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“Liliane, will you be Ginger Spice?” they asked.  “We are all going as Spice Girls or super fans, Tyke has agreed to be Security and we don’t have a Ginger Spice.”  And that my dear readers is exactly how it happened.

3b15bfcfb522176f93238721f650df41Now I have to admit between you and me,  I was never much of a Spice Girls fan. However, to support the amazing organization PHAME and the incredible work they do, I acquiesced. The event was called “Sparkle! Battle of the Bands” and it took a quick Google search to reveal that I was a little out of my depth. No Union Jack  dresses with matching undies in my closet! Whatever would I do? Not to let the side down I dug a little deeper and finally found an image I could sort of recreate. Hopefully, my being of British extraction, and wearing leather booty shorts in November in Portland, Oregon should garner some points.

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Tyke & Liliane Hunt @ PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017

The event was held at the lovely Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The evening began with a champagne reception with tasty nibbles, where we mingled in character and eyed our competition, photo ops and  then on to the dinner and show!

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PHAME! Sparkle Battle of the Bands

In addition to the stage show there was a table competition, where we went head to head against the other guests to be named the winner. All in all we felt pretty good about our chances. The performances were really outstanding and the competition fierce not just amongst the audience members but on the stage itself. Queue the drum roll…  I am honored and thrilled to announce that our table won…. “Best Table Spirit”! To be fair,  in spite of my leather shorts, Babies’ pigtails, Posh’s great legs and Scary’s scary, Sporty Spice won us the crown.

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PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017 – Best Table Spirit

Now that I have sung our accolades, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge why I think the work PHAME does and the services they provide are so essential. Their work speaks volumes to me personally on so many levels. I discovered theatre and acting at the age of eleven, my cousin Ian similarly discovered clowning, magic and circus skills. For both of us it became the voice with how we expressed ourselves to the world. To this day it remains a bond that we share  and are still doing 30 years later! Ian steadfastly defines his life by his passions rather than by a learning or physical disability. He does it with such a contagious enthusiasm that it brings not just the family together but literally people from all over the world. The work of organizations such as PHAME not only provides a vital platform for people to find and express their voices, it brings families together, but it also turns strangers into  communities through their combined love and passion for the arts. Bravo PHAME and until next time!

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PHAME Sparkle! Battle of the Bands 2017

 

 

 

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This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend, creating art with her and attending a very inspiring event in Portland Saturday evening.  Where oh where, do I begin?

For those dedicated followers of my humble blog that go back to the early years, you may recall mention of a dear friend by the name of Diane. She specialized in vintage hairstyles with a passion for history and design and we collaborated a number of times on various photo-shoots and events. She is truly one of the loveliest and most talented of individuals I have worked with. There are very few moments that prompt me to lose my British stoicism and cry with delight, but finding out the gem of good news that she had moved to Portland, Oregon was one of them.

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Liliane Hunt – Image by Shalom

When Diane found out about the ensemble I was wearing and the event I was attending (namely the Ignite 2017 Black and White Ball a Gala for Basic Rights Oregon) she offered to do my hair for this grand occasion and to weave it around my black and white feather hat. Obviously, I found it impossible to refuse her gracious offer.

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Poison Waters

The ball was indeed a grand event. Oregon’s largest LGBTQ gala and dance party held at The Hilton in downtown Portland with a dizzying array of well dressed attendees, champagne with titillating garnishes, a vodka room sponsored by Absolut, and a full bar.  They offered up a variety of tastes to suit everyone’s fancy. After one or two glasses of champagne (who’s counting) we were encouraged to take our seats. Thankfully, my full skirts did indeed fit under the table and I breathed a sigh of relief that I used a modicum of restraint and went for the smaller of the crinolines in my closet.

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(Left to right) Tracie, Jose, Shannon Scott, Tyke, Liliane Hunt

The evening was emceed by the thoroughly delightful Poison Waters and Kelly Russell from Artisan Auctions, who are both so enormously talented, and captivating to watch.

We sat down for a lovely dinner, which I did eat, and I rarely do when I am all put together, minus the dressing on my salad. This of course prompted Tyke to create a meme “NO Sauce in Cavalli” which I may of said at some point. Dessert comprised of scrumptious little tarts and a decadent chocolate truffle, which frankly I could devour right now with a cup of tea. You can take the girl out of England but perhaps not all of the English out of the girl. Thank heavens.

