Indiana Jones Halloween Costume!

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Indiana Jones Halloween Costume by Ashlee Craft

Harriton khaki shirt / khaki pants by Columbia / belt from my grandmother / combat boots / whip is a strap from my sister’s purse / canvas medic bag / Indiana Jones-style fedora

Indiana Jones Halloween Costume by Ashlee Craft

I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Indiana Jones movies since I was a teenager. I’ve seen all the movies several times & even read the spin-off books, comics, & movie novelizations. BIG FAN. So, this year, I decided I was actually going to dress up as Indiana Jones for Halloween this year. Also, it was an easy costume for me to make – I already had all of these Indiana Jones-themed clothes, with the exception of the hat, which had been on my fashion wishlist for a long time. 

Indiana Jones Halloween Costume by Ashlee Craft

Indiana Jones Halloween Costume by Ashlee Craft

Cue the Indiana Jones theme song!

Here are some photos of my beloved Owl Pumpkin, #becauseOwls.

Owl Halloween Pumpkin by Ashlee Craft

Owl Halloween Pumpkin by Ashlee Craft

Owl Halloween Pumpkin by Ashlee Craft

Owl Halloween Pumpkin by Ashlee Craft

Also, here is a video of my dog wearing his Yoda Halloween costume.

How to Dress Like Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan in November 1963

Bob Dylan, 1963

When I was sixteen years old, I discovered folk music, & more specifically, Bob Dylan. I was a somewhat angry, emotional teen at the time, & felt outraged by all the wrongs in the world. I was also trying to find my creative groove, because I was learning to play guitar & I wanted to write songs, ones that weren’t cheesy sounding. I also wanted to try my hand at poetry, because I was working on being an author. I had just transitioned from being in my Beatles phase, where I obsessed over The Beatles & early 60’s pop, but had been finding happy-go-lucky melodies about holding people’s hands & other love-related themes a little too bland for my current emotions.

When I heard Blowing in the Wind, I finally found something which resonated with me. Hurt & angry & disappointed, but also strangely hopeful at the same time. Then I heard the songs Forever Young & Like a Rolling Stone. I was hooked. I knew I’d found something great, something that really spoke to me. Something angry, something passionate, something emotional that really shook me to my core & made me question who I was & how I felt about the world. I was enamored by the creativity & poetry of his lyrics, & the folksy non-conformity of Dylan as a person. I was also inspired by his style : rugged, windblown, honest, earthy; & then in his electric phase, sophisticated & sleek, & incredibly cool, in a rebellious, honest sort of way. Now, I could give a big rant about how awesome Bob Dylan’s music is, & how his work has influenced mine, but that will have to be a different post.

This article will be about how to work Bob Dylan’s signature style into your daily outfits. This is Part I, which will be about his folk phase. Part II will be about his style during his electric phase.

FOLK PHASE

Bob Dylan's Folk Phase

 

From the time Dylan began playing in coffee houses, until approximately the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, when he “went electric”, his clothing style was simple, humble, working man’s attire. In this phase, Dylan was emulating his hero, Woody Guthrie, & therefore wanted a look which evoked the appearance of traveling hobos, migrant workers during the Great Depression, and a simple & less refined rugged honesty, qualities which were also present in his music at the time.
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1. Plaid shirts. Plaid shirts in all colors will work great. Personally, I think red, blue, or gray plaid shirts capture the essence of Dylan best because they look the most rugged & add a nice masculine touch to the outfit.

2. Canvas / collared button down shirts. Earthy colors like beige or white are simple & best follow this look, but don’t be afraid to go for other colors as well. Remember, you’re doing your own take on his style, so adding your own touches, like a shirt in your favorite color, will make it even more authentic to what YOUR style is. As long as you add the unpolished, Woody Guthrie-inspired accessories like work pants and rugged boots, you will capture the vibe that you’re trying for. Although Dylan more commonly wore long sleeved button down shirts, if it’s warm out, you can always wear a short-sleeved version, or just roll the sleeves up. Personally, I love the look of rolled up sleeves. Masculine + rugged yet casual & pared-down.

