A Spoonful of Sugar.

This skull spoon really needs no introduction or explanation.  It's awesome.  And I want one...or six...

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Created by Hundred Million, these spoons are available on Kickstarter for a sweet £11 (only £8 if you are in the UK).  Learn about the entire project from design to testing to final product (and they even have a space to admit all their challenges).  But remember, this won't stick around forever (seriously, I think there is only something like a week left to support the team and get your spoon), so get in there you little weirdo.  I love you.

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(All images c/o Hundred Million)

Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen.

I love skulls.  Skulls, skulls, skulls.  And going hand in hand with that, I also am completely taken with all things Alexander McQueen.  The man, the myth, the legend.  Putting aside my bitterness at not yet being the owner of an iconic McQueen scarf, YET, I am fascinated by the power of what really is such a basic item. In celebration of ten years of the McQueen skull-print scarf, equally bizarre artist Damien Hirst is teaming up with the label to rework the classic and create 30 exclusive designs for sale.  Whaaaaaat?!  Here's the thing...collaborations like this can go one of two ways.  It can be pure brilliance and everything you want it to be.  Or it can be a complete let down and disaster that does zero justice to all involved.

Damien Hirst x McQueen

But I have to say...seeing the sneak peek and hearing the inspiration...I'm impressed.  Very impressed.  What nutty Mr. Hirst has done is really inject some life back into something tried and true.  He hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel here but rather really taken into consideration what McQueen's may conjure up and explore.  Inspired by Dante's Inferno, prints are hyper symmetrical and geometric while highlighting elements of nature that fit the McQueen aesthetic.  Butterflies, spiders, unusual insects.  All put together to hint at the signature skull.  Absolutely stunning.  Nor for the faint of heart.

Damien Hirst x McQueen

The capsule collection comes out mid-November and I want all 30 styles to magically appear on my doorstep.  With one of the old faithful McQueen skull scarves thrown in there for good measure, of course.

(Images c/o McQueen)

Etsy Monday: More Than Porcelain.

Don't we all want to be 'reloved'?  Well, Berlin-born and Athens-based Monika from More Than Porcelain does just that.  She takes vintage (and sometimes new) pottery and creates something new and unique.  From sweet and delicate, she uses her love of surrealism, Victorian art and graffiti to give these pieces a personality ten times larger than it could have been before.  With Monika's help, her items begin to tell stories all their own.

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So I know that I very recently wrote about how I have to stop collecting skull artifacts but, dammit, what choice do I have now?!  It helps that Monika's interests are the same as mine (Victorian faces, skulls, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock) but how these details give already beautiful artifacts such life in such an unexpected way is imperfect perfection.  I want an entire wall in my apartment dedicated to these plates.  And a whole cupboard dedicated to these teacups.  Oh, and also, I want to throw tea parties on the regular.

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Want some of this beauty for your very own?  Thrill of the Chaise readers can get 15% off their orders on Etsy with the code '15OFF'!  Go buy great things!  You can check out everything from at More Than Porcelain here and check out an amazing interview with Monika here.

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(All images c/o More Than Porcelain)

Welcome To My Haunted House.

It's not actually haunted.  Well, at least not from what I can tell.  But I recently moved into a lovely, new apartment and I've been on a decorating kick...and have recently had to stop myself from buying all things 'skull'.  It may or may not be obvious that I have a little bit of an obsession with the slightly more macabre, especially when it comes to decor.  Though my living room is actually swallowed up in bright pink, I still made sure there was room for a very well-placed skull in there, which I picked up on my somewhat recent travels to Mexico.

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My bedroom is going a slightly darker route (almost anything would be darker than a bright pink living room, fair point) and though I have had to try to put myself on a 'skull decor ban', as it will surely start to look a bit silly and not as cool at a certain point, it hasn't kept me from looking.

Marble Cheeseboard

Spoon

Tea Plate

Pillow Cover

Decanter & Glasses

Society6 Print

I am in love with this badass Tumblr, Spooky Home.  Now, these may not be the spookiest images at Spooky Home but they are spooky done very well.  Understated spooky.  That's me.  With elements of very spooky.  Yeah.  I like that.

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(Images from all over the damn place.  Click on the products to go to the original site.  Except for Spooky Home...just go to Spooky Home.)

Creepy Candies.

Continuing with the series of 'I really f**king love Halloween', it would be a complete mis-step on my part if I didn't talk about sweets.  I've not yet indulged myself in the awesome but quickly gross beauty of candy corn and my restraint in picking up a bag of 'fun size' candy bars is borderline annoying.  I grew up in a teeny tiny town where homes were few and far between so trick-or-treating was more of a routine tour in my parents car to the homes of our family friends.  Our final stop would be across the street (yes, we had a neighbor!) at the home of an 80's music legend and his model wife.  The treats we would get there would be bizarre but insanely cool sweets from around the world that they would collect for us while on tour.  While my classmates would arrive at school the next day with standard junk food to show off, I'd have a stick of gum from Japan the size of my head with adorable cartoon penguins on the packaging. So it got me thinking about the alternatives to what may be deemed 'normal' to this somewhat odd and unexplained tradition of eating massive amounts of sugar dressed as a zombie princess.