The Witches' New Year

by angeliska on November 3, 2009

Our Halloween began at twilight, as the last meager trickle of trickertreaters
drifted off, leaving us well stocked with gummi body parts + mini almond joys
for life. Or at least a little while, knowing the sweet-tooth of certain fellas in these
parts! We headed down to The Eastside Showroom to partake in their special
Death Warmed Over Menu, which was fantastic. We had the jack o’ lantern stew
and candycorn parfaits. If you’ve not been yet, I suggest you hustle! It’s my new
favorite spot for a fancy moment with friends. Wonderful food, and incredible
ambiance – complete with silent films flickering, Polish film posters, metal sculpture
and super-gorgeous and sweet staff! Austin’s Eastside restaurant scene has really
stepped up its game recently, with the additions of this gem, as well as my beloved
Justine’s 1937 and The Good Knight. I am so incredibly pleased by my fabulous evening
options! I recommend them all very highly if you love fine food and curious cocktails.

Sienna la Bruja! For various reasons I’ll elaborate on at some point soon,
we had to nix our planned trip to New Orleans. Sienna is another NOLA expat,
and we commiserated on our homesickness, though I’d say we tore it up in Texas
pretty damn well! Soulmates were met in the forest, fires conjured, and mayhem
ensued despite the cold, inadequate music, and general asshattery we encountered.
Unfortunately, all my photos from that portion of the night mysteriously vanished!
Luckily, I was using two cameras, and the first batch is pretty choice, thank heavens.

Frannie sips a mysterious beverage made with dry ice absinthe and lemonade,
garnished with a blacks spider. The absinthe-soaked lychee eyeball floating at
the bottom was just beyond! I have a new favorite food. That’s all I want to eat
from now on, okay? That, and ghost-cheese ravioli. Also, persimmons!

Chad the sexy wolf-child, with just a touch of gangrene! Ooh la – watch out!

Colin was an undead Oddfellow, wearing all authentic regalia found guess where?

The hoodwink and golden fishscale leggings and matching helmet are all so fine,
not to mention the man himself – who not only looked amazing, but also saved the
day when a powerful meeting of the minds caused my unicorn horn to spontaneously
shatter. It was just like in Legend! I thought the horn was made of plastic, but no!
It was actually glass, oops. Costume disaster was averted by my extremely talented
honey, who fashioned me a replacement out of tinfoil.
He is a sexy genius.

I was so happy in my unicorn ensemble, that I really didn’t want to take it off
at 5am when it was high time for lullabies. I think I achieved my 7 year old
self’s fantasy ideal, though last year’s costume did set the bar rather high.

The sweater was a lucky New Bohemia find, worn as a shrug for the night.

The makeup was so fun to do, I wish I’d gotten a better picture of it.
Please ignore the falling off eyelash, and focus instead on the little pastel stars!

I met White Birdwoman in the lavatory, and fell in love with her magic mask,
which brought to mind one of my favorite series, The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge.

Ronnie was the first (but not the last!) Harajuku Girl I saw that night.

A very cute Jack and Sally.

Cassie = Bob Dylan

David, the Forest Prince

The next night, we went to see Gogol Bordello, which more than made up
for the lackluster entertainment situation on Halloween proper. It was great to
see my old friends bring down the house, as always, and to all get naughty
at one of my favorite dives. Good sweaty fun, and so many dear faces.
How did your Halloween turn out? I hope it was truly everything your heart desired!


