5.31.2013

Meet the Moonshine Nettie Girls!

 photo storefront_zpsac905710.jpgI met these lovely ladies in New Orleans at their shop Ragin Daisy a few years back. I absolutely love them AND their new store is to die for! They have since moved to Nashville, TN under the new name Moonshine Nettie where they are rockin' out and having a blast! If you love rock n' roll, glitter, and funky fashion, check out Moonshine Nettie!

 photo storeinside_zps9abfe1d0.jpg 1) What is the story behind your store? Did you always want to own your own place? How did it come to be?

OUR store came to be because in APRIL 1993 while on vacation in Nashville we went into a rock n roll store downtown and chatted with the owner while shopping.Before we left I said ...I wish our town had a store like this...and she said "it can ..open one" SIX months later we opened our doors in a little 300 sq ft space next to our cousins punk rock club. Being next to the club was awesome because we could stay open till midnite on the weekends. and we were able to meet bands from all over. we had a lot of bands from NEW Orleans come in that we became friends with. THREE years after we opened... we relocated to NEW ORLEANS.

2) Do you make any of your merchandise?

Since the beginning we've always carried local artists work as well as our in house DESIGNS. Our dolly bras have been a hit for the last 15 yrs as well as my sisters Hair accessories and our Mom's line of RECREATED vintage slips & Vintage jackets.

 photo earrings_zps73275f44.jpg 3) You have some amazing stuff! How do you decide what you want to sell and how do you not want to keep everything???

WELL... we always want to keep everything. That's what so great about having your own shop. You sell what you love and keep your fingers crossed that everyone else loves it to. We really try and seek out smaller companies as well as independent ARTISTS/DESIGNERS.

4) What is your favorite thing about having your own shop?

WOW...great question... Having this shop has been such a blessing. we've met so many wonderful people.. some of which have become close friends. we've met some of our favorite bands and actors, writers & artists. and the social aspect is great. It's like you get to go out everyday,listen to great music,look at sparkly things, and chat up a storm....Meeting people from all walks of life has inspired creatively as well as spiritually.

 photo cuffs_zpsc97d6e8c.jpg 5) You guys always look fantastic! Do you have any fun style tips or for us?

GLITTER,RHINESTONES & ROCK n ROLL....

6) What are your favorite make up products?

Red lipstick, great mascara, Pink blush rounded off with a dab of Glitter here and there. ( and rhinestones are a must ).

7) Do you have any special events or will you be vendors at shows or fairs this year?

Our favorite event we sat up at.. was WARPED TOUR years ago. we don't have anything planned at the moment , but we can Pack the Glitter train at a moments notice.

8) You have a SWEET Elvis lamp, what is your most favorite vintage item in your collection?  

Well the Elvis lamp was a gift to us when we moved to New Orleans. I still can remember flying down I-10 and Elvis was hanging out the window of our friends suburban. As far as our favorite items ..It has to be our collection of vintage mannequins, patron saint statues, vintage majorette costumes, personal stash of Leopard & velvet coats , our Gold Cocktail Bar and our GLITTERED FRAMED PHOTO'S OF OUR MOM & GRANDMOTHER.

 photo ouija_zps8805650c.jpg 9) How did you name your store? 

RAGIN DAISY came about because we had everything ready to open our store but, still had not decided on a name. so, on the way to get our business license we just chose two words ,put them together and that was that. Over the last couple of years more and more people thought that RAGIN DAISY was a kids store. So, we decided that we would change the name to something that had more of a sentimental meaning to us.

Our grandmother NETTIE was a glamour girl from the Mississippi delta who managed and owned bars and did a little bootlegging at one point in her life.  SO, MOONSHINE NETTIE was BORN out of our love and respect for her and our mom who turned us on to the rolling stones, make up and that AGE is just a number ( don't limit yourself).

10) Do you still have your store in NOLA or did you move 100%? 

