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!


 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.

corpse bride

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!


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!


Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens


Image from “Katie Puckrik Smells

Today I thought I would steer clear of informational fashion and just talk about some of my favorite things….like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. No, just kidding! But I do love white dresses with blue satin sashes and snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes (thank you Julie Andrews!). Anyway, today’s article is about my fashion favorites (which include clothes, accessories and designers) and maybe some of yours as well.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of fashion is cat’s eye sunglasses. Oh man, So chic! You could be wearing nothing but your basic white t-shirt and jeans and still look like you stepped off the cover of Vogue. Pair that with another one of my favorites, the cap toe flat (I found mine at Payless) and you are ready to meet the day looking cool and sophisticated.

Now to my more eccentric tastes. Tutus and flashy jewelry…. my secret fashion passion. Oh how I wish it was socially acceptable to wear loads of jewelry and big tutu skirts. Picture the original intro to the series Sex and the City, where Carrie Bradshaw is walking through the bustling streets in that pink tank top and fabulous white tutu…AWESOME!!!!!

Carrie Bradshaw in her famous tutu

Carrie Bradshaw in her famous tutu

The only thing I would change about that outfit would be the multiple strands of diamonds hanging from her neck and……oh yeah, it’d be me in that outfit, not SJP. Maybe it’s the fact that tutus and jewelry bring back so many good memories of when my sister and I used to play princess dress-up. I’m sure many of you played dress up when you were little, right? Your mom’s old night shirts were extravagant ball gowns and plastic beads were the Queen’s jewels. You were care free, swathed in polyester blend, drinking imaginary tea from old measuring cups and having the time of your life because you felt like a princess. So why couldn’t rocking a tutu and diamonds make us feel special again? Heck, we should have a different tutu for every day of the week! Of course we must wear them with discernment and tact; no need to top it off with a crown or plastic beads anymore.

betsey johnson tutu

A Betsey Johnson masterpiece

Betsey Johnson (one of my favorite designers) has made her mark on  the fashion sphere with her crazy and eccentric styles such as the tutu worn with a biker jacket and boots. Now again, I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable in the boots, but I might give the biker jacket a try (after all it could be considered an accent piece). In my opinion, Carrie’s outfit is truly the only way to play dress-up as a big person and not be looked at like you’re crazy (unless it’s Halloween, which means you have a free pass).

My next fashion icon should be no surprise considering the length of the discussion on tutus….drum role please…….that’s right folks; Barbie!!!! Sure her physical proportions are physically impossible. Sure her mane of blonde hair rivals that of a horse’s tail. But come on, she sure has got style pegged! Complete in a killer outfit that always comes with matching shoes and hand bag, Barbie knows how to dress for success. And she’s been around since 1959! Hope I look that good when I’m her age!  Yes, Barbie brings back wonderful childhood memories and now as an adult I can appreciate the design and creativity put into her wardrobe over that last 54 years. In fact, I think it must have been Barbie and her many dresses that helped unearth my love of beautiful things, and in turn, my love of fashion. Thanks Barbie!

My own Barbie creation

My own Barbie creation

Wow! My fashion favorites seem pretty comical! But I really do like cat’s eye glasses, tutus, jewelry and Barbie! Don’t worry; I have other fashion passions. For example I haven’t even mentioned Oscar De La Renta and he’s is the ULTIMATE DESIGNER. But he deserves an article all to himself, so I’ll save that for another time. I hope this article inspires you to think about your fashion favorites; maybe it’s shoulder pads or those gel sandals with glitter from the 1990’s. Maybe it’s raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Who knows? But I would love to hear about them!


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