Edie Sedgwick Style, Andy Warhol Fashion #StyleIcon – Tio Trash Tribute

7 Jan


 Welcome to 2014! New Year, New Tio Trash Fun! I cannot wait to see the wild and trashtastic styles that unfold this year but, because history, AND fashion repeat themselves, Tio Trash will now celebrate a new feature; “The Tio Trash Tribute”, profiling and honoring fashion icons of the past.

I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol and Warhol inspired pop art. I didn’t know much about Andy Warhol as a person until I viewed the 2006 biographical film, Factory Girl. For those who have not seen this film, its an absolute must see. Guy Pearce portrays the dark and twisted side of artistic genius, Andy Warhol and the goings on of his infamous “Factory” in New York City. The film centers around the story of Warhol muse / socialite, Edie Sedgwick, brilliantly played by Sienna Miller. This film was beautiful, gritty, heart wrenching, raw and uncomfortable, yet completely mesmerizing and addicting. It opened up my window of fascination for both Edie and Andy.

Andy Warhol: Evil. Brilliant. Beautiful Mind.

Andy Warhol: Evil. Brilliant. Beautiful Mind.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), was an American artist known for revolutionizing 1960’s Pop Art through his paintings, films, illustrations and print making. Even if you do not know much about Andy Warhol, you know his art. He is a cultural icon that is widely celebrated today. He loved the simplicity of the old Americana and the dark beauties of the Hollywood glamouratti. Original and peculiar, Andy is a one of a kind figure in American pop culture and art.

Andy Warhol Style

Bethany Arrington as Andy Warhol

Chicago actress and model, Bethany Arrington lent her incredible talent and beauty to Tio Trash to pay tribute to both Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. Andy was not made and icon for his personal fashion or physical appearance, but was often recognized with his tendency to wear large round sunglasses, popular in the 1960s.

Andy Warhol Style

 Many things are said of Andy Warhol’s true colors. If you were to look at only his art and noted quotes, he comes off as a strange man, but a happy man; a dreamer. However, the depiction of Andy Warhol in films like Factory Girl shows a side of him that is cold, harsh and lacking empathy. He was said to prey on naive socialites and starlets who believed in his creations and funded his Factory endeavors, leaving them broke and/or exploited and broken. Edie Sedgwick was one such fatality of the Factory.

Edie Sedgwick Fashion

Edie Sedgwick, like many of the rich and famous playthings of our time, was a beautiful tragedy who cut her time short in this world. Although her intense and bizarre relationship (friendship) with Andy Warhol consisted of some kind of love and adoration for one another, Andy ultimately abused and took advantage of  her wealth and exploited her in his films and projects (which she was allegedly never paid for). With a dark past of her own, Edie was a bright and beautiful girl from old money and all of the potential in the world. Not only was she physical perfection and found a lot of work as a model, she was a charismatic, charming educated woman with a talent for art all on her own.

Edie Sedgwick Style

Edie was a deeply saddened and misguided youth with the world at her finger tips and finding her way to the rabbit hole that was the Factory lead her to her self destruction. After vicious battles with anorexia, speed, heroine and other drugs, Edie died of a heroine overdose before the age of 30 after leaving her Factory Life. Andy Warhol was often noted referring to Edie as his “muse”, and perhaps his most beloved figures in the Factory world he created, but this did not stop him from draining her of all she had and turning his back on her when she lost her grip.

Edie Sedgwick Andy Warhol Love

Actress Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick.

Edie Sedgwick was seen as many things by different people; a beauty, a star, a tragedy, a socialite, a party girl, and artist etc. But one thing everyone can agree on, is that Edie had an original and unforgettable style that became a lesser known influence behind much of main stream fashion, even to this day. Her dramatic cat eyes, blonde bob, big earrings and fur coats are just a few of the iconic fashion pieces we can associate with the signature Sedgwick style. Her style is wonderfully illustrated to us in Factory Girl, and Edie’s wardrobe was one of the elements of this film that grabbed my attention and sucked me into the world of Edie Sedgwick.

Edie Sedgwick Fashion

Edie was often seen in flamboyant furs.

Edie Sedgwick was photographed and spotted thousands of times in various over the top fur coats and animal prints. These photos of both Sienna Miller as Edie and the real Edie Sedgwick herself show how she had a sleek simple style topped off with outrageous coats, hats and jewelry. A look like this is not limited to a vintage 1960s look, it is timeless and very easy to achieve.

Edie Sedgwick Style

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick.

Model Bethany Arrington shifted from the bleak and somber Andy Warhol into the spirited and playful Edie Sedgwick. Adding a fun faux fur coat, like this one I found at Aurora Village Discount ($12!), to a simple outfit, large earrings and an Edie inspired hat can quickly and inexpensively give you a subtle Edie Sedgwick look of your own.

Edie Sedgwick Style

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick.

Although the large round glasses were and Andy Warhol favorite, Edie too loved “large than life” sunglasses.

Edie Sedgwick

Edie’s style is one of the best examples of adding a funky and unique twist to fashion staples and classics, and she did it in perfect balance.

Edie Sedgwick

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick

“It’s not that I’m rebelling. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way.” – Edie Sedgwick

A famous photo series of Edie Sedgwick wearing a striped black and white sweater became an image often associated with her look.

Edie Sedgwick

Edie often wore tights in the place of pants, saying she was too lazy to change out of them after her ballet classes, however, I would recommend this look for the “everyday girl” with leggings instead of tights.

Edie Sedgwick

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick

Black and white striped sweaters, jumpers and t-shirts are an easy find. The sweater pictured here is from H&M, but this style can be found almost anywhere.

Edie Sedgwick Make Up

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick

“I act this way because that’s the way I feel like acting. If people like it, fine. If they don’t, that’s their problem.” – Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick Make Up

Bethany Arrington showcasing signature Edie Sedgwick make up.

 Edie, on her signature make up look:
I made a mask out of my face because I didn’t realize I was quite beautiful. God blessed me so. I practically destroyed it. I had to wear heavy black eyelashes like bat wings, and dark lines under my eyes, and cut all my hair off, my long dark hair. Cut it off and strip it silver and blonde. All those little manoeuvres I did out of things that were happening in my life that upset me.”
Edie Sedgwick Earrings

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick

Edie’s signature make up style was all about the big Bambie eyes, caterpillar brows and thick liner and lashes. She also had a faux beauty mark above her upper lip, essential to her look. The eyes are the highlighted feature in this look so Edie always donned a light pink or nude lip.

For a great how-to and product recommendations for creating the Edie Sedgwick look, this make up tutorial by YouTube MUA, PixieWoo:

A piece of Edie style that is equally important as her signature make up is the giant “shoulder duster” earrings she loved to wear.

Edie Sedgwick Earrings

Edie and her earrings.

Despite the simplicity of her “base outfit”, her earrings were always outrageous and ‘over the top’, much like Edie herself. Earrings of this size were particularly bold and daring for the changing times. In today’s world, we fear not a giant bold earring. While large earrings are easy to access in creating our own Edie looks,  you can replicate some of her most photographed pieces, by visiting the fabulous Steve Sasco Designs or Etsy Shop: This Ilk (Tamara Bavdek) for dead on Edie earrings!

Edie Sedgwick earrings

Bethany Arrington as Edie Sedgwick. (Blouse from Francesca’s Chicago)

“I’ll have to put more earrings on. I bet that someone could analyze me and tell my condition by my earrings.” – Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick earrings

Oh Edie, those earrings!

Edie’s life ended with devastation and heartbreak. She is yet another “Hollywood” fallen angel who has served as a beautiful cautionary tale to those left behind. Despite her struggles and sadness, she was a beloved presence in an era of expression and revolution and her beauty and style are immortalized in her photos and films. I wish her story could have had a different ending, but she has left behind a legacy of energy and style in the art and fashion world today.

Edie Sedgwick Style

“You care enough, that you want your life to be fulfilled in a living way, not in a painting way, not in a writing way…you really do want it to be involving in living, corresponding with other living objects, moving, changing, that kind of thing.”

Although Andy Warhol had no influence on fashion from his own wardrobe, the Pop Art revolution is alive and well in fashion and beauty today!

Pop Art Fashion

Pop Art Fashion Finds!

From make up to sweaters, hats and shoes, the Andy Warhol Pop Art phenomenon is still a huge look in today’s fashion finds. This is a super fun way to create a current look with a 60s mod twist.

Pop Art Fashion

Top Available from UrbanOG.com

My personal favorite online shop, UrbanOG.com, came out with this ‘not to Mod’ crop top in “Pop Art” stylings.

The fun doesn’t have to stop with the clothing, with a splash of fun lip colors you can add that touch of Pop Art with just your lipstick! I am in love with lipsticks by Lime Crime Cosmetics.

Bethany models another top fashioned after Warhol’s Pop Art look. One of my besties, Chris, gave me a few shirts similar to this for Christmas as she knows my long time obsession with Andy Warhol and Pop Art, so I can’t even tell you where this tank is from. The point is, Pop Art is EVERYWHERE!

Andy and Edie, though no longer with us in the flesh, have never really left. The impact both have had on fashion/art/style is very evident in the ease with which one can create these looks today. To channel Edie, remember staples like the fur coats, big earrings, leggings and signature make up look. And to pay homage to Andy Warhol and Pop Art, you can find these looks almost anywhere!

Regardless of what sort of individuals Andy and Edie were, what choices they made, the questions they left behind, my admiration for them comes from the fact they were brave and quirky individuals who did not fear or decline others’ negativity and judgement for what they chose to do differently than others. Leaders in self expression and untamed creative spirits, this duo made a lot of magic together when times were good. Those who are different are those are imitated and remembered, and the world will certainly never forget Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol.

Stay Trashy, Stay Unique,



Thank You



Bethany Arrington: An enormous thank you and applause to this amazing Chicago actress/model! Bethany was nothing but a bubble of positive energy and light and she still managed to capture these tragic and serious figures with perfection! If these photos can do her acting talents any justice, you will know she is a star in the making! Thank you, Bethany, for your great attitude, open mind, creative assistance and for magically morphing into both Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick!

