Last-Minute DIY Sexy Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just a few days away. Maybe you haven’t found the sexy sailor costume you wanted or haven’t had enough time to sit down and make your own costume. Or, maybe you just have no clue what to dress up as. Well, no need to panic. We’ve compiled a list of sexy, easy-to-make costumes that you can throw together last minute. To put together these costumes, you can shop for clothes online or use items you already have in your closet.

Tiger

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Spice up the classic cat costume with this sexy tiger costume. All you need for this costume is a black dress or a black top and skirt, cat ears, and orange and black body paint. Simply paint tiger strips on your arms, shoulders and legs. Add a black nose and whiskers. Complete the look with knee-high Pleaser boots or high heels.

Minnie Mouse

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Dress up as our favorite classic Disney character – Minnie Mouse. Add sex appeal to Minnie’s classic look with a red polka dot mini skirt and a black crop top from your closet. Then add mouse ears with a red polka dot bow, a black belt, Pinup Couture heels, and of course, red lipstick.

Mermaid

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For this costume, you’ll need some gems and sea shells, a top with a sweetheart neckline (or bandeau bathing suit top), a green skirt, and nude Funtasma pumps. Paste the shells and rhinestones on your clothing, give yourself wavy, beach hair, and finish the look with blue eye makeup and sheer lipgloss.

Scarecrow

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This scarecrow costume is perfect if you want a unique costume that fits the Halloween theme. It’s also an inexpensive and easy way to make your own scarecrow costume if you and your friends are doing a “The Wizard of Oz” theme. All you’ll need is a farmer’s hat, a flannel shirt and jeans (or overalls), and makeup. The main part of this costume is the makeup. Create your scarecrow face with orange circles on your cheeks, a triangle on your nose, and black lines in the corners of your mouth.

What will you dress up as this Halloween?

Fall Favorites 2014: The Denim Shirt

We love fall here at Shopping Blitz. Sure we love the cool weather hikes, warm drinks and playing in fallen leaves, but what we really live for is replenishing our fall wardrobe! Blame it on years of back-to-school shopping, but once September / October hits we are pulling out our wallets and drooling over the season’s latest offerings. This year we are especially into simple, neutral pieces that can be reused for fall and winter. Remember simple does not have mean to boring. To us a classic piece is worth its weight in gold.

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Case in point: the versatility of a good denim shirt is almost immeasurable. You can wear it with it your colored skinny pants and an awesome pair of booties for a drool-worthy casual look. Tuck them into a pair of dress trousers and add some knock-em-dead heels for a classy look all your own. The options are endless! Tell us your favorite look. We love learning new style tricks!

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Like what you see? Shop the Outfit!

1. Royal Robbins Lily Muffler Shirt
2. Life is good Vintage Denim Popover Shirt
3. The Sak Jezebelle Diamond Boot

In the Trenches: Mix & Match Your Rain Essentials

No longer reserved for men on the British front lines, trench coats have become a wardrobe staple than can carry you comfortably through three seasons. This waterproof garb pairs well with casual and dressier outfits alike, and have broken all gender and age wardrobe barriers. What’s not to love?

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Though the classic khaki trench pairs well with everything, some days call for a jacket with a little more personality, like the Columbia Zenith trench. With a removable hood and thermal lining, Columbia’s version of the trench coat keeps some of the classic elements of the  standard trench, while enhancing it with a little modern technology – think Omni-Shield shell to resist stains and a pocket specifically designed for media devices! Over black leggings and silver flats, you’ll look instantly put together!

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How about those cold, rainy mornings where you just can’t get out of bed? This is where the trench coat thrives! Stay comfortably dry while adding a punch of color in this beautiful Helly Hansen Welsey Trench, a Scandinavian take on the trench that doesn’t fall short on style or functionality. Paired with a belted dress and rain boots and you’re set to brave the elements with pizazz! Make the transition into warmer weather a fashionable experience and shop on!

