Category Archives: Dressing up

Glow sticks, glitz and glamour

Glow sticks, glitz and glamour

A proud moment for this former raver: baby’s first glow sticks.
What’s shakin’, turkey bacon? Here was a very Proud Moment for this former party girl: baby’s first glowsticks. We danced to trance with our baby! Hooray!

Sometimes...size matters!
Josh and I are making the baby a stocking this year. We’ve been working on it very slowwwly, a little bit at a time, so it turns out looking good. Size-wise, it is in between Josh’s tiny stocking and my monstrosity. We are adding the BLING right now, and then I’ll give it a final stitch with the sewing machine.

Our gay nutcracker (thanks @madlymazzy). I added the glitter. What shall we name him?
Speaking of BLING, Christopher thinks our gay nutcracker (Timmy?) needs more BLING. Maybe so. Too much is never enough, ammirite?

I requested some art for Christmas from my talented 8-year-old niece Ronia, and she drew me this. πŸ’š
I requested some Ronia art for Christmas and she drew this for me. It’s now in a green glitter frame adorning the wall. Love that kid!

I mean I don’t really see a problem here. βœ¨πŸ’Žβœ¨
Here is a picture of a woman with her fiance, a chandelier. I saw it on Twitter (so it must be true) and I think it’s kind of sweeeeeet. What?

β€œRoll it, Smoky!” I love Amy Sedaris’ new show. You even get to find out where glitter comes from! ✨✨✨
I’ve managed to catch ONE episode of Amy Sedaris’ new show (mostly because I have to watch it on the desktop computer, who has time for that?) and it’s hilarious! I watched the astronaut episode and even learned where glitter comes from! Can’t wait to catch the lovemaking episode with Paul Dinello aka Mr. Jellineck from “Strangers with Candy”.

Goo and I yesterday in coordinating outfits. β€οΈπŸŽ„
Two pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! Finally, it happened to me.

Health-wise, I finally went to a uro-gyno who took me off of the OAB medicine (hallelujah) and doubled my dose of amitriptyline, which treats nerve pain. He pronounced that I had a “beautiful vagina” (to which I replied, “You’re not the first person to say that,”) but after a little poking and prodding determined that my pelvic floor was unbalanced. Evidently I am too tight on the left side. So now I go to a physical therapist once a week to learn to RELAX my pelvic floor. By doing reverse kegels! Life is strange. My burning bladder flares up when I ovulate–like right now, as I’m sitting here typing this–but overall has gotten a lot better. I’m hoping with the PT and reverse kegels and medicine that someday this pain will be a thing of the past.

The mens. β€οΈπŸ’šβ€οΈ
My boys. Awwwwwww.

We are family. πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’š
Look at dat baby! One week ago we all got dressed up in our holiday colors to go over to Espe’s house for a baby/daddy/mommy hangout. Pizza and salad and cookies were snarfed, and a Good Time was had by all.

Trying to pose three baby boys for a picture: adorable chaos. @espedp @vvswai ❀️❀️❀️
Trying to get all three boys to pose for a picture was utterly impossible (and so adorable).

Today. This sunny weather is treating me riiiiight 🌞
We still do this, every single day. Although it’s a lot more pleasant when it’s not raining.

Oh Christmas tree! πŸŽ„
The Christmas tree this year. Josh built a little wooden box for it to stand on, because we didn’t want to shell out 100 dollars for a tree, but still wanted that glorious height. So far, no baby-related tree disasters! (fingers crossed)

We’ve been watching Downton Abbey (or β€œDowner Abbey” as I like to call it). Edith’s clothes get a LOT better in Series 4. I liked this dress especially.
We have been working our way slowly through “Downton Abbey” (I like to call it “Downer Abbey”–if you’ve seen the show you know what I mean). The early 20’s dresses are to DIE. Edith, the dowdiest sister, suddenly has a fabulous slinky wardrobe at the start of Season 4 and this aqua number was one of my favorites.

Spotted this morning. I agree! πŸ‘Šβ€οΈβœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
I spotted this car sticker outside of the craft store the other day and enjoyed it.

Look it’s our @parlorftattoo art collection πŸ‘Šβœ¨
Owen is the family tattoo artist but is also a fine artist and here are two of his prints that we own. I bought Josh a gift certificate for two Owen tattoos for Christmas. He’s getting–wait for it–a mountain scene and a SNOWFLAKE. Bah ha haaaaaa. How Josh.

Need a seat? Spotted at the Pound Art studio.
It’s thanks to Owen that I am able to participate in the Pound Art Studio annual holiday open house every year. Here is a fun chair I spotted during the art show this year.

Found my calendar for 2018! 😍
Calendar for 2018? Huh? Yeah?

New tiny sugar skull painting in progress, for my cousin Erika.
Painting in progress for my cousin Erika. I told her two pick two colors and she picked black and gold, and since I’m not on a time constraint I’m taking my time and playing around with it.

Playing around with Erika’s sugar skull painting today (including mistakes). I don’t have a direction with this one, but I do know it will have a shit-ton of glitter. ✨🌟✨✨✨
Here’s the progress as of yesterday, including the mistakes I made that you can see covered in black. I really can only paint when the baby is taking naps, and sometimes…I just want to lay horizontal under the heated blanket instead of paint! You understand.

