Thrift Store Score #1: Miscellaneous Items

Going to a secondhand store to search for treasures is one of my very favorite things to do. When the Covid-19 pandemic started and lockdown began, thrifting became a luxury as opposed to a necessity, and I wondered when I would ever feel comfortable enough to go again. On my list of things to do in the future, I put down Thrift Store Shopping. Once I got vaccinated, it still sat on my list uncrossed off 5 months later.

It probably would’ve kept sitting there as an undone item, had I not created my October Halloween Outfit Project. In my spreadsheet of character ideas, there were certain things that I had listed that I didn’t own or didn’t have a sufficient substitution. For example, I really wanted to dress as Erin Hardesty from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the prop/weapon that makes the most sense for her character is a meat cleaver. We haven’t really eaten meat in our house for almost two years, and the only one we owned was a tiny one that came with a cheese tray. I did think it would be kind of funny to do a photo shoot with a tiny cleaver, but I thought it would be better if I could find a cheap full-sized meat cleaver. This meat cleaver search was the thing that got me to finally go out to a secondhand store. So silly in the scheme of things.

That tiny cleaver is so hilarious.

Once I had made the decision to go to the store, I don’t know if anything would have stopped me. In my head, it felt like my last chance in 2021, both financially and logistically. With the headspace of not having gone thrift store shopping in at least two years and thinking that this trip is definitely my last chance this year, with the next trip to be determined, you’ll probably understand more when I tell you that I spent 2 hours and $210 on this trip.

The place I went to is a large, two-story store, and even though there was no mask mandate for the customers, the employees were all in masks, and everyone had enough space to distance from each other inside the store. (It was the only one I had envisioned myself going to specifically because of the size. Especially since a lot of secondhand stores are notorious for being crammed spaces, jammed full of items.) The business doesn’t warrant free advertising, so even though you might be able to read it on the price tags, I’m probably not going to type it out. (Just another example of “There’s no ethical consumption under capitalism” when income and money dictate spending patterns more than your moral alignment.)

Due to our grocery deliveries, our household has a tendency to stack up paper bags. While I wish there was a way to avoid this with our deliveries, I don’t know of any options right now. I have previously posted them for free on some “Giving Community” sites and apps and gotten many rounds of bags connected with new homes to be used again. I had one paper bag filled with folded up paper bags in my porch, and I grabbed it for this shopping trip. When I got to the cashier, I told them that I had brought bags, and any that weren’t use they could keep. I couldn’t tell if they liked it or I was a pain-in-the-ass, but they took them all without comment. I ended up returning home with four bags.

A little dusty, but I’m going to wash them right away anyway.

In this post, I’m only going to discuss the non-clothing and non-shoe items. For starters, I got a colorful Pyrex 9×13 baking dish with a matching lid for $6.99. It was one of the first things I put into my cart because we live a meal prep lifestyle, and this is an item we can always use. I also know that the last one I bought cost me around $20. There was a pair of whisker relief dishes that I did not hesitate to grab as well. These particular ones are oval shaped with the design helping the cat whiskers not be stressed out by eating out of narrow bowls. Each bowl cost me $1.99, and they are definitely worth that for my cats’ comfort.

Sometimes shopping secondhand around Halloween is a bad idea because items you could usually get for less get jacked up in price to be sold for specialty costumes. One upside to hitting up a thrift store in October is that they have an entire section of costumes, props, and seasonal holiday items. While I looked at a lot of items that I didn’t purchase, I did let myself buy some frivolous prop items (that I didn’t require for my current project) because of their low price.

Black & White Masquerade Ball Hat $4.99
Heart HerbalLife Wristlet $4.99
Triceratops Headband $1.99
Dinosaur Tail $1.99
Silver Costume Gloves $2.99
Gold Tiara $1.99

I also specifically bought 3 items directly because of my project. I grabbed a Marshmallow Shooter for $3.99 to stand in for a gun for my Little Rock from Zombieland Double Tap photo shoot. I found a prop meat cleaver for $1.99. They actually had two versions. This bloody one or a glow-in-the-dark version. This one was the more realistic looking one of the two, and when I sent pics to my partner, this was the one they preferred as well. The fake flowers in the middle were $4.99, but now if I ever do Carrie, or another prom queen again, I have a batch of flowers to hold. This bouquet has already found its forever home in my vase filled with peacock feathers. It feels nice to have some flowers around that I’m not allergic to, and I don’t have to worry about my cats trying to eat them.