Visit Bethany Arrington’s Online to follow her budding career! You Chicagoans are highly recommended to check out her local on stage debuts!


Fashion Credits:


Lime Crime Cosmetics


#Christmas #DollFace #ChristmasDress

26 Dec

Holiday Style

Can it be that Christmas 2013 has come and gone so quickly? Indeed, it has! I hope all of my fellow Trashionistas are able to unwind from good eating, happy times, and fabulous gifts, I know I can!

While your Christmas hangovers begin and real life creeps back in, I want to share with you one final Holiday story. This is a story of an adorable little Christmas doll, otherwise known as Chicago model, Satanás Castro, who got dolled up for Tio Trash in a fabulous holiday photo shoot!

The windows of the Social Media fashion world are recently a buzz with a new phenomenon; Korean made baby doll dresses, frilly coats, and girl fashion delights. The images we have seen have gone viral and can be found from a multitude of vendors at often  affordable prices.

Look familiar?

Sample from TideBuy.com

Sample from TideBuy.com

If you have an Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Tumblr, than I am guessing you have seen ads for dresses like these.

Feminine, frilly and delicate, I too found myself deep in the Korean abyss of one such distributor, TideBuy.com. This is a great site and the prices go up and down almost daily, so keep watch for hot deals! A slew of adorable dresses arrived into my open arms in a very timely fashion. All you need to know about this clothing is that you should order a size or 2 larger than you normally would, and don’t except “high” quality dresses. Come on, these are budget friendly novelty goods, they work great for what you need them for, but don’t expect designer quality.

All of the dresses I received made me think of Lana Del Rey, Lolita style, “baby dolls”, or all of the above. My Trash wheels got to turning and my love for the Chucky franchise merged with a magical Christmas feeling and thus I created, the Holiday Baby Doll look book!

Chicago model Satanás Castro was literally “dolled” up by Tio Trash make up artist, Mondana Vaziri and we turned the beautiful Palmer House Hilton hotel into our own medley of “Babes in Toyland” meets “The Shining”, and the results were beautiful!

Korean Dresses

A “twin-less” tribute to The Shining, Satanas dons the elegant hallways of the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in an ivory white dress from TideBuy.com. This is a soft satin blend baby doll dress with lace details and a small belt.

Korean Dress

This dress looked adorable with almost any color tights I paired it with. My favorite look however, was the harsh contrast of the black lace tights and a simple black ankle boot. The handbag is a 1950s vintage piece from Etsy Shop, “Not Over It Vintage”. In addition to the pearly purse, I used a choker style, vintage pearl necklace (circa 1960s) from Etsy Shop, “Lorenzo Mele“. There is some light gold threading in the lace detail of the dress so I used a pair of art deco style gold earrings to complete the accessories.

All Dolled Up.

All Dolled Up.

This dress can be dressed up as shown, but also looks fantastic with bare legs and flats for the Spring/Summer months, definitely something I could see Miss Del Rey wearing. Because of the timeless simplicity of the dress, you can get away with using any era or style of jewelry, as shown here.

Doll Make Up

The ivory dress and that porcelain skin are just the match for making this baby doll dress perfect for this real life doll look!

Candy Land

Christmas may have Halloween beat when it comes to sweet treats and candy filled dreams. From Gingerbread houses to candy canes, Sugar Plum fairies to chocolate Santa’s; Christmas time is a time to serve that sweet tooth!

Korean Dresses

This candy pink dress brings out all of the feelings you had as a young girl on Christmas morning. Nothing could make it sweeter than a little bit of candy. In this case, my beloved Betsey Johnson Gummy Bear set (ring + necklace).

Betsey Johnson Gummy Bears

Available in many different styles and pieces!



Forget “Elf on a Shelf”, this baby doll look is MUCH more fun! This dress also looks great with all different colored tights and accessories. Fun flirty printed tights are a good match for a dress like this, but the gray tights and the simple nude kitten heels added an element of warmth to this light and frilly feeling.

Korean Dresses

Blending with the beauty of the beautiful and famous foyer of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel (Chicago).

The thick pearl detail on the collar of this dress give the dress the ability to use very little jewelry, I however continued to add the Gummy Bear necklace, fun large gold earrings, and several sweet rings to really dec it out.

Korean Dress


Christmas Doll

Korean Dress

What could be griller than polka dots and pearls? This black velvet polka dot dress is sweet and sassy, everything that girls are made of! The rich velvet and ivory lace collar of the dress make it a perfect holiday fashion choice. It’s warm, playful and can be accessorized in infinite ways!

Korean Dress

Once again, this dress worked well with many different styles and colored tights. I thought the black thigh high stockings with the bow added just a little bit of “naughty” to this nice and innocent ensemble. I kept the shoes simple and decided to have my fun with the jewelry!

Why so sad, Satana? Im sure you made it on Santa's "Nice" list ... lol.

Why so sad, Satana? Im sure you made it on Santa’s “Nice” list … lol.

Girls wish for all kinds of presents every Christmas. Little girls dream of ponies and dolls, and big girls dream of diamonds, pearls and Chanel. Playing up on this idea, I wanted to use gaudy pink plastic jewelry to contrast the “prim and proper” classic look of the polkadots and pearls. The plastic mock Chanel earrings are from a neighborhood favorite shop, Ragstock (Chicago) and the pink pegasus ring is available from Etsy Shop, “Miss Friday Mourning“.

Awww, a little lost doll!

Awww, a little lost doll!

Wandering the corridors of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, this little doll is just looking for a home this Christmas …

Nautical Gifts

Korean DressThis little black dress immediately reminded me of a little sailor outfit! Gold nautical accessories are fun year round and a perfect complement to this dress! To keep the Christmas holiday present in the nautical theme, I added a pair of red plaid Christmas colored tights, thick wool leg warmers, and a knit beanie to top it off.

Korean DressesSomeone must have been an angel this year with that pile of presents!

Korean DressesBecause of the sheer and light material of this dress, layering the leg wear is necessary to pull it off in a Chicago winter. Knit scarves, hats, and leg warmers add texture to this dress for a warmer feel.

The final touch of Christmas magic!

The final touch of Christmas magic!

As you can see, there are so many ways to take these popular dresses, and make them your own! Due to the popularity of these Korean treasures,  millions of girls will  have the same dresses, but there is no reason you can’t be one of a kind in the way you wear it! I chose to style these dresses with a winter holiday sparkle, but I would love to see lot’s of other ideas as well!

If you can’t resist the urge to get on board the “Korean baby doll dress” train, I personally had a great experience with TideBuy.com. Remember to watch for flash sales, go for a larger size, and be realistic about the quality expectations. These are super trendy and hot items, so there is no need to spend a fortune or expect eternal strength quality on this fad.

Although Christmas is over, if you are looking for a fun way to spend a little Christmas money, I suggest splurging on a Korean baby doll dress of your own, and styling it in your own unique way!

I hope all had a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season!

Stay trashy, my dolls!


Thank You


A big thank you to the stunning and delightful, Satanás Castro! This Chicago model transformed from an edgy alternative beauty into a picture perfect little doll! She is taking the Chicago modeling scene by storm so be sure to check out all of her amazing projects and photos by becoming a fan of her Facebook Page! Expect to see more of this fantastic lady at Tio Trash! For more information, check out her “Meet the Models” profile.

Hair and Make Up:

Tio Trash Make Up Artist, Mondana Vaziri has done it again! She created the perfect doll face make over, cute and creepy, the Tio Trash way. After only one round of practice (on MY face), she nailed this look and brought the doll look to life! Special thanks to her creative assistance and directing as well in making these wonderful images on set!


The Palmer House Hilton Chicago has been my favorite hotel since I was a little girl. My parents were once married here and it has been a favorite family stay for as long as I can remember. This hotel always feels magical, but no place in Chicago does Christmas like the Palmer House. It graciously served as the perfect “Doll House” as well! Much love!


The featured dresses are from the Korean distributors, TideBuy.com. Adorable dresses and great customer service. This is a love affair. Thank you!

#BlackFriday #Thanksgiving #Turkey #Twerky

29 Nov

Black Friday Chicago

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Black Friday has pushed through the under bellies of Hell like a giant grey cocaine snake shit. Thanksgiving isn’t a normally a holiday associated with fashion, but rather obtaining the stretchiest pants possible. Christmas gets to have all the fun with fabulous ugly sweaters and seasonal accessories, so why not spend as much time dressing yourself as you do the turkey next Thanksgiving!

When I think of colors that best represent Thanksgiving, I think of warm fall colors and jewel tones as rich as a flavorful Thanksgiving feast. I put together a variety of looks that would be both fun and cozy for Thanksgiving! Hey, just because Thanksgiving is a whole year away doesn’t mean you can’t score some Black Friday steals for next year’s festivities!


If you are looking for kitschy fun foody jewelry, look nowhere else but the wonderful world of Etsy. This ring is one of my faves!

Corduroys and cozy socks, seasonal and stretchy!


For the fancier feaster:


And for those of you who are like me, you will need to make Thanksgiving a costume party, even if you are the only one in attendance.


Load your plates and load your shopping bags so you can add some flavor to your Thanksgiving celebration!

Be thankful, be trashy!


#TGIF #FemmeFataleFriday #StyleIcons

22 Nov

Dixie Savage

You have seen this girl on Tio Trash, but now it’s time to get to know the Queen of the Undead Trailer Park in the first ever, Tio Trash: Femme Fatal Friday, where I will show you, my favorite bad ass chicks!

"Glampire" Shoot - October 2013

“Glampire” Shoot – October 2013

Miss Savage is a stylish beauty with a dark side and a light heart. At only 18 years old, she is somebody to keep on your radar, because she is doing some pretty huge things! From modeling and fashion to music and making videos for her growing YouTube channel, this chick does it all. For all of you fans of horror, rock, goth, burlesque and all things trashlicious, Dixie Savage is your star. Witty, funny, and smart, Dixie has opened up to Tio Trash proving there is a whole lot more to this girl than being ridiculously good looking.

