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Halloween 2016 by Julia Walck

I made two costumes this Halloween because I'm an overachiever; I just love any excuse to dress up. 

At work each floor has a different theme for Halloween. Ours was party animals and it worked out perfectly for me as I was already planning on being a piñata.

I found a dress at Buffalo Exchange for $10, decided on a color palette, and bought a few yards of fabric. Using scissors and fabric glue, I constructed the dress layer by layer. I already had a severed piñata head just lying around the apartment (don't ask), and I used that as a hat by adding a bit of elastic and A LOT of balance.

My costume was a real hit at the work party! 

I went as a rainbow to a mainly gay party in Burbank. No that was not planned, it just sort of happened. 

This giant rainbow is made out of presentation board, tissue paper and tinsel. There's a strap at the top hot-glue-gunned on so I could wear it as a necklace. I wore a black dress underneath to not take away from the color. And rain boots! Because not wearing heels is the best idea ever for a Halloween costume. I topped it all off with a silver tinsel wig to match my clouds and used spirit gum to slap some glitter on my face. 

I wore my rainbow to work on actual Halloween as well, where basically no one else was dressed up because we'd already had our party the week before. But like I said, any excuse to dress up! 

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And lastly, I didn't feel like carving a pumpkin so I confetti-ed one! 

Disco Fever | Halloween Costume by Julia Walck

I'm one step closer to achieving my dream body: disco ball.  

The moment I saw this disco ball DIY from Studio DIY, I knew I had to do it. I felt like it was sort of cheating Halloween though... spending all that time on the disco ball and nothing else, so I went all out. 

I wanted to BECOME the disco ball, not just have one strapped around me. I asked a good friend who's a make up artist what the smartest way to go about gluing mirrored squares to my face was. She told me about Ben Nye Spirit Gum / Spirit Gum Remover, and it changed my life forever. 

I wrangled up some old disco ball ornaments from Christmas, took them apart and individually stuck about 200 mirrored squares to my forehead. The rest of my face I painted silver and sort of threw glitter everywhere. I put my hair up in a little bun, and hot glued some tiny disco ball ornaments which were still in tact to bobby pins I then placed around my bun. 

Funny part is, out of all of this the thing that took me the longest was putting on those damn fake eyelashes. 

Once it was all done, in the pitch black room we hit me with a light and I spun around forever. (It actually functioned as a disco ball!)