Archive for March, 2010

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Bigfoot is Staying Alive – Colorado Sighting

March 29, 2010

With the limited proof available, it is no wonder that America is curious about the Bigfoot Sasquatch monster. Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed the first Bigfoot video footage in October of 1967 at Bluff Creek, California. Bigfoot sightings have since been reported, but no more viable video footage or pictures that would stand as scientific evidence have surfaced. The Legend of Bigfoot is still a favorite folklore story that holds a mystery that is yet to be discovered.

In light of the upcoming April Fool’s Day, I set off on my own Bigfoot adventure in southwest Colorado in hopes of my very own Bigfoot sighting. I am excited to be able to show you my Bigfoot video footage that I captured. Yes, Bigfoot is staying alive! This dancing Sasquatch costume video is sure to bring the classic Bigfoot story back into your world. Please pass along the video and let us know what you think!

Thanks to TotallyCostumes.com for providing the Bigfoot Costume and the Men’s Disco King Costume! This dancing Bigfoot has never been so happy to be alive!

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Nothing is too good to be true, nothing is too good to last, nothing is too wonderful to happen.” – Florence Scoville Shinn, Artist / Metaphysical writer

YouTube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZguH90RDPA

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Easter Bunny Cookie Cupcake Recipe

March 29, 2010

Bunny Cookie Cupcakes Recipe

With Easter arriving this coming Sunday, April 4th of 2010, I am surrounded by Easter candy and goodies everywhere I go. I gave in and decided to bake some Bunny Cookie Cupcakes for a little Easter Costume Party over the weekend to celebrate springtime with a few friends. This adorable 2-in-1 treat is as delicious as it is precious. With a little help from pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough and an easy cupcake recipe, these bunny shaped cookies will dress up your favorite Easter cupcake recipe!

As you will notice from the pictures I took, my cookie cutters were too large and the cookie would not fit on the cupcake without tipping over. So I served the cookies separately and decorated the tops with the marshmallow Peep candies. For the extra cupcakes (I didn’t have enough Peeps for all 24), I placed Robin’s Eggs and Jelly Beans in the middle surrounded by the green “grassy” coconut. They turned out surprisingly well despite me needing to improvise!

Yields: 24 cookie cupcakes

Ingredients for Bunny Cookie Cupcakes Recipe

YOU WILL NEED:
1 – 16.5 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons egg-white powder (such as Just Whites)
Red and green food coloring
1/2 cup each light and dark pink decorating sugars
Large Flower decors
2 cups chopped sweetened flaked coconut
1 – 16 oz. can vanilla frosting
24 cupcakes, any flavor (I used the Betty Crocker Party Rainbow Chip cake mix for all the fun colors!)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

24 Cupcakes for Bunny Cookie Cupcake Recipe

2. Knead dough and flour together until smooth. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out bunny shapes using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Transfer to baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Re-roll scraps; continue cutting to get 24 bunnies.

Nova Note: Be sure to measure up the cookie cutter to the cupcake to ensure you aren’t challenged with the same issue I had with the cookies being too large and heavy for the cupcakes. I added in an Easter egg shape for added decorating fun. Don’t feel stuck to the recipe and feel encouraged to try something different!

3. Bake bunny shaped cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Make cookie frosting: Stir confectioners’ sugar, egg-white powder and 3 Tbsp. warm water until smooth. (If frosting is too thick, stir in

Step 3-4: Bunny Cookie Cupcake Recipe

more water, 1 tsp. at a time.) Spoon 2 Tbsp. frosting into a Ziploc bag. Tint remaining frosting light pink with a drop of red food coloring. Keep frosting covered to prevent drying.

Nova Note: I used multiple color sprinkles and gave each cookie its own color. I had some with pink sugars, blue sugars and green sugars. They all looked great on the pink frosting! Your creativity is your limits… explore!