The event was indeed grand, however the work that Basic Rights Oregon does is truly epic and feels deeply personal to me as both an immigrant of almost eighteen years and as someone who believes deeply in the equal rights for all LGBTQ people.  Their vision is to be a leader in political and policy work that centers the needs of LGBT Oregonians. They managed to win key victories for transgender and queer folks in Oregon for 2017 and they aren’t finished yet. The night was a huge success, raising over $300,000 for the non-profit.

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Liliane Hunt & Tyke

 

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Dear Readers, I wanted to take a moment to catch you up on life in the Pacific Northwest at The House of Hunt residence. For those readers who follow the turning of the Wheel; Mabon occurred the weekend of Folsom and in every sense it was a time of gathering, gratitude and abundance. We came together to celebrate and share the fruit of our creative labors. Night and day were in equal balance, and The House members were all together in our former home of San Francisco.san-francisco-real-estate-market-trends-3.jpg

The Wheel now prepares to turn again. The nights have grown colder; the fiery colored leaves that were shaken from the trees during the tornado now lay under foot, sodden with recent rainfall. The winds of change have arrived, riding on the back of a tornado no less, a powerful metaphor indeed.d04aae2a759e509e86aa6fa9cc335343Summers End is almost upon us; Samhain, Halloween, All Saints Day and Dia de Mortes, lay just around the corner.  For some it is a time of dress up and candy, for others a more solemn occasion of remembering those that have passed to the other side, where the veil that separates this life from the next is at its thinnest. For a few of my readers it is also a time known as the Spiritual New Year.385ffac8482f3e104c3571966c620ef2

It is in this time of change, where the witching hour draws close that I sought out a decidedly magical friend of mine, Nick, from Page of Wands Tarot. Nick did a reading for me last week, a tarot reading that is. I had a question and I needed some advice on the outcome of two different choices. I know you have been in this situation, dear reader, where it just seemed impossible to untangle the plusses and minuses from one choice to another, no matter how hard you looked. I could feel the wind on my back urging me to make a choice and yet which choice to make. So it is with this metaphoric fog in my brain, I knocked on the door of Page of Wands Tarot. The outcome of our encounter was insight, clarity and thankfully no more fog.

Over the next few months I will be introducing you to some of the performers in The House of Hunt and some of the fabulous people we spend time with. October, felt like the perfect time to introduce you to Nick, our divination expert.

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Nick how did this begin for you?

I have had a fascination with tarot since my early teen years. However, it was not until 2013 that I actually began to study and read tarot for myself. During one of the darkest times of my life, it served as a tremendous source of centering, direction, and reassurance.

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How did you start doing tarot for others?

As I began to dig deeper into this craft, others began to come to me seeking the same guidance that I had found for myself. This is what inspired me to start Page of Wands Tarot. I created a platform that allows me to help others with the skill that I have developed. Just like the page of wands “himself”, my hope is to boldly explore new territories seeking truth and enlightenment.

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What is the most memorable experience with Tarot that you have encountered?

My most memorable tarot experience was the day that I decided to go buy my first deck (which is still the one I use to this day). I remember getting back to my car and opening it for the very first time. I was so excited!!!! My intuition was telling me that that step was the beginning of something which would change my life in a very positive way.

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What does this weekend mean to you and how will you be celebrating?

For me, Samhain is a time for being open to learning from the past. Many different traditions recognize the thinning of the veil between physical and spiritual during this time. It is often filled with many different ancestral traditions, which for me can include learning from one’s past self.nick2If any of my readers wish for your services how do they get in contact with you and how do you do your readings?

I can be contacted directly through my Facebook Page. I do intuitive tarot reading, readings can be conveyed face to face or via email, text, Skype, Facetime, etc.

How much are your readings?

This is a donation based service (recommended donation $10-$20). It is my goal to make this accessible to as many people as possible.

Well dear readers whatever you believe in, may your forthcoming weekend be all that you need and desire it to be. Until next time, hold onto your hats and may your cauldrons be ever full.

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Friday night I attended the opening night party of the Gorgeous exhibition at the Asian Art Museum.  The theme for the evening was Grit and Glamour, and the dress code was to show it all off by dressing up or down.

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The Asian Art Museum is on the list of things in my life that make me just a little more whole, and a lot more sane.  From the moment I walk up the steps through the large doors and into the cool foyer, I feel as if I am I returning home.  I breathe deeply filling my lungs with the familiar air and my heart beats a little more quickly.

