2.29.2016

What I Wore: The Hell Razor Dress by Betty Le Bonbon

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore
dress - Betty Le Bonbon / creepers - Demonia / tights - Target 
Dude.

This is an exciting day. There is a DRESS named after me! And it's kind of one of the best dresses, EVER. The only "bad" part about it is that I didn't share it with you earlier, because I've owned it for a while, worn it several times - enough to even take it to the cleaners to be cleaned already!

I own a couple of other Betty Le Bonbon items already - you can check out the world's greatest custom Halloween skirts here... and when I saw the preview for this dress posted, I knew it would be worth every penny!

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore
Proof. Totes named after me. Yay!

The quality of this dress is unreal. It's lined, the fabric is very substantial, the dress hangs beautifully, and the FIT! I've gotten very good at measuring myself, and knowing my measurements in general, so the entire transaction took place via email - also because Betty Le Bonbon is an Australian company (you know, kind of a necessity then...).

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

I love love love the white collar. The size of it! The fact that it stands up/lays so nicely! I have to be careful not to gunk it up with makeup... but otherwise it's probably my favorite part of the dress. So many other clothing pieces with collars are kind of flimsy, or don't lay right. But not this one.

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

This dress is a reproduction of a Yves St Laurent dress from the 1960s, supposedly. But my fashion design history knowledge is sketchy and I'm not sure that I can exactly trust Pinterest or Tumblr as reliable sources.

Honestly, I don't care if it is or not. I love the design and that's all that really matters, right? I'm the one that's gotta wear it!

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

Bonus: this dress looks really cool with bat creepers. But then again, what DOESN'T look cool when paired with bat creepers? Yeah, I can't think of anything, either.

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

Side views. Because I often forget to take them, and I think it's helpful just to see what a garment looks like from all angles. Even if I do think that I make weird "regular" faces.

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

(Above) Here is a close-up of the bow tie and buttons. The bow has ridiculously awesome long ties and I learned that I'm kind of a klutzy bowler with the ties (they fly up in my face! LOL) - they are worth it because the look just isn't complete without it.

BTW - the buttons are faux. Purely decoration. The dress zips up the back and buttons at the back of the collar.

Wednesday Addams: What I Wore

Now that you've read all the way down to the bottom of this post, I will reward you with the fun fact that this is the last OOTD post that I have with my long hair. I chopped it all off and I love it! You'll actually be able to see it soon, starting in the next blog post.

See you soon!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.27.2016

Bento Report, V.14

Hello! I've actually been pretty good lately about packing my lunch (previously I had gotten into a "toss stuff into a bag + go" type of rut), so I have a bunch of pics to share! As usual, I do have my repeating patterns and current fave "things..." so here we go!

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

  1. Smoked string cheese
  2. Raw almonds
  3. Ranch dressing (for dip - I like Ken's Steakhouse Light Ranch)
  4. Jicama - Trader Joe's had them already cut up - score!
  5. Leftovers: General Tso's tempeh - via this recipe
  6. Teriyaki salmon from Mariano's deli
  7. Tiny Tupperware O'vitamins
I did such a nice job on my own lunch, that I suggested to my husband that I pack him a cute bento, which I was kind of surprised that he was totally down with! So I photographed his, too. He is not a vegetarian, by the way, so for my meat-eater friends: ideas!

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

  1. Pretzel twists
  2. Heart-shaped valentine's sugar cookies (they're turned on their side)
  3. Roll-ups: tortillas, turkey breast, and cheese
  4. Jicama sticks
  5. Ranch dressing (to dip)
  6. String cheese chunks

Todd said that it was really good, and that it was even almost too much food. I told him that the beauty of the bento lunch is that it's all divided up so you can make it a snack AND a lunch all in one!

Also: I got an awesome new lunch box! It's a Yubo lunchbox system, with faceplate art by StuffoftheDead on etsy. I LOVE this lunchbox. And I can buy other faceplates for the future, although I was sad when I browsed the "holiday" section and they're only offering Valentine's Day designs right now. It's not like it would cost them more to offer Halloween year-round... meh.

