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Ohhhh It’s November??

Whatcha doing?  Right this moment.  Whatcha doing?  Besides reading this email?  How many other things are you doing? Let me tell you what I’m doing: 1.  Figuring out commission checks 2.  Listening to KCRW on iTunes. (Radio station out of LA that I listen to when I’m there.) 3.  Cleaning out the shelf where I [...]

Ohhhh It’s November?? Ohhhh It’s November??

Count down to BOOO!!!!

I’ve told you before about being involved with Bruka theater.  I don’t think I’ve ever told you why I got involved. A few years ago my New Years resolution was to volunteer.  Now I’m not the read-the-books-to-the-orphans kind of gal.  I’m the “what can I do with the arts?” kind of person. Some how I [...]

Count down to BOOO!!!! Count down to BOOO!!!!

What I don’t do

Third time’s the charm, right? This is one of those emails.  The ones that don’t just flow.  That I read over & over again & ask “Why am I writing this?” Delete delete delete. What have I deleted you wonder? Let me tell you: First delete:  talking about the first date I had on tuesday [...]

What I don’t do What I don’t do

Pictured is serving suggestion

I’ll admit it.  I’m a snob.  A costume snob and I blame Nana & Mom for this. Growing up with those two women as my influences is who I blame today for my snobbery. Nana crocheted me a “Little Red Riding Hood” cape & hood one year.  I still have it in my hope chest. [...]

Pictured is serving suggestion Pictured is serving suggestion

Clearance!! Clearance!!!

So you think you know me. Well you kind of do but you don’t know everything. I don’t tell you everything.  Seriously.  I only put the positive in these emails.  Even now as I’m writing this I’m thinking ‘Lauren what is the purpose of this email? Why are you typing this sentence?” Why do I [...]

Clearance!! Clearance!!! Clearance!! Clearance!!!

Don’t Divorce Your Parrot

Welcome home.  Well, welcome back to the default world.  How was your journey into the Rites of Passage?  Mine was amazing. (Note to all of you who aren’t Burners.  You might want to stop reading & just go onto the next email in your box.  This is going to be pretty Burning Man a-rific.) Anyway…. [...]

Don’t Divorce Your Parrot Don’t Divorce Your Parrot

Breathe. Just Breathe

It’s interesting having a non-Burner as a roommate.  She tilts her head at times and just kind of scratches her scalp with a look of “what the heck?”. This morning when I was going thru my petticoats and couldn’t find my yellow one Amanda said “Don’t look at me.  When or why would I EVER [...]

Breathe. Just Breathe Breathe. Just Breathe

You can tell me what to do…

If you could do anything without limitations, with all the resources and with no one telling you “no” what would you do? Wow. No limitations. You have all the resources. NO ONE is telling you “No”. What is it? Holy world-opening-up-to-me Batman! Welcome Andy Hill to my life.  Andy is a business coach that is [...]

You can tell me what to do… You can tell me what to do…

Honestly? You thought I’d leave you??

Ohhhhh You thought I’d leave you guys?  For a rock star??  (Been there, done that.  Got the t-shirt that I stole off the bus. May I remind you:  Fans see the show.  Groupies get on the bus.) I mean seriously. I don’t want to tell you how many responses I got from you guys thinking [...]

Honestly? You thought I’d leave you?? Honestly? You thought I’d leave you??

This is it.

Yeah.  This is my last email.  After Friday night you won’t be seeing me except in the news.  Tabloids I’m expecting.  ”Who is that woman with Peter Gabriel?” Truth is:  Peter wants me and I must oblige the man.  Seriously it’s my duty. This is how it’s going to happen: Remember that Bruce Springsteen video [...]

This is it. This is it.
  • Ohhhh It’s November??

    Posted on November 1st, 2011 Gemini No comments

    Whatcha doing?  Right this moment.  Whatcha doing?  Besides reading this email?  How many other things are you doing?

    Let me tell you what I’m doing:
    1.  Figuring out commission checks
    2.  Listening to KCRW on iTunes. (Radio station out of LA that I listen to when I’m there.)
    3.  Cleaning out the shelf where I store the incense, tagging gun, price tags and other misc stuff
    4.  Writing a sentence once in a while
    5.  Thinking about making coffee but since it’s after 1 do I really want the caffeine?
    6.  Starting to put away halloween stuff
    7.  Checking Facebook
    8.  Answering a text
    9.  Helping a customer

    And that’s just in the past 15 minutes.

    So here’s what I want you to do.

    Stop.

    Just stop.

    Put your feet flat on the floor and take a deep breath.

    Do it again.

    Check your posture.  Release your shoulders.  DO IT!  NOW!  I don’t care if you’re at work.  If you’ve taken time to read this email you can take time to breathe.

    Breathe.

    Hear the breath enter your lungs.  Feel it full.  Feel it.

    Sigh it out.

    Now thank yourself for something.  I don’t care what it is but say “Thank you” to yourself.  You’ve done something today that is worthy of gratitude.

    Find a second thing to thank yourself for.

    And now find a third thing to thank yourself for.

    Be brave.  Thank yourself.

    Be courageous.  Thank yourself.

    Be fearless.  Thank yourself.

    Thank you.

    **********************

    In this issue:

    1.  Clearance!!
    2.  Lauren’s sewing
    3.  Lauren’s teaching
    4.  Misc stuff

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    1.  Clearance!!

