Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kostume Kult presents Black & Light Ball 2014 : Haute Kulture May 10, 2014

As we roll into what we burners call Pre-Burn season (nobody calls it that) its time once again for our classiest of affairs known as the Black & Light Ball! A very cool, very UV reactive event featuring all the high class, upper crust costumers of the NYC area. All are invited, all are welcome, all are black lit for an evening of fun, art, dancing and glowing good times.

Check out the event page for more details and to buy TICKETS. Getting them early not only gets your a better price (CHEAPER) but it also ensures you will not be left outside the doors while the party glows on into the night at our venue in Manhattan

Once again we have searched near and far to bring the best DJs possible for this special event.
DJs in two rooms include:
Matt Hardinge (Motek)
Soul Mob (Ospina Digital/Slur/Worship/Soul Mob Productions)
WhiteOwlJaguar (Disco Fist/Talon & Claw)
Rhenalt (Rebel Eye/Nervous)

Tektite (Vitamin B/Blackbird Squadron)
Beatkitty (Kostume Kult/Kismet)
Havok (Osiris/Snap Music)
Jeffrey Dommer (NYC Tribe/Fire Triangle)

Now you are excited! What do I wear??!? Don't panic. I'm hear to help you through this. There is a world of UV reactive materials to make a costume with and above all we just want you to come enjoy the fun.

Here are some things I have found glow very well in black light and can be used for costumes:
Fluorescent yarn (Red Heart brand) The pink glows like crazy.
Neon Poster board (Dollar store- CHA-CHING!)
Neon craft paint (mini bottles at Michael's are about $1 each. Use multiple coats for better results)
Neon zip ties (Home Depot)

So go on an inspirational shopping trip and don't get over whelmed. Start with a hat or a blazer from the thrift store. Get crafty. Use your glue gun! Here are some photos from past Black & Light Balls. Hehe Balls.
Check out my Pinterest board for costume & makeup inspiration.

Black & Light Ball is Kostume Kult's springtime Burning Man fund raiser for our theme camp. We appreciate you coming out to have a great time and help us spread the costume love at the burn this year.

Love and Glow Sticks,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kostume Kult presents Horned Ball 10: Red Planet 4.4.14

Kostume Kult Presents
A Retro-Futuristic Martian Fantasy-Scape

CREDITS: Collaged elements from Boris Vallejo, Joe Jusko and
John Carter of Mars & Jane Fonda 

A place of lost legends, the 5th planet once teemed with strange life
and great civilization.  Our galaxy's first eden which came of age
whilst earth wriggled with earliest life.  An alien place where
intelligent beings mixed with savage, horned beasts.  Aqueducts
crisscrossed the surface while cave cities grew underground.
Some believe that life still remains... Biding its time.

In the tradition of artists Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Joe Jusko
and others, this year we present a place of otherworldly evolution,
fierce costumery and unapologetic hotness. In this lesser gravity --
jump higher, dance harder and last longer. It's the 10th Annual
Horned Ball and the countdown is on...

Friday, 4.4.14
9pm to 5am

96 Lafayette Street
Betw. Walker and White
Tribeca, NYC

Buy Online
Presale Tiers: $20 / $25 / $30
Door $40/stylish, $50 normal

ART THEME: Barbarella Safari, Extra Terrestrial Evolution, Buff Warrior,
Arrakis Spicey, Alien Tribal, Future Punk and ANYTHING IN
HORNS! Heinlein, Bradbury, John Carter and HG Wells will be in


DJs on two floors with top sound systems:
ShOOey (Space Cowboys)
Boris Burning Elf (Kostume Kult/ TOAD)
Groovecreator (Ph Recordings)
Milk (Kostume Kult/Geoxie United)
More TBA soon

VJs Krunch and Metal Tiger

ART & ACTIVITIES:  Got Art or a Crazy Idea? Please sign up below.

PERFORMANCES:  *Please get involved* with an extra Horny production of
Karaoke Karabret, Hosted by MC Christopher and Featuring Cali
Fornication & Fluffer The Klown.  Perform your best bit, but prepared
to be tickled, tortured and teased by our World Famous Celebrity
Judges.  Sign up below!

