10 More Quick, Easy, and Creative Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

It’s almost Halloween again! While Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays owing to my childlike love of dressing up, now that I have a job and what not I no longer seem to have time to sew an epic costume that makes people feel bad about themselves (jokes…). These costumes are all pretty easy to pull together at the last minute, so you can go to all of your fancy-pants Halloween parties with your costumed head held high as you aren’t going as a sexy nurse for the fourth year in a row.

Snow White
With two Snow White films and Once Upon a Time released this year, she’s pretty much the fairy tale character of 2012, and you’ve got four different versions to choose from; Kristen Stuart (Snow White & The Huntsmen), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Ginnifer Goodwin in Storybrooke, and Ginnifer Goodwin in magical fairytale land. Whichever Snow you choose, I’d recommend powdering yourself with some baby powder to get nice and pale, and finishing the look off with red lipstick, bright eyes, and some subtle blush. You’ll also need dark hair, so consider a wig if you’re blonde. Or… (more…)

10 Easy Little Black Dress Halloween Costumes

I would love to be able to say that every year I am invited to more Halloween costume parties than I can possibly attend, and I am often left improvising top-notch costumes that are a brilliant combination of originality and whimsy at the last minute in order to attend each party in a unique outfit. Oh well, we can’t all have everything. So, just in case you are the in-demand social butterfly that I am not, here are ten easy little black dress costumes you can quickly whip up and head out in.

A Red-Winged Blackbird
I love this idea. I may use it myself. All you need is a red and orange scarf. Drape it around your shoulders and set the look off with some dramatic red and orange eye make-up. Et voila.


Stop New Jean Bleed

Whenever I buy a pair of new jeans I’m always treated to a period where my legs appear to be horribly bruised from the dye rubbing off the jeans. Since I rarely buy new jeans I usually forget about the dye thing, and then end up wondering what on earth I did to myself to entirely bruise both thighs.

I recently bought two pairs of jeans in close enough proximity to one another that I remembered the dye thing by the time I bought the second pair. So I remembered to do something to fix it.


DIY Reuseable Cosmetic Cotton Pads

I realized somewhat recently that I am using (and subsequently tossing) a lot of cotton pads. That’s a lot of very frivolous waste. So, I got to thinking—if you can make re-useable diapers, cotton pads can’t be too far away.

I took a trip to my basement to find some fabric that would make good reusable pads. It had to be both soft and durable enough to withstand multiple washings. I found some stretchy, fuzzy flannel in a conveniently white colour.


My Regency Gowns

Ever since I saw the BBC’s 5-hour Pride & Prejudice miniseries when I was 9 or so, I’ve been enamored with gowns from the regency era. They’re so beautifully simple, yet incredibly flattering. I especially love how versatile they are. The waist is just under the bust, but after that, there are a lot of variables that can be played with. Add another skirt—make it short, long, longer, or shorter. Add another bodice. Long sleeves, short sleeves, or both. Drawstring neckline or not. That list right there gives enough possibilities for an entire wardrobe.

The miniseries shows a lot of muted colours; beige, white, pale yellow, and baby blue, with some brightly coloured overcoats. It turns out, though, that the era was nowhere near as muted. The only reason we think it was is because all the extant samples are all faded out.


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