    Last night was Halloween.  I sat on my porch and handed out pencils, puzzles and barrettes.  My friend Grin said “Did you run out of pennies and walnuts? How did your house NOT get egged?”

    Well Grin Smarty Pants I did NOT get egged and in fact I only had 1 kid who complained it wasn’t candy.  So I told him to get off my porch.  Yup.  I was that crazy lady for just one moment.  ”Get off my porch kid.  You don’t get a pencil or a puzzle!”

    His friend said “Dude!  Pencils for school!”

    And my pumpkin was still on the porch egg free this morning.

    I never know if I’m going to have 20 kids or 200 kids.  Pencils keep from year to year and I don’t wake up with a sugar hangover the next day.  (Although I could go for a frozen Snickers right about now.)

    My favorite costume was the kid who had a zombie body but was wearing Minnie Mouse ears.  He said that the ears were off his sister’s costume.

    So yeah.  Clearance.

    All packaged costumes are 50% off.  Now.

    We’re also going thru the tie-dye and clearing out old stock.  Dresses, tank tops, t-shirts.  Time to move it out baby.  Time to move it out.

    I have a feeling the $5 clearance rack is going to be packed very very soon.

    ***************

    2.  Lauren’s sewing

    After taking most of the year off I’m back to sewing.

    Now’s the time to come & talk to me about Santa crawl stuff.  NOW.

    ******************

    3. Lauren’s teaching.

    I miss teaching.  Sewing & tie-dye.  I miss it both.

    I’ll be working on a class schedule soon.  It will be announced in the next week.

    What do you want to learn?

    ***************

    4.  Misc stuff

    A few answers to some questions that have come up:

    1.  The Jello shots were a hit!  The best seller was the choc dipped cherry with rum cherry jello. My personal favorite was the pina colada.
    My friend Mona & I won best couple.  We were dressed alike in pin-up girl corsets, white wigs and I did Day of the Dead makeup.
    Thank you Bruka for such a fun party!

    2.  No, I’m not closing  the store.  I’m not going anyplace.  This question has been asked since I end the email with “Come shopping.  Keep us alive.”
    That has been my  email line for a while.  I believe I need to change it but don’t really know to what.
    Ideas?

    3.  I am taking a Webinar course via Facebook.  One of the things that they are saying is that I can win free FB advertising if I get 100 new people to my business FB page.

    If you’ve not “liked” http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prism-Magic-Clothing-Imports/186321690491 please do.  Invite your friends!

    *************

    Come shopping!  Support the small local business so we can in turn support you!

    Lauren & Crew

  • Count down to BOOO!!!!

    Posted on October 26th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    I’ve told you before about being involved with Bruka theater.  I don’t think I’ve ever told you why I got involved.

    A few years ago my New Years resolution was to volunteer.  Now I’m not the read-the-books-to-the-orphans kind of gal.  I’m the “what can I do with the arts?” kind of person.

    Some how I thought of Bruka and made the call saying “put me to work”.

    And they did.

    Here it is about 5 years later and I’m still in love with volunteering at Bruka.

    Which brings me to this weekend & the Freakers Ball.

    I am in charge of the Jello shots.

    Last year someone else made them.  I lied & told people that the yellow shots had more alcohol than the green ones. When it came time for me to sell the green ones people said “You’re right!  These aren’t as strong.”

    Tee hee

    They were the same.

    So this year I’ve decided to kick it up a notch by making “gourmet” Jello shots.

    What makes them gourmet?  Cause I said so.  Plus the work that’s going into them.

    Right now I have cherries that I soaked in rum for 10 days that I dipped in chocolate sitting in my kitchen.  I’ll be taking Creme de Cacoa liquor and adding that to cherry Jello and covering the rum cherries.

    #2 Shot:  Bloody Mary

    #3 Shot:  Either a peach/rum thingie OR pina colada shot.

    I Googled “Gourmet Jello Shots” and ended up with a web site that was “The Science of Jello Shots”.  They did a Jello shot flambe that looked pretty cool but it was with Everclear and I’m not doing that.  (Kind of like bacon vodka:  good in theory but best left at Burning Man.)

    Oh and this is my first time making Jello shots.

    Why do I think I can do this?  Cause I rock and I said so.

    **************

    Halloween parties have already started.

    The store is WAYYYYYY overloaded with costumes.  Last year we ran out.  This year I tripled the stock.

    Come in.
    Shop with us.

    THey’re all 20% off.

    And

    Plenty of plus sizes that qre TRULY plus sized.

    My favorite costume:  The bi-polar bear.  Comes with a pill canister that is worn around the neck.

    We’re getting low on petticoats & wigs.

    We’ll stay late for you!  Just call ahead.

    ***********

    Oh and speaking of Freakers Ball I’m trying to gather up raffle items.  Got a gift card or something you’d like to donate?  We can use it!

    ************

    I’ve got to get back to dying up the special orders so I’m going to cut this short.

    Come shopping.

    I love you more than those super halloween stores that swoop in for just a month.  Seriously.  Do you get emails from them?  Nope.

    Come shopping.

    Keep us alive.

    Lauren & Crew

  • What I don’t do

    Posted on October 20th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    Third time’s the charm, right?

    This is one of those emails.  The ones that don’t just flow.  That I read over & over again & ask “Why am I writing this?”

