June 12, 2016

Halloween Update 2008 - 2014

One of my favorite times of year is Halloween. I will go ahead and just show you guys a catalogue of the Halloween costumes that I have made for myself (or my sister in one case). These run from 2008 to 2014. I haven't gotten the pictures edited from this last year's Halloween costume, but I will get it up soon!

Hand sewn costume for my sister. This year I went as Sailor Pluto, but I can't find any of the pictures from the costume that I made.
 I think she made a good Alice even though we didn't add the omega necklace or the blood stains.

I am not sure if I added pictures of this one earlier, but it's here for good measure! I made the belt and the hair bow. A former colleague of mine made the arm warmers.

This was one of the lazier costumes that I made, but I really enjoyed it. I didn't really make anything (possibly glued some feathers onto the top, but that's about it). 


You have all seen the Minnie Mouse costume. I just assembled different pieces together for this one.

In 2012 I had two costumes. One was my planned costume and the other was just something that I threw together because someone at work called a meeting and encouraged people to come in costume (I was the only one in costume). I just went to Good Will and grabbed some things for this one. A friend of mine who is former military personnel was kind enough to lend me his tie.


This is a polka dot dress that I made so that I could go as a pop art version of myself. I had a fun time watching my students realize that I was standing right next to them in the hallway without them even noticing.

I made a bright red trench coat so that I could go as Carmen San Diego in 2014. I had the yellow scarf since 2009 and figured I could put it to good use by mimicking the original CSD outfit.

Breathing New Life into this Blog

Like the un-dead this blog just keeps coming back!

I decided that I would use the blog not only for information about my affinity for makeup, but also share the process of planning my wedding. Whether you know it or not, I love to sew (for example I recently made some night gowns, tunics, and dresses). When I started going through various bridal magazines, I noticed an excess of illusion mesh.

Exhibit A: Google Image Search result for the alleged "illusion mesh"

While it is the case that this fabric will only be beneficial for some fairer-skinned people, it is absolutely the case that it will not benefit me. I need something that is closer to my skin tone that won't make it ashy or conspicuously darker if I want that chic sheer look. I went to the Britex in San Francisco to see if they carried any and they were fresh out of colors that would match my skin tone. In fact, they had considerable trouble getting it back in stock. They suggested that I contact a lingerie company that makes nude colors for people with darker skin. This of course means a call to Nubian Skin, but lo and behold, they have people custom dye their fabric and it is not available to the general public. So I figured: what the hey? I already sew, I already paint, it shouldn't be that hard to dye my own fabric to match my skin tone. In fact: it shouldn't be that hard to make my dress.

So if you are following this blog now, that is in part what you are following: my quest to make my wedding dress (and bridesmaids dresses). You are also following to see a backlog of my Halloween makeup (oops).