Fashion Faux Pas

You Are Your Own Best Hanger

To be honest, fashion designers don’t like people. They don’t actually care about you feeling represented. And neither do I. Fashion models are nothing more than decent hangers. So keep in mind, You are your own best hanger.

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

(~19th century nursery rhyme, Mother Goose)

(Oil Painting-Mixed Media Installation by artist K. J. Legry, 2020 originally featured by BitterSweetPlace a Fleeting He(Art) Gallery: vintage Dupont brand nylons and wooden hanger from estate sale, Chinese Laundry brand shoes were “found” on a sidewalk at night, Chinese fortune Cookie came from Tam’s Garden restaurant, the American Spirit cigarette was bummed, Shower Room provided by Atomic Ranch, Baking Powder label is Clabber Girl brand)

“You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker from the album Organic ℗ 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Released on: 1996-10-29 Producer: Don Was Piano, Composer, Lyricist: Randy Newman Background Vocal: Merry Clayton Assistant Engineer: Richard Huredia Background Vocal: Portia Griffin Assistant Engineer: Jeff De Morris Background Vocal: Myrna Smith Assistant Engineer: Greg Burns Mastering Engineer: Stephen Marcussen Background Vocal: Maxine Sharp Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks Recording Engineer: Rik Pekkonen Electric Guitar: Johnny Lee Schell Drums, Percussion: Kenny Aronoff Drums, Percussion: Jim Keltner Percussion: Joe Porcaro Synthesizer: Jamie Muhoberac Bass: James Hutchinson


Baby, take off your coat
Real slow
And take off your shoes
I’ll take off your shoes
Baby, take off your dress
Yes, yes, yes
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
Go over there
Turn on the lights
All the lights
Come over here
Stand on that chair
Yeah, that’s right
Raise your arms up in the air
And now shake ’em
Now give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live
Sweet darling
(You can leave your hat on)
You can leave your hat on, baby
(You can leave your hat on)
You can leave your hat on
(You can leave your hat on)
Suspicious minds are talkin’
They’re tryna tear us apart
They don’t believe in this love of mine
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
Yeah, I know what love is
Put it my way
(You can leave your hat on)
You can leave your hat on now
Free world
(You can leave your hat on)
Heaven is the reason to live
(You can leave your hat on)
You can leave your hat on…
(Fuck You) Pom Knit Hat by Sourpuss Clothing from the Angry Young and Poor Collection

Hope You Enjoyed the Installation!

Happy Trails Until We Meet Again!

April Snow (the Swan-Maiden’s Integument)

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), also known as “Common Swan,"  
the one that concerns us: doesn’t emit shrill sounds like others. 
It stands out 
for its reddish orange beak. 

It might spend the winter at the river mouth 

where the water is brackish. 

The swan-maiden keeps her human form, 
as long as she is deprived of her integument. 

The significance of the feather-dress
 may best be sought in the etymology of words like the German: 
in which the body is described as a garment of flesh for the soul. 
The soul, passes from one visible shape to another, 
has only to put on the outward 
of the swan-maiden in which it wishes to incarnate itself. 

Courtship begins with a dance.
Long necks form two halves of a heart. 
Once the pair is formed, they remain together 
A Love Story
until one of them dies. 

*Note: I wrote the above 'poem' partly inspired by: 
the Atlantic Magazine article by John Fisk, "Werewolves and Swan-Maidens"
My Photo: “Red Tulip in White Teapot” (inspired by McQueen’s “Swan” Fall/Winter 2009) by Dawn Lora April 2022. (It looks a little 80’s stylized but that was NOT intentional!)

Left: my tulip bed under snow (April 2022) Right: Swan Courtship (photo from the Boston Globe.)

“Exist for Love” (music audio) by AURORA from the Album “The Gods We Can Touch”
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Twitter –
They say there is a war Between the man and the woman (Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah) I’ve never felt like this before My heart knew that I couldn’t (Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah) And then you take me in And everything in me begins to feel like I belong Like everybody needs a home And when I take your hand Like the world has never held a man I know I cannot heal the hurt But I will hold you here forever If I can, if I can And then I learned the truth How everything good in life seems to lead back to you And every single time I run into your arms I feel like I exist for love Like I exist for love Only for love I can’t imagine how it is to be forbidden from loving (Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah) ‘Cause when you walked into my life I could feel my life begin Like I was torn apart the minute I was only born And you’re the other half The only thing that makes me whole I know it sounds like a lot But you really need to know We are leaning out for love And we will lean for love forever, I know I love you so And then I learned the truth How everything good in life seems to lead back to you And every single time I run into your arms I feel like I exist for love Only for love And when you say my name Like white horses on the waves I think it feels the same As an ocean in my veins And you’ll be diving in Like nothing is out of place And we exist for love Only for love And I love you, I love you, I love you And I love you, I love you, I love you

Music video by AURORA performing Exist For Love (Acoustic Remix / Visualiser). © 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited
vintage illustration: swan woman with three lily pond girls
I hope this palette inspires your soul to slip into something a little more comfortable
whatever your choice of integument!  
May your tulips survive sudden snowstorms  
and continue to bloom like mine did...