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Let me back up just a little here.  A number of years ago I used to work for a theatre company a few blocks away from the museum and so I became a member and the museum became my neighbor.  It was a place of meditation and thought, and a place to spend time with pieces so familiar they became like old wise friends.

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To cut a long and ambling story short, my theatre eventually closed, my membership lapsed and I was just too busy to do the item on my list of things that make me a little more whole and a lot more sane.  (Note to self here; if I am drinking too much caffeine, too stressed to do yoga and too busy to do the things that keep me sane, STOP, back up, and reprioritize.)  However I digress, two or more years passed and I visited the museum from time to time but not in the same way.  Mainly I dived in for lunch or taking friends to visit, but not wandering free and ambling wherever my instincts guided me. Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

Then Friday happened.  One thing after another uncoiled itself in such a way that fighting the chaos would have been, well stupid frankly.  Sometimes, you just have to ride the bull and go with it wherever it takes you. The bull metaphor has nothing to do with mechanical bulls, in case you were wondering.  Grit and Glamor was not something I could say no to.

 

“Are you trying to seduce my fetishistic heart with your exquisite beauty juxtaposed with grit?”

 

“Is that a challenge to my senses?”

 

Well then Museum full of wonder, I accept your challenge!  Violate and enthrall my senses!  Let’s see what you have!

Liliane Hunt at Grit and Glamor

For my fetishistic followers curious as to my costume for the night, let me to elaborate. I chose a richly embroidered Ralph Lauren jacket.  A vintage piece from the runway, my choice was deliciously inspired by the exquisite metal work and sumptuous detail of the elephant seat; otherwise known as The Howdah.

My shirt was by Betsy Johnson.  It was black, full of ties, tight lacing, and my nod to grit. My belt was Moroccan and bought some years ago in New York in the meat packing district during its rebirth from meat packing to fashion, and the wrapping of an alternate kind of meat.  Our meat, food for thought indeed!  My True Religion jeans, faded and aged, a uniform of sorts, keeping things understated. Boots, much like hats and gloves are a signature of mine. Boots mean business.  Boots keep your feet and legs protected from the elements, from hidden dangers, and you can kick ass in a pair of boots both literally and metaphorically. If you need to deal with grit, wear a pair of boots I say.

Liliane Hunt by John Goyer

Here I am reminded of that oh so iconic image in the Museum’s exhibition; Christian Dior shoes, and a pair of filthy swollen feet.  The image poses the questions, “What kind of a night did this woman emerge from? Was it a night of pain or pleasure or both?”  I have to admit I am not hideously repelled by her filthy feet, so much as reminded me a little of my own misspent youth and dangerous adventures.  Whatever your adventure I go back to my previous statement, “you will always fare better in boots.”

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Gloves of course, black, Italian, and leather, the hands are both seen and unseen, a handshake is felt and yet touch is limited to the press of the leather against your skin.  My hat, a darling little top hat with a veil that touches the bridge of the nose.  The veil, what is seen and unseen appears as a striking metaphor to much of the captivating photography. Marilyn 28 yrs old, Las Vegas Nevada $30, so powerful, so profound an image.  The subject matter challenges you to look and see the person behind the role of the streetwalker, or cross dresser.  Who is she?  I am limited to this image, the angle it was taken and the expression on her face.  She presents as female so that is something of the story she tells you.  Her eyes keep you transfixed with their beauty, their sadness and their survival.

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I could continue, but frankly the whole premise of the exhibition is that it’s really not about what anyone else thinks, it’s about what you think. What is gorgeous to you and where does it come?

So that’s your tease from The Fetishist.  If you can make it, I urge you to go and let me know what you think.

Bravo to the curators Allison Harding and Forrest McGill for a phenomenal exhibition.

Friday night I returned home, my membership renewal for 2014 was in the mail the following morning.

 

P.S. I took the Gorgeous Artwork Quiz and ….

“You are Elephant seat (howdah)

Regal yet decidedly sensuous, you command attention wherever you go. You value high service, quality craftsmanship, comfort and opulence—your tastes are beyond exquisite. If you have one flaw, it would be your supercilious nature: You can come off a bit arrogant and ‘above it all.’ Still, you have class and gentility to spare, and those who meet your sky-high expectations are lucky to bask in your dazzling light.”

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