October Outfits 2022

This is a recap of all the Movie Character Outfits I recreated in 2022. As this is the second year I completed this project, I can see the improvement in using a more standardized template in the posts, capturing an accurate pose, and editing the images into scenes. Hopefully, you enjoyed this series as much (or more!) than the last one.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Dracula’s Bride

The Evil Dead: Ashley “Ash” J. Williams

Mean Girls: Cady Heron

Heathers: Heather Chandler

The Witch: Thomasin

Candyman: Helen Lyle

The Others: Grace Stewart

Practical Magic: Sally Owens

Hard Candy: Hayley Stark

Heathers: Heather Duke

Queen of the Damned: Jesse Reeves

Repo! The Genetic Opera: GraveRobber

Resident Evil: Alice

The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell

Heathers: Heather McNamara

Mean Girls: Karen Smith

Coraline: The Other Mother

It Follows: Jamie “Jay” Height

Practical Magic: Gillian Owens

Cruella: Estella Miller

Mean Girls: Regina George

Heathers: Veronica Sawyer

Cruella: Cruella de Vil

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Mayor

Coraline: Coraline Jones

Mean Girls: Gretchen Wieners

The Devil’s Rejects: Vera-Ellen “Baby” Firefly

Constantine: Angela Dodson

Maleficent

Promising Young Woman: Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas

Mean Girls: Janis Ian

Mean Girls: Damian Leigh

I’m always curious if people have favorites or if anything in these posts has inspired you. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to share your thoughts or if you have suggestions for future characters who you would like to see. ✨

Find more inspiration at Thrifty Subversion on Pinterest.

A six photo collage of a pale person dressed up as movie characters. Top row from left to right: Ash from Evil Dead, Stokely from The Faculty, and GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera. Bottom row from left to right: The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cassie from Promising Young Woman, and Thomasin from The Witch.
A six photo collage of a pale person dressed up as movie characters. Top row from left to right: Maleficent, Alice from Resident Evil, Jesse from Queen of the Damned, Helen Lyle from Candyman, Bride of Dracula from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Baby Firefly from Devil's Rejects.

Mean Girls: Janis Ian

I think prior to this project I would have chosen Janis Ian as my favorite character from Mean Girls, but I’ll never think of her the same way since I read this piece on how she is the meanest girl of all.

A long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights on a dress form with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit #1: Gray Long Sleeve Shirt

Black Tee with the word Rubbish in Yellow and Bleach Stains on it. I will post more about this later!

Black Larry Levine Wavy Midi Skirt

Black and White Striped Tights that I ripped one knee open pulling on a thread right before this photo shoot. But, on the upside of things, that made it more authentic since Janis is actually wearing knee-high socks with bare knees in that outfit.

Shoes: Purple and Silver Glitter Converse All-Star Sneakers

A long sleeve brown button up, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights on a dress form with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit #2: Same as Outfit #1 with Chocolate Brown Apt. 9 Collared Button-up Shirt that I borrowed from my partner, but I might have just acquired forever after realizing he has not worn it since when it was…

Previously seen on Eleanor Vance from The Haunting.

A person dressed as Janis Ian from Mean Girls. They are facing away from the camera and the emphasis is on the dark hair clipped up.

Hair: Natural Black Beehive Wig

Previously seen on Dracula’s Bride from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I held the long ends up with two claw hair clips, put two glittery barrettes in the front to hold the bangs to the side, and added some twisty up-do gems in the beehive bit since I couldn’t find my baby butterfly clips. (I hope I didn’t get rid of them!) Sure, this wig is a bit large for Janis’ do, but it still tracks because even in the movie there are jokes about her wearing a wig.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories.

Makeup:

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Kate Moss Collection 104 Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories.

Accessories: Fake Nose Ring

Silver Hoop Earrings I’ve worn off and on since High School in my second and third ear piercings.

Gray Abstract Paint Earrings made by my friend.

A close-up of a red framed marquee easel chalkboard with three things written in white chalk, "- Aaron Samuels - "Hot" Body - Army of Skanks

Prop 1: Red Framed Chalkboard Easel with White Chalk (not pictured). I bought this on sale with the intention of using it for in-person shows where I sell my homemade jewelry, but now I don’t really do that anymore.

A flat lay of a small slip of white paper, a number 2 pencil, a wooden back scratcher, and a rolled poster.

Prop 2: Small Piece of White Paper, Number 2 Pencil, Rolled Poster, and Wooden Back Scratcher (used as a pointer) that they handed out for free promos at the State Fair one year.

A side-by-side comparison of a selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown button-up shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in a classroom at school.
There’s a new girl named Cady at school. I introduce myself and my friend Damian who I refer to as “too gay to function.”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in the bathroom at school.
Cady says that Regina George wants to be friends with her and that she seems sweet. I tell her, “Regina George is not sweet! She’s a scum-sucking road whore, she ruined my life!”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in Cady's bedroom.
I convince Cady that it would be fun to mess up Regina George’s life. So she pretends to be friends with Regina, and then she would come to my house after and we laugh about all the dumb stuff Regina said. And we gave these candy bar things to Regina that would make her gain weight, and then we turned her best friends against her. And then… Oh yeah, Cady – you know my friend Cady? She made out with her boyfriend, and we convinced him to break up with her. Oh, God, and we gave her foot cream instead of face wash.

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene outside Cady's house in Damian's car.
But then I find out that Cady blew off my Art Show to host a party at her house, and she didn’t invite me or Damian. When we ride up to find it in full swing, I ask, “Did you have an awesome time? Did you drink awesome shooters, listen to awesome music, and just soak up each other’s awesomeness?” Then, I throw my drawing from the art show at her and say, “Here, you can have this, it won a prize.”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in the gym during the apology assembly.
After the school riot, when we’re bonding during assembly, I get onstage to speak my truth and apologize. “God! I am so sorry Regina. Really, I don’t know why I did this. I guess it’s probably because I’ve got a big lesbian crush on you! Suck on that! AY-YI-YI-YI-YI-YI!”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt under a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers holding a pencil next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown button-up shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers holding a slip of paper next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

By now, I’ve shown you how to dress up as:

Cady Heron

Karen Smith

Regina George

Gretchen Wieners

and Janis Ian

but if you still can’t pull a look together for a last-minute costume this Halloween Monday…

Grab a blue hoodie, a pair of aviator sunglasses, and make some sort of sign to be

Damian Leigh.

A person dressed as Damian Leigh from Mean Girls in a blue hoodie pulled tightly around their face with aviator sunglasses and a sign that reads She Doesn't Even Go Here!

Catch me back here very soon for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Mean Girls Vibes board on Pinterest.

Promising Young Woman: Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas

I was very tempted to buy this full costume to be Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas from Promising Young Woman. Besides the fact that this price is a great deal to get all these items together (after I priced them individually too), I’ve had a nurse’s costume on my list for a while, and there is no doubt that I would rock that pastel wig again! However, in the spirit of this assignment (that I can gave myself) to use as much as I could from what I already owned prior to buying anything new, I decided to do a different Cassie outfit. Initially, I was only planning for the outfit with pants, but after rewatching the movie, I ended up pulling two more looks together for a total of three ‘fits for this character. #Overachiever

A button up white shirt with black blazer and black skirt on a dress form. Black pumps are on the floor in front.

