Great Day Houston Rodeo Fashionista!

In case you (somehow) missed it: I was one of five lovely models on Friday morning’s “Great Day Houston” showing off some fun Rodeo-inspired “western wear” options from amazing Houston-based stores Emerson Rose, Jubilee, and Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs!

Indeed it was!

Indeed it was!

I woke up insanely early and met up with my fellow models at Jubilee to get ready! (They were even kind enough to provide donuts and kolaches!) So, at least I didn’t have to get up and immediately look great, there was time to get adequately gussied up. Then we carpooled to the Channel 11 studio, and headed into the Green Room!

Just chillin' in the Green Room for a moment.

Just chillin’ in the Green Room for a moment.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our catwalks.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our super hot catwalk strides.

The set was done up to look like a snazzy hoedown, and we (the models) basically lined up on one side so as to emerge front and center on cue!

See?! That's my "sexy cowgirl" walk!

See?! That’s my “sexy cowgirl” walk!

My look was described as "date night" or "romantic rodeo" because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

My look was described as “Cowboy Sweetheart” or “romantic rodeo” because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

Also I had some GORGEOUS jewelry to show off!

Also I had some GORGEOUS Erica DelGardo silver and turquoise jewelry to show off!

Plus that super cool purse!

Plus that super cool purse!

As you can probably tell, I had some fun with this.

Here's a shot from backstage! It really shows off the "behind the scenes" aspect!

Here’s a shot from backstage! It really shows off the “behind the scenes” aspect!

I had so much fun modeling these lovely clothes, and promoting some local shops! Everyone was amazingly kind, helpful, supportive, and my fellow models were/are all fabulous!

Don't we all look so great?! Deborah was also rockin' the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Don’t we all look so great?! Deborah Duncan was also rockin’ the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Check out the clip to see all these fab looks in action! I’m model #4, but each of these ladies looks is adorable, and seriously perfect for the Rodeo! (Pro Tip: DO NOT go into the Petting Zoo wearing fringe. You think it’s just the goats you’ve got to worry about, but they all want a yummy piece of that.) If you are looking for some Rodeo Houston inspiration, accessories, boots, or any beautiful items, hit up 19th Street ASAP because the fun officially starts tomorrow!

Are you going to the Rodeo this year? Do you know what you’re gonna wear?? Do you have a favorite/collection of a specific “Western wear” item(s)?

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Toothy Jewelry – Beautifully Macabre

Happy New Year!!! So far, my 2014 has involved rad partying, and dental surgery.

My NYE ensemble!

My NYE ensemble! Lookin’ sassy!

Close up of my fab turban and super fun makeup!

Close up of my fabulous turban and super fun makeup!

Isn't she a beauty?? I can't wait to paint it and make it into some fab jewelry!

Here’s my wisdom tooth! Isn’t she a beauty?? I can’t wait to paint it and make some jewelry!

Obviously, I am a classy lady, and a bit of an opportunist, therefore, I fully intend to create a gorgeous necklace out of this, (hopefully) the only tooth I will have forcibly removed from my head. The results of a quick “googling” yield somewhat creepy celebrity jewelry lines and various grillz worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. There are also super cool procedures you can purchase to bedazzle your teeth while they’re still in your mouth! What fun, and so elegant.

Rock that "Deco Dent," you hot chick with cool sunglasses!

Rock that “Deco Dent,” you hot chick with cool sunglasses!

Awkward tooth adornments aside, the wearing of teeth as jewelry dates back a long way, and was highly popular in the Victorian period. The trend was bolstered by the exchange of macabre gifts between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In 2010, an exhibit called “Victoria & Albert: Art and Love” highlighted some of the beautiful baubles exchanged between the two royals, and included the below brooch and necklace.

It's such a gorgeous piece! Apparently this tooth is the first lost by Princess Victoria.

It’s such a gorgeous piece! Apparently this tooth is the first lost by Princess Victoria.

So gorgeous! Not human teeth though, but the teeth of a stag Prince Albert shot at Balmoral.

So gorgeous! Not human teeth though, but the teeth of a stag Prince Albert shot at Balmoral.

