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Redecorating: Get That Gatsby Style In Your House

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So right now I am drooling over a house for sale in my area. It i called ‘Oaks Castle’ and was built in the ’20s for some Tennessee Supreme Court dude. The pricetag is a diminutive 2million dollars. Okay, that is alot but not for a castle y’all. It boats 14000 square feet! Noice.

The shitty thing is…the interior is hideous. It is outdated and just really not my style. Prior to going on the market it was used as a wedding venue AND simultaneously a medical clinic until the doctor got arrested while speeding around town naked with a bunch of guns in his car… allegedly.  Heres a link to that story if ya’ interested CLICK HERE FOR CRAZY DR.

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Moving on from that bag of crazy… as you can see the interior (this is the living room or ‘grand hall’) is a hot mess. Who paints the ceiling the same musty color as the walls. That, combined with the tragic fact that there is no overhead lighting makes the castle seem dim and dank ( I am sure that is why it appeals to some people with the ‘castle vibe’ but not me, dear)

To be honest, I loathe the woodwork and beams. It makes it seem more rustic instead of the stately home it once was. The oak wood does not appeal to me at all and my idea is actually to gold leaf the beams (and possibly all the woodwork). The walls, I can see a nice white or grey lacquer fitting nicely. Remember, the house was built in the 1920′s so a Hollywood Regency look would probably fit better than anything (well for my taste anyway).

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Here are also some design ‘boards’ to show the furniture that would work for the room as well. It is a mix of vintage, antique and modern furniture at various price points.

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A. A pair of very rare Knole sofas in ‘vintage condition’ from the 1920′s, This is actually my favorite type of sofa and the only style that I think works perfect for the house. It is both 1920′s glam and gothic castle rolled into one. These style sofas can be seen on Downton Abbey.

B.Curule legged side tables with nailhead detail. I originally paired the sofas with a pair of camel suede endtables with nailhead trim but found the textures of the suede and velvet were too similar. I like the openess – tables with too much bulk would look too stiff.

C. Gray glossy lamps with gold leaf shades: Gray is one of my favorite colors and its a hot color in interior design right now. (Mind you if the walls were grey lacquer I wouldn’t use grey lamps but you get the idea) Gold and gray in combination makes for an elegant look whereas grey alone could read boring…and gold alone sometimes reads tacky…

D. Custom Scalamandre le tigre print silk velvet pillows are literally EVERYTHING. Its animal print without being Jersey trash. Tiger is a helluva lot classier than leopard an cheetah. Again, this fabric is also historically period enough as well without seeming stuffy.

E. A modern rug really balances everything out. Sure you could use a oriental rug or savonnerie but it would instantly make it seem a little too….grandma’s place. I like the chevron pattern, modern and yet…deco like the rest. The colors also work. The red from the sofas is hinted at without being too much. (Fun Fact: red is my favorite color but I only like it in small doses)

F. The Tracadero chair: these chairs are modern and can be found sporadically at most online decor hotspots like OneKingsLane and Joss & Main or google “Trocadero chair”. They aren’t cheap but they give a great modern but still deco vibe. Couldn’t you imagine sitting in one of these in Paris circa 1922 drinking a martini.

G. A fine vintage eglomise coffee table set by legendary Maison Bagues. Lets be honest, a modern coffee table would cost as much as this genuine Hollywood glam table so its better to invest in quality.

H. Smoke glass votives. Obviouly candles are a big deal and make a place feel like a home. I hate candles with labels like ye olde Bath and Body Works or Yankee. Blargh. So tacky. Stay neutral. Also one clonky candle sitting on a table looks stupid to me, a grouping of smaller votive jars is elegant…. (Tip: only buy them if they come as a set, these do. You are getting ripped off at Pier One. OneKingsLane often has the best deals on quality votive sets)

I. Antique velvet lined tobacco box: honestly this is just an accent and to hide remote controls!

J. To be frank, I am sick of the coffee table tray trend. I like it but its played out. I think this is where a DIY project would be fun… I couldnt find a tray that really went with the look Im going for. Most trays are mirrored which doesnt work on a mirror table!

