12.30.2013

A Comfy Christmas...

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone
socks - Betsey Johnson / boots - Target / leggings - Torrid / hoodie tunic - Megan Lee Designs

This is my OOTD from Christmas.  Notice my messy messy studio in the background... I decided to just go with it.  I hadn't done any outfit posts in a while, so I decided to stop slacking and get back on the horse.  Hey, considering I started 2013 with a goal of doing more outfit posts, I think I succeeded pretty gosh darn well, don't you?

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

My outfit was inspired by a desire to be really comfortable, and not going anywhere on Christmas day! I bought this Megan Lee long tunic hoodie at a Craft/Open House show in Berwyn in early December.  I'm a big fan of Megan Lee Designs for a while now, but I was always kind of sad that her woman's shirts stop at size XL, and are kind of "junior" - you know, small-ish in size, to start with.  But this hoodie is an XXL and is a unisex style, so on (short, plus-size) me it becomes an awesome tunic!  I didn't even see any in the shop, so I think that I just I lucked out in coming across this at the Open House.

...and yes, those ARE cats on my shirt.  Bonus!...

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

I had a really awesome Christmas day this year.  We stayed home!  Iggy opened up presents in the morning, and had time to hang out and play with them!  I made breakfast (soy-rizo and eggs), and we did a little bit of cleaning up around the house and re-charging for a family celebration on the 26th.  I finally had time to re-dye my hair:

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Then, after Iggy went down for his afternoon nap, I took a long bath!  It was such a nice treat!

I bought myself a little gift this year from Circa Ceramics:

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

It's a small bowl, which I asked to have in bubblegum pink stripe, with the star decal.  The inside has a pink circle on the bottom, which is pretty darn cute!  I bought it specifically for the purpose you see here: an amplifier/speaker bowl for my phone!  Have you ever tried this?  Put your phone into a bowl when you're listening to music, and the sound is much louder!  What a great (and good-looking) solution for your desk - store your phone fashionably, and hear your music better!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.27.2013

A "Must Have" Vintage App!

Merry Christmas!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!
I don't know about most of you, but it was back to work again today for me (boo!). It was super dead so I had to come up with something to keep me occupied while I was Invoicing away in my cubicle.
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I was searching through the App store on my phone (...TOTALLY work related...) and stumbled across a pretty nifty and interesting app called Vintage Radio.  If you enjoy a little history and exercising your imagination, then you will enjoy this app!
 photo IMG_0961_zps069fa28d.png Vintage Radio is full of original recordings of radio shows (multiple genres) from the 1930s & 40s. It's fun to listen to when you're bored out of your mind at work...or elsewhere. Another great thing about the app is that it's a download and listen app so you don't have to worry about streaming charges if you don't have access to wifi.
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I've been listening exclusively to the Horror radio shows (I have a soft spot) and I am really enjoying how talented the voice actors were and how much creepier things are when you're imagining what's happening versus watching some slasher film where what you see is what you get. I mean, don't get me wrong...I love slasher films too...but I have a much greater appreciation for the talent involved in the making of these radio shows. There are MANY different genres to choose from as well as some music and history options. The other cool thing is that they've kept in all of the mini advertisements for war bonds, medicinal supplements, and various other little things you probably didn't learn about in school. ;)
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There is a free version too if you just want to try it out! I started out with that version and then ended up subscribing. Try it out and let me know what you think! :)

Until next time...
~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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12.25.2013

A Christmas Day Playlist!

I really don't like Christmas music, for the most part.  They are over-played and all start to sound the same.  But there are a few exceptions!  In the spirit of the Christmas season, I have compiled a little list of songs for the non-Christmas-music-lover.  Mostly metal, with a few random surprises thrown in-between.  Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!


Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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See above!  I gave you a whole list!

12.23.2013

Modcloth Weekly Challenge: Committee Celebration Dress



Recently, I was contacted by ModCloth to create a look featuring a specific item from their website as part of their Uniquely You campaign's weekly Polyvore challenge.  Since the challenge specifically included mention/inclusion of plus size dresses, I was sold!  I recently purchased a couple of dresses from ModCloth (not yet featured here on the blog, but soon!) from their plus-size collection as part of their Black Friday sale (There was a whole bunch of stuff at 50% off!  How could I not?!), and I really love them!

