Mean Girls: Karen Smith

When I was going through ideas for what movies to do this year, I came back to the idea of Mean Girls. Mean Girls is absolutely a Halloween movie, and I will die on this hill. When I was debating which character to be from this movie, I started with the various Halloween costumes the characters in the movie wear. I have a stand with a variety of headbands including (but not limited to) bunny ears, cat ears, and mouse ears. Since I have previously worn some of them with a sexy dress as a Halloween costume, it only made sense to use the mouse ears and some lingerie to be Karen Smith. Plus, I find Amanda Seyfried’s portrayal of her to be hilarious.

A pale person wearing makeup, long dangly earrings. and a headband with leopard print Minnie Mouse ears. They are also wearing a black bra and high-waisted black swimsuit bottoms.

Outfit (Base Layer): Black Vince Camuto Bra

Black High-Waisted Swimsuit Bottom

I don’t usually list out my undergarments on these things unless they are visible, but since this outfit is basically see-through lingerie, I thought I’d name them specifically.

A black and silver lace nightie and leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband on a dress form with black thong kitten heel sandals on the floor in front.

Outfit: Black and Silver Lace Avon Nightie

Shoes: Black Beaded Thong Maurices Kitten Heel Sandals

A pale person wearing leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband, long dangly black leather earrings, and a lot of makeup.

Hair: Just my regular faded-out light blue bleached bottom straight hair with a Leopard Print Minnie Mouse Ears Headband that was a gift.

A pale person wearing leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband, long dangly black leather earrings, and a lot of makeup.

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

Black Perfect Wings Eyeliner Stamp

White Eyeshadow from the NYX Professional Makeup The Smokey Fume Shadow Palette

Shell Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Rose Quartz Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

A pale person wearing leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband, long dangly black leather earrings, and a lot of makeup.

Accessories: I made these leather earrings years ago. They are the longest version I made (when I created various colors and sizes in this design) and the longest earrings I currently own.

A close-up of a blue disposable cup.

Prop: Blue Disposable Cup

Yes, a red one would have been ideal, but I wasn’t going out to buy any. I had three of these blue ones left in my Party Supplies tub in the attic.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls wearing a leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband, dangly earrings, and a lot of makeup next to Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith from Mean Girls. Words say MEAN Girls and Karen Smith.

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with the other plastics and Aaron Samuels.
At school, I hang out with my friends Regina and Gretchen. On Wednesdays, we wear pink.

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with the other plastics and Cady Heron.
One day, this new girl, Cady, shows up at school. She starts telling us about her life, but I ask the question we’re all thinking: If you’re from Africa, why are you white?

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with Gretchen and Cady at the Halloween party.
For Halloween, we all go to a party. Everyone keeps asking what I’m supposed to be, but I’m a mouse, duh!

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with Gretchen and Cady at the Halloween party.
Everyone thinks I’m a slut, but the only one I have eyes for is my first cousin, Seth Mosakowski.

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with Gretchen at the Halloween party.
What do you mean cousins and first cousins are the same?!

A person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls edited into a scene with Gretchen, Regina, and Cady in Regina's bedroom.
It doesn’t really matter if Regina thinks I’m a whore. I can always fall back on my fifth sense of using my breasts to determine whether or not it is raining.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Karen Smith from Mean Girls wearing a leopard print Minnie Mouse ears headband, dangly earrings, and a lot of makeup next to Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith from Mean Girls. Words say MEAN Girls and Karen Smith. They are both pointing to their mouse ears with large eyes.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

Heathers: Heather McNamara

Even though in middle school my friend group all picked a Looney Tunes character to be our nickname and mine was Tweety, I find Heather McNamara to be the least relatable Heather. Perhaps it is because her character wasn’t fleshed out much beyond being a popular cheerleader with guy problems or perhaps it is because yellow is my least favorite color. (The irony is not lost on me that I currently live in a bright yellow house.) Also, Heather McNamara has the least memorable lines without any really snappy quotes. The only major one being: “Suicide is a private thing.”

Once you’ve done two Heathers from the movie Heathers, you’re basically obligated to do the third Heather. I wasn’t going to go buy some yellow clothing (like a blazer) for this character that I would probably rarely wear again, so instead, I just utilized the few yellow clothing items I already had. It helps that the Heathers’ fashion sense goes beyond completely monotone outfits in all one color, so even though I am using a white suit jacket, the rest of the yellow pieces still pull it together.

A white blazer with a heart brooch over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt on a dress form with yellow tight and black ballet flats on the floor in front of it.

Outfit: Mustard Yellow Mossimo V-Neck T-Shirt

White Old Navy Blazer

Yellow, Black, and White Unbranded Abstract Skirt

Mustard Yellow Opaque Tights which I’ve had for many years, but I accidentally destroyed them during this photo shoot. 😬 #RIP

Shoes: Black Patent Leather Rampage Ballet Flats with Jewel Detail

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the blonde, wavy wig.

