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Tiki Oasis is one of the biggest and best-known tiki weekenders in America. Every year they have a vintage-appropriate a theme, and in 2014 it was Beatniks. Even if you didn't make it to Tiki Oasis, you can still dig this crazy retro style with Heart of Haute. Beatniks was the nickname given to those who participated in the subculture based around the Beat Generation, a postwar movement in art and literature. Author Jack Kerouac coined the term Beat Generation in 1948 as a way to describe the new anti-materialistic counter culture groups that were forming around the country. Like most subcultures, it eventually became a stereotype and Halloween costume joke, but not before inspiring many great artists, musicians and writers. Beatnik style for women might not look that transgressive or exciting to us today, but try to remember what mainstream style was like in the late 1940s and early 1950s. For women, it was full skirts, elaborate details, heavily styled hair and makeup - overall extremely feminine. In contrast to this, the beatnik girl's simple hair, androgynous black and stripes, and flat shoes were very rebellious. If you want to work this lesser-known 1950s style, we have the groovy knits and dark shades that you need, beret not included! Try our classic Super Spy Dress, the Spy Top, or Trixie top. Put on some iconographic beatnik stripes with our Tara top,  Ella Top, Janie Top, or our Cropped Cardigan.  Try the Sassy Skirt in black for a sleek, daring look - with no frills! Beat dullsville and stay cool with Heart of Haute! 
At Heart of Haute, we always look forward to Halloween, and the creative costume ideas that our Haute Honeys assemble using our clothing. Those of us who love vintage style often incorporate it into our costumes (or maybe you dress up as a "normal girl" a la Dita Von Teese). We know that many of you live for Halloween, and have been working on your costume for weeks. However, if you are still searching for inspiration with Halloween less than a week away, here are a few ideas that you can pull off with what is already in your closet and makeup bag:  Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice: Do a gender swap with yourself in stripes, or style a red dress as Lydia. A formal dress, some body paint, and a beehive will make you into Miss Argentina. Vintage Flight Attendant: Try a fitted blue suit, a hat, gloves, and a vintage-inspired suitcase as a purse.  Devil With a Blue Dress On: All you need is a blue dress, horns, a tail, and a name tag that says "Miss Molly." Bonus point if you can sing (or lip sync for your life) to the classic song.  Shop In-Person: It is too late to order from Heart of Haute for Halloween 2015, but check out our many retailers for the chance to get what you need in-person. If you are in Arizona, be sure to visit our Halloween-obsessed retailer Kitten Retro Glamour.  French Kiss: Black and white stripes, a beret, makeup, and 3 friends are all you need. Going solo? Take this costume to the next level as French Maid Kiss.  Dia De Los Muertos: The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico, and increasingly in the United States. Friends and family gather to remember and pray for those who have passed away. Items associated with this holiday are the flowers that are used to decorated cememteries and altars, and the calavera, or skull. The imagery from Dia De Los Muertos has been combined with Mexican or Spanish dresses to create a popular costume.  For more pinup Halloween costume ideas, check out our past blog posts and follow us on pinterest.  If you do wear Heart of Haute on Halloween, don't forget to tag yourself as a #hautehoney!  Follow Heart of Haute's board Pinup Halloween Ideas on Pinterest.

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