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

I really like this system. There are little containers already sized to fit in the box, and there's even a flat icepack that fits on top if you need to keep your lunch cold. I actually don't use the ice pack, and instead use that space in the box for a cloth napkin and some utensils.

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

  1. Black bean pumpkin brownie (via this recipe)
  2. Mini Tupperware O'vitamins
  3. Marinated teriyaki tofu from Trader Joe's on tiny skewers.
  4. Raw almonds
  5. Smoked string cheese chunks
  6. Cutie orange

All right, we need to talk about black bean brownies. I messed up this recipe or something. Because it wasn't sweet at all. Way too "beany." Last week, I tried another version of the black bean brownie recipe that used box mix. The flavor = better, but the texture was still way weird. Like a dense makeup sponge. Hrmm. Ideas? I want a chocolate brownie that has protein so I don't feel as bad eating them for dessert.

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

  1. Mini Tupperware O'vitamins
  2. Smoked string cheese on skewers
  3. Tuna salad stuffed celery sticks
  4. Pretzel twists
  5. Skinny Pop popcorn (I'm kind of obsessed with this stuff!)
  6. Roasted seaweed snacks

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

It was hard to photograph the seaweed sheets, so here's my attempt at a better pic (above).

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

One of my new favorite lunch combos is crackers + tiny cheese + "meat:"

  1. Tiny Tupperware O'vitamins
  2. Triscuits
  3. Faux turkey lunchmeat
  4. Pineapple chunks
  5. Strawberries
  6. Assorted cheese cubes

This was actually kind of a lazy girl lunch: I bought pre-cut fruit and pre-cut cheese cubes at the store. Then, I took faux lunchmeat and used a cute tiny cutter (these ones, exactly) to make the slices that fit on the crackers:

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

Perfect size! How could you resist? See more tiny cheese and crackers below:

Bento Report, V.14 on Betties N Brimstone Blog

  1. Tiny Tupperware O'vitamins
  2. Smoked string cheese
  3. Cheese slices, cut tiny
  4. Faux lunchmeat, cut tiny
  5. Raw almonds + dried cranberries
  6. Cutie orange
  7. Triscuits
My latest snack obsession is those "Balanced Breaks" individually packed snacky things from Sargento that have cheese, nuts, and cried berries/raisins of some sort. I'm probably spending a lot of money burning through them, so now I've resorted to making my own! More on my favorite snacky options soon in an upcoming blog post.

The Bento Report is a regular feature on the blog where I show you what's in my lunch for a few select days over the past couple of weeks. It's informational because I am a post weight-loss surgery patient who is also a vegetarian/pescetarian, but also fun because I love the idea of bento lunches and have fun making my lunch look cute and/or making it fit into unique lunchbox container constraints.

You can view past posts of my Bento Report series here. Information on where I buy bento boxes and accessories in this post here.


Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.24.2016

Video Tutorial: Style Solution for Dirty Hair

Messy Dirty Hairstyle Tutorial

I've been toying around with the idea of creating this tutorial for a long time now. It's super simple, but since I haven't done a video tutorial for the blog before, it was like this huge event that I had to get over for the first time, and now probably (hopefully) it won't be such a big deal. 

I wear my hair in this pseudo-messy-bun style all the time. Especially on days when I want to eek out just one more day before I have to wash it! It's my go-to style for simplicity, and I'm always surprised when people stop me and comment on how good it looks! 

Here are some examples of this look in action: 
Messy Dirty Hairstyle Tutorial
Haunted Housewife / Pinup Pinstripes
Messy Dirty Hairstyle Tutorial
Toulouse-Lautrec Inspired / Skates and Stripes

Wanna re-create this look for yourself? Well, here ya go. I finally sat down and recorded it via video tutorial. Please subscribe to my new Betties N Brimstone YouTube channel to get notifications of new videos when they're posted!



So... thoughts on my first-ever tutorial video for Betties N Brimstone? I turned off comments via YouTube (because YouTube), but feel free to leave feedback here. Thanks!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.22.2016

Queen for a Day with Vavoom Pinups Chicago!

