Obsession

Anyone who knows me, knows I have an OBSESSION with makeup.

Whenever I needed to cheer myself up when I was younger, I’d go to the drugstore or department store and I’d buy HUNDREDS of dollars of makeup.

I estimate that I have approximately a BUTTLOAD of makeup.

I have so much that I periodically purge my collection and pass on makeup to my awesome niece Bella (and her mom and grandma).

My boys actually BLOCK me football-style, when we’re in the mall passing Sephora, Ulta, Morphe or MAC.

He he he!

For the Santa Con in Campbell, I whipped up this look:

Truthfully, it wasn’t too challenging.

The learning curve for contouring your face is STEEP.

I looked like a mad woman for a while, with dark stripes under my cheekbones and around my forehead.

But I just kept blending and it all worked out.

Now, for the upcoming Dragon Party, I’ve decided I’m going to try to make myself into a dragon.

BRING ON THE FACE PAINT!

This is the look I’m going for, only in GREEN:

As near as I can tell, I’ll need to draw the horns and teeth first then add the rest of the face paint.

I’ve already purchased face paint from Amazon:

So here’s hoping my face paint skills are up to par and I can pull off this dragon look.

And just to make sure people know I’M A DRAGON, I got these really cool horns off of etsy.

To complete the look.

I’m nothing if not thorough.

My Very First Santa Con

The most notable part about my weekend this past weekend is that I got smashed.

Trashed.

Blottoed.

Is that even a word?

I didn’t intend to and I blame the fact that I switched from drinking beer to drinking gin about halfway through the night.

But let’s start at the beginning.

I decided to attend my first Santa Con – a party where a group of people get dressed like Santa in festive holiday attire and go en mass from one pub to the next bringing holiday spirit and cheer while consuming alcoholic beverages.  I put together an appropriate outfit – black boots, fishnet tights, white tutu, red velvet corset with white maribou feather trim, and of course a Santa hat.

IMG_8478Our path was all laid out – first we went to Aloft Bar, then Whole Foods (who were INCREDIBLY HOSPITABLE), followed by The Monte Vista Inn, and finally landing at The Blue Pheasant.

Everyone was dressed up in various Santa garb. My favorite was a duo – a flattened grandma and the reindeer who ran her over. Perfect! Love everyone’s creativity!

I got run over by the reindeer myself… note the hoof print on my chest!

IMG_8484At Paul & Eddie’s, I switched from drinking beer to drinking 4 olive gin martinis.

And that’s what did me in.

By the time we got to The Blue Pheasant, I was incapable of using my phone to arrange for a Lyft so I had to get a ride home from a nice gentleman who was kind enough to offer me a ride.

And then I was too drunk to give him directions.

He had to use an app to get me home.

Sigh.

I’m really embarrassed to say that I actually remember farting in his car on the ride home.

HUMILIATION!!!

Jesus, was I DRUNK!

So lesson learned: Santa Con is a marathon, not a sprint.

Drink accordingly!

Campbell Santa Rampage

The Campbell Santa Rampage has come and gone, but it’s left a lasting impression in my memory.

Imagine a room FILLED with red Santa Clauses, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Elves, and (of course) reindeer.

I had an online meeting right before the Rampage, so I sat in my room, with my camera turned off and attended the meeting WHILE I PAINTED MY FACE LIKE A REINDEER.

Personally, I think it turned out pretty good!

All in all, I’d say about 60 – 100 people showed up and lit up downtown Campbell with cheer and good will.

We had a great little loop of restaurants, pubs, arcades, and clubs:

  1. Lvl Up Arcade
  2. Katie Blooms
  3. Khartoum
  4. Sushi Confidential (yummy sake bombs)
  5. Aqui (watch out for the swirls)
  6. Campbell Brewing Company
  7. Cardiff Lounge

I stuck to beer the whole time (with the exception of a few sake bombs) and I had a blast.

My son picked me up at the end and took me home to chill and enjoy all the pictures from the Rampage being posted to social media.

All in all, a GREAT time.

Can’t wait for next year!

