I made a set of custom creepy clown nails, did my makeup, threw on a wig, my Emergency Arts neighbor Ginger Bruner took these photos…then the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote about my Halloween nails and recorded a how-to video of my glow-in-the-dark ghost nail! Happy Halloween, everybody!
At some point over the last two years, most visitors to Feetish Spa Parlor have had some form of contact with Mike and Jamie Dobiesz of Dobez Designz. Maybe you met this jewelry-and-curiosity-making couple while they were tenants on the first floor of Emergency Arts, or at one of Feetish Spa Parlor’s many social gatherings. Perhaps you’ve noticed Mike’s copper chainmaille creations or Jamie’s steampunk chokers adorning the bodies of some of your favorite Las Vegans. If you’ve been particularly lucky, you’ve hung out with these two at their booth at First Friday AND at their current home in Art Square: Unhinged by Design.
I mention Mike and Jamie here because they’ve been busy. Their recycled bullet jewelry is selling like hotcakes, and Jamie has been making old timey hats from scratch by the dozen. The hats were the reason I joined them at Unhinged last week for a photo shoot (so Mike could make a video featuring said hats. Of course we Instagrammed* the hell out of these things, too.)
Jamie’s hats are one-of-a-kind and start at $35. Unhinged is open Tuesday through Sunday — check them out the next time you’re in Downtown Las Vegas!
*A special thanks to Paul Barnes for supplying the Instagram photos!
Through the end of January, all in stock Dermalogica gray line skincare is 40% off! This is huge, as this means 40% off of most cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliants, eye creams, masks and more!
Don’t waste your time stopping by to browse…send your wish list to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you with product availability and pricing. I’ll even deliver your haul to you if you’re located in Vegas!
Questions? Email email@example.com or call (702) 587-0745.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Celebrate the holidays Feetish Spa Parlor style!
When: Monday, December 15th 2014 from 2pm – 8pm
Where: Feetish Spa Parlor on the 2nd floor of Emergency Arts (520 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101)
Please stop by whenever you can for as long as you’d like! Visit with old friends, make some new ones, butcher some tunes, and do your part in consuming all the cheese in the building.
In addition to some new karaoke gems, this year’s gala will feature free gifts for attendees (while supplies last) and a dinner-worthy finger food spread.
Many thanks to everyone for your support this year. I hope to see you on December 15th!
My transition to self-employment wouldn’t have been possible without your support. From the bottom of my heart: thanks a million. ❤
Back in 2013 when Feetish Spa Parlor first hit the scene, business was S-L-O-W. Very few people knew Feetish existed, as it took time for word of mouth to travel and internet keywords to work their magic. Back in those days I had time. Time to sit in my office, time to make coffee in the Keurig for friends, and time to plot, plan and gossip. When a friend (new or old) was in the neighborhood, it wasn’t uncommon for them to stop by my office for a visit and a chat. It was also pleasantly common for multiple, unrelated friends to stop by during the same window of time — I’d introduce the newcomer to everyone else in the room, and the conversation would continue as if we’d all known each other for years. Now that business has taken off and I’m performing spa services daily (yay!), the visits have become less frequent, and (although I’m thrilled with and grateful for the business that allows me to pay my bills and eat) I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss those chats and introductions every now and again.
Once, while I was hosting an impromptu gab session at Feetish, my friend Thom compared me to Dorothy Parker and my office setup to New York’s Algonquin Round Table. This was flattering to say the least — as my parlor furniture was procured primarily from the House of Target and my witticisms are usually bound to the realm of scatological humor — but I took the compliment to heart and filed it away for future reference.
Conveniently, the future is now! The time for chatting has returned! Only this time, through the use of 21st century technology, we can all relive each glorious gossip fest over and over from the comfort of our own homes. Enter The Downtown Round Table!
Held monthly (at the bare minimum), The Downtown Round Table will feature yours truly and one or two other folks who work and/or reside in Downtown Las Vegas. We’ll chat about stuff we hope you’ll find interesting, and we’ll upload each episode to the Feetish Spa Parlor YouTube channel. Please feel free to view, comment and share.
Thanks for being here! Until next month…
I have more photographers in my life right now than I’ve ever had before (and coming from a girl born and bred in Rochester, NY — home of George Eastman and Kodak — this is saying a lot). Primarily, I attribute this to being surrounded by a multitude of camera-obsessed creative types in DTLV. (And to be clear, this is a good thing.)
