Friday, March 22, 2019
If you've read this blog for a while, you might remember me gushing about The Order of the Thinned Veil, a Halloween club that offers tiered memberships and exclusive art as part of their packages. Founded by artists and Halloween lovers Jason McKittrick and Sam Heimer, The Order of the Thinned Veil has entered its third year and has just unveiled its 2019 membership packages. You can choose from three different tiers of membership, and all come with some truly gorgeous artwork and sculptures. Check out details on the ghoulish goodies below:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Get your stretchy pants out, because Vegan Street Fair is returning this weekend to North Hollywood with over 150 vendors serving up delicious vegan food and fun vegan products! Join thousands of other vegan and veg-curious foodies this Saturday, March 23rd AND Sunday, March 24th, 2019 to grub down on delicious vegan food and take home some cool vegan products. You'll find both local favorites and exciting new vendors from out of town to try, all located on the streets of NoHo. More info below...
Monday, March 18, 2019
I am not the most fashionable person by any means. I prefer my look to be like the vampires from What We Do in the Shadows, "dead but delicious." Or rather, distressed, tattered black clothing like I just rolled out of a grave (so maybe not as delicious as I'd envisioned!).
Nevertheless, I am always looking for new, eco-friendly clothing brands that are vegan and ethically conscious. I'm glad to say that a new brand, Legends and Vibes, has caught my eye, and they are currently fundraising to make all our fashion dreams come true!
Thursday, March 14, 2019
A few years back I shared a list of incredible Irish horror movies that weren't Leprechaun (though, let's be honest, we all have a special love in our horror hearts for that film franchise) and offered something new. All those horror film recommendations still stand today, but after watching a newly released horror film The Hole in the Ground, I knew there were other modern Irish horror films that deserved a watch, too!
With St. Patrick's Day being celebrated this weekend, I thought this would be a great time to highlight 10 more Irish horror films you should watch. These vary from films set in Ireland, filmed in Ireland, Irish-directed movies, movies produced by Irish companies, etc. These films vary in tone from boisterous to moody to disturbing to gory, so there should be enough variety for everyone! Also, don't forget to check out my previous top 10 list of Irish horror for more recommendations.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The United States Postal Service announced several new stamp additions to their 2019 lineup, including these gorgeous "Spooky Silhouettes" Halloween stamps that we can expect to see this autumn! These are so perfect for mailing Halloween cards (and I need them for my annual Halloween card swap!) and I like to buy extras so I can use them year-round for mail!
Check out the description for these spooky Halloween stamps from the USPS site below:
Monday, March 11, 2019
Natural Products Expo West 2019 occurred last week here in Orange County, and while I didn't attend, I have been drooling over the photos fellow vegans have shared of hot new vegan products that dominated the Expo! It is incredible how more and more exciting vegan items are popping up all over the place, and many of them debut at Expo West, where companies exhibit their products in hopes that buyers from grocery stores will decide to stock them on their shelves, investors will help support their expansion, and to generate buzz.
In past years (check out my past coverage of the event HERE), there has been a significant demand for new vegan products and more and more companies with vegan options are showcasing their products at Expo West. This year, veganism has really exploded at Expo West, and I've seen so many incredible new food items that I can't wait to get my claws on! I've collected some of the highlights from others' Instagram posts (big shout-out to all attendees who shared their photos with the world, and an extra special thank you to the VegNews team for their incredibly comprehensive coverage!), check out the exciting new vegan products from Expo West I'm dying to get my claws on:
Friday, March 8, 2019
A teaser trailer for the upcoming horror film Candy Corn premiered on Dread Central and has given us a treat to look forward to this Halloween! This is Josh Hasty's next film after his behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Rob Zombie's 31. I have been looking forward to Candy Corn for quite some time and I am excited to finally get a peek at it! The film's ridiculously gorgeous poster (designed by Fright Rag's Justin Osbourne) was also unveiled, which you can see above. With this as well as the teaser trailer (which you can view below), I am even more excited to see this film, which we will hopefully get to see this year around the Halloween season. Check out the teaser and more info on the film below:
Thursday, March 7, 2019
For the past few years, horror and Halloween enthusiasts near and far have traveled to meet where all kindred spirits converge, at the "Spook Show", an annual event conjured up by the Halloween Club in La Mirada, California. This is one of my favorite springtime events, especially since we get to celebrate Halloween in April! It's full of incredible vendors, killer deals, costumed attendees, Halloween-themed musical acts and performers, and so much fun! If you want to see some of the fearsome fun I've had there in past years, check out the posts from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015!
