Coats, Works in Progress

Dream Coat: Part Two–Lining

I started in on the lining first– seemed easier, I think. I was probably wrong.

I thought it would be nice to work the flames inside Dream’s cloak into the lining, so I decided to hand-dye it. I got a really nice flannel-back satin for the lining, which I KNEW was going to be hell to dye but I decided to go for it anyway.

I apologize to my husband and kitchen.

Here’s the first go. I used a mix of I-Dye Poly and Rit, to try to deal with the mix of poly and cotton in the fabric.

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Note the curious dog face in the corner.

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I was tricked by the “wet fabric” effect into thinking that several colors were darker and more saturated than they truly were. As a result, I re-dipped several sections of the lining and the whole process took about two (long, messy) days.

Second dip!

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Once it dried, it was a lot lighter, of course, but it turned out rather pretty overall, I think. The flannel-back satin has an interesting effect because the flannel backing takes the color much better than the satin, so there is a sort of interesting sheen effect of the light satin with this darker base.
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The pictures didn’t capture the orange bottom very well–it is light but is much richer and prettier than it is appearing here.  Bah.

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Next: Into the abyss of fabric experimentation on the outer coat. I’ve realized I’m a bit paralyzed with uncertainty, so I’m going to take a slug of bourbon and just start. Caution to the wind! Into the breach!

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Makeup Monday: Peeps!

You would think I’d have done a St. Patrick’s Day look today, but no, despite having an Irish husband, I completely forgot the day was coming. Also, when you grow up in a college town, the things you associate with St. Patrick’s Day are not typically things you WANT to inspire makeup looks… Green puke! Screaming sorority girls! Passed out dudes in cheap plastic beads and vulgar t-shirts! How inspiring!

So none of that for me. You may pinch me if you want.

Today’s face is a bit tamer– I had towear it to work at the restaurant and be the hostess with the mostess. I will admit I have a bit of shame about this; I had a moment of “go big or go home!” but I already get a lot of odd comments at work, plus I wouldn’t want to put patrons off their food, so I went for “wearable daily look”. Sort of.

 I recently lightened my roots and removed more of the pink from my hair, which I think, what with my fried, fluffy locks (remember when I did that? Yeah, it’s still a thing) makes me look a bit like a baby chick, which made me think Easter, which made me think PEEPS.

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Peeps are one of those cultural staples that are practically REQUIRED for Easter to happen. Welcoming of Spring? What? No, welcoming of marshmallow birds and chocolate eggs laid by dubious rabbits! Ok I talk shit, but I do love Easter. Anyway, Peeps.

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So lots of yellow and glitter, OBVIOUSLY. Sadly, the glitter didn’t show up very well in the photos, which is too bad, as I promise you my eyes looked like sugar-coated diabetes-in-waiting.

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I used a combination of Mehron and Lunatick Labs for the yellows and oranges, with touches of Urban Decay on the top. The eyeliner is Wet ‘n’ Wild and is, in point of fact, brown to mimic the Peeps’ chocolate eyes, but you can’t really tell in the photos. Ah well.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some green cupcakes to make, because not everyone forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day.

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Makeup Monday: 80’s Neon Punk, aka billybowiefrank.

Am I over my neon kick yet? Bitches, I am just getting started! I have all the markers and I won’t give them up! Nor shall I color within the lines! Rebellion!

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired today, and my eyes are all puffy because apparently spring is here and brought me some allergies as a present. I didn’t notice this until I thought “maybe I’ll try a real cut crease look today” and then realized that the entire part of my lid I’d drawn on had been absorbed into the rest of the puffy flesh of my eye. Thus ensued a good 5 minutes of moving my chin up and down in the mirror and being hypnotically disturbed by watching my eyelids disappear within themselves. Yep, I am gross, it is true.

That was disheartening.

So to make myself feel better I pulled out my trusty Lunatick Labs AlieNEON palette, which is guaranteed to restore hope and faith in the goodness of the world by it’s sheer manic COLORFULNESS.

IMG_1881Seriously, how can you look at this and not feel better? It’s like pigment prozac.

So I started slapping green on my face, because I’ve been on a pink kick recently and I should try something new already.  This quickly turned into a bit of an 80’s party of punky proportions. Man, 80’s makeup kind of rules. You may see a lot more in this vein until I get over it and spiral into greyscale or something.  Ok, so for lack of a better term, this is my David-Bowie-Billy-Idol-and-Lisa-Frank-love-child (what a hot mess!) look:

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For those of you who are curious, I used Lunatick’s white primer on my lids and brow area. The colors are pretty much all from the AlieNeon palette, with Urban Decay blue and purple swept over the inner and outer eyes for a little shimmer. Eyeliner is Wet-n-Wild liquid and Urban Decay pencil. False lashes would have been a good move but I am lazy and suck at applying them so too damn bad. Lips are Kryolan Aquacolor and Lunatick Labs Dr. Jekyll.

Here’s my Billy Idol moment. It’s a nice day for a neon wedding!

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Oh, but David Bowie makes a comeback! Ground control to Major Neon!

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And then Lisa is like “don’t forget me and my friends the rainbow dolphins and panda bears!”

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80’s color-punk forever!

