belated Halloween

On November 7, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Belated but….


Lana Kane Halloween 2015

You know what I realized just after taking these?

I forgot to put the belt on! [Hard to imagine when else I will ever wear that belt…]

What a shame.

Lana Kane Halloween 2015

Still, one recognizes Lana Kane, no?

Lana Kane Halloween 2015

Lana Kane Halloween 2015

Kind of digging this 60s wig. American Apparel dress, Coach boots. Wearing MAC Velvet Teddy, Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, itCosmetics CC cream, Charlotte Tilbury powder, MAC prolongwear brow set, Lorac PRO palette on the eyes…a lot of makeup.

Lana Kane Halloween 2015

Lana Kane Halloween


distraction: Retro Butterick

On September 7, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

I’ve been itching to sew lately. Getting great inspiration from these 50’s and 60’s Retro Butterick patterns, especially these bell or swing/rockabilly skirt styles.



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May need to take a stab at this last one.

images via pinterest

tennis whites

On June 2, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Anyone looking at the number of tennis skirts I’ve amassed would guess I play a lot more than I do. The process of shopping for my tennis wardrobe is a prime example of aspirational acquisition. I want to play more, and I want the way I look to reflect that. Want to look as if I do play.

[Which I do, though, while I am not bad, I am not what I would call good yet, either.]

I want to be inspired to be the kind of player I look as if I might be, and dress like the player I want to be (dress “up” – ready parallels here with dressing like the person you want to be). There is always power in looking the part.*

*Did you see this video of the homeless veteran who has a makeover that changes his life? Did I mention this already?


And tennis has the best outfits.

I know that the tradition of white is all tied up in the sport’s aristocratic heritage and is fundamentally impractical…but I love white. And white just looks better and better as the summer wears on and I gradually bronze up and bleach out.

I mentioned planning to feature some tennis gear a while ago when I mentioned getting this watch, but somehow or another kept getting thwarted.


I prefer skirts to dresses, tennis-wise, but the dresses have their charm, too. They are both so adorably unnecessary. Such a quaint holdover, dismissed long ago by every other sport I can bring to mind.* Such an instantly recognizable uniform (and any uniform may also be a costume: I was a tennis player for Halloween once, effortlessly). The option to wear them is too good to pass up.

*I could think up some feminist issues with this but I don’t feel like it. They are cute. I like them.

This particular dress is forgiving of how out of shape I am at the moment.  [Shall we blame winter? Even though it was a while ago now? Let’s blame winter.] You may not be able to tell…so much the better.

Pure Lime tennis dress, Fila visor (this is key), Adidas racquet bag (this one is enormous, I carry everything in it), Wilson BLX Pro Open racquet, Saucony sneakers. I like for this kind of gear, which has great sales now and then and a number of useful guides. I like to pick and choose across brands in this context as in any other.


Yes, I really do wear the wristbands.

I’ll have to show you some of the classic pleated tennis skirts I have, which have to be my favorites. Or do I like the sleeker ones best? It matters not.


trick or…candy corn

On November 2, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

 Fashion contains the potential for renewal and transformation. 

The more costumes one has, the more fantasy personas one can adopt. 

                                        – Edith Gould


Action shot.

Halloween is such a great idea.

This would be the wig that caused the current wig surplus. I like it so much, unexpectedly. I’m going to try to work with it in a non-costume context.


Storm is so badass. And she features my favorite colors: black, white, gold. I cobbled this look together from a few interpretations, taking any elements I liked. One had these incredible earrings on…


3″ long lightning bolts. Got them on eBay, this vendor had many options for color and finish, and even larger sizes. These I will be wearing again. The medallion belt I’ve had for a while and should obviously wear more, though I think not with this catsuit. This catsuit is the worst.

What makes the costume especially straightforward: this kind of stony, don’t-make-me-come-over-there look is the kind of face I make all the time, anyway.


So I spent 20 minutes trying to put in white-out contacts while my eyelids/lashes heroically (so they thought) batted them out, which contacts impair vision (so you can imagine that got easier as I went along), only to discover that they weren’t very noticeable in photos (all of the ones I tried with them were no good). They just looked like glaucoma. I’ll never see that $15 again. Instead I have shoddily painted my eyeballs white for bonus festivity. Happy Halloweeeeen…


Imagine the wig with an otherwise completely normal outfit? That’s happening later.

I know they are just sugar but I love candy corn.