Monday, September 28, 2015

Creature of the night!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- I love anything to do with costumes and the chance to create something I am all for. This weekend Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids celebrated the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror Picture Show but hosting an outdoor showing.

If you have seen Rocky Horror you know that at a showing you will see amazing costumes, tons of props and lots of singing, dancing, and sweet transvestites!  Tickets were only 5 dollars, and there was an outdoor bar so you could get drinks.  Plus they allowed coolers so you could bring in soda, and snacks.

I decided early on that I was creating my own "Columbia" costume.  She is one of my favorites from the iconic movie and I have done Magenta before.  I didn't have a lot of money to spare so I had to use as much stuff from home as I could.  Let's take a look at this little project from start to finish shall we?

It all starts with a hat... Columbia is notorious for her gold sparkley hat now I could have just bought one but that wouldn't be near as fun would it?  So I found a top hat I had from a different costume and used a glitter spray paint to paint the entire thing a wonderful sparkle gold.

This paint works fantastic BUT it does clog and then you have a PROBLEM! Used the red rhinestones as trim on the hat, just to add some originality to the look

Always spray paint outside or in your garage because the fumes and smell will make you gag to death (At least it does to me hahaha.)  I set up in the garage and basically layed my hat on a piece of wood we had and all over sprayed it, let it dry a few minutes and then coated it again.

Now the wood has a nice glitter accent too ;) 

Best part about this spray is it doesn't flake off and get glitter all over your clothes.  If you were to use a loose glitter and spray adhesive you will find that glitter will rain on you like crazy!  This like anything flakes just a tad but not bad!  Over all I didn't find glitter all over my clothes and I had a nice all over look that was very professional!

Next for the hat I wanted to add some Jackie in there so I trimmed it with some red rhinestone trim, and tacked a big black bow to the back!  Because I love bows!

I glued the stones and bow on with E6000, every crafters best friend!  My husband has those trusses held in the garage for his band so I let it rest on them to dry over night
So now that the hat is complete I needed the rest of my look.  I didn't have much money as I have said so I couldn't put too much into new duds, instead I went with a black and red halter top, that has a corset look to it.  I paired it with a black and red fluffy, tutu skirt that I bought from Hot Topic maybe 5 years ago!  I never knew that I would be able to use that 20 dollar skirt in so many different ways.  I have managed to pair with multiple costumes over the years so it was a good investment.

I found a black sequin bow tie for 2.99 at Halloween Spirit (if you are in Grand Rapids they are located on Alpine Avenue) I lastly wanted a gold jacket to match.  Columbia wears a gold sequin blazer, I had this old metallic gold jacket from Forever 21, again another purchase that was less than 20 dollars!  I got that thing in college in like 2008 and find it still handy.

If you are a costume person like myself, when you have things like that that seem like a "I'll wear this one time for this party..." instead of throwing it out, put it in a box that you store in the basement because I tell you what half of the costumes I make are done out of things I already have right at home from outfits, costumes, and adventures!

Here is the look, now lets put it all together
Throw on a pair of fishnet stockings and you have a finished product!  My friends Lauren, Mackenzie, Heather, and Jake all joined me.  We had such a fantastic time! 

I am now so stoked for Halloween!  I am not telling what I am being yet, but I promise it will be very fun!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Not here to race, I'm here to PACE!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Multiple times I have relied on pacers in a marathon, or half marathon to help lead me to victory.  Going to the start line and finding your "pace" group can take a lot of the tension out of racing because you know you are surrounded by people with similar goals, and similar capabilities as yourself.

I was asked to be the 8:00 per mile pacer for the Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run 10 miler this past weekend.  I was excited because I knew I wasn't in shape to race and PR but I wanted to be part of the race.  I had never paced before this so I wasn't sure how good I would be at it.

Well I discovered I was not very good at it.  Pacing is hard!  The race takes off and I found myself having to look at my watch every five seconds to make sure I wasn't going to fast, which I was going to fast.  I would get caught up talking to some of the other runners I was pacing and next thing you know a mile would beep and I would see we had ran a 7:45.  Which for me is nothing but for someone who is pacing to run 8 minutes a mile and hasn't ran much faster than that... that would be quite the leap!

I luckily had my pal Amanda with me who was a better pacer than I was but both of us struggled with holding the 8 minute pace.  The excitement of a race makes it hard to slow down and just pace!

Some of my other pacing pals and myself before the race!

I was hoping that my lack of sleep (I didn't get home til 3:30 in the morning from Columbus, but that's a whole other story.) would slow me down and make me concentrate on what I was doing.  No such luck.

People seemed to like Amanda and my enthusiasm for helping people to their PR's though and that was fun.  I also got to kick in the last half mile with a guy we had paced and watching him shatter his goal and just run fast made me feel all happy dappy inside! 

Moral of the story I don't know if anyone would want me to pace them but it really was fun being able to try and help!  On a side note I officially was accepted into the Boston Marathon for 2016... so there's that....