Oh, oh, look at you! The candy floss hair, the pastel spats, the EYE RAINBOWS! I would say the Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper Unicorn Dream was achieved on a major level.
And although it is merely 7 o’clock in the A.M., I find myself quite fancying one of those lemonade/absinthe concoction.
I am not quite a party princess (too many people frighten me into paralytics actually); a friend came by and we watched obscure bollywood horror films from the ’80s. The pants were high-waisted enough to give me sympanthy lady-parts pains, but the hair was lush and gorgeous and flowy!

by Ghoul Next Door on November 3, 2009 at 5:16 am. Reply #

You look so adorable! As if the Goblin King had a unicorn love child.
l. and I were also admiring your friend Frannie’s costume. We both adore Elizabethan devils, and she looks just too perfect!

by Theo on November 3, 2009 at 7:53 am. Reply #

You make a delightful unicorn. And Colin looks smashing as an oddfellow from the grave. Did you know a group of unicorns is called a fondle?

by Eliza on November 3, 2009 at 7:54 am. Reply #

Oooh yes, and Eliza’s “fondle of unicorns” comment reminds me…have you seen this?
A penumbra of spirits! A tizzy of fairies! A braid of chimeræ!

by ghoul next door on November 3, 2009 at 8:26 am. Reply #

YOU DID IT! You are a unicorn! I love, love it. So sparkly and bright. You look amazing.
And, could Colin’s eyes be any more startling blue? Entranced? check.

by carrin on November 3, 2009 at 8:28 am. Reply #

Your blog is making me fall in love with Austin. (If I thought I could take the heat, I might be moving there instead of NY this year.)
Such a lovely, sparkly unicorn. My unicorn vision has always tended towards Susan Seddon Boulet, but you definitely make a strong case for rainbows & pink candy sunshine.
All your favorite habitats look wonderful. Love the soundtrack for the East Side Showroom website (“I know a dark, secluded place…”)
Do you know Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango: Zero Hour” album? Best liner notes ever. I want to visit a restaurant/dance club/vortex based on those liner notes (it would be hidden & only popular among interesting people with long, complicated pasts – everyone too-fancy & brittle would just think it was a dive & avoid it. Dancing required, any kind, & there’d be many shadows to hide in.)

by OdetteO on November 3, 2009 at 11:12 am. Reply #

I could never hope that one as beautiful as you would ever come to MY candyfloss, rainbows-n-unicorns, gay-cheetah-dancing-with-gazelle party.
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia…

by Toddlington on November 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm. Reply #

You are such an amazing photographer. The closeup of Colin really captures him so well. He did look super amazing that night. I can’t get over the chaps. And you, shimmering unicorn radiating sweet little girl fantasies. Thanks to you both for the soul food and the night in the tinker trailer. Even though I got myself into some poison ivy next morn. Just got a steroid shot. It’s like that Fats Domino song Blue Monday,”Sunday mornin my head felt bad, but it was worth it, for the time that I had.” You helped me get over my NOLA homesickness with your radiant presence and outpourings of love.

by Sienna O'Banion on November 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm. Reply #

My dear! I recently discovered your blog and have had so much fun perusing. You take such lovely pictures and your writing is very enticing!
It was so nice to see you at the last Gadjo Disko! You looked beautiful that night, as always.
I have to say, though- your Halloween unicorn costume is the best- you look so gorgeous! And I adore the My Little Pony colors- so perfect!!!

by Kelley M on November 6, 2009 at 11:22 am. Reply #

 It was such a lovely surprise to you at the Disko! You were so gorgeous!
I’d love to visit with you soon! Happy to discover your silk + bone as well-
always exciting to see what you’re working on, darling…

by Angeliska on November 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm. Reply #


by Angeliska on November 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm. Reply #

What a fabulous costume! Oddly sweet and pastel!

by Sue on November 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm. Reply #

Thanks so much for sharing these amazing images !
What a dreamy costume … I was looking forward to seeing pictures ! I am glad you took pictures of your make-up, too 🙂
And thanks for snapping one of Chad !
I, however, was at my parents, in Provence, where NO ONE does anything for Halloween. But my mum and I decided to have a witchy teaparty. Because she’s Canadian and I am too (one half) And because we are witchies, too 🙂
I posted pics at my blog, but it’s nothing fancy like your parties, in the US !
Kisses from Paris,
x x x

by Mathyld / encore petite on November 9, 2009 at 6:21 am. Reply #

PS : I adore these black apples, too !!!

by Mathyld / encore petite on November 9, 2009 at 6:21 am. Reply #

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