Hair: Medium Wavy Blonde Wig with Bangs

Previously seen as Grace Stewart from The Others

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Heather McNamara with a buttered rum lipstick, yellow hoop earrings, and a heart brooch on the white blazer.

Makeup:

Eyes: Cosmic Brown Avon Glimmerstick

Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Buttered Rum Avon True Color Lipstick

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Heather McNamara with a buttered rum lipstick, yellow hoop earrings, and a heart brooch on the white blazer.

Accessories: Yellow Metal Hoop Earrings

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Heather McNamara with a buttered rum lipstick, yellow hoop earrings, and a heart brooch on the white blazer.

Accessories: Pearl and Rhinestone Heart Brooch I inherited.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights and black patent leather ballet flats. They are holding a croquet mallet.

Prop 1: Yellow Croquet Mallet

I don’t know if I mentioned this yet, but croquet sets are expensive! To acquire mine, I participated in multiple online auctions to try to get a secondhand set in my budget. I lost many times before I successfully obtained one.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights and black patent leather ballet flats. They are holding a cheerleader pom pom above their head with an excited look on their face.

Prop 2: Yellow & Orange Cheerleading Pom Pom This was a free giveaway item at a roller derby bout I went to years ago and stored in my costumes tub until now.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Heather McNamara from Heathers. Words say Heathers and Heather McNamara on the image as well.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights. They are edited into a scene with Heather Chandler and Veronica Sawyer in the lunch room. They are also waving a cheerleading pom pom.
At school, I’m a cheerleader, and I hang out with the most popular clique of girls.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights. They are edited into a scene with Veronica at a funeral.
After my best friend dies, I start to question my existence.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights. They are edited into a scene outside of Heather Chandler's funeral.
But even at the funeral, my priority is convincing Veronica to go on a double date with Kurt, and me & Ram that night even though she has started something with JD.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt with a yellow, black, and white abstract print skirt with yellow tights. They are edited into a scene in Heather McNamara's bedroom. They are holding a yellow croquet mallet.
After a couple more deaths of people close to me, I call in to a radio show for advice. There’s got to be more to life than just playing croquet with the girls all the time.

A person dressed as Heather McNamara from Heathers wearing a white blazer over a yellow shirt. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Heather McNamara from Heathers. Words say Heathers and Heather McNamara on the image as well.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell

I read my father’s copy of The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein when I was in elementary school which, objectively speaking, might have been too young. I can see the impact it had on me as when I was researching this post, I realized the idea of having term limits on marriage (that I thought I came up with myself) was written about in this book. lol I wish I owned a copy so I could revisit it now.

Anyway, I bring this up because the 1998 movie The Faculty not only directly references that book and The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney but utilizes a similar premise where aliens have taken over the bodies of humans at a high school in a small town in Ohio. This aliens-taking-over-humans plot is now well-known and used frequently, but word nerds like me and Clea Duvall’s character Stokely Mitchell from The Faculty see the allusions to Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters in the subsequent works since.

A screenshot from The Faculty where Delilah says to Stokely: You're that geeky Stephen King kid - there's one of you in every school.

I’d also like to point out the star-filled cast of this movie. I won’t name them all, but it feels like everyone who had a role in this was or became well-known. Also, my guy Josh Hartnett, who was born in my hometown, has the absolute worst haircut in this flick as the 5th year Senior who is not only a drug dealer who peddles his wares via Blue Bic Pens, but also is so smart that he manufactures the drugs he sells in his home lab. The 1990s were a wild ride.

A black tank top with a black cardigan and wide leg black pants on a dress form with a thick chain necklace and black docs on the floor in front.

Outfit: Black Scoop Neck Carole Hochman Tank

Apt. 9 Short Black Cardigan with Black Buttons

Black Linen Wide Leg Pants with Button Fly and Drawstring I went with the baggiest black pants I have because trust me when I say that no one was wearing skinny jeans in 1998.

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 and Little Rock from Zombieland: Double Tap

A person dressed as Stokely from The Faculty facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the short red wig.

Hair: This unbranded Short Red Wig with a Few Blonde Highlights came from my brother. He has no idea where he got it, and I have no idea where to get one either.

A selfie of a pale person wearing a short red wig dressed as Stokely from The Faculty. They have heavy black eyeliner on with a little peachy shimmery lipstick.

Makeup:

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

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

Ink Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Orgasm NARS Lipstick

A closeup of a thick, silver chain turned into a necklace with a carabiner-type clasp.

Accessories: I took a chain I had and added a carabiner-type clasp for closure. I can disassemble this easily for other purposes.

A close-up of a thick silver ring with zodiac constellations on it.

Accessories: A silver zodiac ring I used to wear in high school.

A High Sierra Black Plaid Backpack on a dress form.

Prop 1: Black Plaid High Sierra Backpack which is the closest black backpack I have that gives off a school vibe as opposed to a purse vibe.

A close-up of the book We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

Prop 2: If I had a copy of The Puppet Masters, I would have used that. Instead I used one of my favorite OG science fiction novels: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

A closeup of a blue Bic pen filled with baking powder.

Prop 3: Blue BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Medium Point Pen filled with baking powder to represent the “powdery ecstasy-like drug” Scat that is made from “caffeine pills and some other household shit” that Zeke claims is a diuretic, but the IMDB Goofs section claims it is a “desiccant” not a diuretic. #PedantsUnite

*PRO TIP: If you’re filling a pen like this with powder, make sure you put some tape over the hole in the lid so it won’t come out all over your all-black outfit. 😂

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty next to Clea DuVall as Stokely from The Faculty.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with Laura and Delilah.
At Herrington High, there’s the usual clique breakdown of nerds, jocks, and popular kids. I prefer to be by myself reading sci-fi novels. This new girl, Laura, tries to talk to me, but Delilah (the head cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper) interrupts and falsely tells her that I am a violent lesbian.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with two members from the faculty.
The Faculty start acting strange. They seem to be obsessed with staying hydrated.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with students in the hallway.
After the student body gets an ear exam from the school nurse, they all start acting strange too.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with the main protagonists in the movie.
A random group of students across all sub-sections have to band together to try to get to the bottom of things. Once we establish that we are dealing with extraterrestrial beings invading people, my peers turn to me for advice since I am the resident sci-fi bookworm.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with some of the main protagonists and the infamous blue pens filled with scat.
We figure out that the local supply of Scat (a powdery ecstasy-like drug sold in Blue Bic Pens) has a negative impact on the beings, so to prove that none of us have been infected, we must each snort some. I proclaim loudly that “I’m not putting that hack drug up my nose – it’s so eighties!”

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with some of the main protagonists and they are about to snort scat from a blue pen.
I am told that this is a life-or-death situation. Like I needed the reminder! I know that humans don’t always win out in a battle against aliens.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty next to Clea DuVall as Stokely from The Faculty. They are both holding their backpack strap and looking scornfully.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell Vibes board on Pinterest.

Resident Evil: Alice

Alice is a character from the Resident Evil universe who has many different variations between the video games and movies. I decided to stay old school and go with the first Resident Evil movie from 2002. This is the second Milla Jovovich character I’ve done after last year’s Dr. Abbey Tyler from The Fourth Kind.

A ruffle red dress and black biker shorts on a dress form with knee-high brown boots on the floor in front of it.
Resident Evil: Alice Outfit

Outfit: Red Moleskin Asymmetrical Hem Ruffled Arden B Dress

Black Akira Biker Shorts

Shoes: Dark Brown Ralph Lauren Chaps Riding Boots

All my black knee-high boots have chains or buckles or other colors or are slouchy. These dark brown boots are closer than any of the other ones I own.

A ruffle red dress, black leather jacket, and black biker shorts on a dress form with knee-high brown boots on the floor in front of it.

Outfit: Black Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket I bought when my brother worked there many moons ago.

A person dressed as Alice from Resident Evil facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the blonde bob wig.

Hair: Blonde Bob with Bangs Wig

A selfie of a pale person wearing a blonde bob wig dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They have a little mascara and pinkish red lipstick on for makeup.

Makeup:

Eyes: Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Faithful Heart Avon Ultra Color Rich Renewable Lipstick

A selfie of a pale person wearing a blonde bob wig dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They have a little mascara and pinkish red lipstick on for makeup. They are holding their left hand in front of their mouth to show of the wedding ring on their left hand. Their expression is one of surpise.

Accessories: My mother’s first wedding ring which I absolutely did not anticipate wearing this often when she gave it to me. lol

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They have a little mascara and pinkish red lipstick on for makeup. They are holding a large airsoft bb gun in one hand and a bb pellet pistol in the other.

Prop 1: Black Auto Airsoft BB Pellet Rifle Gun

I bought these guns secondhand for cosplay purposes.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They have a little mascara and pinkish red lipstick on for makeup. They are holding two bb pellet pistols in their hands pointed at the camera.

Prop 2: Colt MK IV Series 80 Airsoft Guns

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Milla Jovovich as Alice from Resident Evil.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited in a scene from the Looking Glass House.
One day I woke up in this huge house (some would call it a mansion), but I had no idea where I was. I started looking around for context clues to not only figure out where I am but also who I am.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited into a scene from the movie as the SWAT team walks behind a handcuffed Matt.
A SWAT team busts in as I realize I’m wearing a wedding ring. Is this guy that was in the house with me my husband? He claims he’s a cop.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited into a scene near the train.
Underneath the house is a train. The SWAT team takes me and this guy, Matt, on the train to an underground facility called The Hive. On the way, they tell me I work there as security, and I need to help them kill the Red Queen because of the virus that just broke out and killed everyone.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited into the scene with all the lasers.
Even though almost everybody has guns, a bunch of people still die. #FreakingLasers

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited into a scene with the red queen hologram.
I meet this little red holographic girl, and she’s like: “You’re all going to die down here.”

