Embroidery Art Show with Annie Alonzi

  • 1920s floral tea party dress – from Uncommon Objects in Austin, Texas
  • Black tie as makeshift belt
  • 1940s black accordian pleated slip
  • two pink hair bows salvaged from a dry rot 1950s party dress
  • Victorian-esque hand brooch with colorful flowers – found in PDX
  • Black nylons
  • Black Mary Janes

IMG_5991Hello 1990s meets 1920s. The teen goth in me can’t help but mix black with florals. Hopefully that’s okay after Labor Day.
IMG_5994I have matching Victorian hand earrings to match the brooch. Also, my hair is my natural color for the first time since I was 12 years old!
Presenting the bottom of the 1920s dress. It’s difficult to ever look sexy in a gauzy dress with no defined waist, but I did my best.IMG_6017 IMG_6020 IMG_6013 IMG_6007 IMG_6019

“Femme ex Machina” – woman in phonograph imagery inspired by my tattoo by Nick BaxterIMG_6009 IMG_6010 IMG_6006 IMG_6001 IMG_6016 IMG_6018 IMG_6005 IMG_6012 IMG_6003 IMG_6014 IMG_6015 IMG_6004 IMG_6011

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