I could have danced all night

A volunteer organization I have worked with in the past is holding a Derby Fundraiser, complete with bourbon tasting.

Yum!

Now, I am not one to skip the opportunity to dress up and wear a fancy hat.

No siree!

Nor am I the type to skip a little bourbon tasting.

I love me some Maker’s Mark!

But since I’m a little nutty, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to combine cosplay AND derby?”

Check out this $995 custom gown on etsy. . .

And two custom hats:

Now, I’m NOT saying I’m going.

Seriously, WHO would I take as a date?

But I am saying, IF I went, then I’d probably cosplay Eliza Doolittle.

Perfect rags to riches story.

Of course, wearing turtleneck longsleeve dresses is not my forte.

Why hide my assets under layers of lace and ribbon?

Still, it might be fun to adopt a British accent (I’m actually APPALLING at accents), and pretend to be a lady of leisure who sips bourbon and raises money for charities.

Two out of three ain’t bad!

Bonus!

One of the things I LOVE about Village Meetings is that they usually have a THEME and people get all dressed up.

Last month, our host picked the theme ‘’Orange” for his Village Meeting.

Yesterday he changed it to STEAMPUNK, on account of the Airpusher Steampunk-themed event in San Francisco that same evening.

So people can get dressed up and go to BOTH events without a wardrobe change.

We are burners.

We take our outfits seriously.

In any case, I am glad I won’t have to drag out the ONLY orange clothing I have – an orange tunic and several pairs of orange print leggings.

They are such a MOM thing to wear.

I’d look like a bad LuLaRoe ad.

In any case, I also don’t feel like dragging out ALL MY STEAMPUNK clothes.

That’s the one complaint I have about the Steampunk style – so many layers and accessories.

So I did the next best thing:

I bought a pair of Steampunk leggings off of Amazon.

I also happen to have a Steampunk-ish jacket I can wear with it (though the buttons are ALL WRONG):

I also have a pretty cool brown Steampunk hat which I got off of ebay.

A milliner at The Great Dickens Faire once told me it was “busy” but WTF, I don’t care.

Here’s the remainder of the outfit –  minus the accessories:

I’ve finally reached a point in my costume catalog that I no longer need to go shopping for new outfits when there’s a new event.

Bonus!

Of course, the trick now is FINDING it!

St. Pauli Girl

A long time ago, I bought myself a St. Pauli Girl costume.

Little did I know how much use I was going to get out of it.

I wore that costume when I poured beer to raise money for charities.

And I wore it to my German friend’s birthday party (both times).

I also wore it to Oktoberfest celebrations and even on playa as a trick-or-treat costume.

Sadly however, the costume has bit the dust.

Well, I’m ASSUMING that it bit the dust since I can’t seem to find it since I last wore it.

I think in a fit of nonchalance, I carelessly “retired it to the round file,” instead of giving it a proper send off (three beers, a shot of Feigling, and some loud tuba music).

As it happens, I have three other “Oktoberfest” costumes, however NONE of them are authentic.

They’re green and pink, blue and white, brown and yellow.

What I want is a REAL St. Pauli Girl costume, and I have been searching high and low for just that.

Red skirt, blue apron, black corset, white blouse.

How HARD could that be?

Turns out. . . VERY HARD!

Hence the reason why I have THREE alternate Oktoberfest costumes.

So you can imagine how THRILLED I was to discover the EXACT SAME St. Pauli Girl costume on Amazon. . . and IN MY SIZE!

I’m sure everyone will be BEYOND ECSTATIC to see that my ass no longer peeks out from under a skirt that is two sizes too small for me to wear.

Or will they?

Roar

I’m working on a new Burning Man outfit, loosely inspired by THIS image:

I LOVE the large, colorful graphic sphinx swimsuit and literally SCOURED THE INTERNET looking for a similar lion swimsuit.

This was as close as I came, but sadly was years old and therefore sold out in all sizes.

I happened upon several swimsuits on Wish.com but we’ve already established how well Chinese clothes fit me (not at all).

So I was THRILLED when I finally stumbled across THIS lovely and colorful swimsuit on Poshmark in my size.

Throw on a pair of fishnet tights and my lovely black boots:

And you ALMOST have a completed look.

It needs something on top.

I’m thinking, given all the colors in the suit, that a flower crown will look nice and jungle appropriate out there on the playa:

And voilà!

One lion outfit done and ready to go to Burning Man.

P.S. Don’t forget, the WHOLE reason I am working with swimsuits is that I am trying to minimize my packing while maximizing clothing options.

If I can work up the courage to wear these outfits on the playa.

We shall see. . .

Miss Bennet

I’m working on a new costume because I realized that all would not be right in the world if I didn’t have a Regency-style costume in my collection.

You may not know this, but I was inspired to work on this costume by the play “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly.”

And even though it may be gauche, I imagine that I can also wear this costume to the Dickens Faire and perhaps even the Edwardian Ball despite the fact that the fashion of those eras are separated by some one hundred years.

Who knows?

One can hope.

