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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Happy Halloween, y’all! I think we’ve discussed my love for Halloween before, but ever since college, I’ve been pretty into the holiday.

I wasn’t allowed to celebrate it growing up, so maybe I just have a lot of pent up Halloween spirit. Or maybe it’s simply that who doesn’t like costume parties? You get to flex your creative muscles, be whomever you want to be, and have an automatic conversation starter with literally every person. It’s the best.

I’ve also become a huge DIY-snob over the years. But just at Halloween. Every other time of the year, I’d much rather pay a professional then to get crafty. But, come October 1, I get the urge to scour Pinterest, buy fabric, and use a glue gun. And I firmly believe that if you don’t make your costume, it doesn’t really count…

But, sometimes, my vision isn’t QUITE achieved. This year was one of those years. I thought I could convert my well-loved, perennially-useful tutu into a skirt for Dorothy, and technically I did. But, I still kinda felt like I was the love child of Dorothy and Cherry Merry Muffin. (Side note: I referenced Cherry Merry Muffin to someone younger than me the other day, and they did not know what I meant. If you are in that category, please enlighten yourself here. And please do not tell me, because it makes me feel very old, even though I can still distinctly smell the doll in my head.)

Anyway…a friend asked me if I had sewn my costume myself, and I was very flattered by that question because I actually used staples, fabric glue, and velcro. But, it held together for the evening, and I did get a few compliments on the look.

My philosophy on costumes is always to give them a bit of a SB spin…I’m not a purist. So, the cropped, off-the-shoulder top achieved that goal for me.

My favorite parts of the costume, though, were tied between my shoes (obviously. These were red pumps I already had, and I bought the bows from Etsy and glued them to binder clips (my mom’s creative idea)); my hair – it turned out perfectly Dorothy; and my lipstick. I had seen some glitter lipstick on Pinterest that I was obsessed with, and while mine wasn’t QUITE as glittery as I’d envisioned, I think the results were still pretty

So there you have it. Whenever I make a project like this, it gives me hope for my future children. With a little hot glue and Google, Mommy might actually be of some help to them in their school projects.

As is my custom, let’s also take a quick walk through some costumes of yesteryear – because I like reliving them, and if any of you are new (or even if you’re not), maybe you’ll enjoy them, too. Specifically, let’s look at all the ways my hand-made tulle tutu has served me well.

Cinderella – my first use of the tutu. At my party last week, I saw another girl who was a tutu-d Cinderella. She looked cute, but, I wanted to give her some pointers, as she wasn’t wearing gloves or a headband. It’s all in the details.

A couple years later, I resurrected my tutu for what is probably my favorite costume of all time – the Tooth Fairy. Again, the details are what get me on this one – peep my toothbrush crown, the wings, my tooth wand, and even a little pouch for the teeth. It was the most fun to create, and lots of moms of little children asked to take my picture.

Three times might be the max on my blue tutu, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear a costume that doesn’t involve tulle in someway. I’m already thinking ahead to next year, and some options include Glinda (keeping with the Wizard of Oz theme); Little Red Riding Hood; and Tinkerbell. All of which could – and likely would – include a tutu, as well.

What about you? Did you/will you dress up this year? What was your favorite costume of all time? Do you feel as obligated to use tulle as I do? I’d love to hear from you!

<3,
SB

The Tooth Fairy

Happy Halloween, y’all! I’ve become a big fan of Halloween in my old age. There are many reasons for this:

1) Seeing cute kids costumes on social media is the highlight of my year.

2) Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, with Thanksgiving only 3-4 weeks away, and then Christmas!

3) I LOVE COSTUMES!!!

I may have said this before, but honestly, if I could dress up in costume at least once a month, I’d be a happy camper. As it is, I get one day a year, plus a couple themed parties if I’m lucky. So, I take full advantage of it.

This year’s costume was inspired by Pinterest (per usual) and I put my own spin on this fantastic tooth fairy look:

tooth-fairy-inspoby recycling my tulle skirt from Cinderella 2 years ago:

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI thought making the tulle skirt was the extent of my craftiness, but I ramped it up a notch this year, buying my first ever glue gun! I’ll be honest, guys, I was pretty afraid to use this new tool. But, it’s remarkably easy. Like, SUPER easy. And I didn’t even burn myself once.

