I love Halloween! My favorite part is seeing everyone’s costumes. As I’ve gotten older, and with the ultra dependence on the internet + the birth of Pinterest – purchasing a polyester dress made with cheap materials, but you spend $70, only to wear one time just isn’t worth it. At least not in my opinion anymore. The more DIY, the better!!

This year for my birthday I took it easy on the actual weekend commemorating my birth, because the following weekend I wanted a Halloween rager where all my friends could come and dress up in awesome costumes and drink punch from a cauldron instead of waiting in line to go out to some bar that’s packed wall-to-wall people.

It was such a success and I had SO much fun.

Originally, I had a couple’s costume in mind for Bae & I, but when he sounded a little less than enthusiastic, I asked him what he wanted to be, and he says, “Well.. I think the hot dog filter from Snap Chat would be pretty cool…” First of all – CREATIVE AF! I was so proud of him, because – who even thinks of that!? And 2 – Bae is so silly, that sort of costume is right up his alley.

However, this left me figuring out what to be this Halloween. There were a couple things I had in mind, but I knew for sure I wanted to do something exciting with the makeup…

This year, the gypsy/fortune teller has been all the rage. I had originally intended on being a fortune teller, but without a crystal ball, I decided to err more on the side of a gypsy. With the off-the-shoulder trend SO popular this year, this costume is really easy for anyone!

Items needed for DIY Gypsy costume

  • Off-the-shoulder top
  • maxi skirt or harem/tapered pants
  • scarf – wrapped around head
  • Optional – chained head piece (I found mine at Claire’s!)
  • Hoop or dangle coin earrings
  • Optional – faux nose jewelry (found both the septum and hoop nose ring on Amazon)
  • Lots of large, statement rings & jewelry

FACE

Foundation || Too Faced Born This Way Foundation “Sand”
Under-eye Concealer/Highlight || MAC Prep & Prime “Radiant Rose”
Powder || Ben Nye Luxury Powder in “Cameo” to set highlight; MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC43 for rest of the face
Contour Powder || NYX Matte Bronzer in “Tan” + Too Faced “Chocolate” Soleil Bronzer
Blush || MAC “Prism”
Powder Highlight || Anastasia Beverly Hills “Pink Heart” + “Purple Horseshoe” from the MoonChild Glow Kit

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in “Dark Brown”; cut with MAC Prolongwear concealer in NC30
Primer || MAC “Soft Ochre” Paint Pot
Shadows || Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette, Makeup Geek pigment in “Utopia” on the lid
Glitters || Inner Corner – Lit Cosmetics “Champagne Wishes”; undereye – MAC Cosmetics “3D Pink” + “Grey”
Liner || Tarte “Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
Lashes || Lashes in a Box “E.1”
Lenses || Desio “Darker” from the Two Shades of Grey collection

 LIPS

Anastasia Beverly Hills “Potion” + “Sad Girl”

 

Wild is her style; in life, love and all things free.

  • J. Iron Word

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

What comes to mind when you think of Vegas – alcohol, partying, casinos strippers, no sleep, buffets, scandalous shows. Now think of doing all of this with your parents.

Since I was a kid, my mom & dad loved going to Vegas. They’d take off on a Friday evening after work and red-eye it back in on Monday morning. They aren’t big drinkers, but they love the city. I on the other hand would rather spend that kind of money on a trip elsewhere (preferably put that money towards somewhere international) but it’s nice that it’s a 4 hour plane ride from Houston and has ANYthing that tickles your fancy (or other things if you’re freaky – hey, it’s Vegas!)

Top : H&M || Overalls : XXI || Bag : Sole Society || Shoes : Adidas

Back at Christmas time, all my mom said she wanted was a family trip to Vegas for her birthday. All her kids are now over 21 and she’s ready to party with us. (TOTES kidding) So we started planning. Last time I went, was summer ’14; being in the desert, I felt like I was baking during the day. While it was still fun, the weather was very unpleasant, so I was looking forward to a Spring Break trip there this time to enjoy the light heat during the day and coolness at night.

I kept things as simple as possible since I was only taking a small carry on. Dresses and a pair of overalls, statement kicks and minimal makeup.

That first day was a doozey! Bae and I headed in early Friday morning to meet my sister and my cunado for brunch at Wicked Spoon, 6 bottles of champagne between the 4 of us and two 32 oz mojitos later, no pictures were taken (thank God!).

Day 2 was much better. I hydrated before bed, so I didn’t wake up with a hangover. But was I 100% Gucci? No. But nothing that a walk along the strip and some drinks couldn’t fix.

Current fave bag for traveling!

Out of the handful times of visiting Vegas, I had never been to one of the shows. Next time you visit Sin City – check out La Reve at the Wynn. It was an amazing production. And a great reason to dress up and debut one of my favorite spring trends – embroidered heels. And we all know how walking in Vegas can be, but these were surprisingly comfortable to walk in. (still doesn’t mean I didn’t get a GNARLY blister on my big toe)

Jacket : H&M || Dress : Asos || Choker : Top Shop

Shoes : Betsey Johnson

Here’s to keeping it classy in Vegas… this time.

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek