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!
You both have such fun costumes! your green makeup is such a clever idea and it works well - I'm glad you managed to get it all off in the end! :)ReplyDelete
We don't do Halloween here in Australia and it's a shame as I like seeing how creative some people can be with their costumes!
Thanks, Mica! Me too - phew!Delete
I knew that - too bad, as it's such fun to dress up.
Your costume is great! L NAILED it!! Love the Lee Ho Fook menu. LOL!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ella! I love L's costume.Delete
Those boots are fabulous!! I love the way they side lace. Great effect.ReplyDelete
Thanks - I love them as well!Delete
Wow, what a great job! The idea for the costume is terrific and the execution superb. I can see Captain Kirk trying to kiss you!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ally! Ha!Delete
I love it!!! Your makeup and outfit are AMAZING! :)ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks so much, Holly! I had a lot of fun.Delete
It took me a while to realize there was nothing wrong with my computer screen after all ... I love your attention to detail, and to have done all that (and L's makeup too) early in the morning, that's just incredible. So are those lacy boots. L's costume is just fantastic! How clever! I'm loving the Warren Zevon song! xxxReplyDelete
Lol, fooled you, Ann! Thanks so much!Delete
Sorry, but that The Clash shirt does it for me. Okay, your visage is wonderful! Happy evening doll.ReplyDelete
Is that a good or a bad thing, Nancy? Thank you!Delete
You and L look absolutely brilliant - your green face make-up is a triumph, you do look like a sexy alien! Those boots are spectacular and no, you're dead right there's nothing wrong with moth eaten cashmere for lounging, it sure beats a fleece onesie!ReplyDelete
Vizzini is puzzled by L's ears, isn't he? Our boys hate it when we wear things on our heads! xxx
Thanks, Vix! Vizzini's thrown off when our faces or the shape of our heads changes. He doesn't like hair cuts either.Delete
love the outfit is was perfect! I'm a bit of a trekkie, so being part of that would have put me in my happy place.ReplyDelete
I was totally in my happy place, Dar!Delete
Grrrrrrreat costumes! Really effective, while still being wearable. You two have a gift!ReplyDelete
Wearability was key, Julia, thank you!Delete
Looks like you had a fun one !ReplyDelete
I've been so busy I totally missed out on anything Halloween related.
Your costume rocks and L's is soooooo fun, the furry feet :)
Thanks, Lorena, aw, too bad!Delete
Oh, you were a red shirt! I'm glad you survived the day!ReplyDelete
My students asked me what I had dressed up as. I told them "An exhausted teacher." Needless they were a little wild, but probably worse on Thursday-but I wasn't there...too bad.
Thanks for always making me smile! Carol in VT
Just barely, thanks, Carol, ha ha!Delete
You and L came up with Fabulous Halloween outfits - I am very impressed! I wish I lived in North America for Halloween - you put so much thought and wit into your outfits!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Alli! It was so much fun.Delete
L is the perfect werewolf and you, my dear, are one fantastic looking alien, green face and all. Loving the long pink hair. What a fun Halloween romp!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Elle! We always enjoy getting dressed up for the day.Delete
You did a great job with your makeup, and the colours work so well with your hair. L makes a fantastic British Werewolf; I admire the work you both put into your costumes. I did a pass on Halloween this year after being sick - I didn't have the energy to put together a costume.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Shelley! We had so much fun coming up with our outfits. Sorry to hear you've been sick - I hope you're feeling better!Delete
Such commitment to the cause you guys, well done! I thought you had added a filter to your face for the blog and am really impressed that you managed all of that with make-up. You both look amazing and I'm sure you freaked the pants off everyone. Halloween just isn't my thing, but this is fab!ReplyDelete
Filters? Nah, I don't have that kind of capability! We had loads of fun - no freaking out!Delete