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Over the years, I’ve come to realize that much of the traffic I receive on Go Ask Alice Cullen doesn’t come from those who subscribe to my blog – it comes from Twilight-themed Google searches. Sometimes, people are directly Googling the name of my blog, but more often than not, readers stumble upon Go Ask Alice Cullen by asking questions like:

  • How can I look like Alice Cullen?
  • How do I recreate Alice Cullen’s clothes?
  • How do I style my hair like Alice Cullen?
  • Where can I buy Cullen contact lenses?

These are very general questions, ones that you can find the answers to in the form of tutorials and YouTube videos all over the Internet – and, yes, even on my blog. But the great thing about WordPress is that they track all kinds of stats and analytics – where your readers are coming from, for instance, and how many views you receive per day – including very specific Google search terms. Here’s lookin’ at you, “picture of two eyes contact lenses only” and “have you seen my baseball” – yes, those are real search terms that lead someone to Go Ask Alice Cullen.

But in the middle of some baffling terms are genuine questions that come up over and over again, so I wanted to take a stab at helping those people out.

Below are answers to the five most common search terms that lead people to my blog.

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What are the brand of Alice’s flats in Twilight?

These shoes are by Sam Edelman. Their product name was Cruz Flat Sewter Shoes. They came in two colours: pewter and bronze. Unfortunately, these shoes were sold out in their screen accurate pewter colour by the time Twilight hit theatres, but bronze could still be found in store on occasion. At this point, these shoes are extremely rare and most likely to be found on eBay or clothing sites like PoshMark – if you can find them at all.

Rarity: Extremely high

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What is the brand of the blue jacket that Alice wears in New Moon?

This blue jacket, as worn by Alice the morning of Bella’s birthday, is a blue smock-style jacket by Zara. It’s a loose, flowing style and has a gorgeous floral lining.

This coat is rare, but it does crop up on eBay occasionally – often at very high prices. Your best bet? Check out UK eBay. Zara is a very popular European brand, so you’re more likely to find secondhand Zara clothing on European versions of eBay. Even with shipping costs and currency conversion factored in, you’ll only pay a fraction of the cost you’d pay on American or Canadian versions of eBay.

Please note that CosplaySky offers a cost-effective replica of this jacket if you can’t find the screen accurate version. While it’s not perfect – the colour is slightly different, the general shape of the garment isn’t as accurate, and it doesn’t have the same floral lining – this is a decent replica. I purchased it myself before I found the Zara smock, and to be quite honest, non-costumers couldn’t detect a difference.

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Rarity: High – but can be surprisingly accessible if you know where to look or are willing to purchase a replica!

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Where can I find Alice’s Zara star button vest, as seen in New Moon?

Alice’s star button vest, also by Zara, is definitely a rarity. In fact, only a handful of Alice costumers own one.  I’ve only ever seen one on American eBay – but I’ve seen several pop up elsewhere: on German eBay.

For the record, I don’t speak German. At all. But Google translate let me know that I should be searching for Zara weste on German eBay, and then limiting my search terms to damenmode. Give it a try – you never know what you’ll find. It’s how I got my vest!

Please note, however, that if you’re going to be buying on International versions of eBay, you WILL need the help of someone living in the host country. They may need to bid on the auction for you or have it shipped to their addresses before forwarding it on to you, especially if you don’t speak the language the auction is in. That’s part of the reason why it’s so important to have a network when you cosplay – it allows everyone to help each other out!

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Where can I buy an Alice Cullen wig?

The short answer here is that you can’t. I mean, there have been retailers that claimed to sell Alice Cullen-style wigs, but I’m going to be honest with you: they’re extremely low quality and styled poorly at best. You want to avoid these pre-styled wigs at all costs.

What you DO want to do is buy a human hair or synthetic wig that can withstand heat styling. Ideally, this wig would have a natural-looking part. You’ll want to look for something that’s similar in length, colour and shape to the Alice wig you’re trying to create. For reference, I bought the Duby wig in black as the base for my New Moon and Twilight wig. Then, unless you’re a hair stylist yourself, you’ll want to take this base wig to a hair stylist, armed with photos of Alice’s hair from every possible angle.

viktoria_alice_hs01 My Alice Cullen Breaking Dawn wig, cut and styled by a hair dresser

Before you book your appointment, don’t be afraid to ask for a stylist that has experience with cutting and styling wigs. You’ll have to wear the wig during your appointment so the stylist can make sure that he or she is cutting it correctly, in terms of length and shape for your face, so remember to bring a wig cap. Your own hair will need to be neatly tucked under the wig in order to avoid accidentally cutting it as well!