If you couldn’t already guess by my October Halloween Outfit Project consisting of only movie characters, I watch a lot of movies. On average, I watch one per day with my partner. Thankfully, we have very similar tastes in what we like to watch. Because a lot of the movies we like are more obscure, often they are not available for streaming on any platform for free. We have a fairly large bookshelf filled with our physical collection of dvds & blu-rays. Whenever I am at a secondhand store, I check out the selection to see what we don’t yet own but is something that we would watch over again.

One year I did a project where I went through our collection and made a spreadsheet broken down by genre and type (dvd, digital, blu-ray, etc.). This turned out to be ultimately worth my time & energy when I was able to send some pictures of the options at the store to my partner and have them check our spreadsheet to see if we already owned them. I think I put almost 10 back on the shelf that without the spreadsheet I would have bought as a duplicate accidentally.

Just a section of our Media spreadsheet.

I bought 16 movies and one season of a series for $1.99 each or a total of $33.83. (I think we used to spend more than that going to one movie in the theater for two of us with a tub of popcorn and a drink.) 3 or 4 of these I haven’t seen yet, and I’m looking forward to watching them all over the winter. I’m extra stoked about that copy of Stir of Echoes as I was recently looking to acquire a copy for our collection, and it seems to be a rare enough item that I was struggling to find it in stock and in my budget. #Score

Items that are not clothing, shoes, or dvds=$40.88
Non-clothing & non-shoes items total=$74.71

Those $1.99 price tags add up quickly! Watch yourself.

Stay tuned for the clothes and shoes I scored on this Thrift Store Shopping trip.

Halloween Movie Outfits Recap: Green Screen Edition

I was just going to find one Halloween costume to wear with pieces I already owned, but it turned into one outfit for every day of October 2021. Initially, I was just going to do this for fun, for myself, but my friend suggested I use my blogging skills to put my results on the internet. This post is going to be a brief overview of how I created these photos.

In my bedroom, I had set up a green screen and a ring light. I had used this previously for my Rainbow/Multicolor photo shoot for the #ColorWeek2021 Instagram event. I learned the hard way that you want your green screen to be as flat and tight as possible. The more wrinkles that are in it, the more spots you have to edit. After steaming my green screen, I also used clamps to pull the sides tighter. I had to lift the bottom off the floor and pin it up at night, every night, otherwise, one of my cats kept running full speed into it to use it like a slip ‘n’ slide. Between the moving it up and down, steaming, and clamps, I still was never able to get it as smooth as I wanted.

“I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.”

On top of the ring light, I also added two photography lights (that I had already from my light box photography stuff) to try to cut down on the shadows. Shadows also have to be edited out when removing a green screen and adding a different background. The ring light has a holder for a cell phone, and at the beginning, I had my 10 second timer set to run back and forth between hitting the camera button on the ring light stand and getting into a pose on the green screen. That was a total pain, and when I was holding legit weapons, I asked my partner to take photos of me instead.

You can see my brother’s red remote in my hand near the JUMBO pumpkin.

My brother found out that’s what my process was and let me borrow his bluetooth remote shutter for his cell. (I ended up buying my own.) The only problem with this was that if I was in a pose where I had to hold something or use both my hands, it was sometimes not possible to hit the shutter button on the remote without the remote ending up in the image. In these instances, I still had to ask my partner for assistance.

My partner coming in with the assist. #MVP

Once I had the photographs taken, I would move them from my cell phone to my computer. On my computer, I have a program called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) that is basically a free version of Adobe Photoshop. I first taught myself how to use layers and Fuzzy Select via this tutorial. Then, I learned about the Select by Color tool, but because my hair is teal/blue that didn’t always work well. I often had to use the manual Free Select tool to remove sections the other Select tools didn’t capture to remove.

The edges around this image of me as Annie Wilkes show a sloppy attempt to remove the green screen and replace it with a brown background. You can see the green very clearly near my blue hair too.