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

Have you noticed our new sidebar profile pic on the blog? It's from a photo shoot that Steph and I did with Vavoom Pinups in Chicago!

I'm a total home-body, so I rely on Steph to randomly text me with plans like "Hey wanna do a pinup photo shoot with me?" and I'm all "Heck yes!" and then it happens. This is pretty much how it happened the first time, too.

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

At Vavoom, you head over to their studio space, and you spend the whole day getting all prettified. You get to hang out in silky robes (no men allowed!) and have girl talk and eat snacks. Then you get to choose your looks. Steph and I each had two looks, plus a quick few shots together, which you can see above.

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!
hanging out in the Vavoom studio - via my Instagram feed

The pose coaching at Vavoom is totally amazing. When I saw my final pictures I was shocked at how good I could look! I swear it was almost like it wasn't even me... but it WAS me! I learned about stuff like how to shift my weight, bent or point a leg, or turn an arm that might feel totally unnatural in reality, but look awesome in photos.

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

The black dress above was actually from the wardrobe at Vavoom, as were all of the shoes that I wore. I loved this dress so much (it's Isaac Mizrahi for Target!) that I've been stalking eBay and other resale sites to find it in my size (I need an 8, by the way, if you happen to come across one...!) so that I have my own.

Not only is the wardrobe at Vavoom awesome, the hair and makeup were amazing as well! I've always wanted to do victory rolls for a shoot (yeah, I know, it's so obvious, but I LOVE the look so much), and I've only ever had them when we renewed our vows in Vegas a couple of summers back.

Side note: that Vegas trip was about one month prior to my surgery. It's amazing to see the difference!

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

I really wanted to go for a goth pinup theme in my shoot, so I picked my favorite Pinup Girl Clothing spiderweb print Heidi dress to wear. There wasn't much in the way of Halloween props at the studio (hey, it was January...), so we messed around with other options, like this netting that had a web-like effect:

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

I also shot with some faux pumpkins, but those shots didn't make the final cut. There were SO many great shots to choose from, it was really hard to pick my favorites!

I ended up purchasing a deck of printed cards, which gives you 15 different photos of your choice, plus the digital files. The first thing people ask is how much this costs. It's not cheap, I can tell you that for sure. The shoot itself is one price... then you see your photos and fall in love with them, and then you'll need to buy products after that. One tip is to watch for special deals and packages through the studio throughout the year.

Is it worth it? Yep! Treat yourself.

Pinup Shoot, Part 2!

Unfortunately, the price will prohibit me from doing this again for quite a while (I've gotta save up some more money!), but I've already got ideas for the future!

I'd love to do a shoot including my tiny dog, Dio, and shoot photos in some of my vintage-looking eyeglasses. I'd also love to participate in a real Halloween shoot - like a witch on a broom theme, or a giant spider! I've got some goth parasols that would look great in a Halloween theme, too.

Vavoom Pinups are located at 724 W. Hubbard St. in Chicago. You can contact them via their website for more info or to book a shoot!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.20.2016

What I Wore: Pinup in Floral

PUG Blue Floral Dress
dress - Pinup Girl Clothing / cardigan - MAK via Pinup Girl Clothing / glasses - Zenni Optical / tights - Target / shoes - Dr. Scholl's

I got asked at work if I pick my glasses first, and then what I'm wearing that day, or if it's the other way around. To be honest, it's the other way around. I pick what I'm going to wear first, but if I happen to have a pair of glasses that I think will go particularly well with it, then I'll wear glasses that day.

I also prefer to wear glasses in the winter time, since my nose and face don't get all sweaty. In the summer it's pretty much all contacts, all the time. So I figure I'd better take advantage of it while I can.

PUG Blue Floral Dress

I snagged this particular pair of glasses via Zenni Optical at the same time I purchased my heart-shaped ones. I had actually spotted this pair via instagram when bettylebonbon posted a photo. It was one of those, "well, as long as I'm placing an order anyways and the shipping gets covered all in one, I might as well add them in..." and I love them! I'll do a glasses update soon so that you can see the full collection (it's grown quite a bit since I last shared...)

