Creative Couples Costume Ideas

I generally tend to veer more in the direction of pop-culture references when it comes to couples costume ideas. I appreciate the salt and pepper, eggs and bacon, etc., couples costumes, but I think the best couples costume ideas are ones that make you stop and think for a second.

The past two years, Jason and I have managed to come up with some pretty fun and ridiculous costume ideas. But with Halloween a few weeks away, we’re struggling to narrow down exactly what we plan on dressing as this year. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom are sure to be a popular Halloween costume this year. It’s such a great little love story, and Wes Anderson really brings the 1960s to life with his stylizing of the characters.

  • Labyrinth (1986): Any costume that involves a man in eyeliner gets my vote, and if it’s David Bowie, that’s even better. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth has been one of my “must do” couples costume ideas for years. Sure, Sarah’s costume is a little bit boring (unless you want to go out in a ball gown), but the Jareth costume would be so, so fun. Bonus points: dress your baby as Toby if you can’t get a sitter for the night.

  • Princess Bride (1987): If you’re a bit more on the romantic side, this is definitely the costume for you. Rob Reiner‘s The Princess Bride is a timeless love story, and a perfect costume for a couple that might be divided on their costume ideas- you get to be a princess, he gets to be a pirate, it’s a win-win. (Pssst….did you see the Princess Bride reunion that happened in New York last week? Really wish I could’ve been there!)

  • Natural Born Killers (1994): If you haven’t seen this Oliver Stone directed film starring Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson, I have to warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart. Written by Quentin Tarantino, it’s a love story for the psychotic. Truth be told, I absolutely love these over the top characters, and after last years costume, it seems like a natural progression for Jason and me.

  • Fern Gully (1992): So, maybe it’s a cartoon, but I think that Fern Gully costumes would make an awesome choice this year. If you’re in your mid-20s, you’ll remember this film for it’s ridiculous songs (hello…batty rap?), and messages about the environment. But I’m essentially dying to do this costume because it would be the 3rd year in a row that I got Jason to dress like a character played (or voiced!) by Christian Slater.

What are you going to be for Halloween?


Film for a Dandy Life: For a Good Time, Call…

Job hunting has it’s pros and cons, but so far, my favorite pro has been the ability to see a movie on a rainy afternoon, and last week, I took the opportunity to see For a Good Time, Call…and am so glad I did.

Two frenemies, Lauren and Katie, move in together to cover the rent on Katie’s grandmother’s fabulous Gramercy apartment (swoon), but when Lauren’s job situation hits a snag, they team up to start a phone sex line. Written by Lauren Miller (who stars as Lauren) and Katie Anne Naylon, this hilarious raunchy comedy manages to elicit laughs from simply being well written. Unlike the use of bodily fluids and physical comedy that was prevalent in last year’s BridesmaidsFor a Good Time, Call… manages to keep the comedy coming with a well thought-out screenplay, and superb acting by Miller and Ari Graynor (who is seriously, like, my favorite person ever now), and a hilariously gay Justin Long.

But my favorite part of For a Good Time, Call… is the fact that it manages to bypass all the plot devices so typical to female driven films. There’s no wedding, no baby, no fighting over a guy, For a Good Time, Call… is about friendship. It’s about two very different girls who manage to find one another, and fall in platonic love in the truest sense. It’s real, it’s truthful, it’s fun, and it’s silly. It reminds me of me and my girlfriends. Sure, there manages to be some drama (you couldn’t have a movie without it), but it’s just nice to see a movie that isn’t based on getting the guy.

It’s so fun to watch this development of female written and acted comedies. I love being able to see the change, and see it being done so well. Have you seen it yet? What did you think?


Fashion in Film: Cruel Intentions (1999)

Yesterday, when I was picking out my Fall Beauty Picks, I had a sudden flashback to my very first manicure. The year: 2002, the color: a deep, dark shade of burgundy reminiscent of Kathryn Merteuil’s perfectly manicured talons. It led to me to start reminiscing about Cruel Intentions: a perfect combination of a hot young cast, a retelling of a classic tale (the 90s loved that), and of course, late 90s style.

