Monday, 24 October 2016

Unlikely Horror Icon: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

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How else could we celebrate an Unlikely Horror Icon, except by hanging out in a genuinely creepy cemetery in the dark? For this year's wearable couple costume we picked the classic 80s comedy horror film Beetlejuice. My childhood friend Shiobhan was obsessed with this film when we were kids, so I am more than familiar with it... but I really didn't get it as a child and I found it quite creepy! It was sleazy and a bit gross. Who can resist a bit of monochrome and backcomb though?

Our unlikely style icons are always picked to be easily achievable and Beetlejuice's look is so recognizable that it is a no brainer. I switched up the striped suit for this skirt with the same vertical stripe. I kept the suit idea with a vintage blazer in contrasting pinstripe. As a little nod to his wedding suit I included this white ruffled shirt and faux bowtie necklace. The shirt was really bulky under the skirt so it's not an outfit I'd wear myself but it's fun to mix it up for Halloween. Beyond that I just backcombed my hair and made my eyes and lips dark.

I think my favourite part was the lips. I was pretty pleased to have an excuse to resurrect the purple-black ombre that got me so many compliments for last year's Bride of Chucky look. It makes me realise how much of a look is in the hair and makeup, which I often neglect.
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Blouse | Pepperberry
Blazer | Armstrong's Vintage
Bowtie necklace | Lady Luck Rules OK
Skirt | Topshop
Shoes | back of my wardrobe!
Nails | c/o The Roxburghe Hotel

These kinds of posts are so much fun to do, as you may have noticed from our Moonrise Kingdom and Stranger Things ones. You can be a bit more dramatic with both outfit and idea. Photographing at night was quite a challenge though, and posing/ stumbling around in the dark (sans glasses) was even more so! Extra extra thanks to Helen who had her editing work cut out for her with my devil red eyes.
It's a grim reminder that winter is upon us and the sun is now setting in Edinburgh before 6pm. Photo quality takes a dive along with the daylight so we'll have to work even harder to keep the pics looking crisp. Any tips for bloggers to get decent outfit photos outside in waning light?
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P.S. If you're a loyal reader (we love you), you may know that we've had a Beetlejuice before in the shape of our Halloween Girl Gang babe Miss Vicky Viola. Her take was a much sparklier rock'n'roll one than my own but there's always space for more! Catch Helen's Lydia on Wednesday for a full set.

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