dressed up like a lady: Let Freedom Ring

Jul 7, 2015

Let Freedom Ring

Hey, have I ever shown you guys the ridiculous hood of my car?

When my trusty last car died, I had to confront the long-held fantasy that my "next car" would be a vintage black late-'70s Trans Am with a big, gold Firebird on the hood. You know, like the Smokey and the Bandit car.

It's probably just my small town Michigan roots--I grew up around a lot of garages and barns full of dudes overhauling muscle car engines. 

But it obviously wasn't a wise idea for me to actually purchase and rely on a car like that. I'm not a real gearhead, so I wouldn't be able to maintain it without a major lifestyle change. And besides, I live in a climate with epic, snowy, ice-coated winters. And muscle cars have fucking rear wheel drive! Ridiculous!

So I got another drive-it-til-it-dies Civic. It just happened that the Civic I got is the S.I. "high performance" edition, with 197-hp. Not exactly Fast and Furious material but she really is torquey. She accelerates so fast, I skip shift from second to fourth gear all the time. And she hopped a 1 ft. tall ice wall for me one time when I got plowed into my parking spot. So there's that! But still, she's a low-emission utilitarian econobox, and as far from badass as you can get without driving a minivan or a Taurus.

So as an act of both burning tribute and open self-mockery, I decided that if I couldn't get a kickass Trans Am, I might as well emblazon my Civic with that badass Firebird logo. Most people giggle when they see it, which was my hope. Anyway, I always wanted to pose on top of a car like Tawny Kitaen in that one '80s music video. If the glamorous Tawny does her posing on the hood of a Jaguar, then it makes sense I'd do mine on the roof of a hail-beaten Civic hatchback. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Mouth print swimsuit: Rando Ebay find
Sunglasses: Giant Vintage
Dollar sign earrings: Belonged to the mom of an awesome work friend


  1. I love it! You have a great sense of humor. And your swimsuit/poses are perfect.

    I did something similar with my first car back in the Seventies -- I took a 1964 VW bug and souped it up cosmetically like a hotrod. Put on mag wheels, open pipes and, best of all, I stapled shag carpeting to the entire inside. I installed a custom horn that sounded like a lion roaring. And this car had no power whatsoever. So, yes, I get your joke!

    1. Holy cow, dude, that is the AWESOMEST thing I have ever heard! You even rigged your horn?! I knew you and I were kindred spirits, but this pretty much makes you my idol. :)

    2. My excuse at the time was that I was young... but I'm still the same way and now I'm old!

      For example (and this is a secret so don't tell anyone), tomorrow I'm going into Brooklyn to have a friend take pictures of me wearing... wait for it... a mermaid tail. An honest-to-god mermaid tail! Whimsy has no age-limit.

  2. Omg these pics are perfection, darling!
    The suit soooooo goes with the car!


  3. Bonitas fotos.

    Isabel Sá

  4. So fun - you have such great confidence too! My husband also has a Civic SI but he's been on a mission to get us a family car, so I have a feeling we will be getting a CRV any day now. I currently have a PT cruiser, which for some reason reminds me of Casino when they kill all the mobsters. I used to have a Prelude with Vtec which was lowered, and had spoilers and Id skip gears too. My dream car is also a muscle car. I think Id take any as long as I could pull the top back, throw in a surf board and cruise down the coast stopping at every single sandy beach.

  5. Ohh, you look amazing! I wish I looked this nice in a costume!

    Corinne x

  6. Awesome post! Kisses!


  7. Wonderful!! Amazing pictures and swimsuit!!

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  8. what a fun shoot cammila ;) like straight out of a magazine!



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