2014
10.20

Last year I compiled a list of Halloween costumes you could pull off with a beard. A few of you have asked if another post would be made and after I thought about it for a while I decided, what the hell? Why not help other people figure out their Halloween costumes when you have no clue what you are going to be? That is how my brain works.

Khal Drogo Game of ThronesKhal Drogo- Shirtless hunk from Game of Thrones

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Body
  • Face
  • Body
  • Black thick leather belt similar to a wrestling belt
  • Black body paint
  • Black eyeshadow and eyeliner
  • 5 hair ties for beard and hair
  • Black fake clip in pony tail (if your hair isn’t long)
  • Fake dagger
  • Fabric to wrap around arms
  • Fuzzy pants (I’m sure you can find them)

Other tips to pull this off: I literally know nothing about this show, but my friend Natalie is a big fan and suggested this one. My guess is smolder the hell out of everyone with your saucy eyes and get a manly strut down.

morgan freeman chain reactionMorgan Freeman in Chain Reaction

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Black fedora
  • Round plastic framed tortoise shell glasses (check thrift stores and even some drug stores and pop out the lenses, it’s way more comfortable)
  • Plaid scarf
  • Casual blazer
  • Cigar
  • Gold pinky ring

Other tips to pull this off: Considering it’s Morgan Freeman, I just wish you good luck.

Rick Grimes the walking deadRick Grimes of The Walking Dead

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Brown jacket with sheep’s wool lining (or a brown jacket in general)
  • Hair product to grease up your hair a bit
  • Plain tshirt and jeans
  • Fake blood
  • Boots

Other tips to pull this off: Wear some old clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and mess yourself up a bit. Take the fake blood and create a mark on your face that looks like you were in a battle with some zombs, yo. Carry your favorite fake zombie apocalypses weapon.

tyrese walking deadTyreese of the Walking Dead

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Long sleeve cotton shirt
  • Jeans
  • Utility belt with the essentials (take the above photo for examples)
  • Gray beanie
  • Boots

Other tips to pull this off: We all know it’s not smart to be alone during the apocalypse, so considering Rick and Tyreese are chums again, this works out perfectly. Same tips for roughing up your clothing applies here as it does above.

richie tenenbaumRichie Tenenbaum of The Royal Tenenbaum’s

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Striped sweatband
  • Tan suit
  • White scarf
  • Aviator type sunglasses
  • White socks
  • Brown loafers
  • Wrist sweat band
  •  Watch
  • White button up cotton shirt with blue collar. Similar to this

Other tips to pull this off: Feel free to carry around a sleeve of tennis balls or a tennis racket. Speak as if Wes Anderson is writing the script of your life.

TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld_1426Most Interesting Man In The World

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Black suit
  • White dress shirt
  • Cigar
  • Black dress shoes
  • A 6 pack of Dos Equis

Other tips to pull this off: Be a man of few words, but when you do speak make it count. If you are trying to impress a special lady at the party, offer her one of your beers. Say nothing, but wink, remove the cap of her beer in front of her (seriously, she may think you put roofies in it otherwise and that shit isn’t fun. I may or may not have experience), and walk away smoothly. It may work, it may back fire. That’s the whole point of being The Most Interesting Man In The World…taking risks.

QuestloveQuestlove

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Tshirt
  • Jeans
  • Tennis shoes
  • Drum sticks
  • A pick in your hair

Other tips to pull this off: Just play it cool boy, real cool (yes that was a West Side Story reference, sue me). It’s freaking Questlove for Quest sake! Also, if you wanted to irritate everyone at the party you are at, respond in appropriate The Roots lyrics for whatever situation you are in.

ray jackson bloodsportRay Jackson in Bloodsport

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Harley Davidson t-shirt (hunt in your favorite thrift store, there will be numerous)
  • Denim jacket
  • Gray sweat pants

Other tips to pull this off: If you want to take the look to a different level, reference this photo from the movie here. Add a thick yellow sash and remove the jacket revealing your jacked arms in your cut off t-shirt and white wrist bands.

John LennonJohn Lennon (The Yoko years as I like to call it)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • White suit. You know the pants he is wearing are white
  • If you don’t want to wear a suit, you can also wear something similar to this and people would totally get it. You know, because of the whole “bed-in” situation.
  • Small round glasses
  • British accent

Other tips to pull this off: Spread love and spread peace my brother. If you do choose to go the bed-in route, carry around one of their signs, like “Bed Peace”.

Robin-In-Jumanji-robin-williams-37487044-1920-1044Robin Williams in Jumanji when he first comes back from the jungle

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • If you have a handy person who can sew, I would probably say you could find a nice pattern that resembles a Peter Pan shirt and some simple brown/tan pants
  • Fake palm leaves glued together like a cape
  • Fake hunting knife
  • Palm leaf hat (made similarly to the cape)
  • Moccasins of some sort

Other tips to pull this off: Give yourself the ‘I am dirty because I have been in the jungle for 30 some odd years so don’t judge me, k guys?’ look. If you are a dad of two kids, you could dress them up as Judy and Peter and win the best dad award of the century.

This one was a bitter pill to swallow. RIP sweet prince.

 

Enjoy this list and hopefully it can help spark your creativity and imagination. I forget how hard this is until I decide to work on it. You have eleven days until Halloween and eleven days to send me thank you notes for all of my hard work.

Currently Listening: Jack White- Temporary Ground

-Andrea B.

