Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unique Halloween Costume Ideas: Bring on the glitter

Halloween. One of the days during the year where you can pretend to be someone completely different from yourself. You can be a superhero, a tv character, a superstar, or just about anything your creative little mind can come up with! That’s why I love Halloween! I always bring out the glitter, the feathers, the high heels, and go all out! Last year I was the night sky, and boy was it a simple (and cheap) yet totally glam costume! SO yeah, maybe I take the holiday as an excuse to experiment with crazy eye makeup that I otherwise wouldn't wear on a normal day. And, did I mention glitter? I like it just a little sue me. 

So this year, I knew I had to do something equally as fun (or better). But it can be so hard to come up with ideas! So I did lots of research, and came upon a bunch of cool costume ideas that I thought I’d share with all of you who maybe still haven’t decided yet what they want to be on this magical night.

1. Black/White Swan
I was so close to doing this costume with my best friend. It’s easy, and it gives you a chance to have lots of fun with eye makeup and feathers. Basically, one of you is the white swan, one of you is the black swan. You can gather inspiration for your costume from the popular film from last year or even the ballet Swan Lake. Go ahead and channel your inner Natalie Portman or Mila Kunis! Just get a simple dress in the appropriate colour. Then glue gun feathers around the bottom of the dress like a skirt. Make a headpiece out of some extra feathers (or buy a cheap one from a costume store, or jewelry store. I keep seeing them everywhere!). Create dramatic eye makeup using glitter, and eyeshadow to match the colour of your dress. And voila! You have a totally rad costume!

Image from American Apparel

2. Angry Birds
 I guess birds must be all the rage this year! I have a friend going as a peacock (also another cool costume idea), and I ended up deciding to go as Angry Birds with 4 of my friends. For those of you who have stayed away from the world of addicting smartphone apps, Angry Birds is a phone game that has taken the world by storm. This is a great group costume idea because there are five different coloured angry birds (Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, and White) plus a few other characters. I saw an angry birds costume online, but it was basically a giant m&m costume with a bird face on the front. So I decided the birds needed a little glamming up. So, for my version of this costume, get a dress in the corresponding bird colour. Then print out the famous angry bird face from your computer. Cut out and then Tape/glue the face to the front of your dress. You can also put the “5 angry birds” logo on the back of the dress. Then, create a headpiece out of matching feathers. Glue some feathers on the back of your dress, and if you have sleeves, along the edges of your sleeves. I’m wearing a one shoulder dress, and am gluing the feathers along the strap. Add a little funky eye makeup, some matching nail poilsuh, and you’re done!

3. Sooki Stackhouse
If you’re a True Blood fan, this is a totally fun costume idea. Dress up in Sookie’s recognizable Merlott’s diner serving outfit. Just get a white t-shirt and screen print on the Merlotts logo. Then, wear black shorts and an apron. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your own Bill Compton! As a matter of fact, that could make a really cute couples costume.

4. Nicky Minaj
This seems to be a pretty popular costume idea this year. Just research one of your fav outfits of hers, and put your own twist on it. You could definitely get pretty adventurous! Along this same vein, there’s always Katy Perry, Beyonce, Gaga, Ke$sha, etc.

5. Queens of Hearts
If you have 4 friends why not go as the 4 queens of the card deck. Just get a white dress, tape/glue the suit and the Queen image to the front of your dress (can you tell I like getting crafty and sticking things to dresses…). Then make a giant heart/club/spade/diamond and glue it to a headband. You can add glue some glitter to it too if you want to get a little crazy!

6. The Big Bang Theory
If you have a bunch of guy friends, I think this would be a hilariously fabulous group costume. Each of you dress up like one of the characters. You can choose from: Raj, Howard, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Amy, Bernadette, and Priya. Each of the characters (especially the guys) have incredibly recognizable styles, so it should be fairly easy to look like them.

Other ideas: Charlie Sheen, Dexter, Charlie’s Angels, a cupcake,

Do you have any costume ideas? What are you going as this year?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Tv: What's Hot, and what's....definitely Not.

