01 November 2011

day of the dead

Last night I was attempting to make it to the Annual NYC Halloween Parade in the West Village but between finishing work and not really being able to pull together a last minute costume that I was feeling, I didn't make it out. I ended up playing with makeup in compliment to Dia de los Muertos. Last year I saw numerous blogs post about it and found it interesting to look up more. I know the idea of it but not what it fully encompasses. Yesterday I asked my co-worker what he thought if people dressed as this for a Halloween costume and he only said, “it’s a day to remember and put out favorite things for them but in Los Angeles they all paint their faces.” Interesting response but I get it. Maybe it's taking away part of a tradition or culture? Before recently I didn’t know much about this Holiday but then I found this blog post and loved how she explained it. What a great way to remember people that were in your life. I have more than a few people to think of on this day but I will remember the happy thoughts about them. Do you know much about this Holiday? Ok to use this as a Halloween costume?
I will add though, it sure was fun doing my makeup!

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."

{groucho marx}


melifaif said...

You know...as far as "is it okay to dress up like that for halloween?" question....I feel like everyone is getting "so offended" nowadays to everything. I get that some people take it too far...but I think it is a compliment to ones culture. Not a put down. So, yes - I think it is fine...and I love your outcome. Very cool. Being from San Antonio...I have always enjoyed this tradition. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

good quote.

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! That make-up is incredible and I love how you have fully embraced Halloween, or day of the dead.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I wish I had had my makeup done like that!!! Looks insanely good.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

The makeup is incredible!

Bonnie said...

I love Halloween. This makeup looks so creepy and intricate.

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Jin said...

wow, you did a great job!!! Now how did it take you to wash it off? just kidding!
I don't know much about halloween because growing up my parents didn't really celebrate it. I usually dress up and attend a house party or two but that's about it.

bananas. said...

your makeup looks rad!!!

i've actually known about this holiday and its history for years. when i was younger i was placed in bilingual classes (no i didn't speak spanish but for some reason the school thought i did) and one of the lessons they taught about was dia de los muertos. in fact, i didn't learn about the makeup part of the holiday until recently. i now see it everywhere and love it!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, what a fun event! Your face make-up is phenom! :)

Elle Sees said...

the halloween parade in Atl is a really good one too!
ps: I accidentally posted 2 posts today, so scroll down for today's real post

Shanelé said...

thanks so much for your salon recommendation. i'm definitely going to hit you up before i have to go again to get the discount!!


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I love your look! it is so lame that I grew up in NYC and never made it to the West Village halloween parade (I was always lazy about dressing up!)

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