13 Halloween Costumes for Short Hair

Halloween Costumes for Short HairI’ve had short hair for a while now (yikes…eight years, not including 2012 when I grew it out for my wedding) so I KNOW the woes of trying to find a great Halloween costume without buying a wig! Here’s a list of 13 (mostly simple and inexpensive) costume ideas for you short haired babes to get you started!

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  1. Joy from Inside Out 
    • simple little green dress
    • spray or color your hair blue
    • blue eyeliner and eyebrows with bright pink lips. I would also tight line your waterline with a white liner (this one from NYX is my favorite) to make your eyes look bigger
    • don’t forget to embody joy by bringing a smile to everyone’s face!

  2. Patti Mayonnaise (works for bobs OR pixie cuts!)
    • if you’re a pixie rocking girl, you need to do the later version of Patti
      • blue long sleeve shirt or sweater with pink polka dots (you can use felt to create the polka dots on the cheap!)
      • jeans or other blue pants or leggings
      • pink sneakers or flats
      • hoop earrings
    • if your hair is a bit longer, you can still be Patti!
      • same shirt/sweater as above
      • blue skirt (hers is a skater skirt but really any above the knee skirt will do!)
      • pink sneakers
      • white scrunchy socks
      • make sure your hair is kind of crazy! Tease it at the roots to create lots of volume and add mousse or other product to keep the hold
  3. Tyra Banks (yes, she has a pixie right now!)
      • short, sleek pixie
      • heavy eye makeup and contouring
      • she’s been wearing a lot of really “classy” outfits lately so I would go with trendy, fitted suiting
      • make SURE to have a crazy Tyra attitude – use phrases like “smize” and “booty tooch” all night – this is going to be key for this costume!

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  4. Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show – I actually did a DIY version of this costume in college and won a RHPS costume contest! I beat out all the girls dressed in lingerie so you KNOW my costume was good. I just HAD to include this one but it does take a little work. That being said, you can still do it on the cheap! (Sorry I don’t have a better photo!)
    • black short shorts OR do what I did and chop off some cheap black leggings
    • hot glue ribbon onto the shorts to make them “striped”
    • gold jacket (this is the trickiest part, mine was something I already had from American Apparel)
    • top hat (you can find plastic ones at any party store in the “gangster” section), spray paint or paint it gold
    • make a red sequin bow tie using a small strip of fabric
    • fish net tights
    • blue socks + black heels or mary jane style shoes
    • heavy eye makeup and an insane contour line
    • Sequin corset OR do what I did – buy enough sequin fabric to go around you and tuck it into a strapless bra, pin the back and then tuck the bottom into your shorts-voila a DIY top!1916661_10150142285670015_3008817_n
  5. Iris Apfel
    • HUGE round glasses – if you hit up enough thrift stores you should be able to find something that will work
    • literally as many accessories that you can get on, especially bracelets and necklaces
    • she typically wears pants and a long coat, but look at some photos and you should be able to put something together from your closet! Fur is a huge plus.
  6. Claire Underwood from House of Cards
    • sleek business casual clothes – she wears neutrals, almost exclusively (a fitted dress is ideal)
    • hair parted on the side and close to your head – her long pixie is (like her clothes) sleek and understated. If you’ve got bangs, make sure to sweep them to the side too.
    • bonus points if you can bring along a Frank with a southern accent, suit and American flag pin

  7. Tinkerbell (Disney version; yes I know she has a bun but it works with a pixie too!)
  8. Stella Carlin aka Ruby Rose in Orange is the New Black
    • brunette pixie, slicked down
    • keep the makeup fresh faced – define the brows, highlight and add some pink gloss
    • khaki scrubs
    • grab a waterproof eyeliner and get to drawing on all those tattoos!
  9. Twiggy
    • blonde pixie, parted on the side and slicked down
    • shift dress
    • big earrings
    • most important – the iconic Twiggy makeup
      • use waterproof liner to draw a half circle on your lid
      • huge faux lashes
      • draw on bottom lashes using liquid liner
      • contour, no blush (you want your face to look as thin as possible)
      • white liner on the bottom
  10. Judge Judy – okay I KNOW this isn’t glamorous but seriously how funny would this costume be?!
    • black robe (a graduation robe would be perfect, ask some recent college grads)
    • white lace collar (buy some white lace ribbon and make it lay like a collar – easy peasey and cheap)
    • skinny reading glasses
    • curly brown pixie, make sure to add lots of volume in hairspray for that classic Judge J look

