My “POP CULTURE” 21st

Since the dawning of time (and since I realised costume parties were my calling in life) I’ve been contemplating a great enough theme to have at my 21st. I’ve had/attended some great themes already; Harry Potter, Emo, Doppleganger, The Last Day on Earth, Circus, 80s, Black & White, Tarantino .

In all honesty, I just wanted a theme that was better than my family’s previous parties. Mel had a Bling Party where you wore a nice dress and covered yourself in jewellery whereas Kylie did a 21 Countries theme. On her invite there were 21 different countries and you had to choose one to dress as. I went as an Afrian Slave bought by the Romans and forced into being a Gladiator. I had to tell this back story to most all of the guests but I wanted to be historically accurate. Mum had a Casino themed 50th with actual Casino tables and people tending them while Dad held a crazy hat theme at Tharen’s in King Cross.

I wanted something that allowed me to go as something fun, easy to dance in but that was relatively sexy but not skanky. That was the criteria.

As you know, back in January I bought two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses – The Classic Corset Dress in Leopard & Black Satin Suppa Club Dress. I went in only to buy the plain black one, but after trying on the leopard print one I fell in love with it. The price tag wasn’t as lovely so I needed an excuse to buy it. “I’ll just wear it as my 21st dress! I can go as Amy Winehouse!”. Boom. Sold. Amy Winehouse it was. It was a sexy dress, I could dance in it and it would be ironic if I was drunk because I’d actually be channelling Amy. “Rehab” would be played and everyone would circle me and all have a laugh.

4 months later I decided the theme is “Iconic Celebrities/Characters” and I told a few close friends my Amy idea. Errbody loved it and I started researching wigs (because let’s be honest, the wig was going to make or break that costume). One day I was telling another friend about my costume and who my other friends were thinking of going as. Now, here’s where I start feeling guilty as I type this… I told my bestfriend Jo that my friend Kasia was going as Katy Perry. Jo then goes “But you love Katy Perry! Why wouldn’t you go as Katy?! Don’t you want to be her?!” and at first I replied “Nah nah it’s all good. Seriously the Winehouse costume will be awesome.” Then, for the whole day at work I was thinking about all the endless costume ideas and possibilities if I was going to be Katy Perry and it was as if I lost all interest in Wino. That night I was googling like a mofo pictures of Katy online where she looked perfect, glam and just generally what I would choose to look like if I was allowed to magically remodel my face. If I typed in Amy Winehouse there was a ratio of 1 nice looking photo to every 40 of her looking trashy and in a gutter somewhere.

Katy vs Amy

Yeah.. I think a combination of all that googling/the Katy Perry Teenage Dream album playing in the background made me love her even more than I already did. However, finding a costume was going to be my biggest issue. It was possible to buy “candy” looking ones on the internet from party shops but I just felt like i’d look like I was 5 at my 21st. I didn’t want to go as Katy with her long black hair or when she wore a light pink wig because I was afraid either no one one know who I was or that people would think I was Nicki Minaj (yuck). Whilst google imaging, I saw Katy in her 100 different cute latex dresses and I thought to myself – that’s perfect! No other celeb is known for these dresses and it’s a combination of cute, sexy and iconic!

Boy, was I delusion to think it would be that easy! I quickly found out that there really aren’t that many cute latex dresses in the universe. Latex is generally used and worn by the fetish community meaning when I typed in “latex dress” all I saw were really sexy women in tight revealing black or red dresses that don’t cover their asses or there was beautiful Katy posing in a pastel Gumball print dress smiling. Opposite universes I tell ya. I tried EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF SEARCH. cute+latex+dress, pretty+latex+dress, pink+latex, katy+perry+latex+dress+buy, katy+perry+latex+costume, candy+latex+skirt, pastel+latex.

If I did find a latex dress that was “cute”, it just.. wasn’t Katy Perry enough to spend $300+ on. Like, I found this website called Pandora Deluxe but it just wasn’t good enough. Here were a few options I was contemplating.

