At some point Halloween became an excuse for grown (otherwise respectable) women to wear thigh highs and stripper shoes. But, there are many of us that love the idea of getting in costume and keeping some class. And so, the task of finding costumes that are fun, easy and cheap became my mission.
Here are two go-to options nearly everyone can do in a pinch. The first of these is my favorite and one I’ve used again and again because it’s so easy and because there is perhaps no character beloved by this IND Styler more than Holly Golightly. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s icon requires but a few items for an ensemble that’s full of panache.
Start with a little black dress, which can be long or short. Add gloves. (If you frequent costume type events go ahead and buy long black gloves. They will serve you well.) Throw on some pearl necklaces and a rhinestone bracelet or two. Put your hair in a poofy top knot and add a tiny tiara. I borrowed this from an 8-year-old and I advise hitting the toy store for a mini one to get the Audrey look just right. There’s the option to wear giant sunglasses if the mood suits or you can do some giant lashes, with lots of mascara and frosty pink lips. The final touch comes by way of a cigarette holder, which you can find super cheap at Old Vogue.
Outfit number two I wore last year to The Vampire’s Ball and Saints & Sinners (on the same night) and I’ll call it the evil queen. Inspired by Martha Stewart’s sorceress from a few years back, this is the perfect way to do a creative cocktail type of event. The key is in the details here again. Long ballgown or even cocktail dress with work. I bought a giant, floor-grazing strip of dark purple tulle and wrapped it around my neck and let it flow as I walked. I added a dramatic necklace, huge earrings and (again) those black gloves. The key to pulling off this look is in the styling. Big hair and too much make up. Look for a tutorial on Black Swan makeup or check out Susan Saradon in Enchanted for inspiration. Then get out your teasing comb and hair spray. And go to work. The bigger the better for the hair. It doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be over the top.
For more inspiration for turning your everyday wardrobe into a styling Halloween costume check out the brilliant ideas from the gals over at Who What Wear. (Penny Lane anyone?)
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OCT 30 Blogger Crazy Crawfish is taking aim at state Superintendent John White again, this time for comments White made recently, claiming that there is no real opposition to Common Core in Louisiana. Crawfish is documenting proof to the contrary here, and lays down the gauntlet to "mainstream news media." (Don't hold your breath on that one, buddy.)
OCT 30 Gambit covers Advocate publisher John Georges' recent visit to Loyola in this post. Georges touches on how things are going in this new gig, what he thinks about the Pic's decision to move printing to Alabama, and how he feels about his political campaigns.
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OCT 30 BESE member Lottie Beebe pens this letter to the editor of the Advocate about the state Department of Education. The DOE isn't exempt from the state public records law, and because of recent lawsuits she tried to require regular reports about how many requests had been made to the department and how many remained unanswered. She wasn't successful.
OCT 29 Manny Schewitz blogs on Forward Progressives about recent Facebook posts from David Vitter, including one that purports to take you to a petition to stop Ebola (say what?) but actually signs you up for his newsletter or campaign email list or some such nonsense. Dave must think we're dummies, Manny says -- and Dave's probably right.
OCT 29 Usually, the copy on Red Shtick is satire. But in this post "from the publisher," we get a pretty astute political analysis of Edwin Edwards' charisma and old-school populist swagger. Edwards isn't concealing billionaire backers, or trying to make his opponent out to be "Satan," the post says. He's just running. Huh; imagine that.
OCT 29 Salon's Elias Isquith writes this fairly hilarious commentary on a National Review post about Bobby Jindal's attempts to "beef up" in preparation for a presidential run. But it's not just funny; Isquith seems to have Bobby's number, commenting on how the Gov "and his team are hopelessly ensconced in the Tea Party bubble."
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