PUG Blue Floral Dress

So, this dress! Floral?! I'm not naturally drawn to floral dresses. I'm more of a novelty print or stripes kinda gal. But this dress from Pinup Girl Clothing went on super mega sale and I had a coupon for even more, so I snapped on it even though I wasn't super sure... I'm so glad that I did! Of course, it cost me additional $$$ to have it hemmed, rendering the sale price pretty much non-existent (mehhhh), but I do love the cut of the dress and I even love the attached belt/sash.

This dress came in the blue/green combo, and a red/violet combo. My initial reaction was to go red/violet, but I purposely decided to go the opposite route, just to switch things up, and once again, I'm pretty glad that I did. I've never been a "blue" (like royal blue) kind of girl... maybe it reminds me too much of sports... but once I put it on, I do think that it looks nice.

PUG Blue Floral Dress

It just so happened that the new blue cardigan I bought matched perfectly, as did the Zenni cateye frames. I just realized now that I didn't wear a brooch on this day, which is kind of unusual. Maybe I just figured the glasses were enough.

PUG Blue Floral Dress

Even though I wear these Dr Scholl's flats like all the time, they are too comfy to ignore, and since I'm always walking around at work, I've been kind of ignoring my cute heels since they will make my feet hurt and that sucks for also putting on roller skates later in the evening.

PUG Blue Floral Dress

I think that this dress will be especially nice for the springtime without black tights! But, coldness = necessity.

Is there a color you tend to stay away from, only to find out later that it's actually pretty nice on you?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.17.2016

How To: Make an Industrial-style Table

Industrial Table DIY

I love thrifting. So much so that we usually stop by the thrift store every week on Sundays after breakfast (it's our family ritual). A while back, I decided to start keeping a list on my phone of things that I'd like to purchase via thrifting, so that when I'm out I can have some specific items to keep an eye out for. After all, some thrifting trips are a bust, where others are an amazing fruitful treasure hunt! You never know.

One of the items that sat in my list for many months was a coffee table with metal legs. I'd had this project in my head for a while... I wanted to make a new coffee table for our living room with a rough wooden top, an industrial-type of design feel. Previously, we had one of those giant ottoman-type coffee tables (you can check it out here). It was getting kind of old and dinged up, so I knew it'd have to be replaced eventually.

Industrial Table DIY

While on one of our weekly thrifting trips, I spotted a wheeled metal coffee table with a thick (slightly chipped) glass top. It was marked $15.

FIFTEEN DOLLARS.

I couldn't believe it. But, I had to convince Todd that this nasty $15 table was actually our dream coffee table. I explained my plan, that we would replace the top with wood, and he went along with it. (This was not my first project where I had a vision and he was cool enough to just go along with it.) I wanted to make it look like a smaller, coffee table version of our kitchen table.

We convinced the staff at the thrift store to dispose of the thick chipped glass top for us, since we were paying the full asking price for the table anyways. So that was awesome. Here's what it looked like when we got home:

Industrial Table DIY

But now we needed to create a wooden top to fit this frame. Yes, a fancy reclaimed or old barn wood top would be amazing, but some of that stuff is expensive and hard to find! So Todd had an awesome, inexpensive, and effective answer: fence planks from the local home improvement store! They're less than $2 a plank - totally affordable!

Industrial Table DIY

Because our table had a thick frame around the top, we took advantage of this design by cutting short planks that fit inside the frame measurement, and long planks the length of the actual table top, which made the top flush to the edges.

Industrial Table DIY

Check out the layout for the table top below. You can see the the shorter horizontal planks do not stretch end-to-end, which allows for them to fit snugly inside the top of the table frame, thereby making our tabletop flush with the edges of the table:

Industrial Table DIY

The width of our table worked out awesomely to fit four planks across. If you try this project on your own, you may need to cut down narrower planks on either side, depending on your table base width. The construction, however, once the pieces are cut, is super simple: just a few screws to hold the brace pieces to the long planks, and you're done!

