Friday, April 17, 2015

Kostume Kult presents: Black & Light Ball #10 - Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Black & Light Ball 10 - Saturday May 16, 2015.

Our annual pre summer formal is turning 10 this year! What a milestone!
This glowing bash is a very special part of our Burning Man fund raisers for Kostume Kult and a great excuse to make yourself a new UV reactive costume!
Personally I start shopping with my travel black light in my purse cause you never know what kind of materials glow (or don't glow for that matter) under UV lights. 

Our theme this year is inspired by Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, the sci-fi novel behind Blade Runner. It will be a futuristic and psychedelic dystopian wonderland that will glow like crazy! 

So what to wear?
Dust off your black light from high school and head to your costume closet to see what glows. Whites, neon greens and hazard oranges seem to glow brightest, although a good lightening yellow can pop well too. I am thinking of taking a white dress I've never worn and puffy painting the heck out of it to create a trippy glow patterned formal dress.
Remember to test your materials. I have bought fabric that I was SURE would glow great only to get home and find the black light results to be lackluster. I can't stress enough how handy a travel black light flashlight on a keychain is for testing your paint, paper or fabric before you buy.
Black & Light Ball has traditionally been our "formal" event, when we kind of poke fun of proms, formal dances or even cotillion. With this futuristic theme, top hats with gears and robot parts would be appropriate or poofy white glowing tulle skirts! Let your imagination go wild cause you cannot possibly overdress for a Kostume Kult party. Just look at some of the outfits of Black & Light Balls past.

Remember to buy your tickets early to get the best possible price. If you are worried that you plans might change, you can always sell your ticket to another party goer on the Facebook event page!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New York City You Are My Garbage Splashed Glass Slipper.

What does it all mean? -Existential Pigeon
To visitors, New Yorkers probably seem like complete unfriendly douche bags with their face buried in their phone or a scowl for you because you're holding them up on their way to work or Afro-yoga class. Truth be told it takes a bit of a hard shell to simply survive a typical NYC day. If I reacted as any decent human would to each cardboard sign explaining a personal hardship or speech to a crowd of strangers about the struggles life has dealt I would be a walking open wound leaking out emotions all over 5th Avenue. We tune out with headphones, books or simply avoidance of eye contact at all costs as a coping mechanism. Pride surfaces when we announce how many years we have "survived" New York. However when it comes to a middle of the road girl like myself, not poor, but never going to be NYC rich, I wonder what is the end game? Survive NYC for 20 years then give up the game for the suburbs OR press on and hope I meet someone doing well enough so we can combine incomes and claim a handful of square feet on Manhattan proper where we will fork over our hard earned money for $12 boxes of cereal and gym memberships that we are gonna start using soon. Are the riches of culture, public transportation and food at all hours of night worth the daily survival of rush hour, noise pollution and unlimited smells?

Recently I had to get a large garbage  bag full of costumes from Queens to the Lower East Side via the subway. Between way too many flights of stairs, turnstiles and people the struggle was real. It led me to complain to my friend and former roommate, "Everything is so hard here!". Imagine if I was in the suburbs. It would have gone something like this: heave bag in car, drive car to destination, pull bag out of car. Oh, but who takes pride in surviving suburbia??
Having watched Breakfast At Tiffany's for the first time (can't believe it took me this long) I realized I'm like Holly Golightly. I'm clinging to my faux fabulous Manhattan life with all 10 manicured fingernails. That's my plan until I find a city that matches me as well. 
New York you are my garbage splashed glass slipper!

Here's another blogger who's feeling my pain.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kostume Kult presents: Baaaaaad KKids Valentines Party

KK's 4th Annual Valentines Party
Saturday, February 14th, 9pm - 4am

Kostume Kult welcomes in the Year of the Goat with a fantastic, dramatic and slightly spastic Valentines celebration. Channeling this peaceful and whimsical creature with a penchant to climb, lick and chew, participants are encouraged to bring your goat-cheesiest or sexy-valentine's best.

27 Union Square West @ 16th Street
(across street from 456LNRQ trains)

TIX: Buy Now
Presale tiers $20/ 25/ 30
More at the door/ cheap drinks all night

All Valentines style encouraged or play along with the theme… Formally the "Year of the Goat/ Ram/ Sheep" -- come as anything horny, wooly, cute or cuddly. Farmyard or mountain. Billy Goats, Nanny Goats, Baaaaby Goats ('kids'), mythical Fauns or anything baaaaaaad or naaauuuughty valentine in red, white or pink... Or be a Black Sheep and do something completely different !!! With participation comes maximal love.

Illich Mujica (MothLab Recordings)
$mall ¢hange (No Parking/WFMU)
Milk (Binative/Kostume Kult)
Reaganomics (ESO)
Kinner G (Atlantis)
Shisaa (Vitamin B/The JunXion)
Joro Boro (Hookahdome)
- more tba 

VJ Krunch - Sexy Goat Mashups!

