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.

Heathers: Veronica Sawyer

While Heather Duke might have my favorite color palette with the focus on green, I’m much more of a Veronica Sawyer than any of the other main characters in Heathers. She objectively has the best dialogue, plot line, and character arc in this film.

In 8th grade, I hung out with 3 Erins and all of them also had last names that started with the letter G. We didn’t play croquet, but we did go to parties, cause drama at school with our interpersonal politics, and probably wanted to kill each other at various points of our “friendship.” I guess I should be grateful that I never hooked up with a J.D., and I was left to writing as an outlet for my angst.

A long sleeve blue velvet dress with blue flower brooch and blue hat on a dress form with blue ballet flats on the floor in front.

Outfit: Blue Velvet Long Sleeve Avon Dress I used a belt (not pictured) to pull the top out a little bit, shorten the dress, and give it a little shape.

Blue Tights (seen below)

Shoes: Blue Leather Cutout Mossimo Ballet Flats

A person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long wavy dark hair wig.

Hair: Long Wavy Brown Wig

Previously seen as Sally Owens from Practical Magic

A selfie of a person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers with a blue hat on, a little eyeliner and mascara, and some lipstick. There is a blue feathery flowery brooch on the blue dress too.

Makeup:

Eyes: Cosmic Brown Avon Glimmerstick

Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Romance Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers with a blue hat on, a little eyeliner and mascara, and some lipstick. There is a blue feathery flowery brooch on the blue dress too.

Accessories: Navy Blue with Drop Pearl Detail Vintage Boston Store Milwaukee Hat

Light Blue & Bright Blue Feathery Brooch Clip

A closeup of blue leather driving gloves.

Accessories: Blue Leather Fownes Brothers Driving Gloves given to me by my grandmother

Previously seen on Chris MacNeil from The Exorcist

Another accessory that I would have used (if I had one) was a monocle!

A closeup of a navy blue vintage handbag.

Accessories: Navy Blue Vintage Lassy Handbag I inherited from my grandmother.

I don’t usually like handbags and prefer purses that are crossbody or over-the-shoulder to keep my hands free when I’m out and about. However, I have a few vintage handbags I inherited from my grandmother, and they are all awesome!

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are holding a blue croquet mallet.

Prop 1: Blue Croquet Mallet

A closeup of a journal with a skeleton smoking a cigarette on the front and back and a blue Grumpy Bear Care Bears Wobbly pen.

Props 2 & 3: Van Gogh “Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette” Journal and Grumpy Bear Care Bears Wobble Pen

Another prop I considered was a Slushie.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit with blue accessories next to a photo of Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers. Words say Heathers and Veronica Sawyer.

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are holding a blue croquet mallet and are edited into a scene with all three Heathers.
I socialize and play croquet with my three friends who are all named Heather. We each have own color palette that corresponds to our croquet color. I’m blue.

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are edited into a scene with Veronica's parents.
I have a decent relationship with my parents, but I only really see them long enough for a quick snack before I’m on to my next thing. “Great pâté, but I’m gonna have to motor.”

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are edited into a scene with J.D.
I start going with this dark and brooding fellow named J.D. He says things like: “Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling.” and “Our love is God. Let’s go get a Slushie.” I’m so infatuated that I do a lot of things I normally wouldn’t, when I’m with him.

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are edited into a scene with J.D.
“Dear Diary: Heather told me she teaches people ‘real life.’ She said, real life sucks losers dry. You want to fuck with the eagles, you have to learn to fly. I said, so, you teach people how to spread their wings and fly? She said, yes. I said, you’re beautiful.”

A person dressed up as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit. They are edited into a scene at a funeral.
When people start dying, I realize I want cool guys (like JD) out of my life.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit with blue accessories next to a photo of Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers. Words say Heathers and Veronica Sawyer.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers in an all blue outfit with blue accessories next to a photo of Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer from Heathers. Words say Heathers and Veronica Sawyer.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

Mean Girls: Regina George

When I started this October Outfits project last year, I went in with the mindset that I would not only try to use what I already owned to recreate characters but that I would do a low-budget, low-effort DIY take instead of getting caught up in the weeds to get the exact replicas of anything. (I’m kinda known for getting hung up on the details, so this has actually been a great challenge for me to learn to let things go and just roll with it.)

