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collaborations + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015

Tortured artist Halloween party

Halloween artist costume party

Last year I collaborated with photographer Alpha Smoot and a number of uber talented folks to create a Tortured artist Halloween dinner party and it’s one of my all-time favorite projects to date. I got to live out my childhood fantasy and college art history days of collecting all my favorite artists in one sitting. Dreamy! Here are the costumes we re-created. Find all the costume recipes link after the jump and here’s the video that Trisha Zemp made of the party. Such a great collab!

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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party / Friday, 31 Oct 2014

Tortured Artist party films

For the entire month of October we featured our Tortured Artist party and brought you several spook-worthy ideas to recreate for your own dinner parties complete with invitations, menu cards, food ideas, costume ideas, and decor. This was one of my favorite collaborations ever as it brought together some of my favorite people for the sake of creating something gorgeous–always my goal.
Lucky for us, Trisha Zemp was there to film it. I present to you, the Tortured Artist Halloween party:
But what I always find more interesting is the behind the scenes. As you can see, there was a LOT going on!
A HUGE thank you to everyone involved. It takes a creative village.
Costumes by Hillary Gallup, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf
Props from Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
And so many other helpers and assistants. I know, crazy. Now, what did you think? What are you doing for Halloween??

Costumes + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 27 Oct 2014

Tortured Artist Halloween costumes

We’ve had a ball recreating some of our favorite artistic historical characters for you during this season of All Hallow’s Eve. I thought I’d gather all of the costumes together and show you what you guys are liking–the first being the most viewed. Enjoy!
  1. 2 Frida Kahlos
  2. Marie Antoinette

5. Vanitas
6. Picasso’s Old Guitarist

7. Van Gogh
8. Birth of Venus

9. Georgia O’Keefe.

Which one was your favorite? Thanks for playing along with us! Stay tuned tomorrow for some last minute costume ideas! There are some goodies.

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Make up by Rubie Huber
Props from Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Costumes + halloween + Party + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014

How to throw a Tortured Artist dinner party

It’s all come down to this! After 9 Tortured Artist costume ideas (10 if you include the double Fridas), one full menu with 3 delicious recipes and a skull cake for dessert, 2 free illustrated printables from Danielle Kroll here and here (and one more on the way), 1 playlist, and 5 decor ideas here and here, it’s time to reveal the full dinner Tortured Artist party. 
I mentioned that I’ve always wanted to throw a party where everyone comes dressed as an artist. For this party, we added in a creepy adjective “tortured” because so many of the greats were just that and it’s perfect for Halloween. We applied the term loosely and had some of our favorite artists and paintings in attendance. Can you recognize them all? 
If you’re planning your own Halloween party, here’s how I would do it:
  1. Costumes. It’s the only time of the year when it’s truly permissible, so why would you avoid it? Embrace it. In the invitation mention the dress code. Here it was “Arrive dressed as your favorite Tortured Artist.”
  2. Decide on a decor theme. I mentioned here that our decor was inspired by vanitas, the term used to describe the brevity of life and nearness of death that was reflected in rotting fruits, skulls, taxidermy, and candles (see our decor ideas here) and a costume based on it.  We chose not to do rotting fruits but just living fruits as we didn’t want to gross out our guests. A piece of fruit at each place setting is the perfect adornment (see above image).
  3. Add in the Spooky. I’m not generally a fan of the spooky element, but to make the beautiful vanitas work we needed that extra creepy feel. To the table runner, we added in some ghost faces. I wanted something subtle that you wouldn’t detect right away. Surprise! I’ll be doing the full DIY tomorrow.

4. But also make it gorgeous. Though it’s a bit spooky, it should also be a bit gorgeous, right?! That’s how we like to do it here. Sarah Winward did the gorgeous flowers and used the styrofoam skeleton heads as vases. I love how they turned out. Drip fruits and flowers across the table for that lavish, over-the-top feel.

5. Black candles. Good, subtle lighting is a must. We lit our party with black candles, the only way to go. We got ours from Save-on-Crafts, who is the cheapest and has the best supply around.

6. Customize the event. Danielle Kroll created these gorgeous name tags to go at each setting. I’ll be providing the printable in the next couple of days. She also created these gorgeous invitations and menu cards, which you can get here and here.
7. Artwork. To transform your space feel like a haunted house no matter where you are, we covered up the walls with these free printable portraits, which feel spooky and hysterical at the same time. Check out the tutorial here.

 8. Dessert that mimics the theme. It’s all in the details folks. I was so excited for this vanilla bean skull cake. I think it truly made the party. And it was delicious so there’s that. Get the full tutorial here.

9. A delicious autumnal menu. Ramblin Rose Cafe created the most gorgeous and gorgeously delicious menu for the party including a roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, a perfect autumn cheese board, and roasted root vegetables and a pomegranate ginger elixir to wash it all down.

We had a ball putting this party on, but there’s still a bit more. Two more tutorials and a behind the scenes look at the making of the party. Stay tuned!


Projects + Style + YouTube / Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

DIY Frida Kahlo beauty tutorial (video)

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One of our favorite costumes from the Lars archives is our Frida Kahlo costume from our Tortured Artist Halloween party. The make up and hair is absolutely crucial to the look (as you might imagine. That unibrow ain’t going nowhere!), so we made you a DIY Frida Kahlo beauty video for this week’s YouTube video care of hair and make up artist Emily Kowalk. Enjoy! And I’d love to know what YOU are going to be for Halloween! Leave me a comment!

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