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Goth is Dead!

Ugh, when will all these goth kids GET IT?! Goth is DEAD! 😉 Just like punk is dead, emo is dead, disco is dead, skater is dead, Lolita is dead, and blah blah blah. But guess what…? I dress how I want!

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What’s that? I’m invited to Bat’s Day at Disneyland? Well of course I’d love to go! Any excuse to play dress up! I wanted to explore the newest form of Gothic styling known as “pastel Goth” which basically includes all the lovely shades of black and rich textures; but features touches of soft pastel colors. All the cool kids seem to be doing it, so I wanted to be cool too.

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The Raid Shoe, by Jeffrey Campbell

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DIY chain & mirror harness.

 

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Iridescent, pastel and holographic handbag is by Nine West. This purse is EVERYTHING!

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A day filled with laughs, waiting in lines, giggling, photo taking, booze, more laughing and aching legs due to wearing brand new leather platforms to a giant amusement park. Although I don’t label myself as Gothic (or ever claimed to be “Goth”) I do adore Gothic fashion. Bat’s Day is a spectacular day to see all forms of Gothic styling from classy, really high end Victorian gowns to Hot Topic punk kids. Of course there is still a presence of mainstream public, so Bat’s Day is quite the interesting spectacle for those unaware of this special gathering.

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Wearing:

Shirt: Velvet Heart

Corset & Garter Stockings: eBay

Skirt: Guess (I found it in a thrift store!)

Socks: Karmaloop

Shoes: Raid, by Jeffrey Campbell

Coat: Forever 21

Purse: Nine West

 

Decompress in Style!

Ahhhh yes, a day in the park… not just any day in the park, but the 10th annual Burning Man, Los Angeles Decompression festival at LA Historical Park.

This particular event can be described as a small taste of Burning Man culture in the heart of Los Angeles. You’ll find large scale art installations, interactive theme camps, fire dancers, aerialists, art cars, happy people and my favorite… outrageous fashion. Burners (people who attend the Burning Man festival) love to exercise their radical self expression with fashion, one of the reasons I LOVE the Burning Man festival.

A few weeks ago my mom came over and had sewn me three items. The first and second items didn’t excite me too much, however she then pulled out a sparkly, silver, disco ball wad of cloth and wowed me!
Here’s the thing about my mom and me… We are almost complete opposites. I am very out-going, social, adventurous, playful and eccentric where as my mother has always been a homebody, and on the quieter side.  If we were an ice cream flavor… she would be vanilla and I would be cotton-candy-bubble-gum-birthday-cake-marshmellow-explosion.

So she shows up at my apartment with this awesome sparkly, wearable disco ball and I LOVE IT! My mom makes several attempts through out the year to get my “fashion tastes” and doesn’t always hit the nail on the head although I appreciate her efforts. So here we are, and she has sewn me this awesome top and is thrilled that I love it so of course I had to wear it to the Decompression festival.

Isn’t it fabulous?

The top runs a little big, so I gathered it in the back and safety pinned it to fit to my figure a little better. I thought it actually looked cuter with the way the cloth folded in the back.

My hat was decorated by me with a hundred or so Swarovski crystals glued to the top in the shape of the “Man” (the Burning Man icon), also a few more crystals glued to the roses on the hat. The band across my forehead I made that morning. Just glued a bunch of hematite Swarovski crystals to a thin ribbon and tied it on. The ring on my finger is so futurisitc looking and can actually be worn two different ways. Whether the point goes forward or backward, it’s an awesome ring. I found it a jewelry boutique in downtown LA.

As you can see, this particular day in the park brings out the most fabulous of fashions and you really get to see so much creativity. The last guy was great, he made his hat and his friend made him his suit… I thought he matched me quit well.

All in all the day was fantastic and everyone LOVED my top, and frankly the best part was saying, “My mom made it.”

Corsets for curves!

Corsets are great because they hold everything where it should be: gut in, boobs up! All ladies (especially those with curves) should have a corset in their wardrobe!

I recommend starting off with a simple black corset with a steel busk. You can find one like this on eBay for less than $20. For corset beginners, I suggest going for the cheaper versions, made with plastic boning. Plastic boned corsets will start to lose their shape over a handful of wears (although you can still rock them, even if they are slightly out of shape), and they are not nearly as expensive as a fully steel boned corset which will run you at least 100+. The advantage of paying more for a steel boned corset is that it will hold its hourglass shape and is usually made with higher quality materials and fabrics. You can be sure a steel boned corset will last you much longer than the cheaper, plastic boned corset.

The great thing about corsets is that can be worn so many different ways and are always flattering to the figure no matter how big or how small you are. The cut of most corsets, whether its an overbust or an underbust, will create the most beautiful curves on ANY body shape thick or thin.

