Fall Fashion: Last Minute Halloween DIYs


Halloween is literally right around the corner (and if you’re in college, Halloweekend starts tonight), and even though I’m pretty sure I have no plans for Halloweekend whatsoever, I can’t stop perusing Pinterest, looking for the cutest (and easiest) costume DIYs.

DIY costumes are great because they’re unique and work double time as a conversation starter. A few years ago, I made myself a cupcake costume out of cardboard and I totally loved it. Granted, I think I was in the eighth grade and have not done anything nearly as creative for Halloween in the years since, but I can still dream.

 

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Here’s a throwback to my favorite DIY Halloween costume, featuring my mom (left) and my Aunt Niki (right). All I did to make my costume was cut two cupcake shapes out of cardboard (there’s one behind me, too), cover the bottom with tin foil where the cupcake liner would be and paint on pink frosting with leftover paint I found in my garage. Then, I cut out little cardboard sprinkles and two cherries and colored them with markers, attaching them to the cardboard with velcro (though, in retrospect, I should’ve used hot glue). I used twine to attack the two cupcake sides and put it over my shoulders.

 

For those of you who have also procrastinated your costume making, take a look at some of my favorite cheap and easy DIYs!

Wednesday Addams

This costume is not only super simple to make, but also totally cool to portray. The look is really all in the makeup and hair: sullen face, dark lips, black braids. Check out this awesome makeup tutorial by YouTube user Madeyewlook Twice, and browse her channel for even more Halloween inspo! The outfit is also simple enough that you probably have all your necessities (black dress or shirt/skirt combo and black shoes) right in your closet. Just pick up some black tights and a white collar and you’re good to go! Honestly, I think the DIY options I’ve seen online are much cuter than the store-bought ones.

wednesday-addams-board

Makeup: one of my fave Wednesday looks via Pinterest

Dress: Black Peter Pan Collar Short Sleeve Shift Dress – $20.99 at SheIn

Flats: Women’s Gigi Point Flats in Black by Christian Siriano for Payless -$24.99 at Payless

Tights: Pack of Two 50 Denier Tights – $10.00 at Topshop

Gumball Machine

I am totally obsessed with this idea. I saw this in a couple of places online and it’s so fun and colorful. Basically, you attach a bunch of different colored pom poms to a tank top and pair it with a red skirt. Then, make a construction paper sign that says 25 cents and a little coin slot and voila! Super simple. Keep your makeup sweet and colorful just like your ensemble! Check out this awesome Youtube tutorial by MissRemiAshton to see how to do this (starting at 1:40) and 14 other adorable and easy costumes!

gumball-machine-board

Outfit: via Pinterest

Tank: St. John’s Bay Essential Tank Top in White – $5.99 at J.C. Penney

Skirt: Plus Size Structured Maxi Tulle Skirt in Red – $39.50 at Soho Girl

Pom Poms: Bright Multicolored Craft Pop Poms in Multi (Pack of 100) – $4.99 at Factory Direct Craft

Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Red – $54.99 at Zappos

Emoji:

Show off your personality by dressing up as your fave emoji! Even if you don’t have a shirt with heart eyes on it, you can easily get a yellow tee and use fabric markers to draw a face on it. Pair it with a yellow tutu (just like LaurDIY in this video) and you’ve got a fun and flirty outfit! Keep the look casual and simple with comfy white sneakers and easy makeup.

emoji-board

Outfit: via Pinterest and YouTube

Tee: Next Level 330L Ladies’ Perfect Tee in Vibrant Yellow – $4.29 at Shirt Space

Fabric Markers: Fine Line Fabric Markers, 10 Count – $4.99 at Crayola

Sneakers: Adidas NEO Advantage Clean VS Sneaker – Womens – $54.95 at DSW

Tutu: Adult’s Yellow Tulle Tutu – $14.97 at Oriental Trading Co.

Popcorn

Here’s another look I’m totally obsessed with. I love that it’s quirky and fun, but also classy and sort of old fashioned. All you really need is a red and white skirt/dress (or a red or white skirt you can paint the opposite color on), some computer paper, a yellow marker and a hot glue gun. Take a look at Studio DIY’s cool and easy step-by-step tutorial for this costume, and don’t forget to rock a classic red lip!

