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Thursday, October 30, 2014

How To: Creepy Doll Makeup Tutorial

Happy Halloween! I am going with a Gothic, creepy doll as my costume this year.  While I knew I could whip us a frilly, disturbed frock, the makeup would be what made the character.  Ricky’s Glam Squad came to my rescue to help create this awesome look.  They send hair and makeup artists straight to your door for Halloween, Red Carpet events or any other occasion you need to look fabulous. 

Glam Squad stylist Marcy Iaquinto first came to NYC to be in front of the camera, but found her true calling creating beauty behind it.  Here’s her Creepy Doll Makeup Tutorial on how she created my look:

" I started the makeup with the eyes. I used a white pencil on the lid and under the eyes in a round shape including the water line.

 In the crease I used black eye shadow and extended that down around the white. I blended the edges so the eyes appeared hallow. I then blended some pink above the black on the top lids.

For complexion, I used a foundation  two to three shades lighter than actual skin tone for a pale look. I contoured with a darker powder to make the cheek bones appear a bit sunken in and added bright pink blush on the apples of the cheeks for a baby doll look.

For brows I exaggerated the color and made them imperfect as if they were a bit worn off."

"After complexion was done, I added those crazy fake eye lashes including bottom ones. The bottom lashes really helped create that wide open baby doll look.  

For lips, I drew an exaggerated heart shaped red lip and added concealer to the edges of the lips to help create the heart shape which really pulled the look together. "

So there you have it!  If you see me traipsing around the West Village Halloween Parade tomorrow, come say hello.  Please send me photos of YOUR costumes and makeup looks!  If you have a cool DIY, I would love to show it off!  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Macabre Circus Party Decor DIY

carnival party decor
It’s that time of year.  The team at Ms. Fabulous celebrated the dark spirits of Halloween with a Circus Macabre Carnival theme.  Much of the décor was DIY (see tips below).  We served up carnival-inspired treats like cotton candy made to order and spiked sno-cones courtesy of Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry, entertained by the talents of  Rachel Klein Productions.

Big Top Tent Decoration:
Limited budget, but you want a big-top venue?  I purchased about $18 in crepe paper streamers  (about $6 for 500 feet for each color).  Find a central point in your room, like a chandelier and tape alternating streamer colors with painters tape.  I found it was easiest to roll out the streamers to the edge of the room and have someone roll them back to you for the next strip.  Let the streamers bough slightly and tape the other end to the edge of the room.
For the hanging parasols, I just bought a dozen paper parasols from Chinatown (about $4 each).  Using thin fishing wire, I looped under the handle and hung them from clear plastic hooks stuck to the ceiling.

Balloon Dart Board
I used cork covered foam-core boards found at Michael’s ($15) and acrylic paint to give the weathered vintage circus look.   You can download this carnival backdrop image and project them the board if you are not artistically inclined.
 The key to creating a worn, vintage look is to keep your edges sharp (painter’s tape) but don’t fill in the entire sections of color.  I took a stiff, flat brush and basically jabbed at the cork board, using the natural texture and not enough paint. 
I pinned half-blown balloons to the board with map pins and let the guests shoot away.

Fun House Mirror
I found a wooden frame and discarded foam core board in the garbage.  I cut up an old pool noodle to serve as the bend in the mirror to fit into the frame. 
I used spray adhesive to stick 2 yards of Mylar (about $12/roll) to the foam core and laid it over the noodle bump in the middle.  I sprayed more adhesive after the bump.  Afterwards, I used a hot glue gun to stick the wooden frame to the foam core and staple gun the in corners for extra security. 
For the mirror frame, it was just the wider foam corer edge under the wooden frame.  I used the same paint technique of missing paint and clean edges in a diamond pattern for the border.

circus halloween

For treats, I had to have cotton candy.  I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of the $40 Nostalgia Electrics Cotton Candy Maker. It made the candy floss beautifully and was easy to use.  I also promised my friends lots of adult spiked  snow-cones.  The Snow Cone Maker made a great shaved ice.  Here is the recipe below: 

