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Sunday, September 6th, 2009
10:10 am
In follow-up to Kambriel's post, a cry for help
dali_muse  kindly suggested I post this here. From my personal journal/s:

Anabel Ramirez, whom many of us know, was given a life expectancy due to her struggles with cancer. We wish to make her last days a little more pleasant. She needs groceries and money for bills because she has been unable to work lately; in fact eviction is a real possibility. We're trying to plan a club benefit also. But if you have any amount of $ to spare and are willing to contribute, please send a 'personal', 'gift' donation to djnevermore73 at gmail.com. Anabel will receive it and I'd be happy to keep an accounting of donations.

She could also use fresh garden goodies, in case you have any to spare. I am also accepting donations of your handmade artistic goodies, as I plan to have a silent auction or some such thing. So far, I have hair ornaments/fascinators, a Halloween goodie basket and semi-precious stone jewelry donated.

Please keep eyes peeled in case I can swing a benefit. Have already dipped the oars in the water... Thank you in advance if you can help, so much.

p.s. This has nothing to do with the Inferno benefit I did in 2006. That was not for Anabel.

Thank you so much to those who are able to help and/or absolutely would if they could!

"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love." - William Wordsworth
Saturday, May 31st, 2008
4:59 pm
Giuseppe is King!!
I received my Phoenix Parade dvd today!!!!! Aww....I'm getting so sentimental, watching it!

He wasn't kidding when he said the dvd version wasn't much better than the online version. You can't make out too many details 'cause the camera is a thousand and one feet away, and then there are occasional glitches (like during one of my songs), but it's still lovely to have!! Unfortunately I don't whose designs are whose. Does anyone know what the song is that is primarily gorgeous cello and/or bass, and only toward the mid-end does a marvelous male vocal come in? It's the designer that had those *amazing* asymmetrical cuts that met in front, and on taffeta.

ANYHOW, we're in business!! Let me know if you'd like a dvd! Feel free to leave your addy here, or if you'd prefer, email me at mercifl1 @ gmail dotcom.

If you want it sent Priority, please use the above email to send me five bucks through PayPal. Otherwise, I'll cover the cost, since it'll be minimal.

Perhaps you all might be willing to check out my jewelry website, once we get it up and running? I'm gonna call it The Elysian Aspect.

So YAY for the Phoenix Parade dvd!!!! Goodness, I'd love to do something like that again -- so much love and beauty in the room!! (What are you laughing about?? There was!!!)

P.S. I'm trying to get the video up on myspace, but I'm not sure it's possible or if you can download from there. (I have to convert the file to another format and I also don't know the time/size constraints. I'm working on it, but I'm still more than happy to get dvds out to you either way.

Current Mood: enthralled
Monday, April 7th, 2008
11:52 am
How cool is this?!!
My letter: Dear Kind Someday Lounge Person,

I wrote you some time ago about the possibility of obtaining a video of a performance I was in (/virtual_stage/archives/2007/0525). I'm sure the other participants (especially Kambriel, whose brainchild this was!) would be incredibly grateful if it was available for download or on youtube.

Any chance you can help me out? Again, I have to sing (har...I was the singer at the event) your praises, as that event meant so much to so many of us, and agreeing to have it at your wonderful club was a big part of that. We will always think of how much you rock for doing that, and visit whenever we're in Portland.

Thanks a million!

Elyse Reardon

Their response:

Hello! I just asked our tech guy to find and burn a DVD for you. When it's ready, I'll let you know and send it along to you.


I will certainly advise when I have it, and if you want copies, maybe send me $5 for the dvd and S&H.


P.S. On second thought, you could go to my friend's site and donate the $5 there! Save Gobo All my friends know how desperate I am to help Sean out. (How the hell can he look that good when he's so sick?!!) Better yet, if you feel moved, add yourself to his Friends page for $20. As they say, "For every $30 we raise, we can help pay about an hour of Sean's CNA care so he can be at home between treatments.") It'd be awesome to fill up that page with the pretty people who participated in the Phoenix Parade!!!

