The Most Iconic Halloween Costumes of 2016

Halloween may be over but we’re all still recovering from a year of some truly iconic costumes. Creativity, flawless execution and well-thought out representation, these costumes have it all…

1. No-Face

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Five-year-old, Momo Lo, from Taiwan had no idea the attention her costume would invite when she dressed as her favorite animated character, No-Face, from “Spirited Away.”

“Who do you want to go as for Halloween?”
“No-face!”
“Do you like no face the most?”
“Yes!”

And play the part Momo Lu did. In a sea of princesses and childish movie characters, Momo stuck out like a sore thumb. Her classmates didn’t seem to share her love for no face, though. But, the tears of her peers only seem to make Momo feel more successful. Considering the mass of attention the costume and reactions got her, Momo didn’t do too bad for herself. Maybe next year, people will be going as, “Momo the overnight sensation.”

2. Beyoncé (“Hold Up”)

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Hold up! They don’t love you like we love these tot-costumes. This five-year-old gave Beyoncé a run for her money. Armed with a familiar gold dress and a baseball bat, this cutie isn’t playing any games. She came to win.

3. Dog and Toy; Man as Dog and Toy

The next costume is a two-part win. The first is of a man dressed as his dog’s favorite Gumby toy. The video of the dogs reaction to his owner’s costume went viral.

The result of this viral video created the next costume. “The guy who dress as Gumby and went viral.”
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The costume may not of gotten the reaction intended, though. People were slow to pick up on the creativity of the costume venture. Maybe it was a bit too soon to catch on. No worries “Gumby man and dog recreation,” we’ve got your back.

4. TLC

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This trio take the trophy for perfection- right down to the stitches of their clothes and those effortless poses. This TLC costume was bad in all the right ways.

5. The Plastics

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Maria Instagram

Mean girls costumes will never lose their charm: these three girls prove that with the iconic pink ensembles. From the look like outfits to the ‘burn book,’ these “Plastics” were on-point.

6. Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime. Talk about original. It takes a special kind of Halloween love her to reach this level of genius.

 

7. Severed Head

Severed Head

There have been a lot of tutorials for ‘severed head’ Halloween make-up, but this mom takes it a step further and transforms into “a severed head in the freezer.” If you weren’t already feeling boring and basic from this list, let that feeling sink in now.

8. Romy and Michelle

Romy and Michelle

Romy and Michelle. It may not be original but it’s definitely a chronic. The dynamic duo was brought to life flawlessly.

9. Samsung Galaxy

Samsung

Nowadays, there are really no limitations to creativity or originality of Halloween costumes. There’s always that one costume that makes you want to simultaneously slap your forehead and clap your hands in appreciation.  A burnt Samsung Galaxy phone is the complete embodiment of jaw-dropping and “no they didn’t” kind of costume.

10. Bette Midler as Winifred

Bette Midler

Most people wouldn’t be able to pull off dressing as themselves for Halloween. It’s who you are the other 364 days of the year, so where’s the fun in that? Bette Midler as her character in Hocus Pocus is, and will always be, the exception to this rule. After all, who would have the gall to mess with Winifred Sanderson?

11. Girl as her  ‘Grandmother’

Grandma

While its hard to find a costume that hasn’t been done before, there are few who brave the unique, often misunderstood costumes. It might not be considered ‘cool’ to dress up as your grandmother, but that didn’t stop this young girl. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than dressing up as your favorite family member?

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Volunteering Made Easy

You’ve probably thought about it at least once or twice. Volunteering, that is. How can we not? Everyday you’re forced to witness the more obvious cases of individuals’ misfortune. Not to mention, all the well-hidden cases that we unknowingly encounter on a regular basis. Unfortunately, finding a volunteering program isn’t as easy as the passing thoughts you have. The effort it takes is probably a big turn off for most volunteer considerations. So, in order to save you some time, some guilt and get more people active where it really matters, this is volunteering made easy.

