DIY Carmen Miranda Costume

Last year when I was trying to come up with an outfit for my school’s Tropical Tuesday theme during homecoming week, I remembered a Halloween costume from when I was young and knew it would be perfect – Carmen Miranda, or as I called her back then, the Chiquita Banana girl.

(As you may know from prior posts, I like to go all out for theme days, so a simple tropical printed maxi dress would not do!) Check out this post on how to create a simple Effy costume from “The Hunger Games.”

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese Brazilian singer, dancer, and actress, popular between the 1930’s and 50’s. She was easily recognized by her bright, bold colors, tropical flair, and fruit-adorned headpiece.

I did not spend any money on this easy DIY Carmen Miranda costume; however, I did use a few pieces from my childhood costume. Everything else, I had or borrowed. You can easily recreate this look with whatever pieces you already own; feel free to put your own spin on her bold look!

Simple Theme Day Costumes

My normal fashion theme routine was somewhat interrupted when my school had homecoming week, which comes with my favorite time of the school year – theme days!  I notoriously put in at least ten times the effort of the students when it comes to the costumes, but hey, I have a reputation to uphold. (See last year’s Effie costume as a reference.)

These simple costumes can be used for office or school theme days, parties, or Halloween. The theme days were: ‘Merica Monday, Superhero Tuesday, Powder Blue Wednesday, and Pajama Thursday.

The rest of the month I’m participating in an October fashion challenge with a group of people in Instagram – some of the themes look challenging, but I’m looking forward to finding creative ways to interpret the themes and hope you join along with me! To join in, visit me on Facebook and Instagram, post your pictures, and use the hashtag #wearwhatwhereoctober.

DIY Love Story Map

One of my best friends just got engaged, so I was on the hunt for the perfect engagement present. Thinking back to my engagement party, I remember receiving really generous gifts – gift cards that allowed us to choose our items; Waterford crystal; champagne, wine, and beer glasses – so I figured my friend would be receiving many of these items anyway.

When I give gifts, I have to LOVE the items. Honestly, I rather give a gift at a later time than give a gift I’m not in love with. I checked out her Pinterest boards to see if there were any ideas on there and hit the jackpot! She had a tri-photo frame “Love Story Map” pinned from an Etsy shop that showcased three maps, each one with a heart around a location – one for the place the couple met, got engaged, and were married.

This seemed like an easy (somewhat) DIY project for me that would hopefully be a special present for my friend. I’m happy with how this DIY Love Story Map came out, and not that I don’t want to support lovely Etsy shop owners, but I was happy to have taken control of this simple endeavor myself.