Two Weeks to Find the Perfect Halloween Costume!

{ Disgruntled House Wife – I was fake smoking that cigarette + real drinking the wine. DHWs often do. }

HALLOWEEN

tips + tricks + treats

COSTUMES

{ Below is a list of simple + creative + fun Halloween costumes I’ve worn from the past. And some twists I (or you) could take. I’ve also included resources – my favorite Halloween costume inspirations! }   

Unless you master-mind this thing – admit it. Who knows what they want to be yet for Halloween? Throwing something together in the last quarter + killing it is half the fun. I’m not even sure I’ll celebrate with a costume party this year, but rest assured, I have options. You never know when watching Hocus Pocus on your couch with a bowl of caramel popcorn invokes the spirit of Halloween … just for the spell of it.

Halloween is only 2 weeks away!! Now is the perfect time to: plan + prep, make or buy, try-on + wear all of the time … your perfect Halloween costume!! 

FROM THE GRAVE

1. Quail Man – Last Minute Super Hero. I threw this together day-of a few years ago when my other costume felt too un-costume-y. (I was a vintage pin-up – see below for tips!) I felt incredible. And it was super simple.

  • To Know – Only a very specific subset of a demographic will know, recognize, + honor who you are. Namely: 28-32 year olds. … What a great opportunity to disseminate the word on Doug Funnie + early ’90’s cartoons.
  • How To – Underwear over shorts | Red cape | Belt on head | Q cut-out on shirt. (Brown shorts + sweater vest are a bonus. I used swimming bottoms instead of undies.) … Wish I had a pic of this magnificence. I had a green sweater vest + my belt even stood-up!

2. Raggedy AnnThe Magic of Childhood. This was my senior year of college get-up + I rocked it 2 ways. 1 – Childlike (as pictured). 2 – Adult like (not as fun). It’s true … you can take Raggedy Ann to any number of extremes. Have fun with it!

  • From The Grave – If I resuscitated Raggedy Ann this year, I’d go Steam Punk! Gaunt face make-up, dark lips, and maybe some killer boots or heels.
  • How To – Cheeks + freckles | Doll clothing | Apron | Red yarn in hair. The last part may seem the most difficult but really, just buy some red yarn and tie strands throughout your hair. Best tip – I bought most components from a thrift shop!

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3. Disgruntled House WifeGirly + Ghoulish. Another last minute costume I threw together day-of 2 years ago. This is a costume that can be done so many ways using simple items you probably already have laying around the house.

  • Go Period – Every decade works because … every decade has DHWs. To make this costume pop, hone-in on 1 specific decade or era + focus the details on that.
  • How To – Hose | Heels | Apron | Gory make-up. The make-up really drives this one home. It’s Halloween, guys, so you can get gory. The main thing here is NOT to disrespect or misrepresent spousal abuse. Draw the line. If you can’t, stay away.

4. Vintage Pin-Up So Much Fun. Incredible excuse to wear all your favorite make-up all at once + all of your favorite costume-y dress-up clothes. … And to try your favorite vintage hair styles!

  • Be Aware – Both vintage and pin-up are back – you run the risk of feeling like any normal day, or worse … that you’re trying to hard on any normal day. That’s what happened to me a few years back, zoinks!
  • How To – Red lip | Vintage hair | Sturdy heel | Exaggerated clothing. All of these fit into my normal repertoire, especially the first 3. Exaggerated clothing means you include all components–i.e. heels, hose, dress, bag, gloves, hat–and/or you go true-blue vintage, at least on the dress. Vintage-like styles can work. But nothing beats the real deal. (See below for 2 shops!)

5. InstagramSee What I Did There. Yes. I incorporated pop culture + pop media into my costume … and took it to a meta-level by taking Insta’s! I suppose there’s another level of meta in using cardboard + Sharpie’s to recreate technology.

  • Don’t Filter the Details –  Everyone knows what Instagram is these days! Don’t be caught with the majority not knowing what you are. Focus-in on precise details.
  • How To – Instagram logo | Black clothing | Sharpies or paint. The silver Sharpie really made things pop, so get your hand on metallics if you can. This costume can be built in so many different ways, and it’s pretty easy. My interpretation is one of the simplest. The most difficult part was printing out pics of a tree that I took in all the different filters + getting them onto a belt.

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INSPIRATIONS

Costumes

1. What I Wore – Jessica Quirk hand makes a mean costume. You’ll be stunned.

2. BuzzFeed – How Tos, lists, videos, + even costumes for pets.

Vintage Clothing

1. Treasure Trove Vintage – Incredible period everything: coats, dresses, heels, bags, hats, gloves, blouses, skirts.

2. Far Out Vintage – Fun vintage + also a huge selection.

Hair + Make Up

1. The Beauty Department – Great for everyday + for costume-y tips.

Whatever you do this Halloween, I hope it’s full of mischief + merriment and tricks, + treats! … (And at least 1 viewing of Hocus Pocus.)

