Wednesday, November 28, 2012

OOTD: Howl

I'm back again for a quick OOTD. Let's do this!


Jacket: Ashley Stewart
Top: ASOS Curve
Skirt: Simply Be
Shoes: Torrid

I feel like this one's got a pretty similar vibe to yesterday's outfit, just with more awesome wolf top! Sometimes that happens, though, and I'll string together a few outfits in a row with a similar tone. Ah, well.


I've pretty much talked about all of the items in this OOTD at some point here on the blog, with the exception of the howling wolf top, which is new. I picked it up during the Cyber Monday sale at ASOS Curve, along with a few other great tops and a belt (I'm sure I'll get to those soon enough). It's pretty excellent, eh?


I feel like this look could work with any of the jackets I have, but I decided to go with this one just because I actually probably wear it the least out of all of them. That's a shame, because it's totally awesome. I've seen this jacket on so many of the TV shows my wife and I watch, and it seems to always be worn by my favorite characters, ha!


Mrs. Spookshow and I are heading to the hospital this evening to take a tour of the baby ward and get all our plans in order. It occurs to me that I haven't talked about that much here on the blog recently, but Mrs. Spookshow is at the eight month mark, and everything is looking fine. The expected due date is January 19th, which is sure approaching quickly. Wow.


I've got so many plans for new essays and such here on the blog, but just haven't managed to sit down and write them yet. I hope I will soon. 


Anyhow, that's really all I have to say for this one, as I'm mostly letting the photos do the work, ha. I'll be back soon I'm sure with yet another exciting update! See you then!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

OOTD: Awry

Back on track with another new OOTD post! I've actually still got a previous one in the queue for later bu for now it's getting leapfrogged for the outfit I'm wearing right now. Let's do this!


Overshirt: ASOS Curve
Top: Forever 21+
Skirt: Target
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Torrid

This outfit just sort of came together through happenstance. I've got plans to hang out with a friend today, which is definitely cause for diving in the closet to find some cool threads. I actually did a few coin flips to arrive at this skirt, first to decide if I would wear a skirt or dress, then to decide between two skirts ... 


I kinda love this skirt. I picked it up from Target.com a few weeks ago as part of their Labworks collection. The whole range was pretty awesome, and to be honest I bought nearly all of it, haha. I believe the tag line was "Effortless edge" or something like that ... which is right up my street, clearly. Fun!


Seems every time I wear this sheer top I wind up putting red underneath it. I'm not sure what's up with that but it is what it is, haha. These tights kinda go a bit bright in the sunlight, but inside they actually match the red under the sheer top pretty closely. I was initially unsure of pairing the horizontal stripes with an asymmetrical hem, but I think it works in a quirky way.


I picked up these shoes a little bit ago from Torrid, and can I just say LOVE! As I've mentioned before on the blog, I sometimes struggle when it comes to wearing flats, as I just like the way I look and feel in heels a bit more, but these are just too awesome to neglect. I've been wearing then a lot since I got them, even though this is the first appearance on the blog. 


I tried to mix up my posing and locations a bit more than usual this time. I'm not sure why, but I just felt it was getting a bit stale. To be completely honest, with the weather a bit nicer I feel I can get away with venturing into the sunlight for an extended photo shoot, so that's probably why I did that today. I really like how this particular shot turned out.

Anyhow, that's it for this one. Expect more very soon!

Monday, November 26, 2012

OOTD: Regen

I promised I'd be back with another OOTD soon, and here it is! Let's do this..


Necklace: Domino Dollhouse
Top: Ashley Stewart
Skirt: Simply Be
Boots: Payless

I was going for something casual and comfortable here, and I think it came out pretty well. I wore this outfit on a much needed day off, a day with only a few errands to run where I could mostly just lounge about the house and regenerate after the craziness that was my life in September / October. 


I've wanted a high low skirt for a while now, but had never really found the right one for me. In the past I haven't really loved skirts of this length on myself (I tend to prefer short skirts, ha), and here was the first time I felt like I was really rocking this length. There's just something about the high low skirt that I find so awesome, it's just such a cool look! This color red is really quite stunning, as well. Yay!



