HALLOWEEN!

HALLOWEEN!

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Eeeek, it’s Halloween and double Eeeek because I left it until the last minute to go to buy a costume! (AGAIN!) At around 2pm today I decided that it was time to go off in search of something to wear tonight…Every year I vow to be more organised and to take things more seriously but it just never happens. I was naively optimistic that I would be able to find something, something that would look good, perhaps maybe some black cat ears so that I could dress up as Catwoman or a set off face paints with a cool wig… I was so, SO wrong!

I went first to my local Tesco’s, who’s Halloween section was so small it took me about 10 minutes to find it. They had lots of Haribo and witches hats but nothing much better than that…I should have know when I passed their empty pumpkin section that things were going to be tough. I left and headed to Poundland, who were bound to have something, rIght?! I fought my way through the crowds towards their Halloween aisle! It was massive, probably the biggest area of a shop solely dedicated to Halloween that I had ever seen… I couldn’t believe it, I would definitely be able to  find something here! Well, that’s what I thought, until I looked closer and saw that the whole aisle (and I am talking section and sections here)… was completely EMPTY! There wasn’t a single thing left, not a spider, not a cobweb, just a few orange napkins, some plastic feet and an empty wig packet…A few straggly desperate shoppers were slowly rummaging through the left overs,  their expressions stony and desperate…it was like something from the Walking Dead…I didn’t have much of a choice but to go home.

I almost gave up on Halloween, but as I was walking home I suddenly had a brain wave… I didn’t have any face paint, but I did have some white and black eye shadow and a black eye liner pencil, which would be enough…I used a make-up brush to cover my face in white powder and then once that was done, I added the black detail: A line through the mouth, check hollows, black eye rings and a black nose…There wasn’t a costume, so I made myself into a SKELETON! It was really simple and the best thing about it I already had all the things at home!  I really would recommend it if you don’t know what to go as or if you have left things to the last minute like me 🙂 The main focus of my Halloween outfit was my face, so it meant I could wear an all black look with ripped frayed jeans, black leather boots, leather jacket and silver chain bracelet and ethnic necklace.

 You may have been a bit more organised than me and are going for something a bit more than just face-paints, if so, the gothic haute-couture looks then Marko Mitanovski are the perfect choice for you! I had the pleasure of seeing his SS16 collection at the amazing POP PR Press Day and it was amazing! Marko’s S/S 2016 collection is inspired by the amorphous forms found in nature, and contemplates the phenomena of pain and fear. Focusing on the visualisation of cathartic pain release, expressionist artist Munch’s ‘The Scream’ and Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and ‘Psycho’, helped build the collections dramatic and organic form and texture, which is dominated by leather and latex. Now that is some scary fashion!

Are you doing anything special this Halloween? What are you going as?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, ABI xxx

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WEARING

Suede Boots – RUSSEL & BROMLEY

Black Cashemere Roll-Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Black Leather Jacket – ZARA

Leather Coin Belt worn as Bracelet

Ehtnic Necklace – ACCESORIZE

Halloween Wishlist

Halloween Wishlist

If any of you guys have seen the film Mean Girls, you will know that finding the perfect outfit for Halloween can soon turn into a total nightmare. I’d like to say that I am one of those girls who dresses up as a flesh eating zombie and doesn’t care about social norms, but I did that one year and the party sucked…So from now on, I always make a massive effort for Halloween because actually, it’s the best opportunity to wear some gothic chic styles that not only look amazing but which are pretty fierce, original and super sexy.image (1)

 So in preparation for this year’s party look, I teamed up with Lyst to create my Halloween outfit wishlist because Lyst is not only the best place for online shopping but also the best place for finding some much needed fashion inspiration. You can follow your favourite brands, see all the pieces side by side to compare and match them up AND you can see the full details of savy fashionista’s and celeb’s outfits. It’s right up my street because I tend to buy things individually without always thinking about what I could wear them with and so by creating a wishlist on Lyst.co.uk, it helps me to think about the outfit as a whole and get more wear out of my clothes.

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I was still not sure what kind of look I was going to go for but having all my favourite brands in one place really helped me to pick my perfect Halloween outfits! This time I decided to build them around a type of shoe that are really fierce and powerful. Everyone is wearing them…Yes, you guessed it…Ghillie shoes!

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Ghillie shoes, like Halloween, originated from a Celtic country, Scotland. They came about after the chieftain’s attendants, known as a ghillie, modified their heavy brogues to make it easier for them to walk up and down the mountains and through the marshy bogs. This new shoe had no tongue so that the water could drain quickly from the shoe, and was laced up the leg so it could be pulled out of the mud without being lost. From that day onwards it has been a staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe, from the Victorian era when women looked to squeeze their feet into the smallest possible shoes, to Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Marlene Dietrich, who in the 1950’s, wore shoes by David Evins, the King of Pumps.

I really think that the Ghillies are the perfect statement piece to wear, which is why I made them the center of my Halloween wishlist. I love the way the ties intertwine and buckle around and up the leg, creating gladiatorial like look. They are really fierce but feminine and are often made out of leather or in bright colours. I am sure you can remember Vivenne Westwood’s infamous purple mock-croc super elevated platform gillie shoes that brought Naomi Campbell crashing down on the Catwalk… Luckily for us though Osorio, the founder of Aquazzura, has just created this years must-have shoe—the Christy—a new take on the flat ghillie, which is beautiful and functional at the same time! FEW!

So here is my Halloween wishlist that I created, inspired by my all time favourite dark cartoons – Itchy and Scratchy! Can you guess which one is which? They had so many cute things to combine it was difficult to make a final selection, especially for jewellery and accessories. Thanks to Lyst I know exactly what I will be wearing for Halloween and as I am now officially addicted, I will definitely be creating some more outfits in the near future on there and will be tampering around with these ones too…So make sure you check out my Lysts and why not make some yourselves and then share them with me below in the comment section!

Hope you like my Spooky Choice 😀 Abi xxx

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