Showing posts with label Costumes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Costumes. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DIY Olaf Halloween Costume


A my snow up against the burning sand...

Seriously, it felt like I was In Summer on Halloween. 80 degrees and a snow cap do not mix. Put me in summer and I was not a happy snowman. I was a puddle.

However, I was particularly proud of my Olaf costume this year since it cost me exactly ZERO dollars to make. While catching up on DVR-ed episodes of Last Man On Earth (in the running for current favorite show), I made my hat with the following:
  • 1 manila folder
  • Construction paper - white, black, light blue and orange
  • A sharpie
  • Glue stick
  • Safety pins
  • Tape
First, I cut out the largest eye circle in light blue. Using that as my template, I cut out circles in the same size from the manila folder. Gluing the blue paper on the manila folder circle gave it stability and a base on which to tape on a safety pin. From there, I cut a slightly smaller black circle and then a slightly smaller white circle, followed by a tiny circle for the pupil of the eye, and glued one on top of the other. Once dry, I pinned the eyes to the hat. I followed a similar process with the eyebrows, cutting them out of black construction paper and gluing them to folder material, then pinning on.

Next, I cut out a carrot shape for the nose and then outlined it on the folder. Once I cut out the shape from the folder, I glued it on and taped a pin on the back. For the teeth, I cut out just the teeth shape from white construction paper. When I traced it on the manila folder, I added the smile line with a Sharpie pin and cut out the whole thing. Another safety pin secured it in place. The hair was made of twisted strips of black construction paper that I pinned on the top.


Following the same method as above, I cut out coal buttons to pin on a long sleeve white tee. I threw on white shorts over white tights and zipped up my black knee high boots. Just like that, Olaf hit the town as a side kick to a tiny, two-year-old Elsa, melting in the hot fall sun.

Sometimes, a costume is worth melting for.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014: Minnie and Her Mini


Yeah, I know. I said I was going to phone it in this year. But when it comes to Halloween, I can't resist getting in on the action. I thought back to my own childhood and realized some of my happiest memories involve dressing up on Halloween. I want to instill that same sense of fun and imagination in my kids.

Since I played Cookie Mommy to Keagan's Cookie Monster back when he was a baby, I decided to tag along with Sutton's Minnie Mouse this year.


And you know what? It was the easiest costume ever. A black turtleneck dress, black leggings, black boots, a red necklace and some headband ears that I brought back from a recent trip to Disneyland. I threw on some fake eyelashes and used liquid eyeliner for my eyes and nose. MAC Viva Glam I is my go-to red lip stick. I lined only 3/4 of my mouth, outside of my natural lines to give a cartoon-ish style to my lips. I used white Halloween paint for light contours on the nose and lips. Ta-da! Mrs. Mouse was ready to go on a Trick-or-Treating extravaganza.



Oh, Halloween. You get me every time. And I love it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween 2014: I'm Phoning It In This Year

I love Halloween. It is a love that boggles my husband's mind. When I get pumped up about wigs and makeup, there is no stopping my Google searches and my vintage store scouring for the perfect compliments to my costume.

But you know what I love more than Halloween? Sleep. I love sleep. And I don't seem to get much of it these days, between two toddling kids that hate to go to bed and love to wake up at 5 a.m. and working full-time. I had big plans to do an elaborate costume this year, but instead, I've decided to phone it in and catch up on sleep instead. Sure, I'll get into the spirit tomorrow with some sort of get-up. But it will be nothing like what I've committed to in the past.

So, today, in honor of the energy and enthusiasm I know I have buried deep inside my sleep-deprived brain, I bring back two of my favorite costumes from journey into motherhood.

The Bride (and Son) of Frankenstein

Man, I was proud of this costume. I still can't believe that at 29 weeks pregnant, I had this much ambition. And here I am complaining that I can't muster the energy. I'm so ashamed. I was particularly pleased with my makeup.

Last year's challenge was as follows: how do I manage carrying around a 3 week old baby and not miss a minute of my son's first real foray into Trick-or-Treating, while still staying in the spirit of the day? Boom - girls on fire. One night of cutting out construction paper flames and pinning them to my Ergo, followed by 20 minutes of clipping in fake hair and putting on makeup. Easiest costume ever...

