Posts Tagged ‘playa wear’

Today in Shopping

August 5, 2016

One of the best and worst things about this trip is buying stuff. Yay new toys! Ugh I need this money for “car insurance.” Here’s an Amazon list I put together with a few “must-haves.” I should figure out how to do that thing where if you buy from the link from my page I make money. Because I need this.


  1. It’s Saturday. I go to pull my boots on for some wandering and they will not go on my foot. Like they shrunk 2 sizes overnight. They *will* not fit. Not like, they feel tight. I couldn’t pull them on. My friends suggested my feet were swollen from all the walking. Huh. Ok.
  2. Leather ruined. Zippers broken. Took a shitty pair of cheap boots with insoles in them and voila, perfect playa feet costume. Rainboots included, at my regionals. This year I needed day shoes and found, for the first time, some Ranger shoes (aka brown, a color I do not wear) AND some awesome boots. Found these for cheap at TJ Maxx. f20160805_161344[1]$3 motorcyle boots that make me feel cool, new boots; not pictures: the black vans I got for daytime because they have DISAPPEARED. I want to maybe paint the toes, no clue what would be “me.”

Skin Food is an amazing moisturizer. With Weleda prices. I found a tube at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for $3. I use it mostly around my eyes, because I am a freak about looking all old and gross (remember this my blog, where I write whatever I want, and not a public forum to lecture me on body pride and how beautiful life lines are). I’m excited to have it in the desert this year. Scored a 241 for $8 today.

Totally splurged on some bike lights, $5. It looks like I’m bringing my own bike, this year. I need a basket, too, if anyone has a cheap recommendation. I haven’t had great success with bungee cords and a milk crate. They are SO handy, when you’re riding around. Especially at night in my coat, which is difficult to bike in (due to length).

Check-out lane whim, space bags. Which I’ve repeatedly posted my dislike for. But I’m flying again, so anything I can do to cram shit in my bag…these you roll up, you don’t vacuum. However, I got back to the car and looked at them and thought, “These are pointless.” I put every single outfit into a ziploc bag. Clothes, socks, underwear, jewelry, all of into one bag. Keeps things dust-free (until you wear them) and organized. I’ll fill one back with socks/knickers/black leggings/hosiery. The clunkiest thing, my coat, doesn’t really get smaller. I kinda want a down one, down compresses VERY Well. Anyways. I’ll be posting about these later.

Re-upped on my favorite face wipes (I’m a freak about keeping my face clean, I break out very, very quickly, all over, and it makes me so self-conscious I won’t leave the house). I’m a big exfoliater, every day, I don’t care if They say it microtears your skin. It keeps my skin clear. These have a really scrubby side that I like. One pack of these ($3) lasted me…3 burns? Also got a pack of these to try. I suppose I should put photos here…I don’t feel like the hassle right now.

I probably brought…god, 20 costumes my first year. Prom gowns and all. I would go back in time and pat myself on the head, “No.” Over the years I have minimalized *so much.* It makes me kind of sad, when I see old posts with all the stuff I made. Does not make me sad when I have half as much stuff to lug around, and my bag isn’t full of stuff I never even touched to wear. Comfort is priority. Mobility (riding a bike) is a must. I get sad because I don’t feel as pretty or interesting as everyone else (Burning Man is terrible on  what little self-esteem I have) but it cuts down on luggage (leaving room for food) and is realistic.

Tights (I think my knees are fat and ugly) and something lightweight and mobile. Swimsuits are my new favorite burn outfit. Got a couple of boyshorts ($7) to wear under dressed and with tank tops. A-line white tank tops, because I try not to say “wifebeater” anymore.

They also had a wide variety of Batiste dry shampoo for $5. I bought the brunette spray for Transformus last year, and it totally turned my hair white and ashy. Did not like. I do like this stuff a lot – and no aerosol. The big trick is to brush it through your hair! So it can absorb the oil. I haven’t used the spray since that one time, because it looked SO bad, but I suspect not brushing it was part of the problem. I did notice after several uses that it was leaving grit in my hair.

This is the first year I’m camping without a shower. I don’t really like baby wipes, they wipe stuff off, sure. But I don’t feel clean. Sticky and film-y. Plus so wasteful. And the kind with no fragrances and BS cost more. A friend gifted me one of these to try, claiming he was pleased with how they work. Meh. They’re squares, fairly thin, and really soft.