Summer is officially over. Now, we must delve back into the swing of mundane, day-to-day life under the cold, looming shadow of fall. No use being upset, though. The end of one chapter only means the beginning of another. And what could be better than a season filled with holidays? Sure, the stress and strain that can come with family functions and gift giving sucks. Although, usually the good outweighs the bad and reminds us to be grateful for what we have. Unfortunately, for some, the holidays are a reminder of how little that may be.

There are all different types of volunteer programs. You can volunteer abroad. You can volunteer at your local food pantry. Or, if you prefer the company of animals, you can volunteer at an animal shelter. Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research. Some programs require a payment (usually the abroad programs) for your stay and meals. There are also programs that require to volunteer for a certain period of time, so make sure you’re ready before you commit.

I know what you’re thinking…why is volunteering so complicated? Shouldn’t they be grateful for any help they get? And why am I paying to volunteer? Truthfully, it all depends on the program. Just know this, there is a rhyme and reason to their requirements. And, while volunteering isn’t simple, it is worth the effort.

Volunteering Abroad:

If you’re volunteering abroad, the cost of your stay and your food is often your own responsibility. Some programs will offer housing at little-to-no cost, but often its wherever they can fit you. What is great about abroad programs is that you can kill two bird with one stone. You can travel outside the familiarity of your world while helping others. You can also meet other people that have traveled from their foreign countries. Volunteering abroad is a melting pot of different cultures and countries, one that brings people together for the greater

Remember, most programs will not include food, flight or stay, so make sure you research!

Sites like, Go Abroad, will offer you a base for multiple programs. You choose your destination, duration of the program and the cause. Then, the site will gather programs related to your specifications. This is one of the relatively easy ways to search for programs.

Global Vision International, has been around for nearly twenty years and sent over 25,000 volunteers overseas. While volunteering isn’t all about the numbers, it’s good to go with a well-used program. This way, you’ll have more resources and advice at your disposal.

 

Volunteering With Animals:

You don’t have to volunteer with people. If you have a passion for the creatures we call our best friends, there are plenty of programs for you. Again, these programs can be close to home far into your uncharted territory.

Much like the Go Abroad site, One World 365, offers a platform in which you can filter through tons of programs and find your best fit. With One World 365, you can even choose your preferred species and eliminate costly programs.

If you want to stay close to home, contact your local animal shelters and veterinary offices to discuss any opportunities they have available. As, animal shelters are often crowded and very busy, this can take a little time. Be patient, but persistent.

Local Volunteer Programs

As for local volunteer programs that expect a certain period of work, it is mostly to ensure body count. If you are accepted as a volunteer, people are counting on your help. If a volunteer backs out or doesn’t show up, then that space must be filled. Finding volunteers can take some time, especially for programs with children that require background checks. So, if you can’t do the time, don’t waste their time. In a way, volunteering is much like a relationship: you’re making a commitment to the program and their making a commitment to you. Don‘t let them down.

Programs with children are some of the most popular, now. Especially with so many people speaking out about homeless youth. These local programs can be a bit harder to find reside primarily on the West Coast. Stand Up for Kids, for example, allows volunteers to make a positive impact on homeless youths’ lives. They locations are limited, but programs are constantly trying to expand.

For something a little simpler and accessible on a day-to-day basis, the best approach would be to contact local churches. Your religion, or lack thereof means little to them in the face of helping hands. A lot of churches, especially in larger cities, offer food, living and job-search support for less fortunate families and individuals. All you have to do is call around or go into a few churches and see where and for what your help may be of use.

If you have the means, volunteering is definitely something to consider. You never realize how much impact you can have on the lives of others. Putting good into the world is never something we should be afraid of, no matter how daunting the process. Hopefully, this article will inspire you or re-motivate you to find your program.