Corsets, oh my.

Try pairing a corset with skinny jeans, and a rockin’ pair of heels or wear it over a tailored white button up and a pencil skirt! Above, you can see I’ve created an outfit for going out on the town with an overbust corset, and then a more conservative outfit using an underbust corset over a tailored button up. You can either showoff your beautiful shoulders, or choose to cover up a little more with a cropped jacket or shrug. The possibilities are endless with a corset!

This year at the Burning Man festival I created a couple of my outfits/costumes from the use of corsets. One outfit was very burlesque, including a sweet mini top hat that I glued at least one hundred Swarovski crystals to in the shape of the Man. The bustle was found on Etsy and the corset is from eBay.

Another outfit I created using a simple black corset was my “post-apocalyptic warrior” sort of look. The BMorg asked the particpants not to bring feathers to the playa this year, due to the shedding factor and creating a mess. For the “feather” shrug I am wearing I simply used craft foam to create my own feathers and glued them all to some ribbon and felt, and added a magnificent piece to this outfit.

Finally, a more conservative, yet still fashionable and classy ensemble I created using a corset over a pencil skirt and turtleneck knitted top. I wore this outfit to a movie premiere at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood. Obviously, you can make an outfit like this less “costumey” by simply not wearing a mini top hat.

Whether you are going out to a club, being the best dressed person in the office or  costuming, one thing is for sure:

Corsets: the best fashion garment for curvy (and skinny) girls everywhere!

The name is Cherry.

What is more fun than dressing up in an outlandish ensemble? Dressing in an outlandish ensemble with a character to match the outfit!

At last week’s Burning Man festival I went about my day with a character, complete with an English accent. With the help of my fellow camp mates, we decided on the name Cherry Poppins to go along with the red hair and sassy attitude.

I was so thrilled to finally have enough energy and fuel to go into the day. The whole week I had spent the days sleeping around camp wherever I could. This particular Burn was really hard on my body and energy levels. The first few days were spent acclimating to the harsh desert conditions and I wasn’t feeling well enough to spend a lot of energy getting all jazzed up during the days. By Thursday morning I was feeling well and ready to go out into the city as Cherry Poppins.

To top off the outfit I wore my incredible Burning Man medallion that I received as a gift at the 2011 Burn. This piece is absolutely stunning and is the greatest physical gift I’ve been given in my 4 years of participating in the festival. The pendant is double sided and on the other side, the Man stands in the center of the globe. A fantastic piece of jewelry indeed, and is adored by many. I feel so lucky to have been in the right place, at the right time… and had the right outfit on!!! (I was given this piece because the man loved my outfit.)

Probably one of my most favorite outfits of the week, and it was appreciated by many. If only I could dress this way regularly in the default world…

Playa Fashion.

For starters, I don’t mean “playa” as in a guy who dates a bunch of women, but I DO mean “playa” as in Spanish for “beach.” All year long I prepare and get excited to go home to the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man. The Burning Man festival is held on an ancient dried lake bed, therefore this particular desert is known as a “playa.” Now that that is covered… on the playa we love our fashion endeavors. Some go for silly, some go for sexy, some go for WOW and some go for nothing (aka their birthday suit!)

Here are some of my other fun fashion ensembles on the playa:

A handkerchief and goggles are essential on the playa due to copious amounts of DUST in the air at all times. You never know when the winds will pick up and send a white out dust storm over the city. If you are caught without goggles and a dust mask, you are pretty much screwed. In this last photo, it was early sunrise and it was wicked cold out, so I used my handkerchief to keep my face warm.

I’ve been lagging on my posts recently due to heavy crafting and creating this year’s fashion. I’ve spent hours upon hours putting work into next week’s garb, so hopefully I’ll get some awesome photos out there to show for it. I most likely won’t have any posts for about two weeks, since I am leaving on Sunday for this year’s festival and as soon as I come back, I am immediately back to school. Busy busy! Stay tuned in the future for some awesome pics from Burning Man 2012, my 4th year!

It’s that time of year…

August is a special month for me. It is a month where creativity explodes and styling is put into over time. The more creative and avant garde, the better! August is the month when I make my annual trip to the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada for the Burning Man festival. Burning Man in short, is a massive art festival/ social experiment in the middle of the barren desert that focuses on self reliance and self expression. The festival showcases all things extreme… the art, the people, the FASHION! No dress code, no rules, the fashion is created from the creative minds of the participants and their passions.

You can truly wear WHATEVER your heart desires in a judgement free zone. Judgement is out the door in a place where everyone looks so different and there is no “norm.” If you feel comfortable and happy wearing a potato sack, a ball gown or a speedo and a cape, then you are encouraged to do what YOU want to do and wear what YOU want to wear. Black Rock City is a society filled with citizens and participants wearing what they want to wear and not having to conform to social norms and rules of socially acceptable fashion.

