Now a Halloween Costume #IceBucketChallenge

You can now dress like someone who just participated in the popular social media fundraiser known as the Ice Bucket Challenge, thanks to this Halloween Ice Bucket Challenge costume.  What do you think, is it sure to be popular this Halloween or not?

Ice Bucket Challenge Costume

Ice Bucket Challenge Costume

 

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The Classic Sexy Costumes

A sexy nurse costume is a classic. Other classics include the school girl costume, the sex kitten and the various armed forces costumes.  In fact, nearly every costume that you can think of probably has a sexy counterpart.  Some just remain classics because they are that great.  These are the costumes that are never out of favor.  These are the costumes that will always sell well.  These are the costumes that most people want.

Sexy Nurse Costume

Sexy Nurse Costume

For a costume to be considered a “classic” it has to have real staying power. The Miley Cyrus costume from last season was amusing and sexual if not necessarily sexy but is not going to be as popular this year because that whole event has been talked to death.  In fact, if you ask some of the people, including those who were the most outraged at the time about that particular award show, you might be surprised by how few details people will be able to give.  Many of them may not even remember the name of the singer that Cyrus performed with on that fateful night.  The costume was a hit last year because it was fresh on everyone’s mind.  This year? Not so much.

Another thing that sets the classics apart from the Hottie Come Lately costumes is the ability to choose your levels.  A sexy nurse costume could be just a regular nurse costume with the top undone just a little more than necessary or it could be a full blown, fetish style latex costume that would be worn for a very private, intimate party for two.  Some of the new “sexy” costumes are nothing more than an excuse to be as bare as you dare and then some.  In other words, the classic sexy costumes usually leave a bit to the imagination and are more tasteful than the new school, sexy costumes.

Sexy School Girl Costume

Sexy School Girl Costume

If you walk into a room in one of the classic sexy costumes, people will notice you and they will definitely pay careful attention to you, especially if you walk in alone.  No one will ask who or what you are supposed to be because they will all know.  That is the advantage of the classics- they are always in style, always topical and never fall out of favor.  Some of the stars of today are hot one minute and then old news the next- they will never be considered “classic” anything.  Their costumes are only going to be popular at that moment and the moment will be fleeting before it is relegated to the bargain bins for has-beens and never weres.

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The Australian Burlesque Festival is Coming – Get Your Tickets Now!

Now entering its fifth year, the Australian Burlesque Festival’s upcoming lineup has been set and announced and tickets are expected to sell like hotcakes. Whether you are a huge fan of the genre or are new to burlesque, this is an event that you just should not let yourself miss. And, if you have never seen burlesque live, the Festival might be the very best place to make that change.

Fanciforia Foxglove

Fanciforia Foxglove

Founded by performers, Dolores Daiquiri and Rosy Rabbit, the Australian Burlesque Festival has toured Australia playing at different venues and bringing a whole new world of entertainment to people who might have otherwise missed it.  For those who do not know, burlesque is not just a fancy word for “strip club” in fact, the performers often only give the subtle illusion of being nude. Some do shimmy out of some of their garments, but in such a way that you will be charmed by it and utterly enchanted by burlesque for the rest of your life.

The Festival will open on June 5th with a performance called “Baby Bombshells”. This opening night is special because it features all of the emerging performers in a contest that will be judged by the industry’s top names and performers. All of the featured performers on the stage that night will have had two years or less experience in burlesque. Other shows will continue for the entire run of the festival with different performers and themes for each venue.

While many of the performers you will see are from Australia, there are many other “imports” that will be on stage in different shows. Look for some of the top names from Italian, German and American burlesque as well as performers from New Zealand as well.

For those who have more than just a passing interest in burlesque, there is something special during the run of the Festival as well. Different performers will be available during special workshops in the various cities – with some cities even offering more private, one-on-one workshops as well. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to take your special someone to a performance and then on the way home whisper that you have a special surprise- a home burlesque performance with you as the one and only star? It would be a special moment for both of you, without a doubt.