Pandora Deluxe

I liked the aqua & pink dress, but I felt like it needed a picture of a cupcake or lollypop on it to make it Katy Perry rather than pastel latex. Same dealio with the light blue hatler top & pink skirt. The most KP of them all was the “Bang!” dress.. but then again Katy is KNOWN for sugar, candy and rainbows and not necessarily onomatopoeia. 

I did find a dress on Etsy by a shop owner called Abigail Greydanus. I could choose whatever colours I wanted and they had a cute doughnut design on it. But at $395, I would have to *love* it before I bought it.

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I thought I’d send her a message asking her 100 questions about the dress before I bought it. I told her that I was contemplating going as Katy to my 21st and I needed to know shipping costs/expected shipping time, would my body type look okay in latex? how long would it take to make? etc etc.. and that if it was going to be too hard, I had a cool Winehouse outfit anyway.

She replied in no time and I was rolling around on the floor with sheer excitement when I read one of the sentences in the first paragraph.
” I’ve actually worked on Katy’s appliqued latex dresses so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the genuine article with this dress 🙂 “

EXCUSE ME. WHAT.
“If you have any other item you’d like to get appliqued onto a dress instead of donuts feel free to let me know what it is and I can send you the pricing information”. 
I sent her a photo of two of my favourite Katy latex dresses
KatyFaves
and she replied with
“Not a problem, I could do either of those design styles for you (I have the same applique patterns on hand and everything).”

I pretty much died straight on the spot right then and there. From that second, I had no interest what so ever about Amy Winehouse. All I wanted was to be a California Gurl, wear a blue wig and prance around with cupcakes.

My FAVOURITE one is the aqua with pink palm trees she wore during a performance once.KatyPalmTree
However, I just felt like it wasn’t “iconic” Katy enough. I chose this baby blue dress with fairy floss (or icecream!) in the end because it’s on her Sims expansion pack cover which I quite frequently play.
KatyPerrySweetTreats
The diet began on the 4th of April when I paid for the dress. I had exactly one month to lose any type of “comfortable relationship” fat I had on my body.  All the ladies who have had a boyfriend for 1 year & a half + know what I’m talking about. It’s when you’re not “overweight” but you’ve definitely put on a bit of weight since you were single and ready to mingle. I’m happy to report that whenever I did break my “healthy” diet regime that I gave $2 to whoever was eating with me as a punishment for giving in. I only had a McDonalds cheeseburger twice during this diet and that was because I was having huuuuuge mood swings at work because I wasn’t getting my junk food fix. Kinda like that Snickers AD but with McDonalds cheeseburgers.I did the Cardio Twister workout for half an hour roughly like 5 times in the last two weeks before the party. I advanced to the Rip & Ride workout pretty quickly.cardiotwister-cardiotwist
and I did try the Cabbage Soup Diet in the last week. It’s kinda a diet where you lose up to 5kg in 1 week (lol) because you eat limited food and they’re all vegetable type things. Long story short, I learnt how to cook soup from DivasCanCook on youtube and it actually was delicious but I need variety in my food. I couldn’t do it for 7 days – I lasted 3 and a half, then bought Lasanga.On the day of my party, Lauren from MAC Castle Towers did my makeup absolutely perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my eyes alongside my not so pretty slick back hair.Eye Makeup

aaaanyways, in the end I decided that instead of Iconic Celebrities/Characters that I’d make it Pop Culture instead. It had more of a ring to it and I remembered it from my friend Natasha’s 18th a few years ago. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the night;

BellaCupcakesSashBellaSash as Dr Who ❤MeKaylaChrissyEliciaDavid Bowie, Amy Winehouse & Minnie Mouse!GoldieLocksSallyGoldilocks & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
BellaLeaMe, shakin’ my thang
BeyonceSalvadoreRainbowFishBjork Beyonce (Single Ladies), Salvador Dali, The Rainbow Fish, BjorkVelmaGangsterAn American Gangster & Velma from ChicagobestieeeesEdie Sedgwick, Britney Spears from Circus, Scary Spice & Katy Perry (excuse the bra!)

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
Superman,  Olive Oil & Popeye, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Fry from Futurama, Lady Gaga, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Wally, LMFAO, Morticia Addams… and especially to Jenna Pres who was “The Morning After”. Here she is with Cam as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Jenna had the messy hair, men’s shirt and last night’s makeup on which is featured in almost all popular culture films- a costume I never thought of! My hat is off to you!

jennaandcam

It was an aaaamazing night. I was seriously on the DF the whole night and surprisingly wasn’t drunk until the last hour. My fondest memory of the night was when California Gurls was playing. I was in the middle of the dance floor, swishing my blue hair around and Snoop Dog/everyone went “Katy my lady” and I yelled “YEAH” (in time with Katy) – BECAUSE WE WERE ONE.

Maybe in Summer/when I have more money I’ll ask Abigail to make the Palm Tree dress!

Ok I’m too obssessed. I’ll stop writing now.

CYA AT THE NEXT DRESS UP EVENT

My night as Selina Kyle…

My friend Ashleigh from college turned 21 this month and celebrated it by hosting “A Night at the Movies” themed party on the 21st (hehe).
She sent out the invitations a billion years ago so I had awhile to plan out my costume. About a month ago I went shopping with my sister Kylie and my mum at Rouse Hill shopping center. We went into a store that were selling boots for 70% off and I snagged these bad boys for $30. My mum asked why I chose something so plain (because there were so many others with buckles, multiple zips, suede etc) and I replied that if I ever had to go as Black Widow or Catwoman that I could wear these boots.

We shopped around a bit more and then went into Big W. Just as we were about to leave my mum said “Hey Bella, I found your Catwoman legs!” and showed me some pleather leggings. I’ve seen so many people walking around wearing them lately and teamed up with some type of mid drift top from Supre and I totally cringe.. but my sister convinced me to try them on with my new boots. They fit me like a glove and cost only $19.98 (also known as $20).

It was official. I was going as Catwoman. But where to find a top? I googled photos of Anne Hathaway’s costume but she had a jumpsuit that zipped up,  Michelle Pfeiffer was super shiny black leather with white stitchers everywhere and Halle Berry’s version of Catwoman doesn’t count because that movie was shit. I decided I just was going to have to create my own version of Catwoman and went into Bloch. It turns out they didn’t have anything black longsleeve leotards but I figured that 3/4 sleeve would work for me if I just then bought long black gloves. It was a bit of a pricey purchase but I bought this leotard fir $50.

The next day I had work at Hornsby Westfield and decided to hit up their  party shop for some long gloves and a small black mask. They had every other colour gloves except black but they did have 2 types of Catwoman mask/head thingos. The first one was totally Tim Burton-eqsue and had the white stitching all over it but I figured that considering the rest of my costume was just all black that it would look odd if only my mask/headpiece thing was like Michelle Pfeiffer’s. The other was just all black but in packaging that I wasn’t allowed to open. It cost $30 and if I opened it and it didn’t fit then I couldn’t refund it. I was in a pickle. Should I take the risk and potentially have an awesome mask/head thingy?? Or would it be shitty quality and not fit me and I just lost $30 aka 30 cheeseburgers????

(Don’t freak out. My sister Kylie is a hairdresser and this smallish head was what she used to practise on when she did her course!)

I took the risk. It paid off. At first I thought it was a little big but then I realised it was better to be that little bit more roomy because it would be easier to take on and off and I wouldn’t sweat as much!

After searching every single Asian $2 shop for 2 weeks I finally found a really cheap pair of black gloves for $6 in Hot Dollar at Hornsby. They’re terrible quality but for one night they’d do the trick. On the day of the party I began having a mini freak out because I hadn’t found a long whip yet. I didn’t really want to trek it into the city for a sex shop and as a last resort I went to the Discount Party Warehouse and found one (yay!) for $10!

and so I was ready for the party! Here’s a self indulgent photo of myself in costume.

and here are a few photos from the party. See if you can recognise a few of the movie characters!