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Steampunk Shoot Last March 2017

Hello Lovelies:

As I prep new work, I wanted to do one last revisit of a shoot from last year as I received NEW pics from the photographers Kim Ackerman and Ken Schmidt!

There are times when I, quite frankly, manage to pull creativity out of my, ahem, behind. I was approached to do this shoot during the same time I had a one night show at the Science Center, a month long Steampunk Broken Hearts Ball at 1900 Park that included an art opening, a party/multi-media entertainment and fashion show, and unfortunately, the passing of my sister after a long battle with MS. She died on Easter the night before the shoot. Sometimes when I’m suffering the most, I manage to crank out the best work. This was one of those scenarios. And with the support and artistry of the models and photographers, stunning magic ensued.

Enjoy the photos and the video link from my YouTube channel. Kim’s photos are marked with Vogue Portrait Studios (Ken’s are not).

Credits:

Designer Stylist: Victoria L. Szulc (me)

Photographers:

Kim Ackerman-Vogue Portrait Studio

Ken Schmidt-Oread Studios

Make-up/Hair: Kim Ackerman, Erika Marie

Models:

Tai Jamaal

McKenzie Leeder

Meg Muhrie

Erin Leigh Pribyl

Launa Robertson-Beal

Madison Kae Scroggin

Caitlin Wood

Video with some outtakes from my on my YouTube channel:

Want to purchase shots? Links to the shoot in Beaux Couture Magazine:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1344476?__r=619150

http://beauxcouture.com/

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Social Media Preferences? Share Your Opinion

Hello Lovelies:

With the news that Facebook is yet again changing its algorithms, I’d love to know your favorite social media platform to watch video on. I did a live read today on the subject:

Please feel free to comment here or on my social media links below. I like to share my art, but it’s frustrating when it can’t be seen.

So onto the meaty part 2 of the poll, a live read from “Revenge and Machinery”:

A few screen shots from the read:

LAST WEEKEND!! Please note SALE!! all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Cementing my first show and shoot of the year. 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Switching Seats on the Titanic

Hello Lovelies:

Today, a little more personal topic than usual.

A couple days ago I had one of those days from hell. You know, one where everything goes wrong from the start and ends with drinking wine straight from the bottle.

The day job wasn’t good (putting it mildly), I was already on a data diet until my new plan kicked in, which kind of didn’t matter as I left my phone at work. And I wasn’t going back because it was already freezing rain.

So I got home and was determined to make it a better day. But try as I might, it got worse. I went to a common area in my building for free WiFi on my tablet to try and get some quick 10-15 minutes of promo work done. This community room is open to all, including quite the group of characters, including two ladies who tend to gripe a lot.

Sure enough, one of them started a rant. A very, very personal tirade about her mental illness, etc. I’m a very empathetic person and I’ve had my issues, but at this point, I was emotionally cooked and I needed my own mental help. Even the other “griper” got up and left. An hour later I finally was able to cut in on her extensive mental history and had to leave. Another hour wasted.

I got on the elevator and as luck would have it, I briefly got stuck. I got out as soon as the doors opened, had to let out desk person know what happened and finally got back to my apartment.

The theme for the day was STUCK. And like a cork in a bottle I was ready to explode.

I could not find peace, my mind wouldn’t stop, and then I couldn’t sleep. I tried meditation, quiet music, and reading. Fortunately I could sleep in today.

Which reminds me of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind:

“tomorrow is another day”

But the next day was only OK. And I seemed to be on repeat. It was time to analyze it and fix it. Find the root of the issue and deal. What in the heck was really bothering me.

I’d switched seats on the Titanic.

Often you’ll hear people in addiction recovery use this phrase when they’ve conquered one addiction only to replace it with another.

In my case it wasn’t addiction, but some professional choices I’d made months ago. Or SSDD. Same shit, different day. I was aggravated that I’d fallen into this loop. Again. So here I am, making more changes. Time to get into the lifeboat.