Outfit #1: A[X]IST Modern Fit White Button-up Collared Long Sleeve Shirt

Previously seen on The Mayor from The Nightmare Before ChristmasHeather Chandler, and Heather Duke from Heathers

Black DJ Summers Vintage Blazer

Black Maurices Pencil Skirt

Shoes:  Black Vince Camuto Leather Kitten Heel Pumps

Previously seen on Regina George from Mean Girls

The back of someone dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. The emphasis is on how the long blonde wig is clipped up with a claw.

Hair #1: Ombre Blonde Long Curly Wig I wanted to put it up into a bun, but because this is a wig, it was obvious when I started styling it. As such, I just clipped up the majority in a claw and tried to twist the ends into some sort of baby bun to provide a similar vibe.

Previously seen as Baby Firefly from The Devil’s Rejects, Regina George from Mean Girls,  Allison from Tucker and Dale vs EvilJay Height from It Follows, and Heather Chandler from Heathers

A selfie of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They wear mascara, a little lipstick, and half of a jagged heart gold best friend necklace. Their blonde hair is pulled back.

Makeup #1:

Eyes: Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Ringleader ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip Liquid Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They wear mascara, a little lipstick, and half of a jagged heart gold best friend necklace. Their hand is in the image to show off their pastel rainbow manicure. Their blonde hair is pulled back.

Nails: If you only get one detail to nail this character, it should be Cassie’s nails. There is a great write-up about it here. They are a pastel rainbow manicure. I wish I had more of a peach color for my pointer fingers, and in retrospect, I might have done a light pink instead of the orange. I have a better green too, but they all look the same in the bottles. All polishes are from the brand Zoya.

Layla (Pink)

Jancyn (Orange)

Pippa (Yellow)

Josie (Green)

Dory (Blue)

A close-up of a black Kenneth Cole Reaction shoulder bag.

Accessories #1: Black Kenneth Cole Reaction Shoulder Bag I got this from my mother on my most recent trip out to visit. I carried all my stuff around her house in it. I love it.

A black lace strapless dress with handkerchief hem on a dress form with a silver purse. Silver glitter heels are in front on the ground.

I’m more of a silver person than a gold one, so I just changed up this look to match my metal tone.

Outfit #2: Black Lace Exquz Strapless Dress with Handkerchief Hem

Previously seen as a skirt on Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice.

Shoes: Silver Glitter CL by Laundry Pointed Toe Heels

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They are facing away from the camera and the emphasis is on the wavy blonde hair ponytail.

Hair #2: Loose Curl TNAT/27613 Bobbi Boss Tress Up Ponytail I got this ponytail hairpiece and another in a darker color as part of that auction wig lot. They were still in the original packaging with the plastic bit attached. I don’t know that I would have ventured out of wigs into ponytail territory if they hadn’t come with other things I was more interested in (namely a blue wig for Coraline), but now that I’ve tried this one, it might become part of my regular wear.

A selfie of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They wear mascara, black eyeliner, lip gloss, silver hoop earrings, and a black choker necklace. Their hair is up in a high pony with curls coming down.

Makeup #2:

Eyes: Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

iMethod Black Liquid Eyeliner

Lips: Ringleader ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip Liquid Lipstick

Share a Smile Wet n Wild Care Bears Shimmer Lip Gloss

A close-up of a pair of large silver hoop earrings, a pair of large silver twist bangles, and a black crochet zig zag choker necklace.

Accessories #2: Large Silver Hoop Earrings that came as a free gift with a wig.

Two Silver Twist Avon Stretch Bangle Bracelets are from my G-ma.

Black Crochet Zig Zag Choker Necklace came as part of a set.

I think my Party Grrrl™️ license is expired (if not revoked) because I am ashamed to admit that I do not own any silver arm cuffs currently. I will hang my head in shame until this is remedied.

A silver clasp purse with long silver chain.

Accessories #2: Silver Sequined Avon Mark Clasp Purse with Chain Strap I have owned this for many years.

A white tee covered by a gray blazer with black pants on a dress form. In front, on the ground are a pair of black pumps.

Outfit #3: White A New Day Scoop Neck Tee Shirt

Gray with Black Leather Trim Graff Suit Jacket This is part of a set I bought at a thrift store that came with the jacket, pants, and long skirt that match. An amazing find in my size!

Black Who What Wear Cigarette Pants with Back Zipper Enclosure

Shoes:  Black Vince Camuto Leather Kitten Heel Pumps

Previously seen on Regina George from Mean Girls

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They are facing away from the camera and the emphasis is on the wavy blonde hair wig.

Hair #3: Medium Wavy Blonde Wig with Bangs

Previously seen as Heather McNamara from Heathers and Grace Stewart from The Others

A selfie of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman. They wear mascara, a little lipstick, and half of a jagged heart gold best friend necklace. They wear a blonde wavy wig with bangs.

Makeup #3:

Eyes: Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Ringleader ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip Liquid Lipstick

A close-up of a half jagged heart BEST necklace next to a silver faced watch with skinny black strap.

Accessories #3: Half of a Vintage Best Friends Necklace I got for $8 (for the full heart set of both Best and Friends) on eBay.

Silver Face Slim Black Strap Diamond Brand Wristwatch

A black tire iron curved to help loosen lug nuts.

Prop 1: Tire Iron from inside my partner’s vehicle.

Two small notebooks, a handful of black, blue, and red pens, and a rainbow scrunchie laid out on the wooden floor.

Prop 2: Two small notebooks. One full; one empty before tally marks.

Blue, Black, and Red pens. I have a shortage of black pens in my house because I apparently used them all up.

Rainbow Striped Hair Scrunchie from my G-ma.

A side-by-side comparison of the hands with pink thumbnails of a person dressed as Cassie from Promising Young Woman holding a notebook with red, black, and blue tally marks on the page and a black pen with rainbow scrunchie around that hand next to a photo of Cassie's hands in the same pose from the movie. Words say Cassie and Promising Young Woman.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a gray blazer, white tee, black pants, and black pumps standing and holding a tire iron in their right hand next to a photo of Carey Mulligan as Cassie from the movie in the same outfit and pose. Words say Promising Young Woman and Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas.

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a black blazer, white button up, black skirt, and black pumps edited into a scene with her parents.
I’m around 30 years old, and I’ve been living back home with my parents after abruptly dropping out of med school when I was at the top of my class.

a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman with mascara, black eyeliner, lip gloss, silver hoop earrings, black strapless dress, silver purse, and a black choker necklace. Their hair is up in a high pony with curls coming down and are edited into a scene at the bar.
Sometimes I go out at night to see what kind of gentlemen there are in town.

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a gray blazer, white tee, black pants, and black pumps edited into a scene at the coffee shop.
For my day job, I work at a coffee shop. One day, Ryan, one of my former classmates, comes in, and we start hanging out.