4. Working on 1 cookie at a time, spread a thin layer of pink frosting on top. Sprinkle top of frosted cookie with light or dark pink decorating sugar to coat, shaking off excess. Snip a small corner from bag with white frosting. Pipe a few dots of white frosting on cookie; attach decors. Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow cookies to dry, 1 hour

My Improvision: Easter Peeps Cupcakes

5. Place chopped coconut in a Ziploc bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring; massage to tint coconut evenly. Put coconut in a shallow bowl. Spread vanilla frosting on cupcakes. Roll edges in green coconut. Press a cookie on top of each cupcake.

Nova Note: I don’t feel I added enough green coloring to get the shade I wanted. Keep adding until you are happy with the shade of green. If you want a variety of cupcakes, you can top some with cookies and others with Easter candies!

Serve these Easter cookie cupcake treats of goodness on Easter Day with your family or at your upcoming Spring Costume party event. I received great feedback from everyone that tried them out this last weekend. They were as tasty as they were cute!

Start your Easter preparations by checking out the selection of Easter costumes and Easter costume accessories from TotallyCostumes.com!

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer , American Writer


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Create an Easter Candy Bunny Costume

March 25, 2010

Easter Candy Bunny Costume Creation

Hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way! And everywhere we go, we see Easter candy and Easter bunny costumes. Have you got your Easter bunny costume ready for the big Egg Hunt and your Easter party event? I was looking for something more than the classic versions and decided to create my own. What did I come up with? This year I decided to sport my own Easter Bunny costume creation which I named the “Candy Bunny” costume.

I am wearing the Sexy Candy Girl Costume with included pink leggings, White Fishnet Fingerless Arm Warmers, Bunny Accessory Set and Adult Pink Hearts Wig. I found some candy jewelry to add to my Candy Bunny look. Who says your Easter Bunny costume has to be traditional? IMPROVISE and create your own!

The Candy Girl costume was perfect for my own twist on the Easter bunny costume. The white dress gave me a bit of that

traditional Easter Bunny feel, but also featured candy “dot”

Nova loves Easter Bunny Salad

details in blue, yellow and pink pastels along with a pastel striped skirt to give me all the Easter candy colors I was after! The Pink Hearts Costume Wig gave me a blonde updo with bright pink streaks. The Easter Bunny Costume Accessory set included the poseable floppy ears, bunny tail and the polka dot bow tie for the bunny flare! I was looking for a bit more white to go with all my pastel candy colors, so I completed the look with my white fingerless glovettes. Put all this together and you get the Candy Bunny costume!

Have you ever created your own unique twist on a traditional Easter character costume? We would love to hear from you with your ideas and past creations!

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” -Bo Bennett

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Prepare an Easter Bunny Salad

March 25, 2010

Easter Bunny Salad: Step 5-6

Easter is almost upon us and so is spring. The snow is starting to melt here in Colorado which brings me to anxiously wait for the trees to blossom and the thousands of wild dandelions that will fill the pastures. Growing up, my sister would always prepare her favorite Bunny Salad. This makes a perfect Easter party tray and would do great at your next Easter themed party.

Serves 8 People

You Will Need:
*8 canned pear halves, drained
*2 maraschino cherries
*16 Raisins
*16 Cashew Halves
*Low Fat Cottage Cheese (Small Curd)
*8 Lettuce Leaves
*Small Bag of Baby Carrots
*Bite size Celery pieces
*Light Salad Dressing

1. Place the lettuce leaves around a large serving tray. If necessary, cut the lettuce leaves to fit on the tray.

2. Place a pear half on each lettuce leaf with the narrow side facing the center of the serving tray.

3. Cut the maraschino cherries into quarter pieces. Add the cherry piece at the narrow end of the pear for the nose.

4. Set raisins at the narrow end for eyes. For floppy ears, insert cashew halves behind eyes. For tail, spoon a small mound of low fat Cottage Cheese at the wide end of each pair.

5. Place baby carrots in the center around the dipping bowl. Cut up the celery into bite sized sticks for dipping. Place the celery between bunnies and around tray. Fill dipping bowl with your favorite light dressing.

