Ghost @ The Vic 4.19.14

Ghost @ The Vic

On the eve of Easter 2014, Todd and I went to go see GHOST! I've been wanting to go see them for a long time, and I was very excited when I saw that tickets were only $24, and that the show was going to be at the Vic Theater! I love this venue because: it's small, there are lots of seats in the balcony, and you can SEE from pretty much wherever you end up! Woo hoo!

Bonus is that the date fell right between our birthdays, so it kind of doubled as a little birthday treat for the two of us. :)

Ghost @ The Vic

Ghost is a swedish metal band, and their songs are more of the doom-metal, 70's-ish but with a modern feel and a shock-rock imagery bent to it. Kind of hard to describe. The second album has a lot of dance-y riffs, too, which I sort of love. If you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear a lot of satan references, and you cannot ignore the lead singer (Papa Emeritus II) and his skeleton-pope look. It turns off a lot of conservative religious types for sure.

If you can understand the humor behind the sentiment and not take the religion thing too seriously (hint: they're not actually satan worshippers), then you just might fall in love with the music, as I have. I can't stop listening to it.

Ghost @ The Vic

The stage was set with faux church-like stained glass window panels, and the other band members (referred to as the Nameless Ghouls) wore dark robes to conceal their identities. All I could think of the whole time was "it's gotta be freakin' hot under there!"

Ghost @ The Vic

Ghost @ The Vic

This show was so good. There wasn't a lull in the set, I felt very engrossed in the show the entire time. The only negatives about the entire experience had nothing to do with the band (which is kind of my usual experience, isn't it?)...

I swear I'm a jerk magnet. Most everyone around us that I could see in the entire balcony was decent enough, save for some visible drunkeness, except for one guy, RIGHT NEXT TO ME. Literally. Decides to lean into me. Like, touching me. And take a "selfie" with me. Ew. Didn't ask or anything. And, he wore sunglasses the entire night. Do you see how dark it is in the venue form these photos? Uh, yeah... sunglasses? And nasty long, tangled, unwashed hair. As in, "Hey, sunglasses guy... the 80's called. Motley Crue needs their junkie roadie back."

Thankfully, Todd switched seats with me, because it was giving me a major anxiety attack. But the rest of the night went by without incident. And we entertained ourselves with the super excited and "into it" dude in front of us who was dancing, playing air guitar, and throwing up "worship arms" (that's the only way I can describe it) throughout the show. Even his date was laughing at him. Pretty awesome.

Here's a video clip from Todd:

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Dude Shirts for Big Girls...

Dude Shirts for Big Girls
skirt - ASOS / leggings - Torrid / t-shirt - Ghost concert / denim jacket - Torrid / boot(s) - MooShoes

The main point of this blog post is to say how frustrated I am with t-shirt options at concerts. Granted, it's better than it's ever been... but it's not good enough. Gee, thanks for having girl sizes, but, um, they stop at XL, which is actually a junior's XL...

"Uh, yeah. I guess I'll just take the guy's tee in XL. Do you have it in XXL? No? Nevermind then, just the XL."

That was pretty much my experience at the merch table at the Ghost show a few weekends back. Except that when the girl explained that the "girl" shirts stopped at XL, she quickly added that they were OUT of the XL anyways, so... yeah.

Dude Shirts for Big Girls

On one hand, I like that I've figured out a way to wear these "dude shirts" at all... paired with a skirt, and layered with a jacket/sweater, it's not too bad, right? But I really want a damn girl-cut shirt in MY size!

Dude Shirts for Big Girls

Here's an awkward boob shot so that you can see the design on my shirt. This feels weird. Hey, buddy, my eyes are up here. Or, down below in the next pic, because I cut them off in the photo up here.

Dude Shirts for Big Girls

Have you figured out yet what else is different? That picture above is a big clue. No more blue hair. Now I'm all goth, all the time. All black errything. It's hard to explain the motivation. I was just done with it. Over it. And it needed to go, so it went. I'm happy with this.

