DIY Costume Idea: Tina Belcher

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“Hi, I’m Tina. I like horses, music and boys”.

Of all the things I love about Halloween, dressing in costume ranks pretty high on my list. It doesn’t take much for me to dress in theme (off to the movies? You know I’ll be rocking a popcorn necklace. And my love for DisneyBounding knows no, um, bounds…) so, at this time of year, I can really throw myself into any idea that comes to me!

My inspiration tends to come from some of my favourite TV and film characters – I much prefer that over trying to frighten people (plus, let’s face it, I’m about as scary as a slice of pie!) and I can also show my appreciation for what I’ve been binge-watching lately.

Last year’s Halloween ensemble was put together very quickly – we had friends coming over and  little time to spare. I still managed to pull it off with items I already had at home, making it a very easy costume idea!

It really didn’t take much convincing for me to dress as Tina Belcher, a character from one of my most-watched TV shows, Bob’s Burgers. Who DOESN’T want to be Tina for the day? Heck, with her confidence, sass and courage I kinda want to be Tina every day!

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Want to put your own Tina Belcher outfit together? You will need:

  • a blue tee
  • a blue skirt
  • glasses
  • white knee socks
  • black sneakers
  • a yellow hair clip
  • a look of despair
  • …and I added a burger-shaped handbag (which Tina doesn’t actually use, but I thought would be a fun touch!)

It helped that I also have a similar haircut to Tina, so if you don’t, a black bobbed wig might need to be added into the mix. Other than that, you’re good to go! As Tina would say, “Time for the charm bomb to explode”!

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I’d love to know if you decide to dress like Tina Belcher for Halloween this year. As for me? I’m still deciding, but you can keep up to date with whatever I decide on over on Instagram

 

 

When Audrey Met Fred…

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One of the things I love about fashion is the freedom to have fun and feel inspired by pop culture – from Betty Rubble-influenced bone jewellery, to dressing in head to toe candy stripes to emulate a stick of rock at the seaside! Sometimes I see an item and it immediately makes me think of a particular character or feeling, and that is exactly what happened when I first laid eyes on these beautiful lace-up Oxfords by Fred’s Shoes.

The monochrome colour and cute, classic shape reminded me of one of my favourite on-screen style icons – Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks – and I could not WAIT to style them!

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Fred’s Shoes have just had their first birthday – the brand was launched in February 2014 by experienced footwear designer Vic Butt. What I love most about their shoes is that the simple design goes with anything – like toughening up a dress, an easy-breezy Sunday casual look or a full-on Marlene Dietrich androgynous vibe.

Today, I’m dressing in tribute to Audrey Horne so styling them as only Audrey would!

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When we moved home, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we got a Red Room-esque, chevron rug. It helped to create the perfect setting for my outfit and also matches the shoes…

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The Black & White Fred’s came with two sets of laces – a black pair and a white pair. Putting them on, they felt buttery-soft and very comfortable – perfect for mooching around in my Audrey ensemble, sipping coffee and eating cherry pie (OK, I didn’t manage to get a cherry pie…it’s rhubarb! But the coffee was damn fine!).

I’m also re-reading my Twin Peaks ‘zine from La La Land.

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Fred’s Shoes are designed in the UK and come in a variety of colours and finishes – as well as these beauties I’m pretty obsessed with their Pink Sparkle Fred’s and anyone who has been looking for the perfect metallic shoes for Spring needs to check out the SIlver Fred’s!

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I styled my Fred’s with a tartan skirt (eBay), pink fluffy sweater (Primark) and Twin Peaks themed brooch (Kate Rowland at Hannah Zakari). Even though Audrey Horne gets dressed up quite a bit in the series, it’s her everyday sassy schoolgirl look that I always swoon over! I recently gushed about this character and my love of tartan skirts over on the podcast – it’s safe to say I had a blast dressing up for the afternoon.

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I’m looking forward to wearing my Fred’s a lot more over the summer, and know they’ll look great with my favourite sundresses.

You can check out the full collection by Fred’s Shoes and shop this style over at their website. In the meantime, I’ll be over here wearing mine and pulling more Audrey poses!

Too dreamy!

Miss West End Girl x

 

With thanks to Fred’s Shoes 

 All photography by Gary at Trouble With Film

 

Duvet Day Recommendations, Spirit Animals and Re-Runs

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Here’s the thing about me and TV: it’s complicated. I studied TV as part of my degree and even though I find it fascinating,  I reckon I would be a terrible choice for a programme like Gogglebox because I don’t sit down in front of the TV every day. And when it comes to what shows to watch, I don’t really watch the same soaps, pop star reality contests or gritty dramas that get broadcast each week. That being said, when I was asked about which TV shows I’ve loved in the last 12 months, I found myself with a pretty long list!