Below, you can see how the bottom bracing planks hold the top together and also hold the top to the table when inset:

Industrial Table DIY

Now, if you found a metal table frame that did not allow for inset planks, you could easily cut long planks to create a top (still using brace pieces), but also add a small wooden "lip" around the bottom edge, which would lock a wooden top into place around the outside edge of the table base. Your tabletop wouldn't be flush with the edges, but instead overlap slightly.

So, it's great and all that I found this cool metal table base via thrifting, but what if you wanted to re-create this look in your own home? Maybe you don't have awesome thrifting luck, or you're more of the instant gratification type? Well, here's a similar idea using an IKEA table set:

Industrial Table DIY

The IKEA Vittsjo nesting tables are made with a metal base and glass top, which would allow you to easily replace the top with wooden planks, like these, from Home Depot.

Industrial Table DIY

If you use the IKEA table set, you'll actually end up with two tables in the end! One longer coffee-table style piece, and one end table for a lamp or some beverages next to a couch or chair. Depending on the length and width of your table, your number of planks needed will vary. Also allow for trimming off the top "dog ear" end of your plank in order to have even pieces.

Industrial Table DIY

I'm super proud of this furniture piece in our home. We were able to recycle another old, ugly table into this sweet modern industrial design for next to nothing!

Bonus: our old ottoman table was an easy donation back to the same thrift store that we picked up this table from the following week. So another family now can enjoy our former coffee table while we enjoy our "new" one! Win win!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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2.15.2016

What I Wore: My Black Valentine

Black Valentine
dress - Pinup Girl Clothing / belt - Pinup Girl Clothing / cardigan - Hell Bunny / tights - Target / shoes - Demonia / necklace - Luxulite / glasses - Zenni Optical

Happy (late) Valentine's Day! I thought I'd share this OOTD today since it features my super sweet heart-shaped glasses from Zenni Optical. When I first saw super inexpensive PRESCRIPTION heart-shaped glasses I was all like "ok those are cool, but I don't need them..." and I was able to resist... for a little bit.

Then my fear of missing out got the best of me (what if they're only for Valentine's day, and they don't come back after this year, and then I wish forever that I had bought them when I saw them and they were so affordable?!!!) and I caved and bought them.

No regrets though, they're super awesome. They actually are offered in black, red, or white, but of course goth girls need black. And it goes with everything.

Black Valentine

So, this outfit looks like one that I would wear any other day (and I totally would), but it was spirit day at school and the day was to wear all black! Woo hoo! So right up my alley. I wore my Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny dress with my Hell Bunny ouija cardigan (technically, my Hell Bunny cardigans are too big and I should have a size smaller, but I ain't giving them up) and a super awesome skull cherries necklace from Luxulite's Halloween collection.

Black Valentine

I seriously love all things ouija-related. Things I own so far: two ouija brooches, ouija sweater, ouija phone case, ouija lunchbox, ouija swimsuit, ouija dress... it's a whole thing.

Black Valentine

It's interesting how my fashion preferences adjust ever so slightly over time. I keep coming back to all-black everything, no matter what the style. So I may be totally in love with the circle skirt/petticoat/fit-n-flare 50's silhouette right now, but I love it in the all-black and Halloween-y theme the best.

My new favorite thing is these bat creepers from Demonia. I ended up buying them full price after searching to find them on sale anywhere else and had failed. Still absolutely worth full price. Available via Amazon!

Black Valentine

I can't believe that these are my first-ever pair of creepers - why did I wait so long?! Now I want them in ALL THE STYLES. It's like the comfort of flats, with a goth style, and platforms for shorty girls like me! You can't miss! I'll for sure be on the eye out for more in the future.

Black Valentine

Here's the Jenny dress sans cardigan. It's a spaghetti strap deal, and the torso is a little long on me, so I disguise it with the wide belt. Seems to work ok, but I am considering de-boning the dress (oh yeah it has boning in the torso) to see if it lays a little nicer on me. Because I'm short torso, the boning gets pushed upwards by my hips and it's slightly awkward. Not enough to stop me from wearing it though.

Black Valentine

I am hopeful that soon we will be out of static electricity season and my petticoats will lay normal and stop acting like a jerk under my skirts. Ughhhh.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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