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Spotlight: Pleather Naughty Nurse Costume

May 31, 2010

Character: White Pleather Nurse Costume

"Hello-o-o, Nurse!" - Naughty Nurse Costume

Model: Allison Tan
Photographer: Tim Vo
Location: Irvine, CA

The nurse uniform has become a popular choice for both a Halloween costume and for naughty nurse role play. The old-fashioned nurse uniform is most common for costume dress-up with a white mini dress, thigh high stockings and a nurse’s cap. The nurse costume has become a very sexy and flirty uniform choice for girls to wear. By accessorizing the nurse costume, you can make it appear as cute or as flirty as you would like. The two different types of nurse costumes you will find is one that depicts a traditional or proper nurse who works in a hospital or one that portrays a fictional type of sexy, naughty nurse.

The naughty nurse is one of my favorite uniform costumes. After all, medical malpractice never looked so good! A cute and flirty nurse uniform will give you the power to pamper your partner with tender loving care in a fun costume he cannot resist! There are a variety of nurse costume designs to choose from ranging from traditional to naughty. The nurse uniform is what you need for turning heads at a Halloween costume party or setting the mood for a fully satiated romance! Even though you don’t see nurses dressing in this sort of attire at hospitals anymore, it is still the sort of nurse uniform which is firmly fixed into the majority of our minds.

"Hospital Honey" - Naughty Nurse Costume

Our model Allison Tan is wearing the White Pleather Nurse Costume from Leg Avenue. This button front mini dress is a great choice as you can accessorize it to be more traditional, retro pin-up, cute and flirty, or sexy and naughty. It is amazing what a few accessories can do for your Halloween costume! It provides a very customizable palette to work with. This nurse uniform is a 3 piece Halloween costume set that includes a pleather-looking button front dress, stethoscope and matching nurse hat. The button front nurse dress features two waist pockets and a nurse cap with a medical cross sign centered on each one. Tim Vo added that the costume looked very high quality and the pleather looked very close to real leather.

We accessorized the pleather nurse costume with a Nurse Purse, Nurse Thigh High Stockings, Hospital Honey Nurse Earrings and a Nurse Garter & Hypodermic Needle Pen. Allison said she enjoyed the cute cross icons over the dress and costume accessories. Both Allison and photographer Tim Vo tried to capture the friendly and always helpful nature of the nurse. With a happy smile that will light up any room, Allison certainly showed us how fun and flirty you can make a nurse uniform at a costume party.

View more Doctor & Nurse Adult Costumes , Naughty Nurse Sexy Costumes , Medical Costume Accessories

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.” – Confucious say (Chinese thinker and social philosopher, 551-479 BCE)

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Spotlight: Star Wars Padme Amidala Geonosis Costume

May 26, 2010

"Devoted to Her Duty" - Padme Amidala Costume

Character: Star Wars Padme Amidala Costume (Battle of Geonosis Outfit)
Accessories: Sexy White Go Go Boots

George Lucas celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, a sequel to this day that many fans consider the best “Star Wars” film ever made. I just received word a few days ago that Lucas was even to appear at the Star Wars Celebration V this August in Orlando.

With all the spotlight on the original Star Wars movies, I was inspired to get my hands on a Star Wars costume for a fun cosplay photoshoot. I chose Padme Amidala of Naboo. “She was…very beautiful. Kind, but… sad,” Leia recalls after having memories of her departed mother in the Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. She was the secret wife of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the mother of twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa who became two of the most important figures in Galactic history.

Who didn’t enjoy the outfits and hairstyles that Padme wore during Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones? Actress Natalie Portman wore intricate royal wardrobe which was designed by concept artist Iain McCaig and artist Dermot Power, then being tailored by costume designer Trisha Biggar. I loved her selflessness she showed throughout the story. Padme was compassionate, always considering other people before herself, and she stood firm in what she believed in. Her strong will and self-restraint was demonstrated time and time again.

"Caught in Blaster Crossfire" - Padme Amidala Costume

The Padme Amidala costume I am wearing is from the Battle of Geonosis where Amidala once again proved herself rather good in combat and sufficient with a blaster. The Star Wars Padme Amidala costume includes a skin-tight pants (Capri length), pintuck and stitch detail crop top with one long sleeve, metallic looking armband, shinguard boot tops, bone colored utility belt with holster and toy gun blaster. It is made of 88% polyester and 12% spandex. It is one of the sexiest white outfits seen since Princess Leia fought her way out of the Death Star.

I not only wanted to wear the costume, I wanted to replicate her characteristics, personality and expressions. In Star Wars fiction, she is depicted as being beautiful and graceful. It was noted in the novels that she had “a slight figure and a lovely, feminine face. She was remarkably solemn for one so young. It was clear that she took her responsibilities with the utmost seriousness.” I tried to capture her expressions of determination and confident stances in which she consistently demonstrates a devotion to the disadvantaged and deprived beings of the galaxy.