Changing the background to a solid color for the comparisons was done with the Bucket Fill tool. The hardest part of editing the backgrounds was finding background images of the specific scenes I wanted to use that were a large enough size. I had to learn how to use the Scale tool to move the images of myself into the right spot in the frame, but often I gave up on trying to make them the appropriate size when it was “close enough”. Sometimes, having to do a photo shoot, photo edits, write a blog post, and get it polished enough to publish all in one day was too much work to get all nitpicky in the weeds about small details like green screen haloing. Plus, it gives it a punk diy vibe that I kinda like.

All of the comparison collages were made with an app on my cell phone called Collage Maker. I was limited a little with the backgrounds and available fonts in the free options, but I had still enough variety to use different (yet relevant) ones throughout the entire month. I love this app and have used it for years.

An image of me dressed as Nancy Downs from the Craft edited in GIMP to show me on the beach from the movie.

For only starting to learn how to manually edit photos around a month ago, I think it is going fairly well! I’ve taught myself a bunch of things just through trial and error. Anytime I get stuck, there’s always a tutorial somewhere out on the internet to help. If you have any questions on the process of using a green screen and editing a background, please let me know, and I will do what I can to help. If you’ve got tips, I’d love to learn more too! 🙂

Halloween Movie Outfits Recap: Hair Edition

For my hair, I used my standard hair which is teal/blue, very straight, and about shoulder length. I also used 5 wigs to create all the characters. Here is my ranking order for the wigs:

#1 (Top Left) Shoulder Length Auburn Wig with Bangs purchased for $15.99

This was described as Honey Brown, but it is definitely more red than that. I’m not mad at the color it is, but it definitely gave a different vibe to the characters I used it for than what I anticipated.

Characters created with this hair:
Sidney Prescott from Scream
Rose Armitage from Get Out
Dr. Abigail Tyler from The Fourth Kind
Chris MacNeil from The Exorcist
Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika
May Dove Canady from May
Eleanor Vance from The Haunting

#2 (Bottom Left) Short Blonde Wig with Bangs purchased for $16.99

Personally, I hate how I look in this wig, but I’m not going to say it is a bad wig because of this. I think this wig looks better than some of the other wigs because it does not have a part.

Character created with this hair:
Rosemary Woodhouse from Rosemary’s Baby

I had a couple of other characters I planned to use this wig for initially, but one of them I didn’t do at all. The other one was Chris MacNeil, but I went with the other wig when it showed up so red.

#3 (Middle) Long Straight Black Wig purchased for $30.99

(Currently selling for $14.99, so don’t sleep on that deal, if you are thinking of getting this one! I’m not salty about the price drop. Ok, I’m a little salty.)

This is probably my favorite wig of the 5 showcased here, but that’s probably because I don’t ever plan to have black hair on the top of my head again in real life. As such, I feel like this is the one I will get the most use out of in the long run.

Characters created with this hair:
Jennifer Check from Jennifer’s Body
Samara Morgan from The Ring
Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

#4 (Top Right) Long Wavy Ombre Blonde Wig with Long Bangs purchased for $19.99

When I was in the planning stages, there were a lot more characters I was going to use this wig for that I ultimately used my blue hair for instead. I slightly regret buying this wig now, but chose it specifically because of the two-toned blonde colors within it.

Characters created with this hair:
Carrie White from Carrie
Allison from Tucker and Dale Vs Evil

The main character I was going to use this wig for got the chop, but is still on my mind for a future shoot.

#5 (Bottom Right) Long Wavy Copper Red Wig purchased for $19.99

I was really excited to get a long, wavy red wig, but this one was pretty disappointing. The part is awful, and even when trying to move the hair to cover the part, it was obvious that I was wearing a wig. Because of this, I chose not to use this for all the characters I originally planned. Most of the redheads, I did with my blue hair instead.

Character created with this hair:
Ginger Fitzgerald from Ginger Snaps

I will wear this wig again, but probably paired with a hat or headband to remedy the part issue.

Honorable Mention: Black Clip on Bangs purchased for $6.70 including shipping

I actually bought two of these from different sellers because I wasn’t sure if either of them was going to arrive in time. I was planning to pair these bangs with the long straight black wig, but never ended up doing that. Instead these bangs were used with hats, hoods, and photographic angles to give the illusion of a full wig.

