Monday, January 25, 2016

Love List: Lagenlook Cosmetology School

I've got some exciting news for you guys that I've hinted at but so far haven't discussed exactly on the blog. I'm going back to school!

Stop it, I can hear your frustrated groans echoing through the internet.

I've been to school several times without finishing. My brothers' have actually pointed this out to me a lot lately. But I've wanted to attend cosmetology school since I was sixteen years old yet life always seemed to get in the way - or my own self-doubts did me in before I even tried. I'm not stylish enough, I don't have enough money, I won't be able to maintain a full time job while going to school- I don't know how to use a blow dryer! All of these things helped me talk myself out of cosmetology school many, many times.

Now, living with my parents as I do, I don't have the stresses I had in Philadelphia. I work part time, I don't have the same expenses, I don't need to worry about taking care of the house/cooking for two people anymore. I can just focus on my studies and I think that, while my ultimate dream is to be a boutique owner, there's no reason that boutique can't have a salon chair in the back. It's a career path that involves creativity, style and art as well as having a flexible schedule that would allow me to continue to work on my etsy shop or write my books. All in all, I really hate that I didn't do this to begin with.

I toured a local school in a beautiful city nearby and I fell in love with the architecture and the structure of the classes. They don't even require a certain uniform- just everything you wear with the exception of your jewelry and shoes has got to be black!

Well, I do like a challenge.







One of the hardest parts of this is that I know I don't dress in a conventionally fashionable way, and this is a line of work in which your appearance will reflect on people's ability to trust you with their hair. (If that sentence makes sense- I'm writing this with a supreme head cold). At the same time, when all in black, I think my Calliope and Flying Trapeze dresses will look adorable and I'll be comfortable and able to move my arms in them. I'm so inspired by this monochromatic idea that I can't wait to get working on my new wardrobe!

Found On Zappos

I'm also digging the all-black Chucks look as well as purple Chucks for a pop of color. I don't know if they're alright to wear to school, but still, a girl can dream, right?

Follow my pinterest board LAGENLOOK COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL for more all-black inspiration.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thrift Decor Bedroom

After my 'Cheap Beauty' post, I've actually become really inspired by this 'crap I'm broke' style of blogging. It's actually given me a lot of ideas on things I'd like to blog about, especially as relates to my current situation in life. I know in the past I've explored how I felt like a voice of mine had been stolen and with this new inspiration I feel a little bit like I'm getting it back.

If you follow me on social media, you've already seen these pictures but quick updates don't tell the story that a full blog post does.

I know, it's gross, right? This was the basement just shortly after I moved into it this past summer. My mom was supposed to remove a few pieces of furniture that ended up staying there, I tried to unpack which means all my clothes basically exploded onto the floor because I had no where to put them, my bed took up most of the room- it was (and sort of still is) a disaster area. It was hard to even create or move around. It's been a challenge getting used to- also it's right next to my father's work room so I do have a lot of noise/unwanted company in my space a lot of the nights that I'm home. Not his fault, totally mine as I'm the one who wanted to leave, but holy cow it's been a transition. Also, all the walls were bare white but my brothers had once called this area their hangout so the walls were disgustingly stained with holes, footprints, handprints and just general dust/dirt.

I'm broke so I couldn't really repaint, so I've had to get a little thrifty in reorganizing and covering up the mess.

It's really hard to get pictures of the space without showing the mess that still exists inside of it. BUT this is all about cheap redecorating so let me tell you about how I fixed the bedding situation. First, I didn't even have a bed. I had to buy the one that I sleep on now. I bought the mattress and the simple wooden platform bed off of Amazon. (Bed , Mattress) The mattress arrived rolled up in a tiny box and it was the funnest thing in the world to watch it pop out of it's vacuum sealed wrapping! I love the bed and the mattress, although I will say this is a super firm mattress and every once in a while I have problems sleeping on it.

So, the above picture - to fix the flow of the room I shifted the bed into a more day-bed like position where it's mostly up against the wall. I created a faux headboard with fabric from my stash and a lace curtain one of my friends had given me years and years ago. If you wanted to make a similar wall treatment, I used $2.00 a yard purple cotton from JoAnne's and a curtain you could probably get for $2.00 at a thrift store. My skeleton bulletin board is something I'd brought with me from my Philadelphia office and I just gave it a new coat of paint. My jewelry rack is a wooden shoe rack that I also brought from Philly but I checked and they're about $4.

