happy h’owl’oween!

yes, i’m corny and a couple days late, i know. regardless, i wanted to share my new favorite halloween costume with you guys. i’ve gotten really into making my own costumes the last couple years. remember these scary things?

since practically every other blog post is about owls in some way, it’s only natural that i chose to make an owl costume this year. i was inspired by a couple of other amazing costumes. my wings were inspired by this cutie from prudent baby, and my dress was inspired by this pillow case owl dress by a beautiful mess. both sites have great tutorials, so i won’t include them here.

a couple little notes though. {note 1} the wings tutorial linked above is written for child wings. to determine how big your adults wings need to be, measure from the middle of your back to your wrist. mine was 28 inches, so that’s how long each straight end of my wings were. {note 2} lay everything out before you sew and take a picture! this will ensure that you have enough feathers and the picture will help you remember how to space everything. sewing this is a tedious process (or it was for me…because i can’t really sew), so the picture will be a blessing!

what do you think?! i love, love, love how this turned out. i got so many compliments, and most people actually knew i was an owl!

i'm owling. of course that had to happen

lovely ladies

in addition to getting a couple of wears out of my new favorite halloween costume, i even participated in a thriller flash mob!


it’s always better when you make it yourself

Preparing for Halloween this year was a blast. I’ve tried to think a little outside the costume-store-box for the past few years, which makes the day so much more fun. Last year I used 70 feet of tulle to create this ghost look, inspired by MarthaStewart.com. I was a bit creepy and took up a lot of space, but now I have lots of tulle if I ever want to make a wedding dress.

This year I decided I wanted to be a little less scary. My primary inspiration was this beautiful mask from etsy. What could I dress as in this mask?

photo courtesy of etsy

How could I also wear the tulle I apparently love so much? A fairy! I found this fun tutu on etsy, as well. I probably could have made this myself, but this one was so beautifully made and ended up probably being cheaper than the supplies I would have bought.

photo courtesy of etsy

I added an eggplant t-shirt and leggings from American Apparel. By the way, their basic t’s are amazing. I ordered four more in different colors!

photo courtesy of american apparel

photo courtesy of american apparel

The most important part was the wings. I decided that I would make these from scratch. I bent some floral wire into the desired shape, wrapped all the wire with purple yarn (this took forever), wrapped the edges with purple “fun fur,” and then added some flower embellishments. These took HOURS to make, but it was worth it.

I thought I needed even more pizazz, so I added a homemade ribbon necklace.

Finally, I added some rosette hair pins I found at etsy.

photo courtesy of etsy

On Halloween night, I teased my hair until it hated me and added lots of purple makeup…..And ended up being slightly scary, again. Oh well. I loved my costume- I think I need to have a costume party so I can wear it again!