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I’m a Social Media Intern in Beverly Hills

I’m a social media intern for Lisa Stewart Jewelry in Beverly Hills, California. Yes you read that right, a social media intern. You might be wondering, “is that even a real thing?” How could I possibly be interning for something we do for fun? Somehow, and fortunately for me, it is a real thing. It’s probably not as glamorous as you’re picturing. But I am only 19-years-old and managing all of the social media for a company.

Beverly Hills Sign

Twice a week, I drive from UCLA to the office which just happens to be off a certain street called Rodeo Drive. You might recognize that sign in the photo above. I happen to work right behind it in a mansion turned office. Even though I pass the Beverly Hills sign and Rodeo Drive twice a week, I still cannot believe I work there. Granted, it is for free. Social media skills aren’t that uncommon to be highly paid for unfortunately. However, I’m not going to turn down hanging out in Beverly Hills, surfing Pinterest, and posting to Instagram twice a week.

As a social media intern, my main focus is improving Lisa Stewart’s overall Instagram aesthetic. Basically, it’s my job to make sure the Instagram page looks pretty and is cohesive. My job then is to surf Pinterest for hours on end in search of beautiful photos that can enhance our feed. I post for #turquoisetuesday with pictures of teal typewriters and oceans. For #womancrushwednesday, I pull photos of inspiring and beautiful women such as Jennifer Aniston or Margot Robbie. #Foodiefriday posts are my favorite because I get to post photos of amazing food, like geode inspired cakes.

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All in all, being a social media intern in Beverly Hills has many perks. I get to do what I enjoy and put it on my resume as actual work experience. If this sounds appealing to you and you hope to work with social media one day, I recommend searching for an internship that will you give the ability to pursue your passion like mine does.

Do you Glamorous people have an internship you’re dying to tell us about? Please gab away and comment below/tweet @GlamorousPaper a selfie of you at work!

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How to Make Your Own Watercolor Mugs

Watercolor mugs are recently popping up more on my Pinterest feed. They’re simple, cute, and seem fun to DIY! With the holidays getting closer, it’s time for me to try my own watercolor mugs. The task seems simple: buy a mug, dip it in some nail polish, let it dry. So in the name of DIY, a friend and I are setting off to the dollar store to buy some cheap, white ceramic mugs to transform.

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What we are getting for this project is a ceramic mug (typically white), a tub of warm water, and nail polish. First, clean and dry off your newly bought cheap mug. This is to make sure it’s ready to be pretty. Next, fill the tub or bowl of your choice with decently warm water, warm enough so that it won’t cool off too quickly. This next step you have to do very quickly, be ready! Pour the nail polish colors into the warm water and dip the mug in immediately after. Once the mug is covered, slowly remove it from the water. It should be beautifully marbled and ready to use after a few hours drying!

multicolored watercolor mugs

This project is easy on paper, but it actually is decently difficult. During my experience, I had to wipe down my mug with nail polish remover at least three times. My first attempts at these watercolor mugs were not pretty whatsoever. But that’s wht I do it, to let you Glamorous people learn form my mistakes!

When filling the tub or bowl with water, really make sure it is warm, almost even hot. Secondly, use nail polish colors you like but won’t mind being completely used up. I chose to use my three favorite colors and ending up with sad, half-filled bottles leftover. Lastly and most importantly, you have to be extremely quick to dip your mug in after pouring the nail polish into the water. For some reason, if you wait a second too long like I did, it comes out all goopy and weird.

Even though these DIY watercolor mugs weren’t this easiest project on the block, they still came out pretty and were fun to make! Make your own versions and tweet us at @GlamorousPaper with photos of your creations. Go forth and be artsy!

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5 Things Every Woman Should Know How to Do

As women, we have hundreds of years of stereotypes and gender-expectations that we are still overcoming. We’ve come far, but equality is still a work-in-progress. We all have our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and what better way to improve both than to break down gender stereotypes and take on the tasks often thought of as ‘masculine.’ Why rely on men when we can rely on ourselves, right? We can do more than fold laundry, cook and take care of the kids, and we’ve been proving it to the world more often as time goes by. So, in the spirit of the strength of women, here are a few things that we think every woman should be able to do on her own.