    Delete delete delete.

    What have I deleted you wonder?

    Let me tell you:

    First delete:  talking about the first date I had on tuesday night where I preached to the guy about shopping locally.  And then I went on being all self righteous about shopping locally.

    Second delete:  Talked about how many people have walked in the store & have said how they ordered their costume on line and found it here cheaper.

    So now here we are.

    And I am asking this “Lauren why are you writing this email today?”
    Answer: “Cause the store is stocked more this year with Halloween than any other year and people need to come in & shop.”

    And there you have it.

    There is a chicken suit for sale.  It’s like the one in the window only not faded.
    There are really groovy space costumes that will double for Yuri’s night in April.

    (This is me banging my head on the keyboard looking for words.  Could be the lack of coffee?  Could be the abundance of pears that I’ve eaten today?)

    Let’s just get to the meat of this:

    1.  Halloween
    2.  New stuff
    3.  You should come to this!
    4.  Misc stuff

    ************

    1.  Halloween

    Holy bursting racks of Halloween goodness Batman!

    I’m throwing it all at 20% off (unless it’s consignment or already on clearance.)

    I gotta pay rent & employees so you need to come shopping.

    If you already have partial costume bring it in!  Let’s see what we can do.

    ********

    2.  New Stuff

    Holy bursting racks of corsets Batman!
    Holy bursting shelves of Xotic eyes, tata’s & body art!
    Holy bursting shelves of Manic Panic hair dye!
    Holy bursting baskets of Manic Panic black light makeup!
    Holy bursting wall of wigs!

    (Batman)

    *************

    3.  You should come to this!

    Remember last year when I wasn’t Clara in Buttcracker at Bruka?  Well my friend La La was one of the choreographers.

    She is recovering from breast cancer & there’s going to be a giant fund raiser for her this weekend.  I’m dressing her in 3 different looks for the fashion show.

    Come!  Her insurance sucks and basic living expenses like her kids not being able to be in sports or dance have suffered.

    It’s $15.  Raffle, cocktails & fashion show & a reason for you to dress up in Pink!

    Aquarius Salon: 701 S. Virginia.
    6 pm cocktails
    8 pm fashion show
    Music & dancing after.

    The date for La Ronda’s benefit is THIS saturday, Oct 22.

    Hope to see you there.
    *************

    4.  Misc stuff

    Come shopping.

    Lauren & Crew

    Oh and about that first date on tues night? Let’s just leave it at the stroll around the marina was really nice.

  • Pictured is serving suggestion

    Posted on October 7th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    I’ll admit it.  I’m a snob.  A costume snob and I blame Nana & Mom for this.

    Growing up with those two women as my influences is who I blame today for my snobbery.

    Nana crocheted me a “Little Red Riding Hood” cape & hood one year.  I still have it in my hope chest. (Do girls still do hope chests?)

    My most memorable costume was the year I was “Queen of the Hobo’s”.  Mom made my crown out of an oatmeal carton.  It was left with the oatmeal guy on it but we glued glitter all over it after cutting it into a crown shape.  My cape was made from one of my Dad’s old suit coats that I tied using the arms around my neck.  I believe gold lame patches were sewn on it.

    Remember “The Big Fig Newton”?  Gigi Gegenbach & I went as the Big Fig Newton one year.  I still have the theme song memorized “Rich & chewy inside, golden flaky cakey outside.  Wrap the inside in the outside is it good? Darn Tooting! Doing the big FIG NEWTON!” (These are the things that are in my brain. And I’m pretty sure I’ll be mumbling it when I’m in the home in a wheelchair.)

    When we opened the store 5 years ago I’ll admit I really didn’t know much about packaged costumes.  I just figured everyone was like me:  knew how to make something outta nothing.

    And I have to apologize to those of you who really tried to shop here for halloween those first couple of years.  I had NO clue what I was doing.

    Which brings me to this year and our costume rack.

    It’s packed. I mean really really packed.  AND the quality of the costumes this year is probably the best I’ve ever done.

    I went crazy in LA & at the costume convention.

    I pulled things apart & inspected the stitching.  I looked at the accessories.  Ohhhhh baby baby.  I really went overboard & am THRILLED at what we’ve gotten in so far.

    Jennifer Herstine hat maker brought in about a dozen top hats that are really fantastic!  Skulls, skeletons and ravens all on the brims.

    You gotta get in here & see it all!!

    ************

    I started this email at 10 this morning & it’s now 5:15.  Time for me to hit send.

    Just come shopping.

    The clearance racks are stuffed.
    The new corset rack is stuffed.

    Just come on in.

    BOO!

    Lauren & Crew

  • Clearance!! Clearance!!!

    Posted on September 29th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    So you think you know me. Well you kind of do but you don’t know everything.

    I don’t tell you everything.  Seriously.  I only put the positive in these emails.  Even now as I’m writing this I’m thinking ‘Lauren what is the purpose of this email? Why are you typing this sentence?”

    Why do I keep it positive and not tell you all the crap that goes on?  Cause that’s why I have my Besties: my 4 very bestest friends in the whole wide world.  They’re the ones that get those calls and show up with wine, nail polish and chocolate.

    And I don’t want to turn this into the “Brenda Martinez radiothon”.

    Who’s Brenda Martinez?  So glad you asked.

