Creating a black and white outfit calls for a pop of color somewhere…. what better accessory than a cute, bright red wig?
Sweater dress: Say What? (from Kohls!)
Scarf: Hot Topic
Skirt, Boots and Hat: Ross
Bag and Sunglasses: Big Buddha
A few of my past looks for Halloween:
Back in 2006, I went for the late, great Steve Irwin (aka The Crocodile Hunter!) who had just been killed a few weeks prior. Complete with my Australian beer and crocodile partner, I went on to win a few contests that year. One of my best costumes EVER.
In 2009 I went for a tamed down version Jessica Rabbit. I was working with what I already had, so I thought it came together well.
Again working with what I had, so I channeled the infamous, beautiful Marilyn in 2010. For the night’s festivities I made sure to be extra unstable and erratic in the true Marilyn fashion. One party I went to as regular, gorgeous Marilyn and the other I went as zombified Marilyn.
When you get dressed up as often as I do, Halloween almost seems like any other day of the year… The difference is on Halloween nobody questions me. 😉
I am currently taking an argumentation and debate class at CSU Long Beach. For some reason our professor thought the absolute best topic to debate ALL semester is about the government funding NASA and private companies to mine asteroids. Yes, you read that correctly.
I had never even heard about this until we had to start researching the matter. Low and behold it’s an actual proposition NASA and the private sector have been working towards. I won’t bore you with the details, but apparently asteroids have trillions of dollars worth of rare minerals such as platinum and gold and our nation wants to go into space, land Armageddon style on an asteroid and devour the expensive contents.
ANYWAY… my first round of debates, I was representing NASA and luckily for me I happen to own an antique NASA pilot pin! For the debate I dressed in navy blue and affixed my little NASA pin to the ruffle of my dress for the perfect visual during my debate.
This cute dress I found at a thrift store for less than five dollars.
This pin is an AWESOME find that I picked up at a military antique trade show a few years back. It is an actual NASA pilot’s pin and I’ve never had the opportunity to wear it functionally. When I took to the podium for my debate, I adjusted the pin on my ruffle (to point it out to the class) and began to speak. A few muffled giggles turned into the entire class (including my professor) laughing at the clever placement of my perfect fashion accessory. My serious demeanor cracked a smile as I entered into my speech.
Of course my partner and I annihilated the other team and won the debate. I like to think my little pin helped.
Bag: Big Buddha
Watch: Michael Kors
Ahhhh yes, a day in the park… not just any day in the park, but the 10th annual Burning Man, Los Angeles Decompression festival at LA Historical Park.
This particular event can be described as a small taste of Burning Man culture in the heart of Los Angeles. You’ll find large scale art installations, interactive theme camps, fire dancers, aerialists, art cars, happy people and my favorite… outrageous fashion. Burners (people who attend the Burning Man festival) love to exercise their radical self expression with fashion, one of the reasons I LOVE the Burning Man festival.
A few weeks ago my mom came over and had sewn me three items. The first and second items didn’t excite me too much, however she then pulled out a sparkly, silver, disco ball wad of cloth and wowed me!
Here’s the thing about my mom and me… We are almost complete opposites. I am very out-going, social, adventurous, playful and eccentric where as my mother has always been a homebody, and on the quieter side. If we were an ice cream flavor… she would be vanilla and I would be cotton-candy-bubble-gum-birthday-cake-marshmellow-explosion.
So she shows up at my apartment with this awesome sparkly, wearable disco ball and I LOVE IT! My mom makes several attempts through out the year to get my “fashion tastes” and doesn’t always hit the nail on the head although I appreciate her efforts. So here we are, and she has sewn me this awesome top and is thrilled that I love it so of course I had to wear it to the Decompression festival.
Isn’t it fabulous?
My hat was decorated by me with a hundred or so Swarovski crystals glued to the top in the shape of the “Man” (the Burning Man icon), also a few more crystals glued to the roses on the hat. The band across my forehead I made that morning. Just glued a bunch of hematite Swarovski crystals to a thin ribbon and tied it on. The ring on my finger is so futurisitc looking and can actually be worn two different ways. Whether the point goes forward or backward, it’s an awesome ring. I found it a jewelry boutique in downtown LA.