I really enjoyed the Star Wars Padme Amidala cosplay from the Battle of Geonosis. Trying to portray a more serious and devoted character was challenging, but very rewarding. Many thanks to my sister, Janae, who made this possible with her photography, make-up and hair styling skills! We compiled a summary of how to style your hair and wear your make-up for the Padme Amidala costume.  Read our Padme Hair & Make-up Tutorial.

View More Star Wars costumes for all ages and sizes.

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “No, I call it aggressive negotiations.” -Padme Amidala, Star Wars’ Attack of the Clones

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Geonosis Padme Amidala Hair & Make-Up Tutorial

May 26, 2010

In Cosplay Character as Geonosis Padme


Character
: Padme Amidala Costume (Battle of Geonosis) 

I really enjoyed the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones cosplay photoshoot  in my Battle of Geonosis Padme Amidala costume. My sister, Janae, applied her creative and artistic skills by giving me her hair and make-up. And, BOY, did that really take the Geonosis Padme costume the extra mile. It seriously added that important detail to put me in character and unmistakably recognizable. I have put together this hair and make-up tutorial so that you can replicate it for your Star Wars costume. A special thanks to Janae for all your time, help and mad skills to make this possible! 

PADME AMIDALA MAKE-UP (Geonosis Battle Style) 

    Make-Up Tutorial for Padme Amidala Geonosis

  1. Remove all piercings. 
  2. Begin by dabbing concealer on the problem areas first. By using concealer first, you get extra coverage. This is good for the black under the eyes, red noses, etc.
  3. Apply a natural even blend of foundation and top with loose powder using even strokes. Tip: Brush the powder over your face in a downward direction. Follow the direction of your facial hair so that you get the most even application.
  4. Use black eyeliner to line the top eye. Use a thin line along the length of the eyelashes. We replicated Padme’s make-up and used brown eyeliner to line the bottom eye. If you’re using a pencil, smudge the line with your finger so it looks more natural. Tip: Unless you have wide-set eyes, don’t line the entire lower lid. Instead, stop halfway across. To make eyes appear wider, trace the inner rims of the eyes with a white pencil or highlight the inner corner of the eyes with a light shimmer powder.
  5. Now apply a neutral, light pink eye shadow. Dab the corners of your eyes with a grey, smoky shade and carefully blend into the pink being careful as to keep the grey towards the corners. The darker color on the outer corners also adds depth and highlights your eyes.
  6. Blend in a neutral rosy blush on your cheeks, highlighting your cheekbones, but not overly so.
  7. Complete your Padme Amidala make-up by applying lip gloss. We used a natural colored lip gloss called “Nude Almond”.

PADME AMIDALA HAIR STYLE TUTORIAL (Geonosis Battle Style) 

Close-Up of Completed Hair Style

  1. With wet, washed hair, part evenly down the center and pull into low single ponytail.
  2. Tightly twist small individual strands of hair and bobby pin above and around ponytail. Get creative by looping twisted strands in and around other strands.
  3. Complete until all your hair is twisted into multiple strands and pinned.
  4. Curl ends of hair that were pinned. This will help cover the bobby pins, as well. As my hair dried, I also received added volume which also helped hide them. 
  5. (Optional) For an extra Star Wars flavor, we left a long strand of hair down located in the center of the ponytail and braided it. If you do not wish to do this and stay with the traditional Geonosis Padme hairstyle, just twist and pin every last bit of hair.  
  6. Add shine serum on top of hair to keep hair slicked back and fly away hairs tame. We added hairspray all around to guarantee the curls and twists stayed in place for the cosplay photoshoot.

~NOVA~
Quote of the Day: “All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” – Padmé Amidala, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 

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Major Fling Army Girl Uniform Costume

May 19, 2010

"Hooah!" - Major Fling Army Uniform Costume

Character: Major Fling Army Uniform Costume 

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

Memorial Day is more than a holiday used for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and sporting events. It is a time to raise up your American Flags in honor of the 1.1 million Americans who have died in our nation’s wars to protect our freedom and liberty. Remember the sacrifices made by America’s fallen heroes and make sure their acts of bravery are never forgotten. 

In preparation of the upcoming patriotic holiday, I am pleased to share with everyone a  Memorial Day photoshoot using the Major Fling army uniform costume. Whitney Rose is our American Sweetheart and Tim Vo beautifully captured the military theme in flirty fashion in each of his photographs. I certainly love the pinup army girl feel from the costume and the pictures. 