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So that was my day. How was yours?

 

 

 

 

 

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Friends, Makeup

Makeup Thursday: Edwardian Ball!

Emma bought us tickets to the Edwardian Ball for my birthday, because she is the awesomest friend EVAR.  I was going to bring my camera to her house to get all dolled up and take fantastic picture, but what with the 20 pounds of makeup, miscellaneous corsets, petticoats, bustle, 3 pairs of potential boots to wear… I forgot. So you get shitty iphone photos!!! My apologies.

4I was going for circus girl/broken doll. With purple hair because I wasn’t about to deal with a wig. It would have looked better blonde, I think, but the purple will not be denied! Em used some flat-iron crimping technique of madness and it became an entirely new substance, unrelated to anything resembling “hair.”

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I have no idea what makeups I used– we were in a frenzy getting ready. Definitely the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette, and Kryolan Aquacolor in copper. The liquid liner is, ironically, Wet ‘n’ Wild because I actually REALLY like it.

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17Em is some sort of Victorian ethereal fairy princess. I have never used the word “ethereal” so much in my life as I did that night! She’s so freaking pretty it’s just stupid. People look at my wedding pictures and they’re like “LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID!”

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Here we are getting ready to leave– Cliff took pictures of us and it was like when you go to prom or halloween and have to pose for your family first.  Except we weren’t surly about it.

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Here I am, ruining everything as usual.

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Emma communing with a waxen skull. She’s very deep. And ethereal.

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Obligatory bathroom selfie!

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Emma made up her outfit of this crazy linen dress she had– it has these strange bustley panels. She wore it over a fantastic 80’s dress she converted to a skirt and then cinched it with her Dark Garden underbust corset. Hot mama. She also made her flower sculpture pieces about an hour before we left, because she is a badass like that.

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I made my bustle skirt– I was rather proud of it. I have pictures of the process somewhere I ought to post– thing was a beast to figure out, as I wanted it to have a belt closure AND ruching AND ruffles

(AND I effed it up about 20 times but you can hardly tell so shhhh.)

I made the bolero wrap from the leftover fabric scraps. I would like to do more of these I think– next time I will make it wider, but I was pretty limited this go-round since I only had the tail end of the taffeta. You can’t see from here, but it connects in the back with cascading chains.

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Emma the fairy queen! (ETHEREAL fairy queen!)

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We are Fluevog twinsies!

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We got some photos taken at the professional “photo booth” as well, so here’s some not-dark-and-terrible pictures.

Photos courtesy and all credit due to shootthatklown.com

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It was a very kind and complimentary parking garage.

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This is my tired face. Observe the unrestrained explosion of the substance formerly known as “hair.”

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We stopped at IHOP (we really classed up the joint) and made off with fried foods at 2 am. Ethereal fairy princess was VERY excited about her mozzarella sticks.

Good night!

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Makeup, New Stuff

Makeup Thursday! (doesn’t really have the same ring, does it?)

Due to some personal schedule changes, I have moved makeup day to Thursday. Which means all(iteration) is lost.

HAH!

Alright I’ll stop.

In other news, we released the ONCE AND FUTURE HOODIE today. This is the newest addition to the IA Jacket line, and it’s  PURPLE (of course. Because it’s freaking royal!)  These took me nigh unto forever to design, and they are pretty wonderful, I have to say. So you should all go buy one, and then we can rumble across the plains together as a giant, sparkly stampede of glory.

In honor of this momentous event, today’s makeup is from the last Incandescent Armor photoshoot, the theme of which was (surprise) unicorns, rainbows, glitter and rocking out. It is shocking, I know.

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Avast, ye scurvy dogs!

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xoxo

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Makeup Monday: Purple Pony

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My Little Pony, My Little Pony…. who knows the song? No, not the current version, friendship is freaking magical or what have you. Yes, it’s the hour of crotchety “PONIES WERE BETTER IN MY DAY” grumbling. Hey, I’m 32 now, I’m entitled. And get off my lawn while you’re at it.

No, no, I don’t mean to hate. I’m glad ponies have been revived (because PONIES!) but I don’t like the new look. It’s this current trend of bigger eyes=moar cuter… where does it end, people? Let’s look at the evolution of the pony, shall we?

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Generation 1! This is Applejack, circa 1982 (the year of my birth. Coincidence? I think not.)

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Generation 2; Late 90’s. Nobody remembers these, according to the internet. They didn’t do well. Sad pony.

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Generation 3! This is Applejack with a makeover, circa 2003ish. I like this generation, I have to say.

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Egads! Applejack, what did they DO to you?! Generation 4, 2011 ish

The next generation can be called My Little Eyeballs.

Anyway, ranting aside, I loves me some My Little Pony. There was a terrible MLP movie that came out in the 80’s sometime featuring some nasty-pasty witch ladies who wanted to take over Ponyland so they created this horrible living purple slime monster called the Smooze. There’s a catchy little musical interlude in which they sail on waves of Smooze in their cauldron singing “Nothing can stop the Smooze” (spoiler alert: flutter ponies can stop the Smooze. Darn.)

SO. I was thinking ponies and smooze and here’s some makeup about that.

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YEAH PONIES!

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Wheeee!

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