Current Mood: excited
Monday, October 29th, 2007
2:45 pm
Phoenix Parade coverage in Gothic Beauty!
The newest issue of Gothic Beauty is out ~ just in time for Halloween and it features an event article on C13 with lots of coverage of the Phoenix Parade fashion show and its designers!

Here's a small preview of the event article:

Monday, July 23rd, 2007
10:14 am
Someday Lounge video
I just noticed that the Someday Lounge has finally posted the video from the show:


If, like me, the video won't start for you in the browser you can open it directly in Quicktime (File -> Open URL) with the following URL:

Friday, June 15th, 2007
5:10 pm
Better late than never I hope!
All of my pics, finally, that are fit to print. A bunch of big ones, hope you have some time. Enjoy!

This way, please......Collapse )
Friday, June 8th, 2007
12:59 am
My videos. Let me show you them.
Trying to conserve my camera's battery, I only got a few clips! They're huge and kind of dark, but I have no video-editing software. So if any of you do & want to make them brighter or not so big, be my guest - this is direct off of my camera. All are in AVI format.

I will need to delete these by June 14, so if anyone wants to save & rehost, please do so - I'm currently exceeding my webspace quota by 35mb, and it gives me until then to bring it back into the allotted amount!

Kambriel's Tea Party Set (6.2MB)

To Die For Designs - _boxinghelena (2MB)

To Die For Designs - alicia_stardust (504 kb - very short!)

Original Sin Designs - trystbat and Korina (6.1 MB)

Kambriel's Dolls Escaped from the Asylum, specifically jola (which I found out today!) since I absolutely loved her dress. Also includes a little bit of the woman who came out after her. (3.9 MB)

Edit, June 14 - I had to take these down because of my webspace quota. I still have the videos if anyone wanted to save them but didn't get around to it, so I'm leaving the descriptions & sizes posted.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
4:23 pm
The Phoenix Parade design roster
I just wanted to make sure that everyone who saw the show, or for those who are simply curious, that you would be able to easily match up the outfits with the designers, in the order in which they appeared :)

All photos are by the insanely talented circle_23.

So without further ado:

Act 1: Kambriel
(Wonderland Tea Party set performed to "White Rabbit" by Collide):

Act 2: To Die For Designs
(performed to ?)

Act 3: Arsenic Fashions
(performed to "Let the Record Show" by Emilie Autumn)

Act 4: Three Crows Textiles
(performed to "Love's Promise" by Seiben)

Act 5: Dark Industry
(performed to "Butterfly Dance" by Diary of Dreams)

Act 6: Mange La Mode
(performed to ?)

Act 7: Original Sin Designs
(performed to "So Alive" by Love & Rockets)

Act 8: Kambriel
(Dolls escaped from the Asylum set performed to "Girl Anachronism" by the Dresden Dolls)

And most importantly.... all of *you* who supported us!

I also have a full page of individual shots from my portions of the fashion show up on the website here, for those of you who would be interested ~ enjoy!:

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
6:42 pm
Future Parades?
While in Portland, I heard someone mention that there was some talk of the Phoenix Parade being an annual sort of thing. Is there any possible truth to this? Is it something that ever *actually* was discussed? Should it be?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
5:13 pm
ah, vanity...er, humor.
if anyone knows of a pic of me getting my Fluevogs laced up before the phoenix parade started, please point me at it (I was in the audience, not backstage) It certainly *felt* like we had an audience :) Thanks!
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
7:50 pm
I've just finished posting my photographs of the show in the Gothic BC photo gallery, including backstage and rehearsal shots - 116 photos in total.

Models and designers, if you want higher resolution versions of any of the photos, please make note of the Ref ID (see the lower right corner of the caption box) of the photos you'd like and send me an e-mail at mbarrick@mbarrick.net. It will likely be a few days before I can respond, I'm a bit overwhelmed with work at the moment, but I'll do my best to get the pictures to you as quickly as possible.

