Day 2: Janis Ian

Years ago, I remember reading that Lindsay Lohan was going to be in a movie that was adapted from some self-help book aimed at parents of teen girls, and I thought it sounded really weird. But, as a big Lilo fan (er, at the time), I decided to give it a chance. 

And my love of Mean Girls was born.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it in total. For the past three years in a row, I’ve seen it in theatres on my birthday (one of the benefits of  being born October 3, aka Mean Girls Day). But it’s not like I limit my viewings to October 3rd; it’s also my go-to for bad days. I even watched it to try to soothe myself the day of The Incident at my last workplace. (Weirdly, even that didn’t ruin it for me. I think I was so numb and distracted and I barely even realized it was on.)

So it was a only a matter of time before I put together a Mean Girls Halloween costume. I had a hard time picking a character, but finally settled on everyone’s favourite bff, Janis Ian.

(Well actually, if I’m honest, I tried to dress as Damian for a post last year, but the pictures were truly terrible, so I scrapped the costume entirely.)

At first I wished that I had a better black wig, but then I remembered my favourite Janis line from the movie:

Guy: Nice wig, Janis. What’s it made of?

Janis: Your mom’s chest hair!

My wig kind of does look like chest hair…

Wig woes aside, I’m pretty bummed that all the clips didn’t really show up in the photos. I put a lot of effort getting them placed correctly–or at least I thought they were placed correctly, but since you can’t see them in the photos… SIGH.

I had a lot of fun ringing my eyes in thick black liner. It really brought me back to my pseudo-emo days near the end of high school. True story: in my first passport photo, I have thick black eyeliner and I think I was wearing a Dashboard Confessional t-shirt. Although I grew out of my emo phase shortly after the photo was taken, I had to live with it (and the laughter of TSA agents) for four more years.

To get her grungy t-shirt look, I turned an old t-shirt inside out (to hide the logo) and then widened the neck hole as haphazardly as possible to get the look I was going for. I wouldn’t recommend doing that to a t-shirt that you care about in any way because the one I did this with is totally unwearable now. But, layered over a long-sleeved t-shirt? Janis Ian to a tee. (Ugh, I know, I couldn’t resist!)

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