Costume Party

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There’s nothing quite like the pride that comes with a solid Halloween costume. Even better? When you and your girls can get in on the creative festivities together with an unforgettable group getup. With just that in mind, we’ve rounded up some ideas based on our favorite iconic girl groups and duos of the ’90s along with all of the pieces you need in order to make the transformation on the big night. There are only 10 more days until the 31st so get to it, Nasty Ghouls.

The Beckerman Twins’ Festive Flower Sunnies

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Ah, where do we even begin with the Beckerman twins? Cailli and Sam initially caught our eye with their insanely fun and adventurous style blog, but when we found out they also created killer DIY tutorials, we officially fell in love. The Toronto-born twosome has been crafting, sewing, designing, scrapbooking, and drawing their whole lives—they even made faux fur pink and blue raver skirts for their friends in high school—and they haven’t stopped since. “We love making things together and dreaming up fun DIYs. It’s all about enjoying the process of making something new and not worrying too much about the outcome. We love putting on awesome music and getting lost in time while playing with crafts and making one-of-a-kind creations that no one else has!” So, since it’s officially festival season around these parts, we asked them to create the ultimate pair of fest-ready sunglasses, and, well, they certainly delivered. Here, they show us how to create flower sunnies that are inspired by “a hippy love child who goes to Woodstock with a bunch of her friends in their pink vintage Beetle.” Whew. We’re ready to get schooled.

DIY Thigh Highs

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We’re already mega obsessed with Studio Production Assistant Linda Park’s playful style, so when sought out a DIY mastermind to take our traditional fall accessories to the next level, we knew exactly who to call. A cozy knit thigh high has always been our go-to cold weather staple, but Linda found a killer way to kick them up a notch—with embroidery! “I’ve always been into crafty things like knitting and started embroidering less than a year ago. I’m not naturally gifted in drawing or painting so embroidering is sort of my alternative to that—all you really need is patience.” We think we can manage that.

(All photos by Felisha Tolentino)

WAHHHHHHH’s Sharmadean Reid

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Sharmadean Reid knows a good thing when she sees one. The London-based stylist and businesswoman has a habit of spotting (and even starting) trends early, from Nike pool slides to tie-dye Proenza Schouler tees. Back in 2008 she was one of the first people to bring fashion-forward nail art to the mainstream in the form of her hip London salon WAH Nails, and she’s been spreading the WAH way of life ever since. In her new book The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls, Sharma lifts the lid on her unique brand of style and success with a little help from a worldwide crew of girls. Our contributor Phoebe Lovatt spoke to her to find out more.

Cut It Out

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If there are two things in this  life that we love, it is clear vinyl and a good sweatshirt (and beaches and pizza and boys, but you get the point…).  So we got some of our craftiest Nasty Gals to show us how a little plastic and some basic cut-and-sew skills can bring new life to a favorite sweatshirt.

Saga’s Sweetness: 4th of July

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It’s all red, white and blueberries at Nasty Gal HQ. Our assistant vintage buyer (and resident pastry chef) Saga is known for whipping up gorgeous and insanely tasty treats, so we asked her to make something that’s as pretty as it is patriotic. Bonus: This is super easy and will earn you way more accolades than a boring old pan of brownies. Now bring on the BBQs!

Photographs by Felisha Tolentino

The Baby Bun

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If you’ve ever tried to find a middle ground between a full bun and letting your hair fall naturally, look no further. We got Ashlee Rose to walk us through creating The Baby Bun. It’s a sort of sleek, sort of messy hairdo that’s still subtle, but done-up enough to show that hey, you did put some effort in today.

DIY Crayon Lipstick

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We decided to make crayon lipstick because we thought it looked like fun. But in light of recent news that traditional lipstick contains lots of scary stuff, it turns out that it’s pretty practical too! Crayons are totally non-toxic and made to be safe enough for kindergarteners to munch on, and all the other ingredients are food-grade, so perfectly okay to put on your lips. Try this out, and you’re guaranteed to be the brightest crayon in the box…er, room.