Bear Cub on the back porch.
Bear Schnubbs. She’s a lady!

This kid and hats!
Foiled again: not only does my son hate hats on his own baby head, he likes to yank them off my head as well! Sheesh.

Once a cheeseball, always a cheeseball. Stay cheesy! #tbt
Little Lizzy and Pops. Look, I was doing the “Home Alone” face before “Home Alone” even happened.

Holiday...celebrate! πŸŽ„
The Christmas wreath that I DIY’d a few years ago. Does it need more…glitter? Probably.

One of my favorite 90s models Kirsty Hume, looking just as fabulous now in 2017. β€οΈπŸ’šβ€οΈ
Kirsty Hume was one of my favorite models in the 90’s and would you believe that this is her in 2017? She looks exactly the same! Oh to age like a supermodel!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to wear more eyeshadow. It’s good to have dreams. This is β€œSmoky Mauve” Extra Dimension eyeshadow by MAC. πŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
And finally, one of my superficial New Year’s Resolutions is to wear more eyeshadow (and also start wearing my contacts more). To that end, here is “Smoky Mauve” Extra Dimension eye shadow by MAC, YEAH!

Ahhh it’s so nice to get through an entire blog entry without interruptions. My mother is flying over this afternoon to stay with us for an indeterminate amount of time, hooray! Grilled cheese GALORE! TTFN blog.

Birthday fun and an art show

Birthday fun and an art show

Art show face! Wearing a tiara tonight because life is short. ✨✨🌟✨✨
Say! Is the font on this blog kinda small, or am I just getting old? Shhhh don’t answer that. Hi. Here I am, last Saturday, before the art show. I wore a tiara Christopher gave me 10,000 years ago…because that’s whatcha do in December. Holiday! Celebrate?

Had a beautiful birthday today. Started out with the "Birthday" episode of Ab Fab, bought some shiny things at MAC (while "Groove is in the heart" played), talked to my Broad for an entire hour, then finished up in Ballard with Joshy at Volterra followed
The bangs were even semi-cooperating that evening, for once. I wore teal eyeshadow with gold glitter, teal stockings and some black wedges that didn’t even hurt my feet, as my plantar fasciitis is finally 90% resolved. Yeah!

Portrait of the artist with her art (and a light-up constellation skirt ✨).
Viola! I felt like a car show hostess. I wore the light-up constellation skirt I received as a Christmas present last year, and it was definitely a hit! I suspect I can re-use this skirt over and over again with different accessories for the next 10 years at EVERY holiday party and still be pleased. I love it.

Joshy at the art show last night, in front of @brandonvosika's work. Believe in your drems!
The show was not nearly as well-attended as last year’s for some reason but ne’er mind that, I sold three of my mini paintings! Bringing this year’s Sold Art Total up to a whopping FOUR paintings and ONE drawing (thanks blogfriend Liz MWAH). Believe in Your Drems, Kids!

I also finally won a piece of Owen art at the silent auction…which turned out to be a print signed by him. DAMMIT! Still. It’s framed!

Todayyy is my birthday, and I get one every year ✨✨
Here I am the following day, my big ol’ birfday on Sunday. In the morning, wearing a mint-colored paisley muumuu, and a glitter birthday tiara, and no make-up (but some Facetune, best believe). Josh made me pancakes, and then I had a couple of hours to spend baby-free (the best present of all).

I went to Nordstrom’s and had a glorious time playing at the MAC counter. “Groove is in the heart” was in the air and every shiny eyeshadow they had was smeared on my hand and I was furiously texting with Christopher the entire time (next best thing to being at MAC together). I had SO much fun that I was worn out by the time I hit Sephora, where they didn’t have the Georgio Armani “Luminous Silk” foundation I wanted and I went blank on everything else I wanted. Beauty Dementia, the horror!

This eyeshadow palette by #hudabeauty certainly called my name. 🌈✨✨✨
Here’s an eyeshadow palette by Huda that I enjoyed looking at, but didn’t buy. I ended up getting one of those incredibly overpriced “beauty blender” egg-shaped sponges and a new foundation by Urban Decay. I was already to the register when I suddenly remembered that I like that soy facial cleanser by “Fresh”…but it was too late! And then just yesterday I found a gift card to Sephora in my purse with 10 dollars on it. Darn!

RUN don't walk to Hot Cakes in Ballard. This is chocolate molten lava cake served with cookie dough ice cream with a cookie on top, and a glass of ice-cold milk. Did I mention the grilled cheese menu? Arrggggffsssss.
Later in the day Josh and I dressed up again–unfortunately, the dressing up was not nearly as inspired as the night before and the pictures turned out boring–and we dropped Mr. Baby off at Brenna’s and went to a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant in Ballard. The dinner wasn’t noteworthy, but the dessert–chocolate molten lava cake at “Hot Cakes”–thanks to Jerry’s recommendation–was AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back and snarf a milkshake and grilled cheese sandwich. MMMMMmmmmMMM.

The closest thing to a smile we were able to wrangle out of baby last night. He was so serious!
Monday night I figured would be an unpopular night to take the baby for his Santa photo and I was correct! We were the only ones there. Santa was sweet and so was the photographer and assistant, and Josh and I pulled all of our tricks to make him smile…but this was the best he could do. At least he didn’t cry!