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Sexy vs. Scary: Vampire Edition

Vampire Costume

Vampire Costume

In this corner, dressed in a short black dress and stiletto heels, Sex-Kitten Vampira, the vampy vampire that makes the deadly bite an invitation that you cannot refuse.  And, in this corner, wearing a long, black dress and black cape is the Countessa, a traditional vampire scaring everyone before plunging her fangs into their tender throats. Who will be the winner as the two costume types duke it out?

The vampire costume is a classic choice for both men and women. For women, there are some unique considerations like whether they will be a sexy, sultry siren vamp, luring people to their deaths with their come hither stares and their impossible to resist stares or if the costume will be more traditional and infinitely more scary. Like other  debates, this one is not an easy one to settle nor is there any one universal answer.

Both are great costumes, that much is a given. Both are typically based on black or red clothing and similar makeup and hair styles. The sexy vampire costume is often shorter or lower cut or may have some “cute” aspect to keep it a little on the lighter side. Women who make this particular choice often soften some of the makeup so that their real appearance is still discernible and so that they can still effectively flirt. This is often the look used by younger women who are single or going on a date to their dress up event. It may also be worn by women who do not want to scare the other guests or those who are just too nice to pull off the scary vampire look.

Vampire Adult Costume

Vampire Adult Costume

The scary vampire costume is usually a full length black dress and cape. Capes can be black on black or lined with another color. Spider web capes are also another option. The makeup is definitely more severe and may make the wearer look even more Undead. The more shadows and hollows you create, the scarier the effect will be. Another good trick for really scary vampire makeup is to add glow in the dark cream to the final layer.

No vampire worth their bats would ever be seen without their fangs. The sexy vampire costume might go with brightly colored or flashing novelty teeth while the scary vampire might choose to go with the professional quality fangs that attach over the natural teeth. Sure, you can’t eat or drink with them in, but a vampire nibbling cheese doodles and drinking a soda really ruins the effect that has been so hard won. Make your choice and then own your choice-if you are a sexy vampire, flirt and bat your dead, cold eyes. If you are a scary vampire, sulk in the corner and hiss at the lights. Either way, you are the winner in this costume vs. costume war.

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Costume Choices for Men: The Walking Dead

Zombie Costume

Zombie Costume

Men are often left out when it is time to discuss costumes. That is a real shame because many men actually enjoy wearing costumes and there are some really cool options for them.  To get an idea of some really great costume options, you need only look to one of the most popular television series of recent times.  The show is not only being replayed on services such as Netflix but the complete DVD for each series also sell very well.

Rick Grimes, the leader of a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse is a fairly easy character to dress as. All that you would need is a sheriff’s costume and some creative touches like tears, dirt smears and possibly some blood. His friend and rival for his wife’s affection, Shane Walsh would be another easy costume to pull off- virtually anything could fill the bill here.

One of the most popular characters on this show though, is Daryl and that might be for a wide range of reasons. First, Daryl is good at what he does- he can kill a Walker with virtually anything that he can get his hands on. He is ferocious as a fighter but has shown that he has the ability to be quite tender when he is forced into it. And, of course, it does not hurt that Daryl is played by the very popular Norman Reedus who brought a substantial number of fans with him from his Boondocks Saints days.

The costume for Daryl is fairly minimal. Bare chested, with dirty and torn pants, a barely there vest and a bow and arrow across his back, smudges on the face and matted looking hair makes you look like a Walker’s worst enemy.

Of course, there are the Walkers as well. Some men are not big fans of dressing up in a costume that is “somebody”. Instead, they want to create their own identity and be their own person. To that end, the chance to dress as a shuffling, stumbling, decaying zombie costume might be ideal. That way you choose what you wear, how “dead” you will look and how far your decomposition has gone.  The more talent that you have with the makeup and the other touches you add to the costume, the better the effect will be. There are no rules for creating a zombie costume and that might make it the best of all choices here.

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