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Tell me about it, Stud. A Grease Costume.

Olivia Newton-John. John Travolta. The Pink Ladies. Did you know The Movie Grease was the biggest Movie Musical of the 20th century? It’s become so popular over the years that high schools across the country often have it as one of their productions and a few years back it was a live Television event for one night only, with a star studded cast that included Vanessa Hudgens, Julian Hough, and Jordan Fisher.

The shows costuming provides ample inspiration for a variety of Halloween costumes, but the most iconic choice would be the closing scene of the movie when Sandy reveals her “new” look. This costume is quite easy to pull together as I’m sure you have some, if not all, of the components in your closet. Here’s what you need to pull it off.

  1. Black Leather jacket. Doesn’t everyone have some kind of black leather, fitted jacket these days?

  2. Leather Leggings. If you don’t have these, you can find faux ones just about anywhere these days for under $30 or go with my favorites (and a bit pricier) by Spanx that will get more wear than you expected!.

  3. Fitted black top. It doesn’t need to be cropped. Just make sure it’s fitted and low cut if it’s not.

  4. Heels. Any color will do and they don’t need to be sky high.

  5. Big, Curly hair. If you don’t have blonde hair, wigs are easy to come by. Otherwise put those hot rollers in and then tease the crap out of it.

    Just like that, you’re Sandy from Grease.

Fall Goal: 30 Day Creative Challenge

Raise your hand if fall puts you in reset mode. Fall has always been when I get the most energized and set new goals for myself.  Forget the new year.  September is where it's at.  I don't know if it has to do with the nostalgia of going back to school (and school shopping), the onset of the best season (duh, Fall!), or simply being the best time for me to be productive. Whatever it is, it works for me.

With that said, the first goal I'm setting is to dedicate more time to my art. Wow.  That was much more difficult for me to write down than I thought it would be. Do you want to know why? I have a hard time telling people I am an artist. Am I? Really? Or am I just faking it? Herein lies the perils of comparing yourself to others. Can I call myself an artist if I'm not yet making a living off of it? OR that I know how much more I have to learn? Is what I'm doing really any good? Self doubt is the enemy, and it's set up camp in my thoughts. When I share my work, I can immediately see all the flaws or ways I could have made my art better. "I should have spent more time perfecting it" is what races through my thoughts. And let me tell you, this kind of thinking can lead to creative paralysis.  You start to second guess everything you do. You're afraid to put anything out there for others to see. Which is what led me to this goal.  To help me focus on my art more,  I'm challenging myself to post one illustration a day.  It doesn't need to be perfect (it never will be anyway, so I need to let that thought go!), it just needs to get me to work on my craft. Continue to practice and hone what I am doing.  Find a style that's unique to me and feels right. And know that it's ok. In fact, it's better than ok.  Because I am doing something I never thought I could do.  And I'm sharing it with all of you.  That in itself is downright terrifying.  So follow along for the next 30 days and let's see where this challenge takes me.