the second-best day of the year


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 show. Crystal Lil, the matriarch, is a showgirl worthy of Palahniuk or Easton Ellis – “kind of a Gypsy Rose Lee who bites the heads off chickens and drinks their blood”.

Of course I had to play her.

The best part of this costume is the fact that I already owned all the components. My wardrobe is that comprehensive.

Five of Lil’s freak children survive to adulthood; she pickles the ones who don’t and displays their tiny corpses in jars. In that vein, I thought the skull was a nice touch.

I just happened to own a water bottle emblazoned with a skull and crossbones. It was perfect for Lil’s poisons.

My usual pic editor was offline today. I had to make do with a less consistently decent one, hence the lower-than-usual quality.

I dressed like this for class and errands today. Costumes are nothing if you can’t commit to them.

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, and I’m making it up to you now. Tank top from Pyramid Collection (the only thing of theirs I actually own).

Today I’m reminded powerfully of Claudia Kishi from the Baby-Sitters Club series, which I LOVED between the ages of 7 and 11. She was the fashionista of the club, in an overtly ’90s kind of way. The internet is a little obsessed with her.

Harem pants.

SO ’90S. No apologies.


Blouse, Belt, and Silver Hat: Battery Street Jeans Harem Pants: Handed down from Mom Tank Top: Pyramid Collection Hat: Gifted Leggings: Charlotte Russe