OOTD: Halloween in San Fransokyo

2017

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I’m a little late, but happy belated Halloween from San Fransokyo! I had a lot going on in October and fell behind with posting. Somehow Halloween was approaching and I had no costume! I usually do DIY costumes by using existing clothes or buying new pieces that can be worn later, so I spent one night Googling every female character from a video game or Disney/Pixar movie (last year I was Serena from Pokemon X/Y). The winner was Honey Lemon, from Big Hero 6!

Honey Lemon on the streets of San Fransokyo

Have you seen Big Hero 6 before? I’ve seen it twice, both times on one rental. My guy friends from back in New York hosted a party for us girls two years ago with a Big Hero 6 theme – it was the first party with my friends I ever attended, so the movie has a place in my heart. I decided to take advantage of my location this year because the movie is set in San Fransokyo, a modern Japanese version of San Francisco. If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, check out the Golden Gate Bridge redesigned with the Japanese shrine gate!

San Fransokyo as seen on the French poster.

When I told friends that I was attending our Halloween event and party as Honey Lemon, one of them decided to join me and ordered a Baymax costume.  Once that happened we were determined to complete the gang with Hiro (main character), GoGo, Wasabi, and Fred, but we couldn’t round up people in time. I still brought Baymax to take photos with me in Haight Ashbury, a neighborhood in San Francisco where Hiro’s house is actually based on! Check out a comparison of my friend in real life (top) and Baymax in the movie (bottom)!

Baymax in San Francisco VS Baymax in San Fransokyo

It was incredibly fun to take these photos – a bunch of passerbys took selfies with Baymax, and my friend even managed to stop a tour bus. I guess the tourists were really excited to actually see Baymax in his home turf. 

Honey Lemon was less recognizable – one woman said her son knows who I am and asked for a photo – but a lot of people, including my friends, thought I just decided to dress up really cute for the day until I told them I’m not that dramatic.  However, they’re right. I did put a lot of thought into putting together this costume, so the rest of this post will be an OOTD!

OOTD: Honey Lemon

Luckily I have ash blonde hair right now, so that was already taken care of! I had to buy the rest of the pieces, so I tried my best to consider quality, comfort, pricing, as well as reuse.

Honey Lemon outfit pieces

  1. I bought the dress first to test out colors. There were a lot of options that were either too long, too tight-looking, or with a completely different neckline. I chose a $5 option in case I had to buy a replacement. I turned out to be too long and loose at the bottom, but I bought some clothing tape to shorten it. That’s why in my photos the bottom of the dress is rounded.
  2. I picked a yellow sweater that was longer and darker than the dress. I kept it cheap as well, so it wasn’t very comfortable.
  3. White leggings – nothing special there!
  4. Yellow headband – I managed to find the color inside a package of many colors.
  5. Large pink frames – I think they’re meant to be protective glasses, which is why they do have glass. Even though they was non-prescriptive, they hurt my eyes a bit if I wore them for too long.
  6. The yellow sandals were the most expensive part of my costume at $37. I chose not to copy the heels because my ankle is still pretty fragile. I could’ve gone with cheaper options for flats, but I chose this one because it looked like it had more support. The shoes turned out to be excellent.

As for makeup, I looked up online tutorials on Honey Lemon’s makeup. Most of them were about how to make eyes seem bigger for the cartoonish look. Some girls even wore fake lashes, but I didn’t want that stuck in my eye for two days so I passed.  Let me take this chance to plug some products!

Honey Lemon makeup

Honey Lemon and Baymax

That will be all from Honey Lemon! I hope you had a great Halloween, and stay tuned as I continue to rebrand this blog to feature perhaps some of my friends and their stories.

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