DIY Captain America Costume | Halloween 2015

Halloween is officially here! People have stormed Party City for what’s left, the candy will be on significant discount by Monday, and October will officially be over. Plus, here in the U.S. we’ll be “gaining” an extra hour or sleep due to the time change. That’s neither here nor there, let’s get into my costume for this year.

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I didn’t want to go out and buy a costume so I decided to make use of my Captain America shirt (featured in my Spring haul). In putting the outfit together I knew that I’d be wearing jeans and boots to work, but I needed to make a shield and I wanted a skirt. The shield was the hardest thing to make simply because I could not find a foam board. You could buy one from the dollar store and the paint I used was under $1 each. The paint can be purchased from any craft store in your area.

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I had my friend help me with my shield as far as drawing the circles and painting. I do not have the steadies hand to do that. As for the star, I printed one out and I had another friend help me with the glitter. I think adding the glitter really added the special touch. I connected the star to the middle with a glue gun and so that glitter didn’t get everywhere I put a semi thick coat of matte mod podgeYou can buy mod podge for just $1 in the Target Dollar Spot or in most local craft stores.

I applied elastic to the back of the shield with a glue gun. I didn’t do any specific measurements, just eyeballed it. I knew that it’d be easier for me to have as a backpack opposed to a shield for my arm. I could have made it smaller which would have been easier to carry around when I went bar hopping, but it wasn’t that bad.

As for the skirt, I purchased it from Joyce Leslie for nearly $20. It had a ballerina feel to it as this bouncer called my Captain America as a ballerina. Hey, I’ll take it. The great thing about the skirt is that I’ll be able to wear it again. I already have a Christmas outfit in my head. It wasn’t red, red, but due to the color of my shirt, it worked. For the night out I just added my leather jacket, some silver hoops, and I was good to go.

What I loved most about this outfit was how easily I was able to transition it from day to night by simply adding the skirt. The shirt I had purchased from Hot Topic which was around $10 in a 2/$20 deal. Something like that. As for what I added including the board, paint, and skirt it all came to around $20. Not bad for a costume. Both the shirt and skirt I’ll be able to wear again. As for my shield, I’ll find a place in my office for it.

Here’s the video I looked at to make the shield. YouTube is a great guide for DIY! Until next year.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.24] Spring Haul

There’s not much that I need in my wardrobe, but there are pieces that I’ve added just for the season. I don’t expect these to last forever, but they were affordable so I picked up a few items. Check out my Spring Hauls from last year below:

As for this year, I took advantage of the Memorial Day Weekend sales and I’m happy with what I’ve picked up. Last year I shopped just to shop, but this year I was more particular on basics that I actually did need and a few extras. Click the links below to for similar items to what I’ve purchased.

Black Sandals - Old Navy  Nude Sandals Charlotte Russe Sneakers - Charlotte Russe Basic Tanks - NY & CO Captain America T-Shirt - Hot Topic NWO T-Shirt - Hot Topic
Black Sandals – Old Navy
Nude Sandals Charlotte Russe
Tropical Print Sneakers – Charlotte Russe
Basic Tanks – NY & CO
Captain America T-Shirt – Hot Topic
NWO T-Shirt – Hot Topic

Fashion Forward Friday [V.9] — Spring Haul (Pt. 2)

Welcome to another edition of FASHION FORWARD FRIDAY! This week is yet another spring haul. I only have a couple more left in this mini-series. I took yet another shopping trip not really looking for anything, but I came out with a few goodies. I stopped at H&MWet Seal, and Hot Topic,

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In my previous FFF I stopped at H&M and I picked up a pair of flats. Yet again I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. I did see that they had leggings 2 for $10 and since they are regularly $9.95 I took advantage of the deal. I wish they had cropped ones, but the ankle-length was fine. Click here to purchase the Jersey Leggings. On top of that I got a coupon for $5 off my next purchase. Glad I didn’t toss the bag as soon as I got home.

Next up I headed to Hot Topic out of curiosity and everything in the store was Buy 1, Get 1 50% off so I headed straight to the t-shirts. I came across a few music ones that I wanted, but I decided on the Minion tee for myself and the Bob Marley one for my boyfriend.

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Total came out to $30.75 + $15 Hot Cash that I can use at the end of April to the middle of May on a purchase of $30 or more. I have a couple t-shirts I want so I’ll be going back for those.

Here’s the links to the shirts:

I couldn’t find the exact Bob Marley shirt, but click here to see what other Marley designs are offered.

Lastly I went in Wet Seal to see they were having a MAJOR sale. The sale included buy 1 shirt, get 1 for $5. All hair accessories buy 1, get 1 50% off, all jewelry 50% off, and on certain items an additional 60% would be taken off. To go with my Minion t-shirt from Hot Topic, I got a ‘Happy’ chain for $4.75 and the earrings were $3.75 a regular $7.50 for the set. I also picked up a few headbands. The daisy one for, $4.24, and the double headband set for $3.75 with the buy 1 get 1 50% off deal.

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There’s an outfit planned with the Happy chain & Minion shirt so stay tuned for that.Here’s the links I found to some of the items I purchased.

I went home and purchased a couple more items from Wet Seal so stay tuned for those in my Spring Haul Pt. 3. If you missed out on Pt. 1, click here.