Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles = Coolest Group Costume Ever
They fight crime. They eat pizza. They’re named after Italian Renaissance artists. They’re Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Let’s face it, they’re the coolest reptile warriors in town. And with this easy DIY group costume, you and your friends can dress up as them for Halloween! I worked with Beauty Editor, Misty, to create a modern interpretation of the Ninja Turtles. The best thing about this group costume is that it’s simple and inexpensive to make, so it’s easy to coordinate with all your friends.
I was inspired by the ’90s TMNT cartoons, by Lara Croft and by Rihanna’s turtle costume back in 2014. I got green Fever Women’s Opaque Tights ($8) and green JustinCostume Turtleneck Leotards ($19) from Amazon. To make four sarongs, I bought two and a half yards of green chiffon. (PSA: These leotards are a little revealing in the back, so you may want to wrap a more opaque fabric around your hips.) I also used red, blue, purple and orange fabric scraps to tie around the knees, biceps and foreheads. Then I found gladiator sandals on sale at Target (score!).
For the shells, I bought Party Essentials Catering Trays ($14) from Amazon and spray painted them brown. Then I bought brown webbing ribbon and hot glued them on the trays to make straps. I wrapped the remaining ribbon around the girls’ torsos as weapon straps.
I didn’t include weapons in this costume, but the real-life TMNT totally carry epic weapons. You can find play nunchucks, swords and staffs on Amazon or any party supply store.
After the girls got dressed, we each helped French braid each others’ hair. We also braided two thin braids in the front for extra warrior-ness. Misty, our resident makeup goddess, gave the girls strong brows and dark lips and swept lots of dark eyeshadow over their eyelids.
Donatello. Michelangelo. Leonardo. Raphael.
Heroes in a half shell! Turtle Power!
DIY Production + Styling: Irene Lee
Makeup: Misty Spinney
Models: Anita Yung, Torii Burnett, Lee Schellenberger, Rosee Canfield
Photography: Kurt Andre
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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