Shelter in Place

Per government order, I am sheltering in place at home with my family.

It’s quite a thing we’re going through now and I confess I am having a hard time writing with all the worry that’s shooting around in my brain.

I’m sure the same worries are floating around in your head as well so I won’t beleaguer the topic.

The bad news is that I’m stuck in a house.

The good news is that so far we are all healthy.

I scoped out Amazon for wigs yesterday, wanting to find a wig for my Latex Velma costume.

At first I thought MAYBE I could get away with something edgy – like an orange wig with brown roots:

Then I decided against it because Velma is nothing if not a slave to her geeky fashion and ombre hair is just a little too hip for that hipster.

I was going to get this:

But then I remembered that the costume I bought for Velma automatically came with a brown bob wig and glasses, so BONUS!

I just saved some money.

Weird Science

I came up with a new idea for Multiverse:  Burning Man 2020.

Lisa from Weird Science.

She was conjured out of the ether of men’s fantasies by two nerds, what is more Multiverse than that?

It’s been amusing putting together this costume.

To begin with, she’s not wearing a bodysuit, she’s wearing some kind of scoop neck royal blue suspender swimsuit singlet.

Sort of.

Try googling that in a plus size and see what you get. . .

It’s a hodge-podge of baby onesies, swimsuits, and some REALLY OUTSTANDING harnesses for men.

I kid you not.

Just when I thought I’d found the right scoop neck royal blue suspender swimsuit singlet, I looked at the back view and noticed it was a thong.

Uh, no.

Not even with heather gray stockings on.

So I finally found this suspender swimsuit and the designer is willing to make it in royal blue for me:

I could buy a Shermer Phys. Ed. t-shirt already created for $50 but why spend $50 on a tube top when I can custom make my own for $25?

So there you have it, my Lisa from Weird Science outfit.

Just add heather gray tights, men’s striped athletic socks and white sneakers and call it a day:

Jinkies

I’ve been wanting to do a Scooby Doo costume for FOREVER.

Not a Daphne costume, but a VELMA costume.

Velma’s hot in a sort of brainy-meets-skater-chick kinda way.

I’ve loved her forever.

My Velma costume is atypical, however.

You see, I don’t just want to be Velma in an orange sweater and skirt.

Oh no!

I want to be LATEX VELMA.

That’s right!

I want to get all decked out in an orange latex shirt and shirt and channel my inner nerd.

I found Kitalyst on etsy and I’m posting this here because they have an AMAZING LATEX VELMA costume for $160 and in non-standard sizes.

Color me happy!

And since I now have a local friend I can impress with my costumes (hello ROLEPLAY) I’m hoping he harbors an inner Velma fetish and will enjoy the costume as much as I do.

Jinkies!

The time she bought a PINK dress

Well, I finally pulled myself out of the fog I’ve been in since the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting enough to actually start packing for Burning Man.

As typical of me, I’m starting with my outfits.

In previous years, I’ve brought as many as TWO DOZEN outfits to Burning Man.

This year, it’s a dozen.

For 9 days in the desert, that ain’t bad.

The good news is the outfits only take up TWO travel bins and are already pre-sorted and pre-organized into individual Ziploc bags so each bag equals one outfit, complete with jewelry and accessories.

The bad news is that it’s taking more time than I anticipated to find everything and organize it into bags.

I’ve got three weeks left to complete my packing though, so I’m in good shape.

I decided to get a pseudo quinceañera dress for my collection.

Something fluffy and transparent, but not too bulky:

And. . .

. . . it’s PINK!

In case you haven’t noticed, I NEVER wear pink.

So this signifies a big change for me and believe it or not, I’m looking forward to pairing the dress with some pink sneakers (I don’t do heels on the playa anymore) and a tiara set:

It’s definitely not the most festive of quincañera dresses, but it’s pretty floofy without having any glitter, beading, or sequins on it – and that’s EXACTLY what I’m looking for in a MOOP-free quinceañera dress.

