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The #Vintage #Vixens of Dead #Hollywood

25 Oct

Halloween Countdown


Of all the deepest pains in this world, love can be the most painful. Love really does kill, especially if the love involves one man and 3 women, all desperately wanting to keep his love. When fighting for who you love, there are no rules, and sometimes blood is even shed. Using a vintage + thrift store costume collection, the incredible make up and hair stylings of Betty Guevara (Eye Bleed Glitter), and three beautiful model super stars, the Trash Mob depicts a story of love, obsession, betrayal and murder.

I hope you enjoy my campy (and unintentionally sexist) tale of the biggest bitch fight in history.

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One man. He rules the streets, the underground crime rings, and the hearts of three beautiful, cold blooded women. He seems to have a power over them that evokes a sinister loyalty, perhaps an obsession within all of the women who fall in love with him. A man with so many enemies really needs a woman who would die for him, a woman who would kill for him. But like money and the quests to obtain it in excess, the dirty roads of greediness create darker monsters in the game of love. He had everything a man could ever want, his empire, the Hollywood Casino, gave him a life of endless sex, money, drugs and power. Sometimes when you want too much, you end up with nothing. The elaborate planning and delicate balance can blow up in your face. When he messed with the wrong women, he ended up alone, with not a single beating heart left of the three that were endlessly devoted to him.

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Ginger caught his eye the moment she entered his underground Casino world. She was a fiery red head who made even this cold, composed man feel nervous. His heart could never belong to just one person, but he knew he wanted her to have it. She made a loyal and dependable right side woman, and he knew he could trust her to be loyal to the end, no matter what trouble it meant for her. She gave up her life as a lounge singer, and entered the world of violence and crime to be with the man she worshipped.

vintage CarWhen he found her lifeless body in a pool of blood, he admired how beautiful she still was. Red had always been her color. With a world of broken promises and destruction he had created, this loss could easily be a chilling revenge from one of his enemies, however in his heart, he knew this carnage likely came from within his innermost circle, as it reeked of revenge and jealousy all over the scene. Only a broken heart could slay a woman in this way. His heart longingly ached at the thought she would know longer be beside him in his car, riding in the darkest hours of the night, her angelic voice singing softly to him as he rested his hand in her lap.

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The blood on the carpet was full of poison, but her heart was filled with everlasting rage. One mistress had killed her but there was still another that Ginger wanted removed. She couldn’t bear to see her sweet smile or hear her bubbly laughter parading around the casino with him as his main girlfriend, thinking she was the only one.

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She didn’t want to begin her blood bath too soon, there was quite a show unfolding that she could only see after her death. There were more secrets and scandal about to unfold, but when the moment was right, she was ready to take her golden blade, and slit that pretty little neck of the one he seemed to adore so much.

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Her loyalty and love was too strong for only her earthly existence. She would kill for him until the end of time.

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Babe was a college girl, pure sugar and sweetness. He fell in love with her smile and her ability to make him laugh. Nobody would ever guess the dark sides that emerged from Babe the deeper in love she fell with him. The Casino life turned her world upside down, she saw things that couldn’t be unseen, but none of it mattered as long as she had him. She felt she was born for him, and she had no doubt she would one day die for him. When her closest friend became one of his lovers, her heart broke, but when she got in the way of another one of his lovers, her neck broke too.

IMG_5060When Ginger had been murdered, she knew her days were numbered. The last time he spoke to Babe, she told him how much she loved him, but not in her doting usual way. She told him she loved him in a way that sounded like a goodbye forever. “I love you more than anyone or anything I will ever love in this life”, she said to him. He could feel the love he had for her, and although his heart felt his own version of love for this sweet voiced beauty, he could not speak the words in return. He never could.

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She sparkled like a diamond, even upon her death. The multiple knife slashes across her swan like neck were screaming signs of rage and jealousy, tell tale wounds of her possible killer. When he found her delicate little frame crumpled on the floor near his bed, his heart sank and tears filled his eyes. Although he would never cry, he began to feel a semblance of guilt, knowing it was he who set free the monsters within his mistresses.

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Despite her innocent and pure hearted demeanor, Babe was a master of his golden gun. He taught her to use it and it was her job to always keep it safe, but to only use it in defending his honor if the occasion arrived. She had been slain at the dead hands of one mistress, but there was yet another one she wanted to settle the score with.

IMG_5038She never would have thought that her closest friend in the world would have done this to hero, but she should have known his magnetic charm was too much for her to resist. Having a friend so seductive and beautiful was only playing with fire around him, but she could never in her blinded heart blame him for the affair that was sparked with her former friend. It was the ultimate betrayal and it spun her into sheer madness.

IMG_5037With blood on her hands and fury in her heart, she used the Golden Gun to defend the love that had been broken for the man who was her world.