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a gray blazer, white tee, black pants, and black pumps edited into a scene with the Dean.
Being around Ryan brings back a lot of memories from med school, but this memory lane fills me with road rage.

A person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a gray blazer, white tee, black pants, and black pumps edited into a scene at the bachelor party.
I’m forced to come up with more creative endeavors to deal with the future when I cross paths with a lot of the old gang from the past.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman with mascara, black eyeliner, lip gloss, silver hoop earrings, and a black choker necklace. Their hair is up in a high pony with curls coming down and are next to a photo of Carey Mulligan as Cassie from the movie in the same outfit and pose. Words say Promising Young Woman and Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas.

A side-by-side comparison of the left hand of a person dressed as Cassie from Promising Young Woman spread out over a notebook with red, black, and blue tally marks on the page next to a photo of Cassie's hand in the same pose from the movie. Words say Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas and Promising Young Woman.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Cassie Thomas from Promising Young Woman in a black blazer, white button up, black skirt, and black pumps looking wasted sitting at a bar with their purse on the floor next to a photo of Carey Mulligan as Cassie from the movie in the same outfit and pose. Words say Promising Young Woman and Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Promising Young Woman: Cassie Thomas Vibes board on Pinterest.

Maleficent

Maleficent is the first villain I ever loved. Sleeping Beauty was a movie I watched repeatedly as a child, and Maleficent’s color palette (black, purple, lime green, and a pop of hot pink) might be my all-time favorite. I love her entire aesthetic.

While I appreciate that she got further screentime with Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, I’m not super into the backstory where her heart was broken by a man who betrayed her trust (it’s BEEN DONE) and she ended up loving Sleeping Beauty/Aurora like she was her own child. Like if one of my ex’s had a kid with someone else and I spent all my time watching that child, that would be stalking, not some wonderful Fairy Godmother relationship. When I root for villains, I’d prefer they not be child stalkers. Curse a MFer all you want, but don’t waste your time watching them and loving them. lol

This is probably the most costumey outfit that I’ve done. But sometimes instead of buying something new or repurposing things you already have, you could ask your mom (or friend or whoever) if you can borrow the awesome costume they wore a different year. My mother was Maleficent for a couple of different Halloweens, and I asked her earlier this year if she was going to be her again this season or if I could use the outfit. Of the items she sent me, I only ended up using the headpiece for this look. However, there are some simple tutorials on how to DIY horns that I would have turned to if I didn’t already have a sweet set.

A black high-low keyhole dress on a dress form. A pair of knee-high fur-lined boots with chain detail are in front on the ground.

Outfit: Black Voodoo Vixen High-Low Keyhole Dress I believe I inherited this from a friend. Am I going to let the fact that I can’t button the top button of the chest bit stop me from wearing this fabulous dress? Hell no! I just tucked that bit into my strapless bra and kept it moving.

Shoes: Black Faux Fur Lined Knee-High Boots that originally came with round laces wrapped around them, but I altered them years ago with some chain instead. (*Note to self: Take some links out to pull them tighter now that the chains have settled.)

A black high-low keyhole dress with a thick black corset belt and black cape are on a dress form. A pair of knee-high fur-lined boots with chain detail are in front on the ground.

Outfit #2: Last minute, I pulled out this black (unbranded, possibly homemade) cape (that I think was my sibling’s at one point in time), but if I had thought it through, I would have stitched up the edges and at least ironed it. 😬

A person dressed up as Maleficent in all black with horns on their head. In one photo they are in a dress; in the second, they also have a black cape. Both are facing away from the camera with the emphasis on the horns.

Hair: Because this specific set of horns is a complete headpiece that straps underneath the chin, I just braided my hair into two braids and clipped them up on my head to hide underneath. The high neckline of the dress and the collar of the cape really helped ensure that no hair was showing.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Maleficent with a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and a high collared black dress.

Makeup: I kinda used this tutorial, but just did what I could with what I had.

Face: Tone Adjusting e.l.f. Face Primer

Porcelain e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation

Fair Beige Wet n Wild Mega Last Incognito Concealer

FIC-004# Fall in Color Contour Makeup Stick

When the Nude Strikes Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlight Makeup Stick

Eyes: Gin White Eyeshadow from The Equalizer Volume 1 Sample Beauty Palette

Ginger Eyeshadow from the AVON For The Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Toast Eyeshadow from the AVON For The Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Black Perfect Wings Eyeliner Stamp and Liner

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Kitten Heels Bright Red NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick with some Bloodstone NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Lipstick on top in the middle.

A black high-low keyhole dress with a thick black corset belt are on a dress form. A pair of knee-high fur-lined boots with chain detail are in front on the ground.

Accessories: Black Game of Life Oversized Akira Corset Belt which is one of my favorite pieces right now. I want to wear it with everything.

A closeup of two costume jewelry rings. The one on the left is a large green oval on an adjustable silver band. The one on the right is a rhinestone bird head silver ring with blue eyes.

Accessories: Green Adjustable Large Costume Ring and Rhinestone Bird Head Ring

A close up of a black bird hand puppet.

Prop 1: A hand puppet that I inherited from someone. Unsure if it is supposed to be a Crow or a Raven, but it is definitely a corvid. This is my Diablo/Diaval. I had it clipped to my sleeve for a few photos, but when it didn’t stay on my shoulder, I just put it on my hand for some photos too.

A two photo collage. The image on the left is some brown yarn, a yellow tennis ball, a tiki torch, and some brown packing paper. On the right. those items have been combined to create Maleficent's staff.

Prop 2: So one or two nights before I was planning to do this photo shoot, I realized freaked out that I didn’t have a staff for Maleficent. I almost talked myself out of doing her entirely because I didn’t want to recreate someone so dear to me without such a crucial prop. In my brainstorming on how I could whip something together, I pulled a tiki torch out of my garage. I initially wanted a greener ball on top, but I couldn’t find one in my house. Then, my partner suggested a tennis ball. Depending on what version of Maleficent you are rocking, her staff has been represented in various shades of green and some even go as light as yellow especially when it is glowing. I was considering using some of my hemp to wrap up the staff, but once I saw that I had brown yarn, everything came together. I used some brown packing paper from one of my recent deliveries to put in the top bit of the torch part to keep the ball high enough to show instead of falling deeper down. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

A three photo side-by-side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to Angelina Jolie as the character and the animated Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Words say Maleficent underneath the three pics.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. They both have their arms outstretched. Words say Maleficent and Maleficent.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. They both hold a hand over their staff. Words say Maleficent and Maleficent.

A person dressed as Maleficent in a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and all black outfit with a black bird and a staff edited into an image with the castle.
“I must say, I really felt quite distressed at not receiving an invitation.”

A person dressed as Maleficent in a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and all black outfit edited into an image with large vines and green fire.
“The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. *But*… before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger – on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and fall into a sleep like death! A sleep from which she will never awaken! The princess *can* be woken from her death sleep, but only by…True Love’s Kiss! This curse will last till the end of time! No power on Earth can change it!”

A person dressed as Maleficent in a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and all black outfit  holds a staff and is edited into an image with large vines growing everywhere.
“Pitchforks? Humans are hilarious.”

