Went uptown to the Met to see the Paul Poiret exhibit
yesterday. It was nice although not my favorite of the Costume Institute exhibits I’ve seen over the years. The few fancy dress costumes included were fun and the animations showing how a couple of the garments were draped and sewn were interesting (although I wish it had been possible to see the real garments better since they were behind the screens where the sequences were being projected).
The other special exhibit I saw was One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement
. There was a rather whimsical beaded jacket with tapestry frogs. I also liked a box of chocolates which was actually made from bits of ribbon and fabric manipulated to resemble pieces of candy. :-D As for weird stuff, there was a heart-shaped (like the organ and not what you see on Valentine’s cards) teapot made of miniature bricks. o_O;
I also went up to the Chinese decorative arts galleries which I usually try to do when I visit the Met. They generally have textiles set up in one of the rooms but the pieces on display this time didn’t include any garments and weren’t the most interesting compared to what I’ve seen in there before.
A whole bunch of galleries seemed to be closed which made it somewhat confusing/annoying to walk around. There weren’t that many special exhibits I wanted to see either so it wasn’t the best trip to the museum. I finally realized I'd missed the Tiffany special exhibit
, too. I wanted to see it since I love stained glass but I'd forgotten all about it and it closed a couple of months ago. ;_;
Went by my optometrist’s shop afterwards but it turns out he’s on vacation and won’t be back for another week and a half. I had wanted to see if he’d let me have a copy of my prescription without the toric so I could order powered versions of the theatrical lenses
at Cosplay Lab (since the lenses I currently have for Count D barely show). I’m interested in getting the Violet Max contacts
but not completely sure on the yellow. I’d really rather not have a cartoony solid neon yellow like the Moony style. Black Wolf looks the most natural (if yellow eyes could be considered natural ^_^;) and can be ordered in prescription. But it seems to have a ring of black around the hole for the pupil; not sure if it would make one pupil seem noticeably more dilated when paired with the purple. The Sunburst style, which I think is what novaraven
has for her D costumes, also looks relatively natural but it’s not offered in prescription.
So, instead, I went to browse through a couple of the downtown fabric stores, looking for things that might be suitable for prospective costumes or for a summer skirt since I bought a bunch of cheap patterns at the Rag Shop a few weeks back. I was glad to see P&S Fabrics was back, across the street from their old location. If they hadn’t found a new space, I would have been stuck with no good place to get patterns locally since the Rag Shop is going out of business. Didn't actually find any fabric that I wanted though.
I also found that Pearl Paint’s home decorating store had been merged into their crafts store. Unfortunately, they seem to have dropped quite a few crafts things they used to carry. But they now had those little sample jars of Benjamin Moore paint so I grabbed a few. I’ve been trying to decide what color to paint the room which my parents are letting me have as a sewing room. Looked at those little paint color cards at Sears a few weeks ago and got nowhere since I wasn’t sure what would actually look good on a wall although I knew I didn’t want white. (My parents like boring white walls and that’s pretty much what our whole house is.)
The paint samples turned out to be rather helpful and I immediately choose my color after painting a square of each on the wall this morning. I even walked over to a paint store and had a gallon mixed this afternoon since there’s one just several blocks away. :-D I got a light purple shade called “Amethyst Cream.” The rejected colors were a pink called “Dog’s Ear” which ended up reminding me more of a cake covered in pink frosting than any dog ^_^;; and an orangey shade called “Coral Gables” which was just too bright and overwhelming. I love coral for summer clothes but I guess it’s just not to my taste for walls!
And, finally, vampricyoda
's Anything Goes photo shoot is this Saturday but I’m not completely sure if I’ll make it because of annoying subway diversions. -_- Normally, I need to take the train towards Manhattan and then transfer to another train to get to the museum where everyone’s meeting. But with the diversions, the trains into Manhattan are not stopping near my house so I’d have to take a train going the wrong way in order to catch a Manhattan-bound train, which is just stupid. >_< And I would be doing this in the dress for D’s sister, which is not good with stairs.
I have a couple of other options, too, but neither is the greatest. The way I could get there without having to bother with transfers is if I got a ride into Manhattan with my father when he goes to work, hang around the city for a couple of hours, and then take the train back into Brooklyn. The downside is I’d have to be in costume by like 9 since there’s no good place to change/do makeup at the store. The other would be to take the bus to another station where I can get a train to Manhattan and then do the transfer to get to the museum. That would still be annoying and I don’t know how long it’d take since the buses can be kind of erratic.