Category Archives: costumes

I Wore a Mosquito Costume to the Global Citizen Festival (a post by Anna)

One of my biggest disappointments involved both a mosquito costume and the NYC Marathon of 2012. My sister worked for the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria, and they needed someone to run a section of the marathon in a mosquito costume. I was beyond excited to be their bug.

When the NYC Marathon of 2012 got canceled 36 hours before go-time because of Hurricane Sandy, it was for good reason. Even so, I’ve spent the last three years of my life thinking about the time I was so close to being a bug for a day. So, naturally, I freaked out when I was asked to be the mosquito for this year’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

My job was to represent the Nothing But Nets campaign at the festival as their mascot Mozzie the Mosquito. Before becoming a mosquito, I memorized some key facts. Nothing But Nets is a global campaign that raises awareness and funding to fight malaria. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. Nets only cost $10. Send a net – save a life. You can help!

Since Nothing But Nets is based in DC (shout-out to Lee Mimms), they had to bring the costume on the train to NYC for this event. The person who had the honor of carrying the massive mascot bag told me that more than four people on the commute asked her if she was carrying a dead body.

Thorax revealed!

Getting into this bad boy was no cake walk. But with the help of two fantastic UNF staff, I was transformed into the best bug you’ve ever seen.

Mozzie the Mosquito and Nothing But Nets Champions!

Over the course of the day, I was asked if I was a bedbug, a scorpion, and even Wolverine. I spent hours buzzing around and accidentally whacking people with my gigantic wings. I answered as many Nothing But Nets questions as I did questions about where to find the port-a-potties. I even made a baby cry! It was unreal.

With 60,000 people at the event in Central Park, there was no cell service and, therefore, no photo posting. Never have I wanted to post photos more! Luckily, I can always rely on Twitter/Instagram to document all my greatest life achievements.

I ended the day by seeing Steven Colbert, Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Sting, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Malala Yousafzai, Leonardo DiCaprio, Connie Britton, Usher, and costume rival Big Bird.

I’ll leave you with this video that represents everything I stand for.


Finger Lickin’ Good (a post by Anna)

I’ve got this good friend named Bentley McBentleson, and he’s a self-proclaimed Colonel Sanders enthusiast. His loyalty for KFC knows no ends. And by that, I mean he has a KFC tattoo.


photo by Bentley McBentleson

Not long after KFC re-released the Double Down, Bentley McBentleson entered the Double Down Dare. If you aren’t familiar with the KFC Double Down, it’s two fried chicken fillets that sandwich cheese and bacon. Bentley submitted a series of videos for the KFC challenge. A week later, he was named the Double Down Dare Super Fan and awarded $500 and a party at any KFC location. He chose the charming East Village KFC.

Said KFC party just so happened to fall when Cary was coming to visit. Whether Cary wanted to go or not, I dragged him to this once in a lifetime experience.


Time for a KFC par-tay!

Upon arrival, we got swag!!

We couldn't be more excited!

We couldn’t be more excited!

Bentley had the honor of wearing the Colonel Sanders costume.

The man, the myth, the legend.

The man, the myth, the legend.

We had unlimited soda refills! We had biscuits and jelly! We had mashed potatoes and gravy! We had potato wedges! We had Double Downs! WE HAD IT ALL.

Mashed Potato Time!

Nobody does chicken like KFC.

You may think they closed down the KFC for this big party, but nope – scattered around the KFC were regular patrons. Some were slightly confused by our themed attire and enthusiasm; others didn’t notice. Regardless, we congregated for this photo.



If this story isn’t reason enough for you to visit me in The Big Apple, I don’t know what is.

Santa Conned Me Into This (a post by Anna)

Before we dive into Christmas in NYC, I have an important annoucement:
Lee and Jordie’s recent Gingerbread Games video went viral on the world wide web. They made it on Vulture, Flavorwire, and Yahoo News! Lee has finally achieved fame! I’m so proud of them!!

And while those two loons were becoming internet famous, I was busy attending SantaCon 2012 with 30K obnoxious New Yorkers all dressed in Santa costumes.

The Santa at the front is making a list.

The Santa at the front appears to be making a list.

My excitement started out strong.

Up until about age 7, I cried every time I encountered Santa.

This is how my one arm would look if I pumped iron.

We left the opening ceremonies when an out-of-sight megaphone announced “Santa is migrating to the West Village.” By 11:00am, dancing began.

I was grateful Sean was there to take photos of quality.

Santa in the club, 11:00am.

Found a fireplace on the dance floor!

Found a fireplace on the dance floor!

When we could dance no longer, we moved on to Times Square. At this juncture, two Santa-themed chants were popularized:
“SANTA TO THE [tickets booth] STAIRS” and “HO… HO… HO…”

Our friend Lisa, the cookie, was a champion of SantaCon.

Our friend Lisa, the center cookie, was champion of SantaCon.