* Propose something or volunteer to help create:
Petting Zoo
Udder Wall
Salt Licking
Hoof Fetish
Horny Goat Weed treatments
Black Sheep Group Therapy
Kupid's Kloset
Lickety Goat Photobooth
and the return of the personally molded Chocolate Vaginas... And Nipples!. (Models requested.)


Marianna Lavin: Producer
Eliza Spear: Volunteers
Miguel Peschiera: Decor
Dba Milk: Music
Alizarin Zroob: Flyer
Ticket Problems?:

Kostume Kult's Valentine party is an absurdist take on an overblown consumerist holiday where the love and community are real and not forced by social convention. Kept fresh by baking in the Chinese New Year theme (Feb 18th this year) this is an excellent place to bring a date or find one. Or get involved in a creative project! All pervy references are with artistic license and meant in good humor

Monday, December 8, 2014

NYC Santacon is Saturday December 13th 2014

As a veteran of many Santacons past and a featured costumer on Buzzfeed's 31 DIY Costume Ideas to Rock for Santacon (Hint I'm #16), I've watch the event grow and change into the massive happening it is these days. While its loved by participants and hated by neighborhood watches it will go on this year on Saturday December 13th beginning at 10am. Here are a few thoughts on what Santacon was intended to be and how you should NOT behave at Santacon. 

We're all in this together. #dontscroogesantacon
Santacon is a special once a year holiday event. It was not created by a marketing company and never sponsored by a soft drink. It's a social happening. It's a gathering of festive people to share a Christmas experience through costumes and merriment. Santa wants the creative spirit of this event to live on and keep growing forever so do your part to make sure the magic continues.

Don't let the excitement of Santacon get the best of you! Here are a few things to keep in mind as we get ready to celebrate this most special event in Santa's favorite city. Keep your naughty list behavior in check. Your fantastic festive outfit should NOT include a brown paper bag. Remind all the elves in your party that we are here to spread cheer not litter. Children stop believing too early these days and we are Santa's merry representatives. Make the old jolly fellow proud! Pause and think, "What would Santa do?". Kids will want to interact with you. Please engage with them but remember to use kid-friendly language and never elude to the fact that Santa may not be real. While we may act like we are frolicking up in the North Pole we are in fact still very much in the real world, a world that is experiencing real world problems right now. Please follow ALL laws and be kind and respectful to ALL law enforcement and venue security personnel. Santa doesn't need to remind you that bathrooms are the only place you should be relieving yourself at Santacon. A public urination ticket is the ultimate lump of coal in your stocking. Take a break to feed the reindeer! Refuel the sleigh and your stomach as they day goes on. Ho-Ho-Hydrate! Follow these easy guidelines and your Santacon will be the merriest yet!

Think back to the feelings of magic and crazy excitement Christmas brought to you as a child. Santacon is about recapturing the mystery and wonder of Santa you felt when you still believed. Santacon is about playing good old fashioned reindeer games, singing Christmas carols, giving gifts and spreading whimsy. Santacon is a way to kick your holiday cheer up a notch and share the spirit with NYC. So spread the joy and enjoy all the smiles you will create. Happy Santacon!!

Start location is not announced until the night before. That means Friday December 12th. 
For location Updates follow Santa on twitter for location updates by Texting "follow santacon" to 40404.
Yes, you must wear a costume.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Cooking!

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

Well this is adorable! Click here for recipe.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Spooky Cool Fake Eyelashes for Halloween

I spotted these lashes on twitter today and thought I would share them. Most cobweb lashes are too heavy and inflexible to work well and look good but these look really delicate and pretty!

They are made by Eylure and be found at where they cost $12 and there is currently free shipping!

Zombiecon 2014 NYC is Saturday Oct 18

Zombies just can't get enough of NYC so this Saturday October 18th 2014 the end is near when the four zombie horsemen of the apocalypse descend on the Lower East Side to eat the brains of what is left of the bohemians and beatniks. Join up for some fun and day drinking.

Zombiecon #10

The Four Zombies of the Apocalypse are on the move… With Disease, Environmental Degradation, Greed and extremist Death Cults all converging as never before, the kingdom of the undead is assured.

Saturday, October 18th11:30 am til Night Downtown ManhattanStart location announced to all who RSVP

Starting Lower East Side (Bloody Mary brunch drink/food specials), with several excellent venues, great DJs, drink specials all day/night and hookah… And the Zombie Bawl afterparty in the East Village. Coming from the start is always the best… Arrive 1130 or earlier for zombie makeovers, we leave first venue promptly at 1:30.

THEME: All zombies of any kind are welcome while all are encouraged to play along with the theme. Religious Extremism, Climate Catastrophe, Plague or Gluttony… War, Famine, Pestilence and Conquest… Blblical End Times with a side of juicy, juicy brains… As always, we encourage interesting signage and zombie makeup or other costuming is required. Gawkers will be beheaded.

ABOUT: Zombiecon NYC was the first big zombie walk and maintains its uniqueness with themes and culture jamming. We urge all to participate while staying safe and "leaving no trace" at all venues we visit. We are part of a bigger community with many year-around events with more info at