My Debut in the Orlando Fringe Festival

I had been hoping for a chance to perform in the Orlando Fringe Festival- definitely a bucket list kind of performance! A lot of cities have a Fringe Festival; basically groups will perform brand new, usually off-the-wall shows in a myriad of designated locations throughout the city. I actually was invited to a part of the Fringe Festival in the spring of 2017, but I had to turn them down. I was in a wedding as a bridesmaid for the entirety of the second weekend, and that’s…you know, ever so slightly important.

In February of 2017, I performed in a premiere of a short play called Welcome to Intercourse. It’s a super cute play and I loved the role I played so much. Well, the author of the play wrote three more short plays and packaged them together as a show called Quickies, and she wanted me to come back to play Peggy again, as well as two other roles. But I couldn’t. I was so upset! I loved the role, but ultimately I wouldn’t be able to do it and I had to turn it down.

Flash forward to this past summer! I got an email from a director I’d worked with previously; Quickies was possibly going to the winter mini Fringe festival, and the actress who originally played the roles couldn’t make it. Would I be interested?

WAS I EVER!

The show was confirmed in late October and we rolled into rehearsals shortly afterward. It was a short rehearsal period, but the four plays are about 10-15 minutes long each, divided amongst the four actors, so all in all it wasn’t too terrible to balance. It was just a lot of practicing lines in the car as I drove to and from rehearsals.

The show only ran for two performances, but we had fantastic audiences and great feedback. It was a new theater for me, and it was fun playing on a new stage. And I loved revisiting Peggy, who’s one of my favorite roles to play. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on my performances and it just makes me pleased as punch.

I wasn’t actually in the first of the four short plays. It was a two person retelling of Scheherazade and the Sultan; it was funny and sassy and I loved watching it from backstage. Of course, backstage was about 3′ by 4′ (and that’s generous) and there were three of us back there, so it was a little uncomfortable.

The second plays was called Meet the Pets. A guy brings a girl (me) home after a date so she can meet his pets. So we had a snooty cat (a guy in a tuxedo and a British accent) and a lovable dog (a girl in flannel and corduroys). It was super funny, and while my character started off as a manic pixie dream girl, she ended up being really smart and self-assured. So it was fun playing both sides of the spectrum.

dress: Forever 21
denim jacket: …I’ll have to check?
floral leggings: No Boundaries
boots: Blowfish
hat: Target
purse: Betsey Johnson
glasses: Eye Buy Direct (Moody frames)

The second show was called Buried. It’s short and bittersweet. I played a girl named Grace who runs into her ex-boyfriend in the middle of a graveyard, and you start to put the pieces that it’s a metaphor for her mind, and she’s trying to bury the memories of him, and she can’t…and then BAM guess what it’s real and she killed him and she’s talking to his ghost. It’s one of the trickiest roles I’ve ever played even though it was only about ten minutes long. Grace is both lighthearted and deeply hurt, so there was a lot of balancing. Plus I had to drag around a shovel.

dress: Forever 21
headband: Goody’s
shoes: Keds

The final short play was my favorite, Welcome to Intercourse. I played Peggy, an accountant who just got jilted by her fiance. Her best friend Eva decides they should go on a road trip, and of course their car breaks down outside of Intercourse, Pennsylvania. And who comes to rescue them but a pair of Amish boys! Peggy and Josiah have a deeply touching conversation onstage, but offstage Eva and Ezekiel fix the car, and of course it sounds extremely suggestive. It was a great little play full of innuendoes, and the girl who played Eva is a dream and it was literally so fun to play opposite her.

dress: Modcloth (Blueberry Lemonade dress)
jacket: I’ll check…
shoes: Payless
glasses: Eye Buy Direct (Sophie frames in pink)

I had such an amazing time doing this show. It was such a quick run (haha, get it, Quickies, I’m hilarious) but it was so fun to do. I don’t know if I’ll get to be a part of it again, but hopefully I’ll get to work with this team again in the future!

Finished off Food and Wine with a glass of mead from the Ireland booth. (I thought I loved the key lime wine- this might be my new favorite!!) Till next year, #foodandwine!! I’ll miss you even if my wallet won’t. (at Epcot Food and Wine Festival)

Shirt: Forever 21

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: Keds

Outfit of the Day: Teen Girl Squad!

Ostensibly I purchased this dress because it’s school colors and it gives me something classier than a tee shirt to wear on spirit days. But really I purchased it because of the name.

Yeah.