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A. I love this antique mirror. I can’t remember where I found it and who it is by. If I am not mistaken it i either by Jansen or Maison Bagues. I love the chevron detail at the top…thats what sold me to be honest.

B. Blackamoor bust: This is also from the 20s or 30s and may be controversial. I am not sure how politically correct these are today but I know Coco Chanel loved blackamoor decor.

C. Console tables: I think consoles anchor a room and  take up empty space behind a sofa or a lonely wall. I This is a modern piece but the bronze detail on the legs is pretty nice. Not deco but the hand painted butterflies remind me of asian lacquered furniture and chinoiserie which I love.

D. X Stools (Tabourets): I have always been obsessed with these type of stools. They don’t take up much room, they look interesting, extra seating when needed and often can be stored under a console table…and if you are crafty, use them as your coffee table when not in use. Im not about that life though.

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A. Art Deco Eglomise painting of a horse: This is actually a massive piece that I think could take the place of that tapestry. Its glamorous whereas the tapestry just looks tacky to me. I do love tapestries as much as…if not more than most people but cheap tapestries dont fly. Unless you can afford a 17th century Flemish one, don’t bother.

B. Napoleon III sideboard/buffet: I think this could work as a console for the opposite side of the room. Normally, I am big on symmetry and would do two exact consoles but I think the butterfly piece would be far too much if there were two and wouldnt seem as special. Plus, this one has storage.

C. An antique black and white marble bust of King Tut: Egyptomania was alive and well in the 20′s and I was just in awe over the coloring of this. I think it may get lost in front of the mirror in similar shades..ideally I probably would just put something deep red on this table…maybe a nice ruby red Waterford crystal garniture.

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A. Now here is where I start to get a bit ‘tacky’. This monumental and glamorous overmantle mirror isn’t too ornate (which is usually my thing…) and yet has enough of a Gothic touch to still fit into my 1920′s castle look. Its also simple and doesn’t detract from what is set infront of it.

B. I obviously chose this brass and mirrored screen mainly because of the French Royal crest emblazoned on… but it also mirrors (no pun intended) the look of the brass overmantle mirror.

C. This clock is likely too fancy for most people’s taste but I have GOOD taste. LOL. Its just very me…and it reminds me of Versailles. In fact, they have a very similar one. Clocks are an obsession of mine so you might wanna get used to it.

D. Crystal candelabra: Ideally, I would like something with at least four arms but I fell in love with the greyhound motif and do I even need to say it again…it echoes the art deco theme. (In case you didn’t know, greyhounds were popular motifs in the period, likely because they were easy to stylize into graceful murals and glossy statues.) These are not deco however…they are actually English Regency…. so its literally perfect.

E. Gunmetal glazed ornamental urns: these sorts of urns are actually another obsession of mine. They remind me of Neoclassical decor, which is another favorite and really…they just work with almost anything. I prefer these to overly stylized vases. You could literally use these forever, they will never go out of style.

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There is room for two seating areas in the room and I like the idea of using the other as a more formal grouping.

A. Gothic screen with gray linen upholstery: this 7 foot screen is stunning and could be used to break the room into two areas or hide a corner that Im too lazy to decorate! I really just like the castle look and it would be a grey backdrop behind the salon set instead of another paining or mirror.

B. Gilt wheat tables: I picked these tables for a few reasons: thy aren’t too stuffy and Coco Chanel had very similar ones in her sitting room. Point blank, they work. Wheat is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.

C. Victoria era gilt salon set with aubusson tapestry upholstery. I really appreciate the heft of this salon set. it isn’t dainty like most sets of this type. It has enough beef to take on this large room and honestly I’d fill the entire room with antiques of this caliber if it weren’t too ostentatious. A little gilt goes a long way and its nice thing to invest in before its sucked off the market and held in some antique store til kingdom come only to be reupholstered in glossy black leather by some hipster….

D. Again, blackamoors… this time in 6 foot tall torchiere form. These are from Venice I think and date to the late 1800s. Coco would have been proud to own these herself, she had similar ones but I actually like these better. I like the richness of the black and  the burgundy color is hinted at again without needing to do anything too red.

I hope you enjoyed this foray into home decor and a look at my mindset and how I choose things and for what reason… this is probably more detailed than many bloggers go for but I like to explain! If you want to know where to buy something similar to these items (or the same one if you want) let me  know.

