Oct 31, 2013

day of the dead

Happy Halloween!

My favorite day of the year has arrived.
It is always a bittersweet thing, knowing I will soon rid my room of paper bats and pumpkin lights. My costume is reminiscent of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, which actually starts tomorrow. The mask was made by me (you can view the tutorial here), the dress I picked up at a local consignment store and altered.

Below I posted a few holiday appropriate songs if you are looking to
add more to your party playlist!

misfits/ halloween I & II:
cosmonauts/ psycko:

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Oct 30, 2013

barbie girl

Growing up a dancer and involved with musical theatre, costume and
makeup has always excited me and is a giant inspiration this time of year. It is fascinating how applying unusual color, makeup tricks and applicable attire can make you look and feel unrecognizable, even to yourself.

While surfing the web for Halloween inspiration, I ran across this featured look by LA
makeup artist, Lindsay Hancock, and couldn’t help but share it with you. I must admit I was not familiar with Lindsay before, but fell in love with how different the look is from other Day of the Dead costumes. The pearlized tone to her skin, as well as the pink and purple hues, are a very feminine, playful take. It is almost as if Barbie herself returned from the dead.

to see other looks by Lindsay:
(photos were taken directly from her site!)

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DIY: day of the dead mask

This year I took inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos,
for my Halloween costume! Unfortunately I have to work Halloween evening, so I wanted a costume that would be simple to put on instead of taking hours to apply. I thought making a mask would be the easiest option while still allowing me to have fun with makeup and details.

All you need for this project are a few things from your local craft store:
-full face mask
-variety of paints (acrylic in your choice of colors and black puff paint for fine lines)
-fake flowers (also your choice, I went with three different colors in varying sizes)
-hole punch
-hot glue gun (preferred)
-thin ribbon (color of your choice)

The rest of the details are up to you! Sugar skulls are known for being vibrant so this gives you a chance to be creative and add your own embellishments.

1- Start with a basic full-face mask.

2- Use a hold punch to create two evenly spaced holes on either side of the mask. These don’t need to look absolutely perfect since you will be covering them up with flowers.

3- Because you are making a half-face mask, cut off the bottom of the mask to get it out of your way.

4- Shape your mask. I cut mine just through the nostrils and rounded the cheeks to match the natural curve of my face.

5- Decide how far down on your mask you would like to begin gluing flowers, draw a line if necessary.

6- Sketch the patterns you would like to paint onto your mask. Traditional ideas are petal-designs around the eyes, flowers, spiderwebs, whimsical lines, etc. Add as much or as little detail as you want!

7- Fill in designs with acrylic paint. Outline desired details with black puff paint to make them pop. You can also use the black to give the appearance of shading. Make sure to allow enough time for the mask to completely dry before moving on to the next steps.

9- String ribbon through the holes you’ve created, with enough to tie the mask on.

9- Glue flowers to the mask around the crown of your face. It is helpful to create a basic layout idea before your start gluing.

10- Add plastic spiders (or other embellishments) to various areas on the mask.

Pair your mask with white face paint, a bright Mexican pattern or black lace dress and you’ve got a costume that you had fun making but that won’t take much effort Halloween day. Check back tomorrow to see my whole costume put together!

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Oct 28, 2013

monster inspiration: banshee

With an unwanted wail that chills bone, the Banshee is the ultimate
bearer of bad news. Come to warn or taunt you of immanent death, I pictured this fairy-like creature in layers of decaying lace, and barefoot or with a minimalistic shoe. Her long pale hair, hiding a silver comb used to lure the unsuspecting into her death trap. I imagined eyes, reddened with death and an ethereal blanched complexion.

Sadly this is the last piece of my Halloween post series where I humanized
various female monsters. If you would like to check out previous posts from the series, I chose Bride of Frankenstein, Medusa, a black widow and finally the Banshee. If you enjoyed these, I would like to hear your feedback!

On another note, I will be posting several Halloween-themed ideas over the next few days, including a party playlist and DIY mask so be sure to check back.