A person dressed as Maleficent in a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and all black outfit with a black bird and staff edited into a scene in the fairy forest called The Moors.
“Hmm. It’s so ugly, you could almost feel sorry for it.”

A person dressed as Maleficent in a horned headpiece, lots of makeup, and all black outfit edited into a night scene in a forest with aurora borealis lights.
“Aurora, there is an evil in this world, hatred, and betrayal. And I cannot keep you from it.”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to the animated Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. They both hold a staff in their right hand with their left hand over their chest. Words say Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. They both hold a finger to their lips like shhhh. Words say Maleficent and Maleficent.

A three photo side-by-side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Maleficent next to Angelina Jolie as the character and the animated Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Words say Maleficent in the upper righthand corner of the three pics.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Maleficent Vibes board on Pinterest.

Constantine: Angela Dodson

🚨 I just want to give a Content Warning on this post that it will mention su*c*de. Also, if you’re trying to quit smoking cigarettes, avoid this movie because Constantine is a chain-smoking fiend. 🚨

Constantine is coming in with the second Keanu Reeves movie this year (previously Bram Stoker’s Dracula), but the character Angela Dodson is played by the lovely Rachel Weisz. (Side note: Have you seen Disobedience? 👀)

Even though the whole God/Devil dichotomy has been played out in my Catholic upbringing life, anyone can still appreciate a Good vs Evil dynamic regardless of whether or not they’re a True Believer. I am not well-versed enough in comics or graphic novels, but I tend to like a lot of films based on them because usually, the cinematography is outstanding. In that regard, Constantine really delivers.

A white spaghetti strap tank top and black slacks on a dress form. A pair of black and white sneakers are on the ground in front of it.

Outfit: White Spaghetti Strap Cami Tank Top that I’ve had for so long the wording on the tag has worn off.

Black Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Push-up Bra

Black Rue 21 Stretch Trousers

Shoes: Black with White U.S. Polo Assn Sneakers One of my previous coworkers gave these to me when they didn’t fit her. I wore them so much that the toes started peeling, and then I turned them into my “working in the garden/yard” shoes (which is why they’re covered in dirt.) But for the purposes of this photo shoot, I think they are exactly what I needed, and I wasn’t worried about getting them wet!

A white spaghetti strap tank top covered by a black blazer with black slacks on a dress form. A pair of black and white sneakers are on the ground in front of it.

Outfit #2: Same as Outfit #1 but with a Black Pure Energy One Button Blazer

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, white button-up shirt, black slacks, and black and white sneakers.
This shirt is intentionally misbuttoned.

Outfit #3: Same as Outfit #1 but with a White Joseph & Feiss Button-up Long Sleeve Shirt that I borrowed from my partner.

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, white tank top, black slacks, and black and white sneakers. They are facing away from the camera and the emphasis is on the auburn wig.

Hair: Auburn Bob Wig with Bangs Angela Dodson has that true auburn hair where in some scenes it looks red and in some scenes, it looks dark.

Previously seen as Gretchen Wieners from Mean GirlsMay Dove Canady from MayEleanor Vance from The HauntingDr. Miranda Grey from GothikaSidney Prescott from ScreamRose Armitage from Get Out, and Dr. Abigail Tyler from The Fourth Kind.

A selfie of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white tank top with black bra straps showing.

Makeup:

Eyes: Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Scrunchie Rimmel London Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick

A selfie of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross with a small silver coin necklace, and a white tank top with black bra straps showing.

Accessories: I combined a silver chain, a silver cross charm, and a small silver coin charm to be what I can only assume is a Saint’s medal to create Angela’s necklace. (The internet cares more about detailing the necklace Constantine gives her than the one she was wearing previously.)

A close-up of a blue, black, and silver sports watch.

Accessories: Armitron All-Sport Watch 40/8108 Borrowed from my partner

Previously seen on Hayley Stark from Hard Candy

A blurry picture of a pale hand holding a hospital bracelet.
This photo is intentionally blurry.

Prop 1: The bracelet I got last time I was in the Emergency Room standing in for Isabel Dodson’s hospital bracelet.

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are holding a black cat.

Prop 2: A black cat named Percy who wants to be on the green screen but absolutely does not want to be held to participate in the photo shoots.

Previously seen with Coraline Jones from Coraline.

A close-up of an airsoft gun.

Prop 3: Colt MK IV Series 80 Airsoft Gun

Previously seen with Baby Firefly from The Devil’s Rejects and Alice from Resident Evil.

A white bathtub filled mostly with water.

Prop 4: A bathtub filled with water. (not pictured, a partner to help take photos)

A side-by-side comparison of a selfie of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white button-up shirt next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, black blazer, black slacks, and black and white sneakers next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, white button-up shirt, and black slacks, next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top and black blazer as they are holding a gun edited into a scene in a church.
I’m a cop, on my way to confession, because I murdered another man today.

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top and black blazer as they are edited into a scene in front of the hospital.
My twin sister, Isabel, supposedly jumped off the roof of the hospital where she was staying, but I don’t believe it because she’s such a devout Catholic that she would never commit suicide. “Period.”

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are holding a hospital bracelet edited into a scene with John Constantine.
Isabel gets a message to me that I need to hook up with John Constantine. She gets a message to Constantine too, so I’ll trust him.

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, white button-up shirt, black slacks, and black and white sneakers edited into a scene in the dark street.
Constantine starts telling me about the wager that God and Satan have about the souls of all humankind. Even though “I’m a Catholic! I know the crucifixion story!” I say that I don’t believe in the devil. Constantine says, “You should. He believes in you!”

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are bending down near a black cat edited into a scene with John Constantine.
Even though I just met this guy, he suggests I take some of my clothes off to participate in water activities with him. I acquiesce because he says “Cats are good. Half in, half out anyway.”

A pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are standing in wet clothes edited into a scene with John Constantine.
After a little bible study, a fast car ride, and some time in the tub, we start preparing to fight.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing as they sit in a bathtub full of water next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are submerged fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed up as Angela Dodson from Constantine in an auburn wig and a little makeup wearing a silver cross necklace, and a white strappy tank top with black bra straps showing and black slacks as they are standing in wet clothes next to Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson in the same outfit and pose. Words say Angela Dodson and Constantine.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Constantine: Angela Dodson Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Devil’s Rejects: Vera-Ellen “Baby” Firefly

I hope you didn’t get the impression that this is a family-friendly blog due to the previous posts about animated films. I don’t want to misrepresent myself. I started this project last year to put together an outfit every day in the month of October to recreate characters from horror movies with stuff I already owned. A few other Halloween movie characters were part of it last year, and this year I have expanded slightly too. We’re circling back to the crux of it with this post.

It is no stretch to say that The Devil’s Rejects is Rob Zombie’s best film (and the soundtrack is amazing!). Between the actors in it, the film references, and even some of the plot points, the allusions to other horror films (and true crime as well!) are layered. When you look at it from an homage angle it is much easier to view it as a culmination of horror influences and harder to just say it is a ripoff of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre X The Hills Have Eyes. However, after recreating Erin Hardesty from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre last year, I will say that this outfit for Baby Firefly is very similar!