Our store was in NEW ORLEANS off and On ( due to hurricanes) for fifteen years. Life in NEW Orleans is an adventure. it's a city that celebrates everything. Everyone loves the... CITY,CHICORY,crescent moons,fleur de lis and especially Costuming. ECCENTRICS are celebrated and there's no UNIFORM when it comes to fashion.  INDIVIDUALITY RULES ...HELL we've even had a customer show up to the shop wearing a TELLE TUBBIE costume and it wasn't MARDI GRAS. WE were ready for a new adventure . so, we packed our bags and headed to music city... We landed a cute little RED house in Historic Marathon village and set up shop. We are excited to see what the next chapter holds.....

XOX

THE MOONSHINE GIRLS

Check these ladies out on Facebook!!! They have some really amazing stuff!
Until next time, stay sassy! ;)
~Steph

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5.29.2013

Tastykake® Kandy Bar Kakes

Tastykakes
I was pretty excited to find out that I had qualified for the Spring Vox Box from Influenster!  One of the items I received was a Tastykake Kandy Bar Kake - a S'mores one, to be exact.  When I posted a photo of my Influenster box on Facebook, several of my friends commented on how much they love Tastykakes, although I haven't ever had any of their products before.

I'm really not much of a granola/snack bar/snack cake girl, so when I offered up my Tastykake bar to Todd, he snapped it up!  In fact, I barely had time to take this photo before he had finished it!

Todd loves Tastykakes

I asked Todd about his Tastykake Kandy Bar Kake, and he said that it was really good. He described it as similar to a Little Debbie snack cake (as opposed to a granola bar consistency).  All of it was good, but his favorite part was the spongy filling.

I asked Todd if he would purchase them if we saw them at the store while grocery shopping, and he said yes.  He commented that they would make a great addition to school lunches, when he needs something sweet at the end of the meal.

Here's some info directly from the company:

"The Tasty Baking Company, founded in 1914 and located in Philadelphia, Pa., is one of the country’s leading bakers of snack cakes, pies, cookies, and donuts. As a subsidiary of Flowers Foods, the company has bakery facilities in Philadelphia and Oxford, Pa. that offer more than 100 products under the Tastykake brand name. Celebrated for their freshness and quality ingredients, the Tastykake line includes such classics as Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, Juniors, and Kreamies. 

Kandy Bar Kakes are the best of both worlds. Light and fluffy chocolate enrobed cakes come in a unique kandy bar shape with a delicious créme filling made with your favorite candy flavors. Available in S'mores, Peppermint, and Peanut Butter flavor.

Available at grocery and convenience stores across America." 

For more info, visit the Tastykake website

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(I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.)

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.27.2013

Another Giveaway Opportunity!

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I have one last giveaway opportunity for you guys, this time from Sabrina over at Cattails & Cardigans.  You may have noticed several giveaways from me in recent months, but this is the last one I have scheduled for a while, so be sure to go and enter!  There are full details over at Sabrina's post, and the contest ends on May 31st, so that's pretty soon!
 hell razor flower giveaway

I've really been trying to build up our readership base, so if you know of anyone who might like our blog, be sure to share!  Also, I love to find new blogs as well!  If you have any blogs you think that we would enjoy (here's a general list of what to go by: vintage/fashion, horror/heavy metal/music, rockabilly, crafty/DIY, curvy fashion/clothing, and generally anything weird...), send links our way, too!

I love to partner up with people for projects/giveaways/swaps, so meeting new friends is always a good thing!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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5.24.2013

3 Tips on Vintage Home Decor

Hi folks!

Spring cleaning has started me on reconfiguring my living room. I decided that we needed a big piece of artwork in our front entrance. I had played around with a few ideas in my head on what I wanted to do, but I had a very fortunate encounter with Brett Whitacre through my workplace (School of Rock). He is the drummer for The Legendary Shack Shakers, but he ALSO paint amazing works of pop art backwards on glass! They are phenomenal and I bought one for our living room!
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Anyway, I figured I can't be the only one working on their home decorating this spring, so I wanted to share a few tips on vintage and home decor!

