08 November 2010

Halloween 2010 20th Anniversary

This past Halloween was a special year for us as it marked our 20th year of marriage. Sometimes it seems like we're still newlyweds, so it actually felt quite shocking to put a number to it!

My Punk Glam King made brunch reservations for us at the inn where we got married. The Kittle House in beautiful Chappaqua, NY was the scene for their very first Halloween wedding 20 years ago which they created superbly. We were told that since then they've hosted many more Halloween weddings, and they were actually setting up for one as we had our brunch! I highly recommend their brunch, it honestly has everything you could imagine from delicious breakfast type foods to Sunday roasts, pasta, dessert too. Delicious!

Our dessert presented to us!

They presented me with a rose when we finished our meal.

My brunch outfit consisted of a bat print McQ dress and my anniversary gift, MiuMiu glitter booties. (I gave PGK these. Special thanks to Zarinah for holding the last pair in black until I could get down to the McQueen boutique. You rock Z!) If you look closely you can see an antique Chinese bat brooch attached to my jacket lapel that I've had for about 30 years. Bats are a good luck symbol in China, and you'll find lovely tapestries or art with bats. I've been bat-shit crazy (in more ways than one) my whole life for those little sweeties and have a nice little collection of interesting items with bats.

The Punk Glam Princess decided that this year she wanted to be a Vampire Queen. Not just any Vampire Queen, but one that battles and kills the bad vampires. Okay... Being the fabric hoarder I am, I just so happened to have the exact fabric on hand to create a unique costume.

The PGP and her devilish friend, on their way out trick or treating.

PGP's skirt was three layers. A bat print (what? you expected pixies?) then a black tulle skirt, and then some red tulle over that. I basically made three tubes, doubled fabric, then just sewed a straight seam at the top as a channel for the elastic.

All three layers wound up looking like this.

This is the tool I use to pull the elastic through the channel. Sure beats the old days of a big old safety pin!

Pulling the elastic through.

Preview. In the end she wound up opening the top two layers in the center -- I didn't sew a seam up the back because I had an idea she'd want to do this -- so you could see the bottom layer.

I also made her a gorgeous necklace of roses dipped in glitter and studded with crystals (which she broke at school), adding one to her crown as well. My neighbor made her real fangs from an impression of her teeth.

No, that's not red eye from the flash, those are red contacts! They were actually the impetus for this costume. I should have warned you that the Keith Richards song "Demon" was foreshadowing for my costume! I went as my inner demon. I love my inner demons (oh I have a few!) without them, I'd never survive, persist, nor propel myself anywhere. Embracing the dark with the light brings balance. So I couldn't go too grotesque. Since I consider my demons part of my inner fire, it was flames all around my eyes. I wasn't that pale either, that's just the flash washing me out.

Since this year was our 20th anniversary and we had plans during the day, we opted not to do our usual mad outdoor display. I was glad too, it turned really cold! I did have a great idea for a set-up, but that will wait for next year!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

Cheers!

8 comments:

  1. I LOVE you in your colored contacts.

    Congrats on the 20 years! Way to go!

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  2. Thanks Wendy! They look much creepier when you wear them during the day, people totally freak out! Thanks fir the congrats too!
    XXX
    Suzanne

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  3. Happy Anniversary! We're at Number 2 and looking forward to reaching 20!
    You look bloody fantastic in your brunch outfit x

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  4. Thank you! Congrats to you too! Its funny how the years sneak up on you -- I honestly do still feel like a newlywed sometimes! The plot thickens though... we got engaged after knowing each other 3.5 months, so when we got married we only knew each other one week shy of 5 months! Thanks for the compliment too -- I wanted that dress so badly & went through so much to get it (with a lot of help from a dear friend), but the customer service at ASOS was tops!
    XXX
    Suzanne

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  5. A belated Happy Happy Anniversary! LOVE LOVE that photo of you!!!!!Thanks for your other great posts, I'm sooo behind on catching up! xxoo

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  6. Thank you Jeanne! Heehee, I got a little behind with my blog reader as well... I feel so lazy!
    XXX
    Suzanne

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  7. your brunch outfit is amazing! i love that bat brooch. :)

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  8. Somsorry for my late response, this is what happens when you approve a comment when you're half asleep! thanks so much for the compliments and for stopping by to comment. That bat brooch is so precious to me, as I purchased many, many years ago from a friend who has since died. And I've never gotten an acurate appraisal on how old it really is, which leads me to believe it was one of a kind!
    XXX
    Suzanne

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