Halloween may be tomorrow, but that means we are just a day away from my favorite Fall holiday–Day of the Dead.
Growing up in an 80% hispanic community, the end of October was always my favorite time of year. A holiday celebrating the lives of those you love and have lost is a whole lot better than most American holidays. Sure there’s still a lot of focus on food, but more so focus on family, friends, tradition and spirits. Whether it’s the bright and cheery neon colors juxtaposed with the black and white of skeleton figurines, my intense love for the human skeletal system, or decorating skulls with frosting, Dia de los Muertos is magical day.
This time of year I’m reminded of the loved ones I’ve lost, and how they’ve helped form the woman I am today. Most influential, my grandmother who taught me the importance of a good manicure, that it’s possible to have beautifully tattooed eyebrows, and that pink or purple hair is probably the coolest after age 80. She taught about the art of perm waves, and long before Legally Blonde that one must not wash their hair for 24 hours after a perm. She bought me my first sewing machine, and supported all of my theatrical cosmetologist dreams. And sure, she thought my hair looked best long and dark brown, but hey, everyone is entitled to an opinion, right?
While the holiday season can get you down about those who aren’t there to share in the magical sleigh rides, carols, family dinners, and trips, November first is the perfect opportunity to remember the dead, and eat some great food while you’re at it.
This Day of the Dead, I’ll be celebrating with friends, how about you?
Here’s some party inspiration to get the celebration started!
And of course, don’t forget some quality sugar skull makeup.
I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend, whether it’s remembering the past, or looking to the future of what you’ll wear next Halloween, it’ll be great.
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.