To Propose Art or Performances - http://bit.ly/KKHB14art
To Volunteer - http://bit.ly/KKHB14vol . We need doers, shakers,
carpenters & crafters

Co-Producers Marz & Geoff Shearer
Decor: Gabi McGarvey
Volunteers: Eliza Spear
DJs & Audio Tech - Amanda Wotten & DJ Milk (Geo)

Make your own Malicifant style horns with this video.
Previous Horned Ball posts.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kostume Kult presents: Horseplay Valentines Night Party 2014


Kostume Kult presents: Horseplay!

On Valetine's night we are off to the races, celebrating Love and the Year of the Horse with a frisky frolicky night of clippety clopetty fun. Neigh, Nicker and Nibble… Trot, Traipse, Mingle and Mate… Get out of your stable and onto the dance floor… Pony Playtime is at hand!

But how do I dress?
Well it's a Valentine's Day party so cupids and hearts are always welcome, but the twist is the equestrian theme! Four horsemen, My Little Pony, Fox Hunters, Jockeys (just your Jockeys), Carousel Horses, Unicorns, Pegasus, Lil' Sabastian, let your imagination run while! Dress to Impress!

Want to bring your art or performance?
This is a great opportunity to showcase your cool art or premiere your new burlesque act! 
Perhaps you could just like to help craft some decorations or you are really good at standing on ladders and hanging things! 
To Craft/Volunteer: Fill our this form to get the ball rolling and participate! 
To Propose your cool art: Fill our this form and make it happen!

How do I get in?
You gotta have a TICKET!!
The earlier you buy them the cheaper they are. Right now 1st tier tickets are just $20. 
RSVP on the Facebook event page. Ask others what they are wearing! Get excited about the DJs and great music!
Arrive at Union Square Ballroom at 27 Union Square West/16th Street at 9pm

Love and Sparkle Ponys,
Kostume Girl

Follow me on Instagram to see the progress of my Horseplay costume @kostumegirlscloset

Monday, December 2, 2013

I'm going to SantaCon but what do I wear?

A raucous celebration of all things holiday, specifically Santa which typically occurs the second weekend of December in cities around the globe. Participants dress as Santa, Snowmen, Reindeer, Gifts, Christmas Trees, Elves, Gingerbread Men, Snowflakes and any other Holiday thing you can think of.

What do I wear? I don't want to be lame!

The answer to not being lame on SantaCon is to make your own costume. While this sounds like a daunting task to some I am here to guide you on your way to an amazing costume which will set you apart from the people who think that just a Santa hat is enough to get by.

Step 1:
Get thee to a dollar store. The #1 supplier of Christmas crap that can be turned into sweet SantaCon costumes.

Step 2: Pick a color scheme.
All red evil Santa! All white Snow Queen! All Green Jealous Elf! White and Red Candy Cane! All Silver Snow Fox! All Blue Jack Frost!
A color scheme will make a statement and make it look like you know what you are doing.

Step 3: Get a cheap outfit then UPGRADE it.
Buy a base outfit. Example a sweater or dress at Strawberry's or a cheap Santa suit at Party City. Then hot glue & safety pin on all the treasures that you got at the Dollar Store!

Step 4: Pick a Statement Piece:
Such as a BIG bow, a BIG snowflake, a BIG candy cane, a BIG present. SantaCon is a big event. Don't be afraid of really going for it! A note on props however. While they are awesome, it is a long day and carrying around a big lawn ornament can get annoying. Don't just leave it on some poor guys stoop when you are done with it, put it in the garbage! Remember Santa hates littering. 

Step 5 (Optional): Add lights. I like these battery operated tear drop LED lights on a wire. They are the brightest and are extremely versatile. Wrap them around your Santa Hat and hide the battery pack underneath. Safety pin them to your coat and hide the battery pack in your pocket. Better yet, do like I do and light up your wig!

I hope you have been inspired and you are ready to create your latest and greatest SantaCon costume.
SantaCon NYC 2014 is Saturday December 2014.

Love and Christmas Cookies,

SantaCon NYC 2014 is Saturday December 14th 2014

Whether you look forward to SantaCon each year like a child preparing for the Fat Man in Red's arrival or you loath it with the fire of a thousand suns, its coming to town again. 
New York City prepare yourself for SantaCon 2014. The jolliest bunch of a-holes this side of the Hudson River is descending upon your fair city on Saturday December 14th. So grab your spiced eggnog and join in or get outta town!

