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“31 Days…” Day 17: 20’s Something

Now THIS feels like a costume to me. I feel much more myself dressed as a Cool Ant than a glamour addict from the 20’s. It was fun to be so fancy though and people REALLY liked this one when I was out and about today.

Day 17: 20’s Something


(Pssst: This great dress is available at Scout Dry Goods. One of my fav Omaha stores!)


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“31 Days…” Day 8: Whisper

Okay okay, so if you’re thinking “You just look like a ghost. Or a bride. Or a spirit.” then when YOU wear this costume, that’s what YOU can be. But today, *I* am a whisper. My costume, my choice.

Day 8: Whisper

Proud of this makeup design today. For week I had been trying to come up with whispery makeup. I’m into it.

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Posted by on 10.08.15 in Audio's Life, Costumes


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Kabarett of the Absurd

“Kabarett of the Absurd” photo collection by Blacksheep Photography features clothing and accessories from my collection.  Here are a few of my favorite shots:

Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank and Avocado Velvet Cuffs.


Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.


Model wears Three Ring Militia Hat & Circus Bustle Jacket.


Model wears Circus Sun Goddess Headdress, Carnival Kimono Shrug, Sunburst Circus Tank & Avocado Velvet Cuffs.



To see the rest of the “Kabarett of the Absurd” photo series, click here: KABARETT OF THE ABSURD

To shop the clothing & accessories you see, click here: collection


Photography: Blacksheep Photography

Clothing & Accessories: Audio Helkuik

HMU: Ash Robinson

Models: Chrisane Jarosz, Sammy Greer, Chelsea Hanna Nielsen


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Millinery Moment: Hats & Headpieces at OFW

Recently, Omaha Fashion Week held a competitive Hair/Makeup/Accessories show as part of their spring 2013 runway shows.  I enjoyed this show because I really, REALLY love accessories.  Also, I got to see so many exciting hats, headwear, headpieces, and hairpieces and I really, Really, REALLY love hats!  Accessories designers were paired with salons/stylists and created looks together.  I took lots of photos because I get really  excited about outfits that are all about the accessories.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the InezGill/Fringes team:

Accessories by Inez Gill. Styled by Omar Rodriguez from Fringes Salon.

Another accessorized look by Inez Gill and Omar Rodriguez from Fringes Salon.

Omar Rodriguez & Fringes team with Courney Zurcher from InezGill. (And a bonus Omar giving a thumbs up!)

I had the pleasure of seeing a whole collection of hats from an Omaha milliner I had never met before. Yay fancy hats! I spoke to the hat designer from Re-Creations from the Edge before the show and she shared that she only recently taught herself how to sew!

The winner of this Hair/Makeup/Accessories runway show was the Ruffled Runway/Kontempo team:

A look from the winning collection. Accessories by Ruffled Runway. Styled by Kontempo.


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“31 Days…” Day 16: Drag Queen

This has been my DREAM costume for the past few Halloweens.  I always realize that I pretty much have next-to-nothing in my own closet to create a decent drag queen outfit.  No tiaras, no evening gowns, no rhinestones….nothing drag queen-ish.  But this year, I’m working in a costume studio that has all of these things! A real tiara! A sparkly evening gown! Rhinestones galore!  THANK YOU NWC FOR MAKING MY DREAMS COME TRUE!

Day 16: Drag Queen

You can learn alot about yourself if you spend a day walking around in drag.  I learned:

1) Despite all my practice, I still cannot walk in heels. (I should’ve snapped a shot of me after an hour or two in costume.  I switched to a pair of utility work boots I had in my office, which didn’t *exactly* go with my evening gown, but oh well.)

2) Gobs of rhinestones really, truly make me feel fabulous.

3) I’m pretty sure you cannot have a bad day in a tiara. Everything that happened today was aiming me straight into “bad day territory:” woke up late, spilled my coffee, forgot my lunch at home, etc…..but I put on the tiara and I can honestly say my day was not even close to a bad day.

4) I do not like disco. At least I don’t think I do.  I played a bunch of “Drag Queen Classics” type of playlists at work today and I fast forwarded alot.  ALOT.

5) I totally understand drag queen drama.  And I don’t think it can be stopped.  If anyone had tried to get in the way of MY day today while I was in costume, I would’ve stepped up and finger snapped in their face.  I think it’s something about the outfit….?  I felt powerful. And I felt like I deserved to get everything I wanted.  I felt like a QUEEN.  THE OUTFIT WAS TAKING OVER.

Drag Queen details: sparkle gown, fake BOOBS, square-shaped hips, makeup, tiara, rhinestone bling, feather boas, bicep tattoo (why do they ALWAYS have a bicep tattoo?!), sparkle heels.

Check out my sweet Omaha Rollergirls tattoo on my bicep! With gay pride colors!  Sweet!  Scored this stick-on at Omaha Pride this summer & was saving it for a special occasion.  Halloween month=special occasion.

This was a fun costume, but I think I’m quite tired from wearing it today. I think it made me think too much.  I kept self-evaluating my emotions, my thoughts, my own perceptions of gender/society/fashion/sexuality.  I wish I could just say “Yay! Drag queen day was fun!” but I’m an overthinker.  Gender/society/fashion/sexuality are topics that I really enjoy thinking about, but I’m happy to be thinking about them with my own clothes, face & body again.


