In a world of cats and bunnies for Halloween, dare to be different! Put down the $5.00 cat kit and get creative with your Halloween costume ideas! Here are a few of my ideas for last minute, DIY Halloween costumes.
Everyone (or maybe just myself) has a ridiculous amount of animal print clothing in your closet. For this costume, you will need leopard/cheetah print clothing. The key to making this costume successful is pairing together as much leopard/cheetah print together to make a gaudy, party animal look!
Beyoncé as seen in her Formation Video
For this look, you will need a black dress. My dress can be worn on or off the shoulder, just as her dress in the video. Stack several silver necklaces ontop of one another to recreate her iconic necklace. Lastly, add a large oversized fedora out to mimic her now iconic Formation pose. Braid your hair in two long plaits to complete the look. The key to pulling this look off successfully is by nailing her video look, that way you won't need to do something silly like...blackface.
The below costume ideas are bonus ideas that I unfortunately did not have all of the proper accessories to create the look, and half of my wardrobe is back in Kansas.
This costume is incredibly simple! All you need is a black jumpsuit, or a pair of black leggings and a black tank or top. Add a pair of heels, or thigh high boots, and complete the look with a pair of cateye sunglasses. The party store sells a pair for a Catwoman costume for about $5.00.
Cookie Lyon of Empire
The key to pulling off this costume is being over the top. I would create this costume by wearing a pair of highwaisted, skinny jeans and a dressy top, such as one that ties in the neck. Add a knee length faux fur, or real fur coat, and a pair of thigh high boots. Animal print boots will best create the perfect Cookie Lyon costume. Top off your look with a large fedora hat, and adding a ton of accessories.
Of course I won't be wearing any of these costumes, or else I wouldn't be sharing the idea with you 😉
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
- Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin 🎃
Now that the temperature has changed where I live, I can finally begin to wear some of my warm Autumn clothes instead of tank tops and flip flops going into November. Here is a quick rundown of one of the looks I wore when a medical school admissions counselor came and spoke at my university.
The base piece for this look was my green plaid pants that were a find on Oldnavy's sale rack for $1.99. (You ever want to know how to bargain shop, come shop with me.) The pants feature an array of colors including yellow, green, white, navy blue and black. To add color to the look, I paired the pants with a navy blue button down shirt I found at Forever 21 for $3.99. On this particular day it was cooler than usual, so I added a black "fur-like" cape over the outfit for warmth. This cape was a find at Forever 21 last winter for about $10.00.
If you've been doing the math the cost of this entire look was only $16.00. If you include the shoes I am wearing, the cost of the look goes up to about $21.00.
A few of my friends have taken advantage of my style services over the past few months, and I would like to remind readers that I do offer styling services for your event, photoshoot, etc, known as Styled by Mod. Until the end of the year (December 31) I will be offering this service for free to continue to build my portfolio to offer this service on a higher level at some point. To take advantage of this opportunity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, contact information, the date of your event, any ideas you have for your "look" and any additional information I may need to know. Please keep in mind that I am a graduate student, and finals are rapidly approaching. With that being said, please inform me at least three weeks before your event if you would like to be Styled by Mod.
- Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin 💋
Going out tonight, and need an easy, look to throw together? I've got you covered! Here's a look that is perfect for date night, or a night out with the girls!
Start with a jumpsuit, any color, style and fabric will do. My jumpsuit is from Charlotte Russe and is a dark chambray jumpsuit. It features a high neckline, ties at the neck like a halter and has an open back. What I love about this jumpsuit is that it has bell bottom legs, which instantly gives it a boho, 70's vibe. The bell bottom legs give this jumpsuit the opportunity to be dressed in a casual, daytime fashion, as you will see later this year on The Mod Little Melanin.
With the temperature dropping by the day outside, pair your jumpsuit with some sort of matching outerwear. I added a longline, faux fur vest in cream from Forever 21 that I purchased for free during their buy one get one free sale. You could also pair this look with a long sleeve faux fur piece, or a long line trench coat in a neutral color such as nude or khaki.
I added a pair of navy blue boots to complete my look, as it was chilly the night I wore this look. But it could also be styled with a pair of open toed shoes. If I hadn't have worn close toed boots, I would have chosen a pair of peep toe booties. To add more color to this look, I completed the look with a burgundy tassel crossbody purse, and added a pair of large gold hoop earrings.
- Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin 💋
The Life of Pablo pop up shops were all over the country this summer! But when you live in the middle of nowhere, in what is deemed as a flyover state, celebrities don't even bother to come to town. Thankfully, a friend of a friend who lived in the city of a TLOP pop up shop was kind enough to purchase not one, but two shirts for me, so I could best channel my inner Kardashian!