Boozy Chocolate Cherry Snow-Cones
3/4 cup of shaved ice
2 oz. Bailey's Chocolate Cherry
Drizzle of U-Bet Cherry Syrup
Drizzle of U-Bet Chocolate Syrup
1 Maraschino cherry
Photos by Mariana Leung, Shang Jung, Janet Kim, 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FAB Exclusive: Nadia G's Tips for Halloween Style

halloween cocktail recipes

Its Halloween week!  I always host a party to celebrate Hallows Eve.  I also sneak in some Gothic, scary style.  One of my favorite people who masters all of the above is Nadia Giosia (A.K.A. Nadia G.) the punk glam diva and chef of the Cooking Channel’s Bitchin’ Kitchen and Bite This with Nadia G.  Ms. Fabulous was able to grill her on macabre fashion and creepiest recipes:

Ms. Fabulous: We are big fans of your fashion style on the show, so we want to know what are you going to be wearing for Halloween?

Nadia G: Man! You know what I want to do this year; I’m a big fan of dressing up scary for Halloween. It sounds obvious, but a lot of people use it as an opportunity to kind of dress slutty. It’s cool, but where’s the scariness
What I’m going to do, I always loved those vintage nylons that have the seam running up the back. I’m going to be doing that as an open wound with stitches. It’s going to be pretty cool, essentially I don’t know how to describe exactly what I’m going to do, but I’m going to turn some of my favorite fashion elements and turn them into disgusting wounds.

Ms. Fab: Here at Ms. Fabulous, we always love your nails makeup on the show.  What are your best tips on looks for Halloween?

N. G: Well, you know, a style of nails that I have been doing a while, which is the half-moon around the cuticle. I think it’s cool for Halloween to use black nail polish with a white or blood red half-moon around the cuticle. 

Ms. Fab: We always appreciate that you have great cocktails on your show.  What do you suggest for an   elegant and spooky drink for a party?

N.G.: The idea is to come up with a cocktail that’s creepy and tastes great.  The issue with Halloween is that people tend to use a lot of coloring. In food, they use lots of fondant to make it look creepy but it doesn't taste good.  So for a cocktail, wine cocktails are really popular these days.  I like to make something called a Witches Brew. 

Essentially, you use Once Upon a Vine Chardonnay, pear nectar and savory thyme.  You have a drink that’s a little sweet, the pear contrasts with the thyme and it’s really delicious.  To make that creepy, I fill up a surgical glove with water and pop that in the freezer.  Remove the glove when it turns to ice and have this hand floating around the punch that adds a scary touch, but in a drink that’s sophisticated.

halloween cocktail party

Ms. Fab: Speaking of Halloween food that looks scary, juvenile or doesn't taste good, what do you suggest for party hors d’oeuvres that actually taste good, a little Goth, but appropriate for foodies?

N.G.:  I love to make coffin-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s easy to cut out the coffin shape.  You can use pumpernickel bread for a darker look.  I stuff them full of Tallegio cheese, which is like an Italian brie, which is one of my favorite cheeses.  It melts so nice and gooey, add some caramelized onions and fresh apple slices and there you go.  You know you have a treat that’s coffin shaped, but not juvenile and tastes fantastic.

Ms. Fab: Is there a way to pair wine with Halloween candy?

N.G.: Oh sure! Red wines are notoriously great with chocolate.  What I like to make is bacon chocolate. That’s always delicious and easy to make as well. You can pair that with charming Pinot Noir.  It has the flavor of ripe cherry, black currant and red wines are just fantastic for chocolate.

Ms. Fab:  What are some easy, tongue-in-cheek décor elements one can use to decorate for Halloween?

N. G.: Get creative with it! There’s nothing I hate more than that cheap pharmacy décor where people end up spending a fortune on it, and then everyone ends up with the same stupid ridiculous skeletons.  What I like to do is think of things that are actually creepy, like decapitated doll heads; really old broken dolls that are pretty scary.  You can use pictures of your ex with a knife through them… Things like that, just think outside the box about what can be creepy for Halloween.

Ms. Fab: Did you do a lot of Trick or treating as a kid?

N. G.: Yep, I have the fillings to prove it!

Ms. Fab: Thank you so much for chatting with us!