  11. Roxie Hart from Chicago (this is based on the Renee Zellweger/movie version)
    • blonde hair with soft vintage waves
    • red lips + fair skin
    • white or silver flapper dress
    • white T-strap shoes
  12. Ellen Degeneres – this costume is perfect if you want to be COMFY this Halloween! There are also lots of options here.
    • menswear inspired/chic clothes – fitted blazers, skinny pants, bow tie, regular tie, button down shirt buttoned all the way to the top (this Pinterest board is PERFECT inspiration)
    • sneakers (just nothing high top)
    • fresh faced makeup (she was a Cover Girl, after all!)

  13. Black Widow
    • Red, wavy/curly bob
    • head to toe leather/faux leather (I would do leather leggings and then whatever long sleeve top I can find – faux leather is best but anything will work)
    • black combat boots (or any boot you have)
    • get creative with her belts and gun holster – use old belts from thrift stores! You can always cover them with black ribbon if they’re they wrong color or have embellishments on them

I’ve got one more Halloween costume idea post and this one is all about couples costumes! It’ll hit the blog later this week so stay tuned!

xoxo
ValerySubscribe Button for Blog Posts


28 EASY Pop Culture Inspired Halloween Costumes

easy halloween costume ideasNow that October is here (HOW?!), it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too but there’s just something so fun about the Halloween season. That being said, we’ve all been there before – you get invited to a Halloween party, procrastinate on your costume and then your brain stops working. I swear, anytime I have to do a last-minute costume it’s like my pop culture side of the brain says “nope…not gonna help.” Well, suck it pop culture side of the brain because I’m here to help!

Also, yes, that IS me dressed as Edward Scissorhands, as photographed by Lindsay Steele. And no, that was NOT an easy costume so it is NOT on this list haha.

Here’s a huge list of pop culture inspired costumes that can (mostly) be made up of stuff you already have in your closet! A few of them take some extra time or maybe some special hair and makeup but if you follow the suggested items you’ll pull off an awesome Halloween costume!

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  1. Wednesday Adams from the Addams Family
    • Black sheath dress (don’t forget to add a white collar!)
    • Tall black socks or black tights
    • basically any black shoes
    • pig tail braids

  2. Rosie the Riveter
    • Blue button down with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow
    • Any kind of bottom will due but jeans probably make the most sense
    • Hair pulled back into a red bandana (red with white polka dots, to be the most accurate)

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  3. Sandy Olsson aka Olivia Newton John in Grease
    •  faux leather leggings
    • off the shoulder black top (super easy to find now that they’re so popular)
    • red heels
    • teased hair and heavy makeup
    • leather jacket (optional)
    • bonus points if you carry a cigarette and call everyone “stud”
  4. Steve Jobs
    • black turtle neck
    • dad jeans
    • white tennis shoes
    • glasses
  5. Holly Golightly aka Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    • little black dress
    • black gloves
    • pearls
    • tiara
    • bonus points for a long cigarette holder

  6.  Tobias Funke
    • jean short cutoffs + blue body paint
    • that’s literally it
  7. Patrick Bateman aka Christian Bale in American Psycho
    • 80s style work attire (ill fitting pants, suspenders, oversized dress shirt, etc)
    • fake knife or axe
    • splattered blood on your face and clothes
    • bonus points if you pass out business cards

  8. The Dude aka Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski
    • boxer shorts
    • white t shirt
    • a robe or Aztec patterned cardigan
    • Sandals – bonus points if you have Jelly sandals!
  9. ANYONE from Orange is the New Black 
    • tan or orange scrubs
    • hair and makeup according to your favorite character….just PLEASE DO NOT pull a Julianne Hough. If you’re white, you don’t need to do blackface to be an African American character.

