Lenora Claire’s Birthday at Houdini Mansion

This past Friday the 13th, I went to the Houdini Mansion in Hollywood to celebrate my favorite redhead Lenora Claire’s birthday! Like all of her events, the Scarlet Woman of the Apocalipstick’s soirĂ©e was anything but ordinary, as there were monkeys, butts, a moon bounce, fire eaters and Larry Birkhead. The supposedly haunted [yay!] property was beautiful, but easy to get lost in when you are fueled by vodka and without a flashlight. I wish I had my giant MAGNUM with me. Surprisingly, I did not trip and roll down the stairs like a big wheel of cheddar cheese. Those Target heels are like secret agent party girl weapons! If I can survive walking around Houdini Mansion in those, every girl should have a pair.

Shaun and Reyna with Lenora the Birthday girl…

shaun lenora reyna

Since I am being mindful of my spending habits lately, I knew I wasn’t able to get a dress made or spend much on a fabulous new outfit. I decided instead to revamp something I already had.

I took a great black and white striped cotton dress I bought a year ago from TJ Maxx, shortened it to a whorish hem, added a red crinoline skirt I bought at the garment district underneath, a corset-looking belt I got in downtown Ventucky, and had my bangin’ outfit! My only problem was it was a little pirate wrench-y and unlike every other freakin’ person in the world, pirates just ain’t my thang. [Unless it has to do with that Peter Pan movie Hook with Rufio.] I figured if I chose the right accessories I could possibly subdue that pirate look a little.

Nora, me, and Reyna…

nora me reyna

Taking some feathers, a regular black headband, more feathers, a flower hair barrette with a fake bird in it and a glue gun, I managed to construct an easy-to-do French whore headdress ! That my friend, is my first example of “Crafts for the Lazy Crafter”, which will be my new column on this blog. That shit seriously took me five minutes. You can see it pretty well in this picture with my sexy friend Jason Savvy.

Mr Savvy and I

Amazingly, I came out of the party with nary a scratch on my headdress. I must be reaching some new levels of my super powers, people.

All in all it was a good evening and I was happy with my quickly put together party outfit, and people were nice enough to let me know they liked it too. Is it time for me to pitch a ‘stylist on a budget’ television show called…It Costs Cheap to Look….This Cheap ?

I was born with the name like a French Whore


1 melissa { 06.19.08 at 8:19 am }

you look more “can-can-moulin rougey” to me than piratey. i think your hat, belt and the crinoline made it more french whorish looking,so, great job! :D

2 pepper! { 06.19.08 at 8:34 am }

i would watch that show, fyi.

3 marie { 06.19.08 at 9:10 am }


BTW, you should actually substitute the word “butts” up there for “anal”. I was trying to be PG, but being PG is a lie!

4 Agent Lover » Satan’s School For Girls { 10.18.08 at 11:59 am }

[...] this striped birdy headband from Mary Tofts on Etsy. Remember when I made a feathered headpiece for Lenora Claire’s Houdini Mansion birthday party? This one is lovely because it’s simple yet striking enough to wear on other occasions besides [...]

5 james { 11.30.08 at 12:20 am }

hey there, i have some photos of you from lenoras party email me and i’ll send em.

james m.g.

6 Trudy { 04.27.09 at 3:33 pm }

what is the number for the Houdini Mansion to rent it out for a night? Anyone know?

7 Joseph Condron { 11.14.10 at 3:53 pm }

The place seems magical. Pity that the pictures are unavailable.

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