Bitter Over Fashion: Wasted On The Masses

There is nothing more gut wrenching to me (and I literally mean nothing) than seeing a beautiful garment walk down a runway that I love and be unable to attain it only to see it flaunted later on by a Katy Perry or someone even less significant. Where the talent and inspiration of the designer are utterly wasted and its destined for a shiny white closet or archive never to be seen again.

Part of my love for fashion comes from my love of history. Anything that makes me think of another time, especially a more regal and beautiful time, makes me lust. I would rather have a pair of jeweled gloves than sex any day…

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Like these gloves, seen in a recent Dolce & Gabbana menswear show; as soon as I saw these, I thought about a pair of gloves seen once in a museum, purportedly Charlemagne’s.

I’ve yet to see anyone wear these gloves, it can be most likely safely assumed that nobody will. Maybe we could pray that Kanye West or Pharell might give ‘em a go one day but really… that is what Stefano Gabbana wanted when he designed such a beautiful pair of gloves? You see these gloves, I can envision on the lucky person who could one day officiate mywedding…yes-that is my way of thinking.


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What about these two masterpieces by the late Alexander McQueen? These are two of the most beautiful gowns I’ve ever seen, they are right up my alley. Well guess what, to my knowledge, neither have ever been wore except the day they were shown in a salon in Paris to a select few people. A real shame. Were I fortunate enough to wear these, I would bring them to life and give them a purpose. Wearing fashion once and then hoarding it away is a shame, if you are going to spend thousands on it…wear it out. Yes, people will know they’ve seen it before but they sure as hell are gonna know that about the jeans and sunglasses you wear too. If its special, it should be worn more! Since I knew I’d never have a chance to wear the amazing white and gold embroidered gown, I commissioned a portrait wearing it. I altered the sleeves a bit but…if I bought it, i would have anyway to make it more…me.

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Again, a stunning piece that will likely not be seen more than five times in all of history… that is crazy. This piece, was almost certainly also inspired by a historical garment either belonging to Holy Roman Empress Matilda or someone of her time. A truly stunning piece.

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It was clearly the piece that inspired McQueen and yet nobody seems to know, discuss it or even care. Nor do they wear it… If I owned this little cape, I would wear it throughout fall…year after year. So what if it got a few holes in it…at least its worn, appreciated and understood.

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I really believe those who don’t understand or care to understand history should not be able to wear and hoard such masterpieces. A moment of respect for those who inspired these lost treasures.

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Even though I most likely will never be afford to wear these items, I do appreciate them and should I ever be fortunate enough for these garments to grace my body, I would ensure they got the wear they deserve. Hell, I’d probably end up like the fella’ above, going to my grave with being represented as the queen that I am…eternally.

Duck Dynasty vs Homosexuality: A response

Well, as we all know everyone is freaking out because some old bigot got fired or negative comments about homosexuality. People are screaming: WHAT ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH??? Their one tooth wiggles during their ignorant arguments of Christians being persecuted… 

Well guess what… he exercised said freedom of speech and is paying the consequences for it. That freedom doesn’t give you carte blache to spew hatred and get away with it. Just like when you get to the pearly gates…you will pay the consequences. He should probably also consult his pastor about deception and being on a fake reality show while raking in the dough… Greed is also a sin, remember. 

Who cares about that… this is the quote that pissed me off. 

“For the sake of the Gospel, it was worth it… All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s 80 years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”

Christians are so ignorant or rather this breed of Christian that they seem to forget that Christianity is responsible for more death, torture and corruption over the past two centuries than any other religion or dictator combined. Jesus can be present and do some pretty fucked up shit and since h gave four lovely examples…so will I. Here you go Mr. Robertson.

 

1. Something called the Spanish Inquisition…dont know what it is, google it. Was Jesus among them? Yep.

 

2. The Crusades..,. Killing ‘Islamists’ in Jesus holy name in order to get back some sandy land and pillage it to return it back to teh Cathedrals of Europe. Jesus among them? Yep, right on their flags.

