My Madonna & Michael Jackson Masquerade
This morning was all about putting the finishing touches on our costumes for my big birfday bash.
That meant hitting our go-to costume shop on Hollywood Blvd and picking up one white spangly glove and one bottle of blonde (ambition) spray paint.
In the evening my transformation begins at MAC. The minute I unfurl the Madonna pictures, all the store employees are atwitter. It's like Christmas in July. They can't believe I am actually asking to be made up like a draggy Madge circa 1991. Yay!!!
Turns out my fab makeup artist not only knows but worked with Sharon Gall, the woman responsible for make-up on Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour!!!! What are the odds! I sigh a sigh of relief, knowing I'm in good hands.
When I get home, Mr. D looks like baby-dangling-Neverland-dwelling perfection! From his fedora to the aviators to the geri curl bangs to the arm band to the rolled up pants and single white glove - he gets an A+!! Scored the whole look for less than $60.
While Mr. D moonwalks around for us, I Madonna-fy my mom. Throw a Justin Timberlake t-shirt, blond wig and cowboy hat on her. The effect? Very "Don't Tell Me." Also a little like ET with the blond wig, no? She's just SOOO little.
Then I quickly finish off my transformation. Start from my head and work down to my toes. Snap on the genie in a bottle ponytail. Just $20 in downtown. Then I spray my roots with some pretty toxic looking stuff. The color ends up looking a little more Betty White than Material Girl but I don't dwell on it.
Next the clothes. The pinstripe H&M pants that I got a million years ago in Europe. The jacket is Anne Klein. Got it at Goodwill for $5 last Sunday. I made the boob slits myself. Amazing approximation of the Jean Paul Gautier look, if I do say so myself.
The champagne-colored corset with the dangling garter belts I picked up in downtown for just $50. Saw a Madonna bullet bra on TrashyLingerie.com for nearly three times that. No thanks! Think mine ended up prettier and more realistic. I might even be able to wear it again. Maybe for a Dangerous Liasons look for Halloween.
As we arrive at The Orchid, the door is a zoo. I guess some NBA player was having a party there. Spotlights, red carpet, throngs, the whole deal. What are the odds? Ugh I did not bargain for this in K-town.
When we make it inside, Juana was already there in her Like a Prayer dress and GINORMOUS mole. Unfortunately, she couldn't find the right wig or curl her gloriously straight hair. Wah. But what her costume lacked, she made up for with singing all night long. She is hilarious. Mr. D says she should be on SNL.
Mr. NBC warned me he wasn't showing up in costume and demanded that I love him anyway. F! Good thing I brought extra gloves. Made him wear this red fingerless one. Looks super hot on his tan skin, no? Yum. My mom said she wants to ask him to go steady he's so delish.
Little Miss MBA rocked Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna. Ugh but she looked more like a little fashion anime doll. Too.freaking.adorable. My mom wanted to gobble her little legs up in those boots. We adore her.
So happy she was able to stop by since she was leaving bright and early for Peru the next morning.
Sable Crow won best boy costume in his Smooth Criminal look. I almost fell over when I saw the taped fingers and the PITCH PERFECT ponytail wig.
Aaaaaaaaaaamazing. He was a singing and dancing machine all night. Even dedicated Chiquitita to my mom at one point. That kiss-up. Doesn't he know he had her at white suit???
Danny B channeled a more recent Wakko Jacko incarnation with the face mask. HIGHlarious. He won best male vocalist of the evening.
Don't know how I've known him so long and had no idea he had such great pipes. Daisy Duke's looked quite proud. And pretty ;)
The best girl costume award goes to Weemo in Human Nature Madonna garb! I had an idea she was going to do dominatrix chic based on a sneak preview blog post last week. But I had no idea she'd commit to professional corn rows. She is my personal hero. Makes me cutting bangs for Mr. D's 90s party look like child's play. Thought she looked a little Christina Ricci too!
She scored the grand prize of the evening for her get up - my extra Tarina Tarantino bag. Adoring her and Mr. Monkey. They were my mom's fave couple tonight.
The Peeper showed up as limo-riding, bling-blinging, all-white Madonna from her Music video. Eeeks - that's one of my all time fave WeHo clubbing songs!
AM LOVING MY PEEPER BLOND!!! Don't care that her hubby hates it and called it a weenie shrinker.
Poptart Lover came as American Pie Madonna. Wore a lace-y blue tank top, jeans, American flag and tiara.
Easy, casual, GENIUS! Even at 7 years old I somehow knew she'd do me this proud someday :)
Loved watching my three high school friends catching up after not seeing each other for 13 years.
My mom was eating up the reunion too. She loves all those girls.
Len won best female vocalist of the evening - hands down. Perfect song selection and delivery. She should go on Idol.
Need more of her air guitaring ways in my life. Hear she is a fellow fruitfly.
Mr. Pope also made an appearance. Loved watching him work the crowd like only he can. He's hosting a hip hop karaoke night soon. Can't wait to invite some of his newest fans.
All the dueting all night killed me. I was seriously laughing ALL NIGHT! Cackling and crying by the end!!!
Like the PYT she is, Styleminded got to the party after midnight. But she didn't disappoint.
So hot in her Like a Virgin leather and lace. Very in vogue for fall 2008 ;)
Her frilly socks were killing me. So adorable. I want.
Socks were really THE must have accessory of the evening.
Ugh socks socks socks everywhere!!! Oh and the tamborines were also quite popular for those of us with less than bird-like singing voices.
The devil is always in the details with costumes for me. Just like any outfit. For example, my favorite part of my costume was the headset.
Did I need it? No. Did it make the outfit? YES. The boys' dueling arm bands were a similarly purrfect detail.
And don't even get me started about Little Miss MBA's Pop Swatch. I had the same one in white! Think I got it for a birthday as a pre-teen!!!
Think it's always muy importante when you are hosting a costume party to have a few extra pieces for the poopers (usually boys) who don't dress up.
This time that meant gloves. At other parties, we've done sunglasses or hats or jewelry.
A+ of a night!!! This was my favorite picture by far of the evening. The look in my eyes says it all. I adore Mr. D and our friends and our life together. I am blessed.
Um, REALLY blessed. Just LOOK at the presents he had laid out for me when I got home. HELL YEAH! :)
p.s. More fabulous party pictures on Weezermonkey's blog. YAYAYAYAY!
p.p.s. And some vintage Madonna for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.