A few months back, my talented camera-savvy friend Lucky suggested we tackle a photo shoot featuring any theme I chose. It took me a few weeks, but after much contemplation and inspiration by way of shared Buzzfeed links featuring “21 Creeptastic Photos You Wish You Could Un-See”, I had it: Pin Up Plague Doctor!
Pin Up Plague Doctor was perfect on so many levels: no need for pretty hair styling, flawless makeup application, or facial expressions that appeared to be even remotely inviting. I already had a few wardrobe items in my possession that would do the trick, and frankly, any excuse to hunt for additional shiny black fashion accessories is a valid one in my book.
We knew we’d be shooting indoors and weighed our studio options. Something grungy, raw, spooky and plague-y. Oh! A certain freight elevator located in a prominent DTLV building! Perfection!
Some friends lent some skulls to use as props, and I got to work building my first mask ever. One USPS priority shipping box (large), one yard of elasticized crushed velvet, and a roll of black duct tape later — BAM! POW! — an adequate plague-resistant beak had been fabricated with minimal injury.
Lucky was incredibly fun to work with, and he made me feel super comfortable (well, as comfortable as one can be in 7″ platform boots and a steel boned corset) during the entire shoot. His contact info follows these photos, so if you’re looking for a photographer for any type of work, get in touch. His fashion and special event photography projects in particular are always awe inspiring.
Also, these photos are all Lucky Wenzel and Andrea Lipomi. Don’t go stealing them or taking credit for them, mmmkay?
Without further ado, I bring you Pin Up Plague Doctor!
(I’ve also decided my Pin Up Plague Doctor getup doubles as appropriate crime fighting gear, so if you’re ever in need of the ass-kicking Black Plague, you’ll know where to find her.)
Contact Lucky Wenzel:
Local businesses where you can buy items worn during this shoot:
The Black Room (gloves, crop, latex mask) – Tell Tara and Franz that Andrea at Feetish sent you. They are the sweetest German fetish shop folks you’ll ever meet!
Bad Attitude Boutique (corset) – I first discovered them when they were selling their wares at the Vegas Star Trek Convention. I believe this year you can expect them to offer a Borg Queen corset, complete with LED lights!
Black Cat Costumes (hat) – They even have a cute, friendly kitty who helps run the shop. His name is Danzig. 🙂
Bettie Page Footwear (boots) – Located at the Downtown Container Park. Unfortunately, I don’t think they have a website up yet.
The perks have been mailed out, and Feetish Spa Parlor’s Credits 2014 page is live!
Check it out…maybe you know some of these lovely people. 🙂
First and most importantly, Feetish’s Indiegogo campaign to bring nail services to East Fremont was a HUGE success, thanks to you wonderful people. Perks were dropped in the mail two days ago, and I can’t wait for you guys to open ’em. Your generosity and support means more than words can say. Again, thankyouthankyouthankyou. ❤
Secondly, I thought I’d take this opportunity to gab about gel polish (since the Indiegogo campaign was instrumental in allowing me to stock up on a wide variety of gel polishes and glitters for your mani/pedi pleasure!)
Gel polish is awesome for a few reasons:
* It cures in seconds, in contrast to the lengthy drying time of regular polish.
* It lasts for weeks under normal conditions, whereas regular polish looks good for a few days.
* You can get down with chemicals that would normally ruin regular polish (acetone, anyone?) and your nails will still look pristine.
* Gel polish is *super* awesome at Feetish Spa Parlor, because you pay the same price for a mani or pedi whether you choose gel or regular polish. Unbelievable!
If you have any questions about gel polish, manicures, pedicures, appointments or absolutely anything nail-related or not, please drop a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again, friends! 🙂
It was just a matter of time before I blogged about Jesse James Celestial Comics. Located on the first floor of Neonopolis (just beyond the Denny’s that serves Fernet Branca, and Pancake Puppies wedding cake), I impose my presence on Celestial Comics at least once every other week to pick up my favorite DC Vertigo titles (Sandman Overture, Dead Boy Detectives) and engage in general mischief.
The staff is knowledgeable about more titles than I’ll ever be. They also carry a wide selection of statues, figurines, hardcover graphic novels, and other requisite nerd accoutrements.
Jesse James Celestial Comics is open 7 days a week from 11 ’til 7 or 8 (depending on the day). Tell ’em Feetish sent ya! 😉