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Outfit: via Delish and Studio DIY

Crop Top: Express One Eleven Abbreviated V-Neck Halter – $5.99 at Express

Flats: Candy Color Patent Leather Pointed Toe Slip On Flat Ballet Shoe in Yellow – $8.43 at New Chic

Glue Gun: Craft Smart Mini Glue Gun, High Temp – $2.99 at Michael’s

Dress: Modern Twirl Dress – $34.99 at Modcloth

I hope that these DIY ideas have inspired you to make your own last minute costume this weekend! Let me know if you test out one of the ideas, and Tweet me pictures of your costumes! Have a happy and safe Halloweekend, everyone!

xx,

Toni

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Back to School: Five Hallway Essentials


Hey, guys! With school right around the corner, I thought I’d share my school necessities with you! Hope you enjoy!

1. Cute backpack: Everyone knows how important your backpack is to your school experience. It honestly can make or break your year. You want something that’s cute and trendy, but also affordable and roomy. I always like to look for something with pockets to hold my cell phone, wallet and emergency kit. I try to look for something with lots of compartments so that I can keep my books organized. When you get your bag, put your books in it right away to make sure it can hold everything. If not, it’s back to the drawing board! It’s better to have one completely functional bag than two or three cute bags full of books! Stay tuned for a guide on this year’s backpack trends!

acid wash denim backpack

corduroy backpack
2. Sweet (and comfy!) kicks: Chances are that, if you’re in high school, there’s going to be some point in the day when you have to sprint from one side of the school to another just to make it to class on time. Let’s be real here: You really don’t want to make that trek in a pair of impossibly high heels or incredibly tight shoes that give you blisters. So opt for something a little bit more comfortable and manageable. Sure, it’s fun to wear heels to school every once in a while, but when you do, stick to a maximum of two or three inches with a platform, and go for flats the rest of the time. You’ll get to class faster, and your feet will thank you. But don’t feel like you have to do sneakers just to stay comfortable! There are so many different kinds of shoes that you could rock while still sparing your feet the trauma. Find a style that you like and feel comfortable in, then rock them in the hallways!

converse hi tops

combat boot

3. Functional and cool watch: At school, it’s always important that you know the time. You need to know how much time you have left on a test? You want to know how much time you have left of this boooring U.S. history lecture? You want to know how much time you have left to finish your forgotten homework? Check. Your. Watch. I can’t tell you how much wearing a watching to school has helped me. The school’s clocks are always breaking or out of sight, so now I can rely on my own handy dandy watch. And watches can be cute! They’re practical and fashionable. What’s better than that?! I like analog watches, but if you can’t read analog: 1. Learn how to. 2. Go for digital. There are so many cute options, the possibilities are endless!

two tone silicone watch gojane

white wrap watch ws

digital watch f21
4. Adorable wallet: For me, it’s always important to have a wallet on me. I need to have my school I.D. on me at all times, and some money in case there’s a pizza sale or my friends want to make a quick Starbucks run in between school and extracurricular activities. It’s important to me that my wallets are cute, so (ironically), all of mine have animals on them. I have one with a peacock, two with owls and one with an elephant. They make me smile, and they’re great conversation starters. Look for something that matches your own personal style and personality, but also holds your I.D., your cash, your change and, of course, your Panera card and Starbucks gift card!

I'm so fancy hinged wallet rue21

floral wallet target

kitties in space wallet
5. Super cute makeup bag: I’ll be honest, I totally rely on a makeup bag at school. I use it to hold my emergency kit (blog post coming soon!) and need it to be roomy, but also cute! I like something with a zipper and preferably some compartments. I usually either keep it in my locker or in my backpack, but my friends come to me for things that I keep in there, so I want it to be cute! 

studded makeup bag

spotted makeup bag

vs cosmetic bag

If anyone has any other hallway essentials or decides to give mine a try, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys, thanks for reading! xx

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New Look Acid Denim Backpack, $48.35 at Asos

JanSport High Steaks Corduroy Backpack, $40 at Urban Outfitters

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Wanted Tava Boots in Black, $69.99 at Wantedshoes.com

Two-Tone Silicone Watch in Blue, $14.92 at Go Jane

Bling Wrap Chrono Watch in White, $24.50 at Wet Seal

Water Resistant Digital Watch, $19.80 at Forever 21

I’m So Fancy Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

Mossimo Supply Co. Floral Print Wallet in Blue, $12.99 at Target

Kitties in Space Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

SOHO French Twist Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

SOHO Spotted Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

Victoria’s Secret Signature Cosmetic Bag, $18.00 at Victoria’s Secret

Back to School: Look #3: High-Waisted Jeans


When it’s time for school to start, I try to give my summer wardrobe an update by pairing items with pieces for fall. In this outfit, I’ll do just that to make an ensemble that is fun, cool and school appropriate! Hope you like it!

