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

Oct 21, 2014 | No 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 | 4 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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Halloween Location Looks: Day 9 of 31 – Beverly Hills, 90210

Oct 19, 2014 | One Comment

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 9 is here and it’s from a show that I’ve started rewatching on Hulu again.

Today’s costume comes from:

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Walsh House

Beverly Hills, 90210!!

I’m humming the opening theme song now!! I felt super mature watching this when I was a kid. I always remembered wanting Donna and Kelly’s wardrobes. Shocker? Absolutely not.

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Cast

(I was always obsessed with that pink top/pants combo that Tori Spelling wore…)

So, when I took a visit to the iconic Walsh household in Pasadena…

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Walsh House!

Walsh House!

…it was like I was transported right into that TV show that I was so obsessed with as a kid.

 Beverly Hills, 90210 - Walsh House

TV / Real Life

I must say, the episode that always resonated with me was the one where Brenda and Kelly wore the same dress to the spring dance. Literal. Nightmare.

 Beverly Hills, 90210 - Brenda black and white prom dresses

B & D (c/o “Beverly Hills, 90210″)

I had a similar issue in middle school, however I found out about it in advance. My mom and I nipped it in the bud by heading to another mall outside of our town and picking up a back-up. (I ended up loving the back-up more than the original!)

To create the perfect Brenda/Kelly look, the one main costume component you’ll need is that 90s dress! Hit your local thrift stores and you’re guaranteed to be sorting through tons of potentials.

The Instagram teaser I sent out to everyone in advance was this…

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Walsh House!

I can hear them chanting now…

Oh, Donna…

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Birthday Cheers!!

Oct 17, 2014 | 18 Comments

Today’s costume post is coming a bit later on in the day, because it was just my birthday (!!), so stay tuned because it comes from one of my favorite 90s TV shows.

I had an Italian feast to celebrate and wore a dinosaur-covered Betsey Johnson dress (those are pterodactyls all over it!) like you do…

Birthday - New Dress A Day

Birthday sips!

“Like a fine wine, we get better with age…” couldn’t be truer! Just wanted to say how thankful I am for this lovely community of friends that NDAD has gathered. I’m a lucky girl to have you all in my life and I’m birthday cheersing to each and every one of you! xo

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 8 of 31 – Swingers

Oct 16, 2014 | 5 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 8 has arrived and it’s money, baby.

Today’s costume comes from:

Swingers - Title Card

Swingers (c/o Miramax’s “Swingers”)

Cafe 101 in Hollywood could be another cast member in Swingers. It’s the bottom floor of a Best Western and virtually looks the same as it did when the movie came out almost 20 years ago!

Swingers - Cafe 101 Hollywood

The best diner on the first floor of a Best Western! Then vs. now!

I think this is where my obsession with Los Angeles really began…

Swingers - Cafe 101 Hollywood

Vince & Jon (c/o Miramax’s “Swingers”)

Vince Vaughn + Jon Favreau = get me out to LA, ASAP!!

Swingers - Cafe 101 Hollywood - Vince Vaughn

Vince & Jon (c/o Miramax’s “Swingers”)

The key Trent (Vince Vaughn) costume pieces that you’ll need, include:

Swingers - vince vaughn costume

Trent costume staples

1. Light Yellow Button Down Blouse (Perfect piece to source at the thrift store – my long sleeved version is courtesy of a garage sale!)

2. Brown Wig (c/o Party City)

3. Tank Top (If you don’t have a stash of 10 at your fingertips (ahem, fingers pointing at this girl), you can grab a some on Amazon! I live in these, workout in these, sleep in these…you name it.)

4. Martini Glass (The perfect accoutrement to the Trent costume!)

The teaser quote I posted on Instagram yesterday is probably the most iconic phrase from the movie.

 Swingers - You're so money

So money, baby.

I was going to use “Hi, this is Nikki, leave a message” but the pain felt during that scene is insane. In. Sane.

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