How about a little headdress inspiration today? 🌟(thanks @martinimystery)
I mean I’m BARELY working these days, I’ll bet I have time to pull together a quickie Christmas headdress, like this. What do you think?

Nice day for it πŸ’š
It’s been sunny lately, and I’m loving every second of it. Serotonin is flowing! Now if only these damn cramps would ease up so I can get crackin’ on a new painting.

Intense PMS and the only cure is homemade fudge brownies NOW
Speaking of my PMS, I made regular fudge brownies from the “Better Homes and Gardens” recipe book, and “primal” brownies from my Paleo cookbook, and guess which ones turned out better?

Holly in seasonal colors. β€οΈπŸ’šβ€οΈ
If you guessed the regular fudge brownies, you are CORRECT. The primal ones were too cake-y. Although I suppose if you were following a strict Paleo diet they would taste amazing.

Chance of rain: 0% πŸ’–πŸŒžβœ¨
It’s ear muff season.

I do I do.
Oh I do miss summer. I suspect I’m about to miss Fall pretty soon, too.

Caption Maggie dog!
Maggie dog sighs, “I’m getting too old for this shit, Liz.”

One of my birthday presents. Stoked! πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ¨βœ¨
One of my birthday presents this year: Art Resin! I’ve been following several artists on IG who have been inspiring me to get into this medium. I’m returning to wood, and I’ve got some paintings schemed up that I’m excited about!

I’m really impressed that the hibiscus plant we moved inside is still flowering! 🌺
Here’s the hibiscus we brought inside, amazingly still flowering, even in December.

Wow! I made it through this entire entry and Mr. Baby is still napping. Thanks for playing. I’ve been thinking about getting rid of this blog entirely, is that just my hormones talking? Stay tuned.

Halloween 2017 (and whining)

Halloween 2017 (and whining)

Grammy Fleeta sent us some fun Halloween presents. πŸŽƒ
Hey blog. Do you have the time to listen to me whine?

Gorgeous day today. The most beautiful red dragonfly just landed on my sweatshirt but when I reached for the camera it flew away. You'll have to take my word for it. ❀️✨✨
Four urine tests, three doctor visits, one urology visit, negative STD/UTI/bacterial/yeast infection, and nothing showing up on the ultrasound except a small uterine fibroid that “shouldn’t” cause any symptoms.

I wish Fall days were always like this! 🌞🌲🍁
The urologist helpfully narrowed down my issue to two possibilities, and started me on medication for one of them. Overactive Bladder Syndrome was the one we decided to treat first. I started the med just yesterday…it has some unpleasant side effects, like HOLY MOLY dry mouth galore.

Baby's official first word? "Dog". πŸ˜‚
I’ve had to go from almost exclusively breastfeeding to pumping and dumping due to all of these different meds in my system, and the first week it was incredibly hard. Emotional. I cried many many times.

Posting this amazing tree again because I have a crush on it. 🍁
But…my sweet baby is drinking lots of formula, eating plenty of foods and last night even slept through the night (!), so I’m feeling less emotional and more resigned. We did last 9 whole months of breastfeeding, that was an accomplishment.

Whoops, got distracted at the fabric store again...πŸ’œβœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
I’m feeling like a medication guinea pig right now, and hope hope hoping that someday this resolves. It has been really hard.

Haven't been feeling so well this past week. Taking the baby and dogs on this walk today was definitely the highlight of the day.
Due to my mysterious ailment, one baby with diarrhea and another baby with a fever, it was unanimously decided last Thursday to cancel our Saturday Halloween “baby” party that I had planned to co-host with two friends and their babies.

At the fabric store this week I let the baby feel all of various faux furs...especially the one with silver spangles. ✨✨✨
Okay, that’s all the negative stuff out of the way (blogging as therapy). Now let’s talk about the GOOD stuff! Like taking the baby to the fabric store and letting him touch various faux furs.

At the costume shop last week, trying to find a new fun pair of glasses. These were great...but immediately made me nauseous. 😝
We went back to the costume shop and tried on some craaazy sunglasses!

Love the way the ivy climbs up the trees. πŸ’›πŸ’š
Going for drives (with 15-30 minute potty breaks) has been immensely therapeutic.

Boy am I glad we got out the last couple of days and explored nature because the weather forecast is all β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦β„οΈπŸ˜³
October you are beautiful.

Along with the embarrassing teenage poetry and drawings my mother sent to me yesterday was my high school graduation photo. I remember I had a cold that day.
My mother has been on a cleaning/organizing mission with all of the old paperwork and photos for weeks now. It keeps her busy while she’s mending from her second back surgery and dealing with daily pain. She’s currently in California for her follow-up appointment, and was planning on coming to visit us afterwards. I hope she does! Here’s my high school senior yearbook photo. I remember I had a cold that day.

Googly eyes and blood spatters in the window. I kept the spider spray out too as an extra "spooky" touch
At least the house was fully decorated for Halloween, too. At Josh’s suggestion I made the googly eyes to go in the window. The spider spray added just the right ambiance, eh?

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I’m feeeeeling the black glitter decorations against the aqua wall. Everything looks good on that wall!