Next blog, a return to Steampunk works.

LAST WEEKEND!! Please note SALE!! all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Cementing my first show and shoot of the year. 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

A Wrap Up from 2017

Hello Lovelies:

As I forge on into 2018, I had a few items come to fruition from last year. More steampunk on my next blog but today, from last year’s illustration project:

You can now put together puzzles of my illustrations from “Cecilia’s Tale” by Debbie Manber Kupfer here:

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=32376f985c1f

It’s nifty to see my work in another format. 🙂

You can purchase copies of the book here:

It was a day off from the day job, but in the last few months, I’ve put together some great pieces for customers and the windows:

It was a good day to be indoors. The bitter cold temps lightened a little but we go more snow, rain and freezing rain. The Mississippi River freeze continues:

Please note SALE!! all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Cementing my first show and shoot of the year. 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Lipstick Love

Hello Lovelies:

It’s time to clean up and prepare for an immense year.

Decluttering Has Commenced

I hate dry lips. Lip balm, gloss, and lipstick are usually never far away. So when I bought some new makeup and received some as Christmas gifts, I decided that going through my make-up should be part of my New Year’s decluttering.  I’ve got a lot going on this coming year, so getting things organized is priority number one.

Yesterday, I resolved that I would start with cleaning out the medicine cabinets and my lipstick collection because I kept finding tubes that were almost done. After my initial gathering, I had no less than seven sticks that were down to “just a little” left. I also had about five of those mini samples from Avon and Clinique that come with the bonus gifts. They were good colors too. I got to work, using old (but now sterilized) contact lense containers to store these chunks of creamy bouche goodness. I had started down the rabbit hole of lip coverage.

By the time I scooped out like colors, I had six of those little bad boys filled with mostly nude and red shades. I marveled at my tenacity to even scrape out two ultra thick lip color pencils (they are even too large for my biggest sharpener) and one gold gloss that was only partially used because the applicator didn’t even reach to half way down the bottom! By the time I was finished, I had wiped the little remaining bits on my lips. My pout looked amazing in multiple sparkling shades.

And I now had amazing little pots of color I could use and not waste. I hate wasting things. Note, I did not keep anything that looked or smelled like it was going bad.

I realized I needed to check my makeup bag, the medicine cabinet, a couple sink storage spots, my purse, and my special events makeup kit to see what I really had. The results were shocking. I have a problem. I am a lip coverage addict. I thought I was down to just a few colors. I assembled quite the stash from purple to bright pink to my favorite deep red from Clinique. Twenty-four lipsticks and gloss tubes (yes I know, crazy!), four liners, and five lip plumpers which I had totally forgotten about. Oh and two lip balms. I had everything from the cheap L.A. dollar store brand to Clinique, Avon to Kryolan and Ben Nye theatrical brands, Makeover Essentials to one fantastic Revlon nude shade that I picked up for under $2 at a Walgreens last year. And I got this Buxom gloss from my sister in law that’s so good it hadn’t left my purse since Christmas. I am clearly obsessed.

The rest of my make-up was far less challenging because two years ago, I realized I had WAY too much shadow. I only cleaned out a couple of brown shades that were stuck in the corners of containers that went to the recycling bin. But as I went along, I also found two scented bars of sculpting soap and other bs like that. I cut ‘em up and put them in my huge bath gel dispenser with another sample size bath lotion (along with what was previously in there, vanilla bath foam and xmas cinnamon—wait for it—from last year and I mean 2016). I’m gonna use that stuff, I swear, and I have been, just like I got through the too much eye shadow, one day at a time.

I found two unopened mascaras that I was looking for. And I sorted through make up brushes too.

