Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Styled by Helen: Halloween

For Halloween I wore this customised dress as part of my Day of the Dead costume. After all the work I put into it, and the fact this dress is sooo comfy, I couldn't just wear it once. So here I am styling it up post-October 31st. I went for a monochrome look, adding a cosy jumper to keep the autumn chill out. I kept the skulls on my dress company with a skull print scarf I've had forever and a day.

Scarf | Bought so long ago I can't remember
Jumper | H&M
Dress | George at Asda, customised by me
Boots | H&M
Necklace | Borrowed from Kim
Ring | Made by me

I am definitely loving the good old black and white combo for this winter. After seeking out bright colours during most of the summer I am falling back into my monochrome habits. There's just something so striking about the combination. Plus it's super easy to put together which is a huge bonus when I'm getting dressed in the dark mornings while still half asleep.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Halloween

Like Helen, I prefer re-wearable outfits to costume shop bought ones. I am loving my Black Swan skirt from Topshop and it's something I can dress up or down.

For a casual day look I have teamed it with mannish boots and my gym tee. Just kidding, I don't have a gym tee. Until very recently I was "between gyms" (... and had been for about a year...) It's my sitting-on-my-sofa-eating-cake tee.
So it gets a lot of use.

Top | Topshop
Skirt |Topshop
Tights | Primark
Boots | Marks and Spencers
Rings | H&M
Necklace | Dorothy Perkins
Nails | Revlon Vixen

I look forward to wearing it with a chunky or fluffy knit and next year with a biker jacket and heels so this costume has plenty of wear in it yet. Have you got the same out of yours?

Friday, 1 November 2013

Halloween Nails

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween?! I celebrated with face paints and a trip to the cinema to see The Wicker Man. One aspect of Halloween that I got a bit too excited by was having some spooky nails. In fact for the whole of October my finger tips were rather creeptastic. Check out my selection...


Frankenstein's Monster:

Bones & Eyes: 

Spiderwebs & Day of the Dead:

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

5 Halloween Costumes You'll Want to Wear Again

It's Halloween tomorrow! One of the things I like most about Halloween is planning my Halloween costume. Instead of popping online to grab something pre-packed (and usually over-pirced) I prefer to source as much of my costume from charity and high street shops. As long as you're not planning on chucking gallons of fake blood over yourself it means you can end up with something you might actually wear again. Here are 5 costume ideas using some nice high street items that I would actually want in my wardrobe.

1. Day of the Dead
White Lace Dress - ASOS | Black Studded Kimono - Miss Selfridge | Lisa Huge Rose Headband - Crown and Glory | Make Up via Pinterest

Though I probably wouldn't wear these two items of clothing together for anything other than a Halloween costume, I would definitely wear them separately. Plus I've been after a statement floral crown for a while and the colour of this one would work throughout the Autumn/ Winter season. To make it all into the perfect Day of the Dead costume just add some spooky makeup using coordinating colours.

2. Chucky

Denim Midi Pini - Topshop | Striped Cropped Tshirt - Zara | Temporary Tattoos - Amazon | Cleaver Bag - Kreepsville | Red Converse - Office

The trainers, pinafore and top make a pretty casual outfit all on their own. With the addition of some make up, fake scars and a novelty clutch this makes an easy Child's Play costume.  If you're not already a ginger, why not add some red hair chalk to make the transformation complete.

3. Black Swan

Black Tulle Midi Dress - Topshop | Glossy Ballerina Flats - Zara | Elbie Crown Headband - Crown & Glory | Super Lusterous Matte Lipstick - Revlon

This is a pretty straight forward party outfit but the tulle skirt and flats are perfect for an evil ballerina make over. Add some killer eye make up, red contact lenses and a few feathers to give a mid transformation Natalie Portman look.

4. Medusa

Snake Print Court Shoe - ALDO | Green Necklace and Snake Earrings - Monki |  Bag with Curved Handle - ASOS | Medusa Makeup - via Pinterest | Serpentina Lipstick - Lime Crime | Green Cut Out Wrap Dress - River Island | Snake Toy - Ebay

If you fancy going more colorful for all hallows eve then this Medusa outfit may be up your street. Lively colours and plenty of snake skin pattern makes this a pretty killer outfit on its own. Add a stricking and unusual lipcolour and get creative with your eye make up and your almost there. The finishing touch is to wind some toy snakes into your do and then you're done!

5. Wednesday Addams

Black and White Collared Shift Dress - River Island | Wednesday Adams Sewing Pattern - Dolls and Daydreams on Etsy | Smoky Eyes Trio - Bourjois | T Bar Geek Shoes - Topshop

This has to be one of the easiest costumes to put together.  If you don't already own a black dress with white collar you can always add a detachable one or stick a shirt underneath. I do love these geek shoes so using Halloween as an excuse to buy them would work out pretty well for me. The Doll sewing pattern adds a bit of handmade back into your costume while the smoky eye and braids are both really simple ways to give that Addams family look.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Trick or Treat? Definitely Treat.

I love Halloween! Being a big horror movie fan I do enjoy any excuse to get dolled up in some spooky attire. I especially love that both the high street and independent brands are getting well into the swing of it by providing lots of creepy treats for us. Just check out this terrifying bunch.

1.) Boo Head Band | Urban Outfitters
2.) Destiny Spider Collar Tips | Me & Zena
3.) Skeleton Print Tube Skirt | Topshop
4.) Glitter Bat Clips | Crown & Glory
5. Treat Slogan Book Clutch | ASOS