The art was also done by yours truly. My ex liked to give me canvases for holiday presents and I had about twenty blank ones when I moved in here. I picked the larges one, the one that would take up most of the wall, and I made a lunar inspired piece that I didn't like at first but surprisingly, I love it now. I also did the little angel the first week I lived here.

The denim patchwork pillow was made by me using stuffing from a pillow I'd brought from Philly (it was green and too worn out) and old jeans.

This idea is one of my rare strokes of genius - it's a cookie cooling tray I got from the Dollar Tree. For $1, you get two racks and it makes the BEST earring display. Most of these are going to be listed on the Cirque but I wanted to show off my cool new jewelry holder. It's literally just tacked up to my wall with thumb tacks. I hope to paint it blue in the future.

This cool mirror is on the wall you can't see yet because it's not finished, but I loved it so much I had to share. I have an obsession with old milk glass. I adore it. This is actually plastic but it looks like milk glass and I thrifted it for $4. I didn't have a mirror in my room, and I'm probably not going to get my dream vanity area that I'd hoped for because it's just not a big enough space, but I still needed something to check my hair in. Enter this adorable little guy! I think this might be one of my best thrift finds ever. And you can see in the background the wooden crates- they sit on my writing table (also something I brought from Philly) and I've had most of them since I was a teenager. I love how rustic they look with all my other things.

And there you have a few detail shots of my decorations, including the dusty pipe you can see in my room. I actually don't mind the unfinished ceiling or exposed pipes because I find it kind of industrial and unique. I know my mom was apologetic for it and offered to eventually finish the ceiling but if I leave it the way it is I can hang things (like chandeliers) without any guilt for messing up their nice basement. The honeycomb inspired shelves were made by my dad and I've painted them blue with a can of chalk paint. I made that little jar work hard- it painted my wall skull, my bulletin board, my shelves and hopefully my jewelry boxes. Tiny accents of color can really tie a whole mis-matched room together.

I made my dreamcatcher with a doily I bought at the Punk Rock Flea a few years ago, a wreath my mom had and some ribbon from my stash.

All in all, it's not perfect but slowly it's becoming a really nice, cozy little atmosphere. Much to my mother's dismay, I would eventually like to live on my own again. I'm very excited about that prospect because I've never lived entirely on my own - I went from living with my parents to living with roommates to living with my ex, so I'd love the chance to have a little studio flat somewhere all to myself. In the mean time, I'm starting to really like my thrift cheap bohemian bedroom.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Free Tutorial: Reverse Applique Repost

As you all know, I used to have a blog called Meg's Ragged Edge but I needed a change and went to Cirque du Frock. Every once in a while, I do miss my old blog but I believe it's always better to keep moving forward. Still, there were good tutorials and blogs I was proud of on there, so I'd like to start a series where I post some of my old blogs - specifically my tutorials. While I do believe in moving forward, I believe some of my greatest inspiration has from from looking back, too.

This tutorials was originally posted in April of 2012, cringeworthy pictures and all. I got WAY better at writing tutorials, too! LOL. 

So you might remember this dress: HERE and HERE

I had this other dress, a purple Banana Republic number that I scored for $1 and felt a little plain in, and I had this bright idea to use a shirt that I'd put in the discard pile to make another wolf dress! Then - AND THEN!!!! - I had the great idea to share with you how I made it. So here you go.

1. Cut out the piece you want to show through. Example: I cut two wolf patches from a shirt. These are the pieces we will sew onto the dress.


2. Trace your patch, pin the four corners and turn inside out. So what I did: I laid the wolf patch onto the dress and traced a chalk outline. I then pinned 1 pin on each of the four corners of the outline. I did this so I would have a general idea when I turned it inside out where to pin the thing.



3. On the inside of the garment, pin your patch. This is pretty self explanatory- but just in case make sure the guideline pins are removed before sewing and that the side facing the fabric is the side you want to show. (I hope that isn't confusing)


4. Sew. Then look at the outside like this picture.


5. Carefully cut the outside layer of fabric away to reveal your picture under!


6. And this is the important one:



Take early morning outfit posts to show your friends your new DIY dress!

Giggle. I love my new dress. HUGS!! - Meghan

it looked like I got closer and closer and closer with each pic of the dress- so here you go! mega-close!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

OOTD: All You Sinners, Stand Up

Okay so again with the whole "I'm broke and can't afford crap" approach to blogging- but it's so honestly true. I'm working on making it better, but it's going to be a long and bumpy road which means I've decided to make this current financial situation work in my favor.

