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El Prado [Jun. 22nd, 2017|06:23 pm]
Tuesday 13 June: Madrid El Prado

Museums cost in Madrid, luckily many do a special last 2 hours free entry for EU citizens on certain days (although they did not check just queued for a bit) , so it is perfect to see a glimpse of the big museums for short trips also work in the palace).
The Prado is pretty amazing so could easily spend a few more hours there but this was a short trip so it worked perfectly for us, especially as I had prepared a short list of my must see: Goya Saturn, Witches Sabbath, El Coloso, Third of May and discovered a few more from his black series. The Bosch collection , especially Garden of Delights was just extraordinary and lovely to finally see some of those iconic Velasquez.

Afterwards we went on search for food, that is the most complicated bit in Madrid, finding food, Spanish people never seem to eat, bars are full but apart from the odd tapas it sometimes seems quite hard work to find proper menus, also very pricey for a few croquettes. Lunchtime much easier  but evening. We were trying to be on Spanish time..looking for food around 9.30pm but i guess till way too early..in the end we had to accept defeat and go for big jug of sangria and a few tapas before being back to hotel and collapse as everyone only start to head into town.

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Madrid El Retiro Park [Jun. 22nd, 2017|06:01 pm]
Tuesday 13 June: Madrid El Retiro Park

That morning we caught the first tune to Heathrow to catch our mid morning flight to Madrid ( we both been to the airport a few times but never to Madrid so it was time to remedy it). then more tube to get to our little hotel in the Anton Martin area. Hard work with a big suitcase, 40+ degree and 3rd floor room with no stairs.
Finally started being tourist mid afternoon.
we went straight to visit El Retiro Park, beautiful with lake, sculptures alleys, palaces and gardens.
Beautiful Crystal Palace in the park , which is also an exhibition space and its pond is full of turtles and black swans <3
We also went to see the fountain of the Fallen angel, claimed to be the only known public monument of Satan.

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Shirley Bassey Meet Daleks Iain 50 Birthday Party [Jun. 22nd, 2017|05:53 pm]
Saturday 10 June: Shirley Bassey Meet Daleks Iain 50 Birthday Party

Great party at Jake and Ian, what a marvellous multi levels gardens they created. The theme welcomed time travelling divas, cosmic beings, space captains and aliens as well as of course , Shirley Bassey and Daleks. Fittingly the basement was turned into a spaceworld dancing room (made from paper and cake plates and its own tardis) , an Egyptian cocktail room (sadly I had decided to drive back and what a full on drive it was crossing all London) . Lots of fun & fab outfits.

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Final Retromancy [Jun. 21st, 2017|07:19 pm]

Friday 9 June : Final Retromancy

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Felix article [Jun. 21st, 2017|07:01 pm]
 not sure about the title but i did a little interview fr a friend that work for the magazine ages ago and it has just come out.



Felix Magazine is profiling some of the fascinating personalities who add style and panache to London’s thriving cultural scene. These are people who feel free to define themselves as they see fit. What is their story and how has London helped shape it?

Post on our Facebook wall to suggest the person you know who would complement this series of diverse, individual Londoners.



Cecile’s understated style is the product of decades spent enjoying London’s open-minded attitude and wealth of subcultures where people feel free to express their inner identities.

Describe your current style as you see it.

A Goth with a penchant for Fairy, Steampunk, Victorian, Rococo, Kitsch, Occult, Tribal and colourful clothing.

Where do you come from? Answer as you believe best.

Originally from a little town called Pierrelatte in the south of France but I have been living in London for the past 23 years so really I see myself as a Londoner.

When, how and where did your current style begin to emerge?

I have always been attracted to fashion and into a variety of alternative styles. I always loved putting outfits together, wearing hats, drawing ideas and generally being artistic. I was more into the New Age/ Hippy/ Grungy look as a teenager as I wanted to be Janis Joplin but then moving to London at the age of 19 led me to explore many different styles for a few years.

It was so exciting. One night you could express your inner Britpop in a 60’s dress, the other you could dress head to toes in tie-dyes or put on your army boots to bounce around in some basement metal club. I started to get into Goth music more and more around 1998 and I have been developing my own style ever since.

How has London changed you and your style?


London changed everything. Most importantly here I was exposed to new music and bands all the time. I went from living in the middle of nowhere to a city where every night I could go to gig or a club. On top of that London allows you the freedom to express yourself. Seeing so many styles in the street and being able to get a job despite having piercings and coloured hair was wonderful, especially many years ago when you had vibrant places like Camden or Kensington markets on your doorstep. When I head back to rural France I realise how lucky I am living in such an open-minded and bohemian environment.

Many criticise London as expensive, crowded and polluted. What is your view?

I fell in love with London during my first ever visit when I was 15 and came here to stay with a family and learnt English then kept returning as often as I could until I was old enough to permanently move here. Yes it can be pricey and busy but it also never stops and there are always so many interesting things going on. Also not all events and venues are costly. Many are free if you know where to look.

I am a massive explorer and I adore visiting and discovering new places around the city. My favorite weekend of the year is London Open House (which is free). We are lucky we have the Tube and buses, so we can pretty much get anywhere at any time. Like all big cities there is something for all budgets. I am lucky I was a student before the rent and fees went ridiculous and I used to cycle everywhere.

I do not mind crowds as like everyone I can grumble during rush hours but then in the evening I go to some quirky and unusual events and I forget about the inconvenience.  Sadly, like many, I do not really like the way it is changing and I do find having less and less music venues and clubs, independent shops and areas being replaced by bland chain stores quite heart-breaking.

Where would you recommend for going out?

