what you should be for halloween

I'm a purist when it comes to Halloween costumes. Costumes don't come in a plastic bag, they come from your closet, the thrift store and anywhere you can source an obscure-costume-clinching-prop. I remember once needing a syringe for my Pulp Fiction costume and having to persuade a pharmacist from Boots to give me a free one from behind the counter because they weren't selling any on the floor. I'm just REALLY INTO HALLOWEEN I said. Later that night I super-glued the thing to my chest - because apparently these are the sacrifices I make for the 31st. Sidenote - do not ever super-glue anything to your skin. 

I always love choosing who I will be for Halloween, although not all costumes work in all circumstances, and I believe this year I'll be handing out candy at my Mum's house meaning many of those costumes won't fly and I'll likely end up being something boring and obvious like "Witch". But I've got ideas and you're welcome to steal from the list below. But if you do - photos are necessary! I want to see these plans in action. 


Carrie of Stephen King's Carrie - I'm currently listening to the audiobook which is narrated by actual Sissy Spacek and it's so wonderful. It's up to you if you want to go full-post-blood-drop-carrie. But I would recommend it.


GOOD FOR: If you never got to live out your prom queen dreams or you're a fan of Mr. King.
YOU'LL NEED: A silky or crushed velvet pale pink floor length gown, a princess crown and a pink sash. Also some seething teen angst to tap into.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Take a shower in some fake blood. And commit to standing for the entire evening. The flower bouquet would be great too.


I'm thinking this one may go over some heads - but Julia Child was a famous TV chef in my day. She had such an interesting life and she was just a very joyful person who LOVED FOOD which is a sentiment I think a lot of us can relate to.

GOOD FOR: If you have friends over 25. If you LOVE Meryl Streep and everything she touches.
YOU'LL NEED: A shirt dress or collared shirt/skirt combo, an apron, pearls and some kitchen utensils like a rolling pin. Her cook-book in hand would be a nice addition too.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Fit yourself with a curly wig and design your own L'école Des Trois Gourmandes patch for your shirt.


The X-Files was a show I simultaneously loved and hated as a child - it appealed to my interest in mysteries but I just could not handle shows that creepy when I was young (still struggle through most scary shows and don't even go near horror films to be honest). I still remember a particular episode that riddled my nightmares for actual years. It involved some kind of alien violently emerging out of someone's neck. Cannot un-see.

GOOD FOR: Again, if you have friends over 25? Especially if you're going with someone you can rope in as your Mulder.
YOU'LL NEED: A white collared shirt, a dark blazer, dark pencil skirt or trousers, smart black shoes, and an FBI badge pin.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: A red-ish bob wig will cinch the look together OR if you're really into it you can buy some temporary hair dye!


I've dressed up, not once, not twice, but THREE times as Mia Wallace. Let's just say my pocketbook got tight and the wig had a few more uses in. Plus I just love being Mrs. Mia Wallace.

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GOOD FOR: If you're headed somewhere with a dance floor and you're down to recreate this dance routine.
YOU'LL NEED: A white collared shirt, preferably long, black ankle length trousers, gold slipper flats, black pageboy wig. 
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Go full post-overdose and complete the look with running make up - a bloody nose and a hypodermic needle protruding from your chest. PS: DO NOT SUPERGLUE.



Mostly my Halloween costume ideas consist of characters I've seen in films and television - but somehow someone as fabulous as Beyonce exists in the real world. 

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GOOD FOR: If you live in a warm climate and you want to show off your gams. Obviously must love Beyonce.
YOU'LL NEED: A black bodysuit, nylons and black heels. Also a lot of hair, wig or otherwise.


God this film is so important. Blonde bimbo character subverts your expectations and winds up being the smartest woman in the room? Ditches her romantic woes and fixes her focus on herself, her education and her friends? Yes. More of this please.

GOOD FOR: If you already own a lot of pink.
YOU'LL NEED: Hot pink everything - dress, blazer, sunglasses, heels and handbag. Good props include a pink fuzzy pencil, a pink mortar board and a book on law.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Splash out on a blonde wig if you're not already a blondie. Also a pet chiuhuahua wouldn't hurt.


Quentin Tarantino has a special gift for creating bad ass female characters perfect for embodying on Halloween. Gogo Yubari is no different.