Black Rock City (the name of makeshift city that is the Burning Man festival), where the fashion is one of my favorite elements of the festival. Click to see it bigger.

I have a particular love for burlesque fashion and retro pin up styling. Burning Man allows me to take my love of burlesque costuming and be able to strut my stuff in it, all day and all night. Dressing in burlesque makes me feel good. I feel sexy, I feel beautiful, and all around I just feel so womanly. I can’t exactly throw on a pair of fishnets, booty shorts and a corset and go to class in it, in the default world. Thus, my love for a more “costumey” wardrobe flourishes this time of year.

We had a “red night” in my camp this past year so I took the opportunity to break out my fabulous red satin corset and pull it all together for probably one of my best burn outfits yet!

My devil horned fascinator was a gift I received from my friend Candace for my birthday and the corset I found on eBay. In fact, I think 75% of my ensemble came from eBay from my dreads… to my boots!

The corset is a cheapy, made with plastic boning, so it has lost a lot of its shape over time, however a cheap corset is the way to go when you’re taking it to the harsh, dusty elements of the Black Rock desert! The “bustle” on my bottom is merely a yard of red sparkly fabric that I just safety pinned to the back of my ruffled booty shorts.

And let me just tell you about these boots. These AMAZING boots have made it to the playa THREE times (heading for a forth in a few weeks!) and been on my feet to countless clubs, festivals, dance parties and social day events. I found these beauties on eBay years ago for a mere twenty bucks and they were brand new!!! Yes that’s right, $20!!!! They are branded Hot Topic, and these boots were easily $80 in the store. I absolutely LOVE these boots and would easily name them the greatest pair of boots I have ever owned, which is difficult to say, due to a lot of really cool boots in my life. I love these boots SO much, that I went on another search for a back up pair. After only a few months of looking, sure enough I came across another pair on eBay, brand new and in my exact size. I paid a little more for the second pair at around 50, but sooo sooooooo worth it! I haven’t unwrapped them from their tissue paper housings yet. They just sit in a box in my closet waiting for their day to take on a lead role in my life: Rebecca’s bad ass, all terrain, ground stomping, ass kicking, platform boots.

Two of my camp mates looking equally as impressive in their black and red ensembles. This photo really captures the beauty and fun of fashion at Burning Man. We all have very different looks and styles, yet we all fit one theme and look incredible! Everyone in the whole camp looked so awesome on our “red night.”

This outfit was hands down one of the funnest ensembles I’ve thrown together at the Burn. I felt it truly matched my personality with it’s glitzy glamor, the feminine sex appeal and with that touch of “edgy, bad girl.” If I could dress to my personality regularly, you’d see a lot of this look. I’m definitely going to shoot for more burlesque styling at the upcoming burn since I enjoyed it so much last year. On an end note, red is totally my color.

I was a model once…

Well… sort of.

It was a glorious, sunny Wednesday in Black Rock City, NV back in 2010 (aka the Burning Man festival.) I was going about my day, combing the open playa for art and cool happenings. In Black Rock City, there is NO dress code. There is no fashion that is “too outrageous” or trendy or bad. Everything and anything goes. People wear what EVER their hearts desire. You’d see everything from birthday suits, to furry bunnies, to hippie goddesses to steam punk warriors. It’s ALL good at Burning Man.

Unknown photographer, however this is an amazing shot of the beautiful style of these lovely ladies.

On this particular day, I felt sexy. I felt womanly. My heart told me it was a burlesque day. My color palette was pinks and black. I suited up and went out for my day. A lovely day indeed riding art cars, touring the art in the open desert and meeting lovelies everywhere I went.

I eventually began on my trek back to home (camp.) I was walking alone towards my neck of the woods when a beautiful man floated past me with a large, professional looking camera. He past me, and then I heard him call out to me and ask for my photo. Well OF COURSE I was thrilled, and stopped and took direction from him. He asked me just to continue walking away, that he wanted a photo from behind. We took a few shots, and I requested his contact info so that I could eventually see the photos.  It was simple as that. The photographer and his chosen model for just a few moments in time. It was a quick interaction, yet I felt so happy to be chosen by this photographer to help create a piece of art.

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This is my absolute favorite photo from my three years attending the Burning Man festival! The photographer is named Oliver Fluck, and his work his incredible, you can see his blog and galleries here. Oliver and I have stayed in touch, and we will both be attending Burning Man 2012. Perhaps we will be so lucky to cross paths again. If so, I sure hope I have an amazing outfit on…

There was only one element I forgot to wear on this day, and that was sunscreen. Yes I was sorched the next day, including a fence net print burned into my skin. Never again will I forget precious sunscreen.