Hmmm, maybe I just inspired myself to get off my lazy butt and make a costume happen tomorrow. I'll let you know on Monday whether I went for the gold or simply ate all my son's Snickers from the sidelines.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween: Incorporating a Baby Carrier Into Your Costume



These girls are on fire.

I live for Halloween. Playing dress up to the extreme is my thing. Now that I have kids, I don't want that sense of fun to disappear because of lack of time or energy.

I asked my son what he wanted to be for Halloween and he responded, "Firefighter!" So, I bought the bag costume for him (I am somewhat realistic about my time limitations these days) and hyped up the trick or treating, the candy and the cool helmet he would get to wear. I then put a lot of thought into how I could incorporate my Ergo into a costume. I love to coordinate with the family, so since Keagan would be a firefighter along with my husband, I decided that we would be girls on fire. Not in the Katniss Everdeen sense, but truly on fire. I used construction paper to cut out flames, then used a glue stick to hold them together. I then pinned them with safety pins onto the Ergo, layering them for a rising flame effect.

For my face, I used glittery gold eyeshadow and black kohl liner, paired with good old fashioned Halloween face paint in yellow, orange and red to paint the flames. I outlined the flames with red lip liner to make the flame points more defined on top and under my eyes. For my hair, I bought pairs of red, orange and yellow clip in hair from Party City at $0.99 each. I didn't want to deal with a full blown wig all night, nor did I want to spend the money on something that I wasn't sure was going to work out when dealing with two kids in tow. Comfort was my goal - I work a cardigan over a nursing tank and black pants and boots to stay neutral and to allow for quick nursing access if needed. A complicated costume was out of the question this year.

When I was all dressed up, Keagan decided that being a firefighter was not for him. He cried big crocodile tears when putting on his costume, no matter how we bribed him or praised him. Finally, I gave in. "What do you want to be, Keagan?" He wiped his tears. "Batman," he replied. Works for me. We put on his Batman pajamas and put his sneakers over the footies and hit the road. Everyone was happy. My outfit no longer made much sense with his, but I still matched Kevin in his firefighter gear. Regardless, we were so happy knocking on doors, saying trick or treat followed by "thank you." A Halloween success!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Boo At The Zoo


No, that is not a fancy new wrist accessory on my left hand. That is a peacock.

Top: Gap
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Current/Elliot, thrifted (similar)
Loafers: Target (similar)

I'm always amazed when I see peacocks strutting around the zoo with the seagulls out in the open, like they own the place. But, I digress. On to the clothes. There is truly nothing exciting about this outfit. It's your basic weekend wear. But it does have a strategy behind it.

1) Leopard loafers at the zoo because, duh.
2) Comfy boyfriend jeans carry me through the fall and probably won't last me through the whipping winds of winter, so I may as well get my use now. Plus, when you attend Boo at the Zoo with a running toddler, you know that you are going to have to dodge and duck around thousands of candy-crazed Spidermans, Hulks, princesses and furry animals. No time for muss and fuss.
3) Neutral tones, so I can be the backdrop to this guy's shining day:


My little Buzz Lightyear. I love him to infinity and beyond.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Warm Halloween Wishes

And when I say warm, I mean scorching hot and sweaty.

Cookie Monster costumes: Amazon
Scarf: thrifted
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Hue

If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that I have a slight obsession with Halloween. It's hard to believe that this time last year, my little boy was hanging out in utero, completely unaware that he was being dolled up as a monster for my own entertainment. This year, he's still my little monster, but now he could partake in the fun. I decided to go with Cookie Monster since Keagan lights up everytime he hears Cookie's grumbly voice. Plus, C is for cute and that's good enough for me.

I joined in as Cookie Mommy and my husband was Cookie Daddy. But like any new parents who haven't quite figured out how to get out the door without creating a tornado of chaos, we didn't plan so well. We forgot Cookie Daddy's headpiece, meaning we had to trade off for picture purposes. We also didn't plan for the fact that it would be 75 degrees on Halloween in California and wearing polyester fur costumes were like placing ourselves in a sauna. We took our pictures as quickly as possible (hence, the quick snap before running out the door), groaned at the heat and immediately stripped them off. But these types of memories are worth it. As Cookie Monster would say, "Me like it."