For years Maleficent has risen to the top of my Halloween costumes and this year I finally executed it. This costume was certainly my biggest undertaking due to the creation of the headpiece.
Horn headpiece — bonus points for handcrafting your own! I made mine and finished it within 30 minutes of my Haute Halloween party
Green contacts — the lighter and yellower the better
Feather choker — repurposed from my Raven costume last year
Black lace shirt
Black corset — borrowed from my friend Kim (this was her custom made wedding corset. Girl is badass.)
Staff with crow atop — I made mine with a piece of black bamboo, a plastic ball, black gaffer’s tape, and a black crow purchased from Michael’s
Edgy rings from Forever21
Black skirt — or black dress
Bonus: Nude manicure with red on the inside of the nail a la Adele at the Grammy’s
Richard Darbonne is a talented Seattle portrait photographer I work with who suggested we do a portrait session after he saw my Malefiselfie on Instagram — “My heart stopped when I saw it,” he said. Richard created an environment with light that really highlighted the drama of Maleficent’s persona. “This light was especially crafted for you,” he told me when I sat down on set. “I tried to get other people to sit in, but it didn’t work.” It required the makeup and light and dark drama of the costume.
This is an award-winning costume as well! On Thursday I won Best Costume at the zulily Halloween party for this Maleficent costume. When announcing the best costume, our Studio Director said, “I can see your horns from here!” As my friend Charity said, “You won Halloween.”
Watch for a forthcoming detailed post on the making of the Maleficent horns.
Show & Tell
Did you dress up as Maleficent or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!
Iris Apfel is a renown decorator, textile designer, and style icon extraordinaire. Her wardrobe is one of a kind, and if you want to own a part of it, you’re in luck. In an unprecedented move, Apfel has begun to sell furniture and jewelry from her private collection via One King’s Lane.
When one thinks of Iris Apfel what likely comes to mind is the art of wearing accessories. Here are a few memorable quotes from Apfel about what accessories can do to elevate your wardrobe.
My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable.
Invest in basics in your wardrobe, then use accessories to change your look.
I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they’re kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.
You can really make an outfit yours by how you accessorize.
Here are a few memorable pieces from her collection.
Women have been taking Ginnifer Goodwin short hair photos to their stylists for years (myself included), but the tide may be turning now with Anne Hathaway’s darling new pixie cut. After cutting her hair for her role in the upcoming film Les Miserables, Hathaway’s hair has been getting a lot of media buzz.
Anne Hathaway, short hair becometh you.
I don’t know about you, but I have a haircut scheduled for this week and am half tempted to bring Anne Hathaway’s photo to my stylist Sophia…
I can still remember the day that The Hunger Games hit theaters. I was downtown Seattle for a chiropractic appointment and on the square, there were two women dressed up as characters from The Hunger Games, promoting the film, and I knew immediately that Effie Trinket would be my Halloween costume this year. With her flawless commitment to appearance and perfect comedic timing, she was the highlight of the movie for me. Well, her and Caesar Flickerman.
While there are some pretty impressive custom costumes out there for Effie Trinket, I wasn’t interested in spending a ton of money or time on mine. Once I realized I had teal colored clothes that were similar to her costume in one of the scenes, the costume came together easily from there. I just had to buy a few flowers and a wig.
Teal flower pin – bought at Michael’s and converted to a clip
To really become Effie Trinket, I enlisted the help of Celebrity Makeup Artist DorothyInez. With 25 years background in makeup in the entertainment, DorothyInez was instrumental in helping me get into character. She embraced the role of creative director, and served as assistant photographer, making the shoot a phenomenal success. You can watch for a separate blog with a makeup tutorial for Effie Trinket.
If you are looking for Halloween costume help, both DorothyInez and I do online consultations worldwide, providing helpful costume and makeup tutorials from the comfort of your living room. And if you are in Seattle, we’re available for hire to get you into character this Halloween! In the meantime, check out this step-by-step Effie Trinket Makeup Tutorial!
Earlier today I pinned a gorgeous golden gown so reminiscent of the ornate ancient Egyptian sarcophogi that I subsequently tweeted. One of my Twitter friends, Spencer @nbcphotog, quipped, “Is that what you’re wearing to the Oscars tonight?” Which got me thinking:
What would I wear to the Oscars?
Here are some things I’ve pinned on Pinterest that have me wishing for an Oscar invite.
Last Christmas, my career coach friend Jen Armitstead bought me a great gag gift — a fashion citations pad of paper to write to people for fashion faux pas they wore — permission to be the fashion police. While I wouldn’t approach total strangers to call them out on their fashion choices, I’m going to use this style blog platform to educate people about what’s not working in their wardrobes and how to turn it around.
Today’s fashion infraction: clothes that make you uncomfortable.
If you watched Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday, chances are you were impressed by the 53-year-old’s tip top physical shape and her perennial ability to work a stage. She’s still got it! But did you see her slip on the bleachers? As fabulous as Madge looked in her Givenchy getup, jumping around on the bleachers in high heel boots became hazardous and she stumbled, luckily regaining her balance.
Here’s another example. Recently I was stopped at a light in Downtown Seattle and saw a woman wearing a micro miniskirt walking across the street. As she crossed, she must have adjusted her skirt six times in the 20 seconds that she was within my line of sight. Can you imagine how many times she must have been pulling on that miniskirt all day long? Talking to her boss. Sitting at a business meeting with a client. Riding the train home.
Wearing clothing that makes you uncomfortable is distracting and prevents you to be wholly present wherever you are. Not only is it distracting to you, but to those around you as well.
If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable about something you put on in the morning, err on the side of caution and change.
Have you ever worn something uncomfortable that distracted you from what you were doing?
After listening to The Hunger Games non-stop, I’ve just completed listening to the first book in the series. The intense build-up to the games, the calculated competition within the games, and charming love interest between Katniss and Peeta were captivating! But the thing that really lured me in at the beginning was the important role the stylists played in the story line.
Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz in the upcoming feature film, is the heroine’s personal stylist and is responsible for creating an image for her that everyone will remember. And he does. The “girl on fire” dress at the opening ceremonies of the games completely wins everyone over and makes Katniss and Peeta the talk of the town.
It’s not until after Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Games that Cinna truly shows you how important her appearance really is to her safety. Knowing that Katniss is still in danger after defying the Capitol, he puts her in a demure yellow dress that plays down her fierce strength, painting her in a feminine light so she can play the romance card in the final interview.
When you are getting dressed each day, it’s important to consider where you’re going, who you’re going to be with, and what you want to accomplish as you choose your clothes. Starting with the end in mind will help you to choose clothing that is appropriate for the occasion and as a resource to help you achieve your goals. And if you want the help of your own personal stylist, I’m here to help!
This parody video drives home the point that Photoshop is a big reason women are preoccupied with perfection with lines like:
You don’t have to rely on a healthy body image or self respect anymore.
Even models experience the pressure of perfection. Cindy Crawford was quoted in saying, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.”
When I read Bossypants by Tina Fey earlier this year, Fey talks about her experiences on photo shoots and even mentions the best Photoshop work that has ever had done, for the cover of Bust magazine (pictured below). And one thing she said stood out to me. When discussing Photoshop from a moral standpoint, she says this: it isn’t worse than getting plastic surgery.
I’d take Photoshop over plastic surgery any day. Thoughts?