I'm kinda in love with this top, as well. I don't know what it is, but it seems  that I REALLY love shoulder details on clothing, so I just had to have this top when I saw it. If I can digress for just a moment: thinking about it, several of the other men in dresses bloggers that I talk to often express concern over their shoulders and how they fit proportionally with clothing marketed towards women. I feel there's a tendency with men wearing dresses to want to layer something like a jacket or cardigan to try to balance out the shoulder area or perhaps just draw attention away from them, and to be honest I'm not entirely innocent of this kind of thinking myself (although there is a little voice in my head that lectures me about body acceptance / positivity EVERY time I put on a jacket-shaped security blanket, heh). It's interesting then that I seem to be drawn towards shoulder details on dresses and tops, because that seems to be in direct juxtaposition to this. Curious...


Getting back on topic, I do love this top! However, prior to this outfit I had had some difficulty finding the right combination for it. I'm really looking forward to trying it with some more of my skirts and such. 


These boots are pretty excellent. I've got fairly similar boots in black and in red, so I felt it was time to get a grey pair as well. They're comfortable and pretty cool, and a lot of times in the fall & winter I'll pair this style of boots with a pair of shorts & tights for a quick, casual outfit. As a funny side note, a guy at work commented about these boots being cool and called them my "Aragorn shoes". Haha!


So I've actually got a personal experience to recount regarding this particular outfit. To be honest, not much of note usually happens when I go out dressed like this in my daily life, but occasionally ...

The day I wore this, my wife and I went to Sally's Beauty to pick up some hair bleach. While we were checking out, I couldn't help but notice the guy behind me pointing me out to his wife and saying something. Okay, nothing out of the ordinary really, because I do tend to draw attention in public ... and while that's not at all what I go for or want, I realize that I do stand out in a crowd, so okay. However, he then takes out his cell phone and tries several times, very poorly, to take a stealthy photograph of me. Okay, also not the first time I've noticed people do this, and again it doesn't really bother me that much (I just hope they get me from a good angle, to be honest, haha). Mrs. Spookshow also notices, and pokes me and points it out, but I just shrug and laugh. 

And then she turns to him and says, "You know, if you want a picture you could just ask." 

....Haha. The guy just kinda blinked for a few seconds ... a bit stunned at the bluntness (as was I), and then he says, "So ... um .... can I get a picture?" I'm a good sport, so I turned and struck a pose for him, he snapped it, and said, "Uhh ... thanks." Mrs. Spookshow and I had a laugh as we finished up checking out and left. I do wonder why he wanted a picture, outside of perhaps just the novelty of seeing a boy in a skirt? Part of me thinks that it probably wasn't for any sort of good reason, but whatever.

I've said it before here, and I'll say it again, I would much prefer if my sartorial choices weren't anything out of the ordinary. I don't do this for attention, I do it because it's what I enjoy and fashion is one of the many ways that I like to express myself. I'd prefer to be able to go through my life and have people treat me and react to me no differently than they would if I was just wearing the clothing currently marketed to guys, but I'm realistic enough to understand that this isn't the reality I live in now, and that's okay too. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore compliments on my style (haha), I just mean to say that I wish it wasn't a big deal that I'm wearing a dress, you know? 

But I know that I stand out from the crowd, and in the same (paradoxical) breath ... I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

OOTD: Cult Classic Remix

This one is from a few weeks ago (sorry for the delay!) ... so let's just get into it, eh?


Jacket: Forever 21+
Shirt: eBay
Skirt: Target
Tights: Levante
Shoes: Payless

As the title implies, this is a remix of a previous look from the blog. A casual tee and skirt look is something I wear pretty often, and don't usually feel is awesome enough to post here on the blog. Here's how I wore this tee and skirt (in a different color) back in February ...


It's interesting to note that I'm actually wearing the same skirt and boots, just in different colors. 


I feel there's an interesting dynamic between the previous photo and this current look, as it really shows how my personal style has evolved over the year. I feel pretty good about where I'm at sartorially.


I decided to take a face shot to post here, as I recently bought a few different color rings for my septum so that I can color coordinate with my looks. It's something that I don't feel comes across in the full body outfit shots, but it reads in real life, so I wanted to share it here. Fun!


Speaking of real life, a few readers recently requested some shots of me "out and about", so here that is. I suppose sometimes seeing is believing, because yes I do actually wear all of these looks out in my daily life. I'll try to snap more pics out in the wild, ha.