"Guardian Angel" - Major Fling Army Girl Costume

The Major Fling costume is a sexy army girl uniform that is both high in quality and detail. The army girl costume set includes a Khaki dress made of a realistic, rugged looking material. There are gold button details going vertically along the front of the dress. It includes a matching khaki waist belt with gold front closure that fits perfectly within the large belt loops. The army girl dress features a collared halter neck that opens up to a v-neck in the front, leaving for a sexy open back. Part of the neckline folds over to reveal shining gold horizontal trim. The ‘Major Fling’ name tag is placed just below the left shoulder and small v-cut leg slits were placed on each side of the dress for added flirty fun. The army girl uniform dress includes a matching garrison cap with shining gold trip. 

We highly recommend the Bullet Bandolier Belt, Deluxe Dog Tag Necklace , Fishnet Thigh High Stockings with backseam, aviator glasses and a lace-up combat style boot

"Military Barbie" - Major Fling Army Uniform Costume

Our model Whitney Rose explained, “I really liked the texture of the material! It didn’t feel to ‘costumey.’ I loved this costume as it had a very flattering cut from top to bottom and the matching hat was adorable! It made me feel like a military babe!” She explained that the location where they were shooting the pictures was preparing for a play performance and a lot of individuals that saw her in the army girl uniform thought she was in costume for the play. “It was good to know that my military costume looked good enough for them to assume I was part of a College production,” the American sweetheart added. 

“I tried to be as flirty as possible for this Memorial Day photoshoot. After all, the name badge does say ‘Major Fling’. The V-cut was great for cleavage and this army girl outfit made me feel very sexy.” Whitney Rose admitted with a giggle that the Paris Hilton song “Paris for President” kept playing in her head and, more specifically, the line “your commander in bikini~.” 

Photographer Tim Vo was looking for an armed forces type background for the Army girl uniform photoshoot and loved the textures and styles of the walls at the Los Angeles location. “I was going for a bit of a hard, edgy look,” Tim stated. “I thought the army girl uniform was very ‘All American’ and our model fit that mold perfectly. Like a Barbie doll in a uniform.” 

Don’t delay in planning how you will celebrate your Memorial Day activities this Monday, May 31st. I encourage everyone to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance this Memorial Day by pausing wherever you are, whatever you may be doing at 3pm local time for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to our nation and our country. This provides an unwritten memorial to the fallen veterans of American wars graven not on stone but in our hearts. 

View a full selection of Military Adult Costumes for more great uniform and Memorial Day themes. 

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Live for something rather than die for nothing.” – General George S. Patton. 

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SoCal Cosplay Costume Gathering 2010

May 18, 2010

The 2010 SoCal Cosplay Gathering Turnout

The SoCal Cosplay Gathering 2010 took place at California’s Craig Regional Park this last weekend. SoCal Cosplay is a group of Anime fans and they annually coordinate a get together.  For a small nominal fee, attendees can participate in the raffles for prizes, costume contests and the wonderful bounties of the barbeque!

The sold out attendance in 2010 almost tripled that of the 2009 Cosplay Gathering with ticket sales selling out at 400 maximum participants. An alternative gathering called Plan-B was formed due to the circulating news of the ticket sell out. They continued on with their pot luck regardless of the last minute option to combine both cosplay events.

Disney Costumes from 2010 SoCal Cosplay Gathering

The SoCal Cosplay Gathering event is mainly an opportunity for cosplayers in the area to showcase their latest costume design and for photographers to capture them on film. They play various fun and unique games such as ‘Iron cosplay’. “It is like Iron Chef only in cosplay fashion,” states a SoCal Cosplay Gathering attendee. It is a game of excitement, speed and creativity. During the 2010 event ‘Iron Cosplay’ returned and the attendees also were able to enjoy card games, a fantastic barbeque feast, talking to community friends, making new friends, competing in a friendly costume contest, seeing the latest cosplay costume creations and participating in photoshoots from some of the best cosplay photographers in the area.

Harry Potter Cosplay Costumes

There is no specific genre of costumes at the Cosplay Gathering. A lot of individuals will make their own character costumes and include various Anime themes, Disney princesses, sci-fi characters and a few will even make up their own characters. The cosplayer community is fairly close-knit and communicate amongst each other to help prevent duplicate characters. “You will rarely see two Yoko’s at any one event,” explained an attendee.

There are many cosplay communities and events everywhere. Many new ones are arising around the United States and have been growing in popularity around the states. If you are interested in cosplay, we encourage you to find a local community and begin learning through them. Remember, your first cosplay doesn’t have to be perfect and there is always time to go back and improve it later on down the road.

Totally Costumes carries a large selection of costume wigs to add to your cosplay creation. You will find some great styles and colors of costume wigs to add to your character. Click here to view their selection of costume wigs for your next cosplay event!

