Superheroes and Supervillains

I’m working on a new costume.

This time, it’s for a Village meeting in July.

The party theme is Superheroes and Supervillains.

I first checked out SUPERVILLAIN costumes:

Like Emma Frost, who only resembles me in that she is blond with big boobs.

But crafting that costume seemed a little complicated

And honestly, I don’t have the balls to wear something that skimpy.

So I kept looking.

Personally, I love She-Ra, Princess of Power.

But since she is neither a Marvel or a DC comic book character, I scrapped my plans to do her.

Finally, I settled on a costume.

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow.

There’s a few reasons why.

#1 – I bear a slight resemblance to Scarlett Johansson.

#2 – I’ve always wanted to be a redhead.

#3 – Black Widow KICKS ASS in Avengers!

Luckily, I found a company that makes cosplay costumes and they agreed to work on mine.

So come July, I’ll be slipping my body into a black bodysuit and transforming into Black Widow.

Riiiiiiight after I encase my body in full length head-to-toe SPANX.

Thank you very much!

Flashback unSCruz 2017 – The Wedding

My wedding – February 2, 1996

If you ask me what are the top 5 weddings I’ve attended, the unSCruz wedding would have to be at the top of my list, just under my own wedding.

I got so emotional as I watched the father-of-the-bride walk his daughter down the rose lined aisle.

It was a beautiful ceremony and one that was infused with the flavor of the couple getting married.

The bride wore horns.

The groom wore a crown.

They were perfectly matched and watching them share their love with their family and friends, one couldn’t help but be moved by the total and utter devotion they showed each other.

It was truly a sight to see.

Of course, the family and friends of the bride and groom were equally festive for the nuptials.

I saw belly dancers, fairies, steampunk outfits, wedding dresses, Greek goddesses, peacocks, saris, you name it – it was out there on display.

Everywhere you turned there was something to look at.

The wedding was a melting pot of styles and flavors.

So beautiful.

The Swede saved me a spot up front by the bride and groom so I got to hear the exchange of vows and watch the handfasting up close.

They promised to love one another til the end of time.

What else is there?

 

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I am trying to get ready for Burning Man.

Now that I’ve done it a few years in a row, that means organizing my gear and buying new outfits.

Guess which one is my favorite thing to do?

Buy outfits, of course!

I live on etsy when I’m planning my wardrobe for Burning Man.

You just can’t beat etsy when it comes to rave/dystopian/tribal clothes and accessories.

This year I’m having trouble though.

I’m losing weight.

And it’s really hard to predict what size I will be when Burning Man comes around.

Do you see my dilemma?

I REALLY want to shop but my hands are tied.

I’m guessing the weight is going to come off slowly so I’m only buying clothes one size smaller than I am right now.

Instead of buying an XL, I’m getting the L.

But Burning Man is 7 months from now and that is a long time to diet (my program runs 18 months).

And HOPEFULLY I’ll be MUCH smaller than I am now.

There are worse things in the world than having to resize your clothes because you’re SKINNIER!

Star Wars Movie Whores

Who doesn’t LOVE Star Wars?!

The minute those first few notes of the Rebel theme play, I’m giddy with excitement and get whisked away to another galaxy.

I’m not sure there’s any other movie that does that for me.

So I’m incredibly happy to be going with a group of friends to watch Star Wars The Last Jedi.

Costumes are a MUST and so instead of wearing my usual – the white Princess Leia costume I have with the brown cinnamon bun hairstyle, I’m going as Chewbacca!

Yes, everyone’s favorite furry sidekick.

As it turns out, you can buy a Chewbacca onesie and I’m thinking it’s a pretty simple solution to what could be a complicated and expensive costume.

Initially, I wanted to go as Rey.

As cool as Rey is, there are a lot of layers to her costume. And I’m not sure I could pull it off properly.

Hence, Chewbacca.

Also?

The theater we are seeing the movie in has luxury reclining seats.

Something rather like a nice, soft, bed.

I figure showing up in my PJs will be PERFECT for the occasion.

They’ll never get me to leave!

Costume SEASON!

I do declare that costume season has begun!

And look how excited I am about it. . .

First, I get to dress up in my Thanksgiving Pilgrim costume and crawl through the streets of Mountain View imbibing questionable amounts of alcoholic beverages.

Then I get to wear my Santa Con Santa outfit for the South Bay Santa Con!

Ditto with the street crawling and questionable amounts of alcoholic beverages.

Finally, there’s STAR WARS!

Yes folks, I’m going to see Star Wars IN COSTUME.

Princess Leia, to be exact.

Last time I wore the outfit I got stopped and people asked to take pictures with me.

It was quite fun!

And of course, Bay Boy’s birthday party is coming up and that’s always a good opportunity to get creative and wear something outrageous.

Can’t wait for the festivities to begin!

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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How to be a respectable old bore. . .

michelleA friend posted a link to an article titled “15 Things no Grown Woman Should Have in her Closet.

