Dear Juliette: Fashion, Favorites and Slightly Lame Answers

Dear Juliette is a regular Thursday feature at Vampire Maman.

Ask a Vampire – Advice for Everyone

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Dear Juliette,

What do you think of teachers, coaches, or parents having favorites?

~ Left Out

 

Dear Left Out,

Obviously you aren’t “the favorite.”

This is a hard one. It hurts when someone else is obviously the favorite. Especially if they’re getting super special treatment.

When a teacher, coach, or parent picks a favorite it is doing a disservice to the favorite child/student and to everybody else.

Kids who are favorites can also use that to take advantage of the teacher, coach, and especially the parent.

A teacher or coach might adore their favorite, but the extra attention and bragging can often look bad.

But at the same time sometimes adults don’t realize that “favorites” are often resented and disliked by other kids, and by other adults because of the unfair advantages they have. If you’re a coach or teacher you have to at least make an attempt to treat all of your students equally, even if you don’t like them equally.

It is ok to have a favorite. We all have favorites, but don’t make it obvious and don’t forget the other kids.

And acknowledge all kids, even if you don’t like them.

My daughter told me about something that happened in one of her classrooms.

One of the boys called out a teacher. This was a high school Junior Advanced Placement, AP College level course (11th grade, 16-17 year olds).

The kid said to the teacher, “You don’t like me do you?”

The teacher said, “No, I don’t like you but you’re still getting all A’s on everything so what’s your problem.”

The kid then said, “No problem.”

If you aren’t the favorite try not to let it get to you. Be your own favorite. Do your best. And remember that some people are just assholes.

Unfortunately this happens in the workplace too. Bad bosses are especially prone to it. But just try to brush it off and do your best. Favorites rarely stay favorites forever.

~ Juliette

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Dear Juliette,

What items should a grown woman never wear?

~ Fashion Franny

 

Dear Franny,

DO NOT WEAR THE FOLLOWING (the short list)

  • Orange lipstick
  • Over bleached hair
  • Red pants
  • Anything too tight or tacky tight
  • Short plaid school girl skirts
  • Bowl cuts
  • Ugly shoes
  • Totally monochromatic outfits unless it is dramatic and black and classy.
  • Dark stockings with open toed shoes.

~ Juliette

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Dear Juliette,

What do Vampires wear when they aren’t in formal wear?

~ Curious

 

Dear Curious,

I’m not into the Elvira Mistress of the Dark look, and I don’t know any Vampire guys who do the whole black suit and red lined opera cape thing.

Right now I’m wearing jeans, flip flops, and a black sweat shirt.

But Vampires tend to dress pretty creatively. Even in jeans we’re ultra hip, put together, and add those nice little touches that make us always classy and always fun.

We also wear clothing that fits right and is comfortable. You can’t get a good hold on a neck if your collar is itchy, or your pants are slightly too tight.

But Vampires do tend to wear black because it doesn’t show blood stains (heaven forbid) as bad as other colors. Hey, one has to be practical about these things.

~ Juliette

Vampire guys tend to dress like Keith.

Vampire guys tend to dress like Keith.

Do you have a question about anything? Zombies? Vampires? Relationships? Parenting? Life? Then send your questions to juliettevampiremom @ gmail .com (don’t put the spaces in, I just did to prevent trolling spammers)

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Fashion Trading Cards – Only a love letter away from being yours…

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Do you like quirky and silly and lovely things? Of course you do.

Enter the Vampire Maman Love Letter Writing Contest and YOU, yes YOU, might win one of my fabulous Vampire Maman Victorian Fashion and Interesting Dead People Trading Card Sets.

The photos are from my own personal collection.

I’m still working on the cards so what you see today is a work in progress. What you see here is far from done. The real cards will be wonderful and truly amazing. And nobody else in the world will have them.

For complete information and instructions on how to enter and what to enter the contest CLICK HERE. Yes, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

I’m also giving away coveted WPaD Short Story Anthologies.

But Juliette, what if I don’t have a WordPress blog?  No worries. Just send your love letter to juliettevampiremom@gmail.com and I’ll post it here along with all the others.

You’re only a love letter away from fame, notoriety, a few good books and the joy of sharing your LOVE LETTER with the lovers and romantics of the world.

