Halloween Location Looks: 28 of 31 – Risky Business

Oct 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 28 is here and I get to play out one of Tom Cruise’s most iconic roles.

Today’s costume comes from:

Risky Business - title card

Risky Business (c/o Geffen Company’s “Risky Business”)

One of my all time favorite Tom Cruise roles – I mean come on…

Risky Business - Tom Cruise dancing

Dance party! (c/o Geffen Company’s “Risky Business”)

Dancing in that white shirt to “Good Time Rock and Roll” – the best ever!!

The film shot mostly in Chicago, however there was additional material shot in LA and this house in Altadena was said to be where some of it was filmed…

Risky Business house

Risky house!

…so a trip had to be made.

To complete the Tom Cruise costume from Risky Business, here are the main elements you’ll need:

Risky Business - Tom Cruise costume

Look like Tom!

(If you’ve got a rad brother, boyfriend, husband, pal, cousin, etc. who might have these pieces in their closet – borrow away!)

1. Shirt (Borrowed (I’ve got a pink shirt like this but in a much smaller size) but Amazon and Goodwill always has options!)

2. Boxers (Hanes. Target. Done.)

3. Sunglasses (I borrowed a pair of these Wayfarers to shoot, but love the cheap-o options that are used at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs here.)

4. Socks (Grabbed a pair from the stash!)

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Halloween Location Looks: 27 of 31 – Die Hard

Oct 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 27 is here and it’s my favorite Christmas movie.

Today’s costume comes from:

Nothing says the holidays to me like Die Hard.

Die Hard - title card

Die Hard (c/o 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard”)

It’s really become one of those family traditions… Chinese food on Christmas Eve, Gingerbread Lattes while looking at lights in the neighborhood, and Die Hard somewhere in-between.

Nothing is more memorable than Nakatomi Plaza in the film. It looks so sunset-y and pretty in the movie!

Die Hard - Nakatomi Plaza

Nakatomi Plaza (c/o 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard”)

The in real life version is way bigger than it seems!

Die Hard - John McClane costume

Nakatomi Plaza

It’s too good of a shooting location not to create a John McClain costume!!

Die Hard - John McClane

Bruce Willis rules. (c/o 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard”)

This costume is perfect for a last-minute pick – tank top, a pair of cargo pants, and a plastic weapon or walkie talkie!

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Halloween Location Looks: 26 of 31 – LA Confidential

Oct 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 26 is here and it’s a modern noir film of the 50s.

Today’s costume comes from:

LA Confidential - title card

LA Confidential (c/o Warner Bros’ “LA Confidential”)

I love this era.

Crossroads of the World (c/o Warner Bros' "LA Confidential")

Crossroads of the World (c/o Warner Bros’ “LA Confidential”)

I love this part of LA too! Crossroads of the World has been around since 1936 and was the world’s first outdoor mall (thanks Wikipedia!!). It’s still used for shops but there’s lots of offices situated there as well.

LA Confidential - Crossroads of the World

Crossroads of the World

I love that old LA is the backdrop to this film and I love all the vintage clothes that make up the wardrobe.

LA Confidential - Kim Basinger

Kim’s curls (c/o Warner Bros’ “LA Confidential”)

Kim Basinger is a dream!

To complete the 50s Lynn Bracken costume from LA Confidential, here are the main elements you’ll need::

LA Confidential costume

What you’ll need!

1. Dress (I thrifted mine but there are always options on Etsy!)

2. Red lipstick (Mac makes my fave)

3. Blonde locks (my wig is c/o Party City)

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Halloween Location Looks: 25 of 31 – The Artist

Oct 29, 2014 | 5 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 25 is here and it’s a new, old film.

Today’s costume comes from:

Artist - title card

The Artist (c/o Studio 37’s “The Artist”)

Silent movies, le sigh. Silent movie costumes, le sigh times two!

The Artist - Berenice Bejo Jean Dujardin

Muah! (c/o Studio 37’s “The Artist”)

They hot a portion of the film at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in mid-city LA…

The Artist - Wilshire Ebell Theater

Wilshire Ebell Theater

…so I went off in the hopes of getting discovered, just like Peppy! (Berenice Bejo)

The costume pieces you’ll need to look just like Peppy are:

The Artist - Costume Articles Berenice Bejo

The Artist costume pieces!

1. Dress (Mine was old Erin Fetherston for Target, but this one totally works as well!)

2. Hat (This is a perfect bucket hat that looks just like the movie version!)

3. Gloves (I always get cheap packs of these at Target to have on hand as little gifts that I embellish!)

4. Ribbon (Use this to create a big bow to attach on the dress and another for around the hat!)

5. Wig (Mine is c/o Party City)

Lights, camera, action!

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Halloween Location Looks: 24 of 31 – Beaches

Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 24 is here and it’s an 80s movie that I watched with my mom when I was younger because she had read the book.

Today’s costume comes from:

Beaches - title

Beaches (c/o Touchstone Pictures’ “Beaches”)

I recall a very young Mayim Bialik playing Bette Midler as a child and all I thought about was how much I wanted her fringy costume!

Beaches - Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik’s first gig?? (c/o Touchstone Pictures’ “Beaches”)

The opening scene is shot at the Hollywood Bowl which happens to be a place that I’m very familiar with.

Beaches - Hollywood Bowl

Empty and stunning. Beaches (c/o Touchstone Pictures’ “Beaches”)

Shooting there when it was completely empty was such a treat. It’s one of the coolest spots in Los Angeles!

Beaches - Hollywood Bowl

Empty Bowl!!

I thought recreating one of Bette’s looks from Beaches would be just the thing for my costume series!

Beaches - Hollywood Bowl

Bette Midler in concert! Beaches (c/o Touchstone Pictures’ “Beaches”)

To dress like Bette, the only real thing you’ll need is a red wig (and a mic if so inclined) as well as “Wind Beneath My Wings” playing on your smart phone the whole night!

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