#happyhalloween

#hocuspocus

XO.

The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping Local.

SSSHH

MAKE-UP | JEWELRY | VINTAGE

IT’ A SECRET … {TELL EVERYONE}.

{ Changes ahead: I’ve focused mostly on feature posts. I’m adding more routine to the mix! Beginning of Week – Lifestyle. Mid Week – #ShopLocal Tips + Tricks (like this guy). End of Week – Wrap-Up (like the Week Wrap-Ups + Around Towns from before). Send me some love + let me know what you’d like to see!! ♥ }

ABUNDANCE COOPERATIVE MARKET | PEPPERMINT | MACHINATOR CHAOS 

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

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Today’s #ootd: 1980’s bouclé sweater – Treasure Trove Vintage. Handcrafted necklace – Machinator Chaos.

There are 3 undeniable best-case scenarios when shopping

  1. Sale
  2. Everything Fits
  3. Shopping Finds You

Over the past 2 weeks, all three happened to me. And that’s exactly where I’ll start – #3. That’s what this post is dedicated to: The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping. Keying yourself in to the very spots + circumstances that make shopping feel:

  • fit
  • fun
  • and flawless

your skeleton key awaits

NATURAL FOODS MARKET – It’s not just the food.

I love shopping Abundance Cooperative Market. It’s on Marshall St, near downtown, just off Monroe, and it’s: Quiet. Uncrowded. Local/Organic/IPM/Non-GMO/Fair Trade. Delicious. … Plus, they have a beauty isle. I strongly encourage all of you to buy:

and

  • Make-up! Abundance is where I bought this Mineral Fusion lip balm. Only $9.99 {well-priced compared to its competitors} + friendlier to the face.

{ Bonus: It’s the perfect dewey-pink to give me that – Oh, I just woke up like this – look. }

 

TRUNK SHOWS – They’re not just for connoisseurs. 

Stepping inside Peppermint is like going to the cool kids’ party. You belong. Peppermint on Park + Meigs rivals any boutique I’ve ever been in (which includes: Davos, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and those along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.) Owner Tanvi Asher:

More?? … Decor rivals the racks. Tanvi is an:

  • entrepreneur, designer, and seamstress {think Asher Bridal}
  • who creates artistically renowned window displays and interior store decor.

{ She a lady boss. }

She also hosts Trunk Shows for artists like Machinator Chaos. Meet your favorite artist face-to-face + sip on wine or champagne and snack on treats. Aside from having the opportunity to buy this incredibly well-priced handcrafted industrial necklace from Machinator Chaos and meet its maker (who is another young Barb!), I love Trunk Shows. They are:

  • Affordable – quality, one-of-a-kind, well made, handcrafted art.
  • Unpretentious – who says class has to be an ass?? Not me. A Peppermint Trunk Show: vibe is always right.
  • Awesome – self-explanatory.
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Look at that craftsmanship! Handmade by Barb of Machinator Chaos. Purchased at Peppermint Trunk Show.

VINTAGE SHOP – You don’t have to be rich, a fashionista, … or a grandma.

Do yourself a favor and find your favorite vintage–or thrift–shop in town. If you’re from Rochester, NY, look no further: Treasure Trove Vintage. Convenient – it’s in the same building as Peppermint on Park + Meigs!

{ Pssst – Everything is well-priced. Sweaters range from $15 – $20 pops a piece. Coats are a steal! Get your winter-on, now. }

At this point, a good 75% of my working wardrobe hails from TTV. Day dresses, party dresses; sweaters, skirts; casual wear, work wear; shoes, bags. I could go on. Why do I find Treasure Trove irresistible?

  • On Trend – Morgan, owner, has that eye. Every single time I’m in that shop, I find exactly what I’m swooning over. At Treasure Trove Vintage, it exists.
  • Quality – Morgan is a pro. All pieces are in premium shape. Combine that with the tendency for older clothing to be made better, anyway, and … you will own this piece for another 20 years.
  • Fit – It fits. All of it. I’m not talking miracles. (An XS still does not fit me.) I mean decades. Be it ’50’s waists, ’60’s hemlines, ’70’s styles, or ’80’s cuts … clothing from Treasure Trove Vintage fits, really well.
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The iron broke… 1990’s pencil skirt – Treasure Trove Vintage. Picture doesn’t do it justice.

I’ll be honest

I didn’t mean to shop the past 2 weeks. Shopping found me. Quality, Unique, Affordable, Handcrafted, Good for Me + Good for my Community shopping.

{ Psst. – For all my #ShopLocal finds … Follow me @babsiell on Instagram. }

I love when that happens. … Now go find your Skeleton Key.

#shoplocal

XO.

Shop Local. Julie Rodda + Blue Honey Jewelry.

Julie Rodda is a #ShopLocalivore with a seriously stylish twist. Creator of Blue Honey Jewelry + Candles, Rodda sells her wares in various shops, mostly throughout Rochester and Webster—she also hosts an Etsy account–and buys mostly made in the USA materials. Oh and weeknights, you can find Rodda serving at Bacco’s Ristorante, a unique, cozy, and authentic local eatery on Park Ave in the heart of a burgeoning #ShopLocal district. This born + raised Webster native embodies #ShopLocal.

