Friday, November 2, 2012

Two Fridas

Alberto and I love to costume for Halloween, Carnival season, and Mardi Gras. We have had some good ones over the years. Our collection of wigs and masks and costumes has taken up more and more space in our closet. We almost never have to buy anything new anymore.

This year I was inspired to dress us alike.

Frida Kahlo working on her painting The Two Fridas  

Alberto is a good sport, and he has dressed up like a woman many, many times.  Among my favorites -  he was once Ugly Betty; we were a pair of tango dancing nuns; he dressed as me for a "Come As Your Favorite Woman" party. So when I asked him if he would be one of two Fridas this year he said sure.

Two Fridas                      

I got the idea when I saw the idea for a little kids costume.

This little girl is adorable
So off to the Salvation Army store to find a couple of Mexicali Rose skirts and tops. We spent $10 for the two of us. Then off to Walmart where I got some fake flowers and a shawl for Alberto (which I will wear this winter). We had wigs in our costume closet. I recycled Alberto's Ugly Betty wig for him to wear, and for me I used a wig I had from a tango show we did years ago.  I added necklaces and bracelets from my jewelry box. A black eyeliner pencil and some red lipstick were the finishing touches.

Alberto in his Frida costume - Work that skirt!

Valorie in her Frida costume

Of course we got a lot of laughs. Sad to say some people had to be told who we were (one squealed "Oh look it's Carmen Miranda"), and who Frida was. But most people got it and loved it as much as we did.

We went to a party in the neighborhood, and had a wonderful time. When we got home we took these pictures. We tried to pose like Frida, who seldom smiled. She was an intense beauty.

Serious Frida

Frida Kahlo intense beauty

Channeling the self portrait of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo self portrait

I know a lot of people back east missed Halloween this year, with so much more to deal with. If you are looking at this I hope our silly costumes made you smile. Things will get better.

With love from Alberto and Valorie

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15 comments:

  1. I love it! (and I love Frida) Y'all make great Frida's, the costumes are so creative and colorful.

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  2. Love it! Your husband is a great sport:)

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  3. You guys are so much fun!

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  4. Next time I'm in NOLa I'm stealin' them skirts! Long live Frida <3

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  5. I am falling down laughing. You two are so funny, so clever .. love it :)
    Besitos !!

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  6. Fantastic! Love you guys! I could help but notice how your black/white Frida picture looks so much like Scarlett Johanssen. So glad you had a fun Halloween.
    And we all are thinking of those in the path of the NE disaster....and they will persevere and recover (limping) as we all have had to do all across this country (in my area, Joplin, MO) and others across the world who have had to endure the wrath and power of Mother Nature). One Day at a Time.
    Pam

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  7. Frida lives! Your serious faces make the look.

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  8. Please tell Alberto he is the finest woman I have ever seen :)
    Erica

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  9. Kudos to the fabulous Frida and Frida !!
    Jessica

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  10. Frida is such an amazing artist...such an inspiration for women! Glad to see she has inspired some men too! Great post!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

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  11. I get it and I love it! Very funny.

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  12. L.O.V.E. it.

    By the way, do you know what happened to Eddie Ross? He hasn't posted for months.

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  13. So cute! Alberto makes a lovely woman!
    xo

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