Big Hair Don’t Care: My Halloween As Marge Simpson

Dress: Nasty Gal Shoes: Melissa Necklace: Charming Charlie

                                  Dress: Nasty Gal Shoes: Melissa Necklace: Charming Charlie

Happy Halloween dear readers! Halloween is my favorite time of year. It’s the Christmas for us creative people who take delight in sharing our creativity with the world. And this year I was determined to take Halloween to Lauren Conrad levels of creativity. I plan for Halloween like some people plan weddings. I try and start thinking of ways to up my previous year typically in June. However this year my inspiration came when MAC released their Marge Simpson collection. Why I never really looked at the world’s most notorious house wife for inspiration before is beyond me. And it worked out because my boyfriend got to dress up as one of his favorite cartoon characters (South Park and Family Guy didn’t even come close to making the cut. No way could I make Stewie cute.)

Becoming inspired is only half the battle though! An idea is only such until you start looking for ways to bring your inspiration to life. How I ever made it through Halloween or any festive event before Pinterest is beyond me. The makeup idea came from Pinterest (construction paper to add drama to falsies, who’d of thought?!) Nasty Gal, coincidentally just happened to be having a sale on one of their signature dresses in the perfect shade of green. And even better it was sparkly! The universe was practically begging me to be Marge! The only thing that was pure my imagination was Marge’s signature blue beehive hair do. I searched through countless wigs. I even considered going with a young Marge vibe which would mean I would have to settle for long flowy blueberry shade of blue locks. But every wig I found reminded me too much of Katy Perry, which is fine for Katy Perry things but this was serious and settling was not an option. Then I found it! The official wig that went with the Marge Simpson costume. It wasn’t dramatic enough and not worth the $80 the costume store wanted to charge for it. Ugh, if you want something done right ya just gotta do it yourself! Right across the aisle way from the Marge costume, strategically placed were a pair of fuzzy leg warmers for a Dr. Seus inspired costume. If anyone understood the cartoony drama I was looking for it totally would be Dr. Seus! Although looking back now I probably could have just gone to Joannes and picked up some blue fuzzy fabric. Alas, I finally found what I was looking for.

I took the leg warmers home and a discussion about how high was too high and some magic with some thread, a glue gun and plastic bags later my perfect Marge Simpson wig was made. I sewed the top of one of the leg warmers together. I took some fabric off of the second leg warmer and attached an elastic head band to it. Next I glued the elastic band to my enclosed leg warmer and stuffed the center with plastic shopping bags. Several things were tried to keep it up but the bags seemed to work best. If the stuffing was too heavy it caused the wig to collapse. I have never been so proud of a creation in my life! I was pretty impressed with my work until we went to a Halloween Party and someone showed up in a homemade Bat Mobile. The people in our neighborhood get how important this holiday is. From my Marge masterpiece, to the Bat Mobile, to our neighbors amazing set up I’d say we’ve got this Holiday covered!

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There must have been a Simpson’s memo sent out because one of the Halloween parties we attended had not one but TWO Duffman! What are the odds?

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I wonder how many Little Mermaid scenes I can re-create in a pumpkin? Which scene should I do next year?!

Step by step tutorial for Marge's makeup.

                                                                  Step by step tutorial for Marge’s makeup.

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Happy Halloween From Malibu

Top: Styles for Less Sunglasses: Styles For Less Shoes: Alice and Olivia Put em all together and you've got Malibu Barbie!

Top: Styles for Less
Sunglasses: Styles For Less
Shoes: Alice and Olivia
Put em all together and you’ve got Malibu Barbie!

Confession time…Halloween is my favorite holiday. For someone who works retail, it’s one of the few holidays I can actually take off and celebrate in peace. To those brave souls who work in the Halloween stores, I applaud you and thank you for your service. Don’t get me wrong, while I love the foofiness of a store bought costume, I thoroughly enjoy calling upon my inner Martha Stuart to see what I can come up with. While it is my lifelong dream to dress up one day as Britney Spears from her MTV VMA “Slave For You Performance.” My abs need more definition before I can make that happen.

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Alas, this year I opted for Barbie. She’s my fashion icon and she seemed more fun than Coco Chanel. The best part of being me and dressing up as Barbie? I really didn’t have to do much to prepare other then invest in a black and white striped leotard from Forever 21 achieve the “Classic Barbie” look. That look was for last weekends parties. And for yesterday, out of fear for being not just an “outfit repeater” but even worst a “BARBIE OUTFIT REPEATER” (the horror and I shudder at the thought) I opted for this baby blue number and went out as Malibu Barbie. I had a few people tell me I didn’t nail it. I was polite and explained I knew where I strayed from the original, but I really wanted to tell them “Hunny I’ve been a Barbie fan since as long as I can remember. My bumper sticker says ‘Backstreet Barbie.’ I know Barbie.”

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There are so many great things about dressing up as Barbie! My makeup gets to be sparkly and pink! There is no such thing to wearing too much sparkle. And I finally have an excuse to wear my hot pink Alice and Olivia Rain Coat. This years costume was sooo much fun! People actually came up to me and shook my hand because of how brilliant my outfit was. Some people thought I had dressed up as Gaga, another thought I had dressed up as Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde.” My response to that is I object! But I do love her too.