You wet them and use like a washcloth/wipe. I hadn’t showered in four days and just gotten home from running errands in triple-digit weather and no air conditioning. Figured it was the perfect chance for a test run.

Pros: thicker than baby wipes, zero fragrance, nice lather like you’re showering, dries fast, totally got rid of my b.o.

Cons: no good to wash hair, still didn’t feel “clean.” Wasn’t like…sticky but skin felt….really light film. Face didn’t feel clean at all. Biggest con, price. $14 for 25 vs. $14 for 384. Still kinda fun and a nice treat though, to get that shower feeling (with the later) feeling. I have a second one I’m saving for a dirty day in the desert, see how it attacks playa dust.


Accidentally found while looking for “wipes,” a-ha ha ha ha ha.


Wow. What? I’m guessing “fuck off” but what?


If I had the money and knew they’d be a great fit, I would need me a few of those gems.


April 20, 2011

Mmm..tents! I miss looking for tents (but not the headache of trying to pick one). Outside magazine (mostly for hiking and mountain stuff, far as I know) has 2011 gear awards, and a couple of items apply to Burning Man

– sleeping bag, “…weighing in at less than two pounds…water-repellent, and breathable, yet dense enough to resist rips and punctures. Marmot’s Flow Gate Construction allows body heat to flow evenly while keeping down in position around your body.”
– I’ll stick with bare feet and Doc’s, but a lot of people go more Teva/Keens/hikey, so here’s their pick for best shoe

– Big Agnes was a tent I seriously looked at, but ultimately was out of my price range. If you have $600, you could get Outside’s pick.
– I also never really got into backpacks, since I don’t like wearing them, but their pick for “best of” is $180. Outside just listed the results, nothing about why these products won.
– I do need a new carry-on size suitcase, as BM broke mine. Not paying hundreds of dollars for one, though…and I don’t care about a detachable backpack, since I took one for my “personal” bag. I had everything I needed for the week in my carry-on and personal bag, in case I got seperated from my monstrous, 80+ lb. suitcase – it was a pain to lug it all around but hey, it’s not “easy” self-reliance, now, is it?

I did like this dome,

It’s two grand and pretty much looks like my dome from Mountain Hardware (which retails for 3-5,000). Same pole framework that makes mine impossible to figure out how to erect…I don’t see as many windows and doors – but it’s only 26 pounds, compared to my like…60. For anybody wanting to do the dome thing, that sure seems like a reasonable way to go.

Goodwill finds

February 4, 2011

So that mask I got as a prop, that I ended up wearing several times in storms, got me thinking about getting a lighter one…like this one.

 This thing goes for over 200 bucks retail, and the bid with 8 hours left is $6. Firefighters use it:

” My AV2000 just endured a 4th alarm fire with temps well into the 1000s range.”

Quite tempting. As is it’s older brother

Adding a helmet would be stifling

but hilarious to ride around in.

This could be a nice travel bar

Slimmer than most. Swap out those utensils for some snacks. Salt shaker = margarita salt. Or do coffee, slip it on your back and ride out to deep playa for a little coffee klatsch.

There’s a discussion on how to keep warm going on, if you’re thinking “playa coat” don’t. If you’re still thinking “big and bulky,” shopgoodwillorg has a never-ending supply of fur coats of varying lengths, colors, styles – starting at a dollar. You just saved $899!!


would make a great “gift.” Love is a rite of passage, non? “First love?” And you can strap it to stuff with that little loop. Not a beaner, but a lanyard, mebbe. I’m not sure what you’d chain the end of


Speaking of gifting and practical things, when people gift you food because hey man, the playa provides, you can thank them by using this spoon

This is like a anti-drug commercial’s dream,

LET’S GET HIGH AND STAB EACH OTHER!!! It’s going for $102, whatever it is. I truly prefer this one

“I want to go back to the Shire!”

It’s broken, but this

hand-crank sewing machine could be fun. Set up a little table and offer repairs. In all my many years of antiquing, junking, costuming, etc. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a ladies fez

Hm…several hundred of these discretely rebarred into the playa all over…especially a few leaning against The Man.

“2 Hand Saws for the Home Meat Butcher”

I’m totally going to keep an eye on this auction

(it’s a flask)

If you’re not trying to hide the boozin’, then fuck yeah go for this

Often, perusing auctions is entertaining just for the auction descriptions. I learned a new word today, “mantique” (Manly antiques) and “Pro Action Poncho!”  I mean, who wants a poncho that is anti-action?

