Category Archives for Costumes

October 31st, 2018

Belle Gold Dress Costume + Cosplay

Belle Gold Dress Costume + Cosplay | Sara du Jour
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I’m so excited to finally share this costume with you. I’ve been sitting on this secret for months.

This post is going to be long, because I have a serious bone to pick with Disney. Specifically, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. But I’ll put that rant at the end of the post. Let’s talk about this Belle gold dress costume first. (more…)

31. October 2018 by saradujour
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October 11th, 2018

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Sara du Jour

Halloween parties are coming up fast, so I thought I’d put together a little post to give you a few Halloween costume ideas. These are some of my favourite looks from years of Halloween and costume parties.

This year alone I put together 4 costumes – the last one will be revealed on Halloween. I can’t wait to share it with you! :)

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11. October 2018 by saradujour
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October 2nd, 2018

Belle Blue Village Dress Costume – Animated

Belle Blue Dress Costume - Beauty and the Beast | Sara du Jour
Happy Halloween month!! (In this household we celebrate Halloween for a full month.)

It’s October, which means it’s officially acceptable to live out your childhood fantasies and dress up as your favourite characters. If you’re a longtime reader of the blog, you may remember that I’ve attempted this very Halloween costume before – 5 years ago. But two things have happened since then: Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, and my perfectionist tendencies ramping into overdrive. (more…)

02. October 2018 by saradujour
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August 20th, 2018

1920s Gatsby / Daisy Buchanan Costume

1920s Daisy Gatsby Flapper Costume | Sara du Jour
Dress (similar) | Headpiece | Bracelets | Heels

Hello again! I took another little trip through time and thought I’d share it with you! My awesome, fellow-costume-party-enthusiast friend Katya had a birthday over the weekend, which meant: another fabulous theme party. This time? The roaring twenties.

Since I had already done a 1920s traditional flapper costume for a Christmas party a few years ago, I wanted to do something different this time around. Instead of going super dark and vampy, I took cues from Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby film – specifically, Daisy Buchanan’s party costume. (more…)

20. August 2018 by saradujour
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June 17th, 2018

1960s Mad Men Party

1960s Mad Men Party | Sara du Jour

I happen to not be the only one of my friends who loves a good theme party. And thank goodness for that! On Saturday, my friend Katya threw a 1960s party at her penthouse condo. It was an absolutely fabulous night, full of cocktails, retro music, and dancing into the wee hours. In fact, I didn’t get home until almost 7 in the morning! Her condo is decorated mid-century modern, with 1960s movie posters and retro Coke ads adorning the walls. It felt like stepping into an episode of Mad Men.

The sixties – specifically the early and mid-sixties – is one of my favourite eras for fashion. I spent hours scouring the internet for the perfect retro dress, but didn’t find anything I was happy with. So I ended up putting together this look with items I already had in my closet, and hoped I could pull it off with the help of accurate 1960s hair and makeup. (more…)

17. June 2018 by saradujour
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October 30th, 2017

Wonder Woman Halloween Costume

Wonder Woman Costume | Sara du Jour

Greetings from Themyscira! So, are you surprised I dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween this year? No? Huh.

Read on for all the details on this costume/cosplay, including all the product links, my tips and tricks, and photos of me pretending to fight things. (more…)

30. October 2017 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2016

Snow White Halloween Costume

Snow White Halloween Costume | Sara du JourI’m baaaaack! And just in time for Halloween. You didn’t think I’d miss an opportunity to play dress up, did you? I’ve dressed up as many iconic fictional females, from Holly Golightly to Lara Croft to Hermione Granger to Belle. This year, I went for the original Disney princess: Snow White. (more…)

31. October 2016 by saradujour
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November 1st, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Halloween Costume

Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly) Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour
Halloween is one of the holidays I look forward to most each year. While many people like to embrace all things spooky and dark, I pretty much just love the excuse to dress up as one of my favourite characters. So, maybe that’s not quite the essence of Halloween, but… (more…)

01. November 2015 by saradujour
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October 24th, 2015

4 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

4 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas | Sara du Jour

With Halloween exactly one week away, I thought I’d give you 4 easy last-minute costume ideas, in the form of costumes I’ve done for Halloween and costume parties over the past few years. All of these costume can be made out of clothes you might already have in your closet. Add in a few choice accessories, and you have a Halloween costume!  (more…)

24. October 2015 by saradujour
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December 20th, 2014

A 1920s Gatsby Christmas Party

1920s Gatsby Costume Party | Sara du Jour
The Roaring Twenties. The Prohibition Era. The Jazz Age. This year, our office Christmas party was 1920s-themed. The invitations were delivered, beautifully designed in Art Deco style. The gentlemen and ladies were instructed to pick an alias and “dress to kill” – we were going to a speakeasy. There would be an open bar, catered food, a casino, and dancing. What better way is there to end the year? (more…)

20. December 2014 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2014

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Costume / Cosplay

Lara Croft Cosplay Costume | Sara du Jour

Last year, at Halloween, I dressed up as Disney’s Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The year before, I went as Hermione Granger. This year, I continued my trend of dressing up as my favourite fictional females, and went as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from the video games and films. (more…)

31. October 2014 by saradujour
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November 4th, 2013

Halloween 2013 Costume 2: Audrey

DIY Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite classic films. It stars Audrey Hepburn and takes place in New York in the sixties. Plus, it’s so beautiful and romantic. What’s not to like?

For this year’s Halloween costume, I decided to dress up as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s character in the film. It’s one of Audrey’s most iconic roles – and outfits. (more…)

04. November 2013 by saradujour
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November 2nd, 2013

Halloween 2013 Costume 1: Belle

Belle Halloween Costume Blue Dress - Sara du Jour

Update (2018) – there’s a newer, better version of this costume here!

Look. I know that Halloween is supposed to be about all things spooky. But the thing is: there are so few times we get to dress in costume, so when Halloween rolls around, I use it as an excuse to go all-out as one of my favorite fictional female characters. I guess that’s more cosplay than Halloween. *shrug*

Usually there are two opportunities per Halloween to dress up, so I reuse last year’s costume for one of them, and come up with a brand new costume for the other. Last year I went as Hermione Granger (a repeat from the year previous), and Belle, from Beauty and The Beast.

This year I did Belle (in her blue dress) and one other character. But you’ll find out about her in a few days. ;) (more…)

02. November 2013 by saradujour
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October 28th, 2012

A Magical Halloween

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I think I’ve made it clear in my previous post that I love Halloween… a lot. And it comes only once a year! So I figured I’d make the most of it, and do two costumes on two separate nights. Tonight I dressed up as Hermione Granger, which really was just a great excuse to wear my Gryffindor tie and wand out in public. Plus, since I bought the official tie and wand for the final movie midnight screening last summer, I wanted to make the most of it, so I went as Hermione for Halloween last year, and am re-using the costume again this year (though I’ve altered it a tiny bit since last year’s). I like costumes that can be comprised mostly of things you already have, and then you just add a few items, and voila! It’s a costume.

I wore a white collared button-up shirt, Gryffindor tie, black pencil skirt, dark grey knee-high socks, black ankle booties, and accessorized with my wand. I kept my makeup as natural as possible, and curled and teased my hair to make it a bit fluffier. It was another comfortable costume, and I had a lot of fun tonight with my best friend. :)

28. October 2012 by saradujour
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