6. READY TO SERVE AT YOUR NEXT EASTER EVENT!

Host your own Easter costume party and wear your Easter bunny costume! Serve springtime inspired treats such as this Bunny Salad and have a great time amongst friends.

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!” -Robin Williams

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2010

What a fun day to come into work! Everyone over at Totally Costumes is sporting their Leprechaun Hats and costumes. A few of the girls are wearing Lady Luck costumes, Irish inspired costumes and playing card costumes with gold charms. A few of the guys even came in with their Leprechaun costumes. I’m sporting my Felt Leprechaun Hat, Pot of Gold Saint Patrick’s Glasses and my Red International Beauty Costume wig.

All of us at TotallyCostumes.com wish you a fun Saint Patrick’s Day full of luck, gold and lots of good food.

Irish Toast
Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Yeah, my, my such a sweet thing. I wanna do everything. What a beautiful feeling, Crimson and clover over and over.” -Joan Jett, Crimson and Clover

Nova the Lucky Leprechaun

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Wild Card Alice in Wonderland Costume

March 14, 2010

"Following the White Rabbit" - Alice in Wonderland Costume

Character: Wild Card Alice in Wonderland Costume

Model: Nikki Neither
Photographer: Tim Vo
Location: Los Angeles, CA

I am very excited to feature our Wild Card Alice in Wonderland Costume for our March photoshoot. Not only was she a favorite character amongst the 1951 classic Disney cartoon, but with the new release of the 2010 Disney Alice in Wonderland movie directed by Tim Burton we felt it was only appropriate to feature one of our classic Alice in Wonderland costumes for adults. Our new 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie costumes are pre-orderable with a ship date of May 2010. Place your order now to ensure you receive a piece from our first shipment!

"Queen Alice" - Alice in Wonderland Costume

Little Alice Kingsley is a very polite and curious young girl. She was well raised in a Victoria-era and is very interested about the things around her. Always tired of logic and the world’s expectations of her, Alice longed for a world of nonsense of her very own. At the age of 7 years, she followed a White Rabbit with a waistcoat, fell into a rabbit hole and discovered Wonderland where she met the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, a crazy Cheshire Cat and many more beloved characters of Wonderland.

Photographer Tim Vo attempted to capture the fantasy and wondrous mood the Alice story offers. “Bright colors!” he said, “Make no mistake; this is a sexy Alice Kingsley that seems to have outgrown her dress when she drank the magical potion. I think the model, Nikki, portrayed the wondrous part of Alice’s personality perfectly and I hope I was able to capture that.”

"Wonderous" - Alice in Wonderland Costume

I asked our model, Nikki, what she was trying to portray for the Alice in Wonderland character’s expression and personality. “I went for alternate universe to an extent. She maintains the curiosity of her surroundings, looking at everything with new eyes and amazement. Innocent, and unknowingly sexy, though subtly so.” Some of her favorite Wild Card Alice in Wonderland costume features included how full and fluffy the skirt was with the added petticoat. She loved the included patterned thigh high stockings and how soft the dress material was. The design carried the shape very well and made her feel sexy. “I was so glad to see in the pictures that I really did look how I felt in the Wild Card Alice costume.”

Behind the scenes on these exclusive photo shoots is always so much fun and I wish to share the experience with all of you. Vo agreed that this is by far the most attention we’ve attracted on a shoot. During the Wild Card Alice in Wonderland costume shoot and having lunch there were crowds of boys gathering around, cars slowing down to take a peek and people stopping to ask us questions about the event. “I have no doubt this sexy Alice costume would garner that much attenton on any girl who wears it.” Nikki agreed that everyone’s heads turned and even when she got up from the lunch table to leave that onlookers were leaning over to ask Vo all sorts of questions about the Alice he was having lunch with.