Just for Gary:

Bersted’s Eskimo 2 Speed Vibrator Model 750

For bust enhancement! Constipation! Men after shaving!

for the front of your bike. This is pretty creepy but you could get it and take the head off.

Ladies and gentlemen, thus completes our tour of today’s finds.

Shit I like on Etsy

January 23, 2011

I am so, so, soooooooooooooooooooooooo borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrred at work. I can’t watch Netflix any more, so now I really, literally, have nothing to do.

Pocket belts appear to be all the rage I WAS THERE FIRST! Some kids at Alchemy even had the same design as the one gifted me by a former? reader…I love that thing. I love the one I made even more, of course, since it’s just for me and what I need. Sandalmoon has some pretty cute designs, some truly lovely; can’t speak for the practicality but she has 100% positive reviews.

Still like the bones tails. And their banner:

I think if you use “burning man” as your search word on Etsy, you get a pretty good idea of everything that’s wrong with it: furry leg warmers, light-up goggles and tutus. And a lot of shit with feathers, that shouldn’t be taken to the playa because feathers, sequins, etcetcetc = MOOP. “Tribal” crap and goddess dresses. Cheap-ass goggles you can get anywhere for like, ten bucks. Slap some paint and the word “steampunk” on it and sell for sixty bucks. This is a cute idea, however

Keeping your bum warm IS important. Nighttime is all about layers. What’s good for a two-mile walk from camp to Root Society is not good for dancing in a sweaty crowd of 2,000 people. What’s keeping you cozy at Midnight Popcorn Palace near a burn barrel will not help as you cruise deep playa, the night breeze (aka frigid air) in your face. So make sure to keep your butt warm.

Let me go ahead and tell you what I hate. You’ll have to click, I’m not even going to put a picture on my blog. The good thing about those stupid hats, though, is that I can completely avoid anybody wearing one, no questions asked.  Arm warmers crack me up. Buy some socks. Cut the toes off. Cut a hole for your thumb. Done. I like using toe socks, just snip the tips off. One last thing I like:

I know hip kids like the holster look (especially DPW) but you can’t really carry much. Until now

Six pockets, total (snack, chapstick, sunscreen, pen, contact info cards, pee funnel, ___). D rings to clip on everything else (goggles, mug, maybe a lighter or chapstick, etc.). Want. The only problem for me with that would be how to carry water.

Say, in another description she lists exactly what you can do!

“Fill this belt’s 4 pockets with everything you need for your burning man adventure! Small flashlight, lighter, stash, stickers, candy, compass, program, jewelry, condoms, you name it. Also D-rings and clips for more places to attach things and stuff.

Pockets have the >'< burning man logo subtly set on the lids (with cowhide fur accent). People who know will recognize, and those that don’t know yet, will still think it looks fly.

Not only does the buckle ensure a comfortable fit… The lacing and eyelets allows for maximum adjustability. When ordering, be sure to tell me your hip size! Each is made custom fit.

Starbust design is standard, ask for a different configuration of studs if you feel inspired. Keeping each one unique is part of the appeal.

Go take a dust bath!”

We like her. Him. Them. You REALLY can tell who’s been and knows what’s needed, and who just glues spikes onto goggles.

And the penultimate:

Clippity-pockety-linkyadeedoo EXTRAVAGANZA! I could clip my water bottles to the back

Bearing in mind I mean my Platypus bottles, not Sigs or metal clanky things. Remember what I said about the difference between people who KNOW how to roll in BRC, and those just trying to profit from us? (also, Regretsy’s Compare and Save is great, showing you how low the standards of Etsy have fallen)

“Are you a fire spinner? Do you feel safer having an extra pair of quick links? Upon request, the lower pocket pulls can come equipped with exactly this.” Also, THIS:

Excellent for crushed cans, no doubt. I’m surprised there’s not a built-in grill for bacon on-the-fly; this best actually is, as claimed, BAD-ASS. Ok, she just needs to quit. I can’t afford an engagement ring to offer, right now. I have a BM ticket to pay for!

Let’s do some tutorials. What do you want, but can’t afford, that I could show you how to do cheaper?

Mask ideas…

January 17, 2011

It seems like a more technically-detailed cyberpunk might be the next fad after steampunk. This guy knows what I’m talking about:

He doesn’t list materials, so I’m not sure if this is wearable or just wall art…

but as a variation on this one I’d guess it’s for wearing.

