California Dynasty slip dress (c/o Goodwill) | Teletubbies antenna headband (c/o Ebay)
If you were born in the mid- to late 1990s, Teletubbies probably had some sort of influence on your early childhood life. I’ve personally been both Dipsy and Laa-Laa twice for Halloween; this year I decided to represent my favorite Tubby of them all, the fun-loving and gender role-smashing Tinky Winky. I ordered an antenna headband online and DIY-ed the rest of my costume by sewing a piece of felt onto a purple slip dress I found at Goodwill. I happen to already have a Tinky Winky doll with me at college (he helps me with my homework).
Who/what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you more into store-bought costumes or do you DIY it every year like I do?
Tobi dress (c/o Vinted)
Center of the Universe Parties (COUPs) are a long-standing tradition at my school. Every year during Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and graduation, respectively, the entire residential side of campus gets decorated according to a certain theme. Alums come back, everyone dons a costume, and we all gather together to dance in the Black Box Theater, an all-black room filled with blacklights and outrageous decorations.
I love dressing up for COUP because it’s usually a challenge trying to find a costume that both fits my aesthetic and stays true to the theme. This year’s was Celestine Halloween, an astrology-inspired party that involved cool lights everywhere and a giant paper-mache sun hoisted up in the palm trees. I dressed up as the sun goddess in a gold backless sequin dress and a whole lot of body glitter (not shown here because I took these pictures a few hours before the party).
The Black Box Theater was interesting — they had a great mix of hype and chill music, and there were blacklights everywhere. Have you ever noticed how people transfer energy when they dance? If you haven’t, I recommend you do this at the next dancing event you attend: join a group of people on the floor who don’t seem to be too into it, thrash your body around super enthusiastically, and see how quickly they jump to do the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good dancer or not; the key is absolute confidence-veering-on-shamelessness. I promise that it’s fun!
Celestine Halloween was one of the best COUPs I’ve gone to in my time at this school. I had a great experience and look forward to attending many more.
Dress | Abercrombie & Fitch
I’m back! I say that a lot, but one day I’ll post consistently. Pinkie swear.
Things I’ve done in my (unintentional) hiatus: Finally learned how to code properly in Java, taught myself the more abstract parts of discrete mathematics, stepped down from my student government position, went on several shopping sprees, developed a small Lilly Pulitzer obsession, got caught up in all of my classes, finished the first season of Scream Queens, became an officer on the Exec Board of my school’s Toastmasters club, finished the third season of House of Cards, re-discovered my love for The Fray’s first album, changed my code editor so that all my code was pink, and somehow managed to survive off of animal crackers, Coca-Cola, and frequent trips to Chipotle through this entire ordeal
I thought about being Barbie for Halloween the other day, but then I realized that I’d literally be wearing the same thing that I normally do. Nevertheless, I was inspired to don this bright pink sheath dress (it has pockets!) and enjoy a nice afternoon at the waterfront. Gotta get in some of this Florida sunshine before it gets to be too chilly to wear dresses.