Celebrating Mabon

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I haven’t posted a lot this past week but I was really under the weather. Now I’m feeling better and excited about writing again. 

Most of you who’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you’ve probably heard me talking about when of my good friends, Sarah Mushenheim whose site is lifewithlilred.com. I met her, pretty much the first moment I started my blog and we’ve done some fun collaborations and today is another example. Sarah asked me to be a guest blogger on her page again which I always love doing, and the topic is about Autumn since we are approaching it very soon. A lot of you may know this but autumn is my favorite time of the year. Besides Halloween, which is what I look forward to the most, everything about this time of the year I love. With that said, my first post I wrote for her is called, “Celebrating Mabon.” I really enjoyed writing this because I knew it would be a unique topic. Here’s my article from Sarah’s page. Please enjoy and make sure to check out Sarah’s site. Also stay tuned for more collaborations with her.

From Lifewithlilred.com:

Hello! Today, we are going to hear a little something from my darling friend, Carlie, over at Bombshell on Celebrating Mabon. As you will read in this post, Mabon is a Pagan nature holiday that gives thanks to all things fall and it’s something that Carlie enjoys participating in. Carlie will also be back later on this month with more fall and Halloween fun so definitely keep it posted, because she’s awesome! ❤

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   Autumn is my favorite time of year for many reasons. The weather starts to get cooler, I love seeing the leaves changing beautiful colors, Halloween aka Samhain, and celebrating “Mabon”.

   Like Samhain, Mabon is a Pagan nature based holiday that represents the beginning of the Autumnal Equinox. It also signifies the second harvest of the calendar and promotes equality and balance. It’s a very positive time of the year where a lot of people celebrate the changing of the seasons, create their own little traditions, and enjoy nature of course.

   I hope you all are looking forward to the beginning of Autumn/Mabon as much as I am. This year the Autumn Equinox begins Friday, September 21st. And, if you want to celebrate Mabon in any way, it goes from September 21st to Saturday, September 29th!

 

Thank you Sarah. I love you girl!

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10 Looks For Summer: Outfit Eight: “Vintage Rock and Roll Music Tops”

Ok you all know that I LOVE MUSIC, especially Rock and Roll and collect concert tees, vintage concert tees from my favorite bands, and even new modern music tees that you can just buy in regular stores. If you’ve been following my site here for a while, you might remember a DIY post I wrote a few years ago titled, “Getting Creative with Concert T-Shirts,” where I show you had to transform your concert tees into different rent looks by cutting them, tying them, taking extra large shirts and turning them into dresses, and more. Here’s the link below in case you haven’t seen it.  

     https://bombshell2016.blog/2016/01/07/getting-creative-with-concert-t-shirts/

In this summer inspired look, I took one of my music shirts and instead of pairing it with a pair of jeans or shorts, I dressed it up a bit to show that you can dress up and casual top, especially if it’s a rock and roll/music top. Here I show my favorite Beatles top and paired it with a classic blazer since the weather is starting to finally get a little cooler, slowly but I’ll take it. I paired my cool “The Beatles” top, which is my all time favorite band by the way, with my silver silk pants. I love these pants because you can wear them long or pull them up a little bit so they have a more Capri silhouette In these photos I pulled them up to show of my gold spiked ankle boots with my seven inch gold heels. I love these and who says you can’t pair gold and silver together? I topped my look with my black sequined scarf around my neck that my husband bought me on our very first vacation we took together to New York after dating a year.

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Hope you enjoy my eighth summer inspired look. Only two more to go. Thank you everyone and have a great day.

 

10 Looks for Summer: Outfit Seven: “Pantsuits and Playsuits”

I love pantsuits and playsuits. I love wearing dressy ones of certain occasions and I love wearing more casual ones for everyday use. We are in August where it’s starting to slightly cool off but it’s still very warm by me, so this gray blue and white striped Capri pantsuit is perfect for me.

Because of the stripes, I had a nautical theme going on here with my two red and white striped anchor bows, matching high heels, and red cat eye sunglasses.

The best part of this outfit is the cute cutouts it entails. There’s two zippers in the back which shows part of your back off which is very cool but my favorite detailing are the two side cutouts where I can show my waist and my cool ink.

Check out my pictures here before going out for grocery shopping and other errands. Thank you and enjoy!

Sunday Morning Coffee Chat, “Kindle Vs. Bookstores

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Good Morning Everyone! This morning I’m enjoying my caramel macchiato in one of my yellow sugar skull mugs that my mommy bought me in a set years ago. She always knows what her daughter likes. Today’s topic I want to briefly talk about is KINDLE VS. ACTUAL BOOKS AND BOOK STORES!

I get a rush when I walk into a bookstore. In my most recent trip to San Francisco, I saw a lot of my little book shops that I would frequent all the time such as the famous, “CITY LIGHTS” bookstore which was one of the most famous beatnik places to go and is still amazing. I also saw another one of my book shops, “BOOKSMITH,” which was awesome. Where I live now, there aren’t too many small book shops around and I need to find some more but I do love Barnes and Noble! There is always something that gives me comfort to when I walk in there, even if I’m not necessarily looking to purchase anything. Barnes and Nobles sell Kindles there which I know a lot of people like and enjoy but I do not own one.

 Don’t get me wrong, I have NOTHING against KINDLES or people owning them. In fact, three of my books that I illustrated for with author and friend Robert Ropars are available on Amazon Kindle which is very cool. Our novels by the way are on there if you are interested which I’ll post below. Oh and the published me on these three novels because I had used my maiden name at the time. Now my recent works are all Carlie Sorat.

