Normally I have costume ideas way in advance so I can start sewing. This year, I got sick for 3 weeks so I did not think or plan anything. When I finally could leave the bed, the local radio show was re-debating the if-pirates-or-ninjas were equally matched. The joke seemed both pervasive and subtle enough, so we decided to be Ninja Vs Pirate. Due to costs and relative comfort in a potentially heavy coat, I was the pirate
This was the easiest costume ever. Not only did I not sew at all, I found the costume I wanted off the net in the first store we visited. Then N found a ninja costume in his size. Both were reasonably priced, considering. I also found a sword that matched the the gold detail.
Accessories & Extras
The cosutme was really only the jacket. Theoretically I cound go nekkid underneath, but uh, no. I found a really pretty an comfy white lacey top at Macy's. I also needed fishnets and another belt the cheap one in the package would never be able to support a bag. Found both while on another errand to the mall. All other accessories I had: knee boots, gold earrings, even pearl neclaces. I watched a couple youtube vids on how to apply the makeup and decided I could do it on the first try.
So now I had the age old problem: how to carry id, money, migraine kit, cell and back-up shoes on a promenade walk. A purse was not a viable solution (you're always afraid someone will steal it and it gets in the way). My back-up shoes (a pair of slippers) went into my Halloween bag. That would get strung onto the belt. Because the backup bag would hang in the back, I didn't want to put my valuables in there. The jacket had two false pockets, pieces of cloth to imply pockets underneath. But I didn't have the will nor the time to sew in pockets. The solution hit me while doing laundry: socks! They already acted like a pouch and cold easily be saftey pinned in. So that is what I did - and they worked perfectly.
For a chick, the outfit is only 40% of the the costume. 20% relies on your natural actractiveness, 20% is the accessories and the last 20% on the make-up. As stated above I was able to do it the first time (eventually). It took me forever to get the make-up done. I think now that I have done it once I can do it faster, but it was worth the effort. It looked fantastic: dark, smokey, intense eyes, dramatic bronzing and shading on the cheeks and a little sparkle on the rest. The camera was on the fritz, I don't have any picture of that night - bah! - but I may post other pictures later. The jewelry looked really good with the lacy top I bought. I may have to try it for normal nights out. Hair went back into a pony tail that would rest on my right shoulder. Finally I was fully assembled. The result was pretty impressive.
People called out to me "Hey pirate" throughout the night. We did the WeHo Carnival. Due to) the Friday night, the place was crowded. Luckily this time they didn't have stages with live performances going on. That more than anything creates dense, unmovable crowds, which almost lead to a riot last year. Most popular seemed to be superheros, sarah palin, joker (Dark Knight) and sexy cop. The drag queens did group costumes of stewardesses this year, for some reason. When they ran into each other, they did a dance off fight: pretty hilarious.
I did a preempt for my migraine and put in the ear plugs as soon as I felt bass from speakers. I don't know if it was the preeptive actions, my hat blocking the glaring light, I was just OK that day, or a combo of all, but I was fine. We walked up and back without a single anything! Even at the end I was doing great! Yea!
I didn't eat dinner before we went. The last thing I had beore going out was a starbucks granola bar at 4pm. All normal restuarants were already closed (I never will understand that about LA) so we headed to Denny's in Westwood. I had pancakes and N had a sandwich. And we watched all the people whom had come to the same hunger and restuarant availability conclusion as us. It was like a mini WeHo. you know, greasy diner food tastes *really* good when you are hungry and exhausted from hoofing it in heels all night. Even made it back to bed at a respectable 2 am, still feeling awesome. I realized one needs nights like this. Nights where a lot of effort and thought go into prepping so you feel hot. Nights where you are anonmously among happy people with no other concerns. These nights re-energize and inspire.
Now it's not to say the night wen't off without a few hitches. We had to park reasonably far from where we had in previous years. There was a little question of whether the area we parked was safe (they were towing cars). Let me tell you nothing is scarier that night than the sight of parking enforcement or a tow truck. N was a little stressed about that. That's why I wanted to take a cab. Anyway, the car was fine.
Another thing that happened....<sad dramatic sigh>....is that my boots broke. The entire left platform of my "Alice boots" chose that night to fall off. I've had these boots since college and through almost every halloween afterwards. They gave no warning of their destined self destruction. And it happened just before we hit the crowd on our way in! The rest was fine and the height difference wasn't too bad. I decided to walk in my boots, compromised as they were. Only after we left the main area did I switch to my back-up slippers (always be prepared). People still called out "Pirate" to me afterwards.
The last thing was N got sick from Denny's. Poor thing. Luckily I had my pill kit on me (again, be prepared) and we made it home without too much trouble.
So after weighing the good and the bad parts of that night, I would say it was a pretty good Halloween