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Costume revealed

Breaking with my longstanding tradition of stitching on costumes until the very last second, I finished my costume a few days ago. There is a sizable dent in my fabric stash, some of it went into a sultan costume for BK’s husband. I cut out the vest, but she decorated it and made his pantaloons. Our turbans were created for the event by skillful tying.The sultan sat patiently while BK stitched a large jewel to his recently wrapped headdress.
BK and I gilded the lily by adding more bangles and bracelets to our outfits.The sultan got a sash and a sword. Said sword was featured in a dance that I performed after drinking two glasses of wine. I am sure that there are photos out there of that!

BK had an Indian Shalwar Kameeze with a matching shawl that she borrowed the pantaloons from. The shawl was reincarnated as a popper and veil. Her top is a purchased coin decorated halter with matching hip scarf.
To be honest, I would have bought one too, but the look is less than flattering on me. Let’s just say that I need a little more help defying gravity.

Before my friends arrived I posed for some photos for Husband.

false braid with adornments

My braid! This is the same braids that I used last year for the Grito. After unraveling the two, they were braided in one heavy braid and some pearls, cording and a couple of necklaces were intertwined into it. Did I mention it was heavy?

So should I change my profile photo?

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Teresa, we all have different talents. I am also very disorganized which seems to go along with that right brain thing.

    Arne, Hahaha…not bad for almost 60 heh?

    Debbie, thanks it was great fun to design and make. And it was fun to wear too 😉

    Carlos Y Pat Q, the party was good, the music was very danceable, the people great. All the ingredients necessary for a good time were there!

    Merida Mikey, I want to go to the new Arabic place! salsa de berenjena works as a name too, I love that food especially when someone else makes it. I am a jingle bell all right!


  2. Absolutely a fabulous costume!

    I caught the dinner show at the new Lebanese restaurant, Habibbis (sp?), and your costume was as good, if not better than the girls in the show who belly danced around as I tried eating my bau bau ganooj(multiple variations of spellings on this word! For sure, you were the jingly bell of the ball!

  3. Looks fabulous!And I hope everyone had a great time.

  4. Your costume is fabulous!

  5. Bodacious chichis. Yeah, I vote you change your picture.


  6. great costume! love the turban and all the bright colors. dang, you are so creative. that is something i definitely lack in.

    happy halloween!

    teresa en nagoya

  7. Marianne, LOL those bells jingled whether I wanted them to or not! No sneaking on anyone and scaring them for me.


  8. Let me add that you jingled those bells like a pro!

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