One Item Three Costumes: Chambray Shirt #AKHALLOWEEN

I've partnered with two of the coolest ladies in Anchorage:  bloggers Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat and Leslie Boyd Shroyer of AK ShopGirl  for the month of October to bring you a different Halloween theme every week with an uber fabulous curated collection of costumes, décor, crafts, and last-minute ideas.  In addition, Anchorage traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, will contribute fancy cocktail recipes, and the dopest DJ Spencer Lee will contribute a playlist to complete the mix #PartyUp. 

This week’s theme is "Wes Anderson"

I have been given the challenge of styling three different costumes surrounding a single item, this week's being the classic plaid shirt.   Alright, time to put my styling skills to the test.

If you legit don’t have a chambray shirt in your closet, congratulations because you officially aren’t basic.  If you do, don’t beat yourself up- it’s honestly a staple that every “OMG no, I LOVE J.Crew!” girl had to have and now we are going to use it for three halloween costume options so hells yes!  Denim is an all American pride piece so try to be extra girl next door adorable with these costumes and say “God bless America!” whenever enthusiasm strikes.  

Costume Number 1:  Beyonce as Rosie the Riveter

Rosie was a badass and Beyonce is a badass so let’s combine the two so you can look intelligent by being historical and also extra multi faceted and talented by belting out Beyonce tunes all night, turning any beat that comes on to a mega dance fest if desired.  The hardest part of this costume is tearing yourself away from instagram for eight minutes so you can watch a youtube tutorial on how to wrap your hair with a bandana.  Oh my gosh, that was so difficult for me but just like Rosie I thrived, and somehow we got Leslie’s hair into that bandana.  Here’s a link to the tutorial we watched but be forwarned, the gal made it look super easy like poppin’ a tick tac and it wasn’t easy, sooooooo.

Costume Number 2:  Texas Tuxedo / Hoedown QUEEN

Pretty much this costume is an excuse to either A) go eat a ton of BBQ on Halloween or B) learn that hoedown throw down dance from the Hannah Montanna movie.  I know, I’m brilliant and kind for thinking of this.  Leslie made the costume look so friggen adorable with her sweet belt, boots, and pigtails can you even handle it?  Somebody buy this chick some biscuits with honey butter spread and ask her to boot scoot, plz!!

Costume Number 3:  GAP Employee and/or Model

The best idea I have for this costume is to make it a group thing and everyone dress like some type of mall employee.  Who’s got dibs on Aunt Annie’s Pretzels?!?! Who’s going to be the creepy mall kiosk guy passing out dead sea salt samples and telling every lady that walks past she’s pretty and to “give him 5 minutes?”  Finally, most important of all, who is going to be Hot Dog on a Stick?!! Ok, so this costume is only a decent idea and kind of lame but what if you actually convince people that you ARE a GAP model and you just came from a shoot and didn’t have time to change aka you are wearing SWAG and they can look for you around the holidays in ads across America!?

Thank you for checking out my post- I hope you are inspired!  Be sure to pop over to Alaska Knit Nat for her Wes Anderson dinner party table setting and pop over to AK Shopgirl for Wes Anderson consignment store costumes, a bumpin' Wes Anderson playlist from DJ Spencer Lee and the Lobby Boy cocktail from the Sawbuck! Special bonus from the ultra adorable, Fernanda Conrad of Living Alaska for a family inspired Steve Zissou costume!  

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

One Item Three Costumes: Plaid Shirt #AKHALLOWEEN

I've partnered with two of the coolest ladies in Anchorage:  bloggers Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat and Leslie Boyd Shroyer of AK ShopGirl  for the month of October to bring you a different Halloween theme every week with an uber fabulous curated collection of costumes, décor, crafts, and last-minute ideas.  In addition, Anchorage traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, will contribute fancy cocktail recipes, and the dopest DJ Spencer Lee will contribute a playlist to complete the mix #PartyUp. 

This week’s theme is "Woodland Creatures"

I have been given the challenge of styling three different costumes surrounding a single item, this week's being the classic plaid shirt.   Alright, time to put my styling skills to the test.

This is my “give back” to men portion of the series.  When “plaid shirt” was assigned I immediately thought “Tilted Kilt Bus Boy” meaning, never nude denim cutoffs, hiking socks tucked into sweet lumberjack boots, and a plaid shirt pulled up and tied!  SUPER CUTE!!  Unfortunately and reasonably, Natasha did not think her husband would go for this, model wise, so we will now take a moment of silence for the costume that could have been.  Special shout out to Stephen for being such a wonderful model during this post!

Costume Number 1:  Lumberjack

Ok, so this is an easy fall back costume, I will own up to that.  I will also own up to being IN LOVE with the Lumberjack show I saw at the Alaska State Fair last month and men who legit cut wood and can fend for themselves in the wilderness, all while wearing a plaid shirt!  Amazing!  

Costume Number 2: Truck Driver

I think the best part about the Truck Driver costume is the stories you can make up / tell in regards to the places you have driven to.  I also suggest changing your accent and where you are from with each story.  Another bonus is you can carry a travel mug and put whatever you drink want in it AND you can carry / eat a bunch of snacks throughout the night because, a truck driver doesn't have time for leisure stops, when they're on the road, they're SNACKIN'!! 

