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Copycat Fashion: Celebrity Couples Halloween Costumes

13 Oct

Halloween is less than three weeks away, and that means it’s time to decide on a costume! Many of you will be celebrating All Hallow’s Eve at parties with your friends, getting dressed up for each other in your most ghoulish attire. I love looking at costume ideas online, and always see some pretty fantastic ones from celebrities. They get to go to elaborate Halloween bashes and seem to always pick the most outrageous and creative costumes. This year I thought, “why not take some inspiration from the stars?” so I’m bringing you my favorites from some pretty cool celebrity couples (past and present).

First up – Christina Aguilera and ex-hubby Jordan Bratman got ghoulish in 2006 as a corpse bride and groom.

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This is one of my favorite couples costumes, especially for an engaged couple or newlyweds. And it’s surprisingly easy to pull off. I don’t know about you, but every time I go thrifting at a local Goodwill or Salvation Army store I always see that one sad, lonely, and totally 80’s wedding dress. For the corpse bride look I think the tackier, the better! (Plus you won’t feel as bad destroying it with rips and fake blood.)

What you’ll need: Wedding dress, veil, silk flower bouquet, suit and tie, silk flower boutonniere, white costume makeup (or even very fair foundation, if you have a dark skin tone), and fake blood.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Opera gloves (tear them up a bit), fake eyelashes (if you want to go all out with the dramatic makeup), baby powder (put some in his hair to make him look dusty and decayed) a red lip liner pencil (draw on some cuts and scratches).

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DIY Dead Bride and Groom Halloween Costume Accessories
Next, it’s Kate Beckinsale and husband Len Wiseman as horror royalty Frankenstein and his bride from Halloween 2010.

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I am a big fan of these two, and would expect nothing less than horror-ific from the Underworld star and writer/director themselves. Everyone loves Frankenstein, and this couples costume is easily one of the most classic choices of all time. Again, it’s very easy to pull off, and your guy wouldn’t have to do much in the way of dressing up, so they’ll love it.

What you’ll need: Old wedding dress, white dress or store-bought bride costume (get creative!), Bride of Frankenstein wig, white costume makeup, Frankenstein mask, black blazer or jacket, big black boots.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Ghoulish jewelry (check out the stitch choker below!), black costume makeup (rub some under your cheekbones for added drama), sunglasses, leather pants.

DIY Frankenstein & Bride Halloween Costume

Here’s another fun one – Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols went as now famous exes Katy Perry and Russell Brand in 2010.

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Ok, so this really may just be an excuse to dress slutty and don a blue wig, but you have to admit, it’s pretty funny. For the Katy Perry look any low-cut dress will do – just remember, the more cleavage the better, and stick to wildly bright colors or patterns. For Russell Brand, a long curly wig is a must, and of course, the half unbuttoned shirt.

What you’ll need: A fun, California girl inspired dress, blue wig (you could also go with lavender), curly brown wig, men’s button-up shirt (not fully buttoned, as mentioned afore), lots of necklaces.
Optional accessories to complete the look: Vest (unbuttoned, of course), sunglasses, scarf.

DIY Katy Perry & Russell Brand Halloween Costumes
There are so many more great costume ideas from celebrities…
Celebrity Halloween Costumes
(Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart as nerds; Emma Roberts as her aunt, Julia Roberts, from Pretty Woman; Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough as Bonnie & Clyde; Gwen Stefani as Jesse from Toy Story; Kim Kardashian as Poison Ivy; Scott Disick as American Psycho Patrick Bateman; newlyweds Shenae Grimes and Josh Beech as Frankenstein and Bride; Lauren Conrad as Minnie Mouse; Katy Perry as a vampire.)
Of course, you could always choose the trusty (and my fave!) Lois Lane & Clark Kent/Superman costume!
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Happy Halloween!

