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Tips from Nightshade

Where we post our favourite style and fashion tips and tricks! These include seasonal ideas, advice from the staff, and the updates and ideas with the latest items in store.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Friends and Coworkers: Fashion Masks

It’s 2020! Our top gift suggestion is the hot accessory everyone is wearing… A mask!

Masks are a great gift because they come in a variety of styles and fit every budget, and nowadays they are something that everyone can use.

Sassy Statement Masks

Perfect for that bold friend in your life. These masks have funny phrases across them so your mask can do the talking!

One of our favourites is one of our shadiest. It may not be polite to swear at people who get too close, but wearing a mask that says ‘6 Feet Back Motherfucker’ will do the trick just as well! Definitely be sure to give that one to someone with a great sense of humour!

This ‘I Will Cut You’ mask is a cute one to give to any friends who are hairdressers! That said, even if they aren’t, it’s still a great phrase that any who has a twisted sense of comedy will think is funny.

sassy saying 6 feet back fashion mask

Elegant, Glamorous Fashion Masks

Super glam, high fashion masks are perfect for your stylish friends and coworkers. Not sure who this might be a good gift for? Well, think of your friends and coworkers… If someone comes to mind whose style icon is Lady Gaga, or who always stands out in a crowd, then these masks are perfect for them!

This intricate embellished brocade and velvet mask is one of the most unique masks in our store because of textured brocade and unique fabrics. If someone’s fashion is louder and super fabulous, then kick up the glam and gift this blinged out rhinestone mask.

Glamourous brocade fashion mask

Gothic Fashion Masks

For the person in your life whose wardrobe is mostly black and loves Halloween just a little bit more than the rest of us! Gothic clothing is one of our specialties, so we have a multitude of masks in this style for you. A cute mask with a Ouija board print is a fun accessory, or go for a more elegant gothic style with a red and black skull damask fabric mask.

Ouija Mask Edmonton

Crazy Colourful Masks

Bright colourful masks in loud prints are perfect for all your friends who are creative free spirits! Chances are if you know a bubbly, outgoing person who loves dancing, mermaids, and being the life of the party, then these masks are for them!

One of our craziest prints is a bright purple galaxy print with cat faces, and we have it with dog faces too! It’s super fun, unique, and sure to turn heads. Our most colourful, sparkly mask is this iridescent rainbow sequined mask– so beautiful that ravers and burners may want to wear it even after Covid is history!

Sequin mermaid unicorn fashion mask

You can view all our masks here!

We are one of Edmonton’s best places to shop for a unique gift this holiday season! Romantic gifts, crazy gifts, and quirky gifts for any budget are available in store and online. Our staff are happy to help you if you’d like any suggestions, but to get things started, we’ve narrowed down out top picks for Christmas gifts this year!

Stay tuned as we post even more gift ideas from Nightshade in the next few weeks!

Best Halloween Costume Ideas for Covid in 2020

With COVID currently affecting the world, Halloween this year is a whole new game. Rather than planning for a night out with a lot of people, this year’s options are small gatherings of people in our bubble, or virtual parties on chat services like Zoom. Depending on how you’re going to celebrate, there a few things to keep in mind while planning your Halloween costume.

What’s your Halloween party style?

Even though parties should only have a small amount of attendees, that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth dressing up for! So what are you, your friends, or family planning? Will it be a fun house party, an intimate night with your partner, or a cozy night in with friends eating snacks and watching spooky movies? We may not be able to go out, but there are still so many ways to make the most of

Costumes for Spooky Halloween Movie Night

Just because you’re hanging out on the couch doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! Movie nights are all about comfort, which opens up so many fun costume possibilities! Try dressing up as a quarantined version of a classic Halloween character. For example, put on a vampy robe over your favourite cozy shirt, then pair it with some comfortable spooky print leggings. Put on some light makeup and a little blood trickle coming from your mouth, and you’ve got a vampire stuck in quarantine!

Alternately, putting on a few costume accessories, like from this Harley Quinn accessories kit, rather than a full blown outfit are a way to have fun wearing a Halloween costume without going all out! And who knows, maybe by next year, you can add to the accessories you buy for this year to make a complete costume for 2021!

Living Room Halloween Dance Party

So many of us really miss the fun getting to go out and dance with friends. There’s nothing stopped you from doing that in a living room though! Just push your couch and coffee table out of the way, cue up your fave playlist, and go for it! If you and your friends are planning something fun like this, something major to remember is that space is still tighter than what we’re used to from clubs and venues, so if you want a costume that’s fun to dance in, pick something flashy, but not too large.

These butteryfly wings are a great compromise between fun to dance in and practical, or show off a cute, holographic mermaid looks with this shiny dress or mermaid headpiece accessory kit. The best part of Halloween costumes and accessories like this is that they’re still great for going to clubs, parties or raves even when it isn’t Halloween! So when it is finally safe for clubs and raves to re-open, you’ve got some cute new looks ready to go.

Virtual Online Halloween Party

Thanks to Covid, virtual parties on Zoom or other video chat apps have never been more popular. If you’re going this route, we suggest focusing on an costume that looks catchy and fun from the waist up. Striking accessories like elegant flower crown horns or a gold snake Medusa headpiece that can be worn on your head are a great option as they will be highly visible. Large statement necklaces like this jewelled gothic bat wing choker can also take your outfit go to the next level, or grab an iconic mask like this Catwoman mask to make a costume that’s instantly recognizable.

No matter what your plans, don’t let Covid get you down. We’re all in this together and will make it through this!

Best wishes for the spooky season!
XO – Nightshade Staff