Insta Issues and Halloween Horrors

Halloween month is over, happy November! 
Sushi Halloween Costume

Although my Halloween celebrations turned out to be rather unsuccessful, my costume (self-praisingly) did not. After three weeks of a little bit of work here and there and a subconscious desire to eat it, I finally got to strut my California Roll stuff (all around the house).

Mine is a tear-jerking tale that began last week when an unexpected work call left me without a Shrimp Nigiri date for our intended Halloween party and ended this Saturday when some bad chicken followed by a surplus of signs left me in costume, in character… and in a mild state of depression when we ended up not leaving the house.

My dilemma was a modern version of the classic ‘if a tree falls’ query: if you spend three weeks making a Halloween costume and then no one ever sees it, did you really make it? 

In this fast-paced, technologically-driven, social media-lovin’, sushi-craving world, there was one unprecedented question on my mind:

Can I still post a picture of my costume on Instagram?

Opportunities to wear a sushi costume, as you can imagine, are few and far between. A brainstorming session on possible upcoming occasions where this attire would be suitable resulted in little success and the picture I had just taken looked up at me, begging to be filtered.

This picture of our pre-Halloween night swiftly became a picture of us chillin’ at home dressed like our fav foods. Would it still be normal to show the world what I could have done tonight?

If I wanted to take this to a whole new, unrelated, totally far-fetched and not the same, level – it is almost (not at all) like posting a picture of you in your wedding dress after you Maggie Carpenter-ed it outta there on the big day.

However, I definitely posted it. Stay at home or go out on the town – it’s my costume and I can wear it, bake in it, take pictures in it, swim in it, wear it to uni and, sure as hell, Instagram it!

Bougainvillea And now that October is over and November is here, I find it difficult to be upset that I didn’t celebrate one holiday when my very favourite one is quickly sneaking up on us. Down here, the leaves don’t turn brown or orange and the temperatures don’t drop by the dozen but the air is crisp and the breeze has more of the cool ocean in it than at any other time. I’m happy to have two new sushi-shaped tables and a whole lot of pretty things around me.

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Until next time,

Taylor

 

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Ghosts of Halloweens Past

Welcome to October! To steal a very thought provoking question from approximately 55% of my Facebook friends and 75% of the people I follow on twitter: Where has the year gone? I am struggling to wrap my head around the fact that we are already in the ber‘s! (Is it too early for me to be excited for Christmas? Don’t answer that.)

Cafe

As I try my best to stop myself from humming Last Christmas in the shower and make an effort to only pin Christmas crafts to “secret boards”, I’ve started channelling my energy towards another fabulously superficial holiday, i.e. Halloween. I’m not sure exactly what it is about this day that has allowed it to sneak its way into my heart and steal the position of Second Best Time of The Year (one guess at the reigning champion) but I’ve always been a die-hard Halloween junkie. There’s a chance it could be related to the abundance of chocolate, the extra ammunition for procrastination and the opportunity to critically examine the creativity of my “peers” but, most likely, it’s a genetic disorder stemming from my mother’s obsession with/exquisite appreciation for the occasion.

I had said that this blog was to be about the things that keep me busy and, lately, because I’ve been left with only my sister to play with this last week and she’s not interested, that’s been Halloween. Because I can’t share with you what I have planned for this year’s get-up (oh, it’s good), I thought I’d share a few easy costume ideas from my past that might spark your early-bird Hallowplanning (or just make you cringe… either way).

1. Girl-Group Go-To:

Ninja Turtles

We’ve always leaned away from the “excuse to be slutty” and towards the “excuse to make people realize we’re pretty damn cool” Halloween costume. This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume from a couple years ago was pretty easy to put together and won us a $500 bar tab. So basically the two things you want to deal with on October 31st.

The only difficult-ish part of the costume was the shell which we had no idea how to approach. Luckily, one of the turtle’s had the strings to pull to get each of us our very own shell-cushion. We attached them to our backs just like a backpack. The shirts cost $10, we stuck our “turtle abs” felt cut-outs on, personalized the belts and face masks and that’s pretty much the end.

2. The Costume To Avoid:

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This was a good one. Said no one ever except my mum.

Mulan was the latest Disney Princess and the had-to-have hairstyle of the time was paper.

3. The Coolest Costume:

Mum Ice

(Got the cool joke?)

It was as easy as shiny material, a logo off an empty bag of ice and a piece of string. Ingenious, hilarious and ridiculously easy. This costume has to be one of my all time favourites, I’m just waiting until I reach a suitable age to pull off the bloomer-type shorts and puffy turtle neck.

A good Halloween costume, in my (no) expertise (whatsoever), calls for something that makes people go:

“How smart!”, “How funny!”, “How did they do that?”, or “How didn’t I think of that?”

Or maybe that’s just me trying to sound like I know something. Either way, they’re not bad things to hear, right?

Until next time,

Taylor.