1) Feel and Balance - You must first decide what you want your room to feel like when you walk in. In my case, our home is a 1957 Californian style ranch and I wanted to make sure I kept that look and feel in all of my decor. Maybe you really like turn of century French and mid century modern together. Whatever your desired look and feel, the key is balancing the two desired décor types into something that you will enjoy. Like I said before, I love mid century modern and Californian style vintage, but I also like a lot of weird kitsch and color. So, to ensure everything “feels” the way I want, I have mixed original vintage pieces in more neutral tones in with my weird colorful and random decorative items. This ensures that the color doesn’t overwhelm the eye and you can still focus on the clean mid-century modern lines.

 photo livingroom_zpsfbd76d02.jpg 2) Pulling Colors Together– In my case, I have a LOT of colors in my home. If you are having trouble deciding on a color scheme, choose a favorite object that you are planning on putting in the room (like a blanket or a vintage lamp). Once you’ve chosen your item, choose 3 to 5 colors in that object and start thinking about what color (out of the 3 to 5) you would paint the walls and then only choose items for that room based on your colors. In my case, I like the 50s and they had a lot of crazy colors to work with, but maybe you like early America style. Maybe think about an old American flag and start out with muted red, ivory, and light navy for your accessories (comforters, lamps, etc...) and throw in some gold and dark brown tones for your neutrals (furniture, larger items).
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3) Proportion – If you have a lot of small similar items, you can group them together in an area or wall as a statement piece, but don’t be afraid to go big if you want to! Say that you have a very cool vintage mirror that is in a unique frame, but is not big enough to cover the wall you want it on. You have a few options form making the mirror work i your favor. Think about what time it came from... Maybe you can find 2 cool sconces from the same era that you can place on either side of it to make it fit the wall a little better. What is the color and/or the shape of the frame on the mirror? Maybe you could find a few smaller mirrors or picture frames in the same color and/or shape. You can always paint them the same color as well. Group these items together around the mirror to make it look like a more cohesive decorative unit.
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I hope these were helpful! Do you have any projects you’re working on? Do you have any tips or need some? Leave a comment below!

Catch ya later!

Steph @ Calamity Layne

5.22.2013

New Friends!

The Nearsighted Owl screenshot

So, I had my first physical therapy appointment today, and my arm/hand/wrist is pretty swollen, so typing is difficult.  I had a bit of fun news to cheer me up earlier this week though!  Rachele from The Nearsighted Owl sent me a link to one of her OOTD posts where she is wearing a hair flower that I sent her!  She looks so cute in it!

Please go check her out over at The Nearsighted Owl!

Hell Razor Hair Flower

(Close up of actual hair flower I sent to her.)

I'm usually pretty down for sending bloggers stuff if you are interested in using it for an OOTD, or I'm also game to do a swap/giveaway... so if you have an idea for a project to partner on, send me an email.  School is out for summer, and once my hand is a little more, um, usable, I'll be looking for projects!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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5.20.2013

That time when something really awesome becomes something really terrible.

skate gear

I know I've mentioned at least once before how I'm taking roller derby lessons with Stephanie & Megan.  Well, just last Tuesday, we were learning how to do plow stops, and I was doing pretty good! I don't know if maybe I got over-confident or what, but I squatted down to stop and turned my wheels inward.  My weight must've shifted too much to the back, because I began to tip backwards and to the left.  I completely fell, and landed on my arm.  Keep in mind, though, that I had FULL safety gear on at the time: helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouth guard.  I was embarrassed, but pulled myself up as an instructor came over to see if I was ok.  My immediate reaction was to say that I was fine, but as I stood up, it became very apparent that I was not, in fact, fine.