Characters created with this hair:
Wendy Torrance from The Shining
Donnie Darko from Donnie Darko
Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice

I actually think this clip on bangs piece is awful because the way the small part of the bangs was cut you can tell the entire hairpiece was already warped before they did it. I had to angle it on my head in a weird way for the bangs to end up straight across my forehead. That said, it still worked for my purposes.

Which hair was your favorite? Let me know! 🙂

Ginger Snaps: Ginger Fitzgerald

One of my exes introduced me to Ginger Snaps on our first date, and I will forever be grateful. I’ve repressed most of the rest of our relationship, but how had I lived my life up to that point without seeing Ginger Snaps? A horror movie starring two gothic sisters who loathe the suburban life and yearn to die rather than be doomed to be trapped within the constraints of domestic American life.

Brigitte: Just say you won’t go average on me.

Ginger: Just ’cause some gonad gets his zipper going? I’d rather be dead.

One of them gets “the curse” and started to change physically and mentally while the other tries to save her from becoming something monstrous. The analogy between werewolves and puberty might seem cliché, but for me, this movie spotlights the way society views females, especially during their terrifying adolescence.

The best quote I found when doing research to grab pictures and such: “Ginger is an embodiment of these impossible binaries: she is at once sexually attractive and monstrous, ‘natural’ and ‘supernatural,’ human and animal, ‘feminine’ and transgressive, a sister and a rival.” (Why does this make me wanna write an academic paper about this movie? #EnglishGraduateProblems)

Ginger: [to Brigitte] A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door.

It was a toss up between Ginger and Brigitte, but my wardrobe leans more towards Ginger’s style. I actually invested in some fangs and claw nails for this character (and another I ultimately didn’t do), but I just wasn’t feeling all that effort when it came time to do it. I also considered dressing as Ginger and Brigitte’s mom, Pamela, as she has some great outfits in the movie.

Ginger Snaps: Ginger Fitzgerald Outfit #1

This outfit consists of a black long sleeve rib-knit Henley shirt with snap enclosures from Old Navy, a black with gray print H&M stretchy skirt, black tights, and the black Target boots I wore as Magenta.

Ginger Snaps: Ginger Fitzgerald Outfit #2

I also did a variation of this outfit where I put a black Gap Body zip up hoodie and a Romeo & Juliet Couture Cheetah Cardigan that I got secondhand and could never live without now. (I literally looked for it in my closet to wear and had a moment where I freaked out that I couldn’t find it, before I remembered it was on the clothes rack of character costumes I had for this project that was in another room. lmao)

Ginger Snaps: Ginger Fitzgerald Outfit #3

I also did a variation of the base outfit, without the hoodie and sweater, but instead with a Blue Vintage Jerold Coat with Silver Buttons. This coat is so amazing! I’m pretty sure I got it from my grandmother, but it could’ve been a clothing swap too. There is a belt for it that I have curled up in my deep pocket too.

For my hair, I used this wig that I was originally the most stoked to get, and then, ended up the most disappointed in, out of all the wigs I used. I was going to use it for more characters, but ultimately decided against it. It isn’t the worst, but I had different expectations.

I also use two white hair extensions for when Ginger starts to turn. Between the awful part on the wig and the clips of the extensions, I had to be creative with the placement, especially because I was trying not to look like Rogue. For makeup, I just did a little black mascara and some Avon True Color Lipstick in Country Rose.

For my accessories, I wore three silver hoops in each ear (which is something I used to do all the time, and I will probably keep these in now for quite a while). I also put on a few silver rings that I wear often. On my neck, I have a three strand black choker and a necklace I made specifically for this project out of a couple shells and a couple of beads that look like bone, with a black cord, and a brass bird skull pendant from Michaels. (I initially made earrings with the bird skull pendants, but they were way too heavy, so I wasn’t upset to take them apart to make this necklace.) Other accessories I considered: a silver hoop belly button ring and a tail.)

For my first prop, I brought back my beautiful butcher knife. Even though the tip has snapped off, it is a lot sharper than I remembered! Escpecially after all these photo shoots, I anticipated it to be duller.

For my second prop, I used a milk carton. There’s a specific scene with a milk carton in this movie, and I already had one in the house. Other props I considered: a pink razor (with or without hair/fur stuck to it), a book on lyncanthropes, a strawberry shortcake, polaroid camera (especially if dressing as Brigitte), a field hockey stick, a cigarette or joint, a bone pen, dried wolf’s bane/monk’s hood, and some severed fingers.

