Daily Outfit, April 7th, 2013

IMG_5888I love this dress & this print so very much! It reminds me of feedsack print, although I don’t know if feedsack is “feedsack” unless it’s printed on cotton. I love this article on The History of Feed Sacks, I swear I read it at least once a year!
IMG_5887IMG_5884These red flapper girl buttons had been knocking around in my craft case for a few years before I decided to make a specific bow for them to go on. This project came from a marriage of my small hoard of feedsack fabrics and my love of glue gunning. These are super easy to make and are perfect if you have scraps of fabric that you’re holding on to but haven’t found a use for. The project takes only 15 minutes – look up “Hair Bow Tutorial Fabric” on youtube (here is a video, but the country music is really bad, sorry!!). Though, I would suggest practicing a bit on some scrap fabric before you go and ruin your favorite fabric on your first go ’round. These would also make darling garter accents or clips for your shoes!
Here’s a smiling photo for all of you who always request one! I’m off to DJ a wedding out in Hill Country.


Perfume: Guerlain’s “Sous le Vent” 1933

‘I switch perfumes all the time. If I’ve been wearing one perfume for three months, I force myself to give it up, even if I still feel like wearing it, so whenever I smell it again it will always remind me of those three months. I never go back to wearing it again; it becomes part of my permanent smell collection. Smell really is transporting. Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting are just not as powerful as smelling if you want your whole being to go back for a second to something. Usually I don’t want to, but by having smells stopped up in bottles, I can be in control and can only smell the smells I want to, when I want to, to get the memories I’m in the mood to have. Just for a second. The good thing about a smell-memory is that the feeling of being transported stops the instant you stop smelling, so there are no aftereffects. It’s a neat way to reminisce. I get very excited when I read advertisements for perfume in the fashion magazines that were published in the 30s and 40s. I try to imagine from their names what they smelled like and I go crazy because I want to smell them all so much.’
– Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

Print ad, 1936 for Geurlain’s “Sous le Vent” a perfume released in 1933


Daily Outfit, March 23rd, 2013

  • This little crown of flowers is from a 1930s wedding dress that shredded & disentegrated
  • 1930s lace dress with matching peach slip, from Nobody’s Baby, Eugene, OR.
  • Vintage green belt, Decade’s Vintage, Portland, OR
  • Green knee socks
  • Remix vintage reproduction shoes

IMG_5876IMG_5865IMG_5866My pledge to wear more lipstick is easier now that I have found these lipsticks that do not feather at the edges and last for hours and hours. This one is called Hour Glass in Raven. Stila and Kat Von D also make them. Here is my Art Deco compact of a lady sipping a martini. LOVE!
Spring is here early. I have been relishing the early blooms and light rain – the long hot Texas summer will be here all too soon.

Choice Bit of Calico

From L-R:
1. One perk of the wedding business is getting to take home fancy bouquets after the ceremony!
2. I made special Girl Scout Cookie flavors for the ice cream parlor – Peanut Butter Patty was my favorite. I found a set of Art Deco dessert glasses for $1 each in a local charity shop. Ice cream tastes better from Deco!
3. Devaki Knowles took a polaroid of me from a SXSWi Meetup where we were both showcased.
4. I bought a set of calligraphy pens and inks to practice lettering and drawing. I haven’t had a proper set since I was very young – mostly I’ve been drawing cartoons on ancient sheet music and working on my cursive.
5. I took a trip to a Phonograph museum here in Austin and heard this phonograph lamp play – the sound comes from the horn, which doubles as the base of the lamp.
6. I caught a Grackle in my chicken coop, but all that I kept was this enormous feather.
photo 3I added this cute little girl and her gramophone to my Valentine collection this week. Isn’t she sweet? I love her green striped socks and peter pan collar dress with lacy bloomer peeking out. She looks the way I do when I peer into my phonograph horns.
photo 4With a change from Winter to Texas Spring, my hair has changed as well. It’s now quite long, and black! The right image shows the length with slight curl, and the left is me all done up with a pincurl set. I’ve never had black hair before, and it’s been fun readjusting to a different color scheme.
photo 4I’ll leave you with this priceless gem – 20s sheet music featuring a gentleman rocking out to his flapper femme with what only could be described as “Slayer Face.”

