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.

Sequins and pearls and beads, oh my!

There’s a quinceañera party for the village (it’s turning 15 years old) and I need to come up with a quinceañera outfit for a quinceañera happy hour party.

Ironically enough, I have a grape-colored quinceañera dress in my costume bins.

I wore it to a wedding at unSCruz that was inspired by the movie Labyrinth.

I paired it with delicate silver wings, hair jewels, and a delicate silver choker..

It seemed like the perfect dress at the time – big, floofy, and very very bejeweled.

Which brings me to the problem I’m running into:

Bejeweled dresses are at high risk for mooping.

So I can’t wear my current quinceañera dress on the playa.

I need something else.

Also?

Quinceañera dresses are notorious for taking up tons of space in storage, so I’m not thrilled that I’ll be packing a dress that takes up TONS OF SPACE in my travel bins.

And quite frankly, quinceañera dresses are not the most flattering type of dress for my body type.

Take a nice curvy body and throw a shit ton of fabric at it and you get a cupcake.

In that order, those are my quinceañera dress concerns:  MOOP, space, and flattering cut.

I do happen to have a white dress (for White Wednesday) that I might be able to repurpose into some sort of quinceañera-like dress, though it won’t be as fluffy or fancy.

To make up for it, I’m thinking I’ll wear a crown or a tiara – both common practices at quinceañera parties – and call it a costume.

I’m not thrilled that it’s white.

White seems awfully bridal and when you add a tiara, the results are very. . . ahem, nuptial.

Also?

I’m worried about the crown losing it’s jewels on the playa.

More MOOP!

This is what I struggle with – trying to make a non-MOOPY costume out of an inherently MOOPY activity.

 

My Quinceañera

I have occasion to attend a Labyrinth themed wedding.

And there’s one thing you must know. . .

I LOVE LAYRINTH!

The muppets.

The music.

The costumes.

And ESPECIALLY David Bowie.

So the idea of someone throwing a Labyrinth themed wedding is PERFECT and really got my creative juices flowing.

First thing, I need a ballgown.

Not an evening gown, mind you, but an honest to goodness, full skirted ballgown!

After looking online for a while, I realized that the best inexpensive ballgowns out there are quinceañera dresses.

I can’t even PRONOUNCE quinceañera, but I love the dreaminess of the dresses!

I found a lovely quinceañera dress online in about a zillion colors and I decided to go with a nice grape purple.

Isn’t it lovely?

Of course, taking inspiration from the movie, I’ve decided to accessorize it with a matching masquerade ball mask and silver wings.

Done.

And done.

So there you have it.

Another outfit crafted by moi for a wonderful celebratory event!

Color me happy (or purple)!

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