Goth loungewear: Satanic pentagram sweatpants by Long Clothing! NYC Vessel Hudson Yards, Fotografiska Museum.

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Stay-at-home style, Satanic edition… Hail Goth loungewear!

What’s a Goth to wear these days, if there’s no travel or Gothic events? Let me show you my favorite Goth lounge-wear and easy makeup, which lets me look “done” for Zoom calls and essential outings.

I’ll also continue my NYC flashbacks with a tour of Vessel at Hudson Yards, Fotografiska photography museum, synthwave parties… and other fabulous things we can look forward to in the future.

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I’m feeling the urge to keep things simple, during lockdown. However, I like putting on a few touches of makeup for video conference calls, or for essential trips outside.

I rely on pro-level products from Anastasia Beverly Hills, as they feel great and let me easily get “put together.” 

Anastasia Soare is considered the Eyebrow Queen, and makeup artists agree that her brow products are the best out there. I especially recommend ABH Dipbrow Gel and Pomade, which let you build natural-looking brows that stay on all day.

(Click the pics below for more about these items:)

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For a 5-minute look, I apply The Ordinary mineral sunscreen, followed by Anthelios tinted sunscreen. I do my brows, and flick on Anastasia’s Liquid Liner and Lash Brag mascara. Then, I’ll swipe on ABH Liquid Lipstick, which stays on all day so I don’t need to re-apply. Done.

My Pugnale Italy sunglasses add drama to the simple look. These pink Spalla frames are a collaboration with fashion house Tagliatore; the metallic edges are adorned with hand-sewn pleated fabric.

I accessorized with an Alex Streeter Ouroboros silver ring, and new diamond floral ring.

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If you’re lounging around all day… you might as well do it in Satanic sweatpants!

Hail Long Clothing, purveyors of devilish streetwear. This indie fashion label has a range of unisex joggers and tops, marked with devilish messages.

I couldn’t resist their black lounge pants… There’s a smily-faced pentagram on the hip, and the heartwarming message “Satan loves you for who you are”! (You can get this design on a t-shirt or tank as well.)

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Charli Cohen’s Goth activewear is also perfect for at-home outfits. I wear her red Athena halter as a bikini top, as a sports bra for yoga workouts, or simply for lounging around.

It coordinates well with my Long Clothing beanie and “Satan Loves  You” joggers. (The two side pockets and stretchy ribbon-tie waist are handy as well.) When I go out, I can throw over a mesh top and leather jacket.

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Here’s a close-up of my essential Anastasia Beverly Hills products. If I only have two minutes for makeup, I’ll apply Dipbrow Pomade to my eyebrows with a 12 Dual-Ended Brush, which has a firm angle and spoolie at either end.

Then, I’ll put on a coat of ABH Liquid Lipstick. In the past few years, I’ve switched over to wearing liquid lipsticks, as the pigment doesn’t come off even if you’re eating and drinking.

Anastasia has an enormous range of liquid lip colors, including alternative shades like dark blue and green. I’ll wear Dusty Rose for a natural look, or Goth it up with the dark purple Trust Issues.

(Find out more and try these products here:)

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Let’s be real… I’m wearing hats in all my recent photos because my hair roots are atrocious! (They’re four inches long at this point…)

Until I can see my professional stylist, I’m keeping my dark purple color vibrant with oVertone. I wash my hair with their Extreme Purple daily conditioner, and every few weeks, I apply the leave-in coloring conditioner / mask for 15 minutes.

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Overtone makes me look as if I’d just dyed my hair (when in fact, it’s been many months). Their color-depositing conditioners are free of sulfates, parabens or ammonia, so your hair stays hydrated and healthy. And they come in every shade of the rainbow: perfect for Goth and alternative hairstyles.

(My butterfly sunglasses are Pugnale Eyewear, handmade in Italy.)

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Until I can venture out into the world again, I’ve been looking back fondly at my travels. New York City is on my mind…

In February 2020, I returned to NYC for Molly’s breast cancer fashion show. I also got to reunite with friends and see some of the city’s newest attractions — including Vessel at Hudson Yards. 

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The wind was angry that day, my friends!

OOTD — channeling Michael Jackson’s one-glove realness. I wore Spalla pink sunglasses by Pugnale Eyewear, a leather miniskirt by Jeremy Scott, and leopard print leather glove by Moschino.