So, with my new crafting skills, a couple pinterest photos for inspiration, and some spare time, I turned a dollar store crown and wand into something fit for the elegant tooth fairy I was becoming. My wings were also from the dollar store, the toothbrushes for my crown from Big Lots (I spent about 6 dollars total on them), and the shirt from a cheap store in the mall (a back-up, because I broke my cardinal rule about buying things online and ordered a shirt from China….maybe I’ll have it by next Halloween).  So, altogether, I spent less than $20 and had a super fun costume that got rave reviews from children and their mothers alike.

Also, of the 4 other tooth fairies I saw, my costume was the best, if I do say so myself.

1-tooth-fairyDid you dress up this year? Or did your kids? What’s your favorite costume that you have ever worn or seen? Do you purchase your costumes, or are you a DIY-er like me (side note: Halloween is oddly the one time of year I try to be crafty. The rest of the year, I figure I can support the economy by paying other people to make things).

Be safe everyone, and send me cute costume pictures!

Halloween 2014: Revisited

As a child, I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween.  Sure, we went to church Trunk-or-Treat/Harvest parties, but our costume options were usually limited to bathrobes at those events.

So, as an adult, I’ve taken full advantage of all the fun that is dressing up on October 31.  I mean, really, who doesn’t love a giant costume party?

I will wait until next week to unveil this year’s costume, but I loved last year’s so much, I thought it was worth a revisit.  Here is my post from Oct. 27, 2014.  What was your favorite Halloween costume ever, and what are you going as this year?  Have you made/bought it yet, or are you more of a last minute person?  Show me some fun pictures – facebook and instagram at Halloween is positively the best, so let’s bring that fun to my blog, too!


 

Last week, I teased my Halloween costume like it was the most exciting thing to happen to my blog since its creation. And, in my opinion, it might be.

But, this post is probably a little anti-climactic for almost all of you, since you are likely my facebook and/or instagram friend and already saw pictures. Oh well – I’m sure my explanation of the costume will be super stimulating.

To start, here is a close-up of my face…know who I am yet? wpid-img_20141024_195306.jpgHow about when I post a side-by-side comparison:

wpid-photogrid_1414263635509.jpgI mean, really – the resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

Here’s a full-length shot. My friends are a witch and a bumblebee (so all of you Steelers fans who requested a tribute to their uniforms…that’s as close as you get.)

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI’ve always been a little obsessed with Cinderella. First of all, she’s a blonde princess. So, naturally five year old me was going to like the one that I most looked like. But, she’s also a good person, and that’s how she becomes a princess. Her beauty is just a bonus.

So, the costume choice was a no-brainer once I saw it on Pinterest. I would never walk around downtown Atlanta where this party was in a full-on ball gown. But, a tutu? Totes.

I made the tutu myself, and it was actually as easy as everyone said it would be (I had strong doubts – I’m not crafty AT. ALL.) Tutorial here. I needed four spools of tulle (honestly, I could have probably used 5, but I was over it.), which I got at Jo-Ann fabrics. I also had to buy gloves, the headband, and the tank top, but I already had the shoes; who doesn’t have a pair of silver sequin shoes lying around? Altogether, I spent about $30. So, I could have bought a costume for about the same price from Party City or wherever. But, this was so much more fun.

1 - CinderellaOh, and that pretty little clutch? My stylish grandmother’s. I love when I get to use things of hers.

So, what do you think? Did I capture Cinderella’s essence, or should I have gone a different route? And what about you – will you dress up, and if so, as what?

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

Around the World in 3 Days

Last week, I kinda went on an unintentional theme in my dressing.  I say unintentional because unlike sixth grade when I would plan out an entire week of different smiley-faced outfits (I’m still quite proud of myself for that), this theme just evolved.

It started on Monday, when I went in to work dressed as Robin Hood.  I work in a casual environment, but costumes are generally discouraged.  However, when you are late every day, sometimes you look in the mirror, say, “I look like a fairy tale character”, and decide to go with it anyway.  In this case, I started with the boots which are over-the-knee, but once I added the skirt, I realized they were too tall for the length of the skirt, so I folded them over.  And became a Merry Man.
1 - Robin HoodThe next day, I switched things up completely (sometimes I feel a little schizophrenic in my dressing, but that’s a topic for another day), and went with the very professional all black dress and pumps, adding a touch of color in my shoes and scarf.  My friend said I looked like I should be on Wall Street (which is why I left my glasses on for this picture – I thought it added to the pretense).  I laughed at the absurdity of dressing like Robin Hood one day and Wall Street the next, to which my friend said, “Well, Hollywood to New York…where will you go to next?”
1 - Wall StreetNever one to disappoint, I showed up on Wednesday ready for the streets of Paris. In theory, anyway.  When I think of Parisian fashion, I think slim-fitting, minimalist, and monochromatic, like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or almost every fashion designer, ever.  So, I tried my best, but other than the beret, I honestly don’t like very much about this outfit.  Maybe if my jeans weren’t so faded (who knew that my dark wash were no longer actually dark), I’d be a little happier.