A white tank top, straw cowhand hat, and distressed jeans on a dress form. A pair of tan gaucho boots are in front on the floor.

Outfit: Since Baby Firefly’s shirt has embroidery detail on it, I picked this Beaded White Jones New York Signature Tank Top as the closest item from my collection. I just tucked it under a bit to show some of my skin between the shirt and jeans, since I wasn’t willing to cut the waistband off the pants.

Distressed Old Navy Diva Bootcut Jeans I will most likely create a separate post on how I altered these jeans for this look. In retrospect, I could’ve gone harder on the holes, but I like how they turned out overall.

Shoes: Tan Coconuts by Matisse Gaucho Boots that I got for a steal secondhand.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long blonde wavy wig.

Hair: Ombre Blonde Long Curly Wig

Previously seen as Regina George from Mean Girls,  Allison from Tucker and Dale vs EvilJay Height from It Follows, and Heather Chandler from Heathers

A selfie of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, and a white tank top.

Makeup:

Eyes: Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Buttered Rum Avon True Color Lipstick Yet again, I took my selfies towards the end, so this is after I ate ice cream.

A close-up of a black leather cuff bracelet. Words on it say Johnny Cash Folsom Prison.

Accessories: Black Leather Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Bracelet with Snap Enclosure This was a gift from my dad (before I went no contact) when we still tried to bond over things like football and music.

A selfie of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, a straw cowhand hat, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, and a white tank top.

Accessories: Straw Avon Mark Cowhand Hat

Previously seen on Erin Hardesty from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

A close-up of a beat-up butcher knife. The tip is missing.

Prop 1: My beat-up butcher knife

Previously seen with Ginger Fitzgerald from Ginger Snaps, Annie Wilkes from Misery, Rosemary Woodhouse from Rosemary’s Baby, Laurie Strode from Halloween, Wendy Torrance from The Shining, and Donnie Darko.

A close-up of an airsoft gun.

Prop 2: Colt MK IV Series 80 Airsoft Gun

Previously seen with Alice from Resident Evil

A pale person with long wavy blonde hair licking ice cream from a cone.

Prop 3: Strawberry Ice Cream in a Cone standing in for Tutti Fuckin Frutti

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, and distressed jeans. They are next to Sheri Moon Zombie dressed as Baby Firefly from the movie The Devil's Rejects. Words say Baby Firefly and The Devil's Rejects.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, and distressed jeans. They are next to Sheri Moon Zombie dressed as Baby Firefly from the movie The Devil's Rejects. Words say Baby Firefly and The Devil's Rejects.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, straw cowhand hat, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, gaucho boots, and distressed jeans edited into a scene at the Firefly Residence.
In 1978, I live with my family in Ruggsville, Texas. We have a pretty unconventional life, but we like to hunt together.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, and distressed jeans edited into a scene at the house when the cops have it surrounded.
I wake up one morning, and the pigs have us surrounded. As some of the family participates in a shootout, I escape with Otis.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, gaucho boots, and distressed jeans edited into a scene at the Kahiki Palms Motel.
We head over to the Kahiki Palms Motel where we had previously planned to meet Captain Spaulding if anything like this went down.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, gaucho boots, and distressed jeans edited into a scene at Charlie's Frontier Fun Town.
When we leave the motel, we head over to a brothel ranch called Charlie’s Frontier Fun Town where we let loose a little.

A person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, gaucho boots, and distressed jeans edited into a scene on a highway road. They are licking an ice cream cone full of Tutti Fuckin Frutti.
Eventually, we have to hit the road, but we make time to stop for some Tutti Fuckin Frutti.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, gaucho boots, and distressed jeans. They are next to Sheri Moon Zombie dressed as Baby Firefly from the movie The Devil's Rejects. Words say Baby Firefly and The Devil's Rejects.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Baby Firefly from The Devil's Rejects wearing a long blonde wavy wig, brown mascara, buttered rum lipstick, a white tank top, and distressed jeans. They are next to Sheri Moon Zombie dressed as Baby Firefly from the movie The Devil's Rejects. Words say Baby Firefly and The Devil's Rejects.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out The Devil’s Rejects: Baby Firefly Vibes board on Pinterest.

Mean Girls: Gretchen Wieners


I don’t think my father, the inventor of Toaster Strudel, would be too pleased to hear about it if I covered the other Plastics from Mean Girls but left out Gretchen Wieners. Her relationship with Jason is complicated. Her core friend group is more like a bunch of hot frenemies with Regina continually belittling her and taking her friendship for granted. Gretchen resents the rules she has to adhere to in order to keep her social standing intact, especially when she sees other people disregarding them with no consequences, and I hope she finds more peace with the Cool Asians.

A pink 3/4 length sleeve shirt with beige, white, and black plaid skirt on a dress form. On the floor in front are a pair of black mule kitten heels.

Outfit: Hot Pink V Neck 3/4 Length Sleeve Stretch Shirt

Tangents Stretch Beige, White, and Black Plaid Short Pencil Skirt

Previously seen on Heather Chandler from Heathers

Shoes: Black Knot Steve Madden Mule Kitten Heel Shoes I can tell based on how worn out the edges of these shoes are that I’ve worn them a lot. (Note to self: touch them up with some black leather paint.) I also can’t remember where or how I got this pair because I’ve had them for so long.

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the auburn bob wig.

Hair: Auburn Bob Wig with Bangs This was labeled as Honey Brown when I got it, and I was initially hoping for a browner color, but I ended up using it for a lot of characters (before my wig collection expanded) even though it was redder than expected.

Previously seen as May Dove Canady from May, Eleanor Vance from The Haunting, Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika, Sidney Prescott from Scream, Rose Armitage from Get Out, and Dr. Abigail Tyler from The Fourth Kind.

Also, don’t get on me about how my hair is straight but Gretchen’s is wavy because *spoiler alert* her hair is straight at the end of the movie.

A selfie of a person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, and a hot pink shirt.

Makeup:

Face: Tone Adjusting e.l.f. Face Primer

Porcelain e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation

Floral Majority Wet n Wild Megaglo Blush Makeup Stick

Follow Your Bisque Wet n Wild Megaglo Conceal and Contour Makeup Stick

When the Nude Strikes Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlight Makeup Stick

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Ambience Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

A selfie of a person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, and a hot pink shirt. They are holding their hand near their face to show off the French tip manicure style.

Nails:  Artificial Nails trimmed to Square Tips painted in French Tip style with Snow White and Naked Manicure Pink Perfector by Zoya.

Can you get dysmorphia around fingernails? Because I felt very weird with french tips, and every time I looked down at my hands, they felt like someone else’s.

A closeup of silver and rhinestone jewelry including a necklace, bracelet, two rings, and two earrings.

Accessories: Pink Rhinestone Silver Swan Chain Necklace No idea where this charm came from, but I just added it to a chain I already owned.

Rhinestone Silver-tone Swan Earrings I think these earrings were a free gift with one of the wigs I bought.

