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!
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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

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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:

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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.”

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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:

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