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{Hanging with Hurley}
This weekend there was a huuuge Lost auction featuring sets, costume props and basically every kind of memorabilia you could possibly imagine. Well dudes, sometimes geek dreams come true 'cause I was on wardrobe crew and got to dress mannequins and set up the costume display! Believe me, there were some intense discussions about what characters should go together and where Ben's costumes should be displayed.

On top of costumes, I jumped at the chance to help out with props and got to man-handle so much amazing stuff. Working this event got me all excited to watch the final season in a major one day marathon. I was in my first year of grad school when it was on TV, and let me tell ya, UCLA did not allot any time to watch Lost. Crazy right!?!

I got a swanky Dharma crew badge and everything!

Costumes for Sayid, Kate and Locke. All aged beautifully. Not sure if the sweat stains are manufactured or real.....I'm really hoping they were the manufactured kind.......

Costumes for Sawyer, Richard Alpert, Daniel Faraday and Frank

Costumes for Ben, Jack & Juliet. Jumpsuits for Jack and Sawyer. Jack's doctor's coat. Dr. Pierre Chang's lab gear.

On a side note, I ran into Michael Emerson who plays Ben Linus on the street a couple of years ago. Just seeing him scared the crap out of me! He is one scary dude.

 Note that they gave Charlie the "sassy" mannequin.

 Charlie had the best stuff!!

We also had to dress the corpse from season one, Roger, and lay him next to the Dharma van in the exact position as it appeared in the episode.

I plan on adding "Skeleton Dresser" to my resume...

Some Dharma supplies



Anne Shirley

Watched Anne of Avonlea for the millionth and first time the other night. This sketch isn't necessarily Anne, just something I was doing while watching the film. I've been doing a lot of that a lot lately to provide a theme for my daily drawings.

Ever since I can remember I've been watching Anne of Avonlea, along with Anne of Green Gables, and reading the books. Like every other lover of the story, I always wanted to be Anne Shirley. I blame her for the years of dying my hair red in high school and college. Not to mention I will forever verbally spell out the word "chrysanthemum" in a tone reeking of condescending undercurrents.

What you don't really notice about these made-for-TV movies is how timeless the hair and costumes are.  Mind you, these were made back in the 80s. But aside from a little excessive hair frizziness, you would have no idea. Growing up I never really noticed the costumes, by Martha Mann. They're so perfect and subtle that I just assumed that the characters just magically appeared wearing these clothes. Becoming a costume designer has given me a new found appreciation for these films - and a perfect excuse for a Green Gable marathon!


{Images via FanPop.com }

♥ Scootin' ♥

{Gregory Peck, by Hannah, Ink & Watercolor }
Meet my scooter Gigi. I got her back in November and have become obsessed. You'd think I'd be scared to death to ride a scooter around LA, but the first day I drove it off the lot my first thought wasn't "Oh dear God, I'm going to die." Instead all I could think was, "Why in the world isn't everyone driving one because this is amazing!?!" I am so so so so glad I bought Gigi and if anyone has any scooter related questions I would be happy to answer them!
Since scooting requires an outfit, here's some sassy riding gear I'm dreaming of.
{Jacket: Good Sea-ing You Jacket via ModCloth.com, Gloves: Asos.com, Booties: Prime Pairing Booties via Anthropologie.com }
{Booties: Athenaeum Wedges via Anthropologie.com,  Gloves: Asos.com, Blazer: Swallow Print Boyfriend Blazer, TopShop.com }

♥ Glamour Shot ♥


Pay No Attenion to The Man Behind The Curtain!

No big deal, just an average day at work. You know, made some copies, rehung a bunch of costumes, got to touch a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers!!!

There were a few pairs of slippers used in The Wizard of Oz designed by Adrian. Most are in museums but Western Costumes (the costume company that actually made the shoes) happens to have a pair. Since I'm working there this summer I got to hold them and get a closer look.

They are super tiny and oh so sparkly. The "rubies" are really large sequins and are arranged in curved rows that accentuate the light reflection. The little red bows are raised by felt and decorated with faux gems and tubular beads. The insides of the shoes are bright yellow leather and have a Western Costume tag with Judy Garland's name on it. Oh, and to top it off they're stored in a blue gingham shoe box!

And yes, I totally geeked out when I saw them. Growing up with the movie I feel like it's an extension of who I am. While so many of my friends are huge Alice in Wonderland fans, I will always prefer Oz. Dorothy could take Alice any day. Nuff said ;)


Pete & Trudy

A few days ago I did some drawing for the first time this summer and was horrified at how rusty I was. So I've decided to draw something every day for the rest of the summer. Since I'm a wee bit obsessed with Mad Men I thought I'd do a sketch of one of my favorite scenes: Pete and Trudy doing the Charleston.
{"The Campbells" by Hannah. Ink and Watercolor }
Pete and Trudy Campbell are the best couple on Mad Men and I love them so! Pete's a whiny little worm but an entertaining one. And Trudy is just awesome. She's polished, a little shrill but so supportive of Pete. Together they are perfect. And even if you hate them you have to admit they are an unstoppable dance team!

{Video via YouTube.com }

**Costume Note:
How festive do these two look at the company Christmas party? You just know Trudy was Bergdorf's and couldn't resist picking out Pete's sassy maroon double-breasted jacket and forcing him to wear it!
{Image via AMCtv.com Season 4 photo gallery }

The Hive

My outfit: Shirt: Thrifted from Goodwill, Belt: Target, Pants: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: DSW, Bag: Urban Outfitters, Earrings: Buffalo Exhange (Westwood)

Went to an art opening at The Hive in downtown L.A. featuring bee/fantasy related art. The Hive is a great little gallery and the art is whimsical and relatively affordable. I don't think I'm adult enough thought to purchase actual art. I'll leave that up to Kaitlin who purchased a beautiful piece at the last Hive art exhibit.


Summer Reading

{Kate Spade 06 ad campaign}
Something about the summer makes me head straight to the travel writing section of the library and grab every book off the shelf. I'm itching to do some more globetrotting of my own but am currently lacking the time and funds to do so. Fortunately, reading about other people's adventures satisfies that need just a little.

Any other summer book suggestions?

The list so far:
{Photo by Tim Walker via GenreX.com }

{Image via Newestwrinkle:Kate Spade }


Images from the Depression Era

Man, I wish I had these when I was working on costumes for From Dust Thou Art. I had no idea that there were any color images out there from the Great Depression. It's rare to see all the textures and colors in the clothing from the period that can get overlooked in black and white photography. Thank you Denverpost.com for your an amazing gallery Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943! I'm definitely filing this think for future research.

Oh, and check out these girls taken in 1941 backstage at a "girlie" show at the state fair. The hair! Oh the hair!
{All images via DenverPost.com }


Cupcakes & Mad Men Soiree

The best part about being a costume design student is that we all enjoy any excuse to get dressed up. Laura, friend and fellow MFA student, hosted a make-your-own Mad Men cupcake viewing party so out came the bold graphic print and hair ratting comb!
Tunic: H&M
Triple Strand Necklace: Forever 21
Glasses Necklace: H&M
Leggings: Target
Flats: Beacon's Closet

This is my first outfit taking photo! Not gonna lie, I'm super self-conscious about it. We costume folk prefer to remain behind the scenes. But I figured what the hell, why not?

Oh and let me tell ya, talk about a challenge fitting this hair into my scooter helmet! As you can see it deflated a little. ;)

Check out my Peggy cupcake!