“The Birds” Halloween Costume


I hope everyone had a sweet Halloween! I spent the day eating Kit-Kat bars and checking out everyone’s costume at work. It was my first Halloween at Make-A-Wish, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. A group of us walked the few blocks to our usual coffee spot, Royal Coffee Bar, in our costumes, and I think we made a few peoples’ days. I went with Melanie Daniels (aka Tippi Hedren) from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.



This was actually the first Hitchcock movie I ever saw. My mom introduced it to me about 10 years ago, and it’s just as delightfully disturbing today. For those who are familiar with the movie, this costume is definitely a hit. Unfortunately, it’s fallen by the cinematic wayside a bit, but it’s still a very cute, classic, and simple costume.


  • a vintage green dress
  • a messy up-do
  • some fake blood (old lipstick in my case)
  • a headband
  • some little plastic crows (I got mine at Michael’s)
  • jewelry wire

Simply wrap some thin jewelry wire around the birds’ little feet and position them at different heights around the headband. Add some blood and a vintage feel, and you’re set! The headband really makes this costume, and it looks like the birds are moving and flying above your head as you walk.

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Domenico was feeling pretty sick, and I was ready to take off my heels by the end of the day, so we opted for a quiet evening watching The Shining (another Halloween favorite of mine) at the Biltmore park and eating tacos.

Oh, and for the third year in a row, Rae was a shark. I think it might be time for me to knit her another costume. Any ideas?



The Watch List


As always, I’m getting inspired by Kaylie’s lovely blog posts, like this one about some must-watch movies. Domenico and I have a few movie dates we’ve been meaning to take, so I thought I needed a list of my top picks.

1. Wish I was Here – Domenico has been trying to get me to see this for a while, and I sure do love Zach Braff. I think we’ll have to make a trip to Camelview 5 soon for this one.

2. God Help the Girl

3. Magic in the Moonlight – Woody Allen + Emma Stone + Colin Firth = magic

4. Begin Again

5. This is Where I Leave You – There are too many wonderful people in this for it not to be good. It’s just impossible.

Fourth of July Snapshots

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Well, there’s not much to say about this other than I’ve been wanting to share this gem for months and I don’t think there was any better day to do it. I found this Ronald Reagan paper doll set at Pike Place Market in Seattle and couldn’t resist. Not that I’m a big Reagan fan or anything, but I am a fan of presidents turned paper dolls.

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I didn’t spend my whole day with Ron though. Kaylie, Ted, Rachel, Domenico, and I partook in a very American pastime – afternoon bowling. I was absolutely terrible and lost by a pretty healthy margin.


Then, it was over to my parents’ house for some dog cuddles, quality grocery shopping time with Mom, and a very festive dinner of bratwursts, potato salad, and apple pie. I even caught the end of a little fireworks show on my way home. And right now I’m watching Milk, and, in my opinion, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than that. If only America was all apple pie and Harvey Milk. Happy Independence Day!