Happy Trails to You, Until we meet again! 
~Dawn Lora

Listen to them~ the children of the night. What music they make!

Jonathan Harker's Journal (excerpt)

...The fair girl went on her knees and bent over me, fairly gloating.
There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling
and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips
like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining
on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp
teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the
range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my
throat.Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her
tongue as it licked her teeth and lips, and I could feel the hot breath
 on my neck.Then the skin of my throat began to tingle
as one's flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches
nearer-- nearer.  I could feel the soft, shivering touch of lips on the
supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp
teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a
 languorous ecstasy and waited-- waited with beating heart.

~author Bram Stoker, Dracula

(*note: My sweetie pie is currently reading the novel aloud to me! It's 
the original printing (only with corrected typos and standardized
punctuation.) It's actually an elegant and thrilling read.
We are pacing it to about a chapter each evening
so we can savor it longer.
Turns out he's exceedingly good at effecting Dracula's voice!)


Embrace the Suck:

  • If you find yourself in the (cherry) Pits of Despair
  • If someone is trying to put the Bite on you
  • When life feels Batshit Crazy

Photo from the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Dracula (Colby Parsons) featured with two of his vampire brides. Choreography by Ben Stevenson, Composer Franz Liszt, Costume Design by Judanna Lynn, Orchestra Conductor Niel Deponte. February 2022

(*Note: none of the songs below were used for the Dracula Ballet that we attended. If you are interested to hear that music, look for composer Franz Liszt) Below are songs of the Vampire(S) that you may simply listen to (in a trance like state?) or perhaps transform into some immortal dance moves. Regardless of how you choose to channel these dreams and nightmares, I recommend you take time to witness the first song on the list: “In der Palästra” by SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS, taken from the album “Les Fleurs du Mal”. Created by Anna-Varney Cantodea in 2007. It is truly mesmerizing.…
Music video for the song “In der Palästra” by SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS, taken from the album “Les Fleurs du Mal”. Created by Anna-Varney Cantodea in 2007.
In der Palästra (Instrumental)
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
Sanatorium Altrosa
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“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Official Version) by Bauhaus The Bela Session ℗ 2018 Leaving Records Released on: 2018-11-23 Main Artist: Bauhaus Producer: Daniel Ash Producer: David J. Haskins Producer: Kevin Haskins Producer: Peter Murphy Composer: Daniel Ash Composer: David J. Haskins Composer: Kevin Haskins Composer: Peter Murphy Lyricist: Daniel Ash Lyricist: David J. Haskins Lyricist: Kevin Haskins Lyricist: Peter Murphy Music Publisher: BAUHAUS 1919 MUSIC (BMI 550419860)
Morcheeba “The Moon” (music video)
Written by I. Žilić/S. Edwards – Directed by Martin J. Pickering for Big Head Media
Morcheeba:​ Twitter:
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The Moon by Morcheeba
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Blackest Blue
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“Release The Bats” (music audio) by The Birthday Party (Live) 81-82 ℗ 1999 4AD Ltd Released on: 1999-07-05 Associated Performer: Mick Harvey Associated Performer: Nick Cave Associated Performer: Phill Calvert Associated Performer: Rowland S Howard Associated Performer: Tracey Pew Music Publisher: Harry Fox Agency Music Publisher: Mute Song Music Publisher: Dying Art Ltd Music Publisher: CMRRA Composer: Mick Harvey Lyricist: Nick Cave
“Dracula’s Wedding” (music audio) by ·Outkast · featuring Kelis Speakerboxxx/The Love Below ℗ 2003 Arista Records LLC Released on: 2003-09-23 Associated Performer: Outkast feat. Kelis Composer, Lyricist: André Benjamin Lead Vocalist, Producer: André 3000 Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer: John Frye Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer: Pete Novak Recording Engineer: Brian Paturalski Assistant Engineer: Warren Bletcher Assistant Engineer, Unknown: Jared Robbins Assistant Engineer: Russell Buelna
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Painting by Carson Ellis (Oregon artist)
I hope you've enjoyed this "Children of the Night~ What Music They Make" 
Inspiration Palette!
May you draw from it's shadows something tantalizing for your poems 
or perhaps cryptic for your artworks... 
Make this your Vampire "Immortal Birthday" Soundtrack of the day!
Maybe you're simply considering reading the Bram Stoker novel, 
to which I say, Yeees... Make of this library what you will.