Life in our town of Bailey Downs was so depressing. For our “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” class project, my sister Brigitte and I staged our suicides to show our future here. “Wrists are for girls. I’m slitting my throat.”
Trina, the “standard cum-bucketty date-bait” girl at school started picking on Brigitte.
It was probably because the boys at school (like Jason McCardy) were focusing more on us than on her.
Especially when Sam, the drug dealer, (who Trina lost her V card to) started paying attention to Brigitte.
We were just gonna scare Trina, by making her think the Beast of Bailey Downs got her dog, when everything got outta hand.
Our mom started to get suspicious about why we were listening to her advice lately.
When everything came to a head, at Sam (the drug dealer’s) Halloween party.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Ginger Snaps: Ginger Fitzgerald Vibes board on Pinterest.

Zombieland: Double Tap: Little Rock

I wanted to do a zombie movie without dressing as a zombie. Enter Zombieland. But then, I ultimately decided to go with Zombieland Double Tap because Little Rock wears an outfit that I’ve probably worn a version of a bunch of times in my life. At first, it felt like cheating, but when you’re pulling outfits out of your closet to recreate movie characters, use what you’ve got! Don’t feel obligated to dress up as something you’re not. I mean, that’s fun too! But there’s also something to be said about wearing something that is so you that also happens to relate to a character.

Zombieland: Double Tap: Little Rock Outfit

This outfit consists of an Arizona Jeans Co black spaghetti strap tank top, a thin gray BDG hoodie from Urban Outfitters, a Merona gray 5 button collared coat, a pair of Levi’s midrise skinny jeans cutoff into shorts, on top of black tights, and with a pair of black Dr. Martens boots that were a gift from my spouse.

For my hair, I took the aftermath of Magenta and Samantha and put it up into a pony tail with a couple of strands pulled out in front. For my makeup, it is just leftover eyeliner and mascara residue and lip balm. For my accessories, I used a pair of earrings I made with some skull & crossbones charms, a black cord necklace with a silver dragon charm, and fingerless black gloves.

For my prop, I was totally planning on a torch, but they are hard to source. I also was concerned that my diy attempt would be too fiery. I’m hesitant to post pics of me holding guns on the internet because you know they’re only going to be used against you later. ( I suppose that ship sailed with the machete pics.) I recently went on my first thrift store shopping spree in two years (more details soon!) and found so many things that were basically donated for me, in this moment in life, including this marshmallow shooter to complete my Little Rock outfit.

Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and I were holed up at The White House learning about the new kinds of zombies.
When Columbus proposed to my sister, she got cold feet, and we hit the open road where we ran into this pacifist musician named Berkley.
Wichita went back to the WH to reconnect with Columbus, but he had moved on with some rando from the mall named Madison. I was on the road with Berkley, some cover tunes, and a bag of weed when the crew decided to come find me.
They finally caught up with us at this “no guns & no group sex” hippie commune called Babylon.
We had to really get creative when we realized hordes of zombies were surrounding us and (most of) the guns had been melted down. #TorchLife

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Zombieland: Double Tap: Little Rock Vibes board on Pinterest.

Stir of Echoes: Samantha Kozak

This is another deep cut from the 1990s. If you haven’t seen this one but still plan to at some point, skip this post until you’ve seen it. There will be spoilers all over the place, and the content of this post will be darker than some of the others as well. Today, we’re covering Samantha Kozak from Stir of Echoes.

Now, if you’re looking for a comfy Halloween outfit, you’ve come to the right place. However, once you know Samantha’s story you might not want to recreate this outfit. Samantha Kozak is an intellectually disabled 17 year-old girl that went to an empty house with the neighbor boys. I’ll spare you all the details, but just know there is both tooth violence and fingernail violence shown that has fucked me up all these years. Even though the plot has similarities to other movies like Gothika and The Sixth Sense, as a(n undiagnosed) disabled teenage girl who also had some trouble with boys in the neighborhood, this one really stuck with me.