It’s also important to assert yourself while your wig is being cut. If you don’t like the direction you see the cut going in, SAY SOMETHING! A wig, unlike your real hair, obviously does not grow back. Investing in quality wigs and then paying to have them styled can be a costly venture, so it’s okay to voice your opinion and ask for an extra half inch to be taken off, more layers to be added, or the bangs to be choppier.

10459031_669554073116672_6005777770075807245_oMy Alice Cullen Twilight and New Moon wig, cut and styled by a hair dresser

With that said, your stylist is the professional – so if they tell you that your requests will compromise the style of the wig or risk leaving the wig netting showing, take their advice!

Last note: Your stylist will style the wig for you initially, but there may be maintenance required on your end in order to keep the wig looking great, especially if you’re going for Alice’s Twilight and New Moon looks. Human hair and heat-resistant wigs can be re-shaped and styled after they’re cut with a flat iron and hair spray, so you may want to revisit your YouTube tutorial of choice on how to achieve Alice’s wispy, flipped look.

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What are the brand of the taupe shoes worn by Alice Cullen in Breaking Dawn: Part 1?

These shoes are kitten heels by Marc Jacobs, called crossed strap pumps. They were featured on the runway for Marc Jacobs in Fall 2010. There are two versions of these shoes, one in black and one in taupe (or “mud,” as Jacobs has labelled them), and Alice wears them both.

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Please note that these pumps come as full heels and as kitten heels, and the higher heeled versions are much more common finds on eBay. In fact, I’ve only seen the kitten heeled version of these shoes once in each colour, and I unfortunately lost out on both auctions.

marc-by-marc-jacobs-fall-2010-crossed-straps-pumps-galleryBe aware of two things: unless you manage to find auctions that fly completely under the radar, you are VERY likely to get into a bidding war with another costumer over these shoes, and that could get pricey. Also be aware that these shoes reportedly run small, like many of Marc Jacobs’ styles, so going up by half a size may be beneficial.

It’s also important to note that as Marc Jacobs is an American brand, you’re most likely to find these shoes on US eBay.

Rarity: Extremely high

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Well, that’s it for me! There are more questions, which I’ll be answering in future, but I figured this was a good place to start. Remember: If you’d like to ask me a question directly, I’m available through e-mail sent to alicethepixie@gmail.com.

Happy shopping!

xoxo,
Alice

When I read Twilight in 2008, I had no idea how my life would change.

I picked the book up after I broke up with my long term boyfriend; I needed a distraction and I’d always been partial to young adult fiction. The selection process was two-fold: I’d started to hear whispers about Twilight on the Internet – mainly due to casting news surrounding the film – and because I thought the cover was pretty. In typical Alice fashion, I was drawn to the beautiful imagery of a pair of alabaster hands cupping a luscious-looking apple. I’ve always been a magpie, completely enamored with shiny or beautiful things.

I tore through Twilight like a madwoman, obsessed with every word Stephenie Meyer had written. Emotionally, it was exactly what I needed – to be reading through the eyes of a protagonist who was so dearly loved at a time when I felt so alone. I remember stumbling out into a snow storm in order to purchase New Moon and Eclipse – this was before Breaking Dawn had been published – because I couldn’t stand not knowing what came next in Bella’s story. Except, to me, it wasn’t just Bella’s story. In a small, energetic pixie named Alice, I saw myself, which made me feel more at home with Twilight – and its fandom – than I ever had before with a work of fiction.

twilice3When I recommended Twilight to friends, they all offered a common thread of observation when they were finished: “Vik, when I read Twilight, I pictured Alice as you.” I won’t lie: that bit of validation inspired me to begin cosplaying as Alice. Cosplaying was already a hobby that I’d enjoyed for several years, but being able to marry it with Twilight was especially satisfying. I spent hours poring over photos of Alice in order to reconstruct her look. I visited clothing websites, eBay, wig retailers; I researched jewellers and makers of accessories; I haunted vintage stories and consignment shops. If I was going to cosplay Alice, I was going to do it correctly. And, with time – and hundreds of dollars later – I managed to assemble quite the wardrobe of screen accurate Alice clothing, wigs, accessories and contact lenses. Her style was so similar to mine that, apart from the wigs and contact lenses, it felt like more of an investment into a higher quality wardrobe than anything else.