We rolled off the floor to a bench and sat down.  Girls immediately began pulling off my gear.  The owner of the roller rink came over and put ice under my arm.  I called my husband, and, since he was home with the baby and Iggy had just went to bed, I would get a ride home from Megan while he got baby coverage, and he'd take me to the emergency room when I got home.

elbow sling

At the emergency room, they took x-rays, and the doctor there explained that I had cracked the end of my humerus bone.  We got back home at about 12:30 am.  The next morning, I saw the orthopedist, who explained that I would have to have surgery to fix the bone, which involved putting screws into my elbow to put everything back together.  Oh joy.

So, on Thursday afternoon I was having surgery on my elbow.  I was released from the hospital late afternoon, and I'm laid up here, recuperating until further notice...

This sucks.

List of things that are impossible/near impossible to do with only one arm:

  • get dressed in the morning
  • put in/take out contacts
  • pull your pants back up after going to the bathroom
  • changing a baby's diaper
  • picking up a baby, at all
  • putting your hair into a ponytail
  • washing your hair
  • taking a bath/shower and getting all the parts clean
  • washing your hand
  • unscrewing sippy cups, mascara tubes, or anything else with a screw top
  • attaching a leash to a spastic puppy dog collar to take her out
  • winged eye liner
  • blow drying your hair
  • cutting/filing your nails
  • climbing into a tall bed
  • adjusting your seating/laying position on a bed or couch
  • tying your shoes
  • blowing your nose
  • putting on/taking off earrings
  • cutting up food
That's all I've got for now, except to add that tasks that actually can be performed with one arm (brushing teeth, for example) have the added bonus of trying to work around the bulk of an arm strapped across your chest, with sling strap cutting into your neck causing additional pain and irritation at the same time...

Hopefully I'll have a new blog post for you on Wednesday.  If not, you know why...

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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5.15.2013

Influenster Review: Palmolive Soft Touch

Influenster Palmolive Soft Touch Review
When I go shopping, I generally select items based on three things:
  1. Effectiveness
  2. Price
  3. Design
For these three reasons, I tend to stick with certain brands.  Sometimes, one of these items are not part of the decision.  For example, I am willing to pay more for an item if it really works well.  Like a hair product, or makeup.

I recently joined Influenster, and was sent two bottles of Ultra Palmolive Soft Touch dishwashing liquid (for free, to test out and review – full disclosure!).  I was told to give one to a friend, so naturally, I sent the other bottle to my blogging partner-in-crime, Stephanie.  I kept the pink Vitamin E one, and gave her the Soft Touch Coconut Butter.

I don’t normally use Palmolive.  But free is good for my pocketbook, so I decided to give it a whirl.  Coincidentally, I was just about to run out of dishwashing liquid anyways, so bonus! 

I have a dishwasher, but there’s always a few hand-wash only items sitting on the counter.  Therefore, I’ve washed dishes at least a couple of times prior to writing this up.  Here’s what I noticed:
  1. It’s very bubbly.  You don’t need to use a lot.
  2. It smells pretty, but almost like a body wash, which I found a little disconcerting for washing dishes.  Maybe that’s just me.
  3. It’s supposed to be good for your hands.  I didn’t notice results to either end of this… my hands were not noticeably softer, but they certainly didn’t get any worse.  So, a draw on this end?
  4. The dishes were clean, so effectiveness = yes.
So, since the effectiveness was a “yes,” I now reach the price component.  I researched on Amazon, and found that Palmolive Ultra Soft Touch came up with a price of about $3.50 a bottle.  I was also sent a few $1 off coupons, which would knock it down to $2.50, and maybe you can find a sale too - so if you’re interested, I’ve got a few left and I can send ‘em your way.  Let me know.

My current favorite dish soap, Method, comes in at about $2.99 a bottle (via Target), so it’s a little bit cheaper.  It is effective at getting the dishes clean, and I like how it smells.  But where Method really wins out is the design category.  I would much rather have the Method bottle sitting on my sink ledge than a bottle of Palmolive.  Maybe it’s the art teacher in me, but the Palmolive bottle is kind of ugly.  I want to go out and buy a container to put the Palmolive into, so it’s not sitting there.  Yes, I could also not keep my dishwashing liquid up on the counter.  But it’s a convenience thing.  If I have to hand-wash dishes, I want my set up to be as easy as possible.