    Many many years ago when I was on-air at KCMJ AM in Palm Springs there was a dj by the name of Brenda Martinez.  (Country love songs.  Yeah.  Oh and I’d do the “truckers update” once a night.  *sigh* But a gig’s a gig.)

    Now Brenda would get on air & tell everyone how bad her life was:  kids, husband, etc.  It was like she was living a bad country song.  And here’s the kicker:  people would call up & send her MONEY!  Like their $5 would change her life in some way.

    AND

    She would keep the money.

    One time I was leaving the station & she came on after me.  I was listening as I was driving home & ended up being pulled over for speeding.

    The cop said ‘Do you know how fast you were going and why are you laughing?”
    Me “Because I work at KCMJ AM & I’m listening to Brenda Martinez give her life story on-air again and it’s making me laugh because it’s so pathetic.” (Maybe I didn’t use the word “pathetic” but again this was 25 years ago.)
    Cop: “What is her deal?”
    Me:  ”No clue.”
    Cop let me off with a warning.

    As for Brenda Martinez?  I have no clue what happened to her.  I got fired from the station for looking for another job (remember the Pirate radio email when I almost took the job on Radio Caroline? It was that interview that got me fired.) and I quit listening to the station right after that.  And plus I don’t remember if that was a real name or an air name.

    *************

    In this issue:

    1.  Clearance!
    2.  New Stuff
    3.  I’m creating again!
    4.  Misc stuff

    *************

    1.  Clearance!

    Rhiana and I have been going thru the store and slashing prices!  (Why do I feel like a used car salesman? “We’re slashing prices like NO ONES BUSINESS!”  Now picture one of us in a banana costume.  Oh and a giraffe is in the commercial, too.  Oh Cal Worthington where are you when we need you?  Ask your parents.)

    Corset & tie-dye have been marked down 50%!  There’s a rack of just tie-dye dresses.  Yes.  Dresses. I know you thought you’d never see the day that I, Lauren Hufft-Gifford actually marked down dresses.  But yes.

    The $5 rack is BACK!

    ***********

    2. New Stuff

    I took Rhiana to her first convention last week:  the Lingerie Convention in Las Vegas.  It was my way of rewarding her for such an amazing summer.  She had a great time spending money and discovering new vendors for us.

    The orders have started to come in.

    Corsets!!!  Seven til Midbnight makes plus sized corset to 4xl that are actual 4xl!
    We’ve also gotten in a new to us company “Shirley of Hollywood” and their plus sizes are plus sized.

    Xotic is sending us new eye art, body art & pasties.  It’s a HUGE order and should be here soon.

    Belly dancing costumes!

    OHHHH!!!  Eye lashes from Baci. They are soooo sexy and sooo fun!

    What else….

    OMG OMG OMG!  I almost forgot!
    We’re going to start carrying Manic Panic hair dye!  They also have a line of make-up that is soooo beautiful. Think Zombie meets Goth meets vampire.  Yeah.  Sexy.

    I drove from Vegas to LA & did some serious damage at the LA Mart.  Skirts, blouses, pants, yoga pants & COSTUMES!

    **************

    3.  I’m creating again!

    I took some very needed time off from sewing and from teaching.  Guess what:  I’m back.  I got my passion back for sewing!

    So those of you who went without during the summer but want for Santa crawl now’s the time to come see me.

    Sewing classes are going to start up again in Nov.

    I missed you guys.  And I missed my passion.

    *************

    Misc Stuff:

    We said “Good-bye” to Gina this summer.  She had an amazing opportunity fall into her lap & she really needed to grab it.  We both knew that as much as I wanted her to stay with me FOREVER it was time for her to move on.  Tears were shed but laughter and life won over.  I miss her and her energy.

    We said “Welcome back!” to Taryn.  Taryn worked for me about 8 years ago when she was in high school.

    She’s doing most of the tie-dye with me and she ROCKS the costuming.

    ***

    The store is decorated for Halloween.  Dana Jr came by yesterday.  This is the 3rd halloween that she’s done the store & I think she’s really outdone herself this year.

    *************

    Come shopping!

    Lauren & Crew

  • Don’t Divorce Your Parrot

    Posted on September 7th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    Welcome home.  Well, welcome back to the default world.  How was your journey into the Rites of Passage?  Mine was amazing.

    (Note to all of you who aren’t Burners.  You might want to stop reading & just go onto the next email in your box.  This is going to be pretty Burning Man a-rific.)

    Anyway…. I got home yesterday (Tues).  My feeling:  I can either wait in line for 7 hours on Monday or breeze thru on Tuesday.

    After 13 days on the Playa I feel like my life has changed.  Of course I can say that staying home for 13 days, too.

    The difference for me:  My self acceptance of my life.

    Let me explain.

    In years past I’ve had a chip on my shoulder when people come up to me & say “You own that store!”  I didnt want to be bothered.  I wanted to have my own personal Burning Man experience.  My energy was basically “LEAVE ME ALONE YOU PEOPLE!!”

    This year is the year of me giving thanks.  I tried to hug and be as gracious as possible.  In the past year I’ve realized my passion, my joy and it’s due to YOU for keeping my dream alive thru suppot of MY store.

    Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

    To the person who hugged me & told me the story of their Mother’s passing and how coming into my store helped them get thru their grief:  Thank you.

    To the person who told me that I am a “true Burner” and that my store reflects that: Thank you.

