5 Male-Approved Couples Costumes for Halloween

Hi, friends! Remember that girl that used to post all the time? Well, sorry for my little hiatus as of late. I'll have a little catch up post soon to fill you in on what I've been up to, but in the meantime let's talk Halloween! I know most of you probably have your costumes ready to go, but in case you and your boo (pun intended) are still at a loss for what to wear, I've got you covered! In theory, I love a good couples costume, but they can be tricky to pull off. For male-female couples it can be hard to find a balance between something you love and something he's also excited about. So when I was writing this post, I thought why not just go straight to the source and ask my better half, Zach? And that's exactly what I did! So, here are his favorite classic couples costumes. And the best part? With a little creativity and a few borrowed accessories, a lot of these looks can be pulled straight from your closet! Perfect for any last-minute plans!


1. Romeo & Juliet (90s Baz Luhrmann-Style)

This is at the top of Zach's list every year. I think he loves the modern, more casual, interpretation of such classically romantic characters and costumes. I mean what guy doesn't want to be a knight at least once in his lifetime? And what girl doesn't want her date to be Leonardo DiCaprio- am I right?



romeo:  mask  |  armor  |  top  |  pants  |  sword

juliet:  dress  |  wings  |  sandals  |  necklace


2. Johnny & June

Not only do they have a historically epic romance, but I think the chance to be the original country music rebel (and wear all black) is appealing to a lot of men.

*(I know these are not the real Johnny and June, but I'm using pictures from Walk the Line mainly because of the photo quality. Plus those costumes are on point.)



Johnny:  boots  |  shirt  |  belt  |  tie  |  vest  |  guitar  |  pants

june:  necklace  |  earrings  |  dress  |  bag  |  bumpits  |  microphone  |  shoes


3. Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is always a classic couples costume, but with all the 60s-70s madness going on in fashion, the 1967 Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty version has never seemed more relevant. You'll get to wear this season's hottest accessory, the neck scarf, and your guy will love going as the historical gun-toting bandit.

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clyde:  tie  |  jacket  |  shirt  |  pants  |  suspenders  |  gun  |  hat  |  shoes

bonnie:  beret  |  scarf  |  bag  |  sweater  |  skirt  |  heels  |  gun


4. Kurt & Courtney

The king and queen of grunge will officially never be out of style, and I don't know about you, but I will personally never stop having a star crush on Kurt Cobain. Plus, with the 90s fashion overload from the past few years, you've definitely got some of these pieces already in your closet.



kurt:  sunglasses  |  shoes  |  jeans  |  shirt  |  tee  |  cardigan

courtney:  dress  |  coat  |  shoes  |  lipstick  |  tiara  |  bag  |  tights


5. JFK and Jackie (or Marilyn)

According to Zach, JFK is "like the most stylish guy ever." Who knew, right? And according to Mad Men, every woman is either a Jackie or a Marilyn. So I say pick your alter ego, brush your guy's hair back (or grab a wig), and whichever girl is your go-to, you can step out as some of the most classically fashionable people in American history.



jfk:  shirt  |  tie  |  pin  |  shoes  |  jacket  |  pants

jackie:  hat  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  shoes  |  suit  |  sunglasses  |  gloves  |  bag

marilyn:  earrings  |  gloves  |  bracelet 1  |  bracelet 2  |  necklace  |  bag  |  shoes  |  fur  |  dress


So Zach was obviously thinking in terms of me and him here, but what if you're in a same sex couple or going out with friends? Well, if you still need a few more ideas, I loved this A League of Their Own duo, thought Ace and Gary was a pretty hilarious idea, and why not just go ahead and be the whole Bad Blood squad?


Are you dressing up this weekend? Fill me in on all the details in the comments!


5 Super Last-Minute Costume Ideas You Can Find in Your Own Closet

Maybe you haven't looked at a calendar since September or maybe you've been on a space mission that just landed yesterday- I don't know. I don't know your life. But if your first thought this morning was "Oh crap- tomorrow's Halloween!" well then, my friend, this is the post for you. Today I'm answering the procrastinator's prayer and offering up my best last-minute costume ideas using things you've probably already got hanging in your closet. With a couple of strategic clothing selections, you can transform into any of these iconic film characters and no one will ever know you almost forgot the best holiday of the year.





*While I realize you likely don't have a "Seniors" shirt in your closet, you can easily make one with some iron-on letters or a Sharpie marker.


What's your best costume idea to throw together in a pinch? Share your genius with us in the comments!


Local Love... HighBall Halloween

It's been several days since my last post, but I have good reason. I was really busy this past weekend


For those of you who aren't from the Columbus area or aren't familiar with the event, HighBall is a 2-day extravaganza that supports the Short North Alliance which in turn supports property and business owners in our Short North Arts District.

The first night focuses on street costumes and musical performances. This year's theme was THE BIG 80s and there were some pretty spectacular costumes. Here are a few of my favorites from the HighBall Facebook page...

That Gameboy costume, through some form of costume wizardry, was actually fully functioning and people could even play Tetris on it. Incredible!

The night capped off with a performance by 80s star Taylor Dayne, who my roller skating childhood heart will always know as this...



The second night hosted the annual Costume Couture Fashion Show, featuring local fashion and costume designers, where yours truly, with the help of my co-designer, Shiree Houf, took 1st place!!

The idea is to present three "ready-to-wear" looks (amplified to fit the event obviously) followed by a main costume. Our collection was called Dolled Up and told the story of a pair of conjoined twins and their dolls/puppets.


Model Kristin Laymon as our Ragdoll. She did this little skip walk down the runway that was just adorable.