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GOOD FOR: If you're a Tarantino fan and you've got an old school uniform ready to be dug out.
YOU'LL NEED: A plaid skirt, white collared shirt, navy school blazer, white bowtie, white knee socks and white tennis shoes.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: A black, fringed wig will really help sell this look, as will her weapon. But be aware that some places may not let you in if you appear to be wielding a meteor hammer!


Margot Tenenbaum is possibly the most un-goopy goop character there ever was - perhaps this is why I like her so much. Wondering if she's your kindred spirit? Yes, Buzzfeed has that quiz.

GOOD FOR: Wes Anderson fans, broody types and people with an old fur coat laying around.
YOU'LL NEED: A polo dress, fur coat (probs don't buy one new people, faux is best), pink gloves and dark loafers. Straight hair with barrettes and pounds of eyeliner.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Cut off your finger (kidding!) but fashion something on your finger to make it seem like you've got one missing, like Margot.



My pal Alexis and I did one halloween as Thelma and Louise and it really is the ultimate best friend costume you could go for. And it's a great memory to share together - and one slightly less permanent than committing dual suicide by driving off a cliff. 

GOOD FOR: If you love the film like me and you're hitting halloween with your best friend.
YOU'LL NEED: Old style jeans (read: mom jeans), white tank or a black biker tee, cowboy boots, sunglasses, a cowboy hat and a scarf wrapped around your neck. 
GO THE EXTRA MILE: This will really sell if the look is a bit "lived in". Could do with some fake-tan, greasy hair and dirty clothes. Roll around in the dirt, etc.



This Twin Peaks gem only passed away so recently - I just found out that she was more than just the actress - her and Lynch actually thought up the character together when she was working as an AD on Eraserhead. She also worked as a camera-assistant on other films. She's the shining star of Twin Peaks, as far as I'm concerned.

GOOD FOR: If you like being cozy, and you're looking to seek out the one person at the party who will know who you're dressed up as.
YOU'LL NEED:  A very ugly brown jumper, flannel shirt and a turtleneck underneath. Red glasses and of course, a LOG. (Not THE log though, it's rumoured to be worth about 275K)
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Memorise some of the Log Lady's interesting quips!



This costume is a bit stale but god it's fun to be Holly Golightly for one evening. Been there, done that.

GOOD FOR: If you like using Halloween to get glammed up, if you love Audrey Hepburn.
YOU'LL NEED: A black shift dress, black shoes, gloves and sunglasses. Pearl necklace and earrings. A handsome up-do with a tiny tiara. 
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Start your night at a coffee shop to pick up your croissant and coffee. They double as props AND snacks.



I love the idea of Frida Kahlo being sort of the originator of the selfie. Frida's greatest muse was herself and I love that she didn't shy away from that. From someone who struggles to take and post a photo of myself to social media - I love that Frida's self-love was so strong she committed it to canvas over and over again, unibrow and all.


GOOD FOR: You're an art buff or you want to pay tribute to the selfie queen herself.
YOU'LL NEED: A colourful and patterned dress, a shawl, big jewellery, hair up and covered in flowers. You'll need the unibrow as well, that sells the whole thing, so an eyebrow pencil should do the trick.
GO THE EXTRA MILE: Carry around an empty picture frame to complete the self-portrait nature of the costume.

Okay - hoping some of those sparked some Halloween inspiration for you - and please enjoy my favourite night of the year. <3


october mixtape

I'm kind of like the Halloween equivalent of the person who puts up their Christmas tree and starts up the yuletide music on November 1st. To me, Halloween is celebrated all October long. For as long as I can remember, my love of Halloween has been an intense and passionate one. Forget Christmas (although I am definitely less scrooge than I used to be) - Halloween is the favoured holiday in my world. And as much as I'm on decent terms with Christmas now - I cannot cope with those who get into Christmas mode before Halloween has had it's day. I spite the shops that put out Christmas decorations before the 31st of October. HAVE SOME GODDAMN RESPECT. 

Anyway it probably goes without saying that I'll be dedicating the entirety of this months playlist to my favourite day of the year.  


