Daily Outfit, October 31st, 2009

  • Gold skull headpiece
  • 1940s gold locket
  • Gold lame dress with hand painted carousel horses
  • black socks
  • Gold Melissa shoes

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The skull is made of styrofoam and covered in glitter. I cut it in half and pinned the bow that used to be on this dress to the back. I spray painted some Baby’s Breath to poke out of the top. It’s attached to a stretchy cloth headband by about fifty pins that are just stuck every which way into the back of the styrofoam. This is such a comfortable headpiece and it’s so very light weight and doesn’t give me a neck ache. Here is the secret for getting lots of makeup off: soak face in the shower, cleanse, and then put jojoba oil all over. Let it sit and then just wipe it off.

Daily Outfit, October 30th, 2009

  • Two giant flowers affixed to hair combs
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Turquoise ribbon
  • Pink scalloped sweater – Anthropologie
  • Turquoise/White vintage dress – New Bohemia, ATX
  • Pink socks
  • Black pointy shoes

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Today was Pride, Prejudice and Zombies day at work, and since I’m a very poor zombie, I decided to go for Dia de los Muertos instead. A few weeks ago in preparation for Gadjo Disko! I bought two huge carnation pom pon flowers at the craft store. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, only that I wanted to wear them as a headpiece somehow some day. I bought some plastic hair combs and snapped off a tine. I squeezed the stem of the flower through the broken tine area and set it with strong glue overnight.
This morning while I was doing my makeup I listened to the soundtrack for Candyman and Hocus Pocus, specifically putting “I put a spell on you” on repeat several times.

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Here was my makeup for Dia de Los Muertos in 2008. I was really excited to move to Texas because I always loved Day of the Dead imagery but I never ever lived in a place that celebrated it. The first thing I ever bought was a little skeleton mermaid in San Francisco wayyyy back in 1999 during my first visit to the city. I had no idea what she was, only that I thought she was precious and that I needed her right then! There are whole shops and museums this time of year in Austin devoted to Day of the Dead celebrations. Last year I saw the giant crowd of zombies dancing all together to Thriller in unison in the Day of the Dead parade.

Vintage Beauty Secrets – part I


Anita Page, as compared to “The Ideal Screen Type” versus me

Eleanor Boardman – the actress I think I look the most like.

My list of beauty secrets reads as if my grandmothers penned it:

– I cut my nails at a sharp angle so that they resemble kitten claws. This helps them to grow longer because there is less surface area for the sides to get busted up. This is also how lots of 1930s movies show womens’ manicures to look like.

– Strangers tell me I smell good all of the time. I use essential oils mixed with grape seed oil on my pulse points, wrists and knees. I use a mix of lavender, bergamont, clove, citrus, amber, rose and rosemary, depending on what I feel like that morning.

– Put an index card behind eyelids to prevent mascara application from ruining eyeshadow.

– Ladies pinch; whores use rouge. I am both a lady and a whore, it seems.

– I have deep set eyes so my eyeliner is always stamping little half moons onto my eyelids. I use a lot of concealer on the eyelid to lessen the effect.

– Cotton swabs for everything! I have them overflowing in little teacups in my vanity. In fact, I keep lots of things organized in little teacups and saucers!

– Sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, asprin scrubs, sand scrubs – whatever the method, I exfoliate often.

– Use four different flavors of toothpaste for taste variety and effectiveness (I use: Crest Peppermint, Ayurvedic Clove, Jason Teatree and Tom’s Anise)

– Wet hair and set it once a week. Shower as much (or as little) as I like while wearing a fashionable showercap. Seldom do I shampoo unless I’ve biked 20 miles or am really dusty. I follow the curly girl method for my ringlets.

– Swim in natural springs lots during the summer because the spring water makes my hair move and feel differently.

– Shave legs half as often if I wear knee socks and moisturize the kneecaps

– I always have my toes painted outlandishly because it makes me smile when I take off my shoes in the dead of winter (this week’s combination is brown with silver polkadots)

– Vaseline smeared over kohl lined eyes is a simple fix for classic eyes

– I use a proper setting lotion (1:4 combination of Lottabody:water) and I add some lavender essential oil to it.

– Beer or liquor resets curls. When I had a mohawk I spiked it with Scotch, but now I use beer to recurl fallen tendrils if I’ve been out at a bar dancing.

– I’ve shaved my forearms for 6 years now. I’ve forgotten why I started doing it. Just one of those things.

– I took my lighted magnifying mirror off my vanity and only use it once or twice a month. Who needs to see a macro view of their face everyday?

– Cocoa butter or massage bars from Lush for perfume and moisturizing everything that’s not my face.

Everything Balm for my face and for sore muscles (not vegan but I got it a long time ago and it lasts forever!)

– Steep lavender blossoms in hot water and make a “tea.” Strain and use in a squirt bottle. Lavender water perks up curls and smells heavenly.

– I live in the hot, humid South. I keep a spraybottle of “Arkansas Air Conditioning” in my fridge that has 10 drops of Peppermint Essential oil and water in it. This is invaluable for cooling off on hot days, just keep away from eyeballs, mucus producing orifices and genitals.

– “Arkansas Air Conditioning” is a great way to make friends. Bring a spraybottle to punk shows, house parties, and bbqs and ask to spritz people down. Both charming and helpful!

– The summer is too hot for stockings. If I’m going out and I want a suntan, I’ll do what my grandmother Betty did for pantyhose in WWII: fill a tub with warm water and dissolve 6 black teabags in the water. Soak in the water for about 15 minutes and dry off with an old towel. Draw a line up the back of the legs with brown eyeliner for a seamed stocking look.

– Buy a few cheap paper or fabric decorative parasols from Asian stores and use them instead of sunscreen. I’m only exposed to sun when I walk to the grocery store because I work indoors and have a 3 minute bikeride to work. Why stink like sunscreen all day when you can have an adorable prop?

– Drink 10 cups of tea a day. Eat lots of young coconut right from the shell. Pick my own vegetables. Be raw until dinner.

Me with a parasol, in lieu of sunscreen, March, 2009.

This is a photo of me from April, 2006, when I was still mastering pincurls but hadn’t yet grown out my trademark kiss curls. I have been taking daily outfit photos now for four years!

Daily Outfit, October 25th, 2009

Point of Fashion: Shimmery mermaid travels to dry land in order to pluck stars from the night sky and place them atop her head.

  • Black headband with Gold Stars
  • 1940s gold locket
  • Metallic mermaid 1930s reproduction dress – Buffalo Exchange
  • Black knee socks
  • Gold shoes – Vivienne Westwood for Melissa

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My favorite character in all of Dame Darcy’s Meatcake comics is Effluvia the gin swilling, fried clam eating siren. Unlike her, I don’t have a fancy ring made out of hexed young sailors, nor do I scoot around in a wheelchair in order not to scrape my fishtail on the ground. I found this dress amidst the crowded Halloween garb at Buffalo Exchange, and I was entranced by the swishy bottom hem and low back. The way it glows in different lights is just spectacular! I’ve had this dress since Friday and I’ve worn it every day since then.

Daily Outfit, October 24th, 2009

  • Antlers with felt and 1930s fabric ticking
  • Brown and white spotted dress – Buffalo Exchange
  • Brown knee socks
  • Gold strappy shoes – Vivienne Westwood for Melissa

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Today at work was childhood nostalgia dress up day. I chose Bambi and put my antlers on this morning while listening to “Drip drip drop little April Showers!” I wrestled with not doing too literal of a deer/fawn Halloween costume, so I chose not to wear a tail but to wear a dress that was suggestive of a fawn’s spots.