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are edited into a scene with the zombie dogs.
And then the zombie dogs show up!

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Milla Jovovich as Alice from Resident Evil. They are both holding a gun in each hand and pointing them at the camera.

A pale person wearing a blonde bob wig, red dress, black shorts, and tall boots dressed as Alice from Resident Evil. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Milla Jovovich as Alice from Resident Evil. They are both holding a large black automatic gun in their right hand and a pistol in their left.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Resident Evil: Alice Vibes board on Pinterest.

Repo! The Genetic Opera: GraveRobber

While I’m a big fan of music and a big fan of movies, I don’t usually get down on Musicals. I’m unsure exactly why that is, but if more of them were like Repo! The Genetic Opera, I might be more into them. It is a Horror Rock Opera set in a dystopian future that (like any good sci-fi story) doesn’t feel too farfetched from reality.

I could have dressed up as Shilo Wallace, Amber Sweet, or Blind Mags, but when you already have a sweet long brown coat, the choice is made for you. For a hot minute, I got caught up in the details because I couldn’t create my own Zydrate gun from things I already owned, but I compromised by making a vial of Zydrate and calling it a day.

A long sleeve scoop neck white shirt and olive green leggings on a dress form. There are a pair of knee-high black boots with buckles standing on the ground in front of it.
Repo! The Genetic Opera: Graverobber

Outfit: White Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Shirt While Graverobber’s shirt is more yellow or antiqued white, this is as close as my wardrobe gets. A dingy basic white long-sleeve that I usually wear under things.

Olive Green High-Waisted Jersey Lattice-Hem Old Navy Leggings

Shoes: DAMNED-318 Demonia Black Vegan Leather Knee-High Buckle Boots

*PRO TIP: Keep your boots in shape with a pool noodle cut to size inside of them.

A long sleeve scoop neck white shirt and olive green leggings on a dress form. There are multiple belts around the waist and chest and one dangling down from around the neck. There are a pair of knee-high black boots with buckles standing on the ground in front of it.

Accessories: Belts on Belts

Blue Fabric Belt leftover from a long sweater I no longer own.

Dark Brown Tooled Leather Belt with Silver Western Style Buckle

Brown Big Buckle Medallion Disc Boho Belt

Relic by Fossil belt

Previously seen on Erin Hardesty from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Ash Williams from The Evil Dead

A long sleeve scoop neck white shirt and olive green leggings on a dress form. There are multiple belts around the waist and chest and one dangling down from around the neck. Over that all is a long brown fur coat. There are a pair of knee-high black boots with buckles standing on the ground in front of it.

Outfit: Brown Suede and Faux Fur Lined Long Express Coat This was a present from two of my friends in college who chipped in to buy this for my Christmas/Birthday present when it went on sale because they had seen me try it on and pine for it at the mall when we were previously shopping together. One of the best gifts I’ve received to this day!

I put a little red boa on the collar with safety pins and bobby pins.

A person dressed like GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the back of their black and white wig with red and blue extensions intermingled.

Hair: While the GraveRobber’s hair is actually brown with white, blue, and red streaks in it, I felt that this wig I have was the closest I could get with some extensions put in to give the same vibe. I contemplated using my own hair, but currently, the bottom half is faded out and bleached very light blue.

Long Wavy Black and White Wig

Colorful Clip-in Hair Extensions in Blue and Red

A selfie of a person dressed in full face makeup and outfit like GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Makeup:

Face: Goth White™️ Manic Panic Cream/Powder Foundation over a layer of the Dreamtone Manic Panic Flawless Foundation and Color Corrector ( I very much prefer the cream/powder foundation for coverage, but I seem to always forget before I start applying the other one. 🤦‍♀️) Also, it was very hot wearing my long fur coat inside while taking photos, and my face started sweating in all this makeup too.)

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

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

Ink Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Vamp Avon True Color Lipstick

A close-up of black fingerless arm warmers with metal detail.

Accessories: Black Fingerless Glove Arm Warmer Sleeves I think these are meant to have ribbons or chains between the buckles, but this is how I inherited them when someone left them at my house many years ago. I’ve had them tucked away with my gloves and used them for this character to stand in for the black buckled gloves GraveRobber wears.

A tabletop iron candle holder with five taper candles in it.

