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?
I can’t believe it’s October already! You wouldn’t have any idea based on the dreary warm rain we’ve had in New York lately, but I’ve still been out trying to enjoy the fall as much as possible. Currently I’m craving chunky knits, faux furs, and cashmere everything. My current October goals are finding a perfect mustard yellow dress that can transition between seasons and perfecting an autumn themed smokey eye.
The weather in Brooklyn was super confusing yesterday. One minute it was brisk and rainy, and the next the sun was shining. Jason and I decided to take advantage in the break from the rain and go on a quick walk around the neighborhood. I’ve been obsessing over this Joe Fresh shirt since I bought it, and love pairing it with a lighter pink velvet pant, and as always I threw on my trusty denim jacket to enjoy a fall afternoon.
Fall is by far my favorite season for dressing. I absolutely love the deep, rich colors, layering jackets over sweaters over tops, and gold and brown hued accessories. But, let’s be honest, shopping for every season can get awfully expensive. I think if we all had it our way, we’d have a new wardrobe on point with every trend per season, but since that isn’t possible, I always love to pick up a few key pieces that I can work into the clothes I already own. I’m absolutely swooning over this oxblood peplum top from Topshop and these heels from LC Lauren Conrad (wouldn’t they be great with a pair of tweed socks?).
Everything on this list is less than $50, and let’s be honest, you can’t really beat that.
Oxblood is the color of the season, and why shouldn’t it be? The rich, dark tones make it feel wealthy and luxurious, and it’s relation to brown allows it to be a near neutral that can be worn with both light and dark colors alike. I love this color in rich fabrics like leathers, velvets, and chiffons, and think it would be perfect paired with a chunky knit sweater and a dash of leopard print. What about you? How do you feel about the oxblood trend?
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.
Whenever August hits, I’m suddenly ready for fall full-force, but somehow by the end of the month, I’m already missing summer, and wondering where it went. Suddenly, I’m thinking about all the things I didn’t get to do, all the missed outdoor opportunities, and how I still managed to make it through the season without buying a pair of shorts.
I realized that I didn’t have neopolitan ice cream once this summer. A long time favorite of mine, I savor the opportunity to not have to pick between flavors, and the color combination has been a long time favorite. My last summer to do will be to find a carton of neopolitan and savor it in the sun.