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!
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Here’s a smiling photo for all of you who always request one! I’m off to DJ a wedding out in Hill Country.

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.

Daily Outfit, January 20th, 2013

  • Sage green knit dress from the 20s(?), gift from my mother
  • Antique peach bed jacket with lace trim and lace heart pocket, Charm School Vintage
  • Belt is actually a headband with antique lace and crystals from Louise Black
  • Peachy lace collar from the 30s was gifted to me by my roommate
  • Pink socks, American Apparel
  • Mary Janes, Payless

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Point of fashion: Today I met up with Sophie of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party at a bridal expo in the Texas Hill Country. Sophie throws fabulous themed tea parties with real fine China, tiny sandwiches, and French Macaroons. I came with my phonograph, and decided to coordinate my outfit with the hand painted flowers on the bell of my phonograph, which run in the families of peach, sage, mint, and pink.
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The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is the most popular time for couples to get engaged, thus, there are a lot of newly minted financees! This is the most exciting time to catch people because the path to their wedding days are still quite wide. They show off their engagement rings, talk about their party, and dreamily sigh about wedding dress shopping. They aren’t “in the woods” yet, merely surveying the storybook forest.
I made a little collage of the day, featuring a bridal tea party design by The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party:
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Daily Outfit

  • Curry knit hat from Urban Outfitters a few years ago
  • 1930s dress with stiff ruffles and pearly buttons – from Uncommon Objects
  • 1950s navy fabric belt – thrifted from Goodwill
  • Black knee socks
  • Black and brown T-strap shoes – from Target a few years ago


Today I took Austin Phonograph Company to a wedding at Mercury Hall in South Austin. I was a little apprehensive, because it was my first Jewish wedding to play, and I didn’t know what I should wear. I’d been to my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple about ten years ago, but I didn’t know if there was a special dress code for a wedding. I read on a few websites that ladies are supposed to cover the neck and upper arms, as well as the head. To be safe, I chose a dress that is modest but properly festive for a post-Thanksgiving party.

The event had a more traditional ceremony, but there was also an all-girl Mariachi band playing called Las Coronelas (watch this video, it is UHmazing), a man rolling custom cigars for guests, and plenty of attendees with neck and elbows exposed.

Here is my little corner of phonographs next to the wedding cake, chocolate tamales, coconut cookies, and key lime pie shooters.

I hope your Thanksgiving was fun and restful – I held a baby rooster and spent time with friends.

Daily Outfit

  • Creme Beret – bought at Disney World at age 13 in or around the French Pavillion at Epcot Center
  • Vintage scarf around neck
  • Creme blouse, Buffalo Exchange
  • Green belt
  • 1930s skirt that goes to a suit set, Uncommon Objects
  • Green octagonal purse, given to me by a friend who moved to Korea
  • Pink fishnet stockings
  • Green cameo ring from Angeliska
  • Creme shoes, Buffalo Exchange

Sometimes I think that burlesque would be a natural direction for me to swim to, but then I get myself into a project that involves meticulously attaching thousands of rhinestones to an object, and then I think, “Nah.”

Yesterday I spent many hours making special deer antlers for costumes I’ll be wearing on Sunday. They involve Pepto-Bismol pink deer antlers, chandelier crystals, velvet, bloody glitter, and St. Sebastian.

Please come see me model two spectacular outfits this Sunday, from 5:30-8:30 for a FREE Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School session: EAST Sketchy’s!

Jazz Babies Island

This weekend we celebrated the last beautiful summer weather of Austin on the Commodore Riverboat with A Jazz Babies Island Excursion – Hot Jazz on a boat! Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies played, and I phonographed during their set breaks under the guise of Austin Phonograph Company.
What a perfect day for a boat ride! It had to be still in the 80s – I didn’t wear a sweater at all. We rode along the river for three hours and docked around sunset. I only got a tiny bit seasick, and nursed myself with a bag of popcorn and a fizzy water with lots of lime juice.
Lee with her fabulous lace dress:Tracy and Lauryn with the raffle tickets:

Farewell warm weather! The last day and a half have been chilly and brisk. I spent all day yesterday bundled up, sleeping off the pain of a new tattoo.