Kathryn’s style is one part power suit, one part goth, with her array of black pieces, oversized cross necklace, and rich bitch attitude, Kathryn owns the Upper East Side. She’s like Blair Waldorf minus the prep.

But let’s be honest. The late 90s were weirdly awesome. Tight fitting dresses, chokers, embroidery, mules, and sheer were all the rage, and boy do I miss them. I can’t imagine that Kathryn Merteuil would be caught dead in some of this today, she would be edgier, sleekier, and the upgrade of technology would definitely, definitely make her much more cruel.

Fashion in Film: Heathers (1988)

Heathers is one of my favorite movies. If you haven’t seen this 1988 classic, it’s a ridiculous tale of a high school girl who gets caught up with the wrong guy (or the right guy considering he’s Christian Slater) that leads her on a killing spree to get rid of the popular kids that make high school years hell.

But enough about that, let’s be honest, Heathers is largely memorable for it’s style. Along the lines of Working Girl or Desperately Seeking SusanHeathers embodies 80s style. Blazers, shoulder pads, oversized bows, and matchy matchy ensembles, Heathers is the creme de la creme of preppy style.

Today, it’d be tough to get away with 80s silhouettes without it coming across as though it’s Halloween, but there are still some amazing preppy pieces that you can incorporate into your wardrobe for an updated look. Here are a few of my favorites:

Or if you aren’t ready to go full-on Heathers in your daily life, you can always put on your best Veronica impression for Halloween.


Entertainment Playlists

Once upon a time, I used to be cool. At least I thought I was. I thought I was cool because I was always discovering new bands, always watching movies I found inspiring and interesting, and having book after book to read. I told Jason recently that I felt like I lost a little bit of me in the past couple of years. Call it growing up, call it getting busy with real life, whatever it was, it was starting to get me down.

So in the past few weeks, I’ve started to change all of that. I’ve taken a bit of a break from my Dawson’s Creek Netflix fest and I’ve given my workout playlist a rest, and have started to reconnect with what made me so happy a few short years ago. Here are my current entertainment playlists:

Music: Beirut, The Spring Standards, At Sea, Moonface, Little Dragon

Movies: God Bless America, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, Kumare, Moonrise Kingdom

Books: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

What is on your “entertainment playlists” right now?

Fashion In Film: It (1927)

I absolutely adore Clara Bow. She had an awful upbringing in Brooklyn tenements, but managed to fight through it all and become the “it” girl of the 1920s. At the height of her fame, she starred in It, the story of a salesgirl named Betty Lou with plenty of sex appeal who pursues a handsome playboy. Betty Lou epitomizes the 1920s flapper sensibility, and no one was better to play her than Bow.

Bow was known for not only being an amazing actress, but also her huge personality and knack for controversy. Her signature mess of curls, bow shaped mouth, and killer body made her a Hollywood favorite, and a classic beauty that will never be forgotten.

The clothes in It are some of the best of 1920s styles. Drop waist dresses, art deco details, t-strap heels, cloche hats, and luxe fabrics. Here’s a few things Bow might like to pick up today.


What Would Holly GoLightly Wear?

Whenever I’m feeling less than inspired by current styles or my wardrobe, I always love putting on a classic film and taking in all the chic styles of eras past. And of course, one of the most iconic stylish films is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Every girl wants to be Holly GoLightly with her chic LBD, stacked necklaces, and to-die for accessories (hats, sunglasses, cigarette holders oh my!)

Holly GoLightly epitomizes everything a chic woman desires to be. She is just as confident in a towel as she is in a pink party dress.

She is fearless, fun, and endlessly stylish, and while there are too many chic moments in this film to go through them all, the most iconic has to be the opening. Where Holly GoLightly stands outside of Tiffany’s in her clothes from the night before.

So what would Holly GoLightly wear today? Here are some of my favorite picks for recreating this iconic look.

  1. Black Satin Elbow Gloves $12
  2. Kinga silk-georgette maxi dress $400
  3. Crystal D’or Tiara $20
  4. Joan & David Gila $158
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses $142
  6. Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl & Crystal Necklace $308