Lucky for you, Dixie Savage was kind enough to answer a slew of questions I had for her and you won’t want to skip a word of this interview!

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Photography By  Cody Healy

Photography By Cody Healy

Tio Trash:Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
Dixie Savage:
I was born in a little town outside of Wichita called Andover. But when I was really little we lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the summers and off seasons, then visited less frequently as I got older.
Tio Trash: What brought you to Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
My mom and I HATED Kansas and needed a new start, so we considered different cities, like Nashville and Vegas, but on a whim we basically picked a place with a good high school in Chicago, and in a month we moved!
Tio Trash: What sort of projects are you currently involved with?
Dixie Savage:
Currently just different projects for youtube, Modeling has been put on a back burner, and a real career has come forth.
An amazing shot by photographer, Franka Del Santo.

An amazing shot by photographer, Franka Del Santo.

Tio Trash: What are your future plans?
Dixie Savage:
Really my goals in life are being the queen of the undead trailer park! I want punk bands to write songs about me, like how the Misfits did. I WANT 13 YEAR OLDS TO HAVE MY POSTERS ON THEIR WALLS! Basically I just want to inspire little me’s like how Elvira and other idols of mine inspired me.
Kick ass poster?

Kick ass poster?

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Tio Trash: What do you like about Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
I love the teeny tiny bits of everything! Every Ethnicity has at least its own block, sometimes their own district. I think its amazing! Where i’m from we have the sticks, the trailer parks, the ghetto, and the golfcourses.
Tio Trash: What do you dislike about Chicago
Dixie Savage:
The lack of drive in (some) people, and the total lack of manners and basic human decencies. Drives me crazy!
Tio Trash: What is your favorite place to eat in Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
Ugh i love food that’s hard…Dang…I love the Rosebud on Superior street. I have a thing for the Mob so at certain hours that place is a real gem.
Tio Trash: Best discovery you’ve made in Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The world is a tiny, TINY place. You walk five feet and meet someone who grew up in your town, and walk five more feet then youre in a whole new neighborhood. Its crazy!
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Dixie Savage
Tio Trash: How would you describe your style?
Dixie Savage:
My style… Hooker Vampira…But at less desirable times its as lazy as street punk with great hair.
Tio Trash: Where are your favorite places to shop (designers, stores, online, etc.)
Dixie Savage:
I love to shop, but shopping doesn’t love me lol. I really like Pin-up Girl Clothing, Etsy has great things like MarthaRotten and BillyBlue22. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but what i have from them i wear all the time. Then just places like H&M/Forever 21 for the bulk of my wadrobe. Cant forget Target either!
Tio Trash: Who are your style icons?
Dixie Savage:
Elvira/Vampira obviously, Dita Von Teese of course, my car is after all named after her, Joan Jett…mostly amazing women with black hair lol. The Lunachicks too!
Tio Trash: What is your dream item of clothing that you would love to own?
Dixie Savage:
Everything Prada and Dior…and Alexander McQueen, and Galliano, and well…All of the fantastically inspired designers who bring a sense of whimsy into their worlds everyday, but with a bitch slap of class.
Tio Trash: What was your most epic costume? (Halloween or otherwise?)
Dixie Savage:
Well…I cosplayed a LOT until the last year of highschool, and one time, my favorite cosplay actually, i was Lamia from the manga Raiders. I made a 5 foot sword complete with 6 lbs of heavy duty chain. It was impressive!
Tio Trash: If you had to give girls one piece of style advice, what would it be?
Dixie Savage:
Trends will always go out of style, and if you’re gonna be tacky, be it because you wanted to be, not because someone was wearing army pants and flip flops.
Tio Trash: How do you keep your skin so flawless!?
Dixie Savage:
My skin….Well for one thing its ombre because in middle school I thought white, WHITE skin was the most beautiful with black hair, and didnt quite get the rest of my body as pale lol. So its very far from perfect when from your shoulders down youre tan. But as far as acne, ACUTAAAAAAANE! I had it my freshman year and from there its been great! I wear sunscreen and wear lotion, exfoliate when I can, and moisturize. I’m not very good at high maintenance, so nothing too fancy.
Tio Trash: What is your normal “beauty” routine?
Dixie Savage:
 I really have none lol. I wake up, have my sweet tea, brush my teeth and apply my makeup. At night i just use an exfoliating makeup wipe, brush my teeth again, then sleep! lol and in the shower the only special thing i do besides the usual is use a sea scrub with those puff things and then lotion, keeps the skin glorious!
Tio Trash: What are your staple/favorite make up products?
Dixie Savage:
Eyeliner and red lipstick! All a girl ever needs.
Beauty Weapons
Tio Trash: Do you have a signature scent? (perfume)
Dixie Savage:
I have a few! I LOVE Estee’s “Bronze Goddess” for everyday, it smells like you just got inside from a beach, but for darker scents Kat Von D’s “Sinner” is a long time favorite.
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Tio Trash:  What are some of the funnest / most memorable projects and photo shoots you’ve been involved with?
Dixie Savage:
 Definitely the church/theatre shoot i did with you guys! It was killer! (Tio Trash and photographer Antony Caldaroni)
City United Methodist Church

Photography By: AJC Imaging

Tio Trash: What is the “creepiest” place you’ve ever been to?
Dixie Savage:
Theres a lot of creepy places i’ve been, but the creepiest…hmm…When i had to walk to the impound in the underground highway of Chicago for an hour! I wouldnt wish it upon my enemy! lol
Tio Trash:  What sort of “random” places/events do you like to visit?
Dixie Savage:
I love conventions, horror conventions, anime, steampunk, you name it, i’m there! And around halloween if i see a store i HAVE to go in, like its not an option.
Tio Trash: What do you most like to do for fun?
Dixie Savage:
For fun…I drive! I love driving, I have my friends over for movie night, i netflix for hours, but concerts are the most fun for me, i love them!
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 Tio Trash: What is your dream job?
Dixie Savage:
 My dream job would be a horror host…the cheesy puns and bad jokes is what i was made for.
 Tio Trash:  When did you become interested in making videos? Why do you make them?
Dixie Savage:
Well, ive always been interested in youtube, in fact theres a god awful video floating around from the 6th grade which is simply atrocious, but finding a way in and the know how is what took me so long! I make them, in a way, to become a different type of public figure. Im not into beauty, but I care about appearance, I love music and I love the people that make it. And I live for horror. I kind of just want to create a channel where people of all types can join up with a love for the guts and glory of the undead lifestyle.
 Tio Trash: What was your favorite video to make? (so far)
Dixie Savage:
I love doing convention videos! Making people who dont get to go, get the experience of what it would be like! When I miss a convention I always search for videos to see exactly what I missed lol.
 Tio Trash: What people would you LOVE to interview?
Dixie Savage:
I would KILL to interview Tom Waits. My love for him is undying, he has 2 parts to his Doom and Glitter Live album, and when I drive on a calm day I just love to listen to the storyteller CD  “Tom Tales.” He’s truly just such a great inspiration for me, and so many others. However I think I would fall over overwhelmed as soon as he said “well…”
TIO TRASH: Ummm, yea, she got to interview Voltaire, and it is BRILLIANT!
 Tio Trash: Do you have any additional “artistic” talents and interests?
Dixie Savage:
I used to be a fantastic belly dancer! But when I moved I never found a studio I loved as much as my first. Now In my spare time I paint! Nothing fancy, just doodles with a paint brush really lol. And I can sometimes cary some sort of tune.
 Tio Trash: Who inspires you? Why?
Dixie Savage:
The people that inspire me are endless. Tom Waits for his pure gritty talents and unwavering creativity, Dita for sticking to her black hair and creating an image so strong she’s a household name. Elvira for being so sexy and funny at the same time (not to mention she also got out of Kansas), Dolly Parton for being herself! How many other people can play guitar like that with nails that long?! I just love the people who take what they are, and go so far with it from being genuine. Having such great character and charisma, strength…Its amazing.
Damn! Good point with the nails ...

Damn! Good point with the nails …

 Tio Trash: Do you have a specific “audience” you hope to reach?
Dixie Savage:
I want to reach everyone. Kids, women, men, generations before and after me. I want my stories, the stories of those who inspired me, and the stories of those who I inspired to flourish. I believe in passion, and those who follow their own until success and so much farther.
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 Tio Trash:  What are your top 10 fave musical artists/bands?
Dixie Savage:
Tom Waits, Nick Cave/Bad Seeds, Koffin Kats, Ella Fitzgerald, Lunachicks, The Misfits, The Cure, François Hardy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Cramps …
 Tio Trash: What song best describes you?
Dixie Savage:
 I like to think of myself as “Shes My Witch” by Kip Tyler, but as far as my personality over all…probably “Simple Man” by Skynyrd lol, I believe in living life as it comes, and doing your best to be a fantastic person. When that song comes in I snap into bluesy redneck mode and sing it with like the passion of 1000 cowboys!
Photography By (c) Yaz Majeed

Photography By (c) Yaz Majeed

 Tio Trash: What is the best concert you have attended and why?
Dixie Savage:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds! I saw them April of 2013 and I’m Pretty sure I cried at some point. they had such power and energy! I have never seen anything like it. Everyone and their cat MUST go see them. But my dream concert would be Tom Waits, but I would probably just be crying at the foot of his stage the whole time lol.
Well Tom, she's WAITING for you ... (bahaha).

Well Tom, she’s WAITING for you … (bahaha).

 Tio Trash: In your opinion, what is the best stripper song ever?
Dixie Savage:
All right, this is a serious question. There are two OBVIOUS answers to this question, but this depends on moods. To make the audience cry about ex girlfriends one must dance to “Aint No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, but if one is looking for the dollars…”Cherry Pie” by Warrant is the only option. Lots of hair flipping opportunities ( I mean come on, look at the video.)
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Favorite Movie?

