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.