 

The Hiatus : A Look at 2014 Spring Trends

hello springConfession:  I’ve spent the greater part of this winter hiding under my snuggie. You could say I was staying warm and hibernating or just plain being lazy – and you would certainly be right! Once the clock struck March, I knew I had to get out there, and the excuses just wouldn’t cut it. My motivation, you say? SPRING FASHION, OF COURSE! In the tail end of this never ending winter, I’ve quietly been taking notes and stashing pieces in my closet. Despite the frosty forecast, I know that sooner or later the snow will melt and I have to emerge from this fleeced out cocoon – and I better do it in style. A girl HAS to have her priorities! Without further interruption, I bring to you the most anticipated fashion trends of this upcoming season! Spring 2014 is beckoning us to awaken from our slumber!

1. Wearable Art

SBSSS_757507Beautiful paintings on your wardrobe and shoes will be all the rage this upcoming season. If being a walking Picasso is too much for you, then pack those clothes you love into this bold luggage set that’s impossible to loose at the airport!

2. Roses are Red … and Yellow … and Blue

SBDMT_R15733601The floral motif of these Dr. Martens penny loafers captures the softer, more romantic side of Spring. Pair them with some jeans and a blazer for a subtle floral ensemble. Ready for more flower power? Tuck a bright daisy on the smaller side of your parted hair and throw on a maxi dress in full bloom, such as this V-Neck dress by Lole.

3. Black & White

 

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Classic, fresh and sophisticated, the mixing of black and white patterns can carry you from all business at the 10 AM meeting to the life of the party on a Friday night.  Polka dots, stripes, checkered prints, or just the basic, white tee and black pants – they will all work!

4. Safari

 

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It’s not just cheetah prints and neutrals this season, the jungle has been set loose! If you want to test the waters, try adding a bold shoe, such as the Safari pump by Pinup Couture or even a modest safari hat or sunglasses to get you started.

5. Embellishments

 

Break out the bedazzler and give those clothes buried in your closet the encore they’ve been waiting for! Give your favorite jeans and edge with some silver studs, or liven up a simple black tee with colored gems. If you’re just beginning, a little bit can go a long way.  For beginners this python studded sandal can add a kick of style to an otherwise demure wardrobe. If you’re ready for more, this Ariat Long sleeve shirt has just the right amount, paired off with a pair of blue jeans & boots and you’re ready to go!

 

6. Wear What Feels Good

Take in the color palettes, get inspired, and use your imagination! If you haven’t worn a crop top since your first pregnancy, or don’t even know what a bedazzler is, that’s ok! Put your own twist on things. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even the simplest change, be it a new shade of lipstick or a fresh haircut can you feel renewed this spring.

 

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The Shoes Make The Costume

Shopping Blitz and Pleaser’s Funtasma line are once again excited
to showcase all the amazing options we have for Halloween!
The perfect costume will never get off the ground without the perfect footwear.
Whether you are looking to recreate the ultimate Alice in Wonderland costume
or are lookingfor a more historic perspective such as a Victorian lady,
a Gladiator, a Native American warrior or a Renaissance man,
Funtasma has you covered! From sexy to scary, we have the shoes
that will make or break your costume. Shopping Blitz is here to protect
youfrom the ultimate scary scenario, a fashion disaster!
The Shoes Make the Costume

Fashion News Update

At Shopping Blitz we have the awesome privilege of carrying almost 300 amazing brands. Each brand in of itself is unique and worth getting to know better. Here is a snapshot of some of the cool stuff our Vendors are doing to shake up and change the face of fashion as we know it.

Leandra Medine for SupergaFirst up is my latest sneaker obsession, Superga

The Italian-based company, who inked a deal with Steve Madden as their exclusive North American distributors, is now under the direction of Co-Creative directors, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The Olsen twins, who have long ago shed their image as the babes from Full House, have developed into savvy business woman and fashion mavens. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the brand has recently joined forces with Leandra Medine, street-style maven, blogger and recent author of a collection of essays entitled ‘The Man Repeller.’  Medine has now created a capsule collection, of the same name of her celebrated essays for Superga’s Fall 2013 collection. The style is young, hip and adaptable. Talk about a revamp on a timeless style!