3. Work Pants or Jeans. Black work pants are going to look the most like Dylan in his folk phase. I am personally a big fan of Dickies pants because they’re sturdy, quality pants, at a reasonable price. Because Dickies are actually work pants, they also add to the authenticity of the outfit. If you want to have the retro-esque “hard working” look of Dylan in this phase, wearing clothes that you could actually do labor in. Black jeans would also work, as would black shorts, especially black shorts which resemble work pants.

4. Work Boots. A good pair of work boots is a great thing to have in your clothing arsenal & can easily make any outfit a little more rough & tumble by wearing them. You could also wear another type of lace up boot if that’s more your style, or if you’re going for a very feminine take on the whole thing.

5. Brown Leather Jacket or Brown Fleece-Lined Jacket. Dylan wears a fleece-lined jacket, like the one on the right (in beige though), on the cover of his 1962 debut album, Bob DylanHe wears a different brown jacket on the cover of his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylanbut any brown jacket will work.

6. Newsboy Cap / Conductor Cap / Military Cap. Dylan wears a cap like this not only on the cover of his debut album, but also in many other photos from this era. The cap adds a nice little touch to the outfit, especially when paired with the style of turtleneck featured below. Very train conductor-ish.
 
7. Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater. Dylan is seen wearing this sweater in a lot of the same photos that he wears the conductor’s cap, & the combination looks very nice & cozy. I love turtlenecks in oatmeal / beige tones because they look simple, polished, & homey simultaneously, & very on-vibe with the worker aesthetic.

8. Duffel Bag Purse. A rugged looking purse, something along the lines of this, is a great purse to carry with any combination of the above outfits while still keeping with the feel of the outfit. I personally love the way the purse pictured looks because it appears sturdy, unpolished, & practical, & the combination of leather + buckles + canvas is a nice masculine touch.

If you were going to make this into a costume (or if you just want to add some real Dylan-esque vibes), add a harmonica + an harmonica holder, & an acoustic guitar. Or add those anyway, if you’re really feeling like a folksinger.

For more inspiration on this look, here is a video of Bob Dylan in 1963 playing Blowin’ in the Wind live on television.

And, a video of him playing A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall in 1963. This video has a nice slideshow of photos from this era.

Read How to Dress Like Bob Dylan, Part II: The Electric Dylan.

Recent Outfits of the Day // October 20, 2015

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Mime

Mime - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Red collared blouse / combat boots / striped tights from Amazon.com / “Happy” earrings / diamond earrings / bright pink lipstick / gold glitter winged eyeliner / black shorts from T. J. Maxx / ponytail

Mime - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

What I liked about this outfit was the contrast between the bright, bold red of the shirt & the black & white stripes on the leggings. I am trying to find things other than plain white shirts to wear with each pair of patterned leggings that I have, & I think I hit the nail on the head with this one. There’s just something about red, black, & white stripes that just looks bold. Also, I really liked how the bright pink lipstick looked on me, as well as the idea of winged glitter eyeliner. My sister said I looked like a mime.

Mime - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Leaf Scarf
Leaf Scarf - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Minimal makeup / white t-shirt / hair down / black & white leaf patterned scarf from Bon Worth / canvas Indiana Jones bag

Pretty sure that I wore this with the black shorts from T. J. Maxx that I’m wearing in the above photos, & my Converse-style tennis shoes. It was an outfit for a quick jaunt out, so I didn’t bother to add too much to the outfit. I liked how the scarf looked, especially with the windblown hair & the canvas medic bag – it made me look like a traveler. Unfortunately, the way I wore the scarf caused it to slide around on my neck, requiring frequent adjustment. Oh well. This was my very first time wearing a scarf, so I guess I just need a little more practice to discover what works best!

Pink Polka Dots

Pink Polka Dots  - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Converse tennis shoes / black shorts from T. J. Maxx / pink & white polka dot shirt from thrift store / ponytail / pink sparkly heart-shaped hair clip / plastic rose earrings / pink eyeliner from Claire’s

Pink Polka Dots  - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

This outfit was a transition from the outfit I wore earlier in the day out shopping, to the outfit I wore for spending some time outdoors. It was a rather simple outfit, but it was warm outside & the no sleeves were very suitable to the Florida weather! I love these rose earrings. The color on them is so pretty!

Pink Polka Dots  - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Pink Polka Dots  - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Red & Blue

Red + Blue  - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Red & blue striped blouse from Bon Worth / black shorts from T. J. Maxx / silver & black zigzag earrings from Walmart / single hair braid / combat boots

I liked the single braid in my hair, as well as the combination of the stripes on my shirt + the zigzag stripes on my earrings.

