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Japanese Gothic Lolita Punk clothes for sale! EGL sales: h.NAOTO, Tokyo Goth steampunk fashion.

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La Carmina’s having a wardrobe sale!

♡ I’ve listed tons of Japanese Goth, Steampunk, Pin-Up and Lolita clothes for sale.
♡ Designer brands include h.NAOTO, Spider, Dracula, Sourpuss, Bettie Page and Lolita Girl Clothing.

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Most items are brand new or only worn once. These include the Victorian Gothic dress and lace jacket I wore on Oddities TV… and the tiger striped dress at NY Fashion Week’s IFB Conference, with Bryanboy and Yukiro!

Ready? Set? ☂ ☂ CLICK to SHOP NOW! ☂ ☂

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The Lip Service steampunk skirt is up for grabs, as well as Harajuku stockings and cute accessories.

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My lace skirt from Tokyo, with a panda bear print, is available too.

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It’s easy to purchase items! Simply visit the Wardrobe Sale page, and browse the items (use the Right and Left arrow keys to quickly scroll).

Then email me and let me know which items you want. If you purchase more than one, I’m happy to combine shipping and give discounts. I accept PayPal and ship internationally.

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How about this pin-up leopard print dress? Or an Emily Temple Cute skirt? A Victorian ruffle blouse? Take a look at my fashion sale listings and let me know what you would like.

PS: Thanks to Business of Everything for featuring me in their Blogger Series. More travel and street style coverage coming right up.

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World’s most lavish hotels! Photos inside Burj Al Arab, Dubai 7-star sail & Jumeirah Skyview bar.

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Thanks for your kind words about my appearance on Discovery & Science Channel’s Oddities! If you missed my episode (where I “purchased” this elk head), you can see the TV show clip and bonus photos here.

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In the Oddities segment, I talk about my work in journalism and coolhunting worldwide. On last month’s Middle Eastern adventure, I got to fulfill a travel goal… visiting the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

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My film team and I started at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a cluster of restaurants and shops near the Burj Al Arab. We thought we could get some traditional food and shisha here…

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… but were sorely disappointed, as this turned out to be a Disney-Vegas take on an Arabian market. (Skip this place, and visit Dubai’s gold and spice souk instead; photos and info here.)

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On the bright side, we got a great “establishing shot” of the famous hotel, lit under a crescent moon.

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We took a cab to one of the most expensive hotels in the world (the Royal Suite is $18,776 per night!). Inspired by the curve of a dhow (Arabian boat), the Burj Al Arab is considered the symbol of Dubai.

Regular tourists can’t simply walk onto this island. You must be a hotel guest, or have a restaurant or bar reservation, in order to make it past the security gates. We chose the cheapest option (drinks at the Skyview Bar), which requires a minimum spend of $70 per person.

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But it’s worth it — this is Dubai, and the world’s only (supposed) 7-star hotel! When we entered the lobby, my filmmaker Melissa exclaimed, “It’s like Donald Trump on steroids.” Designed by Tom Wright, with interiors by Khuan Chew, the concept is Arabian Technicolor Palace Dreams.

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Take the elevator next to the aquarium, and look up. Vertigo.

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In Dubai, brunches are big social occasions. Fridays and Saturdays are holidays here, and since alcohol is a no-no (unless you’re in a hotel), brunch is a way to get decadent.

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But we were here for cocktails. We took the elevator to the Skyview bar on the 27th floor.

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“It’s like a 90s music video,” exclaimed Melissa. Circuit boards and cyber lights, and a grandiose view of the marina.

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We enjoyed drinks with Barbara of Elle Magazine, and Georgina of Etoile La Boutique (I’ll show you this fashion heaven soon). The cocktails were inventive — one had wasabi inside — and the bar’s atmosphere was from another planet. (Consult the Burj Al Arab’s website for reservations and dress code.)

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I leave you with a few screencaps from my Oddities TV guest spot. My Goth-Victorian hairstyle looks a bit like mouse ears.

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Watch the clip carefully, or you might miss the caption about my celebrity earless cat! You can see my TV reel and other appearances on my bio page.

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Have you heard of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai? What do you think of the interiors, and do you think it deserves the seven-star rating?

PS: thanks Fashion Indie for interviewing me about personal branding, the reality of travel TV hosting, and how bloggers can get into television. I hope you find my advice helpful.

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Watch Oddities TV show, Season 4: La Carmina guest star! Obscura Antiques, Discovery Science Channel video.

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I know you’ve been waiting for this… La Carmina on Oddities! My TV show appearance premieres June 8, 9pm ET/PT on Science Channel, and then airs on repeat.

My episode is called “The Mummy Returns” (Season 4, Episode 11). Below is a short clip — watch me purchase a large, fuzzy reminder of home!