Outfit:
Dress: Team Girl Squad Dress via Modcloth
Shoes: Keds (thrifted)
Leggings: Forever 21

Face:
Covergirl and Olay corrector
Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection concealer
Physician’s Formula translucent powder
theBalm blush in Hot Mama (Birchbox)

Eyes:
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Covergirl Shimmering Sands trio
Ben Nye liner in brown
Maybelline gel liner in brown
Maybelline Mega Plush mascara
Urban Decay mascara (Ulta sample)

Lips:
Mox Pomegranate and Fig lip balm (Birchbox)
Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach

Perfume
: Bath and Body Works Beautiful Day

Nail Polish: none

Outfit of the Day: I Dress Like a Kindergartener and a Grandma at the Same Time

I have a really bad habit of dressing like crap. Like, I just…I don’t know. It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve practically given up on life. So I’m using this blog to motivate myself. Effective? Hopefully. I want to look nice. And look my age. But unfortunately, this is definitely not a look for a grown up. Dammit. I need to work on that.

You’d think that combining saddle shoes and a dress Rachel Berry wore on the first season of Glee would be a good indicator that I’m not dressing my age…

Outfit:
Dress: Target
Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds (thrifted)
Hairbow: Some ribbon I stole from my sister’s craft drawer

Face:
Covergirl and Olay corrector
Maybelline Dream BB Cream
Physician’s Formula Conceal RX
Physician’s Formula translucent powder
Benefit Posietint

Eyes:
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
L’oreal Infallible Shadow in Amber Rush
Covergirl Shimmering Sands trio
Ben Nye eyeliner in brown
Maybelline Master Duo liquid liner in Bronze
Almay Blue Eyes shadow (brows)

Lips:
Mox lip butter in Pomegranate Fig via Birchbox
Revlon lip butter in Berry Smoothie

Perfume: Bath and Body Works Paris in Bloom

Nail Polish: none! (I need to fix that…)

Molly Hooper

11/26/12
My students decided that they wanted to dress up like fun things this week, and they picked today was Sherlock Day. My contribution was a measly attempt at Molly Hooper- a cardigan reminiscent of a lab coat and a ponytail.

At least they seemed happy!

And speaking of my students, that’s where I’ve been for the past month! I just finished a production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and boy, is my brain broken. It was a fantastic experience and my kids did a wonderful job, but it ate up all of my time. But now I have some time to breathe, and I can get back to doing things other than costume fittings and fight choreography rehearsals. It was a great idea to schedule the play right before Thanksgiving, because it gave me plenty of time to relax over the break. I literally spent my entire vacation (since I didn’t have access to the car) sitting around and writing. Marvelous!

But anyways…

I absolutely love this dress! One of my favorite bloggers had a clean-out-my-closet sale, and I snapped this one up immediately. It still had the tags on and everything! I’m looking forward to wearing it in the summer without a cardi or tights, but I couldn’t help but wear it now.

Dress: Modcloth Paint Life Grand Dress (Jack by BB Dakota)
Cardigan: Old Navy
Tights: Hue via eBay
Shoes: Keds via eBay

Nail Polish: none!
Perfume of the Day: Bath and Body Works Black Amethyst

Le Gasp, Pants!

10/19/12

This is the first time I’ve worn pants to work ever. Ever.

I don’t really like wearing pants- I feel like they fit me funny- but I don’t mind this particular pair. They’ve got that cropped pedal-pusher 1950s look I like, and they were extremely comfortable for today- I was choreographing the battle scene for Narnia and needed to be comfy and covered enough to do crazy things like roll around on the floor.

I also wore my contacts! I wear disposables and I’m down to my last pair without knowing when I’ll have time for a doctor’s appointment, so I only bring them out for special occasions. Today was headshots for Narnia, so I needed to look prettyish and stuff. Also the reason for the plain black tee shirt, and why I wore it with pants.

And there are my glorious rainbow Keds! I love them.

And also a cameo appearance by my car keys.

Tee: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds via eBay

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive by Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Super G

I Look Like a Fourteen-Year-Old

10/18/12

I really love this skirt, but it makes me look very young. But I wore it anyway! I tried pairing it with a button-up shirt to look more grown-up, but it just doesn’t change the fact that I look like a ninth grader.

And then, for Narnia rehearsal, I changed out of the striped button up and put on my Harry Potter tee, so I looked even younger. Oh, well. I was comfy!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Modcloth via eBay
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds, thrifted

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Gap So Pink