 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman 

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In progress: an uncut sheet of Vampire Maman Victorian Fashion and Character Trading Cards. I’m still working on graphics and captions.

What is your Vampire (or Werewolf) Style?

Style.

Vampires are known for it.

Others are not.

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That said, we all have our own personal style. Mine has changed drastically over the years. I’ve gone from frills and lace, to Indian gauze and flowing skirts, to shoulder pads and brights colors, to little black dresses and pearls… but mostly I’ve been on a classic tailored track with a few great creative or unexpected accessories.

There a lot of styles I wish I could pull off but I’m not super tall and my lifestyle is pretty casual AND I’m a mess.

Lon Chaney looking hot in a suit! Sweetheart stay out from under that full moon!

Lon Chaney looking hot in a suit! Sweetheart stay out from under that full moon!

Anyway, yes, Vampires tend to dress well. The Werewolves I know dress well (for the most part) except those who live in the woods and look like something out of a bad reality show.

Holy crap get those guys off of my lawn and hide the possums!

Holy crap get those guys off of my lawn and hide the possums!

 

So…. drum roll please… it is now time for another famous Vampire Maman Poll!

What is your Vampire (or Werewolf) style?

 

 

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You know these guys!

You know these guys!

 

 

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 This is all just silly fun

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

 

Some guys have it and some guys don't.

Some guys have it and some guys don’t.

 

One should always be stylish with the proper accessories.

One should always be stylish with the proper accessories.

 

 

If you don't want to wear a suit dress like a Ramone.

If you don’t want to wear a suit dress like a Ramone.

 

Seasons and Change

 Musings on Seasons and Change

lolaThe nights are growing longer and there is a smell of change in the air. It feels like our inland home is on the coast in the early mornings with the overcast skies that burn off after the sun comes fully up.  I love this time of year. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like fall. It never lasts long enough in a place where only winter and summer seem long enough.

Lola and I sat on my deck that overlooks the oak forest, catching up on all that we need to catch up on. Cody (my new Vampire), my husband Teddy, the kids and my brother Val were inside, doing who knows what.

For those who don’t already know, Lola is my great great great great grandmother. She doesn’t look a day over 26, but she is ancient even for our standards. She is cunning and sly, yet sweet and sensitive. Lola is a survivor and a sage. And she is my own Grandmamma who always looks out for me and gives me sage advice.

As Modern Vampires we generally have a good sense of self.

From an early age I’ve tried to get my kids to enjoy the moment, but realize that there is more to come. I know that things that they like now, music, clothing, humor, will eventually change and what doesn’t change will have more added to it. Everything is always evolving.

Treasure the time you have now and embrace the future – for it is your future for you to shape and control.

Lola mentioned that she knew Vampires who’d dress like Mrs. Danvers because they didn’t want to deal with shopping. Now with the Internet one doesn’t have to wear the same dresses for 50 years.

Listen up girls, you can look all musty like Mrs. Danvers and it won't be a bit of fun.

Listen up girls, you can look all musty like Mrs. Danvers and it won’t be a bit of fun.

 

“I don’t understand them at all. They can slam a man against a wall and bite his neck, but they refuse to go into a shop to buy a decent dress. They’re one of the reasons our reputation is so foul. Nobody wants to be bitten by a frump or someone who give you the creeps. Style is everything and I can’t stress the importance of that enough.” Lola told this to me as I noticed how cute her outfit was. Jeans, a tee shit, a great little jacket, a funky scarf, great dangling earrings and a pair of great sandals.

Or you can go shopping and look great like this Vampire. She is rocking that dress and she won't be creeping out anyone!

Or you can go shopping and look great like this Vampire. She is rocking that dress and she won’t be creeping out anyone!

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220px-Rebecca_1940_film_posterBy the way, if you don’t know who Mrs. Danvers is then watch the movie Rebecca. She is one of the top movie villains of ALL TIME. Or read the book great book. Makes for a good Halloween story!

Rebecca (1940) –Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson.

Rebecca (the book, 1938) by Dauphine De Muir

Lola has never been musty or kept much company with the musty old Vampires. She is the trendsetter and that I feel has kept her in this world for since the fourteenth century.