...and, I couldn't handle the chipping nail polish, so I went for it. I mentioned that I was thinking about it in my DIY goth/retro nails post, and I just decided what the heck. I haven't had fake nails since high school. Ha ha. But I'm kind of in love with them. I'm thinking that I'm going to ask to have them filed even pointier next round. The nail guy is likely to think that I am insane, but whatever.

Dude Shirts for Big Girls

Do you like my sweet Lego phone case? My phone contract was up the day after my birthday, so I upgraded to the 5S, and bought myself a little phone case present, which has an actual Lego plate on the back that you can build off of! I love Lego.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Boring Blues


I did not have an eventful week... Instead, I was plagued by the WORST stomach virus ever! I missed Easter and spent about 4 days in bed. Therefore, I did not cook, bake or go anywhere, so I do not have much to report (unless you want to hear about super gross stuff...BUT I can tell you about a few things coming up that WILL be exciting!

This weekend (starting 4/25) is C2E2! This is a comic and entertainment convention in downtown Chicago. Lots of celebrities and vendors and madness. We will be going on Sunday, as it's an easier day to bring Gunnar. Last year we brought him as well, and dressed him as a little Darth Vader. I even had a button that played the Imperial March when we walked by. (We take this stuff seriously, don't ya know?) I think we may do a Star Trek theme this year, even though I was going to save that outfit for the Star Trek Convention...yes! We are convention NERDS! But I love it! Seeing people in their crazy outfits is fun, but also the opportunity to get some great art from independent artists is awesome. I will definitely be blogging about this next week.
Here we are last year at C2E2 with the Threadless Zombie!

Another thing that looks awesome is the Lagunitas Beer Circus. The Lagunitas brewery is new to Chicago and this event will be May 17th and 18th. I love their beer so much. The Lagunitas Sucks is so delicious, pair that with some circus freaks and I am there. I need to get my tickets ASAP! So forgive me this week on being boring! It happens!


Calamity Layne at Vintage Garage This Weekend!

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Hello, Boys and girls!
Come out to Vintage Garage this weekend for a real good time! ;)
Calamity Layne will be there featuring some brand "new" vintage merch! Spiffy stuff from the 50's, 60's and 70's (including a VERY cool kitchen cart that I am sad to see go) will be on display for your shopping pleasure. So, come on out and say hi because Steph and Jen will be there all day!

See you soon!

~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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DIY Canopy Tent Weights

DIY Tent Weights

Last year was the first year that Steph and I started doing some outdoor events, and we bought ourselves a pop-up tent, also sometimes referred to as an EZ Up tent. What we didn't realize was that you need to weight those suckers down, or they'll go flying away in an instant when it's windy! Whoops. Several gallons of cat litter later... lesson learned.

This year, we plan on being prepared. So Todd helped me make weights for our tent legs out of PVC and cement. I'm pretty proud of them. Check out our DIY below!

DIY Tent Weights

Here's what you'll need:

  1. 4 - 2 foot PVC pipe sections (one for each leg of the tent), 3" diameter
  2. 8 - PVC pipe caps (my hardware store only had the rounded caps, but feel to get the flat ones if you can find them)
  3. 16 - 5/8" nuts and 8 - 5/8" washers (please note: there aren't enough pictured here!)
  4. PVC glue/primer
  5. 4 - eye bolts (these are also 5/8")
  6. Fast setting concrete mix (we found that a 50# bag was just enough!)
Not pictured: a drill with 5/8" bit + one smaller sized bit; 5 gallon bucket for mixing concrete; a shovel/trowel for scooping concrete into PVC pipes, a sharpie

I was able to buy all of my supplies for less than $90.

DIY Tent Weights

The first thing that we did was to mark the middle of four of the PVC caps, which will be the tops of our weights, and need the eye bolts sticking out of the tops.

