As you know, I am rather passionate about my halloween attire, and this year I pulled out all the stops.
After being Frida Kahlo last year, and a silent film star the year before, I decided it was time to do something that was a whole different side of retro.

You may recall Halloween 2009, when I was Velma from Scooby Doo, wherein I expressed my love for impersonating cartoon characters.
This year, I wanted to return to bringing the animated to life- in a way that was close to my 80’s childhood heart.

I knew that to be Jem, I couldn’t do it halfway. To make sure I pulled it off, I enlisted the skills of the fabulous Miss Tess Aquarium to make the costume.

After several trips to the fabric store, ordering a half calf of silver leather, and laser cutting custom Jem earrings, Tess and I had created what I believe to be the most awesome Jem outfit ever to exist. The belt even has a pocket to keep my keys and id!

After all the sewing, the next thing I wanted to make sure I got right was the hair. I called my trusted stylist Jinelle at Glamarama to get the job done!

We looked at these awesome Jem illustrations and decided that all over pink and white with just a touch of yellow was the way to go!

Super special thanks to Tess and Jinelle for making my cartoon dreams come true!
Also thanks to Tim Riot for taking all the photos in this post.

What were you guys for halloween?
Show me your costumes in the comments!

Well hey, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a TumbleDryLow post, but here is something worthy of consumption!
My dear friend and bandmate, Miss Kristen Adam, has launched Rococonouveau Design.

She says:

For as long as I can remember I’ve felt a particular connection to things of the past: vintage and period fashions, early 20th century classic film, vintage erotica & pinup photography, art deco architecture, art nouveau textiles & jewelry, and the gilded splendour of the rococo era. The goal in all my work on this project is to merge the essence of these core inspirations with the modernity of the 21st century. Thereby preserving the beauty of these bygone styles in a way that is relevant to today’s aesthetics. Hence, the name rococonouveau!

She makes these super rad little collar accessories that are the perfect thing to dress up an outfit, or lack thereof!
I had the privilege of modeling a bunch of these collars, along with a whole bunch of my sassy ladyfriends.

You should go visit her shop and get one of these. They’re reversible and super well made.

Dear readers, go forth and consume!

A few months back, Katie West came to visit California.

She came and stayed at my house for a night, and the next day we took a bunch of pictures together.
She said some really lovely things about it, and managed to do so in a much more timely manner than I.

I’ve shot with a lot of photographers at this point in my life, and looking at what they capture always surprises me.
In looking at the ways they show me myself, I suddenly realize what about each photographer is different from the others.
Sometimes they have signature color schemes that can cast a mood really easily. Other times, I marvel at their compositional craft.
Sometimes, I see myself transformed into someone else entirely.

Katie was no different.

When we started shooting she said: “Things to know about shooting with me- I’m very unprofessional, and I laugh a lot.”

When I got the pictures back, I looked at the above photo and felt like it was one of the most honest ones I’ve taken all year.

I’ve got more than an inch of roots, my hairdo is coming undone, my dress is wrinkled…but there I am– hanging out with a naked mannequin and a pile of red instruments. That’s who I am, rumpled dress and all.

For the first time in a while- I was able to look at a photo someone took of me and see not a character or a story they created- but instead, myself looking back.

She was unprofessional. We both laughed a lot.

I have about half a million other things to blog about, but over the weekend Lydia came over and shot some photos of me and Katie West.

I will have a lot more to say about shooting with Katie whenever she has time to unload the pictures we took, but in the meantime, Lydia posted a bunch of shots of me that I thought I’d share.

You can see the rest of the shots at the end of Lydia’s Blogger collaboration set.
Thanks Lydia!!

This weekend, Kristen and I spent an afternoon in lovely Port Costa, CA.
More on our whole adventure later this week, but for now, enjoy this impromptu photoshoot we did.