Do you like what I wore on-camera? Keep reading for outfit details, and a zillion Obscura shop photos.

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Owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson are lovely in person. I frequented their store years ago, before the TV show came along.

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They loved my custom, skeleton corset. Quite appropriately, the sign above me reads “Torture.”

Skeleton corset: loaned by Wilde Hunt Corsetry — her designs are spooky-gorgeous!
Victorian dress and lace shrug: gifted by Heavy Red
Bone and devil hair clips: gifted by Kreepsville 666

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For those who don’t know, the hit TV show “Oddities” is about Obscura, this little East Village shop of horrors. In each episode, the owners meet kooky customers and help them pick out items. For example, they helped the Speakeasy Dollhouse creator find a gurney for her immersive play.

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The store is not for the faint of heart. Organs, skulls and animal heads abound.

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Ryan, Evan and Mike are often here, manning the counter and signing autographs for fans.

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It’s hard to believe that we filmed this episode last August, in New York City! My hair color by Isolde Semple; the styling is by Brandon Pope of TIGI NYC

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I could have browsed for hours in Obscura Antiques.

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In real life, I bought my friend a jar of chocolate-covered poison from their medicine cabinet. Somehow, I managed to take it through customs.

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For the sake of the show, however, I “purchased” this gargantuan, stuffed elk head to remind me of home (Canada, not Japan as some might assume!)

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The owners are passionate about their collections, and wonderfully knowledgeable. In the clip, I learn about the elk’s horns and history.

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Also for sale: a box of potions…

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… a bear in a hat, a laughing pig,

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… and real life skulls.

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Since it was summertime in NYC, I was boiling under my Victorian skirts. The crew interviewed me in the nearby East Village street, about my work in dark coolhunting and travel journalism.

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Here’s the pirate hat I tried on. Arr.

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“Is that a straightjacket?” Nope, but this two-headed creature is also featured in the show’s intro.

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So many creepy and bizarre items in here. I fit right in.

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If you’re in New York, drop by Obscura Antiques and Oddities and say hi for me. The shop address: 207 Avenue A New York, NY 10009. Phone: (212) 505-9251

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I hope you’ll tune in for my appearance on Oddities! “The Mummy Returns” (Season 4 Episode 11) first airs Saturday, June 8th at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

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Don’t worry if you miss it: the show will repeat multiple times on Science Channel / Discovery TV; check the schedule for dates.

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Click to watch my Oddities clip. To view more corsets like the one I’m wearing, visit Wilde Hunt Corsetry.

Are you a fan of this TV show? What would you purchase to remind you of home?

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Ladies of Steampunk magazine cover! Modeling in Japan: two horns hairstyle, leather octopus corset.

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I’ve adored Steampunk for years, and have exciting news to share. Today, the latest issue of Ladies of Steampunk Magazine is out, with devil-haired Carmina on the cover!

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The magazine does a wonderful job of capturing this unique subculture and its fashion. In a six-page feature, they interviewed me about the colorful Japan Steampunk scene, including the groundbreaking party Steam Garden. You can get a digital or print copy here, and see more on their Facebook.

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Can you tell I had fun shooting these photos in Nakano? I worked with the same team that did my Adone Magazine shots: photograher Said Karlsson and hairstylist Kukukachoo.

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Octopus corset: gifted by Dracula Clothing (remember when I visited their steampunk-Victorian showroom in Prague?)
Skull and crossbones necklace: gifted by Ghostlove
Long lace skirt: gifted by Corset Chick

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We enjoyed putting a Japan-anime twist on traditional Steampunk style. Do you like my two-horned hair?

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My blue and purple hair extensions are the masterwork of Lulu Kukukachoo, Tokyo-based stylist. She used an ingenious method to create the cone shapes, then twisted and pinned these acrylic hues into place. She’s available for everything from avantgarde styling to basic haircuts, via Hair by Kukukachoo.

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It was fun to look for Victorian-esque backdrops around Nakano. This curving gate was a great find.

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As was the wooden front of a Japanese restaurant.

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Brown, beige and black graffiti. I like how my hair flips up at the ends.

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Photographer Said is wonderful to work with; he’s easygoing and has a great feel for shots and lighting. He also runs Tokyo Faces, a street fashion photo-blog with daily photos.

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In my Q&A, I talk about the emerging scene in Japan, led by my friends Kenny Creation and Luke Chaos, who organized the party Steam Garden. Soon, I’ll post photos from their most recent event, which shows the spectrum of steam-punk fashion in Japan (including Lolita versions).

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Want to see and learn more? Pick up a copy of the magazine. Thanks to Ladies of Steampunk for the grand honor.

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Do you like how I added inspiration from Harajuku style tribes into this outfit? How do you like Steampunk culture and clothing?