Hallo’where can I get that costume? 3 Quick DIY costumes for you…

It’s that time of year again. I’ve been talking about it all week. I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what I am going to be…and I have finally decided! My friend and I always do a group costume each year. One year we manufactured tube dresses out of different coloured duck tape and went as ‘iPods’. Another year we were Regina, Gretchen, Karen and Cady from Mean Girls as Santa’s Little Helpers. One year we went with a Blonde bombshell theme (I had to go in a wendy peffercorn costume). Well this year, we are bringing in the cute factor and being MINIONS!! I am over the moon about this because I looove minions. Our costumes are always so fun to think of and wear out…

However…costumes for Halloween are hard to choose and if you are like me, I don’t like dropping $70+ for a costume that I probably won’t wear the next year because I have already been that for Halloween. SO, today, I am giving you some ideas that you can DIY!


Dispicable Me: The Minion

I mean, I might as well share with you how I plan to dress up as the ever-so-popular character myself. Minions are so fun and cute and probably the easiest costume to DIY, in my opinion. If you don’t have suspenders…doesn’t really matter – the yellow will totally give it away…

You will need:

Yellow crop top/tank top, high waisted denim shorts, yellow beanie, minion goggles, black boots and suspenders.

Halloween Costumes - Minion

Tips: If you want to appear more yellow (to mimic the minions’ skin colour exactly), you can wear a long sleeved yellow tee and yellow tights under your denim shorts – that will make you look extra “minion-ish” (not a word…I know). Also note that the goggles are absolutely key to this costume. I found a great tutorial online in order to DIY the goggles (click here).


“I’m a mouse…duh” 

Everyone has seen Mean Girls (I am assuming…if you haven’t…go watch it right now). However. there is a way to dress up for Halloween without being the skimpiest girl on the block. My rendition of the mouse costume is cute, comfy and totally appropriate (if that’s what you’re going for…).

You will need:

Grey crop top, high waisted black leggings, grey fur vest, black mouse ears, grey boots

Halloween Costumes - Mouse

Tips: If you want to make this more of a “party look”, swap out the black leggings for a high waisted black skirt! I also would recommend finding grey mouse ears (although I do love this satin mouse ears hat…it’s pretty cool…for a Halloween costume). I like a costume like this because it’s all things you can find in your closet!!


The Referee

I have rocked my own version of a referee costume a few times. I always loved the actual costume for the referee at the costume store, but could never bring myself to pay $80 for it…because it really is not that extravagant. So this is how I put together my own referee costume…

You will need:

Black and white vertical striped top, black skirt, white w/ black stripes knee socks, white low-tops, whistle necklace

Halloween Costumes - Referee

Tips: This is such an easy costume – if you can’t find a striped top, you can easily make one with fabric paint! That is exactly what I did one year – I got a ruler, drew out the stripes and then went at the white tee with black fabric paint – really does the job!! Upgrade this look by trading in the low-tops for black heels or boots!


Two days before Halloween and don’t have a costume yet? Consider these options…they are pretty simple and tend to use the things you already have in your closet!!

What is your go-to Halloween costume? What are you being this year? Let me know in the comments below…

#WishlistWednesday: Holiday Sweaters

As we head into this chilly season, many holidays are upon us. Halloween is right around the corner, and before you know it we will be putting out the cookies for Santa Claus. I love the holiday season. I love it as much as I love Fall style. So it shouldn’t surprise you that I have found four amazing and cheesy holiday sweaters that I would love to sport this holiday season.

Keep in mind that the popular holidays (for me, at least) are Halloween and Christmas (duh). So these picks are geared more towards those fabulous holidays.

Pumpkin Love’ Pullover, Wildfox Couture, $98.00

Okay, so yes…almost $100 is a tad too much to spend on a sweater with a jack’o lantern facial expression on it. Which is obviously why I have not purchased it. I do hope this comes down a little bit in price. In fact, I got so obsessed with this sweater one Sunday afternoon that I scoured the internet trying to find an equivalent for less money. Oh how I dream of the days I don’t have to spend money on textbooks and calculators (yes…I actually bought a calculator on Monday…worst purchase of my life). This sweater is so adorable…it speaks for itself.

Holiday Sweaters

Long-sleeve Red Nose Reindeer Christmas Sweater, JC Penney, $24.99

Okay, so some may classify this as an “ugly” sweater and to those people I say, “look the other way”. I am crazy for Christmas. Christmas movies, eggnog, cinnamon everything, peppermint white mochas (delicious!!), the whole she-bang. So I can rock a Rudolph sweater if I want to (and I will…). Being an aspiring KG teacher, I have really stocked up on my animal motif sweaters (excuse the very old post link) and let me tell you, they are a complete hit with children. In my last placement, I got many compliments on my owl animal motif sweater (even tied into their bird unit).

Holiday Sweaters

Sequin Penguin Pullover SweaterMacy’s, $36.99

Yup, another “ugly Christmas sweater” that I would proudly rock. Penguins are cool…just admit it. And this penguin is extra cool because he has sparkly earmuffs on. Automatically, I want this in my closet (and if it came in red, that would even cooler). To be honest, although the penguin is extremely cute, the polka dots are what drew me in…shocker. I actually have a grey polka dot patterned sweater like this from Old Navy sans the hip penguin. Can I order this now?