So, in conclusion, I’m not really won over on this product.  But there’s nothing “bad” about it either.  I’m just kinda meh.  I’ll definitely finish up the bottle that I have (no sense in wasting it), but I won’t be running to the store for more.

So, there you have it, my honest 100% review of free stuff I got in the mail.  I just recently found out that I qualified for the Influenster “Spring Vox Box,” so be on the lookout for another IMHO review coming soon!

Influenster Review

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

P.S. Happy happy birthday today to my blogging bestie, Steph @ Calamity Layne!  Stop by her Facebook page and leave her some birthday wishes!

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5.13.2013

OOTD: Skulls

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone
dress - ASOS curve / leggings - Torrid / shoes - Shoe Carnival? / earrings - Nordstrom

I just bought this dress from ASOS Curve and I knew I wanted to photograph it the first time I wore it because it is so awesome.  Sugar skulls are my favorite.  And I used an online coupon code and it only cost me about $40, which is worth bragging about, I think!  If you decide to buy it, know that it runs large (I bought this one size smaller than usual, and I probably could have bought it even one more size smaller).  But I love it, and the sleeve length is enough that I don't have to wear a shirt underneath (yayy summer options), but I totally could do long sleeves underneath and take this into fall/winter, no problem.

Close up of the print:

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

Hey, check this out: I wore different shoes today!  Well, they're not super different from a style standpoint, but they're not the Sketchers I've been wearing for the past few weeks.  I bought these at Shoe Carnival, I think?  It's like a Famous Footwear... not sure if they're located everywhere...

I love flat shoes, but they HAVE to have some kind of sole to them.  Many flats out now are too flat and my feet just hurt too badly to wear them.  But these have good bottoms.

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

Although I'm not a fan of being too matchy-matchy, I went for it today when I decided on these sweet skull earrings I bought at Nordstrom when I was out with Lisa and Gunnar a while back.

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

When I go through a whole work day and no one mentions my awesome earrings, I start to wonder if they're just too used to me wearing stuff like this so that it no longer has any impact.  Hmmm.  Well, I appreciated them, and I guess that's all that really matters.

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

Today's eye was back to shades of pink.  I used light pink on the lids, and a brighter magenta pink on the outer corners, up into the crease.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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5.10.2013

The Doctor is In! Rock n' Roll with Crazy Joe!


Hello everyone!
One thing you might now know about me is as much as I love vintage clothing, I LOVE vintage music ten times more. I enjoy the sound of vinyl over CDs and I appreciate the skill and technique used in vintage recordings (I'm a giant sound and recording nerd, so will not bore you with details).

Anyway, I caught up with my great friend and phenomenal musician Crazy Joe!  for an interview. He's the King of Nerdabilly, has a PHD in Electrical Engineering, a SWEET studio in his basement, OH! and plays guitar like it's nothin'! His new album "The Doctor is In" came out recently and I thought you guys might be interested in hearing about some real life rock n roll goodness!
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What was the first song you learned on guitar?
Wild Thing! My dad taught me A, D, and E. I'm pretty sure it was second grade sometime. This, of course, led to "Louie Louie," "Gloria," and so forth. I just realized that he must have taught me G as well, haha.

Did you alway know that you wanted to be a musician? Who are your top 3 influences musically?
In my Dr. Seuss "My Book About Me," I wrote that I wanted to be an electrical engineer; this is when I had just turned six. Very likely I just asked my dad what he did. I was obsessed with tape recording and music and banging on my little toy guitars pre-kindergarten, so I guess I didn't really have a choice. I suppose my biggest early influences are still the records my parents had around growing up; specific ones I remember were the Beach Boys, Four Seasons, CCR, Johnny Horton, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night. There was always music playing. Later, of course, I got into Hendrix, Zeppelin, James Brown, and got very heavily into jazz, which is probably what I listen to more than anything.

