FBFF: Halloweekend!

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Remember how I said I would post my DC pictures today?  Well that will just have to wait until next week because this week’s FBFF questions are so fun- they’re all about Halloween!  In the past few years, Halloween has easily become one of my favorite holidays.  During my childhood, I wasn’t allowed to dress up or go trick-or-treating, which took a lot of the fun out of the day.  Needless to say, when I celebrated my first real Halloween in college, I partied hard ;)  Also, Halloween in college was a multiple-day celebration, so for most years I had two costumes!

2007- Pirate

2007- Robin Hood

2008- Beekeeper

2009- Fashion Police (jk, I was a detective)

Handmade by me

2010- Tightrope Walker

1. Do you have plans for Halloween? What will you dress up as this year? Yes, I think I do now!  This is my first Halloween out of college, so I wasn’t sure how/if any of my friends were celebrating.  Thankfully, one of my friends decided to organize a Halloween party for us all!  However, finding that out last week means I am so behind on my costume planning!  I really like to be creative with my costumes, which means they take a while to make.  However, I don’t think I’ll have enough time this year to pull something really amazing together.  As far as costume ideas, my roomie suggested Daenerys from Game of Thrones and since I am currently obsessed with that series, it might just be a great costume for me…

2. Where do you go for costume and makeup inspiration? This is going to sound obvious, but I just turn to google and literally search “halloween costume ideas!”  Sometimes my friends and I bounce ideas off each other, or in the case of the beekeeper costume above, I was reading The Secret Life of Bees at the time which definitely served as my inspiration for the costume.  Also, youtube is a great place for makeup tutorials!  My friend was a mermaid last year and we used a trick we saw in a youtube video to create the lovely effect of scales all over here face (see an example here).

3. What was the best costume you’ve ever donned? I think my favorite costume so far was the tightrope walker costume.  It took a lot of effort to put together, including making the skirt and adding various embellishments to the top and pole, but all that hard work makes me especially proud of how it turned out!

4. What’s the most creative costume you’ve ever seen? Gosh, I don’t know!  I think the most creative costumes are the ones where you take what you have and make it into something completely new.  For example, my friend went as a battery (see above) and she took pieces she already owned and whipped up a great costume in a matter of hours!

5. No holds barred if you could dress up as anything, what would it be? I would love to dress up as Blair or Serena from Gossip Girl- designer clothes included please! ;)

Tell me: What’s your all-time favorite Halloween costume?

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

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FBFF: Jumping on the Bandwagon

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It feels good to be doing another FBFF post!  I haven’t been active for a little while, but now I’m jumping back in :)  This week, we’re talking about “fads, trends, and our desire to be part of the ‘in’ crowd.”

Remember these?

1. Do you ever see a fad hit the stores and immediately dislike it? Has that fad ever began to grow on you? There have been a few fads that I immediately disliked when they hit the stores.  The first one that comes to mind is gaucho pants.  If you think back a few years ago, those were all the rage (at least in my circles)!  However, even when everyone around me was wearing them and they were all over the stores, I knew they were not for me.  I just didn’t think they were figure-flattering, so I definitely passed on that trend.  Another, more recent trend that I didn’t like at first was wide-leg pants.  It just seemed like if they weren’t styled just so, you could look really retro (not in a good way) or a little bit ridiculous.  Then, I saw so many bloggers wearing wide-leg pants and totally rocking the look, which has changed my opinion.  Now I know they can look oh-so chic and glamorous when done correctly (see below for examples)!



2. Has the popularity of a certain piece of clothing or line ever convinced you to try on something (or purchase something) you dislike? There have been times when I have seen clothes from a certain line on sale and I feel like I have to take advantage of the opportunity and snag them since they are such a great price.  Then I try to take a step back and really decide if I like the item itself or if I just like the name it’s attached to.  I want my closet to be full of clothes I really love, not just full of fancy labels.

3. Have you ever changed your mind about a trend after seeing it around for a while?  Oh yes, definitely!  There have been trends that I really liked when they first came out, but got sick of when I saw them all over the blogosphere.  It’s like when a really great song first comes out and you love it and you think it’s the best song ever, but then you start to hear it all over the place and on every radio station you tune into, and suddenly you can’t stand it!  It’s not that I don’t like the trend anymore, I just get tired of having it shoved in my face all the time.

4. Do you feel a certain pressure to have specific items in your closet because ‘everyone’ else does?  Yep, yep, I’ve felt that pressure since I was a kid.  Growing up in a family of 4 kids, we didn’t always have a ton of money to spend on clothes, which was hard to deal with when you felt like you were the only one at school that didn’t have a certain item.  However, my parents always taught me to be content with what I have and I appreciate that lesson more and more as I grow older.  I think there’s still pressure to own certain items, especially when you’re a blogger, but I have to consider which of these items I actually like and can realistically afford.

5. Be honest, what do you think of the Missoni line? Did you grab any items? Is it worth the eBay prices?  I had mixed feelings about the line.  I didn’t love all of the clothing pieces that were part of the collection.  However, I did think many of the accessories and home goods were really cute, so I had a blogger friend (thanks Ashley!) pick up one of the silk scarves for me.  I really love the pattern and think it was a pretty good deal at $20 bucks!  I definitely do not think they are worth the eBay prices- I think that whole thing is a bit crazy.  I say wait until the hype dies down a bit, then maybe the prices won’t be so bad, or just wait until the next awesome Target/Designer Collaboration (Jason Wu!!)

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

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FBFF: Location, Location, Location

This week, the FBFF questions are all about locational influences- how your location does or does not influence the way you dress.  This has come up once before in this post and I’m excited to tackle these questions!

View from the rooftop garden of The Met

1. What part of the world do you blog from? (feel free to be as specific or as vague as you are comfortable with.) Well, as you may or may not know, I moved to NYC in mid-June, so I’m currently blogging from here.  I first started my blog when I was still in college in Connecticut, so I blogged from there too [shout-out to my CT bloggers! :D]

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say?  Well, there’s the cliche saying that, “New Yorkers only wear black,” which may very well be true!  However, what I’ve noticed is that there is such a range!  The other day, I saw this girl in what looked like a harajuku girl costume, which definitely stood out among all the other people who were more conventionally dressed.  Another thing that totally makes a difference is neighborhood.  In the area where I’m living now, people might be rockin’ a boho vibe, while up on 42nd Street near Grand Central, it’s all about the suits or business casual attire.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold? I feel like it would be hard to break the mold in New York, but I think right now I’m probably somewhere in the middle.  Not way out there nor super avant-garde.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve? As I mentioned in the post I linked to earlier, my clothing choices definitely change when I go back to my hometown.  I feel like people are less experimental there, so I used to, in some ways, rein in what I wore.  I’d even had people comment on my “East Coast style.”  Also, sometimes when I was going into NYC from Connecticut, I felt pressure to spruce up my outfits- I was going to New York after all!  Then I decided that I shouldn’t have to limit what I wear based on my location (other than practical concerns, of course) and that I should wear whatever I want to wear, wherever I am!

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be?  Oh wow, this is so hard- I always have major problems when someone asks me to describe my style!  How about this game?  I’ll name some words that I think fit my style and you tell me what city makes sense! Girly, Casual Chic, Cardigan-Lover, Wears a lot of black (clearly I’m not good at this, haha!)

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)  Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

Also, I just wanted to thank you guys for your supportive comments on Wednesday’s post!  I was so nervous about posting, but you guys drove all the nerves away :)  Also, as far as the etsy shop, I think I’m going to go for it- so keep checking back here for updates! :D