Stir of Echoes: Samantha Kozak Outfit

This outfit consists of a black Under Armor Racer Tank that is one of my favorite tank tops and I have no idea where I acquired it. On top of that is a grey Flirtitude long sleeve scoop neck shirt. The bottom is a Jag Jeans Elastic Waist with Faux Fly and No Button Jean Stretch Skirt on top of thick black tights with low top black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes with tiny pastel hearts all over. (I’m pretty sure I got them at Target for like $20, but I can’t find another pair on the internet.) If I had Samantha’s orange jacket with the fur lined hood, I would have worn that on top too.

For my hair, I just used the aftermath of the braids/crimpy look for The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Magenta to get close to Samantha’s hair texturally even if the blue color wasn’t anywhere close to the hue. For my makeup, I started with Magenta’s base but removed the red lip. I put a tiny bit of Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in 10 Porcelain Ivory on top of the white base and over my lips. I also hit my eyes hard with Ink colored eyeshadow from the Avon For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette because if I can’t use the big brush for black eyeshadow when I’m dressing as a dead girl, when can I? You could also make the bruised mark on her forehead or black out some teeth, but as someone with teeth trauma in my past, I don’t particularly like to see myself without teeth after I paid so much money to get some put in my mouth again.

For my accessories, I just grabbed a few random bracelets and a fabric hair scrunchie. My other arm still has my wish bracelets tied on to it at all times. You could also add Samantha’s glasses and hair barrettes too.

For my prop, I used one of those extra large zip top plastic bags that probably came into my life with something liquid inside it being delivered to my house in a package. I initially was going to use a plastic sheet, but all the ones we have still are really dirty and gross.

This is where I say, Don’t Try This At Home. If you’re gonna be messing around with plastic sheeting or plastic bags or any kind of breath play, make sure you have a trustworthy partner on hand to help. My spouse took the photos of me so I didn’t have to try to do two things at once and could focus on breathing. It was still scary for a hot sec when I sucked the plastic into my mouth tight against my face.

This pic kinda freaks me out.
I was just walking down the street in my neighborhood…
when a boy hollered out to me that he wanted to show me a surprise he had inside this house.
Another boy was in there too. They told me that the surprise was that they wanted to be my friend. That I should take off my coat and have a drink.
I didn’t know making friends would be the death of me.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Stir of Echoes: Samantha Kozak Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Magenta

It has the word “horror” in the title, but is it a horror movie? I personally categorize it in my Musicals section. Regardless of the official classification, the costumes within the movie are so iconic and definitely a Halloween staple. This would be a great one to do within a group costume. I initially considered dressing as Dr. Frank N. Furter, but when you already have a maid’s costume, the choice is made for you to be Magenta.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Magenta Outfit

This outfit consists of a maid’s costume that has no tag, has been one of my possessions for many, many years, and was a hand-me-down from my mother. I also wore a pair of fishnet tights and these Target black lace up booties with a chunky heel that I got from a secondhand store for $6.99. If you don’t have a maid’s costume, a black dress with white details or a black dress with a white apron would work too!

After seeing this shot from behind, I should’ve moved the white bit towards the back a little further. C’est la vie.

For my hair, I wasn’t going to a buy one wig to be Magenta when it wouldn’t overlap with any other purpose for me. I have a red wig, but it didn’t work for this character. I ultimately decided to just use my current mostly blue hair. Even though I knew it would never end up as fluffy as I needed it, I put it into tiny braids, slept on them, and then undid them for this crimpy result. I think the blue still looks fun enough to not be confused as “just a maid”. But, I also think that anyone dressed up as a maid should always claim they are a visitor from the planet Transylvania. Plus, hair color is irrelevant if you’re using a black & white filter.

Because I have owned this maid outfit for so very long, the headpiece got separated from it ages ago. To stand in for it, I took a piece of white lace that I had in my scraps.

I just folded it up into a shape that resembled the look I was trying to achieve and put some safety pins through it to hold it in place. If I were wearing this out somewhere and not just for a photo shoot at home, I would have put a few stitches of thread into it instead. I then held this pinned piece of lace on the top of my head with a couple of snap barrettes.

For my makeup, I used some Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation in Virgin (whitest white) and some Manic Panic Goth White cream powder foundation to achieve the white face. I also used my blackest black glimmerstick from AvonNYX Super Fat Eye Marker, and black mascara on my eyes. On my lips, I used NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels.

For my accessory, I chose a white face mask. This is the only costume I have showcased so far that has a mask built into the outfit. (Both Magenta and Columbia wear white masks in the movie.)