Prop 1: This is a tabletop candle holder that previously had a bunch of fake mistletoe wrapped around it that I removed for this photoshoot. This is standing in for the handheld candelabra. It is a little too large, but I’m working with what I’ve got!

A close up of a copy of City Pages.

Prop 2: An old copy of the now-defunct City Pages I had in my scrapbooking stuff because my ex’s band is probably written about inside. 🤷 This is standing in for the black-and-white print publication Metro Gazette that GraveRobber reads. (If I were better at editing photos, I would have altered the image to have the headline and title changed to something relevant to the movie.)

A close up of a vial filled with Blue Curacao to look like a Zydrate vial.

Prop 3: I took an empty vial that used to have my cat’s medicine in it (thoroughly washed a couple times) and put some Blue Curacao inside to be a vial of Zydrate.

A side-by-side comparison of GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera and someone dressed up like him with full face makeup.

A person dressed up as GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera edited into a graphic from the intro to the movie.
“In the year 2056 – the not-so-distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs [called Zydrate] and murder is sanctioned by law,” I steal Zydrate from dead bodies and sell it to my clients.

A person dressed up as GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera edited into a scene with people in one of the alley music scenes.
Some of my clientele are in the back alleys…

A person dressed up as GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera edited into a scene with Amber Sweet.
and some are in the board rooms, including Amber Sweet one of the future heirs to GeneCo.

A person dressed up as GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera edited into a scene with Shilo Wallace.
But the main story revolves around a 17-year-old girl named Shilo that I meet in the graveyard one night…

A person dressed up as GraveRobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera in a side-by-side comparison with Terrance Zdunich as GraveRobber from the movie.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Repo! The Genetic Opera: GraveRobber Vibes board on Pinterest.

Queen of the Damned: Jesse Reeves

Truth be told, my English teacher who recommended Anne Rice books to me probably helped ensure my survival through high school. They were wonderful outlets between my rural isolation, Catholic school suppression, and my abusive household. Due to this, I hold a very special place in my heart for the movie Queen of the Damned even though it pales in comparison to the book on which it was based. The soundtrack is fucking great though!

I’ve worn a variation of this outfit 100+ times in real life and picked out a bunch of my favorite stuff from the 1990s to wear for this character. Oh shit, does that mean I peaked in high school? 🤯 Nah. I’m waaaaayyyyy better now. 💅

A beaded choker necklace, red plaid bustier top with red plaid skirt on a dress form with fishnets and black docs on the floor in front of it.
Queen of the Damned: Jesse Reeves Outfit

Outfit: Red Plaid Lip Service Lace-up Corset Bustier Top that I’ve owned for 20+ years, so I guess that makes it vintage.

Red Tartan Black Lace MinxClothing.biz by Sequoia Alternative Clothing Skirt that I found online and was pleasantly surprised at how closely the red plaids went together!

Black Fishnets with Red Back Seam that I got at a clothing swap. I have yet to find anywhere that I can get another pair. There’s no tag or brand on them. I try very hard not to rip these like I have all my other fishnet stockings. #RIP

Previously seen as Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long, wavy copper red wig.

Hair: Long Wavy Copper Red Wig

Previously seen as Ginger Fitzgerald from Ginger Snaps and Cady Heron from Mean Girls

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned. They have on heavy black eyeliner, a little lipstick, and a beaded choker necklace.

Makeup:

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

Porcelain e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

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

Shell Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Revenge Vengeance Avon Beyond Color Lipstick

Lip Balm

Accessories: Black Beaded Icing Choker Necklace

Multistrand Faceted Beaded Choker with Dangly Beads

If there’s one thing I don’t have a shortage of, it is black choker necklaces! 😇

A selfie of a pale person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned. They have on heavy black eyeliner, a little lipstick, and a beaded choker necklace. Also visible are some small silver hoop earrings.

Accessories: Small Silver Hoop Earrings

Silver Stud Earrings

Fake Silver Nose Ring used as a cartilage piercing

A close-up of a brown leather journal with a tree carved into it.

Prop: Brown Leather Journal

Previously seen in the Ash Williams from The Evil Dead post.

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned and Marguerite Moreau dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned. They have on heavy black eyeliner, a little lipstick, and a beaded choker necklace. Words say Queen of the Damned and Jesse Reeves.

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top & skirt with black fishnet tights edited onto the cover of the Queen of the Damned.
I’m an academic studying the supernatural (including vampires) with a secret organization called the Talamasca at their London chapter.

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top holding an open journal with a surprised look on their face edited into a scene from Queen of the Damned where Lestat and the band are being interviewed.
One day while watching TV, I realize the lyrics of a hit song from a band supposedly fronted by an openly out vampire are eerily similar to something I just read in a diary from the 18th century.