Because I never actually experienced a TLOP pop up shop, I can't tell you about the products they sold, but I do know that Kanye sold shirts with the corresponding name of the city depending on where the shop was located. For example. One of my shirts says Los Angeles on the front, and No More Parties in LA on the back, meaning that it was sold at the LA pop up shop. I'm also not sure if the merchandise from the pop up shops is the same merchandise sold during his tour, or how much the merchandise cost because both shirts were gifted to me, but I'm assuming they were around the price of normal concert tour merchandise.
The front of my shirt I am wearing in this look says, "I Feel Like Pablo," and is the same exact shirt Kanye West wore to his The Life of Pablo listening party back in February. The back of my shirt says "We On an Ultralight Beam, This is a God Dream" which are lyrics from Kanye West's song Ultralight Beam. The shirt features what I would call Century Gothic print, and is in a bright, poppy red print.
To dress down the shirt, I paired it with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans from Forever 21 that I purchased for about $5.00 on sale, and paired it with a pair of shoes from Windsor, a popular clothing store in the Midwest, North and South of the country. When I wore these shoes om my campus it stored some controversy that I was wearing fake shoes and/or trying to pretend that they were real (Yeezys). When designers make any type of shoe, clothing, purse etc. it will always eventually be duped to become a ready to wear piece in a clothing store. Public Desire sells more perspex products than just about any other shoe store, and they are all Yeezy Season 1-4 inspired products. The increase of bomber jackets in clothing this Autumn/Winter is a direct result of what Kanye showed at his fashion show this past Spring. Balmain style bags are sold at Charming Charlie's and Aldo. FashionNova.com sells dresses inspired by Balmain's Spring fashion show, and missguided.com has an entire tab dedicated to Casualwear similar to that designed by Kanye West. That being said everything is duped in this day and age. That being said, are my shoes from Windsor dupes? Yes. Are they pretty close to the Yeezy design and pattern? Yes. Are they fake? No, because they're from a well known clothing store. Are they also made in China just like Kanye's Yeezy shoe? Yes. They might even have been produced in the same factory for all I know. There's some reason that so many identical duped versions of tbe shoe come out of China just take a look at Amazon.com.
With that being said, there's never a need to laugh or make fun of someone for what they are wearing. Fashion is a way to express yourself. I've never been a label junkie, and felt the need to stunt on everyone else with a Louis Vuitton bag, Good American Jeans and Uggs just to show the world you have "money". Could I buy the Yeezy Boost 350s? Absolutely, I drive a 328 xi BMW and have more than enough money to buy whatever I please. But I wear what I want, and I wear what I like, and that's more than enough of an explanation I need to give you if you need to question what is on my feet.
Worry about yourself, baby girl.
-Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin 💋
Camo styles are in this season, thanks to inspiration from Yeezy and his fashiom collection. If you're willing to pay a couple $1,000 for clothing from his collection, just to say you own Yeezy clothing, go right ahead. But since his clothing is only made in China, it's likely it's made right alongside lower priced clothing that you could find in Forever 21, H&M, etc. It's even more likely that it is made identical to other clothing you can find in more affordable stores with the only difference being the tag in the back of the article of clothing.
If you're like me and like to save your money for large future purchases, such as vacations, purchasing your future dream car, mine being a Maserati Ghibili, or placing a down payment on your future house, then this article is for you. However, if you make fun of people for what they are wearing if it isn't made by a designer, discontinue reading The Mod Little Melanin from this point forward.
I found my camo jumpsuit at Rue 21 for $10.00. It is made of a fitted, stretchy material and pulls on like a unitard. What I like most about this jumpsuit is that it is not lowcut in the front or back. To take this jumpsuit to the full Yeezy look, I would pair it with a pair of "glass slipper heels" similar to those from Yeezy Season Two and Three. You can find more affordable Yeezy dupes on sites such as Public Desire (Publicdesire.com), or my favorite Ego Footwear (Ego.co.uk).
I decided to dress my unitard jumpsuit down by pairing it with a pair of suede Fenty × Puma dupes from Ego.co.uk. I don't wear tennis shoes that often, in fact, I only wear them to create a certain look, and refuse to pay the full $100 or more for a pair of shoes that will sit in my closet until Kingdom Come on most days. To make the look casual, I added an oversized vintage jean jacket, and paired it with a pair of button gold earrings.
Always remember to dress for yourself with fashion. Don't follow the mainstream fashion trends, and most certainly don't let others tell you how you should dress.
- Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin 💋
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