DIY Tent Weights

You will need to drill a 5/8" hole into the center of each cap, but we found that it works easier if you drill a smaller pilot hole first in each cap, and then use the larger bit to enlarge the hole. Check and make sure that your eye bolt fits through the hole that you made.

DIY Tent Weights

Now, assemble all of your hardware bits, as shown above. We used a nut on either side of the cap with a washer sandwiched in-between to close up any space left around the bolt so that we could pour concrete in without worrying about leaks. at the end of each bolt, I added another nut/washer/nut combo, which will become embedded into the concrete when it is dry, and keep the bolt securely in place. Once you've done this to all four caps, it's time to glue them onto your PVC pipe sections!

DIY Tent Weights

PVC needs a purple primer liquid before the glue gets applied. We bought a little pack at the home improvement store that came with both containers together. Read your directions, but basically, you swab it on with the little brush dauber that's inside the can. Then smush the pieces together once it's all glued up.

DIY Tent Weights

Todd is a good helper when it comes to tasks that require a little elbow grease. Check out our finished glued-on end caps below!

DIY Tent Weights

DIY Tent Weights

Ok, now it's time to mix up your concrete. Read the directions on the package for your concrete-to-water-ratio. We probably mixed too much too fast. Next time, I'd do half the package at a time, just to make the mixing easier. So consider that if you can. Also, you only get like 20 minutes before it starts to set up, so take that into consideration, too.

DIY Tent Weights

This part really requires two people. I held the PVC pipe (upside down, cap with the eye bolt into the ground), while Todd scooped concrete into the pipe. Every few scoops, I'd tap the pipe down to let the concrete settle down in the pipe better. And just fill them up to the top!

DIY Tent Weights

Here (above) are our four PVC weights leaning up against our garage wall to set up and dry thoroughly. Just to be on the safe side, I let them stay like this overnight. They were solid as a rock by the next day!

Not pictured is what comes next: you'll want to use your PVC glue to attach the other four PVC caps to the ends of the weights, to close them up. What Todd and I discovered though is that you will have to drill a small air hole into each of the remaining four caps, or they will not go on due to air having nowhere to escape from the pipe! So, use that smaller drill bit from the very beginning of the project (we used like a 1/8" bit, not large at all), and drill a hole to let air escape. Then, use your PVC glue and glue those puppies down!

DIY Tent Weights

Here are my final finished weights! Todd gave me the idea of putting some stickers on them for easy identification/free advertising, and I thought it seemed like a pretty good idea.

These weights can be attached to each leg of our pop-up tent by bungee cords, straps, or even zip-ties.

EDIT 2/2/15: I've had some inquiries as to how much these weights actually weigh - I tested one of them out, and it came in at just over 17 pounds. I put one of these one each corner of my pop-up tent (I hang them via bungee cords), and I've been through at least two nasty WINDY and rainy storms with great success thanks to these weights! However, if you'd prefer even heavier weights, I'd simply use PVC with a greater diameter (size up on your caps to fit, too!).

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Exposing Ankles...

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone
dress - ASOS.com / hoodie - DerbyLite.com / leggings - Torrid / shoe(s) - Dansko via Zappos

The weather is finally getting warmer, which is amazing. I wish it could stay this slightly cool spring-ish weather all year round. You know, still chilly enough to get away with wearing a cardigan, but warm enough for capris or ballet flats? Yes, that's the kind of weather I like best.

I'm already starting to having mini-panic attacks over the really warm stuff though... I don't feel like I have anything to wear once it gets swelteringly gross hot (which it will), and I don't even want to think about it. Not what I enjoy at all.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

I don't think I've worn my Derby Lite hoodie on the blog before, but it's one of my favorite things to wear. I can put it over dresses, but also t-shirts and jeans (ah, one day I'll be back in jeans, once this cast is off...). They are slightly expensive in my opinion, but mine was a Christmas gift, so...

