Today's guest for Tête-à-Tête Thursday is the whimsical and winsome Zine Queen, Michelle Aiello.
Michelle is the publisher of Indigo Zine and founder of Ephemera Festival. When not interviewing & photographing cool people in Lexington and helping small businesses with marketing and design, she adores cooking & baking, mixology, living room karaoke parties, collecting (read: hoarding) vintage and unusual fashions, candy-colored cosmetics, sky-high shoes and printed material of every variety. She lives in a 200-year old apartment in downtown with her fiancé Scott and an impudent yet affectionate cat named Basil.
The Bourbonista: Before we start, can I ask a favor? Mama is quite hung over today, so instead of the usual rowdy Bourbonista Banter, can we whisper? Thank you. Tell me about yourself in 50 words or less. At least one word must begin with the letter “X” and none can begin with the letter “S.”
Michelle: I’m a Chicago native, now enamored with Lexington and its merry cast of freaks. By day, I’m the editor of skirt! magazine and Project Manager for Bourbon & Beans. By night, a maker of zines (xeroxed DIY magazines), petter of cats, and lover of glamorous, magical, trashy and phantasmagoric things.
The Bourbonista: You used an "s" word...you must suffer the consequences, You must come to my home and read me whatever
bedtime story I want as many times as I want to hear it while dressed as a kangaroo. That is your punishment. Now, if you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Michelle: As much as I’d love be the backstage circus stylist (you know, moustache groomer, feather fluffer, etc.), I know myself too well, and I need more spotlight than that. I would be the snake charmer because I’ve always loved the look and feel of reptiles, and I’ve never been afraid of them, like certain fiancés out there. I’d enjoy watching everyone cringe as I let the snakes slither around on me.
The Bourbonista: I used to have a Ball Python named Rhiannon. Every morning, I'd wrap her around my arm while I ate breakfast. One day, I completely forgot her and went about my business. I was loudly reminded by the cashier at Kroger. He screamed like a little girl. It was hilarious...at least, for me. So, what would you do if you won the lottery?
Michelle: At this point, I’d probably blow through it all in a matter of hours. Debt is a bitch. But let’s just say I won enough to pay off all my student loans and to ensure my family is taken care of for the rest of their lives. After that, I’d be really, really good at being rich. I’d buy a castle in Scotland and a distillery, and apartments in various Great Cities of the world. I’d divide my time between traveling, learning to homestead and running a foundation that helps young women in developing countries to become self-publishers.
The Bourbonista: Did you say distillery? I approve. Furthermore, I would be willing to volunteer my tasting services and be your Whiskey Wench. Moving on, if you were on death row…don’t act like you don’t know who you killed to get there…what would be your last supper?
Michelle: I don’t have an all-time favorite dish; it changes all the time. But for the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with this Tomato Cobbler with Gruyere Biscuits. Who said vegetarian food has to be boring?
The Bourbonista: I am so going to make this...okay, I'm lying, I'm not...I'm intimidated by any recipe with more than six ingredients. But, I will totally come to your place for dinner if you make it. I'll bring wine. Next Thursday. It's a date. Thanks for asking. If you were to write a “Thank You” letter to your future self for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now, what would it say?
Dear Future Mish,
Thank you for never being afraid to be your weird-ass self, from wearing a full-on tuxedo to your 8th grade graduation to sharing the most personal details of your life in print for the last two decades. Thank you for being bold enough to ask for the relationships you’ve desired, and the self-realization to know when they’re over.
And by God, thank you for dancing with that long-haired stranger that one night at The Continental; for having the (albeit drunken) hunch that you stumbled upon one of the world’s most beautiful people, and for accepting that fifth drink and a ride home from him. Thank you for having the guts to leave the only city you’ve known behind to start a new life in Kentucky. You did all right, kid, but the best is yet to come.
A Friendly Yet Ghostly Enigma from the Past
The Bourbonista: That was inspiring. I'm a big fan of true love and fifth drinks. Last question, if you were a booze, which booze would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Michelle: I love this question! I would be something out of a 19th century apothecary -- a medicinal tonic made by monks living on some secluded mountainside. Floral and herbal, but with plenty of bite. Who would drink me? Adventurous types searching for a thrilling concoction to soothe the soul.
Stop by her table and see Michelle tomorrow evening at The Night Market on Bryan Ave, Between North Lime and Loudon from 7-11PM.
According to their facebook page, “The Night Market is a collaboration between the NoLi CDC and Kentucky for Kentucky. The event will feature booths by local makers and creatives with a huge selection of art and handmade goods.
The Night Market is about highlighting creativity, changing perceptions, and bringing people together by throwing a late-night celebration centered on strengthening community ties.
NoLi CDC is a non-profit organization that works to ensure long term vibrancy in the North Limestone neighborhood by facilitating programming and development that aids in making it a creative, sustainable, and affordable place to live.”
North Limestone Coffee and Donuts
Thai Orchid Cafe
Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream
Beer from West Sixth Brewing
FEATURED ARTISTS, MAKERS, AND NONPROFITS:
WRFL 88.1 FM Radio Free Lexington
Kentucky For Kentucky
Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop
Lexington Rescue Mission
Charmed Life Tattoo
Maui Crane Designs Presents
Fleet Street Hair Shoppe
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Bluegrass Greensource Zero Waste Initiative
Sharing All I KNOW about the fine art of voluptuating. here's to living the lush life.