Every year it seems, I get my costume ideas in the strangest ways...usually revolving around me opening my closet and asking myself, "what do I own that I can transform into a costume?" This year it was my royal blue jeggings, which remind me of Sonic the Hedgehog everytime I wear them. So I texted Jamie and within 30 seconds, he was like "I am gonna be Tails!" [Tangent: I suggested Dr. Robotnik, but that would mean another year with my fella smashing his bushy red hair under a hot latex bald cap and he more or less vetoed it immediately. Those things are the worst. I feel for Keenan Thompson everytime he plays Steve Harvey on SNL.] An idea was born!
|and Jamie said that he could totally picture me doing this when he is taking forever!|
[Tangent: Let me interject by calling out the obvious, I am not a gamer. If a game was made after 1996 and is for a console that is not made by the OG Nintendo or Sega, I have no idea what the hell it's all about. I may not know what a first person shooter game entails, but I can tell you in elaborate detail why Kirby's Dreamland is the largest disappointment of my formative years! When I was young, my brother got a Sega Genesis for Christmas, which came with Sonic 2 so that was truly my sole entertainment for a solid 6 months of my life (until my brother saved up enough money to buy more games). Not to brag, but I got to the final level, even though I'm not 100% I took Robotnik down. That's still on my bucket list. I know...I know...DREAM BIG!]
My costume was pretty simple. I had the blue jeggings and socks. I just added to the mix a $4 hobby lobby tshirt, some $1.99 white gloves from a discount store, one of these weird anime hats that I found on ebay [Tangent: I think it was a child size and didn't really fit my decidedly adult sized noggin, but it was $10 so I made do.] and some sweet red New Balances I bought second hand and am now reselling on Poshmark. I also made a creative choice to give Sonic some dramatic drag makeup, because well...why not?
Of course we did have some fun DIY fabrication on our hands [Tangent: I loathe buying a store bought costume because I generally think they are cheaply made and a waste of money...even though I end up spending 200x more by making it myself. Oh well.] Using wreath forms and gold ribbon, we made the rings and a little piece of white polar fleece was sewed onto my shirt by my lovely mother to give me a fuzzy hedgehog belly. [Tangent: Yes, even at 30, my mom is still sewing my Halloween costumes!]
Even though Tails was an obnoxious pain in the ass, who simply got in the way, during the actual game- I thought my foxy ginger would make an adorable mutated 2-tailed fox! We thought fox accessories would be everywhere, especially with the foxes being the new it thing with hipsters everywhere and that "What Does the Fox Say?" video, but that simply wasn't the case. He found his little hat at Performance , but all the tails available were inexplicably teeny tiny or in crazy neon colors. This simply wouldn't do, so I drew out a pattern on orange polar fleece and after it was sewed and stuffed, we painted the end white! I think they turned out super cute. I'm sure cosplay/anime kids would be totally jealous!
Unfortunately, men's (or husky women's) orange pants (sweat or scrub) were the Al Capone's tomb of this costume. Even though we live in alleged Tennessee Vol territory, orange is just NOT in this season...at least for pants. We just decided to pretend Jamie's version of Miles "Tails" Prowler was just very conservative and didn't wanna show his nether bits!
Overall, I was really psyched with the way it turned out and everyone at my friend Kate's birthday/Halloween fiesta seemed to love it, so that made us happy! [BTW, Kate and her fella may have kicked our ass with their couple's costume! They were Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze from the SNL Chippendale's skit! It was magic!] Hope that you all had an equally amazing Halloween and I promise I will shut up about it until next October...hopefully!