(Have you seen Moschino’s recent Halloween collection, which included a ghost dress and coffin purse? They’ve released designs inspired by space, skeletons, Power Puff girls… See more Moschino below.)

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There’s always something new and intriguing to see in NYC. I docked at Vessel, a new architectural landmark that was unveiled in 2019.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Vessel is the focal point of the revamped Hudson Yards. The modern structure is 16 stories high, and contains 2500 steps over 154 flights of stairs.

Is it an acorn? A bee’s nest? A woven basket? The interpretation is up to you.

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When I lived in NYC, this area was a nowhere zone called Death Avenue (how Gothic!). In the past years, Hudson Yards has developed into an urban and artistic space.

Hudson Yards is now home to a shopping center, residences, and art museums. Right next to Vessel, you’ll find The Shed — a museum for emerging artists that work in media ranging from theater to hip hop.

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Anyone can visit Vessel for free, but you need to reserve at time slot online in advance via their website. I encourage you to book a free ticket as far in advance as you can, since the dates and times can sell out.

(Of course, Vessel is currently closed because of Covid-19, so file this useful info for the Mad Max future.)

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Visitors enter from the ground level, and meander up the staircases however they please. Vessel has no defined path upwards, which gives you total freedom to climb up or down the “honeycomb” stairs and landings. (The hexagon design made me feel like I was in an MC Escher drawing.)

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Take your time to hang out on the viewing platforms, and snap photos. Vessel has magnificent views of the surrounding shipyards and skyscrapers.

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An ingenious curved elevator runs up one side of Vessel. Note that the glass doors only open up to a few platforms, so the stair-based structure isn’t fully accessible.

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The bronze, steel and concrete architecture has gotten mixed reactions from New Yorkers. Some adore the landmark, while others say Vessel is a basket-case. What do you think?

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I had ramen with my friend Cris Ryan, and he crowned me with this Grinning Ghost cap by his accessories label, Capumon. Pokemon fans, aren’t these hats the best ever? “Be the culprit behind shadows, that laughs under moonlight!”

I matched it with a pink Mongolian lamb (ethically sheared) coat by Skandinavik Fur.

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I love strolling around NYC and discovering hidden gems. I froze when I saw this marvelous Medusa, on the side of a brick building in Nolita.

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This turned out to be House of Hackney, a British boutique for decadent home design. I peeked at Rococo antiques, avian taxidermy, and other exquisite objects.

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On this February trip, I also got a taste of NYC synthwave. I re-lived the 1980s at Night.Wav, a retrowave / outrun club night at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn. The energetic DJs had the young crowd dancing on stage to Italo Disco and sounds of the synthesizer. 

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NYC’s museums are world-class (the Met, MoMa, Guggenheim), and I always try to visit at least one whenever I’m in the city. This time, I went to a new photography museum — the Fotografiska NYC,

When I was in Sweden two years ago, I visited the flagship Fotografiska Stockholm museum, and was impressed by the powerful photos I saw.

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The NYC outpost turned out to be just as memorable. Fotografiska showcases both emerging and established photographers, in all styles ranging from conceptual to pop provocative.

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In early 2020, Fotografiska NY had an entire floor dedicated to Ellen von Unwerth. The exhibit — ‘Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women’ — is a playful retrospective of her images throughout the years, including fashion portraits of celebrities like Milla Jovovich.

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Many photo collections reflected on social or environmental topics. Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s ‘Other People’s Children’ put the spotlight on immigrant workers and unequal access to childcare. I was drawn to Helene Schmitz’s ‘Thinking Like a Mountain,’ which captured the quiet yet violent devastation of Swedish landscapes.

My favorite room (above) held Tawny Chatmon’s regal portraits of African-American girls and young women, gilded in the style of painter Gustav Klimt.

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I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion with queer photographer Mikael Owunna. The event celebrated the launch of “Limitless Africans,” his portrait photo book that explores LGBTQ African narratives.

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The panel spoke with passion about living their truth, and tearing down stereotypes (such as the idea that it was “un-African” to be queer, or that there was no historical precedent in the continent for differential gender identity).

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He spoke about the 75 portraits published in “Limitless Africans,” which tell the story of LGBTQ African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Owunna described the project as a coming-together of the community, as it steps towards healing. 

