Simple DIY Halloween Costumes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

For those of you who have been reading for a while, you already know how much I love Halloween. It's a no-strings holiday. No gifts, cooking or entertaining required—just the chance to act like a kid and play pretend for a night. Planning my costume is one of the highlights of my fall (mum's the word on this year's getup). But if you prefer not to spend your time (and cash) on an extravagant costume, these unique ideas are easily put together using pieces you already have in your closet, plus one or two thrifted additions.
Bonnie Parker's look is super easy. Wear a beige pencil skirt, sweater and pumps, and tie on a silk scarf. Finish with a beret and fake handgun. For a couple's costume, throw your Clyde in a suite and top hat (easily found at a thrift shop or costume store).

Mary Poppins
For Mary Poppins, pair a black midi skirt with a white blouse. Add a black hat and boots, a red bow tie (clip a hair bow to your collar for the same effect), and tote around your umbrella. Julie Andrews would be proud.
Snow White
This Disney classic doesn't require much to pull off. Blue top + yellow skirt + red bow = Snow White. A red apple is your key prop.
This back-to-basics costume is surprisingly refreshing. A white dress paired with glittery accessories is angel-ready. Hit the halloween shop for the wings, or check out this DIY version using coffee filters and a cereal box.
Regina George
On Halloween, we wear pink...In honor of the tenth anniversary of Mean Girls that passed this April, step out as Regina George. Don your best pink-on-pink, and if you really want to go all out, snip holes in your tank to reveal a bright bra underneath.

For even more ideas, check out my suggestions from past years (2013, 2012).

Electric Slide

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Head to Toe: Sweater, Forever 21 // Skirt, Thrifted // Booties, Target // Necklace, Gap

It's electric! [Cue music.] This week, I decided to put a jolt in Monday and wear this neon skirt (and clearly I have a think for pleates lately). It was even warm enough for short boots. After a few mild days, it was a bit of a shock to step out this morning needing a jacket and scarf. Such is fall in New England—it bounces around a bit before it decides to be consistently cool. But I'll take every bare-legged day I can get!

Lady In Red

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Head to Toe: Skirt, thrifted // Jacket and booties, Target // Necklace, Francesca's

I'm going to keep today's post really short and just say: When in doubt, wear red. Happy hump day!

Cuffing Season

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Head to Toe: Blouse, Thrifted // Jeans, Forever 21 // Boots, Steve Madden // Jacket, Target // Tote, Lands End

It's cuffing season! No, I'm not talking about coupling up (as I'm currently single) but as in your sleeves. I discovered the video below on 365Hangers and learned that I've been cuffing wrong all along. I'm officially a convert and have been cuffing Jenna Lyons' way since. Take this outfit for example. What do you think?
Jenna Lyons on the right way to cuff! Watch on Youtube.
(Originally found on 365Hangers)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Head to Toe: Flannel, Urban Outfitters // Skirt, Marshall's // Moccasins, Minnetonka

Hello, October! This past weekend, we had a little Indian summer of two 80-plus days (perfect for my Saturday of Oktoberfesting), but it seems the new month has brought autumn weather along with it. I'm basking in the sliver of the year that allows light layers and skirts/dresses without tights. For a transitional look, I glammed up a casual flannel and moccasins with a ladylike skirt...Now, it's officially time for me to start making my Halloween costume! Mum's the word, but stay tuned for my yearly easy costume ideas.

Chicago: Part Two

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Head to Toe: T-shirt, Loft // Pants, Continuations Consignments // Blazer, H&M // Flats, American Eagle

After two work days in Chicago, I reunited with my cousin Pat who most-graciously hosted me for the weekend. We had a blast hanging out and doing some sight seeing in the city. We toured Millennium Park and took a river boat tour (photos below). I'm digging the city's laid back, artistic vibe (and it's way cleaner than NYC) and would probably think about relocating if it weren't for those Midwestern winters! I'm going to let you be the guinea pig on that one, Patrick.

Chicago: Part One

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Head to Toe: Top, Marshall's // Pants, Gap // Heels, Payless // Jacket, Alice and Olivia (thrifted)

This past week I visited Chicago for work-related business as well as some fun time with my cousin who just relocated to the area (more on that next post). I had the most wonderful week exploring a new city and meeting new people. For night one, I went with a group of editors to Coco Pazzo restaurant (I highly recommend). I sported loose slacks and my favorite leather jacket for the Chicago chill. It is windy, after all, although I learned that the wind has nothing to do with the city's nickname. It's called the Windy City after the "windbagger" politicians who lobbied to have the World's Fair held there near the turn of the century. Snapple facts got nothing on me!
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