I first met Julie in the throes of Park Ave Fest. Her steam punk designed glass bottle necklace caught a glint in my eye, and when I found out she’d designed and crafted it locally, I knew I had to know more. Artfully made with a distinct style that hooks-up funk + chic, Rodda vends her jewelry in a myriad of local shops, including Chartreuse Studios right across from Bacco’s. Chartreuse, an art studio and salon that has garnered respectful media coverage, sits conveniently close to Magnolia’s on Park near the Oxford-Park intersection. When I met with Julie a second time, a few weekends ago at Spot, she clued me into her other hot spots + local tastes. Here’s the run down:

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Blue Honey Jewelry and Candles has class. Julie brought me gifts. {Unnecessary. So appreciated.} And packaged them adorably adoringly. Classic Julie Rodda.

Where Julie’s Been – From FIT to Crafter

With a flare for fashion, Julie was originally headed toward the Fashion Institute of Technology. During high school, she partook in the Fashion Merchandizing/Modeling program at BOCES and gained hands-on experience by meeting with designers in New York City. As Rodda evolved, she channeled this creative energy into crafting. A passion that has, quite literally, saved Julie’s life.

What Julie Does – ShopLocalivore

I call Julie a #ShopLocalivore because, truly, she is a full consumer of the #ShopLocal #BuyLocal … #CraftLocal movement! As frequently as she can, Rodda supports other local markets and artists throughout her daily life. From flowers and produce at the Public Market, to working for 3 different local employers (!) Rodda explains that she loves to keep her money local. Aside from shopping, working, and selling in the city, Rodda also extends #ShopLocal to her local town of Webster.

These are Some of Julie’s Favorite #ShopLocal Spots:

Rochester

Shop Peppermint

Magnolia’s

Dichotomy

Public Market

Parkleigh

Chocolate & Vines

Webster

Webster Gourmet

Berry’s Irish Old School Pub

Proietti’s

Canandaigua

F. Oliver’s

 Blue Honey Jewelry + Candles – #ShopLocal

Julie’s crafting began 5 years ago when her unique jewelry style garnered outside attention. First she began filling random orders, which then blossomed into local crafts shows in Webster. Currently, Julie sells Blue Honey in several venues. {See Below.} Julie describes her jewelry as having a distinct tone and, from youngerstyles to older, having something for everyone. While I cannot begin to do justice to Julie’s Blue Honey Jewelry with words, I will attempt to explain some of the unique features that adds allure to Blue Honey’s charm.

Jewelry

Steam Punk – This is why Julie + I met. The miniature cogs + bobs in an equally as miniature glass jar that lent femininity and character to an industrial edge. As you may recall, I love this necklace so much that my brother’s girlfriend loved it more and so I gave it to her. With gracious generosity, Julie custom created me a brand new one just for our meeting.

Sugar Skull – That is what these are called! The Day of the Dead inspired, Mexican themed skulls with roses that come in a rainbow of colors. Rodda truly embodies mixed media with pieces like these that cross cultures and decades. A feather to a skull barrette hits not only perfectly with the 1920’s fashions steaming rolling through, but also with a nod to that old and the new to fit every custom style. (Eeeee! Check this one out.)

Vintage – If anything, Blue Honey Jewelry can be described a vintage. Using as many vintage pieces as possible, like in her signature button bracelets which often have pin-up girl flare, Rodda modernizes the most classic of mediums and themes.

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Vintage bracelet + Custom packaging. Julie had a gift to drop off for a custom order.

Candles

Soy Candles – The penultimate in chic and environmentally friendly. And ’tis the season. At this time, around fall + certainly right before Christmas, Rodda embarks upon the oft arduous task of creating delicious scented soy candles. Self-taught {she explained some of the process, and believe me it is complicated!}, Julie has sought out the premier vendors so she can obtain the same scents distributed by the likes of Yankee Candle and Bath + Body Works. I cannot wait for these soy creations to emerge. And when they do, you will probably know. But do not wait for me! Keep an eye out for yourselves!!

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Julie gifted me soy candles!!! Also, just note how pretty everything is.

 

Where You Can Find Julie + Blue Honey

Etsy – Online

Chartreuse Studios – Rochester

First Friday – Citywide Gallery

Funky Flea Market – Dinosaur BBQ

Various other shops around Webster

Julie’s Ultimate Goal??

To have her work, her art, support her so that she can further support her local shops.

From Julie, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned what it means to eat, breathe, + sleep #ShopLocal and to do it artfully. Julie loves what she does, and she makes it work in the most meaningful of ways. I want to do this. I want to be a #ShopLocalivore so that my art fuels me.

Thanks for the #ShopLocal love Julie!! Cannot wait to find your wares around Rochester.

XO.