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top & skirt with black fishnet tights and black docs edited into the alley of Admiral's Arms from Queen of the Damned.
I decided to do some fieldwork by going down to a pub called Admiral’s Arms hoping that I would just casually run into the lead singer Lestat. We meet, but he is so turned off because I’m Talamascan.

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top holding up the devil horns hand symbol and screaming is edited into a scene during Lestat's concert in Death Valley.
I do not take the hint and instead fly to another country to surprise him at his one and only live show.

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top & skirt edited into a scene from Queen of the Damned next to Lestat.
After that, I do everything I can to try to convince him to turn me. I mean, have you seen him?!

A person dressed as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned in a beaded choker necklace and red plaid bustier top in a side-by-side comparison to Marguerite Moreau as Jesse Reeves in Queen of the Damned. Words say Queen of the Damned and Jesse Reeves.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Queen of the Damned: Jesse Reeves Vibes board on Pinterest.

Heathers: Heather Duke

Last year when I did this project, I stuck to just one character from each movie. This year when I was in the brainstorming phase of the project, for some movies I couldn’t decide on just one character. As such, there are a few films where you will see multiple characters.

If I had to choose a favorite Heather from this film, it would definitely be Heather Duke. While her character’s trajectory is fairly predictable in hindsight, Shannon Doherty’s portrayal of her is wonderful.

A forest green blazer over a white collared shirt with a black pleated skirt on a dress form with white stockings and black ballet flats on the ground in front of it.
Heathers: Heather Duke Outfit

Outfit: Forest Green Studio Works Ultrasuede Blazer (This is one of my favorite clothing items that I never wear.)

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

Black Merona Pleated Knit Skirt (I think this is the only pleated skirt I own.)

White Opaque Tights

Shoes: Black Mossimo Ballet Flats with Brass Chainlink Detail

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from Heathers facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the long wine red wig.

Hair: Wine Red Long Layered Wig with Bangs

A selfie of a person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers.

Makeup:

Eyes: Cosmic Brown Avon Glimmerstick

Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Triumph Avon Ultra Color Rich Renewable Lipstick

A closeup of a vintage floral brooch.

Accessories: Vintage Green Floral Brooch inherited from my Grandmother

A person dressed as Heather Duke from Heathers holding a green croquet mallet.

Prop 1: Green Croquet Mallet

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers holding a book in their hands.

Prop 2: A green book. I think I grabbed this copy of Pride and Prejudice off my bookshelf to stand in for Moby Dick (which appears to be a literary classic I do not own even though I have previously read it.)

A person dressed as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers holding a metal clipboard.

Prop 3: Metal clipboard (to hold my petition)

Previously seen with Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers and Shannon Doherty as Heather Duke from Heathers. The background has pencils and other doodles and there are words Heathers and Heather Duke.

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers in a scene where the main characters are playing croquet.
I love to play croquet with my friends, but they always make me green when I want to be red.

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers standing next to Heather McNamara & Veronica outside of Heather Chandler's funeral.
When the leader of our friend group (Heather Chandler) dies, I talk to God as I kneel at her casket.
“I prayed for the death of Heather Chandler many times and I felt bad every time I did it but I kept doing it anyway. Now I know you understood everything. Praise Jesus, Hallelujah.”

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers in a scene with Heather McNamara and Veronica in the locker room.
At school, things start going great for me. I get my bulimia in check and start wearing red like I always wanted.

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers edited into a scene with Veronica and JD.
JD lends me a copy of Moby Dick. I underline some things including the word Eskimo. Veronica & JD are acting weird, but I assume it is just because I’m more popular than they are.

A person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers edited into a scene in the lunch room next to Veronica.
I use my newfound popularity to get everyone to sign a petition. Veronica thinks I’m being a mega-bitch, but she’s just pulling my dick.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Heather Duke from the movie Heathers and Shannon Doherty as Heather Duke from Heathers. The background has red roses and there are words Heathers and Heather Duke.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

Hard Candy: Hayley Stark

I love this movie, and I don’t know how to really talk about it without spoilers. I will do my best to keep them to a minimum in this post. That said, if you haven’t watched this yet and have the desire to see it, stop reading now to go watch it. 😘

An outfit on a dress form that consists of a gray tank over a black tank with a red hoodie on top. On the bottom are red leggings and khaki skort. There is a red, white, and blue striped belt with black flip flops on the ground.
Hard Candy: Hayley Stark Outfit

Outfit #1: Gray True & Co. True Everybody Women’s Adjustable Strap Scoop Neck Bra (not pictured on the dress form but seen in photos below)

Black Arizona Jeans Cami Tank Top with Spaghetti Straps

Gray Mossimo Racerback Tank with Skinny Straps

Red Til You Collapse Zip Hoodie

Raisin Red Old Navy Active Balance Leggings

Khaki White Stag Skort

Shoes #1: Black Flip Flops from Old Navy that I bought for $1 over 10 years ago

An outfit on a dress form that consists of a gray tank over a black tank with jeans and black chucks with hearts on them on the ground in front.