I also found two tubes of body shimmer and one tube of glitter which belonged in the special kit. I confess that the body shimmer is the bomb. It’s some silvery stuff I bought from Avon, and it highlights like nothing else I’ve seen. I need a special event to just cover myself in it like a vampire from Twilight. And it’s not a bad thing. I do enough shoots and events to where this stuff will get used. Which brings me to…

The cellulite creams, body lotions, oils, etc. Yeah, that was part of two years ago “let’s pare this back a little”. I put a bunch of them in one big bottle with some self-tanning creams—and forgot about it. Even though the immense bottle is in the same caddy as my bath soap with a tub of lavender foot lotion that’s (I can’t believe this) TEN years old. I remember because that’s when I had I house and I’ve now been in my apartment ten years. Wow, that’s hard to admit. Ah well, yep, it’s so freaking cold and dry here right now, that yes, I using that stuff TODAY. Again none is going to waste and I’ll be soft as a baby’s bottom. The Mississippi is starting to really ice up as we hit day thirteen of below freezing temps. You can see the progression.

I did good today. I also took out five bags of recycling (don’t judge, I just haven’t had time since before Christmas when I threw my back out), I made a massive pot of bean mix for burritos, etc., banana oatmeal bread (my apt smelled heavenly), did one load of laundry, squeezed in a short workout, promoted some artwork online, starting planning for an upcoming shoot, and even sorted through a sandwich bag full of AA batteries. To explain, my portable CD player practically eats them. However, after they’re done in the player, they’re still good enough for the TV remote, mini flashlights, a couple of clocks, and a small portable fan in the bathroom.  And I still got to sleep in.

So next up is more laundry and cleaning up xmas over the next few days. After that, organizing craft/art supplies and moving some furniture. Like I said, I gotta have things in place to be able to work more efficiently because 2018 is my year. Get ready for some delightful things!

Please note SALE!! all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Cementing my first show and shoot of the year. 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
Events:

Feb art show, details coming…

June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Happy New Year!

Hello Lovelies!

So first, like most of you, I’ve made one very simple New Years resolution:

Also, a little less social media, a lot more creativity, and a lot more exercise.

My little run to the ER with massive back spasms on xmas eve day was a brutal reminder that I need to stay healthy.

2017 was filled with highs and lows and the gaps between were massive; very little grey area.

On the bad side, my older sister passed away on Easter after a 30+ year battle with MS. The very next night I had to style a photo shoot. And just a week later I had a book signing and photo promo shoot (of me).Honest to God, I am so grateful to have been surrounded by friends and family.

I also had to put Bobalou down. I still miss him, but realize a pet isn’t a good thing for me to have right now.

My sis in law lost her mother only a couple months after her father was seriously ill in the hospital. I also had to break off a couple of professional relationships that weren’t fruitful and actually downright scary.

The highs were well, amazing. I put out four books:

1) A Book of Sleepy Dogs

2) A Long Reign (my first amazon bestseller)

3) Illustrated-Cecilia’s Tale (A Children’s Book I illustrated for my editor, Debbie Manber Kupfer!)

4) The First Ten Bites (a compilation of my vamp series)

5) I started a book on NaNoWriMo!

6) and ended the year with a short story submission. Literally on NYE!!

I curated a Steampunk art show and the first Broken Hearts Ball and Fashion Show-at 1900 Park, and shows at The Heavy Anchor.

I had two shows at the Dog Museum and donated my annual piece to Stray Rescue’s annual Urban Wanderers art show.

Big River Steampunk Festival was incredible. And managing the Masquerade Fashion Show was amazing:

The year ended with the Lafayette Square House Tour. It was inspiring!

New Years came in with a cold blast. I relaxed at home with movies, cookies, treats, wine, writing, and pancakes!!

And it was so cold that ice was on the Mississippi on New Years Day:

Thank you for letting me share another trip around the sun with you all.

Of course with end of the year, all holiday items in my shop are already marked at 50% until 12/15/18. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

2018 is going to be magical. So many plans are already in the works.

Peace to you and yours, and as always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
Events:

June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc