Halloween Location Looks: 21 of 31 – My So-Called Life

Oct 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 21 is here and it’s an homage to the TV show of my teenage years.

Today’s costume comes from:

MSCL - My-So-Called-Life-Banner

My So-Called Life!!!

All I know is that Jordan Catalano was the angsty-teen heartthrob of m’dreams.

MSCL - Jordan Catalano

Jordan Catalano. Looking at art. (c/o ABC)

And, I wanted auburn hair more than anything when I was 12. (I just decided to wait 20 years to have that red hair dream come to a reality!!)

The episode “Why Jordan Can’t Read” had a scene that was shot at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)…

LA Story - LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (c/o Arcspace)

…so a visit within the collections was soon to be had!

For the perfect Claire Danes as Angela Chase ensemble, think ultimate 90s, grunge-chic.

MSCL - My-So-Called-Life-Banner

Angela Chase costume pieces!

1. Plaid shirt (Mine was thrifted, but you can find plaid shirts everywhere!)

2. Babydoll Dress! (Mine is H&M, but this is another piece sure to be found while thrifting or on a quick mall trip.)

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 17 of 31 – Mad Men

Oct 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 17 is here and it’s from a show that I pretty much live for when it comes to the wardrobe.

Today’s costume comes from:

Mad Men - Don Draper's house - Mad Men Credits

Mad Men (c/o AMC)

Joan Holloway is the coolest.

Mad Men - Joan Holloway DIY Costume

JH (c/o AMC)

Her wardrobe is to die for and she’s just one of the guys…kinda…on the show.

Don Draper’s house TV house happens to be located in Pasadena…

Mad Men - Don Draper's house

Don’s house on TV (c/o I Am Not A Stalker)

…so I felt that a visit there, wearing my Joan costume needed to happen.

Mad Men - Don Draper's house

Don’s house in real life!

To complete the entire Joan Holloway costume from Mad Men, think vintage and grab a 60s shift dress. Her pen necklace works as the perfect accessory as well. (Check this easy DIY on how to make one of those!)

Mad Men - Joan's pen necklace DIY

Joan’s pen necklace!

Time to visit Don’s house!

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 16 of 31 – Kill Bill

Oct 26, 2014 | 9 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 16 is here and it’s from a film that is a classic in my book.

Today’s costume comes from:

Kill Bill Title Card

Kill Bill (c/o Miramax’s “Kill Bill”)

I want to be Uma Thurman.

Kill Bill Uma Thurman

The coolest. (c/o Miramax’s “Kill Bill”)

A quick trip over to Pasadena to find the house that Vivica A Fox (Vernita Green) lived in…

Kill Bill Uma Thurman - Vernita's House

So green!

…was the ultimate backdrop for my costume!

Kill Bill Uma Thurman - Vernita's House

Vernita’s House!

I just didn’t try to meet the real owners and incite a fight…

Kill Bill Uma Thurman - Vernita's House

Lover not fighter (c/o Miramax’s “Kill Bill”)

To complete the entire “Bride” costume from Kill Bill, here are the main elements you’ll need::

Kill Bill - Uma Thurman DIY Costume Supplies

The Uma necessities.

1. The comfy white hoodie/pants combo (This one was Alternative Apparel and dyed yellow!)

2. Dye! (Yellow RIT all the way!)

3. Fabric Glue (Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable is the way to go!)

4. Ribbon (Easiest way to get those black stripes!)

5. Sword (Here’s an exact replica! I borrowed one from a friend who keeps it on his wall!)

So easy to DIY – I have the whole rundown in the costume chapter of my book for more details!

New Dress A Day - book

One of my favorites!! (New Dress A Day, the book!)

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 15 of 31 – LA Story

Oct 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

My month of DIY costumes shot in front of the actual shooting locations continues!! Day 15 is here and it’s from a film that made me love LA after I had been living here for a bit.

Today’s costume comes from:

LA Story title card (c/o TriStar's "LA Story")

LA Story (c/o TriStar’s “LA Story”)

They shot:

LA Story - LACMA Skating Costume

“The Art Scene” (c/o TriStar’s “LA Story”)

…at LACMA, which happens to be within walking distance of my casa!

LA Story - LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (c/o Arcspace)

A quick trip down the street for today’s look to find where they shot this:

LA Story - LACMA Skating

Skating in the museum! (c/o TriStar’s “LA Story”)

To complete a Steve Martin costume from LA Story, here are the main elements you’ll need:

LA Story - LACMA Skating Costume

Dress like Steve Martin!

1. Black cardigan and pants (Both from my collection, but this is another easy find, whether you hit H&M or Salvation Army.)

2. The hat! (this white hat is c/o Party City)

3. Skates (I didn’t bring my pair from inside in fear of getting kicked out, but to score a pair of your own, Amazon carries tons of options)

4. White blouse (Straight from my closet leftover from my serving days!)

Grab the skates, it’s time to go to the museum!

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Halloween Location Looks: Day 14 of 31 – Boogie Nights

Oct 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

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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