"Through the Looking Glass" - Wild Card Alice Costume

FUN FACTS:
Model Name: Nikki Neither
Favorite Costume Worn: Self-made White Rabbit Cosplay Costume
Experience: “I have loved costumes for so long! I’ve been making my own for years and collecting Leg Avenue costumes even longer. I model costumes for myself, but it is only recently that I’ve had someone to take pictures of me.”
Favorite Picture from Alice Costume Shoot: “Queen Alice”  – This is my favorite because I feel so much like a Disney princess when I look at it.

Photographer: Tim Vo
Favorite Picture from Alice costume shoot: “Following the White Rabbit” – This is my favorite picture because it sums up the Alice in Wonderland character and the mood of the shoot perfectly with her look of wonder and amazement. The vivid colors bring her to life. The setting seems almost magical.

Accessories Shown: Traditional Lace Petticoat, Alice in Wonderland Costume Wig, Alice in Wonderland Clock Purse and Alice in Wonderland Costume Jewelry Kit.

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: How’s *this* for muchiness?” -Alice Kingsley, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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Princess Peach Costume Photoshoot

March 1, 2010

Princess Peach Costume

Character: Princess Peach Costume

Model: Whitney Rose
Photographer: Tim Vo
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Our Princess Peach photoshoot was completed last weekend and I’ve been so anxious to share the final collection! I would like to present model, Whitney Rose, dressed in costume as Princess Peach from Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers game. The photographer, Tim Vo, did such a great job capturing the fun and flirty nature of our Princess Peach costume.

I would like to start off by introducing the character this costume portrays. Princess Peach is the sole ruler of the powerful Mushroom Kingdom within the Mario games. She is a kind and gentle person who greatly cares for the well being of both her kingdom and its inhabitants. This well-loved video game character is selfless, generous and will never show aggression even when she is confronted by enemies of the Mushroom Kingdom. Also known as Princess Toadstool in some of the older games, she is usually accompanied by eight Mushroom Retainers with Toad being her most obedient servant. You will usually see him doting over her and attempting to protect her when she in distress.

Princess Peach Costume

Princess Peach is usually the damsel in distress in most of the Mario story lines. This is due to the fact that she possesses a power to reverse the black magic of the Koopa clan. It is because of this reason that the kingdom is often attacked by the Koopa Clan, led by Bowser. Of course, she is always rescued in the end by her good friends Mario, Luigi and Toad. Her best friend, Princess Daisy, is always there to greet her upon her return to the kingdom.

Princess Peach has golden blonde hair, baby blue eyes, pale pink complexion, full pink lips, a heart-shaped face and an hourglass figure. This blue eyed beauty has an affinity for pink which accents her feminine nature. Princess Peach’s wardrobe of choice is her pink ball gown, pink heels, white evening gloves, a sapphire pendant, sapphire earrings and a gold tiara with sapphires and rubies.

The sexy Princess Peach Adult Costume includes a two-tone pink dress, a sapphire brooch, white evening gloves and a gold tiara with sapphires. The light pink dress has poof sleeves and dark pink accents. You can accessorize the costume with a pink petticoat, pink thigh high stockings and costume heels (sold separately). Your imagination is your limit. As you can see, Whitney Rose switched out the tiara to another crown more true to the original version of Princess Toadstool. “I love how much the costume accentuates the figure,” says our Peach model, Whitney. “One of my favorite things about Princess Peach is how cute and pretty her character is.”

I was interested in learning more about what was happening behind the scenes so I asked Whitney Rose to share one of the most

Princess Peach Costume

memorable parts of the photoshoot. She didn’t have to think for long as she responded, “When posing on a public set, a mother and father were having an afternoon stroll with their young daughter. While walking by, the child kept smiling, waving and calling me a princess. She became giggly when I waved back with a hello.”

The photographer, Tim Vo, felt that the dress came out really well through the different lighting sources, making it easy to capture the nature of it in real life. He added, “This costume is a great contemporary sexy verion of Princess Peach. It’s really fun and has a lot of energy. It expresses the nature of Princess Peach in a modern sort of style.”

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle

MODEL FUN FACTS:
Name: Whitney Rose
Favorite Food: In and Out
Favorite Store: Hollister
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Costume: Princess Peach

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