Dixie Savage: My favorite movie right now is the amazing “American Mary”, its 10 shades of awesome. Favorite movie of all time…probably “House of 1000 Corpses”/”Devils Rejects”.

Favorite TV Show?


Dream car?

Dixie Savage: I WILL have a 57 Chevrolet one day, In all black, with chrome. It gets no better. (of course With Cheetah interior)


Dixie Savage: I really like all art l (but) I really love Queenies paintings from Pocket Full of Posiez! Mark Ryden as well.

Guilty Pleasures?

Dixie Savage: I really like “Yes” from LMFAO…its like a power jam

Random facts?

Dixie Savage:

* I have seen Rob Zombie 4 times live.

* If youre in the car with me theres a 99% chance it will always be on the classic rock channels.

* I cant stand the sound of holograms or aluminum.

* I never got to take any art classes, I graduated a year early from high school and dropped out of culinary school.

* My first love was in the sticks of Oklahoma when I was 12.

* I have a cat named Boo.

*I’ve had the same Misfits shirt that I wear all the time that i cant get the smell of beer, sweat, and hairspray out of due to the amount of concerts its suffered through.

* Im Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw.

* I’m 5’10

* My accent peaks out at awful times (don’t ask me to say dirt or dang).

* Oh yeah, my favorite food is a milkshake… probably the most important fact about me. LOL

A milkshake, WILL in fact, bring Miss Savage to the yard.

A milkshake, WILL in fact, bring Miss Savage to the yard.

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Well Trashionistas, I hope you are loving Miss Savage as much as we do at Tio Trash! Make sure you subscribe to her YouTube Channel AND Like her Facebook Page (Dixie Savage) to keep up with her many adventures!
Dixie Savage
Have a fabulous, fierce FRIDAY and a very trashy weekend!

#DiaDeLosMuertos #Skulls #Halloween #DayoftheDead

1 Nov

Day of the Dead Make Up

October has been a horror filled, trashy, vampy, deathly bonanza at Tio Trash! It has been so much fun to celebrate my favorite month and Holiday of the year! If it were up to me, I would celebrate and dress for Halloween all year round! Since that isn’t an option for all of us, the one creepy dark trend we can always rely on at any time of the year is the SKULL! My favorite fashion print/accessory, the skull, happens to be a main stream favorite one can find and wear everywhere, we all know this! Originally a morbid and creepy symbol of rebellion, death and mayhem, the skull is now a fun, trendy piece of glamour in the fashion world. So to end our Halloween celebration, I want to tribute a staple and present some of my favorite “skull looks”!

Costume? I'd wear this Fancy Dress Ball skull costume as an evening gown!

Costume? I’d wear this Fancy Dress Ball skull costume as an evening gown!

To spice up these looks, I wanted to add the traditional Dia De Los Muertos make up. For those of you who do not know about this Mexican holiday, you likely recognize the sugar skull. Dia De Los Muertos, or in English, The Day of the Dead, is a Mexican Holiday celebrated on November 2. This is literally a celebration of the dead, the friends and family who have gone before us.

It’s a time to remember and celebrate their lives. To show honor to the dead, the people give ofrendas (offerings) by presenting items such as flowers, Sugar Skulls, foods + drinks, candles, photos, etc. to an alter, and in many cases this is done at the grave of those whose lives are being celebrated.

Day of the Dead Make Up

Day of the Dead, Sugar Skull, Make Up.

The Sugar Skull, is the iconic, ornate and colorful skull associated with Dia De Los Muertos. Sugar Skulls were originally made of actual sugar, and still are, but have become a nationally loved image splattered all over our modern day fashions, accessories and amenities. A current hot look in the MUA community, is a beautiful Sugar Skull face. There are thousands of ways to create this look using different colors and styles.

At this particular Tio Trash shoot, I was left with no make up artist and I had to brave the challenge myself! After about 15 YouTube tutorials, some tips from an MUA friend, and a round of practice, I accepted the challenge. Lucky for me, model Angela, is a gorgeous girl who can rock any look, so despite my very amateur make up attempts. I felt pretty good about the final result, I think I captured the Dia De Los Muertos elements, but by no means should you compare my work to the pros!

Day of the Dead Make Up

I wanted to create a variety of styles to show the versatility in “skull wear”, its for everybody.  The first look I assembled, will satisfy the “hippie/boho” style in all of us; feathers, leathers, Native American patterns, turquoise, etc. Starting with a Native print skull tank from Urban Outfitters, I combined layers of turquoise, stones and earthy jewelry, cranberry velvet leggings and a calico skull backpack (from Target) to complete this look.

Day of the Dead Make Up

Skull backpack from Target.

 This Target backpack is a classic example of Sugar Skulls being printed on everyday items. 

Day of the Dead Make Up

Awww, she’s too cute to look dead!

Add earthy brown combats to the look, and bam, Native American / hippie chick rocks the SKULL!

I wanted to include a look  stuffed with super trendy staples. Midi skirts, ankle boot wedges, and crop tops are a hyper trendy combo, especially when skulls are added to the mix.

Day of the Dead Make Up

Angela models trend perfection with these red hot elements. The Jeffrey knock offs (Agaci) are studded with mini metal skulls and studs. H&M is responsible for this adorable midi skirt featuring the Sugar Skull print, yet again. I topped this look off with a studded crop top and some freaky fabulous jewelry from Atomic Lace.

Day of the Dead Make Up

“Bleeding Heart Necklace”, Atomic Lace – “Glitter Cross Earrings”, Atomic Lace 

Part of perfecting the Dia De Los Muertos make up is the hair and accessories. Most of the Sugar Skull make up looks include a crown of roses. Because I went for a dark and creepy portrayal of this look, a crown of black roses and a few plastic spiders really brought it together.

Day of the Dead Make Up

The perfect balance of beauty and death is essential to perfecting this look.

For those of us with corporate jobs full of fashion snobs, bring your skulls to the office can be a challenge! To wear your skulls to work while staying within the dress code, choose a simple “skull piece” i.e. a tank top/blouse and pair it with very plain and classic staple pieces like black pants and a solid cardigan or blazer.

How to bring your skulls to work!

How to bring your skulls to work!

 The skull image has become so main stream, there is no reason to keep it out of the workplace by putting together a professional look with some edge.

Day of the Dead Make Up

Corporate Skulls.

This particular outfit is likely a little bit too “sexy” for an office job, however you can sneak a skull tank like this one under a work skirt and blazer and make it happen! Replace the thigh high stockings with tights, and this would be a good look as well.

Day of the Dead Make Up

I personally love to jazz up my boring work wear with costume jewelry and glorious tranny accessories. A bling covered skull bracelet or ring is a great way to add a skull to a simple work outfit if you are feeling less brave.

Day of the Dead Make Up

A subtle skull print is so much more fun under a blazer than a solid colored blouse! Don’t forget about other accessories like scarves and headbands. A solid sweater or suit with a neon skull scarf or skull headband is another fun way to bear your skulls at work.

And lastly, for my favorite activity of all, the Thrift Store Challenge!

Day of the Dead Make Up

For a fun Dia De Los Muertos “costume”, I searched the  thrift stores of Aurora, IL, knowing I would be gifted with the perfect outfit. This vintage blouse displays a traditional Mexican look reflecting the cultural elements and colors of this celebration. To make it sexy and youthful I paired it with a red mini skirt and knee high leather boots. A leather vintage belt and a red rose for her hair were the perfect accessories. While this may not be a “day look” for your everyday life, it was a cute and very inexpensive way to create a Day of the Dead costume for Halloween or a Day of the Dead celebration or fair.

Day of the Dead Make Up

Besides the beautiful art, colors, and rich culture of Dia De Los Muertos traditions, I think this is a wonderful holiday to remember the loved ones in our lives that have passed. Even thought this holiday has a reputation for being scary or creepy, it is actually quite the opposite. Celebrating a life that was once lived on Earth and now may continue in another place or form is a beautiful idea to acknowledge. It brings us closer to our family and friends to reflect on the good things that our loved ones brought to the human life we knew them in. If anything, it is much more of a celebration of life than it is of death and reminds us that life is short, but through memory and spirit, a part of us can live forever in what we leave behind.

I encourage everybody to look into local Day of the Dead celebrations in your home towns and cities and immerse yourselves in the beautiful experience that it is.

Thank You

Model: Angela H.

A million thank you’s to the beautiful model, Angela H. Not only did she trust me with painting her face, but she killed every look! (No pun intended). My biggest challenge was trying to make somebody so adorable and lively look creepy and dead! Thank you for your wonderful work and your trust in me! To learn more about Angela, check her out on the “Meet the Models” page!

Contributors: Atomic Lace 

So much love for Laura of Atomic Lace for giving me the greatest creepy couture I have seen anywhere! The bleeding hearts, skulls, crosses and owls from her glitter lines are PERFECTION and I could not have perfected these looks without her magic touch! Make sure to check her out!


This has been a super busy and super wonderful month for Tio Trash. I will not be able to do as many photo shoots for awhile so I wanted to end photo shoot season with a BANG! I want to thank all of my beautiful models, my kick ass MUAs, guest photographers and contributors for all of the beautiful art and memories we have made together this far!

Thank you to my readers and fans, I live to please you all and would love to hear from you about what you would like to see more of on Tio Trash.

Stay tuned to Tio Trash for weekly fashion articles, updates and reviews, and get ready for a bigger and better than ever photo shoot season after the Winter months have melted away.

Stay Beautiful, Stay Trashy!



#Halloween #Haunted #GhostStory #GaryIndiana

30 Oct

Haunted Remains


In a famous city not far from Chicago, America can see a crumbling tragedy of something that was once beautiful but is now a living nightmare of wreckage and crime. Gary, Indiana; once a successful steel town and a picture of the suburban dream, home of Michael Jackson, beautiful beaches and breath taking architecture. These days, this city is mostly know for it’s crime and destruction and is a place that most people try to avoid.