While wearing human teeth is still considered a bit odd (even though they fall out completely naturally all the time), people are much more likely to sport animal teeth, especially shark, alligator and other predators. Whether or not you look like more of a badass, these teeth are pretty awesome to behold. If you aren’t at a beachfront store, or on a swamp tour in Louisiana, you can still purchase toothy goodies on Etsy. If you’ve got some teeth lying around that you’ve been holding on to, this is also a great way to get DIY inspiration!

A statement shark tooth necklace!

A statement shark tooth necklace! Going to a party at a museum?? Wear this!

Super fancy, golden shark tooth necklace!

Super fancy, golden shark tooth necklace!

Human tooth rings!!!

Human tooth rings by bonejewelry!!!

Even earrings!

Even earrings!

If you're a way cool surfer dude, this necklace is just for you!

If you’re a way cool surfer dude, this necklace was made just for you!

I do not have any additional stray teeth, unfortunately. Although I’m really into painting stuff gold at the moment, I do have a pair of earrings I made out of doll’s eye charms, and they’re silver. Since I didn’t get all four wisdom teeth removed, these seem like the perfect co-accessory for my tooth necklace, so silver it is!

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They totally blink, btw.

So, given the wide array of style options, and longstanding history of tooth jewelry, it makes a certain amount of sense that people continue to be intrigued/disgusted/delighted by the idea of these intimate body parts being worn as baubles. Western culture, especially in America, does not (usually) encourage “warrior jewelry,” which serves to display killing trophies, and our obsession with sex/youth diminishes our cultural acceptance of death and mortality. Despite this, I often prefer an emphasis of the macabre, and am curious about the more grisly aspects of the human experience, therefore, I embrace the beautiful dichotomy that is toothy jewelry!

Do you have any teeth/tooth jewelry in your collection? Would you wear human teeth? Do you know someone who does?? Are they painted, or simply cleaned? Have you seen any vintage and/or ancient examples that you thought were particularly interesting?

Farewell, 2013!

Well, it’s almost the beginning of a new year! Welcome back to the office, if you’re at work again. (Sorry, I am, too.) Those of you still lolling around the house, go take a shower! Wash off the post-Christmas crust, and go have a drink with someone who isn’t in your family.

Yep.

For everyone: WHAT ARE YOU WEARING NYE?!?! I have a fantastic vision of a black and white ensemble, inspired by the 1970s and Madeline Kahn’s Young Frankenstein turban!!!

Yes, THIS turban!

Yes, THIS turban! I’ve got a diamond brooch picked out and everything!

I haven’t decided exactly what to do with my hair (completely engulfed or flowing out in a billowy cloud of curls?!?!), but I am positive that it will be fabulous! The real kicker is a vintage black velvet, rhinestone-studded belt from Neiman-Marcus!!! I needed an ensemble to show it off, and for whatever reason a jumpsuit seems to be the ideal option, so I’m GOING FOR IT! If the jumpsuit does (and likely should) bow out in the coming year, at least I can have some farewell fun before it does.

They've been on the red carpet for several years now! If Kristen Wiig can do it, so can I! Cheers to getting totally naked to pee!

They’ve been on the red carpet for several years now! If Kristen Wiig can do it, so can I. Cheers to getting totally naked to pee!

So, the options for NYE are endless! They can be, but are not limited to: fancy dinners, fancy parties in hotels and/or bars, fancy house parties, more laid back affairs, or drinking alone. Although all the planning can be a bit exhausting, once you’re there, it’s always a good time! The point is, however you celebrate, it ought to be completely covered in glitter, your makeup should be outrageous, and even if you know it’ll all be melty and slightly sticky by the end of the night, it’ll look damn good when you walk in the door.

We’re talking a disco and glitter light show presented by RuPaul on a Disney budget!

If you haven’t put together an outfit, it’s not too late! You still have an evening and a lunch hour to make this happen, and Charming Charlie stays open LATE! Plus, the post-Christmas sales on extra-shiny things are currently going on, so coming up with at least one statement piece won’t be that difficult. You can be wearing all black and throw on a fancy scarf, feathers, sequins, or a necklace and you are set!

See?? Insta-fab!

See?? Insta-fab!

