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.”



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.


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!”



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.



Here I am, ruining everything as usual.



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



Obligatory bathroom selfie!



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.



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.



Emma the fairy queen! (ETHEREAL fairy queen!)



We are Fluevog twinsies!


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





It was a very kind and complimentary parking garage.



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



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!

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.


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.







Avast, ye scurvy dogs!




Unicorn Picture of the Day

Apparently my tastes hage changed very little since childhood. Rainbows! Ponies!


Unicorn Picture of the Day


Random Updated Musings…

Well, here we are again in the holiday season. We have finally finished with the last BeastWares holiday event, and I am celebrating by, well, mostly sitting still and staring at the wall. I’m calling this “meditation” and chalking it up to spiritual practice, NOT catatonia and a desire to do nothing work-related. I often find myself in the trap of thinking of all the things I could or should do–sketch, exercise, clean– and then generally feel like a failure at life for not doing them. I’m working on the whole “everything is just as it should be” thing–surprisingly hard. I’ve been training to be discontent for years, I can’t give it up now!

Apart from the good ol’ winter of discontent, things are coming along. The new collection, “We Can Dance if We Want To,” is SO close to being done and released. Why is it called that? Because it’s one of the best philosophies of life EVER.

We did an awesome photo shoot for it last week, shot by Carlo de la Sera and organized by Eamon Armstrong. It quickly became an impromptu dance party with photos on the side, which seems appropriate, really.  It looked a bit like this:


The Disco Prince in all his glory.


Party people making use of San Francisco’s rooftops. Superhero dance jam!

We should have pictures back pretty soon, which is the last step before launch. This is an exciting collection, because we’re really branching out. What started with Glitter Britches is expanding into a wider line, with tops and dresses and who knows what else on the horizon?

I also designed some new hang-tags, since the ones we already had are very specific to Britches. Here’s the new look:


I’m rather pleased with it. Originally it was going to be more colorful, since color and shine is a big part of what we do, but, you  know… black goes with everything, dahling.  I decided to be brave and take the text off the front entirely, because I like the logo so dang much, and I want to let that bold image just do it’s thing. The magpie is really central to the brand identity, and, hey, I just like him.


New Stuff, Photo Shoots
We did a little mini-shoot the other afternoon–Here are some of my favorites.

The new Kilaueas– 3 feet of pure dark rainbow power!

Nuclear meltdown pink, with holographic disco madness.

I’m so excited for these to be available! And yes, I know that timing is entirely dependent on me–shut up.

Cowls are for hiding.

This is my Walking Dead pose. I am such a hot model. I don’t know why agents aren’t banging down my door.

Railroads are just MADE for frolicking, donchaknow.

I only got a little bit of this stripey fabric, so it’s going to be a super small run, but I’m pretty pleased with how they came out.

This is the most recent incarnation of the hoodie I was ranting about in the last post. I think it’s about done being messed with. I changed the pockets a bit and nipped in the sides a bit more… I think we good now.

One more of the hoodie. Can I call it a hoodie when it has no hood? “Sweatshirt” doesn’t sound fancy enough. “Cowlie?” Yeahhhh…


Right, it’s raining and that’s perfect weather for going into a sewing coma. Perhaps with tea.