High-Waisted Jeans

I love high-waisted jeans so much. They flatter my small waist and are just comfortable. I just got an awesome new pair from Annie Sez (that I couldn’t find online) that hit my tiniest point. They’ve got four buttons and have a very classic silhouette, but they’re acid wash, so they’re super fun and flattering. If you don’t feel comfortable with a cool acid wash print, look for something with a dark rinse.

high waisted jeans 1

high waisted jeans 2

high waisted jeans 3

Crop Top

The awesome part about wearing high-waisted jeans? You can wear ultra cute crop tops without worrying about showing too much midriff. Crop tops draw attention to a small waist and show a little bit of skin without being too scandalous. Just make sure they’re not against your school dress code before wearing one! If you’re wearing a pair of acid wash jeans, I would stick to something solid but not boring, like this cute cutout crop top from Aéropostale. If you’re feeling brave, pair your jeans with a patterned crop top. Just make sure the tops have at least one similar color so they don’t clash, but avoid being matchy-matchy (unless it’s intentional!) If you’re going with a simple pair of plain blue jeans, pair them with a cute floral crop top to bring a bit of summer to the hallways!

(Tip: Let your crop tops air dry so they don’t shrink and become so small that you can’t wear them! That’s unattractive and a waste of money!)

cross back crop top

floral organza crop top

floral crop top

Shoes

For this outfit, I would go with something effortless and simple to keep your outfit grounded and urban. I’d pair this with a pair of slip on shoes or a pair of Converse high tops. That way I’ll be cute and comfortable!

converse hi tops

roxy shoes

Accessories

For this outfit, I’d want to include some super cute and glam accessories. I’d wear a stack of homemade friendship bracelets on one wrist, and a watch and a few bangles and thin bracelets on the other. I would stick with stud earrings to keep attention on your outfit, as well as a few thin rings and one short and one medium length necklace or a layered necklace. This combination will make you look cool, but not like you’re trying too hard.

leopard watch

rhinestone and floral bangel set ws

beaded stretch bracelet f21

bejeweled stud set f21

zig zag rings

rhinestone charm necklace f21

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

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Levi’s Juniors’ High Rise Skinny Jeans in Jewel, $29.99 at Macy’s

Blue Spice 5-Pocket Triple Button High-Waist Skinny Jeans, $32.99 at J.C. Penney

Dittos Jennifer Dark Blue High Rise Skinny Jeans, $89.00 at Lulu’s

Solid Sleeveless Cross-Back Crop Top in Black, $3.99 at Aéropostale

Sheer Play Floral Organza Cropped Top in Pink, $16.92 at Go Jane

Girls Belleflower Crop Top, $24.95 at Hollister

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Roxy Women’s Minnow in Sea White Crochet, $39.99 at Famous Footwear

Leopard Rhinestone Watch in Black, $14.50 at Wet Seal

Rhinestone & Floral Bangle Set, $12.90 at Wet Seal

Beaded Stretch Bracelet in Black/gold, $3.00 at Forever 21

Bejeweled Stud Set, $4.80 at Forever 21

Tribal Rhinestone & Epoxy Stackable Rings in Ivory, $7.90 at Wet Seal

Rhinestone Charm Necklace in Gold/clear, $4.80 at Forever 21

 

 

Back to School: Look #2: Athletic Shorts


Hey, everyone! Hope you guys liked my first Back to School look (see it here!) Here’s another cool look for you all to try! Hope you like it!