Two Large Blingy Rhinestone Silver Rings Both were inherited from my partner’s grandmother. She had a huge collection of jewelry, and I ended up with a lot of it. 💕

Thick Silver Chain Bracelet I would wear this more, but it is very heavy. Bracelets seem to get in my way because I’m always typing and editing photos. #Ope

A closeup of a pink photo album turned into the Burn Book from Mean Girls.

Prop 1: Burn Book made from a pink photo album I have had for 15+ years and the Burn Book Font and Lips enlarged, printed on basic white paper, cut out, and taped to the front.

Previously seen with Cady Heron from Mean Girls and Regina George from Mean Girls

A closeup of a rhinestone covered cell case on a cell phone.

Prop 2: My old Motorola QWERTY keyboard cell phone with a rhinestone cat case that looks like my old cat Puck. #RIP

Previously seen with Regina George from Mean Girls

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, and a hot pink shirt next to an image of Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls. They both have their right hand up with palm facing out. Words say Gretchen Wieners and Mean Girls.

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene in the lunchroom.
A new girl, Cady, joins me, Karen, and Regina for lunch at school. I wonder if maybe she’ll get me, and I try my self-created slang out on her. “That is so fetch!”

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene with Cady & Karen.
Cady becomes part of our squad. We hang out together at the mall, and we talk on the phone a lot, including three-way calls. On Wednesdays, we wear pink.

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene in the lunchroom.
Regina stops following the rules that she created for our crew, so one day, I just gently remind her of that fact. “You can’t sit with us!”

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene in class with Cady.
I had a report to give in class and it went like this: “Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hmm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Okay, Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar, and when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about! We should totally just STAB CAESAR!

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene with Cady, Karen, and Regina.
When my friend starts venting, I encourage her to use her words and creativity to process the struggles of being a teenage girl. “You let it out, honey. Put it in the book.”

A person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt edited into a scene with the juniors girls in the gym at the assembly.
Back at school, the Burn Book causes a stir that forces an assembly of all the junior girls. When it is my turn to share, I say: “I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me…but I can’t help it that I’m popular.”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls with an auburn bob wig, some eye makeup, pink lip gloss, blinged out jewelry, plaid skirt, and a hot pink shirt next to an image of Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls. Words say Gretchen Wieners and Mean Girls.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Mean Girls Vibes board on Pinterest.

Coraline: Coraline Jones

I had originally only planned to do The Other Mother from Coraline, but once I had a blue wig and a yellow raincoat everything else seemed to align to be Coraline Jones. I was especially happy that I could pull it off without having to buy such movie-specific items that might be harder to reuse for other purposes. It also helps that I already live with a black cat!

A navy blue shirt with gold stars and blue skinny jeans on a dress form with a pair of black with yellow bee galoshes on the floor in front.

Outfit: Navy Blue with Gold Stars Cynthia Rowley Linen Tee

While technically, the shirt Coraline wears is a long sleeve navy blue sweater with silver stars on it, I figured this navy with gold stars tee was still a great option to pair with jeans for the base outfit.

Blue Denizen from Levi’s Modern Skinny Jeans

A yellow raincoat and blue skinny jeans on a dress form with a pair of black with yellow bee galoshes on the floor in front.

Outfit: Yellow First Mate by Stearns Rain Jacket with Hood

So Yellow Raincoats are apparently a hot commodity and often above my budget. I bought a yellow storm suit two-piece jacket and pants set for $5.99 secondhand. Inside the jacket, it has WILSON Oct 1996 written in pen, and let me tell you that when I got the set, they smelled like they had been in their plastic storage bag and hadn’t been touched since 1996. I put the jacket outside to air out a bit, and it worked great for my purposes. After wearing it for this photo shoot, I am actually very excited about how it has snaps to tighten to the sleeves at the wrist, and it seems like it will actually be waterproof as opposed to the other yellow fashion raincoats I was spying.

Shoes: Black with Yellow Bees Joules Printed Rain Boots

While Coraline’s boots are technically yellow, I thought these wellington boots (my mother purchased for me on clearance ages ago) fit the vibe just fine! I love these puddle stompers, and I didn’t want to get a yellow pair of galoshes that I would probably never wear again.

A person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the short blue bob wig.

Hair: If you don’t have blue hair, store-bought is fine.

Short Blue Bob Wig I tagged the closest wig I could find to this one that I got (new in the original unbranded packaging) in a lot of wigs I purchased in an online auction.

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, blue shirt with gold stars. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips.

Makeup:

Face: Dark Brown Espoce Freckle Pen

Eyes: Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Berry Avon Double Impact Lip Color Lipstick

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow rain jacket. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips. Their hand is up in the image to show off the blue nail polish.

Nails: My natural nails are painted in Jen by Zoya which is one of my favorite nail polish colors.

A yellow raincoat with burgundy crossbody bag over it and blue skinny jeans on a dress form with a pair of black with yellow bee galoshes on the floor in front.

Accessories: Burgundy Unbranded Crossbody Purse with Lots of Zippered Pockets that I inherited from my mother.

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, black baker boy cap, blue shirt with gold stars. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips.

Accessories: Black Slouchy ASOS Baker Boy Cap

A closeup of a vintage green enamel and metal butterfly bobby pin barrette.

Accessories: Green Enamel Vintage Butterfly Bobby Pin I have a green pair and a white pair of these that I’ve owned (and worn!) since the 1980s-1990s. One small section of one of each color has fallen out, so I can’t wear the matching sets anymore. Even though this is a butterfly, with the bobby pin part showing, I think it still looked like a dragonfly barrette.

A Y-shaped tree branch.

Prop 1: A stick from my front yard that I trimmed to be my dowsing rod. I believe it is from the river birch tree and afaik is not poison oak.

A person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline the movie holding a black cat. The cat and the human are looking directly at each other.

Prop 2: A beautiful black cat. This one is named Percival Purple, but he goes by Percy. He’s frequently trying to be part of my photo shoots, so I let him participate in this one to be the unnamed black cat from Coraline.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips. The strap of their burgundy bag can be seen across their chest. They are next to an image of Coraline Jones from Coraline dressed in the same outfit. Words say Coraline and Coraline Jones.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, black baker boy cap, yellow raincoat. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips. The strap of their burgundy bag can be seen across their chest. They are next to an image of Coraline Jones from Coraline dressed in the same outfit. Words say Coraline and Coraline Jones.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails. They are holding a tree branch in one hand and holding part of it in the other hand. They are next to an image of Coraline Jones from Coraline dressed in a similar outfit. Words say Coraline and Coraline Jones.

A pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. blue jeans, galoshes, brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails is edited into a scene with  the Pink Palace apartments.
I’m 11 years old, and my parents moved us from our home in Michigan to the Pink Palace apartments in Oregon.

A pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails is edited into a scene with Wybie while they hold a stick for a dowsing rod.
I go out exploring and as I’m using a dowsing rod, I meet a neighbor kid named Wybie. I’m not very kind to him and turn his full first name Wyborn into Why-Were-You-Born.

A pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, navy blue shirt with gold stars, brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips is edited into a scene with Coraline's real parents.
My parents are writers focusing on a garden catalog, and they are too busy to do anything with me.

A pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. burgundy crossbody bag, blue jeans, galoshes, brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails is edited into a scene with The Other Parents.
I start spending time with my Other Parents.

A pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. burgundy crossbody bag, blue jeans, galoshes, brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails is holding a black cat and edited into a scene with part of the Pink Palace apartments.
At least I have a black cat companion while I deal with parental troubles.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, blue shirt with gold stars. brown mascara, brown freckles, and berry colored lips. Next to them is an image of Coraline Jones in a blue sweater with silver stars and dragonfly barrette from the movie Coraline. Words say Coraline and Coraline Jones.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Coraline Jones from Coraline with a blue short bob wig, dragonfly barrette, yellow raincoat. blue jeans, galoshes, a burgundy crossbody bag, brown mascara, brown freckles, berry colored lips, and blue fingernails. The strap of their burgundy bag can be seen across their chest. They are next to an image of Coraline Jones from Coraline dressed in a similar outfit. Words say Coraline and Coraline Jones.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Coraline Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Mayor

You may be aware that I have Jack Skellington’s head tattooed on my right shoulder. I’d just like it to be on record that I got that ink impulsively on a trip to the tattoo parlor with a girl I was in love with as a last-minute tattoo based on a combination of my coin purse and the hat I was wearing at the time. Of all my tattoos, it is the most spontaneous one I have and the one that gets commented on most of all, probably because it is the one that’s content is most familiar to other people.

A collage of four photos of the process of getting a Jack Skellington tattoo from idea to reality.
Nick had a really heavy hand. I spared you the bloody pics.

Knowing that, it might have seemed evident that The Nightmare Before Christmas would end up on the list. I didn’t really consider doing Jack or Sally because I didn’t want a character that requires tons of makeup on your face and body to achieve the look, and I also didn’t want to rely on buying a mask. That really narrowed down my character choices when a bunch of them (Lock, Shock, and Barrel especially!) are wearing masks in the movie. I suppose I could have made my own mask, but once I started realizing how many things I had already that would help me create The Mayor’s look, I didn’t second-guess it.

A button-up white shirt with a gray blazer and pinstriped pants on a dress form. There are a pair of black docs in front on the ground.

Outfit: A[X]IST Modern Fit White Button-up Collared Long Sleeve Shirt

Previously seen on Heather Chandler and Heather Duke from Heathers

Gray East 5th Essentials 4 Button Lined Classic Career Wear Blazer

Black with White Pinstriped Divided H&M Pants (These are my most comfortable dress pants, and back when I worked in offices, I wore them a lot!)

Shoes: 1460 Smooth Leather 8 Eye Lace Up Dr. Martens Boots that were a present from my partner.

Previously seen as Estella Miller from Cruella, Jesse Reeves from Queen of the DamnedStokely Mitchell from The Faculty, and Little Rock from Zombieland: Double Tap

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the fact that no hair is visible as their braid is tucked into their shirt.

Hair: I was going to wear a wig, but last minute decided to put my hair into one thick braid to tuck it into the back of my shirt.

A close-up of a person dressed as The Mayor with a split face makeup design. On the left is the happy smile side with a spiral eye. On the right is the white face with a frown and blue eye.

Makeup: One of these days, I’ll remember to take photos of the makeup up close at the beginning of the photoshoot instead of at the end when I’m all sweaty and rubbing it off. 😬 I’m still figuring out makeup. I’ve dabbled in it off and on throughout my life, but because I am so sensitive to things and often have reactions to makeup, I tread lightly in my experimentation. I decided to do the split face makeup look with the happy face on one side and the sad face on the other instead of making a mask or sticking to just one face/mood. It was still more makeup than I usually like to apply, but for what I was working with, I think it turned out ok.

A selfie of just the left side of the face of a person dressed as The Mayor with a split face makeup design. On the side that is shown (the happy side) has a red lipped smile with white straight teeth and a spiral eye.

Right Side:

Tone Adjusting e.l.f. Face Primer

Porcelain e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker (eye)

Kitten Heels Bright Red NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (lips)

Alien Black NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (lips & nose)

 Dreamtone Manic Panic Flawless Foundation and Color Corrector (teeth)

A selfie of a person dressed as The Mayor with a split face makeup design. Only the right side is showing with the white face that has a blue-lipped frown, yellow jagged teeth, and a blue eye socket.

Left Side:

Dreamtone Manic Panic Flawless Foundation and Color Corrector

Royal Blue Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette (eye and lips)

Alien Black NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (lips & nose)

#1 Gold MaydearPearl Liquid Lip Gloss (teeth)

*Pro Tip: Make sure you do enough of your neck and ear in white or you’ll be doing it in the middle of your photo shoot after you hate how much of your skin is still showing in the pics.

A closeup of a Dr. Suess-looking hat with Jack Skellington's Face on the front and a spider on the top, a spider bowtie, and an orange ribbon that says Mayor.

Accessories: The Spider Bowtie is a spider that might be a sticker that one of my old bosses gave out around Halloween with other smaller decorations. I loved it so much, I hung onto it. I cut a piece of red construction paper to make a mark on it. It is all held together with tape and taped to my shirt.

The hat is something I got from my grandmother who apparently picked it up at a garage sale when she and her bf at the time decided to spontaneously buy silly hats for like $1 or maybe even less than that. I considered making my own tall top hat, but when you have a Dr. Suess-looking hat with Jack’s face on it and a spider on top of it all, it seems only logical to use it for this character. Plus, one less thing I gotta do! lol

The supplies used to create the orange Mayor ribbon with the completed ribbon next to them. The supplies include white paper, orange paper, tape, a pen, a black marker, a ruler, and some scissors.
Everything I used to make the ribbon (not picture the cup I used to trace a circle and a stapler).

Accessories: For the Mayor ribbon, I used this YouTube tutorial, but I used paper, tape, and one staple instead of felt and a glue gun.

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. On the left is the happy smile side with a spiral eye which is the only side showing as they talk into a black megaphone.

Prop 1: Black Bullhorn I purchased when it was hella on sale because during my activist days I always wished for one, but the good ones were always out of my budget. I have yet to test it at full capacity, so I have no comment on its functionality. It works great as a prop for photo shoots though!

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are holding three rolled up papers.

Prop 2: Three random rolled-up posters I had lying around the house (two my brother just recently left here because he no longer wants them) that I used as my “plans for next Halloween.”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are posed with outstretched hands. Next to them is an image of The Mayor from the movie. Words say The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Mayor.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are holding a black megaphone. Next to them is an image of The Mayor from the movie. Words say The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Mayor.

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are holding a black megaphone. They are edited into a The Nightmare Before Christmas background.
Jack, please, I’m only an elected official here, I can’t make decisions by myself!

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are holding three rolled up papers. They are edited into a background that looks like The Nightmare Before Christmas.
We’ve got to find Jack! There’s only 365 days left until next Halloween!