I debated on what Regina George outfit I was going to do. I almost used the same top I wore for Nancy Downs from The Craft for the outfit Regina is wearing when she invites Cady to stop at their lunch table for the first time. (pictured below) However, in that scene, you never really see what she is wearing on the bottom. (I thought it would be hilarious for Regina and Nancy to be in the same ‘fit.)

Regina George sits at a lunch table with long blonde hair wearing a collared shirt with black sweater, hoop earrings and rhinestone R necklace.

Part of me cringed at the idea of cutting holes into one of my shirts, but I ultimately decided to go with this look for the following rationalizations:

  1. This shirt is see-through already, so I never really wear it alone out in public.
  2. I’m sure my partner won’t have a problem if I pull this altered version out of the drawer to wear around the house. 😉
  3. If I don’t wear it with the holes, I can upcycle it into something else or sew something over the holes to make it better.

Also, if you make this outfit and don’t want to deal with repurposing the top, please try to sell or donate your holey shirt to someone else for this costume rather than throwing it in the trash when you’re done! #ReduceREUSERecycle 😘

A white tank top with holes cut at the nipples to show a bright purple bra through it with a black mini skirt on a dress form. Pointy black pumps with a low heel are on the floor in front.

Outfit: Amethyst Plum The Brigitte Full Coverage Wirefree 5042 Leading Lady Molded Padded Bra

Unbranded, Tagless White Ribbed Tank Top

Black with Lime Green Fila Sports Skort Tennis Skirt (I absolutely love this skirt and forgot I had it! #MiniskirtsForever)

Shoes: Black Vince Camuto Leather Kitten Heel Pumps (I scored these at a clothing swap, and they are so comfortable. Shoutout to whoever broke these in for me.)

A person dressed up as Regina George facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long wavy blond hair.

Hair: Ombre Blonde Long Curly Wig

Previously seen as Allison from Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Jay Height from It Follows, and Heather Chandler from Heathers

A selfie of a person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss.

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

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

Sparkly White from Fairy 6 Hot Topic Eye Shadow Collection

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara 

Lips: Share a Smile Wet n Wild Care Bears Shimmer Lip Gloss

A selfie of a person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss.

Accessories: Silver Hoops because Regina is the only one who can wear hoop earrings. (Suck it, Gretchen! 😜)

Open Silvertone Teardrop Avon Silver Necklace (The real joke here is that I actually have a rhinestone L necklace like Regina’s R necklace, but the one time I need it, I can’t locate it. I’ll probably find it in November. lol)

A closeup of a stojo reusable collapsible coffee cup.

Prop 1: Reusable Stojo Coffee Cup (Seafoam green is my secret favorite color.)

A qwerty keyboard motorola cell phone with a rhinestone case that looks like a black and white cat.

Prop 2: My old Motorola QWERTY keyboard cell phone with a rhinestone cat case that looks like my old cat Puck. #RIP (I wish they still made slide-out qwerty keyboard cell phones because I would still rock one.)

A closeup of a pink photo album decorated to look as the Burn Book from Mean Girls.

Prop 3: 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

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. Their photo is next to Rachel McAdams dressed as Regina George from Mean Girls. Words say Mean Girls and Regina George.

A person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra and a black mini skirt. They are edited into a scene from Mean Girls at the lunch table.
At school one day, I saw a new girl walking by at lunch. Out of the goodness of my heart, I tell her to sit down to talk. She tells me she’s never been to a real school before, and I’m like “Shut up!”

A person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra and a black mini skirt. They are edited into a scene near Regina's car outside her house.
I love the new girl, Cady. She’s like a martian! She’s a less hot version of me, so we let her join our clique. After school, I’m like “Get in loser, we’re going shopping!”

A person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra and a black mini skirt. They are edited into a scene from Mean Girls at the mall.
At the mall, Gretchen’s crush Jason is hanging out with Taylor. But that’s not happening on my watch! I have Gretchen hold my coffee while I make a call to Taylor’s mom.

A person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra and a black mini skirt. They are edited into a scene from Mean Girls in the locker room.
My ‘friends” try to sabotage me, but nothing’s gonna bring me down. I keep my head held high after their latest attempt to dethrone me.

