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!

Bronto-Love

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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