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SOUTHERN GOTHIC

  My dad is an avid treasure hunter as well; a collector of bark cloth, mid century lamps, and wall art. We often travel together on weekends in search of items to add to his collection + my inventory. Two years ago we headed for Louisiana’s oldest city (and former set of Steel Magnolias), Natchitoches.

 Typical us, we had no prior knowledge of what the city had to offer.  The charming downtown was your typical ‘old town’ – 3 or 4 square blocks of 2 story brick buildings and cobblestones. Only this downtown also had a waterfront. And a lot of greenery. Impressed with how green Natchitoches was, we opted to take a scenic drive.

 What followed were miles upon miles of beautiful farmland, namely fields full of pecan trees. And when I least expected it, there it was. The most haunting sight I’ve ever seen, an old white home largely hidden behind a mess of trees and vines. I had to investigate.

 The driveway was empty. The surrounding grounds could be toured during business hours, which were since over. With the exception of a massive black bumbling bee hovering by the porch we were alone. Or perhaps not. I’m very sensitive to presences and felt watched the entire time. 

 Moments after leaving my dad suffered a mysterious affliction which caused him to lose most of the sight in one eye. Naturally, I think malicious forces from beyond the grave were the culprit. It’s as if they were saying ‘that’s what you get for snooping around’. Thankfully dad made a full recovery after wearing an eye patch for 3 months.

Upon my return home I researched this place of mystery. Magnolia Plantation was on the cutting edge in it’s heyday. Established in 1830, it was well equipped with many cotton gins and hundreds of slaves; who built a great fortune for the Le Comte family. It also stood atop an Indian burial ground. If that doesn’t set the tone for horror, I don’t know what does.

As  sensationalized as the Ghost Adventures episode on it was, they got a few things right. Magnolia Plantation is undoubtedly a very haunted place with a very brutal history.

The basement of the 2 1/2 story main home was used to cure meat, as well as discipline (aka shackle and torture) disobedient slaves. Escaped slaves were often hunted down, then returned and tortured. Once an overseer took slaves to the basement to torture them. Instead they tortured, killed, and cured him. The original ankle shackles used to detain slaves remain in the basement to this day.

The home has a designated ‘dying room’, where several residents and guests have died over the years. Including a Union soldier, who was slowly poisoned and went mad.

When Union soldiers overtook Natchitoches, they attempted to burn Magnolia plantation. The attempt failed, but they did succeed in shooting and killing an overseer at the doorstep. He’s buried on the property, and reputedly haunts the home.

Atypical masonry buildings housed slaves. Each building is subdivided into 2 sections, and each section housed up to 20 slaves. The buildings also housed up to 25 confederate prisoners at a time during the civil war. Many died from suffocation.

 Voodoo graffiti is found everywhere on the property. On the slave houses, the slave hospital, in the main home… even on Christian grave markers. Anthropologists studying the property found many voodoo related artifacts, much to the dismay of the local community – who’d rather downplay the negative parts of their history.

Hundreds of confederate soldiers are said to be buried on the property in unmarked shallow graves. The graves have yet to be found though.

With that said, Magnolia Plantation is considered one of the most haunted places in the south. I’d like to think the trees grow as they do because they hang in shame. Their concealment of the main home is their way of protecting us from the ugliest aspects of humanity.

I originally posted these photos on a personal blog, and had resized them to fit the dimensions of my layout. I regret not saving them in larger sizes and am sometimes tempted to go back and reshoot. But the little voice in my head tells me to steer clear. And little voices are never wrong.

BEFORE THERE WAS HOARDERS…

there was this incredible photo set by Chantal Michel. I love the use of 50s prom dresses in these! More of her work can be seen here.

A LITTLE LIPSTICK AND THAT’S IT

Burning the (well past) midnight oil.  Snapped these pics of myself between product photos. A rare glimpse of me – I’m not photogenic at all and therefore very camera shy. I like how some of these tuned out though. They remind me of  Serge Lutens ads from the 70s.

PAMELA LOVE F/W 2012

Yet another knockout collection from Pamela Love. Art deco influenced pieces presented by models dressed as industrial factory works. Metropolis meets metaphysical. Gotta love it.

AQUIRAX UNO

Psychedelia with strong Aubrey Beardsley and ero guru influences = the sheer brilliance of Japanese artist Aquirax Uno. Enjoy.

Inspriation: Serge et Jane

GMT <3'S SOTBM

 Hey y’all! Remember that big announcement I said was on the way? Well… here it is: I’ve teamed up with Sisters of the Black Moon – from now on my best vintage finds will be sold through their EBay shop + I’ll be doing some ‘behind the scenes’ web related stuff for them. This opens a whole new chapter for them as well as I; one we’re all pretty psyched about : ).

 Seeing my finds brought to life by them is a dream come true. I just love how the products are statement worthy, yet styled in a way that never looks ‘costume-y’ or ‘dated’. Instead, their presentation is a perfect hybrid of vintage, street, and high fashion – resulting in looks that are do-able and appropriate for every day. You can’t help but get inspired!

 On top of that, these ladies are the real deal. Such genuinely cool, kind, and creative people. They’re every bit as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, so I feel very blessed to be working with them. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I’m very excited for what the future holds.

 Without further adieu, lets get to the good stuff, shall we? Here are some treasures currently up for grabs:

 

 Dark green 70s jumpsuit with bell bottoms, cut outs, and studs, oh my! Very Foxy Brown and perfect in every way. here

The perfect fall dress! Authentic Indian silk from the 1970s. I just love the paisley/ethnic print + vibrant colors. here

Holy moly! 70s fringed bell bottoms in brown suede + cream cotton.  here

Deadstock (never worn) 70s gogo boots with cut outs. If you’re a size 5 1/2 to 6, don’t miss these. Such rare showstoppers! here

Kimono inspired 70s maxi with an obre like scheme. I love the wide sleeves and moon + bamboo/fern leaf print. here

This reminds me of my favorite fictional charactor, Wednesday Addams! Super cute 80s mini in black stretch velvet, with with satin contrast. The best. here

Grunge meets goth meets glam. Cutie pie 90s black cotton crochet halter dress. here

Glitz & glam! 70s high waist palazzo pants in a metallic gold brocade. Pristine condition as if never worn. here

Disco dolly. 70s poly chiffon triple tiered ruffle dress. Hot stuff! here

Mod-nifique! 60s mustard/red/black tartan plaid mini jumper dress w/ buckles on the straps. Perfect for layering in colder months. here

Zodiac print 60s/70s mini dress. I repeat,  ZODIAC PRINT 60s/70s MINI DRESS.  Such a thing exists, and the proof is here

I love Victorian revival stuff! Cream colored 70s mini w/ lace, ruffles, and self belting. here

Ooooh, girl! 70s/80s washed silk halter mini in a 30s inspired style. I love the deep v neck + open back. Every gal needs a sexy lil’ thing like this hanging in her closet. here

This 40s rayon Hawaiian stunner sold last week. Such gorgeous colors and print!

There’s PLENTY more where this came from, trust me. What you see here is a fraction of what I brought the sisters + they do plenty of treasure hunting on their own too. Please visit their shop for many more incredible items. Thanks for checking it out!

 xoxo, SJ