The Last Post of the year 2015

What a year! There were several drafts of this post in my queue, and I’m editing and adding things accordingly.

Can you BELIEVE that 2016 is almost upon us? The mind boggles and I can’t wait for it to be here, as 2015 was perhaps the most challenging year of my life. At least in the top 3.

A couple of weeks ago, my little ladies and I picked up a stomach bug.

I’ve been thinking about how hard it is to dress when you’re sick and need to be somewhat presentable.

On my radar is Dita Von Teese’s new book that I’ve read from cover to cover since getting it as an early Christmas present. It’s a definitive glamor read that goes over her beauty routine and philosophies in explicit detail.

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It’s a book with beautiful pictures. You can’t help but feel non-glamorous after putting it down, especially when you’re sick!

Her occupation and preoccupation are her images as the (arguably) #1 burlesque star of our time.

She’s polished and cultivated herself throughout the years. She elaborates on about how to achieve this with lots of information on each page. In this Instagram filtered world (where no one has body hair and is completely poreless), it’s refreshing that she’s so candid.

Her inner circle includes iconic people from Raja to Catherine Baba, to Ali Mahdavi and more. It’s worth the read just to learn more about them!

Lately, I’ve been getting back into the swing of dressing up again. If I could only dress like this every day! The pic above is a flashback from several years ago. Maybe I wouldn’t wear heels daily because of little kids. An irrefutable fact is that you can’t grow new feet if yours already hurt. I’ve worn heels for too many years to keep wearing them constantly.

I dress up for myself, complete with hair and makeup. FOR MYSELF. Not for anyone else, unless it’s been a modeling, acting or spokesmodel gig. Show me the moolah. In Hollywoodland when I was on set, most hairdressers would obliterate my bangs. That was a form of nudity for me.

I’ve been a fringe girl since 1995. Once upon a time, I let eight months of growth occur before I realized that this is who I am. Don’t hide it, so I grew them out again.

Which brings me to another form of nudity in surrendering when you’re sick. My friend L. says that she doesn’t bother putting on her face at Costco and I can see what she means.

However, I’ve adopted a rule recently, and it’s to wear mascara, perfume, or lipstick. Time is the most precious resource, and I won’t be late, but sometimes I’ll try to go for all three.

I’ll usually hold off on perfume if I’m going for an interview or anywhere where I’ll be in close quarters.
While we were all sick, it was quite the challenge to do a simple errand. I tried to put myself together while remaining comfortable.

When I’m putting on lipstick daily, a natural looking lipstick that I adore is Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss in the shade Lolita.

It’s a “your lips but better type of shade” that’s a pinkish brown.

You can’t see it in the pic, but I’m wearing this scrunchie that I got for under $2 at 2525 Vintage and Modern. For years, I tried to get my hair this shade of blue.

My sickness outfit would be skinny jeans, a long black shirt and then some coat over it. I grabbed my Pumas because they were the closest shoes available, but I’ll also wear my Dr. Martens.

Speaking of Dr. Martens, there was this article about them in the NY Times. For the record, they arrived in the States in 1984!

If that scrunchie doesn’t remind you of the years in the 90’s, then perhaps this velvet choker with faux pearl might jog your memory. It was an under $4 score at Forever 21.

I spent a couple of days prowling the streets of Reno, where the action is 24/7. Unfortunately, that also includes smoking EVERYWHERE.

My poor coat! I need to find a reputable dry cleaner here that hopefully won’t charge me more than I paid for the coat to clean it.
 The view on the drive back to California. IT WAS COLD, YES IT WAS. The day after Christmas, on the way to brunch with old and new friends.
The great coat is one that I got from H&M. I was coveting it for a long time. Hello, clearance section and then I had a coupon for 30% off, which made my Cruella coat $33.
Pseudo-Peter Pan collar dress, another H&M clearance find for $10!I’ll leave this post with an incredible find that I acquired for only $2.49.

This slip is in perfect condition and fits like a dream. Happy new year!

Author: Lisa