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Terrorize the Cupcake

by Samantha ~ February 27th, 2013

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A week or so ago, this happened ::

So this quite seemed appropriate to share.
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by Samantha ~ February 24th, 2013

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1. Loving Lush Twilight Bath Bombs. I could spend hours soaking in a hot bath with a book while one of these turns the water a sparkly lavender. A few weeks ago, I was so relaxed with a Twilight bomb I nodded off in the tub for over an hour, and only the water getting chilly woke me up! It may have also been all the wine, but either way, I was way super relaxed.

2. Thinking about the direction of Haute Macabre. It’s been on my mind a lot the past few weeks, and I’ve been drafting a lengthy post about where we’re going and how Nixon and I have evolved since the site first launched in 2008. Anyone that has seen any of my Thread Bared posts here can see that I’m more drawn to vintage dresses now over draped layers of monochromatic blacks, and it reflects in what I’m drawn to posting there.

If any of you are HM readers here, I’d love to hear your opinion about whether or not a site with such a specific niche can broaden its content, without contradicting its original mission statement.

3. Listening to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures on repeat all week. I bought Ryan a copy of Peter Hook’s new book, and he made me promise I had to wait until he read it before I did. It’s taunting me from the shelf! Truthfully, I’ve got on The Velvet Underground right now, but it’s the first time in days I’ve played something else!

4. Nervous about an upcoming eye exam. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but I’ve been blind as a bat since I was a kid. Without contacts I’m totally useless, and my depth perception is terrible while wearing glasses. A few months ago, while having a regular exam for some new contacts, the optometrist discovered a bubble on my retina and referred me to a specialist to take a closer look. She explained that the layers of my retina are separating, and that the specialist can determine if and when I’ll need surgery to repair it. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you? [this is probably one of the more personal things I've ever shared publicly, so thanks for listening]

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It’s Love

by Samantha ~ February 22nd, 2013

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Amina sent me these shots she took of Ryan & I on Mardi Gras. We were hiding from the rain inside Bellocq, drinking drinks and celebrating the holiday. I have so few photographs of Ryan & I (he hates having his photo taken), and I’m so happy to add these to my small collection of them.

I had posted one of these onto my Instagram a few days ago, and got a bunch of “Congratulations!” messages. It didn’t even dawn on me that maybe wearing a giant white gown might look like I had on a wedding dress. Actually, I wore a black All Saints dress on our wedding in 2009!

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Not My Art :: Dan Hillier

by Samantha ~ February 20th, 2013

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It was difficult to pick my favorites to post from Dan Hillier’s portfolio. I really love them all, especially his Victorian tentacle ladies and gentlemen. The women all look so distraught, and the fellas all quietly resigned to their floating limbs.

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Photo Roundup :: Mardi Gras Part Deux!

by Samantha ~ February 18th, 2013

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Now that Mardi Gras is officially over, and we’ve all had time to recover from our lack of sleep, our hangovers, and clean up all the beads, I’ve finally had the time and energy to sort through all the photos that I took. It’s such a magical and grossly inconvenient time of year :: trying to get through your normal routine is difficult, if not impossible, at some points (note to self :: just ride your bike next year, dummy), but when you can jump in and enjoy the festivities it’s just the best thing ever.

If someone were to take Burning Man, plop it down into a city that’s already fairly oddball on its own, you’d have Mardi Gras.

Brought to Louisiana by French settlers, Mardi Gras is a preparation for the Catholic season of Lent. The first parade occurred in the mid-1800s, but the first record of the holiday dates back to 1699! Carnival season starts off in January, on Twelfth Night, and runs until the day before Ash Wednesday. Today’s Krewes, the groups that organize the parades and events, were originally rooted in social clubs and secret societies!

Does your city have any weird traditional events? 

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I found a big, beautiful vintage ball gown to wear on Fat Tuesday, and somehow, I made it through the entire day with it. I totally and completely forgot to take any full length photos of it while we were rushing out the door to get downtown – we were on the bus just past 8AM so we didn’t miss out on anything!

If you’re on the new iPhone app Vine, you can watch videos of my dress, and all of the parade videos that I posted! You can find me on there as Sam Smith. I’ve also posted tons more photos onto a set on Flickr!

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Best float ever?

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Earlier, when I said that this time of year can be very inconvenient, I want you to fully realize that the majority of these photos were taken right outside my house. For nearly a week straight, there were massive parades lined up and rolling out in my driveway. There are marching bands going past my window at 7AM, floats rolling by my front yard, and people in crazy costumes wandering around.

I’m not really sure where the boob-baring for beads came from, because it’s totally, 100% not true. The Krewes on the floats will throw things at you no matter what! Things will be flying at you relentlessly from every possible angle! I think some Girls Gone Wild on Bourbon St gave the rest of the revelers a bad rap.

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