    To the person who called my store a “sanctuary”: Thank you.

    To all the artists who allow me the honor of carrying your art:  Thank you.

    To my Campmates at Howzit who welcomed me with open arms, fed me and made me feel such a generous amount of love:  Thank you.

    To the three couples that gave me the honor of officiating their weddings:  Thank you.

    And finally to the Universe for allowing me the pleasure of living my life with very few limitations:  Thank you.

    ****************

    Oh and on a side note: I got to meet Will Chase the guy who writes “Jack Rabbit Speaks” for Burning Man.  I said to him “I own a store & send out an email  to my customers.  I have copied your format for Jack Rabbit Speaks.  I just wanted to thank you and hope that you don’t mind.”

    Will “You’re welcome.  What’s your store?”

    Me  ”Prism Magic in Sparks.”

    Will “I know that store & I’m on your email!’

    Dear Will:  THANK YOU!

    **************

    Last year someone forwarded me an email from the NY Burner list.  I’d like to reprint it this year.

    As the time to decompress is now unavoidable, keep these words of wisdom in

    mind….

    An important public service announcement from Mlle via the Colonel

    from Arctic Monkey on the NY Burners guide:

    ====================================

    The Arctic Monkey’s Post-Playa Decompression Guide

    In the interest of helping give a concise, helpful, guided re-entry into civilization after being at Burning Man, I wrote down a series of rules for Radical Re-Entry.

    After seeing four email threads flare up and two potential life-changing events start up with various friends over the years, here’s the short version:

    Monkey Re-Entry Rule Number 1:

    Wait three weeks before you make any life-changing decisions.

    But let me change that up a bit so it makes more sense.

    When returning from the playa, you will be hot, dusty, tired, exhausted. Your body will have undergone immense stress, and if you live in a vastly different environment, your body will likely react by getting a cold (especially if you kissed anyone at the Space Froggie Free Kissing Booth).

    Step 1. Take a shower, hippie. Shave, shower, steam everything off. Take two. Or three. Then go to sleep. You need it.

    Step 2. Clean your gear. Wash your clothes, car, stuff, or pack it up into the Burner corner of your house. Pack it away and dry it out. Recycle, do your garbage, and wash your dishes. Get it put away.

    Step 3. Breathe. Go through all your Burner stuff from this year, sort and organize, and then happily stash it away for good memories for later.

    Now that your physical needs are out of the way, let’s go to the mental needs.

    OMGWTFBBQ THAT WAS AWESOME!

    Yes, it was! Wow. Did you see that one guy with the thing? Those two girls? That…why are you looking at me like that? I’m just trying to explain it to you.

    Right. The people who didn’t go are going to eye you with either jealousy or trepidation, and your social acceptability standards while on playa are different from the real world. While you CAN expect the world to change to fit the Burning Man model, it seems to work better if you don’t try to put your shoulder up against the wheel of the Real World right away until you figure out how that whole leverage thing works as more than just a metaphor.

    A single butterfly may make changes to the world’s weather, but sometimes they just get blown into a bug zapper by the wind. Slow down there, Mr. Burner Evangelist. You’ve got 360 days before you’re{File:”ARTery_team_manual_v2.3.pdf”} heading back to the Awesome. Let your own brain process the nifty neato cool awesome, then hand it off to others.

    You just don’t get it.

    Okay there, Mr Cranky McCrankerpants. Did you forget to take your 5-HTP afterwards? Are you still dehydrated? Are you wondering what the $3,490 charge for “snacks” might be on your visa bill? That’s your own stuff and it’s not up to the people around you – your loved ones, your hamster, your dog, your listmates, your campmates, your neighbor – to make accomodations for your emotional state post-playa. That’s entirely your bag of playafied emotional entanglements to work through.

    Take a few more minutes to consider what you’re saying on email to people. Reread, check your emotions, and maybe put down the phone to keep yourself from doing irreparable harm to your relationships because you didn’t sleep for a week and are still seeing the Sleep Deprivation Leprechauns in your dreams.

    Slow down. Put your gear in order, wash your dishes, go for a long walk. Then go back and talk to your friends. If this is directed at people you camped with or your patience level is abysmally low, maybe you should also take what we in the business call “A Chill Pill” and go shut up in a dark corner with some Funyuns for a while.

    Not bitching people out for supposed insults or slights or yelling at people for their “stupidity” is a good way to keep and maintain your friendships. Also, try not to play Mr. Huffy or Ms. Huffy about imagined or unimagined stuff that went on or didn’t go on at the event that you failed to communicate and ergo, the other party SHOULD have known by magically reading your mind/emotional state. You will keep people from thinking you’re a total whackjob and/or raging asshat who can’t communicate. And you may keep your friends, instead of driving them before you.

    And now back to Monkey Rule Numero Uno, PERIOD. (See? I ramble, but I return to the point.)

    DO NOT MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR LIFE FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS AFTER YOU COME BACK FROM BURNING MAN.

    Do not quit your job. Do not divorce your wife, husband, sister, dog, parakeet. Do not sell all your possessions and move to Tibet to be a monk. Do not ditch your car and travel the world. Do not found Hobbit Camp. Do not plan a giant zeppelin for next year’s Burn. Do not move out of your house, break up with your girlfriend, boyfriend, get married, move in your playa lover, sell your car, ditch your friends, or make other rash decisions after you come home. This is important, because the playa is still going to be in your brain, and the effects are like that of rareified stupid sometimes.