I cosplayed Alice unofficially at various conventions in Toronto and started my blog as a means to connect with other Alice fans. Just prior to starting the blog, I met Christilynn of Inside Bella’s Closet, and we became fast friends. After months of talking online, we decided to take a trip to Forks together in December 2010. Despite never having met in person, we bonded instantly upon meeting at the airport in Seattle. To this day, she’s one of my greatest friends – a true blessing in my life.

twilice21Through Christilynn I was introduced to Staci Chastain, a local businesswoman in Forks who was going to be taking over the planning of Stephenie Meyer Day in 2011. We walked into Staci’s shop, “Alice’s Closet,” during our trip – and when we left, we had been recruited to portray Alice and Bella for the event. To hear Staci tell it, we were Alice and Bella in the flesh, and meeting us was an experience she wanted to share with fans. Staci is another friend I would consider to be a blessing. We talk every day – about anything and everything – and without her, I wouldn’t know so many of the amazing people in my life.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to Stephenie Meyer Day until 2013 – but once I did, my hobby of portraying Alice really took off. Stephenie Meyer herself attended the event that year, and she praised my portrayal of Alice and my dedication to the character. I was invited back to Stephenie Meyer Day in 2014, and I’m proud to say that I’ll be returning to the event – which is now called Forever Twilight in Forks – in 2015 as well. I’ve also appeared at two events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Mystic Falls at Twilight Girls Getaway and The Cullens’ Winter Escape. The people I’ve met through Twilight and the wonderful places I’ve traveled to wouldn’t have been possible without Alice Cullen.

jalice9Every event calls for an entire weekend of bringing Alice Cullen to life for fellow Twilight fans – and knowing how to walk a fine line between interacting with them as the character and interacting with them as myself. It required a set of acting and improvisational skills I didn’t realize I had until the first time I did it. I remember being so nervous at the very first event I appeared at: a meet and greet at Stephenie Meyer Day 2013. My palms were sweating; I’m sure Josh Goff, who played Jasper Hale, was completely disgusted as he held my hand. But as I approached the first fan with a bubbly, “Hi! I’m Alice Cullen!” I began to relax. It wasn’t hard or scary, pretending to be Alice; it was fun.

So what does that have to do with The Storytellers: The New Voices of The Twilight Saga?

When I first learned about the contest, I was incredibly excited. Here was an opportunity for women in film – and Twilight fans! – to uniquely make their mark on the Twilight universe. And maybe it was my opportunity, as a professional Alice Cullen character actor, to make my mark as well. Here was a chance to share my love for Twilight, its fandom, and my favourite character on a much broader scale. Here was a chance to demonstrate how much I understand Alice and pay homage to the wonderful opportunities she’s given me.

In talking to prospective directors for The Storytellers: The New Voices of The Twilight Saga, they all wanted to see video of me as Alice – and rightfully so. Unfortunately, there’s very little video taken at Stephenie Meyer Day or the other events I’ve attended; people take an abundance of photos, but that’s about it. So, if I wanted to create an accurate portrayal of myself as Alice, I would have to get creative – and, after years of attempting to conceptualize YouTube videos for Alice, that’s how “Dear Bella” was born. I needed a reason for Alice to be speaking directly to a camera in a low-budget set up, and that’s how I settled on the video diary concept. In order to flex my “Alice” muscles, I decided to completely improvise every episode and attempt to do each video in one take. Somehow, writing a script felt inorganic compared to the improv required at the events I’d worked for.

I’m proud of the results so far. I released Dear Bella #2 on YouTube yesterday – click the image below to view the video – and I’ve received incredibly good feedback. So while these videos may not actually earn me a role in a Storytellers production – unlike Alice, I can’t actually see the future – I’m having a lot of fun making them in the process. Is my portrayal of Alice perfect? Of course not! But it’s Alice as I see her, and being creative within the realm of Twilight reminds me why I fell in love with this fandom in the first place.