Witches Brew
4 oz Once Upon a Vine ™ Fairest Chardonnay™
2 oz Pear Nectar
3 Sprigs of thyme
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into chilled glass.

For more cocktail recipes and treats, visit Once Upon a Vine's Wine Bar.


Monday, October 27, 2014

#WMCFW: Christopher Bates Spring 2015 Menswear

christopher bates spring 2015
christopher bates toronto fashion week
I love the Christopher Bates Menswear show at Toronto Fashion Week.  His runway is always a treat to the ladies (or men) with a debonair line up of gorgeous gentlemen in fantasy characters (ok I am projecting). 

Christopher Bates always produces a sophisticated menswear collection with roots in Italian tailoring, but approachable to the most basic of fashion-shy males.  For spring 2015, his World Mastercard Fashion Week collection was inspired by the movie The English Patient.  You see the influence in the posh safari styling, tailored shorts, with some retro formal wear looks.   Even though the theme is recognized, each ensemble is wearable by most men.  There aren’t any gimmicky catwalk pieces, just stylish clothes to suit a projected lifestyle.

The savviness of Christopher Bates is that every model is styled to appeal to an archetype to tickle your fancy.  The rugged explorer, the adventurer with trendy beard, urban moto-riding vagabond and the posh gent are all there to accommodate your fantasy.  It’s a perfect marketing move where the designer understands that men ultimately dress to attract and please a mate, therefore he presents his collection as such.

I don’t wish to disrespect the designer’s success or talent, but it doesn't hurt that the handsome Bates is the embodiment of his brand.  How hot would it be to live in this world?
christopher bates designer
photos by David TW Leung


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger Love: Live Life


There’s nothing like the Day of the Dead and All Hallow’s Eve that gets you thinking about, well, death… but in a festive way. The all-out do everything you want to do, be everything you want to be, no matter how ffantasticalor insane. Then there are the people who lived the fullest, who touched our lives, made life for a lot of people better. This week as the fashion industry mourns the passing of Oscar de la Renta, we just have to stop and think for a second. How are we going to make our lives the most well-lived we can?


Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Hack Your Kitchen Like a Foodie Fashionista

New York City.  It is arguably the best city in the world to live in if you love fashion, culture and cuisine.  This fabulousness comes at a price of course.  Most of us live in apartments the size of “closets” to those in other parts of the country.  The savvy New Yorker makes due by hacking their kitchen space to fit all that they love in the jewel box they live in.  I'm working with Seamless to share my best tips.

My smallest apartment was the one I lived in during my sophomore year in college.  It was a studio with no stove, Murphy bed and a flip down counter to act as my desk/dining table/dressing room.  I learned my best space hacks during this time.

Many of you love fashion as much as I do and have the wardrobe collection to match.  Unfortunately, many of you, like me, probably don’t have the real estate to accommodate your treasures properly.  That’s why I’ve compiled some of my most useful space hacks for the kitchen – easily among the most underutilized closet opportunities in any abode.

I hoard clutch handbags, and have found through the years that favorites can be stored and displayed along any narrow strip of wall you can find.  I have this trio right next to the fridge.  I switch up the selection by season. 

bracelet hack
Have a bit of extra molding?  Run these along any spare bit of wall you have and you can balance your heels against them for a stylish shoe rack.  Old picture frames work for this too!

Do you multi-task your paper goods? Great! Now you can use those extra kitchen accessories to store jewelry.  I use my paper towel rack to hold bangles, necklaces and other trinkets.  This is also handy when you need to take off jewelry to wash the dishes or cook.

No one said your kitchen cupboards have to store kitchen-related items.  I get my inspiration from fashion, art and cookbooks, so why can’t they all be in the same place?

Let’s face it.  How much cooking are you really doing in your kitchen?  New Yorkers live and die by their favorite takeout restaurants.  You know your delivery person by name.  To help you out, Seamless is launching its #TapTapTakeout contest where you could win $500 in Seamless dollars.  That’s five hundred to indulge in your best NYC gourmet cravings (then the money you saved can be used for that next great fashion find). You win multiple times over.  If that’s not savvy city life, you can throw me out of my shoebox.

Seamless. Food as easy as tap tap takeout.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Seamless via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Seamless.