If you know me, you know I adore dressing up whenever I can. From fancy dinners to Ren Faires, if you present me with an opportunity to play dress-up, I’ll do it. So when my friend Allison tagged me on Facebook last week to see if I was interested in attending the Annees Follies‘ 1920’s Picnic, I kind of jumped at the chance. (Well, realistically, I checked to see if I had a remotely 1920s-esque outfit, and when I did, THEN I jumped at the chance.)
I know, I know. I have no willpower. But when I saw this dress, I knew I could not wait. I knew it was going to sell out and if I didn’t jump on the sale RIGHT THEN I was going to miss out on this dress, and that would be UNACCEPTABLE. Because it is green and black and velvet and everything I ever wanted in my closet.
So back in January (I know, I am super late with this!) Doug and I visited Los Angeles for a few days! He had to go out there for a work event, and I was lucky enough to be able to go with him. Our first few days were spent mostly at the Los Angeles Convention Center (which was HUGE), but after the event was over we had a couple of days to play tourist. I discovered that I loved Los Angeles a hell of a lot more than I ever thought I would. Here’s some pictures from our trip!
Last year, when Mom and I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art for the Venice exhibit (and the Ferrari exhibition), I decided to go ahead and sign up for a membership to NOMA. We tend to go a few times a year, and there are occasionally special events for members, so I figured it would be fun. And I was right. A few months ago, I got a press release from NOMA about their upcoming first-ever fashion exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes”. Not only was I excited about this exhibition because it was focused on fashion, but they would also have some Alexander McQueen ensembles there on display. My favorite couture designer is Alexander McQueen, and the opportunity to see his pieces in person was something I could not pass up. I recieved an invitation from NOMA to view a preview of the collection the day before it […]
There are very few pictures of me that other people take that I like. When other people take a picture of me, I pick the entire image apart, focusing on what I don’t like about myself. My double chin is too noticeable. My arms are lumpy and too big. My stomach sticks out. My eyes are so squinty. My hair is too frizzy. My face looks shiny. My legs are really lumpy. …and on, and on, and on. Over and over, all of the body positivity that I’ve worked toward is knocked down, bit by bit, until I end up hating myself. I’ve even had some wedding photos that I disliked, although there are a few cosplay photos that I was okay with. However, this mindset has gone through a major change in the past few months, and it’s mostly due to Trashy Diva. Trashy Diva is one of my absolute favorite clothing brands. What […]
One week until I head to bed and wake up at 4:00 and fly to Peoria to see L. My paycheck is going to hate me later…but I NEED this trip. I feel old and dragged down and drained, both mentally and physically. I want to feel young again. I need to take a road trip, sing along to the radio with a girlfriend, take stupid pictures and selfies and snapshots with my film cameras. I want to wear dresses and tights and boots and say “nope” to acting my age. I want to act like I’m 25 instead of 38 and not worry about people judging me. I want to watch Crimson Peak and make inappropriate comments about naked Tom Hiddleston to a friend after the show. I want to come back rejuvenated, my creativity sparked, my mind clear and ready to take on whatever it throws at me […]
Places To Go is my review column on locations I love. (NOTE: some pictures may be a wee bit NSFW – no nudity, but ladies in undies. Proceed at your own risk.)