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Halloween According to iPhone.

From the Pumpkin Party, to the east bay, to Golden Gate Park…this year was very fun and filled with parties! We had a blast carving pumpkins at Jordan’s, touring Tara’s haunted loft, and sipping spooky sangria in front of the aquariums at the Academy of Sciences.

Most importantly our Ghostbusters packs were finally completed! This was the most intense craft project ever, but the awe and adulation over the costume everywhere we went was vindicating. With real working lights and laser firing, this beheamoth of foam core, pipe, wood, glue gun burns, and sleepless nights was worth it. I’ll try to get some proper beauty and process shots up soon, but you can see some blurry light-up action here:

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Mad Men Holiday Party
I have been dreaming of attending a Mad Men party since I started watching the show in its second season. A vintage fiend with a soft spot for themed events, it seemed the ultimate cocktail party option. Emily and her husband Tony fulfilled all of my dreams this weekend, filling their new Presidio home with friends and sixties charm for a Holiday soiree. Emily is the consummate hostess, recalling the well-mannered and impeccably groomed housewives of another era. Even perched inconspicuously on a chair in the corner she is all grace poise.
Every detail was perfect: candy cigarettes laid out wrapped in Lucky Strike wrappers, elegant china and polka dot napkins, a table of delicious old-style nibbles, a meticulously curated playlist of vintage holiday tunes, a cocktail bar stocked with soda-pop in glass bottles and all the makings for mixing Old Fashioneds.
Everyone dressed in theme with skirts and skinny ties. Lit by the warm glow of candles and the Christmas tree we pretended to elegantly smoke, continued to actually drink (albeit less elegantly), referenced fake accounts, and carried on into the wee hours of the morning. As far as holiday parties go, it was truly magical. Don Draper couldn’t have asked for more.

Mad Men Holiday Party

I have been dreaming of attending a Mad Men party since I started watching the show in its second season. A vintage fiend with a soft spot for themed events, it seemed the ultimate cocktail party option. Emily and her husband Tony fulfilled all of my dreams this weekend, filling their new Presidio home with friends and sixties charm for a Holiday soiree. Emily is the consummate hostess, recalling the well-mannered and impeccably groomed housewives of another era. Even perched inconspicuously on a chair in the corner she is all grace poise.

Every detail was perfect: candy cigarettes laid out wrapped in Lucky Strike wrappers, elegant china and polka dot napkins, a table of delicious old-style nibbles, a meticulously curated playlist of vintage holiday tunes, a cocktail bar stocked with soda-pop in glass bottles and all the makings for mixing Old Fashioneds.

Everyone dressed in theme with skirts and skinny ties. Lit by the warm glow of candles and the Christmas tree we pretended to elegantly smoke, continued to actually drink (albeit less elegantly), referenced fake accounts, and carried on into the wee hours of the morning. As far as holiday parties go, it was truly magical. Don Draper couldn’t have asked for more.






Halloween Wrap Up: Cruella De Vil (better late than never edition)
I had varying degrees of costume intensity for this one (work party/crowded gay bar/actual Halloween) and I loved them all. It was very fun to embody such a fierce and evil woman, and I kept catching myself with my chin in the air, fake smoking out of an empty cigarette holder, and tapping my wicked pointy nails. Polka dots go so well with dalmatian blood and crazy hair! At work I wore a vintage beaded/glitter top with sheer sleeves and a sensible pencil skirt. For the house party and mischief with Joel I opted for a crop top and spotted tights.  And for the actual night of Halloween I had my makeup done at Sephora (a real treat let me tell you), and wore this amazing dress from ASOS. We danced the night away in the Castro and some of it is a blur, but I’m certain I squeezed every last drop out of Halloween this year. Now what to be in 2012…

Halloween Wrap Up: Cruella De Vil (better late than never edition)

I had varying degrees of costume intensity for this one (work party/crowded gay bar/actual Halloween) and I loved them all. It was very fun to embody such a fierce and evil woman, and I kept catching myself with my chin in the air, fake smoking out of an empty cigarette holder, and tapping my wicked pointy nails. Polka dots go so well with dalmatian blood and crazy hair! At work I wore a vintage beaded/glitter top with sheer sleeves and a sensible pencil skirt. For the house party and mischief with Joel I opted for a crop top and spotted tights.¬† And for the actual night of Halloween I had my makeup done at Sephora (a real treat let me tell you), and wore this amazing dress from ASOS. We danced the night away in the Castro and some of it is a blur, but I’m certain I squeezed every last drop out of Halloween this year. Now what to be in 2012…

My homemade deer Halloween costume! My favorite parts were my half-glove “hooves”, fawn spots, and perky little tail. I felt like I should have been in a school play.