This is the best fandom is the world – and I’m lucky that it’s given me the freedom to be one frightening little monster.

xoxo,
Alice

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Dear Bella: A YouTube project

Hi, ladies:

You know, I’ve struggled for years to think of ways to bring Alice content to YouTube. There were already so many Alice-related tutorials regarding her hair, makeup and clothing options that it seemed like an over-saturation to add more clutter to that segment. More importantly is the fact that although I love Alice, I’m really not an expert when it comes to hair styling or makeup artistry, so it would have felt more than a little disingenuous to attempt to dispense that kind of advice.

However, with the rise of The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga, I wanted to make something that would really showcase my love and understanding of Alice’s character. I’ve portrayed her professionally at four events so far – with a fifth, Forever Twilight in Forks, happening this September – but there isn’t an abundance of footage out there that shows my acting capabilities as Alice.

So I created some.

“Dear Bella” is a YouTube series that I conceptualized in order to offer a “behind the scenes” look at what Alice was thinking and feeling during integral points of The Twilight Saga. In it, Alice speaks directly to the camera in video diary-format, offering Bella her unique perspective on key situations throughout each novel.

The first episode was posted this weekend and starts at the very beginning: when Alice sees Bella becoming part of the Cullen family after Edward makes his decision to return to Forks from Denali. It was shot in one take and was 100% improvised, which I’m very proud of.

The next installments will follow the chronology of Twilight, and a new episode will be coming this weekend! Click the photo below to see Dear Bella #1 – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

videoxoxo,
Alice

Morning, ladies!

A reader named Mariam send me the following question this morning:

Hey, I saw your website and your review on the orange looking contacts. I’m also looking for a golden brown Cullen contacts. Did you find a more suitable color? Let me know, thanks!

When it comes to creating a Cullen look, the devil really is in the details – and an enormous part of those details are focused on the contact lenses you choose to complete your vampire persona.

So what did I recommend?

Well, my number one option will always be the 9mmsfx lenses in “Twilight.” These lenses are pricy – starting at $150 per lens – but it’s important to note that each pair is hand painted and can last forever, if you take proper care of them. They’re also the most authentic representation of the Cullen lenses I’ve ever seen, as they’re vibrantly golden yet threaded through with darker colours to offer dimension. Check out my pair:

viktoria_alice_hs01As you can see, they photograph extraordinarily well – based on their striking detail, they almost look like they could be a natural eye colour. Although they’re definitely an investment, I would recommend these lenses for anyone who’s looking to seriously portray a vegetarian vampire in Twilight. You can also see how striking they are on Christilynn of Inside Bella’s Closet for her portrayal of Bella Cullen:

10703734_937785409571414_2337800439810607096_nFor reference, Christilynn has beautiful green eyes in real life, while mine are a dark brown. As the base of these lenses are white, they completely mask the real eye colour beneath them, which goes a long way toward creating an authentic look.

However, these lenses are obviously not for everyone. If you’re more of a casual costumer or aren’t in a position to make the investment – or just aren’t interested in purchasing them, quite frankly – there ARE other options. They won’t be as striking, but they definitely get the job done.

Check out YouKnowIt.com – they have a selection of Twilight-themed lenses, including Volturi red. At 14.99 (British pounds), they are significantly cheaper – and quite honestly, they WILL get the job done, although they won’t be nearly as vibrant in photos.

Several members of the Olympic Coven use these lenses – which are, ironically, called “werewolf lenses”:

81531-colour-vision-contact-lensesIncluding our amazing Edward, who can be seen wearing them here:

EdwardThe difference is pretty clear. They aren’t as amazingly detailed as the ones that Christilynn and I wear, but they’re certainly the right colour, and they produce a very similar effect at a fraction of the cost. Or maybe it’s just that Alan is an amazing Edward, and no one quite cares about the details as long as they get to look at him. ;)

So my final recommendation? If you can, and you’re going to get maximum use out of them, go with the 9mmsfx brand of Twilight contacts. But if you’re looking for lenses that you’ll only wear a handful of times or simply can’t afford the investment, the You Know It lenses are more than adequate.

xoxo,
Alice

Well, it’s been a long time coming.