I like that you can have your derby name embroidered on the collar (see below), but I was a little bit disappointed to discover that it's black embroidery on a black hoodie (yes, the description on the shop page says so, but the example photos show it in white, so, misleading...). So most people will never even know it's not just a plain black wrap hoodie. But that's not so bad, because I just wear it to work a lot then.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone
OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Shaving your legs when you have a cast is hard. I did pretty good on the left here, but the right guy's just gonna have to wait until the end of the month. There's just no getting around that. And it's going to be fun trying to re-match up all of my shoes and socks once I start wearing two of everything again.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Lisa bought me these super cute earrings for my birthday! She brought them back from New York. I got lots of compliments from people at work when I wore these.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Also, I bought the Electric Palette from Urban Decay, and I've been having lots of fun with the different colors. Please note that this photo was taken at the end of the day, and my shadow had started to crease a little bit. Whoops.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Getting my RED on!


I wish I could remember when or where I first found out about eSalon, as it has saved my hair for the last year. I used to go to an awesome salon in Chicago, but being in the 'burbs and having a two year old has made it really hard to get to my salon for color. I was using Feria or making my own mix up from things I found at Sally's (and no, I am not a stylist - I just like to think that I know what I am doing). Those products worked just ok, but did not really last. When I found eSalon I was done - it's that fantastic! What you do is go on to the site and answer a bunch of questions about your hair type, color desired, grey percentage and more. You even can submit a picture of yourself with the color you want, or a photo of the desired color. Then, they take all of this information and a professional colorist makes your product. Every four weeks I get shipped my root color, end color, 2 sets of gloves, stain protector and remover and a small shampoo and conditioner. Everything you need is there! I am lucky enough to have Shane do this for me as coloring the roots just right can be tough but I can imagine a savy chick can do this on their own. The process is pretty quick and only costs around $30 for every box. More than Feria but MUCH less expensive than the salon.


Here we can see my "lovely" roots...EEEEEEEEEK! I cannot believe I am showing my grey all over the net!


First stage! Root touch up. You let this sit for 20 minutes or so and then do the entire head with the next bottle.


All the information that you need is in this cute little note. eSalon even has added a root touch up product and full sized bottles of their shampoos and conditioners to help you extend your color. I love this, but boy do I know my roots are bad when a box arrives and I have not used one from the month before!

And here we are...no longer a SKUNK! And super shiny! Check out eSalon if you want to budget your color or just make a fun change on your own!

Stay Sweet,
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Get Your Chicks on Route 66! Dinner at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket!

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Hello all you cool chicks and hep cats! ;)
If you live in the area, you need to take a trip down to Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket! This place is awesome!!! Located in Willowbrook, IL on historic Route 66 (right in front of 55) this little gem got its start as a lunch counter at a gas station in the 1940s. Their fried chicken was SO good that in 1946 they ended up building the building in which the restaurant is currently housed! Upon walking in the door, you are greeted with two choices via some sweet neon signage... "Dining Room" or "Tap Room." photo 02cd005a-2bab-4d9c-ab57-0cb219630ef3_zpsae3bae69.jpg
My dad used to take me here every once in a while and I always loved it, but I hadn't been here for years. Dave an I took a trip here after work one day for Dinner. We skipped the Tap Room (THIS time) and headed to the dining room for dinner. photo Photo11_zps4b44bcd7.jpg
The dining room doesn't have "vintage"decor, but the bones of the place are definitely early americana. The windows are HUGE and built in an angle that gives this place a little vintage feel.

Drinks are VERY reasonably priced. Their beer selection is great for a smaller joint as well. I was able to get an oatmeal stout for $4 and Dave got a Robert the Bruce for $5!
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The food menu is also reasonably priced for the amount of food you receive. We ordered appetizers, dinner, and dessert. We were SO full by the end of our meal AND we had a ton of leftovers.

