Day of the Dead

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little undead. Time to replace the duck face with a skull face for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).

With origins in Mexico, this holiday occurs the day after Halloween and is meant to commemorate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, and lots of lively celebrations. Although I have never participated in this, I am still astounded by the vibrant colors, morbid face paint, and psychedelic skeleton artwork that characterize Day of the Dead.

I’ve had this black dress for years and have never worn it, but the colorful Mexican inspired embroidery seems perfect for this holiday. The look wouldn’t be complete without a head full of flowers. My solution: I pinned a couple of oversized flowers to a pillbox hat, and voila, instant floral arrangement! I love how they match the embroidery in my dress perfectly. This black dress needed some umph, and a vintage petticoat was just the answer. I’ve always wanted a petticoat, and I’ve been so lucky to inherit this one from my aunt. Yes, the scratchy tulle makes things a little itchy down there, but at least it’s not caused by a transmittable disease. Huzzah!

Unfortunately, I am not very good at putting on makeup, and would be deathly incompetent in painting a skull on my face. Alas, my Day of the Dead inspired outfit falls short of looking sinister.

Without the skull face paint, I look pretty alive. Can someone throw me a bone?


Anna Sui dress (similar and here) / Forever21 pillbox (similar) / herringbone fishnets (similar) / Dollhouse booties (similar)

Business in the back, party in the front

The High-Low Skirt

Asymmetrical. Waterfall. High-low. Mullet. Whatever you call it, we can all agree that the party is definitely in the front. Just don’t walk over a steam vent because no one can do it like Marilyn.

You may have seen this type of hemline in increasing numbers during the last two years, but did you know it has its origins in the Victorian era? Back then, it was called a fishtail hem, and it was a popular style on dresses and formal gowns.

A friend asked me, “What should I wear with a high-low skirt?” Although I do not own such a skirt, my answer to that would be to wear whatever your heart desires. Because these skirts are usually made with a lightweight material, you can choose a flowy soft top to maintain the feminine style and keep it dressy. Or pair it with a cotton tee for a downtown casual look. Whatever you choose, make sure you keep calm and party on.

The mullet skirt: because it’s better than getting a mullet haircut. Do you love or hate this trend?