The holidays were a little awesome and a little depressing at the same time. On one hand, it's the first time in ten years I've celebrated Christmas with my family and it was awesome. On the other hand, I'm broke and I'm in a new place, missing my old traditions and people. In an effort to cheer myself up, I did do a tiny bit of Black Friday splurging and got myself two 10$ tees from One thing you've got to know by now is that I'm addicted to band merch. I love it. The problem is most band merchandise doesn't come in plus size unless you count men's shirts, and actually a lot of those are 'slim' cut for the skinny emo boys. So when I ordered my shirts, I knew that I was going to use one of my tutorials to refashion them.

This is the first one.

Cardi/Thrifted, Dress/Handmade, Leggings/Target, Shoes/Frye-Ebay

I was going through my breakup just a few months after discovering my love of Panic at the Disco. It was actually kind of appropriate timing since they'd just released Hallelujah and it kind of became my anthem to keep carrying on through the hard times. I tend to cling to music during any kind of difficulty. I remember when I first moved to Philadelphia, MCR's Famous Last Words was on repeat all the time (that's a different blog post altogether).

Anyway, when I saw this super pink shirt on sale at hottopic, I knew it'd be the perfect pick me up. It's rare with projects for me to immediately know what I'm going to do with something. I usually just mash things together and hope they work, but I had a bubble gum pink tee in my stash and a yard of thrifted pink striped knit and I just saw this in my head. I even knew which tutorial I wanted- the Calliope tunic since I seem to be living in that style right now.

I love how this project 1. Looks amazing on me but 2. Took a shirt which I knew even the biggest size would be too small and made it into a comfy garment I'll definitely wear all the time. I love it with my sparkly $5 necklace from Wal Mart (birthday present, thanks Mom!) and my tough-as-nails Frye boots.

There's a sneaky peak of an upcoming OOTD - This is from one of my favorite shops, Rainbow Alternative. She's a great Philly artist and I miss seeing her booth at the Punk Rock Flea (she's still there, but I'm obvs. in Maryland). Told you, I'm all about the Calliope this Winter/Spring.

So, as delicious as Hallelujah is, a few months after I was so into that song, my ex admitted that he had started listening to P!ATD on my recommendation and really clicked with that song. Which made me want to throw up a little because that was 'my' break-up song! But that's fine, because they also released Emporer's New Clothes, which might just be my favorite music video ever made.

I'm takin' back the Cirque, baby, one little blog post at a time. ;-)

PS: Guys, I can't even tell you how much I'm loving my new hair.

PPS: Special shout out to Sheila, Shawna, Megan and Trees. Without your encouragement, I don't know if I could even write these posts anymore. < 3 you guys give me life. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Cheap Beauty: DIY Haircut

I want to start this with the story of my hair. I very rarely am in harmony with my curls. Since I was a small girl, I've loved having short hair, but curls can often give you a mature, permed, soccer mom kind of vibe. The one time I enjoyed my hair was when I had it cut like this. I kept that hair style for a good long time- until my then-boyfriend started giving me crap about taking me to Hair Cuttery to get it trimmed. So I started growing it out- and my natural color- just to see if I liked it.

FYI- I do not.

My hair is beautifully curly. People love my hair. When it's long, I get a lot of compliments on it. However, it's just not me when it's long. I feel messy and dirty. I find my skin is more broken out, and I just don't like the upkeep. Sure, short hair means having it trimmed every few weeks, but long hair? You have to baby the crap out of my hair when it's long. It's a lot of work.

Unfortunately, I don't have extra money. Not even for Hair Cuttery. So I decided to take matters into my own hands the other day.

I was inspired by this tutorial and basically used the same method to recreate my favorite haircut. I then tried to lighten it with a box of Feria, but I didn't like myself as a blond so I used my favorite burgundy dye from Garnier to color over the blond. The result is a really nice dark red-almost purple color that I love.

The whole thing cost me about $7 for the burgundy dye- the Feria was a gift, so I didn't have to pay for that.

My tips: 
* Make sure you have super sharp scissors. I didn't have hair styling scissors so I tried this with my sewing scissors and it did damage my hair a little.

* Don't use boxed bleach. I'm a boxed bleach addict but it never works, guys. Never. And the Feria disagreed with my hair more than usual dyes.

