#AA Halloween Costume

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

I don’t know about you guys but I am beyond excited for this weekend. Today for work I decided to dress up as my all time favorite singer Selena. Every since I was six years old I would watch her movie every weekend. In the final scene when she sang I will be dreaming of you, I would always get emotional and cry.

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As I grew up my appreciation for what she represented grew stronger. She was the first singer to represent a society where you have to balance being an American and being Mexican. So when I found out that MAC was doing a make up line dedicated to her I knew that I had to get my hands on them. My sister was so amazing and bought me all three for my birthday.

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My costume cost $26 to make. I got my ruffled white shirt from Forever21 for 19.90 and I also got the gold hoop earring for $3.80. As for the leather jacket, I borrowed it from my boyfriend since it was the smallest jacket he owned. Now I just have to finish any final touches on my Scorpion costumes for Saturday. Guess that means I will be up late tonight.

Have fun and remember to stay safe.

love,

Erika

Work in Progress

Well there is something you must know about me…and that is that I love making my own costumes. When October arrives my first thought is what will I be this year.

I finally was able to go to a costume store with my boyfriend and brain stormed ideas. We agreed to be characters from the video game Mortal Combat. I had to do more research on the characters because honestly I have no idea who they are.

Since its a family party I don’t want to dress too risky. So I have been debating on being a girl version of Scorpion or Kitana. A part of me wants to be Scorpion because I am a Scorpio. But then on the other hand my boyfriend kept hinting that he wants me to be Kitana.

Character: Scorpion | Cosplayer: Brittany Renee Wheeler | Series: MORTAL KOMBAT:

Scorpion (Girl Version)

Kitana Kosplay [Mortal Kombat]:

Kitana

 So today we are going to Joann’s to pick up some fabric. I’ll upload my sketch of how I plan on PG-ing this costume. I’m praying all my sewing skills can make this happen or else I will just be a ninja. But failure is not an option this Halloween. Can’t wait to show you how it all turns out! Here is an idea of what my boyfriend and I will look like.

 

Halloween costume idea kitana sub zero:

Kitana and Sub Zero

Work appropriate costumes

When Halloween arrives I usually make two kinds of costume. The one that I wear at work and the other that I wear when I go out.

Even though I work at American Apparel I don’t really feel comfortable wearing certain things to work. Most girls don’t mind the cat calls or the stares but for me I don’t like that idea for work. Last year I was Wednesday Adams and everyone liked it. So as Halloween comes closer I like to narrow down my options on what I will be at work.

I know that many of you are on the same boat as I am so I decided to dedicate a post to work appropriate costumes.

  1. A Deer head

38 of the most CLEVER & UNIQUE Costume Ideas.....that no one else will be wearing this year! | via Make It and Love It:

2.  A Piñata

Totally Unique and Fun DIY Halloween Costume Ideas:

  1. A Piece of Sushi

This fun sushi Halloween costume is easy to make and fun to wear.  Be the hit of the office costume party with this unique costume that you can make in less than an hour!:

  1. Lilo and Stitch

Once upon a time, when people spent $75 on a plastic, cheap-looking Halloween costume from Party City, matching costumes were considered corny, nerdy, and eyeroll worthy. Now, in the year 2016, when people spend a lot of time creating their own costume and even more time searching for them on Pinterest, matching costumes are considered cute, fun, and often really creative. This is true for both couples and costumes and best friend costumes.:

  1. Maleficent

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  1. White Rabbit

DISNEY DIY – 2 Easy Halloween Costumes | Color Me Courtney:

  1. A Bat

DIY bat wings costume:: Best Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas - Bat Halloween Costume - Do It Yourself Costumes for Teens, Teenagers, Tweens, Teenage Boys and Girls, Friends. Fun, Clever, Cheap and Creative Costumes that Are Easy To Make. Step by Step Tutorials and Instructions http://diyprojectsforteens.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes:

  1. Wind-up Doll

DIY wind up doll Halloween costume for kids - Try these 21+ Last minute Halloween costume ideas that are both creative and easy and you can pull off in less than one hour. Minions, bandits, dolls and more:

  1. Morton Salt Girl

Morton Salt Girl Halloween Costume. This easy DIY Halloween costume is unique, comfortable and extremely cute!:

  1. Beanie Baby

A Beanie Baby Cat and the Jerry Garcia Beanie Bear | 21 Insanely Clever Halloween Costumes For You And Your Friends:

For more ideas check out my Pinterest!

Feliz Día de la Independencia!

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Today marks a significant day in my culture.

It was the day that Mexico stood together and revolted against the Spaniards.  Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla  was the father of this whole movement. He gave a famous speech known as “Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores”.  It became very powerful because Hidalgo was captured and executed right after he armed his people.  When Hidalgo was killed the people finally had enough of the Spanish rule and fault back . Mexico had won the battle and got back their country. So today Mexican’s all over the world celebrate the glory of victory.  The Mexican President every year go out to the balcony and yells, “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!”  In Mexico they have all these festivals and many make their signiature dishes. It really is a celebration worth seeing.

