective of clothing. There’s little to no durability and it’s hard to coordinate but sometimes, I make exceptions. T-shirts are like my bold statements. When you’re writing and you wanna emphasize something, you capitalize, boldface, and italicize the important things. It’s like saying “Hey, look at me.” T-shirts are like my personal way of boldly defining my personality. For instance, if you see me walking around with a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt on, it’s safe to say you can chat me up about the bassline of Rocket Queen, and I’ll start fan girling. It’s all in the look.

 

Get yourself a Girl Gang t-shirt: white // black // pink

Something Old, Something New.

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You’ve seen my shoes. The moment I got the shirt, I ventured back in my head to a ClaustroClothic past, and was like “Where are those shoes. I need to be wearing them for this look. Even despite having changed my hair, red and black is always something that stays constant in my wardrobe. I think if I started a girl gang, that would be the colors. Badass women (all women including trans women and women of color) rocking powerful colors and proudly walking around in their heeled boots.

The watch is a new thing. I’ve been trying to rock watches not for sophisticated reasons but because I’m trying to become less and less involved in my phone as time passes. Girl gang goals are to stay present when your girls are dishing on some iconic secrets. I don’t know about you but my MAIN reason for checking my phone is typically to see the time. As soon as I catch sight of it, I start scrolling through my notifications and then in seconds… I’m no longer present.

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What’s your favorite part of this outfit?

Girl. I have an SKG Designs item on for almost every single outfit I’ve worn this summer so far. These leg garters though? Spiked, studded, amazing! They’re leather and they’re strong. I’ve got pretty decently sized thighs and most leg garters either squeeze my thighs too hard or fall off. I vibe with them so much, and it’s already obvious I love SKG. I even have a discount code “JasemineDenise” that you can use to get discounts on things you buy.

Would you join the Girl Gang?

Seriously! I wanna know! We’re stylish, we’re badass and we’re coming to a city near you. Would you join the Girl Gang? We can make cool videos like this one and the slow motion version of this that’s chilling on my Instagram! If you’re ever in the mood to peruse my daily outfit looks, feel free to scroll through my tumblr tag for daily outfit inspiration! It gets updated daily.

Photos by: Ray Collins // Check out other shoots he’s shot for JDP. 

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ClaustroClothic #35: Goth Summer Fashion

The summer is coming! The most heard complaint I get is about goth summer fashion. People are always trying to figure out how to keep wearing the “I only wear black” aesthetic in the summer time. I’m a strong believer in the half naked and almost famous mentality so this ClaustroClothic, I’m bringing you a little look into my goth summer fashion looks!

ClaustroClothic #35: Goth Summer Fashion
Photography by: Ray Collins

Note: Most of my outfit comes from Discovery ClothingI’ve been searching Amazon left and right for a bralette that has that cute crushed look. Haven’t yet. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, there are tons of Discovery stores throughout the city! As I’m typing this, I just realized that they now have an online store. 

What inspired this outfit?

Summer fashion is already hard enough. The seasons change and suddenly, you’ve got a whole new wardrobe. I wanted to bring something that says “Hey, I’m warm but also I’ve still got some sex appeal underneath all this darkness!” Goth summer fashion is hard when you still have this concept of black is the hottest color, but literally and fashionably.

How’d you Feel When You put it on? 

I was nervous. The combination between these cute stockings that Noodlez gave me that I immediately put a run in because my thighs don’t fit stockings, and the high waist bikini bottom shorts was an interesting combination. At the time that I was doing this session, it was still spring. It was about 50 degrees outside so I couldn’t just run out in the shorts by themselves so I put on stockings underneath. It took a while of getting comfortable, spinning around, stretching my legs for me to get to a point where it didn’t look strange. 

 

 

What part of the outfit was the best deal?

I’m probably going to be bragging about this find for the rest of my life. I had originally had  a pink version of the lace top. I loved it, without a doubt. Yet, I knew they had to have it in black. I went to store after store until eventually one day, I found it. Perfectly in my size and everything. I bought it immediately. No hesitation.

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That’s all for now! Tell me how you’re keeping the spirit of being in the dark alive this summer!

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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.

ClaustroClothic #37: Black Sheep
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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!

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Saint Mortis x Kinky Girly

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve done a bit of touring, went to Cleveland, got two new tattoos and got to shoot some amazing things. Truth be told, I didn’t think I’d be writing this blog post right now. I thought I’d be writing it Friday when it’s the regular day of fan girling but I couldn’t wait. I just had to show you guys Kinky Girly. Wait. It’s not how it sounds. Kinky Girly makes these amazing harnesses and leg garters of an awesome price with even awesomer craftsmanship. (Can you believe awesomer isn’t a word?) 

So, I called up one of my favorite models Saint Mortis and said, “Hey. Let’s do something kinky girly!” Five minutes into shooting, I knew I picked the right one. You guys ready?

Let’s stop right here and set a disclaimer: Neither the model nor I were paid or told to endorse Shop Kinky Girly in anyway. We just saw it, I loved it and I said “Hey, we should shoot in this dope stuff and of course Saint said: OKAY!”

Saint Mortis x Kinky Girly

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Want Your Own Pair of Kinky Girly Garters?

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I first found Kinky Girly on Etsy, and I couldn’t believe their prices honestly. There are so many different harness companies out there who are literally charging triple what Kinky Girly is for half of the quality. You can get a pair of these exact leg garters directly through this link. Tell them Saint and Jasemine sent you just because it sounds really cool!

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