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Tastefully Trendy: Halloween Edition

In honor of the occasion, my Tastefully Trendy Tuesday post is, well, on Wednesday. Maybe next week I’ll be back on the wagon, guys.

I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid. Sure, we went to Harvest Festivals at church, but I never once trick or treated, and I really have no memories of dressing up. If I did, it was at church as an angel or Bible character – so, basically, I wore a bathrobe. My mom was always good about making sure we still had candy like all the other kids, but costumes just weren’t a thing.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy them so much as an adult. My college town had a huge block party every year for Halloween (no joke, Little Richard played one year!), and hundreds of kids would trick or treat down the pretty avenue across the street from campus. It was just so fun, I quickly became hooked.

As an adult, I still don’t see the point in dressing up like a witch or goblin or something evil. Or something ugly, for that matter. No judgment if that’s your thing – I just would like to take every opportunity to be something I (probably) never actually could be in real life, but would like to be, if given the chance: a princess, a fairy, a mermaid. Something beautiful and glamorous.

And for some reason, I feel strongly that buying a costume is cheating. I don’t know where this idea came from. I’m not a crafty person; usually if someone says “you can just make it yourself”, I get anxiety. But at Halloween, I transform into the queen of tulle and hot glue and fabric adhesive. And surprisingly, my creations usually turn out pretty well.

Before I unveil this year’s costume (which, if you follow me on instagram and watched my story this weekend will be a little anticlimactic), let’s take a walk down memory lane…

2014:

This year was the first that I really got into my costume making. I’d dabbled before, but never had I bought so many disparate pieces and had a true vision for how my outfit was going to look. As with any Halloween costume, you have to make it “sexy”. But, because I’m still me, I wanted to keep it classy, too. So here is my version of Cinderella.

The secret to Halloween costumes is the details, I think. Obviously, this is not a literal interpretation of Cinderella, but thanks to my choker, headband, gloves, and the color blue (and some bangs that were unfortunate in the grand scheme of my life, but perfect for this costume), every girl knew who I was. Almost zero men did – ha!

Also, not Halloween, but one year I did a Cinderella photo shoot with my very talented friend Julianne, and I’m still obsessed with those pictures. So, here are two of those just for fun:



2015:

In 2015, I’d moved to Nashville literally three days before Halloween (y’all, I’ve been here 3 years now!). My bestie and her then boyfriend (now husband) came up to visit and she and I went together as a construction worker and her stud finder (get it?!). I liked our costume together, but no one really realized we were a “couple”, and kept complimenting her on her costume independently. Oh well – you win some, you lose some.

2016:

In 2016, I discovered the glue gun, and my life was forever changed. I don’t know why I’d never used a glue gun before – I’d seen my mom use one a billion times and they are remarkably easy to use. But, I guess the motivation was lacking until my tooth fairy costume.

I reused my Cinderella tulle tutu (which I’d made, by the way – thanks, Pinterest!), but again, the beauty of this costume was in the details. My tooth wand and the toothbrush crown (the crown was really my favorite part), plus my Dollar Tree wings were enough for several moms to stop me on the street for pictures to send to their kids.

2017:

Last year, I didn’t have any party invitations, so I didn’t plan a costume. I will never make that mistake again – something almost always comes up at the last minute.

In this case, I had just started dating a guy who was going with all of his buddies as the Disney Princesses. I wanted to go along with the theme, but not compete with it. He was Snow White, so I decided to be a (generic) dwarf. Y’all, I put this costume together with about 12 hours notice, and I was pretty proud of my quick work. I already had the hat, romper, and booties, so I just needed some buttons and a lantern and I was ready to go (or, hi-ho, if you will).

2018:

And now we arrive at the present, and I may have outdone myself this year. The amount of time and money I invested into this costume was probably not justified by the 3 hours I actually wore it, but it was so much fun for me to create, and one very inebriated gentleman did kiss me on the cheek and say that he loved that I wasn’t basic, which is about the highest compliment anyone could give me.

With no further ado, I present – the Mermaid!

 This tasteful” mermaid look was inspired by a picture on Pinterest, but honestly, y’all, I didn’t know until literally the minute I put it on if it would work at all. I was so pleased with how it did. Naturally, I already owned the tank top and the skirt (actually, the skirt is what originally originally inspired the mermaid idea). I bought a seashell bra on Amazon and painted it with glitter glue to match the tank. Then, I embellished it with rhinestones and seashell sequins, and finished off the skirt with some tulle and adhesive tape (which didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. I reinforced it with safety pins, but you can trace where I went in Nashville by following the tulle trail). I had no idea, though, that the tulle would flare out a little like it did, which made the costume even more perfect.

And, let’s talk about my mermaid makeup because I was pretty impressed with myself. Lots of highlighter, lots of glitter, turquoise winged eye shadow, and lavender frosty lipstick. I would have liked the eye shadow to be a little more pronounced, actually, but I didn’t want to buy bolder turquoise eye shadow to wear one time, so I made do with what I had.

So, there you have it: 5 years, 5 costumes, and lots of creative fun! My favorite is either the mermaid or the tooth fairy – those details just get me!

What was your favorite costume that you’ve worn? Do you believe in making or buying your costume? Were you allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid, or did you have a childhood like mine? Let’s discuss!

<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!

Guess who’s back, back again

So, this is embarrassing…I knew I hadn’t posted in a while, but I didn’t realize the last time was before Halloween! I really thought I’d have more time on my hands in Nashville, but between moving/unpacking, job hunting/interviewing, teaching an online course, and not yet having internet in my house, I have actually been quite busy.  Estimating how long it’s going to take me to do things/how many hours are in a day is not one of my strengths.

But, most of my boxes are now unpacked and I have no money to go shopping for more things to put away, so I should have more time going forward to get into a regular routine of writing.

To update you on my life:

  • I found a place to live. It’s seriously the cutest. Here’s my closet: wpid-img_20151118_090522.jpg(Well, the shoes part of my closet.  Because duh.)

And my Christmas tree:

wpid-wp-1448740528088.jpgAlso, I have a guest bedroom, so please come visit me!

  • No job yet, but I’ve had some good leads, so I’m hopeful that will happen soon. In the meantime, thanks Mom and Dad for keeping me alive. And thanks unemployment for keeping me skinny.
  • I’ve gone on a couple dates in Nashville so far, and I have some…observations.  More on that in a future post.

I don’t know yet where I’m going to set up my camera for future outfit posts. Also, I’m really only getting dressed every day to go to a coffee shop, so my looks haven’t been super exciting so far (although the girl at Starbucks today did tell me I looked very put together.  Also, don’t judge that I’m going to Starbucks in the land of a million coffee shops.  It’s right by my house and the nicest Starbucks I’ve ever been to outside of Mumbai, India.).  All that to say, I’ll probably be posting some Georgia looks for the next couple of weeks until I get that part of my life more settled.

For now, here is my much-teased but now irrelevant Halloween costume.  My best friend Delenna and I were a construction worker and a stud finder for Halloween this year.  GET IT, GUYS??

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Please note my interpretation of “steel-toed boots” below, as well.
wpid-1031152043a.jpgThanks for sticking with me, even as I’ve been MIA, everyone. I’ve missed our chats!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and let’s talk soon! xoxo, Sarah Beth

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.”

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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