As Halloween approaches I am faced with the same predicament I am every year; finding the perfect costume!
Top 5 reasons why finding a Halloween costume over the age of 12 is challenging:
1. I have reached an age where cutesy is just not cute any more.
2. Sexy cop/bunny/cat/witch/nurse/insert anything else that can be made into a provocative costume____ has never really been my speed.
3. I refuse to spend a lot of dough.
4. I insist on a costume that will make people laugh with me, not at me.
5. The absolute worst part of dressing up since the age of 12 is that my mom no longer wants to make my costumes!
This is one of my mom's most fabulous creations. Lindsay and I dressed as a two headed monster in 1989?
My most recent success was when my hubbie and I dressed as TomKat. Our height difference lent itself to a classic role reversal. He dressed as Katie and I went as Tom. Best part... the only money spent was on the $3 "Suri" doll from Walgreens!
So, I'm thinking this year I may go as Chuey and force my husband to dress as Chelsea Handler. Again, the height difference works in our favor. And let's be honest, my husband has never really turned down an opportunity to dress as a woman. I heart Chelsea Lately and dressing like her and Chuey would be a privilege.
Next steps... Doll up the hubbie in some jeans, a sweater and throw on a cheap blonde wig.
And for me: a sweet beret, an argyle sweater and voile!
There ya have it. DIY Halloween costume in a matter of minutes. What is everyone else being this year?!
Lately I have been obsessed with vintage jewelry by Ciner. Ciner began mass producing a range of high quality costume jewels in the 1930's, and has since built a name for the company around some very fashionable animal costume jewels.
I stumbled upon Ciner in my search to add another animal to my menagerie... and I soon realized that it is the "Chanel" of the animal jewelry kingdom. Ciner has some insane bejeweled pieces ranging from necklaces to cuffs, all adorned with animal closures.
I recently purchased a glass bead frog enamel necklace on etsy that I am rocking today:
Check out some of the other Ciner pieces I am stalking...
I was driving home from work yesterday and thought I saw a dog alone in a parking lot. I kept driving but the possibility of a dog alone in the rain was on my mind the whole way home. So, I picked up my husband and insisted we drive back to see if there was actually a dog there.
About 20 minutes later, I arrived back to the parking lot, and there she was; a little Corgi who was wet, shaking and terrified. She was wearing a pink collar with tags on it so we attempted to grab her to read her tags.
Here she is in the middle of the parking lot. Just looking at this picture makes me want to cry!
Unfortunately, she was so scared that when we tried to grab her, she ran across the lot and into a thorn bush! The situation went from bad to worse and the cold rain wasn't helping!
Here she is hiding in the bush.
We climbed in and did our best to lure her out but she was terrified and my baby voices weren't enticing her. So, we went into the bank next door for help. They did not have any dog treats, but had lollipops to spare! To my dismay, baby voice + lollipop did not = rescuing dog.
It had now been about 30 minutes and bank patrons were now coming out to help. One suggested that we run to a nearby vet for help. We followed the advice and obtained a leash and real dog treats but they did not help either. This dog was terrified!
Another hour went by, and finally, with the help of a nice lady, we were able to corner her and get the poor dog out of the thorn bush. We were able to call the owners who told us her name was Reggie and she had been MIA for almost 5 hours after running away from her dog walker!
Reggie was actually in town visiting from Wisconsin while her parents were in Vegas. They were about to cancel their trip and come home because they were so worried about their little nugget! Luckily, they didn't have to.
Here is Reggie safe and warm in the back of the car.
Helping the little pooch get home safely warmed my heart so I thought I'd share. If anything ever happened to one of my pups, I would hope someone would do the same!
Most people know Monique Lhuillier for her exquisite wedding dresses.
Lhullier also designs a ready-to-wear collection, bridesmaids dresses,
table top pieces & fine papers.
Monique always had an interest in fashion, sketching ensembles & customizing her own dresses at the ripe age of 11! Monique studied at FIDM in California, and gained interest in bridal wear while planning her own wedding. She realized that the wedding dresses at that time lacked a whimisical sensibility.
Thanks to her designs, the bridal world is now changed for the better.
Monique Lhuillier has come a long ways, becoming a part of many celebrity bridal moments. She has designed for Reese Witherspoon, Ashlee Simpson, Pink, Alicia Silverstone, Britney Spears, and more.
Monique dresses are now regularly seen on the red carpet (see Thandie below)!
LGS just happened to recieve this stunning gown!
See our model Jocelyn below... (isn't she fab!?)
We did a fabulous video/photo shoot styling this beaut, click below.
In addition to this stunning dress, we have a few other Monique Lhuillier dresses:
I hardly wear make up unless I am dressing up, however, these are a few items that I could not live without!
Recognize the chevron? That's a missoni for target make up bag.
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer # 2. This concealer is the perfect weight and lasts all day without getting cake-y.
Beverley Hills Clear Eye Brow Gel: This is the perfect tamer for unruly
brows! Even when I wear no make up, I throw this on.
Shu Uemera Lash Curler: There is a reason this is in every girl's make up case!
Eye Bright: If my make up bag was going up in flames, this is the one
thing I would rescue. I am beyond obsessed with this product. It is a
highlighter for the inside of your eyes. I even use it as eyeliner. It
totally brightens my eyes after a long day at work. Please do not
discontinue this product, Benefit!!
NARS Laguna Bronzer: The best bronzer ever. Buy it. It makes you look sun kissed, without the orange! YSL
Mascara Singular: This mascara is constantly sold out at the YSL
counter. It makes sense. It is one of the few mascaras that lengthens,
without making your eyes look like spiders.
Clinique Blended Face Powder: I know, I know. People
stop using Clinique after age 13. Not me! I have literally been using
the same face powder since I was in high school. (Don't worry, Not the
same jar!) If it isn't broken, why fix it?!
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow: Great set of 4 eye shadows. It gives me a lot of options all in one case!