Eustratia Halloween Favourites and SALE!

Every year, I notice it’s coming up to Halloween on about the 10th of October and decide to schedule an appropriate photoshoot and a “top picks” collage from designs for Eustratia.

This year, I decided to be a bit more pro-active and post my selections early. This gives you guys more time to think about your outfit and also coincides with the mini SALE I’ve just put on for the remainder of the week! (but obviously you’d have to make up your mind quick for that, end midnight on Saturday GMT).

I’m not really into items that I see as tacky, or anything that is specificto a particular character, though I do love dressing up. I prefer to choose items that can make an impressive addition to a costume, but are versatile and can also be used in other situations.

eustratia halloween favourites

Here we have a few examples of items I have incorporated into past costumes butcontinue to come in useful today.

The Elizabethan Ruff

The latexlace mask

The bunny hood, bunny mask fascinator and bunny ear fascinator

The antler headband

The miniruff trim collar

and the kitty ears.

These are just some easy options I pickedto save you looking through the whole website, if you have some spare time though, there are plenty more wonders in the sale section. Harnessesof any type are also a great choice in my opinion. They give a distinctive “tough” look that can also be toned down enough to wear every day, with the right outfit.

If you have something extra special planned and nothing on the site will quite do, I’m always happy to take on custom commissions and I will offer 20% off those until Saturday. That includes crowns, horns and hair covered, sculptured head pieces that you may have noticed in some of my work.

To give you some inspiration, here are some of my costumes from previous years that I’ve been photographed in:

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A few of these are a bit old now, but I hope you enjoy looking at them all the same.

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Monochrome casual.

I’ve been meaning to shoot this outfit for at least a couple of months now but wasn’t sure if I had the right shoes for it. Last week, I emptied my parents’ loft and found my first generation Adidas wrestling boots from the early 2000s. I used to really love these and think they look great with my sequin harem pants.

sequins 4seuins 1sequins 2sequins 3sequins 5Unicorn crest necklace: Eustratia

Cross cape tunic: Topshop

Sequin harem pants: Ebay

Bag: Tokidoki

Boots: Adidas

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Eustratia Spring/Summer ’14

The Eustratia S/S “14 Collection is finally complete and I’m really pleased with it. It will be making its catwalk debut at Manchester fashion week on Saturday and the products will be added to the online store over the next few days.

The collection consists of 8 outfits, in varying levels of wearability and extravagance, but with a consistent embodiment of the essence of Spring.

IMG_9486blueoutfit 1 fullblue stripey top &dresspurple dress halfopen bust dress backIMG_9615 2flower playsuit fullwhite toppink stockings full2 copyflower braflower bra and skirtfloaty trans topfloaty top and shorts copyflower harness and braskirt and harness copy copyIMG_03492dress and blazer 2These images were shot in my home studio. it’s the first time I’ve shot a look book with virtually no team and I really enjoyed the comfort of being in my own home and the control I had over the images.

I also made the backdrop myself and will try and remember to post some info on its construction soon.

Thanks to Richard Ayres for shooting this for me.

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Eustratia, top 10 gifts under 20!

I wanted to put together a little board showing some of the affordable gifts available through my website. Usually, people who have seen my clothes automatically assume that everything I sell is expensive. This isn’t true, my products have a very low mark up compared to other companies, some of them just happen to be quite labor-intensive. I like creating elaborate outfits but also understand there is beauty in simplicity and a cute piece to finish off an outfit can be uncomplicated and inexpensive while still looking great.

I created Eustratia to make my vision accessible to customers of all budgets and feel like I’m well on the way to achieving that.

gifts under 201. Stripey folded hair flower, 15.

2. Moth-girl T-shirt, 12.50

3. Avalon head chain, 18

4. Unicorn headband, 15

5. Latex bow cuff, 6.50

6. Stocking toppers, 10 (or 15 with trim)

7. Bow earrings, 13

8. Tote bag, 6.50

9. Standard fingerless gloves, 18.50

10. Standard latex pasties, 18

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Animal headwear.

Halloween is fast approaching and though I’m not a fan of tacky costumes I know how fun it can be to dress up or get into character for an evening.

I don’t make specific Halloween items as such but I do offer items that would make a great addiction to your outfit while still being able to be used for different occasions.

I’d like to share some relevant products and images that might help inspire or complete you Halloween ensemble.

animal headwearbiomechanina by Jennifer Byron curve harnessBunny mask fascinator. Pic by Jennifer Byron

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Bunny hood pic by Dangerously dolly

K5Buuny hat Pic by Emily Bailey

black bunnyWire and lace fascinator. Pic by Jennifer Byron.

K21Latexlace ear fascinator Pic by Emily Bailey

poster 2 A4wire and latexlace crown (other styles available) pic by Jennifer Byron.

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foxes1I’m also offering custom, latex covered masks. Here are some foxes I made for a shoot earlier in the year. For more info or a quote, comment here or email enquiries@eustratia.co.uk

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