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Sunday, March 15, 2015

who the heck is Daniella Noir?

Do a quick Facebook search and you'll find that Daniella Noir is a stripper... perhaps a porn star... even a ghetto fabulous fashion model. But this Daniella Noir I speak of is the director of the Texarkana Renaissance Faire and now officially, the Queen of the Gypsies.
She's me. Er, well kind of.
Even though I am the director of a renaissance faire, I'm not what you would call a "rennie". A rennie is person who is obsessed with faires and all things renaissance. They visit every faire they possibly can, spend thousands of dollars on costuming, accessories and weaponry every year. They listen to renaissance music, play themed RPGs, themed video games, study the history, read thy novels, attempt to speak the lingo, they learn to play the instruments... they're soaked in it!
Good people though. Good folks, I say.

People say to me, "Um, Hollie. You direct a faire. You're like, the ultimate rennie."

And I say to them:

"Nay. I just like dressing up and throwing massive parties that attract hundreds of people and earn thousands of dollars (none of which I actually get to take home after bills and stuff)."

With all that being said, during the planning of last year's faire, I began to get a lot of friend requests from faire participants, merchants, entertainers and the likes. But I only like to be friends with  people I actually know (that includes bloggers I regularly follow).
So I did what all rennies do, (I'm not a rennie)... I created a character and a name.

Thus, Daniella Noir was born!
Daniella from my middle name Danielle and Noir from my maiden name, Black.

Daniella got her own Facebook profile and by doing this, I was able to befriend 886 folks in the industry without flooding my personal profile feed with the latest book about Anne Boleyn, Tudor tailoring and pics of hot guys in kilts (I don't mind that last one so much though).
My 886 "friends" includes about a dozen Jack Sparrow impersonators, even a female Johnny Depp impersonator. About twenty mermaids, well over two hundred pirates, dozens of professional belly dancers, some faire kings and queens and even a few Hollywood pros.

So what about the Gypsy Queen thing?
Yeah, I made the announcement a few weeks ago that I am joining my own cast as the Gypsy Queen.
That was actually supposed to happen last year and it was going to be a big fun surprise but I was unable to finish my costume due to financial issues.
The headdress wasn't finished, the bodice wasn't bejeweled and I couldn't afford the skirts. No biggie really, it felt good to be hoop and crinoline free.

So here's what's to be added to the costume:
This 25 yard silk skirt...
Over this 25 yard dyed skirt tucked in at the hips...
Over this massive 6-bone hoop...
With lovely Indian and Turkoman and other tribal doodads on the bodice and headdress (the one with the flowers and feathers at the top).

At the faire, I will have a pavilion, really just a decorated popup canopy like below and even a throne! 
Maybe one day I'll have my husband build me a pimped out vardo complete with wi-fi and an espresso maker. Well, I don't think gypsies had wagons like this in the 16th century (or espresso makers for that matter), but it's my faire and I'll do what I want.

Ok, well now that I've bored you all to death with talks of becoming a gypsy queen, I'm going to go have a drink. A wasp landed in my hair earlier and thinking it was a harmless grasshopper a grabbed him and threw him to the ground. He stung my hand and now I'm grumpy, with a headache and a achy hand.

If you'd like to befriend Daniella Noir on Facebook you can find her HERE.
To like the Gypsy Queen's page click HERE.

See ya!!


  1. Daniella!! I love that you do this. I've been to a few Renaissance faires and they are so fun. You have got to figure out a way to make money on this!! You are so talented. I think Jonny Depp needs to hire you as his personal costume designer and all around cute Gypsy Girl.

  2. This kind of sounds like fun. The closest thing to this that I've been to was in Quebec City where they had live jousting fights. It was incredible and everyone was dressed in period costume.

    That costume is going to be bad ass! I can't wait to see it.


  3. if you get that wagon, you'll need a horse (or some of those kilt wearing fellows

  4. You are such a rennie, no matter how much the lady doth protest.

  5. I'd have that tent in my garden in a heartbeat! Great idea with the alternative profile, I should have done that rather than have my Facebook page swamped with Elvis lovers and images of cupcakes! xxx

  6. You rennie, you! LOLZ....we bow down to the queen and all of your characters:D I can's never boring when you're around.

  7. I can't wait to see you as the gypsy queen!

  8. Oh I can't wait to see you Gypsy Queen, a throne and a canopy is a must - take photo's of lots of men in kilts please x x x

  9. I've always wanted one of those wagons! Don't have a horse though---maybe the cats could pull it? What am I thinking---the cats are so spoiled---they would ride in the wagon and I would pull it, ha ha!!

  10. Okay I'm so terrified of bees and wasps so SCARY that you were stung. I can't imagine wearing one of those huge hoop skirts but I certainly would love to try sometime :) Can't wait to see your finished product!

  11. ouch re the wasp but this is crazy cool and i look forward to seeing how this all turns out!


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