One of the philosophies behind Tio Trash and the things that inspire me as a stylist / visual story teller are finding the beauty within the down trodden parts of life. There is color, character and beauty within the hopeless, damaged and ugly things in this world if you look at it from a different set of eyes. This philosophy that really churns my artistic inspiration made some of the old locations of Gary, Indiana a perfect place to tell a story of finding the exquisite beauty inside raw devastation and ugliness.

Good friend and photographer, Tony Caldaroni has a photo collection I have always been blown away by, “Urban America – Gary Crumbles”. This stunning and emotional collection captures incredible images from the remains of some of Gary’s iconic buildings and community staples that are literally now in crumbles. The photos are both beautiful and moving, really capturing the devastation of something that was once so strong and happy. Tony approached me with the idea of putting together a Tio Trash “Halloween Fashion” shoot at some of these locations, the idea was too good to be true. With just a few days of planning, Tony and I assembled our impromptu “Tio Trash Power Team”, and created some  of the most amazing images you will see on Tio Trash.

We knew this would be a risky and even dangerous adventure, but with Tony’s experience, good planning and the much needed protection and assistance from professional body guard and friend, Jon “Big Jon” Fier, this shoot became a successful possibility, one I will never forget.

To maintain a haunting Halloween theme, I wanted to create a story that reflected not only elements of horror, but elements of lost love, tragedy, insanity, and abuse; elements as powerful as the setting we would be shooting in. I knew that Tio Trash models, Lily Savage and Yuri De Luna would be perfect for this shoot. These ladies have a powerful connection to the camera, but also to the energy in their surroundings and I knew that they would be touched on a deep level by the crumbling walls around them and the echoing voices of the past now silenced and stale in the cold murky air. This was an adventure for all of us, and together we brought and discovered life to a place that others deem as dead.

I put on my Danielle Steele hat in attempts to churn out a lusty drug store romance novel style story.

This is our story; a chilling and romantic tale, just in time for Halloween.

Eternal Bondage


An icy cold bride with an ethereal glow waits to hand over her body and soul to her waiting lover, a strong figure in black. She weeps inside as the world around her crumbles, wondering what her life could have been. She needs her lover. She wants to serve her lover. She also wants to run away and never look back, but it is too late, she no longer belongs to herself. Her fate awaits just down the aisle, with stiff hands and eyes like black holes.

The City United Methodist Churchbuilt in 1925, is the remains of a Gothic architectural masterpiece, a former pride of Gary, Indiana. This once elaborate and ornate church took high dollars to stay in its’ immaculate condition, so with the decline of Gary’s population, came the decline of the church. These remains are of a more obvious beauty; the archways, the stones, the stain glass  windows and the light streaming in through the holes in the ceiling and  floors above.

She walks slowly down the aisle,  a magnetic pull lulls her in. This is not just her future, this is her eternity.

While Tony snapped shots of my freezing beauties, I kept imagining brides of the past walking down this very aisle. Were they happy and in love? Were they sealing a fate they had to settle with for reasons they had no right to choose? What sort of secrets swirled around the enchanting air, or had they all floated away with the spirits who had been set free? People once filled this church singing, praising their God and showing up just to be seen. Life had fluidly come and gone through this beautiful building and soon it will be no more.

“I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh — may call me absurd, selfish — but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”  ― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

She now belongs to her; a life full of torture and pain, yet a life she cannot exist without. Just as she fears her, she needs her. Just as she needs the blood in her body to live, she needs her lover in her soul to exist.

“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.” 
― Nalini SinghKiss of Snow

She stands glowing, not with the glow of a newly wed bride, but with a glow that she must keep if she doesn’t want to be forgotten. She doesn’t know what will happen tomorrow, but she knows how her days will end.

With a beautiful church with the rich history and aesthetic details like the City United Methodist Church holds, there are so many possible stories to tell. Because of the dark romantic feeling of the structure and the energy, I wanted to tell a cheesy/steamy romance tale with a dark twist of an obsessive, desperate and dangerous love. This is the story of Jane Eyre, Phantom of the Opera, Othello and the thousands of classic love stories we know that tell this tale.

I challenged myself to style these stories using (mostly) items found from local thrift stores, also a great way to show how to assemble an inexpensive Halloween costume. The I found the white dress on Lily from Aurora Community Thrift Store in Aurora, IL. For around $10, you can find a heinous but quality prom dress from the early 2000’s (spaghetti strap/A-Line) and turn it into a costume for any time period. This dress was simple, bridal looking, and the lacy texture pattern on the dress was perfect for this ghostly bride. You can easily add toile beneath to give it some “poof”. Whether you want to be a Zombie Bride or a ghost from the past, a simple white dress is an easy thrift store find.

Lost in the Shadows


She now belongs to her lover, her master. Her soul is just a quiet shadow looming in the hallways, lost and dark. Only blackness radiates from behind her glassy eyes, and her heart, though frigid, feels love for only her master. She can always feel the coal like eyes on her at all times, she can feel her beside her, behind her, inside her and around her – even when she is nowhere to be found.

Within the massive and beautiful church are many rooms to explore. Rooms that were once classrooms, a gymnasium, a theater, and more. Rooms  that were used to educate and create. Now these rooms are filled with trash and remains of people who are wasting away. Garbage and needles cover the ground while names, threats and words of wisdom proudly mark the walls in colorful spray paint. Not only does the physical crumbling of the building speak of the local tragedy, but the stories left behind of  the lost and drug addicted people display themselves on things like mattresses, boxes and old jackets. The souls of those that lost themselves within the decrepit walls are still hiding in the shadows, weeping and begging to be released.

“Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side”

-Lana Del Rey, “Dark Paradise

And it is a life of love and agony, submission and power, giving and denying. She does not know how to love in any other way.

Old objects collect with the rubble and dust, tangent memories of people who once bustled inside this magnificent building. An empty fire place sits hollow, with nothing left to burn. It was the perfect setting for this dark romance.

“And there’s no remedy for memory your face is
Like a melody, it won’t leave my head
Your soul is haunting me and telling me
That everything is fine
But I wish I was dead”

-Lana Del Rey, “Dark Paradise

“She wanted him to tell her that when you love someone so hard and so fierce, it was all right to do things that you knew were wrong.”
― Jodi PicoultPlain Truth

City United Methodist Church

Photography By: Antony Caldaroni

“If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”
― Riley Murphy

Our dark powerful Master, is portrayed by the alluring model, Yuri De Luna. This character gave me another challenge to style via thrifting. Using satin black pants (owned prior from H&M), I stumbled upon what I fondly referred to as the “Matrix Jacket” at St. Vincent thrift store in Aurora, IL. With a simple black tank and a spooky cameo necklace from Party City, this jacket transformed her into a strong, sexy and feminine Master to be both feared and admired. It’s one of those pieces that to see it hanging alone in the thrift store, you grimace as you briefly imagine it on a short haired “Church lady” with high waisted matching pants and a turtle neck, but if you can isolate it and picture what else it can be, you can give it new life.

This doorway stands in front of what was once a gymnasium / basket ball court, now completely exposed to the outside. 

Lily Savage embodied sultry submissive perfection in this black silk gown, a timeless staple from her personal wardrobe. Although this once served as Lily’s prom dress, her prom was not as long ago as mine, (for example), and this classic style can bring simple beauty and elegance for many times to come.

Burning Desires


As she lit the darkened hallways, she watched the flames dance, little twinkles from Hell. She felt her somewhere close behind, unable to deny the burning sensation in her heart for the things she most desired.

No matter how far across the seas she had to travel, she would always return. For a woman that could have anything and everything, there was only one thing in the world she desired, and she would make sure it happened, even if it killed someone.

Here we have another thrift store win with both of these looks! The satin red dress featured on Lily, is a $7 Goodwill find. The military jacket on Yuri came from Aurora Community thrift for about $10. Both of these items make for great “old timey” costumes and can be drastically changed simply by hair and make up choices.

The Tio Trash team had a very memorable experience in the City United Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana. Exciting, moving, and even haunting for a few, there was so much beauty to be discovered beneath the piles of failure and traces of pain. Human energy was very much alive in this building as it’s now home to junkies, runaways and the people of the streets. It’s a loud presence of the past in the chillingly still down town of Gary, something to be noticed and not forgotten.

For amazing, creepy footage live from inside, check out what Lily Savage captured on her YouTube Channel: Lily Savage  !

The next stop in our fashion / photography Gary adventure was the old and abandoned, Palace Theater. The theater opened to Gary’s residents in 1925, but has been abandoned for over 40 years leaving crime, drugs, and beings unknown to take over the inside.

Step right up, and get your tickets for our next chilling tale!

The old ticket booth at the Palace Theater in Gary, Indiana.

American Mary Costume

Above the Palace Theater, remains random dilapidated apartments and offices, including a creepy old doctors office. This was the perfect set to create a kinky medical story from your wildest horror fantasies.

Model, Lily Savage, alerted me to the horror film, “American Mary“, starring horror’s sweet heart, Katharine Isabelle.

American Mary

“Doctor” Mary mutates a patient.

American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele.” – Twisted Sisters Productions

The Doctor will see you now and she’s got what you need to feel much better. Step into my office, I will make all of your aches and pains disappear.

Inspired by the signature “Mary” look, Miss Savage assembled a black leather skirt, black tank, and black heels to become the sadistic and depraved Doctor of our story. Yuri, on the other hand, summoned her own inner demons and let the crazy take over as she became the demented loony tune patient and receiver of Doctor’s unorthodox procedures.

The patient is ready for treatment. There is no cure for her condition, but I know a very controversial procedure that might do the trick. 

I will first need to remove all sharp objects from the operating room. My patient may experience heightened strength and sensitivity and I cannot take any chances.

There is nothing to be afraid of, you are in very good hands. A little pain will be well worth it if I can get you feeling good.