So today to represent my culture and roots I decided to dress up. As far as my plans I guess I will just have to wait and see what I come up with. Hope you all have a great Friday!

 

 

Hello September!

YAY! It’s finally September!!!

Can you tell that I’m excited? Yesterday I was running an errand at Target and noticed all there Halloween stuff in the dollar section.

There was so much cute stuff I had to stop myself from getting overboard. I even got accepted for a Target credit card!! So I have to control myself from completely losing it at Target lol.

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I got some window sticker to decorate my office and home. Today since it is the first day of September I decided to celebrate Halloween a month early. So far a few of my co-workers saw what I created and loved it.

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Nothing makes me happier than decorating, it gives me a reason to use all my FIDM skills.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday. Just remember one more day til the weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Erika

Summer Soludos Ipanema Espadrilles

Every morning I go through my personal emails and read some articles. I always like staying up to date with everything and find out things that are trending. So yesterday I came across a really cool article.

The article I was reading was from Refinery 29. It talked about making this summer fun with a DIY project that can’t go wrong. The creators from Wool and the Gang  joined creative forces with the brand Soludos.

What you probably don’t know is that Wool and the Gang is a company that prides themselves with selling recycled wool. They are also such a unique company because they are all about teaching you how to make things yourself. Which to me sounds freaken amazing. Since I come from American Apparel I know how much that means to people. When I read their story on how they grew as a company I knew that I had to support them. “We’ve all done it, purchased low quality, cheap fast fashion made in factories abroad and wondered “how do they make it so cheap?” The reality is not good. There has to be a better way to produce, one that allows us to wear with pride and sleep soundly. So Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.” To read more about this company you can check them out in this link.

As for Soludos they are a well known brand known for their summer sandals. Once you go on their website you are going to want a pair of everything. So I had to stop that thought midway because of their prices. But the quality of the shoe is worth it.

So when I saw that the article mentioned that the price for these shoes are 45-55 dollars I went straight to their site. To my surprise the Wool and the Gang were sold out of all colors in my size. As I was accepting the fact that I missed my opportunity to get them I saw a note at the bottom of the website. It said that if they were sold out in your color to go to the Soludos website and check with them as well. Thank the universe that I saw that because they did have my size, well at least in black they did. I automatically pulled out my card and placed my order.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get them in the mail! I really want to make my own summer sandals. I promise once I get them you’ll be the first to know.

Hope the rest of your day goes great!

Erika

What is today…?

Today is my amazing friends birthday!

So I decided on his birthday that I would make him his gift. I plan on printing it out and having it framed. I picked a photo of his girlfriend and him dressed up as The Incredibles.

I thought it suited the occasion perfectly because both of them are my personal super heroes. They can make anyone smile or die from laughing. Both are EXTREMELY caring and very talented. My friend Javier is going to film school while Brittany is striving to be a dentist.

She just recently came back from spending two weeks in Thailand so I know I can’t wait to catch up.

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did to make it.Javier_22 (1)

Monday Motivation

The week has started once again. It seemed to me that this weekend just flew right by.

I hope you all had a fun weekend with your mom. Today I was reading such a heartbreaking story of how an instagram post touched many people. Since it was Mother’s day weekend Mindy Kaling decided to post a photo on instagram to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s day. But she also wanted to take a moment and comfort anyone who is missing their Mom. Many people shared how much they miss the smallest things their mom use to do. It was so heartbreaking hearing newly mom’s wish that their Mom could meet their first child.

It made me realize how important each day is and that we have to remember to remind people how much they mean to us. If you have time and a box of tissue I recommend you read some of the stories. Be warned though because you will seriously need those tissues.

As for my Mom’s Mother’s day, my boyfriend and I went to a family gathering. We usually celebrate Mother’s day with all the mom’s on Saturday. So I got to see a bunch of Aunts, cousins, etc..

I decided to be crazy and make my mom her gift. My mom loves Wonder Woman. She especially loves watching all the old seasons of Wonder Woman. Something you don’t know is that I consider my mom to be Wonder Woman. She has always managed to do the impossible and is always sacrificing herself for others. So I made her a Wonder Woman piñata from scratch. It was definitely a challenge for me especially because I knew nothing about piñatas. My boss and I would brain storm how I could make this work. Everything was going good until I realized that I was running out of time. Because I am only human I procrastinated and literally didn’t finish it until 2:00 PM on Saturday.  I was already late to the party and still had to take a shower.

But since I have such an amazing boyfriend he decided to play arts and crafts with me. He is the best illustrator I know, so I assigned him to draw out her outfit. If he never stepped in and helped me I would have never finished. Not going to lie I was like five seconds from having a meltdown and since my bf heard it in my tone he became my little helper.

So here it is! Isn’t it too cute!!! I am so proud that I figured it out and that it actually looked like the lego version of her. If you want me to make a post about how I made her just comment and like below. Feel free to share with your friends.

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