Phyllis got another Halloween make-over...Josh thought this one was creepier. πŸ˜‚
Josh thought this mask worked better on Phyllis than the Frankenstein, and I’m inclined to agree.

Baby M. and Grampy Bob. πŸ’™
I had such a bad day last Thursday–ongoing symptoms with little relief, no diagnosis AND sleep deprivation–that my in-laws (God Bless Fleeta and Bob) drove over from Spokane to help out. They are the sweetest in-laws a girl could hope for. I’m so, so grateful for them.

Do you ever have crushes on houses? I seem to have a thing for this blush-pink house. 😍
I took Fleeta on a scenic drive and showed her this blush pink house I’m weirdly obsessed with.

Trying to get baby handprints on the baby pumpkin last night. How do people do it??! With a sleeping baby? πŸ˜‚
With their help Josh and I were able to do more prep for Halloween. Like trying to capture baby handprints on a tiny baby pumpkin…much more challenging than we expected!

Met up with the cousins at the pumpkin patch this afternoon. πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ
Brenna and her kids hadn’t picked out their pumpkins yet, so on Sunday we met up with them at the pumpkin farm.

Ronia shows off some sweet moves on the bouncy pumpkin.
It was fun watching them bop on the giant inflated pumpkin.

Finding hearts at the pumpkin patch πŸ’›
I’m always finding hearts.

Bear Cub, Maggie and Mr. Bennett romping in the sun today. 🌞
On Monday Fleeta and Bob drove back home–Fleeta had Halloween commitments and I didn’t want her to miss them–so Brenna came over and spent a couple hours with me and the baby and the dogs. And she brought donuts and Mr. Bennett!

Aunty Brenna paid us a visit today. πŸ’™
Again, how lucky am I to have married into this sweet family?

Happy Halloween from Morticia, Gomez, and Pubert Addams!
Well, NEVER DOUBT MY COMMITMENT TO SPARKLE MOTION because even a mysterious horrible bladder problem wasn’t gonna keep me from celebrating my favorite holiday, dammit! We dressed in our full Addams Family splendor at the pumpkin farm. We had photo requests from families!

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Cara Mia!

"I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade." πŸ’€
Some day I’ll look back and be deeply impressed that I went into full Morticia drag when I was feeling so bad. Hey, that rhymed.

"So, you still desire me after all these years? The old ball and chain?" "Forever!" "I'll get them."
I knew I wasn’t going to dress up again so we took the family photos on Sunday. One of Josh’s uncles suggested we use this for our Christmas card this year. I’m not against it!

Currently: pumping and getting ready to do 2 high-powered hours of handing out candy before the baby's bedtime 😝
Last night was Halloween and I took this self-portrait while pumping. The stickers were for flair. We handed out candy from 6:30 to 7:15 pm and then it was time to put baby to bed! Ohhhh the times, they are a changinnnnnn.

The Halloween sunset last night was really beautiful. πŸŒ„
Last night’s sunset was really beautiful.

Welp. I was able to type this out because Josh took the baby to Costco tonight…he’s teething and was a hot mess all day long! Here’s hoping next time I blog I won’t be burning burning and yearning to pee constantly. Sigh.

The end of the wig series and some Halloween inspiration

The end of the wig series and some Halloween inspiration

Candid family portrait at Alyse's new house yesterday. You can't tell, but we are all wearing black Converse.
Hola blog! Here’s a candid family portrait snapped by Alyse a weekend or so ago at her place, for her son’s 9th birthday and Grandma Shirley’s 87th (!!!). The baby and I had a cold, but so does 90% of the planet right now so we went and “partied”. We are all wearing black Converse sneakers, I’d like to add.

Alyse's new backyard is pretty. πŸπŸ’š
Alyse has an amazing and giant backyard…that I wish I’d photographed more of. Here’s one pretty corner.

Day 15: the REAL Vanessa Kensington wig! Apparently the wig I posted before was the Austin Powers wig! No wonder it seemed so flat and dry. Ha ha!
Day 15 of the October 2017 Wig Series…the REAL Vanessa Kensington wig! Apparently the one I wore towards the beginning of the series was the Austin Powers wig. Roops.

Day 16: the Kurt Cobain wig! Maggie dog quotes: "The worst crime is faking it."
Day 16: the Kurt Cobain! It didn’t seem right NOT to post it, and it didn’t seem right to wear it myself, so luckily good ol’ Maggie is now too old to resist wigs and sunglasses. For five seconds, anyway.

Day 17: the mystery wig! Who will I be for Halloween 2017??? This concludes my wig series. It was fun...although I can't help but reflect on wigs I've lost over the years. RIP: the brown curly wig I bought from a thrift store in Eugene that started it all
Finally Day 17…the mystery wig for Halloween 2017! Woo hoo! I bought that Styrofoam sugar skull head at the fabric store…couldn’t resist! It wants to be painted, badly.

My mother texted me this pic today of my very first wig, bought at a thrift shop during a high school debate trip. Wonder where the old gal is now?
My mother has been texting me old pictures, and here is my infamous first wig. I bought it at a thrift store during a high school debate tournament, and I have no idea whatever happened to the poor old girl.