Or as I like to put it, “How to become a sensible old bore.”

Here are the 15 things the article says don’t belong in a closet:

  1. Old bridesmaid dresses.
  2. Old Halloween costumes.
  3. Truly, madly painful heels.
  4. Anything stained or holey.
  5. Bras that could double as a slingshot.
  6. Panties that could double as dental floss.
  7. Leggings that are now practically sheer.
  8. Bodycon dresses.
  9. Ill-fitting suits.
  10. Guilty impulse buys.
  11. Comically low-rise jeans.
  12. Velour tracksuits.
  13. Festival wear.
  14. Old Greek-life function T-shirts.
  15. “Skinny clothes.”

I break virtually every one of these rules – with the exception of #1 (because I was never a bridesmaid), #4 (because I throw that shit OUT), and #14 (because I was never in the Greek system).

I firmly believe in the importance of keeping things that make you feel good, regardless if they pinch your toes, are out-of-fashion, or are just a little too sheer to be worn anywhere but to bed.

That said, I also believe in the value of wearing costumes.

There’s a reason Halloween is such a favorite holiday for so many people.

And as a burner, I attend many dress up functions where I get to wear my costumes for other people to see.

They’re also nice for ROLE PLAY, just sayin’.

In any case, throw out your old bills.

Keep your old costumes.

Live a little.

Plenty of time to be a respectable old bore later. . .

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Burning Man, Year 3

So I’m going a little nuts again, getting all excited about going to Burning Man again.

I guess I was wrong when I said Burning Man was not for me.

I CAN’T WAIT to go.

In particular, I’m excited about going with Tejas and his new lady love.

We’ll make an unusual trio, but unusual is what Burning Man is all about, no?

Here is some of the stuff I’ve been eyeballing on etsy that I’d like to wear to TTITD.

This lovely playsuit, which caught my eye and I instantly fell in love with the moment I saw it.

playsuitThis light up white faux fur jacket.  To go with my white wizard outfit, natch!

jacketThis lovely necklace, which I want to gift to all my Burning Man brothers and sisters.

necklaceThese awesome dream catcher earrings.dream-catchersFake hair!  Because as much as I’d love to dye my hair pink and purple, my bosses wouldn’t appreciate it.

 

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Jumpsuits!  Because I love jumpsuits!  And the galaxy jumpsuit glows under a blacklight!

 

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And a BUNCH of t-shirts that I like:

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A little mushroom water bottle holder which is so cute:

mushroomA skeleton hands bra!  Whoah!  Who knew?!

skeleton-handsFire leggings.  For the burn, you know.  With the fire dreads. . . perfection!

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Putting the ‘ho’ in holidays!

Not one but TWO Santa Cons last week means not one but TWO costumes.

Instead of wearing my tutu and marabou trimmed red corset that I wore last year, I opted to get two new holiday costumes to wear.

Naturally!

For my first ensemble, I’m wearing a Grinch onesie with Grinch slippers.

Oh, you’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

How I LOVE Dr. Seuss!

grinchThen, for the next Santa Con, I’m getting dressed in a velvet Santa dress complete with fishnet stockings and knee high black boots.

Ah, the fun I will have in this costume!

santaI know, I know.

My poor liver will be PICKLED after two back-to-back Santa Cons but I can’t help myself. I just LOVE the holidays.

And this year Barbara will be coming with me to one of the Santa Cons so there’s extra fun built in right there!

Ho, ho, ho!

Merry Christmas!

Dress to please your inner child

white witch michelleTonight I’m helping Marina select outfits for UnSCruz and eventually, for Burning Man.

I call them “outfits” and “costumes” interchangeably. It’s really challenging to figure out what to call them.

Burners dislike those terms because they imply a layer of falseness when in reality, your clothes on the playa are supposed to REVEAL THE TRUE YOU underneath your default world persona.

My best advice for building a burner wardrobe is for virgin burners to DRESS TO PLEASE THEIR INNER CHILD.

I personally think that the best way to get in touch with your inner child is to brainstorm ALL THE COSTUMES you think you’d like to wear. For me those costumes were:

  • White wizard
  • Radioactive absinthe fairy
  • Rainbow tutu
  • Colorful jumpsuit
  • The color pink
  • Mad Max
  • St. Pauli Girl
  • Ringmaster
  • Orgasm fairy
  • Playboy bunny
  • Alice in Wonderland rabbit
  • Cupid
  • Egyptian priestess

At least two things playa-specific should be taken into consideration – will it MOOP and can you light it up?

You don’t want a glittery costume that MOOPs all over Black Rock City. And you need a costume that lights up at night so you don’t get creamed by people on bikes in the darkness.

I’m relatively good at getting non-MOOPy costumes. I’m not so good at lighting them up.

But, I’m EXCELLENT at getting in touch with my inner child and coming up with costume ideas.

Which is why I’m helping Marina brainstorm outfits.

My inner child and her inner child let out to play. . .

Man, it’s gonna be WILD!