A person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra and a black mini skirt. They are edited into a scene from Mean Girls in Regina's bedroom.
In the heat of the moment, I turn to the Burn Book to let it out. “This girl is the nastiest skank bitch I have ever met. Do not trust her! She is a fugly slut.”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra. Their photo is next to Rachel McAdams dressed as Regina George from Mean Girls. They are both looking down at their chest. Words say Mean Girls and Regina George.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Regina George with long blonde hair, silver hoop earrings, and a sparkly open teardrop necklace. They are wearing sparkly white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black mascara, blush, and pink lip gloss. They are wearing a white tank top with holes cut out near their nipples to show a bright purple bra, a black mini skirt, and black pumps. Their photo is next to Rachel McAdams dressed as Regina George from Mean Girls. Words say Mean Girls and Regina George.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

Cruella: Estella Miller

When I was young, I dreamed of being a fashion designer. In my ideal career, I thought a beret was a mandatory part of the uniform. I even dressed up as a fashion designer one year for our Girl Scout Halloween Party. (pictured below) Oh shit! I just realized that I’m wearing a turtleneck in this costume. LMAO

A young child in the 1990s dressed up as a fashion designer for Halloween.
Circa the early 1990s

Like so many others, my dream of being a fashion designer was lost among the way. I’m not usually one of those adults who still cling to their youth via Disney movies, but when the latest Cruella rendition had part of her backstory be that she was an aspiring fashion designer, something inside me was overjoyed.

While this movie isn’t a horror movie or really a Halloween movie, it is definitely a fashion movie, and the outfits are all so amazing! (As an aside, if I ever meet an Artie to collaborate with we will be an unstoppable force!) Some part of me would love to recreate ALL the outfits in this movie, but realistically, I’m still just working with what I’ve got on a limited budget. On that note, here is my take on Estella Miller from Cruella.

A maid costume on a dress form with a pair of black fishnets and a pair of black docs on the floor in front.

Outfit #1: A tagless maid’s costume I probably swiped from my mother many years ago.

Previously seen as Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Black Fishnet Stocking Tights (you can’t see them in the pics but they are filled with holes and rips above the knees.)

Shoes:

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

Previously seen as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned, Stokely Mitchell from The Faculty, and Little Rock from Zombieland: Double Tap

A pair of a glasses, a black peplum top, and black pants on a dress form with a pair of knee-high black boots in front on the floor.

Outfit #2: Black Faux Leather Jennifer Lopez Peplum Sleeveless Top

Black Express Side Zipper Ponte Pants

Shoes: MIA Black Lace-up Buckle Strappy Knee-High Wedge Boots

A charcoal gray pea coat on a dress form with a pair of knee-high black boots in front on the floor.

Outfit #3: Charcoal Gray Mossimo Military Button Fit & Flare Pea Coat (I’ve worn this so many times and had to resew the buttons a bunch. The cons of being a busty person.)

A person dressed as Estella Miller in a maid outfits facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long wine red wig.

Hair: Wine Red Long Layered Wig with Bangs

Previously seen as Heather Duke from Heathers

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella. They are wearing spotted glasses, a wine red wig, a little lipstick, and a black top.

Makeup:

Eyes: The remnants of my black eyeliner and mascara cleaned off the night before.

Lips: Kate Moss Collection 104 Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella. They are wearing spotted glasses, a wine red wig, a little lipstick, and a black top. They are holding their hand across their chest to show off the black nails.

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

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella. They are wearing spotted glasses, a wine red wig, a little lipstick, and a black top.

Accessories: “Leopard” blue light-blocking glasses

A closeup of a costume jewelry rhinestone necklace.

Accessories: Vintage Rhinestone Necklace inherited from my grandmother many years ago.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella in a black beret and pea coat facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the black mini backpack.

Accessories: Black Genuine Leather with Stitching Detail Mini Backpack (This is my every-day purse currently.)

A closeup of a vintage black velvet beret.

Accessories: Vintage Black Velvet Betmar Beret with Faux Pearl Detail

My mom scored a bunch of vintage hats for a steal at a secondhand sale. She had them in the playthings for the grandkids, but I was like, “wtf? I want to actually wear these!” So, she gave a bunch of them to me. Thanks mom! 😘

A closeup of a black sketchbook.