What made you choose to release your new album, "the Doctor is In" on vinyl?
Because I apparently like investing thousands of dollars into ventures with guaranteed loss. Part of it is that I had never done an LP before; and part of it was that I had finally finished my all-analog studio and wanted to put out a record that was 100% analog from the microphone capsules to the disc cutter head. That's very rare today. My old man advised against it; therefore I had to do it, haha.

 photo joe1_zps93f5847c.jpg Tell us about your studio! Do you have any plans for it yet? Why did you want to build one?
Man, it's funny to hear the question, "why did you want to build one," because it has never occurred to me that I even had a choice! I started fooling around with home recording in the very beginning, like first or second grade, before I even played guitar. By the end of elementary school I was already making recordings where I layered myself playing multiple instruments, and by high school I was selling four-track recordings to my friends. But things really got serious when I got my Ampex AG440B one-inch eight-track when I was a junior in high school. A lawyer in Cleveland (who's now a judge from what I understand) just gave it to me; I had been asking around at the OMEA convention if anybody knew of an eight-track machine and some guy told me about him. I started building a console right then and there, even though I didn't really know that much about electronics. Well, believe it or not, I finished the damn thing - at age 30!....I totally didn't answer the question....

I wanted to build a studio that cut everything down to the absolute essentials; in fact, I specifically wanted the least amount of gear possible. My ultimate goal was to design and hand-build every single piece of equipment from scratch, and except for the eight-track, I did! I have five tube microphones, a few dynamics, my homemade console, my eight-track tape machine, my two-track tape machine, a stereo compressor, and that's it. That and my garage echo chamber.

The studio looks SWEET! Do you think about visual design when you're building all of your equipment or do they just turn out the way they turn out? 
Oh, I am obsessed with two-tone grey motifs, black Bakelite knobs on dial plates, jeweled pilot lights, mechanical VU meters; and have a basement full of that crap. Luckily I bought a lot of it in the 90's when it was still cheap. So yes, I still look at an Ampex tape machine and drool. Ain't gonna lie.
One thing that still kills me about my console is that I drilled the front panels during exam week my senior year of high school; and if you look down a row of knobs, a few are off by 10 or 20 thousandths of an inch. That drives me crazy!

Are you planning on recording other people at your studio or is it distinctly for you?
I don't know yet! I've been so busy with school since I finished the record I haven't touched the place. I've had a lot of inquiries about that. Folks might not like the price of tape these days; one-inch is up to 185 bucks a reel.

 photo 221736_101505guitar98406780055_6879334_n_zps07cb505c.jpg What's so special about your guitar? 
It's got my name on it! 
I only have three electric guitars; I sold everything else a few years ago. They were all made by one of my best buddies, Casey Simmons. He is a top-notch restoration guy at the Air Force Museum; does machining, painting, upholstery, everything on those old planes. I've been playing the "Crazy Joe" guitar for about eight years now. He made it when he still lived at his parents' house. He built a very similar guitar for himself at the same time, and I finally bought that from him about a year ago; it's equally lovely. In fact, it's a couple pounds lighter and has a 24-3/4" scale length instead of 25-1/2", so it doesn't cripple me to play it.

Did you do all of the electronics? 
Oh yeah, the guitar has all the same silver/Teflon audiophile wire, silver-contact swtiches, and sealed pots as my studio and hi-fi gear.

What inspires you to keep playing and creating music?
"Inspiration" and "why do you"; it's just not something I can control! I'm gonna make music - and for that matter build electronics - until I keel over, I suspect; I just do it. You asked about the inspiration behind the album; well, that question can go off on three or four different tangents, but if you want to know what inspired the songs, and I freely admit that several of them are incredibly cynical and negative, I can tell you that every single song conveys a sentiment that was genuine at the time of writing. And yeah, I had a few bad years.

