Even though I despise talking about Christmas music before Christmas, now that Thanksgiving is behind us I can say something about the music of the season. These are the 5 holiday songs I love the most (and unironically in some ways)
- Santa Claus is a Blackman – Akim
- Jingle Bells
- Last Christmas – Wham
- Mary’s Boy Child Jesus
- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
Enjoy your holidays everyone!
I spent the past weekend at Tuscon Comic Con. It was my first time in Tuscon, and my first time at this convention. So many things happened over the weekend but I’ll post all the fun people who came to the show! I never take enough pictures (I’m going to need an assistant for my next convention. inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is going to be a day where I don’t harass someone dressed up as Tina, today is not that day. Luckily she put down her book of Erotic Friend Fiction to take a look at my personalized Bob’s Burger’s cover I did.
WITNESS!!! Seriously this was such a cool group. This is one of my favorite movies of the year and I was glad to see some amazing outfits.
I told Macho Man, “I don’t want this to get dark, but I think it’s pretty impressive that during the Rapture, God only needed you to fight the Devil and his hordes” “Oh Yeah” might have been his response.
Scarlett Wolfe from Scarlett Wolfe Cosplay came dressed as Link and I had to fight ever urge to drop to one knee and let her break a pot over my head.
The best part of Mabel outfits are: when they are homemade, when they are adorable, and when the girl wearing the outfit is also adorable! Thanks for stopping by all weekend! I spent 97% of my weekend behind my table at the convention, but I ran and might have trampled a few people to pose next to Freddie Mercury, the QUEEN OF ROCK N ROLL!!! Such a wonderful weekend!
Thanks to everyone who came by, and hung out with me. I had awesome hotdogs, heard great things, got to see so many great creators doing what they do best. This is a weekend I won’t forget even with all the booze in the world!
1. Meeting you!
2. Meeting you!
3. selling comics to you!
4. MEETING YOU!!!
5. Meeting you!
For those who know me, you’ll know that I’m rabid shopper at goodwill. I visit various stores during the week and I find some crazy gems. From classic Peanuts Digest books to almost everything I use for my displays during convention season. Thrifting is a way of life for me and I found a wonderful blog by a real Fashionista Carolyn of the blog “DC Goodwill Fashionista“
birdie: I know about 95 percent of my wardrobe is thrifted, how much of your wardrobe is thrifted?
Carolyn: Great question! I would say around 90% is from Goodwill or another secondhand store. The other 10% accounts for mostly shoes, undergarments, and pants, which are harder to find in my size. If I could convert my wardrobe to 100% fully thrifted, I would in a heartbeat!
birdie: I know a big portion of your blog is about the fashion of goodwill, do you also shop for other things such as office supplies, or knick knacks or is clothing and accessories the only thing you shop for?
Carolyn: When I first started shopping at Goodwill, admittedly, I only sought after fashions. However, after moving into my own place, I discovered the housewares section. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I buy everything from dresses to soaps from Goodwill! Office and art supplies (paints, markers, etc.) are definitely a go-to. Being also an artist on the side, cheap art supplies are a necessity! At full price, they can be SUPER expensive.
birdie: The only thing I’m ever hesitant to buy at a thrift store is underwear. Do you have any taboos when it comes to shopping?
Carolyn: Surprisingly, I have none! Underwear, I’m definitely hesitant about at times (especially when it’s used), but everything else is fair game. If it’s in good shape, or unopened, I’m all for it! Plus, Goodwill is usually very good at making sure heavily-loved and yucky items don’t hit the store floors.
birdie: How long have you been thrifting, and blogging about thrifting?
Carolyn: Holy cow! I’ve been shopping secondhand since I was a kid. I’ve always been a bit frugal, with a love of fashion. I don’t think I’ve paid for anything at full price in years!
birdie: What inspired you to blog about the subject?
Carolyn: I love finding trendy, unique, and/or designer finds, and I realized that people were interested and intrigued in hearing about my scores. Friends and family thought what I would find was cool, but often became tired of my rants. Thus, I took to the streets of the Internet where I found my community.
birdie: I have a map of the stores I visit on a regular basis and I find myself hitting Goodwill 4-6 days a week. How often do you shop at Goodwill?
