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This evening, some of my good friends from university, who all live together in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are hosting an old-fashioned Monster Mash Halloween Bash, featuring a bobbing for apples competition, a costume parade, some pumpkin festivities, and some adult libations. As I was scouring my brain for costume ideas, I realized it has been three years since I have dressed up. It seems that dull professional responsibilities, and then a horrible sickness last year, have ruined any ghoulish celebrations.
All due to the creative thinking of the filmmaker, I have a mostly clever costume, a sort of pun, which hopefully elicits a few chuckles, and which, more importantly, requires no purchasing of additional accessories. After a decadent vacation, this was key. Though I am pleased with the relative ease of this look, stylistically, I have always wanted to dress as Vicki Vale for Halloween, and essentially steal all my inspiration from the Kim Basinger interpretation from the original Tim Burton Batman. Since I was a little girl, I was in awe of her flowing flaxen hair, her full lips, and her incredible classic styling, through a sort of vivacious 1980s lens. She was such a sophisticated but adventurous character, and her clothing reflected that juxtaposition of feminine vulnerability and risk. While it would certainly be simple for me to pull together a sleek black monochrome look, a loosely tailored jacket with a wool beret, my brunette locks would betray me, and I have never been one for wigs. I may just borrow aesthetics from this character in a more subtle manner; I am seeing a long, slicked back severe ponytail and large masculine tortoise shell frames in my future, with blood red lips naturally.