More info on this year's event, coming up next month, below:
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Eeeeek, are you getting excited for Midsummer Scream 2019 yet?! Only 5 months to go until we get to kick off the Halloween season with an even bigger and better convention filled with presentations, special guests, vendors, and haunts! And now you can grab tickets for Midsummer Scream as they went on sale today...check out the official press release below for more info:
Monday, March 4, 2019
If you have the Halloween blues like I do, you'll be glad to know that this spring promises six spooky events in Southern California for horror and Halloween fans! From a haunted house to oddities and curiosities shows to a horror art installation to a Halloween event to a horror convention, there are plenty of things for fans of the macabre to enjoy this spring while we count down the days to Halloween!
Check out six spooky spring events in Southern California you don't want to miss below:
Friday, March 1, 2019
Bethany Lowe Designs just unveiled their wholesale catalog for their vintage-inspired Halloween 2019 collections and it is so delightful to get a peek at Halloween goodies when it is still wintertime! Though these are only for wholesalers and aren't available for consumers yet, these designs are something to look forward to when they hit stores next fall.
Bethany Lowe Designs began in 1985 with the artist's vision of creating unique, original, vintage-style folk art and holiday designs for the wholesale industry. At that time, very few companies were creating this distinct style and look. Bethany Lowe Designs gained a following of collectors and admirers throughout the years, and in recent years the resurgence of the vintage folk-art style has led to even more spotlight on this brand, who showcases other artists' work as well.
The 2019 Halloween catalog offers us a glimpse into the whimsical artwork and decor of Bethany Lowe Designs, along with other artists like Chicken Lips and Johanna Parker! Some of the designs showcased are old favorites while others are boo-tiful new editions, but all of them will give you a burst of Halloween joy just be looking at them! Check out some snippets from the catalog below:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Brrrrrr, this February has been cold, even here in Southern California. It even snowed in LA, which only happens once every 10 years or so! I know in other parts of the country it is much colder, especially with the polar vortex that made temperatures plummet in many states.
The chilly temperatures are a perfect excuse to bundle up at home in comfy, cozy clothes and watch some horror movies (which is what I've been doing all winter long!). I've rounded up some comfy clothes and accessories for horror fans that are great for lounging around the house, check them all out below:
Monday, February 25, 2019
Every year I am overjoyed to find more and more people choosing the compassionate lifestyle by going vegan! And 2019 has already been declared the "Year of the Vegan" according to The Economist and veganism has been pegged as one of the fastest growing food "trends" (though we all know veganism isn't a trend or a fad, but a lifestyle change). In January, the UK-based charity Veganuary, which encourages and helps people go vegan in January and beyond, reported that they had over 250,000 participants sign up! This number of pledges exceeds those of the four previous years combined, which shows how many more people are interested in living more compassionately by going vegan.
This year alone I've already experienced many people reaching out and expressing their desire to go vegan and live more compassionately, which is so exciting to see! Since so many people were reaching out and I want to do everything possible to help and encourage them to go vegan, I thought I would offer some tips and tricks for going (and staying) vegan. These are things I wish someone had told me when I went vegan over 11 years ago. When I went vegan, I didn't know any other vegans and just kinda relied on the internet, books, documentaries and so on to inform myself and keep me dedicated to being vegan. Nowadays, there are so many resources out there, but I wanted to share some personal advice with you in hopes that it encourages those that want to explore veganism but maybe don't know where to start.