Oh well.  C’est la vie.

1 - France, beretHow would you dress Hollywood, NYC, or Paris?  And more importantly, where would you go on a world-wide fashion tour?

Hashtag Sari Not Sorry

Although there are many things about big cities that I miss, sometimes small towns have their perks, like on Friday when the downtown gave way to hundreds of little Elsas and Avengers of all types. Our store is right on the downtown square, so we gave out candy and I got to dress up again!

As much as I loved my Cinderella costume, it wasn’t really appropriate for daytime with children (also, it didn’t exactly fit our store theme). So, instead, I got to wear this beautiful sari, which actually, I loved just as much.

I’m not sure how Indian women wear these everyday. For one thing, I don’t know how they get in them. It took a friend who has lived in India and a YouTube video to get me in mine, and I’m pretty sure even if I’d known how, I don’t have enough hands to do it all myself.  But for another, they’re really hard to move in.  Mine wasn’t wrapped quite tight enough so I was afraid if I moved too much, it would fall.  But, if they’re wrapped as tight as they’re supposed to be, you still can’t move because you legitimately can’t move – so tight.  So, hats off, Indian women!

imageIsn’t that pretty?  I wished for a minute I’d bought one in India, but then I remembered I would never actually wear it here, so it was probably better I saved my money.  But, if we could somehow Americanize these, I’d be grateful.  Beautiful fabric with a flattering/forgiving silhouette?  Yes, please.

imageI chose to wear my authentic Indian sandals (by authentic, I mean I bought them in India) to go with the sari, and then jewelry from our store.  If I really had wanted to be authentic, I would have worn matching bangles on both wrists (and a lot more of them), but this was close enough.  The under garments also made me think for a second I could pull off the cropped top look that’s in right now.  But, then I remembered I’m a self-respecting almost 30 year old and dismissed that idea.

What do you think?  Should we start a movement to bring saris to America?

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Last week, I teased my Halloween costume like it was the most exciting thing to happen to my blog since its creation.  And, in my opinion, it might be.

But, this post is probably a little anti-climactic for almost all of you, since you are likely my facebook and/or instagram friend and already saw pictures.  Oh well – I’m sure my explanation of the costume will be super stimulating.

To start, here is a close-up of my face…know who I am yet? wpid-img_20141024_195306.jpgHow about when I post a side-by-side comparison:

wpid-photogrid_1414263635509.jpgI mean, really – the resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

Here’s a full-length shot.  My friends are a witch and a bumblebee (so all of you Steelers fans who requested a tribute to their uniforms…that’s as close as you get.)

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI’ve always been a little obsessed with Cinderella.  First of all, she’s a blonde princess.  So, naturally five year old me was going to like the one that I most looked like.  But, she’s also a good person, and that’s how she becomes a princess.  Her beauty is just a bonus.

So, the costume choice was a no-brainer once I saw it on Pinterest.  I would never walk around downtown Atlanta where this party was in a full-on ball gown.  But, a tutu?  Totes.

I made the tutu myself, and it was actually as easy as everyone said it would be (I had strong doubts – I’m not crafty AT. ALL.)  Tutorial here. I needed four spools of tulle (honestly, I could have probably used 5, but I was over it.), which I got at Jo-Ann fabrics. I also had to buy gloves, the headband, and the tank top, but I already had the shoes; who doesn’t have a pair of silver sequin shoes lying around?  Altogether, I spent about $30.  So, I could have bought a costume for about the same price from Party City or wherever.  But, this was so much more fun.

1 - CinderellaOh, and that pretty little clutch?  My stylish grandmother’s.  I love when I get to use things of hers.

So, what do you think?  Did I capture Cinderella’s essence, or should I have gone a different route?  And what about you – will you dress up, and if so, as what?

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

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