* I've been cutting my own hair for a while, and with mixed but usually positive results. If you're at all nervous, please see a licensed hair care professional for your cuts. Or, start small. Earlier this year I did a mini trim which gave me the confidence to go for this huge trim.

* If you ever want a good, 90's grunge burgundy color I do recommend the darkest Garnier red. It's a nice purpley shade that I've been using since I was fifteen. It has decent coverage and lasts for a while.

* Ring your ears, hairline and neck with petroleum jelly if you're dying at home to keep your skin from getting stained.

Please remember that I am not a cosmetologist, this is just advice from my own personal experience with my hair, so take my advice at your own risk.

All in all, while I could have done better, I'm also pretty happy with the results. I love having my short hair back, and even though I've needed to clean it up a few times as I've noticed tiny mistakes, I'm super excited every time I get a compliment on it because I can say, "I did it myself!"

I hope to make Cheap Beauty a regular feature for Cirque, so stay tuned for next time when... well, who knows what I might do!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wishing You : The Usual End-of-Year Update

It's been a hard year for lil' ol' Meg Edge, guys, and that means a difficult year for the Frock.

I'm seeing all of these bloggers I admire doing their usual posts at this time of year. They're full of goals for the future and goals they met this year, fun adventures they had and outfits they wore. I look back at other years for Cirque and I just feel so disheartened with how 2015 turned out. I can't complain about some things, though. For instance, meeting Amber Tamblyn, who has been a 'hero' of mine since I was about fifteen years old. I got to explore Laurel Hill Cemetery with Tracy, which had been a goal of mine since I moved to Philly in early 2007. I self-published my first collection of short stories, which is now available on Nook and Smashwords. And I spent a weekend with my best friend in the world, Megan Mae (and Ally!). I vended at three craft shows and spent my first Christmas in almost ten years with my family. The highs of 2015 were SUPER HIGH.

It's just, without going into too much detail, the lows were the lowest of lows. From my mother being in the hospital, to my friend's mother passing away, to having my heart not only broken but entirely ripped out of my chest, it's been a rough freaking year.

I'm still a little bit  heartbroken and a little bit homesick, and more than a little lonely here in the mountains of Maryland. It's very rural here and I miss the hustle and bustle (and inspiration!) of a large city. I miss my home, I miss my city and I miss the people that were in my 'Philly' family. Sometimes I'm so tired from the simplest of tasks that I consider giving up Cirque because I don't know if I'll ever get to updating again like I used to. I just have to keep on believing in my dream, but these days it's a little hard.

Cirque on Etsy
I do have a few things to look forward to in 2016. I have shows that I'd like to vend, and I hope to be able to start cosmetology school because I've wanted to do that since I was a teenager and now seems like a perfect time to do it. I hope to live on my own at some point because I've never lived by myself and I think I'd enjoy the solitude. I hope to find a steady source of income so that I can pursue my beauty school and online store dreams.

I also hope, fingers crossed, that I can make a blogging come back.

I've also started the process of learning to drive. I have a Maryland learner's permit, the name of a driver's ed school and hopefully my mother's permission to use her car when I'd like to go sit at a Starbucks for a few hours. ;-) I know that will alleviate some of my stress once I can conquer that mountain.

My mother and I have been talking about how last year we wanted 2015 to be better than 2014. This year we've decided that instead of getting excited for good things, maybe we should expect the bad and that way, when we get good things, we're pleasantly surprised. ;-) Maybe this is a better approach to karma for us.

All I know is, during the holidays, one lyric stands out to me as a truth and this is all I want for myself and this is what I would like for all my loved ones. 'May your days be merry and bright' from me to you. Happy New Year.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sale? HA!

While I'm busy here, sewing my little fingers to the bone on my newest blog post (YES! I ACTUALLY HAVE ONE IN MIND!) and trying to be good on Black Friday by not shopping at all (not going as well as I'd like), I've decided to have a little sale in ye olde Etsy shop.

Cirque du Frock on Etsy
For the upcoming year I have new blog posts planned, some exciting personal news and ideas on how to rework my little corner of the Internet. To get ready for new projects and a new year, I decided to have a little clean out sale until December 16th (which I figure is probably the last day you'll get packages before Christmas if mailed that week?). I hope to make 2016 the year of the FROCK and have a spectacular come back after what might be the absolute worst year of my life thus far.

No coupon codes are necessary, the prices have already been marked down.