Or those CRAZY heels you never get to wear!

Or those CRAZY heels you never get to wear!

See also: Glam hair accessories!

See also: Glam Hair Accessories!

There are TONS more amazing looks, some inspired by celebrities, others by Pinterest, but basically if you’ve got gold, feathers, or fringe, you will be the belle of the ball! Also, try taking a look in your closet to see what possibly amazing ensembles have been hiding! If you’ve got a small/non-existent budget, wear something simple and/or elegant, and let your makeup and hair create the statement!

LOVE this!!! The makeup is gorgeous, ties in with her statement necklace, and her hair is a magnificent halo!

LOVE this!!! The makeup is gorgeous, ties in with her statement necklace, and her hair is a magnificent halo!

I adore this retro-inspired wave, bold lip and necklace combo!

I adore this retro-inspired wave, bold lip and classy necklace combo!

She looks so incredibly elegant, but absolutely modern at the same time, and her updo is perfect!

She looks so incredibly elegant, but absolutely modern at the same time, and her updo is perfect!

Whatever makes you feel your best, that’s exactly what you should do! That being said, sometimes a little bit of extra prep/effort is usually worth it, as long as you have fun during the process. Since some folks are coming from the office, it may be a more subdued look, but no matter how you look or where you go, have an excellent NYE! I’m all about themes, so forget about your resolutions for one more night, and let’s all get super fancy!

Do you have fun plans for this NYE? Do you have a NYE tradition? Have an outfit picked out?? What do you love about it?

Re-purposing A China Cabinet for Jewelry Display!

Happy Friday!!!

Let's get this sexy weekend started!

Let’s get this sexy weekend started!

Among my many crafty projects is one I’ve recently undertaken to become more efficient, as well as more fabulous! I re-purposed my grandmother’s China cabinet from its latest incarnation (basically a liquor cabinet, sorry MeeMaw), into a lovely display case for (most of) my jewelry, and some other pretty things!

Here she stands, with as much excess removed as possible, ready to be transformed!

Here she stands, with as much excess removed as possible, ready to be transformed! (Ovbs, this was taken closer to Halloween, since my vultures and display legs are hanging out.)

My maternal grandmother sort of started this family trend, by having an outrageous collection of jewelry built up over the years due to a preference for shiny things, and extensive world travels. Hers is truly glorious, and the cabinet is a sublime slice of the ’70s. It sits in a corner of her master suit/”love oasis” of a shared bathing area. Seriously, the secret to being happily married for 60+ years is an enormous, turquoise bathtub.

Pretty great, right?? They've had to move downstairs, plus Christmas, so things are a little hectic.

Pretty great, right?? They’ve had to move downstairs, plus Christmas, so things are a little hectic, but you can tell how sizeable this cabinet is.

See?? They built their custom house in 1973, and two separate vanities, two closets and an enormous bathtub is what they decided. LOVE this. It was super fun as a kid, too!

See?? They built their custom house in 1973, and two separate vanities, two closets, and an enormous bathtub is what they decided. Brilliant! (The shower curtain is a recent development.) I LOVE this. It was super fun as a kid, too!

Now my mother also has a jewelry cabinet, as do at least two of my cousins! So, with the limited space I have, and the diminished necessity of displaying pint glasses, I decided I would make one, too! I have documented my process, which may or may not help those of you out there who’ve outgrown your jewelry boxes, and are looking for a way to exhibit your ever-expanding jewelry collection. This would be a great display for any small to medium-sized collection, really. It is also a super effective way to utilize inherited furniture!

I started by measuring the width and height of the bottom two shelves. I wanted to cover the base and back of each one, so I also measured depth.

I started by measuring the width and height of the bottom two shelves. (Measure everything! They were slightly different.) I wanted to cover the base and back of each one, so I also measured the depth.