Outfit #2: Gray True & Co. True Everybody Women’s Adjustable Strap Scoop Neck Bra (not pictured on the dress form but seen in photos below)

Black Arizona Jeans Cami Tank Top with Spaghetti Straps

Gray Mossimo Racerback Tank with Skinny Straps

Medium Wash GAP Real Straight Mid Rise 1969 Jeans

Shoes #2: Black Converse Low Top All Star Shoes with Pastel Hearts

A pale person from behind wearing a short black wig.

Hair: Short Curly Black Wig

Previously Seen as Ash Williams from The Evil Dead

A zoomed in image a pale person wearing a short black wig and a little bit of lipstick.

Makeup:

Lips: Ripe Rose Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick

A closeup of a sports watch.

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

A close-up of a blue bead necklace.

Accessories: Handmade blue necklace I was going to deconstruct for the beads that I wrapped around my wrist like a bracelet.

A close up of a piece of fabric being pulled through a belt buckle with a safety pin.

Accessories: I used a Zubaz piece of fabric that I got at a sports game on Zubaz night many years ago. I don’t know if it is a headband, tie, or skinny scarf, but I used it as a belt with an old football belt buckle that I wore when I was a teen.

A close up of a Sierra Club Messenger Bag.

Accessories: Seal of the Sierra Club Messenger Bag

This is the bag I regularly use when I need to bring more stuff than my mini backpack purse.

A closeup of a Human Anatomy book.

Prop: Human Anatomy Textbook (didn’t end up in any final photo edits, but was inside the messenger bag)

Other props considered: pink disposable razor, plastic zip bag filled with ice, surgical gloves, saran wrap, small silver scissors, a mislabeled videotape…

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy next to the image from the cover of the movie where both are facing away from the camera with the red hood up. Words say Hayley Stark and Hard Candy.

A person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy edited into a scene next to Jeff.
I’ve been chatting with this babe Lensman319 on the internet all day under my screen name Thonggirrrrl14. I convince my sister to drop me off at a coffee shop so we can meet IRL.

A person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy edited into a scene next to Jeff.
I am so impressed with Jeff’s car that I agree to go to his house to listen to his bootleg recording of a band I really like.

A person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy edited into a scene next to Jeff.
Once inside Jeff’s place, he shows me his studio while we talk about the girls he has photographed previously. I ask if I need to be concerned about any of them.

A person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy edited into a scene on in couch in their bra.
There are screwdrivers, loud music, and dancing before the blackout.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy next to Hayley Stark from the movie. They are both wearing a gray tank over a black tank and blue jeans. In their left hand is a gun.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as Hayley Stark from Hard Candy next to Hayley Stark from the movie. They are both wearing a messenger bag over their red hoodie outfit.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Hard Candy: Hayley Stark Vibes board on Pinterest.

Practical Magic: Sally Owens

I’m not really a Rom-Com person. My favorite genres are Horror, Sci-Fi, Documentaries, and Dystopian Apocalyptic films. That said, there’s something about Practical Magic that does it for me. Maybe I saw this at the exact point in my life where it made a major impact, but now I have seen this movie more times than I can count. I watch it fairly often still and always at least once in the month of October.

Sally Owens: And I don’t want them dancing naked under the full moon!

Aunt Jet Owens: No, of course. The nudity is entirely optional. As you well remember!

A long black dress with white calla lilies on it covered by a green cardigan with stacked white keds sneakers on the floor in front of it.
Practical Magic: Sally Owens Outfit

Outfit: Reversible dress made by my grandmother. One side is black with white calla lilies and the other is white with an abstract black square print. It feels like a combination of three of Sally’s different outfits rolled into one.

Ann Taylor LOFT Green Cardigan with Pearlescent Buttons that look like green tiger’s eye

Shoes: Stacked White Keds

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic as seen from the back. The emphasis is on the long, wavy dark brown hair.

Hair: Long Wavy Brown Wig

A selfie of a person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a little makeup, and a black beaded choker necklace. They smile with their teeth showing.

Makeup:

Face:Floral Majority Wet n Wild Megaglo Blush Makeup Stick

Eyes: Black Brown Lash Blast Clean Volume Vegan Mascara

Lips: Ringleader ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip Liquid Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a little makeup, and a black beaded choker necklace. They are looking off-camera in closed lip smile.

Accessories: Vintage Black Bead and Silver Link Choker Necklace that I’ve owned since the 1990s

A close-up of the front of a small photo album with hearts, flowers, and a diamond pattern on it.

Prop 1: Small Photo Album standing in for a journal/spell book

A close-up of a white envelope closed with gold wax stamped with a honey bee.

