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Joan Holloway Halloween costume

All ready for Halloween Part 2.

Oh, who am I kidding: you all just want to see Terry, don’t you?

Yes, The Box has finally fulfilled its destiny. Apparently all The Box ever wanted was to be part of a “Han Solo dipped in carbonite” Halloween costume. Who knew?

Here’s his inspiration, for those of you who weren’t obsessed with Star Wars during the 80s, and possibly also the 90s:

Now, as Terry was going as Han Solo, the obvious thing for me to have done here would’ve been to be Princess Leia, and funnily enough, Terry did campaign enthusiastically for a “Princess Leia in the gold bikini costume”, which… yeah. I, meanwhile, spent a bit of time searching, both online and in my own closets, for a suitable outfit which would allow me to dress up as my childhood heroine, but sadly, it was not to be: I have a LOT of clothes, but for some reason I DON’T seem to have any long white turtle-neck dresses, and the costumes were selling on eBay for £40 – FORTY POUNDS, people! – so instead I went as A Really Lazy Girl Who Didn’t Want to Spend Any Money on a Costume She’d Never Wear Again, or, as I tried to spin it on the night, as Joan Holloway from Mad Men. Only without, you know, boobs.

Mad Men fancy dress

I should probably be worried that I managed to make a Halloween “costume” out of clothes I already own and a hairdo I sometimes wear anyway, huh?

Terry found the fake cigarette in his desk drawer, a remnant of Halloween costumes past. Previous to this, he HAD been going to make me one. Here is the conversation we had on that topic:

AMBER: Will you make me a fake cigarette for my Joan Holloway costume?

TERRY: Yeah, I was thinking about that: I think I’ll just buy you one instead: I can’t be bothered making one.

AMBER: You can buy single cigarettes now?

TERRY: Well, no, I’ll have to buy a pack of them. But it’ll be easier than making one.

AMBER:  *thinks about this*

AMBER: Will you make me a pair of knee boots?

TERRY: Yeah, OK, no problem, I’ll make them out of cardboard.

AMBER: Gah! You were supposed to say, “Nah, I can’t be bothered, I’ll just buy you them!”

He didn’t make me boots, needless to say. But the cigarette was so realistic that every time I put it down I’d glance round and think, “OMG, there’s a lit cigarette lying on that table!” Sadly, copying Joan Holloway’s figure was a much harder task, so I didn’t even try: there are some things you just can’t fake…

But back to Terry:

As you can see, Terry took his box-wearing duties very seriously. He wasn’t, however, able to wear The Box all night, for obvious reasons, and this left The Box vulnerable to attack from all kinds of unsavory characters:

“No, seriously, Terry, the box can leave the house now, yes? Now that it’s finally driven me to drink?”

What do you think?

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  • Caroline
    November 8, 2010

    Brilliant – Terry takes costumery to a whole new level of effort, the likes of which I haven’t seen since university…

    Meanwhile, you look stunning. And I *really want* that dress. No, I really really do. You eventually got my green dress – now it’s my turn to covet… 😀

    • Amber
      November 8, 2010

      I’m now coveting your green pencil dress, though (the one you’re wearing in your Facebook profile), so we’re equal on the green-dress-coveting-front! This one was actually sold as “The Mad Men” dress when I bought it, so I figured it would be appropriate for Joanie, if a little low-cut for me!

      • Caroline
        November 8, 2010

        It’s M&S Limited Collection – just so you can keep an eye out on ebay, y’know! 😀

      • Elizabeth Varley
        November 14, 2010

        Ooh, where is the dress from? I love it!

        • Amber
          November 14, 2010

          It’s BB Dakota, from a couple of years ago.

  • Tali
    November 8, 2010

    I want all of your shoes!!!

    I had to gather all my abilities of giggling silently when I saw the first picture of Terry’s costume! Creativity, wild imagination and The Box can do wonders!
    You don’t really mean to get read of The Box NOW?

    • Amber
      November 8, 2010

      The Box is already gone! I can see what my living room looks like again for the first time in about 6 weeks!