I have some lovely red satin fabric, and since it looks so nice with the dark wood (plus I had enough of it), I decided to use it to cover the heavy paper I “borrowed” from my brother (he’s an architecture student). Since the shelves in my China cabinet cannot be removed, I had to come up with a way to insert these covers, in order to protect the wood and also aid in the display process (hanging necklaces or pinning brooches, for example).  The simplest way to do that was to find a material that was sturdy, but flexible, and this thick paper (heavier than card stock, but thinner than cardboard) was ideal, at least for the bottom of the shelves. I cut the paper into two strips that would fit onto the base/bottom of each shelf, cut two pieces of fabric at least 3″ wider/longer than the paper, then simply folded the fabric over and hot glued the edges down to the back of the paper.

Unique Item - Pants stretchers! (Living with a hoarder can be really handy sometimes.)

Unique Item – Vintage pants stretchers! (Living with a hoarder can be really handy sometimes.)

For the back of the shelves, I needed something even more flexible to be able to fit into the small, one door opening, and stronger to actually hold the weight of the jewelry. Mom to the rescue! She managed to round up (in, like, 10 minutes) two vintage pant stretchers! Random, I know, but completely perfect for this particular project. They extend (height-wise, for my purposes), were the just the right width, and are bendy enough to get through the opening without too much trouble. I wish I had pictures of that process, but it involved both of my hands, one of my legs, and some effort with my chin. (Worth it!)

I basically created a lined sleeve to slip the pants extenders into, using the measurements of the shelves height and width.

I basically created a lined sleeve to slip the pants extenders into, using the measurements of the shelves’ height and width. Making them longer than necessary, I left the ends open and simply folded them back for a clean edge once they were in place inside the cabinet.

Here's the view of the inside of the sleeve before I slid in the pants extender.

Here’s the view of the inside of the sleeve, after turning, but before I slid in the pants extender. THAT took some doing. It was a snug fit, but that is exactly what I needed for extra support.

Close up of the lined shelves!

Close up of the lined shelves! The red makes everything pop so nicely!

I decided to keep some of my non-jewelry things in the cabinet, partially because I currently have an effective storage space for my necklaces, so I didn’t need to, and partially because they’re just so pretty! It was either this or a box, and I thought incorporation would be better. Adding loveliness and variation is always a good decision!

See all my earrings, drops, and bracelets!? Me too! Now I won't forget I have them!

See all my earrings, drops, fancy headbands, giant rings, and bracelets!? Me too! Now I won’t forget I have them!

Another organization hack out of Sylvia’s playbook, I used one of those tins that Valentine’s candies come in to organize my non-hook earrings! Since I love vintage stuff, I have lots of screw-on, clip on, and stud earrings that I wasn’t able to display, but now I can easily see them (plus they’re color-coded!), and I definitely wear them more often! I used my milk glass compote to hold my bracelets, and have my fancy headbands and hat pin in a well-deserved place of prominence!

The "finished" product!

The “finished” product! So lovely!

This is still a project in progress. I would like to add my brooches, a couple of smaller frames with wire for the hook earrings, and display some of my more ornate necklaces, but putting it together was extremely fulfilling and I wanted to share! Although I know some people do not have the space, or the jewelry collection, to display like this, being able to view the gorgeous things I already own makes me feel grateful and fortunate every day. Any prized collection should be seen and appreciated daily, if possible, otherwise these lovely items get forgotten so easily, only to become under-utilized and under-valued. Don’t let this happen to you! Proudly display your beautiful and/or unique things, and let them be an encouraging reminder of how incredible you are for having such awesome taste!

How do you display your jewelry? Any great organizational tips to share?? Do you have lots more of any particular item (necklaces, rings, brooches, etc.)? Do you have another prized collection on display in your home? Please share!

Style Icon – Anjelica Huston

Continuing the theme of “Halloween Fabulous,” I want to discuss/gush about one of the marvelous, incredibly talented, versatile and gorgeous ladies I admire, Ms. Anjelica Huston.

Ridiculously good looking.

Ridiculously good looking.

Progeny of famous Hollywood director John Huston and ballerina Enrica (Ricki) Soma, Anjelica spent most of her early life in the United Kingdom (which explains a lot about how awesome she is), and moved Stateside after her mother’s early death to pursue a modeling career and dabble in acting.

http://letmeshowyouwhatisee.blogspot.com/2009/12/angelica-huston-by-richard-avedon.html

Vogue Italia, June 1971

http://bobbinsandbombshells.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/style-icon-angelica-huston.html

LOVE this sweater!

