Mad Like Alyce

Friday Replay January 29, 2017

Hey Guys! So, its been two weeks since I have last written, and it has actually been pretty fabulous. I think we all need to take a break sometime. There is a lot of pressure to keep a consistent schedule, but sometimes that isn’t realistic. I’ve been focusing on physical therapy for what they have now determined was a torn labrum, which is a piece of tissue inside your shoulder socket. Treatment includes forcing my pectorals and trapezius to relax, since they were over-strained from guarding, which is holding your arm, or any body part, in a position to reduce pain (and I had no idea I was doing it!).

But I think with everything in life, we have to take a breather, get recharged, and find our center. I’ve been doing a TON of research on new costumes (seriously so excited), finally got my great aunt’s old sewing machine up and running and I’m really excited to try some new things.

Back to the Music

In addition to everything, I’ve been getting back to some of my old favorite songs. I used to drive 30 minutes one way to work, and would crank my music so loud that it vibrated in my chest. Although it’s not idea for my ears, I love love love being consumed by a song when alone in my car. I can simply surrender to the music and let my mind wander. While I listen to music all day at work, it has been wonderful to re-immerse myself in this pastime. Here is a peek into some of my favs in a Sunda edition (sorry, still recovering from a sinus infection) of Friday Replay!

Thoery of a Deadman

One of my top 5 favorite bands ever, I love just about everything they have done. Lately, I’ve been more into their rage-y tracks (not sure what to read into that) but ever since I heard Santa Monica in 2005, I was helplessly hooked and have bought everything they made since. I’ve even seen them live three times! I also love love love their raw cover of “Hallelujah,” video below.


SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC! Another of my top five favorites. If you are new to Shinedown, they have a great mixture of harder rock and more beautiful ballads. You must listen to: Sound of Madness, Enemies, I’ll Follow You, The Crow and the Butterfly, and Her name is Alice (of course!!!). Seriously, anything they have done.

The lead singer, Brent Smith, is also featured on an Apocalyptica track, Not Strong Enough (video below). Make sure to get his version as they have a few out there with other featured singers, but trust me, Brent Smith has a voice of an angel and you will NOT be disappointed.



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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