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I really do get a rush for going into book shops and also looking through my own book collection. I have my style and vintage books of course, horror novels, like “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite, who I’ve met, first edition copies of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” my HUGE FULL “CREMASTER CYCLE” book from artist Matthew Barney, and a lot more.

I understand why people like Kindle so much because it can be cheaper when purchasing an online novel, easier to take when traveling, and you don’t need a large book shelf, but I still love my paper backs and hard covers, and my coffee table books, etc. Even when I’m traveling, I like to throw a book into my bag.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? I’D LOVE TO HEAR PEOPLE’S OPINIONS AND COMMENTS SO FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM BELOW AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME ON ANOTHER EDITION OF SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE CHAT!

Sunday/Thursday Morning Coffee Chat, “Giving Zero F*cks”

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I know I was supposed to post this topic this past Sunday but for personal reasons I couldn’t, so I’m making it up this morning with my cold Frappachino bottle and talking about “giving zero fucks.” 

I chose this topic because when I was younger, I definitely cared about what certain people and friends thought of me. By the time I reached my early 20’s I started caring less and less what anyone thought of me or if they disagreed with my opinions. I could’ve cared less. Unless it was my hubby’s opinion, haha. Wink wink!

   During those college years, I started realizing that after highschool, it’s not a popularity contest and no one gives a fuck how cool you were in highschool! 

I actually have a tattoo, my first word one, that says, “This is Life, not Heaven,  you don’t have to be Perfect!,” which is what I live by.  As long as my family and loved ones are happy, I’m happy!

My biggest advice to especially younger people or to anyone is to not care what anyone thinks about you.  Here’s a good book that I just got and already love that I recommend checking out.

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   Hope this little advice helps!!!! Lots of love!!!!!

My Heavy Metal Horror Sister Angela, (part 2)

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Like I said in my previous post, here’s my sister Angela with her amazing makeup looks and tattoos. For her makeup, one is of her as Marilyn Manson, one as the Pinup Dollface killer from the movie, “The Strangers,” and as Captain Spaulding from the movie, “House of 1000 Corpses.” She did her looks all herself and I’m hoping to do a tutorial with her in the future.

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For her tattoos, I love all the horror movie ink she has had done. Also her spooky sexy Halloween chest piece is absolutely amazing and didn’t have it when I did her first feature here. It’s one of her newer works of art and I’m absolutely in love with it.

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   Angela is such a talented chick as well as extremely kind, sweet, and supportive which is why I consider her like a sister to me. I’m so happy she is in my life.

   To see more of Angela:

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Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/angela.smart.71 

Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/helloweenqueen/

 

 Love you sis!!!!

 

To see the first feature I did on her go to:

https://bombshell2016.blog/2016/01/05/heavy-metal-witch-angela/

76 Days Till Halloween

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Even though we are in the month of August and I’m in the middle of doing different summer posts such as my “10 Looks for Summer,” which by the way I have three more summer outfit inspirations to show, I thought I would take a moment to talk about my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN or SAMHAIN (The Witches New Year.) I’m already taking orders and working on commissions specifically with extra spooky themes such as my gargoyle candy jars that I posted and talked about on my new art site, http://carliemichellesoratartworld.com/blog/ (which you should definitely check out and follow if you haven’t already.)

 I’m so excited for the countdown to Halloween and I already want to take out my decorations to put out. Not that my house doesn’t have a bunch of spooky cool stuff out ALL YEAR ROUND like my authentic autographed Freddy Krueger glove that was used as one of the gloves in the films, my Freddy Krueger face mold, my skull collection, my horror movie posters, etc., but you can never have enough. I’ve already gotten some new decor for my house and I plan on starting my Halloween shopping this weekend since a lot of the stores like Michael’s, Cost Plus, and Pier 1. It’s never too early to start shopping for Halloween. I figure if people can start buying stuff for Christmas in June, I can start buying stuff for Halloween.

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Mixing Pinup and Halloween is always a good thing and here’s some models rocking some “Spooky Pinup” style Halloween makeup to get you into the mood.

   

I ALSO INCLUDED A FEW LINKS TO SOME OF MY PREVIOUS HALLOWEEN ARTICLES I POSTED HERE IN CASE YOU HADN’T SEEN OR READ THEM. MAKE SURE TO PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AND LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS THERE.

https://bombshell2016.blog/2017/10/01/happy-october/

https://bombshell2016.blog/2016/11/02/freddy-vs-jason/

https://bombshell2016.blog/2016/10/23/its-just-a-bunch-of-hocus-pocus/

   With all the craziness that’s been going on, I feel more connected to Halloween than usual and wanted to get people early into the Halloween spirit. To continue with that, I decided to do a post after this on my sexy Heavy Metal Horror sister, Angela. For those of you who don’t remember, a few years ago I did a feature on her ( https://bombshell2016.blog/2016/01/05/heavy-metal-witch-angela/ ). If you didn’t see it, go check it out now. I’ve known her for a little over four years now (Wow time goes by fast) and I consider her to be like a sister. She is very special to me and has many talents. One of these talents include doing INCREDIBLE  makeup looks, most of which are horror based. I wanted to show off some of her talent as well as some of her fantastic horror tattoos, so stay tuned to the post after this.

Here are my questions of the day. First do you like Halloween? What are some of your favorite things to do for Halloween? What are your favorite Halloween traditions? I’m curious to hear what everyone says. Let me know and enjoy the countdown to the best holiday of the year.