However you are compelled, I wish a safe journey 
and Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again!

~Dawn Lora

We Were Made for Each Other…


Above Photo: I took this picture lying on the floor and shot straight up the hoop skirt that was being illuminated from the outside.
It seemed an obvious choice for the Bride of Frankenstein to dance to Billy Idol's "White Wedding."  
I love how the bride played by Perry Lister dances in the kitchen surrounded by those bright red cabinets!  
Terrific imagery in the genre of what counts as 'light-hearted macabre' these days. 
Added bonus, my photograph of the peony looks strikingly like Billy Idol's hair!   See how that works?
Synecdoche, baby.  
Official video of Billy Idol performing “White Wedding” Part 1 from the album Billy Idol.
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Directed by David Mallet, the music video featuring Idol attending a gothic wedding is one of his best-known videos. The bride in the music video is played by Perri Lister, Idol’s real-life girlfriend at the time.
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Official Website: #Remastered
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Above Photo: Two fried eggs (over easy) with potato bread toast, two sausage links, black coffee (Verona) and a side of thinly sliced smoked gouda cheese with green grapes. This is a favorite breakfast I make for my Valentine. What will you be cooking up? We like to watch classic monster movies and eat breakfast for dinner!

Have fun with the concept(s) of Valentine’s Day. I hope this ‘Bride of Frankenstein Valentine’ inspiration palette gives you some creative prompts for your art or poetry, your dress-up and dance moves. Allow it to open your heart and mind to your own Valentine’s celebration. Love to YOU and Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn

Big Apple Bloodlines

Above Photo: “The Big Apple Lady Liberty Lightening Strike”
Above Photo: “Unsuspecting Counter Girl” (Grand Central Station underground terminal/subway cafe) NYC
Provided to YouTube by Legacy Recordings “All The Critics Love U In New York” (2019 Remaster) by Prince from the album 1999 ℗ 1982 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Legacy Recordings Released on: 1982-10-27 Auto-generated by YouTube.
Provided to YouTube by BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited “Bloodlines” by Ministry from the album Rantology ℗ 2005 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company Released on: 2005-09-27 Performer: Ministry Composer: Al Jourgensen

I hope you feel inspired by this “Vampire in NYC” inspiration palette! Write poems or short stories using these vibes and have some fun with it! Paint or draw or cut and paste to make a “soul” collage like I did! Embark on your own photo excursion and come up with your own Vampire story where you are! Create a mix tape that is your own personal Vampire soundtrack! Whatever you decide, Happy Trails to YOU, Until We Meet Again!

Don’t Play with Your Food

Many a child has been scolded, “Don’t play with your food!” As well as, “Don’t play with yourself.” Well, today’s inspiration palette ignores all that!

Above Photo: “Hotdog Colored Lipstick” by artist K. J. Legry 2020

The music video “Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna is a real hotdog! It feels like an 80’s song even though it was released in 2000. I was never a big fan of Madonna (musically) truth be told (although I always admired her tenacity or maybe audacity) but so I liked how this ‘vibed’ with today’s palette. It’s a little bit “Have your cake and eat it too” and a little bit “Let them eat cake” while using rather than appealing to “a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll.” Definitely features some dancing hotdogs. Can be mashed up with “I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner” under the right Reddi-Whip pressure.

“Don’t Tell Me” (music video) from Madonna’s album ‘Music’ released on Warner Bros. in 2000.
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Don’t tell me to stop Tell the rain not to drop Tell the wind not to blow ‘Cause you said so, mmm Tell the sun not to shine Not to get up this time, no, no Let it fall by the way But don’t leave me where I lay down Tell me love isn’t true It’s just something that we do Tell me everything I’m not But please don’t tell me to stop Tell the leaves not to turn But don’t ever tell me I’ll learn, no, no Take the black off a crow But don’t tell me I have to go Tell the bed not to lay Like the open mouth of a grave, yeah Not to stare up at me Like a calf down on its knees Tell me love isn’t true It’s just something that we do Tell me everything I’m not But don’t ever tell me to stop (Don’t you ever) Tell me love isn’t true It’s just something that we do (Don’t you ever) Tell me everything I’m not But don’t ever tell me to stop (Don’t you ever) Please don’t Please don’t Please don’t tell me to stop (Don’t you ever tell me) Don’t you ever Don’t ever tell me to stop (Tell the rain not to drop) Tell the bed not to lay Like a open mouth of a grave, yeah Not to stare up at me Like a calf down on its knees
#Madonna #DontTellMe
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I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration palette. Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn

Hand Shadows Between the Sheets

Above: “Face to Face & Back to Back” (self-portraits/group of 4)
Above: “Tea for Two Vampires” (thumbnail sketches)

Above: “Hand Shadows Between the Sheets” (photo sequence)

Above Photo: Red Poppies (the beginning of a Bud Splitting Open and a Young Black-Crowned Capsule)

Hark, an angel bears its light
Through the gates of heaven.
By Gods angel's beams so bright
All the black nocturnal shades are driven.

~The verse sung by the children in VAMPYR (the screenplay) 
by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Christen Jul (1932)

Listening Project For:

  • Shadows & Light
  • Heartbeats
  • Divine Intervention
The xx (music audio) “Angels” from The xx’s album ‘Coexist.’ (Photography by Davy Evans.)
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Light reflects from your shadow It is more than i thought could exist You move through the room Like breathing was easy If someone believed me They would be As in love with you as I am They would be As in love with you as I am They would be As in love with you as I am They would be In love, love, love And everyday I am learning about you The things that no one else sees And the end comes too soon Like dreaming of angels And leaving without them And leaving without them Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love, love, love And with words unspoken A silent devotion I know you know what I mean And the end is unknown But I think i’m ready As long as you’re with me Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love with you as I am Being As in love, love, love

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So, I hope this helps your poetry prompts, your improvisational skits or performance art, decorating your tea parties… and that it doesn’t give you too many nightmares! Have fun with your gothic-romantica inner-selves/ streaks. And no matter what your take away is, Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn

Sticks Dangling Carrots… Shades of Green… and Tender Pink Places

Pictured above: “January Sunrise”
(I raced to get the camera! This is really how the sky looked!!)
It was a total ‘Beauty Emergency’ where I had to stop everything and just bask.

Pictured above, Left hand side: Paper Origami (that opens into a box) on top of upholstery fabric depicting geranium leaves. Right hand side: image (from page 25) “Carrot” for the “Vegetable Ballet” from a Portfolio of Erte’s designs for the theatre (1926) featured in Volume XVI No.3, Horizon summer 1975.

Pictured above, Left hand side: A Friendly Goat. (photo taken by my beau when he was attempting to locate fuel lines underground for a farmer who needed them decommissioned. The goat is standing among what looks to be chamomile. He liked sharing the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that was offered to him.) His horns make it seem as if he too is dressed in carrots and ready to dance in Erte’s “Vegetable Ballet!” Right hand side: That’s a tiny mushroom growing in a type of fat feathery moss. The plumage of the carrot top that is spilling down Erte’s “Vegetable Ballet” model looks like it would feel as carpeted as the tree trunks in Oswald Forest Park, Oregon.

Pictured above, Left hand side: Four layers of wallpaper! (This is a patch I peeled off from my living room wall.) Center: This is what the back of the geranium leaves depicted on the upholstery swatch looks like. Right hand side: Yams.

Pictured above, Rose patterned sheets covering a window that I was walking by at night time. The window glows like the inside of those yams.

Listening Project for:

  • Sticks Dangling Carrots
  • Shades of Green
  • Tender Pink Places
Los Angeles violinist/vocalist Sudan Archives on the COLORS SHOW stage with a live performance of ‘Iceland Moss’, taken from her debut album ‘Athena’.
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You might want to view this collection of textures and patterns as a spring board for your poetry today, or as a prompt for what flavors you want to combine in your own recipes. Maybe you can draw on it to create the flare in your outfit… Whatever the case may be, I hope you feel inspired! Have a beautiful morning, a creative day, and a good night!

Happy Trails Until We Meet Again! ~Dawn

Hunt and Gather

Welcome to my happy trails recipe box! Take the first step in a journey towards inspiration. These are just some of the secret ingredients…

Recipe #1 (Hunt & Gather)
  • Find these colors today. This is your “working” palette.
  • Textures are echoed in wooden boxes, sage leaves and green tipped match sticks.
  • Patterns are ruffled dahlia petals, papers between the candles and hand written notes.

As music inspiration goes this one by Cake is pretty funny. Enjoy your own reactions/responses today! Good luck with your hunting and gathering. Safe journeys. And… Happy trails to you until we meet again! ~Dawn

Cake (music video) “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”
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