The featured dress this week is the Committee Celebration Dress, which is a pretty basic (yet versatile) black dress with a bright blue belt.  I decided to style this dress up in my very favorite way: with colorful tights, a fun cardigan, boots, and a scarf!  This is one of my most common ways to switch up a neutral dress and add interest.  I was having so much fun shopping on the ModCloth site that I picked out a bag, a pair of sunglasses, and some unique jewelry to accompany the ensemble!  Seriously, how cute is this bracelet?!

To see more of my style boards, you can find me on Polyvore here.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.20.2013

Vintage Cream and Sugar Sets

Hey guys!
Happy Friday! I hope everyone has all of their holiday shopping finished up. I can't believe it's almost Christmas, but I am excited to see all of our family and friends back home! On my last shopping trip, I cheated and went into my local thrift store to browse and decompress a little from standing in lines at World Market and Target.

On my trip, I found some awesome "new" stuff including the matching sugar bowl to my Laughlin Harlequin Fiestaware Creamer. I had gotten the creamer at a flea market for $10 and I found the bowl for .99 at the thrift store. it's in GREAT condition and I love the details on the handles of both pieces.

 photo Harliquincreamerandsugar_zps0c8afe25.jpg I've started a nice collection of vintage cream and sugar sets over the past few years. The funny thing is, I don't really ever use cream or sugar in my coffee.... BUT I love them. My mom started me out with this Turquoise set that goes with a set of my dishes.  photo MikasaEliteCalibou_zpse24ae149.jpg
These guys are part of the Mikasa Elite Calibou set from the 60s. I believe this set was from when Mikasa was still being imported from Japan. I use them primarily with the pieces on my Blue Heaven set I've found over the years.
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I keep this set on my kitchen table because our kitchen is primarily vintage yellow, turquoise, and green. I think they look awesome with the lemons & mid century bowl as a centerpiece. I have absolutely no idea what set they go to. They don't have any brands or markings on the bottom that tell me a manufacturer etc..., but they are adorable and probably from the late 60s or early 70s.
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Last, but not least, I have my Star Glow set.  They're not much to look at alone, but they really look sharp next to the entire set. I'm so close to having a full Star Glow set. I'm still looking for salt and pepper shakers and the water pitcher, but other than that, I think I'm almost there!

If you're on the market for some cool vintage housewares, you should also check out our friends at Gypsy Mouse  and also, stay tuned to Calamity Layne for more cool vintage digs! We've got some big plans for the new year ahead!!!

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12.18.2013

Hell Bunny and Lace

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dress - Torrid / sweater - Hell Bunny (via Hot Topic.com) / boots - Target / tank - JCPenney / necklace - Forever 21? / tights - We Love Colors
This holiday season I've taken full advantage of awesome online shopping deals!  One of my favorite discoveries was the fact that Hot Topic now carries Hell Bunny plus sizes!  I was able to snag a couple of dresses and this super cool cardigan at 20% off of the regular price - a great deal, because I typically cannot afford Hell Bunny prices.  I love the anchors and skulls on the shoulders of this cardigan, but the major selling point was the cute pink bows on the sleeves!  See details below.

BnB OOTDI think that this sweater went well with my silvery lace dress from Torrid - the dress was just neutral enough to allow the designs on the sweater to be the focal point.  I kept my tights a neutral black as well.

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This is actually my first anchor motif article of clothing, surprisingly enough!

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There go my favorite Target boots again.  Lisa went out and bought the same pair as me.  And we bought the same Biz Markie t-shirt at the Yo Gabba Gabba concert last weekend.  Nerdz.

My necklace is from Forever 21, I think?  I've had it for a long time, when I was going through a "long necklace with pendant" phase.  It's not a locket, but I wish that it was.  I could hide secret things in it.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.16.2013

Wish List 2013

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It's really close to Christmas.  Basically, too close to safely do any internet gift shopping in time for the big day... but it doesn't stop me from browsing and window shopping and wishing.  Some of these items have been on my "wish list" for a while now, and are no longer available.  Others (the pistol hairdryer) I've never been able to find available... just mythical internet photos of it.
  1. Black and white striped bag, originally from TopShop, no longer available
  2. Pistol hairdryer, unknown
  3. Studded iPhone case, see similar here
  4. Wicked Step Scissors from Sublime Stitching
  5. Silver pencil sharpener ring, originally via The Worship Museum, no longer available?
  6. Vans pink & black checkered slippers from Zappos
  7. Lavender Hug Blythe Doll
  8. Eames sidechair in aqua sky from Design Within Reach
  9. Cupcake Provocateur Cherry-O apron
My real Christmas gift this year though is a new pair of skates!  They arrived last week, and I took them out for a first roll on the rink.  I'll be sharing them here real soon!