1. How to Change a Tire

One of the worst things that can happen to any person is getting a flat tire. When you don’t have a spare or don’t know how to change it, you’re pretty much S.O.L. And, if it happens in the middle of nowhere, you better hope you brought some walking shoes. Most cars come with donuts, but some come with full size spares. Regardless of what you have to work with, its imperative to know how to change the tire yourself. Relying on strangers for help can be risky, especially if you’re a woman.

It’s the sad truth of the world that changing a tire is thought of as a more masculine trait. I’ve lost count of how many woman I’ve heard say, “I always had my (insert any male figure) to do that stuff.” Except, when you don’t have them around to save you the physical and mental struggle, who will help you? Better learn to help yourself!

2. How to Be Independent

This is a knowledge that should surpass gender, sex and sexuality, to be honest. Although, in my experience, the pressure to settle down or have a partner is most heavily put on women.Being on your own isn’t easy. For some, it’s impossible. It is important to be able to find your independence and comfort in the ability to function without the help of others. That’s not to say that you can never reach out to family or friends when in need. Rather, it’s a process that helps you find yourself; your strengths and weaknesses.

Being independent is not a concept as simple as “being single,” either. It’s more about relying on yourself and being able to live without dependency when its not an option. Discover yourself. Learn to love yourself. Knowing yourself and loving yourself will, in turn, give you the foundations for a more confident and stable role in future relationships, be at business, familial or romantic, etc.

 

3. Checking and Maintaining Car Fluids

Another car-related how-to. I know, it’s often confusing and annoying. I always thought to myself, “what’s the point?” when I could always ask my dad for help. At least, that was until my car refused to go over 30 mph on the highway. The cause? Old and low transmission fluid. It was a lot scarier than it sounds, though it could have been worse. Like many people, I got lucky.

We all know it can be easy to ignore something as (seemingly) simple as checking your fluids. You’ve got 1 million other things to worry about, so it’s the last thing on your mind. But, the easiest way to keep your car running longer and smoother is to check and maintain your fluids, especially your engine oil, on a regular basis. Don’t be that person that putters into the auto shop with “rip me off” stamped across to your four head. Know everything you can about your car. Just for the simple fact that you’re female – you are an easy target to be taken advantage of.

 

4. Hang a Picture
 
Decorating is fun. Putting a special touch to any place you rent or buy is what makes it ” your home.” It can be a chance to show off your unique style, your character and your skills. Whats not fun is spending twenty minutes trying to figure out if a frame is leveled or watching the dry wall crack as you hammer a nail into it. If you can’t get the frame or art piece leveled, you’re bound to drive yourself (or an unsuspecting guest) crazy. Like most things in life, YouTube can save you a lot of trouble. There are plenty of videos explaining what tools are and how to use them. Its a few minutes that will save you a lot of frustration. So before you hurt your home or yourself, do a little research.
5. How to Balance a Checkbook
 
This how-to seems a bit irrelevant since writing checks is something of a rarity, nowadays. Still, its a habit that can help you keep track of your money and maintain your savings. Since debit and credit cards make accessing your money effortless, losing track of your balance is easy. Not to mention, when its all gone, you can’t even remember what you spent it on.
Checking your statements online or in the mail is important but carrying a checkbook around can help, too. You don’t have to write checks, its the money tracking you’re after. Anytime you hit the ATM, swipe your card or even use cash, jot it down. It also helps to make note of where the money is going. This way, you don’t have to sweat over the possibility of your card getting declined or wonder what you’re spending all your hard earned money on. Its a good habit to get into if you’re looking to build up your savings or just to keep better track of it.
 There are countless other tasks, both day-t0-day and more serious, that society often assumes women can’t or shouldn’t do. These are just a few petals picked from the entire flower. Just remember, anything they can do, we can do, too. Be strong, be resilient and be knowledgeable.
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