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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Geeking out

The Swede might be back in the Bay Area for the 3rd week in June and I am looking up fun and cool stuff we can do together.

In the middle of my search, I came across Suicide Girl’s Blackheart Burlesque in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst Club.

It’s billed as a “creative/sexy performance with a geeky twist” and I literally am going to drag The Swede kicking and screaming to watch semi nude women prance around the dance floor and show us their moves.

[That’s a joke, btw. He doesn’t object to it at all.]

Hopefully he can go.

If he can’t I’ll take Tejas, or Yvonne, or Barbara or Marina or Dante.

Someone will go with me, I’m sure.

I’m so sure I’m going that I bought myself my own “geek” outfit to wear: Star Wars leggings, a black corset, and a white faux fur jacket.

I also got this blinged out STAR WARS hair clip from – get this – the etsy store “Nerds with Vaginas.”

PERFECT!

Do you think I’ll fit in at a nerdy burlesque show?

Squeak squeak!

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I LOVE all the themes that the Burning Man community comes up with for their parties.

And honestly, how can you beat a party with a suspension display, fire performances, and free booze (as long as you bring your own cup)?

The triplets joint birthday party is coming up in January and I’ve already been planning ahead.

The theme is “Pussycats and Playthings.”

The triplets will be dressed like pussycats.

I get to dress as a plaything.

I thought about a feathered outfit at first.

And Barbara even suggested dressed like a giant penis because “pussies play with penises, get it?”

But in the end, I’m opting to get dressed up as a mouse.

A cute little grey mouse with ears and a matching tail and bow tie.

mouse-outfit

Steampunk Christmas Cutie

I’m working on another costume because why not?

This one is for all the Santa Con Pub Crawls that are coming up.

I’d like to go dressed as a Steampunk Christmas cutie.

So I went ahead and did a mock up of what I thought MIGHT work.

xmas-outfit-jpgAnd I showed it to Tejas who just about vetoed every aspect of it as either too Gothic or not enough Steampunk.

He actually referred to one of my selected tops as “too Ellie May.”

Gasp!

Then he quickly told me I could totally pull of Ellie May. [Incidentally, if you google “Ellie May” to get an image for your blog, be aware that lots and LOTS of porn will pop up.]

Sigh.

This is why Tejas drives me crazy.

[But he was right].

So today I whipped up a new Steampunk Christmas costume.

One which I think is BETTER THAN THE FIRST.

Also, it incorporates a hat and skirt that I already have in my closet.

xmas-costume2So there you have it.  Literally, my final Christmas cutie costume, and at a bargain price too.  I think I’ll be wearing this to the Dicken’s Faire when I go in December.

Woot!

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