Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Five - Nom Nom Nom

1. Do you or someone you live with cook your own meals at home or tend to buy frozen dinners/eat out?
Hah. If you look inside my fridge, you'd think that my husband & I live like two male, possibly gay, bachelors -- we have beer, old condiments, Lean Cuisines, & an air of desperation in there. We eat too much takeout food, punctuated by the aforementioned frozen food. When I remember to, I'll make a meal like pasta or chicken.

2. What is your favorite dish to cook? Or if you don't cook, what do you wish you could cook?
When I bother, I make a pretty lovely wine reduction sauce with chicken & pair it roast veggies. I *wish* I could make one of the delightful 3- or 4-course meals my BFF's sig.other treats us to whenever I'm at their place.

3. The best experience you've ever had at a restaurant?
Hard to say - the best experiences tend to be more about who I'm with & the restaurant being a good backdrop. There aren't any pure food experiences that stand out (hence, I'm no foodie). My very favorite foods are all homemade, usually by mom or her side of the family.

4. The worst experience you've ever had at a restaurant?
Gah, so many. I attract bad service or things like the restaurant being out of whatever it is I've ordered (esp. if I had my heart set on it). But the classically worst would be the restaurant at the SCA 12th Night 2009 hotel out in the middle of nowhere where they would.not.serve anyone. OMG.

5. If you had to give up one of your favorite foods for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
UGH. That was chemo. At one point, I couldn't drink coffee because it hurt my stomach, & that made me cry. I already couldn't drink alcohol because it made me feel icky. Thank goodness the only thing that *did* taste OK during chemo was chocolate -- I ate pounds of it. If I couldn't have had that as well, geez, I'd have given up.

Questions culled from The Friday Five on LiveJournal.

What I'm wearing: Black knit dress, Target | Black & white stripe knit jacket, Neiman-Marcus | Black leggings, American Apparel | Black socks, unknown brand | Black & white cat-print wedge sneakers, PlasticLand | Black glass bead necklace with Murano glass heart medallion, made by me | Silver hoop earrings, random accessory store

Monday, September 15, 2014

CorpGoth Mid-Month Status Report: A Suitable Jacket

This month's status report is about suits, including blazers and suit jackets. Since I work in perpetually casual Silicon Valley, I don't actually own a suit -- check out The Oatmeal's hilariously accurate depiction of the differences between wearing a suit to work on the East Coast of the U.S. and the West Coast.

However, being a fancy-pants goth gal, I tend to dress a little more formally than my coworkers, and I have lots of suit jackets. Today, I wanted to feature one with a few twists on the ordinary.

First, this blazer is made of stretch denim, so it has a more casual vibe. Second, it has romantic belled sleeves. While I'm sure this was intended as a casual, weekend-wear piece, I love pairing this jacket with work-wear, dressing it up for a "suit" that fits in with both the Valley's mellow attitude and my own aesthetic.

Do you wear suits or suit jackets to work? Share your status report in the comments!

What I'm wearing: Dark grey jacket, Newport News | Black sheath dress, Target | Black stripe lace stockings, unknown brand | Purple suede pumps, Aerosoles | Black bat necklace, Walgreens | Black & purple crystal dangly earrings, random accessory store

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Five: Random!

1. Name one place you volunteer? Why?
Can't limit it to one -- I have (& in some cases, continue to) volunteered with the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild, Costume College, BayCon, CostumeCon, & the Society for Creative Anachronism bec. I'm a geek. Also I volunteered with the Yahoo! Employee Foundation, which is my former employer's nonprofit arm to raise money for the environment, education, & community projects. And during election years, I volunteer for the Democratic Party because that aligns most closely with my beliefs.

2. Name one book you'd like to see made into a movie? Why?
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, the first of the Dragonriders of Pern books. Movie special effects are finally good enough for realistic dragons (for example, Ramoth, the queen dragon, should be about the size of a jet plane & yet have a friendship with a human). I want to see it done like Lord of the Rings & for the same reasons. Supposedly there's a film option on it right now, but books get optioned all the time and it takes decades before anything comes of it.

3. Name one creature (living, extinct, or mythical) you'd like for a pet? Why?
A unicorn because, hi, I'm a 12-year-old girl!

4. Name one place on Earth you'd like to visit? Why?
That I haven't already? That's hard ;-) Maybe Easter Island because I read Collapse by Jared Diamond & that made me curious about fallen societies.

5. Name one talent or skill you'd like to develop? Why?
Singing. I admire it in others so much, but I can't carry a tune if it had a handle.

Questions culled from The Friday Five on LiveJournal.

What I'm wearing: Black knit top with fabric roses, Newport News | Hot pink skirt, NY & Company | Black tights, Calvin Klein | Black & pink pumps, Irregular Choice | Black & pink crystal dangly earrings, random accessory store

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Statement Earrings

With my new short hair, I'm trying to look for bigger earrings to wear. It feels like a way to dress up my face and distract from the severe style of this unpleasant-to-me fashion. I have a few pairs of larger, flashy earrings, and I've been searching for more.

