Friday, January 26, 2007

Iceland, Gigs and In The Closet

My friend from Iceland, Hera, sent me this picture of Brjann. He is her friend and she just made him a new vest, as it is apparently a very cold summer in New Zealand ( where she is currently living ). Now I just need to get up the courage to write her and ask is Brjann a, well, what exactly IS Brjann? Not that I care, I love him already, and if I ever get another, hmmm, PET, that's what I want.

Hera is Hera Hjartardottir ( ) if you haven't heard her music, go, you folks , and get some cd's. She is wonderful. She sings in both English and Icelandic, and if I can flatter myself by saying that I know your taste in music, I know that you will love what she does. She isn't as well known here in America as she is in the rest of the world YET, but that will be changing soon. I'm currently making a list of her songs Malena and I SO have to cover in concert. ( the title song off her latest cd " Don't Play This" being the first one! )

Paul and I are playng a new club Saturday night called McGarry's Pub. ( 5109 East Main St. Maple Plain, MN 55359 Phone 763-479-4031 Saturday the 27th 8 to Mindnight ) I don't know what it's like, or where exactly it is, but I do know we are playing there. I suppose I might have mentioned this a bit earlier in the week, but these things can get away from one sometimes. Paul says he has about six new songs and we Promise not to do the Unicorn Song more than once, and then only if we can't get out of it.

( for those of you who missed us at Charlie's last week, we were, uh, I am going with FORCED, to play the thing twice and it was only my putting a $100 price on the thing that prevented a third time )

Ah, art......

I have been having great fun watching TOP CHEF lately. Love that show, despite the fact my two favourite Chef's got voted off last week. They get a theme, ingrediant, situation ect. and have to prepare dishes and then are judged on creativity, use of theme, food and such. They also get handicapped in some way, such as having to use Kraft products, canned food or vending machines.

Tomorrow I am faced with my own version of Top Chef. I think I will call it " Top Closet" ( or maybe " In the Closet" ? ) Only instead of food, it's What To Wear. I can just hear the host of my show now ( Who is hosting, hmm....) " Ok, Fashionistas, today's challenge is to put together an outfit that will go from backstage at a Justin Timberlake concert, to the movie Blood and Chocolate, dinner at someplace unknown and then off to do a gig ( where you will have to haul and set up PA in nearly zero weather ) and play a show in a place you have never seen before and know nothing about. You will be judged on suitability, creativity, looks and WEATHER or not you freeze or sweat to death. Oh, and just to make it interesting, you will not have done laundry in two weeks and your best pieces will not be available!"

To The Closets!!!!!

Help Malena!

You all realize , don't you , that having posted this on the internet, some young and savvy TV exec will see it, and this darn show WILL be in BRAVO next season.

I could win. I could.

Malena will host.

Music, Iceland, Magic and Sassy Pants,


At 11:34 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I know you'll read this too late for Justin/"Blood and Chocolate"/gig, but there is this product called Febreze. Who'll know? ;)

The cat looks to me like it might be an Egyptian Sphinx, which are hairless.

And I'm up WAY too late.

At 6:59 AM , Blogger Sherry L.M. Merriam said...

Lorraine, darling, if my cool friends and I are ever going to make it to another gig, you're going to have to post notice a little earlier! We can only do the Twin Cities ones, and we are busy folk, but we really want to come adore you and your various wonderful bandmates! It's been too long since we've seen you, and we miss you!

At 8:28 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Sorry, Sherry. Kierrans on February 9th and 10th, 9-1. I'll post it too, but here is a head's up! NIce picture!

Ok, Judges, What a fun challenge! I like the suprise snowstorm too! I am going with my favourite pair of black velvet with rhinestone cords. They aren't clean, but the central theme today is rock n roll, so I thought a sort of lived in look would work.

I am topping them with a short sleeved black sweater, and a long sleeved zip up, for the layer effect. I found the zip up at my best friend Malena's , so it has the added rock n roll bonus point of being stolen.

For footweat I choose the big cream coloured furry boots, kind of a take off on the UGG look that is so despised in LA right now. I think, despite not going with the rest of the outfit, they will work both as something to get me thru the snow ( which is getting deeper by the minute ) AND as a conversation piece. They will break the ice, both socially and when I unload the PA.

My hair today is a Do that says " Yes I did so brush it! " I feel that as a creative statement, it says everything.

For makeup and jewals, I have my saints of the world bracelet, and on my face a tinted moisteriser with some red lipstick, for that understated I am way way too hip for anything else look.

Thank you, I feel I have a really really good chance of winning.