Happy October my little ghouls!

september digest

Welcome to the monthly digest. This end-of-the-month roundup will be replacing my failed series, "this week, in my brain" which turned out to be wayyyy too much work and started being the only post I could manage to write every week. I know it's a sad loss to bear, but I've decided to restore it as a monthly, rather than weekly, fixture. The gist is that I write about things that I saw, read, heard, used or ate this month that I enjoyed but couldn't be arsed to write an entire blogpost on. 

Yeah, I generated a fake tombstone for it. Alright let's get to it.

Lucy's Tea.

I don't really buy merch, I may love you, but I'm still pretty unlikely to wear a stiff t-shirt with your face on it. So when Lucy came out with tea as merch in time for Summer in the City I had a smidgen of an identity crisis because I was ALL OVER THAT SHIT. Take my money Lucy, just take it. Anyway the tea itself is delightful - it's a vanilla infused roobois that's pretty sweet on it's own and caffeine free so it's basically become my sleep elixir of choice. She customised the packaging too, and it's seriously cute. Here's hoping she makes it available online soon because I'm down to my last teabag!! 

The Killing.

I'm currently developing a mystery so I'm trying to watch a lot of them. This is a bit tricky because I'm a major scaredy cat and get nightmares like nobodies business. This series is based on a popular Danish series - which in all honesty I skipped because I started watching for research and was hoping to multi-task which makes subtitles simply impossible to me. In essence - I am lazy. Anyway this series had me hooked through it's first case - the murder of Rosie Larsen. What I found amazing about this show is how closely it examined the grief of the victim's family. Their story trumped all others in my opinion, it gave so much more weight to the investigation and did something that few other crime shows do - allow the audience to fully empathise with those affected by a crime. I've stopped watching now because I imagine they'll move on to another case now and I've been told by a few birdies that it's not worth watching past season 2. Seems to be the way with these kinds of shows, sadly. (Still haven't watched S2 of True Detective for fear of shattered expectations!!)

Estée's 1 Million Subscribers Party.

Earlier this month I got to attend Estée's #thanksamillion party which she threw for a lucky handful of viewers as a celebration of her hitting 1 million subscribers on YouTube. It was such a swish evening - we got to carve our own rings under the supervision of the two lovely ladies from The Workbench. The food was incredible and it was such a lovely and cool group of people and a great venue and all in all it was basically as dreamy as it seems in the video below. Congrats on hitting 1 mill Estée!!

Dyptique Eau Rose Perfume.

Oh Dyptique - you and your effing beautiful branding and your glorious smells. This stuff isn't cheap but wow does it ever make you feel like a fancy lady. I picked up the rollerball version of this perfume from Liberty a while ago which made for a great tester but not a great travelling companion (can you say leakage?). At the end of July Charlie and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary and the little punk surprised me with a full bottle of my favourite scent! I've been wearing it a bunch and it is really amazing what a spritz of nice perfume can do to your mood. Who knows, this perfume could be a life long love affair.


Diary of a First Time Director on Scriptnotes.

I had a pretty magical day on my birthday - and it all started with seeing The Diary of a Teenage Girl at the Prince Charles Cinema. I've been following the film for a few months or so and listened to Scriptnotes interview with writer/director Marielle Heller. She talks about the process of making the film - how she dealt with some of the logistical and technical issues - and how long she spent spinning this story. Can I just say every-time I hear a woman talking about directing I get an instant shot of adrenaline and just want to work hard and make movies? I'm so happy that this film is getting the attention it deserves because damn - it was so good. I'm not a film reviewer and if I try I will do a brutal job but just please see it. Also this was Marielle's FIRST FILM. The film is just such a triumph and the fact that was her first is both awe-inspiring and jealousy-inducing. Girl has skills, and I can't want to follow her career. 

Feeling Peckish.

I knew of Julie in university (she was a friend of a friend of a friend and in the same department as me) but have only recently met her, taken her out for romantic italian tapas and decided that she is so great. Julie is an actress with some serious expertise in the kitchen and she combines these two skills to create what is ultimately my favourite cooking show on YouTube - Feeling Peckish. She does a variety of video formats - but my favourite (and thankfully the thing she does the most of) is her movie-themed recipes. Click the trailer below for a taste:

Sexual Health.

