Pumpkin of Coconut Gables

My family's dearly beloved Basset Hound, Pumpkin, recently had an episode where she couldn't walk right. She didn't seem to be in pain, but her back legs stopped "working."

The town Veterinarian said it was something about inflammation, pinched nerve, somethingsomething, you know to be honest I'm not really sure exactly what caused it. But the long and short of it (GET IT?!?! BECAUSE SHE'S A BASSET HOUND.) is that it made her legs go sort of "floppy." That's a technical description from the Lady of the manor (my Mom). The Vet gave Pumpkin a round of anti-inflammatory medicine and said no-no to rambunctious play. And she doesn't have to go for brisk walks anymore (which she sort of despised, anyway). In fact, if she had difficulty keeping up on walks before, she's useless now. According to my parents, she would be enthusiastic about going, but halfway across the shire (well, neighborhood) she'd have to stop, and could not endure to go any further ... or back. That is rather an inconvenience to your humans when you are a 50+ lb. dog.

Oh, my! you say. What a poor doggie! And what a dilemma. How ever did they solve this problem?

Never fear!! My crafty father made her a special wagon with a ramp for ease of entry and debarkation. 

Actually, scratch that: it is a freaking fancy-ass carriage.
It is the Barouche, nay, the Landau of stylish doggie carriages.

And forever thence, Pumpkin of Coconut Gables traveled with style and dignity.


Michelle Phan tutorial - Cara Delevingne Makeup

Michelle Phan just uploaded a video for NYFW-themed Cara Delevingne makeup, and I gave it a whirl.

Here's my take, done with a few drugstore shadows and some liner from my stage makeup kit:

And if you don't know who this model is (I don't blame you), here's a reference photo:

She is rather characterized by pursed lips, flared nostrils, and of course big heavy brows. 
Well, that was fun, but I wouldn't leave the house like this.


Michelle likes it!

(*fangirl scream*)


Behind-the-scenes of my latest DIY

Laying out and (hair) pinning my template dress

Georgina doing all the work

cutting with plenty of wiggle room

basting with a thread color I can see

taking a nap after all that hard work.


FKA twigs got copied by John Legend's people.

Let’s play a game! It’s called, Guess which stills are from FKA twigs music video “How’s That,” out since the beginning of May, by Jesse Kanda, and which are from the video for John Legend’s new single “Made To Love,” published August 1.

(x-posted to my tumblr blog)


DIY: Mesh Chainmail dress, shopwasteland.com's "Chloe"

So I saw this dress from Wasteland clothing and I said, dayumn I like that dress. 
But then I looked at how much it cost.

I do not believe in that dress for $135.

So I made one myself.

For $13.

(Well, I don't know how much my labor cost me; I already have sort of a lot of free time, and I never sleep until 4 a.m. anyway, so let's just say it cost me one needle-shoved-up-my-fingernail. Yeah, Chinese torture happened in the making of this dress. I don't have a sewing machine, so I hand-stitched this motherfabric. Bro you don't even know.)


I even did her awkward little poses. I had a beer first.

I admit this one was the hardest ...

Fabric: Fulton Fabric, 398 Bridge St  Brooklyn, NY
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike
Jewelry: pendant by my father!
Hair: I grew it, that's what it does

- the end -


Kent Odessa - Bo Jacksons Music Video

This is me, in a very small leotard, doing my best Flashdance-esque moves. Check out the rest of Kent Odessa's album, Silverdome, here, and buy it on iTunes.


Let's talk about ...

... herbal facial steams!

I can't breathe through my right nostril right now, and I've been coughing unproductively (you know, the kind that's really annoying to other people, like listening to one side of a conversation by someone on a cell phone) thanks to this SHITTY COLD I got my from my best friend (thanks Syl!), so I decided to break out the big guns.
Luckily I work in an herb store and I had a baggie of the perfect kind of tea to use, but if by some weird chance you DON'T work in an herb store and have a baggie of magic herbs lying around, here are some good ones to get:
(flowers are pretty safe)

and if you wanna chill out in the meantime, you can use some hops, passionflower, and mint of your liking.

Bring water to a boil. Add a handful of herbs and let it steep with the lid on for a minute or two so the steam get get good and herby.
Then place your pot on something that will prevent it from burning a hole through your table, throw a towel over your head, and create an herbal steam cave sauna.

WHAM! You will be hit with a lot of steam. Adjust position and vents accordingly. It's not rocket science, don't burn your face off.

Sit and breathe deeply, feel your pores opening up, and the snot trickling down your nose. But if you want to proceed to the next step I suggest you don't let it fall in the pot.

When you are reliving the sensation of having two nostrils, or you are able to get some shit out when you cough, you've probably been in there long enough.

Now, you can strain your herbal tea into a mug and drink that shit. Or, if you feel so inclined, you can use it as a foot bath. Calendula and rose especially are very good for your skin, and chamomile is soothing. But don't do tea AND footbath. Or do. Mmmm!