  • katri
    November 8, 2010

    I was waiting to see the costumes all of yesterday, no joke. Now I’ve realised there are things that cannot be unseen…

    • Amber
      November 8, 2010

      Oh no! I actually didn’t think these outfits were too traumatic, either!

  • Steph
    November 8, 2010

    You look great! I’m now thoroughly convinced of the virtues of owning a green dress. Note to self: buy own green dress.
    Terry’s costume is making me laugh so hard I can barely type. It’s genius.

    • Amber
      November 8, 2010

      I thoroughly recommend the buying of the green dresses. Obviously I take my own advice on that just a little too often, though 🙂

  • Hayley
    November 8, 2010

    I ADORE your dress! Come to think of it, though I have many other clothing items in various shades of green, I don’t own a green dress…this must be remedied.

    • Amber
      November 9, 2010

      I think I probably have everyone else’s share of green dresses, I just can’t seem to stop buying them. And polka dot dresses. Mind you, I have just ordered a blue one, so baby steps…

  • Fashion Limbo
    November 8, 2010

    You look great, and Terry’s costume is so clever! Gotta love scrumptious Han Solo and “cold as ice” Princess Leia. Love your outfit too.
    By the way, the way you have your shoe collection on display is fantastic. I may copy it, just so you know 😉

    • Amber
      November 9, 2010

      Oh, copy away! I love having them all out on display – it makes it so much easier for me to get round to wearing them all now that I can actually see what I have!

  • Rock Hyrax
    November 8, 2010

    Out of all the possible options for Han Solo, Terry must have picked the most difficult one! 😉 With that make-up he bears quite a resemblance to Data from Star Trek…

    • Amber
      November 9, 2010

      Haha, he likes the challenge! Off to Google Data from Star Trek now!

  • Rebecca
    November 9, 2010

    Han Solo!
    All of my friends are Star Wars nerds, so I’ve been sort of sucked in over the years. Not that I mind, or anything.
    Love the Joan Holloway dress — you look lovely!

  • JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk
    November 11, 2010

    I love both of these costumes so much. You make such a great Joan, and it’s amazing you already have some items that work for the costume.

    I was a huge Star Wars nerd and wanted desperately to go as Leia this year….the carbonite freeze interpretation here is incredible!

  • Fiamma
    November 11, 2010

    love your costume! 😉 you look gorgeous! and btw…. nice collection! I wish I owned so many shoes…. I do but I wish I had a place to put them 😀



  • Ioana Liliana
    November 11, 2010

    Nice work and great choice!


  • Rachael
    November 12, 2010

    Love your costume! I went as a non-descript Mad Men secretary last year but you definitely pulled off Joan much better than I did!

  • lisa
    November 12, 2010

    Your resemblance to Joan is uncanny! Great costume.

  • Meg
    November 16, 2010

    Love this post, it’s so funny! Terry’s costume is so original and very clever!
    I also love your shoe collection – wish I had shelves like that for mine ! 🙂
    & of course your ‘costume’ is beautiful, very classy lady!

    • Amber
      November 16, 2010

      Thank you so much! I can thoroughly recommend the shelves: I get so much more use out of my shoes now that I can actually SEE them and remember what I have!

  • Caitlin
    November 17, 2010

    Oh you look so cute, and I am very jealous of your shoe collection.

  • Selina McEntee
    November 20, 2010

    Eccentric English Boyfriend and 11YO Boy were both looking over my shoulder as I read this, and they’re still laughing hysterically at Terry! You look beautiful, by the way. 🙂

  • ChiChi
    October 30, 2012

    I love your shoe rack!!! It isn’t attached to the wall right? I’ve been looking for way to not destroy my wall with nails and screws and the like..! please where did you get the rack?

    Lady in serious need..!

    • Amber
      October 30, 2012

      It was just a set of cheap shelves… I honestly can’t remember where it was from because this was quite a while ago and it was replaced last year, but probably Ikea or similar!