Ladies, I’d like to introduce you to Gov. Lulu Palin:
Fun, right!? I think this was one of the favorite Halloween costumes I’ve pulled off thus far. I received a lot of compliments, and overheard more than a few “She really looks like Sarah Palin!” comments. Sadly, this is the ONLY photo I have of the costume from the entire night. For some reason, I feel strange asking random people to take pictures of me… Since Mr. W was in Philly, I was without my trusty cameraman, and thus no more Palin pics to be found.
This was a photo I took with one of my old coworkers, K, but I cropped her out since I’m not sure if she’d want to be on the blog or not…? She had a great Cleopatra costume, with a wig, headband, the whole 9 yards. K threw a Halloween party in her fab new apartment, which I totally drooled over. From her bedroom window alone, you can see both the Empire State AND Chrystler Buildings at once! Breathtaking. I should have taken a picture. She also has the most amazing bedspread, very Resto Hardware:
The photo does it NO justice either, it looks 5 times nicer in person than it does in the photo. Can I just tell you that it is from Linens ‘n’ Things, of all places!? It’s one of their Bed-In-A-Bag sets, and comes with EVERYTHING shown. Pillows, comforter, the whole 9 yards. For under $100! I died of amazement. You can find it here (before they go out of business).
So before the party, I spent the entire afternoon causing some serious hair havoc. I attempted to get the signature Palin ‘do about 4 times, but to no avail. Hairspray, teasing, volumizing mousse… I think my hiar hates me by now. I just couldn’t seem to tease my hair correctly for pouf in the right places, and looked more like a bad version of Amy Winehouse than our dear SP.
Suddenly, as I was untangling a rubberband from the birdsnest on my head for the 5th time, I had a beehive revelation… Socks. Yes, you read that correctly. Socks. I remember reading somewhere that in the ’40s and ’50s, women would use these things called hair rats (such an unfortunate name!) to give their hair extra volume (bigger buns, victory rolls, etc.). The original rats were made of real hair, saved up from your hairbrush (G-A-G!). Women also used balled up nylon stockings to do the trick (much less gag-worthy), so I figured I’d give that route a try.
I decided to stuff a few of Mr. W’s (clean!) dress socks into another sock, and attempt to use that as the volume base for my Palin bouffant. Ladies, it worked like a dream! I didn’t have to worry about my teased hair shifting or flattening out, because the whole base of the hairstyle was just socks. I simply smoothed the hair over the sock, and voila. Insta-Palin. Shame that you can’t actually see the “Palin Pouf” in the photo, but it looked pretty great. Just between you and me, Dear Reader, I loved the look of the “Palin Pouf” so much that it may be revisited (socks and all!) again soon… 😉
K’s party was a real hit. Great cocktails, yummy appetizers, and even a rockin’ Halloween mixed CD. It was neat to finally meet K’s sisters and friends, and see a little bit more of where she came from. Another one of my fave old coworkers, L, was there as well, totally rocking a Ghotsbusters outfit. Pure awesomeness. I think my favorite costume of the night was a girl that came in sporting a pink tee shirt, pink shorts from American Apparel, pink cowboy boots, and a lower-case i on the front of her shirt – she was Pink Eye! Pure genius.
After a few hours at K’s apartment, we decided to rally the troops and hit the town. The streets of Manhattan were total chaos, people in costumes everywhere! It was really fun. We hit a few different bars, but there just seemed to be something lacking in the scene (think we were all tired by this point in the night). I decided to break from the group and head home around 1:30am… BAD IDEA. Girls, it was absolutely impossible to get home last night! All the subway trains weren’t working at the stops I tried to get on at, and FORGET about getting a cab in the city on a night like this. I ended up walking (in 4″ knee-high Burberry boots, mind you) for over 2 hours!
All in all, I’m really happy that I went out… This was the first time I’ve hit the town since I lost my job, so it was great to get out of the house and be with some girls I absolutely adore. I think last night was enough to last me for a few months to come, that’s for sure 😉
Hope you all had as memorable a Halloween as I did (with a lot less foot pain!)