MAZATLAN, MEXICO FOR HALLOWEEN & DAY OF THE DEAD! HEAVY RED ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HIGH QUALITY GOTHIC COSTUMES.


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I’ve been teasing you about my epic Halloween plans. Ready to find out where I’m travelling?

Last year, I went to Candy Spooky / Satan, Torture Garden, and a Goth wedding in Tokyo. This time, I’m experiencing a new country and celebrating a legendary festival: Day of the Dead.

Si, amigos: I’ll soon be in Mazatlan, Mexico, courtesy of the tourism board!

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This will be my first time in Mexico. Never been interested in places like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo (we Goths aren’t exactly spring-break-lie-on-the-beach types). But I’m fascinated by Mexican dark art and festivals, especially dia de los muertos, and Mazatlan is a cultural center. Sugar skull makeup, graveyard ceremonies, bread of the dead!

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My trip’s not all play. I’m hosting and producing a travel video about Mazatlan’s Gothic/spooky culture, so you’ll be able to see the celebrations up close. Of course, I’ll find time to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Coast beaches.

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Can’t wait to sample the fresh seafood (fish tacos!) and do a photoshoot in the Gothic-Baroque Mazatlan Cathedral, completed in 1899. (Previous two photos by Rob Lee via Creative Commons.)

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The big question… what to wear on the most important day of the year? Heavy Red, the LA Gothic brand that made my costume last year, has a new Dark Alice design.

Innocent and vulnerable, yet undeniably sexy — the finely-made costume is inspired by the heroine whirling down the rabbit hole. Heavy Red’s Alice en déshabillé in Wonderland costume is a unique vision of dark beauty, customizable in a variety of ways.

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Unlike most Halloween costumes, this is a quality garment, available in size small through 3X. There’s still plenty of time to order (with express shipping, US customers can get it the next day, and international takes 3-5 days).

Noir Alice costume is available by itself (cream dress, blue corset, harlequin stockings included) or with an accessory package (net and ruffle gloves, necklace of choice, temporary tattoo of choice, decorative pocket watch, costume ring, black teacup handmade hat).

Don’t have a Halloween costume yet, and looking for something very special? I hope you’ll consider Heavy Red’s beautiful selection here — you’ll be belle of the ball!

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What will La Carmina wear for Day of the Dead? Only time will tell. I have a feeling this will be my spookiest Halloween yet. (Photo by Demonbaby)

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The gorgeous sugar skull photos are by Glitter Machine in Vancouver, the team that did my Alt Noir shoot. Wardrobe and styling by Deadly Couture and Tracy Cake. For full credits and more pics, see this and this Facebook album.

Have you ever been to Mazatlan, or anywhere in Mexico? Recommendations, please! Which cultural aspects would you like to see in the travel video?

And what are your plans for Halloween 2011?

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  • Raiko

    OMG that looks like so much fun :D

  • Serasera

    the heavy red alice costume is to DIE for I want everything on their site!! 

    thanks carmina!

  • Cecilia

    Are you going to celebrate el dia de los muertos? ¡Que experiencia tan hermosa ! *0*

  • Cecilia

     Are you going to celebrate el dia de los muertos? ¡Que experiencia tan hermosa ! *0*

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      YES!!! Please let me know your recommendations – what should I see, do?? My first time there!

      • Cecilia

        u.u Sorry. I’m from Chile not from Mexico,so I can’t give you any reccomendation, but I’ve always wanted to go there.

  • Pao

    DIA DE LOS MUERTOS!!! I tried that makeup once, I found it quite difficult to achieve lol

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Love the makeup

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1257132758 Alyssa D Mallozzi

        Hm. I think I may have found next year’s Halloween idea….this year I plan on being a steampunk aviatrix. Have the costume assembled. Great part is that almost ALL of it is from my own wardrobe! I went as Sweeney Todd last year. There’s a pic of me on my Facebook profile as him. Very proud of it.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

          Nice!! Ohh I’m excited to see what you do!

  • Mo

    Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to you blogging about Dia De Los Muertos! And the pictures!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Me too, I can’t wait !

  • Ana

    cant wait for thisssssssss! :D

  • Laurent

    XD i ♥ you! I read ur blogs all the timeee! Hope u and Seba are doing great!! and Basil! 

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thank you!!

  • Adriana

    bienvenida!

  • Kathryn

    I want this life. ;w; I want my blog layout to be better too… poo

  • Luna

    Try the ice cream I don’t know what to recommend you but if you do have time to go see a different city Guanajuato have mummy museum.

    • Luna

       It have a different very natural taste. Also try the horchata is a sweet dessert that have rice. There’s coconut candy that have color on top pink and the whole bottom white and of course there’s chocolate and flan.

  • Marilee

    Lovin it! Alice In Wonderland is my fave EVER so I say Rock this Alice style garment!

  • Fabian

    TAMALES !!!!! YUM YUM =P

  • Lala

    Daaaaaaaaaamn!! U should have told me!! There are sooooooo much to visit and do in this holiday in Mexico!! Pfffff!! And ur not lost at all, Mazatlan is a good place to start….

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      can’t wait!

  • Kyoko

     I love Mexico in Halloween i hope you enjoy your self!! :D

    • Kyoko

      hmm.. I know they go and put flowers, Candles, and candy skulls on graves its really pretty. hmm.. They should have a really colorful Parade! You should so see it! :D remembering makes me want to go again XD

      • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

        can’t wait!