Santa Con 2018

I’ve decided, as I do every year, to get a new costume for Santa Con 2018.

I’ve been a Santa babe, Mrs. Claus, and The Grinch.

This year I’m going to be a reindeer.

I have a pair of reindeer leggings that would be PERFECT for just such an occasion.

Honestly, when ELSE can you wear REINDEER leggings, if not to a Santa Con?

I have reindeer antlers, which I MIGHT just decorate with LED string lights (it all depends if I can find the lights).

And I have a nice long red reindeer sweater, which I think is sufficiently festive for the occasion.

The thing about it is, as much as I like the idea of being a reindeer, I’m not exactly “authentic” for Santa Con.

The purists would say dress up like Santa or stay home.

But my interpretation is much looser and I believe that a pseudo-reindeer is an appropriate outfit for this Santa Con.

Just to make it more believable, and to FULLY COMMIT to the costume, I’ve been searching for a deer makeup tutorial I can use to make myself LOOK LIKE A DEER.

Ha ha, I know!

But there are deer makeup tutorials out there and this is the one I like:

So there you have it – my FOURTH SANTA CON and my FOURTH CHRISTMAS COSTUME.

Hope you like it!

I’ll take a bunch of pictures!

Santa Con

It’s Santa Con time and I’m totally EXCITED!

What could be better than dressing up like Santa Claus, or putting on another festive costume, and going from bar to bar, sipping on libations?

Nothing, I tell you!

How I managed to make it through 42 years of my life without knowing about Santa Cons I will never know.

I only learned about Santa Con through the burners.

They are always up for a good dress up party!

Here I am at my first Santa Con in 2015:

It was (I think) the first annual Cupertino Santa Con.

We started at the W XYZ bar and made our way through Whole Foods’ Beer Garden where they fed us tasty free food, before landing at the Blue Pheasant for dancing.

Since then I’ve done NUMEROUS Santa Cons.

Campbell is my favorite because all the bars are so close together and the company is EXTRAORDINARY.

In 2016, I went as the Grinch, just to be green, instead of red, and I talked Barbara into going as well.

But last year was the best.

In part because I spontaneously ran into old high school friends of mine, and in part because I loved my Santa Claus-ette costume:

What you have to remember is that there are anywhere from 20 – 50 of us, all dressed up and ready for fun.

We walk around from bar to bar and it’s not so crowded that we can’t manage to grab a drink before we progress on to the next bar.

It’s so festive and really puts me in the holiday spirit.

The only Santa Con I haven’t done is the San Francisco Santa Con.

There’s A LOT of people who participate in that and I’ve heard it’s impossible to get a drink.

Every year I think I might go, and every year I chicken out.

However, I should rethink my stance on the SF Santa Con because there’s even a Santa Con train that take people from the South Bay to the City for Santa Con and you can drink and carouse with your friends on the train.

So. . . .

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!

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!

Open Season

It’s dating season.

At least that’s what all the online dating sites are saying.

It’s their busiest time of the year.

And I’d be busy dating too…

…except that all my weekends and evenings are being taken up with burner activities.

And I’m perfectly happy this way.

Actually, I have WAY MORE FUN at burner events than I do going on carbon copy dates with questionable men.

Still, if I don’t want to be single FOREVER I guess I need to put myself out there more and actually respond to the men who email me and go out on dates with them.

The latest guy is a tall, handsome, bald vegetarian who lives in the East Bay and has a SUPER CUTE pet pit bull.

You know that having a dog makes a man sexier, right?

Maybe I can take him to a burner event. See if he can hang with my friends and acquaintances.

But I’m sensing there will be a BIG BACON CONFLICT.

I once remarked that the quality of your life isn’t dependent on the money you have, the car you drive, or the job you work at. It’s about the quality of the relationships you’ve established.

And I, my dears, have got that in SPADES!

It kind of kicks dating to the back burner.

Who wants to go to another dinner at Opa in downtown Los Gatos and drink another $500 bottle of Malbec when there’s a Santa Con costume pub crawl?

Just asking…