Feline Humor – The Samurai And The Dot

Do you suppose they dress up in all this Samurai garb just to fight the seen – and sworn – enemy that is the “red dot”. . .? 

Wouldn’t it be easier to just lunge after it, minus the ceremonial paraphernalia?  (Or is the seek-and-destruction of said dot elevated to whole other level of badassery when they WEAR the armor?)

I feel like if my two could talk – Musashi in particular – I’d be at the receiving end of an angry stare and an “IDIOT HUMAN! You know NOTHING!” 

 

Martial Arts Humor – Danger

Someone sent me a photo of this a few years ago.  It randomly cropped up again and all I could do was laugh…  I definitely have a ninja thing going on, and helllooooo…who doesn’t like pirates and weaponry?!

Anyway…

I think I should post it on our apartment door.  You know, just in case…

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Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

I actually don’t eat cake…BUT…my habitually clean eating was more than delighted to take a minor respite for dessert on October 29th. I wouldn’t have missed my wedding cake for the world.

I can’t seem to get off cloud 9 (not that I’m aiming to – I think I’ll take up residence, actually), and no amount of sugar could have bounced me from it.

The day was every bit as vampy and Halloween as I always dreamed… ❤  And while part of me wants to keep my custom cake a secret…I have to share, knowing others (Tim Burton fans?  Gothic at heart?!) can appreciate its offbeat beauty, and unconventionality.

My custom, Halloween wedding cake! <3

My custom, Halloween wedding cake! ❤

We don’t do normal…though frankly I don’t think a soul present expected anything but unabashed badassery (while I’m not quite on par, my husband is definitely UBER cool, and “badass” in my book is worthy of aspiration! 😉 ) 

The inside was red and purple velvet…and perfectly “to die for.”  Even for my non-sugar-coated heart.

❤ 

Dark Magic – More Macabre From Illamasqua

I love companies that embrace the 31st (of October, not that you needed to ask) – it isn’t that I feel validated so much as it’s more eye candy for me!

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If you aren’t sure who will carry the products you need to create your Hallows badassery, look no further – Illamasqua has you covered!  

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Seriously, forget the low-end stuff you can get at a pop-up Halloween store, or Party City – you don’t really want to use that stuff on  your skin (not to mention, the color payoff is often splotchy or generally inconsistent.)  

If haunting happens to be a favorite activity of yours (or you gravitate towards dark and mysterious on an every day basis), celebrate with a splurge. Or a few.  You definitely won’t be disappointed!

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More Halloween Fun..

Long Live (Mc)Queen

I miss Alexander McQueen – I was so distressed when I learned of his passing some years ago.  McQueen was one of fashion the envelope pushers…who got away with it.  He took shapes and ideas to the next level, stirring the creative possibilities unabashedly.  

His models wore headdresses of birds in flight – so real looking that you’d half expect to have one on your shoulder at any moment, vying for a snack…or lock of hair.  

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Towering, extraterrestrial heels (a word I used prior to seeing this post, but who wouldn’t go there?! I did back then too) – not only bizarre, but downright menacing – strut alongside re-vivified chopine, rounded, snake-snouted booties (a favorite of Ms. Gaga), and biker badassery.

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No, he never was for the faint of heart, but I liked that.  He still managed relevancy, amidst the spectacle too, albeit “wearable” for the bold more so than the masses.

A friend recently showed me a clutch covered in skulls and rhinestones…and it reminded me of McQueen right away.  (And anyway – it’s almost Halloween – a perfect time for fearless revelry…and accessories!)

I recalled the bejeweled, bedecked (skull-decked, I should say) knuckle ring clutches he made back when. They are still – not surprisingly – going strong among the quirky, and affluent.

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They are essentially wearable art – you couldn’t possibly go unnoticed bearing one of these in your hand.  But then you wouldn’t buy it if you didn’t favor an adventurous path, undaunted by the merrily mundane (casting curious looks ‘ere you go!)

Humor – The Non-Girly Girl

When I saw this photo (the little girl below), I essentially went into hysterics (laughing, that is.)  I didn’t watch a ton of television as a child but you can be sure that when I did, the shows were of the ilk of:

  • Thundercats (cat-like aliens, because why would extraterrestrials want human reflexes?!)
  • He-Man (muscles and [magical!] swords?!  HELL YES!)
  • Voltron (your goddamn right I was jealous of their lion robots!)
  • Transformers (ginormous robots who can morph into an incredibly rad getaway vehicle? Anyone want to race?!) 
My favorite two colors AND animal? I was a happy little girl when this came on!)

My favorite two colors AND animal? I was a happy little girl when this came on!)

I couldn’t possibly be bothered with the likes of She-Ra.  Initially, I admit, I kind of liked her.  I liked that a woman was in the badass role, but that’s basically because I wanted to be her.  I kind of dug the nod to Ancient Rome / Greece with that ensemble too – how very Pagan of her!  Plus. . .sorceress, hello!?  My older brother was fonder of the guys so…whatever…I took one for the team and decided I could be Conan or some other ass-kicking character, nevermind they were male.  Goals.

I let the figure-skating-judge-boots and furry speedo slide - he had a magical sword and the man could lift. Aspirations!

