Category Archives: Party Outfits

What to Wear to the Party

Ever look in your closet and think, “I have nothing to wear?” Either the clothes don’t fit right or are out of season, or don’t fit the occasion. On those days, I have a couple of never-fail pieces that I turn to and end up wearing over and over. They are comfortable and they look decent. Most importantly, I feel good in them!

Flapper Peek A Boo 20s Costume Now, what is the backup plan for the upcoming party season? You know what I mean… it starts with Halloween and doesn’t end until after New Year’s day. For Halloween, do you go with a full-blown, head-to-toe character work up with a wig, makeup, costume and accessories?

Or, do you take a minimalist approach by finding just that one item that does it for you? The main thing about party wear for me is that I don’t like to wear the same thing year after year, like I do with my work clothes.

Party wear is always something a little bit special. Especially when it comes to accessorizing my outfit: a hat or headband, a pair of earrings (the earrings matter as much as the shoes!) special socks, or tights.

How about you? What is your “go to” outfit for a party?


Inflatable Costumes

Inflatable costumes are gaining popularity! These easy-to-wear Halloween Costumes are a downsized version of an inflatable mascot costume designed in the 1990s. One of the initial inflatable mascots was designed in 1993 for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The sumo wrestler, panda, and T-Rex inflatables have been popular during the past few years. T-Rex became especially well-known when a bride wore one to walk across a bridge to meet her groom. That video went viral.

Now there is also a Skeleton version of the T-Rex!

If you are an animal lover, the hippo ballerina inflatable costume is a fun reference to the Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippopotamus lovingly named Fiona. This hippo jumpsuit features a pink glittered tutu.

I put on one of our inflatable hippo costumes and walked out of the front door of our downtown store. A woman was standing at the bus stop at the corner. She started dancing with Fiona! People were taking pictures. Someone blared music from their phone for us. We had a blast. Until the bus came….


Adult Halloween Inflatable costumes feature a full-body jumpsuit with a built-in, battery-operated fan. The fan draws air from outside and blows it into the costume to “pump you up!” Strong elastic at the wrists and ankles and a zipper up the back help keep the air inside. Some inflatables, like the Giant Panda, keep your face open and feature an elastic band that snugs up around your head, leaving you free to eat, drink and chat with friends. Others offer full head and body coverage and can be a bit warmer to wear, especially if you are out in the sun.

Some packages may include hand or foot covers that attach to the costume at the wrists or ankles with a Velcro-like closure.

The fans/blowers in these costumes typically require 4 AA batteries that are not included in the package. The fans we have seen with these costumes require the removal of one screw with a very small Phillips-head screwdriver.

Once you have the fan turned on and you are zipped up the costume will inflate very quickly. You will be able to see out of the mouth area of the head, or the open face.

Inflatable costumes are a great prop for a photo shoot! They are also lots of fun to wear to a party, sporting event, festival, or fundraiser!

Did She Say She Found the Sunglasses in Iceland?

Written by:
Stephanie Cappel

Parrot Sunglasses
She found the sunglasses in Iceland and had us ship them to Hawaii!

On February 10 a pleasant, well- traveled woman phoned Cappel’s in Cincinnati. Ms .R wanted to ask if we would search for an inexpensive way to ship three pair of sunglasses to her in Hawaii. Dave, in our shipping department, determined the cost for shipping anything up to 1 lb. and Ms. R. was glad to have found a way to get her hands on those glittered, palm tree and parrot sunglasses! Cappel’s has the shades in combinations of red/blue, pink/lavender, and green/gold. Ms. R. wanted the red/blue parrot sunglasses.

You see, she had recently visited a market in Reykjavik. There, in the cold but beautiful capital of Iceland, Ms. R. tried on a pair of glittered palm tree and parrot sunglasses and was enamored with them – but didn’t buy them!

When she got home to HER beautiful island of Hawaii, she really wished she had purchased the sunglasses. So, she looked online and found them at Cappel’s. Ms. R. was so happy with her experience with Cappel’s that she sent us a note and a picture of her wearing the sunglasses in the market in Iceland.

Here is her note:
“Stephanie Cappel,
Here (is a picture of me wearing) your sunglasses that I found at the flea market in Iceland! I am so excited that I will be able to have them now. Mahalo (Thank you) again for all your help. Your customer service is outstanding. A hui hou (Until next time)!” Ms. R.

When we asked Ms. R for permission to use her picture in this post, she replied, “Be sure to say how terrific I think all of you are.”

Having such wonderful customers makes our jobs all the more enjoyable!