A doctor should never assume that she can safely contain her patient.


Not only do these photos give me goosebumps galore, but for some reason I am hearing a thick Eastern European accent, several Rihanna songs and a little Michael Jackson as well. This scene was a creepy blast to shoot! Avoiding constant death and danger in an old crumbling building is one way to get a rush, but playing the parts of the demented doc and patient were a delightful treat for my twisted little Tio Trash starlets, who clearly NAILED IT!  It was quite amazing how rooms full of dirt and decay lent themselves so brilliantly into our stories!

This was absolutely the most interesting and exciting photography project I have ever been involved in and I can’t savor it enough!

All seriousness aside, there is no creepier place than these dark and deserted buildings in Gary, Indiana. The brutal reality of the situation is devastating, but bringing a little life and energy to a place like this is both eye opening and invigorating. My mom and her family grew up in Gary, Indiana and I have heard the stories about what a wonderful place it was to grow up before crime and poverty to their tolls.

This experience was another reminder that as ugly as life can be, there is always something beautiful to be found. Whether in a memory, a ray of hope, an unlikely or unusual prettiness or the vibrance of the human spirit, we have to look in all the crevices and corners to find what is truly beautiful.

Behind the Scenes …

City Methodist United Church

Once a beautiful church, now a junkie’s palace.

Desperation; the rough and raw reality.

Getting into character despite her surroundings.

Getting into character despite her surroundings.

Good thing we had flashlights …

Gary, Indiana

The old ticket booth from the Palace Theater.

Even I got the chills at this one!

Thank You

Antony CaldaroniPhotography, Imaging, Editing, Creative/Ideas, Trail Leader, Rock Star

Not only did Antony guide the way through these treacherous trails, I have to thank him for his real life guidance and constant support in my Tio Trash ventures. I am constantly in awe of his talent, creativity and positive energy. I am so thankful to have another experience working with him at Tio Trash! I still cannot get over these amazing photos, seriously !?!?!?!

Follow his website, AJC Imaging, to view more photos from the shoot (coming soon), and all of his other amazing photo adventures.

Jon “Big Jon” Fier: Body Guard Extraordinary, Crew Member

This mission would not have been possible without Big Jon! Gary is not exactly a place to play without supervision. We were able to keep peace of mind with Jon keeping us safe and guarded. Not only that, Jon is responsible for much of the amazing lighting and photo assistance and was an overall HUGE help! (no pun intended) Thanks a million!

Models: These ladies were such team players, hiking around in dangerous conditions, freezing their little butts off ALL DAY, and getting down and literally dirty in these filthy old buildings. Their cam chemistry is unbeatable and I couldn’t have asked for more perfect girls for this shoot! I’m glad you ladies are sick individuals and love this stuff!

Lily Savage: Model – Bride/Doctor

Once again, super star Lily brought style, energy and spunk to the Tio Trash set. With her love of horror films and all things creepy, Lily was an essential creative brain behind the stylings and shots. Her fabulous hair and make up were done herself as well!

She captured tons of creepy footage on set, make sure to tune in to her YouTube Channel: Lily Savage to check it out!

Yuri De Luna: Model – Master/Patient

Miss De Luna combined her seductive charm and love of the “dark side” to bring life and energy to the set. Her artistic eye and creative contributions kept the photos flowing all day. Her energy and humor were much needed in this depressing and cold setting to get us through the day! Love you!


Stay Trashy, Stay ALIVE!


#Vampire #HairMetal #Fangs #GlamRock #Glampire

22 Oct

Vampire Rock

There is nothing more trashlicious than 80’s Hair Metal Glam, obviously. Strung out, sweaty bodies writhing beneath skin tight leather and lycra, hair wilder than the leopard fur jackets upon padded shoulders and enough studs, spikes and chains to build a motorcycle.

Main stream fashion has been aboard the glam metal train for some time now, but it takes a confident and blood thirsty chick to pull off the head to toe look rather than just a few  isolated elements.

Motley Crue, Warrant, Guns and Roses and Cinderella show the Hair Metal staple styles

Motley Crue, Warrant, Guns and Roses and Cinderella show the Hair Metal staple styles:
(leggings, leather, wild prints, big hair, slashes, denim, studs, big shoes, bandanas, fur, hats, etc.)

Because Tio Trash is celebrating Halloween all month long, I wanted to add an element of classic horror to the Glam Metal looks I love. What is more fierce than a sexy lady vampire? Oh yea, a sexy lady vampire glam metal rocker, aka. a “Glampire“.

There is nobody better that I can think of to show you how this is done, than Chicago’s gorgeous alt model and trashionista extraordinaire, the real Lily Savage!

Vampire Chick

This Kansas born badass can teach Chicago a thing or two about the dark and sexy side of rock. The porcelain skin, raven hair beauty had to go through a small vampire transformation, but it seemed to suit her so very well. I kept garlic close to me, just in case …

The key part to any good Vampire look, is obviously the fangs. With so many fangs to choose from at your local Halloween stores, it can be difficult knowing which ones to choose. For  subtle and “natural” looking chomps, Lily recommends the Scarecrow small fangs.

To view the correct way to do it, check out Lily’s Vampire fang tutorial and review!

As for make up, vampire make up can be whatever you want it to be. Lily played the part of a Glampire, so I wanted to create a rowdy 80’s look on the eyes and classic vampire staples on the lips and cheeks. I lightened her skin with a white powder and used Lime Crime’s, Red Velvet lip velvet on her lips, for a lasting velvety blood-red pout. For her eyes I used a bright pink shadow, thick black eyeliner and enormous lashes.

Vampire Chick

I would suggest nothing other than some chunky Jeffrey Campbell’s, like these killer platform combats from Lily’s personal collection.

When you are craving a little rock and a little red meat, there is no place to grab a bite and a Bloody Mary quite like Chicago’s Lockdown Bar and Grill. Truth be told, I don’t really care what they are serving; if a place has a full outdoor wall mural dedicated to rock legends including F*ING DIMEBAG DARRELL, I am down! It just so happens, this joint has great food, drinks and music fit for a Sunday, bloody Sunday Funday for all. Thanks to Lockdown for allowing Tio Trash to rock it out!

You can’t very well be a hair banger without the constant threat of camel toe, so you will see no glam metal look of mine without skin tight leggings. When long legs are your secret weapon, why not pack a little heat with these gun printed gams from OMG Leggings ? Tribute a favorite band with a tee, in this case Gun’s and Roses, and add a glam worthy jacket like this leopard print number that’s been following me around since 2003.  Normally I would suggest lots of spiked and studded jewelry, but for that Glampire look, you want to reach for the dark side.

Just for the record, Lily had those shades before Miley!

Just for the record, Lily had those shades before Miley!

Big surprise, I get a lot of my “year round” jewelry from Halloween stores, including this skeleton lace cameo I scored from Party City for $12! Halloween stores have exaggerated versions of all the jewelry styles you love (and for le$$), spiky cuffs, chokers, blingy sunglasses and more, so make sure you stock up on your jewelry while the Halloween stores are open!

If you want quality jewelry you can snag all year round, look no further than my girl, Laura of Atomic Lace! And she keeps on doing it! Laura recommended the “Sideways Cross Ring” from the Glitter Addict Collection, the perfect mix of goth and glam!

Atomic Lace

Check it out on Atomic Lace to see it up close!

You really can’t go wrong with any Atomic Lace piece when perfecting this look!

Vampire Chick

Now that you’ve had a taste, I hope you are thirsty for more …

When it comes to metal glam, less is NEVER more. In addition to big hair and layers of every fabric imaginable, a head garment can only add to your metal glam perfection. Be it a top hat like Slash, a classic biker bandana or an occupational uniform hat, stack it up!

How could you say 'no' to this face?  You can't, you do what you are told.

How could you say ‘no’ to this face?
You can’t, you do what you are told.

The military style hat is perfect for the fearless femme Glampire. The Halloween stores are a good place to stock up on inexpensive character hats, but I found this police / nazi style hat from The Alley Chicago.

Vampire Chick

Once again, I wanted to mix fabrics and textures to build the head to toe metal glam look. In this outfit, I used velvet leopard leggings from Forever 21 to cover the necessary animal print element. These pants are perfection and a great staple item for the Tio Trash wardrobe in general. I threw some sexy lace in the center with this “Bring Me the Night” tank from H&M because it is beyond appropriate for a Glampire on the prowl. A solid red tank underneath added a pop of color, but a fun bra or bandeau underneath would be perfect for a night look. To wrap it up in some leather, I found the mother of all affordable glam jackets, right from the BOGO racks of H&M!

Skulls, skulls, skulls - I don't even need to say it.

Skulls, skulls, skulls – I don’t even need to say it.

Accessorizing this look is full of possibilities. With a classic glam metal dog collar, I added another touch of magic from Atomic Lace, because designer, Laura, will put the glitter in your glam. Keep your crosses close with these gothic style glitter cross earrings, a perfect edge for a daring Glampire. For the blood lovers, this all new “Bleeding Heart” glitter necklace will keep you salivating for your next sweet taste.

Shop Atomic Lace or Etsy – Atomic Lace !

Atomic Lace - Get there before Halloween!

Atomic Lace – Get there before Halloween!

And now, here is more of Lily being glam metal gorgeous in this look that certainly commands our attention!

Vampire Chick

Don’t look her right in the eyes …


A vampire cannot survive in sunlight, and neither can my budding photography “skills” … but I present to you a final look worth a piece of your action.

Vampire Chick

This Glampire look brings in an electric vibe, channeling the costumery of KISS and the flamboyant flash of Motley Crue. We have a lot of the classic elements going on here; leggings, spikes, cuffs, neons and hint of steampunk in this buckle halter top. The dramatic spiked cuffs and collars came from my local Halloween store a few years back and you can surely find the same looks now!

Vampire Chick

UrbanOG.com hooked it up with these “Flash Lightning” leggings, which can only be paired with my most favorite Atomic Lace earrings, the glitter lightening bolts that have become a staple to my wardrobe that I can’t live without!