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “”Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” -Mark Twain

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Gwen Stefani & Batman at Super Hero Costume Party

May 11, 2010

Gwen Stefani's Superheroes

Gwen Stefani was recently spotted with her two children Kingston, 3 years, and Zuma, 20 months, attending a super hero birthday party. It looks as though the Stefani family are Batman fans as Zuma was dressed in a classic Batman costume, Kingston was dressed in a Dark Knight Batman costume and Gwen Stefani color coordinated in black attire. This celebrity singer mom knows how to party! We definitely approve of a super hero birthday party for kids.

We offer a nice selection of Batman Beyond, Dark Knight and classic Batman super hero costumes in any size you need: adult, teen, child, toddler, infant. You name it! Don’t forget about his trusty sidekick, Robin! This caped crusader of the night is a classic character from DC Comics. Unlike most superheroes, he did not possess any superpowers. He made use of intellect, detective skills and uber tech toys to wage his war against crime in Gotham City.

View the full selection of Super Hero Costumes for all ages, Batman & Robin adult costumes, Batman & Robin child costumes, Super Hero toddler costumes and Batman infant costumes from Totally Costumes.

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up.” -Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Begins (2005)


Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Child Costume

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Officially Licensed Lady Gaga Costumes Announced

May 8, 2010

We are excited to announce that we have been selected as an online retailer of the new officially licensed Lady Gaga costumes, accessories and costume wigs. Lady Gaga has taken the music industry by storm with her pop, dance and electronica genre songs. Whether you are going to cosplay or duplicate her performance clothes from hit singles Just Dance, Poker Face and Telephone, we will have a  Lady Gaga costume that will work for you. She never disappoints as she performs with big hair, heavy eye makeup and tight, revealing clothes. Dressed in our Lady Gaga costume, you will have your own little monster fan following. She is the first to thank her gay and lesbian fans for all their support.

Change the world one sequin at a time in your own Lady Gaga Halloween costume whether it be for dress up, a celebrity costume party or cosplay. Recreate your own bad romance through our costume remix. Lady Gaga never seizes to raise the bar and set new standards in the dance music industry.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABILITY ON THE OFFICIALLY LICENSED LADY GAGA COSTUMES! Look toward the bottom of the Totally Costumes store page for the newsletter sign-up.

LADY GAGA LICENSED COSTUME LINE-UP:

Lady Gaga Poker Face Blue Swimsuit Costume: This costume is designed to look like the blue one piece swimsuit wore in her Poker Face music video from the deep v neck to the cut out side detail, sexy open back and signature shoulder sleeves.

Lady Gaga 2009 VMA White Performance Costume:  This Lady Gaga costume is designed to look like the white outfit she wore for her 2009 Video Music Awards performance. Remember the white and bloodied outfit that shocked the world? Her face hidden behind a beaded masquerade mask (The Phantom of the Opera style) with feather horns, knee-high boots and a white belly bearing unitard with a single feathered shoulder pad? Well, this is now available with our Lady Gaga VMA White Performance costume which includes a white top with single sleeve, white hot shorts, matching boot tops and masquerade style eye mask.

Lady Gaga Telephone American Flag Outfit: This Lady Gaga costume will include the American flag print tube top and briefs with costume with, attached headband and red 4 finger wrist gloves. This Lady Gaga costume will replicate the one used in the Telephone music video starring Beyoncé.

The Lady Gaga Costume Wigs and accessories will include:

  • Lady Gaga Curly Bob Blonde Wig
  • Lady Gaga Curly Blonde Wig w/ Pink (this is great to pair with the white VMA outfit to resemble the blood used in the performance.)
  • Lady Gaga Long Straight Wig with Bangs (great for pairing with Blue Swimsuit costume)
  • Lady Gaga Blow Hair Clip (it looks like blonde hair in the shape of a bow to wear on top of your head)
  • Lady Gaga 2 Tone Blonde & Yellow Wig
  • Lady Gaga Red Lace Gloves (great for pairing with the red lace dress costume)
  • Lady Gaga Blue Gloves (great for pairing with blue swimsuit outfit)
  • Lady Gaga Glasses
  • Lady Gaga “GAGA” print glasses
  • Lady Gaga Red Headscarf , Black headscarf (this will look great paired with the long straight wig)
  • Lady Gaga Lightning Bolt Eye Make-up Kit: Includes 4 color tray, pencil, stencil sheet, sharpener, double-sided sponge applicator.

~Nova~
Quote of the Day: ” I’m already crazy. I’m a fearless person. I think it creeps up on you. I don’t think it can be stopped. If my destiny is to lose my mind because of fame, then that’s my destiny. But my passion still means more than anything.” -Lady Gaga, April 2010

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