This is what happens when I go out by myself.

Uh, yeah, this is what I do with my free time and no one is watching. I find hunky-half-naked mens and we have photo shoots together. Actually they were modeling an underpants line called Maclovia Men at the last Mondo Viewing party I went to. This was the same night that I presented the t-shirt I turned into a dress. It was two xxxlarge mens t-shirts of Mondo’s designs that I had to re-purpose into something else. I decided to do a sort of  60’s shift. I think it turned out nice even though I do not have a serger. I didnt win the contest but I still had fun. The girls who won made really intricate hoodies that looked like something M.I.A. (who I love, love, love) would wear.

I look really uncomfortable but I’m not. I’m just trying not to laugh!

I wore my dress with magenta HUE tights from Macy’s,  a grey flowery head band that was a gift, my AMAZING 1940’s grey and white snakeskin peekaboo platforms (will get picture asap) and my bright yellow clutch that belonged to my grandma.

This is just a short one. Hope you are all well.

Ciao, Torrebelle

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Homework and Volunteer Night

Okay, Okay, so everyday is homework night and once a week is always volunteer night, but I thought I’d share an outfit from one of those days. I volunteer as a receptionist for a few hours every week at the Center. It is Denver’s LGBTQ center.

www.glbtcolorado.org            check it!

It was important for me to find a way to give back to those who might not have the same kind of support that I have. It hit home when we had our weddings and I looked around and saw how lucky we were. We had so many supportive, loving friends and family and our guest list kept growing. Plus they all helped so much leading up to and the day of. That kind of support is priceless and it made me feel sad for all those couples out in cyber space that I read about that had no support. I felt really upset about all those young kids who feel like they can’t turn to their families (blood or chosen). So, here I am. I answer phones and greet the many visitors of the Center.

Dandy and I are finding that homework this semester is an everyday sort of thing. If we don’t do some portion every day, we start to slip behind. I am loving this semester thus far. My math teacher is a bit ancient but I like her sense of humor (I think I am the only one who finds her entertaining in the slightest bit). I am taking a theatre appreciation class as well, it is going well. Actually I wish I could drop everything and just take art, music and theatre classes but I suppose I will need the other skills I am learning.

Shoga gets really mouthy when we are sitting on the front porch, so I brought him out for a peek.

He doesn’t have the best eye sight, so when he comes out into the sun he just closes his eyes and sniffs. Cute!

taking a break from homework

I love the vintage buttons, the fun fabric print and the silk ribbon detail on the bolero.

the details, I love the details.

I wore a blue t-shirt, red HUE tights, my brown t-strap heals, a super soft 1950’s cashmere bolero cardigan and a skirt I sewed myself. I used vintage buttons from my grandma’s sewing supplies on the front of the skirt. Oh, and my little red bow headband that I think cost me a quarter.

Well it is not nearly so sunny now as I write this. We have about 2 feet of snow. I do have a short snowy blog on it’s way. Also I’d love to hear some of your stories about giving back to your community. Please tell me how you volunteer or donate and to whom or for what cause. Maybe it will inspire others to do the same!

Ciao Torrebelle

Super Mario Sweater Vest

Today was my day off. It was much needed. We woke up, had coffee and went to Starbucks to drink more coffee and use the free internet. Don’t ask me why we still don’t have internet at home. We both needed to do a ton of homework, so this is what a homework, errands kind of cold weather outfit looks like for me.

I wore my new jeans, a yellow polo (thrifted) a black cardigan from Ann Taylor, reddish chucks, and my totally awesome sweater vest that looks like it has little Nintendo flowers all over it. I freaked when I found this at a thrift store. It was a very proud moment in my thrifting career. I also wore a red plastic bracelet (thrifted) and a red bandana in my hair.

I am also going to start a little sewing project. Mondo gave out t-shirts last week at the Project Runway Allstars Viewing Party to use for a re-construction contest. I got two of the largest shirts I could find (more fabric to work with) and hope to make a cute Jackie-O inspired sheath dress. It is due this coming Thursday and the winner of the contest gets a pair of tickets to a fashion show event that is hosted by goodwill and Mondo. So it is just something fun that I signed up for. I’ll let you know how well it all turns out later this week.

I got two of these babies! thats a lot of yardage to work with, yay!

Hope you are all staying cheery during these dismal winter months.

ciao, Torrebelle