 

3. Spanish Colonization of the New World… the Holy Catholic Empire of Spain once sent over a few Christian conquistadores and colonized this beautiful new world…wiping out entire civilizations in Jesus’ name. Among them, yes.

 

4. Salem With Trials… innocent girls were burned alive because of your religious cult’s ignorance. Jesus was among that crowd too…

 

Jesus has been among more brutal murder and hate than anyone else. So stop using your bronze age goat herder mentalities and thinking A&E owes you a show. You are disgusting human beings and yes… were I in power, I would feed you to the lions. Your a waste of humanity.

 

 

 

A Single Gal’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

I haven’t posted in a while and I’m going to skip through the cheesetastic Christmas posts and go straight to New Year’s. New Year’s Eve can be a stressful time to plan for a single girl…especially if said single girl ate her feelings during the previous two major holidays. Fear not, one has an easy to follow guide for you.

First, you need to find out where to go. Don’t go to a friend’s house party… people there are likely to be taken or you may already know them. You need to go out to a public party at a nightclub or hotel, whichever looks most promising. Once you’ve figured out where to go, plan your outfit. You should look as sexy as possible without looking slutty, don’t degrade yourself because you are desperate…

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A good floor length gown is a plus but don’t get a sparkly prom looking mess. This dress I’ve chosen is quite lovely, its under 200 bucks and can be acquired here. You shouldn’t go overboard on accessories either, I’d suggest a nice but simple statement necklace. The triple row one above is about a hundred bucks from Anne Taylor. You could opt for a nice pair of earrings, whatever…I just like necklaces. Men also love a lady’s neck and necklaces draw attention to that area…soooo. Whatever you do, do not wear a ring, at all…make sure your single status is obvious. A nice red lip will also make you look glamorous, mysterious and sexy. Try it. Don’t take that ready-to-bust purse into the party…just take the essentials in a nice evening clutch. Now, obviously the one I chose is Alexander McQueen but just get a damn clutch. I would wear sexy but comfortable shoes…not too high. Make sure you don’t have to walk like Bambi after a few minutes. I chose a low pair of nude Louboutins… again avoid prom shoes. Wear a seductive perfume, just a few sprays though…don’t overkill it and make him sneeze. I chose Flowerbomb… I like it right now. You may also notice the little notepad: take a small notepad with your number pre-written on all the pages in your clutch. Pass out generously.

Don’t be too nervous. Try to have fun and mingle, eventually some gentlemens will buy you a drink. Doing that, he will also likely want to take you home with him afterward (OH yeah, take a taxi for that reason so you don’t have to leave the Lexus your daddy paid for in a club parking lot where its likely to get broken into by teenage vandals).

You should also bring a small tote an coat-check it with any coat you may wear. When your date is paying his tab, retrieve your coat and tote. You will need just a few essential items.

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Make sure the tote isn’t too luggage like or you may freak out your gentlemens. Make it look as purselike as possible. I like this one from Givenchy. It is fashionable and trendy and yet its clever…it shows how ragingly horny you is. Ruff. Inside have something to wear tomorrow…you are gonna luck fucktarded doing the walk of shame in a a gown with no makeup. Your favorite Starbucks homo is  definitely going to judge you. I would just pack a sweater dress; they are casual and take up far less room than jeans and a shirt. They also look nicer. A pair of nice sunglasses is also key, obvious reasons apply. These are from Versace. Lastly, some Advil liqui-gels or any fast acting medicine for headache relief. That hangover aint gonna cure itself after he wakes up at 9:00am using the excuse that he has to go spend time with his grandma….his subtle hint for you to get your ass out of there. Happy New Year.

Hunger In America: A Huge Problem, Think About It this Thanksgiving

I just finished watching A Place At The Table, a documentary about the reality of hunger in the United States. More than 50 million people in America go hungry or roughly 1 in 6 people. In this country, its unacceptable. 

 

It made me think of my own life and how privileged I am. My biggest concerns are usually getting a new fashionable pair of shoes or the next extravagant piece of jewelry. And although I call myself the Marie Antoinette of the LGBT community, I’m not going to turn a blind eye to the issue of hunger.

 

Personally, for me, its pretty hard to relate to going hungry. The closest I can relate is being a college student and sometimes not having enough food or eating Ramen more than once a week. The difference is, all I had to go was go raid my family’s cabinet. Not everyone has that option.