Spotted recently at the fabric store...ohhhh the things I'd like to do with YOU, ombré turquoise sequin fabric! 😍
I also ogled this amazing silver and turquoise ombre sequin fabric at the fabric store…MMMmmmMMMM.

Phyllis is getting the Halloween treatment. πŸ‘»
We’ve been slowly decorating the house for the upcoming Halloween baby party this weekend.

Are you scurred? πŸ’€
I have more envisioned for the couch here…I feel like the skull is missing something. A giant spiderweb around it?

Josh crams all the Jelly Belly's in his mouth at once instead of enjoying each flavor one at a time...GROSS.
This giant jar of Jelly Belly jellybeans has christened our living room for a while. Josh likes to cram all the flavors in his mouth at once…GROSS. I eat one at a time…until I feel sick. Doesn’t take long. Usually about two in.

My neighbor's neon flower garden is still going strong. Anyone know what these are?
My neighbor’s neon flower garden: still strong. I’m impressed.

Bear Cub thought she was safe on the bed...πŸ˜‚
Poor Bear Cub thought the one place she’d be safe was our bed…foiled again!

Last night we watched "Christina P: Mother Inferior" (filmed in Seattle) and laughed and laughed. It's a good one!
Recommended stand-up: “Christina P: Mother Inferior”. We laughed our butts off!

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I love this tree each year. So dazzling.

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These too.

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This one impressed me this morning.

Here comes the rain again...β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Took this self-portrait with the baby and dogs before the shitstorm hit last week–my very first UTI/bacterial infection. It’s been a nightmare of walk-in clinics, contaminated urine samples, going back for a second urine sample and then not having a doctor’s order…UGH. It’s been a hard month for us! The baby and I had just gotten over our second cold since September and then I was hit with this gross infection. Not to mention Maggie dog had a bacterial infection that required antibiotics too. What a sick bunch!

A little color inspiration on a gloomy grey Saturday morning. (thanks @richardquartley)
I’m on day 3 of antibiotics and maybe starting to have the tiniest bit of relief. Maybe. Taking care of a 9 month old baby with a UTI has presented with its own set of challenges.

Fun with baby at the costume shop again.
Here’s my sweet baby, “enjoying” the costume shop with his parents again.

It's REALLY a shame that my dogs don't tolerate Halloween costumes! πŸ˜‚
Will Maggie ever tolerate a Halloween costume? Nahhhh.

All the fun wigs with a big glittery E in front of them...it's a sign, I tell ya. ✨✨✨
I noticed that the FUN wigs had a big glittery E in front of them. Coincidence?

Nice day for it. 🌞
Family walk yesterday in the sunshine.

Maggie and Bear Cub get their romp on. 🌼
Maggie and Bear Cub romped in the field.

Drawing googly eyes for the windows today (@djmagicelf's idea) πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
Today’s art project (after another visit to the doctor) was drawing up some googly eyes to post in our window, Joshy’s idea.

Oof! Writing this entry took three tries. Sometimes Mr. Baby doesn’t want to let Mama do a THING. Catch you on the flip side, bloggeroos.

A wig a day keeps the blues away

A wig a day keeps the blues away

I can get behind this look 🌟🌟🌟(thanks @beautycon)
Happy mid-October blog! These are not my lips…but they COULD be.

What's this? Another sinister finding at the playground?!
Gee, I thought I was all done with my Creepy Things Found at a Child’s Playground series…and then I saw this!?!

Day 6: I "acquired" this neon magenta bob from the Broad, but seem to have lost my beloved blue bob. You know what color I don't have? AQUA. I need an aqua wig.
In continuing with my post-a-wig-every-day-until-I-run-out idear, here is Corinne’s magenta wig that I “acquired” many years ago.

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She wore it first! Here’s my Broad at Burning Man, circa 2004, wearing my corset (still have it), and skirt (nope).

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Fall is dazzling me with all the changing colors, I love this time of year.

Halloween #fbf: Little Lizzy as a princess in a Gunne Sax dress with my two neighborhood BFFs Samantha and Alexis. Boy did I love to boss those two around! πŸ‘»
Dressed up for Halloween with my two neighborhood pals, Samantha and Alexis. Their father filled candy machines for a living so they always had candy and gum at their house, and they were younger than me so I could boss them around all the live-long day. Hooray!

Day 7: the Hayley Mills wig! It wasn't supposed to be. It was supposed to be a cool little pixie for when I felt my Edie Sedgwick coming on (which used to be a LOT)...but somehow it had more of a Hayley Mills vibe, so the nickname stuck. Oh well. "Let's g
The Hayley Mills wig. She was supposed to be an Edie Sedgwick but that just wasn’t in the cards for her.

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Notable for a series of self-portraits I took back when Josh and I were on a 4-day hiatus because of my drinking and I immersed myself into a bottle of whiskey and put on a lot of eyeshadow and took some of the best self-portraits of my life. The series even inspired a painting…

"Self-portrait with Grapes", 2008. My Aunt Lisa has wanted this painting for years, and I'm finally mailing it to her! #procrastination: a celebration.
…that my aunt requested, and I gave to her. Good ol’ Hayley Mills wig!

Saturday morning Daddy/baby dance party πŸ’™
One week ago today: daddy and baby dance party in the kitchen. He has the baby currently–I won the chore chart so I get my 3 hour break from the baby. I’m using it to type this blather and then I’m going to make my Halloween costume.