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“31 Days…” Day 1: Two-faced Troll

Today was the first day of October, the commencement of my “31 Days of Halloween” costume challenge.  I decided to kick off this project with my two-faced troll costume.  I wore it last year, but I figure if I’m doing 31 days of costumes, I can reuse some of my old favorites. This is definitely one of my favorites.  I like this costume because it’s pretty comfortable (aside from the face full of makeup, which I hate wearing).  I also like it because I totally dumpster dove for the troll hat/mask/thing behind a theater costume shop.  I don’t know what show it was in or who the character was or anything.  I know nothing about it besides the fact that it was once called trash until I reclaimed it as treasure!  (Okay, so I had to repaint parts of the face and I added a cute vintage suede hat because he was bald and scary with devil horns. I wanted to be a disgruntled two-faced troll, not an evil one.)

Two-faced troll.

I wore this today to the theater I am working at and it was three hours before anyone even asked me WHY I was dressed like a troll.  Either I’m strange enough where this is a believable “Monday work day” outfit, or people in this town are far too polite.  Or the third possible theory: Theater people have seen it all so they just shrug. No big deal.

Two-faced troll details: seed & leaf beads, fur vest, troll makeup, and furry troll tufts on my boots.

Happy October, everyone!

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Posted by on 10.02.12 in Audio's Life, Costumes


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Costume Design for Avant Garde Theater: Muazzez

As part of the 2012 Great Plains Theater Conference, I was asked to costume a Mac Wellman play.  It is titled Muazzez, from a larger piece of work called A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds.  This was my first encounter with a Mac Wellman script and I quickly learned that he is infamous for stories that poke fun at our culture using an eclectic set of vocabulary, outlandish themes and heavy underlying topics.  Muazzez lives up to everything I was warned about. It was cool to be asked to costume this avant garde play, because I was also just chosen to present a clothing collection in an avant garde runway show.  Avant garde plays! Avant garde runway shows! Avant garde everything!

Costume illustration for Muazzez.

Muazzez takes over my studio workspace.

Muazzez is about an abandoned cigar factory on another planet.  I assumed that I’d be costuming the people that make up the workforce in the factory, but the actor IS the cigar factory.  I loved that the costuming concept could really go ANY direction: literal, crazy, minimalistic, whatever.  I created an outfit that conveys the “noble king of nothing” personality of the character, but also encompasses the look of my clothing brand.  Because the script creates a costuming opportunity that is so open to interpretation, I decided I could go ahead and infuse my costuming work with my brand’s aesthetic for this project.

Typical Audio Helkuik aesthetic: Accessorizing the accessory.

Stylized handstitching.

I also did makeup design for this production.  The actor’s  neck, fingertips and soles of his feet were to be painted black.  I always do a practice run of the makeup before the day of the show and typically I practice on myself.

Sketch of foot makeup.

Painting my foot for practice.

Painted foot: Muazzez body makeup design

Watching the rehearsals for this production were a treat.  The performance venue, House of Loom, is such a cool space, which is great since we all spent alot of time here working on Muazzez.  Reading scripts, coming up with concepts, creating the outfits and watching them come to life (with a great Gus & Call soundtrack!) is so fun, especially when you get to work with great people along the way.

Watching the Muazzez rehearsals at House of Loom.


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Behind-the-scenes: Wolfgang Kaufman shoot

My collection just begs to be part of themed photoshoots.  A really great photographer named  Wolfgang Kaufman was coming through town and wanted to do a photoshoot while he was here in the Omaha area.  The creative director for this shoot, Cherisse McCoy, contacted me to see if I was interested (yes, duh) and for details about my latest collection.  When I described my line, she got really excited to create a very dramatically themed photoshoot, including a custom built set, props, and she even brought in a fire performer and aerial artist.  If anyone knows how much I LOOOOOOVE circus themed stuff, you’d know how much I was nerding out at this point.

Watching all my models get styled at the salon was really exciting.  I let my makeup artist, Amy Burns, go to town.  She painted on mustaches, sprayed on some lacework, airbrushed stylized pink cheeks, and applied glitter lashes.  She’s great at taking an idea and bumping it up about 16 extra levels of awesome.

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Makayla Torrez

Makeup Artist: Amy Burns
Model: Nicole Keimig

Once all my models were styled, I finally got a chance to see all the props that were made for this shoot.  It was like a circus dream come true. It took all of my concentration to keep from running and playing with EVERYTHING.

Custom made set and props.

SECRET: The “strongest man in the world” barbell is actually made of balloons.  I was tricked every stinkin’ time I saw anyone pick it up.  I am always worried about overworking my models, so I kept telling them that they could set it down between shots to rest their muscles.   Balloons.  They are a clever illusion, especially for a gullible kid like me.

Model requirements: good-looking, hard-working, easy to get along with, and oh yeah……you must be able to lift one ton without breaking a sweat.

Wolfgang Kaufman was great to work with.  He was so committed to getting the best possible shot:  he climbed on ladders, crawled around on the floor, hopped up on all the different furniture, then hopped down, then did it all again.  Wolfgang is awesome.

Model: Aaron Steward
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman
(See what I mean about how convincing the balloons are?!?)

Model: Nicole Keimig
Photographer at work: Wolfgang Kaufman

This photoshoot was a dream come true.  Cherisse McCoy, the creative director, imagined a fantastic circus world for my collection to play in for the day.

Hair/makeup: Sirens at the Loft

Creative director: Cherrise McCoy

Wolfgang Kaufman: collection available in my store:


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