Halloween Location Looks: Day 14 of 31 – Boogie Nights

Oct 25, 2014 | One Comment

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 14 is here and this has been one of my go-to costume for years when I was a blonde!

Today’s costume comes from:

Boogie Nights - title card

Boogie Nights (c/o New Line Cinema’s “Boogie Nights”)

I love the 70s aesthetic, so I was super obsessed with this movie when it came out. The clothes, the music, the heart shaped sunglasses!

Boogie Nights - Rollergirl

Heart sunnies! (c/o New Line Cinema’s “Boogie Nights”)

I used to get “you know who you look like” all the time with Heather Graham, so I used to pick characters she played in films as Halloween costumes.

So for this series, I couldn’t resist! The gang spends some time inside the LA diner, Du-pars…

Boogie Nights - Dupar's Cast Shot

Diner time! (c/o New Line Cinema’s “Boogie Nights”)

…so that’s where I went to shoot this!

Boogie Nights - Dupars

Dupars!

To complete a Rollergirl costume, here are the main elements you’ll need:

Boogie Nights - Rollergirl

Rollergirl costume check list!

1. Heart shaped sunglasses (Amazon has these for less than $4!)

2. The hair! (my wig is c/o Party City)

3. Rollerskates (Mine were snagged on ebay, but Amazon carries tons of options)

4. Halter (Snag a vintage one while thrifting!)

5. Knee socks (Something above the knee is perfect!)

Boogie Nights - quote

Nope, never

Yeah, I haven’t totally mastered the game of skating…yet.

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 13 of 31 – American Horror Story

Oct 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 13 is here and I even got creeped out shooting in front of this house!

Today’s costume comes from:

American Horror Story - Titles

American Horror Story!! (c/o FX)

I watched the first season three years ago on the regular. I love scary movies and this show was like a weekly dose of shortened versions of horror movies. My costume inspiration for today came from Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckinridge’s portrayal of Moira, the maid. Both of them played her just at different points in time.

American Horror Story - Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckinridge

Frances O’Connor / Alexandra Breckinridge (c/o FX)

I think that the house used in the TV show played just as big a part. It’s so memorable looking and by association just creeps me out.  I mean the set decorators did a stellar job creeping it out!

American Horror Story -  House from season 1

So creepy!! (c/o FX)

The real life version is way less spooky, yet still I felt a little nervous shooting in front of it!

American Horror Story -  House

Looks way less creepy in real life…

To complete this costume, here are the main elements:

American Horror Story -  Costume DIY

Moira’s Costume Elements

1. Black shirt (Hit up your local thrift stores, mall, or even your own closet!)

2. The hair! (my wig is c/o Party City)

3. Black Skirt (Something above the knee works! If you don’t have one in your closet, here are some super budget friendly options!)

4. Short apron (Grab a white napkin, add some white ribbon to the top to tie, and voila, insta-apron!)

5. Lace trim (I took lace trim and pinned it to the cuffs and collar of my shirt. Easy copycat top!)

Time to get American Horror Story-ified!!

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 12 of 31 – Father of the Bride

Oct 22, 2014 | 5 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 12 is here and it’s time to walk down the aisle.

Today’s costume comes from:

Father of the Bride - Movie Poster

Father of the Bride (c/o Touchstone Pictures)

Awww, Steve Martin!! He makes the sweetest dad!

Father of the Bride - Wedding Clip

They’re married! (c/o Touchstone Pictures)

I always remember being obsessed with the Banks’ house from the film, so when I went to shoot, it was just like being in the movie!

Father of the Bride - Shooting Location

The houses!

So to complete this costume, the key piece that you’ll need to rock a Father of the Bride look, is a wedding dress. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous and pricey, right?

Father of the Bride - Wedding Dresses

Thrifted Wedding Dresses! (c/o OC Goodwill)

But wait!! It’s not as ridiculous to source, as you can find tons of budget options at thrift stores! Mine came from a thrifting excursion and I scored it for $12!! Snag:

1. Wedding dress (Hit up your local thrift stores or grab a married pal who has theirs hanging in their closet!)

2. The hair! (my wig is c/o Party City)

3. Extras (A bouquet or veil would make this totally complete!)

The Instagram teaser quote from the film that I gave was this…

Father of the Bride - Wedding Dress Quote

True that.

I mean, who doesn’t want to get married at the Steak Pit?!

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 11 of 31 – Rebel Without A Cause

Oct 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 11 is here and it’s from a James Dean classic.

Today’s costume comes from:

Rebel Without A Cause - Title Card

Rebel Without A Cause (c/o Warner Bros. “Rebel Without A Cause”)

Hello, James Dean!!

Rebel Without A Cause - James Dean

Jimmy D! (c/o Warner Bros. “Rebel Without A Cause”)

One of Los Angeles’ landmarks plays a part in the film…the Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz.

Rebel Without A Cause - Griffith Observatory

The Observatory (c/0 Matthew Field)

Switchblades and the LA skyline.

Rebel Without A Cause - Griffith Observatory

Fight Sequence! (c/o Warner Bros. “Rebel Without A Cause”)

Having the most important part of the costume hanging in my closet already made the decision to rock a little “Rebel Without A Cause” so much easier.

The key costume piece that you’ll need to rock a James Dean, is a red jacket:

Rebel Without A Cause - Halloween Costume

Red Jacket!

1. Red Jacket (I used a red suede Jenni Kayne one that I scored at a sample sale, so turn to your closet or grab one on a thrifting excursion.)

2. The hair…if you feel so inclined! (my wig is c/o Party City)

3. White T (Hanes do the trick!)

The Instagram teaser quote I gave was the following…

Rebel Without A Cause - Quote

You are!!

…however, “why did you kill those puppies, John” could have worked as another memorable one. When I rewatched it recently, I had to go back and listen again to make sure that’s what I actually heard!

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 10 of 31 – Parks & Recreation

Oct 20, 2014 | 5 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 10 is here and it’s from a show that I adore.

Today’s costume comes from:

Parks & Rec - Opening Credits

Parks & Recreation (c/o NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”)

I love me some Ron Swanson…

Parks and Recreation - Cast

Parks team! (c/o NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”)

…but I really love me some April Ludgate!! Her sarcasm kills me.

Parks & Recreation - April Ludgate

Seriously, Aziz? (c/o NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”)

The fictional town of Pawnee, IN, where the Parks & Rec team works, uses the lovely Pasadena City Hall as their exterior shot.

Parks & Rec - Aubrey Plaza

The Office.

Perfect place to shoot my April Ludgate costume! The key costume pieces that you’ll need, include:

Parks & Rec - Aubrey Plaza Costume

April’s Costume Staples

1. Navy Skirt (I used a navy H&M dress as my base but a skirt like this is an easy Goodwill find or one picked up at a unform store.)

2. Saddle Bag (I didn’t use one for my costume, but a vintage bag like this one works to carry all the necessities for the evening.)

3. Brown Wig (c/o Party City)

4. Mustard Yellow Cardigan (A vintage Polo sweater from my collection, but this is another easy find, whether you hit H&M or Salvation Army.)

I featured one of my favorite quotes from the show to tease today’s post on Instagram

Parks & Rec - Opening Credits

One of my favorite Ron Swanson quotes.

“Give me all the eggs and bacon that you have.”

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