Soooo I may have mentioned before that I won’t be home for Carnival this year. When I mentioned that to people over the period of time I was home the general reaction was: “what?! YOU??!!” Thanks a lot guys. And I continued the self torture by going through all my old Carnival pics last night. You’ll notice the title of the post is Pride (continuing this week’s Deadly Sin theme that started with Greed, Lust and soon…Vanity). And that’s cause I am proud of all my Carnival looks, because I do put a lot of energy into them because its fun for me and I am passionate about it. Monday and Tuesday are the highlight of my Carnival season and I love preparing for them. My hairdresser’s assistants hate me on Carnival Saturday cause I always coming to do “some craziness” but my makeup artists love me cause they know that they can suggest some outlandish shit to me and I will do it (like completely blocking my eyebrows with wax putty and making jeweled eyebrows over them).
That being said, I am not necessarily the most high maintenance Carnivalista either. I wore the same sneakers for three years (2006-2008) and the same boots in 2011 and 2012 (boots which i continue to wear as a general part of my wardrobe btw). If i do my own lashes one corner of one eye will always unstick. After All the work I put into my Carnival kit I generally ruin the overall effect with stockings that are sneaking up above (or below lol) my waistband. In 2009 the stockings kept getting caught up on the rhinestones on my costumes and by about 2 pm there were huge holes on my thighs. My friend ended up bussing the whole thing open and I had to roll the legs down into my boots and the tops up into my panty for the rest of the day. Not cute.
But I am proud regardless. I am proud that after convincing my friends to all wear monokinis for Monday wear in 2008 (believe me it wasn’t the easiest sell) one piece Monday wear became a trend and then a staple. (Don’t front. Y’all know we were the first movers on that shit). There was the infamous Spice Mas incident (see below). And who could forget the jeweled lips of 2012.
Anyway I hope you all have an amazing Carnival 2013 and I encourage you to take risks with your looks but not with your life. And when I step back on that road in 2014 allyuh better be ready. I’m. Jus. Sayin.
P.S. I am feeling for my NY peeps whose flights got cancelled due to the snowstorm. It’s one thing to not be able to go home from the start, but to have the will and means, fully prepare and then nature gets in the way? Truly truly sucks. My fingers are crossed for you guys!
And jus for giggles ( ppl prob gonna hate me for this lol)