Thursday, July 24, 2014

[what i wore] Cherry Pie

I love punching up sweet sundresses with a touch of something tougher. I balanced this chambray and lace sweetheart dress with a cross-bone print crop top, chunky heels, and a dark lip. 
Sometimes just a little bit of sugar is enough.

Forever 21 Bones Crop Tee and Boater Hat, Rue 21 Art Deco Necklace, Flying Tomato Cherry Pie Chambray Dress ℅ ForElyse, Jeffrey Campbell Fate Platforms

Saturday, July 19, 2014

DIY Spirit Hood @ Wantickets.com

My DIY Spirit Hood tutorial was syndicated to the wantickets.com blog!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Straight Girl's Guide to Dressing for PRIDE

This weekend, San Diego kicks off it's 40th annual Pride weekend. Although there are Pride weekend ragers in cities all over the country, San Diego hosts not only a parade, but a block party, a rally, a music festival, a 5k run, and tons of other events. It's a celebration not only of the LBGTQ community, but of freedom of expression and loving yourself just the way you are, whether you are a part of the community, or just an ally. Pride originated as a political protest, but the tradition has evolved into a wildly fun time and an awesome excuse to party!
As a basic straight female, gay pride can be SO much fun, but if you've never been, it might be difficult to decide what to wear. Here are a few tips to make sure your outsides are looking as faboosh as your beautiful insides when you venture into the what will basically be a glitter/rainbow/tanned abs/spandex explosion.

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1. Do it up.
Gay pride is probably the most fashionable day party you will ever attend. Shave your legs, get a spray tan, and make sure your outfit is on point, because if you don't look like you even tried, there will be at least one professional stylist that will drunkenly wander by and want to fix you. As for your actual outfit: Wear something trendy, but comfortable, because you will probably do quite a bit of walking, especially as the party goes from day to night. Most attendees will be wearing very little, so if you want to show off your rocking' bod, now is the time. Add one or two crazy accessories like a feather boa or a ridiculous hat. It honestly doesn't even need to make sense. Everyone will be drunk anyway.
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2. Don't overdo it.
It's a day party, not strip-mall glamour shots. Make sure your hair is in a style that will hold all day (i.e. Use enough hairspray to turn your head into a fire hazard). It will probably be HOT, so don't cake on the makeup unless you want to be mistaken for a melting drag queen. If you are super dedicated, and planning to remain reasonably sober, bring some red lipstick to swipe on after the sun goes down.

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3. There is no such thing as too much glitter.
Self explanatory.

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4. Wear sunscreen.
San Diego sunshine can be a blessing, but also a curse. Pride is a long weekend, and you don't want to get knocked out of the game early because you couldn't handle the heat! Don your most outlandish sunnies and avoid funky tan lines with plenty of sunscreen.

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5. Hands-free Handbags.
How can you dance, catch float beads, and down tequila shots if you're struggling with your Mary Poppins bag? Pack light with a teeny tiny cross-body bag, a little zippy wristlet, or a stylish fanny pack.

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6. Be fierce.
Pride weekend may have all sorts of connotations, but when it comes down to it, it's just about celebrating life-- whichever way you choose to live it. No matter what you're wearing, an open mind and a positive attitude are the most important accessories. Dance as much as possible, appreciate the sexy-looking people everywhere, give compliments to strangers, and make them your friends. Don't be judgy, don't be rude, and don't tell a drag queen you can do makeup better than her, even if its true.

And when in doubt, just start singing Gaga or Iggy.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

[inspired by] Tribal Makeup

Tribal-inspired makeup has been a festival staple for girls, and even guys, for a while now. There are infinite patterns and designs to choose from to express yourself. Think of your face like your 7th grade biology notes and doodle away. You can choose to paint your designs in all black, all white, or with color. Rather than face paint, I find liquid and pencil eyeliner to be the best way to achieve this look, for its precision and long-lasting wearability. Here are a few of my favorite designs for inspirational your next festival.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[diy] Spiked Collar Necklace

I am soooo late to the collar necklace train. When these first became popular, I started to DIY one, but just never followed through, and I don't even know what happened to that half finished project. Oops! But, the other day, while browsing WGWT, I came across this piece from Dollskill and was re-inspired to create a collar necklace with materials I already had on hand.
 
