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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Divas de los Muertos

Is there a happier evening out than one shared with your sister, cousins and best girlfriends?  Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon challenged me to a night out and I was more than game.  I threw a party in the theme of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead.

It was the perfect occasion to ask my flamboyant fashion friends to put together a creative costume.  It was also the ultimate event for my favorite beauty blogger to go all out with an intricate makeup look.  My ladies did not disappoint.  My sister raided my closet to pull together a character that I can only call “Missoni Gypsy” which she accessorized with Prada Mary Janes (also salvaged from my closet).  She and my cousin both wore a selection of handmade fascinators from my collection.  Designer friends either made their own masks or delicately applied their own cosmetics.  My costume was inspired by the red monarch hat that Philip Treacy created for Alexander McQueen years ago.  I embroidered red feather butterflies on a basic satin corset dress and made myself a headpiece of more butterflies. 

To frame the fabulous females, I created a life-sized shadow box that served as a photo booth.   My Hubby and I decorated with lots of decorated skull piñatas and handmade paper flowers. 
I really wanted authentic tacos for party nibbles.  I found a company in Queens that grinds their own flour to make fresh tortillas and choose three of their most popular varieties; Pork Al Pastor, Rajas and shrimp with mango chipotle salsa.

I love Mexican hot chocolate, so I had the bartender make “glamour shots” in those flavors by blending Crème de Cacao with Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon.  Is this the way someone’s Abuela would have served it?  Probably not, but who is judging?

I’m raising a glass to all of the gorgeous ladies who came out to party with me!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diageo via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diageo.

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