Athletic Shorts

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a ton of athletic shorts that I bought for camp but just don’t use during the school year. Fortunately, athletic clothing can look cool and urban if worn correctly. To make this outfit perfect for the halls and not gym class, I’d stick to a pair of the basic black and white shorts so that they look fashion-y, not overdone.

black and white shorts

Graphic Tank

To keep this look fresh and fashion-y, I would pair the shorts with a cool, loose fitting printed tank. It give the outfit some color and edge, and keeps the ensemble from looking too athletic or plain. I like something with a low back (which I then layer over a tank– something with lace is super cool!) and a stand-out color like red or purple. Try to avoid black or white to keep the outfit from looking too matchy matchy.

red graphic tank

purple graphic tank

Shoes

To keep this outfit looking edgy (but not athletic), I would stick to a pair of basic Converse high tops or Vans. It gives the ensemble an added cool factor and keeps the outfit from getting too matchy matchy.

converse hi tops

zebra vans

Accessories

Accessories are what are really going to take this outfit from athletic and boring to urban and fun. To keep the vibe playful and cool, add a sweet pair of sunglasses to add a hint of color and memories of summer. Keep the edgy vibe going with an awesome choker and a long layered necklace. Try to keep all the jewelry in the same metal color to prevent the outfit from looking costume-y. Throw on some quick stud earrings, some friendship bracelets and a few cute rings and you’re all ready to head out the door. Simple and cool!

neff sunglasses

ying yang choker

long necklace

friendship bracelets

cubic zirconia earrings

cross rings

wavy metallic ring set

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Under Armour TG Escape 3″ Womens Short in Black/White, $24.99 at Modell’s

Full Tilt Dreamcatcher Womens Tank, $16.99 at Tilly’s

California Love Aztec Graphic Muscle Tee, $15.00 at Charlotte Russe

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Vans Authentic Zebra Suede Shoes, $54.95 at Zumiez

Neff Daily Sunglasses in Black Combo, $19.99 at Tilly’s

Yin Yang Tattoo Choker Necklace, $3.90 at Wet Seal

Bastia Necklace, $24.00 at JewelMint

Mixed Hamsa Friendship Bracelet 5-Pack, $9.90 at Wet Seal

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia 7MM Round Stud Earrings, $15.50 at Claire’s

Twin Cross Rings, $5.99 at Pink Ice

Wavy Mixed Metallic Ring Set, $8.92 at Go Jane

 

Back to School: Look #1: Beachy Hoodie


Hey all! Hope everyone’s been having a great summer! It’s officially August, which means it’s officially time for me to start thinking about Back to School! I start my senior year of high school in September, so this year’s back to school looks are super important to me. Hope you guys like this first idea as much as I do!

Beachy Hoodie

This year, I’m trying to achieve a more bohemian and effortless look, so I’ve been looking at a lot of beachy/surf pieces. I just got this hoodie from Tilly’s and think it’s perfect! It’s cream, loose and super soft and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s completely functional, with a center pocket and a hood, and also a little femme with some crochet details. The top also laces up in true beach hoodie fashion. It definitely fits the look I’m trying to achieve! If you’re looking for something with a bit more color, look for something in a light pastel shade, like mint or peach, to keep the look beachy.

beachy hoodie 1

beachy hoodie 2

 

Denim Shorts

To keep my ensemble looking cool and effortless, I’m just going to pair my hoodie with a pair of simple denim shorts. I want to be comfortable and still look effortlessly cool, but I don’t want to steal attention away from my cute hoodie, so I’m just going to stick with a simple medium rinse. If you decide to go for a darker rinse, watch out for shorts died with ink, because the ink can run and stain your shirt! Follow the care instructions for those shorts and wear them with your hoodie (if you’re still comfortable) when the excess ink has washed out after a few washes.

denim shorts 1

denim shorts 2

Shoes

For this outfit, I’d just keep to a pair of simple Converse high tops. I usually stick with plain black, but if you’re feeling daring, try out a patterned pair!

converse hi tops

tribal converse

Accessories

For this outfit, I’d like to keep the accessories minimal, but still bohemian. I think this outfit is best suited for gold jewelry, so I’d stick to some gold stud earrings, a short gold pendant necklace and some homemade friendship bracelets. Since it’s back to school, I’d probably also use a big bag to store a notebook, a folder and some writing utensils. The bag that I would use is from Forever 21, and is roomy but adds a little bit of glam to my outfit. If I don’t use this bag, it’s probably because I found a backpack that I don’t mind schlepping around on the first day!

safari earrings

mixed chain necklace

big bag

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

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Full Tilt Crochet Trim Womens Hoodie, $22.99 at Tilly’s

Zine Sandy Neon Mint Pullover Hoodie, $24.99 at Zumiez

Junior’s Mid Length Denim Short in Denim Blue, $13.98 at Target

High-Waisted Medium Wash Destroyed Denim Shorty Shorts, $12.00 at Aéropostale

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappo’s

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tribal Photo Hi, $65.00 at Zappo’s

Safari Stud Set, $2.80 at Forever 21

Mixed Chain Necklace in Gold, $2.80 at Forever 21

Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in Tan, $27.80 at Forever 21

 

 

Back to School: Look #3: Knit Top


With Back to School time so close, I thought it was time about time I pull my knits out of their hiding spot… And then my creative juices started flowing. So I came up with this outfit to combine my summer faves and autumn essentials. Hope you all like it!