A long, rambling, scattered post

August 6, 2010

I had 12 messages in my inbox this morning, all me drunk-texting myself stuff to remember to blog about.

“Neil hamb tony clifton hot”

“Tallahassee lassie chassis”

Let’s go back to Wednesday night. I’m trying to create a wasteland, raider-y wardrobe, right? So I got some brown hues of misc. linen…using my Lip Service thingie

as a pattern/idea

I cut a lining out of the nice red jersey. Soft and cool and dries quickly. Cut off the waistbands of the skirts and shorts

(intentionally leaving the book in the shot so I’d remember to recommend the Outlander series)

and set to pinning

I do want it to be nice and fitted, showing up my hourglass (more time on the bottom…) figure off, but comfortable and wearable. It was going smashingly until I broke my FAVORITE SEAM RIPPER 😦 😦 😦

I swear, I can go through some seam rippers…it unscrewed and you could put thread/needles/pins, etc. right innit. I found it on clearance at Joanne’s one day, a whole bunch of Generation T accoutrements. I also enjoy the magnetic pin box. It’s a nice combo between a wrist one and a pin cushion.

Anyways. Pinning and sewing, strip by strip…

Right now I’m trying to finish up the back. Debating suspenders. Onto the next project, this dress

(google is not being my friend today, I couldn’t find links to the seam ripper or the needle box or the look in my head for this dress)

Sort of an overcoat/duster thing, buttoned @ the waist, open and flared at the bottom. As you can see, though, it’s teeny – I used to be Molly’s size, and if it’s too small for her, it’s WAY too small for me.

Solution (it’s handmade and easy to do this with): add panels to the skirt, increasing waist size and giving it fullness and that swoopy look I want

I love my table, I totally splurged on it last year with the intent that if I had a dining room table, I’d have dinner parties (wrong) and it’d be a nice, large flat surface for getting all these damn projects done (mostly right). It can also be handy as a cutting guide

The green fabric there is a triangle insert to go under the arm, because the bodice part is too tight – it doesn’t need to fit over my chest, since I’m only buttoning at the waist, but it needs to look right

Not all wonky and puckered across the chest.

That leaves us with three unfinished but started projects: cloak, belt, corselet, overcoat – FOUR! NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

Here’s the view from my front door:

This weekend I am going to clean up a bit, before I continue with any sewings!!

Last night I went over to the aforementioned awesome friend who kayaks and is loaning me stuff’s house for dinner/a looksee. He’s the reason I had an inbox full of drunk texts to me.

While he worked on dinner,

(I don’t mind snappings beans at all, but shelling crowder peas = noes!)

I started drinking.

I’d tried that beer (it’s gluten-free) back when it came out, and it was so bad I actually tried to return it to the beer store. I must have gotten a bad batch, though, because it’s actually pretty good (for a non-stout/porter).

Really good.

“Counter bottles comforting”

There’s something comforting about waking up to a counter full of empty beer bottles.

Dinner was smoked pork chops, green beans and cheater’s jambalya (Zataran’s with shrimp and vegetables added):

Was it good?

A-no duh.

We watched Greenberg while we ate. I was very much looking forward to this movie, and I very much didn’t care for it. It reminded me of Seinfeld. A bunch of unlikable characters I don’t care about at all…but still kinda watchable. Ben Stiller as a carpenter was laughable. The like, TWO scenes where they showed him doing carpentery stuff (carrying wood, measuring a wall to hang a little picture) were stupid. I like Rhys Ifan, though…the leading alternagirl was just pathetic, “Oh, I am so awkward and shy but so full of love for the right person! I’m lonely, would you like see my new thrift store tee shirt?? I just didn’t find anything likeable about her. Whiny and pathetic. Just like Ben Stiller’s main character. And every other character he’s done…anyways.

K loaned me some bags!

There’s another Army bag, a large rubber kayaking bag, a nifty black canvas backpack…the red thing is an air pad (that you can turn into a chair), the blue thing is a water bag, and the yellow thing is basically a thick space blanket.

I think the kayaking bag is bag #1, now,

because it’s lighter than the  Army canvas one. I’d really like to use the smaller Army one as my carry-on, but I think it’s too big

I measured my suitcase, too

but I’m not sure what 14 inches long, 9 inches wide, 2 inches deep means. And I know I can take a carry-on, like a small suitcase, and some sort of personal bag. I mean,  women today have purses bigger than what I pack for a whole weekend+…

And I was so drunk and excited about the bags and the progress I packed my first bag

Underwear! Knickers! Oh my stripes and garters!