Fans have been looking for the origins of Alice’s silk trench coat, seen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, for years. We’ve gone back and forth on brands – is it Burberry? Banana Republic? – and questioned whether it was ever sold at retail or if it was created exclusively for the film.

Now, we have our answer.

Stacy, guest contributor for Go Ask Alice Cullen and co-creator of Alice Cullen Costuming on Facebook, managed to get her hands on not one but two of Alice’s trenches, so it’s only fitting that she tell the tale of spotting it.

Stacy says:

My Coup De Gras of Spots!

So, Alice’s New Moon return trench has been on my most wanted list for years, but until recently I thought I would never be able to find it. Lo and behold, though, Vee got a tip on her blog a while back when we were all still mulling over how to find the trench. There were some people thinking it was by Burberry, some people thinking the coat had been built by the wardrobe department as a custom piece for the film, and some people who thought it would just never be found at all and we would have to settle for alts and replicas. Well, settle no more, Alice fans! We found it! A while after the post was made, a wonderful person named Jessica left a comment that we didn’t find till much later:

I think it’s a coat with a cape. I found a coat on eBay that looks decently close to it, but the coat that Alice is wearing looks a little too different to be it, though. As for the cape? I have no clue on where to start. Here’s the link to the coat if you want to check it out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SHIPLEY-HALMOS-Cream-SILK-COTTON-Blend-NECK-BOW-TIE-Trench-Coat-Trenchcoat-XS-/171024992452?pt=US_CSA_WC_Outerwear&hash=item27d1e248c4

The auction has ended, but what Jessica stumbled upon was a similar-looking silk coat from a brand called Shipley & Halmos. Here is a khaki version of the coat she found, which has some of the same trim and buckle detailing as Alice’s trench.

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Based on these similarities, everyone at Alice Cullen Costuming got to searching, using search terms like “Shipley & Halmos trench” and “Shipley & Halmos caped trench” on Google. As it turns out, once we had our suspicions about the brand, everything else fell into place in terms of locating the trench pretty quickly. Within minutes of searching, we came upon a black version of the trench – and then the real thing!

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shipley-and-halmos-bordeaux-silk-trench-profileThis was such a huge spot, but it wasn’t easy to actually purchase one. We all had eBay saved searches set and looked at other clothing personal sale sites nearly every day for upwards of a year and a half before we found anything. We absolutely lucked into finding a black one and then a grey one within about a month of each other and haven’t seen anything else since.

A little about the brand and the trench:

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos started their brand with their first collection of mens and womens clothes in Fall 2008. Their Spring 2009 show opened with a look featuring their Bordeaux Trench in Geezer Black (awesome color name!). Shortly after the Spring 2009 collection, they eliminated their women’s line and are now solely a men’s label.

The Bordeaux Trench is a silk/cotton blend double-breasted caped trench with belted waist and buckle cuffs. There are pleats in the rear. It came in the colors Geezer Black and Glass Grey (Alice’s color, which is a grey-ish ivory). The trench originally retailed for $483 at Barney’s, likely where the wardrobe department got theirs, and other retailers. The final sale price at Barney’s was $160. Oddly, the black version of the trench is much easier to locate as a listing on retail sites than the grey version is.

trenchentry4The trench is gorgeous in person! It’s a partially-lined silk/cotton twill with some awesome finishes and details that no screen cap from New Moon can do justice. Just take a look at these details and the lovely texture of the fabric!

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Well, ladies? We want to know: who’s on the hunt for this trench? Are you as in love with it as we are? I don’t own it myself, but I’m looking forward to wearing it at future Twilight events and showing off its beauty – and Stacy’s relentless work – in person.

Happy hunting!

xoxo,
Alice

Twilight: The revival

Hi, ladies:

Well, it was announced today that Lions Gate has plans to revive TWILIGHT on Facebook as five shorts films by female directors. As can be expected, the fandom is in a flurry excitement – and I’m over here waiting for my close up.

A girl can dream, right?

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xoxo,
Alice

Stephenie Meyer Day 2014

Hi, all! Stephenie Meyer Day 2014 has come and gone, so I wanted to share my absolute favourite photo of myself and my awesome Jasper from the event so far. Are you planning a trip to Forks next year? If so, I’d love to meet you! <3

A more detailed post about my experience this year will be coming shortly!

xoxo,
Alice

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