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“I seem to be making characters for each new season. This seasons character is probably the quiet girl in the bunch whose walls are covered in posters of The Yardbirds, The Smiths and The Who” — Agyness Deyn

Model and modern ‘Punk IT girl,’ Deyne has created a new line for Dr. Martens, a brand that has a long rep for epitomizing the fashion essence that is alternative. Ms. Deyne,  embodies the company’s ethos of ‘standing for something.’ Her creative self-expressive style and innovative ideas were the catalysts behind her line, ‘The Third Collection.’ The collection is Deyne’s interpretation of the ‘Mod’ look, a style that has come along way from its inception in the swinging 60’s. The line encompasses clothing, footwear and accessories, with prints influenced by tailored fabrics like houndstooth and herringbone. While Deyne could make a garbage bag look chic,  this collection gives the rest of us a fighting chance.

nicola formichetti for dieselNicola Formichetti named Artistic Director for Diesel

“The fashion industry has to change. It’s so one-dimensional. We have to start somewhere, and Diesel is such a huge power.” — Nicola Formichetti

Former stylist for Lady Gaga, the Italian/Japanese fashion director and editor takes on Diesel and the project of infusing new life into an iconic brand. If you have any interest in fashion or social media, you will have by now seen the #dieselreboot campaign; featuring artistic images of edgy, fresh faced talent. Formichetti eliminated the middleman and went straight for the talent/creatives via a Tumblr page he created for such purposes. The #dieselreboot campaign is all about resetting the clocks, not so much a redo but a fresh shock to the established system. Something one would expect from a fashion innovator who has built his career on renegade styling and campaigns that land with a blast, never a whimper.

Shopping Blitz: Travelogue 2013

Seems like everyone is trying to fit in last minute vacations lately. September is known for mild weather and cheaper prices and therefore our favorite time of year to travel! Vacation time is precious, especially for those of us in North America who try to dissolve a year’s worth of stress in one jam-packed week or extended weekend. The key to having a killer time is planning, planning, and more planning! Planning the perfect destination, excursions, budget and of course the all important packing list. Let us help with this last bit. With Shopping Blitz’s wide range of products it is your perfect one-stop shop for all things travel. Check out a few real-life ensembles our Staffers chose for their late summer/early fall jaunts! Travelogue 2013

Day At The Lake:
Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip-Flops

Hiking Trip:
Columbia Trail Turner Shell Jacket
Salomon X Over Ltr Sneakers
Ahnu Montara Boots

Night On The Town:
Earthies Veria Too Sandals
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Strengthening Serum
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm

New Brand Alert: DSQUARED2 Eyewear

dsquaredWe are excited to announce the launch of several new exciting eyewear brands over the next few weeks. First off is DSQUARED², the brainchild of Canadien twin brothers, Dean and Dan Caten. The brothers Caten have been involved in the international fashion business for close to 30 years. Graduates of Parson’s School of Design they debuted their first collection to Italian audiences in 1994. Their unique mixture of exquisite Italian design and stylistic maturity has since captured the attention of discerning tastes around the globe. The brothers have made a name for themselves from their impressive costume designs at the 2012 Olympic Games in Vancouver to their stint as hosts for the Bravo reality show, Launch My Line. Today the brothers divide their time between Milan and London, coining their oft repeated phrase, “Born in Canada, living in London, made in Italy.”

JessicaSimpsonDSquared2kanyeThe DSQUARED² team has now conquered the eyewear market with their ultra chic and sophisticated sunglasses and prescription glasses. The stylish frames are coveted by celebrities and laymen alike. Big names likes Jessica Simpson and Kanye West are loyal followers, sporting DSQUARED² styles on runways and premieres. For a style as bold and in vogue as their apparel lines, the eyewear collection is a must for anyone looking to stand out from the pack. Known for their elaborate runway shoes, the twins refuse to be outdone when it comes to their Spring/Summer 2013 eyewear marketing campaign. Check out the Caten brother’s alter egos below!