  10. Nick Fury from The Avengers
    • black pants, belt shirt
    • black long coat
    • black gloves
    • black eye patch
    • if you have long hair, you can slick it back for a bald effect
  11. Carrie
    • any long formal dress
    • SO MUCH BLOOD
  12. Resident of the Capitol in the Hunger Games
    • TONS of colorful makeup – the crazier the better
    • very fancy, very bright colored clothing – again, the crazier the better
    • this would also be a perfect group costume
  13.  Kelly Kapowski
    • super 90s clothes – crop tops, cut off sweatshirt, overalls, keds, anything acid wash, floral, denim vest or jacket
    • minimal makeup
    • feathered bangs

  14. The Todd from Scrubs
    • scrubs….duh 🙂
    • flame bandana
    • cut the sleeves off your scrubs and write DOC on your arm
  15. Heath Ledger’s Joker
    • makeup and hair is really all that matters here
    • try to match the outfit if you can but seriously…get the makeup right and you’re golden
  16. Underwear wearing Walter White
    • green button down shirt, half tucked
    • white underpants or short shorts
    • brown socks
    • tan shoes
    • fake gun
    • glasses
  17. Literally any male character from Mad Men
    • wear a fitted suit and skinny tie
    • carry around a glass of booze (or apple juice if you prefer)

  18. Kimmy Schmidt aka Ellie Kemper in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    • bright colored pants
    • bright colored cardigan
    • floral shirt
    • bonus points for a backpack

  19. Andy aka Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer
    • Denim jacket
    • blue jeans
    • black wolf moon shirt (a band t shirt would probably work too)
    • aviators
    • black converse
    • bonus points if you wear a shell necklace
  20. Coop in Wet Hot American Summer
    • bowl cut wig (this is essential!)
    • shell necklace
    • fedora that’s clearly too small for you
    • bonus points if you cut the sleeves off a jersey and wear it
  21. Chef from Wet Hot American Summer (I can’t help it that their costumes are awesome and easy to recreate)
    • blue t shirt with cut off sleeves, cropped and a cut neckline
    • jeans
    • white tennis shoes
    • white apron
    • blue bandana (stars, if you can find one)

  22. Cookie Lyons from Empire
    • the tightest, sassiest thing you have in your closet
    • fur coat would get the point across perfectly
    • the MOST important thing is your attitude

  23. Leslie Knope aka Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
    • a suit….duh
    • a giant binder with a ridiculously decorated cover (full of course)
    • pink lipstick – it’s her signature!
  24. Jimmy Fallon with his messed up finger
    • a suit….again, duh
    • wrap up the ring finger on your left hand
    • act goofy, dance and name drop Justin Timberlake constantly

  25. Daria from…Daria
    • black skirt
    • orange t shirt
    • green blazer or jacket
    • thick rimmed glasses
    • combat boots
  26. Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • messy/greasy hair
    • put silver makeup over your mouth/nose (so it looks like you’ve been huffing silver spraypaint)
    • long underwear (the dirtier and holier, the better)
    • bonus points if you perform a very strange but beautiful song at a keyboard
  27. Doug Funnie from Doug
    • white t shirt
    • green sweater vest
    • khaki shorts
    • red Converse or sneakers with visible socks
    • bonus points if you dress up as Quailman instead
  28. Claire Dearing aka Bryce Dallas Howard from Jurassic World
    • a white a-line, pencil or midi skirt
    • dirty tank top tucked into the skirt
    • sensible pumps, awesome makeup and perfectly tousled hair
    • optional: white button down tied

PHEW that’s it! Hopefully you’ve got an awesome Halloween costume ideas now – now start prepping, Halloween will be here before you know it! Oh and guess what….I’ve got MORE Halloween costume ideas on the way for you! Short haired babes, I know how hard it is to find costumes so I’ve got a list ready AND I’ve got a list of couples costumes too! Stay tuned for those!

xoxo
Valery

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DIY Party Like Gatsby Mirror ($5 and 15 minute project!)

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There’s nothing better than a DIY project that takes less than 15 minutes. Wait. There is. What about a DIY project that takes less than 15 minutes AND costs less than 5 bucks?! Yes, they exist and I’m about to share one with you.

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Above photo by Stephanie Drenka – this also doubles as a sneak peek of our With Love From Rigby styled shoot from last week! Can’t wait for you to see the rest 🙂

WANT MORE: Check out this DIY: Super Easy, Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift!

What you need:

  • A mirror (I bought mine at the Dollar Tree – I’m not sure if they have them all the time so I think I’m going to go snag a few more for gifts)
  • Stick on letters (mine were $2.50 at Target and I LOVE them. They were almost too big so if you want a longer phrase, but the smaller letters. I found these in the art supply section with the poster boards.)
  • Washi tape to make it easy to line everything up (I’m sure other kinds of tape works too, but I know washi is really easy to remove so I think it’s the best bet. You can often find it in the Target dollar section).
  • Measuring tape or ruler, which you should already have somewhere!
  • Total cost: $4.50, assuming you have a measuring tape (less if you already have washi tape too!)

