True Blood Season 5 Premiere!

SPOILERS AHOY! If you didn’t see last night’s True Blood, that is.

Last night was the season premiere of True Blood. Since I love this show, I went ahead and ponied up some dollars to start up my HBO subscription again (just for the course of the series) so I can watch live and up close in HD. I decided to take a close look at the style and fashion of True Blood, so I live-tweeted the experience from my Twitter account, @FurnishedSouls. Some of the things I noticed:

1. Pam stole the show from the moment she said “Fucktarded”. And then she followed that up with “Super Snatch”. Also this:

2. Steve Newlin is a gay vampire American. He has terrible gay man style. He needs to take a cue from Lafayette. Gay does not mean pleat-front khakis, purple plaid shirt, and a sweater around the neck. Seriously.

3. From my tweet, upon seeing Luna and Sam: “I didn’t know HRH Kate’s influence reached all the way to Bon Temps. Nice pantyhose.”

I am pro-tights, anti-pantyhose. Look at Luna here–she looks so buttoned up. She’s so upstaged by all the naked people in that shot.

4. Sookie’s house is vintage twee.

So very Laura Ashley. Her place is worn-in, vintage, and cutesy. So definitively feminine. But also–not very distinctive, sad to say. She put up a shower curtain last night (after they wrapped Debbie Pelt in her old one) that looked like it came from the bargain bin at Bed Bath & Beyond.

5. Let’s talk Nora. Eric’s new “sister” (aka they were both turned by Godric) with benefits. The girl is gorgeous, with the gorgeous skin and gorgeous hair and she had some gorgeous lipstick on in last night’s episode.

Of course, I couldn’t find a picture that looked like it did on my screen, but it was a stunning red that didn’t overpower her. It just enhanced the whole of the gorgeousness. Also, she had some great boots on. And she used to be in the British series Robin Hood, which had my favorite man as its prime baddie who wants to be good, Richard Armitage. Trivia!

6. Lafayette shaved his head. They did a whole “Lafayette looks at non-safety razor longingly while in Sookie’s tub” thing that had everybody worried, then it turns out it was just a haircut. Then he got in a fight with Alcide, which takes some brass ones.

Then Alcide growled. And I slid off my chair.

7. True Blood is trying to bring the 80’s back. Steve Newlin and Jessica Hamby would be prime examples. Check out Jessica’s dress from the episode:

I couldn’t find a full-length shot, but it was short, and tight, and floral with long sleeves. Very Robert Palmer video girl. And the color clip-in? Please, child. She looks like a model for American Apparel. Except with better hair.

8. My favorite garment of the episode ended up in a pool of blood. It was a biker-style hoodie sweatshirt with an asymmetrical zip, found on the “extractor” who gave Eric and Bill their new identities. (IKE APPLEBAUM!) She was then killed.

The hoodie looked a bit like this one from Metropark USA.

9. Predictions: as this was the follow-up to the season finale, there weren’t a lot of changes, like when Sookie’s house got made over or Bill’s house underwent its stylish renovation. But I think there will be some new, fantastic interiors, like this one from an upcoming episode:

I am LOVING that chandelier. Also, I love it when Sookie gets dressed up in her retro girlie style. And, as always, naked is a very popular look on this show.

P.S. I’m not usually a GIF fan. But seriously, if you want a picture of something that happened in a series last night, the richest ground is Tumblr. And those people SERIOUSLY love GIFs. So, thank you, Tumblr Trubies. (And I do love the GIF of Lafayette.)


Attention, Fangbangers!

Anyone else seriously excited about tonight’s True Blood premiere? I’m soooooo ready for some Hot Eric. And hopefully some Alcide, too! I have been waiting for MONTHS.

True Blood has a unique look to any other show on television. Not only its deep South location, but also the variety of characters allows for a lot of different styles to be showcased. So, in honor of tonight’s True Blood finale, here are some of my favorite makeup looks from the show.

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort

Pam is a classic vampire, with the bright red lips and smokey eyes when she works at Fangtasia, but choosing a softer look (and occasionally a velour jogging suit) in her personal life. I love the smokey eyes and pale lips of this particular picture.

Claudine Crane

There have been hints that the fairies will having a bigger role in this season, so this means more Claudine. Her shimmery, ethereal makeup look emphasizes her otherworldliness. Usually when she’s portrayed on the series, it’s all soft focus and glow, just like the makeup look here.

Sarah Newlin

In direct contrast to the darkness of the vampire characters, the preacher’s wife and Fellowship of the Sun supporter is all sweetness and light. All-American, blonde, with bright lipstick and light colors, there is no smokey eye on Sarah. I love her look; Sookie often has a similar style.

Sookie Stackhouse

Speaking of Sookie…she is a sugary-sweet confection dabbling in the dark side. I could imagine Sookie in gloves and a hat, being the perfect Southern lady. One of the few characters who rocks a tan instead of a pale vampy look, she has a more subtle makeup style. According to the Southern Vampire Mystery books, which True Blood is based on, drinking vampire blood makes you more attractive; Sookie’s relationship with Bill provided her with some improvements along the way.

Lafayette Reynolds

I could not do a makeup post on True Blood without mentioning Lafayette! ‘Cause boyfriend knows how to rock a smokey cat eye. I LOVE him.

Jessica Hamby

Jessica is one of my favorites, mostly because this baby vamp has such flawless porcelain skin. She can be such a devious, bad vamp, but always looks so sweet doing it. Her red hair is fantastic, and I love her pink lipstick. It’s not red, notice, not Pam-style vampire, but sweeter and younger. Her blue eyes are piercing with the kohl liner.

Sophie-Anne Leclerq

Stylistically, Sophie-Anne is my favorite character. First of all, she wears amazing clothing. Her retro red hair is perfectly coiffed. Again, loving her skin. And she rocks the red lips and classic cat eye. She’s a vampy vamp; a darkside pinup.

Apparently I’m not the only one who has noticed the makeup of True Blood, as Tarte Cosmetics just came out with a limited edition True Blood-inspired collection. There is an eyeshadow palette, a lip stain, and a cheek stain. Tarte has the best cheek stain, in my opinion. I use it every day for the natural looking flush.

I love the black and red corset design of the eyeshadow palette–it looks like something Pam would wear at Fangtasia. But I think I want to try out the lip stain. I think it would be a perfect red–not too dark, lush, and sexy.

Are you excited for True Blood tonight?

BONUS: Because I just couldn’t help it….

Why so sexy, Joe Mangianello?