Mad Like Alyce

So Called Style: Dinosaur Park

With my budget being tight lately, I’ve been trying to be creative with the projects I’ve been posting, relying on recipes I was already making and projects I had already purchased the supplies for. While digging through my portable hard drive, I stumbled across outfit photos from this week last summer, and even though they are not perfect they are still worth posting!


Ever since the Land Before Time, I have been obsessed with the brontosaurs. I was head over heels for Little Foot, and always played Sarah, the triceratops, whenever me and my sibs played dinosaurs. My 5th birthday party was Bronto themed, and I had an inflatable Dino hanging in the corner of my room until I was AT LEAST 10 years old.

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I was obsessed with Sinclair stations, just so I could see the Brontos! I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw the “bronto crossing” sign on my last trip to Reno.

This was a great example of being uncomfortable taking my own outfit photos, especially in a public place. I was rushing to get as many pictures as possible before someone else came around, and then chickened out and took a good number of them as “selfies”. Still, it was a good effort in trying to break free from my self-conscious mold.


Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park is this cheesy park on top of one of the tallest hills in Rapid City. There is a steep stone staircase, and at the top, overlooking town, is a collection of massive concrete dinosaurs. On my first trip to Rapid City for a job interview, I was hanging out in a parking lot listening to music to kill 20 minutes before my appointment, and saw a brontosaurus on top of the hill… and had no idea why.

6 weeks later when I moved to Rapid City, I had to track it down. One winding road later, and I found my Bronto… and a many more!




As much fun as it was to play with and climb over the other dinos (yes, I climbed like a kid on a jungle gym!), my outfit was focused around my Bronto… I had the perfect shirt!



dino11Modcloth had this amazing shirt, which not only is freaking adorable, but had the best name… “Bro-nto Hug”. EEEEEEEEE! Paired with a 50’s style skirt and denim slides, it was a great outfit for walking around Downtown Rapid afterwards.



Even if you think it’s a bit childish, I assure you it is worth the visit!


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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