ayudame porfa! Help Me Please!



We’ve been invited to a party to celebrate Mexico’s  Bicentennial. 

photo from Time Life

It’s a Costume Party – 

We were instructed –


… Come dressed as anyone
       from Mexico’s past 200 years of history, entertainment, politics or…

GASP!!!

I need HELP!!!   I don’t do costumes, heck I can barely pull together a ‘look’.
I don’t even own a sombrero, or cheesy black handlebar mustache, so what’s a girl to do?

I am drawn to Maria de la Concepción Josefa Ortiz Magón de Domínguez.

Doña Josefa was a conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence, who fought for independence against Spain, in the early 19th century. She is frequently referred to as “La Corregidora”.

Doña Josefa developed an early sympathy for the Amerindian, mestizo and the criollo community who were oppressed by the Spanish colonial government. Amerindian people were oppressed; mestizos and criollos were often seen as second-class citizens and were relegated to secondary roles in the administration of the colony.



But GEESH, how do you pull off this look????

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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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12 Responses to ayudame porfa! Help Me Please!

  1. Dan in NC says:

    Debi,
    Apologies! I've been looking at the image of this “lady” for the last 4 days, and although she is a great heroine of the revolution, to put it as kindly as possible? She ain't nowhere near photogenic. In order to achieve this particular look – y'all gonna have to find an “Ugly Stick” – and soundly beat yourself around the head and shoulders for at least 15 minutes! Chow down on a pint of pickles per Bob to get the proper pucker – and then you'll have to find yourself a paper sack, as no lovely lady (you) should want to go out and look like that in publick….git mayh drift? the sombrero & mustache are really starting to sound good! 🙂 🙂 😉
    Cheers!
    Dan in NC

  2. I like the Frida idea with the doilie accent. Except you will only need to add one eyebrow. Perhaps you could use a mustache for that…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am not having any more luck than you are. I am giving into wearing a skirt, peasant blouse and adorning with accessories. As far as the hair goes..same problem short spikey and to add to that bleached blonde. Too darn hot to wear wigs. How many Frida's do you think will be there? LOL
    Leslie

  4. Steve Cotton says:

    One suggestion: avoid looking like anyone associated with the Polk administration.

  5. Tom and Debi says:

    GUAU! Thanks all!
    Bob, I don't think I'd actually need the sour pickles at all; at least not if my hair was pulled back that tight. Course my hair is about 2inches long. Which will make the hairdo problematic.
    Anon, CAREFUL, I grew up with doilies over the arms and backs of every sitting surface, and on every side table, and sometimes over pillows….
    Dang Theresa, I may actually have to make a costume – I was gonna buy a sombrero and a cheesy handlebar mustache!
    Debi

  6. Nancy says:

    Good for you…you found a picture! It sounds like Theresa has figured it out for you…if you can't find the dress she was speaking of a matching long skirt and peasant blouse with a “fichu” would work. Gonna love to see what you do with your hair:) I'm going as the “walking wounded!”

  7. Gloria says:

    How funny Bob. Pickles, That was so funny. Go as Frida Kahlo. Nice peasant blouse, long skirt, and paint the eyebrows on, wear flowers in your beautiful hair and red lipstick. That would be fun and by the way, have fun.

  8. Okay, I won't be flip but it's probably an empire style dress with a fichu. 1810 is Regency period in England and sort of Bonoparte in France (though my fashion knowledge tends more toward English). So it really is an easy costume to cobble together. The hair is done with hair pieces. I have a couple of braids you can use. You may want a rat for the bun, but that is doable too. I even have some earring from the period.
    regards,
    Theresa

  9. That's an easy look. A day dress and a fichu….
    regards,
    Theresa

  10. Anonymous says:

    “be” noticed

  11. Anonymous says:

    I've seen a lot of doilies adorning the arms, backs, and tops of furniture in Mérida. If one went missing and ended up on your head as a “bun wrap”, I'm sure it wouldn't noticed (well, not right off the bat). Drape a folded table cloth over your shoulders; close it with a napkin ring; and you're done. Oh, yes, don't forget Bob's sour pickle–the essence of this outfit.

  12. Bob Mrotek says:

    Eat some sour pickles 🙂

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