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Holo-Moon Manicure

Posted in beauty, Fashion, Jewelry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by vprime

I wanted to get some pictures of my staggering collection of huge, flashy rings. The two things I really need to stop acquiring are boots and rings. It’s like I’m a dragon with these things, just gathering up a pile of them that I can settle onto and lord over. Once upon a time I had a ring for every finger and insisted on wearing them all at once. Having several crushed rings cut off my hand with wire-cutters in a Borders cafe cured me of that habit. Some of these rings are almost too heavy to really wear. They have a tendency to drop off my fingers at inopportune moments.

My pictures were mostly not great, but as I actually had presentable nails at the time too, I’ll call it a win.  This one in the middle with the huge skull is one I found on Ebay recently. It is heavy. I will wear it on my date with Sauron.

The big black one on my index finger is plastic, but it’s big, and black. I think it came from Target. The purple crystal I don’t even remember where that came from. The tiny pinkie finger ring came from Las Vegas. I should mention, if it isn’t clear from the pictures, that my hands are tiny. I mean, baby monkey tiny. Also, I’m not as orange as I look here. Late afternoon light, weird reflections from the color of the walls.

The filigree one on my index finger is hinged. That came from Ebay. The one in the middle is labradorite. The rose is plastic. On the left hand is a triple-finger ring that just sort of binds your fingers into a flipper.

Left hand, left to right: purple dichroic glass, giant heavy silver thing that looks like it fell off a spaceship, “mystic” topaz–this is an iridescent coating that’s applied to semi-precious stones that turns them into insane pony acid-trip rocks. There are colors this thing throws off that we haven’t even named yet, maaaaaaaan. Right hand: Kind of like half a Deathstar that’s been bejewelled, some lavender cubic zirconia, big silver rectangular dome that I’ve had forever and has turned a gunmetal like color due to oxidation. I don’t have time to polish silver. That what I’ve summoned the Unspeakable Things from the Pit for.

More of the same.

And again.

Here are my nails. I see this moon manicure thing has become all the 23 skidoo with the co-eds these days. Here is my first attempt at it. I used a holographic silver for the “moon” and a deep grey creme for the rest. The camera didn’t pick up the light-reflective power of the silver holographic polish, but in full sun it’s iridescent.

I used some polish guides to make the initial moon shape. After applying the dark grey, I went back over the moon with more silver holographic polish and a tiny brush. It went well, considering I’m usually rubbish at doing my own nails. I coated it all in two layers of clear polish.

Here is my kitty, trying to escape the petting.

I’m still hacking away at the post on melancholy, attempting to finish and post it before the end of the week.

Thanks for reading.

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Futuristic Shoes and Vintage Silk

Posted in Clothes, Etsy, Fashion, Jewelry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by vprime

Many changes have come to Prime Manor, including a change of employment for me that takes me away from academic work and a renewed focus on my fiction writing. In the meantime, I’ve gotten some nice things in the mail these past few months that I’d like to share.

Swordmaker shoes by Irregular Choice

The customer service people at Topshop were excellent to me in the wake of the two left boot thing. They sent me a nice refund check which I used to buy these Irregular Choice shoes. I’ll have to get some pictures of myself wearing them. The shoes have an ultracozy blue crushed velvet interior. I haven’t worn them out yet, but I do have concerns about two things: One, the shoes have no grip on the bottom and I have been known to take a dive from time to time. Two, the point of the toe, as you can sort of see in the picture, curves upward. The shoe feels kind of awkward on my foot. I’m hoping wear will even out that curving toe thing. Still, these are a retrofuturist’s dream come true. I’ll wear them to the robot uprising. Visit Irregular Choice here.

Vintage Silk Phoenix Shirt


I found this silk shirt on Etsy. It has a beaded panel that attaches to the front with tiny buttons. The bird appears to be a phoenix. I have been looking for more natural fiber clothing lately since it breathes and stays cooler than synthetics. I have this tucked away for a special occasion. I think I will wear it with a skirt and an obi belt. The sleeves are wonderfully full, giving this a sort of sorceress-Stevie Nicks vibe that I’ve been into lately. Yet the high neck and ruffles are severe and governess-like as well. Visit Verite Vintage on Etsy.