Out of every song you’ve written, which one is your favorite?
Oh, I think they're all terrible. I liked "My Guitar" from the King of Nerdabilly. I think "Mary Ann" was a good rock & roll song. Actually, I'm proud of my songs, especially on the new album. Sometimes I cringe at how far I'm willing to be autobiographical, but it's also good to get them out of my system.

 photo TDII_zpsf577e59a.jpg What is most important to you in song writing and creating an album?
I don't know. I write songs when I'm compelled by some event or feeling. The last album, I felt like it had been a few years since I'd put one out and I needed product for the festivals and tours I had coming up. I was pretty much playing professionally at that point; touring with Deke, doing a lot of my own shows, although I was still teaching a little in-between. So I put some, what I thought were cool covers, made it a pretty well-put-together rockabilly/early rock & roll album, I felt. This album, I had crossed the give-a-damn threshold and was going to put it out when I felt like it. I definitely wanted to do it in my own studio, with my own console especially; that took time. At some point I realized I had a pretty good-sized pile of original songs so I decided to make it all original tunes. There's no other reason why there are 11 songs than that's how many I had. It worked out when it came time to compile the album, because the five-minute slow-blues-booty-jam rounded out the album sides to about 15 minutes each, which is perfect for vinyl cutting. I haven't heard one complaint that the album is too short; on the contrary, I've heard that 30 minutes is perfect.

So to actually answer your question - doing what I want when I feel like it. I didn't care if I sold five copies of this thing. I just wanted to make it the way I wanted to. I didn't even master it; just transferred the 1/4" mixes as-is because I liked the way they sounded. I went to a lot of trouble to have strictly Ohio musicians, artists, photographers, and so forth on the album; in fact, the LP was cut and pressed in Cleveland! It feels good to be able to say that.

For tour dates, and more info on Crazy Joe, visit http://www.crazyjoe.org/

Catch ya later!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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5.08.2013

I hate hot weather. Boo.

OOTD Betties N Brimstone
dress - Target / leggings - Torrid / shoes - Sketchers / shirt - Target

We had a couple of days last week where it got really hot.  Like, annoyingly hot.  Ugh.  And all I wear to work is pretty much cardigans over stuff.  So, what to do... I wore a boring t-shirt and jeans combo a couple of days, but I wanted to get back into my dresses.  So on this day, I decided that cropped leggings would allow my legs to get a little fresh air (as opposed to boots), and I wore a 3/4 sleeve striped shirt under my Target lace dress (yep, you've seen this gem before - here and here).  I still felt comfortable in terms of being "covered up" (I'm not at the exposed arms stage yet... but I'm working on it!) but also comfortable in terms of the warmer weather.  So yays all around.

OOTD Betties N Brimstone

I don't think you've ever gotten to see this dress NOT covered up.  The back has a long chunky zipper on it, which I'm a big fan of.  I like the juxtaposition of a more delicate material like lace being paired up with a more industrial/functional item like a big zipper.

My shirt is from Target, but several years ago.  In fact, it's kind of reaching the end of it's life (its really worn and I think it has a stain on front, but when I wear it like this you'd never know - except I just told you) but I don't want to get rid of it until I have a suitable replacement.  In fact, I also own it in black and grey stripe, too.  Suggestions?

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OOTD Betties N Brimstone

I can't seem to get out of these darned Sketchers shoes.  They're so comfortable, and I found little footie socks that fit with them so my feet stay nice and not all sweaty.  I'm always looking for other shoes, but these work so well with everything...

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.06.2013

I remixed a remix, and it went back to normal.