I let the figure-skating-judge-boots and furry speedo slide – he had a magical sword and the man could lift. Aspirations!

My lean towards general badassery, gothiness, vampishness, and Martial Arts was there from brith – I wore colors, but that’s because I wasn’t old enough to know better…OR to purchase my own.  I went to girly birthday parties, but that’s because A.) it was important to socialize (I’d rather have been Wednesday Addams but the school moms didn’t seem to acquiesce) and B.) No one I knew was having a Halloween bash regardless of timing.  Sad, if you ask me.  

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My, what big teeth you have…

My inspiration came from the people / creatures / robots who could handle their own, even when the world was being besieged by evil, plotting mummies or mechanical demons from space – who cared that they were fictional, this once five-year old saw a fearlessly laying down of the law!  (Let’s not forget their were witches too – bestill my heart.) 

If I could have worn this suit to class, I’m sure I would have – Middle School rules be damned, I think an exception could have been made.  “Excuse me, Mr. Principle guy..??”

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I wonder if the suit comes with functional weapons…  Sparkles?  Yeah, absolutely.  But had I donned this hefty getup back in the day?  I’d have backed that glitz up!

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Word Of The Day – Éclat (YSL, Is That You?!)

I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.  

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The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar.  When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance.  Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)

Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in.  Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem.  I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.

Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter.  It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.)  The other must-have?  Products that could fake “awake.”  Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)

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At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”?  I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed!  Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤  (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)

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I remember some years later working in executive retail management.  My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting!  I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!”  With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL.  “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)

So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends!  I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?

X ❤

 

Back To The Future At Petersen

I’m definitely dating myself, and I’m definitely letting on to my nerdiness…but in any case, I thought this was adorable!

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located on Wilshire Boulevard in LA, is hosting four events this April surrounding Back To The Future‘s infamous DeLorean:

  1. EXCLUSIVE PANEL DISCUSSION AND UNVEILING
  2. ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEA DANCE & PARTY
  3. BREAKFAST CLUB CRUISE-IN WITH DELOREAN CLUB
  4. EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF BACK TO THE FUTURE PART One

I have the good fortune to have exposure to a vast car community through a family non-profit, The American Hot Rod Foundation – I can say without hesitation, it is one of the best groups of people I have come across. The camaraderie, genuine enthusiasm, and seemingly endless creativity is nothing short of a joy to be around. . . and I say so often.

I am scarcely well versed in the inner goings on of any car, let alone a celebrity vehicle such as the DeLorean, so I love that the technicians and builders will have a chance to talk about their work.  This sassy, badass time-transporter has a special place in my childhood and, frankly, if I was headed to or fro in history, I’d insist on doing so in style myself!

The Under The Sea Dance & Party made me smile as well – it would be hard not to have fun when surrounded by others, also sporting cheeky retro ensembles while jamming to 80’s sounds – there’s something positively ridiculous (and therefore freeing!) about it, don’t you think?  As for me, I’m having flashbacks of Marty playing music well ahead of its time, for a terribly confused group of teens!  And how about that Bifftastic knock-out punch?!  I saw that coming.

Of course, there also has to be a Club Cruise and Car Show – it’s always a great time when folks roll in, strutting their stuff in whatever badassery they’ve built.  The innovation is always inspiring, as is the downright passion of the group as a whole.  

Tons of fun all around, and a great excuse to revel in the outrageously campy imagination of the 80’s. And you thought Museums were a drag!

A Girl Can Have Goals

So the moment I saw Sarah Connor in Terminator 2, around age 13 or so…that was that.  I thought “holy smokes, I want to be that badass!”  There is something amazing to me about a woman who can truly hold her own – I never really enjoyed the “damsel in distress” idea because I felt like I wanted to rely on MYSELF – even as a little girl I loved the idea of being “strong” all around.

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I was always in the mindframe – definitely more tomboy than not, and in love all things dark and otherworldly…  My favorite haunt at museums (aside from the Ancient Egyptian wing!) was the Armory…and then there’s that thing about Martial Arts…so…I guess this isn’t a stretch!

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As for firearms, I’m not nearly as proficient as I’d like to be, but I’m working on it.  My hunnie was a competitive shooter so I am incredibly thankful for the advice, guidance, and teaching – it is definitely something you have to get used to.  I have a highly acute auditory system so I have to double up on ear protection – even then, I STILL flinch!  But…I’ll get there!  If nothing else, understanding the mechanics of a firearm in a crazy world is very much a skill that can save a Life (maybe even your own.)  I don’t take the responsibility or act lightly. 

I do wonder why there are so many people wearing tactical gear at the range though – I’m not sure it is wholly required for sales and handing out lanes…  But then…I kind of want this outfit so maybe I shouldn’t be talking??
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I feel like we can say so much about ourselves in pictures… Lofty goals, I realize, but it won’t keep me from dreaming! 😉  I’m definitely on the tougher chick spectrum (as opposed to the girlie), but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  I think strong women are flat-out phenomenal, and I’m honored if I can even be a fraction as awesome as many I know and respect….even those in art or film!

More Art that I love…

More from Martial Arts.

And me in a vast nutshell!