Prop 2: Wax-Stamped Letter

A close-up of a spray can of Non Dairy Reddi Wip Almond Milk.

Prop 3: Whipped Topping in a Spray Can

A close-up of a cast iron skillet.

Prop 4: Cast Iron Skillet Pan *Note to self* re-season this.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Sandra Bullock as Sally Owens in Practical Magic. Words on the image say Sally Owens and Practical Magic.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited into a scene with Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet in the garden.
My bloodline has been cursed for generations. Any man who loves an Owens woman will be doomed to meet an untimely death.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited into the conservatory holding a journal in their hands.
Falling in love sounded awful, so when I was young, I created a spell called Amas Veritas to try to ensure my True Love™️ would never exist.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited in front of the house holding a letter in their hands.
My sister Gillian (who is a real “I LOVE love” person) paired up with a dude first chance she could to escape our small town life. I write letters to her, but I miss her tremendously.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited into Sally's shop Verbena and holding a bottle of lotion.
I try to distance myself from The Craft and blend in with the community. I run a botanical shop in town called Verbena, and I’m a PTA member.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited into the attic bedrooom with Nicole Kidman's Gillian Owens character on the floor. In their hands, they hold a Reddi Wip can.
When my sister and I are reunited, I start doing magic again. We’re “work with what you’ve got” people, so we use what we have onhand including some unconventional materials.

A person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a long black dress with white flowers on it, a green cardigan, and a black beaded choker. They are edited into the kitchen with Nicole Kidman's character Gillian Owens coming down the stairs. They hold a cast iron skillet pan up like they are swinging it.
Men come outta the woodwork to try to get a piece of an Owens sister, but as the older one, I do what I can to beat them away.

A selfie of a person dressed as Sally Owens from Practical Magic. They wear a long, wavy dark brown wig, a little makeup, and a black beaded choker necklace. They are in a side-by-side comparison to Sandra Bullock as Sally Owens in Practical Magic. Words on the image say Practical Magic and Sally Owens.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

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

The Others: Grace Stewart

When The Others came out in 2001, it was around the same time as The Sixth Sense when plot twist endings were having a moment in Horror. I’ll do my best to not spoil it for you, but it has been twenty-plus years already! If you haven’t seen The Others yet, do yourself a favor and go check it out. If you’re into the technical aspects of films, the lighting alone is worth your time for this one.

The only thing that moves here is the light, but it changes everything.” ~Grace Stewart

A brown corduroy dress with pockets on a dressform with taupe oxford shoes on the floor in front of it.
The Others: Grace Stewart Outfit

Outfit: Ann Taylor LOFT Brown Corduroy Dress

“Nude” colored pantyhose

Shoes: Forever Taupe Suede Oxford Shoes

A person dressed as Grace Stewart from The Others from the back to show a medium length wavy blonde wig.

Hair: Medium Wavy Blonde Wig with Bangs

A selfie of a person dressed as Grace Stewart from The Others with a blonde wig with barrettes and a little lip gloss.

Makeup:

Lips: Ambiance Avon True Color Lip Glow

A close-up of a mock tortoise barrette.

Accessories: Goody Mock Tortoise Stay Tight Barrettes

A close-up of a gold wedding ring with a diamond on the ring finger of a pale hand.

Accessories: My mother’s wedding ring from my father

A silver bangle with dangly charms removed and keys added.

Prop 1: A silver bangle with dangly charms removed and keys added to be the master key ring of the house

A close-up of an oil lamp.

Prop 2: Oil lamp

A close-up of a vintage brown photo album with gold filigree border and a golden letter W in the center.

Prop 3: Vintage photo album that my Grandmother gave me filled with photos of my family

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others next to Nicole Kidman in character as Grace Stewart from The Others.

A pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others edited into the opening scene of the foggy house on Jersey, the Channel Islands 1945.
During WWII, my husband is off fighting France. One day all the servants disappeared leaving me all alone with my two children who have a “photosensitive” condition where they can’t be exposed to anything stronger than candlelight otherwise they break out in rashes and sores.

A pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others edited into a scene with the three people who come to work at the house in the movie.
Three random strangers come to the door inquiring to see if any help was needed. I explain to them that they can work here as long as they lock the doors behind them before they open the next door to keep the light contained and protect my children.

A pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others edited into a scene with the children and Mrs. Tuttle.
Spooky stuff starts happening around the house, but I try to keep the children calm by forcing them to read the bible and disregarding their commentary that they’ve seen intruders.

A pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others holding a photo album and edited into a scene with Mrs. Tuttle.
But I start to wonder when I come across some old photos…

A side-by-side comparison of a pale person in a blonde wavy wig with barrettes and a dark brown corduroy dress in costume as Grace Stewart from The Others next to Nicole Kidman in character as Grace Stewart from The Others.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out The Others: Grace Stewart board on Pinterest.

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