Happy Hallowe'en! This is one of my favourite holidays, and if you've been reading my blog for over a year, you know I love to dress up!
This year, I organized a group costume for my office. I explained it all last year, here, if you're curious, but it's basically a Star Trek theme made super easy. Wear a red top and a black bottom.
- Cashmere sweater - Michael Kors, thrifted; purchased here in July for $16.95
- Velvet mockneck - Mantles, consignment; purchased here in June for $8.50
- Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted, Powell River; last worn here (4th outfit) earlier this month with greys
- Boots - Prepare High Adventure, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February 2016 in a nightmarish ensemble for the VFF Gala (worth a look! L and I in costumes!)
- Leather jacket (below) - A&S Selections, thrifted; last worn here in September
I'd considered a Futurama/Leelah mash-up, now that my hair is long, but I didn't really feel like going back to dark purple just for one day.
I bought this aqua cream eyeshadow (it's by NYX), the green lip cream (NYX) and mermaid scale texture stencil (Marcelle, only $1.99! and it's reuseable) at the drug store a couple of days ago.
Black eyeliner (Marcelle) with a bit of a wing, more dark green eyeshadow, turquoise chubby stick eyeshadow (Rimmel), same type of eyeshadow in purple (Rimmel) for my brows.
The eyeshadow was tough to work with - very thick and hard to spread around. I also only had 20 minutes to do my make-up (my usual allotment, interspersed with Vizzini-cuddling). No time to fuss!
here). I learned that this aqua shadow would stay put. In fact, it did not wash off! I tried make-up remover, micellar water, bar soap, foaming make-up remover...nothing worked. That's it, I'm green!
Olive oil finally did the trick. My face felt nice too!
This is the first and probably the last wearing of this red cashmere sweater - at least on the blog! I wear it around the house all the time. It has moth-holes (space moths! my sworn enemy!), which is why it was so cheap in the thrift store, compared to $265 retail.
This is also the first wearing of this velvet long-sleeved mockneck top. Velvet and cashmere are not friends.
You can see a bit of the green on my hands. I did my nails purple.
Outerwear - totally not needed, and I wore the jacket open to and from work. Cashmere and velvet are warm, who knew?
- Earrings - local
- Star Trek communicator badge - MoPop gift shop, Seattle
Timing was everything this morning! L and I got up earlier than usual, as we also had to get his outfit ready. He was a Werewolf of London, from the awesome Warren Zevon song (YouTube link here, 'cause I love). We shopped for, assembled and test-drove it on the weekend, including his make-up, which is when we took these pictures.
|"Egads! There's a werewolf in the house!"|
You'll note the following details in L's costume:
- The Clash's "London Calling" t-shirt
- Sherry's London striped classic boating blazer (purchased in Sherry's London, Carnaby Street, London, 2010)
- Balmain zippered jeans with strips of faux fur from the costume box tucked into the zips
- Wolf ears made from hot-gluing parts from a couple of fur hats (thrifted) over a cheap cat ears headband
- Tail poking out on the right, faux fur loosely sewn over a cheap cat tail, safety-pinned to L's jeans
- Faux fur at the t-shirt neck, safety-pinned (klassy)
- "Hands" made of the flaps from a hat, thrifted
|"Wait, is this the Man? What strange sorcery is this?"|
We also have references from the song:
- A menu from Lee Ho Fook's (with beef chow mein). A pastiche of a real menu, the original cover from Lee Ho Fook's Dim Sum, and a couple of joke references.
- A pina cola, of frozen pina colada mix and Sprite, with a sword skewer of a marachino cherry and chunk of pineapple. L took a pitcher of it to work and served pina coladas to his coworkers - we also made coasters from Trader Vic's, and a Happy Hour sign from Trader Vic's.
- We also did business cards for "Luke N. Thrope, tailor" for the line, "I'd like to meet his tailor." By reference only, of course!
I did L's make-up, he grew his beard out (I darkened it with mascara).
|He carried the giant paw slippers to work|
We also did his nails with black polish (which I like, but he hates). It's all about the details.
I cropped out L's coworkers, but he's menacing a Little Red Riding Hood, who is being protected by Superman.
Happy Hallow'en, my friends!