Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween 2014

Cruella de Vil

DSC_0009 - Version 2Maxi dress and shag coat from LF Stores (previous seasons), Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, wig from eBay, gloves and play cigarette holder from Party City.DSC_0012 - Version 2Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker.IMG_0169MAC x Rocky Horror Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’DSC_0025

I decided to spare just one…

DSC_0011OK, I know, I know. I did it again: I disappeared for almost a month. I’m a bad, bad blogger! Or just consistently fashionably late, depending on how you look at things. But I hope this year’s Halloween costume will make up for my online absences. (I’m also sorry I didn’t post pictures of my costume sooner, but I can’t have been the only person who spent yesterday nursing a hangover…) I seriously do have lots of cool projects and collaborations in the works, so I appreciate your patience.

Anyone who’s known me for at least twenty minutes knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It gives fashion lovers a special chance to get really creative, and while so many girls like to play princess, this year I decided I should honor a villain on the one night we openly celebrate sin. I chose Cruella de Vil because she’s not just an iconic female villain, she’s also a fashion icon, determined to commit a heinous crime in order to achieve a fabulous style statement. Whenever I put together a costume, I try to use as much as possible from my own wardrobe. This year, it started with a dress that had been sitting in my closet gathering dust and making me feel guilty for over a year. I bought the black and white maxi dress, complete with shoulder pads and a dramatic slit, on a whim at one of LF’s infamous sales. Obviously it didn’t cost much, but I got home and thought to myself, Where did I think I would wear this? My prom years are far behind me, and my calendar isn’t exactly marked up with galas. But when I saw it hanging next to my shag coat, an LF purchase that I’ve worn constantly for three winters, my Cruella vision suddenly became clear, and the rest just fell together.

I’m obsessed with Eddie Borgo’s odd yet simultaneously minimalist jewelry, and this choker was on my wish list for months before I made it mine. The fact that the sleek, glamorous necklace happens to somewhat resemble a dog collar was an ever-s0-appropriate coincidence.

For Cruella’s signature red lip, MAC Cosmetics made my Halloween dreams come true with their Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Rocky Horror is a Halloween cult classic film, and one of my personal favorites. Like so many MAC lipsticks, the Rocky Horror reds are smooth, rich, and flawless—and totally sold out. Special shout out to a special friend who helped me get my hands on these coveted colors!

The finishing touches for almost any Halloween costume are easy to get online. eBay and the Party City website have all the Halloween essentials, and even the more unusual accessories, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute. A significant other who loves you enough to wear a full dalmatian suit? That’s a little harder to find.

Photos by Brooke Appe & Annie Goldman

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Think Pink

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1Q1A9156Pants from Nasty Gal, American Apparel spandex crop top, Jeffrey Campbell lucite heels, necklace from Lola’s Urban Vintage truck at SoWa.

Remember when I told you how easy it is to change up a standard fashion formula with different prints, colors, and styling? Though the basic components to this look mimic outfits I’ve posted before, the solid pink pants and fun necklace give a fresh take on one of my favorite silhouettes. Pink is back in a big way (embrace it!), and statement jewelry can bring a lot more range to the most basic pieces in your wardrobe. Lola’s Vintage Urban truck is the perfect place to find unique pieces like this necklace. Owner Nicoletta Lyons (who hand makes lots of the accessories herself) has created a vintage mecca for Boston’s fashion risk-takers, and it’s literally on wheels. Plus, the prices are amazing.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Printed Pants, Ready to Dance

1Q1A3300When it comes to wearing a loud statement piece, I believe in keeping the rest simple. I also think comfort is key for a fun night out. Here I am in my Sandro printed high-waist pants, paired with an American Apparel spandex crop top to create an evening look that’s bold without being too bizarre, and comfortable without compromising cuteness.1Q1A3302They say beauty is pain, but I’m pretty relieved that towering heels are fading out of the fashion scene. Who wants to stomp Boston’s bricks and cobblestones in stilts? These sleek Jeffrey Campbell sandals with a low lucite heel are fun and easy on my feet (and at least one guy asks me if I’ve got a gold fish in there every time I wear them). I guess it’s time to address the fact that almost all my shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell…Fuck diamonds—JC is a girl’s best friend.1Q1A3293 - Version 2

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