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Tani Marie: I have been handcrafting clubwear, swimwear and lingerie since 1999. I learned my craft building exotic dancewear. I was hired as a house mom at a gentlemen’s club and started selling clothes that I purchased to the dancers. Not being impressed with the clothes available, I decided to start making them. After a few months of designing and experimentation I was able to construct outfits to sell. Six months later, having a large variety of patterns, styles and custom orders it was time to do it full time.
The experience gave me incredible insight into fitting and complementing for all body types. My style has always leaned to the sexy side, and I draw inspiration from hip hop, 80’s punk rock, classic funk, classic pin ups, classic cinema, anime, lowrider cars and bicycles, roller skating and surfing.
Last year, I put my Halloween costume together at the very last minute. I thought I was pretty clever dressed up as Jazzerciser, complete with sweat bands, scrunch socks, tights, 80s makeup and a leotard. But, if I would have thought my costume through, I would have realized that a too short leotard can make for a very uncomfortable night on the town–yikes! This year, things are going to go a little bit differently. First of all, I’ll be planning in advance, instead of scouring the thrift store at the last minute, and secondly, I’ll be putting comfort and style before anything else.
It’s fun to play the vixen on Halloween, but I’ve always been drawn to the sweeter characters. This candy corn costume (sweet, get it?!) by I’m Your Present immediately caught my eye. You can’t get much more comfortable than a tent dress, and I love that this costume doesn’t require any heavy makeup in order to be believable.
A Halloween mask is a great way to stay comfortable and chic–think masquerade ball–during your trick-or-treating adventures. This red Rococo mask by Tom Banwell Designs is just breathtaking, and could easily be dressed up with a gown or worn with a more casual pants outfit. No matter how you style it, this mask is sure to stand out among the usual ghost, ghoul and witch costumes.
Decorative headbands are another great way to look cute and stay comfortable. I love the black bear headband by Em & Sprout, a great twist on the typical cat and bunny ears costume, but just as sweet. Similar to the mask, this headband can be worn with clothes you already own, and can be easily dressed up or down depending on your mood.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to be for Halloween yet this year, but no matter what I choose, I’ll be sure to skip the leotard!
**The witch painting featured at the top of this post was created by Wood Wings.
Along with the changing leaves and dropping temperatures comes the new fall fashion and color trends. I already reported on capes and leopard print, and last but not least is the color red. I have to admit that the only red thing I own is lipstick, and that only goes on for special occasions, but that may change this season. The color red screams confidence and strength, and, well, who doesn’t want more of that?
A red party dress is the perfect way to stand out in a crowd of little black dresses. This silk option by Ikvot ha Mashiach has wonderful detailing–a series of sweet ruffles and pleats–coupled with a classic and universally flattering cut that accents the smallest part of your waist. Paired with a simple heel and jewelry, this dress is sure to turn heads.
This poncho by Sandmaiden is handmade from beautiful red hand-dyed wool jersey. It features a peter pan collar and belted closure, as well as a sophisticated cut that can be worn casually with a pair of jeans or dressed up with a skirt and heels. If aren’t too eager to wear red this season, this poncho comes in nine other colors. Best of all, it’s sewn to your specific measurements.
A red purse is a great way to make a statement with color this season. This leather option by Art On Crafts is perfect for work or running errands on the weekend. It features a zipper closure, both interior and exterior pockets, and plenty of room for all your odds and ends. The detailing on this bag is excellent; I love the larger zipper pulls and white stitching.
My mom always told me I should wear more red. This year I’m going to take her advice and pair my red lipstick with an equally red and stunning dress!
**The painting featured at the top of this post was created by Shira Sela.
Sea of Tales: Even if the schools I went to prepared me for something completely different, only now I can say I can’t wait to get up early in the morning and do what I do! I love making clothes and bags and hope you will enjoy the things in my shop