Monday, September 22, 2014

Fairy Crowns

This was a pretty great summer around the Collar household. We didn't have any wild or crazy adventures, but we had a pretty amazing time just doing things like this: spending long, hot, happy afternoons in our jungle backyard, trimming down everything (since we're moving the whole garden around anyway), making impromptu fairy crowns out of big, thick flower stalks. Gbear set up a "lab" to dissect and examine the seed pods.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cool Shoulder

My chief point of inspiration with this off-the-shoulder 70's chiffon dress is this AMAZING one Lynda Carter wore on an episode of Wonder Woman from 1978. My own dress doesn't quite compare, but what one could?! Hers is a freaking work of art.

70's sheer off shoulder dress: Vintage via KatadrianVintage
Shoes: Miz Mooz via Ebay
Belt: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: Ragstock

Thursday, September 11, 2014


 Palazzo pants: Ebay
Leotard: Capezio
She-Ra Sword pendant: Present from MC
Rings, bracelet: Grandma's
Bag: Coach, thrifted

Matte Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Sinner Matte in Peachy Nude

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Anniversary Dress

Epic vintage 70's maxi dress: Anniversary present from MC
70's Wooden high heeled sandals: Vintage via Etsy
Cowboy belt: Vintage via The Getup
Aviators: TJ Maxx

I started lusting over this amazing, full-sweep 70's maxi dress on Ebay like a year ago. It would pop up in my "suggested" items again and again, until last month, when MC decided to give it to me (along with a LOT of other gifts he chose to spoil me with) for our second wedding anniversary. I guess the best I can do in order to not be spoiled completely rotten by this kind of thoughtful, loving treatment is to just be loving in return. In fairness, MC does make that part really easy, and not just because he's such a thoughtful gift giver. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Collars Love: Abhair

As a blogger, I get some random offers for products to review. Some are definitely not a great fit for a style blog, like medical supplies and air fresheners. Some are totally awesome, like this bonkers high-temperature resistant fiber wig from ABhair.

Abhair sells all kinds of wigs and weaves and extensions and stuff, but I have to say, offering me a selection from their hi-temp line was a good idea because they're all crazy, colorful instant anime hair and I was delighted from the word go. And just FYI, they didn't even ask me to link this specific product line, I just want you to see how fucking cool it is.

Temperature resistant means you can heat style this wig, even though it's synthetic. Crazy right? I straight up LOVE this crazy wig. If you want one too, scroll to the bottom and I'll give you a discount code.

Here's what I have to say as a reviewer: I love it. That should be obvious, since the prospect of instantaneous day-glow blue, pink, and purple mermaid hair was enough to make me happy to stick on full coverage pasties and do this Blue Lagoon On Acid photoshoot in our jungle back yard. 

Who could resist being able to indulge in the fantasy of looking like a living cartoon or fantasy character or just completely different from how you look every day? And the beauty of this wig is that while it's clearly not real hair, it's also much better quality than your average costume wig, which I tried to get across with some of these close ups. It's that perfect middle ground: It's not a $400 lifestyle choice made of real human hair, but it's also not some shit from Halloween USA, which makes it much easier to justify buying something kind of ridiculous. Most of these wigs are like $40 tops, so they can be a fun and insane impulse buy. If you're stylishly adventurous, into costumes, style models for fashion photography, or are into cosplay, go hit up Abhair

Use the discount code Cammila15 for 15% off sitewide. :)

Addendum: What fantastical character does this wig best fit, anyway?

As soon as I put it on, Gbear asserted that I looked like "Princess Celestia." 

We talked about it for like five minutes before I realized Celestia is a pony. Meanwhile, with no connection, my co-worker Conal called this wig a dead ringer for Twilight Sparkle. I think they're both dead on.

Additionally, our buddy Cav suggested Rainbow, superheroine of the 80's indie comic DNAgents:

Totally awesome. Excuse us, we need to go raid Ebay for back copies of this.

Addendum to the addendum: MC already made this connection, apparently. He just gave me a bunch of old issues of DNAgents as an early birthday present, which he already ordered like a week ago. Synchronicity!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Kitchen of our Discontent

Last week, MC and I found a mouse in our cupboard. Well, Chi found the mouse. I trapped him in a plastic container and took him to a small woods nearby. I also praised Chi for his mousing abilities, even if I'm too compassionate to watch him beat a rodent to death. He always gets bored halfway through anyway.

Mammals tend to shit when they're scared and Chi would scare anyone. So we had to clean out the cupboard with bleach.

Once the cupboards were empty and clean, we thought "Why not paint them?" So we took off the doors and started painting.

Once they were being painted we thought "Why not knock out this tile we're not crazy about with a hammer, rehang new backing board, and put up new tile?"

Smashcut to MC and I giddily spending the daylight hours of our staycation last week chiseling plaster down to the lath, making endless trips to the hardware store, buying, transporting, cutting, and hanging big ass sheets of cement composite backer board, whittling edges to fit the inexact spaces of our historic house, continually shop-vacing all the dust, and finally, mixing and spreading thinset mortar and fiberglass tape into all the joints. We sanded them last night so it's finally ready for tile.

Oh, and in the middle of all this, my dad and his best friend, who's a contractor, came over to replumb and rewire everything under the sink (way above our paygrade), install my mom's old dishwasher (which is nice, and most importantly, works), install a new disposal, and install a sprayer in place of a spigot for a defunct water filter. Then, of course, my dad's friend wouldn't accept any money after 12 hours of work. 

We're lucky bastards, right? Lucky for the help of friends and family, for working appliances, and honestly, I'm just as lucky to have a partner I can do all this with who shares a sense of enthusiasm about it. We share the same taste, we work well as a team, and we both have the sense of humor to laugh it off when shit goes sideways. After this much hard work in that kitchen, I can tell you how priceless that is. I'd have strangled a lesser man by now.

Anyway, that's what's going on over here. Our general inspiration is the kitchen from Moonstruck. I'll take some pics when there's more to see.