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!

Playing Dress Up

It was one of those weekends.

I changed into my pajamas Friday night and didn’t change out of them until Monday morning.

That’s just how I roll sometimes.

Truth is, I didn’t feel great after eating sushi.

My son always tells me, “Never eat leftover sushi. Or shrimp.”

And did I listen:

NO.

I did get some work done.

I managed to organize almost all of my costumes.

And do you know, it turns out I have ten 64 quart totes now filled with those costumes!

You want Star Wars?

I can be Chewbacca or Princess Leia.

Onesies?

I’ve got The Grinch, a brown bear, a rainbow unicorn, and The Lorax. . . and that’s only the ones in bins 1 – 5 . . .

Truth is, I’d forgotten about a lot of these costumes – ones which I have gathered over the years of burns and local burner parties.

Yes, I’m THAT friend.

I’m the dress up friend.

I like getting dressed up, especially the less an occasion calls for it.

Going to a dive bar?

Wear mother’s pearls and carry a pocketbook.

Opera?

Spandex and faux fur.

Backyard barbecue?

Rainbow jumpsuit with rainbow hair falls.

Maybe I’m a wee bit cartoon-y, but I just can’t help myself.

I guess I never got through playing dress up.

 

Lucky Charms

Last unSCruz costume post, I SWEAR!

Today I put the finishing touches on my final unSCruz onesie outfit.

I fell in love with this purple star onesie on Amazon:

It’s just so pretty and so perfect for unSCruz.

I’ve decided to go with a head-to-toe lavender look, including shoes, barrette, and wig:

It’s nice to not have to worry about accessories like fishnet tights or jewelry.

I love the simplicity of onesies.

I’ll bring some long underwear for underneath, just in case it’s really cold at unSCruz.

It just occurred to me that I’m SCREWED if it’s hot at unSCruz so I’ll have to bring some less insulated clothing to wear.

Good thing I have plenty of outfits for when it’s hotter than hell at Burning Man!

But I’m guessing it’ll be nippy during the day and cold at night so I’ll dress appropriately for moderately cold weather.

I’ll be prepared!

Costume Workshop and Clothing Exchange

I will be hosting a costume workshop and clothing exchange in March.

I have fond memories of my first costume workshop.

It was my first Burning Man event EVER!

I’d managed to land a ticket to Burning Man in the 2015 sale and I needed to find a camp to stay with at the burn.

So I conducted a Google search and found a group of Burners who were putting on a costume workshop.

At Lupin Lodge.

I’d been there before so I was fully prepared to see naked people but at the workshop where I was, everyone was clothed and working on creating costumes.

I brought stuff to make a tutu out of red netting.

Can I just tell you, I NEVER FINISHED THAT TUTU!

That’s right.

I start projects and never finish them.

Which is why I will be bringing some of my hat making supplies to the costume workshop.

I’m sure other people will find my knick knacks very useful for their projects and it’ll help clear out some of the clutter that’s in my room.

Ribbons, sequin appliques, and hats.

I’m totally excited about the workshop and clothing exchange.

Not just because I’m big time into costumes, but because it’s my first time producing an event with a new burner group.

And I’m totally stoked to be part of the team.

Every year I think, “Yeah, I just going to SLOW DOWN all my burner activities.”

And every year I get sucked back in.

Can’t fight it.

I love the Burning Man community!

Monkey business

I’ve been thinking about Bizarre Bazaar.

What can I wear?

It’s in the beginning of May so it’s still a little brisk during the day.

And it gets cold at night.

So I came up with an idea.

Why not wear my onesies to unSCruz and combine them with unique hats and (maybe) wigs?

Check out my monkey business onesie:

Wouldn’t it be perfect to pair it with this hat from etsy?

Maybe I won’t be the coolest, or the sexiest woman there, but I’ll be warm and very VERY cheeky (the onesie has a butt-flap)!