Photos were taken from Polyvore and Tumblr.

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Oct 25, 2013

october: favorite looks

It is time yet again to choose my favorite blogger looks from the month.
It is unbelievable how fast time goes by! This month I have four looks to show you, primarily because I spend a large part of my day getting inspired by so many creative and fashionable people around the world.

The first is Ashleigh of Wise Wardrobe. She is fairly new to the blogging world, and I love the interesting outfits she has put together so far. She has a great way of mixing feminine and masculine elements into her outfits, as well as throwing in an unusual color to keep things unpredictable. I LOVE the multicolored stole and her long jacket paired over the sheer, lace skirt.

The second is Helena of Bell's Fashion. I featured her last month in my top looks as well because her blog is always one I get excited about visiting. She has a true sense of style and isn’t afraid to incorporate strange elements into her outfits, such as the green eyebrow she sports in this look. I love the way she mixes patterns and textures to create a very visually interesting outfit.

The third look is Jessie of Velvet-Daisy. There is something very dainty about her and her wardrobe that I really love. I was drawn to this particular look because of the matching top and bottom from Ette Clothing, which pairs perfectly with her oversized yarn cardigan.

The last look is Amy of Amy Valentine. I love how sultry and feminine this dress looks on her. The side cutouts on the leg and mesh detail at the top add, in my opinion, perfect detailing. I love that she opted for a simple flower crown, instead of earrings or necklaces, to let the dress speak for itself.

To see more from these lovely bloggers, check out their sites:

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Oct 23, 2013

queens will play

Besides watching Halloween makeup tutorials for obscene amounts of time, I have been working on putting together a compilation of my five favorite albums of the year to be included in an upcoming issue of SLUG, the music/art/everything rad magazine I do event marketing for in Salt Lake.

While “researching” my boyfriend and I took a drive up Emigration Canyon to enjoy the last of the season before the streets and mountains are dumped with snow. It was lovely to drive, listen to music and to reflect on my thoughts and feelings in the midst of so many striking colors.

Below I posted a favored song from the outing, Your Life Your Call by Junip. Their recent, self-titled album is also one I chose for my top 5 and I would highly suggest listening to it if you haven't already.

crop top-american apparel
orange duster-forever 21
leopard shorts-silence + noise
floral bag-decades vintage

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Oct 21, 2013

monster inspiration: black widow

Few species eat their lovers after mating. In the height of her sexual cannibalism,
the black widow devours her male prey with a bite three times as powerful as his. He is helpless to her will and succumbs to the poison running through his body.

I picture a humanized black widow as seductive and sleek, clad in leather and form-fitting layers. She would entice and entrance so captives would almost await her sensuous, deadly bite. The deep red and black hues stay true to her complexion while hinting at her lurking evil.

There will only be one more monster re-creation before the month is over
and Halloween is here! Comment below if there is a final look you would
like to see for next week.


Pictures were taken from Polyvore.

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Oct 14, 2013

monster inspiration: medusa

In Greek mythology, Medusa was considered a monster; a remorseless
woman with hissing, reptant hair who turned anyone who gazed upon her to stone.

The epitome of female rage, I pictured a modern Medusa wearing sultry pieces such as a snakeskin mini skirt or biker jacket to entice the unknowing into her contemptible trap. The braids and curls, reminiscent of coiling snakes, and green smoky eye only work to mask her corruption with unfounded beauty.

Last Halloween I had the pleasure of dressing up as Medusa, and felt very devilish. I constructed the costume from several green patterned pieces I found at a thrift shop, Grecian-style ribbon I used as trim, and I even opted for yellow contacts. I also used the tutorial below to create a snake crown from baked clay. Regrettably I wasn't able to find a decent picture of the put-together costume.

medusa snake crown tutorial:

Next Monday will be a new Halloween adaptation!
If there is a monster look you would like me to create, comment below.

Pictures were taken from Polyvore and Tumblr.

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