  • Jerry

    i dig it.

  • Hege

     You should come visit us next time! :)Both me and Ari Behn would love to see you here! hehe

  • Fabian

    WELCOME TO MEXICO LA CARMINA !!!! =D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      gracias!

  • Ayumi

     °w° Welcome to Mexico La Carmina. The Day of the Dead is the Mexican traditional celebration. The sites that handle very traditional this holiday is Patzcuaro, Michoacan and Veracruz. Watch this video, it’s just a taste of our Mexican tradition.

  • http://twitter.com/ohmypantsu PrincesaRosa

    I’m glad to know that you gonna come to my country, I’m not live in Mazatlán, but it makes me happy. Finally I hope You’ll  have an amazing trip o(≧ω≦) o

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I’m so excited! Got any food or Day of Dead recommendations?

  • Sara

    Thank you for recommending Heavy Red. I wanted to dress more on the Lolita or Harajuku side but I didn’t start looking or getting things ahead of time. Also unfortunately do Not possess great sewing/costume making skills either, nor can I spend too much right now, so I might just go with something from that place this year. If so I shall post a pic on your site for you to see. Unless you can think of a couple other good places in LA, so I do not have to continue the endless search online and so you save me sometime by not looking through some of your old posts.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I was very happy with my outfit last year from heavy red. Go for it – I recommend!

  • Frank

     ¡ Realmente fantastico !

  • Antoinette

    well i admit i’ve only lived 2 years in Mexico, but you should definitely see a parade for Dia de los Muertos! The face painting and skulls is awesome! the tradition is just beautiful families make altars and go to the cementary and takes food for their dead sometimes they eat at the grave it’s really wonderful!

  • Eve Nealon

    I have been debating buying that Alice in Wonderland heavy red outfit. I think the holster corset would be very versatile over tank tops and jeans as well as for this outfit. I think your endorsement might be the push I need to get it.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Awesome! I love the outfit from last year. Let me know how it goes.

  • Tristan

    Visit the pyramids! Beautiful scenery, plenty of neat photo-ops, and amazing history! Plus, they’re kinda spooky…

  • Ben

     Mehiiiico…

  • Kooro

    *–* I like it!

  • Adrian

    Completely gorgeous!

  • Lccorea

    I’m going to New Orleans to the Endless Night Vampire Ball! This year is Steampunk themed, so I can’t wait for my first adventure into the Goth/Steampunk ball.  Have you ever been there? Any pointers if you have?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      New Orleans is one of my top places to visit. MUST go one day!
      let me know how the celebration is.

  • Allison

    LOVE IT

  • Liz

    Sounds like a great trip. Have fun!

  • Hakugin

    In mazatlan mexico! I can’t believe i’m so happy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_REU4POMH3KKRB22TMWASNHPBHM Elaine

    lol I was right about where you were going!! Love the candy skull look! :D 

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      YES how awesome!! <3

  • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

    Dia de los muertos is one of Mexico’s best holidays.(personally,I think it should be imported here in america the way cinco de mayo was XD )
    And I see you have given us a risque pic.(the one at the end) :]

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Wonderful!! I can’t wait to celebrate.

  • Lola

    haha PURRRFECT !!!!!!

  • Francesca

    Cool!!! Have fun!!

  • Cyndi

    T_T im form los mochis near mazatlan T_T i wanna gooo, but i have school and no money xD

  • Hans

    ‎m/

  • Amy

    Me Likey x those mexican faces & the costume are AWESOOOME! x

  • Miyu

    i believe in making your halloween costume! ;D i think ill be something very bloody :D

  • Sarah

     Love!

  • Rukayat

     hot!;D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1524906046 Arantza Smith

    I’ve lived in Mexico for the last 10 years and believe me, Day of the Dead is as good as it gets! Mazatlan is beautiful, but if you’re concentrated on the more cultural side (and to see something you’ll never forget) I recomend Pátzcuaro or Mexico City.
    Also, you HAVE to try Day of the Dead bread (pan de muerto), with it’s little sugar crossbones ;D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I’m so excited!!! I plan to bring back Dead Bread haha

  • http://twitter.com/virgin_stratus The devil is female

    OMG!!! I love El Día de Muertos! especially the traditional food: tamales, pan de muerto, sugar skulls and chocolate :) in Veracruz the Zacauil *.*

    The smell of Copal and Cempoalxóchitl flowers :)  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYgWlFMYppE)

    You need to see the dance of La Malinche is AMAZING!! and the Altares de Muertos and you should go to visit Xantolo in Tantoyuca, Veracruz, México and
    Pátzcuaro in Michoacán, México (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mMZcoCBQAE).

    I recommend you visit the National Museum of Death in Aguascalientes, México. This is the link: http://museonacionaldelamuerte.uaa.mx/
    I’m happy for you because you will live this unique experiance :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Ohh how lovely! I can’t wait.

  • Lily Buder

    I just got back from Mazatlan, It is an amazing city! THE DAY OF THE DEAD PREP IS AMAZING!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I took so many photos and videos of the parade and decor… can’t wait to share!

  • Lolita Sekai

    yey! I’m from mazatlan, and I have photographs in the cathedral it’s so beautiful D:

    It’s nice to people come here to clean the bad reputation :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      It’s beautiful – we filmed at the Cathedral, day of the dead parade and more. Check back for photos and videos – I am loving it here!!

  • http://samuraistripper.com samuraistripper

    I am in love with that leather harness!