Saved By The Bell: Back 2 School Essentials

It’s that time again, the season dreaded by children and teachers around the globe. Back to school! Those frenzied days when flip-flops and swimsuits are traded in for backpacks, loafers and binders. We feel your pain and while we’d love to hold onto summer as long as we can it’s time to plan for fall.

You Are Never To Old To Rock A Cool Backpack

My favorite consolation as a kid when school shopping was the chance to pick out a brand backpack. Each year I’d choose a different style to match my new persona. Which of course had changed drastically during the summer months. The only thing that never changed was that it had to be a JanSportThat being said I got a huge kick when I realized that JanSport was still rocking the backpack world and creating cooler and funkier designs than ever before. Because let’s face having the right backpack really can make the difference between social escalation and isolation, in other words sitting at the cool kid’s table or being regulated to no man’s land next to the bathroom.

The Right Footwear Can Make The Difference

So many kids and parents focus more on clothing and forget the importance of footwear. The right shoes can help a kid make the soccer team, strut their stuff in the hallways and often garner the confidence to create lasting friendships. My go-to choice for versatile footwear are styles that can be dressy, sporty and casual. New trends this year include hi-top sneakers and tall lace-up boots. And don’t forget to include feel-good accessories like funky socks and killer headphones for listening to your ready-made back to school playlists.

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From Top Right:  1. Fila Hi Triple Sneakers  2. JanSport Superbreak Backpacks  3. Diadora Beanie 4. Dingo 9″ Boots 5. The House of Marley Rise Up Over-Ear Headphones

6. JanSport Tulare Backpacks  7. Stance Blondie Socks 8. Stance Screaming Hand Socks  9. Capezio New York Arglye Thigh Hi Socks

Agenda NYC Post-Show Wrap Up

Agenda-NYCShopping Blitz made its debut appearance at the 2013 Agenda NYC.  Agenda is an LA-based trade show that showcases the best of the best in the streetwear and alternative sports industries. The marriage of these two segments is an exciting group of hybrids brands that often surpass the originators. Located in a chic warehouse in SOHO’s fashion district, the show carried a coolness vibe that didn’t take itself to seriously, a tough feat in an image driven industry.mural-agenda

Agenda was home to a different kind of trade show attendee. Suits and ties were traded in for graphic tees and flat brim hats. Instead of execs with briefcases and laptops, it was veterans of the biz with skateboards and tablets. The kind of company where the owner looks no different than that of their employees. In other words, our kind of place.

Agenda-StanceWe went to support some of our established brands like Sanuk, Stance, Praxis and Marley to see what they had in store and broaden our own horizons. They continued to rock with new stylings and hot innovations. Highlights included Sanuk’s new Instaplay, an alternative to their popular yoga mat flip-flops. The new footbed is meant to energize feet and comes with the added bonus of being waterproof.

Big Boys like Fila, adidas and Reebok were in attendance, as well as industry standards like Skull Candy, Converse, Starter, Vans, RVCA, Stussy, DC Shoes and Burton. All offered up amazing offers as per usual. Spotted were the ever popular high-top sneaker that has moved from athletic to fashion in a relatively short span of time. Neon colors, tech-friendly clothing, active apparel and an overall vibe of NOW reigned supreme.

weeman-AgendaOne of the best aspects of the show were all the smaller upstart companies that are still young enough to think outside the box and create exciting originals. Personal standouts included Ames Bros., whose t-shirts and award-winning designs have landed them clients such as Pearl Jam, Jack Black, John Mayer, Keith Urban and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. HoodieBuddie, sweatshirts that include a 3.5mm headphone jack inside theirpockets for use with phones, mp3 players, etc.  As well as, brands like Kidrobot, makers of killer limited edition art toys, signature apparel and pop culture accessories and Grenade who have begun to expand beyond their glove offerings.

Shopping Blitz is excited to move into the world of streetwear and look forward as always to bring our Blitzers the latest and greatest. Stay Tuned.

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