We talked books. Neither one of us are reading anything right now that is up for the Nobel Prize or anything except maybe good ratings from readers.

I used to only read deep literary books but now I’m having a lot more fun reading “popular” fiction. Fiction is like friends. Some are fun and some aren’t.  Some are deep and meaningful, which can be a good thing, but not all of the time. Our brains need variety – even Vampire brains. Even Zombie brains (OK I just put that one in to be funny.) A steady diet of the same kind of book can make one dull, or at least bored, which is not fun at all.

Then the subject of Cody came up. Cody has had to deal with a great deal of change. Cody became a Vampire, not his choice, but it has settled well with him. He accepted it very well all things considering. Of course I’ve been working a lot with him (that is part of my job – working with new Vampires).

He accepted profound change both physically and mentally in a way that I’ve seen few do. So when he fell in love with Lola, my Grandmamma, THAT caused all sorts of talk and discussions and scandal in my family.

Change is scary. It is scary when someone we all love and depend on finds happiness in someplace unexpected – and with someone unexpected.

He is 34 and she is well, a lot older. Centuries older. But they share so much in their hearts and so much in what excites them. They learn from each other.

Of course I keep the preditorial older females away from my son. And fear is already in the hearts of any older males who dare look at my daughter. That said, Cody and Lola are adults and neither predatory or dominant over the other. Shouldn’t all relationships be that balanced?

While there is very little change in my life, I live with teens so there is a lot of change in theirs. Not so much the day to day, but over weeks and months is becomes sometimes profound. Having teens is like living with toddlers – everyday brings something new. Every single day brings growth, more so than elementary years. It is a time for the world to open up and swallow them up. I mean, really, it feels like that. But it is a busy time for parents too. Not so much all the driving around and wondering why everything is so expensive, but just the effort to keep up and keep track, keep sane and have fun. It is a fun time. Change is OK. At least the kind we’re seeing in our teens is good.

Lola and I walk down to the edge of my yard by the fence where the cat is sitting. He looks out upon his world and scans the dry grass for insects and small animals. We can see the eyes of raccoons or maybe other cats in the dark woods.

She stoked the cat who in return purred and rubbed against her. “Change is good,” Lola said, “but I could spend forever in a night like this.” Then she gave me a hug, and hugged the cat, then we went inside and joined our family.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Color & Cut-out Modern Vampire Paper Dolls

Color and Cut-out Modern Vampire Paper Dolls

Set #1: Juliette and Clara

What could be more fun than paper dolls to get you started over the long weekend? Maybe a nice glass of wine and a good looking Vampire stud, but…

Tell Mr. Tall Dark & Handsome Vampire Stud to come back in a few hours – it is time to cut and color and have some creative fun! Crayons, pens, glitter, colored pencil all works great. Put tracing paper over the dolls and make your own make-to-fit outfits and design your own Halloween dresses and Fabulous Fall outfits!

Since my pens seemed to vanish into some sort of time warp or black hole or kid’s room – I’m just giving you quick pencil sketches today. And it will work fine after you get done with your fabulous coloring and embellishment!  You can draw in the faces too.

This is the first of several sets of Modern Vampire Paper Dolls featuring your favorite characters in my blog. Collect the entire set for hours of pre-Halloween fun!

My goal is to have more polished, stylized and a lot more “Gothic” designs in the future as part of Vampire Maman’s Countdown to Halloween.

So cut, color and PLAY!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

Juliette and Clara Paper Dolls: Print, color and cut-out fun!

Juliette and Clara Paper Dolls: Print, color and cut-out fun!

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Good design never goes out of style! Winter is almost here!

Winter is coming. In the 70’s (20th Century) I had a beautiful Chloe coat that looked like something from the 1890’s but a little different. I hate to admit it but the 1970’s was a time for beautiful coats. I wish I still had that wine colored Gucci coat with the fur collar.

The 1890’s brought a wonderful crop of beautiful winter dresses. Here is one of my favorites. The woman in the photo was a friend (not me). I’d still wear that. It wouldn’t take much to modernize it to 2013 winter fashion.

 

 

Stay Warm, Be Stylish,

Juliette aka Vampire Maman