    It will make total sense to have a threesome with your significant other and someone in an enormous rabbit costume at the Burn; in reality the ears get caught in the ceiling fan. Make sure if you have major life decisions to make, you make them AFTER you settle down and settle in. The emotions and the stress will still be in your system for some time; do not allow them to unduly influence your life.

    Take some B-vitamins, some 5-htp, drink plenty of water and eat a good meal or two that you cooked yourself, go to bed early and read a good book. You earned it. That major life-changing decision will still be there in three weeks, and if you reduce the sheer volume of stress you have, it will make those decisions easier to deal with AFTER you havetime to put away all the other issues and emotions post-Burn.

    You might not pay any attention to this little guide, or you might say, “That’s for suckers! Real Burners quit their jobs and go work in an iron foundry with those guys they met that one night on the playa or go get married with that beautiful playa nubnub in Vegas!

    We don’t need your stinkin’ recommendations, Monkey!” And you would be right (and I will happily watch you run off while popping my popcorn and pulling up a chair). But if you want to have an easier time recovering from the playa, you might take a little time down to remember what the rest of your year goes like, and adjusting your brain, your living patterns, and your emotional safety nets accordingly.

    It really does help, especially if you THINK you got all the dusty bananas out of your tent before you packed it away.

    Anyway, that’s it. Don’t stress. Pack your stuff away, and wait three weeks before making any life-changing decisions.

    Oh, and be nice to people. At the end of three weeks, you can be a jerk again if you want to.

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    Thank you.

    Come shopping & keep us alive.

    Lauren & Crew

  • Breathe. Just Breathe

    Posted on August 20th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    It’s interesting having a non-Burner as a roommate.  She tilts her head at times and just kind of scratches her scalp with a look of “what the heck?”.

    This morning when I was going thru my petticoats and couldn’t find my yellow one Amanda said “Don’t look at me.  When or why would I EVER wear YOUR yellow petticoat??”

    Ummmmm Amanda I need my yellow petticoat to go with my S & M Queen Bee costume.  Sheesh.

    My other roommate is a Burner.  He was thrilled when I gifted him a fur coat that had been gifted to me. (Thanks Smooches!  It’s moving from my closet to the playa.)

    The living room looks like Burning Man threw up all over.  My friend Posha said “He’s been in my back yard doing the same thing.”  I have a feeling he’s been throwing up in about 55,000 people’s world.

    Last night my friend Stu met me for drinks and to help me with my “master” list.  He actually writes things down.  I am the “throw it in a box and hope I remembered everything” kind of person.  He said “Now about bedding” and I thought “Huh… guess I need sheets for the new mattress that I ordered from Reno Mattress for Big Bess. Which reminds me I need to call Reno Mattress and see if it’s come in. Guess I should put that on the MASTER list….”

    I leave this Thursday.  I’m on Artery crew.  What’s Artery?  Why it’s the ART of the Man!  It’s the group that places the art on the playa.  I get to meet artists from all over the world!!! How cool is that???  Seriously cool.  http://www.burningman.com/installations/artery.html

    I’ll be working as a concierge helping to check people in, field ops helping to place the art and I’m hoping to do a stint or 2 as a tour guide.

    The other cool thing I’m doing this year:  I’m officiating 4 weddings.  Real weddings.

    Bring it Burning Man.  Bring your “Rites of Passage” to me. I am open to all experiences, lessons and life that you’re going to gift me.

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    In this issue

    1.  Support the local arts
    2.  Back to school
    3.  Other stuff

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    1.  Support the local arts

    As I write this I’m doing a mental count of how many local artists are selling in my store.  I think I’m at about 20.  Twenty people!  All from the Reno/Sparks area.

    And

    They’re selling out.

    Sam from OffbeatWear came in earlier this week with a crazed look.  Because of you guys she’s been able to make her hobby into a full time business.

    John Wade:  Same story. His vests & coats are just flying out the door.  I think I have maybe 2 pieces left??

    New artist Becca from B. Saintly has such a cute, whimsical look.  Her brocade panel skirts are so delicate but funky.

    Hula hoops from Lisa Rizzoli, Glitterdome & Myra are moving as fast as they can make them.

    By you supporting me I cam support them.  Thank you!

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    2.  Back to school

    I got a call the other day from a Yelp rep.

    “I’m looking at your Yelp page and I just wanted to help you Gucci it up.”

    Excuse me? “Gucci it up?”

    “I want to help you with back to school shopping.”

    Me “You must not be looking too close to my Yelp page.  If little Tiffany needs a corset for back to school then I’m that store.”

    Sooooo does your little Tiffany need a corset for back to school?  Great!  We got in a HUGE shipment from Living Dead Souls.  The corset rack is STUFFED.

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    3.  Misc stuff

    We are open daily from 10 am until the last customer leaves.  Sometimes it’s 8, sometimes it’s 10 pm.

    We’ll be open until the Weds before labor day.

    Come on by!

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    Keep us alive!  Come shopping!

    XOXO
    Lauren & Crew

  • You can tell me what to do…

    Posted on June 28th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    If you could do anything without limitations, with all the resources and with no one telling you “no” what would you do?