As a seasoned veteran of SantaCon I have seen it take a turn from jolly holiday celebration with carol filled rides on the subway and reindeer games to a more alcohol centric mob scene with trash, trash and even some Jersey trash. While I am saddened by Santa's new habit of littering and disturbing the peace, I still feel this is an event which is dear to my heart and is worth experiencing. You don't have to stay with the big group, there are plenty of places welcoming to Santas all over the city. Here then are my tips for surviving and enjoying your SantaCon NYC experience.

1. Pace Yourself:
I cannot stress this enough for every adult beverage Santa has, he should drink a water in between and take time stop and enjoy the festivities. What's the rush?! We are going to be riding this sleigh all day.

2. Eat Food:
Yes, even a dirty water dog can count as nutrition when you are trying to go the distance on SantaCon Saturday. Don't worry about staying with the Santas. You will catch up. Sit down. Have some wings. Get a water with it. Getting caught up in the fun SantaCon can make your forget that you had an english muffin about 6 hours ago and should probably buffer that booze with a little bread and cheese. Have a water while your at it.

You are still in a very busy city with very busy streets. Cops don't care that you are dressed like Santa. They will still gladly hand Santa a public intoxication ticket. Taxis will still hit a person in a red suit. Don't walk into traffic. Don't be that Santa. Don't. 
Via nydailynews.com
4. Stop for Photos and Fun:
Keep in mind the season that brought us all this fun. Take silly pictures with your friends. Take time to sing a carol for a stranger. If a kid is into you. Stop and say Hi. Be appropriate. I shouldn't even have to be writing this.

Well duh. What I really mean is put in some effort. A santa hat and terrible cheap red suit is not going to get you any points. Get creative, get weird, find your inner Lady Gaga. The best part of SantaCon is seeing some of the funny, amazing and creative outfits people put together. Sure you could buy a Buddy the Elf outfit at HalloweenCostumes.com but you will be one of 999 Buddy the Elves. Only a few weeks ago Buzzfeed had a list of 31 DIY Costumes for SantaCon of which I am very proud to be #16 The Candy Cane. HELLO! Get on my level!
Photo by Stephen Dettling
Here is a link to a fun DIY tutorial on how to make a HUGE gift bow headband for your festive SantaCon outfit!


5A. Dress up with a Group.

This is a pain in the ass to organize but I promise major fun. If you can get your friends on a group costume you will be a hit everywhere you go! Here are some Group Costume Ideas to get you started.

Just cause you have a case of beer in your backpack doesn't mean you can just drop the cans all over the freaking place. Pack the empties back up with you until you are at a location such as a garbage can where it is appropriate to leave behind your trash. Santa would totally frown upon leaving behind your garbage and shedding bits of garland everywhere. Pick it up! Who the hell do you think is going to clean up after you and your crappy costume!?

7. Santa gives back
SantaCon NYC also asks that you donate some moola to go to designated charities of the event. For more information and to donate online visit NYCSantcon.com.

So remember SantaCon NYC as with any experience is what you make it. So go out there and have fun but take care of yourself and your friends and don't be that Santa! If you want to avoid Santas all together check out this map of Santa Safe areas in NYC by the Village Voice.

Love and Candy Canes,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Last minute Halloween Must have Item!

Does your purse ruin the slut factor of you Halloween costume?!
Darn those pesky valuables that you just can't leave the house with out! If only you could store your I.D., Money and phone in a more slutty way!

Introducing The Slutty Wallet!

You heard right.. now available at Ricky's.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Last minute halloween costume- Lucy from Peanuts or Madeline or Alice in Wonderland!

Pumpkins, zombies, skeletons and slutty nurses! I am experiencing a little bit of Halloween burnout. Perhaps starting October 1st was a bit much. Luckily I have the coolest and most artistic friends that are stepping up and helping me blog through the home stretch!

It is my pleasure to welcome back guest blogger Erica Campanella to Kostume Girl's Closet.
She returns with her second costume tutorial contribution! Yay!

Last minute halloween costume- Lucy from Peanuts or Madeline or Alice in Wonderland!
How to make your very own Lucy (from Peanuts) costume. Also could be modified to be Madeline or even Alice.

Good luck!
Love and Rogue Sewing,