my top halloween costume picks

Halloween is so close. It’s even closer, since all of the good parties are on the weekend. That’s only three days away. And I don’t even have a costume. If you’re like me and wait until the last possible second, I hope I can help you out. Polyvore has this Halloween Costume contest that’s great for inspiration. It’s a few years old now, but I just love to browse through the different costume combinations. Here are my favorites.


Daria. I just finished watching the complete series and it really brings me back to my teenage years.

Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego. I used to love playing this game on my old DOS computer. I’ve always always wanted to go as her, but I’ve never had the red coat, until one time I found one at a thrift store, but it was $25 and January. And I lacked prescience to buy it. So, alas, another Halloween has come and gone and I am not Carmen Sandiego. Plus, where am I going to find a red hat like that?

Jessica Rabbit is a classic costume. Although, I do not have the body to pull it off. Lucky for any woman who does.

You could go as Audrey Hepburn. She’s so timeless. Remember to pencil in your eyebrows.

This is a cute rendition of Cogsworth. He was my favorite character in Beauty & the Beast. And think, making clock hands for a mustache would be a fun costume highlight.

Velma is a quick and easy costume that’s instantly recognizable. It’s a great go-to, but the downside is I usually see a Velma every year. One year I saw two.

Arthur is another one you could probably create with the things in your closet. Make a set of felt ears, so there’s no confusion as to who you are.

Oh, and how I’d love to go as Sofi from Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s one of my favorite animated films. So magical. I just need to find the right dress.

I wish Halloween was more than once of year. Writing this post has boosted my creativity a little in the costume department. Let’s hope mine comes together. So is anyone else out there a procrastinator when it comes to costumes? Good luck on yours!

jumper dresses and resolutions recap

Yes, I’ve certainly been away from the blogosphere for a while, and it has taken something truly great to make me return.

I love love love this Record Store Jumper over at A Beautiful Mess.

I’ve been following Elsie’s blog for some time now, and she’s nothing but inspiring. I watched her open her own fashion shop Red Velvet and now they’ve launched their own dress line, which is where this chevron patterned beauty comes from.

I’ve been thinking a lot about creating my own patterns, but I’m really confused where to start. Granted, I haven’t done as much research as I could be doing on the subject. Do I need a dressmaker’s mannequin (hello birthday!)? Should I draw it out on a lining paper or just wing it with tailor’s chalk? If anyone has some advice or can link to a resource, I’d be grateful.

I think the first item I’d like to make sans pattern is a jumper. I’ve got three other garments in my queue right now, but I’m so ready for spring fun dresses.

As for my mysterious disappearance, the honest truth is I’ve been working on my New Year’s Resolutions.

This includes:
Studying for the GRE – at least an hour a day.
Training for a 5K – I’ve got the date set, so I’m trying to run (well, jog. ahem, let’s face it, walk) every day.
Applying for jobs that I want – hello rejection, everywhere I turn.
Mediating – Well, I’m using youtube videos for guided meditation. I think it’s time to pick up a book and try to discover meditation’s true powers.
Learning to do without – I’ve thrown out more than 40 things (posts to come), but I still have more stuff wherever I turn.

the weekender: new year’s eve dress edition


It’s already New Year’s Eve. Everything about it is so overwhelming.

2010 Recaps:
Graduating and officially starting my life
Being fortunate enough to find a job I love right out of college
Going to Portland with my best friend
Serving as editor of The Yeti and publishing its first issue in years
Starting a running club – one of the hardest things I’ve ever done
Being with my boyfriend, who makes me happy every day of my life
Starting this blog, which was terrifying

I’ll work on my 2011 goals in another post.

Until then here are some gorgeous dresses to drool over. I wish I was wearing these tonight (all @ Modcloth).

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Here are some cheaper, skimpier dresses from F21. They had a lot more New Year’s Glitz.

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Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Inspiring Looks: Julianne Moore

For date night last night the beau and I went to see The Kids Are All Right with Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. It’s an adorable film. I was most in love with Julianne Moore’s character’s style which consisted of baggy shirts with nicely fitting jeans. Sadly, the photos on the internet don’t do the look justice.

She is one of the few women who can pull off a tucked-in over sized t-shirt.

She makes it look like lounging around in jeans is actually comfortable. Time to throw away those sweats.

Such a hideous shirt turned lovely.

If it’s not apparent yet, Julianne Moore is my biggest on-screen crush.

Did you see Chloe? The trailer really ignores how sultry the film is.

Here’s one for the road from The Kids Are All Right. What a gorgeous cast.