Character Fashion Inspiration: The Girls of “Spring Breakers”

13 Jul

Spring Breakers movie poster

My husband and I watched the movie Spring Breakers last night. Let me start by saying this is not a movie for the faint hearted. This extremely controversial film follows four best friends as they embark on every college student’s rite of passage – Spring Break (obviously). It stars Disney alums Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Pretty Little Liars Ashley Benson, and relatively unknown (to me, at least) Rachel Korine. With a cast like that you are expecting good girl behavior, right? Well my friend you couldn’t be more wrong. These girls are wild, unpredictable, rebellious, and extremely violent.

Spring Breakers Still

Spring Breakers was fascinating to me. I honestly can’t say that I didn’t like the movie but I also can’t say that I particularly liked it. It was very intriguing, kind of like a car wreck – you don’t want to look at it but you can’t help wanting to see what happens. In addition to a graphic snapshot of our current society’s Spring Break beach activities (think lots of drinking, drugs and promiscuous behavior) the girls set the tone of the movie when a few of them decide to rob a restaurant for the money they’ll need to go on Spring Break. And that doesn’t even come close to the drama that ensues after James Franco’s character, Alien, comes in to the picture.

Spring Breakers James Franco

Spring Breakers

I am a huge Franco fan, and think he was brilliantly funny / disturbingly realistic as a dangerous rapper and drug dealer. I found myself wondering several times throughout the movie if this is what it’s really like to be a young adult in the world today, and I will admit, it scared me.  The fashion of Spring Breakers was really fun, though. Set during Spring Break, the cast mostly wore bikinis or beach attire the entire movie. There were some really cute bathing suits and accessories, and it definitely gets you in a summery, beachy mood. Here are a few fashion inspiration boards that I created with Spring Breakers in mind via Polyvore (click on each board for info on the pieces). You can also shop official Spring Breakers inspired clothing and merchandise here.

Spring Breakers Fashion Inspiration
Spring Breakers Inspired Bathing Suits 
Spring Breakers Inspired Accessories
 

Have you seen Spring Breakers? If so, leave me a comment telling me what you thought of it.
Did you love it or hate it? 

Bag Envy

1 Jun

While perusing through a local department store last weekend, I suddenly found myself in the handbag section gawking at all the amazing bags on the shelves. I quickly convinced myself that I absolutely need a new purse, since I haven’t had a new one in almost a year now. Plus, a lot of them were on sale so this helped in my convincing tremendously. However, the ones that I liked the most were not on sale, so after nearly stroking out at some of the price tags on the bags I left the store without a purchase, telling myself that I’ll shop around and find the perfect new purse at the perfect price somewhere else.

I’m looking for an everyday bag, which for me means giant big enough to hold all of the crap that I carry around everyday (because one never knows when they’ll need a mini flashlight, dental floss, or wet wipes, do they?). In my search efforts I have come across many bags that I am totally in love with, possibly borderline obsessed with in some cases. Most of them are way above my budget but a girl can dream, right? Here are some of the latest bags that I am currently in awe of.

Available here for $1,471

Balenciaga Lambskin Large “Giant Work Bag” available here for only $1,471

Kate Spade Cobble Hill Small Leslie, available here for $348.

Kate Spade Cobble Hill Small Leslie, available here for $348

Hobo Kinley, available here for $328.

Hobo Kinley, available here for $328

Fossil Explorer Tote, available here for $238

Fossil Explorer Tote, available here for $238

Frye Vintage Stud Tote, available here for $348

Frye Vintage Stud Tote, available here for $348

Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel, available here for $495

Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel, available here for $495

I would take any of these bags in a heartbeat!

Which one would you choose? 

Character Fashion Inspiration: Catwoman

9 Apr

In the second installment of my Comic Book themed Character Fashion Inspiration (click here for Superman inspired fashion), I decided to cover Catwoman. I chose this character for several reasons – she’s an extremely well-known character in both comics and movies, she’s got wicked style, and I might be a little obsessed with cats.