Angela Darr as our Windup Ballerina. She had a motorized spinning key and spun down the runway on point.



Wendy Jobes Hartman was our Harlequin doll. And I know I'm showing you a picture of her butt here, but this picture really shows you all of the details of the outfit. She was such a trooper- from wearing a black out screen over her eye for most of the day to having that hairpiece sewn into her head. She's a total pro!



And lastly, our costume piece, the conjoined twins featuring models Jessica Gould and Abby Bowman.



 And speaking of troopers, these girls not only had to be attached to each other for over two hours, but also literally carried this behemoth of costume on their shoulders. They were so great!!



If you look closely, the puppets are wearing the same outfits, hair, and makeup as their real-life model counterparts.



From the back. Walking slowly but surely.



And the end of a long and exciting day. From left to right: Model Jessica Gould, myself, Co-designer Shiree Houf, and Model Abby Bowman.


Honestly, I'm still in a little bit of shock that we won. I mean look at this amazing competition!...


 A big thanks to my design partner, Shiree Houf, for counteracting my tendency to over think everything, for sewing like the wind, and for being the mastermind behind the structure for that skirt. We made a great team! Thank you to Phia Salon and  Reverse Vanity Spa for rocking out the hair and makeup and always being so awesome to work with. And to Stephanie Stein, Betsy Pandora, the Short North Alliance, and everyone else involved for all of the hard work that goes into making an event like this a success. Thank you for letting us take part. It was an incredible experience!


10 DIY Fashion Icon Costumes

The official start of the Halloween takeover on the blog starts today! One of the many creative hats I wear is that of a costume designer, so naturally I LOVE Halloween! And from today on, most of the regular blog spots are officially costume-focused for the next few weeks. First up, I have to focus on my favorite topic with some DIY Fashion Icon Costumes. I love dressing as actual people for Halloween, especially stylish ones, because then your costume money actually goes towards amping up your wardrobe outside of the holiday. Here are some of my favorites with links to the pieces in case you want to recreate the looks yourselves.

1. Anna Wintour

The must have pieces here are Wintour's signature shades and bob hairstyle. Throw the latest Vogue into a sleek bag and work an icy cool demeanor to really nail it.


shoes  |  necklaces  |  brooch  |  sunglasses  |  bag  |  wig  |  dress


2. Karl Lagerfeld

This look, complete with the white ponytail, shades, and fingerless gloves is actually a perfect look for a woman. Just ask Barbie. Bonus points for carrying around your cat as fashion's top feline, Choupette.


jacket  |  shirt  |  boots  |  hair powder  |  necklace  |  jeans  |  sunglasses  |  belt  |  gloves


3. The Olsens

The trick to making this look work as a costume is the must-have Starbucks cup and some heavily contoured cheekbones. A look-alike BFF and a super-awkward Vine doesn't hurt either.


rings  |  shoes  |  bag  |  tumbler  |  dress  |  sunglasses  |  coat  |  nail polish  |  lipstick  |  wave spray


4. Cara Delevingne

Throw in every street-style trend you can and don't forget the trademark brows. This tutorial will help with that.


jacket  |  necklace  |  top  |  shoes  |  sunglasses  |  pants  |  brow pencil  |  lipstick  |  hat


5. Grace Coddington

No Coddington costume is complete without replicating the most recognizable hair in fashion. Assuming you don't sport a bright red triangle quaff, I suggest teasing out a curly wig and trimming where needed. And don't forget the makeup- concealed brows and red lipstick complete the look.


shoes  |  brooch  |  top  |  jacket  |  bag  |  pants  |  teaser  |  wig  |  lipstick


6. Twiggy

Work this year's mod trend with a flirty mini and white tights. Top it off with the signature Twiggy eye makeup and false lashes. This tutorial will help you make your eyes their doe-iest.


tights  |  earrings  |  bag  |  shoes  |  dress  |  liquid liner  |  cream liner  |  eyeshadow  |  lashes


 7. Jenna Lyons

To get this look, wear your sharpest, most tailored pieces. The slicked back hair, bright lip, and trademark glasses are must-haves and carrying a J. Crew shopping bag will help to drive the concept home.


shoes  |  glasses  |  coat  |  jacket  |  shirt  |  lipstick  |  necklace  |  pants


8. Betsey Johnson

The signature look of my favorite wacky designer makes for such a fun costume! And with her recent run on DWTS, it's the perfect year to show your love. The staples to any Betsey costume: a bright tutu, mix of prints (namely black and white stripes, floral, and leopard), and lots of layers. Blonde bangs and visible extensions (or a wig) will help create her wild do.


bag  |  bracelet  |  bangles  |  shoes  |  necklace  |  jacket  |  tee  |  leggings  |  tutus  |  bangs  |  extensions


9. Kate Moss

Nothing says 90s like the Kate Moss Calvin Klein ad. And if you really want to show off your abs, I think this is a super-clever way to do it. 1000 bonus points for sporting the Mark Wahlberg nail decals.


boots  |  bra  |  underwear  |  nail decals  |  perfume  |  jacket  |  beauty balm  |  jeans


10. Coco Chanel

Not only is Coco the ultimate style icon, but this costume can most likely be made with things you already have in your closet. Just don't forget the trademark cigarette holder, which you can even make yourself with a straw or coffee stirrer. Get the finger waves hairstyle with this tutorial.


sweater  |  cigarette holder  |  shoes  |  dress  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  bracelet  |  cuff  |  bag  |  hat


Would you wear any of these looks for Halloween? Who am I forgetting that should be on the list? Let's talk trick-or-treating in style in the comments!