I realised quickly that, even though TV isn’t part of my daily routine, when I find a show that I LOVE, I throw myself into it. I’ll binge-watch an entire series, losing an entire day weekend as I become utterly absorbed in the characters and plots. I’ll load up on snacks, draw the blinds, put my phone on silent… the works!

So, back to the question at hand: what were my favourite TV shows of 2014? I thought it might be fun to give you my duvet day recommendations – what I have enjoyed this year, and what I would strongly urge you to watch!

Keep these in mind for the next time you’re feeling poorly, having a lazy day or just can’t bear going outside and facing awful weather…

The Comedy Show: 30 Rock

All genres of TV shows are exciting and interesting to watch, but I will ALWAYS go back to comedy. It touches something in my soul and when I find a comedy show that I love, I will watch it over and over again. For the last couple of years, 30 Rock is my favourite. It’s cleverly written, features countless “funny because it’s true” moments and I identify with the characters (I’m pretty much convinced that Liz Lemon is my spirit animal). It’s a TV show about a TV show, and as bonkers as that sounds, it totally works.

And if you watch 30 Rock, love the humour and want plenty more where that came from, you definitely need Tina Fey’s Bossypants in your life. This was by far my favourite read of 2014 by one of my favourite ladies!

The “Late to the Party” Show: Orange Is the New Black 

I’ll be honest here, I never got around to watching Orange Is the New Black until REALLY late in the game. In fact, series two was a few weeks from airing when I started to watch it. The thing that really pulls me in about this programme is that it’s based on the real-life memoirs of the lead character, and how she coped with serving a jail sentence. It makes you think about what you would do if you found yourself in her position and if you’d do anything differently. Most of all though, it has complex and genuinely gripping plots – to the point that I find myself saying “just one more episode” when I really should be doing something else!

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The Re-run One: Twin Peaks

Mark Frost and David Lynch’s cult classic Twin Peaks needs no introduction I’m sure! The murder-mystery serial has become the Marmite of television since its original airing in 1990. Even though I was a tad too young to catch its initial broadcast (it wasn’t really at the top of my list as a five-year-old), I studied it at University and became obsessed ever since! It has an intensity and unique style that has been often imitated but never bettered. I never get bored with this show, and can happily watch re-runs all year round! Want to find out who killed Laura Palmer? You’ll need to watch it and see…

The Runaway Success Show: GIRLS

The amazing thing about Lena Dunham’s award-winning GIRLS is, I knew a lot about it before I’d seen a single episode. It was famous before an episode had even aired – which is impressive – and it continues to grow in popularity. A lot of people compare GIRLS to Sex and the City – it’s about a group of four female friends that live in New York after all. However, that is where the similarities end. It shows that modern life in New York isn’t necessarily all cocktails and expensive shoes, it’s actually kinda like life in most cities. GIRLS is funny and serious all at once, reminding us about our closest relationships and that it’s OK to not have life all figured out just yet.

The Spooky Show: American Horror Story: Coven 

Wait, a sassy gang of female witches? Hasn’t this been done before? I know what you’re thinking and yes, it does all sound a little bit like The Craft. But American Horror Story: Coven is different. Ryan Murphy has really nailed it with a fabulous balance between horror and a well-written script. There’s plenty of one-liners (“don’t make me drop a house on you”), clever back-and-forths and some EPIC speeches (mainly down to Jessica Lange). It’s a script that has kept me hooked and excited for each new episode. Oh, and the fashion is FANTASTIC.

The Underdog: Lilyhammer

If you aren’t watching Lilyhammer, then consider this my number one tip! Steven Van Zandt was always my favourite cast member of The Sopranos (and incidentally, my favourite member of The E Street Band, but I digress…), so when I heard that he had made another TV show about a mafia character I was all kinds of excited. Lilyhammer tells the story of how a slick American gangster adjusts to life in a small Norwegian town, after being placed there as part of the Witness Protection programme. Dark, quirky and full of on-point comic timing, there hasn’t been a moment of this series I haven’t enjoyed.

Are any of your favourites in there? Is there anything that you’d recommend to me?

With couch-surfing and channel-hopping,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Image credits: Illustration 1 by Catherine Elizabeth, illustration 2 by Coreena Lewis