Red & Blue, Again

Red + Blue, Again - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Side ponytail / red & blue blouse from Bon Worth / canvas Indiana Jones bag / pink sparkly heart hair clip / black shorts from T. J. Maxx / pink eyeliner / gold facial glitter / strawberry photo print socks / clear sparkly jelly shoes / a variety of bracelets / pink glitter lip gloss

Red + Blue, Again - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

I really loved the way this outfit looked. This shirt from Bon Worth is so, so comfortable! I try working it into many different outfits of mine. Let me note how much I adore my strawberry photo print socks, my jelly shoes, & the combination between great socks & clear jelly shoes. Since I bought the jelly shoes, I’ve been buying all sorts of great, whimsical socks to show off in the jelly shoes.

Red + Blue, Again - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

Many of the bracelets I’m wearing here are ones that I’ve made – I’ve beaded & strung them myself. Some of them, like the red one I’m wearing here, I made when I was as young as 13, & I still wear them now. I also got a few of the bracelets here from my cousin.

Red + Blue, Again - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

I made all the bracelets on this wrist except for the blue rubber one. I love the round blue beads on the first bracelet. The purple bracelet is made of Mardi Gras beads. I learned the technique of making bracelets out of Mardi Gras beads when I was a kid – a friend of mine taught me, & I’ve loved the look & simplicity of these bracelets ever since then.

Red + Blue, Again - Recent Outfits of the Day, October 27, 2015 // ashleecraft.com

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

I wanted dip-dyed hair for a long time. Here’s how I did it at home.

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How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

For a long time, I was super-inspired by photos & people I saw throughout the day who had ombre hair. I absolutely loved the way it looked & knew that I wanted my hair to look that way.

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

A few months ago, I tried doing this look with a light reddish brown color, but as the dye I used wasn’t a high-lift variety & the color was somewhat similar to my natural color, the color didn’t show up very well unless I was in bright sunlight. I was disappointed by the results, but decided to give my hair a break for about six weeks before dying it again so I didn’t dry it out too much. I decided to learn more about the process of dying hair ombre & which dyes would give me the results I wanted. Additionally, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to have the ombre effect done with red or blonde dye.

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

I eventually settled on red, & I’m so glad I did! After selecting a high-lift dye that I ended up being pretty satisfied with (Garnier Ultra-Color Nourishing Color Creme, Ultra Color R3 – Light Intense Auburn
), I followed the directions on the box & let the dye sit in my hair for about 30 minutes or so, if I’m remembering correctly. I applied the dye using the applicator in the box. I tried to concentrate most of the dye on the very tips of my hair, then blended it upwards both by using my fingers, & twisting the strands of hair to force the dye upwards in a blended manner so there wasn’t a harsh line between where I dyed it & my normal hair color. If you want to learn more about how I did it, read this article that I found incredibly helpful.

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair
At first, when I was rinsing my hair afterwards, I didn’t see that much of a difference, as my hair looked darker when it was wet & the contrast wasn’t so great. When my hair dried, I was very impressed by the boldness of the color. It actually was a lot more red than it is in these pictures, which I took probably four or five days after I colored my hair.

Unfortunately, the color started fading pretty much immediately after I dyed it. Every time I washed my hair, despite rinsing it thoroughly after I washed it, dye still rinsed out, & when my hair was wet, it actually made light orange stains on my bedding & several shirts of mine (thankfully all the stains washed out after I treated them with stain remover). The color also faded quite fast, which was kind of a bummer.

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

After having this happen, I read online about dyed red hair & learned that it is notoriously challenging to maintain, & that it is completely normal for it to fade quickly, even if you get it professionally done at a salon. I read that this is because the molecules of red pigment in the dye are larger than other colors of dye & therefore, the pigments can’t penetrate the center of the hair, so it kind of just clings to the outside. Learning this made me feel better about what my hair was doing because I knew the fading had nothing to do with the dye I used, the method I used to dye it, or my hair being abnormally resistant to dye. Now I know this isn’t the case. I also found some really great products that preserve red hair color. I’ve started using the John Frieda Radiant Red Color Protecting Shampoo (& I’m going to buy the matching conditioner soon; the store I went to unfortunately was out so I have to go back & buy some next time I have a chance) & it seems to be bringing out the red highlights in my natural hair color already!