My Barbie Jacket aka a Raincoat by Alice and Olivia.

My Barbie Jacket aka a Raincoat by Alice and Olivia.

Of course the jewelry for the night came from my favorite accessory designer Tarina Tarantino.

Of course the jewelry for the night came from my favorite accessory designer Tarina Tarantino.

All this talk of Beach Barbie even inspired an ocean themed for my pumpkin. Ordinary is not in my vocabulary but thingamabob and dinglehopper are. FYI I did this completely free hand. I wouldn't even know where to get a stencil, but I did get the idea for the silhouette from Pintrest.

All this talk of Beach Barbie even inspired an ocean themed for my pumpkin. Ordinary is not in my vocabulary but thingamabob and dinglehopper are. FYI I did this completely free hand. I wouldn’t even know where to get a stencil, but I did get the idea for the silhouette from Pintrest.

All I know is I can’t wait till next year! And who knows, maybe I’ll do this Barbie thing every year. Lord knows there are more than enough outfit choices, and hopefully next year I’ll have a hot pink corvette or at least a Barbie dream house to match.

Classic Barbie Leotard: Forever 21 Sunglasses: By Me Bracelet: Tarina Tarantino

Classic Barbie
Leotard: Forever 21
Sunglasses: By Me
Bracelet: Tarina Tarantino

Even my boyfriend got into the act and went as Surfer Ken. He's kind of a dream boat.

Even my boyfriend got into the act and went as Surfer Ken. He’s kind of a dream boat.

Just Call Me Jessie The Pumpkin Slayer

Top: Wildfox  Shorts: Vegan leather by Planet Funk  Boots: Sam Edelman

Top: Wildfox
Shorts: Vegan leather by Planet Funk
Boots: Sam Edelman

First of all, THANK YOU Wildfox for creating my go to Halloween shirt. Who doesn’t love a smiley face top with fangs? Just call me Jessie the Pumpkin Slayer! Although, if you ask my boyfriend or my Grandma apparently this outfit screams Julia Roberts “Pretty Woman.” Interpret that how you’d like.

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After the Pumpkin Patch we ventured over to South Coast where I got compliments everywhere I went on my outfit! Some guy practically chased after me to tell me my outfit rocked. Thanks again kind sir! Finally I had to confess. The reasoning behind the decision to sport these absolutely awesome Sam Edelman boots was for reasons of vanity and concealment more so than anything else. While out getting my Barbie girl on this past weekend I fell and banged my knee up pretty bad. This would mark the second time I’ve skinned that particular knee. Such is the price to pay whilst looking cute wearing wedges. So if you see me covering my knees over the next couple of weeks, it’s due not just to the colder weather but rather a ghastly bloody gooey mess that was simply the result of fashion gone horribly wrong.

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Apparently it’s wiser to wait to get your pumpkin the day before Halloween. Mine was only $2!

Staying Warm and Stylish on A Blustery Day

Top:  A.P.C  Jeans: J Brand Scarf: Alexander McQueen Shoes: B Brian Atwood

Top: A.P.C
Jeans: J Brand
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: B Brian Atwood

It’s officially getting colder which means I can officially start layering up. And Halloween is just days away! My favorite holiday! So it’s time to start unleashing my favorite spooktastic wardrobe pieces. Normally I’m not a skull person. For years I affiliated skulls with gothic individuals and the original Hot Topic crowd (you know before Hot Topic started selling Hello Kitty and Justin Bieber attire, a vast improvement in my opinion but that’s neither here nor there.)

Long Live McQueen!

Long Live McQueen!

However, since I’ve fallen in love with the late Alexander McQueen and his signature skull design, I’ve learned to appreciate the once gothic symbol. I have since been told that the skull is actually symbolic of being a free spirit. I’ll go with that! One of my favorite accessories is my McQueen scarf that I bought years ago when I had to work on Halloween. It was my way of “dressing up.” A nice substitute for a Halloween costume that I figured I could wear all year round. One of my favorite things about wearing that scarf is that for whatever reason it compels other McQueen fans to tell me how they began their love affair with the legend and mastermind. By far my favorite story is that of a woman who said she actually met McQueen in an airport once. After he passed away she went on a mission to find a Union Jack flag with the McQueen signature skull and the phrase “Long Live McQueen.” She succeeded and that’s her favorite accessory. I’ve always loved that scarf but since my story is not nearly as fascinating as my fellow fashionista I have not felt worthiness enough of that particular design. Maybe one day.

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Not only does my investment work as a conversation starter between myself and fellow McQueen enthusiasts but it also serves to keep me warm on a blustery California afternoon.

I also have a soft spot for pink skulls a la Tarina Tarantino.

I also have a soft spot for pink skulls a la Tarina Tarantino.

It was even cold enough today to debut my Akris Punto Coat!

It was even cold enough today to debut my Akris Punto Coat!

The rules of Halloween according to Regina George

In the regular world Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girl can say anything about it. The hard core girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.

This year some celebs followed Regina George, others opted for a cuter more traditional Cady interpretation of Halloween- less slutty and either cute or scary.

Team Regina George

Team Regina George

Team Regina George

Team Cady Heron

President of Regina George’s fan club

President of Cady Heron’s fan club