Month: October 2015

Mélange à trois: How do I look cute on the cheap for Halloween?

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I haven’t had time to think about putting together something clever and cute for my Halloween costume this year. It’s coming up so fast, and I am broke. What do you suggest for cheap, cute Halloween costumes?

 

 

I am in the same boat, my friend. Except I have had plenty of time to think about what I should be for Halloween – I think I’ve been combing through Pinterest since the beginning of September! (check out my Halloween board) However, every year I refuse to spend a lot of money, and try to come up with something I can basically put together using the clothes already in my closet.

Here are the top 3 costume ideas that I have found that are cute, easy to put together, and cheap!

 

Rosie the Riveter

I think this is what I might do this year…

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You can choose two ways to do Rosie:

  1. Comfy and casual
  2. Pin-up and sexy

This is why I like this costume – I can have one version for work or mellow events, and another for going out.

Here are some examples of the casual version from Pinterest:

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…and a more pin-up, glam option:

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Instead of jeans and boots, add some shorts and heels. If you want to get real crazy (and some of us do), unbutton the shirt a little bit for a pop of a red bra or lacy tank top. I love the high-waisted shorts and tied shirt look, with cat-eye eye-liner and a bright red lip.

Here is how I might throw it together using the clothes in my closet…

Casual:

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Pin-up:

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Still need the red bandanna!

 

Deer

I saw someone at my work do this a few years ago and it was ADORABLE. I think this will definitely be on my list for next year.

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All you need is a brown outfit, sticks for antlers, and some white and black face paint to pull this off (ears and tail are optional in my book). It’s mostly about the makeup and a cute, cozy brown outfit.

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The girl above makes those sticks look awesome, but I would probably want to spray paint the sticks for my antlers to make them look less like…well, sticks. Maybe gold? Or even just a chocolate brown would make them look more put together.

Here are some outfit ideas that I think would be adorable:

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Some tights, some cozy socks, maybe a faux-fur vest? Boom.

 

Tooth Fairy

I stumbled across this pin and thought – I could make that pretty cute, pretty easily…

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I mean, I don’t know if I would want to look like a huge walking cloud (no offense LC, I love ya), but I think it’s a super cute idea.

 

Here is what you would need:

1.Cute dress or skirt/top combo

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(I just realized this is the perfect opportunity to finally wear that bridesmaids dress in your closet!)

 

2. Little bag for some teeth…

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Have a little jewelry or makeup bag that you never use? You can even put the word “Teeth” on it in sparkles or something if you want to make things really clear.

 

3. Crown and/or wand and/or wings

I say get at least one out of the three to make everything look pulled together.

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(Who is looking for an excuse to wear a flower crown??? I am!!!)

 

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I say top it off with some bright makeup (maybe some white eye liner action with a pop of color and/or pink lips) and a top knot – I love LC’s above.

 

Okay, I hope I gave you some ideas that will help you pull together a cute, somewhat original, and cheap costume last-minute!

 

Check out my struggle last year to come up with a costume… I ended up being a scarecrow since Anthony just had heart surgery – so the Tin Man seemed perfect for him:

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(For the record, he has silver paint on his face – he’s not on the brink of death or anything, like some thought when we posted this!)

 

If you have already decided, what are you going to be for Halloween? Tell us in the comments!

 

Things that make me feel like I have my shit together

I have two categories in my head:

  1. Things that I can buy for myself often (aka fun things to shop for)
  2. Things that are too fancy/frivolous/boring for me to buy

This means things like sheets, socks, underwear, tupperware and anything practical are never purchased, and self-inflicted guilt trips are triggered when I get my nails done or buy something over $50.

But – as an adult, I have realized a few things.

  1. I can buy whatever the hell I want because it’s my money.
  2. I can treat myself with a shopping spree or night out with friends, but things like a mani/pedi that costs the same amount is just over the top indulgent…? That makes no sense.
  3. Certain things that I never think of/want to buy make me feel so happy after I buy them.

So I need to make a list of these things and a) tell myself they are important and don’t count as frivolous or b) tell myself that even though that’s a boring thing to buy and you would rather spend it on beer, you need grown up basic things, dammit.

So, without further ado:

Things that make me feel like I have my shit together

  • Having enough sheets

I can’t tell you how awesome it is to change my sheets and not be like “UGH I have to use these UGLY sheets now until I have the energy to do laundry!” Why did I think that one pair of sheets that I love and match my bedroom is enough until this point? I need to stop torturing myself.

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(Script pillow DIY)

  • Getting my nails done

This used to just not be a big deal for me since I painted my nails at home all the time. But now I just…don’t. Every time I’m at home I think about doing it, but I’m just too lazy 90% of the time. But I love having my nails painted. And there’s just something about that manicured look that I can’t get at home. Plus I feel SO fancy and rich when I go (even though it’s not that expensive). I basically feel like a gossip girl in the upper east side.

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(If you’re not lazy, try leopard nails for dummies)

  • Having enough new(ish) underwear

I need to just set a calendar event on my phone or something to just go buy 5 new pairs of underwear every 6 months. That would make my life so much better. I don’t know about you, but I have a mental block when it comes to underwear shopping – it should be fun, but it’s so expensive and I always put it off. But when I have underwear that doesn’t look like I’ve had it since high school, I feel like the SHIT. Especially when they match a bra or two.

(Side note: I also learned that I need to STOP buying underwear with the lace waistband. I know, so comfortable and cute – but it always just comes apart and tears from pulling on it so much….

Maybe this problem would be solved if I just buy new ones more often and stop wearing rags? …I’ll try that and report back.)

  • Pretty iPhone case

I don’t know why, but having a super cute, trendy iPhone case just makes me feel like one of the popular girls. And it’s not a huge investment. I’ve had mine for forever and I still feel like the coolest person ever when I’m ignoring people for Instagram – totally worth paying for one that makes me swoon.

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(Photo by Two Happy Lambs Photography)

  •  Phone holder for my car

Anthony got me this AWESOME phone holder thingy for my new car and it is amazing. It’s about as big as a silver dollar (or if you’ve never seen a silver dollar, because why, just guess), and it sticks in your air vent. Then you put a thin magnetic strip in your phone case and it just sticks there. I don’t know if I can explain why this is awesome unless you’re with me in my car or buy one- but there wasn’t a place for my phone to sit so I kept putting it on my lap and it would slide everywhere and it was a mess. Now I just – boop – put it on there and grab it when I leave and it’s in the perfect place. Here is a similar one if you’re interested in figuring out what I’m rambling about.

  • Pretty desk things at work

I spend 40 hours a week at work, so why not get just as excited about decorating that space as I do with my house? I want it to make me happy because working sucks sometimes and I want to feel like the place I spend so much time in reflects my personality. Plus it’s a great way display a bunch of girly stuff that doesn’t have a place in my shared home with the boyfriend.

My mug, mouse pad, fake plant, blingy pen holder, and “hustle” print are my favorites and make me feel like I’m straight out of a RomCom and work at some women’s magazine with Matthew McConaughey Ryan Gosling as my love interest.

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Check out this awesome article with more things that will make you feel like you have your shit together.

 

What’s on your list? Please share so I can become even more of a badass and start buying grown up things. :)

 

 

 

 

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