I have a lot of tips below, so at first it may seem overwhelming if you are just starting out, but I promise it gets easier! And it will be exciting as you start on your journey, even though you will go through many emotions and challenges. Just know there are so many others out there going through or who have been through the same feelings, discoveries, and challenges and you aren't alone! I am always here if you need any support, and there are so many great resources out there now for those going vegan. I'll cover more of this below, but I sincerely hope that these tips I'm sharing with you will assist in your own journey.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
No clowning around, there are only 250 days to Halloween! Have you started planning yet?? I have already made my Halloween bucket list, and can't wait to plan further for this upcoming Halloween season...it's going to be spooktacular!!
If you've started making your plans for Halloween this year, I want to hear all about them! Let me know in the comments below if you already have a wish list going for all the tricks and treats you want to do this year!
Stay spooky and smile, because there are only 250 days to go until Halloween!
Friday, February 22, 2019
Hello darlings! I hope you are having a spectacular February! Valentine's Day is behind us (did you see my goth love songs playlist, spooky love decor ideas, creepy cards, and ghoulish gift guide posts?) and hopefully you've all been celebrating Black History Month and Women in Horror Month! As for me, I've been watching a new horror documentary, listening to gloomy tunes, reading a thrilling book, eating delicious vegan sweets, and more. As I've been doing on a monthly basis with these "ten things" posts, I'm sharing with you 10 items I'm loving this month, which encourages me to be grateful for the little (and big) things while also passing along cool things for you to check out. See the 10 Things I'm Loving This February below:
Friday, February 15, 2019
The vegan horror film Revenge of the Hamburgers has launched a crowdsourcing initiative to help raise funds for this film to be created. The film sounds like a madcap, bloody, and all-together satisfying horror film for animal-lovers as farm animals finally get their revenge...
Monday, February 11, 2019
This playlist of love songs for gothic romantics is the perfect dark antidote to all the saccharine pop or whatever else is popular nowadays. Some songs are sweet, others are sinister, some are classics while others are little-known, but they talk about love and loss in a way that the strange and unusual of us can relate to. There are also a few I threw in that reference Valentine's Day or Cupid rather than love directly. I'm constantly adding and revising this playlist on my Spotify account, but take a listen to this year's selections below:
Friday, February 8, 2019
While Valentine's Day has never been my favorite holiday, it is slowly growing on me, especially with all the delectably dark products we get to treat ourselves or our spooky someones to this time of year!
There are lots of ways to show your love, and an eerie adorable gift is the perfect start. Whether you want to profess your adoration to the one you love, your admiration to your best friend, or want to treat yourself, I've rounded up some gorgeously gothic items to perfect for your favorite dark heart.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
In this Netflix series from Mexico, a young priest enlists the help of a demon hunter and a paranormal expert to search for a kidnapped girl in the underworld of Mexico City. The trailer made it look like a high-octane version of the Supernatural TV show, full of demons, car chases, fun characters, witchcraft, and action, so I was intrigued. As soon as I started watching, I was hooked!
Friday, February 1, 2019
While it seems that Valentine's Day is often an over-commercialized holiday full of annoying fluff and pink stuff, you'll be glad to know that spooky kids like us can still express love in our own delightfully dark way! We can even decorate for Valentine's Day by using some gothic decor that blends in and enhances our already dark decor styles.
The good news is that there are lots of gorgeously gothic items available to make sure you keep it creepy this Valentine's Day! I've found products and ideas for you that will definitely help set the macabre mood for a spooky Valentine's Day, browse them below:
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Horror fans want love, too, and the perfect way to show them you care is by giving them a horror-themed Valentine's Day card this year! I've rounded up 13 of the kookiest and spookiest horror-themed Valentine's Day cards for your spooky sweetie!
Make them yours with these killer Valentine's Day cards!
Monday, January 28, 2019
A new year brings endless possibilities for reinvention, improvement, and becoming your best self. I'm all for that, but I'll be honest and say that this new year started off rather languidly for me. No harm in that, I've just been enjoying easing into the new year! I also celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month, so that, along with the holiday break has encouraged what I like to call a "gentle laziness."
So far, this easing into the new year has gone very well, and I've enjoyed it along with some wonderful treats this month. Like I'm trying to do every month, I'm reflecting on ten things I loved. This both encourages me to be grateful for the little (and big) things, while also sharing some of my favorite things with you (which I always love to do)!