Ending it with an obligatory tights / shoes shot. I've really been wanting a pair of tights like this, but it seems so hard to find plus size tights in fun patterns. Levante makes these, and they are pretty awesome, but a little pricey, honestly. I love these boots! I picked these up around this time last year at Payless after having bought a black pair as well. The red ones are pretty amazing, and I like to wear them when I really want to add some punch to an outfit. Yay for red shoes, haha.

So that's all for this one. I'm playing a bit of catch up here with outfit photos ... so look for another post very, very soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

10/11/12 OOTD: Geometry

Time for another OOTD! It's been a long time coming, I know, but Sept / Oct is just such a busy and weird month for me as a makeup artist. Anyhow, let's get into it!


Jacket: F21+
Dress: Evans USA
Belt: Torrid
Tights: Evans USA
Shoes: Madden Girl

Alright, so I must confess straight up, this isn't exactly an outfit of the day, as I didn't actually wear it out anywhere. Besides going back and forth to makeup gigs, I haven't really had time to leave my house for anything else this month. That being said, when I received this dress in the mail I just couldn't resist putting together a look for it, and taking some quick pictures, and this is the result.


Dresses are one of those things that I'm kinda hesistant to just buy on a whim. I've had some success and failure, and at the end of the day it just feels a bit easier to buy seperates as a man, not knowing how bust areas are going to look / fit on most dresses. A while ago now, Mrs. Spookshow suggested that I should probably look for shift dresses in terms of best fit for me, so when I saw this cool geometric print shift dress, I decided to go for it. I'm glad I did. 


I was initially unsure about belting such an awesome print, but in the end I think it worked out pretty well. This dress fits pretty great, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of opportunity to try some unbelted looks with it down the road.


While the dress on it's own is pretty fantastic, I kinda feel like this awesome jacket just throws it over the edge. I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I feel this look is a pretty iconic representation of my style. I'm not entirely sure how to put it in words, but yeah.


These tights are pretty cool, ya'll. I'm don't think it reads in the other photos well, but they've got an awesome pattern that goes pretty great with the dress. I've kinda been on a pattern tights kick recently, so these were a great buy! These shoes remain a favorite, and I probably show them too much on the blog.


I've received some messages commenting about the similar poses I tend to do, so I wanted to take a more or less just standing shot. Of course, I'm still mugging for the camera a little, but I can't help it, haha. Anyhow, I suppose that's it for this OOTD. I'm hoping to wear this outfit out and about soon, perhaps to a work wrap party. I'll be back soon with more OOTD posts, but until then feel free to let me know what you think of this look in the comments below!

His Black Dress reaches 100,000 page views

Back in February I wrote a thank you post to everyone for helping the blog reach 10,000 page views. It's now eight months later, and the blog has reached another great milestone ... 100,000 page views! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads the blog, regularly or otherwise. I'm really overwhelmed and speechless at the amount of activity here. It's more than I ever expected, so thank you!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Behind the Seams: Mr. Spookshow's Haunted Closet

Here's a post I've been planning to do for a good while now, but just finally got the time to do so. Let's get into it!

One of the most common compliments I receive in messages on the internet is envy of my clothing collection. While I can say truthfully (and without conceit) that I do own a ridiculous amount of clothing, recently my addiction to sartorial expenditures has come back to haunt me. You see, while our house is in many ways fantastic, one area that is woefully lacking is our closet space...


This is all of the closet space that Mrs. Spookshow & I have to work with, and much as I would absolutely love to have a huge walk in closet, it simply isn't possible in this house. So, we share this tiny space, with our two halves of the closet in a constant border war. To be fair, my side is definitely the aggressor here, ha. (My clothes are on the left side in this picture, fyi)

Anyhow, it quickly became apparent to me that I'm outgrowing my space here, and seeing as I've already got an eight drawer dresser full of clothing as well. So, with steely determination, I began a search for closet space saving options. Enter the tiered hanger...


A majority of my closet space is taken up by skirts hung on thick white plastic hangers, so I felt the best place to start with the space saving would be to eliminate those hangers. I found this tiered hanger on Amazon, and while a bit spendy I felt the quality of the hanger made it a worthwhile investment. A quick count revealed that I had 24 skirts that I'd like to utilize these hangers for (and 30 skirts, total), so over the past few months I've slowly purchased six hangers.

