[Manic Mondays] They Say for Every High-High/ There Must Be a Low, Low, Low . . .

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I spent the week Pinning my outfit to wear for the Trenton Punk Rock Flea in my head.  (You play dress up by yourself!  Bridgette shrieked in delight when I confessed) I didn’t actually pin because that would require far more time than Tax Season and Book Writing allow.  Dressing for a Punk Rock is always tricksy because while it is indoors, it has no heat or air conditioning.  So layers are key but being dressed to kill it is also important because everyone dresses like a day time QXTs up in there.  (Popular this spring for the curious: super tight leggings, corsets are making a comeback, purple hair over pastel rainbow and blingy septum piercings)

The day always starts very early.  I wanted big, crimpy Effy Stonem hair but it didn’t quite work out, much to my disappointment.  Redoing one’s hair at 6am is a lot.  Jow and I always go to Starbucks and then draw an omen from Spotify for the day on the drive there.  We ate fried macaroni and cheese and bulgogi and drank illicit French Greyhounds.  We gossiped with Bridgette and James and our other vendors friends, we laughed with clients who come back for more oils and to talk about their favorite Tudor women.  We made up elaborate stories about the djs because the music was so disjointed, either screamo (dislike) or Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Blondie, L7 and The Cure (like).  When a song would come on that we liked, Bridgette and I would shriek like teenaged girls and dance and sing at the top of our lungs which seemed to startle everyone around us but hey, this is our day time clubbing now so we make our own fun while we make money.

Texts With My Sister:

M: Bitch!  Where is my food?

Me: At the Trenton Punk Rock Flea.  Get the fried mac and cheese, it’s good!

M: I am in Jersey City.  That is far away!  Bring it to me.

Me: Your face is far away.

M: That is a factual statement.

Me: Your mom is a factual statement

M: Precisely.  Many scholars have tried to disprove her.

Me: Lol, omg.

M: This is another fantastic conversation.  I am honored to be a part of this.  Have a blessed night.

Texts With Jared:

Me: So this gorgeous boy comes to look at my candles and starts flirting about which one to buy.  What do I do?  Stare at him sullenly and refuse to engage at all.  *pause* Okay, a boy who could be that boy’s slightly younger brother came and started to flirt with me so I decided to make eye contact and flirted back and sold him three candles.  Better?

J: Improvement.  Now you just need to find a way to learn and improve before the event happens.

Me:  Well.  The other guy still bought a candle, in my defense.

J: You’re right, that makes it all fine. 😉

Me:  Interaction = +2 to candle sales


But nothing gold can stay.  As fun as that was, it was still a lot of work getting all the crafts done the week before while still doing tax season/book and then the v. long day and set up and take down and did I mention I’m on day 7 of 13 before I get a day off?  Because that’s a thing that’s happening.  This morning was really hard.  I just wanted to cry into the tax returns I was processing because my work load just keeps getting bigger: all the items to  make/restock before Philly Punk Rock, the pile of work at work that keeps getting bigger and my book deadline which is less than a month away.  So I also sort of feel dead inside and like there is no hope because there kind of isn’t much of that for the next three weeks.

Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming.  Just.  Keep.  Swimming.

I was pleased when I tried on the outfit to find it looked how I wanted it to look.  In case you are curious:

Top tulle skirt: $13, Forever21

Middle tulle skirt, $20 (?), ebay several years ago

Bottom tulle skirt, $20 (?), ebay, several years ago

Top, $18 ASOS Curve

Resin crow skull necklace, a gift from Jow

Earrings, 2021, Macy’s, $5.99

Corset Belt, Hot Topic, $13

The black blingy necklace that I attached it to, $15 NY & Co

Striped Socks, $16, Sock Dreams

Boots, Ugg Adirondack II, $199

Lip pencil, Nyx Simply Vamp (Temptress), $6.49

Lip Gloss, Nyx Intese Butter (Cherry Tart), $5.99

BB Cream, Garnier, $12.99

Physician’s Formula, Organic Wear CC Curl Mascara, $9.99

Glitter, Nyx Roll On Shimmer, Platinum, $3.99

Eye Shadow, Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow (Fairy Princess), $10

Eye Shadow, Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow (Satin Corset), $10

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


One Response

  1. Kellyanne Donnelly

    You look lovely!

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