Vampires are another mysterious societal rage, so if you want to rock a vampire look, make it a Glampire! Vampires in pin up, burlesque, Victorian chic and emo teens are so over done! I figured that biker bars and trailer parks have to have vampires too, so I took it upon myself to dream up what they might be wearing. So pop in some fangs, tease your hair and glam it up for a night out of neck biting and bar fighting!

Putting together your own “Metal Glam Look” is easy. In fact, you probably already own all the pieces you will need! I created the “Metal Glam Guide”, the quick and easy guide to becoming a Metal Glam gal … or with a set of fangs, a Glampire!

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

 Glam Metal Style

For featured product info, visit Tio Trash on Polyvore!

Getting Metal Glam is THAT simple! And to celebrate the frightful month of Halloween (aka, October) add some fangs and a dash of blood thirsty deadness and you will be the hottest Glampire of the night!

Thank You

 Model: Lily Savage – See “Meet the Models

This girl is awesome and totally muse worthy! Check out her profile to learn more!

Location: Lockout Bar & Grill Chicago

Contributors: Laura of Atomic Lace, UrbanOG

Photos/Styling: Beth Hillstrom

Stay Trashy, Stay Thirsty!


#RockerMom #MILF #Family

14 Oct

Rocker Mom

In a world of “soccer moms”, “yoga moms” and the stereo typical suburban moms that make the world go round, its hard to find a mom that really rocks! Down in the little college town of Bloomington-Normal, IL, resides the most kick ass mom you will ever meet!

Barb Wire

I first met Brooke, also known as the Rocker Barbie, when I was living in “Blo-No” as a student at Illinois State University. A lot of the girls on campus knew Brooke from a local tanning salon, she was a smiling face that we all enjoyed getting to know. As I got to know her better, I was able to learn about her awesome family and the rockstar life she lives! As a full time mother of three beautiful kids, a part time fitness instructor, and a gorgeous partner in crime to her doting hubby, this hot mama knows how to bring metal to motherhood and live a life that truly ROCKS!

Brooke can teach all of us ladies that being a mom does not mean you have to sacrifice your style or down grade your music choices, because Brooke has it all. Brooke and her man are the real deal metal heads and true blue rock lovers, not just the folks who buy the t-shirts and go ape shit over the best of Journey. Rock runs through this family like its’ their blood line, and their passion for music and the bands they love are a huge part of the life they live. In addition to working out and shopping with her stylish daughters, Brooke and her family can be found rocking out at the concerts of all the rock legends that make their way into town.

Brooke, at the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Brooke, at the Carnival of Madness Tour.

In keeping up with Brooke on Facebook, I am constantly drooling over her fabulous fashion finds, her style is everything I represent as a stylist and I have been long wanting to feature her on Tio Trash. However, I couldn’t just stop at her wardrobe, her life and family are part of the amazing package that is Brooke the Rocker Barbie!

 Her family graciously hosted the Tio Trash team at their home, and it was the most fun MUA, Mondana V. and I have ever had on set. Energy, laughter, Rob Zombie movie soundtracks blaring, and creative juices flowing, this family was a blast to work with and they were all great models, even dad! This “motley crew” is not your average family, but a family you will wish you were a part of if you even spend 5 minutes with them, and all great families have great beginnings …

Brooke and Jay channeling Pam Anderson and Kid Rock.

Brooke and Jay, (channeling Pam Anderson and Kid Rock).

For Brooke and her MMA fighter/main squeeze Jay, it was love at first sight. They first met at the McLean County Fair when Brooke was 13 and Jay was 15, and they have been together for 18 years. This is the couple that makes you believe in love that lasts past the honey moon stage because these two are like giddy high school sweethearts who can’t keep their hands off of each other.



This Look:  Black deep v-neck rhinestone top (Express) True Religion Misty Black Legging Jeans (Truereligionbrandjeans.com) Naughty Monkey Over-The-Knee black suede boots (VonMaur) Heart-shaped sunglasses (Nasty Gal)

With passionate love and a hot couple, you have to expect some beautiful babies! Brooke and Jay are the proud parents of 12 year old Aliyah (after the late singer), lil sis Indiyah (after the country, India), and their son, Priest, named in honor of the legendary metal band, Judas Priest. Not only are these kids super sweet and super gorgeous, they have amazing taste in music! No Miley Cyrus coming out of these bedrooms, its nothing but rock.

Family1The first ever Tio Trash family of models!

This house is a full house, being that this is a group of animal lovers. In addition to being a mother to 3 kids, Brooke is mom to 8 pets;  a German Shepherd dog named Axle, 1 Himalayan cat named Tiki, 1 Siamese cat named Pete, a Quaker Parrot named Nerdy, a Lionhead Rabbit named Fassah, 2 Bearded Dragons named Agro and Drago and a Leopard Gecko named Bid Bird.

(Left to Right) Jay, Brooke, Aliyah, Priest and Indiyah



So let’s talk about how Brooke rocks it out;

I asked Brooke to do the impossible; I asked her to list for me her top 10 favorite bands and here is the line up, folks:

1) Guns N Roses 2) Nirvana 3) Rob Zombie 4) Lynyrd Skynyrd 5) Papa Roach 6) Pink Floyd 7) Johnny Cash 8) Black Label Society 9) Megadeth 10) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Concerts are her passion and she has seen the best of them, but the best show she has ever seen was Guns & Roses. Concerts make a great date night for Brooke and her man as well as a family outing. Her son, Priest, has become quite the little celebrity himself amongst the metal circuit, often invited on stage, back stage and on the tour buses of his rock icons.

Brooke and Jay - hot rockin night.

Brooke and Jay – hot date night!

Priest and the beautiful Butcher Babies hanging back stage!

Priest and the beautiful Butcher Babies hanging back stage, every boy’s dream come true!

Mom gets to have some fun too with fellow rocker bombshells, Butcher Babies.

Mom gets to have some fun too with fellow rocker bombshells, Butcher Babies.

Priest is the REAL DEAL!

Priest is the REAL DEAL!

Yea, this is happening!

Yea, this is happening!

Just hanging out on the Pop Evil tour bus ... nbd.

Just hanging out on the Pop Evil tour bus … nbd.

A family that rocks together!

Music and fashion often go hand in hand, especially when stye meets life style, and for Brooke, that means more rock! 

Brooke describes her style as “a mix between a sexy rocker chick and an edgy barbie girl”. Brooke is one of those women who proves that a beautiful blonde can be much more than a Barbie girl in all pink, instead, she’s the Barbie that wears leather and listens to Pantera, but can still rock the pink when she wants. Brooke’s style inspiration is drawn from many places, but when asked to pick her top style icon, she says,

“Victoria Beckham is my fashion icon because she is always put together and up with the latest trends and fashions all while being a mother also.”

Sounds like Brooke has been on top of that one all on her own!

Pink Jeffrey Campbells

How many women do you know that can feed a family in 5.5 inch Jeffrey Campbells? This chick right here. Taking care of a home and taking care of yourself are no reason to stop wearing some fierce kicks, and here is the proof. Brooke has a killer collection of Jeffs, and this shoe is a perfect unity of Barbie and Hair Banger.

When asked to describe an average day in the life of Brooke, she explains,

“I get the kids off to school in the morning, workout, get ready for work then come home and make dinner for the family and then usually watch our family shows together.”

Right now, the favorite family show is “Ink Master”, quite appropriate considering Jay’s tattoo collection, Indiyah’s plans for ink of her own, and Aliyah’s dreams to be a tattoo artist herself one day.

Just a sample of Jay's killer ink!

Just a sample of Jay’s killer ink!

Macaroni is an easy pleaser, but Brooke’s brood loves when she cooks them her roast and potatoes!
Get it while it's hot!

Get it while it’s hot!

Brooke’s style usually consists of killer kicks, a sexy band tee, and a hot pair of shorts, leggings, or jeans:
My favorite online store to shop at is Nastygal.com and Blackheartlingerie.com and my favorite stores to shop at are VonMaur, Hot Topic or Forever 21. My fav brand for jeans is True Religion, shoes is Jeffrey Campbell, and shirts is Chaser.”
^ This Look: Nirvana crop top (Forever 21) One Teaspoon Cutoff Jean Shorts (Nasty Gal) Jeffrey Campbell Pink Spiked Lita (Nasty Gal)
Green thumbs with hot pink tips!

Green thumbs and hot pink tips!

If done correctly, even grunge can look a little glam, especially with another pair of Jeffrey’s. Brooke has every rocker chicks dream closet, but she would love to own a leather jacket and some sexy leather pants from Toxic Vision.

To get her perfect Barbie look and flawless skin, Brooke has developed her own beauty regiment that includes body, skin and hair.

I teach an ab class twice a week and in addition I workout for an hour 3 times a week. I get my hair highlighted religiously every 4 weeks and only use professional hair care products. I also get my nails done every 4 weeks as well but paint them myself every week. I apply makeup EVERYDAY!! All my skincare is Clinique!

^ This Look: Misfits crop top (Forever 21) One Teaspoon Cutoff Jeans Shorts (Nasty Gal) Grungy Flannel (Forever 21) Jeffrey Campbell Studded Combat Boots (Nasty Gal) 


Playboy Mom

Nothing like some light reading while supervising homework time! No peeking, Priest!

Playmate Mom

Strutting her stuff in some spiked black Jeffery Campbell’s, Brooke shows us a prime example of her metal mama swag as she welcomes the Tio Trash world into her home.

Queen of the Castle!

Queen of the Castle!

666, the number of the Barbie dream house.

Iron Maiden shirt

This is what her style is all about, that perfect Barbie glow and the badass rocker clothes!

^This Look: Iron Maiden tank (Blackheartlingerie.com) Mesh Leather Leggings (Forever 21) Jeffrey Campbell Spiked Lita (Nasty Gal) Studded Belt (Spencer’s)

Brooke has the ULTIMATE shoe collection and although they did not end up in the shoot, these are her favorite Jeffrey’s – droooooling!!!