There are still quite a few Goth nights and clubs like Reptile and Slimelight but just not as many as before. Now they are mostly on weekends and in smaller venues. We still have a few rock/metal pubs but we no longer have any specific Goth one, which is a shame as it used to be great to be able to go to the Devonshire Arms In Camden at anytime and always know someone inside (also I used to live around the corner from it).

One thing that has really become popular in the last 10 years are costume balls. Although the music may not be specifically “alternative” or Goth they are very Goth-friendly and a perfect occasion to really dress up and wear more elaborate creations. I particularly like the Goblin Ball, A Curious Invitation and the Last Tuesday Society events. Outside London, there are also lots of great events to titillate the fantasy romantic in you, from faery balls to Gothic balls.

My favorite season is Halloween for going out as we are spoiled for places to go to, especially in the last few years with the rise of The Month of the Dead events, which feature everything from ossuary visits, to candlelit gigs in cemetery chapels, to taxidermy classes and lots of fascinating talks.

Do you think there’s a difference between simply being tolerated and accepted or actually welcomed?

It really depends on what I am wearing. In general I would say everyone is accepted here but there are always the occasional nasty comments and weird looks if you are different from the norm. It always hurts and worries you when you are targeted for no other reason than not conforming. I often prefer to travel with friends or by cars if possible rather than public transport on certain occasions.

However, on the other hand, you can often be surprised when someone genuinely happy and curious about your fashion strikes up a conversation on a night bus. It’s hard to look discreet when you are in a ballgown and horns made out of doll parts on a Saturday rush-hour Tube to go to a ball at the Royal Academy. Still, I feel much more at ease to be myself here than anywhere else.

Is your style your own or a product of a prescribed formula and wanting to be different?


Over the years it has really become my own, I started investigating my “Goth styles” by shopping in the various Goth shops in Camden, and loved my long velvet dresses and pointy shoes. Many years down the line, I have a very different style but it has been a natural evolution. My taste, alongside my age or shape changes all the time. I am always getting new ideas and inspirations from everything around me. Especially when I go out, I usually return full of ideas.

The problem is time and money to act on it. I have always been quite creative. It used to be through the medium of painting and ceramics, then when I started to work full-time as a librarian, my creativity continued in a new medium: decorating hats, making accessories, wigs, and more and more outfits.  I like matching shop-bought stuff, second-hand finds and my own creations. I like to see myself as a bit of a chameleon, the same way I like to change hair colours/style (thanks to hairfalls and wigs) each time I go out and I also love to give the events or night I am going to a bit of a thematic in my head.

Are you narcissistic? Are you an attention seeker or can viewers not help but stare?

Yet again it depends as I can be both. One part of me loves to be extravagant with huge dresses, maximalist decoration and crazy headdresses. As my friends always say “discreet, subtle or minimal is not really my style.” Then most of the time, I am just a pretty boring day-to-day Goth going to work, with no make-up and a little skull-fabric dress. Of course I like compliments, especially if it is about something I have created or put together.

Interview by Stewart Vickers @VickHellfire

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CyberCitizens [Jun. 21st, 2017|06:59 pm]
Thursday 8th June:CyberCitizens 

A much needed escape from the computer was required this afternoon so we popped out to the see CyberCitizens art installation (an interactive sound and visual project telling the stories of London through the voices of people who have made it their home) in Waterstones. Part of the UCL Festival of Culture. 
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sewing [Jun. 8th, 2017|06:32 pm]
To have a little change of subject, after many, many years of wearing my green spencer/white dress combo at re-enactment (which i was so lucky to find at a re-enactor car boot sale) i have finally jazz it up a bit. I had the perfect fabric for it in my stash sadly it wasn't right period wise, so i had to go for a smaller floral print. The green not exactly matching but anything for a bit of a change will be good, gosh the pleating has been sending me crazy the last few evenings and realising the thread i bought for it was too light and noticeable (ribbon to the rescue) This is why i rarely attempt making re-enacting stuff it seems wrong not to have any skulls or pentagrams anywhere and to be able to hide messy bits with ornaments ;) The straw hat also got a little makeover to match

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Shirley Bassey meets the Daleks [Jun. 8th, 2017|06:16 pm]
This weekend we are going to a party with an unusual theme Shirley Bassey meets the Daleks. This is for a very flamboyant friend 50th so i expect lots of mad outfits and the invite was just the cutest . Luckily time travelling divas, cosmic beings, space captains and aliens are also acceptable :)

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Been playing with ideas for the party and an excuse to wear my latest creation, blue being a very Alien colour :) I am not really into Shirley Bassey or Dr Who so i am going for the time travelling divas & alien, suggestions :) I imagine it would amused Nadia Van Der Westhuizen as her birthday presents have ended up on a hat and Jennifer Garside as her paniers ended up on my shoulders :)

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Pirates of the Caribbean [Jun. 6th, 2017|09:10 am]
 Monday 6 June: Pirates of the Caribbean

Saw the latest Pirates of the Caribbean last night, like all the previous ones, it was fun, usual story line and well a few hours of watching yummy costumes and Johnny Depp :) At times it does feel you are on a fun fair ride, they do need to create a guillotine ride ♥. I always enjoy them whilst watching but then usually forget them very fast. It was definitely a much welcome escapism from the current real world after Saturday.

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Witches, Ghosts and dracula dress [Jun. 5th, 2017|07:28 pm]
Finally finished a project I started a while back, the skirt just didn't work in its original length, so I made it shorter and i used the extra bit as a ruffle. So although I am still using the "one" bolero pattern i understand and the quick elastic technique for skirt i am attempting and testing with new little bits each time...Good timing as i wanted something blue to play with for this weekend event


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and made a little hat to go with it 

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