Pass the crystal, spread the tarot. Yeah, I know, this isn’t that Alice. I bought this necklace from BellaLili because I’m wearing a lot of matte black metal right now. I liked that the shape was unexpected and that the crystal in the center keeps it ironically pretty. It’s elegant and weird without being cutesy. I was swayed to purchase this item because it’s a once of a kind creation. As with the other items, I haven’t worn it anywhere yet because I don’t often have places to go. I guess I could just start dressing up for Kitty Prime’s amusement.  BellaLili on Etsy.

Coming soon: My new tattoo, makeup, things to sniff and more things I’ve made.

The Craft: March 8th

Posted in Etsy, Fashion, Jewelry with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by vprime

Here is a collage of some items I’ve made lately. Most of these are in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/secretidentity

Oh, one of these pictures is of some chains I was oxidizing with liver of sulfur solution. So that’s why there’s a shot of chain draped over a towel rack. I oxidized a silver bracelet I’d made that I should post pictures of soon. I’m also planning on challenging myself to use up my fabric stash (of which there are several bins full) within the next year, so there may be photos of my own handmade clothes soon. Maybe.

Until next time.

A Many-Splintered Thing

Posted in beauty, Books, Etsy, Jewelry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by vprime

I’ll refrain from the obvious Joy Division reference for this Valentine’s Day post. Instead I’ll just borrow a bad pun from Mr. Eldritch. Valentine’s day is an orgy of romantic stereotypes, waxy chocolates and unfelt sentiments. And substituting Lupercalia is already played out. Yeah, if I didn’t look at this holiday with a jaundiced eye, you’d worry. Sometimes I celebrate it, sometimes not, depending on how depleted I feel. I do have plans that I am looking forward to this year, but I’m equally satisfied by staying home and watching a movie. Nonetheless, I do have recommendations should you need dark offerings for that special someone you’ve been cyberstalking.

Hedonist Necklace by Bellalili

This necklace by Bellalili manages to be tough and refined at once. Bellalili’s items combine ornate metal forms with brilliant crystals. I would wear this with anything from a plain black v-neck shirt to a ruffled blouse. It’s big enough to be noticed without crying out for attention. I regularly spy lovelies in Bellalili’s Etsy shop that I admire. Visit Bellalili’s Etsy shop.

Tokyo Milk Tainted Love

Don’t touch me please I cannot stand the way you tease. Tokyo Milk’s Tainted Love has a little less Marc Almond and more vanilla, orchid, white tea and sandalwood. I have Tokyo Milk’s Dead Sexy and wear it often. I haven’t smelled this yet, but it sounds promising. Anything that combines sandalwood and tea is compelling to me. Vanilla is a tricky fragrance note. I can’t stand it in an overly sugary iteration. I’m not sure what has driven the rise of bath and body products that smell like cans of frosting, but that’s the sort of vanilla I avoid. As long as there’s something to dirty up the vanilla a bit, I’m willing to try it. If you haven’t yet smelled the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Snake Oil, do make sure to sniff this magical and delicious combination of vanilla and patchouli. My hope is that Tainted Love mixes a greenish sandalwood with the fresh tea note and the vanilla is warm and complex rather than sweet. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s tried Tainted Love and can describe it a bit.  Visit Tokyo Milk.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. This new Penguin Classics hardcover has a gorgeous cover worthy of the decadent tale within. This black and white volume would look elegant on your shelf or table. Books are the best gifts ever, in my mind; and even better if the book is beautiful to look at. I am now reading Huysmans’ A Rebours which is the book that turns Dorian from a sweet boy into a lovely monster. To give your love an interesting reading experience, pair this with the highly underrated Dorian by Will Self.  Buy books at Amazon.com

That concludes my Valentine’s suggestions. No flowers, candy or stuffed animals. These gifts are appropriate whether the object of your desire is male, female or other.

Until next time.