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Scarlet was the Queen of the underground world. As her name denotes, she was a walking beautiful scandal that all who laid eyes upon her could not resist. Every man who met her became infatuated with her, but she never found a man who could give her all that she desired. Sometimes the world was never enough for her. Not a single woman trusted her, yet she formed an unlikely bond with Babe and guided her through this life of scandal and sin. She didn’t mean to break Babe’s heart, but HE was the only man who had ever made her heart feel anything at all. She had to have him, it didn’t matter at what cost.

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For all the hearts and homes she had broken in her young life, he couldn’t imagine his sweet Babe would be the one to pull the trigger. A once beautiful sisterhood was slaughtered because nothing in their lives could prove to be stronger or more important than their obsessive desire to belong to him.

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Scarlet had rarely known or experience competition. She believed that stealing his heart would be easy. She had Babe in her back pocket, but what she didn’t know was that she also had Ginger in the game. Ginger was not a woman she could compete with, their beauty was a fair match and Ginger seemed to have him entranced. Scarlet didn’t care to outshine or outsmart Ginger, she had to remove her from the game all together.

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After Scarlet discovered the secret casino quarters that he and Ginger met for their affairs, she arranged a secret meeting of her own with Ginger. Scarlet arranged a romantic spread of strawberries and champagne and hid in the room, waiting for Ginger to arrive. As Ginger primped and prepped for her meeting with him, she eagerly helped herself to the fine champagne, the liquid gold she loved so much, unknowingly swallowing cyanide. As she seized and choked, Scarlet was possessed with an evil rage and beat her face in with the bottle as she watched Ginger die a painful death.

IMG_5050In her twisted heart she felt she was just taking care of business. She wouldn’t let anybody in life stop her from getting what she wanted, and the only thing she desired was him. When he found his Scarlet slumped across the seats of the Casino theater, he knew he truly was alone. He knew he had caused this. He knew he drove three women to madness because they loved him so much.

His heart wanted to break, but he didn’t have it in him. Being numb and stiff inside kept him alive through his dangerous games. Perhaps it is why he needed to be surrounded with women who felt everything so deeply and intensely. He wanted too much, greed would always be his downfall, but there was no time to stop and feel. He had each body removed and disposed, tossed out like trash. He continued to pull women into his world, one after the other, as the three jealous beauties continued to watch from their after lives. He never seemed to lose his touch, but he could never get a woman to stay around long in the days after the murders.

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Although their bodies and flawless faces were long gone from the Casino, they continued to live in the place they had killed and been killed, trying forever to guard his heart and terrorize the women who dared to fall in love with their man.

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Thousands of secrets live behind the Hollywood Casino doors. The girls decide which ones come out and which ones are locked up forever. He didn’t believe in much, didn’t even believe in God, he thought he was going crazy for years as the voices and faces of his slaughtered lovers followed him through his days and nights. As he laid in bed at night, the soft lavender fragrance Babe used to wear would fill the room and he could hear her soft sweet whisper, “I love you more than anyone or anything I will ever love in this life”.

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He had to constantly convince himself it was just his imagination seeing Scarlet’s sultry eyes burning from the darkest rooms, her beautiful curves dancing in the shadows. “Come to me”, her eyes would say, just as they had always done before. He drank more than he ever did to fight the madness overcoming him.

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He couldn’t ride alone in his car for more than 5 minutes without hearing Ginger’s soulful voice singing songs of broken hearts and sorrow. “Stop singing!” he would scream in terror, and just when one voice stopped, he would hear another. The depth of their desires, and the intensity of their love for him could not be stopped as easily as their beating hearts were. Their longing for him and feelings had no place to go, forever with him as they had always promised.
IMG_5054It is said that Ginger, Babe and Scarlet still roam the halls and chambers of the Hollywood Casino to this day. Local legend says that anytime champagne is served in the Cigar Lounge (formerly the secret chamber for Ginger), that the people who drink the champagne become violently ill. It has been said that a lavender aroma has filled the noses of the visitors from time to time. More chilling yet, an unidentified soulful singer often interrupts the airwaves of radios and televisions within the building, crying softly and singing songs of heartbreak and sadness.

Perhaps this tale can serve as a lesson about greed, loyalty and love. But most importantly, never get in the way of a woman and what she desires most in life.

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Much thanks to the Aurora Hollywood Casino for “hosting” our shoot against your knowledge! Watch out for the #DreamTeam!

These incredible hair and make up stylings are thanks to the magical Betty Guevara, Eye Bleed Glitter. Check her out to see more of her hand made latex prosthetics and gory goodness!

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#Halloween #Haunted #GhostStory #GaryIndiana

30 Oct

Haunted Remains

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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“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.

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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 …

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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!

THANK YOU AND LOVE TO ALL!

Stay Trashy, Stay ALIVE!

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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

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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.

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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).

Orbs

“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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