Archive for May, 2010

Mary Van b. DAAAMN!

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Tonight I’m going to the premiere of “b.”  It’s a short film I’m in directed by Claude Cardenas.  You can view the rad trailer here.  Claude is super artistic and I dig his graphic art.  Check out the premiere poster and the DVD cover:



I can’t wait to see the film.   In honor of the premiere, I’m wearing the dress I wore in the film. (A dress you may have seen before)
60s cape
vintage feathers
dress and boots

Vintage 60s cape: ebay
Belt: Thrifted
Vintage feather hat (I’m thinking 1930s): Sacramento Antique Fair
Phoebe Couture Dress: Macy’s
second-hand John Frye boots: Goodbyes
Tights: F21
vintage black velvet purse: thrifted


Mary Van scalloped shorts DAAAMN!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Scalloped hems have been on my mind ever since I saw Alexandra Grecco’s designs on Hannah of Hannah and Landon.  And then just last Wednesday Calivintage posted a healthy dose of scalloped shorts inspiration.  I had a pair of thrifted shorts in my altering pile that I was originally going to just shorten the hem, but I was amped… scallop AMPED!  I found some helpful tutorials online that helped me figure out how I would accomplish this.  And the shorts came out pretty well.  I even made a tie belt out of the extra fabric.  There are definitely mistakes (I’m still a sewing newbie) but I’m pretty happy with them.  Behold the before and after picture, followed by two looks (night and day).

before and after
red lips red hearts
baby blue
vintage scarf
scallop short rawr
day look

Look one:
vintage blouse: Wasteland
shorts: Clothes Contact, hemmed by myself
shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa via epaulet
purse: Thrifted
sweater: Ross

Look two:
vintage blouse: vintage shop in Portland, I forget
shorts: Clothes Contact, hemmed by myself
sweater: Ross
vintage scarf: Vintage Pink in Portland, OR
custom purse: Underwing Designs
wooden platform sandals: Miz Mooz via


Mary Van Punch Line DAAAMN!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I go to the Punch Line every Sunday night.  You have to hang out there every Sunday night with the hopes that you’ll get picked to perform.  Initially you wait for that chance for the booker to see you and hopefully book you for work.  I’ve been hanging around that club for over five years now.  Sunday has become my ritual dress up night.  Why?  For one, it feels good to dress up, two, if I get to perform it’s perfect and three, getting showered with compliments from other comedians.  It’s like flatter city when I walk into that place.  I LOVE IT!  Obviously I’m a comedian.  It feeds the hungry ego. : )

Last night I wore the dress I got courtesy of Swankety Swank, a design by Rusty Cuts.  And the headband I got courtesy of my tablemate at the Fremont Craft Happy fair, Hagar’s Hairclips.

hair band and boots
swank dress
Dress: Rusty Cuts design courtesy of Swankety Swank
Headband: Hagar’s hairclips
Boots: second-hand John Frye via Goodbyes
Tights: F21
Shrug: some crappy mall store
Cameo ring: thrifted


Mary Van DAAAMN!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I got a new haircut!  The night after I cut my own hair I did the show Mortified.  A woman came up to me and said, “I LOVE your hair.  Could you be my hair model?”  Free salon cut?  Yes, please.  Yesterday I went down to the salon.  It was the kind of place where they have robes to change into, serve you tea and give you a scalp and neck massage as they wash your hair.  LOVE.  And she really did a great job – gave the ‘do some solid shape and even taught me how to do fingerwaves.  You can’t really see in the pictures, but I got some rad fingerwave action going on.

The only hard part was walking out of that salon into the San Francisco wind – Gone With The Wind.  But it was great getting a free cut, because keeping a short style will be expensive to maintain.  Luckily I’m confident I can cut it myself, and besides, curly hair hides all mistakes. : )

Blouse: Vintage Gunne Sax from my stepmother
Shorts: high-rise brown tweed from H&M
Shoes: LA
Necklace: Thrifted
Bracelet: ebay
Purse: Underwing Designs