Knit Top

Knits are so comfortable it’s almost impossible not to love them. But in a cool color and a sparkly fabric, they become effortlessly chic and cool. And then, when you add super cool hardware like zippers or chains, you’ve definitely got a winner. One of my favorite knit tops is a charcoal cap-sleeved number with zippers on the shoulders. It’s edgy and cool but also snuggly, like a knit should be. I also like sweaters with a catchy phrase or cool image on it. The one that I found at Forever 21, which is also studded on the shoulders, says “Keep calm,” which is really in right now. The sweater stays chic with a black and white color palette. To keep from getting too hot, roll up your sleeves and show off a stack of bracelets.

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keep calm sweater

High-Waisted Shorts

My sweater is almost totally shapeless, so I decided to pair it with a pair of high waisted jean shorts. When you tuck the sweater into the shorts, it gives you an hour glass figure. I always balloon my sweater out so it doesn’t pool up inside of my shorts. I like my shorts to be either medium or dark washed and cuffed at the bottom, but destroyed denim shorts really fit this outfit. It keeps the ensemble edgy and grungy, in a good way. Make sure they’re not too short when you’re at school- you don’t want to be called out for too-short shorts as soon as you get back from vaca!

destroyed denim shorts

Shoes

Many people aren’t fans of the shorts and boots combo, but I like it if it’s done right. I think this outfit looks good with mid-calf, studded combat boots. They add some glitz to your outfit, but they’re also tough, so they provide some edge. I love when they’re worn out- I think it makes it look like you’re not trying too hard. My combat boots are so worn out that my laces are torn apart to show orange threads- all because I stepped on them a few times! If you’re not for that kind of look, stick to classic Converse (Chuck Taylor high or low tops) or a pair of all black Vans.

combat boot

converse hi tops

converse low tops

vans

Accessories

I think this outfit just calls for a long necklace. I usually stick to my big, Gothic-style, studded cross, but for those of you who aren’t feeling the cross, stick with something solid and edgy. That translates to: no butterflies, no flowers, etc. Something like a thin, rhinestoned cross or a fashionable silver scissor charm is good. Don’t forget a nice statement ring, a cool watch and a stack of bracelets on your arms. A wing ring is cute and doesn’t demand too much attention, which means it won’t distract from your ultra-cool ensemble. A watch with a fake leather wrap-around band and silver studs helps to play up the edginess of the outfit, and looks even cuter when added to a stack of black and silver edgy bracelets and colorful handmade friendship bracelets.

cross necklace

scissor necklace

wing ring

studded watch

beaded charm good luck bracelet

studded infinity bracelet

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr: tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com! Love you guys xx

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My gunmetal sweater, Michael Kors

Spiked Keep Calm Sweater, $24.80 at Forever 21

Dollhouse Juniors Shorts, Destroyed Frayed Denim Cutoff in Dark Wash, $29.50 at Macy’s

Wanted Tava Boots in Black, $69.99 at Wantedshoes.com

Womens’ Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneaker in Black, $49.95 at DSW

Womens’ Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker in Black/White, $44.95 at DSW

Vans 106 Vulc Skate Shoe in Black Monochrome, $54.99 at Journey’s

Jumbo Rhinestone Cross Pendant Necklace in Silver, $12.50 at Icing

Scissor Necklace in Silver, $3.80 at Forever 21

Metal Sculpted Angel’s Wind Ring, $6.50 at Icing

Studded Wrap Around Watch, $19.80 at Forever 21

Multi-Strand Stone and Antique Metal Spirit Charms Stretch Bracelet in Black, $12.50 at Icing

Studded Faux Leather Double Band Cuff Bracelet with Infinity Symbol in Black, $10.50 at Icing