 

The government doesn’t do enough for the hungry. The farm system and the Department of Agriculture aids farmers that make wheat, corn, etc… foods that are eventually processed and turned into cheap foods that have caused this country to become obese. In some areas, fresh fruit and vegetables aren’t even an option. They aren’t delivered to poor urban areas or places in the middle of nowhere because it isn’t worth the truckers time to do so. Pathetic.

 

The Food Stamp program is also insufficient, people have to try to live on about 3.00 a day. Can you do that? I know that on the weekends my best friend and I spend more than that on iced tea. Some people have to feed their entire family on that. Even with food stamps, healthy foods are far from affordable which leads to buying canned ravioli and sugary cereal and still the food stamps run out before the end of the month. 

It really isn’t solely up to the government to make sure people don’t go hungry. It is up to all of us, we can all make sure that it doesn’t happen. Instead of going to Starbucks for a coffee that costs more than school lunches for an entire week, donate it to a food program or buy non-perishable foods for a food bank. Instead of letting the random canned foods in your cupboards expire, clean them out and take what you aren’t going to use to the food bank… 

 

Everyone can make a difference. Just try it, once a month at least take one superficial thing that you normally do and put that money towards this cause. Let your nails have a break from acrylics…give that 40 bucks to a local food program. Let your roots show once. Buy an outfit to wear from a thrift store and give the difference of what you would have spent at Urban Outfitters to a good cause. Little changes can make a big impact.

Stop being so selfish, there are so many of us that are very fortunate. Stop protesting the 1 percent…because you are the 82 percent that have a lot more than the 17 percent going hungry. The 82 percent are wealthier than the 95 percent of the African continent… somewhere you are the 1 percent. Think about it, stop pretending not to notice and actually do something.

Th LGBT community are actually very at risk at being hungry. Especially the LGBT youth. Often, they are too ashamed or afraid to ask for help at food banks, churches etc, because of the stigma of being LGBT. They also generally don’t qualify for Food stamps. If you are LGBT and hungry, don’t be afraid or ashamed. Ask for help, go to churches even if you don’t believe what they believe. They are there to help anyone…and have to, they receive a tax exempt status for doing so. 

But… before you buy your next pair of fancy shoes or do a benefit show for a drag pageant…think about someone else.

 

I’m the Marie Antoinette of the LGBT Community

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Marie Antoinette has always been a fashion icon of mine but lately I’m seeing even more of her in other aspects of my life. The main adjective I would use to describe both of us is ‘misunderstood’.

Those who know very little about the historic Queen of France see her as selfish, indulgent, superficial, childish and uncaring. Most of these characteristics about Marie Antoinette are based on propaganda of the French Revolution. Most people hear the name Marie Antoinette and think, ‘Let them eat cake!’. She never said this. She was actually known to be a kind hearted person who would never have mocked her starving subjects. 

I’ve mostly had my issues inside the LGBT community itself which really operates like an antiquated royal court. The Queens are on top of gay social life and represent the extravagance of the community with their over the top shows and caddy attitudes.

 

I’m not one of those queens. As I stated in another post, I never have performed simply to have a dollar bill pressed into my hand. I do everything I do for the sake of art. This seemed to conflict with most queens in my region who perform for cheap entertainment and to fill their own pockets, generally for drugs.  Very few queens have ever been supportive of my idea of drag as an artform which can be customized to the queen. Many see me as unpolished and feel the need to give me unsolicited advice.

At first, their treatment toward me and their petty comments did hurt. After a while, I became more confidant with my own aesthetic and ideas and can now care less what they or anyone thinks. I have never altered what I do because of a comment, positive or negative.

Its insulting to suggest I do anything, whether it be malicious or not. I’m an artist, not an sideshow entertainer. I do what I feel is best and what I am inspired to do. If you enjoy it, I really appreciate it and if not… that is within your right.

 

I don’t want makeup advice or wig advice or costume advice. I know my makeup isn’t perfect and I really don’t want it to be. I’m a real person, not really a character. I’m not a persona. My makeup doesn’t need to be standard ‘drag queen’ makeup. I don’t need ‘clown white’ in the center of my lips to make them look fuller…they are full enough. I don’t need  extreme eyebrows or carved out eyeshadow. I’m happy with my image, don’t try to turn me into your idea of a drag queen. I’m not a paper doll.

