Holiday Gifts From Annabel Lee

   You first heard me talk about Alexandra Walden who runs the awesome blog and newsletter, http://www.meandannabellee.com/ in October. She introduced me to the Samhain Society which I wrote about here as well. If you haven’t read my post about what the Samhain Society is, definitely go check it out, but in a nutshell, the Samhain Society is a society of bloggers and website creators that love all things spooky like me, and write a lot about horror and gothic subjects. Even though not all my articles and posts here are spooky/horror related, I do write a lot of that topic and everyone who follows me here, my art site, and all my social media know that I LOVE CREATING SPOOKY DARK WORKS OF ART AND AM A HORROR LOVING WHORE!

   Besides Alexandra’s newsletter and blog, she also has an etsy shop where she makes and sells really cute gothic home-making items. For the holiday season, I recently purchased two items from her. The first thing I bought was a gift for my husband. He loves having his tea so I bought him a handmade BLACK BUTTERFLY TERRARIUM CAMEO TEA BALL INFUSER which he absolutely loved and will definitely use a lot.

   The other item I bought from her was a gift for myself. I got a Victorian Gothic Tea Cup Candle with a yummy currant scent. I bought the last Alice in Wonderland yellow and white striped cup and saucer which I was very excited about. All the Victorian cup and saucer candles are gorgeous and it was very hard for me to pick which one I wanted but when I saw the Alice in Wonderland one with the detachable saucer and that it was the last one, I immediately purchased it….and I’m very glad I did.

   If you are looking for some holiday gift ideas for your spooky or gothic loving friends or for yourself, definitely check out Alexandra’s etsy shop called, MeandAnnabelLeeShop.

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Winter Wardrobe on a Budget

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   If you are on a budget or just don’t feel like purchasing an entire new wardrobe for winter, there are easy ways to utilize your spring and summertime clothing without having to buy a lot of extra pieces that can only be worn just for the one  season. Instead you only have to purchase a few things to add to your closet and can save your money to buy yourself something special.

Cardigans- Pairing a cardigan over a short sleeve or strapless shirt or dress allows you to wear your warm weather clothes in the winter. You can find cardigans in all different shapes, styles, colors, and patterns and change your outfit completely. Cardigans are also great because they are always available to buy and you can wear them all year long.

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Keeping your legs warm- Tights, stockings, and knee socks will keep your legs toasty warm in the cold weather. They look so cute with skirts and even shorts. They are very inexpensive to buy with the exception of designer brands which can be a little more in price but are still affordable and come in all different styles and are sold pretty much everywhere, including drugstores.

Thermal shirts- These shirts will always keep you warm and toasty. They are great because they are thin enough to wear under shorts sleeve shirts but will always keep you warm without being to heavy or bulky. They are not expensive to buy so get them in every color and print.

Layer, Layer, Layer- In the cold winter, layering your clothes is your friend. Layer a tee over a tank, pair it under a sweater, and throw your coat on. Utilize gloves, a scarf, and a hat as warm cute accessories to give your outfit extra pop.                     Layering your clothes is also a good idea to do if you live somewhere where the weather is either unpredictable or is constantly changing throughout the day. You’ll be able to stay toasty warm and then peel off some of your layers if it starts to get hot.

Holiday Pinup PhotoShoot

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A few weeks ago I did a group photoshoot at Elysium Studio. It was a Holiday photoshoot and I was a sexy Burlesque Pinup Model, so I was definitely in my element. Here are my ‘Holiday Burlesque Pinup Photos.” All the photographers were very nice and thank you to Bettie La Rose for putting together this shoot. I hope to work with you again in the future! You were so much fun!

   It was also wonderful to model with one of my best friends, Lauren Daniella since I hadn’t seen her in a long time and her and I had modeled a lot together over years. In the next Holiday Photoshoot photos I post, you’ll she her and I together.

 

December Hits, Misses, and Holiday Sets

Here is my monthly hits and misses video.  Since we are in December and all the holidays are coming up, I also included some cute holiday gift sets that I got and that can be great gift ideas. As in every review video I do, if I don’t like something, that’s just my opinion and doesn’t mean that I dislike that particular brand in general.

Enjoy!

 

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My Trip to Dublin Ireland

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I came back home on the 24th, the day after Thanksgiving and the flights were almost a form of torture because I definitely was ready to come home. My week in Dublin was amazing and I took a lot of photos. When my husband and I first flew out, we had to make a stop over into Toronto, which I had never been to so I can now check it off my box of places to travel. I even got a picture with a Canadian penguin.

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Then we arrived in Dublin between 8 and 9 in the morning their time since Dublin is eight hours ahead. We took a cab from the airport to our hotel and while doing that I filmed the beautiful greenery and houses. It was beautiful. Our taxi driver was really cool telling us good streets to go to for shopping, eating, drinking, etc. I didn’t realize how small Dublin was. As many of you know, I lived in San Francisco for many years which is a small beautiful city. I believe Dublin is smaller.

 

   Once we got to the hotel, because of the time change, we were definitely tired so we definitely needed a nap. After that we just ordered room service cause we were very tired to walk. That was day one.

