Note: It has come to my attention that some “anonymous” person has decided to share certain costume photos from this blog to a Cosplay page on FB with the intent of deriding the women in the photos. This was done without anyone’s permission and the people doing this are saying “it’s just a joke” as though it excuses them from accountability for actively harassing people and seeking out people to harass. This time I just reported the page. Next time, I’ll hex your ass.
On to today’s post:
The Black Swan costume came as a byproduct of wardrobe gifts earlier in 2013. Somehow, I wound up owning 3 black tutus. Since I got them for a dance performance I had to cancel due to pinched nerve, I decided I had to do something involving them for Halloween. The first satisfying idea that came to me: the Black Swan.
The costume itself was easy enough – leotard and slippers from Amazon, white hose from Just My Size, tiara from Party City. I used standard Halloween grease paint for the makeup. After, I remembered the old goth trick of putting white powder over the grease paint. Since that is not sold at casual costume stores, I didn’t have it – and really, corn starch probably would have done the trick just as well.
The costume went over well – lots of people loved the makeup. It took me about four tries to get it. Tracing the brow and eye line were easy. It was placing the red makeup around it to give myself a slightly bloodshot expression that was hard to do.
Oh – and the purse situation wasn’t ideal, either. If I had to do it over again I would fashion a pouch-style belt/fanny pack that I could tuck beneath the top tutu.
- Edgy black swan raver outfit(hanokitty.com)
- Omni Houston Hotel Presents ‘Black Swan Halloween Party’(mix965houston.cbslocal.com)
- Halloween Costumes in Your Closet(willwork4couture.com)
All dressed up before going to watch the Copper Bottom Band.
I’m frowning because the sun is in my eyes and a squirrel is eyeing my tripod from a tree branch.
- What if there was a #LookBookForAll?(thecurvyfashionista.com)
- My Way of Styling Brightly Colored Jeggings(innermostthoughtsofateengirl.wordpress.com)
- OOTD: Debut of the Walmart Jeggings(thelazygirlblog.com)
Another tripod and timer special. The lighting was not great, but I was using the time I had on hand. The jeans are surprisingly comfortable – the top has holes, but I love it anyway.
- #OOTD: Week 40 (’13)(weareglazed.wordpress.com)
- OOTD: Primary Colors(everythinggay.wordpress.com)
- OOTD: Shine On.(strawberrysandcarbonara.wordpress.com)
So, after trying on jeans and ordering them everywhere – Lane Bryant, Old Navy, (Silver are still a bit too small for me) I finally found a deal at Wal-Mart I could tolerate. While as you can see I still need to hem the jeans (above) the fit on the back end is really nice. I can get that half-inch to inch raised no problem – as it was they went almost to the floor and I am actually wearing heels. No, they aren’t talls and I am about 5 foot 8 – not even a little bit on the short side.
Wal-Mart Faded Glory is so not where I expected to find denim peace. But there it is. I only hope no one was tortured too horribly in the making of these jeans. I payed $30 for 3 pair (two are jeggings that also fit great) so I’m pretty sure that whoever made it, they aren’t getting any health insurance.
The top is an Eileen Fischer shirt I bought on clearance for $3 at Optiz Outlet. Optiz. It’s my happy place.
It’s Las Vegas – and travel packing is always a bear, especially when your traveling companion wants to do carry-on only. Here’s a few outfits from what I came up with. It’s a mix of Target, Wal-Mart, Kiyonna and Lane Bryant in all of that. While I had hoped to visit some plus-size stores specific to Las Vegas, the only one I really got to hit was a Ross and one store that was billed as “plus size” that was nothing of the sort – not even in-betweenie.
Babe Hope over at Ulla Popken invited me to review a few pieces from the spring line. As they had an item or three I’d drooled over off and on, I was delighted to do so. The above is a tunic top available at Ulla Popken (that is currently marked down!)Â It’s a very nice, comfortable fit – I can stretch my arms and move around without feeling restricted. A detail that doesn’t show up in the photos all that well is the delicate beading around the neckline. It even comes with a pack of beads, just in case you lose yours in the washer.
The next item sent was the black skortÂ (also available in white.) I LOVE this. It feels much more comfortable than shorts, still shows off the legs, and looks well with a nice tunic or a drape-style blouse. I thought I’d give it a try as I’ve felt some skepticism at their returns – but ultimately, I’m very much in favor of it, especially with a skort as well made and comfortable as this one.
Materials for this post were provided free of charge by the producing company.
This is a long overdue review of the gorgeous dress that eShakti sent me. Since we had freak snowstorms in Minnesota it put a significant kabosh on my modeling spring dresses. It’s just really hard to show off a halter dress when you’re turning blue. While I’m not seeing this specific dress in red, their Brooklyn dress is very similar in overall design.
When eShakti contacted me, they also asked me to walk through their order system. It was clear cut. The site menu asked for specific measurements – waist, chest, etc. It then took about three weeks to get the dress – since it is shipped from India, I consider this fast and reasonable.
It fits beautifully at the sides – like someone measured it for me exactly. The back exposes a bit more than I’d like – I have back fat rolls I feel self-conscious about.Â The bust is looser than I’d like, but I’ve had some upper body weight loss over the winter so that may not be something that could be tailored for. The back cuts low, but not too low – you can’t really wear a bra with it and maintain the bared back illusion. That said, I might go ahead and wear a sports bra underneath.
So yes – this is me in a real eShakti dress! They do just about every size there is; you just have to shop with a measuring tape handy!