As we head into October, we are officially into the new fall season of shows. Now, as if I didn’t already have a mile long list of shows I follow weekly, it looks like this season has brought with it a ton of amazing new shows. Great. And so my pop culture addiction continues. So I thought i'd give you a little breakdown/mini review of all the shows i've been watching. Basically, i'm hoping to enable more pop culture addicts. Warning: I do not have very high-class tv taste. So, for your mocking pleasure the shows I already follow include:

Dexter- If you’re into dark, Showcase-style shows with hilarious lines like “I have no idea what Hammertime is, or how it differs from any other time”, then you’ll love Dexter. Also, Michael C. Hall…enough said.

One Tree Hill- My guilty pleasure. 8 seasons of amazing music, great fashion, and unapologetic soap opera plots.

Glee- Once upon a time there was a show called Glee. It was hilariously politically incorrect, was full of amazing one-liners, and defied all the after-school special style shows about highschool. But unfortunately, good things can’t last forever. Last seasons Glee just failed to live up to its first year. I no longer find myself listening to Glee covers on repeat on my iPod, and I’m finding fewer and fewer Sue lines to quote on Twitter. Sorry Glee, you might just be on the chopping block for me this year.

Modern Family- HILARIOUS. That is all. Watch it…seriously.

Big Bang Theory- “Dear Amy, self respect and a hymen are better than friends and fun. Love, Mom.” That’s a quote from last week’s episode. So yeah, this show is amazing. Watch this too.

90210- Yes, I’ll admit that I watch this. If you are looking for any kind of fashion tips, you should watch this. These Beverley Hills rich kids have amazing style. But they don't really know how to act. And the writing can be a little cringe-worthy. But the fashion!

Grey’s Anatomy- As much as it pains me to say this, I think Grey’s may just be on my fall tv chopping block. I long for the days of season 2 when Derek and Meredith weren’t total downers and Christina was a 24/7 snarky one-liner machine.

Nikita- I half watch this show. Mostly because a) it’s shot it Toronto. And b) it’s full of gun-weilding, good looking, vengeful spies. It’s just plain fun to watch.

Other shows I watch and enjoy: Covert Affairs, Vampire Diaries, Flashpoint, The Office
Shows I should be watching because they’re actually quality TV (but watch too much bad TV and don’t have time): Boardwalk Empire, Madmen, Person of Interest, Community, Breaking Bad

Okay, so now onto the new shows!

Revenge- I thought I would hate this show. But surprisingly, I don’t. In fact it’s my second favorite new show. Emily VanCamp is fabulous in it. Her coolly delivered lines make me wish I was as suave as her. And of course, any show about insanely rich young people features drool-worthy fashion. I’d definitely recommend this show!

2 Broke Girls – About 2 girls, who are broke…duh. They’re trying to raise money to start their own cupcake shop. It’s pretty simple but this show is just pure fun. The writing can be both hilarious and groan worthy at times. It’s still trying to find its comedic rhythm, but I’m enjoying it enough to casually watch it.

New Girl- My FAVORITE new show! Seriously hilarious. Zooey Deschanel, you are my hero. This show is comedic genius. When they made a Lord of the Rings reference in the first episode, the geek in me knew it was love at first sight. Zooey plays the world’s most awkward girl who rooms with 3 equally odd guys. Cue the hilarity. Watch this, please. For your own good.

Hart of Dixie- It’s a mixture of Gilmore Girls and the Hannah Montana Movie. I love Rachel Bilson so I was hoping it would be good. But I have to admit, it’s kind of a cheese fest, and not in a good way. But the fashion is amazing (as expected with Rachel Bilson). I want all her clothes. So who knows, I might still keep watching it.

The Secret Circle- If charmed and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be this show. After 2 episodes I already cut it. But if you have a 16 year old daughter/niece, they might like it. 

Panam, Charlie’s Angels,  Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, TerraNova, etc- I have no time to watch these shows but haven’t heard particularly good things about them. In fact, Playboy club has already been cancelled.

And there you have it! My Fall tv breakdown/ confession of all the horrible TV I watch. I apologize to anyone who actually has good taste and was offended that I watch 90120.
Have you seen any great shows that you want to recommend? Please, I’m always looking to fuel my pop culture addiction. I write a blog, so I like to pretend watching TV is real work.

Also, if you ever see a fab outfit on TV and want to know where it’s from, I highly recommend checking out Possesionista. She helped me find a fabulous lace dress from 90210. Turns out it was from Urban Outfitters (and on sale!).

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