Catwoman originally appeared in 1940 in the first issue of DC Comics’ Batman as “The Cat”, the alter ego of Selina Kyle, a whip carrying burglar (get it, The Cat…cat burglar, see what they did there?). A popular villain, she and Batman have exhibited a love/hate relationship over the decades, and she is one of the most widely recognized female comic characters. Her costume has evolved over time from just a mask to a dress with a hood and ears, and eventually to a full-on sexy catsuit.

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The original Catwoman, circa 1940’s

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Our more modern Catwoman appearing in comics from 1993-present

Catwoman hasn’t just appeared in comics, though. She appeared in the television series Batman from 1966-1968, and reappeared in 1992 in Tim Burton’s classic, Batman Returns. In 2004 the movie Catwoman introduced a new character named Patience who is killed and brought back to life by an Egyptian cat, after which she develops strange, cat-like qualities. This movie was more of a spin-off of the Catwoman character, and was not directly associated with DC Comics. Finally, our most recent Catwoman came in the form of Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant film The Dark Knight Rises, just last year.

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1) Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 2) Halle Berry in Catwoman (2004) 3) Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992)

For this post I want to focus on the film costumes for Catwoman, like the ones above – dark, sexy and lots of leather. I think these are all things most people associate with Catwoman’s style. Here’s what I would choose for a daytime outing and a fancy dinner affair if I were Selina Kyle.

Character Fashion Inspiration - Catwoman
Character Fashion Inspiration - Catwoman
Character Fashion Inspiration - Catwoman
I adore those Charlotte Olympia kitty heels. That’s my favorite outfit, by far!
Which one is your favorite? Would you wear a Catwoman inspired outfit? 

Spring 2013 Beauty Must-Haves

20 Mar

Spring Flowers

Happy first day of Spring! 

I love this time of year – everything feels new and fresh. Here in the Southeast the azaleas are in full bloom and the trees are slowly turning green again. The weather is mild, with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 70’s making for very pleasant, Spring days. And it is definitely giving me a case of Spring fever!

Each Spring there are certain things that I do ritually around my house: clean and organize room by room, give the yard a good mowing and clean up the flower beds, change out my Winter wardrobe with my Spring one, and make a list of staple items that I need to add to my wardrobe/beauty bag. Here are some of the items on my must-have Spring beauty list.

Spring 2013 Beauty Must-Haves
 
  1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub – With Summer fast approaching, now is the time to prep your skin for silky smoothness. St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub is my go-to product for exfoliation. It scrubs out your pores, removing all that built up dirt and oil, but without drying out your skin (which is the worst). This item is a staple in my beauty routine and if you haven’t tried it before, do it and you’ll be hooked! Find it for $4.29 at drugstore.com.
  2. Juice Beauty Irresistible Glow Facial Highlighter – In the Spring and Summer I tend to want to go light on the makeup and this lightweight, USDA Certified Organic blush stick by Juice Beauty is perfect for that. I love mine! It adds a little color to your cheeks, making them just the right shade of rosy – without that weighed down makeup feeling. Available at Ulta for $22.
  3. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – I have a secret to share: I’m kind of obsessed with Burt’s Bees. Ok, like really obsessed. I love everything about this company and will try absolutely any of their products. What I’m really into now though is their new line of 100% natural Tinted Lip Balm, particularly the Pink Blossom color. I wear it almost everyday and love how it goes on like a chap stick but gives you the softest pink lips ever. Perfect for Spring!  Get it at your local drug store or at burtsbees.com for only $7.
  4. Gillette Venus Razor – Ok ladies, we all know that when the weather heats up we start showing more skin. And there’s nothing worse than having nicks and cuts all over after shaving, so be sure to use a high quality razor like the Venus line by Gillette. A razor is something worth investing a few more dollars in, y’all! Get a Venus razor at your local drugstore or for $8.99 at drugstore.com.
  5. Zoya Nail Polish in “Cho” – A big trend in Spring nails this year are nude and earthy tones. I love a bright, shocking polish as much as the next girl, but sometimes I want to give my nails a rest with a low-key color on my digits. My favorite right now is Zoya’s “Cho”. If you haven’t tried Zoya yet, you definitely should. It stays on way longer than any of the other big brands I’ve tried and they have so many great colors to choose from. This polish is $8 at zoya.com.
  6. Neutrogena Sunscreen – I have grown to be very sun conscience in my old age (and by old age I mean my early thirties). The thought of how my sister and I used to lay out and spray oil all over ourselves so we could bake like potatoes makes me cringe (and pray I didn’t do irreversible damage)! These days if I’m going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time you better believe I’m going to be lathering up in the sunscreen beforehand, and I love Neutrogena’s non-greasy, non-comedogenic formula that is safe for my oily, acne-prone skin. And with the weather heating up you can be sure there will be more time spent outside in my future. You can get it for $8.55 at drugstore.com

