Halloween- because dress up isn’t just for those under 10.

Ah Halloween….one of my favorite holidays. Actually I love all the holidays except for Valentine’s Day, (single girls should get heart-shaped boxes of chocolate too!) I love Halloween for three reasons and three reasons only- let me list them off  in order of importance.

(1). I love candy and Halloween is an excellent excuse to stuff my face with Reeses, M&M’s, Almond Joy’s and giant Hershey’s Milk chocolate bars.

(2). I love watching the old Disney channel Halloween favorites; Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown I-IV and Nightmare before Christmas (although technically Nightmare before Christmas was released through Touchstone Pictures). I even like   the Tower of Terror with Steve Gutenberg and Scream Team with Monty Python’s Eric Idle. The only movie I refuse to watch is Don’t Look Under the Bed; not only is it terrifying, but it’s also surprisingly spot-on regarding the mess that collects under one’s bed.

(3). I LOVE DRESSING UP. I love making my costumes from scratch and over-analyzing it’s authenticity. I love sewing sequins and dying fabric to match the color of my shoes. I love making costumes for my friends and family (especially if we are going with a group theme) and I love wearing fake eyes lashes and crazy wigs. It’s my one chance each year to wear what I would want to wear everyday.

And isn’t that why most of us love Halloween?  We grow up being encouraged to use our imagination, yet when we reach adulthood make-believe is discouraged. Halloween presents an opportunity to take back make-believe, if only for one night.

So in the spirit of make-believe I have asked three friends to tell me about their favorite costumes, how they turned out and why they chose them. I think you’ll like not only their costumes, but what they had to say about them as well…

princess meggan Princess Meggan

 As the better half of Lemonzest and Pearls, Meggan is sharp, quick-witted and full of energy. She is also obsessed with Disney. She’ll admit it.  In fact, when I told Meggan I was going to be interning as Walt Disney World, I think she was more excited than I was. So it comes as no surprise that she would choose Belle from Beauty and the Beast as her costume.  Check out what she said….

Meggan: “I choose to be Belle for Halloween not only because “Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite movie for life, but Belle is confident in who she is. She is unique, kind, independent, and puts others before herself. Belle is an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others say. She’s a princess. Who wouldn’t want to be her for a day?”

I have to agree- Who wouldn’t want to be Belle for a day, especially when your costume is as pretty as that!

Sidenote: As much as I love Belle, if I was going to be a Disney Princess for Halloween, I would choose Rapunzel from Tangled; she’s my Disney favorite!

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 A Cow named Kaitlyn

When I first met Kaitlyn in the dorms, I knew I was going to have an interesting roommate. Not only is she charismatic and endearing, but she can drop it low better than Beyonce. She has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to make everyone one around her laugh. So it makes sense that she would take a chance on an unusual costume. Here’s what she had to say about it….

Kaitlyn: “I picked the cow costume it because it was fun to wear and not too bulky! I ended up liking it because everyone wanted a picture with the cow! It was a great way to meet new people and     everybody wanted to milk the cow!”

Well Kaitlyn, I’m not sure I would want strangers playing with my udders, but I bet you made a bunch of new friends. You do look cute as a cow though; maybe you should wear the cow costume when we hit the dance floor- you could show off your mooooves.

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Undead Arielle

What can I say about Arielle? She’s been one of my best friends for years now. She’s unconventional, intuitive, and share’s my quirky side. She is also very creative and put a lot of time and effort in her Corpse Bride costume. I was amazed when I saw the end result! Here’s what she had to say about her one-of-a-kind costume!

Arielle: “I really loved dressing up as The Corpse Bride because I was able to construct my own costume, the end result was scary but not grotesque, and it was easy to wear! So many times, costumes either come in a plastic bag and take no creativity to construct, or they’re slutty and awkward to wear. For my Corpse Bride costume I studied the character, bought a white “wedding” dress and distressed it, and purchased the wig and bouquet! A friend was able to do my makeup, and I was really pleased with the result!”

That’s what I call dedication! She even studied her character! Some might think thats over the top but no one can deny that she nailed the look! With a costume like that, Arielle looks like she came straight out of a Tim Burton movie!

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Disco  Barbie (featuring moi)

 I have always had an affinity for Barbie; maybe it’s because I was homeschooled and lacked the proper social interaction (just kidding) or that I secretly wished all her clothes came in my size. Whatever the reason I have always been a Barbie girl. Her style (while it might be over the top) is always on trend and eye-catching. She drives a pink jeep. She owns real estate (granted it’s the Barbie Dream House, but I’d like to think that plastic doll houses are recession proof). She’s in a deeply committed relationship with Ken (although I had a ton of Barbie dolls and only one Ken, so usually the deeply committed part was solely one Barbie’s side).  Basically, at a youthful age of 52, Barbie’s living the life.

