Femme Fatale Style: Edges

  A femme fatale (totale) always keeps things sharpened – her wit, her charm, her tongue, her nails, and her stilettos. A femme fatale always knows her edges… I’ve always loved the concept of fashion as armor. I don’t ascribe to the idea that fashion is frivolous and without purpose – in fact, it’s quite…

La Vie En Rose + Bedtimes With Brassai

Is there anything more delicious than the perfume of roses? When I die, I want to be buried in thousands of rose petals in the palest of lilac… I  remember when I saw my very first corpse. I was eight years old, living in a small village along the Black Sea in Bulgaria. It was…

1984.

Greetings comrades. 2017 is off to a pretty rough start here in The United States of Anxiety. The gravitas of the political situation here has definitely sunk in, and no amount of vodka and cigarettes can make things better. If there is a silver lining, it would definitely be the fact that it is in…

In The Land Of Blood & Poppies 

If I were to write a memoir, it would read like a dark Eastern European folk-tale. From the endless travels through faraway lands, a childhood spent playing among ancient Byzantine ruins with a best friend named Snow White, and days spent in Bucharest watching gypsies with glittering gold teeth play the accordion for their dancing…

The Comrade General Cooks: Beef Stroganoff (Строганов)

It is officially sweater (and fully-fashioned stockings) weather! I adore Autumn weather, it is the perfect mixture of moody and romantic – what I like to call “writer’s weather”. When the coastal fog begins to tumble over the hills and that first chill sets in, there are few feelings more satisfying than making a pot…

Vintage Casual: 1930’s Aviatrix Style

I’m fiercely loyal to my fully fashioned’s – there are few things that I enjoy more than slipping my freshly shaved stems into a silky pair of seamed nylons. I adore the feeling of thighs tenderly touching as I walk. I adore checking to see if my seams are straight and taking a peek at…

Spy Girl Style: 12 In-Flight Essentials

A Winter chill hits your face and your cheeks flush a deep rose hue.  You pull your mink trimmed black leather trench coat tighter around the waist as you descend slowly  down the steps of the airplane and set one well-heeled foot onto the jet black tarmac. A flurry of foreign languages float through the air as you…

Being Dull Should Be A Cardinal Sin

In this day and age, if you are proverbial one-trick pony, it is simply the result of willful ignorance. Although it seems that at times we are shackled by our circumstances, the fact is that we often have a choice to make! We live in the age of information. Most things – location, careers, habits,…

The Art of Whore

In my experience, a nymphet is born, not created. The fate of a faded nymphet is to be a well seasoned seductress who lives by the words, “wit, cunning, sex, and spectacle”. This is the Cleopatra rule – and all true seductresses live and die by these words. Whores are not born, they are created…

Bond Girl Style: Agent Helga Brandt

Also known as Agent #11, fiery femme fatale Helga Brandt knows exactly how to simultaneously combine elegance and danger with one swipe of her lipstick. Channel your inner Bond girl by investing in a few bad girl basics – look for pinup worthy pencil skirts in leather (try a deep cognac for daytime and pitch…