Also, I notice that the Someday Lounge has the archive from their May 19th show posted today, hopefully the 25th isn't too far behind...
Friday, June 1st, 2007
1:58 am
For those of you who went to Convergence 13 the phoenix parade pics are up at:

maybe someone can help me identify the other designers as I only really know Kambriel and Donna.
I am curious as to which ones are...Too Die for ....the designer that is....

oh and my after show shoot pics will be up soon....
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
5:46 pm
from the bottom of my heart
At long last, I just want to *sincerely* thank each and every one of you who came together to make this magical show possible. There was such a positive momentum that came from all of us working together, that I don't think anything could have slowed it down in the end. Every designer who had faith that this could be something truly special, every model who lent us their beauty and personality, the talented hair and makeup artists, locals who went above and beyond to help secure a venue, to those who showed up willing the lend a hand anywhere it was needed ~ from pulling curtains, to hanging a fantastic painted surprise banner, the djs, every single person who was there either back stage, on stage, or watching the stage. *ALL OF YOU* just glow in my eyes! :)
5:41 pm
Hooray! My Phoenix Parade t-shirt came! I got the long sleeved black women's tee. I loves it. It looks great and what a souvenir to have along with my Crumpet Rebellion.


Here's where you can get them:

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, June 1st, 2007
8:35 am
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
2:20 am
COMING SOON I have a ton still to go through

Kambriel and Curse
Kambriel and Artist
Kambriel and Curse Kambriel and Artist
Flying?? Jola
Kambriel fashions
Kambriel fashions

Current Mood: drained
1:21 am
Thank you SO much to kambriel who put together what was my favorite event of the entire weekend, and letting me take part in it. I can't even begin to express what it meant to me to see so many people pull together and make some real magic. It set the tone for the entire weekend and is something I will never, ever forget.

Thank you to kebechet for whipping together a fragrance to commemorate this event. Crumpet Rebellion is absolutely divine and I have been wearing it non-stop since I got it. It makes me happy and I will keep the bottle forever to remember that day.

I hope my t-shirt will come tomorrow!

Now then....please commence with the photo posting! :-D
11:27 am
just got home and wished to say
You were all so wonderful and thank you for letting me take part in a great show...

I can't wait to see the photos as we didn't get any: the one with the camera became the curtain man.

Everything looked so great and it was so much fun.

Now I go to take a nap...

Our plane was stuck in chicago for way tooo long...

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
2:13 pm
I hardly know what to say. What a magical event!! Everyone was so sweet and encouraging with regard to my singing. Besides the fact that I still have much to learn, I never know what an audience will be receptive to. I was definitely feelin' the love, and I thank you all dearly for it! In case anyone is curious, the songs were "Cabin," by Paul Bowles (lyrics by Tennessee Williams), "Bel Piacere," by Handel, and "Lied der Mignon," by Schubert.

Special unending thanks to amatorah for her huge role in making this happen!! And to the club, DJs, providers of equipment, and of course designers, models & vendors.

I can't thank kambriel enough for having faith in me, both as a vocalist, and as a model. And as we've all said, acting like "dolls escaped from the asylum" was frighteningly easy and fun for us all!!!!

Sure was a tough act to follow, Convergence-wise. :)

P.S. and FYI: Although I was dead-set on getting a black "babydollish" T for the Phoenix Parade, the plus size one I got is HUGE! I may as well have gotten a boy t-shirt. I think the smallest size was marked "16" and most of the time I'm into the 20 or 22 range. HUGE, I say!! Time for me to get out that "altering t-shirts" book! :)

Current Mood: grateful
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
9:54 pm
The "Official" Fashion Show
In three parts due to YouTube's size restrictions:

1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUWPOSlw-pI
2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNBCGLXIKVM
3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsYobJpy3Hc

Or all three in a playlist:

I'm sorry I didn't catch the introduction to the show. Even through the annoying Tom Waits schtick there was a palpable contempt in the way the MC said "Official Convergence 13 fashion show."
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