That is why my favorite Halloween costume so far was Disco Barbie; complete with a knee-high silver boots, pink sparkly dress and long platinum wig. And a life-size pink Mattel box. Needless to say, the costume was awesome and I got a lot of high-fives (though I couldn’t return them because I was in the box). I loved being Barbie for the evening and I truly enjoyed putting my costume together piece by sparkly piece.

I hope you have been inspired (if you weren’t before) to get dressed up for Halloween. You don’t have to like ghosts or ghouls, or even like candy (unimaginable as that may be). But you should embrace your inner juvenile self; put on a costume and let the fun begin!

Happy Halloween!

     ~Morgan

“Cruella Deville, Cruella Deville….”

Cheetahs and Tigers and Bears O MY! Faux fur is here and hot this season adding texture, warmth, and Ooo La La to looks around the globe.

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How can you get your paws on this wild trend? Well you don’t have to start scoping out the neighborhood pups for your favorite print Cruella! No no, your local mall or cozy couch and lap top will do the trick. Styles in brown, grey, black, white, blue, cheetah, tiger, zebra.. the list goes on and on. Whatever you choose, wear it with confidence! While it may seem like a step on the wild side, sporting a bit of fur will make you feel elegant, classy and perhaps a bit seductive. 😉

Look for a great fur jacket or vest. These pieces will add glamor to any look. Pair it with some skinny jeans or black leather leggings to keep proportional contrast. You could also wear it with a fitted dress or skirt. I wore my H&M fur vest with my Phillip Lim skirt from target and leopard booties:

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If your looking for something more subtle, try a piece that has fur trim or is worn as an accessory. A cardigan trimmed with fur, gloves with a fur cuff, a fur hat or scarf. These are all fashion forward but not as overwhelming as a a leopard fur jacket or full length fur coat… Baby steps 😉

Go for something you are comfortable with but try stepping out of the box and adding at lest ONE thing furry to your wardrobe. Trust me, only good things can come of it 🙂

Here are some great stores you can seek out your furry finds:

Asos.com

Nordstrom.com

Forever21.com

HM.com

Happy Shopping & Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

Bright Pink Power Hour!

ImageLemonzest and Pearls is so excited to be attending Westfield Southcenter’s Bright Pink Power Hour Event at Macy’s court! We were lucky enough to participate in downtown Seattle’s Rock the Runway Event, Kirkland’s Fashion Night, and Bellevue Fashion Week and we are equally thrilled to be attending Bright Pink Power Hour! Washington and it’s major cities are taking amazing steps in becoming the Pacific North West’s leading fashion beacon and we want to be right there in the thick of it. 100% of the proceeds from tomorrow night’s event to be donated to Bright Pink, an organization that is dedicated to early detection and prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

It’s going to be a fun, fashion-filled night and we can’t wait to mix and mingle. Come enjoy the festivities with us as we experience great fashion and support a great cause!

~Morgan

How to Dress in a Way that Says …“Go You!”

With fall fashion in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit our tips on how to dress to impress everyday. Enjoy and Happy Fall!

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According to the United States Census Bureau there are over 7 BILLION people in this world growing at a rate of one birth every 8 seconds and shrinking at rate of one death every 12 seconds. Out of all 7 billion and counting people, you are the only one with your unique qualities. God made us all to have different personalities, tastes, body types, interests, thoughts, dreams, goals etc. That’s what makes you so wonderful!

Fashion is a great tool to embrace your individuality. The way you dress is a direct reflection of who you are. Simply stepping out the door, walking into a room, or posting a picture on Facebook can say a lot about you, without saying anything at all. No pressure or anything…. 😉 I have put together three simple steps that you can implement in your closet everyday, keeping the stress away and staying true to yourself:

Step 1. Dress

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Posh Party Perfection

Happy October everybody!

Fall is in full swing and we are loving the crisp air, falling leaves and steamy cups of coffee that go along with it. We are also in love with all the fabulous fall fashion, rocking trends and killer make-up tips featured in Fashion Week, which took place throughout the great cities of Seattle and Bellevue. In fact, we had such a great time at Fashion Week that we wrote about what we saw….in 425magazine!

Check out our newest article by clicking here. We hope you like it!

~Morgan