i am samhain. hear me shriek.

“Angela Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927), was an American dancer. Duncan’s fondness for flowing scarves was the cause of her death in an automobile accident in Nice, France, when she was [a] passenger in an Amilcar. Her silk scarf, draped around her neck, became entangled around the open-spoked wheels and rear…

the second-best day of the year

FIRST COSTUME OF THE SEASON, EVERYONE. Today I’m Crystal Lil from Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love (a book I love so much I ought to get royalties for plugging it). Geek Love (“geek” in the second sense) is about a carnival-owning couple who decide, with the help of various fetal poisons, to breed their own freak…

conceptual

Everything I wore today speaks of autumn, and at least vaguely of Halloween. I am preparing for my annual WEEK IN COSTUMES (which will be more like three days, due to the out-of-town mock trial tournament devouring my weekend). This is my warm-up outfit, a conceptual costume if not a literal one. Orange sweater and…

i think i need an intervention here

The red. It’s getting out of hand. And I can’t stop. I’ll wear this next time I fly and see if I get mistaken for a time-traveling stewardess. This kind of dress was designed for my body. (Or maybe the other way around. Jacket and Necklace: Battery Street Jeans Dress: Dirt Chic Hat: Gifted

anachronism in blue

I’ve mentioned before that I write poetry, and I also perform any chance I get. I frequently combine my interests by emceeing poetry slams around town. Burlington has a respectable arts scene. I brought out this dress to emcee last Friday night’s slam. I bought it on sight two or so months ago. I couldn’t…

accidentally patriotic

It’s not my fault that red, white, and blue happen to look lovely together. I really like the simplicity of the coat with the shocks of shiny satin at the wrists and neck. Also, every single piece of this outfit, save for the hat, was thrifted or handed down. I found this orange feather on…

AMA

I really like questionnaires. They appeal to my sense of order. Why not? What do you do in the real world? As far as I’m concerned, fashion is the real world. Other than fashion? Lots. I take classes, mostly in religion and Latin. I compete in mock trial. I write things, and sometimes I perform…

to shine or not to shine

I’m involving my audience in this post. I’m wearing the same tank/blouse/belt combination in each shot, but I can’t decide between leggings and harem pants or between my red hat and my silver hat. Comment and let me know what you think. Blouse from Battery Street Jeans. I promised to post it back in September,…

drawing down the leaves

I like to think of this as the autumn version of my summer fortune-teller outfit. Great chunky necklace. It reminds me of autumn leaves. It makes hugs painful, though. Necklace, Head Scarf, and Harem Pants: Handed down from Mom Jacket and Belt: Battery Street Jeans Blouse: JC Penney

trypophobes beware

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! This skirt thoroughly seduced me this weekend at Old Gold. It seemed like something I should’ve already owned; it was almost preposterous that I didn’t. It was technically in the costume section, I realized at checkout: the cashier asked me if I planned to wear it for Halloween. I…

triptych

Yesterday I took the bus to Montpelier to shoot with Brent Gould, a photographer whose work I really enjoy. He’s been exhibited all around Montpelier, so I was pretty excited to share in his prestige. He has such an interesting little studio, full of evocative knickknacks. For this shoot, I embodied three distinct themes: “scheming…