I love Halloween for so many different reasons. First and foremost, I love coming up with cute costumes that incorporate vintage. So many of my style inspirations come from books, movies, and culture and Halloween is the perfect time to reference these parts of you. I also love seeing people's creative sides come out in their costumes and seeing how they bring their ideas to real-life! Plus you get to eat lots of treats and dance to the monster mash- so who couldn't love it right?
Every year I try and come up with a couple costumes to span over a few days- something to wear to work the day of, and then a different costume for each Halloween party. I've always loved costuming and was even interested and involved in the field of costume styling, before opening the shop. For me, it's about finding the right pieces and putting them together in a cute and stylish way. Some of my best inspirations have come from vintage costume books- where outfits were handmade and adorable.
One of my favourite books is called "Easy-to-Make Colouful Costumes" and it was put out by the Dennison Crepe Paper Company in 1952. I picked this up in my antiquing and love how sweet all the costume ideas are.
I just love how costumes were so pure back then, not like today's lingerie and a pair of animal ears trend!
For this year's costumes, I decided to keep things sweet and vintage inspired. Yesterday, employee Haley and I dressed up like some yummy edibles. She was an adorable sprinkle donut. Her dress was one of my finds from my trip to Arizona in September and it matched the plush donut she had (her boyfriend won it for her at a carnival- amazingly cute no?). Granted, her peripheral vision was a bit affected by the donut, but she looked adorable! :)
I went as a strawberry and just wore one of my favourite red dresses and added some paper seeds. Haley helped me fashion up an adorable headpiece from a vintage beret and costruction paper to make the strawberry leaves. All in all, it came together in five minutes and was cute and comfortable! I must say we went together really nicely- all pink and red and yummy! It was such a fun day in shop and reminded me of Halloween at school where everything just felt more fun because you were in a costume and eating candy.
Today's costume was inspired by one of the all-time greatest chick flick, A League of Their Own. I love this movie because it brings together my favourite things; vintage styles (set in the late 1940's), lots of Hollywood babes (Geena Davis is just a stunner), vintage sports imagery and Tom Hanks! The movie is loosely based on a real women's baseball team, The Rockford Peaches, who were part of the first All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. I'm sure most of you have seen it and if not- go do it right now! And remember, there's no crying in baseball!
Have a happy and fun Halloween!
With the fall season upon us and the spooky times just beginning, I've been craving some hocus pocus in my life. I've always loved witchy style and black magic fashion and love this time of year for trying out some darker looks.
At the shop we're feeling very inspired and longing for layers of black in different textures, big brimmed hats and cozy tights with little ankle booties.
On a pop culture note, the new season of American Horror Story has started and this time it's all about witches. Best moment so far was when the "Supreme" witch Jessica Lange tells them all to put on something black and they all emerge with floppy black hats, shades and the moodiest outfits.
Check out some visual inspirations here and keep an eye out for our Witchy window display, which will be unveiled for our Fall Launch party this Friday.
P.S. Need a halloween costume? Be a high-fashion witch! No need for a fake nose or green makeup...just deck yourself out in black, get some dark lipstick and cast moody glances at everyone all night long.