Before I started the hanger switcheroo, I thought it would be fun to take some measurements to see how much space I actually wide up saving. Before the new hangers, the clothing in my closet takes up 32 inches of space from end to end, with my collection of skirts comprising 17 inches of that space. We can do better!


I took all the skirts out of the closet and into the living room, where I sorted them into six groups based on color, style, or just how I feel about them. Above is the pile of plastic hangers that have been replaced.

Eliminating the plastic hangers and replacing them with tiered skirt hangers has actually saved me a significant amount of space. All said, my skirt collection now takes up nine inches of space, which means I nearly cut their closet footprint in half. As for my closet, it's down to 24 inches end to end...


Closet space is likely to always be an issue for me for as long as we live here, but I feel pretty good about these first steps towards organizing it and saving space. Now's your chance to chime in here; let me know how you save space in your own closet!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

08/31/12 OOTD: Pro

Time for another OOTD post! This one is from last evening when I had a work-related meeting. Let's do this!


Necklace: Looted from Mrs. Spookshow
Top: JC Penney
Shoes: Target

This outfit may look familiar if you follow my Tumblr (you DO follow my Tumblr, right? ha!). Earlier this week I posted photos of the basics of this outfit on Tumblr, asking my followers there if they thought this outfit was appropriate for business casual, and what I could change to make it better. It's not often that I need to dress "business" at all, so I really don't have any experience in that realm, especially from the perspective of skirts and such. I no longer own any pants, and I didn't think shorts or leggings would be appropriate, so that left a kilt or a skirt. I knew the kilt would work, but it seemed a bit boring, and also I feel this skirt looks much better for the occasion. 

Before we go any further, here's the original photo posted to Tumblr:


Not much changed, honestly. I got quite a lot of feedback, pretty much all of which was positive. The most common suggestion was to add a necklace, perhaps something that could tie in my hair. I had a look through the jewelry box, but we just don't have anything screaming orange, ha. I did decide to add a necklace, however, and just let my hair be the brilliant pop of color that it is. Thank you every one for the advice and encouragement, I really appreciate it!


Here is a closer shot of the necklace, and by consequence, my face, ha. The shirt has a kind of metallic sheen that I'm not sure reads completely in the photos, so I thought I could play on that a bit with this shiny grey necklace. It also helps tie in my grey flannel flats I'm wearing.


So, with the added necklace and freshly painted purple nails, this business causal outfit was complete and I was off to my meeting. As I've said before on the blog, I'm a makeup artist and during the Halloween months I work for a major haunted attraction here in Florida. One of the many perks of my profession is never really having to worry too much about any strict dress codes. As such, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to really try to bring men's fashion freedom to a business setting. 

To be honest, I wasn't really too sure what to expect. Would I get reprimanded, sent home, or even fired? I can't pretend that I didn't worry about those possibilities (especially with a child on the way, so I need all the money I can get, ha), but I really felt that the look itself was solid and well put together, and at the end of the day I really felt that I needed to just do it ....

And nothing happened. I received nothing but compliments on the look from many of my friends, and that was that. I'm really happy about that, because I do not wear the things I do to seek attention. Ideally, I don't want my sartorial decisions to be any more out of place in situations or in people's minds than anyone else in the room, though I realistically know that at this point in time it often is. Skirts and dresses for men won't become as commonplace or accepted as women wearing pants or other traditionally men's styles unless we do actually just embrace it and start wearing it out, which is why I do what I do. Speaking plainly, the end goal is for skirts, dresses, tights, heels, and other currently female-gendered clothing to be normal sartorial options in a man's wardrobe. I feel like I pulled that off here.

Anyhow, to get back to the outfit and finish off this OOTD, it's time for some closeups of the shoes. 


I'm surprised at how often I've worn this belt. When I first got it I was very unsure of how to wear it, but looking back over my past OOTDs I've managed to find a lot of situations where it has helped an outfit. This skirt is one of my favorites too, as it's super sleek and comfortable. This skirt was actually made for me by Mrs. Spookshow, so it was tailored to fit my body pretty perfectly. I'm really glad I chose to wear it in this outfit.


