Monthly Archives: September 2010

FALL FASHION 2010: FAUX FEATHERS AND FUR

Au Revoir Brad

After succumbing to the crushing pressure of Style Director, word on the street is that Brad Goreski has resigned from Camp Zoe

HELEN LEVITT

Tuesday’s Tarot

Many people have a visceral reaction at the very mention of the word Devil.  Within the tarot context, The Devil card evokes Dionysus.  Since you all watch True Blood, we needn’t get remedial or redundant with the history of the horned God.  The Devil gets blamed for human enslavement to drugs, sex, and debauchery.  Look closely: once you get past the Vulcan salute, the slaves’ restraints hang loosely.  They could leave; they choose to stay, just as many of us stay voluntarily enslaved to our own basest desires.  No surprise, Capricorn, this is your card: aggressive, masculine, power and money-hungry.  When The Devil visits, check your ego.  When reversed,  relax with the anti-fun, rigid inflexibility.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

How delicious is a good trilogy?  The kind where you rip through one book and rush to the next?  Now that all three books of the Hunger Games TrilogyThe Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay are available, I suggest you get started.Rather than ruin the experience with too much editorializing, just know that protagonist Katniss Everdeen is a clever girl with a very specific destiny.  Suzanne Collins crafts a complete thought with the trifecta, including elements of action, adventure, violence, romance, and social commentary.This series will appeal to fans of the dystopian, misanthropes, and those who enjoy an excellent story featuring a strong female heroine.With Collins drafting the script and Lionsgate behind the project, film adaptations are already in the works.  Enjoy the books before Hollywood’s corrupting influence compromises your ability to envision the world of Panem.  The early casting buzz vibrates around the highly capable Kaya Scodelario of Skins brilliance.

Sunday with Blaze Starr

FALL FASHION 2010: HEY LADIES

Experiment with volume at the top and bottom, but maintain integrity at the waist.A variety of prints including abstracts and florals, big and small, appear modern when paired with sheer layers.Want to bring a less obvious sex appeal to the party?  Might be surprised at the unexpected attention a sophisticated, nude dress can garner.

Rediscover the day dress with Erin Fetherston.Keep voluminous skirts shorter for day…..

…and for night.

Total Crock

Ask yourself, do you skip or compromise breakfast because integrating cooking into your morning routine is just way too much?  Discover the beauty of waking up every morning with a ready-made, delicious bowl of warm goodness without having to operate your stove, toaster, or microwave.Here’s what’s up: crock pot steel cut oats cooked in apple juice and water.  Add the oats, juice, and water and cook on the lowest setting overnight (ideally, invest in an inexpensive unit with a “warm” setting).  Overcompensate for the extended cooking time by adding slightly more liquid than the recipe calls for.  The ratio is roughly one cup of oats to three or four cups of liquid depending on temperature and altitude.  Don’t go overboard with the juice; it adds depth of flavor, but also calories and fructose.In the morning time, add berries, cinnamon, whatever you like.  Warm your belly on chilly mornings with nourishing homemade (vegan) oatmeal and see what good comes of it.

Covering Dan’s Tattoo

Demeter Clarc fan Dan wrote this week requesting advice for covering his tattoo.  First off, smooches Dan, thanks for reading.  I appreciate your kind words and your inquiry.  Second, this is challenging because I don’t have any tattoos.  My lack of ink roots back to my general policy of not making permanent decisions in my twenties, but I digress…Typically, all products recommended on Demeter Clarc are thoroughly tested in-house, but under these particular circumstances, that wasn’t possible.  After exhaustively reading hundreds of reviews from tatted folks on the quest for coverage, I have included some recommendations as requested.  While generally all of these products were very highly-reviewed, as with any product, there were mixed opinions, with some purchasers returning the product unsatisfied and others rating it five stars.  Since I cannot personally vouch for these products, take it for what it’s worth, and keep your receipt.I loathe Kat Von D.  Not just because she talks like a cross between a trucker and a valley girl, but even more so because of her recent association with that crustacean Jesse James.  Know what else is curious?  An accused Anti-Semite with Argentine-German roots associating with another celebrity who happens to be a swastika-enthusiast.  Read your history books kiddies if you need a refresher on Argentina’s history of harboring Nazi’s after WWII.  You are all smart enough to connect the dots.Despite my vitriol for Kunt Von D, she has two products aimed at covering tattoos: tattoo eraser and tattoo concealer.  The products are meant to be used in tandem.  First outline and fill in the tattoo with the eraser pencil, slowly layer the concealer over top, patting not blending, and then set with powder.  The pencil comes in one color and the concealer in eight different shades.  Reviewers also commented this pencil, in conjunction with almost any concealer, does wonders for dark circles, especially the impossible-to-cover genetic variety.

Ben Nye, a super well-respected make-up artist from Hollywood’s Golden Era, has a line of concealers aimed at covering tattoos completely enough to pass muster on film sets under intense lighting.  The range includes neutralizing crayons, tubs, palettes, and wheels containing several different shades.  The sheer variety available in Ben Nye’s reasonably priced line provides the best shot at a perfect skin tone match.  Of the products recommended here, I would put my money on Ben Nye. Dermablend has long been considered the gold standard for coverage in the Drag community.  The creamy, blendable consistency makes it a perennial favorite.  Dermablend is supposed to be waterproof and it pretty much is, but reviewers complained that the product transferred when brushed against fabric.There are a few other brands that popped up in my research: Tattoo Camo, Mehron, and Blood Mary.  Each of these products has certain limitations which kept me from giving them more real estate, but they may warrant your attention depending on your specific needs.With any of these products, the challenge is getting exactly the right color and finish.  This takes practice.  Be prepared to invest some time and effort into getting it just right, or don’t bother trying to conceal it all.  A poorly concealed tattoo is often worse than just letting it show.