Vogue 1971, Adorable brooch - Love the whimsy!

Vogue 1971, Adorable brooch, whimsical elegance!

Bob Richardson for Dior Marie Claire 1973

Bob Richardson for Dior, Marie Claire 1973. The makeup, color combination and subtle detail on her nails make this perfection.

She won her first Oscar for her supporting role in Prizzi’s Honor in 1985, and looked absolutely incredible doing it.

58th Annual Academy Awards, 1985, Looking fabulous in an emerald green asymmetric gown!

58th Annual Academy Awards! Looking fabulous in an emerald green asymmetric gown!

Her tumultuous relationship with (then) rising Hollywood star, Jack Nicholson lasted nearly 20 years, and though they never lived together or married, were the “Brangelina,” or some other, less obnoxious super well known couple, of today.

http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/1970s-style-icons-slideshow/-photo-2448104-192800657.html

Pretty cool. She’s obviously the more glam of this pair.

He loves that bow tie, but I love her fur wrap and her cuff bracelet!

He loves that bow tie, but I love her fur wrap and her cuff bracelet!

Again with said bow tie and aviators, but Anjelica is being effortlessly fabulous with a flower in her hair!

Again with said bow tie and aviators, but Anjelica is being effortlessly fabulous with a flower in her hair!

While I’m an enormous fan of all the above, my favorite Halloween-type roles of hers include her delightful performances as Morticia Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family and the hilarious sequel Addams Family Values. Both of these movies do justice to the original Charles Addams cartoons with constant witty one-liners that you can almost translate into individual comic panels. I completely advocate a third installment, despite the sad loss of Raul Julia. Morticia was pretty much born to be a widow, anyway.

So goth fabulous.

So goth fabulous.

That look!!!

That look!!! Refrained disdain? Romantic non-amusement??

She's crafty in all the ways!

She’s crafty in all the ways!

AND her elegant/horrifying “Grand High Witch” in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches!

Amazing. The hat, the rings, the look on her face!!!

Amazing. The hat, the rings, the look on her face!!!

Hideous and loving it.

Hideous and loving it!

Obviously, she is/was not afraid of looking ugly, and much like Bette Davis, embraced the power of her appearance (good or bad) in order to bolster her performance and give depth and realness to fantastical characters. This dedication to her craft, along with her intelligence and talent, have ensured her legacy in Hollywood and her enduring status as a style icon.

So beautiful! Her features are so elegant I'm going to die.

So beautiful! Her features are so elegant I’m going to die.

Photo shoot for French Elle in 1991! Because what else would you do to celebrate being 40?!

Photo shoot for French Elle in 1991! Because what else would you do to celebrate being 40?!

Apparently she rewards her accomplishments with BANGLES! OMG.

Apparently she rewards her accomplishments with BANGLES! OMG.

Timeless. Sexy.

Timeless. So sexy. A simple LBD accented with classic shoes, minimal makeup and jewelry is ALWAYS a good decision.

Elegant, stylish, graceful, and possessing a slightly bohemian sensibility, Anjelica Huston is a unique and incredible woman. Her connections to strong, creative men only support her strength and intelligence. The acting roles she has chosen over the years (generally) have not only secured a place on the walk of fame, but (usually) come with some fabulous clothes and magnificent jewelry!

LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Ice Pirates, 1984 - Apparently this is a thing, and I plan to watch it immediately.

Ice Pirates, 1984 – Apparently this is a thing, and I plan to watch it immediately.

Her role as Eleanor Zissou in Wes Anderson's Life Aquatic DEFINITELY included some fabulous pieces.

Her role as Eleanor Zissou in Wes Anderson‘s Life Aquatic DEFINITELY included some fabulous pieces.

I revel in her chameleon-like ability to epitomize iconic looks from so many different eras and styles. She radiates poise, strength, vulnerable aloofness (no idea how she manages this), elegance, whimsy and incredibly sexy self confidence. My interest and obsessions may have gone too far, though, considering I’m pretty sure I know what she smells like. (You better believe it’s on my Christmas wish list, along with ALL the Vaseline glass.) Severe creepy-ness aside, she is a fabulous woman and a true style icon. You should love her (almost) as much as I do!