I got these grey flats back in February when Mrs. Spookshow & I took our trip to Tampa to see Penn & Teller. Towards the end of the weekend my feet had had enough of heels, and I just had to go find a pair of flats (I had foolishly neglected to pack any). These shoes took a while to break in, but now they are super comfortable and although I often prefer heels over flats, I do find myself wearing these quite a bit.

Anyhow, that's it for this one. I've still got an outfit from a party last week that I need to post here, but unfortunately it needs a pass through the laundry before that's possible. With any luck, I'll post that sometime next week, so look for that then. Talk to you soon!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Skirting the Issues: Dad Wears Dresses?

There's an article circulating pretty heavily in the news right now about a dad who has taken to wearing skirts to support his son who wants to wear skirts & dresses, but was afraid of what people would say. This story is getting quite a bit of action it seems, and given I'll be a father myself in a couple of months, I feel I should talk a little about this topic. If you'd like to read the article in question, here is a link to it.

I'm sure it goes without saying that I think this dad is awesome. I happen to have come from a very supportive household as well, so I definitely know the value of having parents that encourage you to be yourself. This is actually a topic that I've given a lot of thought to recently, as I've thought about what kind of parent I will be. The conclusion that I've come to is that the most important thing I can do is encourage my child to be themself, whatever that may be. I do have my own hopes about how they will turn out or the things that they will be interested in, but I know that at the end of the day I want to allow my son or daughter to discover themselves and be themselves, because that's what is most important.

While I do find articles about men in skirts interesting, I'm often more interested by the comments section. I enjoy reading other people's opinions on these types of stories, because I feel like it gives me a bit of a social barometer of "where we are" in the whole men's fashion freedom movement. It feels a bit paradoxical, but I do often want to know why people who don't like men wearing skirts or dresses feel the way they do. While I've never read an opinion on why men shouldn't wear skirts or dress that I've agreed with, it's interesting to catch a glimpse of things from the other side, and helps give me some perspective.

Speaking of perspective, I really feel like the perception of men's fashion freedom is truly moving forward. I've seen a lot of positive support for men in skirts recently, and that support seems to only be growing. I think it was just a little over a year ago that there was national outrage over an ad featuring a mother painting her son's toenails pink. Seriously, you would have thought the sky was falling from some of the comments on that. Now, just a year later, we see articles such as the above that receive a lot of positive attention, and much less gnashing of teeth. This makes me feel like things are moving forward ... and honestly who knows where we could be in even another year?

Bringing this back to talking specifically about fathers in skirts, I have to wonder if eventually I will be the subject of an article like this one? To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure how I would feel about that, but it's something I realize is possible in the back of my mind. A number of people have asked me recently (with regards to a skirt or dress I'm wearing), "So what are you going to do about all that once you are a dad?" Will wearing a skirt or dress in public with my child make some people question my ability to parent? Absolutely. The answer to the question, of course, is that I still plan to remain true to myself in all aspects of life, and I can't imagine doing it any different. Being yourself, even in the face of criticism, is a very important lesson to set for my child. 

We've decided to leave the sex of our child a surprise (which seems to be driving some people mad, ha), but I've been doing a lot of reading about "princess boys" & other male identified at birth kids wearing skirts and dresses, so look for my thoughts on all that and how it may pertain to my child (gender dependent, of course) soon.

What do you think about dads wearing skirts, or allowing their boys to do so? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, August 27, 2012

08/27/12 OOTD: Scroll Remix

Due to the storm in the Gulf the weather is dreadful and rainy outside, which means my photos are not going to be up to the quality I usually try to post here. However, I'm not gonna let a little hurricane stop me from doing an OOTD today, ha! Let's get to it.


Top (outer): Forever 21+
Shoes: Torrid

So since it's a rainy day and I'll be primarily inside at the computer, I figured there's no reason not to dress up a bit. I've been wanting to give this skirt another go, as I'm not really too happy with the last outfit I paired it with (here). I think the gold top details and zipper details on the skirt was a great concept, but there's something about the looseness of the top with this skirt that just feels a bit off. So anyways, here's round two.

Ah, yeah, you may have noticed something different about the photo above. Why yes, thank you, I have lost a little weight, but that's not it. I know my pink nails are awesome, but nope, that isn't it either. Okay, okay, so I'm sure you've noticed that I seem to have been assaulted by the Headless Horseman, ha. No worries though, my head is still intact.


See?