Oh, after Greenberg was over he popped in some Midnight Special. It was AWESOME. The Andy Kaufman episode. His guests were Slim Whitman and Freddie Cannon (the Tallahassee guy).  You can watch the whole episode in parts, on youtube. He’s a genius.

Slim Whitman sang “I Remember YOOOOOOUUUUUUU” (not the real title) and I knew it was a movie’s theme song…and I was right, it was in House of 1,000 Corpses.

I love everything I’ve seen Andy Kaufman do. It struck me last night the similarity between Tony Clifton

and Neil Hamburger

Who is probably my favourite current, living comedian (now that Zach G is a big ol’ movie star).

He’s the only non-friend I followed on Twitter.

Aaafter the Andy Kaufman, it just happened that Mad Max was on the teevee. That movie’s pretty bad-ass. I’m not sure I’ve seen it.

Me: “There’s motorcycles and crazy people and a lot of leather, right?”

K: Yup.

Me: “Why do they kill his wife and children?”

K:  Thats what they do, thyre one-percenters.

So maybe I haven’t seen Mad Max? BAD BURNER!!

It did make me want to figure out how to get my armor there, though…!!

The end.

Shop Smart,

May 31, 2010

I won my first auction! I use parasols, to avoid sunscreen (greasy icky) and sunburn. I won a lot of three of them. One for me, two to give away!

They’re fairly unusual (as someone who has been a fan for, well…all my life. I keep an eye out on Amazon and Ebay…) – and fragile. Untreated paper,

nice red handles…!

Today’s fun find is another gas mask

The kicker (what does that mean, anyways?)? The description:

“This is a used instrument and has not been serviced, cleaned or tested for playability.”

May 12, 2010

“Burning Man? I’ll tell you about burning man, honey. It was in ’69 and it was called WOODSTOCK. ‘Burning man’ was what we did to the squares, and I’ll tell you what, we flower children weren’t as peace-loving as everyone likes to think.”

Can you guess what this is?

May 9, 2010

No…no…it’s a….

Travel coffee maker!!

Coffee maker, 2 coffee cups, 2 coffee holders with lids, 2 spoons, and opener I would dearly love to have a vintage camp, with everything pre-1960s (tents, bedding, stoves,

clothing, all of it).

It’s electric, though. Where would we plug it in? Also, I don’t know where I’d plug in my

“Cornet “Electric Patter” Vibrating Device Model A”

Heet Treet doesn’t work anymore…

Curiously, nobody bid on the “vintage enema bag…” or this mask

Speaking more seriously, other finds including a rotating light up BAR IS OPEN sign, rotating disco ball, paper parasols and an unsual amount of sheepskin rugs and wooden clogs…and two glory holes!

Buy shit.

April 28, 2010

all prices include shipping

Why yes, those are furry, blue argyle pillows. $20

Cheers! $10

This guy knows what I’m talking about. $15

Bright yet somehow not obnoxious and kinda pretty pink

nightgown and matching robe, bust up to 38″, waist up to 42″

Ties in front, eyelet trim, $20

Orange. Orange! The latest! And NOT polyester! All cotton, I’m pretty sure. Cuffed sleeves, scallop detail…

(underarm-underarm) Bust up to 40″, waist up to 50″



You heard me.

He’s watching you. 100% silk. $40


NIB Demonia shoes…mmmm…platforms…never worn. Size 9. $50

 Hamburger Helper clock $10

I have that in a white, and a painted black with some laces painted purple one…up to a 30″ waist…maybe 31 or 31. It’s a medical brace corset, and it looks crazy awesome. $60 – and they go for a lot more on Ebay. I really, really hate to let these go. 😦

Hooks up the front

Hissy cat! Belt buckle $15

Pewter celtic cat belt buckle


Ten dollar vintage:

Totally Donna Reed – looks much more elegant in person.  Quilted detail on collar and pockets, pearl buttons…pinkish coral collar

More orange than red orange-red terry cloth jumper…thing! Super cozy.

I like this one for the larger size. More booze!

So yeah…buy stuff. Cuz you know I’ll also throw in little surprises and such, too. I guess paypal…checks work, too. And if this idea appeals to you, I added a “Marketplace bizarre!”  (Bizarre Bazaar, et al) category, so you can click on it and see what all I’ll be putting up.