Monday, November 3, 2014

Our Halloween Costume REVEAL!!

Happy Monday ya'll!
 
I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend filled with family, friends,
trick-or-treating, parties and of course ..... CANDY!!
 
I'm not sure which I like more, seeing my girls all excited and dressed up or watching them handout candy to fellow trick-or-treaters.  They are totally into seeing all the other costumes and literally fight over who gets to handout the candy each time.  Gotta say, I love their enthusiasm :)
 
Like I shared in my last post, our costumes this year came together VERY last minute.
 
We're talking the day-of.  With coffee in hand, I was still putting together the finishing touches on Halloween morning.
 
In the end, I just love how they turned out!  It was so nice seeing them feel confident enough to go out looking totally and completely NERDY {and totally and completely adorable too}!
 
 
Before I get to our nerd costumes, I wanted to show you the quick and easy deer costume I put together for a Halloween party the hubs and I went to. 
 
What you'll need is a really big mens t-shirt.  Your size and height will determine what size t-shirt will work best.  I picked mine up at the local Goodwill for $3.49.  It was an XXLT which worked perfectly because it was long enough to be a dress without having to make any adjustments.   
 
Wash and dry your shirt then lay it out on a flat surface.  Next, take a dress you already own, a form fitting tank dress works best, and lay it on the t-shirt.  {If you don't have a tank dress you can use a tank top too}.  Now just trace the dress onto the t-shirt.  Here's what you should end up with.  Sorry about the lack of pics, I'm lucky I remembered to take even these two!
 
 
I pinned the shirt together to keep it from moving when I cut it.
 

 
I used Photoshop to darken my trace line so you can see it better.
 
Ok, now all you need to do is cut out the 'dress' on the trace line and then sew!  REMEMBER, depending on how much stretch your t-shirt has and how tight you want the finished dress to be, you may need to add a seam allowance.
 
And now, the finished product!!
 
 
 
I added some faux fur spots on the side and to the bust, and made some giant ears out of that same fur, some felt, a few pipe cleaners and a headband we already had.  The dress was SO EASY to make and came out perfect!  And it was super comfy!!
 
{I apologize for the blurry pic!!  That's what happens when you're running 30 minutes late, have to drop the littles at Grandmas and the only camera you remebered is the one on your phone.  Lame.}
 
 
No doe is complete without some spots on the booty and of course a tail! ;)
 

 
Here's the hunter and I :)
 
 
 
 
 
The make-up was super easy and I was able to do it with stuff I already had, that was a total bonus!
 
 
 
 
 
The total cost for this costume was less than $10!!
 
 
 
Alright, time to get nerdy!
 
After the girls FINALLY decided what they wanted to be for Halloween I went to my favorite local thrift shop.  Every Wednesday is 1/2 price day and I was able to pick up these plaid shirts for $2 each. 
 
 
I made some 'modifications' and ......
 
VOILA!
 
 
Totally nerdy plaid skirts!  We even managed to find the white shirts there on 1/2 price day too!  I made the bowties out of the shirts as well, and attached some DIY suspenders.  We picked up the tube socks at DollarTree and found the nerd glasses {with the exception of Miss B's real specs} in the dollar section at Target. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
No nerd is complete without their headgear!  I made the headgear out of a wire hanger, some elastic and some foam.  It was my favorite part of the costumes.  I think she looks so cute!  And she was beyond committed to staying 'in character'.  We took them out to dinner and she kept the headgear on the whole time!  That's my girl :)
 
 
The girls love it when I dress up with them, and let's be honest, it doesn't take much convincing :) , so I threw together a quick nerd outfit and off we went!  {Should I be concerned that it was so easy to find nerd attire in my own closet??}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed the costumes! 
 
Have a great day, and don't forget to follow my blog, pin the pics and like my Facebook page! 
 
Thanks a million!
 
Jessica
 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Decor Ideas

One week.
 
That's it.  There's only one week till Halloween.  I'm usually really good about having the girls costumes done long before this time, but for whatever reason, this year we're just getting started.
 
I did, however, manage to get the house decorated.  We never have trick-or-treaters {you'd have to be nuts to walk down our street in the dark} so I just stick to decorating the inside.
 
The girls love it when they see me getting the orange and black storage bins out of the shop.
 
I'm not sure which gets them more excited, the Halloween decorations or the fact that the Halloween decorations mean Christmas is right around the corner.  :)
 
If you haven' t gotten around to decorating yet, it's not too late!  Hopefully these pics of how I decorated our house will inspire you to add a little creepiness to your own home. 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you saw something you liked, I'd love it if you'd pin it or share this post on your Facebook page.  Now, back to work on the Halloween costumes, I can't wait to show them to you ....... once they're done :)
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Jessica
 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

70's Themed SURPRISE 40th Birthday!

Last weekend our close friend Trent turned 40 {or 30 if you ask him} :)
 
I had the pleasure of working with his awesome wife and another great
friend to put together a surprise party for him.  Saying that he likes
to dress-up would be the understatement of the year.  This guy
takes wigs, mustaches and costumes VERY seriously.  I swear, every
time I see him he's added at least two new wigs to his collection.
It's awesome and I love it!
 
For the party we decided to go with a 70's theme because
costumes from that era are one of his favs and it's also
the decade of his birth.  Hence Studio 74 was born.
 
This party was a blast from the past.
Seriously, so much fun!
 
I kept the d├ęcor fairly simply and went with a white, gold and silver
color palate because I wanted all the lighting to really pop and make
it feel like a 70's nightclub.  The event was held at Urban Studio
in downtown Portland and the space was perfect.
 
An open bar, delicious food, one giant chocolate cake
{courtesy of the amazing baker, my mama} and guests in costume
transported us all to a time that was totally far out!
 
Have a look at Studio 74!
{all the photos were taken by the super talented Heather Fitch, check her out!}
 
 
 
The invitation I designed.
 

 

 

 

 

 
I made the big Studio 74 sign and hung it in front of the silver pipe and drape.  The awesome KC at MDM Productions made it pop with some killer lighting.
 

 

 

 
Some of the delicious food courtesy of Pearl Catering.
 

 

 

 
The cake was GIANT and super delicious.


 

 
It was great seeing so many guests arrive in costume!
 

 

 

 
Our dear friends Mr. and Mrs. Hugo.


 
The hubs and I.
 

 
Warming up to bust some serious moves on the dance floor :)
 

 

 
The birthday boy and his beautiful wife.
 

 
Trent and his mom. Love.
 

 
Getting the once over from some guests.
 

 

 
Some more beautiful people.
 

 
Me :)  I had the best time putting together my outfit.
 

 
Trent's dad.  Hmmmm, wonder where Trent gets it from?? ;)
 

 
Our fab foursome!
 

 
Shaking our groove things.
 

 
Group hug!
 

 

 
They are so cute together!
 

 
Get it girl!
 

 
So serious we are ;)
 

 

 
The birthday boy and his party planners.
 

 
Cheers!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Some more great costumes.
 

 

 

 

 
Jessica and her mom.  They are so beautiful!
 

 
Pimp daddy!
 

 
Staying alive!!
 

 



 
Happy birthday to you Mr. More!!


 
The moment we all waited for ...... the YMCA!! :)
 
This was such an amazing night.
Every birthday should be like this.
I'm so grateful for such wonderful friends
and feel blessed to be a part of celebrating with them!
 
Have a great Sunday!!