|From top left clockwise ~ Dia de Los Muertos Madonna painting, a glowing Owl Pumpkin, |
Cosmic Skull Girl, and tasty Spiced Pumpkin Muffin Owls.
What forms of creativity have you been expressing lately?
Next up this week is one of our family's favorite holidays - Halloween! We will be dressing up in costumes and I will be figuring out how to transform my face into that of a zebra. Wish me luck! Last year I was a parrot, the year before that our whole family was decked out as Sugar Skulls for a special Dia de Los Muertos gathering and art show. Other forms I have taken in the past have been as a Killer Bee, Fire (with my husband as Ice), a Pink Flamingo, the Ocean, Half Devil - Half Angel, Dolly Parton, a male biker and the list goes on. Halloween has a long tradition in my family and my mom who celebrates her birthday on October 31st, always dresses up as a witch, because she says it is her true alter ego.
Do you ever dress up for Halloween?
If yes, do share about your costumes, past and present.
Photos sharing is highly encouraged too!
I love the creativity that Halloween inspires in people. Costumes can be such a fun way to express oneself, to get wild, and try out playing a character or new role. Costume parties are often the funnest kind, as people who might normally be shy or reserved, find themselves being more extroverted and free, because for a night that can try out being someone or something different.
From top left clockwise ~ Fire, Killer Bee, Sugar Skulls, Biker, Cat Woman,
Fire and Ice, Pink Flamingo, Parrot and Kitties
Fire and Ice, Pink Flamingo, Parrot and Kitties
Fashion and the clothing we choose to wear are also another way we can get creative and express ourselves. Clothing can change the way we move. Clothing can change the way we see ourselves. Clothing and outfits can even make us feel differently, if we let it.
Some people may find dressing creatively to be intimidating and may not want to draw so much attention to themselves. In our Cosmic Cowgirl Tribe we have encouraged members to at least try on various outfits or costumes to release their inner Legendary self. Our amazing Chief Laughing Cloud has even written about how one day she realized that she was being overtaken by the "gray" and set her intention to pull out her more sassy and wild clothing in order to spark creativity and a bit of rebellion.
Do you ever put on an outfit that makes you feel different?
Sometimes I get into a clothing rut. My creativity lags and I just go through the motions of picking out clothes to wear to work or on the weekends. However, I have noticed that if I my creativity is Sparking, or if I remember to let my clothing express my inner creativity, or even my inner wild woman, well those are the days I am reaching for long feathered earrings, jeans with glitter, tears and writing on them, or high black boots and a dress with a slit up the side.
I know that we women can get very self critical about our appearances and our bodies and that we can let this restrict our clothing, fashion and costume choices. As a woman who has been a variety of sizes, from very thin when I worked out 7 days a week for three hours every day, to very overweight, and lots of places in between, I must tell you that size does not matter. It really doesn't. Even in my larger times when I dress fun and fashionably I have still received compliments. The way we carry ourselves, the way we see ourselves, the way we strut and hold our heads high, is so much more influential than some realize. If you can see the beauty, and the sexy in yourself, that is going to shine out into the world.
No matter our size all of us women also face growing older, if we are so lucky in this life. We will see our bodies change. Perhaps gravity will take its toll and certain parts will begin to sag, wrinkle, and change. We may adjust to such changes gracefully, or we may choose to wage a battle against it with some tucks and tightening here and there to firm things up a bit.
Whichever route we take though we will still have choices on how we choose to present ourselves in the world. Some women as they grow older state they begin to feel invisible. They look around and see a media world obsessed with youth and beauty. It is refreshing when you see someone take notice of style and beauty that is of a more mature nature. Photographer Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. He share this: "Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing of two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age."
You can visit Ari's Advanced Style web site by clicking here.
Here is a taste of some of the photographs he has taken.
There is also an Advance Style documentary about the women he has been photographing in New York and this is the very fun and short film trailer to inspire you to get more creative in your own closet!