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are edited into a The Nightmare Before Christmas background.
What a splendid idea! This Christmas sounds fun. I fully endorse it.

A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are posed with outstretched hands. They are edited into a The Nightmare Before Christmas background.
Terrible news, folks! The worst tragedy of our time! Jack has been blown to smithereens!

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. They are wearing black pinstriped pants, a gray suit coat, a white button-up shirt, a spider bowtie, an orange mayor ribbon, and a funky hat. They are holding three rolled up papers. Next to them is an image of The Mayor from the movie. Words say The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Mayor.

A side-by-side comparison of A person dressed as The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas with a split face makeup design. On the left is the happy smile side with a spiral eye which is the only side showing as they talk into a black megaphone. Next to them is an image of The Mayor from the movie. Words say The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Mayor.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Mayor Vibes board on Pinterest.

Cruella: Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil is one of my foundational fashion idols. Once you know that about my personal style though, you’ll never not see it again. The color palette of black, white, and red might be the best one of all, but I often replace red with purple or teal. I’m also a huge fan of most animal prints and frequently can be found in both fur (inherited, gifted, or secondhand) and faux fur items.

While old-school Cruella is a smoker with a long cigarette holder, the updated Cruella movie is intentionally missing that prop. As I previously mentioned in the Estella Miller post, I do like the direction they took with Cruella’s backstory. However, this might be the first entry where at the end instead of telling you the story, I’m only going to put my favorite Cruella quotes in the captions. They are also not all from the Cruella (2021) movie. Since she’s such an iconic character, I think you’ll still enjoy it.

A gray leopard dress with large pearl necklace on a dress form. In front, on the ground, are one black boot and one white boot in a matching style.

Outfit: Gray Leopard Print INC International Concepts Collared Button-Up Dress (This is one of my all-time favorite dresses, but it fit better when I was carrying a bit more weight.)

Opaque Red Pantyhose Stockings

Shoes: One Black and One White DAMNED-318 Demonia Vegan Leather Knee-High Buckle Boots (Once I got a pair of black boots and a pair of white boots in the same style, I knew I wanted to mismatch them for Cruella!)

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black faux snake skin jacket, bright red tights, silver gloves, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane.

Outfit: Black Structured Faux Snake Skin Worthington Jacket

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a black faux fur coat, red tights, and one black boot and one white boot.

Outfit: Black Vintage Borgazia Career Originals Deep Pile Fabric Faux Fur Coat

This was one of my old friend’s grandmother’s coats that my friend gave to me. I wear it all the time. I wore one that was my grandmother’s and looked similar with brown trim in high school and until I outgrew it. I will lovingly accept any and all fur or faux fur items from anyone. 😘

A person dressed up as Cruella de Vil facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long black and white wig.

Hair: Long Wavy Black and White Wig

When you saw this in the GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera post, did you already know Cruella was inevitable? I didn’t want to buy a shorter black & white wig because I wanted one that I could use to pull off more looks than just Cruella. I settled on this one because I like how it flips the colors on the bottom with the length it is.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Cruella de Vil with a black and white wig, heavy eye makeup, red lipstick, and faux pearl jewelry.

Makeup:

Face: Since I used the same wig for Cruella and GraveRobber, I didn’t want to do a full white face like I did with GraveRobber. I ended up combining one pump of Dreamtone Manic Panic Flawless Foundation and Color Corrector with one pump of my usual Porcelain e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation to lighten it. In photos, my face might finally be matching the tone of my body skin, and I’m still processing what that means beyond the fact I’m pale af. lol

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon (on waterlines and also used on eyebrows)

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

Black Perfect Wings Eyeliner Stamp

Goth White™️ Manic Panic Cream/Powder Foundation as Eyeshadow

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Kitten Heels Bright Red NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

A gray leopard dress with black corset belt and large pearl necklace on a dress form. In front, on the ground, are one black boot and one white boot in a matching style.

Accessories: Black Game of Life Oversized Akira Corset Belt

A close-up of a pair of silver costume gloves in their original packaging. The price tag says $2.99.

Accessories: Silver Costume Gloves that I got at my one Thrift Store Shopping Trip in 2021 for $2.99. Even at that price, I’m a little sad that they didn’t go up to my elbows like I had hoped and that one of them had a hole in the seam immediately upon being opened.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Cruella de Vil with a black and white wig, heavy eye makeup, red lipstick, and faux pearl jewelry. They are wearing a black faux fur coat too.

Accessories: Faux Pearl Necklace with Black Ribbon Tie

Faux Pearl Earrings that used to be clip-on that I altered to be pierced and a Faux Pearl Ring (seen in the below pic) that I inherited from my partner’s grandmother.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Cruella de Vil with a black and white wig, heavy eye makeup, red lipstick, and faux pearl jewelry. They are holding their hand up to show a faux pearl ring and bright red fingernails.

Nails: Artificial Nails trimmed to Square Tips painted in Gia by Zoya

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black corset belt, bright red tights, silver gloves, pearl jewelry, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane.

Prop: After realizing I wasn’t going to use a long cigarette holder, I cursed myself for not splurging on the cane I saw with a concealed knife inside! (#Goals) I don’t have any other canes, but I decided to use my Trash Picker to give the same vibe.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black corset belt, bright red tights, silver gloves, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane. They are next to Emma Stone dressed as Cruella de Vil in Cruella. Words say Cruella and Cruella de Vil.

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black corset belt, bright red tights, silver gloves, pearl jewelry, one black boot, one white boot, and they are holding their left hand up with the metal horns sign. The background is repeating images in black, white, and red related to Cruella and her new punk rock fashion persona.
Don’t worry, we’re just getting started. There’s lots more bad things coming, I promise. 

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a black faux fur coat, red tights, and one black boot and one white boot. The background is a repeated image of OG Cruella in her fur coat in various poses.
I live for fur, I worship fur. After all, is there a woman in all this wretched world who doesn’t?

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black corset belt, bright red tights, silver gloves, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane behind their head. The background is a repeating image of OG Cruella blowing cigarette smoke in the shape of the number 101.
There are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I’ll add one more: REVENGE.

A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black faux snake skin jacket, bright red tights, silver gloves, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane. The background is a recurring pattern of black, white, and red Cruella related words and images.
More good women have been lost to marriage than to war, famine, disease, and disaster. You have talent, darling. Don’t squander it.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Cruella de Vil with a black and white wig, heavy eye makeup, red lipstick, and faux pearl jewelry. They are in a black faux fur coat and next to an image of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil from Cruella. Words say Cruella and Cruella de Vil.

A side-by-side comparison of A person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a faux fur black coat and silver gloves and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane behind their head. They are next to a picture of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Cruella with her cane behind her head. Both of them are screaming with their mouth open. Words say Cruella and Cruella de Vil.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Cruella de Vil in a gray leopard print dress with black faux snake skin jacket, bright red tights, silver gloves, one black boot, one white boot, and they are using a trash picker in place of a cane. They are next to Emma Stone dressed as Cruella de Vil from Cruella. Words say Cruella and Cruella de Vil.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Cruella Vibes board on Pinterest.

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