2014
09.24

So you guys know how I’m real into MacGruber, right? Well, in one of my many nights of Google image searching MacGrubes in cargo shorts (not true), I came across this image of Will Forte.

will forteJason Merritt / Getty Images

Holy face fur, Allen Bishopman! You will probably remember him best looking like this on Saturday Night Live, but everyone should really drink this new look in and admire the cinnamon and sugar aspects of it all.

will forte 2Jason Merritt / Getty Images

I WILL gaze into those green gems you call eyes and build a fort(E) with you any day, MacGruber. That last sentence is proof I should never be in charge of writing coded messages that are sent out to save lives. That job can go to someone else. I will stick to reading books and quoting episodes of Will and Grace in real life as my after work hobbies.

Currently Listening: The Shitbirds- I Want You

-Andrea B.

2014
06.25

This past weekend I went to a place in Shadyside called Weather Permitting. When my friend first invited me, my roommate Mindi and I thought he left out a sentence telling us what the place was called, but alas, it is in fact called Weather Permitting. We laughed. You probably had to be there.

For those of you who know about the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh, this place is not as fancy as you would think. No one had on pearls and their Sunday best, promise. I didn’t even shower that day and wasn’t sent to wash off rocks with the other gremlins who don’t make six figures. Weather Permitting holds weekly outdoor concerts at the Shadyside Nursery. It is all ages and completely family friendly. I had no clue this place existed. There are a few games like giant Jenga set up outside of the gates next to local food trucks that rotate with each event. Through the gates is a nice sized lawn with a wooden stage set up where local bands play. My friend’s bluegrass band, The Shelf Life String Band, played Sunday along with The Armadillos and Moran & Masudi.

shelf life logoBeards playing bluegrass things.

There were beards everywhere. It was on the brink of being a hipster’s paradise, but didn’t quite cross over into that circle of hell. I was also introduced to a game called Stump. I would prefer it be called Log, but no one asked me, for which, I am hurt. We walked into the lot and my name was hollered from a stump with nails in it and told to play. YOU GUYS, I was terrified. Nothing like having to hold your beer (which was $10 all you can drink from a different local brewery each week, biatches) in one hand and flip a hammer with the other, catch it, and then try to hammer someone else’s nail into the stump to get them out without readjusting your placement on the hammer. My left arm was drunk from spills and I was drunk with POWER! The more games that went on the more obsessed I became with it. There is something about hitting a hammer at something as hard as you can that is therapeutic as shit. I need to set one up in my backyard for the bad days.

hammers logoI.AM.THOR. Look at these bearded pals, Mike and Danny (from the Bastard Bearded Irishmen) with his $5 sunglasses.
Photo cred: Mindi Harkless

Food trucks finally are taking their position in the spot light in the Burgh and Sunday we had the pleasure of choosing from PGH Street Foods, Burgh Bites Truck, and Pop Stop <— POPSICLES. I need to find out when the Pierogi Truck is coming, hijack it, and eat my weight in homemade Polish puffs of heaven.

The last few weekends I have been discovering hidden gems in my city and loving every minute of it. I highly recommend you doing the same in your town. Let me know about what you love and what you’ve found. Now I need a pierogi. Viva La Pittsburgh!

Currently Listening: Selwyn Birchwood- Don’t Call No Ambulance

-Andrea B.

2014
06.04

Yesterday my best friend shared something on my wall that blew my mind. It blew my mind right up. The power of a beard is much greater than anyone has anticipated I think, and the man I am about to share with you proves it. As Uncle Jesse would say, “have mercy!”.

via: http://instagram.com/buon_buon

This is Jeffrey Buoncristiano. In the span of one year’s time he grew this beard and when I asked him his reasoning behind making one of the best life choices he ever could, he told me it was more a less a choice he made based on a few factors. He took into consideration the options: the goatee, the chin strap, side burns, but he always knew a beard fit is face so he “embraced his genes” and went for it. He also told me that he always wished he could pull off the Johnny Depp facial hair. He tried it once and failed miserably. I think the full beard fits him best as well.

He too could be referred to as LL Cool J and it could make just as much sense. Don’t make me feel old. Google it. Cheaters.

Take a second, a moment, an hour, whatever you have to do to catch your breath again, but get your shit together because I am about to make you feel even more things. Those things could be lust, it could be drool falling onto your shirt, or the chills. And the same things may apply if you’re a man except throw in a nice heaping pile of jealousy too.

via: http://instagram.com/buon_buon

This is what he looked like while living in Cape Cod, just chillin’ and doing odd jobs basically naked, still handsome as hell, but naked. Nothing to protect his face in those New England blistery winters. Apparently not having a beard forced this poor man to wear an Abercrombie hoodie, and now he dresses like a man should dress with a beard like that. No offense Jeff. Can I call you Jeff? If there is a lesson to be learned here by Jeff’s (again, can I call you Jeff?) story is that a beard can change your appearance and style greatly. Proof is down below, just LOOK at that jacket and coiffed hair.

And he’s right, not everyone can pull off the full beard, so weigh your options and do what is best for you. We don’t want this to happen to good people.

Beards are here, they’re real, get used to it!

Currently Listening: Memphis- Hasil Adkins

-Andrea B.


via: http://instagram.com/buon_buon

Just one more for the road…good lord that hair cut. I’m swooning. I have to go find a cold shower somewhere. Whateverbye.