I picked up these earrings at the vendor room at Costume College, the annual costume conference I attend and teach at in Southern California. The earrings are made from metal sewing-machine bobbins, so a little crafty-nerdy and relevant to my interests.

What I'm wearing: Black lace-topped T-shirt, H&M | Black skirt with lace, velvet & stripe embellishment added by me, thrift-store | Black tights, Calvin Klein | Black & grey pumps, Target | Beaded bobbin earrings, Costume College

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday MemeDay: 30 Cool Things

We can spend so much time getting down on ourselves or reflecting on things that aren't going well, or might not go well. Why not take a moment to chronicle some of the cool things you've done or experienced in your life? Don't add any disclaimers, like, "Well, this was actually dorky" or "This didn't last very long" or,"That ended badly." Just list cool stuff, and only in cool terms. Because it's good to do that sometimes. So there.

Try it and post it!

In my life, I have...
  1. Set foot on all 7 continents.
  2. Married the love of my life.
  3. Swam with wild dolphins.
  4. Tripped George Takei (not on purpose ;-).
  5. Voted in every major election since I turned 18.
  6. Dyed my hair pink.
  7. Donated to the local humane society for 16 years and counting.
  8. Played violin.
  9. Ran 5k in under 30 minutes.
  10. Touched an iceberg.
  11. Slept in a 16th-century canopied bed at a Tudor manor house with a moat.
  12. Fixed a leaky faucet.
  13. Gotten my writing published & read by millions.
  14. Spotted a whale from a beach.
  15. Gave money to friends in need.
  16. Crawled on my belly thru a pitch-black cave.
  17. Told door-to-door solicitors to bug off.
  18. Cooked a medieval feast for royalty.
  19. Worked three different jobs I loved.
  20. Rode in business class on an 8-hour flight.
  21. Marched in an anti-war protest on the Bay Bridge.
  22. Eaten sea cucumber.
  23. Won a $40 payout in nickles at a Vegas casino.
  24. Lived alone.
  25. Sang Christmas carols at a hospital.
  26. Won "Best in Show" at a world-class costume competition.
  27. Bought a house.
  28. Hosted Christmas morning for my family.
  29. Hiked on two different volcanoes.
  30. Survived cancer.

What I'm wearing: Purple floral-print dress, April Cornell | Black tights, Calvin Klein | Black perforated d'orsay flats, Target | Pink skull necklace, gift from Elisa | Pink medallion earrings, Etsy

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stripey Obsession

With August's Mid-Month Status Report, I could have just said "stripes," but I wanted to mix it up & give myself a real challenge. Stripes would have been too easy. I have a lot of stripey items of clothing. In fact, I made a little inventory. As of this moment, I own:
  • 1 pair black & white striped leggings
  • 4 striped long-sleeve knit shirts (black & white, black & purple, black & red, black & pink)
  • 1 black & white striped blouse
  • 1 black & white striped knit maxi skirt
  • 1 black & red striped knit maxi dress
  • 2 striped non-knit skirts (black & white, black & grey)
  • 2 black & white striped dresses
  • 4 striped cardigan sweaters (black & white, black & purple, black & pink, grey & white)
  • 2 black & white striped knit jackets
  • 1 black & white striped non-knit jacket
  • 2 pair striped flat shoes (black & white, black & pink)
  • 2 pair striped tights (black & purple, black & burgundy)
  • 1 black & white pair striped earrings
  • 3 striped scarves (black & white, black & purple, black & pink)
I also have a bunch of stripey knee-high cotton socks I only wear with historical costumes, & I've made four 18th-century costumes in striped fabric (black & purple, black & white, pink & white, black & red). I've also owned a couple black & white Victorian bustle costumes in the past, made by others.

Addiction maybe? If it's wrong, I don't want to be right.

What I'm wearing: Black jeweled-neck T-shirt, Macy's | Burgundy tiered skirt, bought in London | Black & burgundy stripey tights, WeLoveColors | Black patent pumps, thriftstore | Black & silver skull bead necklace, DisneyLand | Pewter key earrings, made by me

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CorpGoth Status Report: Suits You

Subject: Let's get a little formal -- show off your classic CorpGoth style with an outfit featuring a blazer or suit jacket. You could wear a complete suit, if you like.

Due Date: Monday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 17

How to File Your Report:

1. Post to your blog on or around the due dates.

2. Include the following code in your post so the This Is CorpGoth Mid-Month Status Report graphic will display (if you're using Blogger or WordPress, switch to the 'HTML post' setting & then paste this code in):

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3. Comment on my Monday the 15th post including your blog link.

4. Read everyone else's reports via their links in the comments!