What are your Spring beauty must-haves? 

Character Fashion Inspiration: Comic Book Characters

9 Mar

So we’ve already established that I have a nerdy side (see examples 1, 2 and 3) but I also really enjoy fashion and other girly things. A thought crossed my mind the other day and I about fell out of my chair: Why not do a Character Fashion Inspiration post based on comic book characters!? How I did not think of this sooner is beyond me. Think about it, comic books are filled with color and artistry, and superhero costumes are so sleek and stylish… all things that inspire fashion. There have been many cases where superhero art has inspired runway fashion and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC even held an exhibit on this subject in 2008.

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So, which character do I cover? There are so many directions I could go and I’m thinking there will have to be multiple posts on different characters. A few of my favorites that I am having fashion ideas for at the moment are The Hulk, Batman, Dr. Who, Poison Ivy and Iron Man. Let’s start with my all-time favorite male superhero…

Superman!

Superman

Superman is an American icon who was created in 1932 and first appeared in comics in 1938. It is said he stands for  justice, morality and righteousness and has developed to a hero seen not only in comics but also in movies, television, video games and on merchandising worldwide. So, he’s pretty much The Man, y’all.

When I think Superman the colors red and blue immediately come to mind. But let’s not forget that he is also the Man of Steel, and the new movie of that same title coming to theaters this June will focus more on the “steel” aspect of Superman. From the trailers I’ve seen (which are ah-mazing, by the way – go here to see the latest) this new Superman costume is going to be more of a dark red and blue color. So I’ll do both a more traditional Superman outfit and a modern Man of Steel inspired one. Here we go…

Character Fashion Inspiration: Superman
 
Character Fashion Inspiration: Man of Steel

What do you think? I would wear either of these but like the navy pinstripe dress and those maroon booties the best!

Which comic characters can you imagine fashion inspiration coming from?

Red Carpet Review: Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

26 Feb

By now we are all caught up on who wore what to the Oscars last Sunday. We saw several show stoppers, my favorites being Jessica Chastain bringing some Old-Hollywood glamour in a stunning Armani Prive gown; Charlize Theron reigning the red carpet in a crisp, white Dior Haute Couture ensemble;  and Naomi Watts looking downright fierce in an edgy, metallic L’Wren Scott dress. There were many other notable dresses this year but the focus of this post is not what was worn during the big show but rather when the fun really started: post Oscars at the infamous Vanity Fair Party. Let’s get to it!

The big winners of the night were Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress. For the awards show, Anne chose a baby pink Prada gown, (which I was not too fond of, honestly) and JLaw wore a spectacular Dior Couture ballroom gown (that she proceeded to trip over while trying to accept her award, bless it). For the after party they traded their gowns for more comfortable, party-appropriate dresses. Also doing a costume change was Naomi Watts who changed in to another stunningly sequined dress.

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Here are some of the other noteworthy fashion sightings at the party:

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I hope you all enjoyed the Oscars!

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