Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Weekend in Havana

Ok, I didn't really spend the weekend in Havana.
The title is in reference to my Halloween costume - I went as Carmen Miranda!

I rented this costume from my former place of work: Harlequin Costume and Dance. It was built when I worked there and I have always loved it. I had a big party to go to last night. I wanted to wear a fun, vintage inspired costume and just couldn't get this one out of my head. I knew I had to wear it.
The jewelry and shoes were all bought by me for this costume.

Costumes usually inspire me to do lots of research and this one was no different. I didn't know much about Carmen before I decided to emulate her last night, but now I'm a big fan!

After some research I discovered my costume was inspired by Carmen Miranda's performance of 'Samba-Boogie" in Something for the Boys.

screenshots sourced here

More specifically, I remember the inspiration coming from this paper doll book that we had at the store. You can see my costume there on the left. 

We had a great time at our party and my costume was a big hit! I'm already starting to think about next year! haha!

How was your Halloween? What did you dress up as?

Lisa.xo   aka. Carmen


  1. That's perfect. The Carmen Miranda is a good icon in Brazil and you did different this halloween, your fantasy is very creative.

  2. This is great! And Carmen Miranda is indeed quite the character!


  3. You look fabulous! Great costume :)

  4. This costume is seriously magnificent! I love how very much it resembles the original and how you've styled it. Amazing job, darling gal, really, really amazing!!! I'm in the mood for a little Carmen inspired dressing myself now, too!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. What a great costume!! I have a Carmen Miranda brooch!! It's so cute :)
    I went as a 60s Star Trek character. Beehive and all :)

  6. wow, this costume is perfection!!!! you look stunning.


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