At 1:42 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Brjann is one of the most gorgeous Sphinx kitties I've ever seen. Beautiful colouring. I used to want one for myself, but they're too high-maintenance for me. You actually have to put sunscreen on them when they go outside for more than a few minutes because they are VERY likely to burn. Also sweaters in the cold. Most are also, I've been told, a little too smart for their own good - opening cabinets you'd swear you need thumbs to open, that sort of thing. But most are some of the lovingest kitties out there. And the fuzz they have instead of fur is *silky*. :D

And you're making me want to go sort through all my clothes and rearrange my closets again. Hooray for "stolen" garments and red red lips! Rock n' roll baybee!

At 4:47 PM , Blogger BeeZee said...

*wants to know why FabLo has snow and she doesn't*

I think Minneapolis is getting cheated by you Wisconsinites this winter.

The outfit sounds perfect. Rock and Roll! (wait- it's Justin Timberlake. nevermind).

At 6:26 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Hope all went well last night and driving not too heinous! The boots were a perfect addition to your outfit - I'm envious as I had a very conservative affair to attend last night, and dressed accordingly - not the boldest person in the fashion dept!

At 10:35 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

wolf sisters & brothers!
happy to report, the FabLo and i loved the film "B&C"
and trust me when i say, i was worried, because our Lo was very vocal about her concerns regarding the translation of this book into film---since i had never read it, i had no such qualms...any film with Olver Martinez is fine by me, especially if he has golden wolf eyes, ***sigh..
it is lovely to be home in LA, although i do miss the frozen tundra of Wisc/Minn.
turns out i shall be visiting that lovely hamlet monthly.
ps mystery aide, who me?

At 12:51 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

yeah!!!! for mystery aides and magical web danths and momentous miracle clothing combos.

At 3:53 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

We're been watching Top Chef. I always get sucked into these things.

I can't imagine an outfit versatile enough to manage all of those transitions. Maybe something with parts that could be swapped in and out. Did you pull it off?

At 9:05 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Actually, I think I did pull it off. It was fine at Timberlake , worked well at the movies, didn't make dinner, and everyone at the club seemed to think I was great ( which could have been the music, I sure did rock, if I may say so )

It was on the way home tho that I learned how perfectly I was dressed. ( never would have got out of this if I had the wrong outfit on, I am sure of it )

Lost track of the speed limit and got the dredded blue and red lights behind me. The officer was very nice, and engaged me in conversation, one assumes , to see if he had caught a drunk driver. He did however completly gloss over what I later realized would have been a prime talking point. ( I will explain )

Being sober, I had no worries except for the speeding ticket, and was truly elated when he came back and said I had a great record and could go . ( I think SOBER was the opperative state of being and not the record ) It was only when I drove off that I learned how truly tolerant and cool he was. Sitting in the seat next to me, where I had placed it for safe keeping, looking like some sort of ghastly un-dead passenger, was the 3 and 1/2 foot SKELETON IN A METAL CAGE that Kitty and I had bought earlier that day in a magic shop!!!!!

Bar time, rainbow hair, skeletons, 73 in a 55 and I get out of a ticket.

I so win. Hands down, I so win.

At 6:11 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I must say... Mwa hahahahahaha.... well done, well done. lol

At 8:40 PM , Blogger elizabeth said...

Personally, I would hesitate to issue a ticket to a person with a 3 1/2 foot skeleton in a cage. Who knows what arcane powers they might have?

You and the piratical Paul at Kieran's?

At 3:06 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

That is beautiful, Lorraine!

At 12:13 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh my. yes, i will have to send in the photos of Lolo outside the magic shop with her skully cat water dish & caged skelly. The man at the cash register, probably the head magician/owner, said to our FabLo & i quote: You are one sick young lady.
so glad the police officer had the sense to let you go.
and/or that you left your corset at home. who knows the outcome in that gear>>!?

i just did a 20 hour shift @ the Staples Center for High School Musical, which was a sold-out arena of screaming teenyboppers. man! am i glad to be home.
tomorrow i fly to Portland,, me

At 2:34 PM , Blogger YogaGal said...

Whatever you chose to wear lovely Lorraine you will look like a Goth Goddess!

But did I read correctly, you believe that UGGs are a despised look in the west coast of LA?

Correcto mundo! UGGs are as ever popular as ever! I can't go to a yoga class in the very chic West Hollywood area (especially in the ealry morning hours) without seeing (plus stepping on) at least 12 pairs of UGGS. One is not allowed in a yoga class wearing shoes. Not even UGGS.

So next time when you visit L.A. wear your fur booths with pride and look ever so chic!


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