So here’s the dress – a simple ivory colored Regency gown.

Short sleeves. High waistline. Long hem. Lace yoke. Modest hemline, especially for me.

I like it, but it’s a little plain.

So I bought a hat that let me make a statement.

Let’s hope when this arrives it looks like it does in the picture.

Because honestly, I didn’t expect that it would be coming ALL THE WAY FROM CHINA!

And I am AWFULLY skeptical of products that come from China.

Of course the outfit needs two accessories: gloves and a sash.

I bought both, each with a little bling – of course.

The lace gloves are very pretty and the sash has some nice sparkle to it.

Then I bought this set of jewelry to finish off the look – pear shaped drop crystal earrings with a matching necklace.

I have NO IDEA how everything will look when I put it together.

I still need to buy a wrap for the outfit, but overall I’m very pleased with my selections.

For a woman who usually wears bright colored clothes, I think I’ve managed to really step outside myself and produce a costume that captures the flavor of the era.

 

UPDATE:

I also found a matching ivory reticule, for the outfit.  Should go perfect!

Second Halloween

For Halloween, I was officially a BAT.

A cute black bat wearing dusty playa boots.

There’s always an homage to Burning Man with me.

Then there’s SECOND HALLOWEEN, which – if you’re lucky – you get to celebrate with your burner friends.

It’s a meeting/party of sorts where guests are invited to wear their Halloween costumes.

Again.

Because you know how us burners LOVE to get dressed up and stand out. . .

So instead of being a bat (which was a fucking hot sweatshirt), I opted to be a leopard.

I wore a leopard jumpsuit, a sweater, and leopard ears.

AND I PAINTED MY FACE LIKE A LEOPARD.

Well. . . a cat.

See!

Happy SECOND HALLOWEEN to me!

iRobot

The Burning Man 2018 theme came out and it’s iRobot!

How cool is that?!

I can practically imagine all the Robo Cops, Stormtroopers, and R2D2s on the playa.

I myself own a pair of R2D2/C3PO leggings, in spandex, which is my new favorite fabric.

I did however take to my favorite costume website (etsy) to find something more. . . well, ROBOTIC.

And I found this amazing silver and black jumpsuit, which I think will look FANTASTIC so long as I can squeeze into it.

And just to have a little fun with it (because I really don’t need to add more than my Burning Man black clod stomper boots), I bought a bright blue wig and futuristic wraparound sunglasses.

Perfection achieved!

iRobot, here I come!

St. Pauli Girl

I have CLOSETS FULL of costumes.

Halloween happens to be my MOST FAVORITE HOLIDAY out of all the holidays.

My birthday is just two days later so I often had costume parties growing up.

One popular costume is my St. Pauli Girl costume.

Red skirt. Black corset. Blue apron. White blouse.

You get the picture.

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the costume because I volunteer to pour beer for nonprofits.

I donate all my tips to the nonprofit.

It’s a good way to donate my time and a little bit of money to causes I support.

So imagine my elation to be invited to an “Octoburnfest” – a sort of burneresque birthday party for a friend.

A chance to wear my St. Pauli Girl costume.

Again.

Unfortunately, the costume has seen better days.

I think I may need to retire it after this party.

So I preemptively went and bought another beer wench costume.

I say beer wench because it’s brown and green, not blue and red like the real St. Pauli Girl.

I simply couldn’t find the St. Pauli Girl costume in my size.

Hopefully, the beer wench costume will still make me popular when pouring beer for charities.

RIP St. Pauli Girl costume.

You were loved!

Bat in the Belfry

The annual Halloween party at my Aunt and Uncle’s in ON!

Woot!

What to wear, what to wear, what to wear?

Of course I have a WHOLE CLOSET full of costumes, but why miss an opportunity to get ONE MORE!?

This year, I am going as a cozy black bat!

That’s right, a frigging cute ass bat.

I’ve got the costume:

I’ve got the tights:

I’ve got the furry leg warmers:

And I’ve got the black boots:

Well, the boots USED TO BE BLACK before the playa got to them.

They’ll need a little clean up.

So what do you think?

Would you mind hosting this little bat in your belfry?

Outfit Inspiration

I’m adding two new outfits to the Burning Man repertoire – a rainbow body suit with fence net stockings and a glorious multicolored caftan with a gorgeous gold bikini.

I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the rainbow bodysuit.

I already wore it at unSCruz, although I wore it with the wrong kind of stockings.

The caftan and bikini I also adore and I take them with me to all my Burning Man trips, in the hopes of wearing them.

Yet they’ve never been worn.

Time to retire a few outdated outfits, too.

The only one I’m tempted to hold on to is the green nuclear absinthe fairy costume, which was my FAVORITE outfit for SoulFire Precompression in June of 2015.  That neon green hair is THE BOMB and fluoresces under blacklight.

Everything else stays the same, which makes it easy for me to create my Inventory Binder – cut, copy, paste.

I’m tempted, between now and the Burn – less than 100 days away now – to work on one new costume.

We’ll just have to see what inspiration strikes me.

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