At first I was going to cut off the sleeve of one of my white tees to make a white mask, but then my brother had the great idea to flip my one and only almost white mask inside out to wear the white part on the outside. I didn’t want to get my lipstick all over the pretty printed side, so I slid some tissues in there to act as a buffer. #ProTip

For my prop, I was just going to use a mop or broom, but then, I re-watched the movie and settled on a hair dryer. If you’re going to a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in this costume though, bring a water squirt gun. Or if I had a gong, I would have probably used that!

I was working at this castle serving my master Dr. Frank N Furter during a thunderstorm one night.
We were having a convention and doing the Time Warp.
When these couple of squares named Brad & Janet showed up. Frank introduced them to his newest creation Rocky.
There was an appearance by Meatloaf. I mean, Eddie.
A little number between Janet & Rocky that got me and Columbia all hot & bothered.
After that was one of the most awkward dinner parties that I’ve ever attended.
Riff Raff and I told Frank that he failed the mission as we turned everyone into statues.
Then, my brother and I decided to peace out and head back to our planet of Transylvania.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Magenta Vibes board on Pinterest.

Beetlejuice: Lydia Deetz

Here’s another not horror movie that definitely still feels attached to the Halloween season for me. Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice is another character that has a lot of similarities to my life.

-moved from a city to New England
-went to a private school with a uniform
-parents didn’t take my advice
-love to wear the color black
-strange and unusual
-made friends with people dead (inside)
-almost married a dude who was not right for me

This outfit consists of an Exquz brand strapless black lace dress with asymmetrical hem that I am using as a skirt (and have had for so long it appears Exquz doesn’t even exist anymore), Mossimo black blouse with bell sleeves that I got at a clothing swap, and the same N.Y.L.A. Laurena Black Buckle Strap Wedge Booties I wore to be Nancy Downs from The Craft.

On top of that, I also layered a Maria Gabrielle long black cardigan that my mother gave me, and I wear a lot. The back has lace panels.

For my hair, I used the same clip-on bangs piece that I did for Donnie Darko and Wendy Torrance from The Shining. On top of that, I wore a hat that I don’t remember where I obtained. What I do remember is I bought it to replace a gray one I had that fell apart in the rain at my cousin’s funeral. #ThanksBrain

For my makeup, on my eyes I used the Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony matte eyeshadow in Marriage Matt(e)rial, Shell eye shadow from the Avon For The Love of Makeup Artist Palette, blackest black glimmerstick from Avon, NYX Super Fat Eye Marker, and black mascara. For my lips, I used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo and Rimmel London Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick in 600 Scrunchie.

For my first prop, I used this Nikon camera that was a hand-me-down from my partner’s parent. It was sent out to us so both my partner and I can take pics with a dslr camera at the same time. I have future plans to photograph the moon, stars, and night sky. We will see if they ever come to fruition!

For my second prop, I have this journal that looks like the Handbook for the Recently Deceased that I bought from Hot Topic on clearance. I already filled it, so I grabbed it from my journal storage to use.

My dad, stepmom, and I just moved into this house in Connecticut after the previous owners, Barbara & Adam, died.
Even though they’re dead, they’re still hanging around. I can see them because I, myself, am strange and unusual.
Otho (my stepmom’s interior designer) thought it would be a good idea to have a séance to try to get rid of Barbara & Adam. For the record, I think this is a terrible idea.
In a moment of desperation, I reached out to this guy for help, and everything spiraled out afterwards.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Beetlejuice: Lydia Deetz Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Erin Hardesty

Some of the character outfits I’ve presented I’ve specifically mentioned they would work for cold weather events or any Halloween party where you need to keep warm. Today’s character outfit is a recreation of Jessica Biel’s portrayal of Erin Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that came out in 2003 and definitely not one to choose during a chilly Halloween in a colder climate. However, if you’re going to a bar like Coyote Ugly or going to be entering into a wet T-shirt contest, this ensemble might just help you score big!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Erin Hardesty Outfit

This outfit consists of a tagless white tank top and a pair of Levi’s 518 Superlow Bootcut Blue Jeans that I’ve owned both for so long that I have no recollection of how they came into my life. I didn’t have any squared toed brown boots a la 2003, so I chose these Keen Bern Baby Bern Boots that I bought literally yesterday at a thrift store for $19.99.