Prop 1: Black sketchbook

A closeup of a metal clipboard with a white sketchpad and a pen.

Prop 2: Metal clipboard

Previously seen with Heather Duke from Heathers and Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella. They are wearing spotted glasses, a wine red wig, a little lipstick, a black top, black pants, and black boots. They are next to Emma Stone dressed as Estella from Cruella. Words say Cruella and Estella Miller.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella in a maid outfit edited into a scene with Jasper and Horace.
After a traumatic childhood, I found a chosen family with my mates, Jasper and Horace.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella in a maid outfit edited into a scene with Jasper and Horace. They have a sparkly necklace on and their hand is drawing attention to it.
We participated in some morally questionable behavior, but we’re resilient survivors.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella in a pea coat and beret outside of the Liberty store.
Jasper finagled a way for me to work at my favorite department store.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella wearing a black peplum top and spotted glasses edited into a scene with the Baroness.
I worked my way up to land my dream gig with the esteemed fashion designer Baroness Von Hellman.

A person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella wearing a black peplum top, black pants, and spotted glasses edited into a scene with the Baroness. They are holding a metal clipboard and a pen.
She turned me into her gofer. I thought I was here to design clothes not get thinly sliced cucumbers for her eyes during her power naps!

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Estella Miller from Cruella. They are wearing a black beret, a wine red wig, a little lipstick, a black top, black pants, and gray pea coat. They are next to Emma Stone dressed as Estella from Cruella. They both wear a mini backpack and hold a black sketchbook. Words say Cruella and Estella Miller.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

Practical Magic: Gillian Owens

I previously professed my love for Practical Magic in the post for Sally Owens. What I didn’t touch on in that post is the fashion in this movie. I’ve either always been more of a Gillian or I’ve subconsciously stocked my wardrobe with her style in the past 20+ years. I thought about doing this character for the finale this year because I have so many of her outfits already, but we’ll see what ends up being last this time around. Another thing I noticed when putting this together is that Gillian is basically barefoot for this entire movie. Also, this is the second Nicole Kidman character I’ve done along with Grace Stewart from The Others.

A green velvet skater dress on a dress form.

Outfit: Hunter Green Velvet Torch Crushed Velour Skater Dress with Keyhole Back

Shoes: N/A

A black tank top and a scarf tied up as a skirt on a dress form.

Outfit: Black Eddie Bauer Outdoor Tank Top

Black Floral Scarf used as a Beach Wrap Skirt

Shoes: N/A

A black tank with flowers on it and a brown leather skirt on a dress form.

Outfit: Black with Flowers Strappy Lux Tank Top

Brown Genuine Sonoma Leather Skirt

Shoes: N/A

A cropped sage green velour tee and a black maxi skirt on a dress form.

Outfit: This top was part of a Forever21 set with pants and a mask, but I altered the shirt to take off the mock turtleneck to better suit my style.

Black Cherokee Maxi Skirt with Side Slit

Shoes: N/A

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens in the pool scene outfit facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long copper red wavy wig.

Hair: Long Wavy Copper Red Wig

Previously seen as Ginger Fitzgerald from Ginger Snaps, Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned, and Cady Heron from Mean Girls

A selfie of a pale person wearing a copper red wig dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic. They are wearing orange oval sunglasses, black eyeliner & mascara, some lipstick. and tiger's eye jewelry.

Makeup:

Eyes:  Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: 702 Blase Apricot Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick over Faithful Heart Avon Ultra Color Rich Renewable Lipstick

A closeup of a pair of tiger's eye earrings clipped to a tiger's eye necklace.

Accessories: Sure, you could buy a “screen accurate” Tiger’s Eye and Crystal Quartz Wand Necklace for $85 or you can take some tiger’s eye beads you already have on hand and make yourself a necklace & earrings set like I did.

A closeup of a faux tortoiseshell claw hair clip.

Accessories: Faux Tortoiseshell Claw Hair Clip

A closeup of two pair of retro oval sunglasses. The pair on the left are black lenses on black metal frames. The pair on the right are light orange lenses on silver frames.

Accessories: Retro Oval Sunglasses that aren’t blocking shit for your eyes and are mainly for fashion.

A closeup of a letter closed with a gold wax stamp of a bee.

Prop 1: Wax-Stamped Letter

Previously seen as Sally Owens from Practical Magic

A closeup of a bottle of silver patron tequila next to a bottle of Strong Water Perfect Margarita Cocktail Syrup.

Prop 2: Tequila and Perfect Margarita Cocktail Syrup to make Midnight Margaritas!

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic next to Nicole Kidman dressed up as that character from the movie. They are both wearing small black sunglasses. Words say Practical Magic and Gillian Owens.

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene with the two aunts.
After my dad died from our family’s curse, my mom died from a broken heart, so my sister and I moved in with our Aunts.

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene in front of the house.
I love my family, but I couldn’t handle the small-town mentality. I dipped as soon as I could, but I still write my sister letters.

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene near the pool.
“I’m lying in the sun. I’m hanging by the pool. I’ve got a million friends. You might say that life is perfect. But I don’t care about any of it. In fact, I only have 2 words to say to you: Jimmy Angelov.”

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene next to Jimmy Angelov.
“He’s from somewhere near Transylvania. He has this whole Dracula-cowboy thing about him. He’s just so intense. I mean, he talks about our relationship in terms of centuries. Sometimes we just stay up all night worshipping each other like bats. Thank God for Jet’s belladonna or I’d never get any sleep.”

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene next to Sally and her daughters.
I make it home to see the fam and even stop by a PTA meeting. I tell the townswomen: “Hang onto your husbands, girls!’

A person dressed up as Gillian Owens from Practical Magic edited into a scene with Sally and the Aunts while they're having midnight margaritas.
Even though it is not all roses, we find time to sneak in a Girls’ Night™️ with some Midnight Margaritas!

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Gillian Owens from the pool scene in Practical Magic next to Nicole Kidman dressed up as that character from the movie. They are both wearing small orange sunglasses, a black tank, a wrap as a skirt, and a tiger's eye necklace. Words say Practical Magic and Gillian Owens.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Practical Magic Vibes board on Pinterest.

It Follows: Jamie “Jay” Height

I am a big fan of It Follows. It made an impression on me the first time I saw it, and I still enjoy it when I rewatch it. If you’re into horror movies, you should definitely check it out. The cinematography is stunning. It is bleak af, but I appreciate that about it. Oh, also, while there is a lot of nudity and the main character, Jaime “Jay” Height spends a good portion of the movie in her bra & panties, this is not a movie I would recommend if you’re trying to get some from your fellow movie-watcher.

When I started reading up on it, I liked it even more. My favorite pieces about this do include spoilers, so don’t read them unless you’ve seen it already.

How it isn’t just an allegory for STDs

Discussion of the Vintage Vibe

A very thorough review of the motifs

The literary allusions

A pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie over it on a dress form.

Outfit: Pink Betty West Beachwear Halter Bikini Top

Medium Wash Celebrity Pink Jeans Denim Shorts

Black with White Detail Bella + Canvas Hoodie with Handsewn 1312 Patch covering a logo

Shoes: N/A

A person dressed as Jay Height from It Follows facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long blonde curly wig.

Hair: Ombre Blonde Long Curly Wig

Previously seen as Allison from Tucker and Dale vs Evil and Heather Chandler from Heathers

A selfie of a person dressed as Jay Height from It Follows. They are wearing a blonde wig, a little mascara, and pinkish purple lipstick.

Makeup:

Eyes: Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Fantasy Mark Pout Velvet Lip Paint on top of Cozy Mark Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

A closeup of a pale hand with long bright red fingernails. The middle finger has a black X drawn on it with a ballpoint pen.

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

Bright Red Nails are seen on Jay throughout the movie and her X tattoo on her middle finger on her right hand is also shown prominently. I just drew it on with a black ballpoint pen.

A wrinkly black lawn chair.

Prop 1: One of my lawn chairs that has clearly been stored in the attic for long enough to obtain wrinkles inside the carrying case.

I contemplated fashioning a non-functioning clamshell e-reader, but that’s really more for Yara’s character.

A person dressed as Jay Height from It Follows sitting in a lawn chair as a bald man in pajama pants and a hoodie holds part of the hair up with fishing line and a hand.

Prop 2: Fishing line and a helpful assistant. (Special thanks to my spouse for all the help with these photo shoots. 😘)

If I had access to any pristine vintage cars, I would have totally done some pics in and around them too!

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie next to Jay Height from It Follows. Words say It Follows and Jay Height.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene with her family and friends in her house.
I’m just an average 19-year-old college student trying to survive a less-than-ideal existence, in Detroit, with a little help from my friends.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene with Hugh/Jeff outside the movie theater.
I start dating this cute guy. Yeah, he acts a little weird at the movies, but I assume his ex was in the crowd or something.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene outside the car at night.
We are having a good time drinking beer in his car when something unexpected and unsettling happens. The cops get involved after I get back to my house.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene where her neighbor Greg washes his car.
Me acting like it is no big deal that my neighbor/high school ex wants to bang me again while I’m clearly going through some shit.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene next to Paul.
Trying to keep it together as my first kiss and friend since childhood also tries to get me in bed.

A person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and denim shorts with a black hoodie as Jay Height from It Follows edited into a scene in the hallway with an old woman.
Some supernatural existential shit happens too. It isn’t just about sex.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up in a pink halter bikini top and a black hoodie next to Jay Height from It Follows. Both of them are reaching up behind their head as their hair is pulled up by an unseen force. Words say It Follows and Jay Height.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the It Follows: Jay Height Vibes board on Pinterest.

Coraline: The Other Mother

While dressing up as The Other Mother from Coraline, I had this wild thought that while I picked the earliest rendition of the character from the movie because it is the easiest one to recreate with items you might already own and/or items that could be reused, there are people who just live their normal lives with this exact aesthetic. #CouldntBeMe I have an aversion to turtlenecks, but as I continue dressing up like characters, my collection grows. I picked this specific one up secondhand for this very purpose.

A chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater and dark wash cropped jeans on a dress form with bright red sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit: Oatmeal Michael Kors Waffle Weave Turtleneck Sweater

Black with White Polka Dots Scoop Neck Merona T-Shirt

Dark Wash Simply Vera Wang Capri Cropped Jeans

Red Seeker Socks

Shoes: Red Quilted Leather G by Guess Sneakers

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline facing away from the camera. The emphasis  is on the black bob wig.

Hair: Short Black Bob Wig

A selfie of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes.

Makeup:

Face: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon on my face mole to create a beauty mark.

Eyes: Large Black Buttons

Lips: Kitten Heels Bright Red NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes. They are holding their hand near their face to show off their long red fingernails.

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

A closeup of two large black buttons front and back. On the back, there is tape doubled up to stick them onto eyelids.

Prop 1: Black Buttons taped to eyelids

In the spirit of using items that can be reused again, I just grabbed some buttons I had in my sewing stuff. They make Button Glasses, but the reviews say you don’t see well through them. Instead of wasting my time trying to fashion my own glasses with fishing line or something, I just used tape to hold them in place during photos. In full disclosure, my partner had to help me a lot during this photo shoot as it is very difficult to take photos (especially selfies!) with your eyes closed and buttons taped over them.

A white jewelry box. On the cotton pad side, two small black button eyes have been taped.

Prop 2: I used an empty jewelry box with a cotton pad inside where I could tape smaller black buttons. If I was going all out, I would’ve included black thread & needle inside and decorated the outside of the box to match the one in the film.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline.

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline.
Oh, Coraline, I’m so glad you’re here! Don’t worry about these button eyes. I’m your Other Mother. Would you like some gravy on your food? How about a Mango Smoothie?

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline. They are holding a large kitchen bowl with a wooden spoon.
Happy to see you again! Fetch your Father. We’re having Breakfast for Dinner.

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline. They are holding a small gift box with small black button eyes in it.
I know you love it here. All you have to do to join us permanently is just sew some buttons into your eyes. You do want to join us, don’t you?

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in black tee with white polka dots and dark wash cropped jeans edited into the kitchen from Coraline next to the character Coraline.
I wish you knew how to be a loving daughter, Coraline. Would you like to play a game?

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline. They both hold a large kitchen bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

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