Tag Archives: Halloween

OOTD :: Happy Halloween!!!

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

We all know how long I’ve planned for this. How do you think I stack up to my imagination?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – thrifted
Vest – eBay
Skirt – Hot Topic
Hat – I made this ish, baby!
Shoes – eBay
Necklace – jcp

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5 Things :: of Day 6 and what I’m flaunting

How fun! Today’s TPP challenge asks for at least five things I’d celebrate about my figure if I were frozen with the current me for all time.

Five things…It’s like you’re getting two features for the price of one today. Here, then, is my list in no particular order:

  1. Ankles – One never thinks of it until one is feeling desolately bloaty one day and needs an instant gratification pick-me-upper. My slim ankles make me feel dainty and feminine even on days when the red tide comes a-callin’.
  2. Calves – Although I am a sporadic runner at best, I am still genetically predisposed to these awesomely cut calves, if I do say so myself. I still remember an old high school beau who called all his football buddies over, told me to stand on my tiptoes, and then proceeded to show them off. Heh. They do look mighty fine when I wear heels.
  3. Hair – I hate when my husband is right, but I must admit that I love its current length. I’m also thankful for its thickness and texture. Together, they make a magical combination that allows me to maintain my night shower routine, go to bed with damp hair then wake up with little more to do than scrunch it with Fructis Surf Hair for a get-up-and-go style.
  4. Skin – Particularly my face. People are always commenting on its smoothness and porelessness so I should celebrate this fact, especially since I’m guessing that’s high praise for someone over 40 to receive. I have a very strict, if affordable, skin regimen that has stood me in good stead for the past five years so I won’t fix what ain’t broke.
  5. Shoulders – For all that I whinge incessantly about having linebacker shoulders or the wingspan of a pterodactyl, I do like the way they jut out and make blazers sit perfectly square and powerful on my 5-foot-nothing frame.

Join me in my Thirty Pretty Projects journey!

And because that’s just way too much text without a picture or three to liven it up, here’s a collage of what happens to my house when my Halloween-obsessed bro-in-law fires up my kids and their creativity.

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What’s in my cart :: Halloween

I’m blaming it all on Hunter.

Alright, maybe not.  Maybe I had already half-decided that I was going for a different costume this year.  And maybe I’d already been collecting items in my eBay cart.  And maybe Hunter’s Edwardian inspiration pic was just an excuse for me to follow through.

All I know is that I’m going full on Edwardian steampunk for Halloween this year and I need help figuring out what look to go for.


As you can see, there are a myriad ways to interpret the look.  And since I’m not going for cosplay (just a costume to wear to work and door-to-door begging trick-or-treating with the kiddos) my get-up doesn’t need to be hardcore authentic.  I mean, after researching this, I found people who are serious can spend upwards to about $500 for leather strappings and handmade clockwork accessories.  And let’s not even mention the weaponry!  I certainly can’t afford that – although let’s face it, you know I would if I could! – but I would like to look trick and slick.

I know the thrift store is my best bet for a lot of this stuff, but there are certain pieces that are just easier purchased than reconfigured and below are the ones that are biding their time in my eBay cart.

I’m either going military steampunk or engineer steampunk.  If the former, my color scheme will be black; if the latter, then we’re looking at browns.  I have the footwear for either color so now I just need help deciding which look and which components to make up the winning look.

So, first, the top.  Every good steampunk gal needs a good lacy, ruffly top.  Which of the following is best?

A good corset is next.  All the steampunk costumes I’ve seen utilized a corset, except the military ones.  Now, I already own these two pieces:

If I wear the khaki, I can probably get away with either a top or a corset.  I won’t need both.  If I wear the black, the corset is unnecessary but I’d need a top.  Here are my corset choices:

If I choose either of the options with skirt, then my costume is pretty much complete.  If I pick one without a skirt, then I’d have to fabricate one later (found a tutorial online that doesn’t require sewing, so it shouldn’t be a problem).  Oh, also, if I pick a corset, I bet I could get away without wearing a top underneath, saving me some money (my lady bits aren’t so big that it’d be scandalous if I wore the corset sans top).

There is a final piece lingering in my cart and I only show it as an option because it’s one of those things that, knowing me, I’d be able to wear again after Halloween:

Actually, barring the corsets with skirts, I’d probably be bold enough to wear any of the above pieces on their own after Halloween. Which is probably why I can’t pull the trigger on any of them – I’m regarding them for dual purposes – costume and fashion.

Having put it in context, then, do you wanna help me play dress up, my friends?  Which combination of any or all of the above would you recommend to make a kick-butt steampunk Halloween costume that, when deconstructed, can also function as everyday wear?

Of course all this begs the question: why Halloween now, Maricel?!  Halloween is half a year away!

Because I’m obsessive compulsive and once I get a notion in my noggin, I can’t let it go until it’s resolved.

I’m blaming it all on Hunter.

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