Shits about to get personal. With everything going on surrounding Planned Parenthood in the USA - I'm feeling extremely grateful and lucky to have the kind of access I do to sexual health here in the UK. Taking care of your sexual health can be easily shrouded in embarrassment, guilt and altogether avoidance but it really shouldn't be. Sexual healthcare IS healthcare. And I'm so lucky that in the UK I can walk into a sexual health clinic and be tested, get any kind of birth control and have peace of mind that someone is looking out for my reproductive health with care and consideration. I've been ill recently, and my GP couldn't figure out what was wrong with me despite many blood tests and appointments. Near the same time I visited the Sexual Health clinic to replenish my birth control, and they found something my GP didn't. After treatment, I am mostly back to normal. It scares me to consider what would have happened if I had been living in the US. What I had can render women infertile if it goes on for too long - and it was something that went entirely amiss by my GP. My trips to the sexual health clinic are always free of shame and fear - the clinicians are always kind and compassionate. They give me peace of mind knowing that no matter what - someone will be there looking out for my health, whenever I need them. And now that I have that access - it seems so absurd and scary to me that any other person should be denied that kind of care by their government. 

Rah Rah.

I don't remember how I happened upon Rah Rah's song "Prairie Girl" but I think it was a year or two ago and I think I was putting together some romantic mixtape of Canadian musicians for Charlie who was headed off to my homeland for the first time, and without me. *sniff* I managed to channel my jealous rage into making him a very cute care-package - complete with a Canuck dictionary and a toonie so that he could buy himself a TImmies. Anyway - I was seeking out some lesser known Canadian tunes and found this gem. To be really honest - every time I hear this song I imagine I'm the lead singer of this band and I'm surprising everyone I know on-stage with an out of the blue performance - like SURPRISE I'M IN THIS AWESOME BAND NOW AND WE RULE. Apparently the Lizzie McGuire Movie has poisoned my soul (in the best way).  Rah Rah has a new album out called Vessels and it is also a treat.

Oskia Renaissance Mask.
My friend Marion sent me a coupon from Oskia, which was the only thing that could possibly entice me to fork out this much moula on a face mask. Considering my face is a bit battered from some unwelcome guests on my chin, exfoliating and encouraging cell-turnover is something I'm after. Unfortunately a lot of products promising this kind of action are a bit too harsh for my skin, and wind up leaving my skin the exact opposite of smooth. I've had to nurse my skin back to health about three times now after convincing myself that maybe this time Alpha H Liquid Gold won't burn the absolute shit out of my face. I'm driven to this kind of self-harm when I spend too much money on a product assuring magical results, apparently. Thankfully I haven't regretted buying this mask - it exfoliates so gently and seems to be helping my skin recover from some less than cute acne scars. Not to mention it's a pretty luxe product and it makes me feel fancy as hell.

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Ben is at the TIFF.

I met Ben in film school wayyy back when and dear god he must be one of the funniest people I've ever met. His brand of humour is this kind of high-off-life enthusiasm and earnest melodrama that just feels so refreshing and enjoyable to watch. Despite how wonderful he is in his videos and also during his stint as a Cineplex pre-show host - Ben's true talent lies in filmmaking - and I can't wait to see what he makes next. His 'Ben is at the TIFF' videos are ones I legitimately save for watching on the television with my  boyfriend because they are just so damn special. 

#TheIntern Premiere.

Thanks to Lex for inviting me as her +1 to the UK premiere of The Intern! All in all it was a really fun night out and I got to breathe the same air as Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. It was hilarious to see De Niro's approach to the fanfare vs Hathaway's, who is so well media trained and smiley while De Niro is just OVER IT. I suppose he can be, seeing as the work he has under his belt. The film was cute, and I really loved parts of it but it didn't quite commit to the tone of the film, or at least the tone I was hoping for. The last ten minutes I spent with my thumbs decidedly down, wishing the film had rolled the credits by now. Part of me wonders if test audiences or some exec was unimpressed by the concept of a story where a happily ever after doesn't include a romantic pairing. In the end all was tied up in a pretty bow which will impress some audiences but certainly not me. Also - I feel a bit miffed at the lack of Nat Wolff screen time! But god it was cute - good for a watch but won't get The-Holiday-level-repeat viewings from me. Still in love with Nancy Meyers, though. They also threw a smashing after-party with themed cocktails and free macaroni and cheese. We had a few goes in the photo-booth. Evidence below.

That's all for September, you've been a splash. 

Emily Diana Ruth Comments