Halloween Costume Throwback: Léon: The Professional

A few weeks ago, I was incorrectly informed that nobody at my office would be dressing up for Halloween, so I put away all thoughts of dressing up with my boo* as Jacobim Mugatu and Derek Zoolander, or as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, or as any other partnerrific pop culture reference.

A few days ago, I was informed by our office manager that we would be having a costume contest, complete with photos and voting and prizes. I had given up all hope of coming up with a good costume for this year, but my coworker Rory came up with the brilliant idea of everyone in our block of cubicles dressing as each other, but off-by-one, clockwise. (So Rory will dress as David, David will dress as Bernardo, Bernardo will dress as me, and I will dress as Rory.)

It is a great idea, and I think it will be really, really funny.

But as much fun as it will be to figure out how to style my waist-length hair into a faux undercut worthy of Rory’s real undercut, dressing as a normal person doesn’t really satisfy my theatrical, costume-loving, bargain-hunting, cheapskate ass on Halloween…

And so, allow me to reminisce about Halloween 2015, when my boo and I dressed up as Mathilda and Léon, from Léon: The Professional (which is a GREAT movie that you should watch if you haven’t already seen it, and if you have, you should watch it again).

Leon and Mathilda from Leon: The Professional Halloween couples' costume

Here we are in our fully costumed glory, standing by the women’s restroom.

I am still suuuper proud of this costume (not least of all because I still wear the bomber jacket, choker, and t-shirt on a regular basis) and would love to find an excuse to wear it again (and take a billion photos, instead of, like, three).

I had a hard time finding useful resources when I was putting our costumes together, so I’ll have a post up soon with a detailed rundown of how I did it, in case anyone else wants to dress as Mathilda and Léon!

(You know who wants to dress as Mathilda and Léon? Everyone. EVERYONE!!!)

Gary Oldman screaming EVERYONE from Leon: The Professional

*I don’t usually refer to my boyfriend as my boo, but I’m trying to be festive and spooky.

[EDIT: The costume guide is finally live! Check it out here: Mathilda from Léon: The Professional Halloween Costume]

Let’s have another toast to the Girl Almighty.

If there were a ranking of embarrassing legacies on the internet, I’d put mine squarely in the 50th percentile.

I started blogging in 2008 at the age of seventeen, when I was a high school senior. As such, I’m not proud of everything I’ve ever put on the internet. I’ve done my fair share of using problematic language, wearing questionable outfits, and oversharing.

And yet!

Over the past eight years, this blog has also helped me rediscover my love for writing, and it’s brought me the soul-warming satisfaction of hearing from readers who’ve told me that they were going through the same damn thing, and how they thought they were alone in their experiences, and how I helped them by putting into words the feelings they couldn’t articulate.

I don’t think I could trade that for anything.

And so I can’t help but be unapologetic about what this blog used to be – about who my younger self used to be. (A fount of emotional word-vomit? Sure. Definitely. But I refuse to be embarrassed about who I had to be then to become who I am now.)

I’ve been away from this blog and blogging in general for almost two years now, but it feels like the right time to start again, because – well, because the real purpose of this blog has always been to have a place to document my current obsessions.

The difference is that this time, I don’t feel like I need to make myself look cooler than I really am.

(‘Cause I’m already cool. Duh.)

This blog is a celebration of my inner teenage girl, ’cause she’s really fucking cool, and she always has been.

So as One Direction put it, “Let’s have another toast to the Girl Almighty.”


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