WhyDid Wisdom: Behind the Mask

By |October 27th, 2011|WhyDid Wisdom|

Like I said, I think people really enjoy holidays like Halloween because it allows them to escape their reality and be someone or something else for a day.  Feeling a need to transport yourself from an everyday mundane pencil pushing 9 to 5 for just one night of fun is one thing.  However, when you start living your life as a self created character on a day to day basis, it’s time to re-evaluate.

There’s a lot of pressure to present yourself in a certain fashion.  Maybe you hang around a fancy pants crew and feel as though you’ve got to keep up with the Joneses.  Or maybe you feign an interest in something that your boyfriend enjoys because you want him to like you more.  Whatever the case may be, you’ve got to get exhausted eventually, no?  Keeping up appearances is not easy… especially when it’s something foreign to you.

Throughout life, we do change.  We change based on experiences, age, and circumstances.  We are shaped by our environment and we learn new things and meet new people.  All of these things are what mold us into who we are.  What you can’t forget is that piece of you that’s always been there.  Your core.  It’s so easy to forget who you and to where you came from with all the noise and garbage out there.  Sometimes we want to forget because it’s a painful place or maybe it’s just embarrassing.  But why should you be embarrassed of what makes you you?  Over the years, I’ve met lots of people from all walks of life.  The people I love most are those with interesting stories and imperfect lives.  They are the people who acknowledge their faults and… embrace them.  It’s endearing to be around someone like that.  Even though your backgrounds might not be exactly the same, you form a camaraderie.  It’s much easier to be yourself around someone who is being his or herself.  That’s what real relationships are made of.

It’s true.  You can be whoever you want.  Just know that eventually being anyone other than yourself will catch up to (a very exhausted) you.  Take a minute and look at yourself in the mirror.  Remember the girl who’s behind the mask.  See all the things that make you beautiful, perfect or not.

So maybe Halloween is more than just one day a year… After all, we’re all wearing masks, aren’t we?



Photo via SuccessCreations

Why Did You Wear That: There Are No Words

By |October 25th, 2011|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

I know there are a lot of you out there who are still scratching your pretty heads wondering, “What the heck am I going to be for Halloween?”  Been there, sister.  Perhaps you don’t feel like spending a ton of cash or you don’t want to be one of 30,000 naughty nurses.  Either way, I may have the costume idea you’ve been searching for.  Last year, I opted for something a bit different.  The costume wasn’t so much a costume as it was a little creative thinking and arts and crafts time.  I had a striped dress.  I had red shoes.  What the costume really needed was a steady hand and some pancake makeup.

That’s right.  I was gonna be a mime.  Um, hello?  A mime is genius.  It prevents you from having to talk to anyone if you don’t feel like it.  Just pantomime yourself in a box and walk away.  Genius if you ask me.

So have I sold you on this costume idea?  Here are three things you will need (and can find easily).  For the face, Google images of mimes and find a big mirror with lots of light and make yourself comfortable.  P.S. I do not recommend drinking wine while applying mime makeup… not that I would have any experience in that.  Hey, worse comes to worst and you can’t get your makeup right?  Draw on a mole, find some candy cigarettes and you’re a sexy French girl.

1. Guess Kaycee Dress, $89, 2. Banana Republic Knit Beret, $24.50, 3. Betsey Johnson Sonya Suede Chunky Pump, $139.95

You can’t see me, but I’m pantomiming my sign off.



Setting the Mood: Spooked

By |October 24th, 2011|Setting the Mood|

It seems like every year people are getting more and more into the Halloween spirit.  Maybe I just don’t recall it from when I was little or maybe people are feeling like they need a bit more of an escape and dressing up as someone else for a day does just the trick.  I think it makes everyone feel like they are finally able to get in touch with their inner “dark side.”  We all have one afterall.



Gloves: Lanvin Crystal Embellished Long Leather Gloves, $1.555

Ring: Alexander McQueen Silver Plated Swarovski Crystal Skull Ring, $405

Corset: Ender Legard Corsetry Ava Stretch Silk Satin Balconette Corset, $720

Boots: Alexander McQueen Lace Up Leather Ankle Boots, $1,580


Monday Mashup: Haunting Resemblance

By |October 24th, 2011|Monday Mashup|

We’ve all had our share of makeup mishaps (um, my neck and face were living two separate lives all through middle school), but sometimes cosmetics gone wild can really foul up a lady’s appearance.  While makeup was created to make us look that much more beautiful, in some instances, it can be downright scary.  Sadly, even celebrities with the best in the business in their arsenals can have their very own makeup misdemeanors.  While some may be only minor… others leave these ladies looking hauntingly similar to some of our very favorite spooky Halloween characters.  Pretty sure these photos speak for themselves:

Yikes!  Someone hand me a Wet Wipe!




The List Volume LVII

By |October 21st, 2011|The List|

What used to be a holiday for good ol’ wholesome trick or treating has morphed into one big lingerie party full of lots more tricks than there are treats.  Sadly, it seems that girls think as long as you throw the word “sexy” in front of another word, you’ve got a great Halloween costume.  Exhibit A: the f*cking “sexy skunk” costume above.  Hate to point out the obvious, but skunks smell and well, there’s really nothing sexy about that (sorry, Pepe Le Pew).  While I do admit that a sexy skunk is pretty creative, I’m kind of sick of the usual slutty suspects (sexy nurse, sexy cop, sexy pirate, sexy sailor, sexy bee, sexy etc.).  Now, I’d be a big fat (sexy) liar if I told you I hadn’t fallen victim to the whole sexy Halloween costume schtick.  I’ve been everything from a sexy football player to a sexy Veronica Corningstone (Anchorman).  Hey, at least I was creative.  I guess that’s my point, if you are gonna go “sexy” this year (and who are we kidding, you know you are), at least be creative.  So I’ve compiled a list of ten very un-sexy things that I dare you Halloween hoochies to make slutty.

  1. Sexy pencil.
  2. Sexy refrigerator.
  3. Sexy rhinoceros.
  4. Sexy ceiling fan.
  5. Sexy Rosie O’Donnell.
  6. Sexy garbage person.
  7. Sexy sledgehammer.
  8. Sexy toilet.
  9. Sexy peanut butter.
  10. Sexy mulch.

Please, please, please (I beg of you) take photos if you do, in fact, use one of these ideas.