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Sandy Almost Ruined My Halloween…Almost

2 Nov

Hello

I usually try to post something new every Wednesday, unfortunately this week Hurricane Sandy came through town and threw my plans off course. I’ve lived in New York City practically all my life and have never experienced a natural disaster quite like this, it almost made me feel like it could never happen here. It is truly a surreal feeling.

Luckily, since Halloween fell on a Wednesday this year my friend Maribel held her annual Halloween party the weekend before the storm. I was a pirate. Classic!

As usual, i was scrambling at the last minute to put something together and happened to have all the pieces in my closet already!

What i wore:

Old Navy Vest (i’ve had this for years! similar one)

American Apparel Leggings

Ralph Lauren Blouse bought at El Mundo (similar)

Dolce Vita Riding Boots bought at Daffy’s for like $80 (similar)

Scarf c/o my momma

Sword from another pirate costume i own

…and here’s a link to the awesome YouTube video i used for the make up

Did you DIY your costume this year? Share your photos and/or links!

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3 Oct

Left: Heidi Klum, Right: Mariel Abreu

Heidi Klum

Mariel Abreu

Why does the approach of Halloween make me want to speak like a pirate?? I even went as far as looking up how to say “hi there friend” in a pirate dictionary for this post. I’ve only ever dressed up as a pirate once, promise! Most other years I’ve strategically used pieces in my wardrobe, and my infamous hat that I’ve owed for something like 10 years, to be a witch. This strategy is definitely good on the pockets, but not very fun. Luckily I have friends that are much more creative than that! For today’s post I interviewed my dear friend and fellow fashionista, Mariel Abreu, on the DIY crow costume that she wore 2 years ago. She did an awesome job and looked abso-crow-lutely stunning! (I know I can be a cornball sometimes).

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: When did you first come across Heidi’s crow costume and what did you like about it?

MARIEL ABREU: I came across Heidi’s Costume while chatting with a girlfriend and browsing the internet. My girlfriend mentioned she loves Heidis yearly costumes and I should take a look. When I saw the Crow costume I immediately fell in love.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: What inspired you to create your own costume instead of buying one?

MARIEL ABREU: I initially searched to buy a crow costume but what I found was nothing close to Heidi’s. I then set myself up to try and assemble it myself. Didn’t know where to begin.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Where did you source the materials for the costume? How long did it take to create?

MARIEL ABREU: I sourced out my materials from the garment district in NYC. I figured there I would be able to find all sorts of feathers and fabrics to help me create this costume. I browsed the neighborhood and showed vendors my picture for directions on where feather shops were located. I also researched a bit in the internet. I took me about a week to gather all of my supplies. The costume took me approximately 3 hour or so to put together. It was surprisingly easy.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Would you say you saved some mula by creating it yourself? How much did you end up spending on it?

MARIEL ABREU: I sure did save some money as I’m sure a custom costume like that would range over the 300 dollar range. I ended up spending aprox 100 dollars in feathers. News to me, feathers are very expensive.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Would you do it again?

MARIEL ABREU: Absolutely! It was fun, creative and I was the highlight of the Halloween party I attended that year.

CORAL’S INSPIRATIONS: Do you know what you want to be this year? Will you be making your own costume again?

MARIEL ABREU: Not sure yet what I want to be this year but once you venture into creating a unique costume you don’t want to go back. I have been creating my own costume ever since I started to create the crow.

Have we you inspired to try something new and/or DYI this year?

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