This has been a fun and busy week for me. Last Wednesday was my dating anniversary, which we celebrated at a Masquerade Murder Mystery dinner.
|Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner|
And I won best costume!
I also had a Harvest Festival at my work at which I buzzed about! I found all the materials at a thrift store and the 99 Cents Only Store totaling less than $7.
|A lovely bee!|
This Wednesday was also my BIRTHDAY! For that, my husband surprised me with dinner and some time at miniature golf where the original Karate Kid was filmed, and a video game arcade!
|Golf 'n Stuff|
|I didn't have enough power behind my swing...|
|He had too much power behind his swing!|
|Queen and King of the castle!|
|Super fun arcade!|
We had lots of fun. I felt like we were teenagers again!
Last in this busy, fun week was Halloween! I decided to make my costume again, and had it in mind all year. I'd be going as the Batman villain Poison Ivy.
|Original comic Poison Ivy|
|Modern Poison Ivy|
I decided to go with Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy look from the Batman and Robin (1997) film.
|Batman and Robin (1997)|
|Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy|
I bought the materials throughout the month, and began by gathering artificial leaves.
I took a leotard I owned, and hand-stitched/glued the leaves on individually. If I could change anything in this process, I would have adjusted this, maybe by hot-gluing them directly onto the leotard, or getting a green leotard so I could use fewer leaves. This was WAY too labor-intensive and time-consuming.
|Sewing on the leaves|
For the hair, I found a matted up red mermaid wig at a thrift store for $2.
|Matted mermaid wig|
I painstakingly used conditioner, detanglizer, and a comb to straighten out the wig, then pin-curled the bottoms. This was also very labor-intensive, and I would have been better off spraying my own hair red, but my husband didn't want it to rub off in our car.
|Straight and smooth|
Poison Ivy wears 2 distinct outfits in the movie, and each outfit has a corresponding hairstyle.
|Long and twisted top|
|Long with hair-horns|
I thought the leaf bodice was more iconic of Poison Ivy, but the (what I call) hair-horns look is also more iconic. So I decided to mix and match. To make the hair horns, I took paper cups and painted them red.
|Trying 2 sizes|
I went with the smaller cups. I bought 2 hairbands from the Dollar Tree which had light red and dark red hair attached, sewed them together, and sewed the cups on top. I carefully spiraled the hair around the cups, using bobby pins to pierce through the cups and hair spray to keep it slick.
|Makeshift hair horns|
I also added some extensions to make it longer.
Poison Ivy has some interesting leaf-things over her eyes, and I found a magnificent mask at the 99 Cents Only Store which I thought would suit the job.
I carefully and strategically cut out pieces of the mask and painted it green.
|(Painting my husband's claws in the background)|
I also wanted to make a cape like the one she wears in the picture.
I found a green crinkled curtain at a thrift store, and I cut off the rings, shaped and sewed the neckline, and dyed the bottom with red dye in the stove top method.
|Dying the bottom of the curtain red|
Lastly, I bought a pair of short heels and painted them green too.
Paired with dark green tights, my look was complete!
Here's Uma Thruman's Poison Ivy look:
|Poison Ivy's hair-horns|
And here's my Halloween costume!
|Poison Ivy costume|
I enjoyed walking around Hollywood Boulevard, but was overwhelmed with the masses of people. I must have seen 10+ Poison Ivys out there! It's not a creative costume, but I think I did well in the details.
And my husband went as the Wolf who ate Red Riding Hood :)
The week has been so busy, that I'm ready for a vacation from the fun!
I hope you had a safe, fun Halloween.