Inspired by: Faubourg du Temple Odette Spike Collar, from Dollskill

You will need:
Clear plastic vinyl 
(or black felt, if you want to stick closer to the original!)
Screw-in Spike Studs
Silver Chain
E-6000
Hole Punch
Ribbon
Scissors

First, lay out your vinyl and cut out a peter pan collar shape. I used THIS pattern. 
Using a Sharpie, mark out where you want your studs to go. Use a small hole punch or carefully use a nail to push through the plastic and punch small holes where you wan to screw your spikes in. 
Using a regular sized hole punch, punch a hole on either side of the tips of the collar. Be sure not to punch the holes too close to the edge of the plastic!
Push your spikes through your collar and screw on the backs. This part takes a while! You may need a tiny screwdriver to secure your studs.
Lay your collar flat and apply a thin line of E-6000 glue around the edge of your collar. Let the glue get tacky, and then push your silver chain flat into the glue to create a chain border all the way around.
After the glue has dried completely, loop ribbon through the holes in the ends of your collar. Tie these ribbons in a bow to wear your collar like a necklace.




This spiked collar would be perfect to toughen up a little black dress, or dress up a band tee and jeans. Did you create a project using this tutorial? How do you wear collar necklaces? Leave me a comment or tweet a photo to @holehx!

*This was supposed to be a post about the new website What Goes With This, but I honestly couldn't figure out how to use it and wasn't really feelin any of the beta clothes anyway. I did get inspired by this piece on their website while I was trying to figure it out, so this is just kind of what happened. And here's my WGWT blogger page if you'd like to check it out and maybe teach me. Hahaaaa okay. Oops.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[how to] Purple Blue Peekaboo


I love my white hair (learn how I did mine HERE), but sometimes its fun to mix it up a little bit. I wanted to add a little bit of color, while keeping my hair color mostly the same, and not making any drastic changes. Putting a little purple and blue at the nape of my neck was a perfect way to incorporate fun colors without getting myself fired from my restaurant job.

You will need:
Powder Bleach and a Developer
Purple Toning Shampoo
Conditioning Masque
Shower Cap and Hair Dryer
Hair Dye (in one or two colors of your choice)
Tint Brush
Plastic Bowl


Start by bleaching and toning the area you want to add color to (I needed to bleach my roots anyway, so I did my entire head). Pull your hair up into a huh bun and starting from the root, brush the bleach into your hair up toward the ends about 6 inches. Follow the instructions on your bleach to know how long to leave it before you rinse it out. If you are already blonde, skip straight to the toner. Once the hair you have treated is as light as possible, use a toning shampoo on your wet hair to get rid of any yellow tones. I love the Generic Brand version of the Shimmer Lights shampoo, which can be found at Sally Beauty Supply. Leave the toning shampoo in for 20-40 minutes and then rinse your hair again.
Any time you bleach your hair, is is super important to condition immediately afterwards! I love this Brazillian Nut and Acai Berry Conditioning Masque by KimbleBeauty (Get 10% off when you purchase at www.701nyc.com with the code "hair10"). Apply to your hair, cover with a shower cap, and blow dry over the cap to heat your treated hair and get the best results. Rinse again, and dry your hair this time! Air drying will maintain more of the amazing conditioning results, but you can blow dry if you are impatient like I am!
I's finally time to add color! Manic Panic is my favorite because of the color payoff, as well as how gentle it is on your hair. Pull your hair up into a high bun again. If you are using one color, brush your dye up about 6 inches, starting at the root, the same way you brushed on the bleach. If you are using two colors, brush the darker color three inches up from the root, and the second color from the end of the first color, up another three inches.
Sorry this picture is blurry-- its really hard to take a photo of the back of your own head! But this photo shows how I layered the dye colors to create an ombre effect. Follow the directions on your dye to make sure you leave it in for the correct amount of time, then carefully rinse the dye out with cold water, to eliminate the colors running down the rest of your hair.
Dry and style as usual for a fun peekaboo look. This pop of color looks awesome with your hair pulled up, or left down. If you try this tutorial, tweet a photo to @holehx so I can see how it turned out!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Let's Define the Word "Rave"

How did we go from "Old School" to "Prosti-tots",
and why is everyone so pissy about it?

