My favorite part about Halloween is getting ready... I love the prepping and primping part. To be Kourtney Kardashian, I put in brown contacts and used my long clip-in extensions I bought at IMATS. For makeup I did the Kardashians' traditional smokey eye and nude lip combo. I did winged eyeliner to make my eyes look more almond-shaped like Kourtney's. I parted my hair down the middle and curled it with a medium-sized barrel curling iron to give it loose, Kardashian-esque waves.
I attempted to remove the red eye, but it didn't work very well... :S
I promise my contacts didn't look quite this creeptastic in the center!!
Kourtney Kardashian, Mason, and Taylor Swift!!
A main street was completely blocked off with no detour signs or indications as to where to go. Soon we found ourselves in the midst of suburbia Hell where each street curved around and around, only to lead to more of the same curving streets and identical houses. After what felt like 10 minutes we ended up on a street we recognized and were able to get to our destination.
By the time we arrived, the bar's party was in full swing and there was a decent-sized line to get inside, one in and one out. A group of about fifteen people cut us in line because they claimed they "had a table"... Tables which they found out were sold out and so they paid individual cover just like everyone else in line. Finally, we got out of the 30-something-degree cold and into the bar.
At first, we chatted with our friends, admired one another's costumes, and took a few photos...
Kourtney Kardashian, Mason, and Kim Kardashian
Soon we realized the atmosphere of the bar was Affliction Meatheads and (for lack of a better term) Super Sluts... Which didn't matter because we were there to see our friends, but being crammed in a crowd full of these characters was not a pleasant experience. While lining up to the bar we were able to observe the Affliction Meathead mating ritual on full display. It's quite interesting... It skips any sort of conversation or compliments and goes straight to groping, fondling, and whispering random sexual words into someone's ear. After fifteen minutes or so of observing these displays we finally got our drinks, only to discover our friends were no longer beside us and were somewhere in the bar.
We attempted to navigate our way through the mess of Chippendales and girls in fuzzy go-go dancer boots to find our friends... We might as well have been in some horrible version of a video game. Mario: Affliction Bar Version. Watch out: stumbling girl in 6-inch platform heels... Toe Broken... Minus 15 points. Dodging the gropes of Chester the Molester... Plus 20 points!!! BEEP BEEP BEEPPPP!!! ALERT... Vomiting Female Cop... Abort route!! Affliction Meathead body checks male in your group... Minus ten points. Affliction Meathead elbows male in your group in the face... Minus twenty-five points. Little Red Riding Ho spills full red drink all over your Alice & Olivia blouse... Minus thirty points. Your skin will be sticky the remainder of the night... BOOP BOOP BOOOOOOP.
Thirty minutes of this nonsense would make the Energizer bunny exhausted. Dodging men swaying with intoxication, lifting people in various stages of passing out off your own body, getting pushed and shoved by drunk Super Sluts desperate to find their one night stand before 2 AM?! MISERABLE. And we still couldn't find our friends in the crowd. Finally we found my friend's boyfriend, and another five elbows to the ribs later, found her friend... Neither of which had been able to locate my friend either.
Back at the front of the bar... Frustrated, dripping with alcohol, heels sticking to the floor, and sore from being pushed and shoved and getting stepped on... We decided it was time to give up and head the 170 blocks home. We were confused on the way home... Were we just too sober to deal with that kind of crowd? Was the bar just not our style? Were we just frustrated because we weren't able to find our friends? Were we getting too old to handle the Affliction Meathead scene?!
It was too depressing to think the latter, although I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't true. But old or not, we knew we didn't want to encounter another Affliction Meathead/Super Slut crowd anytime soon. I thoroughly enjoyed the very end of my night... Finally getting to sit down, take off my heels, put on PJ's, and fall asleep to Hocus Pocus.
Night #2 - Saturday
My preparation to become the White Swan from Black Swan would take a more time than Kourtney Kardashian, so I had to begin the process a bit earlier. The White Swan's look is very classic ballet with accentuated eyes, pink cheeks, and rose-colored lips. I used white and charcoal/black eye shadows and elongated eyeliner on my eyes. I put the long extensions I bought at IMATS to give my hair more volume, then twisted it up into a ballerina bun and tucked a feather hair clip into the side.
I had spent many hours on my White Swan costume, which I wanted to resemble the Rodarte masterpiece from the movie as much as possible.
I began with a tutu I purchased from a dance/theatrical shop. Using a hot glue gun, I glued individual crystals (from Hobby Lobby) onto each layer of the tutu. I found that I needed to dip the crystals in the glue rather than apply the glue to the crystals, since the hot glue gun would burn my fingers when I held the crystals to apply the glue. Then I would use some little tongs to place the crystals onto the tutu's netting.
Once the crystals were placed randomly on the layers of the tutu, I added a grouping of large feathers on one side. I let them dry, then added larger crystals on top. I finished the tutu off with a pink marabou clip from Hobby Lobby.
The most time consuming part of my White Swan costume was the corset top. The feathers along the top had to be similar sizes and required substantial amounts of hot glue to remain adhered to the fabric. Once that had dried, I added larger crystals over the feathers and randomly-spaced smaller crystals all over the bodice.
Once I was dressed in my costume, I had AB take a photo of it in its perfect condition before she applied fake blood to the stomach area. (In the movie, the White Swan falls into her broken mirror and slowly bleeds to death during the last dance of the ballet.)
Speaking of AB, her hair/makeup/costume was PERFECT. She looked exactly like the Black Swan. AW helped her adhere a black feather and fake blood to her shoulder to look like the black feathers Nina started pulling out of her skin in the movie. And our friend JK who is a graphic artist sketched the black wings tattoo Mila Kunis's character sports in the movie on AB's back in about six minutes flat. She looked incredible, don't you think?!
I always like meeting at home before going out somewhere. It's nice to catch up and chat before we're in a noisy bar and dancing. It's also a good way to make sure everyone gets to know each other before you go out when there are people who haven't met yet. Saturday was no exception... We made fun drinks, took photos together, and laughed about our costumes.
Cindy Lou Who, Black Swan, White Swan, Pan Am Stewardess, Sailor Girl
How awesome do JM and JK look as Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch?!
Ahoy!! Sailors!! :)
We had so much fun at the club that night. The music was great, our drinks were delicious, and our group of friends were absolutely great. I really don't think we could have had a better night. It was definitely one of the best Halloweens I've ever had.
How did you celebrate Halloween?!