What is your favorite Anjelica Huston role?? Did you know she and Jack were a couple? What are your thoughts on that? Did you know she was a model before she was an Oscar winning actress? Any pictures that are favorites I forgot to add?

Dogs and Diamonds

These are the gendered “best friends” of men and women. Dogs are loyal, adorable, cuddly, dependable, help save lives and are sometimes totally disgusting. Diamonds are shiny, gorgeous, delightful status symbols, the strongest stone and sometimes totally disgusting.

It's tough being so wanted.

It’s tough being so wanted.

I read an article on the Huffington Post (as I am known, quite frequently, to do) this morning about diamonds called “Diamonds are Bullshit.” The title intrigued me, which I’m sure was the intended reaction, but the article was quite fascinating, especially for someone like myself who has never been engaged or married. I haven’t had the unique pleasure of the search for “the” engagement ring, so never put an enormous amount of thought into diamonds that are out of my realm of reality (except to say that I’ve always loved vintage jewelry in general).

Look at all the sparkles!

Look at all the sparkles!

http://lubasfashions.com/jewelry/costume-jewellery/

Such delicious dramatica

According to Mr. Dhar (author of said article), diamonds are not only a poor investment (unless you’re Liz Taylor, obvs), but also a decades-old marketing campaign by the DeBeers Bros. to encourage men and women to believe that not only are diamonds rare and precious, but also super necessary in order to properly gauge success in life and in love. Apparently, all of that is Don Draper-kinds of bogus. The DeBeers company, at the height of the Great Depression, decided that in order to sell these over-abundant rocks, they would begin an advertising campaign that has had many incarnations, but is ultimately summed up with “Diamonds are forever.” FOREVER, y’all. Like love! Just like your precious, everlasting relationship, which can never be whole or functional unless your man purchases the largest diamond he “can” afford. This will prove to everyone and God that you guys are for real in love until the end of time.

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Never ending, just like the railroads.

Now, written out in my delightful sardonic wit, this marketing scheme seems completely ridiculous, however, the trend continues 75 years later! The DeBeers Company really has this diamond monopoly under control, buying out competitor’s stocks and selling on an exclusive “take it or leave it” policy, they have managed to keep diamond prices high despite an abundance of these “precious” stones.

MOAR diamonds!

MOAR diamonds!

All of this is not to say that I don’t (eventually) expect a beautifully handcrafted, vintage diamond ring presented to me to compliment my pretty little hand. I totally do, and I look forward to that day with glee, but not exclusively because it will have diamonds on it. My cousin’s engagement ring has a giant sapphire in the middle of it, and I think it’s only made more gorgeous and unique because of it.

I know there are people out there who covet diamonds, and if that’s your poison, I say go for it (unless it involves blood diamonds, in which case, you’re really into homicide and need some help for your addiction). I’ve never been one to shun sparkles, although I am especially drawn to costume jewelry, I hope eventually I will be able to invest in higher-quality pieces for my collection. I appreciate jewelry for the beauty, craftsmanship, creativity and/or uniqueness.

Love chunky stones!

Love chunky stones!

Oooh, or a pretty cameo!

Oooh, or a pretty cameo!

One ring...

One ring…

My least favorite part of the revelations brought on by reading this article is that we are so easily (as a society) manipulated by shiny things and marketing. Making more old, white guys rich doesn’t help anyone but them, and it certainly doesn’t strengthen your relationship. So, if you already have your precious shiny, appreciate it for the love it represents, and if not, maybe you’ll go through a similar process as I have in terms of adjusted perception. Ultimately, I think we’re in much more danger of losing access to things like water and chocolate, and THAT is a truly terrifying prospect, ladies and gents.

Chocolate brings everyone together!

Chocolate brings the world together!

How do you feel about diamond engagement rings? Do you think you (or your sweetheart) have been susceptible to this marketing campaign? Do you think it’s all bunk, and would swim in a diamond-encrusted pool given the opportunity?? (I totally would! Especially if DeBeers stopped hoarding them like dragons, then they would cost less than ceramic tile!)