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.

Style Fashion Week LA: Night One

Dress: Nasty Gal Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff Boots: Celine Paris

Dress: Nasty Gal Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff Boots: Celine Paris

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So as always Style Fashion Week LA was a blast! It’s probably my favorite week of the year! Not only is it a chance to see some of my favorites but I love getting introduced to new designers as well! There are no words adequate enough to describe how exciting it is seeing names I’ve seen on the runway hit the racks in my store. XCVI and Hale Bob are two that I’ve seen recently and I was beyond thrilled to be seeing one of them again on the runway this season. More on that though in my next post.

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Signature Young kicked off the shows on Thursday night, with a performance and the march of a flag. Designed by Curtis Young, this urban chic ready to wear collection literally had me thinking “I am sooo ready to wear that!” Literally, I need to figure out where I can get the grey sweater shown above like yesterday.

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Control Sector, a New York city based retailer was second to sashay down the catwalk. Immediately I was reminded of the casual cool apparel you find on the sophisticated skater/ surfer crowd you typically find hanging out in Long Beach or Huntington. Truthfully the words that came to mind when I saw Joe Simpson (yes, Jessica and Ashlee’s dad) walk down the runway smoking an e-cigarette was “lords of dog town.” This company, which describes it’s designs as a “blend of sophisticated street wear and modern mens wear that aims to defy convention, yet remain wearable” has been on the rise since it was founded in 2013. The LA market is just the next round of domination as the label just appeared in both New York and Fashion Week Middle East.

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

I Am Zoe, a collection of beautiful feminine pieces immediately reminded me of couture labels Chloe and Stella Mcartney and were some of my favorite designs to walk down the runway Thursday night! From the structure, to the colors and cut out outs it was absolutely perfect! Designed by Otilia Mendez, the collection was a refreshing breath of fresh air in comparison to the sportier pieces that previously showcased on the runway that evening. These kinds of collections were more my style. Do some of these pieces look familiar to you? They did to me too actually, and that’s because I Am Zoe also showcased at Fashion Week San Diego. I look forward to seeing many more of Mendez’s beautiful designs on a runway very soon! In the mean time I need to know where I need to go to invest in one of these pieces!

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Kaye Morales introduced Angelinos to her “Centipede Collection.” I wasn’t planning on unofficially awarding oddest yet hottest collection to any particular designer but she inspired the unofficial Just Jess Fashion Award. It was as if Lady Gaga met Britney back when she did her Oops I Did It Again performance at the MTV VMA’s back in 2000. This is not a bad thing for those of us who appreciate a sheer jump suit embellished with shiny and odd things. A designer who is known for her “style that intertwines opposing designs with utmost taste-urban street wear with class, punk with sophistication and elegance with a wild streak” has been on the rise since 2009. She’s not only wowing audiences at runway shows but also received the prestigious honor of receiving a designer profile in Vogue. I have no doubt we are going to see big things from Morales in the seasons to come.

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

A Atiz a collection of very feminine and romantic prints and colors was also one of my favorites of the evening. As odd as this may sound it reminded me of Alice and Olivia meets a H&M garden collection. Designed by Swati Padmaraj, the collections are inspired by both Eastern traditions mixed with Western innovations. Beautiful, expressive and sexy are the key words that come to mind when watching her designs float down the runway. Her pieces can actually be purchased from her website and are reasonably priced! Pieces start at $59. Way better than the triple digit price point you would pay for an Alice and Olivia piece and well worth the extra penny for better construction as opposed to a similar H&M piece.

Style Fashion Week: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA : Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

 Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Aside from having a super cute name, Judith and James was the token So. Cal collection of the night. Reminding me of other So. Cal boutique favorites like Gypsy and Young Fabulous and Broke,  Judith and James nailed the Cali cool look. Anna Taylor’s inspiration for the label is actually much more enriching than being inspired by what’s currently in trend. Judith and Jame’s was inspired by Taylor’s experience working with the impoverished women and children of Nairobi, Kenya. It is her vision to use her creative talent to help those women in poverty. Anna is a rising star in the fashion world after first being introduced during New York Fashion Week in September 2013. I love discovering designers who create from the heart and work only to promote a better world through fashion, and I can’t wait to see what good things are next for this designer.

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Concluding Thursday’s runway show was Donna Mizani. Although originally from New York and now based out of LA, this woman is known for her amazing cutout dresses! Not surprising at all considering we all know us LA girls love our cut out dresses. And truthfully readers the sexy modern silhouettes of these designs are what brought me to cheer loud at the conclusion of the show. Even better, I feel as though Mizani has captured a classic signature style for LA. What does that mean exactly? It means that you can invest in one of these pieces and can have it last for countless seasons without being concerned its’ going out of style. Even better, some of the pieces that made my jaw drop on the runway are now available to purchase at her website.