Anyhow, the first (headless) photo is a bit of foreshadowing to a topic I'm going to address soon on the blog here .... confidence. So often, when we see men wearing skirts or dresses on the internet, the faces are always cropped out of the photos. There's a lot of reasons why (and that's a topic for said other post), but I wanted to replicate that here because I was curious on if that changes how a look is perceived. I'm curious to know any thoughts you may have on that below!


I've gone on a while already without talking about this outfit, so here goes. I thought perhaps the outer top over the red undershirt would work well with the red scroll pattern of the skirt. It's an interesting idea, and I'm always one for trying things out and seeing how they work. I think it's a pretty cool look, but I often feel quite good about my outfits the day off, and there's a certain perspective that comments & a few days of simmer down time can only provide, so who knows, haha.



Here we go with some shoe shots! I really like these shoes, but I don't wear them very often. I actually have another pair of them in a different size (12w) that I've been meaning to put up for sale on eBay, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. 


I wish these pictures had turned out a bit better, but the lighting situation outside just isn't great, so it's hard to get a great photo of darker colors. Ah, well.


I found myself just playing around with the camera and trying some different shots, and this was one that I thought turned out pretty cool, haha. Taking off (or putting on) my shoes, and just generally seeing how the camera acts in different lighting situations.

That's all for today. I will be back very soon (weather permitting) with more OOTDs. As I mentioned in my last OOTD I went to a party yesterday but unfortunately I didn't take pictures before I went and I wound up getting covered in dog hair (bleh), so I'll have to post that look once I wash those clothes, ha. See you soon!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

08/25/12 OOTD: Scuro Remix

Time for another OOTD! Let's get to it!


Shades: Domino Dollhouse
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Wanted

Outside of the shoes, this look features items I've shown on the blog before. I really love this skirt, but honestly I haven't worn it much. Since Mrs. Spookshow and I had some errands to run this afternoon, I decided it was the perfect time to just rock it out and wear this skirt. I tried a few tops with it (that's been the primary issue with me not wearing it), and in the end hastily decided on this top for today. I think it's a fun shock of color here.


Although it's always sunny here in Florida, the tropical storm / hurricane moving in on us has actually cooled off the weather a bit, so today was a relatively nice day out. This top is super breathable, and the skirt is really light and airy as well, so all in all in worked out great. I love my Domino Dollhouse sunglasses, I honestly rarely leave home without them.


Although I rarely show any purses in my OOTDs, I do have to often use one, simply because most skirts don't have pockets (and even if they do, I probably wouldn't use them and ruin the lines anyways). Truthfully, I only have two bags anyhow, so I've never seen a point of just repeating them over and over here, ha. I felt I should show it with this look, however, since this is how most people saw the outfit in the wild.


Here's a closer shot of the bag (and incidentally, the shoes, which we will get to in a moment). I like it a lot, it's very much my aesthetic, but it's not really anything too special ... just a clearance bag I got at Target, ha.


Shoes. Oh, yes! So I'm sure my love of shoes has been well documented here, haha, but one particular style of shoe I've always loved is wedge sneakers. It's been surprisingly difficult to find a pair in my size (I need an 11W at the smallest), but when I saw these on Amazon in an 11 I decided to take a chance and hope that they either ran wide or would stretch out a bit. They don't run wide, and they are a little tight, but not unbearably so, and as I've broken them in they fit a lot better each time I wear them.


I love these shoes! I'm so excited to finally have an awesome pair of wedge sneakers to wear. They are totally great when I want to wear heels, but still want to maintain a pretty cool and casual look. Expect to see these babies on the blog quite a bit, haha.

Mrs. Spookshow and I went to Sally's Beauty Supply to get some hair bleach for my roots (yeah, I know they are bad here, but I'm literally about to go take care of that, guys, ha), and then headed over to Firehouse Subs for lunch. After Firehouse we went over to Michael's to check out the halloween stuff, which is always fun. It's been a while since I've been out in public in complete fashion freedom style, so I may have been a bit more aware than usual, but I did definitely notice a lot of double takes and stares today. Ah, well. It comes with the territory of being a trailblazer, eh?

Anyhow, that's all for this OOTD. I should be back with another either tomorrow or Monday, as we have a party to attend tomorrow afternoon and I'll have an outfit to show from that. See you soon!