The next day, we got bundled up because it was about 48 degrees outside, which I loved, (that’s my type of weather,) and left the hotel to explore the city. Again like San Francisco, Dublin is definitely a walking city which is my favorite. I love walking everywhere no matter what the weather. We walked all over. Like what I said in my last youtube video, the architecture and the old buildings were amazing and it’s so interesting to learn about the history of many of these works of art.

Day TwoThe first meal we ate that day was a small but delicious restaurant called “Beshoff” that was know for their best fish and chips which definitely caught my eye and they lived up to their name. I took a picture of the food cause it was amazing!

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   After that, we walked a lot more and got to see the gardens of the child statues that was a memoriam of the children who were lost in the 1916 Easter Rising. It’s sad but the way they did the garden and statues were beautiful. After that we walked past more churches and other old beautiful buildings. Once we got back to our hotel, we went to the bar downstairs and befriended a very nice bartender named Gary who told us good sites to see and the three of us talked for hours. I had about four whisky sours and was feeling no pain. The bartender was honest and he said if you like to walk, you don’t need to do any specific bus tours because the city is so small unless there were specific things we wanted to do such as going to the castles, etc. After getting hammered, we went to a pub and restaurant called “Murray’s” It was definitely a nice second day.

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Day three we started our day off at a delicious coffee house called “Esquires” across from our hotel  with warm crossiants and coffee and it was so nice to be able to sit in comfy chairs and have them bring everything to us to our table unlike Starbucks. After we walked we went to an extraordinary area where the shopping was amazing. It would be like the equivalent to Harrods in England and SAKS 5th avenue in the states. They had just put the beautiful Christmas lights up which made the area more special. After shopping, we walked to Trinity College which was definitely on our agenda. My husband and I don’t necessarily like always having a strict agenda when we travel. We usually have a little list of sites we want to see but we don’t like to be set to specific times on vacation. That evening we went back to our hotel bar for a drink, and then we went to the the film “Justice League.” I hated “Batman vs. Superman,” but since we are comic book people and my husband really wanted to see it, we saw it at the Savoy theatre down the street, which is one of the largest movie theaters. I must say this, the new characters were cool to watch in this film and it was definitely and upgrade from the last one. After the flick, we went again back to the bar in our hotel which was called the “Academy Plaza,” by the way. We had another few rounds of drinks. I drank whisky sours my entire time at the bar. Yummy! For dinner, we went to a restaurant called, “Flannagans,”steak house which was amazing.

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Day four we had our breakfast at a cute vintage diner called, “Eddie Rockets,” which is the equivalent of “Johnny Rockets” here and we both had an egg over avocado toast.  We did more walking and took more photos of the old flats and buildings, and more. We past a bunch of casinos which was a surprise because we didn’t know how many casinos there were and how popular they were in Dublin. We shall be going there on our next trip. Again later that day, we ended up at same bar and drank yummy beer and cocktails and all the bartenders knew us by then which was funny. They were all so nice.

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*There were things that we wanted to do such a go to the Waterford Crystal tour and the ghost bus tour but the weather was freezing and pouring that we wouldn’t have really been able to enjoy it.

Day five it had stopped pissing rain but was super windy that it was about thirty degrees out. I love the cold weather so I was in heaven. We mostly walked and saw more sites around the city and of course when it got to be too cold at 3pm their time, we started drinking again. haha. My husband and I aren’t big drinkers at home so we wanted to splurge. After that, we went to eat at “Flannagans” steakhouse again because it was so delicious that we had to go back.

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*WE DID NOT HAVE ONE BAD MEAL IN DUBLIN! EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS AT EVERY PLACE WE ATE AT!

Day six, (which was Thanksgiving in America,) we went back to “Esquires” for our warm coffee and croissants and chatted with the people that worked there. I must say that every shop and restaurant we went to were extremely kind, even if they were drunk which isn’t always the case in the states. It was still freezing but we walked around back to the shopping district where we went into this fun Irish Gift shop called, “Carrols,” so we could buy presents for our family back home. I even bought an Irish condom, which I don’t need to use, but as a gag gift for a family member. We took more photos of course and went back to the Academy Plaza to get warm from the cold and then guess what…. we went to the bar again and chatted with the bartenders. They were definitely sad for us to go. We ate dinner in the hotel that night too. We then went back to our room to pack for our flight out the next day.

Last day we woke up early to catch our taxi to the airport. From there we stopped in Toronto again. It was a VERY long flight to Toronto. It was even more long long because my husband and I were anxious to get home. We arrived in Toronto where we had Wahlburgers where I had a very long and yummy hot dog. We had to go there cause my husband had never been to one before. Then we boarded our flight bound to Los Angeles.

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   Again the flight seemed longer than before because we were so wanting to get home. We loved our trip but definitely missed our house. We touched down in Los Angeles airport and got home finally. Our sleep was off because we had been eight hours ahead in Dublin, but now that it’s the second day home, our sleep schedules are better.

All in all our trip to Dublin was amazing and I definitely  recommend seeing it once in your life.