Our Broken Hearted damsel outfits were suitably grotesque yet eerily beautiful and kept it together til the early hours despite the disappointing Work It party (music the volume of a mouse and an early police close-down - which led us to the Horse and Groom where great disco pub vibes made up for it all).
A funny aside for you before the all important dress-up run down - having been dumped earlier in the day (very amicable, no need for sympathy) the costume choice for Friday evening was a little prophetic! Maybe we have inadvertently become dress-up genies - as Mellie remarked, next time maybe we should go as lottery winners... Send us your wishes and we'll see what we can do ;)
Aside over, the costume creations went smoothly. Faces first, we re-created the classic zombie look - pale foundation and powder, overlaid with white face paint, dark purple round the eyes with black kohl lines and terracotta lipstick dabbed underneath to create the perfect bloodshot circles that capture the 100-years-with-no-sleep effect.
The chest wounds were made with latex and tisue, layered up, left to dry then dabbed with yellow, brown and red to create the bruising and extra latex added for flaps of skin. They really were disgusting.
Then the rubber hearts were simply pinned on and a hangman's noose added round the neck for extra deathly effect!
Lucky Nina also got the gruesome treatment with a bloody gash across her neck, complete with flaps...
And finally, the all important detail - we wrote, printed, tea stained and tied up little suicidal love notes to give out to deserving strangers. There were varying reactions from joy to fear but all in all plenty of participation.