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6 Cats You Can Be for Halloween

Sure, you could always go dressed as a sexy kitten. But why settle for the lowest common denominator when there are so many creative possibilities to explore? In honor of National Cat Day (seriously—it’s today), we put our heads together to come up with six different ways to rock a cat costume at the last minute, using only a black dress and few key props. So go ahead: Slip on your favorite LBD, pop on those cat ears that we know are hiding in the back of your closet from lazy Halloweens past, and check out our half-goofy, half-sincere ideas. We’ve got everything you need to transform yourself into a one-of-a-kind feline:

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Cool Cat

What you’ll need: A beret and sunglasses.

How to use: Wear both articles while casually leaning against the nearest wall. Bonus points for reading a book of poetry.

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Grumpy Cat

What you’ll need: Black eyeliner and one to two types of dark eye shadow.

How to use: Create a moody, smoky eye. Skulk around the party looking like you had fun once… and it was awful.

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Bodega Cat

What you’ll need: Flattened dry goods boxes, empty oatmeal packets, and tape.

How to use: Use the tape to secure the empty food containers to your body. Curl up in the coziest corner of the room and take a nap.

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Cat Burglar

What you’ll need: Elbow-length gloves and heaps of costume jewelry (think: fake pearl necklaces and oversized rings).

How to use: Slip on the gloves, and drape yourself in your latest spoils. Slink around the costume party like you have something to hide.  

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Corporate Fat Cat

What you’ll need: A bow tie, stacks of fake money, and a sense of entitlement. Also: a large pillow for your fat-cat belly.

How to use: Don your bow tie, grab your money stacks, and push that pillow up under your dress. Secure the pillow to your stomach with a wide ribbon or a piece of rope. Strut around the party glad-handing important people, then broker some shady political deals over by the punch bowl.

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Missing Cat

What you’ll need: A “lost cat” poster with a photo of yourself dressed as a cat.

How to use: In theory, to be a missing cat, all you’d have to do is dress up as a cat and then not show up to the party as planned. Or, you can do this instead.

And don’t think we’re out of ideas—Cleo-catra, Aristo-cat, Cat-niss Everdeen—the list goes on and on. But we’re only two ladies, and we can only waste so much of our in-house photographer’s time posing as cats. We leave it to you to explore all of the possible variations. And don’t forget to bring the cat wine.

 —Amary & Ally

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5 Old School Scary Movies for Costume Inspiration

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

I love old movies, I love scary movies, and I love Halloween. When these three categories unite in October, I’m in heaven. There’s nothing like curling up in the dark with friends to watch a retro horror film, and screaming during classic creepy scenes that have been frightening people for decades. Since everyone loves a good throwback, here’s a roundup of some stellar scary looks that are sure to bring chills this Halloween. (Warning: If you don’t like horror flicks, prepare yourself for some of the pictures below!).

Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963): This might be one of my favorite character looks in a movie—ever. The creepiest thing about this Alfred Hitchcock classic is that the scene where Tippi gets attacked by birds in the attic is real! To get this look, I’d hit up a vintage store and find a great ’60s green belted dress and matching jacket and glue on some fake birds from a local crafts store.

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Reading List: Gossip Girl’s Final Bow, Anderson Cooper DIY’s Chanel, Halloween Inspiration and More

Bumble and Bumble’s heritage salon in NYC got a revamp—the first since a fire damaged the space in the 1990s. (photo: WWD)
  • The final season of Gossip Girl premiered this week. In anticipation of saying goodbye to everyone’s favorite Upper East Siders, Fashionista put together a slideshow of the show’s greatest looks. Headbands will never be the same. [Fashionista
  • We fell in love with that amazing Chanel hula hoop handbag from the recent Paris show, and apparently Anderson Cooper is a fan as well. When fashion darling Alexa Chung appeared on his show this week he surprised her with her own custom version, complete with AC initials. [Refinery29]
  • The 56th St. Bumble and Bumble salon has just received a major facelift. It now has a consultation bar with iPads, and shampoo station stocked with a library of literature and imagery. We can wait to make our appointment. [WWD]
  • In sad media news, at least 60 people were laid off across Conde Nast today. Self and Brides were apparently particularly hard hit. [NYMag]
  • Halloween is coming, and sooner than you think. Are you ready? Click through for 25 easy-peasy costumes that require little more than face paint. [BellaSugar]

—Lorelei

You still have time to come up with a kick-butt Halloween costume. Watch our Effie Trinket Hunger Games tutorial for some inspiration. 

Tina Fey is Glamorous & Halloween-Ready on the Cover of EW

Teach us the meaning of life, Tina! (photo: EntertainmentWeekly.com)

Tina Fey has once again proved herself to be a master of disguises on the October 5th issue of Entertainment Weekly. If her tiara is any indicator, the comedian and creator of  30 Rock has moved way beyond her Liz Lemon persona and seems to be embracing her leading lady status. Somehow we think the ode to Holly Golightly is her way of poking fun at the irony of it all. 

Since the Breakfast at Tiffany’s style is a classic Halloween costume (you really can’t go wrong), you can start getting ready extra early this year with our guide to getting the makeup look

—Lorelei

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