Moi-meme-Moitie graveyard dress! Eco Oscars Lounge gifting suite, Austin Young makeover gallery.

moi meme moitie, lolita skirt print

The Academy Awards were the perfect occasion to debut my Moi-meme-Moitie graveyard dress! I wore it to the Eco Oscars gifting suite, at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel.

I’ve had my eye on this Gothic Lolita dress (by Mana’s EGL label) since it was first released. This is my favorite from the collection: a JSK with corset lacing down the front, with a dark romantic cemetery print around the bell-skirt. When I was in Tokyo last December, I had a Closet Child discount and saw it on display. Done and done.

moi-meme-moitie sleeping garden, cemetery dress

I coordinated the Moitie dress with a long-sleeved demi-jacket by Marble; it matches the fabric and lacing. My “Minnie Mouse” hair is by Stephanie Hoy in Vancouver; here are more photos of my cheeky gyaru hairstyle. Do you like this unconventional styling?

eco oscars gifting suite

I was invited to the Eco Oscars 2014 gifting lounge, where socially-conscious brands give products to celebrities and influencers. It’s a great way to get the word out, discover new goodies, and (of course) honor the Academy Awards nominees.

celebrities oscars gift lounge 2014

Inside the Beverly Hilton, invitees helped themselves to tequila cocktails and snacks. We browsed the various stations, which gave out jewelry, gowns, hotel stays and more.

skylan brooks actor, academy awards party

I enjoyed meeting creative industry people, like young actor Skylan Brooks, who starred in “Mister and Pete” with Jennifer Hudson.

graveyard print lolita dress, oscars beverly hilton

That day, I picked up light-up lipgloss, argan oil, makeup and more. (Above four photos by Katya Williams.)

ronan farrow's cat watching msnbc

The kind folks at Canine Caviar gave my celebrity cat some holistic, grain-free food to try! Basil Farrow gives it two sideways-paws up. (He watches his dad Ronan Farrow’s TV show with close attention.)

eco friendly sculpture lamp

Love the eco-friendly focus of the gifting suite, such as these funky lamps by David Trubridge. Thanks to the 2014 Eco Oscars Lounge for inviting me to experience this very special event.

austin young gallery opening

Later, I went to a very different party: the opening of photographer Austin Young’s “Glamour Shots” Makeovers, at the recently-opened Good Luck Gallery in Chinatown.

good luck gallery chinatown la

Austin Young invited guests to take part in an interactive photo shoot. Makeup artists helped you get glammed up, and then you could play dress-up from a rack of feather boas, vintage hats and other decadent garments.

austin young photographer makeovers

Such a fun atmosphere. The space was packed with underground types; I spotted drag queens, burlesque makeup and sequined corsets.

lenora claire, bright red hair

Always a pleasure to see Lenora Claire, red-haired mistress of ceremonies.

austin young tranimal photos

The walls of Good Luck Gallery displayed some images from Austin Young’s “Tranimal” series. This aesthetic fuses drag fashion and makeup with surrealism, often with exaggeration of gender.

lgbt portraits, los angeles gay photographer

Provocative, startling, colorful and joyous: I’m a big fan of his work. More on Austin Young’s site.

scary mask, dreadlocks wig

Only in Los Angeles can you attend a Beverly Hills gift lounge and underground art happening on the same day! What’s your impression of these two events?

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  • Beautiful dress! And Tranimal looks really interesting!

    • <3 Always inspiring to see Austin Young's work!

  • What luck, finding that dress! And that Eco-Gifting Lounge is a great idea :D

    • I felt really lucky that it was available! xo

  • Israel

    La Carmina ^^/

  • Shia

    You look beautiful as always

  • Paige

    So great! xo

  • Austin

    thanks gorgeous!

  • Yukino

    *o* Beautiful! You are my Fashion soul mate!

  • Michelle

    Beautiful, I love that dress! <3

  • le

    Gorgeous girl! That hair! xox

  • Vivienne

    I have the OP in purple! The Sleeping Garden print is lovely.

    • Ahhh love the purple and blue versions too.

  • Glen

    thank you La Carmina!

  • Mallory

    Love it!

  • Gabii

    You’re great … I keep you on instagram

  • Mayumi

    wanna have the mickey hairstyle and it on your hair too La Carmina

  • Chew

    Your so beautiful. I always get super shy to comment or say anything but you are and I want to tell you I admire your work and your fashion whole hearted. You inspire me to do so much with my life! Thank you I’m so proud for you.

    • thank you so much, I really take this to heart! This inspires me to keep going!

  • hachiro

    hello la carmina

  • Ichigo

    The Minnie Mouse “ear styled” hair is absolutely divine. (can’t wait to try it!!!) <3

  • Karen

    I love my Sleeping Garden! I twin it with my friend a lot!

  • Ruaki

    you are very cute La Carmina

  • Lori

    Why are there tribbles attacking this woman’s head?

    • haha I had to google Tribbles! fun :)