Before I get super deep into calling myself a "rave fashion" blogger, let me talk about how I define rave culture, and why I love "the scene" as much as I do.
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Everything on this planet is cyclical. There are patterns, which repeat themselves, and change is the only thing that is constant. Even groups of people related by a common factor can change their views over time. Hundred of years ago, Democrats were actually considered more conservative, while Republicans were the more progressive group. This has changed and evolved over time, just like the meanings of words. Let's get a quick history lesson about the word, "Rave."


In the 50's, "rave" was the word for the wild bohemian parties thrown by the Soho Beatnik set. In the 60's, it was used to describe the mod youth party culture. When electronic dance music started becoming a "thing" in Chicago in the 80's, raves, Frankie Bones spun a party in an airplane hangar, and  the underground was born. The culture bloomed across the US and the UK, sparking new promotion companies hosting wilder and crazier events, and artists delving deeper into musical theory, creating genres, and sub-genres, and sub-sub-genres within the electronic music realm (but thats a whole other discussion!). These raves were traditionally held at large venues, which were kept a secret until the night of the event. Promoters worked, without the help of the internet, passing out flyers until the wee hours of the morning. Checkpoints to get directions, as you drove through the night, sometimes for hours, to reach the party, were common ways to keep cops from finding and shutting down these raves, while at the same time, providing adventure and building anticipation for the night ahead. Lasers, sound systems, dancing, glow sticks, and good vibes were all present, just as they are today.
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Since the origination of the underground, as more and more of these renegade parties were shut down, they garnered tons of negative attention, bringing rave culture to the surface, and forcing promoters into clubs and permitted locations. With higher quality productions and more visibility, raving and the EDM community became accessible to just about everyone, bringing in more dough for the artists and promoters, and driving many to want a piece of the lucrative little rave pie for themselves.

More newbies start hanging out and induction to the "mainstream" is inevitable. Drunk girls keep cool in poorly ventilated clubs and desert festivals by wearing skimpy outfits, while buff bros, uneducated about the PLUR values that the rave community was built on, start fights and mosh pits. Purists argue about vinyl, and vibes, and how the drinks are too expensive. DJ booths are visible from the club dance-floor, creating a front-facing audience and the idolizing of favorite artists. The overuse of the sync button runs rampant. Things have changed.

I've taken the liberty of highlighting an excerpt from dictionary.com:
To enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly.
A rave, is a rave, is a rave. Words change meanings. I, personally, even went through a phase where I wouldn't call EDC a rave because it wasn't like the old days. But that's not right. Words can change. Now I don't worry about it. I enjoy myself wildly and uninhibitedly.
Do we really need to nitpick and argue about semantics and how to label the way we party?

These days, we have ticketed clubs, permitted shows, and massive festivals that are taking over the world country by country-- but DJ's we download from across the planet now have more opportunities to tour so that we can enjoy them live from the comfort of our favorite venue in our hometown.

Where we once had checkpoints and all-night drives, we now have an exciting road trip across states to reach the giant festival we've dreamt about and saved for all year. The adventure and anticipation is still there, just different. Where we once had a couple of gogo dancers and a fog machine, we now have massive structured stages, light up art installations, pyrotechnics, performers, and fireworks that rival the best Independence Day displays. The magic is still there, just different.

Many people outside of this scene don't understand the love and unity you can feel with complete strangers as the lights, sounds, and feelings transport you to a place you never realized existed. Some within the culture even feel that it has changed into something unrecognizable from what they were once drawn to. But the basics, and all of the things we love about this culture-- a passion for music, peace, love, unity, and respect, remain.

It's not just a party. It's a way of life.

What do you think? How would you define the word "rave". Can we evolve the word, or have things changed so much from the beginning that we have to re-label the scene altogether? Do you think large-scale promoters avoid the word because of its negative connotations, or to set their massives apart from the underground? Leave a comment with your opinion so we can discuss!