A little while back I got asked to be the judge on NBC's "The Winner is". We shot it all in one (very long) day but it was so much fun. I think people are gonna dig this show a lot. Not only is it featuring amazing voices from all walks of life, trying to win some money to make their dreams come true, it is also a gaming show with tons of electricity and tension in the air. It's definitely very different from all the other talent shows.
I also made a new amazing friend while on the set - Olga Kay. Olga is a sister from another mother who came to the US with a traveling circus when she was 14 without speaking a word of English and has made herself up to be one of the most popular funny girls on YouTube. She's the bomb and you should check her out if you haven't yet.
Here's the teaser for the show and some behind the scenes snaps:)
Check out my episode of Suitcase Files on Buzznet:
Would YOU do your hair just like mine?!
I used to play so much Sims when it first came out that I'd forget to eat and sleep. To this day, it's my favorite video game ever so I am super stoked that us Buzzmakers get to be a part of their campaign. To show my undying love for the Sims and celebrate their latest Sims 3 Supernatural release, me and Vespertine had a little fun last night and transformed me into a supernatural sim. We figured it's a dark fairy of some sort<3
lots of epic love,
Me and other Buzzmakers had a fun opportunity to be a part of Kohl’s Princess Vera Wang Collection<3
Kohls was very kind and let us pick out our favorite things from the collection. I tried to find all the most BubbleGothtastic things they had and ended up picking out these really really cute punky bracelet and necklace(which ended up being a belt:). I also got this dress which has the slightly goth stripy part so with some DIY Victorian bustle action, I was able to deck it out to what I thought would fit a proper princess. I also added in these cute silver booties and I was done.
My bestie Brian Ziff aka Vespertine took some photos too so check them out in the gallery<3
I'm so stoked to have a bunch of goodie bags to give u, babies! We're giving some away at the Identity festival and some online - 20 bags total so everyone has a good chance of getting one!<3
Huuuuge thank you to all our amazing sponsors that made this possible. This is gotta be the best goodie bag ever + the bags themselves are exclusive limited edition I-Loo canvas bags that we had custom made for this:
What's IN the bag, u wanna know:)
Here's what we got for u:
- Sugarpill eyeshadow:
- My favorite lipstick from Lime Crime:
A hair dye and a nail polish from MANIC PANIC:
-LORAC 3D liquid lustre liquid shimmer
- TIGI Bedhead Small Talk 3 in 1 thickfier, energiser and styliser. -
Exclusive & Limited edition I-Loo stuff (not in stores)
Deets on how to win all this amazing stuff coming in a couple of days. Keep your eyes peeled on my FB page to get your BubbleGoth on! <3
love u to pieces,
With the new Snow White Movie coming out, I was reminded of my love for this beautiful and dark fairytale…so I thought I'd dedicate a DIY project to it! Here's how to create a Snow White inspired head bow or any bow in that matter..<3
Step 1: Cut a rectangle out of a fabric. You can make it any size you want, I made this one 12"x9"
Step 2: Fold the fabric and make sure the side that is supposed to be inside, is outside
Step 3: sew or hand stitch (I am making these edges slightly softer because of what Disney's Snow whites bow looks like but if you want sharp edges for your bow, sew parallel to the outside line
Step 4: Make a little hole in the middle of this thing
Step 5: turn it inside out through the hole
Step6: stuff the bow…you can use, fabric, tissue, or cut up plastic bags for example…anything you can find
Step 7: hand stitch the little hole in the back and while you're at it, go a few times around the middle and pull to create the shape of a bow
Step 8: It's a bow! Cut a strip of fabric to wrap around the middle part
Step9 : attach it to anything! You can make these bows out of any fabric and any size..it's a really easy way to dress things up! <3
We had found this amazing image by Chen Man a while back and wanted to pay homage by creating something similar to his photo for one of the looks. Thank you Furne One for letting us shoot in one of your incredible collars.
Concept: Chen Man
Photo: Brian Ziff
Styling, hair, make-up: Kerli
Collar: Furne One
Spiked choker: Kerli DIY
Me and Vespertine did 5 different looks for the Zero Gravity campaign. Some of them we sketched and some of them we created vision boards for.
The song is called Zero Gravity so we didn't have to think much when creating this image. I'd seen too much space in pop culture the past year so I wanted to go some totally different place instead of the obvious night sky. The whole campaign became very blue sky + white clouds, fantastical parallel dimension feeling which is the overall vibe for my new album as well :)
The first image we shot was the single cover. We wanted to have it all white on white to have an extra clean feeling with lots of floating elements. I made the body harness out of an old hand bag and spent 4 days hand pearlizing the shoes! <3
Photo: Vespertine aka Brian Ziff (brianziff.com)
Hair, make up and styling: Kerli
Shirt+Pants: Liina Stein
Body harness + Shoes: DIY Kerli
The final image:
Making of the outfit:
When I was a teenager living in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, I felt like a fish out of water. There was no one else in my town that dared to dream big and I just felt suffocated by the hopelessness and dullness around me so I started experimenting with how I looked. By the time I was 14, I had neon pink hair, face full of piercings that I sometimes gave myself cause I couldn't afford a professional and I was wearing crazy looking clothes cause I just felt the need to express how opposed I was to being and doing what was expected of me. Since my parents didn't have any money to buy clothes, I got everything from second hand stores and churches where people had donated their stuff from the 80's. Fortunately the church didn't know how cool and retro everything was so for a dollar, I would get a bunch of stuff.
I was the only person in my town that looked outrageous so I didn't have any friends until I started meeting people through making music who shared my passion for it, which was in my late teens.
I felt so alone all the time, there was no one like me around. And it wasn't just the loneliness - kids were so mean to me. All the popular kids ganged up on me and called me names and threw shit at me during classes. And it wasn't just the kids - it was the teachers too…giving me bad grades for no reason just because I was different. There were so many humiliating moments..I remember this one time so clearly…there was a teacher who always made fun of my neon hair. One day he took some pink paint and smeared it in my face in front of the whole class. He laughed and said:"it suits you."
This went on every day until I won some talent show that was on TV.
The next day I walked to school and one of the bullies opened the door to me and said:"well done."
"Fuck off. I will never forget," I found myself thinking.
But I did forget. And I forgave cause there is no room in me for hatred anymore. I have no time for anger cause there are better ways to use my time here on earth. They say success is the best revenge but I think inner peace is. As of all these bullies, although when someone is hurting you, its hard to have compassion for them, just think - how sad and lost must one feel to wanna hurt someone else. When people are happy, they radiate happiness and give other people love.
Fortunately we grow up and get to create ourselves and choose who we work and make friends with. And don't ever let anyone tell you you can't be everything you dream of. You can! If I could against all the odds - you can too. It's all abut what you believe is possible. Everything is possible!
I wish to all the kids that are reading this that are being bullied - As hard as it is, don't let it get to you my dear one. Keep visualizing a brighter reality for yourself and working towards it. Things pass and you can become anything you dream of becoming. Peter Marshall has famously said: "When we long for a life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
Keep on going, beautiful.
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