For me October involves watching a lot of horror films. Today's pick: "The Legend of Hell House", 1973.
It just wouldn’t be October without watching a few scary movies, eh? This one is from 1973 and it’s called “The Legend of Hell House”. It was…okay. Not scary. Almost campy.

Oooh yeahhh ✨✨✨(thanks @ashish).
This is an image from the account of a designer in the UK called Ashish who smothers all of his clothes in sparkle and I LOVE IT ALL.

Day 8: the Cleopatra wig! Worn for Halloween 2011. I was proud of the fact that I made both my Cleopatra and Josh's Marc Antony costumes.
The Cleopatra wig! Back in 2011. I worked SO HARD on our Cleopatra and Marc Antony costumes and then we both got disgusting colds just in time for the party. BOOOOO.

Marc Antony and Cleopatra
Seems to me we were on a lot of cold medicine, here. Heh.

Spotted in my neighbor's yard: zombie flamingoes! Cute! πŸ‘»
My neighbor’s zombie flamingo graveyard is too cute. Josh refuses to do the graveyard in our front yard this year, he tells me it’s “too macabre”. However, he WILL do the giant spider devouring the human skeleton. ?

Prismacolor/metallic ink. Not dated. 🌟✨✨
It’s an older Lizzy drawing, frustratingly NOT dated but it must be after 2008 because I signed it EP Holcomb, my married name. Note to self: ALWAYS DATE EVERYTHING. It will help with the dementia later on.

Day 9: the old lady wig! We dressed up as old people/our "future selves" for Halloween 2014. It was one of my favorites! πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄
The Old Lady wig! Josh said I looked like the Starbucks logo, which was entirely unintentional.

Test run today of our Halloween costumes and make-up. We watched a bunch of YouTube tutorials on how to make your face look old...then we couldn't stop laughing! I ❀️ Halloween!
This was Halloween 2014, and it was SO much fun. I even had an awful cold which just made me look even more pathetic and elderly. I would have won the costume contest at work, but I didn’t want to stick around an extra 20 minutes because I felt so crappy…now I regret not staying.

Granted, Maggie's had to wait almost 12 years, but now food opportunities are literally falling into her dog mouth! πŸ˜‚
Maggie’s got a real good thing going on with the baby. I’ll have my back turned for a second and he’ll be feeding her his baby crackers!

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at Casa Holcomb. πŸ‘»
Starting to decorate the house. Party is in two weeks!

Gotta say, I like the look of the scary portraits against the aqua wall.
Really enjoying the scary portraits against the aqua wall.

'Sup, glitter skeleton. πŸ’€βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
And of course, the glitter skeleton.

Another beautiful Fall day πŸŒ²πŸƒπŸŒΎ
Mixed in with the rain and gloom, we are still having nice days like this.

Day 10: the blonde beehive! I don't remember buying this wig and I don't remember using it for any particular costume...but there it is! Huh. My 20s were craaazy. πŸ˜…
The blonde beehive! I have no memory of buying this wig or using it for any particular costume…although all of my photos from 2005-2007 are gone so anything is possible. It’s a little sad to me how limited my memory is unless I have photo proof. What would I do without obsessive documentation of my life?

9 months of Goo! 😍
Aw, sick Goo. 9 months old! 9 months of this sweet baby boy. I love him so much it catches in my throat sometimes. I sit and look at pictures of his face before I fall asleep because it makes me happy. I slept downstairs this week to spare Josh from my coughing and nose blowing and germs and for 10 straight minutes one night, we just texted each other pictures of our son back and forth. It’s LOVE.

Out buying vitamin C at Walgreens yesterday and discovered that they have a Day of the Dead section. Cool. πŸ’€
Walgreens has a Day of the Dead section now! I resisted. It was hard.

Day 11: the Courtney Love wig! It was called the "white trash" wig on the wig website, but I used it to play Courtney with Josh's Kurt in 2009. It has not aged well. πŸ˜‚
Oh man, the Courtney Love wig did NOT want to cooperate. I did two different sessions with it, a week apart, so I can’t blame the cold…and I hated all of them! The wig kept sliding back and not even my GUM would cooperate. Heigh-ho. What am I gonna do, throw her out? We don’t throw out wigs in this family!

Day 12: the Peg Bundy wig! Worn for Halloween 2012. It's cute. πŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
Ah, the Peg Bundy…one of my favorites! I liked how this whole look came together. And being so sick, it even raised my spirits!

Yesterday's clouds were real plump and juicy. ☁️☁️☁️
These big ol’ cumulus clouds look like whipped cream…mmmm…whipped creeeeam. Oh yeah, speaking of food/my low-carb diet, officially this morning I am the same weight as my husband! FINALLY! I’ve lost a little over 50 pounds and only have 12 to go! YAYYYYYY I might even make it to my goal, which was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by December 3rd.

Yes! (thanks @madlymazzy) πŸ˜‚
Christopher sent this to me and I laughed and laughed.

Day 13: the pink bob! Always a good time. πŸŒΈπŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨
Finally it’s…the pink bob! One of my favorites, and worn many times with many different outfits.

party on, garth
Here’s Joshy with it on, HA HA. Ta ta!