OOTD Betties N Brimstone
dress - Forever 21+ / shoes - Sketchers / tights - We Love Colors / scarf - Torrid? (a few years back)

Are you thinking to yourself right now, "Hey this dress looks familiar?" If so, it's because I wore it here, with slightly different styling.  Also, are you thinking, "Hey, your hair looks shorter?" Well, that's because it IS.  Over a week ago, I had Megan cut 6 inches off of it!  She was hesitant, but I was just like, hey, hair grows back.  Let's go for it.  Besides, now it's easier to pull my hair back under my helmet at roller derby class.

"Roller derby class?!" you say?  Yep.  Eventually Steph and I will get around to telling you more about it, but I keep forgetting to probably take some photos so I can share it with you.  It's super fun.  If you can't wait to see a blog post about it, you can check out their web site here.  It's called "Derby Lite," and it's a fitness class that teaches you the very basics of roller derby.  It's challenging, and physically demanding, but it is so much fun.  And I feel so proud of myself every week when I get home.  I do things there that I didn't think I would be able to do!

Strong woman, rawr!

OOTD Betties N Brimstone

I like taking photos against the blue wall in my room before school because I feel like it makes everything in the photo pop.  And it also looks like my legs almost match said wall on this day...!

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Makeup details... although my lighting is never so good for these shots, today's eye was pretty neutral.  A white highlight under the brow bone and in the inner corners.  A light peachy color for the main lid (I think it's called Yogurt), and I used a bright magenta pink for the outer corners and up into the crease.  So the pop of color was only really on the outer corners.  Something different.  Plus, obligatory cat eye.

OOTD Betties N Brimstone

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

p.s. Mitch Hedberg title reference.  1000x points if you caught that.  And you can be my friend forever.

p.p.s. Today's the last day to win cool stuff from the Bake & Destroy Mother's Day Gift Guide & Giveaway, so if you haven't entered yet...

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5.03.2013

Another Giveaway?!

Bake & Destroy Mother's Day Gift Guide

Yep, you read that right!  The internet is giving you another opportunity to win a Hell Razor sugar skull hair flower!  It's on the Bake & Destroy Mother's Day Gift Guide & Giveaway!

Bake & Destroy Mother's Day Gift Guide

...it's this flower, right here.  Not only will you win this, but you can win all the other fun things pictured above, all in a nifty prize pack.  There's another prize pack, too, but this is the one with my prize.  Go to the giveaway site if you wanna check out the rest.  Okay?  Good.

Oh yeah, the contest ends May 6th.  So hurry up!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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5.01.2013

Ripped Seams are Punk Rock, Anyways...

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone
boots - Torrid / leggings - Torrid / sweater - Torrid / dress - SimplyBe / tank - JCPenney

I hesitated to even take a picture wearing this dress, because it's from SimplyBe and I had a horrible experience with them and won't shop from them again.  To top it off, I didn't even have the dress for very long, and it got a huge rip right along the seam and I'm not sure how to fix it because it's sheer material and the fabric is kind of shredded right on the tear... ugh.  Just another reason to avoid this company, their horrible customer service, and their shoddy quality items.  Lesson learned.

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

The thing that sucks is that the dress itself (ignoring the huge seam rip - did I mention it's right on the back of the skirt?  Yep, by my butt...) is not a bad design.  It fits well, and it's got a cute heart pattern that I always go for (see my heart sweater here and my heart patterned vintage dress here).  So boooo to a lost opportunity for more.

OOTD at Betties N Brimstone
OOTD at Betties N Brimstone

I wasn't able to actually get a good photo of the ripped seam with the dress on, so you'll have to settle for this close-up instead.  The funny part is that I wore it, knowing full well that it was ripped, and no one seemed to notice until after school when my husband said "hey your dress is ripped in the back!" - so I know it wasn't unnoticeable... just that no one said anything.  Heh.

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This day was purple eyes.  I used a white-ish shadow on the inner corners and highlights under the brow, a light shimmery purple for the center of the lids, and a darker smoky purple for the outer corners and creases.  Also, cat eye.  Can you see where I wavered on the eye to the right?  Don't tell anyone.  Maybe they'll ignore it, like the ripped seam.
:)

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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