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1. Clean your mirror! It’ll probably get dirty again but go ahead and clean it to get all the dust off. Of course let it dry completely before you start the project.

2. Choose your phrase. Make sure you have space for your words, I knew mine, Party Like Gatsby, would be three rows so I had to double check that the letters would fit since they were huge. Make sure it’s short!

3. Use a measuring tape and find the center of the mirror. I used washi tape to make a little cross where they intersect, it made lining up the letters super easy.

4. Start with the middle letter on the top and bottom rows. So I made sure I lined up the middle of the R in party to line up with the vertical piece of washi tape. Note: For some reason I thought Gatsby had five letters….which is why you’ll see the bottom row I had the letter T there. Oops!

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5. Slowly and carefully add the rest of your letters! You can use a long piece of tape as a horizontal guide so your words are straight. You might have to move things around a bit (especially if you can’t count properly, like me!) I had to also move “LIKE” around a bit, because the I is so skinny.

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That’s it! That’s the whole project! Now you have a cute little mirror to do whatever you please with! I’m planning on doing a second one that says “BOW DOWN” because everyone should feel like Beyonce when they put on their makeup….right?

What are you going to put on your awesome Dollar Tree mirror? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo
Valery


DIY: Super Easy, Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift!

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Mother’s Day sneak up on you? Want to give mom something awesome, practical, inexpensive and personal (but not cheesy)? I have the PERFECT solution for you, dear reader.

For me, a good DIY project has to fit three criteria: 1. easy, 2. inexpensive and 3. quick. If a project costs me $40 in supplies or takes more than an afternoon, count me out. This project is one of the easiest I’ve done in a while, can be completed in a few hours and it will cost you around $15 (less if you already have spraypaint you can use). Need I say more?

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Here’s what you need:
-cookie sheet ($1 at Dollar Tree)
-spray paint in the color of your choice (I like Krylon paint and primer in one; around $4)
-glossy clear coat ($4)
-patterned drawer liner ($3-$6, depending on where you get it. The black and white damask is from the Target dollar section and was $3 and will cover 4 trays, the geometric pattern was $6 for two rolls from Home Goods and will cover 10+ trays)
-sheet of felt (.25; of course I forgot to put this in the photo….sorry!)

Total cost: $15.25 but all of the supplies will make multiple trays so for $20 you could easily make 4-5 trays!

1. Get clean – wash the cookie sheets, use a degreasing soap to make sure you get all the residue off.

2. Spraypaint – no need to spray the middle of the top of the trays since you’ll be covering those. That being said, your liner might not cover the whole bottom so at least spray about .5″ in on all sides. I also avoided the middle of the bottom because it won’t be visible…no need to waste spraypaint! Feel free to cover it if you want yours to look a little nicer.

IMPORTANT: Follow the directions! If it says wait five mins between coats, do it. You don’t want tacky paint. Do 2-3 coats as necessary.

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3. Get your gloss on – once your paint is TOTALLY dry, follow it up with your gloss. This is going to help seal it and just make it look a little nicer so don’t skip this step.

4. Cut felt squares for the bottom – You do NOT want to mess up your mom’s nice furniture so put something on the bottom of the trays to protect the furniture. I use good old felt – super cheap and gets the job done. You can also buy pre-cut felt circles to make it look a little nicer but it’ll cost you a few extra bucks. Your call!

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5. Cut and measure – use a ruler or just lay the drawer liner on your tray and mark it (that’s what I did). The drawer liner will probably have a grid on the back (yay) so you can cut along those lines so it’s nice and straight. After you’ve cut, double check and make sure it’s the right size. Then round out your corners if your pan has rounded edges (I just eyeballed it, it doesn’t need to be perfect).

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6. Peel and place – follow the directions for your drawer liner, mine said to wet the surface a bit so I just rubbed it down with a damp washcloth. Then peel the back off and slowly and carefully place it on the bottom of your tray. Make sure to flatten out bubbles as you go!

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That’s it! SO easy! It takes a few hours but the majority of that is drying time for the spray paint. I love the versatility of these trays, they can be used as a bar tray, livingroom catch-all, jewelry holder or even to make the bathroom look a little fancier!

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Any questions? Just leave them below!

xoxo
Valery


DIY Purple Hair 101

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Want purple hair? Don’t want to pay the salon big bucks to do it? Feeling brave and want to DIY? I’m here to help, folks. This post is pretty lengthy but hopefully will help some of you folks who are looking to DIY purple hair.