Holiday Sweaters

Slouched Snowflake Intarsia SweaterTownsen, $49.99

No joke, when my Mom sees this post, she is probably going to text me and ask me where this sweater is from. How can you blame her? It’s a gorgeous sweater. I love the material used too – intarsia is so soft and warm for winter. I could definitely cozy up in this ribbed intarsia sweater over the holidays (just give me a mug of hot chocolate, a furry puppy on my lap and a fireplace). I am really big on snowflakes…I love the pattern and I love when they are used in sweater motifs. This one is cream too (I love the colour cream…)

Holiday Sweaters


Well, there are my picks for holiday sweaters. You may think some of these are crazy, but I would legitimately wear all of them. If I wear a sweater with an owl on it (and I have), I will wear a reindeer, crazy hipster penguin and a jack’o lantern. Why wouldn’t I? They are so cute!! (Side note: This post may have been a bit sassy…)

What are your thoughts on themed sweaters? Do you have a special holiday sweater that you love to wear during the holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!

10 times Lana Del Rey’s style was on point…

Lana Del Rey is fabulous artist, beautiful woman and is of my style inspirations. She never looks bad in my opinion. Whether she is gallivanting out for a night on the town, or running errands, she looks so chic. So that is why I am showing you ten times Lana’s style was on point:

1. Jaunting around the city

I am in love with this casual look. The comfy knit, the skinnies, and cute white canvas shoes all put together are perfect. Three simple pieces that make for an overall simple and beautiful look. I can’t help put notice the gold and black plaid jacket in her arms…adorable. This is an example of how Lana can keep it completely laid back and fun, yet still look like a rockstar.
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2. Casual or no? 

I am a huge fan of Lana’s street style. She doesn’t keep it dressed to the nines, but she also doesn’t appear to look homeless. It’s that level of class that every gal wants to go for when strutting the streets. My favourite part of this outfit is the accessories. The sunnies, small hoops and small bangles…while not the focal point of the look, it steps the casual white tee and shorts up that much more!

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3. Simply amazing

This is a look I would totally recreate. Wrap coats are great for the Fall transitioning into Winter. This shade of brown is a great colour too – very easy to coordinate with other colours. As Lana has done with this look, the navy hat and black long sleeve (under the coat) compliments the coffee colour very well for walking through the Big Apple. I also love the winged loafers. Interesting spin on this casual look.

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4. Elegance at its finest

This is the Lana girl I know and love. If only I had her head of hair…the thickness and fullness of it kills me. Never in my life will have hair this big…oh well. Can we just admire this look? I was swooning over this dress and the hair piece that goes perfectly with it. Retro is a great style and Lana wears it very well.

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5. Staying warm in the fur

For the record, I don’t wear real fur (in fact…I don’t wear any fur since I don’t own any) and I am not entirely sure if Lana’s coat is real or faux. Nevertheless, this look is so interesting and it is very interesting to see how Lana styles her fur. Whether she is wearing a maxi, converse sneakers or jeans…the fur can be seen! This coat in particular is one of her favourites…and if you ask me, she rocks it well.

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7. Laidback and loose

At this point, I think we can all agree that Lana slays street style. Whether she is in cutoffs and a plaid flannel or a dolled up vintage mini with hair big as the 60’s, she knocks style out of this world. I personally love when she is casual because she emulates a normal person (just like all of us!!). This look is so comfortable looking. I could see myself rocking this look for running around NYC too!

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8. Leather on leather

I am really loving leather this Fall season. My leather jacket has probably been one of my favourite pieces in my closet this past month. I have never owned a pair of leather pants, but seeing this look makes me want to go to the mall and buy a pair. Lana looks so sleek in the black on black leather. I like how she broke up the texture with the casual graphic tee underneath and a camel bag…but otherwise stuck to her black leather guns like the cool cat she is.

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9. Fresh summer nights

This look reminds me of the airy beautiful girl that she is. I love floral patterns, and this pattern is so fun! All of the colours really add to the look. It becomes the focal point of the look…even if the look is just for walking around the neighborhood. Her light skinnies with the white cardi tied around her waist really tops it all off. Cute, casual and elegant (as always).

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10. The Patriot that she is

I am not sure where this photo was taken (if I had to guess, it was either a photo shoot or video shoot). However, either way I love it. The earrings, the american flag crew neck and the cutoffs. I see this as true American style. It’s relaxed, fun and beautiful. If only I had a Canadian flag crew neck like this (although…I feel like the American flag looks better in this scenario). Even dressed as casual as possible, she still looks like she could go to a red carpet event…

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Lana Del Rey is truly a style queen and one gal that never looks bad in her street captures. From simple jewelry, to gorgeous dresses, to simple tees…she rocks it no matter what. This girl is seriously one of my idols…plus she is an AMAZING vocalist and artist.

BONUS

Since Halloween is right around the corner (4 days to be exact), here is a costume idea if you are dying to replicate good ole’ Lana: Black cropped graphic tee, light Jean cutoffs, gold link necklace, heart tinted sunnies, “bad” gold ring, and black booties. (I have linked some similar styles underneath the costume collage, just to meet your shopping needs…) 10 times Lana Del Rey's style was on point...

Cropped graphic tee / high-waisted cutoffs / black ankle booties / gold link necklace / heart tinted sunglasses / “bad” gold ring

What do you think of Lana’s style? Would you ever rock a fur coat? Let me know in the comments below…