Costume Number 3:  Urban Outfitters Employee

Like most hipsters, our model was too cool to model this outfit, and I don't blame him!  Set the tone for coolness at any party you go to by bringing a playlist of "newly discovered bands" and just say "it's no big deal, music is for everyone." if someone compliments the playlist.  Give people fashion / life advice free of charge and if the party is really awkward and lame make it even more awkward by taking people's coats and offering to "put it in a dressing room for them."

Thank you for checking out my post- I hope you are inspired!  Be sure to pop over to Alaska Knit Nat for her DIY Fresh Garland Tutorial and pop over to AK Shopgirl for Woodland Creature Sights and Sounds, Costumes, and the Squirrel Cache cocktail from the Sawbuck! Check back here next Friday for my next post!  

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

One Item Three Costumes: White Faux Fur Vest #AKHALLOWEEN

I've partnered with two of the coolest ladies in Anchorage:  bloggers Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat and Leslie Boyd Shroyer of AK ShopGirl  for the month of October to bring you a different Halloween theme every week with an uber fabulous curated collection of costumes, décor, crafts, and last-minute ideas.  In addition, Anchorage traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, will contribute fancy cocktail recipes, and the dopest DJ Spencer Lee will contribute a playlist to complete the mix #PartyUp. 

This week’s theme is inspired by Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are."  

I have been given the challenge of styling three different costumes surrounding a single item, this week's being the white faux fur vest Leslie used to create her Max costume in her post here.  Alright, time to put my styling skills to the test.

I coveted the oversized furry vest statement since Zoebots started wearing them back in ’05.  They all looked so layered and fabulous and it was just such a D.G.A.F. attitude, I had to get on the bandwagon myself.  The only difference was all the faux furry vests I bought were from F21 and got so matted I ended up looking helpless and in need of a comb to untangle the discounted piece.  I rocked a cotton candy pink colored one my first official day as a set costumer on the first major motion picture I worked on and boy did I make a statement.  I made a “this vest is so low-qual it’s shedding every step I take and I should probably just straight up retire it since we were working on a hot set statement.”  Not a powerful fashion force statement really, but a statement nonetheless.  Start and end of my fancy faux fur vest experience, right there.  I still swoon over them when fall collections roll around and mass retailers feature them looking photo-shopped perfect in ad campaigns.  Pretty much what I’m saying is since I can’t wear the item in everyday situations, I’m all about breaking them out for Halloween, a day where you can be anything and host any attitude you darn well please!

When asked to style three different costume ideas around the fur vest, my mind of course went Rachel Zoe, M.K. & A, and Real Housewives of New York.  Since, R.Zoe and M.K. & A can cross over pretty easily with the oversized bags and mega Starbs cups, I humbly swapped M.K. & A out for the woman I think sums up everything that is wrong with the world, Kim Kardashian.  I’m just giving you guys an excuse to over line your lips, stuff your backside with pillows, and act vain AF.  You’re welcome.  The point of these one item three different costumes posts are not only to show how my styling talent extends past outdoor Alaska clothing, but technically it’s a frugile and last minute way to shop your closet.  If you don’t want to be frugile, but instead frivolous, feel free to use these posts as an excuse to shop and add things you have always wanted to add to your closet, okay?! 

The lovely Leslie has a dream closet and she looks friggen stunning in every clothing item she threw on so shout out to her for being my model and making everything look so simple!

Costume Number 1:  Rachel Zoe

This past spring I said I wanted everyone in high waisted flares so if you haven’t listened yet, go buy some right now, partner them with a long flowy blouse, big ass wedges, an oversized bag and sunnies, and the biggest Starbs cup ever.  Make your hair wavy and beachy because it’s so easy to do (yeah right), maybe throw on a turban and absolutely throw on a long necklace, scarlett lipstick, enormous cocktail rings, and an even bigger “I’m flawless and fabulous deal with it right now” ego.  You can also go evening glam as R.Zoe by wearing a sequined dress under the vest and just screaming “BANANAS” at EVERYONE.  Totally up to you, it’s your Halloween, you make the decisions.

Costume Number 2: Kim Kardashian

I mean, you might as well.  Throw on anything black and tight fitting, slick back your hair into a low bun, grab whatever oversized hoops your wore when club life was mad real, contour the f outta yo face, throw on any heeled shoe, take a selfie every five seconds and tell people you will be selling copies for $25 at a TBD time but they can pre-order now, cash only.  If anyone gives you ANY attitude, just remind them you are better than them because of all your plastic surgery and the fact that you are rich.  Oh gosh, this sounds so awful, I already regret swapping her in when I could be talking about Olsen’s right now!!

Costume Number 3:  Real Housewife of New York

Ok, I’ve never even watched this show, but any excuse to attempt to look classy classy CLASSY and whine about being frail, gold digging and being exhausted from sassing around the nannies.  Pretty much any Banana Republic pencil skirt works for this especially when partnered with any Nine West pump and corresponding BR blouse from the same collection / season of the skirt.  Pearls are a bitter Manhattanites best friend and sense of security so throw those on and make sure your hair is perfectly blown out and set.  Now pour a cocktail glass with drink of choice, act like Andy Cohen is on speed dial and you are set, Park Ave Princess!

Thank you for checking out my posts- I hope you are inspired!  Be sure to pop over to Alaska Knit Nat for her smashing and delightful floral arrangement here and check back next Friday for my next post!  

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!