As you may or may not know about me, I LOVE dressing up, and I almost always dress up for Hallowe'en.
This year, I came up with the costume idea back in December 2016 when L and I visited Seattle, and checked out the "Star Trek" exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), here.
|"But these tribbles were so cute when I first picked them up....ah! He's biting me!"|
And then I realized - while chatting with a coworker about how we could both be redshirts - my company colour is red. It wouldn't take much to get my whole office (three of them in BC) to play along with me. All you had to do was wear a red shirt (or sweater, or jacket, or dress) and black pants (or skirt). Easy!
|"Where are they all coming from? These Tribbles are breeding like rabbits! Ow!"|
|"Help! They're smothering me! Help!"|
What can I say? I'm a nerd and work with a lot of nerds (I work in IT). Here are the regular poses, so you can see that I actually do have clothes on.
- Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in January with red and wine
- Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here with pink suede on my birthday weekend
- Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; last seen here (2nd outfit) with my picador skirt a few weeks ago
- Coat (not shown) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here yesterday
I have my contacts in for these pictures, but they drove me crazy, so I took them out after a few hours. I couldn't read anything!
I had considered doing only a little bit of fake blood, but having the shirt distressed sealed it - I dripped blood down my legs (I ripped my nylons there), and on the backs of my hands and wrists, and around my neck/cheek. By the end of the day, it had mostly peeled off, leaving a red stain (I'm sure it will fade).
I bought all of the "tribbles" while out shopping on the weekend.
On one of the black ones, I hotglued a hair clip so that I could attach it in my hair. On some of them, I hotglued a strip of ribbon over a safety pin, and the big fluffy white one got a hair clip that I didn't like glued on to it. All remove able from my clothes - I pinned the puffs on my arms once I got to work.
- Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
- Star Trek badge - MoPOP gift shop
I bundled up the sweater and all the tribbles into a bag and put them away in the Tickle Trunk - maybe I'll do this again another year? I have been known to repeat costumes. When you have a winner, you have a winner!
In case you're interested, here are my previous years' Hallowe'en costumes since I started the blog in 2008:
- A regular outfit (2008) - here - seriously, most boring Hallowe'en outfit ever, considering I was a shambling office zombie the year before.
- A vintage, slightly Gothic look (2009) - here - better! Yvonne wore that vintage dress to our party last weekend!
- The Mad Hatter (2010) - here - Awesome - I won my old company's costume contest in this.
- In a vintage dress (2011) - here - I was pretty new to my job and nervous about dressing up.
- Hitchcock's "The Birds" (2012) - here - One of my best costumes. I still have all the birds, and that suit, so I might do it again one year.
- The Mad Hatter again (2013) - here - different job, no one's seen it! I made it a bit different, added the teacup and saucer, got a little weirder, hee hee.
- Lydia from "Beetlejuice" (2014) - here - L was Beetlejuice, and we threw a Hallowe'en party at home that year.
- A "Grim Fandangal" Dia de los Meurtos look (2015) - here - An easy look to work in all day.
- Imperator Furiousa from "Max Max: Fury Road" (2016) - here - So fun clomping around in this all day! L's cultist outfit is great too.
Happy Hallowe'en, my friends!