For January, here are 10 things I loved:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
New Details + Trailer Revealed for Interactive Play "Delusion: The Blue Blade" Returning This Spring
Delusion has been one of my favorite Halloween traditions the past few years - it is an interactive play that changes every year, complete with new plot, new characters, and new locations - you get to play a part and physically move through gorgeously decorated sets and interact with the characters in the story. To get a peek at what the experience is like, check out my review of their 2016 show, His Crimson Queen! The show is always a popular draw and sells out super fast, though they took a break in 2017 to focus on their future plans. This past year they returned with The Blue Blade, which has been extended into spring 2018 with a brand new "director's cut"! Check out more info, as well as a new trailer, for this spring extension of the play below:
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Fatally Yours 2019 Valentine's Day Chocolate Box
Vegan Treats, the bakery in Pennsylvania that makes the Fatally Yours chocolate box, has unveiled their 2019 Valentine's Day collection! Of course on the top of most spooky vegan's Valentine's wish list is their limited edition Fatally Yours chocolate box, containing delectable pieces of handmade vegan chocolate accented with gold leaf, all nestled in a stunning heart-shaped box that features artwork by Cecilia Granata (artist, tattooist, and author of Mama Tried: Traditional Italian Cooking for the Screwed, Crude, Vegan, and Tattooed).
I love sharing the Fatally Yours chocolate box with my fellow fiends since it really makes the perfect vegan Valentine for spooks like us! I am in no way affiliated with Vegan Treats, but I do like informing you of these to-die-for chocolates perfect for that spooky someone this Valentine's Day.
Vegan Treats only sells these limited-edition chocolate boxes for a short time, so make sure to pre-order yours as soon as you can if you want one. There are two versions of the Fatally Yours box available for you to choose from on Vegan Treats, the standard box that includes 18 boo-tiful pieces of chocolate as well as the "Ultimate" box, which includes some extra treats for your sweet in addition to the chocolate box. Take a peek what to expect in these vegan Valentine boxes below:
Monday, January 14, 2019
Whoa, vegan burger and fries at Carl's Jr.!
Monday, January 7, 2019
2018 was an incredible year for horror movies (see my top 10 horror movies of 2018), and 2019 promises to bring the same level quality to our beloved horror genre. There are already so many horror movies to look forward to this year (over 60 on this list alone!!), and I'm sure there will be so many more that aren't on our radar yet that will crop up this year and blow us all away. From original stories to anthologies to remakes to sequels and more, this year promises a wide array of scary movies, and I think there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Browse through all the horror films that I'm hoping will deliver the scares this year below!
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Beyond Avocado Taco and fries at Del Taco
This past December, Del Taco unveiled Beyond Meat at a select few of their locations in Southern California to test out the plant-based meat alternative before hopefully expanding nationwide. This is a HUGE deal and if it is successful, would give so many people access to try vegan food. It means that people want more vegan options and that companies are listening to them. It also means that more people will be exposed to vegan options, and that vegan food is becoming more and more mainstream! I am so, so stoked on this, and couldn't be more excited about Beyond Meat being available at select Del Taco fast food restaurants. Check out my review of their Beyond Avocado Taco below...
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Looking back on 2018, it was another stellar year for horror. I love that there was such a variety of films this year and horror fans weren't limited to only remakes or slashers or ghosts or monsters, but got so many different types of horror. It is such a wonderful time to be a horror fan and I am so grateful for all the phenomenal horror films that have been bestowed on us.
I also appreciate that there were so many surprises this year that came out of nowhere. Films are no longer burdened with having to be theatrically released, nowadays they can premiere on Netflix, Shudder, or VOD and be just as successful. While I still appreciate watching certain films in theaters, nothing can beat the convenience of seeing new films in the comfort of my own home. Many of my favorite films below were released exclusively on streaming platforms rather than having traditional theatrical releases.
I am so thankful we are living in this day and age where we have so many fantastic films being released and so many different ways to watch them. Below I've included my top 10 favorites of the year, though I easily could have made a top 20 list.