And the 2013 Halloween Costume Contest Winners Are…!
Dudes, you’ve outdone yourselves this year. We thought last year’s submissions were creative, but this year has knocked it out of the park. After combing through hundreds of handmade costumes, outrageously awesome makeup ideas, and some of the cutest kid costumes ever, here are our top 3 winners!!
1. Green Toy Army Men: First up, the parents of these kids definitely did a stellar job of recreating the army men from Toy Story. The green morphsuits underneath really take this costume to the next level.
2. We Can Do It Vintage Poster: Yes, we love this DIY costume! The poster is perfectly executed, and the woman wearing it would totally motivate us.
3. Napoleon and Kip Dynamite: Call us weak for a movie that includes a dance sequence to Jamiroquai, but this costume definitely made us laugh the hardest. The poses, the costumes, the sort of blank sidewalk backdrop. It’s all just perfect.
As we mentioned in our announcement post, each of these winners wins 2 Brit Kits of their choice from the Brit + Co. shop. We can’t wait to see what the winners choose!
Of course, because we love to share and know you do too, here are seven more of the costumes that totally made us look. We’ll call them honorable mentions for the sake of fame and glory, but only the top 3 winners listed above can officially win.
Seattle Barbie: The combination of DIY and snarkiness on this one is pretty awesome. Love that the accessories list includes both a North Face fleece vest and “passive-aggressive phases.”
: Hey… this! We love these mini Daft Punks and listen to “Get Lucky” on a daily basis.
Breaking Bad: Celebrate (or mourn) the final season of Breaking Bad by dressing as the two stars of this now-cult classic.
Mouse in a Trap: Not only is this DIY costume clever and well-executed but it gets a million points for the comfort factor.
Vending Machine: Who needs to run around the neighborhood collecting candy when you can be vending it?!
Jasmine and Raja: Sometimes, going classic is the best way to go. A Disney princess and her sidekick tiger never looked so adorable ;)
Scuba Baby: And finally, meet Scuba Baby. The best part? The double Gatorade oxygen pack.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)