What did YOU ask Santa for this Christmas?

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.13.2013

A Very Vintage Christmas

Happy Holidays, Everyone!
We've had a pretty eventful past few weeks at our house, but with all of the hustle and bustle that surrounds the holidays I still find decorating for Christmas relaxing. I thought I would share a few of my favorite things with all you vintage lovers out there! Check it out!
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Grandma's Angels
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My first vintage treasures are my grandma's angels. They have been around since I can remember and I think they are from the 60s? I was lucky enough to inherit many of her Christmas decorations because I was the one who always helped her put them up each year. These lovely ladies were always on top of her tv with the nativity.

Rockin' Reindeer 
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I have many many reindeer from multiple decades. My favorites are the stuffed colorful ones from the 50s (which...I am not showing in this picture?), but the white ones and gold ones are from the 60s and 70s. I set them all up on our piano in the living room this year and I like it!

 It's a Small World 
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Alright...there were my grandma's too...and yes...they're probably border-line offensive, but do you know how much offensive crap there is from the 40s and 50s!? Anyway, there were my grandma's too I paired them with her other 3 carolers all for the 50s and 60s.

Winter Wonderland
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This tree is another inherited piece and it goes along with a little skate pond and village that we used to set up and grandma's.

The Tree

 photo BeginningPicTree_zpscdb2d7b9.jpg photo ColorWheel_zps57d594ba.jpg I freakin' LOVE this tree. I bought it an an antique store for $119. It is in GREAT condition and is the perfect Christmas tree for us! photo Treecolors_zpsd2f5f41a.jpg

Old School Ornaments 
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I bought these at a few different antique stores as well. they're usually $2 - $4 a pop. The really old fancy ones can run pretty pricey so make sure your'e shopping around if you're in the market!

My 2013 Christmas Present
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Meet Peggy Sue! Our new 2 month old Beagle Puppy! :) She's my Christmas present this year.

Have a happy holiday season!!! I'll see you next week!

~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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12.11.2013

Yo Gabba Gabba: Special Project - Hell Razor

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

This weekend, Todd and I are taking Iggy to his first ever concert: Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE!  And I'm super excited.  We all are.  Todd is going, and my friends Lisa and Shane are going with their son, Gunnar.  I can't wait to see Iggy's reaction once he realizes where we are.  He already yells "YOOO GABBA GABBA!" when he watches on TV.  Too cute.

Lisa is a super festive person, so when she said "you need to make me a Brobee flower" many weeks ago, I thought to myself, "hmm I could DO that!"

And hence this project was born:

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

The Muno flower is the one that I'm going to wear and keep.  He and Brobee are my favorites, so I'm glad that Lisa picked Brobee.

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

Plex is my next favorite YGG character, and the flower on his design is one of my favorites, because I found SILVER flowers to incorporate!  This time of the year is pretty good for glitter and silvery things, and poinsettias... but not so great for finding black flowers, blue flowers, or spring colors.  Argh.

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

The Brobee flower didn't photograph well for the green colors here - it looks kinds washed out, even with my attempts to Photoshop it a little bit better.  He was definitely one of the more fun characters to make!

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

The Toodee character gave me SO many headaches, trying to get it just right!  I'm still not 100% satisfied with it, but the flower part came out really great (I got to incorporate some more of the silvery petals into it, since she lives in the ice land...)!

Yo Gabba Gabba Flowers

Foofa is my least favorite of all the YGG characters (she's such a wussy stereotypical girly girl - did she really need to play the TAMBOURINE in the band?!!!), but her character turned out really nice, and with the flower added, it's pretty damn cool.

I'm going to be selling the remaining three pieces (Plex, Toodee, and Foofa) at a couple of the shows I'll be at in person this holiday season, but if they're still around after that, I'll probably throw them up on Etsy.

By the way, did I mention that I'll be selling at the Vaudezilla Burlesque and Pin-Up Craft Fair on December 21st?  If you're in the Chicago area, you can RSVP for free VIP treatment when you attend!  See more here on the Vaudezilla website.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.09.2013

DIY: Baby Socks Keepsake!

Baby Socks Keepsake DIY

So, I haven't posted about Iggy a lot lately, but he's going to be turning TWO in January.  Geez that went fast.  I remember how LONG my pregnancy felt, especially towards the end.  But everything after he was born went by fast.  In any case, I'm not wanting to go through any of that again right now.

