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This post is a shiny plastic dedication to Rebecca at Winnipeg Style, whose aesthetic is informing mine today. She’s impeccable at pastels with plastic mod accessories, which I’d wanted to try for a while.

I don’t actually celebrate Easter, but I never miss the chance to embody a holiday. Just pretend my bow is a set of bunny ears and my fingernails are lacquered edibles. Any and all egg puns are welcome. I wish I hadn’t left my bonnet at home over spring break.

I present to you my thoroughly queered Easter ensemble. (I keep getting the urge to use “queer” as a verb. My case of postmodernism is serious, you guys. Somebody – 5 CCs of objectivism, stat!)

Seriously, though. I really love highly stylized takes on traditional attire. There’s something deliberate and controlled about it.

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I got a straight-up vintage Laura Ashley dress for $10 at Classy Closet. (Did anyone else grow up reading the Baby-Sitters Club? Remember how Laura Ashley was the absolute height of preteen chic? [By the way, if you did read them, you should read my parodies on LiveJournal. There’s a surprisingly thriving mock-your-childhood-favorites community there.])

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It has a pocket!

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Pink and white is a really underrated combination. It’s not just for infants and Lolicons.

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Dramatic floor-length dresses are thoroughly impractical for Vermont. One of the many, many reasons I’m looking forward to New York

Dress: Classy Closet Coat: Richmond Food Shelf & Thrift Store Belt, Bow, Boots, & Necklace: Old Gold

depressionista, part II

Copyright Brent Gould 2013.

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Brent contacted me a few weeks ago with an idea for a 1930s-themed shoot. I didn’t get out to Montpelier until yesterday, but I think it was worth the wait. The ’30s aren’t really my strong point: for some reason, my aesthetic seems to skip from ’20s to ’40s. Poor depressed decade – can’t catch any breaks at all, it seems. I enjoyed playing with it yesterday, though. The ’30s have kind of a boyish pluck about them that I find appealing, at least in small doses. It’s a nice complement to the more heightened glamour of its neighboring decades.

I envisioned this shoot as the fantasies of a Depression-afflicted woman. She knows life ain’t what it used to be, but she can still imagine more glamorous days.

More to follow shortly. Here’s a preview.

(I’ll get back to outfit posts as soon as school starts again and I actually leave the house. I’ve been on spring break this week, and after spending the first three days in New York City, I’ve been sleeping, watching Six Feet Under, perfecting my homemade ravioli, and wearing nothing but leggings and thermal shirts. Even the highest of fashionistas need days off.)

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I’ve been waiting for the perfect day to blog this dress for real. It’s a pretty excellent one, and I want to do it justice.

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owlhurst, part II

Find these items for sale on Etsy!

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I’m a real live mannequin!

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perhaps you’ve noticed something

I never intended to keep the name “Color Me Brazen” forever. It was a placeholder, and I actually left it in place a little longer than I meant to. It’s not bad wordplay, but I don’t think it accurately communicates my vision for this blog. “Color Me Brazen”, to me, says “I’m so chipper I just might put a bullet in your brain”. It’s too reminiscent of the cutesy fashion bloggers who address their readers as “darlings”. Nothing against those girls, but I ain’t one of ’em. “My Kingdom for a Hat” suggests more theatrics. It says “I’m probably a secret dancehall girl.”

My URL will stay the same, because it’s a pain in the ass to change those, and because I still want to milk the hits I get from people searching “color me brazen”.

I had my first shoot with Owlhurst Loft Vintage last Thursday. It was my first actual fashion shoot, believe it or not. I’m foremost an art model, and even though the outfits are important, it’s not the clothing I’m modeling so much as the entire aesthetic. Owlhurst Loft, by contrast, is an actual store. I’m modeling the clothes specifically for them to be sold.

Here’s the first round of shots. More to come as I receive them.

The shoes are my own. Everything else will soon be for sale through Owlhurst’s Etsy store.

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I would absolutely wear this outfit.

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Aside from in theatre, I’d never worn so much makeup. I still think it takes way too much time to do every day, but after seeing these pictures, I’m no longer opposed to doing it at least a couple times a week.

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