scraps of warmer days

New items in the shop! As usual, click each image to visit its shop listing.

etsy dress II

etsy blue I

etsy florals I

I mentioned this in the last post, but I’ve got a new page for y’all to subscribe to: my modeling persona, Gloria Mundi. I’m trying to reinvent myself as an explicitly pagan model. I’m still interested in other genres too, of course (who could ever turn down a pinup shoot?), but I’d like to start from a pagan place and occasionally branch out. Gone are my days of taking every job I was offered. I think I have enough experience now to be more selective. I’ve started actually curating my ModelMayhem page, rather than posting shots from every single shoot. I’ve always believe that modeling is an art, and a respectable one, and I ought to start presenting it that way.

I leave you with two Dressember ootds!

dressember sweater I

dressember black I

housekeeping

New in my Etsy shop. Click on the photos to visit the listings.

red coat II

suit jacket I

blouse II

In other blog news…

  • This week, I’ll be sponsoring a giveaway with Marlen of Messages on a Napkin. One lucky reader, after liking my shop on Facebook and commenting with their favorite garment, will receive a $25 gift card to Dressed in the Dark Vintage. I’ll promote it on Facebook when it’s finalized, of course, but keep your eyes peeled anyway. I also bought a month of ad space on Marlen’s blog! I’m five down on the right.
  • I received my first creepy doll contest submission! It sets the bar pretty damn high, but there’s still plenty of time to enter. Find out how here.
  • As of today, I am officially participating in Dressember. If I can wear dresses for a month (is that even a question?), volunteers will pledge to donate to the International Justice Mission’s campaign against human trafficking. I’ll be documenting my dresses both on the blog and on Facebook. Visit my profile here, and please consider donating if you can spare a little.

deadly she-beast

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First of all, I’m very proud to announce that “punk girl meth porn” and “grandma’s special old hats” were two of the search terms that led to My Kingdom for a Hat this week. Y’know, meth porn is a damn hard genre to break into. Finally some recognition!

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This past Saturday, I represented Wings of Sin in Crosswalk: A Fashion Show Styled by Sound. All proceeds went to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), which was pretty cool. Wings of Sin specializes in “post-apocalyptic” fashion: organic, animalistic, and eerily utilitarian. In the great pantheon of goth subcultures, it’s definitely tribal goth. Its creator, Melaney, takes things a step further by actually being a belly dancer: she performs with her troupe, the Accaliae, at underground events around the state. I saw her at Spectacle of Sin well before I knew I’d end up modeling for her shop. She’s fantastic. I want to be her.

(Does anyone else think that the use of “sin” in pagan/goth/fetishy naming convention is getting a little old? Other words exist, darklings! I don’t hear “bacchanal” used nearly enough.)

This was my second-ever fashion show. I have, however, been in more plays and cabarets and choir concerts than I can count, and I’m no stranger to infectious backstage chaos. It’s a series of pleasant little disasters. (Maybe my walk down the runway really was post-apocalyptic.) It all makes me feel so alive.

Forgive me the poor quality of the backstage shots. The lighting wasn’t exactly prime for a shoot, but I wanted to capture some of the energy anyway. My mom snapped the runway ones.

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About nine designers participated in the show, each with a distinct look. It was easy to tell which group each model belonged to. We Wings folk definitely got some side-eyes. Let’s put it this way: I had, by far, the FEWEST tattoos.

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I wore a black infinity dress, which I hiked up to my neck and left plunging in back, and a chain-link necklace. All the accessories were mine, and I did my own makeup.

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From Damaged Goods t-shirts. I loved this model.

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From my favorite designer after Wings of Sin, Scandalous Fox Paws. I absolutely loved their medieval-inspired dresses, so much that I contacted them after the show asking if they needed models. Here’s hoping they get back to me!

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Copyright Where Clothes.

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I realize it’s blurry, but that’s meeeeee! The announcer introduced us Sinners as “deadly she-beasts”. I wish I could have someone follow me around and preemptively introduce me that way.

By pure coincidence, I was first down the runway. We shuffled ourselves at random, and I ended up in front. My friend Zoe tackled me afterward: “you opened the show!”

“It was arbitrary.”

“No one has to know that!”

wings II

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Copyright Where Clothes.

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Copyright Where Clothes.

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Copyright Where Clothes.

hats for days (shameless self-promotion)

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Saturday’s Savers run produced a delightful heap of Etsy fodder. I thought I’d take a break from your usually scheduled eccentricity and promote a few things I thought my viewers might like. Click to buy this hat here! It’s in fantastic condition for something as old as I estimate it is. Perfect for all your vintage-vixen needs.

But first things first (well, technically second)…

best dressed

I’m thrilled to report that I’ve made the top three of the Seven Days best-dressed competition! The second round of voting closes on July 10th at 5 pm, and I would greatly appreciate your vote. It takes just a few keystrokes. Click here to vote! Facebook might require you to “like” the page to see my entry, but this app is minimally invasive and you can unsubscribe from it immediately after voting, so I think it’s worth it. Thanks in advance!

designer black hat I

Vintage Oscar de la Renta by Bollman Hat Company. Click here to buy.

brown hat I

Vintage Janyth Roy New York. Excellent for steampunk cosplays. Click here to buy.

blue hat I

Vintage Monseigneur. This is probably the oldest one I’ve come across, and I think the price is well worth it to own a piece of history. (Slight fraying on ribbon.) Click here to buy.

black hat I

Vintage pillbox. Comes with two real live pins. Click here to buy.

blue lace I

Slinky siren cocktail dress. Leslie Fay Evening, size 6. Fits like a glove and hugs like a lover. Click here to buy.

boston maid II

Vintage Boston Maid dress, size 12. I felt like a grown-up Eloise just modeling it. Click here to buy.

feather dress I

Ferns ‘n’ feathers dress. Vintage M.L.S. Ltd New York, size 12. Doesn’t drape too flatteringly on me, but I’m sure one of my bloglings could give it a good home. Click here to buy.

turquoise I

Vintage Evan Picone dress, size 8. USA-made by Ladies Garment Workers Union, which I think is pretty damn cool. Click here to buy.

dress dress I

Fifty dresses in one! Guys, this is the one it hurts the most to part with. Alas, though, it does not zip over my rather significant bust (it’s a size 4). It deserves a good home. Click here to buy.

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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