My point is, Iggy is getting bigger.  And his baby things are having to go.  Take, for example, his little baby socks.  These aren't even the "first" little teeny tiny baby socks.  They're the one's he's been wearing for the last year or so, and they come in pretty cute designs.  So as I was weeding out the little guy socks in favor of newer/larger ones, I just couldn't bear to get rid of these two... something told me to just keep one of each, for sentimental reasons.  Ughhh I'm making myself wanna barf.  Too much sappy.  Old Jenny would have slapped me.  What's happened to me?!

So after saving two little baby socks: one with a star, and one with a dinosaur, I decided I'd better DO something with them and not become a creepy baby sock hoarder.  Thus, the framed baby sock keepsake.  Here's what you need:

Baby Socks Keepsake DIY
  1. A picture frame (I bought a big frame with an 8"x10" opening that included a double mat from Michaels - hey 40% off!)
  2. Background paper (a sheet of scrapbook paper/cardstock, 79 cents!)
  3. Double-stick tape
  4. Baby socks
You can, of course, adjust your sizes according to the number of socks you have.  Only one sock?  Try a 5"x7" opening.  Or you can go balls-out and frame a whole mess of socks in a really big frame.  Or just take them to Michaels and have them do the whole dang thing for you.  But why are you reading my DIY then?  Get out of here.

Baby Socks Keepsake DIY

My 12"x12" scrapbook paper had to be cut width-wise to about 11" so that it fit in the frame.  I picked green for my background because I knew my socks were blue and beige.  Pick something that contrasts.  Take your socks with you when you go to the store and hold them in front of the paper before you choose.  Have a friend help you decide, if you make poor choices on your own.  No excuses.

Baby Socks Keepsake DIY

I went really high-tech on this step, and stuck a bunch of double-stick tape on the back of the socks and pressed them into place on the background paper.  I suppose you could glue, or even do a tiny stitch to hold the socks in place.  But I was also counting on the glass and the frame to help sandwich and hold the socks in place.  DIY laziness at it's best.

The finished piece:

Baby Socks Keepsake DIY

Once I put it in the frame under glass I just get all kinds of lame glare and reflections, so I made a diptych of the socks before-and-after glass.  Now, I just need to find a good spot to hang it up!

This project could also be a good gift for a friend who does not think about stuff like this and you can covertly steal her kid's socks without being caught and having to try to convince her that you're not a creeper weirdo.

Think about it.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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12.04.2013

Red Hot Lightning

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boots - MooShoes.com / socks - Amazon / leggings - Torrid / dress - Target / scarf - Target / sweater - Torrid / glasses - Coastal.com
I present to you, my favorite new scarf, EVER.  Here's why:
  1. It's big.  Long, but also wide, so it bunches a lot.
  2. It has stripes in black.
  3. It is metallic and sparkly.
  4. It did not cost a lot, because it's Target. 
  5. It goes with pretty much anything.

So, I've discovered that this black lace dress from Target (I bought it sometime last winter, I think?) Is just about my favorite dress ever because I can wear it with a zillion different things and I like how the skirt lays.  Too bad that it's kind of worn and been washed a zillion times and it probably won't last much longer.  I hate when this happens, because then I have to try to find a replacement, and the new one is never quite as good.  This happened with my black and white striped 3/4 sleeve shirt, and a pair of wedge-heeled mary janes.  Ughhhhh.

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Today I have a fun detail in the form of a pair of my derby socks that are peeking out from my boots.  They have red lightning bolts on them.  I realized this after I had gotten dressed and picked out the red sweater, so I decided to just go for it.  Sometimes I try to disguise my socks or fold them down, but today was hey, whatever.

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I am always a little sad though that none of the students noticed or said anything about these socks, but it could also be that it didn't seem out of the ordinary to them.

I feel very comfortable in this outfit, because it feels very much like me: the red/black combo, the mostly black "goth" feel, the stripes, the combat boots, and the amount of coverage.  I kind of like feeling hidden and covered up sometimes.  Even the glasses kind of block my face and I think there's a certain level of comfort in that.  Is that weird?

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I also thought I'd share a fun little crafty thing I tested out at school.  I rolled a giant leaf into a slab of clay, and pressed it into the inside of a bowl until it air-dried.  Then, I bisque-fired it, painted it with some turquoise glaze, and fired it again.  It made a nifty little decorative dish/bowl.

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I'm trying to decide if it has any worth in the classroom if students make them (it's mostly a crafty "recipe," as opposed to a full art project), or if I'll just make a few for gifts or something like that.  Might be a neat fundraiser for our local charity.  I'll keep thinking.  You just enjoy.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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