October wig fun

October wig fun

Hey Bear!
Hey blog! Are you having a Bear Cub day?

Re-lashed this morning!
Recently re-lashed. It costs me 60$ every three weeks and I really can’t afford it…but I’m still enjoying it for now. I did quit getting gel nails, at 30$ a pop, because with the prenatals my nails grow too quickly now. What else am I not getting anymore? Oh yeah, MAID SERVICE. Man I miss Celia. That was niiiiiice.

One thing you can say about Maggie: she's eternally optimistic.
Maggie always positions herself under the high chair, for maximum food droppage potential. Sometimes the baby will feed her directly from his little baby hand.

My mother has been going through old paperwork and she found this declaration of love by little Lizzie. Not much has changed!
My mother has been going through old paperwork and photos and has been texting me everything. Here is one of little Lizzy’s love notes.

#tbt little Liz. I look like an extra from "Village of the Damned" πŸ˜‚
And little Lizzy herself. This was taken at my grandparent’s house. Look at that white hair!

This kid. 😍
Just as we were finally getting back to one wake-up per night, Mr. Baby started teething again. He has two lower front teeth and now he’s getting one of the top middle ones. So the first night he ran a fever and woke up every hour…then two hours…and so on…we’re down to two wake-ups per night. Teething is rough!

Looove 🌻🌻🌻(thanks @moodyports).
As seen on IG. So pretty!

Scored a full set of cool drinking glasses and matching tumblers with stars at the Goodwill! ⭐️🌟⭐️
Josh and I have hated the drinking glasses we received as wedding presents for years now, so I was excited to find a full set of tall drinking glasses and tumblers with cool stars on them at the Goodwill. Ten glasses, eight tumblers AND a dress for 20$! SCORE.

Since I love October and Halloween (and wigs), I've decided to post a wig portrait every day this month until I run out of wigs! Day 1: the "sweetheart" wig. I bought it from Ace Wigs with no costume in mind, just liked it. ❀️❀️❀️
Trying something new this year for October: a different wig self-portrait every day this month (until I run out of wigs!). This red wig was called the “Sweetheart” wig on Ace Wigs, who I used to order fun wigs from. I looked at the website recently and it appears as though they’ve gotten rid of all their “fun” wigs. Too baaaaaad.

silver and red
Here’s the same wig back in 2007 (ten years ago!), about to enjoy a night on the town. Seems to me Josh and I went looking for a house party, found a different party, and just wandered in and enjoyed ourselves. Not the first time I found myself at a cool party that I wasn’t invited to, ha ha haaaaa.

Remember my fabulous rainbow glitter Doc Martens that I got for Christmas last year? They are currently for sale on eBay. I ordered them in a women's size 10 and it is just too big. πŸ˜­πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Still not really sure how it’s possible, considering my floral Doc Martens are the same damn size, but somehow the size 10 rainbow glitter Docs I received for Christmas last year are too big! DAMMIT. They are currently on ebay. Bid bid bid away, friends with big feet.

I like this look. πŸ’š
Random image spotted in last month’s “Vogue”. I’ve always liked sheer gloves.

Day 2: the neon wig! This wig has been to Burning Man and had lots of Good Times. And it looks great under a black light! βœ¨πŸ’šβœ¨
The neon wig of joy! This wig matches everything, and looks fantastic under the black light.

thursday night outfit
It even survived Burning Man!

Innocent, yet somehow disturbing items found at a children's playground number 1: a hockey mask.
You know how sometimes you see things at a children’s park that aren’t even creepy, but yet they are somehow creepy? Maybe I’ve seen too many horror movies.

Number two (of two) of innocent yet somehow disturbing items found at a children's playground: a tiny pair of boy's underpants.
Like these boy’s underpants? Obviously removed because he pooped in them, yet somehow creepier because they were at the park. Okay. Never mind.

I love these crisp sunny Fall days. πŸƒ
It has been sunny and beautiful this past week.

Day 3: the Vanessa Kensington wig, from 2008's Austin Powers costume. She hasn't fared so well being flattened in a box for 9 years...I only have so many wig heads!
It’s the Vanessa Kensington wig! And boy was she a hot mess after being flattened in a box for the past 9 years.

mirrored effects
9 years? Wow. Feeling ooooooold.

Headdress goals ✨✨✨
Now THIS would be a fun look to do.

I want allll of the Day of the Dead things, thank you.
Time to start decorating the house for Halloween. We are throwing a party this year…a kid’s party!

Day 4: the purple Bob! Notable for the time I wore it to a drag show and Jinx Monsoon stroked my cheek. 😍
The purple Bob! I seem to have a thing for bobbed wigs.

purple eyeshadow detail
Notably I wore this wig back in 2012 when we went to a drag show and Jinx Monsoon lovingly stroked my cheek. Siiiiigh.

Bear Cub butt.
Look at that Bear Cub butt! Recently Maggie had a nasty bacterial infection caused by either drinking infected water (possible) or eating infected poop off the ground (probably). It required a trip to the vet and medication. GROAN. Luckily Bear Cub didn’t get it.

Fall is pretty πŸ’›πŸ’™
Look at this amazing golden tree we spotted on our walk yesterday!