For my hair, I just wore it down. Some of the pictures I also had a paper straw cowhand hat on that I think might have come from Avon or Mark. I’ve actually tried to get rid of this hat at least twice since it is very far from my day-to-day aesthetic. After this photoshoot though, I’m thinking about trying some new outfits around it, so please let me know if you have any tips on how to shape it properly! There’s wire in the outer rim, and I have no idea what I’m doing.

For makeup, I only have lip balm on my lips and maybe a little eyeliner/mascara residue that didn’t scrub off completely.

For my accessory, I’m wearing a Relic by Fossil belt that I inherited from my spouse after they outgrew it.

For my prop, I have this bloody meat cleaver that I also purchased yesterday at a thrift store for $1.99. The universe was smiling on me yesterday. Everything was coming up Milhouse!

My friends and I were on our way back from Mexico where I thought my boyfriend Kemper was going to put something sparkly on my finger, but no, the actual reason for the trip was to bring back 2lbs of marijuana.
We met a hitchhiker who changed our life forever.
When we talked to the locals they suggested we wait for the sheriff at the mill.
Some of us went to the nearby house for help. I won’t spoil what happens, but there is definitely an appearance from both a chainsaw and a meat cleaver!

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Erin Hardesty Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Haunting: Eleanor Vance

The Hill House has been the subject of a book, two movies, a play, and a Netflix series, but a lot of people didn’t like the 1999 “The Haunting” movie starring Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Liam Neeson. While I know I probably watched this for the first time in 1999, I have no recollection of the first time I watched it. What I have a recollection of though, is that Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character, Theodora (Theo), was the first representation I had seen of a female character who was openly discussing being both bisexual and polyamorous. I probably didn’t even know the word polyamorous when I first saw this movie, but her open description of her romantic relationships was (almost) an accurate depiction of what I secretly desired.

You would think I would have chosen to be her character for this project, but unfortunately, I don’t have any of her fashionable outfits already on hand. I did, however, just invest in a black turtleneck, so I could cobble something together to be Lili Taylor’s character Eleanor “Nell” Vance. This is another outfit option if your costume shindig or Halloween event is outside somewhere cold as it includes not one, not two, but three long sleeve shirts!

The Haunting: Eleanor Vance Outfit

This outfit consists of that “long sleeve rib roll neck top” from asos that I used to be both Annie Wilkes from Misery and Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika. These are the same Mossimo boot cut jeans I wore as Allison from Hocus Pocus, May Dove Canady from May, and Heather Donahue from The Blair Witch Project. The Freebird Hustle boots are the same ones I used to be Sidney Prescott from Scream and May Dove Canady from May. I’m getting a lot of mileage from those three base items. Layered on top, I have a vintage Levi’s plaid collared button up shirt that was probably my d**’s at one point, and on top of that, I have an Apt. 9 collared button up shirt that I borrowed from my partner. Now, technically, Eleanor is wearing a jacket in the outfit I chose, but I think this shirt pulls off the look just fine.

Just a shot of this workhorse wig from the back.

For my hair, I have on the wig we’ve all come to know and love because I have used it for so many different characters already. You’ve seen it with bangs down, bangs split and hair clipped back, hair down, parted bangs and pulled back, just bangs, and bangs and hair down. Whew! This hair is putting in work. For $16.99, I’m hella impressed.

For my makeup, I only have on some Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Ripe Rose. For my accessories, I have a pair of gold hoop earrings that I wore one of when I dressed as Justine from Raw.

For my prop, I have this antique Airess Atlas of Chicago suitcase that is monogrammed E.R.W. near the handle. I borrowed it from my brother who picked it up secondhand.

Somebody called my house and invited me to participate in a sleep study at this beautiful mansion.
After being the primary caretaker for my bedridden mother the past 11 years, I thought it might be nice to do something for myself after mom’s passing since my sister and her husband decided to sell the house and kick me out without so much as a thank you.
I’m having a great time dancing in the carousel room with my new friend Theo.
A lot of weird things have been happening, but I feel like we’re all really getting to know each other.
Sure, the greenhouse might be a little creepy.
But, I feel like I could stay here forever.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Haunting: Eleanor Vance Vibes board on Pinterest.

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