How to Get Dip-Dyed Red Hair

My hair dye has since faded away almost completely, & I really, really miss it, because I loved how it looked SO MUCH & I realized that red hair looks good on me. So, I decided that I want to dye it again. I want to try using red Manic Panic dye, because it’s vegetable based, contains no harmful chemicals, & because of this, I’ll be able to use it much more often than regular dye without damaging my hair. I prefer natural products when a natural, cost-effective alternative which works well is available, so Manic Panic being vegan, not tested on animals, & relatively natural is a big plus for me. Another big plus for me is the fact that as opposed to regular hair dye, which has one application which you mix in a bottle & then apply, Manic Panic comes in a tub & therefore it can be used for more than one application, or can even be diluted by conditioner for touch-ups or to adjust how bold the color is. I’ll post photos on here once I use it & explain my methods!

Pink Giraffe

Pink Giraffe #2 - Outfit Photo

Zebra print high-tops by Op // black tights // black skater skirt // floral button up from thrift store // red sparkly headband // pink studded bow // rubber band as hair scrunchie // pink giraffe earrings from dollar store // diamond earrings // royal blue eyeliner + gold eyeliner from Claire’s // sparkly pink lip gloss from Wet ‘n Wild // purple eye shadow by Wet ‘n Wild 
Pink Giraffe #1 - Outfit Photo

Pink Giraffe #3 - Outfit Photo

Pink Giraffe #5 - Outfit Photo

golden ring thrifted // white diamond owl ring // bracelets made by me

Pink Giraffe #4 - Outfit Photo

Frog Sculptures

Cat Print Scarf

Funky + Fluer-de-lis

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Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

Dress from Amazon.com // owl socks from Amazon.com // combat boots by Faded Glory // white & teal bracelets from Wal-Mart // pink bracelet from thrift shop // guitar necklace from eBay.com // pink hair bow by Just Be… // rose earrings from Claire’s // cubic zircona earrings // eye shadow a combination of teal Wet ‘n Wild + light beige L.A. Colors eye shadows // emerald green eyeliner by Wet ‘n Wild // facial glitter by Wet ‘n Wild

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft - Palm Tree

 

 

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

Funky + Fluer-de-lis // Ashlee Craft

 

Stars & Owls

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Stars & Owls // Ashlee Craft

Devon & Jones Women’s Savile Patterned Dress Shirt in Multi Cabana Stripe // shorts from T. J. Maxx // star earrings from Claire’s // purple earrings from Wal-Mart // Just Be… High Top Tennis Shoes // eye shadow from L. A. Colors // purple eyeliner from Claire’s // white rubber watch from Wal-Mart // gold bangle bracelets from Wal-Mart // owl socks from Amazon.com // owl ring from eBay

Stars & Owls // Ashlee Craft

Stars & Owls // Ashlee Craft

 

Yellow T-Rex Outing

you stood with your back to the wind & the rain
& lied to the clouds about where you thought you belonged
in a cage, you said
but I knew you were wrong
& that your only true home could be the wind & the sky & the wild nature outside the door
that no cage could ever contain you

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow sleeveless shirt by Just Be… // skirt brand unknown // tights by No Boundaries // combat boots by Faded Glory // gel nail polish by L. A. Colors in Rockin’ It // sparkly hair bow from a dollar store // t-rex earrings from eBay // gold facial glitter on cheeks by Wet ‘N Wild // yellow eye shadow by Modeso

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

 

& the sky is still waiting to hear the sound
of the bird who is finally learning to fly

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

Yellow T-Rex Outing // Ashlee Craft

 

Pineapple Girl

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple shirt by No Boundaries // shorts by Gap // Op high top shoes // pink bow on shirt from Claire’s // pineapple earrings from Claire’s // bracelet from Wal-Mart // L. A. Colors eye shadow // lipstick L. A. Colors in Coral Sheen // glitter lip gloss by L. A. Colors in Fuschia // Claire’s pink eyeliner brushed onto ends of lashes // brows colored with e.l.f. cosmetics coffee eyeliner pencil

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft

Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft
Pineapple Girl // Ashlee Craft