It was a solemn October 31st this year with Hurricane Sandy invading New York state 2 days before Halloween. Luckily my family and friends on Long Island didn’t suffer the catastrophic damage that sadly many went through losing their homes and tragically family members. The aftermath of Sandy is something we all in the Long Island area will be experiencing and dealing with for weeks to come(my power conked out once just writing this post). But on the evening of All Hallows Eve I was determined to make the most of my favorite holiday, get dolled up and put on my costume and became Lana Del Rey in the H&M commercials. I’ve been a fan of Lana for a few years now for her unique talent, stage presence and her remarkable blend of style which is like a 1960′s actress with urban and modern influences. Although she has been only in the public eye for a little while, I was amazed that she landed a campaign with H&M and how much the line reflects her original style. I fell in love with the commercial, Lana’s cover of Bobby Vinton and wanted to live inside of the video…which inspired me to make it my Halloween costume this year!
Naturally Halloween is my favorite holiday as a lover of fashion and dressing up. Halloween is a big deal to me(see years previous here and here) and this year I decided to dress up as a Pan Am stewardess. I was inspired by the TV show Pan Am and my love of airports(except the invasive security checks, no thank you) and the urge I have been having this year to work in an airport(if only Jet Blue had uniforms like the Pan Am stewardesses in the 1960′s). And although I am going against my trend of dressing as a man and woman every other year, I knew I had to do it this year if I was gonna do it at all, so I went for it! My costume was put together on little time and money because I was certainly not going to drop $1,500 plus on an authentic Pan Am uniform on Ebay(oh yeah that happened!). I had a lot of fun with it and felt very in character, confident and poised like a real Pan Am stewardess. Happy Halloween!
Wardrobe: Wig- My Costume Wigs ♥ Faux pearl earrings- Forever 21 ♥ Hat- Handmade from LollyMist ♥ Suit- vintage, Etsy ♥ Blouse- Anthropologie ♥ Gloves- local costume shop ♥ Pan Am bag – vintage, Etsy ♥ Pan Am pin – vintage, Etsy ♥ Heels – Steve Madden, DSW
I was afraid this Halloween wouldn’t live up to the awesomeness that was last Halloween and last years costume, but it ended up being the best Halloween EVER! I finally got around to making my Marie Antoinette costume based on the below picture from Sophia Coppola’s movie. Okay I didn’t make it, my mama did, it was above my abilities. The costume was based on the birthday scene in the movie where Marie is coming into her own and finally having some FUN! I’ve been doing some of that myself lately so I relate. Plus I love the pale fabric with the rush of the blue skirt underneath and the feminine simplicity and beauty of the outfit itself.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween filled with all your Halloween candy favorites! I’m off to get my tricks and my treats on!
ps. I hand wrote those letters on the pumpkins based off a computer font with glow in the dark paint. I’m a little Martha sometimes.
I’m enjoying getting in the mood for tomorrows Halloween festivities by listening to the Dead Mans Bones album today and practicing my hair and makeup for tomorrow! The watching of the Halloweenie episode of The Adventures of Pete and Pete(and I was little Pete for Halloween once) is also one of my favorite Halloween traditions. You can watch the episode here and I love this site for details and incite about the episode. I also love the site My Parents Loved Halloween. Happy Halloween Eve!
This Halloween I was transformed from a vintage loving gal into the fantastical, magical, sexy, sinister Goblin King, Jareth from the 1986 movie Labyrinth. In the film Jareth is played by the incomparable David Bowie. Labyrinth has always been one of my favorite movies but I was never the girl watching it wishing I was Sarah, I always wanted to be Jareth(although if I was Sarah, I would have been his Queen). He held the power, he had killer outfits and he taught a 7 year old me what boys have and girls do not(it was the tight pants of course). For years I have wanted to dress up as Jareth for Halloween and this year I finally did it and boy did I have fun!
I laughed, I pranced, I danced like Jareth, I WAS Jareth for the night and I stuffed a sock in my pants(not seen here as it was a bit risque). I’m such a nerd that I even changed my rings tones to “Within You” for when my boyfriend called me during the week of Halloween and “Magic Dance” for everyone else. Besides having the best Halloween to date, I won second place in the costume contest at The Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn, they even played “Magic Dance” for me and I got up and danced a little. Apparently the guy told me I won because I was “hot” which is weird for a guy to say to me dressed as a guy with a sock..but it was nice to be recognized and to get free drinks for me and my friends!