    Wow.
    No limitations.
    You have all the resources.
    NO ONE is telling you “No”.

    What is it?
    Holy world-opening-up-to-me Batman!

    Welcome Andy Hill to my life.  Andy is a business coach that is literally changing my life.

    Andy asked me that same exact thing last week.  What would I do?

    No limitations.  All the resources.  NO ONE is telling me NO.  Whew.

    Hello growth.  Hello Universe.  Come on in.

    Since Steve and I split last year I’ve really had to do some deep soul searching about my store, my life and my future.  Am I doing the right thing?

    The Universe has shown me in many many ways that “Yup Lauren you’re on the right path.”

    Andy entered my life and is helping me figure out how to stay on the path.  He’s giving me the tools to expand my business and see the opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.

    Check him out & be amazed at what he can do!

    http://sageatwork.com/

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    I am sitting in the store after a long day of tie-dying.  Gina & Rhiana just left.  Kendra was here this morning for a few hours and Zack took a much needed day off.

    The radio has been on the Earth Wind & Fire station on Pandora for most of the day.  (It was my turn to pick.  Other wise Rhiana probably would have had it on country.  Or top 40. Oy.)

    The doors are locked and this is my favorite part of the day.  When I get to sit here & relish the quiet after a very long long productive fun day. Hold that thought.  I just remembered there’s some wine in the fridge.  Hello screw top single serving!

    The store has been filled the past couple of days with people heading out to Fourth of Juplaya.  It’s the precursor to Burning Man.  I wish I was going but Tahoe calls and I love the Lake for the 4th.

    (For a screw top single serving this wine isn’t too bad. I’ve poured it into the wine glass I mosaicced a few years ago when Katie Call taught here.  Need to convince her that Vancouver isn’t all that far to come from to teach!)

    I’ve been looking around at all the creativity that’s here.  Sam from Offbeat Ware came in & brought a new hat rack.  It’s loaded along with her fur rack.  Ohhhh such pretty things!

    Kathe from Kosmic ware brought in “Beginner Raver Girl” kits.  It’s fur boot covers, funky spandex panties and pasties.  HOT HOT HOT!

    Rhiana organized the hat wall last week.  Jennifer Herstine has really loaded us down with animal fur top hats.

    John John brought in more vests.  I love John John.  If you haven’t met him it will be a treat when you do.  He & I were in Buttcracker last Dec.  He was the Sugar Plum Fairy meets Lady Gaga.

    Sam Tower leather worker has loaded us with frogs that you wear on your belt & can carry your mug.  Very handy on the playa!

    I know I know I know.  I gush.  I’m giddy.  I just love this place and it’s so great that I am blessed to have my store.  Thank you.

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    In this issue:

    1.  New Stuff
    2.  Support the arts!
    3.  On the road
    4.  Misc Stuff

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    1.  New stuff

    OMG OMG OMG  We got a partial shipment from Living Dead Souls.  Their corsets are so amazing!!  I LOVE them!   They’re sexy, metal boning and ohhhhh did I mention sexy???

    You read above about Sam, Kathe, John John and Leather Sam.

    We’ve also started to get in some kids Playa ware.  Not an easy find btw.  If you have kids stuff bring it in!

    Tie-dye tie-dye tie-dye.  We’ve got it.  You want it.  Dresses!!!!

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    2.  Support the arts

    We’ve got tickets for:

    Unity! Temple of Transition fund raiser
    $15
    Sat July 9, 6 pm til ??
    Hobson Square (Home of the Salvagery)
    900 E. 4th Str, Reno

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    Utility Players present
    “Improv the Musical”

    July 19-21
    Pioneer Underground
    Tickets $15 in advance

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    3.  On the road

    I will be at the Middle School in South Lake Tahoe selling tie-dye this Fri-Mon.

    Come by.  See me.  I have stuff in the booth that will never end up in the store.  (I’m selfish that way.)

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    4.  Misc Stuff

    We got tagged.  Bad.  I said to the landlord “Those assholes.  I’d pay for the supplies if they wanted to do a mural.”

    She said “Yup.  I’d be all about the mural.  I don’t get it either.”

    They hit Philly Cheesesteak bad, too.

    Sooooo…. Got me to thinking.  I need a mural on the outside.

    I can’t pay anything but I’d buy the supplies.

    I have to submit the idea to the landlord but I’m pretty sure they’d love anything that I have done.  (More or less.)

    (Side note:  One time I came in & someone had painted pink penis’s on the windows.  I thought that was pretty funny.  No one has ever confessed.  Was it you??  Love that you did.  Thanks.)

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    As always:
    Come shopping!
    Keep us alive!!

  • Honestly? You thought I’d leave you??

    Posted on June 15th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    Ohhhhh You thought I’d leave you guys?  For a rock star??  (Been there, done that.  Got the t-shirt that I stole off the bus. May I remind you:  Fans see the show.  Groupies get on the bus.)

    I mean seriously. I don’t want to tell you how many responses I got from you guys thinking that I was going to stop writing my emails.  Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.  Not today.

    I do have to say that Peter Gabriel was one of my top 5 concerts of all time.  Peter, two back up singers and an orchestra.  Three hours later and my heart was bursting full of love for the man and his talent.

    One of the most romantic moments was when he explained the background behind “The Power of the Heart”.  It was the song Lou Reed wrote when proposed to Laurie Anderson.