Spike Jeffrey Campbells


Among Brooke’s rock and fashion icons, is rock and roll’s “first lady” and Playboy legend, Pamela Anderson. Brooke and Pam don’t only share the commonalities of platinum locks and killer bods, but they are both great moms, animal lovers and passionately in love with rock.

I have been a Pam Anderson fan since I was 12. I love her overall appearance and she seems to be a very sweet and down to earth woman and is also a good mom.” says Brooke of her ultimate idol.

To capture a classic Pam look, Brooke made the almost effortless transformation into the infamous, Barb Wire, originally played by Pam Anderson.

Don't call her babe!

Don’t call her babe!

Fitness is a big part of Brooke’s life and should be for anyone who wants to pull off an outfit like this. If you want to know her fitness secrets, take notes, she’s willing to share!

“I do kickboxing 3 days a week along with teaching my ab class 2 days a week. My motivation is how I look and feel after a workout and keeping my body in great shape even after having kids. I love to listen to Five Finger Death Punch while working out!!” 




To sum it all up, Brooke is an amazing woman with a big heart, sweet soul, a fabulous wardrobe and killer taste in music. She is a person to admire for staying true to herself throughout motherhood and teaching her children to be fearless individuals in the day and age of phonies and followers. That is what Tio Trash is all about; style, imagination, energy and individuality. She is a real life example of how to make your life truly your own, and her outfits are  a great visual representation of this.

Brooke and Jay have an enviable love for one another and represent a true partnership and friendship as a couple. The tight family bonds, sibling love, openness and sharing in this home are what most parents should take a note on. Many people would possibly pass judgement on the concerts and music they enjoy as a family, but these kids will be some of the rare few that are raised with a REAL music education and a mature understanding of the world of rock. They may be mini metal heads, but I have not been around sweeter or more polite and well behaved kids as Aliyah, Indiyah, and Priest, and they have a genuine respect for mom and dad, not to mention, they are ahead of their years with their great movie and music interests.


Brooke shows us that “settling down” doesn’t have to mean giving up your freedom and sense of self. She really does it all! She works, works out, travels, takes care of the kiddos and the fur and feather children, wears amazing clothes, goes to the best of concerts and lives a rich and loving life. These are the type of people that families need to model themselves after so there can be more lasting love between parents and wonderful kids who grow up confident in the individuals that they are.


Brooke, THANK YOU! Thank you for opening your doors to the Tio Trash team and readers, you are an authentic example of everything I try to portray in my styling and daily beliefs on life. And thank you to Jay, Aliyah, Indiyah, and Priest for your excellent ideas and modeling skills! What an amazing family!

Wardrobe/Styling: by Brooke using her dream closet and creativity!

Hair + Make Up: Mondana V.

Super shout out to my PIC and make up artist, Mondana V. for the amazing Pam Anderson looks she created with hair and make up on Brooke, fabulous work as usual!

Stay Trashy, Stay YOU!



#Halloween #Haunted #UnDead #Dolls

8 Oct

Creepy Dolls

There are few things creepier than an old (antique) porcelain doll; death frozen on her face, secrets sealed behind her glassy eyes. Strange and beautiful, this little creature remains as cold as death, but seems to have a life of it’s own …

Inspired by a combination of  “Lolita” style dresses, lace, little lost ghost girls, and looks by Lana Del Rey, I created a chilling look for October, the month where the veil between our world and the other world is the thinnest. Follow these simple ideas to create a “deathly doll” look that will linger with every step you take.

Lana Del Rey Make Up

Lively Tio Trash model, Jasmine, underwent a ghostly make over to become a perfect deathly doll. To get this ghostly complexion, I powdered her face in white  and used “mauvey” eyeshadows to contour. For her deep set eyes, I recreated an exaggerated version of Lana Del Rey’s haunting signature eye make up; nude base, dark crease, thick liner, and long lashes.

Lana Del Rey Make Up

White is always a ghostly color, by adding vintage style “pearl” cross necklace and earrings (from Forever 21), you can add a timeless touch to any simple frock.

To begin our adventure, I wanted to select the perfect cemetery to conduct this shoot. In my very own neighborhood, we found the famous Graceland Cemetery. This 190 acre cemetery was established in 1860 and is now the home of many Chicago legends, as well as wandering souls. After learning that Graceland cemetery is named one of the top haunted locations of Chicago, we wanted to be as respectful as we could be during our shoot, but I wasn’t surprised to stir up some activity. We thank the Graceland Cemetery, and it’s “residents” for hosting Tio Trash, on this sinister shoot.

For very interesting history and information on the Graceland Cemetery, CLICK HERE.

Death Quote

Lana Del Rey Make Up

In a soft pink baby doll dress from H&M, Jasmine prances through the Graceland Cemetery, looking like a lost little girl, playing between two worlds. Baby doll dresses are appearing in all colors, but you should dig from a dim and neutral palette to achieve  ghostly glamour; cream, beige, ivory, light pink, etc.

Lana Del Rey Make Up

 Cameos, pearls and rusty gold make the best accessories for a haunting look. If you do not have access to any old antiques or vintage jewelry of your own, all of your modern day jewelry suppliers, like Forever 21 and Charming Charlie’s are keeping cameos and other old favorites alive.

Lana Del Rey Make Up

I chose to pair this dress with brown combat boots, fully laced up to add an “eternal youth” to the look, rather than an adult sophistication that heels would bring. The laced up boots make the appearance more “doll like”. To dress this up, ankle boots with small heels or Mary Janes with small heels would add the timeless and youthful elements to this ghostly get up.

Lana Del Rey Make Up

Death Quote

Lana Del Rey Make Up

She sleeps, though not forever.

Because Chicago Octobers can have weather that flip flops between summer and winter temps, wool tights or knee socks are the choice way to warm up this dress for the chilliest October nights.

Death Quotes Chicago Ghost

Jasmine poses, like a wavering spirit atop a beautiful mausoleum deep inside Graceland Cemetery.

Wednesday Adams

 One of the most iconic dolls of death, is the beloved Wednesday Adams character. I wanted to created a playful innocent look, a sort of  Catholic “School Ghoul” (hahaha).  For the school girl look, knee socks will always to the trick.

Wednesday Adams

This black and white shift dress, which I fondly refer to as my “nun dress”, was an amazing Target find. If you don’t care for the shapeless cut, do the ol’ belt trick to add the desired waist line. I chose to use a white belt in order to create a pop, while keeping color to a minimum.

Wednesday Adams

I adore the plainness and simplicity of the dress, only because it allows me to dress it up myself.  A co-worker of mine brought me back this exquisite spiked “collar necklace” from a trip to Hungary, but you can find this trend almost anywhere. The collar necklace is perfect for a plain shapeless dress like this one to bring it to life ( … no pun intended).

Wednesday Adams

To accessorize, I paired the dress with my spiked shoes (a Buffalo Exchange find), a spiked cuff, a cameo ring, black rose earrings (all from Forever 21), the adorable “Game Over” ring from the fabulous, Atomic Lace and the most deliciously creepy human molar ring from Etsy (purchased so long ago, I no lover know the shop name).


“Hey, get off my grave!” – Orbs

While posing next to this beautiful ivy covered stone, Jasmine could not get comfortable for a shot. Getting goosebumbs and an uneasy feeling, we gave up on capturing this strange stone. It wasn’t until I loaded the photos that her reactions made sense to me! Below the obvious lens flare, two little orbs are making a Tio Trash debut.  We don’t know the story of this plot, or whether or not we were welcomed, but it’s clear that we stirred up some life throughout the day, and the orbs made great models!

Obviously, Jasmine was a better model, especially for being such a good sport about all of these creepy interactions with the plots!

Wednesday Adams

Another shot of the beautiful mausoleum.

Death Quote

Orb Photo

The dearly departed, J.K. Steward hosted the photos for our last look at his grand and strong mausoleum, a sign of importance and wealth.

Orb Photo

This delicate ivory lace dress is actually a 2 piece vintage wedding dress. Little lace dresses are easy to find right now thanks in part to Lana Del Rey; I have found several at H&M this season. If you can get your hands on some antique or vintage lace, it is all the better. The color and the ruffled collar were deathly perfection for putting together a porcelain doll look.

Orb Photo

I stifled the richness of the lace and the silk with harsh and stiff black pieces; the vest and the combat boots. Although the dress is beautiful on its’ own, I did not want to create a “zombie bride” look, but rather a structured outfit that belongs to no era in particular.

Orb Photo

Because of the busy textures and layering, not a lot of jewelry was needed for this. As morbid as the outfit is, I added a stroke of humor and irony in the plastic clock ring (Buffalo Exchange) and the S&M necklace from Miss May’s Creations (Etsy).

Orb photo

And what do we have in the top left corner of the mausoleum? Bad lighting? Fog? Or perhaps, J.K. Stewart himself … ?

Dead Girl

Death Quote I believe that  Jasmine and myself, have proven Loni Anderson very wrong! I rest my case … in peace.

Millions of thank you’s to the beautiful, Jasmine, for delivering another amazing shoot! You know this girl can pull it all off when she can make death look so stunning and elegant. Not to mention, I almost got her locked in the cemetery all night … yes, we had quite the adventure!

Visit Jasmine’s “Meet the Models” profile for more information!

Styling, Hair, Make Up: Beth Hillstrom – ME!

Photography/Editing: Beth Hillstrom

Location: Graceland Cemetery (Chicago, IL)

Keep coming back for more harrowing Halloween glam ALL MONTH LONG!

Stay trashy, stay alive!


#Halloween #October #Costumes #Spooky #Horror

7 Oct

Halloween Bash

Get ready to celebrate all of your creepy fashion faves with Tio Trash this month!

From Vampires, Witches, Skeletons, and the UnDead … We are digging up some of the darkest skeletons from the Tio Trash closet!


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