So my hair was supposed to be lavender, and it’s really not but I still love it. The good news is, bright colors fade so it’ll be lavender eventually (hopefully). Either way, if you like my shade of purple, here’s a tutorial! Even if you’re not aiming for purple, hopefully this will help any of you other babes who are thinking about playing around with Pravana.

Thank you SO MUCH to Stephanie Drenka for taking these photos and for helping me out with the back of my head so I didn’t end up looking like a crazy person. Life saver.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a hairdresser by any stretch of the imagination. Just a girl on a budget who loves her #1 accessory. I bought my Pravana on Amazon, which I know some people say is a no-no, so do that at your own risk. Basically this whole post is at your own risk. If you want to take the plunge, here’s what you need!

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Shower cap | Wide tooth comb | Bowl | Hair color brush | Clips (if your hair is longer) | L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner | Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Violet (just a few drops) | Pravana Chromasilk Pastels in Mystical Mint (whole tube, more if your hair is longer)

After doing a hilarious amount of research, I opted to use Nicole Richie’s lavender formula. Known as an “antique lavender” I liked it because it was more blue than pink, which is exactly what I was wanting. Also her hairdresser went with this particular formula so it would fade gracefully – what more can a girl ask for? The formula is super easy – one tube Pravana Chromasilk Pastels in Mystical Mint with 3-5 drops of Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Violet. Admittedly, I think my Violet drops were too big so keep that in mind if you want yours lighter!

My hair was lightened about a month ago, I’ve got about a quarter inch of regrowth but I’m not ready to get it bleached again so I’m just going with it. I wouldn’t recommend DIY bleaching just because of the SERIOUS damage you can do to your hair. If you’re trying to keep your budget lower, I would go to a beauty school and have them bleach it for you. You’ll want to get it SUPER light, like the inside of a banana peel. Mine is already pretty ashy because it was previously toned. I used clarifying shampoo to get rid of most of the previous color but it’s still not as yellow as it is freshly bleached. Either way, violet will cover it.

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I mixed up half a tube of mint with 2 drops of violet. Again, mine was probably too much – I would say each one was around 3/8″ long. I ended up using the whole tube of mint, even though my hair is short I have a LOT of it but keep that in mind when you’re purchasing your Pravana. I would purchase two bottles of mint just to be safe if your hair is any longer than mine!

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I applied the color starting on my roots, did the roots all over and then the rest of the hair.

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After it was all applied, I put a shower cap on to keep some heat in and also to keep me from making a mess all over my house. 30 minutes later, I was ready to rinse! (You may want to check after 20 mins, that’s the recommended time).

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Rinse, rinse, rinse. The good news is – this stuff is surprisingly easy to rinse out! It only took me a few minutes before the water was running clear. Then shampoo and condition with a color safe shampoo. I used what I already had, L’Oreal Color Vibrancy (unfortunately L’Oreal isn’t cruelty free and I totally forgot when I bought it so I definitely won’t be purchasing again. Otherwise it’s really great.)

I recommend either following up with either a deep conditioner or at least applying some kind of leave in. I’ve recently become obsessed with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In per the suggestion of my hairdresser. I’ve used SO MANY PRODUCTS and it’s one of the few that I can actually tell puts moisture back in my hair and makes it more manageable. Totally worth the money.

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And here’s the finished product!!! It’s more Indigo than Lavender but I really love the shade. Here’s to hoping that it fades into a lovely greyish lavender but if not, I think this color is going to really grow on me. I feel like a real life anime character – just call me James Rocket!!!

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A few things to keep in mind:

  • My hair has been bleached a lot and it’s REALLY porous so some parts of my hair are quite a bit lighter (Pravana actually says if your hair is too porous, it won’t take the color very well) but I kind of like the dimension it adds.
  • If you’re going to do this at home…do a strand test. Don’t be like me.
  • I haven’t had any transfer on towels or pillowcases but that doesn’t mean you’ll be so lucky. Make sure to use towels and bedding you don’t mind getting stained.
  • A few days after coloring, I used Renpure Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner and it hardly faded at all – I highly recommend it for retaining color (and it’s SUPER affordable at Target!)
  • If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can always take this formula to your stylist!

And just for fun, here’s a before and after! Look how much shinier my hair is after! I kind of can’t believe it.

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. AGAIN I’m not an expert but I can definitely tell you about my experience!

xoxo
Valery