Day 5: I wore this long red curly wig for my Lucy costume--as played by Sadie Frost in "Bram Stoker's Dracula". πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Today’s wig is this long red curly number I wore to play “Lucy” as played by Sadie Frost, in the 1992 film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. Terrible movie but beautiful costumes.

saturated
Like THIS. Back in 2010. The year I quit smoking! Cough cough coughhhhh. Gross.

Have a good one, bloggy-logs!

Spring fling

Spring fling

I πŸ’—the flowering almond tree.
Happy spring, blerg! I love the flowering almond tree in our backyard this time of year, it’s so dreeeeamy.

These guys. πŸ’•
Speaking of dreamy. I just put the little dude down again for his first nap of the day…I’m hoping it takes this time. He went down for less than an hour and then was fussing with a wet diaper. I NEED his first nap of the day to be at least two hours…often it’s his only nap! I mean, what? Does this kid not like to sleep, or something? How different from his mom.

Aunt Kissy (@dubtrance) crocheting a blanket for Baby M. while we watched Roseanne and Ab Fab last night. πŸ’–
Look who came in for a visit…Aunt Kissy! I didn’t want him visiting while the baby was so young, but he INSISTED and sort of ignored my protests and Corinne bought him a train ticket. He spent half the week with her–half of which must have sucked because she started her period! She actually spent one whole day in bed. Lame.

Breakfast of champions: @dubtrance made the Monte Cristo breakfast casserole.
Despite my concerns, his visit with us ended up going great. Only one nap was disturbed! We binge-watched “Ab Fab”, he made the Monte Cristo casserole above (mmmm), delicious curry and put together the crockpot roast that I started to make but was interrupted by a crying baby (such is my life these days).

Lily made herself right at home!
Bear Cub appeared jealous of Lily (she sure is a grumpy Cub) but Lily was a snuggle dog as usual.

Josh + Lily. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
Here she is cuddling with Joshy.

Baby's first space boots. 🌟✨✨
I had bought these cool space boots for Ronia years ago, but she had already outgrown them by the time I gave them to Brenna. I kept them for my “future child” (always optimistic!) and POW! Here they are!

“He’s allowed to wear fabulous things now, at this age,” remarked my neighbor when she saw the boots.

“He can wear fabulous things ANY time,” I sniffed. I mean silver is timeless!

Spring fling. 🌸
I don’t believe in age limits for glitter nail polish, either.

Aunt Kissy @dubtrance has a cuddle with M.. πŸ’™
My mother calls him “Smootie”, Josh calls him “Bean”, I call him “Goo” and Aunt Kissy calls him “Pork Chop”.

Joshy is a punk.
With help from Christopher, Josh formed his long ass hair into a fun Mohawk before cutting and dying it.

Joshy' self-portrait with baby and turntables. πŸ’•
HOT.

18 years of friendship! 🌈🌟✨
18 years (minus three when we weren’t speaking to each other) of friendship! I cropped my hammer pants out of the picture. This was a re-creation of a shot of Christopher and I at Trancelot a million years ago, but I can’t seem to locate the original. Dammit!

Just a typical Sunday afternoon!
Turban Sunday! What could be better?

Maggie and Bear Cub grazing. 🌿
We never miss our daily dog walk.

M. and Aunty Corinne. πŸ’•
On Monday before I had to drive Christopher to the train station, Aunty Corinne came by for a visit.

Corinne is surrounded by a pack of dogs.
And was immediately surrounded by dogs! The baby fussed much of the time she was over but I’m still glad she came by for a visit. It happens so rarely.

Sunny this morning but still coo-oooold!
Brrrrrr. Still quite cold in the morning.

🌸🌸🌸
Think Pink!

Love these colorful blooms.
I never know what these colorful shrubs are, but they catch my eye every year.

In the front yard. πŸ’œ
Not sure what these are either, but they pop up in the front yard every year.

Maybe I should paint a geisha for my next mini painting! (thanks @theladyofthegoldrings)
This geisha photo spotted on IG inspired me for my next mini painting.

I like this wig. How sad is that that I can only watch "Untucked" and recaps because I don't get VH1??! Bring back "Drag Race" to Logo, @rupaulsdragrace!
Meanwhile, I’m having to get my “Drag Race” fix by watching “Untucked” and recaps on Youtube. BOO, LOGO.

Today's walkies.
Yesterday afternoon my neighbor graciously came over and watched Goo while I walked the dogs. Her daughter is about to have her second child and I suspect I won’t be seeing her much after that, so I’m using her as much as possible!

🌷🌷🌷
Spotted this tulip in my neighbor’s front yard.

More grape hyacinth in the backyard. πŸ’™
The grape hyacinth is everywhere. In our backyard planter, in our front and back yards, all over my neighbor’s lawns…pretty pretty.

Hyacinth everywhere!
And more hyacinth!

My mother is currently in San Francisco, awaiting surgery in 11 days to have the benign spinal tumor she’s had for 10 years removed. I pray for her every day! I would be there if I could, but I have a little tiny baby right now. Sigh.Β Currently I just finished 10 minutes on the Elliptical trainer (my plantar fasciities did not enjoy it), painted a little on the new geisha painting and the old Joan painting, and am now going to lift some weights while watching “30 Rock”. Good times? Are we having fun yet?