 

I’ve been literally pushed out of the local drag community because of my beliefs and rejection of criticism,almost blacklisted. Part of it is fear of something new and the other part is just ignorance. In a community who constantly complains about acceptance, I feel rejected more by the LGBT community than the general public. That’s sad.

 

In fact. I have had next to no issues with the general public. I go to ‘straight’ bars instead of hiding behind a rainbow flag flying shithole. People are interested. I find it far more rewarding to just be a new novelty than an expected thrill. Women love it and actually think my makeup is great, men think I’m beautiful, people in general find me interesting whether its positive or negative. Nobody feels the need to give me a negative opinion whether they agree with what I do or not. They mind their own business.

 

I would rather hear people mock me in the general public than in my own community and believe it or not…its much much rarer. Gay clubs exist much like organized religion, by installing fear in the minds of their patrons. Fear keeps the LGBT community locked in seclusion (in America) and keeps gay bars full, keeps people buying overpriced drinks and keeps a niche business alive. When, in reality, there is no reason to attend a gay exclusive bar or club. 

 

There is so much drama in the LGBT world doesn’t exist outside of our own rainbow colored walls. Until the LGBT community starts to love each other, nothing will really change. You can’t change laws when you are too focused on the petty gossip and promiscuous sex of the reclusive gay scene. 

 

Like Marie Antoinette, I am extravagant but it isn’t just for me. She represented France and I represent the community. I need to be someone who has a strong image but unlike the other queens, I don’t have harbored fears and hatred of the general public. I know there is good and bad in everything but mostly its just fear. Live your lives and be better representations of this community. Stop the drama and preaching fear. Get out and talk to people, let them know there is nothing really different about you as a human being. Under all the makeup and clothes, people know I’m a human being first of all and thats how I want to live…not a life in a niche. I am everyone’s queen, not just one for the community.

The Drag Scene Is Really In Desperate Need of New Life and Standards

What you see on RuPaul’s Drag Race is as far from a realistic representation of the community as My Little Pony is from the equestrian world.  It’s watered down and made to be as family friendly as possible, although clearly it is not. Now, drag is getting huge in the world but not much seems to be changing outside of Hollywood.

First of all, the drag scene is littered with drugs. It isn’t surprising to see a queen crushing up a pain pill and snorting it at her crusty dressing table or doing cheap cocaine in the bathrooms. Many many queens don’t have real lives and just live to get high and make cheesy costumes while tweaking out. Even some of RuPaul’s crowned queens sometimes can’t afford their rent due to their coke habit.

This isn’t what I’m into and not how I want to be represented. Now, I am not trying to be holier than thou, I’ve experimented with a few things but I’ve never had a problem. Drugs have never played a role in my everyday life. I smoke cigarettes and I drink but that’s it. And yet, I’m a queen that is considered controversial. Well, bitches, the truth is out.

Drag queens are all narcissistic and I am no different. While being a narcissist, I don’t take it to unhealthy levels. I appreciate the few people I have to help me, namely my best friend and Creative Director Scottie Gregg. I also appreciate the small fanbase that I do have, they aren’t just there to give press dollars into my palm. I consider most of them friends and I’m never too busy to interact with them. I talk to people who I care about, not just the ones who I think are going to give me a five or ten dollar bill. Although, a great percentage of my life does revolve around me, I do recognize it is a team effort and without the people that do love me, I am nothing.

 

Although I do recognize and care about my public, I don’t base what I do around their desires and what they want. I try to give them what I think they need, whether it be social commentary or something they haven’t thought about…. never just a tired old pop song and a death drop or high kick. What is the actual fucking point of doing that? I’m not a Las Vegas tourist act, I’m a real artist and one who struggles. If I changed myself to be what most of you want me to be, I probably would be famous but I’ll never change for public perception.

 

To those of you who love me, big things will come. To those who don’t understand me, or even try…fuck you. I don’t need your validation and don’t even want it. I only care about those who already get it. I have no time to let you catch up.

