Is There a Plague Doctor in the House?

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!

Crazy shadows!

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(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:

www.luckyscamera.com

lucky@luckyscamera.com

 

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. ūüôā

Bettie Page Footwear (boots) – Located at the Downtown Container Park. Unfortunately, I don’t think they have a website up yet.

Indiegogo Gratitude

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. ūüôā

Go Ahead, Post a #Gelfie!

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!

Gel polish is cured under LED light. Each coat takes about 30 seconds to cure. Once the top coat is applied, you can tie your shoes or pick your nose, and your polish will still be perfect!

Gel polish is cured under LED light. Each coat takes about 30 seconds to cure. Once the top coat is applied, you can tie your shoes or pick your nose and your polish will still look perfect!

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My very own #gelfie! Not too shabby for doing my own left-handed gels. ūüėČ Colors: The Abyss (dark blue) with Fireworks glitter.

If you have any questions about gel polish, manicures, pedicures, appointments or absolutely anything nail-related or not, please drop a note at feetishspa@gmail.com.

Thanks again, friends! ūüôā

Otherworldly Travels on Fremont Street

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.

My pal Mike runs the shop and edits the pix. BAM.

My pal Mike runs the shop and edits the pix. *BAM*

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.

These things!

These things!

New stuff!

New stuff!

More things and new stuff!

More things and new stuff!

Mike and I doing what we do best.

Mike and I doing what we do best.

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! ūüėČ

Indiego…GOAL!

Just the other day with 22 days left to go, Feetish Spa Parlor’s Indiegogo goal was met and beaten! A million thanks to everyone who contributed, shared, or said a positive thing to me about the whole nail salon idea. Seriously, this wouldn’t have been possible without you. ‚̧

Thank you, friends!

Thank you, friends!

I’m going to continue to share the campaign for the remaining three weeks, because the Trek portion of the video still entertains me beyond belief. (Shout out to my pal Geoff Carter of DTLV.com fame for working his video magic. Well done, Captain!)

If you’re stuck in YouTube overdrive, please check out my Indiegogo rhetoric on this recent Massage Nerd Show appearance, and on this even more recent Downtown Podcast segment with Mack Holiday. Incidentally, Mack studies holidays and noticed the gross injustice inflicted upon nail techs everywhere with the absence of any sort of nail care holiday. So we invented one!

April 25th is the final day of Feetish’s Indiegogo campaign, hence we’ve dubbed it “National Mani/Pedi Day”! In honor of this sacred holiday, and as a token of my appreciation to the community who supports these crazy ideas in my head, I will be hosting a casual open house (with treats!) at Feetish on the 25th. Stay tuned!

For more info on awesome stuff mentioned here, please check out:

http://www.downtownpodcast.tv

http://www.twitter.com/HolidayWhatTV

http://www.facebook.com/HolidayWhatTV

http://www.massagenerd.com

Thanks again! ūüôā

Shiny Boots of Leather

My ebay Doc Martens are thanking me profusely, now that I’ve finally visited Flonzo at A Cut Above The Rest barbershop! Located on Carson Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find the resident shoeshine expert working his magic behind a beaded curtain in the back of the shop. I’m not kidding when I tell you $5 (plus tip!) has never brought this quasi-goth feetishist so much joy.

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Flonzo's skills.

Flonzo’s skills.

Your humble narrator and her shiny docs.

Your humble narrator, loving life. (Photo by Flonzo)

Shiny, shiny.

Shiny, shiny.

Telephone: 702-477-7557
Email: Info@ACutAboveTheRestDowntown.com
Address: 616 E. Carson Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gettin’ Perky with Indiegogo

Feetish Spa Parlor will be offering natural nail manicures and pedicures this spring! Here’s your chance to have a bit of fun (nail goddesses willing!) while helping the process along.

Please check out my Indiegogo campaign here, and know that¬†I greatly appreciate any and all forms of support: tweets, Facebook shares, contributions, and kind words. There are some pretty awesome perks available to contributors, including many services you’ve already come to rely on from Downtown Las Vegas’s best little 140-square-foot day spa.

Thanks in advance, you wonderful people, you. ‚̧

Being Neighborly: Geoff the Accountant

I first met Geoff Geever at Feetish Spa Parlor’s Holiday Karaoke Brie Feast this past December. In a matter of minutes, my new 2nd floor neighbor had won the hearts of every comic book geek in attendance with his appreciation for the¬†fiction of Neil Gaiman, and for his Superman socks (with attached capes). It was at this moment that Geoff¬†was officially declared The Most Awesome CPA In All The Land.

Geoff works for RWCo CPAs. He’s quite hilarious, and from what I can deduce,¬†pretty damn¬†good at doing taxes. His office is right down the hall from me. You two should meet.

Geoff’s Contact Info:

(702) 728-5129

geoffreyg@rwcocpas.com

on the 2nd floor of Emergency Arts!

My 2nd floor neighbor Geoff, hard at work.

My 2nd floor neighbor Geoff, hard at work.

 

 

An Anniversary Thank YOU!

I probably should’ve posted this earlier, if only to let you guys know there would be an unlimited supply of leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate in my office all day, and that you really ought to help me devour it. But at any rate,¬†four large boxes of rejected holiday candy later, I can say I made it through Feetish Spa Parlor’s first anniversary with a huge grin on my face.

So thank you! Thank you for buying incense and soap and perfume oils; for seeking out your Dermalogica skin care products in the most unlikely building in town; for trusting me enough to allow yourselves to be locked in a dark room with a slightly odd spa nerd for extended periods of time; for seeing value in what I do; and for being the appreciative, adventurous, supportive, amazing people who make it possible for me to do all this great stuff and enjoy every minute of it.

Love,

Andrea

For you. Thanks.

For you. Thanks.

Boba Tease Me

A sweet, creamy beverage. Ice. Substantial tapioca balls. A sizeable straw.

This is why I love boba tea! (In¬†the event¬†you ever want to surprise me with one, Thai tea is my favorite — but don’t get me wrong, any boba tea or slush is entirely crushworthy.) It also explains why I was so excited¬†when I learned¬†that¬†ChillSpot¬†in the Downtown Container Park (at Fremont & 7th, Downtown Las Vegas, just slightly east of Emergency Arts & Feetish Spa Parlor) serves boba tea, coffee, and slushes in a variety of flavors. Sure, they’ll make you a hot chocolate, shave ice, milkshake, or any number of other delightful treats, but boba is what brings this¬†weirdo to the yard.

My boba fetish. (Thai tea with boba, mango coconut slush with boba, and [boba-free but equally delicious] halo-halo.)

My Boba Fetish. (Thai tea with boba, mango coconut slush with boba, and [boba-free but equally delicious] halo-halo.)

ChillSpot is run by some of the friendliest crafters¬†of custom-made-with-love frozen confections you’ll ever meet. Their little shop is located on the first floor of the Container Park, right behind the elevator with the clock on top. (I’m convinced¬†a booming voice should bellow “Time for boba!” on the hour, every hour, but this is probably why¬†I’ve never been asked to¬†run a container park.)

Where it is.

Where it is.

Hey, look! Here’s their menu. ūüôā