Carolyn: Oh boy! I wish I went that often! For me, I go on a few weeknights, and always on weekends. I’d say 4 days a week? That’s still a lot compared to the average shopper though . If I could go every day, you know I would!
birdie: About ten years ago I went to a Goodwill Liquidation center and I found an Avocado green Chair that resembles the chair Archie Bunker sat in during All of the Family. I paid $3 for it and it’s one of my favorite things I thrifted. What’s your favorite thing you’ve found?
Carolyn: That’s amazing! Pictures please! I’d love to see. That’s a tough call! Recently, I found 4 pairs of designer sunglasses (including vintage Ray-Bans!), all for $4 or under a pop. Each pair originally retailed for $150! I’ve been on clouds ever since.
birdie: Do you have a shopping strategy, or a plan when you go out shopping?
Carolyn: Friends say that when I hit the racks, they can hear me going through the store because I first go so fast. What I usually do is quickly sift through every section, then I really dive in and pay attention. Also, I usually hit the shoe, dresses, coats, and jewelry sections first because they have items that I’m always looking for. As for housewares, I first always hunt for vintage Pyrex!
birdie: Are there any thrift stores you visit that aren’t goodwill?Carolyn: Sometimes, but Goodwill is where it’s at! It’s so organized, the staff is friendly, and shopping there provides job opportunities for those in my local community.
birdie: I know certain people at Goodwill annoy me, do you have any pet peeves with goodwill shoppers?Carolyn: Just pet peeves with habits. When I see trash and used paper coffee cups hidden in the racks, I get disappointed. Also, I’m pretty tiny, and sometimes people reach over me. But that happens in a lot of situations though! Overall, I’m all about being considerate and attentive at stores. If an item falls of a hanger, I always pick it up.
birdie: What is your favorite thing about shopping at Goodwill?Carolyn: Eek! Just one? I LOVE the staff. I’m always greeted with smiles and amazing customer service. I also love knowing that when I shop, I’m making both myself satisfied, and providing incredible job opportunities to those in my community. It’s a win-win!
birdie: What advice can you give people who shop at goodwill and future fashionistas?Carolyn: For current shoppers, keep doing your thing! If you only shop in one section, don’t be afraid to look through the whole store! You never know what treasures and offerings you’ll find. All of my furniture, kitchenware, and a good percentage of my wardrobe is from Goodwill. They have everything!
Future fashionistas: Just try it! Go to a Goodwill and just look around. Don’t feel pressured an overwhelmed by (sometimes) the large amount of items. There are treasures to be found and you don’t have to be a seasoned Goodwill shopper to get your share of treats. If you are hesitant, bring a friend who does like to go to Goodwill. They’ll show you the ropes! It’s a fun activity/shopping experience to do with a friend anyway
I hope you guys enjoyed this interview. I love shopping at Goodwill, and Carolyn does for the same reasons. So I hope you read her blog (as I do) and follow her on instagram as @thedcgf (the DC Goodwill Fashionista)
Halloween is this Saturday, and I haven’t been blogging much lately (so much going on, and I should really be sharing it). Here is my top 5 Halloween Costumes I wore while growing up. In no real order
3. Homemade Robot (age 10) I used a washing machine tube for the arms, and a lady thought I was a washing machine, I think my mom might have said ‘fuck her’ (or something to that effect) I loved that costume
1. Nudist (age 15) I had a brilliant idea to wear a black shirt and shorts and write “censored” with white chalk. The weeks leading up to Halloween, everyone was afraid when I told them I was going as a nudist
5. Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (age 17) I just saw the movie that summer and found the hat at a goodwill and worked the costume around that. It was cheap and I didn’t own a codpiece (still don’t) and no one in my school under 30 knew who I was, and those who did, were a bit creeped out.
2. Italian Spiderman (age 30) based on the youtube videos I crafted the outfit and still have the shirt. Also another time I got to enjoy a fake mustache and getting to shout “respect women”
4. Sexy Gym Teacher (age 31) the first in a trend of creating costumes around wearing short shorts. I found some It also let me enjoy my fake mustaches and aviators in public.
What was your favorite Halloween Costume?