 

 

6 BeautyTips To Cover Pesky Rosacea

One saw a lovely article by the amazing journalists at Huffington Post in the wee hours of this morning and one thought to oneself,” I imagine trying to figure out how to cover rosacea is a topic of interest that hasn’t been breached yet.” Then one decided to tackle this without reading their article.

1. Concealer: Any concealer would probably do the trick but a great conceealer for brightening the skin is BOING by Benefit. It costs a pretty penny but will get that rosyness outta dem cheeks mighty fine.

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2.  DermaBlend Foundation:

Lord knows nobody has ever heard of this brand before. Not only can it cover your mild or even severe rosy cheeks, but it can also cover intense acne, acne scars, tattoos and more! Also a good DRAG foundation (a tip given to me by an ole tranny whose boyfriend I stole for a hot minute. Not my fault. I considered her a friend but…well thats another story, comment if you’d like juicy deets)

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3. More Concealer

Well, I don’t know why but concealer seems to be a good idea when you are trying to conceal something. Picture it, Sicily 1943, I was standing at a pharmacy with my rosy cheeks when a local witchdoctor gave me this magical item from America, Revlon concealer.

Actually this time we are opting for a Smashbox Concealer, which tend to be heavy duty. Concealers come in different color correcting colors. Green to get rid of redness, peach or salmon for dark circles or five o’clock shadows and a lavender color for…idk, it does something.  Search on HuffPost.

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4.  Even More Concealer:

This one by MAC is pretty dang good. Lets face it, concealers are great for rosacea. Your best bet is either a thicker or higher coverage one and/or a green color correcting one.

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5. Powder:

After using your concealer and/or foundation using a heavy duty powder is most likely a great idea to keep it from smudging away and showing those rosy cheeks. A good powder, recommended by yours truly and a beauty guru who wears too much makeup (her name sounds like a Starbucks drink) Coty Powder since 1935! A favorite of drag queens and aging beauties. Not only will this cover your rosacea (with concealer or foundation) it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and fully matte…all day.

I suggest the shade TRANSLUCENT EXTRA COVERAGE for everyone)

Coty Airspun Face Powder, Light/Medium Neutral

6. BLUSH:
After you finish covering that pesky rosacea up… do what almost any beauty guru or makeup artist will tell you and add some blush to those cheeks for a rosy glow.  I suggest Tarte’s fine line of Amazonian Clay blushes. The best in the business.

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Geez, that sure did feel like rocket science I spewed out here. I deserve a Pulitzer or whatever reporters get. Maybe even the Nobel!!!!

Stop writing about shit that we already know!

The CW’s “REIGN” Review

I was excited when I first read about the CW’s  project about the early life of Mary Stuart while she lived in France. I’ve always found Mary, Queen of Scots to be a very interesting figure. Not only her but a couple of my other fave’s are featured in the show like Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers.

I’m only halfway through the first episode and I am not impressed by any means. First of all, the costumes are far too fantasy, Lord of the Ring’s ish and typical Medieval looking. I know its the CW but still. Its so drab and dark compared to say…The Borgias.  The hair really irritates me, long hair with braids. More of a gypsy look than a French Royal court… ugh.

Secondly, the ‘castle’ is very very cheesy. The French Court at the time resided at Fontainebleau, if I’m not mistaken. Its a gorgeous palace and much more ornate than the dark tavern look in this show. Seeing Catherine de Medici drinking from a pewter cup in a kitchen is a disturbing site to me.

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ImageIt is the palace used in Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ video. Much more colorful and opulent. Now I know its the CW and I didn’t expect accuracy but I would rather see it more ornate and colorful than yellow and brown.

My biggest bitchfit is going to be about Diane de Potiers though I think. If she is portrayed as a bitchy whore in this show, I’m not going to be thrilled. She was a very intelligent and a true Renaissance lady. She mostly wore black and white and I highly doubt they will pick up on that and make her the fashion icon she was.

Its just a hodgepodge of nonsense really. Catherine de Medici’s hair, looks great in the front but the Marie Antoinette curls down the back annoy me. The Victorian looking bathtub…its just pure shit.

Caligula gives REIGN one and a half turds out of five. Image