    But I’m not leaving you.  Why would I & where would I go?  This store is my heart.  It’s the pulse that keeps me going every day.

    I’m here.  Thank you for your worries that I wouldn’t be.  I’m here.

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    Fathers day is Sunday.  In 2009 I wrote an ode to my Dad.  At that point I had more responses about that email than any other I’ve ever sent out.

    I’d like to send it out again in honor of Richard Hamilton Hufft.  My Dad.  Who I know would have loved my store.

    June 17,2009

    Sunday is Father’s day.

    I want to tell you about Richard Hamilton Hufft, my Dad.

    I was a late in life kid for both of my parents.  I’m the youngest of 4 with a 14 year age difference between my oldest sister and me.

    By the time I came along rules were relaxed and pressures were off.  ”We realized that curfews and restrictions didn’t really work by the time you showed up.” says my Mom.

    I get my entrepreneurial spririt from my Dad.  He designed miniature golf courses all over So Cal.  He had a bunch of them that he eventually sold off in the early 70′s.  There’s still a par 3 golf course on the 405 that he designed. It has the guy standing tall with the golf club.  That’s Dads.  I’ve heard that there’s one in Newport Beach but I’m not sure where.

    I’d get to go along with him on the golf course runs.  Before there were family fun centers there were Dad’s places.  Bumper cars, giant slides, pinball, trampolines were standard.  Some had water bumper boats.  What a great way to grow up.

    He was a game inventor.  Our back yard constantly had a new game he was working on to bring onto the golf courses.  He’d also test hole ideas so the lawn would dug up & changed around to see if his idea would work.

    Dad was a twin.  Uncle Bob once came to see us & stepped off the plane wearing the same exact clothes my Dad had on to greet him.  Even their eyeglass frame was the same.

    When  ”the twins” turned 50 I took them to show & tell.
    “Guess which one’s my Dad?”  I asked.
    “The one with the pocket protector.”  says Debbie Lark.

    She was right.  Pocket protector with mechanical pencils.  Dad was a geek before it was cool.

    Dad died in 1979 right after my 19th birthday.  I didn’t get him for long but boy am I glad that I did get to have a Dad like him.

    (And now I’m going to add some stuff from 2011)

    Today I really miss my Dad.  Yes I’ve lived my life longer without my Dad than with him but that doesn’t negate how much I miss him.

    I still rely on his life answers. I miss his laugh, his snore and his love of life.

    Thank you Dad.

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    There’s a lot I could say this week but I think I’ve done enough for now.

    Just come shopping.  Keep us alive.

    I’m not going anywhere.  I’m not closing the doors.

  • This is it.

    Posted on June 9th, 2011 Gemini No comments

    Yeah.  This is my last email.  After Friday night you won’t be seeing me except in the news.  Tabloids I’m expecting.  ”Who is that woman with Peter Gabriel?”

    Truth is:  Peter wants me and I must oblige the man.  Seriously it’s my duty.

    This is how it’s going to happen:

    Remember that Bruce Springsteen video where he pulls Courtney Cox up from the audience & they dance the really bad white girl dance?

    It will be like that only with good rhythm.

    OR

    Peter starts playing.  He sees me in the audience.  Suddenly everything goes black and quiet except the beating of our hearts.  Slowly I stand.

    I walk towards the stage.  He puts out his hand.  I take it in mine.  Our eyes never stray.

    He sings “In Your Eyes” acoustically.  Just to me.

    And you  see me on the cover of People and think “OMG I know her!  She owns Prism Magic!”

    So yes.  This is it.  Peter wants me.

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    I’ve gotten a bunch of people telling me this past week how much they love these emails and I wanted to let you know a few things.

    1.  Yes I write these.  I don’t have help except for suggestions from employees or friends.
    2.  Yes I read all the responses.  I usually give it a day or 2 before I respond but I do read all responses.
    3.  Yes I take it personally when someone wants to unsubscribe.
    4.  This is cheaper than therapy but I don’t tell you everything.
    5.  The hardest part is the first sentence.
    6.  I want this to be fun to read so I make it as positive as possible.
    7.  Thank you for being part of my creative process.

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    In this issue:

    1.  What’s new
    2.  What’s going on
    3.  Misc stuff
    4.  My commercial

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    1.  What’s new

    –Virginia Miller has brought in a bunch of new tie kilts.  She is BRILLIANT with her creativity and I’m so lucky to have her as one of the local artists that we can support.

    –Jennifer Herstine has brought in more top hats!!! Some even have EL wire!

    –John Wade and his furry creations ROCK!

    –Samantha from Offbeat has started to bring in her new fur.

    See how lucky we are to have these local artists?  Yeah baby!  Support the LOCAL arts!

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    2.  What’s going on

    Reno Block Party
    Sat 10 am – 10 pm Wingfield park

    Tons of bands, food & booths.  FREE!!!

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    Osiris: Afterlife
    A fundraiser for the Osiris project

    This Sat  Doors 9 pm

    $12 tickets

    Club Underground.

    SUPPORT our local BURNERS and their camps!!

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    3.  Misc stuff
    Schools out.  Come do a tie-dye class.
    Come make a tie-dye for Dad.
    Come tie-dye.

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    4.  My commercial

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZAzpnLpyco

    Watch it & come to Compression!  in July.

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    Peter wants me.  Seriously.