My homemade deer Halloween costume! My favorite parts were my half-glove “hooves”, fawn spots, and perky little tail. I felt like I should have been in a school play.

Antlers process.
Sculpted out of paperclay (which is malleable papier mache, so they’re light) with foil interiors. Sanded, painted, and mounted to a headband. Dyed a swatch of satin when I dyed my dress, so that I’d have a set of matching ears and a tail. The insides of these were lined with the fuzzy white lining of a baby hat I got at Ross for cheap. Scraps of the fluffy stuff also ended up on the front of the dress so that I have a fuzzy belly! Added thrifted vintage foliage for a crown of woodland leaves and berries. It looks so fun with crazy, feral hair and huge doe-sized lashes! I can’t wait to show the full costume :)

Antlers process.

Sculpted out of paperclay (which is malleable papier mache, so they’re light) with foil interiors. Sanded, painted, and mounted to a headband. Dyed a swatch of satin when I dyed my dress, so that I’d have a set of matching ears and a tail. The insides of these were lined with the fuzzy white lining of a baby hat I got at Ross for cheap. Scraps of the fluffy stuff also ended up on the front of the dress so that I have a fuzzy belly! Added thrifted vintage foliage for a crown of woodland leaves and berries. It looks so fun with crazy, feral hair and huge doe-sized lashes! I can’t wait to show the full costume :)

Peacock ! (click for large)
This was my Halloween costume last year: a peacock. I kinda loved it. Hours of glue-gunning made a self-standing tail studded with rhinestones. Silver glitter shoes, feather eyelashes, an AA romper, and a feathered bra later and it was complete. I loved the tiny wings and show-girl feel. I drew a silver beak on my nose, and my butt was covered in downy black feathers. I hit everyone in the face at Halloween parties.
I love so many of the feelings and activities of Halloween, but there is nothing like taking a costume idea and crafting it start to finish. If I have my way, I will never wear store-bought costumes again! Seeing all my creative friends make their outfits from scratch is super fun and inspiring. At one point in my apartment last week there was rhinestone gluing, weave-cutting, jeans-bleaching, giraffe makeup testing, fabric-making, sculpting, telephones being painted and dresses being dyed all at once.
My goal this time around was to make something equal or better to last year. I think I have, though it is smaller in size and will (hopefully) hit a lot less people in the face.

Peacock ! (click for large)

This was my Halloween costume last year: a peacock. I kinda loved it. Hours of glue-gunning made a self-standing tail studded with rhinestones. Silver glitter shoes, feather eyelashes, an AA romper, and a feathered bra later and it was complete. I loved the tiny wings and show-girl feel. I drew a silver beak on my nose, and my butt was covered in downy black feathers. I hit everyone in the face at Halloween parties.

I love so many of the feelings and activities of Halloween, but there is nothing like taking a costume idea and crafting it start to finish. If I have my way, I will never wear store-bought costumes again! Seeing all my creative friends make their outfits from scratch is super fun and inspiring. At one point in my apartment last week there was rhinestone gluing, weave-cutting, jeans-bleaching, giraffe makeup testing, fabric-making, sculpting, telephones being painted and dresses being dyed all at once.

My goal this time around was to make something equal or better to last year. I think I have, though it is smaller in size and will (hopefully) hit a lot less people in the face.

Halloween Moodboard (click to enlarge)
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love any excuse to dress up. More art projects! There are plans for crafting, pumpkin cupcake baking, Hocus-Pocus watching, and costume assemblage. I’m going to be a deer this year: the antlers of a stag with the spots of a doe. Still trying to find a home for the style of my outfit…a little more runway influenced this time around. How awesome is that sixties makeup from Dior’s runway in 2008? One day I will have a blog dedicated to mood boards. One day I will be something other than wildlife for Halloween.

Halloween Moodboard (click to enlarge)

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love any excuse to dress up. More art projects! There are plans for crafting, pumpkin cupcake baking, Hocus-Pocus watching, and costume assemblage. I’m going to be a deer this year: the antlers of a stag with the spots of a doe. Still trying to find a home for the style of my outfit…a little more runway influenced this time around. How awesome is that sixties makeup from Dior’s runway in 2008? One day I will have a blog dedicated to mood boards. One day I will be something other than wildlife for Halloween.