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Like pretty much everything in NYC, the Fotografiska museum is currently closed due to the COVID pandemic. But this vibrant space, which gives voice to diverse creators, will open again soon.

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I couldn’t leave the Big Apple before scratching my architecture itch a little more.

I was staying in downtown NYC, so I walked over to Santiago Calatrava’s new World Trade Center subway station. Designed with his signature ribbed white curves, the WTC Oculus appears to be lifting its wings for takeoff.

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Here’s what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks like from inside. Every year on September 11, at 10:28 a.m (the date and time that the North Tower fell in the 9/11 attacks), these twin skylights flood the Oculus with brilliant light. 

(You may recall that I saw another Santiago Calatrava building, Rio’s Museum of Tomorrow, in Brazil with Elizabeth Wurtzel.)

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Finally, I paid my respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Nearly 3,000 names (of those killed in the 9/11 attacks) are engraved in twin pools fed by waterfalls. Above rises One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower.

New York, NY… we shall meet again soon. Until that day, you can revisit my NYC stories from the past decade (!!) here.

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PS: I wrote about Hello Kitty for Fodor’s Travel! Did you know the cute Sanrio cat has attractions all over the world, from maternity wards to dental clinics and beauty spas? Check out all my Fodors articles here.

PPS: I’m still selling my Gothic & Lolita personal wardrobe, on Depop (@lacarmina)! I’m letting go of rare clothes and accessories in all sizes. If you’re interested in anything I’ve listed, let me know and we can work out a discount.

Take a browse on my Depop shop here, and email me if you’d like anything. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Los Angeles modern & Japanese pop art museums! The Broad LA contemporary, Deitch Gallery, Hajime Sorayama robots.

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Remember when we could go out freely, and visit art museums with friends? Those were the days… I’ll never take this simple joy for granted again!

I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying my ongoing stories of pre-pandemic travels. Let’s keep on reminiscing about sunnier times, as we go through this odd moment in history.

In January 2020, I arrived in Los Angeles with photographer Joey Wong. We spent a day getting inspired at The Broad Museum, a hip collection of contemporary art that includes phenomenal Japanese pop paintings.

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I also swung by the Jeffrey Deitch gallery to see “Tokyo Pop Underground.” This exhibition brought together eccentric works by Japanese artists including Hajime Sorayama — maestro of sexy robots, as you’ll see!

Both the Broad LA and Deitsch Gallery are free to the public. When they’re open again (post-COVID), I hope you’ll take the opportunity to experience them.

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I also wanted to share some “cheerio” news… I’m on the front page of Metro UK Newspaper, Travel section (May 4th edition)!

The United Kingdom’s highest-circulating paper interviewed me about my favorite insider Vancouver spots. I recommended the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese gardens, and Twin Peaks themed restaurant (read more about this Lynchian venue). Come visit once our borders open again.

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Now, let’s teleport back in time to LA. This fashion shoot with Joey Wong turned out to be my last one before the coronavirus locked me down.

Art museum outfit details: Sheer panel top by Goth boutique Creatures Montreal. Leather miniskirt Jeremy Scott. Polkadot head scarf Lola Ramona. Sunglasses Edwardson Eyewear. Bracelets Hermes and Bulgari.

I adore the space-age Gothic look of my Alexander McQueen mini bag.  See more skull purses by McQueen below:

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A close-up on my current favorite rings. The dream of the 1990s is alive on my fingers…

In love with my new black diamond and diamonds flower-power ring! The Cosmic Escape alien ring is by Alina Abegg. Find it here, and browse more of her aliens jewelry below.

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Before heading into The Broad for our reserved ticket time-slot, we snapped some photos next door at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

(Short polka dot skirt by Jeremy Scott, and leather platform ankle boots by Acne Studios.)

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Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall has a design that resembles a musical organ.

(Downtown LA has plenty of space-y architecture. We also went into the Bradbury / Blade Runner building; see photos here.)

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As an architecture buff, I simply had to stop by Disney Music Hall to admire Gehry’s curving, stainless steel panels. Poke around the exterior walkways, and you’ll find spaceship-like reflective walls that are perfect for fashion photography.

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I didn’t go inside the concert hall that day; it’s the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Master Chorale. When the doors can open again, I’d love to see a performance here.

