Halloween Costume 2015

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in a BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women, and this years costume is no exception!

Let me start my taking a look back at past costumes…

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Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls (circa 2007?)

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Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie). She’s a great strong female role model who was created back in the 1930’s!

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Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.

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Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.

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This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…

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Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

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In 2014 I went as Jane Goodall! It seemed fitting given my recent trip to Africa and she’s a very strong female role model. You rock Jane!

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Now onto 2015:

Now that we are up to date on past costumes, it’s time that I introduce this years costume. Now that I have a little doggie, even he will be in on the fun. Instead of coming right out and telling you, I’ll give you some very telling hints.

I typically dress as an older woman/character, but this year I’ll be only a few years older than my actual age. She’s someone I’ve respected professionally since I was a teenager. She runs a comedy school that stretches over several facilities in two different states. She heads up a program meant to empower young females called Amy’s Smart Girls. Not only am I going as this awesome woman, but Im going as this person dressed in character as a different strong female. Not only is the real woman great but the character is also a remodel to women everywhere. It’s a double-wammy of a costume!

As always, I’ve put together a cheat sheet of how I’m going to post this costume together in a cost conscious way. It will involve a trip to goodwill, some creative tricks and another wig to add to my collection! It’s all about the details.

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Have you guessed it? I’ll update you as I start assembling the items, and of course I’ll post the photos of me in costume after Halloween. So check back for updates!

UPDATE:

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I had a small get-together on Halloween night where people dropped in throughout the night. Here you can see I made Oscar his cute lil’ Sebastian outfit (took 15 min to make with on sale items from Jo-Ann’s). My outfit involved a wig from party city (a 50’s girl wig that looked JUST like Leslie Knope’s hair), a fitted suit from Goodwill, stickers I printed out and Amy’s book which I already owned. What a fun Halloween! Check out As Her World Turns blog post about the night! She’s got great photos of the evening.

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Halloween Costume 2014

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in last years BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women.

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Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls.

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Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie).

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Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.

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Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.

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This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…

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Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

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Can you tell who I’m going as this year? It seemed like an obvious choice given my recent travels…. I’ll make the announcement when I add a picture of me in the costume after Halloween.

Have fun, be creative, and enjoy dressing up!

UPDATE: Here’s my official 2014 Halloween photo! We went to rainy West Hollywood for their parade of costumes. It was great people watching and a handful of people recognized this Jane Goodall.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!! BIG NEWS! Life Absorbed’s past Halloween photos made it onto Buzzfeeds top 22 Best Iconic TV Costumes for Halloween! My college group costume of Golden Girls made the list (I’m Rose), and so did last years Lamb Chop and Shari Lewis costume! How exciting!

Now I’ve given you some costume ideas in THIS POST and even given you clues like this picture…

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Can you tell who I’m going as? Jessica Fletcher (aka Angela Lansbury) in Murder She Wrote!

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Here’s a breakdown of the costume:

The wig was $28 total from Wilshire Wigs ($5 off for buying off the mannequin). The sweater, shirt, and book were $7 total at Salvation Army. I spray painted the book and hand painted “Murder, She Wrote” using paint I already owned. The scarf was $12 at Marshalls, and the pants were $8 in the Target clearance rack. The socks, shoes and magnifying glass were recycled from 2011’s Nancy Drew costume. The clip on earrings were hand-me-downs from relatives. In total I spent $55 and hopefully I can reuse some of the elements (like my fun new scarf!).

I hope you all are having a spooktacular holiday! BOO!

 

Halloween Costume Ideas

Now that it’s October, have you started thing about Halloween? BuzzFeed has this great article showing funny group costume ideas. I love that Golden Girls made the list, as back in college that’s what my group of friends went as.

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Can you tell that I’m Betty White?

In 2011 I went as…

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Nancy Drew!

In 2012 I went as…

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Shari Lewis (and that’s my boss as Lamb Chop)!

Can you tell who I might want to go as this year? Here’s a big hint…

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She’s amazing and expect to see plenty of photos when I make the big reveal on October 31st! What are you going as? You’re never too old to dress up! Hit up your local Salvation Army to make a costume on a budget. Print out research and bring it to the store. I’ve found the thrift store employees enjoying helping with the search (as it’s something fun for them too).

 

Halloween in Toluca Lake 2012

I’m crazy backlogged on my blog posts due to the craziness of work, but I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention celebrating Halloween in Toluca Lake.

To start, yes I dressed up at work. And yes, I got my boss to dress up as Lamb Chop to my Shari Lewis. You can see he’s even holding a mini Lamb Chop in the photo.

After work I met up with friends and fellow bloggers (Kelocity). You can see their costumes are very topical: Mikayla is not impressed, and the Nasa JPL scientist with the mohawk with their little martian. Note the attention to detail with the spaced out stroller. After photos it was time to explore Toluca Lake and all the holiday festivities.

This year Mark Cherry had a superhero theme. He always does an awesome display of celebrity or topical skeletons in funny situations. This year’s super hero theme was very clever.

The Toluca Estates neighborhood goes all out. It’s so impressive. It also gets packed, so if you plan on visiting in 2013, go there early to see it before that made rush of people.

So elaborate!

This pirate ship is practically life size. It’s HUGE!

Yup, lots of people came out in costume.

So many people!

There was a group of people in costume who would jump on a golf cart and ride around the neighborhood and would do a Gangman Style dance mob.

When the golf cart pulled up to one house, they projected the Gangman Style video on their house.

Next year, if you’re looking for a fun neighborhood to walk around dressed up for Halloween check out Toluca Lake. If you’re looking to get candy, you’ll have to wait in lines at each house, but if it’s about the atmosphere and creativity, Toluca is you place!

Weekend Guide November 3 + 4

Here’s what up on Saturday and Sunday this weekend! Get out of the house this weekend, as we are flying through 2012. Did I mention it’s November?

Are you already thinking about holiday shopping? From 10am -4pm today, check out the Santa Monica Craft Fair. Are you looking for more musical gifts? Check out the Independent Label Market today from 11a -4pm where youll find all sorts of music on sale. Why not take a risk and buy a cd of a band you’ve never heard before? Maybe they’ll be your new favorite band.

If comedy is more your style, Stories Books & Cafe is hosting Two Headed Beast tonight with Brandon Walsh, Alex Koll and others. It’s free…

Also free is the Haunted Saturday Funday Ride today from 3:45 -7:30, hosted by the LA Bicycle Coalition. Meet up at The Georgian hotel in Santa Monica, where the trek will lead you on a 16 mile haunted tour of Los Angeles.

Are you not ready to let go of Halloween? Do you need one last fill of spookiness before we enter Thanksgiving mode? Check out Day of the Dead at the Echoplex on Sunday. Doors open at 5p, music at 6pm. $13 presale, $15 at the door.

I wrote about seeing Nick Offerman’s show at Largo a while back and part of that show was hearing the music of Nancy + Beth (featuring Meagan Mulally). They were fabulous. Such great musicians. For $30 you can see them perform a show of their own at Largo at 8:30p. I promise you’ll enjoy the show.

Stand Up for Pits is a charity comedy event happening at the Improv on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 7:30p. Comedians Dave Koechner, Tig Notaro, Natasha Leggero, Rebecca Cory, Erin Foley, Jimmy Pardo… and a zillion others. Get tickets HERE and support a good cause.