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#HalloweenCountdown #HalloweenJewelry

27 Oct

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The countdown to Halloween continues continues! I have been celebrating this week with Halloween theme inspired outfits! One of the best parts of a creepy cute outfit is to complement it with some creepy cute jewelry!

I have been very inspired by the Kawaii fashion and jewelry movement and have been creating lots of Kawaii jewelry!

I created a small line of Kawaii / Halloween jewelry with only 14 1 of a kind pieces. Halloween is only days away so I have just one thing to say!

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I love to up cycle parts from dolls, clothing, and any knick knacks I can find to create unique and adorable jewelry pieces. Below is a gallery of my Halloween Collection, all available on my TioTrash Etsy Shop!


Witch / Bat necklace with pearl beading.

Witch / Bat necklace with pearl beading.

Witch and Spell Book Necklace with pearl beading

Witch and Spell Book Necklace with pearl beading

Kawaii Bat + Skull necklace with pearls and bows

Kawaii Bat + Skull necklace with pearls and bows

Kawaii Bat + Skull necklace with pearls and bows

Kawaii Bat + Skull necklace with pearls and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows

Monster Doll necklace with Kawaii Bats and bows


Kawaii / Fairy Kei Bat girl necklace in baby pink

Kawaii / Fairy Kei Bat girl necklace in baby pink

Kawaii / Fairy Kei Bat girl necklace in baby pink with matching pink Kawaii bat earrings

Kawaii / Fairy Kei Bat girl necklace in baby pink with matching pink Kawaii bat earrings


Green Kawaii Bat Earrings with bow and pearl detail

Green Kawaii Bat Earrings with bow and pearl detail


Kawaii ghost / heart ring

Kawaii ghost / heart ring

Order the remaining items in time for Halloween!



Last Minute #Costume Ideas!

24 Oct

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Pin up cat

For some of us, finding the perfect Halloween costume is an art, a delicate process, a mission that begins the day after the PREVIOUS Halloween. But unfortunately, the real world of working and other responsibilities can get in the way of our Halloween costume planning time and budget.

Do you have a last minute party or Halloween event and no costume? Relax, I will walk you through some simple and inexpensive solutions.

1. Cat Woman / Sexy Cat – “Submission Kitten”


Chicago Model Jasmine as “Submission Kitten”

A “sexy cat” is one of the most simple and common costumes a girl can put together, its like the LBD of Halloween costume and it never fails.

Cat ears and cat costume accessories are very easy and inexpensive to obtain this time of year. The best part is that you can make the costume as sexy or conservative as you want.

I snagged a pack of cat ears from Target for $3 so I could do some creative crafting with them, but an untouched plain pair was perfect for my version of a cat costume.

In typical Tio Trash fashion, I wanted my version of the cat costume to have a unique edge, hence the S&M Fetish Cat. Tio Trash model, Jasmine went from sweet to submissive sexy in a plain black halter dress, a ski mask, thigh highs and spiked boots. I used “Fetish” accessories to spice the costume up. If you like that route you can use a whip for a tail, or if you want to be more like Cat Woman, the Batman character, you can use a whip as an accessory itself. Add things like wristbands, collars, etc. for that S&M bondage element to a classic costume.

This costume can easily be put together with existing pieces in your everyday wardrobe and you can grab ears and a mask for less that $20!

2. The Dark Bunny

Lace Bunny Ears

Like the cat costume, a bunny costume is another classic go-to for women at Halloween. With varying degrees of sexiness, the bunny can be cute a cuddly, sexy playmate, or mom jeans and bunny ears. Bunny ears and accessories can be found everywhere at Halloween for almost nothing!

A take of the bunny costume I don’t see very often is a “dark”/evil bunny. However, I have been seeing a lot of photography and fashion shoots lately using this elegant but simple lace bunny ear headband.

This style of bunny ears can be easily found with a quick internet search, however, the product personally like the most is from the amazing Etsy Shop, MagicMask. This headband as well as a wide variety of other beautiful masks and hair accessories are the shop specialty.

Magic Mask Etsy Shop

Horror enthusiast and model, Dixie Savage (as I like to refer to as the Elvira of our generation) captured the delicate gothic beauty of this look in a lace button up from Old Navy and a velvet jumper. The creative stylings for this outfit are endless. Lace tights, lingerie, a long gown, a body suit … there are all types of ways to easily create a unique bunny costume using a simple set of ears and your wardrobe favorites!


Chicago Model Dixie Savage as “The Dark Bunny”

3. Alien Girl


Aliens are the latest craze in jewelry and accessories lately, and an Alien costume is a costume that can be extravagant and detailed, or quick, simple and cheap!

For this look, we went a sexy rave route and Tio Trash model, Satanas, showed us some skin as a white hot Alien girl! Using an inexpensive “go go skirt”  (Lovers Lane) and a bikini top, Make Up artist Betty Guevara of Eye Bleed Glitter created the real accessory on her body with eyelash glue and rhinestones to create the planets of the solar system down her torso.

As a wig enthusiast, I snagged a purple wig from my collection and whipped up a pair of antennae on the spot with pipe cleaner and puff balls. This was to show that this can be created in less than 5 minutes, but even if you have at least a day’s notice, you can make something much more detailed. All you need is a headband, pipe cleaners or wire, and a little bit of bling to create custom Alien antennae.


If you like to experiment with creative make up, this costume is a great way to go crazy with make up to create an ‘out of this world’ Alien masterpiece. Metallic fabrics, crazy shades and glow in the dark accessories are perfect touches for this costume.

4.  The Chola

Chola1Dressing like a glorious Chola is fun any day of the year, but it also makes a fast and easy Halloween costume. With just a flannel, bandana, hoop earrings and the correct use of eyeliner, you can quickly become a Chola for your Halloween festivities!

Make Up Artist/Hair Stylist Betty Guevara transformed model Jasmine into a vicious Chola with perfectly done eyeliner, lip liner, and a sexy hair style.

Chola Make Up by Betty Guevara of Eye Bleed Glitter

Chola Make Up by Betty Guevara of Eye Bleed Glitter

For extra drama, I added obscenely long press on nails for hilarious “Chonga talons”. This look was so easy and fast to put together and with great hair and make up, this costume can look perfect!


This look was so good, within minutes, my sweet lil Jasmine struck my heart with terror after her Chola transformation. Nobody will be messing with you Halloween night in this costume!

Chola Costume

Halloween does not need to be stressful for all of you busy bees and last minute planners. With just basic accessories like animal ears, you can transform your existing wardrobe into a quick last minute costume for your Halloween festivities!

Post your last minute creative costumes to Instagram – would love to see them! #TioTrash – @TioTrash

Thank You

A million thank you’s to my amazing Trash Mob! These girls look amazing in freakin’ EVERYTHING!


Jasmine, Dixie Savage, Satanas the Model – CHECK THEM OUT!

Hair and Make Up Artist:

Betty Guevara of Eye Bleed Glitter <- for the sickest Halloween fantasy and special effects make up looks, check out her page!


Happy Halloween!


#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.

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Skull backpack from Target.

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

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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!


#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!


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