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We walked back to The Broad, and took some shots against the minimalist-modern facade. Opened in 2015, the art museum immediately became a downtown LA landmark, thanks to its white honeycomb design.

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The veil-like exterior is cleverly designed to let sunlight into the museum.

Important note about tickets: While admission to The Broad Museum is free, you do have to reserve a time slot in advance, via their website. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance, as the spots can sell out. (There may also be an extra charge for some special exhibitions and events.)

You can alternately show up and stand in line, but you may end up waiting a long time, so I urge you to book a free reserved ticket online. (Parking is available in the garage, at a steep $17 US for 3 hours.)

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Founded by Eli and Edythe Broad, the museum collection has around 2000 contemporary art pieces by about 200 artists (from 1960 to today). The Broad’s interior is spacious, with tall ceilings and large white walls, forming the perfect setting for giant works.

Visitors can see quirky masterpieces by American artists like Jeff Koons. On the left is his Balloon Dog and Rabbit, and on the right is his Michael Jackson and Bubbles the monkey statue.

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American pop art and photography take center stage at the Broad. You’ll find stunning pieces by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Above, I’m dwarfed by the “Blue Red” of Ellsworth Kelly.

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The works span a variety of sizes, styles, and media. Two of my favorites: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Gold Griot” (acrylic and oilstick on wood), in his signature Neo-Expressionist style. And Jeff Koons “Tulips,” a rainbow bouquet of mirrored stainless steel.

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I was glad to discover works by women of diverse backgrounds, at The Broad. I’m standing in front of unnerving silhouettes by Kara Walker, which capture the painful memories of slavery in the plantation-era South.

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The Broad contains more than just American pop art. Japan packs a “kawaii” punch with multiple works by Takashi Murakami. I smiled when I saw his characters Kaikai and Kiki, frolicking amidst smiley flowers.

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Staring down Murakami’s “Black Daruma.” The artist brings an anime sensibility to Japanese folklore — in this case, the lucky daruma doll based on Zen founder Bodhidharma.

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I’ve never seen skulls so cute or colorful. (You can see more of Takashi Murakami’s works here; I covered his exhibit in Vancouver.)

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For those who love dynamic contemporary art, LA’s The Broad museum is as good as it gets. Very happy I finally got to visit.

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LA has a good number of art galleries and museum that are free to the public at all times.

One of the most progressive art spaces is the Jeffrey Deitch, located in West Hollywood. The open, industrial gallery features rotating themed exhibits; I made it in time to see “Tokyo Pop Underground.”

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Is Hello Kitty art? Hell yes, if you ask me!

Deitch LA brought together works by 17 innovative Japanese artists, working from 1960 to today. The gallery was filled with subversive pop culture, with an emphasis on all things cute and freaky.

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“You’re wondering who I am… Machine or mannequin… With parts made in Japan — (Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret).”

Although I was impressed by all the Japanese artists, I was floored to see the fabulous fem-bots of Hajime Sorayama!

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Love how the gallery displayed his feminized, biomechanoid robots. This looks like a scene from a science fiction movie… I was half-expecting one of the android ladies to burst through the glass.

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The cold, curvy robots are 100% heavy metal. Hail Hajime Sorayama. (Google his name to see more of his erotic robot works; they’re a trip.)

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Keiichi Tanaami’s laughing spider also caught my eye. In the back, his psychedelic collages are a mashup of geishas, monsters, spaceships…

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The Deitch LA puts together fascinating shows with themes like “All of Them Witches” and “Ai Weiwei Zodiac.” Til next time.

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For more modernity, you can also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown LA. (That is, once a certain virus is under control…)

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Such a simple outing — going to free museums in LA, and posing for photos — isn’t even a possibility right now. 2020 has made me realize to the bones that we should never put off doing the things we enjoy.

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Thanks to Joey Wong for the fab photography — hope we can shoot again soon, and get closer than 2 meters / 6 feet from each other!

(Close-up on my silver croco skull bag by Alexander McQueen. Browse more below):

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And a wave goodbye, with my go-to rings. The silver and peridot alien pinky ring is by Alina Abegg; get one here, and discover more of her space, planets and aliens designs below.

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Always looking ahead to a future filled with spaceships and stars. Take care of yourselves and keep dreaming, my friends.