by Matt Mullarkey
I was recently asked by Alternative Control to write a piece on constructing a punk rock vest. I was a bit taken aback, considering I never really gave it much thought, I simply just made them for myself over the years according to my mood or whatever (altered?) state of mind I was in. However, here’s a brief simple run down of what you will need in order to make one for yourself. Read more »
Those of you that have known me for a long time have seen my many fashion mishaps, from grandma-style work clothes to a stubborn determination to wear men’s pants instead of women’s. One area that I’ve always kept up with, though, is making sure that my Italian eyebrows don’t turn into caterpillars. My stepmother taught me how to wax my brows in middle school, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
DIY facial waxing is convenient, inexpensive, and actually pretty easy. First, you need a few supplies: Read more »
A couple weeks ago, I was the lucky recipient of a free Eyes of the Dead t-shirt. I was really excited about the shirt’s design and my newfound ability to support the scene through wearing this shirt to concerts — but it didn’t show off enough of my feminine mystique. And by feminine mystique, I mean “back.”
Not wanting to ruin a perfectly good free shirt, I did what any girl would do: I went to the internet. With some help from CraftAwl.com, I was able to transform an awesome shirt into an even more awesome shirt. Here are the step-by-step instructions from the internet, accompanied by pictures of me following them. Read more »
By Allie McConnell
Originally published on The Mercurial.
The 1980s and 90s are alive and well at the Savers secondhand store, now open on Federal Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. The Brookfield store joins the Savers locations in Waterbury and Orange, representing the chain’s expansion in western Connecticut. Read more »
Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been a professional hair dresser. I have never been trained or taught and this article is based on nothing more than my own experience dyeing my own hair since I was 18 years old. Please use all advice and tips carefully, and at your own risk, as nothing is guaranteed – not even professional hairstylists can do that. With that in mind….
I have been dyeing my hair unnatural colors since I was 18 years old. If the color exists, my hair has been that color. It has also been various combinations, such as purple and pink, or red and black, or turquoise and blue. I’ve used every shade of red, orange, purple, and blue ever made, and when I got bored with those, I mixed them together to make something new. As you can imagine, I worry about damaging my hair. While the semi-permanent vegetable dyes (Special Effects, Manic Panic, Punky Colours, Directions, and Raw, for example) are not damaging, bleaching your hair (and roots) can be. When/if you decide to do this, it is important to carefully consider the condition of your hair. If you have a lot of breakage from past dyes, split ends, or your hair is particularly dry, don’t bleach your hair. Become good friends with deep conditioners (I, personally, love Aussie Three-Minute Miracle) and leave-in conditioners and smoothing treatments. If you really aren’t sure? Consult a professional. In general, they want your money – but they also value their reputation and 99/100 times, they will be honest with you. Read more »
The waiting room...
Last month I wrote a column of tattoo musings before going to get some linework finished… For all the readers on the edge of their seats, here’s how it went!
I was a little nervous on my way to Transcend Tattoo in Branford – it was my third time being tattooed and the first time going by myself. I know, I’m so tough… And due to the placement of this tattoo, that meant I was going to be alone in a room with some dude looking at the side of my ass for like an hour. Read more »
My local gyms are a mere washer and dryer away from offering the full GTL experience.
Having recently moved, and finding myself with a ridiculous amount of downtime now that I no longer have roommates to sit around the house with, I decided to join a local gym to try to get in better shape. What I thought would be a quick and painless internet search turned out to be frustrating and disappointing. And what started out in my head as mild annoyance somehow morphed into this angry rant about society’s ridiculous standards, the shallowness and willingness to conform of people in general, and the realization that we spend a LOT of money on kind of pointless things in order to fit into those supposed ideals. Read more »