Apps & Salad Bar
 photo Photo15_zps4dd22a13.jpg Apparently on Thursdays you get free salad and soup bar! SCORE!!!! I made myself a side salad with ranch dressing. I was really impressed that the lettuce was actual lettuce and not just the crappy iceberg stuff you get at most salad bars. They also give you a basket of super tasty biscuits and butter. As for the apps, we ordered Corn Fritters and Fried mac N' Cheese Balls.  
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They were both delicious! The corn fritters were like corn funnel cakes AND they were sprinkled with powdered sugar, The mac n' cheese balls were GIANT and they were light and scrumptious.

 photo 6f8221d7-2bda-474b-9d69-4ef0425f2c0a_zps6b072874.jpg We both got the Famous Fried Chicken in a Basket. You get half a chicken cut into 4 pieces, french fries, and coleslaw. Dave and I only got through one piece of chicken each and we were stuffed...The waitress (who was very sweet and helpful) was on top of her game and brought us boxes.

 photo Photo18_zpscf62b4bb.jpg Ok, so I DID say that we were incredibly full...but I HAD to try the pie for my blog post...Mmmmm, pie....Calories in the name of research! I ordered the cherry pie with vanilla ice cream and it was delightful. We only ate half of it (because we  were stuffed) and brought the rest home for tomorrow!

They have food and drink specials every day and the best part is that this place is family friendly! They have a kids menu, trivia night, and karaoke on fridays! You can visit their website for more history and information!

Until next time!

~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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Retro Goth Manicure DIY

Retro Goth Nails

I became enamored with Moth's nails from her blog Through the Looking Glass, and wanted to try to find a good way to do it myself at home. Like most things, I suffered through some trials and errors, so I figured I'd share with you some tips about what worked and what didn't, so that you can create a similar look on yourself if you like!

Retro Goth Nails

Leaving the half-moon shape at the base of the nails un-painted (or natural-looking) is also sometimes referred to as a reverse french manicure, and is often referenced as "Dita Von Teese nails," because she sports this look, only with red polish, as a signature style. A fun fact that I learned was that the reason this look was so popular in the 30's-40's was because women could go longer between manicures without the outgrowth showing, thereby saving money. Score!

Retro Goth Nails

I'm sure it's no secret to most savvy blog readers that you can use adhesive hole reinforcers to get a nice masked-off curve on your nails. What I didn't realize was that cutting them in half is pretty dang important, because they'll lay better. I tried sticking them down the first time as whole circles and my masking was just pretty embarrassingly sloppy. So cut those suckers in half and get twice the mileage out of them as a bonus!

Except for the hole reinforcements, all of the supplies to do this can be found at your local Sally Beauty Supply. If you don't have one near you, use your Amazon Prime account and order it to your house today because it only takes two days and that's not very long. If you don't have a Prime account, go get one. You'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Here's what you need:

I followed the basic layering steps from this blog post in order to achieve a faux "gel" nail (spoiler alert: it doesn't really last any longer than any other polish for me, but it did make my nails feel thicker and stronger, which I like). I recap the layering steps below:

Retro Goth Nails

  1. A coat of Gelous polish to the bare nail. Let dry completely.
  2. Firmly adhere paper reinforcer to your nail where you want to mask off the nail. The amount masked off should be the same for all five nails (I made this mistake the first round).
  3. Paint nail with black polish, and remove sticker while polish is still wet. Let dry.
  4. Apply a second layer of Gelous. Let dry, then apply a second layer of black polish, getting as close to the edge as possible. Let dry.
  5. Apply Seche Vite top coat. Let dry, then apply one final layer of Gelous. 
  6. Try not to mess them up while all those layers dry and solidify completely. I recommend an hour of Plants vs Zombies 2 on the iPad. That oughta do it.

Retro Goth Nails

Even though the polish itself ends up not even making it a week on me, I love the look, and I've been extending it by just touching up the chips with black polish and another layer of Gelous here and there. I'm considering just getting fake nails in this style, only slightly longer and pointier to mimic Moth's nails, I love them so much.

Retro Goth Nails

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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