By 1:00pm, energy levels were waning.


Samantha tuckered out at Empanadas Mama.

By the end of the day, I had dined in three restaurants, helped a friend move to Brooklyn, and attended a Broadway show, all while wearing my Santa suit. No one even batted an eye.

“I cannot believe how many pairs of leggings that keytar player had!” (a post by Anna)

Yall! I made it to NYC! And I’ve got proof: an 80s party in Times Square.

In the midst of a hellacious apartment search last week, I took refuge in attending a costume party. Sean and Samantha scored free tickets to B.B. King’s Weird Science: The Ultimate 80’s Experiment.

Check out that keytar!

The first task was to find 80s costumes. Prior experiences should’ve taught me to always carry 80s gear on my person, but, alas, I found myself sans costume with all my personal items yet to be delivered to NYC. Immediately before heading to H&M to scrounge up provisions, we ran into a neighbor in the stairwell who offered excellent options. My ensemble featured a ruffled dress with lace arm warmers. My favorite moment was when Sean, in all seriousness, debated if he should shave off his beard to have a mustache for the party.

Made it to Times Square!

As with most costume parties I’ve attended in the past year, we were the only ones dressed up. We didn’t stand out though, since people in Times Square dress like they are wearing costumes anyway. The band was truly committed and had a costume change for every song. It was unreal. And… they decorated the stage with Simon Says, giant Rubik’s Cubes, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Rainbow Brite.

The time the camera flash killed our neon colors.

The whole party took me right back to my sister’s childhood.

How Lee Got Her New Jersey Poof Back (a post by Anna)

Once upon a time not so long ago, Lee was super into New Jersey. She still can’t get enough of that place. When she found out Bon Jovi was coming to Houston, she went wild. Everyone else involved in this escapade could have cared less about this concert, but Lee’s overwhelming excitement became so contagious that we somehow ended up looking like this:

Go big or go home?

When Lee led the troops through downtown, we expected to see clusters of fans decked out to our level. Instead we found the streets to be near empty, a trademark of Houston’s downtown. Lee firmly stated, “I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd, you’re gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud.”

A shot for our next album cover.

Upon arriving at the Bon Jovi concert, we were bewildered by the lack of dedication from other fans. No one else was wearing any sort of 80’s garb whatsoever. The crowd was filled with women in their 40’s who were dressed for a night on the town. We pulled out a variety of inflatable guitars and started to shake it up like bad medicine.

Last Cigarette is my favorite Bon Jovi song of all time.

Bon Jovi may be approaching 50, but he somehow managed to dance around that stage (in leather pants!) for more than two hours. Lee was shot through the heart, and Bon Jovi was to blame. It was a night to remember.

Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong and Anna Marie’s trip to the zoo. (a post by Anna)

Last Friday we attended Feast with the Beasts at the Houston Zoo. As the name suggests, it was a night filled with good eats and animals. One of my favorite aspects of this evening was the humans dressed up as animals.

Lee made a friend.

Pretty sweet giraffe costume, eh?

I’m not sure if it was the massive crowd or darkness, but as soon as we entered the zoo, I lost all sense of direction. Luckily our treasured friends Betsy and Lee are zoo experts and were able to lead us to both cuisine and creatures.

Food samples please me to no end.

We had an awesome time hanging out with animals. What we didn’t realize until we later checked our camera was that Lee and I somehow caught a case of crazy eyes.

Crazy Eyes Mimms with a chinchilla.

Crazy Eyes Smith with a giant rabbit.

Crazy Eyes Mimms and Smith unite among the giraffes.

Crazy Eyes Mimms with the American kestrel.

All crazy eyes thankfully subsided when elephant impressions began.

After successfully gorging on food samples and petting various animals, we headed towards the main event: a performance by the Spin Doctors!

Turns out we were the only people freaking out about the Spin Doctors. Luckily we were able to cut a rug and show the crowd how to enjoy 90s music.

Lee couldn't contain herself.

There, in the middle of the zoo, the Spin Doctors didn’t let us down.

Two Princes!

Needless to say it was a memorable night at the zoo!

Boycott Halloween! (a post by Anna)

Every Halloween, pressure builds to come up with a clever costume.

For all you people who just love this holiday, I apologize, but it’s my least favorite. Here’s why: Halloween has no theme. It bores me.

That being said, I will never turn down an opportunity to wear a costume. Take, for example, movie premieres:

She likes it when you call her "Big Poppa."

We’re always willing to get political when necessary.

Sarah Palin x3.

One time we even crashed a wine and cheese party.

We later learned this was not a costume party.

Sometimes we just dress up for no reason.

Just another night around the house.

To deal with my boredom this month, we’ve entertained ourselves with Halloween hats.

Halloween hats!

May Halloween soon be over and themed parties live on forever. On that note, gotta go pick out my Halloween costume!