Perfume, a personal history

Each March, SXSW interactive and music festival descends upon Austin with a striking fury, growing larger and larger each year. My neighborhood is no longer safe from the madness, and with my local coffee haunt turned into a Spotify lounge and usual food trailers sold out of tacos by noon, I have been spending my intentions inwards: towards craft projects, catching up on podcasts, and researching a few historical gems.

About once a season, my friend Angeliska describes her new favorite scents she’s been wearing or lusting after.  For any of us lucky to hug Miss Angel in person, we can attest to the romantic waftings of fragrance that hide within her mermaid hair and emanate from her fancy, cluttered purse. The collection of perfume bottles in her powder room is truly a sight to behold. A question about one fragrance leads to one story, one experience after another. They can be photographs, perfume. Little time capsules.

This lead me to my own lackluster journey with perfumes:


Armani “Elle” is my snapshot of 1998. In a sea of CK1 (launched in 1994), I meandered a bit out of the solid lines of High School code when I chose the overly sweet citrusy, sandalwood fragrance of “Elle.” I purchased this fragrance with money from my afterschool job of child minding at the local elementary school. I’m sure it went well with the cheetoe stained thrift store dresses I was rocking back then.

 Basenotes.com writes that the packaging design was based on that of a mobile phone. Ha! A nod to innovation!Amber_Perfume_large

For the last five years, I’ve been dabbing a swatch of essential oils (Nemat brand) behind my ears and knees and calling it a day. These are little $9 vials that I get at my local food co-op, and are good for a finishing touch to an outfit. The scents I wear/rotate religiously are Amber, Rose and Vanilla Musk. For the summer, I’ll wear Jasmine and Lily of the Valley (Kuumba Made brand) which are a bit lighter. I  did buy a vial of Majmua and wore it for a bit last summer, until I overheard a bartender growl after catching the scent, “Who let all these fuckin’ hippies in here?” It has been hidden in my makeup drawer out of embarrassment. I do love the smell, but it’s not “me.”

Funeral Home is a blend of classic white flowers: lilies, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums with stems and leaves, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet. I purchased this scent on my first trip to NOLA, in 2003, after a rather macabre walk through a cemetary after bering broken up with via email.

My new interest in perfumes is, in part, in the hopes that they can help me with anxiety. If I am in a triggering situation, say, an overflowing crowded room, I’ll reach into my purse and sneak a smell of Violet or hunt around on my wrist for a trace of Whiskey Tobacco. The smell of violet reminds me of crunching into Flavigny Violette Pastille candies during college, or sipping a bourbon on my front porch. This transport helps to slice down the anxiety until I am able to gulp it back down and regain composure. Hey, we all have our secrets!

In the search for a new perfume for myself, I am compiling a list of scents/flavors that I am attracted to, and have calming qualities for me:

Wood Smoke
Violet (oh, I forgot about CHoward purple violet mints!)
Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Cabreuva, Vetiver (like those in Oshadhi Roots).

12th Night Austin, January 5th, 2013

A very eloquent explanation of the history of 12th Night and how it relates to Austin, by Kate Messer of The Austin Chronicle: 12th Night Rolls Out.

Angeliska explains the origins of 12th Night: 12th Night Parade

Photos by John Leach and photobooth pictures by Devaki Knowles of Fun Loving Photos.

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For more photos, visit The Austin Chronicle, the 12th Night FB Page

Dan & Tabitha’s Wedding

Last year, when I launched the kickstarter for Austin Phonograph Company, one of the first couples who backed the project were Dan and Tabitha. They got married last weekend in Austin in a lovely 1920s style ceremony, complete with Paper Moon photo booth, flapper dress, and my pals in The White Ghost Shivers performed after the cake was cut! Here are some of their engagement photos taken at my favorite bar, East Side Show Room. Photos by Julie Cope:

148508_10101063010505517_1777757854_nThe wedding day at Women’s Federation Hall:


Here is what my phonograph set up looked like: