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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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. 😬
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.
Makeup: I kinda used this tutorial, but just did what I could with what I had.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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. 😘
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!