As you can see, this particular day in the park brings out the most fabulous of fashions and you really get to see so much creativity. The last guy was great, he made his hat and his friend made him his suit… I thought he matched me quit well.
All in all the day was fantastic and everyone LOVED my top, and frankly the best part was saying, “My mom made it.”
If you are regularly following and reading my blog, then you must know by now… my style has a lot of “edge” to it. Sure, I can do the feminine, girly, frilly thing and it is fun (sometimes). But for the most part, I love to incorporate studs, black, leather, spikes, lace and unique jewelry to create an edgy appeal.
On this day I chose to re-create an entirely different look with my gorgeous burn-out velvet kimono featured in a previous post.
By simply pairing the kimono with all black and silver accents I’ve created a look with a lot of sass, punk, glam and edge!
Easy outfit made up of black skinnies, a black tank, and the kimono. As always, an outfit is never complete without at least two accessories. Think rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, hair clips, etc. ALWAYS accessorize to complete the look!
Feather earrings: Beth Nouveau
Bag: Big Buddha
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
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Remember when yellow gold was really popular in the 80’s and early 90’s??? Then it became unpopular, and silver and white gold reigned for about a decade and a half and now here we are, with yellow gold going strong alongside various other metals (silver, platinum, white and rose gold). Crazy how even the color of a metal can be “in” one day and “out” the next.
I personally favor all silver, platinum, titanium, stainless steel AND all shades of golds. A different metal to match a different mood (and outfit of course!)
I recently picked up a few gold toned pieces that I adore and wanted to share:
All of the jewelry except the wrap watch are from sample sales that I attend in downtown LA every month. The wrap watch comes from a store called Blink (a sister store of Wet Seal) and was a gift from a friend.
Find your gold (even if it is just cheapy costume “gold”), dust it off, and let it shine.
Corsets are great because they hold everything where it should be: gut in, boobs up! All ladies (especially those with curves) should have a corset in their wardrobe!
I recommend starting off with a simple black corset with a steel busk. You can find one like this on eBay for less than $20. For corset beginners, I suggest going for the cheaper versions, made with plastic boning. Plastic boned corsets will start to lose their shape over a handful of wears (although you can still rock them, even if they are slightly out of shape), and they are not nearly as expensive as a fully steel boned corset which will run you at least 100+. The advantage of paying more for a steel boned corset is that it will hold its hourglass shape and is usually made with higher quality materials and fabrics. You can be sure a steel boned corset will last you much longer than the cheaper, plastic boned corset.
The great thing about corsets is that can be worn so many different ways and are always flattering to the figure no matter how big or how small you are. The cut of most corsets, whether its an overbust or an underbust, will create the most beautiful curves on ANY body shape thick or thin.
Try pairing a corset with skinny jeans, and a rockin’ pair of heels or wear it over a tailored white button up and a pencil skirt! Above, you can see I’ve created an outfit for going out on the town with an overbust corset, and then a more conservative outfit using an underbust corset over a tailored button up. You can either showoff your beautiful shoulders, or choose to cover up a little more with a cropped jacket or shrug. The possibilities are endless with a corset!
This year at the Burning Man festival I created a couple of my outfits/costumes from the use of corsets. One outfit was very burlesque, including a sweet mini top hat that I glued at least one hundred Swarovski crystals to in the shape of the Man. The bustle was found on Etsy and the corset is from eBay.
Another outfit I created using a simple black corset was my “post-apocalyptic warrior” sort of look. The BMorg asked the particpants not to bring feathers to the playa this year, due to the shedding factor and creating a mess. For the “feather” shrug I am wearing I simply used craft foam to create my own feathers and glued them all to some ribbon and felt, and added a magnificent piece to this outfit.
Finally, a more conservative, yet still fashionable and classy ensemble I created using a corset over a pencil skirt and turtleneck knitted top. I wore this outfit to a movie premiere at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood. Obviously, you can make an outfit like this less “costumey” by simply not wearing a mini top hat.
Whether you are going out to a club, being the best dressed person in the office or costuming, one thing is for sure:
Corsets: the best fashion garment for curvy (and skinny) girls everywhere!